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.
A Eureka Police Department media release reported the following:
On August 1, 2011 at about 7:07 AM, Eureka Police Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Thomas Street in Eureka for a reported in-progress burglary. Dispatch advised responding units that a subject was believed to have just entered the shed to the rear of the victim’s residence. Upon Officer’s arrival, a perimeter was quickly established around the shed. A verbal announcement was given demanding the suspect exit the structure or a K-9 would be utilized. After several moments of non compliance with the officer’s commands, entry was made. The suspect was quickly located, however would not comply with orders. After a brief struggle with officers and the K-9, the suspect was taken into custody. Emergency Medical personnel responded to the scene to treat the suspect for moderate dog bite wounds to his leg. After initial treatment by EMS at the scene, the subject was transported to St. Joseph Hospital ER for further treatment. The suspect struggled with officers and ER staff during his entire treatment. After treatment, the suspect was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.
The suspect was identified as Robert Carl Anson (49 Years old of Eureka). Anson was charged with burglary, resisting arrest, threatening a police officer, and parole violation. Anson is not eligible for bail, due to his parole violation status.
Suspect Robert Carl Anson (49 Years old of Eureka):
A news release from the Eureka Police Department, dated July 31, 2011 reported that:
On July 31, 2011 at about 9:05 AM, the Eureka Police Department and the Eureka Fire Department responded to the green belt area of the 1600 Block of Waterfront regarding a suspicious fire. Upon arrival, Officers discovered that the fire had been extinguished. Officers contacted the homeless victim who was on scene. He told them that an unknown female suspect had intentionally poured a flammable liquid on his bedding while he was sleeping in the greenbelt. The suspect then ignited the fluid. The victim was able to get out from under his bedding and extinguish the fire without being injured. The suspect left the area on foot. The suspect was described as a heavy set Native American or Hispanic female adult. She was last seen wearing a black “beanie” cap, a white shirt and blue pants. At the time of this press release the suspect hasn’t been located.
This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department (441-4060) or Detective Todd Wilcox (441-4315).
According to a news release from the Eureka Police Department:
On July 31, 2011 at about 1:36 PM, Eureka Fire Department (EFD) personnel responded to investigate smoke they had seen coming from the green belt area, located at the foot of Vigo Street in Eureka. Upon further investigation, EFD personnel located a moderate size fire, which was growing in size due to the increasing winds. EFD determined the originating area of the fire and responded to that location. As they arrived at the suspected fire’s origin, they encountered a subject. EFD ordered the subject to stay where he was, as part of their possible arson investigation, due to their belief that the subject may be responsible for the fire. However, the subject fled into the green belt.
Officers of the Eureka Police Department were summoned to the scene to assist EFD. A perimeter was quickly established. After the perimeter was set, a K-9 was utilized to track the subject. The subject was quickly located and taken into custody, after being identified by EFD personnel as the person who fled from them. The subject was identified as Edward Dean Wilhite (47 Years old of Eureka). Wilhite was interviewed and admitted responsibility for the fire. He was booked into the Humboldt County Jail on a felony charge of unlawfully causing a fire. He is being held on $25,000 bail.
Date: July 29 2011
From: Lt. Steve Knight
Subject: Assault with Deadly Weapon Case: 201104200
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On 07-28-2011 at 3:45 p.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and medical personnel were dispatched to the area of the 600 block of Main Street, Loleta regarding a female walking around with her throat cut, bleeding profusely.
When deputies arrived they met with the 25-year-old female victim and medical personnel. The victim was immediately transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Deputies were able to determine during their investigation the victim was assaulted by another female who has been identified as Shelia Sherrell, also known as Sheila Franks from Scotia.
A (B.O.L.) Be-On-the Lookout was broadcast to local law enforcement for Sherrell who is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon. Anyone with information regarding her location is requested to contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately.
Shiela Sherrell is further described as: White Female, 35 years old, 5-6, 130 lbs, Strawberry Blond Hair, Blue Eyes
The victim was treated and released for her injuries.
Eureka Police Department
604 C Street
Eureka, California 95501-0341
(707) 441-4060 phone – (707) 441-4334 fax
Detective Sergeant Patrick O’Neill (707) 268-5261
On 7-26-2011 at about 1100 hours, Assault with a deadly weapon suspect Mark Anthony Nelson turned himself in to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).
Upon being taken into custody by HCSO staff, Detectives from the Eureka Police Department responded and took custody of Nelson. Nelson was transported to the Eureka Police Department, where he was interviewed and then booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Nelson is being held on $100,000 bail.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Eureka Police Department Criminal Investigations Section at 707-441-4300 or Det. Wilcox at 707-441-4315