Safety and Public Awareness

Safety and Public Awareness

News reporting arrests, weather warnings, product recalls, and other important information relating to safety and public awareness, are found in this category.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Armed robbery in Eureka, suspects at large

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According to a Eureka Police Department press release, dated Dec. 28, 2011:
On Dec. 27, 2011 at about 8:59 pm, officers of the Eureka Police Department (EPD) responded to a reported robbery that took place at a business located at the 800 block of W. Harris Street in Eureka.

Upon officers arrival, they were told by employees that two suspects had entered the business.  One suspect displayed a handgun, began demanding all the money, while shoving the employee to the ground. The second suspect also was shouting orders and demanding the money. While this was taking place, an additional employee was able to notify police, via the robbery alarm. Both suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

  • Suspect #1 was described as: a white male in his late teens to early 20’s, approximately 5-6, 130 pounds. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt dark jeans and a ski mask.
  • Suspect #2 was described as: an Indian male in his late teens to early 20’s, approximately 5-6, 130 pounds with black hair down to his ears. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt dark jeans and a ski mask.

This is an ongoing investigation and further details will be released  as they become available. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Det. Wilcox of the Eureka Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section at 707-441-4300.

The photos below, sent to KMUD News by the EPD on Dec. 29, 2011, are from a security video and show the suspects’ actions inside the store.





Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Washington prison escapee arrested in Dinsmore

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On 12-27-2011, approximately 7:00 p.m. the Sheriffs Office responded to the 41000 block of Highway 36, Dinsmore in regards to an assault. Upon the deputies arrival they spoke with two female victims outside the residence who reported Todd Vernon Nelson, 49 years of Dinsmore assaulted three people at the residence with his fists, and was armed with a filet knife. Nelson had been residing at the residence with the victims.

Deputies learned during their investigation Nelson had a no bail felony warrant out of the State of Washington Department of Corrections for Escape.

When deputies attempted to contact Nelson, he barricaded himself in the residence shoving chairs and other items against the doors. Deputies spent approximately forty five minutes attempting to negotiate with Nelson before forcing entry into the residence and taking him into custody.

The victims did not need treatment for their injuries and Nelson is being held in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility without bail awaiting extradition to Washington.
 Todd Vernon Nelson

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Burglary suspect Benjamin North arrested

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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 23, 2011:
On Dec. 23, 2011, approximately 4:15 p.m. a citizen called Eureka Police Department and alerted them that Benjamin Keath North, who was wanted by the law enforcement, was near at the 2400 block of Broadway, Eureka. Eureka Police responded and alerted the Sheriff's Office who also responded.

North was located and arrested by deputies from the Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of burglary, use of a stolen credit card, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a syringe. His bail is set at $100,000.

Click here to view the initial KMUD News post on this incident.

Burglary Suspect, Benjamin Keath North:

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 22, 2011:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter would like to remind pet owners of the dangers associated with the New Year’s Eve festivities and animals. Every New Year’s Eve holiday brings loud noises and disturbing activities, which frighten animals, causing otherwise docile and friendly pets to become agitated. Animals when frightened will often run away. To reduce the likelihood of an accident or injury, do not allow your pet to be in the vicinity of fireworks or other loud noises

As a precaution it is best to keep your pet in your residence, garage or in a secured pen during the holiday celebrations. Make sure your dog is licensed, and is wearing the license tag. The Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter strongly encourages pet owners to micro-chip their dogs and cats. Local veterinarians and animal welfare groups can assist with micro-chipping. This is cheap insurance to assure you and your pet are re-united should they become lost.

If your pet does get lost please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff Animal Shelter as soon as possible at 707-840-9132
.  The shelter is located next to the airport in McKinleyville, at 980 Lycoming Ave. The shelter will be closed on Monday January 2, 2012, however will be open again on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for adoptions and redemptions of lost animals.  If your pet becomes lost, we recommend you come into the shelter and look for your lost pet or check our website at: www.petharbor.com to view the animals at the shelter. If you find a lost animal, please report it to the appropriate law enforcement/ animal regulatory agency where the animal was found. The shelter also maintains a lost animal log book.

There are currently many adoptable pets at the shelter waiting for a good home!

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