On 12-27-2011, at approximately 9:15 a.m. a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff was driving north on US 101 near Fernbridge Drive, Loleta when he witnessed a 1994 White Mazda Protégé weaving on the highway. The deputy ran a registration check on the vehicle which revealed the registration was expired. The deputy activated his emergency lights to stop the vehicle for the traffic violations. The vehicle yielded to the deputy after it took the Singley Hill off ramp where it stopped. As the deputy approached the vehicle on foot to make contact with the driver, the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed. The deputy was able to look at the driver and passenger before they fled. The deputy pursued the vehicle with his lights and siren as the vehicle drove onto Loleta Drive, and into the town of Loleta. The vehicle reached speeds of over 80 mph in a 25 mph zone and ran several stop signs to evade the deputy. The deputy terminated the pursuit in the interest of public safety.

Shortly after the pursuit was terminated the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center was notified by a citizen the car was now parked on Park Street, Loleta The deputy located the car and a female walking away from the vehicle. It was the same female who had been in the passenger seat. The driver had fled on foot. The deputy searched the vehicle and found a loaded .44 magnum handgun with the serial numbers removed under the front passenger seat, along with an 8” long double edged dagger and a syringe. The female passenger, Nachel Black, 33 years old of Arcata was arrested for interfering and resisting arrest, along with possession of loaded firearm in a vehicle, possession of firearm with the serial numbers removed and possession of an illegal weapon. She was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, where her bail is set at $25,000.00. The deputy through his investigation and a tip from Rio Dell Police Department learned the driver of the vehicle was Christopher Glen Mell, 31 who is on active parole.

The Sheriff’s office issued a be-on-the lookout (BOLO) for Mell to all local law enforcement agencies, and contacted his parole agent. Mell is wanted for felony evasion; felon is possession of a loaded handgun, felon in possession of ammunition and carrying a loaded firearm in vehicle.

Christopher Glen Mell is further described as: White Male, 31 years old, strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, 5-4, 150 pounds.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding wanted suspects 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.

Christopher Glen Mell

On 12-27-2011, approximately 7:00 p.m. the Sheriffs Office responded to the 41000 block of Highway 36, Dinsmore in regards to an assault. Upon the deputies arrival they spoke with two female victims outside the residence who reported Todd Vernon Nelson, 49 years of Dinsmore assaulted three people at the residence with his fists, and was armed with a filet knife. Nelson had been residing at the residence with the victims.

Deputies learned during their investigation Nelson had a no bail felony warrant out of the State of Washington Department of Corrections for Escape.

When deputies attempted to contact Nelson, he barricaded himself in the residence shoving chairs and other items against the doors. Deputies spent approximately forty five minutes attempting to negotiate with Nelson before forcing entry into the residence and taking him into custody.

The victims did not need treatment for their injuries and Nelson is being held in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility without bail awaiting extradition to Washington.
 Todd Vernon Nelson

Gregory Dalton Fitzgerald

The Humboldt County Sheriffs Office is attempting to locate two suspects.

Suspect number 1 (right) is Gregory Dalton Fitzgerald, 27 years old, white male adult, 5'8", 185 pounds, Brown hair, Brown eyes

Fitzgerald is wanted for possession of stolen property from a Home Invasion Robbery which occurred on November 21, 2011 in the McClellan Mountain area, Humboldt County during which the victims were tied up, and a shotgun was brandished by the suspects.

Suspect number 2 (below) is Michael Sherman Stockhoff, 21 years old. He is white male adult ,5'11", 180 pounds, Brown hair, Blue Eyes

Stockhoff is only wanted for two no bail felony narcotics warrants at this time, he is believed to be with Fitzgerald.

Michael  Sherman Stockhoff Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding wanted suspects or criminal related activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539.


Humboldt County Sheriff's Office
Date: 11-28-2011 From: Lt. Steve Knight

Subject: Home Invasion Robbery Case: 201106339


On 11-28-2011, approximately 0400 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a Home Invasion Robbery in progress with the suspects possibly still in the residence on Oakcrest Drive, Garberville. Deputies and California Highway Patrol officers responded to the residence. When the deputies arrived they found the front door of the residence forced open. They located the three victims, a husband, wife and infant inside the residence. The husband had received a grazing gunshot wound to the top of his head. Deputies spoke with husband and wife who told them they were awakened by a loud noise on the first floor of their two story home. The husband went downstairs to find out what made the noise. Once downstairs he was confronted by a masked man pointing a handgun at his face and demanding money. While the husband was getting money, a second masked suspect appeared and went to the upstairs master bedroom and ordered the wife at gunpoint to the floor. The second suspect then stole the wife’s wedding ring. After the first gunman was given cash by the husband, he then shot the husband in the head. The bullet grazed the top of the husbands scalp. The gunman then demanded more money from the husband stating it was not enough. The husband was able to find additional money which he gave to the suspect who had shot him. Both suspects then fled the scene.

The male victim was transported to a local hospital by ambulance personnel for treatment.
Both suspects are described as Hispanic males, wearing all black clothing, black facemasks, approximately six feet tall.
The victims did not see a vehicle associated with the suspects.

Anyone with information is requested to call the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539.


Mike Downey



Humboldt County Sheriff's OfficeChad Leroy Macias

Date: 11-28-2011 From: Lt. Steve Knight

Subject: Animal Shelter Burglary Case: 201106323


On 11-27-2011, approximately 10:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a burglary that occurred at the Sheriffs Office Animal Shelter. Kennel staff learned two dogs that had been dropped off by Arcata Police

Department on 11-26-2011 at approximately 9:20 p.m. were missing from the shelter. Shelter staff reviewed surveillance video at the shelter and saw two suspects exit a white four door sedan at approximately 3:30 a.m. A suspect then scaled the wall into the shelter and removed two dogs. A deputy was dispatched to the scene to investigate the burglary.
The Sheriffs office is looking for Chad Leroy Macias, 34 years old a transient who frequents the Arcata Area. He is further described as a white male, 5-10, 160 lbs, Brown hair and Brown eyes.

Anyone with information is requested to call the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539.


Mike Downey





Ruth Fire Information Update

Fire Status as of September 25, 2011
Acres Burned:  Estimated at 1,500 acres                        Date Started: September 23, 2011
Cause: Under Investigation                                     Total Personnel:  487
Aircraft:        6 Helicopters
Percent Contained: 25%                                                                                        

There will be a community meeting today at 3:00 p.m. at the Ruth Volunteer Fire Department.
Current Fire Situation:
The Ruth Fire is burning on the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests near the small community of Ruth.
The fire is estimated at 1,500 acres and is currently burning at a low to minimal rate of spread due to the recent rain overnight. The fire is continuing to spread upslope away from the community of Ruth. The fire has spread over South Fork Mountain ridgeline.
Today crews will remove public safety hazards such as hazard trees and continue mop up and protecting structures and private property in the community of Ruth. Fire crews will continue direct and indirect line construction and patrol and mop up along the fire’s perimeter. Four-hundred and eighty seven personnel are currently assigned to the fire.
Closures/Road Delays:   The community of Ruth remains under evacuation order. Portions of County Road 504 remain closed. There is an emergency forest closure in effect for the South Fork Mountain area near the fire.
Fire Information is available by calling (916) 718-8648, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by logging on to www.inciweb.org and clicking on the Ruth Incident.



County of Mendocino
Office Of The Sheriff-Coroner


Captain Kurt O. Smallcomb
Field Services

Captain Tim Pearce
Contact: Sheriff Tom Allman 
Phone: (707) 463-4085 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Immediate Release

September 13, 2011, Ukiah, CA — The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office has been contacted by private citizens as well as the U.S. Marshals' Service and the Mendocino Land Trust, providing reward funds for information leading to the capture and arrest of Aaron Bassler. The reward amount is at $30,000 at the time of this press release.

Aaron Bassler is the lead suspect in the homicides of Matthew Coleman and Jere Melo. Residents of the Fort Bragg and surrounding areas should remain vigilant and conscientious of their surroundings as suspect Bassler is considered armed and dangerous and thought to have remained in the area. Suspect Bassler should not be approached. Law enforcement is looking for information, not active participation in the search. Please notify authorities at (707) 463-4086 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any information you may think would be helpful. Anonymous information can be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank the many individuals and local, state and federal agencies assisting in the search of suspect Bassler in our attempt to safely apprehend the suspect.
See attached Reward Poster.

589-A Low Gap Road Ukiah, California 95482-3734
707-463-4411 Fax 707-468-3404

Link to original press release

Eureka Police Department
604 C Street
Eureka, California 95501-0341
(707) 441-4060 phone – (707) 441-4334 fax

Media Release

Detective Sergeant Patrick O’Neill (707) 268-5261

On 7-26-2011 at about 1100 hours, Assault with a deadly weapon suspect Mark Anthony Nelson turned himself in to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).

Upon being taken into custody by HCSO staff, Detectives from the Eureka Police Department responded and took custody of Nelson. Nelson was transported to the Eureka Police Department, where he was interviewed and then booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Nelson is being held on $100,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Eureka Police Department Criminal Investigations Section at 707-441-4300 or Det. Wilcox at 707-441-4315


The website of Humboldt County's District Attorney now has links to many press releases and other documents.
The link to the site: http://co.humboldt.ca.us/distatty/

Thanks to Richard Gienger for forwarding this to us.

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