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Hopland Man Accused of Felony Vandalism for Smashing the Storefront of the Iconic Blue Bird Cafe

The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:


71-year-old Mark Pivec [Mugshot provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On 06-22-2022 at 2:46 A.M., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a report of a vandalism and disturbance in progress in the 13300 block of Highway 101 in Hopland, California. 

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center advised the Deputies an intoxicated male was vandalizing the Blue Bird Cafe. 

On arrival the Deputies contacted Mark Pivec, who was standing in front of the Hopland Tap House, located across the street from the Blue Bird Cafe.  While talking to Pivec, the Deputies observed he was displayed objective signs of alcohol intoxication.

The Deputies observed one of the large front windows of the Blue Bird Cafe was shattered with a newspaper stand resting halfway inside the business.  The door on the south side of the building; which leads to the upstairs apartments, was broken and the glass was sitting, in tact, a short distance away. 

There was a white vehicle parked next to the curb in front of the cafe; which had mustard splashed over the exterior.  There was blood in front of the broken window and on top of the newspaper stand; which was obviously used to smash the window.  

The Deputies observed Pivec had a severe cut on his hand; which was bleeding.  The Deputies continued their investigation and developed probable cause to believe Pivec was intoxicated to the point he could not care for himself or others. 

Deputies believed Pivec threw the newspaper stand through the window of the Blue Bird Cafe, causing the window to shatter.  Deputies believed Pivec caused damage to the apartment door and threw mustard on the vehicle parked outside; which caused damage to the paint and dents in the body panels.

The cost to repair the above listed damage was estimated to be in excess of $1,000.00 in total.

The Deputies arrested Pivec for 594(b)(1) PC (Felony Vandalism) and 647(f) PC (Misdemeanor Public Intoxication).

Pivec was transported to the Adventist Health Ukiah Valley where he was treated for his injuries and deemed fit for incarceration.  Pivec was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.

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