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According to a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, on Tues. morning, June 11, 2013, a Deputy was fired on by a suspect during an investigation of an illegal marijuana grow, located in the 20000 block of Tomki Road in Willits, California. The Deputy Sheriff shot back at the suspect who then escaped into the heavily wooded surroundings. Several hours of searching did not locate the suspect, and the search was suspended due to safety concerns - read more details in the MCSO press release below.

MCSO Press Release:
On 06-11-2013 at 0836 hours Special Agents from the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force (MMCTF) arrived at a piece of property located in the 20000 block of Tomki Road in Willits, California. The MMCTF Special Agents had recently obtained a search warrant based upon an investigation that showed an illegal marijuana growing operation was in existence on the property. The Special Agents were assisted in the search warrant service by members of the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, California Highway Patrol Aviation Division and Mendocino County Probation Department.

Upon arrival a MMCTF Special Agent (Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff), a California Department of Fish & Wildlife Warden and a Mendocino County Probation Officer encountered a suspect, described as being a Hispanic adult male dressed in camouflage clothing. The suspect fled on foot into the property's heavily wooded terrain and failed to comply with verbal commands to surrender. The three listed law enforcement personnel began a search for the suspect who appeared to be unarmed. During the search the suspect emerged from an area of bush approximately 30-40 yards from the Deputy Sheriff.  The suspect was armed with a handgun and immediately shot at the Deputy Sheriff, possibly multiple times.  The Deputy Sheriff shot back at the suspect who then fled off into the heavily wooded terrain once again. Additional law enforcement resources were summoned to the property as a more intensive search was conducted for the suspect.

The law enforcement resources included personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and Cal Fire prevention officers. After several hours of searching the suspect was not located and the search was suspended due to safety concerns. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office in collaboration with the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office is conducting an investigation into the shooting incident per county-wide protocol.

The Deputy Sheriff has been placed on paid administrative at this time.

Two robberies and one grand theft in Eureka are believed have been committed by the same suspect, and the Eureka Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the man. In one incident the suspect was seen leaving the scene in a small 4- door red Nissan. The suspect is described as a a white male, about 6’ tall, medium build with short brown hair - see the photo above and  the video and more information from the press release below.

Anyone with information about these crimes, the suspect, the suspect vehicle or the location of the stolen property, please contact Detective Harpham at 707-441-4305.

Summary from the Eureka Police Department press release:
On Thursday, 4-18-13, at about 2100 hours, a suspect took 3 37” Westinghouse LED TV’s out through the emergency exit of Target in Eureka. The suspect fled in a small 4- door red Nissan  with the license plate purposely concealed.  The suspect was described as a white male, about 6’ tall, medium build, with brown hair.  No force or threats were used by the suspect.

On Friday, 4-26-13, at about 2040 hours, a suspect entered Hana Restaurant at 2120 4th Street, ripped the cash register drawer from the register and attempted to flee the store. An employee interrupted the theft. The suspect was a white male, about 6’ tall, medium build with short brown hair. He wore large black sunglasses to partially block his face and he wore gloves.  The suspect fled in a red 90’s model hatchback with the license plate purposely concealed.  The suspect pushed and punched an employee in attempt to complete the theft. This use of force to complete the theft, turned the theft incident into a robbery.  

On Saturday, 5-11-13, at about 2130 hours, a male subject entered Subway sandwich shop at 1906 4th Street, ripped the cash register drawer from the register and fled the store. The suspect was described as a white male, about 6’2”tall, with brown/gray hair wearing an orange and green camouflage mask.  The suspect fled on foot. No vehicle was seen.  The suspect threatened to stab the employee if he tried to stop him from leaving with the cash register drawer. The use of threats turned the theft into a robbery.

The Eureka Police Department believes the three incidents were committed by the same suspect and request anyone with information in regards to the suspect, suspect vehicle or the location of the stolen property, to contact Detective Harpham at the 707-441-4305.

The Video below shows the crime as it's being committed at Target in Eureka-thanks Lost Coast Outpost and You Tube.

Disaster and emergency reporting are key components of KMUD Newsroom production as well as part of the overall mission of the station. Several years ago the News Department organized an Emergency Response Team (ERT) to assist news staff in reporting during emergency events such as fire, major landslides, floods and earthquakes.  We are now in progress of expanding this service. The ERT includes people who are able to send photos and audio clips to the newsroom, others who can travel to KMUD at a moment's notice to help during a major emergency, and people who produce stories for the Local News. In response to a scary fire season projected by CAL FIRE, KMUD News has prepared a series of classes that can serve as training for people newly interested in helping with this effort or as a review for previous ERT members. Anyone who wants to work with KMUD News is invited to the upcoming trainings.

Classes focusing on the Emergency Response Team training will be held this June and July at the KMUD studio at 1144 Redway Drive, Redway. Classes start promptly at 1 pm and run until 3 pm, with more free-form conversation after the class for people who want to collaborate further.

Please RSVP for all classes, so plans can be made for the needed seating. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     

Class Schedule: 

  • June 9: Writing for Radio -Emergency Response focused skill-building, using disaster scenarios
  • June 23: Emergency Response Reporting - Disaster scenario analysis and live Emergency Response radio reporting
  • July 14: Guest Professionals, TBA.  Emergency Reporting and Interacting with Agency Personnel; Disaster scenario analysis and live Emergency Response radio reporting
  • July 28: Guest Professionals, TBA.  Emergency Reporting and Interacting with Agency Personnel; Disaster scenario analysis and live Emergency Response radio reporting

A woman reported yesterday (Mon., June 3, 2013) to Humboldt County Sheriffs that she had been sexually assaulted as she was walking down the Avenue of the Giants heading toward Weott.The suspects in the incident are believed to be driving a Light Blue older Ford Van, possibly late 1970’s or early 1980’s no side windows in the rear cargo area. Only the front seats and back doors had windows.

The suspects are described as follows:

  • White Male, 19-25 years old, approximately,  6’ tall, 160 pounds, red curly hair with fresh injuries to his face and nose.
  • White Male, 19-25 years old, approximately 6’2” tall,  approximately 160 pounds, blond hair, wearing black jeans
  • White male, 19-25 years old, approximately 6”2” tall, approximately 160 pounds, brown hair

Details are found in the HCSO press release below:

On 06-3-2013, approximately 8:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local hospital emergency room nurse who reported a 33 year female was at the hospital who was being treated for a sexual assault.  A deputy responded to the hospital and met with the victim. She reported she was walking on US 101 near Rio Dell early today, when she got a ride from an unknown Asian female who dropped her off near the Pepperwood exit, Holmes Flat area. After being dropped off she walked down to the Eel River and went for a swim. During her swim, she lost her pants in the rapids. She walked back to Avenue of the Giants and began walking south again towards her mother’s residence in Weott, however she was not wearing pants, only underwear, a bra and t-shirt. She walked for about ten minutes when she encountered three males in a light blue Ford van in a turn out. She asked the males for a ride, and they agreed to give her a ride.

After evaluating the males further, she decided to decline the ride because she did not feel comfortable with the males. The three males then drove off in the van. She then continued walking south on Avenue of the Giants.  Further down the road as she was walking, the three males suddenly exited the brush and all three sexually assaulted her. During the assault she struck one of the males in the face with a tree branch she found causing injury to the males face. The victim believes she may have broken the male’s nose or knocked out some of his teeth. After the assault the victim ran to a nearby residence for help, and the residents gave her a ride to the hospital.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Update:Tues., July 30, 2013 - New lead gives hope to family of missing person Erik Lamberg 

A new lead in the case of Erik Lamberg, who has been missing since last May, (see photo above and below) gives renewed hope in finding what happened to the missing man.

Use the player below to hear the latest in this case. This report was aired by KMUD News Anchor Eileen Russell on the KMUD local News Tues., July 30, 2013.

Update: Wed., July 3, 2013-Family of missing Erik Lamberg makes another plea for public's help; interview with Lamberg's wife included

The family of 51 year-old Erik Lamberg (shown in the photo above) notified the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office last May that Lamberg was missing and was last heard from after his car had broke down in the Laytonville area. Subsequently, Deputies located Lamberg's abandoned vehicle approximately 20 miles west of Willits on Sherwood Road, but Erik Lamberg is still missing.

Lamberg is described as being 51 years old, 6'05" tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds, having "sandy" blond hair and blue eyes. It is unknown what clothing he had on when he went missing.  The family related that Erik may be experiencing mental health issues but has shown no violent tendencies in the past.The Sheriff's Office is requesting anyone who has information or who might have seen Erik to contact the Sheriff's Dispatch Center at (707)463-4086.

Click here for the Find-Erik Lamberg-Facebook Page.

The player below features a newspiece updating this story, including an interview with Erik Lamberg's wife, Samantha Lamberg. This piece was aired on the KMUD Local News on Wed., July 3, 2013 by KMUD News Director Terri Klemetson.

The original post on this missing person story can be seen below.


 

Erik Lamberg, 51 years old, was reported missing by his family who last had phone contact with him on May 26, 2013 around 11:30 PM. Lamberg is described as: 6'5" tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds, having "sandy" blond hair and blue eyes. On June 1, 2013 the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office located Lamberg's abandoned vehicle approximately 20 miles west of Willits on Sherwood Road. See a photo of Erik Lamberg and the press release from the MCSO below.

Press Release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office regarding missing person, Erik Lamberg :
On May 29, 2013 around 9:31 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received a call from a family member of Erik Lamberg.  The family member stated Erik was experiencing difficulties with his vehicle when she last spoke to him on May 26, 2013 around 11:30 PM.  At that time Erik had his vehicle, a silver 2004 Honda Odyssey, towed to Laytonville when it broke down in Leggett. He had the vehicle repaired and stayed two nights at a local hotel in Laytonville at which time he phoned his family and said he was "fine".  The family has not seen or heard from Erik since. A missing persons case was taken and a "be on the lookout" (BOLO) issued to all northern California law enforcement agencies. Deputies later confirmed Erik's vehicle was repaired by a local mechanic and he had stayed in the motel for two nights, but had checked out on May 28, 2013.

On June 1, 2013 the Sheriff's Office received a report of an abandoned vehicle approximately 20 miles west of Willits on Sherwood Road.  Deputies responded and located Erik's vehicle.  It appeared the vehicle had gotten stuck in a ditch in the road and was abandoned.  Search efforts around the vehicle were conducted but Erik was not located.  The vehicle was towed to clear the road.

The missing person is described as being 51 years old, 6'05" tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds, having "sandy" blond hair and blue eyes. It is unknown what clothing he had on when he went missing.  The family related that Erik may be experiencing mental health issues but has shown no violent tendencies in the past.The Sheriff's Office is requesting anyone who has information or who might have seen Erik to contact the Sheriff's Dispatch Center at (707)463-4086.  

The photo below shows missing person, Erik Lamberg.

 

 


 

 Second missing man- Sean Sidi

Sean Sidi, a 19 year-old male from San Francisco, was reported missing on May 21, 2013. Sidi is considered "at risk" because he has been recovering from a head truama as a result of a fall. When last seen Sidi was wearing a black-and-gray North Face-brand jacket, blue jeans and black canvas shoes. He is 5-foot-5 and 120 pounds, with dark hair and brown eyes - see photo above. There is reason to suspect that Sidi might be headed to Mendocino or Humboldt County.

If you have any information about Sean Sidi please contact his mother, Lin Ching, at (415) 713-5913 or Inspector Anne MacKenzie at (415) 734-3268. See additional information at: www.seansidi.com/

Hear more on both of these missing persons cases in a report aired by KMUD News Director Terri Klemetson on the KMUD Local News Monday, June 3, 2013.

 

According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, 64 year old Raymond Lawrence Anderson was reported missing on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Anderson was last seen in Redding on the morning of May 23 and was reportedly driving back to Eureka using either Highway 299 or 36.

Anderson is described as being a white male adult, brown/grey hair, mustache and goatee, blue eyes, approx. 5'4" and 175 lbs.  He was last known to be driving a blue 1991 Chevrolet Carpice with California license plate 2XBB559. See the full press release and a photo of Raymond Anderson below.

EPD Press Release:
The Eureka Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in locating 64 year old Raymond Lawrence Anderson who was reported missing by friends on 05/26/13.  Raymond Anderson was last seen in Redding, Calif., on 05/23/13 at 9:00 a.m.  He was reportedly driving back toEureka, Calif., via Hwy 299 or possibly Hwy 36.  Anderson is described as being a white male adult, brown/grey hair, mustache and goatee, blue eyes, approx. 5'4" and 175 lbs.  He was last known to be driving a blue 1991 Chevrolet Carpice with California license plate 2XBB559.  He hassome medical problems and walks with a limp (right side).  He is described as very friendly and outgoing.  Anyone with any information regarding Raymond Anderson is urged to contact the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4300 or (707) 441-4044.

In the Photo above, CHP Officer Pierman and a Mendocino County Sheriff confer with the demonstrators about their well being and discuss their plans around the lock down.

Work at the Caltrans Willits Bypass project was once again delayed when it was discovered that two protesters, Jamie Chevalier and Travis Jochimsen, had used metal lockboxes to lock themselves to a wick drain augur, a tool used in the process of draining the wetland area along the bypass construction site. The two were locked to the augur for around five hours before they were arrested -see photos below. Photos on this page are by Ree Slocum Photography.

Use the player to hear more on this story in a piece aired on Mon, May 20, 2013, by KMUD News Correspondent Christina Aanestad. The audio clip begins with an interview with Sarah Grusky of Save Our Little Lake Valley.

 

Additional Resources:
Protest of Willits Bypass Project planned-update; Willits Bypass slowing down-new audio included
Senator Evans says Caltrans needs to consider alternatives to Willits Bypass-Caltrans Response
Willits Bypass tree-sitters extracted by CHP
Arrests at Willits Bypass site
Farm group challenges environmental review of Willits Bypass Project
Caltrans Willits Bypass Web Page
Save Little Lake Valley

Around 6 am this morning, Jamie Chevalier (Photo Left) and Travis Jochimsen (photo right) locked down in a black bear device on the wick drain boom brought in by Caltrans.

   

 

 

  

The photo above shows Bodhi Tree being arrested by Arcata Police and Humboldt County Sheriff Deputies-see the video of the arrest at the bottom of the page.

Update-Thurs., May 23, 2013: According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, double homicide suspect, Bodhi Tree, being held without bail for the murder in Arcata of Alan "Sunshine" Marcet, 27, and 18-year-old Christina Schwarz on May 18, 2013, is now a person of interest in a shooting that occurred three days earlier in Eureka. Detectives believe the homicides in Arcata and the shooting in Eureka are potentially related.  According to the press release the individual who was initially detained by the Eureka Police Department, in connection with the May 15 shooting, is not the focus of the investigation at this time. On Wed., May 22 in Humboldt County Superior Court, suspect Bohdi Tree pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder . The gun used in the Arcata double homicide has still not been found.

Police officials request that if you have any information about the Eureka shooting of Rhett August which occurred on Wed., May 15 on the 1900 block of J Street in Eureka, please contact Lead Detective Peter Cross at 707 441-4390, Senior Detective Ron Harpham at 707 441-4305 or the Eureka Police Dept. at 707 441-4606. If you have information specific to the homicides in Arcata contact Lt. Ryan Peterson at 707 822-2428.


Update- Tues., May 21, 2013: The Arcata Police Department is still actively investigating this double murder case with 28 year old Bodhi Tree of Arcata as the prime murder suspect. The victims, Alan "Sunshine" Marcet, 27, of Oak Park Michigan, and 18-year-old Christina Schwarz, a Eureka High student, were shot and killed on Sat., May 18 at a residence at 2457 Eye Street, Arcata. Police continue their search for a handgun that was possibly discarded by the suspect in the Sunny Brae area, specifically in the area of Beverly Drive and Shirley Blvd. If anyone finds a gun they are asked to leave the gun in place and immediately contact the Arcata Police Department. Hear more on this update below.

Use the player below to hear an audio update on this case, including an exclusive interview with the resident of the home in which the murders took place. This news piece was aired by KMUD News Correspondent, Christina Aanestad, on the KMUD Local News, Tues., May 21, 2013.

Murder suspect, Bodhi Tree, is shown in the photo below.

Read the original post on this story below.


 

On Sat., May 18 Arcata Police Officers were alerted to a reported shooting in Arcata, with one victim dead at the scene and a second pronounced dead after being transported to the Mad River Community Hospital. The suspected shooter, Bodhi Tree, 28 years old of Arcata, was later apprehended and booked in the Humboldt County Jail on two counts of Murder. The press release on this incident appears below.

On May 18, 2013, at about 2:00am, the Arcata Police Department responded to the 2400 block of Eye Street on the report of gunshot victims inside the residence.  A female victim was pronounced dead at the scene, the male victim was pronounced dead at Mad River Community Hospital.

The Arcata Police Department conducted an extensive investigation with a suspect being developed.  The investigation led officers to a residence located in the 200 block of Marilyn Avenue, located in the Sunny Brae area of Arcata.  Upon initial contact with the occupants of the residence, the suspect was not located.  A short time later, citizens in the area notified police of a suspicious subject in the 1700 block of Shirley Blvd, a short distance away from the Marilyn Avenue residence.  Officers responded and located  Bodhi Tree, 28 years old of Arcata.  Tree was the homicide suspect sought by the police department and he was arrested. Tree was transported to the Humboldt County Jail and booked for two counts of PC 187--Murder.
 
The homicide investigation continues and anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact the Arcata Police Department at 822-2424.

View a You Tube video below of Bodhi Tree being arrested by Arcata Police and Humboldt County Sheriff Deputies-You Tube video uploaded by "AndrewEliGoff."

The subject of impact on wildlife species due to rodenticide use in marijuana grows is in the news again as Second District Supervisor, Estelle Fennell, sponsored a resolution to discourage their use. Although not strictly a ban the resolution, which was approved unanimously, is hoped to influence business owners to take rodenticides off their shelves and to discourage consumers from using them.

A letter from Reckitt Benckiser, the company that the manufactures d-CON rodenticide products, dated the same day the board approved the resolution, urged the Board of Supervisors to, "...conduct a review of the scientific evidence surrounding the use of rodenticides, and to consider the serious unintended consequences of encouraging local businesses to restrict the sale of these products."  Click here for a pdf copy of this letter.

Using the player below you can hear more on this story in a piece submitted by Daniel Mintz and aired on KMUD Local News on Tues., May 14, 2013.


Previous related KMUD News Posts:
"Southern Humboldt businesses take rat poison off shelves"
"New lawsuit targets rat poison regulation"
"See Biologist Mourad Gabriel- Pot and Endangered Wildlife-Sept. 27 Arcata"
"Groups call for ban on rat poisons"

At 10:30 pm on Mon., May 13, 2013 a McKinleyville man reported to a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy that he had been struck intentionally by a truck. The suspect was described as a White male, approximately 6’ tall, 220 lbs, late 50’s, balding, with some hair on the side of his head, and was reported driving a dark colored pickup truck, possibly a Nissan. See the full HCSO press release and photos below.

On 05-13-2013, approximately 10:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a 20 year old McKinleyville man who told the deputy he was struck intentionally by a truck. When the deputy arrived at the McKinleyville Shell Gas Station 1606 Central Avenue, McKinleyville the victim related the following:
    
The victim was standing in line to make a purchase inside the gas station when a male (suspect) behind him in line became irritated because the line was not moving fast enough. The victim attempted to explain to the suspect that the person in front of him at the register was disabled and needed extra time to gather his items and make his purchase. The suspect got angry with the victim and began yelling obscenities at the victim. The victim decided to leave, walked out of the gas station and across Central Avenue, McKinleyville. The suspect got into his truck, drove out of the gas station and accelerated at the victim, striking the victim with his truck and causing the victim to literally get knocked of his feet and fly through the air.  The victim landed on the shoulder of the road. Several uninvolved citizens witnessed the assault. The victim sustained injuries to his elbow, hip and knee. Medical arrived, but the victim refused medical treatment.

The investigating deputy was able to obtain a video of the suspect from the gas station. The Humboldt County Sheriffs Office is requesting the public's help in locating and identifying the suspect.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

The suspect is described as: White male, approximately 6’ tall, 220 lbs, late 50’s, balding with some hair on the side of his head. Driving a dark colored pickup truck, possibly a Nissan.

 

 

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