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.

       According to information from the Humboldt County Public Information Office, dated Oct. 4, 2012:
The County of Humboldt is asking property owners to wait until they receive their corrected yellow tax bill to pay their taxes. Due to an error, property tax bills with incorrect information were sent out last week. Therefore, the corrected yellow versions will be mailed out by the end of this month. The original tax bills display incorrect rates for school bonds, and the new bills correct that error. The County anticipates that the difference between the two bills will be very small in the vast majority of these cases. But as required by law the County must ensure accuracy in all tax bills sent to property owners. These corrected bills satisfy that requirement.

Any payments already made toward your 2012-2013 year will be accepted. If you have already made both installment payments, and the corrected amount is less than what you have already paid, a refund will be mailed to you. If you have paid the first installment only, and the corrected amount is different than what you have already paid, your second installment will be adjusted accordingly. If you have not yet sent in any payments for this year, please wait until you receive your corrected tax bill to begin payment.

Due dates have not and will not change. They remain the same as previous years. The due date will continue to be Nov. 1, 2012 and payments received, or postmarked, after Dec. 10, 2012 will be considered delinquent. “We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused Humboldt County taxpayers. We are moving as quickly as possible to correct the situation and to ensure this does not happen again,” said Auditor-Controller Joe Mellett. “Customer service and being easy to do business with remain our top priorities.”

Update - Oct. 5, 2012

According to a Trinity County Sheriff’s Office press release, dated Oct. 5, 2012:
On October 5, 2012, Trinity County Sheriff’s Office along with Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and Redding Police Department served two search warrants related to the murder of Dean Compton that occurred on October 1, 2012 in Hyampom, CA. The search warrants were served at Riley Wilson’s residence in Shasta Lake, CA and Shawn Bradley’s residence in Redding, CA. Both suspects were interviewed by Investigators and made admissions as to their involvement.

The investigation is ongoing and further details will be released at a later time.

The photo below shows suspect Riley Wilson; Shawn Bradley’s booking was not available at the time of this post.


Original post below:

According to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, dated Oct. 4, 2012:
On October 1, 2012 at approximately 7:30 pm the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call that there was a reported shooting at the Dean Compton residence in Hyampom. Upon the Deputies arrival the victim, Dean Compton was found deceased in the roadway leading to the residence.

According to witness statements, Dean Compton and his wife Maria Compton were in two separate vehicles driving to their residence. When they got to the front gate of their residence Dean Compton left his vehicle to open the gate. While Dean was walking back to his vehicle Maria heard yelling and noticed a subject with Dean Compton. Shortly after hearing and seeing the subject with Dean, Maria heard gunshots and drove off in her vehicle. As Maria drove away she heard rounds hitting her vehicle. Maria drove to a neighbor’s house where the 911 call was placed.

On October 2, 2012, Trinity County Sheriff’s Office along with Redding Police Department and Shasta County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the house of Brandon Trammel in Redding, CA. Trammel was questioned by Investigators and has been arrested. The investigation is ongoing and further details will be released at a later time.

The photo below shows suspect Brandon Trammel

The "A-balloon" on map below shows the location of Hyampom, California in Trinity County


Update- Oct. 16, 2012

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Oct. 16, 2012:
On 10-16-2012, approximately 7:00 am the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Humboldt County Coroners Office that Daniel Mashburn, 47 years old, the victim of a shooting by suspect Jack Belk on 10-2-2012 had succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. After Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives consulted with the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office, Belk was booked on the charge of murder at approximately 11:00 a.m. today. His bail is now set at one million dollars. The autopsy is scheduled in Eureka for this Sunday, 10-21-2012.
The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone with information about this case to call them at 707 445-7251 or call the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Crime tip Line at: 707 268-2539.

Original Post

According to a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release, dated Oct. 3, 2012:
On 10-2-12 at about 10:25 P.M., Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a reported shooting on Redwood Drive just north of Redway.  When deputies arrived they located the victim who had been shot two times.  The victim was identified as Daniel Mashburn, transient, age 46.  Mashburn told deputies he had been walking in the area of Redwood Drive with his girlfriend when they were confronted by the suspect and an argument ensued.  The argument escalated and the suspect drew a handgun and shot Mashburn two times.  Afterwards the suspect, who Mashburn did not know, fled.  Mashburn and his girlfriend provided deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers, who had arrived to assist, with a description of the suspect.

At about 11:00 P.M. a subject matching the description was located by the Highway Patrol.  The subject was later positively identified as the suspect.  The suspect was identified as Jack Belk, age 53, of Charlotte N.C.  Deputies also located the firearm.  What instigated the confrontation is still under investigation. Belk was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for Attempted Murder.  Bail is set at $500,000. Mashburn is still hospitalized and listed in critical condition.   

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.  

Use the player below to hear a report on this incident and interview with Sgt. Kevin Miller of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on the KMUD Local News, Wed., Oct 3, 2012

Photo below shows suspect, Jack Belk

Typical of this time of year in SoHum, as the peak summer temperatures begin to fall, the tension surrounding the "traveling population" rises. An example occured last Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 when Humboldt County Sheriff's deputies resonded to a call reporting a fight in progress in the area of the Veteran's Park in Garberville, resulting in three arrests and two wounded deputies. Click here for that story.

Today, Tues., Oct. 2, Humboldt County sheriff deputies conducted a sweep of encampments through Redway and Garberville. Use the player below to hear the KMUD Local News report aired this evening by Cynthia Elkins, KMUD News Coordinator.

Photo by Cynthia Elkins

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