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 News Releases from both the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and CAL FIRE:

The memorial service honoring Jesse D. Pittman is scheduled for Saturday September 24, 2011 at the Redwood Empire Fair grounds in Ukiah beginning at 11:00am. Jesse was one of 30 U.S. servicemen killed August 6, 2011 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.  Jesse was a 2002 Willits High School graduate joining the Navy in March 2005 and becoming a Navy SEAL in April 2007. The extended family and friends of Jesse Pittman ask the community of Mendocino County and beyond to come out and show their support for the sacrifice made by Jesse and his family by lining the streets of Ukiah as the family is escorted to the fairgrounds for the service.
The procession is scheduled to travel from U.S. Highway 101 to the Perkins Street exit; head west to State Street turn north and travel to the fairgrounds. The approximate time the procession should exit the freeway will be between 10:00am and 10:15am on Saturday September 24, 2011.  Please bring a small American Flag if possible and pick a location on the designated route to help do your small part to let Jesses family know that we all care and send deepest condolences their way at this time of tremendous loss.
For those who would like to make a donation to help with this memorial honoring our local Fallen Hero Jesse, please send your donation to:
Agape Bible Church, 290 S. Lenore,Willits, CA  95490: C/O Jesse Pittman Fund
Jesse D. Pittman:
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

$30,000 reward offered for Aaron Bassler

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County of Mendocino
Office Of The Sheriff-Coroner


Captain Kurt O. Smallcomb
Field Services

Captain Tim Pearce
Contact: Sheriff Tom Allman 
Phone: (707) 463-4085 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Immediate Release

September 13, 2011, Ukiah, CA — The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office has been contacted by private citizens as well as the U.S. Marshals' Service and the Mendocino Land Trust, providing reward funds for information leading to the capture and arrest of Aaron Bassler. The reward amount is at $30,000 at the time of this press release.

Aaron Bassler is the lead suspect in the homicides of Matthew Coleman and Jere Melo. Residents of the Fort Bragg and surrounding areas should remain vigilant and conscientious of their surroundings as suspect Bassler is considered armed and dangerous and thought to have remained in the area. Suspect Bassler should not be approached. Law enforcement is looking for information, not active participation in the search. Please notify authorities at (707) 463-4086 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any information you may think would be helpful. Anonymous information can be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank the many individuals and local, state and federal agencies assisting in the search of suspect Bassler in our attempt to safely apprehend the suspect.
See attached Reward Poster.

589-A Low Gap Road Ukiah, California 95482-3734
707-463-4411 Fax 707-468-3404

Link to original press release

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Phone scam targets Humboldt residents

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According to a press release from the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office, dated Sept.8, 2011:
The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office is warning residents after being alerted of a phone scam targeting people in Humboldt County. At the recent Consumer Fraud Outreach Booth at the Humboldt County Fair, a Southern Humboldt resident reported recently being the target of a “Call Back” scam. “This scam involves convincing the victim to unknowingly make overseas long distance calls that result in huge phone bills for the victim, with the proceeds somehow diverted to the scammer.  There is no check, no exchange of personal identifying information, or anything “suspicious” that we normally see in scams,” explained Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Wayne Cox. “The scam is in effect as soon as the victim dials the phone.” 
According to the resident, he received a call from someone claiming to be the Vice President of UPS (United Parcel Service) and that UPS wanted to deliver a $850 check to the resident.  The resident was suspicious and after some discussion, the caller urged the resident to call him back at a phone number with an 876  area code to make arrangements to deliver the check. The target did not return the call and reported the incident to Humboldt County District Attorney Investigator Cox as a possible scam.  According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), variations on the scam include telling targets that a relative has been injured or arrested, an unpaid account must be settled, or a cash prize can be claimed. When the victim returns the call, they are kept on the line for as long as possible to run up international phone charges. Calls may be received on cell, office or home phones.  Scammers may also send emails relaying the same or similar messages and urging recipients to make a call to an overseas number.   Targets are especially vulnerable because a phone number with the 876 area code can easily be mistaken for a United States number. 
Targets of this or other telemarketing fraud are urged to report it to the FTC at  www.ftc.gov or 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
Residents can also call the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office at (707) 445-7411 to report possible scams or get more information.   
On July 20, 2011 two people were shot at the Bu Shay Campground located at Lake Mendocino in Redwood Valley, California. One of the shooting victims, Joseph Litteral, subsequently died. Earlier police investigations resulted in the arrest of two suspects in this murder case, Marvin D. Johnson Jr., 33 and Simon Thornton age 22.  Then, according to a Mendocino County Sheriff's Office press release dated September 3, 2011, on September 3, 2011, at approximately 5 PM, law enforcement learned from a source that another suspect in this murder case, Arone Schnebly was in the Willits area and that the suspect was likely in a vehicle. Willits Police made a vehicle stop and found the suspect inside the vehicle. Schnebly was subsequently arrested and booked in the Mendocino County Jail by Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Detectives.
The fourth suspect wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in July at a Mendocino County campground was arrested Thursday, September 15, 2011,  in Willits. William Hale Crocker, 30, was arrested sometime after 2:15 p.m. when Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies, acting on a tip, found him at a house in the 400 block of Mill Street.
Murder suspect William Hale Crocker, age 30
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