15September2014

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.

- Spring Arts Collective Logo by Stu Moskowitz

Spring Art Collective (SAC) is the name of a program which offers fine art and music classes to interested young people. This year's program, held at the Mateel Community Center in Redway, began March 1, 2013 and will run through April 26, with a requested $5 donation per class session.

Click here for more information on the program.

Use the player below to hear more on this story, which was aired on the KMUD Local News, Monday, March 4, 2013 by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson.

Photos below from the SAC: student paintings on silk, drying (left) and to the right, Kathryn Guillette with SAC music students.

  

 

Caltrans manages two of the nation’s busiest passenger rail lines. In an effort to get input from the public on its proposed draft California State Rail Plan, Caltrans is hosting five public open houses and a statewide webinar this month. See the press release below dated Mon. Feb. 11, 2013.

The department will host five public open houses and a statewide webinar this month to solicit input on the draft California State Rail Plan (CSRP), which will lay out a vision for freight, passenger and high-speed rail in the state. The draft plan is available on the Internet (http://californiastaterailplan.com/) and comments can be submitted through March 11.

“Each year, nearly six million passengers ride the trains in California,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “It’s important that we find out what our citizens have to say about rail, because their input will help us build a truly connected California.”

Ridership on California trains is up 56 percent since 2002, and California has about 18 percent of all Amtrak riders. “The Authority looks forward in working with Caltrans and our local partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that invests in urban, commuter, intercity, and high-speed rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs,” said Jeff Morales, CEO of California High-Speed Rail Authority.

To review the draft plan and comment, please attend any of five events listed below. If you can’t attend a meeting in person, you can participate in the online webinar.

  • Sacramento: February 12, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., California State Railroad Museum, Stanford Gallery
  • Oakland: February 14, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Elihu M. Harris State Office Building, Room 1
  • San Diego: February 19, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Caltrans District 11 San Diego Office Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
  • Los Angeles: February 20, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza
  • Fresno: February 21, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Hugh M. Burns State Building, Assembly Room 1036
  • Webinar: February 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Online Webinar, event password: RailPlan1- Click here for web link.

The final plan (scheduled to be issued this summer) will fully integrate California’s future high-speed rail system with existing and proposed conventional rail systems. The plan will serve as a basis for federal and state investments for high-speed and intercity passenger rail in California and will also describe the existing conditions of the state’s rail systems and the economic and environmental benefits of improvements.

According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Jan. 29, 2013:

On the afternoon of 01/28/13, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) responded to a neighborhood complaint in the 2500 block of Union St. The complaint alleged excessive foot and vehicle traffic coming from an apartment located in the alley. Detectives contacted a female living in the apartment, who advised them one of the subjects living with her was Edward Charles Vercoe (12/28/69). Vercoe in on active PRCS Parole and is subject to search and seizure at anytime.

During a subsequent search, detectives located ½ gram of Heroin and a Sony HD video camera they believed was related to a weekend burglary of News Channel 3. Employees from Channel 3 were contacted and responded to the scene where they positively identified the Sony camera and related cables. The employees from Channel 3 stated there are additional cameras and equipment outstanding.   

Vercoe was not on scene at the time the search was conducted and is currently wanted for being in Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Stolen Property. Anyone with information regarding Vercoe’s whereabouts can contact the Eureka Police Department, at (707) 441-4060, or call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.

Suspect wanted: Edward Charles Vercoe.



Previous press release related to this case from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 28, 2013:
On 01-27-2013, approximately 12:00 noon the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the station manager of KIEM News reporting a burglary to the station. A deputy responded to 5650 South Broadway Avenue, Eureka and met with the station manager who reported that someone stole four news video cameras and a scanner from a single wide trailer located behind the building. There were no signs of forced entry. The stolen items were last seen in the trailer at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, 1-26-2013 and were discovered missing on Sunday, 1-27-2013, approximately 11:00 a.m. The news station and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office is requesting the public be on the lookout for the three stolen Sony cameras and a Panasonic camera, along with a radio shack scanner. Estimated loss is $10,000.00.   

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Update-Jan. 28, 2013

On Sun., Jan 27, a Shelter Cove woman was swept out to sea and drowned by a sneaker wave while walking along Little Black Sands Beach near Shelter Cove.

Use the player below to hear an interview with Cheryl Anthony, duty officer of the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Dept, describing the rescue attempt and also to hear about a movement to increase sneaker wave warning signage in the Shelter Cove area. This piece was aired on Mon., Jan 28, 2013 on the KMUD Local News by Christina Aanestad.

See below for the original post on this incident.


 

According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, dated Jan. 27, 2013:

A 32-year-old woman was swept out to sea today while walking on Black Sand Beach with her friend and her dog. Her friend called the Coast Guard, and Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay diverted a helicopter and launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Noyo River to search for the woman in the water. Additionally, Shelter Cove Fire Rescue were called in to assist.

The helicopter was able to locate her within minutes of arriving on scene and relay her position to the Fire Rescue boats. Her body was recovered and brought to the emergency medical  personnel on shore, who pronounced her dead.

The Coast Guard reminds everyone to be vigilant while recreating on the beaches in Northern California. Winter is an especially dangerous time, and sneaker waves can catch beach goers by surprise, washing them into the sea. People walking along the beach should not turn their back to the ocean. Families and dog owners should protect themselves and their loved ones from surf zones and avoid low-lying areas.

According to an article in the Times-Standard, the woman who drowned was from Shelter Cove, but as of Sunday, Jan., 27, her name has not been released pending next of kin. Click for more information in the Times Standard

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