Indian Valley campground closed

Yolo County Flood Con­trol & Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict has announced that due to low water lev­els at Indian Val­ley Reser­voir the Indian Val­ley Camp­ground will remain closed, pos­si­bly through­out the sum­mer. The road lead­ing into the camp­ground is locked and no access of any kind is per­mit­ted. The lake is cur­rently only at 8 per­cent capac­ity and the dis­trict is keep­ing the camp­ground closed to pro­tect water qual­ity in the remain­ing water stores.

Major injuries in one car accident

A one car acci­dent on Mon­day resulted in injuries to three peo­ple. Just after 11 Mon­day night 26 year old Court­ney Pat­ter­son of Rio Dell was dri­ving her 2008 Yukon north­bound on US-101 when for some unknown rea­son she ran off the road and hit a tree north of Red­crest. 28 Year Old Rad Kel­lar of Rio Del and Megan Mas­simo of Ari­zona were injuried and all three were taken to the hos­pi­tal. All appeared to be wear­ing seat­belts. The col­li­sion remains under inves­ti­ga­tion and Alco­hol does not appear to be a fac­tor in the cause of this collision.

Kidnapper kills himself

27 year old Dameon Ziegler of Willits killed him­self Fri­day after his ex-girlfriend escaped after he kid­napped her. He was armed with a sawed off shot­gun when he con­fronted the vic­tim at an office on West Val­ley Street around 8:30 am. He forced the woman into her vehi­cle at gun­point and then made her drive him to the Lit­tle Darby Recre­ation Area off Canyon Road. Ziegler com­pelled the woman to walk down the trail for some dis­tance before push­ing her to the ground while declar­ing he intended to rape and kill her before com­mit­ting sui­cide. As he attempted the sex­ual assault, the vic­tim strug­gled with Ziegler, break­ing free. She then ran for her life. After call­ing Police, a sheriff’s K-9 picked up Ziegler’s scent and led offi­cers to his loca­tion. When Ziegler was ordered to sur­ren­der, he turned his shot­gun on him­self. Ziegler was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Willit’s woman victim of serial killers

Two reg­is­tered tran­sient sex offend­ers wear­ing GPS track­ing devices from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia were arrested Aprill 11th in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of 4 women in the Santa Ana and Ana­heim areas dur­ing the last 6 months includ­ing 20 year old Kianna Jack­son of Willits. She last spoke with fam­ily mem­bers on Octo­ber 6, 2013 in Santa Ana. 27 year old Franc Cano and 45 year old Dean Gor­don were charged with the mur­der and forcible rape of Jack­son in Octo­ber of 2013. They both have prior seri­ous and vio­lent felony con­vic­tions. Detec­tives believe there are more pos­si­ble vic­tims. Jack­son left the Willits area after high school and spent time in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and Las Vegas, accord­ing to social media reports. In Octo­ber she took a bus from Las Vegas to Santa Ana for a sched­uled court appear­ance. She dis­ap­peared before mak­ing her court appear­ance. Cano and Gib­son are reg­is­tered as tran­sient sex offend­ers required to wear GPS mon­i­tor­ing devices. They checked in with police each month as required. Ana­heim police say they used infor­ma­tion gen­er­ated by the two men’s GPS devices to link them to the mur­ders of the four women once they became suspects.

Thief steals woman’s scooter

A crook took off with a hand­i­capped woman’s elec­tric scooter two weeks ago. Medicare pro­vided the scooter to 74 year old Wilma Lloyd of Baech­tel Creek Vil­lage to help her get around. The woman relies heav­ily on it for shop­ping and to get to appoint­ments. The scooter was parked just out­side her front door when it was ripped off in the mid­dle of the night. Since the theft Wilma has found it very tough to main­tain her inde­pen­dence and she has to rely on oth­ers. One res­i­dent said per­sonal prop­erty has gone miss­ing from yards and porches through­out the devel­op­ment and gas had been stolen from cars in the park­ing area. Police are con­tin­u­ing their investigation.

Arbor Offering Free Prom Dresses

For a while now, the Arbor Youth Resource Cen­ter in Ukiah has been accept­ing dona­tions from the com­mu­nity of gen­tly used prom dress, for­mal shoes or jew­elry that a teen could use to help give another girl the per­fect prom. The pub­lic responded, and tomor­row, the doors will be open at The Arbor at 330 North Main Street from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., offer­ing over 100 prom dresses, free to any stu­dent with high school iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. There’s a large selec­tion of dresses, from shorter length, more casu­ally designed cock­tail dresses to full on beaded gowns. And if you still have a dress to donate, you can — just con­tact Stephanie Paige, pro­gram advi­sor for the Arbor, at 621 0026.

Lucerne Visitor Information Center to Close

At last night’s meet­ing in Lucerne, the Board of Super­vi­sors voted unan­i­mously to close the county’s Lucerne Vis­i­tor Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter and work with the cham­ber and local busi­nesses to do more focused out­reach both locally and on the Inter­net. While the Vis­i­tor Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter has been located at 6110 E. High­way 20 for many years, offi­cials say it’s rarely used because trav­el­ers us apps on tablets and phones instead for information.

Lakeport Road Closure

The city of Lake­port said there will be a road clo­sure on today to allow for road paving. Pub­lic Works crews will have the clo­sure in place on N. Brush Street between Third and Fifth streets. Paving is expected to take place through­out the day today.

Police Look for Suspect in Lucerne Shooting

Law enforce­ment and med­ical per­son­nel responded to the scene of a shoot­ing late last night in Lucerne, just after 10:40PM. Sev­eral shots were reported to have been fired at a res­i­dence in the 6300 block of 12th Avenue. Reports are that one per­son was shot with hand­gun. The shoot­ing sus­pect fled the scene on foot toward the Tower Mart at the cor­ner of 12th Avenue and High­way 20. The sus­pect is described as a white male adult, between 40 and 50 years of age, who was bald or had short hair, and wear­ing a black jacket and dark jeans. An air ambu­lance was requested, with a Northshore Fire ambu­lance trans­port­ing the vic­tim to a hos­pi­tal, where Cal­Star 4 picked the vic­tim up and trans­ported the vic­tim to an out-of-county trauma cen­ter. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will pro­vide more infor­ma­tion as it becomes available.

Livestock Owners in Redwood Valley May Get Exemptions

Own­ers of live­stock in Red­wood Val­ley may still be able to receive agri­cul­tural water through the Red­wood Val­ley County Water Dis­trict if they qual­ify for an exemp­tion. Last Thurs­day, the RVCWD voted to shut off its cus­tomers’ ag meters, mean­ing many res­i­dent will no longer have enough water for frost pro­tec­tion or to give to ani­mals like horses, cows or chick­ens. Bill Koehler, gen­eral man­ager of the RVCWD is work­ing to try to cre­ate a pol­icy with the district’s board that allows some exemp­tions with­out deplet­ing the water sup­ply. To find out if you qual­ify for an exemp­tion and how to apply, con­tact the dis­trict at 485‑0679.