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.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Suspect wanted in Animal Shelter burglary

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Humboldt County Sheriff's OfficeChad Leroy Macias

Date: 11-28-2011 From: Lt. Steve Knight

Subject: Animal Shelter Burglary Case: 201106323


On 11-27-2011, approximately 10:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a burglary that occurred at the Sheriffs Office Animal Shelter. Kennel staff learned two dogs that had been dropped off by Arcata Police

Department on 11-26-2011 at approximately 9:20 p.m. were missing from the shelter. Shelter staff reviewed surveillance video at the shelter and saw two suspects exit a white four door sedan at approximately 3:30 a.m. A suspect then scaled the wall into the shelter and removed two dogs. A deputy was dispatched to the scene to investigate the burglary.
The Sheriffs office is looking for Chad Leroy Macias, 34 years old a transient who frequents the Arcata Area. He is further described as a white male, 5-10, 160 lbs, Brown hair and Brown eyes.

Anyone with information is requested to call the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539.


Mike Downey





Wednesday, November 23, 2011

More arrests at Occupy Eureka

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According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department:
On Nov. 21, 2011 at about 11:00 pm, officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to a reported hazardous condition at the “Occupy Eureka” encampment near the steps of the Humboldt County Courthouse.  While officers were investigating the incident, an aggressive intoxicated subject approached and confronted the officers. The subject, who was identified as Roger Alan Parshall (56 years old of Eureka) was soon taken into custody for suspicion of public intoxication and obstructing an officer. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  Several subjects were located sleeping in sleeping bags in a section of the illegal structure. These subjects were advised of the violation.
Then on Nov. 22, 2011 at about 7:30 am, officers responded to a verbal argument at the “Occupy Eureka” encampment.  Upon arrival, officers were told that a member of the “Occupy Eureka” group, was involved in a verbal altercation with two subjects awaiting the opening of the Courthouse. During the altercation, the “Occupy Eureka” member, identified as Heather Nicole McBride (19 years old of Eureka) allegedly threatened to assault the subjects. As a result of the investigation, McBride was taken into custody without incident for disturbing the peace. 
Later in the day at about 4 p.m., at the request of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, Humboldt County Chief Administrator’s Office, Humboldt County Council, and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to the “Occupy Eureka” encampment to enforce the penal code violations regarding the illegal lodging.  Deputies of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department and Officers of the California Highway Patrol assisted in this enforcement action. Upon officer’s arrival, several subjects were detained and identified concerning their illegal activity. The subjects were allowed to gather all personal property, that was not deemed camping equipment, and were escorted off the property temporarily, until the illegal structures could be dismantled.  Once all subjects had been escorted away, the structure, constructed of concrete, wooden pallets, pipes, and tarps was dismantled and eventually hauled away. All supplies used solely for the purpose of exercising their right to freedom of speech were left at the scene for the group members to reclaim.
As officers were finishing the clean-up of the area, a subject stepped out into oncoming eastbound 5th Street traffic with a large banner. He stopped directly in front of an oncoming vehicle.  He was immediately taken into custody without incident for obstructing the street. The subject was identified as Hans Karl Ashbaucher (44 years old of Eureka).  He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. This is Ashbaucher’s third arrest at this location in connection with the “Occupy Eureka” movement. A complaint regarding this incident will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office.
In conjunction with the incident, News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, interviewed a protester, a representative from the District Attorney's Office and Eureka Police Chief Murl Harpham - hear more on tonight's news at 6 p.m.     
 Roger Alan Parshall:                               Heather Nicole McBride:                Hans Karl Ashbaucher

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Shotgun shooting injures Mendocino man

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According to a press release from Mendocino County Sheriff's Office:

On Nov. 18,2011 at approximately 3 a.m. Mendocino County Sheriffs Deputies were notified of a shooting incident which took place earlier in the morning in the Brooktrails area West of Willits,CA. Deputies contacted the victim who had received shotgun injuries to his legs. The victim advised it was an accident and he did not wish to explain in further detail. Then on the same day at approximately 7 a.m. deputies received information from a source who advised them that the victim's injuries were not accidental. The victim is in stable condition.
Update on this incident:
Since Nov. 18,2011 Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Detectives have continued their investigation into this incident. Detectives have learned an eyewitness met the shooting victim during the evening hours of Nov. 17, 2011 while the pair were at a local Willits area bar.  The shooting victim boosted about being a cultivator of marijuana and that he had made several hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of sales during the year. The eyewitness accompanied the shooting victim to a wooden cabin on a rural piece of property on Sherwood Road. Upon arriving at the cabin, the eyewitness noticed the presence of growing marijuana in a greenhouse located adjacent to the cabin.  The eyewitness entered into the cabin with the shooting victim and noticed the presence of several boxes containing processed marijuana.
While inside the cabin the shooting victim got into an argument with two adult males (estimated to be 21-years old and 24-years old) who were already inside of the cabin. The eyewitness believed the shooting victim was the father of the two adult males. The argument ensued because the two adult males were angry about the presence of the eyewitness at the location.  The argument lasted for a period of time before the shooting victim was shot in the legs with a shotgun by one of the adult males.  The shooting victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. The shooting victim and eyewitness fled the vicinity of the cabin after the shooting.  The shooting victim sought medical aid by calling 911 from a different location, which prompted a notification to the Sheriff's Office.
On Nov. 18, 2011 Detectives responded to the cabin wherein the shooting was described by the eyewitness to have occurred. Detectives located 351 growing marijuana plants in a greenhouse and approximately 208 pounds of processed marijuana mostly packaged separately in 1 pound bags.  Detectives discovered no documentation at the scene to show the marijuana was being grown or possessed for medicinal purposes. Detectives also learned the shooting victim was a primary resident of the state of Kansas with a temporary residence in the Willits area. The investigation into the shooting incident remains active and detectives have yet to positively identify the two male adults described by the eyewitness.
Anyone with information that could assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Tip-Line by calling 707-467-9159 and callers can remain anonymous.  
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Home invasion Robbery in Bridgeville

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According to a press release from Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, dated Nov. 22, 2011:
On Nov. 21,2011 at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a 61 year old Bridgeville resident who reported he and his 59 year old wife were the victims of a home invasion robbery which had just occurred. The male victim reported, at approximately 9:50 p.m., he and his wife were in their residence located in the 1900 block of McClellan Mountain Road, Bridgeville, when a car drove up their driveway. The male victim opened his front door to greet the vehicles occupants who had now exited the car and were walking towards the residence. The two males told the victim their car was stuck in a ditch and they needed assistance. While the victim was speaking with the two males, another male approached from the shadows carrying a shotgun. The victim immediately ran into his residence and the suspects chased after him.  After the three suspects and two victims were in the home, the suspects held the victims at gun point and ordered the male victim to open a gun safe. After the safe was opened, the suspects ordered the victims to lie on the ground, and the suspects tied them up with duct tape.  The suspects then rummaged through the victims home, stealing all electronic communications devices, along with their computer, gold pieces, gold coins and a woman's gold  ring with a large diamond with several ruby’s, and some cash. The suspects then fled the scene leaving the victims tied up. 
The male victim was able to untie himself and called the Sheriffs Office. 
The suspects are described as:
  • White Male, approximately 5-5 tall, short brown hair, early 20’s, slim build, 150-160 lbs, unknown clothing
  • Second White Male, approximately 5-5 tall, short brown hair, early 20’s, slim build, 150-160 lbs, unknown clothing
  • White Male, early 20’s armed with shotgun, grey sweat pants, grey sweatshirt, light brown hair, approximately 5-8, 160-180 lbs, slim build
The victims were unable to provide a vehicle description due to lighting conditions. Anyone with information is requested to call the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251
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