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 a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Sept. 28, 2012:

On 09-27-2012, approximately 2:45 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a fight in progress in the area of Veterans Parks, the corner of Redwood Drive and Thomas Lane, Garberville. Two deputies responded to the scene arriving a few minutes later. Upon arriving at the scene a citizen pointed out a male walking northbound through the park, indicating he was the suspect causing the disturbance. Deputies saw the suspect, later identified as Justin Dalton Jones, 20 years old from Whittman, Arizona walking away from them quickly. Jones was yelling incoherently and walking into and across traffic on Redwood Drive, Garberville with no regard to traffic which had to stop suddenly to avoid hitting Jones. Deputies chased after Jones who walked onto a large concrete porch area of the Tiger Lily Bookstore, Redwood Drive, Garberville.

The deputies followed Jones into the patio area of the book store where they contacted him.  Jones showed obvious signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Deputies attempted to calm Jones down, who was very agitated, was clenching his fists and was yelling unintelligibly words while pacing back and forth. When they thought they had calmed him down enough to take him into custody a deputy reached out and grabbed Jones’ arm attempting to arrest him for being under the influence. Jones immediately pulled his arm away and began flailing both his arms, and charged the second deputy. The second deputy deployed a Taser on Jones, but the Taser had no effect. Jones continued to charge the second deputy and attacked him. Jones attempted to grab and pull the Taser away from the second deputy. Jones was tackled by the first deputy and both deputies and Jones went to the ground. They again attempted to Taser Jones, which still did not work. Deputies were finally able to place one handcuff on Jones who continued to fight with them. Jones then turned onto his back and grabbed one of the deputies in a bear hug fashion. Jones, who was wearing heavy boots, was kicking the other deputy in the chest and face. The citizen who initially pointed out Jones as the one causing the disturbance came to the deputy’s aid by holding Jones feet.  This allowed the deputy not being held in a bear hug to access his portable radio and call for emergency backup. Another citizen also came to the deputies’ aid, and grabbed Jones around the neck in a choke hold fashion.

Jones girlfriend, Marie Burkhart, 21 years old from Costa Mesa , California, who was nearby watching came to Jones aid and started attacking the citizen who was holding Jones by the neck, trying to get him to let go of the one deputy. With assistance of the two citizens, the deputies were finally able to handcuff Jones. Four California Highway Patrol Cars arrived on scene about this time to assist.  Burkhart was then arrested by one of the deputies with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol Officer for interfering with a police officer and being under influence of a controlled substance. She also resisted arrest when they attempted to take her into custody.

Meantime a crowd of nearly 40 people had gathered to watch what was occurring, and one subject in the crowd, identified as Robert Dale Irwin, 24 years old from San Jose, Ca. was taken into custody the California Highway Patrol on scene for attempting incite a riot and obstructing a police officer.

Both deputies received abrasions from the fight, but did not require medical treatment. Jones was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital where he was medically cleared and treated for a small cut. He was then transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Jones admitted to ingesting LSD and told the deputies Burkhart also ingested LSD. Jones bail was set at $25,000.00. Burkhart was also booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. She was released on her own recognizance.

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.

Tune in to the Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 edition of the KMUD Local News at 6 pm for more information on this incident.


The photo to the left shows an injured Deputy and to the right shows suspect, Justin Dalton Jones.


The photos below show suspects Marie Burkhart on the left and Robert Dale Irwin on the right.



According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Sept. 28, 2012:
On 09-28-2012, approximately 1:30 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies patrolling the Willow Creek area contacted the occupant of the a green Mercury Mountaineer with Michigan license plates which was blocking the roadway on Highway 29 near Burwood Drive. When the deputies ran a license plate check via dispatch, they were advised by the dispatcher the vehicle was associated with a wanted fugitive from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Deputies contacted the occupant that was sleeping in the back seat of the vehicle and they smelled the odor of alcoholic beverages. The occupant was identified as Keith Chapman, 21 years old, a transient. Chapman admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking marijuana, was taken into custody for public intoxication. Keith was not the wanted person; it was his twin brother Kevin Chapman, 21 years also from Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

While taking Keith into custody, two males walked up to the deputies. They were identified as Kevin Chapman21 years old, a transient, and Joseph Taylor Swander, 20 years old, a transient. Kevin was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for Arson issued by the 8th District Court, Kalamazoo, Michigan. A warrant check on Swander, revealed he was also wanted by Kalamazoo for manufacturing marijuana. He was also arrested. All three were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Keith was booked and released. Swander and Kevin are being held without bail awaiting extradition.

Kevin Chapman wanted for an outstanding felony warrant for Arson issued by the 8th District Court, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Shown below on the left is Keith Chapman and on the right, Joseph Taylor Swander


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Explosive device found in campground

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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Sept., 25, 2012:

On Sept. 24, 2012, at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Camp Host at Moonstone Beach regarding an explosive device that was found. The responding deputy was a member of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad. The camp host told the deputy the device was found at the south end of the parking lot in some bushes by another citizen. When the deputy retrieved the device he recognized it as a “Model 450 Flash Bang Device”, which are typically used by law enforcement or military personnel. These devices, normally designed with a short (nominally one second) delay fuse, produce a stunning, disorienting blast and a brilliant, dazzling flash. They can cause serious injuries if used inappropriately. They are illegal to possess. If you find one, do not touch it, and call local law enforcement immediately.

The deputy took custody of the live device and booked it in to be destroyed.  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 Sheriff's Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Photo of a similar "Flash Bang Device" - they come in grey, black and orange.

    According to Cynthia Elkins, KMUD News Coordinator:

"Community members successfully raised enough funds for a music program at Redway Elementary School for this school year, but communication and scheduling problems mean it won't be happening this semester.  The administration had a big turnover during the summer, and information on the program reportedly was not conveyed to the new principle and superintendent.  Saundra Schmollinger is a long-time volunteer in the music program, helping her husband Paul run the program at both South Fork High and Redway Elementary.  She says they just found out last month that the program wasn't going to be happening this semester."

Use the player below to hear or download the audio clip from the story aired by Cynthia Elkins on the Sept. 18, 2012 edition of the KMUD Local News:


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