Lake County Sheriff's Department

  • Agency: Lake County Sheriff's Department
  • Address: 1220 Martin Street, Lakeport, 95453 CA
  • Chief:
Phone: 707-262-4200

Lake County Sheriff's Department is located at 1220 Martin Street, Lakeport, 95453 CA. The Lake County Sheriff's Department phone number is 707-262-4200.

Lake County Sheriff's Department News

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office recently became aware that some of our LakeCoAlerts subscribers have been receiving weather alerts in the early morning hours. The Sheriff’s Office has disabled the National Weather Service alerts feature from our LakeCoAlerts system. These alerts were sent out through the system by the National Weather Service and the Sheriff’s Office was not able to control the times the alerts went out. If you are still interested in receiving the weather alerts you can sign up at The Sheriff’s Office encourages all Lake County residents to sing up for LakeCoAlerts by going to our website at In the event of an emergency critical notifications will be sent out through the LakeCoAlerts system.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting an investigation related to several forged checks that have been used within Lake County. The suspects have been identified as Joshua Billy Holden, 24, of Clearlake, George Meszaros, 32, of Clearlake, Maranda Dawn Medina, 38, of Clearlake, and Jocia Nicole McCloskey, 34, of Clearlake. The suspects made fictitious checks that were made to look as if they were issued to them from Rainbow AG and the Travelodge in Clearlake as well as other businesses outside of Lake County. On October 19th, 2018 Deputies, with the assistance of officers from the Clearlake Police Department, conducted a probation search at Meszaros’ residence on Eureka Avenue in Clearlake. Holden was located and arrested at the residence. Deputies located several items of evidence confirming the suspect’s involvement with the forged checks. Meszaros, Medina, and McCloskey are believed to have fled Lake County. Meszaros is currently on probation related to drug offenses. Medina is on Post Release Community Supervision probation (PRCS) for drug and weapons offenses and has an active warrant for violating that probation. The case was forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office and arrest warrants were issued for Meszaros, Medina, and McCloskey. The Sheriff’s Office believes there may be more unreported cases related to the forgeries. If you are a victim please file a report with the law enforcement agency responsible for your location. If you are located in the City of Lakeport or the unincorporated areas of the county you can contact Central Dispatch at 707-263-2690.

10th ANNUAL “GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT” SET FOR OCTOBER 18, 2018 All citizens, businesses, and communities in Lake County, CA encouraged participate Following FEMA’s “National Preparedness Month” in September, individuals and communities throughout California will participate in the tenth annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill. Held annually on the third Thursday of October, the ShakeOut International Day of Action is set for Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:18 a.m. During the self-led drill, participants practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”. Endorsed by emergency officials and first responders, the safe response to an earthquake is to: DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby. COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows) • Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs HOLD ON until shaking stops • Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts • No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands. Today we remember the “Loma Prieta” earth quake. On October 17, 1989 a 6.9 earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area, the shaking was felt across the region including Lake County. Tragically 67 people lost their lives and there was over 5 billion dollars in damages. The August 24th 2014 6.0 Napa, CA earthquake serves as a reminder that large earthquakes can occur with little to no warning. The region is home to several active seismic zones capable of producing damaging earthquakes, including the San Andreas, Hayward/Rodgers Creek and the Cascadia Subduction Zone While damaging earthquakes in Lake County may be fewer in number when compared to other areas, they can occur at any time wherever we work, live, or travel within the region and beyond. Everyone, everywhere should know how to protect themselves from an earthquake. The ShakeOut is free and open-to-the-public, and participants include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies, and many other groups. To take part in the ShakeOut, individuals and organizations are asked to join the drill by registering to participate Once registered, participants receive regular information on how to plan their drill and become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters. The Sheriff’s Office is now using LakeCoAlerts to communicate with citizens and businesses during emergencies and other critical events. Residents are encouraged to register immediately to receive these alerts by visiting

On October 10th, 2018 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit along with the assistance of numerous state, local and federal law enforcement agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force, California State Parks, Tri-County Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT), Clearlake Police Department, and Lake County District Attorney’s Office served a series of 14 search warrants on properties within the Big Valley Rancheria in Lakeport regarding illegal marijuana cultivation. The investigation led detectives to learn a Hispanic Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) was cultivating thousands of marijuana plants on tribal lands and were doing so while committing a number of environmental crimes. Upon arrival, law enforcement personnel began conducting the service of the search warrants on Mission Way. Upon initial entry, two Hispanic male adults identified as Gilberto Figueroa, 20 of Santa Rosa and Cristian Garcia Saucedo, 22 of Clearlake fled one of the grow sites on foot towards Reeves Lane in Lakeport, but were quickly apprehended by Deputies. Also located at the Mission Way locations were Arnulfo Barragan 39 of Clearlake and Cesar Godinez 31 of Ukiah. A second team of Law Enforcement personnel conducted simultaneous warrant services at several properties located on Mission Rancheria Road with one Hispanic male fleeing into the brush. After a search of the area, deputies located the male identified as Alexis Saucedo, 18 of Clearlake hiding in the brush near the lake. Four additional Hispanic males were located within the cultivation sites identified as Miguel Saucedo, 31 of Clearlake, Braulio Vargas Saucedo, 25 of Clearlake, Severiano Cerda, 28 of Clearlake and Fernando Rodriguez, 27 of Rockford Illinois. Detectives learned that some residents had entered into agreements to allow the grow operations on their properties. The investigation also determined that the majority of the residents did not want the operations on their land. A total of over 5,200 marijuana plants were located and eradicated from the 14 locations with over 500 pounds of bulk processed marijuana seized. During the search of the locations, detectives located containers of commercial insecticide being used on the marijuana plants which were being cultivated in a creek, which flows directly into Clearlake. Additionally a number of these cultivation sites were being conducted in and along the marsh of the Rumsey Slough, within the high water mark of Clearlake. The chemicals, soil products, insecticides and fertilizers being used for this activity were leaching into the soil and into the marsh threatening plant, animal and aquatic life of Clearlake. A large amount of garbage and debris associated with the cultivation were being stashed in the marsh. A series of three additional search warrants were served later that day at residences in the 14000 block of Emory Avenue, 3800 Block of Alvita Avenue and 3600 Block of Thomas Avenue in Clearlake. While searching these locations, detectives identified another suspect, Jose Ceja-Torres, 29 of Clearlake who was also placed under arrest. Detectives located evidence tying Ceja-Torres to the operation at the Big Valley Rancheria. Furthermore, Detectives located evidence tying Ceja-Torres to a large scale marijuana cultivation investigation conducted by the Narcotics Unit on September 25th involving Pedro Landa-Alvarez and several properties located in the Lower Lake and Middletown areas. All subjects were placed under arrest for felony marijuana cultivation violations associated with environmental crimes, felony conspiracy to commit a crime and possession of marijuana for sale. All subjects were later released after posting bail.

County of Lake Disaster Council Office of Emergency Services 1220 Martin Street, Lakeport, California 95453 Agenda for the Meeting of the Disaster Council 3:00 pm October 18th, 2018 Lake County Board of Supervisors’ Chambers 255 North Forbes Street, Lakeport, CA Jim Steele, Chair Moke Simon, Vice Chair Board of Supervisors, District 3 Board of Supervisors, District 1 Brian Martin Chris Macedo Sheriff as Director of Emergency Services Undersheriff as Deputy Director of Emergency Services Dale Carnathan Denise Pomeroy County of Lake, Emergency Services Manager County of Lake, Director of Health Services Greg Folsom Margaret Silveira City Manager as Director of Emergency Services City of Clearlake City Manager as Director of Emergency Services City of Lakeport Chief Willie Sapeta Chief Brad Rasmussen Lake County Fire Protection District City of Lakeport Police Department Scott DeLeon Jan Coppinger County of Lake, Director of Public Works County of Lake, Special Districts Administrator Teresa Stewart California Highway Patrol Emergency Services Assistant * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Any person may speak for three (3) minutes on any agenda item; however, total public input per item is not to exceed 15 minutes, unless extended at the discretion of the Council. This rule does not apply to public hearings. Those who wish to speak on any subject of concern, provided that it is within the jurisdiction of the Disaster Council and is not already on today’s agenda, are asked to complete a public comment slip prior to the start of the meeting (available in the Board of Supervisors Office). Emergency Situation Reports require submission of written request and a copy of the briefing to the Office of Emergency Services, Attn: Emergency Services Manager at least one week prior to each Disaster Council Meeting. Situation Reports will be considered based upon relevancy to the mission of the Disaster Council, and will be added as an item on the agenda. A request for a disability-related modification or accommodation necessary to participate in the Disaster Council meeting should be made in writing to the Office of Emergency Services at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Meeting materials and supporting documents are available for review on the County of Lake website at: County of Lake Disaster Council AGENDA 1. Call to Order – Chair: a. Moment of Silence b. Pledge of Allegiance c. Roll Call 2. Approval of Minutes from the Meetings of July 19, 2018 3. Public Comment 4. Emergency Situation Reports – Dale Carnathan a. City of Lakeport – Margaret Silveira b. City of Clearlake – Greg Folsom 5. Office of Emergency Services Report – Dale Carnathan: a. Emergency Operations Center Status b. Mobile EOC Status 6. Grants Programs: i. FY 2016 Update – Dale Carnathan 1. EMPG-Closed 2. SHSGP-EOC and Mobile Command Post Upgrades 3. HMGP-Final Reimbursement Request Sent to CalOES ii. FY-2017 Update – Dale Carnathan 1. EMPG-Closed, Final Reports and reimbursement request 2. SHSGP-EOC Upgrades, Radio System upgrades & improvements iii. FY-2018 Update – Dale Carnathan 1. EMPG-Not yet available 2. SHSGP-Not yet available 7. Old Business: a. Pawnee Fire b. Emergency Operations Plan/Annexes-Updates 8. New Business: a. Mendocino Complex Fires-Agency Reports b. Fire Risk Reduction Program & Assessments c. Fire District/County JPA Purpose & Intent d. SB-833 (McGuire) Emergency Notifications 9. Announcements and Events – Dale Carnathan 10. Good of the Order – Chair 11. Adjourn & Set Next Meeting (January 17th, 2019 proposed)

On October 5th, 2018, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Unit served a search warrant in the 1300 block of Bell Hill Road in Kelseyville. During the service of the search warrant, Jaime Manzo, 52, Enrique Cortesmolina, 19, Angel Milanez Perez, 29, Jeffrey Ariel Ponce, 24, and Dora Melia Wills, 45, all of Kelseyville were contacted and detained at the residence. During a search of the residence and property, detectives located and seized over 16 ounces of Methamphetamine, 3 grams of heroin, 96 pounds of processed marijuana, 501 growing marijuana pants and two firearms. Detectives found that the marijuana was being grown within forty feet of Adobe Creek, a felony violation of the Health and Safety Code and significant risk to the environment. Detectives also determined based upon the investigation, that the location was being used and maintained for the purpose of illicit narcotics trafficking. Manzo, Cortesmolina, Perez, Ponce and Wills were subsequently arrested for their involvement in the possession of methamphetamine for sales, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales and maintaining a residence for the purposes of narcotics sales and booked at the Lake County Jail. All suspects were released after posting bail with the exception of Manzo who remains in custody with bail set at $500,000. Manzo’s bail was increased as he was found to be armed at the time of the warrant service.

This media release is for roads only in Lake County. Drivers and residents should seek information for roads in Mendocino County from authorities in Mendocino County. Mendocino National Forest officials have issued a new Forest Order for the Ranch Fire that reduces the size of the closed area to reopen Lake Pillsbury and the Middle Creek Campground on the Upper Lake Ranger District. Forest Order No. 08-18-16 goes into effect immediately. The new order allows forest visitors to access Middle Creek Campground via County Road 301 (M1) (Commonly known as Elk Mountain Road) from Upper Lake. The main OHV trail system and the novice riding area at Middle Creek remain closed and County Road 301 (M1) (Commonly known as Elk Mountain Road) is closed on the north side of the campground. There currently remains no OHV opportunities from Middle Creek campground or within the closure area. Order No. 08-18-16 also allows visitors to access Lake Pillsbury from Potter Valley. Lake Pillsbury is not accessible from the south via County Road 301 from Upper Lake. The new order also allows access to the Hull Mountain area via M1 and M6 north of Lake Pillsbury. The Blood Rock trail remains closed due to numerous hazards. District Ranger Frank Aebly says, “We are doing everything possible to reasonably reduce risks to the public and reopen areas. After areas are open, please be aware that fire hazards may remain such as snags, burned out stump holes, unstable terrain, and rolling logs or rocks. We appreciate your patience while we continue the recovery and restoration process.” This closure will remain in place until further notice. Forest Order No. 08-18-16 supersedes Order No. 08-18-15 dated Sept. 2, 2018. The order and maps are posted here:

This event is open to the public and all are invited to attend. It will be in the parking lot of Lakeport Cinemas. We will have light refreshments available. Come join us to memorialize the service of a great deputy, father, husband, brother, coach, and friend.

Advisory: Flash Flood Warning for Northern Lake County. Dear Chris Macedo, Flash Flood Warning National Weather Service Sacramento CA 101 PM PDT WED OCT 3 2018 The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for... Northwestern Colusa County in central California... Northern Lake County in central California... Southwestern Glenn County in central California... * Until 400 PM PDT. * At 1258 PM PDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms with heavy rain across portions of the Mendocino Complex burn scar. Flash flooding with debris flows are likely in the next few hours. Excessive rainfall over the warning area will cause mud slides near steep terrain. The mud slide can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials. * Some locations that will experience flooding include... Bartlett Creek, North Fork Cache Creek, Scott Creek, Soap Creek. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Move away from recently burned areas. Life-threatening flooding of creeks, roads and normally dry arroyos is likely. The heavy rains will likely trigger rockslides, mudslides and debris flows in steep terrain, especially in and around these areas. In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads, and seek higher ground.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office would like to make the public aware of an aggressive and sophisticated phone scam that has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the Apple Company, but are not. The caller will tell people that their Apple account has been breached and attempt to obtain account information from you. They alter the caller ID to make it look like the Apple Company is calling. The Sheriff’s Office urges the public to never share personal or account information unless you are sure you are providing it to a legitimate representative. If you are unsure, you should call the company in question directly.

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On September 28th, 2018, Kelseyville High School staff and a Lake County Sheriff’s School Resource Deputy were provided information that two students had made verbal threats to shoot other student at the school. The Sheriff’s Office worked with the Kelseyville Unified School District to assure the safety of students and all schools in the district were placed on lock down. Once the suspects were contacted and detained the lock down was lifted. The suspects were arrested for making criminal threats and transported to Lake County Probation. The parents of the suspects were contacted and are cooperating with the investigation

On September 21st, 2018 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit served a search warrant in the 13000 block of Spruce Grove Road in Lower Lake related to illegal marijuana cultivation. During the service, detectives located a total of 271 mature marijuana plants being cultivated outdoors and inside a greenhouse. No suspects were located on site, but during eradication, detectives observed the plants were possibly contaminated with a dangerous illegal insecticide. After conducting a further search of the cultivation site, detectives located a product label for a dangerous toxic substance known as “Carbofuran”. This substance is manufactured in Mexico and is illegal in the United States. While on site, detectives learned the subject responsible for the operation was a Pedro Landa-Alvarez, 40, of Lower Lake. On September 24th, 2018 detectives served a search warrant at a residence for Landa-Alvarez in the 18000 block of Horseshoe Road in Hidden Valley Lake. During this search, detectives located evidence of marijuana cultivation and sales. Detectives located a total of $10,000.00 of US Currency and a 2017 Chevrolet 2500 truck which was determined to be proceeds of illegal marijuana sales and subsequently seized. Detectives located additional evidence which led to a search warrant service at a residence in the 19000 block of Mountain Meadow South in Hidden Valley Lake, which had been completely transformed to cultivate marijuana indoors. A total of 537 marijuana plants were located and eradicated from this residence which was only being used to cultivate marijuana. Detectives also learned of another associated property and obtained a search warrant for the location in the 14000 block of Spruce Grove Road in Lower Lake. During this search, Detectives located Landa-Alvarez and a second Hispanic male identified as Jose Trinidad Carrillo-Gonzalez, 44, of Clearlake. Both subjects were actively harvesting and processing marijuana from a large indoor grow at this location. During the search of the property, detectives located 3 loaded 1911 Semi-Automatic pistols, a loaded AR-15 style assault rifle and several additional hunting style rifles. Approximately 400 pounds of bulk processed marijuana was located and seized from the property. Landa-Alvarez was also in possession of over $9,000.00 in US Currency which was also seized as illegal proceeds. Both Landa-Alvarez and Carrillo Gonzalez were placed under arrest for violations of cultivation of marijuana while using a hazardous substance, being armed while committing a felony, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of an assault weapon. Both subjects were later booked into custody at the Lake County Jail where they were later released after posting bail.