Appeal Filed Over Housing Project in Ukiah

An appeal has been filed over a housing project in Ukiah. The Planning Commission approved a permit for the 35-unit complex near the corner of Norton and North Main streets called Main Street Village. Ukiah City Council member Steve Scalmanini has filed an appeal because he believes the site could support a three-story building instead of the proposed two stories. A neighbor has signed the appeal over concerns about the impact the complext would have on her property. Those and other objections willl be heard by the Ukiah City Council at a special meeting June 29.

MCSO Warns About Phone Scam

Authorities are warning about a phone scam in which a caller falsely identifies themselves as being from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The calls are being made to Mendocino County residents, and the residents are being told that they have a warrant for their arrest or that they have missed a court appearance which resulted in the issuance of an arrest warrant. The resident is told to provide payment to the caller to prevent arrest. The Sheriff’s Office said it does not make telephone calls of this nature and never solicits payment to prevent arrest.

Man Wanted in Upper Lake Homicide Arrested

A man wanted in connection with the death of his wife has been arrested. 64-year-old William “Bill” Morton Henry, was taken into custody yesterday morning. He’s been charged with the murder of 51-year-old Cindi Henry, who was found dead in her home on Elliot Street in Upper Lake on Monday. An autopsy that was peformed on Wednesday found that her death was a homicide, by mechanical asphyxiation.

Only 1 Charge Remains for Ex-Boyfriend of Missing Woman

The ex-boyfriend of missing woman, Khadijah Britton, faces only one charge now after others were dropped earlier this week. Negie Fallis has been in jail since February 19 for an outstanding warrant, stemming from a January domestic violence incident against Britton. That case was dropped on Monday, but could be re-filed by the DA in the future. Fallis’s only remaining charge is being a felon in possession of a firearm. The 23-year-old Britton was last seen Febrary 7th with Fallis.

Fire Destroys a Home in Clearlake Oaks

A fire broke out at a home in was Clearlake Oaks early this morning that threatened nearby homes and spread to vegetation. The fire was reported in the 11600 block of Lakeview Drive, just before 3:15 a.m.. Crews arrived to find the home fully involved and a quarter-acre of vegetation burning. Forward progress was stopped on the fire just after 3:45 a.m. Cal Fire and Northshore Fire units responded.

Coyote Valley Dam Control Burn Canceled

A control burn scheduled for this evening has been canceled. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in cooperation with Cal Fire were to do the control burn at the Coyote Valley Dam this evening (6/15) to remove the vegetation from the face of the Dam allowing access and visibility for a required inspection. Officials say this burn will be rescheduled at a future, to-be-determined, date.

Fireworks in Kelseyville for Commencement Ceremony

With the 2018 commencement ceremony at Kelseyville High School underway, the administration is reminding residents that its annual fireworks display will be held at the end of the celebration. The graduation, to take place at 5480 Main St, Kelseyville, is scheduled for this evening at 8 p.m. School officials say the fireworkds show will start at approximately 9:20 p.m. at the school’s football field.

Missing Man Found in Lake by MCSO Deputy

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man whose body was found in a lake off Branscomb Road. A press release states that 35-year-old Joshua Piszczek, of San Francisco, appears to have drowned while attending a large private party at Mendocino Magic, just outside of Laytonville. He was last seen on the afternoon of June 9th, and was reported missing a few days later. The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team attempted to find Piszczek. His body was discovered yesterday morning by a deputy, after it surfaced in the lake.

Budget Includes Millions for Wildfire Programs

A budget deal reached in the state legislature includes protection for communities from the rising threats of wildfires. State Sen. Mike McGuire, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, says $50 million will be dedicated to enhanced mutual aid response, which will better equip and prepare the state’s firefighting agencies to battle the “New Normal” of California’s wildfire season – as the the size and scope of wildland fires are getting worse.’

Lake County Settles in Lawsuit Over Jail Suicide

Lake County has agreed to pay $2 million dollars in a settlement to the son of a jail inmate who committed suicide in her cell in 2015. The suit against the County and its private jail medical provider alleges constitutionally inadequate treatment of 56-year-old Elizabeth Dara Gaunt. The formal complaint states that she was seen by a nurse, but not by a doctor as her mental condition deteriorated. The settlement is believed to be the highest amount awarded in California involving an inmate suicide