City of Ukiah, California

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Press Release 9-14 through 9-17, 2012


On September 14th at about 10:35 PM Ukiah Police responded to East Gobbi Street near the railroad tracks for an injured subject bleeding from the head. Officers contacted several witnesses in the area and learned 53 year old Irene Marie Miller had struck the victim in the head with a beer bottle with enough force to shatter the bottle. The victim was bleeding from the head and was subsequently transported to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center by Ukiah Fire paramedics. Miller was arrested for domestic violence and assault with a dangerous weapon, and booked into the County Jail.

On September 15 that about 1:10 AM Ukiah Police stopped a vehicle being driven by 26 year old Phylicia Harmony Meachum in the 500 block of Ford Street. The officer saw 27 year old Edward Taylor Esquivel, of Willits, was a passenger in the vehicle and noted Esquivel had recently been arrested for possessing a handgun. Meachum displayed symptoms of recent drug use, and possessed a methamphetamine smoking pipe. As the officer was speaking with Meachum he saw Esquivel inside the vehicle reaching towards the rear seat area. Esquivel was removed from the vehicle and also displayed symptoms of recent drug use. A search of the vehicle revealed a handgun on the rear floorboard of the vehicle, over a pound of concentrated cannabis, and more than 5 ounces of marijuana. The firearm was determined to be stolen from Oregon, and Esquivel and Meachum were arrested for possessing a concealed firearm in a vehicle, possessing stolen property, possessing concentrated cannabis, and drug influence. Meachum was additionally charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.

On September 15th at about 3:30 AM Ukiah Police received a call of subjects breaking into a building in the 300 block of North Main Street. All Ukiah Police Officers on- duty at that time had arrestees in their custody, and were unable to immediately respond. Assistance was requested from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol, and a Ukiah Police Sergeant was able to release custody of his arrestee to a MCSO Deputy and responded. Officers found a broken window at the location, and a blanket resting on the threshold of the window. A perimeter was established and 22 year old Michael David Garcia was found standing next to the building and near some items that appeared to have been taken from the building, and he was taken into custody. A MCSO Deputy located a 16 year old male juvenile in the creek near the building and broken window, as well as a bat near the juvenile, and he was also placed into custody. With the assistance of the other agencies entry was made into the building, and 25 year old Zachariah Wayne Barber and 22 year old Justin Wayne Garner were located inside and also taken into custody. It was determined three of the four subjects had been drinking, and they broke into the building using the bat to break the window, to steal blankets. All subjects were charged with criminal conspiracy and burglary, and Barber for violating his probation.

On September 15th at about 11:25 PM Ukiah Police responded to the 200 block of Observatory Avenue for a reported disturbance. While responding the officer noticed a male subject walking in the area, and saw the subject tried to hide his face and quickly disappeared from sight. The officer noticed several storage rooms for a near-by apartment complex appeared to be occupied, and located 18 year old Karlie Marie Seder who appeared to be living in one. Seder appeared nervous and while talking with her, the officer spotted the male subject inside hiding behind the door. Officers located 22 year old Francisco Enrique Gonzalez who was on parole in Sonoma County, and he admitted he was trying to avoid being seen by officers because he was in Mendocino County without permission from his parole officer. Gonzalez was arrested for violating parole. Seder was found to possess 2 methamphetamine pipes, about a gram of methamphetamine, and numerous Vicoden tablets. Seder was arrested for possessing methamphetamine, possessing a narcotic, and drug paraphernalia.

On September 16th at about 12:30 AM Ukiah Police responded to the 100 block of Wabash Avenue for a hit and run traffic accident. Officers found a parked vehicle had been sideswiped by a passing vehicle, and soon located the suspect vehicle and driver at a residence in the 1300 block of South Dora Street. The driver was identified as 21 year old Cody Bryant Johnson, who was driving a GMC Yukon and reading a text when he struck the parked vehicle and fled the scene. Johnson had been drinking and was found to be too intoxicated to drive and was arrested. Johnson had a set of metal knuckles in his possession, and was charged with possessing an illegal weapon, DUI, and hit and run. Chris Dewey Chief of Police


On September 17th at about 11:35 PM Ukiah Police responded to Wal-Mart at 1155 Airport Park Boulevard for a victim of domestic violence inside the store. Officers learned the victim and 23 year old Anthony Scott Lanning, of Albany Oregon, were in an argument and that Lanning had become jealous of a mutual friend. Lanning pushed the victim to the ground, and told the victim he planned to retrieve his belongings and leave. Lanning proceeded to the victim’s vehicle and threatened to take the victim’s dog, and began removing the victim’s belongings from the vehicle. The victim attempted to stop Lanning from removing her items, and Lanning punched the victim in the forehead causing a visible injury. Officers located Lanning across the street, and he was in possession of a concealed fixed blade knife. Lanning was arrested for domestic violence and for possessing an illegal weapon.

Prepared by Captain Justin Wyatt

Safety · Professionalism · Community Service