Apr 12, 2014

Good Samaritan calls Sherriff's office about missing woman from Weott

 On 04/12/2014 at approximately 2 PM, missing person Shannon Paige Sundberg was located by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.  A citizen had phoned the Sheriff’s Office and stated that they were traveling behind the vehicle that was associated with Shannon Sundberg. The caller stated the vehicle was last seen traveling south bound on Highway 101 in Eureka taking the Humboldt Hill exit. A Sheriff’s Deputy was in the immediate area at the time of the call and located Sundberg parked in her vehicle at the Humboldt Hill Vista Point. Paige was contacted and did not require any further assistance from the Sheriff’s Office.

Keith Taylor was contacted by David Prendergast whose wife Jackie is supporting Maggie Fleming

Upon Keith Taylor's request, I am now updating this post to say that he will not confirm or deny that David Prendergast contacted him. However I stand by original post and title which stated exactly who contacted him which was written after my first conversation with him.

I know Keith from a previous job and did it once. I also told him this is very unfair to Allan who is being smeared by someone who does not have the guts to do it himself publically.

In the second conversation Keith said that no other campaign had approached him because I flat out asked if if  Maggie's campaign had asked him for his endorsement.

Keith Taylor responds to Allan Dollison

This response is published under the original post where Allan addressed Keith Taylor withdrawing his endorsement. Thank you Keith for responding.

This is the email Keith sent:

his is in response to Allan Dollison statement in John Chiv words worth-from a "real" Keith Taylor !!! Specifically I am the Keith Taylor that said it was ok to use my name for support of "him" for District Attorney and I am the same that called "him" and told "him" to withdraw my name of support for"him" for District Attorney.
My email, for anyone who would like to contact me by email is: centerforindianlaw@gmail.com and my telephone number is 707-840-0651 for anyone who might be willing to investigate this Keith Taylor and confirm that I am the one that wrote the Blog Response in John Chiv words and in So Hum Parlance.
I now see how far"he" will go in his campaign for DA. If "he" is such a friend he has my home number and never bothered to call me to confirm or deny my blog response."He" obviously is unable to conduct a simple investigation to determine if someone else wrote the blog response, using my alleged name, which "he" infers that someone else wrote the blog.
"His" ethics is in question when "he" continues to use my name, when I personally called him Saturday  night around 9:30 PM and told "him" to withdraw my name of support."He" knows it was me that called "him" and told "him" to withdraw my name for "his" support.
It is an attempt to smear someone else, suggests "he" will go to whatever length to get a vote.
If there is anyone concerned and wants to know if "Keith Taylor" wrote the retraction, please call or email me and I will be glad to validate who I am and that I donot support "him" for District Attorney.
"He" lacks honor and integrity by continuing to use my name, for District Attorney. "He" was clearly told to withdraw my name for "his" support of him for the Office of District Attorney.
The District Attorney must have honor and integrity, without moral turpitude.
If there is any doubt that this Keith Taylor wrote this response please give me a call at 707-840-0651 or if you wish produce some ID to prove who I am. There are other Keith Taylor's in this community, but I am the one that has withdrawn my support of "him" for the Office of District Attorney and have written the responses in SO HUM PARLANCE and John Chiv Words
Keith Taylor 

Yurok tribe endorses Elan Firpo; Firpo at dedication for new Hoopa Police station right now

Elan Firpo has received the endorsement of the Yurok Tribe. Right now she is in Hoopa for the dedication of the new police station. Elan also plans to return to Hoopa tomorrow for a community meeting to discuss Public Safety Issues which is being hosted at the Tsewenaldin Inn by the Firpo campaign. She will also be in Southern Humboldt tomorrow and then Orick on Monday.

Apr 11, 2014

Weott motorist missing, was on her way to Fortuna for a medical appointment

 On 04-11-2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the husband of Shannon Paige Sundberg who reported her as a missing person- overdue motorist.  Her husband told the investigating deputy that Shannon Sundberg left their Weott home on 04-10-2014,  at approximately 6:30 p.m., for a medical appointment in the Fortuna area. He said his wife has had medical issues for several months and he was concerned when she failed to come home or contact him. He tried to call her cell phone and it rings directly to her voice mail. He told the deputy her failure to contact him or come home is completely out of character.
 Shannon Sundberg is described as follows: White female, 5’ 7” tall, 120 lbs, brownish red shoulder length hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and knee high leather boots with heels. She is driving a silver 2003 Saturn Ion, California plate 5CVV666.

Man visiting Humboldt from Tulare rescued alive but succumbs to injuries

On 03-10-2014, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a 21 year old man who went swimming in the Ocean off Samoa Beach and disappeared into the surf.  The man had gone swimming with a friend in the ocean. The friend was able to return to shore safely, but saw the 21 year old man did not.  A witness with a cell phone who happened to be walking in the area saw what was happening and called 911.

            Deputies were immediately dispatched to the area arriving within two minutes.   The Samoa Fire Department and the United States Coast Guard (U.S.C.G.), including a U.S.C.G. Helicopter and a U.S.C.G. boat also responded. The U.S.C.G. helicopter located the missing man approximately 30 yards off shore at approximately 4:50 p.m., but was unable to attempt a rescue. Three Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Samoa Fireman were directed to the drowning man’s location by the U.S.C.G., helicopter where they waded several feet deep into the surf and pulled the man to shore. After they pulled the man to shore, City Ambulance and Samoa Fire started CPR. The man was loaded into the back of a Sheriff’s Office Jeep and driven to the roadway. He was then loaded into the ambulance and transported to the hospital.  The man had a pulse at the time he was transported to the hospital. Deputies learned from the friend who was swimming with the man that he was visiting the area from Tulare, California. The man succumbed to his injuries despite efforts to save him.

            The Coroner’s Office has notified next of kin and has identified the decedent as Matthew Bryant Garcia, 21 years old from Tulare.                                                                                                     

Apr 10, 2014

Man rescued from water behind Sammy's BBQ restaurant has severe hypothermia

On 04-10-2014, at approximately 3:50 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a King Salmon resident who resides near Buhne Drive and King Salmon Drive. The resident said he was hearing a man calling, “Help”. The resident was unsure where the sound was coming from. Deputies were dispatched to the King Salmon area to search for the source of the man calling for
 help.  When they arrived in the area the deputies could hear the call, “Help”, coming from behind Sammy’s BBQ restaurant. The deputies climbed over a chain link fence and then onto a dock near a boat called “Lola”.  There they saw a man in the water between the boat and the dock, hanging onto a buoy rope.  The man was barely able to hold onto the rope and keep his head above water. Deputies were able to locate a rope on the dock and wrap the rope around the man’ s chest and elevate him above the water line while waiting for Humboldt Bay Fire to respond, along with an ambulance. Once fire personnel were on scene, they were able to pull the man from the water. The man identified himself as 71 year old Ted Cooper from King Salmon.  Cooper told the deputies he had been in the water for approximately 45 minutes. Cooper had several cuts and scrapes on his arms and legs. Cooper was transported to the hospital where he was treated and admitted.

The EMS personnel told the deputies Cooper had severe hypothermia and would not have lasted much longer in the water.   It is unknown how Cooper ended up in the water.

Man lost was found minutes after press release sent on search and rescue

On 04-10-2014, at approximately 7:45 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a man who identified himself as Arthur Barrett, 66 years old, from Arcata.  He reported he was lost in the woods, near Jacoby Creek Road and Upper Creek Road, Arcata.  Sheriff’s Office Dispatchers were able to obtain a latitude/longitude from the man’s cell phone and deputies are currently on scene and searching for him in the drainage. The man said his cell phone battery was low on power.

            The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind hikers to tell family and friends where they are hiking, when they expect to return and to bring appropriate equipment and clothing. This time of year the weather conditions can change rapidly. Wet and cold weather can cause hypothermia. A cell phone, map or GPS is also very helpful. Keep in mind not all rural areas have cell phone coverage and cell phone batteries need to be fully charged.

Updates will be released after the man is located. 


Arthur Barrett was located at 10:05 a.m., 04-10-2014, by deputies and is in good health. He was located off a trail off Jacoby Creek Road, Arcata.

Apr 9, 2014

4th District no endorsement; Sharon La Tour and Kelly Sanders endorsed by HCDCC

HCDCC endorsements on:

4th District Supervisor - no endorsement
5th District Supervisor - Sharon Latour
County Clerk, Recorder, Registrar - Kelly Sanders

Kerrigan 10 votes
Bass 9 votes
No endorsement 5

60% of the 24 voting members in attendance were required or 15 yes votes for one candidate.

Sharon is the only Democratic candidate running for 5th District and Kelly has no opponent.

Maggie Fleming does not get HCDCC endorsement

Maggie got 11 votes, Allan 6 and 7 did not chose to endorse any one so there was no endorsement in the DA's race.

Missing teenager found in Willow Creek area

EPD thanks the public and press for their assistance.

Updated information on Silverio Sanchez aka PAL

The  Humboldt County Superior Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of Silverio Parro Snider Sanchez also known as “PAL “, 23 years old. The warrant was issued on 04-08-14, for the crimes of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evasion of a police officer and felony hit and run, with a bail amount of $750,000.00.  The total bail on Sanchez’s outstanding arrest warrants is
$1,170,000.00.  Anyone with information on his location is requested to call Detective Sam Williams at 707-268-3645 or the US Marshals Service at 707-442-5047.

You can also go to website : https://northerncaliforniamostwanted.org to submit a tip or information

Sanchez is described as follows: White, male, 23 years old, brown hair, brown eyes, 5’5” tall, 130 lbs.

He is known to have family and friends in Eureka, Fortuna, Ruth Lake and Rio Dell. If you see him call 911.

Anyone found to be harboring Sanchez could be charged with Violation of California Penal Code 32 ,
a felony.

There is reward money available for information leading to Sanchez’s arrest.

Allan Dollison's response to the alleged Keith Taylor endorsement withdrawl

I have known Keith Taylor for almost my entire time in Humboldt County. I have socialized with him. I gave his family a dog, and we have had lunch and dinner together. His extended family has been over to my house on numerous occasions.
About 4 days after agreeing to endorse me, I received a call late at night at about 9:30 pm. I did not recognize the number. I have Keith's numbers recorded in my telephone. The caller sounded like Keith, but the call was short. He said that he had been contacted by David Prendergast. I also consider David a friend to include helping my efforts with veteran's causes, and I was responsible for getting him appointed to a non-profit board to help veterans. He served for a short period of time, and then stepped down due to personal reasons. I have never done anything to Mr. Prendergast, but he seems to have made it his mission to conduct a vendetta against me in this campaign. He has repeatedly contacted people in opposition to me.
The caller said they wanted to withdraw their endorsement. I did see Keith Taylor several days later but was unable to speak with him.
I saw the e-mail address that had been identified by Fred Mangels with some sleuth work, and I have never seen that E-Mail before and it is definitely not Keith's E-Mail, that I have known.
As I have said before, I am not proud of a very sad chapter in my life, from 17 years ago. Mr. Prendergast goes out of his way to smear me with every detail possible, but always fails to mention that this happened 17 years ago. I have risen above this, accepted responsibility, and have tried to practice law the best way I know how. I do believe in redemption and forgiveness, as christian ideals that I aspire to. This election is about the future of Humboldt County, and whether or not we can feel safe in our communities again, and what type of justice system we will have. I am proud to have that discussion about the future. Some just want to have a discussion about the past. In the past negative personal attack campaigns have been the staple in Humboldt County. I will not conduct such a campaign.

Judge Feeney denies defense motion in Warren case for Counts 2 and 3

They had also asked for Count 4 to be dismissed. There is a hearing this afternoon on another motion so I will update this post later.

Apr 8, 2014

I miss Fr. Eric. The aftermath: finally I begin to grieve

Holy Week is the week preceding Easter and the final week of Lent. It will begin this year with Palm Sunday, April 13th and end on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday, April 20th.

During Holy Week, as Christians we commemorate the Passion of Christ, who died on Good Friday in reparation for the sins of mankind, and rose on Easter Sunday to give new life to those who believe in Him. The solemn sorrow of Lent and Holy week culminate in the joy of Easter with the recognition of God's goodness and the hope of salvation.

It has only been in the last week that I have begun to grieve Fr. Eric. More importantly, to acknowledge that even though I still don’t have the peace and time to mourn him, I need to deal with these emotions.

The anguish is at its peak now because Fr. Eric looked forward to Holy week, the Easter Vigil when we welcome new Catholics formally into the Church. First Communion will follow. He used to tell this story of St. Christopher so uniquely and it was one of the first compliments I gave him.

He knew that was special.  I was still trying not to like him because I did not want Fr. Loren to leave. Now Fr. Loren has been here but he is leaving and we will have a new priest. Initially, I was determined to resist getting to know Fr Tom because he isn’t Fr. Eric or Fr. Loren. But, it was my grief. Fr. Eric’s death taught me that we need to appreciate the gift of each person in our lives; we don’t always get to say goodbye. So I honor and thank each priest every day. Each priest brings their own gift.

As much as I try and be stoic, I can no longer hold back the tears that just flow in the middle of mass, as I prepare the altar and see the vestments Fr. Eric wore or walk the path I always do to go to church. Sadness overwhelms quiet moments. Sometimes I look up at the door Fr. Eric always walked through before mass, expecting him to be there, giving me that silent nod of approval as he looked at the prepared altar. Every day I counted on that unspoken gesture and every time it felt it was the first time.

I miss Fr. Eric. The ache is so devastating and it takes all my effort to get up and face certain days. Some people know yet some people have forgotten. There are times I want to yell at people saying I don’t want to be patient and understanding with you; can’t you see I am in pain?

There are things coming together in my life that I spoke to him about; I wish I could walk up to him and tell him. I still can, just not in the same way.

Yet it is not grief that rules my day but faith that shines through. The love of God; the knowledge that Fr. Eric is with Him; and the hope that one day we will meet again, in eternal life. The life and the belief that Fr. Eric gave his whole life to and that lives on in each soul he brought to Christ.

Jury selection in Bodhi Tree case to start tomorrow, expected to take at least two weeks

On day 2, Judge Reinholtsen went over the 18 defense motions from yesterday and then the motions in limine presented by the People were discussed today. The jury selection process will start tomorrow, with some individual jurors being questioned, either those that counsel wish to question further or those that have indicated that they wish to speak to the Judge and attorneys confidentially.

Then the jury selection process for jurors and alternates will begin. There really is not much to report on until the jury is selected and opening statements are given. I will be there in court each day just to observe the process and report if anything develops.

There was some discussion today about certain motions being discussed confidentially and what individual jurors will be questioned privately. For certain motions which were discussed today, the courtroom was closed so that the evidentiary issues being discussed would not be reported and affect the potential jury pool.

Judge Reinholtsen said that individual jurors who had requested confidentiality will have a closed courtroom. For the rest, it will be an open courtroom.

Today was the first day, a family member was present. One of the motions that was discussed was that while people could wear buttons that were made in support of a victim, the jury would be admonished by the Judge that this is not evidence of guilt or innocence.

Virginia Bass fundraiser at the Sea Grill on April 13

4th District Supervisor and life-long Eureka resident Virginia Bass is hosting a re-election fundraiser at the Sea Grill, this Sunday, April 13th. There will be OH’s style prime rib, onion rings, baked potato, and the famous appetizer platter all for only $99 per person – tax and tip included. Please call the Sea Grill at 443-7487 for reservations

Possible wood pellet mill and other green jobs in Humboldt's future?

Harbor Commissioner Chair, Richard Marks, who represents the 4th Division, said the Humboldt Grand Jury took a tour of the Samoa Pulp Mill site today. They wanted an update on the cleanup which is being done by Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard strike Force.

The Grand Jury heard about the possibilities of future jobs. "After the environmental clean up is approved,  there is a possiblity of a wood pellet mill located in existing footprint” said Marks. Currently, Taylor Mariculture is a tenant and is growing oyster spats. The possible wood pellet mill could be supplying wood pellets to a coal burning plant overseas. The overseas plant is retrofitting to burn wood pellets instead of coal.

“It is an exciting time to be on the Harbor Commission and seeing creation of green jobs,” said Marks. “Our area needs job creation and living wages for a blue collar workforce that has been displaced due to closing of the Pulp Mill in 2008.”

City of Eureka Press Release on SB 833

On Friday, April 4, 2014 Eureka City Council Member Melinda Ciarabellini led a team
of city officials to Ontario, California to attend the League of California Cities' Public
Safety Policy Committee* meeting. They were present to push for the committee's
support of Senate Bill 833 - Jail Releases (D-Liu). This bill will enhance public safety by
providing county jails with an alternative to late night jail releases. The bill would
authorize the Sheriff to offer a voluntary program to prisoners to stay in jail on the day of
their release, up to 16 hours or until normal daytime business hours. After discussion and
presentations by Council Member Ciarabellini and Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills,
the committee voted unanimously to support SB 833 if amended to include additional
liability language recommended by the California State Sheriff's Association.

Council Member Ciarabellini spoke at the conference explaining to other elected officials
the need to support this bill. "While in my opinion it does not go far enough, it is a solid
step in the right direction. We need to provide a mechanism for safely releasing people
from the jails, while at the same time provide some legal protection to the Sheriff. I'll be
bringing this back to the City Council for discussion and with my recommendation to
write a letter of support on behalf of the City," Ciarabellini said.

Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills, also present, told the group that discharging people at
nighttime is not an effective procedure. "It is vital to crime prevention that the committee
think about when to release prisoners. Daylight hours bring a higher level of 'natural
surveillance.' That is, people make rational choices to commit or avoid crime based on
personal risk. Criminals are more inclined to think twice about committing a crime when
there are more people who can prevent, report or suppress the criminal act. Releasing
people during daylight provides a higher level of natural surveillance. This bill is a good
first step in this process."

City Attorney Cyndy Day-Wilson was present to lobby for the jail release bill and also
attended the Legal Advocacy Committee meeting as the city attorney representative for
the Redwood Empire Region.

* The Public Safety Policy Committee reviews both federal and state legislation and
issues and makes recommendations to the League of California Cities' Board of
Directors related to law enforcement and other public safety issues.


Allan Dollison Meet and Greet at Azalea Hall on April 16

District Attorney Candidate Allan L. Dollison will be holding a Meet the Candidate event on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 5:00 p.m.  to 7:00 p.m. at the Azalea Hall located at 1620 Picket Road in McKinleyville.

EPD asks public's help in locating missing teenager

The Eureka Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Thomas William Carlson who was reported missing on 04/08/14.  Thomas was last seen at Eureka High School on 04/07/14.  He left class upset and threw his books in the trash.  He has not been seen since.  A friend reported that he contacted her on Facebook and said that he was walking to Redding, CA.  Thomas is an American Indian male, 5’11”, 160 lbs., with brown eyes and neat brown medium length hair.  He was last seen wearing a black jacket and grey sweatpants.  Anyone with any information regarding Thomas Carlson is urged to contact the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4300 or (707) 441-4044.

Warrant issued for Silverio Sanchez for the intentional assault of a United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Agent

            Based upon their investigation, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have been able to identify Silverio Parro Snider Sanchez, 22 years old from Eureka, as being responsible for the intentional assault of a United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Agent on March 15th, 2014. Detectives are in the process of requesting a warrant for Sanchez’s arrest. Detectives are requesting charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading a police officer, and a variety of other charges. Sanchez is currently wanted on five other outstanding felony and misdemeanor arrest warrants. Those warrants include charges of rape, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, vandalism, drugs, and battery.

            The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshals Service, United States Forest Service, Trinity County Sheriff’s Office and Fortuna Police Department are requesting the public’s help in locating Sanchez, who is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you see him, call 911. He has connections to the Ruth Lake, Fortuna, Eureka, and Rio Dell communities.

            There is reward money available for information leading to Sanchez’s arrest.

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

Sheriff's donation listed on HCDCC website to Maggie ; no 497 filed

Under Maggie's candidate's statements on HCDCC website, a donation of $2500 by the Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff's Association is listed but this was not on the last 460s and as of today no 497 has been filed since the last 460s by Maggie's campaign.

This is from the FPPC website: "8 Q. After filing a Form 410, what is the next form required to be filed?

A. Typically the Form 497 (24-Hour Contribution Report) is the next required form. In fact,
the Form 497 may be required to be filed before the Form 410 is required if the
committee qualifies within the 90 days before an election. In the 90 days before the
election, a committee must file a Form 497 within 24 hours each time it receives
contributions that total in the aggregate $1,000 or more from a single source."

Link to FAQ: http://www.fppc.ca.gov/faq/016-01-2014CampaignFAQs.pdf

The HCDCC meets tomorrow to decide endorsements. Some prominent members of HCDCC support Maggie. There are three DA candidates who are Democrats. Elan is not a registered Democrat so the HCDCC endorsement does not apply. She is not a registered Republican either. She is identifies as independent.

Why has this endorsement not been mentioned anywhere else? Whether this form was filed or not according to the schedule is hard to tell since  there is no date when this contribution was given on the candidate statement.

When I tried to access the HCDCC website today and so did a few others, you cannot access Maggie's candidate statement, there is no link underlined and you get Chris Kerrigan instead. That does not help if people want to check it out.

Looking at 460s, people have made typos on dates like 12/31 instead 1/1 but that is minor.

The filing of the form is something her campaign manager or treasurer should be taking care of but this is the first I have heard of that she received money from the HCDSO.

At the Tea Party debate, Maggie did mention the endorsement. At the Mad River Debate, Allan Dollison asked her specifically about any donation from the HCDSO. There was no response.

Apr 7, 2014

Bridgeville fire investigation results in discovery of possible human remains

On 04-04-14, at approximately 4:30 p.m. ,  the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by an absentee landowner that someone had caused environmental damage to the owners property off of Highway 36 near milepost 26.03. The owner reported someone had cut down trees, dug out a pond with heavy equipment and marijuana was growing on the property.  The growing marijuana was starter plants, which the owner destroyed.

 The property owner also told the Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher he was notified by the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department that they responded to a structure fire on the owner’s 180 acre parcel of property on 04-03-2014, at approximately 4:00 a.m.  The three story unoccupied cabin on the property was destroyed by the fire and burnt to the ground. The property owner was responding to the property to evaluate damage to the property and cabin. The owner was requesting a deputy meet him on the property.

 On 04-05-2014, at approximately 9:30 a.m. deputies met with the landowner on the property. When deputies met with the landowner he showed deputies the remains of the burned down cabin and told them that just prior to the their arrival,  he noticed what may be burnt human remains in the debris. The property owner who told the detectives no one was supposed to be living in the cabin or on the property. 

  Deputies examined the possible human remains and called for Sheriff’s Detectives, California Department of Justice, the Humboldt County Arson Task Force and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office to respond.

After detectives arrived on scene, they met with property owner who gave the detectives and deputies written consent to search the property which they did. Cal Fire Investigators responded to assist with the fire investigation and environmental damage to the property. Cal Fish and Wildlife responded to assist with the environmental damage investigation.  The Coroner confirmed the burnt remains were human. A Humboldt State University Anthropology Professor, who used to be a Humboldt County Deputy Coroner, and three of her students were summoned to the scene to assist with the death investigation due to human body being destroyed by the fire.
 At this time it is unknown whether the body is male or female. The identity and cause of death are being investigated by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.

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.

Dirty politics or actual Dollison endorsement withdrawn?

On Sunday, there was a comment on LOCO from a Keith Taylor saying he was withdrawing his endorsement of Allan Dollison. Read the link below and the comment.


I contacted both Allan and his campaign manager Jim Ferguson. No response.

Anyone can make up a name and comment on a blog so how do we know if this is from Keith Taylor? The comment says Allan is a personal friend. Allan has been upfront and addressed this issue in his campaign announcement. If this is the real Keith Taylor, how did he not know this issue which has been talked about extensively during this campaign or did he just endorse someone without asking questions.

I mentioned it to Ryan Burns this morning, he said he would follow-up.

Gag order in Tree case information revealed to media during simple question

While Lashay and I were waiting to talk to Ms. Firpo Mr. Russo and Ms. Holmquist to see if tomorrow's motions, when there will be more discussion, would be something we could cover, we found out there was a gag order in the case. The question I asked was not about specifics of the case, but whether the media would be allowed in the courtroom tomorrow. Lashay had a similar question, it was nothing to do with the specifics of the case.

There are some discussions and questions of potential jurors that will be occurring and my understanding from today's court proceedings was that Ms. Holmquist wanted some proceedings in a closed courtroom. It was a follow-up question to her remarks.

Neither Lashay, Ryan and I were aware that a gag order was in effect in this case until we found out this morning. In the Bullock case, Mr. Cockrum asked for the gag order in open court when other rules were set for media.

This morning's proceedings were mostly rulings on motions and court procedure. If the defense requested one, that would have been a good time time to let us know.

Bodhi Tree motions in limine and jury selection process happening now

Courtroom 4. Judge Reinholtsen presiding. Ms. Firpo for the People.  Mr. Russo and Ms. Holmquist for Bodhi Tree.

The judge is allowing us to take notes but no photos or audio on electronic devices. Media present Ryan Burns from LOCO and Lashay Wesley from Channel 3.

 Bodhi Tree was not in orange today but a pinstripe shirt and slacks seated next to Ms. Holmquist. She whispered to him as he sat down, "You look nice." He was quiet and had the same nonchalant demeanor he has had since I started covering this case.

Jury selection is expected to take at least 2 weeks.

There was some discussion about the jury questionnaire and potential jurors being questioned by counsel. The People filed Motions in Limine this morning and they are expected to be discussed on Wednesday. Jury selection is expected to start this Wednesday and will continue until Friday.

There were 18 motions filed by the Defense. Counsel were in agreement or able to agree on 14 of those motions. 4 will be discussed further. I am not going to report details because of jury selection.

While I plan to cover the jury selection process, unless there are developments in this case, the first report will be when opening statements start.

Apr 6, 2014

Rest in Peace Lance

Lance Madsen passed away last night. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Lance you are missed. Lance was not a politician to me, I knew him from church. This has been a year of personal losses.

I feel so fortunate to have known this amazing man who loved and served his community.

Rest in Peace, Lance.