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 Eureka Police Department, dated Nov. 17, 2012:
On 11-16-2012 at about 10:36 am, an officer with the Eureka Police Department met with the victim of a vehicle theft. A report was taken regarding the victim’s Volkswagen Passat.
At about 3:17 pm, officers were dispatched to the Bayshore Mall for a reported theft that had just occurred. A male suspect had stolen property from Kohl’s and fled the scene in a Volkswagen Passat. The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound on Broadway. As the vehicle fled, Security personnel were able to obtain its license plate number. A records check of the license plate revealed that it was the vehicle stolen earlier in the day. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the vehicle. Officers reviewed security footage of the theft and were able to identify the suspect as Marcos Antonio Gamez (36 years old of Eureka).
At about 4:09 pm, officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to a single car traffic collision on Singley Hill Road in Loleta. A vehicle had impacted a power pole and driven off the embankment. CHP officers arrived on scene to find the involved vehicle to be the stolen Volkswagen Passat. CHP officers also located Gamez at the scene and took him into custody. An officer of the Eureka Police Department responded to the scene and confirmed the identification of Gamez as the suspect in the security footage of the Kohl’s incident. Items taken from the theft at Kohl’s were also located in the Volkswagen Passat. Gamez was soon booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of possession of stolen property, petty theft, vehicle theft, driving under the influence, driving while suspended, probation violation, and parole violation. Gamez is not eligible for bail due to his parole status.
This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information regarding this matter is urged to contact Officer Aubuchon at 707-441-4060.
Marcos Antonio Gamez
According to information received by KMUD News from Humboldt County County Roads Maintenance Supervisor Marty Messenger:
Road Crews will be working to get the local roads ready for holiday travel.
The following roads will be affected next week:
- On Monday, November 19th, Redwood Drive will be closed between Renner and Evergreen Drive from 8 am – 4 pm.
- On Tuesday, Nov. 20th, Redwood Drive will be closed between Redway and Dean Creek from 8 am – 4 pm.
The Roads Maintenance Division wishes to thank drivers, in advance, for their patience.
As reported by Cynthia Elkins on the KMUD Local News, Nov. 1, 2012:
A major fire broke out at a large warehouse on the Samoa peninsula early this Thursday (Nov. 1) morning, burning a 70,000 square foot building. The blaze completely destroyed a small outbuilding, but firefighters managed to keep the fire to about 25 percent of the large warehouse. Fire departments from Crescent City to Redway responded along with CalFire, with a total of 16 departments and agencies helping to put out the flames.
Use the player below to hear more about the incident. This audio clip begins with Hugh Scanlon, CalFire Division Chief, talking about the initial challenges involved in fighting this fire.
The image below shows the location of the Fairhaven Business Park, the site of the fire.
According to KMUD News Coordinator,Cynthia Elkins:
A seven-hour standoff between an armed man and police ended without any injuries this Thursday (Nov. 1, 2012) morning in Eureka. The incident reportedly started after Jeffery Morgan Wood called the Eureka Police Department saying he had heard people in his basement and had armed himself. When police arrived to respond, they reportedly asked Wood to come outside without a firearm. Police say Wood responded by firing several shots from inside the home on Cooper Lane.
Use the player below to hear more about the incident, including an interview with Sheriff Mike Downey who was on the scene with his SWAT Team. This story aired on the KMUD Local News Nov. 1, 2012.
Jeffery Morgan Wood
According to a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, dated Oct. 30, 2012:
On 10-24-12 at approximately 8:15 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a reported robbery of marijuana. While the Deputies were en route, the caller, 32 year-old Kristen Wright of Leggett, advised that no actual robbery had been committed. Wright advised that she had arranged to sell ten pounds of marijuana to three men for $20,000. They had given her four bundles of cash which they had represented as being $20,000 in US currency. The men fled with the marijuana just as Wright realized that only the bills on the top side of the stacks were $100 bills, the rest were $1 bills. She had been left with slightly over four hundred dollars, not the $20,000 they had agreed upon.
Wright and a male companion followed the suspects as they drove south from the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 101 in Leggett. Two of the suspects were in a dark Scion. The third man drove a light colored sedan. MCSO Deputies intercepted the Scion occupied by two of the suspects, Christopher Jaramillo, age 18, of Willington, CA and Jose Lemus, age 20, of San Pedro, CA, in the 44800 block of Hwy 101 in Laytonville. Over ten pounds of marijuana was located inside the car. Kristen Wright arrived at the scene a short time later.
Lemus and Jaramillo were arrested for possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana and conspiracy. Wright was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale. All were transported to Ukiah and lodged in the Mendocino County Jail, with bail set at $30,000.00 each. The third male suspect was never located.
From left to right shows Booking Photos of Jose Lemus, Christopher Jaramillo, and Kristen Wright: