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 information recently released jointly by the California Highway Patrol, National Weather Service, and Caltrans:
The winter season brings the threat of small hail showers to Northwest California. Accumulating hail on roadways can result in very slick driving conditions. In fact, driving on a hail covered road is very similar to driving on a sheet of ice. Motorists can easily lose control of their vehicle resulting in a collision.
Here are some small hail weather event driver’s safety tips:
- Dark clouds ahead signal the potential for hail.
- Slow down and use your seatbelts. Small hail will make roads icy. Keep a constant watch for other vehicles.
- Turn on your headlights. Anytime your windshield wipers are on, your headlights are required to be on – it’s the law.
- Turn off cruise control. This will allow you to better react to sudden weather changes.
- Don’t panic. If you begin to slide on a hail covered roadway, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal. And remember, don’t slam on the brakes or make any sudden steering adjustments.
"Small hail on north coast roadways can make for extremely hazardous driving conditions and has been a factor in far too many traffic collisions causing injuries and claiming lives. A small hail event can come in an instant and without prior notice. The CHP's hope is that partnering with Caltrans District 1 and the National Weather Service in Eureka to launch this campaign will reduce the amount of weather related traffic collisions and ultimately save lives," said Garberville Area CHP Lieutenant Commander Adam Jager.
"Small hail showers occur most often in the winter and early spring, but can occur in the fall as well," said Nancy Dean, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service Eureka. "Motorists should be on the lookout for dark, stormy clouds ahead and/or very heavy rainfall. Both can indicate the potential for small hail on the road just ahead."
"Weather conditions can change quickly on the north coast. Most winter accidents are the result of driving too fast for the conditions. Slow down, use your seat belt and arrive safely to your destination," said Charlie Fielder, Caltrans District 1 Director.
Please drive safely this winter season!
Photo: (From left to right) Charlie Fielder, Caltrans District 1 Director; Nancy Dean, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service Eureka; and Garberville Area CHP Lieutenant Commander Adam Jager join to raise awareness about small hail on area roadways.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 16, 2013:
On 01-15-2013, approximately 7:00 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to a local hospital emergency room to meet with a gunshot victim. When the deputy arrived he met with the 28 year old male victim and his wife, who are Fortuna residents. They told the deputy they drove to Samoa Beach, off New Navy Base Road, at approximately 5:30 p.m. They parked in a turnout approximately 100 yards north of the Samoa Beach County Campground, exited their vehicle and walked towards the beach. When they arrived at the beach they went for a walk, south along the wave slope, for about 30 to 45 minutes, when they heard two or three gunshots. They did not see anyone in the area. The gunshots were seconds apart. After the second shot her husband felt a burning sensation in his buttocks and foot. He saw his foot was covered in blood. They ran back to their vehicle and drove to the hospital to seek treatment. They have no idea who did this or why. There are no suspects at this time. The victim is expected to recover from his injuries.
Deputies responded to the area described and checked the area. No witnesses, other victims or suspects were located.
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.
A press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan., 15, 2013, stated:The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving complaints from private property owners in the Kneeland-Greenwood Heights area due to low snow levels. The Sheriffs Office and property owners would like to remind snow seekers that Kneeland is primarily all private property, and deputies are issuing misdemeanor citations for trespassing.
Snow seekers should utilize the Horse Mountain, Six Rivers National Forest areas for recreational activity. If you do plan to recreate in the snow remember wet and cold weather can cause hypothermia. A cell phone, map or GPS is also very helpful. Keep in mind not all rural areas have cell phone coverage and cell phone batteries need to be fully charged.
New book details 2011 manhunt for Aaron Bassler-Update Friday, Jan. 25, 2013; Extended audio includedWritten by Bob Froehlich
Update-Friday, Jan. 25, 2013; Extended audio included:
Use the player below to hear an update on this story, including an interview with Jeremy James, long-time friend of Aaron Bassler. An edited portion of this extended interview was aired on KMUD Local News, Jan. 25, 2013, by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson.
The original post on the release of the Allman/Sparks book appears below.
On October 1, 2011, Mendocino County Sheriff, Tom Allman, confirmed that murder suspect, Aaron Bassler, had been shot and killed by members of a Sacramento SWAT team while helping in the search for Bassler. Aaron Bassler had been charged with shooting and killing Fort Bragg City Councilman Jere Melo and Land Conservancy worker Matt Coleman and had eluded law enforcement efforts to capture him for 36 days. Bassler was shot as he walked down a logging road six miles outside of Fort Bragg, one-half mile south of Mud Springs near Sherwood Road, less than two miles from his mother's home.
Recently Sheriff Allman announced the release of a book about the Bassler case titled: Out There In The Woods: The Day-by-Day Account of the Extraordinary 36-Day Manhunt for a Double-Murderer on the Northern California Coast. Allman cowrote the book with author Stephen Sparks.
Use the player below to hear an extended interview with Sheriff Allman, beginning with his explanation of how the idea for this book came about. An edited version of this interview, conducted by KMUD News Correspondent Dave Brooksher, aired on the KMUD Local News Friday January 11, 2013.
Browse previous KMUD Web News Posts on the Bassler Case by clicking on the titles below (ordered from oldest to most recent):
Fort Bragg City Councilmember, Jere Melo, murdered in Mendocino
Aaron Bassler now suspect in two murders in Mendocino
$30,000 reward offered for Aaron Bassler
Reward offered for Murder Suspect Aaron Bassler
Aaron Bassler photographed carrying gun
Possible evidence of fugitive Aaron Bassler in NorthSpur area
Murder suspect Aaron Bassler shot and killed