Jan 3, 2016

Alleged drug possession and domestic violence leads to arrest of Jared Hawkins

On 01-02-2016 at about 7:46 AM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Mendocino Coast District Hospital emergency room to contact a victim of a domestic violence incident.

Upon arrival, Deputies learned that a 25 year-old adult female was cohabitating and in a dating relationship with Jared Hawkins.

During the contact, Deputies learned Hawkins had awoken during the morning and started punching the adult female in the face and kicking her, causing injury to her forehead and left hand.

Deputies observed visible injuries to her forehead consisting of a small raised 1 inch diameter bruise to the left side of her forehead.

Deputies learned Hawkins was on probation out of Mendocino County and had been ordered to stay away from the adult female.

Deputies subsequently contacted Hawkins in the 32000 block of Simpson Lane in Fort Bragg, California.

Upon contact Hawkins was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hawkins was arrested for felony domestic violence battery, violation of probation, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hawkins was booked into the Mendocino County Jail for the listed charges and was to be held in lieu of $30,000.00 bail.

Alcohol, two men, one woman and an alleged domestic violence arrest


On 01-01-2016 at approximately 12:33 AM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a reported incident of domestic violence at a residence in the 44000 block of Stump Road in Laytonville, California.

Deputies contacted a 31 year-old adult female and learned she intervened in an alcohol-fueled argument between her co-habitant boyfriend and a male guest.

Her boyfriend, Michael Travis, grabbed her by the biceps and shoved her violently against a wall.  Travis pressed the adult female against the wall until she scratched his face, causing him to release her.

Michael Travis was arrested for corporal abuse of a spouse or cohabitant and was booked into the Mendocino County Jail.

Information regarding Travis’s bail amount was unavailable at the time of this press release.

$120,000 bail for Ben Brooks who fled from law enforcement and hid in a storage shed

On 12-23-2015 at approximately 11:00 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office observed a white Ford Ranger pickup with a partially obscured license plate on Branscomb Road near the intersection of Willis Avenue in Laytonville, California.

A traffic stop was attempted for the equipment violation but the driver accelerated dramatically and fled southbound on Highway 101.

The Deputies pursued the pickup truck through rainy weather at speeds between 80 and 90 miles per hour with emergency lights and sirens activated.

At approximately MPM 61.53 on Highway 101, the driver lost control of the pickup truck causing it to careened up a hillside, spin in several tight circles and finally flip over onto its roof in the center of Highway 101.

The driver, later identified as Ben Brooks, emerged from a window and fled on foot, resulting in an extensive search that failed to locate him.

Deputies subsequently discovered the pickup truck had been reported stolen from Lake County.

In addition to the open charges related to the stolen vehicle and the vehicle pursuit, Brooks was wanted on a Mendocino County arrest warrant.

The following morning at approximately 11:30 AM, a resident in the 35000
block of North Highway 101 discovered Brooks hiding in a storage shed and called law enforcement.  Deputies responded and arrested Brooks on the listed charges.

Brooks suffered significant injuries in the traffic accident the previous night and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

On 12-27-2015 Brooks was medically cleared for incarceration and was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $120,000.00 bail.

Arrest made after report of suspicious person at Tommy's Marine service

On 12-25-2015 at about 4:12 PM Mendocino County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a reported suspicious person at Tommy’s Marine Service (19300 block of South Harbor Drive in Fort Bragg, California), which was closed for the Christmas holiday.

While en-route to the business, Deputies were advised that the suspicious person was observed checking doors and appeared to be manipulating the locks. The suspicious person was described as being a white male adult, wearing a dark brown jacket and pants.

Deputies contacted a person fitting the suspect description, east of the business and identified the person as being Roy Allen Underwood.

The owner of the business was contacted and responded to the location.

As Deputies further investigated the incident they discovered the business had been burglarized and Underwood was found to be in possession of items stolen from the business.

Underwood was placed under arrest for burglary and booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.

$45,000 bail in arrest for meth possession

On 12-29-2015 a Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff conducted as arrest warrant service at a residence located in the 22000 block of Henderson Road in Covelo, California.

Upon arrival the Deputy contacted Sammi Leggett and arrested her on two outstanding arrest warrants.

Leggett was found to be in possession of digital scales, packaging items that are commonly used to sell controlled substances and approximately 5.6 grams of methamphetamine.

Leggett was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where she was booked on the two outstanding arrest warrants, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and violation of probation.

Leggett was expected to be held at the Mendocino County Jail in lieu of $45,000.00 bail.