Some crooks are going to great lengths to burglarize homes. Last Monday A homeowner came home and found a large U-Haul in his driveway and it wasn’t long before he realized two crooks were loading it with stuff from his home. The crooks sped off and the man tried to follow but lost the truck.
The thugs hit a second home in the 5300 block of Wild Iris Lane. Once again, The homeowner came home to find the truck in his driveway.
Cops were dispatched to both locations to investigate. Meanwhile, a deputy spotted the truck in traffic and pulled it over, the driver refused to get out of the truck so the officer hit him with his taser. The truck sped off allmost hitting the cop. Eventually the truck was stopped and the men jumped out and ran. They were found with the help of CHP, Willits Police and Sheriff’s Deputities. Joshua Hayes and Solomon Woods face a string of charges and all the stolen stuff was recovered along with a gun.
This coming Saturday, Lake County residents will have the chance to help others and learn about volunteering opportunities in the community as part of the annual “Make A Difference Day”.
The event will feature the collection of food donations as part of the “stuff the bus” effort as well as a new volunteer fair. From 9 to 3 a Lake Transit bus will be parked at the Lakeport Grocery Outlet parking lot, located at the corner of South Main Street and Lakeport Boulevard, collecting food.
A second bus will be located at the Clearlake Grocery Outlet on Olympic Drive from 9 to 12:30 also collecting food donations. Organizers said all of the food donations will stay in Lake County to be distributed to local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers and food programs. Lake County New says, Also available on Make A Difference Day, Lake Transit is offering free rides in exchange for nonperishable food donations. One food item will be good for a local ride, while a regional ride will require two food items. Three food items can be exchanged for an out-of-county ride.
The Clearlake Police K9 Unit will hold a pizza fundraiser on this evening. The dinner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at DJ’s Pizza, at 16135 Main St., in Lower Lake. Tickets cost $8 per person. To purchase your tickets, stop by the Clearlake Police Department on Olympic Drive. All donations are tax-deductible.
The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors are moving forward with contract negotiations with acting county counsel Doug Losak. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports the board wants to move Losak to the interim county counsel position. CEO Carmel Angelo and human resources director Tammi Weselsky have been appointed to represent the county in the negotiating process of a possible new contract and position for Losak.
Some Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies sustained minor injuries during an arrest in Laytonville this week. They were called to the 44000 block of Highway 101 because of a man behaving strangely. When deputies arrived, he was speaking in an unintelligible manner and appeared to possibly be under the influence of a controlled substance. The man, Arik Caldwell, would not cooperate with the deputy’s commands, so they moved in to get him into custody. Caldwell struggled with three deputies throwing kicks and punches that connected. Caldwell grabbed for items on a Deputy’s duty belt and also grabbed onto a Taser that a Deputy was attempting to deploy. Deputies were able to get control of Caldwell and placed him under arrest. He taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Once Caldwell is cleared from the hospital he will then be booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he will be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.
The Lakeport City Council voted to cancel a project that was supposed to improve safety conditions on Lakeshore Boulevard. They said the project was too expensive and directed staff to come back with cheaper options. There have been a high number of crashes along the Lakeshore Boulevard. The proposal that was rejected included installing new colored asphalt in the bike lanes , and the installation of a new mini traffic circle, but the cost to the city would be around $58,000 dollars.
Next time you go to Willits Community Theatre to take in a show — you’ll be sitting in newly refurbished seats. Theatre staff had a goal to refurbish a total of 67 of their most well worn chairs and asked donors to help them get it done. And generosity came through as the theatre took in around $7,500 to put towards the project, which has been completed in time for the next scheduled performance there — “The Angel of Chatham Square” — which opens November 7th.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino, whose life was taken while in the line of duty, will have a portion of Highway 1 named in his honor. A resolution that was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office says that part of Highway 1 between southbound milepost 62 and 65 will be renamed the “Del Fiorentino Memorial Highway”. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that In June, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the resolution, and on July 8 the supervisors approved a letter of support to be sent on to the State Capitol. Del Fiorentino had a total of 26 years as an officer, with 10 years at the Fort Bragg Police Department and 16 years as a deputy sheriff. He was killed by an armed fugitive in March.
The Lake County Registrar of Voters Office wants to have a test run before the real deal. The office has announced it will conduct regular testing of its ballot tabulation computer and software this week. The Registrar of Voters says the logic and accuracy test will take place tomorrow morning starting at 10 at her office in the Lake County Courthouse. The public is welcome to stop by and watch the test. The testing of the tabulation devices and software is conducted pursuant to California State Commission on Voting Machines and Vote Tabulating Devices regulations.
Fort Bragg Police have arrested an Arizona man after he allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian in Fort Bragg. It happened at the near the Beachcomber Motel in the 1100 block of North Main Street around 6 pm on Friday. Witnesses reported that a truck had hit a pedestrian and injured her before fleeing the scene. When officers arrived they found 45-year-old Karen Zuehlsdorf of Oakland, unconscious and lying on the ground while firefighters and witnesses attempted to revive her by performing CPR. Zuehlsdorf was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ukiah Daily Journal says, A second victim, a 7 month-old boy, was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Oakland. The extent of his injuries are unknown. A description of the truck and it’s license plate was broadcast to local law enforcement, when a ranger with the California State Parks Department stopped the suspect vehicle near mile marker 68.5 on North Highway 1.
56 year old Michael Bitney of Arizona was reportedly identified by witnesses as the man seen driving the truck. He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and a hit-and-run collision causing death.
Bitney is locked up in the Mendocino County Jail under $155,000 bail.