Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District has announced that due to low water levels at Indian Valley Reservoir the Indian Valley Campground will remain closed, possibly throughout the summer. The road leading into the campground is locked and no access of any kind is permitted. The lake is currently only at 8 percent capacity and the district is keeping the campground closed to protect water quality in the remaining water stores.
A one car accident on Monday resulted in injuries to three people. Just after 11 Monday night 26 year old Courtney Patterson of Rio Dell was driving her 2008 Yukon northbound on US-101 when for some unknown reason she ran off the road and hit a tree north of Redcrest. 28 Year Old Rad Kellar of Rio Del and Megan Massimo of Arizona were injuried and all three were taken to the hospital. All appeared to be wearing seatbelts. The collision remains under investigation and Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the cause of this collision.
27 year old Dameon Ziegler of Willits killed himself Friday after his ex-girlfriend escaped after he kidnapped her. He was armed with a sawed off shotgun when he confronted the victim at an office on West Valley Street around 8:30 am. He forced the woman into her vehicle at gunpoint and then made her drive him to the Little Darby Recreation Area off Canyon Road. Ziegler compelled the woman to walk down the trail for some distance before pushing her to the ground while declaring he intended to rape and kill her before committing suicide. As he attempted the sexual assault, the victim struggled with Ziegler, breaking free. She then ran for her life. After calling Police, a sheriff’s K-9 picked up Ziegler’s scent and led officers to his location. When Ziegler was ordered to surrender, he turned his shotgun on himself. Ziegler was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two registered transient sex offenders wearing GPS tracking devices from Southern California were arrested Aprill 11th in connection with the murder of 4 women in the Santa Ana and Anaheim areas during the last 6 months including 20 year old Kianna Jackson of Willits. She last spoke with family members on October 6, 2013 in Santa Ana. 27 year old Franc Cano and 45 year old Dean Gordon were charged with the murder and forcible rape of Jackson in October of 2013. They both have prior serious and violent felony convictions. Detectives believe there are more possible victims. Jackson left the Willits area after high school and spent time in Southern California and Las Vegas, according to social media reports. In October she took a bus from Las Vegas to Santa Ana for a scheduled court appearance. She disappeared before making her court appearance. Cano and Gibson are registered as transient sex offenders required to wear GPS monitoring devices. They checked in with police each month as required. Anaheim police say they used information generated by the two men’s GPS devices to link them to the murders of the four women once they became suspects.
A crook took off with a handicapped woman’s electric scooter two weeks ago. Medicare provided the scooter to 74 year old Wilma Lloyd of Baechtel Creek Village to help her get around. The woman relies heavily on it for shopping and to get to appointments. The scooter was parked just outside her front door when it was ripped off in the middle of the night. Since the theft Wilma has found it very tough to maintain her independence and she has to rely on others. One resident said personal property has gone missing from yards and porches throughout the development and gas had been stolen from cars in the parking area. Police are continuing their investigation.
For a while now, the Arbor Youth Resource Center in Ukiah has been accepting donations from the community of gently used prom dress, formal shoes or jewelry that a teen could use to help give another girl the perfect prom. The public responded, and tomorrow, the doors will be open at The Arbor at 330 North Main Street from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., offering over 100 prom dresses, free to any student with high school identification. There’s a large selection of dresses, from shorter length, more casually designed cocktail dresses to full on beaded gowns. And if you still have a dress to donate, you can — just contact Stephanie Paige, program advisor for the Arbor, at 621 0026.
At last night’s meeting in Lucerne, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to close the county’s Lucerne Visitor Information Center and work with the chamber and local businesses to do more focused outreach both locally and on the Internet. While the Visitor Information Center has been located at 6110 E. Highway 20 for many years, officials say it’s rarely used because travelers us apps on tablets and phones instead for information.
The city of Lakeport said there will be a road closure on today to allow for road paving. Public Works crews will have the closure in place on N. Brush Street between Third and Fifth streets. Paving is expected to take place throughout the day today.
Law enforcement and medical personnel responded to the scene of a shooting late last night in Lucerne, just after 10:40PM. Several shots were reported to have been fired at a residence in the 6300 block of 12th Avenue. Reports are that one person was shot with handgun. The shooting suspect fled the scene on foot toward the Tower Mart at the corner of 12th Avenue and Highway 20. The suspect is described as a white male adult, between 40 and 50 years of age, who was bald or had short hair, and wearing a black jacket and dark jeans. An air ambulance was requested, with a Northshore Fire ambulance transporting the victim to a hospital, where CalStar 4 picked the victim up and transported the victim to an out-of-county trauma center. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will provide more information as it becomes available.
Owners of livestock in Redwood Valley may still be able to receive agricultural water through the Redwood Valley County Water District if they qualify for an exemption. Last Thursday, the RVCWD voted to shut off its customers’ ag meters, meaning many resident will no longer have enough water for frost protection or to give to animals like horses, cows or chickens. Bill Koehler, general manager of the RVCWD is working to try to create a policy with the district’s board that allows some exemptions without depleting the water supply. To find out if you qualify for an exemption and how to apply, contact the district at 485‑0679.