U-Haul Burglars Nabbed

Some crooks are going to great lengths to bur­glar­ize homes. Last Mon­day A home­owner came home and found a large U-Haul in his dri­ve­way and it wasn’t long before he real­ized two crooks were load­ing it with stuff from his home. The crooks sped off and the man tried to fol­low but lost the truck.
The thugs hit a sec­ond home in the 5300 block of Wild Iris Lane. Once again, The home­owner came home to find the truck in his dri­ve­way.
Cops were dis­patched to both loca­tions to inves­ti­gate. Mean­while, a deputy spot­ted the truck in traf­fic and pulled it over, the dri­ver refused to get out of the truck so the offi­cer hit him with his taser. The truck sped off all­most hit­ting the cop. Even­tu­ally the truck was stopped and the men jumped out and ran. They were found with the help of CHP, Willits Police and Sheriff’s Deputi­ties. Joshua Hayes and Solomon Woods face a string of charges and all the stolen stuff was recov­ered along with a gun.

Make A Difference Day

This com­ing Sat­ur­day, Lake County res­i­dents will have the chance to help oth­ers and learn about vol­un­teer­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties in the com­mu­nity as part of the annual “Make A Dif­fer­ence Day”.
The event will fea­ture the col­lec­tion of food dona­tions as part of the “stuff the bus” effort as well as a new vol­un­teer fair. From 9 to 3 a Lake Tran­sit bus will be parked at the Lake­port Gro­cery Out­let park­ing lot, located at the cor­ner of South Main Street and Lake­port Boule­vard, col­lect­ing food.
A sec­ond bus will be located at the Clear­lake Gro­cery Out­let on Olympic Drive from 9 to 12:30 also col­lect­ing food dona­tions. Orga­niz­ers said all of the food dona­tions will stay in Lake County to be dis­trib­uted to local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior cen­ters and food pro­grams. Lake County New says, Also avail­able on Make A Dif­fer­ence Day, Lake Tran­sit is offer­ing free rides in exchange for non­per­ish­able food dona­tions. One food item will be good for a local ride, while a regional ride will require two food items. Three food items can be exchanged for an out-of-county ride.

Clearlake Police K9 Unit Pizza Fundraiser

The Clear­lake Police K9 Unit will hold a pizza fundraiser on this evening. The din­ner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at DJ’s Pizza, at 16135 Main St., in Lower Lake. Tick­ets cost $8 per per­son. To pur­chase your tick­ets, stop by the Clear­lake Police Depart­ment on Olympic Drive. All dona­tions are tax-deductible.

County Negotiaions to Begin with Losak

The Men­do­cino County Board of Super­vi­sors are mov­ing for­ward with con­tract nego­ti­a­tions with act­ing county coun­sel Doug Losak. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal reports the board wants to move Losak to the interim county coun­sel posi­tion. CEO Carmel Angelo and human resources direc­tor Tammi Wesel­sky have been appointed to rep­re­sent the county in the nego­ti­at­ing process of a pos­si­ble new con­tract and posi­tion for Losak.

Deputies Injured During Arrest

Some Men­do­cino County Sheriff’s Deputies sus­tained minor injuries dur­ing an arrest in Lay­tonville this week. They were called to the 44000 block of High­way 101 because of a man behav­ing strangely. When deputies arrived, he was speak­ing in an unin­tel­li­gi­ble man­ner and appeared to pos­si­bly be under the influ­ence of a con­trolled sub­stance. The man, Arik Cald­well, would not coop­er­ate with the deputy’s com­mands, so they moved in to get him into cus­tody. Cald­well strug­gled with three deputies throw­ing kicks and punches that con­nected. Cald­well grabbed for items on a Deputy’s duty belt and also grabbed onto a Taser that a Deputy was attempt­ing to deploy. Deputies were able to get con­trol of Cald­well and placed him under arrest. He taken to a nearby hos­pi­tal for med­ical treat­ment. Once Cald­well is cleared from the hos­pi­tal he will then be booked into the Men­do­cino County Jail where he will be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.

Lakeport Cancels Road Safety Improvement Project

The Lake­port City Coun­cil voted to can­cel a project that was sup­posed to improve safety con­di­tions on Lakeshore Boule­vard. They said the project was too expen­sive and directed staff to come back with cheaper options. There have been a high num­ber of crashes along the Lakeshore Boule­vard. The pro­posal that was rejected included installing new col­ored asphalt in the bike lanes , and the instal­la­tion of a new mini traf­fic cir­cle, but the cost to the city would be around $58,000 dollars.

New Seats for Willits Theatre

Next time you go to Willits Com­mu­nity The­atre to take in a show — you’ll be sit­ting in newly refur­bished seats. The­atre staff had a goal to refur­bish a total of 67 of their most well worn chairs and asked donors to help them get it done. And gen­eros­ity came through as the the­atre took in around $7,500 to put towards the project, which has been com­pleted in time for the next sched­uled per­for­mance there — “The Angel of Chatham Square” — which opens Novem­ber 7th.

Portion of Highway to Be Named in Honor of Fallen Deputy

Men­do­cino County Sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino, whose life was taken while in the line of duty, will have a por­tion of High­way 1 named in his honor. A res­o­lu­tion that was filed with the Sec­re­tary of State’s Office says that part of High­way 1 between south­bound mile­post 62 and 65 will be renamed the “Del Fiorentino Memo­r­ial High­way”. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal reports that In June, the Men­do­cino County Board of Super­vi­sors voted in favor of the res­o­lu­tion, and on July 8 the super­vi­sors approved a let­ter of sup­port to be sent on to the State Capi­tol. Del Fiorentino had a total of 26 years as an offi­cer, with 10 years at the Fort Bragg Police Depart­ment and 16 years as a deputy sher­iff. He was killed by an armed fugi­tive in March.

Registrar of Voters to Hold Test Run

The Lake County Reg­is­trar of Vot­ers Office wants to have a test run before the real deal. The office has announced it will con­duct reg­u­lar test­ing of its bal­lot tab­u­la­tion com­puter and soft­ware this week. The Reg­is­trar of Vot­ers says the logic and accu­racy test will take place tomor­row morn­ing start­ing at 10 at her office in the Lake County Cour­t­house. The pub­lic is wel­come to stop by and watch the test. The test­ing of the tab­u­la­tion devices and soft­ware is con­ducted pur­suant to Cal­i­for­nia State Com­mis­sion on Vot­ing Machines and Vote Tab­u­lat­ing Devices regulations.

Woman hit and killed in Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg Police have arrested an Ari­zona man after he allegedly struck and killed a pedes­trian in Fort Bragg. It hap­pened at the near the Beach­comber Motel in the 1100 block of North Main Street around 6 pm on Fri­day. Wit­nesses reported that a truck had hit a pedes­trian and injured her before flee­ing the scene. When offi­cers arrived they found 45-year-old Karen Zuehls­dorf of Oak­land, uncon­scious and lying on the ground while fire­fight­ers and wit­nesses attempted to revive her by per­form­ing CPR. Zuehls­dorf was pro­nounced dead at the scene. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal says, A sec­ond vic­tim, a 7 month-old boy, was air­lifted to Children’s Hos­pi­tal in Oak­land. The extent of his injuries are unknown. A descrip­tion of the truck and it’s license plate was broad­cast to local law enforce­ment, when a ranger with the Cal­i­for­nia State Parks Depart­ment stopped the sus­pect vehi­cle near mile marker 68.5 on North High­way 1.
56 year old Michael Bit­ney of Ari­zona was report­edly iden­ti­fied by wit­nesses as the man seen dri­ving the truck. He was arrested on sus­pi­cion of vehic­u­lar manslaugh­ter and a hit-and-run col­li­sion caus­ing death.
Bit­ney is locked up in the Men­do­cino County Jail under $155,000 bail.