Safety and Public Awareness

Safety and Public Awareness

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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.

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated December 12, 2012:

On 12-11-2012, approximately 4:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an armed robbery which just occurred at 1985 Central Avenue, McKinleyville  ( US Cellular Store). When deputies arrived on scene they met with the store manager and a sales representative.

The sales representative told the deputies she was working the front when the suspect entered the store and pointed a silver colored handgun at her and demanded money. During the robbery the suspect heard a noise in the back room. The suspect made the sales representative move to the back room at gun point where the noise came from and he discovered the store manager on the telephone. The store manager was unaware of the robbery in progress and had his wallet in his hand while placing a phone order. Seeing the suspect with the gun, the store manager immediately dropped his wallet and put his hands in the air. The suspect stole his wallet and then demanded money from the cash register. After stealing the money and wallet the suspect ordered both victims at gunpoint into the rear store bathroom and attempted to lock them inside it. The suspect then fled the store. The victims waited a short time and exited the restroom and called 911 to report the crime. No one was injured during the robbery.

The suspect is described as: male, approximately 5’6” tall, wearing sunglasses, light gray or white hooded sweatshirt which he used to cover most of his face, stocky build and dark skin, possibly Hispanic or Native American, approximately 190 lbs, armed with a silver colored handgun.
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.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Assault in Eureka; three suspects wanted

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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 12, 2012:

On 12-9-2012, approximately 8:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a physical altercation in progress in the 2800 block of Lindstrom Drive, Eureka. The caller told the dispatcher multiple suspects entered a residence and were hitting people with clubs. When deputies arrived on scene they met with a 47 year old male victim and a 56 year old male victim. Both were bleeding from the head and facial areas. Medical was requested and responded to the scene to treat them for their injuries. The victims injuries were non-life threatening.

Deputies interviewed the victims and witness’s who told them three men entered the residence carrying a wooden shovel handle, baseball bat, homemade club attached to a metal pole, a box cutter and a metal ratchet. Deputies recovered some of the weapons at the scene. The men began attacking and beating the victims with the weapons. The victim and witness’s were able to positively identify one of the suspects as Joseph Donald Ray aka Joey Ray.  He is further described as a white male adult, 6-1, 175 lbs, brown hair, 46 years old from Eureka. Joey Ray is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office for assault with a deadly weapon and violation of probation.     
The Sheriff’s Office is still actively following up on this investigation and attempting to identify the other two suspects. 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.

Suspect: Joseph Donald Ray, aka Joey Ray

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mendo County Court gets reprieve

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        According to information received by KMUD News:

The Mendocino County Superior Court announced, at a hearing held in Fort Bragg on November 29, 2012, that it would not reduce services to the Ten Mile Court in Fort Bragg.

This story first hit the news on Oct. 24, 2012 when the Mendocino County Superior Court issued a "Notice of Temporary Reduction of Services" as a cost saving measure due to severe cuts in the trial court budget. The court was faced with a state-mandated 27% budget reduction to take place over a two-year period from 2012 to 2013.

The community rallied at the news and packed a hearing held in the Fort Bragg City Council Chambers resulting in the Court being persuaded to continue all existing services in the Fort Bragg Court for the fiscal year 2012-2013.

Judge Henderson said, " We have already cut 23 of the 79 employee positions we had in 2009, and almost all of those cuts have come from the main courthouse staff in Ukiah. We do not want to reduce services in Fort Bragg and will do all we can to avoid that result. Access to justice by the citizens of this county is suffering and will get worse unless cuts proposed in next year's budget are restored or offset in some way"

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