Most citizens skirted the square entirely, evidently assuming by the massive police presence that it was on “lockdown,” as one passerby was heard to mention.
“You’re wearing a wig. I’m not going to help you,” the citizen said.
However, at two locations adults purchased alcohol for the minors. Those individuals were then contacted by officers and cited for providing alcohol to minors.
ARCATA – The Arcata Police Department (APD) will conduct a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in the downtown area of Arcata.
For months, all manner of signs and banners from throughout Arcata – particularly Northtown – as well as the Humboldt State campus, have been disappearing from their installed locations and, as it turns out, migrating toward a house on lower California Avenue.
Through a lengthy investigation by APD, three juvenile suspects were identified. Two of the suspects, a 12-year-old from Arcata and a 13-year-old from Pittsburg, Calif., have been arrested. The third juvenile suspect, a 14-year-old from Fortuna, is still at large.
The City of Arcata has done a terrible disservice to their civilian employees essentially stripping them of their aura of friendliness and innocence. No one likes an imposter. The City worker will be suspected as an imposter, suffer the specter of deceit and lose the kindness of homeowners.
“It was probably someone from out of state working with somebody locally,” Dokweiler said.
“Officer Hoffman and Sergeant Dokweiler exemplify true heroism,” said Chief of Police Tom Chapman with the Arcata Police Department. “These officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect our community. I am truly grateful to have such dedicated professionals serving our community.”
As APD staff communicated with the male and waited the arrival of mental health personnel, the male became increasingly agitated and attempted to ignite the fuel.