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One Slain Priest and the Lost City of Crime

 

‘Eureka One of the Most Dangerous Cities in the US’

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The City of Eureka has a crime problem. 

A very significant one.

From the Times-Standard this morning:

The Eureka Police Department launched a murder investigation Wednesday after a popular St. Bernard Church priest was found dead after failing to show up to Mass.

Police Chief Andrew Mills declined to identify the victim in the case, but Mayor Frank Jager confirmed that Rev. Eric Freed was found deceased in the rectory building on the church property shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday afternoon, police were called to Sacred Heart Church on Myrtle Avenue, where a church employee reported an unlawful entry.  The employee opened the church door to find a man inside.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dave Morey said the unidentified man fled the scene as the employee called police.

Morey said it’s unclear if the incident was in any way related to Freed’s killing…

 

UPDATEEPD announced an arrest warrant for the murder of
Father Eric Freed.

The suspect is Gary Lee Bullock who was released from the Humboldt County jail at 12:34 am on  Jan. 1. and matches the description of a man seen around church that night.  Chief Mills said there were signs of a violent struggle at the rectory.

…You can read the full Times-Standard article here by Thadeus Greenson

 

We have problems.

From the Samoa Softball website, Richard Marks reports on Eureka being one of the most dangerous cities to live in the United States.

In fact, according to one study, 98% of al other cities are safer than here:

 

With the recent murder of Father Eric Freed of the St Bernard’s, maybe it is time to remind people in Humboldt County that Eureka is one of the most dangerous places to live in California for many years. According to Home Surfer nearly 95% of all other cities in California are safer!

Here are some references to check out:

According to Neighborhood Scout, 98% of the cities in the United States are safer than Eureka! 

Here is more information that will blow your mind from City Data. 156 sex offenders live in Eureka!

Check the crime index per year! According to USA.com  Eureka ranks  451 out of 464 cities in California in safety!

In 2006 we were above the US national average for every type crime identified! This problem has been around for quite a while. This according to Eureka Area Connect.

Just more and more statistics verifying crime in Eureka from Area Vibes. The chances of being a victim of a crime in Eureka is 1 in 16!

The crime rate City of Eureka is over 113% higher than the National average and has been consistently almost double the State and National average since 1999 according to City Ratings Crime Statistics!

And there is much more information available. What is the solution?  Hopefully the hiring of (Eureka Police Chief) Andy Mills will help some, but give him prayers for help.

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Why can’t the Eureka Police Department make a dent in our fair city’s significant crime rise?

The Eureka Chief of Police was paid roughly $133,000 in 2010– but his total wage compensation package bumped up to nearly $156,000, according to the California State Controller.

The EPD Chief’s wages were followed by:  his Captain annually topping out at $112,500;  two Lieutenants making approximately $107,000 each; and nine sergeants pulling in $71,831 to $103,462 each.

And don’t forget EPD’s 89 other employees– ranging from 37 police officers to dispatchers to records specialists to an animal control technician, at different salary levels.  In all, there are nearly 100 EPD personnel fighting crime in various capacities in the 15-square miles of Eureka, not to mention the agreed assistance from the Sheriff’s Office, the Highway Patrol, and the Parole and Probation departments.

We hope Eureka can save itself from the self-serving dysfunctional miasmus of muck and mire it has fallen into.  Good luck with the current status quo in charge changing anything, other than paying their own handsome salaries and consequently letting the roads and city fall into disrepair.

Our beautiful city by the bay should be a pearl, an oasis of Northern California living.  Instead, it has become a backwater cesspool of everything mismanaged, criminal, and gone wrong by all current accounts. 

It is unnacceptable.  The citizens of Eureka shouldn’t be left hanging with such a dire state of affairs.  They absolutely should demand better.  Until that happens, little to nothing will change– as we’ve seen over and over again.

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Please share this post with others and see our other article: Rev. Freed’s Slaying and the Deadly Probation Fail

 

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