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.

According to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 18, 2011:
On Dec. 18, 2011 at around 11:00 p.m. a Trinity County Sheriff's Deputy was on patrol in the Lewiston area. While on patrol he recognized a male subject, identified as Matthew Swenson, who had an active Felony arrest warrant out of Trinity County....read more

Booking Photo of suspect, Matthew Swenson, taken May, 2010:

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Nebraska firm recalls ground beef products

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According to a press release from the USDA, dated Dec. 16, 2011:
Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., a Dakota City, Neb. establishment, is recalling approximately 40,948 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E.coli O157:H7. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. E. coli O157:H7 is a bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure.  The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.  Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.
The following products are subject to recall:
  • 10-pound chubs of “CHUCK FINE GROUND BEEF 80/20,” packed in cases containing eight chubs. 
The products subject to recall have a “BEST BEFORE OR FREEZE BY” date of “11/13/11” and “EST. 245C” on the box label. The products were shipped to institutions and distributors in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature. Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at: AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.  
Consumers with questions regarding this recall should contact the company at (866) 328-3156. Media with questions regarding the recall should contact the company’s Director of Public Relations, Gary Mickelson at (479) 290-6111.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Suspect sought for burglary in Scotia

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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 16, 2011:

On Dec. 16, 2011, at 8:30 a.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the 600 block of 3rd Street, Scotia, in regards to a theft from vehicles that had occurred between 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2011 and 8:00 a.m. on Dec. 16, 2011. The victims’ told the deputy they parked both of their vehicles in front of their residence the night before, only to discover the front window was smashed on one of the vehicles and a purse and its contents were stolen, along with a 9 mm handgun. The second vehicle was left unlocked so there was no damage; however a stereo amplifier was stolen.
At 10:30 a.m. the Fortuna Safeway store contacted the Sheriff's Office and reported that the victim's credit card had been used there at 6:00 a.m. that morning.  The same deputy responded and viewed the store video. The deputy recognized the suspect as Benjamin Keath North, 26 years old, from Fortuna. The deputy also learned North used his Safeway Club Card to save money on the purchase.  The Sheriff's Office has notified local law enforcement that North is wanted for burglary.
Suspect – Benjamin Keath North, is described as a 26 year old white male, 5’ 9” in height, approximately 150 pounds, brown eyes, red/auburn colored hair. 
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 
Suspect, Benjamin Keath North, is shown in the photo below:
Thursday, December 15, 2011

EPD pursues stolen vehicle, driver in-custody

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According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Nov.13, 2011: 
On Nov. 13, 2011, at about 2:57 PM, an investigator with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) observed a green Jeep Wrangler driving in the vicinity of Allard Av. and Little Fairfield Street.  The investigator attempted to stop the Jeep after he observed the driver, later identified as Ian Michael Treadwell (age 28), commit a traffic infraction.  Treadwell sped away on Little Fairfield Street at a high rate of speed and a pursuit ensued.  The vehicle turned up as recently stolen from the Humboldt State University area.  Additionally, Treadwell was wanted on felony warrants alleging violations of his probation and parole.  Treadwell attempted to evade pursuing officers by driving surface streets south to Herrick Avenue, west to Highway 101, and then southbound on 101.  Marked EPD patrol units joined the pursuit south of Herrick Ave. and CHP was requested to take it over.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) was also notified. Treadwell continued southbound on Highway 101 to the Hookton Road exit at speeds up to approximately 80 MPH. Traffic was light to moderate.  Treadwell then continued on Hookton Road to Table Bluff beach. 
In addition to driving at unsafe speeds, Treadwell also repeatedly drove on the wrong side of the road. From the Table Bluff beach parking lot, Treadwell drove off road heading south on the beach in the stolen 4X4 Jeep.  Responding officers were initially unable to follow Treadwell on the beach until a Fish and Game (F&G) Warden in a 4X4 pick-up truck arrived to assist.  A CHP Officer joined the F&G Warden in his vehicle and they drove south on the beach after Treadwell.  Meanwhile, EPD and CHP officers, assisted by HCSO deputies, set-up a large perimeter in the area.  The warden and deputy located the abandoned Jeep further down the beach where the way was blocked by water.  Treadwell was observed swimming across a slough and running into the wildlife/marshland area.  The warden and a CHP Officer pursued Treadwell on foot, crossing multiple patches of water in the process.  Around 3:30 pm, the suspect was located hiding behind a log and was taken into custody without further incident.  Keys that started the stolen Jeep were found on his person.  
Due to the multiple water crossings, difficult terrain, and distance from drivable roads, assistance from the US Coast Guard (USCG) was requested.  However, USCG air assets were unavailable and CHP-Redding sent a helicopter to airlift the suspect and arresting officers out of the slough area.   Treadwell was subsequently transported by EPD to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of stolen property, felony reckless evading, and resisting.  The Jeep was driven back to the Table Bluff beach parking lot and released to a towing company at the owner’s request.  The Eureka Police Department would like to extend our appreciation for the invaluable assistance rendered by the California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and Fish and Game.  
Photo of Ian Michael Treadwell under arrest:


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