Posted on 18 March 2013.
Humboldt’s Stinky Slurry of Crime Reports
Cracked Nuts: Mr. Nutt’s Wild Ride
EUREKA– This morning, March 18 at about 9:30 a.m., numerous citizens called EPD to report a possible DUI driver
northbound on Broadway approaching Wabash Street.
It was reported that the suspect vehicle, a silver 2008 Toyota 4-Runner, possibly hit a sign pole, was driving on the wrong side of the road on Broadway, and driving on the sidewalk.
EPD officers located the vehicle, facing northbound in the southbound lanes of Broadway at 15th street.
Several citizens were out in the roadway attempting to get the driver, 24-year-old Tanner Nutt of Arcata, to stop.
An officer stopped his patrol car several yards in front of Mr. Nutt’s vehicle which was now traveling at a very slow speed. The officer activated his emergency lights, but Mr. Nutt didn’t stop, and he allowed his vehicle to collide with the front of the patrol car. The officer attempted to get Mr. Nutt out of his vehicle, but he refused commands to open the locked doors.
Fearing that the driver could possibly back up and continue driving– injuring himself or others– and not knowing if the driver was under the influence or experiencing a medical issue, officers broke out the driver’s side window and opened the door.
While trying to get Nutt out of the vehicle he started resisting and became combative. Officers removed Nutt from his vehicle and placed him on the ground into a safe handcuffing position where he was detained.
Nutt and one officer sustained minor cuts from broken glass. An ambulance was summoned to the scene to check on Nutt’s health. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor facial cuts from the broken glass.
Officers concluded that Mr. Nutt was not experiencing a medical issue– but was driving under the influence of suspected heroin and medications.
Witnesses on scene advised that Nutt had been driving northbound on Broadway at a high rate of speed in the center turn lane and passing other traffic. Nutt then swerved into the southbound lanes and onto the north sidewalk where he collided with a metal street sign pole.
According to witnesses, Nutt failed to stop at a red light at Wabash while driving on the wrong side of the road. Once across the intersection, Nutt sideswiped a vehicle that was stopped for the red light. The other driver and his 5 month old daughter were un-injured.
The Nutt continued driving and drove up onto the north sidewalk and almost ran over two pedestrians who had to jump out of the way. One of those pedestrians said that Nutt’s vehicle brushed up against him as he jumped out of the way but he was not injured.
Mr. Nutt then slowly began to drive northbound in the southbound lanes of Broadway until he collided with the police car.
Numb Nutt was soon cleared from the hospital and booked into the Humboldt County Jail for DUI, and Hit and Run.
Officers will also seek additional charges of:
- Possession of medications without a prescription
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Driving on the sidewalk
- Failure to stop for a red light
EPD would like to thanks the numerous callers and witnesses who either remained on scene or came back to the scene to provide a statement. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, but was not contacted at the scene is asked to contact Senior Traffic Officer Gary Whitmer at (707) 441-4232.
Grab ‘N Go
EUREKA– On March 16 at approximately 2:40 p.m., officers from the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to a report of a theft suspect who had stolen merchandise from a business in the 3400 block of Broadway– and was now at the Bayshore Mall stealing from a department store.
Before officers could arrive, the suspect walked to a second business in the mall and again began concealing items on his person with the intention of stealing them.
Officers confronted the suspect inside the department store. He immediately refused to stop, and began running from the contact officer.
The suspect ran through the store aisles and around shoppers. As a second officer approached the suspect, he shoved the officer to the ground, violently causing the officer to strike the back of their head on the hard floor.
The suspect lost his balance as a result of the collision, and was subdued and taken into custody. Items from all three thefts were located and recovered from his clothing.
As officers were attempting to walk the suspect to a patrol vehicle, he attempted to pull away from their grasp and escape. The suspect again had to be taken to the ground.
The suspect was eventually secured in a patrol vehicle.
Once the suspect was secured the officer who had struck their head became dizzy and nauseas and was transported to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment by ambulance. A second officer who was also injured during this arrest was treated at St. Joseph Hospital. Both officers were later released.
The suspect was identified as Joseph Robert Valenti, 33-years-old, from Eureka. Mr. Valenti was transported to St. Joseph Hospital for medical clearance for injuries he sustained during his arrest.
Once cleared for booking, Valenti was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on two counts of battery against a Peace Officer causing injury, felony resisting arrest, three (3) counts of burglary and probation violation.
Mr. Valenti is being held on $300,000 bail.
Heroin, Hash, Stolen Camera, and Junkies POP-ped
EUREKA– On March 13, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) served a search warrant in the 300 block of West Buhne St. The warrant service was in response to complaints of suspected drug activity coming from an apartment at this location.
During a search of the apartment, detectives seized approximately 2.5 grams of suspected heroin, 8.8 grams of hashish, 4 ½ lbs of marijuana “shake”, drug paraphernalia (including uncapped syringes), and a firearm.
Detectives also seized several suspected stolen cameras, including a confirmed stolen KIEM-News Channel 3 video camera.
As a result of the investigation, Jon Scott David, age 38, and Kerry Ann Draeger, 36, were taken into custody and booked into the Humboldt County
Both David and Draeger were charged with
- Possession of Heroin
- Possession of Heroin for Sales
- Maintaining a Residence for Narcotic Activity
- Child Endangerment
- Possession of Stolen Property
David was booked for the additional charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
*Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity, or other nuisances occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.
Stolen Trailer and Firewood
EUREKA– You might remember our post on this. EPD came out with a release today– albeit 6 days later– and the photo shown here.
On March 13 at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon, this Jeep pulled over in the 900 block of W. Harris and hooked up their vehicle to the trailer with full of firewood for sale.
The grey Jeep and the turquoise-colored sedan pictured are suspect vehicles in the vehicle theft case. After the theft, the suspect vehicles– traveling together– turned southbound onto Nevada Street from Harris Street.
Anyone with information regarding the drivers or location of either vehicle is encouraged to contact Officer Ed Wilson of the Eureka Police Department at 707-441-4060.
Please refer to case # 3C13-2015.
Sunny Brae Burglar Caught
ARCATA– On March 5, 2013, Investigators from the Arcata Police Department received information regarding the identity of an individual believed to be responsible for numerous burglaries in the Sunny Brae area over the past months.
Through the course of the investigation, 36-year-old Timothy Dickinson of Arcata was identified by witnesses as burglarizing a home in Sunny Brae. Dickinson’s vehicle, a 2000 Oldsmobile has been identified by additional witnesses leaving the scene of several other burglaries.
On March 17, 2013, acting on a tip from a citizen, officers from the Fortuna Police Department located Dickinson in the 700 block of Fortuna Blvd.
Dickinson was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on burglary charges.
Nailed While Nodding Off
ARCATA– Arcata Police say a man was found unresponsive Saturday in his car, parked in the 4200 block of West End Road in Arcata.
Taking a closer look, officers determined the individual was very much alive. He was, however, nodding off due to being under the influence of narcotics.
They also found a syringe filled with what is believed to be heroin in his vehicle, and “unlawful” prescription drugs.
The individual, identified as Jesse Perez, was arrested for two separate narcotic drug charges and lodged in the County Pokey.
Fled and Arrested and Lodged
ARCATA– During Friday’s alcohol Shoulder Tap operation, Arcata police arrested a wanted parolee– not only for furnishing alcohol to a minor, but also for being in possession of stolen property and absconding from the APD officer.
After being confronted by police that he bought alcohol for a minor in APD’s Shoulder Tap sting operation, the suspect fled on fast feet.
After a short chase he was caught, arrested, and taken into custody. The individual, identified as James Burke, 40-years-old of Galt, was lodged in the County jail.
An officer received minor injuries from the pursuit.
Mr. Burke has been charged with resisting and obstructing an officer, possession of stolen property and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Ukiah In-Home Care Provider Busted for Severe Neglect
UKIAH– On March 11, the Ukiah Police Department began an investigation into the current severe medical condition of a 32-year-old Ukiah woman who has a number of long term illnesses requiring her to have constant care, making her a legally dependent adult.
On March 7, the woman was transported via ambulance from her South State Street Apartment to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center due to an undisclosed medical condition. It was determined the woman had severe life-threatening medical conditions that were related to substandard care for her underlying and ongoing medical issues, from which she is unable to provide for her own care and needs ongoing care provider assistance.
The Ukiah Police Detectives immediately took over the investigation and spent many nonstop hours following up on leads and information. They obtained a search warrant for the apartment that the woman lived in with her boyfriend/in-home care provider, Thomas Winkle. Based on the severity of the woman’s condition, an arrest warrant was obtained for Winkle’s arrest for neglect and abuse of a dependent adult.
Detectives obtained and served a search warrant at the residence and discovered that the condition of the residence and the bed that the woman had been occupying for many months was extremely unsanitary. These conditions directly resulted in the woman’s current life threatening medical conditions.
Thomas Winkle, the woman’s live in boyfriend and in-home paid care provider of more than two years, was arrested for severe neglect and abuse of a Dependent Adult. He was booked into the Mendocino County Jail with bail set at $100,000.
The investigation continues and Mr. Winkle may be charged with further crimes depending on the outcome of that investigation.
Cali Drug Kingpin Goes Down
SAN DIEGO– A 40-year-old San Diegan was sentenced Friday to 17 1/2 years in prison for dealing 30 to 40 pounds of methamphetamine a month.
Silvano Hernandez Jr., pleaded guilty to RICO charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He was one of 36 people arrested last year in a roundup of the Mexican Mafia, a prison-based gang.
“Hernandez admitted to participating in the organized criminal activity of the Mexican Mafia,” prosecutors said in the statement. “Specifically, he admitted to distributing, on average, 30-40 pounds of methamphetamine per month in San Diego.”
Officials seized nearly $150,000 in cash from his home when they arrested him, and a 2011 Lincoln sedan worth $50,000, the U.S. attorney said.
Hernandez was one of 36 individuals arrested last year as part of Operation Carnalismo, an investigation that targeted the Mexican Mafia’s criminal activity.
The Mexican Mafia is described as a notorious, violent prison gang that controls and benefits from a large portion of the criminal activity committed by Southern California Hispanic street-gang members. The largest source of revenue for the Mexican Mafia is from drug trafficking, however, in order to maintain their territory gang members have committed murders, kidnappings, and extortion.
Thirty of the 36 people arrested last year have been convicted and 14 have been sentenced so far, prosecutors said. Hernandez’s 210-month sentence is the stiffest stint handed out so far.
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It’s been wild busy crazy for law enforcement lately.
Here’s our two thumbs up.
Even as the Eureka Police Department issues press releases 5-6 days late, and sometimes not at all. They also decided to do away with their ‘Most Wanted’ List for the public’s awareness. It was too time consuming updating 10 photos every two weeks; and besides, the public doesn’t need to know anyway.
But, in all fairness, it’s also taken nearly 2 years to find a replacement for the Police Chief. Oops! We bad. They haven’t found a replacement yet. Not even close to finding one. Nada, oopsie, and negligent. My, how time flies. Well, this is why EPD and the City get paid the big bucks.
C’mon guys. You do a good job. Get the ball rolling and be nice to the public.