Man Arrested for Attempted Murder in Nice

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.

City Agrees to Conditional Mediation for Hotel

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.

FEMA Remains in the State to Help Fire Survivors

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.

County Offices — Library Branches Closed for Thanksgiving

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 .

Forecasters Call for Snow in Northern Lake County

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.

Plea Deals Reached in Double Homocide

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.

Theft Victims in Lake County Urged to Contact Sheriff’s Office

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.

MCGO Hosting Public Meeting on Transportation Service Needs

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.

CSLB Sweeps Through Valley Fire Remains Nets Felony Arrest

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.

Lakeport Police Warn of Gasoline Thieves

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.