• Monday, December 15, 1:24 a.m. Russell Albers was enjoying himself at a Trinidad casino when he noticed that another man appeared to be talking to his girlfriend. This was unacceptable, so Albers confronted the man and got into a physical altercation. Casino security asked both men to leave the premises, so they did. However, the other man decided to go to Albers’ house to “clear things up.” This was a mistake. Albers allegedly attacked the man with a sword, lacerating the victim’s ear, breaking his nose and bruising his head and back.
11:28 a.m. A woman on Murray Road in McKinleyville made repeated calls to the Sheriff’s Office complaining of snakes in her home. Deputies investigated, searching high and low for snakes, but none could be found. Later, the woman called again, this time reporting that there was an unresponsive female on her couch. When deputies arrived, the woman greeted them at the door and was holding a kitchen knife. She acted confused, frightened and made alarming statements that the woman on the couch didn’t move when she stabbed her. The disturbed woman pointed to the couch, where a pile of blankets sat. Deputies searched the house to make sure there wasn’t anyone else inside, then delivered the woman to Semper Virens for a mental health evaluation.
• Tuesday, December 16 1:27 p.m. O goody! A package arrived at a house on Winchester Avenue in McKinleyville. An early Christmas present? But from whom? The address on the mailing label was the same as the return address. The resident opened the package and found an eight-ounce vacuum-sealed baggie full of marijuana. Not amused, the ingrate called the Sheriff’s Office and asked them to take the wacky weed away, for proper disposal, of course.
• Thursday, December 18 1:45 a.m. Joel Newland was cruising around at night on a bicycle without any lights. There was no red reflector, nor orange reflectors on the pedals. The stealth cyclist was spotted by a deputy and pulled over near Central Avenue and Heartwood Drive. The deputy discovered that Newland had a warrant out for his arrest, so he was detained and booked into the county jail.
• Friday, December 19 4:41 p.m. There was a “major disturbance” at a home on Wagle Lane in Fieldbrook. Deputies arrived and found a mentally disturbed woman who was visting a relative’s house. She was taken to Semper Virens for a mental health evaluation.
• Saturday, December 20 9:28 p.m. Deputies responded to Anderson Avenue in McKinleyville, where there was some sort of disturbance involving Nathan Ruptak and guns being fired. A be-on-the-lookout (BOLO) notice was issued for a vehicle. Two nights later, deputies would encounter both the vehicle and Ruptak.
• Sunday, December 21 11:34 a.m. A thief smashed a vehicle’s window and stole stuff in the 1900 block of Central Avenue, McKinleyville.
• Monday, December 22 11:51 a.m. A report was taken in the 4000 block of Central Avenue in McKinleyville to document that a dog had bitten someone.
8:49 p.m. Deputies spotted the vehicle connected to Saturday’s Anderson Avenue incident on Central Avenue and made a traffic stop. Inside the vehicle sat Nathan Ruptak, who is on probation with a clause that allows him to be searched. Deputies found several pounds of marijuana and hashish, all nicely packaged. Ruptak was arrested on suspicion of selling pot and hash, possession of cannabis, possession of marijuana for sale and violating probation. He was booked into the county jail.