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Detectives Investigating ‘Suspicious Death’ at Ukiah Apartment Complex This Evening

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[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

What initially was reported as a medical aid call to Ukiah’s Willow Terrace Apartments on East Gobbi Street has proven to be a “suspicious death”, as per Ukiah Police Department’s Lieutenant Andrew Phillips. 

Lieutenant Phillips could not provide any information regarding the decedent, suspects, or the nature of the incident due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. He did tell us UPD became involved in the situation around 1:30 this afternoon after officers were called to the scene of a medical call that paramedics thought “suspicious.”

A review of scanner traffic from the time referenced by Lieutenant Phillips confirms around 1:10 p.m., scanner traffic medical personnel were called on an echo response to the apartment complex, code for imminent death. CPR was reportedly in progress.

Detectives are actively investigating and have cordoned off a small section of the apartment complex on 237 East Gobbi Street while they process the scene. 

Lieutenant Phillips told us that detectives will secure the area overnight as they wait for Department of Justice investigators to assist in the processing of the scene tomorrow.

More information regarding the incident will be released tomorrow, Lieutenant Phillips said.  

Loud Music And Banging On The Wall, Burglary – Fort Bragg Police Logs 11.24.2022

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The following is a police log published law enforcement dispatch in Ukiah. People named as being arrested should be presumed innocent unless/until found guilty in a court of law. In the spirit of transparency, MendoFever actively curates these police logs to protect the privacy of law enforcement personnel, suspects, and victims.

Some important codes to refer to when reading police logs follow: RP = Reporting party UTL/GOA means “Unable to locate, Gone on Arrival.” CODE 4 = “Situation Under Control”HBD=Has been drinking.

[Image provided by Fort Bragg Police Department]
  • 00:16:07 …LOUD PARTY MINNESOTA AV, FORT BRAGG REPORTING LARGE PARTY W/LOUD MUSIC AND BANGING ON THE WALLS/RESPONSIBLE AGREED TO TURN DOWN MUSIC
  • 02:16:44 …BURGLARY N MCPHERSON ST, FORT BRAGG RP REQ 21 REGARDING 459 WITH NO SUSP INFO NO ANSWER ON CALL BACK
  • 09:21:37 …SUSP PERSON WOODWARD ST, FORT BRAGG SUBJ CAMPING IN VEHICLE/SUBJ CONTACTED AND ADVISED
  • 09:30:31 …SUSP PERSON E REDWOOD AV, FORT BRAGG 10-15 @ 0954 HRS RONALD VALENTINE AGE 62 FOR 290.01A PC CITED AND RELEASED
  • 11:02:02 …TRAFFIC STOP PARK ST/E OAK, FORT BRAGG 10-15 @ 1104 HRS WITH DEVAN TOMPKINS AGE 27 FOR MCSO WARRANT CITED AND RELEASED
  • 13:20:38 …VERBAL 415 E CHESTNUT ST/S HAROLD, FORT BRAGG MALE AND FEMALE IN 415 VERBAL AREA CHECKED UTL GOA
  • 15:43:24 …911 HANGUP PENITENTI WY, FORT BRAGG RP STATES ACCIDENTAL DIAL CODE 4
  • 16:47:19 …DISTURBANCE E LAUREL ST, FORT BRAGG ADULT DAUGHTER CAUSING DISTURBANCE / ASSIST PROVIDED, SUBJS CODE 4
  • 17:56:05 …23152 CVC N MAIN ST, FORT BRAGG POSS DUI DRIVER / AREA CHECKED UTL GOA
  • 19:11:21 …ANIMAL S WHIPPLE ST, FORT BRAGG RP REQ A 21 REGARDING MISSING K9/INFO TAKEN
  • 19:19:50 …10-21 MESSAGE N MCPHERSON ST, FORT BRAGG RP REQ A 21/ASSISTANCE PROVIDED
  • 21:11:44 …SUSP CIRC MAPLE ST, FORT BRAGG RP REPORTS A LOUD NOISE/AREA CHECKED QOA QOD
  • 23:55:18 …BURGLARY WALNUT ST, FORT BRAGG 459 OCC`D AT LOC

Subject Had A Speaker In His Hand, Assault/Battery – Ukiah Police Logs 11.24.2022

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The following is a police log published law enforcement dispatch in Ukiah. People named as being arrested should be presumed innocent unless/until found guilty in a court of law. In the spirit of transparency, MendoFever actively curates these police logs to protect the privacy of law enforcement personnel, suspects, and victims.

Some important codes to refer to when reading police logs follow: RP = Reporting party UTL/GOA means “Unable to locate, Gone on Arrival.” CODE 4 = “Situation Under Control”HBD=Has been drinking.

[Image provided by Ukiah Police Department]
  • 00:46:29 …TRAFFIC STOP NB AT N STATE ST, UKIAH 1015 @ 0102 W/ COLBY TANNER HUFFMAN AGE 21OF UKIAH FOR 23152 (A) VC AND 23152 (B) VC/BOOKED CITED AND RELEASED
  • 01:37:43 …TRAFFIC STOP W LAKE MENDO DR, UKIAH 1015 @ 0147 W/ BRIAN MATTHEW BARNES AGE 23 OF UKIAH FOR 23152 (A) VC AND 23152 (B) VC/BOOKED CITED AND RELEASED
  • 01:51:32 …THEFT S STATE ST, UKIAH POSSIBLE THEFT OF A BICYCLE/AREA CHECKED UTL GOA
  • 02:12:12 …VERBAL 415 WARREN DR, UKIAH RP REPORTING THIRD PARTY 415 VERBAL BETWEEN HER DAUGHTER AND GRAND DAUGHTER/1015 @ 0230 W/ SAMANTHA NICOLE MENDEZ AGE 24 OF UKIAH FOR 148 (G) PC AND MCSO WARRANTS/LODGED AT CJ
  • 04:45:16 …DISTURBANCE BURLINGTON DR, UKIAH SOMEONE CLAPPING LOUDLY IN THE AREA/ AREA CHECKED AND UTL/GOA
  • 08:22:25 …TRESPASS S STATE ST, UKIAH SUBJ REFUSING TO LEAVE/SUBJ COUNSELED/MOVING ALONG AND ADVISED OF 602 PC
  • 08:58:32 …ALARM S SCHOOL ST, UKIAH 1015 @ 0908 LEWISKOOY, JAKE OF UKIAH FOR MCSO WARRANTS X 5/ SUBJ TAKEN TO COUNTY JAIL
  • 10:36:21 …TRESPASS MASON ST, UKIAH TRANSEINTS STILL AT LOCATION/ ASKED TO MOVE ALONG AND DID SO UPON REQUEST
  • 10:43:30 …SUSP CIRC S STATE ST, UKIAH 1015@1101/ COSMA,MIHAI OF WILLITS FOR MCSO WARRANT SUBJ TAKEN TO COUNTY JAIL
  • 10:51:59 …WELFARE CHECK E GOBBI ST/S ORCHARD AV, UKIAH WELFARE CHECK ON SUBJ AT LOCATION/SUBJ CODE 4 AT THIS TIME
  • 11:33:23 …CITIZEN ASSIST AIRPORT PARK BL, UKIAH ASSISTANCE PROVIDED
  • 12:11:06 …SUSP CIRC LUCE AV, UKI RP STATES BROTHER IN LAW IS AT LOCATION/ POSSIBLY CAUSING A DISTURBANCE/ SUBJ CODE 4
  • 13:03:47 …SHOPLIFTER S ORCHARD AV, UKIAH SHOPLIFTER UTL GOA/10115 GABLE, CHRISTIAN OF SANTA BARBARA FOR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY WARRANT/ SUBJ CITED
  • 15:05:14 …PARKING COMPLAINT N BUSH ST, UKIAH VEH BLOCKING DRIVEWAY/CONTACTED OWNER MOVED UPON REQUEST
  • 15:32:20 …THREATS S SCHOOL ST, UKIAH VERBAL 415/ RP COUNSELED
  • 16:01:34 …ANIMAL OAK MANOR DR, UKIAH DOG CHASED RP AND HER DOG DOWN THE STREET/ NOT AS REPORTED/ DOG WAS ON A LEAD/ OWNER COUNSELED
  • 16:07:32 …CIVIL MATTERS W MILL ST, UKIAH NOT AS REPORTED/CIVIL ISSUE REGARDING RETURN OF A VEH/ LOG DOC PROVIDED
  • 16:28:25 …SUSP PERSON HWY 101//PEDESTRIAN OVER CROSSING, UKIAH RP REPORTING SUSP SUBJ IN THE AREA/SUBJ CONTACTED AND HAD A SPEAKER IN HIS HAND
  • 16:57:07 …SUSP PERSON N ORCHARD AV, UKIAH 1015 @ 1657 WITH JORGE TAFOYA AGE 39 OF UKIAH FOR 459 PC AND 594(B)(1) PC. LODGED AT CJ
  • 17:08:09 …ANIMAL S STATE ST, UKIAH RP REPORTING LOOSE/INJURED DOG IFO LOCATION // K9 LODGED AT THE SHELTER
  • 17:23:02 …TRESPASS FORD ST, UKIAH RP REPORTING 2-3 TRESPASSERS AT LOCATION/AREA CHECKED AND UTL/GOA
  • 17:26:15 …FIGHT S STATE ST, UKIAH RP REPORTING 415 VERBAL IFO LOCATION/AREA CHECKED AND UTL/GOA
  • 18:39:59 …ASSAULT/BATTERY-MISD LUCE AV/S DORA ST, UKIAH RP REPORTING 242 JUST OCCURRED IN THE AREA/AREA CHECKED AND UTL/GOA
  • 19:17:11 …THEFT N MAIN ST, UKIAH RP REPORTING THEFT FROM LOCATION
  • 20:28:06 …DRUNK IN PUBLIC N ORCHARD AV, UKIAH 647F SUBJ BEHIND LOC/SUBJ CONTACTED AND LEFT THE AREA UPON REQ
  • 20:54:23 …THREATS S STATE ST, UKIAH RP REQ 21 REGARDING VIOLATION OF A COURT ORDER/NO ANSWER ON CALL BACK AND UNABLE TO LEAVE MESSAGE/NEG CRITERIA FOR 422 PC. INFO TAKEN
  • 21:10:56 …VANDALISM WAUGH LN, UKIAH RP REPORTING VANDALISM TO WINDOW AT LOCATION/NO SUSP INFO
  • 22:31:06 …LOUD PARTY YOSEMITE DR, UKIAH 1015 @ 2243 WITH FERNANDO MARTINEZ ORTIZ AGE 29 OF UKIAH FOR 647F LODGED AT CJ

Willits Police Arrest Felon for Alleged Possession of Meth and Flare Gun

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The following is a press release issued by the Willits Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:


Steven Lawson [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On November 15th, 2022 at about 4:33pm, Willits PD (WPD) Officers stopped a  vehicle in the Safeway parking lot for expired registration, and additional equipment violations. The driver was identified as Steven Lawson (from Ukiah),  who admitted he did not have a license.  

While one Officer conducted a check on Lawson, the other officer observed Lawson manipulating a baggy with a white crystalline substance on his lap. Lawson was detained, and a search of his person revealed a live flare gun round in his pocket. A flare gun, the same caliber as the ammunition found in his pocket, was found underneath Lawson’s seat. Per 16520 PC, the flare gun is considered a firearm. Lawson is a felon and is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. 

The methamphetamine was later weighed and determined to be 22 grams. 

Lawson was later transported and booked into county jail for violation of; 11377(a)  HS [Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine]. 29800(a)(1) PC  [Felon in Possession of a Firearm], 11370.1 HS [Possession of a Controlled  Substance While Armed], and 30305(a)(1) PC [Felon in Possession of Ammunition]. 

Deep Valley Arts Collective Calls for Submissions to Juried Group Exhibition ‘Storytelling’

The following is a press release issued by the Deep Valley Arts Collective:


Deep Valley Arts Collective and MEDIUM Art Gallery invite artists working in all media to submit to our juried group exhibition “Storytelling.”

Once upon a time, humanity relied on visual imagery to tell stories. We continue to develop our various forms of communication and use many mediums to share our stories – pottery, song, dance, painting, photography, poetry, and more. Artists are invited to submit artwork that is their interpretation of storytelling. Whatever form the art may take, let it tell the viewer a story.

Applications will be assessed on three criteria: creativity, originality, and the visual/emotional impact of the image.

Artist submissions have begun for our January/February exhibition to be held at MEDIUM Art Gallery in Ukiah. 

The exhibition is open to all artists! To submit work please visit www.deepvalleyarts.org/call-for-entry

  • No entry fee, and a limit of five entries per artist. 
  • Deadline for entries: Sunday, December 18th, 2022, 11:59 PM PST
  • Opening reception: Friday, January 6th, 2022, 5:00 – 8:00 PM PST

The Deep Valley Arts Collective is a Mendocino County-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that believes in the transformative power of making and experiencing art. Formed in 2020, our mission is to create a culture that nurtures artists’ development and success while contributing to the well-being of our community. For more information visit our website at www.deepvalleyarts.org.

Ukiah Man Allegedly Carjacked a 78-Year-Old Woman After Yanking Her Out of the Vehicle

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The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:


Eric Norton Smith [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On 11/21/22 at approximately 0914 hours, UPD Dispatch received a report of a possible carjacking behind  Staples, 1225 Airport Park Blvd. Officers responded to the scene, spoke to the victim and learned that an unknown white male adult approached the 78-year-old female victim and demanded a ride to the hospital. The victim refused and tried to shut the vehicle door. The suspect placed an aluminum baseball bat into the door jam, preventing her from closing the door. The suspect forcibly pulled her out of the vehicle by her upper arm.  The suspect got into the vehicle and fled the scene. The vehicle was described as a 2012 white Dodge Avenger.  

While Officers were searching the area, a citizen called CHP Dispatch to report a suspicious vehicle driving erratically on northbound Hwy. 101. The vehicle had fresh body damage and was last seen turning onto McNab Ranch Rd. The description of this vehicle matched the description of the stolen vehicle and CHP Dispatch forwarded the caller to UPD Dispatch.  

Officers responded to McNab Ranch Rd. and spoke to several witnesses who reported seeing a white vehicle with rear bumper damage on McNab Ranch Rd. Officers continued to search the McNab Ranch area when a  UPD Detective located the stolen vehicle at Bus McGall Rd. and Young Creek Rd. The Detective was able to take the suspect into custody without incident.  

The suspect was identified as 57-year-old Erik Norton Smith, a transient from Ukiah. He was transported to  AHUV for medical care and then transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked for violations of 215 PC, carjacking and 368 PC, elder abuse. Smith also had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest for failure  to appear on a separate case.  

Ukiah PD would like to thank the California Highway Patrol and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in this case. As always, UPD’s mission is to make Ukiah as safe a place as possible. If you  would like to know more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cellphone, and  email notifications by clicking the Nixle button on our website; http://www.ukiahpolice.com.

Local Trucking Company Agrees to Pay $71,967 Penalty After Three Crashes on Hwy 20 Result in Spills

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An ambulance and crew at the scene of a crash by Clear Lake in April of 2020. [Crop of a photo by John Winter]
An ambulance and crew at the scene of a crash by Clear Lake in April of 2020. [Crop of a photo by John Winter]

Local company, Steve Wills Trucking and Logging LLC, had three major crashes on Hwy 20 between January of 2020 and December of 2021 which resulted in raw milk spilling into waterways. One of which resulted in the death of a driver. Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with the company.

According to a press release from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [yesterday] announced a settlement with the owner and operator of Steve Wills Trucking and Logging LLC to resolve claims of violations of the Clean Water Act. Tanker trucks transporting milk from the Steve Wills facility near Fortuna, California, were involved in three separate driving incidents, all of which resulted in discharges of raw milk into waterways. One of the three incidents resulted in the death of a driver.

“Improper transport of goods can negatively impact waterways and compromise the safety of workers,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Martha Guzman. “When companies fail to manage substances that have the potential to impact waterways the local community, environment, and worker safety is put in danger.”

On January 19, 2020, a tanker truck carrying raw milk on Highway 20 near Glenhaven, CA overturned down an embankment and released raw milk into Clear Lake. On April 12, 2020, a second incident took place when a truck on Highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, CA overturned down an embankment and released raw milk into Clear Lake. Finally, on December 11, 2021, a truck on Highway 20 east of Lance Road in Lake County overturned down an embankment into Grizzly Creek, a tributary of Cache Creek.

Drivers were cited for the January 19 and April 12, 2020, incidents. The third incident is still pending the results of an ongoing investigation.

Steve Wills Trucking and Logging agreed to a penalty in the amount of $71,967 to resolve claims that the company discharged to Waters of the United States without a permit, which is a violation of the Clean Water Act.

U.S. law requires the safe management of materials to protect public health, the environment, and limit the need for costly and extensive cleanups. It is unlawful to discharge pollutants into Waters of the United States, except as authorized by a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit issued under the Clean Water Act.

For more information on reporting possible violations of environmental laws and regulations visit EPA’s enforcement reporting website.

Learn more about EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region. Connect with us on Facebook and on Twitter.

The crumpled big rig lay partially in Clear Lake after the crash.

The crumpled big rig from the January 19, 2020 crash lay on the shore of Clear Lake. [Photo provided by Northshore Firefighters]

Earlier:

California Reports $242 Million in Cannabis Tax Revenue From Third Quarter Return

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Cannabis taxes taxed

Press release from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA):

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) reported cannabis revenue [last week] for the third quarter of 2022. As of November 16, 2022, total cannabis tax revenue from third-quarter returns is $242 million. This includes California’s cannabis excise tax, which generated $128.4 million and $113.6 million in sales tax revenue from cannabis businesses. The total reported cannabis tax revenues do not include outstanding returns. They also do not include locally imposed taxes collected by cities and counties.

Previously reported revenue for the second quarter of 2022 returns was revised to $299.8 million, including $146.7 million in cannabis excise tax, $27.5 million in cultivation tax, and $125.6 million in sales tax. Revisions to quarterly data are the result of amended and late returns and other tax return adjustments.

Since January 2018, total cannabis tax revenue to date is $4.4 billion, including $2.2 billion in cannabis excise tax, and $1.7 billion in sales tax. That total also includes $500.3 million in cultivation tax, which was eliminated July 1, 2022 as a result of cannabis tax reform legislation signed by Governor Gavin Newsom earlier this year.

Additional cannabis tax revenue data is available on CDTFA’s Open Data Portal.

Background:

In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act. On January 1, 2018, two new cannabis taxes went into effect: a cultivation tax on all harvested cannabis that enters the commercial market and a 15 percent cannabis excise tax upon purchasers of cannabis and cannabis products. Due to cannabis tax reform legislation signed in 2022, the cultivation tax no longer applies to cannabis or cannabis products starting July 1, 2022. Starting January 1, 2023, distributors (including microbusinesses that distribute cannabis) will no longer be responsible for collecting and paying the cannabis excise tax to CDTFA for cannabis or cannabis products sold or transferred to cannabis retailers. Cannabis retailers will be automatically registered in December for a cannabis retailer excise tax permit based on licensing information provided by the Department of Cannabis Control. Additionally, cannabis retailers will be responsible for reporting and paying the cannabis excise tax to CDTFA for sales transactions that occur on and after January 1, 2023.

Retail sales of cannabis and cannabis products remain subject to state and local sales tax. Sales tax applies to sales of cannabis, cannabis products, and other merchandise such as pipes, rolling papers, and shirts. Certain retail sales of medicinal cannabis are exempt from sales and use taxes when the purchaser holds a valid Medical Marijuana Identification Card issued by the California Department of Public Health. To learn more, visit the Tax Guide for Cannabis Businesses on the CDTFA website.


The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) administers California’s sales and use, fuel, tobacco, alcohol, cannabis taxes, and various other taxes and fees that fund specific state programs. CDTFA-administered programs accounted for more than $91 billion last fiscal year, supporting essential local services such as transportation, public safety and health, libraries, schools, social services, and natural resource management programs through the distribution of tax dollars going directly to local communities.

Report Of K9 Attack, Theft – Fort Bragg Police Logs 11.19.2022

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The following is a police log published law enforcement dispatch in Ukiah. People named as being arrested should be presumed innocent unless/until found guilty in a court of law. In the spirit of transparency, MendoFever actively curates these police logs to protect the privacy of law enforcement personnel, suspects, and victims.

Some important codes to refer to when reading police logs follow: RP = Reporting party UTL/GOA means “Unable to locate, Gone on Arrival.” CODE 4 = “Situation Under Control”HBD=Has been drinking.

[Image provided by Fort Bragg Police Department]
  • 10:12:47 …SUSP VEHICLE S MAIN ST, FORT BRAGG FOR 1144 REPORT
  • 11:34:51 …SUSP CIRC S MAIN ST, FORT BRAGG 1066 CIRCS/SUBJS CONTACTED AND COUNSELED
  • 11:53:23… HAZARD ROAD OR OTHER WISE S MAIN ST/HWY 20, FORT BRAGG DEBRIS IN RDWY/UTL GOA RDWY CLEAR
  • 11:59:26 …ANIMAL PINE ST, FORT BRAGG RPTS K9 ATTACK/AREA CHECKED UTL GOA K9
  • 12:27:44 …TRESPASS S MAIN ST, FORT BRAGG SUBJ REFUSING TO LEAVE LOC/SUBJ CONTACTED AND COUNSELED/LEAVING UPON REQUEST/602`D FROM LOC
  • 13:30:08 …TRAFFIC STOP S MAIN ST, FORT BRAGG TRAFFIC STOP/1015 @ 1333 HOURS W/QUEEN, DAVID AGE 54 OF FORT BRAGG FOR CHARGES VC 14601.2 PC 1203.2 PC/SUBJ BOOKED CIITED AND RELEASED
  • 17:45:19 …THEFT N WHIPPLE ST, FORT BRAGG
  • 18:21:16 …ANIMAL S MAIN ST, FORT BRAGG FOUND K9
  • 22:05:29 …23152 CVC E LAUREL ST/N MAIN, FORT BRAGG RP REPORTING POSS DUI DRIVER IN THE AREA/AREA CHECKED AND UTL/GOA

Male Selling Flowers, Possible Fireworks Or Gun Shots – Ukiah Police Logs 11.19.2022

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The following is a police log published law enforcement dispatch in Ukiah. People named as being arrested should be presumed innocent unless/until found guilty in a court of law. In the spirit of transparency, MendoFever actively curates these police logs to protect the privacy of law enforcement personnel, suspects, and victims.

Some important codes to refer to when reading police logs follow: RP = Reporting party UTL/GOA means “Unable to locate, Gone on Arrival.” CODE 4 = “Situation Under Control”HBD=Has been drinking.

[Image provided by Ukiah Police Department]
  • 00:06:21 …SUSP CIRC FORD ST, UKIAH RP REPORTING POSS 10-31 SUBJECT IN THE AREA/SUBJ LEFT IN THE CARE OF MENTAL HEALTH
  • 01:37:23 …TRAFFIC STOP MASON ST/NORTON ST, UKIAH 1015 @ 0150 WITH JOSE FELIX AGE 23 OF UKIAH FOR 23152(A) AND 23152(B) VC. CITED AND RELEASED.
  • 03:18:24 …SUSP PERSON S STATE ST, UKIAH 1015 @ 0337 WITH CODY LADD AGE 30 OF CLEARLAKE OAKS FOR 11377 H/S AND 3056 PC. LODGED AT CJ
  • 08:44:27 …HIT AND RUN T/C AIRPORT PARK BL, UKIAH RP WITNESSED VEH VS PED/UNABLE TO LOCATE VEHICLE OR PED
  • 13:53:08 …SUSP CIRC N ORCHARD AV/E PERKINS ST, UKIAH MALE SUBJ STANDING IN CROSS WALK BLOCKING TRAFFIC/AREA CHECKED UTL GOA
  • 14:20:10 …UCC VIOL E GOBBI ST/S MAIN ST, UKIAH MALE SELLING FLOWERS, STOPPING CARS/SUBJ CONTACTED AND ADVISED
  • 14:40:35 …SECURITY CHECKS N ORCHARD BRIDGE, UKIAH CASE 22-2370 FOR USE OF RESTRAINTS
  • 15:33:02 …SUSP CIRC LESLIE ST, UKIAH 3 MALES LOITERING ON RAIL TRL BEHIND TRAILER PARK/SUBJ LEFT UPON REQUEST
  • 16:20:39 …SUSP CIRC N SCHOOL ST/HENRY ST, UKIAH MALE TRYING DOOR HANDLES/AREA CHECKED UTL GOA
  • 17:19:16 …MISSING PERSON N STATE ST, UKIAH RP UNABLE TO REACH HER HUSBAND BY PHONE/DECLINED MP REPORT, REFERED TO MCSO FOR WELFARE CHECK
  • 17:21:20 …SUSP VEHICLE CAPPS LN, UKIAH SUBJ FOLLOWING RP/AREA CHECKED UTL GOA, RP CONTACTED
  • 17:32:50 …TRESPASS N ORCHARD AV, UKIAH ONGOING PROBLEM W SUBJ TRESPASSING/AREA CHECKED UTL GOA
  • 18:27:21 …SUSP PERSON HASTINGS AV, UKIAH SUBJ PUSHING SHOPPING CART IN FENCED AREA NEAR NEW BUILDING/AREA CHECKED UTL GOA
  • 18:28:49 …DISTURBANCE N MAIN ST, UKIAH RP REPORTING DIST IFO LOCATION/NO CRITERIA FOR 13700 AND MALE SUBJ LEFT THE AREA UPON REQ
  • 21:59:59 …SUSP CIRC S DORA ST, UKIAH TWO POSS FIREWORKS OR GUNSHOTS IN THE AREA/AREA CHECKED UTL QOA QOD
  • 22:00:08 …SHOTS FIRED JONES ST, UKIAH POSS SHOTS FIRED IN THE AREA/REFER TO CALL ON SOUTH DORA
  • 23:47:41 …ALARM AIRPORT RD, UKIAH 1033 SURVEILLANCE SHOWING FEMALE IFO LOCATION/AREA CHECKED UTL GOA

A Fatal Overdose in a Fort Bragg Parking Lot Evokes the Dark Reality of Mendocino County’s Opioid Crisis

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A homeless encampment on Ukiah’s Brush Street last winter before it was dismantled [Picture by Matt LaFever]

At approximately 10:20 a.m., first responders in Fort Bragg were deployed to the Safeway parking lot on the 600 block of South Main Street where a subject was reportedly in a vehicle in the midst of a drug overdose.

Moments after the initial callout, Fort Bragg Police officers on the scene relayed to the dispatcher that the patient had died. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on route to the scene to process the patient.

This morning’s death is a somber reminder that in 2021 Mendocino County experienced the second-highest rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in the Golden State. The California Overdose Surveillance Dashboard indicates 47 people died of overdoses last year. This overdose crisis continues to afflict our rural county despite the ubiquity of Narcan, the overdose-reversing drug used by first responders.

In general, the North Coast of California has a disproportionately high rate of drug abuse and addiction compared to the rest of California Treatment can help. The following resources are available to those seeking support for themselves or their loved ones:

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