Jan 21, 2017

Fourth and fifth street open to traffic, the few protesters leaving, EPD still on scene

The stench of cheap weed on the corner fourth and I, with less than 20 protesters left when I walked up, few faces covered with gas masks, have now left the scene.

There were more people on 5th street earlier.

EPD responding to 4th and H streets for alleged blocking of traffic and vandalism of SUV

OSS Update at 3:41:

"Multiple agencies now on scene at protest downtown.  Traffic re-direction efforts happening so best to avoid 4th and 5th Street for now.

Update - EPD requesting misc riot control equipment.  If you are in this area and not part of the situation it would be best to leave now. 1541 hrs"

Jan 20, 2017

Ramey warrant for additional suspect in Khanh Lam homicide

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 39 year old William Lamar Hinson was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for the murder of 37 year old Khanh Lam.  Humboldt County Sheriff’s Investigators determined Hinson was an additional suspect and a Ramey warrant was issued in September 2016 for the immediate arrest of Hinson. 
Hinson was located in Florida by the U.S. Marshals Service on November 4, 2016.  He was later transferred to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on January 18, 2017.  His bail was set at $1,000,000.
This case is still under investigation.  If anyone has information in regards to this case, please contact Investigator Turner at 707-268-3642.

Violation of probation results in three year prison sentence for Blaine Richard Martin

This week, Blaine Richard Martin received a three-year prison sentence from Judge Timothy Cissna following his conviction by a jury of possessing a firearm and ammunition and having previously been convicted of a felony.

Jan 19, 2017

Hezekiah Allen violation of probation hearing for 2015 DUI case?

Hezekiah Allen's 2015 case was scheduled at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 8 today.

In May 2015, Allen plead guilty in his DUI case.

According to court records, Allen has a pre trial for Violation of Probation scheduled in March 2017. He was re-referred for Community Service Work in November 2016.

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First they tackle an inmate escaping from the courtroom, now the HCSO duo is part of the team that talked suicidal man into surrender

They have no idea I am doing this, which is all the more reason to do so. Jason Akana and Julie Oliviera tackled the inmate that ran out of Courtroom 5. Remember that incident?

When I thanked Jason today, he said, " just doing my job." He humbly mentioned that mental health was there.

I have known Jasonand Julie  a long time before I started covering the courts. The other two HCSO team members were Lt. Mike Fridley, who I got to know better since I covered the courts and HCSO's Pam Wilcox.

The Sheriff's office, detectives, deputies work hard every day; not every case makes the headlines.

Jury convicts Devin Schmidt of arson of an inhabited dwelling

On January 19, 2017, a Humboldt County jury convicted Devin Lee James Schmidt, 24, of arson of an inhabited dwelling, which is a serious and violent offense under the California Penal Code.  

The case against Schmidt arose from a fire in a residence on Muncie Street in Eureka on November 3, 2015. That same day, Humboldt Bay Fire Department Arson Investigator Captain Michael Landry determined the fire was intentionally set. His observations included a gas can with blood on it inside a bedroom and blood on the exterior of the house. During Captain Landry’s investigation, Schmidt arrived on the scene with bandages and cuts on his hands. A neighbor identified Schmidt as the person seen leaving the residence near the time of the fire. Firefighters detained Schmidt until law enforcement arrived.  

Humboldt jury returns verdict of five million against Timber Ridge

On January 18, 2017 a Humboldt County Jury returned a verdict of 5 Million Dollars against Timber Ridge Assisted Living of McKinleyville LLC and Western Living Concepts, Inc. The case was brought
by the daughters of Marjorie Fitzpatrick. Ms. Fitzpatrick was a 90 year old resident of the dementia unit in Timber Ridge McKinleyville.

Next court date for Jon Goldberg February 23

Setting for Jon Goldberg was scheduled for this morning in Courtroom 5. Goldberg is charged with the murder of Tim Smith.

Next court date iscFebruary 23. Setting was continued at defense request.

Three suspects still at large in Laytonville homicide of Jeffrey Settler

On 11-11-2016 at 3:39 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were summoned to a reported man who had been murdered on a remote property located in the 49000 block of North Highway 101 in Laytonville, California.

The property was a rural parcel approximately 5 miles from Highway 101, on a dirt road that traveled in a westerly direction. Deputies responded to the scene confirming there was a male adult who was obviously deceased as a result of what appeared to be a violent assault.