Gift Wrapped Package Near Starbucks Prompts Bomb Squad Call

The bomb squad was called to investigate a suspicious pacakge left near the Starbucks on Perkins Street in Ukiah Sunday. Employees at the store reported a blue, gift-wrapped box was left by a nearby ligth pole. UPD officers closed off Perkins Street at Orchard Avenue and requested that Ukiah Valley Fire Authority personnel respond, as well as members of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad. The box ended up being empty.

Lake Co Hazard Mitigatin Plan 2018 Complete

The final draft of the Lake County Hazard Mitigation Plan 2018 is complete. The Plan will be submitted to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and Federal Emergency Management Agency this week. Upon approval by those agencies, the Plan will be adopted by the Lake County Disaster Council & Board of Supervisors. The purpose of hazard mitigation is to reduce or eliminate long term risk to people and property from hazards.The Plan is a required element of the County’s ability to remain eligible for grants from FEMA. It is required to be updated every five years. The final draft has been posted to the Lake County Sheriff’s website for public viewing.

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2 Arrested in Human Trafficking and Prostitution Case

Two Clearlake men have been arrested in a human trafficking and prostitution case. The arrests were made following a six-month investigation conducted by the Lake County District Attorney’s Office. In this case, at least five women they have interviewed were forced into prostitution out of fear of being harmed and in some cases were actually beaten by the suspects. 52-year-old Timothy Lee Williams and 38-year-old Nicholas Troy Brooks are scheduled to appear in court for arraignment this week.

Heroes Recognized and Victims Remembered During Ceremony

First responders, community leaders and nonprofit organizations from Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino Counties that stepped up and supported communities during the devastating October wildfires were honored by Senator Mike McGuire and Senator Bill Dodd on the Senate floor of the State Capitol on Friday. The ceremony also included a time of remembrance, as there was also a listing of names of those killed in the fire, nine of whom were from Mendocino County.

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash in Lucerne

A motorcyclist was injured a crash in Lucerne. The California Highway Patrol reports it happend Friday evening at around 6:15 at Country Club Drive at 16th Avenue. The motorcyclist was traveling westbound on Country Club Drive at an unknown speed when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway at 17th Avenue. The motorcycle went off the roadway and hit a small culvert, then became airborne. The motorcycle landed and hit a power pole on the side of the roadway and the rider was trapped under the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was conscious and talking after the accident, and a REACH air ambulance transported him to an out-of-county trauma center.

New Scholarship Being Offered by Ukiah High School Alumni Association

The Ukiah High School Alumni Association has partnered with the Mendocino College Foundation to create the new Floyd Ross Memorial Scholarship. Ross was a leader in the banking industry and attended Ukiah High School. Students who wish to be eligible for the scholarship must graduate from Ukiah High School, enroll at Mendocino College, and intend on pursuing a degree in business with an emphasis placed on the finance industry. The first scholarship winner will receive $1,000, and will be announced in early May.

Heroes to be Recognized at State Capitol

Senator Mike McGuire and Senator Bill Dodd are honoring first responders, community leaders and non-profit organizations that stepped up and supported communities during the devastating October wildfires during a special ceremony today on the State Senate Floor of the State Capitol. Local officials from Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties including sheriffs, police chiefs and fire chiefs who led heroic efforts to save homes and lives will also be honored. Local nonprofits and relief funds will also be recognized for their tireless efforts.

Free Parking Likely to End in Downtown Ukiah

Free parking in downtown Ukiah may be coming to an end. City leaders have determined that the parking spaces which are supposed to be left for customers, are instead being used by employees and owners of the nearby businesses. The city is moving towards installing parking meters in the retail core and ending the free parking on School Street.

FEMA Increases Funds for October Wildfire Debris Removal

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced this week that federal funds for October wildfire debris removal were increased and authorized at 90 percent of total eligible costs. In response, Congressman Mike Thompson said he’s proud that the California delegation came together in a bipartisan manner to ensure that communities have the additional resources they need to recover and rebuild. Back in October, when the president issued a major disaster declaration for the state, the federal government’s cost-share for debris removal was 75 percent. Representatives Thompson and Jared Huffman worked with House leaders in Washington D.C. to increase the federal cost share to 90 percent as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act that was signed into law on Febrauary 9th.

Clearlake Man Responsible for Several Stolen Vehicles

On February 13, 2018, and as a result of a lengthy criminal investigation that was led by a Clear Lake CHP Officer, a suspect was arrested in the city of Clearlake, California for numerous felony offenses. Warrants were served at the residence and the suspect was linked to the vehicle theft and/or possession of several stolen vehicles, jet skis, trailers, a dump truck and a Honda motorcycle. Additionally, more stolen vehicles were recovered at or near the residence. The suspect was also charged as a sex registrant with a firearm. He had several hundred rounds of ammunition in his possession.

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