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.

According to a press release from the California Department of Fish and Game:
California’s sportsmen and women are preparing their crab pots and hoop nets for the statewide recreational Dungeness crab season opener this Saturday. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) reminds sport crabbers that traps and nets for Dungeness crab may not be set before  12:01 a.m. on Nov. 5.    "Crab populations appear to be robust this year, especially in Central  California, coming off a record harvest during the 2010-11 season,”  said DFG Senior Environmental Scientist Pete Kalvass, who oversees the  Invertebrate Management Project. “This could mean another great season  for recreational crabbers.”

New regulations this year require  hoop netters to raise their nets to the surface to inspect the contents of the net at least every two hours. Any undersize crabs and incidentally caught fish and invertebrates can then be more quickly released. The main purpose of the new regulation is to ensure that each fisherman closely monitors his or her gear and does not allow any equipment to be abandoned in state waters. Trap fishermen should also closely monitor their traps because lost trap gear can continue to fish and adversely impact the fishery by becoming a self-baiting crab killer.

Recreational crabbers may keep up to 10 Dungeness crabs per day, or six crabs if fishing from a party boat south of Mendocino County. Dungeness crab may not be taken within San Francisco or San Pablo bays, which are important crab nursery areas.  The recreational size limit for Dungeness crab is five and three-quarter inches measured across the shell, directly in front of and excluding the lateral spines. Crab taken from party boats must measure at least six inches across. For a measurement diagram, see the DFG  website at: http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=36325

For more information regarding recreational Dungeness Crab Fishing Regulations and other crab species, visit the DFG Marine Region website at: www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/crabs.asp.


As previously posted, according to information from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Fri., Oct 21, 2011:

At around 2 pm, on Thursday October 20, 2011, a Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputy found the body of a man in the Klamath River, in approximately five feet of water, at the base of the an embankment. At the time of the press release the identity of the deceased man had not been released pending notification of next of kin. 

Recent information from the Humboldt County Coroner's Office has identified the deceased man as 71 yr. old Richard Thorpe who regularly traveled from Ireland to Humboldt County to fish. Coroner's Office information additionally indicated that Thorpe died from blunt force trauma after falling 200 feet down an embankment.

Click here to see the original KMUD News post.

Click here to read more about Richard Thorpe.


The photo below shows Richard Thorpe with his partner Patricia Burns.




According to an article in the Times-Standard, on-line, posted Oct., 25, 2011:
"Sheriff's detectives arrested a Hoopa man in connection with the Thursday robbery of the Coast Central Credit Union branch at the Ray's Food Place in McKinleyville. The Sheriff's Office said Clarence Joseph Lewis III, 29, called the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police at 1:30 p.m. Monday wishing to surrender himself to law enforcement. An officer drove to a home in Hoopa and took Lewis into custody without incident. The officer then drove Lewis to the sheriff's office where he was booked into the Humboldt County jail at 5:40 p.m. on one count of robbery for Thursday's robbery. Lewis chose not to give a statement to investigators. DNA evidence was collected from him at the time of his arrest, pursuant to a search warrant. Lewis is believed to have robbed the Ray's Food Place Coast Central Credit Union at gunpoint wearing a bandanna over his face and a large felt-style floppy hat. He is also wanted for questioning in a string of robberies committed by a suspect law enforcement is calling the Dust Mask Bandit."
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Man's body found in Klamath River

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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Fri., Oct 21, 2011:
On Thursday October 20, 2011 at about 8:30 AM, Hoopa Valley Resident Deputy David Brooks was conducting an unrelated case follow up in the Orleans area.  He was approached by a concerned party who wished to report seeing a suspicious vehicle on Ishi Pishi Road, near the Sandy Bar Ranch.  Deputy Brooks completed his follow up and drove to the described area where he located a Toyota sedan.  The driver’s door of the vehicle was open and the windows were rolled down.  Inside the vehicle were multiple items of value, fishing poles and fishing equipment.  
Deputy Brooks searched the area and looked over an embankment that was approximately 200 feet above the Klamath River.  At that location was evidence that lead Deputy Brooks to believe someone may have fallen down the embankment (disturbed dirt and broken vegetation).  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team was requested and responded to the area.  At arount 2 PM, the body of a male was found in approximately five feet of water, at the base of the same embankment.  The body was removed from the water and the Humboldt County Coroner was called. There was no evidence of foul play found at the scene.  Based on a collaborative effort between the Coroner’s Office and Sheriff’s Office, the death is being investigated as an accidental or possible medically related death.  Evidence recovered from the vehicle showed the victim had pre-existing medical problems.  It is not know if these conditions contributed to the fall.
The name of the victim is not being released at this time as the victim’s family has not been located for notification by the Coroner.  It appears the decedent is a resident and citizen of Northern Ireland.  The Coroner is currently working with the United States Embassy in Northern Ireland to locate and notify family members or next of kin.  Once that is completed, requests for the victim’s identity can be made through the Coroner's Office.


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