Safety and Public Awareness

Safety and Public Awareness

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Man arrested in Eureka for multiple offenses

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According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated 9/20/11:
On September 19, 2011 at approximately 6:00 pm, a Eureka Police Department Officer was on patrol in the area of Wabash and B Street in Eureka and saw a known wanted subject walking westbound on Wabash. Before the officer could stop and detain the subject, Eric Gibson, fled North bound across the roadway and into a residential neighborhood. 
Additional officers responded and assisted with establishing a perimeter while awaiting the arrival of an EPD K9 team. The EPD K9 team arrived and began tracking GIBSON and subsequently located him hiding on Church Street between A and B Streets.Gibson refused to comply with officer’s commands and K9 “Jimi” was used to apprehend Gibson.  After a short struggle with K9 ‘Jimi” and officers on-scene, Gibson was taken into custody. Gibson was treated and released from St. Joseph’s Hospital for minor injuries sustained during the apprehension.
Gibson was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges:
PC 211-Armed Robbery
PC 243(d)-Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury
PC 182-Conspiracy
PC 148(a)(1)-Resisting Arrest
PC 3056-Parole Violation
As well as two local arrest warrants


 According to a Press Release from the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office, dated 9/15/11:

In April 2006, the green sturgeon was listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a threatened species and retention of any green sturgeon caught in state waters was prohibited by California law in 2006.  The ESA take prohibitions took effect in July 2010. According to NOAA Fisheries, Southern DPS green sturgeon numbers have been dramatically declining during the past ten years, and it is estimated that fewer than 1,000 individuals remain. Green sturgeon can reach 7 feet (210 cm) in length and weigh up to 350 pounds (159 kg). The largest green sturgeon have been aged at 42 years, but this is probably an underestimate, and maximum ages of 60 to 70 years or more are likely.
In September 2010, Vernon Steeves of McKinleyville and Larry Swingseth of Eureka unlawfully took a Southern Distinct Population Segment (sDPS) green sturgeon from Humboldt Bay. This case was investigated by NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement and on August 25, 2011, Steeves and Swingseth, pled no contest to the capture and killing of a federally and state protected green sturgeon. “This case clearly illustrates why it is so important for sportsmen to know how to identify species,” noted prosecuting Deputy District Attorney Christa McKimmy. “Fishermen are ultimately responsible for knowing applicable fishing regulations and I highly recommend they check with California Fish and Game or the local NOAA Fisheries office before leaving on a fishing trip,” added Special Agent David Reilly with NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement. “When in doubt, ask.”
Both Steeves and Swingseth received $685 fines and one year of probation

According to a press release from Congressman Mike Thompson's Office, dated 9/16/11:

Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) today announced that the Yurok Tribe in Humboldt County has been awarded a $3.3 million grant for the establishment of the Yurok Tribe Veterans Cemetary. The project will provide services to more than 2,500 underserved Native Veterans and their families. “The veterans of our local Tribes have served this nation with bravery and honor,” said Rep. Thompson. “They and their families have earned the right to visit the final resting place of these heroes without the hardship of having to travel hundreds of miles to do so. This new cemetery will be a distinguished memorial site for these Native American Veterans and their families.” “The Tribe is very honored and privileged to play such a substantial role in providing local native veterans with a final resting place, worthy of the valuable service they have given to our nation,” said Yurok Councilmember Richard Myers, who served in the Navy’s Submarine Unit from 1962-1966.
This grant will fund the construction of a main entrance, roads, an assembly area, a committal shelter, full casketed gravesites, cremains gravesites, landscaping, a memorial walkway and supporting infrastructure. The project will be developed on approximately five acres and will include 171 standard burial gravesites and 161 cremains gravesites. Currently, the closest national cemetery is VA’s Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Oregon, which is 175 miles away. The closest State Veterans Cemetery is the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, California, which is 125 miles away.
Approximately 90 percent of Yurok men of appropriate age served in World Wars I and II.  A great number of Yurok women served too. Large portions of the population also served in Vietnam and are currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to the Department of Defense, more Native Americans serve in the United States military service per capita than any other ethnic group. Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 1st Congressional District, which includes the Counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, and Yolo. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and sits on the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.

According to News Releases from both the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and CAL FIRE:

The memorial service honoring Jesse D. Pittman is scheduled for Saturday September 24, 2011 at the Redwood Empire Fair grounds in Ukiah beginning at 11:00am. Jesse was one of 30 U.S. servicemen killed August 6, 2011 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.  Jesse was a 2002 Willits High School graduate joining the Navy in March 2005 and becoming a Navy SEAL in April 2007. The extended family and friends of Jesse Pittman ask the community of Mendocino County and beyond to come out and show their support for the sacrifice made by Jesse and his family by lining the streets of Ukiah as the family is escorted to the fairgrounds for the service.
The procession is scheduled to travel from U.S. Highway 101 to the Perkins Street exit; head west to State Street turn north and travel to the fairgrounds. The approximate time the procession should exit the freeway will be between 10:00am and 10:15am on Saturday September 24, 2011.  Please bring a small American Flag if possible and pick a location on the designated route to help do your small part to let Jesses family know that we all care and send deepest condolences their way at this time of tremendous loss.
For those who would like to make a donation to help with this memorial honoring our local Fallen Hero Jesse, please send your donation to:
Agape Bible Church, 290 S. Lenore,Willits, CA  95490: C/O Jesse Pittman Fund
Jesse D. Pittman:
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