Nov 27, 2015

Will anything occur at the next court hearing for Leo Sears lawsuit against Greg Dale?

A court hearing is scheduled this Monday at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 8 for the civil lawsuit filed by Leo Sears against Greg Dale and the Humboldt Harbor District Commissioners.

That day's calendar for that courtroom is huge. Based on covering civil cases, and the slow pace of paperwork back and forth before any decision is made, will happen anything Monday or just another date being set?

Read link below for background.

Truck allegedly stolen from Trinidad, seen on 101 south today, help return it to rightful owner

This truck was allegedly stolen yesterday from Camel Rock in Trinidad while the owner was surfing and seen on 101 South today without the camper, driving towards McKinleyville, according to a Facebook post.

The owner just told me a report was made around 12:30 today after the truck was sighted near McKinleyville.

If you see it, call law enforcement.

Nov 26, 2015

Someone needs to tell Secret Service officers their job is to protect, not prey

I think the Secret Service officers need to understand their job is to protect, not prey.

Why do we keep hearing about more scandals and no consequences?

So far, no fatality reported from car accident at Bayshore Mall

It was reported earlier on LOCO that a car flipped on it's roof at Bayshore Mall.

As of 2 p.m. no fatality had been reported to EPD Captains. I will update this post with more information later.

Why is the rest of the media silent on the Humboldt Area Foundation debacle?

Except for The Humboldt Consequential no one has touched the Humboldt Area Foundation debacle.

They did an excellent job and I assisted in a minor way.

Why has the rest of the media been silent on investigating this? Is Patrick Cleary not accountable? It is the job of the media to provide public information and answers, not protect someone who doesn't understand conflict of interest.

According to commenters on THC, Clearly and HAF have not responded or returned calls. I want them to respond publicly and not just to me, so here's another effort to get some response.

Listed below are just two links that will get you caught up.

What journalists are thankful for

Saw this link orginally via a journalist I like and respect, Lindsay Housaman.

These are my feelings about the article:

When we actually inform the public is my favorite. And the scoop one.

Real shoe leather reporting is what separates a true journalist from the others, does not matter whether you are TV, print or online.

Nov 25, 2015

Come see your favorite turkey run tomorrow in Old Town

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
5K Walk/Run
7:30 am - Registration at Old Town Coffee & Chocolates
9:00 am - Race begins - meet at the Gazebo.
Sponsored by the Jogg N Shoppe
Call 707-822-3136 for more information.

Medical Cannabis Ordinance, personal grows and the Coastal ordinance on next Eureka City Council agenda

8.Medical Cannabis Ordinance Amendment
Recommendation: Provide direction to draft an amendment to Chapter 158 – Medical Cannabis Ordinance banning cultivation of medical marijuana within the City; and Provide direction with regard to cultivation, delivery, manufacturindistribution, dispensary, personal grows and use, laboratories, and the coastal zone in light of new state law. (City Attorney)

Nov 24, 2015

Second jury trial win for Deputy District Attorney Whitney Barnes, hired earlier this year

This is the second win for Deputy District Attorney Whitney Barnes. The first win was for a domestic violence case. See link below.

The first case Ms. Barnes won against Conflict Counsel's Mr. Marek Reavis. This second win was against Conflict Counsel's Mr. Kaleb Cockrum.

DA Press Release:

Today a jury found 25-year-old Michael Wayne Ayer guilty of receiving stolen property, a felony.  The jury also found the defendant guilty of possessing heroin and methamphetamine, both misdemeanors, as well as displaying a false license plate, an infraction.  The jury was not able to reach a verdict on the charge of burglary in the first degree, a felony.

The charges arose from two separate incidents: On June 9, 2015, a deputy from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the defendant near the intersection of Jackson Ranch Road and Old Samoa Road.  The defendant was found to be in possession of property that had recently been obtained in the burglary of a nearby Eureka residence. In a second incident in the early morning of June 1, 2015, officers from the Eureka Police Department contacted the defendant outside of his car in the parking lot of a closed business.  The defendant’s car was displaying a false license plate, and he was found to be in possession of heroin and methamphetamine.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Whitney Barnes, with assistance from District Attorney Investigator Gary Cooper.  Judge Dale Reinholtsen presided over the trial.

Hundreds show up for Thanksgiving dinner at St. Vincent's facility

There is a bigger line than usual at the St. Vincent dining facility right now. Elected officials and community leaders helping out today included Supervisor Virginia Bass and Matthew Owen, Supervisor Rex Bohn and Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills. Members of Henderson Center Kiwanis also helped out.

It is important to note that the Rescue Mission, St. Vincent De Paul and Betty Chinn live Mathhew 25:35 every day.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.

Victim stabbed in Arcata yesterday knows the suspect, they had disputes and altercations in the past

Just spoke with APD Sgt. Todd Dokweiler about the stabbing yesterday near the Fourth Street Market in Arcata. Victim was treated and released from the hospital.

The suspect is known to victim but he does not know his name, not even a street name. The suspect is not known to law enforcement, said Sgt. Dokweiler. "They have had disputes and encounters in the past, unclear what they were over. They had an altercation" That led to the stabbing.

This was not a random act, said Sgt. Dokweiler.

The suspect is a white male adult, in his late teens, with light colored hair, medium to thin build, last seen wearing blue jacket.

No weapon has been recovered.

More photos from EPD promotional ceremony

Times-Standard, North Coast News and KIEM were the only other media covering the ceremony.

"I apologize for not having a mic, someone stole it. Can someone take a report"?"

Chief Mills opened the EPD promotional ceremony with a joke to laughter. "You can always log in Chief" yelled someone. "It's an inside joke," said Chief Mills.

"If you are not safe, no one else is, " said Chief Mills. Police safety is one of our highest priorities. He talked about "treating people well, both externally and internally."

Chief Mills said he was proud to wear the blue uniform. He told the honorees "each and every one of you has earned your promotion.

Family members pinned badges on those being promoted.

Both Captain Stephen Watson and Captain Brian Stephens were in attendance. Chief Woods, Eureka Council members Melinda Ciarabellini and Kim Bergel as well as Fourth District Supervisor Virginia Bass and her husband Matthew Owen attended the ceremony.

The Eureka Police Department held a Promotional Ceremony today from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Adorni Center in Eureka.  The public and media were invited to attend.

I spoke briefly with Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills before the ceremony. EPD still  has employees and officers working during the ceremony.

For me today, the ceremony has personal significance. New hire Officer Ben Altic is someone I have known years including his entire family, especially his father former EPD Officer Louis Altic. It was also great to see Sgt. Shawn Sopoaga, who is one of the few EPD officers I have known since I moved here.

The seven employees who were announced and promoted in September were sworn in for their new assignments.  The ten new hires who joined the Department ranks since the last ceremony in November, 201 were also recognized.

A few special awards were handed out at the end of the ceremony.

Sgt. Rodrigo Sanchez was given the medal of valor for his actions in March 2010 that saved Officer Patrick Bishop's and a citizen's life. Officer Patrick Bishop was also honored.

September 25 press release:

Stanley Harkness was promoted to Patrol Sergeant.  Sergeant Harkness has been with EPD for about 9.5 years.  He has worked several positions within the department, most recently as a Field Training Officer and Drug Task Force Officer.    

Shawn Sopoaga was promoted to Patrol Sergeant.  Sergeant Sopoaga started his career with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department and has been with EPD for four years.  He is on the SWAT team and prior to his promotion, was assigned to the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit. 

John Gordon was promoted to Senior Detective.  Detective Gordon has worked for EPD for 9 years.  He has been in the Criminal Investigations Section for the last two years and enjoys using technology to solve his cases.

Jon Luken was promoted to Senior Detective.  Detective Luken has been with EPD for 7.5 years.  He achieved his goal of being a detective just four years into his career and enjoys the challenge of solving a complicated case.

Brittany Wilson was promoted to Senior Dispatcher.  Brittany has been with EPD for just under 10 years.  She is a Communications Training Officer.  This past year she received commendations for her job performance and tireless efforts assisting officers and citizens in need. 

Katie Hill was promoted to Senior Dispatcher.  Katie has been with EPD for 5.5 years.  She is a Communications Training Officer and was recently awarded Dispatcher of the Year. 

  Brittany Wilson

Katie Kime

Shawn Sopoaga

John Gordon

Jon Luken

Stan Harkness

Nov 22, 2015

Anonymous tips lead to arrest of two Sohum's most wanted

On 11-19-2015, at approximately 9:10 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip for one of the fugitive listed on the “Southern Humboldt’s Most Wanted Poster”.  The tipster reported that Gretchen Brooks (age 38) was seen walking in the 900 block of Redwood Drive, Garberville.
 Sheriff’s Deputies assigned to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Garberville Station responded to the area.  Deputies were able to locate Brooks and took her into custody without incident.
On 11-21-2015, at approximately 9:35 a.m., Sheriff’s Deputies were following up on a tip where an anonymous caller reported seeing Dennis Hicks (age 37) driving a green SUV type vehicle in the Miranda area.  Deputies located the vehicle parked near a residence in the 10 0block of Gibney Road, Miranda.  Deputies located Hicks on the property and took him into custody without incident.
Both Hicks and Brooks were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked for various warrants.  
These arrests were based solely on information provided by anonymous tips.