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Murder and Marijuana on Murder Mountain


Sheriff’s Office Investigating Two Incidents in Alderpoint



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The Sheriff’s Office has been busy:  a homicide
investigation and large marijuana busts involving three
individuals taking place in Alderpoint over the past two days.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dave Morey said detectives do not know yet if the suspected homicide of a 57-year old man found Thursday on the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Road in Southern Humboldt is related to the marijuana search warrants served at two nearby properties on the 4000 and 4500 block of Rancho Sequoia Road on Wednesday.

“It could be, it might not be.  We will see,” Morey said.

The area of Alderpoint– the Rancho Sequoia subdivision– has fondly become known by locals as ‘Murder Mountain’ for good reason.

We have the two Murder Mountain reports– whether or not they’re related is yet to be determined– for you here.


Here’s the HCSO homicide report issued Thursday, June 27:

HCSO badgeDetectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating a death that has been determined to be suspicious and suspected to be a homicide.  The location of occurrence is the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive in Alderpoint, CA.

The reporting party called the Sheriff’s Office at 8:50 am stating that she had not heard from her step-father for the last four days and drove to his residence in the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive.

When she arrived, she discovered her 57-year old step-father was deceased.

Deputies and detectives were dispatched to the residence and ruled the death suspicious.  They are investigating the death as a homicide.

Detectives are looking for a black 2000 Jeep Cherokee, CA license #5HNG536.

The Jeep Cherokee may be driven by Anthony Ray Lane, a white male adult, 37-years old, height 5 foot 10, weighing 185 pounds and with red and brown hair.  His date of birth is 09-18-1975.

Lane is a person of interest in this investigation and he’s being sought for questioning by the Sheriff’s Office. 

Persons should not approach Lane, but if located or spotted, they are asked
to call the Sheriff’s Office. 

The lead investigator is Detective Franco at (707) 268-3644 or (707) 445-7251.

The motive for this suspected homicide is not known at this time.  Detectives are just now arriving at the time of this release.

The name of the victim is not being released until additional family members can be notified.  Due to the infancy of this investigation, the suspected cause of death won’t be released until the Coroner can arrange for an autopsy.


UPDATE– Murder Suspect Anthony Lane Apprehended:

On Thursday June 27, 2013 at about 11:30 pm, Officers from the Willits Police Department located the black Jeep Cherokee that was believed to be operated by suspect Anthony Lane.

The Willits Police Officers had received a “be on the lookout” broadcast issued by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office for this homicide investigation.  The vehicle was found in the parking lot of a motel in the Willits area.

On June 28, 2013 at about 12:30 am, officers of the Willits Police Department, with the assistance of deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, located Lane in one of the rooms of the hotel.

Mr. Lane was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Humboldt County Line, where deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office took custody of him.  Lane was booked into the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office for suspicion of murder and possession of a stolen vehicle– the black Jeep Cherokee.

At this time the motive for the crime is being investigated.  There does not appear to be a connection with the homicide to an earlier marijuana cultivation investigation although the arrests took place in the same area.  This homicide does not appear to be a home invasion, marijuana related, or in association with the Garret Rodriguez missing person investigation.

The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office is still in the process of notification of family members of the victim of this suspected homicide.

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And here’s the second HCSO report– also issued on Thursday, June 27:

hcsobadgeOn 06-26-2013, at 11:15 am, Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents, assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol, arrested Matthew Walker, 33, from Alderpoint after he attempted to trade marijuana for a travel trailer.

Approximately two weeks ago Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents were alerted by a citizen who was selling a travel trailer on Craigslist that a person was trying trade the citizen “herb” for his travel trailer.

A Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agent took over negotiations posing as the seller and began contacting the suspect on line.  The suspect offered to trade four pounds of high grade marijuana and hashish for the trailer.  The Drug Task Force Agent agreed to meet the suspect at Tooby Park in Garberville on the same day at 11:00 am to make the trade.

When the suspect, identified as Matthew Walker, and another male showed up at Tooby Park, both were detained.

Agents searched the vehicle they were driving and located four pounds of marijuana bud and one pound of hashish. 

Mr. Walker was arrested on outstanding felony arrest warrants for cultivation and sales of marijuana issued out of Mendocino County Superior Court and traffic offenses.  The other male was interviewed and released at the scene.

Agents and deputies then drove to Walker’s residence in the 4500 block of Rancho Sequoia Road inAlderpoint where they served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant. 

At the residence they located 304 growing marijuana plants ranging from 8” to 2’ in height.  The plants were being grown in greenhouses and outside on the property.  Agents also located another approximate half pound of hashish in the residence, along with a rifle.

Walker was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on his arrest warrants and new charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.  His bail was set at $55,000.

While at Walker’s property, the Drug Task Force Agents and deputies obtained information about marijuana cultivation on another nearby parcel– in the 4000 block of Rancho Sequoia Road.

They contacted the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office and spoke with an Investigator who obtained a search warrant for that parcel.

When the agents and deputies served the search warrant, they located 1,572 marijuana plants ranging in size from 2’ to 4’ being grown in six green houses. 

They also located a sawed-off shotgun and a AR-15 Assault weapon with high capacity magazines in the residence.

Two men were located at the scene and determined to be associated with the marijuana cultivation.  They were identified as Travis Land, 36 years old, from Redway and Juan Hernandez, from Alderpoint.

Both Land and Hernandez were arrested for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.  Agents also learned Travis also had an outstanding felony arrest warrant for cultivation of marijuana.

They were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where Mr. Land’s bail was set at $55,000 and Mr. Hernandez’s bail at $25,000.

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Whether or not these two incidents– involving murder and marijuana on Murder Mountain– are intertwined isn’t clear.

One thing is clear, however:  Humboldt County’s marijuana gold rush and the problems following in its wake have turned this County onto its proverbial ear.

Mr. Gallegos, we think you’re gonna need more prosecutors.

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Arrested Development


Flee and Spree Leads to SoHum Chase and Arrest


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


From the HCSO:

On Monday, March 18 at 1:00 in the morning,  a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputy patrolling the area of Blue Slide Road and Price Creek Road near Rio Dell area saw a grey 1989 Toyota pickup truck parked in a turnout, in the same vicinity where the Suddenlink fiber-optic vandalisms had been occurring.

As the deputy drove by he saw a subject standing outside the truck’s driver side door wearing a black backpack.  When the deputy made a u-turn to investigate what the person was doing, the truck sped away south on Blue Slide Road.

The deputy sheriff attempted to pull the car over but the truck failed to yield.  Instead, the pickup sped up to speeds in excess of 60 mph.

The deputy initiated a pursuit as the truck accelerated to 70 mph as it approached Rio Dell City limits.  The truck failed to stop for a stop sign and then entered US-101 southbound at speeds of 50 to 80 mph.  It then exited US-101 at the Pepperwood exit, continuing southbound on State Route 254– Avenue of the Giants.  While traveling southbound on State Route 254 the truck weaved into both lanes of traffic.  Due to public safety concerns the deputy terminated the pursuit.

PetersonA few minutes later the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officers who were responding to assist the deputy spotted the pickup truck on Dyerville Loop Road in the Garberville area.  The truck again started to flee from the CHP car;  however it lost control and crashed in the 2700 block of Dyerville Loop Road.

The pickup truck rolled over during the crash and traveled approximately 400 feet down a hillside.  The driver, who was the sole occupant in the pickup truck, was taken into custody by the CHP.   He received minor injuries in the collision.  The CHP officers located a loaded Colt handgun in the vehicle, along with a variety of illegal drugs.

The deputy joined the CHP officers on the scene and the driver, Michael Joseph Petersen, 29-years-old from Garberville, was arrested for:

  • Felony evasion
  • Possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle
  • Possession of illicit drugs
  • Possession of hashish
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Resisting arrest
  • Driving unlicensed
  • Driving under the influence

bensonMr. Petersen was taken to a local hospital for his injuries and was treated and released.  He was then transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.

There is no indication Petersen was involved in the Suddenlink vandalisms, the HCSO said.

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


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If he were any slower, he’d be going backward.

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Attempted Murder in Petrolia


Landlords and Angry Tenants Don’t Mix


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday:

On Saturday, February 23 at approximately 1:30 p.m., the
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of
Mattole Road and North Fork Road in Petrolia for the report
of a gunshot victim.

Deputies arrived in the area in less than 5 minutes and located a male victim with a gunshot wound.  The victim was air-lifted to an out-of-the-area hospital for treatment. 

A short time later, HCSO deputies located a male suspect, who was detained.  Additionally the suspected firearm was located and recovered.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Humboldt County District Attorney Investigators at this time and this case is on-going.

 The Sheriff’s Office reported today:

On 02-23-2013, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a citizen regarding a 57-year-old male gunshot victim located in the 1500 block of North Fork Road in Petrolia.

Deputies were already enroute to the Petrolia area regarding an unrelated call and arrived at the victim’s residence with medical personnel.  Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had a Ranger who was also in the area and responded to the scene to assist.  When deputies arrived on scene, they were told the suspect was armed and still in the area. 

chompersThe victim and the victim’s girlfriend told the deputies the suspect was Evans “Chompers” Rupert Cook, 53-years-old, of Petrolia.

Cook is the brother of the victim’s girlfriend and rents a house from the victim which is on the same parcel as the victim’s home.  Cook had been having an ongoing dispute with the victim.

On 02-23-2013, approximately 1:00 p.m., the victim drove on his property to feed his livestock.  While doing so he drove by the home that Cook rents from him.  When driving by the home, Cook suddenly started to shoot at the victim with a rifle while the victim was driving by.

The victim and his vehicle were struck by the rounds.

The victim immediately abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot.  He ran to his residence which is nearby for help.  When the victim got home, his girlfriend called for help.

Deputies searched the area for Cook and located him leaving the area in a White Chevy Suburban.

Deputies and a California Highway Patrol Officer (CHP) initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and arrested Cook.

Cook was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, with bail set at $500,000.00.

renter rejectionDeputies recovered a rifle that was believed to be used in the assault.  The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office assisted Sheriff’s Detectives in this investigation.

The victim was transported to an out of area hospital for treatment and is expected to recover from his injuries.

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, the HCSO said.



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Armloads of Stolen Weapons Found (PICS)


HCSO Widens Investigation into Ryan Floyd’s Alleged SoHum Burglaries


–Not-So-Pretty Boy Floyd Ripping and Pissing Off Neighbors–


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


It’s been a busy past couple of day for the HCSO.

The Sheriff’s Office announced a press conference this morning regarding the continuing investigation of the Flint Rock Road incident and suspect Ryan Floyd, and to allow photographs of the 100 firearms that were seized yesterday by law enforcement.  Sheriff Mike Downey was at the conference with details of the widening stolen firearms and multiple burglary investigation, below.


Here’s the background and pictures of what happened yesterday:

guns5On February 12 at 9:00 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers returned to 500 Flint Rock Road in Garberville.

Deputies obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for the residence and property after receiving new information from citizens about possible additional stolen property in the residence and on the property.

When the deputies arrived they located Deanna McDonald, 33-years-old and her two small children at the residence.  Deputies searched McDonald’s vehicle parked at the residence and
found a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic
handgun.  McDonald was issued a notice to appear
for possession of a loaded weapon by a prohibited
person and released at the scene to care for her two
small children, one which was an infant.

guns2Deputies searched the residence and located stolen jewelry that had been reported stolen in a residential burglary of a nearby residence. Deputies also located a stolen new UTV Kubota Tractor on the property, along with a stolen concrete cutter, air compressor and what is believed to be numerous stolen chainsaws.  Many of these items were reported stolen from local residences in the Eel River Valley, Dyerville and Highway 36 areas.

Deputies continued the search for a cache of firearms that they believed was stashed somewhere on the property based on the numerous empty gun cases they found during
earlier searches.

guns3During the search of the 55-acre property, an alert deputy located a cave in some rocks that was covered with brush.  Upon further investigation the deputy discovered the cave was filled with numerous firearms.

Deputies recovered 100 weapons on the property, 99 of which were in that cave.  Of the weapons recovered at least 20 are confirmed as stolen.

Deputies recovered a fully automatic MG 42 caliber WW II Machine gun that is belt fed– and with a belt full of ammunition.  In the weapons cache were numerous assault weapons
including SKS, Colt AR-15’s, sawed off shotguns with
pistol grips, and Tech Nine assault weapons.

Several of the assault weapons are to believed to be
fully automatic.  Many of the weapons were loaded.

Deputies are continuing to try to determine what is– and what is not– reported stolen property.  Citizens that are missing property, especially a firearm and who live in the area of Flint Rock Road may E-mail Sheriff’s Property Technician Ryan Chamberlain at

guns4This is an ongoing investigation.  Additional charges against Ryan Floyd, who resembles Alfred E. Newman, will be sought.



The investigation into Ryan Floyd is continuing, the HCSO said.

Deputies initially located 42 grams of hashish at Floyd’s residence, an additional four grams of suspected methamphetamine, an additional stolen trailer ( besides the stolen car), thousands of rounds of various ammunition, twenty ballistic
vests, numerous tactical holsters and empty rifle
cases, and a total of 6 high capacity magazines.

guns6The Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation into this case and the California Highway Patrol is assisting with processing the numerous vehicles on the property to determine whether or not they are stolen.

The total amount of dried marijuana bud seized on the property was approximately 117 pounds.

Previously, on February 7, at 8:30 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents conducted a probation search at the residence of Ryan Floyd, 30-years-old, in the 500 block of Flint Rock Road (off Wade Road ) in Garberville.

guns7When deputies arrived at the residence they located Floyd and arrested him on the outstanding no bail felony warrant for his arrest.  Deputies on scene conducted a probation search of the residence.

So far deputies have located:

  • 45 pounds of dried marijuana bud
  • $12,000.00 cash
  • A .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun
  • 1 oz of suspected heroin
  • 2 grams of suspected methamphetamine
  • Body armor
  • Numerous loaded high capacity magazines
  • Scales
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Other indications of drug sales
  • And what is estimated to be over forty vehicles,
    along with numerous all terrain vehicles.

bear cameraOne of the vehicles is confirmed stolen.  Deputies anticipate being at the residence for a lengthy period of time conducting their investigation and searching the property and vehicles.

Besides the outstanding arrest warrant, Floyd was arrested for:

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of a controlled substance for sale
  • Cultivation of marijuana
  • Possession of marijuana for sale
  • Illegal possession of a firearm magazine
  • llegal possession of ammunition by a convicted felon
  • llegal possession of a firearm
  • Violation of probation

Other charges may be added as the investigation continues.  He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he his being held without bail.

gerbilDeputies also located a second male on the property identified as Gregory Benson, 48-years-old, from Garberville.  Benson was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for illegal possession of ammunition and a firearm by a prohibited person.  His bail was set at $50,000.

So how did it all begin?  With a very slow speed chase.

On February 2. a deputy attempted to pull over a black Chevy Silverado pickup truck for driving erratically and with no rear license plate on Dyerville Loop Road and Fort Seward Road in the Dyerville area of Humboldt County.

When the deputy activated his overhead lights the vehicle
failed to stop– and a pursuit was initiated.

madA slow speed pursuit traveled east on Fort Seward road at speeds of around 30 mph.  At one point the pickup traveled onto the middle fork of the Eel River on the gravel bar before looping back onto Fort Seward Road.

A second HCSO deputy caught up with the original deputy and they continued pursing the vehicle on Fort Seward Road at speeds of approximately 30 mph.  When the vehicle drove up to the intersection of Dyerville Loop Road and Fort Seward Road, it turned south onto Dyerville Loop road.

Approximately one half mile later, the vehicle drove off the roadway and down a hillside before crashing into a tree.  When deputies reached the vehicle it was unoccupied. 
Deputies learned the vehicle was registered to a
residence in the 29000 block of Alderpoint Road in

When contact was made with the registered owners of the truck, they were on vacation out of the area.  A relative checked their residence and learned the vehicle was just stolen from their residence and their residence had been burglarized.


The Sheriff’s Office was asking for the public’s help in locating Ryan Floyd, until they recently found him.  His companion, Honey Walsh, is a persons of interest in this case and presumably still wanted for questioning and some ’splainin’ to do.

floydFloyd was described as follows:

  • White male adult
  • 30-years-old
  • 5-8 and 155 pounds
  • Strawberry blond hair

Floyd currently has a no-bail felony warrant for his arrest for being armed while possessing narcotics issued by Humboldt County Superior Court.

Honey Walsh is described as:

White Female adult

  • 29-years-old
  • 5-6, and 130 lbs
  • Brown hair and green eyes

Miss Honey-Pot is from the Cave Junction, Oregon, area.  She has a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest for possession of a controlled substance out of Humboldt County Superior Court.

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You can click on the pictures to biggify.  If you recognize your gun, contact the HCSO, above.  Or not.

Groceries, guns, and ammunition.  You just can’t have enough of them to get by these days.  Lawyers, too.

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Deadly Wave Claims Life at Shelter Cove


Fourth Drowning Tragedy on North Coast this Winter


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


A woman was swept out to sea by a large wave and drowned at Shelter Cove yesterday in the second such
incident claiming four Humboldt County lives this winter.

Humboldt County Coroner David Parris identified the victim as Susan Kay Archer, 32-years-old, a resident of Shelter Cove.

Her body was brought to shore after a roughly 45-minute search by Coast Guard boat and helicopter.  Attempts to revive her with CPR were unsuccessful, Parris said.

Archer was walking on a rocky beach near her home with her boyfriend and dog as they do on most mornings.  They approached several rocks jutting out of Black Sands beach and waited for the water to recede before crossing around them.

black sand beach2Archer and the couple’s dog had just made it around the other side when a wave crashed onto shore much faster than they had been expecting, Parris and the Times-Standard reported.  That’s when she was abruptly swept into the ocean.

Her dog was pulled into the water but was able to swim back to shore.  Her boyfriend was hurt when he was thrown against the shoreline rocks but he wasn’t swept up into the wave, officials said.  He suffered severe cuts and lacerations but was able to call 911 after scrambling to higher ground.

The waves were particularly hazardous yesterday and ranged from 10-15 feet, the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Department reported.

Authorities are warning beach-goers to stay away from the water’s edge and watch out for “sneaker waves” that can suddenly roar ashore. 

wave“The entire shoreline of Northern California is very dangerous at this time of year,” Parris said.  ”These waves can sneak up on you so quickly that you don’t have the ability to swim or recover.”

The tragedy is the fourth drowning mishap in the past few months in Humboldt County.

In November, Howard and Mary Scott Kuljian drowned and their 16-year-old son Gregory disappeared trying to save their dog at a beach near Big Lagoon.  The dog was chasing a thrown stick when it got pulled into the ocean by 8- to 10-foot

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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.







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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.


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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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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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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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Pint Glass Assault At Brass Rail

Unidentified man sought by Sheriff’s Office


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


A man was sent to the hospital early this morning after a pint glass made violent contact with his face.

At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an assault at Redway’s Brass Rail Inn. A 22-year-old Washington D.C. resident was contacted; the man had several lacerations on the right side of his face. Medical first responders were summoned and the victim was transported to a local hospital and later released after treatment.

The victim was drinking at the bar with his 23-year-old brother when an unidentified male they had just met suddenly struck the victim in the face with a pint glass, which shattered on impact. According to the report disseminated by HCSO lieutenant Steve Knight, the suspect then fled the bar on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s with skinny build, wearing a grey and black sweatshirt. Law enforcement is not releasing the possible suspect name at this time until the investigating deputy is able to confirm the suspect’s identity.

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

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Half a Million in Cash and 300 Pounds of Pot Pinched

Island Mountain Man Loses Everything Between Utah and Humboldt County


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


On Wednesday, August 15, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) received a call from the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) around noon.  The UHP told the Sheriff’s Office they had stopped a pickup truck on Westbound US Interstate-80
outside of Salt Lake City for a traffic violation.

After stopping the truck, the officers deployed a K-9 trained to detect narcotics.  The K-9 indicated there were narcotics possibly in an after-market fuel tank that was located in the bed of the pickup truck, according to today’s HCSO release.

The officers looked in the fuel tank and located a hidden compartment containing $500,000 in US Currency.  The UHP arrested the driver of the vehicle identified as Larry Edward Treadaway, 61-years-old.  Mr. Treadaway was arrested for money laundering, transportation of contraband in a hidden compartment, and conspiracy to distribute contraband, all of which are felonies in Utah.

The UHP learned Treadaway was from Humboldt County.  After speaking with the Highway Patrol Officers, Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies learned Treadaway lived at a residence in the Island Mountain area of Southeastern Humboldt County.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant based upon the information provided by the UHP deputies.  Deputies responded to the 600 block of South Face Road, Island Mountain, and served the search warrant.  The deputies were assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF).

Upon arriving at the 37-acre parcel which included a residence, deputies located five large green houses containing growing marijuana and outdoor growing marijuana plants.  Deputies seized 1,242 growing marijuana plants that were approximately five feet in height.

They also found 65 pounds of processed marijuana, 232 pounds of drying marijuana bud, 46 pounds of marijuana bud packaged for sale in one pound bags, and $10,000.00 in US currency. 

The Sheriffs Office will be seeking an arrest warrant through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for Treadaway.  The charges requested will be
for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency ( DEA) has also been contacted and is assisting with the investigation and evaluating for possible federal charges, HCSO’s Sheriff Downey said.

Photo Credit:  Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Utah Highway Patrol

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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SoHum Felony Hit-and-Run Accident

Alcohol Considered Factor in Redway Injury


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


On Monday, July 30, 2012, at 5:35 pm, 24 year-old Marcel Philip Martino of San Carlos, California, was driving his 1996 Dodge Ram into the Brass Rail parking lot off Redwood Drive in Redway.

While attempting to make a parking maneuver, Martino backed his vehicle into two parked vehicles.  Martino then fled the scene southbound on Redwood Drive toward Garberville, the California Highway Patrol reported in their press release today.

As he passed Alderpoint Road, Martino turned his vehicle to the right, causing the right side of his vehicle to collide into the guardrail. His vehicle re-entered the southbound lane of Redwood Drive and collided into the rear of a 1993 Nissan Pickup driven by 52 year-old Nancy Jean Best of Garberville, California, who was also traveling southbound on Redwood Drive, directly in front of Martino.

Martino fled the scene on foot and was located later that evening in the Garberville area where he was apprehended by the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Best was transported by ground ambulance to Jerold Phelps Hospital in Garberville with major injuries.  DUI is believed to be a factor in this collision.  Best was wearing her seatbelt at the time of this collision but it is unknown if Martino was wearing his seatbelt and didn’t sustain any injuries as a result of this collision.

Martino was booked into the Humboldt County Jail on felony DUI charges as well as felony and misdemeanor hit-and-run, and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

The Garberville Area CHP office is currently investigating this collision, according to their release.

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(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Marijuana Busts in Redway and Garberville

One Arrest, Cash and 1,330 Plants Seized


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


On Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at about 8:45 a.m., the Humboldt County Drug Task Force was assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in serving two search warrants in the Garberville area that were related to each other, according to the HCSO Drug Task Force release.

The first search warrant was served at a residence located in the 300 block of Oakridge Drive in Redway. There, officers located an indoor marijuana growing operation in the shop area behind the residence.

Officers seized 256 growing marijuana plants which were approximately 6 inches in height.  Officers also seized 3 rifles and approximately $12,000 dollars in cash.  No one was at home at the time when the search warrant was served.

The second search warrant was served on a parcel of property located off Cannick Creek Road in Garberville.  Officers located 3 greenhouses on the property and seized 1,074 growing marijuana plants that ranged in height from 2 to 5 feet in size.

Officers located one subject on the property whom they identified as Jesus Vega, age 45, from Fortuna.  Vega was released at the scene with a notice to appear for Cultivation and Possession for Sale of Marijuana.

There are other suspects associated in this investigation.  This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, according to the press release.

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(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Baseball Bat Attack In Briceland

Previous dispute allegedly led to motorcycle crash and beating


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted on Tuesday, July 10, at around 8:00 p.m., by a 33 year-old male Shelter Cove resident who reported he had been assaulted with a baseball bat.  Medical personnel were summoned to the scene at the time along with the HCSO, according to the their press release.

The victim told the investigating deputy he had been in a recent dispute with the suspect that he identified as Ryan Anthony Tanner, a 22 year-old male from Briceland.  The victim told the deputy he was riding his motorcycle on Briceland Road, near the Whitethorn Junction, when a white pickup truck driven by Tanner rammed him from behind.  The victim lost control of his motorcycle and crashed.

Tanner stopped the truck, exited the truck and began striking the victim in the head and chest an estimated 10-12 times with a baseball bat.  The victim was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the assault.  Tanner then drove off, leaving the victim in the roadway.

The victim drove to a local store and called 911.  He was transported to a local hospital to be treated for head and neck injuries, the HCSO reported.

On Wednesday, July 11 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Ryan Tanner surrendered to the Sheriffs Office at the Garberville Station, where he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.  Tanner was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.00.

HCSO notes that anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case (HCSO case # 201203390) 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.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Spouse Abuser Found Guilty

Gorden Graham of Gridley attacked wife on SoHum honeymoon

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

Another wife-batterer will be doing years in state prison after verdicts were delivered in the court of Humboldt County Judge Bruce Watson yesterday.

The jury found 47-year old Gridley resident Gorden Curtis Graham guilty of felony corporal injury to a spouse and misdemeanor interfering with a cell phone call.

On Graham’s honeymoon with his wife in Southern Humboldt on June 2 of last year, he was determined to have kicked his spouse in the chest and grabbed her by her hair, pulling her off her feet and by doing so injuring her hip and back. He also stole her cellular phone as she tried to call for help.

“This case is a bit unusual in that this was a first-time victim and she took action right away,” Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo, who prosecuted the case, stated in a release. “She called for help and decided immediately that she was not going to tolerate this kind of behavior.”

Graham is to be sentenced on June 8 by Watson and faces a maximum penalty of four-and-a-half years in custody.

“The victim also played an active and very important role in the prosecution of this case,” Pizzo stated. “Our office hopes more victims of domestic violence are inspired to do the same.”

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Unauthorized Vicodin Giveaway In Garberville

Robert Cree allegedly proceeds to piss in public and get arrested


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


A man trying to give away Vicodin in downtown Garberville landed himself in jail yesterday afternoon after annoying several local residents.

At about 1:30 p.m. Monday, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office heard from a Garberville woman that a man had just approached her, opened a pill bottle and tried to give her Vicodin. After she declined, he then allegedly walked away, urinated in the public hallway in front of several business entrances and made verbal threats towards her.

Responding to the scene near the 700 block of Redwood Drive, deputies found the man pounding on the door of a nearby residence. As the cops approached, the door opened and the suspect entered the residence, closing the door behind him. When the deputy knocked on the door, a teenage male opened it and said he had no idea who the suspect was, as the man had simply walked inside the residence when the door was opened.

According to lieutenant Steve Knight in a release, the deputy entered the home to find the suspect yelling and shouting in the living room of the residence. After taking him into custody, an adult female told the cops that she also didn’t know the man and did not understand why he would enter her home other than to escape the deputy.

Identified as 56-year-old Robert Scott Cree of Garberville, the suspect was arrested for sales or offering of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a prescribed drug and public intoxication — upon their search, deputies found Vicodin and another prescription drug in his possession. Cree was transported to county jail and held on $50,000 bail.

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UPDATED: Transient Arrested In Garberville Stabbing

James Rowe allegedly inflicted deep wounds to face, chest, neck and hands


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


UPDATE: At about midnight last night, the suspect was arrested without incident near Evergreen Road in Garberville. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on assault with a deadly weapon and murder charges, and is being held without bail.

A be-on-the-lookout notice has been issued for a Garberville area transient accused of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

At about 6:30 p.m. yesterday, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a stabbing victim at Jerold Phelps Hospital in Garberville. The 50-year-old male victim had deep stab wounds to his face, chest, neck and hands, and when deputies arrived, he told them he didn’t know what happened.

Several witnesses say they did, however — the cops eventually determined that a fight had ensued between the unnamed victim and the suspect, 42-year old James Albert Rowe, a parolee who was considered to be homeless. He is described as a white male, 5 foot 11 inches in height, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

James Albert Rowe after his arrest last night.

According to HCSO lieutenant Steve Knight in a release, witness accounts describe a fight taking place at 5:30 p.m. near Calico Cafe and Rays Food Place on Redwood Drive in downtown Garberville. Evidence on the scene, police say, is consistent with the witness statements.

The victim is still under treatment in the hospital for the injuries he sustained.

If Rowe is sighted, the HCSO urges members of the public not to approach him — they are asked to call them at (707) 445-7251, the Garberville Station at (707) 923-2762 or their Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

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Two Saved From Burning Plane Crash

Cessna reportedly stalled, then took a dive at Dinsmore Airport


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


The pilot of a light aircraft was airlifted to the Central Valley for medical treatment after his plane crashed at Dinsmore Airport midday today.

At about 12:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a nose-first crash of a plane with two people aboard. Deputies and medical personnel were immediately dispatched to the remote rural airport, along with a Trinity County Sheriff’s deputy due to the proximity of the airport to the neighboring county.

Upon their arrival, HCSO personnel learned that the plane, a 1963-vintage Cessna Model 172 E, crashed as it was landing, possibly due to an in-flight stall. Two Caltrans workers on Highway 36 witnessed the crash, rushing to aid the injured pilot and passenger, pulling them both from the plane before it caught fire and burned.

The pilot, a 65-year-old flight instructor from Garberville, was airlifted to Redding Mercy Hospital for treatment of his broken bones; the 30-year-old passenger was a student pilot from Redway, and according to HCSO lieutenant Steve Knight, he received only minor injuries.

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Stranded Shelter Cove Hikers Rescued

“No Pass Rock” was passed, with discomfiting consequences


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


Three Southern Humboldt residents were lifted to safety in a 22-hour rescue over the weekend after becoming stranded in a ravine south of Shelter Cove beach.

At about 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a cell phone call from stranded hikers who had gone for a walk along the beach south of the town of Shelter Cove, where they went past “No Pass Rock” and the tide came in to block their return. Upon their attempt to hike up and over the rock when it became dark, the three hikers slipped down a hillside into a ravine, which they were unable to climb up or down to escape.

The HCSO immediately initiated a Search and Rescue call out, as well as requesting assistance from the Shelter cove Volunteer Fire Department, which activated the Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue Team, who responded to the area with volunteers from Shelter Cove.

Upon their arrival, rescue personnel evaluated the situation and spoke with the rescued hikers, who were uninjured and determined to be in a safe place. They decided to wait until daybreak to attempt a rescue due to safety concerns; a helicopter could not be used in the rescue due to weather conditions and the terrain. Instead, a high-angle rope rescue was initiated at dawn on Sunday by the rescue team and fire department; 27-year-old Timothy Philips of Redway, 25-year-old Whitney Hacket of Briceland and 24-year-old Pierce Shippan of Sutter Creek were all safely pulled out of the ravine by 3:00 p.m.

A total of twenty rescuers were involved in the effort and none were injured, according to a release from HCSO lieutenant Steve Knight.

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Massive Hash Bust In Southern Humboldt

Sheriffs net 33 pounds of hash, 124 pounds of pot and seven suspects


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


On their way to serve a warrant on one set of suspects in a remote Southern Humboldt County ranch, local, state and federal law enforcement personnel stumbled their way into a major bust on a completely different property.

In the Tooby Ranch area outside of Garberville at 2:30 p.m. yesterday, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office had been looking to scope out landowner Joshua Sweet when they found a well-developed hash-making factory on a nearby property.

In cooperation with federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and personnel from the California Department of Fish and Game, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force bagged 33 pounds of hash, 124 pounds of drying marijuana bud, trim and shake and 38 growing marijuana plants. The cops also found three rifles and one handgun on scene.

Colin Schilling

Colin Schilling

Justin Henseth

Justin Henseth

In the course of their investigation, seven suspects were found at the has factory and arrested for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales, and for being armed in the commission of a felony. In addition to 29-year-old Justin W. Henseth of Washington State and 22-year-old Colin M. Schilling of Salem, Oregon, five others have had immigration holds placed on them, preventing them from skipping out on bail. These five suspected illegal immigrants include 34-year-old Melicio Gaona-Bran, 23-year-old Alfonso Ozozco-Zepeda, 19-year-old Oscar Vargas-Riveria, 24-year-old Jesus Gaona-Bran and 29-year-old Alejandro Gaona-Bran.

Investigation into this case continues by the HSCO, who can be reached at (707) 445-7251.

Alejandro Gaonabran

Alejandro Gaonabran

Oscar Vargasrivera

Oscar Vargasrivera

Alfonso Orozoco-Zepeda

Alfonso Orozoco-Zepeda

Melecio Gaonabran

Melecio Gaonabran

Jesus Gaonabran

Jesus Gaonabran

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  • Department of Good Stuff: Drugs
    Drug Policy Alliance National Drug Strategy Alliance NORML Students for a Sensible Drug Policy […]
  • Impeachable defenses; What Clinton taught us about the media
    From our overstocked archives Sam  Smith, 1998-In the beginning there was just a governor from Arkansas. Elsewhere, hardly anyone knew much about him. The few who did included those attending some of the nearly 100 meetings at Pam Harriman's house moderated by Clark Clifford and Robert Strauss. The cover charge for contributors was $1,000 a head and Har […]
  • Hottest first three months on record
    Think Progress - NASA reported that this was the hottest three-month start (January to March) of any year on record. This was the third warmest March on record in NASA’s dataset ...The odds are increasing that this will be the hottest year on record. Last week NOAA predicted a 60 percent chance that the El Niño it declared in March will continue all year. El […]
  • Word
    The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine t […]