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.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Robbery at Arcata motel-suspects at large

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According to a press release from the Arcata Police Department, dated Thursday, Dec. 19, 2012:

On December 19th, at approximately 3:00 pm, officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to the report of a vehicle collision at Days Inn Motel, 4701 Valley West Blvd. Upon the officers arrival, they discovered a black Toyota Tacoma truck had slammed into the rear of a parked Chevy Tahoe.  The driver of the Toyota advised officers that he was the victim of a robbery and kidnapping.

The victim had been staying at the motel with a female acquaintance for the past couple of days. A few minutes prior to the collision, the female accompanied by two men who were unknown to the victim, barged into the motel room brandishing knives. The trio demanded the victim take them to his storage unit where they believed he had money.  The victim and the female got into his Toyota truck where the female demanded he drive to the storage unit. The two male accomplices were to follow them in another vehicle. Upon leaving the parking lot of the motel, the victim rapidly accelerated the Toyota truck and purposely collided with the parked Tahoe in the hopes the collision would foil the robbery and bring the police. Immediately after the collision the two male accomplices fled on foot. The victim struggled with the female until she was able to break free and run to her vehicle which was still in the parking lot. The female then fled the scene in her vehicle.

The female suspect has been identified as twenty-nine year old Patrice Denise Denham of Dallas Texas.  Denham's vehicle is a 2009 red Honda Civic. The vehicle has a Texas temporary plate number of 64R4424.

The first male accomplice is described as a white male adult in his twenties wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The second male accomplice is described as a white male adult in his twenties wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.

Anyone having information on this robbery, the whereabouts of Denham or the identity of her male accomplices is encouraged to call the Arcata Police Department at (707)822-2424 or leave an anonymous tip at the Arcata Police Department's Crime Tip Line at (707)825-2588.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Latest storm brings numerous power outages

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The latest storm hitting northern California caused numerous power outages in Humboldt and adjacent counties. Strong winds and rain compounded to bring limbs and trees down on power lines causing outages ranging from Trinidad to Willits.

In the KMUD News Facebook Group a post by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson,reported that as of 2 pm, Dec. 20, 2012, PG&E indicated that, "We have reduced the number of customers effected by outages in Eureka, Arcata, Fort Bragg, Kneeland, McKinnelyville and Trinidad as we work on making repairs to our facilities."

As of around that time the following outages, and number of customers affected, were listed by PG&E as follows:

Total Customers-1490; Outages-42
Click here for a PG&E power outage map.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Three new HCSO Deputies sworn in

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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated December 17, 2012:

Three new Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputies have been been hired and sworn in.  Two of the new hires, Luke Mathieson, 24 years old from McKinleyville and Spellman Stallworth, 25 years old from Arcata, are graduates of the College of the Redwoods Police Academy.

The third new deputy, Destry Henderson, age 32 is from from Lakeport, California where he served as a Lakeport, Police Officer for eight years prior to accepting the job in Humboldt County.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office currently has two open deputy positions which it is recruiting for, and fifteen frozen deputy positions due to budgetary constraints.

New Deputies, Mathieson (shaking hands with Sheriff Mike Downey) in the photo on the left and Stallworth in the photo to the right:


Deputy Henderson is shown in the photo below:

Friday, December 14, 2012

Update on Jacob Newmaker shooting case

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On Thursday, December 13, 2012 edition of the KMUD Local News, Cynthia Elkins aired an update on the an incident that occured on March 16, 2012 resulting in the death of a Fortuna man at the hands of the Fortuna Police.

KMUD News Cordinator, Elkins introduces this update by noting, "The police shooting death of Jacob Newmaker was apparently caught on tape, and the attorney representing his family says it shows his death was unjustified.  Two Fortuna police officers were involved in the incident, which occurred in March of this year.  Fortuna residents reportedly called police saying a man was banging on their doors and windows at about 6 o'clock in the morning.  Police say they identified Newmaker as the suspect, fleeing on a bicycle.  The police version of the story says Newmaker was combative and threatened the lives of officers.  Attorney Dale Galipo sees it differently.  He says he’s been the attorney in 300 to 400 police shooting cases, and says this is one of the most blatant he’s handled that was captured on video"

Use the player below to hear the interview with Dale Galipo as he begins by talking about the video:

Additionally, according to information received by KMUD News, the case is being heard in federal court in Oakland.  There's a case management conference next month to set the trial schedule.  Attorney, Galipo, expects a trial date will be set for sometime next year.

Click here for Times-Standard coverage of this incident.

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