Sep 18, 2015

Brian Mello's resume, I mean booking sheet

When he is not in court, Mello is busy being booked. 

Ocassionally suing the County.

Today's APD release:
On Friday September 18, 2015 at approximately 11:30am, officers from the Arcata Police Department attempted to contact a felony warrant suspect in the 600 block of F Street. 38 year old Arcata resident Brian Ray Mello was wanted on several local felony and misdemeanor warrants for the following violations:
·         Felon in Possession of a Firearm
·         Felon in Possession of Ammunition
·         Possession of Methamphetamine
·         Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale
·         Felony Vandalism
·         Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
·         Driving on a Suspended License

Mello assaulted one of the officers and fled into an occupied residence in the 500 block of G Street where he exited through an upstairs window and jumped from that roof top to an adjacent building.  Officers formed a perimeter and contained Mello on the roof where he refused to come down and was exhibiting signs and symptoms of methamphetamine intoxication including delusional behavior.  APD negotiators were able to peacefully conclude the incident at approximately 1:30pm when they convinced Mello to come down from the roof top and he was taken into custody without further incident.  The officer who was assaulted did not sustain any injuries.

Mello was booked at the Humboldt County Jail for the warrants and the following fresh charges:

·         Penal Code: 243(b)-Assault on a Peace Officer
·         Penal Code: 148(a)(1)-Resisting Arrest
·         Penal Code: 602.5(b)-Aggravated Trespass
·         Penal Code: 1203.2-Violation of Probation   

California Moving company moves domestic abuse victims at no cost

Humboldt needs this service.


A California Moving Company Will Move Domestic Abuse Victims At No Cost

That's the title. Read the entire article on the site.

Officer choses to stay with EPD instead of joining the DA's office

I removed the facebook screenshot at the Officer's request because it did have personal identifying
 information. This was sent to me by someone. 

The quote is "I was offered a position and opportunity to work as a DA Investigator with Humboldt County. I have to say I am very impressed with our DA and the direction she is trying to move in. However, I had to decline the offer. EPD has promoted me to Senior Detective and I don;t feel my job is completed here yet. Eureka is facing some very trying times ahead and I know this is where I need to be."

Eureka does indeed face some very trying times ahead. I will just let the facebook post speak for itself.

Mckinleyville Maplewood bust discovers two houses specifically for growing

On Thursday, September 17, 2015 at about 7:30 a.m. the Humboldt County Drug Task Force along with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at three brand new houses on Maplewood Rd in McKinleyville.
When the officers served the search warrants they discovered two of the houses were specifically for sophisticated marijuana grows. Officers arrested three people at the residences: Haley Marie Paulsen age 24, Emily Christine Page age 25, and Andrew Lee Grigsby, age 31.
The officers located growing marijuana plants, dried marijuana packaged for sales and distribution, concentrated cannabis for sales and distribution, high-end money counters, large quantities of packaging materials which indicate the shipment of marijuana, a large amount of ballistic body armor, security guard badges, police radios, handcuffs, cell phones, state and federal police clothing, and paperwork on how to be a narcotics smuggler.
All three arrestees were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for the following charges:
Paulsen: HS 11358 – Plant/Cultivate/Harvest Marijuana
PC 182(a)(1) – Conspiracy: Commit Crime
HS 11357(a) – Possession of Concentrated Cannabis.
Page: PC 182(a)(1) – Conspiracy: Commit Crime
Grigsby: HS 11358 – Plant/Cultivate/Harvest Marijuana
PC 182(a)(1) – Conspiracy: Commit Crime
Bail was set at $25,000 for each of the arrestees.

No public comment for you! Just for the afternoon session for Board of Supervisors on September 22

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors has decided to cancel the afternoon meeting that was previously scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The public will have an opportunity when the meeting begins at 9 a.m. to comment on items not currently placed on the agenda

State's most dangerous inmates tell prison guards to be quiet

This is a link to the AP story instead of the text. Updated 9/21/2015 at 5:17 p.m.

Man convicted of torture and rape after he violates protective order

New York man convicted of torturing and raping ex-girlfriend in front of her child
Published September 18, 2015 Fox News Latino

He tormented and assaulted her – raping her and shaving her head – for days in front of her toddler.

Now authorities want to put Alex Anselmo away for at least 50 years, at most, life, when he is sentenced on October 1, according to the New York Daily News.

The 31-year-old woman, who is Anselmo’s ex-girlfriend, had a restraining order against him. Anselmo, who was convicted Wednesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court on numerous charges in connection to the 2013 actions against the woman, supposedly lost it when he learned through Facebook that she was in a new relationship, the News said.

Anselmo, who is 31, is said to have attacked her at least four times a day.

“I was very scared and did not want him to do anything worse to me and my daughter...I did what he said,” said the woman who testified at trial, according to the News.

Anselmo kept the child in the room and would not let her have what the News described as “adequate food.”

"The defendant is a monster. He mercilessly tortured a defenseless woman and would have probably killed her if he wasn't stopped," the News quoted Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson as saying.

The police complaint, the News said, says Anselmo cut tendon’s in the ex-girlfriend’s feet so that she was not mobile and could not escape. He raped her, shaved off her hair, hit her legs with a metal rod and whipped her back with a power cord – all in front of her 2-year-old child.

He took photos of her wounds and did an Internet search looking for the amount of Xanax pills it would take to kill someone, the News said.

The News noted that “a concerned neighbor” heard the cocking of a gun and called 911, ending the torture.

It's an emergency drill so don't panic

It's an emergency drill, so don't panic!

From Emily Jacobs:

The Humboldt County Aviation Division will be holding a live emergency drill at the California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 1 pm to approximately 3 pm. Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139 requires that the airport hold a live drill once every three years, and this drill was last conducted at the airport in 2012.

During the drill, several emergency agencies and vehicles will be responding to a simulated aircraft accident on airport grounds. If you are near the airport during the drill, you may hear sirens or other loud noises associated with a typical emergency response. The drill will include real-time response, mock injuries, and challenging issues to make the drill a true training event for the participating agencies.

Jury trial for former HCSO deputy accused of sexual assault postponed to next year

The jury trial for Jason Daniels was scheduled for September 21. Due to courtroom unavailibilty, there is a setting date for January 26, 2016 at 2 p.m in Courtroom 2.

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Sep 17, 2015

Another disposition and reset hearing for Thomas Kane charged with accidental death of Gabe Jackson

Another disposition and reset hearing was held this afternoon in the Thomas Kane case.  He is charged with the death of Southern Humboldt resident Gabe Jackson.

Count 1 is a felony, hit and run with injury or death. Count 2 is accidental death, knowledge and concealment, a misdemeanor.

Kane has retained the services of private attorney Ms. Kathleen Bryson.

Deputy District Attorney David Christensen is prosecuting the case.

The new disposition and reset hearing is November 5 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2.
A preliminary hearing has not been held yet in the case.

According to the comments in the post below, the victim was a nephew of Mendocino Sheriff Tom Allman.

Juveniles detained, stolen vehicle recovered by APD and HSU

On Thursday September 17, 2015 at about 1:15pm, The Arcata Police Department with the assistance of the Humboldt State University Police conducted a high risk traffic stop on a stolen vehicle associated with suspects wanted by the California Highway Patrol and considered armed and dangerous.  The vehicle, a gold colored Toyota sedan, was observed by an APD officer as it drove into a gas station in the 3100 block of Alliance Road in Arcata and one of the passengers fled on foot. The two remaining juvenile occupants were detained without incident.  A search of the vehicle revealed a replica semi-automatic handgun, methamphetamine paraphernalia and pepper spray.
The juveniles were booked into the Humboldt County Juvenile Hall on the following charges:
·         Penal Code: 496d-Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
·         Penal Code: 1203.2-Violation of Probation.
·         Penal Code: 22810(d)-Minor in Possession of Pepper Spray.
·         Health & Safety: 11364(a)-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
·         Vehicle Code 4463(a)(1): False Evidence of Vehicle Registration.

Jason Warren trial has a Judge and jury panel to start Sept 29

A pre trial hearing for the Jason Warren was scheduled for this afternoon.

Mr. Paul Sequeira, Assistant DA from Mendocino County appeared with District Attorney Maggie Fleming. He is trying the case.

Trial estimate 8 to 10 weeks. Trial schedule to be decided. It maybe full days or the typical Humboldt schedule of 8:30 to noon with a couple of afternoons.

With Courtroom 2 in jury trial for Arreaga, Courtroom 5 in another trial, Courtroom 1 to begin a long trial soon, and Judge Cissna starting a trial, he said that with the Warren case being one that has a time waiver, it may not start exactly on September 28.

Once he receives the witness list, Judge Cissna will see if he has to disqualify himself.

Judge Cissna brought up that while two additional judges are scheduled for Humboldt and an additonal Judge to help out with upcoming trials has been requested by Presiding Judge Joyce Hinrichs, "that has not come to fruition."

Jason Warren did not want to be in court and he was there briefly to formally waive his presence.

Dorothy Ulrich's mother, Mrs. Ortega and Susan Seemann's husband Hank were in court.

Witness lists, motions in limine, whether the trial would be 8:30 to noon or full days are all issues being worked before September 28.

Another court date is on September 23 at 4 p.m.

Mr. Glenn Brown asked that one motion that the people are filing on 1101b evidence be filed prior to September 28 so he can respond.

Today thank this hero

You know at least one. These heroes don't deserve one day of recognition, they deserve thanks every day.

Sep 16, 2015

Man gets arrested when he returns to crime scene for his cell phone and keys

Jason Warren pretrial hearing continued due to court oopsie moment

September 16, a pre -trial hearing was scheduled in Courtroom 4 at 2 p.m. for the Jason Warren case. Judge Timothy Cissna has been assigned the case. It has been continued to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

These kind of  oopsie moments are not news to the attorneys or the Judges but they are more obvious recently in court and I am glad my media colleagues are around to observe these snafus.

Of course, these changes are often due to last minute decisions by the Judges or attorneys.

Judge Cissna who returned from vacation acted promptly and sent an email asking for it to be rescheduled. Will Houston from the TS, Paul Mann from MRU and I were just as surprised as Warren's attorney Mr. Glenn Brown in court about this change. It must have got lost somewhere in the efficient court  communication system.

Could these oopsies be a possible result of the changes under the tenure of ex CEO Kerri Keenan? Inquiring minds would like to know but like the sudden departure of Ms. Keenan, the answer, my friend, is blowin in the wind.

Mr. Brown requested that Warren's presence be waived for tomorrow's hearing. Judge Cissna said he would address that issue tomorrow. Warren has been a no show for the past 3 hearings. Mr. Brown also requested that the pretrial hearing be at 3 p.m.

While that may be convenient for Mr. Brown, 3 p.m. the courtroom is closed for intervention, this only in Humboldt.

In a high profile case that has changes constantly and a gag order.

In the Bullock case, Judge Feeney was not back from vacation, he postponed the pretrial for a week, then proceeds to have a closed courtroom discussion with attorneys. Again high profile case, gag order. When I asked the attorneys for dates and Will and Ryan Burns were waiting with me, Mr. Cockrum, Bullock's attorney said ask the clerk. Which I did but had to wait around.

You are allowed to give dates even if there is a gag order. Now there is a special set again for the next hearing at 3 p.m. A jury trial is scheduled for October 13 but no information yet whether the evaluation found Bullock guilty by insanity. There was no hearing for 6 months, it is almost two years since Fr. Eric was killed.

There have been at least two instances where family members found out about cases and last minute changes in schedule reading my blog and in one case barely made it to court. That is how ridiculous these last minute changes are.

Someone needs to remind the Judges and certain lawyers, both who get paid by taxpayers, that they don't get to do whatever they want without transparency. Lately, these special requests and changes have been too many and they are disrespectful to family members and loved ones of victims.

Judge Hinrichs and Judge Miles are far more respectful of the public. Judge Cissna has been the same, in most instances. Judge Feeney has been following this pattern for months now in the Bullock case.

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Even Linda Atkins voted for the chronic nuisance ordinance, so the usual "protestors" need to get over it

This is the link to the Times-Standard article. Jessie Faulkner did a good job of reporting on how certain people are disruptive and disrespectful of other views. Surprise, surprise, one of them is Humboldt's resident agitator and anti-police Kim Starr aka Verbena.

Natalie Arroyo was not at the meeting last night but the ordinance passed 4-0. Even Linda Atkins voted for it, get over it, Verbena and the usual protestors.

Good job Eureka City Council.

I think the ordinance is a great idea. In fact, when the motel nuisance ordinance was passed, I mentioned this idea would be good for residences to city staff and some City Council members.

It is not the job of the EPD to monitor and make sure that tenants obey laws. Often calls to the EPD from residential properties are ones EPD can do nothing about because it a landlord-tenant issue.

People need to respect others and living spaces need to be peaceful for all.

Landlords that do more than a credit check and actually make their properties a safe and livable environment should be rewarded; those that are absentee should be penalized. Time for landlords that just collect rent to be held accountable.

How Prop 47 is affecting you the taxpayer and public safety

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that I include the history for repeat offenders. I also report on people who do not show up and have bench warrants issued, sometimes held for weeks.

People get upset when they hear that people have been booked and released from jail. And then the buck gets passed. Is it the Judge, is it the police that should have asked for a hold, is it the jail?

The DA's office since this January does give input and opposes releases. Judges make decisions whether someone should be released based on many factors including failures to appear and criminal history.

What is the incentive for someone released to appear? Do they have a bail bond? If they are being supervised and monitored by probation, why do their attorneys have to keep track of their court appearances? How many of these failure to appear warrants are issued for people that now qualify for Prop 47.

I cover the courts daily and even without any data, it is not uncommon to have at least 2 failures to appear in 1 court, some days upto 6 plus. We have 5 courts that hear criminal cases. Do the math?

Other than rescheduling court cases over and over, and additional expenditure and backlog of the court calendar, public safety is affected. Resources of law enforcement are being used to locate people who should be showing up in court.

This has become worse since Prop 47. Crimes that were felonies are misdemeanors. Criteria to put someone in jail has changed, more and more people are getting probation. While violent crimes are more serious, so are repeat offenders whose behavior usually escalates each time they are arrested.

You read the arrest reports, you don't need me to tell you that fact.

I spoke to bail bond companies about my observations and asked them about their records on people they bail out showing up for court. It has been months since I can get anyone to go on record. Only 1 bail company agreed to talk with me after a lot of persistence. They have had the same observations I have had about Prop 47 and the effect.

Bill Davidson who has been in the bail bond business for "33 years" said he has "only paid out on 1 person."

He said Prop 47's purpose to keep jail occupancy down has been successful but has the cite and release policy been beneficial to public safety?


HCSO and DHHS partner to bring more mental services to inmates in jail; HCSO also working with Hoopa tribe to improve law enforcement services

It is the Humboldt County Sheriff's office that deputizes the Hoopa tribal police per an agreement that they have with the Hoopa tribe. The Tribal Police are reserve deputies. The way the Sheriff's office and Hoopa Tribal Police have been working together will be changing soon, according to Undersheriff William Honsal, who I just spoke with a few minutes ago.

HCSO is aware of the need for more law enforcement presence in Hoopa. "Currently, only one officer has reserve officer status. The problem has escalated over the last few years because they have not been able to find deputies to work with the Tribal police," said Undersheriff Honsal. "We are working with the Tribe to find an equitable solution."

"We are going to assist them in finding Tribal officers and bring them up to the same standards of our Deputy Sheriff's. The residents of Hoopa deserve the same training and same level of service that we provide."

I also asked Undersheriff Honsal about the items passed yesterday on the consent calendar which will approve mental health services for inmates at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. This was joint effort by DHHS and the Sheriff's office.

The recent items were not related to the attempted suicides although the Sheriff's office and jail is aware and working on that issue, which Undersheriff Honsal says is a part of a larger effort. "We are working with DHHS to bring in more mental health clinicians on the weekends. Currently, they only come in Monday through Friday. We have put together a proposal for AB 109 money to submit to the Humboldt County Correctional Partnership program."

This is a photograph I took of Undersheriff William Honsal at an event with Bryan Hall of the Rescue Mission.

Another stabbing in Eureka, another uncooperative victim

This was first reported last night on Kym Kemp's Redheaded Blackbelt blog.

EPD Press Release:

On 09/15/15 at about 8:37 p.m., Officers with the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to 6th and T Streets for the report of a stabbing that had just occurred.  Callers said that the suspect was last seen running north through the greenbelt towards 5th Street and was described as a white male adult, 135 pounds, and bald.

Officers responded and searched the area with a K9 but were unable to locate the suspect.  Officers found the victim, a 29 year old Eureka male, with multiple stab wounds.  The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance with wounds that required surgery.

The victim was interviewed and said that he knew the identity of the suspect but would not provide his name.  The victim said he was in an argument with the suspect prior to the assault at a camp in the greenbelt near 6th and T Streets.

Tiny Le Wolf Whipple arrested for allegedly punching his 19 year old girlfriend in the face

On 09-14-2015 at approximately 1:10 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a residence in the 75000 block of Highway 162 in Covelo, California to investigate an incident of domestic violence.

Upon arrival, a nineteen year-old female adult told Deputies that she and her eighteen year-old boyfriend had an argument earlier in the day.

It was reported that during the argument the boyfriend, Tiny Le Wolf Whipple, grabbed the female adult by the neck and pushed her onto a couch.  Whipple then covered the female adult's head with a blanket and punched her twice in the face.

Deputies observed injuries on the female adult that were consistent with the information that was reported about the physical assault.

Deputies subsequently contacted Whipple at his residence located in the 23000 block of Charlie Hurt Highway and arrested him for domestic violence battery.

Whipple was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.

Lake County arrest for meth and child endangerment

On 09-14-2015 Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were assisting the Lake County Sheriff's Office with the Valley Fire, by patrolling the community of Cobb, California.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has been providing mutual aid to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to assist in emergency evacuations and to help prevent acts of looting from unoccupied structures that survived the Valley Fire.

At approximately 4:17 PM two Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were flagged down and advised of a suspicious vehicle, a black Honda occupied by 4 subjects.

The vehicle was reported to be in the area of the Hobergs Resort and Spa on Emorford Road.  This is one of the evacuated areas where buildings were untouched by the fire.  This area is listed as a natural disaster area and closed to public access.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area and located the reported vehicle driving away from the area.  The Deputies activated their emergency lights in the attempt to get the vehicle stopped to determine why they were in the area.

The vehicle did not stop and fled leading the Deputies on a short pursuit which ended on a dead end road located near Highway 175 and Forestry Road.

The subjects were ordered out of the vehicle and detained.

There were four people in the vehicle, three adults and one 14-year-old juvenile.  Two of the adults were identified as being James Dotson (23 years-old from Cobb, CA) and Richard Tillman (27 years-old from Cobb, CA).

At the conclusion of the contact, Dotson was booked into the Lake County Jail for vehicular fleeing, child endangerment, and possession of methamphetamine.

Tillman (Former resident of Ukiah, CA) was booked into the Lake County Jail on two outstanding no bail arrest warrants for probation violations out of Mendocino County.

The remaining adult and the 14-year-old juvenile were released at the scene.

For further information and booking photographs regarding the arrests of Dotson and Tillman can be found on the Lake County Sheriff’s Office website.

Sep 15, 2015

I am no friend of marijuana but I am having problems with your ordinance. You are putting laws in place that are catching a lot of people that shouldn't be caught; the working man and the innocent man is being caught."

Today's public hearing on an appeal of a Code Enforcement Officer's determination to the Notice and Order to abate Unlawful Marijuana Cultivation on a Shelter Cove property turned into a debate on constitutional rights, selective prosecution and opinions about the small parcel ordinance on medical marijuana passed by the Humboldt Community Board of Supervisors.

Property Owner Roger Lechner's appeal was denied by an unanimous vote, however he gained two unlikely allies today.

He has 14 days from today's decision to deal with his plants or to have his legal counsel Ed Denson take any action. The Board and staff were told in court this afternoon that Lechner had retained counsel.

The presentation and responses by County Counsel and Supervisors do shed light on the decision made by the Supervisors, their roles and the quagmire that medical cannabis regulations and laws have created that need to be worked out.

During public comment, frequent commenter at the Board of Supervisors Charles Ciancio, said "I am no friend of marijuana but I am having problems with your ordinance. You are putting laws in place that are catching a lot of people that shouldn't be caught; the working man and the innocent man is being caught."

Another regular commenter and public watchdog Kent Sawatsky said, "I have certain reservations whether this is selective prosecution. Why isn't this ordinance all over Humboldt County? There are all sorts of motives (for someone to complain against the property owner) like him growing male plants. Not that I support what he does but all should be treated equally. People are afraid to complain out of fear of retribution. Your small parcel ordinance is non-functional."

Board Chair and Supervisor Estelle Fennell responded that Shelter Cove has a Q zone which requires a permit and there are a lot of restrictions that do not exist anywhere else. "It is an one of kind resort improvement district." She also said there was a lot of input on the small parcel ordinance before it was passed and no one was being singled out.

CAO Phillip Smith-Hanes said that this hearing was to determine if there had been a code violation. And some of the comments made by Lechner were raising constitutional issues which should be raised by his attorney filing "a writ in Superior Court." He was clarifying the role of the board and what the purpose of the hearing was today.

For the record, Lechner did not deny that he "technically" broke the law, he also admitted he wanted time until harvest in October  and claimed that the complaint was made by a neighbor who was upset with him about an interaction Lechner had with one of his kids."

Before you tar and feather the Board of Supervisors, you should read the rest of the post.

At the beginning of the hearing, Deputy County Counsel Jason Sheets presented the staff report. He asked the Board of Supervisors to uphold the code enforcement determination that the property in question was a nuisance and i"marijuana was being cultivated in violation" and cited the appropriate codes.

The officer Jeff Conner said Code Enforcement Unit received a complaint from the Planning Division and then he investigated the property in question in Shelter Cove and spoke with the property owner who admitted to growing the plants on the property. The Board was shown photos taken with Google Earth.

Lechner spoke next and he refuted the officer's testimony that he admitted to having 50 male and 50 female plants. "I said I had less than 100 plants."

Then he started explaining how he ended up in Shelter Cover. Lechner said he is from West Virginia and he made it clear to people in Shelter Cover, "I was not squatting." Lechner said he was tired of being raided in West Virginia where raids occurred every four years and that he researched and investigated moving to the West Coast, specifically Humboldt due to laws that were passed. He initially wanted to live in Humboldt and have a dispensary in Mendocino. "I don;t want to run a dispensary, I don;t want to be a part of the marijuana culture; I understand why people are tired of squatters."

"People who have a house can do whatever they want, people who don't cannot."

At one point, Supervisor Rex Bohn asked Lechner to tell the Board information regarding his appeal, and not how he got to Humboldt. Same effort was made by other Supervisors.

Supervisor Fennell in response to Lechner's comments, said, "A law was proposed and you were aware you had to have a permit." She said the Q zone is for property to build a house and not cultivate marijuana. "

Lechner admitted that he technically violated the law and that he does not live on the property.

Humboldt County Sups pass three items that will help inmates dealing with mental issues

Three items passed on the consent calendar passed by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will help inmates dealing with mental health issues.

One is allowing upto 30 days additional intensive treatment in Sempervirens for individuals gravely disabled as a result of a mental disorder.  That is not specific to inmates but it will help individuals dealing with these issues.

The other is authorizing the jail to provide psychaitric medication for inmates who are found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

The third is eligible professionals who can discontinue a 5150 hold prior to a transfer to a facility designated by the County for evaluation and treatment by the State Department of Health Care Services.

Using the recent case of Jeremy Kish, the suspect charged with arson at the former Alliance Market location in Arcata, among other charges, being able to provide medication would have made a huge difference in court proceedings, including not needed extra supervision.

Supervisors Ryan Sundberg and Virginia Bass told me these items were a result of discussion with the Sheriff's office.

Motion to direct County Counsel to come back with local ordinances regarding medical marijuana

A motion was made by Supervisor Ryan Sundberg to direct County Counsel to come back with ordinances in regards to medical marijuana in compliance with state law effective no later than March 1, 2016. The second to the motion was by Supervisor Mark Lovelace.

It passed unanimously.

This just happened at the morning session of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.

County Counsel Jeffrey S. Blanck said after ordinance adoption, excise tax will be second step.

Cannabis Voice Humboldt was represented by Terra Carver, Luke Bruner, Outreach Coordinator Andy and there were about 20 other community members in the audience including former City Eureka Councilmember Larry Glass.

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride raises funds for prostate cancer

The Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride is a worldwide event happening on
September 27th "where more than 30,000 "smartly-dressed gentlefolk" in
over 400 cities will straddle the saddles of their café' racers,
bobbers, scramblers and other marvelous custom motorcycles to raise
awareness and help fund the cure for prostate cancer."

"In grand style, dapper gents and elegant ladies shall ride their steeds
spreading merriment and joy throughout their communities whilst raising
awareness for men's health."

"In 2014, over 20,000 participants in 257 cities in 58 countries raised
over $1.5 million (US) for prostrate cancer research. Our fundraising
goal for 2015 is $3 million (US)"… and this year we've got a ride
planned right here in Eureka!

"Triumph Motorcycles continues to lend its support, imbuing its esteemed
and admired heritage to the event!"

Please consider sponsoring my ride participation with a small donation
to the cause at my official web link here: 

Mckinleyville Smug's robbed

On 09-14-2015 at 7:40 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff Office Deputies responded to Smug’s Pizza located in the 2700 block of Central Avenue, McKinleyville, regarding an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The female employee told the deputies a male suspect entered Smug’s Pizza, displayed a knife and demanded the money out of the cash register. The clerk then gave a undisclosed amount of money to the suspect. The suspect then left on foot and the clerk locked herself in the restroom and dialed 9-1-1.

The suspect is described as follows: male adult, mid 20’s, dark complexion, 5’-6”, 170-180 pounds, last seen wearing, gray hooded sweatshirt with a red bandana covering his face.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Sep 14, 2015

As already reported on September 9, new hire joins DA's office

I had already reported on September 9 that Ms. Candace Myers was hired. She had been representing the City of Eureka.

DA's press release:

Today, Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming announced the hiring of Deputy District Attorney Candace Myers. Ms. Myers, a graduate of Humboldt State University and McGeorge Law School, was most recently employed by the Eureka City Attorney’s office. Prior to that she had interned and worked as a misdemeanor Deputy District Attorney in the Sacramento District Attorney’s office. She will be assigned a misdemeanor caseload as well as workers’ compensation fraud cases.

City of Eureka victorious over Dane Carr who will serve jail time

Mr. Ryan Plotz appeared for the City of Eureka.

I posted previously that the City of Eureka was seeking jail time for the cases they won against Dane Carr.

The defense lost their motion for a new trial and their application for transfer.

Judge Marilyn Miles lifted the stay on sentencing.

Carr's attorney Ms. Rain tried to advocate for him saying he had not been in trouble, had stable housing now, and would not be sleeping in public.

Judge Miles explained that by refusing probation which she had offered and urged Carr to accept, she no longer had jurisdiction. And since the transfer had been denied by Court of appeals because it was untimely, she had no option but to lift the stay.

Today Verbena and a couple othera were in Courtroom 2 to support Dane Carr.

Tracy Rain is representing Carr. Total days in jail are 140 to be served consecutively for 7 cases. In two other cases, he was sentenced to two days and had two days credits so "no time was owed in those cases."

Carr refused probation and today refused SWAP. The commit date is September 26 at 9 a.m.

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Resolution reached in former Rio Dell police officer Kevin Harralson's case

Today, in Courtroom 5, at trial readiness for Rio Dell police officer Kevin Harralson. Instead Harralson's attorney, Mr. Robinson told Judge Joyce Hinrichs, a resolution has been reached in the case.

Rio Dell City Manager Kyle Knopp just informed me that Harralson is no longer employed with the City of Rio Dell effective September 2.

Harralson is not appealing his termination.

No other media was in court when this was announced a little after 2 p.m. today and no one is here now.

The People need to file an amended information, after which the plea can be taken. The plea was taken at 3:15.
Harralson plead guilty to a misdemeanor PC 236, false imprisonment.

The counts from the original complaint were dismissed.

These were the conditions of the pkea agreement: Three years informal probation, termination of employment with City of Rio Dell, cannot be employed with law enforcement during probation, no contact with victim during probation, 52 week batterer's program and standard domestic violence probation conditions.

Mr. Robinson said after the last court hearing on September 11, this resolution was reached after "extensive discussions with Ms. Fleming."

The current victim as well Harralson's former wife did not want to testify and they did not want to be present for sentencing, said DDA A. J. Kamada.

Harralson's former wife acknowledged he had been participating in family counseling. No victim restitution was requested.

DA's press release:
Today, former Rio Dell police officer Kevin Harralson pled guilty to a misdemeanor violation of Penal Code section 236, false imprisonment.  He has been sentenced to three years of probation and the probation terms include participation in a 52-week domestic violence counseling program, have no contact with the victim, and not appeal his termination from the Rio Dell police department nor seek employment with any law enforcement agency for the duration of probation.
Prior to accepting his plea, the terms of the plea and sentence were discussed with both the current victim as well as his former wife and both agreed this was an appropriate resolution.  His family appreciates his efforts at counseling and that he will agree to participate in a domestic violence counseling program as part of his probation.

Sep 13, 2015

A good act done with nothing expected in return

This happens in Humboldt too. So often, we do not notice random acts of kindness. 

This police officer exemplifies Matthew 6: 1-4:

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."

You don't see a lot of media showing this side of Donald Trump because it does not play to the stereotype they want to promote of the Republican Party

In an article by Reuters on Yahoo News, Trump says high pay for CEOs is a joke and 'disgraceful'.

In that same article, Trump is quoted saying, high salaries paid to chief executives were a "joke" and a "disgrace" and said these were often approved by company boards stacked with the CEO's friends.

Donald Trump and Ben Carson are resonating with voters. The Republican Party should pay attention to that, both are outsiders to the Washington scene and it's economy that resonates with most people, not social issues which both parties use to divide while skirting economic realities.

I am not endorsing Trump but he is saying a lot of things that people behind closed doors think, in both parties. Political correctness only goes as far as public persona for many people.

 A Bush and Clinton presidential race will change nothing. Same ole same ole.