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Posted on: February 12, 2017

Reckless Driving Leads to Arrest


FORTUNA, CA  - On February 12, 2017 at approximately 10:15 AM, an officer was flagged down by a citizen reporting a female subject driving a vehicle with no tires in the area of Rohnerville Ro...

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Posted on: February 3, 2017

Department Investigating Injury Traffic Collision


FORTUNA, CA - On Friday, February 3rd 2017 at approximately 7:30 am, the Fortuna Police Department Communications center began receiving calls about a vehicle vs. pedestrian traffic collision in the area of School Street and Rohnerville Road.  Fo...

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Posted on: January 28, 2017

Suspect Arrested After Vandalism to Local Park


FORTUNA, CA – On January 18, 2017, officers responded to Rohner Park (Park Street) for a report of extensive vandalism to park facilities.  Upon arrival, officers determined that a subject in a Red GMC Pickup Truck had caused e...
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Posted on: January 20, 2017

Two Arrested After Probation Search


FORTUNA, CA – On January 19, 2017 at approximately 1:00 PM, Officers with the Fortuna Police Department and Humboldt County Probation Department conducted probation searches on multiple residences at a trailer park located in the 300 block of No...

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Posted on: December 28, 2016

Drug and weapons arrest in Rohner Park


On December 28, 2016 at about 11:00 AM a subject who was walking in Rohner Park called the Fortuna Police Department to report that as he walked by a vehicle parked in the park, he observed several subjects in the vehicle and one of the subjects was holdi...Read on...

Posted on: December 13, 2016

Fortuna Police Staff annual awards

On December 12, 2016 the Fortuna Police Department held it's semi annual department meeting at the Fortuna Riverlodge. Each year at this meeting, the Chief of Police recognizes police staff and volunteers within the department, that go above and beyond ex...
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Posted on: November 16, 2016

Fortuna High School Threats case update

The Fortuna Police Department has been made aware that the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office will not be bringing charges at this time against the two 15 year-old boys arrested on November 10, 2016 at Fortuna High School.

The Fortuna Police De...Read on...

Posted on: November 14, 2016

Two Arrested After Probation Search


FORTUNA, CA - On November 13, 2016 at about 7:15 pm, Officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to a residence on School Street, Fortuna to attempt warrant service and a probation search on Katrina Lane and Alexander Church.  Both Lane...

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Posted on: November 12, 2016

Fortuna High School threats case update

The Fortuna Police Department is continuing our investigation on the threats reported to us on Thursday afternoon, involving two students who reportedly had the intention to commit an act, or acts of mass violence at Fortuna High School&...

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Posted on: November 10, 2016

Fortuna Police Investigate threat to Fortuna High School

On November 10, 2016 at about 1:15 PM the Fortuna Police
Department responded to the Fortuna High School for a report of a threat tostudent safety.


Officers contacted two 15 year-old students that had been detained by high school staff. Officers lea...

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Posted on: November 7, 2016

Residential Burglary and Vehicle Theft in Fortuna

On November 7, 2016 at approximately 7:40 am Fortuna Police Officers received a report of an unoccupied suspicious vehicle (a white 2006 Chevy Colorado) parked in the 3300 block of Church Street in Fortuna. While Officers were out with the vehicle on Chur...

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Posted on: November 5, 2016

Armed Robbery at Local Motel


FORTUNA, CA- On November 5, 2016 at approximately 4;53am, Officers responded to a Motel, located on Alamar Way for a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.  Upon arrival, Officers contacted...
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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Department Investigating Arson

FORTUNA, CA – On November 3, 2016 at about 12:30pm, officers responded to Rohner Park for a report of a suspicious fire .  During the course of the investigation, officers and fire personnel determined that a fire was intentionally se...
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Posted on: October 27, 2016

Fortuna Police Sergeant Promotion


The Fortuna Police Department is pleased to announce that Officer Gabe Charlton has been promoted to Sergeant.

Sergeant Charlton is a Humboldt County native, growing up in Eureka and graduating from St. Bernard’s High School. Sergeant Charlton a...

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Posted on: October 26, 2016

Subject who escaped custody in 1992 apprehended by Fortuna Police


On October 25, 2016 at about 3 pm Fortuna Police were dispatched to a report of a male subject, with a child on his shoulders, walking through a parking lot in the 3300 block of Renner Dr., pulling on numerous parked vehicle door handles attempting to gai...

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Posted on: October 12, 2016

Thief in Fortuna steals lottery tickets and loses


On 10/12/2016 at about 8:12 AM an officer responded to the Chevron gas station at 875 Main St. for a report that a male subject was attempting to redeem stolen lottery scratcher type tickets.

The officer contacted a male inside the business, identifi...Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2016

Apparent Murder/Suicide Leaves Two Dead

Fortuna, CA - On October 8, 2016 at approximately 2:05 p.m. Fortuna Police Department patrol officers were dispatched to 1000 block of Emerald Lane to investigate a report of two unresponsive subjects located in the garage.

When patrol officers arri...Read on...

Posted on: September 27, 2016

Homicide Victim Identified

FORTUNA, CA - The victim in yesterday's Homicide has been identified as Timothy Thomas Smith (age 42) of Fortuna. A autopsy has been scheduled for later this week.

Posted on: September 27, 2016

Murder Suspect Arrested


Jon David Goldberg was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges:

187(a) PC

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Department Investigating Homicide - Arrest Made


Updated Information:

On 9/26/2016 at about 7 PM The Humboldt County SWAT team assisted by officers from the Fortuna Police Department served a Ramey arrest warrant at a residence located at 32950 Highway 36. Officers located Jon David Goldberg, age 36,...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Department Investigating Homicide

FORTUNA,CA - On 9/26/2016 at about 12:45 PM officers from the Fortuna Police Department responded to the 3100 block of Rohnerville Rd. for a report of a shooting victim.
Upon arrival, officers located a deceased 42 year-old male lying in front of a re...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Department Investigating Home Invasion

On 9/26/2016 at about 9:37 AM officers from the Fortuna Police Department responded to the 2800 block of Shields Lane for a report of a home invasion style robbery.

Officers contacted the homeowner, a 79 year-old male, who reported that three persons ...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2016

Warrant Suspect Arrested


FORTUNA, CA -On September 9, 2016 at approximately 2:43 am an Officer with the Fortuna Police Department was patrolling the area in the 2200 block of Redwood Way. He observed a Silver Dodge Stratus that he later determined was stolen out of Eureka.

He...Read on...

Posted on: September 6, 2016

Humboldt County AVOID The 10 DUI Campaign Weekend – Final Report


HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CA - This past Labor Day holiday period, the Avoid the 10 partnered with law enforcement statewide in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk-driving enforcement campaign. From Aug...Read on...

Posted on: August 31, 2016

September is declared “California Pedestrian Safety Month” to address Pedestrian Safety Crisis


Contact: Sgt Charles Ellebrecht 707-725-7550

FORTUNA, CA - In answer to rapidly increasing numbers of pedestrians being killed and injured on California roadways, the California State Senate has passed a resolution declaring September as “California Pe...Read on...

Posted on: August 31, 2016

Summer/Labor Day Avoid Campaign – Wednesday Update


HUMBOLDT, COUNTY, CA - The National Summer/Labor Day Anti-DUI crackdown arrest update: From 12:01 AM Friday August 19, 2016 through Midnight Tuesday August 30, 2016 officers representing 10 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 39 individuals for...Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2016

The Avoid the 10 Humboldt County DUI Task Force Shows Zero Tolerance


HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif - This time of year families and friends will be celebrating the end of the summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for America’s roads, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating. For thi...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2016

Department Investigating Bank Robbery *Update W/Photos*


FORTUNA, Calif - On August 12, 2016, at about 5:00 p.m., officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to a bank on the 1000 block of Fortuna Blvd in Fortuna for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The bank teller told office...Read on...

Posted on: August 11, 2016

Burglary Investigation


FORTUNA, CA - On August 11, 2016 at about 6:07 AM the Fortuna Police Dispatch Center received a report of a house (structure) fire on the 1300 block of Ross Hill Rd. Fire and Police responded to the scene and the Fire was extinguished by Fortuna Fire. Th...Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2016

Silver Alert Issued


Silver Alert Issued on Missing Person

Posted on: July 31, 2016

Two Arrested After Probation Search


On July 31, 2016 at approximately 0230 hours, Officers with the Fortuna Police Department conducted a probation search on a motel room located in the 800 Block of Main Street. During the search of the motel room, officer located 10.5 grams of methampheta...Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2016

Two Arrested After Burglary

FORTUNA, CA - On July 24, 2016 at approximately 2:45 AM, Officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to the 800 block of 12th Street for a report of a burglary in progress. The victim reported that she arrived home to find two subjects in her r...Read on...

Posted on: July 5, 2016

Department Looking for Suspect in Shooting (Updated - Subject Arrested)


Update: Derek Ray Johnson was arrested by Fortuna Police Department on July 6, 2016 at approximately 2:00 AM. Johnson was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

FORTUNA, CA - On July 5, 2016 at approximately 2 pm, Fortuna Police Offi...Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2016

Have a Safe 4th of July

The American traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help up celebrate the summer season, especially our Nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July. However, fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children or adults are inj...Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2016

DUI Checkpoint Results

Contact: Sgt C. Ellebrecht, 707-725-1445

FORTUNA, CA – The Humboldt County Avoid the 10 DUI Task Force conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on June 18th 2016 in the 700 Block of Main Street in Fortuna. Che...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend


HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CA – Humboldt County’s “Avoid the 10 DUI Task Force” will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on June 18, 2016, at an undisclosed location within Humboldt County between the hours of 7:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

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Posted on: June 12, 2016

Daytime Burglar Caught in the Act

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FORTUNA, CA - On 06/11/2016 at 2 pm, Fortuna Police Department received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area of the 1000 block of Elizabeth Barchus Way. The reporting party stated that she was alerted by her children of a suspicious male who they sa...Read on...

Posted on: May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Holiday Weekend DUI Enforcement Blitz

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CA – The Avoid the 10 DUI Task Force is sending DUI officers out this holiday weekend for DUI saturation patrols countywide. Officers are targeting drunk or drugged drivers on this first holiday weekend of the summer driving season.

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Posted on: May 21, 2016

New “Coast to Coast” Seat Belt Enforcement Effort

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CA – From May 23 to June 5, 2016, local law enforcement personnel will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This education enforcement period comes ahead of th...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Cinco de Mayo: Fiesta Time or Jail Time?

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CA - In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with festive fiestas and salty margaritas. Historically, the fifth of May commemorates Mexico’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War...Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2016

National Public Safety Dispatchers Week


FORTUNA, CA - This Week, Public Safety Agencies nationwide are recognizing the pivotal role played by public safety dispatchers, who utilize telephones, radios, computers and technical skill to provide support to Law Enforcement, Fire Services, Emergency ...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2016

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Narcotics Registrant


On April 2, 2016 at about 9:36 PM a Fortuna Officer conducted a traffic stop on Kenmar Road at Crestview Drive in Fortuna. During the course of the traffic stop the officer found the driver, Eric David Wiley (age 36) of Rio Dell to be a narcotics registra...Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2016

Fortuna PD Joins National Campaign to End Distracted Driving


CONTACT: Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht
707-725-7550 or

FORTUNA, CA– Distracted driving is such an important safety issue that April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In California, Police, Sheriff an...Read on...

Posted on: March 20, 2016

Department Investigating Armed Robbery


FORTUNA, CA - On March 19, 2016 at about 10:50 pm officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to a grocery store in the 2900 block of School Street, to the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

Upon arrival, officers determined t...Read on...

Posted on: March 15, 2016

Fortuna Police Department Teams Up with ABC and Other Agencies in Statewide Decoy Operation

FORTUNA, CA - On Saturday March 12, 2016, the Fortuna Police Department joined forces with nearly 80 other agencies throughout California including the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in a statewide Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation. ...Read on...

Posted on: March 14, 2016

Keep the streets safe this St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t drink and drive.


HUMBOLDT, CA—As one of the country’s most popular holidays, St. Patrick’s Day has long celebrated the roots of 34.2 million Americans with Irish ancestry, and many more who just want to partake in the festivities. This year, if you’ll be drinking alcoho...Read on...

Posted on: March 11, 2016

Department Investigating Armed Robbery


FORTUNA, CA - On March 11, 2016 about 8:15 PM officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to a gas station located on the 300 block of S. Fortuna Blvd, to the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

Upon arrival, officers determine...Read on...

Posted on: March 9, 2016

Sergeant Assaulted (Updated with Booking Photo)


FORTUNA, CA - On March 9th, 2016 at approximately 1442 hours, a Sergeant with the Fortuna Police Department responded to the Redwood Memorial Hospital Emergency Room parking lot for the report of a female subject who was refusing to leave.

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Posted on: March 7, 2016

Fortuna Police Department to welcome new employees in ceremony tonight

Fortuna Police Department will be publicly welcoming employees in a ceremony at City Hall tonight at 5:00 pm.

The welcoming ceremony will be held at Fortuna City Hall, 621 11th Street in Fortuna at 5:00 pm. The Fortuna Police Department is pleased to ...Read on...

Posted on: March 3, 2016

Six Arrested for Assault Charges in Fortuna

On 3/2/2016 at about 7:00 pm officers were dispatched to a report of a physical altercation involving several subjects at a residence in the 1200 block of Home Ave. in Fortuna.

Upon arrival Officers learned that the physical altercation had taken par...Read on...

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