A man has been arrested for attempted murder following a stabbing incident in Nice.
The stabbing happend just before midnight on Sunday at a residence located in the 6000 block of Crump Avenue. Deputies arrived to find a male victimwho appeared to have been stabbed multiple times and was bleeding profusely. The victim told deputies that during a discussion, he’d suggested that the suspect, James Ledesma was a thief. That led to an argument with Ledesma, who then stabbed him three times. Deputies located a surveillance system at the residence which recorded the entire incident. Ledesma was arrested for attempted murder, transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and was booked.
The City of Ukiah has conditionally agreed to mediation regarding the Palace Hotel. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that the attorneys representing the City of Ukiah, and the attorneys representing the owner of the Palace Hotel haveverbally agreed to a course of action that includes mediation, as long as the hotel owner agrees to the city’s stipualtion. City Attorney David Rapport did not say what that stipulation is, but did say it doesn’t involve more work being done on the building. The city had filed a petition to appoint a receiver to oversee the hotel’s rehabilitation. A judge wanted both sides to talk again about the possibility of mediation as an alternative to seeking a court-appointed receiver for the building.
Even though the deadline for Lake County wildfire survivors to register with Federal Emergency Management Agency has passed, FEMA remains in California to work with the state and local governments to provide assistance with recovery. Survivors who registered with the FEMA are urged to stay in touch with the agency. There are also other forms of disaster assistance available for those who didn’t register. For more information, visit the Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Middletown Senior Center. Normal hours are weekdays 9AM-6PM. They will be closed from Thanksgiving Day through the weekend, reopening Monday, November 30th.
A reminder that all Lake and Mendocino County offices will be closed tomorrow to celebrate Thanksgiving. Also, All branches of the Lake County Library system will be closed Nov. 26 and 27. Normal hours at all branches will resume on Nov. 28. In Mendocino County, Fort Bragg, Ukiah, & Willits library branches will close at 3:00 PM today. Branches will resume normal hours on Saturday .
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but it will begin to look a lot like Christmas for some in northern Lake County today. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory throught 6 this evening. Forecasters say the winter storm moving into the region today through early tomorrow will bring heavy snow to the mountains and upper foothills. Snow accumulations are predicted to range between 2 and 4 inches above 2,500 feet and 4 to 7 inches at the highest elevations. For the High Glade Lookout above Upper Lake and north — forecasters are predicting a 70-percent chance of precipitation today, with up to 2 inches of snow possible and gusts of wind up to 21 miles per hour.
Three people involved in a Lake County 2014 double homicide have reached plea agreements. Conrad Velez, his son Dakota Velez, and Dakota’s girlfriend, Dahnna Burrows are accused of killing William Frank Busch of Lakeport and Edward Harry Morgan of Kelseyville in January of 2014. Both men had stab wounds, while Busch also had skull fractures. Conrad Velez was responsible for killing both Bush and Morgan, is facing 50 years to life in prison. Dakota is being placed on formal probation. Burrows, who has been in jail since last January, has already served the time required for her sentence.
Three men have been arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property in Lake County…
During the past two months the Lake County Sheriff’s Office became aware of several subjects in Lake County that were suspected of committing thefts, burglaries, and drug sales. An extensive investigation was launched, involving a combination of the Patrol Division, Narcotics Division, and the Investigations Division. 28-year-old Jose Manuel Rodriguez Jr. of Kelseyville, 44-year-old Lonnie Ray Scott of Kelseyville, and Michael Sean Shaffer, 31, of Upper Lake, were all arrested this month in connection to several crimes in the area. Authorities are now looking for theft victims to return the recovered property. Anyone who has had a recent theft and not reported it is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at 707–262-4200 to make a report.
The Mendocino Council of Governments is asking for public input to help them determine what public transportation services are needed for the community. A public meeting will be held on the afternoon of December 7th, 1:30 p.m. in the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Chambers in Ukiah. MCOG will take public testimony, learn what service needs have been reported to the Mendocino Transit Authority, and hear the findings of MCOG’s Social Services Transportation Advisory Council.
The Contractors State License Board and other law enforcement partners conducted a compliance sweep to catch unlicensed contractors in Lake County on Thursday…and they made an arrest. During the multi-agency operation, investigators searched for people working without a contractor license and/or workers’ compensation insurance in the Valley Fire area. Jonathan George, 28, was arrested on a felony charge of contracting without a license in a disaster area. A licensed contractor reported George’s alleged illegal activity to CSLB several days before the sweep took place.
The Lakeport Police Department is asking residents to keep an eye out for gasoline thieves who are again targeting people’s vehicles. Vehicles in the Parallel Drive area were targeted last week. According to LPD, an unknown suspect or suspects have been taking fuel mostly at night. Residents have woken up to find several gallons of gas missing the next morning. Make sure to secure your vehicles, and consider locking gas caps for extra protection.
If you see suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhoods, you’re asked to contact police immediately at 707–263-5491 so they can investigate.