Jun 13, 2014

Witness who called 911 for Sunshine and Christina testified that Bodhi Tree "hit on her" and said he doesn't usually mess with white girls"

Emma Lorenc, who described Sunshine as a close friend, "a 8" to indicate closeness and described Christina Schwarz as a friend she got to know since April 2013. Emma said that Christina and she used to hang out and go to the farmer's market . She said Christina initially came to the house looking for Sunshine, who would stay at the house for a few nights a week, be gone for weeks. Emma said Sunshine and Christina were friends.

Her room was towards the back of the house, next to the kitchen and she said she moved in January 2013 but started paying rent since March. She was also pregnant when the shootings occurred. Emma said that a lot of friends would come through town and "stop by" the house. "I was okay with the parties at first, then it started to bother me because parties were every night."

She described the people who lived and visited the Eye Street house as "very commune like people." Paid rent to Colin, whose nickname is Zion.

When she saw Christina's photo, she became emotional, fighting back tears.

She was very emotional and nervous when she testified and would not look at Bodhi Tree except when she was asked to identify him. The first time she had an encounter with him at the Eye Street house, she was cooking breakfast, did not know who he was and he "hit " on her saying "I don't usually mess with white girls." Emma said she felt "uncomfortable and a little angry" and was wondering "why this person is in my house?" and when she complained to Zion, the guy who she described as a brother and the one who rented the room at the Eye Street house to her, she said that he did not do anything.

After that incident, Bodhi Tree went into her room and sat on her couch. Zion had to come and ask him to leave. Emma said Zion said, "come on bro, she does not want you in there." This was all on May 17.

Another incident was on the same day when Bodhi Tree just walked into Emma's room and it was closed, left his grey hoodie and told her "not to mess with it." She picked it up and said it was heavy and put it on the counter in the kitchen and told him she did not want it in her room.

When she last saw Bodhi Tree the evening of the shooting, he was wearing grey sweatpants and that grey hoodie and when he was arrested, he was in those clothes.

Four gunshots woke her up later that night. "I woke up and said, 'What was that?' I opened my door and said, "Are you guys ok?. It was completely dark. Sunshine answered, 'That was gunshots. Call an ambulance, I'm dying."

Emma said she went and tried to wake up her housemate, CJ but his door was locked. She woke up the other people in the garage and was on the phone dialing 911. She then went into the living room and turned on the light.

"I saw Christina and Sunshine lying on the floor, " Emma said. At this point, she turned to Ms. Firpo and said, "Do I have to say everything?" She then continued, "I checked Christina's pulse and Sunshine was still gasping for air. I was on the phone and "Eeyore", Nicholas was trying to bring Sunshine back."

Page and both Emma said that Tree was not at the house at this time. Emma said that law enforcement put all the people who were taken to the Aracta Police Station in one room and "put a cop in there with us. We wanted to talk about it but we couldn't."

She said when Sgt. Martinez was talking to her, she was "scared and in shock." Both Page and Emma moved out after the shooting.

Sheriff warns public of phone scam alert

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has received at least twenty phone calls from the public within the last week from citizens who are reporting a phone scam. The suspect is telling the potential victims they are an Agent with the Internal Revenue Service or the US Treasury and they owe the IRS Money. The suspect then tells the victim if they fail to immediately pay they will obtain a warrant for the victims arrest. The suspect attempts to get the victim to obtain a money order, cashier’s check or red dot card to pay the overdue bill.
So far none of the potential victim’s has complied with the suspect’s demand.

Below are some helpful websites:

Notes from I.R.S . Press Release:
Other characteristics of this scam include:
Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.
Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and   others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

Notes from the Federal Trade Commission
Signs of a Scam
Often, scammers who operate by phone don’t want to give you time to think about their pitch; they just want you to say "yes." But some are so cunning that, even if you ask for more information, they seem happy to comply. They may direct you to a website or otherwise send information featuring “satisfied customers.” These customers, known as shills, are likely as fake as their praise for the company.
Here are a few red flags to help you spot telemarketing scams. If you hear a line that sounds like this, say "no, thank you," hang up, and file a complaint with the FTC:
You've been specially selected (for this offer).
You'll get a free bonus if you buy our product.
You've won one of five valuable prizes.
You've won big money in a foreign lottery.
This investment is low risk and provides a higher return than you can get anywhere else.
You have to make up your mind right away.
You trust me, right?
You don't need to check our company with anyone.
We'll just put the shipping and handling charges on your credit card.

Burr Valley marijuana bust details

On 06-12-2014, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriffs Deputies served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant in the 5100 block of Burr Valley Road, Dinsmore area.

When deputies arrived at the location to be searched they located two men, identified as Taylor Owen Lefevre, 30 years old from McKinleyville, and Bruce Allan Ryall, 53 years old, from Bakersfield.
Both men were detained while deputies searched the property.

Deputies located two green houses and outdoor gardens on the property.  A total of 2150 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from three inches to three feet tall were located, along with approximately 11 pounds of processed marijuana, scales, packaging material, a handgun and two rifles, and approximately $3000.00 cash were located.

Both Lefevre and Ryall were arrested for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. Ryall was also charged with being armed in the commission of a felony. They were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked. Their bail was set at $75,000.00 each.

Sunshine said "I am dying" as Page applied pressure to his chest

When Page first arrived in the living room, he saw his housemates, Emma and CJ. "I saw Christina and Sunshine lying on the ground, they both had "bloody wounds on their torso. Christine's eyes were open and glazed, her shirt was in disarray exposing her breasts, Sunshine was bleeding and gasping for breath."

Page said he suggested someone call an ambulance, grabbed a towel lying in the room and applied pressure to Sunshine's chest in an effort to stop the bleeding. He said he was "hoping to prolong his life."

 Page said he was in a state of shock from the time he came upon the bodies of Sunshine and Christina and  applied pressure to Sunshine's chest until paramedics arrived.

He said in the panic of the moment he saw Christina was not moving and that Sunshine was showing signs of life. "Sunshine was still breathing, albeit in a very labored manner," Page testified. "I recall Sunshine saying, 'I'm dying."

Once the paramedics arrived, Page said he went to the kitchen and to check the other rooms in the house. and to tell people still waking up that law enforcement was at the house. There were "6 or so" people in the main house and the same number in the back of the house.

"I was in a state of shock; shocked; stricken and exhausted," said Page.

 He said law enforcement told them not to discuss circumstances and that at the Arcata police station, Sgt. Martinez interviewed them "one by one". Page said he could not recall the details of what he said at that interview. "I was anxious about my ability to get to work that morning."

 Page said that people smoked marijuana sometimes but did not do any other drugs. He also said that people were transported alone in patrol cars and were specifically instructed not to talk about the case.

Tree introduced himself to resident of Eye house as C Nasty

Nicholas Page, a resident who lived at the Eye Street house for " 6 to 7" months said when he first met Bodhi Tree, Tree introduced himself as C Nasty. He said only 5 or 6 people paid rent for a private bedroom and at least another 6 to 12 would just hang out, sleep on the couch, or stay in the garage. The people who did not pay rent contributed by food or cleaning. Page described the Eye Street house as a "flophouse" or "party house." Sunshine did not live at the house and Christina and he were frequent guests, Page said. He called Christina, Christine a few times, and said because of a mental disability he had a hard time remembering names.

His bedroom was near the living room, where Christina and Sunshine were shot.

Page described Tree as "mostly very quiet and not very outgoing."  Page met Tree a month before the shooting. He said Tree was at the house before he went to bed, the night of the shooting. Page said Tree was "standoffish, would make rude comments, and play music videos not to my taste. Simple and repetitive rap videos." Page said he did not remember Tree "bringing anything to share."

The evening before the shooting, there were 12 to 15 people hanging out in the "back garage" and Page went to bed between 8:30 and 9 p.m. At that time, he said Tree, Christina and Sunshine were in the party room, which is the back garage.

Page said he is a heavy sleeper and takes medication to help him sleep at night. He was awakened by what he learned later was a loud gunshot. "I believe it was more than 1 gunshot." Page said he looked at the clock. He remembered the exact time, said it was 2:05 a.m. Page said he tried to collect his wits, did not know what was going on, then heard some of his other housemates waking up, heard them going into to the kitchen and then into the living room. "I heard people walking and the voice of Emma coming onto the scene in the living room."

"At first her tone was a mixture of annoyance and curiosity and then it changed to horrified, she was screaming OMG! that sort of thing," said Page. He said he got dressed and exited his bedroom to see what was going on.

Jun 12, 2014

Sheriff Downey on why he is hosting a community meeting in Blue Lake

"I believe it is beneficial to the residents of Blue Lake to understand the scope and level of service they are being provided with by the Sheriff’s Office," said Sheriff Mike Downey. " As sheriff I am committed to providing the best service, based upon the contractual agreement and believe the city is in actuality staffing their own police department with Sheriff’s Deputies as mandated for any municipality."

Press release:

Humboldt County Sheriff Michael Downey will host a community meeting in Blue Lake on Wednesday, June 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Lake Grange. Sheriff Downey invites the residents of the City of Blue Lake to meet with him and his command staff to discuss law enforcement service and issues in Blue Lake. The Sheriff and his command staff are holding this meeting to address the citizens of Blue Lake’s regarding law enforcement and the current contract. The Sheriff will also discuss the forming of neighborhood watch programs in the City of Blue Lake.

Details about Burr Valley Road bust will be available shortly

Lt. Steve Knight confirmed that a search warrant on a property on Burr Valley Road had been served this afternoon. Lt. Knight said that two people have been arrested and that deputies found over a thousand plants on the property, as well as firearms and large amounts of cash. The investigation is ongoing and Lt. Knight said he will be providing details in a press release later today or tomorrow.

Suspect who broke into St. Bernard's rectory still at hospital; motive unknown

EPD will update as soon as he is booked.

Steinke not Hening assisted EPD officer yesterday

Regarding yesterdays press release about the citizen assisting the officer, we misidentified the citizen.  The citizen who assisted the officer is Mark Steinke of Eureka.  Mr. Hening had been a witness to a traffic collision and we apologize for the error.  We appreciate anyone willing to assist the police department and their community.  “It truly takes a whole community to police the city,” Chief Mills

Yesterday's Press release:

On 06/09/2014, at about 1025 hours, an officer with the Eureka Police Department contacted a subject who was under the influence of narcotics in front of a business on the 1600 block of F street.  The subject, Jason Gower (23) of Eureka, attempted to leave the location after admitting to being on felony probation for narcotics.  Gower also had two felony warrants for his arrest, was in possession of drug paraphernalia, and was in possession of stolen property from a recent vehicle burglary.

The officer attempted to detain Gower but he resisted and wrestled with the officer on the sidewalk for just over two minutes.  One citizen, later identified as Jonathan E. Hening took it upon himself to answer the officer’s call for assistance and asked what he could do to help.  Mr. Hening was directed to hold Gower’s legs down.  The officer warned Mr. Hening that he was about to deploy OC spray.  Mr. Hening maintained his position on Gower’s legs, putting himself in harm’s way.  Gower was taken into custody when a second officer arrived on scene.  Gower assaulted the officer by trying to break the officer’s fingers bending them backwards, causing injury. The officer was treated and released from St. Joseph’s Hospital.   

From the officer: “Jonathan Hening’s actions represent a character and compassion not often encountered by our officers in such situations.  Mr. Hening owed me nothing during this incident, but took it upon himself to answer a call for assistance by a police officer involved in a violent altercation with a wanted and combative suspect. Mr. Hening’s moral character can be seen in the video recording, as he remained on scene with officers until he was certain everyone was alright. I later learned that Mr. Hening casually left the location in somewhat of a hurry as he was about to be late to a work-related appointment. It is my belief that Mr. Hening’s actions should be recognized by our department through a citizen commendation award. Mr. Hening is a valued member of the Eureka community; and a decent, honorable and well-meaning individual.” 

Sheriff Downey to present life saving awards to Deputy Sheriff's Silva and Crosswhite

Humboldt County Sheriff Michael Downey will present life-saving awards to Deputy Sheriff’s Cyrus Silva and Seth Crosswhite, and Senior Correctional Officer Todd Arnold on Monday, June 16th, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., in the Humboldt County Correctional Briefing Room. (access from 5th street ).

Deputies Silva and Crosswhite are credited with saving 71 year old Ted Coopers life on April 10th, 2014 in King Salmon. (See Press Release dated 04-10-2014)

Senior Correctional Officer Todd Arnold is credited with performing the Heimlich Maneuver on a 62 year old inmate, who was in a wheelchair and was choking on a hotdog on November 2, 2013 in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

On redirect Ms. Firpo is able to Sgt. Martinez to explain questions raised on cross

One such example is that Ms. Holmquist asked why the witnesses interviewed were not tested for alcohol drugs. Sgt. Martinez explained that they were not in custody for a crime, they were cooperative and no indication that they needed to be tested for drugs or alcohol use.

Regarding the red spots, the witness being questioned told Sgt. Martinez it was red dye.

Defense cross of Sgt Martinez raises some questions about leads and investigation

Some witnesses who were interviewed discussed the case while waiting at APD and one of the people at the Eye Street had red spots on a t shirt that was not investigated.

Today is the first time the defense scored a significant doubt about investigation.

Ms. Holmquist asked why some of people who were interviewed by Sgt. Martinez were not given an alcohol  breathlyzer or drug test. Why cell-phones were not confiscated and why people were not separated once Sgt. Martinez learned that some of them had been discussing the case.

She brought up some red spots on a t shirt worn by one of the individuals who was detained and questioned and had been at the Eye Street house the night Christina and Sunshine were murdered.

He said he had "gotten jumped by three white boys;, a native and a black male"

Sgt. Martinez described Bodhi Tree as "aloof" with his body posture leaned back during his interview after he had been arrested. "He was mildly cooperative." Sgt. Martinez said that Tree told him he had been assaulted regarding the injuries to his face. "He refused to tell when, why, where. He said he had 'gotten jumped by three white boys, a native and a black male." Tree told Sgt. Martinez he would not be a snitch and that the same guys "jumped him again" in Arcata.

Sgt. Martinez said that initially Tree thought he had been detained because "he was fucked up". Sgt. Martinez said that Tree told him that he had been drunk for three or 4 days.

"Mr. Tree was willing to engage in banter early on but as the interview progressed he was not cooperative." Sgt. Martinez said that Tree was so intoxicated he could not recall being at the Eye street house. "Based on my investigation, I knew that was a lie," said Sgt. Martinez.

"This was the most important interview I had conducted," said Sgt. Martinez. " I wanted to extract a confession. My view was that he had to like me to engage with me. I wanted him to be comfortable and talk to me. I did not want him to be afraid to talk to me."

Sgt. Martinez said the reason he did not tell Tree that he was being investigated for a double homicide was because he wanted Tree to feel safe to talk to him.

He was sad for the victims, he was sad for Bodhi Tree

Sgt. Martinez said witnesses bothered and worried and concerned someone might see them talking to the police. He is continuing his testimony about interviewing witnesses in the Bodhi Tree case.

"He was sad for the victims, he was sad for Mr. Tree." The statement in the title was made by Ian Henry, according to Sgt. Martinez.

19 people were personally interviewed by Sgt. Martinez. Names were either given by civilians from the Eye Street house. Sgt. Martinez said he was concerned about Sean Butler-Smith's safety because he was providing vital information in a double homicide.
When he saw Smith at a skate park, he checked on him. It was at this time that Smith shared information on the Eureka shoting of Rhett August.

At a later date when Smith was brought in for questioning at APD by EPD Det. Peter Cress. A syringe with fluid was found on Smith. Unlike a cheerful demeanor at the skate park, Smith was worried about getting sick. Smith was known to Sgt. Martinez as a heroin addict.

Smith had a syringe with liquid in it and it was reddish in color and Sgt. Martinez guessed it was probably heroin based on his knowledge of Smith. He did admit to returning Smith's heroin back to him. "I didn't want him to worry about getting sick," said Sgt. Martinez. "I wanted him to focus on his interview with Det. Cress. I had to decide what was important." Sgt Martinez then said, "I believe I mishandled that" referring to his decision to give Smith back his heroin.

Ms. Firpo asked Det. Martinez if he ever said that he would withold  Smith's drugs and that Smith had to speak to Detective Cress. Sgt. Martinez said no. Sgt. Martinez also mentioned a note that had been forwarded to him from the Humboldt County Jail in which Smith asked Sgt. Martinez's help. This was "weeks after the homicide" and Sgt. Martinez described the note as "ramblings from a heroin addict seeking assistance to get out of jail." Sgt. Martinez said that he threw the note away and that there was nothing relevant to the case.

GO-Biz Releases California Competes Tax Credit Recommendations 31 Companies will be Considered by California Competes Tax Credit Committee on June 19th

Sacramento, Calif. – As part of the administration’s ongoing efforts to bolster California’s business climate, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) released the final list of 31 companies it is recommending for the first allocation of California Competes tax credits totaling $30 million.

“The California Competes tax credit encourages businesses large and small to expand in California and create good paying jobs in a variety of industries,” said GO-Biz director Kish Rajan.

The tax credits are offered to companies interested in expanding or relocating to California. GO-Biz is recommending 31 companies – including 11 small businesses – for a total of approximately $30 million in tax credits. According to the 31 companies, these credits could help create approximately 6,000 jobs and spur more than $2 billion in investment across California. These companies represent industries such as manufacturing, biotech, agriculture, food processing, aerospace, high tech, clean tech and more. The complete list of potential awardees is available here.

Between December of 2013 and April 2014, GO-Biz conducted more than two dozen workshops and webinars statewide to educate businesses on the application process. GO-Biz began accepting applications on March 19th and closed the application window on April 14th.

A total of 396 companies applied and requested over $500 million in total credits. GO-Biz evaluated the most competitive applications based on the factors required by statute, including total jobs created, total investment, average wage, strategic importance, economic impact and more. GO-Biz will allocate an additional $150 million in tax credits next fiscal year and companies not selected in the first round are eligible to reapply once GO-Biz opens the next application period.

“The high demand for these tax credits underscores the importance of a competitive selection process,” said deputy director Will Koch. “The recommended companies represent a significant impact to California’s economy in terms of new jobs and investment.”

The California Competes Tax Credit Committee (CCTC) will meet on June 19th to consider the GO-Biz recommendations. The Committee is chaired by the Governor’s senior jobs advisor Mike Rossi and is comprised of four additional committee members. The agenda for the meeting and the complete list of committee members is available here.

The California Competes tax credit is part of the Governor’s Economic Development Initiative (GEDI) which Governor Brown signed legislation to enact last year (AB 93 and SB 90). The initiative also includes a hiring credit for areas of high unemployment and poverty which went into effect on January 1st, 2014 and a sales and use tax exemption for the purchase of manufacturing, biotech and R&D equipment which is available to companies starting July 1st, 2014.

About GO-Biz
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. For more information visit: www.business.ca.gov.

Man breaks into St. Bernard's rectory; EPD responds; no one injured

The man was hiding in the attic. He is in custody. He would not come out. Canine sniffed him out. There will be a press release shortly according to Chief Mills.

Fr. Loren, the priest was not there at that time. The press release is out and I will upload it later after updating the Bodhi Tree daily update.

EPD Press-Release:

On 06/12/14 at approximately 4:45 a.m. officers were dispatched to St. Bernard’s Church after a custodian arrived and found the lower door panels to the rectory had been kicked out. The officers conducted a search of the rectory and could hear footsteps coming from the attic.  Officers determined that the attic door was barricaded by the suspect and could not be opened.  A perimeter was established and a K9 was requested to the scene. 

Officers made an announcement for the suspect, later identified as Sherman Prochnau (51) of Fortuna, to exit the attic and Prochnau acknowledged the command. Prochnau opened the attic door and began climbing down the ladder.  Prochnau initially followed officers commands but resisted when officers attempted to take him into custody.

After multiple warnings Prochnau failed to follow verbal commands and continued to resist. The K9 was utilized to assist in the apprehension. Prochnau was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment of the injuries he sustained during his apprehension.  At the hospital a syringe and baggie of methamphetamine were found concealed on Prochnau’s person.  Upon his release from the hospital, Prochnau will be booked for burglary, resisting arrest, and possession of a controlled substance.     

Jun 11, 2014

Gary Bullock trial set for November 17

Courtroom 1, visiting Judge Peter Mering hearing cases for Judge John Feeney who is in vacation, Gary Lee Bullock represented by Kaleb Cockrum and Elan Firpo who is prosecuting the case for the People.

Defense filed a motion to continue on 6/6. Today was supposed to be the pre-trial conference. The defense requested a continuance for two reasons. One, because the defense investigator is going to be gone next month for medical reasons and Mr. Cockrum wanted a disposition and reset in August. His second suggestion was for to set dates in November  to see when the case would go to trial.

Ms. Firpo said thecPeople want the trial to start in November. Jury trial is set for November 17 at 8:30 in Courtroom 1, Trial Conference on November 5 at 2 p.m. and Pre-Trial Conference on October 1 at 2 p.m.

Blakewilliams who is hostile to cops had demeanor changed when he heard about Sunshine and Christina

Detective Dockweiler said Lucas Blakewilliams is usually "hostile to cops" but when Detective Dockweiler mentioned Christina and Sunshine, especially Sunshine Blakewilliam's demeanor changed to emotional.

Second witness to testify this morning is APD Sgt. Robert Martinez. When eight people were brought from Eye Street house, they were put into a conference room and were being monitored by APD volunteer and parking enforcement David Greeney. APD does not have the room to keep them in separate rooms. They were advised not to speak each other and interviewed separately. Two were asleep while waiting to be interviewed. Sgt. Martinez described the process of interviews.

Hoyt Cribs, first person to be interviewed was "shocked and stunned" like every one else. Sgt. Martinez said since it was 3 a.m. they were exhausted.

This is the third time, morning break has been longer so the Judge can talk with counsel. While counsel is mostly respectful, often defense's frustration is in the form of disrespectful, aggressive objections and even after Judge Reinholtsen has ruled, that continues. After break, that eased a bit.

There were lengthy evidence hearings closed on motions. Each individual has their opinion, but if I were a juror, such aggression would be a turnoff to me. Judge Reinholtsen is doing a great job and being fair to both sides and cautious, which is good. Ms. Firpo is very respectful and calm.

I know lawyers read this blog and what they need to remember is the jury is not made up of lawyers but ordinary people like me.  And with law enforcement testifying, today is the kind of day observations to give a feel of the courtroom is more important.

Sgt. Martinez is testifying about his interviews with eight people that were detained from the Eye Street house, his testimony for the day concluded with him testifying about his interview with Bodhi Tree.

Mickey's malt liquor popular among younger and travelling folk Arcata

This little tidbit shared among serious testimony in the Bodhi Tree case this morning.

Photos of a messy Eye Street house and bloody bedding where victims were found shown in Bodhi Tree case

Today, Ms. Holmquist continued her cross of Detective Dockweiler. Two names, a Derek Rain, who called with information about the case and another suspect lead, Lucas Blakewilliams were mentioned. Ms. Firpo is questioning Detective Dockweiler on redirect.

My observations regarding defense are the same for Ms. Holmquist as they were about Mr. Russo. Questions asked do not raise doubts to the level to support defense theory. On redirect Ms. Firpo is able to get the prosecution witness to answer or clarify any issues raised.

Photos of different bedrooms, attached garage with a makeshift bed and photos of bloody bedding where Christina and Sunshine were shot were shown when Ms. Firpo questioned Detective Dockweiler on redirect.

Jun 10, 2014

Littlefield case set for disposition in July because appeal pending

Since the last mistrial case is still pending appeal, a Disposition hearing has been set for 7/15.

The current trial date for June 30 has been vacated.

Rose, Paul must be reading your blog, he actually attended both Ferrer and Littlefield court hearings.

Today in Courtroom 2, trial confirmation hearing was set for 2 p.m. While it did not show up on the online or new digital calendars, the public access computers and DA's office confirmed the hearing was still on for today.

Ferrer jury trial set Aug 4

All three defendants were arraigned, they did not waive time. Jury trial on August 4. Since Marek Reavis and Jennifer Dixon were in other courtrooms, David Lee represented Juan Ferrer today and Kevin Robinson represented Nicholas Stoiber.

All the defendants entered not guilty pleas.

District Attorney Paul Gallegos represented the People. Pre-trial on July 7 at 2 p.m., Trial Confirmation at 3 p.m. were on July 14 and Jury Trial on August 4 at 8:30 a.m.

Bloody photos of Sunshine and Christina with description of wounds shown to jury

Sunshine had five wounds, one grazing the tip of his penis. Christina had a bullet wound on top of the head and so much blood that it matted her hair and splattered on her chest.

Before showing the photos, Ms. Firpo turned towards Christina's family and friends and said, "I apologize in general for these."

There were a total of five gunshot wounds on Alan Marcet's body. The first photo was his chest with blood matted into his chest hair. The second photo was of Sunshine's upper back with bruises. The third photo was a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The fourth photo showed a bullet wound and a rod had been inserted during the autopsy to show that the bullet went through his lower arm. The fifth photo showed two bullet wounds under his arm on the left side. Sixth photo showed visible wound; the bullet that grazed the tip of his penis.

There were three bullet wounds on Christina's body. The very first photo was the one with most blood. Her hair matted with blood, the blood spattered all over his chest. The second photo was where the blood had been cleaned so you could see the wound on top of her head. The third photo was the lower back side of her head with bruising and distortion and the bullet had to be extracted. The fourth photo was the bullet. The fifth photo was a bullet wound on the lower leg. The sixth photo was Christina's hand and a rod had been inserted to show two points of entry and exit: thumb and then the web of her finger. The 7th photo same rod to show path of bullet.

Bullock pretrial hearing tomorrow; defense files for continuance

According to court system records, defense filed a motion on 6/6 for continuance in the Gary Lee Bullock trial. The hearing on that motion and Pre trial hearing is scheduled for tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 1.

Visiting Judge Peter Mering is hearing cases in Courtroom 1 this week instead of Judge John Feeney, who is on vacation this week.

"Visually could see several gun shot wounds" Det. Dockweiler testifies about Alan Marcet's body

APD Detective Todd Dokweiler, the lead investigator for the Arcata homicide investigation was the first witness to testify today.

His testimony described how he was contacted by dispatch. Detective Dockweiler mentioned several APD officers and their titles and how assignments were determined.

Detective Dokweiler described why and what evidence was collected at the hospital, once law enforcement was told he was deceased.

"Visually could see several gun shot wounds," Detective Dokweiler testifies about inspecting Alan Marcet's body. Majority of clothes had vbeen cut off. Det. Dockweiler said there was "a visible wound in right thigh, one in lower abdomen, two bullet wounds on left side, and one through tricep of left arm."

A search warrant was obtained for the house, attached building and 7 vehicles. Investigation determined the murders occurred inside the house.

Several gun shots on Christina's body. Photos of blood on clothing, comforter and Christina's body. Photos of a 32 oz Coors bottle on bookshelf in living room where Christina and Sunshine were found. Photo of a 40 oz Micky's Malt liquor bottle in kitchen. Bottles, items that could identify people were collected.

No evidence of sexual assault on Christina.

Bodhi Tree is very calm when law enforcement testifies. He is agitated and talks to his attorneys when other testifies.

Sgt. Martinez interviewed individuals at the Eye Street house and came up with a physical description and street moniker of an individual and Officer O'Donovan who canvassed area businesses and a video from gas station identified same individual. Investigation led to an address and name of an individual, who most recently was at 243 Marilyn Street.

Det. Dokweiler was familiar with that address and individuals at that address. About half a dozen officer and the approach was stleath. While they approached front door, a couple officers were at side of house. Shane Goodrich answered at the door. Sean Butler-Smith was lying on the couch.

A gunshot residue was done on Bodhi Tree was apprehended by law enforcement.  A canine found him hiding behind bushes.  The Sheriff's office, APD and the Fire Department searched for days in sewers, drains, ponds, rooftops, among brushes for the murder weapon.

Jun 9, 2014

Local HSU graduate takes two months off his job to go volunteer time for a community project in Brazil

I know Doug as one of the friendly baristas at the Myrtle Avenue Starbucks. A flyer there caught my eye. Many people have dreams, Doug went out and pursued them. I decided to have him tell you in his own words why he is raising funds and and why he decided to take two months off to go volunteer his time for a community project in Brazil.

Kudos to Starbucks giving him time off for this and even more so to Doug for his innovative spirit in raising funds for his trip.

Why Douglas DiSalvo is going to Brazil:

I've always had a desire to travel and an interest in language learning. Most of my interest in these subjects arose from books and movies that I had read or seen growing up. My family was rather large, so my mother and stepfather couldn't really afford to travel with all of us kids. My mother also has a terrible fear of flying, so when we did travel it was only to places we could reach by car. In fact, I didn't take my first plane ride until January of last year, because I essentially learned to be fearful of flying without any real basis for those feelings. Similarly, I was taught to be scared of the people and the world around me simply because it was unknown to mother. I know she didn't mean any harm. She was really just trying to protect me. However, as I've gotten older, gone to college, traveled a little, and met people from all walks of life, I've found many people want similar things in life such as healthy relationships, a comfortable living (or in many cases the ability to survive), and a general feeling of belonging.   So, I've learned there is nothing to be afraid of. As I've learned to recognize it, I remind myself to look at the larger picture and to see myself as a citizen of the world. I may not be rich by American standards, but I am very fortunate when stacked against the majority of the developing world. I found that if I am going to travel, I don't want to travel as a tourist. I don't think traveling as a tourist offers as meaningful of an experience. Instead, I want to become another member of the community. I believe living with local people in local living conditions gives a better understanding and insight to their culture and their experience. I believe volunteer travel that allows one to work in the community alongside local people for the betterment of that community broadens the mind and leads to a more meaningful travel experience. I hope to prove these feelings right with my trip to Brazil.

I haven't had the opportunity to pursue this kind of endeavor because of my enrollment in school. However, I have just recently completed my BS in Business Administration-Finance at Humboldt State University. Now that I have time available to me, and before I begin a career, I want to go abroad on a volunteer project. I feel that if I don't go during this gap of time, I will miss the opportunity and deeply regret it. In the last few months of my Bachelor program, I researched numerous organizations that assist those who want to volunteer abroad; however, many of the organizations were quite expensive. I found International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ) just a few months ago. I found the organization to be the cheapest of the ones I had researched. IVHQ has positive reviews from previous volunteers, and it has a program in a country that I've wanted to experience. Although I have only been in contact with the organization a short while, I am happy with my choice.

I always knew I wanted to visit Brazil. I've read and watched how Brazilian people and culture are relentlessly grandeur. Even those individuals in the worst situations have a cleverness and grace to circumventing barriers and adversity; known locally as "jeitinho." Originally, I had intended to teach English abroad. But, as it sat on my brain, I realized that I might never have this opportunity again, so I needed to be creative in my approach. I looked into various graduate degree programs to see where I wanted to take my education and potential career moving forward. As I searched around, I found that the programs I continued to circle back to all pertained to international finance and global infrastructure development. Specifically, I found the graduate program at the University of Denver in Global Finance, Trade, and Economics at the top of my list. I determined that my interests, education, and long term goals fit the community development project program better than the teaching English program. I now feel like I will be more successful and have a greater impact on the community by better aligning my strengths to their needs.

Originally, my intention was to only go for one month; however, I was able to convince my employer to allow me two months of leave so that I may make this experience the fullest possible. I was very reluctant to give up my job in order to stay longer, so I am very grateful for their consideration on this. I am fundraising for the trip to allow me the opportunity to stay for the second month. I am so excited to have this experience that I will likely find way to make it happen even if I fail to raise the funds through donations. However, it would relieve a lot of pressure on me if I were able to reach my donations goal. In order to entice people to believe in my volunteer project and to solicit their help, I have offered my personal financial planning knowledge, my small business, data analysis, project management and capital budgeting skills in exchange for donations.  The exchange rewards donors for helping me raise funds, It allows me to continue to build my skills and experience, and it prepares me for taking a leadership role in my project in Brazil. I have a link to my Linkedin page on the GoFundMe donations page so that people can see some of my experience, skills, and education. Donors also have the ability to contact me through Linkedin or GoFundMe.

I am really excited and grateful for this opportunity. I know its something that I will never regret and something that can never be replaced.

Here is the link where you can donate to Doug's trip  : http://www.gofundme.com/Volunteer-Brazil

Romero Motion filed in Belisle case

Kathleen Bryson, defense attorney for Sandra Belisle, has filed a Romero Motion to be heard on June 18, 2014.

This week Judge John Feeney is on vacation. Visiting Judge Peter Mering from Sacramento, is hearing cases in Courtroom 1.

DDA Luke Brownfield is prosecuting the case.

Belisle has so many criminal cases in the court system that even Ms. Bryson made a reference to that today when they were confirming the date the Romero Motion is to be heard.

There are previous posts on this blog regarding this case.

Campbell surrenders himself to the Sheriff's office

On 06-09-2014, at approximately 1:15 p.m. Bruce Campbell surrendered himself to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at the main station in Eureka. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, negligent discharge of a firearm, terrorist threats, child endangerment, trespassing and exhibiting a firearm in a threatening manner. His bail was set at $150,000.00.

Suspect loose with firearm threatens wife and neighbor; law enforcement on the lookout; alleged terroristic threats by suspect

On 06-07-2014, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the wife of Bruce George Campbell, 53 years old, who reported he was “going crazy” and armed with a semi-auto 9mm handgun. She said Campbell was upset with the adult male neighbor, and was now running towards the neighbor’s residence, armed with the handgun, and shouting he was going to kill the neighbor. The wife then heard Campbell shouting and multiple shots being fired. Deputies responded to the residence, which was located in the 5000 block of Elk River Road, Eureka.
 While deputies were enroute to the scene, Campbell got into his black Jeep Wrangler and fled the scene prior to the deputies’ arrival. When deputies arrived they spoke with the wife and male neighbor and his wife. They learned Campbell had fired several rounds into the air while making threats against the male neighbor. The male neighbor told deputies he heard Campbell yelling death threats against him, while Campbell was armed with the handgun. The neighbors told deputies Campbell opened their front door, and attempted to force his way inside the residence. Campbell was able to push his hand holding the handgun inside the neighbor’s home, while the neighbor tried to hold the door close. Campbell waived the firearm around while threatening to kill the neighbor, before the neighbor was able to push his arm back outside and close the door. After Campbell left, the neighbors saw their vehicle windows were smashed and a window of the residence was broken.

No one was injured during the incident. A Be-on-the-Lookout to local law enforcement for Campbell has been issued for terrorist threats and assault with a firearm. Deputies recovered numerous spent casings on the ground outside the homes and a firearm that appeared to be the weapon used in the incident.

Bruce George Campbell, 53 years old is further described as: a white male, 5’ 7” tall, 160 lbs, blue eyes, brown hair. He was last seen driving a black 1998 Jeep Wrangler, California Plate 4DKS340.

Best of Humboldt Farm to Table Dinner at Redwood Acres

The public is invited to attend the “Best of Humboldt” Farm-to-Table Dinner on Monday, June 16, 2014 at Redwood Acres.

This annual fundraising event kicks off the Redwood Acres Fair and features local products, a sneak preview of fair attractions like a baby tiger and a program about the local and Russian Cattle industry.

Tickets are $40 per person or $280 for a table of eight and can be purchased at the Redwood Acres Office or by phone. Credit cards are accepted.  Social hour begins at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 with program to follow.  For more information, call (707) 445-3037.

Both breasts were exposed, blood from right side of her head

Testimony started in the Bodhi Tree case today with the case shifting to the Arcata murders of Christina and Sunsine. Officer Jeremiah Kasinger was the first to testify. Christina's mom was in the audience. She has been very stoic and calm whenever she has been present.

Officer Kasinger said in the living room, both victims on the ground. He said when he saw "the female victim",  that "both breasts were exposed and blood was pouring from the right side of the head." The rest of her body was covered with a blanket.

The male victim, Officer Kasinger said had "shorts pulled to his ankles, boxers pulled down with his genital area hanging out."

Sunshine Marcet, the male victim was still alive when EMT first arrived. About five to 7 people were at the house, said Kasinger. Of those individuals, only  Emma Lee Loring, Carl Richard Moreno and Nicholas Allan Page gave physical descriptions of possible suspects to law enforcement. Kasinger said "Emma" was "extremely emotional, crying", very concerned about the victims;  Moreno was "calm but shocked at what had just happened" and Page who had been appyling pressure to Sunshine's chest was "upset but focused on assisting his friend."

Canvas of the area did not result in any information.

Ms. Holmquist on cross questioned Officer Kasinger on timeline and details of his report. She brought up the fact that he answered a call to the 2457 Eye Street house two weeks ago for another incident. The female subject came outside and was transported to the hospital. Officer Kasinger said he responded with other officers and never went into the house.

Officer Gregory Pope, who was acting watch commander that night was the second witness to testify. His testimony was about assignments and which law enforcement officers were involved.

Officer Mars who was in training and with Officer Pope that day was the last witness to testify.