Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:
On June 12, 2018, at about 3:30 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 1800 block of Elm Ave. in McKinleyville to assist the California Highway Patrol in recovering a reported stolen vehicle with several occupants.
While en route to the scene, deputies received information that the stolen vehicle had left the residence and was now parked in the Kmart parking lot in McKinleyville. Deputies and CHP officers located and conducted a felony traffic stop on the vehicle. After further investigation, deputies learned that the occupants had been given permission to drive the vehicle and no crime had occurred. The occupants were released at the scene.
During this time, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received another report of a stolen vehicle from the same Elm Ave. residence. Deputies located this vehicle near the intersection of Central Ave. and School Road, and conducted a second felony traffic stop. The two occupants, 40-year-old Robbie William Simpson and 44-year-old Muhamed Barri Oliver were detained. Simpson was found to have four warrants for his arrest. Oliver was determined to be on probation with a search clause. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located methamphetime and approximately one pound of marijuana.
Simpson was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on his four warrants for the following charges: driving with a suspended license (two counts), possession of a controlled substance and possession of a narcotic controlled substance. He was also booked on fresh charges of providing false identification to a peace officer and violation of probation.
Oliver was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation.
Both vehicles associated with the Elm Ave. residence were also associated with 40-year-old Amber Rose Bedell. Bedell was also under investigation for child endangerment. Deputies responded to the Elm Ave. residence to perform a welfare check on the juveniles. Upon contact with Bedell at the residence, deputies located a loaded firearm, heroin, syringes, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. All of these items were located in an area accessible to the juveniles in the home.
Bedell was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of child endangerment, possession of a loaded firearm that is readily accessible to a child and violation of probation.
[Outpost Note: Amber Bedell is a licensed MFT and director of Evolve Youth Services.]