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 Sept. 28, 2012:
On 09-28-2012, approximately 1:30 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies patrolling the Willow Creek area contacted the occupant of the a green Mercury Mountaineer with Michigan license plates which was blocking the roadway on Highway 29 near Burwood Drive. When the deputies ran a license plate check via dispatch, they were advised by the dispatcher the vehicle was associated with a wanted fugitive from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Deputies contacted the occupant that was sleeping in the back seat of the vehicle and they smelled the odor of alcoholic beverages. The occupant was identified as Keith Chapman, 21 years old, a transient. Chapman admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking marijuana, was taken into custody for public intoxication. Keith was not the wanted person; it was his twin brother Kevin Chapman, 21 years also from Kalamazoo, Michigan.
While taking Keith into custody, two males walked up to the deputies. They were identified as Kevin Chapman21 years old, a transient, and Joseph Taylor Swander, 20 years old, a transient. Kevin was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for Arson issued by the 8th District Court, Kalamazoo, Michigan. A warrant check on Swander, revealed he was also wanted by Kalamazoo for manufacturing marijuana. He was also arrested. All three were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Keith was booked and released. Swander and Kevin are being held without bail awaiting extradition.
Kevin Chapman wanted for an outstanding felony warrant for Arson issued by the 8th District Court, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Shown below on the left is Keith Chapman and on the right, Joseph Taylor Swander
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Sept., 25, 2012:
On Sept. 24, 2012, at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Camp Host at Moonstone Beach regarding an explosive device that was found. The responding deputy was a member of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad. The camp host told the deputy the device was found at the south end of the parking lot in some bushes by another citizen. When the deputy retrieved the device he recognized it as a “Model 450 Flash Bang Device”, which are typically used by law enforcement or military personnel. These devices, normally designed with a short (nominally one second) delay fuse, produce a stunning, disorienting blast and a brilliant, dazzling flash. They can cause serious injuries if used inappropriately. They are illegal to possess. If you find one, do not touch it, and call local law enforcement immediately.
The deputy took custody of the live device and booked it in to be destroyed. 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 Sheriff's Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Photo of a similar "Flash Bang Device" - they come in grey, black and orange.
According to Cynthia Elkins, KMUD News Coordinator:
"Community members successfully raised enough funds for a music program at Redway Elementary School for this school year, but communication and scheduling problems mean it won't be happening this semester. The administration had a big turnover during the summer, and information on the program reportedly was not conveyed to the new principle and superintendent. Saundra Schmollinger is a long-time volunteer in the music program, helping her husband Paul run the program at both South Fork High and Redway Elementary. She says they just found out last month that the program wasn't going to be happening this semester."
Use the player below to hear or download the audio clip from the story aired by Cynthia Elkins on the Sept. 18, 2012 edition of the KMUD Local News:
According to a recent News Release from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board:
Due to its potential health risks, federal, state, and tribal agencies are urging swimmers, boaters and recreational users to avoid contact with blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) now blooming in the Klamath River, downstream of Iron Gate Dam, in Northern California. Water in the Klamath River from Iron Gate Dam to Turwar in Humboldt County has exceeded public health criteria; these areas have been posted with health advisories warning against human and animal contact with the water. Recent monitoring indicates that levels of cyanobacteria downstream of Turwar are also increasing (but are currently below the state’s action levels); water users are encouraged to use caution, and check most recent sampling results on the Klamath Blue-Green algae Tracker (see link below) for all locations along the River. Monitoring along the River is being conducted weekly and this advisory will be revised as conditions change.
Cyanobacteria (Microcystis aeruginosa) cell counts at several locations in the Klamath River downstream of Iron Gate Dam exceeded the public health advisory threshold during recent public health monitoring. Based upon earlier monitoring results, Iron Gate and Copco Reservoirs wereposted with health advisories in July. California agencies including the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), CA Department of Public Health, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Yurok and Karuk Tribes urge residents and recreational water users to use caution or avoid getting in the water near these blooms. Public health monitoring for the Klamath River from Link River Dam in Oregon to the estuary in California (including Copco and Iron Gate Reservoirs) is conducted collaboratively by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, PacifiCorp, the Karuk Tribe, the Yurok Tribe, and the CA North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and United States Environmental Protection Agency.
“As blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) can pose health risks, especially to children and pets, we urge people to be careful where they swim,” said Matt St. John, Executive Officer of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. “We recommend that people and their pets avoid contact with the blooms, and particularly avoid swallowing or inhaling water spray in an algal bloom area."
The algal blooms appear as very green water, and blue-green, white or brown foam, scum or mats floating on the water. Recreational exposure to toxic blue-green algae can cause eye irritation, allergic skin rash, mouth ulcer, vomiting, diarrhea, and cold and flu-like symptoms. Liver failure, nerve damage and death have occurred in rare situations where large amounts of contaminated water were directly ingested.
“This is a situation that anyone who comes into contact with water in algal bloom areas should be aware of. Vacationers and the public should adjust their activities accordingly”, said Mr. St. John.
The Statewide Guidance on Harmful Algal Blooms recommends the following:
- Avoid wading and swimming in water containing visible blooms or water containing algae, scums or mats.
- If no algae, scums or mats are visible, you should still carefully watch young children and warn them not to swallow the water.
- Do not drink, cook or wash dishes with untreated surface water under any circumstances; common water purification techniques (e.g., camping filters, tablets) may not remove toxins.
- People should limit or avoid eating fish. If fish are consumed, remove guts and liver, and rinse meat in clean drinking water.
- Take care that pets and livestock do not drink the water or swim through heavy algae, scums or mats, nor lick their fur after going in the water. Rinse pets in clean drinking water to remove algae from fur.
- Get medical treatment immediately if you think that you, your pet, or your livestock might have been poisoned by blue-green algae toxins. Be sure to alert the medical professional to the possible contact with blue-green algae.
With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people can still visit Klamath River and enjoy camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, picnicking, or other recreational activities, excluding direct contact with the waters impacted by algal blooms.
For more information, please visit:
California Department of Public Health:
State Water Resources Control Board
CA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment:
Klamath Blue-Green Algae Tracker
US Environmental Protection Agency
Siskiyou County Public Health Department:
According to a Press Release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, dated Sept. 13, 2012:
On September 12, 2012 at approximately 11:08 am the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that 4 men were at a property on Carr Creek in Hayfork with guns attempting to rob the residence. The 4 men at the residence have been identified as Josh Stanley of Hayfork, Dannoll Geer of Redding, James Cremeans of Redding and Kasey Rogers. Shortly after the initial call of the 4 men attempting to rob the residence it was reported that Dannoll Geer, James Cremeans and Kasey Rogers had taken Josh Stanley and put him in the back of a rental truck and were driving the truck to Stanley’s residence in Hayfork. Stanley escaped from the truck and ran to his residence on Nelson Road in Hayfork. At that point Stanley armed himself and ran behind his house on Nelson Road to hide. He was located by Kasey Rogers and that is when Josh Stanley reportedly shot Kasey Rogers.
Kasey Rogers was transported to a hospital in Redding and is in critical condition as of this morning.
The Press release reports the following arrests:
- Josh Stanley DOB: 03/26/80 of Hayfork, Charges are pending further investigation
- Dannoll Geer DOB: 04/07/76 of Redding, 664/211 PC – Attempt to Commit Robbery, 422 PC – Threats to Commit Crime, 246.3 PC – Discharge Firearm in Grossly Negligent Manner, 182 PC – Conspiracy to Commit Crime, 245(a)(2) PC – Assault with Deadly Weapon (Firearm)
- James Cremeans DOB: 08/17/60 of Redding, 664/211 PC – Attempt to Commit Robbery, 182 PC – Conspiracy to Commit Crime
Shown below, from left to right, are photos of Cremeans, Geer and Stanley