Apr 18, 2015

Mayor Frank Jager to be honored as Republican of the Year at the Ingomar this year

The Humboldt Republican Party will honor Mayor Frank Jager as the Republican of the Year at their annual dinner on May 3 at the Ingomar Club this year. The guest speaker is Shawn Steel a Republican National Committeeman from California.

Past recipients of Republican of the Year include Rob and Cherie Arkley and Peter Hannaford.

I have known Frank since I moved here and this is an excellent choice to honor a man who is a Proud Republican but has contributed to the entire community in many ways.

Obituary: Fern Kelly

Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Fern Kelly died peacefully at home April 14th. She was born Fern Williamson to Mabel and Al in Visalia, California where she grew up in the large farmhouse, garden, and walnut orchards of Visalia Orchard Company. She met her future husband, land surveyor Hugh Kelly at UC Berkeley in 1950. They were married at Carmel Mission and raised their family in Eureka. Fern and Hugh loved entertaining friends and together they became consummate hosts. Fern was known for her elegant taste in clothes, her fine cooking skills (she collected hundreds of cookbooks), and her determination to do what she believed was right. But what endeared her to so many was her warm and sincere friendship and genuine interest in listening to each person's story. She is also remembered for her enduring positive attitude and beautiful smile, including during her final four years with breast cancer. It can easily be said that the great tragedy of her life was the untimely loss of her daughter, Kris. As she wished, a memorial service will be held later in the coming year, and as she wished, people are asked to give to the charity of their choice . She was preceded in death by her husband Hugh in 2011. Fern is survived by her sister Jean Ratcliffe and family, her children Deb Kelly (Don Shute), Denise Kelly (Chuck Fernandez), and Sam Kelly; grandchildren Justin Kelly (Julie), and Lorien Lowe; and great-granddaughters Teagan and Ayla. Deb Kelly is collecting names of those who would like to attend a celebration of life at the family home. Please leave contact information in a phone message at 503-246-6690. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com under Obituaries.

Apr 17, 2015

Go-Biz hires deputy director for Small Business

Jesse Torres, 38, of San Gabriel, has been appointed deputy director, small business advocate in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Torres has been regional director of the Los Angeles Small Business Development Center Network at Long Beach City College since 2011. He was director of alumni relations at Pepperdine University from 2009 to 2011, where he was director of alumni and corporate relations from 2005 to 2009, regional director at Orange County and Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network in 2009 and associate director of development, grants and communications at Geffen Playhouse from 2002 to 2005. Torres earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University. This position does not require Senate confirmation. Torres is a Democrat.

Frequently arrested and witness in Bodhi Tree case Shane Goodrich arrested in narcotics bust

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Sep 9, 2014

Shane Goodrich, "Bodhi Tree's bud" busted again for drugs in Arcata

The meth heroin bust in Arcata today had a familiar name. Shane Goodrich owned the Marilyn Street house where Bodhi Tree was hanging out the morning he fled from law enforcement. Later that day Tree was arrested.

Goodrich was one of the witnesses who had an attitude on the stand, could not recall much, because in his words, he had taken pain medication. Currently on probation, Goodrich was busted.

Maybe he could claim memory loss again? This is how his interview could go :Officer, I have no idea how these drugs and paraphenelia ended up with me? The five people I am busted with, I don't recall how they got here? Who they are?

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force concluded a lengthy investigation into a poly drug trafficking organization. Agents from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Arcata Police Department and the United States Marshal’s Service served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant in the 1800 block of Truesdale Street, in Eureka, CA. Agents contacted Kaine McIntyre (Age 22), Shane Goodrich (Age 29), Fred Her (Age 32), Nu Yang (Age 36) and Timothy Stockhoff and located marijuana and methamphetamine.

Agents obtained a search warrant for residences in the 500 block of “G” Street in Eureka, the 2700 block of “S” Street in Eureka and the 1700 block of Willow Drive in Fortuna. At the residence in the 2700 block of “S” Street, agents contacted Cheng Her (Age 55) and Soua Vang (Age 53). During the search warrants, agents located approximately 274 pounds of marijuana, 758 growing marijuana plants, concentrated cannabis, suspected heroin, suspected methamphetamine, digital scales, packaging materials, a large sum of US Currency, and a US Currency counter.

Kaine McIntyre was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession of marijuana for sales and conspiracy.

Shane Goodrich was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for an active felony warrant, possession of marijuana for sales, conspiracy, possession of methamphetamine, and transporting narcotics into a correctional facility.

Fred Her was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession of marijuana for sales and conspiracy.

Nu Yang was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession of marijuana for sales and conspiracy.

Timothy Stockhoff was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession of methamphetamine.

Cheng Her was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales and maintaining a residence for narcotics trafficking.

Soua Vang was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales and maintaining a residence for narcotics trafficking.

Stiglich case "close to resolution" but may still go to trial

Despite several conversations, Stiglich case was not settled today. Stiglich's attorney Mr. Clanton said "they are close to resolution", if the cade does not resolve by trial readiness, next Friday, the defense will file a motion for the current jury trial date to be reset.

Stiglich family was there as usual to support him. No one present from the victim's family.

Will there be a change of plea in the Stiglich case who is charged with death of Ryan Robinson

Last week, Stiglich's attorney indicated an offer had made and he needed to discuss it with his client.

Today a pre trial hearing is scheduled ar 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2. Will Judson Stiglich accept the ofder and change his plea? Will Judge Miles accept the plea?

Stiglich is charged with shooting the brother of his girlfriend at that time.

Apr 7, 2015

People make an offer in Judson Stiglich Cutten homicide case

Trial confirmation for Judson Stiglich's jury trial was scheduled this afternoon in Courtroom 2. Stiglich is being represented by Mr. Russ Clanton. Instead of jury trial being confirmed, Mr. Clanton said there has been a "proposed resolution" in the case by the People.

DDA Jackie Pizzo was in court today for the People. The case is being prosecuted by DDA Stacey Eads.

Only one person from the victim's family was in the Courtroom today. Stiglich's mother and his ex who has known him for 15 years and dated him for 5 years were in court , as usual, to support Stiglich.

Mr. Clanton will discuss the offer with Stiglich and next court date is April 17 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2. Stiglich is charged with voluntary manslaughter for the death of Ryan Robinson.

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Defense finishes first round of questioning of prospective jurors in Arcata chef stabbing case

Today the prosecution gets to continue their questioning of prospective cases.

Jury selection continues next week.

David Lockart whose unsafe turn on 101 caused multiple deaths charged with vehicular manslaughter

Arraignment is scheduled for 1:30p.m.  in Courtroom 2 on May 20 for David Lockhart who is charged with felony:homicide with the count of gross vehicular manslaughter and death of multiple victims.

The link below from Kym Kemp has the press release on the accident. Followup requested by Kym.


Help EPD locate 79 year old woman who walked away from her home

On 04-16-2015 at about 8:25 pm, an officer of the Eureka Police Department was dispatched to contact a family member, regarding a missing person report.
Upon arrival the officer was advised that Dorris Evelyn “Evie” Gaskell had walked away from her home at about 2:00 pm that afternoon.  Officers checked with Evie’s neighbors and searched the surrounding area, but Evie was not located. The Eureka Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating her.
Evie is described as a 79-year-old woman, approximately 5-4”, 128 lbs, with short grey hair and brown eyes. She may also be wearing glasses. Evie is believed to be wearing white tennis shoes, a long shirt, and pants.
If anyone has information where Evie may be located, they are urged to contact the Eureka Police Department at 707-441-4044.

Apr 15, 2015

EPD cleans up No man's land

Over the past several months, the Eureka Police Department has observed a significant increase in violent crime, guns, and aggressive theft associated with the illegal encampments in the greenbelt areas surrounding the Bayshore Mall.  A more hardened and aggressive criminal street element has moved in creating a dangerous subculture of violence and predation.  These criminal predators have sheltered themselves among the more traditional homeless populations along the bay.  This group poses not only a much greater threat to overall public safety in the area, but they also victimize the vulnerable among the camps.  Most homeless report having been the victim of crime at a rate 50 times that of the general population.

On 4/15/15, at about 8:30 AM, the Eureka Police Department conducted a massive enforcement operation in the greenbelt areas west of Broadway between Truesdale and West Del Norte Streets.  EPD was assisted by personnel from the City of Eureka, Arcata Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County Probation Department, Humboldt County Drug Task Force, U.S Marshal’s Office, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Humboldt Bay Fire Department.  All told, nearly 50 law enforcement officers were involved in addition to personnel from the City of Eureka’s Public Works, Code Enforcement, and Parks and Rec Departments.

This sweep was a team effort specifically organized to remove the criminal element from among the camps due to the unacceptable level of violence associated with this group.  No persons were cited or arrested for camping violations.

During the approximately 5 hour campaign, dubbed “Operation Safe Trails,” officers contacted over 85 persons in and around the illegal encampments.  27 individuals were arrested for a myriad of offenses including 19 warrants (felony and misdemeanor) and 8 new crimes.  The fresh arrests include possession of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a short-barreled rifle, possession of drug paraphernalia, probation violation, and providing false identification to a peace officer.  Over 93 individuals were contacted

Joshua Allen Stockhoff (age 27 of Eureka) was located in a makeshift shelter on a small island in the marshland south of Vigo Street.  His camp was surrounded by water and officers had to use a small boat to reach it. During a search of Stockhoff’s camp, officers recovered a loaded sawed-off large caliber rifle, ammunition, and body armor.

Stockhoff was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and for possession of a short-barreled rifle (two counts each). At the time of his arrest, Stockhoff was wanted on identical charges stemming from a search warrant EPD served at another of his camps on 3/17/15.  Stockhoff was booked into the Humboldt County Jail where his bail was increased to $150,000.00.

"He didn't check much on his passengers. The thing that will forever stand out in my head is that the scene was absolutely silent"

More from the eyewitness in the previous post:

"Everyone who stopped gave statements, but none of us could get to the accident. It was extremely difficult. 

The car went off the side of the road, they were driving about 50 mph. We saw the car crash into a tree. The way that the car hit the tree, the front passenger didn't stand a chance as that was the side that impacted the tree. We never saw the front passenger move.  Upon arrival at the accident, it was evident that the passengers were not wearing seatbelts. The rear passenger was hanging half way out of a window and moving.. But later became still. The driver was very awake, and was able to half way exit the car a few different times. He obviously sustained minor injuries. He was yelling things, but it was hard to understand what exactly. It definitely appeared like he was trying to exit and run from the car, based on his body language. He didn't check much on his passengers. The thing that will forever stand out in my head is that the scene was absolutely silent. Besides the noises of the cars on 101, there were no screams or moans. Just Mr. Morris yelling incoherent things.  By this time, a group of people had stopped- about 8 I think. A few had been driving behind Mr. Morris and had called in his erratic driving earlier.  Unfortunately, from the time 911 was called, it took roughly 12-15 minutes for the first res ponders to arrive. It was so frustrating, just standing on the side of the road waiting. We even saw ambulances driving north on 101, and they didn't stop for us. We later learned from the news that 2 accidents had happened at the same time. When the first responders did arrive, they were very impressive to watch. They did a fantastic job of helping the most gravely injured, even though we were aware there wasn't much hope. We witnessed them using the jaws of life and attempting CPR on the front passenger. We left after that. I later learned that Mr. Morris suffered minor injuries, although his passengers suffered fatal ones. "

Eyewitness to the William Morris collision calls "it the stuff of nightmares"; previous convictions did not deter Morris, now two women are dead

Hi John,
I frequently read your blog...

On 3/31/15, my fiance and I were driving from Arcata to Eureka. We were the car behind William Larry Morris, he crashed his vehicle into a tree and killed two women with him. We were the first to respond, and the only people to actually witness the car hit the tree. 

The accident was extremely horrific, the stuff of nightmares, even if the news didn't go into detail. I see the derogatory comments about his passengers that died...I keep seeing his face from the accident...

I received an email from this concerned citizen asking for an update on this case. I have not posted the entire email but the parts relevant to this case and post. These witnesses may also testify for the preliminary hearing.

In the current case, William Morris is charged with a felony: homicide. There is a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 12 but there is also a disposition hearing set for April 30 in Courtroom 2.

I looked up Morris, he has several criminal cases against him dating back a decade or more, I gave up after looking up 3 cases. And other cases which are under the traffic category but are not always infractions. The most recent case is the only one being handled by the current DA administration.

His past convictions of guilty and/or no contest pleas include disorderly conduct, driving under the influence and property offenses. Fines, conviction, still did not deter his behavior.

It cost two people their lives.

Coroner's Press Release:

On March 31, 2015 at about 6:00 PM there was a single vehicle traffic accident on southbound Highway 101 near Highway 299. Two subjects in the vehicle received extensive injuries as a result of the accident.

One of the injured subjects was declared deceased at the scene. The other injured subject was transported to Mad River Hospital and declared deceased at the hospital.

The deceased persons have been identified as Stacy M. Kejar, age 55, of McKinleyville. The second subject has been identified as Karen L. Brennan, age 59, of Eureka.

The California Highway Patrol is the lead agency in this investigation. All further information regarding this incident will be released through their office.

CHP Press Release:

The night of Tuesday, March 31, two occupants sustained fatal injuries out of a DUI collision on US-101, north of Arcata.
Just after 6 p.m., 57 year old William Larry Morris of Fortuna was driving a silver Hyundai Accent southbound on US-101, south of State Route 299, along with two adult female passengers.  Due to Morris driving while under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, he allowed the vehicle to drive off the west roadway edge where the vehicle collided directly into a tree.  The female adult passenger who was seated in the right front seat sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The female adult passenger who was seated in the right rear seat was transported by ground ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital where she was pronounced deceased a short time later.  Morris sustained minor injuries and was ultimately booked into the Humboldt County Jail facility on felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter charges. It was further discovered that Morris was driving on a suspended license. The two female occupants who sustained fatal injuries were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision.
A few minutes prior to this collision, CHP Humboldt Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call of a reckless driver in a silver sedan on US-101 Southbound, south of McKinleyville.  It is believed that this is the same vehicle that was involved in the traffic collision.
Agencies that responded to and assisted with this collision include the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office, Caltrans, Arcata Fire Protection District, Humboldt Bay Fire, City Ambulance of Eureka, and Mad River Community Hospital personnel.

McKinleyville man claims "friend" gave him a hand grenade

On 04-15-2015 at about 10:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call from a 65 year old male, who lives at a residence in the 2000 block of Park Street, McKinleyville. The citizen wanted to a report that a friend of his had given him a World War 11, type hand grenade this morning. The citizen was concerned the hand grenade may still be active. The citizen did not want to tell the deputies the name of his friend who brought the hand grenade to his house.

A Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy immediately responded to the scene. The Deputy secured the hand grenade until the Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) deputies could respond to the scene. The neighbors on both sides of the residence where the hand grenade was located were evacuated as a precaution.

Once EOD deputies arrived on scene they used a robot to pick up the hand grenade and place it into a hole they had dug into the ground. The robot then used an explosive charge to render to hand grenade safe. EOD deputies said the hand grenade was a World War II, pineapple type hand grenade. EOD deputies said, because of the explosive charge that was used on the hand grenade they were unsure if it was still active or inert.

DA's office files new complaint against Carlisle Colegrove who absconded while out on a pass to attend a burial; he laughs in court while new charges are being read

Carlisle Colegrove was arraigned in courtroom 1 this afternoon on a new complaint filed by the DA's office. While Judge John Feeney was reading the new charge against him which is "an attempt to escape the Humboldt County Correctional Facility", Colegrove laughed.

Ms. Heidi Holmquist from the Public Defender's Office has the misfortune to represent Colegrove.
Here is the link I did on generations of families that end up in the system.


DDA Roger Rees was in court representing the People today.

Previous posts:

Apr 2, 2015

Hoopa victim nephew out on pass to attend burial does not return to custody as promised, bench warrant issued

Carlisle Colegrove swear he would return to court. Judge John Feeney was hesitant and today, those concerns had a factual basis. Colegrove was to return to the jail by 5 p.m. yesterday. 
He had another case on calendar today and he was not in court.

Mar 30, 2015

Hoopa victim Daniel Colegrove's nephew given a two day pass from Humboldt County jail to attend his burial despite objections from DA and County Counsel

Despite "being hesitant" and objections from the District Attorney's Office and County Counsel representing the Humboldt County Jail, Judge John Feeney granted a two  day pass to Daniel Colegrove's nephew to attend his burial. The nature of his conviction and that he recently was found in possession of contraband in the jail were two objections stated in court, in addition to the written objections.
Public Defender Heidi Holmquist who represents Carlisle Colegrove told Judge Feeney that while he was serving a sentence in jail, Daniel Colegrove was like a father to Carlisle Colegrove. 

Preliminary hearing scheduled for Miss Hoopa who has been charged with alleged abuse of an underage female victim; defendant's family continues their overzealous courtroom tactics

This afternoon, a disposition and reset hearing was scheduled for the case in which Kayla Brown, Miss Hoopa, is charged with  the following four counts:

 Count 1 Abnormal Sexual Interest in Children and arranging a meeting for that purpose PC 288.4 (b); Count 2 Sexual penetration with a foreign object; [289.(i)  any person over the age of 21 years who participates in an act of sexual penetration with another person who is under 16 years of age shall be guilty of a felony]; Count 3 288.3 (a) [288.3.  (a) Every person who contacts or communicates with a minor, or attempts to contact or communicate with a minor, who knows or reasonably should know that the person is a minor, with intent to commit an offense specified in Section 207, 209, 261, 264.1, 273a, 286, 288, 288a, 288.2, 289, 311.1, 311.2, 311.4 or 311.11 involving the minor shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for the term prescribed for an attempt to commit the intended offense] and Count 4 PC 647.6 (a) which is child molestation/annoying a child.

The case is being prosecuted by DDA Brie Bennett. Brown is being represented by private defense attorney Jeffrey Schwartz. 

This afternoon, the defendant's family and friends came in first. In a courtroom that was almost empty with several seats, they came and sat right behind me. After my email to Ms. Bennett and Mr. Schwartz after their last courtroom antics, they left me alone today. Brown was not in court, her attorney said he was appearing on her behalf. Only two people were in court for Brown. Her personal appearance has been waived by the filing of a 977 form.

The victim's family and friends came a few minutes later, about 15 people, all wearing blue ribbons with the Victim Witness Representative. April is sexual abuse awareness month and this was to show the victim support.

One of Brown's family/friends, I think it was her mother was scribbling on a note pad while staring at the victim's family and friends. I have no idea what she was writing because I only glanced briefly over my shoulder due to a lot of movement. The case had not been called yet and all I know is she kept looking over at the victim's family and then was writing stuff on her pad.

Intervention is set for May 11 at 3 p.m. and Preliminary hearing for May 12 at 8:30 a.m.

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"Acute methamphetamine intoxication" cause of death for Daren Borges

In response to a request by his family, District Attorney Maggie Fleming has reviewed the circumstances of the death of Mr. Daren Borges in June of last year.  Two Deputy District Attorneys also reviewed all materials obtained from the Eureka Police Department and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.  The following summarizes the findings of the District Attorney.

On June 13, 2014 shortly after 2:00 pm, a citizen in Eureka called to report a male who appeared to be under the influence removing his clothes near the intersection of 7th  and D.  The citizen further reported that the male was throwing himself on the ground.  Eureka Police Department dispatched an officer who contacted the person.  The individual, identified at that time as Mr. Daren Borges, was arrested pursuant to Penal Code section 647(f) –public intoxication.  The officer began transporting Mr. Borges to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF) at 2:12 p.m.

Mr. Borges’ family provided information about two citizens who had been at the scene and found Mr. Borges’ cell phone.  Both noted the officer was asking questions of Mr. Borges.  One stated that the officer showed concern for Mr. Borges.

The Eureka Police Department provided continuous video and or audio of the interaction with Mr. Borges.  Dashboard-camera video from the patrol car used to respond to the incident shows the officer driving to the location and then records the officer’s interaction with Mr. Borges.  These images support the citizen’s perception that Mr. Borges was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 Audio recording in the patrol car covers Mr. Borges’ entry into the car and transport to the HCCF.    The patrol-car audio and video from cameras at the HCCF cover the arrival of Mr. Borges at the facility at 2:17 p.m.  Mr. Borges remained in the vehicle while the officer left and prepared

Mr. Borges was directed to exit the vehicle at 2:23 p.m. and walked into the intake area of HCCF. Video surveillance within the HCCF covers Mr. Borges being placed in a cell at approximately 2:39 p.m. and shows him alone in the cell until the point the correctional officers enter to check on him at 4:02 pm. Medical staff at HCCF enter the cell about 2 minutes later.  The Fire Department and an ambulance responded at 4:09 p.m. and transported Mr. Borges to St. Joseph Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:34 p.m.

An autopsy was performed on June 23, 2014.  The forensic pathologist determined the cause of death to be “acute methamphetamine intoxication.”  Analysis of blood drawn from Mr. Borges yielded a methamphetamine concentration of 25 mg/L.  The lab report states that blood methamphetamine in the range of 0.2 - 5 mg/L is potentially toxic.  Thus, the level of methamphetamine in Mr. Borges’ blood was 5 times the upper level known to be potentially toxic.

The pathologist’s report states: “Considering the circumstances surrounding his death, as I understand them at this time, death is attributed to the toxic effects of methamphetamine which the decedent had in his blood in an extremely high level.  …The high level suggests he ingested a large quantity of the drug prior to being confronted by the Eureka PD officer on the street.”

In summary, a very complete record of Mr. Borges’ interaction with law enforcement yields no evidence of criminal conduct by any law enforcement or correctional officer. The autopsy identified ingestion of a toxic level of methamphetamine as the cause of death. 

District Attorney Maggie Fleming has notified the family of her findings and expressed to them her deepest regret for the loss of their son. 

Apr 14, 2015

"The difference is exactly the amount on the CAO's wishlist"; were taxpayers mislead by CAO regarding Measure Z?

Remember the LOCO post a while back. One of those strange requests was from the CAO's office.


This afternoon, I ran into Kent Sawatsky, our local public enthusiast and citizen advocate.

He told me that he was going to bring up the fact that our Humboldt County CAO Phillip Smith Hanes had projected that the revenue of Measure Z was expected to be approximately 6 million. Mr. Sawatsky who attends the meeting of the Measure Z Advisory group, showed me some numbers.

He said during public comment, he was going to ask Mr. Smith-Hanes that our CAO was projecting the revenue to be 8 million.

"The difference is exactly the amount on the CAO's wishlist."

Hezekiah Allen DUI not settled in early resolution court; trial setting set in Courtroom 1


Hezekiah Allen was not able to resolve his case in early resolution court. Today, Judge Bruce Watson filling in for Comissioner Eannarino in Courtroom 3 was present for a pre trial hearing on Allen's DUI. 

Cases in Courtroom 3 can be resolved
with a settlement between the DA's office and the defense. Representing the People in Courtroom 3 was DDA Max Cardoza. Representing Allen was Mr. Benjamin Okin, who is the other attorney and shares office space with  Manny Daskal, who was listed in the court computers as his attorney back in March.

April 23 in Courtroom 1 at 2 p.m. is a trial setting for Allen's DUI case.

Previous post:

Mar 26, 2015

Emerald Growers Association Hezekiah Allen's DUI charge from last year proceeds; previous cases involve two bail bonds being forfeited

Local activist Hezekiah Allen and Emerald Growers Association executive director Hezekiah Allen has a pre-trial conference scheduled for April 14 at 10 a.m. in Court 3. He has retained private attorney Manny Daskal to represent him.

The charges in the Humboldt County Superior Court listing are as follows: Two counts of driving under the influence of alcohiol two special allegations with those counts of blood alcohol level over .15 and Failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility

Hezekiah Allen pleaded not guilty to all charges and denied all special allegations when he was arraigned by Judge Joyce Hinrichs in Garberville on 1/23/15.

On October 14, I did a post on local activist Hezekiah Allen being booked for a DUI.

According to his arrest record: Hezekiah Allen was arrested for: 16028(C) Financial Responsibility At Accident
23152(A) DUI Alcohol/Drugs
23152(B) DUI Alcohol W/BAC > .08

Hezekiah Allen has three older cases in the court system, one for unsafe speed, another for unsafe lane change and one for using cell phone while driving with two bail bond forfeitures.

Oct 14 post:


Apr 13, 2015

Inmate who attempted suicide in custody for failure to register as a sex offender

the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. The Correctional Officer discovered a 43 year old, male inmate, who was sitting on the ground with a bed sheet wrapped around his neck and the other end of the bed sheet was tied to the top of the bunk bed inside of his cell.

The Correctional Office immediately radioed for assistance from other Correctional Officers and medical staff. Correctional Officers immediately cut the bed sheet off the inmate. First aid was immediately given to the inmate, who was breathing on his own. The inmate was transported to a local hospital, via an ambulance.

The inmate was treated at the local hospital and was medically cleared from the hospital at approximately 9:10 p.m. and was returned to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility .The inmate is currently house in a safety cell and will be monitored every 15 minutes by mental health staff. The inmate is in custody for failing to register as a sex offender.

Juan Ferrer invoking auspices of Krishna before his upcoming jury trial?

Juan Ferrer who has been described by his defense attorney as a peaceful Buddhist, had a photo similar to the image above of Hindu deity Krishna playing the flute with a cow placed in front of him on the table in the courtroom.

He is the first defendant I have seen stand up and introduce himself to jurors and thank them for their time. He has been active in looking at prospective juror questionnaires and communicating with his defense attorney while the Judge and attorneys question prospective jurors.

This is the second week of jury selection in the Juan Ferrer jury trial. DDA Roger Rees, defense attorney Marek Reavis and trial Judge John Feeney are individually questioning jurors who have hardships or answers from a long questionnaire  that need further clarification.

Larger group of jury selection is expected to start later this week. Ferrer is charged with the murder of Arcata chef Douglas Anderson-Jordet.

Apr 12, 2015

"I want my children to be able to be who they are and participate in the world around them"; a mother's passionate advocacy that made all the difference

FAAN Board

Fatima Naylor went to St. Mary’s elementary and St. Bernard’s High school, she was born and raised in Eureka and married her high school sweetheart and has two wonderful sons. Born and raised in Eureka, Fatima works at Humboldt Land Title. She is active in Kiwanis, Soroptimist and Rotary.
There was a time she wanted to pursue a career in criminology so she worked part-time while earning her Psychology degree at Humboldt State University. Her promotion to escrow officer and the birth of her sons made Fatima walk down a different road; and that has made all the difference.

I first got acquainted with Fatima when she won the Woman of Distinction Award last year given by Kiwanis of Henderson Center.


Of all her many accomplishments, raising awareness for Autism is what Fatima is most passionate about. For her, this issue is very close to home. Fatima is the mother of a two children with autism spectrum disorder.

Fatima is one of the founding members of “Families Advocating Autism Now”.  

FAAN, a non-profit, was started by Fatima and seven other mothers of children with autism in 2009. They are dedicated to finding new and better ways in assisting the education system adapt to the growing and changing needs of a child with autism.  They provide financial support to the public school system, with technology and continuing education for both the special education, and mainstream teachers. They also provide social activities for families in our area.  Because of her son, she is passionate about raising the level of awareness and advocacy in our community about autism.  She is instrumental in speaking to large groups in Northern California about autism and the ways that others can help in their area.  She believes in not only talking about ways to help those with autism, but also putting her words into action.

From 2010-2013, Fatima was the highest fundraiser for Autism Speaks for their annual autism awareness walk in Northern California.  In 2013, she was specially recognized by Autism Speaks for all that she has done to shine a light on autism. In October of 2014, Fatima and her husband were honored in Las Vegas for all of their support for the Ernie Els foundation for autism research and awareness.

"I have so much I want to say but what I want people to know most is that Autism affects my life every single day," said Fatima.  "I want my children to be able to be who they are and participate in the world around them.  I will make it my priority to make a difference in that world and make it ready for them to be loving, respectful and hard-working members of society.   I honestly feel that if your dreams don’t scare you, then they aren’t big enough.  We have one life and we need to make a difference.  I feel like I’m doing my part by being a member of Families Advocating Autism Now. "


April is Autism Awareness Month. Check out FAAN's facebook page for more information

On the Autism Speaks site, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 68 children identify  on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Autism Spectrum Disorder affects over 3 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. If you are unfamiliar with autism, this site is a good one to check out.