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Pot Sale Goes Sour Diesel

 

Almost Everyone Gets Thrown Into the Pokey

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On October 24, right about when prime time TV is happening, deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported robbery of marijuana.  Well, sort of a robbery.

While the deputies were enroute, the caller, 32-year-old Kristen Wright of Leggett, explained that there really wasn’t an actual robbery that occured, per se.  It was a little more complicated than that.  It was more of a fraudulent transaction; like, say, a funny money pot deal gone boom and bust and horribly bad all at once.

You see, Ms. Wright said she had arranged to sell ten pounds of her beautiful bud to three men for $20,000.  The problem, she told deputies, was they had given her four bundles of cash that they pretended were a real $20,000.  It wasn’t an honest representation of US currency, and she was feeling pretty duped and mighty pissed about it all.

Ms. Wright said the men fled with the marijuana just as she realized only the bills on top of the stacks were legitimate $100 bills– but the rest were lowly $1 Washingtons hiding innocently beneath.

She had been left with slightly over four hundred dollars, not the $20,000 they had agreed upon.  The money might say In God We Trust but that’s no guarantee of honor among thieves.

And Hell Hath No Fury like a woman scorned.  Ms. Wright wanted her shit back.

So following the culprits, she wanted deputies to nab the scurrilous absconding scoundrels who ripped her off.

Wright, along with the male companion accompanying her, trailed the suspects as they drove south from the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 101 in Leggett.  Two of the bunco artists were in a dark Scion; the third flim-flammer was driving a light-colored sedan, she reported.

MCSO deputies were hot on the trail.  They intercepted the Scion in the 44800 block of Highway 101 in Laytonville.

It was occupied by two of the suspects who were identified as Christopher Jaramillo, age 18, of Willington, Ca., and Jose Lemus, age 20, of San Pedro, Ca.

What did the MCSO find?  Yep, Ms. Wright’s 10 pounds of marijuana inside their car. 

Jaramillo (below, center) and Lemus (below right) were arrested for possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana and conspiracy.

And Ms. Wright?

Ms. Wright arrived at the scene a short time later to confront the swindlers, get her weed back, and thank the deputies for their timely intervention and good work.

But alas!  Things didn’t turn out as well as they could have.  Ms. Kristen Wright (below left) was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale.  She looks understandably irked and annoyed.

All were transported to Ukiah and thrown into the County Clink.  Bail was set at $30,000 for each.  The third male suspect in the light-colored sedan was never located.  He’s the one that got away.

 

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Details Emerge in Fatal Shooting by Lake County CHP

 

Help From a Passerby Likely Saved Officer’s Life, DA Says

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The Lake County District Attorney’s Office has identified the man fatally shot to by a CHP officer during an altercation near Lower Lake last week, as reported by the Sentinel.

District Attorney Don Anderson, whose office is leading the investigation into the incident, said Jose Lemus Ossenberg, 52, of Southern California, died after being shot once in the torso during the confrontation along Highway 29.

Ossenberg had a lengthy history of criminal offenses, including crimes of violence against police officers, domestic violence and drug offenses.  He was a registered sex offender, Anderson said.

He also had felony warrants for his arrest at the time of the confrontation although the CHP officer didn’t know this at the time.

Ossenberg is alleged to have stolen a 2010 Toyota Camry from a Fullerton car lot on or about October 15.  Ossenberg was homeless and had recently been released from the Orange County Jail.

It’s believed that Ossenberg drove the stolen vehicle up Highway 1, stopping in San Luis Obispo County where he fled from State Park Police.  He went to San Francisco where he reportedly stole a woman’s backpack on the Golden Gate Bridge.  Ossenberg then traveled to Lake County where he had previously vacationed with his parents, according to Anderson.

At 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 24, a CHP officer stopped to check on a vehicle located on the northbound shoulder of Highway 29, just south of C Street and south of Lower Lake. 

The CHP officer discovered Ossenberg sitting inside the Camry.  She asked Ossenberg to exit the vehicle for an investigation of whether or not he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

When the officer was running a computer check on Ossenberg, he attacked her, choking her throat and throwing her to the ground.  He then jumped on the officer and attempted to take her gun from its holster.

While Ossenberg and the officer struggled for the gun, a citizen stopped to assist the officer.  The citizen ran toward the officer which distracted Ossenberg from his attack for a critical moment, Anderson said.  

During that moment, the officer was able to gain control of her weapon and fire one round into Ossenberg.

Ossenberg got into the stolen Camry and drove northbound across Highway 29, crashing through a fence and into a vineyard 40 yards away.

Anderson said the CHP officer rendered aid to Ossenberg until medical units arrived.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anderson said the help of the Good Samaritan citizen likely saved the CHP officer’s life.  He did not release the female officer’s name as the Peace Officers Bill of Rights prohibited him from doing so, he said.

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Next time, use your head or lose it.  Faced with going to jail or the morgue, we’d happily choose the former.

Simply place your hands on the wheel, answer the questions honestly and politely, and do good for the rest of your life.  You’ll have nothing to worry about evermore.  Unless, of course, you like dancing those fancy can-can dances with the Devil.  A simple concept, yet some are unable to grasp its beautiful simplicity.

The fables and fairy tales we read when we were younger were right.  They were the wisdom of the ages.  They told us about Karma:  What Goes Around Comes Around.  The Law of Averages, for slow learners.

Or let’s put it this way:  Karma is just like a rubber band.  You can only stretch it so far until it comes back to smack you in the face.

Just stay away from the side that’s been a bit wobbly lately– that really really bad dark side– and we’ll all be fine.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Bad Car Karma Kills Alleged Wannabe Robbers

 

“Don’t (Expletive Deleted) With the Cove”

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Three men were involved in a solo-vehicle crash that killed two of them while on their way to Shelter Cove for a possible home invasion and marijuana rip-off, the CHP reported.

Domonic Troy Quilici, 20, of Crockett, was driving a 2001 Infinity SUV north on Highway 101 at Cummins Road in Northern Mendocino County on Thursday morning, when for unknown reasons, he drove off the eastern edge of the road, hit an embankment, and overturned several times.

Passengers Greg Saul Dodson, 44, and his son Vincent Jay Dodson, 21, both from Vallejo, were thrown from the vehicle and died of their injuries, according to the CHP.  They were not wearing seatbelts.  Quilici survived.

Vincent Dodson was pronounced dead at the scene.  His father, Greg Dodson, was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding, where he later died.

Quilici was treated for minor injuries at Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits and arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony weapons possession charges, the CHP said.

Found inside the Infinity SUV were;

  • Three loaded handguns, two of which were stolen;
  • Two bullet-proof vests
  • Several M80s (illegal explosives)
  • An ASP expandable baton, duct tape, and a ski mask

and a printed Google map with directions from Vallejo to Shelter Cove, according to the CHP.

Police suspect the three men in the SUV were enroute to an unknown address in Shelter Cove, just north of the Mendocino-Humboldt county line, “to perform a home invasion and/or marijuana rip-off,” according to a statement from the CHP on Monday.

Quilici was booked into Mendocino County Jail.  Surprisingly enough, he was released after posting $200,000 bail.

The investigation is ongoing, CHP noted.  They ask that anyone with information to contact the Garberville area CHP at 923-2155.

KIEM-TV news reported CHP doesn’t know the exact residence of where the trio were headed.  There was no final destination address on the Google print out and the GPS system in the vehicle was destroyed. 

KMUD-Radio also has an interview with CHP Sergeant Martin Abshire about the incident.

Lt. Steve Knight said the Sheriff’s Office hasn’t responded to any calls regarding home invasions in Humboldt County recently.  He offered the standard advice:  communicate with your neighbors, keep the property well-lit, check your door before you open it, and don’t flash a lot of cash.  Don’t confront your intruder, leave the house, and call 911 for help.

Sage advice.

Shelter Cove residents, however, were somewhat riled up, lighting the blogosphere up with vigilante nugs:

The thing about Shelter Cove is there is only one road in and out. These (expletive deleted) would have gotten what they deserved no matter what. Don’t (expletive deleted) with the Cove !!”

“Glad they’re dead! We don’t need more tweeker scum ripping citizens off, it’s already going to a (expletive deleted)-hole.”

“If you have intentions of harming members of this community or stealing from us, if you don’t crash your car on the way up here or get apprehended by Law Enforcement on your way, you will not be greeted with kindness here, you will be dealt with accordingly. Stay the (expletive deleted) out of Humboldt. Plenty of ravines, remote wilderness, ocean, concrete, backhoes, hungry hogs, hungry bears, hungry hippies too, I hope you get the point.”

“This is to be expected and everyone needs to to aware and take precautions.  Someone dodged a bullet.”

“Sad for the families, but good for society. Dead criminals do not kill people.”

“Yeah, the other road doesn’t go anywhere they’d want to be either, unless you want to pick a bone with some Whitethorn riders and Gulch folk. I wouldn’t. By that time the phone tree would’ve been blown up.  Given the fact that they had to have a map to get in to the Cove tells me that they would have gone out the same way they came in.”

“Personally it’s a good thing that they both died.”

“Maybe his family will shut up now. What kind of crap was that? Did they think we’d never find out? I have no sympathy for these a holes. Glad God got them first.”

“Holy smokes that’s some karma.”

“Karma. I say good, someone innocent could of been killed if these thugs made it to their destination.”

“Ripping citizens off?  You mean ripping off black-market profiteers who are polluting our woods and drying up our streams and screwing up our backcountry?  Pot, meet kettle when it comes to the place going to hell in a handbasket.”

“This is why we are leaving.  Full stop.  Tired of this (expletive deleted), don’t want my kids threatened by any of this. Stew in your own (expletive deleted) dope-lovers!”

“I am not saddened that these would-be violent criminal perpetrators have taken themselves out before harming others. Whether Quilici made a suicidal gesture, or simply got distracted or a cramp is between him and his conscience.”

“Punk got what was coming to him! ANYBODY who comes up to this county that tries to mess with our lively hood should die!!!”

“I bet the people in Shelter Cove are alive and safe today because these guys never made it. Bet they’re feeling really lucky right about now.”

“It was a stupid move, everyone I know is so sick from getting ripped off, it’s war time and the criminal element will be killed, no sheriffs need to get involved. Just shoot and bury.”

 Frisky times for the wild wild West’s new gold rush.

We hope cooler heads prevail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Juv-Vandals Whack Wireless Workplace

 

Hum-Bolt Cutters R Us

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On Sunday, October 28, at 4:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a citizen who is a contractor for a wireless company about a suspicious observation he came across.

The citizen told the dispatcher when he drove up to the Pratt Mountain wireless radio tower site in Garberville, he saw two male juveniles with dogs running away from the site.  This wasn’t too suspicious in and of itself except for the fact that the juvenile males were carrying bolt cutters in their hands.

The citizen told the dispatcher the males had two dogs with them and were still in the area.  A deputy responded to the site and checked the area.  After looking at site the deputy and citizen saw every building at the site had been broken into and/or damaged.

The citizen estimated the damage to the site being at least $15,000 to $20,000.00. Other wireless providers had their buildings damaged by the vandals, too.

While conducting his investigation at the site, the deputy saw two dogs about twenty yards away.  Both dogs were picked up by the deputy who saw that one of the dogs had a tag with a phone number.

The deputy called the phone number and drove to the residence where the dog lived to return the dog.

While speaking with an adult at the residence the deputy learned he was the father of a fourteen-year-old male juvenile who matched the description of the suspects.  The deputy also leaned the lad had a friend who was fourteen that matched the description of the other male juvenile seen fleeing the scene.

Both male juveniles and their parents met with the deputy– who ultimately issued the juvenile males citations for felony vandalism.

 

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Ambrosini School Burglarized

 

Thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Law enforcement is searching for answers after an elementary school on he south side of Fortuna was burglarized.

Fortuna Police Depatment personnel responded to the report earlier today.

On October 28, 2012, Officers responded to Ambrosini School (Rohner Street) in1 Fortuna for a report of a burglary. Upon arrival, Officers and staff determined that someone forced entry into several classrooms by breaking windows. After making entry into the classrooms, the suspect(s) stole several thousand dollars worth of school equipment, including several laptop computers.

Officers and school staff worked for hours processing evidence, including reviewing video surveillance, collecting finger prints, and DNA evidence from the school.

“It is appalling that someone would break into a school and steal equipment that is used to educate our children” said Sergeant Charles Ellebrecht. “Schools across the state already have to deal with tight budgets and then when education equipment is stolen, our children are the real victims left to suffer”.

The department is asking that anyone with information 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 $1,000.00 if their information leads to an arrest and conviction.

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Cross-dressing Burglar Nabbed

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

And you thought bed bugs and things that go bump in the night were creepy and spooky.

Just before noon today, officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to a burglary report at the 2600 block of 6th Street in Eureka, according to the EPD release.
 
Officers were advised that a woman had returned to her residence and located a male subject hiding in her bed. The suspect fled out the door of the residence.  He got on a bicycle and rode towards West Avenue.

The victim began following the suspect from a distance, while updating the police of the suspect’s location, via her cellular phone.
 
At about 17th Street, the subject dropped the bicycle and fled on foot.  Officers searched the area and located the subject running southbound on County Lane.   A short foot pursuit took place and the suspect was quickly cornered in a nearby backyard.
 
The suspect was given multiple orders at gunpoint but he was slow to comply.  It became necessary to tackle the suspect and he was taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect was found to be wearing clothing items belonging to the victim.
 
The suspect was identified as Curtis Charles Combrink,45-years-old, of Eureka.  A database check of Combrink revealed that he is on active parole for burglary.

Mr. Combrink was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for booking on charges of burglary and resisting arrest. A parole hold was placed on Combrink and he’s also being held without bail due to his parole status.  
 
An ongoing investigation, information will be released as available, EPD said.

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Lake County Traffic Stop Proves Fatal for Crazed Motorist

Man Killed After Attacking CHP Officer

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

A motorist with a lengthy criminal record was shot by law enforcement in Lake County on Wednesday.  It was a fatal mistake on his part that proved to be deadly.

During a routine traffic stop yesterday afternoon, a California
Highway Patrol officer shot and killed the 52-year-old Southern
California man after he assaulted her near Lower Lake, the
Lake County District Attorney’s Office said today.

Lake County District Attorney Don Anderson said his office is currently investigating the shooting and have conducted a preliminary interview with the officer and witnesses who were near the scene.

The CHP is also conducting its own investigation per their ‘fatal protocol’ policy.

The incident began at about 2 p.m. when the CHP officer spotted a car stopped in a turnout along Highway 29, Anderson said.

The female officer stopped her patrol cruiser near the vehicle.  She was outside of her vehicle and calling in information about the subject’s car when the driver reportedly approached and assaulted her.

Anderson said the man started choking her and they both fell to the ground in the altercation.

During the struggle the man tried to grab her holstered gun.  The officer was able to pull her gun out and fired one shot at the man, striking him in the lower midsection of his body.

After being shot, the driver then got back into his car and attempted to leave the scene.  He wasn’t able to get very far.

Reportedly driving about 30 or 40 yards before veering off the road, he ran through a fence and into a vineyard before stopping and ultimately expiring.  He was found dead inside the car.

The man was in a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Anaheim.  The officer didn’t know that at the time, however, Anderson said.

The dead man is not a Clear Lake resident but did have a criminal record of arrests for violence on peace officers, sexual assaults, and various drug offenses, Anderson noted.

The Clear Lake Police, CHP, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and the District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene following Wednesday’s shooting.

The name of the CHP officer and the identity of the shooting victim have not been released.

Following the incident, Highway 29 around the area of Hidden Valley Lake, south of Lower Lake, was closed.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Children Tied Up in Crescent City Home Invasion

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Reporter Anthony Skeens of the Del Norte Triplicate covered the story in the newspaper’s online edition yesterday.

We have a small portion here of it here– and the link to his full story:

Authorities are investigating a home invasion that occurred in Crescent City on Sunday.

Six juveniles ranging from small children to young teenagers had their hands bound while three  masked intruders brandishing weapons took an undisclosed amount of money from the 430 Lauff Ave. residence, said sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven.

The victims and suspects are believed to be members of the Hmong community, Steven said.

The suspects entered the house while the parents were away, Steven said…

 

For the rest of the story, please continue reading Mr. Skeen”s article at the Del Norte Triplicate.

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Eight Criminal Charges and Two Ounces of Meth

Siskiyou County Parolee Caught After Another Chase

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On Thursday, October 18th, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies spotted a vehicle suspected of containing a wanted felon, Mr. Shawn Timothy O’Leary, 26, of Yreka, on State Route (SR) 263 north of Yreka. 

Deputies observed up to three occupants in the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, according to the SCSO release issued today.

When the driver turned from State Route 263 to westbound State Route 96, the driver hesitated and would not initially yield or stop.

The driver, Mr. Vincent Bowers, 44, of Yreka, and Ms. Kari Landrum, 37, of Happy Camp, then exited the vehicle as it slowed to a stop.  Mr. O’Leary then fled the area at a high-rate of speed in the vehicle as the solo occupant.

A pursuit was initiated as the vehicle continued westbound on SR 96 in an apparent attempt to evade arrest at unsafe and reckless speeds and violating a number of traffic laws.

After traveling several miles, the vehicle collided with a guard rail on SR 96 as the driver attempted to negotiate a sharp curve at an unsafe speed.

Mr. O’Leary fled the collision scene on foot into a nearby wooded area near the Klamath River.

SCSO Deputies, members of the SCSO Special Response Team, SCSO Detectives, and SCSO K9 “Caro” tracked Mr. O’Leary to the wooded area where he was believed to be hiding.  With the help of canine Caro, Mr. O’Leary was located hiding in a tree.  He was taken into custody without incident and with additional assistance provided by the California Highway Patrol.

A search of the vehicle revealed approximately two ounces of methamphetamine– and a large bag of marijuana.

Deputies also retrieved ammunition and a firearm that were thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit.

After his arrival at the Siskiyou County Jail, Siskiyou County Jail staff located additional methamphetamine on Mr. O’Leary’s person.

Mr. O’Leary is currently lodged in the Siskiyou County Jail on several criminal charges including:

  •  Felony evading a peace officer
  • Driving under the influence
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Transportation of a controlled substance
  • Possession of a controlled substance in jail
  • Possession of a controlled substance for sale
  • Felon in possession of ammunition
  • Possession of a switchblade knife

He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

The additional occupants of the vehicle, Mr. Bowers and Ms. Landrum, were also arrested and booked into the Siskiyou County Jail.

Mr. Bowers was charged with being an accessory to a crime and obstruction of a public officer. He posted $25,000 bail and was released.

Ms. Landrum was booked on charges of possession of concentrated cannabis and possession of more than 28.5 grams of marijuana.  Ms. Landrum appeared in court on Friday, October 19, 2012 and was released on her own recognizance.

This wasn’t Mr. O’Leary’s first brush with the law or high speed chase with the local cops, either.

Back in 2009, Siskiyou Sheriff’s deputies him and another man arrested two men after a high-speed chase through northern Siskiyou County.

The incident began when a Jeep Cherokee, stolen the previous evening, was spotted parked south of Yreka.  Sheriff’s deputies, CHP officers, and Yreka Police staked out the area and saw two men got into the stolen Jeep and drive off.

Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over but the men didn’t stop. Law enforcement officials chased the men down Highway 99 where CHP officers placed a spike strip.  The strip punctured two tires but still didn’t stop the men.  The Jeep turned off the raod near Grenada and wrecked; the men got out of the vehicle and ran.

A short distance away, law enforcement officials caught Shawn Timothy O’Leary, 22, who listed his residence as transient, and Larry Ralph Rhea Jr., 29, of Montague.  O’Leary was arrested on suspicion of violating parole, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

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Child Found After Kidnapping

Parental Abduction in Redway

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On Monday, October 22, at around 5:00 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a parental abduction that occurred in the 400 block of Manzanita Lane in Redway, according to the HCSO release issued today.

The reporting party was the grandmother of the child who has legal custody of the minor by court order.  The child is an 8-year-old male.

The grandmother told deputies that Sara L. Klein (age 39 of Redway), is the child’s mother, and forced her way into the grandmother’s residence. After a brief confrontation, Ms. Klein was able to grab the child and flee the residence.  The grandmother was not harmed.

Sheriff’s deputies searched the area, including Klein’s last known address in Redway– but did not locate Klein or the child.

A BOLO (Be On the Lookout) was issued to all local and state law enforcement.  Information regarding the abduction was not immediately released to the public due to the likelihood that Klein would flee the state if she was aware law enforcement was actively searching for her.

On Tuesday, October 23, the Sheriff’s Office received information that Klein’s vehicle was spotted in the 4100 block of Redwood Drive.

Deputies and officers from the California Highway Patrol responded and searched the area. They did not find the vehicle or Klein.

At around 7:30 p.m., Deputies returned to the area to conduct a second search.  This time they located Klein’s vehicle parked outside a hotel room.  Deputies contacted the occupants of the room and located both Klein and the abducted child.

Ms. Klein was arrested without incident for child abduction and burglary.  She was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and bail was set at $75,000.

The involved child was not harmed and was later returned safely to his grandmother.

Anyone with information for the HCSO regarding criminal activity should call 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Crime Tip Line at 268-2539.

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Pot-Laden Truck Fails Sniff Test

 

Make Sure Your 215 Recommendations Are In Order, Too

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Kooky kids.  You gotta love ‘em.   What will they think of next?

On Friday, October 19, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy
patrolling in a marked patrol car near Titlow Hill Road
at Berry Summit, was driving eastbound on Highway 299 when
he smelled the strong odor of green marijuana.

The deputy noticed the smell right after a blue Chevy Pickup truck
with several tarps over the bed passed by him.

The deputy turned his patrol car around and followed the vehicle.  The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the truck after determining the smell appeared to be coming from the truck.  The deputy contacted the driver and two other occupants and told them why he stopped them.

The deputy searched the bed of the truck and located twenty-seven large bundles of green budding marijuana plants that had been freshly harvested.

The deputy interviewed the driver and occupants and they all told them him that they were transporting medical marijuana for a medical marijuana collective in Orange County, California.

They provided the deputy with several marijuana recommendations they had.

The deputy determined several of the recommendations were expired or not legible.  Based upon the deputy’s investigation, the deputy determined the marijuana being transported was not covered by the Compassionate Use Act.

The deputy arrested the three occupants of the vehicle for felony transportation of marijuana.  Arrested were:

  • Michael Blake Hoskin, 23, from Blue Lake
  • Jason Michael Shockley, 24, from Westminster, California
  • Brittany Anne Hawkins, 26, from Atlanta, Georgia

They were all transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Hoskin and Shockley’s bail was set at $75,000.  Hawkins was booked and released on her own recognizance.

The investigating deputy called some of the medical marijuana card holders that the suspects provided to the deputy.  Some of the card holders told the deputy the collective was shut down while others said they never authorized their card to be used in the cultivation of marijuana by the suspects to begin with.

Busted flat in Humboldt again?  Janis Joplin wrote a song about that.  Well, sort of.  But it was windshield wipers slapping time instead of you.  Kids, give up the weed and go back home.  Call Mom and Dad, send Grandma a Christmas card, enroll yourself into school and we’ll call it all good. 

Oh, and take out the garbage.

Egads.  Green dreams and kooky schemes and youth.  We hope Mr. Gallegos can keep up.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

Driver Arrested After Causing Multiple Accidents in Downtown Arcata

 

Mr. Brugger’s Bugger

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

It’s a rare day when APD puts out a release on Sunday.
Maybe it’s because the incident was a confusing whopper
riling up a lot of folks.

From what we can determine from the succinct release and a rambling citizen report, here’s what happened:

On Sunday, October 21, at approximately 3 in the afternoon, the Arcata Police Department Dispatch Center began to receive multiple 911 calls.  The calls were regarding a ‘crazy white traveler-type’ in a white van causing multiple vehicle collisions in the area of the Arcata Plaza.

Officers responded to attempt to stop the van.

While Officers were responding, they were notified that the driver had stopped behind a business at 11th and F Streets near the Arcata Speedwash.  He was reported to be fighting with people who were attempting to restrain and hold him for the police following his insanely wild getaway chase. 

The suspect was able to escape the inital grasp of concerned citizens, though.

Fleeing before officers could arrive and citizens could retrieve him again, he was seized in the 1000 block of G Street, near the Arcata Theater. 

He was arrested and taken into custody following a lengthy struggle and fight with APD officers, assisted by Humboldt State University Police Department officers and deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

An investigation determined that the driver had become involved in a domestic dispute at a bar near the Arcata Plaza.  According to one witness, he got into an argument with another ‘traveler-type’, also in a van, and rashly charged off in his live-in motor caboose, fuming, with a transient girl’s belongings inside.  The transient gal, however, was left behind much to her furious protest and howling. 

“He proceeded to back out of his parking slot full speed with tires squealing and smoke billowing, then promptly rearended a car innocently parked in front of Belle Starr,” the witness said.

APD reported there was an injured female pedestrian victim in the 800 block of H Street, who was hurt when her vehicle was struck by the psycho-crazy driver.  Fortunately, she was on the sidewalk removing some belongings from her car.  Unfortunately, her vehicle, after being hit from behind, struck and threw her to the ground.  The 55-year-old female Arcata resident sustained a minor leg injury.  She was treated and released from the scene by Arcata Ambulance.

In fleeing the scene of that accident, Mr. Toad’s wild van immediately collided with a number of vehicles, witnesses and APD said.

He sped the wrong way down H Street, slamming into a car that was parked behind the above unfortunate woman’s car.

He then blasted the wrong way down Ninth Street, tires still smoking and squealing.

He hit another traveler’s purple striped van.

He then blew through the Ninth and G interesection, ignoring stop signs, pedestrians, bicyclists, and anything else nearby with wanton disregard for life and limb, and headed past the Arcata Fire Station.  There, he was stopped, and grabbed, and escaped… and grabbed again.

Yes, alcohol is believed to be a significant factor.  Maybe that’s just the beginning of possibly significant factors judging from the whole nimwitted escapade.

The driver, identified as 26-year-old Gabriel Brugger of Capitola, was transported to Mad River Hospital by ambulance for evaluation prior to booking.  He’s pictured above, a little banged up.

Mr. Brugger was then booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for:

  • Reckless Driving
  • Fleeing The Scene of a Vehicle Accident
  • Fleeing The Scene of an Injury Accident.

Mr. Brugger was held in custody.  We hope his drivers license was held in custody, too.   It was a bad day for vans, vehicles, and innocent pedestrians.

After his arrest, the Plaza returned back to its normally bucolic and balmy state.

For all it’s worth, the witness to the mad scene of events said afterwards to the Arcata Eye:

“A cadre of Arcata Plaza layabouts took off chasing and yelling at the van.  The Plaza came alive with them!

The thing that surprised me most about all of this was the little network of indigents, they were running around in small groups all talking to each other and on cell phones, just jacked up.”

It’s good to know you can still count on layabout folks when a genuine crisis happens.

APD advises that people with information regarding this investigation are encouraged to contact the Arcata Police Department at (707) 822-2428.

 

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

 

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EPD POPs Prostitution In Old Town

 

Sting Operation Nets Six

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Thursday, October 18, the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP), assisted by patrol, conducted a “prostitution sting” in Eureka’s
Old Town area. 

This operation was in response to complaints of prostitution activity along 3rd Street west of the Humboldt
County Library, EPD said in a release.

Officers utilized male decoys or “Johns” (undercover officers) driving undercover vehicles. 

Three women were arrested after soliciting the “Johns” to pay them money for sexual acts performed upon them.

A female decoy was also used.  Three men were arrested
after they offered to pay the officer money to perform
sexual acts upon them.

Additionally, a male contacted the undercover officer and discussed prostitution-related topics with her (ie., the price of acts she might perform).

He left the scene prior to agreeing to pay money to the officer.  He was later contacted and warned about soliciting acts of prostitution.

During the course of the approximately 4-hour penetration, the following suspects were arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional facility:

Females

Kristen Leilani Hill, 39, was arrested for loitering with intent to commit prostitution and soliciting an act of prostitution.

Heather Deanne Amador, 42, was arrested for loitering with intent to commit prostitution and soliciting an act of prostitution.

Casey Marie Hunter, 31, was arrested for loitering with intent to commit prostitution and soliciting an act of prostitution.

 
Males

Jason Garrett Shields, 40, was arrested for loitering with intent to solicit prostitution, soliciting an act of prostitution and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

Alexander Joint Smith, 25, was arrested for loitering with intent to solicit prostitution and soliciting an act of prostitution.

Luis Carlos Valdez-Leal, 21, was arrested for loitering with intent to solicit prostitution and soliciting an act of prostitution.

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Prostitution in Old Town:  Selling souls and feeding habits and chasing the dragon one piece at a time for over a century.  Trick by trick, bag by bag, vein by vein, bottle by bottle, promising oneself only one more time, the very last time.

Maybe we should try using signs.

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Traffic Violation Yields 82 Pounds of Pot

Linvell Williamson Arrested

–Updated on October 22–

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On Thursday, October 18, at approximately 7:00 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a Chevy Silverado pickup truck at Three Corners Market on Myrtle Avenue/Old Arcata Road in Eureka for a traffic violation,
according to the HCSO release issued moments ago.

After stopping the truck, observant deputies smelled the notorious odor of  sweet and skunky green marijuana in and about the truck.  A search of the pickup truck revealed approximately ten pounds of processed marijuana and approximately $5000 in cold hard cash.

It was all seized, as was the driver of the agriculturally-challenged vehicle.

Deputies arrested Linvell Williamson, 37-years-old, for transportation and possession of marijuana for sale.  He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $25,000.

Deputies obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for Williamson’s residence located in the 3400 block of Donna Drive on Humboldt Hill in Eureka.

There, they located another 72 pounds of processed marijuana– and another $4,000.00 cash.  In Humboldt, when it rains, it pours.

Total take for the HCSO day:  82 pounds and $9K.  Not bad for a day’s work.  Mr. Williamson’s share?  Busted flat in Humboldt with nowhere to skate.

UPDATE October 22:

On October 19, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies continued to follow up on this case.

At 3:00 p.m. they served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant at a location on Sabertooth Road on Titlow Hill.

When deputies served the warrant they discovered 93 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 5-6 feet tall, along with several hundred pounds of dried marijuana.

Deputies contacted a male, who was the property owner and a female (his girlfriend) at that location.

Deputies interviewed and released the male and female due to logistical reasons, with the intent of seeking charges against them in the future.

Deputies also located information regarding an address at Broken Wagon Lane in Westhaven. Deputies served another Superior Court search warrant at that location at 10:00 p.m. and located $21,291 in cash and additional dried marijuana.

The case is being submitted to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office requesting charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.

The investigation into these case 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
Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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Mendocino Home Invasion and Murder This Morning

Suspects May Be Headed North Towards Humboldt

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Today at at 2:44 in the morning,  the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received a 911 call from a person who resided in a residence located in the 10000 block of East Road in Redwood Valley.

The caller reported that two unknown individuals had entered the residence with firearms and two of the caller’s family members had been shot.

Patrol Deputies responded to the residence where they located a deceased adult male with gunshot wounds.

Deputies also located another adult male who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds during the incident.  This adult male was transported to an out-of-county hospital for treatment of his injuries.

During an initial interview of family members, deputies learned one of the suspects was described as wearing a red hoody sweatshirt and black bandanna covering a portion of their face.

Both suspects were last seen leaving the residence Northbound on East Road in a black Cadillac Escalade SUV.

Sheriff’s Detectives were called to the scene and are conducting further investigations into the circumstances of the shooting.

Anyone having information in regards to this incident is urged to call the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line at 707-234-2100.

UPDATE:

During the morning today Sheriff’s detectives identified 23-year-old Celso Madueno and 19-year-old Abel Madueno, both of Redwood Valley, as being the victims of this reported shooting incident.

At this time Abel Madueno is recovering from a non-lethal gunshot wound; Celso Madueno was pronounced dead at the shooting scene.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Crescent City Bonnie and Clyde Burglary Duo Broken Up

Clyde Gets Away

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Del Norte authorities are seeking a local man suspected of being part of a two-vehicle pursuit Friday after an attempted burglary was broken up.

Del Norte County Sheriff’s are looking for 27-year old David
Schumack, pictured here, suspected of being part of a pursuit
after the burglary went wrong Friday in Crescent City.

It started when Schumack fled as deputies approached his truck.  Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Burke responded to a report of suspicious vehicles parked at a house owned by the California Department of Fish and Game on Lake Earl Drive and encountered two vehicles, a truck and a car in the driveway, Sheriff’s Commander Tim Athey said.

“It appears a burglary was interrupted,” said Athey.  “A woman identified as Bianca Welton was trying to distract the deputy as Schumack was trying to back the truck out of the driveway.”

“Thomas walks up to the truck and the driver takes off,” Athey said.

The chase of Bonnie and Clyde was on.

Deputy Burke ran back to his squad car and pursued the truck back toward Crescent City.  Ms. Welton, the other suspect, got into her car and followed Burke’s vehicle.

Numerous officers from the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department were alerted to the pursuit and got in line behind Welton’s vehicle.

“We had two pursuits going on at the same time,” said Athey.

Multiple vehicles.  In the same direction.  In a conga line.  With sirens and lights.  Like the Dukes of Hazzard.

Schumack and the truck, which was pulling a 20-foot-trailer at speeds in excess of 90 mph, turned onto a private dirt road and then slowed down.  Schumack jumped out of the truck while it was still moving and ran like a gazelle into the brush.  The truck then smashed into a berm.

Meanwhile, Ms. Welton led her line of trailing officers down Lake Earl Drive.  She crashed into a field bordering the north entry ramp of U.S. Highway 101 and bailed like a rabbit into the brush.

A slow rabbit.  She was apprehended and arrested on suspicion of evading and eluding a peace officer.  She’s pictured here on the right, looking very sad.

It was a thunder-in-the-thorns kind of day for Crescent City law enforcement and the busted up bandito couple.

But Schumack, however, the guy who ran like a gazelle, got away.  He’s still being sought.

Deputies say Schumack is well known by law enforcement.  No doubt they’re rather annoyed by him after his little footloose and fancy-free burg ‘n joyride escapade.

Deputies described him only as 6-feet tall and weighing 185 pounds. 

Taking in the total picture, we’ll also say he has short brown hair, bad skin complexion, really big ears, and isn’t very bright.  Dental hygiene and attention span are questionable.

And he runs like a gazelle.

If you have any information or seen the wascally fellow, you’re urged to call the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office at 464-4191.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Eureka Proceeds Against Sitting, Panhandling

 

Sleeping in public will no longer be illegal as of Nov. 15

 

By Charles Douglas
Humboldt Sentinel

 

With little deliberation, a unanimous Eureka City Council charged ahead last night with ordinances seeking to stem the tide of a crime wave.

A crime wave, that is, of panhandling on transit buses and sitting on sidewalks in various business districts.

In her very brief staff report, City Attorney Cyndy Day-Wilson admitted that the current Section 130.02 prohibited laying or sleeping. The new ordinance does not mention sleeping at all, and the ban on sitting & lying in 18 separate sections of the city does not apply between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.,  as originally reported by the Sentinel on Oct. 1.

Day-Wilson confessed upon introducing the ordinances a fortnight before that she had engaged in a sudden re-write days before her presentation of them to the City Council, as a landmark ruling had been issued last month by Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen which tossed out nearly all of the Arcata anti-panhandling ordinance’s restrictions against holding signs and asking for help on street corners and other public properties.

“I quickly revised the ordinance to reflect Judge Reinholtsen’s concerns,” Day-Wilson said.

With only one member of the public arising on Oct. 16 to voice any objections, Third Ward Councilmember Mike Newman repeated on Tuesday the same throwaway line spat out two weeks earlier about the law being another tool in the toolbelt of the police state.

“It’s not just going to be an arbitrary thing, its’ going to be a useful thing, its not just going to be meted out as a strong arm tactic, it’s meant to help clean up parts of the city around our business areas that have habitual people who are lying in the area of businesses.”  Newman said.

Eka2More public opposition was in evidence when the ordinances were introduced on Oct. 2, with all but one speaker denouncing the Council for crafting laws designed to criminalize homelessness.

“Before you make any decisions, make sure you let a human rights group see what you are about to do,” Occupy Eureka activist Dane Carr said at the public hearing which introduced the ordinances. “Before you make any true decision, why don’t you try living like us first.”

“Try feeling what it’s like to be homeless before you try banning our activities more. We can barely live out here to begin with.”

U.S. Army veteran Gabriel McMillan, who was honorably discharged from the 101st Airborne, gave a lengthy address on the problems of the economy leading to increasing desperation amongst the populace.

“This nation was founded on property rights, the right to have what you need to live, every human being has those rights,” McMillan said. “I don’t think you understand what you’re doing when you make these laws. You’re driving a wedge between the government and the people. You’re creating a division in this city, in this nation, and throughout the world through the example you’re setting with this policy.”

“You need to turn around. You need to bring this city together…we need just and benevolent leaders who will provide for the safety and happiness of all of our citizens here and restore domestic tranquility. That is your responsibility. A failure to do that is a failure to govern. And anyone who fails to govern and leads us down a path where our economy gets worse and the people oppose the government more and more will be judged for that and will be held accountable.”

city councilCiarabellini noted at the time that exemptions existed to the anti-sitting law for persons attending a parade or a permitted demonstration.  “It appropriately covers events where free speech is valued,” she said.

Fourth Ward Councilmember Linda Atkins asked whether the panhandling ordinance in particular would result in a mere catch-and-release program for the destitute.

“Often when I’ve been approached by aggressive solicitors, the people are obviously mentally ill, and it just gets to be a much bigger problem than just giving somebody a ticket for soliciting,” Atkins said. “how will this help?

Eureka Police Chief Murl Harpham said his department had hired a former mental health worker to accompany officers three days a week to help determine whether a ’5150 status’ could be designated, which requires the 72-hour involuntary committal of a supposedly deranged person in a mental health facility.

“[In] 72 hours they could be back, yes,” Harpham concluded.

The role of law enforcement in enforcing these ordinances was also queried by local retiree Loraine Dunaway, who has previously asked the Council to address a crime wave of property theft and violence on the Westside of Eureka.

“For the last several months, every time we attend a council meeting and Chief Harpham comes up, we hear about the crime rate in Eureka,” Dunaway said. “We hear about the out of control crime rate in Eureka. It doesn’t seem like the police need another thing on their plate.”

“I can’t imagine how the police could respond appropriately to these ordinances. They seem overwhelmed. They really do at this point. The evidence in the statistics in this town are clear. They are overwhelmed…”

Mayor Frank Jager was moved to respond to Dunaway with some measured amount of agreement, before the usual refrain to tool analogies.

city of eureka“It’s true that the police are overwhelmed in the city of Eureka, but they’re responding to these incidents already,” Jager said. “This just gives them additional tools to deal with these incidents they’re responding to, and it just helps the police force be more effective in what they do.”

Both Ordinance 856 (anti-sitting) and Ordinance 854 (anti-panhandling) were introduced on Oct. 2 and adopted on Oct. 16 on unanimous votes.

They will take effect on Nov. 15 — just in time for the holiday shopping season.

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Bad Dude Arrested on Prolific Warrant Pile

 

Timothy Ramirez Should Have Headed for Sunnier Climes

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On Monday, October 15, at 1:30 a.m. in the morning, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies drove to the 200 block of Palmer Blvd in Fortuna searching for a
wanted subject identified as Timothy Scott Ramirez,
43-years-old. 

Mr Ramirez was reportedly living at the address they were checking.

When deputies arrived they knocked on the front door were allowed entry into the residence.

Inside the residence in a back bedroom they located a male matching Timothy Scott Ramirez’s description.  The male, however, said his name wasn’t ‘Timothy Ramirez’ but… ’Michael Ramirez’.

Deputies were able to determine that the dubiously named Michael Ramirez was in fact, actually Timothy, and arrested him on eight outstanding arrest warrants.

Two of those arrest warrants were for felony domestic violence, one for vandalism, one for driving on a suspended license, and three separate probation violation warrants.

Deputies also located a pistol grip 12 gauge shot gun and live shotgun ammunition in the room Ramirez was staying in.

Ramirez was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he booked on the warrants and fresh charges of providing false information to a police officer, failure to appear on a felony charge, and being felon in possession of a shotgun.  He is being held without bail.

It seems those who have fled from the long arm of the law always seem to stick around Humboldt.  You’d guess with eight warrants and being readily recognizable, one would abscond somewhere where the locale is discreet, hospitable, the cotton is high, and… simply further away. 

Oh, we don’t know, say Malibu perhaps?

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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UPDATED: Hash Lab Uncovered In McKinleyville

Occupants Jeff Halverson, Lee Wilson & Fred Nicholas all arrested

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

A moving van parked conspicuously by a front door in McKinleyville absent any residential relocation — one which stinks of marijuana to boot — might be a clue law enforcement follows up on.

This was apparently the case at 6:30 p.m. yesterday in front of home on the 2200 block of McKinleyville Avenue, which Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office personnel arrived at to follow up a marijuana investigation. Deputies could smell the strong odor of pot, according to HCSO lieutenant Wayne Hanson, and followed up with a knock-and-talk with the three subjects in the house.

Jeffrey Halverson

Upon identifying the residents — 25-year-old Jeffrey Donald Halverson, 27-year-old Lee Dennis Wilson and 28-year-old Fredrick William Nicholas — the cops could, surprise surprise, smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence. Deputes proceeded to detain the three men while securing a search warrant.

Lee Wilson

After scoring the warrant from a Superior Court Judge at about 10:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Drug Task Force sent agents to the scene to take over the subsequent search. Their catch constituted 210 pounds of drying marijuana plants in both bedrooms, along with a fully stocked butane has lab in the residence.

“It appeared to the Agents that the marijuana plants were brought into the residence from the moving van that was parked outside of the residence,” Hanson stated in a release.

Fredrick Nicholas

Wilson and Halverson were arrested on cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a crime, manufacturing of a controlled substance and maintaining a drug house. They were hauled off to county jail and had bail set at $500,000. Nicholas was arrested only on the charge of cultivation, and after being booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, his bail was set at $25,000.

The case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, according to Hanson.

 

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Mashburn Succumbs To Shooting Injuries

 

Jack Belk now charged with murder, bail at $1 million

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

A man shot while walking down Redwood Drive with his girlfriend on Oct. 2 has succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, they were notified of the death of 47-year-old transient Daniel Mashburn at about 7 a.m. this morning. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed in Eureka this Sunday, Oct. 21 by the Coroner.

The original report pointed the finger at 53-year-old Jack Belk, a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina. According to the testimony provided to the HCSO earlier this month, Belk had confronted Mashburn and his girlfriend on the road just north of Redway, where an argument led Belk to pull out a handgun and shoot Mashburn twice.

As stated by HCSO lieutenant Steve Knight at the time, Mashburn supposedly fled the scene of the Oct. 2 shooting, which happened just before 10:25 p.m., and was located at about 11 p.m. by California Highway Patrol personnel. The firearm was reportedly found on his person.

The original attempted murder charge, and bail amount of $500,000, was upgraded at 11 a.m. this morning after HCSO detectives consulted with the District Attorney’s Office. Belk was then re-booked on the charge of murder, with bail now set at $1 million. He continues to languish in the county jail.

On 10-16-2012, approximately 0700 hours the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Humboldt County Coroners Office that Daniel Mashburn, 47 years old, the victim of a shooting by Jack Belk on 10-2-2012 had succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. After Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives consulted with the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office, Belk was booked on the charge of murder at approximately 11:00 a.m. today. His bail is now set at one million dollars.

Members of the public with information for the HCSO regarding this case or related criminal activity are encouraged to call them at (707) 445-7251 or their Crime Tip Line at (707) 268-2539.

 

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K9 and Canine Predicaments

Trapped Between the Dog Maws of Good and Evil:  Two Very Different Reports

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Humboldt County:

The Arcata Police Department had some excitement on Friday.

It would have been a far more exciting day had a K-9 not
intervened before someone got themselves shot:

On Friday, October 12th at approximately 5:08 p.m., the Arcata Police Department received a report of a possibly intoxicated male subject brandishing a knife at people on the Arcata Plaza.

Several citizens, with cell phones, followed the subject as he walked on H Street from the Plaza and onto 10th Street.

The downtown bike patrol officer located the subject at the corner of 10th Street and G St.

The subject, identified as Alioune Thiam, 32, from Berkeley, CA, was still holding the knife at his side when the officer located him.

The officer pointed his duty handgun at Thiam and ordered him to stop and drop the knife.

Thiam stopped, but he didn’t respond to the order to drop the knife. 

Thiam continued to hold the knife at his side, the APD release said.

Several other officers arrived at the scene and Thiam was repeatedly ordered to drop the knife.

Thiam repeatedly continued to ignore the orders he was given.

A police K-9, who was on-scene, was brought forward and given a bark alert command.

We’re not entirely sure what a ‘bark alert command’ is, but we can surmise it’s something between simple barking and a serious posturing, snarling and furious teeth-baring display commanding your complete attention and cooperation on multiple levels.

Once the barking K-9 was present, Thiam began responding to orders– and dropped the knife.

Wise choice.

When in doubt cooperate with the dog.  It makes things so much easier no matter how thickheaded or unconscious you are.

Officers were then able to detain Thiam in handcuffs without further incident.

No one was injured in the incident and the Police K-9 deployment was limited to the bark alert.

Thiam was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for 417(a)(1) PC, brandishing a knife, and booked.

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Mendocino County:

The Ukiah Police Department, however, dealt with a slightly different situation concerning a canine:  a transient assaulted by a transient duo using a deadly weapon.  What was the deadly weapon?  Hands and feet– and a vicious Pit Bull.

From the Ukiah Police Department’s release:

On October 11 at about 7:40 p.m., the Ukiah Police Department responded to the intersection of Talmage Road and Highway 101 for a concerned citizen standing in the roadway and yelling for police assistance.

Officers responded, and the citizen directed the officers to a field just south of the intersection.

There, they found a male and female transient. The female transient, from Colorado Springs, Co., was crying and kneeling over the male transient, hometown unknown. The male transient appeared to have been violently assaulted.

The male transient was breathing but unconscious. His head and hair were completely covered in blood. The male had large wounds to his face, and large, deep dog bites and lacerations to his arm.

The male was treated by Ukiah Fire Paramedics and transported to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center.  The male is currently awaiting surgery to repair significant damage to his face and arm.  

Near the scene, UPD officers located suspects, transient William Leonard, 38, from New Orleans, La., and transient Cynthia Rattey, 30, from Montana.  Both suspects were intoxicated at the time of their arrest.

Based on evidence at the scene, including bloody clothing and boots and witness statements, both Leonard and Rattey were arrested for:

  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon (245a1 PC),
  • Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury (243d PC) and
  • Criminal Conspiracy (182a1 PC).

 Both were booked into the Mendocino County Jail.

Through investigation, Ukiah Police Officers determined that the male victim had been repeatedly hit and kicked in the face, and was attacked on the arm by a dog.

Later, officers were able to locate the Pit Bull dog involved in the attack, and the dog was taken to the Animal Shelter.

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Arcata Girls just Wanna Have Fun

On Someone Else’s Stolen Dime

–APD Requests Your Help Identifying Them–

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

These two 20′s-something fun-loving gals went on a little shopping spree at Fourth Street Market in Arcata, purchasing the basic necessities everyone enjoys:  Mike’s Hard Lemonade, a pack of smokes, minty fresh schnapps,
and curiously enough, a small carton of chocolate milk
for healthy growing bodies.

The problem is, they were using a stolen debit card that was taken from an unlocked Golf Course vehicle in Bayside on September 2 in the afternoon, along with credit cards and the keys to two residences.

They used the card both at the Fourth Street Market pictured in the screenshot here (which some will remember was Dal Porto’s Market and Delicatessen back in the day;  home of too much liquor, porn, rolling papers, cheap sandwiches and munchies, and other sundry items readily available for students at all hours of the day and night)– and also at a Eureka business.

The Arcata Police is seeking these two women connected to the incidents.  They’re asking that if you know, recognize, or have information about these two frisky gals, to call Det. Sgt. Todd Dokkweiler or the APD at (707) 822-2428.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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What’s Four Million Dollars of Bud Worth?

 

Only a Drop in the Proverbial Cannabis Bucket

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Cannabis profits just aren’t what they used to be.  It’s gotta be a bigger better bumper crop scoring a decent harvest of gold rush greenbacks within the greedy
Emerald Triangle nowadays.  Keeping up with the Joneses. 
Or so it seems.

Take yesterday’s HCSO bust for example:

On Thursday, October 11, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Eureka Police Problem Oriented Policing Team and the Humboldt County Drug Task Force serving a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant in the 2000 block of Sunset Ridge Road in Blocksburg.

Upon serving the search warrant, deputies located and detained a whopping 17 suspects. 

Of course, being nosy they found more than that.  A whole lot more.

As deputies arrived and announced their presence,
one of the suspects, identified as Johines Ibonnet,
attempted to jump out the back window of the residence
and broke his ankle.  He was transported to a local
hospital and treated for his 215-related injury prior to being
booked into jail.

Upon searching the 45-acre parcel deputies found the usual large and sophisticated marijuana growing and processing operation.  The operation consisted of marijuana plants grown in two large greenhouses that were estimated to be between 60 feet by 100 feet, along with marijuana plants being grown out in the open and inside the residence in full bloom.

The residence and greenhouses were powered by two commercial sized 25 KW diesel generators.  The
growing marijuana plants ranged in size from 6 feet
to 8 feet tall and were budding, officers duly noted.
Deputies estimated the prolific plants to have at least
one to two pounds of gorgeous bud being
produced on each fragrant plant.

There were a total of 718 growing marijuana plants located and seized on the property.  Inside a large drying shed, estimated to be approximately 60 feet by 40 feet, deputies sniffed, located, and seized another 900 skunky pounds of drying marijuana bud.

Inside the residence deputies located two commercial marijuana trimming machines being used to trim the dried marijuana bud from the plants.  Those machines don’t come cheap.  They cost between $1500 and $10,000 each, depending on the make and model.

Deputies found 132 pounds of dried marijuana bud along the numerous drying racks.  They also discovered 261 sealed bags of even more marijuana bud ready to sell, estimated at one pound or more each, along with:

  • packaging material
  • scales, a Norinco AK-47 assault rifle with several loaded high capacity magazines,
  • a money counter, and
  • $9,500.00 cash.

Altogether, a total of approximately 1,293 pounds of dried marijuana bud was located.  Folks, that’s nearly 3/4 of a ton of pot.

Needless to say, that’s a whole lotta toke even by Humboldt standards.  And potential money in the bank– or buried in coffee cans.  Many, many coffee cans.

Fortunately, the HCSO ran the numbers for us.  This is what they came up with:

Dried marijuana bud is being sold for approximately $2,000 a pound, they say.  The estimated value of the dried marijuana bud seized would be $2,586,000 wholesale.  If the live marijuana plants had been harvested they would had yielded conservatively an additional 718 pounds of dried marijuana bud worth an estimated $1,436,000 wholesale.  Sounds reasonable.

The value of the illicit marijuana seized was estimated, the officers figured, to be at least $4 million sticky dollars.  That’s just the marijuana bud, not including the leaves.  For the tight-fisted grower making the most of their ’product,’ those leaves can translate into gobs of unrealized honey hash oil, too.

Several of the suspects admitted to investigating officers they were hired to work at the marijuana grow as laborers.

HCSO Lt. Steve Knight told the Times-Standard news that this was “a very large commercial grow, one of the larger we’ve seen in quite some time.”  He added, “We’re seeing a large influx of transients and people from out of the state and out of the country who want to come to Humboldt County.  It’s putting a lot of stress on us.”

Knight said such a large bust is “incredibly” labor and time intensive for local law enforcement and Eureka Police’s POP team and the County Drug Task Force were called in to assist because of the large amount of evidence collected and the number of people pinched.

Knight also said the HCSO is “trying to identify the main players– they’re from all over, and we’re seeing a lot of that in our county.”  He said that in addition to the money seized, some bank accounts have also been frozen.  Due to the large size of this grow, federal authorities may become interested in becoming part of the investigation.

For our very informed Sentinel readers, Lt. Knight gave an interview with KMUD news here describing more about the bust.

The following is a list of those who were arrested at the scene and booked in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of Cultivation and
Possession for sale of Marijuana, and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. 

Most were from outside of Humboldt, residents of Florida, Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica, New Jersey, North Carolina, and other locales.  It seems a few were able to bail out immediately, all the six women were kindly released due to jail overcrowding, and the remaining
had their bail set in the same amount of $75,000:

 

Elber Dejesus Ivonnet:  53, from North Bergen, New Jersey.  He bailed out of jail.

Geyler Melo-Pueyol:  22, from Miami, Florida.  In custody with $75,000.00 bail.

Richardo Mateos-Perez:  22, from Homestead, Florida.  In custody with $75,000.00 bail.

Fernando Olvera:  39, from Santa Rosa, California.  He bailed.

Luis Manuel Sosa-Vega: 47, from Santiago, Cuba. In custody, $75,000.00 bail.

Jose Pulido: 42, from Los Reva, Mexico.  In custody, $75,000.00 bail and a ICE Hold.

Hildegarde Safont-Arias: 42, from Hialeah, Florida.  In custody, $75,000.00 bail.

Disney Bolanos-Chacon:  41, from Charlotte, North Carolina. In custody, $75,000.00 bail

Jonines Ibonnet:  42, from Oakland, California.  He  and his broken foot bailed.

Terrence Henderson, 43, from Eureka, California. In custody, $75,000.00 bail

Pauline Ionie Barnes: 44, from Green Island, Jamaica.  Released on O.R.

Arlettis Rodriguez-Alverez: 22 years, from Hileah, Florida.  Released on O.R.

Dayana Isabel Padron: 19, from Blocksburg, California.  Released on O.R.

Elizabeth Enamorado De Padron: 40, from Santiago, Cuba.  Released on O.R.

Hyacinth Hypatiae English, 48, from Bridgeville, California.  Released on O.R.

Idalmis Leyva Ivonnet, 62 years old, from Charlotte, North Carolina.  Released on O.R.

Michael Lewis Iverson Jr., 35, from Eureka, California, was also arrested at the marijuana growing site; however he was only arrested on an outstanding probation violation warrant with a bail of $30,000.

(The usual adclaimer:  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)

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If this keeps up, we think you’re going to need more prosecutors, Mr. Gallegos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Safeway Building Spanks Bad Driver

Whacked and Intoxicated Driver Nearly Collides with Patrol Car, Wrecks into Safeway

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

From the Friendly City of Fortuna:

On Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at about 11:30 pm, the Fortuna Police received an emergency call reporting that a green-colored SUV was traveling on Redwood Way at speeds
in excess of 70 mph.

That’s pretty darn fast for the Friendly City.  It’s certainly bound to bring attention to oneself as compared to, say, using the traditional discretionary and low-key incognito method of camouflauge by blending in with other drivers like a shameless chameleon.

Officers were in the area of the violation within a minute– but were initially unable to locate the lightening quick SUV that was beating tracks.

Minutes later, dispatch was notified that the vehicle was now travelling on Maxwell Street in an
erratic manner.

As a Fortuna Police Department Sergeant turned onto Barry Avenue from Redwood Way, the SUV proceeded through the intersection at a high rate of speed, bypassing the stop sign altogether, and, in a fit of panic and stupidity, nearly collided with the driver’s side of the patrol unit.

As the SUV proceeded merrily Redwood Way, it was immediately located by another officer who initiated a traffic stop.  As the officer initiated his overhead emergency lights, the vehicle made a sharp turn into the Safeway parking lot.

Unfortunately for the driver, there was a large Safeway building in the way.  It’s been there for years.  Contrary to popular belief  it hasn’t moved an inch in all that time.  True to the matter of time and space and basic physics, the vehicle subsequently collided with the Safeway building while traveling at a moderate rate of speed.

As the officer approached the scene of the collision, he observed the driver of the vehicle exit and run.  Curiously enough, she didn’t run away;  no, that would be smart and efficient.  She decided to try the old ‘bait and switch’ trick instead.

She ran between the damaged front bumper of her stuck caboose and the Safeway building.  Ingeniously positioning herself under the front bumper and appearing to be realistically pinned between the two spots like a pig caught in a poke, she squawked and moaned and screamed that she’d been hit by the vehicle, and, by the way, she wasn’t the driver, either.

Hmmm.  What a perplexing predicament.

Fortunately, officers are highly trained nowadays.

Smarter than the average driving bear, this FPD officer didn’t fall
for her elaborate ruse.

The driver was identified as 25-year-old Fortuna resident Katrina Lane, who was also found to be the registered owner of the damaged SUV.

Lane was treated at Redwood Memorial Hospital for minor injuries– and for falling out of the Stupid Tree and hitting every dimwitted branch on the way down to the ground. 

An adult passenger, whose name was not released, was uninjured and refused medical treatment.

Lane was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail on the following charges:

  • CVC 23152 (a) – Driving under the influence
  • CVC 12500 – Driving unlicensed
  • PC 1203.2 – Violation of probation

It is unknown whether or not Ms. Lane was nominated for an Academy Award following her Oscar-winning performance.

 

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Large Crystal Meth and Black Tar Heroin Seizure Made

Center of the North Coast Hard Drug Trade: Eureka

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

From the HCSO’s Department of Big Busts, Nefarious Narco-Traffickers, and Subsequent Low-Key Press Releases:

On Tuesday, September 9, at about 11:15 a.m., the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a residence located in the 1100 block of Searles Street in Eureka.

When agents searched the apartment they located approximately 6 pounds of processed marijuana and a useable amount of heroin.  During the investigation, Agents detained one subject, identified as Patric Jerome Cuspard, age 41, who had driven to the apartment in a Mercedes that was a rental car from the Bay Area.  An agent then wrote a search warrant for that vehicle, parked on the street in front of the apartment.

When agents obtained the search warrant for the vehicle they located an approximately one gallon size, sealed, new metal can in the truck of the vehicle.  Agents used a can opener to open the can and discovered a half pound of crystal methamphetamine and an ounce of black tar heroin.

Cuspard was arrested for methamphetamine and heroin for sales and transportation. Cuspard was booked in to the Humboldt County Correctional and his bail was set at $100,000 dollars.

This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.

That’s a lot of meth and tar for customers having too much time and space on their hands.  If God wanted you that high, He’d have given you wings.  You may still get them.  When you’re dead and done, chasing the dreams and dragons and devils longer and farther than they will go.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Customer At Roy’s Attempts To Boost Lexus

 

High speed rush-hour chase down 101 ends with arrest of Michael Marino

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

A wild high-speed chase through early evening traffic in Eureka ended with the apprehension of a man who took a test drive way too far.

At about 5:40 p.m., Eureka Police Department dispatch received word of a car theft near C Street and Cedar Street. Apparently a car salesman from Roy’s Auto Center was taking a customer on a test drive of a 2007 white Lexus E350 with a black top; when the customer stopped the vehicle and asked to look at the engine, the salesman was lured outside the vehicle, only to have the suspect hop back in and drive away.

EPD units were immediately dispatched to the vicinity to look for the vehicle and suspect, and at 5:45 p.m. a patrolman witnessed the vehicle on West Wabash turning south onto Broadway. Their attempt to make an enforcement stop failed when the vehicle immediately accelerated southbound down Highway 101 in excess of 80 miles per hour through heavy traffic on Broadway, using the middle turn lane and opposing lanes of traffic to escape pursuit. A Sentinel reporter witnessed several responding EPD units also using the middle lane to cut past bumper-to-bumper traffic on Broadway near Wabash in immediate pursuit of the Lexus.

Calling in backup from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol, the chase continued as the suspect left the city limits and continued south on Highway 101 at speeds in excess of 100 mph. At such speeds the Lexus began pulling away from the pursuing units; EPD personnel lost sight of the Lexus around Beatrice Flats near the Hookton Road exit, where they discontinued the pursuit.

Shortly thereafter, an HSCO deputy spotted the Lexus, now driving at or near the speed limit, still continuing south on Highway 101. Keeping pace with the stolen car until joined by a CHP unit, law enforcement again attempted to stop the Lexus, which once again fled, this time racing past 120 mph.

This continued until the stolen car hit a spike strip deployed near the Kenmar Road exit; the suspect continued to flee down Highway 101 at speeds over 100 mph until passing the Highway 36 interchange, where a tire on the Lexus blew out. The car gradually slowed and came to a stop near the CHP weigh station on Highway 101, near Chapman’s Gems and Minerals store south of Alton.

The suspect, 43-year-old Michael Marino of San Diego, was arrested without further incident. He was booked into county jail on charges of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and two counts of felonious evading of law enforcement. A bail enhancement was granted by a Superior Court judge, according to EPD lieutenant Steve Watson, due to the “extreme disregard for public safety displayed by Marino.” The enhancement of $250,000 was added to Marino’s bail, making for a total bond amount of $300,000.

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Gunman Chases Family Out Of Holmes Flat Home

No items reported stolen in short-lived home invasion

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

An apparent home invasion in Southern Humboldt has law enforcement searching for clues as to the identity of the alleged assailant.

At about 7 p.m. yesterday, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received word of the crime in progress on the 1000 block of Holmes Flat Road. There deputies met with the 57-year-old homeowner and his 56-year-old wife, who said the suspect in question had fled.

According to their testimony, there was a knock at their front door earlier that evening, and when the husband opened the door, he was met by a white male pointing a short-barreled shotgun at his face. When the subject demanded the husband exit the home, the victim instead backed into the residence, while his wife and children fled the house out the back door. As the husband neared a sliding glass door, he ran out of the residence also, leaving the suspect inside.

When deputies arrived, the suspect had already left, apparently not taking any property from the home before leaving.

The gunman was described as a 160 to 170 pound white male, approximately 5’9″ to 5’10″ tall, with short dark hair and wearing dark clothing. Law enforcement has no further information on the subject, according to HCSO lieutenant Steve Knight.

Members of the public with information for the HCSO regarding this case or related criminal activity are encouraged to call them at (707) 445-7251 or their Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

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Assault Rifles, Body Armor Found At O Street Grow

Jeperson Mykham, Somchanh Khousinnavong arrested in POP raid

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Two men were arrested and two women were detained at an O Street residence raided yesterday due to citizen complaints of suspected illegal activity.

At about 1:10 p.m. Monday, the Problem Oriented Policing and Criminal Investigative Services units of the Eureka Police Department served a search warrant at an alleged grow house on the 2700 block of O Street. According to EPD sergeant Steve Watson, law enforcement found a commercial marijuana cultivation at the residence, along with two men, two women and two small children.

Taken in the raid were 24 and a half pounds of dried, untrimmed marijuana in a garage, along with 3.5 pounds of drying weed in the main residence and 8 pounds of processed bud packaged for sale, making for a total harvest of over 36 pounds. Also located were 12 firearms, including:

  • Eight assault-style rifles (including AR-15 type .223/5.56 millimeter and .22 LR calibers);
  • Four handguns, two of which were loaded;
  • Numerous ammunition stockpiles and detachable magazines, including three illegal high-capacity pistol magazines;
  • One of the loaded pistols, a .40 caliber Glock 22, was found under a mattress in one of the bedrooms shared by a child.

Also uncovered was a military issue Interceptor body armor vest with ceramic hard armor plates. $7,980 in cash was found in the pockets of the two men, and subsequently seized as suspected proceeds from drug sales.

Jeperson Mykham

Arrested at the scene were 24-year-old Jeperson Mykham and 22-year-old Somchanh Khousinnavong, both of whom lived in the grow house. They were transported to county jail without incident, and booked on charges of unlawful marijuana cultivation, possession of pot for sale, maintaining a drug house, possession of an assault weapon, unlawful possession of a high capacity magazine and child endangerment. Mykham was additionally charged with probation violation, as he was previously convicted of carrying a concealed firearm.

Somchanh Khousinnavong

According to Watson, additional charges are anticipated to be filed by the District Attorney’s Office against the two female residents of the grow house, whose names were withheld by EPD as they were not arrested yesterday; they were detained and released at the scene to care for their children.

City of Eureka building department personnel were deployed to assess potential safety and code enforcement violations, as the grow well exceeded the provisions of the municipal medial marijuana ordinance. After discovering unpermitted wiring which was allegedly an unsafe electrical fire hazard, the city had Pacific Gas and Electric dispatch a worker to cut power to the property. POP also announced they’d issue a Notice and Order to the property owner requiring them to abate the nuisance at the home.

Members of the public with information concerning suspected drug activity occurring in Eureka are encouraged to call the POP Unit at (707) 441-4373 or the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at (707) 444-8095.

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Stolen Debit Card Used At Bayshore Mall

EPD fingers three unidentified fraud suspects

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Law enforcement released today the surveillance photographs of three individuals they say are responsible for debit card fraud.

The Eureka Police Department obtained the pictures from security at the Bayshore Mall, where they say three individuals purchased several items using a stolen debit card.

The three subjects went into Humboldt Clothing at about 1:45 p.m. on Sept. 26, and also went into two other businesses at the mall and two clothing stores in Arcata, where they allegedly made further fraudulent purchases.

Members of the public with information regarding the identity of these suspects are asked to contact EPD police services officer Suzie Owsley at (707) 441-4325, extension 2 — when calling, Owsley asks the public to refer to case number 3C12-8402.

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Suspect Identified In Hit-And-Run & Hoopa Crimes

Jason Warren, arrested on Sept. 27, is in jail without bail

 

By Charles Douglas
Humboldt Sentinel

 

After nearly a week of speculation as to a pair of investigations into the untimely deaths of local residents, Sheriff Mike Downey called a press conference this afternoon to clear the air and identify a “person of interest” in the cases.

“I know there’s been a lot of speculation…you got to understand why we’ve been holding back information,” he said.

Downey proceeded to explain that on the same afternoon as the fatal hit-and-run slaying of 40-year-old Bayside resident Suzanne Seemann on Old Arcata Road in Freshwater and the discovery of the body of 47-year-old Dorothy Ulrich of Hoopa in a residence there, law enforcement had taken 28-year-old Jason Anthony Warren into custody.

Warren was inside a home in Eureka at the time of his arrest; the Kia used in the hit-and-run which killed Seemann and injured 50-year-old Terri Vroman-Little and 41-year-old Jessica Hunt was found in Eureka earlier in the day.

Warren, whose area of residence was unknown to Downey, had skipped out on a Sept. 7 court hearing. Warren had previously plead guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and was set to be sent to state prison to serve a six-year sentence.

Warren, who has already served time on felony robbery and was released earlier this year, now sits in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility without bail, and has had an attorney appointed to represent him.

“We felt there was no jeopardy to the community in this matter,” the Sheriff explained, as Warren wasn’t going to be released under any circumstances regardless of the outcome of the investigation. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has taken the lead on this case, with assistance from the District Attorney’s office, California Highway Patrol and the Eureka Police Department.

“We were waiting on the autopsy, and that is being conducted in Santa Rosa,” Downey noted.

The Sheriff believes charges in the case would be filed “hopefully by the end of the week,” although he declined to state whether Warren was cooperating with investigators. He told the assembled reporters that while an arrest on either the Hoopa slaying or the hit-and-run wasn’t formally being made at this time, he didn’t want rumors to run rampant on “the blogs” and on Facebook.

“There’s been a lot of misinformation going out,” Downey said. “It was time to come forward and put as much of it to rest as possible.”

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Eureka To Introduce New Anti-Homeless Laws

Sitting, lying, panhandling all targeted by latest bright ideas from City Attorney

 

By Charles Douglas
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

It’s not every day when Eureka looks to follow the example of Arcata.

Turning decades of municipal rivalry on its head, Eureka is looking up to its smaller municipal brethren across Humboldt Bay — at least when it comes to firing off a fresh round of anti-homeless laws.

Fresh on the heels of a 4-1 Council approval of stiffening the ban on sleeping in public by boosting the legal definition of this famous crime from an infraction to a misdemeanor, City Attorney Cyndy Day-Wilson has cooked up two separate sets of amendments to city code on the eve of next month’s general election — one in which the sole dissenting Councilmember, Linda Atkins, faces stiff opposition for her Ward Two seat.




The first volley is a slight re-wording of Arcata’s decade-old law which bans sitting or lying on the sidewalk in a wide swath of the downtown and northtown areas — although the staff report is careful not to mention the dreaded A-word, but refer to examples in, improbably, Berkeley and Santa Cruz instead. Specifically, Eureka’s ordinance would set a 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. ban on the nefarious sitting-type behavior, and would set up 18 districts covering nearly all commercial and industrial areas of Eureka, along with adjoining residential areas. The obstruction of pedestrian traffic would also become a crime in the new ordinance.

“While the City currently has other laws that could address inhospitable behavior such as aggressive panhandling, that violation requires a citizen or merchant to sign a complaint and agree to appear in court before police can act,” Day-Wilson states in her report to the Council. “No one may be cited unless first notified by a police officer that he or she is sitting or lying in a prohibited area and is in violation of the law.”

“First time offenders would be charged with an infraction and either fined or ordered to perform community service. Repeat offenders would be charged with an infraction or misdemeanor at the discretion of the City Attorney.”

Cyndy Day-Wilson

Day-Wilson has taken a peculiar interest in prosecuting the lowest of the low-end, victimless crimes. Due to a series of severe budget cuts and grant funding fumbles, District Attorney Paul Gallegos has previously gone on record as stating that his office can no longer afford to divert scarce prosecutorial resources away from chasing down convictions for serious and violent crimes. Thus the City Attorney herself has spent a considerable percentage of her time in office this year fighting to convict local poor and homeless individuals on such charges as sleeping in public, open container, camping and panhandling — according to the staff report she wrote for this week’s meeting, her office has prosecuted over 300 such cases thus far in 2012.

Day-Wilson frankly admits in the second paragraph of her report on the anti-sitting ordinance that such laws are usually seen by opponents as “veiled attacks on the homeless.” She didn’t need any straw men to defend against, however, in her report introducing the second ordinance, given the proximity to Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen’s ruling last week which gutted almost all provisions of Arcata’s anti-panhandling ordinance.

Her proposal steered clear of the latest embarrassment to befall Arcata’s city attorney, Nancy Diamond, and instead stuck to a short-list ban on panhandling outside of automated teller machines and on public transit buses — along with the usual missive against aggressive panhandling, which wasn’t part of the successful lawsuit against A-town by Arcata civil rights activist Richard Salzman.

“The proposed ordinance is neither overbroad nor vague and is narrowly tailored to serve a substantial government interest,” Day-Wilson stated. “The goal is to protect citizens from the fear and intimidation accompanying certain kinds of solicitation that are an unwelcome and overwhelming presence…by imposing reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on solicitation while respecting the constitutional rights of free speech for all citizens.”

In a startling about-face, however, the anti-sitting ordinance sneaks in a casual deletion of the entire anti-sleeping law in Section 130.02 which the Council upped the penalties for this summer. There’s no word yet on whether the threat of litigation played a role in this proposed repeal.

In terms of the role these issues are playing in Atkins’ re-election efforts, her primary opponent, former Republican Central Committee treasurer Joe Bonino answered a question about the Occupy Eureka protest by saying: “I am advocating something that’s common sense. You definitely do not want people out there camping, which is what it devolves to. I mean, you can definitely have a lot of people sitting on the sidewalk. When we do our protests for political things, you know, the police come and say very nicely, you gotta stay out of the street, and you’ve got to stay on the sidewalk.”

Also at their first debate on Sept. 12 (which the Sentinel helped produce), held at the Community Media Center on the Eureka High School campus, both Atkins and Bonino were asked by Redwood ACLU treasurer Peter Martin if they agreed with criminalizing sleeping.

“It’s illegal to sleep in public, but also, there’s really no place for you to sleep in public anyways because no one wants you to sleep near there in front of their house, and so that precludes all sidewalks, all alleyways, everything and all private property,” Bonino said. “So it’s a tough question but I don’t think what the City did is a harmful thing.”

Atkins shot back, saying Bonino didn’t live in her neighorhood of Cooper Gultch, where she noticed homeless people sleeping in front of, behind of and down the street from her house.

“We have a really big problem of homeless people not having a place to sleep in Eureka,” Atkins said. “And the Council’s been hesitant to even talk about the idea of a campground located somewhere away from our tourist area where people could come and set up their tent and have a place that is safe and comfortable for them to sleep in.”

Bonino in his rebuttal said he would be willing to entertain the idea of a campground, so long as it was strictly run, along the lines outlined in the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes Of Wrath.

 


 

Both Ordinance 856 (anti-sitting) and Ordinance 854 (anti-panhandling) will be taken up by the Council this Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall — where sitting is as yet not a crime. If introduced, the ordinances would need to come back up for a second reading and formal adoption on Oct. 16.

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Slain Jogger Identified, Community Mourns

Suzie Seemann was beloved wife, mother & HSU geography lecturer

 

By Charles Douglas
Humboldt Sentinel

 

With two of the joggers in yesterday’s Old Arcata Road hit-and-run recovering from their injuries and subsequent emergency surgery yesterday, the third jogger, who died at the scene of the crime, has now been publicly identified by her family.

Bayside resident Suzanne Seemann, 40, was a lecturer in the Geography Department at Humboldt State University. A mother of two, “Suzie” Seemann was the spouse of Hank Seemann, the deputy director of public works for the County of Humboldt, where he heads up the Environmental Services Division.

A scheduled television interview with Supervisors Virginia Bass and Ryan Sundberg was cancelled yesterday when word came in of Seemann’s death; Bass told the Sentinel that the entire administrative office of the county was in mourning over the tragedy.

“It has been an extremely emotional morning here at the County,” Bass said in an e-mail yesterday.

Seemann’s two jogging companions, 50-year-old Terri Vroman-Little and 41-year-old Jessica Hunt, both of Eureka, were transported to St. Joseph Hospital by emergency services personnel and underwent surgery yesterday; they are now reportedly in recovery.

Along with the rest of the local media, the Sentinel embargoed the identity of the slain jogger until law enforcement could notify next-of-kin. This embargo was broken by The Arcata Eye last night when someone on the Facebook event page of the now-aborted memorial jog at Three Corners Market mentioned the identity of Seemann, which Eye editor Kevin Hoover used as justification for breaking the embargo.

After the embargo was broken, the Hunt, Little and Seeman families released a statement this morning:

“The families of Jessie Hunt (husband Matt and children), Terri Vroman Little (husband Brian and children), the late Suzie Seemann (husband Hank and children), and the late beloved running dog/partner “Maggie” would like to thank the numerous Humboldt County residents, especially the Six Rivers Running Club, for the outpouring of concern and condolences regarding this unthinkable tragedy.

Terri and Jessie both underwent surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital this afternoon and are beginning their recovery from the horrific hit-and-run that occurred on Old Arcata Road this morning shortly before 6:00 AM.

Six Rivers Running Club (SRRC) will try our best to keep our many friends updated on Jessie and Terri’s progression towards recovery, but for now the families are requesting some privacy for a couple of days to deal with their devastation. SRRC thanks our beloved community for their show of concern regarding these three amazing women/mothers and their families.”

Also released this morning was a statement from HSU President Rollin Richmond:

“Yesterday was a sad and tragic day for the Humboldt State University community.

Suzanne Seemann, an instructor in our Department of Geography, was killed by an automobile while she was out on a morning run. Two others who were running with her were critically injured and hospitalized, and one jogger’s dog was struck and killed.

This is a terrible loss for our University. On behalf of our entire community, I would like to express our deepest condolences to Suzanne’s family, her friends and her students. Our thoughts are with them at this most difficult time, and we are here to support them in any way possible.

Suzanne joined our faculty in 2011, after previously teaching at College of the Redwoods. She held degrees from Princeton, University of Wisconsin and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a specialist in oceanic and atmospheric sciences.

Suzanne’s colleagues in the Department of Geography have shared with me their keen sorrow at her loss. They describe her as an extraordinarily talented and popular instructor, one who will be sorely missed.

Family members, colleagues and students were being notified throughout the day yesterday. Counseling and other services have been offered, and anyone seeking support may contact the Counseling Center on campus at 826-3236.”

At approximately 3 p.m. this afternoon, Supervisor Mark Lovelace issued his own statement on-line:

“Like everyone else, I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. Though I didn’t know Susie Seemann, I do know her husband Hank and have worked with him on a number of projects. I can’t imagine what he and their children must be going through, and I would ask the community to respect their privacy by giving them some time and space to grieve, rather than immediately turning this tragedy into a cause or a call to action.

There has been a strong desire from many in the community to do something to slow down traffic on Old Arcata Road/Myrtle Avenue. There has also been a strong desire to get a dedicated bike trail between Arcata and Eureka. I support both of these goals and will continue to work to push them forward, but we shouldn’t automatically conflate either of them with this terrible accident. Road design, speed limits, signage and the lack of a bay trail may or may not deserve some of the blame. We need to consider the possibility that the blame here may lie solely with the driver.

Let’s all please allow the family the time and space they need before making assumptions of how they would like the community to honor Suzie’s life and memory.”

The memorial jog, which was to be held on Old Arcata Road at Three Corners Market in Freshwater tomorrow morning, was cancelled earlier today. Several friends of the families objected to the event being organized without consulting them.

Another, less protest-like set of public meetings have been scheduled next week, according to a source close to local environmental activist Maggie Gainer. A group calling itself the Old Arcata Road Neighborhoods Safety Initiative is holding two meetings at the Grange Hall on Jacoby Creek Road in Bayside, right off of Old Arcata Road. The first will be on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., and the second will be on Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.; both are scheduled to last two hours.

The initiative is asking area residents to attend at least one of these meetings to voice their concerns about the road, which last saw safety improvements with the addition of partial bike lanes in 2008.

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Bad-Check Fraudster On the Loose

Eureka Police Asks Your Help Finding This Scamster Con Artist

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Some folks simply can’t be trusted.  This gal’s stolen checks are multiplying like litter, lies, and grief around town.

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

This just in from EPD:

The Eureka Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance to identify the following female fraud suspect and a vehicle associated with her.

The female has been purchasing items at various stores (Safeway, Walgreen’s, K-mart, and WalMart) by using stolen checks.

The checks were stolen from the Humboldt Hill area of Eureka.

The female is described as:

  • White female adult
  • Heavy build
  • Straight dark colored hair (that is believed to be a wig or resembles a wig).
  • The suspect sometimes wears larger round clear colored glasses
  • On occasion carries a large blue bag style purse.

The checks are roughly written with the original payee name and the numerical amount scratched out and different names and amounts written in.

If asked, the suspect presents a stolen driver’s license as identification. 

The white truck is possibly a Mazda, extended cab, with a canopy.  There are distinct stripes on the driver’s side of the truck.  The woman is normally the passenger in this vehicle.

The photos will also be available on the department’s website and FB soon.   The Sentinel, though, has a few of them here.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity and/or that of the truck’s driver is urged to contact Police Services Officer Suzie Owsley at 441-4325 ext. 2.

 

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Pine Hill Stabbing

Bloodied Victim Refuses to Cooperate With Police

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Today, September 27, at around 12:40 p.m., a citizen called the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and reported a male subject had walked out of a wooded area and said he’d been stabbed.  The male contacted the citizen and
requested to use his phone to call 911, the HCSO said.

Deputies and medical responded to Pinecrest Court in Eureka and met with the citizen and the 31-year-old male stabbing victim.

Although he had been stabbed in the ear, neck, shoulder blade, and in the side, the victim refused to cooperate with the deputies and didn’t wish to give a statement about what happened.

Deputies, however, determined the male had been stabbed by another male in a nearby mobile home park at 525 Herrick Avenue in Eureka.  Deputies searched the mobile home and the surrounding area for a suspect or any witnesses.

Based on witness statements, deputies believe they know which mobile home the stabbing occurred in but no one could, or would, provide information on the suspect. 

The victim was treated and received sutures for his injuries and expected to be released from the hospital.

(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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The KIEM-TV video report of this incident can be found here.

This is the second assault in the area in just over two weeks, as the Sentinel previously covered in our article here.

We hope the victim at least could muster telling the police that he had some ’stabbing pains’.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Deceased Woman Found in Hoopa Home

Details Scant: One Report Indicates Suspected Homicide

 

Updated Below:  Vehicle Connected to the Bayside Hit and Run Accident?

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

This just in from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

This morning, September 27 at approximately 10:30 a.m., a California Highway Patrol officer conducting a follow up investigation discovered a deceased female in a residence on Little Moon Lane in Hoopa.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Hoopa Tribal Police responded to, and took custody of, the scene.  Sheriff’s detectives were notified and also responded to the residence.

At 2:50 p.m., a search warrant was issued by the Humboldt County Superior Court and detectives entered the residence.  Further news releases will be made as the investigation continues.

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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Update:  The Two Rivers Tribune posted a brief story on this incident.

The TRT is indicating this is a suspected homicide following discovery of the victim by a relative.  They say it may– or may not– be connected to the Bayside/Myrtle Avenue fatal hit and run that happened earlier this morning.

 

Update II: Here is what the Sentinel can determine from the CHP logs today:

At 5:45 a.m. this morning a CHP unit was enroute to the Bayside/Myrtle Avenue accident scene, locating three hit-and-run victims at 5:51 a.m.  The driver and the vehicle, a 2005 Kia Spectra, had previously fled the scene.

At 5:58 a.m., the Eureka Police Department contacted, or was contacted, regarding the suspect’s vehicle information.  The vehicle was found on California Street in Eureka by EPD.

At 7:39 a.m., the CHP was requested to go to the Hoopa Tribal Police to ‘ascertain the registered owner’s address and ascertain who was driving the vehicle.’

At approximately around or before 10:30 a.m., the CHP discovered the deceased Hoopa woman in her home; other agencies responded.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s office and Hoopa Valley Tribal Police took control and custody of the scene.

For the record, both CHP and police “have not confirmed or denied a connection between the suspected homicide in Hoopa and the hit and run in Bayside” this morning.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Highway 299 Work Crew Inmate At Large

Jerry Corriea on the loose west of Willow Creek

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

An incarcerated parolee from Redding is at large after fleeing from an inmate work crew on Highway 299 this morning.

At about 11:45 a.m., the Cal Trans crew, working with the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, was near mile post 26 west of Willow Creek when 29-year-old Redding resident Jerry Merril Corriea ran off. He was in custody pertaining to violating the conditions of his parole in connection to a burglary conviction in Redding, and was serving the 120-day sentence he was assigned.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched the area for Corriea but were unsuccessful, according to lieutenant Steve Knight in a press statement. Subsequently, a be-on-the-lookout notice has been posted statewide for the suspect, who is now wanted on escape from custody charges.
Corriea is described as a Native American male, 5’9″ tall with brown eyes, brown hair. His weight is estimated at 200 pounds and he has short crew cut hair and a mustache. Corriea has tattoos of a claw on his right cheek, the name “Jerry” and “Bear” tattooed on his fingers, and a tattoo on the left side of his neck. Law enforcement sources suggest he is possibly en-route to the Orleans area. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, white t-shirt, blue jeans and black work boots.

Members of the public with information for the HCSO regarding this case or related criminal activity are encouraged to call them at (707) 445-7251 or their Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

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UPDATED: Fatal Hit and Run on Myrtle Avenue

Driver Flees After Striking Bayside Joggers; One Killed, Two Injured

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

SECOND UPDATE: The memorial jog event was subsequently cancelled at the request of the family.

UPDATE: An event has been organized on Facebook to commemorate this tragedy, coming up this Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 a.m. at Three Corners Market in Freshwater. According to organizer Melissa L Tafoya: “This is going to be an informal gathering of runners, joggers and walkers to honor the three women who were hit in this morning’s hit and run accident on Myrtle Avenue and to remind all of us to share the road.”

California Highway Patrol officers were dispatched around 5:45 a.m. this morning following a call of three joggers injured by a vehicle, one of them suffering major injuries.

Deputy Coroner Ariel Gruenthal indicated later this morning that one individual was killed.  Two others were transported to the hospital with serious trauma following the hit-and-run traffic accident on Myrtle Avenue.  The name of the woman killed in the accident and pronounced deceased at the scene has yet to be released, pending notification of her next of kin.  All three joggers involved in the accident were female.

The two women brought to St. Joseph Hospital with possibly compound fractures and other injuries were Eureka residents Jessica Hunt, 41, and Terri Vroman-Little, 50, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The three joggers were running northbound on the west shoulder of Myrtle Avenue, south of Ole Hansen Road, at about 5:40 a.m. when a 2005 Kia Spectra driven by an unidentified suspect hit all three women, the CHP said.  For unknown reasons the vehicle left its lane of travel and struck all three of the female joggers.  A dog belonging to one of the joggers was also killed.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene. The vehicle was later found abandoned by the Eureka Police Department on California Street, in Eureka.  Myrtle Avenue was closed between 3 Corners Market and Indianola Road for four hours following the accident.

Several possible leads are being followed up on as to the identity of the hit and run driver.  The accident– and locating the missing driver– remain under investigation, the CHP said.

* * * * * * *

KIEM-TV has their video report here.

The Times-Standard News has been posting updates here.

Readers will want to see our updated Sentinel article regarding the possible connection between this incident and the deceased woman found by the CHP in Hoopa hours later, taken from a timeline of the CHP incident log.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Mendo Mayhem

The Usual and Unusual South of SoHum Stuff

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The Mendocino Sheriff’s Office released a whoppingly unprecedented five press announcements today.

Jumping right into the swampy Mendo morass, we have:

 
Another Earthquake

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck the Ukiah Valley Area this morning at 8:15 a.m.   The event did not trigger a tsunami advisory, watch or warning.  Preliminary reports from the United States Geological Survey show the quake was centered 2 miles east by northeast from Ukiah and was approximately 3 miles below the earth’s surface.

There has been no reported damage at this point but citizens are encouraged to report damage to the Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services at (707) 467-6497.

What a great way to jump start our morning.  A Krakatoa, East of Java moment kick in the pants with this morning’s joltin’ joe.  The way these Doomsday earthquakes are shaking lately we’ll be knee deep in the ocean in no time.  We’ll also apologize in advance for any inconvenience the end of the world may have caused you.

 
Elderly Gent Scammed

On September 21, Mendo deputies received a report of a lost wallet.  The victim, Robert Williams, 89-years-old and of Walnut Creek, reported he had lost his wallet in the town of Mendocino the day before.  Some of his wallet’s contents included various credit cards.

Mr. Williams said he was contacted by an unknown female who reported she’d found his credit cards– and wanted to return them through the mail.

The phone call led Mr. Williams to believe that the woman was  a scamster trying to scam him, so he called the SO to enlist their help and some juice.

Deputies initiated a report, and were later contacted by Mr. Williams the following day.  Mr. Williams informed deputies that there were three fraudulent transactions discovered on one of his stolen credit cards.  The bogus charges totaled about $200.

Investigating the fraudulent transactions,  the deputies were able to pin down a female suspect.

On September 24, the deputies contacted the suspect at her place of employment (Little River Market).  They identified her as Tanabelle Mulyca, 36-years-old, of Navarro.

Deputies spoke to Mulyca concerning the lost credit cards and fraudulent transactions that were made.  Mulyca eventually admitted to using the credit card in question– but told deputies she was given the credit card from a person known to her to purchase goods for that person.  Mulyca said she had since returned the credit card to that person.  Right.

Deputies then conducted a further investigation into the other potential suspect that Mulyca had fingered, but her claim turned out to be bogus.  That investigative lead went nowhere and proved to be fibbishly untrue after officers completed a wild goose chase on her behalf.

Later that day, Lo and Behold!  The deputies observed the suspect, Ms. Mulyca, driving a vehicle.  What a coincidence.  The problem, or solution, was, she’s an unlicensed driver.  The officers predictably initiated a traffic enforcement stop.  Ms. Mulyca was found to be in possession of evidence connecting her to the elderly gentleman’s crimes and, in another coincidence, she was ultimately arrested.

Ms. Mulyca was transported and lodged at the Mendocino County Jail for: 484g PC (Unlawful use of credit card), and 459 PC (Burglary).  Her bail was set at $50,000.

Why should common sense be so uncommon these days?

 
Domestic Dispute Turns Sour for Deputies; Eurekan Arrested

On September 23 around 11 p.m., MCSO deputies responded to a radio call for service of a reported domestic dispute in the area of the Westport Hotel.  While enroute to the location, deputies were told that the address was at 24590 Seaview Drive in Westport.

Upon arrival, deputies spoke to the reporting person who was the potential victim of domestic battery.

Deputies then contacted the suspect who was identified as Cicely Kishbaugh, 27, of Westport.

Officers learned that Kishbaugh and the victim were cohabitating partners who engaged in a verbal argument that escalated into Kishbaugh physically assaulting the victim.

After speaking to all the involved parties, deputies went to place Kishbaugh under arrest.  Ms. Kishbaugh, however, immediately resisted and physically assaulted the deputies.

During this time, two other suspects identified as Alexandra Freeman, 25, of Fort Bragg, and Shari Marchesi, 51, of Eureka, all decided to chime in, too.  They interfered, engaged, and physically assaulted the deputies.  It was quite the domestic melee.

All parties were ultimately subdued, arrested, transported and booked into the Mendocino County Pokey.   All were booked on 69 PC, Resisting an Executive Officer.  Ms. Kishbaugh, however, was additionally charged with 243(e)(1) PC, Domestic Battery.

One of the deputies was later treated at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained as a result of the assault.

Love knows no bounds.  Fortunately it is curable, like a disease.

 
All in the Family

On September 22, deputies were dispatched to a reported theft of a safe from the residence at 32450 Gibney Lane in Fort Bragg.

Deputies spoke to the victim, Roy Rantala, 56, and learned that he had been away from the residence for approximately 4 hours. During that time someone entered his residence and took a safe containing $30,000 worth of estimated valuables.

Deputies acted on suspect information provided by the victim.  The suspect identified was the victim’s son, Mathew Rantala, 31-years-old, and from Willits.

Later that evening, deputies made contact with Mathew at his residence in Willits.

During the contact officers found him in possession of some of the stolen articles of property.   Mathew was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property.

After his arrest, Mathew had a change of heart.  He willingly escorted the deputies to an adjoining property where he’d buried the remaining loot he had in his possession from Dad’s burglary.

Mathew was transported to and booked into the Mendocino County Jail for 459 PC (Burglary) and 496 PC (Possession of Stolen Property).  His bail was set at $50,000.

Familairity breeds contempt– and children.

 
The Know-Nothing Perfect Witness

Today, Tuesday, September 25 at 1 a.m. in the morning,  deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Eel River Road and Ridgeway Highway in Potter Valley for a reported ‘gunshot-wound-to-the-foot’ victim.

On arrival Deputies were told by the victim, identified as Nicholas Andrew Noel, 32-years-old and of Potter Valley, that he’d been camping “in the bushes” about ten miles up the Deshield Ranch Road from Eel River Road, but couldn’t describe the exact location.   Noel said there was a bear in the area, so he grabbed his shotgun and went looking for the bear.  Somehow he accidentally shot himself in the right foot searching for the bruin.

Noel said he immediately applied his belt as a tourniquet to his leg to stop the bleeding.  He then said he got a ride from “two unknown persons” who just happened to be driving by his location.  They also happened to be in a vehicle that he couldn’t describe, either.

He was subsequently dropped off at the intersection where deputies located him, he said.  The two unknown persons then drove to a residence on Van Arsdale Road and used the resident’s phone to call 911.  The two unknown subjects then left the area, the victim claimed.

Noel was transported to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center for treatment of his non-life threatening injury.

In short, the victim knew nothing, no one was involved, and nothing happened.

Ignorance is bliss.  What you don’t know can’t hurt you.  Unless you shoot yourself in the foot.

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Search for Kathy Gillham Continues

Humboldt Resident Still Mysteriously Missing

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

From the HCSO:

The Humboldt County Sheriffs Office is continuing to search for Katherine “Kathy” Gillham who is considered a high-risk missing person.

Sheriff’s Office Detectives continue to follow up on leads and consider this case a high priority.  Her disappearance is considered suspicious and out of character.  The Sheriff’s Office requests citizens continue to look for her vehicle– and call 911 if they see it.

Her vehicle is a 2004 Charcoal Gray Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV, California license plate # 6UXE841.

Ms. Gillham is believed to have traveled State Route Highway 199 from Grants Pass, Oregon, to U.S. Highway 101 and Big Lagoon in Humboldt County; however this area has been checked from both the air and ground at least twice by law enforcement and volunteers without results.

Katherine Gillham is 40 years old, a Native American female, 5 feet and 4 inches tall, about 200 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair.

She has been missing since June 11, 2012.  Previous reports indicated Gillham was in the Elk Valley Casino in Crescent City on that day from 2:30 to 2:56 a.m.  Family  members viewing casino video footage of Gillham confirmed it was her.  After leaving the casino, Ms. Gilham was never seen again.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case can call:

  • Detectives Franco 707-268-3644
  • Detective Schlesiger 707-268-3642
  • or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Anonymous information may also be left on the Crime Tip line, the HCSO said.

Please see this:   Kathy Gillham Poster and $5,000 Reward: 06.21.2012

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Moonstone Bomb Found

A Piccolo Pete is Nothing Compared to A Flash Bang Grenade

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

We all know Moonstone Beach.  We take walks down the beach and around the sea stacks, let the dogs off the leash, have a little evening campfire.  Jugglers juggle, rock climber climb, couples stroll, kids play.  Fireworks abound at a certain
time of the year; nippers take warm solace at the upscale
Moonstone Grill bar above or with Steelhead Pale Ale down below.

The parking lot fills with daycampers and travelers and locals enjoying a sunny day by the sea.  When the sun sets on Moonstone and the Little River, it’s one of the most pleasantly laid back places to be.  Another beautiful day on the North Coast.

Until someone ruins it.

On Monday, September, at approximately 6:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Camp Host at Moonstone beach regarding a found explosive device.

The responding deputy was a member of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad.  The camp host told the deputy the device was found at the south end of the parking lot in some bushes by another citizen.

When the deputy retrieved the device he recognized it as
a “Model 450 Flash Bang Device.”

Typically used by law enforcement or military personnel, these little Flash Bang beasts are highly restricted and illegal to possess.  They pack a mighty wallop for a small container, one that you won’t soon forget.

These devices, normally designed with a short (nominally one second) delay fuse, produce a stunning, disorienting blast– and a brilliant, dazzling flash.  You’ve seen them on TV and sometimes the nightly news where they’re tossed into buildings dispersing and disorienting the holed-up bad guys.  They catch things on fire, too.  They can cause serious injuries if used inappropriately.  The deputy took custody of the live device and booked it in to be destroyed.

Are there any more out there?  Who knows.  The HCSO advised, as if you needed it, that should you find one of these nasty little things don’t touch it and call local law enforcement immediately.

 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 Sheriff’s Department gave us a picture of what to look for on the right. 

They advised that while the device looked similar to this, other flash bangs may come in grey, black, or orange colors.

 

It may look like a bear can of pepperspray (which seems to be going around these days) but it truly isn’t.  Heavens, no.  The results are very different. With a second-or-two long fuse, someone could lose a hand or face making for a real bummer day.

Enjoy the last beautiful days we have until the Autumnal equinox really sets in.

Moonstone is still a beautiful place– hence it’s beautiful name. Let’s keep it that way.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Trinity County Makes 14 Drug Arrests This Week

Big City Problems For a Small Rural Place

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

They’re not saying much except for giving out only the bare bones of basic information.

But this is what Trinity County Sheriff Bruce Haney and the Trinity County Narcotics Task Force did say yesterday:

Marijuana raids in Trinity County this week resulted in 14 arrests. 

Over a two-day period during the week of September 18, 2012, six search warrants were served in the County of Trinity with officers of the:

  • Trinity County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO)
  • North State Marijuana Investigative Team (NSMIT)
  • Redding Office of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Over the course of the two-day investigation, officers arrested 14 people.  They were arrested on the various charges listed below:

Charges:

  • 11358 H&S -          Cultivation of Marijuana
  • 11359 H&S -          Possession of Marijuana for sales
  • 11377 H&S -          Possession of a controlled substance
  • 273a(A) PC -         Child Endangerment.
  • 29800(a) PC -       Felon in possession of a firearm.
  • 30305(a)(3) PC – Felon in possession of ammunition.

Items seized from the locations include:

  •  406 growing marijuana plants
  • Over 150 Ibs of processed marijuana
  • Peyote
  • Two firearms
  • A honey hash oil lab
  • And $180,000 of U.S. Currency

Due to ongoing investigations locations and names of the subjects arrested will be withheld.

Updates on this story will be posted if we receive them, the TCSO said.

 

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For a county having only 13,000 folks and no traffic lights or incorporated cities in 3,000 square miles of rugged wilderness, Trinity certainly is experiencing its share of busts and problems and seizures and shootings.

And like Humboldt, the Feds have made their presence there known in a big way.

Where there’s smoke, there’s more fire to be found.  Just another day in the Wild West– and folks hoping to make a fortune by striking it rich.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Attempted Home Invasion in Fortuna

Victim Fires Shotgun at Suspects

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

From the Fortuna Police Department press release:

This morning, September 21, at about 5:45 a.m., officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to the 4100 block of Loop Road for a report of two subjects trying to force
entry into a residence through the front door.

While responding, officers received information that a firearm had been discharged.

Upon arrival, officers contacted the victims who reported that two male subjects had approached the residence and began trying to force entry into the residence through the front door.

While the subjects were trying to get through the secured door, one of the victims obtained a shotgun and then fired
at the subjects through a nearby window.

The two subjects then fled and entered a newer model
blue Mini-Van with a partial California License Plate of “6TL”.

This investigation is ongoing and the department is asking that anyone with information contact the departments Anonymous Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a case reward if their information leads to an arrest and conviction.

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In other news, the FPD also released this announcement:

Sex Offender Arrested for Failing to Register

On September 20, 2012, at about 7:15 p.m., an officer with the Fortuna Police Department was on patrol when he observed a subject known to be a registered sex offender.

The officer conducted a check on the subject’s registration status and determined that he had failed to update his registration which was due in mid August.

As a result of the violation, the officer contacted Ronald Owings (age 56) and placed him under arrest.

During the arrest, the officer determined that Owings was in possession of 6.3 grams of methamphetamine, as well as a hypodermic syringe loaded with suspected methamphetamine.

Upon further investigation, the officer learned that, although last registered in Loleta, Owings had been living in Fortuna.

 

Owings was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for:

  • Possession of Methamphetamine,
  • Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe,
  • and Failure to register as a Sex Offender.

The Friendly City has been busy as of late.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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