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Search for Shane Miller Enters Sixth Day

 

Door-to-Door Searches Begin in Mattole

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The search for wanted triple-homicide suspect Shane Miller continues.

As of last Friday, 70 law enforcement officers were in the Mattole Valley and Bureau of Land Management’s King Range Recreation area, also known as the Lost Coast, searching for Miller following their sixth day of an intensive manhunt.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reported door-to door are being conducted in efforts for finding the alleged killer, according to the HCSO press release. 

manhunt3The area where Miller’s vehicle was located was searched extensively over the weekend, without results.

SWAT Teams from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of Corrections converged onto the scene last week in their search for the alleged killer Miller.

They were joined by a gaggle of law enforcement officers from the:

  • Arcata Police
  • Eureka Police
  • Fortuna Police
  • Rio Dell Police
  • California Highway Patrol
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Cal-Fire
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Helicopters from the California Highway Patrol and Kern County Sheriff’s Office
  • …And a team of United States Marshals– along with a Specialized Communications Truck they brought along with them.

The King Range Conservation Area is 65,000 acres in size and has no paved roads.  One of the most rugged and rural areas of Northern California, it’s located in the aptly-named Emerald Triangle, a region well known for  its intensive marijuana cultivation, off-the-grid self-sufficiency, and equally independent citizens.  Normally peaceful, quiet, and extremely private to the rule, the flavor of the bucolic area has changed as dozens of law enforcement have descended en masse into the Mattole Valley and the small town of Petrolia.

manhuntOfficers are re-searching areas previously searched– and have been gradually expanding to additional areas outside the original scope.  They’ve also checking numerous cabins and vehicles in the area.

There has been no sighting of Miller since his truck was located in the 30000 block of Mattole Road last week.  He has seemingly vanished without a trace into the Lost Coast wilderness.

As of Friday, Mattole area residents were no longer being requested to shelter in place.  They are, however, being advised to stay in at night and lock their doors.  They are also requested to report any break-ins or other unusual activity immediately.  Check points may continue.

The Mendocino Sheriff’s Office had a 12-member SWAT Team arriving yesterday assisting in the search for Miller.  Officers will continue to search the King Range Conservation Area by foot with the assistance of helicopters today.

Ground search efforts were expanded to include door-to-door residential searches, the HCSO said.  They emphasized enforcement actions during these door-to-door searches will be limited only to the apprehension of the triple homicide suspect, Shane Miller.  They don’t want residents to be any more on edge than necessary and hope the necessary intrusions are minimal at best.

Area schools remain open with a law enforcement presence nearby.  Fixed roadway check points (north and south) of the search area remain in place.

manhunt2Twelve additional United States Marshals are expected to arrive at the search area today– complimented by the twelve Marshals currently in place.

A two-hour Community Meeting was held Sunday at the Petrolia Community Center, where Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office representatives answered questions and addressed concerns from the community.

A second Community Meeting is scheduled at the Honeydew School for Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm.

Officers continue to work together in an attempt to uncover information that might lead to the location of Miller, the HCSO said in their press release.

“We are trying to gather intelligence from people in the area and we want to make sure people are safe, advise them of what’s going on, and find out if they have seen anything suspicious,” Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey said.

Residents hope Miller is soon caught and that law enforcement will depart as quickly as they arrived so their lives and livelihood can return to normal.  No one knows when that will be– or if anyone will be hurt before that happens.

mattole mouthAdditional information on the manhunt can be found in the Times-Standard article today, “Officials Update As Mattole Manhunt Enters Sixth Day“.

The HCSO would like to relay the following information:

“Anyone who witnesses any suspicious behavior or anything that appears to be out of the ordinary is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251, or 911 in an emergency.”

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Eureka Police Asks Your Help Finding These People

 

EPD Seeks Assistance Identifying Area Crooks Caught on Film

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

WinCo, EurekaOn Friday night, November 23, at approximately 6:00 p.m. the male suspect in these photos, below right,  stole a vehicle from the WinCo parking
lot.

The vehicle is a tan, 1986 Toyota pick-up with
California license plate # 3Z08468.

The tailgate, at the time of the theft and was primer black, rear center window missing, double horizontal tube bumpers, cracked front windshield, brown stripes down both sides of the truck.

The Eureka Police Department requests the assistance of the public to help identify the following suspect in the theft.

Please call 9-1-1 if you know the location of the vehicle.  If you can identify the male suspect in this photo, please call the Eureka Police Department at 441-4060 and leave a message with the information for Officer McElroy.

Please mention case number 3C12-10315.

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Launderland, EurekaThis man is wanted for questioning in a theft at Launderland at 420 N Street on Friday, November 9, at approximately 7:00 p.m. 

Anyone with information on the man is asked to contact EPD at 441-4325 ext 2#.  Please mention case # 3C12-9844

 

 

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WinCo, EurekaThe Eureka Police Department would like to contact the female in this photo regarding a men’s black wallet that was accidentally left at a check stand at WinCo Foods on Monday, October 12, at approximately 12:30 p.m.

The female was in line behind the owner of the wallet.

She was with two small children.  A female child approximately 6-7 years of age and a younger boy aged 5-6 years of age.  The woman may be associated with a white SUV.

Anyone with information on the woman is asked to contact the department
at 441-4325 ext 2#.   Please mention case # 3C12-9925.

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Eureka and LoletaThe Eureka Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public to identify two fraud suspects.

The two suspects went in to several local businesses and used a stolen Debit/Visa card to make several purchases in the Eureka and Loleta area.

The Visa/Debit card was stolen from the victim’s purse while she was at
work.  The crimes happened on October 25.

Suspects may be driving a dark colored SUV possibly a Chevy Tahoe.

Anyone with information regarding either suspect’s identities is urged to contact Police Services Officer Suzie Owsley at 441-4325, then 2#.

(Note:  all of these subjects may have been identified by the time of posting)

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 (Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Eureka Armed Standoff Comes to an End

 

Law Enforcement in 7-Hour Long Confrontation

–Updated Below–

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

There was more controlled chaos in our Fair City this morning when a barricaded man held law enforcement
at bay four blocks south of Harris Street in Eureka.

It began with a call to EPD around 2 this morning and that shots were fired inside a residence located off the 3000 block of E Street on Cooper Lane.

Eureka Police, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, a SWAT team, an Arcata mobile command unit, and hostage negotiators responded to the incident scene, setting up a command and observation post nearby on Hodgson and Orchard streets.

Officers with bulletproof vests were seen taking cover behind a vehicle with pointed weapons directed at the residence.

The armed man initially refused to cooperate with the multiple agencies outside his door demanding his surrender.  Refusing their directives, he held the lawmen at a lengthy distance for nearly seven hours before the standoff ended shortly after 10 a.m. this morning.

“I heard him fire four or five shots, all of them,” one witness said. “He was doing all the shooting and he threatened to kill them twice.”

Eureka Police later identified the individual as Jeffrey Wood, 36-years-old, of Eureka.

Exactly what precipitated the incident or how it ended is unknown.  Details were not available by the agencies that responded.

Following the incident, E Street, and nearby streets, remained blocked off.

Law enforcement is in the process of serving a search warrant of the residence where the man had himself holed up.

 

UPDATE:  The HCSO has released the following information about the incident:

 

On 11-1-2012, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Eureka Police Department received a call from a resident on Cooper Lane in Eureka regarding a possible prowler in his residence.

The resident told the Eureka Police Dispatcher he heard people in his basement and he had now armed himself.  Eureka Police officers responded to the residence.

When they arrived, they attempted to contact the resident and asked him to step outside without the firearm.

After making that request they heard several shots and yelling inside the residence.

The officers surrounded the residence and announced their presence while again asking the resident to come outside unarmed.

Eureka Police had a crisis negotiator respond to the residence while continuing to attempt to talk to the resident.  The resident continued to yell at the officers and refused to exit the home.  Eureka Police then set up a perimeter around the residence and evacuated several homes.

Eureka Police requested the Humboldt County Sheriff’s S.W.A.T. and Crisis Negotiations Team respond to the scene.  The Sheriff’s S.W.A.T. team has members of the Eureka Police Department as part of the regional SWAT team.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiators responded to the scene.  The Humboldt County Mental Health Crisis Unit was notified and two members responded to the scene to advise and assist law enforcement negotiators.

Several times during the standoff the resident was seen with a handgun in his hand in and outside of the residence.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., the 46-year-old male resident, identified as Jeffery Morgan Wood, exited the residence without any firearms and surrendered to law enforcement.

No one was injured during the standoff.

Wood was arrested by Eureka Police Department for discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.  Eureka Police is obtaining a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant for the residence.

Additional charges may be added by Eureka Police who will be releasing a follow up press release if warranted.

 KMUD’s radio interview with Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey speaking about this incident is here.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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