Nov 22, 2014

Tasty healthy signature food, friendly service at Humboldt Soup Company drive thru opens Monday

I did a post on Humboldt Soup Company back on September 19. The doors opened in November. Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Christine Silver, the executive chef, behind the signature soups, sandwiches and more. She remembered my post.

I tried the chicken curry salad sandwich. The raisins, vegetables on fresh bread accentuate the subtle curry flavor. Fresh, healthy food. You can read the menu on the photo below. Today's local bowl is ground turkey with couscous and spices.

The drive thru opens Monday. They are located at 1019 Mrytle, old location of KFC. Check out their facebook page for more info. They just opened this November and I just checked, they have 1,167 likes.

Nov 21, 2014

The Year of the woman in local elections

Humboldt will have it's first female district attorney starting January and with the unofficial results, possibly an all woman Eureka City Council.

Virginia Bass won her 4th District race.

Looks like Humboldt County made this the year of the Woman in local elections.

Two plea deals rejected, case goes to trial but " resolved"?

Two plea deals were rejected in the Workman case, this was a case I covered extensively because it was not high profile. The media as usual, reprints the press release now that the case was successful.

This case went to trial thanks to Allison Jackson, who represented the victim, twice the plea deal was rejected.

The jury came through for the victim who wanted appropriate justice. Please read other posts on this blog for Angela's story.

Jury verdict was guilty of PC 245(a)(1), assault with a deadly weapon and personal infliction of great bodily injury per PC 12022.7.

 Earlier I was told the case had been "resolved" by DDA Zach Curtis and Elmy Workman's attorney, Neal Sanders. from a source who did not realize resolved means jury verdict. . That is what I heard because when I got there this morning, the courtroom was closed, both attorneys left and no one around to confirm.

Mr. Curtis got back to me soon with the jury verdict.  Elmy Workman was found guilty of PC 245(a)(1), assault with a deadly weapon and personal infliction of great bodily injury per PC 12022.7.

The defendant, Elmy Workman left the courtroom after the verdict with her family and was somber. I will cover the sentencing.

I cannot link past posts today. You can search on the blog.

Or check the watch paul post which has links to my blog, other media coverage and commentary by Rose.

Nov 20, 2014

First he lies about Del Norte shooting to EPD, did he reveal the November bust?

Just checked with EPD, no new updates on yesterday's shooting.

Same Billy Rutherford? That is what I think. His name seemed familiar to me.

Update yesterday:

The camouflage shotgun used in the shooting has been identified as a firearm stolen from a Eureka residence on 6/18/2014.

Previous press release:

On November 19, 2014, at about 9:49 a.m., Eureka Police Department officers were dispatched to the foot of West Del Norte Street on the report of shots fired and a male subject with a gunshot wound.  Responding officers located the victim in the greenbelt area a few hundred yards south of West Del Norte Street.  Officers confirmed the victim had sustained a significant gunshot wound to his leg.  He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment.

The victim told officers he was walking with a female companion on a path in the greenbelt northwest of Vigo Street when he was suddenly shot in the leg by an unknown assailant shooting from an unknown location.

During the subsequent investigation, including a sweep of the greenbelt, EPD detectives determined the victim lied and the shooting occurred at an illegal transient camp. The involved shotgun was located concealed in a tent a short distance from where the victim was found.  Other uninvolved guns were also found to be concealed inside the tent.

Detectives believe the victim was accidentally shot by another subject, Billy Joe Rutherford (44 of Arcata), while the two men were handling a semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun inside a tent.

This incident is still under investigation. Detectives are in the process of determining whether or not the firearms are stolen property and illegally possessed by the subjects.  No arrests have been made at this time.  However, a criminal case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review upon completion of the investigation.

November press release from Arcata Police Department:

On Sunday at about 9:20p.m., an officer with the Arcata Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1600 block of G Street, based upon the registered owner of the vehicle having a warrant for his arrest for brandishing a weapon and assault and battery.
The officer confirmed that the driver of the vehicle was the registered owner, Arcata resident Billy Joe Rutherford, 44.

During a search of Rutherford incident to his arrest, a small amount of methamphetamine in a plastic baggie was located in his pocket. A search of his vehicle yielded over one ounce of methamphetamine packaged for sales, a glass methamphetamine pipe, approximately 5.5 ounces of concentrated cannabis and a large amount of cash monies.
The methamphetamine has an approximate street value of $1,250.
Billy Joe Rutherford was arrested on the following charges and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility:
H&S 11378 - Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales
H&S 11379 - Transportation of a Controlled Substance
H&S 11357(a) - Possession of Concentrated Cannabis
H&S 11364.1(a) - Possession of Paraphernalia

Nov 19, 2014

Election update expected by Friday, but not final results

Just spoke with Ms. Carolyn Crinch from Humboldt County Elections office. She is hoping provisional ballots will be counted by this Friday. Final results will take longer because additional ballots from each precinct need to be counted, 1% of ballots need to be hand and other processes completed.

Nov 18, 2014

Humboldt Bay Firefighters “Share the Magic of Christmas” Toy Drive And “Santa for Seniors”

Humboldt Bay Fighters will kick-off their annual “Share the Magic of Christmas” Toy Drive at the Bayshore Mall on November 28 at 9:30 am.  Humboldt Bay Firefighters will be escorting Santa Claus through the Mall, from the Food Court to Santa’s Pavilion.  Children will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa Claus and local firefighters. The media is encouraged to attend.

Firefighters will be collecting toys at the Bayshore Mall November 28, 29, and 30.

Firefighters will be collecting toys at the Humboldt County Artisans Craft Fair at Redwood Acres on December 5, 6 and 7.  Bring a toy or donation and get in for free!

Firefighters are accepting cash donations for the Santa for Seniors program.  All funds go to help support the Humboldt Senior Resource Center’s “White Bag” Program.

Collection of toys and donations until December 16.

Humboldt Bay Firefighters collect the toys and give them to The Salvation Army for local distribution.  They hope to distribute toys to over 600 local families this year!

Humboldt Bay Fighters will also be accepting donations for the 7th Annual Santa for Seniors program which provides holiday meals for local seniors in need.

New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any Humboldt Bay Fire Stations or numerous businesses throughout Eureka.

Humboldt Bay Fighters Toy Drive is the oldest and longest running toy drive in Humboldt County.  Firefighters began in the 1920’s by collecting and fixing old toys for local, underprivileged children.  Using their own money on their days off firefighters would collect broken bicycles, dolls, etc. and refurbish them to like new. This tradition has continued to grow ever since, and they have now partnered with The Salvation Army to distribute toys to children in the community that may not otherwise receive a new toy for Christmas.  This event continues to be funded by firefighters from their own pockets as well as through the generous support and donations from local area businesses and citizens.  All of the toys collected are distributed to local children ages 0-12 in Humboldt County. They hope to help over 600 families this year!  This event provides an opportunity for citizens and firefighters to “SHARE THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS” and do something positive for local children.


In addition to the Humboldt Bay Firefighter’s Toy drive, Humboldt Bay Fighter's are proud to be continuing the 6th Annual “Santa for Seniors” program. This year we are partnering with the Humboldt Senior Resource Center.

All donations to “Santa for Seniors” will go to the Humboldt Senior Resource Center’s White Bag Program. This great program provides local Senior citizens with a Holiday bag that has been decorated by local school children.  The bags are filled with food treats for the holidays as well as a warm, nutritious meal. They hope to assemble, wrap, and deliver over 400 bags this year! By making a cash donation to the “Santa for Seniors”, you can help share the gift of Christmas with an elderly person in our community who is less fortunate than yourself!

For further information regarding the “Santa for Seniors” or the Humboldt Bay Firefighter’s “Share the Magic of Christmas” Toy Drive, please contact Firefighter Kyle Brown at Humboldt Bay Fire.

Contact: Firefighter Kyle Brown
Humboldt Bay Fire
(707) 441-4000

Humboldt Bay Fighters Local 652 donates $7,000 to Companion Animal Foundation

Humboldt Bay Firefighters Local 652 presented Companion Animal Foundation with a jumbo check for $7,000! A big "Thank You" goes out to all the local business sponsors, humans, and dogs that made Bark in The Park 2014 a huge success.

Help Humboldt Cider Company reach their goal for their kickstarter campaign

 Humboldt Cider Company, currently operating out of the Redwood Acres area complex, has less than a week left for their kickstarter campaign.

The owners own Humboldt Beer Works by the Coop and the Local Beer Bar on F St.. They have a great product, great growth potential and will make an immediate impact in the Redwood Acres community and our County. They are very close to their kickstarter goal.If you like to support local businesses, here is your chance.

I would like to thank Daniel and Fourth District Virginia Bass for their assistance in helping me get the word out about this local business.

From the Humboldt Cider Company:

We are a new business in town and are currently Humboldt's only hard cider company.
We have recently been holding small events around town where we have our cider on tap and have a sort of meet and greet with people.

We currently have a kickstarter campaign going to help raise funds to build and develop our tasting room, outside garden area, and to purchase better equipment.

Our rewards for different donations very by level. Every donor from the $25 level up gets their name put on our "Founders Wall" in our tasting room. Depending on how much is donated- designates how large your name will be display on the wall.

For more information:

Some other media coverage:

Nov 17, 2014

Prop 47 continues to be the get out of jail card for some ; will shopping cart ordinance ever see prosecutions?

This is from the text of Proposition 47:

The measure requires misdemeanor sentencing instead of felony for the following crimes:[1][2]

Shoplifting, where the value of property stolen does not exceed $950
Grand theft, where the value of the stolen property does not exceed $950
Receiving stolen property, where the value of the property does not exceed $950
Forgery, where the value of forged check, bond or bill does not exceed $950
Fraud, where the value of the fraudulent check, draft or order does not exceed $950
Writing a bad check, where the value of the check does not exceed $950
Personal use of most illegal drugs

How will this affect the Eureka shopping cart ordinance?

Today, while sitting in court, a guy got booked, arrested, from what I could gather incident that included Eureka Grocery Outlet. Thanks to Prop 47, his crime was a misdemeanor. He got released on his own recognizance.

Now he just happened to have no previous convictions, most do. What is his incentive to come back to court? Why not commit another crime?

The court calendar might go faster but who pays the booking fees, the public defender fee's?

Not the ones who commit crimes, in most cases.

Fieldbrook homicide suspect Jason Arreaga prelim on Dec 17

At the last hearing, Arreaga's public defender, Heidi Holmquist requested the preliminary hearing be continued.  Today, the preliminaries. hearing was set forvDecember 17 at 8:30 a.m.. The case is being prosecuted by DDA Zach Curtis. THis hearing was in Courtroom 1 with Judge John Feeney.

Previous posts:

No media was present at this afternoon's hearing.

County Counsel Wendy Chaitin last day Dec 31, who will take over?

 County Counsel Wendy Chaitin's whose  last day is Dec 31. According to unconfirmed reports, Asst County Counsel Carolyn Ruth will take over and that 9 applicants for that position threw in their hat.

This position as legal counsel to the County is a crucial one. Supevisor Rex Bohn confirmed Ms. Chaitin is leaving. Supervisor Bass said Ms. Chaitin is retiring. Supervisor Ryan Sundberg and Supervisor Bohn both said no decision about who is taking over has been made.

There are two Casey Campbells in Eureka, investigation in the 15th and Williams incident still ongoing

I contacted EPD to see if the victim in the 15th and Williams case was the same as the one mentioned in an HCSO press release back in September . EPD Sgt. Bill Nova said that he had no new details other than what is been released to the media already.

What he did say was there are two Casey Campbells in Eureka.

A young man lost his life, the investigation is ongoing. Facts are important, not speculation.