Oct 10, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard rescues two people from the water near Woodley Island

 These are photos by Steve Payton of the U.S. Coast Guard doing a demonstration of a water rescue of two people. These photos behind the library.

Today, the U.S. Post office unveiled a stamp in honor of the Coast Guard. A helicopter took off from Halvorsen park and these are photos from this morning's event unveiling ceremony, said Eureka Mayor Frank Jager.

Link to information about the stamp.


Open since Tuesday, The Greene Lily Cafe already has "regulars"

I reported on this new Old Town business while they were still getting ready to open.


Today, I stopped by.

The Greene Lily Cafe is open and on a sunny Saturday in Humboldt, tables of friends and family are enjoying fare that includes brunch starters such as fresh pears with brown sugar, orange juice and butter drizzled with vanilla yogurt. Entrees such as crab cake benedict, breakfast burger, biscuits and gravy, melted brie and veggie wraps.

Regular breakfast includes various egg benedicts, omelettes, huevos rancheros and french toast.

Lunch includes philly cheese steak, chicken strips, burgers and sandwiches with vegetarian options.

Mimosas, beer, wine and ale are available in addition to non alcoholic beverages.

They have only been open since Tuesday and already have regulars, said Charity Desbrow, the owner, pictured above. Coffee is from a local supplier and baked goods feature Vellutini's bakery.

Oct 9, 2015

"What absolute dedication from Assemblyman Wood and Senator Mcguire. Our Supervisors were highly involved on the state level and we are very luck to have them."

"What tremendous accomplishment, " said Luke Bruner, from California Cannabis Voice Humboldt. He is chairperson of the legislative committee for the California Cannabis Industry Association. "What absolute dedication from Assemblyman Wood and Senator Mcguire. Our Supervisors were highly involved on the state level and we are very lucky to have them."

I spoke with Luke literally minutes after the news broke about Governor Brown signing the bills.

Statement From CCVH:

Three days after Assemblymember Jim Wood stood on the steps of the Humboldt County Superior Courthouse, we are glad to share the news that Governor Jerry Brown has signed a package of bills to create long overdue regulation of the medical cannabis industry in California. After nearly two decades of near dormancy, a rush of activity and a tidal wave of work will transform the landscape for medical cannabis farmers, providers, patients, and dispensaries. Our own freshman Assemblymember Jim Wood wasted no time in getting to work on this ignored subject matter. In his first term in the California State Assembly, Dr. Wood quickly got to work, and the fruits of this work have been validated today with the Governor’s signature.

Yet again proving that the North Coast has some of the most courageous and hard working representatives in the Capitol, fellow freshman legislator and State Senator Mike McGuire’s SB 643 was another of the medical cannabis bills signed into law earlier today by the Governor. Humboldt County is proud to be represented by leaders who waste no time in tackling tough issues others have neglected to deal with.

AB 243, authored by Dr. Wood, and SB 643 by Mr. McGuire are now the law of the land. Due to their efforts, Humboldt County will have the environmental protection and appellation zoning we need to help ensure a sustainable future, and we look forward to this new era in California.

We thank Assemblymember Wood and State Senator McGuire for all their effort. We would also like to thank our local Supervisors, and members of the medical marijuana ad hoc committee, Estelle Fennell and Ryan Sundberg who have been heavily engaged on the state level throughout this process. Without their leadership, our community would never have come so far. Last and most importantly, we want to thank the thousands upon thousands of citizen stakeholders who have helped along this long and winding path. When the grassroots are engaged in the democratic process, the “grasstops” listen!

Supervisor Ryan Sundberg said, "With the signing of these three bills, we are taking a step toward regulating and and taxing this large industry. We can now better deal with the impacts and improve our quality of life here in Humboldt. I appreciate all of the work Senator McGuire and Assemblyman Wood put into these bills to ensure we have as much local control as possible"

Another union endorsement for Nick Angeloff

Another union endorsement for Nick Angeloff from Plumbers and Steamfitters union.

The Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290 has chosen to endorse candidate Nick Angeloff for second division Harbor Commissioner. Mr. Angeloff has proven he will work hard to develop a healthy and diverse economy in Humboldt County as a Harbor Commissioner. With a background of working to create high paying union jobs, Angeloff is committed to ensuring the Harbor District diversifies its economic portfolio to include a healthy and thriving shipping component. He will work to create a stable economic base of shipping, commercial fishing, recreation and tourism; and bringing good paying, benefitted union jobs back to our county. For these reasons and many more, the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290 proudly endorses Nick Angeloff for Harbor Commission. We urge you to join us to vote for Nick to get our harbor working again.

Operating Engineers Local 3 endorses Nick Angeloff for Second District Harbor Commissioner

The Operating Engineers interviewed all candidates for Harbor District Commissioner and
have chosen to endorse Nick Angeloff for the Second Division Commissioner. A panel of members
interviewed Mr. Angeloff and were impressed with his goals and mission to create economic diversity on the bay through a stable economic base of shipping. His outreach to central valley agricultural producers, brokers, and cooperatives holds promise to get our harbor working again. His mission to pre- permit local docks will allow local owners to rehabilitate their facilities which will mean more jobs for operating engineers throughout the county. A more active port means a stronger economy which translates into more jobs and most importantly more high paying, benefitted union jobs in Humboldt County. These are the reasons the Operating Engineers Local No. 3 AFL-CIO have endorsed Nick Angeloff for Harbor Commission. Vote for Nick Angeloff November 3rd to get our harbor working again.

Governor Brown signs medical marijuana bills to regulate cannabis industry



Nearly two decades after Californians voted to legalize medical marijuana, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a package of bills into law that will regulate the industry for the first time.
Members of Brown's administration worked with a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in the final days of the legislative session to craft the rules, so his endorsement of the three measures -- Senate Bill 643 and Assembly Bills 243 and 266 -- was widely anticipated.



“This new structure will make sure patients have access to medical marijuana, while ensuring a robest tracking system,” the governor said in his signing message. “This sends a clear and certain signal to our federal counterparts that California is implementing robust controls not only on paper, but in practice.”

Governor Brown signs Assemblyman Wood's Williamson Act Cancellation bill

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Thursday signed AB 707, which makes sure counties have a role in the Williamson Act cancellation process. The bill, authored by Assembly member Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) and sponsored by the County of Humboldt, now requires the state to notify local governments if the state’s cancellation penalty fee assessment differs from the county’s original assessment and consider county’s input before a final determination is made.

Under the Williamson Act, counties can enter in to 10-year contracts with landowners who devote their land to agricultural production. In return, a county assesses the land at a lower rate, which reduces the amount of property taxes the landowner pays for that property.

In Humboldt County, if a landowner wants to terminate the contract before the 10-year period, they typically petition the Board of Supervisors and agree to a cancellation fee, which is based on a new property assessment. The cancellation fee serves as a deterrent to receiving a tax benefit without providing the proper public benefit to the state’s agricultural economy as well as helping to assure adequate, healthful and nutritious food for residents in California and throughout the country.

In 2011, a private landowner and the state negotiated a cancellation fee without including the County of Humboldt in the conversation. The Humboldt County Assessor originally assessed the property at $1.9 million, but the after the deal was cut between the state and landowner the cancellation value plummeted to $227,000.

Humboldt County received just over $28,000 from the cancellation fee instead of $237,375 – a loss of more than $200,000 to the county. Humboldt County entered Fiscal Year 2015-16 with a deficit of over $3 million. Instances like these, if reversed, can help reduce the deficit.

AB 707 removes the ability for the state and landowner to negotiate this cancellation fee that leaves out the county. The bill ensures counties are notified and their input is considered when landowners are looking to cancel their Williamson Act contract.

“Local governments should never be left in the dark when negotiations are happening that directly affect them,” Wood said. “AB 707 ensures that cities and counties always have a seat at the table. I’m thrilled the Governor agreed with me as well.”

"There are 25 or so files here"; Visiting Judge's response to signing an order to show cause to be served on Napa State Hospital for Jeremy Kish

A 90 day progress report for Jeremy Kish scheduled on November 12 will probably end up being rescheduled. Why?

Kish who was to be transported to Napa after a commitment order was signed in August by Judge Marilyn Miles is still at the Humboldt County jail facility. The Public Defender's office filed an order to show cause why NAPA has still not transported Kish.  The People were in agreement with the defense.

Mr. Casey Russo is representing Kish since the last hearing. Deputy District Attorney Adrian Kamada was present for the People for yesterday's hearing which took place in Courtroom 6 before Visiting Judge Richard Kossow. With the court restructuring , it should have been in Courtroom 5.

Mr. Russo told Judge Kossow that "Kish has been here 50 plus days. NAPA has failed to transport him within a reasonable time. We ask that by October 22 for NAPA to show cause why they haven't transported him."

"There are 25 or so files here," said Judge Kossow. "You want me to sign an order in each of them?

What would a Kish hearing be without some drama. Watched by three extra bailiffs, in addition to the regular courtroom bailiff, Kish dressed in his red jumpsuit, with mouth and face covered with a mask and in chains, piped up, "Your honor, can I have a moment to talk to my attorney?"

After a minute with Mr. Russo, this time not loud enough for everyone to hear in the courtroom, KIsh was content to have his minute of fame and was taken back to his cell.

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Sep 5, 2015

This time Jeremy Kish's lawyer fires him!

Well technically, his lawyer did not fire him, but how could I resist that pun after Kish's numerous attempts at Marsden hearings that were denied.

Jeremy Kish is still waiting transport to Napa State Hospital. A commitment order was signed on August 19 by Judge Marilyn Miles. Dressed is his trademark red for administrative segregation, bound in chains, mouth and head covered with masks, Kish was only escorted by one extra bailiff.

His lawyer, Conflict Counsel's Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis told Judge Marilyn Miles that "my office has a conflict on all the cases." Public Defender's office was appointed for Kish on September 4.

DDA Whitney Barnes was present for the People.

Just as I thought, at last, one drama free Kish court hearing, Kish yelled to Judge Miles, "Can you rush on the transportation?"

If you haven't been following the case, read the previous links to catch up.

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Governor Brown vetoes anti gun Senate Bill



“Over the last several decades, California’s criminal code has grown to more that 5,000 separate provisions, covering almost every conceivable form of human misbehavior….Before we keep going down this road,” Brown said, “I think we should pause and reflect on how our system of criminal justice could be made more human, more just and more cost effective.”

Full details at the link.

Grand opening of Hits and Kicks tonight during Arts Arcata

Humboldt's latest new business and local tennis and soccer shop.

Check them out on Facebook.
Join us October 9th 7-9 PM to celebrate our move to the Plaza in Arcata. Snacks and Music plus some giveaways! Don't miss out on this fun night.
We are now located at: 853 H Street in Arcata on the west side of the Plaza. Phone No. 707.822.4487

Oct 8, 2015

$500,000 bail for murder and robbery suspect in Yorkville marijuana garden case


On 09-27-2015 at 7:18 AM the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible shooting in Yorkville, California.

A person called into the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office dispatch center and advised they had received a telephone call from a 25-year-old Adult Male they knew who reported that he had been shot while at a marijuana garden.

Deputies were able to contact the 25-year-old Adult Male by calling his cellular telephone and were guided to a remote wooded location near the 37000 block of Highway 128 in Yorkville.

Upon contact the 25-year-old Adult Male was found to have multiple gunshot wounds and was subsequently transported by air ambulance to an out of county hospital for medical treatment.

The 25-year-old Adult Male had sustained life threatening injuries but is expected to survive those injuries at this time.

Sheriff's Detectives were summoned to the scene to further investigate the incident.

This investigation is on-going at this time and no further information is available for release.

Any updated information that does become available over time will be released by a subsequent press release.

Anyone with information that could assist Sheriff's Detectives is asked to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office tip-line by calling 707-234-2100.


On 09-27-2015 Sheriff's Detectives conducted a foot search of the area where the injured 25-year-old Adult Male was found.

Sheriff's Detectives traveled approximately .25 miles over mountainous terrain and located a marijuana garden site of approximately 200 plants.

An unidentified deceased Hispanic Adult Male with apparent gunshot wound(s) was found in close proximity to the garden site.

During the course of subsequent investigations Sheriff's Detectives arrested Isidro Lopez-Bernal (26-year-old male from Ukiah, California) and Mario Godinez (25-year-old male from Cloverdale, California) in connection with the incident.

Both were contacted and arrested in different locations in Cloverdale, California.

Both were booked into the Mendocino County Jail on charges of murder and robbery, each to remain in custody in lieu of $500,000.00 bail.

The injured 25-year-old Adult Male's involvement in the incident is still under investigation at this time.

The location of the marijuana garden site appeared to have been established as a result of a trespass onto privately owned property.

A forensic autopsy on the unidentified deceased Adult Male is scheduled for 09-29-2015 and identification is pending.

Anyone with information that could assist Sheriff's Detectives is asked to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office tip-line by calling 707-234-2100.


On 10-07-2015 Sheriff's Detectives identified the unidentified deceased Adult Male as being 43-year-old Marcos Bautista from Cloverdale, California.

The forensic autopsy conducted on 09-29-2015 determined Bautista had died as the result of multiple gunshot wounds.

On 10-08-2015 at 4:43 PM Sheriff's Detectives booked Edgar Fidel Contreras into the Mendocino County Jail on charges of murder and robbery in connection with this case.

Contreras was the 25-year-old Adult Male that had been located by Deputies on 09-27-2015 after the shooting incident was reported.

Contreras is expected to be held in lieu of $500,000.00 bail.

Humboldt among North Coast Counties receiving California Counties Collaboration Award

On September 8, 2015, the North Coast counties of Del Norte, Lake, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma and Trinity received the California Counties Collaboration Award from the California Association of Counties (CSAC).
CSAC highlights County best-practices annually as a part of their Challenge Awards. These awards are presented to celebrate the innovative work being developed and implemented by California Counties. This year, 250-plus entries were submitted, with the judges selecting two special awards, 10 Challenge Awards and 30 Merit Awards.The panel of judges were impressed by the strong collaboration among the North Coast Counties for their work on the North Coast Marijuana Policy Statement, a unified regional position focused on addressing the impacts of marijuana, and created a special award: The California Counties Collaboration Award.
“The people of Mendocino, Del Norte, Lake, Sonoma, Trinity and Humboldt counties ought to be very proud of this regional effort to deal with a common issue,” said CSAC Executive Director Matt Cate. “Counties perform so many critical functions, and most of it happens well below the public radar screen. This award recognizes the great achievement of a six-county collaboration on a particularly complex public policy issue.”Over the past year, the North Coast Counties have been informally discussing the possible impacts of potential state and federal cannabis policies on our economies, environment and public safety. With a desire to coordinate a larger discussion and possible action, a small group of supervisors and CAOs decided to move forward with a regional summit to share information and ideas, which resulted in the regional adoption of a North Coast Counties Marijuana Policy Statement focused on key issues around local control, revenue and taxation, environment and economics. Many issues addressed in the statement were incorporated in the Legislature’s medical marijuana regulatory package, that is currently on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature.
The policy statement created a unified platform that enables our region to more effectively advocate at a state and federal level to protect, support, and enhance our economies and improve the quality of life across all six counties. The North Coast Counties are honored to receive the California Counties Collaboration Award and look forward to working together on other regional issues.

Patrick Higgins or Susan Rotwein? Which 5th District candidate's plan for the next four years will actually results in jobs for the community?

Patrick Higgin's candidate statement:

As your 5th District representative on the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Commission for the past eight years, my priorities have been the District’s fiscal health, job creation, maintaining the health of Humboldt Bay, and North Coast marine conservation.

During my terms I have twice chaired the District’s Economic Development Committee, identifying options for economic diversification and improving collaboration with the private sector.

As your Harbor Commissioner, I have helped:

Bring the District from the brink of bankruptcy to solvency
Expand the aquaculture industry and create dozens of good jobs
Obtain, clean up and convert the Samoa pulp mill for economic development,
Expand infrastructure for the fishing industry and
Obtain grant resources for projects important to the community

I helped our District and governments of the North Coast respond to the Marine Life Protection Act in a way that maintains our vital sport and commercial fisheries while meeting essential conservation objectives.

If you elect me, over the next 4 years I will ensure that our Harbor District leads the community in coping with seal level rise, and continues to work for expanded public access and development of a trail system along the shore of Humboldt Bay. HigginsforHarbor.org

Susan Rotwein's candidate statement:

As your Commissioner, I’ll dedicate myself to working with the Board to make job-creation strategies its highest priority - such as keeping our harbor dredged deep for ships; creating the most efficient mix of transportation modes; and restoring the fishing fleet infrastructure by working with the private sector to build a new cold-storage and ice plant. This will create more District revenues which will fund more conservation and recreation programs.

I’ll ensure that the Board’s work is transparent, improve communication and encourage citizen input.
Visit www.electsusan.org to learn about my ideas to bring harbor related jobs to Humboldt County.

Qualification: District resident since 1981; owner/manager of a retail/wholesale seafood business and commercial fishing boat. Former Trinidad Planning Commissioner and City Council.

Victim's family walks out upset with yet another continuance in the David Lockhart case

No courtroom available and defense requested another continuance. Despite objections by the victim's family, represented by Mr. Patrik Griego who referred to "numerous continuances in this case", Judge Feeney said this was a time waived case, there were no courtrooms, he "regretfully" granted the continuance.

Lockhart is represented by Mr. Russ Clanton, his associate Mr. David Celli appeared in court on his behalf. Deputy District Attorney David Christensen is prosecuting the case now, instead of Ms. Jackie Pizzo.

New preliminary hearing date is November 5 at 8:30 a.m.

Preliminary hearing for David Lockhart charged with gross vehicular manslaughter is rescheduled for October 8

David Lockhart, is chared with a felony: homicide with the count of gross vehicular manslaughter and death of multiple victims. Yesterday, there was an intervention hearing in Courtroom 2 and the preliminary hearing for September 15 was vacated and a new date of October 8 was scheduled.

The Baker family, who lost their loved ones, have local  attorney Patrik Griego to represent them.

Deputy District Jackie Pizzo has been handling the case for the People. Mr. Russ Clanton represents Lockhart.

The District Attorney's office filed a stipulation and order on September 2 for independent analysis of a controlled substance.

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California Highway Patrol press release:

On November 12, 2014, at approximately 1730 hours, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by 48 year old David Lockhart of Weott, CA, was traveling south on US-101, north of Garberville. A 2012 Chevrolet Suburban SUV, driven by a 24 year old resident of Rio Dell, CA, was traveling north on US-101, north of Garberville. For reasons still under investigation, the Chevrolet Silverado pickup made an unsafe turning movement and traveled across the center median, into the northbound traffic lanes of US-101, while still traveling south.  The Silverado pickup subsequently collided head-on with the Suburban SUV in the #2 lane of northbound US 101.

Drivers of the both vehicles as well as the passenger of the Suburban SUV suffered major injuries as a result of the collision.  The driver of the Suburban SUV later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at Jerold Phelps Community Hospital. The names of the Driver and Passenger of the Suburban SUV are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriff, Cal-Fire, Garberville Volunteer Fire department, and Redway Volunteer Fire department all responded to the scene. This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol - Garberville Area.

Drug impairment does appear to be a factor in this collision.  At the time of the collision, airbags in both vehicles deployed, and all occupants were properly safety-belted.

People rest in Fieldbrook double murder homicide, defense begins case Tuesday

People rested their case today in the Jason Arreaga case. Tomorrow is a dark day in Courtroom 2 and Monday is a court holiday. Defense will start their case Tuesday.

Oct 7, 2015

Traffic stop results in marijuana, meth and an arrest

On 10-04-2015 at approximately 11:00 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on a white Toyota Four-Runner with expired registration in the 29800 block of North Highway 101 in Willits, California.

As the driver was contacted, a Deputy standing on the passenger side observed a jar of marijuana in the cup holder inside the car.

A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of three methamphetamine smoking pipes and approximately one ounce of crystal methamphetamine.

The driver, Peter Ryan Rodriguez, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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

Matthew Foty of Texas just arrested in $64,000 bust same one as the one in Texas with a felony record?

The only difference seems to be the middle name and not much difference between Isacc and Isa.



Matthew Isacc Foty
09-DCR-051657 Adult Felony - Filed by Indictment 8/12/2010 Fort Bend County Court, Richmond, TX


Matthew Isacc Foty
09-DCR-051867 Adult Felony - Filed by Indictment 8/12/2010 Fort Bend County Court, Richmond, TX

PIO Brittany Powell said this Foty's middle name is Isa.

EPD Press Release:

On 10/06/15 at approximately 9:11 p.m., Officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to a motel on the 2200 block of 4th Street for the report of a disturbance.  Once on scene, Officers contacted two males associated with a motel room.  The males were identified as Matthew Foty and Zachary Pereira, both 25 of Texas.

During the course of the investigation, Officers noticed a strong smell of Marijuana coming from the motel room.  A search warrant was obtained and the Eureka Police Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) and Humboldt County Drug Task Force (DTF) was asked to respond and assist.

Agents seized 50 pounds of Marijuana bud individually packaged for sales and over $64,000 in US currency.  Foty and Pereira were taken into custody on suspicion of possession of Marijuana for sales and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.


Former Karuk tribe Councilman Terry Supahan new executive director of True North

Terry Supahan is the new executive director of True North. Many will be familiar with him from the Planning Department of the Hoopa tribe and as former Councilman of the Karuk tribe.

"No one was coming to help, I was screaming on top of my lungs and she was dying"; brought to court in chains, Bachus testifies about Tully and Hammers being shot

Detective Greg Musson finished testifying in the JAson Arreaga case this morning and Detective Todd Fulton briefly took the stand. Mr. Kaleb Cockrum from Conflict Counsel sat in court as his attorney.

Mr. Cockrum had come in with some paperwork during court before the morning break and spoke with Ms. Heidi Holmquist and then along with Deputy District Attorney Zack Curtis they privately chatted with Judge Miles.

Judge Miles said court will take a longer recess. After the break, Jerry Bachus who was arrested yesterday took the stand.

I reported on this development this morning.


Bachus is the third witness to testify and point towards Arreaga as the shooter, however just like Carly Michaels, Arreaga's ex and Shavonne Hammers, ex of one of the victims Harley Hammers, no one actually saw Arreaga shoot Hammers or Angel Tully. Bachus went back and forth about whether he saw Arreaga actually shoot Tully.

Rodney Coombes said he saw a man with a gun and IDed Arreaga as that man.

Shavonne Hammers, Carly Michaels and Jerry Bachus, all were given immunity by the DA's office for their testimony.

Michaels has been the only credible witness so far. With others, Ms. Holmquist has been able to raise questions about their testimony and doubts about their credibility. Will it be enough for reasonable doubt given that People's witnesses point to Arreaga as the shooter.

Bachus's testimony was all over the place about what he saw even when he was being questioned by Mr. Curtis. Ms. Holmquist during cross got him to admit to using meth since he was 12. He said he "now smokes weed and drinks" since he quit using meth in June 2015.

Compared to the photos shown in court, Bachus now has a shaved head. Dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit with his cuffs and chains removed for testimony, he said once the Gold buick driven by Arreaga left the scene, he ran back across the street to give Tully CPR.

Bachus also described pulling into Angie Ellers driveway, parking and talking to Harley Hammers and diving on the ground as shots flew in the air. He also said when Harley Hammers and Tully pulled up, they got out of the car and Tully banged on the trailer asking for Shavonne Hammers to come out. This corroborates a part of Michael's testimony. He also said that a car pulled into the driveway and Michaels had testified that she told Shavonne that a car pulled up and "those people are back."

Bachus said Tully was a "lifelong friend and they went to school together." He said he knew Harley Hammers "because he was married to Shavonne."

Mr. Curtis started his direct examination of Bachus by asking him, "When was the last time you saw Shavonne Hammers?"

Bachus, "About a year ago. I saw her at the casino, then I seen her at Safeway. She was getting a bottle of Fireball."

He did not know Michaels name but described her as a thin, young lady with brown curly hair.

Bachus said that Shavonne Hammers told him she was going to Ellers' house. He was supposed to be going to Blue Lake Casino but he had not seen Shavonne Hammers "for a while." so he went to Ellers house.

He said he pulled into the driveway and described a gold car parked near a trailer. He said Ellers was there briefly then left. "Shavonne and the young lady went into the trailer. A car comes pulling into the driveway. Ms. Tully gets out of the car. She banged on the trailer for Shavonne to come outside. Mr. Hammers exited on the other side and started looking around."

Bachus said that Harley Hammers asked him, "You know the guy with the gold car. The mother fucker shot at my feet." Then Bachus said that he dove down as a "bullet whizzed past his head."

Mr. Curtis showed Bachus a photo. "Yeah, yeah that's where I was standing," said Bachus. He then jumped up to show where in the photo (on the bulletin board behind him) and the additional bailiff standing next to him said, "Sit down!"

He then took a laser pointer handed to him by Mr. Curtis and showed where he was standing and where Harley Hammers was standing. "Next thing I know Arreaga came up and started shooting." Bachus then pointed to his head. "I'm down behind my car thinking, is this really going on? Arreaga goes pop, pop, pop."

Then Bachus mumbled something and was all over the place from down on the ground to across the street to check on Harley Hammers. He said, he saw " a car, the gold buick pulling out and Shavonne yelling, help Angel."

Then asked a question by Mr. Curtis, Bachus said his hearing was bad and he could not hear anything.

Mr. Curtis: "Did you see Mr. Arreaga take out a gun?"

Bachus: "I didn't see him take out a gun. I was standing with my back to him. I heard bam, bam, bam, only 1 gun."

Earlier, he did not say anything about seeing Tully being shot, at this point in his testimony, Bachus said he did see Tully being shot, "one time in the middle of the chest." Then he said he ran across the street to give her CPR. "I administered CPR on her but she wasn't responding," said Bachus. "No one was coming to help. I was screaming on top of my lungs and she was dying."

Bachus said that law enforcement arrived 15 to 20 minutes after the shooting. He said, "I think her (Shavonne) and the young lady went into the trailer" when asked a question by Mr. Curtis.

Mr. Curtis: How do you know Jason Arreaga?"

Bachus: "From papers. I don't know him at all. He was on the front page of the newspaper."

Bachus then IDed Arreaga in the courtroom.

"You are dressed in orange which means you are in custody," is how Ms. Holmquist started her cross examination.

Bachus said yes.

"You were subpoenaed Monday, showed up on Monday and some point left?" asked Ms. Holmquist.

"I didn't feel good," responded Bachus.

"Were you on meth?" asked Ms. Holmquist.

"No, I just didn't feel good," said Bachus.

Ms. Holmquist asked if he spoke to a DA Investigator in the last two days and Bachus said he did. He also confirmed in court he was arrested yesterday.

Ms. Holmquist asked him, "Do you remember saying on Monday that you do not remember anything?"

"Yeah," said Bachus.

"But you remember things today?" said Ms. Holmquist.

"Yeah," said Bachus.

Ms. Holmquist asked him if he signed an immunity agreement with the DA's office and he said he did.

"The only way you can get out of custody is to testify?" asked Ms. Holmquist.

"Yeah," said Bachus.

Asked about whether he uses meth, Bachus said that he did but quit in June this year and that he "now smokes weed and drinks." He had been using meth since he was 12, he is now 39 years old.
He said he just quit using meth without any treatment program.

Ms. Holmquist brought up his lengthy criminal record. This June he plead to a misdemeanor for meth. Starting from 2002 to 2015, Ms. Holmquist read specific dates and crimes he was convicted for from felony grand theft to stolen property to driving a stolen car.

Seth Morton jury trial for alleged home invasion and robbery of his own mother's home continued

The jury trial for Seth Morton scheduled for October 13 has been continued as was today's trial readiness by stipulation.

A disposition and reset hearing is scheduled for October 29.

He was held to answer on all charges after the preliminary hearing in July.

This is one of the links from the preliminary hearing.


May 1, 2015

Seth Morton preliminary continued, now scheduled for June 1

DDA Andrew Isaac was present for the People today in Courtroom 2. Mr. Casey Russo, from the Public Defender's office is representing Morton. The People did not object to the continuance. Judge Marilyn Miles said "good cause" had been shown. There were no details given. Morton entered a general time waiver today.

Intervention is on May 19 at 3 p.m. and Preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 1.

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One suspect in Fortuna heroin bust to be arraigned, no charges filed against the other

Gilberto Giron-Ramirez will be arraigned at 1:30 on October 13 in Courtroom 5. No charges have been filed against Pedro Sierra-Pozos.

The following is a link with the press release and photos on Kym Kemp's site.


Here is the text of the press release:

Over the past several months, the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit has been conducting an investigation into heroin trafficking within the Eureka area. As a result of that investigation, officers and detectives with the Eureka Police Department served multiple Search Warrants in Fortuna on Tuesday, 09/01/15.
The warrant services resulted in the seizure of approximately 1.1 lbs. of heroin, 2.7 grams of methamphetamine and $16000,00 cash. Gilberto Giron-Ramirez (40) of Fortuna, was arrested for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin for Sales and Conspiracy. Pedro Sierra-Pozos (43) also of Fortuna was arrested for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin for Sales, Possession of Methamphetamine and Conspiracy.
Both Giron-Ramirez and Sierra-Pozos were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked then released on their own recognizance.

HCSO works fast! Bachus in custody yesterday, cooling his heels at the jail

HCSO picked up Jerry Bachus. He is in custody at the jail.

Arrest warrant out for key witness in Fieldbrook double homicide trial

From LOCO's booked:

Yesterday, 2:26 p.m.

Bachus is a key witness in the Jason Arreaga jury trial. He discovered Tully after Arreaga, Carly Michaels and Shavonne Hammers had left the scene.

He tried to give her CPR, several witnesses described him as upset, and had blood on him.

Oct 6, 2015

Case dismissed! Man leaves courtroom smiling after he dodges felony assault charge

I know his name and his defense attorney's name but it is the facts that are more germane here.

A man scheduled to have a preliminary hearing for a felony, assault, instead heard the Deputy DA tell the Judge the People's decision. The Judge then said the lucky two words: Case dismissed!

According to the defense attorney, the alleged victim, the guy's brother did not want to press charges. On the night of the alleged matter, the guy was sleeping. His brother burst into his home and demanded sunglasses. The guy refused. The brother who may have been intoxicated, threatened to burn the house down, so the guy went and got a rifle and made the brother leave. The alleged victim told Hoopa police that he was being shot at, despite both stories, the guy defending his wife and child and property was arrested and charged.

Ergo case dismissed.

Another case I heard about from a source close to the alleged defendant was that a guy working for one of the local tree companies was arrested for arson. Witnesses said he was at the scene of the alleged crime. He spent six weeks in jail. The case was dismissed after it was discovered he was at the casino at the time the alleged crime occurred.

Your thoughts on the October 1 draft of Humboldt County's Marijuana Land Use Ordinance?


DDA Whitney Barnes wins her first jury trial against the same attorney she lost against

Deputy District Attorney, Whitney Barnes, who was hired by DA Maggie Fleming at the beginning of this year won today's trial against the very attorney she lost the first jury trial to, Mr. Marek Reavis. That first trial was a domestic violence case.

She now joins this year's newly hired colleagues, DDA Trent Timm and DDA David Christensen who also won their first jury trials.

Davidsen was represented by Mr. Reavis who is with the Conflict Counsel's office.

Press Release:

On October 6, 2015, the jury found 43-year-old Amber Rachelle Davidsen guilty of illegal possession of a weapon, and battery - both misdemeanors. The defendant was found not guilty of misdemeanor assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.

The case arose from an incident in King Salmon on February 22, 2015 when, during an argument, the defendant hit her neighbor in the head with an expandable baton and then pepper sprayed her. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call for service and arrested the defendant after investigating the incident.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Whitney Barnes, with assistance from District Attorney Investigator John Burke. Judge John Feeney presided over the three-and-a-half-day trial. The defendant was sentenced to four days in jail, three years of probation, and ordered to stay 100 yards away from the victim in the case.

Preliminary hearing for man charged with 16 felonies of alleged sexual acts with child under the age of 10 postponed

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for David Viveiros this morning. Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett is prosecuting this case. Public Defender Luke Brownfield is representing Viveiros.

Mr. Brownfield was in a multi day preliminary hearing and Mr. Kevin Robinson from the Public Defender's office appeared on his behalf and told Judge Joyce Hinrichs that the defense was requesting a continuance.

Ms. Bennett said, "the victim is upstairs and ready to proceed."

Due to schedules, the preliminary hearing was continued to October 20 at 8:30 a.m. with an intervention to confirm that date on October 19.

David Viveiros is charged with 16 counts of alleged sexual acts with a child under the age of 10 PC 288.7 (a).

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.

All charges are the same victim.

He is charged with 16 felonies and Judge Cissna said there are "additional allegations against him which are serious felonies/strikes."

He also had a CLETS protective order served on him in court.

Possible Norteno gang member and a wanted murder suspect by the Salinas police may be in Eureka

The Eureka Police Department was contacted by the Salinas Police Department’s Investigative Unit and advised a wanted murder suspect was possibly in Eureka.  According to Salinas Detectives, the suspect reportedly spent last night behind the Bayshore Mall.

The suspect is wanted for attempted robbery and murder.  The suspect is a parole absconder with a history of violence and is believed to be a Norteno gang member.  Salinas Police Department considers him to be armed and dangerous.

The suspect is Nicolas “Brad” Azcona, 23 years old, 6 feet tall, 215 pounds, blonde hair, and blue eyes.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 911 immediately.

Paul Hagen opens up his own practice, North Coast Environmental Law

Former Deputy District Attorney at the Humboldt County D.A's office, DA candidate in 2010 and local attorney Paul Hagen is opening up his own practice, North Coast Environmental Law this Thursday. His office will be located at 822 G Street in Arcata.

 He was at the rally today organized by Assemblyman Jim Wood and this was during a brief chat. More details on his website and firm soon on this blog.

Kim Bartleson hired as Humboldt County new Court Executive Officer

The recruitment and interview process to select a new administrator has concluded and the Superior Court has named Ms. Kim Bartleson as its new Court Executive Officer/Jury Commissioner.

Ms. Bartleson is scheduled to begin her duties on October 26, 2015. She comes to the court with 22 years of experience as a court executive in Washington state.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Ashford University, and she is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.

 “Our court is moving forward with ongoing operational and organizational changes that the judges and court managers have developed and approved.  We are looking forward to Ms. Bartleson’s leadership,” stated Presiding Judge Joyce Hinrichs.

“I am looking forward to working with the judges and staff.  The operational changes that the court has started implementing will improve case processing, decrease backlogs, and facilitate improved access to justice for the citizens of Humboldt County,” stated Ms. Bartleson.

"For close to 20 years medical marijuana patients have lived in a murky area"

The quote in the title was from Assemblyman Jim Wood and this was one of the many memorable quotes during the rally and press conference outside the Humboldt County Courthouse happening right now.

Assemblymember Jim Wood was the first speaker at a rally and press conference to urge Governor Brown to sign AB 243 and AB 266 (Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act), a package that would regulate the medical cannabis industry in California. Joining Assemblymember Wood were Assembly members Rob Bonta and Tom Lackey, fellow authors of AB 266.

Assemblyman Wood thanked  Arcata Councilmember Mark Wheetley, Humboldt County Supervisors Estelle Fennell, Ryan Sundberg and Mark Lovelace.

Referring to AB 243, Assemblyman Wood said, "For close to 20 years medical marijuana patients have lived in a murky area."

The package "provides protection for legal activities and provides a framework for regulatory structure," said Assemblyman Wood. It also establishes cannabis as an agricultural product.

"Regardless of whether marijuana is legalized for recreational use in 2016, medical marijuana has been legal in California."

"This is the beginning not the end" another reference by Assemblyman Woods on the future of cannabis legalization. He said the excise tax that did not make it in this package has been reintroduced and will go forward in January.

There are plans by Board of Equalization's member Fiona MA to create a bank that "allows for safety of cash" from the cannabis industry being worked out with the Board of Equalization. Most of the changes will not take effect until Jan 1, 2018 since time is needed to put regulations in place.

"The time to act is now," said Assemblyman Wood urging Governor Brown to sign the package.

Assemblyman Bonta thanked Assemblyman Wood for his "leadership and for having us in his district for the passage of these historic bills. For 20 years, medical marijuana has an unregulated free for all."

"The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act will usher in a new era for California. If the Governor signs the Act, patients will have more assurances that their products are safe; law enforcement will have a foundation to identify drugged drivers and increased funding to protect the public; the environment will be protected from neglect and destruction, and water diversion and the medical marijuana industry itself will be able to come out of the shadows and receive the same protections under the law as other state-licensed businesses, creating jobs and contributing to the economy."

Assemblymember Tom Lackey is the only Republican to support this issue. "Republicans are nervous to talk about this issue. He talked about his 20 years in law enforcement on highway patrol and seeing stoned drivers. "I am not supportive of legalization of marijuana but this is a separate issue. Medical marijuana has been legal for 20 years." He said this package separates the legitimate users from illegal users.

Sheriff Downey opened with, "I think Assemblyman Lackey read my statement." He said he met with Assemblyman Woods and Senator Mike McGuire and said that "we need some type of legislation" for Humboldt County. Sheriff Downey said he was speaking as the Sheriff of Humboldt County and "not for the other 57 Sheriffs in California. We are not talking about legalization but about medical marijuana."

"The environmental impact by an unregulated industry is severe," said North Coast Environmental Center's Dan Ehresman. "This will reign in impacts of the green rush."

He thanked each Assemblymember by name for coming up to Humboldt and the Humboldt County Supervisors, County staff, EPIC and the Department of Fish and Life and all individuals involved in this effort.

About 60 people including Andy from California Cannabis Voice Humboldt, Ehresman from NEC, Natalynne DeLapp from EPIC, Arcata Counci lmembers Wheetley and Sofia Perreira, Eureka Council member Marian Brady, Supervisors  Sundberg,  Fennell,  Lovelace, local attorneys Paul Hagen and Kathleen Bryson, Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey, John Driscoll and Undersheriff  William Honsal and Harbor Commissioner Richard Marks. Supervisor Virginia Bass is out of town for a CSAC conference.

HDVS to have rally at Courthouse same time as rally for Medical Marijuana Act

Humboldt Domestic Violence Services got a proclamation from the Board of Supervisors this morning for October being Domestiv Violence awareness month. HDVS Board member Richard Marks was present at the BOS session.

HDVS is having a rally at the same time the rally is taking place where Assemblymember Jim Wood will lead a rally to urge Governor Brown to sign AB 243 and AB 266 (Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act), a package that would regulate the medical cannabis industry in California. Joining Assemblymember Wood will be Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Tom Lackey, fellow authors of AB 266.

District Attorney Maggie Fleming and Assemblyman Jim wood were among the many people that stopped by and checked out the silhouettes that represented victims that died due to domestic violence.

Oct 5, 2015

Leo Sears rejects LOCO's characterization of him as a "railroad buff" and sets the record straight

I happened to call Mr. Leo Sears right in the midst of him writing a response to LOCO mislabeling him as a railroad buff.

After reading all of today's coverage of the press conference, including mine, Mr. Sears gave me permission to print his response on my blog.

This is Mr. Sears response:

"Your headline derogatorily refers to me a “Railroad Buff”. At the-turn-of-the-century, I served a three year term as a Director of the North Coast Railroad, and have long since recognized our areas need for improved transportation. 

That having been said, I have never advocated for (or against) an east west railroad. Richard Marks, President of the of the Harbor District, also serves as a Director of the North Coast Railroad Authority and has spoken of the need for improved transportation. I have never thought of Richard as a “Railroad Buff”, and doubt that Richard is a member or advocate of the east west group. I totally reject the bias you've used to paint me with false colors.

Over the past 20 years I have attended numerous monthly Citizens for Port Development luncheons at the Samoa Cook House, as have many Harbor Commissioners. I never felt doing so necessary made me or them members of the Citizens for Port Development. I am not a member of the Citizens for Port Development, and was unequivocal when asked at the press conference. You have simply taken a whole cloth claim by the Commissioners, and ignored asking me for confirmation.

The accusation that the timing the suit is simply to affect the election is a wholly biased and unfounded accusation. Any blame for the timing of the suit fall directly on the shoulders of the Harbor District. It is in reaction to actions they took in September, and I could not have acted any sooner.

To be perfectly clear, I answer to no one other than myself. Over recent years I absented myself from community involvement to care for the declining health of my wife. But I believe my track record to be one of pursuing Economic Growth and Stability. That is what I'm trying to do now. Nothing more, nothing less."

This is the Supreme Court case that Mr. Bertain cited today, does it apply to Commissioner Greg Dale and the Harbor District?


This is a link to the case referred to by Mr. William Bertain at today's press conference. Supreme Court of California from 1985.

BRUCE THOMSON et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. HUBERT CALL et al., Defendants and Appellants; CITY OF ALBANY et al., Defendants and Respondents

Excerpt 1:

The truism that a person cannot serve two masters simultaneously finds expression in California's statutory doctrine that no public official shall be financially interested in any contract made by that person or by any body or board of which he or she is a member. 

Excerpt 2:

 the court found (1) Call's financial interest in the transaction violated Government Code section 1090; fn. 2 (2) the Calls were liable to the city for the $258,000 they received from the sale, plus interest; (3) the city was nevertheless to retain title to the land; and (4) relief was to be denied as to the other defendants. Judgment was entered accordingly.

Excerpt 3:

Decision of the Trial Court
The trial court filed a memorandum of decision reviewing the evidence in detail and stating the following conclusions: the complex transaction had produced a "single contract" in which Call had a financial interest in violation of section 1090; 

"I really want to avoid this lawsuit" Leo Sears wants Greg Dale to resign among other remedies sought

The Harbor District races this November just got a kickstart.

A press conference was held at 1 p.m. outside the Humboldt County Courthouse. A lawsuit was been filed in the Humboldt Superior Court this morning by Leo Sears against Harbor District Commissioner Greg Dale as well as fellow Commissioners Aaron Newman, Mike Wilson, Richard Marks, Pat Higgins, Executive Director Jack Crider and the Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District.

The main point of the lawsuit is that the plaintiff, Leo Sears, alleges that "each and every defendant conspired with each of the remaining defendants and that they had common knowledge of and agreed to a plan to borrow $1.25 million from Coast Seafoods and, in a quid pro quo bargain, grant a 10 year lease extension with 4 five year options to Coast Seafoods while Greg Dale was serving on the Board of Commissioners of the Humboldt Bay Harbor District."

"The lawsuit alleges that all defendants were aware of Greg Dale's capacity as an officer of Coast Seafoods, the party with which the Harbor District was contracting. The lawsuit alleges violation of Government Code 1090.

The lawsuit asks that Greg Dale no longer serve as a Commissioner on the Humboldt Bay Harbor District, that the lease extension and $1.25 million loan be voided, several injunctions and costs of attorney fees.

The lawsuit was filed by local attorney Mr. William Bertain for Mr. Leo Sears. The civil lawsuit is a complaint for declaratory relief and preliminary and final injunctions.

Mr. Bertain said that the Commissioners ignored the wishes of citizens. Mr. Bertain said by filing this lawsuit Mr. Sears hoped this would avoid future of conflict of interests.

One of the things that make this conflict of interest significant said Mr. Sears is the quid pro quo issue. "I really wanted to avoid this lawsuit," said Mr. Sears. "No man can serve two masters."

Section 1090 does not excuse a person from  violation of the law just because he abstains or leaves the room, said Mr. Bertain.

Mr. Bertain referred to a 1985 Supreme Court case that upheld 1090. "I would no longer like to se Greg Dale serve on the Commission because of his conflict of interest," said Mr. Bertain. He described it as "blatant."

"We have two commissioners here right now, I guess we are ready to have a meeting." One of those commissioners was Mr. Marks. Mr. Crider had arrived with Mr. Marks. Mr. Greg Dale came in a few minutes late to the conference.

"We are dealing with the 1090 issue," said Mr. Dale. "You have to have ten percent in the company which I don't. This is a political stunt."

Mr. Dale called the people behind this effort a "group of individuals who have an interest in the East-West rail. It's not a coincidence that these people have been sending me threats for the past month and a half, are doing on the day the absentee ballots are to be sent out."

"I look forward to going to court," said Mr. Dale. "I have never been sued before."

Mr. Crider agreed with Mr. Dale that "this was a political stunt.". He said "I try not to get involved in the election office." Being named as a defendant in a lawsuit involving the Harbor is par for the course since he is the Executive Director.

"As soon as the election is over this will get dropped," said Mr. Crider. "We have had multiple attorneys on this, it was a complicated agreement. Because of public interest, we took public input in the final agreement."

Mr. Marks said that the timing was of interest since the absentee ballots come out tomorrow.

Mr. Sears said the timing was dictated by the actions of the Harbor District in September. It was September 10th when they multi-year extension of the lease with Coast Seafoods was signed. It was September 16th when he wrote a letter to the Editor asking for Mr. Dale to resign.

In the press release as well as remarks at the press conference, both Mr. Sears and Mr. Bertain said that at a luncheon meeting of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Dale told the public attending that he was the one who conceived the idea and pushed the idea of Coast Seafoods, his employer, making a loan to the Harbor District to assist in the removal of pulp processing liquors from the Harbor District's recently purchased property at Samoa that was formerly the Freshwater Pulp Mill.

Mr. Sears also dismissed the criticism by Greg Dale that this was motivated in any way by people involved in the East West railroad. Mr. Sears said he had no connection with the East West railroad. "The only organization I pay dues and am a part of is the Taxpayers League."

KAEF, KIEM, TS, NCJ, LOCO were all present at the press conference.

Assemblymembers Urge Governor to Sign Medical Cannabis Package on Courthouse Steps Tomorrow!

On the steps of the Humboldt County Superior Courthouse tomorrow October 6th, Assemblymember Jim Wood will lead a rally to urge Governor Brown to sign AB 243 and AB 266 (Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act), a package that would regulate the medical cannabis industry in California. Joining Assemblymember Wood will be Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Tom Lackey, fellow authors of AB 266.

Join us at 11 a.m. on the Courthouse steps in your "I Am a Farmer" shirts to stand with Assm. Wood and let the Governor know that now is the time to regulate medical cannabis in California!

Leo Sears filed a conflict of interest lawsuit in Humboldt Superior Court against Greg Dale, the Harbor District and other commisioners.

This morning, Leo Sears filed a conflict of interest lawsuit in Humboldt Superior Court against Greg Dale, the Harbor District, and the other 4 commissioners.

A press conference is being held at 1 p.m. in front of the Courthouse where more details and a copy of the complaint will be available.

Over 500 veterans served at North Coast Stand Down, event "an incredible success"

Allan Dollison described the North Coast Standdown event this weekend as " an incredible success. We served over 500 veterans, and helped provide boots, clothing and eyeglasses to some of the county's truly needy veterans. I especially like that photo with Thomas Whitney (on the left) and myself at the Gideon's Bible station."

Photos by Mr. Dollison. He is currently on the Board of Directors for North Coast Standown and a former President of the Board.

Arrega's ex girlfriend takes the stand; as she testifies Arreaga puts his head down

Carly Michaels, Jason Arreaga's ex girlfriend took the stand today. Holding her attorney, Marion Miller's hand she walked into the courtroom. Two people, probably her parents, walked in with her.

The jury trial did not start until 9:15 this morning.

Michaels said she was heavily using meth and heroin in September 2014. "I was super intoxicated."

For the most part Michaels verified Shavonne Hammers version of how the three ended up in Humboldt. Reiterating the trailer as a place that was used for drugs, Michaels described a "clear glass bong with meth it" which she said was dirty and gross and on the nightstand and belonged to Shavonne Hammers' friend, a woman with "curly, gray hair."

There were some key moments in her testimony such as her saying that she heard two pops inside the trailer at the time Shavonne Hammers was inside. That she heard Arreaga shout "Don't go in there, my girl is in there." And that Shavonne Hammers thanked Arreaga for shooting Harley Hammers, her husband.

Michaels did not witness who shot Harley Hammers and Angel Tully.

Arreaga looked down as Michaels testified, eventually putting his head down on the table, then it seemed he was sobbing and he asked to be excused from the courtroom for Michaels testimony.

Michaels said she does not consider herself as dating Arreaga now. When asked by Deputy District Attorney Zachary Curtis "Do you recall when the relationship came to an end", Michaels responded, "We never had ended it."

Michaels said she had known Arreaga since she was 12 years old. She ran away from home when she was 14. "He was the only one I trusted."

Oct 4, 2015

ReformCA files cannabis legalization initiative for 2016 election


ReformCA Files Marijuana Legalization Initiative For The 2016 Election is the title of the article.

Excerpt 1:

I just received the following e-mail, which is obviously big news for many reasons:
Johnny –
I wanted you to be the first to know. We’ve filed your initiative!
We believe this effort has the most statewide input and consensus, and thus the greatest likelihood of succeeding on the 2016 ballot. We engaged in extensive discussions with thousands of stakeholders across California just like YOU, including community leaders, activists, elected officials, city and county employees and locals, the CA NAACP, Latino Voters’ Leagues, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Labor, Medical, Health Care and Environmental Groups.

Excerpt 2: The initiative language is available at reformca.com/2016. We welcome your comments and feedback until midnight PST on Wednesday, October 7th.

Read the entire article on Johnny's blog at the link above.