Mar 29, 2014

All 4 DA candidates attend Republican of the Year Dinner

Seeing Matt Heath who is a Republican running for State Assembly was expected. Seeing all 4 DA candidates, 3 of who are Democrats (Allan, Maggie and Arnie) was a pleasant surprise. Elan is non partisan.

In a non partisan race, the local Republican party has been the one to be inclusive. So it does not surprise me that there were attendees as well as some elected officials present that are not Republican. This is not the only year this has been the case. Often the people being honored are well-known and friends of people in the community.

Honored at the22nd annual  Republican Year of the Dinner were Peter Hannaford as Republican of the Year and Annette De Modena as Volunteer of the Year. Other elected officials present were Eureka Mayor Frank Jager and Eureka Councilmember Chet Albin. Humboldt County Supervisor and Board Chair Rex Bohn was supposed to present a proclamation on behalf of the Supervisors but he was "triple booked for the evening." 4th District Supervisor presented the award since it was happening in Eureka but also because she has known Peter Hannaford for a long time.

For those who do not know Peter, you might want to google and do research on him. Whatever your party affiliation may be, Humboldt County is very lucky to have someone of Peter's caliber and stature call Humboldt county home.

The event took place at the Ingomar Club.

Mar 28, 2014

A reader poses an interesting theory about today's domestic drama

Since no one saw who was upstairs, and no one could confirm the man who drove away trying to avoid law enforcement, a regular reader of my blog said maybe the ex husband slipped out and then called with the concocted story.

This guess could be reality.

A California legislature bill with a local impact. Fed up of Crime, take action and call your state legislator

Talk is cheap. Take action.

Introduced by Senator Liu
January 6, 2014
An act to repeal and add amend Section 4024 of the Penal Code,
relating to jails.
legislative counsel’s digest
SB 833, as amended, Liu. Jails: discharge of prisoners.
Existing law authorizes the sheriff to discharge a prisoner from the
county jail at a time on the last day a prisoner may be confined that the
sheriff considers to be in the best interests of that prisoner. Existing law
allows for the accelerated release of inmates, as specified, upon the
authorization of the presiding judge of the superior court.
This bill instead would additionally authorize the sheriff to offer a
voluntary program to a prisoner, upon completion of a sentence served
or a release ordered by the court to be effected the same day, that would
allow the prisoner to stay in the custody facility for up to 16 additional
hours or until normal business hours, whichever is shorter, in order to
offer the prisoner the ability to be discharged to a treatment center or
during daytime hours. The bill would specify that this authorization
does not prevent the early release of prisoners as otherwise allowed by
law or allow jails to retain prisoners any longer than otherwise required
by law without the prisoners’ express written consent.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.

Third reading ordered in the Senate

The link to the entire bill is worth reading, here are some sections that have been relevant in local discussions:

(a)  City and county jails throughout California regularly release
  jailed persons during nighttime hours.
 (b)  Persons released during late night hours are unable to access
  basic reentry services, are susceptible to victimization, and may
 jeopardize public safety.
  (c)  Persons released who are homeless are left to the streets
 until morning, as most shelters close intake in the early evening
 (d)  Persons who suffer from mental illness or substance
 addiction are unable to access immediate treatment services
 following a late night release from jail.
 (e)  Many California counties have reentry centers that provide
 a range of services and referrals for persons recently released from
 jail, however, most centers are typically open during business
 hours only, leaving persons released at night without these
  immediate benefits.
 (f)  While some jurisdictions have attempted to address this
 issue, there is no standardized policy in place to govern release

Someone entered her home but it was not the ex husband who she pointed the finger at, domestic drama!

On 03-28-2014, at approximately 10:19 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was called by a woman who reported that she believed her ex-husband was in her residence and may be armed. Deputies responded and met with the woman at her residence on Prindan Lane, Eureka. The woman told the deputies she was recently awarded the family home in a divorce settlement and the husband had been recently evicted from the home. The woman told deputies the locks had been changed when she took ownership of the home, and now someone had changed the locks again so her key no longer worked. She could no longer enter the residence and the blinds, which had been open when she was last in the residence, were closed. Deputies approached the residence and attempted to determine if anyone was in the home.  Deputies used the key she provided to unlock the door and it did not work. Deputies walked around the exterior of the home trying to determine if someone was home, and also to look for signs of forced entry. While deputies were walking around the home, they heard the sound of an upstairs window closing, and sounds of a disturbance in the upstairs room. Deputies met again with the wife who told the deputies there were firearms in the home that her ex-husband would have access to.

 Deputies attempted to make contact into the home using a loudspeaker, with no success. Deputies and detectives then attempted to locate family and friends of the ex-husband to determine if he was in the home, or if there was a cell phone number to contact him.  Two citizens who lived on Montgomery Street  which is near Prindan Lane, approached deputies at approximately 12:00 noon and told the deputies they saw a black truck park nearby and a man jump into the truck and duck down to avoid being seen by law enforcement. The citizens, however could not identify the man  driving the truck or the man entering the truck. They could also not provide any further descriptive  information on the truck.   They told deputies this occurred about the time deputies initially showed up at the residence.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team was training in the area and was summoned to the location to stand by in case they were needed. The California Highway Patrol responded, along with Eureka Police to assist with closing the road in front of the residence.

At 1:30 p.m., the ex-husband called the Sheriff’s Office and said he was not in the home and would meet with deputies. The ex-husband met with deputies at 1:40 p.m. on Excelsior Road, Eureka. He denied entering the residence since being evicted. At the ex-wife’s request deputies forced entry into the home and made sure no one else was in the home. The ex-husband was transported back to the Prindan Lane residence at his request and allowed to remove some personal items with his ex-wife’s permission while deputies stood by. He then left the area and the residence was turned over to the ex-wife per the court order.

Drug arrests, one suspect while waiting to go to Probation

On 03-27-2014, at approximately 9:50 a.m. a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy patrolling the Fairhaven Boat Ramp saw a white 1997 Chrysler Concorde parked with a blanket covering the windows. The deputy initiated contact with the occupants of the vehicle to check their welfare. The deputy spoke with the male driver who said he and the female covered the vehicles windows for privacy. The male driver identified himself as Dusty Wayne Titus, 28 years old and said he was a transient. Titus also told the deputy he was on probation out of Siskiyou County and had recently been released on his own recognizance from Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Titus also told the deputy he had an appointment with his probation officer in a few hours.

 The deputy confirmed Titus was on felony probation with a search clause, and that Titus had been released on his own recognizance, by the court, on three different cases on 3-14-2014.  The deputy detained Titus and spoke with the female.. The female was identified as Susan Yvette Crowl, 38 years old, from Fortuna. The deputy asked Crowl if there was anything illegal in the car. She told the deputy there were some glass pipes used to smoke methamphetamine in the vehicle, along with a digital scale and showed them to the deputy. Crowl told the deputy she also had some methamphetamine concealed in her bra which she removed and gave to the deputy. Crowl was arrested for possession of the methamphetamine.

The deputy searched the vehicle and located additional methamphetamine, dried marijuana, hash and Oxycontin pills.  Over one gram of methamphetamine, 15 grams of hash, and 47 Oxycontin pills were located and seized by the deputy.  Titus and Crowl were both arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked on possession of a controlled substance, possession for sale of a controlled substance, possession of concentrated cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Titus was also booked on a charge of violation of probation. Their bail was set at $50,000.00

Shamus T Bones alleged embezzlement suspect to be arraigned next week

Thank you to Luke Brownfield from the Humboldt County District Attorney's office for his prompt response. He also said this information has been communicated to Mr. Chris Barry.

Mr. Barry said that he only learned of the arraignment through this post and that his last contact with Mr. Brownfield was via an email stating that Mr. Brownfield would inform Mr. Barry of the arraignment.

The alleged suspect's name is Malcolm Carpenter.  According to Mr. Barry, he worked for Curleys before he came to work for Shamus.  "We treated him like family," said Mr. Barry.  "We loaned him cash for his lawyer when he was going through a custody battle. Never paid it back"

Mr. Barry's frustration comes from the fact that  he feels there is nothing specific in responses via emails notifying him of the alleged suspect's arrest or the alleged suspect being contacted by law enforcement. Mr. Barry is frustrated that it took 2 months from the original incident for him to get responses. He is frustrated because he is trying to watch out for the community and  warning other restaurant owners about the suspect, the allegations by saying  'If this is true, why haven't I been arrested?'

There are many emails to go through, once I wade through them all, I will have more.

 I emailed Luke Brownfield, District Attorney Paul Gallegos and Chief Andy Mills regarding the status of this case. Mr. Brownfield who is prosecuting the case responded.

County Unintentionally Violates Brown Act, Takes Steps to Improve Compliance

On Tuesday, March 25, the County of Humboldt became aware of a recent Brown Act violation that occurred when a majority of the Board of Supervisors attended a meeting that was not publicly noticed. The violation was committed inadvertently on Thursday, March 20, at a meeting at the Humboldt County Courthouse.

The meeting where the violation occurred was designed to elicit feedback that would improve service to the public regarding the community budget meetings. No action was taken at the meeting. Notes from the meeting have been posted on the County’s web site at

The Ralph M. Brown Act is California’s public meetings law, intended to ensure that public business is conducted in the public view and with public participation. The Act defines what constitutes a meeting of a public body.

The County of Humboldt regrets this mistake. The County recognizes the importance of the Brown Act and is committed to improving its ability to comply with the state’s open meeting laws. Since the violation occurred, County staff members involved in organizing the meeting have received renewed training on the Brown Act.

Being at the right place at the right timing pays off. I was in Supervisor Sundberg's office , this email popped up and I asked him about it. In addition to the press release draft above, Supervisor Sundberg added, "All of take the Brown Act very seriously. As it says this was an unintentional, honest mistake. We have taken steps to correct the issue. There were no policy decisions made at this meeting."

Mar 27, 2014

In Warren case oral arguments, Robinson goes off on wierd analogy of Malaysian aircraft

On March 10, the defense in the Warren case, Public Defender Kevin Robinson filed a motion to dismiss counts 2,3 and 4 in the case. Warren is being represented by Glenn Brown, from Alternatate Counsel in another case. Brown was also in court today.

Warren is  accused of torturing and killing a Hoopa woman, Dorothy Ulrich, on the morning of Sept. 26, 2012 before taking a car from her residence and driving to Eureka, where he allegedly intentionally hit three runners, killing Suzanne Seemann and seriously injuring Jessica Hunt and Terri Vroman-Little.

Between that time and today, the Public Defender filed subpoena for records and a Motion to Quash Subpoena Duces Tecum.  Ron Fusi, a private attorney filed an opposition to Public Defender's Motion to Quash Subpoena Duces Tecum. We won't know why until April 9 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 4.
Judge John Feeney said that he had reviewed the 995 Motion; People's Opposition to that motion; reviewed exhibits and transcript of the preliminary hearing.

He then heard oral arguments. Kevin Robinson apologized for his frankness before he spoke because family members of the victims were in the audience.

He went on and on about evidence and valid evidence and what is malice and legal definitions and that the District Attorney's office did not prove deliberate intent. This is point he should have proved in the preliminary hearing. Clearly he failed.

All Mr. Robinson admitted to was that Warren was in the KIA and involved in the collision. He said there could be various scenarios that could have resulted in the death of Ms. Ulrich and Ms. Seemann and the 2 victims that survived but are seriously injured.

I realize this is a death penalty case but does Mr. Robinson think that the victims planned their own death or deliberately got injured. Tenure and years of guaranteed job security results in mediocrity.

Not to mention that Robinson and Brown talk on a regular basis while other cases are being called, completely disrespectful to the Court, the other attorneys and the defendants and audience.

Mr. Gallegos brought up the issue of evidence and the Court ruling on that evidence in a preliminary hearing.
He said the prosecution cannot present all possible scenarios. He then talked about evidence and conclusions in a very organized and logical way. He also spoke about Warren's state of mind and how the evidence demonstrated "expressed malice." He asked the Court to deny the motion in its entirety.

If I had been a juror in this case, score for Paul.

In his rebuttal, Robinson went off on a wierd Malaysian aircraft analogy.

Judge Feeney did challenge his theory and asked Robinson a question about scenarios which seemed to favor Paul's response about the same argument.

I just complimented Paul Gallegos; that should tell you what I think of Robinson. He needs to be a little less arrogant. This is not the first time I have seen him in the courtroom. Others working in Robinson's office who are not as senior in terms of years, are far more qualified and professional. If only defendants who cannot afford a public defender had a choice in who they had to represent them.

In Warren's case, he gets an attorney he deserves.

Day 2 Bryson goes to bat for Crossland again

Courtroom 1. Judge John Feeney presiding. Jason Sheets for the People and Ms. Bryson for the defendant Triston Crossland.

If this had been a public defender, Crossland would be cooling his heels in custody instead of an 1 hour in the courtroom.  Ms. Bryson is representing Crossland in four cases. The one today was a hit and run with property damage and reckless driving.

Based on his attitude I have seen so far, does not surprise me. Fortunately for Crossland, he has an attorney that realizes he needs to grow up and is willing to give him another chance. Don't blow it Triston. Or you could join the Humboldt Hall of Fame of repeat offenders.

Court had received a supervised release report. Ms. Bryson also supplied the court with information, I think about his job, I was not privy to what since it was not mentioned in court. Probation said that Crossland was serving time for a SWAP violation for another case. Ms. Bryson countered that he was "doing fine with SWAP" but he was in violation because he was taken into custody. For this or one of the other cases, I have no idea but sounds like for another case.

Ms. Bryson told the court that she emailed certain SWAP supervisors, and that SWAP is fine with Crossland returning and finishing his time. Then she mentioned that Crossland's probation officer was out of the office until Tuesday but she talked to the PO's supervisor Beverly Ford.

Ms. Bryson was told to get a letter from Crossland's employer and the court ordered program he was to complete. Ms. Bryson said that it seems a technicality on SWAP violation got Crossland cuffed and remanded yesterday. There are details of why she came to the conclusion, not mentioned in open court.

"He has gotten his act together," she said. Ms. Bryson added that even before she stepped in to take his other cases, his hit and run was going to be dismissed. and that she did not think it is Probation's job to decide matters of bail; the job of Probation is to give him a chance. She said if she is on supervised release, he will not get out until next Tuesday (court and county being closed for a holiday on Monday). If he missed his next appointment at Probation, they would terminate his case.

The Court asked Ms. Bryson to get written verification from SWAP that they would be okay with Crossland returning to finish his term.

Mr. Sheets said the People's position was to follow Probation's Officer's recommendation. However, if Ms. Bryson provides the additional information requested by the Court, we won't oppose.

Ms. Bryson again pressed for the OR bail hearing tomorrow. Judge Feeney said he was in Garberville tomorrow and that Judge Reinholtsen was on vacation so a visiting judge, Judge Johnson would be hearing cases in Courtroom 1 or 5. Ms. Bryson agreed and now the OR bail hearing is set to be decided tomorrow.

Let's see if Day 3 will be Crossland's lucky day. Day 3 Visiting Judge said Judge Feeney needs to address and since this just seems to a matter of OR hearing which will get resolved one way or another, I am no longer updating or following this case. Unless it develops into something worth covering.

EPD says it is not worth it....

To text and drive during April. Does not matter if you are easy on the eyes or think you are funny and can talk your way out of a ticket, April will be zero tolerance month for you smart phone addicts!

Why April?

EPD Press release:

As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, Eureka Police will be joining with over 200 other local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a month long “zero tolerance” enforcement and education campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cell phones while driving. Officers will be on alert throughout the month for those who break the cell phone laws and place themselves and others in danger.  Special high visibility enforcement operations to cite cell phone violators will take place on Thursday April 3rd, Tuesday April 8th, Thursday April 17th, and Tuesday April 22nd.

The increased enforcement and education aims to persuade drivers to recognize the dangers of distracted driving and reduce the number of people impacted by this perilous behavior.  The “It’s Not Worth It!” theme emphasizes that a phone call or text isn’t worth a hefty fine or a collision. The current minimum ticket cost is $161, with subsequent tickets costing at least $281.

“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously,” said Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills. “because we see the aftermath of these totally preventable crashes. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $161, or worse, someone’s life?”

Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.  In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver. According to research, sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.  Even a three second glance at freeway speeds means a driver has traveled the distance of a football field.

Research shows that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road.  When over one third of your brain’s functioning that should be on your driving moves over to cell phone talking, you can become a cell phone “zombie.”  

While Goff is distracted by good food, I sneak in my review of Taste of Main Street

To the few souls who checked out my 1 liner earlier on the Taste of Main Street, thanks. It has been deleted and tossed into the recycling bin of cyberspace.

Yes, I used Goff's name to get you to read my review first! I left him sampling a wild salmon cake at the Eureka Coop, my last stop today at my most favorite event sponsored by Eureka Main Street. My favorite there, the lemon spinach quinoa.

All participating vendors were great but I only had time for my favorite local businesses. I started out my evening at the Black Lightining Motorcycle Cafe and enjoyed a bull taco panini sample and cleansed my palate for the next stop with a delicious fruit smoothie sample.

All the food listed below is sample sized portion but our local businesses are very generous.

Next was bbq pork sliders at 511, spanakopita at Oberon Grill, marinated grilled chicken with black bean and corn slaw from Mike's Southside Bbq at Humboldt Hardware and then a club wrap at Wolf Dawg.

Then a hearty walk to Bella Baskets where Boujie Baking Co and Humboldt Hot Sauce tantalized my tastebuds. The beer infused treats from Boujie were a sacrifice I made for the noble cause of getting out this important information on local businesses.

I was thirsty so I headed down to Lost Coast Brewery to get my annual Dirty Kitty customized beer combo. There were 2 more stops I had to make. Surfside Burger Shack for some carbs and then Bless My Soul Cafe for Mama Janisse's sticky love coconut chicken.

I was full and had not even been to all the places. At several places, I passed on some selections.

Best couple of the night award goes to both Chief Andy Mills and his wife and Lt. Steve Knight and his wife. I also ran into 2 if the biggest champions of local business, Gregg Foster and Emily Jacobs.

Fun night, great food, terrific way to support Old town businesses.

Why some cases never make it to court? Thanks to Shamus T Bones' Chris for asking this question.

This is a post about why a possible case about alleged embezzlement at Shamus T Bones still remains unprosecuted. Stay tuned from responses from Chris Barry, the DA's office, and others in a future post.

Mr. Barry has tried to get other media to pursue answers.

The summary, according to Chris Barry, a Humboldt reader's digest version:

My name is Chris Barry.  I own Shamus T Bones.

One of our employees embezzled 45k from us over the past year.  He had worked for us for 6 years.  His method was very interesting and creative.  We were able to document exactly how and when, down to the minute.  I obtained a legally videotaped confession from him.

EPD prepared the case and turned it over to the DA.

Luke Brownfield filed the charges and it is my understanding that a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
I reported this to EPD (Officer LaFrance) on January 19th.  At that time, he told me that he had enough probable cause to arrest him but he said he would rather not because once they arrest him, they have limited time to organize the case.

Over the next week he worked on it and eventually it was forwarded to the DA's office.

I'm frustrated that someone can steal $45,000.00 and two months later they have not been arrested or even spoken to by law enforcement.

Judge Feeney to issue wriiten decision on Warren case and defense's ruling on 995 motion to dismiss decision on April 9

 Judge heard oral arguments today but will be issuing a written ruling on April 9.

This is just my opinion but Paul Gallegos did better than Kevin Robinson and based on 1 question by the Court, Judge Feeney may agree with my observation.

We will see on April 9.

It is rare that I compliment Paul but when I do it is genuine.

I was not overly impressed with either Paul or Kevin Robinson. As far as arguments go, Elan and Kaleb Cockrum in the Gary Lee Bullock case were worth watching.

I feel bad for the families of the victims who have come to court twice to hear the decision on this motion.

Assault on victim in Willow Creek aggravating victim's medical condition

On 03-26-14, at approximately 9:15 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an assault which just occurred at 48 Panther Road, Willow Creek.  The reporting person told Sheriff’s Dispatch the victim of the assault recovering from a recent tracheotomy and was punched in the throat by the suspect. While deputies were responding to the scene, they were told the victim had been picked up by ambulance and was now enroute the hospital code three.  While enroute to the hospital the ambulance crew reported the victim stopped breathing several times and lifesaving efforts had to be administered.

 Deputies responded to the location of the assault and learned the 28 year old male victim had been punched in the throat by an unknown male suspect. Witnesses told deputies they did not know who the male suspect was nor did they have a description; however the victim told witnesses a male had punched him in the neck. Several witnesses reported hearing an argument shortly before the assault was reported.

Deputies responded to the hospital and were unable to obtain a statement from the male victim because he was in critical condition. The case is still under investigation.

Allan Dollison endorsed by Keith Taylor, former Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Chief

Allan has been endorsed by Keith Taylor, Center For Indian Law and Justice and former Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Chief.

Press Release from Dollison campaign:

The Dollison for District Attorney Campaign is pleased to announce the
endorsement of former Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Chief Keith Taylor. “I have known Allan
for almost his entire time in Humboldt and am nothing less than thoroughly impressed with his
skills, professionalism, commitment for justice and compassion in cases” Taylor said.

Taylor had a long and storied career in law enforcement, where he was a State Parole Agent in
Southern California. One of his cases was turned into a book that is still available on

Keith also was the Chief of Police for the Hoopa Valley Tribal police department, after he
retired here as a parole agent.

“I got to work very carefully with Allan on the habeas case involving the Murder conviction of
John Thompson. Allan’s hard work and dedication paid off when the court denied Mr.
Thompson’s petition. Allan spent hours with me discussing the case and preparing me. The case
was almost two decades old, but Allan thoroughly engrossed himself in it, and but for his
dedication a murderer would be out free today.”

Dollison stated, “I have always valued my personal friendship with Keith. We have not always
seen eye to eye on every case, but he always knew that I had a commitment to justice, doing the
right thing and firmness in my approach.”

Finally Taylor said, “I have been involved in several DA races here in Humboldt County. This
election Allan is the obvious choice. He is hard-working and dedicated, but also independent.
He will be independent in dealing with both law enforcement and the defense bar. We need that
independence in a District Attorney.”

Vincent Sanchez arrested in double murder homicide on Harris

On March 26, 2014 at 1757 hours, Eureka Police officers were dispatched to 2109 Harris Street
in Eureka on a citizen’s report of an injured person in the house at that location. Officers entered
the house to render first aid and found a man deceased with what appeared to be a gunshot
wound to the head. Officers checked the rest of the house for other persons who may need help
and found a second person deceased as well. He too suffered from a gunshot wound to the

Based on evidence collected at the scene investigators believe the crime was a double homicide.
One person was detained at the scene and now has been arrested as the lone suspect in the
murders. Investigators will continue to process the scene for the rest of today. The deceased
have been identified but their names are being withheld until family members have been notified
by the Coroner’s Office.

The suspect is Eureka resident: Vincent Earnest Sanchez, DOB: 04-30-1985 who was
booked into jail for two counts of homicide.

Mar 26, 2014

LOCO commenters raise good questions in the Harris Street murder

The photos of the house and the address has been released so if the family was reading a blog or news, they already know something occurred.

People are commenting that it could be the owner of the house dropping clues, so should I now post the initials of the person and more clues. No.

We do not know who the deceased are, we do not know who was led a way in cuffs. So if I were to assume that the person who lives there is deceased, I am adding to speculation and this would be devastating to the family.

Harris Street double murder confirmed as a homicide

On March 26, 2014 at 1757 hours, Eureka Police officers were dispatched to 
2109 Harris Street in Eureka on a citizen’s report of an injured person in the 
house at that location. Officers entered the house to render first aid and found 
a man deceased with obvious signs of trauma. The officers checked the rest of 
the house for other persons who may need help and found a second person 
deceased in the home as well. 

Detectives and evidence technicians have been called to investigate the deaths
and process the scene.  Based on information collected at the scene, the crime 
is being processed as a homicide.  

The deceased have been identified but their names are being withheld until family
members have been notified.

Anyone with information about this investigation should call the Eureka Police at 
(707) 441-4044.

Bryson win 1 and Brownfield win 1 and Judge Feeney adding humor to a packed day

Another day in Courtroom 1 where all the heavy hitters were present as far as private attorneys go locally. Patrik Griego, Russ Clanton, Mark Harris, Ben McLaughlin. On those days, I wish I had the time to report on all cases.

Lately with the Warren case, the Wortman case in Courtroom 1, and aftera  case in which Mr. Griego, Mr. Clanton and Mr. Harris were all appearing and then it was a case with the Clanton vs Griego showdown, Judge Feeney remarked, that there were a lot of "unusual circumstances" lately in his Courtroom. This has been leading to some rescheduling and continuances. He said, "Maybe I am a magnet" for such cases.

In an afternoon where the courtroom was packed with family members and defendants waiting to hear their fate, Judge Feeney did manage to lighten the mood for a bit.

I will use 2 cases today in which the defendant was represented by Kathleen Bryson to show why private attorneys make the big bucks but also a little kudos to Kathleen. I got to know Kathleen because I worked on her campaign in 2010 and at her office (I later supported Allison Jackson who I have known for a long time).  I consider Kathleen a friend.

It's not just about making the big bucks, (while other attorneys, private  or public defenders also care about their clients), Kathleen has a unique ability to see the humanness and reality in which many people find themselves in a pinch. She will advocate 200% for her clients. I have seen some people change their lives around because Kathleen represented them and believed in them.

In 1 case for Sherlette Colegrove, sentencing was continued because of when Ms. Bryson received  the Probation report and needed time to prepare a formal written statement to advocate for her client. Judge Feeney granted Ms. Bryson's request for continuance for sentencing because the Court also just received the report on Monday and Judge Feeney said he was not surprised with the request for continuance.

Mr. Brownfield did object. Sentencing is now on April 3 at 2 p.m.

In another case, Tristan Crossland, there were 3 cases, one of which was a felony probation case. In all 3 cases, petition to revoke bail was filed. Ms. Bryson entered denials on behalf of her client. Probation had recommended that Crossland be remanded into custody and had given reasons. There was also another case in Courtroom 2.

Ms. Bryson presented an argument why her client had not been able to meet the condition of Probation for a program, that he had a job and had retained her because he wants to stay out of jail.

Because of a fresh complaint and the charges against him, Mr. Brownfield said that he should be remanded. Judge Feeney agreed with Probabtion and the People citing concerns for public safety. Crossland was cuffed in open court and taken into custody.  Ms. Bryson still argued a couple of times after Judge Feeney's decision as to why her client should not be in jail. Even after a bail revocation hearing was scheduled. Finally the Judge agreed to an OR bail hearing tomorrow at 2 p.m.

I have not been following either case so I do not have details and while this may not seem exciting to some, it shows the human side of the criminal justice system.

Arriaga case dismissed, Miller gets a bit of reprieve, Miller's hubby tries to physically block me in effort to intimidate

The Arriaga and Miller case has been covered on this blog and LOCO so if you want the background, feel free to do a little search and read.

Both cases were scheduled for a preliminary hearing tomorrow. That date was vacated. Today in Courtroom1, with Judge John Feeney presiding, Luke Brownfield for the People, the cases took a slightly different twist.

Brian Arriaga's cases were dismissed due to lack of evidence. In the 2nd case, I have no idea why Eureka City Attorney Cyndi Day Wilson was involved because the first I heard of it was this afternoon but judgement was deferred. Judge Feeney inserted a bit of humor when he commented to Arriaga and his attorney that they would have no objection to the case being dismissed.

Misty Miller's case in which she is being represented by Public Defender Heidi Holmquist had a resolution.
Mr. Brownfield  requested that sentencing include mental health terms. Counts 1, 3 and 4 were dismissed and Miller changed her plea to guilty today for Count 2 which was grand theft. Judge Feeney explained to Miller that they plea was conditional and that after he received the report from Probation, terms could change.

He further explained that if she violated probation there were a range of custody times. When the judge asked the standard question while explaining terms and rights, "Are you under the influence of any drug and alcohol", Miller injected a bit of humor by saying, "Benadryl but no I am totally here." At which point the the Judge commented that she looked better in the time she has been here. Miller responded with, "I am never going to do that stuff again." Judge Feeney said "good, we want you healthy and safe." Case was referred to pre-sentencing report.

Holmquiist requested that Miller be released on her own recognizance or that bail be reduced. She mentioned Miller's husband and family were in the audience and that Miller had some family court issues to address and this would be helpful. Mr. Brownfield objected with concerns due to public safety. Referring to the case, he said Miller wandered into 2 people's home she did not know and stole property from 1 of the houses.

Judge Feeney said that he was not comfortable releasing Miller on OR but that he would reduce bail from $60,000 to $35,000. Sentencing is scheduled on April 20 at 2 p.m in Courtroom 1.

As I was leaving the courtroom, Miller's husband who was talking to Ms. Holmquist followed me demanding information and asking who I was, I cautioned him verbally and he continued to verbally harrass me and then attempted to prevent me from walking into the 2nd floor hallway. I told him if he did not back off, I would call a baliff. Fortunately I was a few steps away from him and I walked away.

Someone should remind him his wife got a lucky break and his macho act will not help his wife. This is the 2nd time a family member does not understand that any one can attend an open court hearing, what is being said on record is public information.

Right now Miller needs help for her mental health issues and a support system to stay off drugs, not her macho husband (who was in court for the first time) threatening someone.


Mar 25, 2014

Marijuana arrest in Hydesville, strong odor gives it away

An illegally parked bus in Hydesville driven by someone from Willits and strong odor of marijuana leads to arrest.

HCSO press release:

On 03-25-2014, at approximately 7:30 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office received a call regarding a gray 1975 International bus parked in the area of Rocksprings Road and Johnson Road, Hydesville. The caller was concerned the bus was illegally camping in the area.

            A deputy responded and spoke with a man who was identified as Michael Barny McBride, 29 years old, from Willits. McBride was seated in the driver’s seat of the bus.  When the deputy spoke with McBride he could smell the strong odor of green marijuana. The deputy asked McBride if he had marijuana in the bus. McBride told the deputy there was about an 1/8th of an ounce in the bus. The deputy asked McBride if he was sure, and McBride then admitted there may be more than that quantity in the bus. The deputy detained McBride and his passenger, who verbally identified himself to the deputy as Joseph Edwards.  The deputy searched the bus with the assistance of other deputies who arrived on the scene. They located approximately 174 pounds of dried processed marijuana in large plastic bags in the bus. The deputies seized the marijuana and arrested McBride and Edwards.

McBride and Edwards were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked on charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. The investigating deputy learned Joseph Edwards was a false name, his true name was Joseph Nicholas Moosreiner, 29 years old and that Moosreiner was wanted for violation of parole by the State of Wisconsin. Moosreiner was also charged with providing a false name to a police officer. McBrides bail was set $75,000.00.  Moosreiner is being held without bail.
            Anyone with information for the Sheriffs 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 24, 2014

With $61,287 in contributions and Carson Park Design being paid $10,769 which DA candidate has the advantage?

We can see which DA candidate has the financial advantage. While some volunteers also get paid in campaign, there is a difference between getting $500 or less or upto  maybe $1,000 for an entire campaign and someone getting $10, 000 in one filing period and this someone is also your brother in law and someone who has a working relationship and does cartoons for local media.

 I urge everyone to see the 460s for themselves. This is for the filing period 1/1/14 to 3/17/14.

I know there may be comments but not on my blog, so disclosure about others who got paid. I was paid $150 by the Firpo campaign so did Mitch Trachtenberg, he got $403 for this last filing period. I have volunteered a lot of time since 2010 on campaigns.  I have a right to contract for services just as Mitch or Allison Edrington who is supporting Arnie. Unlike Joel, I have not and will not be making $10, 000.

I do not gain anything but attorneys, law enforcement, unions,  realtors, advertisers and City Councilmembers do . I do not have  job opportunity possibilities like present or retired county employees by supporting a candidate. And it is really pathetic that I have to explain this because of unnamed mudslingers who have never worked on campaigns or causes for free.

Arnie Klein: Monetary contribution $1,300, Loans $2,500 Total Contributions $3, 800. Expenditures $4, 805. Beginning Cash $2,062.77. Ending cash balance $1,057.

 Arnie's girlfriend Dr. Poterack is his campaign manager and also listed as treasurer.

His last 460s had basically himself and his girlfriend as the major contributors, once again out of town contributors, last time 2 local, this time 1. Ken Bareiiles who gave $500. Number of contributors down from approximately 7 last time to 3. Loan to campaign of $2,100 from Arnie himself.

Arnie's spin that this is a grassroots campaign sounds good. Reality is that even with being the first candidate to announce and a headstart of months before the other 3 started, this campaign lacks the confidence from supporters, endorsers, and funders  and the last two filing periods have shown dismal results. Arnie Klein campaign has not disclosed whether he will be paid to represent the victim's family in the Ferrer case.

Allan Dollison: Monetary contributions $2,489. Loans $20, 351 from Dollison to the campaign. Non-moneatry $750. Beginning cash 0. Cash receipts $22, 840. Expenditures $16, 440. Ending cash balance $12,004.

Elan Firpo: Monetary contributions $6,314; Loans 7,500; Non-monetary contributions $6, 644. Beginning cash balance $ 3, 390.18; Total contribution $20, 458. Expenditures $9, 104.81. Ending cash balance $8,099.37.

Elan Firpo loaned the campaign $2,500 and Fred Sundquist, $5,000.

Maggie Fleming: Monetary contributions $54,823; no Loans; Non-monetary $6,464; Total contributions $61,287. Expenditures $34,021. Beginning Cash balance 0. Cash receipts $54,823; Misc. Increase to Cash $2,965; Ending Cash balance $23, 767.

Compared to Arnie and Elan, Maggie has a lot of $200-300 as minimum contributors, lot of $500 contributors which include Greg Anderson, Coldwell Banker Broker; the Medical Director Of Northern California Community Blood Bank, Melinda Ciarabellini, Eureka Police Officers Association, Victim Witness Advocate. Medium range is attorney Linda Hervey with $800; attorney Kathleen Bryson would be in the $1,500 range with $1,025 in contributions and non-monetary $480. Other $1,500 contributors worth noting is Wes Keat. Ruth Harvey with $4,105 and oddly enough instead of listing it as a loan like other candidates; Maggie is listed as herself as a contributor for $15,000.

Bit hard for me to believe that Rex Bohn and Mike Losey only contributed $100 or a bit over; Bonnie Neely only $300. Law enforcement, attorneys, lots of retired individuals (which may or may not be former county employees), baliffs and HSU police chief are some of the many groups that are funding Maggie. Many spouses splitting amounts. From endorsements and testimonials, we know individuals from County Counsel and the District Attorney's office are supporting Maggie. So are the unions and sheriff's office endorsements in kind with walkers and phone bankers.

Some 460s in some not yet

Chris, Ryan, Virginia, Elan, Maggie and Arnie yes. LaTour and Allan no.

Allan did get his 460s  in before 5 p.m. today.

Women assaulted with machete at the Country Club Market

On 03-21-2014, at approximately 2:15 a .m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a 32 year old female assault victim at the Country Club Market. Deputies and medical personnel responded to the market and met with the victim and a female witness who was a friend of the victim.  Deputies saw the victim had several deep cuts on her hands and injuries to her face, and a possible broken arm. The victim told deputies her husband Torry Williams, 32 years old, had assaulted her at their residence located in the 2000 block of Stanford Circle, Eureka. The victim told the deputies they have been separated due to his violence and she and a friend had stopped by the residence to speak with him. When she knocked on the door, he opened the door and grabbed her by the hair, then dragged her into the home and immediately began to assault her with his fists, striking her in the head and facial area. During the assault he grabbed a machete and began assaulting her with it. She grabbed the blade of the machete during the assault trying to keep from getting struck and injured her hands. The victim was able to fend off Williams and was able to run to her friend’s car outside. Williams chased after her with the machete as she ran away. She was able to get into the passenger seat of her friends car and they drove away. Williams was striking her friends vehicle with the machete as they drove away.

 Deputies responded to the residence and located Williams in the home. He was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, domestic violence, violation of a court order and violation of probation. Deputies also located a machete with an 18” long blade on the kitchen counter. Outside the residence they found a piece of the friend’s car on the ground, that appeared to have been sliced off by a sharp object.

Williams was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $100,000.00.

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.