Posted on 07 March 2013.
Crime Reports Throughout Humboldt County
–Scoundrels and Skullduggery Abound–
Fortuna Traffic Stop Leads to Ecstasy and Weed Bust
On March 5, 2013 at about 11:50 p.m., a Sergeant with the
Fortuna Police Department located a vehicle traveling south-
bound on South Fortuna Boulevard without tail lights.
Upon conducting a traffic stop, the Sergeant detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver, Kaine Mcintyre, age 20, of Arcata, related that he had a medical recommendation for the use of marijuana but alas– it was determined to be expired.
Upon a search of the vehicle, several bags of marijuana packaged for sale were located along with more than 80 tablets of MDMA– also known as Ecstasy. Mcintyre was subsequently taken into custody.
While on scene, the passenger was contacted and identified himself as 18-year-old “Johnny Adams” of Arcata. Or so the knucklehead said.
During the investigation, officers determined that he was providing a false name and his true name was David Mark Lamb, age 24, of Sonora. Mr. Lamb was found to have an active “No Bail” felony warrant in Calaveras County for Petty Theft with a prior, Fraud, and Resisting Arrest.
Mr. Mcintyre was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility
on the following charges:
• Health & Safety §11377 – Possession of a controlled substance
• H&S 11359 – Possession of marijuana for sale
• H&S 11360 – Transportation of marijuana
• H&S 11357 – Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana
• H&S 11378 – Possession of a controlled substance for sale
• H&S 11379 – Transportation of a controlled substance
• Penal Code 148(a) – Obstructing / Resisting or delaying a peace officer
Mr. Lamb was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges:
• Penal Code §148.9 – Providing a false name to a peace officer
• No Bail Warrant (Calaveras County)
Fast Feet and Warrants Lands One in the Pokey
On March 5th at approximately 10 in the morning, an officer with the Fortuna Police Department contacted Jacob Hines, age 27, of Fortuna, near the intersection of Ninth and K Street in Fortuna.
Upon advisement that he was being placed under arrest for his outstanding warrants, Hines elected to evade arrest by fleeing the area on foot.
After a search that spanned over two blocks and lasting only a few minutes, the evasive Mr. Hines was located and arrested in a resident’s garage a block away from the initial contact.
Due to the initial contact being in close proximity to the Fortuna Middle School and school officials witnessed the subject flee from officers, staff elected to place the school in lockdown status to ensure the safety of the students. The lockdown was lifted moments later when Hines was taken into custody for impersonating a dimwit.
Mr. Hines was booked into the Humboldt County Jail on the following charges;
• Warrant: Violation of a Court Order
• Warrant: Grand Theft
• Warrant: Trespassing
• PC 148(a): Resists Police Officer
A Boris in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush
On March 4th, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) conducted narcotic enforcement in the Old Town area of Eureka.
During the operation, Boris Lee Valentine, age 45, was spotted driving a GMC SUV near 4th and ‘N’ streets. A traffic stop was conducted at 2nd and ‘Q’ streets, resulting in Valentine’s arrest for an outstanding felony warrant.
Valentine had two passengers in his vehicle at the time of his arrest: Selena Ranney, 29, and Casey Hunter, 31.
As a result of the EPD detective’s investigation, Ranney was taken into custody for Possession of a Dirk or Dagger, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Probation Violations. Hunter was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Methamphetamine.
We’re unsure exactly where the Probation Officer was during all the excitement. We think shopping for Tater Tots at Winco.
All three subjects were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility by EPD.
Another Bird in the Hand is Worth Three in the Bush
On March 5th, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) were conducting narcotics enforcement in the 1100 block of 5th St in Eureka.
During their investigation, Dennis Burriesci, age 45, was contacted in the parking lot of a motel at this location.
Burriesci led the detectives back to his room, where three other subjects were contacted.
As a result of the investigation:
Burriesci was arrested for Possession of Heroin–9 grams– and Probation Violations. His Probation Officer was AWOL during the arrest, chowing down some fiery kung pao chicken chow mein at China Buffet.
Thomas Applewhite, age 18, was arrested for Possession of Heroin (3 grams), Illegal Possession of Prescription Medication, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana.
Michael Plowright, 49, and Brandy Tritchler, 31, were both arrested for outstanding warrants.
All four subjects were transported and booked into the Humboldt Hilton Salmon Slammer for the above listed charges.
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.
Speedball on Two Wheels
On March 4th at about 1:10 pm, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) were conducting narcotic enforcement in the Old Town area of Eureka. During the investigation, Cynthia Sue Bryson was spotted riding a bicycle– her war pony– near 3rd and ‘L’ streets.
An enforcement stop was conducted on Bryson, age 41, who is on probation. During a search of Bryson, detectives located 5.4 grams of heroin, .4 grams of methamphetamine, and a digital gram scale.
Ms. Bryson was taken into custody and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for Possession of Heroin for Sale, Possession of Methamphetamine and Transportation of Narcotics.
We don’t know what happened to her trusty heroin steed– or the Probation Officer nodding off in a comfy chair with the phone on hold.
Scoundrels and Drug Skullduggery
On March 6th, at about 9:39 AM, an officer with the Eureka Police Department (EPD) on uniformed patrol saw a male and female walking together on the 200 block of West Grant Street.
The officer recognized the female, Heather Irene Fontaine, from numerous prior contacts with her. Truth be told, everyone knows Heather.
The officer stopped to speak with the subjects.
As the officer exited his patrol car, the male subject walked behind a nearby parked van in an apparent attempt to conceal contraband from him. The officer heard the sound of an object striking the pavement.
When the officer approached the male, later identified as Steven Michael Ridley, he saw a small circular case in a puddle of water on the asphalt beside the van’s rear tire. When asked if he had just dropped something, Ridley replied that he’d just found the item and didn’t know what it was.
While the officer was speaking with Ridley, Fontaine stated she had warrants. Fontaine and Ridley were subsequently detained by officers. A records check confirmed Fontaine had multiple warrants for her arrest. Ridley was also on formal probation with search and seizure conditions.
Inside the case Ridley had discarded, officers located 10 ½ grams of crystal methamphetamine. A digital gram scale was also found on top of one of the van’s tires.
During a search of Ridley’s person, officers located a large fixed blade knife which was completely concealed under his clothing.
Mr. Ridley, age 27 of Eureka, was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a concealed dirk or dagger, and probation violation. His Probation Officer was nowhere to be found at the time of his search, seizure, and arrest. This isn’t unusual. We suspect he was having a bagel with a schmeer in the company break room. That’s usual.
A familiar face to both police and the resident junkies, Ms. Fontaine, age 28 of Eureka, was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for her 8 misdemeanor and felony warrants.
Always at death’s doorstep and datin’ Satan, we hope Ms. Fontaine will dry out with three hots and a cot for a few weeks or more.
Stolen Property Recovered; Arrest Made by HCSO
On 03-04-2013, approximately 4:45 p.m., deputies contacted Travis J. Sovereign, 35-years-old, at his residence in the 1000 block of M street, Eureka.
Deputies conducted a parole search of his residence and located some of the stolen property taken in a West End Road burglary. Deputies also responded to another residence in the 1600 block of 2nd street, Eureka after learning property may be located there.
Between the two locations deputies recovered approximately twenty bottles of fine wine, serving pitchers, collectible baskets, a lap top computer, several
collectible vinyl records, coats, jackets, collectible figurines
and silverware which were stolen from the West End Road
Deputies also recovered twelve fishing poles that had been reported stolen from an unrelated burglary that occurred in Blue Lake.
Mr. Sovereign was arrested for possession of stolen property and parole violation. We have no idea where his Parole Agent was when all this went down. We think in the Safeway bakery aisle looking for sticky buns with pecans.
Mr. Sovereign was unceremoniously transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he is being held without bail.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office. This is an ongoing investigation with additional property missing. Additional suspects are waiting to be identified and duly fingered, the HCSO said.
Alleged Burglar Sought in Arcata
On March 5th, investigators from the Arcata Police Department received information regarding the identity of an individual believed to be responsible for numerous burglaries in the Sunny Brae area over the past months.
Through the course of the investigation, 36-year-old Timothy Dickinson of Arcata was identified by witnesses as burglarizing a home in Sunny Brae.
Dickinson’s vehicle, a 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada– Ca Lic # 6MKD992– has been identified by additional witnesses.
It appears his vehicle has been seen leaving the scene of several burglaries.
A search warrant was served at Dickinson’s residence, but Dickinson has not been located. Local law enforcement agencies have been alerted and are on the lookout for Dickinson, APD said.
The neighbors are pissed.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Dickinson is encouraged to call the Arcata Police Department (707)822-2428.
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We’re finding that old criminals never really die, they just steal away.