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.

     Remote-controlled aircraft, known as drones, are seen by some police officials as aids in efforts to fight crime while keeping officers safer, and saving taxpayers money. Critics, however, worry that drone mounted cameras may result in privacy abuses and unwarranted surveillance of residents.

On Oct. 29, 2012, News Coordinator, Terri klemtson, aired interviews with Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey and Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman about the use of drones. Use the players below to hear the extended versions of those interviews.

Extended Interview with Sheriff Mike Downey:

Extended Interview with Sheriff Tom Allman

According to a press release from the Humboldt County sheriff's Office, dated Oct. 29, 2012:

On 10-27-2012, approximately 12:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a citizen that a male subject was acting suspiciously outside the Early Bird Café at Willow Creek. A deputy and California Highway Patrol officer responded to the scene and met with the subject described. While speaking with the subject they saw the subject had a green canvass bag at his feet. The bag was partially unzipped. The deputy could see the handle of a weapon inside the bag. The deputy retrieved the weapon which was a pump action shotgun with a pistol grip. The barrel of the shotgun appeared to be sawed off and less than the legal limit. The subject, Pedro Nicholas Vazquez Jr., 34 years old of Willow Creek, was arrested for possession of the illegal weapon. He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $25,000.00.

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.

Pedro Nicholas Vazquez Jr.

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Oct. 22, 2012:

On 10-20-2012, approximately 7:45 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 cell phone transfer from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office. The 31 year old female caller told the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher that she and her 16 year old daughter were lost. The call was dropped during the conversation. The dispatcher attempted several call backs with the victim to determine where they were at. The dispatcher was able to get a GPS Coordinate however off the cell phone and sent deputies to locate them.  Deputies responded to the area of the GPS Coordinates and located the lost females on a roadway. The deputy had to drive into Trinity County via Van Duzen River Road and then back into Humboldt County to access the location near Coffee Pot Road, the Blocksburg Area of Humboldt County. Both females were found by the deputy curled up in the roadway trying to stay warm. They were in good health and required no medical assistance. They were transported by the deputy to their vehicle. They had been hunting in the area and became separated from their party. Meantime their cell phone's battery had died during the calls to a friend and 911 seeking assistance.

The Sheriffs Office would like to remind hunters and hikers to tell family and friends where they are hiking, when they expect to return, bring appropriate equipment and clothing. This time of year the weather conditions can change rapidly. A cell phone, map or GPS is also very helpful. Keep in mind not all rural areas have cell phone coverage and a cell phone batteries need to be fully charged.

Use the player below to hear an interview with Lt.Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office regarding this incident. The interview was aired on the KMUD Local News by KMUD Newscaster Dave Brooksher on Oct. 22, 2012.

According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Oct. 10, 2012:

On 10/18/12, the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit, assisted by patrol, conducted a “prostitution sting” in Eureka’s Old Town area.  This operation was in response to complaints of prostitution activity along 3rd Street west of the Humboldt County Library.  Officers utilized male decoys or “Johns” (undercover officers) driving undercover vehicles.  Three women were arrested after soliciting the “Johns” to pay them money for sexual acts performed upon them.   A female decoy was also used, and three men were arrested after they offered to pay the officer money to perform sexual acts upon them.  Additionally, a male contacted the undercover officer and discussed prostitution related topics with her (price of acts she might perform).  He left the scene prior to agreeing to pay money to the officer. He was later contacted and warned about soliciting acts of prostitution.   

During the course of the approximately 4 hour operation, the following suspects were arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional facility: 

  • Kristen Leilani Hill, 39, was arrested for loitering with intent to commit prostitution and soliciting an act of prostitution. 
  • Heather Deanne Amador, 42, was arrested for loitering with intent to commit prostitution and soliciting an act of prostitution. 
  • Casey Marie Hunter, 31, was arrested for loitering with intent to commit prostitution and soliciting an act of prostitution.  


  • Jason Garrett Shields, 40, was arrested for loitering with intent to solicit prostitution, soliciting an act of prostitution and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.
  • Alexander Joint Smith, 25, was arrested for loitering with intent to solicit prostitution and soliciting an act of prostitution. 
  • Luis Carlos Valdez-Leal, 21, was arrested for loitering with intent to solicit prostitution and soliciting an act of prostitution.

Use the player below to hear an interview with EPD Sgt. Steve Watson, on this incident, aired by KMUD newscaster, Dave Brooksher, on the KMUD 6 pm local news -Oct. 22, 2012.

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