Safety and Public Awareness

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" 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:

According to a Press Release from the Fortuna Police Department, dated July 23, 2012:
On July 22, 2012 at about 1:39 pm, Fortuna Police received numerous emergency calls reporting a woman in a Toyota pick-up had just run down a male subject in the Safeway parking lot. Upon the arrival of officers, it was discovered through several witnesses and involved parties statements that 20 year old Jessica Riley of Cutten, had been involved in an argument with her boyfriend moments earlier at a nearby gas station. After her boyfriend refused to discuss the situation any further with her, he left the area on foot with a male friend of his. Riley, who was reportedly still upset over the argument, followed the two males in her Toyota pick-up and as the males were walking across the Safeway parking lot, she drove into the parking lot and drove directly for them at approx. 15 mph.

Her boyfriend, whose name was not released, jumped out of the path of Riley’s vehicle and was not struck, but his friend, 20 year old Fortuna resident Marco Alvarez was struck by the vehicle and knocked to the ground. Alvarez was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released for moderate injuries. It was further discovered that during the incident, Riley’s 1 ½ year old daughter was in the Toyota pick-up but was unharmed. The child was later released to a responsible adult.

Riley was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail on the following charges:
PC 245(a)(1) – Assault with a deadly weapon
PC 664/245(a)(1) – Attempted assault with a deadly weapon
PC 273A(b) – Child endangerment

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