Oct 25, 2014

PG and E update on Humboldt County outages; over 70 crews working in Northern region

The following is from Mark Van Groder to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg shared this with me, in response to my calling him and he wanted to get the most current information out to voters.

According to PG and E, Humboldt County is experiencing outages in groups of less than 500 +/- customers per outage. Several hundred customers are out of power due to the ongoing storm. The outages are in various and remote areas. 

Wind and trees related damage is causing outages with downed power lines and broken poles in the Humboldt County area.

At 1500 a total of 3,217customers are without electricity in 53 outages.

PG&E has over 70 crews serving the northern region to address these multiple outages and working to restore power as quickly as possible.

PG and E government representative told the Humboldt County Supervisors to call him if they have urgent concerns about repair and restoration.

Multiple crews responding but some restoration may take several hours due to restoration locations and storm conditions.

Humboldt Rants and Raves disses TS and gives a shut out to LOCO

The rant below sums up what people across political lines feel. It is not just TS, traditional newspapers whose websites are cumbersome and not user friendly lose viewers.

Locally, blogs are current and giving the people what they need.

The online free ride won't last forever, and even LOCO should not be guilty of falling prey to hubris. In the current world of social media, viewer loyalty is as permanent as the next click and the next fascination.

LOCO is smart to link all the local blogs and news sources that people are reading. When the TS folds, a smart entrepreneur would be planning now for some competition for LOCO.

Let editorial do their job, funders do yours. Someone saw Hank's vision, and it is the editorial decisions that bring in the advertising numbers.

Overwhelmingly, we have local media that leans left because they have funders. Advertisers need to realize if they want a voice and results, they need to put their money behind people who have vision. Someone believed in Hank.

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 `Times Standard` ... We are done !!! (Fortuna, Ca.)
Your piece of shit paper and I are DONE ! I used to enjoy the Times Standard very much (30 years), but I guess that I`ve just been reading out of habit, because your paper has went steadily down hill for the last few years to the point that it is a total joke ! (I am referring to the `E` edition ... I no longer get the `paper` edition) Constant web problems, and old stories repeated on the guise that "they are the most popular" ? Really ??? When ? Certainly not still after 2-3 years are people trying to read these every day. You`re supposed to report news ... remember ? The only thing that really has kept me looking lately is the `Obits`, but you can`t seem to get that working right for the last couple of MONTHS either. Anyway, probably enough said. Although, when I called to cancel my subscription today, the person answering the phone didn`t know how. She tried (nice girl), but after a few minutes I was told that perhaps it would be better if "I`d contact my bank, and have them cancel any future monthly payments. So that`s what I did, and good bye Times Standard ! Guess I`ll just have to get it all from the `Lost Coast` on-line. They don`t yet have a lot of content, but I`m willing to watch them grow. At least their news is current.
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Oct 24, 2014

Who cares about Brad Pitt, the real sighting in Old Town was Sims and Goff

I could care less about Brad Pitt. Seeing Hank Sims and Andrew Goff in Old Town made me wonder what LOCO post were they investigating now. I wanted to tail them to the new Eureka office but  the sights and shops of Old Town distracted me and Hank and Andrew disappeared into the Humboldt sunny afternoon.

I told Hank, Goff'd should be a new column. If Ryan Burns had been there, it would have been a flashback of former NCJ staffers on the beat.

Prayers for Sacramento and Washington State High School

Pryers for the deputies and their families in Sacramento and for the students and their families at Washington State.

Oct 23, 2014

Ian Henry, Bodhi Tree witness, busted for marijuana

This is a small town and from the booking photo, that looks a lot like Bodhi Tree witness Ian Henry.

HCSO Press Release:

On 10-22-2014, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Deputy stopped a red GMC pickup truck for a traffic violation on Glendale Road at State Route 299, Blue Lake. After the deputy stopped the truck, he spoke with the driver who was identified as Jacob Paul Swagert, 25 years old from Eureka. Swagert told the deputy he did not his driver's license with him. A check with dispatch confirmed Swagert's driver's license was suspended and Swagert was on probation. A male passenger in Swagerts truck was identified as Ian Henry, 24 years old, from Arcata.  The deputy learned Henry was also on probation. The deputy searched the truck and located over two pounds of marijuana bud behind the driver's seat, along with indications of sales of marijuana. Henry claimed responsibility for the marijuana.

Swagert was arrested for driving on a suspended license and violation of probation. Henry was arrested for violation of probation, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana. Both were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked. Swagert was booked and released on his own recognition.

Protest at the Courthouse, maybe this election distraction will work?

The court summon stunt may not work, in time for November 4. We are getting hammered with facts on Measure R, spin on the Bergel bankruptcy issue isn't guaranteed.

What can we do two weeks before the election to distract the public? Let's protest outside the courthouse! Let's sensationalize an unfortunate death and protest a City measure outside the County building.

Occupy, Fair Wage, now these protestors. Same tactics every time. Can't get candidates to win on their merits, then just distract the public.

So far, the protest seems orderlly and free speech isn't being curtailed.  It isn't the cause that is the problem, it is the timing and where the protest was first publicized that should raise questions. Who is the master mind behind this exercise of free speech?

Oct 22, 2014

Media and public help HCSO locate motorcycle rider suspect

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect involved in the pursuit on
10-16-2014, as Jason  Andrue Meisner, 40 years old, from Eureka.   A be- on -the lookout for Meisner has been issued to all law enforcement agencies. Mesiner is wanted for felony evasion of a police officer and violation of felony probation. Mesiner is on formal probation for cultivation of marijuana.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the media and public for their assistance in identifying Meisner.  The Sheriff’s Office received over twenty calls.

Previous press release:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the motorcycle rider who evaded deputies on 10-16-2014. The investigating deputy was able to obtain a photograph of the man from Bear River Casino Security. The man had been at Bear River Casino prior to the pursuit.

On 10-16-14, at approximately 11:45 p.m. a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff driving a marked patrol car near Bear River Casino was flagged down by a citizen. The citizen told the deputy two motorcyclists had been involved in the purchase of multiple pounds of marijuana and just left the area. One of the motorcyclists was carrying a large army duffle bag which contained the marijuana.

The deputy began checking the area for the motorcyclists. The deputy saw two motorcyclists matching the description provided in the area of Singly Hill Road and the Casino. As the motorcyclists turned onto Singly Hill Road, one of them failed to stop for the stop sign. The deputy attempted a traffic stop on the motorcyclist who failed to stop and who was carrying a large army duffle bag. The motorcyclist was riding a blue Yamaha 2006 motorcycle.  Instead of yielding to the deputy, the motorcycle sped off and entered onto southbound US 101. The motorcycle accelerated to over 90 mph. The motorcycle then exited at Palmer Boulevard and then re-entered US 101 northbound with the deputy still pursing it. The motorcycle again accelerated to high speeds, this time accelerating to over 110 mph northbound on US 101. Due to the extreme speed, the deputy terminated the pursuit in the interest of public safety.

Additional deputies responding towards the area from Eureka saw the motorcycle enter College of the Redwoods parking lot. As the deputies arrived at College of the Redwoods to look for the motorcycle, it again fled the deputies, back onto US 101. The deputies did not pursue the motorcyclist as it traveled southbound on US 101 in the northbound lanes at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic. The deputies lost sight of the motorcycle at Hookton Road where the motorcycle exited the freeway.

 A deputy traveling on Thompkins Hill Road spotted the motorcycle in the 3100 block.  The motorcycle was parked and partially covered up with wooden pallets.  Deputies and a Eureka Police K-9 searched the area for the rider and did not locate anyone. The motorcycle was impounded and the Sheriff’s Office is following up on leads as to the rider’s identity.

Stolen property arrest while detectives patrol for recent rash of residential burglaries

On 10/22/14 at about 1:58 p.m., Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Detectives were patrolling Eureka in response to the recent rash in residential burglaries.  Detectives recognized Rajean Achane, 31 of Eureka near Cedar and A Streets from previous police contacts.

A warrants check of Achane revealed that he had an active felony warrant for possession of stolen property.  Detectives contacted Achane and arrested him for the warrant.  During the course of the investigation officers found Achane to be in possession of stolen property from a burglary that was reported earlier this morning.

Achane was transported to the Humboldt County Jail and booked on the felony warrant charge and a new felony charge of possession of stolen property.

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of the suspect(s) responsible for these burglaries is asked to call the Eureka Police Department at (707)441-4388.

"We are trying to find Mr. Gallegos"

Humboldt County justice came to a standstill today for several minutes in Courtroom 4 because no one could locate District Attorney Paul Gallegos. Calling of the case was delayed twice today because of him. "We are trying to find Mr. Gallegos," said DDA Zach Curtis, the first time Judge Dale Reinholtsen tried to call the case.

The second time Judge Reinholtsen tried again, Mr. Gallegos was still missing in action. Mr. Curtis, the bailiffs and two of the co-defendant's attorneys Ms. Jennifer Dixon and Mr. Benjamin Okin tried to locate him.

Paul did saunter in 20 minutes later and apologized to the Court twice. The rest of the people waiting for the cases to be called, two public defenders and a private attorney, who needed to be in other courtroom for other cases had to spend time twiddling their thumbs while Mr. Gallegos was nowhere to be found.

The 3 p.m. calendar was delayed but hey, we all got nothing to do but to sit and wait around for our outgoing DA.

At least he showed up.

Ferrer case continued again until Nov 10

After District Attorney Paul Gallegos finally appeared in court, he then appeared to change his mind about the agreement he made with Ms. Jennifer Dixon, Nicholas Stoiber's attorney,

They discussed briefly in court and then went outside after I overheard Ms. Dixon tell Mr. Gallegos, "That is not what we agreed to, I might renege on the agreement."

So then she had to talk to her client, again and Mr. Benjamin Okin with his client, Sophie Rochealeau.

Mr. Marek Reavis, who represents Juan Ferrer had ample time to talk to Juan Ferrer in the "box" while waiting for Mr. Gallegos.

Half an hour after all this, the case was called.

"It was our hope that we would resolve parts of the case today," said Mr. Okin. "However due to notifications, if we continue the case until November 10, we can take care of the housekeeping matters."

Ms. Dixon reiterated the request adding, "We were also hoping to resolve the case but due to intracacies of Marcy's law, we hope to enter a plea on November 10."

Mr. Reavis had no objection.

The 995 motion to dismiss the case against Rocheleau and other matters such as the status of discovery which has still to be addressed will be dealt with on November 10 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 4.

Will Paul show up this time? Will the Arcata chef stabbing case ever go to trial?

This afternoon, yet another hearing is scheduled to discuss the ongoing soap opera of the case involving the stabbing of Arcata chef, Douglas Anderson-Jordet. It is on for status of discovery, again, in Courtroom 4 at 2 p.m. with Judge Dale Reinholtsen.

District Attorney Paul Gallegos, who is prosecuting the case, makes ocassional guest appearances, often leaving either ADA Kelly Neel or DDA Zach Curtis to cover for him. The "every week we come back" will put that statement in context.

Juan Ferrer, is charged with stabbing Anderson-Jordet, is being represented by Mr. Marek Reavis, from the Conflict Counsel office. Co-defendant Nicholas Stoiber is being represented by Ms. Jennifer Dixon from the Public Defender's Office and co-defendant Sophie Rocheleau is being represented by local private attorney Mr. Benjamin Okin.

Last time, a disposition had been proposed for Stoiber? Will it be resolved? Will the motion by Mr. Okin to dismiss the case against his client be granted? Will Paul show up?

Stay tuned for an update later this afternoon.

Some of the previous posts:


Domestic violence call results in arrest for marijuana and hash

On 10-21-2014, at approximately 11:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a domestic disturbance occurring in the 3600 block of Murray Road, McKinleyville. When deputies arrived at the residence, they met with the adult female victim who told the deputies her boyfriend, John Walter Wilson, 56 years old, had just exited the rear of the residence. Deputies located and detained Wilson who is on active parole.

 Deputies spoke with the victim who told them she and Wilson live together and were in a relationship and had been arguing. During the argument, Wilson accused the victim of stealing his marijuana and keeping the profits. Wilson grabbed a pellet rifle and threatened to strike the victim with it. He also threatened to kill her.

Deputies arrested Wilson for domestic assault. The deputies searched the residence and located the pellet rifle along with a can of bear mace and a can of CS tear gas. When deputies searched the garage they located a Hash Lab which consisted of numerous bottles of butane, sifters, PVC pipes, and loose marijuana, approximately 61 pounds of marijuana and 15 ounces of suspected concentrated cannabis. Deputies also located a nine week old chocolate lab puppy in the garage with the hash lab and marijuana. Deputies saw the puppy did not have food or water. Deputies had been at the residence approximately a week prior on an unrelated call, and saw the puppy had lost significant weight during that time period. Deputies took custody of the puppy which was transported to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter.

Wilson was arrested for domestic battery, threats to commit a crime, being a felon in possession of tear gas, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of concentrated cannabis and possession of over one ounce of marijuana. He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. His bail was set at $500,000.00.

The victim did not require medical attention.

Oct 21, 2014

GO-Biz hosts free Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo in Roseville on October 30

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) will be hosting a resource table at the Board of Equalization (BOE) Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo in Roseville.  GO-Biz staff will be available to discuss the services available to small businesses from the GO-Biz Small Business and Permit Assistance units.

Topics on the agenda include:

Avoiding Common Sales and Use Tax Problems - presented by the Board of Equalization (BOE)
Employee or Independent Contractor - presented by the Employee Development Department (EDD)
Better Business through Better Records - presented by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Forms of Ownership - presented by the Franchise Tax Board (FTB)
Loan Programs and Services - presented by the California Capital Financial Development Corporation (CCFDC)

The event is free, but registration is required.  .

Thursday, October 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (check-in at 8:30 a.m.)
Maidu Community Center
1550 Maidu Drive
Roseville, CA 95661
Free Parking

Register online or by calling 1-888-847-9652

Garberville death being investigated as homicide

On 10-18-2014, the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy on the deceased body located off US 101 near Alderpoint Road, Garberville. The autopsy revealed the body was a male and he died of gunshot wounds. The case is now being investigated as a homicide.

The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office is close to identifying the deceased male and upon confirmation and notification of next of kin, will publicly release the identity.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the case. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detective Jennifer Turner is the lead investigator and is requesting anyone with information regarding this homicide to call her at 707-268-3642 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Oct 20, 2014

Judge Feeney grants continuance for Curry case, Eddie Lee released

Eddie Lee has to appear in Oregon for the case that he was on probation for when he was found with an ounce of marijuana he was trying to sell. Curry County requested that Eddie Lee be cited and released to appear in Oregon on 9/27 for this case.

Local attorney Kathleen Bryson, who has specially appeared for Lee on behalf of his Bay area attorney Darryl Stallworth, was present in court on behalf of Eddie Lee today. She told Judge John Feeney that now that the murder case against Lee in Humboldt has been dismissed, "the plan is to get this Oregon case terminated." The Oregon probation case is from 2009.

Ms. Bryson also thanked Judge Feeney for his "courage in dismissing the Humboldt case."
So, Eddie Lee is a week away, from possibly being a free man.

Some of the previous posts on Eddie Lee:


ADA Kelly Neel and Limmie Curry's public defender, Mr. Casey Russo, agreed to a new jury trial date of January 26. The People did not oppose the defense's motion to continue the trial, and Judge Feeney granted the request for "good cause."

Pre-trial is Nov 10 at 2 p.m. and Trial Confirmation is January 12 at 2 p.m.

Some of the previous posts on Limmie Curry:



Douglas Flowers "White Power" case will not be tried a second time

Due to a witness being unavailable, People cannot proceed with the trial, the second time around. The second trial would have been prosecuted by DDA Jessica Watson.

The first trial resulted in a jury verdict of Douglas Flowers guilty of battery; not guilty on 1 count and mistrial on 1 count. Flowers was represented by Mr. Glenn Brown.

Coverage of the first trial:



Public Defender files for continuance in murder suspect Limmie Curry trial

This afternoon, a trial confirmation hearing is scheduled for murder suspect Limmie Curry. The public defender's office is representing Curry and a motion for continuance has been filed.

Curry has been charged by the Humboldt County District Attorney's office for the murder of Billy Reid. Curry's alleged co-conspirator, Eddie Lee, just had his case dismissed at the conclusion of his jury trial.

Previous posts:


Man shot and killed in Shelter Cove, one of the women at residence admits to shooting him

On 10-19-2014, at approximately 1:20 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a man shot at a residence in the 200 block of Olson Road, Shelter Cove. Deputies and medical personnel responded to the scene, along with medical personnel who staged, until deputies arrived, due to the suspect still being in the residence. When deputies arrived, they secured the weapon used in the shooting and met with the 48 year female suspect and a 43 year old female witness.

Medical personnel entered the home and determined the 32 year old male, identified as Ethan Loren Stroud, who resided in the home, was shot and was deceased. Sheriff’s Detectives responded to the scene and a search warrant was obtained for the residence.

During their investigation, detectives learned that Stroud was the boyfriend of the 43 year female.  Earlier in the evening, Stroud showed up at the residence intoxicated and assaulted the 48 year old female and the 43 year old female. During the assault, the 48 year old female was able to obtain a semi- automatic  handgun which she brandished at Stroud, and told him to quit assaulting the females. Stroud not only refused, but aggressively came at the 48 year old female who was holding the handgun, who then shot Stroud.

Witnesses’ statements and evidence at the scene were consistent with what the 48 year old female told detectives. The female victims had visible injuries and complaint of pain. The 48 year old female was transported and treated at a local hospital for her injuries. The 43 year old victim refused treatment.

No arrests have been made at this time, the investigation is ongoing and detectives will be sending the case to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for their review and final determination on whether any charges will be filed.

Oct 19, 2014

A decade old bankrutcy paid in full or current bankruptcy with money owed to local businesses? Which is more relevant?


Thank you for your comment.

In either post, I did not put the reason why you went into debt. If you would like to explain the circumstances, I would be glad to post that information.

Mike Newman's bankruptcy was years ago and he has made full restitution. His bankruptcy was over a decade ago. Mike took on debts accumulated during his marriage as a result of his divorce and made all payments in full. Mike's debt was approximately 50 thousand in credit card debt.

Yours and your wife's bankruptcy for half a million dollars was filed in 2012 and includes money owed to local businesses and the payment cycle is not complete so it is relevant information to voters for this election.

Mike Newman had no idea I was doing this post. In fact, I called him after the first post was already up.

Eric's comment:

John, before you go too far down the road of moral superiority, perhaps you should investigate and report on Mike Newman's 2004 Chapter 7 (non-repayment) bankruptcy.
I'd be curious to know if his pre-economic bankruptcy was a result of a nearly fatal accident as ours was. I'd also be interested in ascertaining whether or not he made an effort of nearly four years duration to avoid bankruptcy as we did.

Rest assured Kim is very unlikely to engage in a mud-slinging campaign. Mike may be similarly inclined. But if you want to get into it, I can certainly oblige you.

Previous posts:


Bankrupt? You too can pay off $524,248 with just $51,720


The link from yesterday gives background to this post and no one was aware of this until I reported it.

 Consider the following before the November 4 election.

Is the Kim Bergel Bankruptcy, a sweet deal?

Total debt $ 524,248.

Kim Bergel and her husband file Chapter 13 on July 27, 2012. According to paperwork, two months payment was suspended in November and December 2013, so they paid $900 per month for 15 months. Payments were to resume in January 2014,$ 910 was the monthly amount in the amended plan.

In Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you keep your property, but pay back all or a portion of your debts over a three to five year period. The Bergel's Chapter 13 plan is to conclude in five years from start of case, according to court documents. Let us assume, payments will be made until July 27, 2012. So 42 months of $910.

The total amount above was with cents rounded off to $524,  If they make all their payments, they pay $51,720 and the rest of the debt is forgiven.

Since they don't have to surrender their property, what is stopping them from racking up more debt?

Low income and poor folk are ineligible for Chapter 13 because you have to afford the payments.

Kim Bergel endorses Measure R. She can stiff paying her workman's comp but those big bad employers and non-profits with 25 employees are the ones we need to go after?

Supporting local businesses must mean not paying them what is owed.

Should you trust her endorsers current Councilmembers Linda Atkins and Melinda
Ciarabellini, and former Councilmember Jeff Leonard and former Humboldt County Supervisor Bonnie Neely?

Are they, along with all your Labor Councils and Humboldt County Democrats watching out for regular folk? They didn't even vet the candidate they support.

Can you trust a candidate with your money and your future? If you and I are in debt, could we afford the same sweet deal?

Also, to clarify why I didn't contact Kim, I stopped trying after my calls were not returned. I was the first one to report she was running, way before her media announcement. Way before I knew who was supporting her. Still, no response. That does not change the facts above which are from court documents.