Mar 5, 2016

600 customers without power in Mendocino County; PG and E expects 50 percent power back by midnight

The Mendocino Sheriff reports:

PG&E has reported as of 7:00 p.m. There are approximately 600 customers
without power in Mendocino County: 130 are in the Mendocino/Big River
area, 200 in the Fort Bragg area and 100 in the Elk area. There are various other outages scattered throughout Mendocino County.
PG&E is working to have up to 50% back in power by midnight, and the rest by 7 a.m. tomorrow.
As of 8:00 p.m. the Russian River at Hopland was recorded on the
National Weather Service Website at 7.57 ft and the Navarro River at
7.69 ft.

With his bail now up another $25,000 and charges in another case, Joshua Keyes whispers, "I pick you. I love you" to a woman in court

Joshua Keyes, who had just been arraigned on Thursday, was back in Courtroom 5, again on Thursday. While waiting for his case to be called, he kept glancing in the direction I was sitting, making goofy faces and smiling once or twice.

Keyes was arraigned for another case. Two felonies and one misdemeanor were alleged in the complaint. Bail was set at $25,000.

Count 1, first degree residential burglary, with five special allegations that he failed to remain free from custody from the required time; one other special allegation that he had a prior conviction of a serious and violent felony; Count 2 possession of firearm by a felon with same special allegations; Count 3 was a misdemeanor, possession of a controlled substance.

Dates were set on a no time waiver basis. This time Mr. Owen Tipps asked for a date for confirmation of counsel which will be March 8 at 2 p.m. Intervention March 10. Preliminary hearing March 17.

Just as I thought, he was off his rocker, his behavior finally made sense when he left the courtroom.
He whispered to a woman sitting behind me, "I pick you. I love you."

Mar 3, 2016

Joshua Keyes, the man gambling at casino arrested yesterday had previous felony warrant for concentrated marijuana possession; arraigned today

Joshua Keyes was arraigned on a felony, petition to revoke his post release community supervision, in Courtroom 5 this afternoon. Deputy District Attorney David Christensen was present for the People. The Public Defender's office was appointed to represent Keyes.

Intervention is on March 11. Hearing is on March 16.





HCSO Press Release:

On Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at about 7:30 p.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Cher-ae Heights Casino for a report of wanted person, 34 year old Joshua Reed Keyes. Keyes was said to be gambling at the casino. Keyes is wanted for armed robbery and a felony parole warrant. Deputies arrived on scene and located Keyes. Keyes initially attempted to pull away from deputies to flee. Deputies were able to apprehend Keyes and handcuffed him without further protests. Neither Keyes nor deputies were injured during the arrest.
Deputies located 9 grams of suspected methamphetamine on Keyes’ person. A silver jaguar was later located in the parking lot by deputies. The keys to the silver jaguar were located in Keyes’ possession.
Keyes was taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for robbery and his felony parole warrant. He is not eligible for bail.

Previous (2/19/16):
On Thursday, February 18, 2016 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 2300 block of McKinleyville Ave, for a report of an armed robbery. When deputies arrived on scene they spoke with a male and female victim. The female victim stated two male suspects forced entry into her residence and held her at gunpoint and stole her purse and jewelry. The male victim believed the suspects took an assault rifle and processed marijuana from his 215 grow. The suspects then left the residence and the victims were unharmed. The suspects are considered armed and dangerous.
Suspect #1 is described as a white male adult, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a dark scarf over his mouth and nose, and blue jeans. Suspect #2 is described as a white male adult, tall in stature, heavy build, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with a “white bandana” print on the chest, and dark colored shorts. The suspect’s vehicle may be a white Jaguar.
Arcata Police Dept. Press Release:


On 8/12/2013 at about 8:45pm, an officer with the Arcata Police Department conducted a traffic enforcement stop in the 500 block of K Street.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as McKinleyville resident Joshua Reid Keyes (age 31), was taken into custody for an outstanding felony warrant for the possession of concentrated cannabis.   A search of Keyes’ vehicle and it’s occupants, which included two subject’s on probation for drug related offenses, yielded five pounds of marijuana packaged into separate one pound increments.


Keyes was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for H&S 11360 - Transportation of marijuana and H&S 11359 - Possession for sales of marijuana.

Earthquake or wind gust?

Don't see any earthquake listed on the usual sites yet, so that must be some wind gust 10 minutes ago?

Another domestic violence arrest where victim allegedly grabbed in head lock and punched repeatedly




On 03-01-2016 at approximately 12:08 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to investigate a reported incident of domestic violence that occurred around 10:00 PM the night before in Covelo, California.

Deputies learned an adult female and her husband, Sergio Nunez-Davila, were at their home in the 76000 block of Short Creek Road when they began to argue.

The argument grew more heated until Nunez-Davila reportedly grabbed the adult female in a head-lock with his left arm.  Nunez-Davila punched the adult female several times in the head and face with his right fist.  The adult female was able to pull away from Nunez-Davila and the attack stopped but not before she suffered a bruising injury to her face.

Deputies responded to the couple’s Short Creek Road residence and arrested Nunez-Davila for domestic violence battery.

Nunez-Davila was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $10,000.00 bail.


Mar 4, 2016

Darlene Crabtree who lives on Zinfandel Drive arrested for allegedly assaulting her husband

On 02-25-2016 at about 8:00 PM Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a domestic violence incident at a residence located in the 300 block of Zinfandel Drive in Ukiah, California.

Upon arrival Deputies contacted an adult male at the residence who identified himself as being married to a Darlene Crabtree.  Deputies learned the couple had an argument which escalated to the point where the adult male was physically assaulted by Crabtree causing visible injuries on his neck and torso.

Deputies contacted Crabtree at the residence and arrested her on the charge of felony domestic violence battery.  Crabtree was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where she was to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.

At arraignment, Justin Patrick asks "Is the victim here?", bail set at $200,000

while waiting for his case to be called, Justin Patrick looked down at the floor. When his case was called, he stood up and blankly started for a bit, then looked down until his attorney, Public Defender's Mr. Owen Tipps approached him. The Public Defender's office has represented Patrick on the previous cases.

"Is the victim here?", he asked his attorney, Patrick asked Mr. Tipps.

Bail was set at $200,000. Deputy District Attorney Wes Keat was present for the People.

Time was not waived. Intervention is set for March 15 at 3 p.m. Preliminary hearing is set for March 17 at 8:30 a.m.

Mar 4, 2016


Frequently arrested Justin Patrick to be arraigned on 7 counts: charges include intent to commit rape, sodomy, assault and battery, trespassing and lewd conduct

Justin Patrick is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon at 1;29 p.m.. He is charged with seven counts; two felonies and five misdemeanors.

I spoke with District Attorney Maggie Fleming and she said that the CAST case would be the lead case. Patrick racked up quite a few different charges in succession, in a matter of few days, right after being released on a plea deal.


Count 1, a felony, is Assault with intent to commit a sex offense. Complaint states "unlawfully assaulted Jane Doe with intent to commit rape, sodomy, oral copulations and violations of Section 264.1, 288 and 289."

Count 2, a felony, False imprisonment by violence, victim Jane Doe

Count 3, a misdemeanor, Assault and Battery, victim Jane Doe

Count 4, a misdemeanor, at HSU Depot

Count 5, a misdemeanor, Assault and Battery, victim Kyle McEdwards

Count 6, a misdemeanor, Trespass by entering and occupying, HSU

Count 7, a misdemeanor, Engaging in lewd conduct in a public place, exposed to public view




Mar 2, 2016


$350,000 bail enhancement granted by Judge for alleged sexual assault suspect Justin Patrick

On Tuesday March 1, 2016, at 8:51pm, Deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office located attempted sexual assault suspect Justin Farris Patrick in the lobby of the Arcata-Eureka Airport in McKinleyville.  Patrick was interviewed by APD investigators regarding the attempted sexual assault in the 1900 block of H Street in Arcata, and was subsequently arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility by APD on the following charges:

·         PC 664/261(a)(2): Attempted Rape.
·         PC 236: False Imprisonment.
·         PC 243.4(e)(1): Sexual Battery.
·         PC 240/242: Assault & Battery.

A bail enhancement in the amount of $350,000.00 was sought by investigators and was granted by a judge of the Humboldt County Superior Court.

Mar 1, 2016


APD has Justin Patrick in custody

HSU notification:

Arcata Police have arrested Justin F. Patrick, who allegedly sexually assaulted an HSU student and assaulted an HSU staff member today. His arrest followed an intense search by both Arcata Police and University Police.

HCSO press Release:


On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at about 10:44 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the McKinleyville Airport for a report of wanted person Justin Patrick sleeping on the premises. Patrick was wanted by the Arcata Police Department for assault and battery, touching a person intimately against their will, and false imprisonment.

Deputies responded to the airport and approached the sleeping Patrick. Patrick awoke from his slumber after deputies called him by name. Patrick was handcuffed and placed in the patrol vehicle. At the request of the Arcata Police Department, deputies took Patrick to APD Headquarters. Patrick was released to the officers for questioning.

Mar 1, 2016


Just in, Justin Patrick out of custody again, since yesterday, allegedly assaults a HSU staff member

An HSU email states :

University Police are renewing their warning to the HSU community about Justin Farris Patrick. Patrick most recently was on campus today where he allegedly assaulted a staff member. Patrick was previously arrested on Friday, Feb. 26 for lewd public acts.

Patrick had been ordered to stay away from campus for a minimum of 7 days, but appears to have defied that.

Press Release update:


University Police are advising the HSU community to be extremely cautious as the search continues for Justin Farris Patrick.

Patrick has allegedly assaulted two people today. Late this afternoon, a man matching his description assaulted a female HSU student near campus on the 1900 block of H Street. Earlier in the day, he allegedly assaulted a staff member on campus.
Both the University Police Department and the Arcata Police Department have responded to today’s incidents.

Mar 1, 2016


APD looking for Justin Farris as a suspect in an alleged attempted sexual assault

On Tuesday March 1, 2016, at 4:50 pm, the Arcata Police Department responded to an apartment complex in the 1900 block of H Street on the report of an attempted sexual assault that had just occurred in a laundry room.  The survivor received minor facial injuries as a result of the attack and the suspect was last seen fleeing southbound between buildings on H Street.

The suspect was identified as Justin Farris Patrick DOB: 08/19/1990, from a Humboldt State University Caution poster that had recently been provided to students due to Patrick's arrest on campus for lewd acts.  Patrick is believed to be transient in the Arcata area.

Patrick is described as a black male adult, 25 years old, 6'0", 200 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.  Patrick was last seen wearing a black knit cap, black long sleeved shirt under a white t-shirt and dark colored jeans.  Patrick was also carrying an unknown color jacket and a clear zip lock back with miscellaneous items.

The Arcata Police Department is working with the Humboldt State University Police Department to locate and apprehend Patrick.   Patrick is currently wanted on the following charges:

·         PC 243.4(e)(1): Sexual Battery
·         PC 236: False Imprisonment.
·         PC 240/242: Assault & Battery

Mar 1, 2016


Man accused of lewd acts at HSU last Friday, arrested yesterday had just been released after a plea deal on 3 cases on February 24

Justin F. Patrick had just been released after sending 14 days in jail, pleading out three cases; one from January 2016, one from December 2015 and one from November 2015. The December case was dismissed as a part of the plea deal on February 24.

The November 2015 case was a felony  with Count 1 Vandalism of $400 or more. According to the complaint, Patrick "unlawfully and maliciously defaced with grafitti and inscribed material" and damaged/destroyed window at Domino's Pizza in Eureka.

The December 2015 case that was dismissed involved  a misdemeanor: providing false ID to a peace officer.

The January 2016 case was a misdemeanor. Count 1 Obstructing/Resisting arrest and Count 2 providing false ID to a peace officer. He plead out before his preliminary hearing in this case.

Following his release on February 24,  Patrick was arrested on HSU campus on Friday, February 26. Then he was arrested, again, yesterday, February 29.

Patrick was represented by the Public Defender's office on all his cases.



Mar 1, 2016


Man warned to stay away from HSU campus for alleged lewd acts arrested again yesterday

Justin F. Patrick, who was arrested last week for alleged lewd acts on HSU campus and warned to stay away was arrested again yesterday by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for PC 148 (a), basically obstructing or resisting a peace officer.

HSU press Release:

University Police are asking the HSU community to be cautious of Justin Farris Patrick. Patrick was arrested on Friday, Feb. 26 for lewd public acts.

Patrick allegedly approached a woman seated at a table on the second floor of the Library, stood over her shoulder touching his genitals through his clothing while continuing to talk to her. His behavior made her feel threatened and he ignored her repeated requests that he leave her alone. Patrick was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Patrick has been ordered to stay away from campus for a minimum of 7 days.

Local beer, wine and oysters at ribbon cutting of Humboldt Bay Tourism Center parklet ribbon cutting

Humboldt Bay Oyster's Sebastian Elrite and Humboldt Bay Tourism Center 's general manager Derek Hilson pose before the ribbon cutting for the parklet outside HBTC in Old Town.

Ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. Steelhead pale ale and local wines to sample.







Representing the City of Eureka were Ciuncilmembers Marian Brady, Kim Bergel, Melinda Ciarabellini as well as  Rob Holmlund and Brian Gerving.

Feb 28, 2016


Ship Ahoy at the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center this Friday

Old Town Eureka’s second parklet will officially open to the the public at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday March 4th at 3:00 p.m. Designed and built by local wood artisan, Joey Kovali, from Branch Ranch Building Company.  The parklet has a unique boat shape which embraces the character and history of Victorian Old Town Eureka and its seaport.

The cornerstone of Humboldt Bay Tourism Center is TASTE, our all-local tasting room located at the corner of 2nd and G Streets in Old Town Eureka. We pour local beers, wines, ciders, and kombucha- by the glass, the bottle or a tasting flight. Our trained staff recommend and serve oysters, cheeses, meats, breads, and desserts that are all hand-crafted locally. The parklet will provide guests an opportunity to enjoy all that TASTE has to offer in an unique and inviting outdoor setting.

Humboldt Bay Tourism Center was founded in 2013 as an innovative approach to visitor services in Humboldt County. Our goal is to connect tourists and locals with the very best our region has to offer. The Center offers a curated selection of area tours and adventures - from river rafting to horse-drawn carriage rides to oyster farm tours. Visit TASTE at Humboldt Bay Tourism Center to get in-depth information about local lodging, dining, and activity options.  They are open 7 days per week from Noon through 9pm.



Listed above is a press release regarding the ribbon cutting ceremony for the second parklet in Old Town.

I just spoke with Jon O'Connor and took this photo yof the construction going on today.


Surprise, not ! Eddie Koch a no-show for a court hearing, bench warrant issued for $5,000

Eddie Koch had a hearing yesterday afternoon in Courtroom 2 for setting. He did not show, his bail bond was forfeited and a bench warrant was issued for $5,000. He is being represented by Conflict Counsel.

On January 2, 2014, Koch plead guilty to a 2013 case, drug offense. Count 1, a felony, possession of a controlled substance was dismissed. He entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor, possession of a controlled substance. Fines and fees were $620 and per Prop 36, probation was granted to him and he was sentenced that day.

On 4/17/14, he had a violation of probation. On 2/5/15, he had a violation of probation, he plead guilty before the preliminary hearing. Yesterday's hearing was setting of another violation of probation.

Koch had the office of Conflict Counsel appointed to represent him on all these cases.


Feb 5, 2016


Eddie Koch bails out but MIA in court today; not appearing in court is Koch's thing

Eddie Koch would have a date set for violation of his parole this afternoon in Courtroom 1. He also had a bail/OR hearing scheduled.

He bailed out yesterday. Judge Feeney said that the bail/OR hearing was moot.

He was not given a date to appear in court. He already had a date on March 3.

Deputy District Attorney Jamie Murdoch was in court for the People. Conflict Counsel's Mr. Kaleb Cockrum represents Koch.

Edie Koch, who absconded from testifying during the Jason Warren jury trial, then testified reluctantly, after a material witness warrant was issued, was arrested yesterday for violation of parole.

An arrest warrant had been out for Koch since he failed to appear for a pre trial hearing on 7/22/2015.

Nov 18, 2015


Eddie Koch who absconded from testifying in Warren trial, arrested, cuffed and beligerently resumes testimony

Eddie Koch, a subpoenaed material witness in the Jason Warren jury trial  testified briefly on November 9 and  then failed to return to court after a brief recess.

After several attempts to locate Koch proved unsuccessful, Judge Timothy Cissna issued a no bail warrant for Koch’s arrest. Koch was in custody and testified as a hostile witness for the prosecution this morning.

Flashbacks of the Jason Arreaga trial came to mind as Koch sat in Courtroom 4 this morning, cuffed.

Like Jerry Bachus in the Arreaga trial, Koch left in the middle of his testimony and to be arrested to testify. Like Shavonne Hammers, his responses were "Yeah" , "I don't recall" and " I don't remember."

He kept glancing at Warren during his testimony.

Today, for the first time, someone who knows Jason Warren attended the trial. Two women walked in the courtroom and said "hi J". He turned around and looked and waved hi to them. The two women are his cousin and aunt.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit with a fresh haircut, Koch looked different but his demeanor was just as hostile as the last time he was in court.

Mr. Paul Sequeira briefly recapped where testimony was interrupted last time Koch was in court.

Mr. Sequeira: "You saw the defendant tapping on the window?"

Koch: "Yeah."

Koch's response to verifying his grandparents' phone number, that he was staying with his grandparents at their house on EW. Sonoma Avenue, was just "Yeah."

Mr. Sequeira asked what Warren was wearing and Koch was evasive. "I don't recall, probably a sweatshirt."

Mr. Sequeira: "Did you see any clothes at all?"

Koch: "Yeah."

Mr. Sequeira showed Koch a photo and then asked, "Do you recognize that as Jason Warren?"

Koch: "Sure."

Mr. Sequeira: "You recognize any of those clothes?"

Koch: "No."

Mr. Sequeira: "Did he have any property?"

Koch: No."

Mr. Sequeira: "How long did he hang out?"

Koch: "A couple of hours."

In response to a question by Mr. Sequeira, Koch said, "I think I left." Koch could not remember where he went. he left Warren at the house, he thinks in his bedroom.

Mr. Sequeira: "Did you see him use the phone?"

Koch: "I think so, he could have used it."

Using Koch's own description of Warren and him being best friends, Mr. Sequeira posed a question that Warren did not need permission ton use the phone or eat food, Koch acknowledged in the affirmative.

Mr. Sequeira: "Did you come back that afternoon?"

Koch: "I don't think so. I don't remember. It's been three years."

Mr. Sequeira: "Did he tell you he got a ride back to Hoopa?"

Koch: "No, I don't remember."

Mr. Sequeira: "Do you remember giving a statement to Detective Harpham?"

Koch: "no."

When Mr, Sequeira asked, "Do you remember talking to someone from the EPD and the DA's office?", Koch responded with the usual, "Yeah."

Mr. Sequeira gave him Detective Harpham's report and asked him to read a select portion to himself. Then he asked Koch, "Do you remember telling Detective Harpham that Mr. Warren came back in the afternoon?"

Koch: "I think so."

Mr. Sequeira: "Do you remember telling Detective Harpham he was going to get a ride back to Hoopa with his wife?"

Koch: "no."

Mr. Sequeira: "Do you remember him having a coat?"

Koch: "I think he had a coat. It was three years ago."

Koch said he does not remember Warren taking a shower or changing his clothes.

Nov 10, 2015


Material witness warrant issued for Eddie Koch who left in middle of testimony yesterday in Warren case

Eddie Koch Jr
Posted On: November 10, 2015
Office of the District Attorney - Maggie Fleming, District Attorney
News Release
November 10, 2015
Eddie Koch Jr. (DOB: 11-14-90) is a subpoenaed and material witness in the People v. Warren homicide trial currently underway in Humboldt County Superior Court #4, the Honorable Timothy P. Cissna presiding.
On 11-09-15, Koch testified briefly, then failed to return to court after a brief recess.
After several attempts to locate Koch proved unsuccessful, Judge Cissna issued a no bail warrant for Koch’s arrest.
District Attorney Investigators and local law enforcement are actively searching for Koch, and anyone with information regarding his current whereabouts is urged to call local law enforcement.

Boyfriend who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend riding with her in car gets turned in when she spots police

On 02-23-2016 at approximately 4:40 PM, a Willits Police Officer was flagged down by a female motorist who reported she had been physically assaulted by her boyfriend during a domestic violence incident.

The boyfriend, J. Hugo Carrillo-Flores, was seated in the passenger seat of her car.  The incident had occurred earlier in the day at the home the couple shared in the 33400 block of Bertha Keys Way in Willits, California.

That address is in an unincorporated area of the county serviced by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.  A Deputy Sheriff was dispatched and arrived a few minutes later to assume responsibility for the investigation into the reported incident.

The Deputy learned the adult female and Carrillo-Flores had argued over the use of a car they owned jointly.  The argument grew more heated until Carrillo-Flores began to vandalize the car and pushed the adult female to the ground causing bruising to her lower right leg.

When it appeared Carrillo-Flores had left the residence, the adult female got into her car and drove away.  A few minutes later Carrillo-Flores emerged from a hiding place in the rear seat area and began to damage the vehicle again.

The adult female drove into the city of Willits to seek help, stopping only when she saw the Willits Police Officer.

Carrillo-Flores was arrested for domestic violence battery and was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.

Photos of Second North Coast Marijuana Summit

Lori Ajax, Chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulations talking to attendees of the Second North Coast Marijuana Summit at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center.



Photos: courtesy Assembylman Jim Wood seated above with Second District  Supervisor Estelle Fennell.

Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties represented at the conference.

The photos below courtesy Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg. He told me this morning, they talked about coming up with similar regulations for the region.




What are your expectations of the Eureka Police Department


The Eureka Police Department is looking ahead at the next five years through a strategic planning process.  The department recently held internal meetings where staff gave self-assessments, feedback, expectations, and began to develop goals.

The next step is to gather feedback from the community.  What are your expectations of EPD?  What would you like to see the department focus on?  Your answers to these questions will help define our goals for the future of Eureka Police.





Defense motion for continuance for Jonas Semore's jury trial granted, new jury trial set for April 4

Defense counsel, Mr. Russ Clanton, filed a motion for continuance for the jury trial currently scheduled March 7 for Jonas Semore. Due to receiving a volume of discovery recently from the People and Mr. Clanton's trial schedule, Semore entered a limited time waiver today at trial assignment.

March 7 date was vacated, new jury date is April 4. Trial Assignment on April 1.


Feb 24, 2016


Jonas Semore's jury trial for the alleged homicide of man dropped off at Mad River ER confirmed for March

Jonas Semore had a trial confirmation for his jury trial scheduled for this afternoon.


The co-defendant in this case, is Nicholas Johnson, who was recently arrested in a standoff with law enforcement, after allegedly shooting at Humboldt County DA investigators. Johnson had an intervention hearing this afternoon. Johnson's preliminary hearing scheduled for March 8  was continued at the request of the defense. New intervention date is March 21. New preliminary hearing date is March 28.

Dates were confirmed for Semore and his jury trial is set to proceed on March 7. With full days, the trial estimate is two weeks.

For the first time, Semore smiled and acknowledged his family, particularly his mom, as he left the courtroom. His family has been there to support him at court hearings.




Jan 14, 2016


Jonas Semore jury trial for alleged murder of David Ganfield dropped off at Mad River set for March 7

Mr. Russ Clanton was confirmed as Semore's counsel in December. Today, there was a trial confirmation hearing scheduled in Courtroom 5. Semore withdrew his time waiver today.

Jury trial is now set for March 7 at 8:30 a.m. and Trial Confirmation is February 24 at 2 p.m.


Dec 18, 2015


Jury trial for suspect in death of man dropped off at Mad River ER postponed since he is in between attorneys

The jury trial for Jonas Semore, one of  two men, charged in the homicide of David Ganfield was scheduled for December 21. That trial date has been rescheduled to February 8, 2016.

The reason being he is in between attorneys. He was represented by Ms. Kathleen Bryson, who withdrew from the case in December 17. Judge John Feeney granted that motion.

On December, Mr. David Celli was present with Semore in court. Whether his office will represent Semore will be confirmed on December 22.

There is pre-trial and confirmation of counsel scheduled for December 22 at 2 p.m. and Trial Confirmation on January 14, 2016.

Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees is prosecuting the case.

Oct 26, 2015


Jonas Semore charged with the death of David Ganfield who was dropped off at Mad River ER has jury trial postponed to December

Instead of his jury trial today, Jonas Semore had a disposition and reset hearing this afternoon in Courtroom 5.

Semore pulled his time waiver this afternoon. New jury trial date is December 21, Trial Confirmation is December 7 at 2 p.m. and Pre-Trial is on November 30 at 2 p.m.


Sep 9, 2015


Jonas Semore arraigned today for the murder of David Ganfield, jury trial set for October 26

Jonas Semore was scheduled for arraignment on information in Courtroom 1 this afternoon at 2 p.m. The compliant filed by the District Attorney's office charges Semore with Count 1 Murder and a special allegation of using a deadly and dangerous weapon during the alleged commission of the crime, a bat.

He is charged with the murder of David Ganfield. The co-defendant is still at large.

Jury trial set for October 26.

I was the only one to cover the two day preliminary hearing. Links below.

Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees is prosecuting the case. Ms. Kathleen Bryson is representing Semore.

Previous posts:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/05/jonas-semore-co-defendant-in-david.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/08/witness-claims-that-minutes-before.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/08/peoples-witnesses-in-semore-case-bring.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/08/a-man-dropped-off-in-front-of-mad-river.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/08/this-case-is-like-virulent-case-of.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/08/nick-would-not-let-it-go-and-it-had-to.html

Assault system confesses to police , gets arrested





On 03/03/16 at about 3:50 p.m., Officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to the parking lot of the 3300 block of Broadway for the report of an assault that had just occurred.    Officers located a male victim in the parking lot.  He had lacerations to his face and one of his ears was torn.  The victim initially declined medical attention but was later transported to the hospital by a friend.  

The victim said he was walking to his car when he noticed three males looking into vehicles.  He said he questioned the males about their activity and they responded aggressively.  He said he turned around to walk away and was struck from behind more than once by one of the males.      

While interviewing witnesses, dispatch advised that a male had phoned 911 admitting he had been involved in the assault.  The male hung up while on hold but a phone number was obtained.  Recent contacts with the number led Officers to Bradley Still, 22 of Eureka.  Still was contacted by phone and asked to respond to EPD.  

Still came to the department and told Officers he was approached by the victim in the parking lot about looking in cars.  Still said he felt threatened by the victim and punched him because he was afraid of what he was going to do.  He said he left the scene and called police.    

Based on the victim's injuries and witness statements, Still was placed under arrest for mayhem, battery with serious injury, and assault likely to produce great bodily injury.  Still was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  



Frequently arrested Justin Patrick to be arraigned on 7 counts: charges include intent to commit rape, sodomy, assault and battery, trespassing and lewd conduct

Justin Patrick is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon at 1;29 p.m.. He is charged with seven counts; two felonies and five misdemeanors.

I spoke with District Attorney Maggie Fleming and she said that the CAST case would be the lead case. Patrick racked up quite a few different charges in succession, in a matter of few days, right after being released on a plea deal.


Count 1, a felony, is Assault with intent to commit a sex offense. Complaint states "unlawfully assaulted Jane Doe with intent to commit rape, sodomy, oral copulations and violations of Section 264.1, 288 and 289."

Count 2, a felony, False imprisonment by violence, victim Jane Doe

Count 3, a misdemeanor, Assault and Battery, victim Jane Doe

Count 4, a misdemeanor, at HSU Depot

Count 5, a misdemeanor, Assault and Battery, victim Kyle McEdwards

Count 6, a misdemeanor, Trespass by entering and occupying, HSU

Count 7, a misdemeanor, Engaging in lewd conduct in a public place, exposed to public view




Mar 2, 2016


$350,000 bail enhancement granted by Judge for alleged sexual assault suspect Justin Patrick

On Tuesday March 1, 2016, at 8:51pm, Deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office located attempted sexual assault suspect Justin Farris Patrick in the lobby of the Arcata-Eureka Airport in McKinleyville.  Patrick was interviewed by APD investigators regarding the attempted sexual assault in the 1900 block of H Street in Arcata, and was subsequently arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility by APD on the following charges:

·         PC 664/261(a)(2): Attempted Rape.
·         PC 236: False Imprisonment.
·         PC 243.4(e)(1): Sexual Battery.
·         PC 240/242: Assault & Battery.

A bail enhancement in the amount of $350,000.00 was sought by investigators and was granted by a judge of the Humboldt County Superior Court.

Mar 1, 2016


APD has Justin Patrick in custody

HSU notification:

Arcata Police have arrested Justin F. Patrick, who allegedly sexually assaulted an HSU student and assaulted an HSU staff member today. His arrest followed an intense search by both Arcata Police and University Police.

HCSO press Release:

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at about 10:44 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the McKinleyville Airport for a report of wanted person Justin Patrick sleeping on the premises. Patrick was wanted by the Arcata Police Department for assault and battery, touching a person intimately against their will, and false imprisonment.

Deputies responded to the airport and approached the sleeping Patrick. Patrick awoke from his slumber after deputies called him by name. Patrick was handcuffed and placed in the patrol vehicle. At the request of the Arcata Police Department, deputies took Patrick to APD Headquarters. Patrick was released to the officers for questioning.

Mar 1, 2016


Just in, Justin Patrick out of custody again, since yesterday, allegedly assaults a HSU staff member

An HSU email states :

University Police are renewing their warning to the HSU community about Justin Farris Patrick. Patrick most recently was on campus today where he allegedly assaulted a staff member. Patrick was previously arrested on Friday, Feb. 26 for lewd public acts.

Patrick had been ordered to stay away from campus for a minimum of 7 days, but appears to have defied that.

Press Release update:

University Police are advising the HSU community to be extremely cautious as the search continues for Justin Farris Patrick.

Patrick has allegedly assaulted two people today. Late this afternoon, a man matching his description assaulted a female HSU student near campus on the 1900 block of H Street. Earlier in the day, he allegedly assaulted a staff member on campus.
Both the University Police Department and the Arcata Police Department have responded to today’s incidents.

Mar 1, 2016


APD looking for Justin Farris as a suspect in an alleged attempted sexual assault

On Tuesday March 1, 2016, at 4:50 pm, the Arcata Police Department responded to an apartment complex in the 1900 block of H Street on the report of an attempted sexual assault that had just occurred in a laundry room.  The survivor received minor facial injuries as a result of the attack and the suspect was last seen fleeing southbound between buildings on H Street.

The suspect was identified as Justin Farris Patrick DOB: 08/19/1990, from a Humboldt State University Caution poster that had recently been provided to students due to Patrick's arrest on campus for lewd acts.  Patrick is believed to be transient in the Arcata area.

Patrick is described as a black male adult, 25 years old, 6'0", 200 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.  Patrick was last seen wearing a black knit cap, black long sleeved shirt under a white t-shirt and dark colored jeans.  Patrick was also carrying an unknown color jacket and a clear zip lock back with miscellaneous items.

The Arcata Police Department is working with the Humboldt State University Police Department to locate and apprehend Patrick.   Patrick is currently wanted on the following charges:

·         PC 243.4(e)(1): Sexual Battery
·         PC 236: False Imprisonment.
·         PC 240/242: Assault & Battery

Mar 1, 2016


Man accused of lewd acts at HSU last Friday, arrested yesterday had just been released after a plea deal on 3 cases on February 24

Justin F. Patrick had just been released after sending 14 days in jail, pleading out three cases; one from January 2016, one from December 2015 and one from November 2015. The December case was dismissed as a part of the plea deal on February 24.

The November 2015 case was a felony  with Count 1 Vandalism of $400 or more. According to the complaint, Patrick "unlawfully and maliciously defaced with grafitti and inscribed material" and damaged/destroyed window at Domino's Pizza in Eureka.

The December 2015 case that was dismissed involved  a misdemeanor: providing false ID to a peace officer.

The January 2016 case was a misdemeanor. Count 1 Obstructing/Resisting arrest and Count 2 providing false ID to a peace officer. He plead out before his preliminary hearing in this case.

Following his release on February 24,  Patrick was arrested on HSU campus on Friday, February 26. Then he was arrested, again, yesterday, February 29.

Patrick was represented by the Public Defender's office on all his cases.



Mar 1, 2016


Man warned to stay away from HSU campus for alleged lewd acts arrested again yesterday

Justin F. Patrick, who was arrested last week for alleged lewd acts on HSU campus and warned to stay away was arrested again yesterday by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for PC 148 (a), basically obstructing or resisting a peace officer.

HSU press Release:

University Police are asking the HSU community to be cautious of Justin Farris Patrick. Patrick was arrested on Friday, Feb. 26 for lewd public acts.

Patrick allegedly approached a woman seated at a table on the second floor of the Library, stood over her shoulder touching his genitals through his clothing while continuing to talk to her. His behavior made her feel threatened and he ignored her repeated requests that he leave her alone. Patrick was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Patrick has been ordered to stay away from campus for a minimum of 7 days.