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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 18, 2013:

On 01-17-2013 at about 4:15 pm an Agent with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force received a telephone call from a Special Agent with the Iowa State Narcotics Task Force. The Special Agent relayed the following information to the Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agent. On 01-16-2013 at about 2:00 pm an Iowa State Trooper made traffic stop on a vehicle traveling east bound on Interstate Highway 80 near Atlantic, Iowa for a traffic violation.

The State Trooper discovered 100 individual one- pound bags of processed marijuana in the vehicle. Two suspects were arrested from the vehicle. Through their investigation in Iowa Officers learned that the marijuana came from a residence located in the 700 block of Park Avenue, Arcata, California. With the information provided by law enforcement in Iowa a Drug Task Force Agent obtained a search warrant for the residence located on Park Avenue, Arcata.At about 6:30 pm the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Arcata Police Department and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the residence on Park Avenue.

Officers detained two subjects at the residence who were identified as Christopher Joseph Luddie age 21 and Patrick Joseph Wall age 21. When Officers searched the residence they located 122 individual one-pound bags of processed marijuana buds in one of the bedrooms. Officers located evidence of a butane hash lab in the residence, along with approximately one pound of hash. Officers also located an indoor marijuana growing room in the garage that had been recently harvested. When Officers searched one of the vehicles that was parked in front of the residence they discovered approximately $160,000 dollars in cash inside of a duffle bag in the trunk of the vehicle. Officers seized the money for possible asset forfeiture.

Wall and Luddie were both arrested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana, for manufacturing of a hash lab and for conspiracy to commit a crime. Both subjects were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and their bail was set at $500,000 dollars each.

This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force and the Iowa State Narcotics Task Force.      

The photo below shows cannabis and cash confiscated in the case.

According to information recently released jointly by the California Highway Patrol, National Weather Service, and Caltrans:

The winter season brings the threat of small hail showers to Northwest California. Accumulating hail on roadways can result in very slick driving conditions. In fact, driving on a hail covered road is very similar to driving on a sheet of ice. Motorists can easily lose control of their vehicle resulting in a collision.

Here are some small hail weather event driver’s safety tips:

  • Dark clouds ahead signal the potential for hail.
  • Slow down and use your seatbelts. Small hail will make roads icy. Keep a constant watch for other vehicles.
  • Turn on your headlights. Anytime your windshield wipers are on, your headlights are required to be on – it’s the law.
  • Turn off cruise control. This will allow you to better react to sudden weather changes.
  • Don’t panic. If you begin to slide on a hail covered roadway, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal. And remember, don’t slam on the brakes or make any sudden steering adjustments.

"Small hail on north coast roadways can make for extremely hazardous driving conditions and has been a factor in far too many traffic collisions causing injuries and claiming lives.  A small hail event can come in an instant and without prior notice.  The CHP's hope is that partnering with Caltrans District 1 and the National Weather Service in Eureka to launch this campaign will reduce the amount of weather related traffic collisions and ultimately save lives," said Garberville Area CHP Lieutenant Commander Adam Jager.

"Small hail showers occur most often in the winter and early spring, but can occur in the fall as well," said Nancy Dean, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service Eureka. "Motorists should be on the lookout for dark, stormy clouds ahead and/or very heavy rainfall. Both can indicate the potential for small hail on the road just ahead."

"Weather conditions can change quickly on the north coast.  Most winter accidents are the result of driving too fast for the conditions.  Slow down, use your seat belt and arrive safely to your destination," said Charlie Fielder, Caltrans District 1 Director.

Please drive safely this winter season!


Photo: (From left to right) Charlie Fielder, Caltrans District 1 Director; Nancy Dean, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service Eureka; and Garberville Area CHP Lieutenant Commander Adam Jager join to raise awareness about small hail on area roadways.

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 16, 2013:
On 01-15-2013, approximately 7:00 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to a local hospital emergency room to meet with a gunshot victim. When the deputy arrived he met with the 28 year old male victim and his wife, who are Fortuna residents. They told the deputy they drove to Samoa Beach, off New Navy Base Road, at approximately 5:30 p.m.  They parked in a turnout approximately 100 yards north of the Samoa Beach County Campground, exited their vehicle and walked towards the beach. When they arrived at the beach they went for a walk, south along the wave slope, for about 30 to 45 minutes, when they heard two or three gunshots. They did not see anyone in the area. The gunshots were seconds apart. After the second shot her husband felt a burning sensation in his buttocks and foot.  He saw his foot was covered in blood. They ran back to their vehicle and drove to the hospital to seek treatment. They have no idea who did this or why. There are no suspects at this time.  The victim is expected to recover from his injuries.          

Deputies responded to the area described and checked the area. No witnesses, other victims or suspects were located.

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.

A press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan., 15, 2013, stated:The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving complaints from private property owners in the Kneeland-Greenwood Heights area due to low snow levels. The Sheriffs Office and property owners would like to remind snow seekers that Kneeland is primarily all private property, and deputies are issuing misdemeanor citations for trespassing.  

Snow seekers should utilize the Horse Mountain, Six Rivers National Forest areas for recreational activity. If you do plan to recreate in the snow remember wet and cold weather can cause hypothermia. A cell phone, map or GPS is also very helpful. Keep in mind not all rural areas have cell phone coverage and cell phone batteries need to be fully charged.

According to KMUD News Correspondent, Christina Aanestad:

"A 3,000 page document outlining logging practices over the next 80 years at Mendocino Redwood Company is up for public review.  The timber company is hosting 2 community workshops to present their Habitat Conservation Plan this Wednesday and Thursday.  The plan would add 8000 acres for roosting spotted owls and open up 10 more miles of streams to spawning salmon over the next 30 years, according to Mike Jani, Chief Forester and resident of Mendocino and Humboldt Redwood Companies.  He spoke with KMUD and outlined some of the conservation measures they’re going to take for salmon and old growth trees."

Use the player below to hear the interview with Mike Jani. This story was aired on KMUD Local News, Monday, January 14, 2013 by Christina Aanestad.

Public comment on the proposed plan is open until February 21, 2013. However, Jani told KMUD News that the regulating agencies are considering extending the deadline to April 21st, so the public has time to navigate MRC’s lengthy, 3,000 page habitat conservation plan.
 
Public Workshops (held at MRC’s Fort Bragg office, located at 32601 Holquist Lane in Fort Bragg - turn east onto Gibney Lane approximately 2.5 miles south of the Highway 20/Highway 1 interchange, office is on the corner of Holquist and Gibney):

  • Fish and water portions of the habitat conservation plan - Wednesday, January 16, from 7-9 pm.
  • Terrestrial portions of the plan - Thursday, January 17, from 7-9 pm.

Click here for more information on the workshops.
Click here for Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Mendocino Redwood Company Incidental Take Authorization and Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation.
Inland residents with questions unable to attend the meetings can contact the MRC project leader, John Ramaley at 707‐463‐5129.

Update-Friday, Jan. 25, 2013; Extended audio included:

Use the player below to hear an update on this story, including an interview with Jeremy James, long-time friend of Aaron Bassler. An edited portion of this extended interview was aired on KMUD Local News, Jan. 25, 2013, by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson.

The original post on the release of the Allman/Sparks book appears below.


 

On October 1, 2011, Mendocino County Sheriff, Tom Allman, confirmed that murder suspect, Aaron Bassler, had been shot and killed by members of a Sacramento SWAT team while helping in the search for Bassler. Aaron Bassler had been charged with shooting and killing Fort Bragg City Councilman Jere Melo and Land Conservancy worker Matt Coleman and had eluded law enforcement efforts to capture him for 36 days. Bassler was shot as he walked down a logging road six miles outside of Fort Bragg, one-half mile south of Mud Springs near Sherwood Road, less than two miles from his mother's home.

Recently Sheriff Allman announced the release of a book about the Bassler case titled: Out There In The Woods: The Day-by-Day Account of the Extraordinary 36-Day Manhunt for a Double-Murderer on the Northern California Coast. Allman cowrote the book with author Stephen Sparks.

Use the player below to hear an extended interview with Sheriff Allman, beginning with his explanation of how the idea for this book came about. An edited version of this interview, conducted by KMUD News Correspondent Dave Brooksher, aired on the KMUD Local News Friday January 11, 2013.


Click here to read Amazon.com customer reviews of the book.

Browse previous KMUD Web News Posts on the Bassler Case by clicking on the titles below (ordered from oldest to most recent):

Fort Bragg City Councilmember, Jere Melo, murdered in Mendocino
Aaron Bassler now suspect in two murders in Mendocino
$30,000 reward offered for Aaron Bassler
Reward offered for Murder Suspect Aaron Bassler
Aaron Bassler photographed carrying gun
Possible evidence of fugitive Aaron Bassler in NorthSpur area
Murder suspect Aaron Bassler shot and killed

According to information received by KMUD News:

The Humboldt County Animal Shelter is currently over crowded and must reduce its animal population. Some dogs are facing euthanasia and need to go to rescue organizations, either because they are not doing well in the shelter resulting from the chaotic environment (dogs barking, sounds of pressure washer, etc.), or they have workable issues that take more time than an over-crowded shelter can give. Other dogs are current adoptable dogs; however, when the shelter is so over-crowded they are also at risk.

Anyone interested in any of these dogs is encouraged to contact Redwood Pals Rescue using the information provided below. The dogs are in the Humboldt County Animal Shelter. All of these dogs will be current on vaccinations, spayed/neutered and micro-chipped before transport. Redwood Pals Rescue can help with transportation of dogs taken by rescues.  

Redwood Pals Rescue:Jim-707.839.9692; Mara-707.407.6457 or 707.822.5947     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Use the player below to hear more on this story, including an interview with Jim from Redwood Pals Rescue. This piece was aired on Wed., Jan. 9, 2013 by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson.


The photos below show two of the dogs available for adoption:

My name is PUMPKIN. I am a spayed female dog. I am mostly white in color, and the kennel staff describe me as a pit bull mix. I'm described as sweet and good-natured and  like to walk, fetch or just hang out in the yard. I know that dogs sit in the back when riding in a car and would love to hop in your car and go home with you!

   My name is MOON. I am a neutered male dog. I am mostly tricolor in color, and the kennel staff describe me as a beagle.

Click here to view other adoptable dogs.

In January’s Cannabis Science Update: New research shows cannabis reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes; another study examines how cannabis mitigates pain, and a third study suggests the connection between cannabis and psychosis goes both ways. Also, several new polling statistics reveal a growing acceptance of cannabis legalization.

Use the player below to hear the January Edition of Cannabis Science Update.

Cannabis Science Update is a regular feature of the KMUD radio show, Cannabis Consciousness (1:30-3:00pm on the first Sun. of every month), and is written by Kerry Reynolds, read by Harold Day, and recorded by Dave Smith.

On August 11, 2003 Chris Giauque was reported missing and may be a victim of a robbery-homicide. In 2012 it was announced that a $200,000 reward is being offered in the case. Click here to see information about the case and the reward being offered.

Use the player below to hear an interview with Bob Giauque, Chris Giauque's father, announcing the $200,000 reward offered in the case. This story was aired by Cynthia Elkins on the KMUD Local News. Feb. 6, 2012


Listen below to another piece on the Giauque case, aired on March 14, 2012 - Eileen Russel reporting.

Missing Person, Chris Giauque

The Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue Team was mobilized this last weekend, Sunday, Jan 6, 2012, to assist two fishermen whose drift boat hit a rock and partially sunk in the South Fork Eel River by Richardson Grove.

Use the player below to hear more on this incident, including an interview with Diana Totten, former Chief and now the Acting Media Liason for the team. This piece was aired on the KMUD Local News by News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.

The two photos below were provided by Diana Totten.

  

The photo below was taken by Jeffrey Freeman.

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