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Date Released: 11/20/2007
Subject: Firearms Violation Arrest
Contact: Benda Godsey, PIO
Case No#: 200706854
Released By: Brenda Godsey

Location: Fairhaven

Yesterday afternoon at about 1:15 Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua McCall was on patrol in Fairhaven. He saw a vehicle fail to yield at a stop sign at the intersection of Bendixon Street and Lincoln Avenue. The driver of the vehicle, later identified at Richard Burns, 51 of Eureka, turned west on a Simpson private road and then north onto New Navy Base Road. Deputy McCall initiated a traffic enforcement stop on New Navy Base Road but Burns failed to pull over even after Deputy McCall sounded his siren. Additional deputies responded to assist. As the vehicles neared Highway 255, Deputy Michael Coonfield maneuvered his patrol car in front of Burns’ vehicle; Burns finally yielded.

Burns was detained and Deputy McCall learned that Burns was on probation with a search clause. Inside Burns’ vehicle deputies found an SKS semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, and seventy grams of marijuana. Neither firearm was loaded.

Burns was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for being a convicted felon/addict in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana (more that one ounce), and a probation violation. His bail has been set at $50,000 and he is expected to be arraigned on Monday.