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.

According to an article in the Mon., Nov. 14, 2011 edition of the Times Standard On-line
On Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, around noon, Sheriff's Deputies found the body of missing local women, Jamie Ritchey, on the bank of the Eel River between Garberville and Redway. After an extensive search, Humboldt County Sheriff Sgt. Wayne Hanson and another detective located Ritchey's body in some brush at the base of a bluff near the intersection of Redwood Drive and Evergreen Drive.
The Humboldt County Coroner's Office identified the body and notified the next of kin.  An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.

According to a Eureka Police Department Press Release,datedNov. 8, 2011:

On Nov. 8, 2011, at about 9:30 AM, investigators with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) conducted multiple probation searches at a motel on the 1100 block of 4th Street, Eureka.  This was in response to on-going, pervasive complaints POP had received about suspected drug activity occurring in several rooms there.  
Investigators contacted Paul Ryan Bristow (AKA: Paul Coon, age 27 of Lodi) in one room.  Bristow was subsequently arrested after detectives found a zippered pouch on his person containing a small quantity of methamphetamine, Golden State Advantage EBT cards belonging to 4 other individuals (suspected to have been traded for drugs), dozens of small Ziploc baggies (drug sales packaging materials), and two meth pipes.  
In another room, investigators discovered Tabitha Lyn MacDonald (age 26 of Eureka) hiding in the shower.  MacDonald was arrested after an officer saw her holding a small baggy of heroin and methamphetamine in her hand.  Two hypodermic syringes and another small baggy containing methamphetamine were also subsequently found in her purse.  Bristow was transported to the Humboldt County Jail where he was booked for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. MacDonald was transported to the Humboldt County Jail where she was booked for possession of a controlled substance (two counts) and possession of hypodermic syringes.
Photos below show drugs /paraphernalia and suspects arrested, Bristow and MacDonald.
Saturday, November 05, 2011

Armed robbery in Blue Lake

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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Nov. 4, 2011:

On Nov. 4, 2011, approximately 2:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an armed robbery which just occurred in the 12000 block of West End Road, Blue Lake.  The female victim arrived at her boyfriends’ residence and saw an unfamiliar newer model Chevy Sport Utility vehicle in the driveway. The victim looked into the Chevy and saw firearms lying on the front seat. About that time one of the suspects who had been burglarizing the home exited it, and pointed a shotgun at the victim and ordered her back into the residence. The two suspects demanded to know where all the firearms and money were in the residence. The victim reluctantly showed the suspects where some firearms were located in the residence and told them no money was in the home. The victim also mentioned that her boyfriend, the homeowner was supposed to be arriving any time to meet her there. The suspects gathered the firearms and fled the scene. As they were leaving the boyfriend drove up and saw the suspects fleeing the residence. He followed the suspects towards the City of Blue Lake, calling 911 while doing so, however he lost site of them a short time later. Deputies and detectives are still on scene searching the area at this time. No one was injured during the robbery. The Blue Lake Elementary School was advised of the robbery as a precaution. 
Suspects are described as: 
  • Suspect #1  Hispanic male adult, 5’  5” tall, 130-140 pounds, wearing a yellow bandanna across his face,  a dark hooded sweatshirt, no accent , estimated to be in the late twenties to early 30’s.
  • Suspect #2  Hispanic male Adult, 5’ 6”, 130-140 pounds, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, a black bandana, also estimated to be in late 20’s , early 30’s.
Suspect Vehicle described as: Newer Model Dark Blue Chevy Blazer with Chrome Bumper, Spare Tire Rack, Tinted Windows, after market Mag Wheels.  Both suspects are considered Armed and Dangerous
Anyone with information regarding this crime please call the Sheriff’s Office at 445-7251.
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Man arrested for Armed Robbery in Covelo

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 According to a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, dated Nov. 3, 2011:

On Nov. 2, 2011 deputies were dispatched to the area of Henderson Lane, In Covelo, regarding an armed robbery in progress. Upon arrival, deputies contacted Ronald Callen who told them that on at around 10:30 pm, he was at his residence entertaining friends when a man named Ira Reyes arrived. According to Callen, Reyes requested an undisclosed amount of money, but Callen was unable to provide him with any money at the time. Reyes then left the residence without incident.

Approximately 20 minutes later Reyes allegedly returned to the residence armed with a loaded mini-14 assault rifle. Reyes ordered Callen, and another person, into Callen's residence. Once inside the residence Reyes locked the door, pointed the rifle at Callen and the other male subject, demanding cash and marijuana. Callen then gave Reyes $20  in cash, but Reyes demanded more money. Eventually Reyes left the residence without harming Callen or the other male subject.

Reyes was eventually contacted at his place of residence and taken into custody without incident. Reyes was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County jail for armed robbery, false imprisonment, a felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. Reyes, at the time of this press release, was being held on $15,000 bail.

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