Apr 25, 2015

Rose Cooper who was busted for China White arraigned and denied release on OR; bail set at $10,000 for two cases; will her fiance show up at the next court hearing?

Rose Cooper was arraigned yesterday in Courtroom 1. Public Defender Meagain O' Connell appeared specially for Conflict Counsel, who will represent Cooper in the two cases filed agianst her by the District Attorney's office. One is for alleged violation of probation and the new complaint is for posession of heroin and meth.

A formal OR/Bail hearing will be held on April 27 at 2 p.m. to address whether Cooper will stay in custody until her jury trial or be on supervised release. Probation will weigh in on that in a report before the next hearing. Cooper tried to get released yesterday claiming she is a long term Humboldt resident, has a fiance, parents but DDA Roger Rees opposed her release. He confirmed due the charges I listed in my previous post which led to several arrests said her failure to appear in court 13 times.

Judge feeney said due to the number of her failures to appear, he was denying her release on OR.

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Rose Cooper busted today has three prior felony convictons for drugs: 2011, 2008, 2007. In one case,she has a Prop 36 review date. Being on probation hasn't deterred her. Among two other cases, she has minor offenses likexdriving with no valid license, failure ti stop at a stop sign. In the past 2008 case with guilty conviction, she was found guilty of providing false id to a peace officer and unauthorized possession of a hypodermic syringe.

HCSO Press-Release:

On 04-22-2015, at approximately 10:15 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a probation search at a residence located in the 400 block of Par Ave., Redway.  Sheriff’s deputies had received tips of ongoing narcotic traffic at this particular residence.

 During the search of the residence, deputies located nearly an ounce of suspected heroin.  Some of the suspected heroin resembled that of “China White” which is a uniquely pure form of heroin.  One of the residents, Rose Cooper (age 33), was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance for sales, illegal possession of a prescribed medication, and violation of probation.

Cooper was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional facility where she was booked for these charges.  Cooper’s bail was set at $50,000.

Possible resoultion in William Hillegeist case who was dumped by his former boo and current co-defendant while in jail

Courtroom One
Judge John Feeney
Defense: Ben McLaughlin
People: DDA Roger Rees

William Hillegeist has several cases. One in which he is is alleged with firing shots in Freshwater park, another alleged robbery at gunpoint at a local motel. The links below have all the details including when he started blubbering in court seeing his former boo with a new man.

There may be a possible resolution in his case but it didn't happen yesterday. His attorney Mr. McLaughlin and DDA Rees met with Judge Feeney privately in chambers. Next court date is a disposition and reset hearing at 2 p.m. on May 27 in Courtroom 1.

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Apr 24, 2015

The sky isn't falling...yet regarding budget cuts for EPD, Eureka City Manager does confirm pending cuts to all departments will be proposed

I just spoke with Eureka City Manager Greg Sparks. He explained that city staff is working with all city departments on the 2015-16 budget 'to bring the city budget into balance." The management team will then submit their recommendations to City Council members. And the public will have their chance to weigh in.

"Over the last number of years, revenue has been stagnant," said Mr. Sparks. "Sales tax which is an important source of revenue has declined. Income has not kept up with inflation." The passage of Measure Q was helpful in staving off a loss of 2.4 million dollars, he said.

"Pension costs are a difficult part of the budget," said Mr. Sparks. "For some departments, pensions make up 20% of the budget." The Fire Department is fully staffed and EPD is "close to fully staffed.
Last year, there was a high level of fire and police departments not filled. Both Chiefs have been successful in getting positions filled but that is not the reason for the proposed cuts. All departments will face reductions. "

"This is a simple matter of revenue not increasing versus expenses," said Mr. Sparks.

Forensic pathologist testifies that Arcata chef could have survived stab wound, had he got to the ER within the hour

This morning's testimony in the jury trial for Juan Ferrer started with forensic pathologist Dr. Mark Super testifying that Douglas Anderson did not have to die. If he had made it to the ER, his life could have been saved and the wound to his heart repaired.

Today's court session ended with jurors hearing incriminating texts between Ferrer and one of his companions that night.

The prosecution has maintained that Ferrer and his two companions left Anderson to die on the streets of Arcata. Ferrer's friends and co-defendants have denied they knew Ferrer stabbed Anderson. The defense is claiming a justified killing.

This morning, once again, Dr. Super's testimony bolstered the prosecution's opening arguments and discredited the Ferrer's attorney's claim that Anderson was a heavy drinker and discredited the claim made by Sophie Rocheleau's defense attorney, Benjamin Okin that Anderson was a drug user.

The jury saw photos peppered with Dr. Super's testimony. The first photo shown was Anderson lying on a hospital gurney with medical devices attached. Dr. Supere then described the injuries sustained by Anderson. "A single stab wound to the chest, two small lacerations inside and outside upper lip and minor bruises and abrasions." Nicholas Stoiber punched Anderson and Sophie Rocheleau kicked him. The prosecution contends that Ferrer stabbed Anderson, the defense claims Anderson "fell on the knife." Super's testimony did not support the defense claim.

An injury that was mentioned for the first time was "a cut on the left index finger towards plam."
This is relevant because the puncture wound was in Anderson's left upper chest and Dr. Super testified that "the wound was caused by a single inch knife" and that the cut was "at or time of death" and it was a "fresh wound." He also characterized it as a "defensive wound."

Anderson's cause of death was "a stab wound to the chest." Then we saw a photo of Anderson's heart where the stab wound had punctured a hole in his heart. The blood went outside into the sac, coagulated and the heart could not beat and this causes death faster, said Dr. Super.

This is a condition called Cardiac tamponade.  Cardiac tamponade is pressure on the heart that occurs when blood or fluid builds up in the space between the heart muscle (myocardium) and the outer covering sac of the heart (pericardium).

There would not be a lot of external bleeding in this case, said Dr. Super. He also detected the angle and measured the length of the wound by inserting a scapel without its handle into the chest where the hole was and the "it was a 3 and half inch wound." Based on Anderson's height of five feet and 11 inches, the stab wound was from left to right and upward.

"Is this wound survivable?" asked DDA Roger Rees.

"Such wounds have been survivable, if bleeding could have been stopped," said Dr. Super. "It depends on how fast it could have been corrected. It also depends on the health of the individual." Dr. Super said Anderson was in average health. He said had Anderson "ot to the ER within the hour, he could have survived."

Based on his experience with 10,000 autposies, Dr. Super said he did not see any track marks on Anderson indicating any IV drug use, he did not see any chronic alcohol abuse signs but Anderson's lungs indicated he " was a heavy smoker."

DDA Rees asked Dr. Super if he could tell if Anderson had been stabbed or of he fell on the knife. Dr. Super said no autopsy determines how the knife got there but that in a stabbing, "skin and bones are pierced." The wound would not be so deep, he added. "I'm not a big fan of people falling on a knife unless it is on a stake on a ground.

This is the tip of the iceberg and Eureka City wants to cut the EPD budget, shame on whoever's stupid idea this is

Cut non-essential expenses and leave the EPD alone.

Press Release:

On 04/24/15 at about 1:09 a.m., Officers were dispatched to the vicinity of 5th and N Streets for the report of a male that had just been stabbed.  Officers located the victim who had multiple bleeding cuts to both hands.

The victim reported that he was sleeping in the bushes near 5th and N Streets, when he was awakened by a male subject standing over him with a knife and demanding money.  The victim said that when he told the suspect he did not have any money, the suspect began stabbing him with the knife.

The victim was able to fend off the suspect, but sustained several cuts to his hands as a result.  The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non life threatening injuries.

The victim was unable to provide a description of the suspect, because the suspect had instructed him not to look at him.


On 04/24/15 at about 6:08 a.m., Officers from the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to the vicinity of Dean and 16th Streets for the report of a suspicious male and female who were checking door handles of vehicles.  Several callers directed officers to the location of the suspects. 

Officers located Trevor Adam Gibney, 25, and Misty Marie Mililgan, 29, both of Eureka, at the 2200 block of Harrison Ave.  Gibney was searched per his probation status and was found to be in possession of property not belonging to him.  Milligan told officers that Gibney had smashed a vehicle window and removed property from inside and gave it to her.  Officers were able to locate two vehicles in the vicinity that had been broken into.  Some of the property located in Gibney’s possession contained the names of the vehicle owners. 

Gibney and Milligan were arrested for burglary and probation violations.  Milligan was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  Gibney was medically declined by jail staff due to an existing injury and was transported to the hospital for evaluation.  He was ultimately cleared and transported back to the jail for booking. 

Wade Harris bumps Dan Dobbs and Shiloh Chase for the frequently arrested award, for now

On 04-23-2015, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Sheriff’s Deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 700 block of Redwood Drive, Garberville.  The driver of the vehicle, Wade Harris (age 33), is a local probationer with a search and seizure clause.
Deputies searched the vehicle Harris was driving and located numerous items consistent with burglary tools.  The items included bolt cutters, zip ties, screw drivers, drill bits, gloves, and other tools commonly used to burglarize.  Harris is also a person of interest in the home invasion robbery that occurred earlier this week on Holmes Flat Road.  Due to this ongoing investigation, deputies seized $6,686 that was on Harris’ person.
Harris was placed under arrest for possession of burglary tools and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF).

While at the HCCF, an investigator with the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office interviewed Harris regarding a pending case where Harris was suspected to have disposed a handgun during a traffic stop.  This case stems from an incident where Harris was stopped by an officer with the California Highway Patrol on 04-13-2015 in Eureka.  During this incident, Harris fled from the officer and is suspected to have disposed of items from within the vehicle along the roadway while out of view of the officer.  A loaded .45 caliber pistol was later located during a search of the area along the route where Harris fled.  Based on this information, the investigator subsequently placed Harris under arrest for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Based on Harris’ long history of criminal activity, coupled with these most recent events and the increased level of violence associated with his criminal conduct, the investigator sought and obtained a bail enhancement pursuant to PC1269.  As a result, Harris was booked at the HCCF with bail set at $500,000.00.

City of Eureka proposing 1 million dollar cut to Eureka Police Department budget

Councilmember Marian Brady has not heard anything about this specifically. She did tell me that there are no reserves, that the City Manager wants to get the budget sustainable again and the Council will be looking at the budget. The police department is currently fully staffed so she does not know if this will impact new hiring  positions.

Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills just confirmed that this is correct.

I am waiting to hear back from City Manager Greg Sparks and other City Councilmembers about why and what exactly will be cut. I am also curious to see who proposed this solution?

"Dude, I am not trying to scare you but I'm sure lossy coast outpost is about us", incriminating text messages between Juan Ferrer and Nicholas Stoiber shown to jury

In his opening argument, DDA Roger Rees mentioned some of the text messages between defendant Juan Ferrer, who is currently on trial, charged with the murder of Abruzzi chef Douglas Anderson and Ferrer's previous co-defendant Nicholas Stoiber who got a plea deal.

DDA Roger Rees recalled Acting Sgt. Chris Ortega to the stand today towards the end of the morning. Acting Sgt. Ortega established cell-phone numbers that belonged to Stoiber and Ferrer and then the jury saw a visual of text message exchanges between Stoiber and Ferrer. Anderson-Jordet succumbed to his stab wound injuries the early morning of November 25. On December 3rd, Ferrer's friends and former co-defendants Sophie Rocheleau and Nicholas Stoiber arrived at APD "of their own free will." Ferrer was brought to APD by detectives.

Ferrer texts Stoiber about wanting to see him and talk to him. The first incriminating text is from Ferrer: "Dude, I am not trying to scare you but I'm sure lossy coast outpost is about us."

Another text message is from Stoiber: "For sure, I've not spoken to anyone as I am still kinda trippin.."

Ferrer: "Only my sister aside from you and soph and my fam are gangsters no snitching"

Ferrer: "Do you think we are in the clear?

Stoiber: "Clear enough, no witnesses besides us."

Ferrer: "Word, brother"

There were also a couple text messages in the same exchange which Ferrer's defense attorney, Mr. Marek Reavis referred to where they discuss if the 50 year old guy who died is the same one they had an altercation with because they thought Anderson-Jordet looked like 30 years old.

On Monday, the People will play a video for the jury that is an hour long and the first interview with law enforcement in which Ferrer denies involvement. There is a second audio recording that is a second interview in which Ferrer changes his testimony.