Safety and Public Awareness
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According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Feb. 2, 2012:
On Feb. 2, 2012, at about 3:53 pm, the Coast Central Credit Union at the Bayshore Mall was robbed. The suspect approached the teller with a note advising the teller he was armed. The exact words used by the suspect will be withheld from the public for investigative purposes. No weapon was seen. The clerk complied with his requests. The suspect fled north in the hallway towards Sears and then east through the exit hallway between Sears and the bank.
The suspect is described as a white male, about 30 years old, approximately 5’5”, 150 lbs clean shaven, medium length brown hair, with black rimmed, square glasses. The suspect wore a black ball cap, a black leather dress jacket, a bluish button up shirt, a black tie dark slacks and dark running shoes. The Eureka Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Services is asking any citizen who either knows the suspect, saw the suspect at the mall, or has seen the suspect around town to contact Senior Detective Ron Harpham at 707-441-4305.
The photos below, from the bank's surveillance camera, show the suspect (on the right with black cap ):
According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department:
During an on-going narcotic sales investigation, detectives with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) received information that a subject by the name of Nu Yang (Hmong male, age 33 years of Eureka) was selling methamphetamine in Eureka. On 1/31/12, a POP investigator contacted Yang via phone. Yang expressed his willingness to meet with the investigator, who was acting in an undercover capacity, and sell him an agreed upon quantity of methamphetamine. At around 3:30 PM, POP investigators responded to a business on the 1600 block of Myrtle Ave. where Yang had previously arranged to meet the undercover officer to sell him the methamphetamine.
Investigators located Yang seated in his car outside the business and took him into custody on suspicion of attempted sales of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit said crime (a felony). Yang’s girlfriend, Sierra Lee Camilli (age 22), was inside the business when detectives arrived. Camilli unsuccessfully attempted to hide in the bathroom but was arrested there on an outstanding felony warrant (revocation of her post release community supervision agreement).
An EPD K-9 handler responded to the scene with his narcotics detection dog, “Maggie.” As Maggie began sniffing the exterior of Yang’s car, she suddenly diverted to where Yang was seated nearby in the backseat of an officer’s vehicle with the door open. Maggie alerted on Yang’s person - strongly indicating he was in possession of a controlled substance. Investigators subsequently located a large plastic baggy containing 1.65 ounces (gross weight) of crystal methamphetamine concealed under Yang’s clothing. Additionally, Yang was in possession of over $3,000.00 cash. The cash, suspected illicit drug sales proceeds, was seized as evidence along with the methamphetamine. Yang was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation/attempted sale of a controlled substance, and conspiracy to commit a crime. Camilli was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she was booked on her felony warrant.
Anyone with information concerning suspected drug sales activity occurring in Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373 or the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at (707) 444-8095.
According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Jan. 31, 2012:
The Eureka Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Services, are investigating a pair of armed robberies, that appear to have been committed by the same person. Eureka Police Department Detectives are looking for citizen’s assistance identifying the suspect. Both armed robberies occurred at Stop and Shop in Eureka. The first armed robbery occurred on August 27th, 2011 at about 9:47 PM. The suspect brandished a handgun at the clerk. The second armed robbery occurred on January 19th, 2012, at about 9:57 am. The suspect brandished a rifle at the clerk.
The suspect in both robberies, appears to be a white or white mixed race male, about 5’ 9”, with a slender to medium build. The suspect in both robberies wore a dark colored hoodie with the hood up and a white bandana covering his lower face. The bandana in both robberies appears to have the same markings. In both robberies, the suspect brandishes his firearms with his left hand. The handgun used in the first robbery appears to be a “1911” style, large caliber, semi auto. The rifle used in the second robbery appears to be one of the many models of Russian Military Mosin Nagant, bolt action high-powered rifle.
The photos below were taken from the two surveillance videos:
On Jan. 24, 2012 Jamal Andrews, a member of the Mendocino reggae music group "High Grade Allstars", was shot and killed. Billy Norbury, a neighbor of Andrews, was arrested for the murder.
According to a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office:
On Jan. 24, 2012, at approximately 9:57 pm, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received a 911 telephone call regarding a shooting incident in the 1700 Block of Road B in Redwood Valley,CA. Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies along with Redwood Valley Fire and other medical personnel responded to the location and found the victim outside of his residence had succumbed to a gunshot injury at the hands of another. Deputies spoke with the victim's girlfriend and learned that a possible suspect had fled towards his residence on an atv. Mendocino County Sheriffs Deputies learned the suspect lived in close proximity of the victim.
Deputies proceeded to the possible suspect's residence to contact him regarding the incident. During their contact at his residence, they observed in plain sight items that appeared to link the suspect directly to the shooting incident. The suspect was placed under arrest and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on the listed charge. Mendocino County Sheriffs Detectives arrived at the scene and are currently conducting further investigation into the incident.
According to an update on this case, provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office:
On Jan. 26, 2012 a Forensic Necropsy was conducted on the victim. The results of the exam showed the victim received two gunshot injuries. One of those gunshots struck the victim in the head and the other in the shoulder. Mendocino County Sheriffs Detectives are continuing their investigation into the victim's murder.
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives are requesting anyone with information regarding this investigation to call them at 707-467-9159. Callers can remain anonymous.
Note: in an update on this case, according to KMUD News:
Billy Norbury, the man accused of murdering local musician Jamal Andrews was in court on Tuesday, Jan. 31 to enter a plea, but the entry was delayed until next week. Billy Norbury of Redwood Valley is charged with shooting Andrews in the head and shoulder last week. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that Norbury’s estranged wife claimed in a custody battle that Norbury is mentally ill and unstable. Norbury’s family reportedly disputed the claims in court documents. Norbury lived about a quarter mile from Andrews in Redwood Valley. Mike Geniella with the Mendocino County District Attorney’s office tells KMUD news that the public defender’s office has been appointed to represent Norbury. His next hearing is scheduled for February 5th.
Use the Player below to hear and download Terri Klemetson covering this story, including an interview with Penelope Andrews, cousin of Jamal Andres. The piece aired on KMUD News -Jan. 25, 2012:
The player below can be used to hear a follow-up on this story done by Terri Klemetson and airing on KMUD News Jan 28, 2012:
Booking Photo of murder suspect Billy Norbury, age 33. The booking photo was taken for a previous arrest on Jan. 14, 2012 for public intoxication of alcohol:
According to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office:
The murder investigation into the deaths of Christopher “Sky” Richardson of Corvallis, Oregon and Kristine Constantino of Kettenpom, California has been closed. Detectives have determined the person responsible for the killing of Richardson, Constantino and the stabbing of James and Norma Gund was Tomas Gouverneur. Richardson and Constantino were found to have died from results of strangulation. Tomas Gouverneur, of Corvallis, Oregon, died the day of the incident (03/13/2011) when the car he was driving struck a tree off of Highway 101, during a vehicle pursuit with deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department.
Through the investigation the Sheriff’s Department was able to link Tomas to the murders and assaults with witness statements (James Gund’s statement), evidence found at the scene and evidence found in Tomas’s possession. James Gund positively identified Tomas as being the person who assaulted both his wife and him. During the assaults on Christopher and Kristine it was found that a hand held taser was used to help subdue Christopher. It was found that during the attack of the Gunds, a hand held taser was used along with a knife. With information from the taser manufacture detectives were able to confirm that the taser was activated on line using Tomas Gouverneur’s personal information within days of the incident. During a search of Tomas at the time of his autopsy he was found to be in possession of an extra taser cartridge. Further investigation revealed that the taser cartridge found on Tomas’s person and the taser cartridges found at the scene all match as being sold in the package with the hand held taser unit found at the scene and found to be activated by Tomas.
Detectives also found older photos of Tomas on a Myspace account that show him in possession of a similar type of knife that was used in the assault on the Gunds. The knife in the pictures appears to have the same type of handle, size and shape as the knife used in this incident. This knife was recovered from the Gund’s house by a firefighter who turned that knife over to law enforcement the night of the incident. It was reported that during the assault on the Gunds, James Gund was able to take the knife away from Tomas. When James fled the scene on foot to get help, he carried the knife to his house where he dropped the knife on the floor before he grabbed his car keys and drove to the Kettenpom store to ask for help. The bodies of Christopher and Kristine were found bound with handcuffs, rope and duct tape. Detectives found packaging and receipts for the purchase of the handcuffs in the trunk of the car Tomas was driving at the time of his death. The packaging for the handcuffs found in Tomas’s car match the type of handcuffs used to restrain Christopher and Kristine. Detectives were able to trace the handcuffs purchase back to a store in Corvallis, Oregon, where the surveillance footage showed Tomas making the purchase of those items the day before the incident. Packaging for the rope and duct tape used in this incident was also traced back to being purchased at a store in Corvallis, Oregon. Detectives also found a box of trash bags, a Gerber brand multi tool and quick link type chain links at the crime scene.
During the search of Tomas’s car, detectives found packaging and receipts for the purchase of these items. Again detectives checked surveillance footage from the stores these items were purchased at and found that Tomas was the person who purchased these items. During the search of Tomas’s car detectives also found packages of marijuana and $11,000 cash bundled in a way that is consistent with sales of marijuana. The items were found in a green duffle bag that was believed to have been taken from the scene. Detectives also found identical packages of marijuana (same packaging and weights) at the crime scene. Throughout the investigation it has shown that Tomas acted alone and there is no evidence to support a second person being involved in this incident. In review of the surveillance footage nobody else appeared to be with the Tomas and there was no indication that anybody was traveling with Tomas at the time of the incident. The motive for the crime is believed to be related to marijuana sales and money from the sales of marijuana.