Willits pool will remain open

After sub­stan­tial feed­back area res­i­dents, The Willits city coun­cil voted 3–1 to raise daily swim costs from $4 to $5 and to raise pack­age rates pro­por­tion­ately. The coun­cil also raised the heav­ily dis­counted preschool swim les­son rates. Willits News says, The city pool is avail­able for city use only 3 months of the year and oper­ates at a deficit of $15,000 each month. Dur­ing the 2014–2015 bud­get talks, the city staff rec­om­mended clos­ing the pool alto­gether. The coun­cil con­sid­ered the option but decided it would need fur­ther study and dis­cus­sion. The issue was not addressed again until the 2015–2016 bud­get dis­cus­sions. Dur­ing the dis­cus­sion on all city rates, the pool fees-with its annual $45,000 deficit, became a hot unre­solved topic. The June 24 coun­cil meet­ing was filled with pool sup­port­ers. Sug­ges­tions were made and the pool will stay open.

Cooling Centers Open in Mendocino County

The hot tem­per­a­tures have prompted Men­do­cino County to open a num­ber of cool­ing cen­ters for peo­ple to step out of the heat. Among the loca­tions are: The Ukiah Con­fer­ence Cen­ter on School Street, and Plow­shares Peace and Jus­tice Cen­ter, onnState Street in Ukiah. The Ukiah Senior Cen­ter is serv­ing as both a cool­ing and hydra­tion sta­tion through tomor­row from 9AM to 4PM.

Suspects in a Fort Bragg Hit and Run Arrested

Sus­pects in a Fort Bragg Hit and Run have been arrested in Ukiah. Accord­ing to the Fort Bragg Police Depart­ment, Sat­ur­day morn­ing around 9:15 offi­cers were called to the inter­sec­tion of Boat yard Drive and South Main Street for a hit-and-run col­li­sion. One of the vic­tims Charles Vig­gers com­plained of chest pain and was taken to the hos­pi­tal. Both vic­tims Charles Vig­gers and Claudelle Zack told Police a primer black Ford Mus­tang had hit their Toy­ota Prius and another dri­ver in a primer black Mus­tang drove up and con­fronted them. Offi­cers were able to iden­tify the sus­pects as 39 year old Tim­o­thy King of Willits, and a male juve­nile. Sev­eral hours later Ukiah Police noti­fied Fort Bragg Police that they received a call report­ing two Ford Mus­tangs behind the Ukiah Wal­mart were being spray painted. Offi­cers arrived to find King paint­ing the cars, and located the juve­nile inside the store. Both were arrested and charged with mul­ti­ple offenses, includ­ing Hit-and-Run with Injury, Crim­i­nal Con­spir­acy and Tam­per­ing with Evidence.

Burke Hill Contained After Burning 10 Acres

Cal Fire quickly con­tained a fire on Burke Hill yes­ter­day that came close to a chicken barn. The fire was reported shortly after 11 a.m, and was con­tained by 11:45 a.m.after burn­ing 10 acres. Nearby struc­tures, a chicken barn and home were not dam­aged. Crews were able to quickly extin­guish two other fires yes­ter­day — one was in the Hwy. 101 median, the other on High­way 20 near Willits.

2 Nights of Racing and Fireworks

Get ready for a dou­ble dose of fire­works — two nights of rac­ing and fire­works will be hap­pen­ing at the Ukiah and Lake­port Speed­ways this week­end. The shows are at dusk at the Lake­port Speed­way, Fri­day July 3 and at Ukiah Speed­way on Sat­ur­day July 4th. Tick­ets are $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors and Stu­dents, $8 for Chil­dren 6 to 11 and free for Chil­dren 5 and under.

Flynn Family Circus Shows Start Today

Acro­bats, aeri­al­ists, equi­lib­rists and more will light up the stage with an all new show in an old world tent at Men­do­cino Friend­ship Park. The Flynn Creek Cir­cus has shows today and tomororw 7:00pm; Sat­ur­day 4 3:00, 4:15  and 5:30pm and Sun­day 1:30 and 4:00 pm. The shows fea­ture qual­ity cir­cus acts from all over the world who can accom­plish amaz­ing stunts. You can pur­chase tick­ets online at www.flynncreekcircus.com

21 arrests made in Lake County probation sweep

21 peo­ple were arrested on Mon­day dur­ing a mul­ti­a­gency pro­ba­tion sweep within the city of Clear­lake, hosted by the Police Depart­ment. Lake County News reports, Addi­tional par­tic­i­pants included pro­ba­tion offi­cers with Lake County Pro­ba­tion, offi­cers with the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Patrol and an offi­cer with the Lake­port Police Depart­ment. The event focused on sub­jects in the city of Clear­lake who were on pro­ba­tion, parole or Post Release Com­mu­nity Ser­vice. Offi­cers responded to the sub­jects’ listed res­i­dences and con­ducted com­pli­ance checks to ver­ify they were in com­pli­ance with their terms and con­di­tions of release. Sny­der said sev­eral sub­jects were con­tacted dur­ing the event and found to be in vio­la­tion of their release con­di­tions. Dur­ing the event 21 per­sons were arrested for var­i­ous vio­la­tions of their pro­ba­tion or parole. Addi­tion­ally sev­eral sub­jects were located that were wanted fugi­tives which had active war­rants for their arrest. Sev­eral peo­ple were addi­tion­ally charged with new crim­i­nal offenses which are included being under the influ­ence of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of con­trolled sub­stances and pos­ses­sion of pro­hib­ited weapon.

Mendocino County Cooling Stations

Men­do­cino County is offer­ing cool­ing sta­tions dur­ing this week’s heat­wave. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal is report­ing, Extremely hot tem­per­a­tures have led to the open­ing of sev­eral cool­ing sta­tions at pub­lic places through­out the area. The hov­er­ing 100-plus tem­per­a­tures are expected to bring high humid­ity, which when com­bined with the already hot tem­per­a­tures, pro­duces a risk of heat-related ill­nesses, par­tic­u­larly with chil­dren and the elderly. The com­mu­nity is also advised to stay in a cool place when pos­si­ble, reduce exer­tion and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. It is also rec­om­mended to con­sider the well being of pets as well, and never leave them ‚chil­dren or the elderly in a car even if the win­dows are open.

Plow­shares Peace and Jus­tice Cen­ter, 1346 S. State St., Ukiah.
Ukiah Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, 200 S. School St., Ukiah

Hydra­tion Sta­tion
Mon­day, June 29 to Fri­day, July 3
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Water and a cool place to rest
Ukiah Senior Center

Main Hall — Hydra­tion Sta­tion
Wednes­day, July 1 and Thurs­day, July 2
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Willits City Hall
111 E. Com­mer­cial St., Willits
Cool­ing Sta­tion
Mon­day, June 29 to Thurs­day, July 2
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Excessive Heat Warning for Lake and Mendocino Counties

An exces­sive heat warn­ing in effect for Lake and Men­do­cino Coun­ties from this after­noon until Fri­day morn­ing. High tem­per­a­tures are expected between 102–112, and low tem­per­a­tures 74– 80. Health off­i­cals urge you to take pre­cau­tions to avoid heat related ill­nesses. If you work or spend time out­side. Know the signs and symp­toms of heat exhaus­tion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fit­ting cloth­ing when pos­si­ble and drink plenty of water. Health offi­cials also advise you to stay out of the sun… and check up on rel­a­tives and neigh­bors. Young chil­dren and pets should never be left unat­tended in vehi­cles under any circumstances.

4 Face Charges in Store Robbery and Assault

Four peo­ple are fac­ing charges in a rob­bery and assault that hap­pened at the Clear­lake Wal­mart on Sun­day. Leanne Lynne Perez, 33, of Santa Rosa; her hus­band, Johnny Ramon Perez, 28, of Clear­lake; Cristina Marie Pacheco, 35, of Clear­lake; and Justin Lynn Carey, were all arraigned yes­ter­day in Lake County Supe­rior Court. Accord­ing to the Chief Deputy Dis­trict Attor­ney, the Perezes went into the store with their child, Sun­day after­noon with the intent of steal­ing items to return for cash, while Pacheco and Carey waited in the car.

As the Perezes were exit­ing the store in the gar­den area with a cart-full of mer­chan­dise, a 66-year-old employee asked to see their receipt. Pacheco then report­edly jumped out of the car, and pepper-sprayed the Wal­mart employee before they all fled with the mer­chan­dise. The Perezes and Pacheco are being charged with rob­bery using force or fear, bur­glary, grand theft and pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty. Carey is charged with bur­glary and grand theft, pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty and being an acces­sory after the fact. The Perezes will also be charged with child endangerment.