1. Laytonville man murdered while girlfriend and baby were nearby
On Tuesday, Jan. 24 at around 9 p.m. the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 telephone call regarding a shooting incident in the 1700 Block of Road B in Redwood Valley.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Redwood Valley Fire and other medical personnel responded to the location and found the victim, Jamal Andrews, age 30, outside his residence. Andrews had succumbed to a gunshot injury.
Deputies spoke with the victim’s girlfriend and learned that a suspect had fled towards his residence on an ATV after shooting Andrews with his girlfriend and baby in the residence.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies learned the suspect lived in close proximity of the victim.
Deputies proceeded to the possible suspect’s residence to contact him regarding the incident. During their contact at his residence, they observed in plain sight items that appeared to link the suspect directly to the shooting incident.
The suspect, Billy Norbury, age 33, of Redwood Valley, was placed under arrest and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on the charge of murder.
On Thursday, Jan. 26 an autopsy was conducted on the victim.
The results of the exam showed Andrews received two gunshot injuries. One of those gunshots struck him in the head and the other in the shoulder.
Mendocino County Sheriffs Detectives are continuing their investigation into the murder and are requesting anyone with information regarding this investigation to call them at (707) 467-9159. Callers can remain anonymous.
Many people in Southern Humboldt knew Jamal Andrews. He played in a local band. Family member Penelope Andrews owns Earth Gallery on Maple Lane in Garberville. The family will be holding a memorial service at a later date.
2. Woman dies after car overturns near Petrolia
Driver ejected from car; alcohol may be a factor in the accident
A woman died Friday night after being ejected from a car after it overturned near Petrolia.
CHP Sgt. Doug Tupin said the incident, which occurred around 7:40 p.m. on Mattole Road west of North Fork Road, is still under investigation.
Olyvia Martinez, 28, of Livermore, Calif., was driving a 2006 Toyota Corolla toward Petrolia at about 40 mph when she drove to the right of the roadway, through a wire fence and down a grassy slope, according to CHP. The car overturned, and Martinez was ejected from the car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Humboldt County Deputy Coroner Roy Horton said Martinez died from blunt force trauma. She was not wearing a seatbelt.
Her passenger, Tyler Elder, 24, of Eureka, was wearing his seatbelt and he sustained minor cuts and bruises.
"He survived because he had his seatbelt on," Horton said.
Martinez was in the area visiting friends, he said.
Alcohol intoxication may have been a factor, according to the initial CHP report. Horton said there were empty wine bottles at the scene.
The Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.
3. Laytonville woman arrested with pot and meth
On Saturday, Jan. 28 at around 6 p.m. deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to a family disturbance at a residence on Oak St. on the Cahto Rancheria.
A CHP officer was first on scene. He contacted Rachel Audry Sloan, age 21, from Laytonville, who was identified by other family members as the source of the conflict. A bag of marijuana was visible near her.
The CHP officer asked Sloan if she possessed any other drugs and she told him she had a bag of methamphetamine in her purse. A small quantity of methamphetamine was located and Sloan was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor arrest warrant for violation of probation.
A Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived at that time and took custody of the suspect. Sloan was transported to Ukiah and booked into the Mendocino County Jail.