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 07-21-2022 at about 2:25 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a neighbor dispute occurring in the 76000 block of Lovell Street in Covelo, California.
The caller advised William Peckham was yelling at them and had thrown a toy at the person but had since left the location.
It was later learned Peckham had allegedly thrown a cast iron skillet at the caller along with numerous other items, one of which struck the caller. Peckham had also used a metal crutch to break the window out of the caller’s residence.
On 07-21-2022 at about 4:00 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a business in the 76000 block of Highway 162 in Covelo, California.
The employee advised William Peckham had entered the store and took items without paying for them. When the manager confronted Peckham, he (Peckham) stated was going to shoot the employees who were working.
The manager fearing for his safety and the safety of the employees allowed Peckham to leave the business with the items. Peckham returned shortly afterwards, walking into the store and grabbed a soda and again left the business without paying.
Sheriff’s Deputies arrived along with Round Valley Tribal Police officers and contacted Peckham who was sitting across the street from the business. Peckham was found to be in possession of the stolen items. Peckham was arrested for robbery (211 PC).
Deputies went to the 76000 block of Lovell Street and contacted the first caller who reported the neighbor dispute earlier in the day. Deputies collected evidence regarding the vandalism and assault.
Peckham was further arrested for assault with a deadly weapon (245 PC) in connection with that incident.
Peckham was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $125,000.00 bail.