Disaster Recovery Center in Lake County to Close Saturday

The disaster recovery center in Lake County that opened following the Sulphur fire will close at 5 p.m. tomorrow. The DRC, jointly operated by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is located at the Clearlake Senior Community Center at 3245 Bowers Avenue in Clearlake. Once closed, survivors can continue to receive in-person help at three other DRCs in Mendocino and Sonoma counties. To find the closest DRC, go online at www.fema.gov/drc

Lakeport Police Warn About Fake Guns that Look Real

Lakeport Police recieved a call yesterday of two subjects in a vehicle brandishing a gun. Multiple officers responded to the call and the located the vehicle. The gun was actually a BB pistol – but it looks like a real gun. LPD posted a picture of it on their facebook page:

Today we had a call of two subjects in a vehicle brandishing a gun. Numerous peace officers responded to the call. The…

Posted by Lakeport Police Department on Friday, December 8, 2017

Police warn that fake guns that look real can lead to very real consequences.

Vote On Garbage Fee Increase in Ukiah Delayed

Protest letters on a proposed garbage fee rate hike in Ukiah can still be submitted as the City Council this week delayed a vote on the increase. Ukiah Waste Solutions is proposing charging all residential customsers for a 32-gallon can, regardless of the amount of garbage they dispose of. Additionally, after January 1st, no can smaller than the largest would be made available to new customers. The vote has been continued until the December 20th meeting.

LCSO Part of Wildfire Disaster Fraud Task Force

As a result of the recent wildfire disaster in Northern California, the FBI has established an ad hoc Wildfire Disaster Fraud Task Force to address fraud related to the relief and recovery efforts following the wildfires. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is a member of this task force which includes federal, state, and local agencies with responsibility for investigating and prosecuting disaster-related fraud in the counties primarily impacted by the wildfires, including Lake Mendocino and Counties.

The following agencies are currently represented on the task force:

California Highway Patrol

Clearlake Police Department

Contractors State License Board

DHS – OIG

FBI

FEMA

Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Napa County Sheriff’s Office

Napa County District Attorney’s Office

Santa Rosa Police Department

Small Business Administration

Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development United States Attorney’s Office

Local Crews Head to Southern California to Battle Wildfires

Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes from wind-driven wildfires in Southern California.  Local resources are being used to help save lives and homes. Yesterday, three fire departments in Lake County sent three engines to help out fire crews in Southern California. Also, two strike crews from the Mendocino CalFire unit, along with a strike team from the Little Lake Fire Department, have joined the fight

UPD Talk Man Down from Overpass

Ukiah police stopped a suicidal man from jumping onto Highway 101 this week. UPD, officers responded to the Gobbi Street overpass around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to reports that a man was hanging off the bridge above Hwy. 101. Officers arrived to find him sitting on the overpass above the northbound freeway traffic. He told them he was thinking about jumping. After getting him to safety, the man was taken to a hospital to be treated by a mental health professional.

Man Who Struggled with Officers Takes Plea Deal

The man who got into an altercation with Lake County Deputies prior to Deputy Rob Rumfelt’s death, has reached a plea with the District Attorney’s Office.

On Aug. 22, Lakeport Police officers and Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence call in Lakeport. 22-year-old Alex Michael Castillo, of Nice, had reportedly assaulted his girlfriend and tried to take a child.

Castillo has pleaded guilty to making threats, resisting an officer, felony child endangerment and felony inflicting corporal injury on another person with a prior conviction.

Castillo had faced a manslaughter charge, but the DA determined it would be too difficult to prove that the struggle with Castillio caused Deputy Rumfelt’s medical condition. Castillo faces a maximum of five years and eight months in prison.

Clearlake Police Arrest Man with Concealed Loaded Gun

A Clearlake man was arrested yesterday morning after following a struggle with police officers. 21-year-old David Allen Haugens was found in possession of weapons, including a concealed handgun, and methamphetamine.Officers say the weapon was a a loaded .22-caliber revolver hidden inside Haugens’ jacket pocket. Both Haugens and one of the officers suffered injuries as a result of the confrontation. They were treated at Adventist Health Clear Lake.

Ridgeview Guardrail Project Complete

The city of Clearlake has completed the installation of a new guardrail along Old Highway 53 and Ridgeview Avenue. The project was done to help protect the homes and increase safety in that area. It cost a little over $25,000.

Willits Police Arrest Woman for Possession of Drugs and Tear Gas

Willits police say they arrested a woman last week who was in possession of tear gas and drugs. 28-year-old Dakota Quale was contacted by police in the parking lot of the Sherwood Valley Casino. She was on probation in Lake County for charges of possession of a controlled substance, and was displaying signs of being under the influence. Police found a small amount of a controlled substance on her, paraphanalia and the tear gas (or pepper spray).