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 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.”
Update - Oct. 5, 2012
According to a Trinity County Sheriff’s Office press release, dated Oct. 5, 2012:
On October 5, 2012, Trinity County Sheriff’s Office along with Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and Redding Police Department served two search warrants related to the murder of Dean Compton that occurred on October 1, 2012 in Hyampom, CA. The search warrants were served at Riley Wilson’s residence in Shasta Lake, CA and Shawn Bradley’s residence in Redding, CA. Both suspects were interviewed by Investigators and made admissions as to their involvement.
The investigation is ongoing and further details will be released at a later time.
The photo below shows suspect Riley Wilson; Shawn Bradley’s booking was not available at the time of this post.
Original post below:
According to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, dated Oct. 4, 2012:
On October 1, 2012 at approximately 7:30 pm the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call that there was a reported shooting at the Dean Compton residence in Hyampom. Upon the Deputies arrival the victim, Dean Compton was found deceased in the roadway leading to the residence.
According to witness statements, Dean Compton and his wife Maria Compton were in two separate vehicles driving to their residence. When they got to the front gate of their residence Dean Compton left his vehicle to open the gate. While Dean was walking back to his vehicle Maria heard yelling and noticed a subject with Dean Compton. Shortly after hearing and seeing the subject with Dean, Maria heard gunshots and drove off in her vehicle. As Maria drove away she heard rounds hitting her vehicle. Maria drove to a neighbor’s house where the 911 call was placed.
On October 2, 2012, Trinity County Sheriff’s Office along with Redding Police Department and Shasta County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the house of Brandon Trammel in Redding, CA. Trammel was questioned by Investigators and has been arrested. The investigation is ongoing and further details will be released at a later time.
The photo below shows suspect Brandon Trammel
The "A-balloon" on map below shows the location of Hyampom, California in Trinity County
Update- Oct. 16, 2012
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Oct. 16, 2012:
On 10-16-2012, approximately 7:00 am the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Humboldt County Coroners Office that Daniel Mashburn, 47 years old, the victim of a shooting by suspect Jack Belk on 10-2-2012 had succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. After Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives consulted with the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office, Belk was booked on the charge of murder at approximately 11:00 a.m. today. His bail is now set at one million dollars. The autopsy is scheduled in Eureka for this Sunday, 10-21-2012.
The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone with information about this case to call them at 707 445-7251 or call the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Crime tip Line at: 707 268-2539.
According to a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release, dated Oct. 3, 2012:
On 10-2-12 at about 10:25 P.M., Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a reported shooting on Redwood Drive just north of Redway. When deputies arrived they located the victim who had been shot two times. The victim was identified as Daniel Mashburn, transient, age 46. Mashburn told deputies he had been walking in the area of Redwood Drive with his girlfriend when they were confronted by the suspect and an argument ensued. The argument escalated and the suspect drew a handgun and shot Mashburn two times. Afterwards the suspect, who Mashburn did not know, fled. Mashburn and his girlfriend provided deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers, who had arrived to assist, with a description of the suspect.
At about 11:00 P.M. a subject matching the description was located by the Highway Patrol. The subject was later positively identified as the suspect. The suspect was identified as Jack Belk, age 53, of Charlotte N.C. Deputies also located the firearm. What instigated the confrontation is still under investigation. Belk was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for Attempted Murder. Bail is set at $500,000. Mashburn is still hospitalized and listed in critical condition.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Use the player below to hear a report on this incident and interview with Sgt. Kevin Miller of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on the KMUD Local News, Wed., Oct 3, 2012
Photo below shows suspect, Jack Belk