This week a local attorney filed an objection in Mendocino County Superior Court, on behalf of a Santa Cruz man, to a judge’s tentative decision ordering payment of $242,000 to a Covelo family in a case allegedly involving a trespass marijuana grow. The Ukiah Daily Journal says, earlier this month, The court found that Ross Matejcek took water from a spring not on his property, and ran irrigation lines farther downhill to his marijuana garden and a large retention pond on his own property in 2008.
Ernesto and Maria Salazar had claimed that Matejcek trespassed on their 10 acres by taking land, water and 225 trees to facilitate a marijuana growing operation. He also constructed a road which resulted in the modification of the bordering hillside, and the removal of 225 trees on the Salazars’ property. Besides the money, Matejcek was ordered to restore the roadway to its original grade, remove gates constructed on the Salazar property, fencing and the irrigation lines.
An Upper Lake man who hit and seriously injured a woman riding a bicycle was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The crash happend just before 7:30 yesterday morning. George Carl Allen, 60, was driving a water tanker truck northbound on Elk Mountain Road. He passed the woman who was also traveling northbound on her bike, and struck her. Leah Emma Solon, 50, of Upper Lake was knocked to the ground. She was taken to Sutter Lakeside Hospital with major injuries. She wasn’t wearing a helmet.
The Ukiah Planning Commission decided not to vote on a plan to build more homes on Ford Street because they first want to know more about the environmental impact first. The plan is to build four, single-family homes next to the Buddy Eller Center and near Orr Creek. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that since the homes would be build so close to Orr Creek, commissioners want to know more about drainage, setbacks and protection of both the creek and surrounding trees.
During a recent public forum about Measure P, Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey explained what could happen if the sales tax that funds public safety doesn’t pass on November 4th. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports Dewey says the tax, which provides $2 million a year for police and fire services, is critical to the future of Ukiah. He warned that without the tax dollars, they won’t be able to provide their current level of service. Dewey said if the funding from the half-cent sales tax went away, all city departments would feel the loss as a reduction of resources would be neccessary.
Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office in were conducting extra patrol of the Harwood Park area in Laytonville this week, when they came in contact with Richard Geiger who was next to his vehicle parked in the parking lot. Deputies learned Geiger is an Ex-Felon on felony probation out of Mendocino County for drug and firearms charges. A part of Geiger’s probation terms were to abstain from alcohol, submit to search and seizure, and possess no firearms. He was found to be in possession of all of those things. Geiger was under the influence, there was a bottle of vodka and beer were in his vehicle — along with some meth. Deputies also found a loaded 20-gauge shotgun in the rear cargo area of his vehicle. Geiger was placed under arrest and taken to the Mendocino County Jail.
Clearlake People Services facility say they’ve lost hundreds of dollars in equipment and repairs thanks to thieves and vandals. The nonprofit organization on Lakeshore Drive works with adults with developmental disabilities. The Director says their facility has been targeted for the past two years with the most recent incidents happening this week. Their shed was broken into with janitorial supplies taken. Then someone broke into and took about $600 worth of landscaping tools from a landscaping truck. And early Thursday morning someone vandalized a People Services van, slashing a rubber part on the wheelchair access side door. Clearlake Police say they are investigating the break-ins and are focusing on a possible suspect. Meanwhile People Services is asking the community for help by donating cash or tools. Call the facility to find out more.
In girls soccer: Clear Lake beat Kelseyville 2–0 , Ukiah lost to Montgomery, Middletown tied the Cloverdale Eagles 1–1 d which was good enough to help the Mustangs clinch a seventh straight league title
In boys soccer: Kelseyville, Willits, and Middletown were all winners. Ukiah takes on Montgomery today.
In football tonight:
Fort Bragg hosts St. Helena
Ukiah travels to Cardinal Newman
Willits is at home versus Lower Lake
The fifth annual Bass Bowl is set for tonight as Clear Lake takes on Kelseyville at Kelseyville High School.
Four people were stranded Saturday afternoon in the ocean near the mouth of the Albion River, when their 17-foot vessel suddenly suffered from mechanical failure. The Mendocino Beacon says, No one on board the stranded vessel was injured. The fire department deployed two jet skis and a motor boat to tow in the vessel. CALSTAR also responded and monitored the rescue from the air.
The staff of the Buddy Eller Center that closed it’s doors last summer due to losses of funding has decided to regroup and pare down their services to help Mendocino County’s homeless population. The Ukiah Daily Journal says, it’s now called the Emergency Shelter and Vocational Program, it offers 22 beds to people who are not only clean and sober, but willing, able and actively seeking to return to the workforce. Ford Street Project’s director Jackie Williams said, We are now focused on improving self-sufficiency explaining that another key difference between this shelter and the previous one is that the new shelter provides living quarters people can occupy 24 hours a day, rather than having to leave every day at 8 am and not come back until 5 pm. This Friday morning, the shelter, located at 201 Brush St., is hosting a “power breakfast” for community members interested in finding out about the program beginning at 7 am. For those interested in donating items, the shelter could use a refrigerator, or smaller items like floor rugs and no-slip bathroom mats.
The Clearlake Police Department are looking for the owners of some stolen items that were found. This week, 33 year old Clearlake resident was arrested on drug charges, but during a search of a duffel bag he had, police found archery equipment, a surveillance video camera and a chainsaw. Police have determined the video surveillance camera had been stolen from Cheaper Cigarettes on Lakeshore Drive. Police have now tied the suspect to a residential burglary that occurred on October 10th in the 14500 block of Palmer Avenue. And yesterday, a business owner turned over some property to the police department which had been found abandoned. The property includes a portable DVD player, a portable speaker system, a small MP3 player and a small old hand tool for cutting grass. Police have linked the suspect to these stolen items as well. Anyone with information on any of the property mentioned, is asked to contact Evidence Technician Nicki Burrell at 994‑8251 ext 308.