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Eureka Double Homicide Suspect Taken Into Custody

 

EPD and Coroner’s Office Release Identities of Suspect, Victims

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On Wednesday, March 26 at 5:57 pm, Eureka Police officers came upon two murder victims while responding
to a call in a Eureka home.

They had initially responded to the residence located at 2109 Harris Street for a citizen’s report of an injured person in the house.

Officers entered the house to render first aid and found a man deceased with obvious trauma, namely what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.  

Checking the rest of the house for other persons who may need help, they found a second person deceased as well.  He, too, suffered from a gunshot wound to the head, Eureka Police said.

Based on evidence collected at the scene, EPD investigators believe the crime was a double homicide. 

One person was detained at the scene and arrested as the lone suspect in the murders.

Investigators will continue to process the scene for the rest of today.  The deceased have been identified but their names are being withheld until family members are notified by the Coroner’s Office (see below).

The suspect taken into custody is Eureka resident Vincent “Vinnie” Earnest Sanchez, DOB: 04-30-1985.  

Sanchez was booked into the Humboldt County Jail on two counts of homicide.  Mr. Sanchez, to note, has had prior contacts and arrests by law enforcement.  It is unknown if Sanchez was on probation or being supervised previous to the murders occurring.

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The Coroner’s Office recently identified the first victim as Richard “Rick” Storre, 60, of Eureka.  The second victim is confirmed as Lance Delbert Henry, 25.  Mr. Henry is reportedly the half- brother of suspect Vincent Sanchez.

This is the third homicide to occur, rocking the small city of Eureka, population 27,000, in almost as many months.

 

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Suicide Death at the Humboldt County Jail

 

Inmate Dies After Strangulating Self

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On Friday, March 8th, at 7:00 p.m., a Humboldt County Correctional Officer on a routine security check within the jail’s housing unit found inmate Jose Fernandez-
Moreno
, a 46-year-old male, unconscious with a bed sheet
tied
around his neck, the HCSO reported.

jailCorrectional Officers and facility medical staff immediately began life saving efforts which resulted in successfully regaining a pulse.

Personnel from the Eureka Fire Department and City Ambulance responded and assisted in transporting Fernandez-Moreno to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was admitted.  Fernandez-Moreno was placed on life support after his condition worsened.

On Monday, March 11 at 6:23 p.m.,Fernandez-Moreno died as a result of his suicide attempt.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing their involvement in the investigation which has been turned over to the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.  An autopsy date is pending.

Fernando-Moreno was in custody on charges of:

  • Assault with Intent to Commit Rape
  • Rape by Force/Violence/Duress
  • Penetration by Foreign Object

His bail was set at $250,000. Fernandez-Moreno was also being held on a detainer issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the HCSO reported.

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suicide jailThis is the second successful jail suicide to happen in the last month or two. 

We’re hearing cell checks by jail staff occur once or twice an hour.  That is woefully insufficient given the myriad of mental health problems that prevail in this select population.

Perhaps it’s time to increase the frequency of cell checks to prevent further fatal incidents from occurring in the future, because what’s happening now isn’t working.

 

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Mischief and Mayhem Abound

 

Multiple Reports by Law Enforcement Agencies

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

 

Dead Body Found on Samoa Beach

dunesDeputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office recovered
a body near the Samoa Dunes yesterday morning.

Little information is available at this time regarding the details of the discovery, the identity of the man, or the circumstances of his death.

According to the HSCO, deputies brought the body of an unidentified man from the shoreline to land at about noon Sunday.

 

dunes2Officials said the body was discovered by ATV riders who happened to be passing by on the trails.

An investigation on the possible cause of death is underway, officials said.

The body was taken to the Humboldt County’s Coroner’s Office where personnel will examine dental records in an attempt to identify the remains.

More information will be made available from the Sheriff’s Office at a later time, the HCSO and Coroner’s Office said.

 

Attempted Smash ‘N Grab at Adventure’s Edge

glassThis morning, February 11 at about 4:43 a.m., Arcata Police Department officers were dispatched to the Adventure’s Edge business located at 650 10th Street for a burglary alarm.

An alert citizen also called APD to report the front window to the business was broken out and gave a description of the suspect.

Officers responded and found a large glass display window broken out of the business.  A bicycle, belonging to the business and still attached
to a security cable, was sitting outside the window.  

Officers checked the area and located a subject matching the suspect description one block away from the business.

After conducting an investigation, APD officers arrested 21-year-old Dylan Joshua Zingg of Crescent City for commercial burglary.

Zingg was taken to the hospital for injuries caused by the broken glass and later transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on burglary charges.

 

Stabbing at Sal’s

garfieldOn Februrary 9 at about 50 minutes past midnight, officers of the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to a reported stabbing at Sal’s Off-Broadway bar.

Upon arrival, officers found a male lying on the floor.  He was being attended to by patrons of the bar, due to bleeding wounds to his neck and throat area.  A second subject was located fighting with security and other bar patrons.

The security staff was trying to detain the subject, later identified as Clinton Robert Myers (27 years old of Eureka), who was bleeding heavily from the face.  Officers were advised by witnesses that Myers had stabbed the second subject in the throat.

Officers confronted Myers and after a short struggle, were able to take him into custody.  During this confrontation, Myers sprayed two officers in the face with blood that he expelled on them.

Medical personnel arrived on scene moments later and transported the victim to St. Joseph ER for treatment for his wounds.  Myers was also transported to St. Joseph ER for treatment, prior to being taken to the Eureka Police Department for questioning.

drinkingDetectives and an evidence technician were summoned to the scene to process the scene for evidence and interview the large number of witnesses to the assault.

Myers was eventually booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

He is being held on $50,000 bail.  This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Detective Harpham at 707-441-4305.

 

Sisterly Love and Assault

car crashOn February 7, at approximately 4:30 p.m.,  Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 1100 block of Vista Drive in McKinleyville regarding an assault with a vehicle that just occurred.

When the deputies arrived they met with the 39-year-old male victim.  He told the deputies his 36-year-old sister, Renea Soderberg, had been drinking alcoholic beverages and was angry with him.

His sister is transient, occasionally sleeps in his garage, and was upset after he told some of her friends to leave his residence, the victim said.  The situation went downhill from there.

She began yelling at him as he was getting into his white 2012 Ford F-350 pickup truck and backing out of his driveway.

cc6Ms. Soderberg then got into her silver 1998 Chevy Silverado Pickup truck and accelerated rapidly towards him.  She struck his vehicle in the driver’s side door, causing an approximately four-inch deep dent in the door.  She backed up and struck his vehicle again in the front.

A witness reported seeing her back up and strike the victim’s vehicle approximately four times.  Deputies found damage to the residence’s lawn caused by the spinning tires of Soderberg’s vehicle
during the assault.  The victim, her brother, was not injured.

Deputies located Renea Soderberg’s vehicle in the 900 block of Vista Drive, McKinleyville, with signs of fresh damage consistent with the victim’s account as to what occurred.  Deputies were unable to locate Renea Soderberg at that time.

On Februrary 8, at approximately 2:30 in the morning. deputies were dispatched to a report of a ’suspicious woman’ in the 1100 block of Vista Drive in McKinleyville.

When they arrived, they located Ms. Soderberg.

sisterly loveShe was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, where she was booked.

At the Correctional Facility, a small bag of methamphetamine was located on Soderberg by Correctional Officers during her booking search.  Soderberg was charged with the additional charge of possession of an illegal drug.

Her bail was set at $50,000.

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Deadly Wave Claims Life at Shelter Cove

 

Fourth Drowning Tragedy on North Coast this Winter

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mishaps and Crime March Onward

 

Reviewing the Reports

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The word on the streets from our different agencies:

 

(Arcata—APD)  Vehicle Collision and Death

On Wednesday, December 12th at approximately 7:30 a.m., officers from the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to a reported single vehicle collision in the 5900 block of Ericson Way in Arcata.

Upon the officers arrival they discovered a white Volvo wagon had collided with a segment of a temporary bridge that was being stored in a fenced equipment yard.

The vehicle had been traveling northbound on Ericson Way when the driver left the roadway for unknown reasons.  The vehicle traveled off the east side of Ericson Way, through the fence, and collided with the large steel bridge segment, killing the 34-year-old driver and sole occupant.

Personnel from the Arcata Fire Protection District responded and extracted the victim from the badly damaged vehicle.  Because of the remote area of the crash, authorities believe the crash may have occurred several hours before it was discovered and reported.

Police are unsure if drugs or alcohol are a factor in the crash.

UPDATE 12/13:  The Coroner’s Office has identified Kenneth Moilanen, 34, of Arcata, as the sole victim.

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(Fortuna—FPD)  Salvation Army Kettle Thief

On December 12, at about 5:00 p.m., the Fortuna Police Department received a report of a theft that had just occurred in the area of Safeway at 701 South Fortuna Blvd.

Reporting parties reported that a male subject had approached the Salvation Army Bell Ringer and stole the donation kettle being used to collect holiday donations.

The bell ringer pursued the subject on foot and recovered the kettle.  The subject, however, fled on foot to the rear of the Safeway store.

With the assistance of several witnesses, officers were able to locate the suspect, identified as Kevin Clausen (age 23, of Fortuna) in the area of Barry Avenue.  Officers were able to identify Clausen as the suspect and he was placed under arrest.

Clausen is currently on probation and was arrested by Fortuna PD on November 19, 2012 for burglary to several vehicles.  Clausen was out on court ordered own recognizance release for the prior burglary charges.

Mr. Clausen was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for Robbery and Probation Violation.

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(McKinleyville- HCSO) Armed Robbery

On December 11, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an armed robbery which just occurred at the US Cellular Store located at 1985 Central Avenue in McKinleyville.  When deputies arrived on the scene they met with the store manager and a sales representative.

The sales representative told the deputies she was working the front when the suspect entered the store and pointed a silver colored handgun at her and demanded money.

During the robbery the suspect heard a noise in the back room. The suspect made the sales representative move to the back room at gun point where the noise came from and he discovered the store manager on the telephone.

The store manager was unaware of the robbery in progress and had his wallet in his hand while placing a phone order.  Seeing the suspect with the gun, the store manager immediately dropped his wallet and put his hands in the air.  The suspect stole his wallet and then demanded money from the cash register.

After stealing the money and wallet, the suspect ordered both victims at gunpoint into the rear store bathroom and attempted to lock them inside it.  The suspect then fled the store.

The victims waited a short time, exited the restroom, and called 911 to report the crime.  No one was injured during the robbery, the HCSO said.

The suspect is described as:

  • Male
  • Approximately 5’6” tall
  • Approximately 190 lbs
  • Stocky build and dark skin
  • Wearing sunglasses, a light gray or white hooded sweatshirt which he used to cover most of his face
  • Possibly Hispanic or Native American
  • Armed with a silver colored 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.

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(Humboldt County Jail, Eureka—HCSO) Death in the Jail

On December 12 at approximately 6:40 a.m., a Humboldt County Correctional Officer was notified by an inmate that another inmate, identified as Jonathan Michael Sorrell, 35 years from Hoopa, was having a medical issue.

The Correctional Officer immediately went to Sorrell’s aid and called for jail medical, extra correctional staff and an ambulance to respond.

Initially Sorrell was breathing; however, while the Correctional Staff was with Sorrell, he stopped breathing.  They began C.P.R. until they were relieved by jail medical staff.

After an ambulance arrived at the facility, a physician determined that Sorrell was deceased.

The Humboldt County Corner was summed to the scene.  There was no sign of foul play.  An autopsy will be scheduled by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

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(Eureka—District Attorney)  Additional Charges Sought for Jason Warren

District Attorney Paul Gallegos says he will likely bring charges against 28-year-old Jason Warren for the Bayside fatal hit-and-run of joggers, and the Hoopa homicide of Dorothy Ulrich, together.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office turned in the Hoopa homicide report last month.  The CHP turned in their hit-and-run report Tuesday, seeking murder charges for the death of Suzanne Seamann who was killed in the Bayside crash.

Gallegos says the reports will be reviewed together and then he will decide if any additional investigation is needed.  If he believes there’s sufficient evidence, charges will be brought against Warren for both cases at once.

Gallegos added that if they do being charges against Warren this month there will not likely be any court appearances until January as there are holiday concerns from both families involved in the cases.

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Deceased Man Found at South Jetty

 

Circumstances of Death Remain a Mystery

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

A man was found dead at the South Jetty around 7:30 a.m. yesterday.

The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office says the adult male
was found by a passerby on a quad vehicle, just above the
surf-line near the parking lot area.  They believe the body
is someone who’s been filed with police as missing out of
Rio Dell since December 1.

Deputy Coroner Roy Horton responded to the scene Tuesday and has positively identified the man.

“There are no injuries that appear to have caused the man’s death,” Horton said.

Horton said the man was discovered by a citizen on an ATV, who was gathering firewood on the beach.  The driver of the ATV reported seeing the man alive last night, according to Horton.

The Coroner’s Office is investigating how the body got there.
 
Investigating officials say there is a question of how the body got to this location on the South Jetty.  They report there was no vehicle associated with him at the scene.

They also indicate the condition of his body is not reflective of having been in the water for any long period of time, considering how long he’s been missing.  The body had some unexplained minor lacerations.

A witness told the Coroner’s office he was at the same Jetty location on Monday and the body wasn’t there;  it appeared within 24 hours later, he said.

Horton said the identity of the deceased man will be released after the next of kin are contacted.

The KIEM-TV news report is here.

UPDATE:  The Coroner has identified the man as Judson Isaiah Nolan, 41, of Rio Dell.  There were no injuries found for his death.  The Coroner added it’s likely Nolan hitchhiked or got a ride to the area.

 (Posted by Skippy Massey)

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