Villains and Their Villainy
McKinleyville Homicide Update:
On Saturday June 22, 2013 an autopsy was performed on
the victim of the suspected McKinleyville homicide case.
At the conclusion of the autopsy the cause of death was determined to be as a result of multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen of the victim.
The identity of the victim has been determined to be Forrest Croft Lovejoy (DOB: 07-02-1979), resident of McKinleyville, California.
The suspect, Michael Raymond Youravish, remains in custody at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and had an arraignment on Friday June 21 for the charge of homicide.
Loleta ATV Jack ’n Run
When deputies arrived on scene they met with the 65-year old male victim. He told the deputies he parked a four wheeler ATV on Cannibal Island Road and was about ten feet away from it, working in a field doing something or another.
A silver 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Idaho plates and two males inside drove up beside him. The male passenger exited the vehicle and asked him for a cigarette. The victim told the male he did not smoke and went back to working in the field.
The male passenger reached into the Jeep and removed a tire iron. The passenger then began swinging the tire iron at the victim while charging the victim and making verbal threats.
The victim backed away and the male passenger got onto the victim’s four wheeler and drove off with it, driving westbound on Cannibal Island Road with the Jeep heading the same direction following it.
The victim was able to provide a good description of the suspects to the deputies.
While checking the area for the suspects, a citizen contacted the deputies and told them they found a four wheeler in the bushes near Crab Park.
Deputies checked the area and located suspect Kevin Todd Latham, 26, from Woodland, California. Latham was identified by the victim as the passenger who brandished the tire iron at the victim.
Deputies continued checking the area for the Jeep Cherokee, but were unable to locate it. At approximately 7:00 pm. a deputy driving by Herrick Avenue and US 101 sighted the Jeep Cherokee parked at Herrick Avenue in Eureka.
The deputy saw the driver, who matched the suspect description leaving the vehicle on foot. When the deputy was able to get off the highway to access the Jeep, the driver was gone. The deputy continued to check the area.
At approximately 7:20 pm the same deputy located the second suspect walking in the Broadway McDonald’s parking lot. The second suspect was identified as Joshua Ellis Moon, 24, from Hoopa. The victim identified Moon as the driver of the Jeep.
The knuckleheaded duo of Moon and Latham were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of robbery, brandishing a weapon, vehicle theft, and cornucopia amounts of scoundrelous stupidity.
Bail for the nobbyheaded dipsticked goobers was set at $50,000.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539, the HCSO added.
Arcata Gas Station Knock Off
Upon their arrival, officers learned that the lone suspect had fled, according the the APD release. Officers from the HSU Police Department also responded to assist and the area was searched. Try as they did, the scurrilous suspect of the robbery was not located.
Through their investigation, officers learned that a male suspect entered the store, threatened the clerk with a knife, and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the register. The clerk was uninjured.
The scoundrel is described as a White Male in his mid 30′s, Medium build and wearing dark clothing and a beanie. During the robbery, the suspect wore a bandanna over his face. The suspect fled the area on foot in an unknown direction. His identity is not known, APD said.
Due to the vague-to-none description of the culprit everyone remains a suspect, even you.
Anyone with information leading to the identity of the suspect is urged to call the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428.
Transients Believed to Cause Structure Fire Last Night in Eureka
On June 21 before 11 pm, three fire engines, one ladder truck, and two Chief officers from Humboldt Bay Fire were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 400 Broadway in a vacant building formerly known as the East Bay Hydraulics, according to the Humboldt Bay Fire press release.
Prior to arrival, dispatchers began receiving a bevy of calls from multiple concerned reporting parties saying that flames and smoke were visible at the back of the vacant structure and they had better get a move on.
Humboldt Bay Fire units arrived to find smoke and fire from the rear of the building. A ‘fire attack’ was initiated and the fire was extinguished. During the overhaul phase, a firefighter was injured, transported and evaluated at a local hospital. He was later released.
The fire was confined to the structure with no damage to an adjacent building or billboard sign. Losses are estimated at approximately $50,000. During the incident, the Arcata Fire Protection District provided coverage to the City of Eureka and outlying areas.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is believed that the fire started due to transient activities inside the structure, Humboldt Bay Fire said.
Benjamin Franklin once remarked: “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”
Well, Ben, if that’s the case, will cooking up some Mexican brown tar and setting a building on fire suffice?
Valley West Bike Sting Results in Arrest
The City of Arcata– and specifically the Valley West area– have been seeing a significant number of bicycle thefts going on lately. In an attempt to combat the ongoing problem, the Arcata Police Department conducted a ‘bicycle sting’ operation in Valley West on June 22 looking for the two-wheeled pedalous purloining perps.
An innocent-looking enough bicycle was left unsecured in an identified high crime location. Officers then layed low, conducting a surreptitious surveillance on the bicycle over donuts and coffee. Oops, this is Arcata. Croissants, then.
During the course of the operation, Justin Lawson, 41, of Arcata was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail for 487 PC - grand theft, after he took possession of the bicycle and attempted to flee the scene.
Crime is indeed getting worse in Arcata. The other day, the statue of William McKinley on the Arcata Plaza had both hands up. The Arcata Police Department, however, said they will make crime pay. They urged everyone to become a lawyer.
APD said they’ll continue to conduct this type of operation in the future to deter the theft of personal property. Mike’s signs haven’t been working.
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