On Jan. 25, 2023, at about 11:18 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol in the Willow Creek area conducted a suspicious vehicle investigation on an occupied vehicle parked in a pullout on Highway 299.
Deputies contacted the driver of the vehicle, 53-year-old Joseph Richard Bartholomew, and observed drug paraphernalia in plain view. Deputies detained Bartholomew and conducted a search of the vehicle. During the search, deputies located over 8 grams of methamphetamine and an unsecured loaded firearm.
Bartholomew was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of convicted felon in possession of a firearm (PC 29800(a)), possession of a controlled substance while armed (HS 11370.1(a)), possession of a controlled substance (HS 11377(a)), carrying a loaded firearm not registered to the individual (PC 25850(c)(6)) and possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia (HS 11364).
Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.
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Joseph Richard Bartholomew Booking Photo | Humboldt County Correctional Facility