(UPDATE) MISSING: Eureka Police Searching for Mother and 3-Week-Old Child

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Aug. 7 @ 4:18 p.m. / Missing

UPDATE, 6:51 p.m.: The woman and child have been located, the EPD says.

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Eureka Police Department press release: 

 

The Eureka Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 33 year old Eureka resident Veronica Brooks and her three week old child, Benjamin Nunez. Nunez is in need of immediate medical attention.

Brooks was last seen riding as a passenger in a small blue car with a male driver in the downtown Eureka area.

If you know the whereabouts of Brooks and her son, please contact EPD dispatch at (707) 441-4044.

EPD Missing Persons Case #18-005438



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Eureka City Council Slated to Discuss ‘Multimodal Corridor Plan,’ Which Could Reduce the Number of Automobile Lanes on H and I Streets

Stephanie McGeary / Tuesday, Aug. 7 @ 3:57 p.m. / Local Government

From the City of Eureka’s website

Tonight the Eureka City Council will discuss the “Eureka North-South Multimodal Corridor Plan,” a project aimed to improve pedestrian and bike safety between J and E Streets, from Sixth Street to Harris Street. The plan would potentially reduce the number of traffic lanes on H and I Streets from three lanes to two.

“A key decision point in determining what physical form the project will move forward is whether or not the reduction of vehicle travel lanes on H Street and I Street from three lanes to two is acceptable to Council,” the staff report states.

The City of Eureka shared a video on their Facebook page today of Director of Public Works Brian Gerving and Traffic Project Manager Scott Ellsmore explaining the project.  Unfortunately the City couldn’t figure out how to flip the video, making the presentation difficult to read.

The City has received a Caltrans Sustainable Communities Grant (SCG) to put towards this project. The Council’s decision tonight is to choose one of three potential options, two of which would reduce the number of traffic lanes on H and I streets, and direct staff to seek additional grant funding for the construction.

Some people are not too happy about the potential change to H and I streets and the effect it could have on traffic. Local CPA and City Council candidate John Fullerton wrote a letter to the Times-Standard, saying that he thinks this plan will actually make conditions less safe for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Some folks have also expressed concern about the City of Eureka’s collaboration with Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA) on the plan, citing it as a potential “conflict of interest” due to councilmember Natalie Arroyo’s involvement with the agency.

The Council will deliberate this item and hear public input at the Eureka City Council meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Eureka City Hall, 531 K Street Eureka.

The full draft of the Multimodal Corridor Plan can be viewed here.



Man Arrested After Leading Police on Lengthy Pursuit Through Fortuna Neighborhoods

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Aug. 7 @ 3:51 p.m. / Crime

Fortuna Police Department press release: 

Fortuna Police Officers apprehended a suspect who fled a traffic stop in the Campton Heights area this morning.

On August 7, 2018 around 11:30 a.m., Fortuna Police officer made traffic stop on a vehicle after observing the driver run a stop sign at School and Rohnerville Road, in the Campton Heights area.

Robert M Zabel | Photo: FPD

After the vehicle stopped, the officer smelled the odor of marijuana and asked the driver to step out of the vehicle for further investigation.
The driver then sped off at a high rate of speed into a residential neighborhood, stopped abruptly, and took off running away from the officer; jumping over fences and into neighboring back yards. 

The suspect continued to run around the neighborhood jumping into backyards, and over fences while being seen throwing items away.  He led officers on a nearly 30 minute foot chase around the area.

With the assistance of observant neighbors in the neighborhood, the suspect was located and taken into custody.

Robert M Zabel, 24, of Joliet, Illinois was arrested and booked into Humboldt County Jail for the following offenses:

  • Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Evading a Police Officer
  • Possession of Concentrated Cannabis
  • Possession of Concentrated Cannabis for sales




(PHOTOS) Donate to Help These Furry Fire Victims

John Ross Ferrara / Tuesday, Aug. 7 @ 2:51 p.m. / Animals


Photos provided by the Haven Humane Society.

The Haven Humane Society in Redding is currently accepting donations to help pay for the medical costs of several animals that were severely burned in the Carr Fire.

“A few of the injured kittens we are treating from the Carr Fire,” the Haven Humane Society shared on Facebook along with these photos. “Please send them your love!”

Donations can be made through the nonprofit’s website HavenHumane.org.

“Donations will go to the ongoing medical treatment of the [animal] fire victims,” a volunteer with the HHS told the Outpost. “It will also help us to care for the evacuated animals and recoup from the cost of housing so many evacuated animals.”



Beware the Humboldt DIRECTV Scam, Says Sheriff’s Office

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Aug. 7 @ 2:39 p.m. / Crime

Be wary of people on the other end of the line, always. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

 

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has received a report of a new phone scam targeting Humboldt County residents.

In this phone scam, the caller claimed to be “Paul Wilson” from DIRECTV. The scammer told the victim that DIRECTV needed to upgrade the victim’s equipment. To complete the upgrade, the victim was told to turn off their television and pay $229 via credit card. The scammer told the victim that they would get their money back through a discount on their monthly bill. The scammer knew the victim’s DIRECTV account number and their total paid each month.

When the victim called the company directly, DIRECTV confirmed that there is no upgrade happening as described and no one by the name of “Paul Wilson” working there.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to never give out personal information, bank information or credit/debit card information over the phone to a caller that you didn’t contact first. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with a legitimate company and asking you to pay for an upgrade via credit card or a pre-paid card, hang up and call the company back at their publicly listed line.

To protect yourself from fraud and identity theft, be sure to properly dispose of all mail with personal information. Shred bills and other mail that may have account numbers, bill totals and other information that a scammer could use to trick you. Consider switching to paperless statements with your service provider and regularly change your email password to protect your inbox.

Report phone scams to your local law enforcement and to the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/.



Rep. Jared Huffman Calls Trump ‘President Shit-for-Brains,’ Respectfully Requests More Federal Firefighting Help

Hank Sims / Tuesday, Aug. 7 @ 1:44 p.m. / D.C.

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From the Office of Rep. Jared Huffman:

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) joined Northern California colleagues Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena) and John Garamendi (D-Davis, Fairfield, Yuba City) in leading 24 other bipartisan members of the California congressional delegation, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, on a letter to President Trump today asking him to immediately grant California Governor Jerry Brown’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the destructive wildfires that have hit Northern California over the past two weeks.

If granted, the disaster declaration request will provide additional federal resources to support firefighting and recovery efforts in Mendocino, Lake, and Napa Counties. The Mendocino Complex Fire is now the largest in modern California history, and the Carr Fire that began its devastating impact in Shasta County has also crossed into Trinity County, which may require future assistance. The letter was signed by Representatives  Ken Calvert (CA-42), Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Ed Royce (CA-39), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Adam Schiff (CA-28), Doris Matsui (CA-06), Jerry McNerney (CA-09), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Judy Chu (CA-27), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Scott Peters (CA-52), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Juan Vargas (CA-51), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Norma Torres (CA-35), Nanette Barragán (CA-44), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Jimmy Gomez (CA-34). Text of the letter is below and a copy is attached.

August 7, 2018
 
The President
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
 
Dear Mr. President:

Today, we write in support of the State of California’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance as a result of the devastating wildfires in Lake, Mendocino, and Napa Counties.

California has experienced an unusual amount of wildfire activity—with 16 wildfires burning simultaneously throughout the state. These fires have been exacerbated by the weather, which is exceptionally hot and dry. Daytime highs and nighttime lows have averaged 10 degrees above normal and drought conditions prevail. We appreciate your swift approval of a Major Disaster Declaration for Shasta County for the Carr Fire, as well as of Fire Management Assistance Grants, to help our state fight these devastating fires. As you know, the Carr Fire that began its devastating impact in Shasta County has also crossed into Trinity County, where mandatory evacuation orders were issued and additional assistance may be required.

On July 27, 2018, the River and Ranch Fires ignited in Mendocino County and quickly crossed into Lake County. These two fires, collectively known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, subsequently exploded in size, threatening highly populated areas within Lake County. They have scorched more than 280,000 acres and forced the entire population of Upper Lake and the City of Lakeport to evacuate. The Mendocino Complex Fire continues to grow at an alarming rate, and is now the largest fire in our state’s history. It is only 30 percent contained.

In addition, on the evening of July 28, 2018, the Steele Fire ignited in Napa County. Though smaller in size than the Carr or Mendocino Complex Fires, the Steele Fire has already been extremely destructive. Residents were forced to flee with almost no prior notice, as the fire destroyed homes soon after ignition.

These catastrophic fires are a disaster of major scope and consequence. Therefore, we strongly support the State of California’s request for a major disaster declaration for these communities. We appreciate your consideration of this request and stand ready to assist you in expediting support and resources to the communities afflicted by this terrible tragedy.



Mendocino Complex Now Largest Wildfire in State History at Nearly 300,000 Acres; River Fire Almost Fully Contained

John Ross Ferrara / Tuesday, Aug. 7 @ 11:13 a.m. / Fire

The path of the Ranch (above) and River (below) Fires.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is now the largest wildfire in California history, burning nearly 300,000 acres along the Mendocino-Lake County border.

The wildfire, actually made up of two separate fires — the Ranch Fire and the River Fire — surpassed the 273,400-acre Thomas Fire yesterday, which devastated the Ventura area last year.

The Ranch Fire is by far the largest of the two fires, burning 241,772 acres. Calfire reports that as of this morning, the fire is 20 percent contained.

“The Ranch Fire remained active overnight expanding further north and east, continuing to challenge fire crews due to limited access, heavy fuel loads, low fuel moisture, and high temperatures,” Calfire reports on its website. “Today resources continue to be deployed to all areas of the Ranch Fire perimeter. On the River Fire we continued to increase containment and work towards tying in the remaining containment lines to Scotts Valley Road.”

While the Ranch fires continues to challenge firefighters in the north, firefighters have almost fully contained the River Fire burning to the south of Highway 20.

Calfire reports that as of this morning, the River Fire has burned 48,920 acres and is now 78 percent contained.

The fires have destroyed a combined 75 homes and 68 other structures since igniting on July 27.

The New York Times reports that despite the size of the fire, there are no confirmed deaths tied to the blaze.

Firefighters extinguish the smoldering remains of a home destroyed by the Mendo Complex Fire. | Photo by Culver City Firefighters