MCSO Deputy Credited for Saving a Man’s Life

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.

Lakeport City Council Special Meeting

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.

Update on Willits Bypass Project

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.

Sheriff Allman Supports Prescription Drug Bill

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 District Boards Consider Unification

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.

Turkey Season

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.

Willits Bypass Project

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.

New Citizen Alert Notification System Mendocino County

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.

Car Thefts on Rise in Ukiah

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.

Willits Man Who Escaped Courtroom in Jail on $1 Million Bond

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.