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Stalking – Case 201605786

On Thursday, December 22, 2016 at about 10:30 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an unwanted subject outside a residence on the 4000 block of Cedar Street in Eureka.  Deputies have previously received numerous calls in regards to the subject stalking a female victim at various locations.  The subject, 43 year old Todd William Gonsalves, was observed on the 3000 block of Cedar Street by deputies.  Gonsalves fled from deputies on foot and a search ensued.  Deputies soon located Gonsalves hiding in some bushes on the 3000 block of Walnut Drive.  Gonsalves was arrested without incident.

Deputies searched Gonsalves incident to arrest and located numerous stolen credit cards in his possession.  Gonsalves was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for stalking, violation of a court order, burglary, resisting arrest, violation of probation, credit card fraud, mail theft, possession of stolen property, and possessing a concealed dirk or dagger.  His bail was set at $100,000.

The victims of the credit card thefts will be contact by law enforcement to retrieve their property.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Mike Downey

Sheriff


Inmate Death – 201606139

Update (12/22/16):

Humboldt County Coroner’s have identified the inmate who died on Tuesday, December 13thas 44 year old Thomas Robert Smith.  The cause of death is pending toxicology reports.

Coroners have been unable to locate next of kin.  Smith may have family in the Seattle area.  If anyone has contact information for any next of kin, please contact the Coroner’s Office at 707-445-7242.

Previous (12/14/16):

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at approximately 5:15 p.m. Correctional Deputies noticed an inmate experiencing medical issues in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Medical staff was summoned and began treatment. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) were requested due to the inmates declining condition. EMTs transported the inmate to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday, December 16, 2016. Toxicology reports have been requested for processing. The cause of death is unknown pending the autopsy and toxicology reports. The identification of the decedent will be released once next of kin has been notified.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Mike Downey Sheriff


Attempted Homicide – Case 201606136

 Via Selena Zorrilla-Mendoza. Community Service Officer. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Update (12/19/16):

On Friday, December 16, 2016 at approximately 11:23 a.m. Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs received information regarding the possible location of the suspect vehicle associated with the attempted homicide in Redway on Tuesday, December 13th.  Deputies were directed to an unmarked dirt road in the Alderpoint area.  The dirt road was in poor condition and deputies soon had to continue on foot.  The deputies soon located a freshly cut tree that was blocking the road.  It appeared the tree was felled in attempt to block further passage on the roadway.  A short distance beyond the tree, deputies located the unoccupied suspect vehicle which was partially hidden in a brushy area.  The vehicle was towed and stored as evidence.

This attempted homicide case is still under investigation.  No arrests have been made at this point.  Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Previous (12/13/16):

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at approximately 1:56 p.m. Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs responded to Redway for a report of a possible gunshot victim. Deputies located a 41 year old male victim lying along Whitmore Ave just north of Empire Ave. The identity of the suspect(s) is not immediately known. However, there is a possible suspect vehicle description of a gray Dodge pickup truck with body damage and no a tailgate. An immediate search of the area was conducted by law enforcement. However, the suspect(s) or vehicle was unable to be located. The suspect(s), who is considered armed and dangerous, is still at large. It is unknown if the suspect(s) is still in the immediate area. The condition of the victim is not immediately known. This case is being investigated by Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives as an attempted homicide. Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. Mike Downey Sheriff


Homicide Investigation – Case 201606114

Via Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon James Mitchell, 22

Update (12/19/16):

On Sunday, December 18, 2016 at approximately 9:40 p.m. Hector Godoy-Standley and Catherine Fode, who are both wanted for last week’s murder of Tyson Claros, turned themselves in to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.  Both Godoy-Standley and Fode were arrested without incident, and were booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for the charge of PC 187/homicide.  Their bail was set at $1,000,000 each.

The investigation of Tyson Claros’ murder is still currently ongoing.  If anyone has information in regards to this homicide investigation, please contact Investigator Fulton at (707) 268-3646 or the non-emergency phone number for the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.

Update (12/16/16):

On December 12th, 20 year old Tyson Claros was murdered in the Manila area.  Through the course of the investigation, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Investigators determined there were five suspects involved in the murder of Tyson Claros.  Three of the five suspects have been arrested.  Two suspects, Cesar OctavioValenzuela-Campos and Tamara Nicole Thomson, were arrested the day of the homicide.  The third suspect, 22 year old Brandon James Mitchell turned himself in to Investigators on Thursday, December 15th after learning he was wanted by law enforcement.

21 year old Hector Godoy-Standley and 18 year old Catherine Suzanne Lynn Fode are currently still wanted for the murder of Claros and warrants have been issued for their arrest.  The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Godoy-Standley and Fode.

The investigation is currently ongoing.  If anyone has information in regards to this homicide investigation, please contact Investigator Fulton at (707) 268-3646 or the non-emergency phone number for the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.

Update (12/13/16):

On Monday, December 12, 2016 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies detained 23 year old Cesar Octavio Valenzuela-Campos at the Shell Station on Myrtle Ave at McFarlan St. in Eureka. Valenzuela-Campos was interviewed by Investigators and subsequently arrested for yesterday’s murder of 20 year old Tyson Claros. Valenzuela-Campos was booked at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF) for murder and his bail was set at $1,000,000.

A short while later 18 year old Tamara Nicole Thomson was arrested at a residence in Eureka. The Humboldt County SWAT team assisted in the apprehension of Thomson. Thomson was booked at the HCCF for murder and an outstanding juvenile warrant. Her bail was set at $1,000,000.

The investigation is currently ongoing. If anyone has information in regards to this homicide investigation, please contact Investigator Fulton at (707) 268-3646.

Previous (12/12/16):

The decedent found on Hwy 255 between the south end of Peninsula Dr and Pacific Ave in Manila has been identified as 20 year old Tyson Claros. If anyone has information in regards to this homicide investigation, please contact Investigator Fulton at (707) 268-3646.

Previous (12/12/16):

On Monday, December 12, 2016 at approximately 2:15 a.m. Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs responded to the Manila area for a report of a possible armed robbery. Deputies located a 20 year old male victim in the roadway of Hwy 255, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital by medical personnel where he was pronounced deceased. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives are currently investigating the incident as a homicide.

The investigation is currently ongoing. Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call Investigator Fulton at 707-268-3646 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Mike Downey

Sheriff


Swearing In Ceremony – December 19, 2016

Sheriff Mike Downey is pleased to announce the swearing in of seventeen new Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office employees and four promotions.

Promotions:

     Duane Christian – Lieutenant

     Ken Swithenbank – Lieutenant

     Greg Musson – Sergeant

     Morgan Schlesiger – Emergency Communications Supervisor

New employees:

     James McGill – Correctional Deputy

     Dillon Huffman – Correctional Deputy

     Michaela Rice – Correctional Deputy

     Andrew Ramirez – Correctional Deputy

     Tashayna Gulihur – Emergency Communications Dispatcher

     Jade Campbell – Emergency Communications Dispatcher

     Bang Cao – Deputy Sheriff

     Peter Cress – Deputy Sheriff

     Roselie Freixas – Deputy Sheriff

     Travis Rogers – Deputy Sheriff Recruit

     Patrick Del Rosario – Deputy Sheriff Recruit

     Matthew Froeming – Deputy Sheriff Recruit

     Chad Crotty – Deputy Sheriff Recruit

     Peter Leipzig – Deputy Sheriff Recruit

     Nathan Cumbow – Deputy Sheriff Recruit

     Danielle Vickman – Deputy Sheriff Recruit

     Mathew Clevenger – Deputy Sheriff Recruit

Three of these positions are the direct result of Measure Z funding to increase staffing levels for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.  The Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing competent, effective, and responsive public safety services to the citizens of Humboldt County.

If you have questions about current job openings please contact Human Resources at (707) 476-2349, or visit their website www.humboldtgov.org/317/Human-Resources.  Multiple open positions are made possible through funding from Measure Z.

Mike Downey

Sheriff

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Dec. 30 is the last day to file a cannabis permit application

If you are planning on operating locally as a cannabis cultivator in 2017 you must submit your application to the Planning & Building Department’s Cannabis Services Division no later than Friday, Dec. 30. This deadline also applies to individuals seeking permits for other commercial cannabis activities including: manufacturing, processing, wholesale distribution, or nurseries. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017 no new applications for local permits will be accepted by the county until after an Environmental Impact Report is completed and the Board of Supervisors enacts a new local ordinance.

Application materials including the application form, checklists, and other information and resources can be downloaded on our webpage. Those seeking to apply may also wish to use the department’s GIS platform to develop a plot plan to include with their application submittal. Keep in mind that the permit process can be complex and it involves paying fees to cover processing costs incurred by the county and other agencies. The department is accepting all applications received, provided they are accompanied by the minimum required contents, which include: a deposit towards application fees, a completed application form, and a basic plot plan showing the parcel on which a permit is being sought. All those who apply before the deadline will be given time in 2017 to provide all additional required application materials.

If you have questions about the permitting process, please contact the Planning & Building Department at 707-445-7246. The Cannabis Services Division may also be reached by email to: cannabis@co.humboldt.ca.us.

We are increasingly busy receiving cannabis applications which make it difficult to respond to phone calls and emails immediately. Those seeking to submit permits are therefore encouraged to deliver their applications in person as soon as is possible.

For those customers who will be submitting multiple applications simultaneously, we ask that you call ahead to schedule an appointment. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 707-268-3742.

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