Teen leads Ukiah Police on high speed chase

The Ukiah Police depart­ment is con­tin­u­ing to search for a 16-year-old Ukiah boy sus­pected of lead­ing offi­cers on a high-speed chase Wednes­day night. The inci­dent hap­pened around 9:20 when an offi­cer saw a vehi­cle head­ing east on Brush Street at a high rate of speed and attempted to stop it. The dri­ver took off onto Mason Street with the offi­cer in pur­suit. The car ran a stop sign at Perkins Street, almost slam­ming into another vehi­cle before con­tin­u­ing south on Leslie Street at speeds of more than 70 mph. The dri­ver stopped on Obser­va­tory Avenue and that’s when the occu­pants fled. Accord­ing to The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal, A 16-year-old boy who had taken his par­ents’ vehi­cle with­out per­mis­sion, jumped a fence and escaped, along with one of his 15-year-old pas­sen­gers. A sec­ond pas­sen­ger, also 15, was cap­tured by pur­su­ing offi­cers. When offi­cers searched the vehi­cle, they report­edly found a meat cleaver and a base­ball bat, along with other weapons, and believe the teens were search­ing for “mem­bers of an oppos­ing street gang.

Authorities Looking for Missing Hidden Valley Lake Man

Author­i­ties are try­ing to find a Hid­den Val­ley Lake man who was reported miss­ing ear­lier this week. Guillermo Figueroa, has been miss­ing since Sun­day night. Hid­den Val­ley Lake Asso­ci­a­tion offi­cials say he’s a hus­band and father of three. Figueroa has been vis­it­ing a friend in Clear­lake and tele­phoned his wife that he was com­ing home. How­ever, he never arrived. Clear­lake Police offi­cers found an aban­doned car reg­is­tered in Figueroa’s name in the vicin­ity of Burns Val­ley Road. Figueroa’s cell phone was pinged and tracked to a gen­eral area in Clear­lake, but offi­cers couldn’t get an exact loca­tion. Any­one with infor­ma­tion about Figueroa or his where­abouts is asked to call the Clear­lake Police Depart­ment or the Lake County Sheriff’s Office .

Fall Behind and Change Smoke Alarm Batteries

Lake and Men­do­cino County offi­cials are remind­ing peo­ple not only set their clocks back this week­end, but to also change your smoke alarm bat­ter­ies. Day­light sav­ing time ends Sun­day at 2 am, so before you go to bed, change your clocks and take time to also check your smoke alarms and car­bon monox­ide detec­tors to make sure they are work­ing prop­erly and replace bat­ter­ies. All smoke alarms, hard wired or bat­tery pow­ered, should be replaced every ten years.

Halloween Safety Tips from Lakeport Police Department

The Lake­port Police Offi­cers have been lead­ing Hal­loween Safety Assem­blies for all stu­dents at Lake­port Ele­men­tary school this week. And the safety tips they’ve been shar­ing for chil­dren and par­ents include:

Go trick-or-treating with a grown up.
Make sure your cos­tume lets you see and hear per­fectly.
Put “Glow in the dark” patches or stripes on your cos­tume so that dri­vers can see you.
Carry a flash­light.
Don’t eat treats until you show them to your par­ent or guardian.
Visit only peo­ple you know.

..and have a safe, fun and happy halloween!

Sports Highlights

Sports High­lights from the Record-Bee:

In girls soc­cer, the Clear Lake Car­di­nals edged a 3–2 league win over the Fort Bragg Tim­ber­wolves yes­ter­day after­noon in Lake­port. It was the final league game for both teams. Clear Lake will advance to next week’s North Coast Sec­tion playoffs.

The Kelseyville Knights needed a tie or a win against Willits to clinch the undis­puted North Cen­tral League I boys’ soc­cer cham­pi­onship yes­ter­day in Willits and they came through with a 1–1 draw.

In vol­ley­ball: the Kelseyville Knights beat the Clear Lake Car­di­nals. Mid­dle­town defeated Cloverdale. Willits lost to Lower Lake. Fort Bragg fell to St. Helena. Maria Car­rillo won 3–0 over Ukiah.

Unemployment Down in Mendocino County

The New Cal­i­for­nia Employ­ment Devel­op­ment Depart­ment Report for Sep­tem­ber shows good news for Men­do­cino County. The unem­ploy­ment rate is at 5.7 per­cent, which is down from 6.1 per­cent in August and 7 per­cent a year ago. Lake County unem­ploy­ment for Sep­tem­ber was at 8.7 pre­cent. The statewide unem­ploy­ment rate is at 7.3 per­cent for Sep­tem­ber, drop­ping from 8.8 per­cent a year ago. The state’s pro­fes­sional and busi­ness indus­try added over 12,000 jobs– post­ing the largest increase over the month.

UVSD Requests Millions from City of Ukiah

The Ukiah Val­ley San­i­ta­tion Dis­trict is request­ing that the city of Ukiah trans­fer $7.6 mil­lion of the district’s money it claims the city is hold­ing. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal reports that the city owns and oper­ates the Ukiah Waste Water Treat­ment Plant, but shares oper­at­ing costs with the UVSD — who wants the check to ensure to the city’s com­pli­ance with bond agree­ments. The city and UVSD made an agree­ment to upgrade the Ukiah Waste Water Treat­ment Plant in 1995, and are still pay­ing back bonds for the $75 mil­lion project. This isn’t the first time there’s been money issues between the two enti­ties. The UVSD claims in a law­suit that the city mis­han­dled and owes them $16 million.

Ukiah shed fire

Fire­fight­ers were called out yes­ter­day morn­ing to a stor­age shed fire on Lovers Lane in Ukiah.
The fire was reported around 2:00 am by res­i­dents on a nearby street who “saw the glow” of the fire.
The shed con­tents, which were mostly tools were burned, along with the bumper on a 2012 Mus­tang that was parked nearby. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal reports, Cap­tain Pete Bushby said, there was elec­tric­ity in the shed, so the start of the fire was “prob­a­bly elec­tri­cal” in nature and does not appear sus­pi­cious, though the cause is still offi­cially under inves­ti­ga­tion. He said fire­fight­ers “got it knocked down in about 15 min­utes,” and the per­son liv­ing on the prop­erty was unaware of the fire until Men­do­cino County Sheriff’s Office deputies knocked on his door.

Police warn of internet scams around the holidays

With the hol­i­days approach­ing the Clear­lake Police Depart­ment would like to remind the com­mu­nity to be mind­ful that Inter­net scamers will be out in full force to get their atten­tion and their hard earned money. Sgt. Nick Ben­nett warned that, dur­ing the next few weeks lead­ing up to the hol­i­day sea­son and beyond, cit­i­zens will be report­ing they have been defrauded out of their money by the IRS call­ing for a pay­ment of delin­quent taxes, util­i­ties call­ing for pay­ment or phone/power will be turned off or some lot­tery calls with the good news that they have won money and need to send a cer­tain amount of money to receive their prize. Ben­nett reminded com­mu­nity mem­bers that, if it sounds too good to be true, it usu­ally is.

California job numbers

The Cal­i­for­nia Employ­ment Devel­op­ment Depart­ment has released a new report for Sep­tem­ber, indi­cat­ing Men­do­cino County’s unem­ploy­ment rate was 5.7 per­cent, or 2,470 reported cases, down from August’s rate of 6.1 per­cent. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal reports, Nearby coun­ties of Lake had an 8.7 per­cent unem­ploy­ment rate for Sep­tem­ber, Sonoma, 4.9 per­cent and Hum­boldt a 6.5 per­cent rate. The statewide rate decreased to 7.3 per­cent in Sep­tem­ber. This increase in the labor force is the biggest in Cal­i­for­nia since Decem­ber 1999, the EDD reported. In com­par­i­son, The U.S. labor force shrank by 97,000 peo­ple in September.