The following is a press release issued by 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:
On 10-04-2021 at about 8:30 PM a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy was patrolling the Little Lake Cemetery in Willits, California.
The public has reported people camping at and possibly vandalizing the cemetery. The Deputy observed a vehicle at the location and conducted a vehicle check.
The Deputy contacted a male adult inside the vehicle, who was identified as Steven Lawson. Lawson was determined to currently be on parole.
During the contact Deputies learned there was an active pick up arrest warrant issued by parole for his arrest. A search of Lawson and his vehicle was conducted.
Inside the vehicle, the Deputy located a used glass pipe commonly used to ingest methamphetamine, a fixed blade knife and a small canister of OC spray (pepper spray). All these items violated the terms of Lawson’s parole.
Lawson was arrested for violation of the terms of his parole (3056 PC) and for possession of tear gas (pepper spray) by a prohibited person (22810 PC).
Lawson was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held on a No Bail status due to the parole hold.