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Monday, April 8, 2019

Harrowing Night: Boaters Safe After Hitting Rocks Near Shelter Cove

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2019 at 9:39 AM

Shelter Cove rescue team joins the trimaran crew for a celebration photo. - PHOTO BY CHERYL ANTONY
  • Photo by Cheryl Antony
  • Shelter Cove rescue team joins the trimaran crew for a celebration photo.
A trimaran called the Midnight Sun struck rocks near Shelter Cove last night and the crew had to escape on an inflatable boat and make their way into harbor through the storm, said Cheryl Antony of the Shelter Cove Fire Department.

“Something happened to their boat. … They sent out a distress signal at 9:30 p.m.,” Antony said. “It was pouring and foggy.”

In the darkness, Antony could hear the waves beating on the beaches and she said she was afraid that not even the Coast Guard, which had also been called out, would be able to find the crew in time.

But, the three boaters from Texas and two from Fort Bragg managed to navigate to a Shelter Cove beach, where rescuers met them and got them into dry clothes.

“They had nothing with them except the clothes on their back,” Antony said.


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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Trinidad Ordnance Destroyed by Military Disposal Team

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 9:23 AM

The WW II ordnance found on a Trinidad property. - HCSO
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  • The WW II ordnance found on a Trinidad property.
A World War II era ordnance that prompted the brief evacuation of a Trinidad neighborhood was originally found by a property owner more than a decade ago but, after coming across the device again Tuesday, he decided to call authorities, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the HCSO explosive disposal team arrived at the scene and after consulting with a unit at Beale Air Force base made the determination that the device was military grade, prompting a request for the Clear Lake team to respond.
The Beale Air Force EOD unit on scene. - HCSO
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  • The Beale Air Force EOD unit on scene.
“Beale Air Force EOD representatives arrived at the residence at approximately 4 p.m. Neighbors of the residence were temporarily evacuated to a safe location,” the HCSO release states. “Upon further analysis of the ordnance, Beale Air Force EOD representatives retrieved the device and rendered the ordnance safe at an off-property location.”

Read the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office release below:


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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

UPDATE: All Clear at Trinidad Scene After Ordnance 'Retrieved'

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 4:33 PM

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UPDATE:

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office issues the all
clear, saying the Air Force ordnance disposal team has retrieved the explosive
and residents have been “advised it is safe to return home.”


PREVIOUSLY:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to “stay clear” of the area near Highland Avenue in Trinidad after the property owner discovered a “military-grade ordnance” at a residence on the street’s 700 block.


According to a tweet, members of Clear Lake’s Beale Air Force Base explosive ordnance disposal team are onsite.

“Residents nearby are being moved to a safe location,” the tweet states. “Public is asked to stay clear of area.”
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Skeletal Remains Found in Wooded Area Near Blue Lake

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 12:14 PM

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Skeletal remains were found Friday near Blue Lake in what the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office “a steep, wooded area.”

A local resident made the find while checking out a dumping site and, among the debris, locating the remains amid the debris. The remains will now be analyzed for DNA to try to identify the individual, according to the sheriff’s office release.

“No evidence of foul play was located,” the release states. “This case is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division.”

Read the HCSO release below:

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Redway Man Killed in Avenue of the Giants Crash

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 8:49 AM

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A 58-year-old Redway man was killed Saturday afternoon after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Avenue of the Giants just north of Miranda, which closed the popular scenic highway for two hours.

According to a CHP report, Roy Werner was riding his 2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic around 4 p.m. when he ran off the road and overturned. He died at the scene. His passenger, also from Redway, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to St. Joseph Hospital.

The CHP report states that alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Sneaker Wave Kills Bay Area Man on His Birthday

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 12:24 PM

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A Bay Area man on vacation with his family died on his birthday after being swept away by a sneaker wave north of Luffenholtz Beach near Trinidad on Friday

According to Cmdr. Brendan Hilleary, response chief at Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay, “The Coast Guard was first notified of the incident by multiple reporting parties near the scene at approximately 11:40 a.m., Friday, and immediately launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from McKinleyville and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from the Coast Guard station in Samoa. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office also dispatched a deputy to scene.”

Hilleary stated that, “The helicopter arrived at the incident within six minutes of takeoff, located the missing man in the water, hoisted and flew him directly to emergency medical care at Mad River hospital.”


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Friday, March 22, 2019

Sheriff's Office: Benbow Shooting Was Self-Defense

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 11:53 AM

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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has released a man arrested in the wake of a Benbow shooting after finding that he acted in self-defense.

According to a release, the decision was made after the criminal investigations division completed interviews and reviewed evidence connected to the incident that took place Wednesday on the 300 block of Twin Trees Road.


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Thursday, March 21, 2019

UPDATE: Investigation Finds Self-Defense in Benbow Shooting

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 10:09 AM

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UPDATE:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has released a man arrested in the wake of a Benbow shooting, after finding that he acted in self-defense.

According to a release, the decision was made after the criminal investigations division completed interviews and reviewed evidence.

PREVIOUSLY:
An apparent dispute between neighbors near Benbow erupted into a shooting Wednesday that left one man in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the shoulder and another arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

A release states that deputies were called to a residence on the 300 block of Twin Trees Road on the report of a shooting and found the victim, who was taken to the hospital. His name was not immediately released.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

SF Man Honored for Helping Save Humboldt Residents at Fiery Crash

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 4:27 PM

COURTESY OF CARNEGIE HERO FUND COMMISSION
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Nicholas Anderson and his girlfriend Tracy weren’t supposed to be headed down the section of U.S. Highway 101 where they found themselves just after midnight on May 26, 2017.

But a glitch with a credit card at a gas station had forced the San Francisco couple traveling to a family reunion to retrace their steps in order to fill up, taking them back down the rural stretch of road north of Willits.

Anderson says he recalls immediately sensing something was seriously wrong when he came across a truck with its hazard signals on and a man jumping out of its passenger side with a fire extinguisher in his hand.

Then the fiery head-on crash came into view.
Nicholas Anderson was honored for helping save five people at the scene of the devastating May of 2017 crash. - COURTESY OF TRACY SPEARS
  • Courtesy of Tracy Spears
  • Nicholas Anderson was honored for helping save five people at the scene of the devastating May of 2017 crash.

Anderson’s actions in the following moments of that night would help save the lives of five people, including two young children who were trapped in one of the cars that had burst into flames.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

UPDATE: Highway 101 Open to Controlled Traffic After Crash

Posted By and on Mon, Mar 11, 2019 at 2:42 PM

The scene of the crash north of Willits. - SUBMITTED
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  • The scene of the crash north of Willits.

UPDATE:
U.S. Highway 101 is now open to one-way controlled traffic in both directions north of Willits after a fatal crash this afternoon.

PREVIOUSLY:
U.S. Highway 101 is closed in both directions between Willits and Laytonville, after a fatal, head-on collision shortly after noon today.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Jason Taylor, a black sedan crossed over the yellow lines near mile marker 55.75 by Outlet Creek and collided with a big rig. Taylor said the driver of the sedan is deceased and at least one of his juvenile passengers sustained major injuries.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office is urging motorists to avoid the area and take alternate travel routes, if possible. There is currently no estimated time for the highway to reopen.
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