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.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hoopa man sought for warrants

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According to a press release from Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, dated Nov. 22, 2011:
The Humboldt County Sheriffs Office is seeking the publics help in locating a warrant suspect. The Sheriffs Office is seeking Robert Mabry, 21 years old of Hoopa. He is a Native American Male, 5 feet 8” tall, 180 lbs, Black Hair, Brown eyes, believed to be staying in the Hoopa Valley/ Willow Creek area. Mabry currently has two outstanding warrants for his arrest, both are “No Bail ” . One warrant is for brandishing a deadly weapon with intent to avoid arrest, and threatening a public officer, the other is theft of a motor vehicle and felony evading arrest.
Anyone with information regarding his location should call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Tip line at 707-268-2539. 
Robert Mabry, 21 years old:

According to a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release, dated Nov. 18, 2011:

On Nov. 17, 2011,  at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing person in the McKinleyville area. The mother of the missing person reported to the Sheriff’s office that her 31 year old son, Jason Balke, from McKinleyville had gone mushroom picking on Green Diamond property off Park Street, McKinleyville. The mother said her son left to pick mushrooms around 10:00 am this morning and was supposed to return in a few hours. She told deputies’ her son was very familiar with the area and when he failed to return she became concerned for his welfare. She and other family members entered the woods to look for him. While in the woods they ran into another citizen who said he thought he heard someone yelling “mom” from deep inside the woods. 
The Sheriff's Office initiated a Search and Rescue for Balke.  At approximately 3:00 a.m. the following morning they were able to locate two victims, Jason Balke and his brother Brian Balke, 33 years of age, also of McKinleyville. They had been picking mushrooms together when they became lost. Their mother had no idea Brian was with Jason at the time. Brian and Jason were treated and examined by Arcata Ambulance personnel, on scene, for mild hypothermia and given a courtesy transport home.

According to a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release, dated Nov. 18, 2011:

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office has been receiving complaints of phone scams during the last week. The phone scammers are calling the victim and referring to the victim as “Grandpa or Grandma” or “Mom or Dad “. The suspect is telling the victim they are their grandchild and will have the correct name of the person they are impersonating. They are telling the victim they are in legal trouble or in jail, or their car has broken down in another country such as Mexico, Canada. They tell the victim to wire money using Western Union to an out of country location.  They will give the victim the name of a law enforcement agency or foreign embassy holding them and a set time limit to send the money. They are telling the victims if they do not receive the money bad things will happen to them. Sometimes a second suspect will get on the phone and tell the caller the person being held will be tortured or held in custody longer if they are not sent the money immediately. 
These types of calls are being experienced nationwide.  The suspects are accessing Facebook accounts and other internet sites to learn as much as possible about the victim’s family to attempt to extort the money from them.  If you receive such a call, check with other family members about the alleged captives status. Anytime someone solicits a money order, your credit card information or other account information over the telephone you should be suspicious. You can also call your local law enforcement agency for advice.
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Slide at Dean Creek restored to four lanes

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 According to a Caltrans news release, dated Nov.18, 2011:

Traffic has been restored to its original pre-slide four lane configuration at the Dean Creek slide location on Route 101 in Humboldt County approximately 60 miles south of Eureka. Charlie Fielder, Caltrans District 1 Director said, "Caltrans is excited to have this restoration work completed before the Thanksgiving holiday and winter weather.  Our field crew and contractor worked very hard knowing how important this route is to north coast travelers.”
The Dean Creek project included the design and construction of retaining infrastructure to address the potential for future movement at the slide location. Caltrans Senior Engineering Geologist Charlie Narwold said, “The recently constructed buttress and drainage facilities are designed to stabilize the lower portion of the landslide directly impacting the highway.  Future landslide activity above the recent repair is not anticipated to have a direct impact on the highway.  We are monitoring the performance of the buttress and the hill slope above utilizing sensors and surveys.”
The repair project follows the historic March 30, 2011 slide event which completely closed Route 101 and measured 600 feet wide and extended 1,500 feet above the roadway. Through constant 24 hour per day work, Caltrans reopened Route 101 to one-way controlled traffic on April 4, 2011. Shoulder work, striping and delineation will be taking place through mid-December. Director Fielder reminds motorists, “Please drive with caution and move over when approaching highway workers.”
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