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Illegal Camping Investigation Nets Arrest of Ukiah Man for Possessing a Stolen License Plate and Warrants


This following is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Vinson Hill [Mugshot provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On 07-29-2021 at 4:22 P.M. a Deputy from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol in the 600 block of Lake Mendocino Drive in Ukiah, California.

During this time, the Deputy saw two cars parked in an area known for illegal camping in the turnout and down by the Russian River. 

The Deputy stopped and conducted an illegal camping investigation. One of the vehicles was unoccupied and the other was occupied by Vinson Hill.

The Deputy requested Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dispatch conduct a records check on Hill. The Deputy was advised Hill had two active warrants for his arrest, one misdemeanor [14601.2(a) CVC) and one felony (182(a)(1) PC].  Both warrants were issued out of the Mendocino County Superior Court.

Dispatch also informed the Deputy the license plate on the vehicle had been previously reported as stolen to the Santa Rosa Police Department.

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The Deputy requested Dispatch contact the Santa Rosa Police Department and confirm the license plate was indeed still considered stolen.  After contacting Santa Rosa Police Dispatch, MCSO Dispatch was able to confirm the license plate was still listed as stolen out of their jurisdiction. 

Hill was advised he was under arrest for the two listed warrants and the additional charges of 496(a) PC (possession of stolen property) and for 4462.5 CVC (unlawful display of evidence of registration). 

Hill was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $5,000.00 bail.

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Matt LaFever
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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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