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Criminals and Their Crimes


Cast Adrift Without a Clue– or a Moral Compass


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


“There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic.  The boundary between them is not clearly defined.”
~Albert Camus


bike assault2New Lead in Golf Course Sexual Assault:  EPD Seeks Owner of this Bike

EUREKA– On March 30, 2013, at about 6:00 p.m. the Eureka Police Department received the report of a sexual assault that had just occurred near the Eureka Municipal Golf Course on Fairway Drive.

The victim reported that she was walking on Fairway Drive when she heard a male in the nearby bushes asking for help.  She saw that the male was bent down on one knee and appeared to be injured.

When she approached the male, he used force to push her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. 

The suspect is described as a white male adult.  He is about 5’8’’ tall with a medium build and brown eyes.

He was wearing a gray ski mask so his exact age is unknown but he appeared to be in his 30’s.  He may have a reddish-brown thin mustache.

He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, dark blue exercise pants, and flesh-colored gloves.

The suspect was last seen on foot on Fairway Drive.  Anyone with information concerning this assault is urged to call Detective Cress at the Eureka Police Department at 441-4044. Refer to case number 3C13-2697.

The Eureka Police Department has a new lead in the case.  On the same evening, about two hours later, a citizen reported a bicycle abandoned on their property, several blocks north of the crime location, on F Street. The description of the subject who left the bike was similar to the description of the rape suspect given by the victim.

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Two pictures of the bike are here.  Clicking on the pictures will enlarge them.  Anyone who recognizes this bike is asked to contact either lead Detective Pete Cress or Senior Detective Ron Harpham.  

Detective Cresspcress@ci.eureka.ca.gov  or 441-4390  

Detective Ronald B Harpham:

604 C Street, Eureka, Ca 95501  #707-441-4305   rharpham@ci.eureka.ca.gov

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Abandoned Puppies Left to Die, Rescued

abandoned pupsFORTUNA– On 04/01/13 at approximately 1:30 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control was dispatched to the area of Palmer Creek Road and Valley Road in Fortuna for a report of 5 abandoned puppies.

Upon arrival, Animal Control officers found 6 puppies in a grey Rubbermaid style tote.  The puppies and the tote were covered in feces and urine and were sitting in the direct sun.  There were no air holes in the tote, and the small holes in the handles had been covered with duct tape.  The citizen who discovered the puppies advised that there was a lid with the tote and it was found lying on the ground next to it.

The puppies appear to be Border Collie mix, approximately 7 weeks old.  Dehydrated and malnourished, they were transported to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter.

It is unclear exactly how long the puppies had been at that location, the HCSO said.  A citizen who was in the shelter when the puppies were brought in stated that she thought she had seen the tote sitting there the previous day as she was traveling on U.S. Highway 101.

The abandonment of an animal is a crime.  Anyone with information about these puppies is asked to contact Animal Control Officer Nims at (707) 445-7251or call the Sheriff’s crime tip line at (707)268-2539.

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fireballExplosive’ Fire in Eureka Has Burn Victim in Critical Condition

EUREKA– A burn victim was been flown to the U.C. Davis Medical Center after an explosion and fire in Eureka.

It happened around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at 3555 Pine Street in Eureka.  Humboldt Bay Fire officials said they got to the scene and discovered the 40-year-old male victim on the sidewalk with second and third degree burns on his arms.

The explosion and fire started in an attached garage behind the victim’s home. Firefighters said there was dark gray smoke coming from inside. The victim said there were fireworks in the garage, but investigators also found butane which started to explode as they were extinguishing the flames and forcing them to attack the blaze from the outside.
There was no one else inside the home.  The victim was taken to St. Joseph Hospital and later flown to U.C. Davis.

Humboldt Bay Fire officials said due to ‘suspicious circumstances’ that were present they will be conducting a further investigation.  The garage was destroyed and $50,000 in extensive damages resulted.

UPDATE April 3Fire investigators said today the blaze was caused by the illegal manufacturing of concentrated cannabis—or, butane-extracted hash.

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Traffic Stop Yields Meth, Stolen Property, and a Whole Lot More

EUREKA– On 4/01/13, at about 11:12 am, a uniformed Eureka Police Department officer on patrol observed a white 1987 Oldsmobile sedan traveling southbound on the 1400 block of Broadway in Eureka.  The officer noticed the Oldsmobile’s windshield was shattered and he decided to stop the vehicle for the violation.

FirebraughThe officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle on the 1500 block of Broadway.  When he asked the occupants for identification, the front passenger, Richard Burse Firebaugh (AKA: Richard Green), stated he thought he had a bench warrant because he had missed a court date.  A local wants/warrants check on Firebaugh confirmed he had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.

The officer placed Firebaugh under arrest for his warrant.  During a subsequent search of Firebaugh’s person and belongings, the officer located 8 individual small baggies containing crystal methamphetamine (approximately 4.4 grams total gross weight), two digital gram scales, 100 small clear plastic baggies (drug sales packaging materials), drug use paraphernalia (two meth pipes), and a suspicious set of keys.  The keys had been filed down making their ridges smooth.  The officer suspected these were “shave keys” commonly used for committing auto burglaries or stealing cars.

Firebraugh evidenceInside Firebaugh’s leather jacket, which had been resting on the floorboard at his feet, the officer found a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 revolver. The revolver’s registered owner was subsequently contacted and asked if he knew the present whereabouts of his handgun. The owner, who resides in McKinleyville, confirmed he had recently reported it as stolen to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to his warrant, Firebaugh (age 28 of Fortuna) was arrested on multiple fresh charges and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for:

  • Possession of a controlled substance for sale
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to commit a felony
  • Possession of a concealed firearm by a passenger in a vehicle
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of burglary tools

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More on the Hit-and-Run Bang ‘Em Up Crash and Property Damage on Buhne and I Streets

Buhne and I street crashEUREKA—For those who remember, on 3-10-13 at about 5:09 in the morning, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Buhne and “I” streets on the report of a hit and run that just occurred.  Upon arrival Officers located a tremendous amount of property damage including: signal light pole down in the road, damaged fencing to a residence, damage to the chain link fence at Carson Park, and a large tree nearly pushed over, and miscellaneous vehicle debris belonging to a Dodge truck.

The registered owner of the truck, Chelsea Eisenberg was contacted at Wabash and “E” streets where the Dodge finally stopped running.  She explained to investigating Officers that she was driving the Dodge when the collision occurred and was attempting to follow a car that “came out of nowhere” that caused her to crash.  After speaking with her for a while Officers suspected that she was providing false information due to numerous inconsistencies with her statement.

Eisenberg then told Officers that her fiancé, Julio Gonzalez, was driving the truck when he crashed at Buhne and “I” streets.  She said that Gonzalez was at their home a few blocks away.  Officers were unsuccessful in contacting Gonzalez that night and he was determined to have a suspended driver’s license.

carson-park-accidentOfficers spoke with Gonzalez a couple days later. He told the officers that he was driving home when he fell asleep and crashed the truck.  He said he left the scene because he has a suspended driver’s license.

The investigating officer will submit a report to the District Attorney’s Office requesting the following charges:

Mr. Gonzalez to be charged with Hit and Run, Driving while Suspended, and Conspiracy to Commit a Crime.

Ms. Eisenberg to be charged with Delaying / Obstructing Peace Officer, Providing False Information to a Peace Officer, and Conspiracy to Commit a Crime.

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Lost in Shelter Cove

Shelter CoveSHELTER COVE– On 04-1-2013, at 2:00 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) of a lost motorist in the Paradise Ridge Area, Shelter Cove.

The lost motorist was able to call 911 and ask for assistance.

CHP dispatched officers out to the area of the motorist using the cell phone GPS coordinates.  Officers attempted to locate the motorist for over two hours driving on roads in the area near the coordinates provided, sounding their sirens and horns.

When CHP efforts failed to locate the motorist the Sheriff’s Office was notified at 4:00 am.

A search and rescue was initiated.  Search and Rescue deputies responded to the area and located the motorists at 11:00 am in the 5000 block of Paradise Ridge road behind a locked gate.

lost donkeyThe lost motorist had driven around the gate and became stuck in the roadway.  The motorists were in a sport utility vehicle and identified as Marlene Elias, 27-years-old from Sausalito, and Michael Breen, 25-years-old from Hayward, California.

Both were in good health. HCSO deputies gave them a ride to Garberville to arrange for a tow truck to retrieve their vehicle.


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More Traffic Accidents, as Reported by the Friendly California Highway Patrol

CHP carORICK– On March 31, 2013, at approximately 11:37 am, Mr. Johnson was driving a Toyota pickup southbound on US 101, north of Davidson Rd. at an unsafe speed, while negotiating a curve in the roadway.   Mr. Hall was traveling northbound in a Ford pickup at a speed of 30 MPH.   Due to the unsafe speed Mr. Johnson was traveling, he failed to maintain his vehicle in the southbound lane.

Mr. Johnson’s vehicle crossed over the solid double yellow lines and into the northbound lane directly in front of Mr. Hall’s Ford pickup.  Mr. Hall was unable to stop in time avoid a collision.  The front of the Mr. Hall’s Ford pickup struck the right side of Mr. Johnson’s Toyota pickup.   Both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane.   Traffic was restricted to one way travel for approximately one hour until the northbound lane could be cleared.  
Emergency personnel from the Orick Volunteer Fire Department, Cal Fire, Mad River Ambulance, California State and Federal Parks Service and California Highway Patrol responded to the scene.  Ms. Hall was transported to Mad River Community Hospital for her injuries.  
This collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.  Impairment was not believed to be a factor.

CHP badgeCARLOTTA– On 03/31/2013, at approximately 1:20 pm, Mr. Oclair was driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup eastbound on SR 36, east of Grizzly Creek Campground at an unknown speed.  Mr. Oclair claimed he fell asleep while driving and allowed his vehicle to travel off the south side of the road.

Mr. Oclair’s vehicle became airborne when it traveled off a steep embankment and impacted a large redwood tree.  His vehicle then fell to the ground and landed on its left side.

Mr. Oclair’s passenger, Joshua Burge, exited the vehicle and climbed up the embankment and onto the highway, where he summoned a passing motorist for help.  
Emergency personnel from the Carlotta Volunteer Fire Department, Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department, City Ambulance and California Highway Patrol responded to the scene.  Mr. Oclair and his passenger, Joshua Burge were transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital for their injuries.  
This collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.  Impairment was not a factor.

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rubber bulletRubber Bullets (or were they Bean Bags?) and Tree-Sit Removals

WILLITSYou just have to see the video to believe it.

More of the details of what happened is carried in the Willits News.

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Another day, another crime.  Or two. 

Buckle up, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

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Up in Smoke


McKinleyville Weed Grow and Hash Lab Catches Fire


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


On Thursday, March 28 at approximately 1:40 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call re-
garding a house fire at Landis Court in McKinleyville.  The
initial calls reported there was possibly a person trapped in
the home.

no smoking signSheriff’s deputies, Arcata Fire District personnel and an ambulance responded to the scene.  When emergency personnel arrived a few minutes later the 30-year-old unidentified male victim was outside the residence with serious burn injuries.  The victim was transported to a local hospital and then transferred to an out of the area hospital for treatment.

When the fire department began fighting the fire they discovered an indoor marijuana grow in the residence.  Deputies stood by until the Arcata Fire District suppressed the fire.  The Sheriff’s Office Community Response Unit (CRU) and Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) were notified and responded to the scene.

A Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant was obtained for the residence.

smoke and gas pumpsAfter the fire was out and the residence was safe to enter, deputies entered the residence.  They located and seized evidence indicating there was a butane hashish lab in the home, along with approximately 17 pounds of marijuana leaves, 188 growing marijuana plants approximately two feet tall and 176 marijuana plants (clones) approximately 3” tall.

The cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation by the Arcata Fire District.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251, the Arcata Fire District at 825-2000, or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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Small Grow Whacked in Knox Cove


165 Marijuana Plants Taken Out After Tip and Month-Long Investigation



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

springer runToday at approximately 8:30 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Community Response Unit (CRU) assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant at residence in the 2500 block of Knox Cove Road in McKinleyville.

The search warrant was obtained after a month-long investigation initiated by a crime tip on the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line.

When deputies served the search warrant they located approximately three pounds of marijuana bud packaged for sale and 165
springer spaniel huggrowing marijuana plants ranging from 3-feet to 4-feet in height being grown in the residence.  The deputies also located packaging material and a scale, along with evidence that the marijuana was being grown for sale.

The Humboldt County Building Department was notified and responded to the scene. They determined the electricity to the marijuana grow was a fire hazard and PG&E was notified to respond.

Deputies arrested Wilbur Clark Springer IV, 43-years-old, for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale.

springersLisa Springer, 36-years-old, was issued a notice to appear for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.  This was to allow Lisa to care for their children.

Mr. Wilbur Springer IV was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $25,000.

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springerPuppy pictures?  The English Springer Spaniel pups are adorably innocent.

We found the Springer puppies more interesting than this generic press release.  While they have nothing whatsoever to do with Mr. Springer IV, they’re enjoyable to look at and a whole lot more cute than seeing another ugly-mug mugshot today.




(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Attempted Murder in Weott


Stabbing Drama Unfolds After Discussion About Religion


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


On March 25th at approximately 8:30 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a stabbing which
just occurred on US 101 at the Weott Overpass, in Weott.

weott overpassHumboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers, and medical personnel responded to the scene. 

When the deputies and CHP Officers arrived, they found the 46-year-old male victim, a transient from the Redding Area, on the overpass in the middle of US 101.

Several citizens were attempting to render aid to the victim, including one citizen applying pressure on the victim’s chest wound.  Deputies learned from several passing motorists that was how they found the victim in the roadway.

Clayton HamiltonDeputies located the suspect, identified as Clayton Winfield Hamilton, 29-year-old, from Orem, Utah.  Hamilton was detained and treated at the scene for a laceration wound to his hand requiring stitches.   Mr. Hamilton admitted to stabbing the victim three or four times with a knife and told the deputies it was in self-defense.

Deputies interviewed a 30-year-old male friend of the suspect who was at the scene.   The friend resides in Rio Dell, and told deputies he hadn’t seen or heard from Hamilton in five years.

The friend told the deputies that Hamilton called him from Utah on March 21st  and said he had a business opportunity and was on his way out to meet up with him to discuss it.  On March 25th, he arrived in Rio Dell to meet up with his friend.

The friend saw Hamilton speaking with a male victim who was hitchhiking in front of the Shell Gas station in Rio Dell.  The victim told Hamilton he wanted a ride to Garberville.  The three got together and decided to go for lunch in Fortuna first, at McDonalds.

blood crossAt lunch, Hamilton told the victim he wanted to talk with his friend– alone– so the victim walked off.  Hamilton then told his friend the victim was “evil” and he needed to kill him.  Hamilton then left his friend and said he was going to find the victim.

The friend began to worry that Hamilton was serious– and he would harm the victim.  The friend went looking for Hamilton.  The friend saw Hamilton’s vehicle southbound on US 101 as he was traveling northbound.  The friend pursued Hamilton’s vehicle, finally catching up with him in Weott at Sewell Drive and Spring Street.

Hamilton’s truck stopped and the friend approached the truck.  The friend witnessed a struggle in the truck and opened Hamilton’s truck door.  He saw Hamilton had a knife in his hands and there was blood all over the interior of the truck.

The friend grabbed Hamilton and began pulling him from the vehicle, allowing the victim to escape from the truck.  The friend then called 911 to report the crime.

Deputies were able to interview the victim at a local hospital where he was being treated for multiple stab wounds, including one to the chest and one to the abdomen.  Doctors told deputies the wounds were life-threatening.

evil ronaldThe victim related a similar story as Hamilton’s friend, but added that he was originally picked up hitchhiking by Hamilton in Redding.  He was given a ride to Rio Dell by Hamilton, who stopped to meet up with a friend.  The victim told Hamilton he wanted a ride to Garberville when he was picked up in Redding.

After they ate at McDonalds, the victim walked off after Hamilton told him to leave.  He was picked up a second time during the drive to Garberville and he and Hamilton had a discussion about religion.  Hamilton then suddenly pulled off to the side of the road in Weott and told the victim ‘he had to kill him.’ 

Hamilton produced a large knife and began stabbing the victim repeatedly.

Mr. Hamilton was arrested for attempted murder and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for attempted murder.  His bail is set at $500,000, the HCSO said in their release.

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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A fanatic is a man who does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case.   He can’t change his mind, won’t change the subject, and he may want to kill you.

Remember:  A fanatic is only two letters shy of spelling a lunatic.

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More Details Emerge on Friday’s ‘O’ Street SWAT Raid


Suspects Captured on Murder Warrants Identified


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The Fresno Bee named the two suspects arrested in Eureka last week in connection with a gang-related shooting
two weeks ago in Fresno, the Times-Standard reported today.

Reginald Taylor, 28, and Abel Price, 21, both of Fresno, were arrested in an early morning SWAT raid Friday in an apartment on the 900 block of ‘O’ Street in Eureka, where they had been hiding out.  Forty law enforcement personnel evacuated neighbors and surrounded the building at 7 am, demanding the suspects surrender themselves on their outstanding murder warrants.  They wisely and pecefully did.  No one was hurt.

According to Fresno Police Department Lt. Mark Salazar, the two men were wanted in connection with a shooting that left a woman with severe injuries.  Salazar, a homicide and robbery unit commander, said both men are known gang members with criminal records.  Fresno detectives were able to trace the men to the O Street residence on a tip and coordinate the raid with local law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Taylor

Mr. Taylor

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said suspect Reginald Taylor is believed to be the gunman in the March 13 shooting occurring at Colima’s Fade Barber Shop in the Manchester Shopping Center of Fresno.  Abel Price faces a charge of conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon.  Both are gang members, Dyer said.

According to the Fresno Bee, police got an anonymous tip last Wednesday that Taylor and Price were in Eureka.  The two were staying with a local acquaintance who believed they had come to Humboldt County to look for jobs, and who claimed he was unaware of the barber shop shooting.  He was helping the two look for work, Dyer said.

On March 13, the two men went to the Manchester Center barbershop about 7:30 pm with Trenice Williams, 22, who wanted to talk with barber Ronald Moore about the custody of a child they have together.  That’s when a fight broke out, Dyer said.

Mr. Price

Mr. Price

Taylor left the shop– but then he returned with a gun.  He fired four shots toward a chair Moore was hiding behind, Dyer said.

Moore wasn’t hit during the exchange, but one shot that Taylor fired struck 46-year-old victim Rafiola Binger, who had taken her son and daughter to the barbershop for a haircut.  Ms. Binger was hit in the lower back by Taylor’s bullet and partially paralyzed.  About half a dozen workers and patrons were inside the barbershop when the shooting happened.

Binger was listed in fair condition Friday at Fresno’s Community Regional Medical Center.  Doctors initially were concerned that Binger wouldn’t be able to walk again, but are now more optimistic that she will, Dyer said.

Trenice Williams was subsequently arrested.  She faces a charge of conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon.

colimas2Reginald Taylor has a moderately lengthy criminal record– including serving seven years in prison for shooting and killing a man in Fresno on Christmas Day in 2001 when he was 17, Dyer said.  He faces charges that included attempted murder and four counts of assault with a deadly weapon in the barber shop shooting, the Fresno Bee reported.

No details were immediately available on Abel Price’s involvement in the shooting.


fade cutBoth Taylor and Price are expected to be returned shortly to Fresno from the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, where they were being held on $2 million bail following their surender and arrest.

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Mendocino Cold Cases and Missing Persons


County Sheriff Asks for Public’s Help in Identifying Victims and Leads


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office makes their Missing Persons and Cold Cases page available to the public.

We wish the HCSO would do the same.

They ask that if you can offer any details on the cases below, please call them at (707) 234-2100.



john and jane doeOn July 08, 1979 the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a person reporting the discovery of human remains in the area of Mile Post Marker 21.11 on Highway 20.  This area was located between the city of Willits and the city of Fort Bragg in Mendocino County of California.

During a search of the rural area, Sheriff’s Detective recovered the skeletal remains of two separate human bodies.  Anthropologists determined the bodies to be that of a male and female.  In 2001 DNA testing showed the bodies were not biologically related.

Over the course of the investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives were able to obtain computer-generated facial reconstructive sketches of the bodies.

The attached colors sketches were first obtained in the early 2000′s from a forensic artist with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  The picture of the bird in the inset at the bottom of the picture is depicted as an earring (pierced ear type) that was recovered with the human remains.

In 2012, a more advanced 3D sketch process was used by a digital forensic artist with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children resulting in the attached black & white sketches.  The new process and this specific case were featured in a BCC News television program: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18529366.

Anyone with information in regards to this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.

John Doe

  • Height 5′ 2″ to 5′ 11″
  • Race: White
  • Estimated Age: 10-20 years old
  • Date of Discovery: July 8, 1979
  • MCSO Case #: 1979-1900

Jane Doe

  • Height 5′ 3″ to 6′ 0″
  • Race: White
  • Estimated Age: 10-20 years old
  • Date of Discovery: July 8, 1979
  • MCSO Case #: 1979-1900



On the evening of August 9, 2003, Chris Robert Giauque went to the Spyrock Road area of Mendocino County and met with an associate near the Iron Peak lookout.  This area is located north of the town of Laytonville, California.

Chris Robert GiauqueChris Giauque was on probation for cultivation of marijuana and reportedly left his vehicle, a 1994 blue Toyota extra cab pickup truck at this location as he did not want to be seen in his truck on the property that he and the associate owned on Simmerly Road in Covelo, California.

Reportedly, the associate gave Chris Giauque a ride into and out of the property.  Chris Giauque was reportedly last seen in this area around 9:00 PM.  It is possible that Chris Giauque became a robbery-homicide victim.

Chris Giauque had made the trip to pick up a substantial amount of cash and it was possible that numerous people knew of the pending business transaction.

Chris Giauque’s pickup truck was located on August 10, 2003 approximately 50 miles north of Spyrock Road and 3 miles south of Myers Flat on the Avenue of the Giants near Elk Creek Road in Humboldt County.  This location is north of Salmon Creek where Chris Giauque resided.

To this date, Chris Giauque’s body has not been located and his father (Bob Giauque) has established a website to aid in the investigation.  The website located at www.chrisreward.org contains additional information on the circumstances of Chris Giauque’s disappearance and an established reward. 

The investigation into Chris Giauque’s disappearance is being handled by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information in regards to the disappearance of Chris Giauque is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.

  • Age at time of murder 36 years-old
  • Height6′ 0″
  • Weight:  145 lbs.
  • HairBrown
  • Eyes: Blue
  • MCSO Case#:  03-3247
  • Date of disappearance:  August 9, 2003

To note, Chris Giauque’s page has much more lengthy detailed information of his disappearance and acquaintances.  It reads in part:

My family is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of my remains.

An additional $150,000 reward is offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for killing me.  And now, an additional reward incentive is being made available to anyone bringing in direct evidence of the crime.

Failure to bring rapid closure to this case will lead to a number of bounty hunters invading your territory.  They will scour the area, seeking information and asking questions.”

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mendo badge1The MCSO has other missing persons and cold cases that can be found here: http://www.mendocinosheriff.com/missing/coldcases.html

We wonder why our own Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t make similar information available to its residents as the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office does.

Why they haven’t do so– or even attempted a posting of Humboldt’s Most Wanted Individuals list for the public– is a cold case mystery in and of itself.

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Two Fugitives Taken into Custody on Murder Warrants


Fresno Gang Bangers Apprehended in Early Morning Eureka Raid




Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


The 900 block of O Street in Eureka was abruptly shaken from its slumber this morning as numerous law enforcement agencies swarmed into the neighborhood and evacuated residents from their homes in an early morning raid seeking two murder fugitives on the lam from the Central Valley.

A multi-agency SWAT team comprising forty officers from the Eureka Police Department, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and Fresno law enforcement descended upon the O Street home at the crack of dawn in the pre-planned operation, the Times-Standard reported.

The SWAT team apprehended two unidentified men on attempted warrants murder warrants.  The fugitives, believed to be Fresno County gang members, were taken into custody without incident and reportedly surrendered to authorities during the raid.

Neighborhood residents reported they were awakened from their sleep as numerous lawmen in bullet proof vests and full tactical gear encircled the house and loudly shouted to the men that they were completely surrounded and to come out and surrender themselves, they said.

swat raidThe names of the two men were not released.  HCSO Lt. Steve Knight said the two men were wanted for their involvement in a Fresno shooting leaving a woman with severe injuries almost two weeks ago.

There have been over 20 shooting incidents in Fresno in the last three weeks, prompting the city to conduct a major gang operation sweep towards reducing gang violence and shootings plaguing the city.

Eight shootings occurred in Fresno the week before the gang operation began, including a gang-related shooting that critically injured an 8-year-old girl.  During the 5-day sweep, 153 felony arrests and the seizure of 19 illegal firearms were made, the Fresno Police Department said.

More details of Eureka’s raid are expected to be made by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office once they are made available, officials said.  The Times-Standard will have more information regarding the incident in their forthcoming story.


The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office issued their press release just a few moments ago:

fresno badge“On 03-20-2013, the Eureka Police Department was contacted by Fresno Police Department regarding two wanted suspects that were believed to be hiding out in the City of Eureka.  Fresno Police Detectives told Eureka Police Detectives they had arrest warrants for the two males in connection with a recent shooting in Fresno.

The warrants were both for assault with a firearm and conspiracy to commit a crime.  The bail on the arrest warrants was for two million dollars. Fresno Police told Eureka Police both suspects were validated gang members, had violent pasts, and were considered to be armed and dangerous.

Eureka Police immediately began working with Fresno to locate both suspects.

Local law enforcement agencies were notified the suspects could be in the area.  Fresno Police and Eureka Police were able to locate the suspects staying in a residence in the 900 block of O st, Eureka.

Eureka Police with the assistance of Fresno Police were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence the suspects were believed to be in. Fresno Police immediately dispatched three detectives to Eureka, arriving on 3-21-2013.

Due to the suspect’s violent history, the likelyhood of being armed, and the type of arrest warrants issued, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Interagency SWAT team (the Sheriff’s Office and Eureka Police), and the Sheriffs Office Crisis Negotiation Team, were activated.

On 03-22-2013 at 7:00 a.m., officers and deputies from Eureka Police, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshalls Office, Bureau of Land Management, Humboldt County District Attorney Investigators and Humboldt County Drug Task Force blocked off the area around the suspects location and evacuated nearby neighbors.  The SWAT team was deployed while this was occurring.

fresno policeBoth suspects were then called out of the residence and surrendered immediately to the SWAT Team.  No one was injured.

Fresno Police has requested the names of the suspects be withheld along with their booking photos.  They are still actively investigating their case.

The suspects, both in their 20’s, reside in Fresno and were booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on their arrest warrants. Eureka Police and Fresno Detectives searched the residence the suspects were staying in, pursuant to the search warrant.”

UPDATE II, March 25:

mug shotsThe Fresno Bee named two suspects arrested in Eureka on Friday in connection with a gang-related shooting two weeks ago in Fresno, the Times-Standard reported.

Reginald Taylor, 28, and Abel Price, 21, both of Fresno, were arrested in the early morning raid on the 900 block of O Street.

According to Fresno Police Department Lt. Mark Salazar, the two men were wanted
in connection with a shooting that left a woman
with severe injuries.

Salazar, a homicide and robbery unit commander, said both men are known gang members with criminal records and Fresno detectives were able to trace the men back to the O Street residence based on a tip.

UPDATE III:  More Details Emerge of Friday’s ‘O’ Street SWAT Raid

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Photo from the Times-Standard Facebook page.

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Humboldt Crime and Skullduggery


The Beat Goes On


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel




scam block

Eureka– On 3/20/13, the Eureka Police Department received a report of a computer-related scam that’s now affecting some local residents. Victims are reporting a pop-up message that appear on their personal computer and is purportedly from the “Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Division.”

The message, which appears to be a form of malware/virus known as “ransomware,” states: “The work of your computer has been suspended on the grounds of the violation of the law of the United States of America.”

It further declares, “This computer has been blocked.”

The message remains locked in the front of one’s screen and the user is unable to close it or access other programs.  It essentially freezes the computer.  The message instructs the user that to “unlock” the computer they are “obliged to pay a fine of $300.00.”  It further states they must pay this fine through “MoneyPak” within 48 hours by using Green Dot MoneyPak that’s available through Walmart, Kmart, Rite Aid and other major retailers.

If the fine has not been paid, it threatens the user will become the subject of criminal prosecution without the right to pay the fine.  The warning asserts once you pay the “fine” your computer will be unblocked.  The “fine” is paid by entering your $300.00 MoneyPak code into a box on the pop-up warning screen and clicking ok.

The warning screen is very convincing with logos from Homeland Security as well as major retailers such as Walmart.  Walmart and the other retailers are not associated with this scam.  Alternate versions of this same scam may use the FBI’s logo.

scamAnyone receiving this message should not enter a MoneyPak code or any other payment method into the screen.  Users should file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at:


Additional information concerning this scam may be found at the following Internet links:





Mr. Ross

Mr. Ross

Fortuna– On March 20, 2013 at about 07:30 am, officers of the Fortuna Police Department served a search warrant on a residence located in the 2300 block of Newburg Road.

During the execution of the warrant officers located over:

  • 12 grams of suspected methamphetamine packaged for sale
  • Additional packaging materials
  • A digital scale and $3,000 in US currency

Phillip Allen Ross (50) of Fortuna was arrested on the following charges:

· HS 11379: Possession of controlled substance for sale
· HS 11377: Possession of controlled substance.
· HS 11364: Possession of drug paraphernalia
· HS 11366.5 Maintaining a drug house

Mr. Hutchins

Mr. Hutchins

James Eugene Hutchins (52) of Fortuna was arrested on the following charges:

· HS 11364: Possession of drug paraphernalia
· PC 1203.2 Probation violation

Both Ross and Hutchins were transported to the Humboldt County Jail where they were booked without further incident.




BrinsonFortuna– On March 20, 2013 at about 2:00 am, a Vancil Street resident reported that he believed someone had just taken several items from his vehicle. While officers were in the area, the initial victim re-contacted the department to report that he had seen a white two-door older model car in the area which he did not recognize.

Officers continued to search for the vehicle and at about 2:30 am, a sergeant observed a vehicle matching the description leaving the area.  Based on the information received as well as several observed vehicle code violations, an enforcement stop was conducted in the area of Main Street and Harlan Way.

The occupants of the vehicle were identified as 25-year-old Edward Brinson Jr. of Eureka, and a 15-year-old male of Eureka.

burglarUpon further investigation, officers observed burglary tools and suspected stolen property in the back seat of the vehicle and determined that Brinson was on Felony Probation for Possession of Stolen Property and had an extensive history of theft related convictions.

Brinson and the minor were both taken into custody.  During a search of Brinson’s person, he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Mr. Brinson was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked on the following charges:

- Petty Theft with a Prior
- Grand Theft
- Possession of Burglary Tools
- Possession of Stolen Property
- Possession of Methamphetamine
- Violation of Probation
- Vandalism

big glassesThe minor was transported to Humboldt County Juvenile Hall and booked on the following charges:

- Grand Theft
- Possession of Burglary Tools
- Possession of Stolen Property
- Possession of Concentrated Cannabis

Currently, the department has identified eight victims all of which reside in the northern portion of Fortuna.

The Fortuna Police Department is asking that any additional victims or witnesses contact the department at 707-725-7550.



sovereignEureka– On 3-18-13, at about 3:30 pm, an officer with the Eureka Police Department received a tip about a male subject passed out inside a white van parked on the 1500 block of 2nd Street, Eureka.   The officer responded to the location and located the white Chrysler van in the parking lot of the apartment building there.

The officer approached the van and observed a male subject, later identified as Michael Edward Sovereign, slumped over in the driver’s seat.  Nodding off.  Again.

The officer woke Sovereign who stated he was “just taking a nap.”  A records check revealed Sovereign was on formal felony probation for possession of a controlled substance.  His probation terms included submitting to search and seizure. 

During a subsequent search of Sovereign’s person pursuant to his probation conditions, the officer located a baggie containing approximately 12.3 grams (nearly ½ ounce) of crystal methamphetamine. 

napThe officer then conducted an additional probation search at Sovereign’s nearby apartment.  Inside Sovereign’s room, the officer located a realistic air soft pistol with its safety markings removed, drug use paraphernalia (glass meth pipe), and a hockey puck-sized piece of suspected concentrated cannabis/hash (approximately 41.2 grams or 1 ½ ounces). 

Sovereign, age 67 of Eureka, was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of a controlled substance and probation violation.




NSMITFortuna– Six people were arrested, assault rifles were seized, and thousands of marijuana plants were uprooted Wednesday after a three-year investigation by a state drug task force uncovered a pot-trafficking ring, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

Michelle Gregory, a California Department of Justice spokeswoman, said North State Marijuana Investigation Team (MSMIT) agents served 12 search warrants in the Rio Dell, Fortuna and Bridgeville areas of Humboldt County, and also in the cities of San Francisco and Sonoma.

Investigators from state and local law enforcement agencies found 2,896 plants, 400 hundreds pounds of processed pot, 44 weapons, 15 high-capacity magazines, 2 ounces of cocaine, 2 ounces psychedelic mushrooms and $74,000 in cash.

The pot was being sold illegally on the street throughout the United States.  “We have shut down an illegal, multi-state operation,” California Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement.

NSMIT2Eric Sordal, 31, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, marijuana cultivation and possession of assault weapons.

Also arrested were:

  • Jamie Gilbert, 35
  • Scott Moore, 31
  • Emory Ayers, 64
  • Shawn Mitten, 35
  • Alvin Machado, 27

They were being held on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale and other charges.

Officials said two additional warrants were served at a Coldwell Banker office and a Fortuna storage unit.

donutIn 2010, NSMIT agents received a tip and launched an investigation.  The DOJ task force was assisted by a gaggle of agencies– …almost everyone EXCEPT the Donut Police.

The participating law organizations were:  the Alcohol Beverage Control, California Highway Patrol, Central Valley Marijuana Investigation Team, DEA, Eureka Police Department, Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team, Siskiyou County-wide Interagency Narcotic Task Force, and Trinity County Sheriff’s Office.

That’s a whole lotta folks, folks.



fair1Ferndale– You might recall our previous story on the alleged Brown Act violations by the Humboldt County Fair Board.

Now another member of the Humboldt County Fair Board has resigned from his position, as controversy continues with fair management, and a looming grand jury investigation into the board’s actions.  Two board members have been subpoenaed by the Grand Jury, and possibly more.  And they’re not talking about it, either.
Humboldt County Fair Director Ken Christen announced his resignation “effective immediately” in a formal letter to the board, stating, “I can no longer support the current board and the path they have chosen to take regarding the fair manager and the direction in which the fair is headed.”
horsieChristen added a thank you to Stuart Titus for his 22 years of work with the fair.  It was the non-renewal of Titus’ contract that sparked controversy and investigation into the board.  Don Becker and John Burger resigned from the fair board in early February.
The remaining members– those still standing and present, that is– are set to meet in a regularly scheduled session on Monday.

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Arrested Development


Flee and Spree Leads to SoHum Chase and Arrest


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


From the HCSO:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Suddenly Disconnected


10,000 Suddenlink Customers Affected by Latest Vandalism Incident This Morning


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The mysterious fiber-optic pirate has struck again,
this time severing Suddenlink’s cable, phone, and
Internet lines to parts of Northern Humboldt County
affecting 10,000 residential and business customers.

It is the fourth incident of vandalism in less than one week.  Despite a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Suddenlink’s serial slasher, the malicious slicing and dicing mayhem continues unabated throughout the County with the recent cutting of more fiber-optic lines early this morning.

Suddenlink Director of Operations Wendy Purnell said in a prepared statement today:

06-MS-147.RAMSlogo_ASuddenlink fiber-optic cable was cut in multiple locations early this morning in what appear to be further acts of vandalism.

We have again contacted the Sheriff’s Department and are offering a $5,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible individuals. Our technicians have been dispatched to the damaged areas and are in the process of restoring service.

The cuts affected service for about 10,000 customers in Big Lagoon, Trinidad, Big Lagoon, McKinleyville, Fieldbrook and parts of Arcata.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience, are working to restore service as soon as possible, and are supporting local law enforcement in their efforts to stop these crimes.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the multiple incidents that have caused upwards of $30,000 in damages and lost revenues to thousands of customers throughout Humboldt.  Suddenlink ground crews have been struggling to restore service to thousands of exasperated customers who found themselves suddenly and abruptly disconnected without warning.

cutting cableThe unknown saboteur has been deviously consistent in damaging and knocking out residential and business service.  He seems to know exactly where to strike, how to enter the secure underground vaults where the fiber-optic lines are, and identifying the appropriate lines to cut.

On Monday night he took out a four-foot section of Suddenlink’s line in Ferndale.  The previous Friday he struck twice in the Trinidad and Ferndale areas disrupting service.

HCSO’s Lt. Wayne Hanson said, “This is not a random act of violence.  Someone knows what they’re doing,” he told the
Times-Standard news yesterday.

cable guy“This could have been a former employee, an angry customer—we’re looking at all angles,” Hanson said.

Whoever it is, they have some misdirected anger and a serious grudge going on.  They also have more than a few screws and electrical  connections loose upstairs.  Not the brightest light in the socket, they’re a few bits shy of a byte and obviously played too much without a helmet.  Or stuck fingers in the outlet when the babysitter wasn’t looking.


The Sheriff’s Office is requesting that anyone with information about this case to call the HCSO at 445-7251, or the anonymous tip line at 268-2539.

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All in the Family


Mushrooms, Weed, Hash, and Two Pounds of Meth Seized in Family Bust


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


On March 7th at approximately 9:40 p.m., the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Humboldt County
Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, and the Eureka
Police Department arrested John Arthur Moreno, age 37 and
from Eureka, for transporting over 2 whopping pounds of crystal
methamphetamine in his vehicle.

crystal meth1After a two month long methamphetamine investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, officers obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for Moreno’s vehicle and residence.

Moreno was located traveling southbound US Highway 101 near McKinleyville in his vehicle. Officers conducted a traffic stop and detained Moreno and his 21-year-old daughter, Amanda Brooke Cranston, the driver of the vehicle.

Officers also served a search warrant at Moreno’s residence, located in the 1800 block West Avenue in Eureka.  Officers located Moreno’s 16-year-old son in the residence by himself.

When officers searched Moreno’s vehicle they located over two pounds of crystal meth concealed in a television in the rear of the vehicle.

The street value of the meth is approximately $80,000 dollars.

When officers searched Moreno’s residence, they found and seized 326 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 10 inches to 3 feet in height.  Officers seized approximately 3 pounds of dried marijuana and a small amount of marijuana hash.

mentosOfficers also located evidence of a butane hash lab in the house.  In addition to the weed and hash, officers seized about ½ of a pound of Psilocybin mushrooms as well as a loaded handgun from the residence.

During their investigation, officers learned that Moreno’s 16-year-old son was making marijuana hash in the residence.  Officers arrested Moreno’s son for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.  Mr. Moreno Jr. was transported to the Humboldt County Juvenile Hall.

dirty riding and jesusJohn Moreno was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for:

  • Possession for sales and transportation of methamphetamine
  • Felony child endangerment
  • Being armed in commission of a felony
  • Manufacturing of a butane hash lab

Mr. Moreno’s bail was set at $500,000.

family drugsMs. Cranston, his daughter, was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail for Possession for Sales and Transportation of Methamphetamine. Her bail was set at $75,000 dollars.

This investigation is being sent to Humboldt County Child Welfare Services, the HCDTF said in their release, and the case is still under investigation.

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clean houseWe don’t know where Ms. Moreno was during all this family hoopla.

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Crime Marches On


Crime Reports Throughout Humboldt County

–Scoundrels and Skullduggery Abound–


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Fortuna Traffic Stop Leads to Ecstasy and Weed Bust

On March 5, 2013 at about 11:50 p.m., a Sergeant with the
Fortuna Police Department located a vehicle traveling south-
bound on South Fortuna Boulevard without tail lights.


Mr. Mcintyre

Upon conducting a traffic stop, the Sergeant detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  The driver, Kaine Mcintyre, age 20, of Arcata, related that he had a medical recommendation for the use of marijuana but alas– it was determined to be expired.

Upon a search of the vehicle, several bags of marijuana packaged for sale were located along with more than 80 tablets of MDMA– also known as Ecstasy. Mcintyre was subsequently taken into custody.

While on scene, the passenger was contacted and identified himself as 18-year-old “Johnny Adams” of Arcata.  Or so the knucklehead said.

During the investigation, officers determined that he was providing a false name and his true name was David Mark Lamb, age 24, of Sonora.  Mr. Lamb was found to have an active “No Bail” felony warrant in Calaveras County for Petty Theft with a prior, Fraud, and Resisting Arrest.

Mr. Mcintyre was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility
on the following charges:


Mr. Lamb

Health & Safety §11377 – Possession of a controlled substance
• H&S 11359 – Possession of marijuana for sale
• H&S 11360 – Transportation of marijuana
• H&S 11357 – Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana
• H&S 11378 – Possession of a controlled substance for sale
• H&S 11379 – Transportation of a controlled substance
• Penal Code 148(a) – Obstructing / Resisting or delaying a peace officer

Mr. Lamb was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges:

• Penal Code §148.9 – Providing a false name to a peace officer
• No Bail Warrant (Calaveras County)


Fast Feet and Warrants Lands One in the Pokey

licking feetOn March 5th at approximately 10 in the morning, an officer with the Fortuna Police Department contacted Jacob Hines, age 27, of Fortuna, near the intersection of Ninth and K Street in Fortuna.

Upon advisement that he was being placed under arrest for his outstanding warrants, Hines elected to evade arrest by fleeing the area on foot.

After a search that spanned over two blocks and lasting only a few minutes, the evasive Mr. Hines was located and arrested in a resident’s garage a block away from the initial contact.

Due to the initial contact being in close proximity to the Fortuna Middle School and school officials witnessed the subject flee from officers, staff elected to place the school in lockdown status to ensure the safety of the students.  The lockdown was lifted moments later when Hines was taken into custody for impersonating a dimwit.

Mr. Hines was booked into the Humboldt County Jail on the following charges;

• Warrant: Violation of a Court Order
• Warrant: Grand Theft
• Warrant: Trespassing
• PC 148(a): Resists Police Officer


A Boris in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

birdsOn March 4th, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) conducted narcotic enforcement in the Old Town area of Eureka.

During the operation, Boris Lee Valentine, age 45, was spotted driving a GMC SUV near 4th and ‘N’ streets.  A traffic stop was conducted at 2nd and ‘Q’ streets, resulting in Valentine’s arrest for an outstanding felony warrant.

Valentine had two passengers in his vehicle at the time of his arrest: Selena Ranney, 29, and Casey Hunter, 31.

As a result of the EPD detective’s investigation, Ranney was taken into custody for Possession of a Dirk or Dagger, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Probation Violations.  Hunter was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

We’re unsure exactly where the Probation Officer was during all the excitement.  We think shopping for Tater Tots at Winco.

All three subjects were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility by EPD.


Another Bird in the Hand is Worth Three in the Bush

snitchOn March 5th, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) were conducting narcotics enforcement in the 1100 block of 5th St in Eureka.

During their investigation, Dennis Burriesci, age 45, was contacted in the parking lot of a motel at this location.

Burriesci led the detectives back to his room, where three other subjects were contacted.

 As a result of the investigation:

funny picBurriesci was arrested for Possession of Heroin–9 grams– and Probation Violations.  His Probation Officer was AWOL during the arrest, chowing down some fiery kung pao chicken chow mein at China Buffet.

Thomas Applewhite, age 18, was arrested for Possession of Heroin (3 grams), Illegal Possession of Prescription Medication, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana.

Michael Plowright, 49, and Brandy Tritchler, 31, were both arrested for outstanding warrants.

All four subjects were transported and booked into the Humboldt Hilton Salmon Slammer for the above listed charges.

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


Speedball on Two Wheels

bicycleOn March 4th at about 1:10 pm, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) were conducting narcotic enforcement in the Old Town area of Eureka.  During the investigation, Cynthia Sue Bryson was spotted riding a bicycle– her war pony– near 3rd and ‘L’ streets.

An enforcement stop was conducted on Bryson, age 41, who is on probation.  During a search of Bryson, detectives located 5.4 grams of heroin, .4 grams of methamphetamine, and a digital gram scale.

Ms. Bryson was taken into custody and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for Possession of Heroin for Sale, Possession of Methamphetamine and Transportation of Narcotics.

We don’t know what happened to her trusty heroin steed– or the Probation Officer nodding off in a comfy chair with the phone on hold. 


Scoundrels and Drug Skullduggery

got everythingOn March 6th, at about 9:39 AM, an officer with the Eureka Police Department (EPD) on uniformed patrol saw a male and female walking together on the 200 block of West Grant Street.

The officer recognized the female, Heather Irene Fontaine, from numerous prior contacts with her.  Truth be told, everyone knows Heather.

The officer stopped to speak with the subjects.

As the officer exited his patrol car, the male subject walked behind a nearby parked van in an apparent attempt to conceal contraband from him.  The officer heard the sound of an object striking the pavement.

fontaine and ridleyWhen the officer approached the male, later identified as Steven Michael Ridley, he saw a small circular case in a puddle of water on the asphalt beside the van’s rear tire.  When asked if he had just dropped something, Ridley replied that he’d just found the item and didn’t know what it was.

While the officer was speaking with Ridley, Fontaine stated she had warrants.  Fontaine and Ridley were subsequently detained by officers.  A records check confirmed Fontaine had multiple warrants for her arrest.  Ridley was also on formal probation with search and seizure conditions.

Inside the case Ridley had discarded, officers located 10 ½ grams of crystal methamphetamine.  A digital gram scale was also found on top of one of the van’s tires.

During a search of Ridley’s person, officers located a large fixed blade knife which was completely concealed under his clothing.

Mr. Ridley, age 27 of Eureka, was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a concealed dirk or dagger, and probation violation.  His Probation Officer was nowhere to be found at the time of his search, seizure, and arrest.  This isn’t unusual.  We suspect he was having a bagel with a schmeer in the company break room.  That’s usual.

som3A familiar face to both police and the resident junkies, Ms. Fontaine, age 28 of Eureka, was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for her 8 misdemeanor and felony warrants.

Always at death’s doorstep and datin’ Satan, we hope Ms. Fontaine will dry out with three hots and a cot for a few weeks or more.


Stolen Property Recovered; Arrest Made by HCSO

burglar2On 03-04-2013, approximately 4:45 p.m., deputies contacted Travis J. Sovereign, 35-years-old, at his residence in the 1000 block of M street, Eureka.

Deputies conducted a parole search of his residence and located some of the stolen property taken in a West End Road burglary.  Deputies also responded to another residence in the 1600 block of 2nd street, Eureka after learning property may be located there.

Between the two locations deputies recovered approximately twenty bottles of fine wine, serving pitchers, collectible baskets, a lap top computer, several
collectible vinyl records, coats, jackets, collectible figurines
and silverware which were stolen from the West End Road

Deputies also recovered twelve fishing poles that had been reported stolen from an unrelated burglary that occurred in Blue Lake.

Mr. Sovereign was arrested for possession of stolen property and parole violation.  We have no idea where his Parole Agent was when all this went down.  We think in the Safeway bakery aisle looking for sticky buns with pecans.

Mr. Sovereign was unceremoniously transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he is being held without bail.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office.  This is an ongoing investigation with additional property missing.  Additional suspects are waiting to be identified and duly fingered, the HCSO said.



Alleged Burglar Sought in Arcata

dickinsonOn March 5th, investigators from the Arcata Police Department received information regarding the identity of an individual believed to be responsible for numerous burglaries in the Sunny Brae area over the past months.

Through the course of the investigation, 36-year-old Timothy Dickinson of Arcata was identified by witnesses as burglarizing a home in Sunny Brae.

Dickinson’s vehicle, a 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada– Ca Lic # 6MKD992– has been identified by additional witnesses.

better stuffIt appears his vehicle has been seen leaving the scene of several burglaries.

A search warrant was served at Dickinson’s residence, but Dickinson has not been located.  Local law enforcement agencies have been alerted and are on the lookout for Dickinson, APD said.

The neighbors are pissed.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Dickinson is encouraged to call the Arcata Police Department (707)822-2428.

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We’re finding old criminals never really die, they just steal away.

choco bar

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Monday Follies


A Useless and Clueless Life Is An Early Death”
~Johann Goethe


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


‘I Was Only Joking’

On 3-1-2013, approximately 7:15 p.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies met with a female who was identified as Monica Jung Bresee, 29 years old, from Eureka, at the Sheriff’s Office.

Bresee came into the Sheriff’s Office after learning a video of her attempting to rob Fairway market was on the news.  Bresee told the investigating deputy she was the person on the video and admitted to telling the clerk she was robbing him, but said it was a joke.

A few Froot Loops shy of a bowl, Bresee was arrested for attempted robbery of Fairway Market, Eureka.

Deputies had also been looking for Bresee from an incident which occurred on 02-26-2013, approximately 4:00 p.m. at a residence in the 2200 block of Wycliff Lane, Eureka.

Bresee was wanted for driving her 1988 Toyota into the garage door of the residence of her ex-boyfriend during an argument and driving away.  The garage sustained over $2,000 in damage.

Bresee was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional facility on charges of attempted robbery, felony vandalism, violation of a court order and hit and run.  Her bail was set at $75,000, a little bit higher than what 20-watt dim bulbs usually go for.


Jail Assault

never dont give upOn Friday March 1, 2013 at approximately 7:40 p.m. Correctional Officers responded to an assault within the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Officers were summoned by an inmate to check the welfare of another inmate who was injured.  Officers arrived on scene and found a 37 year old male with numerous injuries to his face and head.  After a brief investigation it was determined the inmate was the victim of an assault.  The victim had been in custody for one day on a charge of violation of parole.
Officers spoke with inmates in the immediate area to determine what happened.  Inmate Christopher Lee Kasavich, age 32 of Eureka, stepped forward and identified himself as the person responsible for the assault.

Kasavich told officers that he and the victim had previous issues prior to coming to jail and he assaulted the victim because of the previous disagreement they had.

kasavichKasavich was in custody for a felony possession of stolen property and has also been booked on California Penal Code Section 243(d), Battery with Serious Bodily Injury, a felony.  Strong like bear, smart like tractor, and a  twist short of a real stinky, his bail was set at $50,000 on the new charge.
The victim was transported to St. Joseph Hospital where he received initial treatment for multiple fractures of the jaw.  Because of the extent of the injuries he sustained he was flown to an out of area hospital.  He is expected to recover from those injuries.
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.


Caught In the Act Of Stripping

eyes closedOn 03-02-2013, two Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff’s were patrolling in the area behind the Ricks Avenue Apartments in Fairhaven, when they saw a black Ford Mustang parked on New Navy Base Road near where previously located stolen vehicles were found in the sand dunes.

Mr. Youravish

Mr. Youravish

The deputies contacted a passenger in the vehicle identified as JD Michael Youravish, 27 years old from Eureka.

While speaking with him, he told the deputies the car he was in belonged to a guy named Zach who left walking towards the sand dunes.  A check on the Mustang’s license revealed the owner was Zachary Scott, who was on felony probation with a search clause. 

One of the deputies walked into the sand dunes to locate Scott.

While doing so, the deputy saw the previously stolen blue Nissan Truck which had been stripped of its tires and several other items.  The owner of the truck had been working to have it removed by a friend or a tow company and had hoped to
have it removed by March 3, 2103.

Mr. Scott

Mr. Scott

As the deputy walked in the direction of the truck he heard noises coming from the truck.  The deputy located Scott in the process of stripping the seats out of the truck.  Scott was arrested for tampering with a motor vehicle.

When the deputy returned to the Mustang and joined the other deputy, they told Youravish and Scott they were going to search the Mustang per Scott’s probation.  Youravish then told the deputies he had some credit cards he found and also hid his drug paraphernalia in the car.

Deputies located several credit cards in Youravish’s possession, one of which was confirmed reported stolen.  The victim told the deputies his credit cards and wallet were in his car when it was stolen.  One of the cards in Youravish’s possession was from that car.

sharp signYouravish told the deputies he found the stolen items on the ground in Henderson Center.  Youravish was arrested for possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of stupidity.  His bail was set at $25,000.

Scott was arrested for tampering with a vehicle and violation of probation.  He was booked and released.

If stupid were a talent, they both would be considered gifted.

As if you didn’t know by now, 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.


Multiple Crimes, One Couple

stupidOn 3-2-2013, approximately 5:45 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Blue Lake Casino Security regarding a suspicious truck parked in their parking lot.

Security reported a white 1997 Ford Ranger had arrived at the Casino about 1:30 a.m. on 03-02-2013, and both front side windows were broken.  The people who had been around the vehicle had left and the truck was left unoccupied.  The Casino Security attempted to find the registered owner of the vehicle and determined they were not a patron.  They also attempted to call the registered owner and were not able to make contact with him.

The deputy examined the vehicle and saw there was glass covering the front seats.  The deputy drove to the registered owners address in the 7000 block of West End Road, Arcata, and saw several exterior doors to the residence were open.  The interior of the home appeared to be ransacked.

Deputies found a crowbar in the home which appeared to have been used to force entry into the home.  Multiple doors had been forced open.  Deputies were able to contact the owner of the residence who was out of the area.

The owner told the deputies there was a BMW 321i that should have been parked at the home. Deputies discovered that vehicle was also stolen. Deputies had dispatch broadcast that the BMW was stolen to local law enforcement and entered it into the Stolen Vehicle System.

test your stupidity2On 3-3-2013, deputies were notified by a friend of the victim that was checking on the home that the home had been broken into again, and additional items were stolen including a washer and dryer.  It appeared the suspects had returned to the residence overnight.

Deputies responded again to the residence and observed fresh entry damage to the home that had been secured since the last burglary.  An apartment on the property had also been broken into.

On 03-03-2013, approximately 11:15 p.m. a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy spotted the stolen BMW in the McDonalds parking lot in the 1700 block of Fourth Street in Eureka.

Deputies arrested Harley Wayne Hammers Jr., 36-years-old from McKinleyville, and Shavonne Patricia Pratt (aka Shavonne Hammers), 34-years-old from Lakeport.

stupidityNot the sharpest tools in the shed, Mr. Hammers and Ms. Pratt were both arrested for possession of stolen property and possession of illicit drugs.  Mr. Hammers was also arrested on outstanding arrest warrants for possession of illicit drugs and being so dense light bends around him.

Ms. Pratt was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional facility and released on her own recognizance.  Mr. Hammers, the scoundrel that he is, was held on $105,000 bail.

This case is still an active investigation and more suspects are being identified.  Blue Lake Casino Security is assisting with the investigation by providing and reviewing video tapes. 


Stupid is as stupid does.

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All The News That Exactly Fits


“I read about eight newspapers in a day.  When I’m in a town with only one newspaper, I read it eight times.”

~Will Rogers


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Fairway Market Robbery

 On 02-28-2013, approximately 8:50 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an attempted robbery at the Fairway Market, 590 Herrick Avenue in Eureka.

openWhen deputies arrived the clerk told the deputies a female entered the market at approximately 8:30 p.m. and stood near the front door of the store.   As soon as the clerk finished with a customer at the cash register, the female walked over to the counter and told the clerk, “Give me all your money or I will roll you”, while keeping both hands in her pocket.

The female repeated the demand for the money several more times.  No weapon was displayed.

Additional customers entered the store and the clerk told the female he was calling 911.  The female then told the clerk, “Go back to your own country”, and left the store.

The suspect left without obtaining any money and was last seen on foot, heading towards Meyers Avenue.  

 Deputies checked the area and were unable to locate the suspect.  The suspect is described as follows: White female adult, approximately mid 30’s, 5’3” to 5’6” in height, wearing glasses, dark pants, white shirt, dark coat or sweatshirt with a hood. 

 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.


Eureka High School Student Hit by Reckless and Intoxicated Driver

rear viewA Eureka High School Student was thrown across an intersection after being hit by an impaired driver yesterday.

The accident happened at the intersection of “I” and Del Norte streets, near Eureka High School, around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Eureka Police said an officer witnessed the crash.  They said the unidentified student, who was in a cross walk, was hit when the driver recklessly passed several other cars before hitting the student.

The victim was conscious when medical personnel arrived but said she couldn’t remember details of the crash.  She was taken to St. Joseph Hospital.

After field sobriety tests were taken, EPD said the driver, identified as Cheyanne Samson, 23, of McKinleyville, was arrested for DUI causing serious injury.  Marijuana and a pipe were found during a search of her car.

EPD believes Samson was under the influence of a controlled substance and has been jailed for the crash.  The victim was taken to St. Joseph Hospital.


Missing Man Found Deceased

panutsosYesterday, March 1 at approximately 12:15 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a citizen that they located a male, believed to be missing person Jeffrey Panutsos in the woods near Redwood Fields.  the 20-year-old Panutsos was deceased.

Deputies responded to the scene and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office was notified.  It appeared that Panutsos’ injuries were self inflicted.


Wayne Bare Trucking Abruptly Lays Off Workforce

wayne bareThe Wayne Bare Trucking Company has laid-off its workforce of dozens of truckers Friday.  It came somewhat as a suprise to workers.

Employees say they received two letters about their termination.  The first letter implied the business may close, while the second letter advised them of their benefits when their employment is terminated.

On Friday, March 1,  the company’s employee online scheduling site for informed the company’s truckers with a note thanking them for their service.  It seems they were abruptly out of work.

Wayne Bare Trucking had employed more than 60 local truckers.  Several were retained to help drive the company’s fleet of semi-trucks to a site where they will soon be auctioned off.

Owners of the local company could not be reached for further comment.  Employees say they have been talking with the local employment development department about their sudden layoffs and unemployment benefits.

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Eureka’s Hikshari Trail Grand Opening Today

hikshari trailA grand opening celebration of the Hikshari trail will be held from 2-4 p.m. today at the foot of Truesdale Avenue in Eureka, just south of the Bayshore Mall.
Grant money from Pacific Gas and Electric, California River and Parkways and the Coastal Conservancy funded the $1.7 million dollar project and construction began in 2011.
Event goers can hear speakers involved in the Elk River Trail project and enjoy food and drinks from local vendors.

If you haven’t seen it, the new trail is a beautiful gem and wonderful addition for Eureka and Humboldt County.  You can also catch some good food at nearby Shamus T-Bones barbecue place, a very nice and new restaurant.


Del Norte County Chief Probation Officer Returns to Work Amidst Embezzlement Charges

crowellAfter being arrested for embezzlement,  Del Norte County Chief Probation Officer Thomas Crowell has been reinstated to his position.

Crowell was put briefly on administrative leave after the charges surfaced.  Del Norte County Supervisors voted unanimously to reinstate Crowell yesterday until his criminal embezzlement case has been resolved.

In November, Crowell was arrested on suspicion of two counts of embezzlement after he allegedly stole $800 dollars from a bank account belonging to law enforcement administrators.

County officials say they reinstated Crowell because public funds are not involved, and the initial felony charges filed have been reduced to misdemeanors by the State Attorney General’s Office.

County officials say it’s likely that Crowell will return to work on Monday.


Bear River Endows HCSO with $300K

DowneyMembers of the Bear River Band of the Rhonerville Rancheria presented a check to Sheriff Mike Downey at the Tribal Office in Loleta to the tune of $300,000.

The money presented will fund a full time sheriff’s deputy to specifically patrol the Eel River Valley for the next two years.

The tribe will also be providing a substation for the Sheriff’s Office inside of the Tribal headquarters building.  Tribe members say activity around the casino provides an ‘increased risk’ for incidents and they want to help provide safety for their patrons and an extra deputy on patrol.


State Awards $1.75 Million to Humboldt Clean Energy Project

schatzThe Redwood Coast Energy Authorityand HSU Schatz Center received approval for a breakthrough biomass power project yesterday.

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority of Eureka is the proposed recipient of $1.75 million in state funding for a community-scale renewable energy implementation project that will include a biomass power system at Blue Lake Rancheria, community-wide energy upgrades, and electric vehicle infrastructure.

The contract for the project is expected to be signed in June.  The grant comes from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and is aimed at enabling local renewable resources to supply electricity at competitive rates.

The project stems from renewable energy planning recommendations in the “RePower Humboldt Strategic Plan” and was a joint effort of the Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) at Humboldt State University and the Energy Authority.

Ranked third among 30 submissions, the Energy Authority proposal is a collaboration among SERC, the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Government, and numerous other supporting project partners.

 duracell drinkComponents of the project include:

  • A renewable biomass gas-fuel cell combined heat and power system
  • Energy upgrades throughout the Mad River Valley region
  • Electric vehicle charging stations

The biomass power system will be sited at the Blue Lake Rancheria and has the potential to double the efficiency of generating electricity from biomass.  SERC will function as the engineering integrator for the biomass system.  SERC engineers have already pioneered advancements in hydrogen technology and fuel cells.

“We’re eager to work with our partners to bring this system
energy2on-line,” said Peter Lehman, Founding Director of SERC.  “It will pioneer a new way to make renewable hydrogen available to produce electricity with fuel cells cleanly and efficiently.”

The energy upgrade project component focuses on energy efficiency, solar energy systems, and heat pumps for residences and businesses, training for equipment technicians, and other initiatives for energy conservation throughout the Mad River Valley Community.

“It is exciting to be making significant progress toward the Tribe’s goal of exceeding California’s renewable energy standards,” commented Jana Ganion, Energy Director for the Blue Lake Rancheria, “and this type of system may fulfill the
energy needs of similar communities through local, renewable

The electric vehicle component will include installation of two charging stations within the Mad River Valley Community, and monitoring the performance of these stations over the course of one year.  This dovetails with other regional and state-level electric vehicle initiatives.


County Launches Online Discussion Forum:  Open Humboldt

internet dogHumboldt County launched Open Humboldt yesterday, an online platform designed to engage citizens in their input on a variety of topics and important County issues. To take part in the discussion, visit: www.co.humboldt.ca.us/openhumboldt.

County staff will read the statements from citizens and incorporate them into the decision-making process, empowering citizens by providing information on issues.

“We want the public to be part of the process,” said Board Chair Ryan Sundberg.  “This is an incredibly cost-effective way to empower residents to participate in County decisions from the privacy and convenience of their own home.”

The first topic on Open Humboldt asks: “How would you prioritize the County’s budget in fiscal year 2013-14?”  Citizens will have the opportunity to prioritize how County core services are restored or expanded.  The topic looks to expand on yesterday’s community budget meetings in which citizens, County staff, and the Board of Supervisors gathered at five sites around the county and discussed the upcoming fiscal year budget via live video conference.  You can check the topic out at the website listed above.

phone1“Many Humboldt County residents live in remote, rural areas. It can take up to two hours for some people to get to Eureka, which makes it difficult for them to have input into important decisions that affect them,” said Third District Supervisor Mark Lovelace.  “Open Humboldt provides an online forum to make it easier for rural residents to stay involved and have their voices heard.”

Peak Democracy, a non-partisan company based in the Bay Area, developed the online platform.  Their mission is to broaden civic engagement and build public trust in government. About 50 other cities and counties across the country are using their unique service.

There’s no word yet as to whether citizens can also comment on the General Plan Update, which is slowly sinking into yet another morass of catastrophic and opinionated proportions.

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Crime Never Sleeps


But We’d Like To:  Catching Up On The Reports


–And Supervisor Mark Lovelace Sounds Off About Planning Commissioner Lee Ulansey


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Knife-play on the Arcata Plaza by 18-Year-Old

plaza stabbingOn February 28, 2013 at approximately 8:49 pm, officers responded to the Arcata Plaza on the report of a subject that had just been stabbed.

Upon arrival to the area, officers located the victim lying on the sidewalk in the 900 block of H Street.  The victim was bleeding from multiple stab wounds to his right leg.

Arcata Fire Department and Arcata Mad River Ambulance were called to the scene.  The victim was transported to Mad River Community Hospital where he was treated and released.

While on scene, officers talked with witnesses and obtained a description of the suspect.  While on patrol in the Valley West area, the
suspect was located and detained in the parking lot at a local motel.
The suspect was subsequently identified by the victim.

Blake Broderick, 18 of Redlands, was booked into the Humboldt County
Correctional Facility for a violation of penal code section 245(a)(1), Assault
with a Deadly Weapon.


US Marshalls Arrest Two McKinleyville Men on Marijuana Conspiracy

crime duoTwo McKinleyville men were indicted by the United States Government, Thursday, February 28, after an FBI drug raid on their homes.

The suspects are Henry Anthony Combs and Gregory John Harris.  Combs and Harris were arrested and taken into custody by the US Marshals Office on Wednesday.  The Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted the Drug Enforcement Agency and FBI in searching their homes on Hiller Road in McKinleyville and Johnson Lane in Fieldbrook.
The indictment comes from a District Court out of Billings, Montana.  Law enforcement would not release what was found in the raid or why it involves Montana, but the allegedly criminal duo have been charged with conspiracy and intent to distribute marijuana.

They have both pleaded not guilty. Federal Judge Nandor Vadas released them both on $100,000 bond.
Law enforcement say Combs and Harris’ charges were unsealed in their indictment, but there are other people involved– and the case is ongoing.


42 Pounds of Weed, 1 1/2 Ounces of Meth

From the Eureka Police Department: 
LopezOn 02/27/2013, a detective with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of 7th and ‘B’ Streets in Eureka.

As a result of the enforcement stop Gilberto Farias Lopez (age 25) was arrested for Driving on a Suspended License, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Marijuana.

Information gathered from the traffic stop led to a search warrant service at Lopez’s residence in the 6700 block of Harrison Street in Fields Landing.

During a search of the residence, detectives located additional methamphetamine and marijuana. At the conclusion of the investigation,
detectives seized a sizable 42 pounds of processed Marijuana and 1.6 ounces
of methamphetamine.
EPD asks that 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.  


McKinleyville Gas, Cash, and Grab

HCSO badgeOn 2-27-13 at about 3 in the morning, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported burglary at the 76 Gas Station in the 2600 block of Central Avenue, McKinleyville.

Sheriff’s units arrived within minutes and learned from the clerk that an unknown suspect had entered the gas station through a backdoor and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the register before fleeing out the front door.  At the time of the burglary the clerk was outside in front of the business and saw the suspect flee.

The suspect was last seen running westbound on Reasor Road from Central

Deputies checked the area and did not locate the suspect.  The business was open at the time of the theft.

The suspect is described as a:

  • Male (unknown age or race)
  • Approximately 5’4, 150 lbs
  • Wearing a black hoodie, a ski mask, blue jeans, and black shoes with white trim

This investigation is on going and anyone with information is ask to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Tip Line at 707-268-2539.


Missing Person: Jeffrey Panutsos, 20, of Eureka

Updated Below:  Panutsos Found Deceased

panutsosOn 2-27-13 at about 1000 hours, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a concerned relative of Jeffrey Panutsos reporting him as a missing person.  The relative informed the Sheriff’s Office he was last seen on 2-26-13 at about 2:00 p.m., when he left for a walk in the 3200 block of Cedar Street in Eureka.

The sheriff’s office also learned that Panutsos frequently walks in the areas of Redwood Fields, Sequoia Park, and other forested areas surrounding these locations.  The relative is concerned because he suffers from unspecified medical conditions and for him to be gone overnight is unusual.

The sheriff’s office is asking the public’s help in locating Panutsos.  Panutsos is described as a:

  • White male, age 20
  • 6’2, 175-180 lbs.
  • Blond hair and green eyes

Panutsos was last seen wearing a green sweatshirt with “Humboldt” printed on the front, blue jeans, dark colored Van shoes and a black beanie cap.

Panutsos has been entered in the state missing persons’ database and other local law enforcement agencies have been alerted.


Officials have confirmed that a missing Eureka man Jeffrey Panutsos, 20, was unfortunately found deceased today, March 1, by members of a search party who went looking for him at Redwood Fields in Cutten around noon.  His death is being considered a suicide, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Tip Line 707-268-2539.


Sean Hawk Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ in Manslaughter Case

sean hawkSean Hawk has entered a not guilty plea on February 27 for the crash that left an Orleans man dead.

Hawk has been charged with Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence, with a special allegation that he fled the scene.

Mr. Hawk was on the run from law enforcement for about two weeks when the California Highway Patrol finally caught him in Siskiyou County on February 24th.

The CHP say Hawk is responsible for the crash that killed 25-year-old Virgil Martin as he was walking on Highway 96 in Orleans in mid-February.

Hawk’s bail has been set at $75,000 and he’s due to return
back to court in March to face the music. 


Supervisor Lovelace Delivers the Final E-Mail Diss to Lee Ulansey

rainy1If you’ve read this far, the Humboldt Sentinel thanks and salutes you!

OK, it’s not crime, felons, or their felonies.  It’s just an FYI thing that we expect to heat up as the General Plan Update slowly unravels before our eyes like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. 

An observant reader sent us this post blasted out by Supervisor Mark Lovelace regarding the controversial appointment of HumCPR Director Lee Ulansey to the Humboldt County Planning Commission.

We checked it out.  It’s bona-fide:

“I could not disagree more strongly with my Board’s choice for this appointment.

Mr. Ulansey is the President of an organization that describes itself as being at “war” with the County, and has backed that up by filing two lawsuits against the County over planning-related matters.

As a Planning Commissioner, he will hear recommendations from planning staff, whom he has repeatedly said cannot be trusted.  He will receive legal guidance from County Counsel, who he has accused of not following the law.  Where will he take his recommendations from?  Who will he turn to for legal counsel?

He has suggested that both Supervisor Fennell and I should recuse ourselves on any issue regarding the General Plan Update because of our involvement with interest groups prior to running for the Board.

Does that mean he should recuse himself, too?”

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Can’t we all just get along?  Have a good weekend, folks… Skips

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Thieves and Scoundrels


Four Reports of Humboldt Skullduggery


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


McKinleyville High Copper Wire Thieves:

Yesterday, February 25 at 1:30 p.m., the Humboldt County
stadiumSheriff’s Office received a call from McKinleyville High School reporting a theft of copper wire.

When the deputy responded to the High School, officials told the investigating deputy the unknown suspect(s) stole a large quantity of copper wire from the football stadium lights which are brand new.

The suspect(s) removed the access panels that exposed the conduit for the stadium lighting and removed it.

The high school is still evaluating the actual loss and wiredamage; however it is estimated to be at least $1000.00 in copper wire alone.

The suspects used a pulling object and hacksaw to remove the wire.  The cost of rewiring the football field could be extensive.

Officials told the deputy they believe the wire was removed on the night of February 21, 2013.

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.


Good Morning, Sunshine:

Arcata Police have arrested a women wanted on a burglary
warrant out of Redding.

Poor EricaErica Vancura was found sleeping in her car at the ‘Liquor Still’ parking lot off Giuntoli Lane Monday morning, February 25.

In her possession were medications that were reported stolen from a residential burglary that took place in Eureka, APD said.

Before searching her vehicle, police also found that she was wanted for a Redding burglary, too.

In addition to her Shasta County warrant, Ms. Vancura was also arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail for possession of stolen property, APD said.

Honey, we hope you can face the music and get into rehab before you wind up in prison.  Consider this a courtesy wake-up


Redcrest Marijuana Grow Investigation:

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

growingYesterday, February 25 at 1:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Community Response Unit served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant at the Englewood Industrial Park located at 26459 Highway 254–Avenue of the Giants– in Redcrest.

When deputies served the search warrant they located four marijuana grows inside buildings on the property.

Deputies seized three of the marijuana grows for a total of 839 marijuana plants which ranged in size from 2’ to 3’ tall.  One of the marijuana grows was determined to be medical marijuana and within state guidelines so it was not removed.

Deputies have identified suspects on the other grows and arrest warrants are being sought for their arrest for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.

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


Car Thieves:

car thiefOn Saturday, February 23 at approximately 11:30 a.m., a Eureka Police officer, who was operating a patrol unit outfitted with the Automated License Plate Reader, received a “stolen hit” on a vehicle, which was traveling north on “E” Street near Sonoma Street.

The officer broadcasted the information to other EPD Units and the vehicle was quickly located still traveling north on “E” Street.

A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle which failed to yield for several blocks while traveling at low speeds, but failing to stop at posted stop signs, and driving erratically.

The vehicle eventually pulled into a parking lot at the Eureka Inn and a high risk traffic stop was conducted.

The vehicle was occupied by two subjects, who were taken into custody without incident.

The driver, identified as Thomas Dale Applewhite– 18-years-old from Eureka– was arrested and booked at the Humboldt County Jail on charges of:

  • Possession of stolen property
  • Failure to yield
  • Driving under the influence of a controlled substance and or alcohol
  • Driving without a license
  • Probation violation

Applewhite was released from jail on a promise to appear later on this same date.

inmatesThe passenger, identified as Kristina Campos, 25-years-old, from Eureka, was arrested and booked on a violation of public intoxication.

The registered owner of the vehicle was contacted and their stolen vehicle was returned to them at the scene.


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Large Meth Bust in Seaside Trinidad


Three Arrested; Three Ounces of Methamphetamine and $7K Seized


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


On Friday, Februrary 22 at 9:45 a.m. a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy working patrol in Trinidad City limits stopped
a Grey 2005 Jeep Cherokee for a traffic violation– failure to
wear seatbelts– in the 200 block of Main Street in Trinidad.

meth pipeAfter the vehicle stopped, the HCSO deputy ran a wants and warrants check on the driver, identified as  Rachael Squire, aka Hardy, 21-years-old, from Eureka.

Ms. Squire-Hardy was driving on a suspended driver’s license and was on probation for drug possession with a search clause.  She also had a warrant out for her arrest for possession of stolen property.

The deputy also checked wants and warrants on the three passengers in the vehicle.

One of the passengers, Esteban Domingo Arredondo,
32-years-old from McKinleyville, had warrants for his arrest for
possession of illicit drugs and possession of stolen property.  He
was also on felony probation for burglary and drug possession with
a search clause.

meth pipe2Another female in the vehicle, Michelle Lynn McDaniel, 21-years-old from Eureka, had a warrant for her arrest for petty theft and three counts of possession of stolen property.

After arresting three of the four occupants of the vehicle, deputies conducted a probation search of the vehicle.  They located approximately 3 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, along with approximately $7,000.00 in cash.

Arrendondo, Squire and McDaniel were all arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, the HCSO said.

Esteban Domingo Arredondo was arrested for:

  • Warrants
  • Transportation of methamphetamine
  • Possession of methamphetamine for sale
  • Violation of probation
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Arredondo’s bail was set at $115,000.00.

dance skeletonRachel Squire aka Hardy was arrested for:

  • Transportation of methamphetamine
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Violation of probation

Her bail was set at $55,000.00.

Michelle Lynn McDaniel was arrested for transportation and possession for sale of methamphetamine.  She was booked and released on her own recognizance.

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

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Still more probationers running amok without supervision?  Good grief.

The Humboldt Sentinel has reported on over a hundred similar situations in the past year after we started paying attention, and noticing that there was something seriously wrong in our law enforcement system.

We noticed there’s a wide gaping black hole of criminal accountability where there shouldn’t be one.

failThe County Probation Department should start monitoring their clients, testing them, and actively supervising them per their court-ordered dispostions.  That’s their job and that’s what they get paid the Big Money for.

This is truly bordering between the negligent and the ridiculous and the inept as these repeated examples of probation fails are showing time and time again.

The community, its citizens, and law enforcement, deserve better.  Criminals, adjudicated by the Courts and given conditions of probation to avoid prison sentences, need to be held accountable and supervised.


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Attempted Murder in Petrolia


Landlords and Angry Tenants Don’t Mix


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday:

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

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

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

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

 The Sheriff’s Office reported today:

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

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

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

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

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

The victim and his vehicle were struck by the rounds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Racist Trio Assault Women and Boy in Ferndale


–Riverbar Fun Goes Sour–


Authorities Seek Felon Curtis Flowers After He Flees Hospital



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Remember when riverbar parties and bonfires involved
hanging out, playing guitars, roasting marshmallows–
and not beating the crap out of people?

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

bonfire2On Sunday, February 17 at approximately 1:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a citizen who reported three males were at a large party in the area of East Ferry Road in Ferndale and were assaulting several people.

Sheriff’s Deputies, California Highway Patrol officers, and Ferndale Police responded to the scene.  While deputies were enroute they were advised the three male suspects were attempting to leave the area in a dark colored KIA Rio.

A Ferndale Police Officer spotted the Kia SUV near
Fernbridge and stopped it.  Deputies and CHP officers
joined the Ferndale Officer and detained the three males
who were in the vehicle.

bridgeThe officers saw the occupants had fresh injuries to them.  They also showed signs of alcohol intoxication.  The officers could also see open alcoholic containers in the vehicle.

The three subjects were identified as:

  • Douglas Wayne Flowers, 43-years-old, and from Fortuna;
  • Curtis Flowers, 22-years-old, from Fortuna;
  • Christopher James Hanly, 23-years-old, from McKinleyville

All three men were were detained.  To note, Douglas Flowers is the father of Curtis Flowers; Curtis was the driver of the KIA Rio.  Medical personnel were requested to respond to the scene and treat them for their injuries.

Deputies then contacted witness and the victims.

They were told by the witness and victims that the Flowers and Hanly showed up at the party on the Ferndale River bar intoxicated.

The suspects shouted “White Pride”, as they walked around through
the crowd.  They were asked to calm down by party attendees; Curtis
Flowers started pushing people and challenging them to fight.

bonfire3An 18-year-old female attempted to leave the party in a Toyota Pickup truck
because of Curtis Flowers’ behavior.  As she got into the truck, Curtis Flowers
walked up to the truck and swung the truck door open.  In doing so, the door struck another 18-year-old female who was watching what was occurring and standing near the pickup truck.

When the female who was struck by the door made a comment about being struck by the door to Curtis Flowers, he punched her in the face with a closed fist.  When the injured female got back up, Douglas Flowers punched her in the face knocking her back to the ground.  The female immediately fell to the
ground a second time.

Meantime, the female who had been in the truck exited the truck to assist the assaulted and injured female.  She was punched in the face, too, which knocked her to the ground and unconscious.

A 16-year-old male was close by and came to both females’ aid.  He was was punched in the eye by Curtis Flowers.  Then all three suspects– Curtis Flowers, Douglas Flowers and Christopher Hanly– began punching him in the face after knocking him to the ground.

Deputies could see the 16-year-old’s eye was swollen almost shut.  One of the 18-year-old females received a broken jaw which required surgery at a local hospital.  The other female refused medical attention.

Curtis Flowers

Curtis Flowers

Curtis Flowers was transported by ambulance and admitted to Redwood Memorial Hospital for a cut on his neck; however he fled from the hospital the same day, February 17, at around 5:00 p.m.

Fortuna Police checked the area for him but were unable to locate him.  A ‘Be-on-The-Lookout’ was broadcast to local law enforcement for his apprehension.  Curtis Flowers is on State Parole for a conviction of Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  Now, he’s wanted for:

  • Assault Causing Great Bodily Injury
  • Driving under the Influence
  • Assault and Battery
  • Violation of Parole

Douglas Flowers and Christopher Hanly were both arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Douglas Flowers was booked for Assault Causing Great Bodily Injury and Public Intoxication.  His bail was set at $50,000.00.

stoopidMr. Hanly was booked for Assault, Probation Violation, and Public Intoxication.  For reasons we don’t fully understand given his probation status, he was surprisingly released on his own recognizance in spite of his apparent stupidity.

The Sheriff’s Office will be increasing patrols in the Eel River area for the foreseeable future to help curtail parties and other criminal activity.

We can only hope Probation and Parole Agents can supervise their clients as well.


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 Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539, the HCSO said.

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Armloads of Stolen Weapons Found (PICS)


HCSO Widens Investigation into Ryan Floyd’s Alleged SoHum Burglaries


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


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

So far deputies have located:

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

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

Besides the outstanding arrest warrant, Floyd was arrested for:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

floydFloyd was described as follows:

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

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

Honey Walsh is described as:

White Female adult

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

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

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

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

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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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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.

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KIEM-TV News Burgled


$10,000 of Equipment Lost to Thieves (PICS)


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


On Sunday, January 27, at approximately 12:00 noon the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the station manager of KIEM News reporting a burglary to the

camera1A deputy responded to 5650 South Broadway Avenue in Eureka and met with the station manager. 

He reported that someone stole four news video cameras and a scanner from a single wide trailer located behind the building.  There were no signs of forced entry.

The stolen items were last seen in the trailer at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, January 26, and were discovered missing on Sunday, January 27, at approximately 11:00 a.m.

The news station and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office is requesting the public be on the lookout for:

  • Three stolen Sony camerascamera2
  • A Panasonic camera
  • A  Radio Shack scanner

The estimated loss is $10,000.00, the HCSO said.

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







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Sheriff: Officer-Involved Shooting Justified


HCSO Officer to Return to Duty after Investigation


–Updated Below–


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey held a news conference today in the early afternoon concerning Saturday’s officer-involved shooting of a fleeing suspect’s vehicle.

This is the summary of what he told the press in attendance in a prepared statement:

The deputy involved in the officer-involved shooting has been cleared to return to full duty.  Sheriff Downey made the decision to return four-year veteran deputy Conan Moore, 31-years-old, to full duty after speaking with Critical Incident Response Team (C.I.R.T.) Investigators and the Humboldt County District Attorneys’ Office.

Sheriff Downey believes Deputy Moore’s actions were lawful and within policy.

C.I.R.T. Investigators continue with their investigation into this incident.

On January 23, a search warrant issued by Humboldt County Superior Court was served on the vehicle that (Elliot Michael) Walin was driving (and that the Deputy shot at).

When members of the C.I.R.T. searched the vehicle they located:

  •  A loaded .380 semi-auto handgun between the seats,
  • A sawed off shotgun in the rear of the car,
  • And suspected methamphetamine.

Additional charges against Walin are being sought.

These were the details of the incident previously given by the HCSO in their release:

On January 19, 2013, at approximately 4:15 a.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputy driving a marked patrol car was southbound on Thompkins Hill road when he saw black 2002 Honda two door hatchback driving erratically and over the double yellow line.

The deputy attempted a traffic stop on the Honda, but the vehicle failed to stop.

The deputy initiated a pursuit and followed the Honda which turned onto Hookton Road, then south on Eel River Drive reaching speeds up to 65 mph.  When the reached Loleta it attempted to turn onto Loleta Drive where it spun out of control causing it to strike the curb.

car bulletThe deputy exited his vehicle to apprehend the occupants. When the deputy exited his patrol vehicle he saw the male driver had a handgun in his hand.

The male driver then drove at the deputy who discharged his duty weapon at the vehicle, striking it.

The Honda ran over the deputy’s foot as it fled the deputy again.  The deputy re-initiated a pursuit of the vehicle which was now southbound on Eel River Drive.  The Honda lost control at Eel River and Copenhagen Road, Loleta, running off the road.

The male driver fled the car still holding the handgun and the female passenger also exited the Honda.  They both ran off on foot in separate

Additional law enforcement arrived on scene and a perimeter was established.  A Eureka Police K-9 arrived to assist with the search of the area.

The K-9 located Elliott Michael Walin, 29-years-old, from Fortuna hiding in a nearby drainage and covered in mud.  Walin was wanted on a no-bail probation violation warrant and was arrested on that warrant, along with new charges of:

  • Attempted murder
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Resisting/obstructing an executive officer
  • Evading a police officer
  • Resisting arrestcar bullet3

Prior to be transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, Walin was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released for the dog bite wounds sustained from the K-9.

He is being held without bail in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Deputies located Jill Deanna Winnop, 35-years-old and from Fortuna, hiding in bushes nearby.  She was arrested for resisting arrest.  She was booked into the
Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  Her bail set at

Walin and Winnop were not struck or injured by the deputy’s gunfire, only the vehicle they were driving was hit.

The deputy was transported to a different hospital and was treated and released for an injury to his foot.  He is expected to make a full recovery.

car bullet2The deputy was been placed on Administrative Leave which is standard protocol when they have been involved in an on-duty use of deadly force.  The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team (C.I.R.T.) was activated to investigate this shooting.

Investigators from the Eureka Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Humboldt County District Attorneys Office are investigating this incident.

Investigators were at the scene of the crime searching the fields for the firearm which Walin had– and has not been recovered as of yet.

Walin was recently released from California State Prison due to prison realignment (AB109). He was on Parole Revocation Community Supervision and
was wanted for violating those terms.

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UPDATE:  Readers may be interested in knowing Mr. Walin’s prior history and sentencing contained in the comments below.

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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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Mystery Surrounds Suspicious Centerville Beach Death


Strange Event Just Got Stranger

–Updated Below–



Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


First we have the HCSO report today:

On January 20 at approximately 8 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office was called by a citizen who reported a male possibly deceased located at Centerville Beach near Ferndale.

centerville cliffsA deputy and medical was dispatched to the scene approximately 1/2 mile south of the parking lot.  When the deputy arrived he saw a male located in the area described between the cliffs and the water line.  Medical and the deputy determined the male was deceased.

Sheriff’s Detectives and the Coroners Office were summoned to the scene to investigate the death.  The death is determined suspicious at this time.  The identity of the deceased has not been confirmed.  Sheriff’s Detectives are requesting the public’s help with this case.

The vehicle described:  Blue with Tan Trim, Eddie Bauer 2000 Ford Explorer, with California Plates.

centerville beachDeceased male described: White male, late 40’s , wearing sweat pants, a sweat shirt, two scarf’s, a beanie and a hoodie.

Anyone who may have seen this man at Centerville Beach or has any information regarding this case is requested to call Detective Rich Schlesiger at 1-707-268-3642 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

The investigation is ongoing and further information may be released in the future.

 sealsSo who was this individual whose body was found just below the steep cliffs of the now-defunct Centerville Naval Facility?  Did he commit suicide or was he murdered?  

This is where it takes a turn for the truly strange.

Kym Kemp fills us in on the rest of the bizarre story with her link here:  “Centerville Beach Body Identified as Man Outed for Pretending to be Navy Seal”

And the Times-Standard link by Luke Ramseth:  “Man Found Dead at Centerville Beach was Navy SEAL Impostor; Officials say Densmore Likely in Humboldt for Several Days”


UPDATE, JANUARY 29, 2013The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reported the following brief information today:

On 01-29-2013 an autopsy was conducted on Ike Densmore.  The medical examiner concluded that Densmores death was self inflicted by a gunshot wound.

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High Risk Missing Person Sought


Myra Sheek, 61, Missing for Past Four Days

–Updated Below–


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Friday, January 18 at approximately 11:30 a.m., the
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the owner of
Aguilar Manor Assisted Living Facility located at 6433 Eggert
Road, Eureka, that resident Myra Sheek was missing.

The resident went for a walk at 11:00 a.m. that day and did not return.  Normally Sheek never walks more than a block away from the home and returns within a short period of time.

The owner told the investigating deputy that the missing female has some medical issues which raised the concern for her welfare.

HCSO Deputies and Sheriff’s Citizens on Patrol (S.C.O.P.) searched the area for Sheek, but could not find her.  Several neighbors were contacted but also had not seen her.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting the publics help in locating her.

sheekMyra Sheek is described as follows:

  • 61 years old
  • White Female
  • Height 5-6 and weight 200 lbs
  • Brown hair and brown eyes

She was last seen wearing a denim jacket, yellow sweat pants.  She wears glasses.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this
case is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.

UPDATE:  On Wednesday, January 23 at 9:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office reported that 61 year-old Myra Sheek was  found in the woods off of Eggert Road.  Medical personnel were called to the scene but there was no confirmation of her condition given.

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Murder Suspect Kills Self in Humboldt County


Jacob Allen Green, 24, Suspected in Slaying of 16-Year Old Oregon Girl


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Multiple law enforcement agencies, medical examiners, and the Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of a female found late Friday along
an Oregon highway about 18 miles east of Tillamook. 
They have confirmed the woman’s death was a homicide.

hendricksonCriminal investigators from the Tillamook County Major Crime Team, with the assistance of State and Tillamook County medical examiner offices, identified the victim as Kayla Ann Hendrickson, 16, from Beaverton, Oregon.  An autopsy done yesterday at the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed her death was caused from gunshot wounds.

Officials also confirmed a person of interest related to this investigation died Saturday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound along the northern California coast. 

The only suspect involved in her death, Jacob Allen Green, 24, of Newport, Oregon, reportedly shot himself in his parked car in Humboldt County the following day and died at a local hospital.  He had worked for a Newport area logging company.

According to police, Hendrickson and Green knew each other.  The circumstances leading to Hendrickson’s slaying in Oregon and Green’s self-inflicted suicide in Humboldt County remain murky at best.

Investigators were contacted Saturday by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office regarding a death investigation they were conducting involving a male subject in a vehicle matching the description of the of one connected with the death investigation.

Here is what the Oregon State Police reported:

hwy 6On Friday, January 18, at approximately 10:14 p.m., a vehicle described as a late 1980s to early 1990s full-size pickup was observed by a witness stopped on the north side shoulder of the westbound lane on Highway 6 between milepost 18 and 19.

Two people, a man and woman, were seen along the highway near the stopped pickup.

About 25 minutes later, the witness contacted a Tillamook police officer advising of the suspicious circumstances along Highway 6 near milepost 18 about two miles east of Jordan Creek Road.  An OSP trooper
responded and found the dead woman along the highway.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help to develop additional information.  Hendrickson is described as:

  •  White female estimated 18 – 25 years of age
  •  Approximately 5’8″ and weighing 135 – 145 lbs
  •  Long bleach-blonde hair with a layer of dark hair underneath the lighter top layer
  •  Wearing a pink buttoned down blouse underneath a camouflage long sleeve fleece woman’s full zipper front sweat jacket, short “hot pink” shorts, and tan cowboy boots with an approximate 2 inch heel

 Anyone with information regarding this investigation, including anyone who was traveling in the vicinity around the times mentioned, is asked to call Oregon State Police Northern Command Center dispatch at (800) 452-7888.

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Monday’s HCSO Reports


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


Two reports from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office today:


Fast Feet

On Sunday, at about 10 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s
deputy attempted to stop a 2000 gray Chevrolet Suburban for
a traffic violation on State Route 96 in Hoopa.

The Suburban initially pulled to the side of the road and yielded to the deputy, however it suddenly sped away south on Highway 96. The deputy initiated a pursuit of the Suburban.

The Suburban turned onto Deerhorn Road in Hoopa with the deputy following it.  The Suburban came across a slide covering the roadway and attempted to negotiate around the slide.  While doing so it drove too close to the side of the road and slid off the hillside approximately 75 feet down.  The cab of the vehicle was crushed during the wreck.

sheriff badgeThe deputy climbed down the hillside to check on the occupant’s status and witnessed the solo occupant climb out of the vehicle and disappear into the trees.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Police responded to the residence of the registered owner and located the owner of the vehicle who admitted to being the driver.

Sadie Jade McCovey, 27, was arrested for felony evasion of a police officer and transported to the Humboldt County jail where she was booked.  Her bail was set at $50,000.

McCovey was not injured in the crash.

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One Skinny Horse and Some Plump Bud

On Jan. 8, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office livestock deputy responded to a residence on the 2500 block of Bolier Avenue in McKinleyville in regards to a welfare check of a reported skinny horse.

When the deputy arrived at the residence he met with the horse owner and viewed the horse.  The deputy determined the horse was not being neglected and was under a veterinarian’s care.

While speaking with the horse owner, the deputy smelled the strong odor of growing marijuana emanating from the residence.  The deputy left the area and obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant for the residence.

On Friday, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the deputy returned to the residence with additional deputies and served the search warrant.  They located 195 growing marijuana plants in the residence ranging from 12” to 14” in height.  They also located packaging material, approximately 1.5 lbs. of marijuana bud and approximately $1,400 in cash.

horsieNo arrests were made at the scene, however the case is being submitted to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office along with an arrest warrant requests charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.





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Crimes, Crooks, and Collisions


Officers Investigate High Profile Burglary, Fatal Collision, and Child Pornography


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Friendly City Burglary

Fortuna– HCSO:  On 12-28-2012, at approximately 6:30 p.m.
the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a burglary
which has occurred in the 6100 block of Rohnerville Road, Fortuna.

burg1When the deputy arrived he met with the home owners.  They told the deputy they left their residence at approximately 9:30 a.m. on that date.

At approximately 4:00 p.m. that same day the husband was called by Umpqua Bank and informed someone had tried to use his debit card at the Bear River Casino Pump and Play.

When the husband returned home at approximately 6:00 p.m., he discovered the front door to their residence was wide open.  When he checked burg2 burg3the residence he discovered the suspect(s) had entered through an unlocked front window.

Examining his residence he saw it was ransacked and numerous items including computers, cameras, jewelry and other high value items had been stolen from the residence.  The loss was estimated to be over $10,000.00.

After taking the report and conducting an on scene investigation, the investigating deputy spoke with Bear River Casino.  The Bear River Casino located and furnished a video tape and still photographs of the suspect and another male using the victim’s stolen debit card to the deputy.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying the suspect and the other male who was with him at the Bear River Pump and Play at the time the debit card was used.  They are pictured here.

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


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Fatal Vehicle Collision 

bridgeHydesville- CHP:  A Hydesville woman was killed in a fatal car crash on Highway 36 yesterday.

Rita E. Boling, 44-years-old, died following a head-on collision around 6:49 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Thomas G. Adkisson, 74, of Laytonville, was driving a Dodge pickup truck westbound on State Route 36 at an unknown speed when he allowed his vehicle to leave the roadway edge, swerved left to get back on the roadway, crossed the center line and collided with Boling’s vehicle, according to a press release.

Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway.  Boling was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital where she later died from her injuries, according to a press release.  Adkisson was also transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital where he was treated and later released.

CHP reports that drug or alcohol impairment does not appear to be a factor in the crash.  The press release indicates that both drivers were using seatbelts.

CHP continues to investigate the crash, according to their release.


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Child Pornography Arrest 

jokerEureka– HCSO:  In December, the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office was contacted by the Eureka Police Department of an ongoing multi-agency investigation into child pornography.

The Eureka Police Department had been advised by a Santa Clara Police Department Detective of a subject downloading child pornography in the Eureka area based upon an IP address that the Santa Clara PD had discovered through their investigation.

A Eureka Police detective wrote a search warrant for the subscriber information of the IP address.  It was learned
that the IP address returned to a residence in the 4300 block of Roberts Drive in Eureka.

The Eureka Police Detective contacted Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives and provided the information he learned.  A Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Detective wrote and obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for the residence.

On Jaunuary 3, at approximately 8:45 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriffs Detectives served the search warrant and seized the computer and other electronics from the home.  After interviewing Christopher Jansen, 21-years-old, who resided in the home, detectives arrested him for felony possession of child pornography.

Jansen was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and his bail was set at $25,000.

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Probationer Tasered and Subdued with Citizens’ Help


Tweaker Nearly Turns Tables on Arresting Officers


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Today, December 14, at approximately 7:30 a.m., HCSO deputies were conducting a traffic accident report in Blue Lake when they were alerted by a citizen about a vehicle
driving erratically on Taylor Avenue in Blue Lake.

The deputies located the vehicle on Taylor Avenue as the driver was walking away from it.  A deputy contacted the driver who was identified as Daniel Christie, 36-years-old, from McKinleyville.  The deputy ran a warrant check on Christie which revealed he was on probation with a search clause.

The deputy told Christie he was going to conduct a probation search.  Christie initially complied, but then changed his mind and ran off.  Both deputies pursued Christie and a struggle ensued.  The deputies utilized a Taser on Christie which had little effect; he continued to fight with them.

Christie was able to grab the Taser and struggled with the deputies over control of it.  Two citizens witnessed the deputies struggling with Christie and came to the deputies’ aid.  The citizens were able to assist the deputies with controlling, and handcuffing, Christie.

Christie admitted to the deputies that he had used methamphetamine– and that’s why he ran from them.

Christie was taken into custody for

  • Resisting arrest
  • Threatening a public official
  • Possession of burglary tools
  • Probation violation

Mr. Christie was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.

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Yet another probationer running amok without supervision and testing?

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A Man and His Dog


–A Bike and a Life of Crime–


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


On Tuesday, December 11, at approximately 6:00 in the morning, the Sheriff’s Office received a call that a citizen was in foot pursuit of a burglary suspect on Ashdown Avenue in McKinleyville.

When deputies arrived they met with a citizen who resides in the 600 block of Montana Road.  The citizen told the deputies he was in his garage when he heard his car alarm sound.  He immediately exited his garage and saw the passenger side of his vehicle– which was parked in his driveway– had been smashed.  There was a male standing near his car with a pit bull-mix dog.

The man immediately started telling the victim he was “Sorry,” as he was backing away from the citizen and his vehicle.

The citizen tried to grab the male suspect to detain him for law enforcement.  After a brief struggle, the suspect pulled away and rode away on a bicycle with the victim chasing after him.

The suspect began yelling at his dog to “Attack!” the citizen, so the citizen discontinued his pursuit.  The citizen told the responding deputies the damage to his vehicle was approximately $450.00 and there was five dollars in cash missing from the center console.  Deputies checked the area for the suspect and could not find him.

Yesterday, December 12, at approximately 11:00 p.m., the citizen called the Sheriff’s Office and told the investigating deputy he saw the suspect again with the dog.  The citizen followed the suspect to a residence in the 1300 Block of Anderson Road in McKinleyville.

Deputies responded to the home on Anderson Road and located Rob O’Neil Harvey, 28 years old, from McKinleyville.  The citizen identified Harvey as the one he saw and chased.

Harvey was arrested for burglary and violation of probation.  Harvey was on probation for possession of burglary tools.

He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and his bail was set at $50,000, the HCSO reported.

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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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Multiple Mayhems and Four Lost Hikers


Humboldt County Sheriffs Deal With a Little Bit of Everything


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Let’s put all the HCSO releases in one easy place today:


Tools Have Multiple Uses for Assault; Suspect Wanted

Eureka–  On Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 in the evening, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a physical altercation in progress in the 2800 block of Lindstrom Drive in Eureka.  The caller told the dispatcher multiple suspects entered a residence and were hitting people with clubs.

When deputies arrived on scene they met with a 47-year-old male victim and a 56-year-old male victim.  Both were bleeding from the head and facial areas.

Medical assistance was requested and responded to the scene to treat
them for their injuries.  The victims injuries were non-life threatening.

Deputies interviewed the victims and witnesses who told them three men entered the residence carrying a wooden shovel handle, a baseball bat, a homemade club attached to a metal pole, a box cutter and a metal ratchet.  The men began attacking and beating the victims with the weapons. 

The victim and witnesses were able to positively identify one of the suspects as Joseph Donald Ray, AKA Joey Ray.

Wanted by the Sheriff’s Office for assault with a deadly weapon and violation of probation, Joseph ‘Joey’ Ray is described as a white male adult, 6-1,
175 lbs, brown hair, and 46-years-old from Eureka.

Deputies recovered some of the weapons at the scene.  The Sheriff’s Office is still actively following up on this investigation and attempting to identify the other two suspects.

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.

Thank goodness they weren’t electric or gas powered tools.

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Stabbing Roommates for Poor Behavior

Eureka–  On Saturday, December 8 at 4:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a stabbing which just occurred in the 1900 block of Ridgewood Drive in Eureka.

When deputies arrived on scene they located a 24-year-old male and 21-year-old female who were bleeding.   The male had a head injury and the female had been stabbed.  Medical was summoned to the scene to the scene to treat the victims.

Witnesses and the victims identified the suspect as Richard Garnett, 44-years-old.  Garnett had fled out the back of the residence as deputies responded to the scene.  Deputies located Garnett hiding behind an outbuilding where they
took him into custody.

During their investigation deputies learned Garnett resided in the residence and was the victim’s roommate.  Deputies learned the female had been stabbed in the back and shoulder with a kitchen knife, and the male had been struck with a wine bottle in the face when he came to the female’s aid.

Deputies searched the residence and located a broken kitchen knife handle.  Deputies also saw signs that a violent struggle had occurred inside the residence; numerous items were smashed
and broken.

Both the male and female victim were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.

Garnett told the deputies he was upset with the victims because of their behavior as roommates.

Mr. Garnett was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, and violation of probation.  His bail is set at $50,000.

Time to get a new roommate and not leave dirty dishes in the sink anymore.

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Missing Hikers

Humboldt Redwoods State Parks–  On Sunday, December 9, at 6:15 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call for assistance from California State Parks regarding four people, including a five-year-old male and a seventeen-year-old female, being lost in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

The lost hikers had a cell phone and called 911 asking for assistance.  The hikers told the dispatcher they had no water or food with them.  California State Parks requested assistance from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in locating the lost hikers.

Humboldt County Sheriff Search and Rescue Deputies, volunteers,
and a State Park Ranger responded to the scene near Albee Creek

At approximately 8:30 p.m. the hikers were located.  They were all in good health and did not need medical assistance.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind hikers to tell family and friends where they are hiking; when they expect to return; and to bring appropriate equipment and clothing.  This time of year the weather conditions can change rapidly.  Wet and cold weather can cause hypothermia.

A cell phone, map, or GPS is also very helpful.  Keep in mind not all rural areas have cell phone coverage and a cell phone batteries need to be fully charged, the HCSO reminds us.

The family that gets lost together stays together.

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All in a day’s– or a weekend– work for the SO.





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HCSO Requests Your Help Locating Missing Individual


Bryan Balcom, of Hydesville, Missing Since November 28


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


On November 28 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing person identified as Bryan Balcom.

Deputies responded to the Balcom’s home in the 6800 block of Rohnerville Road in Hydesville and met with a female relative.  The relative told the deputies she left town on November 20 and when she returned on November 28, Balcom was gone.  She had no idea where he went.

Deputies interviewed neighbors who told them they had not seen Balcom since November 20.  Deputies located Balcom’s car keys and driver’s license in his residence. His vehicles were also at his residence.

Balcom has medical issues, the HCSO said in their release.

Balcom is described as:

  • 51-years-old
  • 5’8” tall
  • 180 lbs
  • Green eyes, long brown hair.

Balcom was last seen wearing tan shorts and a pink shirt.  It’s reported he may have lost weight since the above photo was taken.

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

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HCSO Requests Homicide Charge for Jason Warren


Warren Responsible for Death of Dorothy Ulrich, HCSO Reports


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office release issued moments ago:

September 27, 2012: 

A California Highway Patrol Officer conducting a follow up investigation discovered a deceased female in a residence on Little Moon Lane, Hoopa.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Hoopa Tribal Police responded to and took custody of the scene.

Sheriff’s detectives were notified and also responded to the residence.

A search warrant was issued by the Humboldt County Superior Court and detectives entered the residence for an investigation.

Today, November 20, 2012: 

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has concluded a majority of the Death Investigation of Dorothy Evelyn Ulrich, 47-years-old of Hoopa.

Investigators determined that Ulrich was the victim of a homicide, and suspect Jason Anthony Warren, 28-years-old and a transient, is responsible for her death.

Based upon their investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives believe Ulrich was killed during the early morning hours of September 27, 2012.

A silver Kia Spectra was stolen from Hoopa shortly after Ulrich’s death.  Subsequently, the Silver Kia Spectra was recovered by the Eureka Police Department in the City of Eureka on September 27th, 2012.

The Sheriff’s Office has submitted its case to the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office today, along with a Declaration in Support of an Arrest Warrant, requesting charges of homicide and auto theft be filed against Warren.

Jason Warren is currently in custody at San Quentin State Prison on
an unrelated charge.

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Mr. Warren, you remember, is also believed to be responsible for the death and serious injuries of the three Bayside joggers on September 27.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Sheriff’s Office Hopping With Criminals

Crime Never Sleeps


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


Lt. Steve Knight of the Sheriff’s Office reports the HCSO has been busy with scoundrels and skullduggery, issuing no less than four releases of mayhem yesterday.  We appreciate their efforts of apprehending scofflaws and keeping the public informed of criminal
activity in
Humboldt County.

In addition to yesterday’s Gambling with Strangers post (it’s rare when the Sheriff’s Office puts out a 900-word release), HCSO’s Lt. Knight also reported the following incidents:


Carlotta Stabbing

On November 16 at approximately 5 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a stabbing that just occurred in the 19000 block of Highway 36 in Carlotta.  When the deputy arrived he met with the 42-year-old male victim at his residence.

The victim was covered in blood and holding his hands over several fresh puncture wounds.  The victim told the deputy that Terry Matlock had stabbed him during an altercation.

The victim told the deputy he was inside his residence when Matlock showed up at his home.  Matlock demanded to sleep in the victim’s barn which he had on his property.  When the victim told him no, Matlock punched him.  A fight ensued between the victim and Matlock.

During the fight Matlock stabbed the victim several times.  The victim told the deputy he struck Matlock with a metal flashlight during the fight in self defense.

The victim was treated by medical personnel at the scene and transported by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

A Be-On-The-Lookout was placed for Mr. Matlock.  The Fortuna Police Department located Matlock at approximately 7 p.m. at the McDonalds in Fortuna.  He was arrested by Fortuna Police for assault with a deadly weapon. 

The investigating deputy responded to Fortuna P.D. and met with Matlock, who told the deputy it was self defense.  Matlock was transported to a local hospital for head wounds he received from being struck in the head with a metal flashlight by the stabbing victim.

After being treated and released, Matlock was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for the Assault and Violation of Probation.  His bail was set at $50,000.


Squatter’s Grow

On November 17 at approximately 5 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen stating there was a bank owned property located at 340 Fox Hill Lane in Fortuna.  The citizen told the Sheriff’s Dispatcher there are currently people wandering around on the property that didn’t seem to belong there and now a chain was strung up across the driveway.

When deputies arrived at the residence with the Fortuna Police Department, no one was around.  However, there appeared to be an indoor marijuana grow in the residence.  Deputies attempted contact with a bank representative, however they were unable to locate anyone.

Deputies sought and obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for the residence– and located approximately 300 pounds of processed marijuana hanging and drying in the garage and a shed in the back yard.

Deputies determined the suspect(s) had forced entry into the locked building via a back door and then re-secured it.  Deputies are currently following up leads into potential suspects in this investigation.


McKinleyville Armed Robbery 

On November 18 at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the victim of a robbery.

The 39 -year-old male told the responding deputies he was at the 76 Gasoline Station on Murray Road in McKinleville ( near U.S. 101) parked to the east of the store.  He was standing by his white 2001 Chevy Tahoe when a black male adult came up and asked him for a cigarette.

As the victim reached for a cigarette, the suspect drew a silver colored handgun from his front sweatshirt pocket.  The victim believed the gun was a .38 caliber revolver.

The suspect then ordered the victim to drive him to Clam Beach Vista Point on US 101 in McKinleyville.  When the victim parked the vehicle the suspect ordered the victim to give him all his cash.  After the victim gave the suspect his cash, the suspect struck the victim in the head with the gun, knocking the victim unconscious.

The victim described the suspect as a black male adult, 5’9” tall, wearing a blue sweatshirt and black pants.  Deputies checked the area and were unable to locate the suspect.

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

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Gambling with Strangers


Drinking Deal Goes From Bad to Worse


–Probationers Without Supervision are a Bad Gambit–


Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel


Kidnapping, assault, robbery, and what likely could have been
murder occurred Friday by probationers running wild and loose
in the community again.

On November 16, at approximately 11:20 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Blue Lake Casino Security regarding a possible armed robbery that had occurred to one of their customers.

When a deputy arrived they met with 24-year-old male victim, who resides in the Garberville area.  The victim told the deputies he was at the Blue Lake Casino at approximately 6:00 in the morning gambling, when the two suspects approached and sat down on gambling machines on either side of him.  The suspects began talking with him and acted like they knew him.

During their conversation, they offered him alcohol at their vehicle outside the casino, since the casino was not serving alcohol at that time of the morning.  The victim agreed to go outside with them to have a drink after he cashed out his winnings.  The suspects agreed to meet him outside.

When the victim exited the casino, one of the suspects, along with a third suspect, were standing by the front door.  A small red newer four-door vehicle pulled up when he exited the Casino.  The victim got into the front seat of the car and the two males got in the back seat.  One of the males he met at the casino was driving the car;  one of the males he met was now in the back seat along with a third male he just met.

The driver, later identified as suspect Donald Lester, told the victim the Casino had cameras in the parking lot so they had to leave so they would not get into trouble drinking there. He suggested they drive to Cher-Ae Heights Casino to see what was going on up there. The victim agreed and thought that was a good idea. The suspects told the victim they would bring him back to Blue Lake Casino.

When they arrived in the Westhaven area, the suspects exited US 101 and pulled off the road of Scenic Drive.  The driver, Lester, parked the car, got out of the vehicle, walked around it, and opened the passenger side door.

Lester shoved a semi-automatic handgun into the victim’s mouth, while the victim was still seated.

Meantime, the suspect seated behind the victim began beating him in the throat while repeatedly telling him to empty his pockets.

The suspects then yanked the victim out of the vehicle and threw him on the ground.  The suspects made the victim remove all his clothing other than his underwear, while pointing the handgun at him.  They then told him to walk to the nearby cliffs.  The suspects ordered the victim not to look at them while doing so. The victim was convinced the suspects were going to kill him, so he made a run for it.

The victim escaped and hid in the area until he believed the suspects were gone.  The victim then walked back up the trail, found some articles of his clothing, and then contacted a citizen parked in a nearby parking lot.  The citizen gave the victim a ride back to Blue Lake Casino where the victim notified Casino Security and met with Sheriff’s deputies. The victim declined medical attention, but was visibly distraught when speaking with the deputies.

Blue Lake Casino Security assisted the Sheriff’s Office with identifying the suspect vehicle and license plate utilizing their security system.  Deputies and a detective located the vehicle parked in the 4400 Block of Excelsior Road, Eureka.

Deputies then located two of the suspects at a residence in the 4400 block of Excelsior Road. They were Donald Lee Lester, 27-years-old, from Arcata, and Zachary Michael Davis, 25-years-old from Fields Landing.   Mr. Lester, to note, was located by the deputies hiding in the attic of the residence. 

Deputies conducted a probation search on the residence and located some of the victim’s stolen property along with:

  • A black semi-auto handgun marked Smith and Wesson that shot simulated ammunition
  • 23 grams of Tar Heroin
  • 7 grams of suspected methamphetamine
  • Syringes, packaging material, and 19 grams of dried marijuana.

Mr. Lester was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of:

  • Kidnapping
  • Robbery
  • Assault With a Deadly Weapon other than a firearm
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Accessory to a Crime
  • Possession of an Illicit Drug
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of Stolen Property

Mr. Lester was additionally booked on six outstanding arrest warrants; one for felony possession and transportation of a controlled substance and marijuana, and five warrants for violation of probation. He is being held without bail.

Mr. Davis was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of:

  • Robbery
  • Violation of Probation
  • Accessory to a Crime
  • Possession of an Illicit Drug
  • Kidnapping
  • Assault With a Deadly Weapon other than a firearm
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Stolen Property

The Sheriffs Office is still seeking a third suspect in this case.  That suspect is described as a black male adult, 20’s to 30’s, between 6-0 to 6-2 in height, muscular, wearing a hat, close cut hair and a scruffy beard.  That suspect spoke in “Gangster Style” per the victim.

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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Mr. Lester and Mr. Davis are both oh-so-familiar names in criminal mayhem stretching back many years.  And, once again, probationers were left without oversight or supervision by Probation Officers until another agency came along to clean up the mess after contacting yet another victim.

This has become an oh-so-familiar pattern for scoundrels du jour and we could write these reports all dayWe’ve come to find out that while a magistrate may order terms of supervised probation, there’s no guarantee any probationer will actually receive it– and you’ll never hear of it whatsoever unless you read between the lines of these reports, as we do.

Thank God these two didn’t kill someone running amok.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Missing Mother Search Continues


Little Progress in Six Months; $5,000 Reward Offered


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


The search for Katherine “Kathy” Gillham, a missing Yurok tribal member and mother of two, is now entering its sixth month.

Ms. Gillham was last seen in Crescent City on June 11, 2012.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has made finding her a high priority and has assigned a detective to the case.  The Yurok Tribe has assembled a search team to find her as well.

Gillham’s family hired private investigators, Cook and Associates, to locate her and is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to her return.

The close knit family has been trying to locate her from the moment it was clear something was awry.

“She has two kids, William and Holly,” said her niece Cynthia Bones. “Her kids are always at the top of her priority list.  This is completely outside the realm of normal for Kathy.”

Gillham, who always kept in close contact with her family and has been in a relationship with Frank Lara Jr. for more than 20 years, left Grants Pass, Oregon just before 2 a.m. on June 11.

Gillham was driving a charcoal gray 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor with the California license plate that reads 6UXE841.

The investigation has so far turned up video footage of her, captured by security cameras at Elk Valley Casino around 3 a.m. on June 11, the last day she was seen, but not much else.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’’s Office considers Gillham a “high risk missing person” and her disappearance “suspicious” because of how out of character it is for her not to communicate her whereabouts to her family and the time of night she left Oregon.

Ms. Gillham suffers from diabetes, and may require medical attention.  She has brown hair and brown eyes, and stands 5’4 and weighs nearly 200 pounds.  A past knee surgery left her with a distinct limp.

In the Elk Valley footage she was wearing black jeans, brown t-shirt with a deer on it and had a think chain necklace around her neck.

Anyone with information can call Humboldt County Detective Cheryl Franco at (707) 268-3644 or Detective Rich Schlesiger at 707-268-3642.

Anonymous information may be left on the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

Information can also be sent to Cook & Associates at (707) 839-7422.

–Or call 911 should you see her vehicle, person, or other circumstances requiring an immediate response.

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Information sourced from the Yurok Tribe’s E-Alert and KMUD’s Bob Froehlich.

A previous article in the Humboldt Sentinel is here.

(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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Someone’s Been Sitting in My Chair


And Watching my TV!


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


At 1 o’clock this afternoon the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a perturbed citizen who reported an unknown man was lounging in his residence.

Apparently the stranger had made himself quite comfortable
in the humble adobe of another located in the 6300 block of Loma Drive in
Eureka– and was settling into the new digs rather nicely.

The citizen told the dispatcher he confronted the man who was casually sitting in his chair in his living room.  Like any good homeowner who pays his taxes, keeps the yard up, and routinely takes out the trash, he asked the suspect to leave.

The suspect told the citizen, no, it was his home.  And just like home, the squatter then turned on the citizen’s television set as if all was right in the universe and no one would notice.

Besides, Judge Judy was on.

We don’t know whether or not the transient tramp helped himself to the Cool Ranch Doritos in the host’s kitchen, the frosty libations and cold chicken chow mein sitting in the fridge, or simply enjoyed a hot shower and a little nappy-poo on the goose down duvet.

What we do know, however, is the homeowner, the real one that is, was irked and annoyed and kinda pissed over the newly found tweaker-in-residence.  The citizen did what any outraged person would do.

No, he didn’t shoot him.  He took Judge Judy’s advice yelling from the TV.

Why didn’t you just pick up the phone and simply file a police report, Sir?  That would have been much easier, don’t you think!?  Listen to ME!” Judge Judy blared.

So the good citizen considered the options and called 911.  Judy was right.  She’s always right.  She’s like a truth machine.  If you live to be a hundred, you’ll never be as smart as Judge Judy.  Even on your best day you’re not as smart she is on her WORST day.  The people are real, the cases are real, the rulings are final.  This is Judge Judy– and she’s scary.

The suspected hobo fled on fastly fleeting feet as the call went through and Judge Judy glared and slower officers responded.

Deputies found the suspect on Longview Drive in Eureka.  The victim came to the scene and fingered him, too.  In fact, they all confirmed the Goldilocks suspect, identified as Michael Barchus, 21-years-old and from Fortuna, was the right wiseguy.

Mr. Barchus  was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for:

  • Violation of probation
  • Providing false information to a police officer and
  • Residential burglary

Deputies later determined that Barchus gained entry into the victim’s residence via a back bedroom window.  His bail was set at $50,000.

Mr. Barchus has a place to stay at the Humboldt Hilton.  He’s going to have to share the TV channels.  The mattress isn’t comfortable.  The food is OK, the dominoes are good.  But at least it’s all his for now.  Until he’s released.  What then?  Beauty fades.  Dumb is forever.

Another probationer familiar to law enforcement, tweaking out of his gourd, running around without supervision.  We wonder not only if anyone is benefiting from probation services, but whether they’re actually getting any.

Cases seem tossed into a forgotten file drawer only to grow moss.  They don’t see the light of day or an ounce of oversight until someone else comes by to tidy up the mess.  Judge Judy is not amused.

Don’t pee on her leg and tell her it’s raining.  She’s hella smart.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Eureka Armed Standoff Comes to an End


Law Enforcement in 7-Hour Long Confrontation

–Updated Below–


Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel


There was more controlled chaos in our Fair City this morning when a barricaded man held law enforcement
at bay four blocks south of Harris Street in Eureka.

It began with a call to EPD around 2 this morning and that shots were fired inside a residence located off the 3000 block of E Street on Cooper Lane.

Eureka Police, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, a SWAT team, an Arcata mobile command unit, and hostage negotiators responded to the incident scene, setting up a command and observation post nearby on Hodgson and Orchard streets.

Officers with bulletproof vests were seen taking cover behind a vehicle with pointed weapons directed at the residence.

The armed man initially refused to cooperate with the multiple agencies outside his door demanding his surrender.  Refusing their directives, he held the lawmen at a lengthy distance for nearly seven hours before the standoff ended shortly after 10 a.m. this morning.

“I heard him fire four or five shots, all of them,” one witness said. “He was doing all the shooting and he threatened to kill them twice.”

Eureka Police later identified the individual as Jeffrey Wood, 36-years-old, of Eureka.

Exactly what precipitated the incident or how it ended is unknown.  Details were not available by the agencies that responded.

Following the incident, E Street, and nearby streets, remained blocked off.

Law enforcement is in the process of serving a search warrant of the residence where the man had himself holed up.


UPDATE:  The HCSO has released the following information about the incident:


On 11-1-2012, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Eureka Police Department received a call from a resident on Cooper Lane in Eureka regarding a possible prowler in his residence.

The resident told the Eureka Police Dispatcher he heard people in his basement and he had now armed himself.  Eureka Police officers responded to the residence.

When they arrived, they attempted to contact the resident and asked him to step outside without the firearm.

After making that request they heard several shots and yelling inside the residence.

The officers surrounded the residence and announced their presence while again asking the resident to come outside unarmed.

Eureka Police had a crisis negotiator respond to the residence while continuing to attempt to talk to the resident.  The resident continued to yell at the officers and refused to exit the home.  Eureka Police then set up a perimeter around the residence and evacuated several homes.

Eureka Police requested the Humboldt County Sheriff’s S.W.A.T. and Crisis Negotiations Team respond to the scene.  The Sheriff’s S.W.A.T. team has members of the Eureka Police Department as part of the regional SWAT team.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiators responded to the scene.  The Humboldt County Mental Health Crisis Unit was notified and two members responded to the scene to advise and assist law enforcement negotiators.

Several times during the standoff the resident was seen with a handgun in his hand in and outside of the residence.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., the 46-year-old male resident, identified as Jeffery Morgan Wood, exited the residence without any firearms and surrendered to law enforcement.

No one was injured during the standoff.

Wood was arrested by Eureka Police Department for discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.  Eureka Police is obtaining a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant for the residence.

Additional charges may be added by Eureka Police who will be releasing a follow up press release if warranted.

 KMUD’s radio interview with Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey speaking about this incident is here.

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