Jun 13, 2015

You never forget your first love...a perfect Humboldt day

You never forget your first love. I am not talking about her though, I am talking about my other first love.

Baring your soul on a blog that is public and in cyberspace has it's risks, as a friend often reminds me.

Today is not different than any other day, with a few exceptions. It is sunny in Humboldt without the wind chill. If that isn't the cherry on top of the cake, today is one of the rare days where every encounter is about appreciating life, living in Humboldt and being grateful.

It helps that I started my day stopping by briefly at St. Bernard's church. Nowadays, that is my choice for attitude adjustment. In college, attitude adjustment is what we called pub night.


St. Bernard's is home. The place I live at, well it's the place I live and shower and sleep at, writing the occasional pithy blog post sans smartphone typos.

I got to visit with many of my friends, stop by all my favorite Old Town local businesses and see people I first met in 2003. I had acquaintances and strangers come up and recognize me from this blog and tell me how much they enjoy it. A typical day for me is court and then church and back to court, with some income earning business meetings thrown in after all that; enough to cover my basics and subsidize this blog. My bank account could definitely use a steady income, I could lose some pounds and think I can look like I was 20 again, I could be politically involved and network in the business community like I did in Philadelphia and Atlanta and be "successful" in the eyes of the world.. I could just have settled for the family business and live as an adult as I did as a child with trips to London and Switzerland and Paris and no worries about money which would be par for the course. All of this could make me popular, I would not be single because as another friend reminds me, "Chiv, hot women like money." A single, outspoken blogger and single man devoted to Christ just doesn't have the draw that cash, superficial quips and a fancy car does and I am just fine with not being with those women or any one at all. I truly am content being single.

As Robert Frost said, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

Writing was my first love and after trying other more "successful" business careers, I returned to my first love.  I am happy, I am content. I don't wake up every morning complaining about wanting more money, dreading going to work, being with someone else than who I am with, dreaming up what I could do to be more popular and have a bigger house, a better car, more stuff.

Moving to Eureka has been one of the best decisions I have made. It has not always been easy and I have my days, but all in all, the people I have met here, the community, the weather, the local businesses and the quality of life makes it all worth while.

A few days ago, I posted this on Facebook:

For the past two years, black is my choice of attire everyday. Even before, it was frequent. I wear it to honor the men I admire most: priests; but also as this Johnny Cash song says:

Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
Why you never see bright colors on my back,
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
Well, there's a reason for the things that I have on.
I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he's a victim of the times.
I wear the black for those who never read,
Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
About the road to happiness through love and charity,
Why, you'd think He's talking straight to you and me.
Well, we're doin' mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin' cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back,
Up front there ought 'a be a Man In Black.
I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold,
I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been,
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.
And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believen' that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believen' that we all were on their side.
Well, there's things that never will be right I know,
And things need changin' everywhere you go,
But 'til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
You'll never see me wear a suit of white.
Ah, I'd love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything's OK,
But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black.



Jun 12, 2015

Conserve water Humboldt

On June 11th, Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District (HBMWD), along with its four municipal customers
classified as urban water suppliers, received confirmation from the State Water Resources Control Board
(SWRCB) that their request to be placed in a lower conservation tier had been granted. Prior to this ruling, local
water suppliers had been placed in tiers requiring as much as a 28 percent reduction in total water production.
The City of Eureka, as well as HBMWD, the City of Arcata, and Humboldt and McKinleyville Community Services
Districts, are now required to reduce water production by 4 percent for each month as compared to the same
month in 2013.
Criteria for granting the request including showing that the source of supply does not include water imported
from outside the hydrologic region in which the water supplier is located, and that the system has a minimum of
four years’ reserved supply available. In approving the request, the SWRCB acknowledged the unique
characteristics of our region’s water system and the security of the supply present at Ruth Lake.
Review of total water production data from 2013 and 2015 shows that City of Eureka customers have been
diligently monitoring and reducing their water usage in light of the state’s serious drought:
Total Water Production (millions of gallons)
Month 2013 2015 Reduction
January 92.3 73.9 20%
February 76.6 67.0 13%
March 79.9 76.2 5%
April 82.2 78.5 5%
May 99.5 88.4 11%
Average 11%
The City of Eureka would like to remind residents and local businesses that despite this favorable ruling and the
excellent job customers have done in reducing their water consumption, conservation measures already in place
are still in effect and will continue to be enforced in an effort to continue meeting the 4 percent conservation
requirement. For more information, customers are encouraged to call the Public Works Department at 707-441-4203.

Rules for homes and businesses:
• Watering is only allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends. No watering landscapes or
grass on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.
• No using potable water to wash sidewalks and driveways
• No runoff when irrigating with potable water
• Do not use hoses without shutoff nozzles to wash cars
• Do not use potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water
• Cannot use outdoor irrigation during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation
• Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request
• Hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered

Why the DA's plea offer in a kidnapping case that resolved today is still justice

Plea deals are not a bad thing. Sometimes, the offer brings accountability and a sentence and is better than a jury trial.

Larry McCoy's case could have gone to jury trial. He could have walked free or got a lesser sentence than what he will by pleading guilty.

Why would the DA make an offer in the Larry McCoy case which included kidnapping, great bodily injury, assault, threats to commit crime, possession of a controlled substance, possesion of drug paraphenelia, flight from a traffic officer, driving under the influence, driving with a revoked and suspended license and use of a controlled substance?

With the present administration, our current DA, Ms. Maggie Fleming, has been very accessible and transparent to providing answers on all cases, including plea deals. 

It was scheduled for jury trial on June 15. It resolved today during trial assignment. I was present for trial assignment this morning covering another case.

No details were mentioned this morning about the case at all. I just had a hunch and followed up on this case. In addition to the felony case, Larry McCoy was found guilty of minor traffic infractions and disturbing the peace. He had a DUI and a under the drug influence both were dismissed. In the cases that got dismissed, he had private attorney representation. In one case he was represented by Neal Sanders, in the other case Jeffrey Schwartz. The rest of the cases, the office of the Public Defender.

This case and pleas are not unusual. Cases resolve during trial assignment or earlier.


The felony case was prosecuted by DDA Jackie Pizzo. McCoy was represented by private attorney, Ms. Kathleen Bryson, who represented him on this recent kidnapping case.

I contacted Ms. Fleming after court and asked her why the People made an offer in this case.

"With the endorsement of the victim, the People accepted a plea to the strike offense of kidnapping,"  said Ms. Fleming.

"That was the most serious charge he faced.  Mr. McCoy, age 63, whose total record is a 415 (disturbing the peace) and a dui both from over 5 years ago, faces a term of up to 8 years in prison.  He will be sentenced on August 3rd."

Woman who attacked employee at Bayshore Mall sentencing continued until next Friday

Cayla Tatum who attacked the Famous Footwear employee at the Bayshore Mall was scheduled to be sentenced today.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Stacey Eads. Tatum was represented by Mr. Luke Brownfield of the Public Defender's office.

Sentencing continued until next Friday because Judge Cissna who took the plea was not in today and,Judge Miles was calling his calendar as well. The continuance was actually a suggestion by Judge Cissna to both attorneys.

Victim and family members were in court. They spoke with Ms. Eads twice and there were letters submitted by them and their supporters.

A couple, possibly friends of Tatum were in court to support her.

Judge Miles made a reference to probation recommending some kind of evaluation for mebtal health.

Phone lines down at County facilities

Still no progress on this front per Supervisors Virginia Bass and Ryan Sundberg.

According to a County IT source, the problem is with AT and T statewide.

For reasons county staff are still trying to determine, phone lines are currently not functioning at several county facilities. It appears that it may be related to a larger outage affecting many other facilities outside Humboldt County government. If you need to contact staff at any of the affected facilities listed below, you can still send them an email.
We will update this message when more information is available.
Below is a list of county facilities and agencies being impacted:
Adult Probation Services
555 H St Eureka
707-444-0600
Community Corrections Resource Center
404 H St Eureka
707-267-9320
Arcata/Eureka Airport
3561 Boeing Ave McK
707-839-5401
Sheriff’s Mckinleyville Substation
1608 Pickett Rd
707-839-3857
Conflict Counsel
935 3rd St Eureka
707-445-7475
Alternate Counsel
931 3rd St Eureka
707-441-5350
DHHS Administration
507 F St Eureka
707-268-3447
DHHS
Call Center
215 4th Street
Mental Health Branch
Main Office
720 Wood Street
Mental Health
Administration
730 Harris Street
824 Harris Street
Mental Health
Medical Records
2950 E Street
Social Services Branch
Koster Street Campus
Social Services
Adult Protective Services
808 E Street
Public Health Branch
Community Wellness Center
605 K Street, Eureka
County IT
Multiple County Sites

Jury trial for Jason Daniels, former HCSO deputy charged with off duty rape reset for September 21

Jason Daniels jury trial scheduled for June 15 is now scheduled for September 21. No courtroom available next week and one of his out of town attorneys getting married in August, so date in September.

No other media present in court today. His attorney Julia Fox appeared via phone. DA Maggie Fleming was present for People today. She always handles tbe trial assignment calendar.

link to background and coverage:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/05/jason-daniels-former-hcso-deputy.html?m=1

After getting arrested on new charges while he awaited sentencing, Jason Omholt tries to delay sentencing by claiming he needs to get married and suddenly has money for a private lawyer

While no one wants to stand in the way of Jason Omholt's nuptial bliss, assuming he can find a bride and set a date, the stunt that Omholt pulled yesterday when he was to be sentenced on a 10 year stipulated offer was that he needed more time because he was going to get married. He did not offer a specific date. He also agreed to a restitution of $170 spilt between two victims for his new charges, a misdemeanor but then changed his mind when Judge Marilyn Miles refused to delay his sentencing.

Then he informed his court appointed lawyer, Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis in court that he wanted a change of counsel. Mr. Michael Acosta, a private attorney said he had not received any payment so he would not be substituting in the last minute. The relative who was supposed to show up with the money was not in court and had not contacted Mr. Acosta.

Omholt threw a hissy fit and said he would not agree to plead to the new charges unless he got more time to hire a new lawyer to go over the plea deal in the old cases.

The gist of an afternoon long legal discussion was that Omholt has until June 15 to come up with the money and retain Mr. Acosta.

This is one of the many problems with these repeat offenders. They wreak havoc on the community, have no problem sucking up tax payer money getting their medical needs and housing and food in jail and then suddenly when they are held accountable, they can obtain money for a private lawyer. Not to mention the hours wasted by a Public Defender on the various cases of people like Omholt that could have been spent on someone else.

Next court date is June 15 for Confirmation of Counsel.

Last post:


May 28, 2015


"For protection of the public, seriousness of offenses and prior record" Judge Miles rules no bail for Jason Ryan Omholt

Omholt who was released before sentencing and got re arrested on new charges had his custodial status put on calendar by the Judge, not defense.

For reasons stated above, Judge Marilyn Miles ruled that Omholt cannot post bail.

His sentencing for the plea deal he made remains on June 11.

Omholt in a wheelchair sat silently in court, sullen.

May 27 (EPD release):

05/26/15 at about 9:12 p.m., Officers with the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to the 3500 block of G Street after a caller reported seeing a suspicious male in his neighbor’s backyard.  The male jumped the fence and fled before officers arrived. 

At about 9:31 p.m., an additional caller reported that a male jumped the fence into her backyard and her husband was chasing him.  The caller reported that the male was last seen near Madrone and H Streets and possibly went into another backyard. 

While officers were on foot checking the area, an officer heard people yelling in the area of F and Willow Streets.  As the officer began to investigate the yelling, two males came crashing through a wooden gate.  One of the males was quickly identified by officers as Jason Omholt, 36 of Eureka.  The other male was the resident of the property.  Omholt attempted to flee on foot but was quickly detained. 

It was determined that the resident had encountered Omholt in his yard and the two began to scuffle as the resident tried to get Omholt out of his yard.  During the scuffle the two males went through the fence. 

Omholt matched the description provided by the callers and witnesses.  Omholt was not wearing any shoes and complained of ankle pain.  Omholt was transported to the hospital by ambulance for medical clearance prior to being transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Omholt was charged with violation of parole, violation of probation, committing a crime while out on bail, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, prowling, resisting arrest, two counts of malicious mischief, and assault and battery. 

The Eureka Police Department thanks the residents who looked out for their neighborhood by calling in the suspicious activity, however does not recommend engaging or chasing suspects. 

May 20, 2015


I reported on Omholt back in February, Arnie Klein dismissed charges against him, this man is more dangerous than EPD press release states


Jason Omholt has been incarcerated in the Humboldt County Jail since January 20th, 2015, after he was arrested for numerous felony charges including felony evading, assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle theft, narcotic possession, and possession of stolen property.  Omholt was also a suspect in many of the day time burglaries in Eureka that occurred in November and December 2014.  

Omholt has plead guilty to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and was sentenced to the maximum time allowed, 5 years in State Prison.  Omholt also admitted a prior strike offense and will be serving a total of 10 years in State Prison. 

On May 18, 2015, Omholt was released from the Humboldt County Jail after his bail amount was lowered by the court and he was able to make bail.   Residents are encouraged to call EPD if they see Omholt loitering and/or acting suspiciously in their neighborhoods.

Omholt is scheduled to be sentenced on June 11, 2015 in Superior Court.

Feb 28, 2015


10 years offer made by defense for Jason Ryan Omholt currently charged burglary, stolen property, assault but previously attempted murder charges that were dismissed by Arnie Klein

On February 26, 2015, Jason Ryan Omholt was scheduled to have his preliminary hearing. The defense made an oral motion to continue the hearing for two weeks. There was discussion back and forth between Omholt and his attorney Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis. The People had made an offer. Initially, DDA Roger Rees insisted that Omholt had to take the People's offer that day. The defense had made a counter offer of 10 years which was not accepted by the People. After Judge Timothy Cissna talked with both attorneys "at the bench", final answer was that Omholt had until the day of the preliminary hearing to accept the People's offer.

The preliminary hearing is on March 16 at 8:30 with an intervention hearing at 3 p.m. on March 12 in Courtroom 2.

Omholt could run for one of top ten criminal suspects in Humboldt in a
decade.
According to a post linked in Watch Paul, he was accused of attempted murder, but the charges were dropped. According to the 2007 post below, he had 80 other charges against him.

With 8 current cases against him being addressed, only some of those cases will be addressed in this preliminary hearing. In these 8 cases, Omholt is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, buying/receiving stolen property, burglary, possession of a narcotic, controlled substance and driving under the influence.

Another case that made the local press headlines with no follow-up. It could be resolved at intervention which means someone has to wait until the Judge and attorneys meet in a closed courtroom around 3 and then report out later, if there is a change. With other news and many court cases overlapping in one day, many cases get resolved and the rest of the media that likes to print arrests in the headline never follows the outcome.

Kinda ironic but former DDA Arnie Klein who unsuccessfully ran for DA, only getting 2% and criticized Elan Firpo for not being tough on prosecution when he was the one who made a circus out of the Ferrer case and he is the one that dropped the charges against this guy?

Previous links:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/05/ireported-on-omholt-back-in-february.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/02/10000-offer-made-by-defense-for-jason.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/01/jason-omholdt-of-eurekas-most-wanted.html

Timothy Littlefield third trial status continued another two months as predicted in my last post

A disposition and reset hearing was scheduled this afternoon in Courtroom 2. Nothing happened. DDA Jackie Pizzo was present for the People and Mr. David Celli for the defendant, who was not present since his personal appearance has been excused for certain court hearings according to PC 977.

The next court date is in 60 days on August 13 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2. I already said this would happen in the last post, since the last trial ruling is still under appeal.

Last post with other links/background:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/06/as-source-predicted-on-my-blog-oral.html

Former Miss Hoopa charged with alleged sexual abuse of female minor, family still unable to retain a lawyer

The preliminary hearing for Kayla Brown has still not occurred. First, her private attorney Jeffrey Schwartz declared a conflict. Then, another private attorney, Mr. Ben McLaughlin made a special appearance twice but still has to be retained and paid by Brown's family. Today, a 2 p.m. hearing was scheduled for Confirmation of Counsel in Courtroom 1. Mr. David Celli appeared for Mr. Ben McLaughlin and asked Judge John Feeney to continue the matter for another week. This is the third continuance and I did not see Brown's family in the courtroom.

June 24 at 2 p.m. is set for Confirmation of Counsel in Courtroom 1.

DDA Brie Bennett is prosecuting the case. DDA Zach Curtis who is the other prosecutor handling all CAST cases appeared for the People and did not object to the continuance. The victim's family and supporters were present and they talked with Mr. Curtis outside court.

Last post with other links/background on case:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/05/still-no-preliminary-hearing-for-former.html

Jun 11, 2015

Arcata stabbing suspect denied OR and release for public safety concerns, protective order in place despite victim's request

An OR/Bail hearing was scheduled today for Lindsay Kaminsky in Courtroom 2 this afternoon. DDA Kelly Neel is prosecuting this case. At arraignment, Ms. Meagan O' Connell, from the Public Defender's Office was appointed to represent Kaminsky.

LOCO was in court. They may have an exclusive interview with Mr. Kaminsky since they followed him out after court. I hav updated with details of today's court proceedings.

First, Kaminsky's attorney, Mr. Casey Russo said, "the victim is in the audience and would like to comment." Mr. Russo said Glenn Kaminsky wanted the protective order modified and wanted to address his wife's custodial status. Mr. Russo said they have been married 5 years.

Lindsay Kaminsky won't look at or acknowledge her husband in court.

DDA Kelly Neel said, "The People are opposed to the modification (of the protective order), we have communicated that to Mr. Kaminsky."

She had spoken with him during and before court. Before elaborating on reasons for the People's position, Ms. Neel read a letter Glenn Kaminsky gave her.

He wants a 5150 for his wife. According to his letter, he believes she has a mental illness. Not communicating with his wife is causing stress for both of them.

"For reasons that remain inexplicable," said DDA Neel, then she described on the day in question, Glenn  Kaminsky came home, went to bed early morning, a phone call awakened him, he asked his wife to take the call in another room, she stabbed him in rge nexk, later apologized but said she had to do it.

DDA Neel said it woukd be inappropriate for them to have contact and that People oppose release and OR contact out of concerns for Mr. Kaminsky's safety and Lindsay Kaminsky being a danger to herself.

Ms. Neel said based on what was conveyed to her, Lindsay Kaminsky has not been herself.

Probation recommended not releasing Lindsay Kaminsky.

For public safety concerns and concern for Ms. Kaminsky as well as a potential mental health assessment for her, release denied. Next court date is for intervention June 16 at 3 p.m. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 22 at 8:30 a.m.


Last post (with background) :

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/06/arcata-suspect-who-stabbed-her-husband.html

Arcata Alliance Market arson suspect fired by his attorney, just kidding! Competency to stand trial declared for Jeremy Kish

If you have been following the saga of Jeremy Kish on my blog, you will get the joke in the headline. Today, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for five recent cases, including the alleged arson committed by Kish at the former Alliance Market location in Arcata.

An additional bailiff stood by Kish who is still dressed in red which means "adminstrative segregation" and still has a face and mouth mask with his hands bound by chains. This morning, he was escorted by three correctional officers who stayed in court and took him back to custody.

Kish has tried to fire his court appointed lawyer, Conflict Counsel's Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis twice. This morning, Mr. Elvine-Kreis told Visiting Judge Dennis Buckley that he was "declaring doubt as to his client's present competency."

Judge Buckley suspended proceedings on all files and Dr. Ramirez has been appointed to submit a report on Kish's competence. That report is due on June 23 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2.

Besides his dramatic entrance, Kish could not let the proceeding go by without blurting something and making yet another false accusation that is later disproved. "Can I say something?", he asked the Judge. Then he told Judge Buckley, "Can you order my lawyer to come see me and talk to me? Mr. Elvine-Kreis whispered, "I have come to see you" and privately spoke with Kish. Kish babbled on and on talking with his lawyer and was very polite, just minutes after he complained about his lawyer. Maybe he wanted an update on his dog, instead of his case. Again, a joke you will have to read the previous links to appreciate. As he was being led away, he turned to Ms. Lesa Christensen, one of the three officers escorting him and said, "Are you still mad at me?"

With Kish, I am sure we will see him back in court before June 23.

In California, Competency to Stand Trial is also known as California Penal Code 1368 PC. According to the Wallin and Klarich law firm's blog, "When doubt is declared concerning a defendant’s competence, all criminal proceedings are suspended until there has been a determination on the defendant’s competence. The court is bound under Penal Code §1368(c) to suspend criminal proceedings until the defendant is determined to be competent. When the criminal proceedings are stopped, all time limitations are suspended as well."

"Though the criminal proceedings have halted, there exist exceptions. In the pending determination of the defendant’s competence, the court is still able to rule on motions to dismiss (including motions made under Penal Code §1385), motions to suppress evidence and demurrers. Additionally, preliminary hearing can be conducted as allowed by Penal Code §1368.1."

DDA Zach Curtis was present for the People in Courtroom 5 today.

Previous post link (includes all past links):

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/06/arcata-alliance-market-arson-suspect.html


Jun 9, 2015

Fire outside legal staff & Deputy City Attorney for Eureka that target the poor; use that money for fire and police; Dane Carr vs City of Eureka update explains why

Ryan Plotz from Mitchell, Brisso and Delaney was contracted by the City of Eureka to appear in court. He no longer appears in Humboldt County Superior Court. He did not do much but at least he came prepared to court.

City Attorney Cyndi Day Wilson appears for some of the more serious cases in Humboldt County Superior Court for the City of Eureka. Compared to the DA's office "serious" cannot really be applied to the City of Eureka cases. The DA's office takes care of the serious charges, we pay the City of Eureka's lawyer  to sit around and nod their head or give the street address for a stay away. Most of the city's charges are camping in public, some disruptive behavior in a store, not always serious or violent. And, they are always directed at indigent and poor.

Now we have Deputy City Attorney Candace Meyers appearing for the City. She seems to know a few people but she needs to drop her haughty attitude and be a little less over zealous. The money she is being paid to sit around comes out of the tax payer's pockets, not hers. Twice in Courtroom 2 and 4, she botched what day to file motions, dates had to be reset in cases that could have been resolved and she needs to get a little less testy with the Judges.

Throwing a temper tantrum because she had to wait for her case to be called is not the court's problem. Maybe she shouldn't be in court? Sitting around in court for hours is what all attorneys do. Her cases and time are not more important than anyone else's time. She also needs to learn the Humboldt Superior Court procedures.

While City cases may be effective for some businesses and some residential situations, I would rather have money go to the EPD and the Fire Department than two city attorneys. Most of the time, the person pleads out and the City charge is dismissed. The City Attorney scribbles a note in the file. I could do that and sit around court all day; I do it anyway but I don't get paid for it.

This brings me to the Dane Carr update. On June 4, 2015 the Deputy City Attorney put on calendar several cases for Carr and demanded he be remanded. Carr's attorney Tracy Rain filed an opposition. There was back and forth with Judge Marilyn Miles with both attorneys not filing paperwork properly. Judge Miles denied defense's request for a new trial. Judge Miles reminded Ms. Meyers that not all cases were remand cases. Judge Miles said she would have to go case by case to determine what the consequences were and that was a day Courtroom 2 had a full and complicated calendar. A court hearing was set for June 22 at 2 p.m.

I went through all of Carr's cases in the system. He won a jury trial against Grocery Outlet; he had a couple cases dismissed and there are less than 10 cases, all involving camping in public against Carr.

If we are hurting for money for public safety, why are we paying two attorneys for the City of Eureka?


Previous links:
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/01/frequent-loco-commenter-and-local.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/02/dane-carr-found-not-guilty-of.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/04/city-of-eureka-victorious-over-dane.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/04/juror-in-dane-carr-lawsuit-shed-light.html


Machete wielding pizza delivery suspect gives attitude to Judge in court, bail set at $100,000

Judge Marilyn Miles said Charles Kesserling was not bailable but today Visiting Judge Dennis Buckley set his bail for $100,000. Kesserling was arraigned previously on a probation revocation case. Today's hearing dealt with charges from Kesserling allegedly robbing and taking a vehicle from a pizza delivery driver.

This link has the background to that court hearing:
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/06/machete-wielding-thief-who-robbed-pizza.html

When Judge Buckley asked him if he wanted an attorney, he snapped, "Yes." Instead of focusing on what was going on in court about his case, Kesserling stared coldly at me and others in the audience.

Mr. Marek Reavis, from Conflict Counsel was appointed to represent Kesserling. DDA Zach Curtis was present for the People. All Kesserling cared about the other day and today was, "What are my charges?" Intervention is set for June 18 at 3 p.m. in Courtroom 2 and Preliminary hearing is set for June 22 at 8:30.

Arcata Alliance Market arson suspect pulls another stunt and commits assault while in custody so he can get into court so he could fire his court appointed lawyer again!

First he is charged with arson of the former Alliance Market store in Arcata, resisting and delaying and obstructing an officer while the office is on duty, assault on a custodial officer, battery by gassing a peace officer in the detention facility and criminal threats.

Then he is charged in another case with sodomy by force and oral copulation of a male victim. My first post has other charges in his past.

He has claimed he was denied food and water, then in another hearing he wanted to fire his lawyer because Kish thought his lawyer wasn't doing enough about his dog. Today, he claimed that the jail denied him writing a letter to court and another Marsden hearing and he had to commit a felony just to get on calendar!

He spits on the correctional officers and has to wear a mask covering his face and mouth. He tries to fire his lawyer at the last hearing and today, he racks up another charge just to get into court and tries to fire his court appointed lawyer again!

Jeremy Kish was arraigned in Courtroom 5 today for 243.9. (a):

243.9.  (a) Every person confined in any local detention facility
who commits a battery by gassing upon the person of any peace
officer, as defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of
Title 3 of Part 2, or employee of the local detention facility is
guilty of aggravated battery and shall be punished by imprisonment in
a county jail or by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three,
or four years.
"Gassing" means intentionally
placing or throwing, or causing to be placed or thrown, upon the
person of another, any human excrement or other bodily fluids or
bodily substances or any mixture containing human excrement or other
bodily fluids or bodily substances that results in actual contact
with the person's skin or membranes.

Visiting Judge Dennis Buckley appointed Conflict Counsel. This is the office representing Kish on his other cases but being a different courtroom, Mr. Marek Reavis was handling those cases. As he tried to accept appointment and enter not guilty pleas on behalf of Kish, which is standard procedure; Kish yelled, "I would like to fire Conflict Counsel!" He told the Judge that he tried to fire his lawyer and that "if you appoint Conflict Counsel, I will plead guilty!"

As they tried to complete arraignment, Kish kept yelling, "No, I plead guilty! He is not my attorney!"
He kept interrupting the Judge and his own attorney who tried to explain to him that it was not in his best interests to keep yelling and he countered, "I have a right to fire my own counsel!" And kept saying he would keep committing acts that would bring him back to court and he wanted a Marsden hearing. He also wanted the Judge to appoint him a Public Defender. The Judge granted him a Marsden hearing on June 11 to review appointment of counsel.


Previous links:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/05/jeremy-kish-adds-yet-another-arrest-to.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/05/arcata-arson-suspect-jeremy-kish.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/05/arcata-arson-suspect-jeremy-kish_28.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/05/jeremy-kish-arraignment-continued-as-he.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/05/arcata-arson-suspect-charged-with-arson.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/05/dressed-in-red-in-chains-with-mouth-and.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/06/jeremy-kish-arcata-arson-suspect-tries.html

Arcata suspect who stabbed her husband wouldn't even look at him in court today

Lindsay Kaminsky politely and in a soft voice answered, "Yes, please, your honor" when Visiting Judge Dennis Buckley asked her if she wanted an attorney appointed after he informed her of the complaint. Her responses to the Judge and as she was talking with her court appointed attorney, Ms. Meagan O' Connell, from the Public Defender's Office.

She would not even look at her husband. She told the Judge she had no children.

DDA Kelly Neel is prosecuting the case. The People requested that the defendant remain in custody and a stay away order from the victim. That protective order was served on Lindsay Kaminsky in court. Time was not waived and dates were set. As Ms. O'Connell  was talking with her, the husband who was seated behind me, asked me, "Do I have to accept this?" referring to the protective order. I did not answer his question, instead pointed to Ms. Neel and said, "You need to speak to her about the case."

So he went upto Ms. Neel and that caught Ms. O'Connell's attention and she came over and asked, "Does he want this order?" Both attorneys briefly spoke and the order is in place but Ms. Neel said she would be speaking with Mr. Kaminsky about his wishes regarding the order. They talked privately in a closed conference room, outside court, after the arraignment.

Bail is set at $150,000. An OR/Bail hearing and re-addressing the protective order is set for 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2. Intervention is June 16 at 3 p.m. in Courtroom 2. Preliminary hearing is June 22 at 8:30 a.m.

No other media in court today.

Earlier post today:

Lindsay Kaminsky charged with corporal injury, assault with deadly weapon, great bodily injury and stabbing her husband with a knife

A late arraignment of 4 p.m. is scheduled today for Lindsay Kaminsky.
It will take place sometime this afternoon in Courtroom 5.

DDA Kelly Neel is prosecuting.

Count 1 is corporal injury to cohabitant/spouse PC 273.5 (a) a felony with special allegations of her using a knife in the commission of the crime and great bodily injury.

Count 2 is assault with a deadly weapon 245 (a) 1 with special allegation of great bodily injury.

Her husband was yesterday trying to find about the case and this morning as I walked to the courthouse, he was in a truck and yelled out to me, "Mr. Reporter, they haven't brought down yet."

Will be interesting to see what happens with a victim, her husband, clearly concerned about his wife.

Jun 8, 2015


Awkward moment as I run into husband of Arcata stabbing suspect while checking on her arraignment, which is most likely tomorrow

There I am checking on Lindsay Kaminsky's arraignment and I hear a voice behind me, "That is my wife!". I turn to see a lanky man with a bandage wrapped around his hand.

She is most likely to be arraigned tomorrow at 1:30, could be a later arraignment.

APD Press Release:
On 06/05/2015 at approximately 0806 hours, the Arcata Police Department responded to the 1000 block of 14th Street for the report of a male subject that had just been stabbed in the throat.
Upon officer's arrival, they located the male victim conscious and alert. The male identified the suspect as Lindsay Kaminsky (25 years of Arcata). The suspect fled the residence prior to police arrival, but was quickly located in a nearby park. The victim was transported to Mad River Community Hospital where he is in serious condition.
Kaminsky was booked at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for the following charges:
P.C. 245(a)(1) - Assault with a Deadly Weapon
P.C. 273.5(a) - Domestic Violence.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Arcata Police Department.

Preliminary hearing continued for William Jarnaghan who is accused of sexual assault of a minor he coached

I have a post earlier from today where it mentions William Jarnaghan is out of custody and made bail. His preliminary hearing was continued today at the request of his attorney, Mr. Neal Sanders who mentioned that he had not received "full discovery." Mr. Sanders also entered a 997 waiver which excuses Jarnaghan from certain future court appearances.

Mr. Sanders also presented evidence that firearms were not in Jarnaghan's possession and he was in compliance with the Court order. Today Jarnaghan entered a general time waiver and a disposition and reset hearing is scheduled for July 28 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 5.

DDA Brie Bennett is prosecuting this case but today DDA Zach Curtis was in Courtroom 5 and since he is the other CAST attorney who handles all CAST cases, along with Ms. Bennett, he represented the People on this case.

Visiting Judge Dennis Buckley granted the motion to continue the preliminary hearing.

Previous links:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/05/another-hoopa-case-involving-alleged.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/06/hoopa-softball-coach-charged-with-6.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/06/hoopa-softball-coach-charged-with.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/06/hoopa-softball-coach-william-jarnaghan.html

Personal injury suit filed by Zwerdling, Bragg, Mainzer and Firpo in alleged DUI incident on Route 36 that caused two deaths

Ms. Elan Firpo, a partner in the law firm told me, ""It is an open civil suit. No specific dollar amount sought at this point. The causes of action are motor vehicle and negligence.  The DUI is not specific to the cause of action but goes to negligence."

Press Release from Zwerdling, Bragg, Mainzer & Firpo:

On June 9, 2015 the law offices of Zwerdling, Bragg, Mainzer & Firpo filed a personal injury law suit in Humboldt County Superior Court on behalf of Bradley Thuemler. 

The suit alleges that on February 21, 2015, Kade Chandler lost control of his vehicle and crashed on State Route 36 while driving under the influence of alcohol.   Zwerdling, Bragg, Mainzer & Firpo represent Bradley Thuemler, a passenger who was seriously injured in the incident. The incident also resulted in the death of two female passengers, Savannah Kiana Kindred and Kendra Paige Leialoha Lewis.

Bradley Thuemler seeks compensatory and punitive damages from Kade Chandler.


Hoopa softball coach William Jarnaghan makes reduced bail, out of custody

Intervention is scheduled today. His father did not come to court today and just three other family members/supporters were present.


Previous link:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/06/hoopa-softball-coach-charged-with.html?m=1

Lindsay Kaminsky charged with corporal injury, assault with deadly weapon, great bodily injury and stabbing her husband with a knife

A late arraignment of 4 p.m. is scheduled today for Lindsay Kaminsky.
It will take place sometime this afternoon in Courtroom 5.

DDA Kelly Neel is prosecuting.

Count 1 is corporal injury to cohabitant/spouse PC 273.5 (a) a felony with special allegations of her using a knife in the commission of the crime and great bodily injury.

Count 2 is assault with a deadly weapon 245 (a) 1 with special alkegation of great bodily injury.

Her husband was yesterday trying to find about the case and this morning as I walked to the courthouse, he was in a truck and yelled out to me, "Mr. Reporter, they haven't brought down yet."

Will be interesting to see what happens with a victim, her husband, clearly concerned about his wife.


Humboldt Hill marijuana bust property in foreclosure, has out of town owner, did owners know property was being used to grow, was property altered without permits?

Thanks to noticing a small detail on a photo by LOCO's Andrew Goff, the location was easily identified as 2271 Kipling Drive. It is owned by a Christian Mandel whose mailing address is Las Vegas, Nevada. The property was bought by Mandel in 2006 for $438,000 and it's current value is $232,468. The property is in foreclosure.

Did this property owner know the tenants were growing? Did the property owner regular inspect the property? Are the suspects who were busted, the alleged growers? Was the property altered in any way without the appropriate permits?


Jun 8, 2015


Humboldt Hill marijuana bust suspects arraigned, next court date July 7

Two were arraigned Friday, June 5 in Courtroom 5. Next court date is July 7 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 5. Taylor is represented by Conflict Counsel, LaFranchi by Public Defender and Doucet will be arraigned July 7.

HCSO Press Release:

On 06-04-2015 at 7:30 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office along with Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a residence located in the 2200 block of Kipling Drive, Humboldt Hill. Officers detained three suspects at the residence, who were identified as;  34 year old Ryan Michael Doucet, 22 year old Dylan Ray Lafranchi and 31 year old Crystal Dawn Taylor.

When officers searched the residence and property they located 297 growing marijuana plants that ranged in size from 3’ to 4’. Officers located approximately (14) fourteen pounds of unprocessed marijuana buds in the residence. Officers additional located stolen fishing equipment inside of the residence that was stolen from one of neighbors.

All three suspects were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka on the following charges:

Doucet, Ryan, cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales. Bail set at $75,000 dollars.
Lafranchi, Dylan, cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales and possession of stolen property. Bail set at $100,000 dollars.
Taylor, Crystal, cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales and possession of stolen property. Bail set at $100,000 dollars.

Garrett Barnett from St. Bernard's High School and Angelica Smullin from Eureka High School winners of $1,000 from Charlie Swanson Scholarship

The Eureka Police Officer’s Association has announced this year’s winners of the Charlie Swanson Scholarship Awards.

These awards are given out each year in memory of Eureka Police Detective, Charlie Swanson, who died on duty in 1996 while apprehending a burglary suspect.

From St. Bernard’s High School, the winner was Garrett Barnett. He will be attending University of California Berkeley, where he plans to major in Biology.

From Eureka High School, the winner was Angelica Smullin. She will be attending University of California Davis, where she plans to major in Neuropsychology.

Each student will receive $1,000 for the college they will be attending next year.

Jun 8, 2015

Awkward moment as I run into husband of Arcata stabbing suspect while checking on her arraignment, which is most likely tomorrow

There I am checking on Lindsay Kaminsky's arraignment and I hear a voice behind me, "That is my wife!". I turn to see a lanky man with a bandage wrapped around his hand.

She is most likely to be arraigned tomorrow at 1:30, could be a later arraignment.

APD Press Release:

On 06/05/2015 at approximately 0806 hours, the Arcata Police Department responded to the 1000 block of 14th Street for the report of a male subject that had just been stabbed in the throat.
Upon officer's arrival, they located the male victim conscious and alert. The male identified the suspect as Lindsay Kaminsky (25 years of Arcata). The suspect fled the residence prior to police arrival, but was quickly located in a nearby park. The victim was transported to Mad River Community Hospital where he is in serious condition.
Kaminsky was booked at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for the following charges:
P.C. 245(a)(1) - Assault with a Deadly Weapon
P.C. 273.5(a) - Domestic Violence.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Arcata Police Department.

California Judicial Council tells Courts they will no longer be allowed to demand bail if a person contests their traffic tickets

If you demand to contest your ticket, you had to pay bail or the actual fine. Lots of folks can't do that. The Judicial Council that oversees all Courts just ruled that Courts will no longer be allowed to demand bail for their right to have a court trial.

Will this lead to an increase in trials in traffic courts? Kudos to the Judicial Council. The Courts should be accessible by all not just those who can pre-pay their fines.

From the link below:

The California Judicial Council voted unanimously today to bar courts from charging drivers bail before they can challenge traffic tickets.The emergency rule, adopted by the Judicial Council, takes effect immediately. Courts will have to change their notices to the public to say that no one will be required to pay upfront as a condition of a hearing on a ticket.

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-traffic-fines-20150608-story.html#page=1

Man convicted of trespassing, stalking and banned from HSU campus is in Minnesota; Judge retains jurisdiction to prevent him from going back to HSU




Zachary Kolodjeski has returned to Minnesota to stay with family, according to his attorney Mr. Casey Russo. DDA Whitney Barnes was present for the People in Courtroom 2 today. Judge Marilyn Miles said that she would return jurisdiction of the case, in case he returned to prevent him from going back to HSU.


Previously from HSU:
University Police are asking the HSU community to be cautious of Zachary Kolodjeski, a man who was convicted of trespassing on campus.Kolodjeski is on criminal court probation for stalking and trespassing, and is restricted from the entire HSU campus. He fixates on women, stalks them, and does not respect boundaries.On March 11, Zachary Kolodjeski was convicted of trespassing related to reentering the HSU campus and harassing an HSU employee after being asked to leave by campus officials

Machete wielding thief who robbed pizza delivery driver not bailable, next court date June 29

Charles Kesserling looked shocked in Courtroom 2 today as he was arraigned on a petition to revoke probation this afternoon. He is in custody for the incident below. Judge Marilyn Miles said he is not bailable. Mr. Casey Russo from the Public Defender's office is appointed to defend Kesserling. DDA Whitney Barnes was in court for the People.

Next court date is June 29.



HCSO Press release:

On 05-26-2015 at 11:50 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to the Manila Community Center in Manila, regarding a robbery that had just occurred. When deputies arrived on scene they contacted the 22 year old male victim. The victim told the deputies that he is a pizza delivery driver. The victim said he received an order to deliver pizza to the Manila Community Center. The victim said when he arrived in his vehicle he was met by two adult males.

The victim asked the males if they had ordered a pizza and they replied, “Yes”. One of the suspects approached him and asked if he had any change for a $50.00 dollar bill. The victim said he told him, yes he had change. The victim said the suspect then produced a machete and order him to exit his vehicle. The victim described the machete as about 18” to 24” in length. The suspect then took the victim’s wallet, cell phone and took his keys to his vehicle.

The victim said the suspect told him to lie on the ground and said, if you move, I will kill you. After a few moments the suspect told the victim, get up and run. The victim said he got up and ran towards the ocean into a wooded area. The victim said he then stopped and he could hear a male voice yell, keep running or else. The victim said he then took off running again. The victim said when he stopped running the second time he heard his vehicle drive away from the area.

As deputies were taking the report from the victim, California Highway Patrol received report of a possible traffic accident. The vehicle involved in the traffic accident belonged to the victim .The victim’s vehicle had crashed into a wire fence at the intersection of Jackson Ranch Road and SR255. When CHP arrived they did not locate anyone around the vehicle.

The deputies were able to identify one of the two suspects in this case. The suspect who threatened the victim with the machete has been identified as 29-year-old Charles Albert Kesselring from Eureka. The victim was unable to provide a description on the second suspect.

Murphy's market grand theft embezzlement suspect not remanded on warrant surrender, preliminary date remains June 17

A disposition and reset hearing was scheduled today at 2 p.m. for Michael Noriega in Courtroom 2. There was a warrant held for Noriega because he failed to appear at the last cpurt hearing. However, he was not remanded into custody. The preliminary hearing date "remained set." Mr. Casey Russo from the Public Defender's Office is representing Noriega. DDA Whitney Barnes was in court for the People. She told Judge Marilyn Miles the estimate is an "hour and half."

Previous post:


Jun 4, 2015


Man charged with grand theft embezzlement of Murphy's Market is also charged with possession of heroin

A disposition and rest hearing is scheduled for June 8 at 2 p.m. and a preliminary examination for June 17 for Michael Joseph Noriega, who is charged with allegedly embezzling money from Murphy's Market.

Count 1 is Grand theft embezzlement, a felony and Count 2 is possession of a controlled substance, heroin. Noriega is represented by the Public Defender's office.


As a source predicted on my blog, oral argument request filed by defense in the Timothy Littlefield case for mistrial decision at appealate level

This is the latest on the Timothy Littlefield case:

5/28/2015Oral argument waiver notice sent.    
05/28/2015Record to court for review.    
06/02/2015Received copy of:    letter dated 6/2/15 from Katharine Demgen Notice Re: Suspension.
06/08/2015Request for oral argument filed by:    Richard Such, counsel for respondent.


This is the last post I did which has all the details on the case and why this latest development may be significant.
The source that said oral arguments would not happen was on the defense side. My other source, an attorney who has been spot on in many cases was right.

May 28, 2015

Deal? Trial? What will the next court date for twice tried alleged child molestor Timothy Littlefield be?

Timothy Littlefield has come close to prison twice. The decision in the last trial is under appeal and so Round 3 is in limbo. There is a court hearing on June 11 for disposition and reset. I bet it will be continued.

Listed below is the link to the apellate courts and the current status of the Timothy Littlefield case.

http://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/case/dockets.cfm?dist=1&doc_id=2078140&doc_no=A141929

The following explaination is based on a conversation, according to an attorney who has tried similar cases and appeals. The summary is what this attorney thinks will happen.

Status of case has been updated to Case Fully Briefed. In a few months the case will likely be set for Oral Arguments in San Francisco. Either side can waive. Usually, they don't in Criminal cases. Since Littlefield's exposure is 160+ years, it is a good guess there will be oral arguments. At the conclusion of oral arguments, the apellate court will issue an opinion within 90 days. Often it is before that deadline.  If the decision is bad for Littlefield, Littlefield can appeal until he runs out of options.

The first trial, the jurors were deadlocked 11 to 1. In the second trial, Littlefield was convicted of 11 molestation charges in 2013 with eight life sentences without possibility of parole. In 2014 Judge John Feeney declared a mistrial. The link from May 2014, the Timothy Littlefield story, I got the only interviewer from a juror who was on the same jury where another juror claimed he did not understand burden of proof.

Littlefield's attorney Mr. Russ Clanton has already said that there may be Round 3. When the previous DA administration was in charge, I had reported on a possible deal in the works.

According to a reliable source close to the case, oral arguments most likely will not happen. In such cases, this source said, the decision is usually favorable to the trial court.

Today, this is the latest development in the Littlefield case.
05/28/2015Oral argument waiver notice sent.    
05/28/2015Record to court for review.



The alleged victim was 8 years old, she has been through two trials.  Littlefield, a former manager of the Arcata Center medical marijuana dispensary, was arrested by Humboldt County sheriff's deputies in February 2009.

Previous two posts with other links:


May 12, 2015


Next court hearing for Timothy Littlefield set for June 11, guess round 3 is on, alleged charges include sodomy with child under 10

June 11 disposition and reset hearing in Courtroom 2.

Charges against Littlefield include sexual intercourse/sodomy with a child under 10, penetration by a foreign object, oral copulation and lewd and lasvicious act under 14 years.

Littlefield has been represented in the last two trials and in round 3 by private attorney Russ Clanton.

Previous post:

May 8, 2015


"Looks like we will be going round 3 in the Littlefied case", will the third time be justice for Timothy Littlefield

If you are not familiar with the Timothy Littlefield case, you may want to click on the links below. For those following the saga, the above quote is from Littlefield's attorney Russ Clanton.

He said he looked at the apellate brief. His remarks were directed to DDA Brie Bennett who is one of the DDAs now prosecuting CAST cases. This was openly said while we were in the hallway this morning waiting for the Kailan Meserve case.

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-timothy-littlefield-story.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/05/timothy-littlefield-posted-bail-and-is.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/06/timothy-littlefield-deal-in-works.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/12/attorney-general-files-opening-brief-in.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/10/timothy-littlefield-case-keep-getting.html
johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/05/unconfirmed-as-of-now-buttimothy.html?m=1
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/11/attorney-general-to-default-on.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/07/littlefield-retrial-set-for-oct-20.html





Humboldt Hill marijuana bust suspects arraigned, next court date July 7

Two were arraigned Friday, June 5 in Courtroom 5. Next court date is July 7 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 5. Taylor is represented by Conflict Counsel, LaFranchi by Public Defender and Doucet will be arraigned July 7.

HCSO Press Release:

On 06-04-2015 at 7:30 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office along with Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a residence located in the 2200 block of Kipling Drive, Humboldt Hill. Officers detained three suspects at the residence, who were identified as;  34 year old Ryan Michael Doucet, 22 year old Dylan Ray Lafranchi and 31 year old Crystal Dawn Taylor.

When officers searched the residence and property they located 297 growing marijuana plants that ranged in size from 3’ to 4’. Officers located approximately (14) fourteen pounds of unprocessed marijuana buds in the residence. Officers additional located stolen fishing equipment inside of the residence that was stolen from one of neighbors.

All three suspects were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka on the following charges:

Doucet, Ryan, cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales. Bail set at $75,000 dollars.
Lafranchi, Dylan, cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales and possession of stolen property. Bail set at $100,000 dollars.
Taylor, Crystal, cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales and possession of stolen property. Bail set at $100,000 dollars.

Jun 7, 2015

Lindsey Graham welcomes Caitlyn Jenner as a Republican and transgendered woman, while AP writer calls Jenner a he

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/06/07/2016-gop-presidental-candidate-lindsey-graham-wants-caitlyn-jenner-vote/

In this article, the Republican senator says there is room for the transgendered community in the Republican party. Graham refers to Caitlyn Jenner as she while the AP writer, no byline, refers to Jenner as he.




In little over two weeks, the Benjamin Carter homicide case may be nothing but a fizzle

The murder charge against Benjamin Carter has been dismissed, Carter, via his defense attorney Michael Acosta, has filed a writ in the First Apellate District of California Court of Appeals requesting a stay of the July 6 jury trial.

The Apellate Court has sent out a request for opposition to the Humboldt Superior Court and the District Attorney's office to either file an opposition to the writ or inform the Court that they do not plan to file an opposition by June 15, 2015. Carter, via his attorney has until June 22 to file a reply.

So, in a little over two weeks, Carter's case may be one of those that made splashy headlines but ultimately ended in a fizzle.

For full background and links to previous coverage, click on:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/06/will-writ-and-stay-on-jury-trial-for.html

Details emerge about two fires last night in Eureka

At 2306 hour Saturday 06-06-2015 units from Humboldt Bay Fire were dispatched to a structure fire in a garage on the 3100 of M Street. During the dispatch a second structure fire, bed on fire was reported at the 6100 block of Beechwood Drive. A normal 1st Alarm dispatch consists of four unit and two chiefs with the one remanding unit covering the rest of the Humboldt Bay Jurisdiction. Both fires reported in such a short time frame split the response of all five units between the two calls. Three units and a chief responded to the M Street structure fire and two units and a chief responded to the Beechwood Drive call.
Units arrived at the M Street call and found a single story wood framed garage with fire showing to the side and front. A fiberglass fishing boat was parked in the front of the garage door blocking access, firefighters used a hose line and protected the boat while forcing entry into the backdoor to gain access to the fire.
The boat was removed and the firefighters forced open the garage door and extinguished the fire. Statements given indicate neighbors heard a loud pop just prior to the fire. The fire is considered suspicious and is under investigation.
The Beechwood Drive incident was found to be not as reported and became a law enforcement issue with the reporting party. Humboldt County Sheriff responded to assist Humboldt Bay Fire and the scene was turned over to the deputies.
At this time Humboldt Bay Fire believes the two incidents are not related. No injuries were reported,
Arcata Fire, Loleta Fire and Samoa Peninsula Fire all responded as mutual aid to support the two incidents. As units were released from both incidents three additional calls for service were received and handled.
Humboldt Bay Fire would like to acknowledge our mutual aid partners for their response and the Eureka Public Safety Dispatchers for a job well done.