Oct 24, 2015

Man arrested last night maybe the one who tried to break into Advanced Cellular and the Empire last night at 9 p.m.

Last night around 9 p.m. a white male dressed in a light sweatshirt and shorts tried first to break in the Empire Store than the Eureka Advanced Cellular store with a shelf bracket he dug out from a rolling garbage can.

Both Advanced Cellular and NorCalBonds have him on video.

I was walking by the Advanced Cellular store moments ago and saw EPD Officer Ben Omey walk in. I was there when Officer Omey was taking a police report and watching the video. I also saw the video. The suspect tried to kick the back door and break in at Advanced Cellular. He was unsuccessful. Advanced Cellular owner, Robert, told me there was slight damage to the door. No one was in the stores at that time.

There was a man matching the sane description arrested last night with the same M.O. and Officer Omey is checking to see if it is the same person.

Oct 23, 2015

Supervisor Estelle Fennell and Annette DeModena honored at next Board of Supervisors meeting

At the October 27 Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting, two of my favorite people, friends and local women leaders will be recognized as a part of the consent calendar.

Fortuna Kiwanis 2015 Business Leader/Woman of Distinction and Family of the Year Certificates  (Supervisor Estelle Fennell).

Estelle was recently honored on October 21 as the Woman of Distinction by Fortuna Kiwanis at their annual luncheon at the River Lodge.

An Appreciation letter will be given to Annette DeModena for her service on the Citizen's Law Enforcement Liaison Committee. (Supervisor Rex Bohn). Annette is resigning from this commitee.

Annette is the current President of  both the local Republican party and Humboldt Republican Women.

Angel Tully's sister makes a statement on the outcome of today's trial

Robin Tully's sister has attended every court hearing before the jury trial, except one. She was there every day for the jury trial.

Harley Hammers father, Harley Sr, attended most of the court hearings before the jury trial and every day of the jury trial.

Other family members and friends have been there for the jury trial.

Angel Tully's sister Sonya has been following the coverage on my blog and chose to make a brief statement this evening.

" I just wanted to say formally and on behalf of Angel's family.  Of course we're not happy with the outcome of today's mistrial, but at least it wasn't a "not guilty" verdict! We just want justice for Angel and Harley, it's just going to take a little longer! "


Sonya and Angel's family

Jury deadlocks in Fieldbrook double homicide, 9 guilty, 3 not guilty, new trial date December 14

Dressed in grey khakis and a white shirt, once he heard the final outcome of the case, Jason Arreaga took off his glasses and looked shocked, then anxious.

After, they had been discharged, the jury foreperson told the defense investigator that the witness testimonies were conflicting. When Judge Miles had asked him in court, how the Court could assist in any way with further deliberations so they could reach an unanimous verdict, he responded, "Other than witnesses and more evidence."

The Tully and Hammers families did not wish to comment at this time, Hammers' cousin Irene said "please keep the family in prayers."

The jury took two votes, the last vote was 9 guilty, 3 not guilty.

Jurors spoke with both attorneys for about half an hour.

A mistrial was declared by Judge Marilyn Miles.

New jury trial date is December 14 at 8:30 a.m. because Arreaga did not waive time. Trial confirmation is on December 2.

In the case that just concluded jury trial, Arreaga is charged with the murders of Harley Hammers and Angel Tully. The jury had been deliberating since Monday on this case.

The double homicide took place in Fieldbrook. Jurors had the option to vote not guilty on all three choices or find him guilty of either first degree murder, second degree murder or voluntary manslaughter.

For each count of murder, there are special allegations of intentionally discharging a firearm, causing great bodily injury/death and multiple counts of murder.

There is a disposition and reset hearing on his other case, possession of drugs in jail, listed in the court computer for this afternoon but was not scheduled on the court calendar for today.

Two female jurors, each spoke individually with me. One said she believed all the witnesses, including Arreaga, but that motive was one of the reasons for the split vote.

Another juror, who has served on other homicide trials, including one in Humboldt County, said that for some people circumstansial evidence is a difficult concept. She said, "we are not a jury of his peers" referring to the fact that many of the witnesses including the defendant lived a lifestyle that some people would have a hard time relating to. She said that she has noticed "complex cases in Humboldt that are being presented with individuals with questionable lifestyles and credibility."
The closing instructions about Shavonne Hammers being an accomplice was also a factor in the jury's final decision.

This juror said resources are needed to address drug use. She also wanted the victims' families to know that they were in the minds and hearts of the jurors and they tried hard to reach an unanimous decision.

Ms. Heidi Holmquist from the Public Defender's Office represented Arreaga. Deputy District Attorney Zachary Curtis prosecuted the case.

Arreaga jury coming back at 1, will we have a verdict?

They have been staying until noon. Today, they are returning at 1.

Jury trial starts for Eureka man charged with "willful, deliberate, premeditated" murder of Mckinleyville man in 2013

Jury selection is currently going on in Courtroom 1 for Michael Youravish, a Eureka man was arrested in 2013 for the "willful, deliberate and premeditate" murder of Forrest Croft Lovejoy. There is also a special allegation of "killing while lying in wait."

The murder allegedly occurred in the "Baldy area" of Mckinleyville. The death penalty had been considered for the case. District Attorney Maggie Fleming confirmed that the death penalty is not being sought in this case. Youravish has already plead guilty to the murder charge but the District Attorney's office amended the complaint to add the special allegation.

Judge John Feeney is the trial judge. Deputy Zach Curtis is prosecuting the case. Public Defender Owen Tipps is representing Youravish.

Notchko Paul McCovey Sr arrested for disturbing peace and resisting arrest

He had a bench warrant out for a 2015 case, a prior DUI and traffic misdemeanor conviction.

Press Release:

On Thursday, October 22, 2015 at about 11:00 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the California Highway Patrol, were in Hoopa at the Lucky Bear Casino, parking lot searching for a domestic violence suspect. The deputy came across a subject, arrestee Notchko Paul McCovey, Sr, age 44, of Hoopa. McCovey appeared intoxicated. As deputies approached McCovey and began questioning him he became belligerent and had an aggressive demeanor. McCovey told deputies he had arrest warrants and told deputies to arrest him. When the deputy approached McCovey to place him in handcuffs he changed his mind and began to attack the deputy. A struggle ensued. With the help of the CHP Officer, the deputy was able to take McCovey to the ground and hold him there until he was handcuffed. Throughout this time McCovey was making threats to harm the deputy and kill his family if he came across him again.
Once McCovey calmed down he was placed in a patrol vehicle by the deputy. The deputy transported McCovey to St. Joseph’s Hospital for injuries sustained during the struggle with deputies. The deputy was not injured during this incident.
Notchko Paul McCovey, Sr. was cleared from the hospital and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for PC69 – Obstruct/Resist Executive Officer, PC647(F) – Disorderly Conduct: Alcohol, PC148(A)(1)- Obstruct/Resist/Etc Public/Peace, and PC1203.2- Violated Terms of Probation.

Oct 22, 2015

Arreaga jury asks for testimony readback, third full day of deliberation follows the same pattern

The Jason Arreaga started deliberating after closing arguments mid Monday morning. Since Tuesday, each day shortly after they go to the jury room, between 8:30 and 9:30, there has been a question, Then they deliberate until noon or earlier and leave.

Yesterday, the attorneys were in Courtroom 2 for an hour. Today, the jury asked for a readback of the testimony.

Both the Hammers and Tully family members and friends have been in the courtroom every day and have been on the second floor waiting for the verdict every day.

Will all charges be dismissed against Kailan Meserve, these include forcible rape, sexual battery and kidnapping

Kailan Meserve had been charged with 19 counts such as sexual battery, kidnapping, forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, criminal threats, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and the case involves two female victims.

After his preliminary hearing in August, one count dismissed by People, two counts not held to answer; Kailan Meserve held to answer on 15 counts including forcible rape.

The two counts Meserve was not held to answer was first degree residential burglary and assault to commit a felony during the commission of a first degree burglary.

Meserve's attorney Mr. Russ Clanton filed a motion to dismiss information on October 20. Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett is prosecuting this case. The hearing on this motion is scheduled for November 10 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 5.

The only media coverage on this case has been on my blog.

Sep 3, 2015

Kailan Meserve jury trial set for January 19, arraigned today on 17 felony counts

Kailan Meserve was arraigned on information this afternoon is Courtroom 2 on 17 felony counts with two special allegations. He is being represented by Bay area attorney Randolph Darr and local attorney Mr. Russ Clanton, who made a general appearance today for Mr. Darr.

Meserve was only accompanied in court today by his father, Dave Meserve. A time waiver was entered. Deputy District Attorney Zack Curtis is prosecuting the case but DDA David Christensen handled the arraignment today for the People.

Jury trial is January 19th at 8:30 a.m., Trial Readiness is January 13 at 1 p.m., and Trial Confirmation is December 3 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2.

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Judge Joyce Hinrichs withdraws contempt order against NAPA State Hospital

Judge Joyce Hinrichs told Deputy District Attorney David Christiansen and Public Defender Luke Brownfield, who was stepping in for his colleague, Casey Russo, that Jeremy Kish " was transported to NAPA earlier this morning."

Antonina Raddatz was present in court for the Department of State Hospitals. The contempt order against NAPA was withdrawn without prejudice.

The 90 day progress review date is still set for November 12 at 2 p.m. and the 6 month review date is set for May 19, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Oct 9, 2015

"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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Jared Boyce charged with the murder of his mother in law in cold case from 2007 retains private attorney, defense expects case to proceed next year

On October 15, Jared Boyce was arraigned for the murder of Stephanie Fowler. Private attorney Michael Robinson made a special appearance on October 15. Visiting Judge David Flinn subbed in for Judge Joyce Hinrichs.

Jared Boyce is charged with a felony, only one Count, murder, 187 (a). The complaint alleges that in April 2007, Jared Damian Boyce "who did unlawfully and with malice aforethought murder Stephanie Lee Fowler, a human being."

Today,  Boyce's arraignment was continued and completed. Mr. Robinson confirmed that he had been retained as counsel. Deputy District Attorney David Christiansen is prosecuting the case.

Boyce entered a plea of not guilty. Entered a time waiver for both the 10 and 60 day requirement. " We are waiving bail without prejudice at this time," Mr. Robinson told Judge Hinrichs this afternoon.

Mr. Robinson also made a formal discovery request in court. He had sent a letter to Mr. Christiansen.

Mr. Robinson told Judge Hinrichs that the case stemmed from a "missing person report in 2007, the body was recovered in 2009, an arrest just last week, I anticipate the records are probably lengthy and voluminous."

Mr. Robinson asked for a date to be set for a review of status of discovery, Mr. Christiansen concurred. Judge Hinrichs said that she was not going to set a date for review of discovery, that is something that should be happening informally, but that a date for setting for preliminary hearing would be scheduled. If there were still discovery issues, Mr. Robinson could file a formal motion.

Mr. Robinson said that "I am anticipating this matter to proceed after the first of the year."

Next court date for setting of preliminary hearing is on November 16 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 5.

Oct 13, 2015

Arrest made for the murder of Stephanie Fowler

At approximately 9:00 a.m. on today’s date, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested Jared Damien Boyce, 27, of Fortuna, for the murder of Stephanie Lee Fowler. 

Stephanie was reported as a missing person on May 26, 2007 from the Loleta area.  She was last seen on April 20, 2007 at a cigarette shop in Loleta.  Stephanie had a history for disappearing for several days at a time but it was unusual for her to be gone for this length of time. 

On August 30, 2009, skeletal human remains were discovered in an uninhabited structure on Old Indianola Rd in Loleta.  Forensic testing was completed and determined the remains belonged to Stephanie Lee Fowler.  At this time the manner of death is not being disclosed.

After a lengthy investigation, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Investigators determined Jared Damien Boyce, son-in-law to the decedent, was responsible for Stephanie Lee Fowler’s murder.  A Ramey warrant was issued for Boyce.  On today’s date, investigators observed Boyce leaving his place of employment in Eureka.  A traffic stop was conducted on Boyce and he was taken into custody without incident.  Boyce was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was book for PC187 – Murder.  His bail is set at $1,000,000.

Pizza robbery machete wielding suspect's wife arrested for stabbing

Charles Kesselring's wife, Jennifer Wall-Kesselring arrested.


 Jennifer Wall Kesserling's and Charles Kesselring's past arrest in Ukiah :

 A press release from Ukiah police:

Kesselring, Charles Albert (male, 29, Eureka)
10851(a) CVC-Vehicle theft-felony
496(a) PC-Possession of stolen property-felony
2800.1(a) CVC-Evading-misdemeanor
11377(a) HS-Possession of a controlled substance-misdemeanor
148(a)(1) PC-Resist/delay officer-misdemeanor
12500(a) CVC-Unlicensed driver-misdemeanor
Wall, Jennifer Rebecca (female, 36, Eureka)
10851(a) CVC-Vehicle theft-felony
496(a) PC-Possession of stolen property-felony
11377(a) HS-Possession of a controlled substance-misdemeanor
484(a) PC-Theft-misdemeanor
490.5(a) PC-Shoplifting-misdemeanor

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

HCSO Press Release:

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at about 4:30 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka for a report of a stab wound victim. The female victim, age 34, was currently unable to speak with deputies. Two subjects, arrestees Jennifer Rebecca Wall, age 36, and Lance David Coats, age 45, were waiting in the lobby for the victim. Deputies interviewed Wall and Coats at an attempt to uncover the events which led to the stabbing.

Wall and Coats were interviewed separately by deputies. Wall initially gave deputies a false name, which was later determined when further questioned. She provided an initial location of the stabbing, a residence somewhere on Herrick Ave, Eureka. Wall told deputies a story of what happened to the victim and that story was later determined to be untrue. Wall was placed under arrest for providing false identification to a peace officer.

Coats was interviewed and the story he provided was different than Wall’s story. Coats stated a small female arrived at the residence and stabbed the victim. Coats did not know who the woman was and did not have a physical description of her aside from her being “small.” It was later determined there was a restraining order against him with the protected party being the stabbing victim and was subsequently arrested for violation of a restraining order.

Hospital staff notified the deputies of the victim being able to speak with them now. When deputies attempted to interview the victim the victim stated she did not remember anything of the incident. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Jennifer Rebecca Wall was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF) and booked for PC148.9(A) – False Identification to a Peace Officer. Lance David Coats was transported to the HCCF and booked for PC166(A)(1) – Contempt of Court: Disorderly/ETC.

Oct 21, 2015

Del Norte officer pursuing two suspects has an object pointed at him followed by muzzle flash, one suspect charged with attempted murder

This is from Officer Aaron Pettis' report of the incident: On March 19, he was on patrol in a marked vehicle travelling northbound on Northcrest Drive. He stopped at a red light at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Northcrest Drive. Officer Pettis noticed a white sedan travelling southbound occupied by David Cardy and an unknown passenger. Cardy drove through the red light. Officer Pettis followed the sedan to make a traffic enforcement stop. Pursuit ensued and Cardy drove in excess of 100 mph.  The passenger leaned out and pointed an object at Officer Pettis which looked like a firearm. Then there was muzzle flash.  Officer Pettis followed the sedan and eventaully, the occupants jumped out and fled. There was a shotgun and shell casings found in the sedan. A passerby said that he had seen the passenger carrying a rifle. Cardy was arrested later that day.

Cardy is charged with PC 664/187 Attempted murder and VC 10851 Theft and Unlawful Taking or Driving of a Vehicle.

The passenger, Brandon Proctor, was arrested on March 25. He is charged with PC 21310 Carrying a Concealed Dirk/Dagger. He was arrested for outstanding parole warrants.

During a search, law enforcement found "a small knife attached to a necklace" under Proctor's clothing. The blade was approximately 2 inches. Two other knives were found in his fron tpocket. Mr. Ben McLaughlin is representing Proctor.

Plea and possible resolution in two cases for Michael Mcbeth which will do away with any jail time

This afternoon, a disposition and reset hearing was scheduled for Michael Mcbeth in Courtroom 2. Mcbeth has signed a 977 form which waives a defendant's presence in the courtroom and allows the attorney to appear on the defendant's behalf for certain court hearings.

Deputy District Attorney was present for the People. Mcbeth's attorney, Mr. Ben McLaughlin told Judge Marilyn Miles that the "case would not resolve today" since his client was at a facility in Los Angeles, however Mcbeth had signed a plea from. The plea is that if Mcbeth completes a 90 day residential treatment program, he will not have to serve the 180 days in jail.

A trial confirmation hearing is scheduled for November 16 at 2 p.m. and a jury trial for December 14 at 8:30. The case could resolve before those dates if Mcbeth successfully completes the treatment program.

Sep 10, 2015

No one had an idea what the bail was, no charges in the system, the DA had not filed a complaint yet Michael Mcbeth is in custody

Michael Mcbeth's case was scheduled for a disposition and reset hearing September 9 in Courtroom 2. Mr. Ben McLaughlin is representing Mcbeth. According to the jail reports, he had picked up alleged new charges.

But there was nothing listed in the court computers, Judge Miles did not have a complaint and Deputy District Attorney Jessica Watson, who was subbing in just for that day, had no idea what these new charges were and what the bail was. She said in court, "I don't know anything."

According to the jail reports, Mcbeth was booked on Tuesday, Sept. 8 11:43 p.m. for PC 273.6 (a), PC 273.5 (a) and PC 273.5 and HS 11377 (a). The PC 273.5 (a) is the charge for the case he was arraigned on July 17.

Mr. McLaughlin was in court. He said Mcbeth's father was told the bail was $200,000. Judge Miles set it for $50,000 yesterday afternoon. Mcbeth was not arraigned and the disposition and reset hearing was set for September 14 at 2 p.m. to see if new charges would be filed.

Mcbeth was surrendered by his bail bondsman, according to the court hearing yesterday. Judge Miles exonerated his bond.

Michael McBeth had been out on bail. He was arraigned on July 17 for three misdemeanors. Count 1 is PC 273.5 (a) inflicting corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant; Count 2 is threats to commit crime resulting in death; and Count 3 is PC 273 (a) (b) cause or permit cruelty to a child. The alleged victim in the complaint is Maria Gutierez. She did not requested confidentiality and was listed in the original complaint.

Mr. McLaughlin told Judge Miles yesterday that July 17 "matter is resolved, new charges are pending. They have not made decision yet whether to file." Time was waived.

The last court hearing in the McBeth case was on August 28 when  Judge Joyce Hinrichs was calling the trial assignment calendar. District Attorney Maggie Fleming was present for the People.

Rebecca Linkous, appeared on behalf of Mr. McLaughlin.

On August 28, Linkous told Judge Hinrichs that “Based on discovery provided earlier this week and today, defense is asking for a short continuance. People agreed to a week, we are asking for two weeks.” Time waiver was entered.

“New evidence that he contacted the victim via text messages in violation of a CLETS order,” said Ms.  Fleming.

Ms. Linkous responded that the “Victim did not feel threatened; he asked her not to press charges. We still need interview with the victim. Need to translate that from Spanish.”

Judge Hinrichs asked that if defense wanted a continuance they had to file to show “good cause.”

Disposition and reset was scheduled for Sept 2 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2 .

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Local officials current on their ethics training as required by AB 1234?

I asked Sean Quincey, Public Information Specialist for the County, Pam Powell, Clerk for the City of Eureka and Patti Tyson, from the Harbor District if elected officials were up on this training.

All our County Supervisors, City of Eureka Councilmembers and Harbor Commissioners are up on their ethics training.


On October 7, 2005, the Governor signed Assembly Bill No. 1234. AB 1234 requires that if a local agency provides any type of compensation, salary, or stipend to, or reimburses the expenses of a member of its 'legislative body' (as that term is defined in California Government Code Section 54952), that local agency's officials must receive training in ethics.

The bill also provides that if an entity develops criteria for the ethics training required by AB 1234, then the Fair Political Practices Commission and the Attorney General shall be consulted regarding any proposed course content. Other than the consultation requirement regarding the training course, the Commission has no jurisdiction to interpret or advise on the requirements of AB 1234. In response to AB 1234's requirement that the Commission be consulted regarding proposed course content, the Commission has implemented Regulation 18371. Please see Regulation 18371 for information on what the Commission has determined should be included in a local ethics training course. A link to Regulation 18371 and the Attorney General's Office's AB 1234 information can be found below.

There are numerous training options, including training conducted by commercial organizations, nonprofits, or even an agency's own legal counsel. In addition, interested parties have collaborated to create an on-line training program that will allow local officials to satisfy the requirements of AB 1234 on a cost-free basis. The training may be accessed by clicking the button below, and at the end of the training a certification of completion must be printed.

Great food, friendly service, Humboldt Soup Company's Christine Silva scores another win with Sixth and E

I was the first to report on Humboldt Soup Company last year when it was under construction. In just a year, owner Christine Silva has opened her second eatery. Always great to see a local owner and business succeed and grow.

Sixth and E staffers Meegan and Alyssa took a break from serving customers to give me the tour and suggestions on the menu.

In addition to traditional toppings on burgers, Sixth and E offers choices such as The Works with peppered bacon, cheddar, fried egg, avocado spread and habanero sauce, a lamb burger, fried zucchini and fried jalapenos as sides, pastas, salads and house specialties such as a fried oyster BLT.

Nov 22, 2014

Tasty healthy signature food, friendly service at Humboldt Soup Company drive thru opens Monday

I did a post on Humboldt Soup Company back on September 19. The doors opened in November. Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Christine Silver, the executive chef, behind the signature soups, sandwiches and more. She remembered my post.

I tried the chicken curry salad sandwich. The raisins, vegetables on fresh bread accentuate the subtle curry flavor. Fresh, healthy food. You can read the menu on the photo below. Today's local bowl is ground turkey with couscous and spices.

The drive thru opens Monday. They are located at 1019 Mrytle, old location of KFC. Check out their facebook page for more info. They just opened this November and I just checked, they have 1,167 likes.

Sep 19, 2014

First KFC, then Church's, now it's home to Humboldt Soup Company which offers biodegradable packaging and healthy food

The opening is supposed to be on Nov 1, according to their Facebook page. The 603 E Street location will open later as the E Street Cafe.  Soups, sandwiches and signature dishes and a drive-thru!

Just minor details like Design Review Committee and Health Department inspections standing between us and another new  Humboldt entrepreneur!

I walk past the Myrtle location every day on my way to work and it is nice to see some productive activity.

With a bench warrant already out, failing to appear for his sentencing, now busted for meth possession

Bailey Perry wins the title of dumbest criminal of 2015. I have been keeping an eye on his cases and will have another post later on his previous cases.

This guy was represented by Conflict Counsel's Kaleb Cockrum. Perry turned down a plea deal last minute, hired private attorney Kathleen Bryson and months later accepted the exact same plea deal.

After Ms. Bryson vigorously advocated for Perry to be released before sentencing he failed to show up. 7/22-Perry Bailey, Failure to appear bench warrant held $50,000, 7/23 –Same bench warrant issued. He already had a bench warrant out yesterday for PC667.5(b), HS11378, PC3455(a), now this bust.

EPD Press Release:

On 10/20/15 at about 10:33 p.m., An Officer with the Eureka Police Department conducted a vehicle investigation on a parked Nissan sedan near 6th and N Streets after observing the occupants acting suspiciously.

The Officer recognized the passenger as Perry Bailey, 29 of Eureka, from previous law enforcement contacts.  Bailey attempted to claim he was his brother, as he’s done to the same Officer in the past.   Bailey was ultimately identified by his tattoos.  The driver was identified as Sara Dorey, 21 of Eureka.

On the center console, the Officer saw a paper plate covered in tin foil and initially thought it contained tacos.  Upon further investigation, it was determined the plate contained a large amount of Methamphetamine.  In total, Officers located over 3.6 ounces of Methamphetamine in the car.

Bailey and Dorey were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession of Methamphetamine for sales and transportation of Methamphetamine.  Bailey was also booked on probation violations and outstanding warrants for drug possession.

Linda Atkins voting with Marian Brady and Melinda Ciarabellini? Must be Matthew Owen's fault

A three to two vote with Kim Bergel and Natalie Arroyo dissenting on the City of Eureka Open Space Maintenance Plan.

Some people think Matthew is behind every decision that does not go their way.

Maybe they should start a new local blog? Who is Matthew having coffee with this week? Some on the left maybe surprised.

If you do not follow the local blogs and comments, the inside joke won't make sense.

19 cases in the system, suspect arrested twice this year lived behind Bayshore Mall

From LOCO's B O O K E D

Friday, Oct. 16:
Thursday, Oct. 15
10:54 a.m. 

California Municipal Code 647(e) states:
647. Except as provided in subdivision (l), every person who commits any of the following acts is guilty of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor:
(e) Who lodges in any building, structure, vehicle, or place, whether public or private, without the permission of the owner or person entitled to the possession or in control of it.


A Steven Lawrence Tyson was arrested on October 16.  A man with the same name spoke out againt the City of Eureka ordinance regarding storage of personal property.

He claims he has lived for three years behind the Bayshore Mall.​

The same man with the same name has a misdemeanor arraignment pending from July 2015 for alleged shoplifting from Walmart. 19 cases in the system including a conviction in 2012 for assault and battery.

Second question by Arreaga jury has attorneys in courtroom for an hour

This is the third day of jury deliberations in the Jason Arreaga case.

Jury starts deliberations at 8:30 a.m. At 8:40, they brought Jason Arreaga up and both attorneys  went in to Courtroom 2 at 8:45. The attorneys were in there for an hour.

This is the second question first thing in the morning.

Missing 5 year old from Willits found alive and in good health

On 10-20-2015 at 7:04 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a reported missing child from a residence located in the 27000 block of Fox Road in Willits, California.

This residence was located in a remote rural portion of the Brooktrails subdivision.

Upon arrival Deputies learned Brett Paul Brown, a 5 year-old white male child, left the family residence at 4:30 PM indicating he was "going on a field trip".

Brett was last seen by a sibling walking uphill in a southwestern direction into a heavily wooded area adjacent to the family's residence.  Brett was with the family's dog "Tank" described as being a 5 year-old black Labrador retriever wearing an orange collar.

Brett was described as being 4 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 50 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.  Brett was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and orange style tennis shoes.

Deputies began an immediate search of the area with the assistance of personnel from the Brooktrails Fire Department and Mendocino County Search and Rescue.

During this time a reverse 911 notification call was sent out to the surrounding areas near where Brett was last seen.

Due to the circumstances of Brett’s disappearance a mutual aid request was made for further assistance which included personnel from CALFIRE, Marin County Search and Rescue, San Mateo Search and Rescue, California Highway Patrol, Willits Police Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), REACH air ambulance, Lake County Sheriff's Office, California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA), Bay Area Mountain Rescue, Sonoma County Search and Rescue, California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and Falck ambulance service.

On 10-21-2015 at approximately 7:55 AM search teams found Brett in a heavily wooded area approximately 2 miles from his family's residence.  Brett was alive and appeared to be in good health.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all the personnel and public safety agencies that assisted in the search operation.

Oct 20, 2015

"Does this mean if you are growing marijuana for profit, you have to store water, if you are not, there are no water restrictions for you?"

There were two public comments on items not on the agena but one man, "Grover" said he had to leave and ended up commenting on the report by the North Coast Water Board before the presentation by John Corbett and Connor McIntee.

Bob McKee, Sohum resident, against whom the County won a lawsuit for violation of the Williamson act used his three minutes to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, CAO and County Counsel, "I have little beef with mapping and land use designation. That's not my beef. State law requires that zoning be consistent with maps and policies in the General Plan. I have been trying for 14 years to get this message to you people."

"Grover" said he was "asking people from Tier 1 not to drink the water. I have an ear infection from that storage. People have a right to drink water and safe water."

Tier 1 is one level of certain properties used for cannabis cultivation with rules about discharge and preventing contamination of water.

John Wynan, from Dinsmore, said, "Does this mean if you are growing marijuana for profit, you have to store water and if you are not, there are no water restrictions for you?"

Supervisor Estelle Fennell asked Wynan if his issue was selective enforcement.

North Coast Water Board environmental scientist Connor McIntee said, "The way we implement our authority is through general and individual entities. We regulate timber, dairies. One of the major industries is cannabis cultivation and we are addressing that (with these regulations)."

Tragedy made our paths cross yet we formed a bond that will last forever

You do not meet under pleasant circumstances, it is tragedy that has made my paths cross with certain families, yet we form a bond that will last forever.

If you have been reading this blog since its inception, you know that the court coverage started in January 2014 when I was there daily from arraignment to preliminary hearing, and now the upcoming jury trial chronicling the legal details and my personal journey of losing Fr. Eric.

I have covered many cases and many people, especially family members in the homicide cases, have shared some of their innermost thoughts and feelings with me. None of which will be ever be made public on the blog.

The Bodhi Tree, Ferrer and Arreaga cases are three cases were I have spent a lot of time with the families. I know how they feel sitting in a courtroom, looking and hearing details about loved ones they will never see.

I have emails and phone calls from family members of both defendants and victims, sexual assault and domestic violence victims. Hours of calls and personal support. My work for children and women's rights has been very helpful in assisting the people who reach out to me.

This format allows me the freedom to present the human side, often lost in headlines and "just the facts." I love what I do and on days which are difficult, on days when I think I could be earning money instead, I read those emails and think of those calls and I know this is where I belong.

$100,000 bail for man who fired shots in pre-school parking lot

On 10-16-2015 at approximately 9:35 AM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of two shots fired in the parking lot of a pre-school located in the 76000 block of High School Street in Covelo, California.

It was reported an adult male holding a shotgun had shot twice at a dog that had killed his chickens at a nearby residence.  The dog had fled the area after the shots were fired.

Deputies responded and confirmed that the adult male, Gabriel Alejandro Ferreira, had discharged a shotgun twice while standing in the pre-school parking lot.

There were no children in Ferreira's immediate presence at the time of the incident and no damage to school property was noted.

Ferreira was arrested for reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm on school grounds.

Ferreira was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Northcoast Water Board does not "care if it's tomato or cannabis", proposed regulations include "cerification for marijuana growers"

This afternoon's session at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, Connor McIntee, Environmental Scientist, from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board gave a presentation on Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements and General Water Quality Certification for Discharges of Waste Resulting from Cannabis Cultivation and Associated Activities or Operations with Similar Environmental Effects inthe North Coast Region (Order No.2015-0023).

CCVH was well represented by Terra Carver, Andy Powell. About 15 people including local environmental attorney Paul Hagen and Undersheriff William Honsal.

"We don't care if it's tomatoes or cannabis"; "Getting our permit does not mean you are getting County permit" just two of the more interesting quotes this afternoon. "Some only care about making money" and "There needs to be a benefit for a grower to be in the system."

Highlights: Provisions for federal law enforcement, provisions for enforcement for DA and Sheriff, group certification program to certify "marijuana growers" and if you are in the program, less fees, does not cover site development, different tier levels for cultivation sites.

Supervisor Estelle Fennell questioned the staff giving report vigorously, including mentioning problems with a program in Sproul Creek.

From the attachment on the agenda:

Overview 1. The North Coast Region is is inundated with cannabis cultivation in headwaters and main river systems, with active, developed sites in steep and rugged terrain. With the increase in use and cultivation of cannabis since the voters' passage ofthe Compassionate Use Act (Prop 215) and the legislature's passage of AB 420, the unregulated activity of cannabis cultivation has grown increasingly year by year, with land area undercultivation increasing exponentially overthe pastdecade. The increased cultivation throughout theNorth Coast Region has resulted in significant waste discharges and a loss of instream flows associated with improper development of rural landscapes on privately-owned parcels, and the diversion ofsprings and streams, to the cumulative detriment of beneficial usesofwater. 2. The purpose of this Order is to provide a water quality regulatory structure to prevent and/or address poorwater quality conditions and adverse impacts towater resources associated withcannabis cultivation onprivateland. Under this Order, anylandowner or operator cultivating cannabis that results in adischarge of waste to an area that could affect watersofthe State(including groundwater) will fall withinoneofthree tiers depending on the nature oftheir operation and risk to water quality.1 Properties with sitecharacteristics ordevelopment that have impacts thatcannot beultimately mitigated to less than significant levels require regulation under aseparate and individual order. 3. This Order applies to any person engaged in cultivating cannabis and associated activities, on private land, that discharge waste toany area that could affect waters of >This Order does not apply toany parcel with acumulative area of cannabis cultivation oroperations with similar environmental effects ofless than 2,000 square feet where there is no potential for discharge of waste.

First question by jury in Fieldbrook double homicide case

The jury in the Jason Arreaga case started deliberations yesterday around 9:30. They went home at noon. Returned today at 8:30 and had their first question around 9:15.

Surveilance of attack on U. S. Coast Guard member's wife lost


North Coast News followed up on the attack on the U.S. Coast Guard's wife, please read link. There was information on social media that was incorrect, for one the attack happened at tbe Patriot directly across from Piersons.

The victim finally and made a report with EPD and initially did not want to but did so after all the social media brouhaha.

I just spoke with EPD's Brittany Powell. EPD tried to get surveilance of the attack but by the time the victim had filed the report and the correct location was identified, that day's video had been recorded over.

The victim filed an attempted robbery report. The suspect is a white male, six feet, 180 pounds with reddish blond beard.

Oct 19, 2015

Suddenly, you are disconnected? Suddenlink TV or internet issues?

Anyone affected in Eureka? Humboldt? Suddenlink internet, TV and some email affected since 6:12.

Two rifles taken in break in at Mckinleyville Ace Hardware

On Monday, October 19, 2015 at approximately 7:09 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an employee at Ace Hardware in McKinleyville stating the business had been broken into. The reporting party stated a glass door was broken by the suspect(s) and two rifles were taken from the store. Deputies and an Evidence Technician arrived on scene and are currently investigating this incident. The approximate estimated value of the rifles is $3,700.
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.

Half a millon dollars to DHHS for housing for local homeless families

The Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) has been awarded almost half a million dollars to open doors to housing for local homeless families.
The grant, provided by the California Department of Social Services, will fund a range of services and supports for qualified families, from housing search and application assistance to short-term cash aid for rent and utilities.
Eligible families must be enrolled in or qualified for CalWORKs—the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act—which provides needy families with time-limited cash assistance and welfare-to-work services.
“We can’t expect parents to hold down jobs or children to do well in school when they don’t have a place to live,” said DHHS Social Services Director Stephanie Weldon. “These funds will help families move toward self-sufficiency by removing barriers to housing.”
According to the terms of the grant application, families whose housing situation is most dire will be given first consideration.
“I know a lot of us wish there was more affordable housing in Humboldt County, but grants like this one help us take fuller advantage of the housing we have,” said Third District Supervisor Virginia Bass. “They help remove barriers such as poor credit, poor rental history, deposits, back rent, etc., and also help staff cultivate relationships with property owners, which will serve us well across a number of programs. I'm grateful to staff for identifying the funding opportunity and bringing these state dollars to Humboldt County.”
Funding comes from 2014’s Senate Bill 855, which appropriated $20 million for the CalWORKs Housing Support Program (HSP) allocated specifically to address homelessness and housing instability among CalWORKs families. All county social services agencies were eligible to apply. Forty-two applied; 20 were awarded. No matching funds are required.
Humboldt County’s successful proposal requested funding for:
• Housing search activities
• Rent assistance
• Rent arrears
• Deposits
• Transportation
• Renters’ education classes
• Application or credit check fees
• Landlord recruitment and liaison
• Assistance with rental applications
• Identification of tenant screening barriers
• Moving expenses
• Assistance with Section 8 applications.
The CalWORKs HSP uses the rapid-rehousing model, an evidence-based practice that reduces the amount of time families spend on the street or in transitional programs. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness have both identified rapid re-housing as more cost-effective than traditional homeless shelter models. The Multiple Assistance Center in Eureka uses the rapid-rehousing model.
According to the California Welfare Directors Association (CWDA), homelessness is an often insurmountable barrier to employment, which undermines the CalWORKs goal of self-sufficiency. CWDA notes that for homeless parents, 84 percent of whom are single mothers, lack of secure housing is both cause and effect of job loss and physical and behavioral health problems. For children, homelessness contributes to impairments in cognitive development and interferes with learning and socialization.
Weldon said case management services will continue after housing is obtained to help stabilize families in their new residences. “This grant is so important,” she added. “It will give so many families something they didn’t have before—hope.”

Suspect in Courthouse Market golf club assault also charged with elder and dependent abuse

Kristopher Jett was arraigned for a felony, assault on October 16 and Conflict Counsel was appointed for him. Intervention is set for October 22, preliminary hearing for October 29.

Count 1 is assault with a deadly weapon with a special allegation of a prior conviction in Del Norte County for PC 594 (b) 1.

Count 2 Elder/Dependent abuse. The complaint alleges Jett willfully caused " an elder and dependent adult to suffer unjustifiable physical and mental suffering", the victim is James Louis Stratton. Same special allegation of prior conviction of P 594 (b) 1.

Jett also has a prior conviction from Del Norte County for PC 422 which is a special allegation for both counts.

Oct 14, 2015

I had notified Eureka Main Street with concerns about Kristopher Jett who was just arrested for assault

Kristopher Jett has been hanging out near 3rd and I for two months. He would alternate between the parking lot on 3rd and I and the old Winzler and Kelly offices on 3rd and H, sleeping and playing loud music on his cell phone.

He would beg for money, snub if you offered change. When his behavior got more erratic, and I saw him damaging columns at the old Winzler and Kelly Office with a big knife, I notified Charlotte McDonald from Eureka Main Street two days ago. He had also been yelling with no provocation to passerbys.

EPD Press Release:

On 10/13/15 at about 8:30 p.m., Officers with the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to the 900 block of 4th Street for the report of an assault with what appeared to be a pipe.

Officers responded and found the suspect across the street waiting for officers near the entrance to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

The suspect was identified as Kristopher Jett, 29, transient of Crescent City.

The victim had moderate injuries to his face but declined medical attention on scene.  Based on victim and witness descriptions, it was determined that Jett attacked the victim with the handle end of a golf club without reason.

Jett walked into the jail with officers and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and parole violation.

Jury deliberations start in Fieldbrook double homicide case

Jury deliberations started at 9:30 this morning.

"But I don't have to prove every little fact. I don't have to prove Shavonne Hammers and Jerry Bachus spoke the truth."

"We are about through here, I only have a few closing statements," is how Mr. Curtis started his rebuttal arguments. "This is not a case without any unanswered questions. We don't get cases without ambiguity."

"But I don't have to prove every little fact. I don't have to prove Shavonne Hammers and Jerry Bachus spoke the truth. I have to prove the elements of the crime."

Acknowledging the fact that the People's evidence in this case was circumstantial, Mr. Curtis said he had to prove that evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.

"Ms. Holmquist said the defendant acted the way an innocent person would act." Then bringing uo Arreaga's interview with law enforcement, the most damning evidence the People have against him, Mr. Curtis sais "that was not the way an innocent person would act."

Referring to Bachus possibly covering up for Shavonne Hammers, "If you are going to cover up for somebody, you will say you didn't see anything, I was under the influence."

Then dissing his own witness who the People gave immunity to, Mr. Curtis said it was Carly Michaels who covered for Arreaga.

"I am not going to stand here and tell you to believe Shavonne Hammers. I am not going to stand here and tell you to believe Jerry Bachus. I want you to look at all the evidence in totality. The
doubt raised by the defense is not reasonable doubt."

FAAN receives UPS grant

Fatima Naylor, President of Families Advocating Autism Now (FAAN) accepts a grant from Craig Vizenor, UPS employee and  FAAN father. To be considered for funding by UPS, Vizenor had to log his UPS volunteer hours in the Neighbor-to-Neighbor tracking system. Any hours logged are open for funding opportunities by UPS' local office.

To UPS, giving means more than writing a check. It means combining employees' skill, passion and time with their logistics expertise, transportation assets and charitable donations to make a measurable difference in society. In 2014, UPS invested nearly 1.9 million volunteer hours and more than $100 million dollars into their global communities.

FAAN is blessed to have UPS by their side on a local level.  FAAN will continue to  improve opportunities for growth and development of individuals diagnosed with autism, and provide support and guidance to the education system for special needs of children on the autism spectrum while advocating for individuals with autism in Humboldt County.

For more information, please go towww.humboldtfaan.org