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More Humboldt Mayhem

 

Machete-Wielding Man Attacks Wife

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

What is happening to the City of Eureka now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Willow Creek Crime Wave– As Sheriff Sleeps

 

Residents:  Sheriff Downey Unresponsive and Uncommunicative

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The following article by Krista Korns in the March 21 edition of the Two Rivers Tribune should be of interest to
readers. 

Reprinted here, we hope– and trust– Sheriff Downey will get
on the case once the nap is over:

“Willow Creek residents at the Willow Creek Community Service District (WCCSD) meeting last month expressed their frustration with County law enforcement cutbacks.

Residents said the small Eastern Humboldt County town is in the midst of a crime wave, citing at least two armed home invasions, several armed robberies, and at least one major burglary.

Ray’s Food Place in Willow Creek was robbed twice at gunpoint.  The Patriot Gas Station was also robbed by an armed gunman. 

Burglars used a truck to rip the door off of the Tonkin Wildlife Museum, getting away with several exhibits.

The County is cutting back on law enforcement despite the increased levels of crime in the area. A single Sheriff’s Deputy will be on duty from 6 am to 6 pm.

Local fishing guide Ed Duggan, said, “We think it’s deplorable that if we have an incident after 6 pm, we’re going to have to wait for a Deputy to come out here from the Coast.”

WCCSD Vice Chairman Judy Gower said, “Once the Sheriff is off, there’s no one on duty until the next morning.  It’s not going to take them long to figure out that at about 10 o’clock it takes two hours for any response.”

Board Chairman Bruce Nelson said they emailed Sheriff Downey three times about the issue and requested that someone from his department attend the WCCSD meeting.

“We asked him to explain why coverage is being cut back with all of the recent armed robberies and home invasions,” Nelson said.

“I don’t understand why he didn’t at least email us back and attempt to communicate with us,” Nelson added.

Privately, several residents told the Two Rivers Tribune they were worried that the next robbery attempt might end in a gun battle downtown if people take matters into their own hands.

“I’m really worried about our local law enforcement having no backup,” Nelson said.

Nathan Falk said, “Two years ago Sheriff Downey stood in front of us and said we’d have Sheriff’s Deputies here and they wouldn’t leave until midnight.  He hasn’t kept his word.”

Nelson said, “If they were to look us in the eye and say ‘we’re doing our best,’ that would go over a lot better than just not contacting us.”

 

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Sheriff, please check your mail and kindly return calls within a month.  It’s the least you can do before the shooting starts.

That’s why we pay you the big money as an elected official.  Especially given your timely rejection of our $17.5 million SB 1022 grant—all because a simple financial spreadsheet failed to be included in the grant package.

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Crime Flies

 

–Crime After Crime–

(UPDATED)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

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

~Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

The Times-Standard has more details here. 

 

Every Environmental Weed and Greed Violation Possible

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATE September 21:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Another McKinleyville Gas Station Gets Knocked Off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gang Ties Alleged in Stabbing Death

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

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

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16 Heads Rolled to the Pokey in Bridgeville Weed Bust

 

Everyone Was Busted– Except Boris and Natasha

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some folks simply have all the luck.

 

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Photo Series Link: Deadly Crossbow Attack in Manila

 

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

Picture Series Link Below

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

From the Times-Standard Media Center:

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

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

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

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

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

 

**UPDATE September 9, 2013**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

**UPDATE September 10, 2013**

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

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

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Crime Does Not Pay

 

–Most of the Time–

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Thunder in the Thorns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

.357 Thwarts Eureka Peeping Tom Scoundrel

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The victim was treated and released from the hospital.

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

 

Booty Bandit Wife-Beater Druggie Busted

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Humboldt Crime After Crime

 

Time After Time

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

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

 

Woman Assaulted With Machete Behind Bayshore Mall

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

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

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

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

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

 

Woman Shot in Sleepy Cutten Over Weed Deal Gone Bad

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

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

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

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

The subjects being sought are described as

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

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

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

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

 

Creep Abandons Three Old Female Dogs in Fairhaven To Die

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Motorcycle Rider Succumbs Following Collision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dead Fisher Found At Marijuana Grow Killed With Poison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Search for Missing Female Hiker Continues (UPDATED)

From the HCSO:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kym Kemp has more details in her story here.

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Sigh.  Crime never sleeps in the Naked City.

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Humboldt Hill Home Rocked By Gunfire

 

Family Safe After Early Morning Shooting

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

It was certainly a wake-up call.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No one was injured in the shooting.

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

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Humboldt’s Gnarly Wave in Crime

 

Pot, Parolees, and Peace Officers Gone Wild

 

Skippy Masssey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Sheesh. 

Take a few days off and crime blossoms like fungi. 

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

 

Abducted Teen Hunt Centers on Idaho Wilderness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Duck Pond Crash and Spree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fighting, Meth, and Guns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tweaker’s Sticky Fingers Leads to Meth and Gun Arrest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Speedy Driver Leads to Pot Bust

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bicyclists Beware of a Speeding Mr. Combs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CARE Program Abused by Arcata Pot Growing Couple 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Robbed at Gunpoint for the Weed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The suspects are described as follows:

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

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

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

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

 

Woman Fights Off Kidnapper; Parolee Nabbed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Graphic art by 1970s underground artist Robert Crumb)

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Medical Marijuana Not Immune From Seizure

 

California Appeals Court Rules on Humboldt County Cannabis Case

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

SAN FRANCISCO (Courthouse News)The mere presence of users’ medical marijuana recommendations
at a grow site did not immunize the crop from seizure, nor
did it require police to prove the growers were guilty of a
crime before they could destroy the harvest, a California
appeals court ruled last week.

 The case stems from a 2008 open field eradication project by Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies and agents from the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) task force.

 ”The facts are largely undisputed,” P.J. McGuiness and J. Jenkins wrote for the appellate court.

Officers “entered a garden that contained 118 marijuana plants ranging from three to eight feet tall with an average diameter of six to seven feet,” according to the ruling.  

Four medical marijuana recommendations were posted on the gate, for Sylvia, Timothy and Roscoe Littlefield, specifying conditions that included degenerative joint disease, low back pain, anxiety and glaucoma and indicating “the use of up to two ounces of cannabis per day, the equivalent of 45.6 pounds per year,” the court noted.  A fourth recommendation, for Jeffrey Libertini, did not specify a condition or dose.

Officers found a second plot on the property with “an additional 96 flowering marijuana plants from three to eight feet tall and averaging four to six feet wide.  Medical marijuana recommendations for Richard Littlefield and Summer Brown, each of which indicated up to two ounces daily for degenerative joint disease and low back pain, were posted in this garden,” the appellate court wrote.

The Sheriff’s Department “believed the recommendations were invalid and the marijuana should be seized.”  The appellate court noted the quantity was “enough of a supply for two ounces of cannabis daily for six people for five and one-half years.”

An affidavit by Deputy Cyrus Silva stated that destroying the marijuana complied with Health and Safety Code requirements and that it was not reasonably possible to store it elsewhere.

“Humboldt County does not have adequate storage facilities, or sufficient personnel to guard the marijuana.  In addition, recently harvested marijuana gives off great volumes of heat and may erupt into fire,” he wrote.  Most of the two large crops were destroyed, though some samples were kept for evidence, and a few other plots on the property were left undisturbed.

The Littlefield family sued Humboldt County for “the replacement value of the confiscated cannabis, physical and mental suffering, emotional distress, and medical expenses,” the appellate court wrote, but Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Christopher Wilson did not find their arguments compelling.

Wilson ruled that the quantity of marijuana would lead “a person of ordinary caution or prudence to believe, and conscientiously entertain a strong suspicion of the guilt of the accused,” that the requirements of probable cause had been met, and that the Littlefields did not lawfully possess the marijuana.  He did not buy into statements by an expert witness for the Littlefields, who failed to convince him that he had specific knowledge of the plaintiffs’ medical needs.

 California’s First Appellate District reviewed the facts of the case and examined each of the Littlefields’ arguments, agreeing with Wilson that the seizure and destruction of the marijuana was neither unconstitutional nor illegal.

 The appellate court agreed that the seizure was supported by probable cause and cited case law on the limits of medical marijuana legalization.

 ”The most salient fact here is the vast quantity of marijuana found,” the ruling states.  ”The CUA [Compassionate Care Act, California's medical marijuana statute] protects the possession of marijuana only in an amount reasonably related to the user’s current medical needs.”

 The appellate court agreed that the seizure was supported by probable cause and cited case law on the limits of medical marijuana legalization. “The most salient fact here is the vast quantity of marijuana found,” the ruling states.

The court also expressed skepticism about the recommendations themselves. “Each purports to authorize the use of up to two ounces per person per day, or 45.6 pounds of cannabis per year – 15 times the three pounds per year deemed reasonable under the County’s Ordinance,” the court wrote (emphasis in original).

The Littlefields claimed the County unlawfully destroyed their stash, but the appeals court agreed with Deputy Silva’s affidavit, quoted above, that the destruction complied with the Health and Safety Code.

The appeals court backed the trial court’s ruling that the Littlefields did not bring admissible evidence showing their possession was lawful, and ultimately concluded the trial court’s ruling was sound.

Kym Kemp, a writer who has followed medical marijuana issues in Humboldt County, told Courthouse News that the ruling could influence the dynamics of marijuana policing.

Referring to California’s Proposition 215, the 1996 ballot initiative that legalized marijuana use with a doctor’s recommendation, Kemp said, “An officer in the field now can feel more comfortable pulling out plants even with 215 recommendations, without having to worry about being sued or having to reimburse the growers.  It could be a game changer for growers and for law enforcement.”

Khurshid Khoja of Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, former general counsel for the Emerald Growers Association, told Courthouse News, “Given the number of plants that were seized and destroyed and the nature of the recommendations, it seems like a reasonable decision by the court.”

He added that there are some medical marijuana preparations on the market today, such as highly concentrated oils, which might require the use of up to two ounces a day to produce, but that the Littlefields had not brought a credible medical witness to testify during
summary judgment proceedings that they needed that much.

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Article courtesy of Barbara Wallace and the Courthouse News Service 
Images by the Humboldt Sentinel

Thadeus Greenson’s article in the Times-Standard news has more details of the case.

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Marijuana Growers Lay Waste to Eastern Humboldt

 

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

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The three researchers again accompanied the officers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Times-Standard news has more here.

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Crime, Caped Criminals, and Fast Cars

 

All Roads Lead to Trouble

 

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

Caped Criminal Crusader Thwarted in Gas Station Robbery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Knife-Wielding Hostage Crisis Successfully Ends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Stolen Getaway Car Gets Away

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

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

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

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

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

 

Traffic Fatality on US 101 Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Traffic Fatality On US 101 Saturday, Too

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In The Jailhouse Now

 

Law and Disorder:  A Crock of Crook Reports

(VIDEO)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

Playing With Fire

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

One Wild and Crazy Guy Running Loose Without Probation Supervision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Taser Shock and Awe Altercation in Fortuna

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

Take this for example.

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

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

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

When the HCSO deputy arrived he spoke with two victims.

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

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

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

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

Fortuna Police then arrived and took Passerini into custody.  The HCSO deputy recovered a fixed bladed knife where the male victim said Passerini threw a knife at him.

Passerini was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting an executive officer and providing false information to a police officer.  His bail is set at $50,000.

The male victim told deputies he would be seeking medical attention for the bite on his finger.  The female victim was uninjured.

A few pecans shy of a fruitcake and a couple clowns short of a circus, he’s not exactly the brightest light on the Christmas tree– even with a Taser’s help.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this case or
related criminal activity to call them at 445-7251 or the Crime Tip Line at 268-2539.

 

Another Probationer Without Supervision Found Running Amok

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.

On July 20, officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to the Super 8 motel to contact Thomas William Strader Jr., age 41, in regards to a felony level warrant for his arrest. 

Mr. Strader is currently on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for PC 496(a) – Possession of Stolen property. 

The problem is, there is no supervision.  One is free to gloriously crash and burn being left to their own devices.

Officers contacted Strader at the motel and he was placed under arrest for the outstanding warrant. 

During a search of the motel room occupied by Strader per the terms of his probation, a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun was located. 

The handgun had been reported stolen in Eureka on 7/06/2013. 

Also located was approximatly one pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia associated with the use of methamphetamines.

Strader was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for PC 29800(a)(1) – Felon in possession of a handgun, PC 496(a) – Possession of stolen property, H&S 11357(c) – Possession of over one ounce of marijuana and H&S 11364.1(a) – Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Unfortunately there is no rehab for stupidity.

 

High-Speed Car Pursuit Steals Away

On Sunday, July 21 at approximately 2:30 am, the Eureka Police Department broadcasted that a 1995 White Honda Accord had been stolen from the 1400 block of H Street in Eureka.

At approximately 4:45 am, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputy was parked at the intersection of Herrick Avenue and Elk River Road in Eureka when the Honda drove by him. 

The deputy confirmed the vehicle was stolen and attempted to stop it.

The Honda sped up and a pursuit was initiated. The Honda drove northbound into Eureka on Broadway with the deputy pursuing it, reaching speeds of up to 75 mph in a 40 mph zone.  The Honda turned onto Harris Street from Broadway and attempted to lose the pursuing deputy by making several turns onto multiple streets. 

During the pursuit, the Honda ran through several stop lights and stop signs before the Honda drove onto Q Street, which is a dead end.  The driver jumped out of the still-moving vehicle and was last seen running southeast toward Duck Street, Eureka.

The Honda came to stop with the front passenger wheel off an embankment.  The pursuit lasted approximately six minutes and covered approximately three miles.  The suspect was not located after an extensive search of the area.

The suspect is described as follows: A dark skinned male adult, 5′ 7” tall, 140 to 150 lbs, last seen wearing a yellowish tan plaid zip up hoodie style sweatshirt.

Stealing, of course, is a crime, and a very rude thing to do. But like most rude things, it’s excusable under certain circumstances.  Stealing isn’t excusable if, for instance, you decide that a certain car would be better off with you, and you simply jack it and disappear away.  But if you were very, very hungry, and you had no way of obtaining money, it would be excusable to grab the car and eat it.

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

 

Friendly Fortuna Rodeo Hosts Serious Stabbing Event

Violence is the way some dim folks try to level the playing field.

A man was stabbed in the neck Friday night, July 19, after getting into an argument with another man at the Fortuna Rodeo, officials confirmed on Saturday.  

The victim was transferred to Redwood Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Just before 9 pm on Friday, two men got into an argument in the rodeo grounds, Fortuna Police Department Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht said.

During the argument, Steven Stauffacher, 25, of Carlotta, allegedly stabbed a 49-year-old male victim, also of Carlotta, with a knife in the carotid artery and trachea, Ellebrecht said.

”I’m not sure why they got into an argument,” he said. “They did know each other.”

Stauffacher was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and transferred to the Humboldt County Pokey where he’s being held on $50,000 bail.

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When you’re in jail, a friend will be trying to bail you out.  In Humboldt, a best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, “Damn, that was fun.”

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Humboldt County Criminal Corpulence

 

Obesity, And Then Some

 

Skippy Massey
Humvboldt Sentinel

 

 

Another Escaped Convict on the Loose

An inmate escaped from Pelican Bay State Prison today at 12:30 pm, according to the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Department.  He was last seen running into the wooded area west of Lake Earl in Crescent City.

Tore David Digirolamo, 44, is a white male with black hair, a mustache and a beard.  He is 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.

Digirolamo’s original charge is domestic violence with great bodily injury and burglary, according to the Sheriff’s Department.  He was admitted to Pelican Bay on July 7, 2011, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The Sheriff’s Department, Crescent City Police K-9 units, and the California Highway Patrol are actively working on the search for the inmate.  

What Pelican Bay and the news release didn’t tell us is exactly how Mr. D was able to escape from the maximum security state prison in broad daylight.  We suspect someone was grabbing too many doughnuts while not paying attention and we hope they nab him before he nabs another victim. 

 

Myers Flat Morning Wood Whacker

At about 3 am this morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding an assault with a deadly weapon that had just occurred on the 200 block of Meyers Avenue in Myers Flat.

When deputies arrived they located a 39-year-old male victim in the driveway, bleeding from his ear.  The victim declined medical attention. The victim told a deputy that he was in his trailer on his property with his pregnant wife when a neighbor, identified as Gordon Paul Nichols, came into his trailer 15 minutes earlier, at about 2:45 am.

The male victim said that Nichols was intoxicated.  Both the victim and his wife told Nichols to leave their trailer pronto.  Nichols got pissed and shoved the victim’s wife to the ground.  The crazed inebriate, drunk out of his freakin’ gourd, then struck the man in the head with a piece of firewood.

The victim was knocked to the ground, dazed and confused from the ringing firewood blow which caused a laceration to his ear.

The wife wasn’t injured and came out of the brief scrap OK.  When the victim got up, he saw Nichols running away on foot.

Deputies checked the area for Nichols and could not find him.  Residents in the area are asked to be on the lookout for the scurrilous scoundrel, now a wanted man on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and for being about as dense as a piece of madrone firewood.

Mr. Nichols is described as a 48-year-old white male, standing 6-feet, 2-inches tall, weighing about 190 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes, and known to be in the Myers Flat and Rio Dell areas.

Update:  The Myers Flat man suspected of thwacking his neighbor with a piece of firewood this morning has been arrested, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reported.

A Sheriff’s Office press release stated that the wily wood whacker was arrested by the Rio Dell Police Department at about noon and booked into the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of whacking with a deadly weapon.  His bail is set at $50,000.

 

Head-on Into the Oberon

A Eureka man crashed his car into a Second Street building today but fortunately no one was horribly hurt, with the exception of his car getting pretty torn up.

The Eureka Police Department was dispatched today, shortly before 7 a.m., to the 500 block of Second Street on the report on an unknown injury traffic collision which involved a vehicle into a building.

Upon arrival, officers located the driver, 51-year-old Eureka resident Jeffrey White, sitting on the curb and bleeding from the face.

Emergency medical services were summoned.  Mr. White appeared to be suffering from an unknown medical issue and was brought to a local hospital.

A preliminary investigation showed that Mr. White was driving his 2007 Chevrolet Suburban westbound on Second Street when he possibly experienced an unknown medical issue which caused him to lose control of his vehicle.

The Suburban drifted left, crossed the eastbound lane of Second Street, jumped the curb, and then collided into a large cement garbage can.  The garbage can was propelled through
the front doors of the Oberon Grill at 516 Second Street, causing
significant damage to the front of the building.

The giant Suburban continued along the sidewalk and ran over a Pacific Gas and Energy owned streetlight.  It then crashed into a vacant building at 514 Second Street, causing significant damage.  One of the metal structural beams at 514 Second Street was sheered off and propelled into the windshield of the Suburban.  Fortunately, the beam did not enter the cab of the Suburban.

The roadway and sidewalk were shut down for about two hours while crews worked to clean the debris and remove the vehicle.  Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision, EPD said.

Suburbans are pretty phat rides.  Who knew they could be so tough?

 

Eureka U-Haul Thief Nabbed

On Sunday, at about 2:45 pm, while responding to an unassociated call for service, Eureka Police Department officers located Canyon Lee Backues, of Eureka, on the 2900 block of California Street.

The 19-year-old kid was wanted in connection with the theft of a U-Haul truck on July 7.  

Mr. Backues was also taken into custody on two active felony warrants for his arrest, both of them for possession of a controlled substance.

Unfortunately for him, a search of Backues following his arrest led officers to discover a small amount of suspected methamphetamine. 

Backues was also taken into custody on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and booked into the Humboldt County jail for all of the above violations.  He is being held without bail.

This is an open investigation and further details will be released as they become available, EPD said.  They’d also like to know why the two pictures here bear an uncanny resemblance to one another.

 

Prison Blues For You

And no more fun, either.

Prison dumb-mates Dennis Rene Welch and Glen Martin Whiteside, both minimum security inmates who escaped from the Eel River Conservation Camp CC#31 in Redway were apprehended this afternoon in Santa Cruz, California.

Mr. Welch and Mr. Whiteside were taken into custody by Special Agents from the Richmond and Rancho Cordova Special Services Unit of the Office of Correctional Safety along with the Santa Cruz’s Sheriff’s Department.

 

Another Tweaking Eureka Robbery

Never underestimate the stupid-ability of a junkie stealing.

On July 12 at about 11:45 pm, Officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to the 4000 block of Broadway for an attempted robbery that had just occurred.

Dispatch advised that a sketchy subject entered the business, brandished a knife at the cashier, and demanded cash from the register in a cold sweat.  The employee boldly refused, and the brazenly tweaky suspect fled into the depths of a dark and gloomy night.

Upon arrival, officers began searching the area for the suspect. 

While officers searched, the employee was contacted again and directed the officers to a nearby motel which is where he believed the suspect had sped and fled.

A witness was then contacted in the parking lot area of the motel.  He directed the officers to a crack house cottage located to the rear of the motel. 

There, the occupants of the cottage were contacted and detained.

The employee was brought over to the motel and positively identified one of the occupants as the suspect attempting to rob the business.

The suspect, identified as Ms. Christine Louise Tharp, 38-years old of
Eureka, was taken into custody.  A search to the arrest located the knife used during the robbery.

Ms. Tharp was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on a charge of robbery and is being held on $100,000 bail.  This is an ongoing investigation and further details will be released as they become available, EPD said.

Time to face the music and get healthy, Sweetie.  A clean slate and more fruits and vegetables on the plate does wonders.

 

Drunk Wheelchair Racer Loses Race

On July 12 at about 9:26 pm, Officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to the 1700 block of Broadway for an injury traffic collision involving a vehicle vs. a pedestrian.

Upon arrival, officers located a subject laying across the northbound lanes of Broadway.

Next to the subject was a crushed wheel chair, a broken 40-oz bottle of beer, and other debris.  Humboldt Bay Fire Department and City Ambulance personnel responded and transported the hit and sotted dude to the St. Joseph ER.

Officers contacted and interviewed the driver of the vehicle and other witnesses.  As a result of these interviews, it was determined that the vehicle was traveling nothbound on Broadway, just passing West Wabash, when the subject in the wheelchair suddenly wheeled out into the roadway in front of the vehicle.

The driver was unable to avoid the subject in the wheelchair and they impacted.  The location of the impact was approximately 217 feet north of the crosswalk.

The driver of the vehicle had not been drinking.  He was as clean as a whistle. 

The other guy however, was a different story.  The subject who was struck in the wheelchair racing across the street– outside of the sidewalk and traffic signals– was intoxicated.

Fortunately for him, he was treated at the hospital and reportedly came out with minor injuries– which is remarkable considering the condition of the demolished wheelchair above. 

Next time, use a stronger chair and lay off the sauce.

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We criminal fatties have a bond, dude. It’s like a secret society.  We got all kinds of shit you don’t know about.  Handshakes, special fat people dances– we got these secret fugging lairs in the center of the earth and we go down there in the middle of the night when all the law abiding people are sleeping and eat cake and fried chicken and shit.

Why do you think the cops are still sleeping?  Because we were up all night in the secret lair injecting butter frosting into our veins.

A fatty trusts another criminal fatty.  A scoundrel mind and a fat head invariably come from the same person.”

–John Goode

 

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Humboldt Dolts and Dweebs

 

Crime and Criminals Greedily Roost Together

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

Felons Make Break and Beat Feet

Never understimate the power of stupid people in large groups.  Minimum security conditions are just too confining for some jailbirds.

Two minimum security inmates walked away today from Eel River Conservation Camp located just outside Redway.

The first escapee, 20-year old Dennis Rene Welch, is described as a black male, 179 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and dark complexion.  He stands approximately 6’ 1” tall.

Mr. Welch was last seen wearing Orange Blaze colored jeans and a shirt with the initials CDCR prisoner written on them.  He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on October 23, 2012, from Santa Cruz County for 1st Degree Burglary.  He was scheduled to be paroled in January 2014.

The second escapee, 30-year old Glen Martin Whiteside, is described as a black male, 140 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and medium complexion.  He stands approximately 5’7” tall.

Like the other guy, Mr. Whiteside was last seen wearing Orange Blaze colored jeans and a shirt with initials CDCR prisoner written on it.

Committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on November 22, 2011, from Sacramento County for 2nd Degree Robbery, he was scheduled to be paroled in December 2014.

Both Welch and Whiteside were last seen at approximately 12:20 am Saturday, July 13.  Escape apprehension efforts are continuing.  Anyone seeing the dim bulbs should contact 911 or law enforcement authorities immediately.

Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of Dennis Rene Welch or Glen Martin Whiteside should contact the CCC Watch Commander at 530-257-2181 ext. 4173.

UPDATE July 15:  Prison Inmates Dennis Rene Welch and Glen Martin Whiteside, both minimum security inmates who escaped from the Eel River Conservation Camp CC#31 in Redway, California were apprehended this afternoon in Santa Cruz, California, the California Department of Corrections reported.

Mr. Welch and Mr. Whiteside were taken into custody by Special Agents from the Richmond and Rancho Cordova Special Services Unit of the Office of Correctional Safety, along with the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department.

 

Loleta Armed Robbery and Assault

Loleta used to be such a sleepy place for cows and people.

On July 10 at 4:45 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office received a call of an armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon that had just occurred in the 2700 block of Eel River Drive in Loleta.

The 57-year old male victim told the Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher he had been assaulted by two men in an apartment in Loleta. 

He said one of the men was armed with a double barrel shot gun, the other guy with a baseball bat.  The victim said he was injured jumping out a window to avoid the men.  He also said his Nissan truck was stolen by the suspects.

Deputies and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene.  Upon the deputies arrival they met with the victim.

The victim told the deputies he went to the residence to sell prescription drugs to the suspects.  Two girls he knew arranged the deal.  When he arrived and entered the residence, he was met by two men.  One of them had a shotgun; the other had a baseball ball bat.

They verbally threatened the victim while putting the shotgun into the victim’s face and took his cell phone.  The victim was able to jump out a window when he had an opportunity and ran to a phone to call 911 for help.  Meantime, the sketchy suspects fled with the victim’s 2007 Nissan truck.

Deputies responded to the residence where the assault occurred and searched it for the suspects.  No one was inside the residence; however deputies located evidence consistent with what the victim said occurred.  Deputies recovered a .410 double barreled sawed off shotgun from the residence.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.  He received injuries to his hand and shoulder jumping out the window.

The suspects were described as follows: One a dark-skinned male, the other a shorter dark-skinned male.  The victim had no further description.

The stolen truck is a red colored 2007 Nissan four wheel drive extra cab, with a lime green 4×4 sticker on the side rear quarter panels of both the left and right side, a black rack, no camper shell, a mounted black tool box in bed, cold air intake valve on the hood, no tailgate, and with a 5th wheel trailer hookup in the center of the bed.  The license is California Plate # 8X00644.

After investigating, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies identified and is looking for three suspects in connection with this robbery and assault.   They’re identified as follows:

Suspect #1:  Von Eric Keener, 39-years old, male, 6’3” tall, 250 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes.  Mr. Keener has a felony warrant for his arrest for be being a Parolee at Large.

Suspect #2:  Tristina Lavern Roberts, 28-year old, female, 5’ 4” tall, 150 lbs, with brown eyes and hair.

Suspect #3:  Darlene Patricia Vandeepol, 32-years old, female, 5” 7” tall, 125 lbs, blond hair and hazel eyes.

It’s too bad stupidity isn’t painful.

A be-on-the-lookout has been broadcast to all local law enforcement agencies.  Deputies are still working on identifying the other male suspect. Anyone with information regarding these three suspects or the crime is requested to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.

 

Greedy Fieldbrook Dope Scene

Why bother even living in a house when you can grow weed there instead?

On July 10 around high noon, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for marijuana in the 4700 block of Wiregrass Ridge Road in Fieldbrook.  Sheriff Deputies obtained the search warrant after receiving information by citizens about the commercial marijuana growing operation. 

When Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies and HCDTF agents arrived on the scene they located three structures and greenhouses.  No one was located at the scene.

Deputies searched the structures and greenhouses.  One structure was two stories high and estimated to be around 3,500 square feet in size.  The downstairs was being used solely to cultivate marijuana indoors while the upstairs was being used to process and dry the illicit marijuana.

Another structure was estimated to be 2,000 square feet and was only being used to grow marijuana indoors.  Deputies located marijuana being cultivated in seven other greenhouses and outside.

Altogether, a total of 1,449 growing marijuana plants ranging from 1 ½ feet to 4 feet tall were located– along with 180 pounds of marijuana bud.

The indoor marijuana grows contained a total of 72 1,000-watt lights with ballasts and hoods when deputies arrived; they were being powered by a 100 KW generator which the deputies seized.

Deputies saw the generator was leaking diesel and oil onto the ground and notified the Humboldt County Environmental Health Department of the environmental damage.  A third structure of approximately 200 square feet was located being used as a residence.  A loaded 12 gauge pump shotgun was located next to the structure being used as the residence.

The investigation is ongoing as to the suspect(s) responsible.  

Marijuana eventually dries out but dumb is forever with a longer shelf life.

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

 

More Fieldbrook Dope

Greedy misery loves greedier company.

On July 10 at 8:30 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force ( HCDTF) served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for marijuana in the 4900 block of Wiregrass Ridge Road in Fieldbrook.  Sheriff Deputies obtained the search warrant after receiving information by citizens about the commercial weed ’n bud operation.

When Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies and the Drug Task Force agents arrived at the residence, they announced their presence.

Upon seeing the deputies and knowing a bust was going down, a female, later identified as Tarah Pratts, fled out the back door of the residence.  Deputies chased and caught her, but not before she violently resisted their efforts to arrest her– and while she holding something in her hand.  When she was finally taken into custody, deputies located a bag of meth in her hand.

While deputies were out and about arresting and chasing Ms. Pratts, Timothy Mathew Pratts came out the front door of the residence.  He refused deputies’ command to show them his hands and immediately became argumentative with the deputies.  When deputies attempted to take him into custody, he, too, violently resisted their efforts to arrest him and caused a minor injury to one of the deputies during his arrest.  

Inside the Pratt’s home, deputies located their 5-month old child and a 13-year old teen.

During a search of the Pratt’s residence and property, deputies located 450 growing marijuana plants in three green houses and an additional 90 marijuana plants growing outside.  The plants ranged in size from approximately 1 ½ feet to 6 feet tall. 

Deputies also found approximately 40 pounds of marijuana bud, 29 grams of methamphetamine, and $2,200.00 in cold hard cash.  Packaging material and scales were seized, too.

Timothy Pratts, 40,  and his wife, Tarah Pratts, 35, were arrested and charged with cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, possession of illicit drugs and possession of illicit drugs for sale, resisting arrest, interfering with an executive officer in performance of their duty and child endangerment. 

Humboldt County Child Welfare Services responded to the residence and took custody of the children.

The unhappy couple were booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, scowling and pissed-off mug shots taken, and bail set at a cool $50 grand each.

The three most common elements in Humboldt are hydrogen, weed, and stupidity.  It sucks to be busted but greedy people typically get what they deserve.

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

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Happily satisfied people are always looking for opportunities to help others.  Unhappy and unsatisfied people are always looking to help themselves, asking, “What’s in it for me?”

Humboldt provides enough to satisfy every man’s happy needs, but not every man’s unhappy greed.

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Mischief, Mayhem, and Misdeeds

 

Humboldt County Crime Done by Dolts

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

U-Haul Thieves Split From Moving Truck  
While  Caught Red Handed in the Act

Crime and criminals keep on truckin’ even when falling flat on their faces.  Take this for example:

On July 6 at about 5:48 am, Eureka Police Department officers responded to the area of the 2900 block of A Street for a vehicle theft that had just occurred.

Dispatch advised that a U-Haul truck pulling a trailer with the victim’s car loaded on it had just been stolen from in front of the victim’s residence.

Officers began searching the area and located the U-Haul truck turning onto Harris Avenue from “L” Street.  The occupants of the U-Haul truck jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot.

One of the suspects was taken into custody at gun point, identified as Jeff Peter Thomsen, 34, of Eureka. The other suspect fled through backyards in the neighborhood.

While Thomsen was being taken into custody, the U-Haul rolled into a telephone pole at the corner of Harris and K Streets.  The U-Haul had been left in gear as the suspects exited the vehicle.

A K-9 was deployed and tracked the fleeing suspect to Sequoia Park but officers were unable to locate him.

Thomsen was booked into the Humboldt County Correction Facility on charges of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, and probation violation.

Thomsen is on active probation for possession of stolen property but that didn’t stop him one bit coming back for more.

As a result of the investigation, an arrest warrant is being sought for Canyon Lee Backues, 19, of Eureka who was the suspect fleeing the scene.

The Eureka Police Department is actively seeking Backues in this matter.  Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call Eureka Police Officer Ben Omey at 707-441-4060.

 

Wanted Henderson Center Car Napper Nabbed– Then Released!

One career car thief is off the streets.  Well, he was for a short time.

He was swept up red-handed but bailed and released like a piece of two-timing litter flushed out an open window.

On July 3 at about 2:00 pm, on off-duty Eureka Police officer was traveling westbound on Henderson Street, when he observed a gray Nissan Sentra traveling northbound on Fairfield Street.  The officer recognized the driver of the vehicle as Paul Lester Bareilles, 29, of Eureka.

The officer was familiar with Bareilles from prior police contacts and also knows him to have prior arrests for vehicle theft related crimes.  The officer followed the Nissan and obtained its license plate number.  

He contacted the Eureka Police Department dispatch center and was advised that the Nissan had not been reported stolen.  The Nissan accelerated and the officer lost sight of it.

During briefing that evening, the officer was informed that a stolen vehicle report had been taken on the Nissan at about 3:15 pm that afternoon. The Nissan was stolen from a location a few blocks from where the officer had seen Bareilles driving it.

A county wide attempt to locate and arrest was issued for Bareilles on a charge of vehicle theft.

On July 6 at about 3:50 am, an officer was patrolling the Henderson Center area of Eureka due to recent burglaries in that area and located Bareilles walking at the 3300 block of E Street.

bareillesMr. Bareilles was taken into custody.  A search incident to arrest of Bareilles’ person and a satchel he was wearing was conducted.   Tools and items commonly used in vehicle thefts were located and seized as evidence.

Bareilles was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  Even though it’s not his first time around the thievery
block, he soon posted bail and was released with a court date.

Scientists say the world is made up of electrons, neutrons, and protons.  They forgot about morons.

This is an open investigation and anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call Eureka Police Officer Jon Omey at 707-441-4060.

 

Just a Little Brown Tar Smack– Everyone’s Doing It

Some folks know the price of everything and the common sense of nothing.

On July 6 at 3:00 am, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was traveling southbound on Highway 255 in Samoa when a brown 1987 Nissan Frontier approached the deputy northbound with its high beam lights on. 

The deputy twice flashed the vehicle with his headlights in an attempt to get the driver of the Nissan to dim its headlights. 

When the driver failed to dim his high beam lights the deputy turned his patrol car around to stop the vehicle.

When the deputy turned his patrol car around, the Nissan accelerated to avoid the deputy and lost control as it attempted to negotiate a turn, causing it to almost tip over with two of its driver’s side wheels coming off the ground.  The deputy saw either smoke or dust come out from under Nissan which then stalled out.

The deputy pulled in behind the Nissan and contacted the driver who was identified as Richard Michael Callahan, 57 years old, from Redway and the passenger identified as Rebecca Kathleen Chapa, 28 years from Eureka. 

Callahan told the deputy his low beam headlights did not work which is why he didn’t dim them.  He also said his license was suspended which is why he avoided the deputy.

While speaking with Callahan and Chapa the deputy saw a hypodermic syringe visible in a purse in the passenger side of the car and marijuana leaves scattered in the backseat.  The deputy arrested Callahan for driving on a suspended driver’s license and detained Chapa for possession of the syringe.

The deputy searched the purse and found prescription pills that were not in the name of Chapa.  The deputy searched the vehicle and located scales, packaging material and a golf ball sized piece
of tar heroin weighing approximately 9 grams, along
with a stun gun.

When questioned about the heroin by the deputy, Callahan told the deputy he intended to sell it for profit.  He told the deputy matter-of-factly, “Everyone is doing it, so he figured he would to get ahead of the game.”

Callahan and Chapa were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Mr. Callahan was booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, and driving on a suspended driver’s license.  His bail was set at $50,000.

Ms. Chapa was booked on charges of possession of a syringe, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation.  Her bail was set at $20,000.

If you want something in life you have to work for– it unless it’s the lottery.

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

 

Juvenile Gun Play

Since light travels faster than sound people appear more bright than they appear until you hear them speak.

On July 6 at about 5:39 pm, officers with the Fortuna Police Department were dispatched to an apartment complex located in the 100 block of 12th Street for a report of a group of subjects threatening to shoot residents.

While responding, the department received information that the subjects had left the complex and were possibly in the area of the Fortuna High School Campus.

Officers arrived and contacted three juveniles and one adult who admitted to their involvement in the argument. 

While investigating, officers located a large red duffle bag in the school parking lot.  Upon a search of the bag, officers located a .30-30 caliber rifle and ammunition.

Upon further investigation, one of the juveniles, a 15-year old Fortuna resident, admitted that he had placed the items in the parking lot.

The victim in this case declined to cooperate with prosecution for the threats.  The juvenile with the rifle was transported to the Humboldt County Juvenile Hall and later released to his father.

The Department will be seeking charges for: a Minor in possession of ammunition, and Possession of a Firearm on a school campus.

Have another Monster energy drink, kid.  Do faster things stupider with more energy.

The department is asking anyone with information to contact the department’s WeTip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME. Callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

 

Traffic Argument and Street Dragging

Ten pounds of crazy in a five pound sack.

n July 6, 2013 at 11:50 pm, officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to the 700 block of 13th Street for a report of a female in need of medical aid after being struck by a motor vehicle.

Officers and City Ambulance responded and located the 36-year old female who had major life-threatening injuries.

During the investigation, officers learned that during an argument the female tried to exit the 1996 Subaru Legacy she was riding in. 

When she exited, she was dragged for about one block before traveling under the vehicle.  Ouch.  That must’ve hurt.

The female was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital.  She was then airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.  That’s very bad.

The vehicle’s driver, Randy Shibler, 52, of Fortuna, was arrested for Felony DUI Resulting in Injury, and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Mr. Shibler should have been sold to the circus or the Hare Krishnas years ago.

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Plunging Crime Where it Belongs

 

–Criminal Sewage Clogging the Pipes– 

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

Dead Body Pulled From Under Samoa Bridge

We can always expect some flotsam and jetsam floating up on shore, but this is ridiculous.

On Wednesday, July 3rd at about 12:55 pm, occupants of a vehicle traveling southbound over the Eureka Slough Bridge saw a man jump off the Samoa Bridge.

It appeared that the male did a back flip while jumping.  It is unknown whether the actions were intentional.

The back flip could have been some strange kinetic motion juju necessitated by an accidental fall, the Eureka Police said, using some strange sense of logic we don’t follow. 

Nonetheless, the witness pulled in to the Target parking lot to investigate and saw the subject standing on the sandbar between the two channels.  The victim-acrobat-free wheeling thinker was waving his hands above his head which gave the witness the impression he did not suffer severe injury.

The witness called EPD.  Several patrol officers were dispatched as well as a fire engine that was in the vicinity.  The subject wasn’t located.

About three hours later, a subject kayaking in the slough discovered a deceased male, floating in the water, about 100 yards from the Eureka Slough Bridge.

Eureka Police Officers located the deceased person and contacted the HCSO boat patrol.  The boat patrol recovered the body.

The deceased has been identified as 36-year old Edward Conoboy from Arcata.

This incident is being investigated by the Humboldt County Coroner’s office as either a suicide or accidental drowning.  The Eureka Police Department’s Investigations unit is assisting the Coroner’s office.

EPD says they are looking for witnesses who may have been in contact with Conoboy earlier in the day– or anyone else who may have seen activity on the bridge or along the
shoreline of the slough near the bridge.

Please contact Senior Investigator Ron Harpham at the Eureka Police Department, 441-4305.

 

Details Emerge of Eureka Police Sergeant’s Excessive Use of Force

From the Times-Standard’s Thadeus Greenson:

EPD Sgt. Adam Laird pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of committing assault under the color of authority and filing a false report in his first court appearance since he was arrested April 17.

A fellow officer reportedly accused Laird of misconduct after his involvement in the Dec. 6 arrest of a juvenile suspect, spawning parallel investigations by the EPD and the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.

The assault charge facing a Eureka Police Department sergeant stems from a December incident in which he allegedly kicked a minor in the back as the minor lay on the ground being handcuffed by another officer.

Authorities have been tight-lipped regarding the case and have repeatedly declined to discuss any details about the incident that led to Laird’s arrest, but a document in Laird’s case file sheds some light on the allegations confronting the officer.

Laird’s attorney, Patrik Griego, said the document omits a number of important facts.

Read the full story by Thadeus Greenson in the Times-Standard:Details Emerge in EPD Assault Case:  Police Sergeant Allegedly Kicked Prone Minor

One of the finest local reporters we know, Mr. Greenson is back in the house.  Welcome back, Thadeus.

 

Rancho Sequoia Crime Wave Brings Heat to the Community

There’s been so much stuff happening at Murder Mountain, also known as the Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint, that your grandmother would blush.

You know, missing people and murders and marijuana and such.  The HCSO decided it’s high time to show their muscle in the lawless area and make their presence known after some high profile incidents went down.

The Humboldt County Sheriff”s Office confirmed that officers, assisted by agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, served search warrants in the area of Rancho Sequoia Drive in Alderpoint on Wednesday, July 3.  This follows on the heels of numerous other lawless deeds happening there previously over the past several weeks.

According to Lt. Steve Knight, a number of law enforcement officers were investigating what is believed to be a large commercial marijuana grow in Alderpoint.

A search warrant served by Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, assisted by agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, led to the discovery of thousands of growing marijuana plants, but no arrests on Wednesday.

The warrant authorized deputies to search three parcels of property on the 5000 block of Rancho Sequoia Road for marijuana.

Deputies located one structure, but no residences on the property.  Almost 3,500 growing marijuana plants, ranging in height from 12 inches to 6 feet, were seized from the property. 

The plants weighed 4 pounds each on average.  All of the marijuana was seized from several greenhouse structures containing artificial lighting.

No individuals were located on the property. The investigation into who was cultivating the marijuana is ongoing and no arrests were made, the HCSO said.

 

 McKinleyville Man Nearly Thwacks Aircraft with Illegal Fireworks

HCSO badgeNo terrorists here, just a homegrown bumpkins doing his stupid shit and throwing a tanturm over it.

On July 3, at 10:00 at night, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a medical evacuation flight pilot who reported he was landing his aircraft at the McKinleyville- Arcata Airport when it was nearly struck by an illegal aerial firework being discharged at Clam Beach.

The firework was discharged near the end of the runway.

A deputy was in the area at the time the call came out and witnessed several aerial fireworks being discharged into the air from Clam Beach.

The deputy responded to the Clam Beach parking lot and walked out the trail towards the beach area.  While walking through the bushes on the trail the deputy witnessed a man, identified as Alexi Bree Greenspan, 22, from McKinleyville, discharge an aerial “mortar” type of firework.

The deputy saw it travel approximately 100 feet into the air and explode.  The firework was in line with the runway to the airport which was approximately ½ mile away.

The deputy contacted Greenspan who told the deputy he knew the fireworks were illegal, but he thought it was just fine to fire them off at the beach.

A computer check of Greenspan with the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch revealed he was on formal felony probation for threatening an executive officer and misdemeanor probation for wreckless driving. 

While the deputy spoke with Greenspan he could also tell he was under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  Alas.  The probation clause required Greenspan to totally abstain from alcoholic beverages.

The deputy arrested Greenspan for violation of probation and discharging illegal fireworks.

After Mr. Greenspan was arrested by the deputy, he repeatedly threatened to kill the deputy with a firearm.  He also threatened to kill any deputy or any other law enforcement officer trying to arrest him in the future, also with a firearm.

Tsk-tsk.  An additional felony charge of threatening to kill an executive officer performing his duties was added to the rest of his rap charges.  Greenspan was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.

The deputy was unable to determine if Greenspan was the person who discharged the firework that came close to the aircraft that was landing.

Keep this up and they’ll close off that portion of Clam Beach below the runway for everyone.  Thanks, dude, for being a total idiot and a complete schlub.

 

Gas Station Attendant Deserves Hazard Pay

They seem to be getting knocked off every other week or so.  Especially in McKinleyville.

On July 4, Independence Day,  at about 2:15 in the wee morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the clerk at the Freeway 76 gas station located in the 1200 block of Murray Rd in McKinleyville.

The clerk reported that the station was just robbed.

Deputies arrived within 5 minutes and the clerk told them a suspect wearing a black pull over type hooded sweatshirt entered the store.  The suspect had the hood pulled up and was wearing black gloves. 

The suspect brandished a silver-colored pistol and told the clerk to put “all the money in bag.”

The clerk complied with the request the suspect left the store on foot.  Deputies searched the area and were unable to locate the suspect.

Later viewing of the surveillance video showed the suspect to be a wearing black mask or bandana over his face. 

openThe suspect is described as being about five feet nine inches tall with a thin build.  An undisclosed amount of cash was taken during the robbery.  So look for a thin guy with wads of cash.

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

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Humboldt County Crime Stumbles Onward

 

Copped Crusaders KO County Knuckleheads

 

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

Meth Dealer Busted, Brought to Jail, then Released!

Today, July 3, Problem Oriented Policing (POP) detectives and patrol officers from the Eureka Police Department served a search warrant at the 1300 block of McDonald Street in Eureka.

The search warrant service was due in part to numerous neighborhood complaints regarding suspected drug activity coming from this location.

During the service of the search warrant, detectives located approximately 2 ½ ounces of methamphetamine locked inside a small safe.

Besides the meth, digital scales, police scanner and additional items of interest were seized and booked in as evidence.

As a result of the investigation, Mark Burdick, age 45, was taken into custody for Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales.  We’re guessing the police scanner sucked and didn’t help all that much.

Mr. Burdick was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  However, due to jail overcrowding, he was cited and released, free to wheel and deal in the dealer-friendly city of Eureka for another day.

No wonder they call it Tweakervile.

 

Sexual Predator Nabbed

Keep it to yourself and in your pocket, mister.

On July 2, Humboldt County Sheriffs Detectives assisted by Cal Fire Law Enforcement Officers served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant and a Humboldt County Superior Court arrest warrant for an online sexual predator in the 6100 block of Purdue Drive in Eureka.

The warrants were the result of a two month long Internet investigation in which Michael Alan Brunner, 53-years old, attempted to lure a 14 year old girl from out of state to have sexual relations with her.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified that Brunner had contacted a citizen whom he thought was a 14-year old girl.  The girl was actually an adult and Mr. Brunner attempted to have sexual relations with her, the HCSO reported.

During the contacts with the citizen, the detectives learned Brunner had hooked up a webcam and performed sexual acts on the camera, thinking the presumed 14-year old was watching.

When Sheriff’s detectives spoke with Brunner at his residence he admitted the offenses.  Detectives arrested Brunner on an arrest warrant they had obtained for the felony crimes of sending harmful manner with the intent to seduce a minor, and contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense, and also a misdemeanor charge of distribution or exhibition of sexual materials to a minor.

Detectives searched Brunner’s home and seized various electronic devices which will be forensically examined for evidence.

Mr. Brunner was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the arrest warrant and with a bail set of $50,000.00.

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

 

The Fun Police Squash Illegal Fireworks

Too much fun brings too much heat.

On July 1 at approximately 9:20 pm, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the area Holly Drive and Central Avenue in McKinleyville when the he saw several displays of illegal aerial fireworks coming from the area of the 1700 block of Holly Drive.

The deputy also saw an Arcata Fire Department Engine in the same area where the illegal fireworks were coming from. 

The deputy met with the Arcata Fire Captain who told him he saw the fireworks and responded to the area also.

The Fire Captain told the deputy he observed flaming debris strike a roof across from the home where the fireworks were being discharged and that some of the illegal aerial fireworks nearly struck the Arcata Fire Department Engine because they were being fired horizontally.  The Captain said he made contact with two adult males in the front yard of a residence and told them to stop discharging the fireworks.  Make it happen, Captain.

The deputy contacted a 34-year old Eureka man and a 36-year old McKinleyville man identified as shooting off the fireworks.

One of the men admitted to residing in the residence where the fireworks were being discharged from but denied trying to strike the fire engine intentionally.  The deputy found three expended illegal fireworks in the grass next to the suspects which were seized as evidence.  Making matters worse, Fire Department personnel found a neighbor’s vehicle damaged by the illegal fireworks.

No more firework fun for them.  The Sheriff’s Deputy submitted a criminal case to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office against the two unidentified men. 

They’re requesting charges of possession of fireworks not registered by the State Fire Marshall and possession of dangerous fireworks without a permit.

Both are misdemeanors subject to fines up to $1000 or county jail time of up to one year.

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

 

Lack of Probation Supervsion:  Mr. Rothwell and His Stolen Gun

Probationers without supervision lead to more criminal skullduggery.

On July 2 at 12:30 am, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy was patrolling the area of Myers Flat after receiving a report of shots fired in the area.

As the deputy drove by Myers Flat Road and Highway 254 he saw two male adults.  The deputy contacted the males and learned one of the males, Travis Lee Rothwell, 28,  from Garberville, was on probation with a search clause.

The deputy detained Rothwell and asked him if he had any weapons.  Mr. Rothwell told the deputy he had a gun that was concealed in the front of his pants but it had just slipped down his pants leg.

The deputy searched Rothwell and located an unloaded Smith and Wesson Thompson Center Arms .22 caliber rifle that had been sawed off to approximately one foot in length.  A records check on the weapon revealed it was stolen.

Rothwell was arrested for possession of stolen property, carrying a concealed firearm, possessing a short barreled firearm, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and violation of probation.

He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.  It is unknown whether his Probation Officer will keep him detained or if he gets immediately sprung and whether or not Mr. Rothwell will be supervised or left to his own firearm devices.

The other male was released at the scene.

 

Lack of Probation Supervision: Raymond Pohr and His Heroin

Probationers without supervision lead to more work for law enforcement.

On July 1 at 8:45 pm, Arcata Police Department officers conducted a probation search at the residence of an adult probationer on Eye Street.

After contacting the subject, Donald Raymond Pohr, age 71 of Arcata, a search was conducted at his residence per the terms of his probation.

During the search of Pohr’s residence, officers located a half ounce of suspected heroin.

Some of the heroin was already packaged for sale into half-gram increments, along with other items indicative of narcotics sales. 

The approximate street value of the smack was $1,100, APD said.

His Probation Officer was nowhere to be found as it went down.  APD cleaned up the matter and Mr. Pohr was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the following charges:

•H&S 11351- Possession for Sales

•PC 1203.2 – Violation of Probation

 

Whopping Meth Bust:  Largest Ever Made in Eureka

It’s a doozy of drugdom.

On June 28 at 12:32 pm, an officer with the Eureka Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an observed traffic violation.  The driver had multiple identifications but didn’t have a valid license to operate a motor vehicle.

A K-9 unit from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department was summoned to the scene along with a detective from the Eureka Police Departments POP unit. 

Lo and behold!  As luck or intiuition would have it, the K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle.  Manna from heaven.

As the officers on scene went to detain the driver he struggled with them and fled on foot.  The driver was located and arrested a short distance later.  He was identified as Alain Omar Carbrera-Madrigal, 28-years old.

During the search of the vehicle, officers located a hidden compartment and seized approximately 6 ounces of methamphetamine.

Information was obtained which lead the Investigating Officer and POP Detective to an apartment on the 800 block of 8th Street in Eureka, which was rented and occupied by Carbrera-Madrigal.  Officers made contact with a female suspect at the residence who was identified as Lizabeth Cabrera-Madrigal.  She identified herself as Alain’s wife.  EPD officers secured the apartment and obtained a search warrant to search the apartment.

During the search of the apartment the astute officers located and seized a whopping 6.6 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, the largest ever such bust in Eureka.  That wasn’t all.  They also found $170,000 in cash.

Mr. Carbrera-Madrigal was arrested and booked into Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of:

  • Resisting arrest with violence
  • Transportation of methamphetamine
  • Possession of methamphetamine for sale
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Providing a false name
  • Driving without a license 

Not a US citizen and likely the mule in the matter, he’s being held on an Immigration Hold until being sprung back over the border.  That’s how it typically works, if you didn’t know.

Ms.  Carbrera-Madrigal was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale and maintaining a residence for the distribution of a controlled substance.

Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity, or other nuisances occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.

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Crazy Crumbs and Cracked Up Kooks

 

Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

Three Time Loser At It Again

How many times do you have to touch a hot stove to find your fingers burned to a crisp?

On July 1 at about 1:21 pm, an officer with the Eureka Police Department attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle on 7th Street at ‘C’ Street for a traffic violation. 

As soon as the officer activated his emergency lights the vehicle accelerated to about 70 mph on 7th Street and fled from the officer like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. 

The car plowed through red lights at several intersections, narrowly missed collisions with other vehicles, and made several unsafe lane changes around other vehicles traveling on 7th St.

Due to the high speeds and traffic congestion the officer was unable to keep up with the vehicle.  The officer lost sight of the vehicle on 7th St near Myrtle Ave. 

Three minutes later officers located the unoccupied car in the parking area of Cooper’s Gulch on the 1700 block of 10th St.  Witnesses reported the male driver fled into Cooper Gulch as fast as his little feet would carry him.  Several officers from the Eureka Police Department conducted a search of the area for about 45 minutes but were unable to locate the driver.   The errant chariot was towed and impounded.

UptonBased on several prior contacts the officer that pursued the vehicle recognized the driver as the registered owner of the vehicle.  The driver was identified as Steven Nicholas Upton, 23, of Eureka.

Two hours after the wanton chase, Mr. Upton conveniently let his fingers do the walking and phoned the Eureka Police Department to report his vehicle as stolen.  The officer who originally gave chase responded to Wabash Avenue and ‘C’ Street to meet with Upton and pry into the situation a bit more.

The officer recognized Upton as the scofflaw driver of the vehicle and arrested him for felony evading a peace officer in a vehicle, failure to wear a seat belt, failure to stop for a red light at an intersection, and unsafe lane change.

Poor Mr. Upton.  It’s not his first time around the cell block.  Or his second.  Some folks are slow learners and need remedial training in life.

 

Gambling With Meth and Beaten by the Odds

We think there’s a lot more to this story than meets the eye.  Or the nose.

On June 29 at 6:15 in the morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Bear River Casino security who reported a 31-year old male from Eureka was at the front door of the Casino saying he was assaulted in a vehicle.

The male was bleeding from an injury to his nose and medical was summoned to the casino to treat the victim.

A deputy arrived at the casino and followed the ambulance to the hospital where the victim was treated for his injuries.

The victim told the deputy during the interview he ingested some wicked methamphetamine with three other males in the back of a van around 3:00 am.

After snorting the meth one of the males started punching him in the face.  The male then took his black tote bag, wallet, jacket and sunglasses, and unceremoniously dropped him off at the intersection of Singley Road and Brenard Street in Loleta.

The beaten-methy-sad-bloody victim walked to the Casino to report the crime and seek medical aid.

The victim did not want to provide the deputy with a description of the suspects for fear of retaliation.  He was treated and released from the hospital.

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

 

Jumpin’ Juveniles’ Fightin’ Knifeplay in Redway

Kids.  Gotta love ‘em.  They just wanna have fun.

On June 29 at 4:00 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch center received a rather odd 911 call.  No one speaking on the phone, but yelling could be heard in the background.

The dispatcher was able to overhear something in regards to a stabbing, and immediately sent deputies to the 3400 block of Redwood Drive in Redway. 

California Highway Patrol Officers (CHP) also responded to the scene and arrived before the deputy.

The CHP officers located an 18-year old male who had been stabbed.  They summoned medical assistance for the injured dude.  They then located a 17-year old male suspect who they detained for the deputy.

The HCSO deputy spoke with the male suspect who had injuries around his head, eyes, face and lips indicating he had been beat up like a pinata. He told the deputy he was assaulted by six males–all at once– and they punched him and threw flower pots at him.

The suspected culprit went on to say he tried to flee from the males and ran away from them, however they pursued him.  When he fell down they started kicking him and punching him some more like a punching bag and a pinata. 

Of course, fearing for his life, he grabbed a folding knife and started swinging it wildly at the males assaulting him.  As luck would have it, he stabbed one of the males, so the rest of the gang conveniently and consequently quit assaulting him.  He should’ve broken into a West Side Story song.

The deputy contacted the stabbing victim at the hospital to check out his side of the story.  He clammed up and told the deputy he didn’t want to speak with the deputy at that time, but said he would give a statement later.

The hospital told the deputy the victims injuries were not life-threatening.  Just a little stabbin’.  Nothing to see here, move along.

The deputy released the 17-year old male suspect who admitted to the stabbing to the custody of his mom.  The case is being referred to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for review and the stabbin’ lad had his knife taken away and grounded and told not to do it again.

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

 

A Really Rash Case of Road Rage

Can’t we all just get along?

On June 30 at 2:00 in the morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle attempting to purposely force another vehicle off the road on southbound US 101 near College of the Redwoods. 

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to the area and assist the HSCO in the road rage incident.

Deputies spoke with the victims:  two 28-year old females.

The deputies learned after speaking with them that one of the victims had recently divorced her husband.  She had been staying with her two children at her sister’s place in Eureka.

While at her sister’s residence she received several texts from her ex-husband, Thuong Huynh, 34-years old, of Eureka.  She and her sister decided to leave the home with the children and leave the area.

While they were driving south on US 101 in their 2004 blue Chevy Mailbu, they saw a 1995 dark green Chevy Silverado pickup truck following them.  The victims knew that Mr. Huynh drives a similar truck.  That’s when things took a turn for the crazy.

Suddenly, the truck drove up behind them and attempted to ram them. 

The truck turned off its headlights and pulled alongside the victim’s vehicle.  It then swerved at their vehicle forcing them off the road and onto the shoulder of the road.  The victims were able to regain control of their vehicle and drove back onto US 101.

The truck then drove ahead of the victim’s vehicle and stopped sideways in the middle of US 101– blocking both southbound lanes of traffic.  Incredibly, the victims were able to pass the truck which pulled in behind them.  Unfortunately, the possessed truck and the crazed driver  attempted to ram them again.

This was all like something out of a bad Stephen King story.  A really badass one.  Pennywise the clown meets Christine.

California Highway Patrol Officers located and stopped the green 1995 Chevy truck being driven by Thuong Huynh on Singley Road near the Bear River Casino.

Mr. Huynh was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  His bail was set at $50,000.

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Crazy kooky crooks.  Looking for fun in all the wrong places.

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Desperados, Deviants, and Dangerous Drivers

 

Wicked Evildoers Carry On

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

It’s been one long week. 

Let’s just jump into it and call it a weekend, shan’t we?

 

Crossed Lines of Communication

On Tuesday, June 25, at 9 in the morning, detectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Eureka Police Department, served a search warrant on a residence in the 600 block of 16th Street in Eureka.

The residence was believed to have been the primary residence of Logan Corey Bremer, age 30.

Bremer is considered to be a person of interest– a potential witness– in the Dinsmore attempted homicide investigation occurring on June 11.  Bremer hasn’t been arrested in relation to this investigation.

Bremer was not at the residence at the time of search warrant service because he was in custody at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  That was for an arrest already made by the Eureka Police Department on suspicion of a vehicle pursuit and parole violation happening earlier in the day.

Technology is good when it works.  Tin cans on a string also work.  The lines of communicative cooperation apparently got crossed with the right hand not knowing what the left hand was doing on the matter until it got straightened out.

In the end, the HCSO got their man for questioning.  It happens.

Anyone with any information regarding this shooting investigation is asked to telephone Detective Franco at 707-268-3644 or the tip line at 707268-2539, the HCSO said.

 

For Pete’s Sake, Slow Down on Highway 36!

A 20-year-old Eureka man died and three others were injured on Wednesday night after the vehicle they were riding in struck a tree west of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Chase Adams, the car was traveling westbound on U.S. Route 36 at about 10 p.m. when, for unknown reasons, the driver swerved out of the northbound lane. 

As the driver attempted to correct his position the car traveled off the southbound edge of the roadway, striking a tree.

A 20-year-old passenger was killed and an 18-year-old male passenger was transported to Redwood Memorial with major injuries.   The 23-year-old male driver and a third passenger, a 45-year-old female, were transported to Redwood Memorial with minor to moderate injuries.

The names of those involved in the accident, including the man fatally injured, are not being released at this time, Adams said.

Based on a preliminary investigation, alcohol and drugs are not believed to have been a factor and the accident is still under investigation.

UPDATE:  The California Highway Patrol has identified the Eureka man killed in a vehicle accident on Wednesday night as 20-year-old Ma Lee.

The driver, 22-year-old Toua Lee, and passengers 18-year-old Yee Lee and 45-year-old Yer Thoa, suffered moderate to major injuries and were transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka.  The involved vehicle was a 2003 Honda Accord.

 

Really, Slow Down on Highway 36– and Don’t Drink and Drive!

A 62-year-old man who crashed a motorhome into a redwood tree on State Route 36, east of the Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park entrance, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The impact caused a propane tank on the motorhome to leak, leading to the road’s closure for over an hour, officials said.  It was quite a mess until it got cleaned up.

The CHP reported that John Frederick Norcom of
Coos Bay, Ore., was booked into the Humboldt County
jail on suspicion of DUI.

 

Greedy Growing Pains in the National Forest, Arcatan Busted

An Arcata man was arrested after law enforcement found 182 marijuana plants and significant resource damage in the Six Rivers National Forest.

On June 18, officers from the Trinity County Narcotics Task Force, United States Forest Service and California Highway Patrol walked into a marijuana cultivation site in the Six Rivers National Forest after receiving information that people had been stealing water from the water source that feeds Salyer, according to a Trinity County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Upon entering the site, officers noticed an area of the national forest had been clear cut.  On one side, they saw marijuana growing in pots that were being prepped for being planted in planter boxes.  Trees from the National Forest were cut down to construct the boxes.

When officers made their way through the clear cut, they found a tent.  While approaching the tent, they heard a dog barking.  Officers announced their presence and demanded anyone inside the tent make themselves visible.

A few seconds later, a pitbull mix dog was let out of the tent, according to the release.  The dog was aggressive, quickly approached officers, and bit an officer’s K9 in the face, the release said.

When the dogs were separated, the dog tried to attack the officers.  An officer then shot the pitbull with a rifle, the release said.

After repeated requests for the suspects to come out of the tent, officers cut holes inside of the tent.  They found two men inside along with a loaded pistol in reach of both, according to the release.

Both Samuel Barton, of Arcata, and Samuel Barton, of Redding, were arrested on suspicion of marijuana for sale, conspiracy to commit a crime, being armed while possessing a firearm and destruction of forest lands.  

Mr. Brown was also arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and was on supervised release out of Shasta County as a result of prison realignment bill AB 109.

Barton and Brown were taken to the Trinity County jail.   Mr. Barton is being held on $265,000 bail and Brown on a $350,000 bail.

Officers are still investigating the environmental impact.

 

Missing Child Snatched by Parent in Arcata

On June 17, the Arcata Police Department received a report of an overdue child.

The child, three-year-old Zion Merritt, had been visiting for the day with his non-custodial father, Ramin Ahadi, 29.  Merritt’s mother became concerned when Ahadi did not return with their child and didn’t respond to phone calls.

Since that time Ahadi has not contacted the child’s mother and his whereabouts are unknown.

Investigators assigned to the case said it’s their belief Ahadi is intentionally concealing the child from his mother.  It’s further believed Ahadi may have left the state and could possibly be on his way to Montana or Oregon.

Mr. Ahadi is described as an Indian male adult, 6’1”, with a thin build, brown hair and eyes.  He was last known to drive a gold 1998 Saturn station wagon with a California plate of #5DDJ221.

The child, Zion Merritt, is described as a white male juvenile of three years, 3′ tall, weighing 40 pounds and with brown hair and eyes.

Anyone with information on Mr. Ahadi’s whereabouts are asked to call the Arcata Police Department at 707-822-2428.

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Murder and Marijuana on Murder Mountain

 

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Two Incidents in Alderpoint

(UPDATED)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

UPDATE– Murder Suspect Anthony Lane Apprehended:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bank of America Robbed at Gunpoint

 

McKinleyville Branch Bank Hit

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

They rob banks because that’s where all the money is.  Desperate people do desperate things.

This morning at 10:03 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s
Office was notified of such a desperate heist– an armed
robbery just occurring at McKinleyville branch of Bank of
America.

HCSO dispatch was advised by witnesses that, armed with a handgun, there was a suspect dude dropping money as he was fleeing from a bank.

When deputies arrived on the BofA heist scene, they met with the robbery witnesses.

They told the officers the suspect entered the bank and immediately began waving a black revolver around as if he owned the place.  Pointing the gun at the tellers and customers, he told them, “This is a Bank Robbery!” just like it was a scene out of a Hollywood production movie that he watched too many times.

The suspect then got down to dirty business in short order.  He nimbly jumped over the counter, grabbed the teller’s cash and coin with both hands, and loaded up his bag with the bank’s money.  According to witnesses, he’d brought the bag along with him beforehand to make his withdrawal of the  ill-gotten loot.  Certainly no Boy Scout, he was unusually thoughtful and well prepared in respect to this clip  job.

After stuffing his bag like a fat Thanksgiving turkey, the suspect fled the bank on foot– westbound on Hiller Avenue– dropping money all around like a trail of seasoned bread crumbs as he hurriedly split.

Witnesses saw the suspect getting into an accomplice’s vehicle driven by another guy.  They described it as a white Nissan Pathfinder or Xterra type SUV vehicle with tinted rear windows. 

No description so far has emerged of the second scoundrelous suspect.

The vehicle was last seen jammin’ recklessly at high speeds westbound on Hiller Avenue, clearing little old ladies, young children and innocent puppies out of the way.

An immediate broadcast of the bank robbery suspect and a vehicle description was sent to all of the local law enforcement agencies.  Living for this sort of stuff and with lights and sirens all a blazin’, they responded like Johnny-on-the-snot.

Law enforcement units from all Humboldt County agencies immediately began searching for the vehicle and suspect.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation responded, too, and is assisting with the investigation.

Bank of America provided security photos of the clown that you see here.  We don’t think it’s going to take too long for this dude to hit the inside of a jail pokey shacking up with a cellie named Bubba.

Here’s the perp’s description:

  • Black male adult
  • 5-9 to 5-10” tall
  • Around 30 years of age
  • A short cropped mustache to the lip line
  • Wearing:  black tennis shoes with thin white strips on the arches, grey sweat pants, black sweat shirt, red under shirt, grey and cotton style gloves

He also wore aviator style sunglasses and a white bandanna across face.  It didn’t help.  He was still ugly. 

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

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File the following wherever you like:  We came across it from the peanut gallery of comments:

Just spoke with HCSO about the suspect in the robbery at Bank Of America in McKinleyville.

I witnessed this man blow through the 4-way stop at McKinleyville x Murray, just missing cars and pedestrians by a split second, including my car carrying myself and two of my toddlers.

He was a black male driving a white/off white SUV.  Looked like possibly a Jeep, but others are reporting it as a Nissan.

This man frequents my neighbors on Murray Rd., so I gave that address and will be notifying the HCSO as soon as I see the vehicle here again. This is the kind of scum that needs to be off the road and in jail!

 
One more for the road?

My buddies wanted to be firemen, farmers or policemen, something like that.  Not me, I just wanted to steal people’s money!

All my life I wanted to be a bank robber.  Carry a gun and wear a mask.  Now that it’s happened I guess I’m just about the best bank robber they ever had.  And I sure am happy.  Now small timers get into it, and ruin it for everyone.

Ok, boys, let’s go make a withdrawal.”

~John Dillinger, before he was shot multiple times by Federal agents

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Crime After Crime

 

Time After Time

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Scoundrels and their skullduggery constantly amaze us.  For a small little county like Humboldt, we have our fair share of riff-raff and hooliganism in what should other-
wise be a pleasantly beautiful and bucolic backwater.

 

Another Sea of Green Weed Bust

Go West, young man.  There’s green in those hills.  And plenty of it.

Yesterday, June 24, bright and early at 8:15 in the morning, Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant at 575 Connick Creek Road in Garberville.

When deputies arrived they located David Allen Waterman, 40-years old, and Jason Duane Laursen, 39, at the residence.  The entire place was being used to process and dry marijuana, the HCSO said. 

A search of the residence revealed a whopping 51 pounds of green processed marijuana bud.  But wait. There’s more.

Outside the residence deputies located 221 growing marijuana plants and 941 marijuana plants being grown in four greenhouses.  The plants ranged in size from 6 inches to 5 feet tall.  The deputies also located packaging material, scales and other evidence indicating the marijuana was being grown for sale.

The deputies issued Waterman and Laursen, both worthy green thumbs in their own right, notices to appear in court for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. 

HCSO deputies also located information revealing a mysterious and unnamed third suspect.  They’re seeking an arrest warrant for that guy through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.

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

What?  No cash seized?  The Drug Task Force are usually like
bloodhounds hot on the scent of the trail when it comes to finding
the cool green smell of cash going down with all that skunky weed.

 

Ninja Car Burglar Caught With the Stolen Goods

crossdressingApparently he wasn’t as stealthy as he thought he was in his fantasies.

Yesterday, Monday, June 24 at 8:30 in the morning, two Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies patrolling US 101 between Big Lagoon and Dry Lagoon spotted a 1998 Ford white van parked in a ‘no overnight camping’ spot by Kane Road near Orick.

The deputies pulled in behind the van to speak with the driver and make sure he hadn’t been camping there, or intended to camp there.  When the deputies contacted the driver they saw he was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.  They also heard the engine running.

The driver identified himself as David Tatro, 40-years old, from Eureka.  When the deputies spoke with Tatro they noticed he was wearing gloves.  They also saw a box of live ammunition on the van’s dashboard.   As if that wasn’t enough, they saw two personal checks on the ground near the van that weren’t in Tatro’s name.  It seems as if Mr. Tatro’s time was up and the gig was over.

The deputies detained Tatro for driving on a suspended driver’s license.  They searched the van.

Once inside the vehicle, they found a lot more loot.  Try two police scanners, a window punch for breaking windows, some bolt cutters, a 9 mm Luger semi-auto handgun, and some ammunition to go with it.   But wait!  There’s more.

As if that weren’t enough, they also found 5 grams of methamphetamine–a quick pick-me-upper for those late night burgs– a scale, a pair of night vision goggles (every stalker’s dream fantasy) and a collapsible baton (a nasty little thing known as an ASP by those who sting and bite and thwack and otherwise circle in cop circles).

They also found a ’torch’.  Now, what exactly is a torch?  Do you mean like, a Tiki torch?  A flaming torch of medieval yore?  A welder’s torch?  A Zippo dual flame pressurized butane lighter?  The fancy-schmancy English word for flashlight?  Well, you got us.  We’re stumped like a scorched marshmallow on that one.  Whatever.  Let’s move on.  We haven’t got all day.

Meanwhile, the plot thickened.  During the search, the deputies were contacted by the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch advising them a man and his wife just reported being the victim of a vehicle burglary at Dry Lagoon.  The citizens reported parking their vehicle in the parking lot of Dry Lagoon and going for a one-hour hike. When they returned to their vehicle they saw the vehicles drivers’ side window was smashed and all their stuff was stolen.  Welcome to Humboldt.

The deputies located all of the victims’ stolen property in Mr. Tatro’s white van, including jewelry, the wife’ purse, the husband’s wallet, keys, an I-Pad, luggage stuff and computer junk.  The victims were shown the property by the deputies and they confirmed it was all theirs.  The noose tightened.

So tight, in fact, that they threw the book and the kitchen sink at him.  David Tatro was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property, driving on a suspended license, possession of burglary tools and possession of an illegal weapon.

He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the above charges and also for being a complete and utter idiot.  His bail was set at $50,000.

Even Mr. Tatro’s ninja-like ways and his evil tools of destruction couldn’t evade the long arm of the ‘claw.   No doubt the HCSO will spend a few hours writing the ninja turtle arrest report.

Next time, why don’t you be chillin’ like a villain and go to bed like everyone else and leave the night vision goggles to the experts– like  military snipers and Silence of the Lambs serial killers.

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

 

Bar Fly Stab ‘n Go

Drinking buddies can be good friends and companions to lean on in times of need.  Unless they get drunk and pissed and want to kill you.

On June 23 just a little after midnight, three suspects and one soon-to-be victim walked out of the Bar Fly tavern at the foot of Commercial Street in Eureka, the Eureka Police Department said.

Shortly thereafter the victim was assaulted with an edged weapon, causing serious injury to his neck.  An edged weapon?  Put simply, that’s cop-lingo for a knife.

drink monkeeNonetheless, the ‘soon-to-be’ victim’, as EPD put it, was able to return to the bar and be assisted by a patron until medical aid arrived. 

He was then transported to the hospital and treated for his injuries.

The names of the suspects have not been definitively determined, but a number of investigative leads have been provided and are being pursued.  The motivation for the attack is under investigation.

Photos of the suspects from the bar’s security video will be released when available.  Anyone sober with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Todd Wilcox (707) 441-4315.

We suspect alcohol is a suspect.  Beauty is in the eyes of the beerholder and the hard part for the bartender is trying to figure out who was drunk and who was just stupid.  With circumstances like this, the only thing worth going out with at the Bar Fly is the tide.

 

A Deranged Daniel is on the Prowl

alexNothing like a case of mistaken identity, a multiple personality paranoid disorder, and hallucinations spicing things up a bit when the going gets dull and the really dull really get going.

On June 22 at 7:15 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office was notified of an individual  brandishing a firearm which just occurred in the 4700 block of Meyers Avenue in Eureka.

When deputies arrived they met with a 52-year old male victim and a 54-year old male victim.  They told the deputy the 54-year old male was the homeowner, and the 52-year old brother was visiting with him.

Just before the deputies arrival they saw a white male adult approach the residence on the south side.  They confronted the male suspect and asked what he was doing– and why he was on their property.

The male suspect who was wearing sunglasses, removed his sunglasses and responded, “It’s me, Daniel.”

 The problem was, neither of the male victims had ever seen him before.  It was a mystery wrapped up in an enigma wrapped up in a burrito.  So they told him to leave their property.

The male suspect then reached into his pocket and removed a Crown Royal Bag.  The Crown Royal bag didn’t contain any Crown Royal, though.  As much as that would have been a nice 
pleasant pick-me-up between soon-to-be friends, it unfortunately
and instead contained a small handgun in it.

The unknown male dude presumably named Daniel pointed the gun a few feet away from the younger victim’s face.  He said in a slow and squinty-eyed Clint Eastwood fashion, “How would you like to die, punk?”

The suspect was shaking nervously when he pointed the gun at him.  Both victims believed they were going to be plugged big time by “Daniel.”  Or maybe it was Clint Eastwood.  We’re not sure.  Delusions are tricky things.  Especially when they have guns.

The paranoiacally delusional maniac, however, didn’t shoot them after all.  He ran away like a gazelle south on Meyers Avenue towards Higgins Street in Eureka.

Deputies checked the area and found a witness who said the suspect was last seen heading into the woods at the south end of Crane Street, running like a gazelle.  The area was checked but no one was located answering to the name of Daniel.  Or Clint.  Or God, Moses, Abraham, Zeus, Prometheus, or ‘Marco …Polo!’.

The suspect is described as follows: White male, dark complexion, mid-twenties, short dark hair, about 170 lbs and 5’ 7” tall.

He was wearing blue pants, blue button up shirt, blue baseball hat tilted sideways, and wearing large bluish tinted sunglasses.

He possibly answers to “Daniel.”  No, we didn’t make that up.

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

Daniel is traveling tonight on a plane, I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain, God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes. 

Or the meth.

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There’s some wild and crazy folks out there.  All in all, Humboldt is still a pleasant place to be where nothing ever really happens.

 

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Felons and Their Felonies

 

Villains and Their Villainy

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

McKinleyville Homicide Update:

On Saturday June 22, 2013 an autopsy was performed on
the victim of the suspected
McKinleyville homicide case.

At the conclusion of the autopsy the cause of death was determined to be as a result of multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen of the victim.

The identity of the victim has been determined to be Forrest Croft Lovejoy (DOB: 07-02-1979), resident of McKinleyville, California.

The suspect, Michael Raymond Youravish, remains in custody at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and had an arraignment on Friday June 21 for the charge of homicide.

 

Loleta ATV Jack ’n Run

cannibal island roadOn Saturday, June 22, before 5:00 in the afternoon, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a robbery that just occurred on Cannibal Island Road, near Hawks Hill Road, in Loleta.

When deputies arrived on scene they met with the 65-year old male victim.  He told the deputies he parked a four wheeler ATV on Cannibal Island Road and was about ten feet away from it, working in a field doing something or another.

A silver 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Idaho plates and two males inside drove up beside him.  The male passenger exited the vehicle and asked him for a cigarette.  The victim told the male he did not smoke and went back to working in the field.

The male passenger reached into the Jeep and removed a tire iron.  The passenger then began swinging the tire iron at the victim while charging the victim and making verbal threats.

The victim backed away and the male passenger got onto the victim’s four wheeler and drove off with it, driving westbound on Cannibal Island Road with the Jeep heading the same direction following it.

The victim was able to provide a good description of the suspects to the deputies.

While checking the area for the suspects, a citizen contacted the deputies and told them they found a four wheeler in the bushes near Crab Park.

Deputies checked the area and located suspect Kevin Todd Latham, 26, from Woodland, California. Latham was identified by the victim as the passenger who brandished the tire iron at the victim. 

sigh2Deputies continued checking the area for the Jeep Cherokee, but were unable to locate it.  At approximately 7:00 pm. a deputy driving by Herrick Avenue and US 101 sighted the Jeep Cherokee parked at Herrick Avenue in Eureka.

The deputy saw the driver, who matched the suspect description leaving the vehicle on foot.  When the deputy was able to get off the highway to access the Jeep, the driver was gone.  The deputy continued to check the area.

At approximately 7:20 pm the same deputy located the second suspect walking in the Broadway McDonald’s parking lot.  The second suspect was identified as Joshua Ellis Moon, 24, from Hoopa.  The victim identified Moon as the driver of the Jeep.

The knuckleheaded duo of Moon and Latham were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of robbery, brandishing a weapon, vehicle theft, and cornucopia amounts of scoundrelous stupidity.

Bail for the nobbyheaded dipsticked goobers was set at $50,000.

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

 

Arcata Gas Station Knock Off

bad thingsOn Saturday evening, June 22 at about 8:15 pm, officers from the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to the Texaco Gas Station, 421 J Street, on the report of an armed robbery.

Upon their arrival, officers learned that the lone suspect had fled, according the the APD release.  Officers from the HSU Police Department also responded to assist and the area was searched.  Try as they did, the scurrilous suspect of the robbery was not located.

Through their investigation, officers learned that a male suspect entered the store, threatened the clerk with a knife, and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the register.  The clerk was uninjured.

The scoundrel is described as a White Male in his mid 30′s, Medium build and wearing dark clothing and a beanie.  During the robbery, the suspect wore a bandanna over his face.  The suspect fled the area on foot in an unknown direction.  His identity is not known, APD said.

Due to the vague-to-none description of the culprit everyone remains a suspect, even you.

Anyone with information leading to the identity of the suspect is urged to call the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428.

 

Transients Believed to Cause Structure Fire Last Night in Eureka

tree fireOn June 21 before 11 pm, three fire engines, one ladder truck, and two Chief officers from Humboldt Bay Fire were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 400 Broadway in a vacant building formerly known as the East Bay Hydraulics, according to the Humboldt Bay Fire press release.

Prior to arrival, dispatchers began receiving a bevy of calls from multiple concerned reporting parties saying that flames and smoke were visible at the back of the vacant structure and they had better get a move on.

Humboldt Bay Fire units arrived to find smoke and fire from the rear of the building.  A ‘fire attack’ was initiated and the fire was extinguished. During the overhaul phase, a firefighter was injured, transported and evaluated at a local hospital.  He was later released.

The fire was confined to the structure with no damage to an adjacent building or billboard sign. Losses are estimated at approximately $50,000.  During the incident, the Arcata Fire Protection District provided coverage to the City of Eureka and outlying areas.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  It is believed that the fire started due to transient activities inside the structure, Humboldt Bay Fire said.

Benjamin Franklin once remarked: “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”

Well, Ben, if that’s the case, will cooking up some Mexican brown tar and setting a building on fire suffice?

 

Valley West Bike Sting Results in Arrest

bikeThe City of Arcata– and specifically the Valley West area– have been seeing a significant number of bicycle thefts going on lately.  In an attempt to combat the ongoing problem, the Arcata Police Department conducted a ‘bicycle sting’ operation in Valley West on June 22 looking for the two-wheeled pedalous purloining perps.

An innocent-looking enough bicycle was left unsecured in an identified high crime location.  Officers then layed low, conducting a surreptitious surveillance on the bicycle over donuts and coffee.  Oops, this is Arcata.  Croissants, then.

During the course of the operation, Justin Lawson, 41, of Arcata was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail for 487 PC - grand theft, after he took possession of the bicycle and attempted to flee the scene.

Crime is indeed getting worse in Arcata.  The other day, the statue of William McKinley on the Arcata Plaza had both hands up.  The Arcata Police Department, however, said they will make crime pay.  They urged everyone to become a lawyer.

APD said they’ll continue to conduct this type of operation in the future to deter the theft of personal property.  Mike’s signs haven’t been working.

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Still Missing in the Pot Trade: Garret Rodriguez

 

Family Seeks Answers in Disappearance of SoCal Man Headed to ‘Murder Mountain.’

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

Private Investigator: His Truck Found in Garberville Area
by Colleen Chalmers

Private detectives investigating the disappearance of a Southern California man — who went missing after reportedly heading to work at a marijuana grow near what he called “Murder Mountain” — said this week that his pickup truck was found broken down on private property in southern Humboldt.

Cook & Associates Private Investigation owner and licensed investigator Chris Cook said she’s notified the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office about the latest information related to 30-year-old Garret Rodriguez’s disappearance.

No one has heard from Rodriguez since Christmas time, officials and private investigators said. He was last heard from while en route from his home in the San Diego enclave of Ocean Beach to the mountains of southern Humboldt, where he was reportedly going to work at a marijuana ranch.

Rodriguez’s father, who lives in central Mexico, said he believes some of his son’s friends must know something.  “I believe that some of them know what happened to him, but they’re afraid to come forward and say anything,” Val ‘Buzz’ Rodriguez said. “I know that for a fact.”

pot leafHis mother, who lives in Georgia, said she knows her son was going to work at an indoor grow in the Rancho Sequoia area near Alderpoint for the winter.  She questions why the two people her son worked with have been silent about the case.

“It’s important for people to know who he was working with,” said Pamela McGinnis, who believes the two business associates were the last to be with her son.  Sheriff’s Office Detective Todd Fulton said the names of the two men Rodriguez worked with are not being released at this time.

“We don’t have any reason to release the names of his associates,” he said.  “As far as I know, his last known location was in San Diego.”

Fulton said the office is investigating Rodriguez’s disappearance as a missing person’s case, but it is unclear if Rodriguez was in the county.

Cook & Associates investigator Jeremy Yanopoulos said Rodriguez had been involved with growing marijuana since high school, and had also been working with marijuana trafficking and sales between Humboldt County and San Diego for a couple years.

“He wasn’t the top guy,” Yanopoulos said. “It doesn’t sound like it was paying particularly well.”

mj greenhouse IIMcGinnis said her son never seemed to make much money in the marijuana business.  “I know a lot of young guys go up to Humboldt to try and make a lot of money.  His goal was to save money, but there was always some reason why he didn’t have any,” she said.

His family said Rodriguez was in the marijuana business to save enough money to eventually fulfill his dream of having a home in Mexico.  “It was just the allure of money that got him involved, so he could build his home in Mexico,” McGinnis said.

His aunt Bonnie Taylor, who lives in the Chico area, said she was the last family member to see him before he went missing. She said Rodriguez’s friends were his family.  “He was sweet, loving, caring and good-hearted.  He had a love of life,” she said.  “This guy wasn’t somebody who just goes missing.”

Rodriguez is described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with brown hair.  Rodriguez also has a tattoo of a colored ocean scene on his right shoulder.  “He has the most gorgeous green eyes and a beautiful smile,” Taylor said.

Taylor said the family tried to talk Rodriguez out of going to Humboldt County for work.  “We tried as best we could.  He didn’t always make really good choices,” she said.  “Choice of certain friends.  Choice of going up to Humboldt.”

drawing handsMcGinnis said there have been hundreds of friends posting photos and memories of her son on a Facebook page dedicated to bringing him home, saying how much they miss him.  “Everybody’s really concerned,” she said.

Yanopoulos said Cook & Associates is investigating rumors about what has happened to Rodriguez and speculation on why he disappeared. 

It was not until April that Rodriguez was officially reported missing.  Yanopoulos said it was not uncommon for friends
and family members to go short periods of time without
hearing from Rodriguez while he was working in southern
Humboldt.

“But this went way beyond just business as usual,” he said.

His father reported him missing on April 25 after one of his son’s ex-girlfriends told him no one had heard from Rodriguez in months.  Taylor said the family knows in their hearts that Rodriguez made it to southern Humboldt and would have contacted them if he could.

missing personAnyone with information regarding Garret Rodriguez is asked to contact Cook & Associates Private Investigations at 839-7422 or call Chris Cook at 616-4507. You may also contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 445-7251.

(Courtesy of the Times-Standard and Bruce Anderson of the AVA.  Article slightly abridged and pictures added)

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Cannabis News

 

All the Weed That’s Trimmed for Print

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Growing Pains

Uh-oh, look out.  The Sheriff’s Office has identified 4,100
grow sites in Humboldt County– and they’re none
too happy about it.

Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey held a pre-season marijuana eradication meeting on Thursday to discuss the main issues the County will face this summer and to go over strategies with local stakeholders.

“I think we’re going to continue to see an increase in marijuana cultivation based upon our overall lack of economic health in Humboldt County and the State of California,” Downey said.

“We will never eradicate cultivation completely but right now, at this point, it’s not controllable.  It’s gotten too big, too out of control,” the County’s top lawman said…

…You can read more in the Times-Standard’s “Stakeholders Talk Marijuana Before Outdoor Grow Season Starts”

 

Humboldt State University’s Higher Learning Journal

HSUHSU has taken the high road of scholarly cannabis publishing to a new level under the direction of Professors Josh Meisel and Ronnie Swartz.

The Humboldt Journal of Social Relations has just published its long-awaited all-weed issue, “Current Perspectives on Marijuana and Society,” in cooperation with the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research.

HSU’s PR department highlights what seems to be the lead story:  A paper by David C. Peters of Wayne State University puts forth research from Michigan showing that marijuana can be an effective “reverse gateway drug”– one whose usage can help wean addicts to opiates or prescription medication from those far more dangerous substances…

…You can read more by Hank Sims at the Lost Coast Outpost:  “HSU Research Journal:  Marijuana May be a Reverse Gateway Drug”

 

Humboldt’s Marijuana Frontier

Kym's pic IIWhat’s it really like to be living with pot growers amidst the burgeoning weed culture?

For those who have replaced copy after copy of Ray Raphael’s Cash Crop because volumes borrowed by friends never seem to be returned, you had better buy a few copies of Emily Brady’s new book, Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier.

The book is destined to be a local classic—a book that you will lend out knowing that you’ll rarely see it returned.  Nonetheless, you’ll give it out with the same passion that Gideonite’s pass out Bibles—this book gets Humboldt pot culture—particularly Southern Humboldt pot culture…

…You can catch Kym Kemp’s full review at Redheaded Blackbelt:  “Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier—A Book Destined to be a Classic Look at this County and Cannabis”

You can also catch another of Kym’s pieces:  “The New York Times Thinks that Marijuana Growers Suffer from an ‘Identity Crisis’”

 

House Representatives Pass Industrial Hemp Farm Bill Amendment

marijuanaThe House of Representatives on Thursday overcame last-minute lobbying from the Drug Enforcement Administration to pass a farm bill amendment that would legalize the growing of hemp for research purposes.

The 225-200 vote came after a flurry of opposition from the DEA, which argued that it would be too difficult for the agency to differentiate legal hemp from illegal marijuana, both varieties of the cannabis plant.

“On the merits, this is a no-brainer.  Industrial hemp is an important product,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said.  ”It’s perfectly legal, but currently we require that it be imported from other countries.  Basically it’s taking jobs away from American producers…”

…See the full article and video here at the Huffington Post:  “Bipartisan Hemp Amendment Passes House Over DEA Objections (UPDATED)”

 

Pot Dispensing Vending Machines Streamline Legal Access

machine2Marijuana, already legal in two states and on the verge of legitimacy in others, may become a product that can easily be purchased via vending machine.

A Phoenix-based company behind the pot machines, Endexx Corp., envisions a transaction unfolding like this:  A woman in Colorado, where recreational pot is legal, uses an app on her iPhone to purchase an ounce of weed, then goes to pick it up at her favorite retail outlet.

There, she encounters the vending machine and uses its touch screen to complete her order, adding a book of rolling papers and a cigarette lighter.

“The way we see it, when you walk into a shop, you don’t need the expert or aficionado to help with selection,” said Todd Davis, chief executive officer of Endexx.

“The people who are using this in the recreational space — they know what they want, and they don’t want to hear the whole spiel every time…”

…The full Huffington Post article and pics are here:  “Marijuana Vending Machines, Stoner Fantasy, May Become Industry Norm”

 

New Marijuana Inventions Coming to Market

machine3American capitalism at its best?

A gadget that turns any Starbucks Venti cup into a bong, a power cleaner for resin-clogged pipes, and chewing gum that cures cotton mouth are among products that marijuana aficionados may see in their favorite head shops before the end of the year.

A flock of American businesses, seeking to take advantage of an investment rush into the marijuana industry, are behind a wave of new weed-smoking accessories.

The gadgets are designed to improve on such classic devices as the bong, the pipe and the one-hitter.

The new so-called ganjapreneurs are hoping to capitalize on a speculative mania that cannabis industry insiders call a “green rush.”

“People have been trying to do this for a really long while and now is really the time,” said Ross Kirsh, owner at New York based Quark, which creates accessories used to store and display medical marijuana.

Los Angeles-based Royght! plans to sell a gadget that fits snugly atop the standard-issue wax-paper cups used by takeout restaurants.  For $19.95, super-sized becomes super high…

…You can find the full article and pics here:  “9 Mind-Blowing Marijuana Gadgets That Will Revolutionize Weed Smoking”

 

Pork and Pot, Happily Together

stalksMarijuana and bacon: together at last?

A pig farmer in Washington state– who doesn’t smoke weed– is making the most out of legalization by feeding stems, stalks, and leaves left over from pot-farming operations.

He says the marijuana-fed pigs—which end up as bacon, sausages, and pulled pork—gain weight 20% faster than others, possibly because they spend all their time inactive and barely raise their heads.

In “blind bacon tests,” customers describe the taste as “more savory,” the farmer told NBC news.

…The NBC article and video is here.

Wait until Humboldt dairy farmers hear about this new development.

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Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

 

Humboldt’s Crime Reports Keep on Coming

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

McKinleyville Murder:  Suspect Arrested (UPDATED)

On Wednesday June 19, at about 1:30 pm, information was
provided to Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office detectives of a
possible murder victim, with the body still in a wooded area
north of C Avenue in McKinleyville, an area commonly referred
to as the “Baldy” area.

Witnesses provided information to detectives that led them to a deceased 33-year old male, whose body was found adjacent to a foot trail at 3:00 pm.  Based on statements from witnesses and the condition of the deceased male, the death is being investigated as a homicide by the HCSO.

Based on the evidence obtained and from witness statements, detectives arrested Michael Raymond Youravish, 21, around 5:00 in the afternoon.

A resident of the McKinleyville and Eureka areas, Mr. Youravish was arrested and taken into custody at a home in the 1400 block of Highland Avenue in Eureka.

He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Pokey on suspicion of PC 187, Murder.

The identity of the victim is not being released until a positive identification can be made and family members are notified.  The cause of death is not being released at this time.

UPDATE:  On Saturday June 22, 2013 an autopsy was performed on the victim of this suspected homicide.  At the conclusion of the autopsy the cause of death was determined to be as a result of multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen of the victim.

The identity of the victim has been determined to be Forrest Croft Lovejoy (DOB: 07-02-1979), a resident of McKinleyville, California.  The suspect, Michael Raymond Youravish, remains in custody at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and had an arraignment on Friday June 21 for the charge of Homicide.

HCSO Detective Todd Fulton is requesting that any additional witnesses with information about Michael Youravish or information about this investigation to telephone him at 707-268-3646.

 

Crystal Meth and Heroin Seizure

methOn June 19, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant received a citizen tip before noon that a vehicle belonging to Neil Eugene Kemp was parked in the parking lot at 409 K Street in Eureka containing drugs.  The citizen told the Sheriff’s Sergeant the vehicle make and color.

The Sheriff’s Sergeant checked the parking lot and located the vehicle matching the description described by the citizen.  The Sheriff’s Sergeant ran a California DMV registration check on the license plate and it came back registered to Kemp.

A Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Detective and his trained narcotics dog were called to the scene with the dog alerting on the vehicle.  The Sheriffs Sergeant also learned that Kemp was in Humboldt County Superior Court dealing with unrelated narcotics charges from a California Highway Patrol Arrest on March 20.

While the Sheriff’s Sergeant was at the vehicle, Mr. Kemp showed up and asked why law enforcement was there.  The Sergeant explained what was occurring and requested consent to search Kemp’s vehicle for narcotics.  Mr. Kemp refused the request.

The Sergeant allowed Kemp to leave on foot while he obtained a Superior Court search warrant for his vehicle.  When the warrant was served on the vehicle, the Sergeant located approximately:

  • 25 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine
  • 17 grams of suspected heroin
  • Syringes
  • and $247.00 in cash

Mr. Kemp never returned and is wanted by law enforcement for possession of narcotics, possession of illicit drugs and possession of syringes.  He is described as: White male adult, 50 years old, 6’ tall, approx 155 lbs, brown eyes, blond hair.

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.  We hope Mr. Kemp gets some help and himself into rehab soon.

 

Inmate Walkaway Surrenders Self

Shoes IIIOn June 19 at about 2:15 pm, a SWAP inmate work crew was clearing brush near the wooded area of the Humboldt Botanical Gardens on the College of the Redwoods campus. 

A Correctional Officer supervising the work crew noticed an inmate, Lance D. Henry, 24-years old of Fortuna, had not returned from using the restroom.  The officer found a blue jail issued shirt on the ground and determined that Henry had walked away from the work crew. 

Mr. Henry was serving 364 days in jail for a violation of probation.  He was due to be released in four months; his release date was scheduled for October 25, 2013.

On the same day about 7 hours later, Henry Lance had a change of heart and turned himself and his fast feet into the jail.

It’s unknown why Lance walked away from the inmate work crew at College of the Redwoods, but nonetheless, additional charges were being sought against him for escape from custody and being a few Cheerios and bananas short of a bowl and a bunch.

 

Early Morning Arcata High Speed Motorcycle Pursuit

bigfoot 2On June 20 shortly after 1:00 in the morning, Arcata Police officers attempted a traffic stop on a motorcycle with an expired registration.

The motorcyclist fled from officers, leading them in a pursuit that began on Alliance Road at Westwood Court and ended on northbound Highway 101 just north of Giuntoli Lane without further incident.  

The pursuit reached speeds of 70 miles per hour.  It ended when Arcata Police officers boxed in the motorcyclist, identified as Ronald Allen Reike, age 32, of Manila, and forced him to a stop on the east shoulder of northbound Highway 101.

Mr. Reike was arrested for felony evasion, driving with a suspended license, and violation of probation.  He was booked into the Humboldt County Jail.

No persons were injured in this pursuit and no damage occurred to any vehicles or other property.  Intoxication was not determined to be a factor, APD said.

We suspect a lack of probation supervision, however, was a factor with Mr. Reike being a clown without a circus in need of a ringmaster.

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More Crime, Criminals …and Sometimes Cannabis

 

Reports From Humboldt’s Law Agencies

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Indoor-Outdoor Weed Op Busted

On June 17 at 9:00 am, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies
assisted by Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents served
a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant in the 25000
block of Highway 36 in Bridgeville.

When the deputies served the search warrant they located a sophisticated indoor and an outdoor marijuana growing operation.  Many of the outdoor marijuana plants were already in the flowering stage.

weed and momDeputies located 624 marijuana plants ranging from 4” to 12” in height growing indoors, and 590 marijuana plants ranging from 6” to 4′ tall growing outdoors.  Deputies also located a loaded rifle.

Due to electrical fire hazards at the indoor marijuana grow operation, the Humboldt County Planning Department and Pacific Gas and Electric was called to the scene.  They determined there was a hazard and shut off the electricity.

At the property, deputies contacted Kelly Valentine, 39-years old, and her two teenage children. 

Due to jail overcrowding, Ms. Valentine was issued a notice to appear for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a residence for the unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and released at the scene.

Our Ms. Valentine, ever the coolest mom in high school, went down, but deputies have identified another suspect in this case.  They are seeking an arrest warrant through the Humboldt County DA for his arrest.

 

All in the Family Dispute Leads to Cannabis Pinch

mj IIIA disturbance between a Fortuna mother and her daughter on Sunday morning led to the arrest of the mother on suspicion of marijuana possession for sale and maintaining a drug house, according to the Fortuna Police Department.

Officers responded to a disturbance call June 9 on the 400 block of 11th Street after a reported altercation occurred between Sheila Ayub, 40, and her whippy daughter.

After the dispute was resolved, an officer attempted to re-contact Ayub.  The officer observed the woman running through the residence with bags of processed marijuana through the front door.

The officer entered the home, detained Ayub for the violation, and found her to be in possession of approximately two pounds of marijuana packaged for sales, FPD said.

Based on the officer’s observations and Ayub’s statements, the home was locked down in preparation for a search warrant.

Inside the home, officers located more weed:  approximately 8 pounds of processed marijuana bud, approximately 10 pounds of untrimmed marijuana plants, two digital scales, approximately $14,000 and several forms of packaging material, officials said.  She was arrested for all of it, and also for possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a drug house. 

Ms. Ayub– mom– was booked into the Humboldt County Pokey. 

Her daughter had the house to herself for awhile.  Hell hath no fury like a daughter scorned.

 

Cali Weed and the Land of Mormon

mj tax stampOn June 11th and 12th, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, United States Forest Service, and the United States Marshal Office assisted the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Metro Narcotics Task Force and the Davis Metro Narcotic Strike Force out of Salt Lake City, Utah, regarding a 3-year long marijuana investigation in Humboldt County linked to the Mormon state.

The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration issued indictments for several Humboldt County residents out of the Federal District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah, for engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.  Federal and state search warrants were served in Utah during the course of this investigation.

On June 11 at about 10:00 in the morning, local law enforcement and federal law enforcement officers located and arrested one suspect for the federal indictment out of Utah, Michael Stallings, 63, at his residence located off Friday Ridge Road in Willow Creek.  While at Stallings’ residence, officers noticed an outdoor marijuana growing operation.

Officers obtained a Humboldt County search warrant for the property.  Officers then seized over 600 growing marijuana plants that ranged in size from 2 to 3 feet.  Officers seized one pound of processed marijuana, two rifles and one shotgun.   Mr. Stallings was transported to the Federal Courthouse in Eureka to be arraigned on his federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah.  A local arrest warrant will be sought through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for Stallings for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.

mj blood sugarOn June 12th at about 9:00 in the morning, local and federal law enforcement officers served a search warrant at the residence of John Paul Diller, age 32, in the 1600 block of Children’s Avenue in McKinleyville.  Mr. Diller was taken into custody on a federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah, too.  Diller was transported to the Federal Courthouse in Eureka to be arraigned on his Federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah.

When Officers searched Diller’s residence they located and seized 10 individual, one pound bags of processed marijuana. 

Officers also seized 4 pistols and 2 rifles.  A Harley Davidson motorcycle, a vehicle, and $7,900 in cash was seized for possible asset forfeiture.

At the same time, other officers served a search warrant for two storage units off Airport Road in Fortuna that Diller was renting.  Officers seized over 800 growing marijuana plants from inside two storage units ranging in size from 2 to 3 feet.  No one was located at the storage units.

mj7On June 12th at 5:00 pm, a search warrant was served on a piece of property that Mr. Diller owned in the Freshwater area.  Officers seized two motorcycles, a Polaris- Ranger ATV, and a utility trailer for possible asset forfeiture.

A local arrest warrant will be sought through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Officer for Mr. Diller’s arrest for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.

There are other suspects in the investigation from the Salt Lake City indictmentsand more arrests are expected in the Humboldt County of Humboldt. 

The US Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City is working closely with the US Attorney’s Office in San Francisco with the federal indictments.

Don’t mess with the Mormons, they don’t even like a little Coca Cola and Jack, much less a lot of weed, passing through the beehive state.  Anyone with information on this case or related drug activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-444-8095 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Tip line at 707-268-2539.

 

Just a Little Gunplay in McKinleyville

bulletOn June 15 at  8:30 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office received a call from a male victim reporting his house was just shot at.

The victim resides in the 1700 block of Lime Avenue in McKinleyville.  When deputies arrived they met with the victim and his stepfather.

They reported a person known as Michael Raphael Robitaille, 42-years old, came to their residence and knocked on the front door.  When they did not answer the door, they heard a gunshot and then saw Robitialle leave. 

They checked the door and saw a bullet hole in the front door.  They saw the bullet traveled through the metal front door and three interior walls, before striking a light fixture.  That’s pretty good eyesight, we think.

Deputies located Mr. Robitialle at a residence in the 2400 block of Penn Avenue in McKinleyville.  He admitted going to the home on Lime Avenue but denied shooting into the residence.  Nonetheless, Mr. Robitialle was arrested for shooting into an inhabited building.  No weapon was recovered.

He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

It seems like an open and shot case, but the HCSO asks:  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.

 

One Bust for Two Arcata Burglaries– by One Very Dim Bulb

crack5On June 17 at 3:05 am, the Arcata Police Department received a report of a burglary in progress at the Chevron gas station on Giuntoli Lane.  

Officers quickly arrived in the area and located a subject fleeing the business. 

The subject, later identified as Stephen James Hansen, age 27, was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. 

Mr. Hansen was found to be in possession of property that had been stolen from the business and placed under arrest for burglary.

stupid people aheadOfficers were able to view surveillance footage from the business that showed Hansen breaking the glass front door with a rock and entering the business and removing the merchandise from the store.   

Based upon the same method of entry used at a previous burglary at the Chevron which had occurred on May 31, video surveillance footage was viewed from the prior burglary.  Mr. Hansen was identified as the suspect in that incident as well. 

Mr. Hansen was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked and lodged for both burglaries.

One dim bulb, we hope Mr. Hansen leaves the nightlight on upstairs while he’s away.

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Mother’s Little Helper

 

Tuesday’s Opiated Crime

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

From the Eureka Police Department: 

A Little Smack Slingin’ at the Heroin Hotel

WilburOn June 6, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) served a search warrant at a motel room at the 1400 block of 4th St, in Eureka.

The warrant service was in response to numerous complaints of in-and-out traffic related to possible narcotic activity from a room inhabited by Alicia Wibur, age 23.

As a result of their search, detectives located 1 gram of heroin, 0.4 grams of methamphetamine, a syringe loaded with suspected heroin, scales, packaging and over $1800 in cash.

Ms. Wilbur was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity, or other nuisances occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.

 

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

Little Mom and Poppy Opium Op

opium pretty poppyOn June 10, bright and early at 7:30 in the morning, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, assisted by the Fortuna Police Department, served a search warrant at a residence in the 3500 block of Tami Drive in Fortuna.

Officers located two subjects in the residence, along with their 4 year old daughter.  The two subjects were identified as Victoria Adeli Miller, 29, and Benjamin Joseph Dehaven, 30.

When officers searched the residence they discovered an indoor marijuana growing operation located in the attached garage and inside one of the bathrooms.

Officers seized a total of 341 growing marijuana plants that ranged in size from 6 inches to 3 feet in height.  Officers located 2 pounds of processed pot in the residence along with about 4 ½ pounds of marijuana leaf.

mothers little helper2Officers noticed a possible electrical fire hazard associated with the indoor marijuana growing operation so they contacted the Fortuna Building and Planning Department. After inspecting the electrical wiring, they in turn determined there was a possible electrical fire hazard and contacted PG&E to have the electrical service shut off.

When officers searched the backyard of the residence they located numerous growing opium poppy plants approximately 5 feet in height.  Officers noticed that several of the plant pods were recently cut or scored.

They also located several dried opium poppy pods in the garage also cut or scored. Based on this information officers believed that the opium poppy plants were being used to obtain opium.

Officers contacted Humboldt County Child Welfare Services who responded to the residence and took the 4-year old girl into protective custody.

Officers arrested Dehaven and Miller for possession and possession for sales of opium, cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana, and for felony child endangerment.

opium mom n poppyMr. Dehaven and Ms. Miller were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka where they were booked on the above charges.

Miller was booked and released from the jail due to female overcrowding.  Dehaven is currently being held on $50,000 dollar bail.

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

Anyone with information on this case or related drug activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-444-8095 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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Monday’s Crime Reports

 

From Humboldt’s Law Enforcement

 

–As Usual, Lack of Probation Oversight Abounds–

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:  Klamath River Death Investigation

Klamath1On June 8th at 8:50 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who reported he was checking his fishing net in the Klamath River and discovered a body in the river near his nets.

Deputies responded to the scene and met with the reporting party near mile post 23.40 on State Route 169 near Martins Ferry.  The citizen told the deputy he set his fishing net out at approximately 8 pm the night before, a short distance upstream from Owl Rock.

The next morning he went to check his net and saw a Jet Ski type watercraft entangled in his net.  The citizen looked further and saw a body submerged in the water.  The citizen checked the body and saw the person was obviously deceased.  He called law enforcement to notify them of what he found.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office used a Sheriff’s Office jet boat to retrieve the deceased male.  The Coroner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.  Any further news releases, including the deceased name will be released from the Coroner’s Office.

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

Update:

Klamath2Ralph Lemmons, 63, from Weitchpec, was found in the Klamath river halfway between Weitchpec and the village of Johnson on Saturday morning.

He was found by another Weitchpec man who was checking his fishing nets, Humboldt County Deputy Coroner Roy Horton said. 

The man tied Lemmons to a rock so he would not drift farther down the river before officials arrived.

Lemmons entered the river alone near Old Village on Friday to ride his wave runner, Horton said.  It appears that the craft hit a rock and Lemmons tried to pull it to shore.

Officials believe he set his jacket, ice cooler, and cushion on the shore and walked back to the river to grab the wave runner, which may have drifted into deep water. It appears Lemmons fell into the water and most likely drowned, Horton said.  Lemmons’ wife told authorities that he did not know how to swim, Horton said.

The official cause of death is still being investigated, but should be available tomorrow, the Coroner said.  Alcohol or drugs are not believed to be involved.

 

From the Fortuna Police Department:  Convicted Felon and Probationer Arrested– and then Released !

Wade HarrisOn June 09, 2013 at about 3:50 pm, the Fortuna Police Department received a report of a male subject on a motorcycle in the area of Fortuna Boulevard and Kenmar Road that was brandishing a firearm at another motorist.

Officer responded to the area and conducted a traffic stop on the motorcyclist in the area of the Strong’s Creek Plaza Shopping Center.  The subject Wade Daniel Harris, 31, of Fortuna was detained and officers learned from witnesses that Harris may have discarded the firearm into a nearby field when he observed officers.

Officers conducted search of the field and located a loaded Kimber Semi-Automatic .45 Cal Pistol.  It was determined that the pistol had been reported stolen out of Ontario, CA.

Harris was subsequently taken into custody on the following charges:

PC 417 – Brandishing Firearm
PC 496 – Possession of Stolen Property
PC 29800 – Felon in Possession of a Firearm
PC 25850 – Carrying a Loaded Firearm in Public
PC 1203.2 – Probation Violation

Harris was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Unbelievably, Mr. Harris was later released after posting bail.  We hope Harris’ Probation Officer will actually supervise him after not doing so and think twice by placing the requisite ’probation hold’ on him at the jail following his arrest by FPD until his situation can be looked at.

It’s a good thing no one was hurt by this unsupervised felon and probationer running amuck.

 

Another FPD Report:  Negligent Probation Mom Abandons Infant 

child abandonedOn Saturday June 8, 2013 officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to an apartment complex located in the 100 block of 12th Street for the report of an infant that had been abandoned.

Upon arrival officers learned that a one year old infant had been left in the care of residents within the complex sometime during the afternoon hours of Thursday, June 6th.  The infant was reportedly dirty and left with little formula or personal care items.

During the three-day period the infant was reportedly passed from one apartment to another before eventually coming into the care of a thirteen-year old tenant.  The tenant phoned the Fortuna Police Department after the infant’s mother, Stefani Renee Nelson, 18, of Fortuna, had failed to return for the infant or contact anyone as to her whereabouts.

Officers attempted contact with Nelson through various means, including at last known residences, through family members and via her last known cellular phone number.  All attempts to contact Nelson were unsuccessful.

Due to the circumstances reported by the apartment tenants and in the interest of the safety of the infant, officers placed the child into protective custody.  Humboldt County Child Welfare Services was contacted and subsequently took custody of the infant.

NelsonAt approximately 8:20 pm, a Sergeant with the Fortuna Police Department observed Nelson walking near the 100 block of 12th Street.  Ms. Nelson was contacted and subsequently taken into custody for the following charges:

PC 273a(a)– Willful harm to a child
WI 777– Probation Violation

Nelson was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Jail.

Did the supervising Probation Officer even know of Ms. Nelson’s whereabouts whatsoever over the course of three and probably more days?  Thank goodness this child wasn’t hurt– and a 13-year old was smart enough to do something along with Fortuna Police and Child Welfare Services.

 

From the Arcata Police Department:  More Parole/Probation Supervision Failings

Alberson's goodsAn Arcata Police Department Ranger patrolling the Arcata Marsh area located a suspicious man on a bicycle at about 8:00 am this morning.

The man was contacted and identified as 40-year old Shawn Paul Alberson of Eureka.

It was determined Alberson was currently on parole for burglary.  A search of Alberson was conducted per the terms of his parole.  The ranger located a loaded .22 caliber revolver concealed down the front of Alberson’s pants.

Mr. Alberson was also found to be in possession of numerous burglary tools that included dozens of car keys, a pry bar, a slide hammer and a night vision scope.  Numerous credit and debit cards belonging to previous victims of theft were found in Alberson’s pack.

Over the past month the City of Arcata has seen a significant increase in vehicle burglaries in the parking lots in and around the Arcata Marsh.  Several people have reported seeing a man matching Alberson’s description and riding a similar bicycle in the area just before or just after the burglaries occurred.

Alberson was booked in to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges:

29800(A)(1) PC– felon in possession of a firearm
12403.7(A) PC– felon in possession on tear gas

25400(A)(2) PC– carrying a concealed weapon on a person

25850(A) PC– carrying a loaded firearm in public

466 PC– possession of burglary tools

PO jacketWill the Parole/Probation Department please start supervising their perpy peeps?  This is what they’re paid for.  Again, no one was hurt, thankfully. 

We can write these reports all day, week in and week out, and have.  The public deserves to be better served.  Crime happens– and it could happen to you.

We hope someone doesn’t get hurt.  And lawsuits do happen for negligence, you know.

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The Daily Dope

 

Criminals Coming Back to Roost

 

Why Do They Call It Dope?

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Probation Supervision Fail:  Pepper Spray Bandit Busted Again In Connection to Pot Grow

stephensGregory Allen Stephens has all the luck.  Only five days after being sentenced to three years supervised probation following his Fortuna pepper spray fiasco, he’s been busted again.  This time for a large marijuana grow going down in Carlotta along with other dopey perps.

On Tuesday, June 4 at 8:40 am, the  Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Community Response Team Deputies (CRT), assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant at 81 Fir Loop Court in Carlotta.

Deputies located Gregory Aaron Stephens, 37, and Benjamin Robert Rose, 22, at the residence when they arrived.  Mr. Stephens was identified as the property owner and on supervised probation.

Deputies searched the residence and located approximately 53 pounds of marijuana bud in one-pound bags, 72 pounds of dried marijuana, and 1,213 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 1” to 4’ tall.

Deputies also located four rifles, steroids, approximately $9,600 in cash, packaging material, a scale and other evidence indicating the marijuana was being sold.  The cash, along with along with two vehicles located at the home were seized for asset forfeiture.

pepper spray Stephens pot growMr. Stephens, probationer, was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana, violation of probation, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.  Mr. Rose was booked on cultivation of marijuana and possession for marijuana for sale.  Both were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Pokey in short order where their bail was set at $75,000.

While deputies were at the residence, Allan Henry Costa, 23, drove to the search warrant scene.  Deputies contacted Mr. Costa who refused to comply with the officer’s demands. 

Mr. Costa was arrested for interfering with a police officer and also transported to the Humboldt County Clink– where his bail was set at a lowly $10,000.

But wait.  During their investigation, the astute deputies learned that Mr. Stephens also had a residence in the 2500 block of Skyline Drive in Eureka.  Responding to and searching that residence, they located over $10,000 in additional green.  Naturally, they seized the cash.

While deputies were at the Carlotta residence, they saw a well-worn path between that residence and another residence located next door at 69 Fir Loop Court.  They also saw a large greenhouse at the residence which they could tell contained growing marijuana.

The deputies obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for that greenhouse and associated residence.  Deputies located Thomas Luther Meahl, 29, at the residence.

dope stashWhen the search warrant was served deputies located 1,011 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from a few inches to 4’ tall.

They also located approximately 5 pounds of processed marijuana, two hash extraction tubes, over a pound of hashish, numerous butane bottles, hash oil, and, believe it or not, a hand grenade.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was called to the scene and rendered the grenade safe at the residence.

Mr. Meahl was arrested for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, possession of hashish, conspiracy, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of an explosive device and conspiracy.  Mr. Meahl, like Mr. Stephens and the rest of the bunch, was transported to the Humboldt County Dope Facility where his bail was set at $500,000.

More information is in today’s Times-Standard’sMan Arrested In Connection With Pot Grow Days After Sentencing

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.

 

Arson Fire Follows Large Explosion in Loleta

LoletaToday at approximately 1:25 in the morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an explosion and a vehicle on fire in the 500 block of Montgomery Street in Loleta.

Two deputies were coincidentally on a routine traffic stop one block away from Montgomery Street when they heard the explosion.  It was then followed by the sound of several smaller explosions rocking the tiny town ‘hood.

The deputies advised dispatch what they heard and responded to the scene, along with Loleta Fire Department and Cal-Fire.

When the deputies arrived they saw several vehicles on fire.  One was fully engulfed and blazing.

A 1995 Pontiac Firebird was burned down to the frame.  A 2004 Yamaha motorcycle and a black 2000 Toyota Echo received extensive damage.  A 2005 Volkswagen sedan received minor scorching. 

surprised cowBased upon evidence located at the scene and the origin of the fire, the case is being treated as an arson investigation.

Arson Investigators from the Humboldt County Arson Task Force and Sheriff’s Detectives are currently working on this case but there are no dope suspects at this time, the HCSO said.  Cows went back to grazing contentedly.

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

 

Sheriff’s Deputies Persuade Armed Suicidal Man to Surrender

tommy leeYesterday, May 5 at 6:30 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a suicidal man armed with a .45 caliber handgun.

The man fired the gun into the roof of his home in the 1000 block of Carson Woods Road in Fortuna. 

The man had also warned family members to vacate the residence.

Roads around the home were blocked off by responding deputies and the Fortuna Police responded to assist.  Neighbors were advised to stay indoors.

A Humboldt County Sheriff’s Sergeant trained as a Crisis Negotiator was able to speak with the man on the telephone.

After an hour the man voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement and was transported to the hospital for treatment.  Numerous weapons– including the .45 caliber handgun– were recovered from the residence.

No one was injured in the incident, the HCSO said.  Kudos to the Sheriff’s officers; that’s totally dope.

 

Parolee Goes Down with Guns, Drugs, and Cash– Again

grow your own dopeOn June 4th, at about 11:30 pm, a Eureka Police Department officer on uniformed patrol observed a dark colored Chevrolet Camaro make an abrupt turn onto Pine Street from West Harris Street.

The officer recognized the vehicle as belonging to a fellow named Benjamin James Goldman

Unfortunately for Mr. Goldman, the officer also knew his driver’s license had been suspended.

The officer ‘contacted’ Mr. Goldman as he exited his Camaro in the alley located between the 3100 blocks of Ingley and California Streets just south of West Harris Street.

After confirming Goldman’s unlicensed status, the officer arrested him for driving on a suspended license.  The officer then searched him after his arrest.

Inside Goldman’s right front pants pocket, the officer located a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun.  In his other pockets were two small baggies containing dope:  approximately 4 grams of crystal methamphetamine, or about 1/8th of an ounce.

Goldman’s vehicle was towed from the scene on a 30-day impound pursuant to the California Vehicle Code for knowingly driving with a suspended license.

EPD paroleeMr. Goldman, age 35 of Eureka, was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for the following offenses:

  • Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Driving on Suspended License
  • Felony Committed While Released on Bail    

 

APD Seeking Suspect Identified in Arcata Dope Robbery

rope a dopeOn May 31 at about 1:38 pm APD officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the area of 13th St and Union St.   Witnesses in the area told APD dispatch that multiple gunshots were heard.

Officers arrived on scene and contacted the victim in the 1200 block of Union St.  The victim told officers that he was engaged in a marijuana transaction with an unknown subject when the subject pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his property. 

The victim had a brief struggle with the subject and the gun discharged during the fight.  The subject then fled the area.

Tjeffryhe victim received minor injuries when the subject hit him in his face with the barrel of the firearm.  Nobody was reported to have been shot during the incident and the firearm was later recovered.

Investigators were able to identify 37-year old Jamie Delos Jeffery of Fortuna as the suspect in the attempted robbery and assault.

Jeffery currently has a felony warrant issued for his arrest for a violation of the terms of his Post Release Community Supervision agreement, another dope probation fail.  

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Jeffery is asked to call the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428, APD said.

 

Neighborhood Complaints Result in Weed Seizure

get a bongOn May 28, detectives with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) severed a search warrant in the 300 block of Orchard St. in Eureka.  The search warrant was served in response to numerous complaints of a possible marijuana grow there.

During the service of the search warrant, detectives discovered a dope grow inside the attached garage of the residence.

Three subjects, who were inside the residence at the time, were detained and later released.  Among other items of evidence, detectives seized 269 immature Marijuana plants and a .45 caliber pistol.  Additionally, PG&E responded and disconnected the electrical service to the residence due to unsafe wiring installed to operate the grow.

No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is ongoing to root out any double-dealing dopers, EPD said.

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dope slaves

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HSCO Seeks Identity of Two Hikers in Miller Manhunt

 

Dachshund ’Gigi’ May Hold Clue to Killer’s Location

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

From The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public with the identity of two hikers who were on the beach at the end of Lighthouse Road in Petrolia on Wednesday May 8, 2013 during the late evening hours.

Here’s the Scenario:

Investigators were aware on the night of the (Shasta County) homicides that the Miller’s family pet “Gigi”, a tricolored Dachshund, was unaccounted for.

On Monday May 13, 2013, Humboldt County Detectives learned that a woman from the Petrolia area was in possession of Gigi.  She was contacted and it was confirmed the Dachshund she possessed was Gigi.

The woman told detectives she was on the beach at the end of Lighthouse Road in Petrolia during the late evening hours of Wednesday, May 8. Two hikers were walking off the beach and were carrying Gigi.

The hikers said they found the dog and were not able to locate an owner.  The woman offered to care for the dog and took possession of Gigi.

Names were not exchanged with the hikers and their identity is not known.

miller2It would be greatly beneficial to this investigation and the search of Shane Miller if the location of where Gigi was originally found was known.   Above is a photographs of Gigi.

The Humboldt and Shasta County Detectives are asking the persons who located Gigi call the following numbers to provide that information. Shasta County (530-245-6025) or Humboldt County (707-445-7251).

Gigi remains in the care of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and arrangements are being made for the safe return of Gigi to members of the Miller family.  Gigi was in excellent health when she was found by the hikers and is injury-free, the HCSO said in their release today.

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petrolia coastIf you haven’t caught on, the HCSO is trying to figure out the location the dog, Gigi, was found in order to help searchers look in the right direction and places for suspected killer Shane Miller.

Knowing where the dog was found fills in some of clues as to his whereabouts.  The identity of the two unknown hikers may provide that information and possibly other details, too.

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Hit and Run Suspect Sought by Sheriff’s Office

 

Photos and Description Given

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On Monday, May 13, a McKinleyville man reported to a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy that he had been intentionally struck by a truck.

Sheriffs are seeking the suspect.

From the Sheriff’s Office:

On 05-13-2013, at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a 20-year old McKinleyville man who told the deputy he was struck intentionally by a truck.

When the deputy arrived at the McKinleyville Shell Gas Station 1606 Central Avenue in McKinleyville, the victim related the following:
    
hit and run3The victim was standing in line to make a purchase inside the gas station when a male suspect behind him in line became irritated because the line wasn’t moving fast enough.

The victim attempted to explain to the suspect that the person in front of him at the register was disabled and needed extra time to gather his items and make his purchase.

The suspect got angry with the victim and began yelling obscenities at him.  The victim decided to leave and began walking out of the gas station and across Central Avenue in McKinleyville.

hit and run2The suspect got into his truck and drove out of the gas station.  He accelerated at the victim, striking the victim with his truck and causing him to literally get knocked of his feet and fly through the air.  The victim landed on the shoulder of the road.

Several uninvolved citizens witnessed the assault.  The victim sustained injuries to his elbow, hip and knee.  Medical arrived, but the victim refused medical treatment.

The investigating deputy was able to obtain a video of the suspect from the gas station.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in locating and identifying
the suspect.

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

HCSO badgeThe suspect is described as:

  • White male
  • Approximately 6’ tall and 220 lbs
  • Late 50’s
  • Balding with some hair on the side of his head.
  • Driving a dark colored pickup truck, possibly a Nissan.

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Search for Shane Miller Enters Sixth Day

 

Door-to-Door Searches Begin in Mattole

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The search for wanted triple-homicide suspect Shane Miller continues.

As of last Friday, 70 law enforcement officers were in the Mattole Valley and Bureau of Land Management’s King Range Recreation area, also known as the Lost Coast, searching for Miller following their sixth day of an intensive manhunt.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reported door-to door are being conducted in efforts for finding the alleged killer, according to the HCSO press release. 

manhunt3The area where Miller’s vehicle was located was searched extensively over the weekend, without results.

SWAT Teams from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of Corrections converged onto the scene last week in their search for the alleged killer Miller.

They were joined by a gaggle of law enforcement officers from the:

  • Arcata Police
  • Eureka Police
  • Fortuna Police
  • Rio Dell Police
  • California Highway Patrol
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Cal-Fire
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Helicopters from the California Highway Patrol and Kern County Sheriff’s Office
  • …And a team of United States Marshals– along with a Specialized Communications Truck they brought along with them.

The King Range Conservation Area is 65,000 acres in size and has no paved roads.  One of the most rugged and rural areas of Northern California, it’s located in the aptly-named Emerald Triangle, a region well known for  its intensive marijuana cultivation, off-the-grid self-sufficiency, and equally independent citizens.  Normally peaceful, quiet, and extremely private to the rule, the flavor of the bucolic area has changed as dozens of law enforcement have descended en masse into the Mattole Valley and the small town of Petrolia.

manhuntOfficers are re-searching areas previously searched– and have been gradually expanding to additional areas outside the original scope.  They’ve also checking numerous cabins and vehicles in the area.

There has been no sighting of Miller since his truck was located in the 30000 block of Mattole Road last week.  He has seemingly vanished without a trace into the Lost Coast wilderness.

As of Friday, Mattole area residents were no longer being requested to shelter in place.  They are, however, being advised to stay in at night and lock their doors.  They are also requested to report any break-ins or other unusual activity immediately.  Check points may continue.

The Mendocino Sheriff’s Office had a 12-member SWAT Team arriving yesterday assisting in the search for Miller.  Officers will continue to search the King Range Conservation Area by foot with the assistance of helicopters today.

Ground search efforts were expanded to include door-to-door residential searches, the HCSO said.  They emphasized enforcement actions during these door-to-door searches will be limited only to the apprehension of the triple homicide suspect, Shane Miller.  They don’t want residents to be any more on edge than necessary and hope the necessary intrusions are minimal at best.

Area schools remain open with a law enforcement presence nearby.  Fixed roadway check points (north and south) of the search area remain in place.

manhunt2Twelve additional United States Marshals are expected to arrive at the search area today– complimented by the twelve Marshals currently in place.

A two-hour Community Meeting was held Sunday at the Petrolia Community Center, where Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office representatives answered questions and addressed concerns from the community.

A second Community Meeting is scheduled at the Honeydew School for Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm.

Officers continue to work together in an attempt to uncover information that might lead to the location of Miller, the HCSO said in their press release.

“We are trying to gather intelligence from people in the area and we want to make sure people are safe, advise them of what’s going on, and find out if they have seen anything suspicious,” Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey said.

Residents hope Miller is soon caught and that law enforcement will depart as quickly as they arrived so their lives and livelihood can return to normal.  No one knows when that will be– or if anyone will be hurt before that happens.

mattole mouthAdditional information on the manhunt can be found in the Times-Standard article today, “Officials Update As Mattole Manhunt Enters Sixth Day“.

The HCSO would like to relay the following information:

“Anyone who witnesses any suspicious behavior or anything that appears to be out of the ordinary is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251, or 911 in an emergency.”

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Slaying Suspect’s Car Located in Petrolia

 

Shasta Triple Homicide Suspect on the Loose in Southern Humboldt

 

Mattole Residents Advised to ‘Shelter in Place’ by Sheriff

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On May 8 at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen that wanted Shasta County Homicide suspect Shane Miller’s Gold Dodge 2010 pickup truck was seen at the mouth of the Mattole River in Petrolia.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with officers from the California Highway Patrol, the Fortuna Police Department and the Rio Dell Police Department responded to the area.

While enroute to the scene, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office began receiving 911 calls that Miller was in the truck and was driving on the Mattole Road towards Honeydew.

mattole mouthDeputies and officers from the other agencies converged on the area.  After an extensive search they located the truck parked and vacant in the 30000 block of Mattole Road.

Deputies searched the area and are still on scene looking for Miller.

Anyone who resides in the area is requested to shelter in place.  If anyone sees Miller they are requested to call 911.

 Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case  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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Previously from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office:

shane millerShane Franklin Miller is a suspect in the triple homicide shooting of his wife and two daughters in Shingletown, CA.  Miller is considered armed and dangerous, and possibly having access to a cache of weapons. 

Sheriff’s Officials are pursuing leads in the Northern California Region and a nationwide manhunt bulletin has been issued.

Suspect is believed to be driving a Gold 2010 Dodge Mega Cab Pickup with a camper shell.  CA License #8Z75988

 

VICTIMS:

Sandy Miller, wife, 34 years old 
Shelby Miller, daughter, 8 years old
Shasta Miller, daughter, 4 years old
  
SUSPECT(S):

Shane Franklin Miller: White male, Red hair, Blue eyes, 5’10”, 200 pounds
DOB 05/08/1968, 45 years of age

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More information can be found at The Record Searchlight.

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More Mayhem and Another Missing Juvenile

 

More Reports From the County Sheriff’s Office

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

Violent SoHum Claw ‘n Hammer Assault

Phillipsville– On May 7 around 10:00 in the morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls from citizens about a violent altercation taking place.

claw hammerThey told the dispatchers a female and her boyfriend were fighting at the Deerhorn Trailer Park located in the 2700 block of Highway 254 in Phillipsville.

While the dispatchers were on the phones with the citizens, they were told the female had left, but then returned to the residence and was now hitting the male with a claw hammer. Deputies and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene.

When the first deputy arrived at the residence he heard a male screaming inside, “She is still hitting me!”

The deputy attempted to enter the home after announcing his presence; however the front door was locked.  The deputy then kicked open the door and shoved his way into the residence.

The female suspect had shoved a couch in front of the door to block law enforcement from entering the residence.  Once inside, he witnessed the female suspect, later identified as Jessica Ann Darsch, 31-years old, beating the living daylights out of her 32-year old live-in boyfriend with her fists.

Ms. Darsch’s boyfriend was covered in blood and holding their 20-month old female child.  The deputy immediately grabbed and subdued Darsch, who fought with the deputy’s attempt to handcuff her.  After he successfully handcuffed Darsch, medical personnel entered the residence and began treating the victim.  He had wickedly been struck in the head, arms, and hands with the claw hammer–  in addition to being pummeled with fists.

The victim told the deputy that he and Darsch got into an argument and she began hitting him with her fists and an even harder-headed hammer.  He said she was holding their child while she was doing the beat down.

hammer assaultMs. Darsch was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, felony child endangerment and resisting arrest.

She was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she was booked on those charges and an outstanding domestic violence arrest warrant.  Her bail is set at $75,000.

The male victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries.  He is expected to fully recover.

The child was not injured. Child Welfare Services were notified and authorized the child to be watched by a neighbor until the father can take custody of the child.

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Missing At-Risk Juvenile

macielEureka– On May 4 at approximately 8:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the grandmother of a missing juvenile.

The grandmother told the investigating deputy her granddaughter, Kirin Aurealas Maciel, 14-years old, from Eureka was missing.

She told the deputy her granddaughter has medical issues and was very concerned for her well-being.

Maciel left her grandmother’s residence on Meadowbrook Lane in Eureka on foot.  A friend of the grandmother told her she saw Maciel walking towards downtown Eureka about 4:30 p.m. that afternoon.

Deputies checked the area for Maciel but didn’t locate her.  The Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in locating her.

Kirin Aurealas Maciel is described as:

  • 14 years old
  • white female
  • 5’3” tall and 140 lbs
  • Blue eyes and strawberry-blond colored hair

She was last seen wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and dark-colored pants.

UPDATE:  On 05-14-2013, approximately 10:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office spoke with Redding Police Department who informed the Sheriff’s Office Kirin Maciel had walked into their office and was located safe and in good health.  Her grandmother picked her up from Redding Police.

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Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding these cases 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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MDMA, Mayhem, Mischief, and a Missing Kid

 

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office This Week–

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

HOMELAND SECURITY LEADS TO  ARCATA ECSTASY BUST

plazaArcata On April 26, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force was contacted by an Agent with the Homeland Security Investigation Unit (HSIU) regarding a package that they had intercepted.

The Agent with HSIU relayed that the package was being shipped from China through the United States Postal Service to a residence located in the 4900 block of Airstream Avenue in Arcata.

The package contained 106 grams of MDMA– also known as Ecstasy.

On May 3 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Drug Task Force and HSIU, conducted a controlled delivery of the 106 grams of MDMA to the residence. After the delivery of the MDMA, officers served a search warrant at the residence.

remingtonOfficers detained 5 suspects at the residence.  During their investigation officers learned that Bradley C. Remington, age 20, who was one of the five subjects detained, was the suspect that had ordered the narcotics from China. 

Mr. Remington, to note, was on felony probation for assault with a deadly weapon and with a search and seizure probation clause.

Officers learned through their investigation that Remington’s residence was located in the 4900 block of Valley East Blvd in Arcata.  Officers then went to Remington’s residence to conduct a probation search.

Officers located 10 pounds of processed marijuana in Remington’s residence.

Officers placed Remington under arrest for possession for:

  • Sales of a controlled substance (MDMA)
  • Possession of marijuana for sales
  • Violation of probation

ecstasy2Mr. Remington was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

The other four suspects at the residence were released at the scene.  This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigation Unit.

 Anyone with information on this case or related drug activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-444-8095 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Tip line at 707-268-2539.

 

ALDERPOINT ROAD RAGE BEATING

road rageAlderpoint– On May 4 at 9:20 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding some type of road rage incident– two to three miles past the Harris-Alderpoint Junction– on Alderpoint Road in Alderpoint.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers responded to the scene.  When they arrived they spoke with the victim, a 28-year old male from Alderpoint.

The victim told the deputies he was driving a U-Haul truck when he became involved in a traffic accident with a 2011 white Toyota Tacoma truck, rear ending it.

After the accident, the victim reported seeing the male passenger– later identified as Terry Robinson– in the Toyota truck and exiting the vehicle carrying a silver-colored metal pipe, four feet long and three inches in circumference, in his hand.

RobinsonMr. Robinson approached the driver’s door of the U-Haul truck as the victim was attempting to exit his truck.  Robinson began striking the victim two to three times on the right side of his arm with the metal pipe.

The victim retreated into the truck and closed the door to escape the attack.  Robinson then struck the truck several times with the pipe and shattered the driver’s side window of the truck.

The victim called 911 to report the attack.  The victim had injuries to his arm consistent with being stuck by a blunt object, and the U-Haul truck had damage including a smashed in drivers side window.  The victim denied medical attention.

Deputies spoke with Terry Michael Robinson, 31-years old from Eureka, who was still at the scene.

maniac road rageRobinson admitted to having a pipe, but denied striking the victim with it.  Robinson told the deputies “it was for protection” because he believed the U-Haul intentionally ran into the Toyota truck he was in.

Deputies arrested Robinson for assault with a deadly weapon and transported him to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  He was booked and his bail was set at $50,000.

 

DETERMINED DIESEL DWEEBERY

diesel swagMcKinleyville– On May 5 at 7:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by an employee of the McKinleyville Community Services District (MCSD) regarding a vandalism and theft.

A deputy met with the employee at the end of Letz Lane, McKinleyville.  The employee told the deputy unknown suspect(s) cut and removed the gate to their building located at the end of Letz Lane using bolt cutters which were found at the scene.

The suspect(s) then cut the diesel tank intake fuel line and attached a garden hose to it.  Once the hose was attached, the suspects removed approximately 150 gallons of red dye diesel from the tank.

diesel paymentThe employee believed the crime occurred between May 4th and 5th during the late night or early morning hours.

There was a large amount of fuel spilled on the ground leaking into a drainage ditch and then into a stream. MCSD immediately worked to contain the spilled diesel and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with Humboldt County Environmental Health, were notified and responded to the scene.

MCSD had placed a camera on top of the building because of a previous incident in December of 2012 when 130 gallons of diesel was stolen, and that camera was stolen by the thieves.

The total loss this time was estimated at $2,000.

 

MISSING JUVENILE GONE LOST

Michelle Hubert-GoodwinEureka– On May 3 at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the father of a missing juvenile.

The father told the investigating deputy his daughter, Michelle Hibberts-Goodwin, 15-years old and from Eureka, was missing.

She goes by the nickname of “Elle.”  She was last seen in the area of Eureka High School around 2:30 p.m. and was supposed to take the bus home.  She failed to show up.

Michelle Hibberts-Goodwin is described as:

  • White Female
  • 5’2” tall, 125 lbs
  • Blue eyes, blond and black hair

She was last seen wearing jeans with sparkles and a black top.

UPDATE,  MAY 7:

On 5-7-2013, approximately 12:00 noon, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Principal of Eureka High School that missing person Michelle Hibberts-Goodwin, 15-years old, showed up at school.

A deputy responded to the school and confirmed Hibberts-Goodwin was there.

She was in good health and told the deputy she voluntarily left home, but decided to return due to media attention.

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Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding any of these cases 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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Pot, Peyote, and Pit Bulls

 

The Humboldt Low-Life High Style

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On May 1 at High Noon, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Community Response Unit (CRU), assisted by the Rio Dell Police served a Humboldt County Superior Court
search warrant for marijuana on five storage units on
Northwestern Avenue in Rio Dell.

Davis1The deputies had been working on this investigation for over a month after receiving complaints from citizens.  The storage units were located in the old Eel River Saw Mills Industrial Park Planer Shack which had been converted to other industrial uses.

When deputies arrived on scene they located a sophisticated marijuana growing operation in the storage units.  The units contained:

4,300 growing marijuana plants– ranging in size from three inches to five feet

Davis276 pounds of dried processed marijuana

And 49 Peyote buttons

They also located two aggressive Pitbull Terriers at the grow site and evidence that someone lived at the storage site.

While deputies were searching, the person who lived on site arrived on scene and was arrested for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, along with possession of an illicit drug.

He was identified at Geoffrey Allan Davis, 32-years
old, of Rio Dell. 

DavisMr. Davis was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked and released.

Davis’ girlfriend was called to the scene and took custody of the two Pitbulls.

Some of the storage units had medical marijuana cards posted in them.  However, due to the quantity of marijuana, package material, scales and other evidence indicating this was a commercial “For Sale” growing operation, all of the marijuana was removed.

Davis3Deputies are still investigating other
suspect’s involvement and anticipate
further arrest warrants being issued,
the HCSO said.

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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Mr. Potato Head Pursuit in Blue Lake

 

A Dumb Spud in the Hand is Worth Two in the Hazzard County Bush

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On May 1 at approximately 1:30 a.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy driving a marked patrol car spotted a
stolen Green 1995 Honda Civic in the parking lot of Blue Lake
Casino.

The Honda was unoccupied so the deputy concealed his patrol car and watched the Honda from a distance.  Approximately 15 minutes later the deputy saw three peeps enter the Honda and drive away.  The deputy got a good look at all three occupants, including the driver.

dukesThe deputy attempted a traffic stop on the Honda as it was leaving the parking lot.  The Honda sped up as soon as it saw the patrol car was attempting to stop it– and the Dukes of Hazzard potato-headed pursuit was on.

The Honda fled northbound on Chartin Road towards Blue Lake Blvd. in Blue Lake, then turned westbound on Glendale Drive reaching speeds of 70 mph in a 35-mph zone.

The Honda then turned onto Fieldbrook Road.  Additional deputies
joined in the pursuit.  The pursuit ended when the Honda turned onto
David Lane, Fieldbrook, which is a dead-end dirt road.  All three suspects
in the vehicle immediately ran into the heavy brush at the end of the roadway.

A homeowner hearing the sirens and commotion exited his home and caught one of the spudly suspects trying to sneak away as deputies were searching the heavily wooded area for the suspects.  The homeowner saw the suspect walking up his driveway behind where the deputies were searching.  The homeowner grabbed him by the shirt collar and held on until the deputies took custody of the ‘lil tuber.

CooleyThat suspect was identified as Dana Alan Cooley, 21 years old, from McKinleyville. Deputies were unable to locate the other two dim bulbs who fled into the bush.

The Blue Lake Casino is assisting the Sheriff’s Office with the investigation by providing video surveillance of the suspects getting into the car.  The initial deputy identified Cooley as a passenger– and not the driver– of the vehicle. 

A relatively small Mr. Potato Head of sorts in this criminal caper and certainly no Lex Luthor of organized crime, Mr. Cooley was booked and released on his own recognizance from the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF) on charges of probation violation and resisting arrest. 

The HCCF sign at intake reads, “You must be this tall to be booked into the Pokey” and Potato Head Cooley was a peach fuzz Tater Tot kid in comparison.  No Russet Burbank, Cooley failed meeting the minimum height requirement by several inches.

mr potato headThe dumb-as-a-potato driver of the Honda was described as:  White male adult with a goatee, wearing a baseball cap and was wearing a dark colored jacket or sweatshirt, approximately 5-4, 130 lbs, with brown hair.

The fingerling female– a french fry passenger– was described as:  Dark skinned, possibly Native American or Hispanic.

The Sheriff’s Office is actively working to identify and Shanghai both of the dumb spuds, coercing them gently into the deep fat fryer of justice.

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

They left their detailed plan below.

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Arcata Man Terrorizes, Drugs, Assaults and Kidnaps Elderly Female Victim

 

Self-Proclaimed Mongol Gang Member, Mr. Lundin Takes a Trip to the Pokey

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On April 22 at approximately 11:55 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of possible kidnapping
victim being treated at a local hospital emergency room.

A deputy respond responded to the hospital and met with the 63 year old female victim.  She told the deputy she was home alone at approximately 8:00 p.m. of the same day at her residence in the 2500 block of Central Avenue in McKinleyville when she heard a knock at the door.

She opened the door and Eric Eugene Lundin, 63 years old from Arcata, grabbed her by the neck and pushed his way into the residence.  He began shouting at her accusing her son of stealing marijuana from him as he shoved her backwards.  He made her sit on the couch in the living room of her residence as he continued shouting at her.  He then removed two handguns from his pockets.  One handgun was a silver-colored semi-automatic handgun and the other was a black semi-automatic handgun.

Lundin set the guns on the coffee table in front of her and then removed a pill bottle from his pocket and ordered her to take three pills which he gave her.  He told her the pills were methadone and it was the easiest way to make her overdose.

Lundin repeatedly told her she was going to die, while also stating several times he was a member of the Mongols motorcycle gang and they do not leave witnesses.  After the victim took some pills he placed the black semi-auto handgun to her temple and told her to call her adult son and have him come home.  He then stuck her television with the handgun breaking the screen and grabbed her cell phone and threw it across the room, destroying it.

Lundin ordered her into his pick up truck parked in front of her residence.  He drove the victim around from McKinleyville to Arcata while telling the victim all the places he could hide her body.  Lundin eventually dropped the victim back off in front of her home and told her he only wanted to scare her.

A Be-On-the Lookout (BOLO) was placed for Lundin to area law enforcement agencies.  Arcata Police located Lundin at his residence in Arcata in the 1100 block of G Street in Arcata.

Mr. Lundin was arrested at the residence for:

  • Kidnapping
  • Assault
  • Brandishing of a firearm
  • Burglary
  • Being a convicted felon in possession of firearms
  • Administering drugs to commit a felony
  • Vandalism
  • Transportation and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Deputies also recovered two loaded semi-automatic handguns.

Lundin was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked and his bail set at $100,000

The victim was admitted to the hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Tip Line 707-268-2539, the HCSO said.

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Wait ’til the Mongols hear about this one.  We suspect they won’t take kindly to a dimwitted knucklehead pulling these sorts of stunts while using their name in vain.  Keeping up appearances, they get a little touchy over this kind of thing.

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Two-Time Losers At It Again

 

How Many Chances Do Probationers Get When They’re Not Being Supervised?

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On April 18 Eureka Police Department officers and detectives responded to a motel at the 4000 block of
Broadway to investigate a stolen car in the parking lot.

During their investigation, Robert Tyson (age 32), Casey Hunter (age 31) and Daniel Silva (age 28) were contacted inside one of the rooms and arrested for unrelated charges.  The motel room, registered to Tyson and Hunter, was searched as a result of Tyson’s probation terms.

The search yielded a stolen laptop computer, 191.5 grams of Marijuana, 25.7 grams of Hashish, 32.4 grams of Heroin, 63 grams of Methamphetamine, and various prescription pills.  Also collected were numerous laptop computers and other electronic items, suspected of being stolen property.

Mr. Tyson was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale, Possession of Concentrated Cannabis for Sales, Possession of Heroin and Prescription Medication for Sales, Possession of Stolen Property, and an outstanding warrant.

Ms. Hunter was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property and an outstanding warrant.

Mr. Silva was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant.

All three subjects were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Jail.

The stolen vehicle, which originated the investigation was recovered and towed to a local tow yard.

 

stupid people aheadBut this isn’t Mr. Tyson and Ms. Hunter’s first time around the criminal drug block.  They were popped only six months ago– under similar circumstances– at the Royal Inn in Eureka.  Here’s what happened back then:

On 11-26-2012 at about 1000 hours the Humboldt County Drug Task Force conducted a probation search at a motel room located at the Royal Inn on 5th Street, Eureka.  Agents contacted three subjects in the motel room, who they identified as:

  • Casey Marie Hunter, age 31
  • Robert Eric Tyson, age 31
  • And Steven Michael Ridley, age 27.

When Agents searched the motel room they located about 50 Vicodin pills that Agents learned were being sold at $2.00 dollars a pill, 3 pounds of marijuana, ½ of an ounce of methamphetamine, a methamphetamine smoking pipe and a loaded .22 caliber revolver.

Agents arrested Robert Tyson for being armed in commission of a felony, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of Vicodin for sales, possession of marijuana for sales and for violation of probation.  Mr. Tyson was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and his bail was set at $ 50,000 dollars.

Agents arrested Steven Ridley for an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest for a narcotic violation, for possession of methamphetamine, for violation of probation and for possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe.  Mr. Ridley was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and is currently being held without bail, because of his outstanding arrest warrant.

Agents arrested Casey Hunter for possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe.  Ms. Hunter was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she was booked and released on her promise to appear in court.

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

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loservilleOnce again we ask the question:  how many chances does one get flaunting their probation?  Where were the Probation Officers providing court-ordered supervision for their drug-addled felons?

It’s both a shame and a crime when the Eureka Police Department and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office have to come along and clean up these messes when the Probation Department is either unwilling or unable to do so.  The Sentinel has reported this happening repeatedly and we’ve given example after example showing this to be the case, yet the non-supervision problem continues unabated.

Perhaps someone needs to wake up from their desk and start doing the job they’re supposed to do.  It’s no wonder EPD leaves out the Probation Department while giving the following advice for citizens:

Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity, or other nuisances occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call EPD’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.

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Criminals and Their Crimes

 

Cast Adrift Without a Clue– or a Moral Compass

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

“There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic.  The boundary between them is not clearly defined.”
~Albert Camus

 

bike assault2New Lead in Golf Course Sexual Assault:  EPD Seeks Owner of this Bike

EUREKA– On March 30, 2013, at about 6:00 p.m. the Eureka Police Department received the report of a sexual assault that had just occurred near the Eureka Municipal Golf Course on Fairway Drive.

The victim reported that she was walking on Fairway Drive when she heard a male in the nearby bushes asking for help.  She saw that the male was bent down on one knee and appeared to be injured.

When she approached the male, he used force to push her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. 

The suspect is described as a white male adult.  He is about 5’8’’ tall with a medium build and brown eyes.

He was wearing a gray ski mask so his exact age is unknown but he appeared to be in his 30’s.  He may have a reddish-brown thin mustache.

He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, dark blue exercise pants, and flesh-colored gloves.

The suspect was last seen on foot on Fairway Drive.  Anyone with information concerning this assault is urged to call Detective Cress at the Eureka Police Department at 441-4044. Refer to case number 3C13-2697.

The Eureka Police Department has a new lead in the case.  On the same evening, about two hours later, a citizen reported a bicycle abandoned on their property, several blocks north of the crime location, on F Street. The description of the subject who left the bike was similar to the description of the rape suspect given by the victim.

bike assault1

Two pictures of the bike are here.  Clicking on the pictures will enlarge them.  Anyone who recognizes this bike is asked to contact either lead Detective Pete Cress or Senior Detective Ron Harpham.  

Detective Cresspcress@ci.eureka.ca.gov  or 441-4390  

Detective Ronald B Harpham:

604 C Street, Eureka, Ca 95501  #707-441-4305   rharpham@ci.eureka.ca.gov

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Abandoned Puppies Left to Die, Rescued

abandoned pupsFORTUNA– On 04/01/13 at approximately 1:30 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control was dispatched to the area of Palmer Creek Road and Valley Road in Fortuna for a report of 5 abandoned puppies.

Upon arrival, Animal Control officers found 6 puppies in a grey Rubbermaid style tote.  The puppies and the tote were covered in feces and urine and were sitting in the direct sun.  There were no air holes in the tote, and the small holes in the handles had been covered with duct tape.  The citizen who discovered the puppies advised that there was a lid with the tote and it was found lying on the ground next to it.

The puppies appear to be Border Collie mix, approximately 7 weeks old.  Dehydrated and malnourished, they were transported to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter.

It is unclear exactly how long the puppies had been at that location, the HCSO said.  A citizen who was in the shelter when the puppies were brought in stated that she thought she had seen the tote sitting there the previous day as she was traveling on U.S. Highway 101.

The abandonment of an animal is a crime.  Anyone with information about these puppies is asked to contact Animal Control Officer Nims at (707) 445-7251or call the Sheriff’s crime tip line at (707)268-2539.

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fireballExplosive’ Fire in Eureka Has Burn Victim in Critical Condition

EUREKA– A burn victim was been flown to the U.C. Davis Medical Center after an explosion and fire in Eureka.

It happened around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at 3555 Pine Street in Eureka.  Humboldt Bay Fire officials said they got to the scene and discovered the 40-year-old male victim on the sidewalk with second and third degree burns on his arms.

The explosion and fire started in an attached garage behind the victim’s home. Firefighters said there was dark gray smoke coming from inside. The victim said there were fireworks in the garage, but investigators also found butane which started to explode as they were extinguishing the flames and forcing them to attack the blaze from the outside.
 
There was no one else inside the home.  The victim was taken to St. Joseph Hospital and later flown to U.C. Davis.

Humboldt Bay Fire officials said due to ‘suspicious circumstances’ that were present they will be conducting a further investigation.  The garage was destroyed and $50,000 in extensive damages resulted.

UPDATE April 3Fire investigators said today the blaze was caused by the illegal manufacturing of concentrated cannabis—or, butane-extracted hash.

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Traffic Stop Yields Meth, Stolen Property, and a Whole Lot More

EUREKA– On 4/01/13, at about 11:12 am, a uniformed Eureka Police Department officer on patrol observed a white 1987 Oldsmobile sedan traveling southbound on the 1400 block of Broadway in Eureka.  The officer noticed the Oldsmobile’s windshield was shattered and he decided to stop the vehicle for the violation.

FirebraughThe officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle on the 1500 block of Broadway.  When he asked the occupants for identification, the front passenger, Richard Burse Firebaugh (AKA: Richard Green), stated he thought he had a bench warrant because he had missed a court date.  A local wants/warrants check on Firebaugh confirmed he had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.

The officer placed Firebaugh under arrest for his warrant.  During a subsequent search of Firebaugh’s person and belongings, the officer located 8 individual small baggies containing crystal methamphetamine (approximately 4.4 grams total gross weight), two digital gram scales, 100 small clear plastic baggies (drug sales packaging materials), drug use paraphernalia (two meth pipes), and a suspicious set of keys.  The keys had been filed down making their ridges smooth.  The officer suspected these were “shave keys” commonly used for committing auto burglaries or stealing cars.

Firebraugh evidenceInside Firebaugh’s leather jacket, which had been resting on the floorboard at his feet, the officer found a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 revolver. The revolver’s registered owner was subsequently contacted and asked if he knew the present whereabouts of his handgun. The owner, who resides in McKinleyville, confirmed he had recently reported it as stolen to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to his warrant, Firebaugh (age 28 of Fortuna) was arrested on multiple fresh charges and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for:

  • Possession of a controlled substance for sale
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to commit a felony
  • Possession of a concealed firearm by a passenger in a vehicle
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of burglary tools

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More on the Hit-and-Run Bang ‘Em Up Crash and Property Damage on Buhne and I Streets

Buhne and I street crashEUREKA—For those who remember, on 3-10-13 at about 5:09 in the morning, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Buhne and “I” streets on the report of a hit and run that just occurred.  Upon arrival Officers located a tremendous amount of property damage including: signal light pole down in the road, damaged fencing to a residence, damage to the chain link fence at Carson Park, and a large tree nearly pushed over, and miscellaneous vehicle debris belonging to a Dodge truck.

The registered owner of the truck, Chelsea Eisenberg was contacted at Wabash and “E” streets where the Dodge finally stopped running.  She explained to investigating Officers that she was driving the Dodge when the collision occurred and was attempting to follow a car that “came out of nowhere” that caused her to crash.  After speaking with her for a while Officers suspected that she was providing false information due to numerous inconsistencies with her statement.

Eisenberg then told Officers that her fiancé, Julio Gonzalez, was driving the truck when he crashed at Buhne and “I” streets.  She said that Gonzalez was at their home a few blocks away.  Officers were unsuccessful in contacting Gonzalez that night and he was determined to have a suspended driver’s license.

carson-park-accidentOfficers spoke with Gonzalez a couple days later. He told the officers that he was driving home when he fell asleep and crashed the truck.  He said he left the scene because he has a suspended driver’s license.

The investigating officer will submit a report to the District Attorney’s Office requesting the following charges:

Mr. Gonzalez to be charged with Hit and Run, Driving while Suspended, and Conspiracy to Commit a Crime.

Ms. Eisenberg to be charged with Delaying / Obstructing Peace Officer, Providing False Information to a Peace Officer, and Conspiracy to Commit a Crime.

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Lost in Shelter Cove

Shelter CoveSHELTER COVE– On 04-1-2013, at 2:00 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) of a lost motorist in the Paradise Ridge Area, Shelter Cove.

The lost motorist was able to call 911 and ask for assistance.

CHP dispatched officers out to the area of the motorist using the cell phone GPS coordinates.  Officers attempted to locate the motorist for over two hours driving on roads in the area near the coordinates provided, sounding their sirens and horns.

When CHP efforts failed to locate the motorist the Sheriff’s Office was notified at 4:00 am.

A search and rescue was initiated.  Search and Rescue deputies responded to the area and located the motorists at 11:00 am in the 5000 block of Paradise Ridge road behind a locked gate.

lost donkeyThe lost motorist had driven around the gate and became stuck in the roadway.  The motorists were in a sport utility vehicle and identified as Marlene Elias, 27-years-old from Sausalito, and Michael Breen, 25-years-old from Hayward, California.

Both were in good health. HCSO deputies gave them a ride to Garberville to arrange for a tow truck to retrieve their vehicle.

 

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More Traffic Accidents, as Reported by the Friendly California Highway Patrol

CHP carORICK– On March 31, 2013, at approximately 11:37 am, Mr. Johnson was driving a Toyota pickup southbound on US 101, north of Davidson Rd. at an unsafe speed, while negotiating a curve in the roadway.   Mr. Hall was traveling northbound in a Ford pickup at a speed of 30 MPH.   Due to the unsafe speed Mr. Johnson was traveling, he failed to maintain his vehicle in the southbound lane.

Mr. Johnson’s vehicle crossed over the solid double yellow lines and into the northbound lane directly in front of Mr. Hall’s Ford pickup.  Mr. Hall was unable to stop in time avoid a collision.  The front of the Mr. Hall’s Ford pickup struck the right side of Mr. Johnson’s Toyota pickup.   Both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane.   Traffic was restricted to one way travel for approximately one hour until the northbound lane could be cleared.  
 
Emergency personnel from the Orick Volunteer Fire Department, Cal Fire, Mad River Ambulance, California State and Federal Parks Service and California Highway Patrol responded to the scene.  Ms. Hall was transported to Mad River Community Hospital for her injuries.  
 
This collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.  Impairment was not believed to be a factor.

CHP badgeCARLOTTA– On 03/31/2013, at approximately 1:20 pm, Mr. Oclair was driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup eastbound on SR 36, east of Grizzly Creek Campground at an unknown speed.  Mr. Oclair claimed he fell asleep while driving and allowed his vehicle to travel off the south side of the road.

Mr. Oclair’s vehicle became airborne when it traveled off a steep embankment and impacted a large redwood tree.  His vehicle then fell to the ground and landed on its left side.

Mr. Oclair’s passenger, Joshua Burge, exited the vehicle and climbed up the embankment and onto the highway, where he summoned a passing motorist for help.  
 
Emergency personnel from the Carlotta Volunteer Fire Department, Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department, City Ambulance and California Highway Patrol responded to the scene.  Mr. Oclair and his passenger, Joshua Burge were transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital for their injuries.  
 
This collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.  Impairment was not a factor.

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rubber bulletRubber Bullets (or were they Bean Bags?) and Tree-Sit Removals

WILLITSYou just have to see the video to believe it.

More of the details of what happened is carried in the Willits News.

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Another day, another crime.  Or two. 

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