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 Feb. 15, 2012:
On Feb. 15, 2012, at approximately 11:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Community Response Unit conducted a probation search in the 200 Block of Alder Grove Road, Arcata. When deputies arrived at the residence they met with probationer Colin Baldridge, 31 years, along with Paul Cohen, 56 years and Jimi Suma 37 years. All three of the men lived in the residence.
Deputies searched the residence and located 171 growing marijuana plants, 200 pounds of processed marijuana bud worth an estimated $400,000, along with half a gram of cocaine, 1.5 grams of methamphetamine and 451 grams of Hash estimated to be worth $3000. Deputies also located packaging materials, scales, pay and owe sheets and over $3,000 of cash which is consistent with sales of marijuana and illegal drugs.
While conducting their investigation deputies learned Baldridge had another residence located in the 2400 block of Eye Street, Arcata. Deputies responded to that residence and located another 20 pounds of processed marijuana bud worth approximately $40,000. They also located three large garbage bags full of marijuana leaves, and two handguns, one which was reported stolen.
Baldridge was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional facility for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation of marijuana, possession of a switchblade knife, possession of concentrated cannabis, possession of stolen property, maintaining a drug house and possession of a narcotic. Suma was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for an outstanding felony warrant for violation of probation issued by Mendocino County Superior Court. Cohen was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or criminal related activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539. If you live in the City Limits of Eureka the Eureka Police Problem Oriented Policing Unit can be reached at 707-441-4373
According to a press rlease from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Dated Feb. 12, 2012:
On Feb. 12, 2012, approximately 7:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office was notified of an attempted Home Invasion Robbery which just occurred in the 100 block of Robinson Road, Orick. Deputies responded to the scene and met with two victims, a 26 year old female and a 35 year old male, both who reside in the residence. The victims told the deputies they were asleep with their three year old child, when two adult male suspects wearing all black, both around 5’ 10” tall forced their way into their residence and bedroom. The suspects were armed with possibly a rifle or shot gun, and a handgun.
The suspects demanded money and the keys to the victims’ car, and then fired off two rounds from a weapon. The male victim was able to obtain a handgun during the robbery attempt, which he fired several times at the suspects. The suspects immediately fled in an unknown direction and did not appear to take anything from the home. The victims and child were uninjured during the robbery attempt, and do not believe the suspects were injured. The victims were unable to provide any further suspect information to the deputies. Deputies found spent shell casings and damage to the residence, including bullet holes consistent with the victims account as to what occurred.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or criminal related activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539.
According to a press release from Congressman Mike Thompson's Office, dated Feb. 10, 2012:
Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) today announced that Humboldt Harbor and Bay would receive an additional $450,000 for dredging. The funds come from the Army Corps of Engineers’ discretionary account, and were awarded in order to address the operation and maintenance needs of Humboldt Bay.
“Humboldt Bay is a lynchpin of the North Coast economy, serving as hub for trade and commerce within the U.S. and internationally,” said Thompson. “With these funds the waterways at Humboldt Bay will continue functioning at the depth level necessary for the only deep water port on the North Coast of California. It is important that we continue to maintain and improve this economic engine.” “The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District very much appreciates the commitment, hard work and advocacy that Congressman Thompson and his staff have done to help keep our harbor infrastructure maintained” said Mike Wilson, President of the Board of Commissioners of the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District.
On an annual basis, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determines the amount of funds required to maintain harbors and navigable waterways throughout the United States. The $450,000 is in addition to the $2.74 million previously requested by the Corps and appropriated by Congress last December for Fiscal Year 2012. Annual harbor channel dredging is critical to maintaining harbor entrance safety for our shipping and fishing feet as well as enhancing environmental protection such as the prevention of fuel barge accidents. This dredging effort is also essential in preserving Humboldt Bay as an important part of the north coast economy and transportation system and maintains our area’s competiveness for exports to Asia.
According to a news release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Feb. 3, 2012:
On Feb. 1 through Feb. 2, 2012, investigators and agents from multiple federal, state, and local agencies participated in a two day anti-crime/anti-gang sweep in Humboldt County. The operation was planned and coordinated by the FBI’s North Bay Regional Gang Task Force under their Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative. (“SSTFs focus primarily upon street gang and drug-related violence and address specific violent crime problems through the teaming of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers and prosecutors.”).
The operation was hosted by the Eureka Police Department and the teams were led locally by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Response Unit (CRU) and the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP). Approximately 22 agents and investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Parole (CDCR), Humboldt County Probation Department, U.S. Marshall’s Office, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and Eureka Police Department participated in the gang task force sweep. Over a two-day period, the task force executed a series of parole and probation searches at various locations within Humboldt County primarily targeting previously identified members of violent street and/or prison gangs. These targeted searches were designed to gather intelligence, identify gang members and gang associates, and make arrests as appropriate.
During the course of the operation, a total of 15 suspects were arrested for various offenses ranging from misdemeanor and felony warrants, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (heroin and methamphetamine), possession of marijuana for sale, and parole and probation violations. Approximately 10 of those arrested were documented gang members. Those arrested during the gang sweep include:
- Jeremy Dean Wildman (moniker: Looney”), age 35 of Eureka, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale after investigators found nearly 5 pounds of processed marijuana and multiple digital scales in his apartment on the 100 block of West Del Norte Street, Eureka.
- Scott Ryan Campbell (moniker: “Droopy”), age 35 of Eureka, was arrested for a felony warrant alleging violation of his post release community supervision. Campbell was contacted with Wildman at his West Del Norte Street residence.
- Anthony Manuel Burgess (moniker: “Creeper”), age 19, was arrested for violation of his probation at a cottage on the 2900 block of California Street, Eureka.
- Corey Allen Cole (moniker: “Sinner”), age 29, was arrested for violation of his parole at the same cottage where investigators encountered Burgess.
- Zachery Jacob Chapman, age 34, was arrested in McKinleyville for a violation of his parole.
- Michael Thomas Meyers (moniker: “Flaco”), age 34, was arrested for violation of his parole at an apartment on the 700 block of 10th Street, Eureka.
Humboldt County residents are encouraged to call and leave crime tips using the following contact numbers:
- Eureka Police Department - Problem Oriented Policing Unit: (707) 441-4373.
- Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office - Community Response Unit Crime Tip Line: (707) 268-2539.
- Humboldt County Drug Task Force: (707) 444-8095.
The photos below show the six suspects listed above:
Jeremy Dean Wildman (left) and Scott Ryan Campbell (right)
Anthony Manuel Burgess (left) and Corey Allen Cole (right)
Zachery Jacob Chapman (left) and Michael Thomas Meyers (right)
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff"s Office, dated Feb. 3, 2012:
On Feb. 3, 2012 at approximately 12:30 p.m., The Humboldt County Sheriffs Office was notified of an airplane crash at the Dinsmore Airport, Humboldt County. The plane was reported to have struck nose down, and had two occupants that were both injured. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and medical personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene, along with a California Highway Patrol Helicopter. A Trinity County Sheriff’s Deputy was also dispatched to the scene to assist due to the proximity of the airport to Trinity County.
When deputies arrived they learned the plane was a Cessna Model 172 E, built in 1963. The plane crashed as it was landing, and is reported to possibly have stalled. Two Cal-Trans workers were working on Highway 36, and heard and saw the crash. They rushed to aid the injured pilot and passenger. They assisted with removing both victims from the plane before it caught fire and burned. The plane was piloted by a 65 year old male flight instructor from Garberville when it crashed. The other victim was a 30 year old male student pilot from Redway. The 65 year instructor was flown to Redding Mercy Hospital for treatment for broken bones. The student pilot received only minor injuries.
Information aired in the Feb. 3, 2012 KMUD Newscast of this incident, Cynthia Elkins reporting, includes the following:
"Two Southern Humboldt men are reportedly injured, but survived a plane crash while landing at the Dinsmore airstrip this Friday afternoon ... and two highway workers are being credited with saving their lives. According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office, a 65-year-old Garberville flight instructor was seriously injured in the crash. Local pilot Richard Weber confirmed with us this afternoon that it was indeed Dennis Lichty, a local flight instructor who is a frequent guest on KMUD’s talk show with pilots. A 30-year old student pilot from Redway reportedly walked away with only minor injuries. Police say the plane hit nose down and burst into flames shortly thereafter. Lieutenant Steve Knight is a spokesperson with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office."
"Again, local pilot Richard Weber told KMUD news this afternoon that the pilot who was seriously injured in the crash is Dennis Lichty, someone you hear regularly here on KMUD’s Pilot’s Lounge show. Richard tells us that he has heard that Dennis did suffer some pretty serious injuries but says he will be okay. We’ll keep you updated with any additional news we learn."
- Use the player below to hear the piece that was aired on KMUD regarding this incident. The clip begins with Lieutenant Steve Knight, a spokesperson with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office.
The photo below shows the crash site. Photo is by Lyle Johnson as it appears in Record Searchlight