Jul 21, 2014

Tip to wanted fugitives; breaking and entering may lead to your arrest

On 07-19-2014, at approximately 9:15 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding three suspects observed trying to break into a neighbor’s cabin in the Burr Valley area. The citizen told the dispatcher there were two males and a female involved, and they were in a black BMW.  The citizen believed one of the suspects may be Ronald Snider Sanchez, 26 years old, who was wanted on an escape from custody charge, and violation of parole. Sheriff’s dispatch  ran a DMV registration check and determined the black BMW was registered to Sanchez.

As the deputies were responding, the citizens in the area began calling neighbors and alerting them as to what was occurring. Another citizen called 911, and reported he heard the suspects may have been at his cabin trying to break in. At approximately 10:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a third 911 call, with the caller advising a citizen had the suspects black 2001 BMW blocked in with vehicles and stopped. A neighbor was now holding the suspects at gunpoint.

Deputies responded and met with the citizens at approximately 12:00 noon. When the deputies interviewed the witnesses, they told the deputies they had been warned by other neighbors about a black BMW driving in the area acting suspicious. When a 48 year old female witness saw the BMW near the Four Corners area of Burr Valley Road, she watched it. She saw the BMW drive to her neighbor’s cabin which was not occupied.  She watched the two male occupants of the BMW, one being Sanchez, exit the BMW, cover their heads with Hoodies and walk towards the cabin. When they saw she was watching them from a hill top nearby, they immediately left the area. As they were driving down Buck Mountain Road, she called the Sheriff’s Office and notified other neighbors, including the unoccupied cabin owner who resides in McKinleyville. She followed the BMW until she and another neighbor met up with it in the roadway and blocked it in with their cars. The other neighbor, a 30 year old male, then brandished a firearm at the suspects and told them he was holding them until law enforcement arrived.

The citizens told the deputy one of the suspects fled after being held at gunpoint for about twenty minutes. The suspect who fled told the citizen with the gun, he was Ronald Sanchez, and was wanted by law enforcement. He told the citizen would have to shoot him in the back if he was going to hold him any longer, because Sanchez did not want to return to jail. Sanchez ran off on foot.

Deputies determined the cabin the suspects approached was not broken into; however the same cabin had been burglarized in the recent past. The cabin owner showed up at the scene and told the deputies he wanted to pursue trespassing charges against the two suspects that were detained by his neighbors. Deputies arrested Mallory Tatum Lagace, 27 years old and Damen Rey Carlson, 19 years old, both from Eureka. They were both transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked and released on their own recognizance.

Deputies checked the area for Sanchez, but could not locate him.

On 07-21-2014, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the United States Marshals Service , California Department of Corrections and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies located and arrested Ronald Sanchez at 2505 Garland Street, Eureka. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on arrest warrants. He is being held without bail.

On 07-21-2014, at approximately 1:45 p.m., the United States Marshals Service, California Department of Corrections and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies drove to the 3300 block of E Street, Eureka and arrested Ronald Sanchez, Sr. 55 years old, on an outstanding arrest warrant for brandishing a weapon and terrorist threats. He was booked into the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $30,000.00.

Vincent Sanchez preliminary continued at request of DA; new date Aug 13

Harris street double murder suspect Vincent Sanchez's preliminary hearing was continued until August 13 at the request of the People. DDA Zach Curtis requested the continuanxe because ADA Kelly Neel who is prosecuting the case has been out sick and "needs time to prepare.

The next hearing is August 11 at 2 p.m. Benjamin Okin, attorney for Rocheleau requested these transcripts be submitted under seal. Jennifer Dixon who represents Nicholas Stoiber and David Lee, who subbed in for Marek Reavis today, attorney for Ferrer joined in with Mr. Okin's request.

Jennifer Dixon who is representing Sanchez did not object because she just received discovery last Friday. Ms. Dixon was also given medical records from Metropolitan State Hospital from the Court today.

Sanchez who has once previously argued with his attorney in court was very cooperative with her and listened to her as she explained to him what the People were asking and said to him that the continuance "would be good for us."

Intervention is on August 11 at 3 p.m. and Preliminary hearing is scheduled on August 13 at 8:30 a.m.

Paul requests two more weeks in Ferrer because all transcripts not ready

The hearing to decide whether the three defendant's cases would be severed in the Juan Ferrer was continued today because District Attorney Paul Gallegos said he only had one modified transcript ready for the Court. That transcript was for Sophie Rocheleau.

In the last hearing, Mr. Gallegos said that he would submit modified transcripts where each defendant's statements  would be presented in such a way that it would not be necessary for the cases to be severed.

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Suspect identified in Alderpoint shooting

The victim in the homicide has been identified as Neil Eugene Decker age 49 from Alderpoint. The suspect has been identified as Matthew Aaron Brown age 30. Brown is described as a white, male adult, 5’-11” in height, weight 200 pounds, with a shaved head and blue eyes.

The homicide occurred in the 2000 block of Rancho Sequoia near Alderpoint. The victim and suspect were acquainted with each other. They got into a verbal argument over personal property on Friday night before the shooting. Shortly after the argument the suspect shot the victim in the chest with a shotgun. The suspect then fled the area on a green motorcycle.

The Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert to other local law enforcement agencies to arrest Brown for homicide. The Sheriff’s Office considers Brown to be armed and dangerous. The Sheriff’s Office is advising the public is they see Matthew Brown to call 9-1-1 and do not approach him.

This homicide is the third homicide in the Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint in the last 24 months.

Previous Press Release:

On 07/18/2014 at approximately 10:51 PM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a male subject in his fifties that was shot in the chest. The shooting occurred in the Alderpoint area of Southern Humboldt. Deputies responded with assistance from the California Highway Patrol and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Medical personnel arrived on scene and began life saving efforts. The victim was transported to a landing zone to be flown out by helicopter. The victim succumbed to his injury prior to being transported by helicopter.

The whereabouts of the suspect involved in the shooting is unknown at this time. This incident is currently being investigated by Detectives with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the Department of Justice.

Two out of three suspects arrested due to citizen's tips to HCSO

On 07-18-2014, after receiving citizen tips the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was able to identify the three suspects in the photographs that were released to the press. The investigating deputy arrested Mary Elizabeth Cruz, 51 years old of Eureka at her residence. She was booked into the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility on a charge of burglary and forgery. She was booked and released on her own recognizance.

The deputy located the second suspect, Philip Ashley Wormington, 45 years old, at a local hospital emergency room. Wormington was issued a notice to appear in court for forgery and burglary, and released at the emergency room to be treated for health issues he was having.

The third suspect has been identified as Nicholas Paul Boswell, 34 years old. Boswell is wanted for burglary and forgery. He is further described as a white male adult, 5’ 6’’ tall, 145 lbs, has a shaved head and blue eyes. He has a tattoo on his neck of brass knuckles and the words “Hola”.  A “Be-on-the-Lookout” has been broadcast to all local law enforcement agencies for Boswell.

Jul 19, 2014

Common sense tip reminder from our own EPD's Suzie Owsley

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE remind your readers that one should never leave your purse, wallet, credit cards, check book, expensive computer equipment, GPS, IPADS, cell phones, father's ashes, etc. in your CAR..locked or unlocked.. These are all items I have taken burglary reports on for citizens.

Local thieves troll areas where cars are left for long periods of time (trail heads, Headwater parking lot, movie theater parking lots, gymn parking lots, etc. looking for these items.  They find them everyday here in Eureka and they dont mind thrashing your car to get in to it!

Plan ahead. Be responsible... Don't become a VICTIM!

Another marijuana bust, more out of towners, more environmental violations

On 07-17-2014, at approximately 8 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by Cal Fire Law Enforcement served several search warrants in the Burr Valley area. The following is a summary of what deputies located at different locations:

Location Number 1: 113 growing marijuana plants ranging in height from 1’ to 7’ tall, along with a loaded 20 gauge shotgun. One male suspect was identified, who is on formal probation. Deputies will be seeking criminal charges for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, violation of probation, possession of a loaded firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Location Number 2:  881 growing marijuana plants being grown in 13 green houses. The plants ranged in size from 2’ to 6’ tall and approximately 58 lbs of drying marijuana. Deputies located a 250 gallon diesel tank within thirty feet of a stream, with no spill protections. Cal Fire also located two areas of land conversion with unpermitted take of Oak and Douglas Fir. Six suspects, one female and five males, all from Florida have been identified. All the suspects were from Florida and told the deputies they spend the summer in Humboldt County on the parcel and winter in Florida. Deputies will be seeking criminal charges for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. Cal- Fire will be seeking criminal charges for criminal violations of the Public Resource Code.  Additionally the case is being forwarded to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board for potential violations of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act.

Location Number 3:  891 growing marijuana plants were located ranging in height from 5’ to 6’, along with 393 pounds of drying marijuana and 8 pounds of marijuana bud packaged in one pound bags. Seven suspects, three males and four females have been identified and criminal charges are being sought for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. Officers also located an unpermitted road built into a stream bed. Cal Fire will be seeking criminal charges for violations of the Public Resource Code.

Location Number 4: 890 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 5’ to 6’. The marijuana was being grown in several greenhouses. Deputies also located a large pond dug into the ground and stream diversion.  One male suspect from Las Vegas has been identified and charges are being sought for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. The case is being forwarded to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board for potential violations of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act.

Location Number 5: 150 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 5’ to 6’ tall were located, all growing outdoors, approximately 120 pounds of processed marijuana, a butane hash lab and hash was also located. Two suspects have been identified, a male and a female. Arrest warrants are being sought for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.

Location Number 6:  1237 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 2’ to 5’ tall, all located in five greenhouses. No suspects have been identified at this location at this time, the investigation is continuing.

Jul 18, 2014

Woman returns from beach run and discovers purse stolen

 On 07-9-2014, at approximately 10:50 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a 33 year old Eureka woman, who reported her vehicle was broken into and her purse was stolen. The victim told the investigating deputy she had parked her 2008 Chevy Suburban on New Navy Base Road, at Samoa Beach, on 7-8-2014, at approximately 6:00 p.m. and went for a run on the beach. When the victim returned to her vehicle she saw her window was smashed and her purse was gone. She told the deputy she left her purse on the back seat. The victim did not report the theft at that time.

On the morning of 7-9-2014 she checked her checking account. When she did, she discovered her debit card had been used four times since the burglary. The victim had written the pin number for her debit card down on a piece of paper and kept the piece of paper in her purse. The card had been used at Walgreens, Winco, DK Market and Safeway, all in Eureka.  The card was used at all four stores between 8:00 p.m. on 7-8-2014 and 7:30 a.m. on 7-9-2014.

The investigating deputy was able to obtain store security videos from two of the stores. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.