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.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Suspect sought for burglary in Scotia

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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 16, 2011:

On Dec. 16, 2011, at 8:30 a.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the 600 block of 3rd Street, Scotia, in regards to a theft from vehicles that had occurred between 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2011 and 8:00 a.m. on Dec. 16, 2011. The victims’ told the deputy they parked both of their vehicles in front of their residence the night before, only to discover the front window was smashed on one of the vehicles and a purse and its contents were stolen, along with a 9 mm handgun. The second vehicle was left unlocked so there was no damage; however a stereo amplifier was stolen.
At 10:30 a.m. the Fortuna Safeway store contacted the Sheriff's Office and reported that the victim's credit card had been used there at 6:00 a.m. that morning.  The same deputy responded and viewed the store video. The deputy recognized the suspect as Benjamin Keath North, 26 years old, from Fortuna. The deputy also learned North used his Safeway Club Card to save money on the purchase.  The Sheriff's Office has notified local law enforcement that North is wanted for burglary.
Suspect – Benjamin Keath North, is described as a 26 year old white male, 5’ 9” in height, approximately 150 pounds, brown eyes, red/auburn colored hair. 
Anyone with information is requested to call the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539 
Suspect, Benjamin Keath North, is shown in the photo below:
Thursday, December 15, 2011

EPD pursues stolen vehicle, driver in-custody

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According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Nov.13, 2011: 
On Nov. 13, 2011, at about 2:57 PM, an investigator with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) observed a green Jeep Wrangler driving in the vicinity of Allard Av. and Little Fairfield Street.  The investigator attempted to stop the Jeep after he observed the driver, later identified as Ian Michael Treadwell (age 28), commit a traffic infraction.  Treadwell sped away on Little Fairfield Street at a high rate of speed and a pursuit ensued.  The vehicle turned up as recently stolen from the Humboldt State University area.  Additionally, Treadwell was wanted on felony warrants alleging violations of his probation and parole.  Treadwell attempted to evade pursuing officers by driving surface streets south to Herrick Avenue, west to Highway 101, and then southbound on 101.  Marked EPD patrol units joined the pursuit south of Herrick Ave. and CHP was requested to take it over.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) was also notified. Treadwell continued southbound on Highway 101 to the Hookton Road exit at speeds up to approximately 80 MPH. Traffic was light to moderate.  Treadwell then continued on Hookton Road to Table Bluff beach. 
In addition to driving at unsafe speeds, Treadwell also repeatedly drove on the wrong side of the road. From the Table Bluff beach parking lot, Treadwell drove off road heading south on the beach in the stolen 4X4 Jeep.  Responding officers were initially unable to follow Treadwell on the beach until a Fish and Game (F&G) Warden in a 4X4 pick-up truck arrived to assist.  A CHP Officer joined the F&G Warden in his vehicle and they drove south on the beach after Treadwell.  Meanwhile, EPD and CHP officers, assisted by HCSO deputies, set-up a large perimeter in the area.  The warden and deputy located the abandoned Jeep further down the beach where the way was blocked by water.  Treadwell was observed swimming across a slough and running into the wildlife/marshland area.  The warden and a CHP Officer pursued Treadwell on foot, crossing multiple patches of water in the process.  Around 3:30 pm, the suspect was located hiding behind a log and was taken into custody without further incident.  Keys that started the stolen Jeep were found on his person.  
Due to the multiple water crossings, difficult terrain, and distance from drivable roads, assistance from the US Coast Guard (USCG) was requested.  However, USCG air assets were unavailable and CHP-Redding sent a helicopter to airlift the suspect and arresting officers out of the slough area.   Treadwell was subsequently transported by EPD to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of stolen property, felony reckless evading, and resisting.  The Jeep was driven back to the Table Bluff beach parking lot and released to a towing company at the owner’s request.  The Eureka Police Department would like to extend our appreciation for the invaluable assistance rendered by the California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and Fish and Game.  
Photo of Ian Michael Treadwell under arrest:


According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 14, 2011:
On 12-13-2011, 6:15 p.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Fields Landing Post Office, 6710 Fields Landing Drive, Fields Landing, to a report of a robbery which just occurred. When the deputies arrived they met with the Highway Contract Route (HCR) truck driver. The 58 year old male HCR driver told the deputies he was picking  up mail at the post office in his Freightliner truck when he was assaulted and pepper sprayed by two men. One of the suspects punched the driver in the face and the other suspect pepper sprayed the driver. The victim was incapacitated and was unable to call 911. A passerby called 911 for the driver. The HCR driver was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel. The suspects stole an undetermined amount of U.S. mail.
The investigating deputies were able to locate a witness who described a “ White 1990’s Lexis four door sedan, with tinted rear and partially tinted front windows, and gold trim on the bumpers” driving in the area of the post office at the time of robbery. 
The victim described the two suspects as follows:
  • Suspect #1- White male, 5’ 9” in height, approximately 160 pounds, wearing dark clothing
  • Suspect #2 - Described only as a male in dark clothing
United States Postal Inspectors have joined the Sheriff’s Office on this case.  The Sheriffs Office and US Postal Inspectors are seeking any potential witnesses, including the person who made the call to the Sheriffs Office on behalf of the injured truck driver. The United States Postal Service has a standing reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for this crime.
Anyone with information is requested to call the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539 or the US Postal Inspectors 24 hour number toll free at 1-877-876-2455. 

According to a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 14, 2011:

On Nov. 12, 2011 Deputy Jonathan Martin reported the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office has recently received calls for service in regards to a telephone scam that mostly targets the elderly. The scammer poses as a relative, usually a grandchild, and usually acts emotional when calling. The scammer advises the victims that he has been arrested and incarcerated, usually in a foreign country or distant state, and requests that bail money be sent to a location via Western Union. If the scammer believes that the money might be sent, as he is playing on the victim's emotions, he will continue to call to make sure the money will be sent.
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office suggests that if you receive one of these calls, do not send money and investigate the validity of the call by either contacting other relatives or directly contacting the law enforcement agency that the victim purports to be incarcerated at to confirm the arrest. Contact your local law enforcement and warn your friends and family of the scam.
Additional Information on Scams:
During the holiday season, many consumers will choose to buy gifts and services from online retailers. Malicious actors will take advantage of the increased volume of online consumers and try to exploit those who are unaware of cyber risks and gain access to their personal information. Public and private sector organizations and individuals should remain vigilant when purchasing online. Some of the current threat trends include, but are not limited to:
  • Phony profiles on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are claiming to be legitimate businesses. These fake profiles will look like their legitimate counterparts but clicking on links in these profiles could allow malicious codes to be installed on the victim‚s computer compromising the victim‚s security and privacy.
  • Emails from hotels claiming that a „wrong transaction‰ has been charged to a credit card have also been reported. The hotel will claim to offer a refund if the victim downloads and completes a refund form. Unfortunately, the form is embedded with a malicious code and downloading it installs malware onto the victim‚s computer.
  • Emails which are actually scams involving bogus courier services during the holidays. The fake courier will send an email saying there is a package waiting for the victim and ask for personal information in order to retrieve it.
  • Non-legitimate websites claiming to have the "hot" gift of the season when most legitimate retailers are sold out. The non-legitimate websites will tempt the victim to order from them when they actually do not have the item and will steal their personal information and charge their credit card.
The following PREVENTATIVE STRATEGIES are intended to help our public and private partners proactively look for emails attempting to deceive users into clicking the link‚ or opening attachments to seemingly real websites regarding holidays season deals‚. The following represents some best practices to follow but is not an exhaustive list:
  • NEVER click on links in emails. If you do think the email is legitimate, whether from a third party retailer or primary retailer, go to the site and log on directly. Whatever notification or service offering was referenced in the email, if valid, will be available via regular log on.
  • NEVER open the attachments. Typically, retailers will not send emails with attachments. If there is any doubt, contact the retailer directly and ask whether the email with the attachment was sent from them.
  • Do not give out personal information over the phone or in an email unless completely sure. Social engineering is a process of deceiving individuals into providing personal information to seemingly trusted agents who turn out to be malicious actors. If contacted over the phone by someone claiming to be a retailer or collection agency, do not give out your personal information. Ask them to provide you their name and a call-back number. Just because they may have some of your information does not mean they are legitimate! Again, be careful when providing any information over the phone.
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