Nov 8, 2014

Would Foodini sell in Humboldt?

A machine that prints 3 D food wouldn't sell well in Humboldt or would it? Especially if it printed 3D "special" brownies.

When are they coming up with a 3 D machine that can print "Tea, Earl Grey, hot" ?

Nov 7, 2014

Thanks to Prop 47, Humboldt will be the new location for Walking Dead

Well, the TV series is not coming to town but just today, the Sheriff's department released 7 inmates because of Prop 47.

While I was in Courtroom 4, waiting for a couple of cases to be called, a guy with several cases hit the Prop 47 lottery. He will be back in a month so that his charges can be adjusted because he is affected by Prop 47.

Realignment, now Prop 47, but no additional funds for rehab or mental health.

Thanks to California lawmakers, legislators and all those who voted in favor of Prop 47, more incentive for criminals and no consequences.

Will it be genuinely beneficial for some? Sure. Will it increase crime and will more people be in and out of courts using up public defenders resources and sucking up social services and still not getting help? Definitely.

Human trafficking case sentencing continued until November 10

Today, David Anderson, who pleaded guilty after his case was to be tried for the third time, was to be sentenced by Judge Dale Reinholtsen.

Dressed in orange jumpsuit and in cuffs, now with a full grown beard, Anderson's victims
will have to wait a few more days for closure.

Defense attorney Mr. Ben McLaughlin asked to approach the judge, after that  Mr. McLaughlin said," for reasons stated, we ask sentencing be continued until Monday."

Anderson did not look happy when Mr. McLaughlin spoke with him after speaking to the Judge and prosecutor DDA Luke Brownfield..

"One of the counts he pleaded to initially was incorrect.  We were simply modifying the charging document to accurately reflect the disposition," Mr. McLaughlin told me.

In court, Mr. Brownfield said that the  DA's had to file a document with court before sentencing.

I was the only one to cover this case but for sentencing today, I was glad to see TS' Will Houston in court.

will update with previous links tomorrow...

Don't be alarmed, it is just a drill

Humboldt Bay Fire and Humboldt County Sherriff will be conducting a drill at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility around 0930.

This drill will be similar to the  ones conducted last month. Light smoke may be visible from the upper stories.

Nov 6, 2014

"I think transparency is really critical when you consider how many of our decision we have to make out of the eye of the public,”

The best quote from KIEM's interview with District Attorney-Elect Maggie Fleming:

“I think transparency is really critical when you consider how many of our decision we have to make out of the eye of the public,” Fleming said. “So what I think is important first and foremost, is any plea negotiation, any continuance, it needs to be stated in open court, on the record you know, our reasons for making that choice need to always be open in public. Down the road a little bit I would like to have a website that provides more information on a weekly basis.”

Maggie and I also talked this week about fair access to information for all who cover court cases. Having clear policies and direction from a leader who understands the importance of getting accurate information from the DA's office will be awe
a welcome change.

Will Fr. Eric's murderer go for California's Insanity Defense aka the McNaghten rule?

The following is from the site  The title on the page is "California's Insanity Defense The McNaghten Rule"

The legal defense of insanity in California law means that you cannot be found guilty of a crime if you were legally insane when you committed it.1 Under California's insanity defense, you are considered legally insane if you either

Did not understand the nature of your criminal act, OR
Did not understand that what you were doing was morally wrong.2
This definition of legal insanity is known as the “McNaghten (sometimes spelled M'Naghten or McNaughten) rule.”

You can plead not guilty by reason of insanity at your arraignment hearing. For the insanity defense to work, you will then need to prove that it is more likely than not that you were legally insane when you committed your crime.

If you can convince the jury at your California criminal jury trial that you are not guilty by reason of insanity, then you will be committed to a state mental hospital instead of being sent to prison.

Another link:
There is a gag order on the case. It is my understanding that usually you enter a plea of not guilty due to insanity and the Court appoints a professional to do an evaluation.

This would have to be done  on the record and  in the open and so we will see what happens at the pre-trial conference on December 17.

There is a difference between not guilty by reason of insanity and being incompetent to stand trial. I do not think the insanity defense will fly because Bullock was calculated in his moves before he entered the rectory, he methodically planned the break-in, he fooled the police and after the crime, he tried to burn the rectory, then fled and hid Fr. Eric's car. He escaped and ran from his crime.

Gary Lee Bullock's defense attorney, Kaleb Cockrum may be investigating the possibility by using a different section of the law so  that is all done in a way that reports do not have to be turned over in his effort to provide his client the best defense.

Kaleb is a good and caring attorney and will go to bat for his clients. I have known him for a few years.  This case is not something I am just reporting on though, it is very close to my heart.

A psych evaluation can take months, already this case has faded for most people, other than those of us directly affected by it. And, time is only beneficial for the defense.

Hoopa woman's arrest gives new meaning to hooked on drugs

11-06-2014, at approximately 10:30 a.m. the Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant on Alyssa Joanne Hunsucker, 22 years old, from Hoopa. The Drug Task Force Agents, with the assistance of a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff, conducted a traffic stop on Hunsucker who was driving a Gold Hyundai sedan at Washington Avenue and McKinleyville Avenue, McKinleyville. After Hunsucker was stopped, agents served her with the search warrant. Agents located approximately 17 grams of heroin and 22 oxycodone pills in her bra. Hunsucker was arrested for driving without a valid driver’s license, possession of a controlled substance and possession for sale of a controlled substance. She was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she booked. Her bail was set at $50,000.

Christopher Littlejohn arrested again for drugs, shocking!

On 11-05-2014, at approximately 10:45 p.m. a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy spoke with the driver of a purple colored SUV parked in a gravel turnout near the intersection of V Street and Pacheco Road, Arcata. The driver was contacted because the SUV was parked in front of a, “No Parking” sign. When the deputy spoke with the two occupants, an adult male and female, he could smell the strong odor of burning marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.  The deputy asked the male occupant his name and he identified himself as Christopher Paul Littlejohn, 30 years old, from McKinleyville.  A warrant check of Littlejohn revealed he had three felony and two misdemeanor warrants for his arrest. All the warrants were issued by Humboldt County Superior Court and were for drug related crimes. The deputy arrested Littlejohn on the arrest warrants. The deputy searched a backpack that Littlejohn had in his possession. Inside the backpack the deputy located 1.4 grams of suspected methamphetamine, three grams of hash, approximately 6o grams of dried marijuana and a wooden club ( Billy).

Littlejohn was arrested for possession of illicit drugs, drug paraphernalia, possession of over one ounce of marijuana and possession of an illegal weapon. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the charges. His bail was set at $135,000.00.

The female was interviewed and released at the scene.

Man with golliwog hairdo busted for drugs

11-05-2014, at approximately 11:15 p.m. a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy spoke with two occupants of a white Ford sedan parked at the end of Sandy Prairie Road, Fortuna. When the deputy spoke with the driver, he identified himself as Cory Orsenico, 25 years old, from Loleta. A warrant check revealed Orsenico was wanted out of Del Norte County on a felony arrest warrant for possession of illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia. Orsenico was arrested on the warrant. The deputy spoke with the female occupant of the vehicle who told the deputy there was marijuana in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed there was approximately 94 grams of marijuana, 82 grams of Hash Oil and Hydrocodone. Orsencio told the deputy the drugs belonged to him. The adult female was interviewed and released at the scene. Orsenico was also arrested for possession of concentrated cannabis, possession of a controlled substance and possession of over an ounce of marijuana. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked. His bail was set at $60,000.00.

Expert visited Arcata stabbing suspect Ferrer in jail

While the brouhaha of will Paul, won't Paul be in court and discovery issues was being debated, a "expert" visited Juan Ferrer in jail. File iswith the Judge.

Next court date is November 10 in Courtroom 4.

Pyschologist appointed for Bullock and expert visits Bullock in jail

On 10-23-2014, a psychologist was appointed for Bullock and an expert visited him in jail the same day. This according to the information listed in the court computers.

Since there is a gag order, I tried to get the file. I was told by court staff that it was a funding order and it is sealed and confidential.  Next court date is a pre-trial conference at 2 p.m. on December 17 in Courtroom 1.

So two continuances for investigation and now a psychologist?

Frequent DA informant and Bodhi Tree witness charged with failure to register as a sex offender and back in custody

Quentin Williams, who is often a DA informant, and most recently was a witness in the Bodhi Tree case and Eddie Lee cases, both murder cases, is back in custody.

On September 12, the DA's office charged him with a felony; failure to register as a sex offender. The case is being prosecuted by ADA Kelly Neel and until November 5, the alternate counsel's office was representing Williams.

In Courtroom 4 yesterday, Judge Dale Reinholtsen appointed private attorney and former DA candidate Allan Dollison as William's defense attorney. Tomorrow there is a hearing for trial dates to be set. Mr. Dollison said that after he meets with Williams, he will be in a better position to state how the defense intends to proceed.

Related posts on Quentin Williams:

Nov 5, 2014

"I plan to take some time off this afternoon, relax and take a ride on my Harley"

In politics, we have situational friends and those who are true blue. Mike Newman is a true friend. Since I have known Mike, he is always been accessible, caring and he has been personally very supportive of me. He is someone who contributes to this community, whether it is at his job or as a City Council member in many ways that is not always known to people.

The final results for the Ward 3 are not in but I called Mike this morning to thank him for his friendship and his agreeing to run for another term. When the final numbers come in, I hope to congratulate Mike, again.

"I would like to thank my supporters and the citizens of Eureka for tentatively voting me in for another term," said Mike. "Until the final numbers come in, I will continue to be a bridge builder in my role as a Eureka City Council member to bring economic prosperity to Eureka and our region".

This afternoon, "I plan to take some time  this afternoon, relax and take a ride on my Harley which I haven't done in three months".

Congratulations to Natalie for a commanding win

I spoke with Natalie yesterday morning in front of the Courthouse and wished her best of luck. When she was running, she was very gracious and always said hello at Arts Alive, even though she knew that I supported Chet.

She had a commanding win. Congratulations Natalie and all the best in your new position.

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A Place Transformed
How Gov. Jerry Brown cultivated a complete turnaround of the California business climate

Corporate executives who haven't considered investing in California for a long time suddenly have new reasons to do so.

Fresh off four years of painstakingly adjusting public policy to make California more business-friendly, Gov. Jerry Brown is now rolling out the welcome mat to expanding companies with a new set of tools in his recruitment arsenal.

Armed with new tax credits, more funding for economic development, balanced budgets and improved credit ratings, California now competes for jobs and industry without the burden of financial shackles - and the results speak for themselves:

After years of stagnation, the California economy is growing faster than the national average. The state's economy grew by 2 percent in 2013, better than the US average of 1.8 percent. And after a slow start to 2014, the state's economy grew by 4 percent in the second quarter of the year.
California accounted for 14.2 percent of the country's net employment gain in the second quarter of 2014, as state businesses added 109,800 new jobs.

Nearly 700 California companies made the annual Inc. Magazine ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing firms in the country - by far the most of any state. California boasts the No. 1 company on the list - Fuhu, the El Segundo firm that makes large tablet computers for kids - and four of the top 10.

California boasts the two highest ranking US metro areas in per-capita GDP: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara ($100,115) and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward ($78,844).

California added 35,600 construction jobs from Aug. 2013 to Aug. 2014 - the second highest amount in the country. The jump increased construction employment in the state by 5.6 percent.
Existing home sales in California rose by 6.9 percent during the second quarter of 2014.

These performance benchmarks have been set even as Brown, the one-time mayor of Oakland and now three-term governor, continues to remake the California business climate. The capstone of this makeover is the governor's $750-million annual plan to attract and retain business.

After years of experimenting without much success with community development programs, California scrapped them and replaced them with new business tax incentives. The new programs include a tax exemption for R&D in manufacturing and biotech; a job tax credit for increasing the number of full-time workers; and a California Competes tax credit given to companies that relocate or expand in the state.

But that's not all Brown is doing. In a very busy September, he signed legislation increasing the state's Film and Television Tax Credit Program to $330 million a year for five years; signed electric vehicle legislation to encourage the growth of electric cars and trucks on California roads and highways.

Following eight years of relative inactivity on the economic development front, Gov. Brown's term since 2010 stands out as one of the most activist in the country. As a result, companies are voting with their pocketbooks.

Leading the way is China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd., which is investing $1.5 billion to build a new plant for aluminum extruded products in Barstow. Trinchero Family Estates is spending $300 million to expand its wine-making operation in Lodi; CaliCheese is investing $250 million to build a new cheese plant in Tulare.

Projects like these helped California achieve yet another milestone. By July 2014, California had overtaken Russia and Italy to become the eighth-largest economy in the world, at just over $2.2 trillion in GDP.

And Stephen Levy, director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy in Palo Alto, says the state could gain on No. 6 United Kingdom and No. 5 France in the next ranking.

The bottom line, say state officials, is that all this economic growth means more jobs for Californians.

Nov 4, 2014

LOCO first on election party scene coverage

Polls are closed. I am at Mike and Chet's election party. I intend to relaxand enjoy the evening and let the rest of the media do reporting on the results. Hank Sims is at the Sea Grill where Mike and Chet are with supporters. He arrived before TS and other media.

Packed chambers to honor Lt. Steve Knight at today's BOS meeting

Sheriff Mike Downey, Undersheriff Billy Honsal, Lt. Wayne Hanson, District Attorny-elect Maggie Fleming, Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills, Betty Chinn, Reverend Dan Price and several co-workers and community members showed up at BOS chambers to honor Lt. Steve Knight who is retiring this week.

Like many others, I made time to be here. Steve Knight is an asset to our community and like others who know him, I hope he continues to be active and we see him around.

He got two standing ovations, even from audience members who were attending the meeting for other reasons.

Steve said he could not put 30 years in 3 minutes, Rex quipped, "I will give you six." Said he could not turn and face his friends and co-workers because "he'd lose it." He thanked God

Two other recent posts on this blog with quotes and background. Supervisor Virginia Bass read the resolution. Watch him being honored on Access Humboldt. It is only fair you see and hear the tribute he received.

Except for Access Humboldt, who films every meeting, no other reporter was there during the BOS morning session unless they plan to be there later today.

It is election day but special presentations, especially honoring community members and those like Steve, who have dedicated their lives to the community, are important.

We read enough about crime and polarization every day.