Mar 8, 2014

Eric says Paul is definitely not running, I will wait and see on the 12th

Eric it is not that I dont want to believe you but last time a source close to Paul said he would run, then Paul said he was not running.

I am going to wait and see what happens on the 12th regarding anyone else stepping in to run for DA. It seems he has not filed for District Attorney but I want to confirm that myself on Monday because I want to see if he has filed for any other office.

So comments about Paul's plans are being published but until I verify myself with the Elections office, this post stays.

Mar 7, 2014

Few more details on Anderson case, McLaughlin vs Brownfield

2 counts of special allegation of felony sex offense and serious sex offense have been added to the charges. Bail that was set at $850,00 has not yet been posted. Anderson plead not guilty to all charges. Next court date is March 19 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 1.

There is a post with background information on the case that was posted on 3/6 on this blog.

Chiv'd...thanks Loco for the new moniker

Just noticed today that the link to my blog on LOCO was Chiv'd.

So does Hank, Ryan, Andrew or Kym get credit?

I like it.

EPD narotics search leads to recovery of stolen property

On the late afternoon of 03/05/14, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) served a SearchWarrant in the 100 block of 2nd Street. The Search Warrant was authored in response to numerous complaints of in and out foot traffic at this location.

As a result of the warrant service, detectives located a large amount of narcotic prescription medication and stolen property from several differentlocal residents. The prescription medication is believed to be possessed for the purpose of illegal street sales, and the stolen items were determined to be stolen property from several different local theft cases.

Patrick Dale Berg (64) was taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale. The additional charge of Possession of Stolen Property will be added at the completion of this investigation.

Hash Lab Arrest in Arcata

On 3/7/14, at approximately 7:45 a.m., Humboldt County Drug Task Force (H.C.D.T.F.) Agents, assisted by the Arcata Police Department, served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant in the 1200 block of Devlin Court, Arcata.

When agents arrived at the residence they saw one of the occupants jump out a side window. The suspect was immediately caught. He was identified as William Jacob Seitz, 23 years old from San Diego. 

When the agents entered the residence they detained four other people, two males and two females. Agents searched the residence and located a Hash Lab, along with an indoor marijuana grow. The agents located and seized 75 growing marijuana plants ranging from 1” to 4’ tall, two pounds of Hash, approximately ten pounds of marijuana leaves, three Hash manufacturing pipes, three empty cases of butane and a .45 caliber semi auto handgun with a loaded magazine. The handgun was located in the marijuana grow room.

Agents spoke Kacey Ray Chunn, 33 years old, who was identified as the person who lived in the home. Agents interviewed the three other detained people and learned they were visiting. The three were identified as an 18 year old female, from Twenty Nine Palms, California, a 21 year old female from Arlington, Texas, and a 22 year old male from Los Angeles.  After being interviewed they were released.

Chunn was arrested for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, manufacturing a controlled substance, armed in the commission of a felony and maintaining a drug house. Seitz was arrested for violation of probation and resisting arrest. They were both transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Chunn’s bail was set at $525,000.00. Seitz was booked and released on his own recognizance.

            Anyone with information for the Humboldt County Drug Task Force can call 707-444-8095. If you live in the City Limits of Eureka the Eureka Police Problem Oriented Policing Unit can be reached at 707-441-4373

Large Meth-Herion seizure

On 3/6/14, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Humboldt County Drug Task Force (H.C.D.T.F.). Agents, assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at an apartment on Lawndale Court in Fortuna. Agents had obtained a search warrant for the apartment and two vehicles belonging to the two listed suspects on the warrant. Prior to service of the warrant, H.C.D.T.F. Agents saw one of the listed suspects, who was later identified as Laurenco Carbajal Licano, 24 years old from Hildago, Mexico, leave the apartment and drive a short distance to a local shopping center. Agents watched the suspect vehicle drive into the parking lot of the shopping center and meet another male subject, later identified as James Edward Stark, 56 years old from Fortuna. The two met briefly and spoke. Agents then watched Stark walk away on foot from Licano. A deputy driving a marked Sheriff’s Patrol car initiated traffic stop on the Licano as it left the shopping center.  Licano was detained while Agents conducted a search of his vehicle. The search revealed several ounces of methamphetamine and heroin packaged for sales. These items were found in hidden compartments in the vehicle. Stark was also contacted by Agents as he walked away and through the shopping center. Stark was interviewed and searched. Agents located approximately ¼ gram of Heroin in Stark’s pocket. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Licano was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession for sale of a controlled substance, transportation of a controlled substance, possession of illicit drugs, possession for sale of illicit drugs, transportation of illicit drugs, driving unlicensed and having a false compartment to transport drugs. Licano and Stark were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional facility where they were booked. Stark told Agents that he swallowed six grams of Heroin just prior to their contacting him. Stark is being observed by medical personnel in the Correctional Facility. Stark’s bail was set at $25,000.00. Licona’s bail was set at $50,000.00.

The second male subject listed on the warrant was not located during the search and further investigation will be conducted to locate that suspect. 

The search of the Lawndale apartment was then conducted and DTF Agents discovered large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin packaged for sales. They found scales, packaging material and two pounds of marijuana bud, along with $18,200.00 in cash. In total, over one pound, two ounces of Crystal Methamphetamine was seized and over a 1/2 pound of Heroin was seized during the service of this warrant. 

The estimated whole value of the methamphetamine seized is $21,400.00 dollars. The estimated wholesale value of the Heroin sized is approximately $10,000.00     

            The 2010 Chevy Camero that Licano was driving was seized by Agents for Asset Forfeiture proceedings.

            Anyone with information for the Humboldt County Drug Task Force can call 707-444-8095. If you live in the City Limits of Eureka the Eureka Police Problem Oriented Policing Unit can be reached at 707-441-4373

Road Rage in Fortuna lands man in hospital

On 03-05-2014, at approximately 10:20 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of man at Redwood Memorial Hospital, Fortuna who was being treated for an assault.

            A deputy responded to the hospital emergency room and met with the 22 year old male victim from Fortuna, and his 19 year old girlfriend who witnessed the incident. The deputy could see the victim had abrasions on his forehead, a swollen left eye socket and lacerations to his mouth. The victim also received a broken hand which required surgery.

            The victim reported he was driving with his girlfriend in his white 2005 Audi southbound on US 101, at about 12th street at approximately 10:10 a.m., on 03-05-2014, when they noticed a Blue Dodge or Ford truck following them. They exited U.S. 101 onto Kenmar Road, Fortuna and began to drive south on Eel River Drive. The truck drove in front of them and began forcing him by slowing down and swerving side to side, while the solo driver motioned for them to stop. They stopped at the area of the Strawberry Farm. The victim got out of his vehicle to see why the truck driver was stopping him. The driver of the truck exited his vehicle and then beat up the victim with his fists.

            The girlfriend told the deputy they may have accidentally cut off the suspect, which upset the suspect.

The suspect is described as follows: White male adult, approximately 6’4”, approximately 250 lbs, brown hair, late twenties to early thirties. The suspect vehicle is described as Blue Dodge or Ford, Oregon Plates with a number “8” in the sequence.

            Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

4th, 5th Districts and DA candidate update

In the 4th District, Virginia Bass and Chris Kerrigan are still the only 2 candidates. Kerrigan has still not turned in his nomination papers but he does have until 5 p.m. today.

In the 5th District, Ryan Sundberg and Sharon LaTour have submitted all papers. No new candidate has filed intent.

Elan, Maggie and Allan have all turned in all the paperwork required. Arnie still has to submit nominations papers. He too has until 5 p.m. today.

We will know by Wednesday if Paul is going to run.

This update is of 9:45 today.

Deceased male found on Singley Rd, cause of death being investigated

On 03-07-2014, at approximately 6:50 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible deceased male along the side of Singley Hill Road, Loleta. Medical personnel was summoned to the scene and confirmed the male was deceased. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives, California Highway Patrol Officers and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene.
            After an initial investigation, it is unknown what caused the man’s death. The case is currently turned over to the Humboldt County’s Coroner’s Office to identify the deceased man and determine his cause of death.

            Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Mar 6, 2014

Duo arrested for stolen property, gunshots fired near Freshwater Park

On 03-06-2014, at approximately 12:50 p.m. , the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a man and woman yelling at each other at Freshwater park. The caller said they were associated with a grey truck.  About the same time the call came in, a second citizen called on 911 stating they heard two gunshots in the area of the park.  Sheriff’s Deputies and  a California Highway Patrol officer responded to the park.

            While deputies were enroute to the park, another caller told Sheriff’s Dispatch they saw a man with a shotgun walking around in Freshwater Park. Both Garfield and Freshwater Elementary Schools  were notified of the call by Sheriff’s dispatch. Garfield Elementary initiated a lockdown of the school as a precaution.

            The first deputies arrived at Freshwater Park at approximately 1:05 p.m., with CHP Officers and additional deputies arriving soon after. The park and surrounding area were checked with neither the vehicle or suspects located.

            Two Sheriff’s cars continued up Kneeland road and located a gray truck parked along Kneeland Road, approximately two miles up from the park. A man and woman were with the truck. The deputies detained the man and woman. The truck was searched by the deputies for a weapon. While the deputies were searching the truck, Sheriff’s Dispatch told the deputies a passing motorist driving by the scene before law enforcement arrived; saw the male suspect with a hand gun and it appeared he just fired it. The passing motorist responded to Freshwater Park and showed deputies the area where he saw the shots being fired. Deputies located three spent 9mm shell casings on the ground at the entrance of Freshwater Park.

            The deputies who searched the truck located a loaded 9 mm semi auto handgun under the hood of the truck, wrapped in a basketball type jersey. The loaded magazine of the handgun was missing three rounds. Deputies also located a lap top computer that had been reported stolen to Eureka Police, along with approximately two pounds of dried marijuana and a scale.

The detained man was identified as William Duane Hillegeist, 31 years old and the detained woman Sara Balke, 26 years old, both reside in Eureka. They were both arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked on charges of possession of marijuana, transportation of marijuana, possession of stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Their bail was set at $25,000.00 each.

Deputies were able to determine during their investigation there was no shotgun, only a handgun.

            Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Anderson prelim today, McLaughlin vs Brownfield round 2

Judge Miles presided over the preliminary hearing today. Anderson will be arraigned for trial. Ben McLaughlin, defense attorney; Luke Brownfield for the People. Judge John Feeney is expected to be trial judge.

2 counts of special allegation of felony sex offense and serious sex offense have been added to the charges. Bail that was set at $850,00 has not yet been posted. Anderson plead not guilty to all charges. Next court date is March 19 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 1.

My previous post on this case:

A case involving David Anderson that was a felony with charges of kidnapping, rape by force, forcible copulation of a minor victim, sexual battery, unlawful sexual intercourse, threats to commit crime resulting in death and false imprisonment that was prosecuted by Luke Brownfield for the People with Ben McLaughlin representing the defendant was dismissed on 2/24/14 by Judge Feeney. The defense had filed a motion that there was failure to provide adequate discovery. Count 1 of kidnapping and Count 6 threats to commit crime resulting in death were dismissed earlier in the case. The case was dismissed the day jury trial was to proceed.

The case is expected to be re-filed. Reached for comment, Mr. McLaughlin said: "We were ready and prepared to proceed.  Mr. Anderson looks forward to his day in court."

Two of Fleming supporters on Fortuna City Council want political sign extension?

When 2 of your supporters, Sue Long and Mike Losey are on City Council, maybe they should not be voting on political signs extension. What's the motivation behind this sudden change?

Long and Losey are Maggie Fleming supporters.

The item in question:

Mayor Pro Tem Losey asked again for the political sign extension to be placed on the agenda. Staff informed  him it was being researched and will be put on a future agenda.

The link:

Reportedly on March 3,  Mike Losey introduced an emergency ordinance change to suspend for 6 months allpolitical sign requirements in Fortuna. Reportedly, passage is expected March 17.

So were they hoping that the other DA candidates wouldn't find out in time? And a Maggie billboard could conveniently appear?

Greg Sparks from Iowa new Eureka City Manager, local candidate was Mike Knight

 Local candidate was interim manager Mike Knight and the other candidate was from near Seattle area.
I like Mike a lot and he would have been my preference but will keep an open mind about Mr. Sparks.

City of Eureka Press Release:

The Mayor and Council are pleased to announce that Greg Sparks of West Des Moines, Iowa
has accepted the position of City Manager with the City of Eureka. Greg comes to the City of
Eureka with a great deal of experience and knowledge as a City Manager. Mr. Sparks is
currently employed by the City of West Des Moines as their City Manager and oversees a staff
of 415 employees and an annual budget of 113M.

Previous experience: Greg served as the Town Manager of Mountain Village, Colorado.
Mountain Village is a resort community adjacent to Telluride, in southwest Colorado. He
managed a staff of 146 employees that offered a variety of traditional and non-traditional
services to meet the needs of full and part-time residents, as well as a diverse visitor base.
Prior to Mountain Village, Greg served as City Administrator in Owatonna, MN from 1995 to
2007, and as City Administrator of Worthington, MN, from 1988 to 1995. Greg began his city
management career as an intern in Reno, Nevada in 1978, and has worked in management
positions in Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, and Minnesota.

Greg Sparks received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa and earned a
Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada. Additionally, Greg has completed
the Rocky Mountain Executive Leadership Program from the University of Colorado.

Greg and his wife Mary, a nurse, have a son Aaron and daughter in law, Emily residing in
Goleta, CA. Aaron is a full-time doctoral student at the University of California Santa Barbara,
and Emily is employed by UCSB.

In a statement to the City, Greg stated, “I am really looking forward to joining the team at the
City of Eureka. I was drawn to Eureka for a number of reasons. The Mayor and City Council
have a vision of improving the economic sustainability of Eureka that fit well with my background
in creating collaborative partnerships with other public agencies and the private sector. The
area has great natural assets and a strong retail base. I was impressed with the team of
dedicated department managers and I look forward to working with them to achieve the
Council’s goals of excellent customer service. I look forward to arriving soon and getting to
know people in the community and to be an active participant in Eureka.”

“I am very excited to have such an experienced Manager on board with the City of Eureka”,
commented Mayor Frank Jager. The City of Eureka will be conducting a background check over
the next few weeks. Once the background check is completed, an employment agreement with
Greg Sparks will be agendized for Council approval. Mr. Sparks has a tentative start date with
the City of Eureka, of May 1, 2014.

Marijuana investigation in Kneeland leads to Arcata

Approximately one month ago, two Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies were driving in the 4700 block of Kneeland Road, Kneeland, when they smelled the strong odor of growing marijuana. The deputies investigated the source of the smell and discovered the smell was coming from a mobile home.

 The deputies obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant based upon their investigation. On 03-05-2014, at approximately 9:15 am the deputies, assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (H.C.D.T.F.) served a search warrant on the property where the mobile home was located, which included a residence and travel trailer. When the deputies served the search warrant they located an indoor marijuana grow containing 256 growing marijuana plants ranging in height from 1’ to 3’. The deputies also located packaging material, scales, a money counter, paperwork and $38,100 in cash hidden in the rafters of the garage of the residence. The paperwork which the deputies located indicated the property owner had another residence in 7300 block of West End Road, Arcata.

The investigating deputy obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant for the property located in the 7300 block of West End Road, Arcata. When the deputies and H.C.D.T.F. Agents arrived at the property at 2:30 p.m., on 03-05-2014 to serve the search warrant, they located a 33 year old female from Temecula, California, and a 41 year old male from Cypress, California. No one else was at the residence.

 Deputies detained and interviewed the man and woman. Based upon those interviews, the deputies learned they had just stopped by the residence, and were not the property owners. The male had an outstanding out of county arrest warrant for drunk driving and was arrested on that warrant. The female was released after being interviewed.

Deputies and agents searched the residence and located a large indoor marijuana growing operation. The deputies seized 1,500 growing marijuana plants which ranged from 1” to 3’ tall, scales, a commercial grade vacuum sealer, approximately one pound of hash, one pound of hash oil and nine cases of butane.

The investigation into the case is continuing and deputies are intending to forward the case to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office when the case is completed.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Congratulations and wishing Deputy District Attorney David Nims and his wife a safe and successful move

DDA David Nims and his wife Megan are moving to be closer to family and David Nims is starting a new job as a Deputy Public Defender for El Dorado County.

Wishing the Nims the best in their new home.

Mar 4, 2014

Times-Printing to relocate to former Eureka Printing location and launch of a new and improved website

Humboldt County's oldest printing company is expanding and will be relocating to a bigger building. Times Printing is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business serving the region since 1854. By April, Times Printing will move their offices and presses from their location in Old Town to 106 T St., the former home of Eureka Printing.

This is more than just a physical move for the company. In November 2012, Eureka Printing owner Jerry Carter was set to retire and there was no succession plan. Through informal talks in the printing community, Times Printing owners Lane and Susan Strope, and their son Seth Strope, purchased Eureka Printing. In October 2011, for similar reasons, Times Printing acquired Artcraft Printers.
”Both Eureka Printing and Artcraft Printers were cornerstones in the local printing community, and we could not allow the loss of either company's history or the legacy that they had created, “ said Seth Strope.
With the move, Times Printing is pleased to announce they will be adding at least two new jobs and possibly more new employees in the next year. Longtime Eureka Printing employee Richard Hardin was retained by Times Printing in the acquisition.
Times Printing has also launched a new website. The website allows clients to log in and see their order history, place orders online, manage their uploaded files and access a written history of the company. Other offerings include a detailed list of products and services and the ability to request free estimates and consultations about printing projects.
Recently, Times Printing began doing 3D Printing, creating prototypes and custom pieces for local manufacturers. Times Printing Marketing Director Lynn Dugaw said that the company's next endeavor is a plan to return to its roots and get back into letterpress printing. Letterpress printing, last popular in the 19th century, is crisper than other types of printing, and is excellent for creating fine typography.
Clients can contact the company with any questions about the company's growth, the move to the new location, the new website or about products and services by calling 707-442-5741. The website is

Large alcohol beverage vessel overheats and causes fire at 205 7th street last night

Last night at approximately 10:30 PM Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a reported structure fire at 205 7th Street, a mixed occupancy one-story commercial building. Upon arrival fire crews observed thick grey smoke inside of the building and moderate smoke visible from the roof.  Due to the size of the building and a lack of a clear fire location, a second alarm was requested, bringing mutual aid assistance from both Loleta Volunteer Fire Department and the Arcata Fire Protection District. In addition, off duty Humboldt Bay Firefighters returned to work to assist with Fire Station coverage during the incident.

The smoke appeared to be the result of a failed large alcoholic beverage brewing vessel that, due to a malfunctioning heater control, had overheated and ruptured the vessel site glass. This resulted in the spilling of a large quantity of hot vegetable oil all over the floor which melted several plastic containers.  Due to a lack of available combustibles in the fire’s vicinity the fire appeared to have self extinguished.  The occupancy’s tenant said they had been there the previous evening, but had ensured everything had been turned off when they left.
Initial damage estimates show an approximately $1,000 loss on the structure and another $5,000 for the contents.
These incidents support the importance of fire protections systems including residential smoke alarms, fire alarm systems, fire sprinkler systems, and fire department key boxes.

Who appointed Baykeeper to speak for all? Coastal Commission now in charge of what I can view?

So Baykeeper, the organization that cannot even raise funds to afford its own office space in Eureka, and whose staff has made suing local businesses they disagree with a career and the same organization that furthers their agenda with the funds they settle with from extorting from businesses is now speaking for everyone in Humboldt.

I would like Baykeeper to explain how all the money they get by either filing a lawsuit or threatening it is spent.Improvements for the nature they claim to protect? Creating living wage jobs? Haven't seen any evidence of that. Or paying people who cant be employed in the private sector to be directors?

The Coastal Commission who made removal of billboards on 101 a condition for letting the Caltrans project move forward said the billboards obstructed the scenic view. So now deciding what I should view is classified as protecting the environment?

For all the jobs the Coastal Commission dictators have caused California to lose, I think anyone out of work should forward them unpaid bills.

These bureaucrats need to get a real job not one funded by taxpayers.

Borgner arraigned on new complaint, Shiloh Chase no bail hold

One half of Eureka's most wanted couple Lance Borgner arraigned on new complaint today and frequent jail visitor Shiloh Chase had a no bail hold in 1 of 4 cases he was arraigned for today.

Borgner and Shiloh cuffed together in court were busy chattin and hangin before court like they were out on the town. Shiloh even found time to do a little flirtin with the female prisoner like Joey from Friends. His how you doin disarmed the lady prisoner in blue.

For a moment there I thought I was at a speed dating event instead of court. Seeing Borgner and his young age, you could almost forget for a moment that he went on a crime spree and will this change his life around or will he be someone the court system will see frequently.

Roger Rees was there for the People in Courtroom 1 today, Kaleb Cockrum from Conflict Counsel represented Borgner. Meagan O'Connell from Public Defender's office represented Shiloh Chase.

Judge Feeney greeted Borgner, asked him how he was. Borgner responded, "Been better, but I am allright."
Today, the District Attorney filed a new complaint, Vehicle Code Section 2800.1 Evading a Peace Officer.
A plea of not guilty was entered by Borgner. 10 day time was waived, 60 days time waiver for
preliminary hearing was not waived. Bail was set for $50,000 for this new case. 

Next court date March 17 at 2 p.m. Preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 2 at 8:30 a.m.

Chase had 2 petitions to revoke probation filed by the District Attorney's office, a  felony 
complaint with 1 count of vehicle theft and another count of possession of a controlled substance, meth. 
another petition to revoke probation and a post release supervisor report which was received by Chase's 
attorney; 4 cases were addressed today.

Chase entered all not guilty please. O'Connell told the court that "we will be entering denials on petitions 
to revoke probation." Chase did not waive time in the felony case.

In 1 case, a bail of $30,000 was set. And a no bail hold in another. Intervention was set for the felony case 
on March 10 at 3 p.m. and Preliminary hearing March 17 at 8:30 a.m.

Weapons and stolen property arrest in Loleta, mom turns in son


On 03-03-2014, at approximately 2:30 p.m. a citizen came to the Sheriff’s Office and reported her  son, Tracy Edward Johnson, 39 years old, was in possession of  illegal weapons. The citizen said Johnson was staying at her residence in the 2400 block of Eel River Drive, Loleta. The citizen told the investigating deputy he showed up at her home approximately two weeks earlier with what appeared to be assault weapons and pistols.  The citizen told the deputy that Johnson had a history of violence, just got off parole, and was not allowed to legally possess firearms. She added she was afraid Johnson would use the weapons against law enforcement if he knew law enforcement was coming for the weapons. The citizen gave the deputies consent to search her residence.

On 3-3-2014, .at approximately 3:30 p.m., deputies drove to the citizen’s residence and knocked on the door. Johnson, who was home alone, answered the door and then attempted to close it on the deputies.  As deputies entered the residence, Johnson moved towards a couch which was a few feet away. Deputies detained Johnson in handcuffs for their safety. Deputies located two loaded stolen rifles behind the couch and a loaded stolen semi auto handgun under the seat cushion of the couch.

Deputies learned the weapons were stolen from a locked vehicle in the 2300 block of Bongio Court, Eureka between 2-17-2013 and 02-22-14.  H.C.S.O . Case 201400862.

Deputies located additional stolen property in the residence, along with pepper spray and syringes. Johnson was arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, being a convicted felon in possession of a loaded stolen firearm, criminal storage of a firearm, illegal possession of an assault weapon, being a felon in possession of ammunition, grant theft, possession of stolen property and being a felon in possession of tear gas. He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Eureka Volunteer Award honored and report on Meth Abuse given at the morning session of Board of Supervisors

A proclamation for International Women's Day, which will be celebrated locally in Arcata this Saturday,  and another proclamation recognizing the Eureka Volunteer Patrol by Supervisor Virginia Bass during this morning's session.

Virginia explained to the audience why this group was important to her. She was a member of the Volunteer Patrol for a while when she was on Eureka City Council. She explained about what they do and shared an anecdote about one of her memorable experiences. She was on patrol with Bob Gish when they received a call about a dead body which turned out to be " a dead deer carcass." Virginia had to "bag the carcass."

Noting that she only served for a time, and these members had served anywhere from 6 to 18+ years for many, Virginia said of each of them. "takes an amazing individual to do this all the time."

Supervisor Rex Bohn helped Virginia as she handed out certificates to each individual. Chief Andy Mills said that this group saved over $1 million with the time they put in and Rex reminded people who live outside Eureka that there is the Sheriff's Citizen Patrol.

This kind of service is something that you can do as a neighbor and involved citizen and help keep your neighborhood safe.

DHHS staff gave a report of Meth Abuse. Highlights of that presentation"

"It gives a sense of excitement that makes it very attractive to people. It uppresses hunger and desire to sleep. It's relatively cheap and unfortunately plentiful (in availability)."

A comment of "There is no quality control and so it's by products are very destructive to individuals" led to a quip by Rex, "Is there any quality control of illegal drugs." F

Factors contributing to use cited were favorable community attitude towards alcohol and drugs, childhood traumas, multi-generational use, economic factors and incarceration. DHHS staff did added factors does not mean people should not be held accountable for their choices and actions.

In 1980s, meth was manufactured in clandestine labs and distributed by biker gangs. Currently, it is Mexican products and smuggling.

Meth Awarness Initiatives were mentioned. Poly drug use and use of non-medical pharmaceuticals were the top 2 substances compared to alcohol. 21.5% of probation caseload is meth-related convictions.

Supervisor Estelle Fennell, "It is good to have information that you can recover from this addiction." Supervisor Ryan Sundberg also shared a personal story of a friend and mentioned Fred Lamberson who now runs Teen Challenge as successes who have recovered from a former life of drug abuse.

Estelle asked, "What can be done legislatively to address issues?"

Bill Damiano, from Probation, said funding for compulsory treatment "went away" and that most people are compelled to treatment by court. "We can't put them in jail because of changes of law."

Two public speakers, one from Crossroads said that while the women's beds were full, only 6 of 16 beds for men were full. Another speaker also addressed funding and red tape as "hurdles for treatment."

Mar 3, 2014

Come take a wild ride with Arcata local small businesses

As a local business consultant who also blogs, where should I be on a rainy Monday night when the Arcata Economic Development Center is hosting a spotlight on small businesses?

Tempting as it was to upload the next press release, I decided to check out the wonderful Arcata businesses showcased at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. Music is being provided by Tumbleweeds. Food samples from Masaki's Mongolian Grill, Diane's Sweet Heat, Humboldt Hot Sauce and my new favorite Celebrations Tamales and Redwood Organics. And you can wash all this down with your favorite local brew.

Rex Bohn, Mike Newman, Marian Brady, Michael Winkler, Gregg Foster, Angeline Schwab were only some of a room packed of attendees.

EPD seeks crowbar assault suspect

Help EPD catch this guy.


On March 3rd, 2014, at around 10:17 AM, Eureka Police Department officers were dispatched to a motel on the 1900 Block of Broadway for a reported in progress assault with a weapon.  Witnesses reported a male subject was being attacked by another male with a crowbar on the back (west) side of the motel.

Upon officers' arrival a short time later, the suspect had fled the scene with the crowbar still in his possession.  He was last seen running eastbound on West Del Norte Street from Broadway.

Officers located the victim, an adult male, on the premises.  The victim sustained an approximately 1 1/2 “- 2" deep laceration on the crown of his head. He was examined by emergency medical personnel on scene but elected to seek his own treatment elsewhere. His injury did not appear to be life threatening.

The victim told officers he allowed the suspect to stay in his room last night.  When the suspect refused to leave the property the following morning, an altercation ensued between the two in which the suspect struck the victim with the crowbar and then fled the scene.

The suspect is described as a white male adult in his 20’s with blonde or brown hair, a thin build, and approximately 5’ 7” tall.  He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat with an unknown light colored logo on the front, a long sleeved light colored t-shirt under a short-sleeved light colored shirt with darker horizontal stripes (possibly purple), light colored pants (maybe tan or gray), and a purple hooded sweatshirt.  He was carrying a large, green draw-string bag.

The suspect was accompanied by an unknown white female adult in her 20’s known only as “Amber.”  She is usually in the company of two small dogs and may be the suspect’s girlfriend.  The female is only wanted for questioning as a potential witness at this time.

Refer to the attached still images from the motel’s video surveillance system depicting the subjects.  

Anyone with information concerning the suspect’s identity and current whereabouts is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department and Officer Crnich at (707) 441-4060 or 441-4044.

Man arrested in Mckinleyville for selling stolen firearms

          On 3-2-2014, approximately 1:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the victim of a residential burglary that occurred on 2-4-2014. The victim told the Sheriff’s Office they received second hand information that some of their stolen firearms were located at a residence in the 3600 block of Central Avenue, McKinleyville. The victim had heard that a man named Dawson Patrick was attempting to sell the stolen firearms.

            Deputies were aware that Dawson Lee Patrick, 31 years old, had three warrants for his arrests for violation of probation and an additional warrant for his arrest for driving on a suspended license.

            Deputies drove to the address provided by the victim and surrounded it. The deputies knocked on the front door or the residence. An occupant of the residence answered the door and allowed deputies to search the residence.  Deputies located the bedroom which Patrick rented in the residence. They saw Patrick had a surveillance monitor in his bedroom, with the camera pointed at the driveway of the residence. The deputies could clearly see one of the Sheriff’s cars parked in the driveway on the surveillance monitor.

            Deputies located Patrick hiding in a bathroom cabinet inside the residence. He was taken into custody on the outstanding arrest warrants. Deputies located over a hundred rounds of live ammunition in Patrick’s room, a loaded .30 caliber magazine, a loaded  .22 caliber handgun and an orange pelican case which contained numerous items of jewelry. The jewelry and handgun were reported stolen from the residence on Letz Lane, McKinleyville on 2-14-2014.

            Patrick was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the four arrest warrants. He was also booked on new charges of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of a loaded firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen property, unlawful possession of a magazine and resisting arrest. He is being held without bail.

            The light metallic blue, 1998 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with a matching canopy, California license number 5V44678, is still outstanding, along with other stolen property.  The pickup truck has a 4 inch lift and there is a “Kneeland Helitack” and “Fear no fish” stickers on the canopy window.


On 02-04-2014 at about 4:15 pm a Humboldt County Sheriff Deputy responded to a home located in the 1700 block of Letz Lane, McKinleyville, regarding a burglary that was just discovered by the resident/ victim. The victim told the Deputy that they left their home today at about 8:30 am and when they returned at about 4:00 pm they discovered that their home had been entered and numerous items had been stolen.

The victim said they were missing numerous items from inside of their house. The victim said that the suspect(s) stole their large gun safe from inside of their residence. When the gun safe was originally moved into the residence it took 4 people to bring it into the house. Stored inside of the gun safe were 8 rifles and shotguns along with about 15 handguns and a large amount of US currency.

The suspect(s) stole a light metallic blue, 1998, Toyota, Tacoma pickup truck with a matching canopy, California license number 5V44678 that was parked in the driveway. The pickup truck has a 4 inch lift and there is a “Kneeland Helitack” and “Fear no fish” stickers on the canopy window.
There is currently no suspect(s) associated with this case.

            Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Dues due back in court this afternoon is a registered sex offender on Megan's Law

Trial Readiness Conference at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 5 for one of Dues court cases. Jackie Pizzo is proescuting this case for the People. Kevin Robinson from the Public Defender's office is representing Dues. Judge Joyce Hinrich's presiding.

David Dues is the man arrested for allegedly soliciting two teenage girls visiting Humboldt to check out HSU. He is registered as a sex offender on Megan's law.

Visiting Judge Philip Schafer sat in for Judge Hinrich's today. Jonathan McCrone, instead of Kevin Robinson for Dues. Roger Rees, instead of Jackie Pizzo today for the People.

I am going to wait until I get confirmation from court minutes to post more tomorrow.

Today McCrone said of Dues, "He is bi polar" explaining why he keeps getting in trouble out on the streets. Dues changed a previous not guilty plea to guilty. Admitted guilt on all probation violations. His focus again was on getting sentenced and when he could leave jail. There are treatment programs he agreed to.

"The People have given me the most complicated case first," said Judge Schafer. This In addition to the case being handled today, Dues future dates for other cases, changes in plea and certain defense requests in court right on the spot.

Sharon La Tour files papers for 5th District Supervisor

Sharon La Tour has filed papers and paid her filing fee and  intends to run for 5th District Supervisor. She has not turned in her 20 signatures yet.

She is an interim pastor at the Arcata Presbyterian Church. I would like to ask her why a heavy background in theology and spirituality qualifies her to run for 5th District Supervisor and why she is running but contacting her has been  bit of challenge.

Borgner waives prelim, next court date March 17

Title pretty much sums it up. This happened in the morning in Courtroom One, Judge John Feeney presiding. Luke Brownfield for People. Marek Reavis from Conflict Counsel is Borgner's attorney.

EPD to use tweets for public safety

Operation Safe Streets is the program. Press Release printed below.

Subject:  EPD Launches Operation Safe Tweets

The goal of traffic enforcement is to correct the unsafe behavior of motorists that result in avoidable collisions.  The Eureka Police Department recognizes that driver education is an important part of that correction process.  Therefore, to educate the motoring public EPD’s Traffic Division announces a new program, “Operation Safe Tweets.”  Starting this week, EPD Traffic officers will begin posting on Twitter and Facebook locations where they will be conducting radar/speed enforcement.  Motorists should take great care in these areas to avoid committing traffic offenses.  Errant motorists will be issued citations for violations that take place in the presence of Traffic officers.  The aim is to educate motorists and change the behavior of those who choose to speed or commit other hazardous traffic-related offenses.

When the officers change enforcement spots, they will Tweet out their updated locations to give motorists the opportunity to voluntarily slow down, hang up their cell phones, buckle up, and drive safely.  This does not, however, preclude other officers from conducting unannounced enforcement throughout the city.

Follow the Eureka Police Department on Twitter and Facebook for breaking news & information from (and about) EPD. Check out our Operation Safe Tweets alerts (#safetweets) for real-time updates about where our Traffic Unit is currently conducting enforcement.


Mar 2, 2014

Shiloh Chase, one of the many repeat offenders or when you should have bail bonds and an attorney on retainer

The Times-Standard reported that on March 1, officers of the Eureka Police Department located a suspicious vehicle at the 1300 block of H Street in Eureka. A records check of the vehicle revealed that it had been reported stolen to the Arcata Police Department on Feb. 9. Officers contacted the solo occupant/driver of the vehicle, identified as Shiloh John Chase of Eureka.  Chase was soon taken into custody for possession of stolen property. A search of his person recovered suspected methamphetamine. Chase was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked on charges of possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, and probation violation. He is being held on $25,000 bail.

Just a week ago, he was on court calendar.

From the Humboldt Sentine in 2011: A wanted parolee on the loose for two weeks was nabbed by Eureka Police Department personnel last night. Shiloh Chase was reported in the vicinity of the 2400 block of Manzanita Street but when EPD arrived and conducted a search of an unspecified residence in the neighborhood, they came up empty handed. As the cops were leaving the area, they were advised by dispatch of a suspicious person reported on the 2500 block of Manzanita Street.
Upon conducting a search, EPD officers engaged in a short foot pursuit of Chase, who climbed on a roof of a residence on that block in an attempt to elude and hide from them. Upon discovery, Chase initially refused commands to surrender. After a short negotiation it led to a peaceful surrender and booking into Humboldt County jail.

I picked Shiloh Chase because he has been in trouble so many times and is one of the names that I remember. He isn't the only repeat revolving door offender. We have many that law enforcement and probation and the court are familiar with that just keep coming back.

While I do think that realignment has affected crime and consequences, Humboldt County has had these issues. These repeat offenders know every way to scam the system, they beg and plead this time they have learned their lesson, now they will seek therapy, and they will never, again, commit a crime. 
Attorneys file papers, the alleged criminal doesn't like the result, he/she hires another attorney. The system is set up for these scammers.

I am all for consitutional rights and due process but how many times do you have to be arrested and not just for alleged non-violent crimes or petty theft and with drugs? Again, the above questions are not  all for situations involving Chase.

How many times do you have to get away scott- free and have the money to hire a private attorney each time before it's enough and you actually have to pay for your crimes?

Ordinary citizens don't have the resources and cash to fight so many cases. Does there come a time when you are all outta of "get out of jail cards?"

Not in Humboldt. We have people who just love to coddle criminals while they run around hurting others, impregnating women, all in the name of rights, and therapy and "if he/she just did not have a bad childhood" enablers.

And if law enforcement tries to contain well known criminals, there are always those activists ready to protest police brutality, regardless of what the facts may be.

At any point do these people have a choice or responsibility to turn their lives around?
Let's put out a welcome sign to more criminals in Humboldt: No consequences here, we got a loophole every time.

Don't blame the court, don't blame law enforcement, don't blame the attorneys. All who look the other way on the effects of drugs, and the money it brings here created this mess. Instead of 460s, will we ever see an investigative piece on that money trail? The person would be silenced from exposing the truth.
Thank you to all law enforcement who despite difficult circumstances still work to keep us safe, especially the EPD. They still do their job, knowing that within a few hours, that criminal will be right back on the street.

Want to make a change? Write to your state legislators. Instead of stuffing another overpaid croissant in yet another policy meeting, they need to come down to Humboldt and offer some real changes to combat crime. State legislators want the Humboldt vote? Make them earn it.

Only 3 suspects left from Eureka's Most Wanted Poster Number 1

Daniel Scott Hardy

Joshua John Burbank

Michael Jon Rizzi 

Way to go EPD and community!