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Date Released: 1/10/2005
Subject: Search and Rescue Operations
Contact: Brenda Gainey
Case No#: 200500147
Released By: Brenda Gainey, PIO

Location: Titlow Hill

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Special Services Deputies and the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse were busy this past weekend with four separate search and rescue missions. On Friday, January 07, at about 7:00 PM, the Sheriff’s Office received information that Joseph Scott Brooks, 20 of Arcata, and Pat E. Patterson, 41 of Blue Lake, (and a dog) were stuck in the snow on Bald Hills Road, east of Orick. The Sheriff’s Office responded with a Snowcat and found the two, stuck in a pick up truck with snow up to the windows. The two were in good condition and were transported to Orick where relatives were waiting for them.

On Saturday morning, shortly before noon, the Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call from James Lindeman, 50. He reported that he was stranded at his home off of Titlow Hill Road and that he did not have any firewood and he was running out of food. Again, Special Services Deputies and the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse responded to the area with a Snowcat. Due to wind in the area, snowdrifts on the road leading to Lindeman’s house were five to six feet high. The Snowcat was able to reach Lindeman’s house and he was taken to Highway 299 and eventually taken to a friend’s house in Eureka.

Then, early Sunday morning, at about 1:00 AM the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a cellular phone. The callers reported that they were stuck in their vehicle on Johnson Road, off Bald Hills Road. The Sheriff’s Office responded to the area with the Snowcat and found Shelia Layman, 24 and Michael Fishkin, 28 stuck in their two-wheel drive pick up truck. They were retrieved from their vehicle and transported to the Arcata area.

Later Sunday morning, at about 10:00 AM, the Sheriff’s Office received call from a resident, again off of Titlow Hill Road. Nanci Ochoa reported that she was trapped in her home and was running out of food and fuel. Sheriff’s Deputies and the Search and Rescue Posse returned to Titlow Hill with the Snowcat. Again, rescuers had to contend with six-foot snowdrifts. They were able to reach the house and transport Ochoa, Devon Rose, 48, a dog and two cats to safety.

There were no reported injuries during this weekend’s rescues.




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