Medocino County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Medocino County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 951 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, 95482 CA
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Phone: 707-463-4411
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Medocino County Sheriff's Office is located at 951 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, 95482 CA. The Medocino County Sheriff's Office phone number is 707-463-4411.

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For Immediate Relase from Pacific Gas and Electric Company: PG&E, Local Fire Safe Councils Empower Communities to Help Prevent, Prepare for Wildfires SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— In an effort to help prevent wildfires and protect communities, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is joining forces with local Fire Safe Councils to enhance the safety and preparedness of local communities. PG&E is providing $2 million to fund local Fire Safe Council projects to reduce the threat of wildfires and help keep communities safe. “Years of drought, extreme heat and 129 million dead trees are creating a ‘new normal’ in our state and we must continue to adapt to these challenges. We appreciate our continuing partnership with local Fire Safe Councils to complete this important safety work. These projects create fuel breaks to protect communities, clear vegetation from evacuation routes, and help underserved customers create critical defensible space to protect their homes from fire,” said Kevin Dasso, PG&E vice president of Electric Asset Management. Since 2014, and including this year, PG&E will have provided $13 million to local Fire Safe Councils and 501(c)(3) organizations to fund more than 200 projects in Northern and Central California. Projects have included fuel reduction, shaded fuel breaks, emergency access and wood-chipping programs. This year, PG&E is providing funding to local councils and nonprofits to complete approximately 30 projects in 24 counties. Projects must be completed by October of this year. A list of Fire Safe Councils receiving project funding is below. Community Wildfire Safety Program In addition to partnering with local Fire Safe Councils, PG&E is preparing for wildfires through its new Community Wildfire Safety Program. The company launched the program in March as an additional precautionary measure intended to reduce wildfire threats and strengthen communities for the future. Through the program, PG&E is bolstering wildfire prevention and emergency response efforts, putting in place new and enhanced safety measures, and doing more over the long term to harden its electric system to help reduce wildfire risks and to keep its customers safe. Local Fire Safe Councils Receiving Funding for Projects Organization County Amador Fire Safe Council Amador Butte County Fire Safe Council Butte Calaveras Foothills Fire Safe Council Calaveras Calaveras Resource Conservation District Calaveras Comptonville Community Partnership for Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council (Yuba County Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council ) Yuba Diablo Fire Safe Council Alameda Contra Costa East Bay Regional Park District/Regional Park Foundation Alameda El Dorado Fire Safe Council El Dorado FIRESafe MARIN Marin Fire Safe SMC (Woodside Fire Protection District) San Mateo FSC of Monterey County Monterey Fire Safe Council of Nevada County Nevada Highway 108 Fire Safe Council Tuolumne Highway 168 Fire Safe Council Fresno Iowa Hill Community Club (Forest/Iowa Hill FSC) Placer Lassen County Fire Safe Council Lassen/Shasta Mariposa Fire Safe Council Mariposa Mattole Restoration Council Humboldt Mendocino County Fire Safe Council Mendocino Mount Veeder Fire Safe Council Napa Napa Communities Firewise Foundation: Angwin FSC & Deer Park FSC Napa Plumas Corporation: Plumas County Fire Safe Council Plumas San Luis Obispo County FSC San Luis Obispo Santa Clara FSC Santa Clara Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation & Development Council Madera Yosemite Foothill Fire Safe Council Tuolumne Western Shasta Resource Conservation District Shasta About PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.

edited 6/22/18 4:32pm FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: 2018-17466 Crime/Incident: 273a(a) PC (Willfully permit a child to suffer great bodily injury or death) 12022.95 PC (Parent having care and custody of child allowing child to suffer great bodily injury or death) Location: 2600 block of Motomkai Road in Willits, CA Date of Incident: 06-20-2018 Time: 1:38 PM Victim(s): Chergery Teywoh Lew Mays (18-month-old male from Trinidad, CA) Suspect(s): Alexandrea Raven Mays (23-year-old female from Trinidad, CA) Written By: Detective Sergeant Andrew Porter On 06-20-2018 at approximately 1:38 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a reported coroners case involving a small child at Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, California. Deputies arrived and learned the child, identified as Chergery Teywoh Lew Mays, (18-month-old male) had been brought to the hospital by his mother, Alexandrea Raven Scott. Initial investigations indicated the child had been accidentally left inside a vehicle for several hours while Scott was at a residence in the 2600 block of Mitomkai Way in Willits, California. Deputies summoned the assistance of Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives and further investigations were conducted. Investigators learned the involved vehicle had been used by Scott's friend to transport her and the child to the hospital but had returned to the Mitomkai Way residence while Scott remained at the hospital. Investigators responded to the Mitomkai Way residence locating the vehicle and witnesses to the incident. After investigating this incident, Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives determined Scott, arrived at the Mitomkai Way residence around 3:00 AM on 06-20-2018. Once there, Scott, who resides in Humboldt County, socialized with people while leaving her child in the back seat of her car which was parked in front of the residence with the windows rolled up. It is believed the child was left unattended in the back seat of the vehicle with the windows rolled up for about 10 hours. Scott was subsequently arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail for willfully causing or permitting a child to suffer great bodily injury or death. A Mendocino County Superior Court Judge was contacted about Scott's bail and Scott is now being held without bail. Any persons with information about Scott and her activities between 06-19-2018 and 06-20-2018 are encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office tip-line at 707-234-2100. The photo below is a 2017 Booking photo of Alexandrea Raven Mays.

CAPTURED!!! WARRANT WEDNESDAY!!! DAVIS, DEREK ANTHONY is wanted for * P.C. 273.5(A) PC-F INFLICT CORPORAL INJURY ON SPOUSE/COHABITANT/DATING RELATIONSHIP * P. C. 12022.7A PC-F SA GBI 70 + Bail: $50,000 Age: 35 years old Weight: 190 lbs Heights: 5' 8" Eyes: Brown Hair: Black Last known town/city: Covelo, CA If you recognize this individual or have information which could lead to their arrest, please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office at (707) 463-4086

Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services (OES) would like to provide a quick update on the upcoming heat forecast for later this week and weekend. Since this is the first heat of the summer there has been some increased interest in impacts for Mendocino County. At this point, no action is anticipated for Mendocino County for high temperatures, since the forecast heat risk is expected to remain in the low to moderate levels. The National Weather Service is forecasting the highest heat risk to public health on Saturday with the risk level being low to moderate for the majority of the county. Below is the heat risk mapping for Saturday 6/23: Additionally, a Red Flag warning will be in effect from Friday through Sunday for a large area of inland California and the Central Valley including portions of Lake County. Currently no Red Flag warning is in effect for Mendocino County, however, the community should be aware that we are in fire season and there is always a risk of wildfire. www.ReadyforWildfire.org is a good resource for fire preparedness information.

Press Release from CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit CONTACT: Mike Maynard Battalion Chief 707-391-6713 RELEASE DATE: June 20, 2018 LAKE MENDOCINO DAM CONTROL BURN SCHEDULED Mendocino County – On Thursday morning, June 21, 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), will be conducting a control burn at Lake Mendocino, Coyote Valley Dam. The control burn will commence at 9:00 A.M. and will last until approximately 1:00 P.M. The smoke will be visible throughout the entire Ukiah and Redwood Valley areas. The purpose of the control burn is to assist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in removing the vegetation from the face of the Coyote Valley Dam allowing access and visibility for a required inspection. Coyote Dam and the Fish Hatchery area near the base of the dam will be closed to the public. The burn will be conducted under very tight restrictions for the personal safety of firefighters and area residents. CAL FIRE reminds all residents that their safety is of the utmost concern. ###

WARRANT WEDNESDAY!!! DAVIS, DEREK ANTHONY is wanted for * P.C. 273.5(A) PC-F INFLICT CORPORAL INJURY ON SPOUSE/COHABITANT/DATING RELATIONSHIP * P. C. 12022.7A PC-F SA GBI 70 + Bail: $50,000 Age: 35 years old Weight: 190 lbs Heights: 5' 8" Eyes: Brown Hair: Black Last known town/city: Covelo, CA If you recognize this individual or have information which could lead to their arrest, please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office at (707) 463-4086

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: 2018 Crime/Incident: Public Announcement (Telephone Fraud) Location: Mendocino County Date of Incident: 06-15-2018 Time: 2:00 PM Victim(s): N/A Suspect(s): N/A Written By: Captain Gregory L. Van Patten #1184 Synopsis: On 06-15-2018 the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office became aware of several incidents of a telephone fraud scam that has been occurring for the past couple of weeks in Mendocino County. The calls are being made to Mendocino County residents and the caller is identifying themselves as being a member of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. The residents are being told that they have a warrant for their arrest or that they had missed a court appearance which resulted in the issuance of the arrest warrant. The resident is told to provide payment to the caller or someone from the Sheriff's Office will be responding to the their house to arrest them. Anyone receiving a call of this nature should disregard the caller's instructions as it is a common telephone fraud scam. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office does not make telephone calls of this nature and never solicits payment to circumvent an arrest. Anyone wishing to notify the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office of such calls can do so by calling the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line at 707 234 2100

CORRECTION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: 2018-16562 Crime/Incident: Missing Person with Search and Rescue Operation Location: 3000 Branscomb Road in Laytonville, CA Date of Incident: 06-11-2018 Time: 8:18 P.M. Victim(s): Joshua Piszczek (35 year-old male from San Francisco, CA) Suspect(s): N/A Written By: Sergeant Andrew Porter #2403 Synopsis: On 06-11-2018 at approximately 8:18 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were notified of a missing person last seen at 3000 Branscomb Road in Laytonville, California. The location was a 600 acre rural property that is maintained as a private campground and event center, known as Mendocino Magic. Upon arrival at the location, Deputies were informed that on 06-09-2018 Joshua Piszczek was on the property and had gone missing. It was reported Piszczek had been attending an organized music festival event at the campground. On the afternoon of 06-09-2018 Piszczek went swimming in the lake at the campground and was last seen by his girlfriend sitting on a dock moored to the shore of the lake. After a short time, the girlfriend looked back and Piszczek was gone. The girlfriend, along with several other event goers searched the area for Piszczek thinking he might have left the lakeside on foot. After 2 days, and Piszczek not returning, the Sheriff's Office was contacted. Deputies searched the area of the lake on foot during nighttime hours after receiving the report, however the area is steep with rugged terrain with lots of tree and brush coverage. On 06-12-2018 the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team was sent to the location. An Incident Command Post was established and searchers began searching, with special focus on the lake. The Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team had one diver in the lake. The Sheriff's Office requested Cal Fire assistance by having Copter 101 from the CAL FIRE Howard Forest Helitack Base assist by searching from the air as the lake had water clarity of about 10 feet in depth. Additionally members of the Little Lake Fire Department Water Rescue Team and Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue responded to assist with inflatable boats and Kayaks on the lake. Having no luck finding Piszczek, mutual aid was requested from the California Office of Emergency Services and plans were set in place for additional searching on 06-13-2018 to include surface and sub surface searching of the lake. On 06-13-2018 as resources were arriving and checking into the Incident Command Post for their search assignments, a Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputy arrived at the lake at approximately 7:18 A.M. and observed what he thought was human remains floating in the lake, near where the missing person was last seen. The remains were removed and identified as being the missing person, Joshua Piszczek. No foul play is suspected at this point, however an autopsy is pending. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office would like to the thank the following agencies for their response and assistance: CAL FIRE Little Fire Department Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Sonoma County Search and Rescue Marin County Search and Rescue Contra Costa County Search and Rescue San Mateo County Search and Rescue Bay Area Mountain Search and Rescue (BAMRU) Napa County Search and Rescue Solano County Search and Rescue California Explorer Search and Rescue (CAL-ESAR) Approved by: Captain Gregory L. Van Patten #1184 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: 2018-16562 Crime/Incident: Missing Person and Search and Rescue Operation Location: 3000 Branscomb Road in Laytonville, CA Date of Incident: 06-11-2018 Time: 8:18 P.M. Victim(s): Joshua Piszczek (35 year-old male from San Francisco, CA) Suspect(s): N/A Written By: Sergeant Andrew Porter #2403 On 06-11-2018 at approximately 8:18 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were notified of a missing person last seen at 3000 Branscomb Road in Laytonville, California. The location was a 600 acre rural property that is maintained as a private campground and event center, known as Mendocino Magic. Upon arrival at the location, Deputies were informed that on 06-09-2018 Joshua Piszczek was on the property and had gone missing. It was reported Piszczek had been attending an organized music festival event at the campground. On the afternoon of 06-09-2018 Piszczek went swimming in the lake at the campground and was last seen by his girlfriend sitting on a dock moored to the shore of the lake. After a short time, the girlfriend looked back and Piszczek was gone. The girlfriend, along with several other event goers searched the area for Piszczek thinking he might have left the lakeside on foot. After 2 days, and Piszczek not returning, the Sheriff's Office was contacted. Deputies searched the area of the lake on foot during nighttime hours after receiving the report, however the area is steep with rugged terrain with lots of tree and brush coverage. On 06-12-2018 the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team was sent to the location. An Incident Command Post was established and searchers began searching, with special focus on the lake. The Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team had one diver in the lake. The Sheriff's Office requested Cal Fire assistance by having Copter 101 from the CAL FIRE Howard Forest Helitack Base assist by searching from the air as the lake had water clarity of about 10 feet in depth. Additionally members of the Little Lake Fire Department Water Rescue Team and Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue responded to assist with inflatable boats and kayaks on the lake. Having no luck finding Piszczek, mutual aid was requested from the California Office of Emergency Services and plans were set in place for additional searching on 06-13-2018 to include surface and sub surface searching of the lake. On 06-13-2017 as resources were arriving and checking into the Incident Command Post for their search assignments, a Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputy arrived at the lake at approximately 7:18 P.M. and observed what he thought was human remains floating in the lake, near where the missing person was last seen. The remains were removed and identified as being the missing person, Joshua Piszczek. No foul play is suspected at this point, however an autopsy is pending. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office would like to the thank the following agencies for their response and assistance: CAL FIRE Little Fire Department Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Sonoma County Search and Rescue Marin County Search and Rescue Contra Costa County Search and Rescue San Mateo County Search and Rescue Bay Area Mountain Search and Rescue (BAMRU) Napa County Search and Rescue Solano County Search and Rescue California Explorer Search and Rescue (CAL-ESAR) Approved by: Captain Gregory L. Van Patten #1184

Thanks for this great video of the 3 day Search and Rescue Training exercise, Carla Joy. And a bigger thank you to all the agencies that participated and the agencies that supported the training.

21 agencies coming together at Lake Mendocino to sharpen their skills as a team for a variety of rescue types.

21 agencies coming together at Lake Mendocino to sharpen their skills as a team for a variety of rescue types.

SORRY FOR OUR NOISE! The Search and Rescue Training #SAREX is beginning today with 21 agencies participating. They're centered on the east side of Lake Mendocino and you'll be hearing helicopters, dogs and crews throughout the day and into the night. This year there will Night Vision training as well. Although we're doing all we can to keep the noise down, we hope you can be patient with us through Sunday. Our apologies to the community for any inconvience and especially to our neighbors around the lake that will be most effected by the traffice and noise in the area.

Just a reminder this weekend is the annual Search and Rescue Helicopter Awareness Training at Lake Mendocino - #SAREX We'll have several search and rescue teams from different counties come together for training so you'll be seeing a lot of vehicles from various agencies around the state. You'll also be hearing a lot of helicopters flying overhead. Be aware that the access may be limited on the east side of Lake Mendocino as a safety precaution due to the helicopters landing and taking off from that area.

Did you feel that earthquake? It was a 3.9 3km wnw of Redwood Valley.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: 2018-14326 Crime/Incident: 29800(a)(1) PC [Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearm] 30305(a)(1) PC [Prohibited Person in Possession of Ammunition] 32310(a) PC [Possession of Large Capacity Magazine] Location: 35055 Covelo Road in Willits, CA Date of Incident: 05-31-2018 Time: 6:30 A.M. Victim(s): N/A Suspect(s): Fred Danforth (55 year-old male from Willits, CA) Written By: Sergeant Quincy Cromer #2651 Synopsis: As a part of an ongoing investigation, a Deputy with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office authored a search warrant for a property on Covelo Road in Willits, California. On 05-31-2018 at approximately 6:30 A.M., Deputies and members of the Mendocino County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Multi-Agency team served the search warrant at a residence in the 35000 block of Covelo Road in Willits, California. The focus of the warrant was identified as Fred Danforth, who reportedly lived at the listed address on Covelo Road. The investigating Deputy determined that Danforth was a prohibited person and was reportedly in possession of a firearm at the property. Mendocino County law enforcement officers and SWAT team members served the search warrant without incident and Danforth was detained at the property. A search of the premises was conducted pursuant to the search warrant and investigators located an assault rifle, large capacity magazines, and ammunition. Danforth was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition due to a prior criminal conviction. Deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit assisted Mendocino County Deputies with the service of this search warrant. Danforth was advised and placed under arrest for 29800(a)(1) PC [Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm], 30305(a)(1) PC [Prohibited Person in Possession of Ammunition], and 32310(a) PC [Possession of Large Capacity Magazine]. Danforth was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail. Approved by: Captain Gregory L. Van Patten #1184

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: 2018-16112 Crime/Incident: 664/187 PC - Attempted Murder Location: 18000 Block of Mountain View Rd, Boonville Date of Incident: 06/07/2018 Time: 6:00 AM Victim(s): Suspect(s): Ruben James Thommason 73 Years of Age Synopsis: On 06/07/18, at 0430 hours, deputies with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to an address off of Mountain View Road in Boonville, for a report of suspicious circumstances occurring inside the residence. The homeowner, Ruben James Thommason, was reporting that unknown people were walking through the walls of his residence. Sheriff's deputies arrived at the residence at 0600 hours in marked Mendocino County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicles. The deputies observed Thommason exit his residence carrying a pistol in each hand. Thommason pointed the pistols at the deputies before retreating back inside of his residence. Sheriff's deputies took cover, called for additional resources, and began to negotiate with Thommason. Officers from the Ukiah Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, California Fish and Wildlife, and members of the Mendocino County Multi-Agency SWAT Team responded to assist. While the deputies on scene were attempting to negotiate with Thommason he fired a single road from one of his pistols towards one of the officers stationed on the perimeter. This round did not strike any of the deputies or officers at the scene. Thommason fired a second round from one of his pistols towards deputies and officers after the arrival of the SWAT Team. Thommason eventually surrendered after being allowed to speak over the telephone with one of his relatives. Thommason was transported to the Mendocino County Jail and booked without incident.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! The Umpqua Bank says robbed today and we are looking for the person in the photos. If you have any information that could help the Ukiah Police Department please call them at 463-6262. Please share this post

WARRANT WEDNESDAY!!! GARRETT JAMES MATSON NO BAIL * PC 1203.2 PROBATION REVOKED Age: 41 years old Weight: 133 lbs Heights: 5' 8" Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond Last known town/city: Ukiah, CA If you recognize this individual or have information which could lead to their arrest, please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office at (707) 463-4086

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: 2018-14088 Crime/Incident: Missing Adult, At Risk Location: 1300 Block of Pepperwood Springs Road, Piercy CA Date of Incident: 05/18/2018 Time: 7:20 PM Victim(s): Prichard, Margit Lillian, 76 year old white female, Piercy CA (pictured below) Suspect(s): N/A Written By: Lieutenant Shannon Barney Synopsis: On 5/18/2018 around 7:20 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received a call from the 1300 Block of Pepperwood Springs Road in Piercy CA related to a missing adult female. Deputies responded and learned the missing person (MP) was a 76 year old female by the name of Margit Prichard. According to family, Margit has been experiencing dementia related issues. Margit is very fit and can walk long distances with ease, having recently disappeared from her home (3 months prior) and traveling 7 miles on foot. Margit was last seen at her residence around 1 PM the afternoon of 5/18/2018. Around 4:30 PM her husband discovered her missing and conducted his own search of their property, nearby neighbors and local roads before calling MCSO for assistance. Margit was last seen wearing blue capris style pants and a purple T-shirt. She did not take her phone or purse with her when she left. Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies searched the area Friday night with a blood hound. The Mendocino County Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded on Saturday to search the area in the daylight but Margit was not located. The Search has continued on Sunday and again on Monday with 70 searchers responding on Sunday. The following agencies have assisted in this search. Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Humboldt County Search and Rescue, California Highway Patrol (Patrol and Helicopter), CAL FIRE , Piercy Volunteer Fire Department , Leggett Valley Fire Department , Marin County Search and Rescue, California Explorer Search and Rescue, Lake County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Napa County SAR, San Mateo County Sheriff's Mounted Search and Rescue Unit , Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit (BAMRU) , California State Parks, Sonoma County Search & Rescue, CARDA - California Rescue Dog Association , California National Guard, Cal OES Law Division and Southern Humboldt County Technical Rescue Team. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office wants to ask the cooperation of and assure local residents, in the Piercy Area that all efforts in that area are being conducted by Search and Rescue personnel and are in no way associated with marijuana eradication. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office learned Margit may try to go to the East Bay Area where she used to live, specifically Bethel Island. A Silver Alert has been issued in the north state. If you have seen Margit or might have information as to her location please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Communications Center at 707-463-4086. Approved by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney KTVU Fox 2 KRON 4 News KPIX CH5 Eyewitness News SFGATE East Bay Times East County Times