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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Shotgun shooting injures Mendocino man

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According to a press release from Mendocino County Sheriff's Office:

On Nov. 18,2011 at approximately 3 a.m. Mendocino County Sheriffs Deputies were notified of a shooting incident which took place earlier in the morning in the Brooktrails area West of Willits,CA. Deputies contacted the victim who had received shotgun injuries to his legs. The victim advised it was an accident and he did not wish to explain in further detail. Then on the same day at approximately 7 a.m. deputies received information from a source who advised them that the victim's injuries were not accidental. The victim is in stable condition.
Update on this incident:
Since Nov. 18,2011 Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Detectives have continued their investigation into this incident. Detectives have learned an eyewitness met the shooting victim during the evening hours of Nov. 17, 2011 while the pair were at a local Willits area bar.  The shooting victim boosted about being a cultivator of marijuana and that he had made several hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of sales during the year. The eyewitness accompanied the shooting victim to a wooden cabin on a rural piece of property on Sherwood Road. Upon arriving at the cabin, the eyewitness noticed the presence of growing marijuana in a greenhouse located adjacent to the cabin.  The eyewitness entered into the cabin with the shooting victim and noticed the presence of several boxes containing processed marijuana.
While inside the cabin the shooting victim got into an argument with two adult males (estimated to be 21-years old and 24-years old) who were already inside of the cabin. The eyewitness believed the shooting victim was the father of the two adult males. The argument ensued because the two adult males were angry about the presence of the eyewitness at the location.  The argument lasted for a period of time before the shooting victim was shot in the legs with a shotgun by one of the adult males.  The shooting victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. The shooting victim and eyewitness fled the vicinity of the cabin after the shooting.  The shooting victim sought medical aid by calling 911 from a different location, which prompted a notification to the Sheriff's Office.
On Nov. 18, 2011 Detectives responded to the cabin wherein the shooting was described by the eyewitness to have occurred. Detectives located 351 growing marijuana plants in a greenhouse and approximately 208 pounds of processed marijuana mostly packaged separately in 1 pound bags.  Detectives discovered no documentation at the scene to show the marijuana was being grown or possessed for medicinal purposes. Detectives also learned the shooting victim was a primary resident of the state of Kansas with a temporary residence in the Willits area. The investigation into the shooting incident remains active and detectives have yet to positively identify the two male adults described by the eyewitness.
Anyone with information that could assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Tip-Line by calling 707-467-9159 and callers can remain anonymous.  
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Home invasion Robbery in Bridgeville

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According to a press release from Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, dated Nov. 22, 2011:
On Nov. 21,2011 at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a 61 year old Bridgeville resident who reported he and his 59 year old wife were the victims of a home invasion robbery which had just occurred. The male victim reported, at approximately 9:50 p.m., he and his wife were in their residence located in the 1900 block of McClellan Mountain Road, Bridgeville, when a car drove up their driveway. The male victim opened his front door to greet the vehicles occupants who had now exited the car and were walking towards the residence. The two males told the victim their car was stuck in a ditch and they needed assistance. While the victim was speaking with the two males, another male approached from the shadows carrying a shotgun. The victim immediately ran into his residence and the suspects chased after him.  After the three suspects and two victims were in the home, the suspects held the victims at gun point and ordered the male victim to open a gun safe. After the safe was opened, the suspects ordered the victims to lie on the ground, and the suspects tied them up with duct tape.  The suspects then rummaged through the victims home, stealing all electronic communications devices, along with their computer, gold pieces, gold coins and a woman's gold  ring with a large diamond with several ruby’s, and some cash. The suspects then fled the scene leaving the victims tied up. 
The male victim was able to untie himself and called the Sheriffs Office. 
The suspects are described as:
  • White Male, approximately 5-5 tall, short brown hair, early 20’s, slim build, 150-160 lbs, unknown clothing
  • Second White Male, approximately 5-5 tall, short brown hair, early 20’s, slim build, 150-160 lbs, unknown clothing
  • White Male, early 20’s armed with shotgun, grey sweat pants, grey sweatshirt, light brown hair, approximately 5-8, 160-180 lbs, slim build
The victims were unable to provide a vehicle description due to lighting conditions. Anyone with information is requested to call the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251
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.
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