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.
"Shaded Parcels", a term used to indicate parcels that have been shaded in on a map with pencil by Humboldt County Planning Department Staff denoting uncertain legal status, are once again in the news. Earlier this summer Humboldt County sent notifications to 25 property owners in the Seely Creek area, between Redway and Briceland, informing them that their parcels appear to be illegally subdivided. Subsequently around ten of those land owners met with Planning Department Staff at the Planning Department Office in Eureka.
In a story airing on August 24, 2012, KMUD Reporter Daniel Mintz discusses the issue and interviews Interim Planning and Building Department Director Martha Spencer. Use the player below to hear or download the audio clip.
In-Home Health Care Workers, known as In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Workers, have been in wage and benefit negotiations with Humboldt County for almost a year and a half with no reslution to this point. IHSS Workers are asking for a wage increase from the minimum wage of $8.00 an hour to $9.50, and additionally are asking for health benefits and union recognition.The group is calling for Humboldt County residents to contact Supervisors to voice support for their cause.
According to the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Web Page: "In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a program directed by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) that provides aid to blind, aged, and disabled individuals who are unable to remain safely in their own home without the aid of a care provider. In Humboldt County, The Department of Health and Human Services Social Services Branch manages the IHSS program. Humboldt County In-Home Supportive Services is committed to having elders, disabled adults and disabled children in Humboldt County live to their highest personal potential in the least restrictive environment. Designed as an alternative to out-of-home care such as nursing homes, the Humboldt County IHSS program has a team of Social Workers, Public Health Nurses, Mental Health Clinicians, Eligibility Workers, and Vocational Assistants that work together in determining the needs and eligibility of the applicant."
Additional Resources on this Issue:
California United Home Care Workers - http://www.cuhw.org/
KMUD News Coordinator Terri Klemetson recently aired two pieces related to this story. The first which aired on KMUD Local News on August 23, 2012 includes an interview with Margaret Lewis, one of the negotiators for the IHSS workers.The second, airing on August 24, 2012, contained information about the issue from Mark Lovelace, Humboldt County District 3 Supervisor. Use the players below to hear or download these audio clips.
Interview with Margaret Lewis
Interview with Mark Lovelace
"Shaded Parcels" have been in the news recently in Humboldt County. According to an article in the Times Standard, "Parcels become shaded when the planning department finds that a lot has been recorded for taxes with the assessor's office, but not for development with planning staff. Planners then “shade” the parcel on a map with a pencil to indicate its uncertain legal status. Parcel owners must record their property with both departments to have it considered a legal parcel."
On the August 23, 2012 edition of the KMUD Local News, Terri KLemetson, KMUD News Coordinator, interviewed Eric Kirk, a local attorney who is representing some of the property owners affected by the recent notifications of shaded property status sent out by the Humboldt County Planning Department.
Use the player below to hear or download an audio clip of this story.
According to a Press Release from the Eureka Police department, dated August 10, 2012:
On 8-10-2012 at about 1:08 am, Officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to the drive thru of Burger King (417 S Street) for a possible vehicle theft that had just occurred.
Upon arrival, officers contacted the victim who relayed the following information. The victim said she had picked up three male subjects in the drive thru of Burger King. The three subjects were unknown to her. As she was traversing the drive thru, the subjects began fighting with one another. The victim demanded the subjects exit her vehicle. Two of the subjects complied with the victim’s requests, but the third subject, identified as Brian Ray Mello (34 years old of Eureka), refused to exit the vehicle. The two other subjects then attempted to remove Mello from the vehicle, but he physically resisted their efforts.
Due to Mello’s refusal to exit and the physical altercation taking place between the three subjects, the victim became fearful of her safety and stepped out of her vehicle. She continued to demand that Mello exit the vehicle. Mello climbed into the driver’s seat of the vehicle and began driving away. The victim grabbed the vehicle in an attempt to stop Mello from stealing her car. After several feet, the victim lost her grasp on the vehicle and Mello sped away.
Officers searched the area for the victim’s vehicle, locating it moments later at 6th and Myrtle Streets. Mello was in possession of the vehicle and was detained without incident. A field identification was conducted and Mello was positively identified as the subject whom had stolen the vehicle. Mello was taken into custody and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of carjacking and vehicle theft. Mello is being held on $250,000 bail.
The Eureka Police Department reminds citizens to be mindful of their personal safety when traveling and strongly recommends not picking up persons unknown to you.
According To a Press Release from the California Highway Patrol, dated August 9. 2012:
On Thursday, August 9, 2012, at approximately 12:00 pm, The Garberville Area office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a tip of an unoccupied white 2000 Pontiac Bonneville near the Black Oak Ranch north of Laytonville in northern Mendocino County. The vehicle was registered out of Cedar Park, Texas, and was believed to be associated with 20 year old Zachary Ryan Price, also of Texas. Price is the suspect in the stabbing death of one of his family members in Liberty Hill, Texas. The murder took place in early July of this year. It was reported to the CHP that Price was believed to be camping in the area of the Black Oak Ranch, the site of the Gaia Festival this past weekend.
CHPofficers and a CHP aircraft responded to the area in an attempt to locate Price. Through the coordinated efforts of the California Highway Patrol Garberville Area, the US Marshall’s Service, Williamson County, Texas, Sheriff’s Department, the Liberty Hill, Texas, Police Department, and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department, Highway Patrol officers located Price camping in the Black Oak Ranch area at 2:54 pm. Price was taken into custody without incident. Price and his vehicle were turned over to the US Marshall’s Service, who is coordinating the extradition back to Texas.
Photo of Zachary Ryan Price: