Aug 15, 2014

After brandishing a gun, change clothes and so law enforcement gets conflicting reports on gender of suspect

On 08-14-2014, at approximately 2:45p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls regarding a person running around the McKinleyville Trailer Park, 2331 Central Avenue, brandishing a black colored semi-automatic handgun. Deputies, California Highway Patrol Officers and a State Parks Ranger responded to the scene. Deputies received conflicting reports from witnesses that the suspect was a man or a woman.

After an extensive search and investigation, deputies located a female who matched the description hiding in a trailer in space 19. The female was identified as Reshawn Lindsey O’Kelly, 38 years old, from Crescent City. Several witnessed identified O’Kelly as the person they saw with the handgun. The witnesses however, told the deputies O’Kelly had changed her clothes since the incident.

Deputies learned O’Kelly had recently moved into the McKinleyville Trailer park and had an argument with a neighbor in the park, whom she believed assaulted her 13 year old son. During the argument, O’Kelly brandished a semi-auto black handgun. Deputies also learned O’Kelly was on probation with a search clause.

Deputies searched the trailer where O’Kelly was staying and did not find any weapons. Deputies searched the surrounding area for the handgun and could not find it.

O’Kelly was arrested for brandishing a handgun and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she was booked on brandishing a weapon and violation of probation. She was booked and released on her own recognizance.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., a citizen living in the trailer park called the Sheriff’s Office and reported he located a black air soft gun hidden in his backyard amongst his children’s toys. The gun resembled a semi-automatic handgun. A deputy responded and took custody of the airsoft gun.

Assault in downtown Hoopa involves one brother beating another with a long stick

On 08-14-2014, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a man beating another man with a long stick in downtown Hoopa. When the investigating deputy arrived he spoke with a 53 year old male victim. The deputy saw the victim had visible cuts and bruises. The victim declined medical attention. The victim told the deputy his brother, Albert Vaughn Carpenter, 55 years old, from Hoopa had assaulted him with a large stick. The victim told the deputy Albert had left the area on foot.

The deputy located Albert behind the gas station in downtown Hoopa. Albert was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Carpenter is on active California State Parole and is being held on a parole violation, besides assault with a deadly weapon.

The deputy recovered the stick that was used which was approximately 4’ long and 3” in diameter.

Was the strong odor of marijuana in the Courthouse elevators related to this HCSO bust of a tresspass grow?

On 08-14-2014, at approximately 10:45 a.m. , Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies met with Green Diamond Security regarding a trespass marijuana growing operation. Deputies responded to 2111 Fieldbrook Road, Fieldbrook and met with Green Diamond Security. The security officers showed deputies a greenhouse with growing marijuana plants in it that was constructed on Green Diamond property. There was another greenhouse that was straddling the property line. Deputies saw the greenhouses were associated with an adjacent parcel which had a mobile home, travel trailer and shed..  Deputies contacted a man who was living on the parcel and he was identified as Kaleb Cory Severe, 28 years old. The deputies detained Severe while they obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for the property.

Once the search warrant was obtained, deputies searched the structures. Deputies located several stolen road signs, a stolen exempt license plate and two stolen Yamaha golf carts that were stolen from Humboldt State University, 110 growing marijuana plants ranging for 2’ to 5’ tall, and 6 lbs of processed marijuana bud. Severe was arrested for possession of stolen property, cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked. His bail was set at $25,000.00.

Deputies also saw evidence of air quality violations and are forwarding the case to air quality control for a follow up investigation and possible additional charges.

Cardelli hearing reset for August 29 at 2 p.m.

While we were waiting for court to open,  the baliff informed us the hearing been reset.

Don't like your sentence, use every loophole provided in the criminal justice system to delay taking responsibility

Dino Cardelli, who was convicted in 2011 on child molestation and sentenced to 18 years had a Marsden hearing on 8/1/14. Today at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 8, there is a hearing scheduled for status of appointed counsel. I will post in the afternoon if there are any developments.

Listed below in a separate post is the background in this case with two Times-Standard articles.

Besides the Cardelli case, there is the Littlefield case. Both involving child molestation, in both cases, no responsibility taken by the defendant. Instead both are using the criminal justice system and legitimate processes to ensure rights to see if they can get a get out of free jail card.

They were convicted by a jury of peers, if the Littlefield case goes to trial for the third time, besides the expense to the State, what about the victim's in these cases? Healing is not possible when the wound gets opened again and gain.

There are several posts on the Littlefield case on this blog which can be easily accessed by those not familiar with the cases. There are regular readers who follow these cases so I am not going to link the posts.

Backround articles on the Dino Cardelli case

Child molestation case sentencing challenged
Former pastor argues he was not adequately represented

By Will Houston

POSTED:   07/24/2014 09:57:20 PM

The former Arcata pastor currently serving an 18-year prison sentence for sexually abusing his two adopted daughters, one of whom he repeatedly molested, was transported back to the Humboldt County jail this week after the state Court of Appeal ruled that he was not given a chance to argue for a new defense attorney during his resentencing hearing, according to Assistant District Attorney Kelly Neel.

Dino Cardelli, formerly of Arcata's Calvary Chapel, was sentenced to 16 years in state prison in 2011 after pleading guilty to sexually abusing and molesting his two adopted daughters, one of whom was 13 years old when the acts occurred. He received an additional two years in prison after pleading guilty to 25 counts of violating a court order not to contact one of the girls, whom he had groomed into having a relationship by reading her Bible passages that he interpreted as condoning it.

In April 2013, Cardelli appealed the maximum 18-year sentence he was given, stating that he was not represented well enough by his attorney, M.C. Bruce.

"What was at issue, when it came back for resentencing, was whether the two-year sentence should run concurrently with the 16-year sentence or consecutively," Neel said.

Bruce asked the court to be removed from representation in the case, citing an ethical conflict.
"Without questioning either defendant or counsel about the basis for the claimed inadequacy, however, the court declined counsel's request to withdraw because of the limited scope of the remand to impose either a concurrent or consecutive sentence," the appellate court opinion states.

After being resentenced to the full 18 years, Cardelli questioned why the court was unable to give him a chance to argue for a new attorney, which Neel said would have occurred at a Marsden hearing.
"'Mr. Bruce's body language made known that he's not happy about being here, so the whole thing about not getting, you know, the opportunity to have another attorney to address those issues is something that I thought, you know, should have at least been looked at a little closer,'" Cardelli said at the resentencing hearing, according to the appellate court document.

The appellate court stated that because Bruce argued to be taken off the case and Cardelli's request to challenge Bruce's representation, the trial court failed to provide Cardelli the right to a Marsden hearing and remanded the decision.

"All of these factors together triggered the trial court's duty to hold a Marsden hearing to determine if current appointed counsel was providing adequate representation or the attorney-client relationship had become embroiled in such an irreconcilable conflict that ineffective representation was likely to result," the appellate court opinion stated.

Cardelli was booked into the Humboldt County jail on Wednesday. The appellate court ordered that the trial court hold a hearing to determine whether to grant Cardelli's motion for a Marsden hearing, and grant him a new counsel if he "has shown that a failure to replace his appointed attorney would substantially impair his right to assistance of counsel."

Cardelli gets 18 years in molestation case

Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard

POSTED:   08/23/2011 02:30:22 AM

Despite a former Arcata pastor's pleas for probation, a Humboldt County Superior Court judge sentenced Dino Cardelli to the maximum prison sentence allowable Monday, charging that he essentially seduced his adopted daughter with Bible passages in order to molest her.

Arrested last September, Cardelli, 50, pleaded guilty June 22 to charges of the continual sexual abuse of a minor, child molestation, attempting to dissuade a witness and 25 counts of violating a court order not to contact his victim.

During an emotional two-hour court hearing, the court heard from one of two victims in the case -- identified as Jane Doe 1 -- and from Cardelli, and attorneys debated an appropriate sentence for Cardelli, who -- until his arrest -- had served as the pastor of Arcata's Calvary Chapel. He and his late wife opened the church in January 1995.

Judge Bruce Watson sentenced Cardelli to serve 18 years in prison, the maximum allowable under a plea agreement Cardelli reached with prosecutors the day his trial was slated to begin. Watson said he weighed both mitigating and aggravating factors in reaching an appropriate sentence for Cardelli but said the scale tilted heavily toward handing down the maximum sentence.

Watson said Cardelli took advantage of a vulnerable victim, a girl he'd adopted at the age of 5 and who was 13 when the acts of molestation began. The judge said Cardelli then repeatedly attempted to dissuade Jane Doe 1 from cooperating in the case. Watson said the former pastor also betrayed the trust and confidence of his daughter, his community and his congregation.

”He violated the trust of countless people,” Watson said.

A probation report in the case, quoted by Watson, also indicates that the pastor used the Bible to convince Jane Doe 1 to acquiesce to his advances.

”He talked her into a sexual relationship by reading her passages from the Bible he interpreted as condoning it,” Watson read from the report before later opining about it. “It seems very disturbing, as a pastor, to be using the Bible to induce the victim to participate -- in essence seducing her with Bible passages.”
Under the terms of the sentence Watson handed down Monday, Cardelli will serve at least 85 percent of his 18-year prison sentence, will be put on supervised parole for 20 years after his release and will have to register as a sex offender for life.

Cardelli's attorney M.C. Bruce repeatedly asked for a sentencing postponement and said after the hearing that his client plans to appeal the sentence.

When Jane Doe 1 addressed the court, she said Cardelli's decisions led to her being separated from her brothers and sisters. She said she also carries the burden of Nancy Cardelli's suicide, which occurred after the mother told numerous people she suspected her husband was having an inappropriate relationship with Jane Doe 1, then 13.

”I have felt much of the blame for my mother's death, and I've carried it too long,” Jane Doe 1 said, adding that she's contemplated suicide and that her innocence is gone. “It was not fair for the man who was supposed to be my father to take that away from me.”

Jane Doe 1 went on to say she will always love both her parents, including her father, who she said taught her how to “be a loving, virtuous woman of God, but I will never respect the decisions he made.”
In addressing the court, Dino Cardelli -- who showed no emotion during Jane Doe 1's remarks -- apologized to his family and especially to his victim.

”My actions caused this travesty and these horrible events,” he said, adding that his wrongdoing had also hurt the community and his church body. “I know what I've done is a horrible thing that's happened, and I know it's something that my daughter will have to live with for the rest of her life.”

Dino Cardelli displayed little emotion throughout his remarks, but choked up when describing how Jane Doe 1 will have to tell her future husband of the secrets in her past.

The former pastor asked that he be released on probation, saying he wanted to seek treatment and rejoin his community and that he posed no risk of re-offending.

In addressing the court, Bruce argued that -- if not probation -- his client should be sentenced to the minimum term of incarceration allowable under the deal.

”A sentence of eight years gives Jane Doe plenty enough time to grow and forget,” Bruce said.
The defense attorney further argued that much of the pain and stress experienced by Jane Doe 1 was due to media reporting of the case, saying his client had no control over what was written about her or what “newspapers have done to ruin her life.”

Bruce further argued that it is there is no evidence to connect Nancy Cardelli's suicide with the sexual relationship between her husband and her daughter.

”To inject that into this proceeding is a disservice to everyone,” he said, adding that Dino Cardelli and his wife were also going through emotional difficulties and marriage problems at the time Cardelli began his relationship with Jane Doe 1.

Prosecuting Assistant District Attorney Kelly Neel argued that Dino Cardelli groomed a vulnerable little girl whom he'd adopted at the age of 5 to be the victim of his sexual advances. She said he's repeatedly failed to take responsibility for this, preferring to view his molestation simply as a romantic relationship. In the weeks before his arrest, Neel said, Dino Cardelli also molested another of his adopted daughters on three separate occasions.

Given the chance after posting bail in the case, Neel said, Dino Cardelli tried to talk Jane Doe 1 out of cooperating with authorities.

”What Mr. Cardelli can't deny is that he had ongoing sexual contact with a minor under the age of 14,” Neel said. “... The defendant, throughout these proceedings, has seemed to see this abuse -- what he was doing to this little girl -- as a romantic relationship.”
Ultimately, Neel said, Dino Cardelli left his daughters to carry this burden, for which there are no mitigating circumstances.

”What possible mitigating circumstances could there be for a 50-year-old man to molest his daughter? To molest two of his daughters?” she asked.

Mj's Courthouse Cafe, the only drama free zone in the Courthouse

Nestled on the third floor of the Humboldt County Courthouse is MJ’s Courthouse Café, which is co-owned by Jeanne Fleek and her partner Mike Scollard .

They purchased the café in October 2012, and in less than two years, with only word of mouth advertising and Facebook, this small business is expanding into doing outside catering and will soon be unveiling a new website.

Fleek previously worked for the Sheriff’s office and had also managed several restaurants locally such as Taco Time and original Cookie Company. “Ever since I was little, I wanted to own a deli,” she said. “I did not want to work nights, weekends and holidays. Mike and I saw this place for sale on craigslist.”
Fleek said that previously it was more of a snack bar, now it is a café. One of the first changes she made was paint the interior to more pleasing colors and decorate and add a lounge area, tablecloths and a coffee and salad bar.

The salad bar was a new addition to the previous menu and she added items to the menu that offered healthier options such as burritos, oatmeal, fruit and fresh vegetable snacks. In addition to a variety of beverages, the café makes fresh baked homemade cookies every day. They use local suppliers Redwood meat and Muddy Waters and Fleek describes her menu as “home comfort food.” There are daily specials such as meatloaf and mashed potatoes and tater tot casserole.

“I like being my own boss, I enjoy cooking and people watching,” said Fleek. “People are so busy that we try and make it personal and show people that they matter to us.”

Although majority of her customers are from the Courthouse, many of her regulars are area businesses and employees. The catering expansion came when a customer approached her to cater for her wedding.
Currently, Fleek emails and posts her weekly menu on Facebook. She is developing a website which will feature the entire menu and has spoken with Humboldt County CAO to see if that site can be linked to the County website. Fleek said that in addition to having customer appreciation days, and Business Card Mondays where people win a free lunch; she offers people the opportunity to pre-order specials they can pick-up.

She employs two-part-time workers,  Stacie Velasquez and Kristina Smith, both who say Jeanne is a great boss and they actually look forward to come to work. Stacie said one of the many reasons she enjoy working at the cafe is " our regulars whom we love and they are so friendly."

Fleek said encouraging others to “take a leap of faith and follow their dreams” like she did is what she tries to convey to everyone she encounters.

The café is open M-Th from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and until 2 p.m. on Fridays. Call (707) 444-8042 or email for more information.  If you mention that you saw this on my blog, starting today until next Friday, you get a free soda, coffee or tea with your purchase.

Aug 14, 2014

Heroin, meth, Narco and more in Garberville arrest

 On 08-12-2014, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputies saw a white Chevy pickup truck parked at Johnsons Quality Motel, Redwood Drive, Garberville. The truck matched a description of a truck possibly involved with burglaries and other theft related offenses in the Garberville-Redway area.  The deputies learned the driver of the truck was staying in room #15. The deputies knocked on the door to that room and it was answered by Natasha Aspinwell, 24 years old, from King Salmon. Aspinwall  was holding her 5 month old male infant when she was speaking with the deputies. Deputies learned Aspinwall was on formal felony probation with a search clause. While deputies were at the front door with Aspinwall, deputies at the back of the hotel room saw the window screen push out and an adult male attempt to flee the room. The male was detained and identified as Steven Buskirk, 36 years old from Eureka. Deputies learned Buskirk was also on felony probation.

 Deputies detained another male located in the hotel room, who verbally identified himself as Travis Quiett.

 Deputies searched the motel room and located a small amount of heroin, numerous syringes, methamphetamine pipes, Norco pills, scales, thirty five $100 bills, items indicating sale of marijuana, a black ski mask, wire cutters, 3 two way radios, a pry bar, headlamps, flashlights, electrical tape and binoculars.

 Deputies arrested Aspinwall for possession of a controlled substance, child endangerment, possession of burglary tools, allowing a place for drugs to be used/sold, and probation violation. Her child was taken into protective custody. Aspinwall was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional facility and booked. Her bail was set at $50,000.00.

 Buskirk was arrested for violation of probation, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools. He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. His bail was set at $25,000.00.

 Deputies learned Quiett was actually Beau McCabe, a 32 years old transient. McCabe was also on formal felony probation. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, providing a false name to a police officer and violation of probation. He is being held without bail.

Someone needs motors but not boats, theft in Trinidad Harbor

On 08-13-2014, at approximately 7:30 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen reporting motors being stolen from boats moored in Trinidad Harbor.

The deputy assigned to the City of Trinidad responded and met with the citizen, who is a Trinidad Harbor employee. The deputy learned two boats, named “ Red Fish Blue Fish” and “Dew Too” had been moored in Trinidad Harbor.    Between 07-12-2014, around dusk, and 7-13-2014, at approximately
 7:30 a.m., the suspect(s) removed a trolling motor from one of the boats, and a trolling motor and fishing supplies (poles, etc) from another boat. The deputy followed the citizen to a location on the beach below the Trinidad Lighthouse.  The citizen showed the deputy a raft that the suspect (s) appeared to have used to access the boats. They deputy also located a black rain jacket and three black shirts near the raft. The shirts were wet. The trolling motors weighed approximately 100 pounds each so it is believed more than one suspect was involved in the theft.

The stolen trolling motors are described as:
1. 2007 Honda 8 hp Trolling Motor, unknown year
2. 2011 Yamaha F-8 Trolling Motor

Total estimated loss of from the boats is approximately $7,000.00 total

HCSO searches a U -haul with strong odor of marijuana

On 08-13-2014, at approximately 2:40 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen reporting a suspicious U Haul truck that was parked in the Scotia shopping center near Palco Pharmacy. The citizen reported the truck had been parked in the parking lot for several hours, smelled like green marijuana and was unoccupied.

A deputy and California Highway Patrol (C.H.P.) Officers responded to the scene. They did not locate anyone in the area associated with the U Haul truck.  The C.H.P. Officers and deputy smelled the strong odor of green marijuana emanating from the truck. The deputy obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for the truck.  When the search warrant was served, the deputy located 171 growing marijuana plants in the truck, ranging from 6” to 4’ tall. In the cab of the truck the deputy located two hash extractor tubes.

There have been no arrests, however follow-up is currently being conducted and suspects have been identified.

Missing woman located, tells HCSO mother upset with her and she has no mental health issues

On 08-14-2014, at approximately 11:50 a.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy was able to make contact with Athena Doyle at the Vista Point at Humboldt Hill, Eureka. Athena called the Sheriff’s Office and arranged to meet with a deputy after learning law enforcement was trying to check her welfare. The deputy determined she was not having any mental health issues, and she and the children were in good health. She told the deputy she was in the process of moving out the area with her children and her mother was upset about that.

Details and update on suspect that robbed Pat's market

On 8-6-14, at about 8:00 AM, a male suspect entered Pat’s Market with the intent to steal from the cash register. The suspect wore a unique blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, sunglasses, black shoes with a white stripe at the sole and a white face covering. The suspect kept his right hand in his sweatshirt pocket leading the clerk to believe he was armed. The suspect said in a deep male voice, “Cash”.  The clerk said, “How is it going?” The suspect said, “Hand it over.”  The suspect leaned over the register counter and reached with his left hand to the side of the register drawer and opened the register.  The suspect took money from the register, grabbed several bags of Cheetos and fled.

On 8-7-14, at about 6:34 PM, a male suspect entered Pat’s Market again with the intent to steal from the register.  This time there were four customers inside the store. The method of operation was the same. The clothing was slightly different. The suspect appeared to wear the same pants and shoes but wore a plain black hooded sweatshirt and a grayish ski mask.  The black hooded sweatshirt appeared to have a front zipper but did not show any unique markings. The suspect weaved between the customers, leaned over the counter and again reached with his left hand to open the register. His right hand remained in his sweatshirt pocket. The clerk pushed the suspect away. He yielded and fled empty handed.

In both cases the suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’6” and medium build. In both cases the suspect approached the store from the north and fled back the same way. In the first incident, he turned east into the alley and ran towards N Street. Investigators have recovered the blue sweatshirt from within the area of the escape route.  EPD believes the suspect lived near the store to the east. We have attached video and photographs of the sweatshirt to this news release.

The sweatshirt is a St Bernards sweatshirt that was used by someone who either painted  or dry walled while wearing it. Specifically there is a unique white stain on the back of the right shoulder.  Investigators are requesting anyone who recognizes this unique blue sweatshirt and has knowledge of the wearer to contact Detective Ron Harpham at 441-4305 or      

Lookout for for missing mother and children due to grandmother's concerns about daughter's mental health

On 08-13-2014, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the mother of Athena Doyle, 34 years old. The mother told the investigating deputy her daughter, left her apartment in the 6300 block of Humboldt Hill Road, Eureka with her two male children, Nicodemus Doyle, 2 years old and Isaiah Hacket-Doyle, 5 years old.  The mother said they are headed north, possibly to Canada. The mother told the deputy Athena was having mental health issues and may harm herself and her children.

A be-on-the-lookout has been placed for Athena Doyle and her two boys to check their welfare.

Athena Doyle is described as follows:  white female, 5’6” tall, 135 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes.

She is driving a 1992 light blue Isuzu, California Plate 3BFH534. .

Anyone seeing Athena and her vehicle is requested to call 911.

Aug 13, 2014

Allison Jackson scores another win for victim; deal between Gallegos and Sanders busted

Judge Dale Reinholtsen rejected the same plea deal in the Elmy workman case that Judge John Feeney rejected. When Allison Jackson stepped in to help the victim in this case, justice took a different turn.

This link explains the background leading up to Judge Reinholtsen's decision. It also has all the links to coverage of this case.

With Judge John Feeney, it was DDA Luke Brownfield; in this recent plea it is DDA Zach Curtis. Workman is being represented by Neal Sanders. Without notifying the victim or Ms. Jackson, the exact same plea deal was presented before Judge Reinholtsen.

Neal Sanders in his oral argument said that all parties stipulated to the plea deal. This was in response to Ms. Jackson's letter to Judge Reinholtsen. Mr. Sanders stressed that discussions took place between him and District Attorney's office; DDA Curtis went a bit further and finally admitted that Mr. Gallegos made the agreement but also stating that he entered the plea so "justice may be done." Mr. Sanders claimed that the DA's office told him that they had issues with proof and they rather not risk losing this case at trial.

Judge Reinholtsen explained that because of the great bodily injury special allegation, Workman is not eligible for probation which was a part of the plea deal. When he stated his tentative ruling and final ruling, Judge Reinholtsen was firm that based on what information he had before him, he could not allow the plea and that the Court cannot find "unusual circumstances" which would be the exception to granting the plea deal.

Judge Reinholtsen said that when the case went to trial, it is possible that Workman could be found not guilty, or that she acted in self-defense, or unusual circumstances could be proved but he could not rule on that with information available to him in the present.

Mr. Curtis admitted this is "highly emotional charged case" and that "there is great deal of anger on both sides." He also said there is no rationale for self-defense.

The case is scheduled to go to trial on November 3 at 8:30 a.m.. Trial Confirmation is on Oct 20 at 3 p.m. and pre-trial conference on September 8 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 4.

Vincent Sanchez held to answer on all charges, before murder smoked bowls of marijuana

On April 24th, the night of the Harris Street double murder, in his confession, Vincent Sanchez told Detective Ron Harpham he smoked either 20 bowls of marijuana or "he hit the pipe five to seven times and was feeling different". He overheard a conversation between Rick Storre and his brother Lance Henry about "oral sex for a $100" and that bothered him.

Detective Harpham testified that Sanchez was aloof when he was asked to clarify some concerns about why he thought Lance Henry might attack Rick Storre. He would also not tell detectives why he had the shotgun, just that he was "protecting the house." Sanchez came back in the house with the shotgun. His brother was in the computer room and Storre in the living room.

Vincent pumped the shotgun, released safety, hearing this Henry came out of the computer room and said "Uh oh." Vincent said he knocked Henry who hit the coffee table and passed out. Vincent thought Lance was dead. He went into the living room, pointed the shotgun at Storre point blank and shot him. Sanchez described brain matter and skull fragments on the floor. Earlier Det Todd Wilcox testified when he arrived at the scene he saw a piece of skull and brain matter. Det. Wilcox was not aware of what Sanchez had confessed.

Lance had woken up and was trying to escape when Vincent shot him.

His brother preaching to him about Mormonism and gay sex between his brother and Rick Storre bothered Sanchez

Detective Ron Harpham described details of why they arrested Vincent Sanchez and the recent tension at the Harris Street house that led to Vincent Sanchez murdering his brother Lance Henry and Rick Storre.

Right before the murder, Sanchez told Detective Harpham he overheard a conversation between Storre and his brother about "oral sex for a $100." This bothered him.

Detective Harpham said that EPD Office Josh Siipola told him why he had detained  Vincent Sanchez.
Officer Siipola said that they were on the scene of a double homicide, they found Vincent on the property, "with all the commotion (of law enforcement being there) he did not come out of the camp, when he was taken to EPD in cuffs, in front of media, police and neighbors, he did not ask why and Vincent spoke of Storre and his brother in the past tense.

Detective Harpham testified that on the northwest corner of the property, there was a small camp built of green tarp supported by plastic totes, cinder blocks and it contained personal property and clothes belonging to Vincent Sanchez. They also found nine 12 gauge shotgun ammunition and seven large knives.

When Detective John Luken and Det. Harpham interviewed Sanchez at EPD, the interview took five hours and he was cuffed the whole time. He was read his Miranda rights and he agreed to speak with police.

The police knew Rick Storre was one of the victims and that he owned the house based on the original call from Storre's friend who discovered the body. It was Vincent who told them the identity of the second victim and that Lance Henry was his brother.

Storre was a man Vincent knew since he was three years old. Storre and Vincent's dad were very good friends. Vincent did not like Rick Storre.

Vincent was homeless at Thanksgiving. Sometime around December 2013, Storre allowed Vincent to stay at his house. The residence was a one bedroom, one bath with a kitchen and living room area. There was a tiny computer room where Vincent slept on a makeshift bed. Vincent would not reveal anything but from other sources, law enforcement learned he got to stay at the house in exchange for chores.

Henry moved in a month prior to the murders. Det. Harpham said that in the interview, Vincent gave conflicting information on his relationship with his brother. They used to be close, but over the last few weeks leading to the murder, there was tension building at the house. The primary source of conflict between Vincent and his brother was that Lance had recently converted to being Mormon and was constantly preaching to Vincent. Detective Harpham testified that Vincent told the detectives he did not believe in God.
Vincent had also "overheard some conversations about homosexual sex between Lance and Rick Storre."

A week after he moved in, Lance tried to get Vincent to move out but Storre let him stay. Vincent could not sleep because Lance was on the computer so he moved out into the backyard.

Vincent Sanchez confessed and provided description of gun he used to Det. Harpham

No media present for Vincent Sanchez's preliminary hearing this morning. Detective Todd Wilcox and Detective Ron Harpham testified for the People.

On March 26, a Ms. Donovan, friend of Rick Storre's went to visit him and found him deceased and called EPD. The front door was unlocked, according to law enforcement. Law enforcement found out the identity of the second victim from suspect Vincent Sanchez.

Richard Storre's body was discovered slumped in an armchair and Lance Henry's body was in the hallway. Sanchez told Det. Harpham after killing two people he left the sawed off 12 gauge shotgun at the National Guard Armory. That gun was recovered on the 25th at that location on March 25. The bodies were discovered on March 26. Law enforcement concluded from their investigation of the crime scene and confession from Sanchez that the murders occurred the night of March 24.

Det. Wilcox testified that when he first arrived at the crime scene, he saw the two bodies in the two different locations and observed blood spatter, blood stains and body fluids and it was apparent to him that they were at the scene where the homicide occurred and that this was not the case where bodies were dumped later at the scene.

Storre whose body was found in a seated position in an armchair, slumped with his hands stretched out, head resting on one shoulder. At the upper back of the chair, there was red spatter all the way "up the wall." Det. Wilcox said there was "profuse bleeding" and the blood was  "running down the chair" and had formed into a pool on the floor. Deputy Coroner Roy Horton found a piece of skull and a material that appeared to be brain matter by the chair.

Near the second body in the hallway were fragments of glass from a coffee table with "large droplets of blood" with "lividity on the right hand." The head had a large hole near the left ear with a large amount of blood.

In the living room on the floor, there were remnants of ammunition and an "expended 12 gauge shotgun shell." In the bathroom there was a claendar hanging with two check marks on each day. "it was marked up to the 24th," said Det. Wilcox. Looking at the medication bottles in Storre's bathroom, detectives inferred the murders took place on the 24th. They also found two newspapers dated March 25th and 26th still wrapped and outside between the sidewalk and the porch.

Ms. Jennifer Dixon who represents Sanchez is very compassionate and both Ms. Dixon and Visiting Judge Cerena Wong explained to Sanchez what was going on, Ms. Dixon even spoke with him after her cross of Detective Wilcox making sure before Det. Wilcox stepped down from the stand.

Silverio Sanchez preliminary hearing vacated based on new information

Just yesterday Silverio Sanchez's attorney Ben McLaughlin learned of a report he wants defense expwrt to examine so today he requestedca two week continuance in Court which was granred by Judge Dale Reinholtsen. People agreed to continuance.

Aug 12, 2014

Missing runaway returns home on his own

And he is in good health. He returned home at 4:30 p.m.

How to work for the defense as a prosecution witness; starring Benjamin Carter's sister-in-law

This morning Margaret Bitter testified at the preliminary hearing for Benjamin Carter. There are two other posts and this one is just an excerpt of her testimony this morning.

Fortunately for her, the Judge appointed her a lawyer.

Her testimony started with the basics. Benjamin Carter is her sister's husband. Sister Melinda is also in custody. All four of them were hanging out at Margaret's friend, Tommy's house, somewhere in Connick Creek. Bbqing hamburgers and "hanging out."This was on April 16, 2014.

The date becomes more relevant because law enforcement was not notified of this possible homicide until April 18, 2014, according to Carter's lawyer.

Testimony jumps to Margaret getting texts from Zach, the victim. He is texting her because he "wants his shotgun from Ben." Zach is someone Margaret used to date. He is also miffed because he does not want her hanging out with Tommy. Margaret tells Ben about Zach's texts. She says Ben is not too concerned and says, "let him come over."

Eventually, Zach texts her and shows up. We learn they are not at a house but a trailer. She tells everyone Zach is on his way. "Both Ben and Tommy disappear." She does not know where they are.

Enter Zach and he has a handgun. Margaret and Melinda are sitting on the bed. According to Margaret, at this point, "Ben came running in behind" Zach. Zach spins around and points his handgun at Ben and Ben has a sawed off shotgun he is pointing at Zach's chest.

"Ben said something to Zach,  I don't recall what," said Margaret. "I just heard him saying Oh yeah, Oh yeah." Then according to her Zach "made a nervous chuckle."

Then, Ben shot Zach, who fell on the floor. According to Margaret, he looked at Ben with a ?, "like what are you doing?" Zach grabs Margaret's leg as he is falling on the floor, but she said Melinda pushes Zach on the shoulder towards the floor.

Ben grabs Zach's jacket and drags him toward's the front door.

"Was Zach alive?" asked DDA Luke Brownfield.

"I don't believe so," responds Margaret.

"I was sitting there in disbelief. Thinking why it went that way," said Margaret. She does not recall what happened after that but at some point she walks out the front door. She claims she hears Ben ask Tommy to help him with Zach's legs and Tommy says no. Since Ben just shot Zach, who she says was like a brother to Ben, she is unsure of how he will react so she offers to help Ben. She helps Ben load Zach's body into the back of the truck. She thinks Melinda and Ben went somewhere in the truck, she has no idea, she thinks Ben may be driving the truck.

She tells Tommy to get her puppies and that she wants to leave.

At this point, Det. Franco, the lead investigator sitting next to Mr. Brownfield scribbles something and then Mr. Brownfield asks Margaret if there was a fire. She then remembers there was a campfire where they cooked the hamburgers. Margaret does not recall how but Zach's coat was thrown into the fire; she cannot recall who threw it in the fire.

Suddenly, she does recall that when Melinda and Ben left, one person drove the truck and one person drove Zach's car. She claims she overhead someone, she cannot recall who, say, "they were going to get rid of Zach."

And before they left, she took a shower and changed her clothes in the trailer. She did not say whether this was right after Zach was shot, when she helped Ben load Zach's body in the truck or at what point before they left.

Help HCSO locate a runaway with medical issues

On 08-12-2014, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a runaway, mentally disabled, 13 year old juvenile male with medical issues. The juvenile male, identified by his guardian as John Frederick Brower, was last seen running into the woods behind Les Schwab Tires, Central Avenue, McKinleyville. The Sheriff’s Office is initiating a search of the area for Brower and requests the public’s assistance in locating him.

John Frederick Brower is described as  13 years old, white male , 5’5” tall approximately 120 lbs, blond hair, blue eyes, wearing a black beanie, red and grey tennis shoes. He resides on Blue Bird Lane, McKinleyville

Anyone who sees Brower is requested to call 911 or has information on his whereabouts is requested to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 445-7251.

Witness in Carter case appointed lawyer; defense has not had chance to question

Mr. Glenn Brown was appointed as attorney for Margaret Bitter. Will prosecution offer her immunity? These and more questions to be answered when they return from break.

According to Mr. Acosta, preliminary hearing expected to continue a couple of days.

Silverio Sanchez preliminary hearing continued until tomorrow

It is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 4. Since Sanchez has waived time, it may be continued again depending on courtroom availability and schedules.

First witness testifies in preliminary hearing for Benjamin Carter who called LOCO instead of his defense attorney

Benjamin Carter's sister-in law, Margaret Bitter, was the first witness to testify for the People this morning in a preliminary hearing held in Courtroom 4. The preliminary that started mid-morning may continue tomorrow. DDA Luke Brownfield is prosecuting the case with Detective Franco assigned as lead investigator. Michael Acosta represents Carter who was in court this morning in an orange jumpsuit.

Carter is the fugitive who called LOCO to tell his story while on the run from law enforcement instead of his defense attorney. 

On 04/18/2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible homicide involving a firearm that occurred in the Southern Humboldt area. The Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this allegation with the assistance from the District Attorney Investigator’s Office, Department of Justice (DOJ), Arson Task Force, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP). On 04-18-2014 Humboldt County Sheriff Office Detectives arrested Melinda Elaine Carter age 41 for conspiracy and accessory to a homicide, auto theft and arson. 

The male victim was identified by the Coroner’s Office as Zackery Jacob Chapman age 36 from Redway. Chapman appeared to have died from the result of a gunshot wound. 

On 04-19-2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office along with Humboldt County Arson Task Force and the California Department of Justice processed the homicide scene, which was located on a piece of property off Conic Creek, Garberville. A trailer on the property had been burned down after the homicide in an attempt to conceal evidence where the homicide occurred. 

No media reporter was in the courtroom for this preliminary hearing. I stayed for part of Bitter's testimony in which she described the events leading to Chapman's death. A lot of "I don't recalls" and she said she took a shower and changed clothes before she left the trailer. All this while Ben and Melinda Carter were allegedly disposing the body and Chapman's coat. 

Mr. Brownfield was still questioning Bitter at 10:45. As she testified, Benjamin Carter smiled and whispered at times to his attorney who took notes.

Aug 11, 2014

Judge Feeney backs Firpo and Bryson

Judge John Feeney agreed with the resolution that DDA Elan Firpo and Virginia Doolittle's attorney Kathleen Bryson arrived to in her case. Today, in addition to the sentence outlined in the July 16 post, Doolittle will be on three years probation once she is released from prison.

Frank Doolittle's girlfriend,  Adlene Colegrove who was with him when he was he was stabbed and another girlfriend who is the mother of two of his daughters were in court today. Colegrove read her own statement. Victim witness representative Holly Hensher read a statement on behalf of Frank Doolittle's daughters, Tanesha and Lexie.

Niether girlfriend was happy with the resolution. The July 16 post explains the tense relationship between Adlene and Virginia. In the daughter's statement said that Ms. Firpo did not contact them about this resolution. The same statement was made to me outside Court by their mother.

Ms. Firpo had explained to me previously that she had spoken with the mother and she explained why the resolution was reached. In court, she briefly addressed the allegation that she did not speak with them. "This crime occurred three years ago. At that time, the children were minors. I have spoken to the mother several times. I don't think first degree murder is realistic given the evidence. This is a terrible tragedy. Based on what Ms. Bryson provided and the evidence in the case, the resolution reached was appropriate."

Judge Feeney addressed the victim's loved ones. "I wish there was something we could do to physically bring them back."

He agreed with Ms. Firpo and Ms. Bryson. Judge Feeney said he knew all the circumstances and given the evidence he had reviewed, "I know this is an appropriate resolution."

Victim restitution and amount to be determined.

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Jul 16, 2014

How a defense attorney and prosecutor worked together to get justice with a human touch

 A woman who has been in custody for a case from 2011 was finally held accountable but it was one of those cases where the humanity behind the resolution often goes unreported.

Elan Firpo who prosecuted the case for the People and Virginia Doolittle's attorney, Kathleen Bryson, told Judge John Feeney that they had arrived at a resolution in the case. Initially, Kaleb Cockrum from Conflict Counsel represented Doolittle. Ms. Bryson took over her case on January 14, 2013 .

Ms. Firpo said that before resolution, she contacted the victim's girlfriend and family. She explained the evidence in the case supported the disposition of the case . The sentencing will occur on August 11 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 1. Ms. Firpo requested that sentencing be continued to that date so that representatives on behalf of the victim or the girlfriend can be present and if they wish, Ms. Firpo told them they could address the Court.

Doolittle was initially charged with murder.  On 7/14/14, she plead to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter for 6 years with a 1 year added for the special allegation of the use of deadly weapon; in this case a knife.

Doolittle will not get probation. She will have to serve the jail time and Judge Feeney informed her that she has to serve at least 85% of that time, and the good time credits cannot be applied to reduce jail time. I asked Ms. Bryson about this and she clarified , "She will have to serve the remaining time in prison.  She has already served almost 3 years in jail.  She will get credit for that time and receive additional credits at 15% because voluntary manslaughter is a strike, and therefore, 85% of the sentence must be served.

Ms. Firpo told me factors that influenced her decision were that  Ms. Doolittle had been custody since 2011 without the case moving forward and that Ms. Bryson provided a lot of information to her and worked very hard on behalf of Ms. Doolittle to show mitigating circumstances.

Ms. Bryson also spoke with me. "I thanked Elan and told her that she did the right thing in Virginia Doolittle's case," said Ms. Bryson. "I appreciated that she kept an open mind and carefully considered the evidence. I especially brought her the psych evaluation by Dr Soper. I came on the case late, as it was previously Kaleb Cockrum's case, but I worked very hard to get Elan as much information as possible to help resolve the case.  The largest obstacle I faced was that Ms. Doolittle would not open up to either her counsel or to Dr. Soper.  Understandably, she has a huge distrust of men.  So, I went with Dr. Soper when he met with her. This proved to be invaluable as she finally began to open up."

"Ms. Doolittle had no real criminal record, served her country in the Army and was honorably discharged. She suffers from both PTSD and DisAssociative Disorder. She had been molested from the ages of 6 to 17 by her uncle and then was raped in the military."

"She loved her brother, Frank, very much.  On the night of the incident her brother was very drunk (BAC .24%) and his probation reports showed that when he drinks he tends to act very aggressively.  She was trying to leave the house that they shared.  In order to open the lock on her bedroom, she needed a knife. Virginia did not get along with Frank's girlfriend and they argued about it a lot.  Frank stepped in to stand up for his girlfriend and ended up with one stab wound that was unfortunately fatal. Virginia never meant to harm Frank. The case is a tragedy."

Home invasion for imaginary marijuana results in suspects getting away with $3,000 in cash and car keys instead

On 08-11-2014, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a Home Invasion Robbery that occurred on 08-08-14, at approximately 6:30 a.m. at a residence in the 400 block of Evans Road, Fieldbrook.

When the investigating deputy arrived at the residence, he met with a 55 year old male and his 35 year old son. They told the deputy they were asleep on 08-08-2014 in their residence, when three men with hooded sweatshirts entered their home. The suspects entered through an unlocked rear sliding door. After the suspects entered the home, one of the suspects pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the fathers head. The suspects made him walk into his son’s room at gunpoint, where they tied up the son and struck him with the handgun. The suspects demanded processed marijuana from the victims. The victims told the suspects they did not have any processed marijuana. The suspects forced the father to open a safe and they stole $3000.00 in cash a coin collection, the victim’s wallets and car keys from the safe. The suspects then fled the residence.

The father told the deputy they were very distraught over the incident and called their daughter instead of law enforcement. The daughter reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office for them today. The deputy saw the son had injuries consistent with being assaulted.

The suspects are described as follows:

#1 Heavy set white male adult, mid 30s, approximately 6’ 2” tall, approximately 250 lbs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and gloves

#2 Hispanic, late 20’s, with a moustache and goatee,  5’ 6” tall, 140 lbs, wearing a dark grey hooded sweatshirt, armed with a semi-auto black handgun

#3 White male, late 20’s, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, 140 lbs, armed with a semi-auto black handgun

Vigilante justice leads to assault on transient male

On 08-11-2014, at approximately 8:45 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a man stabbed in the chest near the park in Manila.  Deputies and medical personnel responded to the area of the park. Deputies located the victim in the 1800 block of Park Street, Manila.

Deputies learned a 64 year old adult female Manila Community Services employee spoke with a 55 year old transient male about dumping garbage in the park. The transient male got angry and words were exchanged. Two men were in the area at the time of the verbal argument. The men believed the 55 year old male was disrespecting the female employee. They caught up with the 55 year old male near the bus stop at Peninsula Drive and Lupin Drive, Manila. The two men began beating the 55 year old male up, punching him several times. During the assault, the 55 year old male removed a knife and began stabbing at the two males in defense. While doing so, the 55 year old male stabbed one of the males in the chest.

Deputies located and interviewed the 55 year old male and witnesses. Deputies are still trying to locate a second male involved in the assault. The 55 year old male has injuries consistent with being assaulted and witnesses have been located that saw the two men assaulting the 55 year old male.

Deputies are still investigating the crime, however at this time there have been no arrests. The case will be submitted to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for their review.

The 41 year old male stabbing victim is currently in a local hospital undergoing surgery,

Motion to sever in Ferrer granted, Gallegos does not show up, hangs DDA Curtis out to dry

Issues of discovery, Motion to sever the cases of Juan Ferrer, Nicholas Stoiber and Sophie Rocheleau, and transcripts with statements that were to be redacted by the People were due to be heard this afternoon.

Defense attorneys for all three defendants are still awaiting discovery and District Attorney Paul Gallegos who opposed the motion to sever already had the case continued once and did not even show up for Court today. Instead Mr. Gallegos' instruction was to have DDA Zach Curtis ask for another week's continuance with no reason, again.

The defense attorneys were frustrated and asked their motion to sever be granted. Judge Dale Reinholtsen said he cannot rule if People have not responded.When DDA Zach Curtis was asked to comment he said it was not his case and he is not familiar with the case. Mr. Curtis added if defense attorneys were going to criticize Mr. Gallegos, "it is more appropriate to have Mr. Gallegos here."

Mr. Marek Reavis, who represents Ferrer, responded with, "I agree."

Mr. Curtis's remarks came after defense attorneys took Mr. Gallegos to task for the delays and referring back to their original arguments why the cases should be severed.

Mr. Reavis said he had not received discovery relating to x-rays taken at the victim's autopsy. This is essential for at least one defense expert and dates cannot be scheduled until defense gets this discovery. In previous court hearings, Mr. Gallegos has promised twice to get discovery to the defense and acts surprised as if it is the first time he had heard their request.

Mr. Benjamin Okin, attorney for Sophie Rocheleau, pointed out that the original motion to sever was filed June 18. He also reiterated the x-ray discovery request. Mr. Okin told Judge Reinholtsen that he had not received any lab notes; in fact he did not even know if they existed.

Mr. Reavis, said in his last email to Mr. Gallegos, which was approximately two weeks ago, "I accused Mr. Gallegos of not being familiar with the case. We are 8 to 9 months down the road. I object to any continuance."

Mr. Reavis said Mr. Gallegos's arguments last time when he opposed the motion to sever was based in general theory, not evidence.

Mr. Okin brought up the point he made last time in court about issues with altering transcripts based on what Mr. Gallegos  was suggesting. Mr. Okin said it "is not as simple as changing a pronoun."

Eventually, Judge Reinholtsen granted the motion to sever. August 18 is the next court date for a Disposition/Reset hearing at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 4. Both Mr. Okin and Ms. Jennifer Dixon, who represents Nicholas Stoiber, said they may "pull the time waiver" they agreed to for their clients.

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Talvi Fried did not qualify, no opponent for Marian Brady

The following nominees have qualified for the ballot for offices of the City of Eureka, at the General Municipal Election to be held November 4, 2014:

Office of Mayor

Frank J. Jäger
3815 G Street
Eureka, CA 95503
(707) 443-2051

Office of City Council – Ward 1:

Marian Brady
803 Pine Street
Eureka, CA  95501
(707) 443-8282

We have received signatures for another candidate but are awaiting for verification of qualification.
(8-11-14 Candidate did not qualify for the election per section 301 of the City of Eureka Charter)

Office of City Council – Ward 3:

Mike L. Newman
1624 E Street, Apt. D
Eureka, CA  95501
(707) 443-0403

Kim Bergel
1312 K Street
Eureka, CA  95501
(707) 616-2178

Office of City Council – Ward 5: 

Chet Albin
1124 Thomas Street, Apt. D
Eureka, CA  95503
(707) 498-3896

Natalie C. Arroyo
2127 C Street
Eureka, CA  95501
(707) 442-6664

Jurors being questioned in Eddie Lee trial; first witness expected to be called around September 2

Today in Courtroom 1, Judge John Feeney, District Attorney Paul Gallegos and Eddie Lee's Bay area attorney Darryl Stallworth questioned potential jurors for Lee's trial, which is expected to start around September 2.

Eddie Lee was a co-defendant with Limmie Greg Curry in a retrial of a felony case for homicide. The cases have been severed and they will be tried separately.

Charges for Lee listed in the court computer are murder, robbery/rape, possession of marijuana and involvement of a firearm.

Lee with a fresh haircut and dressed in light khakis, a white shirt and black sweater looked less like a murder defendant and more like a college student. He sat quietly with Mr. Stallworth and whenever he is in the courtroom, he is always quiet and demeanor is very polite.

This is another murder case and the length of the trial is expected to be three months.

County asks constituents for sales tax while County Department Head's get paid lavishly

On this November Ballot, there is a countywide general sales tax to fund public safety services as well as local tax measures from Eureka, Fortuna, Rio Dell and Blue Lake.

Talking with some acquaintances, they brought up that the average county worker is paid $67,000 plus full health and retirement, many at 52 yrs old, but the average non government annualized Humboldt worker is making around $30,000 and many having to apply for Obamacare. Then there is the challenge to find a local doctor who is in the network .  This is one link to County salaries.

This is the link to the County salaries sent me by Sean Quincey, Humboldt County Public Information Specialist. You can do your own research on the various cities and salaries. I picked some salary examples from the County of Humboldt link provided to me by Mr. Quincey. These salaries are the same listed in a document with salaries for Department Heads and litigation costs which was provided to me by

 The total amount of expenses spent on outside litigation in the last four years, including settlements: Total expenses for outside representation for the last four years is approximately  $3,106,543.38. Of that amount, $1,311,804.77 was in relation to the Tooby-McKee case. Total expenses for settlements is $1,088,137.50.

County Administrative Officer  $14,365 Monthly,  County Counsel  $12,956 Monthly, Chief Probation Officer Monthly $10, 294, District Attorney $ 13, 166 Monthly and Director of Health and Human Services Monthly $ 14,166.

Did our elected officials ask staff to do any studies or evaluation about cutting costs to some of these high paid department heads and supervisory positions? Why isn’t there a wage freeze in place before asking the voters for a tax increase?

It isn’t just the fault of the current Supervisors. Their predecessors voted nice fat pay increases for themselves and have encouraged this government job growth versus encouraging private industry . For the past two decades, how many times have unions held contracts hostage unless they received pay increases and more benefits paid? In the private sector, one doesn’t get to walk off the job and demand. You earn it or you are fired.

Working class people keep paying taxes. People are struggling to keep food on the table, chose between health insurance, rent or car payments. Maybe the Supervisors need to cut the top, lifetime government employee positions for a change. Have these department heads make a sacrifice for once and have them be accountable for their budgets.

This income gap is one our Supervisors should try and even out instead of raising taxes.

Are some of the department budgets going for necessities or “wish lists” such as  new carpets, AR-15 rifles for investigators and other such lavish costs not necessary to do the job.

The tax base that keeps paying has been squeezed enough. It is time for the Supervisors to ask these high paid department heads to trim the fat, from their own salaries. It is time for budgets to be awarded to critical services and to eliminate some other departments that are largely administrative.
We elected our current Board Supervisors so they would not continue status quo of their predecessors. It is time for them to hold some of their department heads accountable, not reward them for incompetence.

Challenger Talvikki Fried does live in Ward 1, signatures in process of being verified and results available shortly

According to Humboldt County Election's Office, Challenger Talvikki Fried Ward does live in Ward 1. The signatures are in the process of being verified and the final results will be verified shortly.

Considering this challenger turned in papers the last minute on Friday, kudos to the Humboldt County Election Office for their promptness.

Update: Signatures have been verified by the County but the City of Eureka has to still go through some procedures before qualifying Fried as an official candidate. So as of now Marian Brady still has no opponent.


Unidentified human remains found in Cuneo Creek campground

On 08-10-2014, at approximately 7:30 a.m., California State Parks was notified of possible human remains, which were located by a hiker on a trail in Cuneo Creek Campground, Humboldt Redwoods State Park.  A Park Ranger responded and confirmed the remains were human. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Humboldt County Coroner’s Office were notified and responded to the scene.  The skeletal remains were collected by a Deputy Coroner and will be examined by a Forensic Anthropologist to determine identity, age, sex and possible cause of death, which are all unknown at this time.

Male burglar enters Eureka home while victims were sleeping

On 8/11/14, at about 2:36 AM, Eureka Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence on the 1700 block of Sunny Avenue for a residential burglary in progress. The 30-year–old victim reported she was home sleeping with her young daughter when she awoke to find an unknown male in her kitchen.  When she confronted the male, who was armed with a large knife seen protruding from one of his pockets, he charged at her.  The victim retreated to her bedroom, locked the door, and called 911.

The suspect was gone upon officers arrival. Officers located a large kitchen cleaver resting on a table just outside the victim’s bedroom that the suspect had left behind.  It appeared the suspect had entered the residence by removing a screen and climbing through a side window.

At 3:07 AM, while officers were still processing the scene for evidence and searching the vicinity for the suspect, EPD dispatch received another report of a residential burglary in progress on the 1900 block of ‘S’ Street.  The caller reported they’d just found an unknown male inside their residence.  The male was reported to currently be inside the victims’ car which was parked inside their attached garage.  Upon arrival a short time later, officers found the main garage door open but the suspect was gone.  Officers began searching the vicinity with the assistance of an EPD K-9 team.

Officers tracked the suspect to the woods behind a nearby residence east of the victims’ home. Officers located the suspect, Kevin Patrick Simpson (age 42), hiding in the brush where he was taken into custody. Simpson was found to be in possession of several items stolen from the second victims’ residence. He was also armed with a large, concealed kitchen knife.

Simpson was positively identified by the victims’ as the suspect in both burglaries.  He was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Jail where he was booked for first degree burglary (two counts), possession of stolen property, attempted auto theft, unlawful carrying of a concealed fixed blade knife, and probation violation.  His bail was set at $125,000.00.