Dec 26, 2015

Campaign kick off next Saturday for Uri Driscoll features helping to build a native dune forest

Come join Uri Driscoll and his team for the campaign kick- off for District Three Supervisor at the Manila Community Center playground Saturday January 2, 2016.

One of our featured events will be helping to build a native dune forest. We have 100 native shore pine trees to plant in the neighboring dunes. Pick a place to plant a small family grove or a tree for a favorite pet or loved one. Trees will be provided. If you have a shovel, bring it along.
Tree planting starts at 11 am and lunch starts at noon.

Bring your kids, your dogs, your horses and a New Year spirit as we get treated to a bowl full of “Wild Dutch Oven Dick’s” famous chill-killin’ chili and cornbread and hot mulled cider.
Rain date is the following Saturday January 9, 2016. Light showers will not postpone. 

For more information and to RSVP, contact Uri Driscoll at 707-496-2122 or

Check us out on the web

Dec 25, 2015

$6,000 damage estimate for fire caused by newspaper and kindling placed too close to stove

Shortly after midnight on December 25th Humboldt Bay Fire was dispatched to an
investigation of a house fire which the owner believed to be extinguished but
needed verification that the fire was out. The initial dispatch included a squad
and an engine (five firefighters) to investigate and remove smoke from the
residence. Upon arrival the officer from Squad 8174 observed moderate smoke
and fire coming from a window and heavy smoke throughout the residence.
Based upon conditions the response was upgraded to a first alarm assignment.
First arriving crews quickly knocked down the fire and removed smoke from the

The fire was caused by newspaper and kindling being placed too close to an
operating wood burning stove. Heat from the stove ignited the newspaper and
started the fire, spreading to walls and surrounding combustibles. The owner
said she woke up with her dog, which ordinarily sleeps in the living room near the
wood stove, in her bedroom barking. After realizing her home was on fire she
attempted to extinguish it with a garden hose before calling 911. There were no
working smoke detectors inside the residence. The owner and dog were
uninjured, but unfortunately a pet bird and frog died due to smoke exposure.
Property damage is estimated at $6,000.

Dec 24, 2015

Three arrested for alleged mail theft in Ukiah

  On 12/24/2015 Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office noticed several mail boxes open along the rural areas of Highway 253 and Robinson Creek Road.  Closer inspection revealed the mail boxes appeared to have been ransacked and several items of mail were strewn down the roadway.
  Due to previous mail thefts in the area, and with the approaching Christmas Holiday, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office had begun surveillance of several locations in some of the rural areas fearing further mail thefts would occur.  Deputies viewed surveillance materials and were able to identify a vehicle associated with the theft.
  Deputies began searching the Ukiah area for the vehicle and located it at 1340 North State Street, the Discovery Inn.  Deputies learned the vehicle was associated with subjects in a particular room.  Detectives contacted Daniel Montalvo in the room and entered the room seizing it for search warrant.  Also located in this room were Shannon Archer, Joshua Dean, and Lewis Dishman.  Joshua Dean initially used a false name stating he was another person.
  Deputies received a search warrant for the room and the vehicle from a judge of the Mendocino County Superior Court and served the search warrant.  Located in the room were firearms, drug paraphernalia, pepper spray, stolen mail from multiple locations throughout the Ukiah Valley including the Highway 253 area as well as burglary tools and indicia of occupancy.
  A search of the vehicle was also completed, Deputies located stolen firearm components as well as stolen property from locations within the Ukiah valley.
  Shannon Archer was found to have convictions which precluded her from possession of firearms.  Deputies were able to positively identify Joshua Dean through photographs and learned he had outstanding arrest warrants for parole violations as well as local warrants.
  Montalvo, Dishman and Dean were arrested and booked on charges of 182 PC Criminal conspiracy, 530.5e Mail theft, 496 PC Possession of stolen property and 466 PC possession of burglary tools.  Dean was also charged with 529 PC impersonation of another.    Archer was arrested and booked on charges of 29800 PC Felon possessing a firearm and 22810a Felon possessing pepper spray.
  An investigation into this case is continuing as more victims are being located.  If you have any information regarding this crime or believe you may have been a victim in this case please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (707) 234-2100.

Shane Sovereign arrrested, warrant out for Dalina Sovereign in alleged robbery on Herrick Avenue

On Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at approximately 7:45 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a robbery on Herrick Ave at Elk River Rd. When deputies arrived they spoke with a 37 year old female victim. The victim, who is familiar with the suspects, stated she met with them to provide gas for their vehicle. The victim and female suspect were sitting in the victim’s vehicle when the female suspect quickly took the victims cell phone and wallet and exited the vehicle. The male suspect then reached in the vehicle and sprayed the victim with bear mace. In an attempt to get away from the suspects, the victim sped away in her vehicle and veered off of the roadway over a small embankment. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for her non-life threatening her injuries.
Deputies were able to locate the male suspect, 38 year old Shane Sovereign. Sovereign was arrested for robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime, and felon in possession of tear gas. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and his bail was set at $50,000.
The female suspect, 37 year old Dalina Sovereign, is still outstanding. She was contacted by phone and stated she was going to turn herself in to law enforcement but has yet to do so. A warrant been issued for her arrest.

Dec 23, 2015

Delila Colegrove arrested for alleged drug paraphenelia and possession of a loaded firearm


On Monday, December 21, 2015, when arrestee Delila Colegrove was being booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, Correctional Deputies located .5 grams of methamphetamine in a body cavity. Colegrove was additionally arrested for possession of a controlled substance in prison/jail. Her bail was raised to $55,000.
The vehicle Colegrove was arrested in was discovered to be an unreported stolen vehicle. The vehicle was reported as stolen during a burglary in the Willow Creek area on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. The key for the vehicle was located in Colegrove’s purse. This case is currently under investigation.

On Monday, December 21, 2015 at approximately 1:20 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Hoopa Post Office for a patrol check on a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. When deputies arrived, they contacted a male and a female in the vehicle. The deputies recognized the occupants from prior law enforcement contacts.
While speaking with the deputies, the female passenger, 27 year old Delila Colegrove, admitted to having drug paraphernalia in her purse. The deputy requested permission to search her purse and she agreed. The deputy located the drug paraphernalia in Colegrove’s purse and placed her under arrest for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. The deputies searched the vehicle and located a loaded firearm in the center console. Carrying a loaded firearm in a public place was added to Colegrove’s booking. Colegrove was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she was booked under the above charges. Her bail has been set at $25,000. The male vehicle occupant was released on scene.

Dec 22, 2015

EPD forwards report of today's shoplifting spree to DA's office to obtain arrest warrant

Just spoke with EPD's Brittany Powell. A report has been forwarded to the District Attorney's office to get a warrant for arrest. This was done after the identity of the primary suspect was known.

What used to be shoplifting under Prop 47, is now charged as a misdemeanor under Penal Code 459.5, said Ms. Powell.


459.5.  (a) Notwithstanding Section 459, shoplifting is defined as
entering a commercial establishment with intent to commit larceny
while that establishment is open during regular business hours, where
the value of the property that is taken or intended to be taken does
not exceed nine hundred fifty dollars ($950). Any other entry into a
commercial establishment with intent to commit larceny is burglary.
Shoplifting shall be punished as a misdemeanor, except that a person
with one or more prior convictions for an offense specified in clause
(iv) of subparagraph (C) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (e) of
Section 667 or for an offense requiring registration pursuant to
subdivision (c) of Section 290 may be punished pursuant to
subdivision (h) of Section 1170.
   (b) Any act of shoplifting as defined in subdivision (a) shall be
charged as shoplifting. No person who is charged with shoplifting may
also be charged with burglary or theft of the same property.

From EPD"S Facebook page:

Update: We know the identity of the primary suspect. Thank you to everyone who shared and helped identify. 
Be on the lookout! 

In the last hour we have had 3 reports of a male and two females entering local stores and stealing large amounts of clothing. Suspects are reportedly driving a black Kia Forte CA plate 6LUS253. The three suspects haven't all entered each location.
The surveillance images below are from a local clothing store on the 500 block of 4th street. The two females stole several articles of clothing and left in the black Kia at about 11:45 a.m. 

Call EPD at 441-4044 if you have any information. More information and descriptions will be shared as available.

Lindsay Kaminsky finally reunited with her husband, Court, DA and defense work together for a beneficial resolution

Judge Timothy Cissna accepted the conditional plea from Lindsay Kaminsky and she will be released today to go home and be reunited with her husband, Glenn Kaminsky, the victim in this case.

Three years of formal supervised probation. Instead of a 52 week batterer's program generally required in domestic violence cases, in this case, Judge Cissna found good cause to order individual and mental health counseling related to domestic violence. Compliance will be monitored by probation.

Judge Cissna said that counseling would be "beneficial to the victim, Ms. Kaminsky and society. " Judge Cissna said his decision was based, "given the mental health factors and circumstances leading up to the case and comments from Ms. Kaminsky and the victim."

There were several terms of probation added and modified by Judge Cissna. The existing CLETS order will be modified to a conduct order and served on January 14 at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 4.

Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo was present for the People today since DDA David Christensen is currently in an all day jury trial. Mr. Manny Daskal was present with Lindsay Kaminsky.

Mr. Kaminsky did not wish to address the court.

Nov 20, 2015

Lindsay Kaminsky, charged with stabbing her husbands enters plea for reduced charge and felony probation

Lindsay Kaminsky, the Arcata woman charged with stabbing her husband, Glenn Kaminsky who did not want the case prosecuted. He has been there for every court hearing.

The case was originally set before Judge John Feeney for sentencing. He is in Garberville today. His cases were moved to Courtroom 5. Not seeing Lindsay Kaminsky or her lawyer. I had to wander around the second floor to discover the case being called in Courtroom 4. I told her husband.

We were not privy to the last minute change via email between the Judges, last minute. Even the lawyers did not know until the last minute.

The case is now being prosecuted by Deputy David Christensen. Manny Daskal is representing Lindsay Kaminsky.

The case may eventually be settled as a wobbler. This information was not mentioned in court this morning but information I have. It was explained to Mr. Kaminsky that a wobbler is a when a felony reduced to misdemeanor with probation. This is what he wants the DA's office to do and has been requesting.

Lindsay Kaminsky plead to an added count 3 which was added, assault by means of force most likely to reduce bodily injury.

Count 1 inflict corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant with a special allegation use of deadly weapon and Count 2 assault with a deadly weapon other than firearm were dismissed.

Lindsay Kaminsky entered an Arbuckle waiver. If the plea is rejected by the sentencing Judge, which will be Judge Joyce Hinrichs, Lindsay Kaminsky faces a potential prison term of 2 years which is lower term, 3 years which is mid term, or 4 years which is the maximum. If probation is violated, she will get the maximum prison term.

DDA Christensen gave the factual basis for the charge. In June 2015, Lindsay Kaminsky stabbed her husband in the neck with a knife. Before accepting the plea, Judge Cissna asked Mr. Christensen, "Why is your office reducing serious charges like this and making this offer?"

DDA Christensen said, "The defendant, Ms. Kaminsky does not have a significant criminal record, she has a misdemeanor DUI in New York. The alleged victim, Mr. Kaminsky since Day 1 has wanted a misdemeanor resolution. He feels his wife suffered a mental episode and this was unusual circumstances." Glenn Kaminsky feels there were emotional and psyschological issues and wants his wife to get help.

Glenn Kaminsky wanted the no contact order dropped today so he could see his wife in jail. Judge Cissna said that normally notice is given and that he is not familiar with the case and was not going to make that decision today. He said that the request could be put on calendar or addressed at sentencing.

Judge Cissna told Lindsay Kaminsky that after he refers this matter to probation for a pre-sentencing report, Judge Hinrichs can follow their recommendation, accept the plea or reject the plea. He advised her of the rights she was giving up. That she could face a potential fine up to $10,000. Probation could be up to five years. She would have to pay restitution to the victim, "if there was any requested" and there would be a mandatory restitution fine ranging anywhere from $300 to $10,000.

Sentencing will be on December 22 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 5.

No other media was in court this morning or has been following this case after the initial headlines.
Original press release:

On 06/05/2015 at approximately 0806 hours, the Arcata Police Department responded to the 1000 block of 14th Street for the report of a male subject that had just been stabbed in the throat.
Upon officer’s arrival, they located the male victim conscious and alert. The male identified the suspect as Lindsay Kaminsky (25 years of Arcata). The suspect fled the residence prior to police arrival, but was quickly located in a nearby park. The victim was transported to Mad River Community Hospital where he is in serious condition.
Kaminsky was booked at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for the following charges:
P.C. 245(a)(1) – Assault with a Deadly Weapon
P.C. 273.5(a) – Domestic Violence.

Three counts of first degree felony burglary filed against Crescent City Post Office Supervisor for alleged theft of prescription drugs

Felony charges have been filed by Del Norte District Attorney's office against Hollie Maready, who is under investigation for alleged theft of prescription drugs from coworkers and area veterans.

Maready is to be arraigned tomorrow afternoon for three counts of first degree felony burglary. District Attorney Dale Trigg said additional charges might be added or others dropped during the adjudication process.

According to the Triplicate article, one of those charges is considered a violent felony since it pertains to an incident in which a non-accomplice party was present. Maready’s husband said she entered a rehabilitation facility in early September soon after investigators searched her home and vehicle.

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Sep 23, 2015

Crescent City post office supervisor under investigation for alleged theft of prescription drugs

Excerpt from the Triplicate article:

A supervisor at the Crescent City post office is under investigation for theft of prescription drugs from coworkers and area veterans, according to court records.
Hollie Maready, 39, is suspected of using her position as supervisor of customer service for the U.S. Postal Service to steal pharmaceuticals from packages, coworkers, and private homes.
Maready hasn’t been charged with any crime.

Read the full story, here is the link:

Call APD if you spot this car

From Mckinleyville Community Watch:

Dec 21, 2015

Will Humboldt County's Agency Shop for non union County employees be upheld as legal by the U. S. Supreme Court decision expected in 2016?

I was speaking with a County employee. This is not someone in top management, this is someone working every day on the front lines.

I mentioned the labor negotiations today that took place during closed session for the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. No report out of that session today.

This employee told  me that  the Union last year voted that non-union employees need to pay 1.3 of their gross income or join as union members and pay dues yet they have no say in labor negotiations and no vote.

Dan Fulks, County Director of Human Resources, clarified and gave me more details. This is from an email he sent in response to my questions:

Hello John,

“Agency Shop” is the term for what AFSCME has negotiated for in the last contract period.  Technically what was negotiated was the right to have a “Card Check” wherein State Mediation and Conciliation Service came in and counted the number of existing union members, then compared that number to the total number of bargaining unit employees.  If the result was 50% plus one or more then they qualified to have the “Agency Shop” by default, and the count was more than sufficient to qualify.  This means that all unit members will either pay a “service fee” and not join the union or become a full union member and pay regular dues. 

Voting is a matter that is controlled by the union and their bylaws.  Typically only full members can vote according to most bylaws in my experience.  As to the amount unions charge for dues we (the County) do not have any control over what amount is charged, those are union matters that we do not delve into.

Dan Fulks
Director of Human Resources

The U.S. Supreme Court has taken the issue of Agency Shop legality on in this session because in some states it is legal and others it is not legal.  By the end of June of 2016, a decision on this matter is expected.

Tyler Durant's repeated arrests and pending alleged charges get him denied release on OR

Judge Timothy Cissna denied release on OR for Tyler Durant this afternoon. Durant is being represented by Public Defender Ms. Heidi Holmquist.

Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees pointed out the number of files and open cases against Durant and his failure to appear in court on December 10. Judge Cissna noted Durant's criminal history and alleged charges which include repeated arrests, many for felonies and this has built up over the years.

Intervention is set for December 31 at 3 p.m. in Courtroom 5. Preliminary hearing is on January 4, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

Bail set for $165,000 for Tyler Durant's six open cases, including his recent arrest this Tuesday

From LOCO"S Booked:

TYLER JOSEPH DURANTFOPDFRESH ARRESTPossession of Controlled SubstanceHS11379.6(a),PC29800(a)(1),HS11350(a)Receiving Stolen PropertyTuesday, Dec. 15
9:27 a.m.

A citizen emailed me to follow up on Tyler Durant's arrest. This is from that email:

"He was arrested in Fortuna Tuesday morning after a night of thievery. He took things out of my neighbors car, my car and other places in Fortuna."

Durant's alleged charges are listed above.

Durant was arraigned yesterday. He currently has six open cases, including this one. He is still in Humboldt County jail and the total bail for all six cases is $165,000.

Durant's other arrests:

Judge Marilyn Miles denies defense 995 motion to dismiss charges against Kailan Meserve which include sexual battery, rape by force and forcible oral copulation

A 995 motion to dismiss most of the sixteen charges including sexual battery, forcible oral copulation, rape by force against Kailan Meserve was denied by Judge Marilyn Miles on December 17, 2016.

Nov 10, 2015

Kailan Meserve 995 motion to dismiss 15 counts including sexual battery, kidnapping and forcible rape continued and case sent to Judge Miles

A motion to dismiss information in the Kailan Meserve case was scheduled this afternoon in Courtroom 5 to be heard by Judge Joyce Hinrichs. Cases for  Courtroom 5  were called in Courtroom 1 this afternoon.

The defense had filed a motion to dismiss information, the People filed an opposition and then the defense filed a reply to the People's opposition.

Mr. Russ Clanton, who is representing Meserve, told Judge John Feeney, "this is a lengthy matter that has been under consideration by Judge Hinrichs. We ask that the matter be set over for two weeks."

Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett who is prosecuting the case agreed. She said the People needed time to look over the defense's response to the prosecution's opposition to the 995 and see if they will file a response.

Judge Feeney said he had received an email today at 1:15 from Judge Hinrichs, who is the presiding Judge for Humboldt Superior Court. She had given two dates and wanted the matter calendered before Judge Miles.

The 995 motion to dismiss will be heard on December 1 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2.

Bail was originally at two million and the DA's office asked it be paid by legitimate means. Meserve made bail and is out of custody. Kailan Meserve was in court with his father Dave Meserve.

Oct 22, 2015

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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Greedy landlords number one reason for homeless on the Eureka streets

The City of Eureka had this opportunity years ago and turned it down so because they would lose the Transient Occupancy Tax.

Tax used to contribute funding for Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, among others, who should be self sufficient.

Number one reason for homeless people on the streets. Greedy landlords and property management companies. Fix the gouging of rents and security deposits in Eureka and it will cut the number of homeless on the street.

This does not apply to all private landlords, but most.

If you don't pay big city wages, don't charge big city rent.

Dec 20, 2015

Unknown dude pounds on my door, asks me to call the ambulance, then belligerent to me and the fire department

I am relaxing at home, and I am home, which is rare.  All of a sudden there is a pounding on my front door and someone trying to kick it down.

I call out to ask who it is, some young dude tells me he is having heart issues and to call the ambulance. I dial 911, not wanting to take a chance.

As I getting him water he asked for and on the phone with 911, he starts running around, kicking my front door and acting like someone who is high.

I am trying to ask him if he is okay, determine his breathing, following 911 dispatcher's instructions.

The fire department arrived within 2 minutes, the ambulance a minute later.

While I am waiting for the fire department and ambulance, I try to find out what happened. He does not want to answer questions so I can call 911 back if needed.

He looks fine, he is breathing fine. I have never seen him before.

He is belligerent to the fire department, won't answer their questions either, finally tells us his name and date of birth. He refuses help but finally leaves with the medics.

This guy claims his name is Michael Cox.

Next time you call 911, thank all involved for doing their job, whether it is a real emergency or not.