City of Ukiah, California

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Weekly Report February 7, 2013

Patrol Division Weekly Activity Report 1/31/13 to 2/6/13



DUI’s: 3

Speeding citations: 4

Moving citations: 8

Non-moving citations: 3

City code citations: 3


Arrests included: 10 for public intoxication, 4 for possessing methamphetamine, 3 for battery, 2 warrant arrests, 2 for domestic violence, and 1 each for: drug influence and/or possessing drug paraphernalia, violating probation or parole, resisting arrest, possessing marijuana, possessing a narcotic, attempted robbery, robbery, theft, vandalism, transportation of marijuana, and burglary. Probation or parole holds were placed on 5 of these arrests.

Officers investigated 1 hit and run traffic collision, and 1 death by natural causes. One vehicle was impounded for 30 days due to the driver being suspended or unlicensed.

Officers took reports of: 5 vandalisms, 3 thefts, 3 missing persons, 3 found property, 3 suicidal subjects, 3 domestic violence, 2 child neglect, and 1 each of; burglary, abandoned vehicle, child abuse, stolen vehicle recovery, and counterfeit bill.

Officers assisted the California Highway Patrol locate suspects who fled a traffic stop, and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office with a vehicle pursuit.

Chris Dewey

Chief of Police

300 Seminary Avenue | Ukiah, California 95482 Telephone: 463-6262 | Fax: (707) 462-6068 |

Highlights for the Week

On January 31st at about 1:30 PM Ukiah Police contacted 29 year old Jessica Renee Slusser, of Branscomb, in her vehicle in the 1300 block of North State Street. Slusser was on search probation in Texas, and was found to possess a methamphetamine smoking pipe and methamphetamine in her clothing. An additional methamphetamine pipe was located inside the vehicle. Slusser was arrested for possessing methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and violating probation.

On January 31st at about 8:30 AM Ukiah Police Officers were advised the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was investigating an assault near the college, wherein the suspect fled the location and was outstanding. At about 2:05 PM a Ukiah Police Officer observed the suspect walking in the 100 block of Hospital Drive, and contacted him. The suspect, 18 year old David Schumaker, of Willits, denied being involved in an altercation. Schumaker tried to pull away from the officer, and after a struggle was placed into custody. Schumaker was booked into the County Jail for resisting arrest.

On February 1st at about 1:10 PM Ukiah Police responded to the Express Mart at 390 East Gobbi Street regarding an assault. Officers learned the 70 year old victim had exited the store when the female suspect approached the victim, and demanded a cigarette. The female suspect began yelling profanities at the victim, who then tried to telephone the police when the suspect grabbed the telephone and forcefully tried to take it from the victim. The two struggled for the telephone, and the suspect slapped the victim in face, and then eventually left without the phone. The reported suspect description resembled 51 year old Dena Darlene Morris, who was familiar to the officers, and was located at about 2:30 PM near the railroad tracks. Morris was intoxicated, and was positively identified by the victim and by witnesses. Morris was arrested for attempted robbery, elder abuse, battery, and dissuading a victim from contacting law enforcement.

On February 2nd  at about 12:05 AM Ukiah Police responded to the Perkins Street Bar and Grill at 228 East Perkins Street, for an unwanted and intoxicated subject. Officers contacted 41 year old Vickie Dee Mejia, of Fort Bragg, who was very intoxicated. Mejia was arrested for public intoxication and booked into the County Jail.

On February 2nd at about 5:40 PM Ukiah Police stopped a vehicle on Highway 101 near Talmage Road. The interior of the vehicle smelled of marijuana, and a passenger, 60 year old Thomas Greene Simril, of Ukiah, was found to have several hard objects concealed within his clothing. The objects were determined to be over 60 grams of heroin, and Simril was arrested for possessing and transporting heroin for sale.

On February 2nd at about 9:30 PM Ukiah Police observed a vehicle stopped on State Street at the red light at Washington Avenue. The driver appeared to be slumped over the steering wheel asleep, and the vehicle did not move as the light cycled from red to green, and back to red again. Officers contacted the driver, identified as 49 year old Ronald Dean Maple, of Covelo, and found him to be lethargic and appeared confused. Maple was found to be under the influence of an opiate such as heroin or prescription medication, as well as marijuana. Maple was arrested for DUI, and a search of his vehicle revealed over a pound of marijuana in several separate packages, several grams of methamphetamine, hydrocodone tablets, and syringes commonly used to inject illicit drugs. Maple was charged with possessing and transporting a controlled substance, possessing a narcotic, possessing more than an ounce of marijuana, and possessing drug paraphernalia as well as DUI.

On February 3rd Ukiah Police Officers observed 62 year old Carolyn Diane Ficara, of Morro Bay, stumbling in front of traffic in the 700 block of South State Street. Ficaro was arrested for public intoxication and booked into the County Jail.

On February 4th at about 1:05 PM Ukiah Police responded to the Wal Mart parking lot, at 1155 Airport Park Boulevard, for an assault. Officers learned the victim, of Deerpark Washington, and her husband were approached by 40 year old Timothy Ray McCartha, of Georgia, who asked for a ride to Humboldt County. McCartha became aggressive and attempted to start a fight with the victim’s husband, and the victim stepped in front of her husband and McCartha punched the victim in the face. McCartha was located amongst a large group near Wal Mart, and was placed under citizen’s arrest for battery.

On February 4th  at about 2:15 PM Ukiah Police stopped a vehicle being driven by 37 year old Thomas Lee Koeller, of Clearlake, in the 400 block of South State Street. Koeller consented to a search of his vehicle, and approximately 1 pound of marijuana was located inside a cardboard box. Koeller was arrested for possessing and transporting marijuana for sale.

On February 4th at about 10:00 PM Ukiah Police responded to a business in the 1200 block of South State Street for an alarm. Officers found the glass front door had been broken out, and nearly $400.00 worth of items were later found to have been stolen from the business. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies had contacted 27 year old Raymond Eugene Ellis, of Ukiah, near-by, who had a warrant for his arrest and who possessed the stolen items. Security video footage was viewed which depicted Ellis entering the business and stealing the items. Ellis was arrested and charged with burglary, vandalism, and with violating probation.

On February 5th at about 5:30 PM Ukiah Police responded to Jack in the Box for an intoxicated subject causing a disturbance and refusing to leave. Officers were directed to 21 year old Erin Jonell Simpson, of San Rafael, who was extremely intoxicated and was arrested for public intoxication.

On February 5th at about 11:30 PM Ukiah Police stopped a vehicle being driven by 49 year old Kenneth Sabatini, of Connecticut, in the 1200 block of Airport Park Boulevard. Sabatini had been drinking, and was found to be too intoxicated to drive and was arrested for DUI.

On February 6th at about 2:35 PM Ukiah Police observed a vehicle illegally parked in the 300 block of South Main Street, and two subjects arguing near the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 46 year old Grady Clifton Graham, of Ukiah, and a large knife was observed partially concealed within the vehicle. A further search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana, concentrated cannabis, a methamphetamine smoking pipe, and ammunition. Graham was taken into custody, and several morphine tablets and less than a gram of methamphetamine was found inside his pants pocket. Graham was arrested for possessing a controlled substance, possessing narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and for possessing ammunition by a convicted felon.

Prepared by Captain Justin Wyatt

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