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.
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:
BLUE LAKE 27
BURNT RANCH 1
FORT BRAGG 82
Total Customers-1490; Outages-42
Click here for a PG&E power outage map.
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:
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.
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.