Update- Thurs., Feb. 28, 2013; wanted suspect, Walter Kristopher Miller, arrested in Ukiah. Hear more on the KMUD Local News tonight at 6 PM.
According to a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, Walter Kristopher Miller has been arrested. Miller is a suspect in a vehicular pursuit which, according to a Sheriff's Report, included gunshots fired by Miller at the pursing officer's car. Miller was taken into custody on Wed., Feb. 27 and booked for: attempted murder, illegal possessing a firearm, burglary, possessing stolen property, conspiracy and parole violation. See the press release directly below for more information on the arrest of Miller. Also, check below for previous audio aired on this story and additional press releases.
Press release update:
On 02-27-2013 at approximately 1130 hours Sheriff's Detectives received information that Walter Kristopher Miller was possibly occupying a room at the Best Western Orchard Inn in the city of Ukiah. Sheriff's Detectives conducted investigations into the information while members of the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force and County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team established surveillance on the hotel. Approximately 2 hours later Sheriff's Detectives uncovered substantial information that showed Miller was currently occupying a room at the hotel.
A perimeter was established around the hotel with the assistance of personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, Ukiah Police Department, California Highway Patrol (officers and helicopter) and Mendocino County District Attorney's Office.
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office SWAT team, comprised of personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and Willits Police Department, were summoned to the scene. The SWAT team was deployed to the inside of the hotel where the team then confined Miller to the room he was solely occupying on the second story. Customers inside the hotel were evacuated to a safe location away from the hotel and nearby businesses were instructed to shelter in place. The City of Ukiah Fire Department in addition to the City of Ukiah Ambulance service and Ukiah Ambulance service were summoned to the area to stand by in the event of a medical emergency.
Personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiation Team were summoned to the hotel in an attempt to contact Miller. Prior to their arrival a Sheriff's Detective established telephone communications with Miller and began to negotiate his peaceful surrender. During the approximately 2.5 hour negotiation process Miller expressed a desire to surrender to his parole agent from the Division of Adult Parole Operations with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. As the parole agent was arriving at the hotel Miller exited the room and surrendered himself to members of the SWAT team.
Sheriff's Detectives conducted a search of the hotel room pursuant to a search warrant and seized an AP 9mm machine pistol with 2 loaded high capacity magazines (20 & 30 round magazine). Sheriff's Detectives noted this was one of the firearms stolen from the Van Arsdale Road residence in Potter Valley on 02-25-2013 and was the firearm believed to be used during the attempted murder of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputy on that same day.
Miller was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked on charges of attempted murder, illegal possessing a firearm, burglary, possessing stolen property, conspiracy and parole violation. Miller is currently being held on a no bail status.
The original post of this story appears below.
A high speed pursuit, with shots fired at the pursuing Mendocino Sheriff Deputy's vehicle, occurred last Mon.evening. One of the two suspects in the incident has been arrested, but the other suspect, Walter Kristopher Miller, age 33, from Ukiah, California, is still at large and is considered armed and dangerous,
Use the player below to hear more on this incident, including press conference audio from Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman. This story was aired by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson, on the KMUD Local News Tues., Feb. 26, 2013.
Below, see the photo of wanted suspect Miller, arrested suspect Christopher Skaggs, and the Mendocino Sheriff's Office press releases.
Wanted suspect, Walter Kristopher Miller, shown below:
Arrested suspect, Christopher Skaggs, is shown below.
Original press release, dated Mon.,Feb. 25, 2013:
On 02-25-2013 at 2149 hours a Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputy conducted a traffic stop of a sedan displaying an expired registration in the 1200 block of South State Street in Ukiah, California. Once the sedan stopped the Deputy approached the driver?s window to contact the driver. Upon reaching the window the vehicle quickly accelerated southbound on South State Street, which prompted the Deputy to give chase.
The Deputy engaged the sedan in a vehicular pursuit as the sedan reached speeds of approximately 80-90 miles an hour. The sedan shortly thereafter turned westbound on Highway 253 and slowed to speeds of approximately 50-60 miles an hour. At this time the sedan swerved into the opposing traffic lane several times, even in the presence of blind curves in the roadway In the 900 block of Highway 253 the front passenger of the sedan partially exited the open passenger window and shot several times at the Deputy's patrol vehicle with a handgun. One of the bullets struck the patrol vehicle's radiator and shortly thereafter rendered the patrol vehicle inoperable.
Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies from county-wide converged to the area in an attempt to locate the sedan that was last seen traveling westbound of Highway 253. At this time the search was aided by personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Ukiah Police Department, Cloverdale Police Department and Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.
During the search the sedan was found abandoned in a driveway leading to a residence located in the 6000 block of Highway 253. As a result, a reverse 911 call was initiated to residents in the surrounding area. During a search of the driveway near the sedan several items where found that showed the escape path, by foot, of the suspects. Deputies on scene noticed the items found were reported as being stolen from a residential burglary on Van Arsdale Road in Potter Valley earlier in the evening. It was noted by Deputies that several firearms (handguns, rifle and shotgun) and ammunition had been stolen during the residential burglary but had not been recovered with the abandoned sedan.
Sheriff's Detectives responded to the scene and are conducting further investigations into the shooting incident.
At this time Detectives have identified Christopher Skaggs (30-years-old from Redwood Valley, California) and Walter Kristopher Miller (33-year-old from Ukiah, California) as persons of interest in this incident. The public should consider Skaggs and Miller to be possibly armed and dangerous. Skaggs is currently wanted on an unrelated burglary and robbery incident reported to the Sheriff's Office on 02-19-2013.
Anyone with information on the current whereabouts of Skaggs and Miller are urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086 or the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line at 707-234-2100.
Updated press release- Tues., Feb. 26, 2013:
On 02-26-2013 at approximately 0900 hours Sheriff's Detectives received information that Christopher Skaggs was seen walking in the 3000 block of South State Street in Ukiah. Sheriff's Detectives responded to the area and saw Skaggs near the intersection of South State Street and Norgard Lane. When Sheriff's Detectives attempted to contact Skaggs he fled on foot and was subsequently apprehended after a short foot chase.
Through further investigations Sheriff's Detectives have identified Walter Kristopher Miller as being the person whom discharged a firearm at the Sheriff's Deputy during the vehicular pursuit.
At this time Miller's current whereabouts are unknown and the public should consider him to be armed and dangerous. Sheriff's Detectives believe Miller to still be in possession of a firearm and he has a history of violent behavior.
A photograph of Miller can be found by accessing the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office website at www.mendocinosheriff.com and by selecting the "County's Most Wanted" link on the left side of the main page.
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the California Highway Patrol, Ukiah Police Department, Cloverdale Police Department, Santa Rosa Police Department, Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, Mendocino County District Attorney's Office, California Department of Justice Forensic Bureau and U.S. Marshals Service for assisting in this investigation.
Anyone with information on the current whereabouts of Miller is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086 or the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line at 707-234-2100.
According to KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson:
"New research shows rat poisons killing 25 different animals in California. Scientists and environmental groups are putting pressure on agencies and manufacturers to stop distributing the second-generation anti-coagulents."
Use the player below to hear more about this issue in a story aired by Terri Klemetson on the KMUD Local News on Thurs., Feb 21, 2013.
Click here for more info from Center for Biological Diversity.
Info on the Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered California Fox, Other Wildlife From Rat Poisons.
EPA Limits Most Toxic Rat Poisons in Homes But Still Leaves Wildlife at Risk
SF Gate article on the rodenticide issue
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Greenleaf Power, the current owner of the Eel River Power plant in Scotia, Calif., is a California-based company which describes itself on its web page as: "...committed to providing reliable green power for North America." The Eel River Power plant in Scotia has been in temporary shut down since Oct., 2012 but is scheduled to reopen in May.
Use the player below to hear interviews and more details related to the Eel River Power Plant, Geenleaf Power, biomass power production, pollution issues and more. This story was aired on Wed. Feb. 20, 2013 by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson.
Greenleaf Power-click for website
Eel River Plant - Scotia
Rewood Coast Energy Authority-website
Final Comprehensive Action Plan for Energy (CAPE)
Repower Humboldt-A Strategic Plan for Renewable Energy Security and Prosperity;links to documents
The Eel River plant is based in California's North Coast region about 30 miles south of Eureka. The plant was built in 1988 with Greenleaf Power taking ownership in 2010. See photos below:
Update: Thurs., Feb. 28, 2013- David Anthony Williams located.
According to a press release from the Arcata Police Department, dated Fri., February 28, 2013, David Anthony Williams, who was reported missing by a family member on February 21st, has been located after admitting himself to a local medical facility. For more information see the press release update below. The original post on this story can also be viewed below.
Updated press release:
On Tuesday, February 27, 2013 the Arcata Police Department was notified David Anthony Williams, age 53, had been located after admitting himself to a local medical facility. Williams was reported missing by a family member on February 21st.
The Arcata Police Department would like to thank all those who assisted in the search for Mr. Williams.
See the original post below.
According to a press release from the Arcata Police Department, dated Fri., February 22, 2013:
The Arcata Police Department is seeking assistance in locating David Anthony Williams, age 53. Williams and his wife were in town visiting family in Arcata on Thurs., Feb. 21 when he went for a walk at about 11:00am. Williams told family he was walking to the northtown area to get something to eat. He did not return. Williams was reported missing by a family member later that evening. He has a history of mental health issues and is considered at risk.
Anyone who has seen Mr. Williams or has any information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the Arcata Police Department at (707)822-2428.
Williams is described as a white male adult, 6'-2" tall, weighing 150 lbs with short brown hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses.
According to a press release from the Cailfornia Department of Fish and Wildlife, dated Feb., 21, 2013:
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is announcing several changes to recreational groundfish regulations that apply to state waters, zero to three miles from shore. The new recreational regulations were adopted by the Fish and Game Commission and will take effect on March 1, 2013. “Department staff worked closely with the public for more than four years to implement this change,” said Marci Yaremko, State/Federal Fisheries Program Manager. “Allowing retention of shelf rockfish inside the CCAs when the groundfish season is open will reduce discarding without impacting cowcod. It also simplifies regulations by allowing shelf rockfish take and retention both inside and outside the CCAs.” Additionally, anglers will now have the ability to retain shelf rockfish while fishing inside the Cowcod Conservation Areas (CCAs) in waters shallower than 20 fathoms. Take and possession of bronzespotted rockfish, canary rockfish, cowcod and yelloweye rockfish will remain prohibited statewide.
Other changes to regulations pertain to bocaccio rockfish and include:
- An increase in the sub-bag limit to three fish within the 10-fish Rockfish, Cabezon, Greenling (RCG) complex bag limit.
- Removal of the minimum size limit and fillet length limit.
The open season dates and allowable fishing depths for the recreational Groundfish Management Areas are as follows:
- Northern – open May 15 through Oct. 31, in 20 fathoms (120 feet) or less.
- Mendocino - open May 15 through Labor Day, in 20 fathoms (120 feet) or less.
- San Francisco - open June 1 through Dec. 31, in 30 fathoms (180 feet) or less.
- Central- open May 1 through Dec. 31, in 40 fathoms (240 feet) or less.
- Southern – open March 1 through Dec. 31, in 50 fathoms (300 feet) or less.
For more information about recreational groundfish regulations and to stay informed of inseason changes, please call the Recreational Groundfish Hotline at (831) 649-2801 or check the CDFW Marine Region website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Feb. 17, 2013:
On 02-17-2013, at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a citizen who reported three males were at a large party in the area of East Ferry Road, Ferndale and were assaulting several people. Sheriff’s Deputies, California Highway Patrol Officers and Ferndale Police responded to the scene. While deputies were enroute they were advised the three male suspects were attempting to leave the area in a dark colored KIA Rio. A Ferndale Police Officer spotted the SUV near Fernbridge and stopped it. Deputies and CHP Officers joined the Ferndale Officer and detained the three males who were in the Kia. The officers saw the occupants had fresh injuries to them and showed signs of alcohol intoxication. The officers could also see open alcoholic containers in the vehicle. All three subjects identified as Douglas Wayne Flowers, 43 years old, from Fortuna and Curtis Flowers, 22 years old, from Fortuna and Christopher James Hanly, 23 years old from McKinleyville were detained. Douglas Flowers is the father of Curtis Flowers. Curtis was the driver of the KIA Rio. Medical was requested to respond to the scene and treat them for their injuries.
Deputies then contacted witness and the victims. They were told by the witness and victims that the Flowers and Hanly showed up at the party on the Ferndale River bar intoxicated. The suspects shouted “White Pride”, as they walked around through the crowd. They were asked to calm down by party attendees. Curtis Flowers started pushing people and challenging them to fight. An 18 year old female attempted to leave the party in a Toyota Pickup truck because of Curtis Flowers behavior. As she got into the truck Curtis Flowers walked up to the truck and swung the truck door open. In doing so the door struck another 18 year old female who was watching what was occurring and standing near the pickup truck. When the female who was struck by the door made a comment about being struck by the door to Curtis Flowers, he punched her in the face with a closed fist. When the injured female got back up Douglas Flowers then punched her in the face knocking her back to the ground. The female immediately fell to the ground a second time. Meantime the female who had been in the truck exited the truck to assist the assaulted and injured female and she was punched in the face, which knocked her to the ground and unconscious. A 16 year old male who was close by came to both females aid and was punched in the eye by Curtis Flowers. Then all three suspects Curtis Flowers, Douglas Flowers and Hanly began punching him in the face after knocking the 16 year old to the ground.
Deputies could see the sixteen year old's eye was swollen almost shut. One of the eighteen year old females received a broken jaw which required surgery at a local hospital. The other female refused medical attention.
Curtis Flowers was transported by ambulance to Redwood Memorial Hospital to be treated for a cut on his neck and was admitted, however he fled from the hospital on 2-17-2013 around 5:00 p.m. Fortuna Police checked the area for him and were unable to locate him. Curtis Flowers is on active State Parole for a conviction of Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Curtis is wanted for Assault Causing Great Bodily Injury, Driving under the Influence, Assault and Battery, and Violation Parole. A Be-on-The-Lookout was broadcast to local Law Enforcement.
Douglas Flowers and Hanly were both arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Douglas Flowers was booked for Assault Causing Great Bodily Injury and Public Intoxication. His bail was set at $50,000.00. Hanly was booked for Assault, Probation Violation and Public Intoxication and was released on his own recognizance.
The Sheriff’s Office will be increasing patrols in the Eel River area for the foreseeable future to help curtail parties and other criminal activity.
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.
Wanted suspect, Curtis Flowers:
Update - Wed., Feb. 20, 2013:
According to an update from the California Correctional Center, James Robert Prinz who walked away from the High Rock Conservation Camp near Weott on Mon., Feb. 18, 2013, was apprehended, without incident, a day later in Fortuna. The press release update appears below.
Minimum security inmate James Robert Prinz, walked away from the High Rock Conservation Camp CC# 32 in Weott, California on February 18, 2013. Inmate Prinz was apprehended in Fortuna, California by Fortuna Police Department at approximately 3:15 p.m. on February 19, 2013, without incident. Special agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation transported Inmate Prinz to the California Correctional Center in Susanville, California. Inmate Prinz was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for Criminal Threat to Cause Great Bodily Injury, Resisting an Officer with Force and Violence and Battery on a Peace Officer from Placer County. He was scheduled to be paroled in April 2013. This matter will be referred to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp or community-based program since 1977, 99.1 percent have been apprehended.
The original post on this incident may be viewed below.
According to a press release from the California Correctional Center, dated Feb. 19, 2013:
A Minimum security inmate walked away from High Rock Conservation Camp which is located just outside Weott, California on February 18, 2013.
The walkaway, 43 year old James Robert Prinz, is described as a White male, 200 pounds, with blue eyes, short brown hair and medium complexion. He stands approximately 6’2” tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing orange pants with “C.D.C. R. Prisoner” written on them.
Prinz was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on April 21, 2011, from Placer County for Criminal Threat to Cause Great Bodily Injury, Resist Officer with Force and Violence and Battery on a Peace Officer. He was scheduled to be paroled in April 2013. He was last seen approximately 3:30 p.m. this afternoon. Escape apprehension efforts are continuing. Anyone seeing him should contact 9-1-1 or law enforcement authorities immediately.
Additional Contact Information:
Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of James Robert Prinz should contact the California Correctional Center Watch Commander at (530) 257-2181 extension 4173.
James Robert Prinz, shown below:
KMUD News has been following the recent flurry of criticism surrounding Green Diamond Resource Company's logging practices, including their timber harvest plan for the Strawberry Rock area near Trinidad, California. Recently Green Diamond hosted a public meeting to discuss their current plans, and KMUD covered the event.
Use the player below to hear more on this story, including a report from KMUD News Correspondent Eric Black. This audio includes coverage of the meeting held by Green Diamond on Wed., Feb. 13, at the Bayside Grange, updating the public on Green Diamond's current plans. This story was aired by KMUD News Cordinator, Christina Aanestad, on the KMUD Local News, Feb., 14, 2013.
Caltrans manages two of the nation’s busiest passenger rail lines. In an effort to get input from the public on its proposed draft California State Rail Plan, Caltrans is hosting five public open houses and a statewide webinar this month. See the press release below dated Mon. Feb. 11, 2013.
The department will host five public open houses and a statewide webinar this month to solicit input on the draft California State Rail Plan (CSRP), which will lay out a vision for freight, passenger and high-speed rail in the state. The draft plan is available on the Internet (http://californiastaterailplan.com/) and comments can be submitted through March 11.
“Each year, nearly six million passengers ride the trains in California,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “It’s important that we find out what our citizens have to say about rail, because their input will help us build a truly connected California.”
Ridership on California trains is up 56 percent since 2002, and California has about 18 percent of all Amtrak riders. “The Authority looks forward in working with Caltrans and our local partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that invests in urban, commuter, intercity, and high-speed rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs,” said Jeff Morales, CEO of California High-Speed Rail Authority.
To review the draft plan and comment, please attend any of five events listed below. If you can’t attend a meeting in person, you can participate in the online webinar.
- Sacramento: February 12, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., California State Railroad Museum, Stanford Gallery
- Oakland: February 14, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Elihu M. Harris State Office Building, Room 1
- San Diego: February 19, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Caltrans District 11 San Diego Office Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
- Los Angeles: February 20, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza
- Fresno: February 21, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Hugh M. Burns State Building, Assembly Room 1036
- Webinar: February 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Online Webinar, event password: RailPlan1- Click here for web link.
The final plan (scheduled to be issued this summer) will fully integrate California’s future high-speed rail system with existing and proposed conventional rail systems. The plan will serve as a basis for federal and state investments for high-speed and intercity passenger rail in California and will also describe the existing conditions of the state’s rail systems and the economic and environmental benefits of improvements.