Safety and Public Awareness
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A public memorial service for Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino (shown in the photo), will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 beginning at 10:00 AM at the Cotton Auditorium located at 500 North Harold Street in Fort Bragg, California. Deputy Del Fiorentino was shot and killed last Wed., March 19 by a kidnapping suspect later identified as 42-year-old Ricardo Anthony Chaney from Oregon. Links to more information and the full press release appear below.
- KMUD News audio on SoundCloud
- Huffington Post Story
- San Francisco Gate article
- Press Democrat article
MCSO press release:
The public memorial service for fallen Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino will be held on Wednesday March 26, 2014 beginning at 10:00 AM at the Cotton Auditorium located at 500 North Harold Street in Fort Bragg, California. A reception will immediately follow the memorial service at the Fort Bragg Middle School located adjacent to the Cotton Auditorium.
Law Enforcement agencies wishing to participate in a marked patrol vehicle procession are asked to arrive at the Redwood Empire Fair & Event Center (1055 North State Street Ukiah, Ca) on Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 6:00 AM. The procession will depart at 7:00 AM and will travel approximately 60 miles along the routes of Highway 101, Highway 20 and Highway 1 before reaching the Georgia Pacific Mill Site (100 West Cypress Street) in Fort Bragg, California. This procession will utilize the Nalemars radio frequency for communications.
A secondary Law Enforcement procession will depart the Georgia Pacific Mill Site to travel to the Cotton Auditorium after the first procession arrives at the mill site. The Georgia Pacific Mill Site has been established as the main parking area for the memorial service and buses will be at the location to shuttle attendees to/from the Cotton Auditorium. Parking near the Cotton Auditorium will be reserved for family, law enforcement and special guests. Carpooling to the memorial service is highly recommended. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office will be attempting to establish a video broadcast of the memorial service accessible via the internet for those who areunable to attend.
Anyone wishing to make monetary donations to the Ricky Del Fiorentino Memorial Fund can do so by contacting or visiting any of the Savings Bank of Mendocino County locations or by mail to PO Box 3600 Ukiah, Ca 95482 (707-462-6613).
Deputy Del Fiorentio is survived by his wife, children (ages 21, 19, 18, 6), step-son (age 29), grandson (age 5 months), step-grandchildren (ages 6, 3), parents and siblings.
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake, centered in the ocean approximately 51 miles off the coast of Eureka CA, occurred on Sunday March 9, 2014 at around 10:18 PM Pacific Daylight Time. The initial quake was followed by around 10 aftershocks which ranged from 2.7- to 4.6-magnitude. According to early reports there was no major damage or injuries. Hear more tonight on the KMUD Local News.
The embedded You Tube video below ( uploaded by RIDAK LUDBA) discusses the earthquake and gives additional earthquake reports:
Update: Feb. 12, 2014 - A duffle bag containing the urn stolen from the Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka has been found, but the cremated remains the urn contained are still missing, according to a post in the Times-Standard yesterday. The article reports that, "The police were contacted around 7 p.m. Sunday by a man doing renovations on a house on the 2900 block of B Street, who said he found the bag in some bushes a few days earlier."
Because the loved one's remains are irreplaceable and precious to the family, the Eureka Police Department is requesting that anyone with information that could help return them to the family call 441-4060.
The original post on this story appears below.
Desecration of the remains of ancestors is a taboo in most societies, including ours, so the question of motivation underlies an unusual theft from the chapel at the Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka. According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, footage from a camera revealed that last Tues. afternoon a white male in his thirties (shown in the photo below) stashed an urn containing the cremated remains of a deceased individual under a coat he was carrying and removed it from the chapel. The accompanying photo shows an urn similar in color and shape to the one stolen. The public is asked to provide the EPD with any information which may lead to returning the urn and remains to the family - call Officer Harkness at 707-441-4060. The full press release, including a description of the suspect, appears below.
EPD press release:
On 2-4-2014, between 3:00 – 3:30 PM, a male subject entered the chapel at the Ocean View Cemetery and removed an urn holding cremated remains.
The subject is described as a white male in his thirties wearing dark shoes with white soles, blue jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt with writing on the front and a black baseball cap, when he enters. The subject changed his clothing to a grey short sleeved t-shirt with a checkered pattern on the front and donned a dark beanie cap with a white stripe. The suspect carried the urn away under a tan coat he carried with him.
Attached is a picture of an urn similar in shape and design to the one stolen.
The Eureka Police Department is asking for any information that could lead to the return of the remains to the family. If you have information regarding this theft, please contact Officer Harkness 707-441-4060.
Dakota Danial Hayward (shown in the photo) was arrested at a residence in Coffee Creek, north of Trinity Center, for the murder of William “Billy” Foster, according to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office. Foster was found deceased at his residence in Trinity Center by Sheriff's Deputies on Jan. 18 after the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call reporting a shooting at the residence. Subsequent investigations led to the identification and arrest of Dakota Hayward, age 21, as the murder suspect. The press release appears below.
Press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, dated January 20, 2014:
On January 18, 2014 at approximately 10:00 pm the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call for medical aid stating that a male adult had been shot at a residence on the corner of Maude and Airport Road in Trinity Center. When Investigators and Deputies arrived on scene they located the victim identified as William “Billy” Foster deceased at his residence in Trinity Center. The reporting party for the medical aid was located and interviewed. A suspect was identified as Dakota Danial Hayward of Trinity Center. Investigators received information that Hayward was at a residence in Coffee Creek north of Trinity Center. Deputies located Hayward at that residence in Coffee Creek and took him into custody without incident.
Investigators have interviewed Hayward and other witnesses to the crime. Motive or any other specific details will not be released at this time as to not compromise the investigation.
Dakota Hayward was booked into the Trinity County Jail on 187(a) PC – Murder. He is still currently in custody without bail.