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Krocodil, Flesh-Eating Drug, Reported in Chicago


Krokodil Tears: Toxic Mix of Codeine, Solvents, Used in Lieu of Heroin



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


More possible cases of the use of krokodil, the flesh-eating drug
popular in Russia and Eastern Europe as a cheaper alternative to
heroin, have surfaced in the U.S., this time in a Chicago suburb,
health officials said.

Dr. Abhin Singla, director of addiction services at Chicago’s Presence St. Joseph Hospital, last week reported treating five people with signs of addiction to krokodil, an injected drug that provides a heroin-like high but leaves gangrenous wounds and scaly, green flesh.

“It is a horrific way to get sick.  The smell of rotten flesh permeates the room,” he said in a news release issued by the hospital.  ”Intensive treatment and skin grafts are required, but they often are not enough to save limbs or lives.”

Singla said in a telephone interview Friday that three women in their 20s arrived in the emergency room last weekend with rotting flesh.

He said the patients told him they’d been injecting krokodil, the word for crocodile in Russia, where the drug’s use first became common.  He said two more men reported using the drug later in the week.  Two of the women left the hospital against medical advice, and one underwent surgery to remove large amounts of gangrenous skin, Singla said.

“It’s pretty frightening,” said Dr. Syed Bokhari, a surgeon who said he treated the woman.

“When she came in, she had the destruction that occurred because of this drug over about 70% of her lower body,” Singla said in an interview with CBS2 in Chicago.

The drug first became popular internationally as a cheap alternative to heroin, accomplishing a similar “high” for about 10% of the price, Singla said.  In Russia, up to 1 million people are estimated to use krokodil, according to New York’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Singla worried that the area’s “burgeoning heroin epidemic may have created a tolerance level to the point where users are now looking for cheaper and better highs.”

The emergence of possible krokodil abuse in Illinois follows reports last month of Arizona physicians treating patients who claimed to have used krokodil.  For now, the cases in Arizona, Illinois and elsewhere in the U.S. remain unconfirmed. 

Photographs of addicts with gruesome wounds from krokodil use are easy to find on the Internet, accompanied by stories about widespread use in Russia and the Ukraine, as well as unconfirmed cases of krokodil use in Arizona, Utah and Nevada.

The recipe for the drug, a homemade form of desomorphine, is gag-inducing:  codeine tablets are mixed with solvents like lighter fluid or cleaning products and cooked on a stove top.

The drug reportedly cropped up in Russia and in the Ukraine, where codeine is available over the counter and heroin is difficult to get.  But Chicago-area public health officials and experts who deal almost daily with heroin addicts voiced skepticism that krokodil has arrived in the region, or that it is likely to become widespread.

Some addiction experts questioned Singla’s reports.  The wounds associated with krokodil use — infected abscesses that have become gangrenous — also are common among users of other injectable drugs, a symptom of using dirty needles and sloppy injection technique, said Dan Bigg, director of the Chicago Recovery Alliance, which serves thousands of drug users at needle exchange clinics.

“In 24 years of almost daily contact with opiate users, I have never seen it, nor have I heard of anyone who has used it,” Bigg said.  ”There would be no reason to use it here.  Codeine is not readily available.  Heroin is easily available, and costs $5 or $10 (per dose).  Why would someone want to mix gasoline with their drugs if they didn’t have to?”

Horror stories about krokodil will serve little good, said Kathleen Kane-Willis, director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, and may harm long-term
efforts to address a burgeoning problem of heroin and
prescription painkiller addiction.

“This might have been people who got a hold of (impure) heroin, or haven’t used clean needles, but those are problems that don’t depend on using krokodil,” she said.  ”If you’re out there scaring people about something that isn’t really happening, it’s not useful when you have a real problem that is happening.”

The horrific images of “krok” addicts, their skin peeling like zombies, also makes the addicts seem subhuman, Kane-Willis said.

“It doesn’t help to demonize these people,” she said. “It’s like they’re not people anymore. You’ve turned them into crocodiles, even.”

Dr. Singla, an addiction specialist for 16 years, said krokodil is often cheaper and the high is three times stronger than alternatives.  He added that the wounds are markedly different from those that come from infected needles. 

“This is going to get worse, much worse,” Singla said. 
“In most cases, users die in two years.”

Cook County hospitals have yet to report any cases of krokodil-related illness, or users seeking treatment for krokodil addiction, said Dr. Steven Aks.  “We haven’t seen it,” said Aks, an ER doctor and toxicologist at Stroger Hospital.  ”I don’t really get why someone would use it here.  Heroin isn’t hard to get.”

Frank LoVecchio, co-medical director of Phoenix-based Banner Poison Control and Drug Information Center, which first received reports of krokodil use in Arizona, said confirming the drug’s use requires the original injected substance and not merely positive identifications of codeine or morphine metabolites in a suspected user’s urine. 

“The DEA and our legal department have said that to confirm the cases, they would like the original substance,” said LoVecchio, which they have been unable to provide.

“It’s difficult,” LoVecchio said. “You’re asking someone who is a drug user if they still have what they injected and is willing to give it to the authorities to have it checked.”

One of the reasons that federal officials want the original substance tested before confirming the use of krokodil is that the same kind of symptoms could be caused by other forms of drug abuse.  For instance, heroin contaminated with acids, gasoline or paint thinners could destroy a user’s flesh and internal organs, LoVecchio said.  

Intravenous drug abusers could develop abscesses and lesions from repeated infections by the bacteria Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.  And those who use krokodil would also likely test positive for MRSA infections, LoVecchio said, because the drug abuse compromises the immune system.

Nevertheless, LoVecchio said his “gut feeling” is that some of the reported cases were credible.

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Move over, meth. 

We viewed over a hundred images of krokodil use and they were all insidiously ugly on a scale we haven’t seen before.  We chose not to use them here.  They’re that horribly wicked and stomach-churning.

If you want to know more, Vice.com has an article here and a video here.

(Sourced from LA Times, ChicagoLand, Chicago CBS2, and Vice.com)

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Slingin’ Dope in the Big City



The Dicey Life of Hustling in the Big Apple



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



This mini-documentary by Vice.com gives a rare look into the dangerous life of a New York City drug delivery-man named Nim, a street hustler who started dealing drugs in the Big Apple at the age of 13.

Twelve years later, he says he’s selling $100,000 a week– anything you want, 24/7– with his subordinate ballers working round the clock supplying people with all the dope they want.

Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not the glamorous MTV life of wild parties, piles of coke,  Crown Regal, and loose pretty babes hanging around all the time that you might expect.  It’s more about doing the business than it is doing the pleasure.  Or as Nim puts it, it’s “all about the money.”

It also a business that wears on you.  Nim knows he’s not going to be in it forever.  He’d like to be able to leave it all behind someday and go sailing away with his girlfriend to somewhere more pleasant than the place hs is now.  After all, no one retires in NYC.  You only work there, make your stack, and then leave for somplace else.

Sooner or later he knows you’re going to have to learn the hard way— getting busted, robbed by rivals, having your stash ripped off or your stack jacked, or just pissing off someone around you. 

It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when.  You don’t grow old in the game, you get out or you get hit.

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For another side of the dirty business, check out our other Sentinel piece, Going Undercover as a Mexican Drug Lord.

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Going Undercover as a Mexican Drug Lord


A Dirty Business on Both Sides



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Since the 1970′s, Latin America– specifically Mexico and Columbia– have been home to some of the most violent
and sophisticated drug trafficking organizations in the world.

What initially started as a small cocaine smuggling business has, in the last thirty years, blossomed into an enormous multi-national drug empire.  

Traffickers today have enough capital under their control to develop sophisticated smuggling routes, buy state of the art equipment, pay off law enforcement and politicians, and control large portions of the banking industry to secretly ship large quantities of cocaine, heroin, and meth to the United States.  Their smuggling and banking operations have expanded into areas of the Caribbean, Africa, and the Middle East.

This situation has been disastrous—multiple drug cartels busted and dismantled with newer ones rising to the top taking their place.  The result has been a bloody carnage and on-going civil war to reap huge profits from the drug industry.

The DEA believes there are more than 400 active drug smuggling organizations in Latin America today.  Cocaine and other drugs are shipped to every industrialized nation in the world and the illicit profits remain incredibly high.

In the above video, former undercover DEA agent, Celerino Castillo III, tells us about his experiences with training torture and death squads, uncovering cocaine labs, and how the cartels control both sides of the banks and border.

Tomorrrow, we present another side of the same coin:  Slinging Dope in the Big City.

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The Amazing Transformation of Led Zep’s Jimmy Page


Stairway to Heaven



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


How do you go from this (above) to that (the video clip below) in only 11 short years?

The song doesn’t always remain the same.

At the age of 13, James Patrick Page picked up a guitar he had found in the house and learned to play, appearing as part of a quartet on the BBC’s Huw Wheldon Show in 1957.  He’s the polite and appropriately reserved British lad on the left with the neatly combed black hair and  the conservatively crisp white oxford collar peering above his dark pullover sweater, muddling through the skiffle routines of  Mama Don’t Want to Skiffle No More and the early American tune, In Them Ol’ Cottonfields Back Home.

Wheldon’s “What do you want to do when you leave school?” met with Jimmy’s then wholly innocent answer of ”biological research, to find a cure for cancer if it isn’t discovered by then,” which has a certain irony to it given his later groupie-orientated and drug-filled adventures with Led Zeppelin.

Prior to forming the band with Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham in 1968, Page had already toured America with The Yardbirds, the innovative “British Invasion” band launching the careers of Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.

Page said that he had a very specific idea in mind as to what
he wanted Led Zeppelin to be, from the very beginning:

“I had a lot of ideas from my early days. The Yardbirds allowed me to improvise a lot in live performance and I started building a textbook of ideas that I eventually used in Zeppelin.  In addition to those ideas, I wanted to add acoustic textures.

Ultimately, I wanted Zeppelin to be a marriage of blues, hard rock and acoustic music topped with heavy choruses – a combination that had never been done before, with lots of light and shade in the music.”

Jimmy had his share of indulgent excess, women, dabbling in the occult and teachings of Aleister Crowley, the death of drummer Jon Bonham choking on his own vomit in his manse, and loads of alcohol, hashish, heroin and cocaine along the way. 

“Oh, everyone went over the top a few times. I know I did and, to be honest with you, I don’t really remember much of what happened,” Page recalled.  “I can’t speak for the other members of the band, but for me drugs were an integral part of the whole thing, right from the beginning, right to the end.”

Considered one of the greatest and influential guitarists of all time, his career as Led Zeppelin’s lead guitarist spanned decades working the different rhythms of rock guitar: monolithic riffing to blistering solos, acoustic beauty to vast instrumental guitar orchestration, Eastern influence to blues, 50s rock ‘n roll to full-on psychedelic strums.

Jimmy reminisced in 2010:

When I grew up there weren’t many other guitarists … There was one other guitarist in my school who actually showed me the first chords that I learned and I went on from there.  I was bored so I taught myself the guitar from listening to records.  So obviously it was a very personal thing.

If I ever really felt depressed, I would just start putting on all my old records that I played as a kid, because the whole thing that really lifted me then, still lifts me during those other times.

It was good medicine for me, and it still does that for me when I put something on.

Isn’t it wonderful that we’ve got all that good medicine?  I think it’s got to be all part of our DNA, this mass communication through music.

That’s what it is.  It’s got to be, hasn’t it?  Music is the one thing that has been consistently there for me and it has never let me down.”



It was a tough decision of what to go with here: Going to California,  Kashmir, Black Dog, or
the classic Stairway.  We chose the latter.

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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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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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Drug Couple Arrested for Heroin Sales and Probation Failure


Tweedledee and Tweedledumb Taken in Tandem Bust


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Some people are slow learners.  Really slow.  Their belt doesn’t go through all the loops and their cheese fell off
the cracker. 

Take this for example:

On Monday, June 24, patrol officers and detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) conducted a vehicle investigation in the 400 block of “N” street in Eureka.

There, detectives contacted Thomas Grzymski, 35, and Jessica Grzymski, 24.

While one detective was speaking to Mr. Grzymski at the driver’s door, Ms. Grzymski was seen concealing an item in her sweatshirt.  Because of Thomas’ probation terms and for officer safety reasons based on Jessica’s actions, both occupants of the vehicle were detained.

What was found in Ms. Tweedledumb’s shirt isn’t known.  It could have been a gerbil.  Or a ferret.  We haven’t the foggiest idea based on the EPD report we were given, so just use your imagination here.

The detective’s investigation on “N” street led them to the Grzymskis’ travel trailer parked in Manila.  OK.  Now we’re finally getting somewhere.

As a result of that investigation the nosy detectives struck oil.  Black gold.  Texas tea.  More likely, black tar.

They found and seized a whopping:

  • 8.9 ounces of heroin
  • 1.7 ounces of methamphetamine
  • And 10.6 grams of marijuana

So sad:  Thomas Grzymski was taken into custody for:

  • Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales
  • Possession of Heroin for Sales
  • Possession of Brass Knuckles
  • And Probation Violations

More sad:  Jessica Grzymski was taken into custody for:

  • Possession of Heroin for Sales
  • Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales
  • And Probation Violations

Both the Tweedledee and Tweedledumb Grzymskis were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked on the above junkie charges.

To note, this wasn’t Thomas Grzymski’s first trip around the block, though.

The dim bulb was recently arrested on April 22 at a local motel.  At the time he was found to have 1.6 ounces of heroin, 1.2 ounces of methamphetamine, and in possession of a stolen laptop computer.

Some folks never learn, even when they’re on Probation.

But you gotta love’ em:  A junkie will steal your stuff, and then help you look for it.  And remember, kids:  Never fall in love with a person who loves heroin because it’s always, always, the other mistress– and a far better lover than you. 

True Love, Breaking Bad.  Sugary sweetness stuck on you.

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


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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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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 Mayhem Stew


Humboldt’s Stinky Slurry of Crime Reports


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Cracked Nuts:  Mr. Nutt’s Wild Ride

EUREKA– This morning, March 18 at about 9:30 a.m., numerous citizens called EPD to report a possible DUI driver
northbound on Broadway approaching Wabash Street.

NuttIt was reported that the suspect vehicle, a silver 2008 Toyota 4-Runner, possibly hit a sign pole, was driving on the wrong side of the road on Broadway, and driving on the sidewalk.

EPD officers located the vehicle, facing northbound in the southbound lanes of Broadway at 15th street.
Several citizens were out in the roadway attempting to get the driver, 24-year-old Tanner Nutt of Arcata, to stop.

An officer stopped his patrol car several yards in front of Mr. Nutt’s vehicle which was now traveling at a very slow speed.  The officer activated his emergency lights, but Mr. Nutt didn’t stop, and he allowed his vehicle to collide with the front of the patrol car.  The officer attempted to get Mr. Nutt out of his vehicle, but he refused commands to open the locked doors.

Fearing that the driver could possibly back up and continue driving– injuring himself or others– and not knowing if the driver was under the influence or experiencing a medical issue, officers broke out the driver’s side window and opened the door.

While trying to get Nutt out of the vehicle he started resisting and became combative.  Officers removed Nutt from his vehicle and placed him on the ground into a safe handcuffing position where he was detained.

Nutt and one officer sustained minor cuts from broken glass.  An ambulance was summoned to the scene to check on Nutt’s health.  He was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor facial cuts from the broken glass.

crazy driverOfficers concluded that Mr. Nutt was not experiencing a medical issue– but was driving under the influence of suspected heroin and medications.

Witnesses on scene advised that Nutt had been driving northbound on Broadway at a high rate of speed in the center turn lane and passing other traffic.  Nutt then swerved into the southbound lanes and onto the north sidewalk where he collided with a metal street sign pole.

According to witnesses, Nutt failed to stop at a red light at Wabash while driving on the wrong side of the road.  Once across the intersection, Nutt sideswiped a vehicle that was stopped for the red light.  The other driver and his 5 month old daughter were un-injured.

crazy driver2The Nutt continued driving and drove up onto the north sidewalk and almost ran over two pedestrians who had to jump out of the way.  One of those pedestrians said that Nutt’s vehicle brushed up against him as he jumped out of the way but he was not injured.

Mr. Nutt then slowly began to drive northbound in the southbound lanes of Broadway until he collided with the police car.

Numb Nutt was soon cleared from the hospital and booked into the Humboldt County Jail for DUI, and Hit and Run.

Officers will also seek additional charges of:

  • Possession of medications without a prescription
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Driving on the sidewalk
  • Failure to stop for a red light

EPD would like to thanks the numerous callers and witnesses who either remained on scene or came back to the scene to provide a statement.  Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, but was not contacted at the scene is asked to contact Senior Traffic Officer Gary Whitmer at (707) 441-4232.


Grab ‘N Go

EUREKA– On March 16 at approximately 2:40 p.m., officers from the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to a report of a theft suspect who had stolen merchandise from a business in the 3400 block of Broadway– and was now at the Bayshore Mall stealing from a department store.

ValentiBefore officers could arrive, the suspect walked to a second business in the mall and again began concealing items on his person with the intention of stealing them.
Officers confronted the suspect inside the department store.  He immediately refused to stop, and began running from the contact officer.

The suspect ran through the store aisles and around shoppers.  As a second officer approached the suspect, he shoved the officer to the ground, violently causing the officer to strike the back of their head on the hard floor.

The suspect lost his balance as a result of the collision, and was subdued and taken into custody. Items from all three thefts were located and recovered from his clothing.
shoplifterAs officers were attempting to walk the suspect to a patrol vehicle, he attempted to pull away from their grasp and escape.  The suspect again had to be taken to the ground.

The suspect was eventually secured in a patrol vehicle.

Once the suspect was secured the officer who had struck their head became dizzy and nauseas and was transported to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment by ambulance.  A second officer who was also injured during this arrest was treated at St. Joseph Hospital.  Both officers were later released.
shoplift messageThe suspect was identified as Joseph Robert Valenti, 33-years-old, from Eureka.  Mr. Valenti was transported to St. Joseph Hospital for medical clearance for injuries he sustained during his arrest.

Once cleared for booking, Valenti was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on two counts of battery against a Peace Officer causing injury, felony resisting arrest, three (3) counts of burglary and probation violation.

Mr. Valenti is being held on $300,000 bail.


Heroin, Hash, Stolen Camera, and Junkies POP-ped

EUREKA– On March 13, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) served a search warrant in the 300 block of West Buhne St.  The warrant service was in response to complaints of suspected drug activity coming from an apartment at this location.

junkies2During a search of the apartment, detectives seized approximately 2.5 grams of suspected heroin, 8.8 grams of hashish, 4 ½ lbs of marijuana “shake”, drug paraphernalia (including uncapped syringes), and a firearm.

Detectives also seized several suspected stolen cameras, including a confirmed stolen KIEM-News Channel 3 video camera.

As a result of the investigation, Jon Scott David, age 38, and Kerry Ann Draeger, 36, were taken into custody and booked into the Humboldt County
Correctional Facility.

meth roadBoth David and Draeger were charged with

  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of Heroin for Sales
  • Maintaining a Residence for Narcotic Activity
  • Child Endangerment
  • Possession of Stolen Property

David was booked for the additional charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

*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.


Stolen Trailer and Firewood

EUREKA– You might remember our post on this.  EPD came out with a release today– albeit 6 days later– and the photo shown here.

trailerOn March 13 at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon, this Jeep pulled over in the 900 block of W. Harris and hooked up their vehicle to the trailer with full of firewood for sale.

The grey Jeep and the turquoise-colored sedan pictured are suspect vehicles in the vehicle theft case.  After the theft, the suspect vehicles– traveling together– turned southbound onto Nevada Street from Harris Street. 

Anyone with information regarding the drivers or location of either vehicle is encouraged to contact Officer Ed Wilson of the Eureka Police Department at 707-441-4060.

Please refer to case # 3C13-2015.


Sunny Brae Burglar Caught

ARCATA– On March 5, 2013, 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.

dickinsonThrough 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 has been identified by additional witnesses leaving the scene of several other burglaries. 

On March 17, 2013, acting on a tip from a citizen, officers from the Fortuna Police Department located Dickinson in the 700 block of Fortuna Blvd.

Dickinson was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on burglary charges.


Nailed While Nodding Off

PerezARCATA– Arcata Police say a man was found unresponsive Saturday in his car, parked in the 4200 block of West End Road in Arcata.

Taking a closer look, officers determined the individual was very much alive.  He was, however, nodding off due to being under the influence of narcotics.

They also found a syringe filled with what is believed to be heroin in his vehicle, and “unlawful” prescription drugs.

The individual, identified as Jesse Perez, was arrested for two separate narcotic drug charges and lodged in the County Pokey.


Fled and Arrested and Lodged

BurkeARCATA– During Friday’s alcohol Shoulder Tap operation, Arcata police arrested a wanted parolee– not only for furnishing alcohol to a minor, but also for being in possession of stolen property and absconding from the APD officer.

After being confronted by police that he bought alcohol for a minor in APD’s Shoulder Tap sting operation, the suspect fled on fast feet.

After a short chase he was caught, arrested, and taken into custody.  The individual, identified as James Burke, 40-years-old of Galt, was lodged in the County jail. 

An officer received minor injuries from the pursuit.

Mr. Burke has been charged with resisting and obstructing an officer, possession of stolen property and furnishing alcohol to a minor.


Ukiah In-Home Care Provider Busted for Severe Neglect

UKIAH– On March 11, the Ukiah Police Department began an investigation into the current severe medical condition of a 32-year-old Ukiah woman who has a number of long term illnesses requiring her to have constant care, making her a legally dependent adult.

care providerOn March 7, the woman was transported via ambulance from her South State Street Apartment to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center due to an undisclosed medical condition.  It was determined the woman had severe life-threatening medical conditions that were related to substandard care for her underlying and ongoing medical issues, from which she is unable to provide for her own care and needs ongoing care provider assistance.

The Ukiah Police Detectives immediately took over the investigation and spent many nonstop hours following up on leads and information. They obtained a search warrant for the apartment that the woman lived in with her boyfriend/in-home care provider, Thomas Winkle.  Based on the severity of the woman’s condition, an arrest warrant was obtained for Winkle’s arrest for neglect and abuse of a dependent adult.

doctor deathDetectives obtained and served a search warrant at the residence and discovered that the condition of the residence and the bed that the woman had been occupying for many months was extremely unsanitary.  These conditions directly resulted in the woman’s current life threatening medical conditions.

Thomas Winkle, the woman’s live in boyfriend and in-home paid care provider of more than two years, was arrested for severe neglect and abuse of a Dependent Adult.  He was booked into the Mendocino County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

The investigation continues and Mr. Winkle may be charged with further crimes depending on the outcome of that investigation.



Cali Drug Kingpin Goes Down

SAN DIEGO– A 40-year-old San Diegan was sentenced Friday to 17 1/2 years in prison for dealing 30 to 40 pounds of methamphetamine a month.

bad breakingSilvano Hernandez Jr., pleaded guilty to RICO charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.  He was one of 36 people arrested last year in a roundup of the Mexican Mafia, a prison-based gang.

“Hernandez admitted to participating in the organized criminal activity of the Mexican Mafia,” prosecutors said in the statement.  “Specifically, he admitted to distributing, on average, 30-40 pounds of methamphetamine per month in San Diego.”

Officials seized nearly $150,000 in cash from his home when they arrested him, and a 2011 Lincoln sedan worth $50,000, the U.S. attorney said.

Hernandez was one of 36 individuals arrested last year as part of Operation Carnalismo, an investigation that targeted the Mexican Mafia’s criminal activity.

lotta methThe Mexican Mafia is described as a notorious, violent prison gang that controls and benefits from a large portion of the criminal activity committed by Southern California Hispanic street-gang members.  The largest source of revenue for the Mexican Mafia is from drug trafficking, however, in order to maintain their territory gang members have committed murders, kidnappings, and extortion.

Thirty of the 36 people arrested last year have been convicted and 14 have been sentenced so far, prosecutors said.  Hernandez’s 210-month sentence is the stiffest stint handed out so far.

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wayne and garthIt’s been wild busy crazy for law enforcement lately.

Here’s our two thumbs up.

Even as the Eureka Police Department issues press releases 5-6 days late, or sometimes not at all.  They also decided to do away with their ‘Most Wanted’ List for the public’s awareness.  It was too time consuming updating 10 photos every two weeks; besides, the public doesn’t need to know anyway.

But, in all fairness, it’s also taken nearly 2 years to find a replacement for the Police Chief.  Oops!  We bad.  They haven’t found a replacement yet.  Not even close to finding one.  Nada, oopsie, and negligent.  My, how time flies.  Well, this is why EPD and the City  get paid the big bucks.

C’mon guys.  You do a good job.  Get the ball rolling and be nice to the public.

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A Life of Drugs and Crime and in Humboldt


Multiple Busts in Arcata and Eureka Over Several Days


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel



On Wednesday, 2/20/2013, police officers from the Arcata
Police Department conducted a probation search of a
motel room at Motel 6 on Valley West Blvd.   The person
registered to the room was Barton Gonzalez, age 25.

Gonzalez, who is on felony searchable probation, was also wanted on a felony charge for forgery.

Officers knocked on the motel room door and observed several subjects inside the room when Gonzalez answered the door. Upon identifying the persons in the room, the officers learned that one subject, Benjamin Crowder, age 32, had an outstanding felony warrant for a parole violation.

Both Gonzalez and Crowder were arrested on the outstanding felony warrants.

A third subject, Kevin Casey, age 29, was found to be in possession of prescription medication not prescribed to him, heroin, packaging for the sale of heroin and $4200 in cash.  Casey was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of heroin for sales. 

All three subjects– Gonzalez, Crowder, and Casey– were booked into the Humboldt County Jail on their related charges.

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JohnsonOn Tuesday, 02/19/13, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) contacted Michael Gordon Johnson, age 53, in the 2500 block of ‘C’ Street.  During a search of Johnson, who is on active parole, officers discovered 38.7 grams, or approximately 1.4 ounces of heroin on his person.   

Johnson was taken into custody and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional facility for possession of heroin.

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GarciaHardyOn Monday, 02/18/13, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP), responded to an apartment complex in the 1600 block of ‘C’ Street to investigate alleged narcotic activity.

As a result of their investigation, Tessa Lynn Garcia, age 22, was taken into custody for Maintaining a Residence for Narcotic Activity and Probation Violations.


Daniel Scott Hardy, age 24, was also taken into custody in the same apartment for Possession of Burglary Tools and Probation Violations.

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On Monday, 02/18/13, detectives with the Eureka Police Department’s
ortizProblem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) conducted a narcotics enforcement at an apartment complex in the 800 block of ‘H’ Street.

During their investigation, detective’s contacted Joel Renaldo Ortiz, age 32, in the alley at the north side of the complex.

Ortiz, who is on probation several times over, displayed symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance.  During a search of Ortiz, officers discovered a syringe and 12.9 grams, or approximately ½ ounce, of Methamphetamine in his sock.   

Ortiz was taken into custody and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional facility for Possession of Methamphetamine and Probation Violations.

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big nose judgeAnyone 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.

In the City of Arcata, call the Arcata Police Department at (707) 822-2428.

In the County of Humboldt, call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7521.


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AWOLWhat do the the above multiple busts have in common?  Heroin and meth?

No.  Their Parole and Probation Officers were AWOL– and nowhere to be found assisting law enforcement.

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Mutliple Drug Arrests Made by Hoopa Valley Tribal Police


Hoopa Valley Tribe Focusing on Drug Eradication Efforts


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The Hoopa Valley Tribe has been conducting a series of high profile busts on tribal lands to curb drug activity in the
past few weeks.

Hoopa tribe sealOn January 27, 2013, after receiving information of drug activity from community members, the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department with the assistance of the:

  • US Forest Service
  • Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office
  • and the Humboldt County Drug Task Force

–said they conducted two probation searches and executed a search warrant at two residences on Grasshopper Lane in Hoopa.

Officers located 34.7 grams of heroin and 18.8 grams of methamphetamine
packaged for sales.

hoopa bustOfficers also located and seized two loaded firearms, one of which had a high-capacity magazine, and approximately $3,500 in cash.

Those arrested during the operation were:

  • Karen Hostler, 54, for H&S 11378 possession of a controlled substance for sales;  H&S 11366.5 maintaining a residence for the sales of controlled substances; and PC 273 a (a) child endangerment likely to produce great bodily harm,
  • David Hostler, 28, for H&S 11351 Possession for sales;  H&S 11370.1 possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm,
  • Shoshoni Gensaw, 30, for resisting or obstructing a police officer.

Also wanted in connection with this case is 30-year-old Amanda Hostler.

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Police asked that anyone with information on Ms. Hostler’s  whereabouts should contact the Hoopa Police Department or the HCSO.


hoopa tribal police bldgThese arrests comes on the heels of the two-day narcotics enforcement operation conducted by Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department two weeks ago, resulting in 10 arrests.

Tribal police at that time, with the assistance of the U.S. Forest Service, seized:

  • 38.5 grams of methamphetamine
  • Four grams of cocaine
  • 4.4 grams of heroin
  • 13.6 grams of hashish
  • About a pound of marijuana
  • And two loaded handguns.

Arrested in relation to the narcotics operation were:

  • Richard Carpenter, 51-years-old
  • Michael Atkins, 56Hoopa Police badge
  • Bishop Little Feather Rivas, 25
  • Dawn Colegrove, 24
  • Terry Ballard, 25
  • Charlotte Frank, 46
  • Timothy Perry Jr., 26
  • Don Colegrove, 27
  • Angela Risling, 26
  • Jessie Mosier, 31

The Hoopa Tribal Police ask that anyone with information regarding the
sale of controlled substances to call the department at 530-625-4202.

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If you haven’t noticed, the Tribe has become serious about drug activity on the Rez as of late.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Speedball Seizure and Bust in Manila


Nicholas Grant Robinson, Eureka, Arrested for Heroin and Meth


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


On January 22 at about 6:30 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant on routine patrol noticed a
suspicious vehicle parked on Vance Avenue near
Highway 255 in Manila.

robinsonThe Sergeant contacted the sole occupant of the vehicle who he identified as Nicholas Grant Robinson, age 28, from Eureka.

The Sergeant checked Robinson’s name through his dispatch for any possible arrest warrants.  The dispatcher advised that Robinson was on probation for a narcotics violation and had a search and seizure clause.

The Sergeant then advised Robinson that he was going to search his person and his vehicle.  The Sergeant then located what appeared to be about ¼ of a pound of heroin hidden in the fuse box underneath the dash board in the vehicle.  The Sergeant also located about a 1/8 of gram of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

Robinson was then placed under arrest.  The Humboldt County Drug
Task Force was contacted to take over the investigation.

robinson2Humboldt County Drug Task Agent later arrived on scene with their narcotics detection trained dog.  No more narcotics were located in the vehicle.

Robinson was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for:

  • Possession for sales of heroin
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of a pipe used to smoke controlled substances
  • Violation of probation

Robinson’s bail was set at $50,000 dollars.

Drug Task Force Agents and the Eureka Police Department then searched Robinson’s residence located in the 1600 block of “L” Street in Eureka.  Officers located numerous smoking pipes for controlled substances, and syringes in the residence.

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

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pied piper heroin









(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Breaking Bad in Del Norte


Crank Bugs Busted With Large Meth Seizure



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Jobs are tedious and boring, Malcolm.  That’s why they call itwork’.

Kids used to grow up wanting to be an astronaut, a fireman,
or a rock star.  Now they grow up and want to be the cool
and collected bad dude like Breaking Bad’s Walter White.  Ahead
of the game, easy cold cash, a quick tweak or two, and your chicks for free.

Take this Del Norte couple, for example.

Details are sketchy, but the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office said they seized a whopping  1 1/4 pound of methamphetamine, $8,000 worth of marijuana and 4.8 grams of heroin early Sunday morning.

It started when a Sheriff’s deputy approached a parked car with two occupants and smelled some marijuana odor drifting about the vehicle.  A search was conducted and the whole boatload of drugs were found around 1 a.m.

They found the illicit goods to be in the possession of Angela Abels, 21, and Paul Tabash, 38.

Both were arrested and thrown into the Del Norte County Pokey.

We understand Mr. Tabash remained in custody while Ms. Abels bailed.  While birds of a feather do flock together, there’s an age difference to take into consideration, you know.

You can see the meth one-and-a-quarter pounder photo-op here taken by the Del Norte Sheriff’s office– eight bags of crystal crank worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $50,000 to $100,000. 

A meth lab somewhere was busy making this big batch.  That’s a lot of rotted teeth, crank bugs, picked open pustules, and lost lives breaking bad, Malcolm.  No wonder they blow up.

Life is unfair.

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(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Cannibal Island Junkie Jailed


And Then Promptly Released


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Today at approximately 3:15 in the morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who reported seeing flashlights at her neighbors home in the 3000 block of Cannibal Island Road in Loleta.

The citizen told the dispatcher someone had burglarized that same home the day before and they had now returned. 

When a deputy arrived on scene, he saw two suspects inside the residence with flashlights.

When the suspects saw the deputy, one of them got into a Toyota Pickup Truck and attempted to flee.  The other suspect ran off on foot.

The deputy pursued the pickup truck approximately one mile until the suspect stopped and then submitted to arrest.

The deputy arrested Jill Deanna Winnop, 35 years old, from Fortuna.

During the search of Winnop’s purse the deputy located heroin.  Additional deputies, officers from the California Highway Patrol and Fortuna Police Department arrived on the scene and searched the area for the second suspect who fled but were unable to locate that suspect.

Winnop was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she was booked on charges of:

  • Evading a police officer,
  • Possession of a narcotic, and
  • Burglary

She was booked– and then released on her own recognizance.  We don’t know the reasons why– nor do we understand the logic of releasing a heroin addict evading police after committing a burglary and likely to re-offend another day without help.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Large Crystal Meth and Black Tar Heroin Seizure Made

Center of the North Coast Hard Drug Trade: Eureka


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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