Safety and Public Awareness

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Man arrested for Armed Robbery in Covelo

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 According to a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, dated Nov. 3, 2011:

On Nov. 2, 2011 deputies were dispatched to the area of Henderson Lane, In Covelo, regarding an armed robbery in progress. Upon arrival, deputies contacted Ronald Callen who told them that on at around 10:30 pm, he was at his residence entertaining friends when a man named Ira Reyes arrived. According to Callen, Reyes requested an undisclosed amount of money, but Callen was unable to provide him with any money at the time. Reyes then left the residence without incident.

Approximately 20 minutes later Reyes allegedly returned to the residence armed with a loaded mini-14 assault rifle. Reyes ordered Callen, and another person, into Callen's residence. Once inside the residence Reyes locked the door, pointed the rifle at Callen and the other male subject, demanding cash and marijuana. Callen then gave Reyes $20  in cash, but Reyes demanded more money. Eventually Reyes left the residence without harming Callen or the other male subject.

Reyes was eventually contacted at his place of residence and taken into custody without incident. Reyes was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County jail for armed robbery, false imprisonment, a felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. Reyes, at the time of this press release, was being held on $15,000 bail.

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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