Safety and Public Awareness

Safety and Public Awareness

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Saturday, February 04, 2012

Multi-Agency gang sweep nets 15 arrests

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According to a news release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Feb. 3, 2012:
On Feb. 1 through Feb. 2, 2012, investigators and agents from multiple federal, state, and local agencies participated in a two day anti-crime/anti-gang sweep in Humboldt County.  The operation was planned and coordinated by the FBI’s North Bay Regional Gang Task Force under their Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative. (“SSTFs focus primarily upon street gang and drug-related violence and address specific violent crime problems through the teaming of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers and prosecutors.”).

The operation was hosted by the Eureka Police Department and the teams were led locally by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Response Unit (CRU) and the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP).  Approximately 22 agents and investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Parole (CDCR), Humboldt County Probation Department, U.S. Marshall’s Office, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and Eureka Police Department participated in the gang task force sweep.  Over a two-day period, the task force executed a series of parole and probation searches at various locations within Humboldt County primarily targeting previously identified members of violent street and/or prison gangs.  These targeted searches were designed to gather intelligence, identify gang members and gang associates, and make arrests as appropriate.

During the course of the operation, a total of 15 suspects were arrested for various offenses ranging from misdemeanor and felony warrants, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (heroin and methamphetamine), possession of marijuana for sale, and parole and probation violations.  Approximately 10 of those arrested were documented gang members.  Those arrested during the gang sweep include:

  • Jeremy Dean Wildman (moniker: Looney”), age 35 of Eureka, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale after investigators found nearly 5 pounds of processed marijuana and multiple digital scales in his apartment on the 100 block of West Del Norte Street, Eureka.
  • Scott Ryan Campbell (moniker: “Droopy”), age 35 of Eureka, was arrested for a felony warrant alleging violation of his post release community supervision.  Campbell was contacted with Wildman at his West Del Norte Street residence. 
  • Anthony Manuel Burgess (moniker: “Creeper”), age 19, was arrested for violation of his probation at a cottage on the 2900 block of California Street, Eureka. 
  • Corey Allen Cole (moniker: “Sinner”), age 29, was arrested for violation of his parole at the same cottage where investigators encountered Burgess. 
  • Zachery Jacob Chapman, age 34, was arrested in McKinleyville for a violation of his parole. 
  • Michael Thomas Meyers (moniker: “Flaco”), age 34, was arrested for violation of his parole at an apartment on the 700 block of 10th Street, Eureka. 

Humboldt County residents are encouraged to call and leave crime tips using the following contact numbers:

  • Eureka Police Department - Problem Oriented Policing Unit: (707) 441-4373.
  • Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office - Community Response Unit Crime Tip Line: (707) 268-2539. 
  • Humboldt County Drug Task Force: (707) 444-8095. 

The photos below show the six suspects listed above:

Jeremy Dean Wildman (left) and Scott Ryan Campbell (right)


Anthony Manuel Burgess (left) and Corey Allen Cole (right)


Zachery Jacob Chapman (left) and Michael Thomas Meyers (right)



Friday, February 03, 2012

Small aircraft crashes at Dinsmore Airport

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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff"s Office, dated Feb. 3, 2012:
On Feb. 3, 2012 at approximately 12:30 p.m., The Humboldt County Sheriffs Office was notified of an airplane crash at the Dinsmore Airport, Humboldt County. The plane was reported to have struck nose down, and had two occupants that were both injured. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and medical personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene, along with a California Highway Patrol Helicopter. A Trinity County Sheriff’s Deputy was also dispatched to the scene to assist due to the proximity of the airport to Trinity County.
When deputies arrived they learned the plane was a Cessna Model 172 E, built in 1963. The plane crashed as it was landing, and is reported to possibly have stalled. Two Cal-Trans workers were working on Highway 36, and heard and saw the crash. They rushed to aid the injured pilot and passenger. They assisted with removing both victims from the plane before it caught fire and burned. The plane was piloted by a 65 year old male flight instructor from Garberville when it crashed.  The other victim was a 30 year old male student pilot from Redway. The 65 year instructor was flown to Redding Mercy Hospital for treatment for broken bones. The student pilot received only minor injuries.

Information aired in the Feb. 3, 2012 KMUD Newscast of this incident, Cynthia Elkins reporting, includes the following:
"Two Southern Humboldt men are reportedly injured, but survived a plane crash while landing at the Dinsmore airstrip this Friday afternoon ... and two highway workers are being credited with saving their lives.  According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office, a 65-year-old Garberville flight instructor was seriously injured in the crash.  Local pilot Richard Weber confirmed with us this afternoon that it was indeed Dennis Lichty, a local flight instructor who is a frequent guest on KMUD’s talk show with pilots.  A 30-year old student pilot from Redway reportedly walked away with only minor injuries.  Police say the plane hit nose down and burst into flames shortly thereafter.  Lieutenant Steve Knight is a spokesperson with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office."

"Again, local pilot Richard Weber told KMUD news this afternoon that the pilot who was seriously injured in the crash is Dennis Lichty, someone you hear regularly here on KMUD’s Pilot’s Lounge show. Richard tells us that he has heard that Dennis did suffer some pretty serious injuries but says he will be okay.  We’ll keep you updated with any additional news we learn."

  • Use the player below to hear the piece that was aired on  KMUD regarding this incident. The clip begins with Lieutenant Steve Knight, a spokesperson with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office.

The photo below shows the crash site. Photo is by Lyle Johnson as it appears in Record Searchlight

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 ):


Thursday, February 02, 2012

Meth bust in Eureka

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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.

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