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 Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Nov. 19, 2012:
On 11-18-2012, approximately 2:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the victim of a robbery. The 39 year old male told the responding deputies he was at the 76 Gasoline Station on Murray Road, McKinleville ( near U.S. 101) parked to the east of the store. He was standing by his white 2001 Chevy Tahoe when a black male adult came up and asked him for a cigarette. As the victim reached for a cigarette, the suspect drew a silver colored handgun from his front sweatshirt pocket. The victim believed the gun was a .38 caliber revolver. The suspect then ordered the victim to drive him to Clam Beach Vista Point, US 101, McKinleyville. When the victim parked the vehicle the suspect ordered the victim to give him all his cash. After the victim gave the suspect his cash, the suspect struck the victim in the head with the gun, knocking the victim unconscious.
The victim described the suspect as a black male adult, 5’9” tall, wearing a blue sweatshirt and black pants. Deputies checked the area and were unable to locate the suspect.
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.
According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, sent Nov. 17, 2012:
On 11-16-12 at about 9:17 pm, officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to a residential burglary alarm on the 3400 Block of ‘O’ Street. The first officer who arrived observed that there were signs of forced entry into the residence. He also saw two subjects walking away from the residence. The officer attempted to contact the subjects, but they immediately fled into Sequoia Park.
After other officers arrived on the scene, a perimeter was set up and EPD K9 "Vex" was utilized to locate the subjects. After a fairly extensive track through the wooded park, one of the suspects, a 16 year old male, was located. He was taken into custody without incident. After he was detained, as officers were trying to place him in a patrol car, the suspect attempted to kick one of the officer’s. The officer was able to gain control of the suspect, and he was placed into the patrol car. The juvenile suspect was arrested for burglary, resisting arrest, public intoxication, and possession of concentrated cannabis. He was transported and booked into Juvenile Hall. The other suspect wasn’t located and is still outstanding.
Based upon evidence located on scene, including video surveillance from the area, it appears the two juveniles had been in the neighborhood checking door handles on automobiles prior to breaking into the residence.
If anyone has further information regarding this case they are encouraged to contact Officer Leonard La France at (707) 441-4060.
EPD K9 "Vex" on alert
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.