A Mendocino County sheriff’s deputy is being credited with saving a man’s life. According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Last Friday around 12:30 am Deputy Zemanuel Lima was on routine patrol in the Fort Bragg area and overheard emergency medical and fire personnel, on another radio channel, being dispatched to a residence on Ocean View Drive. They were responding to a report of an unresponsive man receiving CPR by his wife. Deputy Lima responded without being requested, to provide any assistance that he could, and arrived within minutes, before emergency medical personnel. Lima found the victim’s wife struggling to provide CPR to her husband, who wasn’t breathing. The man also didn’t have a pulse and his eyes were fixed and dilated. Deputy Lima was able to effectively perform CPR on the victim for about five minutes until medical personnel arrived, and he continued to for an additional 20 minutes until the victim had a spontaneous return of circulation, The victim was taken to the hospital in serious, but stable, condition.
The Lakeport City Council will hold a special meeting tomorrow morning to set goals for the 2015–16 fiscal year. The public is invited to attend the meeting which starts at 9AM in the council chambers at Lakeport City Hall on Park Street. Public workshops on the draft document are expected to take place in June.
The Highway 101 bypass around Willits project is about 65 percent complete. The damaged columns have been replaced when the viaduct collapsed in January and the contractor is also planning to install new falsework to replace the failed section starting this month. The viaduct section is expected to complete in September. According to Caltrans, the quarrying and import of fill from the Mendocino Forest Products site to the northern interchange is expected to resume in May.
A bill has been introduced that would make it easier for healthcare providers to prescribe pain medication for a shorter day supply to help cut down on prescription drug abuse and deaths. It’s a bill that Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman supports. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that Bill 623 would make it easier for healthcare providers to prescribe opioid pain medication for a less than 30-day supply to limit the number of pills circulating for theft or misuse. Allman was in attendance at the state capitol this week when the bill was introduced.
During a press conference there, Allman said that Mendocino County is almost double the statewide average in deaths and rehabilitation of prescription drugs.
Upper Lake’s two school district boards worked together last night on the details for a possible unification. If approved, the Upper Lake Union High School District and the Upper Lake Union Elementary District would be unified in the 2016–17 school year. The two districts must review and approve 10 criteria before taking votes in June. The two boards will next meet jointly again on April 22nd.
The Spring Turkey season open this Saturday and runs through May 3 (there is an extended archery-only season from May 4–17). The shooting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to 4 p.m. The limit is one bearded turkey per day and a total of three for the season. In addition to a current hunting license all hunters are required to possess an Upland Game Stamp.
According to a project update provided by Caltrans to the city of Willits, The Highway 101 bypass around Willits project is about 65 percent complete. The damaged columns have been replaced when the viaduct collapsed in January and the contractor is also planning to install new falsework to replace the failed section starting this month. The viaduct section is expected to complete in September. The Willits News says, Much of the construction remains suspended until May or June depending upon permits. The quarrying and import of fill from the Mendocino Forest Products site to the northern interchange is expected to resume in May. Other work can continue in areas away from streams, where the work will not cause sediment to run off into creeks. Repairs were also completed on winter storm damage to slopes along the southern section. A CalTrans spokesman said, We are still working out the details with the Corps on how the reduced interchange will affect our mitigation credits, but we are moving forward with the redesign.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is switching to a new emergency alert program. According to the Sheriff’s Office, The new Mendocino County Citizen Alert Notification System named Previously Code Red will communicate “critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports, the new system is still being worked out, and the Sheriff’s Office was attempting to transfer those who signed-up for the old system into the new system. Residents are still being encouraged to re-enroll their cell phones into the new system on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office website. Landlines don’t need to be enrolled because they are automatically included through the county’s reverse 911 system. Users can also download a free smartphone application on any platform.
The Ukiah Police Department reports there have been a number of car thefts recently — five the city in the past few weeks, with the latest happening Saturday morning just outside the city on Oak Knoll Road. Police advise that you don’t leave your vehicle running and unattended. Don’t leave your keys in the ignition and always lock your vehicle.
The Willits man who escaped from custody out of the courtroom during his arraignment, remains in the Mendocino County Jail under $1 million bail. The Mendocino Sheriff’s office has released more information about the escape. On Friday morning, Dustin Henderson, age 39, ran from the courtroom and broke a glass door as he ran out of the courthouse and fled, running northbound on North School St in the downtown Ukiah area. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies with assistance of Ukiah Police Department Officers set up a perimeter just north of the Mendocino County Court House and a search of the area was conducted. A special agent of the Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force located Henderson hiding in a creek under a bridge on North School Street. Henderson was then taken into custody without further incident.