After substantial feedback area residents, The Willits city council voted 3–1 to raise daily swim costs from $4 to $5 and to raise package rates proportionately. The council also raised the heavily discounted preschool swim lesson rates. Willits News says, The city pool is available for city use only 3 months of the year and operates at a deficit of $15,000 each month. During the 2014–2015 budget talks, the city staff recommended closing the pool altogether. The council considered the option but decided it would need further study and discussion. The issue was not addressed again until the 2015–2016 budget discussions. During the discussion on all city rates, the pool fees-with its annual $45,000 deficit, became a hot unresolved topic. The June 24 council meeting was filled with pool supporters. Suggestions were made and the pool will stay open.
The hot temperatures have prompted Mendocino County to open a number of cooling centers for people to step out of the heat. Among the locations are: The Ukiah Conference Center on School Street, and Plowshares Peace and Justice Center, onnState Street in Ukiah. The Ukiah Senior Center is serving as both a cooling and hydration station through tomorrow from 9AM to 4PM.
Suspects in a Fort Bragg Hit and Run have been arrested in Ukiah. According to the Fort Bragg Police Department, Saturday morning around 9:15 officers were called to the intersection of Boat yard Drive and South Main Street for a hit-and-run collision. One of the victims Charles Viggers complained of chest pain and was taken to the hospital. Both victims Charles Viggers and Claudelle Zack told Police a primer black Ford Mustang had hit their Toyota Prius and another driver in a primer black Mustang drove up and confronted them. Officers were able to identify the suspects as 39 year old Timothy King of Willits, and a male juvenile. Several hours later Ukiah Police notified Fort Bragg Police that they received a call reporting two Ford Mustangs behind the Ukiah Walmart were being spray painted. Officers arrived to find King painting the cars, and located the juvenile inside the store. Both were arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including Hit-and-Run with Injury, Criminal Conspiracy and Tampering with Evidence.
Cal Fire quickly contained a fire on Burke Hill yesterday that came close to a chicken barn. The fire was reported shortly after 11 a.m, and was contained by 11:45 a.m.after burning 10 acres. Nearby structures, a chicken barn and home were not damaged. Crews were able to quickly extinguish two other fires yesterday — one was in the Hwy. 101 median, the other on Highway 20 near Willits.
Get ready for a double dose of fireworks — two nights of racing and fireworks will be happening at the Ukiah and Lakeport Speedways this weekend. The shows are at dusk at the Lakeport Speedway, Friday July 3 and at Ukiah Speedway on Saturday July 4th. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors and Students, $8 for Children 6 to 11 and free for Children 5 and under.
Acrobats, aerialists, equilibrists and more will light up the stage with an all new show in an old world tent at Mendocino Friendship Park. The Flynn Creek Circus has shows today and tomororw 7:00pm; Saturday 4 3:00, 4:15 and 5:30pm and Sunday 1:30 and 4:00 pm. The shows feature quality circus acts from all over the world who can accomplish amazing stunts. You can purchase tickets online at www.flynncreekcircus.com
21 people were arrested on Monday during a multiagency probation sweep within the city of Clearlake, hosted by the Police Department. Lake County News reports, Additional participants included probation officers with Lake County Probation, officers with the California Highway Patrol and an officer with the Lakeport Police Department. The event focused on subjects in the city of Clearlake who were on probation, parole or Post Release Community Service. Officers responded to the subjects’ listed residences and conducted compliance checks to verify they were in compliance with their terms and conditions of release. Snyder said several subjects were contacted during the event and found to be in violation of their release conditions. During the event 21 persons were arrested for various violations of their probation or parole. Additionally several subjects were located that were wanted fugitives which had active warrants for their arrest. Several people were additionally charged with new criminal offenses which are included being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substances and possession of prohibited weapon.
Mendocino County is offering cooling stations during this week’s heatwave. The Ukiah Daily Journal is reporting, Extremely hot temperatures have led to the opening of several cooling stations at public places throughout the area. The hovering 100-plus temperatures are expected to bring high humidity, which when combined with the already hot temperatures, produces a risk of heat-related illnesses, particularly with children and the elderly. The community is also advised to stay in a cool place when possible, reduce exertion and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. It is also recommended to consider the well being of pets as well, and never leave them ‚children or the elderly in a car even if the windows are open.
Plowshares Peace and Justice Center, 1346 S. State St., Ukiah.
Ukiah Conference Center, 200 S. School St., Ukiah
Monday, June 29 to Friday, July 3
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Water and a cool place to rest
Ukiah Senior Center
Main Hall — Hydration Station
Wednesday, July 1 and Thursday, July 2
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Willits City Hall
111 E. Commercial St., Willits
Monday, June 29 to Thursday, July 2
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
An excessive heat warning in effect for Lake and Mendocino Counties from this afternoon until Friday morning. High temperatures are expected between 102–112, and low temperatures 74– 80. Health officals urge you to take precautions to avoid heat related illnesses. If you work or spend time outside. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Health officials also advise you to stay out of the sun… and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
Four people are facing charges in a robbery and assault that happened at the Clearlake Walmart on Sunday. Leanne Lynne Perez, 33, of Santa Rosa; her husband, Johnny Ramon Perez, 28, of Clearlake; Cristina Marie Pacheco, 35, of Clearlake; and Justin Lynn Carey, were all arraigned yesterday in Lake County Superior Court. According to the Chief Deputy District Attorney, the Perezes went into the store with their child, Sunday afternoon with the intent of stealing items to return for cash, while Pacheco and Carey waited in the car.
As the Perezes were exiting the store in the garden area with a cart-full of merchandise, a 66-year-old employee asked to see their receipt. Pacheco then reportedly jumped out of the car, and pepper-sprayed the Walmart employee before they all fled with the merchandise. The Perezes and Pacheco are being charged with robbery using force or fear, burglary, grand theft and possession of stolen property. Carey is charged with burglary and grand theft, possession of stolen property and being an accessory after the fact. The Perezes will also be charged with child endangerment.