Medocino County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Medocino County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 951 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, 95482 CA
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Phone: 707-463-4411
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Medocino County Sheriff's Office is located at 951 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, 95482 CA. The Medocino County Sheriff's Office phone number is 707-463-4411.

Medocino County Sheriff's Office News

MEDIA ADVISORY/NEWS RELEASE DATE: "October 31, 2018" FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: 2018-26241 Crime/Incident: 288.7(b) PC [sexual penetration of a child,10 years old or younger] Location: 22000 Block of Burrows Ranch Road, Fort Bragg CA Date of Incident: 09/02/2018 Time: Between 5:00 and 6:00 PM Victim(s): Juvenile, 9 years of age. Suspect(s): Aaron Burrows, 50 years of age, Paradise CA. Written By: Lieutenant Shannon Barney Synopsis: On 9/6/2018 around 1600 hours the Mendocino County Sheriff's Detetive Unit was contacted by Paradise Police Department in Butte County regarding a case of sexual assault of a child. The victim, a 9 year old juvenile, lives in Butte County and disclosed to a guardian that the assault occurred in Mendocino County on 9/2/2018 while on a camping trip along the Fort Bragg Coast. The victim had been camping with and identified the suspect as Aaron Burrows, who also lives in Butte County. The child's guardian immediately reported the incident to their local law enforcement, Paradise Police Department, who then turned the case over to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives initiated an investigation making numerous trips to Butte County. The case was then submitted to the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office with one felony count of sexual assault being filed against the suspect. A warrant was issued by the Superior Court of the County of Mendocino for the suspect's arrest. On 10/30/2018 Burrows surrendered himself to the Butte County Sheriff's Office and was booked on the active warrant. His bail was set at $250,000. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office would like to thank Paradise Police Department, the Butte County DA's Office and the Butte County Sheriff's Office for their assistance with this investigation. Approved by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: 2018-31766 Crime/Incident: 25850(A) PC-Carry a loaded firearm in vehicle 25850(C) PC-Carry loaded handgun (not registered owner) 186.22(A) PC-Participate in criminal street gang 1203.2 PC-Violation of probation Location: 700 block of East Perkins Street in Ukiah, CA Date of Incident: 10-25-2018 Time: 8:45 PM Victim(s): N/A Suspect(s): Michael Jordan Montano (18 year-old male from Ukiah, CA) Juvenile Male (15 years-old from Ukiah, CA) Written By: Sgt. James L. Wells #2420 Synopsis: On 10-25-2018 at about 8:45 PM, A Deputy with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) and a member of the Multi Agency Gang Suppression Unit (MAGSU) conducted a traffic stop in the 700 block of East Perkins Street in Ukiah, California. The Deputy contacted the driver, Michael Jordan Montano, and the passenger who was a 15 year-old juvenile male. The subjects were wearing gang attire and known to be affiliated with a local street gang. The juvenile male was on probation with gang terms which include not to associate with other gang members, and no wearing gang attire. A search of the vehicle was conducted and inside a backpack in the vehicle, the Deputy located a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun. In the center console of the vehicle, the Deputy located two masks that could be used to disguise a person's facial features. The Deputy arrested Montano for violation of 26850(A) PC, 26850(C) PC, and 186.22 PC. The juvenile male was arrested for 1203.2 PC, and 186.22 PC. Montano was booked into the Mendocino County Jail ($15,000.00 bail) and the juvenile was booked into Mendocino County Juvenile Hall. Approved by: Captain Gregory L. Van Patten #1184

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: 2018-01938 Crime/Incident: 261(A)(2) PC [Forcible Rape] Location: 2600 Block of Mitomka Way, Willits CA 95490 Date of Incident: January 21, 2018 Time: Between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM Victim(s): Adult Female, 30 years of age, Willits CA Suspect(s): Marcus L. Caldwell, 27 years of age, Willits CA Written By: Lieutenant Shannon Barney Synopsis: On 1/21/18 around 6:43 AM Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the 2600 Block of Mitomka Way in Willits after a 30 year old female reported a man forced entry into her home and forcibly raped her. The suspect then fled the location. The victim was transported to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits where a sexual assault examination was conducted and biological evidence obtained. Even though the attack happened in darkness the female victim was convinced, due to physical characteristics she noted during the assault, that her attacker was Marcus Caldwell, 27 years of age, also living in the Willits area. Caldwell was known to the victim prior to the assault. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives were called out to respond and conduct further investigation. It was discovered the suspect cut the power to the house prior to making entry. Caldwell was later contacted and he denied being involved in the attack. Caldwell volunteered his DNA sample to detectives, indicating the sample would clear him of any wrong-doing. On 10/24/2018 Sheriff's Detectives were notified by the California Department of Justice Laboratory the DNA comparison had been completed and the results were matched to that of suspect Marcus Caldwell. The case was reviewed by the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office and a warrant issued for the arrest of Caldwell. On 10/26/2018 Sheriff's Detectives located Caldwell while he was working in Anderson Valley and he was taken into custody on one count of forcible rape. He was lodged into the Mendocino County jail with bail being set at $500,000. Caldwell was arraigned in the Mendocino County Superior Court on 10/30/2018 where his bail was continued at $500,000 and a no-contact restraining order was issued by Judge Moorman prohibiting Caldwell from having any contact with the victim in this case. Approved by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney

WARRANT WEDNESDAY!! DANIEL JAMIE ALONSO is wanted for * PC 261(A)(2) FORCIBLE RAPE * PC 261.5(B) UNLAWFUL SEX WITH MINOR Age: 36 years old Height: 5' 4" Weight: 140 lbs Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Last Seen in: Fort Bragg, CA If you recognize this individual or have information which could lead to their arrest, please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office at (707) 463-4086.

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Mendocino County Notification Test to be Conducted on Oct 18th On Thursday October 18, 2018 Mendocino County will test both the MendoAlert and Nixle emergency alert and warning systems. During this testing period, residents who have registered for the system may receive a phone call, a text message, or an email message. The goal of this test, is to better understand any gaps in the existing systems and make improvements for a safer, more prepared County. On October 18, 2018, at approximately 10:18 AM Mendocino County will begin the alerting processing using both the MendoAlert and Nixle systems. The test is expected to last several hours and residents may receive the alert several hours after the test begins at 10:18 AM. MendoAlert is used in emergency situations only, and notifications are centered on taking actions to save lives and property. The alerts will be specific to the address you provide when you sign up for MendoAlert. MendoAlert will send notifications via phone call, text message, and email and residents are urged to register multiple forms of communication. This system is considered an opt-in system and residents must register to ensure that they receive vital alerts. Residents can sign up for MendoAlert at www.MendocinoCounty.org/MendoAlert. Nixle is an alert system which can deliver text messages to residents for any areas requested, regardless of residency. Users may request information in a single zip code, multiple zip codes or County-wide. To register for Nixle, sign up online at https://local.nixle.com/register/ or, using your smartphone, text 888777 and enter “MendoAlerts” (without the quotation marks) to get all alerts throughout Mendocino County. For a specific zip code, text 888777 and enter the zip code. Please note that Nixle does not provide a voice notification/phone call and will only notify registered users via text message and/or email. The tests are intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of emergency or disaster. To achieve this goal, Mendocino County is asking residents complete a survey to provide feedback on the test. Residents are asked to complete the survey by visiting https://bit.ly/2yuPQyJ after the completion of the test. This test is being conducted as part of the Great ShakeOut Exercise which is a national and an international preparedness exercise which occurs annually. Mendocino County residents who are interested in hosting their own Great ShakeOut events can find out more information at www.shakeout.org. For more information and to sign up for alerts, visit www.MendocinoCounty.org/MendoAlert.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: Mendocino County to Test Emergency Notification and Alert System, MendoAlert Crime/Incident: N/A Location: Throughout Mendocino County Date of Incident: 10/18/2018 Time: Beginning at 10:18 AM and continuing throughout the day Victim(s): N/A Suspect(s): N/A Written By: Rick Ehlert, Emergency Services Coordinator Synopsis: On Thursday October 18, 2018 Mendocino County will test both the MendoAlert and Nixle emergency alert and warning systems. During this testing period, residents who have registered for the system may receive a phone call, a text message, or an email message. The goal of this test, is to better understand any gaps in the existing systems and make improvements for a safer, more prepared County. On October 18, 2018, at approximately 10:18 AM Mendocino County will begin the alerting processing using both the MendoAlert and Nixle systems. The test is expected to last several hours and residents may receive the alert several hours after the test begins at 10:18 AM. MendoAlert is used in emergency situations only, and notifications are centered on taking actions to save lives and property. The alerts will be specific to the address you provide when you sign up for MendoAlert. MendoAlert will send notifications via phone call, text message, and email and residents are urged to register multiple forms of communication. This system is considered an opt-in system and residents must register to ensure that they receive vital alerts. Residents can sign up for MendoAlert at www.MendocinoCounty.org/MendoAlert. Nixle is an alert system which can deliver text messages to residents for any areas requested, regardless of residency. Users may request information in a single zip code, multiple zip codes or County-wide. To register for Nixle, sign up online at https://local.nixle.com/register/ or, using your smartphone, text 888777 and enter “MendoAlerts” (without the quotation marks) to get all alerts throughout Mendocino County. For a specific zip code, text 888777 and enter the zip code. Please note that Nixle does not provide a voice notification/phone call and will only notify registered users via text message and/or email. The tests are intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of emergency or disaster. To achieve this goal, Mendocino County is asking residents complete a survey to provide feedback on the test. Residents are asked to complete the survey by visiting https://bit.ly/2yuPQyJ after the completion of the test. This test is being conducted as part of the Great ShakeOut Exercise which is a national and an international preparedness exercise which occurs annually. Mendocino County residents who are interested in hosting their own Great ShakeOut events can find out more information at www.shakeout.org. For more information and to sign up for alerts, visit www.MendocinoCounty.org/MendoAlert. Approved by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney

From the Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services (OES): Operational Area Partners, There has been a lot of recent attention to the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Program, due to the recent Red Flag Warning throughout much of Northern California. PG&E is currently considering shutting off power to some counties in Northern California to reduce the risk of wildfires occurring. At this time Mendocino County is NOT on the list of counties which may have power potentially shutoff. A press release from PG&E discussing this potential shutoff as well as locations where they might occur can be found here: https://www.pgecurrents.com/2018/10/13/pge-may-proactively-turn-off-power-for-safety-in-portions-of-12-counties/ PG&E customers are urged to ensure that their contact information is correct so that they may be notified by PG&E of future Public Safety Shutoff events at https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/public-safety-power-shutoff-notifications.page?WT.pgeac=Wildfire_Community-PSPS. PG&E should notify customers prior to such events occurring. For more information regarding PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program and Public Safety Shutoff please contact PG&E directly. Mendocino County OES does not have any control over PG&E's Public Safety Shutoff Program. While Mendocino is not currently on the list of counties which may be affected by this power shutoff, Mendocino County OES urges all organizations, businesses, and residents to be prepared for future shutoffs and power outages including those that may be caused by upcoming storms this winter. To learn more about preparing for a power outage, please visit https://www.ready.gov/power-outages. Mendocino County OES would like to remind everyone that we are still currently under a Red Flag Warning for the majority of Mendocino County. Additionally, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Wind Advisory from 8 PM tonight (10/14) to 5 AM tomorrow (10/15) for Southeastern Mendocino County with the primary area of concern being the Highway 101 corridor south of Hopland. High profile vehicles should take caution when driving this portion of HWY 101. Please visit the NWS Eureka's website for the most current weather forecasts and updates on watches and warnings: https://www.weather.gov/eka/.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Mendocino and surrounding counties from 11:00pm tonight through Monday. During these weather events, power outages may occur. To learn more about preparing for a power outage, please visit https://www.ready.gov/power-outages. PG&E customers should also review the PG&E Community Wildfire Safety Program. In some extreme weather events, PG&E may decide to temporarily turn off electricity to customers who are served by PG&E electric lines that run through extreme fire-threat areas. PG&E should notify customers prior to such events occurring. For more information regarding PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program please contact PG&E directly or visit https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/community-wildfire-safety.page

From the US National Weather Service Eureka California (NWS): Beginning at 11 PM tonight (10/13) through 11 AM Monday (10/15) morning there will be a Red Flag Warning in affect for the majority of Mendocino County. Most areas in northwest California above 2000 feet and a few scattered interior valleys are under Red Flag Warning. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

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MEDIA ADVISORY/NEWS RELEASE DATE: "October 4, 2018" FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: Public announcement.....for immediate release Crime/Incident: Public Announcement / Mendocino County Sheriff's Office named finalist in contest to win a new Police SUV for K9 unit. Location: Date of Incident: October 4, 2018 Time: Victim(s): Suspect(s): Written By: Lieutenant Kirk R. Mason Synopsis: Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Canine CAM, and his human partner Deputy Jonathan Martin, have been named one of 30 nationwide finalists in the Vested Interest in K9's, Inc. - K9 Law Enforcement sports utility vehicle giveaway. Canine Cam, and his partner will compete for public votes to win a new Chevy Tahoe SUV with Police Pursuit package and additional K9 unit customization - a prize worth up to $50,000.00. Many of the Canine patrol cars currently being used by our Canine unit are older, high mileage patrol cars. Adding a new canine patrol car to our current fleet of Canine patrol cars would allow us to replace an aging canine patrol car, and save the taxpayers of Mendocino County valuable, and ever important, tax dollars. The public is invited to vote once per day for Canine Cam, and his human partner Deputy Martin, on the charity's contest page. Public voting runs from October 1, 2018 to 11:59:59 (EST) October 31, 2018. The canine team with the most votes by the end of the contest wins the new Chevy Tahoe SUV. Votes can be cast at www.VIK9S.ORG/SUVGIVEAWAY or by following the link at the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office FACEBOOK page, or on TWITTER @MENDOSHERIFF, or on INSTAGRAM @MENDOSHERIFF. Vested Interest in K9's, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity, located in East Taunton, Ma. Their mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests, and other assistance, to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Many of the Canine Partners with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office have been awarded, and are currently fitted, with these protective vests. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor and other services for their four-legged K9 officers / Deputies. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9's, Inc. has provided over 3,100 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 Million dollars.

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As of 4 PM the US National Weather Service Eureka California (NWS) has canceled the Flash Flood Warning and it has once again returned to a Flash Flood Watch. There have been no reports made to OES of major impacts or debris flows as a result of this Flash Flood Warning, although some localized stream flooding was reported. If you or your agency is aware of any impacts from this storm event please report it to OES. The NWS is still tracking some rain in this storm event. While it is not currently anticipated that another Flash Flood Warning will be issued for this storm system, there is the possibility of continued impacts to the area which is why a Flash Flood Watch is still in effect.

The US National Weather Service Eureka California (NWS) has upgraded the Flash Flood Watch to a Flash Flood Warning for the Mendocino Complex burn scar. The NWS has issued Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) for the affected areas. According to the NWS he highest risk areas of Mendocino County are the burned areas immediately along Highway 20. According to the NWS, "excessive rainfall over the Mendocino Complex burn scar will result in rock and mudslides and possible debris flows in areas of steep terrain near highway 20 east of Ukiah." Residents in this steep terrain area are urged to move to a safe location. If the public sees any conditions which pose an immediate threat to life safety or property call 911. Please call 911 only for emergencies and not for general public information questions. Below is the Flash Flood Warning from the NWS: CAC045-032300- /O.NEW.KEKA.FF.W.0001.181003T2001Z-181003T2300Z/ /00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/ BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED Flash Flood Warning National Weather Service Eureka CA 101 PM PDT WED OCT 3 2018 The National Weather Service in Eureka California has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for... East central Mendocino County in northwestern California... * Until 400 PM PDT. * At 1259 PM PDT...Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to one inch of rain has already fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly. * Flash flooding will remain over mainly rural areas of east central Mendocino County. Excessive rainfall over the Mendocino Complex burn scar will result in rock and mudslides and possible debris flows in areas of steep terrain near highway 20 east of Ukiah. This is a dangerous situation. If you observe movement of soils, debris, or large amounts of water you should move to higher ground immediately. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Move away from recently burned areas. Life-threatening flooding of creeks...roads and normally dry areas is likely. The heavy rains will likely trigger rockslides...mudslides and debris flows in steep terrain...especially in and around these areas. && LAT...LON 3923 12301 3922 12302 3918 12305 3917 12307 3920 12312 3925 12315 3928 12310 3932 12308 3933 12303 3932 12303 3932 12302 3928 12302 3928 12300 3924 12299

NOTE: This post is NOT part of the Emergency Alert System test. ___________________________ The US National Weather Service Eureka California has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of Mendocino and Lake Counties in the areas of the Mendocino Complex burn scar until 7 PM tonight. The NWS is forecasting that scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms may produce intense rainfall that may cause debris flows and flash flooding in these areas. The NWS is forecasting that the highest risk for potential debris flows in Mendocino County are most likely along Highway 20 in the Cold Creek area. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. A Flash Flood Warning means that a flash flood is imminent or occurring and that the public in the warning area should take immediate action. Currently there is NO Flash Flood Warnings in effect for the burn scar. The NWS is currently forecasting that the highest rainfall may occur in Lake County, however, the rainfall in Mendocino County may still result in isolated debris flows and flooding in the burn area. If it appears as though the storm system may produce flash flooding or debris flows, the NWS will upgrade the Flash Flood Watch to a Flash Flood Warning and will issue alerts via the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert. Here is the full information on the Flash Flood Watch: https://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=eka&wwa=flash%20flood%20watch. Please monitor the NWS Eureka's website (https://www.weather.gov/eka/) for up to date information. If you see any condition which poses an immediate threat to life safety or property call 911. Please call 911 only for emergencies and not for general public information questions.

A reminder that the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert system tests will be happening nationwide in just a few minutes.

National Test of Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Location: Nationwide Date of Incident: 10/03/2018 Time: 11:18 AM (PST) Written By: Rick Ehlert, Emergency Services Coordinator Synopsis: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system on October 3, 2018. This test will send messages using both the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system as well as the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The WEA portion of the test will begin at 11:18 AM, and the EAS portion follows at 11:20 AM. Mendocino County residents should receive these notifications shortly after the test begins. Both the WEA and EAS messages will clearly state that they are tests only. No action is required for any residents. Residents with questions regarding this national test can direct their questions via email to FEMA-National-Test@fema.dhs.gov. Cellular telephone towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 11:18 AM. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cellular tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cellular phones will not receive the test message, and cellular phones should only receive the message once. The WEA test message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert" and text that says: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cellular phones nationwide. Some cellular phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.” The test was originally planned for September 20, 2018 but was been postponed until October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. Approved by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney

PG&E will be using a helicopter to patrol electric lines in Mendocino and Lake Counties this week as part of vegetation and safety work. Starting today, Tuesday, September 18, a Bell 407 Long Ranger will leave the Ukiah Municipal Airport around 8:00 am and fly through 4:00 pm. Foresters will be flying low in order to look for vegetation near electric lines in high fire-threat areas along power lines in the following cities on Tuesday and Wednesday: Ukiah Redwood Valley Calpella Potter Valley Laytonville Willits Middletown Konocti Upper Lake Lower Lake Cobb Kelseyville This work is part of our Community Wildfire Safety Program to further reduce the risk of trees coming into contact with lines. See press release below. PG&E Accelerates Vegetation Work in Mendocino and Lake Counties as Wildfire Threat Grows UKIAH, Calif.— In response to the recent and dramatically increasing wildfire threat in our state, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is accelerating its vegetation management work in Mendocino and Lake Counties to further reduce the risk of wildfire and keep our customers, their families and our communities safe. According to CAL FIRE and the National Interagency Fire Center, in 2018, as of late August, more than 5,500 wildfires have already burned over 1.4 million acres. The unprecedented, destructive nature of the wildfire risk that California faces this year demands additional steps to further mitigate wildfire threats and keep our customers safe. As a result, we are augmenting our Community Wildfire Safety Program (CWSP) to accelerate our vegetation and safety work and reduce the risk of vegetation coming into contact with power lines. This wildfire safety work involves creating even greater clearances between trees and power lines, including overhanging branches and limbs, in areas the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has designated as at extreme risk of wildfire. PG&E was already working to meet new state vegetation and fire safety standards, which require a minimum clearance of 4 feet around power lines in high fire-threat areas with clearances of 12 feet or more at time of trim to ensure compliance year-round. Our accelerated wildfire vegetation management work addresses overhanging branches or limbs, which have the potential to come into contact with power lines, by ensuring conductor-to-sky 12-foot clearance. We are also continuing to partner with customers in extreme fire-threat areas to create fire defense zones by reducing vegetation below and near power lines that could act as fuel in a wildfire, as an added layer of protection and to enhance defensible space. The expectation this work to take place between now and the end of the 2018 wildfire season. Customers can call 877.295.4949 for more information or email wildfiresafety@pge.com

Sonoma County is conducting Emergency Alert Test on 9/12/18. Some Mendocino County residents may receive alerts as part of the test. More details here: nixle.us/ADSSQ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: 2018-26503 Crime/Incident: 664/187 PC [Attempted Homicide] 29800(a)(1) PC [Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearm] 243(d) PC [Battery with Great Bodily Injury] 30305(a)(1) PC [Possession of Ammo by Prohibited Person] 186.22(a) PC [Participation in Criminal Street Gang] 1203.2 PC [Formal Probation Violation] Location: 23700 block of Hopper Lane in Covelo, CA Date of Incident: 09-07-2018 Time: 11:40 P.M. Victim(s): N/A Suspect(s): Loren Riley (23 year-old from Covelo, CA) Isaac Islas (28 year-old from Covelo, CA) Written By: Sergeant Quincy Cromer #2651 Synopsis: On 09-07-2018 at approximately 11:40 P.M., Deputies with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a reported shooting at a residence in the 23700 block of Hopper Lane in Covelo, California. Round Valley Tribal Police (RVTP) officers were at the scene and reported two subjects were exchanging gunfire at a nearby property. RVTP Officers contacted one of the subjects, identified as Loren Riley, who was in possession of a shotgun in the driveway to the property. Riley was ordered to drop the firearm and he complied. Riley was detained at the scene by RVTP and the firearm was secured. Multiple Wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife were in the area and responded to assist. A perimeter was set around the property and multiple verbal commands were given to the second subject to surrender. The other subject involved in the shooting did not respond to the verbal commands. After multiple other verbal commands were given for the subject to surrender, he was observed running on Ledger Lane and detained by Fish and Wildlife Wardens. This subject was identified as Isaac Islas who lived in a trailer at the same property as Riley. A search warrant was authored by a Detective with the MCSO Investigations Bureau and the scene was processed for evidence related to this investigation. Through multiple interviews, crime scene investigation, and evidence located at the scene, Deputies determined a 12-gauge shotgun was discharged multiple times by Riley towards the trailer where Islas resides. Evidence was located at the trailer that Islas discharged a pistol northbound towards Riley. It was determined that the shooting was a result of an earlier assault where Riley was significantly assaulted by Islas when discussing their involvement in different gangs. Riley left the property after being assaulted, returned with a shotgun, and attempted to shoot Islas multiple times in retaliation for the earlier battery. Riley was determined to be on two counts of formal probation in Mendocino County and is prohibited from owning or possessing any firearms. Islas was also determined to be a prohibited person due to prior criminal convictions. Riley was placed under arrest for 664/187 PC [Attempted Homicide], 29800(a)(1) PC [Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearm], and 1203.2 PC [Formal Probation Violation]. Riley was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail on a no-bail status due to his probation violations. Islas was placed under arrest for 243(d) PC [Battery with Great Bodily Injury], 30305(a)(1) PC [Possession of Ammunition by a Prohibited Person], and 186.22(a) PC [Participation in a Criminal Street Gang]. Islas was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he is to be held in lieu of $55,000.00 bail.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: Announcement of Sonoma County Notification Test Crime/Incident: N/A Location: Throughout Sonoma County Date of Incident: September 12, 2018 Time: Between 1000-1200 hours Victim(s): N/A Suspect(s): N/A Written By: Rick Ehlert, Emergency Services Coordinator Synopsis: Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services would like to make the public aware of an upcoming public alert and warning test occurring in Sonoma County on Wednesday 9/12 between 10am-12pm. Sonoma County's test will send out notifications to cell phones, radio and television. Anyone near the alerting area may receive an alert on their cell phone. The alert should display on all compatible mobile devices with a special tone and vibration, and a brief text notification. Additionally, notification messages may be broadcast on local television and radio channels. Due to the close proximity of the test to Mendocino County, some residents of Mendocino County may receive the notification as well. Sonoma and Mendocino Counties share local radio and TV stations and have cell towers which serve residents in both counties, as a result, residents located in Mendocino County may also receive the test notifications. Additionally, Mendocino County residents traveling in Sonoma County during the test may receive the notifications as they pass through the test area. Residents should remember that this is only a test and that no action is required. Below is the press release from Sonoma County with more details. Residents can also visit https://socoemergency.org/1027-2/ for more information. Approved by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Red Flag Warning for Eastern Mendocino County from 1 PM this afternoon (9/11) to 1 AM on Wednesday for areas above 2,500 feet. The NWS is forecasting gusty winds from the mid slopes to ridgetops of Eastern Mendocino County along with low relative humidity. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. #StaySafe

The Mendocino Public Safety Foundation and Johnny & Gloria Keyes are hosting a BBQ for First Responders tomorrow at the Forks Ranch Market between 11am thru 2pm tomorrow, September 11, 2018. This is BBQ is for first responders and veterans only. We'd appreciate you showing them your support by driving by and waving! Tom Allman