State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle may agree to raise the state’s gas tax in order to address the $59 billion the state needs for roadway maintenance. Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, has introduced SB 16, which aims to raise $3 billion every year by hiking the gas tax 10 cents a gallon, also wants to raise the vehicle license fee and make owners of electric cars and other zero-emission vehicles pay an annual fee of $100.
A Garden Grove company recalling about 213,000 pounds of meat products that were not properly inspected. The USDA says Lee’s Sandwiches supplied restaurants in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas with some of the products, including pork and chicken pates and cooked turkey breast and salami. The firm also sold several types of beef jerky to stores in the same states. There have been no reports of illness linked to the meat. If you have these products, return them for a refund.
The body of a local man found in a dumpster over the weekend has been identified. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports, The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the identity of a man’s body found in a dumpster Saturday night. The body of 46 year old George Chambers of Ukiah was found in a dumpster behind Staples on Airport Park Blvd in Ukiah by a person who was dumpster diving. The Ukiah Police Department is investigating the death. An autopsy has been scheduled for today to determine Chamber’s cause of death.
Summer is rapidly approaching and the Lakeport Police Department would like to remind you of some important safety tips and general information. Traffic Safety is extremely important as pedestrian and vehicular traffic increase. The summer concert series and Independence Day celebration at Library Park will bring heavy traffic flow throughout the downtown area. Lakeport Police say they will be enforcing traffic laws. Pets are often innocent victims during the summer months and the Police Department would like to remind you that leaving your pets in your vehicle is very dangerous and owners should use good judgment when taking your pet for a ride.
Authorities are investigating a murder-suicide in Clearlake Oaks. According to The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies were dispatched to a home on The Plaza for a welfare check on Saturday. Deputies arrived to find a male and female, both deceased, inside the home from apparent gunshot wounds. The victims were identified as 58 year old Laura Matthews and 53 year old Carl McHughes Jr. A firearm was also recovered inside the home. The sheriff’s office is currently investigating the case as an apparent murder-suicide. Authorities are not saying at this time who they believe committed the shooting. However, the final determination is pending autopsy results and further examination of evidence recovered at the scene. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
A settlement in the case against Lake County filed by the parents of a woman who died in a deputy-involved car crash has been approved. During a closed session, the Lake County Board of Supervisors approved a settlement amount of $600,000.
In October of 2013, Gabriela Rivas Garcia was killed when her car was hit by Deputy Scott Lewis, who was responding to a high-speed pursuit of burglary suspects. Lewis had alcohol in his system at the time of the crash, and Garcia’s family sued sayin Lewis was responsible for the crash and their daughter’s death because he was negligent by participating in the pursuit.
The Mendocino Theatre Company has a new Executive Director. Pamela W. Allen will take the reigns this August, after Felicia Freitas steps down, who is leaving in advance of the birth of her first child. Allen has been an active company member since 2012, appeared as an actress in many productions, and has served on the Mendocino Theatre Company Board of Directors for three years.
The Mendocino Sheriff’s Office is looking for Kathleen Eileen Knight — she’s wanted on a felony warrant and is the subject of this week’s Warrant Wednesday. Knight was in possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm. She’s 55 years old, five foot five inches tall, 175 pounds with black hair and blue eyes. You can see her photo on the The MSCO’s facebook page. If you recognize or see Knight, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 463‑4086.
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No. 1 seed Clear Lake will play No. 9 Valley Christian of Dublin at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Lakeport in the quarterfinal round of the North Coast Section Division V softball playoffs.
Also, Clear Lake’s baseball team has advanced as the top seed in Division 5. The Cardinals, now (25–0), will host a quarterfinal game Saturday in Lakeport at 1PM.
A Lake County supervisor has written a song to honor local service members. Lake County News says, Supervisor and bail bondsman, Rob Brown, in honor of Memorial Day has written and produced “21 Guns,” a song that remembers three young men with Lake County ties who have died in the past seven years. The three men are 22 year old Lance Corporal Ivan Wilson of Clearlake killed in Afghanistan, 27 year old Sgt. 1st Class David Hartman who has family in Lake County, died in Pakistan; and 23 year old Sgt. Richard Essex of Kelseyville, who died in southern Afghanistan. You can watch the video of the song at Lake co news dot com.