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.
According to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, dated Oct. 15, 2012:
On October 12, 2012 at approximately 6:30 pm Trinity County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call requesting medical aid for a gunshot victim on Sebring Road in Hayfork. When Deputies arrived on scene they found victim Weston Atwood, DOB: 6-28-80, still alive shot in the upper torso. Mr. Atwood was able to identify his shooter to Deputies before being transported via ambulance. Mr. Atwood died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Deputies and Investigators were able to locate suspect Delbert Hulseman Jr. at his residence on Gravel Mix Road in Hayfork. Hulseman was arrested and transported to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed and made some admissions as to his involvement. A search warrant was executed at Hulseman’s residence where a hand gun was recovered.
Jacob Oropeza was also arrested at the residence on Gravel Mix Road on Friday night. Oropeza was later questioned by Investigators as to his involvement. After further investigation it appears that Oropeza was not involved in the shooting. Delbert Lee Hulseman Jr. was arrested and has been booked on 187 PC, Murder. He currently is in the Trinity County Jail. Jacob Daniel Oropeza was arrested and was booked on 32 PC, Accessory. Oropeza has been released from the Trinity County Jail.
The photo below shows suspect, Delbert Hulseman Jr.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Oct. 10, 2012:
On 10-09-2012 at about 11:15 am, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at a residence located in the 1100 block of Searles Street, Eureka. When Agents searched the apartment they located approximately 6 pounds of processed marijuana and a useable amount of heroin. During the investigation Agents detained one subject, identified as Patric Jerome Cuspard age 41, who had driven to the apartment in a Mercedes - a rental car from the Bay area. An Agent then wrote a search warrant for that vehicle which was parked on the street in front of the apartment.
When Agents obtained the search warrant for the vehicle they located an approximately one gallon size, sealed, new metal can in the trunk of the vehicle. Agents used a can opener to open the can. Agents then discovered a half pound of crystal methamphetamine and an ounce of black tar heroin. Cuspard was arrested for methamphetamine and heroin for sales and transportation and was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional. His bail was set at $100,000 dollars.
This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.
The photo below shows suspect Patric Jerome Cuspard
According to a Eureka Police Department Press Release, dated Oct.9, 2012:
On 10/08/12, at about 1:10 PM, investigators with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) and Criminal Investigative Services (CIS) Units served a search warrant on a suspected marijuana grow house on the 2700 block of ‘O’ Street, Eureka. The warrant was in response to citizen complaints about suspected illegal activity there including commercial marijuana cultivation. Investigators detained two adult Laotian males and two adult females inside the residence. Two small children were also present in the home.
During a search of the property, investigators uncovered evidence of a recently harvested for-profit indoor marijuana cultivation operation inside a detached two-car garage. Approximately 24 1/2 pounds of dried, untrimmed marijuana was located inside the garage. Another approximately 3 ½ pounds of drying marijuana was found inside the main residence along with 8 pounds of processed marijuana packaged for sale in multiple bags. In all, a total of approximately 36 ½ pounds of marijuana was seized.
Investigators also located 12 firearms in the residence including 8 assault-style rifles (including AR-15 type .223/5.56mm and .22 LR calibers) and 4 handguns. Two of the handguns were loaded. Ammunition and numerous detachable magazines for the weapons were found including 3 illegal high-capacity pistol magazines. A Military issue “Interceptor” body armor vest with ceramic hard armor plates was located with the firearms. Additionally, one of the loaded pistols, Glock 22 (.40 caliber), was found under a mattress in one of the bedrooms that was shared by a child. $7,980.00 cash was found in the pockets of the two male residents. The cash was seized as suspected marijuana sales proceeds.
Officials with the City of Eureka’s Building Department responded to assess safety and code enforcement concerns associated with the indoor marijuana grow. (The grow was determined to be well-outside the provisions of the City’s Medical Cannabis Ordinance). Due to electrical/fire hazards (unpermitted/unsafe wiring) that were identified, a PG&E worker was dispatched to cut power to the property. The POP Unit will also be contacting the property owner and issuing a “Notice and Order” requiring the owner(s) to take corrective action to abate the problem.
Resident Jeperson Mykham (age 24) was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for unlawful marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, maintaining a place for purpose of selling a controlled substance, possession of an assault weapon, unlawful possession of a high capacity magazine, probation violation, and child endangerment. At the time of his arrest, Mykhma was on probation for carrying a concealed firearm.
Resident Somchanh Khousinnavong (age 22) was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for unlawful marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of an assault weapon, unlawful possession of a high capacity magazine, and child endangerment.
This investigation is still on-going. Similar charges are anticipated to be filed by the District Attorney’s Office against the two adult female residents (who were detained and released at the scene to care for their children).
Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373 or the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at (707) 444-8095. Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding criminal activity, including drug activity, is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539.
For more information on this incident use the player below to hear an interview with Eureka Police Sgt. Steve Watson aired on KMUD Local News on Tues., Oct. 9, 2012 by News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson.
The photo below shows suspect Jeperson Mykham to the left and Somchanh Khousinnavong on the right.
A hit and run accident on Alderpoint Road sent a vehicle over the bank and one victim to the hospital this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 morning.
Use the player below to hear more about the incident, beginning with an interview with
CHP Officer Matt Harvey who says it all happened so fast, the victims barely got a good description of the suspect’s vehicle. This story was aired by News Cordinator, Terri Klemetson, on the KMUD Local News Wed. Oct 3, 2012
The Highway Patrol requests anyone with information about this incident to call them at: 707- 923-2155.
According to information from the Humboldt County Public Information Office, dated Oct. 4, 2012:
The County of Humboldt is asking property owners to wait until they receive their corrected yellow tax bill to pay their taxes. Due to an error, property tax bills with incorrect information were sent out last week. Therefore, the corrected yellow versions will be mailed out by the end of this month. The original tax bills display incorrect rates for school bonds, and the new bills correct that error. The County anticipates that the difference between the two bills will be very small in the vast majority of these cases. But as required by law the County must ensure accuracy in all tax bills sent to property owners. These corrected bills satisfy that requirement.
Any payments already made toward your 2012-2013 year will be accepted. If you have already made both installment payments, and the corrected amount is less than what you have already paid, a refund will be mailed to you. If you have paid the first installment only, and the corrected amount is different than what you have already paid, your second installment will be adjusted accordingly. If you have not yet sent in any payments for this year, please wait until you receive your corrected tax bill to begin payment.
Due dates have not and will not change. They remain the same as previous years. The due date will continue to be Nov. 1, 2012 and payments received, or postmarked, after Dec. 10, 2012 will be considered delinquent. “We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused Humboldt County taxpayers. We are moving as quickly as possible to correct the situation and to ensure this does not happen again,” said Auditor-Controller Joe Mellett. “Customer service and being easy to do business with remain our top priorities.”