Safety and Public Awareness
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Update: Feb. 12, 2014 - A duffle bag containing the urn stolen from the Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka has been found, but the cremated remains the urn contained are still missing, according to a post in the Times-Standard yesterday. The article reports that, "The police were contacted around 7 p.m. Sunday by a man doing renovations on a house on the 2900 block of B Street, who said he found the bag in some bushes a few days earlier."
Because the loved one's remains are irreplaceable and precious to the family, the Eureka Police Department is requesting that anyone with information that could help return them to the family call 441-4060.
The original post on this story appears below.
Desecration of the remains of ancestors is a taboo in most societies, including ours, so the question of motivation underlies an unusual theft from the chapel at the Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka. According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, footage from a camera revealed that last Tues. afternoon a white male in his thirties (shown in the photo below) stashed an urn containing the cremated remains of a deceased individual under a coat he was carrying and removed it from the chapel. The accompanying photo shows an urn similar in color and shape to the one stolen. The public is asked to provide the EPD with any information which may lead to returning the urn and remains to the family - call Officer Harkness at 707-441-4060. The full press release, including a description of the suspect, appears below.
EPD press release:
On 2-4-2014, between 3:00 – 3:30 PM, a male subject entered the chapel at the Ocean View Cemetery and removed an urn holding cremated remains.
The subject is described as a white male in his thirties wearing dark shoes with white soles, blue jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt with writing on the front and a black baseball cap, when he enters. The subject changed his clothing to a grey short sleeved t-shirt with a checkered pattern on the front and donned a dark beanie cap with a white stripe. The suspect carried the urn away under a tan coat he carried with him.
Attached is a picture of an urn similar in shape and design to the one stolen.
The Eureka Police Department is asking for any information that could lead to the return of the remains to the family. If you have information regarding this theft, please contact Officer Harkness 707-441-4060.
Dakota Danial Hayward (shown in the photo) was arrested at a residence in Coffee Creek, north of Trinity Center, for the murder of William “Billy” Foster, according to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office. Foster was found deceased at his residence in Trinity Center by Sheriff's Deputies on Jan. 18 after the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call reporting a shooting at the residence. Subsequent investigations led to the identification and arrest of Dakota Hayward, age 21, as the murder suspect. The press release appears below.
Press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, dated January 20, 2014:
On January 18, 2014 at approximately 10:00 pm the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call for medical aid stating that a male adult had been shot at a residence on the corner of Maude and Airport Road in Trinity Center. When Investigators and Deputies arrived on scene they located the victim identified as William “Billy” Foster deceased at his residence in Trinity Center. The reporting party for the medical aid was located and interviewed. A suspect was identified as Dakota Danial Hayward of Trinity Center. Investigators received information that Hayward was at a residence in Coffee Creek north of Trinity Center. Deputies located Hayward at that residence in Coffee Creek and took him into custody without incident.
Investigators have interviewed Hayward and other witnesses to the crime. Motive or any other specific details will not be released at this time as to not compromise the investigation.
Dakota Hayward was booked into the Trinity County Jail on 187(a) PC – Murder. He is still currently in custody without bail.
A 60 year old man died in a Humboldt County hospital last Mon. from complications related to flu confirmed to be H1N1 influenza, according to a press release from the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services. The event prompted Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Donald Baird to remark that,"...this resident’s death serves as a reminder that H1N1 has the potential to cause serious illness, in all age groups, even in previously healthy individuals."
Flu season, in general, begins in Oct. and continues until May, and The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age 6 and up should get flu vaccinations. Click here for CDC current flu season information. Some Public Health Clinics in Humboldt County offer flu vaccinations, including a walk-in flu shot clinic every Thursday in January from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Public Health office at 529 I St. in Eureka with no appointment necessary. Click here for a list of Public Health Offices locations and phone numbers. Vaccination services are also available at many local pharmacies and healthcare providers. The full press release appears below.
Press release from Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services:
A man in his 60s died Monday in a Humboldt County hospital from influenza related complications. Laboratory results confirmed H1N1 influenza. Officials report he had other underlying health conditions. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time,” said Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Donald Baird, who added that to protect the man’s privacy, no additional information would be released. Baird noted that while some cases of flu can be less severe than others, this resident’s death serves as a reminder that H1N1 has the potential to cause serious illness, in all age groups, even in previously healthy individuals.
This death is the first in Humboldt County believed to be related to H1N1 for the 2013-14 flu season. Flu season generally runs from October to May. Statewide, seven laboratory-confirmed flu deaths of people under the age of 65 have been reported this flu season to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as of Jan. 4. An additional 28 deaths are currently being investigated as possibly related to influenza.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated. It usually takes two weeks after receiving the flu vaccine for antibodies to build up in the body sufficiently to achieve the best protection.“A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing,” said Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Public Health Director Susan Buckley. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the flu and spread it to others.” This year’s flu vaccine protects against three different flu viruses: H1N1, H3N2 and one type of influenza B. Most of the cases tested locally are coming back positive for H1N1, the same strain associated with the 2009 pandemic.
DHHS is offering a walk-in flu shot clinic every Thursday in January from 1 to 4 p.m. at its Public Health office at 529 I St. in Eureka. Remaining clinic dates are Jan. 16, 23 and 30. No appointment is necessary. The cost of the flu shot is $17, though no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Medicare is accepted. In addition to the Thursday walk-in clinic, appointments for flu vaccines can be made Monday through Friday at the DHHS Public Health Clinic. To make an appointment, call 268-2108. Vaccines are also available at a number of other local pharmacies and healthcare providers.
“There is more you can do to prevent the spread of the flu in addition to getting a flu shot,” Buckley said. “We recommend practicing the ‘3 Cs’: Clean your hands, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, and contain your germs by staying home if you get sick.”
Update- Fri., Jan. 10, 2014: On Fri. Jan., 10, 2014, Christina Aanestad interviewed Sheriff Mike Downey about the murder of Father Eric Freed and the circumstances involving the arrested suspect in the case, Gary Lee Bullock. See the post and press release below. Bullock was arrested on December 31, 2013, the day before the homicide, for public intoxication and then released at 12:34 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2014. At about 9 a.m. on Jan. 1, officers were dispatched to the St.Bernard Church Rectory in Eureka where they found Father Erick Freed deceased, and on Jan. 2 Bullock was arrested for the murder. Sheriff Downey responds to criticism that law enforcement could have done more. Use the KMUD News SoundCloud player below to hear the interview.
According to a report on the Times Standard.com website, Eureka Police Department Chief Andrew Mills confirmed the arrest, at 12:30 pm today, Jan. 2, 2014, of Gary Lee Bullock (shown in the photo) as a suspect in the murder of Father Eric Freed. Bullock was located in a house in the Briceland area and is currently being held by Humboldt County Sheriff's deputies. Father Freed was found mortally injured Wed., Jan 1, 2014 by Deacon Frank Weber, in the Rectory of St. Bernard Church in Eureka after Father Freed failed to show up to conduct Mass. Earlier today, before the arrest, the Eureka Police Department distributed a press release announcing the arrest warrant and hunt for Gary Lee Bullock. The press release appears below. Tune into the 6 pm Local News on KMUD tonight to hear more on this story.
Use the player below to hear a report on the arrest of Gary Lee Bullock. The report was submitted by KMUD News Correspondent, Daniel Mintz, and aired on Thurs., Jan 2, 2014.
Press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Thurs., Jan. 2, 2014:
The Eureka Police Department announced an arrest warrant today for Gary Lee Bullock has been obtained for the murder of Father Eric Freed. Bullock is a white male 6'1”, 195 pounds and has dark colored hair. His last known address was Redway, California. The facts of the case are as follows: On December 31, 2013 Bullock was the subject of a radio call regarding a person who was acting strangely in the Garberville area of southern Humboldt County. Humboldt County deputies located and arrested Bullock for public intoxication. He was taken to jail where he was rejected due to his erratic behavior. Bullock was then taken to the hospital for evaluation where he became more agitated and had to be physically restrained by deputies. Bullock was ultimately booked into jail at 4:34 p.m.
Gary Bullock was released at 12:34 a.m. on Jan. 1. At about 2 a.m. hours officers from Eureka Police Department were dispatched to 615 H Street, regarding a suspicious person. Officers contacted Bullock and found that Bullock was not intoxicated, and did not qualify for an emergency psychological hold. Officers referred Bullock to an emergency shelter for the night.
Later that evening a security guard heard noise in the area of the church and went to investigate. He saw a person matching Bullock's description and directed him to leave the property after a short conversation.
At about 9 a.m. officers were dispatched to the church Rectory where parishioners found Reverend Father Erick Freed badly injured. Officers and a doctor, who is a parishioner at Saint Bernard, observed that he was deceased. The exact cause of death has yet to be determined and an autopsy is scheduled for Saturday. It does appear that there was blunt force trauma to the victim.
EPD's investigation into this homicide has revealed that forced entry was made into the parsonage and a violent struggle ensued. The pastor's vehicle was also noticed missing during the crime scene search. That vehicle is a dark gray 2010 Nissan Hybrid bearing California license plate 6NDW400. Residents are asked to be on the lookout for Gary Bullock and the Pastor's missing vehicle. If spotted they should immediately contact local law enforcement and do not approach the subject. There are currently more than 25 officers, detectives and agents assigned to the task of finding Gary Bullock and bringing him to justice. If friends, family or associates have had contact with Bullock they need to call Detective Sergeant Bill Nova immediately. He can be reached at (707) 268 5261.
One passenger (name withheld pending notification of next of kin) was killed, one sustained moderate injuries, and the driver, Chang Thao age 22 of McKinleyville, was severely injured as his Honda Civic (shown in the photo) spun out of control after passing another vehicle going northbound on US-101, south of Redcrest, Calif. According to a press release from the Calif. Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 7 pm last Fri., Dec., 26, 2013. The Honda was the only vehicle involved in the accident, and according to the press release DUI does not appear to be a factor in this collision. More details can be viewed in the press release below.
CHP Press Release:
On 12/26/2013, at approximately 1858 hours, Chang Thao, age 22, of Mckinleyville, CA, was driving a 2000 Honda Civic northbound on US-101, south of Redcrest, CA. The vehicle was traveling in the #1 lane, at approximately 60 mph. After passing a truck tractor towing a semi-trailer, the Honda moved into the #2 lane. As the Honda proceeded northbound it began to travel onto the shoulder of US-101. It then came in contact with the guardrail. Chang Thao steered the Honda to the left in an attempt to return the vehicle to the traffic lanes. Chang Thao lost control of the vehicle and it spun out of control northwesterly across all lanes of traffic. The Honda continued onto the southbound shoulder of US-101 where it stuck a raised asphalt curb. The impact caused the Honda to overturn. Ultimately, the Honda’s passenger side roof and door impacted a large diameter Redwood tree west of the west Roadway edge of US-101.
Due to the collision, the vehicle’s right front passenger, (name being withheld pending notification of the next of kin), age 58, unknown city of residence, suffered fatal injuries. The left rear passenger, Ampoung Lee, age 47, unknown city of residence, received moderate injuries and was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital. Chang Thao, driver, was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital with major injuries.
The Garberville CHP Office is handling the collision investigation, with assistance from the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.
DUI does not appear to be a factor in this collision.