by Ryan Burns
So, one of the cameras from last weekend's "News Channel 3" theft was recovered earlier today, along with some cables belonging to the station. (See the press release below.)
But more importantly (by which we mean way less importantly), the camera was recovered less than a block from what may be the greatest 360-degree panorama of Eureka ever documented by Google Street View.
On the 2600 block of Union Street, in the heart of Eureka's troubled west side, the roof-mounted Big Brother cam caught a poetically grimy urban tableau. The subjects — two trios of proud Eurekans — could be Humboldt County's answer to the "Mountain People" series by photographer Shelby Lee Adams. Or maybe the images should be painted by Miguel Calderon — or, even better, Jesse Wiedel!
Whatever. They're awesome on their own terms.
Behold (click images to enlarge). Facing west:
And facing east:
In case you're interested in the actual story, here's the press release from the Eureka Police Department:
On the afternoon of 01/28/13, detectives from the Eureka Police Department's Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) responded to a neighborhood complaint in the 2500 block of Union St. The complaint alleged excessive foot and vehicle traffic coming from an apartment located in the alley.
Detectives contacted a female living in the apartment, who advised them one of the subjects living with her was Edward Charles Vercoe (12/28/69). Vercoe is on active PRCS Parole and is subject to search and seizure at anytime.
During a subsequent search, detectives located one-half gram of heroin and a Sony HD video camera they believed was related to a weekend burglary of News Channel 3. Employees from Channel 3 were contacted and responded to the scene where they positively identified the Sony camera and related cables. The employees from Channel 3 stated there are additional cameras and equipment outstanding.
Vercoe was not on scene at the time the search was conducted and is currently wanted for being in Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Stolen Property.
Anyone with information regarding Vercoe's whereabouts can contact the Eureka Police Department, at (707) 441-4060, or call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.