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Emergency dispatch call logs, Dec. 9-11, 2015

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs Dec. 9-11:

Wednesday, December 9

At 1:42 a.m., caller on the 100 block of Salmon Avenue says there is a drunk man in his home and he would like him to be removed before he has to fight him.
At 4:25 a.m., caller reports a loud noise coming from a business on the 500 block of 9th Street.
At 5:53 a.m., caller says someone broke the glass to her front door on the 500 block of Murphy Avenue.
At 7:21 a.m., report of attempted car theft at a residence on the 16400 block of U.S. 101 South in Klamath.

Del Norte Ambulance honors its employees

Tom Phillips was named Del Norte Ambulance's Emloyee of the Year. Submitted
 Now in its 30th year of ownership under paramedic and President Ron Sandler, Del Norte Ambulance recently honored three of its crew members for distinguished service.

Chaz Davis was named “Most Caring” for showing “true compassion” to patients, the public, and fellow employees.

Danny Sackett received the “Helping Hand” award for being ever-present to “lend a hand when needed.”

Thomas Phillips was doubly honored as Del Norte Ambulance’s “Employee of the Year” and a “Star of Life Award” recipient, presented earlier this year in Washington, D.C. by the American Ambulance Association

Cross-deputization agreement

Courtesy Matt Mais / Yurok Tribe
 Yurok Tribal Police Chief Leonard Masten and Del Norte County Sheriff Erik Apperson shook hands Monday in Klamath while formalizing the recently-approved, long-awaited cross-deputization agreement, which will ultimately allow qualified YTP officers to enforce state laws on tribal lands and assist sheriff deputies in law enforcement off the reservation. “A partnership was forged and we’re on to doing great things,” said Apperson. Pictured, left to right: Yurok Tribal Council representatives Jack Mattz and Lana McCovey, Chairman James Dunlap, Masten, Apperson, supervisors David Finigan, Gerry Hemmingsen, Martha McClure and Tribal Council Rep. Ryan Ray.

Law enforcement honored for stolen vehicle recovery

Officer Ryan McElroy, Eureka PD; Officer Matthew Holzhauer, CHP Ukiah Area; Officer Matthew O’Donovan, Arcata PD’ Officer Jacob Slates, CHP Ukiah Area; Sergeant Stan Harkness, Eureka PD; Officer Brian Hanson, CHP Ukiah Area; Deputy Matthew Tomlin, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office; Officer Dustin Nantz, Eureka PD; and Officer Ben Omey, Eureka PD. Submitted
 Nine law enforcement officers from Humboldt and Mendocino Counties were recently honored for superior service in stolen vehicle recovery in Northern California.

The “10851” pin, so named for the Vehicle Code number denoting “unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle,” was presented as a joint effort by California Highway Patrol and the state Automobile Association Insurance Group.

CHP notes that a vehicle is stolen every 3 minutes in the state with the Honda Accord ranking first in thefts. The public is advised to deter car thieves by “parking in a secure or highly visible location, locking vehicle doors, using an alarm system, (and) not leaving a vehicle unattended.”

Pelican Bay inmate case will come to Del Norte

Allegations of inmate “sleep-deprivation torture” by Pelican Bay staff are expected to be heard in Del Norte Superior Court in the new year.

Longtime inmate of the Crescent City supermax prison and prisoner rights activist John R. Martinez takes issue with the recent “Guard One” system as implemented by PBSP correctional officers.

He alleges the Security/Welfare Check system, made effective in early August by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, has created a physically and psychologically intolerable environment for himself and his fellow inmates of the prison’s Secure Housing Unit (SHU). 

Rising waters close roads

Lake Earl Drive stayed open, though flooded by the 3 inches of rain that arrived all at once Sunday morning. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 An already water-logged December was further submerged by torrential rains that dumped on Del Norte County, causing waters to rise and dozens of roads to close during what one county official called a “crazy weekend.”

“We had people isolated at Requa and Hunter Creek,”  said Cindy Henderson, the county’s Emergency Services Manager. “At least seven were stuck behind water. Roads were closed everywhere; there were at least 30 — we had a board going at the active Emergency Operations Center. There was a power outage in Klamath Glen, rock slides, trees down, roads flooded. We had every imaginable problem on the roads.”

Of the 7.32 inches of rain that fell on the Crescent City airport Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2.5 to 3 inches fell within three hours early Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Eureka.

Runaway child found near casino

A young Smith River boy was rescued from being lost in the maelstrom this weekend with community assistance and some quick moves by the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office.

8-year-old Victor Lopez was reported missing late-afternoon Saturday from the area of Fred Haight Drive and North Street. Sheriff Erik Apperson and Deputy Neal Oilar initially struggled with a language barrier but then enlisted another deputy with Spanish proficiency to translate over the phone. They soon established Lopez had run away from home.

They were joined “within minutes” by Search and Rescue team members and sent an alert over a Del Norte community page online. 

Rains delay recovery of sunken car

Daylight view of the crash victims' perspective driving southbound on U.S. 199 before entering the river near where the orange cone now stands. Bryant Anderson // Del Norte Triplicate
Steve Fillman and Fred Hansen, Jr. were almost home from visiting Fillman’s mother at an Oregon nursing home last weekend when their car plunged off the highway into the Smith River near Gasquet. 

A witness said it was pouring rain Saturday evening when the car tumbled off an unprotected embankment on U.S. 199 near Hardscrabble Creek. 

Almost a week later it remains underwater, both men believed still inside, as the river proves too high and swift for rescue and recovery operations to proceed safely. Continued persistent rain this past week will delay the next expected opportunity until Tuesday or Wednesday, said Del Norte Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator Terry McNamara. 

4 years for driver in Smith River chase

Daniel Cardy. Courtesy Del Norte County District Attorney Office
More than 9 months after a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle that involved gunfire, a crash, and an escape on foot into the bush near Smith River, both suspects have been apprehended and sentenced to time in state prison. 

Daniel Cardy, 18, of Crescent City, was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison after pleading guilty or no contest to multiple vehicle code and penal code violations. He was convicted for unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle, evading a police officer, reckless driving, and assault with a deadly weapon.

The chase began early evening on March 9 when a Del Norte County deputy sheriff carrying a ride-along civilian attempted to pull over Cardy and his passenger, 28-year-old Brandon Jon Proctor. 

It keeps on coming

A long train of moisture, called an ‘atmospheric river,’ fed a storm that crossed Del Norte County on Wednesday morning. Courtesy NOAA
NOAA predicts that the Smith may exceed the action level of 27 feet at Dr. Fine Bridge by Sunday 

A series of cold fronts continues to wash over the region with bouts of heavy rain that will keep Del Norte County and surrounding areas in a flood watch into tonight, according to the National Weather Service. 

“They’re coming from this parent storm that’s just over the Gulf of Alaska. It’s kind of spinning these fronts around,” said Meteorologist Kathleen Lewis, with NWS in Eureka.

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