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5-Foot-3 and Full of Rage


Las Vegas Teen: “I’m Gonna Come Back
 for You and Your Daughter”




Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



His mug shot tells it all:  an angry young man arrested on charges of murder and showing no sadness, remorse, regret or shame in his face.

The suspect in what has been described as a Las Vegas road-rage slaying boasted about the shooting and told friends that he emptied several clips from his semi-automatic handgun in the gun battle that killed a Las Vegas mother of four, a police report released Friday says.

Tammy Meyers, 44, was struck by a single bullet to the head on the night of Feb. 12 while in her green Buick Park Avenue outside her home.  She died two days later after being taken off life support.

The suspect was arrested several days later after SWAT teams surrounded his house a block from the Meyers home, in a nice middle-class suburban neighborhood of modest stucco homes with tile roofs about 5 miles west of downtown Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police found two shooting scenes: one near a junior high school and the other in front of the Meyers’ home less than a half mile away.  Six .45 caliber cartridge casings were picked up at the first scene.  There were seven more .45 casings at the site of the killing, one .45 bullet with human blood on it, and three 9mm cartridge casings.

The police report sheds new light on the violent encounter between 19-year-old suspect Erich Milton Nowsch Jr. and victim Tammy Meyers and her 22-year-old son Brandon Meyers last week.  

Police say Nowsch fired many shots at them on two occasions that night — once a few blocks away from their house and again in the cul-de-sac outside the home.

According to the report, Nowsch told the two friends he fired 22 times at a green car after a cat-and-mouse car chase through his neighborhood just a few miles from the famed Las Vegas strip, and knew that he had shot someone when it was over.

The two friends told police that Erich Milton Nowsch had texted one of them after the incident and asked if he could come over.  He said he had important news, one of the witnesses told police.

Nowsch bragged about the shootings to the friends and told them people in a green car were out to get him, saying the altercation began after he saw someone in a green car in a nearby school parking lot waving a gun out the window.  One of the witnesses told investigators that the 19-year-old suspect said he “got those kids.  They were after me, and I got them.”

Nowsch showed the two friends his .45 caliber handgun, some extra magazines and a box with more rounds, the witnesses told police.

The police report does not clarify some nagging questions about the investigation: how it all began, what role road rage played in the altercation, and how the two parties exactly knew one another.

Family members said the altercation began when Tammy Meyers and her teenage daughter exchanged words with another driver on Feb 12.  The mother was apparently giving her daughter a driving lesson in the family’s green Buick Park Avenue.

Daughter Kristal Meyers said she was driving a green 1993 Buick sedan around the adjacent parking lot at the junior high school, getting a driving lesson from her mother, she told police.  Kristal Meyers also took a few loops around the block be-
fore switching seats with her mother.

Tammy Meyers took an indirect route home and as she was on a six-lane road, a silver car pulled up next to them.  Kristal Meyers told police she reached over and honked the horn. The driver of the other car then followed them as the Meyers turned away twice.  The other car roared past them in a bicycle lane and angrily spun around, stopping sideways in front of them.

During the incident, a man got out of the sedan and threatened them by saying:  ”I’m gonna come back for you and your daughter.”   The man was 6-feet tall, the daughter told police.  Nowsch is much shorter.

Police say that after that threat Tammy Meyers drove home.  Fearful of her life, she then dropped the daughter off at home and picked up her son, who brought his 9mm handgun.

When he got to the car, Brandon Meyers told his mother “to come in the house and call the police,” he recounted to investigators. She insisted he come with her– or she was going out alone, the police report says.

The two drove around for a short time before encountering the silver Audi car, the son said.  They followed it and at some point the car stopped and the passenger shot at them.  Brandon Meyers told police he ducked and didn’t return fire at that time.

Tammy Meyers sped home and when she parked in front of the house, which is at the end of a cul-de-sac, Brandon Meyers got out and raced over to his mother. But before he could help her out, the silver car came down the street and the passenger shot at them again.

Brandon Meyers said he fired three times at the driver but didn’t know if he hit anything.  Tammy Meyers, however, was struck in the head by the gunman in the Audi.  Brandon called 911.

Nowsch denied involvement in the shooting when questioned by police, according to the documents.  During questioning he told investigators he was with a friend at a recording studio and wasn’t involved in shooting Meyers.  But the same friend told police that he dropped Nowsch off at a park about 9:30 p.m. and they never went to a studio.

The disclosure that Tammy Meyers had taken a motherly interest in Nowsch following the suicide of his father five years ago provided yet another twist to a case that’s posed more questions than answers.  Meyers, a mother of four who lived a block from Nowsch, had frequently consoled and counseled the young teen and given him food and money, her family said.  Her two sons had gone to high school with Nowsch.

The shooting occurred just days after the fifth anniversary of the suicide of Nowsch’s father.

With the 19-year-old suspect gunman in jail, police focused Friday on finding an accomplice who was with Nowsch.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson said that despite “a lot of twists and turns in the case,” he is confident police have the right man.  He said he expects at least one more arrest in the coming days.

Police remained tight-lipped about their efforts, a day after homicide Capt. Chris Tomaino told reporters that pieces of the puzzle would fit together once the case is turned over to prosecutors.

Tomaino said a sketch that had been circulated early in the investigation was no longer relevant.  Neighbors noticed when the 5-foot-3 Nowsch was taken into custody Thursday that he looked nothing like the 6-foot blond man police and the victim’s family had described earlier.  He was a small kid barely weighing 100 pounds.  It also begs another question:  If the family knew Nowsch– which they denied at the time– why was the sketch taken in the first place?

In addition to his charges, Las Vegas police said Nowsch had also been detained Tuesday for an unrelated warrant that was issued while he was a juvenile.

Nowsch’s Facebook page shows him with his tongue wagging, his hand and arms heavily tattooed, with a ballcap on his head and thick chain around his neck.  He’s holding what appears to be a wad of cash, including at least one $100 bill.  His Instagram profile has the majority of pictures showing him smoking marijuana in its various forms.  His moniker? Mob Life 18.

Nowsch will be arraigned Monday morning at the Clark County Courthouse and faces a growing number of charges, including one count of murder.  

The other charges include one count of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and two counts of firing a gun from a car. 

Kathleen Nowsch, the teen’s mother, was disraught and turned away from reporters, refusing to comment on her son’s alleged actions.

Tammy Meyers’ husband, Robert, said that he and others knew about Nowsch before this happened.  He described Nowsch as an “animal.”

“We knew how bad he was,” Robert Meyers told reporters.  

“But we didn’t know it was this bad.  We know this boy.  He knew where I lived.  He was an animal.  He’d gotten to this point, he and his friends.  She (Tammy Meyers) fed him, she gave him money, she he told him to pull his pants up and be a man.”


~Via Google News, MSN, Reuters, CNN, USA Today,
  Fox13, Heavy-com, and Every Joe



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Manhunt Drawing Closer for Paris Terror Attack Suspects


Heavily-Armed Suspects on the Run





Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



The Parisian police net is closing in quickly.

A massive manhunt for the perpetrators of France’s worst terrorist attack in generations shifted to the countryside north of Paris on Thursday.

Commandos and helicopter patrols poured into villages following reports that the two main suspects — both heavily armed — were spotted on the run.

Tensions mounted in France on Thursday after the killing of another police officer in Paris and reports that two gunmen sought in a nationwide manhunt robbed a gas station in the northern part of the country.

As France awoke to the aftermath of its deadliest attack on home soil in decades, a national day of mourning was marked with flags flying at half staff and crowds gathering at some of the country’s best-known monuments at noon for a minute of silence.

The memorials came as authorities hunted for the gunmen who a day earlier had launched a deadly attack against the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo during an editorial meeting, killing 12 people, including the magazine’s editor, several well-known cartoonists and two police officers.

Police said they are searching for Said Kouachi, 34, and his brother Cherif, 32.  In 2008, the older sibling was convicted on terror-related charges for recruiting fighters for the insurgency in Iraq during U.S.-led military operations there.

Paris prosecutors said they received an unexpected break in the case early by finding the national identity card of Said Kouachi in an abandoned getaway car, media reports said.

Hamyd Mourad, 18, reportedly turned himself into authorities late Wednesday after learning he was being sought as a suspect.

“Hamyd Mourad handed himself in to police … on Wednesday at 11:00 pm after seeing his name circulating on social media,” the news service Agence France-Presse reported. “He has been arrested and taken into custody.”

The two Kouachi brothers reportedly robbed a gas station in the north of France early Thursday, according to French media, and the scene has since been cordoned off.

There were conflicting reports about the sighting.  Some said they were heavily armed and stole food and gas before getting in a Renault Clio and driving in the direction of Paris.  Other reports said the men were armed with Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

Also Thursday, a female trainee police officer was shot to death while investigating a car accident, but it was not immediately clear if the shooting was linked to Wednesday’s killings.  The incident, which also left a street sweeper injured, took place in the Montrouge neighborhood in the south of Paris.

France’s Le Monde newspaper said the gunman in that attack had two weapons, immediately fled and remained at large.

There were also reports that a mosque in Le Mans, southwest of Paris, had come under grenade and gun attack.

Meanwhile, tense Parisian mourners gathered to honor those killed in Wednesday’s attack.  Thick gray clouds hung low in the sky and residents hurried around under umbrellas with their heads low.

Hundreds gathered in front of the historic Notre Dame cathedral, where the bells chimed to mark the moment of silence.  The somber crowd fell quiet, then broke into spontaneous applause as the 60 seconds ended.

Outside the National Assembly, people huddled together under umbrellas in the relentless drizzle.  President Francois Hollande stood on the steps in the courtyard, facing rows of police standing at attention.

Nearby, four women stood under umbrellas holding hands.  

Another man stood with his fist held high in the air against a backdrop of four flags that had been lowered to half-mast.

The Metro halted service for a full minute, and across the city, some newsstands put up black posters with the words #JeSuisCharlie, French for “I Am Charlie,” to show solidarity with the slain journalists.

~Via Christian Science Monitor, LA Times, Washington Post, New York Times


UPDATE: Friday January 9:

Two simultaneous hostage-takings in France today are linked, with suspected gunmen in each situation connected and knowing one another.

Amedi Coulibaly, 32, a suspect in a Thursday fatal shooting of a police officer in Paris’ Monrouge area, is believed to be involved with a hostage standoff at a kosher grocery, police said. 

Explosions and gunfire were heard inside the grocery store and two individuals are believed dead.

Cherif Kouachi and his brother Said Kouachi are the suspected gunmen barricaded in a printing company in a town northeast of Paris, taking one male employee hostage.

A fluid situation developing minute by minute, more details can be found here and here.



French security forces have stormed the sites of two hostage-taking standoffs.  The terror suspects, the Kouachi brothers and Amedia Coulibaly,  are dead at both locations.  Four hostages also died.



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The Hunt for Shane Miller is Over



Murderer’s Remains Found in Petrolia




Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


From the Times-Standard news this morning:

The hunt for Shane Miller is over.

The Humboldt County’s Coroner’s Office confirmed Sunday the human remains recovered near Petrolia on Friday night belong to Humboldt County native Shane Miller, who was wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of his wife and two young daughters. 

A loaded handgun was found near his remains.

Miller, 45, was the subject of a massive manhunt in the Mattole Valley last May.

Authorities say he gunned down his wife Sandy and daughters Shelby Miller, 8, and Shasta Miller, 4, in their Shingletown home in Shasta County on May 7, 2013, before fleeing 200 miles to the Humboldt County, where he abandoned his truck and the family dog.

“Using dental records the remains have been positively identified as Shane Franklin Miller, age 46 of Shingletown, California,” a release from the office states.  ”Additional examination of Mr. Miller’s remains will be conducted this week.”…

An excerpt, the full Times-Standard article is here.


From NBC News:

Humboldt County and the rest of California’s “Lost Coast,” where the green mountains of the King Range plunge down to the sea, is the most undeveloped section of the state’s shoreline.  Its dense forests have few roads, towns or people and are little known to outsiders.

But Miller knew the area.

He grew up in Humboldt County, and was a sometime participant in one of the area’s major industries — growing marijuana.  He was convicted of felony cultivation in 1996.  He also racked up arrests for a hit and run, DUI, money laundering, marijuana cultivation, and illegal possession of a machine gun, before spending nearly four years in federal prison on a gun charge.  He was released in 2007.

People who knew Miller told local media that he had survival skills.  The Marshals described him as an “avid outdoorsman,” and the affidavit described him as “a survivalist, who frequently uses cash for purchases.”

A day after the killings, Miller’s truck was found in a remote area near the tiny town of Petrolia, California, less than five miles from the Pacific.  A week later, hikers found Miller’s dog wandering along the Lost Coast Trail, which winds through the redwoods and Douglas firs high above the ocean.  Hundreds of law enforcement personnel combed through the rugged area in an extensive manhunt for Miller.

In June, authorities found a homemade underground fortress on property that Miller owned.  An elaborate, prefabricated bunker was buried on one of the properties, with vent pipes hidden by wood and other debris, according to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.  Inside, investigators say, was an arsenal of rifles, shotguns and handguns — but no sign of Shane Miller.

Late Friday night, someone anonymously reported possible human remains on the banks of the Mattole River in Petrolia.

Once authorities had confirmed the remains were human, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, “as the body’s location was within an area where Shane Miller had previously fled from law enforcement.”

On Saturday, according to a press release from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement officers from both counties and the Department of Justice collected the remains and other evidence from the scene.  

The remains were positively identified on Sunday through dental records as Shane Miller’s.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office didn’t say how long the body had been at the site or how Miller died, but announced plans for a press conference about the find at a later date due to personnel currently being assigned to several large fires within Shasta County.

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~Via Times-Standard, Google News/NBC/CNN,
Lost Coast Interpretive Association


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Prisons and Muppets


John Oliver’s Detailed Take




Skippy Massey
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How bad is the mass incarceration problem in the US?

So bad that Sesame Street featured a muppet with a father in prison to help the 2.7 million American children with an incarcerated parent understand what just happened.

Incarcerated people, parents or not, face a system that subjects them to often horrific conditions.

The touchy issue of racism is also brought up by John Oliver in the above HBO clip.

“It reminds me of a joke,” John Oliver quipped yesterday on Last Week Tonight.  ”‘Black people who commit drug offenses, they go to jail like this, whereas white people …don’t go to jail at all.”

Watch him walk through, in considerable detail, every problem of our corrections system from the epidemic of prison rape to the perverse incentives created by prison privatization to the alleged use of sugar to treat wounds in prison clinics.  He covers more ground quickly than we can possibly touch on here.

Whether you agree with his reasoning or not, and whether you care, is another matter altogether.  Prisons have more than their fair share of psychopaths, sociopaths, murderers, rapists, the habitually violent and criminally-minded peeps, and just plain badass dudes.

But make no mistake:  the American prison system is one screwed-up hell pit carved out by institutionalized racism, despicable politics, corporate greed and other reprehensible factors that– culturally– we’ve mostly agreed to ignore.  For the most part it’s out of sight and out of mind.

The issues facing our nation’s rapidly growing incarcerated population isn’t attractive to focus on.  It’s a brutal and sad dilemma and one that’s easy to dismiss because a lot of people can’t find it in their hearts to care about criminals.

There’s nothing cute about prison advocacy.  Which is why John Oliver cares enough to use humor, song, and adorable muppets to get Americans to actually give a whit.


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Too Big to Jail?


Sweetheart DOJ Deals with Corrupt Corporations and Banks Soar




Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Are Big Banks involved in crimes too big to jail? 
Seems to be that way.

A dramatic spike in Justice Department cases ending in settlements instead of criminal charges against corporate bad actors in the financial sector raises questions about whether the agency maintains “too big to jail” policies, a new study concludes.

The Public Citizen report chronicles a gradual uptick in the use of deferred prosecution agreements and non-prosecution agreements in cases brought by the Justice Department during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations.

In the early 2000s, the practice was used only two or three times a year.

Currently however, the Justice Department has increasingly utilized the agreements to resolve cases in the years leading up to, and following, the 2008 economic crisis.

Over the last four years, the DOJ entered into between 27 and 39 DPAs and NPAs annually, according to the report, entitled “Justice Deferred.”

“Not prosecuting big banks that have engaged in criminal activity has given rise to the perception these financial institutions are ‘too big to jail,’ ” said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division.

“These softball prosecutions further highlight the real need to increase transparency on DOJ processes and decision-making when it comes to large financial institutions,” Gilbert said.

The group describes murky enforcement policies at the Justice Department, where it is unclear whether prosecutors consider the size of a financial institution before deciding whether to file criminal charges. 

Record fines in the billions of dollars have been levied against some institutions in plea agreements by the DOJ for a litany of criminal behavior, fraud, drug money laundering, and risky loan practices while at the same time no individuals have been held accountable to date.  Some argue the fines punish innocent shareholders and employees of the companies, but not those making the decisions at the executive level.

“If such a policy exists, Congress should take steps to require the DOJ to publicly disclose if and when it is providing favorable treatment under the law to financial institutions,” the group concluded.

Several large financial institutions have entered into civil settlements to address charges of bad behavior stemming from the financial crisis, but no major institutions or individuals have faced criminal charges for their action.

For his part, Attorney General Eric Holder has repeatedly maintained that there is no such policy at his Justice Department.


~Via The Hill, July 8, Undernews, Congressman Ted Deutch, YouTube


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In Cold Blood


A Random Stop Leads to a
Brutal and Violent Encounter


Award-Winning **VIDEO**


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Be forewarned.  The above video isn’t pleasant. 
You may not want to see it. 

It’s an accurate and true portrayal of tragic and violent events as they happened.  Shocked and dumbstruck by its harsh reality and brutal ferocity, it’s not only what you see but also what you hear.  It’s ugly.

We were taken aback.  It was that brutal and senseless.  And it escalated as quickly on film as it did in real life.

We don’t like intolerable abuses by law enforcement and we often report about them.  This, however, is the flip side of that story.  It’s the other side of the coin, a very dark and tragic one underscoring the life and death consequences that law enforcement may meet at any given time.  Especially when hesitating making split-second decisions.

On Monday, January 12, 1998, near the end of his shift, Laurens County Deputy Kyle Dinkheller made his last and final stop before going home, pulling a motorist over for speeding.

Dinkheller encountered the speeding Toyota pickup truck near Dudley, Georgia, which he clocked at nearly 100 miles per hour.  The deputy pulled the truck over on a rural dirt road adjacent to Interstate 16.

The traffic stop at first appeared to be a routine one.  Both the deputy and Brannan exited their vehicles and exchanged greetings.  Brannan, however, placed both hands
into his pockets.  Dinkheller instructed him to remove his hands and keep them in plain

Brannan then became agitated and belligerent.  He yelled at the deputy to shoot him.  He then began to dance and wave his arms around in the middle of the road.

Dinkheller radioed dispatch for assistance and issued commands for Brannan to cease his behavior and approach the cruiser.  When Brannan saw that the deputy was calling for other units, he ran toward the deputy in an aggressive manner.

Dinkheller retreated while issuing commands, using his baton to keep Brannan at bay.  On Dinkheller’s dashcam video, Brannan was heard shouting that he was a “Vietnam combat veteran.”  Both Dinkheller and Brannan were heard saying, “I’m in fear for my life.”

Despite Dinkheller’s commands, Brannan walked back to his pickup truck and withdrew an M1 carbine from underneath the driver’s seat, taking cover near the driver side door.

Dinkheller positioned himself near the passenger door of his cruiser and gave Brannan commands for approximately forty seconds.  Brannan stepped away from his pickup truck and pointed his M1 carbine at Dinkheller.

Dinkheller fired a shot at Brannan.  After the first shot, Brannan returned fire and a barrage of gunfire was heard.  Dinkheller did not strike the suspect and was forced to reload.

At this point, Brannan ran from his pickup truck toward the deputy and began to fire, hitting Dinkheller in the exposed areas of the arms and legs.

Brannan then began to reload his weapon.  Dinkheller, injured, tried to position himself near the driver side door of his cruiser.  Another shot from Dinkheller was heard.  Brannan began advancing and firing at the deputy, hitting him numerous times.  Before being disabled from gunfire, Dinkheller was able to inflict a gunshot wound to the stomach of Brannan.

After being struck and clutching his stomach, Brannan then raised his M1 carbine and fired two more shots with one striking Dinkheller in the head, killing him.

Brannan retreated into his pickup and fled the scene.  He was discovered the next morning by police hiding in a sleeping bag beneath a camouflage tarp in Laurens County, Georgia, and arrested for the murder.

Brannan pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but the jury found that the murder of Dinkheller was carried out in a torturous and cruel manner. 

Brannan was found guilty of the murder nearly two years later and is awaiting the death penalty.  
Currently 66-years-old, he is still incarcerated in Georgia, has not been executed, and is appealing
his conviction.

When asked why he killed the deputy, Brannan responded, “Because he let me.”

The original dashcam video of Dinkheller’s cold blooded murder is used throughout United States police academies as a training aid.  Some students have had to leave the room after viewing it.

Dinkheller was only 22-years-old at the time of his death.  Survived by his wife, daughter, and son, he was named Deputy Sheriff of the Year by the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association.


Appreciation goes out to Gun Safety Blog, Vimeo, and Castel.

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This Independence Day, remember those that have gone before you; those who are not with us and unable to celebrate the life and liberties, protections and rights, that we have today.



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Tennessee Brings Back ‘Old Sparky’


Governor Signs Electric Chair Bill into Law


**Almost a Viral VIDEO**


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


“There are states that allow inmates to choose, but it is a very different matter for a state to impose a method like electrocution. No other state has gone so far.”

~Richard Dieter, Death Penalty Information Center



Old Sparky is back.

Tennessee has decided how it will respond to a nationwide scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates:  with the electric chair.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law Thursday allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event prisons are unable to obtain the drugs, which have become more and more scarce following a European-led boycott of drug sales for executions.

Tennessee lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the electric chair legislation in April, with the Senate voting 23-3 and the House 68-13 in favor of the bill.

Tennessee is the first state to enact a law to reintroduce the electric chair without giving prisoners an option, said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that opposes executions and tracks the issue.

Dieter said he expects legal challenges to arise if the state decides to go through with an electrocution, both on the grounds of whether the state could prove that lethal injection drugs were not obtainable and on the grounds of constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

Republican state Sen. Ken Yager, a main sponsor of the electric chair measure, said in a recent interview that he introduced the bill because of “a real concern that we could find ourselves in a position that if the chemicals were unavailable to us, we would not be able to carry out the sentence.”

The decision comes as lethal injection is receiving more scrutiny as an execution method, especially after last month’s botched execution in Oklahoma.

In that case, convicted killer Clayton Lockett, 38, began writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow after he had supposedly been rendered unconscious by the first of three drugs in the state’s new lethal injection combination.

The execution was halted, and Lockett died of an apparent heart attack 10 minutes later, authorities said.  They later blamed a collapsed vein, not the drugs themselves.

Concerns about lethal injection also have risen at a time when Tennessee and many states — including Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas — obtain execution drugs in secret from unidentified compounding pharmacies.  Death penalty opponents say the secrecy raises the risk of something going wrong.

A Vanderbilt University poll released this week found that 56 percent of registered voters in Tennessee support use of the electric chair, while 37 percent are against it.

Tennessee has 74 prisoners on death row.  Sidney Porterfield, who at 71 was the oldest inmate on Tennessee’s death row, died of natural causes this week.  Nine others have died of natural causes since 2000, while one committed suicide. Six inmates have been executed during that time frame, the most recent in 2010.

Thirty-two states have the death penalty, and all of them rely at least in part on lethal injection.  The federal government also uses lethal injection but rarely carries out executions.

The Supreme Court has never declared a method of execution unconstitutional on the grounds that it is cruel and unusual.  It upheld the firing squad in 1879, the electric chair in 1890 and lethal injection in 2008.

The court made it clear over the years that the Eighth Amendment prohibits inflicting pain merely to torture or punish an inmate, drawing a distinction between a method like electrocution and old European practices such as drawing and quartering.  The Constitution prohibits “unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain,” the court said in 1976.

First used by New York State in 1890, the electric chair was employed throughout the 20th century to execute hundreds and is still an option in eight states.  Since 1976, 158 inmates have been executed by electrocution.  It was considered humane when it was first introduced but has resulted in many horrific executions over the years. 

In 2000, Florida switched from the electric chair to injection after bungled electrocutions raised concerns that the state’s death penalty would be declared unconstitutional.

For Tennessee however, if you can’t beat ‘em, you might as well join ‘em. Old Sparky’s  made  a comeback for the modern age.


~Google News/Eric Goodchild/Web Urbanist

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More Humboldt Mayhem


Machete-Wielding Man Attacks Wife


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


What is happening to the City of Eureka now?

More violence.  According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release, a Eureka man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, domestic violence, violation of a court order and violation of probation after allegedly attacking his wife with a machete.

Torry Williams, 32, reportedly attacked his wife Friday when she stopped by his residence with a friend to speak with him.

He allegedly grabbed her by the hair, dragged her into the home and immediately began assaulting her with his fists, and later, a machete.

The woman was able to fend off Williams and run to her friend’s car.  The two drove away while Williams hit the vehicle with the machete, the release states.

Deputies found Williams at his residence, along with the 18-inch blade machete on the kitchen counter.

A piece of the friend’s car that appeared to have been sliced off by a sharp object was located on the ground outside.

Williams was taken to the Humboldt County Jail and his bail was set at $100,000.

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Mr. Gallegos, you’re going to need more prosecutors for our fair city.

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Eureka Double Homicide Suspect Taken Into Custody


EPD and Coroner’s Office Release Identities of Suspect, Victims


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


On Wednesday, March 26 at 5:57 pm, Eureka Police officers came upon two murder victims while responding
to a call in a Eureka home.

They had initially responded to the residence located at 2109 Harris Street for a citizen’s report of an injured person in the house.

Officers entered the house to render first aid and found a man deceased with obvious trauma, namely what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.  

Checking the rest of the house for other persons who may need help, they found a second person deceased as well.  He, too, suffered from a gunshot wound to the head, Eureka Police said.

Based on evidence collected at the scene, EPD investigators believe the crime was a double homicide. 

One person was detained at the scene and arrested as the lone suspect in the murders.

Investigators will continue to process the scene for the rest of today.  The deceased have been identified but their names are being withheld until family members are notified by the Coroner’s Office (see below).

The suspect taken into custody is Eureka resident Vincent “Vinnie” Earnest Sanchez, DOB: 04-30-1985.  

Sanchez was booked into the Humboldt County Jail on two counts of homicide.  Mr. Sanchez, to note, has had prior contacts and arrests by law enforcement.  It is unknown if Sanchez was on probation or being supervised previous to the murders occurring.

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The Coroner’s Office recently identified the first victim as Richard “Rick” Storre, 60, of Eureka.  The second victim is confirmed as Lance Delbert Henry, 25.  Mr. Henry is reportedly the half- brother of suspect Vincent Sanchez.

This is the third homicide to occur, rocking the small city of Eureka, population 27,000, in almost as many months.


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Craigslist Killer Confesses to 22 Slayings Across US



19-Year-Old Serial Murderer Part of Satanic Cult Luring Victims, She Says



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


SUNBURY, PA– Move over Dexter.

Nineteen-year-old satanist Miranda Barbour admits to killing Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton.  And there are more victims spread across the nation, she claims.

In a prison interview Friday night, she said that she considered sparing his life until he said the wrong thing.  She also said LaFerrara was one of dozens of such victims she killed in the past six years.

Barbour, with her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, of Selinsgrove, has been charged by Sunbury police in the Nov. 11 fatal knifing of LaFerrara.  She requested an interview that was recorded by the Northumberland County Prison on Friday night.

While she offered scant details of her participation in slayings in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California, city police confirmed Saturday they had been working, prior to her revelations Friday night, with investigators from other states and the FBI about Miranda Barbour’s possible connection to other killings.  

The majority of her murders, she said, took place in Alaska.

City police on Saturday would not comment on the status of those investigations.


At 22 Victims, “I Stopped Counting”

Asked Friday night how many people she had killed, Miranda Barbour said through a jailhouse phone:  “When I hit 22, I stopped counting.”

She wants to plead guilty to LaFerrara’s murder, and said she is ready to speak with police about her other victims.

“I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them,” she said.  LaFerrara, Miranda Barbour said, was Elytte’s first victim.

The 42-year-old Port Trevorton resident was killed on the Barbours’ three-week wedding anniversary.  “I remember everything,” Miranda Barbour said. “It is like watching a movie.”

She said she agreed to sex for $100 with LaFerrara, whom she met through a Craigslist ad.  The two met in the parking lot of the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Hummels Wharf, and drove nearly six miles to Sunbury.

At one point, she planned to let LaFerrara out of her Honda CRV.

“He said the wrong things,” she said. “And then things got out of control. I can tell you he was not supposed to be stabbed. My husband was just supposed to strangle him.”


Time to “Get It Out”

According to the obtained court documents, Miranda Barbour stabbed LaFerrara 20 times as Elytte Barbour sprang from the floor of the back seat to strap a cord around LaFerrara’s neck.

As she said upon her arrest, Miranda Barbour on Friday night repeated that LaFerrara tried to grope her, but she said it was his words that set her off.

“I lied to him and told him I just turned 16,” she said.

“He told me that it was OK.  If he would have said no, that he wasn’t going to go through with the  arrangement, I would have let him go.”

Miranda Barbour said she doesn’t care whether people believe her, that she wanted to tell her story because she wanted to come clean and stop living a lie.  She said she felt no remorse for her victims and said she killed only “bad people,” a belief she traced through a troubled childhood.

She said she was sexually molested at age 4 and was introduced to murder at 13, literally in the hands of a man who led her to satanism — beliefs that she said she held at the time of the LaFerrara homicide.

“I feel it is time to get all of this out,” she said.  “I don’t care if people believe me. I just want to get it out.”


Suspect: I Joined Satanic Cult

Miranda said when she was 4, she was sexually molested by a relative.

Elizabeth Dean, Miranda’s mother, confirmed Saturday that her sister’s husband was later arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a minor and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

“It was bad,” Dean said. “I never let (her) stay anywhere except for my sister’s house, and I was devastated when I found out.”

Nine years later, Miranda joined a satanic cult in Alaska.  Soon after, Miranda said, she had her first experience in murder.

Barbour said she went with the leader of the satanic cult to meet a man who owed the cult leader money.

“It was in an alley and he (the cult leader) shot him,” she said, declining to identify the cult leader.

“Then he said to me that it was my turn to shoot him.  I hate guns.  I don’t use guns.  I couldn’t do it, so he came behind me and he took his hands and put them on top of mine and we pulled the trigger.  And then from there I just continued to kill.”

While in the satanic cult, Miranda became pregnant.  The cult did not want her to have the baby, so, she said, members tied her to a bed, gave her drugs and she had an “in-house abortion.”

However, her mother on Saturday said that when Miranda told her about the abortion, she took her daughter to a doctor who said there were no signs of an ended pregnancy.

Miranda said she spent the next three years in Alaska, continuing in the satanic cult and participating in several murders.

“I wasn’t always there (mentally),” she said, adding that she had begun to use drugs.  “I knew something was bad inside me and the satanic beliefs brought it out.  I embraced it.”

During those three years, Miranda said she became pregnant again.

“And I moved to North Carolina,” she said.  “I wanted to start over and forget everything I did.”

She left Alaska as a high-ranking official in the satanic world, leaving the father of her second pregnancy, a man named Forest, the No. 2 leader in their cult, who was murdered.


Ready to Talk to Police

Although Miranda would not say who else may have been involved in the alleged murders, she said all police have to do is talk to her because she is ready to speak.

“I would lure these people in,” she said.  

“I studied them.  I learned them and even became their friend.  I did this to people who did bad things and didn’t deserve to be here anymore.”

Sunbury police Chief Steve Mazzeo said authorities are aware of Miranda’s claims of murders, are taking them very seriously, and are also aware of Friday night’s interview.  Prison officials have been cooperating with his department, Mazzeo said.

“We are reviewing the recording of interview and I will not confirm or deny anything at this point,” he said.

“I will however say that through investigations by lead officer Travis Bremigen, he has been in contact with several other states and is working with law enforcement from various cities and towns.  From information we gathered and from information gathered from her interview we are seriously concerned and have been in contact with the proper authorities,” Mazzeo said.

Mazzeo also said investigators will be looking into the death of a man with whom Miranda Barbour had a 1-year-old child.  He would not elaborate.

During the interview, Miranda was asked that, given her small stature, how people would believe she would be capable of murder.

“Looks,” she said, “can be deceiving.”

Asked why she pleaded not guilty to the LaFerrara murder, she simply said: “I didn’t want to.”

“When I was at my arraignment and the judge asked me how do I plead, I was ready to say guilty and my attorney (chief public defender Ed Greco) grabbed the microphone and said not guilty.”

Miranda Barbour said she has not spoken with her husband since the day she was arrested, but saw a news photo of Elytte Barbour’s new teardrop tattoo that he displayed at his most recent court appearance.


Husband:  “Proud of What He Did”

Elytte Barbour, her accomplice, is being held in Columbia County Jail.

“He is proud of what he did,” she said. “I will always love him.”

Elytte Barbour told officers before his arrest that he and his wife, Miranda, had planned to kill before, but their plans never worked out.

That was until victim Troy LaFerrara responded to an online posting that promised companionship in return for money, authorities said.

According to Sunbury police, Elytte Barbour told investigators he hid in the backseat of the couple’s SUV as his wife picked up LaFerrara at a mall Nov. 11.  He told police that, on his wife’s signal, he wrapped a cord around LaFerrara’s neck, restraining him while Miranda Barbour stabbed him.

Following his wife’s arrest, Elytte Barbour told news media that Miranda Barbour, whom he married Oct. 22, regularly hired herself out as a “companion” to men she met on various websites, a business venture he said he supported because it didn’t involve sexual contact.

Barbour said his wife made anywhere from $50 to $850 by meeting with men for such activities as having dinner together or walking around a mall.  The ads she placed on websites including Craigslist all said upfront that sex was not part of the deal, he said.

“She is not a prostitute,” he said. “What she does is meet men who have broken marriages or have no one in their lives, and she meets with them and has delightful conversation.”

Miranda said she has no regrets for any of her alleged crimes.

“I have none,” she said.

“I know I will never see my husband again and I have accepted that.  I know I wanted to talk about all this because I know I had a 20-year window where I would possibly get out of jail and I don’t want that to happen.  If I were to be released, I would do this again.

“By no means is this a way to glorify it or get attention.  I’m telling you because it is time for me to be honest and I feel I need to be honest.”

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Teen Gets Probation After Killing 4, Seriously Injuring 2


Outrage:  Blame it on the ‘Affluenza’



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


It wasn’t his fault.  He was suffering from a chronically rich and badly drunken case of the flu.

The case of a Texas teen supposedly afflicted with “affluenza,” who killed four people and critically injured two others while driving drunk, triggered new outrage a day after a judge refused to send him to jail.

According to officials, the teenager and some friends were seen on surveillance video stealing two cases of beer from a store.  He had seven passengers in his Ford F-350, was speeding and had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit three hours after the crash, according to testimony during the trial.

The pickup fatally plowed into four pedestrians on a rural road:  Brian Jennings, 43; Breanna Mitchell, 24; Shelby Boyles, 21; and her mother Hollie Boyles, 52. 

Two 15-year-olds who were riding in the bed of his pickup were ejected and severely injured, according to a statement from prosecutors.  One is no longer able to move or talk because of a brain injury, while the other suffered internal injuries and broken bones.

His vehicle also struck a parked car, which then
slid into another vehicle driving in the opposite

The case drew national outrage after an expert psychologist for his defense testified that the teen had “affluenza”:  He was so rich and spoiled that he couldn’t connect his actions with their consequences. 

After three days of testimony, the teen confessed.  Texas District Judge Jean Boyd rejected prosecutors’ request for a 20-year term for intoxication manslaughter and sentenced him to 10 years’ probation, barring him from driving and consuming alcohol.  She did not address the intoxication assault charges related to the passengers’ severe injuries. 

On Wednesday, prosecutors were back in Boyd’s court seeking 20 years for intoxication assault.  Boyd closed the Fort Worth hearing to the public and the news media, then refused to enter a separate verdict on the assault charges.

Instead, she ordered the teen sent to a locked rehabilitation facility for an indeterminate time at his parents’ expense, according to a prosecutors’ statement.  

Boyd noted the programs available in the Texas juvenile justice system may not provide the kind of intensive treatment the teenager could receive at the California rehabilitation center suggested by his defense attorneys. 

Media sources have reported the posh treatment center being considered, Newport Academy, offers counseling, horseback riding, cooking lessons, yoga, martial arts, meditation and massage as part of clients’ therapy.  The parents would pick up the center’s cost of more than $450,000 a year for treatment, it was reported.

The sentence outraged the prosecutor and the families of the victims who said the family’s wealth had allowed him to treated better by the legal system.

“Money always seems to keep you out of trouble,” Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and daughter, told reporters.  “Ultimately today, I felt that money did prevail.  If you had been any other youth, I feel like the circumstances would have been different.”

Boyles told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the judge told the victims’ families that her decision had not been influenced by the expert’s “affluenza” testimony. 

“Had he not had money to have the defense there, to also have the experts testify, and also offer to pay for the treatment, I think the results would have been different,” Boyles told reporters after Wednesday’s sentencing, according to CNN.

Shaunna Jennings said her family had forgiven the teenager but believed a sterner punishment was needed.

“You lived a life of privilege and entitlement, and my prayer is that it does not get you out of this,” she said.  “My fear is that it will get you out of this.”

“There can be no doubt that he will be in another courthouse one day blaming the lenient treatment he received here,” prosecutor Richard Alpert told reporters.

Lawyers for the minor reportedly argued that the teen’s parents should share a part of the blame for the crash because they never set limits for the boy and gave him everything he wanted.

The psychologist who testified for the defense said that the teen is a product of something he called “affluenza” and doesn’t link bad behavior with consequences because his parents taught him that wealth buys privilege, the psychologist said in court.  

The psychologist also reportedly testified that his life could be turned around with one to two years of treatment and no contact with his parents.

He cited one instance when the boy, then 15, was caught in a parked pickup with a naked 14-year-old girl who was passed out.  He was never punished, the psychologist said, noting to the court that the teenager was allowed to drink at a very young age, and even began driving at 13.

The minor also had two prior citations for alcohol from police in February– one for being a minor in possession of alcohol, the other for consuming alcohol as a minor– only four months prior to the deadly accident. 

In March, he plead no contest in both cases.  His mother paid $423 in court costs.  As terms of his probation, her son agreed to take an alcohol awareness class and participate in 12 hours of community service, to be completed by June 19.

The deadly accident occurred on June 15.

Boyd has not publicly elaborated on her reasons for the boy’s no-jail sentence.  There have been growing calls for the Boyd’s removal following her controversial ruling.  Boyd has said she will not be running for re-election next term.

Public reaction was also harsh on Twitter:

“Let’s be real- if the Affluenza kid was brown or black, he’d be in jail.”

“Affluenza?  Four people dead?  No jail time for anyone?  Sick miscarriage of justice.  Outrageous.”

“Thank goodness the one great part of growing up poor was that I never got ‘affluenza’”

“Cant blame the ‘Affluenza’ kid or even his parents.  The lawyer and the judge to blame.  Hope he chooses to use his entire life making things right/better.”

“’Affluenza’ might be a mental affliction but NOT punishing the kid and NOT treating him normally only seems to enforce
his behavior…”

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Stealing J. Edgar Hoover’s Secrets



The Greatest Heist You Never Heard Of Until Now–

Burglars Who Took on FBI Abandon Shadows

(New York Times Video)


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


One night in 1971, files were stolen from an F.B.I. office near Philadelphia. 
They proved that the bureau was spying on thousands of Americans.
The case was unsolved, until now.


From The New York Times, by Mark Mazzetti:

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The perfect crime is far easier to pull off when nobody is watching.

So on a night nearly 43 years ago, while Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier bludgeoned each other over 15 rounds in a televised title bout viewed by millions around the world, burglars took a lock pick and a crowbar and broke into a Federal Bureau of Investigation office in a suburb of Philadelphia, making off with nearly every document inside.

They were never caught, and the stolen documents that they mailed anonymously to newspaper reporters were the first trickle of what would become a flood of revelations about extensive spying and dirty-tricks operations by the F.B.I. against dissident groups.

The burglary in Media, Pa., on March 8, 1971, is a historical echo today, as disclosures by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden have cast another unflattering light on government spying and opened a national debate about the proper limits of government surveillance.

Why They Did It

The burglars had, until now, maintained a vow of silence about their roles in the operation.  They were content in knowing that their actions had dealt the first significant blow to an institution that had amassed enormous power and prestige during J. Edgar Hoover’s lengthy tenure as director.

“When you talked to people outside the movement about what the F.B.I. was doing, nobody wanted to believe it,” said one of the burglars, Keith Forsyth, who is finally going public about his involvement.  “There was only one way to convince people that it was true, and that was to get it in their handwriting.”

Mr. Forsyth, now 63, and other members of the group can no longer be prosecuted for what happened that night, and they agreed to be interviewed before the release this week of a book written by one of the first journalists to receive the stolen documents.  

The author, Betty Medsger, a former reporter for The Washington Post, spent years sifting through the F.B.I.’s voluminous case file on the episode and persuaded five of the eight men and women who participated in the break-in to end their silence.

…Ms. Medsger’s article cited what was perhaps the most damning document from the cache, a 1970 memorandum that offered a glimpse into Hoover’s obsession with snuffing out dissent.  The document urged agents to step up their interviews of antiwar activists and members of dissident student groups.

“It will enhance the paranoia endemic in these circles and will further serve to get the point across there is an F.B.I. agent behind every mailbox,” the message from F.B.I. headquarters said.  Another document, signed by Hoover himself, revealed widespread F.B.I. surveillance of black student groups on college campuses.

But the document that would have the biggest impact on reining in the F.B.I.’s domestic spying activities was an internal routing slip, dated 1968, bearing a mysterious word:  Cointelpro.

Unlike Mr. Snowden, who downloaded hundreds of thousands of digital N.S.A. files onto computer hard drives, the Media burglars did their work the 20th-century way: they cased the F.B.I. office for months, wore gloves as they packed the papers into suitcases, and loaded the suitcases into getaway cars.

When the operation was over, they dispersed.  Some remained committed to antiwar causes, while others, like John and Bonnie Raines (seen in the above picture and to the right), decided that the risky burglary would be their final act of protest against the Vietnam War and other government actions before they moved on with their lives.

“We didn’t need attention, because we had done what needed to be done,” said Mr. Raines, 80, who had, with his wife, arranged for family members to raise the couple’s three children if they
were sent to prison.

“The ’60s were over. We didn’t have to hold on to what we did back then.”

A Meticulous Plan

The burglary was the idea of William C. Davidon, a professor of physics at Haverford College and a fixture of antiwar protests in Philadelphia, a city that by the early 1970s had become a white-hot center of the peace movement.  Mr. Davidon was frustrated that years of organized demonstrations seemed to have had little impact.

In the summer of 1970, months after President Richard M. Nixon announced the United States’ invasion of Cambodia, Mr. Davidon began assembling a team from a group of activists whose commitment and discretion he had come to trust.

The group — originally nine, before one member dropped out — concluded that it would be too risky to try to break into the F.B.I. office in downtown Philadelphia, where security was tight.  They soon settled on the bureau’s satellite office in Media, in an apartment building across the street from the county courthouse.

That decision carried its own risks:  Nobody could be certain whether the satellite office would have any documents about the F.B.I.’s surveillance of war protesters, or whether a security alarm would trip as soon as the burglars opened the door.

The group spent months casing the building, driving past it at all times of the night and memorizing the routines of its residents…


…An excerpt, you can read the rest of this surprisingly interesting article by Mark Mazetti in the New York Times here.

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Rev. Freed’s Slaying and the Deadly Probation Fail


One Small Detail Not Mentioned: 
Suspect Was on Probation and Shouldn’t Have Been Released From Jail 


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The crime stats for Eureka are indeed bad.  Very bad.  
The reasons are varied and many.

The Eureka Police Department has 100 sworn employees for less than a 15-mile square area.  To note, the top 10 EPD officers make upwards of $90,000+ a year.  The Chief of Police pulled in a total compensation of $156,000 in 2010.  Eureka also has the agreed upon assistance of the HCSO, CHP, Humboldt Bay Fire, the Probation and Parole Departments, and the FBI within the city limits.

That apparently isn’t enough to take a bite out of crime in Eureka.

An overcrowded jail that releases offenders early doesn’t help matters of crime, either.  But let’s take a closer look at one situation that happened recently.

After being brought to the jail on a new offense, Gary Lee Bullock, the alleged suspect in Rev. Freed’s slaying, was released on his OR (own recognizance) only a few hours before Freed’s murder.  Unbelievably, EPD was called back and contacted him again a second time due to his erratic behavior.  Bullock was merely referred to the Rescue Mission at that time.

One of the rarely mentioned points to consider is this: Mr. Bullock was placed on a three-year probation term
back in April for cocaine possession.  Along with that grant
of probation came a set of terms which Bullock agreed to for
obeying all laws of the community– or he’d be back in  jail.

When originally brought to the jail he should have been retained on a ‘Probation Hold’ until the Humboldt County Probation Department or District Attorney’s Office—who had the  jurisdiction in the matter– properly assessed his situation.  That didn’t occur.

That’s the whole idea behind the preventative  ’community safety’ thing.  There are pre- and post release procedures in place that should have been followed for individuals granted probation.  Were they?  A process exists providing for an appropriate level of scrutiny and investigation of probationers arrested for new offenses, duly superseding jail overcrowding and holding them before subsequent release into the community.

Once Bullock’s second law enforcement contact was made, he certainly should have been returned to the jail so his situation could be looked into further by his probation officer.  He was clearly– twice– in violation of the terms of his probation in a relatively short period of time.  And yet nothing happened.

Mr. Bullock, despite his felony probation status, surprisingly wasn’t held whatsoever for his case to be reviewed.  More unbelievably, he was released out of the jail– kicked out the door and onto the street to himself without assessment or any supervision whatsoever– at 12:43 in the morning on January 1, hours before the Catholic priest’s slaying in the Eureka rectory merely a few blocks away from the jail, EPD headquarters, and directly across the street from the Probation Department’s Adult Services Division.

Bullock’s probation status and lack of supervision hasn’t been brought up nor
is it widely known to the public.  It warrants investigation because other incidents, similar in nature, have been occurring routinely.  In fact, it is quietly happening all too often following our review of several hundred crime reports over the past two years. 

Think Jason Warren’s alleged brutal murder of Dorothy Ulrich and the subsequent hit and run of the Bayside joggers.  In that instance, Warren, already sentenced to State Prison, never should have been released from the jail to freely engage in his murderous rampage upon others.

We wonder if things would have turned out differently if the ‘probation hold’ process that was in place and should have occurred actually happened, and to what degree it did in both cases.  When the system fails, it fails for all of us.

Both situations should have turned out differently.  But Probation Officers and District Attorneys don’t like to work after 5 pm, on the weekends, or on the holidays.  And the jail and courts finds it far too easy to release those in custody early as long as nothing bad ever happens.

In these cases and others, however, something bad did happen.  With deadly and dire consequences.  Oops.

We hope the Grand Jury or Superior Court will look into whether the proper probation pre-and post release procedures were actually followed in both the Gary Lee Bullock and Jason Warren cases– and to the totality of circumstances as to why they happened in the first place.

Otherwise, these situations will happen again and again with random precision, a deadly and ongoing criminal problem falling through the cracks of a complacent bureaucracy– and swept under the rug as necessary.

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As the County pleads for more jail funding and the Eureka City Council and Police Department look to increase taxes by extending Measure O (which provided $8.7 million for public safety since it was enacted in 2010), citizens may want to ask the conductors of the ‘give-us-more-money’ gravy train if we’re actually getting the services we’re already paying for.

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Suspect of Slain Priest Taken Into Custody


Gary Lee Bullock Released From County Jail Just Hours Before Slaying



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Authorities have taken into custody a California man who they
believe killed a Roman Catholic priest in a Eureka church rectory,
the Chief of Police said. 

He was taken into custody in Southern Humboldt this afternoon.

Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills announced Thursday that an arrest warrant had been issued for Gary Lee Bullock, asking for the public’s help in tracking down him and a 2010 Nissan hybrid belonging to the slain priest.

The previous day, the Rev. Eric Freed was found dead in the rectory at St. Bernard Church in the coastal Northern California city.  While he hasn’t given a motive, Mills elaborated Thursday that Freed died after suffering “blunt force trauma” following a “violent struggle.”

His gruesome death — which the county coroner official ruled a homicide on Thursday — has shaken many in and around Eureka, both members of the parish he served, the nearby university where he taught and the community at large.

“Eric knew as well as anybody just how senseless violence could be,” said Wiliam Herbrechtsmeier, a professor at Humboldt State University where Freed had taught since 2007.  ”When a fine person like him is brought down– that’s just tragic.”

Bullock wasn’t unknown to local authorities;  in fact, he’d been in custody earlier on the same day that Freed was found dead.

Police explained that, on New Year’s Eve, Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a person “acting strangely” in Garberville.  They went to the scene and arrested Bullock for public intoxication, taking him to a jail where “he was rejected due to his erratic behavior,” Eureka police said in a press release.

Bullock — who last known address is in Redway, California — was then moved to a nearby hospital “where he became more agitated and had to be physically restrained by deputies,” police added.  He was eventually booked into a jail shortly after 4:30 p.m. that day, staying there for over 8 hours before his release at 12:43 a.m. on January 1.

Less than two hours later, police got a call about a suspicious person at St. Bernard Church.  Officers found Bullock but, as he wasn’t “intoxicated and did not qualify for an emergency psychological hold,” didn’t detain him but instead referred him to a shelter, Mills said.

At some point in the hours after that, a guard at Freed’s church found a person matching Bullock’s description on the premises and told him to leave, police said.

It was at 9 a.m. that authorities were called back to St. Bernard, this time after church staff came across Freed– who officers and a doctor, who happened to be a parishioner, both determined was already dead.  Mills said police later determined there were signs of “forced entry” and the aforementioned struggle.

Hours later, mourning parishioners and community leaders gathered outside the church-turned-crime scene to remember the late priest.

Mayor Frank Jager said Freed was a personal friend and
a “tremendous person in this community” since his arrival
three years ago.  

The 56-year-old’s loss was felt deeply elsewhere as well.

“He was a really, genuinely warm individual,” said professor Stephen Cunha, the chairman of Humboldt State University’s religious studies department where Freed taught. “… Kind is the word that comes to mind, sensitive.”

Just a few days ago, the priest sent a note to his parishioners, thanking them for their support and prayers and wishing them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

“I cannot tell you how proud and honored I am to be your pastor,” Freed wrote in a letter posted on the parish website.  ”Our parish is alive, joyful and full of faith, hope and charity that define us as Catholic Christians.”

While he was relatively new to St. Bernard, Freed had already made an impact there and elsewhere around Eureka– including with the city’s Japanese-American community, as Freed lived in Japan for many years– Jager told reporters.

“This is an absolutely tremendous loss not only for the St. Bernard’s Parish, but for our community generally,” the mayor said.  ”For those of us who believe in prayer, this is the time for that.”

Freed’s ties to Humbodt State went back even longer.  A guest lecturer, he wrote a book about the first atomic bomb and also taught about the New
Testament, connecting with Christians and non-Christians alike.

“He was very well respected, very well liked and had a tremendous working knowledge as well as academic knowledge,” Cunha said.  ”… To think that he passed in this way: It’s just layers of grief and shock.”

Herbrechtsmeier said he got to know Freed well not just at Humboldt State but outside as well, often joining the enthusiastic pastor– a diehard University of Southern California Trojan fan– to watch sports and enjoy some laughs.

Noting that students at the state university loved Freed, who was also deeply involved in that school’s Catholic student group, the Newman Center, Cunha added:  This was not some stuffy clergyman. He was very much someone that you could sit down and speak with…

“He connected with everybody.”


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One Slain Priest and the Lost City of Crime and Rev. Freed’s Slaying and the Deadly Probation Fail

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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  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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The Big Fortuna Hash Explosion


Severe Burns for Two Adult Victims; 
Nearby Infant Uninjured



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



It was a big boom with wickedly turn-of-the-ugly burns
in the Friendly City of Fortuna last night.

From today’s Fortuna Police Department’s report:

On Monday November 11, 2013 at approximately 10 pm, the Fortuna Police Department Communications Center received numerous 911 calls from subjects reporting an explosion at an apartment complex located at 137 12th Street in Fortuna.

One caller reported that a “hash lab” had exploded.

A Sergeant with the Fortuna Police Department arrived on scene and located two male subjects who had sustained severe burns to their upper torsos, arms and heads.

Responders from the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department and City Ambulance arrived within minutes and assisted the injured males.

The two injured subjects were identified as Kenneth Nevers of Fortuna and Joseph White of Oakland.

Both of Nevers and White were transported to Fortuna’s Redwood Memorial
Hospital. They were later airlifted out of the area for treatment of severe burns.

Officers were able to locate several subjects who claimed to be within the apartment at the time of the explosion.  One of the subjects was a three month old infant.  The additional subjects—and baby– were reportedly uninjured.

While officers were checking the apartment, they observed items consistent with a butane process hash extraction lab.  They also located the area of the explosion and fire in the bathroom.

This is an open investigation and further details of the bake and quake will be released as they become available.

The Redheaded Blackbelt’s Kym Kemp has unsparingly sharp comments by readers of the whole hash-making affair breaking bad in the Friendly City.

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People as slow and stupid as Darwin turtles never cease to amaze us.


Via Fortuna Police Department, the Redheaded Blackbelt and the Humboldt Sentinel

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Nairobi Shopping Mall Attack Leaves Scores Dead


Terrorists Target Kenya’s Upscale Western Mall



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


NAIROBI, KenyaMilitant gunmen stormed a shopping mall in
Nairobi on Saturday killing at least 62 people, including children,
and sending scores more fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto
the streets in search of safety.

Shooting continued hours after the initial assault as troops surrounded the Westgate mall and police and soldiers combed the building, hunting down the attackers shop by shop.  A police officer inside the building said the gunmen were barricaded inside the Nakumatt supermarket, one of Kenya’s biggest chains.

“We got three bodies from this shop,” he said, standing a dozen meters from the supermarket entrance and pointing to a children’s shoe shop, where blood lay in pools. 

He turned to a nearby hamburger bar where music still played and food lay abandoned in a similar bloody scene. “And a couple of bodies here.”

The Westgate mall attack was the single biggest since al Qaeda’s east Africa cell bombed the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, in 1998 killing more than two hundred people.  

In 2002, the same militant cell attacked an Israeli-owned hotel and tried to shoot down an Israeli jet in a coordinated attack.

Two plainclothes policemen lay on the floor with guns trained on the supermarket entrance.  Tiles were smeared with blood, bullet casings were strewn on the floor and shop windows were shattered.  A police man dragged the corpse of a young girl across the floor and lay her on a stretcher.

Some local television stations reported hostages had been taken, but there was no official verification.

The Somali militant group al Shabaab, which Kenya blames for shootings, bombings and grenade attacks against churches and the security forces, had threatened to strike the Westgate mall, popular with the city’s expatriate community.  The chain of attacks follows action by Kenyan forces against Al Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia two years ago.

Police helicopters circled above shortly after the initial assault as armed police shouted “Get out! Get out!” and scores of shoppers fled the sand-colored stone building.  

Smoke poured out of one entrance and witnesses said they heard grenade blasts.

Others said they saw about five armed masked assailants storm the mall and that the incident appeared to be an attack rather than an armed robbery.

The mall includes a number of Israeli-owned businesses, though it was not immediately clear if these were the target of the attack.  At least four Israeli nationals escaped the assault, one with light wounds.

One eyewitness who identified himself as Taha said he heard the screech of brakes followed moments later by an explosion and then sustained gun fire from the ground floor.

Some shoppers ran up stairs and escalators and hid around the mall’s cinema complex.  Police found another terrified group hiding in a toilet on the first floor. 

Some wounded were wheeled out on stretchers and shopping trolleys.  Many of the victims had multiple light wounds, apparently from flying debris.  Other walked out, some with bloodied clothing wrapped around wounds. Dozens of wounded were ferried away by ambulance.

“I have counted twenty five dead, and that is just from the mall alone,” said Kenyan Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Guled.

“The attackers are still inside the Nakumatt supermarket and we have not entered there, so we expect more wounded and dead.  Then we have those wounded, taken to the hospitals, the death toll could be high.”

Al Shabaab previously threatened to launch strikes on Nairobi’s tower blocks and soft targets including nightclubs and hotels known to be pop-
ular with Westerners in the capital, but so far have
failed to carry out such an attack.

Several hours after the attack, Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.  “The Mujahideen entered #WestgateMall today at around noon and are still inside the mall,” the Islamic extremist group said on its Twitter account.

One gunman was killed, said a Kenyan official who did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the information.  There were also 150 people injured, the official said, and as many as 36 hostages are still being held by the other gunmen.  American citizens were among the wounded.

Some witnesses reported the gunmen told Muslim shoppers to leave prior to shooting and setting off grenades, and then targeted non-Muslim victims.

“I personally touched the eyes of four people and they were dead.  One of them was a child,” said one former British soldier at the scene.  “It’s carnage up there.”

UPDATE:  Monday, September 23, 2013:  “More Gunfire After Kenyan Forces Assault Nairobi’s Westgate Mall”

Humboldt Sentinel article, Wednesday, September 24, 2013:  “Americans Among Mall Attack, Kenyan Offical Says”

(Via Yahoo News, CBS, CNN, YouTube)




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Crime Flies


–Crime After Crime–



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


What do you think:  Would one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds?

~Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment



$750K of Ivory Ripped Off From Willow Creek Wildlife Museum

This morning, September 20, at approximately 5:00 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding an audible alarm from the Tonkin Wildlife Museum in Willow Creek, located at 91 Mayfair Lane.

When deputies responded they saw a back door to the museum had been pried open.  After meeting with the museum representative, they learned two ivory elephant tusks, approximately 3’ in length and weighing 100 pounds each were stolen.

A mounted elk head, a bear skin rug and a kangaroo rug were also stolen from the museum.  The estimated loss is $750,000.  There are no suspects at this time and the Tonkin family is offering a $1,000 reward for their return.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

The Times-Standard has more details here. 


Every Environmental Weed and Greed Violation Possible

On September 19 at  approximately 9:00 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by Cal Fire, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant on an approximate 40 acre parcel of property off Dyerville Loop Road.  

The property is located approximately two miles east of South Fork High School.  When the officers arrived on scene they located several unpermitted structures, a residence and greenhouses.  

Two of the unpermitted structures were large indoor marijuana grows that had been recently harvested but were now dormant.  The indoor grows still contained lights and ballasts.

No one was home at the time of the officer’s arrival.  A search of the property revealed marijuana plants ranging in size from 1’ to 5’ in height being grown in and outside the greenhouses.  A total of 2231 growing marijuana plants were seized.

Officers saw unpermitted roads across water courses and portions of the water courses filled in with dirt, timber land converted to home sites without permits, illegal grading, illegal trash burning, and two large 1000 gallon diesel tanks.

Both diesel tanks did not have the required containment fields for spill protection as required by law.  Both of the diesel tanks were directly over a stream which feeds into Elk Creek which is a Coho Salmon spawning habitat.  California Fish and Wildlife Officers saw and documented violations of water pollution due to sediment and dirt being in the creeks.

The evidence of illegal burning is being forwarded to North Coast Unified Air Quality Management by Cal Fire for additional charges due to evidence of plastic and other trash being burned
in the burn pile.

The investigation is ongoing.  The Cal Fire Public Information officer is Jim Robbins, who can be reached at 707-726-1251.  The California Fish and Wildlife Public Information Officer is Jordan Traverso, who can be reached at 916-654-9937.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Man in Black with a Gun Causes Schools to go Into Lockdown

On September 19, at 1:30 pm, a woman walked into the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office McKinleyville Station and reported her son just stole her snub nosed .38 caliber revolver and just walked into the McKinleyville Safeway with it in a back pack.

She told the sheriff clerk at the station she was unclear what he intended to do with the firearm. 

She reported his name was Roy Lynn Scoggins III, 22, and said he was dressed all in black, including a black hat.

Deputies and California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officers immediately responded to the McKinleyville Safeway to look for Scoggins.  A warrant check revealed he was wanted on a felony warrant for manufacturing a deadly weapon.

While deputies were searching the store for Scoggins, his mother reported she just spoke with Scoggins on his cell phone and he told her he was walking by the Ace Hardware on Central Avenue in McKinleyville.

Deputies knew if that was true he would be heading in the direction of the McKinleyville Middle School.

The Middle School was notified by the Sheriff’s Office that a man reported to be carrying a gun in a backpack was walking towards their school.  The school initiated a lockdown as a precaution.

Additional deputies and CHP responded to the area and looked for Scoggins, but were unable to locate him.

At approximately 1:45 pm, the Sheriff’s Office learned Scoggins may be enroute to a relative’s home in the Ocean West Mobile Home Park on Murray Road in McKinleyville.

Due to Morris Elementary School and McKinleyville High School possibly being on Scoggins route, they were notified, too, as a precaution by the Sheriff’s Office.  Both schools chose to initiate a lockdown of their facilities as a precaution.

A relative of Scoggins provided his cell phone number to the Sheriff’s Office.  A dispatcher was able to contact Scoggins and spoke with him.  Scoggins told the dispatcher it was a misunderstanding– and he agreed to surrender himself to the Sheriff’s Office.

While walking to the Sheriff’s Office McKinleyville Station, Scoggins was located by a CHP officer on Central Avenue near Railroad Avenue and was taken into custody without incident.

Mr. Scoggins denied stealing his mother’s firearm and no firearm was located in his possession.  Nonetheless, he was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the felony warrant with set at $10,000.

At the request of the three schools, deputies and CHP Officers stood by at the schools as they were released to calm fears, even though Scoggins was in custody.

UPDATE September 21:

On Thursday, at approximately 4 pm, deputies were contacted by a concerned citizen who told them they located a backpack near the corner or Central Avenue and Babler Road, McKinleyville.

The backpack matched the description of the one Scoggins was seen wearing as reported by his mother.  Inside the backpack were bolt cutters, a machete and other items.  However there was no firearm.

Deputies went to the area where the citizen located the backpack and searched it.  They located the firearm covered in some leaves behind a property in the 2300 block of Central Avenue McKinleyville.

A check of the serial number confirmed it was the one reported stolen by Scoggins mother.  Mr. Scoggins was booked on grand theft of a firearm, besides the arrest warrant.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Another McKinleyville Gas Station Gets Knocked Off

On September 18 at 4:30 in the morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a silent panic alarm from the McKinleyville 76 Gas Station and Mini Mart located at 2698 Central Avenue in McKinleyville.

Deputies responded to the scene and met with the store clerk.  The clerk told the investigating deputy he was alone in the back of the store stocking the cooler when a man walked into the store.  He exited the cooler to greet the man and the man pointed a black semi-auto handgun at him.

The man told him to put all the money in the bag and to not touch the button, referring to the alarm system.  The man told him if he touched the button he would shoot him.

The man then put a green duffle bag on top of the counter and demanded the cash register drawers.  After the clerk put the drawers in the duffle bag the man ran out the front door.

Deputies checked the surrounding area for the suspect but did not find him.

The suspect is described as follows: White male adult, approximately 5’8” tall, 140 lbs, wearing a red bandana over his face, black sweatshirt, blue jeans last seen carrying a green duffle bag on foot towards the back of the station, armed with a black semi-auto handgun

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. 


Gang Ties Alleged in Stabbing Death

…And then we have the unfortunate situation of William Flores, the 25-year old gang member on parole who allegedly stabbed another man to death only 30 minutes after his release from jail shortly after midnight last weekend.

A case of no parole supervision gone very bad, the mighty Thadeus Greenson reports more in his Times-Standard article, “Gang Ties Alleged in Stabbing Death: Eureka Man Faces 40 Years to Life if Convicted in Murder Case.”

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13 Dead in Navy Yard Shooting


One Suspect Dead, Another Sought



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


WASHINGTONAt least 13 people died Monday during a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, officials said. 
One gunman died in the shooting, and police are seeking
another possible shooter.

The suspected gunman was identified by the FBI as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old civilian contractor from Queens, N.Y., who most recently resided in Fort Worth, Texas.  The mass shooting occurred four miles from the White House.  Earlier reports indicated 12 individuals died in the shooting massacre.

The U.S. Navy said Alexis was a full-time reservist from 2007 to 2011.  He left the Navy on Jan. 31, 2011, as a petty officer 3rd class and had been working for the fleet logistics support squadron No. 46 in Fort Worth.

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said Alexis was shot during an exchange with a Metro Police officer.

Alexis was arrested in Fort Worth in 2010 for discharging a firearm in city limits, police records show.  Charges were never filed.

The Navy Yard was placed on lockdown after shots were fired inside a building on the base, the Navy said.  A Metro police officer and naval base officer were among those injured in the shooting, according to the D.C. Metro Police.

“As far as we know, it’s an isolated incident,” Gray said.  ”We have no known motive at this stage.”

The mayor said there was “no reason at this stage” to believe it was terrorism, but would not rule it out.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said authorities were seeking a potential second suspect, described as a black male, approximately 40 to 50 years old, 5 foot 10, 180 pounds, medium complexion with gray sideburns, wearing an olive military-style uniform and carrying “a long gun.”

Before a scheduled economic speech at the White House, President Barack Obama deplored “yet another mass shooting” — this one targeting military and civilian personnel.

“These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us,” Obama said.  ”They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad.  But today they faced the unimaginable: violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home.”

“We will do everything in our power to make sure that whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible,” the president added.  ”I want the investigation to be seamless.”

Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer at Washington Hospital Center, said one Metropolitan Police officer and two civilians are being treated there.  All three arrived in critical condition, Orlowski said, but are expected to make a full recovery.

One was shot in the legs, another in the shoulder. Those victims were in surgery, Orlowski said.  A woman who was shot in the head and hand would not need surgery because the bullet did not penetrate her skull.

The Navy said shots were fired at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building on the base at 8:20 a.m., and a “shelter in place” order was issued for Navy Yard personnel.

Rick Mason, a program management specialist, told Yahoo News he was on the fourth floor when he saw someone with a shotgun aiming down into the atrium.  The gunman, Mason said, was targeting people who walked into the cafeteria.

Other employees described a chaotic scene.

“We heard two shots and started wondering if that was the sound of someone dropping something or if they were really shots,” Omar Grant, a civilian employee at the Navy Yard who was on the first floor of the atrium, said.  ”We heard three more shots, and that’s when people started running out of the building and getting the hell out of there.”

Grant then led a blind colleague to safety.

Approximately 3,000 people work in the building, the Navy said, though it’s unclear how many people were inside at the time of the shooting.

The U.S. Senate complex was locked down “in light of the uncertainty surrounding the shooting at the Navy Yard this morning and particularly the possibility of suspects remaining at large,” the Senate said in an alert to staffers.  ”You may move about the building; however, for the next two hours you may not leave nor can anyone enter the building.”

A White House official said the president had been briefed several times throughout the morning about the unfolding situation at the Navy Yard by assistant to the president for homeland security and counter- terrorism Lisa Monaco and deputy chief of staff Alyssa Mastromanaco.

A heavy SWAT and police presence could be seen around the Navy Yard.  Outside the base, employees sat huddled, crying and holding each other.  At least one of the victims was airlifted from the scene, as helicopters circled overhead.

A temporary ground stop was ordered at Reagan National Airport, and schools in the area were placed on temporary lockdown.

The 41-acre Navy Yard, located five blocks from Nationals Stadium and a mile and a half from the Capitol, is home to the chief of naval operations and headquarters for the Naval Historical Center and numerous naval commands.

The Washington Nationals postponed Monday’s home game against the Atlanta Braves in the wake of the tragedy.

According to the Navy’s website, Naval Sea Systems “engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships and submarines and their combat systems.”  Approximately 60,000 people work there.


The Washington Post Local has more details here

(Via Yahoo News)

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16 Heads Rolled to the Pokey in Bridgeville Weed Bust


Everyone Was Busted– Except Boris and Natasha


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Growers will try anything once, twice if they like it, and three times to make sure.  But when they play with weed
and fire, they get burned by the greedy smoke in their eyes.

On Monday, September 10 at  9:00 am,the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by CalFire, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant on a 160-acre parcel of property off State Route Highway 36 near mile marker 31.54 in Bridgeville.

When the warrant was served deputies located and detained twelve suspects located at various locations on the property.

A thirteenth suspect fled on foot as officers arrived.  A chase ensued;  however, the suspect was able to escape into the brush.

Officers searched greenhouses and buildings on the parcel.  They located an approximate 60’ by 30’ shop with living quarters being utilized to process and dry marijuana. Hanging in the shop was approximately 375 pounds of drying harvested marijuana.

Also located at the property were four greenhouses approximately 40’ by 80’ which contained growing marijuana plants.  A total of 685 growing marijuana plants from 6’ to 7’ tall, all budding and in rich fragrant bloom, were located and removed.

A semiautomatic 9 mm handgun was located in one of the suspect’s vehicles.  Officers located and seized $10,422 in US currency, scales, packaging material and other items indicating sales of marijuana for profit.

The suspects claimed the marijuana cultivation site was a collective for medical marijuana and presented the officers with a stack of medical marijuana slips approximately 3” thick.  It’s possible.  That is, when pigs fly.

Officers also located a significant amount of environmental damage to the parcel.

Cal-Fire Officers on scene described the damage as a “Significant environmental impact due to water course alterations because of heavy equipment operations in and around and through the watercourse.”

The watercourse affected is Little Larabee Creek where officers found clear cutting of trees and illegal roads wantonly carved into the hillside.  

A pump was found in Little Larabee Creek illegally removing water from the creek, which was drained dry downstream from the pump.  To note, Little Larabee Creek contains Steelhead trout and the drainage is federally protected per California Department and Fish and Wildlife.

Approximately four hours into the search of the parcel, officer heard noises in the brush at a different location on the property. The suspect who had fled on foot was sighted again– and ordered to surrender.

This time, the California Fish and Wildlife wardens had a K-9 with them.  After the suspect failed to stop and yield to the officer’s commands, the K-9 was unleashed and released– and lo and behold– the trusty K-9 canine caught the skunky suspect, identified as Yul Cashman.

Mr. Cashman (seriously, we didn’t make that name up) was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for dog bite wounds before being transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Pokey.

Mr. Cashman, however, was a drop in the bucket com-
pared to the number of other arrests.

The following suspects were arrested at this location and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Slammer where they were booked on the listed charges:

Valentine Velikov Marinov, male, 37-years old from Pleasant Hill, California : charges of cultivation, possession of marijuana of for sale, armed in the commission of a felony, altering a streambed, water pollution, harvesting timber without a license, illegal harvesting timber, misuse of timber lands

Valeri Petrov Vasilev, male, 57-years old, from Las Vegas, Nevada : charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale

Maja Damnjanovska, female, 27-years old from New York, New York: charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, also Immigration and Customs Hold

Dragoljub Obucina, male, 28-years old, from Astoria, New York: charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, also Immigration and Customs Hold

Boriana Eugenieva Stoyanova, female, 51-years old, from Las Vegas, Nevada: charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, also Immigration and Customs Hold

Paulina Aleksandrova Kitanova, female, 63-years old from Charlotte, North Carolina: charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale

Nevena Patrova Alexandrova, female, 46-years old from Charlotte, North Carolina: charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale

Silviya Simeonova Lazarova, female, 43-years old from Las Vegas, Nevada: charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, also Immigration and Customs Hold

Julieta Mihaleva Ivanova, female,54-years old from San Francisco, California: charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, also Immigration and Customs Hold

Tatyana Aleksandrova Pencheva, female, 59-years old from Buglaria: charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale

Milana Tojagic, female 31-years old from Chicago, Illinois: charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale , also Immigration and Customs Hold

Tamara Srpsko Acimovia, female 33-years old, from New York, New York: charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale

Yul Cashman, male, 65-years old from Las Vegas: charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale and resisting arrest

While officers were searching and processing the first marijuana grow site, they located a second marijuana grow site on an adjoining parcel.

A second Humboldt County Superior Court Search warrant was obtained for that location.  As if they didn’t have enough on their sticky hands to do.

When the warrant was served at approximately 1:00 pm, officers located three greenhouses on that parcel containing 1,026 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 1’ to 5’ tall.

They also located ammunition, but no firearms, along with additional significant environmental violations.  Those violations included illegal timber harvesting, allowing raw sewage to drain into Little Larabee Creek which included fecal matter, and more unpermitted roads.

Cal Fire officials who were at both locations commented that the roads cut at both sites were similar to what would have been seen during logging operations in the 1940’s.  They expect both locations to have significant sediment issues from runoff once
the winter rains begin.

Located and arrested at the second location were the following suspects:

Michael Kenneth Metelits, 42-years old from Fortuna: charged with cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, five counts streambed alteration, four counts of polluting a waterway, littering with 150 feet of a stream, misuse of timber lands, and conducting timber harvesting without a permit.  

Unfortunately Mr. Metelits is also wanted by the State of Virginia for shipping wickedly large amounts of marijuana from Fortuna to Virginia.  Now what do you call that again?  Two-time loser?  A slow learner?  Too high?  Uh, just greedy.

Jaime Javier Contreras, 20-years old from Stockton, California: charged with cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale

Carlos Fuerte Cachu, 61-years old, from Stockton, California: charged with cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale

The investigation is ongoing.  Heads will roll.  More heads will roll after the heads that were rolled snitch off the heads that weren’t rolled yet.  Stay tuned for further head rolling.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

The Cal Fire Public Information Grand Poobah Officer is Jim Robins, who can be reached at 707-599-6435.

The California Fish and Wildlife Muckety-Muck Public Information Officer is Jordan Traverso, who can be reached at 916-654-9937.

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Some folks simply have all the luck.


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George Zimmerman Likes to Use Guns


His Wife Likes to Lie.  You Decide Who’s Back in Trouble Again



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


George and Shellie Zimmerman are back in the news.

No charges will be filed against George Zimmerman after an alleged domestic altercation with his estranged wife and her father, Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell said today.

“Shellie Zimmerman has declined prosecution after consulting with her attorney,” Bracknell said.

George Zimmerman had been temporarily detained by police after Shellie Zimmerman told 911 Monday that he had threatened her and her father with a weapon.

On the 911 call, Shellie Zimmerman, who filed for divorce last week, is breathing heavily when she tells a dispatcher that Zimmerman is still at the house.

“He’s in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun, and he’s saying, ‘Step closer.’  He’s just threatening all of us with his firearm,” she says.

Shellie Zimmerman also tells 911 that George Zimmerman punched her father in the nose, and then smashed her iPad before getting in his truck.  “I don’t know what he’s capable of.  I’m really, really scared,” she says.

Mark O’Mara, George Zimmerman’s attorney and a CNN legal analyst, said, “There was heightened emotion, and a disagreement took place.”  O’Mara said Shellie Zimmerman no longer lives at the house — which is owned by her father, David Bryant Dean — and had come to it to retrieve some belongings.

After he was initially detained by officers, George Zimmerman was interviewed at the house by detectives, Florida’s Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said.  Zimmerman had offered to turn over surveillance tapes from security cameras at the house to investigators.

Shellie Zimmerman called 911 just after 2 p.m. ET, Bracknell said.  George Zimmerman had a bodyguard in the truck with him when police arrived, Bracknell said.  Police had drawn their guns and told the bodyguard to “stand by out of the way.”

The incident comes two months after Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was found not guilty of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

Shellie Zimmerman’s divorce filing last week in Seminole County came after she pleaded guilty to perjury on August 28 for lying about the state of the couple’s finances during a bond hearing in April 2012.  She had claimed she and her husband were broke, when in reality they had collected about $135,000 in donations.

Since his acquittal on July 13, George Zimmerman has been in the headlines several times.  In late July, he reportedly helped a family escape from an overturned SUV.

More recently, Zimmerman has been pulled over in traffic twice.  The first time, he was given a verbal warning for a traffic violation in Texas and reportedly told officers he had a firearm in his glove compartment.  The second time was in Florida last week, when he was issued a $256 ticket for speeding.

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Photo Series Link: Deadly Crossbow Attack in Manila


One Fatality Confirmed; Another Left With Serious Injury (UPDATED)

Picture Series Link Below


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


From the Times-Standard Media Center:

A crossbow attack left one person dead and another with injuries off New Navy Base Road in Samoa on Sunday, September 8, 2013.

Two suspects, a black female age 25-30 and a white male age 25-30 fled the scene on bikes later retreating into the dunes.

Law enforcement with a K9 unit searched the area following a trail towards the ocean; air support could not assist due to low fog.

Little information is available at this time.  Further details are expected to be released by the Sheriff’s Office as more information becomes available.

The Times-Standard Media Center 23-photo series link by Nick Adams is hereWarning:  some of the images are graphic.


**UPDATE September 9, 2013**

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:  Suspects Sought, One Identified

On Sunday September 8, 2013 at about 12:32 PM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call of a possible injured man lying on the southbound shoulder of HWY 255 and New Navy Base Road, Eureka (approximately 100 yards north of this intersection).

While deputies were responding, a second person called the Sheriff’s Office to report the injured male appeared to have been shot twice with an arrow and there were two people fleeing the area on bicycles, possibly suspects or involved with this incident.

One witness attempted to detain these individuals, at which point the suspects abandoned their bicycles and fled into a heavily wooded area on the west side of the road.

Deputies arrived in the area around 12:39 PM and located a 41-year old male victim who had suffered three injuries that would later be determined to be from a crossbow.  The victim had a grazing scalp wound, an arrow to the hip and an injury on his shin from a glancing arrow injury.  The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries.

Deputies then located a second victim, found deceased, approximately 200 yards west and into the wooded area from where the first victim was located.  This 44-year old male suffered a single arrow to the face.  The names of the victims being withheld at this point.

An extensive manhunt was undertaken in the heavily wooded and coastal area for the two suspects. Assisting was a helicopter from the California Highway Patrol, Wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Officers from the Arcata Police Department along with a K9 from that agency, Deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff’s Office Special Services including ATV’s for searching the beach, and Rangers from the Bureau of Land Management.

The search was called off at approximately 11:45 PM.

Detectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office have been assigned to this investigation. The motive for this incident appears to be the belief of the suspects that the victims may have stolen items from their transient camp.  The victims are homeless and have been occupying an encampment for the last several months.  It appears the suspects were newly arrived to the area and had a crude encampment, which a search warrant was sought for and served on.

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance of the public for any information on the suspects in this case:

Phoenix Triton King, white male, DOB 09-12-92, short blond hair, blue eyes and black heavy framed glasses, 5‘7” and 140 pounds. 

Mr. King is believed to be from Lake County, California.

King is traveling with the second suspect in this case, who happens to be a 16-year old female, and for that reason, her name is not being released:

Female, black or dark skin, 16 years of age, shoulder length “frizzy” hair that is most often worn in a bun, black hair, brown eyes, 5‘0”, 120 pounds.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the arrest of both individuals for Murder and Attempted Murder.  These individuals are to be considered dangerous and potentially armed.  Anyone who believes they have seen these individuals are encouraged to not approach and telephone 911 with information.

Detective Jen Turner has been assigned as the lead investigator on this incident.  Anyone having further information on this case is asked to call
her at 707-268-3642.


**UPDATE September 10, 2013**

Both suspects were arrested yesterday near Friends of the Dunes Humboldt Coastal Nature Center in Manila. 

The Times-Standard has the details in their full story by Thadeus Greenson here.

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Crime Does Not Pay


–Most of the Time–


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Humboldt County’s Criminal Activity as Reported by Law Enforcement–


Unsupervised Probationer Steals Vet’s Car for a Wild Meth-Fueled Ride

On September 3rd, 2013 at about 9:30 pm, a local resident called the Eureka Police Department’s (EPD) dispatch center to report someone had just stolen his 2005 Chrysler Sebring convertible from the parking lot of a business on the 600 block of West Harris Street, Eureka.

The victim, a Korean War veteran, explained he’d left his vehicle running with the door open while he got out to check for a possible water leak he’d noticed under his engine.

While he was leaning over looking for the source of the leak, an unidentified white male with no shirt and multiple tattoos jumped in and drove off in his car.  The suspect was last seen driving eastbound on West Harris Street. 

EPD officers set up surveillance at several locations around the city as they searched for the stolen Sebring.  At 10:06 pm, an officer spotted the Sebring traveling southbound on Broadway near Wabash Avenue.  A high risk traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle at Glenn and West Harris Streets once additional police units were in position. 

The suspect, later identified as Michael David Podesta, 38, attempted to evade officers and a short vehicle pursuit ensued.

Podesta turned right onto Thomas from Glenn Street and continued westbound at a high rate of speed.  Upon reaching the dead end of Gross Street, he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot toward a nearby greenbelt area.

Podesta didn’t get very far.  Pursuing officers tackled him at the head of the trail leading into the greenbelt and he was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

At the time of his arrest Podesta exhibited symptoms consistent of being under
the influence of a central nervous system stimulant such as methamphetamine. 

Podesta was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF) where he was booked for auto theft, evading, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended license, and violation of his Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and violation of probation.

Mr. Podesta was on formal felony probation for burglary, receiving/possessing stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance.

He was also on Post Release Community Supervision for burglary.  He was released from prison and was supposedly supervised by the Humboldt County Probation Department– which is an oxymoron in itself.

May we kindly suggest the Probation Officer spend more time supervising clients
than Facebooking friends on work time?


Thunder in the Thorns

On September 1, at approximately 12:00 midnight, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a man and woman being assaulted.  They were injured as a result of the assault and were now on the side of road at the Samoa Blvd and State Route 255 intersection in Manila.

When deputies arrived on scene they met with the victims, a 48-year old man and his 23-year old wife, both from Eureka.  

Deputies saw the male had visible bruises and cuts to his face, and swelling on his head.  The female was bleeding from the top of her head.  Medical was summoned to the scene by the deputies to treat the victims.  Both were conscious and able to speak.

The female victim told the deputies that earlier she was at the intersection of State Route 255 and Samoa Blvd in Manila when she was approached by two men.

The men accused her of stealing a wallet.  She denied stealing the wallet and the suspects left.  At approximately midnight the suspects returned and started assaulting the female and her husband in their campsite which is near the State Route 255 and Samoa Blvd intersection in the woods.

The suspects used a stun gun against her husband and beat him with a wooden cane.  She also witnessed one of the suspects point a rifle at her husband.

The suspects grabbed her purse and threw the contents all over the ground.  She screamed and the suspects struck her with the cane in the head, then left the area.

The suspects stole the victim’s wallet during the assault.  She believed they left the area in a light brown pickup truck or jeep.  Deputies also saw the female had injuries to her head and leg.  The male victim related a similar story to the deputies as to what occurred.


.357 Thwarts Eureka Peeping Tom Scoundrel

On September 2, at 3:45 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a home invasion in progress in the 300 block of Oak Street in Eureka.

When deputies arrived they met with the 29-year old female victim who was visibly upset.  The female told the deputies she was in her bedroom when she heard someone attempting to open her sliding glass door.

She walked into her kitchen and saw a white male adult wearing a black hooded sweatshirt , blue jeans and black boots attempting to force entry into her residence.  The suspect was unable to open the door because the victim had placed a dowel in the sliding mechanism.

The female victim armed herself with a .357 revolver which she brandished at the suspect who fled the scene immediately.  The victim told the deputies she had no idea who the suspect was.

Deputies checked the residence and surrounding area for the suspect but were unable to locate him. They found where the sliding glass door screen had been opened from the outside.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


A Little Alcohol and Knife Play at the ‘Ol Watering Hole

On August 31, approximately 12:10 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a stabbing victim being treated at Mad River Community Hospital Emergency Room (ER).

When a deputy arrived at the ER he met with the 32-year old male victim who resides in McKinleyville.  The deputy saw the victim had several cuts on his body and a puncture wound on his right arm.

The victim told the deputy he was at Central Station Bar, McKinleyville, at approximately 11:30 pm when he got into an argument with a Hispanic man.  He and the Hispanic man exited the bar to talk further.  When they did three other Hispanic males followed them outside.  The Hispanic male suspect and the victim got into a heated argument outside the bar.

The suspect then pepper sprayed the victim in the eyes and started stabbing the victim with a pocket knife.  

After stabbing the victim several times, the suspect fled in a blue four door “Mazda Type” sedan with dark tinted windows.  

Deputies checked the area, but did not locate the suspect or vehicle. A be-on-the-lookout was placed for the suspect and his vehicle.

The suspect is described as: Hispanic male adult, approximately 5‘8” tall, 145 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, and white plaid shorts.  The suspect had a teardrop tattoo next to his eye area.

The victim was treated and released from the hospital.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Booty Bandit Wife-Beater Druggie Busted

On September 1st 2013, at approximately 2330 hours an officer with the Fortuna Police Department was dispatched to the National Nine Hotel for the report of a possible domestic violence restraining order violation.

The reporting party reported that William Shawn Tillman, 27, had violated a court order and was currently walking away from the hotel.

The officer located Tillman in the parking lot of Chevron and subsequently detained him for a violation of the court order.

During a search of Tillman’s person the officer located the following items:


· An unloaded firearm
· A hashish lab
· Marijuana
· Methamphetamine
· Concentrated cannabis
· Digital scales

Tillman was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Jail on the following violations of law;

· HS 11377(a) F
· HS 11357(a) F
· HS 11379.6 F
· PC 273.5 F 
· PC 273.6 M

During the booking process at the Humboldt County Jail, Tillman was found to have a glass methamphetamine pipe and approximately 20 grams of hashish concealed within his body cavity.   

Mr. Tillman was also charged for smuggling controlled contraband into a correctional facility.

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Humboldt Crime After Crime


Time After Time


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


It’s been a busy couple of days for law enforcement and scoundrels alike.


Woman Assaulted With Machete Behind Bayshore Mall

On August 24 around 11:15 am, Officers and emergency medical personnel were summoned to the greenbelt area west of the 3300 Block of Broadway Street for a report of a female having been assaulted with a machete.

An adult female Eureka resident was found there with a serious head injury consistent with an edged weapon attack.  She was taken to the local hospital for treatment and later moved out of the area for advanced care. 

Witnesses identified a suspect, Antonio Parker, 24, as the person who assaulted the female.

Parker was detained nearby and found to have a machete concealed in his backpack. He was arrested and taken to the Eureka Police Department, questioned, and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and a concealed weapon violation. Mr. Parker is being held on $50,000 bail. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Senior Detective Todd Wilcox at (707) 441-4315.


Woman Shot in Sleepy Cutten Over Weed Deal Gone Bad

On August 24 around 9:30 pm, the Eureka Police Department received several reports of shots heard near Glatt and W Streets in Eureka.

Responding Officers found an adult female Eureka resident at the location with a gunshot wound.  According to scanner reports, an ambulance was summoned for her. 

She reported meeting with subjects of whom she was only casually acquainted for a planned marijuana sale.  For reasons not reported the pot deal went sour and ran off the rails.

After shooting the female victim, the subjects reportedly left in a vehicle described by her as a newer, possibly Chevrolet, gold four-door car.  The car had possible Wyoming license plate(s) and the right rear window was covered in tape. 

The subjects being sought are described as

Black male adult, 5’10” 160 lbs, with numerous face and arm tattoos, possibly known as “BJ.”

Black male adult, 5’10’ 175 lbs, possibly known as “J.”

White male adult, early to mid 20’s, blonde hair. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department or Senior Detective Todd Wilcox at 445-4315.


Creep Abandons Three Old Female Dogs in Fairhaven To Die

On August 21 an Officer from the California Highway Patrol brought three dogs into the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter that were found running in the roadway on New Navy Base Road at Lincoln Avenue in Fairhaven.

The dogs were: a black Labrador retriever mix, approximately 12 years old; a brown German shepherd mix, approximately 10 years old; and a brown Airedale Terrier mix, approximately 10 years old. All three dogs were female.

Animal Shelter staff got on the case and located a posting on Craigslist from three days earlier from an unidentified person in Freshwater who stated that their neighbor was moving to the East Coast and had three dogs that he couldn’t keep.  The photos of the dogs on the Craigslist posting were the same dogs as those brought into the shelter.  The back yard of a residence is clearly visible in one of the photographs.

Animal Shelter staff pursued it further.  They then located a second posting on Craigslist about the dogs.  This posting is from someone who saw a male subject abandon the dogs on New Navy Base Road and Bay Street.  

The posting states that a male subject in his mid-30’s with short hair and driving a newer black 4-wheel drive truck left the dogs, telling them to “stay” as he drove away.

One of the dogs was nearly struck by a car while chasing the truck down the road.  It is not clear if the person responsible for this Craigslist post was the same person reporting the loose dogs to CHP. Animal Shelter staff replied to both Craigslist postings but so far haven’t received any response.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office figured out quickly who was responsible and no doubt with some help from locally angered animal lovers who heard about it. 

Consequently, the HCSO positively identified the suspect in this case as Salvatore Ted Arena, age 42, of Freshwater.

The three dogs, Angel, Becky and Ginger, had belonged to Arena’s brother who passed away suddenly in February of this year.  Mr. Arena began trying to surrender the dogs to local rescues about a week ago saying he was moving to the East Coast.

Gail Holder of K-9 Angels Rescue had been in frequent contact with Arena and was working to try to get the dogs into foster care.  She received a call from him just before the dogs were found abandoned in Fairhaven and he said that he had to leave the following morning and couldn’t take the dogs across the country in his truck.

The Sheriff’s Office will be seeking a warrant for Arena’s arrest.  At this time they have reason to believe that he has left the area.

Anyone having information to the contrary is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Animal Control Division at (707) 840-9132 or the Crime Tip Line at (707) 268-2539. 

The Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division is asking for the public’s help to identify the owner of these dogs.  Abandonment of an animal is a crime.  It’s also pretty low down and dastardly.

Anyone who recognizes the dogs and/or the back yard of the residence in the photographs is asked to call Animal Control Officer Hale at 707-840-9132 or the Crime Tip Line, 707-268-2539.


Motorcycle Rider Succumbs Following Collision

On August 9, 2013 at about 4:10 PM, officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to the intersection of Rohnerville Road and School Street for a report of an injury traffic collision.

Upon arrival, officers determined that Justin Wier, 27 of Carlotta, had been traveling southbound on Rohnerville Road riding a 1979 Honda Motorcycle when Van Crismon, 70, of Fortuna, entered Rohnerville Road from School Street into the path of Wier.  Crismon was driving a 2005 Toyota SUV.

Crismon was treated and released from Redwood Memorial Hospital.  Wier was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for advanced medical care and is currently listed in Critical Condition.

Preliminary information indicates that Crismon entered Rohnerville Road when unsafe to do so and that Wier was unlicensed and not properly wearing his helmet at the time of the collision.

This collision is still under investigation and it is currently unknown if drugs or alcohol played a factor.

Rohnerville Road was closed for nearly three hours and the department was
assisted on scene by the Fortuna Fire Department, City Ambulance and the
City of Fortuna Streets Department.

On August 24, the Fortuna Police Department received information that Justin Wier died at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he had been transported for advanced medical care following a collision on Rohnerville Road in Fortuna.

The Sonoma County Coroner’s Office will be conducting additional investigation and the case will be forwarded to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for review.


Dead Fisher Found At Marijuana Grow Killed With Poison

On July 29 and July 31 Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and other related law enforcement agencies conducted an investigation and eradication of a large marijuana cultivation site below the Brushy Mountain Lookout on Friday Ridge in Willow Creek.

The officers eradicated 7,521 growing marijuana plants ranging and while conducting the investigation researchers and deputies found numerous quantities of herbicides and animal poisons in addition to a dead Fisher.

Deputies also located fresh hot dogs strung from a tree on treble fish hooks, along with two dead deer carcasses and a bird, a Hermit thrush.  Officers also witnessed environmental damage to the watershed.

The necropsy of the deceased young male adult Fisher located in the marijuana garden in Six Rivers National Forest was recently completed by a scientific team of researchers.

The necropsy confirmed suspicions that the Fisher was in fact killed due to Carbamate insecticide poisoning, specifically Methomyl.  Methomyl is a highly acute toxic insecticide and its use is restricted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The Fisher also had Brodifacoum, a 2nd generation anticoagulant rodenticide detected in its system.  The researchers believe the Fisher experienced convulsions, muscle tremors and respiratory distress during its death.

There were pieces of meat believed to be hot dog inside the Fishers stomach.  It was pointed out that if this hotdog were eaten by any other animal it would be toxic to that animal and this toxicant can travel through the food chain, so any scavenger eating an animal poisoned with this would also likely become ill or die.

The public is being advised to not handle or touch any items located in any active or inactive marijuana garden site.  The items in the site could potentially poison the person by the mere handling of the items; some of these chemicals can travel through exposed skin.

Allowing your dog off leash in areas where one of these grows is located could also result in your dog being poisoned, the HCSO said.  

If a marijuana grow site is located, leave the area and notify local law enforcement, Sheriff’s officials advised.


Search for Missing Female Hiker Continues (UPDATED)

From the HCSO:

On August 14, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who reported his sister as an overdue hiker.

The citizen told the investigating deputy he dropped his sister Anna Maria Rodriquez off at a trailhead three miles out Slate Creek, Orleans.  He said his sister told him she intended to hike for about 75 days.  

He agreed to meet her back at the drop off area on August 9 but she failed to show up.  He re-checked the trailhead daily until five days later. 

He said she brought food, a tent, clothes, backpack and numerous other items with her.

She told him she planned to camp in the area about ten miles north- northeast of the drop off.  He told the deputy she has done this before.  This was her second or third time which is why he was not concerned about her returning to the area, however this was the longest time she had been camping out in that area.

She has a cell phone but it is currently turned off either due to a dead battery or voluntarily not in use. 

A California Highway Patrol plane flew the area on August 14 and a team of deputies are currently hiking the trails in the area assisted by a California Highway Patrol helicopter. 

Anna Maria Rodriquez is described as follows: 5-5” tall, 180 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes last seen wearing blue jeans and an unknown colored shirt.  She has no permanent place of residence. 

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

UPDATE:  Anna Rodriguez, a hiker missing in the wilderness near Slate Creek between Orleans and Weitchepec, still hasn’t been found after she was supposed to return a month ago, Kym Kemp has reported.

Rodriguez’s friends and family are continuing the searching for her.  They’ve combed through areas that they believed she should have been camping in.  Volunteer rescuers and camp staff are needed and the family is asking for your help.

“We’ve searched the right hand side of the canyon,” her brother said. “That is where she told me she was, but apparently she gave me bad directions.”

They have found the camp which Rodriguez used to overnight in before hiking all the way to her base.

Kym Kemp has more details in her story here.

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Sigh.  Crime never sleeps in the Naked City.

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Humboldt Hill Home Rocked By Gunfire


Family Safe After Early Morning Shooting


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



It was certainly a wake-up call.

Gunfire targeting a Humboldt Hill home early this morning awakened the sleeping residents and sent them diving for cover, as bullets randomly splattered their house and vehicle in either a vengeful act of payback or a case of mistaken identity.

Today, at approximately 5:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a 24-year-old Eureka woman who reported her residence in the 2200 block of Hillcrest Drive in Eureka had just been shot at, the HCSO said in their release.

Deputies responded to the residence and met with the woman, along with another 48-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man who resided in the residence.

The woman told the deputies at approximately 12:30 a.m. this morning, she let her dog outside into their fenced yard.  When she was outside with the dog she saw a large, full-sized pickup truck parked at the base of their driveway with five Asian adult males standing outside the truck.

They asked her if a man lived in her home.  She told him the man they were asking for did not live at her residence.

They then asked if her adult son was home and then they all walked up to the woman’s gate.  She told them to leave or she would call law enforcement.  They all left, with one of the men brazenly telling her they could care less if she called
law enforcement.

At approximately 4:50 a.m., the woman and her other family members were in bed asleep when they heard several gunshots.

Several of the rounds struck the bedroom window where the 24-year-old woman (daughter of the 48 year old woman) was sleeping.  Other rounds struck vehicles in front of their home.  Altogether at least six rounds were shot at the home and vehicles.

The victims believe the Asian men who were at their home earlier may be involved.  The truck was described as a white, full-sized Ford F350.  The men were described as being in their 20s; no further description was provided.

No one was injured in the shooting.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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Humboldt’s Gnarly Wave in Crime


Pot, Parolees, and Peace Officers Gone Wild


Skippy Masssey
Humboldt Sentinel



Take a few days off and crime blossoms like fungi. 

Before we delve into the local haps, here’s the latest national story
developing that’s sure to take some twists and turns.


Abducted Teen Hunt Centers on Idaho Wilderness

(Yahoo News)  A massive search is underway in the remote Idaho backcountry for California murder suspect James DiMaggio and the 16-year-old he’s believed to have kidnapped following the grisly murders of her mother and younger brother.

More than 100 law enforcement officials are descending on a 320-square-mile area of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area.

A mostly roadless, rugged, heavily wooded forest in central Idaho about 70 miles north of Boise where motorized vehicles are prohibited, crews are searching the area by foot, horse and helicopter. 

More than 100 people are either working on the search or are on their way to help.  Agencies working on the search include the Valley County and Ada County Sheriff’s departments U.S Marshals Service, Homeland Security, FBI, Idaho Army National Guard and Idaho State Police.

DiMaggio’s Nissan Versa, covered with brush and missing its California license plates, was found about five miles from a trailhead into the area Friday.

The discovery came about two days after a horseback rider reported seeing DiMaggio and teen Hannah Anderson hiking with backpacks. Idaho authorities say the rider didn’t realize the pair were being sought until he got home and recognized them on news reports.

San Diego Police say they believe DiMaggio, 40, kidnapped Hannah after killing her mother, Christinia Anderson, and her brother, Ethan, last weekend.  Their bodies were found in DiMaggio’s burning California home near the Mexican border Sunday.  On Friday night, San Diego County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the remains found in the home matched the DNA of Ethan, 8.

The Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area is more than 2.3 million acres, the second-largest protected wilderness area in the lower 48 states, coursing through mountain ranges, deep canyons and the middle fork of the Salmon River, a popular waterway for rafters and kayakers.

DiMaggio, a friend of the Andersons, is an experienced outdoorsman, according to Hannah’s father, Brett Anderson.

UPDATE:  Teen found safe in Idaho; alleged abductor killed.


Duck Pond Crash and Spree

On Thursday, at about 6 a.m., a citizen reported that his 1994 Ford F250 work truck was stolen from the 3300 block of H Street in Eureka.

A short time after Eureka Police Sergeant Reyna-Sanchez finished the stolen auto report, he saw the stolen truck being driven by 29-year-old Paul Bareilles at Glatt and W streets.  Making eye contact with Sgt. Reyna-Sanchez, Bareilles accelerated westbound on Glatt Street at a high rate of speed. Sgt. Reyna-Sanchez lost sight of the stolen truck as it turned onto the Sequoia Park Duck Pond Road.

This roadway is a winding single lane, one-way roadway that is the exit point for duck pond users.

Bareilles drove the Ford F250 the wrong way, down to the duck pond.  At the bottom of the hill, Bareilles turned onto a pedestrian pathway, crashing through the vehicle barrier gate.  He drove on the path until he crashed into a redwood tree, causing major damage to the truck.

Although his speeds were not witnessed, the destroyed gate and truck speak to speeds that were too dangerous for the conditions.  EPD patrol officers set up a perimeter and conducted an unsuccessful search.  The EPD is working with the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office to expedite an arrest warrant for Bareilles.

Paul Bareilles has a long history with auto theft and has convictions for auto theft and the possession of stolen vehicles.  He was currently out on bail for another pending auto theft charge.

Bareilles has either been arrested or named as a suspect in about 10 separate investigations since 2005 with the EPD. In lieu of an arrest warrant, the EPD has issued a Penal Code 836 arrest authorization. PC 836 allows state law enforcement officers to make an arrest for a felony offense based on probable cause.

Anyone with information of his whereabouts should counsel Bareilles to turn himself in or advise law enforcement of his location. Anyone with information
can call EPD dispatch at 441-4044.


Fighting, Meth, and Guns

On 08-8-2013, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers were dispatched to the area of the Weott overpass in regards to a man and woman involved in a physical fight.

When the first deputy arrived in the area he did not see anyone, however he did see a brown 1987 Dodge truck pull up to the stop sign at Weott Heights and Newton Road.  The deputy watched the truck make a right turn and drive into a parking lot of a vacant business.  A male and female were sitting in the cab of the truck.

The deputy contacted the male who was in the driver’s seat and saw he was visibly shaking and very nervous.  The deputy asked the man and the woman passenger if they were the couple who had been fighting.  The man told the deputy the fight involved their friends and they drove over to pick them up.

While speaking with the male driver the deputy saw he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.  The deputy asked the male if he ingested methamphetamine recently.  The male told the deputy he used methamphetamine about six hours ago.

The deputy told the male to exit the truck, at which time the male told the deputy he had a gun in his waistband.  The man was immediately taken into custody at which time the deputy located a loaded .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic pistol in the man’s waistband.

He was identified as Jason Wayne Chapman, 38 years old, from Petrolia.  The female was identified as Karissa Lynn Coffron, 20 years old, from Weott. 

The deputy located two plastic baggies containing approximately 4.1 grams of suspected methamphetamine in Chapman’s pockets, along with a glass pipe for smoking methamphetamine. Inside the truck the deputy located a digital scale and $523.00 in cash. 

Coffron was questioned and also admitted to using methamphetamine recently and showed signs of being under the influence. She was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

Both Chapman and Coffron were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked. During the booking process Coffron was found to have three baggies of methamphetamine concealed in her bra along with a syringe. 

Chapman was booked on charges of carrying a loaded concealed firearm in a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, transportation of a controlled substance and driving under the influence. His bail was set at $100,000.00. Coffron was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession and transportation of a controlled substance. Her bail was also set at $100,000.00. 

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related
criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or
the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Tweaker’s Sticky Fingers Leads to Meth and Gun Arrest

On 08-8-2013, at approximately 9:00 a.m., a Kmart loss prevention officer at the McKinleyville Kmart store reported to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office a shoplifting of cosmetics had just occurred and the female suspect left in a cream colored 2006 Mercedes C-230.

At approximately 9:12 a.m. a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff spotted the vehicle and female suspect on Sutter Road, McKinleyville. 

The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle which yielded near Azalea Avenue and Sutter Road.

After stopping the vehicle the deputy spoke with the female occupant and lone occupant of the car who identified herself as Karen Marie Palsson, 50 years old from Miranda.

While speaking with Palsson the deputy saw she had a five shot Smith and Wesson .38 special revolver next to her thigh in the driver seat.  Palsson was immediately detained by the deputy.  After detaining Palsson the loaded weapon was removed from the driver’s seat.

Kmart loss prevention staff responded to the scene and identified Palsson as the person they saw steal cosmetics. 

When Palsson was searched, the stolen cosmetics were recovered in her boot.  Deputies also located a small amount of methamphetamine on Palsson, and a pipe for smoking narcotics.

Ms. Palsson was arrested for petty theft, possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.  She was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where her bail was set at $100,000.00.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Speedy Driver Leads to Pot Bust

On 08-7-2013, approximately 12:20 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy assigned to marijuana investigations was driving a marked patrol truck south bound US 101 near College of the Redwoods at approximately 65 mph when he saw a Gray Toyota Tundra pickup truck approaching at a high rate of speed behind him in the fast traffic lane.

The Tundra started to tailgate the deputy who immediately pulled over to the right lane to allow the Tundra to pass him.  As the Tundra passed the deputy he saw it was traveling at approximately 80 mph in the 65 mph zone. 

The deputy immediately initiated a traffic stop on the truck near Hookton Road on US 101.

After stopping the truck, the deputy spoke with the driver, identified as Kevin Bourque, 34-years old from Eureka.

The deputy learned Bourque was on probation with a search clause for maintaining a residence where illegal drugs were sold and told Bourque he was going to search his vehicle and had him, along with his two passengers exit the truck.  The deputy asked Bourque if he would find any contraband in the truck.  Mr. Bourque told the deputy he had “medicine” in the truck.

A search was conducted and the deputy located a bag with approximately one pound of marijuana bud along with paperwork indicating sales of marijuana in the truck.

The deputy located approximately $4,500.00 in cash in the bag with the marijuana bud, along with another approximate $9,900.00 in cash.  

The deputy also located paperwork indicating Bourque had ties to property located in the 2700 block of Felt Road, Eureka.

The two passengers who were detained were released at the scene. 

Deputies responded to the Felt Road address and secured it for a search warrant.  When securing the property for a search warrant, deputies contacted two men at the property who told them they were hired to work at the property for Bourque.  They were interviewed and released.

A Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant was obtained for the property.  The search warrant was issued and deputies immediately served it on the residence and located an indoor marijuana grow.

Deputies seized 497 growing marijuana plants ranging from 3” to 4’ in height, along with approximately 29 pounds of dried marijuana bud.  

Arrest warrants are being sought for the two men who were interviewed and released for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. 

Mr. Bourque was arrested for transportation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and violation of probation.  Additional charges were added for Bourque for conspiracy to commit a felony and cultivation of marijuana. 

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip
line at 707-268-2539.


Bicyclists Beware of a Speeding Mr. Combs

On 08-8-2013, at approximately 8:20 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to the 3600 block of Fieldbrook Road, Fieldbrook in regards to a report of a suspicious vehicle.  When the deputy arrived in the area he saw a gold and black 1999 Suburban in the area. 

When he drove behind the Suburban it immediately sped away at a high rate of speed northbound on Fieldbrook Road driving 60 mph in a 25 mph zone.  The deputy initiated a pursuit of the vehicle, which immediately sped up to over 90 mph.

The vehicle suddenly slowed about two miles down the road and turned onto Buckman Trail Road. 

As the vehicle turned it almost ran over two bicyclists– causing one to fall into a ditch. 

The deputy followed the Suburban on Buckman Trail Road to the 200 block where it drove into a fence after skidding to a sudden stop.  The driver immediately jumped out of the car, jumped over a fence and ran into the woods and disappeared. 

The deputy was able to get a good look at the driver and was able to identify him as William Robert Combs, 25-years old from McKinleyville.

A be-on-the lookout has been issued to area law enforcement for Combs who is wanted for felony evasion of a police officer. He is further described as follows:

William Combs: 25 years old, white male, brown hair, hazel eyes, 5’9” tall, and 150 lbs

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


CARE Program Abused by Arcata Pot Growing Couple 

Officers from the Arcata Police Department’s Special Services Unit served a search warrant at a residence in the 200 Block of Beverly Court on Thursday morning.

Upon entering the residence, officers located a marijuana growing operation encompassing the garage area of the home.  Officers seized nearly 150 growing marijuana plants, approximately 11 pounds of processed marijuana bud, and nearly $6,000 in cash. 

The growing operation that was being conducted inside the home consisted of 16 1000-watt grow lights and was utilizing nearly 15 times the electricity of a typical Arcata family home. Records indicated the residents were currently enrolled in the PG&E CARE program for low income families. 

Nicholas Jackson, 31, and Sarah Keeble, 24, both of Arcata, were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail on the following charges:

· 11358 Health & Safety (H&S)- Cultivation of Marijuana

· 11359 H&S- Possession of Marijuana for Sale 1358 Health & Safety (H&S)- Cultivation of Marijuana

City of Arcata building inspectors discovered numerous building code violations at the residence which necessitated the immediate disconnection of electrical service.

If you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, please call the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428.


Robbed at Gunpoint for the Weed

On 08-8-2013, at approximately 2:45 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a 39-year old McKinleyville man who reported he had just been robbed at gunpoint and was struck in the head.

Deputies and medical personnel responded to the 1800 block of Sycamore Court, McKinleyville and met with the victim.

The victim told deputies he and two friends were manicuring marijuana bud when there was a knock at his front door. 

He went to the front door and saw a woman standing there.  He opened the door and a man suddenly appeared at the door with a six inch long black wooden handled revolver.

The man struck him in the head with the gun and entered the home.  The man and woman stole three pounds of marijuana bud and his electric guitar and amplifier.  During the robbery the two friends fled out the back door.  The victim told the deputy he had a medical marijuana recommendation which is why he had the marijuana.

The victim told the deputies his friends were only known as “Wayne” and a girl that Wayne knew. The victim told the deputy he would find Wayne and have him contact the Sheriff’s Office.

The victim was treated at the scene by medical personnel for a laceration to his head.

The suspects are described as follows:

White female adult, 6’ tall, 120 to 140 lbs, yellow curly hair

White male adult, 6’ tall, 160 to 180 lbs, wearing all black, including a black hat 

The stolen electric guitar is described a s a limited edition Paul Reed Smith turquoise on its face and brown on back and a 25-watt Mesa Boogie Amplifier.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Woman Fights Off Kidnapper; Parolee Nabbed

Eureka police arrested a man early Thursday morning who allegedly kidnapped a woman and threatened her with a knife while driving her around Eureka before she escaped.

The 38-year-old woman was trying to reclaim a friend’s 1996 blue Mercury Village van at a Shell gas station on the 1300 block of Fifth Street when the suspect, later identified as Eureka resident Ronald Gene Elwell, 42, jumped in and drove off with the victim inside, according to a Eureka Police Department press release.

Mr. Elwell — who is on active parole for grand theft, on formal probation for possession of a controlled substance and had a felony warrant out for his arrest for possession of a controlled substance — apparently drove the victim about a mile-and-a-half across town, the EPD said.

The van’s owner had loaned the van to Elwell, and wanted it back. The victim lived nearby, so the owner asked her to pick it up.

Early Thursday morning, an EPD officer found Elwell sleeping inside the van in the Kmart parking lot at the south end of Broadway, according to the release.

Elwell was arrested and transferred to the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, brandishing a deadly weapon and for a parole violation.

During the trip, the victim alleges Elwell brandished a knife in an attempt to stab her, but after fighting for control of the knife, she grabbed it and kept him at bay, Watson said.

When Elwell turned down a dead end street and was forced to brake, the victim fled he car, and Elwell drove off, Eureka Police said.

While the victim was being driven all over town, officers searched the city for her and the van, and issued a countywide attempt-to-locate bulletin to law enforcement agencies after one of the victim’s teenage daughters, who witnessed the kidnapping, called authorities, according to the release.

After escaping, the woman used a Good Samaritan’s phone to call one of her daughters, and officers picked her up near Ross Park at the intersection of Eleventh and M streets and drove her back to the gas station.

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It’s been a long week.  Let’s hope things settle down in our peaceful little corner of Humboldt County.

(Graphic art by 1970s underground artist Robert Crumb)

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Marijuana Growers Lay Waste to Eastern Humboldt


A Dead Fisher, Loads of Poison, a Ton of Fertilizer, and Thousands of Plants Destroying Environment


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



A dead fisher, enough poison to kill thousands of animals, and 16,000 marijuana plants were discovered in the wake of three recent marijuana growing operations found in Eastern Humboldt, the HCSO said yesterday.

Here’s a summary of the four day effort and what the Sheriff’s officers found:

On July 29 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, United States Forest Service (USFS) Agents , Hoopa Valley Tribal Police ( HVTP) Officers and the Cannabis Eradication and Reclamation Team (CERT) conducted an investigation and eradication of a large marijuana cultivation site below the Brushy Mountain Lookout on Friday Ridge near Willow Creek.

Three civilian scientific researchers with a background in wildlife, toxicology and ecology were with the officers when they entered the marijuana site.  The officers eradicated 7,521 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 4 feet to 6 feet tall.  All the marijuana was being cultivated on United States Forest Service Land.

While conducting the investigation the researchers and deputies found the following:

•  1,230 lbs. dry fertilizer (that’s over half a ton)
•  28 lbs. liquid concentrated fertilizer
14 lbs. 2nd generation anticoagulant rodenticide bait (enough to kill
2,246 woodrats or gray squirrels, 12 fishers, or at least 4 spotted owls)
•  32 oz. Carbaryl insecticide
•  32 oz. Carbofuran (a banned chemical in United States due to its toxicity to people
and wildlife– a 1/4 to 1/8 teaspoon of the stuff is enough to kill a 300-400 black bear.

Deputies also located fresh hot dogs strung from a tree on treble fish hooks as bait, along with two dead deer carcasses and a Hermit thrush bird.  Officers also witnessed environmental damage to the watershed.

Two days later on July 31, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies, USFS Agents, HVTP Officers and CERT Officers conducted a marijuana investigation and eradication at another cultivation site located in the Supply Creek Watershed of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation.

The three researchers again accompanied the officers.

Agents found the recently deceased Fisher in the garden site pictured here and above, as well as 8,473 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 3’ to 6’ tall.  The officers and researchers again found environmental damage to the area.

Fishers are currently under review by the State and Federal Government to be listed as an endangered species.  The researchers took custody of the deceased Fisher and intend to conduct a necropsy on it to determine the exact cause of death.  There was no obvious sign as to what killed it.

The day after the dead fisher discovery, the same team listed above with the researchers went to a third marijuana cultivation site located at Le-Terron Flat, Orleans , which is USFS property. There, the officers located and eradicated an additional 376 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 3’ to 4’ tall.

Lt. Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said the grow sites had been tended to recently but there are no suspects in custody.  He also added officers saw environmental damage at all the sites including clear cutting of trees, damming of creeks, and multiple truckloads of plastic piping in the ground.  Enough fertilizer was found to cover 25 football fields.

“Some of the banned chemicals are highly poisonous,” Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey told the Times-Standard news.  “People who aren’t residents of the county don’t really care.  They come in, take what they’ve grown and their profits and leave.”

A total of 1,942 lbs of dry fertilizer, 58 lbs of liquid concentrate fertilizer, 17 pounds of second generation anticoagulant rodenticide bait were removed altogether from the three sites.  The rodenticide by itself had the potential to kill 2,753 wood rats, 14 fishers and 5 spotted owls the researchers said.  Many of these toxicants were near creeks.

“What they’re finding is pretty astounding,” Sheriff Mike Downey said.  “Growers are using vastly more than what would be needed.  It’s enough to kill armies of rodents.”

The investigation into those responsible for the marijuana grows is continuing.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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The Times-Standard news has more here.

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Crime, Caped Criminals, and Fast Cars


All Roads Lead to Trouble



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



Caped Criminal Crusader Thwarted in Gas Station Robbery

On July 28 at 4:45 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an attempted robbery of the Freeway 76 Gas Station at 1021 Murray Road in McKinleyville.

When deputies arrived at the gas station they met with the clerk who told the deputies he was in the refrigerator area when he heard the alarm bell which notifies him someone enters the store.

The clerk saw a male dressed in a grey wig wearing a mask, sun glasses and a tan cape with big boots come to the counter.  The suspect put a bag on the counter and was tapping the counter with a metallic object that was covered.  The clerk believed the suspect was indicating he wanted the bag filled up with money.

The clerk asked the male suspect of he was serious or joking.  The male did not speak, however he kept indicating he wanted the bag filled with money.  The clerk refused to fill the bag and the suspect walked away towards Murray Road. 

Deputies checked the area and found the disguise hidden in the bushes of near the Hammond Trail by Murray Road, McKinleyville.

They also located a male hiding in the bushes nearby.  The male told the deputies he saw their spotlight and got scared, so he hid in the bushes. He identified himself as Roy Lynn Scoggins, 22-years old from Myers Flat.

Scoggins denied attempting to rob the store.  Deputies located brass knuckles in Scoggins possession.  The clerk could not identify Scoggins as the suspect. 

Mr. Scoggins was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of an illegal weapon.  His bail was set at $50,000.


Knife-Wielding Hostage Crisis Successfully Ends

Today at approximately 12:50 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a request from Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department for a deputy to respond and assist with a welfare check of a possible suicidal female.  The female supposedly was armed with a knife. 

When a Tribal Police Officer and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the residence located on Grasshopper Lane in Hoopa they learned the 31-year old female had gone into the bedroom with a four inch folding knife and her 19-month old female child.

The female told the deputies that if they entered the room she would kill the child and then herself.  She also indicated to the officers she wanted them to kill her.

A Deputy trained in crisis negotiations was one of the initial responders and spoke with the woman who held the four inch knife in her hand and the child in the other.  The woman constantly adjusted the knife and child while threatening to kill the child.

The deputy spoke with the woman for over an hour while a Sheriff’s Sergeant Crisis Response Supervisor and two Mental Health Crisis Team members responded to the scene from Eureka.  The woman finally agreed to release the child to an adult cousin who was summoned to the scene.

After releasing the child at 2:30 pm, the woman who was still in possession of the knife, held the knife to her own throat, and threatened to kill herself in front of the deputies and Tribal Police Officers.

After additional negotiations by the same deputy with the woman he convinced her to put down the knife, which she did.  She was then taken into custody.  She was being transported to Mental Health for an evaluation and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of felony child endangerment and terrorist threats.  No one was injured.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Stolen Getaway Car Gets Away

On July 27 at 11:15 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a woman screaming near a vehicle in the 38000 block of Highway 36 in Bridgeville.  When deputies arrived in the area they saw a 1999 White Toyota Pickup Truck, California License #8L52122 parked in the area where the woman was reported screaming.

A deputy pulled up behind the truck which was parked along Highway 36. 

As soon as the patrol car pulled up the white Toyota sped away, spinning its tires while doing so.  The deputies initiated a pursuit of the truck which traveled eastbound on Highway 36 at approximately 60 mph crossing into opposing lanes and cutting corners.

While pursing the truck, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch ran a vehicle license check and determined the truck was reported stolen from Miranda three days earlier to the Garberville California Highway Patrol Office.

The truck drove onto Buck Mountain Road with the deputies pursuing but they terminated the pursuit for public safety reasons.  The total pursuit lasted approximately eleven minutes and traveled approximately seven miles, the HCSO said.


Traffic Fatality on US 101 Today

Today, July 29th at approximately 11:30 am, an adult male was driving his grey 2005 Ford Explorer southbound on US 101, just south of the SR 299 interchange, in the right lane at approximately 65 miles per hour.

For reasons still under investigation, the Ford gradually drove off the west roadway edge and collided into a highway sign.  The vehicle continued in a southerly direction down an embankment and drove into a grove of trees where it eventually came to rest. 

The driver sustained fatal injuries when he was impaled by a tree branch that penetrated the vehicle’s windshield during the course of the collision. 

The driver had his seatbelt on at the time of the collision and DUI as a factor is currently being investigated. 

US 101 Southbound near the collision scene was reduced to one lane of traffic for several hours while the traffic collision was being investigated and the vehicle was being recovered.   The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Humboldt Area is investigating this traffic collision. 

The CHP would like to thank the Arcata Police Department, Arcata Fire Department, Alder Camp Calfire, Caltrans, Arcata-Mad River Ambulance, and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office for their quick response to this traffic collision and their assistance in processing the collision scene. 


Traffic Fatality On US 101 Saturday, Too

On July 27, 2013, at 5:26 pm, Delbert McClatchey of Rio Dell, CA, was driving his 1996 Ford Escort southbound on US 101, in the slow lane at approximately 60 mph. 

As McClatchey approached the Kenmar Road on-ramp to southbound US 101, he safely moved to the fast lane to make room for traffic merging onto the freeway from Kenmar Road.   A 45-year old man was driving his 1995 Chevy Camaro southbound on US 101, in the fast lane at a high rate of speed. 

The driver of the Chevy rapidly approached McClatchey and changed lanes to the slow lane in an attempt to pass McClatchey on the right.  Due to the Chevy’s high rate of speed combined with making an unsafe lane change, the driver of the Chevy lost control of his vehicle, which sideswiped McClatchey’s vehicle. 

Both vehicles overturned and came to rest blocking the lanes of southbound US 101.   The driver of the Chevy was ejected from his vehicle and sustained major injuries.  He was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  McClatchey sustained minor injuries and was also transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital.  

Emergency personnel from the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department, City Ambulance, Fortuna Police Department, Forest Service, and California Highway Patrol responded to the scene.  Caltrans responded to the scene and provided traffic control as US-101 southbound was closed for approximately two hours.  All US-101 southbound traffic was diverted off US-101 at Kenmar Road. 

Alcohol and/or drug impairment as a factor in this collision is still under investigation.

The driver of the Chevy Camaro who sustained fatal injuries as a result of this collision is 45-year old Stephen D. Hall of Hydesville.

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Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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In The Jailhouse Now


Law and Disorder:  A Crock of Crook Reports



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



Playing With Fire

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

This morning at 7:15 am, an engine from Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a reported investigation of smoke in the area at the foot of T Street in Eureka.

While enroute the engine reported a large column of smoke was visible from in the distance.  When it arrived closer to the scene, firefighters discovered a large transient camp was on fire, burning furiously out of control in the brush.

Approximately 100 feet by 75 feet wide with multiple encampments burning, an additional engine and two chief officers had to respond.  Multiple five gallon propane tanks were discovered to be burning in the area which made the blaze quite dangerous.  Firefighters pulled back out of necessity and fought the fire from a distance.

A Humboldt Bay Fireboat arrived on scene and assisted with the fire operations.  Having better access it allowed for a large volume of water to be used without putting firefighters at risk of the propane cylinders exploding.

The fire boat had the fire controlled within 10 minutes.  Firefighters using water handlines then entered the area and searched for victims, extinguishing the remaining hotspots.

Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day.  Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.


One Wild and Crazy Guy Running Loose Without Probation Supervision

The difference between stupidity and brilliance is that brilliance has its limits.

n July 21 at 11:40 pm, two Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies were parked near Gipson Drive in Trinidad when they heard– and saw– a vehicle traveling northbound on Stagecoach Road squealing towards them at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle, a 2000 green Jeep Cherokee, made a turn onto Gipson Drive in front of the two deputies.

The wild and crazy driver almost lost control of the car careening across the roadway in front of them.

One of the deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle for reckless driving.  The Jeep pulled off the roadway and yielded to the deputy.  When the deputy approached the Jeep, the driver revved its engine, spun its tires, and burned rubber at a high rate of speed.

The deputy initiated a pursuit and was joined by the other deputy. They pursued the Jeep westbound on Gipson Road, southbound on Stage Coach Road, and several other roads in and around Trinidad.

During the pursuit the Jeep ran through stop signs and traveled at high rates of speed until it entered onto US Highway 101.  On US 101, the Jeep reached speeds of 90 mph, until it suddenly slowed to 5 mph.  It then crossed over the highway and then began traveling the opposite direction.

 Deputies continued pursuing the Jeep as it turned into the Hidden Creek Campground where it slowed to a stop.  The driver attempted to run from the vehicle; however, the deputies were able
to catch him and take him into custody.

During his arrest, he resisted the deputies’ efforts to handcuff him. The passenger, a 27-year old female, complied with the deputies and was temporarily detained.

A search of the Jeep revealed two illegal double edged knives which were seized.  The driver, Joseph Robert Valenti, 33-years old of Eureka, was arrested for felony evasion of a peace officer, driving on a suspended license, possession of illegal weapons, possession of a syringe, and violation of probation.

Mr. Valenti was also wanted on six outstanding arrest warrants:  Two felony warrants of assaulting a police officer and the other for terrorist threats; and four misdemeanor warrants of which two were for driving under the influence, one for disturbing the peace, and one for assault and battery.

Valenti was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $190,000.   The female passenger was determined to not have committed any crimes and was released at the scene.

Curiously enough, he was arrested back in March for another wild caper and violation of probation.  He was promptly let loose to cause a little more hell raising in the community again.  We really wish these probationers would be supervised in their havoc-making ways for the protection of the community. 

We’re patient with stupidity but not with those who flaunt it.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Taser Shock and Awe Altercation in Fortuna

Some folks are a few peas short of a casserole and a couple of eggs shy of a dozen, if you get our drift.

Take this for example.

On July 21 at 5:15 in the early morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault with a deadly weapon and a fight in progress at the 5900 block of Rohnerville Road in Fortuna.

The Fortuna Police responded to assist and arrived before HCSO deputies.  When the Fortuna cops arrived, they located the suspect identified as Jason Passerini, 34-years old, still on the property and fighting with a male victim.  

Mr. Passerini fought with the Fortuna Police Officers until a Taser was used to subdue him.

When the HCSO deputy arrived he spoke with two victims.

The first victim, a 47-year old male residing in a nearby residence, told the deputy that at approximately 5:00 am, he was awakened by a phone call from his neighbor, the second victim, a 45-year old female.

She told him Passerini knocked on her door and then began wandering on the property which she shares with the male victim.  The male victim exited his home to look for Passerini and located him lying down near his fence line.

When he asked Passerini what he was doing, Passerini got up and threw a knife at him striking him in the chest.  The male victim was uninjured due to the angle in which the knife struck him.  Passerini then attacked the male victim with his fists, and an altercation ensured.

During the altercation Passerini attempted to poke the victim’s eyes out and bit the victim’s finger.  The female victim exited her home and saw the fight.  She came to assist her neighbor and was kicked by Passerini.

Fortuna Police then arrived and took Passerini into custody.  The HCSO deputy recovered a fixed bladed knife where the male victim said Passerini threw a knife at him.

Passerini was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting an executive officer and providing false information to a police officer.  His bail is set at $50,000.

The male victim told deputies he would be seeking medical attention for the bite on his finger.  The female victim was uninjured.

A few pecans shy of a fruitcake and a couple clowns short of a circus, he’s not exactly the brightest light on the Christmas tree– even with a Taser’s help.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this case or
related criminal activity to call them at 445-7251 or the Crime Tip Line at 268-2539.


Another Probationer Without Supervision Found Running Amok

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.

On July 20, officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to the Super 8 motel to contact Thomas William Strader Jr., age 41, in regards to a felony level warrant for his arrest. 

Mr. Strader is currently on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for PC 496(a) – Possession of Stolen property. 

The problem is, there is no supervision.  One is free to gloriously crash and burn being left to their own devices.

Officers contacted Strader at the motel and he was placed under arrest for the outstanding warrant. 

During a search of the motel room occupied by Strader per the terms of his probation, a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun was located. 

The handgun had been reported stolen in Eureka on 7/06/2013. 

Also located was approximatly one pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia associated with the use of methamphetamines.

Strader was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for PC 29800(a)(1) – Felon in possession of a handgun, PC 496(a) – Possession of stolen property, H&S 11357(c) – Possession of over one ounce of marijuana and H&S 11364.1(a) – Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Unfortunately there is no rehab for stupidity.


High-Speed Car Pursuit Steals Away

On Sunday, July 21 at approximately 2:30 am, the Eureka Police Department broadcasted that a 1995 White Honda Accord had been stolen from the 1400 block of H Street in Eureka.

At approximately 4:45 am, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputy was parked at the intersection of Herrick Avenue and Elk River Road in Eureka when the Honda drove by him. 

The deputy confirmed the vehicle was stolen and attempted to stop it.

The Honda sped up and a pursuit was initiated. The Honda drove northbound into Eureka on Broadway with the deputy pursuing it, reaching speeds of up to 75 mph in a 40 mph zone.  The Honda turned onto Harris Street from Broadway and attempted to lose the pursuing deputy by making several turns onto multiple streets. 

During the pursuit, the Honda ran through several stop lights and stop signs before the Honda drove onto Q Street, which is a dead end.  The driver jumped out of the still-moving vehicle and was last seen running southeast toward Duck Street, Eureka.

The Honda came to stop with the front passenger wheel off an embankment.  The pursuit lasted approximately six minutes and covered approximately three miles.  The suspect was not located after an extensive search of the area.

The suspect is described as follows: A dark skinned male adult, 5′ 7” tall, 140 to 150 lbs, last seen wearing a yellowish tan plaid zip up hoodie style sweatshirt.

Stealing, of course, is a crime, and a very rude thing to do. But like most rude things, it’s excusable under certain circumstances.  Stealing isn’t excusable if, for instance, you decide that a certain car would be better off with you, and you simply jack it and disappear away.  But if you were very, very hungry, and you had no way of obtaining money, it would be excusable to grab the car and eat it.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Friendly Fortuna Rodeo Hosts Serious Stabbing Event

Violence is the way some dim folks try to level the playing field.

A man was stabbed in the neck Friday night, July 19, after getting into an argument with another man at the Fortuna Rodeo, officials confirmed on Saturday.  

The victim was transferred to Redwood Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Just before 9 pm on Friday, two men got into an argument in the rodeo grounds, Fortuna Police Department Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht said.

During the argument, Steven Stauffacher, 25, of Carlotta, allegedly stabbed a 49-year-old male victim, also of Carlotta, with a knife in the carotid artery and trachea, Ellebrecht said.

”I’m not sure why they got into an argument,” he said. “They did know each other.”

Stauffacher was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and transferred to the Humboldt County Pokey where he’s being held on $50,000 bail.

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When you’re in jail, a friend will be trying to bail you out.  In Humboldt, a best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, “Damn, that was fun.”

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Humboldt County Criminal Corpulence


Obesity, And Then Some


Skippy Massey
Humvboldt Sentinel



Another Escaped Convict on the Loose

An inmate escaped from Pelican Bay State Prison today at 12:30 pm, according to the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Department.  He was last seen running into the wooded area west of Lake Earl in Crescent City.

Tore David Digirolamo, 44, is a white male with black hair, a mustache and a beard.  He is 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.

Digirolamo’s original charge is domestic violence with great bodily injury and burglary, according to the Sheriff’s Department.  He was admitted to Pelican Bay on July 7, 2011, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The Sheriff’s Department, Crescent City Police K-9 units, and the California Highway Patrol are actively working on the search for the inmate.  

What Pelican Bay and the news release didn’t tell us is exactly how Mr. D was able to escape from the maximum security state prison in broad daylight.  We suspect someone was grabbing too many doughnuts while not paying attention and we hope they nab him before he nabs another victim. 


Myers Flat Morning Wood Whacker

At about 3 am this morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding an assault with a deadly weapon that had just occurred on the 200 block of Meyers Avenue in Myers Flat.

When deputies arrived they located a 39-year-old male victim in the driveway, bleeding from his ear.  The victim declined medical attention. The victim told a deputy that he was in his trailer on his property with his pregnant wife when a neighbor, identified as Gordon Paul Nichols, came into his trailer 15 minutes earlier, at about 2:45 am.

The male victim said that Nichols was intoxicated.  Both the victim and his wife told Nichols to leave their trailer pronto.  Nichols got pissed and shoved the victim’s wife to the ground.  The crazed inebriate, drunk out of his freakin’ gourd, then struck the man in the head with a piece of firewood.

The victim was knocked to the ground, dazed and confused from the ringing firewood blow which caused a laceration to his ear.

The wife wasn’t injured and came out of the brief scrap OK.  When the victim got up, he saw Nichols running away on foot.

Deputies checked the area for Nichols and could not find him.  Residents in the area are asked to be on the lookout for the scurrilous scoundrel, now a wanted man on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and for being about as dense as a piece of madrone firewood.

Mr. Nichols is described as a 48-year-old white male, standing 6-feet, 2-inches tall, weighing about 190 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes, and known to be in the Myers Flat and Rio Dell areas.

Update:  The Myers Flat man suspected of thwacking his neighbor with a piece of firewood this morning has been arrested, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reported.

A Sheriff’s Office press release stated that the wily wood whacker was arrested by the Rio Dell Police Department at about noon and booked into the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of whacking with a deadly weapon.  His bail is set at $50,000.


Head-on Into the Oberon

A Eureka man crashed his car into a Second Street building today but fortunately no one was horribly hurt, with the exception of his car getting pretty torn up.

The Eureka Police Department was dispatched today, shortly before 7 a.m., to the 500 block of Second Street on the report on an unknown injury traffic collision which involved a vehicle into a building.

Upon arrival, officers located the driver, 51-year-old Eureka resident Jeffrey White, sitting on the curb and bleeding from the face.

Emergency medical services were summoned.  Mr. White appeared to be suffering from an unknown medical issue and was brought to a local hospital.

A preliminary investigation showed that Mr. White was driving his 2007 Chevrolet Suburban westbound on Second Street when he possibly experienced an unknown medical issue which caused him to lose control of his vehicle.

The Suburban drifted left, crossed the eastbound lane of Second Street, jumped the curb, and then collided into a large cement garbage can.  The garbage can was propelled through
the front doors of the Oberon Grill at 516 Second Street, causing
significant damage to the front of the building.

The giant Suburban continued along the sidewalk and ran over a Pacific Gas and Energy owned streetlight.  It then crashed into a vacant building at 514 Second Street, causing significant damage.  One of the metal structural beams at 514 Second Street was sheered off and propelled into the windshield of the Suburban.  Fortunately, the beam did not enter the cab of the Suburban.

The roadway and sidewalk were shut down for about two hours while crews worked to clean the debris and remove the vehicle.  Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision, EPD said.

Suburbans are pretty phat rides.  Who knew they could be so tough?


Eureka U-Haul Thief Nabbed

On Sunday, at about 2:45 pm, while responding to an unassociated call for service, Eureka Police Department officers located Canyon Lee Backues, of Eureka, on the 2900 block of California Street.

The 19-year-old kid was wanted in connection with the theft of a U-Haul truck on July 7.  

Mr. Backues was also taken into custody on two active felony warrants for his arrest, both of them for possession of a controlled substance.

Unfortunately for him, a search of Backues following his arrest led officers to discover a small amount of suspected methamphetamine. 

Backues was also taken into custody on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and booked into the Humboldt County jail for all of the above violations.  He is being held without bail.

This is an open investigation and further details will be released as they become available, EPD said.  They’d also like to know why the two pictures here bear an uncanny resemblance to one another.


Prison Blues For You

And no more fun, either.

Prison dumb-mates Dennis Rene Welch and Glen Martin Whiteside, both minimum security inmates who escaped from the Eel River Conservation Camp CC#31 in Redway were apprehended this afternoon in Santa Cruz, California.

Mr. Welch and Mr. Whiteside were taken into custody by Special Agents from the Richmond and Rancho Cordova Special Services Unit of the Office of Correctional Safety along with the Santa Cruz’s Sheriff’s Department.


Another Tweaking Eureka Robbery

Never underestimate the stupid-ability of a junkie stealing.

On July 12 at about 11:45 pm, Officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to the 4000 block of Broadway for an attempted robbery that had just occurred.

Dispatch advised that a sketchy subject entered the business, brandished a knife at the cashier, and demanded cash from the register in a cold sweat.  The employee boldly refused, and the brazenly tweaky suspect fled into the depths of a dark and gloomy night.

Upon arrival, officers began searching the area for the suspect. 

While officers searched, the employee was contacted again and directed the officers to a nearby motel which is where he believed the suspect had sped and fled.

A witness was then contacted in the parking lot area of the motel.  He directed the officers to a crack house cottage located to the rear of the motel. 

There, the occupants of the cottage were contacted and detained.

The employee was brought over to the motel and positively identified one of the occupants as the suspect attempting to rob the business.

The suspect, identified as Ms. Christine Louise Tharp, 38-years old of
Eureka, was taken into custody.  A search to the arrest located the knife used during the robbery.

Ms. Tharp was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on a charge of robbery and is being held on $100,000 bail.  This is an ongoing investigation and further details will be released as they become available, EPD said.

Time to face the music and get healthy, Sweetie.  A clean slate and more fruits and vegetables on the plate does wonders.


Drunk Wheelchair Racer Loses Race

On July 12 at about 9:26 pm, Officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to the 1700 block of Broadway for an injury traffic collision involving a vehicle vs. a pedestrian.

Upon arrival, officers located a subject laying across the northbound lanes of Broadway.

Next to the subject was a crushed wheel chair, a broken 40-oz bottle of beer, and other debris.  Humboldt Bay Fire Department and City Ambulance personnel responded and transported the hit and sotted dude to the St. Joseph ER.

Officers contacted and interviewed the driver of the vehicle and other witnesses.  As a result of these interviews, it was determined that the vehicle was traveling nothbound on Broadway, just passing West Wabash, when the subject in the wheelchair suddenly wheeled out into the roadway in front of the vehicle.

The driver was unable to avoid the subject in the wheelchair and they impacted.  The location of the impact was approximately 217 feet north of the crosswalk.

The driver of the vehicle had not been drinking.  He was as clean as a whistle. 

The other guy however, was a different story.  The subject who was struck in the wheelchair racing across the street– outside of the sidewalk and traffic signals– was intoxicated.

Fortunately for him, he was treated at the hospital and reportedly came out with minor injuries– which is remarkable considering the condition of the demolished wheelchair above. 

Next time, use a stronger chair and lay off the sauce.

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We criminal fatties have a bond, dude. It’s like a secret society.  We got all kinds of shit you don’t know about.  Handshakes, special fat people dances– we got these secret fugging lairs in the center of the earth and we go down there in the middle of the night when all the law abiding people are sleeping and eat cake and fried chicken and shit.

Why do you think the cops are still sleeping?  Because we were up all night in the secret lair injecting butter frosting into our veins.

A fatty trusts another criminal fatty.  A scoundrel mind and a fat head invariably come from the same person.”

–John Goode


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Crime and Criminals Greedily Roost Together


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



Felons Make Break and Beat Feet

Never understimate the power of stupid people in large groups.  Minimum security conditions are just too confining for some jailbirds.

Two minimum security inmates walked away today from Eel River Conservation Camp located just outside Redway.

The first escapee, 20-year old Dennis Rene Welch, is described as a black male, 179 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and dark complexion.  He stands approximately 6’ 1” tall.

Mr. Welch was last seen wearing Orange Blaze colored jeans and a shirt with the initials CDCR prisoner written on them.  He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on October 23, 2012, from Santa Cruz County for 1st Degree Burglary.  He was scheduled to be paroled in January 2014.

The second escapee, 30-year old Glen Martin Whiteside, is described as a black male, 140 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and medium complexion.  He stands approximately 5’7” tall.

Like the other guy, Mr. Whiteside was last seen wearing Orange Blaze colored jeans and a shirt with initials CDCR prisoner written on it.

Committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on November 22, 2011, from Sacramento County for 2nd Degree Robbery, he was scheduled to be paroled in December 2014.

Both Welch and Whiteside were last seen at approximately 12:20 am Saturday, July 13.  Escape apprehension efforts are continuing.  Anyone seeing the dim bulbs should contact 911 or law enforcement authorities immediately.

Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of Dennis Rene Welch or Glen Martin Whiteside should contact the CCC Watch Commander at 530-257-2181 ext. 4173.

UPDATE July 15:  Prison Inmates Dennis Rene Welch and Glen Martin Whiteside, both minimum security inmates who escaped from the Eel River Conservation Camp CC#31 in Redway, California were apprehended this afternoon in Santa Cruz, California, the California Department of Corrections reported.

Mr. Welch and Mr. Whiteside were taken into custody by Special Agents from the Richmond and Rancho Cordova Special Services Unit of the Office of Correctional Safety, along with the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department.


Loleta Armed Robbery and Assault

Loleta used to be such a sleepy place for cows and people.

On July 10 at 4:45 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office received a call of an armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon that had just occurred in the 2700 block of Eel River Drive in Loleta.

The 57-year old male victim told the Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher he had been assaulted by two men in an apartment in Loleta. 

He said one of the men was armed with a double barrel shot gun, the other guy with a baseball bat.  The victim said he was injured jumping out a window to avoid the men.  He also said his Nissan truck was stolen by the suspects.

Deputies and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene.  Upon the deputies arrival they met with the victim.

The victim told the deputies he went to the residence to sell prescription drugs to the suspects.  Two girls he knew arranged the deal.  When he arrived and entered the residence, he was met by two men.  One of them had a shotgun; the other had a baseball ball bat.

They verbally threatened the victim while putting the shotgun into the victim’s face and took his cell phone.  The victim was able to jump out a window when he had an opportunity and ran to a phone to call 911 for help.  Meantime, the sketchy suspects fled with the victim’s 2007 Nissan truck.

Deputies responded to the residence where the assault occurred and searched it for the suspects.  No one was inside the residence; however deputies located evidence consistent with what the victim said occurred.  Deputies recovered a .410 double barreled sawed off shotgun from the residence.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.  He received injuries to his hand and shoulder jumping out the window.

The suspects were described as follows: One a dark-skinned male, the other a shorter dark-skinned male.  The victim had no further description.

The stolen truck is a red colored 2007 Nissan four wheel drive extra cab, with a lime green 4×4 sticker on the side rear quarter panels of both the left and right side, a black rack, no camper shell, a mounted black tool box in bed, cold air intake valve on the hood, no tailgate, and with a 5th wheel trailer hookup in the center of the bed.  The license is California Plate # 8X00644.

After investigating, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies identified and is looking for three suspects in connection with this robbery and assault.   They’re identified as follows:

Suspect #1:  Von Eric Keener, 39-years old, male, 6’3” tall, 250 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes.  Mr. Keener has a felony warrant for his arrest for be being a Parolee at Large.

Suspect #2:  Tristina Lavern Roberts, 28-year old, female, 5’ 4” tall, 150 lbs, with brown eyes and hair.

Suspect #3:  Darlene Patricia Vandeepol, 32-years old, female, 5” 7” tall, 125 lbs, blond hair and hazel eyes.

It’s too bad stupidity isn’t painful.

A be-on-the-lookout has been broadcast to all local law enforcement agencies.  Deputies are still working on identifying the other male suspect. Anyone with information regarding these three suspects or the crime is requested to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.


Greedy Fieldbrook Dope Scene

Why bother even living in a house when you can grow weed there instead?

On July 10 around high noon, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for marijuana in the 4700 block of Wiregrass Ridge Road in Fieldbrook.  Sheriff Deputies obtained the search warrant after receiving information by citizens about the commercial marijuana growing operation. 

When Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies and HCDTF agents arrived on the scene they located three structures and greenhouses.  No one was located at the scene.

Deputies searched the structures and greenhouses.  One structure was two stories high and estimated to be around 3,500 square feet in size.  The downstairs was being used solely to cultivate marijuana indoors while the upstairs was being used to process and dry the illicit marijuana.

Another structure was estimated to be 2,000 square feet and was only being used to grow marijuana indoors.  Deputies located marijuana being cultivated in seven other greenhouses and outside.

Altogether, a total of 1,449 growing marijuana plants ranging from 1 ½ feet to 4 feet tall were located– along with 180 pounds of marijuana bud.

The indoor marijuana grows contained a total of 72 1,000-watt lights with ballasts and hoods when deputies arrived; they were being powered by a 100 KW generator which the deputies seized.

Deputies saw the generator was leaking diesel and oil onto the ground and notified the Humboldt County Environmental Health Department of the environmental damage.  A third structure of approximately 200 square feet was located being used as a residence.  A loaded 12 gauge pump shotgun was located next to the structure being used as the residence.

The investigation is ongoing as to the suspect(s) responsible.  

Marijuana eventually dries out but dumb is forever with a longer shelf life.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


More Fieldbrook Dope

Greedy misery loves greedier company.

On July 10 at 8:30 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force ( HCDTF) served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for marijuana in the 4900 block of Wiregrass Ridge Road in Fieldbrook.  Sheriff Deputies obtained the search warrant after receiving information by citizens about the commercial weed ’n bud operation.

When Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies and the Drug Task Force agents arrived at the residence, they announced their presence.

Upon seeing the deputies and knowing a bust was going down, a female, later identified as Tarah Pratts, fled out the back door of the residence.  Deputies chased and caught her, but not before she violently resisted their efforts to arrest her– and while she holding something in her hand.  When she was finally taken into custody, deputies located a bag of meth in her hand.

While deputies were out and about arresting and chasing Ms. Pratts, Timothy Mathew Pratts came out the front door of the residence.  He refused deputies’ command to show them his hands and immediately became argumentative with the deputies.  When deputies attempted to take him into custody, he, too, violently resisted their efforts to arrest him and caused a minor injury to one of the deputies during his arrest.  

Inside the Pratt’s home, deputies located their 5-month old child and a 13-year old teen.

During a search of the Pratt’s residence and property, deputies located 450 growing marijuana plants in three green houses and an additional 90 marijuana plants growing outside.  The plants ranged in size from approximately 1 ½ feet to 6 feet tall. 

Deputies also found approximately 40 pounds of marijuana bud, 29 grams of methamphetamine, and $2,200.00 in cold hard cash.  Packaging material and scales were seized, too.

Timothy Pratts, 40,  and his wife, Tarah Pratts, 35, were arrested and charged with cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, possession of illicit drugs and possession of illicit drugs for sale, resisting arrest, interfering with an executive officer in performance of their duty and child endangerment. 

Humboldt County Child Welfare Services responded to the residence and took custody of the children.

The unhappy couple were booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, scowling and pissed-off mug shots taken, and bail set at a cool $50 grand each.

The three most common elements in Humboldt are hydrogen, weed, and stupidity.  It sucks to be busted but greedy people typically get what they deserve.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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Happily satisfied people are always looking for opportunities to help others.  Unhappy and unsatisfied people are always looking to help themselves, asking, “What’s in it for me?”

Humboldt provides enough to satisfy every man’s happy needs, but not every man’s unhappy greed.

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Humboldt County Crime Done by Dolts


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



U-Haul Thieves Split From Moving Truck  
While  Caught Red Handed in the Act

Crime and criminals keep on truckin’ even when falling flat on their faces.  Take this for example:

On July 6 at about 5:48 am, Eureka Police Department officers responded to the area of the 2900 block of A Street for a vehicle theft that had just occurred.

Dispatch advised that a U-Haul truck pulling a trailer with the victim’s car loaded on it had just been stolen from in front of the victim’s residence.

Officers began searching the area and located the U-Haul truck turning onto Harris Avenue from “L” Street.  The occupants of the U-Haul truck jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot.

One of the suspects was taken into custody at gun point, identified as Jeff Peter Thomsen, 34, of Eureka. The other suspect fled through backyards in the neighborhood.

While Thomsen was being taken into custody, the U-Haul rolled into a telephone pole at the corner of Harris and K Streets.  The U-Haul had been left in gear as the suspects exited the vehicle.

A K-9 was deployed and tracked the fleeing suspect to Sequoia Park but officers were unable to locate him.

Thomsen was booked into the Humboldt County Correction Facility on charges of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, and probation violation.

Thomsen is on active probation for possession of stolen property but that didn’t stop him one bit coming back for more.

As a result of the investigation, an arrest warrant is being sought for Canyon Lee Backues, 19, of Eureka who was the suspect fleeing the scene.

The Eureka Police Department is actively seeking Backues in this matter.  Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call Eureka Police Officer Ben Omey at 707-441-4060.


Wanted Henderson Center Car Napper Nabbed– Then Released!

One career car thief is off the streets.  Well, he was for a short time.

He was swept up red-handed but bailed and released like a piece of two-timing litter flushed out an open window.

On July 3 at about 2:00 pm, on off-duty Eureka Police officer was traveling westbound on Henderson Street, when he observed a gray Nissan Sentra traveling northbound on Fairfield Street.  The officer recognized the driver of the vehicle as Paul Lester Bareilles, 29, of Eureka.

The officer was familiar with Bareilles from prior police contacts and also knows him to have prior arrests for vehicle theft related crimes.  The officer followed the Nissan and obtained its license plate number.  

He contacted the Eureka Police Department dispatch center and was advised that the Nissan had not been reported stolen.  The Nissan accelerated and the officer lost sight of it.

During briefing that evening, the officer was informed that a stolen vehicle report had been taken on the Nissan at about 3:15 pm that afternoon. The Nissan was stolen from a location a few blocks from where the officer had seen Bareilles driving it.

A county wide attempt to locate and arrest was issued for Bareilles on a charge of vehicle theft.

On July 6 at about 3:50 am, an officer was patrolling the Henderson Center area of Eureka due to recent burglaries in that area and located Bareilles walking at the 3300 block of E Street.

bareillesMr. Bareilles was taken into custody.  A search incident to arrest of Bareilles’ person and a satchel he was wearing was conducted.   Tools and items commonly used in vehicle thefts were located and seized as evidence.

Bareilles was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  Even though it’s not his first time around the thievery
block, he soon posted bail and was released with a court date.

Scientists say the world is made up of electrons, neutrons, and protons.  They forgot about morons.

This is an open investigation and anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call Eureka Police Officer Jon Omey at 707-441-4060.


Just a Little Brown Tar Smack– Everyone’s Doing It

Some folks know the price of everything and the common sense of nothing.

On July 6 at 3:00 am, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was traveling southbound on Highway 255 in Samoa when a brown 1987 Nissan Frontier approached the deputy northbound with its high beam lights on. 

The deputy twice flashed the vehicle with his headlights in an attempt to get the driver of the Nissan to dim its headlights. 

When the driver failed to dim his high beam lights the deputy turned his patrol car around to stop the vehicle.

When the deputy turned his patrol car around, the Nissan accelerated to avoid the deputy and lost control as it attempted to negotiate a turn, causing it to almost tip over with two of its driver’s side wheels coming off the ground.  The deputy saw either smoke or dust come out from under Nissan which then stalled out.

The deputy pulled in behind the Nissan and contacted the driver who was identified as Richard Michael Callahan, 57 years old, from Redway and the passenger identified as Rebecca Kathleen Chapa, 28 years from Eureka. 

Callahan told the deputy his low beam headlights did not work which is why he didn’t dim them.  He also said his license was suspended which is why he avoided the deputy.

While speaking with Callahan and Chapa the deputy saw a hypodermic syringe visible in a purse in the passenger side of the car and marijuana leaves scattered in the backseat.  The deputy arrested Callahan for driving on a suspended driver’s license and detained Chapa for possession of the syringe.

The deputy searched the purse and found prescription pills that were not in the name of Chapa.  The deputy searched the vehicle and located scales, packaging material and a golf ball sized piece
of tar heroin weighing approximately 9 grams, along
with a stun gun.

When questioned about the heroin by the deputy, Callahan told the deputy he intended to sell it for profit.  He told the deputy matter-of-factly, “Everyone is doing it, so he figured he would to get ahead of the game.”

Callahan and Chapa were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Mr. Callahan was booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, and driving on a suspended driver’s license.  His bail was set at $50,000.

Ms. Chapa was booked on charges of possession of a syringe, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation.  Her bail was set at $20,000.

If you want something in life you have to work for– it unless it’s the lottery.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Juvenile Gun Play

Since light travels faster than sound people appear more bright than they appear until you hear them speak.

On July 6 at about 5:39 pm, officers with the Fortuna Police Department were dispatched to an apartment complex located in the 100 block of 12th Street for a report of a group of subjects threatening to shoot residents.

While responding, the department received information that the subjects had left the complex and were possibly in the area of the Fortuna High School Campus.

Officers arrived and contacted three juveniles and one adult who admitted to their involvement in the argument. 

While investigating, officers located a large red duffle bag in the school parking lot.  Upon a search of the bag, officers located a .30-30 caliber rifle and ammunition.

Upon further investigation, one of the juveniles, a 15-year old Fortuna resident, admitted that he had placed the items in the parking lot.

The victim in this case declined to cooperate with prosecution for the threats.  The juvenile with the rifle was transported to the Humboldt County Juvenile Hall and later released to his father.

The Department will be seeking charges for: a Minor in possession of ammunition, and Possession of a Firearm on a school campus.

Have another Monster energy drink, kid.  Do faster things stupider with more energy.

The department is asking anyone with information to contact the department’s WeTip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME. Callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.


Traffic Argument and Street Dragging

Ten pounds of crazy in a five pound sack.

n July 6, 2013 at 11:50 pm, officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to the 700 block of 13th Street for a report of a female in need of medical aid after being struck by a motor vehicle.

Officers and City Ambulance responded and located the 36-year old female who had major life-threatening injuries.

During the investigation, officers learned that during an argument the female tried to exit the 1996 Subaru Legacy she was riding in. 

When she exited, she was dragged for about one block before traveling under the vehicle.  Ouch.  That must’ve hurt.

The female was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital.  She was then airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.  That’s very bad.

The vehicle’s driver, Randy Shibler, 52, of Fortuna, was arrested for Felony DUI Resulting in Injury, and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Mr. Shibler should have been sold to the circus or the Hare Krishnas years ago.

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Dead Body Pulled From Under Samoa Bridge

We can always expect some flotsam and jetsam floating up on shore, but this is ridiculous.

On Wednesday, July 3rd at about 12:55 pm, occupants of a vehicle traveling southbound over the Eureka Slough Bridge saw a man jump off the Samoa Bridge.

It appeared that the male did a back flip while jumping.  It is unknown whether the actions were intentional.

The back flip could have been some strange kinetic motion juju necessitated by an accidental fall, the Eureka Police said, using some strange sense of logic we don’t follow. 

Nonetheless, the witness pulled in to the Target parking lot to investigate and saw the subject standing on the sandbar between the two channels.  The victim-acrobat-free wheeling thinker was waving his hands above his head which gave the witness the impression he did not suffer severe injury.

The witness called EPD.  Several patrol officers were dispatched as well as a fire engine that was in the vicinity.  The subject wasn’t located.

About three hours later, a subject kayaking in the slough discovered a deceased male, floating in the water, about 100 yards from the Eureka Slough Bridge.

Eureka Police Officers located the deceased person and contacted the HCSO boat patrol.  The boat patrol recovered the body.

The deceased has been identified as 36-year old Edward Conoboy from Arcata.

This incident is being investigated by the Humboldt County Coroner’s office as either a suicide or accidental drowning.  The Eureka Police Department’s Investigations unit is assisting the Coroner’s office.

EPD says they are looking for witnesses who may have been in contact with Conoboy earlier in the day– or anyone else who may have seen activity on the bridge or along the
shoreline of the slough near the bridge.

Please contact Senior Investigator Ron Harpham at the Eureka Police Department, 441-4305.


Details Emerge of Eureka Police Sergeant’s Excessive Use of Force

From the Times-Standard’s Thadeus Greenson:

EPD Sgt. Adam Laird pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of committing assault under the color of authority and filing a false report in his first court appearance since he was arrested April 17.

A fellow officer reportedly accused Laird of misconduct after his involvement in the Dec. 6 arrest of a juvenile suspect, spawning parallel investigations by the EPD and the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.

The assault charge facing a Eureka Police Department sergeant stems from a December incident in which he allegedly kicked a minor in the back as the minor lay on the ground being handcuffed by another officer.

Authorities have been tight-lipped regarding the case and have repeatedly declined to discuss any details about the incident that led to Laird’s arrest, but a document in Laird’s case file sheds some light on the allegations confronting the officer.

Laird’s attorney, Patrik Griego, said the document omits a number of important facts.

Read the full story by Thadeus Greenson in the Times-Standard:Details Emerge in EPD Assault Case:  Police Sergeant Allegedly Kicked Prone Minor

One of the finest local reporters we know, Mr. Greenson is back in the house.  Welcome back, Thadeus.


Rancho Sequoia Crime Wave Brings Heat to the Community

There’s been so much stuff happening at Murder Mountain, also known as the Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint, that your grandmother would blush.

You know, missing people and murders and marijuana and such.  The HCSO decided it’s high time to show their muscle in the lawless area and make their presence known after some high profile incidents went down.

The Humboldt County Sheriff”s Office confirmed that officers, assisted by agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, served search warrants in the area of Rancho Sequoia Drive in Alderpoint on Wednesday, July 3.  This follows on the heels of numerous other lawless deeds happening there previously over the past several weeks.

According to Lt. Steve Knight, a number of law enforcement officers were investigating what is believed to be a large commercial marijuana grow in Alderpoint.

A search warrant served by Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, assisted by agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, led to the discovery of thousands of growing marijuana plants, but no arrests on Wednesday.

The warrant authorized deputies to search three parcels of property on the 5000 block of Rancho Sequoia Road for marijuana.

Deputies located one structure, but no residences on the property.  Almost 3,500 growing marijuana plants, ranging in height from 12 inches to 6 feet, were seized from the property. 

The plants weighed 4 pounds each on average.  All of the marijuana was seized from several greenhouse structures containing artificial lighting.

No individuals were located on the property. The investigation into who was cultivating the marijuana is ongoing and no arrests were made, the HCSO said.


 McKinleyville Man Nearly Thwacks Aircraft with Illegal Fireworks

HCSO badgeNo terrorists here, just a homegrown bumpkins doing his stupid shit and throwing a tanturm over it.

On July 3, at 10:00 at night, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a medical evacuation flight pilot who reported he was landing his aircraft at the McKinleyville- Arcata Airport when it was nearly struck by an illegal aerial firework being discharged at Clam Beach.

The firework was discharged near the end of the runway.

A deputy was in the area at the time the call came out and witnessed several aerial fireworks being discharged into the air from Clam Beach.

The deputy responded to the Clam Beach parking lot and walked out the trail towards the beach area.  While walking through the bushes on the trail the deputy witnessed a man, identified as Alexi Bree Greenspan, 22, from McKinleyville, discharge an aerial “mortar” type of firework.

The deputy saw it travel approximately 100 feet into the air and explode.  The firework was in line with the runway to the airport which was approximately ½ mile away.

The deputy contacted Greenspan who told the deputy he knew the fireworks were illegal, but he thought it was just fine to fire them off at the beach.

A computer check of Greenspan with the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch revealed he was on formal felony probation for threatening an executive officer and misdemeanor probation for wreckless driving. 

While the deputy spoke with Greenspan he could also tell he was under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  Alas.  The probation clause required Greenspan to totally abstain from alcoholic beverages.

The deputy arrested Greenspan for violation of probation and discharging illegal fireworks.

After Mr. Greenspan was arrested by the deputy, he repeatedly threatened to kill the deputy with a firearm.  He also threatened to kill any deputy or any other law enforcement officer trying to arrest him in the future, also with a firearm.

Tsk-tsk.  An additional felony charge of threatening to kill an executive officer performing his duties was added to the rest of his rap charges.  Greenspan was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.

The deputy was unable to determine if Greenspan was the person who discharged the firework that came close to the aircraft that was landing.

Keep this up and they’ll close off that portion of Clam Beach below the runway for everyone.  Thanks, dude, for being a total idiot and a complete schlub.


Gas Station Attendant Deserves Hazard Pay

They seem to be getting knocked off every other week or so.  Especially in McKinleyville.

On July 4, Independence Day,  at about 2:15 in the wee morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the clerk at the Freeway 76 gas station located in the 1200 block of Murray Rd in McKinleyville.

The clerk reported that the station was just robbed.

Deputies arrived within 5 minutes and the clerk told them a suspect wearing a black pull over type hooded sweatshirt entered the store.  The suspect had the hood pulled up and was wearing black gloves. 

The suspect brandished a silver-colored pistol and told the clerk to put “all the money in bag.”

The clerk complied with the request the suspect left the store on foot.  Deputies searched the area and were unable to locate the suspect.

Later viewing of the surveillance video showed the suspect to be a wearing black mask or bandana over his face. 

openThe suspect is described as being about five feet nine inches tall with a thin build.  An undisclosed amount of cash was taken during the robbery.  So look for a thin guy with wads of cash.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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Meth Dealer Busted, Brought to Jail, then Released!

Today, July 3, Problem Oriented Policing (POP) detectives and patrol officers from the Eureka Police Department served a search warrant at the 1300 block of McDonald Street in Eureka.

The search warrant service was due in part to numerous neighborhood complaints regarding suspected drug activity coming from this location.

During the service of the search warrant, detectives located approximately 2 ½ ounces of methamphetamine locked inside a small safe.

Besides the meth, digital scales, police scanner and additional items of interest were seized and booked in as evidence.

As a result of the investigation, Mark Burdick, age 45, was taken into custody for Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales.  We’re guessing the police scanner sucked and didn’t help all that much.

Mr. Burdick was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  However, due to jail overcrowding, he was cited and released, free to wheel and deal in the dealer-friendly city of Eureka for another day.

No wonder they call it Tweakervile.


Sexual Predator Nabbed

Keep it to yourself and in your pocket, mister.

On July 2, Humboldt County Sheriffs Detectives assisted by Cal Fire Law Enforcement Officers served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant and a Humboldt County Superior Court arrest warrant for an online sexual predator in the 6100 block of Purdue Drive in Eureka.

The warrants were the result of a two month long Internet investigation in which Michael Alan Brunner, 53-years old, attempted to lure a 14 year old girl from out of state to have sexual relations with her.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified that Brunner had contacted a citizen whom he thought was a 14-year old girl.  The girl was actually an adult and Mr. Brunner attempted to have sexual relations with her, the HCSO reported.

During the contacts with the citizen, the detectives learned Brunner had hooked up a webcam and performed sexual acts on the camera, thinking the presumed 14-year old was watching.

When Sheriff’s detectives spoke with Brunner at his residence he admitted the offenses.  Detectives arrested Brunner on an arrest warrant they had obtained for the felony crimes of sending harmful manner with the intent to seduce a minor, and contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense, and also a misdemeanor charge of distribution or exhibition of sexual materials to a minor.

Detectives searched Brunner’s home and seized various electronic devices which will be forensically examined for evidence.

Mr. Brunner was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the arrest warrant and with a bail set of $50,000.00.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


The Fun Police Squash Illegal Fireworks

Too much fun brings too much heat.

On July 1 at approximately 9:20 pm, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the area Holly Drive and Central Avenue in McKinleyville when the he saw several displays of illegal aerial fireworks coming from the area of the 1700 block of Holly Drive.

The deputy also saw an Arcata Fire Department Engine in the same area where the illegal fireworks were coming from. 

The deputy met with the Arcata Fire Captain who told him he saw the fireworks and responded to the area also.

The Fire Captain told the deputy he observed flaming debris strike a roof across from the home where the fireworks were being discharged and that some of the illegal aerial fireworks nearly struck the Arcata Fire Department Engine because they were being fired horizontally.  The Captain said he made contact with two adult males in the front yard of a residence and told them to stop discharging the fireworks.  Make it happen, Captain.

The deputy contacted a 34-year old Eureka man and a 36-year old McKinleyville man identified as shooting off the fireworks.

One of the men admitted to residing in the residence where the fireworks were being discharged from but denied trying to strike the fire engine intentionally.  The deputy found three expended illegal fireworks in the grass next to the suspects which were seized as evidence.  Making matters worse, Fire Department personnel found a neighbor’s vehicle damaged by the illegal fireworks.

No more firework fun for them.  The Sheriff’s Deputy submitted a criminal case to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office against the two unidentified men. 

They’re requesting charges of possession of fireworks not registered by the State Fire Marshall and possession of dangerous fireworks without a permit.

Both are misdemeanors subject to fines up to $1000 or county jail time of up to one year.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or wishing to squash related fun criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s
Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Lack of Probation Supervsion:  Mr. Rothwell and His Stolen Gun

Probationers without supervision lead to more criminal skullduggery.

On July 2 at 12:30 am, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy was patrolling the area of Myers Flat after receiving a report of shots fired in the area.

As the deputy drove by Myers Flat Road and Highway 254 he saw two male adults.  The deputy contacted the males and learned one of the males, Travis Lee Rothwell, 28,  from Garberville, was on probation with a search clause.

The deputy detained Rothwell and asked him if he had any weapons.  Mr. Rothwell told the deputy he had a gun that was concealed in the front of his pants but it had just slipped down his pants leg.

The deputy searched Rothwell and located an unloaded Smith and Wesson Thompson Center Arms .22 caliber rifle that had been sawed off to approximately one foot in length.  A records check on the weapon revealed it was stolen.

Rothwell was arrested for possession of stolen property, carrying a concealed firearm, possessing a short barreled firearm, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and violation of probation.

He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.  It is unknown whether his Probation Officer will keep him detained or if he gets immediately sprung and whether or not Mr. Rothwell will be supervised or left to his own firearm devices.

The other male was released at the scene.


Lack of Probation Supervision: Raymond Pohr and His Heroin

Probationers without supervision lead to more work for law enforcement.

On July 1 at 8:45 pm, Arcata Police Department officers conducted a probation search at the residence of an adult probationer on Eye Street.

After contacting the subject, Donald Raymond Pohr, age 71 of Arcata, a search was conducted at his residence per the terms of his probation.

During the search of Pohr’s residence, officers located a half ounce of suspected heroin.

Some of the heroin was already packaged for sale into half-gram increments, along with other items indicative of narcotics sales. 

The approximate street value of the smack was $1,100, APD said.

His Probation Officer was nowhere to be found as it went down.  APD cleaned up the matter and Mr. Pohr was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the following charges:

•H&S 11351- Possession for Sales

•PC 1203.2 – Violation of Probation


Whopping Meth Bust:  Largest Ever Made in Eureka

It’s a doozy of drugdom.

On June 28 at 12:32 pm, an officer with the Eureka Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an observed traffic violation.  The driver had multiple identifications but didn’t have a valid license to operate a motor vehicle.

A K-9 unit from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department was summoned to the scene along with a detective from the Eureka Police Departments POP unit. 

Lo and behold!  As luck or intiuition would have it, the K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle.  Manna from heaven.

As the officers on scene went to detain the driver he struggled with them and fled on foot.  The driver was located and arrested a short distance later.  He was identified as Alain Omar Carbrera-Madrigal, 28-years old.

During the search of the vehicle, officers located a hidden compartment and seized approximately 6 ounces of methamphetamine.

Information was obtained which lead the Investigating Officer and POP Detective to an apartment on the 800 block of 8th Street in Eureka, which was rented and occupied by Carbrera-Madrigal.  Officers made contact with a female suspect at the residence who was identified as Lizabeth Cabrera-Madrigal.  She identified herself as Alain’s wife.  EPD officers secured the apartment and obtained a search warrant to search the apartment.

During the search of the apartment the astute officers located and seized a whopping 6.6 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, the largest ever such bust in Eureka.  That wasn’t all.  They also found $170,000 in cash.

Mr. Carbrera-Madrigal was arrested and booked into Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of:

  • Resisting arrest with violence
  • Transportation of methamphetamine
  • Possession of methamphetamine for sale
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Providing a false name
  • Driving without a license 

Not a US citizen and likely the mule in the matter, he’s being held on an Immigration Hold until being sprung back over the border.  That’s how it typically works, if you didn’t know.

Ms.  Carbrera-Madrigal was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale and maintaining a residence for the distribution of a controlled substance.

Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity, or other nuisances occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.

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Three Time Loser At It Again

How many times do you have to touch a hot stove to find your fingers burned to a crisp?

On July 1 at about 1:21 pm, an officer with the Eureka Police Department attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle on 7th Street at ‘C’ Street for a traffic violation. 

As soon as the officer activated his emergency lights the vehicle accelerated to about 70 mph on 7th Street and fled from the officer like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. 

The car plowed through red lights at several intersections, narrowly missed collisions with other vehicles, and made several unsafe lane changes around other vehicles traveling on 7th St.

Due to the high speeds and traffic congestion the officer was unable to keep up with the vehicle.  The officer lost sight of the vehicle on 7th St near Myrtle Ave. 

Three minutes later officers located the unoccupied car in the parking area of Cooper’s Gulch on the 1700 block of 10th St.  Witnesses reported the male driver fled into Cooper Gulch as fast as his little feet would carry him.  Several officers from the Eureka Police Department conducted a search of the area for about 45 minutes but were unable to locate the driver.   The errant chariot was towed and impounded.

UptonBased on several prior contacts the officer that pursued the vehicle recognized the driver as the registered owner of the vehicle.  The driver was identified as Steven Nicholas Upton, 23, of Eureka.

Two hours after the wanton chase, Mr. Upton conveniently let his fingers do the walking and phoned the Eureka Police Department to report his vehicle as stolen.  The officer who originally gave chase responded to Wabash Avenue and ‘C’ Street to meet with Upton and pry into the situation a bit more.

The officer recognized Upton as the scofflaw driver of the vehicle and arrested him for felony evading a peace officer in a vehicle, failure to wear a seat belt, failure to stop for a red light at an intersection, and unsafe lane change.

Poor Mr. Upton.  It’s not his first time around the cell block.  Or his second.  Some folks are slow learners and need remedial training in life.


Gambling With Meth and Beaten by the Odds

We think there’s a lot more to this story than meets the eye.  Or the nose.

On June 29 at 6:15 in the morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Bear River Casino security who reported a 31-year old male from Eureka was at the front door of the Casino saying he was assaulted in a vehicle.

The male was bleeding from an injury to his nose and medical was summoned to the casino to treat the victim.

A deputy arrived at the casino and followed the ambulance to the hospital where the victim was treated for his injuries.

The victim told the deputy during the interview he ingested some wicked methamphetamine with three other males in the back of a van around 3:00 am.

After snorting the meth one of the males started punching him in the face.  The male then took his black tote bag, wallet, jacket and sunglasses, and unceremoniously dropped him off at the intersection of Singley Road and Brenard Street in Loleta.

The beaten-methy-sad-bloody victim walked to the Casino to report the crime and seek medical aid.

The victim did not want to provide the deputy with a description of the suspects for fear of retaliation.  He was treated and released from the hospital.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Jumpin’ Juveniles’ Fightin’ Knifeplay in Redway

Kids.  Gotta love ‘em.  They just wanna have fun.

On June 29 at 4:00 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch center received a rather odd 911 call.  No one speaking on the phone, but yelling could be heard in the background.

The dispatcher was able to overhear something in regards to a stabbing, and immediately sent deputies to the 3400 block of Redwood Drive in Redway. 

California Highway Patrol Officers (CHP) also responded to the scene and arrived before the deputy.

The CHP officers located an 18-year old male who had been stabbed.  They summoned medical assistance for the injured dude.  They then located a 17-year old male suspect who they detained for the deputy.

The HCSO deputy spoke with the male suspect who had injuries around his head, eyes, face and lips indicating he had been beat up like a pinata. He told the deputy he was assaulted by six males–all at once– and they punched him and threw flower pots at him.

The suspected culprit went on to say he tried to flee from the males and ran away from them, however they pursued him.  When he fell down they started kicking him and punching him some more like a punching bag and a pinata. 

Of course, fearing for his life, he grabbed a folding knife and started swinging it wildly at the males assaulting him.  As luck would have it, he stabbed one of the males, so the rest of the gang conveniently and consequently quit assaulting him.  He should’ve broken into a West Side Story song.

The deputy contacted the stabbing victim at the hospital to check out his side of the story.  He clammed up and told the deputy he didn’t want to speak with the deputy at that time, but said he would give a statement later.

The hospital told the deputy the victims injuries were not life-threatening.  Just a little stabbin’.  Nothing to see here, move along.

The deputy released the 17-year old male suspect who admitted to the stabbing to the custody of his mom.  The case is being referred to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for review and the stabbin’ lad had his knife taken away and grounded and told not to do it again.

Once again, anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


A Really Rash Case of Road Rage

Can’t we all just get along?

On June 30 at 2:00 in the morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle attempting to purposely force another vehicle off the road on southbound US 101 near College of the Redwoods. 

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to the area and assist the HSCO in the road rage incident.

Deputies spoke with the victims:  two 28-year old females.

The deputies learned after speaking with them that one of the victims had recently divorced her husband.  She had been staying with her two children at her sister’s place in Eureka.

While at her sister’s residence she received several texts from her ex-husband, Thuong Huynh, 34-years old, of Eureka.  She and her sister decided to leave the home with the children and leave the area.

While they were driving south on US 101 in their 2004 blue Chevy Mailbu, they saw a 1995 dark green Chevy Silverado pickup truck following them.  The victims knew that Mr. Huynh drives a similar truck.  That’s when things took a turn for the crazy.

Suddenly, the truck drove up behind them and attempted to ram them. 

The truck turned off its headlights and pulled alongside the victim’s vehicle.  It then swerved at their vehicle forcing them off the road and onto the shoulder of the road.  The victims were able to regain control of their vehicle and drove back onto US 101.

The truck then drove ahead of the victim’s vehicle and stopped sideways in the middle of US 101– blocking both southbound lanes of traffic.  Incredibly, the victims were able to pass the truck which pulled in behind them.  Unfortunately, the possessed truck and the crazed driver  attempted to ram them again.

This was all like something out of a bad Stephen King story.  A really badass one.  Pennywise the clown meets Christine.

California Highway Patrol Officers located and stopped the green 1995 Chevy truck being driven by Thuong Huynh on Singley Road near the Bear River Casino.

Mr. Huynh was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  His bail was set at $50,000.

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Crazy kooky crooks.  Looking for fun in all the wrong places.

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Let’s just jump into it and call it a weekend, shan’t we?


Crossed Lines of Communication

On Tuesday, June 25, at 9 in the morning, detectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Eureka Police Department, served a search warrant on a residence in the 600 block of 16th Street in Eureka.

The residence was believed to have been the primary residence of Logan Corey Bremer, age 30.

Bremer is considered to be a person of interest– a potential witness– in the Dinsmore attempted homicide investigation occurring on June 11.  Bremer hasn’t been arrested in relation to this investigation.

Bremer was not at the residence at the time of search warrant service because he was in custody at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  That was for an arrest already made by the Eureka Police Department on suspicion of a vehicle pursuit and parole violation happening earlier in the day.

Technology is good when it works.  Tin cans on a string also work.  The lines of communicative cooperation apparently got crossed with the right hand not knowing what the left hand was doing on the matter until it got straightened out.

In the end, the HCSO got their man for questioning.  It happens.

Anyone with any information regarding this shooting investigation is asked to telephone Detective Franco at 707-268-3644 or the tip line at 707268-2539, the HCSO said.


For Pete’s Sake, Slow Down on Highway 36!

A 20-year-old Eureka man died and three others were injured on Wednesday night after the vehicle they were riding in struck a tree west of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Chase Adams, the car was traveling westbound on U.S. Route 36 at about 10 p.m. when, for unknown reasons, the driver swerved out of the northbound lane. 

As the driver attempted to correct his position the car traveled off the southbound edge of the roadway, striking a tree.

A 20-year-old passenger was killed and an 18-year-old male passenger was transported to Redwood Memorial with major injuries.   The 23-year-old male driver and a third passenger, a 45-year-old female, were transported to Redwood Memorial with minor to moderate injuries.

The names of those involved in the accident, including the man fatally injured, are not being released at this time, Adams said.

Based on a preliminary investigation, alcohol and drugs are not believed to have been a factor and the accident is still under investigation.

UPDATE:  The California Highway Patrol has identified the Eureka man killed in a vehicle accident on Wednesday night as 20-year-old Ma Lee.

The driver, 22-year-old Toua Lee, and passengers 18-year-old Yee Lee and 45-year-old Yer Thoa, suffered moderate to major injuries and were transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka.  The involved vehicle was a 2003 Honda Accord.


Really, Slow Down on Highway 36– and Don’t Drink and Drive!

A 62-year-old man who crashed a motorhome into a redwood tree on State Route 36, east of the Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park entrance, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The impact caused a propane tank on the motorhome to leak, leading to the road’s closure for over an hour, officials said.  It was quite a mess until it got cleaned up.

The CHP reported that John Frederick Norcom of
Coos Bay, Ore., was booked into the Humboldt County
jail on suspicion of DUI.


Greedy Growing Pains in the National Forest, Arcatan Busted

An Arcata man was arrested after law enforcement found 182 marijuana plants and significant resource damage in the Six Rivers National Forest.

On June 18, officers from the Trinity County Narcotics Task Force, United States Forest Service and California Highway Patrol walked into a marijuana cultivation site in the Six Rivers National Forest after receiving information that people had been stealing water from the water source that feeds Salyer, according to a Trinity County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Upon entering the site, officers noticed an area of the national forest had been clear cut.  On one side, they saw marijuana growing in pots that were being prepped for being planted in planter boxes.  Trees from the National Forest were cut down to construct the boxes.

When officers made their way through the clear cut, they found a tent.  While approaching the tent, they heard a dog barking.  Officers announced their presence and demanded anyone inside the tent make themselves visible.

A few seconds later, a pitbull mix dog was let out of the tent, according to the release.  The dog was aggressive, quickly approached officers, and bit an officer’s K9 in the face, the release said.

When the dogs were separated, the dog tried to attack the officers.  An officer then shot the pitbull with a rifle, the release said.

After repeated requests for the suspects to come out of the tent, officers cut holes inside of the tent.  They found two men inside along with a loaded pistol in reach of both, according to the release.

Both Samuel Barton, of Arcata, and Samuel Barton, of Redding, were arrested on suspicion of marijuana for sale, conspiracy to commit a crime, being armed while possessing a firearm and destruction of forest lands.  

Mr. Brown was also arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and was on supervised release out of Shasta County as a result of prison realignment bill AB 109.

Barton and Brown were taken to the Trinity County jail.   Mr. Barton is being held on $265,000 bail and Brown on a $350,000 bail.

Officers are still investigating the environmental impact.


Missing Child Snatched by Parent in Arcata

On June 17, the Arcata Police Department received a report of an overdue child.

The child, three-year-old Zion Merritt, had been visiting for the day with his non-custodial father, Ramin Ahadi, 29.  Merritt’s mother became concerned when Ahadi did not return with their child and didn’t respond to phone calls.

Since that time Ahadi has not contacted the child’s mother and his whereabouts are unknown.

Investigators assigned to the case said it’s their belief Ahadi is intentionally concealing the child from his mother.  It’s further believed Ahadi may have left the state and could possibly be on his way to Montana or Oregon.

Mr. Ahadi is described as an Indian male adult, 6’1”, with a thin build, brown hair and eyes.  He was last known to drive a gold 1998 Saturn station wagon with a California plate of #5DDJ221.

The child, Zion Merritt, is described as a white male juvenile of three years, 3′ tall, weighing 40 pounds and with brown hair and eyes.

Anyone with information on Mr. Ahadi’s whereabouts are asked to call the Arcata Police Department at 707-822-2428.

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TGIF.   We hope crime takes a nap for the weekend.  Better yet, take a long slumber for the summer.


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Murder and Marijuana on Murder Mountain


Sheriff’s Office Investigating Two Incidents in Alderpoint



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The Sheriff’s Office has been busy:  a homicide
investigation and large marijuana busts involving three
individuals taking place in Alderpoint over the past two days.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dave Morey said detectives do not know yet if the suspected homicide of a 57-year old man found Thursday on the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Road in Southern Humboldt is related to the marijuana search warrants served at two nearby properties on the 4000 and 4500 block of Rancho Sequoia Road on Wednesday.

“It could be, it might not be.  We will see,” Morey said.

The area of Alderpoint– the Rancho Sequoia subdivision– has fondly become known by locals as ‘Murder Mountain’ for good reason.

We have the two Murder Mountain reports– whether or not they’re related is yet to be determined– for you here.


Here’s the HCSO homicide report issued Thursday, June 27:

HCSO badgeDetectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating a death that has been determined to be suspicious and suspected to be a homicide.  The location of occurrence is the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive in Alderpoint, CA.

The reporting party called the Sheriff’s Office at 8:50 am stating that she had not heard from her step-father for the last four days and drove to his residence in the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive.

When she arrived, she discovered her 57-year old step-father was deceased.

Deputies and detectives were dispatched to the residence and ruled the death suspicious.  They are investigating the death as a homicide.

Detectives are looking for a black 2000 Jeep Cherokee, CA license #5HNG536.

The Jeep Cherokee may be driven by Anthony Ray Lane, a white male adult, 37-years old, height 5 foot 10, weighing 185 pounds and with red and brown hair.  His date of birth is 09-18-1975.

Lane is a person of interest in this investigation and he’s being sought for questioning by the Sheriff’s Office. 

Persons should not approach Lane, but if located or spotted, they are asked
to call the Sheriff’s Office. 

The lead investigator is Detective Franco at (707) 268-3644 or (707) 445-7251.

The motive for this suspected homicide is not known at this time.  Detectives are just now arriving at the time of this release.

The name of the victim is not being released until additional family members can be notified.  Due to the infancy of this investigation, the suspected cause of death won’t be released until the Coroner can arrange for an autopsy.


UPDATE– Murder Suspect Anthony Lane Apprehended:

On Thursday June 27, 2013 at about 11:30 pm, Officers from the Willits Police Department located the black Jeep Cherokee that was believed to be operated by suspect Anthony Lane.

The Willits Police Officers had received a “be on the lookout” broadcast issued by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office for this homicide investigation.  The vehicle was found in the parking lot of a motel in the Willits area.

On June 28, 2013 at about 12:30 am, officers of the Willits Police Department, with the assistance of deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, located Lane in one of the rooms of the hotel.

Mr. Lane was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Humboldt County Line, where deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office took custody of him.  Lane was booked into the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office for suspicion of murder and possession of a stolen vehicle– the black Jeep Cherokee.

At this time the motive for the crime is being investigated.  There does not appear to be a connection with the homicide to an earlier marijuana cultivation investigation although the arrests took place in the same area.  This homicide does not appear to be a home invasion, marijuana related, or in association with the Garret Rodriguez missing person investigation.

The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office is still in the process of notification of family members of the victim of this suspected homicide.

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And here’s the second HCSO report– also issued on Thursday, June 27:

hcsobadgeOn 06-26-2013, at 11:15 am, Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents, assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol, arrested Matthew Walker, 33, from Alderpoint after he attempted to trade marijuana for a travel trailer.

Approximately two weeks ago Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents were alerted by a citizen who was selling a travel trailer on Craigslist that a person was trying trade the citizen “herb” for his travel trailer.

A Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agent took over negotiations posing as the seller and began contacting the suspect on line.  The suspect offered to trade four pounds of high grade marijuana and hashish for the trailer.  The Drug Task Force Agent agreed to meet the suspect at Tooby Park in Garberville on the same day at 11:00 am to make the trade.

When the suspect, identified as Matthew Walker, and another male showed up at Tooby Park, both were detained.

Agents searched the vehicle they were driving and located four pounds of marijuana bud and one pound of hashish. 

Mr. Walker was arrested on outstanding felony arrest warrants for cultivation and sales of marijuana issued out of Mendocino County Superior Court and traffic offenses.  The other male was interviewed and released at the scene.

Agents and deputies then drove to Walker’s residence in the 4500 block of Rancho Sequoia Road inAlderpoint where they served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant. 

At the residence they located 304 growing marijuana plants ranging from 8” to 2’ in height.  The plants were being grown in greenhouses and outside on the property.  Agents also located another approximate half pound of hashish in the residence, along with a rifle.

Walker was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on his arrest warrants and new charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.  His bail was set at $55,000.

While at Walker’s property, the Drug Task Force Agents and deputies obtained information about marijuana cultivation on another nearby parcel– in the 4000 block of Rancho Sequoia Road.

They contacted the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office and spoke with an Investigator who obtained a search warrant for that parcel.

When the agents and deputies served the search warrant, they located 1,572 marijuana plants ranging in size from 2’ to 4’ being grown in six green houses. 

They also located a sawed-off shotgun and a AR-15 Assault weapon with high capacity magazines in the residence.

Two men were located at the scene and determined to be associated with the marijuana cultivation.  They were identified as Travis Land, 36 years old, from Redway and Juan Hernandez, from Alderpoint.

Both Land and Hernandez were arrested for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.  Agents also learned Travis also had an outstanding felony arrest warrant for cultivation of marijuana.

They were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where Mr. Land’s bail was set at $55,000 and Mr. Hernandez’s bail at $25,000.

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Whether or not these two incidents– involving murder and marijuana on Murder Mountain– are intertwined isn’t clear.

One thing is clear, however:  Humboldt County’s marijuana gold rush and the problems following in its wake have turned this County onto its proverbial ear.

Mr. Gallegos, we think you’re gonna need more prosecutors.

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Bank of America Robbed at Gunpoint


McKinleyville Branch Bank Hit


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


They rob banks because that’s where all the money is.  Desperate people do desperate things.

This morning at 10:03 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s
Office was notified of such a desperate heist– an armed
robbery just occurring at McKinleyville branch of Bank of

HCSO dispatch was advised by witnesses that, armed with a handgun, there was a suspect dude dropping money as he was fleeing from a bank.

When deputies arrived on the BofA heist scene, they met with the robbery witnesses.

They told the officers the suspect entered the bank and immediately began waving a black revolver around as if he owned the place.  Pointing the gun at the tellers and customers, he told them, “This is a Bank Robbery!” just like it was a scene out of a Hollywood production movie that he watched too many times.

The suspect then got down to dirty business in short order.  He nimbly jumped over the counter, grabbed the teller’s cash and coin with both hands, and loaded up his bag with the bank’s money.  According to witnesses, he’d brought the bag along with him beforehand to make his withdrawal of the  ill-gotten loot.  Certainly no Boy Scout, he was unusually thoughtful and well prepared in respect to this clip  job.

After stuffing his bag like a fat Thanksgiving turkey, the suspect fled the bank on foot– westbound on Hiller Avenue– dropping money all around like a trail of seasoned bread crumbs as he hurriedly split.

Witnesses saw the suspect getting into an accomplice’s vehicle driven by another guy.  They described it as a white Nissan Pathfinder or Xterra type SUV vehicle with tinted rear windows. 

No description so far has emerged of the second scoundrelous suspect.

The vehicle was last seen jammin’ recklessly at high speeds westbound on Hiller Avenue, clearing little old ladies, young children and innocent puppies out of the way.

An immediate broadcast of the bank robbery suspect and a vehicle description was sent to all of the local law enforcement agencies.  Living for this sort of stuff and with lights and sirens all a blazin’, they responded like Johnny-on-the-snot.

Law enforcement units from all Humboldt County agencies immediately began searching for the vehicle and suspect.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation responded, too, and is assisting with the investigation.

Bank of America provided security photos of the clown that you see here.  We don’t think it’s going to take too long for this dude to hit the inside of a jail pokey shacking up with a cellie named Bubba.

Here’s the perp’s description:

  • Black male adult
  • 5-9 to 5-10” tall
  • Around 30 years of age
  • A short cropped mustache to the lip line
  • Wearing:  black tennis shoes with thin white strips on the arches, grey sweat pants, black sweat shirt, red under shirt, grey and cotton style gloves

He also wore aviator style sunglasses and a white bandanna across face.  It didn’t help.  He was still ugly. 

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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File the following wherever you like:  We came across it from the peanut gallery of comments:

Just spoke with HCSO about the suspect in the robbery at Bank Of America in McKinleyville.

I witnessed this man blow through the 4-way stop at McKinleyville x Murray, just missing cars and pedestrians by a split second, including my car carrying myself and two of my toddlers.

He was a black male driving a white/off white SUV.  Looked like possibly a Jeep, but others are reporting it as a Nissan.

This man frequents my neighbors on Murray Rd., so I gave that address and will be notifying the HCSO as soon as I see the vehicle here again. This is the kind of scum that needs to be off the road and in jail!

One more for the road?

My buddies wanted to be firemen, farmers or policemen, something like that.  Not me, I just wanted to steal people’s money!

All my life I wanted to be a bank robber.  Carry a gun and wear a mask.  Now that it’s happened I guess I’m just about the best bank robber they ever had.  And I sure am happy.  Now small timers get into it, and ruin it for everyone.

Ok, boys, let’s go make a withdrawal.”

~John Dillinger, before he was shot multiple times by Federal agents

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Drug Couple Arrested for Heroin Sales and Probation Failure


Tweedledee and Tweedledumb Taken in Tandem Bust


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Some people are slow learners.  Really slow.  Their belt doesn’t go through all the loops and their cheese fell off
the cracker. 

Take this for example:

On Monday, June 24, patrol officers and detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) conducted a vehicle investigation in the 400 block of “N” street in Eureka.

There, detectives contacted Thomas Grzymski, 35, and Jessica Grzymski, 24.

While one detective was speaking to Mr. Grzymski at the driver’s door, Ms. Grzymski was seen concealing an item in her sweatshirt.  Because of Thomas’ probation terms and for officer safety reasons based on Jessica’s actions, both occupants of the vehicle were detained.

What was found in Ms. Tweedledumb’s shirt isn’t known.  It could have been a gerbil.  Or a ferret.  We haven’t the foggiest idea based on the EPD report we were given, so just use your imagination here.

The detective’s investigation on “N” street led them to the Grzymskis’ travel trailer parked in Manila.  OK.  Now we’re finally getting somewhere.

As a result of that investigation the nosy detectives struck oil.  Black gold.  Texas tea.  More likely, black tar.

They found and seized a whopping:

  • 8.9 ounces of heroin
  • 1.7 ounces of methamphetamine
  • And 10.6 grams of marijuana

So sad:  Thomas Grzymski was taken into custody for:

  • Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales
  • Possession of Heroin for Sales
  • Possession of Brass Knuckles
  • And Probation Violations

More sad:  Jessica Grzymski was taken into custody for:

  • Possession of Heroin for Sales
  • Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales
  • And Probation Violations

Both the Tweedledee and Tweedledumb Grzymskis were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked on the above junkie charges.

To note, this wasn’t Thomas Grzymski’s first trip around the block, though.

The dim bulb was recently arrested on April 22 at a local motel.  At the time he was found to have 1.6 ounces of heroin, 1.2 ounces of methamphetamine, and in possession of a stolen laptop computer.

Some folks never learn, even when they’re on Probation.

But you gotta love’ em:  A junkie will steal your stuff, and then help you look for it.  And remember, kids:  Never fall in love with a person who loves heroin because it’s always, always, the other mistress– and a far better lover than you. 

True Love, Breaking Bad.  Sugary sweetness stuck on you.

Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity, or other nuisances occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.


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Crime After Crime


Time After Time


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Scoundrels and their skullduggery constantly amaze us.  For a small little county like Humboldt, we have our fair share of riff-raff and hooliganism in what should other-
wise be a pleasantly beautiful and bucolic backwater.


Another Sea of Green Weed Bust

Go West, young man.  There’s green in those hills.  And plenty of it.

Yesterday, June 24, bright and early at 8:15 in the morning, Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant at 575 Connick Creek Road in Garberville.

When deputies arrived they located David Allen Waterman, 40-years old, and Jason Duane Laursen, 39, at the residence.  The entire place was being used to process and dry marijuana, the HCSO said. 

A search of the residence revealed a whopping 51 pounds of green processed marijuana bud.  But wait. There’s more.

Outside the residence deputies located 221 growing marijuana plants and 941 marijuana plants being grown in four greenhouses.  The plants ranged in size from 6 inches to 5 feet tall.  The deputies also located packaging material, scales and other evidence indicating the marijuana was being grown for sale.

The deputies issued Waterman and Laursen, both worthy green thumbs in their own right, notices to appear in court for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. 

HCSO deputies also located information revealing a mysterious and unnamed third suspect.  They’re seeking an arrest warrant for that guy through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

What?  No cash seized?  The Drug Task Force are usually like
bloodhounds hot on the scent of the trail when it comes to finding
the cool green smell of cash going down with all that skunky weed.


Ninja Car Burglar Caught With the Stolen Goods

crossdressingApparently he wasn’t as stealthy as he thought he was in his fantasies.

Yesterday, Monday, June 24 at 8:30 in the morning, two Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies patrolling US 101 between Big Lagoon and Dry Lagoon spotted a 1998 Ford white van parked in a ‘no overnight camping’ spot by Kane Road near Orick.

The deputies pulled in behind the van to speak with the driver and make sure he hadn’t been camping there, or intended to camp there.  When the deputies contacted the driver they saw he was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.  They also heard the engine running.

The driver identified himself as David Tatro, 40-years old, from Eureka.  When the deputies spoke with Tatro they noticed he was wearing gloves.  They also saw a box of live ammunition on the van’s dashboard.   As if that wasn’t enough, they saw two personal checks on the ground near the van that weren’t in Tatro’s name.  It seems as if Mr. Tatro’s time was up and the gig was over.

The deputies detained Tatro for driving on a suspended driver’s license.  They searched the van.

Once inside the vehicle, they found a lot more loot.  Try two police scanners, a window punch for breaking windows, some bolt cutters, a 9 mm Luger semi-auto handgun, and some ammunition to go with it.   But wait!  There’s more.

As if that weren’t enough, they also found 5 grams of methamphetamine–a quick pick-me-upper for those late night burgs– a scale, a pair of night vision goggles (every stalker’s dream fantasy) and a collapsible baton (a nasty little thing known as an ASP by those who sting and bite and thwack and otherwise circle in cop circles).

They also found a ’torch’.  Now, what exactly is a torch?  Do you mean like, a Tiki torch?  A flaming torch of medieval yore?  A welder’s torch?  A Zippo dual flame pressurized butane lighter?  The fancy-schmancy English word for flashlight?  Well, you got us.  We’re stumped like a scorched marshmallow on that one.  Whatever.  Let’s move on.  We haven’t got all day.

Meanwhile, the plot thickened.  During the search, the deputies were contacted by the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch advising them a man and his wife just reported being the victim of a vehicle burglary at Dry Lagoon.  The citizens reported parking their vehicle in the parking lot of Dry Lagoon and going for a one-hour hike. When they returned to their vehicle they saw the vehicles drivers’ side window was smashed and all their stuff was stolen.  Welcome to Humboldt.

The deputies located all of the victims’ stolen property in Mr. Tatro’s white van, including jewelry, the wife’ purse, the husband’s wallet, keys, an I-Pad, luggage stuff and computer junk.  The victims were shown the property by the deputies and they confirmed it was all theirs.  The noose tightened.

So tight, in fact, that they threw the book and the kitchen sink at him.  David Tatro was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property, driving on a suspended license, possession of burglary tools and possession of an illegal weapon.

He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the above charges and also for being a complete and utter idiot.  His bail was set at $50,000.

Even Mr. Tatro’s ninja-like ways and his evil tools of destruction couldn’t evade the long arm of the ‘claw.   No doubt the HCSO will spend a few hours writing the ninja turtle arrest report.

Next time, why don’t you be chillin’ like a villain and go to bed like everyone else and leave the night vision goggles to the experts– like  military snipers and Silence of the Lambs serial killers.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Bar Fly Stab ‘n Go

Drinking buddies can be good friends and companions to lean on in times of need.  Unless they get drunk and pissed and want to kill you.

On June 23 just a little after midnight, three suspects and one soon-to-be victim walked out of the Bar Fly tavern at the foot of Commercial Street in Eureka, the Eureka Police Department said.

Shortly thereafter the victim was assaulted with an edged weapon, causing serious injury to his neck.  An edged weapon?  Put simply, that’s cop-lingo for a knife.

drink monkeeNonetheless, the ‘soon-to-be’ victim’, as EPD put it, was able to return to the bar and be assisted by a patron until medical aid arrived. 

He was then transported to the hospital and treated for his injuries.

The names of the suspects have not been definitively determined, but a number of investigative leads have been provided and are being pursued.  The motivation for the attack is under investigation.

Photos of the suspects from the bar’s security video will be released when available.  Anyone sober with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Todd Wilcox (707) 441-4315.

We suspect alcohol is a suspect.  Beauty is in the eyes of the beerholder and the hard part for the bartender is trying to figure out who was drunk and who was just stupid.  With circumstances like this, the only thing worth going out with at the Bar Fly is the tide.


A Deranged Daniel is on the Prowl

alexNothing like a case of mistaken identity, a multiple personality paranoid disorder, and hallucinations spicing things up a bit when the going gets dull and the really dull really get going.

On June 22 at 7:15 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office was notified of an individual  brandishing a firearm which just occurred in the 4700 block of Meyers Avenue in Eureka.

When deputies arrived they met with a 52-year old male victim and a 54-year old male victim.  They told the deputy the 54-year old male was the homeowner, and the 52-year old brother was visiting with him.

Just before the deputies arrival they saw a white male adult approach the residence on the south side.  They confronted the male suspect and asked what he was doing– and why he was on their property.

The male suspect who was wearing sunglasses, removed his sunglasses and responded, “It’s me, Daniel.”

 The problem was, neither of the male victims had ever seen him before.  It was a mystery wrapped up in an enigma wrapped up in a burrito.  So they told him to leave their property.

The male suspect then reached into his pocket and removed a Crown Royal Bag.  The Crown Royal bag didn’t contain any Crown Royal, though.  As much as that would have been a nice 
pleasant pick-me-up between soon-to-be friends, it unfortunately
and instead contained a small handgun in it.

The unknown male dude presumably named Daniel pointed the gun a few feet away from the younger victim’s face.  He said in a slow and squinty-eyed Clint Eastwood fashion, “How would you like to die, punk?”

The suspect was shaking nervously when he pointed the gun at him.  Both victims believed they were going to be plugged big time by “Daniel.”  Or maybe it was Clint Eastwood.  We’re not sure.  Delusions are tricky things.  Especially when they have guns.

The paranoiacally delusional maniac, however, didn’t shoot them after all.  He ran away like a gazelle south on Meyers Avenue towards Higgins Street in Eureka.

Deputies checked the area and found a witness who said the suspect was last seen heading into the woods at the south end of Crane Street, running like a gazelle.  The area was checked but no one was located answering to the name of Daniel.  Or Clint.  Or God, Moses, Abraham, Zeus, Prometheus, or ‘Marco …Polo!’.

The suspect is described as follows: White male, dark complexion, mid-twenties, short dark hair, about 170 lbs and 5’ 7” tall.

He was wearing blue pants, blue button up shirt, blue baseball hat tilted sideways, and wearing large bluish tinted sunglasses.

He possibly answers to “Daniel.”  No, we didn’t make that up.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Daniel is traveling tonight on a plane, I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain, God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes. 

Or the meth.

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There’s some wild and crazy folks out there.  All in all, Humboldt is still a pleasant place to be where nothing ever really happens.


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Felons and Their Felonies


Villains and Their Villainy


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


McKinleyville Homicide Update:

On Saturday June 22, 2013 an autopsy was performed on
the victim of the suspected
McKinleyville homicide case.

At the conclusion of the autopsy the cause of death was determined to be as a result of multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen of the victim.

The identity of the victim has been determined to be Forrest Croft Lovejoy (DOB: 07-02-1979), resident of McKinleyville, California.

The suspect, Michael Raymond Youravish, remains in custody at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and had an arraignment on Friday June 21 for the charge of homicide.


Loleta ATV Jack ’n Run

cannibal island roadOn Saturday, June 22, before 5:00 in the afternoon, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a robbery that just occurred on Cannibal Island Road, near Hawks Hill Road, in Loleta.

When deputies arrived on scene they met with the 65-year old male victim.  He told the deputies he parked a four wheeler ATV on Cannibal Island Road and was about ten feet away from it, working in a field doing something or another.

A silver 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Idaho plates and two males inside drove up beside him.  The male passenger exited the vehicle and asked him for a cigarette.  The victim told the male he did not smoke and went back to working in the field.

The male passenger reached into the Jeep and removed a tire iron.  The passenger then began swinging the tire iron at the victim while charging the victim and making verbal threats.

The victim backed away and the male passenger got onto the victim’s four wheeler and drove off with it, driving westbound on Cannibal Island Road with the Jeep heading the same direction following it.

The victim was able to provide a good description of the suspects to the deputies.

While checking the area for the suspects, a citizen contacted the deputies and told them they found a four wheeler in the bushes near Crab Park.

Deputies checked the area and located suspect Kevin Todd Latham, 26, from Woodland, California. Latham was identified by the victim as the passenger who brandished the tire iron at the victim. 

sigh2Deputies continued checking the area for the Jeep Cherokee, but were unable to locate it.  At approximately 7:00 pm. a deputy driving by Herrick Avenue and US 101 sighted the Jeep Cherokee parked at Herrick Avenue in Eureka.

The deputy saw the driver, who matched the suspect description leaving the vehicle on foot.  When the deputy was able to get off the highway to access the Jeep, the driver was gone.  The deputy continued to check the area.

At approximately 7:20 pm the same deputy located the second suspect walking in the Broadway McDonald’s parking lot.  The second suspect was identified as Joshua Ellis Moon, 24, from Hoopa.  The victim identified Moon as the driver of the Jeep.

The knuckleheaded duo of Moon and Latham were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of robbery, brandishing a weapon, vehicle theft, and cornucopia amounts of scoundrelous stupidity.

Bail for the nobbyheaded dipsticked goobers was set at $50,000.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539, the HCSO added.


Arcata Gas Station Knock Off

bad thingsOn Saturday evening, June 22 at about 8:15 pm, officers from the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to the Texaco Gas Station, 421 J Street, on the report of an armed robbery.

Upon their arrival, officers learned that the lone suspect had fled, according the the APD release.  Officers from the HSU Police Department also responded to assist and the area was searched.  Try as they did, the scurrilous suspect of the robbery was not located.

Through their investigation, officers learned that a male suspect entered the store, threatened the clerk with a knife, and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the register.  The clerk was uninjured.

The scoundrel is described as a White Male in his mid 30′s, Medium build and wearing dark clothing and a beanie.  During the robbery, the suspect wore a bandanna over his face.  The suspect fled the area on foot in an unknown direction.  His identity is not known, APD said.

Due to the vague-to-none description of the culprit everyone remains a suspect, even you.

Anyone with information leading to the identity of the suspect is urged to call the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428.


Transients Believed to Cause Structure Fire Last Night in Eureka

tree fireOn June 21 before 11 pm, three fire engines, one ladder truck, and two Chief officers from Humboldt Bay Fire were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 400 Broadway in a vacant building formerly known as the East Bay Hydraulics, according to the Humboldt Bay Fire press release.

Prior to arrival, dispatchers began receiving a bevy of calls from multiple concerned reporting parties saying that flames and smoke were visible at the back of the vacant structure and they had better get a move on.

Humboldt Bay Fire units arrived to find smoke and fire from the rear of the building.  A ‘fire attack’ was initiated and the fire was extinguished. During the overhaul phase, a firefighter was injured, transported and evaluated at a local hospital.  He was later released.

The fire was confined to the structure with no damage to an adjacent building or billboard sign. Losses are estimated at approximately $50,000.  During the incident, the Arcata Fire Protection District provided coverage to the City of Eureka and outlying areas.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  It is believed that the fire started due to transient activities inside the structure, Humboldt Bay Fire said.

Benjamin Franklin once remarked: “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”

Well, Ben, if that’s the case, will cooking up some Mexican brown tar and setting a building on fire suffice?


Valley West Bike Sting Results in Arrest

bikeThe City of Arcata– and specifically the Valley West area– have been seeing a significant number of bicycle thefts going on lately.  In an attempt to combat the ongoing problem, the Arcata Police Department conducted a ‘bicycle sting’ operation in Valley West on June 22 looking for the two-wheeled pedalous purloining perps.

An innocent-looking enough bicycle was left unsecured in an identified high crime location.  Officers then layed low, conducting a surreptitious surveillance on the bicycle over donuts and coffee.  Oops, this is Arcata.  Croissants, then.

During the course of the operation, Justin Lawson, 41, of Arcata was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail for 487 PC - grand theft, after he took possession of the bicycle and attempted to flee the scene.

Crime is indeed getting worse in Arcata.  The other day, the statue of William McKinley on the Arcata Plaza had both hands up.  The Arcata Police Department, however, said they will make crime pay.  They urged everyone to become a lawyer.

APD said they’ll continue to conduct this type of operation in the future to deter the theft of personal property.  Mike’s signs haven’t been working.

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Still Missing in the Pot Trade: Garret Rodriguez


Family Seeks Answers in Disappearance of SoCal Man Headed to ‘Murder Mountain.’


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



Private Investigator: His Truck Found in Garberville Area
by Colleen Chalmers

Private detectives investigating the disappearance of a Southern California man — who went missing after reportedly heading to work at a marijuana grow near what he called “Murder Mountain” — said this week that his pickup truck was found broken down on private property in southern Humboldt.

Cook & Associates Private Investigation owner and licensed investigator Chris Cook said she’s notified the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office about the latest information related to 30-year-old Garret Rodriguez’s disappearance.

No one has heard from Rodriguez since Christmas time, officials and private investigators said. He was last heard from while en route from his home in the San Diego enclave of Ocean Beach to the mountains of southern Humboldt, where he was reportedly going to work at a marijuana ranch.

Rodriguez’s father, who lives in central Mexico, said he believes some of his son’s friends must know something.  “I believe that some of them know what happened to him, but they’re afraid to come forward and say anything,” Val ‘Buzz’ Rodriguez said. “I know that for a fact.”

pot leafHis mother, who lives in Georgia, said she knows her son was going to work at an indoor grow in the Rancho Sequoia area near Alderpoint for the winter.  She questions why the two people her son worked with have been silent about the case.

“It’s important for people to know who he was working with,” said Pamela McGinnis, who believes the two business associates were the last to be with her son.  Sheriff’s Office Detective Todd Fulton said the names of the two men Rodriguez worked with are not being released at this time.

“We don’t have any reason to release the names of his associates,” he said.  “As far as I know, his last known location was in San Diego.”

Fulton said the office is investigating Rodriguez’s disappearance as a missing person’s case, but it is unclear if Rodriguez was in the county.

Cook & Associates investigator Jeremy Yanopoulos said Rodriguez had been involved with growing marijuana since high school, and had also been working with marijuana trafficking and sales between Humboldt County and San Diego for a couple years.

“He wasn’t the top guy,” Yanopoulos said. “It doesn’t sound like it was paying particularly well.”

mj greenhouse IIMcGinnis said her son never seemed to make much money in the marijuana business.  “I know a lot of young guys go up to Humboldt to try and make a lot of money.  His goal was to save money, but there was always some reason why he didn’t have any,” she said.

His family said Rodriguez was in the marijuana business to save enough money to eventually fulfill his dream of having a home in Mexico.  “It was just the allure of money that got him involved, so he could build his home in Mexico,” McGinnis said.

His aunt Bonnie Taylor, who lives in the Chico area, said she was the last family member to see him before he went missing. She said Rodriguez’s friends were his family.  “He was sweet, loving, caring and good-hearted.  He had a love of life,” she said.  “This guy wasn’t somebody who just goes missing.”

Rodriguez is described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with brown hair.  Rodriguez also has a tattoo of a colored ocean scene on his right shoulder.  “He has the most gorgeous green eyes and a beautiful smile,” Taylor said.

Taylor said the family tried to talk Rodriguez out of going to Humboldt County for work.  “We tried as best we could.  He didn’t always make really good choices,” she said.  “Choice of certain friends.  Choice of going up to Humboldt.”

drawing handsMcGinnis said there have been hundreds of friends posting photos and memories of her son on a Facebook page dedicated to bringing him home, saying how much they miss him.  “Everybody’s really concerned,” she said.

Yanopoulos said Cook & Associates is investigating rumors about what has happened to Rodriguez and speculation on why he disappeared. 

It was not until April that Rodriguez was officially reported missing.  Yanopoulos said it was not uncommon for friends
and family members to go short periods of time without
hearing from Rodriguez while he was working in southern

“But this went way beyond just business as usual,” he said.

His father reported him missing on April 25 after one of his son’s ex-girlfriends told him no one had heard from Rodriguez in months.  Taylor said the family knows in their hearts that Rodriguez made it to southern Humboldt and would have contacted them if he could.

missing personAnyone with information regarding Garret Rodriguez is asked to contact Cook & Associates Private Investigations at 839-7422 or call Chris Cook at 616-4507. You may also contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 445-7251.

(Courtesy of the Times-Standard and Bruce Anderson of the AVA.  Article slightly abridged and pictures added)

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