Jun 20, 2015

Brian Mello in trouble again, I am shocked, NOT

HCSO Press Release:

 at about 7:30 P.M., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service at the Country Club market on Humboldt Hill Rd., in Eureka.  It was reported that a male subject was causing a disturbance at the business.  The California Highway Patrol also had Officers in the area and they responded to assist.

While Deputies were responding, they received further information the male subject causing the disturbance was associated with a green Ford truck, which was parked in the parking lot of the store.

The caller provided the Sheriff’s Office with a license plate number for the green Ford truck.  A records check revealed the vehicle had recently been reported as stolen out of Eureka.  The suspect in the stolen vehicle report was reported to be (S) Brian Mello, 37, of McKinleyville.

Deputies and CHP Officers arrived on scene and contacted the male subject, who was working under the hood of the vehicle when they arrived.  That subject was identified as Brian Mello.  Deputies conducted an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the stolen vehicle.

Mello was subsequently arrested and taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, where he was booked for auto theft, possession of stolen property, and violating his probation.

May 18 EPD Press Release:

On May 17, 2015 at about 1520 hours, Eureka Police officers responded to the vicinity of
the Bayshore Mall on a report of a Robbery that had occurred with a firearm. The
investigation revealed that no robbery had occurred but officers did receive information
about a subject who was witnessed to be in possession of a stolen dog and a firearm.
Officers learned that Brian Ryan Mello (37 of Eureka) was seen with a dog that had been
stolen from a camp behind the Bayshore Mall. They also learned that Mello had been
seen with a handgun during the past week.
On May 17, 2015 at about 1639 hours, an EPD officer saw Mello walking the described
stolen dog in the 1900 block of Broadway. The officer contacted Mello and detained him
in handcuffs. Mello was searched in accordance with his probation status and found to be
in possession of .380 caliber ammunition. In addition officers located a loaded .380
caliber handgun lying next to a building were Mello was contacted.
Brian Mello is a convicted felon and is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm or
ammunition. Mello was arrested and booked into Humboldt County Correctional Facility
for being a felon in possession of a handgun and a felon in possession of ammunition.
The dog was returned to the owner and an investigation into the theft of the dog is ongoing.

Jun 19, 2015

Michael Throckmorton led away in cuffs after he tries to delay his sentencing for the third time; he chased and beat his ex after she cooked him dinner as she dialed her brother for help

Judge Timothy Cissna and DDA Jackie Pizzo stood up for domestic violence victims this afternoon by not allowing Michael Throckmorton and his Public Defender Own Tipps' attempt to get sentencing delayed for the third time.

He had a job in Virginia was today's excuse to avoid prison. Mr. Tipps also tried to get sentencing continued, again.

"The People object," said DDA Jackie Pizzo. "This is the third time we are on for sentencing. If the matter is continued, we request Mr. Throckmorton be remanded. He committed a crime in California, he was convicted in California, by law he needs to be sentenced and serve his sentence in California." Both DDA Pizzo and Judge Cissna said the state certified batterer's program that Throckmorton needs to attend is in California. Judge
Cissna said inter state agencies do not like to accept people who have committed violence in their state programs.

His attorney Mr. Tipps argued Throckmorton was financially able to pay these fines and fees. However Judge Cissna said that Throckmorton's testified on the stand during his trial how he had a skilled position that was marketable and that he made a substantial amount of money growing commercial marijuana.

Throckmorton testified he had been homeless when Probation interviewed him and in the last month or so he has a job at a restaurant in Virginia. The manager wrote him a letter of support. Judge Cissna ordered he pay restitution to the victim for out of pocket expenses, a $900 fine, another $900 fine if he violates parole/post supervison release, $1,000 to a battered women's shelter, $1,000 to the Humboldt County Domestic Violence Fund, and $2,500 in attorney fees (which the Judge said was dramatically less for two trials). He will be on three years parole and post release supervision and has to register according to Penal Code 296 and cannot possess firearms.

Looks like Throckmorton's bragging did him in today.In his first trial, which I did not cover, he is alleged to have testified on the stand, that he could get any woman he wanted, what would he want with his accuser? He is no looker and came to court in beat up jeans and a ratty sweatshirt but like many of "growers" in the area thinks his cash can get him anything. Marijuana growing and violence against women is a common theme in many court cases. And these are the ones that actually get reported.

I used alleged because while I know the source who attended the first trial when Throckmorton supposedly said this on the stand, I was not present in court when he said this so I cannot confirm.

Throckmorton has a prior felony conviction for cultivation of marijuana.

Judge Cissna citing the 2015 California Rules of Court regarding Probation explained why he denied Throckmorton probation. They are listed below and Judge Cissna related how they applied to Throckmorton.

Rule 4.414. Criteria affecting probation
Criteria affecting the decision to grant or deny probation include facts relating to the crime and facts relating to the defendant.
(a) Facts relating to the crime
Facts relating to the crime include:
(1)The nature, seriousness, and circumstances of the crime as compared to other instances of the same crime;
(2)Whether the defendant was armed with or used a weapon;
(3)The vulnerability of the victim;
(4)Whether the defendant inflicted physical or emotional injury;
(5)The degree of monetary loss to the victim;
(6)Whether the defendant was an active or a passive participant;
(7)Whether the crime was committed because of an unusual circumstance, such as great provocation, which is unlikely to recur;
(8)Whether the manner in which the crime was carried out demonstrated criminal sophistication or professionalism on the part of the defendant; and
(9)Whether the defendant took advantage of a position of trust or confidence to commit the crime.

Judge Cissna's tentative decision was his final decision. No on probation. He gave Throckmorton 3 years which is the mid term.

DDA Pizzo in her remarks before the final decision was stated said she agreed with the Court's tentative decision. She asked for the upper sentence of 4 years. She said the Court had seen evidence that the "defendant would be a danger to the community, "that domestic violence is a pattern of behavior."

"It was such a minor interaction," said DDA Jackie Pizzo. "She cooked him dinner. The defendant decided that she had attitude and the defendant decided to beat her. Mr. Throckmorton in a relationship gets upset if his partner does not do what he wants. He chased her in the house, she locked herself." According to DDA Pizzo, he got to the victim anyway, he broke a painting and beat her with it and she had three large bruises. This was the victim's home, she could not get him to leave, she had invited her brother in an effort to feel safe. DDA Pizzo said that the victim's brother could hear Throckmorton threatening the victim and beating her on the phone.

DDA Pizzo said that Throckmorton refused to take responsibility for his actions. During the trial, he claimed he was not there , "a ridiculous story he could not back up."

Judge Cissna also mentioned Throckmorton's lack of remorse and that he perjured himself on the stand and that a jury convicted him because of that reason.

No other media has covered this second trial or been in court for the numerous times the sentencing has been delayed.

May 22, 2015

Michael "Bad Boy" Throckmorton avoids punishment yet again, will it finally be prison for him on June 19?

Michael Throckmorton was found guilty of a felony: domestic violence in March 26.  On the evening of March 3, 2012, Throckmorton, strangled the victim in their home, then beat her with the wooden frame of a painting, causing severe abrasions to her neck and massive bruising on her leg.

He was to be sentenced on April 29 but asked that the sentencing date be continued and asked to travel out of state. The DA objected citing concerns that Throckmorton would flee. Read the link below from April 2014 for details. I was the only one that has covered this case through the three trials and the final case which got him convicted.

This afternoon at 2 p.m. Judge Timothy Cissna set the date to sentence Throckmorton. He told Throckmorton he had to be there. He did not fly the coop and stay in Virginia but instead of being sentenced, his sentencing was delayed yet again and he has a "mandatory appearance" again for sentencing on June 19 at 2 p.m.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Jackie Pizzo. Throckmorton's attorney is Mr. Owen Tipps from the Public Defender's office. This case went to trial 2 times before the recent conviction.

Today DDA Stacey Eads appeared for Ms. Pizzo in court. Throckmorton spoke to his attorney before court and read the probation report. Again, he whispered the same thing he asked the last two times in court, "will I go to prison?"

Read the previous coverage on links, you will get the "yet again" reference.

Judge Cissna said that he had received a statement of mitigation from Mr. Tipps filed yesterday only at noon today and had skimmed the content. His tentative decision was that he wanted to refer the matter to Probation for a supplemental report to address Mr. Tipp's pleadings.

DDA Eads said that the People were in agreement with the Probation Department recommendation.

Not happy that he got to avoid sentencing now for the second time, through his attorney, Throckmorton's response to Judge Cissna's  suggestion to have sentencing on June 10 was to delay sentencing until June 30.

"We are very concerned with Mr. Throckmorton remaining in the community. Mr. Throckmorton  has a prior felony conviction. Mr. Tipp's pleading does not change the People's position. We would like sentencing to proceed as soon as possible.

"People are prepared to proceed to sentencing today," said Ms. Eads. "One of Mr. Tipp's points was his claim that probation was relying on the wrong facts. This matter went to jury trial. Your honor knows the facts."

Judge Cissna was the trial judge for Throckmorton's last trial. Judge Cissna agreed with Ms. Eads.

"Reluctantly," he set the sentencing date for June 19, 2015 at 2 p.m.

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Suspect who attacked Bayshore Mall employee sent to Department of Corrections for 90 days for evaluation before final decision on her sentencing

No other media has been present in court when Judge Timothy Cissna ordered that Cayla Tatum be sent to the Department of Corrections for 90 days for a "diagnostic evaluation" according to PC 1203.03.

After reading the Probation report, the Victim impact statement and letters of support on behalf of Tatum, Judge Cissna said in court today "I have been vacilating between imposing sentence and referring her to a diagnostic evaluation."

His tentative decision was "to get more information before making a final decision."

The victim was also present in court today, as she was last time with her mom and dad. DDA Stacey Eads spoke with the victim and explained what was going on.

Mr. Luke Brownfield, from the Public Defender's Office represents Tatum. DDA  Eads told Judge Cissna "the People are seeking a prison commitment."

On June 29, at 2 p.m. the People will have a ommitment order prepared and filed for the Judge to sign to send Tatum for the diagnostic evaluation.

1203.03.  (a) In any case in which a defendant is convicted of an
offense punishable by imprisonment in the state prison, the court, if
it concludes that a just disposition of the case requires such
diagnosis and treatment services as can be provided at a diagnostic
facility of the Department of Corrections, may order that defendant
be placed temporarily in such facility for a period not to exceed 90
days, with the further provision in such order that the Director of
the Department of Corrections report to the court his diagnosis and
recommendations concerning the defendant within the 90-day period.

Jun 12, 2015

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 mental health.

May 18, 2015

Bayshore Mall attacker pleads guilty, faces potentially 8 plus years in prison

Defendant Cayla Tatum pled guilty today to four felony charges arising from her February 23rd knife attack upon Famous Footwear employee, Tuesday Kay at the Bayshore Mall.  Tatum pled guilty to two counts of felonious assault and two counts of second degree commercial burglary.  Tatum also pled guilty to resisting arrest in June 2014 and violating her deferred entry of judgment in an unrelated case in which she pled guilty to misdemeanor child abuse on May 21, 2013.

The Honorable Timothy P. Cissna is scheduled to sentence Tatum in each of her cases on June 12, 2015 at 2 P.M.   Tatum faces a potential two years in jail for her misdemeanor crimes and six years and four months in prison for her felony crimes. 

Feb 24, 2015

Woman admits to stabbing mall employee

On 02/23/15 at about 7:15 p.m., Officers with the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to the Bayshore Mall after a woman called 911 reporting that someone was attempting to stab her.  Upon arrival, officers located a mall employee that had been stabbed in the arm.

The suspect, Cayla Tatum (26) of Eureka, had been pepper sprayed and detained by mall security and an off-duty police officer prior to officer’s arrival.  Tatum admitted to stabbing the victim.  Based on witness statements, Tatum attacked the victim without any provocation and chased her from one store to another where she cornered and stabbed her.

The victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.  Tatum was transported to the hospital for medical clearance prior to being booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for assault with a deadly weapon.

Leah Jarnaghan to be arraigned July 28 for child endangerment and reckless driving both involving two minor children

Count 1 is a felony, child abuse endangerment with possibility of great bodily injury and reckless driving.

See yesterday's post about her record in the system. http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/06/leah-jarnaghan-guilty-of-child.html

She has been convicted of child endangerment before.

Jun 18, 2015

Timothy Littlefield's past appellate lawyer suspended from State Bar and still continued to represent him for 5 months

Katherine Demgen who was appointed as Timothy Littlefield's attorney for his appeal failed to file a brief by the deadline and was notified in January 2015. A time extension was requested and finally in May 2015, the case was fully briefed. A week later, Richard Such was appointed on this case as attorney and Ms. Demgen's appointment was vacated. In June 2015, a letter regarding Ms. Demgen's suspension was received.

Timothy Littlefield has been accused of molesting a female minor victim and in his first vtrail, the jury deadlocked 11 to 1. In his second trial, he was found guilty of 11 molestation charges but a mistrial was declared after the verdict. The Judge's decision in the second trial is being appealed.

If you are not familiar with the Timothy Littlefield, check out this link to the last post which has background and other links:

According to a PDF document on the State Bar website, Ms. Demgen agreed to a stipulation agreeing to a suspension back in December 2014. She did not stop representing Littlefield until May 2015.

Katherine Demgen is not eligible to practice law and is suspended from the practice of law for two years. 

5/28/2015 Discipline w/actual suspension 13-O-13990 Not Eligible To Practice Law 

This is from the State Bar of California website:Ms. Demgen's "  misconduct harmed significantly a client, the public or the administration of justice." and "current misconduct evidences multiple acts of wrongdoing or demonstrates a pattern of misconduct".

This document states that "at the time of the misconduct, Respondent suffered extreme difficulties in his/her personal life which were other than emotional or physical in nature."

In an attachment, these were some of the facts of the case:

On July 2012, respondent was hired to memage the financial affairs of JY, then approximately 90-years old. On July 23, 2012, respondent and JY executed a Wells Fargo Bank financial power of attorney ~brm which gave respondent authority to access JY linked Wells Fargo savings and checking accounts which were opened on July 23,2013. 2. Between August 9, 2012, and May 28, 2013, respondent, withdrew without authorization from JY $7,963.46 for respondent’s own use and benefit. 3. Additionally, beginning on August 13, 2012, and Continuing through May 13, 2013, respondent entered into a business transaction with JY, specifically, a series of personal loans from JY to respondent which totaled $6,630. The loans were not fair and reasonable to JY in that the loans were not secured; they were interest-free; no repayment date(s) were specified; JY was not advised that she could seek the advice of an independent lawyer of her choice; JY was not given a reasonable opportunity to seek that advice; and JY did not consent in writing to the temps of the transaction.

It goes on further to describe more. I changed the name of the client to initials in this post.

1st Appellate District

Court data last updated: 06/18/2015 03:23 PM
Docket (Register of Actions)
The People v. Littlefield
Division 1
Case Number A141929

05/29/2014Notice of appeal lodged/received (criminal).    
07/14/2014Court reporter extension requested.    CSR Lynne M. Orsenico (#9914) to 07/21/2014.
07/15/2014Court reporter extension granted.

Order to show cause - court reporter or atty. Due on 07/21/2014 By 12 Day(s)

CSR: Ice, Lynne M (9914) Extended Due Date: 07/21/2014
08/08/2014Email sent to:    superior court clerk B.N. re record status.
08/11/2014Email received from:    superior court K.L. re record: record certified out 07/25/14.
08/11/2014Record on appeal filed.    CT4 - RT6 (1 box)
08/11/2014Record in box.    1 Box
09/22/2014Counsel appointment order filed.    Katharine Demgen (ind)
10/16/2014Telephone conversation with:    Plaintiff/appellant. The AOB was erroneously scheduled for defendant/respondent triggering the due to start 40 days after the appointment order was filed. This is a people's appeal. Appellant filed 30-day request for extension to file AOB on 10/15/14.
10/15/2014Requested - extension of time.

Appellant's opening brief. Requested for 11/14/2014 By 30 Day(s)   
10/16/2014Granted - extension of time.

Appellant's opening brief. Due on 11/14/2014 By 30 Day(s)   
11/18/2014Appellant notified re failure to timely file opening brief.Plaintiff and Appellant: The People
Attorney: Office of the Attorney General     
12/17/2014Appellant's opening brief.Plaintiff and Appellant: The People
Attorney: Office of the Attorney General     
01/20/2015Respondent notified re failure to file respondent's brief.Defendant and Respondent: Timothy Floyd Littlefield
Attorney: Katharine Demgen     
02/17/2015Requested - extension of time.

Respondent's brief. Requested for 03/21/2015 By 30 Day(s)

30 days to 3/21/15
NOTE: Division and case number are incorrect. The caption is correct.
02/17/2015Granted - extension of time.

Respondent's brief. Due on 03/23/2015 By 32 Day(s)   
03/19/2015Requested - extension of time.

Respondent's brief. Requested for 04/22/2015 By 30 Day(s)

30 days to 4/22/15 NOTE: Division number is incorrect.
03/20/2015Granted - extension of time.

Respondent's brief. Due on 04/22/2015 By 30 Day(s)   
04/22/2015Requested - extension of time.

Respondent's brief. Requested for 04/29/2015 By 7 Day(s)   
04/22/2015Granted - extension of time.

Respondent's brief. Due on 04/29/2015 By 7 Day(s)   
04/29/2015Respondent's brief.Defendant and Respondent: Timothy Floyd Littlefield
Attorney: Katharine Demgen     
05/18/2015Appellant's reply brief.Plaintiff and Appellant: The People
Attorney: Office of the Attorney General     
05/18/2015Case fully briefed.    
05/27/2015Filed order vacating and appointing new counsel.    The appointment of Katharine Demgen as attorney of record on appeal is hereby vacated. Richard Such is appointed, and the case is a Staff Case.
05/28/2015Case on conference list.    List 15-11
05/28/2015Oral 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.

Leah Jarnaghan guilty of child endangerment once before, has other convictions

The criminal justice system is no stranger to Leah Jarnaghan. She was arrested yesterday for felony child endangerment after a two-car vehicle crash in Eastern Humboldt. Read the link below for details.

The District Attorney's office is reviewing the case. No arraignment date set. No charges have been filed, yet.

She has a civil harassment case from 2013 with the other party being a Julie Ann Blake. No result listed yet in the system. A family law case with the same party, Arthur Jones, Sr. who filed another case against her in 2009 for civil harassment, which is still open.

A case for disorderly conduct which was dismissed in 2010.

Six cases involving exceeding traffic limit, unsafe speed, in some it is a failure appear or to register for traffic school, some others such no valid license and unsafe speed with guilty convictions.

A case from 2008 in which she was found guilty. She was charged with possession of an open container.

And the 2010 case, a felony in which she was found guilty. Count 1 was endangering a child with great bodily injury, Count 2 inflicting injury upon a child and Count 3 disorderly conduct under the influence of a drug. She was represented by the Public Defender.

Yesterday's post:


Remember the Arcata plaza stabbing suspect? 43 cases in the system and another failure to appear in court

43 cases in the system. Once again, Victoria Clark did not show up in court for her most recent case from 2015 in which she allegedly stabbed another woman in the Arcata Plaza. This case was scheduled for trial readiness yesterday. She failed to appear for arraignment and then that warrant was recalled.

A bench warrant is being held. Bail was set for $50,000 by Judge John Feeney.

Feb 28, 2015

Arcata Plaza stabbing suspect avoids being arrested for bench warrant issued

A bench warrant had been issued for Arcata Plaza stabbing suspect Victoria Clark. If she had not shown up today in Courtroom 1 for a warrant surrender, her bail bond which had been forfeited would not have been reinstated.

This was for her not showing up last week for a court date from her 2015 case. Again, for alleged assault with a deadly weapon. Last time, she was in court for her 2013 case, she smacked gum and tapped her foot impatiently and she and her companion talked constantly until her case was called. Her behavior was less distracting this time.

Clark's reason to Judge John Feeney was that she was in the bathroom when her case was called and the bailiff didn't tell her. Wasn't her attorney in court? Needless to say, because she has been "diligent in appearing", Judge Feeney recalled the warrant.

DDA Brie Bennett was present for the People but Mr. Marek Reavis stood in for Clark's attorney, Mr. Kaleb Cockrum.

Now in this case, it made the headlines in the local press but the interest has now fizzled in the press as it does with most cases. Clark's preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 15 at 8:30 a.m. unless it is resolved before during the intervention hearing.

In this case, a bench warrant was issued and it turned out that she showed up. Some people like Clark do, others don't and are arrested. Those who don't show up then have their court dates get continued and reset and cases start to pile up. That impacts the whole procedure. This not showing up happens a lot in every courtroom, daily.

If you are fortunate to be let out of custody, try and show up for court. The time it takes to remind you to take the law seriously is time the Judge and the attorneys could be using to for another case and another person.

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Jan 22, 2015

Arcata Plaza stabbing suspect: victim of mental health and substance abuse or career criminal?
This afternoon in Courtroom 1, Victoria Shirley Clark had five cases scheduled. Clark, most recently was arrested for allegedly stabbing a victim at the Arcata Plaza.

The cases scheduled today were for other incidents and not the most recent 2014 case. Two cases were for misdemeanors: assault and battery, false imprisonment and battery on a non-cohabitating spouse. From the dates and Penal Code, it seems they are related to the Fortuna incident. Those cases had a pre-trial hearing scheduled. Other cases, which occurred in 2012 and 2010 were for a DUI and Disorderly Conduct under the influence of a Drug. There was a review hearing for all cases for alcohol and drug assessment and mental health. Clark's has several violations of probation.

At this afternoon's hearing, Clark arrived with a younger man. Someone I recognize from the courts or a most wanted poster. They sat right behind me. Before her case was called, both she and her friend smacked gum, tapped their foot impatiently, ruffled paperwork and talked while other cases were being called with complete disregard to all around them.

DDA Brienne Bennett was present for the People, Conflict's Counsel Kaleb Cockrum is representing Clark. Mr. Cockrum said that due to her pregnancy, she was requesting a hold/suspension for her commit jail date to do community service. She is on a waiting list for one program and has enrolled in Healthy Moms.

The next review date for these older cases is on March 26, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Arcata Police Department Press release:

On Tuesday, just before 11 a.m., officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to a report of a physical fight on the Arcata Plaza.

Upon officers arrival, a 35-year-old Arcata woman was located lying on the sidewalk at the corner of 9th and H St. The woman was suffering from multiple stab wounds to her torso.

Witnesses told officers the woman had been involved in a fight with another woman that had culminated with the victim being stabbed. Several witnesses were able to provide the name of the suspect, who had fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

Approximately twenty minutes later, the suspect was located several blocks away and detained by police. The subsequent investigation determined the woman was responsible for the stabbing.

The suspect was identified as 38 year old Victoria Clark of Arcata. Clark was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for a violation of 245(A)(1) PC, assault with a deadly weapon.

The victim was transported to the Mad River Hospital, where she remains in stable condition.

From Times-Standard article:

The woman suspected in the stabbing of a woman at the Arcata Plaza on Tuesday morning has been arrested and identified as Victoria Shirley Clark, according to Arcata Police Sgt. Brian Hoffman.

Clark was arrested and booked into the county jail just before noon Tuesday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Hoffman said.

‘I believe she has a previous arrest for a PC 245 (an assault with a deadly weapon),” he said.

Fortuna Police Dept. Press Release: (2013 cases)

On January 10th, 2013 at about 01:45 pm, Fortuna Police received a 9-1-1 call from a resident of the National Nine Motel reporting that a female subject was inside one of the rooms threatening to stab a male subject with a knife.

The first officer on scene could hear the victim yelling for help from within the room and subsequently contacted the subjects who were still engaged in an altercation, causing the officer to prone the female subject onto the ground at gunpoint. After speaking with all parties involved and witnesses on scene officers placed Victoria Clark (age 36) of Fortuna, under arrest for the following charges;

PC 245 Assault with a Deadly Weapon
PC 273.5 Domestic Violence
PC 236 False Imprisonment

Clark was transported to the Humboldt County Jail where she was booked without further incident.

Jun 17, 2015

Home invasion suspect Logan Bremer rejects People's offer of 15 years; instead he may take a chance to go to trial and have a sentence "for life"

Logan Bremer's girlfriend, his mother and two other supporters were in court today. Bremer is represented by private attorney, Mr. Michael Acosta. DDA Kelly Neel was in court today instead of DDA Roger Rees.

Mr. Acosta told Judge John Feeney that the "People have not come down from their offer of 15 years." Outside the courtroom he told me that the 15 years was "instead of life."

Mr. Acosta reiterated that there were "995 issues that he would be filing". This time his girlfriend blew a kiss as he exited the courtroom. His mom left the courtroom in tears.

May 29, 2015

Home invasion suspect Logan Bremer may not go to trial due to "995 issues"? Blows a kiss to his "boo" as he exits court

Logan Bremer's arraignment was continued from this Wednesday and completed today in Courtroom 1. He is being represented by Michael Acosta, Benjamin Carter's attorney.

Bremer did not waive time. Mr. Acosta hinted at "mostly 995 issues" today.  Trial Confirmation is on July 8 at 2 p.m. and Jury trial is on July 20.

As he exited the courtroom, he blew a kiss at his "boo."

Mar 12, 2015

Home invasion suspect arrested after citizen tip

On 03/12/15 at about 11:49 a.m., an Officer with the Eureka Police Department observed Logan Bremer, 32 of Eureka, driving a vehicle near Wabash and Summer Streets.  The officer knew Bremer was a suspect in a home invasion robbery on 03/03/15 in the town of Harris and had felony warrants.

The officer attempted to get in the position to make a traffic stop but Bremer was able to elude the officer.  Several citizens noticed Bremer driving recklessly and pointed officers towards the vehicle.  Officers located the vehicle unoccupied near the 1100 block of E Street.

Officers set a perimeter and were again assisted by several citizens who pointed officers towards Bremer and a male passenger.  Bremer was taken into custody near the 1000 block of G Street.  The passenger, Daniel Fidler, 41 of Fortuna, was found nearby and also taken into custody.

Bremer and Fidler were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  Bremer was booked on his felony warrants for home invasion, burglary, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Fidler was booked on fresh charges of violation of probation and possession of methamphetamine.

The Eureka Police Department thanks the citizens who assisted in locating the vehicle and suspects.

Sideways Saturday Motorcycle Racing at Redwood acres

 On Saturday, June 27th, International Riders Helping People presents Sideways Saturdays Motorcycle Racing in Humboldt.

For the first time in forty years, motorcycle dirt track racing returns to Humboldt County on a big 1/8 mile dirt oval track at the Redwood Acres Raceway. Races will feature high speed, no front brakes, side by side competition. New and vintage race bikes will be on display as well as high octane, no brakes speedway bikes.

General Admission is $7, $5 for seniors and kids twelve years of age and under are free (ticket prices apply with prior admission to the fair). Gates open at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit Sideways Saturdays Motorcycle Racing Humboldt on Facebook.

Jason Omholt throws a hissy fit, instead of paying a small fine, he will go to jury trial in yet another case

Jason Omholt wins Humboldt County's dumbest criminal award. He was just sentenced 10 years in prison according to a plea deal. Considering the number of his cases, that was a gift.

He had a new misdemeanor case in which he had to pay restitution to two victims for $170. He had threatened that he would not do that if he did not get a chance to hire a private lawyer to look over his plea deal. He was given that chance.

He couldnt hire and pay a private attorney and instead of accepting responsibility, he threw a hissy fit, and now the People are taking that case to jury trial on July 6. Trial assignment is July 2.

If he cannot pay $170, how does he plan to pay for his upcoming alleged nuptials? Does he expect tbe taxpayers to foot that bill too, in addition to pay for his legal fees, room and board in jail, now prison and the damage his criminal acts wreaked on the community.

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Jun 16, 2015

Guess family too had enough of Jason Omholt? No private lawyer and he was sentenced to prison for 10 years according to the plea deal he accepted

Jason Omholt was unable to hire a private lawyer and yesterday Judge Marilyn Miles sentenced him according to the plea deal he accepted to prison. A relative did not show up at the last court hearing to pay a private lawyer and the few days he was given, he was unable to come up with the money to retain Mr. Michael Acosta.

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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.

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 Jarnaghan in the news? This one charged with alleged child endangerment

From LOCO's booked:

Monday, June 15, 9:15 p.m.

This from the KIEM-Channel 3 news site:

A Hoopa woman was arrested for felony child endangerment after a two-car vehicle crash in Eastern Humboldt.
CHP reports yesterday just after 8 pm, 27-year old Leah Jarnaghan was traveling south with two juveniles and one adult passenger on Pine Crest Drive when she allegedly attempted to pass another vehicle around a blind curve. 51-year old David Lewis, also of Hoopa, was driving the opposite direction in a Chevy Silverado truck. As he came around the turn, he had to veer right but was hit by Jarnaghan’s car.
Jarnaghan’s 3 and 5-year old children were unrestrained and not in car seats. The 5-year old was taken to Mad River Hospital as a precaution. Only minor injuries were sustained by all occupants of both vehicles. Officers arrested Jarnaghan for felony child endangerment.
CHP warns the public that all passengers need to be restrained. Also, children 8-years or younger must have child seats for their safety. It’s ‘the law.

Another Jarnaghan in the news? Any relation to Hoopa softball coach William Jarnaghan? William Jarnaghan is alleged to have had sex with a female minor he coached.

273a(a): Any person who, under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any child to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any child, willfully causes or permits the person or health of that child to be injured, or willfully causes or permits that child to be placed in a situation where his or her person or health is endangered, shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or in the state prison for two, four, or six years.

A Leah Jarnaghan is listed as a CR student receiving an associate arts degree at a commencement ceremony in 2012 and a Leah Jarnaghan is also listed as a student of  HSU's Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program.

Suspect charged with embezzlement against Murphy's market fails to show up for court after warrant recalled the last time

Michael Noriega failed to show up for court a second time. Today, it was for his preliminary hearing scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Judge John Feeney called his case again at 9:20 and Noriega was still a no show, nor did he contact his attorney Mr. Casey Russo. DDA Jackie Pizzo asked for a bench wareant which was issued. Bail was set at $30,000.

Jun 8, 2015

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 court 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."

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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.

Jun 16, 2015

Arcata woman charged with stabbing her husband hires Manny Daskal to represent her

Lindsay Kaminsky, the Arcata suspect who is charged with stabbing her husband Glenn had an intervention hearing this afternoon in Courtroom 2.

The preliminary hearing that was set for Lindsay Kaminsky on June 22 has been vacated after the intervention hearing this afternoon. New preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 28.

Lindsay Kaminsky is now being represented by Mr. Manny Daskal, a private attorney, who is not inexpensive and has represented clients such as Harbor Commissioner Aaron Newman who plead guilty to poaching.

Will this case even go to trial? Most likely not. I bet there is a resolution, maybe with some court ordered counseling. Cannot try a case where the alleged victim does not want to prosecute.

In the words of her own private attorney, "we hope to make substantial progress in this case" by next intervention date which is July 21.

Mr. Daskal is anticipating discovery from the DA which includes letters from family, he said in court.

Also Glenn Kaminsky has been overheard outside court as well as in court saying he does not want a protective order, he wants to do everything to help his wife. Mr. Daskal said he would talk to him outside court after the hearing. It isn't in every case that the defendant's lawyer chats with the victim. After court, Mr. Daskal spoke with Glenn Kaminsky for quite a while. They were still chatting as I left the courthouse around 4:40. Also, since she is in custody, I am sure Lindsay Kaminsky did not hire Mr. Daskal.

She signed the substitution in court today and the Public Defender was officially excused from her case.

Lindsay Kaminsky smiled at her husband today and when they tried to communicate in court, they had to be admonished by the bailiff.

No other media has been in court, LOCO was at the last hearing. Channel 3 at arraignment. You can find full coverage of all court hearings on this case on this blog.