Jun 4, 2016

THC thumbs up on the Baykeeper part; the rest remains to be seen


I agree with the Baykeeper comments and the hypocrisy of certain environmental groups.

We will have to wait and see if there is any merit to this lawsuit.

Updated equal opportunity policy and adoption of anti harasssment policy at next BOS meeting

On Tuesday, June 7, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will adopt a revised, updated equal opportunity policy and will adopt a policy prohibiting harrassment.

I do know that the County had updated it's language on sexual orientation and gender identity in 2010 because I was on the Human Rights Commission and a part of the group that worked with County Personnel on that change.

I will be updating this post with comments from the County and/or the Supervisors.

"The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our
responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or
religious creed, color, age (over 40), sex (including gender identity and expression,
pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation (including
heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, marital
status, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), mental or
physical disability (including HIV status and AIDS), military service, or any other
classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances."

"All employees and customers shall be treated with dignity, respect and courtesy. A working
environment free from harassment and discrimination is essential to the well-being of an
employee and an employee's right to perform his or her job effectively without distraction or
interference from any unlawful discrimination or harassment.
I. Unlawful Prohibited Conduct: Discrimination, Harassment, & Retaliation
A. Examples of behaviors constituting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation,
include, but are not limited to:
• Verbal Abuse;
• Visual Abuse;
• Physical Abuse; and

1. Discrimination: Adverse actions, decisions or other treatment affecting an
employee and motivated by or directed toward the employee on the basis of
raee, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental
disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender, gender
identification, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information or age,
including but not limited to those affecting hiring, placement, compensation,
assignments, leave, promotion, training, disciplinary action, lay-off, recall,
transfer, leave of absence, termination, and reinstatement.
2. Harassment: Any unwelcome or offensive conduct motivated by or directed to
a person on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical
disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender,
gender identification, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information or
age, including harassment of a person of the same gender as the harasser.
3. Sexual Harassment: Any unwelcome or offensive behaviors regarding sexual
advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a
sexual nature when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or
implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an
individual's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive
work environment. This also includes any unsolicited written or oral
communications and physical or visual contact with sexual overtones including
emails, internet links, screen savers, etc.
There are two common types of Sexual Harassment, which include:
• ''quid pro quo" harassment: commonly referred to under Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines, as
"conditional" harassment. Quid pro quo (this for that - i.e.,
something offered or given in exchange for something else)
harassment occurs when submission to the harassing conduct
described above is made an explicit or implicit term or condition of
employment; or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for
employment decisions.
• "hostile environmeiit" harassment: commonly referred to under
EEOC guide-lines as "work environment" harassment. Hostile
environment harassment occurs when the unwelcome sexual
advances, requests for sexual favors (even if not of a quid pro quo
or a conditional nature), verbal, visual and physical conduct of a
sexual nature creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work

Jun 3, 2016

The damage to human life that bleeding hearts and callous politicians cause


Criminals like this monster is why the death penalty should not be abolished, because some people cannot be rehabilitated. No appeal should be allowed after such unremorseful callous behavior.

This man insults those who survive abuse. Not all survivors abuse others; Twisted depraved people do it because that is who they are.


And this video illustrates what lax politicians like Governor Brown and stupid laws like Prop 47 and excusing behavior that is harmful to others leads to; disrespect for human life and the law and a sense of entitlement. This did not happen in California but its similar to senseless violence and over reaction we see every day, locally, regionally and nationally.

100 police chiefs take over Sacramento

Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills:

100ish Chiefs @calchiefs eureka_police lobbying Ca legislators  for pro-LE bills and working to… https://t.co/ykE5BlaTrp

Jury selection in Jason Daniels case to begin on June 6

Jury selection in the Jason Daniels case expected to begin in the afternoon on June 6.

Link to graphic testimony by one of Daniel's alleged victims:


Felony probation instead of state prison for former assistant court operations manager who plead guilty to embezzlement

That plea was entered and it is a conditional plea for felony probation instead of state prison.

Cervantes plead guilty to a single count of PC 504, embezzlement. Count 1 was dismissed, all special all special allegations were dismissed with a Harvey Reservation and the 2015 misdemeanor case was dismissed.

Sentencing is on August 5. Time was waived for sentencing.

Visiting Judge Leslie Nichols accepted the plea. Cervantes was present in court with her attorney, Mr. Glenn Brown. Ms. Jeanne Kirke was present from Probation. Judge Nichols gave her some feedback on what information he needed in the probation report.

Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees was present in court for the plea today but he told me that "other attorneys in his office have worked on this case" and "all have put in a lot of hard work."

No other media has followed this case and no other media was present in court this morning. There were two family members in the audience, myself and Humboldt Superior Court CEO Ms. Kim Bartleson.

I will have a detailed post on the hearing for plea in which Judge Nichols made some very specific points about this resolution, accepting the conditional plea, what he advised Cervantes and explaining in detail for the public's benefit the process and what went into this decision.

He made it clear that he would look at the probation report before making any final decision and the severity of the charges.

Man allegedly grabs woman by the head, pushes her to the floor and starts shaking her causing injuries to face and stomach

On 06-01-2016 at approximately 12:03 PM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to investigate a domestic dispute that happened the previous day at a residence in the 76000 block of Lovell Street in Covelo, California.

When Deputies arrived at the location they contacted a 43 year-old female who stated she had been assaulted by her 54 year-old male cohabitant, Ronald Wayne Callen.

During the altercation Callen grabbed a hold of the 43 year-old female by her head and then pushed her to the floor. Once the 43 year-old female was on the floor Callen began shaking her. The 43 year-old female had visible injuries to her face and stomach area.

During the investigation Deputies located Callen and placed him under arrest for 273.5 PC [Domestic Violence Battery].

Callen was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.

Anthropologists from Cal State University called in to identify remains suspected to be that of William Sweeting


On 06-02-2016 at abou 6:30 a.m. , a caller in the 23500 block of Road 337D (Charlie Hurt Highway) in Covelo, called to report suspicious dog activity where possible human remains had been unearthed.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies and Detectives from the Investigative Services Bureau responded and identified human remains in a significant grave site.  This grave site was located in proximity to the residence processed as a crime scene in connection with Timothy William Sweeting's disappearance.

Due to the nature of the grave, and the condition of the remains, Anthropologists from the California State University at Chico Anthropology Department were called in to assist in the excavation of the remains.

At this time, the remains have not been positively identified but are suspected to be that of Timothy William Sweeting.

A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for 6/3/2016.

Original Press releases:

On 05-18-2016 at approximately 7:08 p.m., Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were called regarding a possible physical assault that occurred the previous day at a residence located in the 23500 block of Road 337D (Also known as Charlie Hurt Highway] in Covelo, California.

Upon arrival, Deputies found evidence of a physical assault and contacted potential witnesses.  During this initial investigation, Deputies learned Joshua Richard Ruoff had been witnessed assaulting Timothy William Sweeting with a blunt object on 05-17-2016.

Deputies began a missing persons investigation regarding as Sweeting's whereabouts were unknown and he had no recent contacted with family or friends since the alleged physical assault.

Sweeting's vehicle, a white 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe was missing and Ruoff's whereabouts were also unknown.

Detectives from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Investigative Services Bureau responded to the residence where the scene was further examined.

The scene was processed with the assistance of investigators from the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office and criminalists from the California Department of Justice.

During the follow up investigations, Sweeting was not located and was considered to be a missing person under suspicious circumstances.

On 05-19-2016 Sweeting's vehicle was located on Mendocino Pass Road, parked on the side of the roadway about a mile from the residence.

As the investigation continued, it was learned Ruoff had rented a U-Haul truck and left the area for the state New Hampshire, where he previously resided.

Detectives contacted the New Hampshire State Police Major Crimes Unit and requested their assistance.

The investigation continued and evidence was gathered, including witness statements and physical evidence that supported the belief that Ruoff had murdered Sweeting and disposed of his body.

Initially a felony arrest warrant was sought and issued for Ruoff for felonious assault with a deadly weapon, and on 05-23-2016 the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office filed charges seeking an arrest warrant for murder against Ruoff.

On 05-23-2016 the New Hampshire State Police Narcotics and Investigations Unit located and arrested Ruoff in Concord, New Hampshire.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives traveled to New Hampshire on 05-23-2016 and continued investigations for 2 days with the assistance of the New Hampshire State Police.

Multiple search warrants were served by the New Hampshire State Police at the request of the Sheriff's Detectives.

During the two days in New Hampshire additional evidence was gathered to support the belief Ruoff had murdered Sweeting.

Ruoff was booked into the Merrimack County Jail (Concord, New Hampshire) where he was to be held on a no bail status. Ruoff was challenging extradition to Mendocino County and the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office is working on getting him extradited to Mendocino County.

At this time, the remains of Sweeting have not been located and the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have information about this case to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Investigative Services Bureau.

Smoke cleared, a pile of rubble, firefighters still on the scene at 4th and A

Smoke has mostly cleared, pile of rubble and firefighters still on the scene at 4th and A streets.

Captain Watson's latest update via Twitter:

@HumboldtBayFD @Eureka_Police One lane of 4th Street has been reopened. Commercial is still closed between 3th & 5th.

Former assistant court operations manager to enter change of plea in $100,000 embezzlement case

The hearing for a motion to dismiss has been vacated for this afternoon in the Socorro Cervantes case.

Instead, Cervantes is expected to enter a change of plea at 9 a.m this morning.

Mar 10, 2016

DA Maggie Fleming saves the day, again.

The last hearing Socorro Cervantes had was on February 24, 2016 for trial setting for the alleged embezzlement case. The setting kept getting continued and nothing has happened in this case for a while so I figured I would just check the next date instead of going to that hearing on a day that there were several other cases to cover at the same time. The case always has to be heard by a Visiting Judge since Cervantes was the former court operations manager. Recently, even a Visiting Judge recused himself.

The Public Defender was substituted by Conflict Counsel and since the last post, Alternate Conflict Counsel's Mr. Glenn Brown is now representing Cervantes.

There were two dates in the computer. Jury trial 9/26 and motion for hearing to dismiss on June 3rd. There is also a pre-trial scheduled in the drunk in public case on June 3rd.The latter surprised me because no such document has been filed or entered in the computer.

After some research, the only one who had the answer was District Attorney Maggie Fleming, It has been so refreshing to have a DA who answers questions, promptly and is accessible to explain decisions.

"I believe the visiting judge gave a briefing schedule:  If the defense chooses to file a motion seeking a dismissal of the indictment, that must be filed by 4/11 and then the People have until 5/2 to file a response in opposition to that motion.  The defense must file a reply by 5/9 so that the hearing can be heard on June 3," said Ms. Fleming.

Oct 26, 2015

Just add that drunk in public to the alleged $100,000 embezzlment charge, Socorro Cervantes arrested Saturday

Former Humboldt Superior court operations manager, Socorro Cervantes, charged with embezzling $100, 000 was arrested for being drunk in public this Saturday.

Oct 13, 2015

Jury trial date finally set for former court operations manager who is charged with embezzling $100,000

A jury trial date of February 8 was finally set today for Socorro Cervantes, the former court operations manager who is alleged to have embezzled $100,000.

The alleged incident took place in 2008, she was indicted by a grand jury in 2013.

Trial confirmation is January 27 at 2 p.m. and Pre-Trial is January 13 at 2 p.m.

Sep 10, 2015

Surprise, not! Another trial setting date for former court operations manager charged with embezzlement

Another court hearing was set for Socorro Cervantes today in Courtroom 4 at 2 p.m. DDA Roger Rees was present for the People. Mr. Kaleb Cockrum appeared with Cervantes.

Mr. Cockrum told Visiting Judge Arnold Rosenfield, "this case is large. I spent an hour and a half with my client and we have only covered 25 percent of the discovery. We need more time."

Another disposition and reset hearing set for October 13 at 2 p.m.

Aug 5, 2015

Local lawyer says that it will be difficult to prove the alleged $100,000 embezzlement charge against former court operations manager

Nothing much happens with this case except disposition and reset hearings continuing over and over, this time the next court date is September 10 in Courtroom 4. It has to be heard by a Visiting Judge since it involves a former court operations manager.

I started following this case from the beginning of this year and there have been several hearings this year.

DDA Jackie Pizzo subbed in for her colleague Mr. Roger Rees in Courtroom 7 today. Cervantes is represented by Conflict Counsel's Mr. Kaleb Cockrum and today's hearing was before Visiting Judge Richard Kossow.

Mr. Cockrum asked that a discovery motion that had been filed by the Public Defender "be withdrawn without prejudice."

According to Mr. Cockrum today, the DA's office has provided all the discovery. He needs time to go over it with his client. Will the next disposition and reset actually result in a trial date?

A lawyer who has often made observations and given me feedback on certain local cases and has been right every single time. These are his observations on the Cervantes case.

Cervantes is with charged with a felony and alleged $100,000 embezzlement but she is someone with no record, a stable residence and no violence in her history. Anyone with a similar charge and record would also be out of custody. That lawyer also said" the provable loss in this case will never even approach 5 figures in my opinion. It is very difficult to prove what they are alleging against this woman."

Previous posts:


Captain Watson says in addition to 4th street being closed, CHP directing traffic to 6th street

Captain Watson's latest tweet:

In addition to 4th being closed to all traffic at B CHP is diverting W/B traffic at 4th/H to 6th

$50,000 in damage, cause unknown, for single family residence fire on Amelia Street

On June 2nd at approximately 11:15 PM Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a reported residential structure fire 200 block of Amelia Street.  Three fire engines, one ladder truck, one squad and two chief officers responded.  Upon arrival first arriving crews observed smoke and flames coming from several windows to the front of a one-story single family residence.  As units arrived they were assigned to extinguish the fire, ventilate, and search for any trapped occupants.  The building was unoccupied and there are no reported injuries.

The fire was knocked down in approximately 10 minutes, with full extinguishment and overhaul taking approximately one hour. Two bedrooms sustained heavy fire damage and there is smoke damage throughout the residence.

The fire's origin and cause remain under investigation at this time. Damage estimate is approximately $50,000.

Jun 2, 2016

Cannabis excise tax passes California State Assembly, projected revenue $80 million annually

Assemblyman Jim Wood’s proposed cannabis excise tax AB 2243 won a major victory today passing the Assembly with 56 votes.  Any new tax in California requires the support of 2/3 of each house (54 votes in the Assembly) necessitating support from both Democrats and Republicans. 

Assemblyman Wood said, “I have worked from day one to ensure our rural communities have the resources we need to prevent, and cleanup the environmental catastrophe currently underway in our forests and watersheds.  This excise tax was part of AB 243 last year and was ultimately pulled at the last minute; this victory today is a huge step forward. ”

AB 2243 would levy a $9.25 per ounce tax on cannabis flowers, a $2.75 per ounce tax on cannabis leaves and a $1.25 tax on immature cannabis plants from nurseries.  The tiered approach is modeled after the way alcohol is taxed based on the potency of the product, and is designed to ensure funding goes to the most impacted communities. 
“AB 2243 imposes a reasonable tax on the production and distribution of commercial cannabis and will focus revenue on the communities, forests, and rivers,” said Hezekiah Allen, Executive Director of the California Growers Association. “This legislation is an important step to take to ensure immediate relief is available for the watersheds and communities that need help now." 
AB 2243 is projected to raise nearly $80 million annually.  These funds will be distributed as follows:

30% to fund the Watershed Enforcement Team
30% for local law enforcement
30% for environmental cleanup on public and private lands
8% to restart state funding of the Williamson Act
2% to fund inter-agency regional enforcement coordinators within the Department of Justice

“Last year the Legislature took important steps to create a regulatory and licensing structure for medical marijuana,” said Paul A. Smith, Senior Legislative Advocate with the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC).  “AB 2243 fleshes out the Legislature’s work by providing the financial resources to preserve the integrity of the regulatory structure, with a special emphasis on addressing the environmental impacts associated with marijuana cultivation.  RCRC applauds the Assembly for recognizing the impacts that cultivation inflicts upon rural California.”

Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills said, “As Chief of a city greatly impacted by cannabis, I appreciate Assemblyman Wood moving this bill forward to get those communities hit hardest by illegal cannabis cultivation the help we need.” 

AB 2243 will now go to the Senate to be heard next in Senate Rules Committee.

Want to make $2,500 and help get a dangerous felon off the streets, this is how?

May 1, 2016

On the lam again, man arrested in hit and run for allegedly robbing 800 lbs of marijuana, escaped from jail in 2003, stole a police car and a gun

George Preston Daniels, most recently arrested in 2015, for 800 lbs of marijuana is on the lam, again. A bench warrant was issued late March 2016 for Daniels. This was from a 2016 case in which there is a petition to revoke his post release supervision.

His bail bond company, Bill Davidson bonds, also alerted the Humboldt County Sheriff's office and they are looking for Daniels.

Bill Davidson Bonds only bailed Daniels out for this recent case. I confirmed that with manager, Steve Payton.

In November 2015, Daniels was arrested,following an investigation of a hit and run and was arrested for allegedly robbing 800 pounds of freshly harvested marijuana.

In the 2015 case, Daniels is charged with Count 1, transportation of marijuana with a special allegation that he had a AR-15 "in the commission and attempted commission of the crime."

Count 2, possession of marijuana, same special allegation.

Count 3 and Count 4, possession by a felon with a prior.

Article about 2015 arrest on North Coast News: http://www.krcrtv.com/north-coast-news/news/800lbs-of-pot-found-man-arrested-for-suspected-marijuana-robbery/36223366

He plead out on two previous cases, before the 2015 arrest.

In 2003, Times-Standard did a an article, they misspelled James Faulk's last name. That article is referred to on this site: http://www.tremcoantitheft.com/eureka.htm

Jail Escapee, Alleged Police Car Thief Arrested
By: James Fault
The Times-Standard....Found on 2/09/03

Eureka, California - The man who baffled the Humboldt County Sheriff's
Department for the past month by escaping from jail on September 8,
then stealing a police car Friday, is again in custody.

The gun he allegedly stole from the police car has not been recovered.
The Eureka Police Department announced that it found and arrested George
Preston Daniels, 37 at 9:30 a.m. Monday when officers were attempting to
interview people at an Albee Street home he was known to frequent.

Daniels forced open a door and escaped from the Humboldt County Jail in
September. At the time, deputies found an exterior door had been forced
open. The jail was placed in lockdown and an inmate count revealed
Daniels was missing. He had been in custody for numerous felony charges
including possession of a controlled substance, use of tear gas and
illegal possession of ammunition. Daniels was working in the jail
kitchen when he escaped.

On Friday, Daniels was spotted by a sheriff's deputy. The deputy
attempted to arrest Daniels, but he broke free and escaped into a
residential neighborhood. Daniels then apparently doubled back to
the deputy's patrol car, found the keys and used the vehicle to escape.

The area was subsequently searched by the Sheriff's Department, the
California Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshals and others in the Bald Hills
area, to no avail.

The car was discovered the next day near Wrigley Road, with a gun
missing. The type of gun has not been specified, but a local television
station reported it was an assault rifle.

The Sheriff's Department is withholding the name of the deputy who
managed to lose both his patrol car and a gun to Daniels.

Firework grand opening packed with business leaders, community members and elected officials

Today was the grand opening of Firework.
Business leaders, elected officials, community, County and City staff packed the office space at lunchtime.

Times-Standard, North Coast News, KIEM and myself were the only media present.

Owners Mark and Kiva Sullivan did a joint ribbon cutting for the Eureka Chamber of Commerce and Arcata Chamber of Commerce.

I did this post two days ago.

May 31, 2016

Unlimited coffee, free WiFi, ping pong table and office space in Old Town?

Coworking, shared office space, free unlimited coffee from Old Town Coffee and Chocolates, conference room, free hi speed WiFi, no long term leases and a ping pong table.

Where? Firework is at 325 Second Street, Suite 201. There is a grand opening this Thursday at 12:30.

Husband currently in a jury trial, his wife keeps getting arrested for theft

Charles Kesselring whose jury trial will be wrapping up with closing arguments on June 6 has not been having the support of his wife, Jennifer Wall aka Jennifer Kesselring, through the trial. I have checked in from time to time on this trial because I have covered the case extensively.

I could not cover the jury trial because the Jonas Semore trial was wrapping up and the Jason Daniels started.

Jennifer Rebecca Wall aka Jennifer Kesselring was arrested by EPD yesterday at 9: 12 p.m. for PC 459.5, shoplifting.

Previous Posts on Jennifer Wall:

Oct 22, 2015

Pizza robbery machete wielding suspect's wife arrested for stabbing

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


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

 A press release from Ukiah police:

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

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

Previous posts on Charles Kesselring:

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.

Previous posts:


Private questioning of jurors this week, jury selection expected to start next week for ex HCSO Deputy Jason Daniel's case which involves alleged sexual assault on duty

Hardships and private questioning of individual jurors is going on this week. General jury selection is expected to start sometime next week.

May 31, 2016

Jury trial finally begins for ex HCSO Deputy Jason Daniels who is charged with on duty sexual assault

This morning, Jason Daniels jury trial finally started. Judge Timothy Cissna spoke with Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett and Daniel's attorneys, Julia Fox and Steven Betz about scheduling and the hardship questionnaire.

Daniels was dressed in a black suit, his wife was in the courtroom. His wife has been with him at every court hearing.

Not much is expected to happen this week. Today, 80 jurors will fill out the hardship questionnaire.

Today is a full day; for the rest of the week, June 1-3, the trial will be in session, only in the mornings. Starting June 6, the trial will be full days Monday through Thursday from 8:30-Noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Fridays will be morning session only.

June 13 and June 20-24 will be dark days. The trial is expected to conclude no later than June 30; with attorneys expecting closing arguments to be done as early as June 17.

Last post (with all previous coverage, including preliminary hearing):

Seven co-defendant marijuana case with star line up of defense attorneys fizzles to no big deal

Timothy Littlefield, Sr.

I have been following this case and the preliminary hearing kept getting continued. Today, there was a preliminary hearing scheduled but the People filed a  motion to request a continuance because a prosecution witness was unavailable.

Timothy Littlefield, Sr. is being represented by Mr. Russ Clanton (Mr. Celli appeared for him today), Hayden Taylor by Mr. Neal Sanders, Robert Keller by Mr. Manny Daskal (Mr. Sanders appeared onm his behalf), Roscoe Littlefield by Mr. David Celli, Logan Blackshire by Allan Dollison, Speak Keller by Alternate Conflict Counsel's Mr. Glenn Brown, and Devon Greer by Public Defender Heidi Holmquist .

There was no objection by the defense attorneys. The new date is June 16, 2016.

Mr. Brown said that there was "a resolution" for a misdemeanor plea and his client Speak Keller, would enter that plea at the next court date.

Mr. Sanders filed a change of plea for his client, Hayden Taylor today.

Ms. Holmquist said her client, Devon Greer's case would resolve.

Mr. Dollison told Judge John Feeney "his client's case may resolve."

Timothy Littlefield, Sr. is being represented by Mr. Russ Clanton (Mr. Celli appeared for him today), Hayden Taylor by Mr. Neal Sanders, Robert Keller by Mr. Manny Daskal (Mr. Sanders appeared onm his behalf), Roscoe Littlefield by Mr. David Celli, Logan Blackshire by Allan Dollison, Speak Keller by Alternate Conflict Counsel's Mr. Glenn Brown, and Devon Greer by Public Defender Heidi Holmquist .

Deputy District Attorney AJ Kamada is prosecuting this case.

Feb 24, 2016

Only three attorneys for seven co defendant case with alleged marijuana for sale and timber operations without a license charges had 215 paperwork

A disposition and reset hearing was scheduled this afternoon in a seven co-defendant case with alleged charges involving marijuana for sale and timber operations without a license.

The preliminary hearing for this case set for this morning was vacated yesterday. The new date set was scheduled for March 10.

Only three attorneys, Mr. Allan Dollison, Mr. Neal Sanders and Mr. Glenn Brown had the 215 paperwork for their clients yesterday in court.

Jan 28, 2016

Bench warrant and $50,000 bail issued for one MIA in 7 co-defendant alleged marijuana and timber operation case

Out of seven defendants, two showed up and signed 977 forms in court yesterday. Four others had previously submitted 977 forms. Only Devon Greer was missing in action. He is being represented by Public Defender Owen Tipps. A bench warrant was issued by Judge Joyce Hinrichs with $50,000 bail.

Intervention is set for February 10 and Preliminary hearing for February 24. Roscoe Littlefield was represented by Mr. David Celli instead of Mr. Benjamin Okin.

Nov 10, 2015

"We do have a logging plan", do the charges against Timothy Littlefield Sr, Roscoe Littlefield and 5 other co-defendants have any muscle?

The arraignment for Timothy Littlefield Sr, Roscoe Littlefield and five other co-defendants was finally completed today.

One of the co-defendants, Robert Keller, represented by Conflict Counsel's Mr. Marek Reavis was arraigned at the last court hearing, entered a time waiver and signed a 977 form so he was excused from today's hearing.

Timothy Littlefield, Sr. is being represented by Mr. Russ Clanton, Hayden Taylor by Mr. Neal Sanders, Roscoe Littlefield by Mr. Benjamin Okin, Logan Blackshire by Allan Dollison, Speak Keller by Alternate Conflict Counsel's Ms. Jennifer Dixon (who subbed in today for Mr. Glenn Brown as he is busy with the Jason Warren case), and Devon Greer by Public Defender Mr. Casey Russo.

All co-defendants entered pleas of not guilty, waived the 10 and 60 day requirement. Mr. Sanders and Mr. Clanton reserved the right to demurrer, on behalf of their clients. Judge John Feeney said that all co-defendants could file 977 waivers if they wished.

A disposition and reset hearing is set for January 27, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 5.

Deputy District Attorney A.J. Kamada is prosecuting this case.

After court, Littlefield Sr, told me, "We do have a logging plan." I told him I could cover what was said in court or in legal documents filed, and perhaps he should talk to his attorney before commenting about the charges to me, at least at this stage.

Nov 6, 2015

Roscoe Littlefield and Timothy Littlefield charged in a seven co-defendant case involving marijuana cultivation, timber operations without a license and 4 other counts

Seven co-defendant case had an arraignment scheduled to take place in Courtroom 5 this afternoon which includes Roscoe Littlefield and Timothy Littlefield,Sr. The arraignment was postponed until November 10 at 2 p.m. so private attorneys could be confirmed as counsel for 4 co-defendants, including Littlefield Sr who said he was going to try and retain Mr. Russ Clanton, who is representing his son Timothy Littlefield, Jr in another case.

Private attorneys Mr. Allan Dollison, Mr. Ben Okin and Mr. Neal Sanders will be asked by the Court to see if they can represent three co-defendants.

The offices of Public Defender, Conflict Counsel and Alternate Conflict Counsel were appointed for three defendants this afternoon but only one of them signed a 977 waiver, was arraigned and is excused from the November 10 arraignment. Conflict Counsel's Mr. Marek Reavis is his attorney.

Six counts, three felonies and three misdemeanors are alleged in this case for each co-defendant. The incident for which these seven men were being arraigned occurred "on and about July 21, 2014" according to the complaint. Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads was present for the People.

Count 1 is possession of marijuana for sale, a felony. Count 2 is cultivating marijuana, a felony. Count 3 is allowing a place for preparing or storing a controlled substance, a felony. Count 4 is Timber operations without a license, a misdemeanor. Count 5 is Timber operations without a harvest plan, a misdemeanor. Count 6 is Misuse of Timberlands, a misdemeanor.

Littlefield Sr, has been featured on Pot Cops. http://hoggardfilms.com/portfolios/pot-cops/
He also lost a lawsuit against Humboldt County and the Court of appeals ruled that the seizure and destruction of  over1,500 pounds of marijuana was lawful. http://www.kmtg.com/node/2890

Jun 1, 2016

$100,000 bail for Adam Rapp for alleged stolen property

On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at about 10 p.m., Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff’s responded to the area of New Navy Base Road near the town of Samoa. Deputies were in the area conducting extra patrol due to multiple vehicle burglaries. While in the area, another vehicle burglary occurred at Samoa Beach. Deputies spoke with the male victim and learned a gold van was seen leaving the area.
Deputies later found the gold van in Eureka. Further investigation led the deputies to a residence on the 300 block of W. Del Norte Street. Deputies confronted 37 year old Adam Bryce Rapp about the burglaries. Rapp was found to be in possession of some of the stolen property. Rapp handed over the stolen property from the two burglaries. Rapp was arrested and taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for burglary. His bail was set at $100,000.

Assemblyman Jim Woods "Cottage Cannabis Farmers Bill" passed by Assembly

Today, Assemblyman Jim Wood’s “Cottage Cannabis Farmers Bill” passed the Assembly.  AB 2516 will create a new medical cannabis cultivator license for “micro farmers”.
Assemblyman Wood said, “We are trying to ensure small medical cannabis growers on the North Coast can continue to do business as this industry moves forward.  It is not fair to require the small farmers to adhere to the same standards as larger operations.   We are going to ensure the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) can develop regulations specific to small farmer practices.”
The new license type 1C, or specialty cottage cultivator license, will be available for farms with 2,500 square feet or less of total canopy size for outdoor cultivation, or a maximum total canopy size of 500 square feet for indoor cultivation.  The CDFA will issue the licenses to qualified candidates as well as develop the requirements for each license type.
“Last year the Legislature developed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act in an attempt to address the environmental, public safety, and public health issues in the industry,” said Wood.  “This effort will only succeed if we make sure current businesses are able to come into compliance.”
AB 2516 will be heard next in the Senate Rules Committee.

Might as well call the HCSO active warrant release, the 99% active Eureka warrant list

Take away 10 or 15 names and it is mostly repeat offenders and frequent guests of the Humboldt Hilton.

HCSO active warrants now online

Sheriff Mike Downey is pleased to announce the list of active warrants currently issued in Humboldt County is now readily available on-line. The warrant list will be updated every Wednesday.
Please do not attempt to apprehend or detain any of the individuals based on this warrant information. Instead, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251. You may also leave an anonymous tip at (707) 268-2539.
If there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you may turn yourself in at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, 901 5th Street, Eureka, CA. Or you may turn yourself in at any law enforcement agency.
If you believe you or someone you know has a warrant but is not on the list, please contact the Humboldt County Superior Court at (707) 445-7256.

Options for the new location of Garberville courthouse include College of the Redwoods

Just spoke with Supervisor Estelle Fennell. She will have more information tomorrow. She told me that "we are exploring options for locations" for the new temporary location of Garberville courthouse.

One possible location is College of the Redwoods. Any location would have to be approved by the Judges, she said.

From my previous interview with Humboldt Superior Court CEO, Kim Bartleson, I believe there are procedures and approval required from the Judicial Council.

Ms. Bartleson confirmed  "The court, with the assistance of the Judicial Council staff, would be reviewing any sites that the county might offer."

The current location is temporarily closed due to unhealthy level of molds.