Fatal Shooting Saturday Night

There was a fatal shoot­ing over the week­end. Sheriff’s deputies, along with medics and fire­fight­ers from Northshore Fire Pro­tec­tion Dis­trict and Cal Fire, responded to the report of a gun­shot vic­tim. Lake County News reports, the shoot­ing occurred Sat­ur­day night shortly before 10 o’clock in the Spring Val­ley sub­di­vi­sion east of Clear­lake Oaks. Reports from the scene claim a woman was shot and killed by her hus­band dur­ing an argu­ment. Accord­ing to the scan­ner, Sheriff’s deputies on scene were reported to have one per­son in cus­tody and their inves­ti­ga­tion is con­in­u­ing with more infor­ma­tion to come.

Fatal Shooting Saturday Night

There was a fatal shoot­ing over the week­end. Sheriff’s deputies, along with medics and fire­fight­ers from Northshore Fire Pro­tec­tion Dis­trict and Cal Fire, responded to the report of a gun­shot vic­tim. Lake County News reports, the shoot­ing occurred Sat­ur­day night shortly before 10 o’clock in the Spring Val­ley sub­di­vi­sion east of Clear­lake Oaks. Reports from the scene claim a woman was shot and killed by her hus­band dur­ing an argu­ment. Accord­ing to the scan­ner, Sheriff’s deputies on scene were reported to have one per­son in cus­tody and their inves­ti­ga­tion is con­in­u­ing with more infor­ma­tion to come.

Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Rivero

A state appel­late court has ruled in favor of Lake County’s out­go­ing sher­iff. The rul­ing stated that Sher­iff Frank Rivero was enti­tled to a more extended period of out­side legal rep­re­sen­ta­tion when dis­put­ing Dis­trict Attor­ney Don Anderson’s deci­sion to place him on the “Brady” list of offi­cers in early 2013. That is a list kept by Dis­trict Attorney’s Offices and police agen­cies — of police offi­cers and deputy sheriff’s, who had been found to have acted in a dis­hon­est man­ner. Dur­ing his inves­ti­ga­tion into a Feb­ru­ary 2008 inci­dent in which Rivero shot at an unarmed man, Ander­son said the sher­iff allegedly gave con­flict­ing state­ments to inves­ti­ga­tors about his actions.

Authorities Look for Wanted Man

Author­i­ties are still look­ing for a man who ran into the Cow Moun­tain area fol­low­ing a chase on Fri­day. UPD says the chase hap­pened just before noon down Tal­mage and Mill Creek Roads where the sus­pect crashed through three gates on pri­vate land. The sus­pect, is iden­ti­fied as Chris­t­ian Wayne Hunt, 43, and he is wanted for pre­vi­ous crimes. The pas­sen­ger in the vehi­cle bailed out, which made police lose track of Hunt. They say the pas­sen­ger was not involved in any crime, and was try­ing to get away from Hunt. Police did an imme­di­ate search of the Cow Moun­tain area, but couldn’t find Hunt. Any­one with infor­ma­tion regard­ing the where­abouts of Hunt, who is con­sid­ered to be armed and dan­ger­ous, can con­tact the Ukiah Police Depart­ment, or the Men­do­cino County Sheriff’s Office.

Holiday Closures Puiblic Services

Some Christ­mas clo­sures to be aware of from pub­lic ser­vices: The East­lake Land­fill in Clear­lake and the Pub­lic Ser­vices office in Lake­port will be closed Wednes­day, and Thurs­day, for the Christ­mas holiday.

The Lake County Waste Solu­tions Trans­fer Sta­tion at 230 Soda Bay Road in Lake­port will be closed Thurs­day, and will reopen Fri­day, Dec. 26.

Lake County, the City of Clear­lake and the City of Ukiah, Res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial col­lec­tion for Thurs­day and Fri­day of this week will occur one day after your nor­mal pick up day.

The land­fill and the Pub­lic Ser­vices office will reopen Fri­day, Dec. 26.

Lake Mendocino Faring Better this Drought

The City of Ukiah Pub­lic Works Direc­tor told city coun­cil mem­bers that that there’s more water in Lake Men­do­cino now than in pre­vi­ous drought years. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal reports that Tim Erik­sen says that as of last Wednes­day, there was 48,000 acre-feet of water stored in the lake, while in 2013, there was only 30,000 acre-feet at this time, and in 2009 there was only 35,000 acre-feet.

It could be a longer wait for your tax refund next year

It could take longer for you to get your income tax refund next year. The IRS com­mis­sioner John Kosk­i­nen says bud­get cuts enacted by con­gress means fewer agents will be audit­ing returns, and about half of the peo­ple who call the IRS for help won’t reach some­one. He says the bud­get cuts could hurt tax­payer ser­vices and add time to when you can get your refund. . Con­gress cut the IRS bud­get by $346 mil­lion for the bud­get year that ends in Sep­tem­ber 2015. The $10.9 bil­lion bud­get is $1.2 bil­lion less than the agency received in 2010.

Arrests made in home invasion

Bail is set at $400,000 for a Petaluma man. 21 year old Mark Papil­lion was booked into the Men­do­cino County Jail for his sus­pected involve­ment in a past Red­wood Val­ley home inva­sion. Accord­ing to the Men­do­cino County Sheriff’s Office, a home inva­sion was reported on Sep­tem­ber 7th at 4 in the morn­ing. One man was injured after being con­fronted by 4 or 5 men. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal says, one of the sus­pects was armed, and the oth­ers demanded mar­i­juana and money before “ran­sack­ing” the home. The home­owner reported to deputies that the sus­pects took sev­eral firearms, per­sonal belong­ings, and a “few” mar­i­juana plants which were grow­ing out­side the home. 18 year old Nathan Zin­garelli of Santa Rosa was also arrested on Dec. 7, after being sought in the incident.

Clear Lake Level on the Rise

Clear Lake’s level con­tin­ues to rise. The Record-Bee reports that as of noon Wednes­day, the lake level was 1.82 feet on the Rum­sey Gauge. As of 10:15 p.m. last night, Clear Lake was 2.04 feet on the Rum­sey Gauge. Last year, the max­i­mum the lake level reached was 2.4 feet on the Rum­sey Gauge. Yolo County can­not draw any water from the lake if the level is 3.22 feet or less on the Rum­sey Gauge as of May 1. Clear Lake is con­sid­ered full when the lake level is 7.56 feet.

Fort Bragg Ending Water Emergency

Because the recent rains have helped to replen­ish ground­wa­ter and flows in local rivers and streams, The city of Fort Bragg is end­ing its Stage 1 Water Emer­gency des­ig­na­tion. The Fort Bragg pub­lic works direc­tor says they are happy to be able to fully serve all of their cus­tomers. He adds that even though the emer­gency del­ca­ra­tion has been lifted, he asks res­i­dents to con­tinue using their con­ser­va­tion habits.