Daily Archives: January 4, 2013

SHERIFF’S LOG: Pot plants dumped in Mack Town

From the 1.2.13 issue

Saturday, Dec. 15

2:15 a.m. – The bars had just closed, and a deputy was on Central Avenue preparing to make a left-hand turn. Paris Lee was also out on the road driving poorly. Paris Lee almost ran head-on into the deputy’s vehicle. The deputy made a U-turn and pulled Paris Lee over. The deputy could smell alcohol, and Lee admitted to having a few mixed drinks. The California Highway Patrol was called to conduct a DUI evaluation, but wasn’t available. So Paris Lee was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and booked into the county jail.

sheriffslogbox4:46 a.m. – A deputy contacted Tracy McHatton, who was walking near the McKinleyville Shopping Center. Mr. McHatton was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested and booked into the county jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation.

11:42 p.m. – Carter Daniels was riding a bicycle without any lights on Murray Road. A deputy stopped him and discovered he had warrants for his arrest. He was booked into the jail.

Sunday, Dec. 16

3:34 p.m. – Thieves took something from an unlocked vehicle on Cobblestone Place, McKinleyville

11:50 p.m. – A 13 hp generator was found on Arthur Road, McKinleyville.

Monday, Dec. 17

2:21 a.m. – Elijah Ruhl was driving about 70 mph down Central Avenue, where the speed limit is 35 mph. He ran a stop sign. A deputy pulled Mr. Ruhl over. A strong smell of liquor wafted from the vehicle. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Mr. Ruhl admitted to drinking seven shots of booze. The California Highway Patrol was called to conduct a DUI evaluation. Mr. Ruhl was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and booked into the county jail.

12:13 p.m. – A purse was reported stolen from a dress shop at the McKinleyville Shopping Center.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

6:55 p.m. – A citizen’s arrest was made over on Alder Lane and deputies were summoned. Melvin Matthews was booked into the county jail on suspicion of trespassing on property without the owner’s permission, loitering, violation of parole and violation of probation.

9:15 a.m. – A  McKinleyville Middle School student allegedly assaulted another student, then walked off campus.

3:31 p.m. – In McKinleyville, deputies investigated a report of sexual abuse that happened four years ago when the victim was a juvenile.

Thursday, Dec. 20

9:31 a.m. – A resident on Fox Farm Road turned over a firearm to a deputy for destruction. The firearm was no longer working, and the owner wanted to make sure the weapon was properly disposed of.

3:46 p.m. – A vehicle without a rear license plate was pulled over near Railroad Drive and Central Avenue. Jennifer Paddock was cited and released for driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia. Passenger Denin Rasella was arrested and booked into the county jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and a probation violation.

8:27 p.m. – A case of suspected gasoline theft was reported on Walker Road.

Saturday, Dec. 22

8:58 a.m. – Employees at Thomas Home Center on Sutter Road showed up for work and discovered 33 marijuana plants dumped on the side of the business. Deputies arrived and booked the plants into evidence for later destruction.

Sunday, Dec. 23

3:13 p.m. – A deputy pulled over a car driven by Eric Harmon on Dow’s Prairie Road. The deputy discovered that Mr. Harmon had two felony warrants out for his arrest. Mr. Harmon wasn’t in the mood to go to jail, so he decided to run. A struggle ensued between him and the deputy. A Taser was used twice on Mr. Harmon in an effort to induce neuromuscular incapacitation. Backup deputies arrived and helped handcuff and uncooperative suspect, who was booked into the county jail on suspicion of battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest, violation of probation, various warrants and being a knucklehead.

6:42 p.m. – Over on Piska Court, James Brown was liquored up. He was yelling and threatening to break windows. He was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and violating the terms of his probation.

Monday, Dec. 24

7:47 p.m. – In the 1600 block of Central Avenue, a woman with a knife went berserk. Deputies had to force entry into her residence. She was carted off to Semper Virens.

11:44 p.m. – Ray King had way too much to drink at a casino in Trinidad. He allegedly became belligerent and threatened other patrons. He was asked to leave the casino but refused.  Deputies arrived and arrested Mr. King on suspicion of being drunk in public. He was lodged in the drunk tank inside the county jail.

Tuesday, Dec. 25

9:07 a.m. – Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s Christmas morning, and over on Tasi Lane a resident awoke to discover 28 potted marijuana plants on the driveway. It was a pretty generous gift from a Secret Santa. After all, each plant could, in a perfect world, produce a pound of bud. At $2,000 a pound, that’s $56,000. Not too shabby. But the Tasi Lane resident didn’t want anything to do with this shady business. Deputies were called and the marijuana was “booked into evidence” for later destruction.

10:29 a.m. – A residential burglary was reported on Mill Creek Road.

10:59 a.m. – In the 1800 block of South Gwin Road, a house was vandalized with spray paint. Report taken.

Wednesday, Dec. 26

4:42 a.m. – Serafin Machado sauntered into the Denny’s, ordered a meal, ate it and then informed the waitress that he didn’t have any money to pay the bill. And the tip? Forgettaboutit! A call was made to the Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Machado was arrested and booked into the county jail on suspicion of defrauding an innkeeper.

9:24 a.m. –  Delwin Edge got into a physical altercation with his girlfriend in the 1800 block of South Gwin Road. The victim tried to call 911, but Mr. Edge allegedly took her phone away. Somehow, deputies were alerted and arrived at the scene, but Mr. Edge was gone. A warrant was issued for his arrest on suspicion of battery of a spouse and interference with a wireless device.

12:04 p.m. – Up in Orick, Paul Eacret was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery and transported to the county jail in Eureka.

5:52 p.m. – In the 1700 block of Central Avenue, a deputy noticed a vehicle with a broken headlight and pulled it over. The driver, Benjamin Burns, was cited for the broken headlight, not having a driver’s license and not having proof of insurance.



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