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 KMUD News Coordinator,Cynthia Elkins:
A seven-hour standoff between an armed man and police ended without any injuries this Thursday (Nov. 1, 2012) morning in Eureka. The incident reportedly started after Jeffery Morgan Wood called the Eureka Police Department saying he had heard people in his basement and had armed himself. When police arrived to respond, they reportedly asked Wood to come outside without a firearm. Police say Wood responded by firing several shots from inside the home on Cooper Lane.
Use the player below to hear more about the incident, including an interview with Sheriff Mike Downey who was on the scene with his SWAT Team. This story aired on the KMUD Local News Nov. 1, 2012.
Jeffery Morgan Wood
According to a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, dated Oct. 30, 2012:
On 10-24-12 at approximately 8:15 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a reported robbery of marijuana. While the Deputies were en route, the caller, 32 year-old Kristen Wright of Leggett, advised that no actual robbery had been committed. Wright advised that she had arranged to sell ten pounds of marijuana to three men for $20,000. They had given her four bundles of cash which they had represented as being $20,000 in US currency. The men fled with the marijuana just as Wright realized that only the bills on the top side of the stacks were $100 bills, the rest were $1 bills. She had been left with slightly over four hundred dollars, not the $20,000 they had agreed upon.
Wright and a male companion followed the suspects as they drove south from the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 101 in Leggett. Two of the suspects were in a dark Scion. The third man drove a light colored sedan. MCSO Deputies intercepted the Scion occupied by two of the suspects, Christopher Jaramillo, age 18, of Willington, CA and Jose Lemus, age 20, of San Pedro, CA, in the 44800 block of Hwy 101 in Laytonville. Over ten pounds of marijuana was located inside the car. Kristen Wright arrived at the scene a short time later.
Lemus and Jaramillo were arrested for possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana and conspiracy. Wright was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale. All were transported to Ukiah and lodged in the Mendocino County Jail, with bail set at $30,000.00 each. The third male suspect was never located.
From left to right shows Booking Photos of Jose Lemus, Christopher Jaramillo, and Kristen Wright:
According to KMUD News Coordinator Terri Klemetson:
Last week, a blasting operation just north of Dean Creek stopped traffic on Highway 101 for about ½ hour, and according to Caltrans Public Information Officer, Scott Burger, the rock clearing operation was engineered to destroy a large rock measuring 12 feet by 10 feet precariously perched above the highway. To detonate the rock, the crew drilled about 10 holes that were 2 ½ inches in diameter, at varying depths into the rock, and then they placed the charges. Caltrans had originally scheduled the blasting operation for 11 am, but because four drill bits broke during the operation the highway did not close until 12:30 pm.
To learn more about explosives regulation and use in California, especially along the highway, Terri Klemetson interviewed Lon Santis, Manager of Technical Services for the Institute of Makers of Explosives, commonly referred to as the IME. The IME, a non-profit organization founded in 1913, is a safety and security association that works with explosives manufacturers and governments.
Use the player below to hear the full length interview.
The photos below of the Highway 101 Dean Creek area Blasting Operation were taken by Dave Brooksher.
Information from a recent California Highway Patrol press release indicates:
On October 25, 2012, at 8:15 am, a 2001 Infinity SUV, driven by 20 year old Domonic Troy Quilici of Crockett, California, was traveling northbound on US-101 at Cummins Road in northern Mendocino County. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle ran off the east roadway edge of the freeway, collided with an embankment and overturned several times. The vehicle came to rest on its driver side on the east shoulder of the freeway. Quilici remained inside the vehicle where he sustained minor injuries. The two remaining passengers, whose positions in the vehicle are undetermined, were not wearing seatbelts, and were ejected from the vehicle. 21 year old Vincent Jay Dodson of Vallejo, California succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. His father, 44 year old Greg Saul Dodson, also of Vallejo, California was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding where he later succumbed to his injuries. Quilici was taken by ground ambulance to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits where he was treated and released to the custody of California Highway Patrol (CHP) and later booked into the Mendocino County Jail for charges including vehicular manslaughter. DUI does not appear to be a factor in this collision. The California Highway Patrol Garberville Area office is investigating this collision.
An update from the CHP on this incident reports that:
Seized from the 2001 Infinity were three loaded handguns, two of which were stolen; two bullet proof vests, several M80's (illegal explosive devices), an ASP expandable baton, duct tape, a ski mask and a printed Google Map with directions from Vallejo to Shelter Cove. CHP suspects that the occupants of the vehicle were en-route to Shelter Cove (unknown address) to perform a home invasion and/or marijuana rip-off. The driver survived the collision and was booked into Mendocino County Jail. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information should contact the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area Office, at (707) 923-2155.
On Tues., October 30, 2012 KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, aired the following interview with CHP Sergeant Martin Abshire regarding this case.
Domonic Troy Quilici
According to a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release, dated Oct. 30, 2012:
On 10-28-2012, approximately 4:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a citizen who is a contractor for a Wireless Company. The citizen told the dispatcher when he drove up to the Pratt Mountain wireless radio tower site, Garberville, he saw two male juveniles with dogs running away from the site. The juvenile males were carrying bolt cutters in their hands. The citizen told the dispatcher the males had two dogs with them and they were still in the area. A deputy responded to the site and checked the area. After looking at site the deputy and citizen saw every building at the site had been broken into and/or damaged. The citizen estimated the damage to the site being at least $15,000 to $20,000.00. Other wireless providers had their buildings damaged by the vandals too.
While conducting his investigation at the site, the deputy saw two dogs about twenty yards away. Both dogs were picked up by the deputy who saw one of the dogs had a tag with a phone number. The deputy called the phone number and drove to the residence where the dog lived to return the dog. While speaking with an adult at the residence the deputy learned he was the father of a fourteen year old male juvenile who matched the description of the suspects. The deputy also leaned the 14 year old male juvenile had a friend who was fourteen who matched the description of the other male juvenile who was seen fleeing the scene. Both male juveniles and their parents met with the deputy who ultimately issued the juvenile males citations for felony vandalism.
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.