Aug 29, 2014

Arcata resident arrested for child pornography

 On 06-05-2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the United States Department of Homeland Security ( D.H.S.) regarding Child Pornography being uploaded. A Sheriff's Office Detective was assigned to the case and worked with the D.H.S. Cybercrimes unit The D.H.S. Agents told the Detective they were contacted by a website company that saw images of Child Pornography being posted and viewed on a server the website hosted. They provided the name of the server to D.H.S. who reviewed it and the contents.  The server company provided I.P. addresses that were tracked down to individuals. One of those addresses belonged to a Christopher Steven Haynes, 64 years old, from Arcata. The Sheriff Detective wrote a search warrant for Haynes residence and computer, which the detective served July 10, 2014 with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Humboldt State University Police and Arcata Police. During the search of the residence, the detective located and seized Haynes computer, a thumb and hard drive which Haynes provided to the detective. A Humboldt County District Attorney Office investigator conducted a forensic examination on the computer, hard drive and thumb drive, which revealed thousands of Child Pornography pictures and videos.

 The detective wrote and obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court arrest warrant for Haynes for possession of matter depicting a minor engaging or simulating sexual conduct, sending or duplicating sexual content involving a minor, exchanging or distributing content involving a matter depicting sexual content involving a minor and sexual exploitation of a child.

 On 08-29-2104, at approximately 12:00 p.m. Sheriff's Detectives drove to Haynes home and arrested him on the felony arrest warrant. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Dino Cardelli hearing continued and public defender appointed as counsel

Review hearing scheduled for Sept 5 in Courtroom 8. Cardelli, a former pastor, was accused of molesting a victim who was his adopted daughter. He plead guilty the day his trial was to begin, was sentenced to 18 years in prison and recently appealed that sentence.

River bar suspect Douglas Flowers guilty of battery; not guilty on 1 count and mistrial on 1 count

Douglas Flowers, the suspect in the incident at the River Bar in Ferndale was found guilty in Count 2  by the jury of battery on Shiloh Kunkle, not guilty on Count 3 of public intoxication and a mistrial was declared in Count 1 which was battery causing great bodily injury.

The jury could not reach an unanimous verdict on Count 1. The jury was split 8 /4 and  Judge Reinholtsen did not ask which numbers were for guilty or non-guilty.

Only 1 juror stayed and spoke with both attorneys, DDA Roger Rees and defense counsel Glenn Brown. While the jurors mostly found Brian Merle a credible witness, another witness' testimony caused the split.

Mr. Brown said he was disappointed the jury did not come back with a not guilty on all counts. DDA Roger Rees said the "jury did an incredible job of considering all the evidence." Mr. Rees said the testimony of the witness that the jury could not agree on was from someone who was 16 years old when this incident occurred. Mr. Rees is going to speak to the victim in Count 1 and the family to see if he will refile charges.

Aug 28, 2014

Eureka Fifth Ward City Council member Chet Albin emphasized jobs at his election kick-off today

Council member  Chet Albin said he was very pleased with the turnout at his election kick-off today. Chet told me that he emphasized jobs today in his speeech. "The City of Eureka just cut four million from the city budget. We need a new revenue source to increase operating capital."

Chet's speech:

I have always looked for a fulfilling way to give back to my community, which has been so good to me throughout my life and career here.

I was honored when my good friend Lance Madsen asked me to fill his seat on the Eureka City Council last year. Since then, it has been my privilege to serve as the Councilmember for the 5th ward, which is why today, I ask for your support so I can continue serving for the next 4 years.

I want to continue working on projects like "Cruise the West," to bring cruise ships to our port, and hope to announce in the near future a new restaurant in the Fisherman's Terminal building behind me.

I want to see our city continue to prosper and grow, and to continue working with the Schneider Dock owners to find ways to provide more living wage jobs in our abundant natural resource industry.

I'm proud of the relationships I have forged with our Police and Fire Departments to provide more public safety, and the Harbor District which helped facilitate the purchase of a dredge for Humboldt Bay.

My background in the Navy, as a sports official, as a missionary, as a local business owner, and as a public official has helped cultivate a sense of duty and responsibility to help make our community the best it can be. I believe in doing my part to give back, and as your 5th Ward City Councilmember, I promise to continue to do just that.

In conclusion, please help me move this positive agenda for Eureka forward by voting for me on November 4th.

Thank you for coming today and I will appreciate your support.

Supervisor Ryan Sundberg comments on on Federal Judge's decision to deny restraining order to stop release of water into the Trinity River

"I was ecstatic that the Judge realized the dire state our local rivers are in," said Supervisor Ryan Sundberg. "I'm hopeful we will protect our limited natural resource for another year and I am committed to continuing our work on the long term solution."

Aug 27, 2014

Jury currently deliberating the fate of River bar "White Power" suspect Douglas Flowers

Remember the River Bar incident involving alleged beatings and racist remarks about "White Pride" and "White Power" by father-son duo Douglas and Curtis Flowers and Chris Hanley aka Combs.

The jury went into deliberations yesterday. The case was prosecuted by DDA Roger Rees and Douglas Flowers was represented by Mr. Glenn Brown.

The jury will decide Flower's fate and if he did indeed punch a young woman and yell racial insults. I sat in and listened to the testimony of one of the prosecution's witnesses and Mr. Rees' closing arguments.

EPA secret maps for water control?

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Humboldt lovey dovey duo get a friend arrested in court

Lance Borgner and Christina Higgins are set to have their cases go on trial. This is for the crime that they allegedly committed with William Hillegeist. Once again, they ignored rules and tried to make a love connection. The baliff admonished them today and this time loudly, "Kids, no talking!"

Higgins complied but Borgner was undeterred. What would a court appearance be for the lovey dovey duo if there was no drama involved each time they show up for court.

Another friend of theirs who showed up in court decided to chat with Borgner from the audience. This went on for a while despite silent admonishment. This has a few times happened before and there  are signs warning people not to chat with inmates. Finally another baliff walked up and arrested the friend and cuffed him in court and took him into custody.

No one has been arrested before, usually people step out or stop. Amidst the cuffing and the man being led away while attorneys were trying to conduct business for another case, I was talking with Benjamin Carter's attorney Michael Acosta. I learned that the man arrested was his client. The guy returned to court later to briefly chat with Mr. Acosta.

Upon hearing that the case was going to jury trial, Higgins burst into tears as she was led back to custody. Borgner was nonchalant.

Benjamin Carter jury trial set for October 20

Today Benjamin Carter was arraigned in Courtroom 1 for a jury trial which will take place on October 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Judge John Feeney read the charges against Carter. Count 1 is murder. Count 2 is possession of a firearm. Two firearm enhancement allegations were added for both counts and a special allegation of prior and serious felony conviction.

DDA Roger Rees was present for the People. Michael Acosta represents Carter.

According to Acosta, the second count of possession of firearm was added for the jury trial. Mr. Acosta reserved the  right to demurrer for the second count "because the gun is not in possession." Mr. Acosta asked the jury trial be set "on a no time waived basis."

In August 2014, Carter was held to answer to all charges in a preliminary hearing before Judge Dale Reinholtsen.

Pre-Trial Conference is on September 24 at 2 p.m. and Trial Confirmation is on October 20 at 2 p.m.

Suspect in Shamus T Bones embezzlement pleads no contest

Malcolm Carpenter agreed to pay full restitution to Shamus T-Bones in monthly payments of $2,000. The The total amount owed is $44, 000.

 This offer and resolution was being debated for three weeks, according to Shamus'  Chris Barry. DDA Roger Rees consulted with Malcom Carpenter's attorney Michael Robinson and Barry during court this afternoon until they arrived at the resolution. Barry said he was happy with the result as long as he is paid in full.

The plea had conditions of probation and if restitution is made in full, the felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor. The sentencing will take place on Oct 22 at 2 p.m. after probation has a chance to weigh-in.

Mr. Robinson requested that his client not be incarcerated but allowed community service so he could work and pay restitution and also because he is a single parent.

Double murder suspect Vincent Sanchez jury trial set for October 20

Sanchez was coherent and well mannered and listened politely as his attorney explained the procedure. He was arraigned today in Courtroom 4 for the jury trial which is scheduled for Oct 20 at 8:30.

DDA Zach Curtis represented the People, Mr. Owen Tipps from the Public Defender was present today for Sanchez's attorney Ms. Jennifer Dixon.

Aug 26, 2014

Woman climbs on roof of car to prevent dad from driving away with the car

 On 8-26-2014, at approximately 10:30 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office received a call of a domestic disturbance over a vehicle occurring in the 1700 block of Edeline Avenue, McKinleyville. When the deputy responding to the call arrived in the area, he saw a blue 1982 Honda sedan turn onto Washington Avenue from Worth Avenue, in front of his patrol car. The deputy saw a woman was hanging onto the roof of the Honda and was signaling the deputy for help. The deputy attempted a traffic stop on the Honda, however it failed to yield. The deputy followed the Honda for several blocks with his emergency lights and siren activated, until it yielded in a driveway on Hayes Street, McKinleyville.

 After the driver yielded, the woman removed herself from the roof of the Honda. The deputy detained the driver in handcuffs, while he spoke with the 24 year old female. She told the deputy her 63 year old father was the man driving the car. She said the car belonged to her 18 year old sister, who was supposed to leave for college the next day. Her father did not want her sister to drive to college in the car, so he decided to take it away from her. Her father grabbed the car keys and started to drive off with the car, so she got onto the roof to try to prevent him from leaving.  She did not believe he would drive away with her on the roof. She told the deputy she received a minor injury from a brief confrontation with her father over the car keys, prior to her father driving off with the car. She did not want prosecution, only the car returned to the legal owner, her sister.

 The deputy interviewed the father who acknowledged driving the car away with his daughter on the roof. He told the deputy he did not want his daughter to take the car to college. He said he kept his speed down to around 20 miles per hour, since she was on the roof.  He told the deputy he knew the patrol car was behind him, but he did not want to stop on a busy street. After interviewing the father, the deputy determined he needed a mental health evaluation and he was transported to a local mental health facility.

City flags half staff in honor of Sgt. Mulalley

All flags at City facilities will fly at half-staff until August 29 in honor of Sgt. Christopher Mulalley who died last week in Afghanistan. Mayor Jager, Eureka City Council members and City staff extend condolences to Sgt. Mulalley's family.

Aug 25, 2014

If getting arrested frequently is making a statement, Ferndale burglar Dan Dobbs gets an A+

Dan Dobbs is one of those familiar names in the District Attorney's office. He has worn orange in the past but usually manages to stay out of jail. He isn't one of the less fortunate and most recently is being represented by Neal Sanders.

Getting arrested for a bottle of wine and trespassing into a bed and breakfast? Saw him last week in Courtroom 5. Clearly being a frequent flier in the courts is not serious matter to Dan.

Last week, he said, "he likes to make a statement." Well, you sure did that Dan. You made the media headlines this time as a common burglar. Times must be rough for you, if you cannot buy a $50 of wine.

When you can buy your way to stay out of custody, silly things like law and rules are just such an inconvenience.

Humboldt County should have a list "Frequently Booked". Each new violation, slap on a hefty fine. Schools and parks could use the money.

Come on board with Chet Albin to kick off his re-election bid for Ward 5

Ward 5 incumbent Council member Chet Albin is "on board" and will kick-off his re-election bid on August 28 at 12:15 at the C Street Plaza. Come hear Chet talk about his involvement in current and future opportunities for Eureka. Visit or Chet Albin for Council for more information.

Virginia Bass holds first constituent meeting at Silvercrest today

Supervisor Virginia Bass will be holding constituent meetings throughout the 4th District to meet with the community. The first one is one with the senior community at Silvercrest today at 11 a.m.

The general public is not usually allowed entry to Silvercrest unless they are guests, so for future meetings at the Silvercrest location, Virginia will look into the possibility if others can attend. "There will be other opportunities for people to meet with me at several locations."

Eureka City Council and Planning Commission Special Joint Meeting to discuss Eureka GPU and Homelessness Policy

Eureka City Council and Planning Commission will have a special joint meeting on August 28 at 4 p.m. in the Eureka City Council Chambers. Discussion will include the Eureka 2040 General Plan Update and
recommendations on Homelessness Policy and a report  on Issues and Opportunities.

Aug 24, 2014

Prayers for Napa

For all those who lost their lives or loved ones, May God give you peace and comfort. For those displaced from their homes or hurt, may you have the resources you need and the healing. For law enforcement, firefighters and emergency personnel, May God protect you and keep you safe.

Money and resources do help but good thoughts and prayers can be given by anyone. At this time of need, may the People of Napa feel that they are not alone.