May 21, 2016

Help law enforcement locate this car stolen from a Mckinleyville owner


May 20, 2016

People will present their final witness in the Jonas Semore jury trial next Tuesday

Today, the jury got to go home early before noon. Monday, there will only be a morning session until noon due to the availability of the People's last witness. Tuesday, forensic pathologist Dr. Mark Super will testify about the autopsy and injuries to David Ganfield.

"We have become the zombies they said we were"; Stacey Cobine tells her story about the aftermath of the Palco Marsh evictions

Since Sunday, May 15, Stacey Cobine, one of the 11 plaintiffs in the "Palco Marsh lawsuit" has been sitting out in the front of the Courthouse. She is joined she said by her "boss", an old roommate, and another man who used to live in the Marsh. She arrives around 8:30 and leaves "between 3 and 5" "I am not trying to start another Occupy." "The media has misrepresented us," she told me. "Either they are for us or against us. It is one-sided."

Stacey is trying to raise awareness about the Palco Marsh "evictions." She said except for "four or five negative experiences"outside the Courthouse, she has had positive experiences, she especially thanked HSU students. No one else from the media has approached her this past week.

I asked her some questions and she was very forthcoming. She is very pleasant to talk to, not confrontational. You can tell the frustration and sadness in her voice.

I wanted to give her this space, just for her voice; to talk about how she feels, not through her lawyer and not through an advocate.

She said, at first, she did refuse the offer to stay at the shipping containers. "A neighbor was on the list, they said later she was not on the list to make room for us 11. I did not want that." Eventually, both ended up moving to the 3rd and Commercial lot. "I can't go to Serenity because I have a dog; I can't go to the Rescue mission because I am not Christian, I can't go to the MAC because I am 43 don't want to be treated like a child and have a curfew."

"I lasted a week. There are only 40 spots. We can't talk to friends after 10 p.m. through the fence, can't hang out with each other. They can come to the gate. It feels like a prison, like Sempervirens."

She said that she does understand why there are rules at the Third and Commercial lot. "They are trying to prevent theft and for safety."

There are 40 people, 22 dogs.  At night, with everyone inside, the noise is unbearable. "

"We have become the zombies that they said we were."

Breaking down, her voice wavering a bit she said,  "I didn't realize the sense of community we had; I miss that."

I asked her about the lawsuit. She said they did not seek out Peter Martin, they were approached.

I asked her that if a landlord were to forego security deposit, let her keep her dog, and give her a break on a couple month's rent, would she want to move into a place and get on her feet? Her response was "yes." She said she cannot afford security deposit and twice the rent just to move into a place. She also said that while some people were living in the Marsh, she was wandering  about when she first became homeless. "I was told by the police to go down to the Marsh and I would not be bothered. Now, they are saying we are trespassers."

"Homeless does not equal criminal" and "Who would Jesus house?" are two of the signs in the photo below.

Juvenile arrested while he was allegedly in the middle of vandalizing a minivan

On 05-28-2016 at approximately 6:04 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a male juvenile vandalizing a vehicle in the 29000 block of Highway 20 in Fort Bragg, California.

It was reported the male juvenile was in possession of a screw driver, crowbar and hammer, which were being used to vandalize a gray minivan parked on the edge of the roadway.

While enroute to the location, Deputies received updated information that the minivan had been reported stolen out of the city of Willits.  Deputies had taken a report earlier in the day where contents of the vehicle had been discovered in the area of James Creek, near mile post marker 19 on Highway 20.

Deputies arrived and located a male juvenile in the driver’s seat of vehicle attempting to start the ignition of the vehicle with a screw driver.

The male juvenile was taken into custody for a violation of 496D PC (Possession of Stolen Vehicle) and transported to the Mendocino County Juvenile Hall.

May 19, 2016

Pizza robbery machete wielding suspect Charles Kesselring's jury trial finally begins tomorrow

Since 10/26/15, the jury trial for Charles Kesselring has either been reset or continued by the defense and on May 16, there was no room and no judge available so the case "trailed day by day". Jury selection will begin tomorrow in Courtroom 2.

Feb 3, 2016

Mendocino Sheriff looking for Charles Kesselring for a $55,000 warrant finds out on facebook he is in HCSO custody

If the Mendocino Sheriff had checked HCSO jail reports or even read one of my numerous posts on Charles Kesselring, they would have known he is in Humboldt County jail.

Kesselring, the alleged machete wielding pizza van delivery robbery suspect has a felony warrant out in Mendocino for vehicular theft and fleeing from an officer.

Dec 31, 2015

Pizza robbery machete wielding suspect's jury trial start date undetermined

Charles Kesselring's court appearance was waived for trial assignment calendar this morning by his attorney, Ms. Christina Allbright. Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo was present for the People.

The case was set to begin jury trial on January 4, it will be called that morning, but since it is a time waived case and many other trials are starting next week , Judge Joyce Hinrichs said "it is unlikely to proceed until later of next week."

Due to some scheduling issues with court availability and Ms. Allbright's schedule, the jury trial may be reset.

Sep 29, 2015

Defense files oral motion to continue in pizza robbery machete wielding suspect case; he actually behaves since Ms. Allbright got appointed

After several tries, Ms. Allbright is still Charles Kesselring IV's lawyer. He actually behaved in court today better than he ever has in the past.

Was it because it was a double calendar being called or did one of my biggest fans, his wife Jennifer Wall-Kesselring, show up on time after our last repartee.

The defense made an oral motion to continue, Kesselring entered a general time waiver. Deputy District Attorney David Christensen did not object to the continuance. Defense and the People had discussions privately and Mr. Christensen told Judge Joyce Hinrichs he felt there was good cause for the continuance.

The jury trial for October 26 has been vacated. New jury trial is January 4, trial confirmation is December 22, and pre-trial is December 8.

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Preliminary hearing for HSU suspended football player charged with forcible rape by use of drugs,continued once again, by the defense

Raul Sierra's preliminary hearing was continued, once again, by the defense. Scheduled for today, the new date is now May 31.

Mar 14, 2016

Preliminary hearing for suspended HSU football player charged with forcible rape by use of drugs continued at defense request, Sierra out of custody

Raul Sierra, former HSU football player, charged with forcible rape, made bail and is out of custody. He appeared in court this morning for a preliminary hearing that was scheduled for today, with his attorney. He looks nothing like his booking photo having a shaved head and no beard.

Judge Watson filled in today for Judge Joyce Hinrichs in Courtroom 5. She will be gone for two weeks. Deputy District Brie Bennett is prosecuting the case. Beorn Zepp represents Sierra.

The defense filed a motion to continue. They were asking for 60 days. The People and the victim who was in court, opposed the continuance. Ms. Bennett said "if there was good cause", and the Court granted the continuance that it be short, not more than 30 days. People has just waived 10 days, and today, they waived time.

Mr. Zepp told Judge Watson that there was "discovery pending,", his investigator had a "lot to do" and there would be "an associated counsel." Sierra had previously waived time.

Judge Watson granted a 45 day continuance. Intervention is April 6 at 3 p.m. and Preliminary hearing is April 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Jan 27, 2016

Raul Sierra suspended from HSU, his alleged victim sobbed in court

Raul Sierra was denied release on OR by Judge Joyce Hinrichs after hearing from Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett and Sierra's attorney Beorn Zepp. A referral has been made to Probation for a Supervised Release report.

Zepp gave letters of support from Sierra's family in San Diego to Judge Hinrichs. Zepp said Sierra has been suspended from HSU since his recent arrest.. He asked for reduction in Sierra's bail, which was denied. He then asked for a referral for  supervised release.

"Mr. Sierra had been cooperating with the system" since he was initially contacted last year, said Zepp. He said his client had no other criminal history and has never been in trouble before and has a good record at HSU.

DDA Bennett opposed Sierra's release. Ms. Bennett said the victim was in court and had told told her that she would feel safer if Sierra was in custody. Sierra had been served with a protective order.

Zepp countered, "Even before the order was issued, he avoided contact with the victim."

After the court hearing concluded, as Sierra was walking back to custody, the alleged victim, a young blonde woman, was sobbing.

Jan 26, 2016

HSU football player Raul Sierra pleads not guilty to charge of forcible rape, preliminary hearing scheduled for March 14

Raul Sierra was arraigned this afternoon in Courtroom 5. He plead not guilty and has retained a private attorney Beorn Zepp.

An OR/Bail hearing is scheduled for January 27 at 2 p.m., Intervention is on February 29 at 3 p.m. and preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 14.

Jan 25, 2016

HSU's Raul Sierra was charged with felony, forcible rape with use of drugs on December 18, 2015

An arrest warrant was ordered on December 30, 2015.

Count 1 alleges that "on or about November 7, 2015" Raul Eduardo Sierra IV was charged with rape by use of drugs."

Hoopa teen charged with Arcata stabbing and assaulting a correctional officer in custody, kicks a fellow inmate in court with no provocation

Richard Dean has yet to be transported to NAPA. Today, during a hearing to confirm transport, with his attorney, standing next  to him and a bailiff walking towards him to take Dean back to jail, without any provocation, Dean kicked a fellow inmate sitting in front of him.

An order of contempt has been filed against NAPA to have them come transport Dean. He is in administrative segregation and was in court in a red jumpsuit, cuffed. Visiting Judge Douglas Mewhinney said that the original order said Dean could be transported "no later than May 26." That is the next court date.

Feb 3, 2016

Criminal proceedings suspended for Hoopa teen charged with Arcata stabbing and assaulting a correctional officer, he bursts out laughing in court

Richard Dean had a disposition and hearing on three cases scheduled this afternoon in Courtroom 5.

Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads is prosecuting the case.

Dean is represented by the Public Defender's office. Ms. Kelly Neel was present in court today with Dean. Ms. Neel cited PC 1368 and "declared doubt regarding defendant's mental competency."

Judge Joyce Hinrichs said criminal proceedings were suspended in all three cases. Dr. Ramirez has been ordered to evaluate Dean. That report is due on February 25 at 2 p.m.

Before his case was called, Dean dressed in a red jumpsuit, shackled with chains around his legs and cuffed burst out laughing while another case was being heard.

Jan 11, 2016

Hoopa teen charged with Arcata stabbing adds yet charge of assaulting correctional officer

Richard Dean adds yet another charge.

Today's press release:
On Saturday, January 9, 2016, at approximately 9:45 p.m. Humboldt County Correctional Deputies were escorting homicide suspect, 18 year old inmate Richard Dean, to his cell. Once Dean’s handcuffs were removed he turned toward one of the Correctional Deputies and punched the deputy several times. The other deputies detained Dean, who continued to struggle against them. Dean was touch stunned by one of the deputies’ Taser’s and then complied with the deputies.
The assaulted Correctional Deputy was taken to a local hospital for their injuries and later released.
Dean was arrested for felony battery on a peace officer.

Nov 10, 2015

New charges filed against Hoopa teen arrested for stabbing of 52 year old in Arcata

Today, 18 year old Richard Dean already facing charges in the stabbing of 52 year old Anthony Michael Pennucci was arraigned on new charges, two felonies and three misdemeanors. Dean appeared in court in front of Judge John Feeney. He was shackled in chains and dressed in a red jumpsuit which means that the inmate is in "administrative segregation."

Count 1 attempted second degree robbery, Count 2 criminal threats with a special allegation that Dean used a deadly weapon in the commission of the crime, a knife, Count 3 is vandalism and Counts 4 and 5 are petty theft. Counts 3, 4 and 5 are misdemeanors.

Bail in this new case was set at $140,000.

Deputy District Attorney David Christiansen was present for the People.

Public Defender Casey Russo entered not guilty pleas and denial of the special allegation on behalf of Dean. A 10 day time waiver was entered for the preliminary hearing. The date for that hearing in this case is December 14, with an intervention hearing scheduled for December 13.

Court grants DA motion to dismiss and refile charges against Thomas Lusk now with two victims and two cases including false imprisonment, torture, rape human trafficking and sexual assault

The District Attorney had a motion to amend the information for the 2015 case against Thomas Lusk and they were looking to amends Counts 2,3 and 4. Count 2 Rape by Force, Count 3 Penetration by a Foreign Object, Count 4 Oral copulation with Force/Violence/Duress

This afternoon, the People said they were withdrawing their motion to amend counts in the 2015 case. Instead, they submitted a motion to dismiss the 2015 case and refile the charges and consolidate "with another."

The defense had objected to the DA's motion to amend information in the 2015 case as well as  their motion to dismiss and refile.

Both the prosecution and the defense presented their arguments to Visiting Judge Douglas Mewhinney this afternoon. After hearing both arguments. Visiting Judge Mewhinney said "the Court grants the motion to dismiss over defense objections. The defendant is discharged in this matter."

Since Lusk has been arraigned on the 2016 case, both the People and the defense confirmed the Preliminary hearing for the 2016 case on May 24. Time estimate is two hours.

May 17, 2016

Thomas Lusk charged with torture, rape by force , false imprisonment of female victim who met him at a bus stop gets new charges of human trafficking and sexual assault

The jury trial for Thomas Lusk that was scheduled for May 16, 2015 has been vacated. On May 11, Lusk, who has been in jail for 314 days, was arraigned for a new case, involving a new victim that came forward.

In this new case, Lusk is charged with two felonies. Count 1 Human trafficking. Count 2 Assault with intent to commit a sex offense. Both counts have special allegations that Lusk has a prior conviction for criminal threats.

On 5/19, there is an intervention scheduled for the recent 2016 case and a disposition and reset as well as a motion to amend information in the 2015 case. The jury trial for the 2015 case scheduled for May 16 was vacated. A preliminary hearing for the 2016 case is scheduled for May 24.

May 3, 2016

Trial maybe continued for Miranda man charged with torture, rape by force , false imprisonment of female victim who met him at a bus stop because another alleged victim has come forward

Trial confirmation was scheduled for Thomas Lusk this afternoon. Jury trial is scheduled for May 16. He waived his preliminary hearing on March 8.

Some decision will be hopefully made this Friday at 11 a.m., a special set by Judge Joyce Hinrichs.

Both prosecution and defense attorneys had colleagues substituting for them. Lusk refused to waive time without talking to his attorney.

DA informed defense there was another alleged victim; defense wanted a continuance; DOJ even with a request for expediting won't have DNA results for at least another eight weeks.

Jan 30, 2016

Preliminary hearing continued for Thomas Lusk, Miranda man charged with torture, rape by force , false imprisonment of female victim who met him at a bus stop

Both the intervention hearing and Preliminary hearing for Thomas Lusk were continued and new dates have been scheduled. Intervention is February 25 at 3 p.m. and Preliminary hearing March 8 at 8:30 a.m.

Nov 19, 2015

Preliminary hearing finally set for Thomas Lusk charged with 6 felonies including torture, rape, false imprisonment, oral copulation and has prior conviction of terroristic threats

A preliminary hearing was finally set for Thomas Lusk, who had yet another disposition and rest hearing scheduled for today.

Lusk is charged with six felonies. Count 1 Torture; Count 2 Rape by Force, Count 3 Penetration by a Foreign Object, Count 4 Oral copulation with Force/Violence/Duress, Count 5 Assault likely to produce great bodily injury; Count 6 False Imprisonment and a special allegation of a prior felony conviction, which was of making terroristic threats.

Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis was present in court today with Lusk. Deputy District Attorney Zachary Curtis is prosecuting the case.

Jul 23, 2015

Preliminary hearing for Thomas Lusk, the Miranda man accused of sexual assault continued

A disposition and reset hearing set for August 13 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2. Lusk waived time. DDA Brie Bennett is prosecuting the case. Conflict Counsel's Mr. Marek Reavis is representing Lusk.

Lack of courtrooms is reason for the change.

Lusk's bail was  set at $650,000. 

Jul 9, 2015

Man who was arrested for mistreating a dog in 2011 now charged with alleged sexual assault

HCSO Press Release:

On Monday, 07/06/2015, at about 8:15 PM, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was dispatched to CA Highway 254 just north of Phillipsville to contact a California Highway Patrol Officer who was standing by with the victim of an alleged sexual assault.

The 31 year old female victim reported that she met Thomas Leonard Lusk Jr., age 34 years, about three days ago near Miranda, CA. She was waiting for the bus to continue her travels. Lusk told her the bus wouldn’t be arriving for several hours and he suggested she wait at his residence. The victim thought this was a good idea and she went with Lusk to his residence in Miranda.

Lusk and the victim were at his residence for several hours conversing. When the victim questioned Lusk about the bus, he became angry and started beating her with his fists and threatened to kill her. Lusk kept the victim captive, by force and fear, in his residence for the next three days where he sexually assaulted her repeatedly. On the third day Lusk left the victim alone and she was able to escape through a bedroom window. She ran to the highway where she encountered a subject in a parked car making a phone call. She jumped in the car, told the subject she had been sexually assaulted, and requested a ride to the hospital. The driver started toward the hospital and encountered the CHP officer who notified the Sheriff’s Office of the assault.

On Wednesday, 07/08/2015, Lusk was arrested at his residence where a search warrant was served. Lusk was arrested and charged with rape through force and violence, sexual battery, oral copulation through force or fear, sexual penetration through force or fear, criminal threats, and false imprisonment.

From Times-Standard article in June 2011:

Humboldt County Sheriff's Office arrested a Miranda man Wednesday night for allegedly firing shots at another man after the man confronted him about mistreating a dog.
Deputies arrested Thomas Leonard Lusk, 29, and booked him into the Humboldt County jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful discharge of a firearm, robbery and vandalism. His bail is set at $100,000.

Deputies received a call around 8 p.m. from a 23-year-old Eureka man who said he was shot at by an unknown person on the side of U.S. Highway 101 near the Miranda Bridge. Deputies and the California Highway Patrol responded.

According to a press release, the man had been parked in the turnout working on his broken-down vehicle when he saw Lusk mistreating a dog. The man said he "verbally confronted" Lusk about the mistreatment, reportedly angering Lusk, who threatened to shoot the victim before riding off on his bicycle.

About five minutes later, Lusk returned on his bicycle carrying what appeared to be a rifle. Lusk reportedly started shooting at the Eureka man, who fled into the bushes and called 911. Law enforcement officers reportedly arrived after Lusk allegedly entered the man's car and began removing items before fleeing into nearby bushes.

The officers ordered Lusk out of the bushes, and he complied.

After deputies informed Lusk he was under arrest, he reportedly began kicking the inside of the patrol car, damaging it. He was transferred to another deputy's patrol car and reportedly damaged the interior of the second 

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Effort to discredit or spin control on being caught? You decide.

"A loud whack sound. Three or five whomps and a moaning sound."

Today, the Jonas Semore jury trial is not in session. Will resume tomorrow morning at 8:30.

On Monday, Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees gave his opening statement to the jury of 7 men and 5 women. Two men and two women are alternate jurors.

In just three days, the jury trial has been full of surprises. With witnesses not showing up; witnesses admitting on the stand they are under the influence of meth or possibly alcohol and "controlled substances"; DDA Rees had a challenge but so far, has still presented a credible case for the People.

Defense attorney, Mr. Russ Clanton, despite vigorous advocacy and courtroom bravado has not impeached any of the witnesses' credibility.

DDA Rees opened his remarks to the jury by saying, "During the process of jury selection, you may have been wondering why you are here. This is my chance to tell you what the evidence will show."

"The incident happened in the Blue Lake area. One of the men involved in this incident is a man named Dan Reynolds. He lives here." A google map flashed on the projector screen.

"On April 28, Dan Reynolds spent time at the Blue Lake Casino. An acquaintance, Samantha Martinez drove Dan. Reynolds home. They parked in front of the house; right in front of the door. They sit and talk in the car. They see a group of men standing in front of the house. Dan Reynolds recognizes two men, one is the defendant. Dan Reynolds gets out of the car and sees Jeremy Cringle standing outside. Five men go into the house. Samantha Martinez drives away. Dan and Jeremy are standing outside about 15 feet away from the door. They will describe what they heard. A loud whack sound. Three or five whomps and a moaning sound."

"Samantha Martinez is halfway down the driveway. Samantha Martinez sees a silver sedan behind her and thinks someone is following her. Nick Johnson and defendant are in the silver BMW. They go down to the casino."

DDA Rees played surveillance video from Blue Lake Casino. "Notice the time, 11:30. The defendant walks into the store, followed by Nick Johnson.Doesn't buy anything. They interact. Walk into the casino area. Look around. Don't play anything. Johnson and Semore briefly interact and leave."

"Dan Reynolds goes into his room and he is processing what he just hear and goes around the back of the house to another entrance, enters the house through the kitchen. From there he can see in the living room. Sees David Ganfield who has injury to his head, a large contusion. He is incapable of speech but David can move around. He stumbles down the steps near the garage and collapses to his knees. Dan realizes something is wrong, helps Dave get back on his feet andthinks we need to get help."

"He tells Sarah Jones. Randall Cook is the only one with a driver's license. David sits on the couch. Dan Reynolds asks Jeremy Cringle to help. With his help, they get David into a gold Nissan Maxima. Randall Cook drives David Ganfield to the hospital."

"Deputy Gagnon is at the hospital responding to a different call. He sees medical personnel around Ganfield. Later on inside, he realizes something serious has happened. He takes some photos and does an investigation."

DDA Rees showed the jury photos on the projector screen of Ganfield on a hospital gurney and his injury. "The wound didn't appear to have bled profusely. No laceration. Ultimately, Ganfield is flown to Mercy Hospital in Redding. "

"Deputy Gagnon goes to Blue Lake area to find the gold Maxima. Around the gas station, he sees the car. Goes inside, asks the clerk, 'Who came in with the car?' Attendant says, 'that guy', the defendant. Randall Cook shows up."

"Cook tells Deputy Gagnon a story about what happened to Ganfield." DDA Rees showed the jury another video. "Deputy Gagnon detains Jonas Semore, escorts him out to the patrol vehicle. Deputy Gagnon makes calls and at 2:07 Randall Cook comes up to Deputy Gagnon."

DDA Rees then tells the jury what Cook told Deputy Gagnon. "He was in  Blue Lake near the Patriot Gas station. A man and woman he did not know gave him $20 to take this guy to the hospital. He didn't know the victim. He didn't know when the attack took place."

Then the word "lies" flashed on the screen in big bold letters.

"Detetcive Musson's took us to an investigation of 120 people. After the investigation, that dropped to 15 people. The witnesses will include three law enforcement including Deputy Gagnon and Cody Shalinski, who works for the Blue Lake Casino. The rest of the folks were there before, during when and after David  Ganfield was attacked. 15 witnesses including Dr. Mark Super."

"I don't know what Randy Cook is going to say. He may finally decide to tell the truth."

"The defendant did not admit to the killing. He told Eric Harmon and Jennifer Crook that he is going to jail for a long time for the death of David Ganfield. He told Rebecca Hamline he killed David Ganfield by killing him with a baseball bat."

The jury than saw photos of the autopsy, David Ganfield's wound and skull. That photo was bloody and messy. "The skull was fractured in many places Dr. Super will tell you about the damage to the brain."

"Out of 120 people, we are down to 15 or 20 witnesses. All lead back to one man--Jonas Semore. There is only one reasonable conclusion; he is guilty."

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Senator McGuire’s rural school district bus replacement program doubles in funding

Video footage of Senator McGuire discussing the program:

For the past year, Senator Mike McGuire has been leading the effort to restore millions in funds for rural and small school districts to replace their dilapidated school buses.
Rural and small districts have among the oldest and dirtiest burning fleets of buses in California.
Working with the California Air Resources Board, Senator McGuire and the Board have advanced a budget proposal – along with a grant process - that would allocate double the original amount for the pilot project. The grant process is designed to meet the unique needs of small, rural school districts.
“We have spent the past year developing a grant process and funding allocation that will be successful for our rural schools – which have among the oldest and dirtiest burning school buses in the state,” Senator McGuire said. “This year’s budget proposal would bring twice the original budgeted allocation – $10 million to our state’s small schools, putting fuel efficient, cleaner burning school buses on the road which will reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, improve air quality and health outcomes for California school kids.”
The additional funding allocation means the program will have twice the impact as originally drafted. The proposal also calls for a statewide grant administrator based on the North Coast so that the program will be run by someone who lives and works in a rural area, with the unique and special set of circumstances small, rural schools face.
Senator McGuire has led the effort to advance this pilot project and has worked collaboratively with the Air Resources Board to develop the program.
“Our rural communities are consistently left out of statewide funding proposals that institute supposedly one-size-fits-all grants,” Senator McGuire said. “We have fought hard to ensure our rural students are not left behind, especially when it comes to their health, safety, and educational opportunities.”
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than half of today’s school buses have been in service for over a decade. These older buses emit nearly twice as much pollution per mile as a semi-truck. In addition, buses manufactured before 1990 can send out as much as six times more particulate matter and nitrogen oxides compared to buses that have been recently manufactured. Consequently, health risks for students, especially younger children increase significantly because their respiratory systems are still developing.
Rural school districts transport a significant share of their total student population compared to larger districts. This means, per capita, rural students are exposed to higher forms of pollutants. The California Air Resources Board has stated that bus-related exposure to exhaust fumes is due to time spent commuting on the school bus. Exhaust fumes are known to be one of the leading causes of asthma.
While small and rural school districts want to advance environmental preferred transportation alternatives, these districts are challenged to afford bus replacements because they have less discretionary funding and limited access to other types of funding that urban school districts often use to replace aging bus fleets. Moreover, rural transportation costs per student are typically higher due to the greater distance rural students are required to travel to and from school.
The Rural School Bus Pilot Project allocation will be brought forward for approval by the Senate as part of this year’s budget process.c

Supervisor Activist Rex Bohn : " California needs Road funding. Give us our damned Funding!""

Supervisor Rex Bohn: "At a Rally for Road Funding on the Capitol steps to let the Governor and our Legislature know we Want and Need our Roads and Bridges maintained Now. Rural California needs Road funding. Give us our damned Funding!"

Supervisor Virginia Bass is also at the CSAC conference.

Gary Lee Bullock admitted to San Quentin yesterday

Gary Lee Bullock was admitted to the San Quentin prison facility yesterday.

Undersheriff Billy Honsal live at 11? Humboldt County's next reality show TV star?

Supervisor Ryan Sundberg sent me more photos and had this to say:

"It was a realistic simulation of a 9.0 earthquake. It included live tv interviews with reporters questions. This was by far the best training I have been to"

"Undersheriff Billy William Honsal giving a live interview. He was very good."

May 18, 2016

First, Prop 47 which has been a disastrous failure for public safety, now the Public Rehabilitation Safety Act of 2016, another con by Governor Jerry Brown

First, Prop 4 which has been a disastrous failure for public safety, now the Public Rehabilitation Safety Act of 2016, another con by Governor Jerry Brown .


SECTION 1. Title. This measure shall be known and may be cited as “The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016.”

SEC. 2. Purpose and Intent. In enacting this Act, it is the purpose and intent of the people of the State of California to: 1. Protect and enhance public safety. 2. Save money by reducing wasteful spending on prisons. 3. Prevent federal courts from indiscriminately releasing prisoners. 4. Stop the revolving door of crime by emphasizing rehabilitation, especially for juveniles. 5. Require a judge, not a prosecutor, to decide whether juveniles should be tried in adult court.

Read the actual text and see what crimes qualify.

An article worth reading before you vote:

Excerpt from link above:

"Governor Brown has proposed a radical experiment with public safety.  It will mean the early release of 40,000 prisoners. It will potentially give the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) unlimited power to grant early release for the remaining 80,000 prisoners, including those who committed murder, rape, and child molestation. This constitutional amendment will overturn four decades of carefully crafted sentencing laws, including 40 laws and 6 voter approved ballot initiatives. It will make it virtually impossible to prosecute juvenile murderers and rapists as adults.

The consequences of this initiative are far reaching.  Today, our article will focus on how the initiative seeks to reduce the prison sentences of all prisoners, not just “non-violent” offenders."

Photos of Humboldt County emergency responders and officials at the FEMA training

Supervisor Estelle Fennell and Ryan Sundberg are the two County Supervisors attending the national FEMA training.

Supervisor Fennell said, "Humboldt County Emergency responders and officials conducting an earthquake disaster scenario exercise in Maryland this week. Very valuable preparation for ensuring the best possible response when it will be needed! Thanks to all involved!"

Photos by Supervisor Fennell.

WordPress is down

No estimate on when it will be up, again.

Update: it is functioning again.

Identity of officers involved in Arcata shooting yesterday to be revealed tomorrow'

May 19 update:

On May 17, 2016 two police officers from the Arcata Police Department were involved in an incident that resulted in the shooting of 26-year-old Joshua Adelynia Hoffman of San Diego. Mr. Hoffman sustained four gunshot wounds. He is currently in critical but stable condition at a local hospital.

Arcata Police Officer Matthew O'Donovan, hired by APD in 2012 discharged his taser during the incident and Arcata Police Officer Don Arminio, hired by APD in 2008 discharged his firearm during the incident.

As is standard protocol, both police officers have been placed on administrative leave.
The shooting remains under investigation by the Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428.

There was also a press conference held this afternoon at Arcata City Hall at 3:30 p.m. I did not attend as I was covering the Semore jury trial.

Updated press release:

On May 17, 2016 at 6:43pm, officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to the corner of 14th and G Streets after a citizen reported a man drinking alcohol from an open container and swinging two sticks in an aggressive manner.

Two APD officers arrived at 6:51pm where they encountered the 26-year-old man at the corner. Civilian witnesses, in-car camera footage from three police cars and surveillance footage confirmed the man was in possession of two weapons, a 3' long wooden stick, similar to a thick dowel and a metal cane. The man had a weapon in each hand and was aggressively swinging the weapons in a martial arts style.

The man, whose identity will not be released at this time, pending further investigation, refused to drop the weapons as instructed by the police officers. Both officers attempted to verbally de-escalate the situation. However, the man began approaching the police officers while swinging both weapons. Suddenly, the man charged directly at one of the officers while raising the metal cane over his head in an apparent attempt to assault the police officer. One police officer immediately deployed a taser however it had no effect on the charging man.

At 6:54pm, moments after the discharge of the taser, while under attack, a police officer discharged his firearm in rapid succession four times, striking the man. The man sustained one gunshot wound to his right arm, one to his right leg and two gunshot wounds to his torso.

Once the man was subdued, officers began life saving efforts and immediately called for an ambulance. At approximately 6:58pm an ambulance arrived on scene. The man was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. He remains in critical, but stable condition.

The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) responded to investigate. CIRT is comprised of investigators from the District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Department, Eureka Police Department and Fortuna Police Department.

As is standard protocol, both police officers have been placed on administrative leave. The identity of the involved police officers will be released within the next day.
At the conclusion of the investigation conducted by CIRT, their investigation will be submitted to the Humboldt County District Attorney.

Original Press Release:

On May 17, 2016 at 6:43pm, officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to the corner of 14th and G Streets after a citizen reported a man drinking alcohol from an open container and swinging two sticks in an aggressive manner.

Two APD officers arrived at 6:51pm where they encountered the 26-year-old male. Civilian witnesses said the male was swinging a 3' long wooden stick and a metal cane in a martial arts style as he aggressively approached the officers.

At 6:54pm one APD officer deployed a taser that had no affect on the man. Moments later, an APD officer discharged their firearm striking the man.

Once the male was subdued, officers began life saving efforts and immediately called for an ambulance. At approximately 6:58pm an ambulance arrived on scene. The man was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. His condition is stable, but critical.

The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) responded to investigate. CIRT is comprised of investigators from the District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Department, Eureka Police Department and Fortuna Police Department.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428.

An update will be released in the afternoon of 5/18.

Is the Humboldt County Complaints Facebook page official or ?

Humboldt County Complaints Facebook page?

Reached out to the County to see if it is official or ?

Vanessa Ericksen from the CAO's office responded:

"No, the Humboldt County Complaints Facebook page is not official, and it was not created and isn’t maintained by County of Humboldt. We are not opposed to the page’s name, but their messaging could be more clear that they're talking about the county as the geographic area, and not the County proper (a government entity)."

Instead of a whodunnit, it is will the witness show up, another early break in Semore trial

July Seipp, another resident at the house where David Ganfield was allegedly beaten, was at the Courthouse but went AWOL by the time she had to testify.

After waiting for her for several minutes, after having DA Investigator Gary Cooper briefly testify, then waiting for her again, court adjourned for the morning session at 11:45.

In the afternoon, she testified. When asked what happened in the morning, she responded, "I was running late."

Jury trial for ex HCSO deputy Jason Daniels confirmed for May 31

Trial confirmation was scheduled this afternoon for former HCSO Deputy Jason Daniels. Trial assignment is scheduled on May 27. Jury trial is scheduled for May 31.

Dates confirmed.

Jan 26, 2016

Jury trial set for May 31 for former HCSO deputy Jason Daniels charged with off duty rape

Trial confirmation May 17. One of Daniels' attorneys Steven Betts appeared by phone.

Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads is prosecuting the case.

Sep 18, 2015

Jury trial for former HCSO deputy accused of sexual assault postponed to next year

The jury trial for Jason Daniels was scheduled for September 21. Due to courtroom unavailibilty, there is a setting date for January 26, 2016 at 2 p.m in Courtroom 2.

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