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.
The Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue Team was mobilized this last weekend, Sunday, Jan 6, 2012, to assist two fishermen whose drift boat hit a rock and partially sunk in the South Fork Eel River by Richardson Grove.
Use the player below to hear more on this incident, including an interview with Diana Totten, former Chief and now the Acting Media Liason for the team. This piece was aired on the KMUD Local News by News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.
The two photos below were provided by Diana Totten.
The photo below was taken by Jeffrey Freeman.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 24, 2012:
"On 12-23-2012, approximately 6:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a man on top of the Shop Smart Grocery Store, 3430 Redwood Drive, in Redway. The caller said the man was pouring gasoline on himself and was attempting to light himself on fire. Deputies, California Highway Patrol Officers and fire personnel responded to the scene.
When deputies arrived on scene, they saw a crowd had formed in the parking lot. The suspect identified as Ricardo Guerra, 43 years old from Whitethorn, was standing on the roof with his two dogs. Guerra was holding a one gallon plastic jug filled with gasoline and was pouring it over his body. Deputies made verbal contact with Guerra and attempted to talk him down from the roof. When deputies spoke with Guerra he held up a lighter and then began pouring gasoline down the west wall of the store while screaming he was going to burn the building down.
He then picked up a concrete cinderblock and rocks which he threw from the roof towards the crowd below. He then began pacing back and forth across the roof edge. He then threw the gasoline filled container at the deputy along with rocks. When firefighters attempted to put a ladder up against the building, Guerra came at them with a cinder block over his head. He then threw the cinderblock at the firefighters attempting to strike them with it. Deputies and CHP Officers then accessed the roof using the fire department's ladder while fire personnel stood by with a hose in case Guerra lit himself, the law enforcement officers and the building on fire.
Once the law enforcement officers accessed the roof, Guerra ran at the officers with a jug filled with gasoline and threw gasoline on one of the deputies striking him in the chest and face, before running away from the deputy. Guerra then hung off the roof which was thirty feet above the ground below. The deputy and a CHP Officer grabbed Guerra and brought him back onto the roof."
The press release further states that Guerra allegedly attempted to ignite a lighter that he was holding against a deputy and screamed, “Die, die, die”, and that he attempted to fight with law enforcement officers, but was overpowered by the officers.
The press release concludes by indicating that, "After Guerra was restrained, he was brought to an awaiting ambulance with the assistance of the fire personnel on scene. He was transported to a local hospital. After he was medically cleared he was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for felony battery on emergency personnel, attempted arson, obstructing and resisting law enforcement by use of force and violence and being under the influence of a controlled substance. His bail is set at $50,000.00."
The HCSO requests that anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
According to information received by KMUD News from the California Highway Patrol:
On December 21, 2012 at approximately 5:54 am the California Highway Patrol responded to the report of a semi-truck collision on State Route 162 east of US-101 in Mendocino County. A semi-truck was traveling eastbound when the roadway surface gave way and slid downhill. The semi-truck driver was uninjured and was able to guide his vehicle across the crevice in the roadway. Damage to the semi-truck was limited to its trailer and there was no release of cargo or other materials. The portion of roadway that slid away is approximately 25' wide by 20' deep. SR-162 is closed to both eastbound and westbound traffic at this time.
The roadway will remain closed at mile post marker 1.75 until repairs can be made to the roadway. Alternate routes to the Covelo area are Dos Rios Rd. from the west and Mendocino Pass from the east. Holiday travelers are reminded that winter weather conditions and recent storms may make these alternate routes inaccessible to some vehicles and commercial vehicles should not attempt these roads.
Photos below are courtesy of Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.
According to a press release from the Arcata Police Department, dated Thursday, Dec. 19, 2012:
On December 19th, at approximately 3:00 pm, officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to the report of a vehicle collision at Days Inn Motel, 4701 Valley West Blvd. Upon the officers arrival, they discovered a black Toyota Tacoma truck had slammed into the rear of a parked Chevy Tahoe. The driver of the Toyota advised officers that he was the victim of a robbery and kidnapping.
The victim had been staying at the motel with a female acquaintance for the past couple of days. A few minutes prior to the collision, the female accompanied by two men who were unknown to the victim, barged into the motel room brandishing knives. The trio demanded the victim take them to his storage unit where they believed he had money. The victim and the female got into his Toyota truck where the female demanded he drive to the storage unit. The two male accomplices were to follow them in another vehicle. Upon leaving the parking lot of the motel, the victim rapidly accelerated the Toyota truck and purposely collided with the parked Tahoe in the hopes the collision would foil the robbery and bring the police. Immediately after the collision the two male accomplices fled on foot. The victim struggled with the female until she was able to break free and run to her vehicle which was still in the parking lot. The female then fled the scene in her vehicle.
The female suspect has been identified as twenty-nine year old Patrice Denise Denham of Dallas Texas. Denham's vehicle is a 2009 red Honda Civic. The vehicle has a Texas temporary plate number of 64R4424.
The first male accomplice is described as a white male adult in his twenties wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
The second male accomplice is described as a white male adult in his twenties wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.
Anyone having information on this robbery, the whereabouts of Denham or the identity of her male accomplices is encouraged to call the Arcata Police Department at (707)822-2424 or leave an anonymous tip at the Arcata Police Department's Crime Tip Line at (707)825-2588.