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

All residents of the Double Eagle Ranch area are strongly advised to evacuate immediately. There is currently significant fire activity threatening the area. A shelter has been established at Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake Street in Lower Lake. The shelter will accept large and companion animals.

CalFire has requested that all remaining residents in the Spring Valley area reduce their water usage immediately in order to conserve water for fire-fighting purposes.

The mandatory evacuation notice for Spring Valley is being expanded to include all areas north of Highway 20 and east of Old Long Valley Rd to Round Ball Rd, including Mule Skinner, Long Branch, Watertrough Rd, Flintlock, Muzzleloader, No Guns, Antelope, Cougar, Marianne, Ramrod, and Moccasin. When evacuating remember pets, personal computers, prescriptions, photos, paperwork and phones (mobile). If time allows, be sure to close all doors and windows. A shelter has been established at Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake Street. This is a MANDATORY EVACUATION notice form the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

LCSO and resources from many other agencies will be working today and for as long as it takes in response to the Pawnee Fire. Evacuations are mandatory for Spring Valley. A shelter has been established at LLHS for evacuees. We will be making additional notifications as needed as the fire progresses and efforts continue to stop it. So far, at least a dozen structures have been burned. Red flag conditions continue, increasing the challenges with our efforts.

This is a MANDATORY EVACUATION notice to the residents of Spring Valley. The Pawnee Fire is actively burning, and may close exit routes. Leave immediately! A shelter has been established at Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake Street. This is a MANDATORY EVACUATION notice form the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

A shelter for Sping Valley Residents evacuated as a result of the Pawnee Fire has been set up at Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake Street in Lower Lake.

This is a Mandatory Evacuation Notice for ALL of Spring Valley. A temporary staging area for evacuees has been set up at the Moose Lodge, Hwy 20 & 53. Please leave immediately and watch for emergency vehicles.

On June 14th, 2018 just after 9AM the Lake County Sheriff’s Office received information that William “Bill” Henry was at his residence in Upper Lake. Deputies responded to the residence and contacted Henry. Henry was taken into custody without incident. Henry was wanted in relation to the death of his wife. An autopsy performed on June 13th confirmed Cindi Henry’s death was a homicide. Cindi’s cause of death was Mechanical Asphyxiation. An arrest warrant for Bill Henry had been obtained by Major Crimes Detectives. Henry is in custody on a one million dollar bail.

On June 9th, 2018 at 1140PM Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 1300 block of Soda Bay Road, in Lakeport for a report of male who had been shot. Officers from the Lakeport Police Department and California Highway Patrol also responded to assist. The victim told officers he had been shot in the back while waking on the sidewalk on Mission Racheria Road and ran to his aunt’s house for help. The victim was transported to an out of county hospital for treatment. Deputies received information that the shooting suspect was Leonso Paul Rangel, 46, of Lakeport. Deputies were able to locate the scene of the shooting and collect evidence. The victim was contacted the following morning at the out of county hospital. The victim identified Rangel as the person who had shot him. The victim thought Rangel shot him because Rangel believed the victim was attempting to have a relationship with Rangel’s girlfriend. The victim’s injury was not life threatening. On June 10th at 12PM deputies contacted Rangel at his residence and placed him under arrest. Rangel was interviewed by Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit. Rangel provided a statement admitting he had shot the victim. Rangel told detectives he was only trying to scare the victim and did not mean to hit him. The weapon used by Rangel was also located. Rangel was booked at the Lake County Jail on charges of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, and violation of probation. He remains in custody with a no bail probation hold.

On June 5th, 2018 Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 2000 block on Westlake Drive in Kelseyville for a report of a burglary that had occurred. The victims reported over 30 items stolen from the residence that were worth over $5,000. The victim’s surveillance system captured three suspects removing items from the residence. The deputies recognized the suspects from previous contacts with them. They were identified as Misty Rose Scott, 39, of Clearlake Oaks, Ian Skyler Sanders, 25, of Clearlake Oaks, and Jessica Mae Sanders, 24, of Lucerne. Scott was on CDC parole and Jessica Sanders was on felony probation. The victims were familiar with Scott because one of her family members occasionally stayed at the victim’s residence and she had picked up the family member from the residence. Deputies went to Jessica Sanders’ residence in Lucerne where they contacted the three suspects as well as James Michael Shane Jackson, 30, of Lucerne who is the husband of Jessica Sanders. Jackson was also on felony probation. One of the deputies noticed a vehicle leave Sander’s residence just prior to making contact with the suspects. The deputy contacted the occupants of the vehicle and learned they had just purchased a laptop computer and cell phone from Scott. The items were identified as stolen and were recovered. Deputies interviewed the suspects regarding the burglary. The suspects provided conflicting statements along with some admissions. Ian Sanders told deputies he and Jackson hid an Ipad that they had taken in a creek bed because they were worried it could be tracked. Deputies were able to locate and recover the Ipad. Deputies were able to locate and recover the remaining stolen property at the Lucerne residence. All four suspects were arrested and booked at the Lake County Jail on charges of Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, and Conspiracy to Commit a Crime. Scott was also charged with a violation of her parole. Jackson and Jessica Sanders were charged with a violation of their felony probation. Scott, Jackson, and Jessica Sanders remain in custody on no bail parole and probation violation holds. Ian Sanders remains in custody with bail set at $50,000.

Can you help us catch a burglar? This guy was caught on surveillance video when he broke into a residence this week in the Hidden Valley Lake community. If you have any information about this suspect's identity please contact Deputy Sarah Hardisty at 707-263-2690 or email at

On June 2nd, 2018, shortly after 8PM, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence in the 6300 block of 15th Avenue in Lucerne for a report of a male who had been shot by his roommate. When deputies arrived they located the suspect, Michael Lawrence Finnegan, 52, of Lucerne waiting outside the residence. They also located the victim, a 51 year old male, inside the residence with a wound to his chest. The victim told deputies that he had been shot by his roommate. The victim was transported to an out of county hospital for treatment. Finnegan told the deputies that the victim had been very hostile during the last week. He had threatened to kick Finnegan out of their residence. The victim kept barging into Finnegan’s room and confronting him. Finnegan told deputies that last time the victim barged in, the victim lunged at him and he shot him with his .22 caliber pistol. Finnegan said he shot the victim because he felt like he was being attacked. Finnegan was placed under arrest and transported to the Lake County Jail where he was booked for assault with a firearm. Finnegan remains in custody with his bail set at $50,000. The victim is expected to recover from his injury.

Still a few spaces left for the twentieth session of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy scheduled to commence on May 31st, 2018. Please submit your application as soon as possible. They will be reviewed in the order that they are received. There is no cost to those attending the academy, however, applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications: • Resident or employment in Lake County • At least 18 years of age • No felony convictions • No misdemeanor convictions within three years • Able to attend most of the fifteen sessions More information can be located by going to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office website, Click on the link under the “In the Spotlight” section. There you will find information about the academy, along with application and instructions. Class size is limited. For additional information, please contact the academy director, Lieutenant Corey Paulich, at 262-4234.

The fees associated with background checks for Lake County Commercial Cannabis permits have increased in the amount of $17.00. This increase is due to the Sheriff’s Office completing the process of coordinating nationwide FBI background checks in addition to the California only checks that we have been performing. Upon the commencement of our application process, we did not have the ability/authorization to perform the FBI checks. We did not want to delay the processing of applications any further when we implemented this process. People who have previously obtained fingerprint checks will not have to pay the increased fee. Should someone need a subsequent fingerprint check, the fee will be applied. The current fees for a background check are now: • $32.00 to CA DOJ for their fee • $17.00 to FBI for their fee • $20.00 fingerprint rolling fee • $100.00 processing fee for clearance check, research, and return of approval or denial

On May 16th, 2018 at 1230 AM the California Highway Patrol broadcasted a BOL (Be on the Lookout) for a male driving a gray sedan that was equipped with red and blue lights. It was reported that the male used the lights on his vehicle to stop a female driver in the area of Kits Corner in Kelseyville. Shortly after the BOL, a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy in the area observed the suspect vehicle parked in the area of Soda Bay Road and Point Lakeview Road. The deputy also recognized the male associated with the vehicle from previous contacts as Grant Leslie Washam, 47, of Clearlake. Washam matched the description provided by the female that had been stopped. Washam was also wearing a black beanie that had “Police” written on the front in yellow letters. The deputy observed the handle of a pistol protruding from Washam’s rear waistline. The deputy detained Washam with handcuffs and removed the stainless 9mm revolver. Washam told the deputy the firearm was not real and used for firing blanks. The firearm contained five unexpended blank rounds and one expended round. The deputy located a San Francisco Sheriff’s Office badge in Washam’s wallet, along with a pair of handcuffs in his pocket. Washam’s vehicle had red and blue lights affixed to the inside of the windshield. Deputies searched Washam’s vehicle locating another semi auto handgun, a badge reading “U.S. Department of Homeland Security ICE”, and suspected methamphetamine. When questioned, Washam told the deputy that he used the guns to scare off animals from where he lived in Clearlake. He used the police badges and beanie to mess with his friends. He denied using the lights to stop any vehicles. The deputy was able to determine that the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office badge had been lost by a San Francisco Sheriff’s Office deputy 22 years ago at Konocti Harbor Resort. The female that originally reported being stopped, later positively identified Washam as the person that stopped her. Washam was arrested and booked at the Lake County Jail for violations of Impersonating a Police Officer, False Imprisonment, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Openly Displaying an Imitation Firearm in Public, and violating his Post Release Community Supervision terms. Washam remains in custody on $15,000 bail. The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information related to this case or who may have been stopped by Washam, to contact Detective Shamus Stafford at 707-262-4231

On May 9th, 2018 Lake County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit detectives served a search warrant in the 15000 block of 32nd Ave. in Clearlake. The residence belonged to Eric Jeffery Klein, 42 and Alexis Rose Coulter, 26 of Clearlake. Detectives located and seized evidence associated with the sales of heroin and methamphetamine. Approximately 40 grams of black tar heroin was located in a small shed with packaging materials and digital gram scales. Detectives also located a hidden safe, which upon inspection contained over four ounces of crystal methamphetamine, US Currency, and an additional 20 grams of tar heroin. Klein and Coulter were also in possession of a stolen .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol that was loaded. Klein was arrested for violations of possession of heroin and methamphetamine for sale, possession of a stolen firearm, felon in possession of a loaded firearm, and possession of a controlled substance while armed. Coulter was also charged with possession of heroin and methamphetamine for sale, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a controlled substance while armed. Klein possessed over $2,300.00 of currency which was seized per asset forfeiture laws. Detectives determined Klein and Coulter were living in the residence with a small child under 4 years old. Two additional parties, Adam James Gates, 37, and Shanel Alisha Blevins, 29, were living behind the residence in a trailer with a small child. Based on the evidence located, detectives additionally notified Child Protective Services and charged all four subjects with crimes associated with child endangerment. Klein remains in custody at the Lake County Jail with his bail set at $500,000. Coulter, Gates, and Blevins also remain in custody with their bail set at $75,000.