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.

  Use the player below to hear an audio update on this tragic incident.
U.S.Coast Guard photo above shows the area of Big Lagoon State Park- site of search for three people swept into the ocean.

According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, dated Mon., Nov. 26, 2012:

The Coast Guard suspended its search for the 16-year-old who was swept out to sea from a beach near Big Lagoon State Park on Saturday (Nov. 24).  At 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, the Coast Guard received notification from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s department that three people had been swept into the ocean.  Group Air Station Humboldt Bay dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew and two 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crews from Station Humboldt Bay to search the area.

Upon arriving on scene, the Coast Guard was advised by the Sheriff's Department that two bodies had been recovered, and that a 16-year-old male was still missing. Crews searched the six-square mile area around the state park by air and sea until suspending at 6:45 p.m. due to heavy fog and darkness. "This unfortunate and tragic event is a reminder of the ruthlessness and unrelenting power of the ocean here along the northern California coast," said Lt. Bernie Garrigan, the Group Humboldt Bay public affairs officer. "With the holiday season upon us and more people out for walks along the beach, it is critically important to maintain situational awareness and stay away from the surf which can quickly build and catch people off guard."

See more on this story from the Times Standard.

Use the player below to hear updated information on this incident. This information was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Cynthia Elkins, on the KMUD Local News, Thurs., Nov 29, 2012.

The U.S. Coast Guard image below shows the search patterns used in attempts to locate the missing 16-year-old male.

According to a press release from the California Highway Patrol, dated Nov. 21, 2012:

On November 21, 2012 a Garberville Area CHP Officer observed a green 2004 Jeep Laredo traveling southbound on US-101 at a high rate of speed through Richardson Grove, resulting in an enforcement stop north of the Mendocino County line.  The Jeep's driver was identified by his California Driver's License as Luis Alonso Nolasco (DOB: 12/21/1972) from Paramount, California. 

While speaking with Mr. Nolasco, the Officer recognized the strong odor of marijuana emitting from inside the Jeep.  Mr.Nolasco also related that there was marijuana inside the vehicle.  During a subsequent investigation, approximately 111 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana was located inside the Jeep.  The marijuana was processed and packaged in clear plastic bags, each weighing nearly a pound.  Mr. Nolasco was placed under arrest on suspicion of marijuana cultivation, possession and transportation for sales.  The Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) responded to the scene and assisted Garberville Area CHP with this incident.

The photo below shows the confiscated packaged marijuana:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Update on Sept. 27 murder in Hoopa

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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Nov. 12, 2012:
On 11-20-2012, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office concluded a majority of the Death Investigation of Dorothy Evelyn Ulrich, 47 years old of Hoopa. Investigators determined that Ulrich was the victim of a Homicide, and suspect Jason Anthony Warren, 28 years old, a transient, is allegedly responsible for her Homicide.

Based upon their investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives believe Ulrich was killed during the early morning hours of September 27, 2012. A silver Kia Spectra was stolen from Hoopa shortly after Ulrich’s death. Subsequently, the Silver Kia Spectra was recovered by the Eureka Police Department in the City of Eureka on September 27th, 2012. The Sheriff’s Office has submitted its case to the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office today, along with a Declaration in Support of an Arrest Warrant, requesting charges of homicide and auto theft be filed against Warren.
Jason Warren is currently in custody at San Quentin State Prison on an unrelated charge.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Marijuana grow busted in foreclosed home

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    According to a press release from the Humboldt County sheriff's Office, dated Nov. 19, 2012:

On 11-17-2012, at approximately 5:00 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen stating there was a bank owned property located at 340 Fox Hill Lane, Fortuna. The citizen told the Sheriff’s Dispatcher there are currently people wandering around on the property that did not seem to belong there and now a chain was strung up across the driveway.

When deputies arrived at the residence with the Fortuna Police Department, no one was around. However, there appeared to be an indoor marijuana grow in the residence. Deputies attempted contact with a bank representative, however were unable to locate anyone. Deputies sought and obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for the residence and located approximately 300 pounds of processed marijuana hanging and drying in the garage and in a shed in the back yard. Deputies determined the suspect(s) had forced entry into the locked building via a back door and then re-secured it. Deputies are currently following up leads into potential suspects in this investigation.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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