Jul 29, 2015

Marissa Carlson arrested again is an understatement

Marissa Carlson was arrested in the hammer and bat incident. Click the link to Kym's blog for details, http://kymkemp.com/2015/07/29/update-on-yesterdays-early-morning-assault/

She will be arraigned, Mr. Kaleb Cockrum will most likely be appointed to represent her, then what?

May 15, 2015

Marissa Carlson tells her attorney she wants to blow this joint but her criminal past foils her plans

This afternoon Marissa Carlson was in Courtroom 5. The District Attorney's office filed "a first amended petition to revoke her probation" from an older case in 2014 and she also had a OR/Bail hearing on the new charges from 2015.

Carlson animatedly spoke with her attorney Mr. Kaleb Cockrum privately and it was loud enough to gather she wanted out of the Humboldt County jail.

DDA Roger Rees told Judge Joyce Hinrichs to deny the request because "the charges are serious and she has a number of failures to appear in the past case."

Judge Hinrichs agreed and declined to release Carlson on OR due to the "potential danger to the community and concerns for public safety."

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May 12, 2015

Just saw her be released in court and here she is back again,

I sat in court and watched Marissa Carlson be released and here she is back in court again.

12 criminal cases in various stages, some resolved, traffic cases, failures to appear and bench warrant.

Just another typical day for Humboldt law enforcement, courts dealing with the same frequent offenders.

Press Release:

On 05/12/15 at about 5:27 a.m., Officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of 15th Street for the report of two suspicious females.  The caller said the females knocked on the door and when confronted said they were looking for a friend’s house.  The females then walked across the street and were seen checking gates and windows. 

Officers located Marissa Carlson, 25, and Jeannine Griffith, 30, both of Eureka, near the location of the incident.  Carlson was positively identified and was arrested for attempted burglary and probation violation.  Griffith was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for possession of a switchblade knife.  Both were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

If you dont see Rex around much for the next two weeks, here is why

He is taking some personal time to volunteer for a church mission in Thailand.

I teased him and said, so you volunteer your time for several causes in the local community, in addition to your job, and this is your idea of a vacation.

Kidding aside, good cause, and wish you and your fellow missionaries well. This is a mission organized by the Faith Center in Eureka.

Church Mission on Human trafficking .Facebook.com/thailandteamfairhcenter for more info

Jacqueline Debets resigns and moves to Auburn?

Two reliable sources indicate that Jacqueline Debets, County's Economic Development Director has resigned and is moving to Auburn.

Stay tuned for more. I will update this post. Awaiting a call back from Ms. Debets.

At 10:30 today, I spoke with Ms. Debets. She did confirm she has a new job with the Community Development agency for the County of Placer. She will be working on a property near the Sunset area intended to be an industrial park, she said. "I will be the lead working with developers" to obtain financing and develop infrastructure.

Her last day is August 14.

"Humboldt County is my home. I am a fifth generation native. I will always love it. Humboldt County has been very good to me. I have been able to do some wonderful work. There is a lot in the works right now. The staff here will pick it up. We need a team to go after grants again, as they are available. It takes a lot of energy and vision to go after grants; not just go after money, but grants that fit the need of our comunity."

"There needs to be colloboration with the Prosperity Center. The City of Eureka has stepped up to economic development in a meaningful way."

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Jul 28, 2015

Crow killing case results in a settlement of a misdemeanor

An intervention hearing was held today for the  case below. The settlement for all cases was a misdemeanor.

May 5, 2015

Connection between Rodney Ortiz and a man currently alleged for shooting crows and disposing of them in a chipper

I was looking into a case in Humboldt Superior Court. I learned from an unnamed source that two of the defendants are former employees of California Redwoods Korbel Mill. The State of California may also be pursuing action in this case which involves shooting crows and disposing of them in a chipper.

The charges in Humboldt Superior Court are killing, maiming, torturing and mutilating an animal as well as unlawful hunting and maiming.

Jeffrey Mitchell Malast is represented by Allan Dollison, Scott William Humphrey by Ken Bareilles, both private attorneys. Timothy Evert Ross is being represented by the Public Defender's office.

Next court date for a motion hearing to file an amended complaint is on May 21 at 2 p.m in Courtroom 5. There is a disposition and reset hearing set at 2 p.m. on June 4.

This same unnamed source claims that after the Hoopa shooting, Rodney and Vincent Ortiz went to the house of Timothy Ross twice before being arrested. The same source said that Rodney Ortiz and Timothy Ross worked together at the Korbel Mill.

Preliminary hearing for William Jarnaghan, Hoopa softball coach charged with 6 counts of sexual acts against underage female victim set for September 29

A disposition and reset hearing for William Jarnaghan was scheduled this afternoon in Courtroom 5.

All alleged counts are against a female victim under 18 years old. Counts 1,2 and 3 are felonies. Sexual penetration/Foreign object PC 289 (h). Counts 4,5 and 6 are misdemeanors. Annoying/Molest a child under 18 years. PC 647.6 (a)(1).

He has been served with a criminal protective order, had to give up firearms, if convicted he will have to register as a sex offender.

Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett has been the prosecutor present in court for the case. Today, DDA Kelly Neel was present for the People. Mr. Neal Sanders is representing Jarnaghan, who did not have to be in court today because he signed a 977 waiver of personal appearance form.

Intervention is set for September 17 at 3 p.m. and Preliminary hearing is set for September 29 at 8:30 a.m.

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Motion to continue in Stiglich case granted, new jury trial date is August 31

Judge Marilyn Miles said that "good cause had been shown" and granted the DA's motion for continuance in the Judson Stiglich case. Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo was present for the People. Mr. David Celli appeared with Stiglich.

Jury trial is August 31, Trial Assignment is August 28 and Trial Readiness is August 26 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2.

Few of Ryan Robinson's family were there. Stiglich was not aware of the court hearing until last night and his family did not know of the court hearing until today when they read my earlier blog post so his family and friends could not make it to court in time.

My post from earlier today:

The District Attorney's office filed a motion on July 21 to ask for a continuance in the Judson Stiglich case.

Motion will be heard this afternoon in Courtroom 2 by Judge Marilyn Miles.

Stiglich is charged with shooting Ryan Robinson.

Leah Jarnaghan fails to appear in court, bench warrant issued for $50,000

Today in Courtroom 5, Leah Jarnaghan was scheduled to be arraigned a felony, child abuse endangerment with possibility of great bodily injury and reckless driving.

She has been convicted of child endangerment before. See second link below.

Despite a signed promise to appear, she failed to show up for court. A bench warrant was issued by Judge Joyce Hinrichs in the amount of $50,000. Deputy District Attorney Kelly Neel was present for the People.

Private attorney Christina Allbright was out of the courtroom when the case was called and when she came back later, they had finished with the case. She informed Judge Hinrichs that was supposed to make a special appearance for Jarnaghan this afternoon.

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A message for Jane Doe #1 from John Kufner's grand-daughter who took the risk to share this on a public forum

John Kufner's grand-daughter contacted me after my previous post where others shared some information. We have been talking for a while, she has been following the trial. She has read the verdict.

I will not be using her real name.

Ed is my grandfather. When I was about 5 years old, Ed was moving me to my father's in Virginia from California because my mom didn't want me anymore. And he took me and my brother to Virginia. He used to drive a little pick up truck. He would want to me touch the gear shift to feel the vibrations. And when me and my brother would fall asleep in the truck, he would have me sit in the middle. My brother is 2 years younger than me. I could feel him putting his right hand inside my pants, and underwear. First rubbing. Then penetration with his fingers. I couldn't understand why or what he was doing, I just knew it was wrong. I didn't have the nerves to tell anyone till a couple years later after it happened. My grandma was the only one who believed me. I went through counseling and talked to a detective and everything. But for some reason the detective didn't want to push the case any further. I remember someone having to come talk to me while I was in school in the counselors office playing with dolls and they would ask me where he touched me, and I would point on the doll. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about what happened. Still have serious mental issues over it. And I know its been about 10-11 years since it happened to me, and I know if it happened to me it has happened to many many many other girls, and/or boys. I just pray that this case goes the way it needs to to protect everyone from him. And I know for me, it will help heal me cause I know that he will be punished for what he has done. And for the other girls, they will grow up and it will help them to know that they were listened to and was being protected by law enforcement like law enforcers are supposed to. Cause I know living all these years knowing he is running around free as a bird, I have feared that he may try to come after me for telling, and I feared for other girls as well. I pray for the girls involved in this case and all the other girls out there that has been hurt by this man. I just couldn't believe that he had done what he has done to other girls the same exact way he had done to me...

Thank you so much for your time.

Three jurors in Kufner case share why they arrived at not guilty verdict

The jury was comprised of seven women and five men. A handful of them stayed to talk with attorneys, staff and me.

I spoke with three jurors, two women and a man.

The first woman juror said, "It was 100 percent not guilty on all counts. From day one, the first three we agreed on, there was one lady who was leaning guilty on assault" but eventually they all agreed unanimously on the verdicts.

They arrived at their decision due to "lack of evidence and lack of testimony."

"There was no CAST interview shared with us, no results of SART exam, Jane Doe and the mother seemed to be on drugs."

"We believed something was there but there was reasonable doubt" due to the way the case was presented.

The second lady juror said, "The DA did a terrible job, he did not present a credible case. Mr. Kufner presented himself very well. The little girl and her mother were not credible. It's a shame because we will never know.

"Mr. Kufner made an effort to take care of the girls. From him to be waiting 10 months in jail, that's a shame."

The gentleman juror basically said the same things.

Jury in Kufner case returns not guilty verdict on all counts

The jury in the John Kufner case only started deliberating at 9:30. At 9:45, the attorneys went in. At 10:13, the courtroom opened.

Kufner was found not guilty on the count charged of continuous sexual abuse and not guilty on lesser counts of lewd and lascivious acts, battery and assault. He whispered thank you to Mr. Russo.