Aug 14, 2015

Fake Target customer service rep actually a facebook troll telling off gender neutral policy challengers

Man Poses as Target on Facebook, Trolls Haters of Its Gender-Neutral Move With Epic Replies

is the title of a post on I do not condone his trolling but he is funny. 

Excerpt from article:

Brands can't be as honest as they might like in dealing with haters on Facebook. But sometimes other Facebook users can do it for them.
That dynamic played out in particularly rogue fashion on Target's Facebook page this week. As the retailer received a steady stream of nasty comments from people upset about its move toward gender-neutral labeling of children's products in its stores, Facebook user Mike Melgaard came to Target's defense—in a provocative manner. He created a fake Facebook account and posed as a Target customer service rep—under the name Ask ForHelp, with a bull's-eye profile pic—and began excoriating the haters with comically sarcastic replies.
He got away with it for about 16 hours, too, commenting on about 50 posts before the fake account was shut down. Here are a few of his greatest hits:

Captain Arthur Synder of U.S. Coast Guard guest speaker at Humboldt Bay Harbor Luncheon

 The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group (HBHWG) is proud to present guest speaker, Captain Arthur Snyder, United States Coast Guard, Commander of the Humboldt Bay Sector.  Hear about the history, challenges and awards of the Coast Guard's operations along the 250 miles of rugged coastline from the Mendocino-Sonoma County line north to the California-Oregon border.
Captain Snyder has earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems Project Management.  He holds both a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Fixed Wing license and a Rotary Wing Airline Transport Pilot License.  He is also a member of the Project Management Institute and holds a Professional Project Management certification.  He has earned two Meritorious Service Medals, three Commendation Medals, and six Achievement medals.

Join us at the Samoa Cookhouse for a “no-host” luncheon, Wednesday, August 26, 2015, from noon to 1:30 p.m.  Good Ole Meatloaf and veggies is the main course for $13.95 or you may chose soup of the day and salad for $9.95.

Aug 13, 2015

County Counsel files motion to quash a subpoena in a case with 16 felonies alleging sexual acts with a child under 14

On 8/12, there was an intervention in the David Viveiros case. There is a motion filed by County Counsel to quash a subpoena served on the Eureka City Schools by his attorney, Public Defender Luke Brownfield.

On 8/19, there is a hearing in Courtroom 4 on that motion to quash. Another intervention hearing is set for September 2 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 9.

Viveiros is charged with 16 felonies and when he was arraigned,  Judge Timothy Cissna said there are "additional allegations against him which are serious felonies/strikes." Viveiros is charged with 16 counts of alleged sexual acts with a child. 15 are with a child under the age of 10 PC 288.7 (a). Count 16 is a with a child under the age of 14.

Counts 1 and 2 sexual intercourse/sodomy; Count 3 oral copulation/penetration; Count 4 and 5 sexual intercourse/sodomy; Count 6 oral copulation/penetration; Count 7  and 8 also sexual intercourse/sodomy; Count 9, 12 and 15 oral  copulation/penetration; Count 10, 11, 13 and 14 sexual intercourse/sodomy and Count 16 is aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14.

Apellate court not requesting oral arguments or additional briefings in Timothy Littlefield case, according to his lawyer

Alleged child molestor Timothy Littlefield had a disposition and reset hearing scheduled in Courtroom 2 this afternoon. If you are not the familiar with the case, this case has gone to trial twice, there is currently an appeal about the last trial pending, please read links below.

Mr. Russ Clanton represents Littlefield. Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett is prosecuting the case. Today, Mr. Clantion told Judge Marilyn Miles and Ms. Bennett that "The Apellate court  is not requesting oral arguments or additional briefings in Timothy Littlefield case." He asked for another continuance and another disposition and reset hearing date in 45 days. Next court date is September 29 at 2 p.m.

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(this post has other links and background)

Male victim in Kish's alleged sodomy and forcible copulation case talks about the alleged arson incident; the alleged sexual assault and abuse

The confidential male victim in the case in which Jeremy Kish has been charged with sodomy by use of force and forcible oral copulation contacted me. I have spoken to him, I do have his name and contact information.

I have previously mentioned in my first post that I am familiar with Kish. The male victim shared some details with me about information I am personally aware of through my own contact with Kish and others in the community that have dealt with him. One of the reasons that the victim contacted me is because I am the only source of information; the only one to cover this case. He has not talked to anyone and does not intend to, he felt he could trust me because "you know how Jeremy's mind works."

The victim is 18 years old, and will be "turning 19" in two months. He said he was "living with Jeremy in his truck" and they went back and forth between Eureka and Arcata. This is also information that I have personally witnessed and has been relayed to me by other sources I know well, all who have personally dealt with Kish. "He said it started out as a relationship but got verbally and physically abusive." The victim said that Kish was ashamed of him and made him duck in the truck as he drove and sit in the truck as he went to places.

The victim claims that it was earlier on the same day when the alleged arson incident occurred that Kish sexually assaulted him. That night, the victim said Kish started the fire, which he intended to put out "to look like a hero to the owner of the Alliance building. He thought maybe he could then get some money from the owner."

It was Kish who made the call to 911 that got the police suspicious, said the victim. When the police got there, the victim initially lied and said Kish was his brother. They were taken to the police station where Kish tried to "blame the arson on me." The police spoke to the victim after they had spoken with Kish and that is when he told them what had happened to him earlier that day and about the alleged arson.

I would urge other people, especially those who have contacted me with concerns and questions about Kish, to contact the DA's office instead because Kish's potential placement or potential release and any information that is relevant to that decision is vital to public safety of this community.

Kish pulls his usual stunts in court but Judge Miles goes that extra step to make sure that Kish rights of due process are met

Jeremy Kish decided  not to piss of Judge Marilyn Miles today, maybe having 4 extra bailiffs escort him and be present in the courtroom today, two on either side of him might have helped a little. Dressed in his usual red for administrative segregation and face and mouth covered with netting and a mask, Kish decided to pull yet another stunt this afternoon.

Judge Miles started today's proceeding with, "Mr. Kish has been declared not competent previously and we are here today for a CON-REP report for placement and a report on the order for anti-psychotic medication."

Then Judge Miles shared  a handwritten copy she had received to Conflict Counsel's Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis who has been appointed to represent Kish. Mr. Elvine-Kreis then spoke with Kish and informed Judge Miles that Kish was withdrawing his Marsden motion.

Judge Miles then addressed Kish, "The Court does not accept ex-parte communication from a defendant who has representation from counsel." She indicated one letter indicated he wanted a lawyer, another said no. And so she asked Kish directly for clarification on what he wanted.

"I want my lawyer to come see me," Kish started off with his usual shenanigans and theatrics (see previous posts) and then said he wanted a Marsden hearing. Judge Miles had to put off his matter for later since that occurs in a closed courtroom. I will update the outcome and report results which will probably be discussed in that close hearing when that information is available.

Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo had to step out to another courtroom for a high profile case she is prosecuting so DDA Brie Bennett subbed in for her colleague on the Kish case this afternoon.

I asked a local defense lawyer (who I highly respect) and who was in Courtroom 2 at the time the Kish case was called  why did Judge Miles grant yet another request for a Marsden hearing today? I explained Kish has been declared incompetent and unable to assist his attorney in a rational manner. He has been denied several Marsden hearings and he is all over the place with those requests, now he makes another such request delaying being sent off to Napa. All criminal proceedings have been suspended.

"While it is frustrating, procedurally Judge Miles goes that extra step to make sure the defendant has rights," he said.

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Marijuana, heroin, handguns in Rio Dell search warrant bust

Thursday, August 13, 2105 at 8:30 a.m. the County Drug Task Force assisted by the Rio Dell Police Department and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team served a search warrant at a residence located in the 350 block of First Avenue, Rio Dell. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was utilized in this search warrant, because of information received by Law Enforcement that the suspect, Eric David Wiley was armed and possibly in possession of an explosive device.

SWAT team members surrounded the residence and announced over a loud speaker for Wiley to exit the residence with his hand up. Wiley complied with the commands and exited the residence and was detained without incident. Officers then served the search warrant at the residence.

Officers located (3) handguns and (1) rifle in the residence along with numerous boxes of ammunition. One of the handguns located was reported stolen out of Medford, Oregon. Officers located 247 growing marijuana plants and 3 pounds of drying process marijuana. Officers located a usable amount of heroin along with a butane marijuana hash lab. Officers did not locate any explosive devices in the residence.

Officers arrested Eric David Wiley age 35(aka Batman) of Rio Dell for the following charges: Convicted felon in possession of a firearm, convicted felon in possession ammunition, manufacturing of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property. Wiley was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka. Wiley’s bail was set at $500,000 dollars.

Anyone with information for the Humboldt County Drug Task Force Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force Office at 707-444-8095.

Discovery issues in Ortiz case delayed due to fire situation, Rodney Ortiz files motion to sever

Next court date is September 2 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 5 to hear Rodney Ortiz's motion to sever. And to set new jury trial date. Vincent Ortiz has still not waived time.

Visiting Judge Arvid Johnson was in Courtroom 5 today to deal with discovery issues. Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo was present for the People, Public Defender Casey Russo for Rodney Ortiz and Mr. Marek Reavis subbed in for his colleague, Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis for Vincent Ortiz.

Fire situation locally has delayed some documents being provided to the District Attorney's office. Two envelopes, one from the Mercy medical Center, were provided to Ms. Pizzo to copy and provide to both defense attorneys.

Two writs filed on behalf of Vincent Ortiz denied in August.

The procedural saga continues.

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Jul 9, 2015

Rodney and Vincent Ortiz homicide jury trial stayed while Rodney Ortiz's attorney files writ appealing 995 ruling

This afternoon at 2 p.m. Visiting Judge Bob McNatt was scheduled  to
hear the defense motion to continue for Rodney Ortiz and a trial confirmation hearing is set for both Rodney and Vincent Ortiz. Jury trial was set for July 20. That date has been vacated.

 Next court date is disposition and reset hearing on August 13 in Courtroom 2.

The motion to continue for Rodney Ortiz will also be discussed further on that date. Rodney Ortiz's attorney Mr. Casey Russo said they wanted 4 to 6 months for investigation and "further discovery".

Vincent Ortiz refused to waive time for a continuance but the stay is a "defacto waiver", at least until the next court hearing said Visiting Judge McNatt.

The father and son are charged in a Hoopa shooting that resulted in the death of Daniel Colegrove, and attempted murder charges for Francis Colegrove and Roger Surber.

Judge Philip Schafer has not yet ruled on the 995 motion to dismiss certain charges against Vincent Ortiz. A date of 7/14 to hear a motion for discovery seems to be gone from the court system.

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This link is to the post on the 995 motion:

This link is on the last court hearing and will get you caught up with other links to the case:

"We both have never been in this situation"

Glenn Kaminsky, husband of Lindsay Kaminsky, has been at every court hearing for his wife.

It is not an easy thing to reach out to someone covering your wife's court case. I would like to commend Mr. Kaminsky for doing so and in the respectful manner he did today.

This post is not details about the court case, or about our brief conversation. It is simply a post about a husband sharing how much he loves his wife and that he supports her. "Lindsay and I, we both have never been in this situation."

DUI alleged in collision with EPD patrol car

On 08/13/15 at about 1:55 a.m., an Officer with the Eureka Police Department was driving west through the intersection of 4th and R Streets with a green light when a male traveling north in a Mitsubishi Gallant ran the red light and collided with the driver side of the patrol car.

Both vehicles sustained major damage and had to be towed from the scene.  The Officer and the two occupants of the Gallant were not injured in the collision. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded and took over the investigation.

The driver of the Gallant was identified as David Hernandez, 23 of Mckinleyville.  Hernandez displayed signs of alcohol intoxication and was ultimately arrested by CHP for driving under the influence.

Defense requests another continuance in case where wife is charged with stabbing her husband stating confidential reason

Lindsay Kaminsky charged with corporal injury, assault with deadly weapon, great bodily injury and stabbing her husband with a knife had a preliminary hearing scheduled today.

Her attorney Mr. Manny Daskal asked for yet another continuance stating the reason was confidential and asked to approach the bench. The People did not object to the continuance. DDA Brie Bennett was going to handle the preliminary hearing for her colleague Ms. Kelly Neel.

Glenn Kaminsky, the husband and alleged victim in this case was in court.

Next court date is August 25 at 2 p.m. for a disposition and reset hearing.

Jul 28, 2015

Preliminary hearing for Lindsay Kaminsky, woman charged with allegedly stabbing her husband continued upon defense request

An intervention hearing was scheduled last week in Courtroom 2 for Lindsay Kaminsky. She is being represented by private attorney Manny Daskal. DDA Kelly Neel is prosecuting the case.

At the last court hearing, Mr. Daskal who was substituted as Kaminsky's attorney instead of her court appointed attorney said "we hope to make substanstial progress in this case" by the next court date, and then referred to this intervention hearing.

Intervention did not result in a resolution last week. The preliminary hearing was scheduled for today, July 28.

No reason was stated on the record, defense requested a continuance this morning during assignment calendar. People did not object. DDA Kelly Neel is the prosecutor on this case.

Kaminsky had waived 10 days, today she waived 60 days. Intervention is on August 6 at 3 p.m. and the new preliminary hearing date is August 13.

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Aug 12, 2015

Machete wielding pizza theft suspect, previously busted for meth, glares at me and others, makes goo goo eyes at his boo with his new prison issued glasses?

Charles Kesserling's preliminary hearing was delayed but it was not because of the defense. Deputy District Attorney Zach Curtis requested a motion to continue because a key witness was not available today. The DA's office wanted a longer continuance, after the end of the month. Alternate Conflict County Counsel's Mr. Glenn Brown who has been appointed to represent Kesserling objected to the continuance. He told Judge Dale Reinholtsen that he has two felony jury trials, back to back starting soon and then the Jason Warren jury trial on September 21 which is expected to go on until the end of the year.

"I won't be available," said Mr. Brown. His request was to have the preliminary hearing next week. Judge Reinholtsen scheduled the preliminary hearing for August 18.

Kesserling kept glaring at me and asking his attorney for a gag order. His attorney calmed him down. Maybe his faux legal adviser or maybe his boo, neglected to explain to him, there is no gag order on court proceedings in an open courtroom that is opened to the public.

Kesserling, why don't you stop racking up charges, getting busted for meth and get a few less tattoos; instead of laughing in court and glaring at people, get a job, be responsible and stop sucking off tax payer money. Certain repeat offenders like Kesserling, Cunha who do not take advantage of the rehabilitation need to get a grip. They made choices that led them where they are, repeatedly. Acting all bad ass in court does not make you any less of a loser.

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Aug 1, 2015

"No one tells me anything"

First hearing, the Public Defender's office was appointed for him. Second hearing, it was Conflict Counsel. On July 30, Alternate Conflict Counsel was appointed and even they said they would have to check if there was a conflict. Mr. Glenn Brown accepted the appointment and asked dates remain as they are, "for now."

If the Alternate Conflict Counsel's office has a problem, the court will appoint a private attorney at no cost for Charles Kesserling.

So will the preliminary hearing scheduled for August 12 for  Kesserling be delayed further? On July 30, Judge Miles asked why a case for Kesserling that deals with his probation being revoked scheduled for August 6 was on calendar that day. Then the court staff had not corrected certain charges in the system that were corrected at a previous court hearing.

While all this was going on, Charles Kesserling alternated between glaring at people in the courtroom, including me, at random and repeating the same thing he says at every hearing, "No one tells me anything." This despite his attorneys explaining what is going on before, during and after his court case, every time.

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Jul 9, 2015

Machete wielding suspect who allegedly robbed and took a pizza delivery van, previously busted for meth,

A disposition and reset hearing was scheduled in Courtroom 2 today for Charles Kesserling.

Intervention is August 6. Preliminary hearing is August 12.

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Jun 9, 2015

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:

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.

Jun 8, 2015

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.

Another previous arrest:

 A press release from Ukiah police:

Kesselring, Charles Albert (male, 29, Eureka)
10851(a) CVC-Vehicle theft-felony
496(a) PC-Possession of stolen property-felony
2800.1(a) CVC-Evading-misdemeanor
11377(a) HS-Possession of a controlled substance-misdemeanor
148(a)(1) PC-Resist/delay officer-misdemeanor
12500(a) CVC-Unlicensed driver-misdemeanor
Wall, Jennifer Rebecca (female, 36, Eureka)
10851(a) CVC-Vehicle theft-felony
496(a) PC-Possession of stolen property-felony
11377(a) HS-Possession of a controlled substance-misdemeanor
484(a) PC-Theft-misdemeanor
490.5(a) PC-Shoplifting-misdemeanor
On 5-29-15 at approx. 7:15 PM, UPD officers were dispatched to the area of Wal-Mart regarding a shoplifting
that had just occurred. The female suspect had fled into the passenger seat of an awaiting vehicle and left the
area in a silver SUV with dealer paper plates. A UPD officer quickly located the vehicle behind a large dirt
mound at the South end of Airport Park Blvd. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle,
however the vehicle sped up and began driving erratically N/B in the dirt lot. The vehicle drove over a culvert
at a high rate of speed, which appeared to have damaged the vehicle. As the driver attempted to flee at a high
rate of speed, the driver attempted to drive through a wire fence (located on the South side of Les Schwab Tires)
and got stuck. The vehicle was “boxed in” by the patrol car. The driver, Charles Kesselring, attempted to flee
on foot, but was quickly apprehended. The passenger, Jennifer Wall was taken into custody at the scene. The
vehicle was previously reported stolen out of Humboldt County. Officers located suspected methamphetamine
in the vehicle. Kesselring was wanted out of Humboldt County for carjacking, robbery, and terrorist threats.
Kesselring was also on active PRCS probation (Post Release Community Supervision) for auto theft.
Kesselring and Wall were lodged at the county jail, where Kesselring was additionally held on the Humboldt
County charges.

Jason Warren homicide trial to start September 21, not September 14

The Jason Warren case has a gag order but sometimes I get a little unexpected nugget while waiting around for cases to be called.

This morning during the Charles Kesserling preliminary hearing discussions, Alternate Conflict Counsel's Mr. Glenn Brown was talking about the jury trials he has lined up this month and next month, and he mentioned that the Jason Warren trial is set to start on September 21.

Mr. Brown said that trial is expected to go on through the rest of the year.

At the last court hearing the date was September 14.

Jul 16, 2015

Jason Warren jury trial continued to September 14 due to investigation and discovery issues

DA  filed a first amendment information in one of  Jason Warren's cases. I already reported this, read links below. Mr. Glenn Brown, who represents Warren in one of two cases, "submitted" on the DA's motion. Mr. Kevin Robinson was not in court.

District Attorney Maggie Fleming is prosecuting the case. Warren was arraigned on the first amended information. What was amended was not read out in court. Ms. Fleming said that the victim's families, who were present in court, were notified of the trail date change.

Mr. Glenn Brown made an oral motion to continue the jury trial which was granted by Judge Timothy Cissna.

Jury trial is on September 14. Trial confirmation is August 10 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 4.

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Will Thomas Prince, the ex felon who allegedly broke into a home on California Street, have his preliminary hearing rescheduled?

Thomas Prince has an intervention hearing yesterday, he is expected to enter a time waiver in Courtroom 2 this afternoon. His preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for August 18.

I will update this post tomorrow if dates change.


Thomas Prince arrested today was sentenced to five years in state prison for domestic violence in 2012

This is from January 26, 2012  press release from the District Attorney's office:

Re: McKinleyville Man Sentenced to Five Years for Domestic Violence

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Thomas Manuel Prince, 27, of McKinleyville, was sentenced to five years in State Prison by the Honorable Judge W. Bruce Watson after pleading guilty to assault with a
deadly weapon, making criminal threats and corporal injury to a spouse, co-habitant or child’s parent.
On September 19, 2011, Prince physically assaulted the mother of his infant child as well as a female
friend that attempted to stop the attack. Prince also threatened to shoot both women.
“I am pleased that the court saw fit to sentence Mr. Prince to State Prison for the maximum term of five
years. This violent, traumatic incident left scars with its victims and will permanently affect any
relationship that he has with his minor child, a child his victim was holding when Prince carried out the
assault. The community and the victims of this case will be protected while he is serving his time in
prison,” said Deputy District Attorney Allan L. Dollison, the prosecutor who handled the sentencing of the case.

I have another tip from a caller about Prince and am looking into it.

EPD Press Release (for recent incident)

On 07/31/15 at about 11:49 p.m., the Eureka Police Department Communications Center received a call from a resident on the 2500 block of California Street.  The caller said their neighbor’s home was being burglarized.

Officers responded and observed a broken window to the rear of the residence and could see a person moving room to room inside.  Officers secured a perimeter around the house.  The suspect, later identified as Thomas Prince, 31 of Eureka, became aware of the officers and attempted to flee out of a window.  He was met by officers and retreated back inside.  He then tried to flee out the front door but was again met by officers.

Officers lit up the residence with patrol vehicle spotlights and communicated with Prince with a loudspeaker.  Prince was told to come out with his hands up.  Prince eventually complied and was taken into custody without further incident.  K9 Vex cleared the residence and no other suspects were located.

Prince was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and charged with Burglary, Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Parole Violation.

Thank you to the caller for watching out for their neighbors and calling in a residential burglary.

HCSO Press Release, Sept. 21, 2011 (from an Arcata Eye article):

On 09-19-2011, approximately 0430 hours the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office was notified of an assault which just occurred in the 2900 block of Little Pond Drive, McKinleyville.

When the deputy arrived he met with the female victim and her infant son. The victim told the deputy her boyfriend, Thomas Manuel Prince, 27 years poured beer on her when she was sleeping and then punched her several times in the face, choked her to the point of nearly passing out, sprayed her face with paint and threatened to shoot her with a shotgun. The victim attempted to flee from the residence with their baby via a window, but was dragged back inside by the suspect who continued the assault.

When a 50 year old female friend attempted to assist the victim during the assault, the suspect assaulted her several times, striking her in the head and face, and threatening to shoot her.

Prince also smashed all the telephones in the residence so the victims could not call law enforcement for help.

The victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries which included several lacerations and a black eye.

The Sheriffs office is attempting to locate Thomas Manual Prince, 27 years old of McKinleyville. He is described as a white male, 5-11, 210 lbs, brown hair and blue eyes. He is wanted for threatening a crime with intent to terrorize, domestic violence, damage to a telephone, battery causing serious bodily injury, false imprisonment and willful cruelty to a child. He was last seen fleeing the scene on a bicycle.

One of the recently hired deputy district attorney is Napa bound

Word on the street, or should I say the Courthouse grapevine, is that one of the new hires at the Humboldt County District Attorney Office's, Deputy District Attorney Moksha Chattopadhya, is leaving Humboldt for another job in Napa.

I had not seen her around much in the last couple of weeks, this explains why.

"“This spring, the Board negotiated with a marijuana grower to lease coastal-dependent industrial acreage. Even the Coastal Commission objected to this potential use. The district should focus on its mandated purpose. "

Nick Angeloff, owner of Redwood Empire Services, an economic and business development consulting firm based in Rio Dell, is a candidate for the Second District seat on the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation & Conservation District board of commissioners. Election day is November 3.

In announcing his candidacy Angeloff said, “The Harbor District hasn't updated its strategic plan in years and the harbor is operating at less than 10 percent capacity. As your commissioner, I’ll work with the board to develop an integrated plan in collaboration with the City of Eureka and Humboldt County.  It must focus on creating good new harbor jobs and building revenue through increased harbor use. Once the plan is implemented, a more prosperous District will be able to broaden its recreation and conservation programs.”

“This spring, the Board negotiated with a  marijuana grower to lease coastal-dependent industrial acreage.  Even the Coastal Commission objected to this potential use.  The district should focus on its mandated purpose.  Rather than speculating, the board should concentrate on increasing shipping and ensure timely, consistent dredging of the harbor by the Army Corps of Engineers. The District needs to serve dock owners and the fishing fleet by keeping the harbor dredged.”

Chairman of the Rio Dell Planning Commission and President of the Rio Dell-Scotia Chamber of Commerce, Angeloff also has been chief executive and economic development director of several northern California tribes. He served as a representative on the Marine Life Protection Act’s Statewide Interest Group and on the National Ocean Policy Working Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in anthropology.

A Humboldt County resident since 1987, he and his wife live in Rio Dell with their eleven-year-old son.

Murphy's Market grand theft embezzlement suspect held to answer on charges; Michael Noriega takes Judge Miles' warning from last hearing seriously and shows up for court

Michael Noriega took Judge Marilyn Miles's warning seriously and showed up for his preliminary hearing today and was held to answer on the charges. Arraignment on information for his jury trial will take place on August 25.

Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett presented two witnesses, Murphy's Market Controller and Director of Human Resources, David Breisacher and APD Officer Vincent B'Oconnor.

Noriega was suspected of embezzling after discrepancies showed up on a computer report and his usage of the safe transaction feature on the Sunnybrae location was reviewed.

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Jun 25, 2015

Murphy's Market grand theft embezzlement suspect finally shows up for court, given one more chance,

A warrant surrender was scheduled this afternoon at 1:30 for Michael Noriega by his public defender.

Before court, Noriega's attorney Casey Russo asked him why he didn't show up for court, why he doesn't keep the paper with dates and advised him he may be remanded into custody.

He failed to show up for his preliminary hearing o June 17 and a bench warrant was issued with bail set at $30,000. He also failed to appear for his intervention but then showed up on June 8 for a warrant surrender. Judge Miles stated this in court this afternoon.

He did show up today. And both the DA and Judge Marilyn Miles gave him one more chance.

"Given that he signed up for warrant surrender  a day after he failed to show up for the preliminary hearing, we will give him one more chance," said Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo.

Judge Miles sternly admonished Noriega, "If it is not important enough for you to remember dates, next you fail to appear, you will be in jail."

Noriega waived time and Intervention was set for August 4 at 3 p.m.; Preliminary hearing for August 12 at 8:30 a.m.

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Jun 17, 2015

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.

Aug 11, 2015

Judge Miles once again, has to reprimand Jeremy Kish's drama in court and tell him to zip it

Escorted by three bailiffs to court in his usual red jumpsuit with face mask and head covered in netting, Jeremy Kish elicited laughter and smirks from audience and fellow prisoners today To any other person, this would be enough to chill but those who know Kish well, know that he can put a drama queen to shame.

He glared at me as soon as he walked in which I ignored.

He contained himself enough not to beckon his lawyer, Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis over repeatedly this time but he interrupted Judge Marilyn Miles once during the hearing and  once again when the hearing had almost concluded. Kish couldn't let his time in court go without a show. He started yelling as Judge Marilyn Miles was wrapping up the case.

Kish will be back August 13 to have a report by a psychaitrist to evaluate his ability to consent to psychotropic medication and his placement in NAPA state hospital. Today, the hearing was at request of animal control to address the "pet order" Kish had previously obtained. Representing them in court today was County Counsel. Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo was present for the People.

There were no comments by Ms. Pizzo and Mr. Elvine-Kreis. Judge Miles asked Mr. Elvine-Kreis if there was any opposition to the motion. He indicated no. Judge Miles then said, "There is no reason to believe by the People or Mr. Elvine-Kreis that the animals are needed for evidentiary reasons."

The animals in questions are two dogs that belong to Kish and were taken to the shelter when he was taken into custody. Kish then wanted Judge Miles to order that the animals be held until August 17 when according to him, someone from a church would take custody of them.Mr. Elvine-Kreis had provided copies of paperwork from clergy and Kish's doctor and a handwritten note that Kish wanted an individual to take custody. However, the paperwork was not sufficient authorization and Judge Miles basically said it was not in her capacity to take over "animal control duties". The sole purpose of the hearing was to determine if the animals were of evidentiary value to Kish's criminal case.

She indicated that criminal proceedings had been suspended and that it take a long time and it seemed there were alternative remedies to house the animals. She indicated Mr, Kish needed to folow the procedure that animal control had for someone else to take the care of the dogs for him and Mr. Elvine-Kreis indicated that he would assist with that, if necessary.

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Preliminary hearing set for Brendan Phillips, a 21 year old charged with oral copulation and statutory rape of minor victims

Basically, the disposition and reset was scheduled. Today in court, Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo appeared on behalf of Ms. Bennett for the People in Courtroom 2. Mr. Benjamin Okin who represents Brendan Phillips and has been communicating with Ms. Bennett said that "the People are requesting to set the preliminary hearing."

Mr. Okin then told Judge Marilyn Miles that he "won't have certain documents from the doctor until mid-September and that this case may resolve" once he has those documents and gives them to the People. Then, Mr. Okin suggested that the intervention hearing be set for mid-September and a preliminary hearing set for mid-October.

Judge Miles asked if the victims and their parents had been notified since this would extend when the preliminary hearing was held. Ms. Pizzo was not sure; then Judge Miles asked if there were emails between the People and the defense and Mr. Okin indicated yes.

Judge Miles again stressed that the victims be informed, if they did not already know.

Intervention is on September 24 at 3 p.m. and Preliminary hearing is on October 14 at 8:30 a.m.

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Jul 3, 2015

21 year old charged with oral copulation and statutory rape of minor victims hires private attorney, court hearing continued

Brendan Phillips is charged with oral copulation and stautory rape of two minor victims, one at least 10 years younger than him.

DDA Brie Bennett is prosecuting the case. Conflict Counsel's Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis had been appointed as Phillips' attorney but he has now been able to retain a private attorney, Mr.. Benjamin Okin. The disposition and reset hearing for July 2 is now going to happen on July 9.

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Aug 10, 2015

Protecting due process of those accused of rape or making it harder for victims of rape?

Excerpts from article:

Judges across the country are saying “no” to the “yes means yes” standard of affirmative consent for date rape.

Proponents of the “yes means yes” law claim it’s a necessary step to combat sexual assaults, which some studies suggest occur at a high frequency on campuses.
But judges in California, Tennessee and Virginia say it goes too far.

Eureka Neighborhood Watch Block Party August 29

12 to 4 at Carson Park.
For more information, call 707-443-7371.

Information, music, food. EPD, Humboldt Bay Fire, Eureka Main Street, Sequoia Park Zoo, Seauoia Humane Society are some of the organizers of the event.

If CCVH says so, it must be so!

Perhaps California Cannabis Voice Humboldt should have retained consultant Richard Marks to do their PR. If you can get through their latest lengthy press release ( that only LOCO ran) and manage to dig yourself out of the lengthy self praise love fest that CCVH heaps on itself in its press release, and still have a brain cell left to absorb anything, read on.

Not liking the public backlash that led to the parting of Marks and CCVH, and seeing that not every one is fawning despite their oh so slick presentations at the BOS and courthouse press conference, CCVH takes Dan of NEC to task!

Two excerpts from CCVH's press release on Lost Coast Outpost:

"These meetings have been advertised in multiple local media outlets such as the Lost Coast OutpostNorth Coast JournalTimes-StandardThe Red-Headed BlackbeltEmerald Magazine; on local radio stations such as KWPT, KHUM, and KMUD; and not to mention in our weekly newsletters and on our social media platforms as well. These have all been meetings advertised to the public and open to the public. There have been no cover charges, no membership needed to attend, to comment, or to join in."

"We have constantly reached out, as is now clear, to local organizations, individuals, public entities and agencies, and legislators; the vast majority of whom are far removed from being involved in the cannabis industry. We have been far from insular in our outreach, as is also now clear, and therefore find insinuations that we have avoided public input to be completely without any merit whatsoever."

Yes, CCVH has been very inclusive. They send press releases and advertise on media sources that have a lot of pot advertisers and pro pot crowd. Way to skew those numbers. The TS editorial on the ordinance sounded exactly like what CCVH's Luke Bruner said. Of all these media sources, except LOCO's Ryan Burns, where are the investigative articles on CCVH?

If this was a logging ordinance, the same media sources would be bending backwards raising questions. The fact that these media sources are not so vocal, giving any detractors luke warm support speaks volumes.

CCVH's claim that they have included people who are far removed from the cannabis industry? Who would that be?

Politicians they are wooing with the carrot of a possible voting constituency, media that depend on ad revenue from the "cannabis industry", businesses or consultants or people involved directly or indirectly in the "cannabis industry."

CCVH is all for input as long as you agree with them. And if you dare to expose their agenda, they will respond via selected press, saying well we have a plan and you don't! Therefore, this should be passed. Conveniently leaving out, that they have financial incentive to invest into this ordinance.

Shred-Aware's Kyle Visser to run against Patrick Higgins and Susan for Harbor District 5 seat

Shred-Aware owner Kyle Visser has filed papers to run against Susan Rotwein who declared her candidacy last week for Harbor District 5 seat. Both, will be running against the current incumbent Patrick Higgins.

Kyle Visser

James Leonard Roberts has filed papers for District 1, a seat that Ming Tree's Larry Doss is also running for. Aaron Newman, the incumbent for that seat did not file to run.

He was recognized in 2013 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is recognizing James Leonard Roberts with inclusion in the prestigious FAA Airmen Certification Database, according to an article in the

As reported last week, official announcement for Larry Doss's candidacy for Harbor District

Larry O. Doss, president of a countywide real estate firm, has filed candidacy papers for the District One seat on the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation & Conservation District board of commissioners. Election day is November 3.

About the Harbor District, Doss says, “The District’s debt is too great and we must get our harbor working. As your commissioner, I’ll focus on working with the board to create a strategic plan to bring new jobs and revenue to the harbor. A successful job strategy will help the county’s economy and will allow the District to enhance its recreation and conservation programs.”

He added that the Harbor Board has not posted minutes of its meetings on its website since August, 2013. “This is no way to run a public business.  The Board needs to communicate with the citizens it was elected to serve.” 

Doss has  headed Ming Tree Realtors since 1995. He has served on the Humboldt Bay Fire District board of directors and is past president of the Humboldt Association of Realtors. He has lived in Humboldt County since age four and went through local schools and the College of the Redwoods. He and his wife, Cassandra, live in Eureka with their college student sons, Thomas and Foster, and daughter Laurel, a Sixth Grader. 

Prosperity Forward Reception to release Humboldt Business Confidence Report

Business and civic leaders will gather at the Prosperity Forward Reception on Friday to see new information and perspectives on Humboldt’s economy.
A new report, the Humboldt Business Confidence report, will be unveiled at the reception and includes survey results of local businesses and industry leaders.
“The report shows that exporting businesses are growing, hiring and increasing wages,” said Jacqueline Debets, Workforce Development Board Director.
Debets produced the report with Professor Hari Singh, Chair of the School of Business at Humboldt State University.
A new Economic Dashboard and the new website at RedwoodCoastProsperity.comwill also be featured. The dashboard graphically lays out valuable local employment information year-by-year, such as total employment, job creation and firm creation. It also details recent performance of key local industries.
“These are all outcomes prioritized in Humboldt County’s economic development strategy, Prosperity 2012,” said Debets.
Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited. The event will take place from 4-6 p.m. in the new Sequoia Center conference facilities at 901 Myrtle Avenue.