Oct 21, 2016

Humboldt Bay Fire and City Ambulance out on 2nd Street in Old Town

Humboldt Bay Fire and City Ambulance on 2nd Street between H and I in front of a duplex arrived around 6 p.m. Ambulance left five minutes ago, HBF just left.

No police.

Fortuna Chief Dobberstein addresses misleading information in mailer about Measure E

Chief Dobberstein Responds to letter sent to some residents:

October 21, 2016

An open letter to the citizens of Fortuna,

Yesterday I was given a copy of a mailer that was sent to many Fortuna residents urging a NO vote on the upcoming Measure E. As Chief of Police, I cannot take an official public stand in support or against the measure; however, I can address misleading and incorrect information as it relates to my department. I have a duty to my staff and our citizens to address the very misleading information included in this mailer.

The mailer states that the City is planning on increasing “salary and benefits” if this measure is passed. This is news to me. I have not had one discussion with any member of the City Council about using these funds for salary and benefit increases. If fact all discussions regarding additional funding have been focused on adding at least 3 vital sworn officer positions to the Fortuna Police Department including a Detective, a Problem Oriented Police officer of “POP” officer and a School Resource Officer.

Comerica Bank that owns the loan to Budget Motel has served the Kushwahas with receivership documents

Attorneys were in court today before Judge Dale Reinholtsen. Next court hearing at 1:45 on November 17.

Confirmation of receiver will be decided at next hearing.

From West's Dictionary of American Law:

A court order whereby all the property subject to dispute in a legal action is placed under the dominion and control of an independent person known as a receiver.
Receivership is an extraordinary remedy, the purpose of which is to preserve property during the time needed to prosecute a lawsuit, if a danger is present that such property will be dissipated or removed from the jurisdiction of the court if a receiver is not appointed. Receivership takes place through a court order and is utilized only in exceptional circumstances and with or without the consent of the owner of the property.

Jail access motion withdrawn for now, setting for Maxx Robison continued to December 14

A motion regarding laptop access into the jail and setting for preliminary was scheduled this afternoon for Maxx Robison.

Public Defender Ms. Jennifer Dixon told Judge Joyce Hinrichs, "I am withdrawing my motion for electronic access without prejudice."

"A concerted effort has been made between the Jail, County Counsel, and the Public Defender's office and the IT Department has remedied the problem."

Ms. Dixon said she had discussed the matter with Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees, who is prosecuting the case. Since most of the case is electronic. they discussed a six week disposition and reset hearing.

IT is working with Public Defender's office, County Counsel and the jail  to remedy the situation,

Deputy DA Carolyn Schaffer was present for the People. She was subbing in for Mr. Rees on this case today.

Setting is now rescheduled for December 14 at 10:15 a.m.

Oct 12, 2016

McCullens motel shooting suspect preliminary date to be set after jail access decision on electronic discovery is decided

McMullen's motel shooting suspect, Maxx Robison, had a setting date today for his preliminary. That got put over to October 20 at 2 p.m. since a petition by his attorney, Ms. Jennifer Dixon has yet to be decided.
She had requested a court order for jail access for a computer to be brought in. "Mr. Robison has information on his case which is mostly electronic discovery."

Who do you believe in the Measure V wars? Hillary Mosher responds to allegations

Yesterday, Humboldt Consequential did this post:


I contacted Hillary Mosher to ask if she wanted to respond. She did get back to me. I appreciate Ms. Mosher's time and what she shared.

This is the part of our conversation that is her on record response:

"I will not dignify this scurrilous libel with a response."

Today, I got some more information.

Twitter, Sound Cloud, Spotify not working? Here's why

Twitter not working for you? Here's why?



Judge Carter grants motion to dismiss charges against Nicholas Leigl in Jesus Garcia homicide, he is free

This morning Visiting Judge Carter heard arguments from both from Deputy David Christensen and Nicholas Leigl's attorney, Mr. Michael Acosta, on the defense 995 motion to dismiss all charges.

After hearing from both attirneys, the Judge explained why she granted the defense motion. She told the defendant, " Mr. Leigl, find some new friends."

He will be released from custody as all charges against to him were dismissed.

Leigl, is one of four suspects in the Jesus Garcia homicide.

The motion has been continued twice, last time on October 5, when it was scheduled in Courtroom 4.

Only KIEM and myself were in court this morning.

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Oct 20, 2016

EPD issues vehicle security cards in effort to reduce vehicle related thefts

If you happen to find one of these “Vehicle Security Report Cards” on your
windshield sometime don’t worry, it is not a ticket.

Court rejects conditional plea for Charles Cole, new jury trial on December 12

Charles Cole was scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon in Courtroom 1. Judge John Feeney rejected the conditional plea.

A petition had been submitted to the DA. The DA's office cited the same codes as probation. Probation recommended that even with dog obedience classes, they were concerned about the possible return of Cole's dog to him which was a part of the conditional plea.

Those penal codes are 597 (g) 1 and 597.9.

About 30 people showed up and all of these people are against Cole ever owning a pet.

Sep 12, 2016

"It was not the first choice of either side"; instead of second jury trial, Charles Cole pleads guilty to animal abuse in one case, simple battery in another case

A second jury trial was scheduled this morning for Charles Cole for his animal cruelty case. Instead he plead guilty to a misdemeanor; animal abuse. In his other case, he plead out to a PC 242; simple battery.

"It was not the first choice of either side," Cole's attorney, Mr. Kaleb Cockrum told me. The resolution is what a juror had suggested after the first trial, said Mr. Cockrum.

Cole will be supervised. Part of the terms of his probation are anger management classes and dog obedience classes. If he complies with the terms of his probation, there will be a "structured release" of his dog, said Mr. Cockrum. There are also terms of probation in place for the protection of Cole's dog.

Sentencing is on October 20.

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Man located with gunshot wound in BMW, Lil Tank, one of the main witnesses in Jesus Garcia homicide

Word on the street is that the person found in the BMW is Lil Tank aka Mike Grant.

He is one of the key witnesses in the Jesus Garcia jomicid

Before this, allegedly Grant drove by Dan Leigl's house and shot at the house after a conversation he had with with Nicholas Leigl's sister.

Nicholas Leigl is one of four suspects in the Jesus Garcia homicide.

EPD Capatian Watson said due to confidentiality, he cannot comment on the identity of the victim and also because "this is still an open investigation."

EPD Press Release:

On October 17, 2016, at about 12:41 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to the 1600 block of G Street for the report of shots heard in the vicinity.  Officers searched the area but were unable to locate any suspects, victims, or evidence of a shooting.