Feb 8, 2016

Vampire Penguin, a new dessert place, holds grand opening on February 13

Grand opening on February 13 of Vampire Penguin, a new dessert place, 3144 Broadway Eureka.

Pictured below is their almond joy special: coconut snow, almonds, chocolate and condensed milk.


Rikers correction officers arested for allegedly smuggling marijuana to inmates, one officer charged with rape for supplying weed

http://news.yahoo.com/guard-n-y-rikers-jail-charged-rape-smuggling-203612443.html

Gunner, the marijuana sniffing canine, should visit California jails and prisons.

Reckless driver arrested at Palco Marsh has prior conviction, one of the activists charged with interference has ties to Occupy Eureka and is not even local

Of the four people arrested February 5 at the Palco Marsh, Stanton Wood was arrested in 2012 at a vacant house squatting and allegedly was one of the five identified himself as part of the Occupy Eureka movement. http://www.times-standard.com/article/ZZ/20120119/NEWS/120119334

Frederick Schallenberg plead guilty to several charges in 2013.


Feb 5, 2016

16 calls within 2 hours with various incidents at Palco Marsh including reckless driving that almost hit an EPD Captain and citizens







On February 4, 2016, Detectives from the Eureka Police Department Problem Oriented Policing Team (POP) were assisting with the weekly inmate work crew (SWAP) cleanup of the Palco Marsh.  A group of activists and advocates were on scene videotaping and speaking with Detectives and residents of the marsh.

At about 2:00 p.m., two activists began to interfere with the cleanup and got in the way of equipment.  Stanton Wood, 29 of Florida, and Hannah Zivolich, 20 of Irvine, were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF) for interfering and obstructing.

At about 2:30 p.m., while an EPD Captain was speaking with homeless advocates, a silver sedan recklessly drove through the marsh at a high rate of speed, passing in close proximity to the Captain and a couple citizens.  The vehicle continued south through the marsh on an access road and additional officers were requested to respond.

Officers located the vehicle still running but unoccupied a few hundred yards south from where it was originally seen.  Officers found the male driver attempting to hide in a bush nearby.  As Officers were attempting to make contact with the male, his large dog aggressively charged at the two officers.  One Officer attempted to use OC spray but the dog changed directions and started toward the second officer.  The second Officer was forced to discharge his firearm.  The dog was struck and died immediately.

The male was identified as Frederick Schallenberg, 35 of Eureka.  Schallenberg was arrested and booked into HCCF for DUI, driving on a suspended license and reckless driving.

At 2:33 p.m., while the reckless driving incident was still being investigated, a mall employee called reporting that a male that had stolen a pair of red shoes two days ago was inside the mall wearing the stolen shoes.  No Officers were available to respond at the time of the call.

At 3:15 p.m., a caller reported that a male was attempting to start a vehicle in the parking lot with a screwdriver.  An Officer responded and contacted the male, later identified as Dillon Gallatin, 25 of North Carolina.  A mall employee came out and said that Gallatin had stolen the pair of red shoes he was wearing two days ago.  Gallatin immediately fled from the Officer, through the parking lot, into the mall, and out through the Palco Marsh.  Gallatin eventually tired out and was taken into custody without further incident.  Gallatin was transported and booked into HCCF for resisting arrest and possession of a concealed dagger.  His involvement in theft from mall stores is currently under investigation.

16 additional calls for service came through the Eureka Police Communication Center during this chaotic 2 hour period. 

Townhall meeting at the Grange in Petrolia with Supervisor Rex Bohn, Undersheriff William Honsal, Public Works Tom Mattson and Measure Z representative

On February 10, a meeting at the Grange in Petrolia, which was going to be about roads has been expanded to address other issues. Supervisor Rex Bohn, Undersheriff William Honsal, Interim County CAO Cheryl Dillingham and Measure Z Representative John Flyer, who was appointed by Supervisor Bohn will also be at the meeting.




Jason Warren sentenced to life without possibility of parole for the murders of Dorothy Ulrich and Suzanne Seemann

The Court sentenced the defendant to life without possibility of parole for count 1 (Dorothy Ulrich), a consecutive term of life without possibility of parole for count 2 (Suzanne Seemann); and indeterminate terms  of life for each of the attempted murder counts (Jessica Hunt and Terri Vroman Little)
He imposed the maximum restitution fine of $10,000 and then ordered restitution to be paid to Shirley Ortega in the amount of $6,450.

Third street stabbing victim under influence of drugs, damages ER quipment and is arrested for felony vandalism

EPD Captain Steve Watson gave me an update on last night's stabbing on 3rd street.

"The victim was under the influence of drugs, barely remembered anything and was reportedly very vague about the details of what happened.  We can’t even confirm yet because of this whether or not he was actually stabbed or somehow injured by some other means (it was investigated a s a possible stabbing however).   He did sustain a couple of puncture wounds to his abdomen which are not inconsistent with stab wounds, but these were not deep enough to damage any internal organs.  The victim was healthy enough after treatment at a local ER to damage equipment there. He was arrested by EPD for felony vandalism, criminal threats and resisting/obstructing officers.

The original call came in around 4:15 PM near the Saint Vincent de Paul Dining Facility but it is believed he was moved there from another location where the incident occurred. 

We’re not releasing his name at this time because he might also be a victim of a crime.  "

With all the crime and violence, do we need more laws to protect criminals?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/07/thousands-ny-state-sex-offenders-due-to-disappear-from-public-registry.html

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/07/more-than-20-texas-town-repeal-sex-offender-residency-law.html

http://m.sfgate.com/crime/article/Board-wants-to-remove-low-risk-sex-offenders-from-5503219.php

With all the crimes and violence, let's pass more laws to protect convicted criminals.

And when tragedy strikes again, let's blame law enforcement.

Non profits that care about criminals can get their own funding. That is monet that could go to educate, house, shelter, feed people who don't break the law and harm others.

Feb 7, 2016

Sirens going off again in Eureka? Another incident or related to the stabbing in Old Town?

Kym Kemp, Channel 3 and LOCO are all reporting an alleged stabbing on 3rd street in Eureka.

According to LOCO, J and L Towing owners said the suspect was wearing a yellow rain jacket, a group of transients dropped the alleged victim, apparently transient off near the business and asked them to call the ambulance.

According to LOCO and a comment from one of the owners, they stay at their business instead of home because they are afraid of break ins every night.

Sirens just went off again.

In Old Town, sirens are a daily frequent reminder. Business owners have to be in fear, many residents who live in Old Town feel the same.

Meanwhile, thanks to drugs and the lax bleeding heart laws in California like Prop 47, criminals and drug addicts victimize law abiding citizens, which includes transients.

Maybe the City of Eureka could put up this sign in Old Town:

Welcome to Old Town Eureka. As tourist attraction, we offer daily stabbings, gunshots and sirens. We have our own Walking Dead.

Feb 6, 2016

Supervisors looking at long term and short term solutions to concern about negative balance in the Aviation Fund

There is a lot of positive in the mid year report to be discussed this Tuesday during the Board of Supervisors meeting. One item, however, caught the eye of a regular reader.

Here is the link to the agenda:

https://humboldt.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=456442&GUID=354E375A-DB08-4993-9162-E573BD3CA646&Options=info&Search


The item that this reader was concerned about:


3530 - Aviation Enterprise Fund The Aviation Enterprise Fund began this fiscal year with a negative fund balance of ($674,128). It should be noted that the fund received a $500,000 loan from Motor Pool in the current fiscal year to assist with cash flow. This loan will contribute the negative fund balance resulting in a negative balance of $1.2 million at the end of FY 2015-16. The department now estimates that the negative fund balance may be even larger due to decreased federal reimbursement for security services from the Transportation Security Administration and unanticipated employee related expenses. Based on the 5 Year Financial Forecast that was before your Board on February 2 the Aviation Fund has an ongoing annual structural deficit of over $500,000. The continued negative cash balance and structural deficit in the Aviation Enterprise Fund raises concern. This is because enterprise funds are classified by accounting standards as "business-type activities" and are supposed to stand on their own without the sort of short-term borrowing typical of the county's governmental funds. Aviation needs to increase revenues or reduce expenditures to eliminate the structural deficit. If this is not accomplished over the next year the deficit will continue to increase and repayment of the loan will become challenging. This growing liability could have the potential to become the responsibility of the General Fund. The county remains committed to maintaining a regional airport that offers commercial air service and will continue to look for solutions to ensure Aviation's long term sustainability.


I contacted and was able to reach Supervisors Virginia Bass and Ryan Sundberg. They gave some initial comments over the weekend."We will be looking at how we might be able to do things differently as far as re-organization," said Supervisor Bass. "

"It is a much more complex discussion then move X or Y or do x or y."

"In the best of all worlds we could make aviation a separate department or division but given the constraints that we are facing we need to deal with reality and make improvements where we can," said Supervisor Bass.

"This is actually an opportunity for us to excel at reorganization and making sure that we maximize our highest potential. There are no easy answers but the fact that we are addressing our shortcomings is indicative of the proactive agency that we are."

Supervisor Ryan Sundberg said that both, he and Supervisor Bass have been working on short term and long term solutions.

I thank this reader for this tip. I would also encourage this reader and others to provide feedback and suggestions to all Supervisors at the next meeting. 

Black Lightining Motorcycle Cafe has the best idea for Valentine's promotion and it's not just for couples

 I have stayed away too long from one of my favorite local businesses and places to eat in Humboldt.

BLMC now displays a sample or two of freshly prepared food selections daily so you get to see and smell what you will be enjoying soon.

They also have the best Valentine idea, pictured below. Valentine's Day is not just about couples and you can use the coupon below for a friend, co-worker, even an enemy!

Your friend gets 10 % off and you get a chance to win a $75 BLMC certificate.