Santa Cruz man objects to $242,000 ruling to Covelo Couple

This week a local attor­ney filed an objec­tion in Men­do­cino County Supe­rior Court, on behalf of a Santa Cruz man, to a judge’s ten­ta­tive deci­sion order­ing pay­ment of $242,000 to a Cov­elo fam­ily in a case allegedly involv­ing a tres­pass mar­i­juana grow. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal says, ear­lier this month, The court found that Ross Mate­jcek took water from a spring not on his prop­erty, and ran irri­ga­tion lines far­ther down­hill to his mar­i­juana gar­den and a large reten­tion pond on his own prop­erty in 2008.
Ernesto and Maria Salazar had claimed that Mate­jcek tres­passed on their 10 acres by tak­ing land, water and 225 trees to facil­i­tate a mar­i­juana grow­ing oper­a­tion. He also con­structed a road which resulted in the mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the bor­der­ing hill­side, and the removal of 225 trees on the Salazars’ prop­erty. Besides the money, Mate­jcek was ordered to restore the road­way to its orig­i­nal grade, remove gates con­structed on the Salazar prop­erty, fenc­ing and the irri­ga­tion lines.

Bicyclist Injured by Suspected DUI Driver

An Upper Lake man who hit and seri­ously injured a woman rid­ing a bicy­cle was arrested on sus­pi­cion of dri­ving under the influ­ence. The crash hap­pend just before 7:30 yes­ter­day morn­ing. George Carl Allen, 60, was dri­ving a water tanker truck north­bound on Elk Moun­tain Road. He passed the woman who was also trav­el­ing north­bound on her bike, and struck her. Leah Emma Solon, 50, of Upper Lake was knocked to the ground. She was taken to Sut­ter Lake­side Hos­pi­tal with major injuries. She wasn’t wear­ing a helmet.

Commission Waits on Homen Building Project Approval

The Ukiah Plan­ning Com­mis­sion decided not to vote on a plan to build more homes on Ford Street because they first want to know more about the envi­ron­men­tal impact first. The plan is to build four, single-family homes next to the Buddy Eller Cen­ter and near Orr Creek. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal reports that since the homes would be build so close to Orr Creek, com­mis­sion­ers want to know more about drainage, set­backs and pro­tec­tion of both the creek and sur­round­ing trees.

Dewey Stresses Importance of Measure P

Dur­ing a recent pub­lic forum about Mea­sure P, Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey explained what could hap­pen if the sales tax that funds pub­lic safety doesn’t pass on Novem­ber 4th. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal reports Dewey says the tax, which pro­vides $2 mil­lion a year for police and fire ser­vices, is crit­i­cal to the future of Ukiah. He warned that with­out the tax dol­lars, they won’t be able to pro­vide their cur­rent level of ser­vice. Dewey said if the fund­ing from the half-cent sales tax went away, all city depart­ments would feel the loss as a reduc­tion of resources would be neccessary.

Ex-Felon Blows His Probation

Deputies from the Men­do­cino County Sheriff’s Office in were con­duct­ing extra patrol of the Har­wood Park area in Lay­tonville this week, when they came in con­tact with Richard Geiger who was next to his vehi­cle parked in the park­ing lot. Deputies learned Geiger is an Ex-Felon on felony pro­ba­tion out of Men­do­cino County for drug and firearms charges. A part of Geiger’s pro­ba­tion terms were to abstain from alco­hol, sub­mit to search and seizure, and pos­sess no firearms. He was found to be in pos­ses­sion of all of those things. Geiger was under the influ­ence, there was a bot­tle of vodka and beer were in his vehi­cle — along with some meth. Deputies also found a loaded 20-gauge shot­gun in the rear cargo area of his vehi­cle. Geiger was placed under arrest and taken to the Men­do­cino County Jail.

People Services Hit Hard by Thieves & Vandals

Clear­lake Peo­ple Ser­vices facil­ity say they’ve lost hun­dreds of dol­lars in equip­ment and repairs thanks to thieves and van­dals. The non­profit orga­ni­za­tion on Lakeshore Drive works with adults with devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties. The Direc­tor says their facil­ity has been tar­geted for the past two years with the most recent inci­dents hap­pen­ing this week. Their shed was bro­ken into with jan­i­to­r­ial sup­plies taken. Then some­one broke into and took about $600 worth of land­scap­ing tools from a land­scap­ing truck. And early Thurs­day morn­ing some­one van­dal­ized a Peo­ple Ser­vices van, slash­ing a rub­ber part on the wheel­chair access side door. Clear­lake Police say they are inves­ti­gat­ing the break-ins and are focus­ing on a pos­si­ble sus­pect. Mean­while Peo­ple Ser­vices is ask­ing the com­mu­nity for help by donat­ing cash or tools. Call the facil­ity to find out more.

Sports Highlights

Sports High­lights
In girls soc­cer: Clear Lake beat Kelseyville 2–0 , Ukiah lost to Mont­gomery, Mid­dle­town tied the Cloverdale Eagles 1–1 d which was good enough to help the Mus­tangs clinch a sev­enth straight league title

In boys soc­cer: Kelseyville, Willits, and Mid­dle­town were all win­ners. Ukiah takes on Mont­gomery today.

In foot­ball tonight:
Fort Bragg hosts St. Helena
Ukiah trav­els to Car­di­nal New­man
Willits is at home ver­sus Lower Lake
The fifth annual Bass Bowl is set for tonight as Clear Lake takes on Kelseyville at Kelseyville High School.

Four people rescued from stranded boat

Four peo­ple were stranded Sat­ur­day after­noon in the ocean near the mouth of the Albion River, when their 17-foot ves­sel sud­denly suf­fered from mechan­i­cal fail­ure. The Men­do­cino Bea­con says, No one on board the stranded ves­sel was injured. The fire depart­ment deployed two jet skis and a motor boat to tow in the ves­sel. CALSTAR also responded and mon­i­tored the res­cue from the air.

Ukiah Homeless Shelter re-opens

The staff of the Buddy Eller Cen­ter that closed it’s doors last sum­mer due to losses of fund­ing has decided to regroup and pare down their ser­vices to help Men­do­cino County’s home­less pop­u­la­tion. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal says, it’s now called the Emer­gency Shel­ter and Voca­tional Pro­gram, it offers 22 beds to peo­ple who are not only clean and sober, but will­ing, able and actively seek­ing to return to the work­force. Ford Street Project’s direc­tor Jackie Williams said, We are now focused on improv­ing self-sufficiency explain­ing that another key dif­fer­ence between this shel­ter and the pre­vi­ous one is that the new shel­ter pro­vides liv­ing quar­ters peo­ple can occupy 24 hours a day, rather than hav­ing to leave every day at 8 am and not come back until 5 pm. This Fri­day morn­ing, the shel­ter, located at 201 Brush St., is host­ing a “power break­fast” for com­mu­nity mem­bers inter­ested in find­ing out about the pro­gram begin­ning at 7 am. For those inter­ested in donat­ing items, the shel­ter could use a refrig­er­a­tor, or smaller items like floor rugs and no-slip bath­room mats.

Clearlake Police Looking for Owners of Recovered Stolen Property

The Clear­lake Police Depart­ment are look­ing for the own­ers of some stolen items that were found. This week, 33 year old Clear­lake res­i­dent was arrested on drug charges, but dur­ing a search of a duf­fel bag he had, police found archery equip­ment, a sur­veil­lance video cam­era and a chain­saw. Police have deter­mined the video sur­veil­lance cam­era had been stolen from Cheaper Cig­a­rettes on Lakeshore Drive. Police have now tied the sus­pect to a res­i­den­tial bur­glary that occurred on Octo­ber 10th in the 14500 block of Palmer Avenue. And yes­ter­day, a busi­ness owner turned over some prop­erty to the police depart­ment which had been found aban­doned. The prop­erty includes a portable DVD player, a portable speaker sys­tem, a small MP3 player and a small old hand tool for cut­ting grass. Police have linked the sus­pect to these stolen items as well. Any­one with infor­ma­tion on any of the prop­erty men­tioned, is asked to con­tact Evi­dence Tech­ni­cian Nicki Bur­rell at 994‑8251 ext 308.