Jun 25, 2016

Old man dressed in speedo and a shirt standing around Old Town waiting for a mystery woman

I am having coffee at Oberon just relaxing. One of the staff mentions he is going to go check on an old man who has been leaning on a pole from the past 2 hours, just staring.

The staff member came back in. The guy is dressed in just his shirt and a speedo. He told the staff member that "he is waiting on this girl, he met yesterday and she told him she would look out her window to look at him. He had such a good time yesterday that he decided to come back today."

Another person walked up to him and walked away. 

I walked up to him and aked him if he was okay and that people were concerned because he had been standing out for a while.

He was very friendly and said, "Oh yes. See, I was waiting here yesterday, right atvthis corner and out of nowhere, this girl appeared, like an angel out of heaven. She was so sweet. She told me she saw me. She lives some were over there."

I asked him if she told him to wait here today. He said, "that's true, she does not know I am here."

I told him, maybe he should go home for a couple of hours and then come back, "add a little mystery, see if she looks for him."

Then he told me people tell him to go home all the time for standing in the sun  but he tells them how he is supposed to get a tan?

He thanked me for my concern. I wished him a good day. He did start to walk away as I left.







Jun 24, 2016

Help Fortuna Police Department locate this alleged stalker and suspect claimed to have made criminal threats

Wanted: BAY, Kirby Mark.



This is someone with a felony warrant Fortuna PD is looking for.  He is on both FOPD and the online HCSO warrant list. Because of the nature of the warrant,  this information was shared by Operation Safe Streets and I am also posting the information (criminal threats and stalking 646.9 PC) in the hopes this person is located.  If you see him, please let FOPD know, 725-7550 or call 911, do not approach or attempt to apprehend him.

To see a full list of active Humboldt County warrants, visit www.humboldtgov.org/2215/Warrants

Hours after Sohum's Most Wanted hits media, one turns himself in

One of Sohum's Most Wanted, Nathan LaCount, turned himself in to HCSO, hours after the Most Wanted poster was sent to media.


Hoopa tribe severs relationship with Ray's food market

The Hoopa Valley Tribe has made every effort to work with Ray’s Food Place and C & K
Markets, Inc. in order to ensure that Ray’s Food Place in Hoopa is a safe place for community
members to shop. The rodent infestation inside the store, which appears to have developed over
an extended period of time, is reprehensible and unacceptable. Ray’s should be ashamed of
themselves for expecting tribal and community members to purchase products contaminated with
rat feces, oils, and urine.
The Tribe has therefore determined that the severance of our business relationship with Ray’s
and C & K is in the best interests of the community due to health and safety concerns. The
Hoopa Valley Tribal Council Members want to assure the membership and the community that
they are working diligently to develop both short-term and long-term solutions that ensure access
to safe and healthy food. The Hoopa Valley Tribe will make every effort to publicize any and all
temporary services we provide on an ongoing basis, including grocery distributions and free
transportation to stores in the Eureka/Arcata area, which will assist them with their household
shopping needs.
The Tribe will continue to use all communication avenues at its disposal to provide updates to
the membership and the community regarding our efforts.


Humboldt Bay Fire unit responding to vegetation fire in the Elk River area

Facebook post from Humboldt Bay Fire:

Humboldt Bay Fire is responding to a vegetation fire in the Elk River area. Please use caution in this area.

We need less Jason Singletons and more Charlie Beans in Humboldt; advocates could take a lesson from Charlie in how to get things done

Local activist Charlie Bean is one of my favorite Eurekans.



Recently, he sent an email, reprinted below, to Eureka City Council members and staff.

The letter is linked below.

Excerpt from the letter:

"It is being requested the City of Eureka add to its Municipal Code, “§120 – Taxicabs and Limousines” the following verbiage: Both Independent and Corporate Taxicab Services shall provide reasonable accommodations to passengers with disabilities, including to passengers accompanied by a service animal, passengers with hearing and visual impairments and passengers with mobility devices."

I reached out to City Cab's Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Jaison Chand, and he has had conversations with Mr. Bean and feels they are in a productive dialogue. City Cab is currently the only taxicab in Eureka, but there have been many others through recent years; most of which have not serviced the disabled population, because there was no mandate.





Mr. Chand told me today that there are similar ordinances in other cities, and he thinks "Charlie is a solid advocate for both business and the disabled citizens."

Mr. Chand said “when Charlie talks, I listen”. Mr. Chand also commended Mr. Bean for his willingness to work with both the City and with private companies to address ADA issues and work through the process. Mr. Chand said that while his company needs to make a few changes, the ordinance assures accessible service from anyone providing transportation in the city. This is really important with the rise of independent contractors and apps like Uber and Lyft who often provide accessible service only where it is mandated by ordinance.

I find Charlie’s approach refreshing in contrast to someone like Jason Singleton, who sues, and expects results within unrealistic timelines.

I have contacted City Manager Greg Sparks and City Clerk Pam Powell to follow up on Charlie's request.

Mr. Sparks responded : "To date, no council member has asked to place this on a future agenda."


From: (email address removed for post)
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 9:18 PM
To: Greg Sparks; Kim Bergel; Marian Brady; Melinda Ciarabellini; Linda Atkins; Rob Holmlund; Natalie Arroyo; Wendy Howard
Cc: Charlie Bean; Pam Powell
Subject: Public Transportation and Access to Use of Taxi

Working with individuals surrounding our County's and different City's Public Transportation system future changes are coming our way.  I have seen local taxicab services changing in neighboring cities, as well as in cities I have visited, to individually owned Taxicab services.  These changes may be good for the able-bodied, but on weekends and evenings where there is not any public transportation or dial-a-ride the disabled and seniors of our community do not have equal opportunity to participate in community events if they depend on public transportation.

Attached is my suggestion for eliminating the lack or transportation facing our community in the future and now if there are individual taxicab services within the City of Eureka.

Thank you,

Charlie Bean
(telephone number removed for post)

file:///C:/Users/John/Downloads/City%20of%20Eureka%20Taxi%20Code%20Request.pdf

Tenacious victim helps HCSO nab suspect

On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at about 2:35 p.m. Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs responded to a residence on the 2000 block of Peninsula Drive, Manila, CA. Deputies met with a 63 year old male. The victim stated his locked storage shed was broken into sometime between May 3rd and May 5th. The victim told deputies a set of 17” American Mag rims with Grand Prix tires with white lettering were stolen along with a trainer tire, 225X15, copper wire shaped like a barbell, and miscellaneous items. The victim stated he located the copper wire at Arcata Salvage.
Deputies went to Arcata Salvage to investigate. Deputies received a sale slip and video surveillance of the person who sold the copper wire to Arcata Salvage. The wire was sold by 23 year old William German. The video showed a thin white male driving a small brown pickup truck with a darker canopy shell. Deputies took the copper wire and booked it in as evidence.
On Thursday, June 23, 2016 at about 12:55 p.m. Deputies responded to Alto Brothers in Eureka to meet with the victim who located a possible suspect vehicle and stolen property. Upon arrival, deputies observed a brown pickup truck with a black canopy. The victim stated he could see one of his stolen tools, a hammer, in the truck. There were numerous tools in the truck as well as a Husqvarna and a Stihl chainsaw. It is unknown if the tools in the truck were stolen.
A vehicle arrived on scene and William German exited the vehicle. The parked truck belonged to German. German returned the hammer to the victim. Deputies ran a records check and discovered German had a warrant for his arrest. Deputies detained German in handcuff. After German was handcuffed he ran away from the Deputies. The Deputies were able to catch German after a brief pursuit. Deputies searched German prior to arrest and located credit cards on his person that were not in his name, drug paraphernalia, and suspected heroin.
German was arrested and taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia and a warrant for possession of stolen property. His bail was set at $10,000.

It has been two months since Mr. Meserve has been found guilty of 15 felonies. The two victims have a Marcy's right to see restitution and justice." Defense wants new trial.

The defense scheduled a motion to be heard for a new trial yesterday at 4 p.m. for Kailan Meserve. While Mr. David Celli from Mr. Russ Clanton's office was present in court, Kailan Meserve decided in court that he wanted Mr. Clanton present to argue the motion.

The People oppose the motion. Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads, who appeared on her behalf of her colleague, Ms. Bennett, told Judge Timothy Cissna, "It has been two months since Mr. Meserve has been found guilty of 15 felonies. The two victims have a Marcy's right to see restitution and justice. It has been a significant time since the jury came back with a verdict."

Mr. Celli responded, "



The hearing is now scheduled for June 27 at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 4. Both Ms. Bennett and Mr. Clanton are expected to be at that hearing.

Apr 19, 2016

Kailan Meserve found guilty of 15 counts, taken away in cuffs after verdict



Guilty on all 15 counts. For Count 1, he was found not guilty of kidnapping but he was found guilty of the lesser charge of false imprisonment.

The jury did not find special allegations of kidnapping true for Counts 1-7.

Meserve was charged with 15 counts, many counts have the option of lesser charges and there are special allegations.

Count 1 kidnapping (Jane Doe #1 to commit rape), Count 2 Forcible rape (Jane Doe #1), Count 3 Forcible oral copulation (Jane Doe #1),Count 4 Forcible oral copulation (Jane Doe #1), Count 6 Assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury (Jane Doe #!), Count 7 Criminal threats (Jane Doe #1), Count 8 Forcible Rape (Jane Doe #2), Count 9 Forcible Rape (Jane Doe #2), Count 10 Forcible oral opulation (Jane Doe #2), Count 11 Forcible Oral copulation (Jane Doe #2), Count 12 Forcible Oral Copulation (Jane Doe #2), Count 13 Forcible Oral Copulation (Jane Doe #2), Count 14 Sexual battery (Jane Doe #2), Count 15 Sexual battery (Jane Doe #2), Count 16 Sexual penetration by a foreign object (jane Doe #2).

Special allegation of kidnapping for Counts 1 to 7.

Previous reports have stated 16 counts. One count, count 5, sexual penetration by a foreign object, is a charge Meserve was not held to answer after the preliminary hearing.

That one count was not updated and unclear in the computer last time I checked during the trial but I got clarification from Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett after the verdict.

Kailan Meserve was led away in cuffs after the verdict was read.

Sentencing is July 1st at 8:30 a.m. Meserve waived time for sentencing.

Other posts:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2016/04/da-on-kailan-meserve-verdict.html

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2016/03/kailan-meserve-jury-trial-confirmed.html


Jury trial for former Miss Hoopa charged with four counts of alleged abuse including abnormal sexual interest in children vacated

Jury trial date scheduled for June 27 for former Miss Hoopa, Kayla Brown's, case, was vacated today at trial assignment. A future date for setting has been scheduled for July 20.

There has been an offer made in the case and so there is a possibility that the case may resolve.

Apr 11, 2016

Jury trial for former Miss Hoopa Kayla Brown charged with four counts of alleged abuse including abnormal sexual interest in children postponed until early summer

Trial confirmation was scheduled today at 2 p.m. for Kayla Brown. The defense filed a motion to continue. People consulted with the victim and family and did not object.

The April 25 trial date has been vacated and the new trial date is June 27.

Only the victim's family members were in court this afternoon.

Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett was in court for the People. Ms. Rebecca Linkous, appeared on behalf of Mr. Ben McLaughlin who is Brown's defense attorney.

Jan 4, 2016


Former Miss Hoopa's conditional plea rejected, case to proceed to jury trial with original charges





Former Miss Hoopa, Kayla Brown was supposed to sentenced this afternoon. Judge John Feeney had accepted a conditional plea on December 4. The victim's family, particularly her mother, changed her mind. The People asked the plea be rejected.

After Judge Feeney announced his tentative decision to reject the plea deal, there were arguments presented by both attorneys, District Attorney Maggie Fleming for the People, Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett, who prosecuted the case, was present in court as well.  Mr. Ben McLaughlin was present with his client. The final decision was that the conditional plea was rejected.

 New jury trial date with original charges is scheduled for April 25, 2016. Trial confirmation is April 11 at 2 p.m.in Courtroom 1.

The People and the Court cited that the original plea deal did not reflect the conduct alleged in this case. The victim's family wanted to be present on December 4 but could not be there, they had a requested a special setting that had been denied, said Ms. Fleming.

Judge Feeney acknowledging the difficulty for both families, said that he had mentioned that the plea was conditional, he reminded defense that he had been hesitant to accept the plea last month, that he took two breaks and hesitantly accepted the plea deal because he understood the resolution was acceptable to both parties were in agreement. Judge Feeney said that a preliminary hearing had been waived in this case, so he did not have a transcript but since he accepted the conditional plea, he had time to review, reflect and learn more about the case through the probation report.

He said the charge of PC 236 of false imprisonment did not reflect the alleged criminal conduct in this case.

Judge Feeney referred to page 19 of the probation report which stated that the "charges to which Ms. Brown plead to do not reflect the alleged criminal conduct."

Mr. McLaughlin advocated passionately twice to Judge Feeney to get him to change his tentative decision. He told Judge Feeney that the negotiated disposition had been arrived after discussion over three to four months. The victim's family agreed to that resolution. "I don't know how the family's emotion affected the DA's office. I am blinsided by this"

"Homosexuality is a taboo issue in the society she lives," said Mr. McLaughlin. He said he was not insulting any culture and that is what he had been told. He said his client had suffered public humiliation, that due to sexual orientation she could no longer participate in tribal ceremonies.

Referring to his sentencing memorandum, Mr. McLaughlin mentioned that Brown was "a sexually immature person struggling with her sexuality, she found a person who accepted her.I am not saying that the conduct was okay."

Ms. Fleming told Judge Feeney that the People accepted the plea last month because it was the victim and her family chose that negotiated disposition at that time, instead of going through a jury trial.

"Plea bargains should ultimately reflect the conduct of the individual, this plea did not reflect the conduct in this case," said Ms. Fleming. "

"This is not about emotion, " said Ms. Fleming. "It is about the criminal justice system honestly reflecting on a decision. We only agreed to the plea due to the victim's desire not to have a trial."


Dec 4, 2015


Judge Feeney initially hesitant, accepts conditional plea from former Miss Hoopa Kayla Brown for false imprisonment and degrading, immoral conduct in the presence of a child with limited sex offender registration

Former Miss Hoopa, Kayla Brown, entered a change of plea this morning in Courtroom 1. After taking two breaks to review the declaration of the arrest warrant which the defense stipulated to as a factual basis and reviewing a psychiatrist's report on Brown, Judge Feeney said that he hesitantly accepted the plea deal.

"I am hesitant to accept the conditional plea," said Judge Feeney. Acknowledging that plea deals are a part of resolving some cases, Judge Feeney expressed concerns about the amended counts being supported by the declaration for the arrest warrant, the victim's feelings and the limited sex offender registration for just five years.

Deputy District Attorney Zachary Curtis was in court for his colleague DDA Brie Bennett today, who has been prosecuting this case. Mr. Ben McLaughlin was present with his client Brown.Judge Feeney asked if Mr. Curtis had seen Dr. Jessica Ferrente's 288.1 report. Judge Feeney was also informed that DA Maggie Fleming was aware of the deal and Mr. Curtis told him that there had been extensive discussions with the victim and family members, "it is not the preferred disposition but my understanding is that they will go along with it."

Mr. McLaughlin told Judge Feeney that according to Dr. Ferrente's report, Brown was at a very low risk to reoffend.

Mr. McLaughlin told Judge John Feeney that as a part of the agreed disposition and plea, "The People move to amend the information and add Counts 5 and 6." Brown agreed to plead to Count 5 PC 236 which is false imprisonment, without force, fear or coercion. Although she plead to this as a felony, it is a wobbler and can be charged as a misdemeanor. Mr. McLaughlin told Judge Feeney that charge "will be reduced and dismissed eventually."

Count 6 is PC 273 (g) which is Lewdness or Drunkness in the presence of a Child. Judge Feeney when taking the plea, said "Degrading, immoral conduct in the presence of a child."

"The People are not requesting additional jail time, " said Mr. McLaughlin. The plea deal is for five years probation, Brown has to register as a sex offender but Mr. McLaughlin said that the plea deal was that only for the duration of probation. He added that she may petition for early termination of probation. "Neither offense she is pleading to requires registration but we agreed due to the negotiated plea. The probation officer would be aware but she would not be required to register on Megan's law"

DDA Zach Curtis added that the People had requested a stay away order.

In October, 21 year old Kayla Brown, was arraigned and charged with four counts of alleged sexual abuse against a minor victim under the age of 16 years. Count 1 Abnormal Sexual Interest in Children and arranging a meeting for that purpose PC 288.4 (b); Meeting a Minor for lewd purposes.

The complaint alleges that, "a felony was committed by Kayla Muriel Brown, who did unlawfully and motivated by an unnatural and abnormal sexual interest in children, arrange a meeting with Jane Doe, a minor and a person defendant believed to be a minor, for the purpose of exposing the genitals and public and rectal area of Jane Doe and defendant and to engage in lewd and lascivious behavior and did go to the arranged meeting place at and about the arranged time."

Count 2 Sexual penetration with a foreign object; [289.(i)  any person over the age of 21 years who participates in an act of sexual penetration with another person who is under 16 years of age shall be guilty of a felony]

Count 3 288.3 (a) [288.3.  (a) Every person who contacts or communicates with a minor, or attempts to contact or communicate with a minor, who knows or reasonably should know that the person is a minor, with intent to commit an offense specified in Section 207, 209, 261, 264.1, 273a, 286, 288, 288a, 288.2, 289, 311.1, 311.2, 311.4 or 311.11 involving the minor shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for the term prescribed for an attempt to commit the intended offense]

Count 4 PC 647.6 (a) which is child molestation/annoying a child.


 Counts 1 to 4 were dismissed by the People after Brown entered her pleas of guilty.

Brown waived her preliminary hearing in September 2015. Mr. McLaughlin told Judge Feeney that this was because "we were in the midst of negotiations."

Judge Feeney advised Brown that after the probation report, the plea could be rejected and this was just a conditional plea at this time.

Both the victim's family and friends as well as defendant's family members and friends were in court today, as they have been for every hearing. Sentencing is on January 4 at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 1.


Nov 18, 2015


Resolution expected in case for former Miss Hoopa charged with four counts of alleged abuse including abnormal sexual interest in children

This afternoon at 2 p.m. a hearing was scheduled to set a jury trial date for former Miss Hoopa, Kayla Brown, who is charged with four counts of alleged abuse against a minor female victim under the age of 16.

Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett is prosecuting the case. Mr. Ben McLaughlin is representing Brown.

Today, a jury trial date was supposed to be set. Brown has signed a 977 former, a waiver of personal appearance for certain hearings and was not in court. Her family was not present either. The victim's family was present.

Mr. McLaughlin told Judge Joyce Hinrichs that "I am fairly certain there will be a resolution."

DDA Bennett agreed that there is an anticipated plea and said she had spoken with the victim and the victim's family last night.

"I will counsel my client to accept the offer," said Mr. McLaughlin.

Next court date is December 4 at 9:30 a.m.

Oct 28, 2015


Former Miss Hoopa arraigned for four counts of alleged abuse including abnormal sexual interest in children

21 year old Kayla Brown, former Miss Hoopa, charged with four counts of alleged sexual abuse against a minor victim under the age of 16 years was arraigned this afternoon. Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett is prosecuting the case. Mr. Ben McLaughlin is representing Brown. Today, Rebecca Linkous appeared on behalf of Mr. McLaughlin in court.

DDA Roger Rees appeared for his colleague, Ms. Bennett. Ms. Linkous said that the defense is "in active negotiations" with Ms. Bennett, case may resolve. Next court date is November 18 for setting.

Brown was arraigned on  with four counts. Count 1 Abnormal Sexual Interest in Children and arranging a meeting for that purpose PC 288.4 (b); Meeting a Minor for lewd purposes.

The complaint alleges that, "a felony was committed by Kayla Muriel Brown, who did unlawfully and motivated by an unnatural and abnormal sexual interest in children, arrange a meeting with Jane Doe, a minor and a person defendant believed to be a minor, for the purpose of exposing the genitals and public and rectal area of Jane Doe and defendant and to engage in lewd and lascivious behavior and did go to the arranged meeting place at and about the arranged time."

Count 2 Sexual penetration with a foreign object; [289.(i)  any person over the age of 21 years who participates in an act of sexual penetration with another person who is under 16 years of age shall be guilty of a felony]

Count 3 288.3 (a) [288.3.  (a) Every person who contacts or communicates with a minor, or attempts to contact or communicate with a minor, who knows or reasonably should know that the person is a minor, with intent to commit an offense specified in Section 207, 209, 261, 264.1, 273a, 286, 288, 288a, 288.2, 289, 311.1, 311.2, 311.4 or 311.11 involving the minor shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for the term prescribed for an attempt to commit the intended offense]

Count 4 PC 647.6 (a) which is child molestation/annoying a child.


Sep 22, 2015


Former Miss Hoopa charged with alleged abuse of female minor waives preliminary hearing

Today, a  preliminary hearing was scheduled for Kayla Brown, the former Miss Hoopa charged with alleged abuse of a minor female victim.

Brown was in court with her attorney, Mr. Ben McLaughlin and members of her family.

The victim and her family were not in court but present in the building.

Visiting Judge Thomas Breen was calling the calendar today in Courtroom 8.

DDA Brie Bennett is prosecuting the case.

Brown waived her right to a preliminary hearing today. She also waived time for arraignment.

Discussions about a possible resolution are occurring and the case may resolve before arraignment.

Arraignment on information is scheduled for October 28 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 1.

No other media was in court this morning.



Aug 17, 2015


Preliminary hearing for Miss Hoopa charged with 4 counts of alleged abuse of a minor victim including abnormal Sexual Interest in Children delayed again

Today, there was an intervention scheduled for  Miss Hoopa Kayla Brown. Brown is Humboldt's first alleged female abuser with first female underage victim. Charges include abnormal sexual interest in children.

Kayla Brown is charged with four counts. Count 1 Abnormal Sexual Interest in Children and arranging a meeting for that purpose PC 288.4 (b); Count 2 Sexual penetration with a foreign object; [289.(i)  any person over the age of 21 years who participates in an act of sexual penetration with another person who is under 16 years of age shall be guilty of a felony]; Count 3 288.3 (a) [288.3.  (a) Every person who contacts or communicates with a minor, or attempts to contact or communicate with a minor, who knows or reasonably should know that the person is a minor, with intent to commit an offense specified in Section 207, 209, 261, 264.1, 273a, 286, 288, 288a, 288.2, 289, 311.1, 311.2, 311.4 or 311.11 involving the minor shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for the term prescribed for an attempt to commit the intended offense] and Count 4 PC 647.6 (a) which is child molestation/annoying a child.

The alleged victim is under 16 years of age. 

Intervention hearings take place in a closed courtroom. This case ended up being called before 3 p.m. but I was outside waiting to get dates and so was the victim's family. DDA Brie Bennett who is prosecuting the case spoke privately with the victim's family. Ben McLaughlin is representing Brown  along with Rebecca Linkous but Mr. David Celli appeared on behalf of Mr. McLaughlin today.

Preliminary hearing was scheduled for September 26 but it has been delayed yet again. The new intervention date is September 14 and the new preliminary hearing is September 22.


Previous post:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/07/i-do-not-want-to-speak-to-whether.html?m=1

Jun 12, 2015


Former Miss Hoopa charged with alleged sexual abuse of female minor, family still unable to retain a lawyer

The preliminary hearing for Kayla Brown has still not occurred. First, her private attorney Jeffrey Schwartz declared a conflict. Then, another private attorney, Mr. Ben McLaughlin made a special appearance twice but still has to be retained and paid by Brown's family. Today, a 2 p.m. hearing was scheduled for Confirmation of Counsel in Courtroom 1. Mr. David Celli appeared for Mr. Ben McLaughlin and asked Judge John Feeney to continue the matter for another week. This is the third continuance and I did not see Brown's family in the courtroom.

June 24 at 2 p.m. is set for Confirmation of Counsel in Courtroom 1.

DDA Brie Bennett is prosecuting the case. DDA Zach Curtis who is the other prosecutor handling all CAST cases appeared for the People and did not object to the continuance. The victim's family and supporters were present and they talked with Mr. Curtis outside court.

Last post with other links/background on case:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/05/still-no-preliminary-hearing-for-former.html

$250,000 bail for man who allegedly threatened wife he was separated from, violated restraining order and bound her with duct tape to prevent her calling from help




On 06-18-2016 Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 29000 block of Highway 20 (Fort Bragg, California) after receiving a report of a domestic violence battery that took place on 06-17-2016.

Sheriff’s Deputies arrived to discover a 53 year-old female and her husband, Patrick Dennis Slaughter, had previously separated due to domestic violence issues and were no longer residing together.  The 53 year-old female lived on the Mendocino Coast while Slaughter was living in the Sacramento area.

On 06-16-2016, Slaughter arrived in Fort Bragg and contacted the 53 year-old female to make arrangements to pick up personal belongs.  The 53 year-old female transported Slaughter to her residence to facilitate the property exchange.

After the 53 year-old female and Slaughter entered the residence, he brandished and pointed a handgun at her and told her he intended to kill her.  From approximately ten feet away, Slaughter aimed the handgun at the 53 year-old female’s face and fired a bullet that struck the wall near her head.

On 06-17-2016 in the evening hours, the 53 year-old female was outside her residence when Slaughter appeared from the brush.  Slaughter rushed the 53 year-old female from behind and struck her in the head with a small object in his hand.

The 53 year-old female was knocked to the ground and was bleeding from the forehead.  Slaughter physically assaulted the 53 year-old female and then directed her into the residence.

Once inside the residence, Slaughter began making threatening statements towards to the 53 year-old female and thereafter sexually assaulted her.

Slaughter bound the 53 year-old female’s arms, legs, and mouth with duct tape to prevent her from escaping or calling for help before he eventually left the residence.

Slaughter was the restrained party in a served criminal protective order issued out of the Mendocino County Superior Court, allowing for peaceful contact only during the time of the incident.  This order was a result of a prior domestic violence arrest.  The criminal protective order prohibited Slaughter from possessing firearms.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies obtained an arrest warrant for Slaughter and began following investigative leads to locate him.

On 06-23-2016 at approximately 3:45 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies located Slaughter driving the 53 year-old female’s vehicle in the area of Mile Post Marker 7 on Highway 20 near Fort Bragg.

Slaughter was arrested for violations of 664/187PC [Attempted Murder], 289(a)(1)PC [Penetration w/Foreign Object], 288a(2)PC [Oral Copulation], 207(a)PC [Kidnapping, 273.5PC [Domestic Battery], 12022(a)(1)PC [Armed in the Commission of a Felony].

Slaughter was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $250,000.00 bail.

No bail status for Buck Leggett arrested for posession of heroin and meth while being on parole

On 06-23-2016 at approximately 2:06 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office conducted a vehicle check in the 100 block of Kawi Place in Willits, California.

Upon contacting the occupants of the vehicle, Deputies smelled the odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle. Deputies searched the occupants and the vehicle, locating controlled substances (heroin and methamphetamine), paraphernalia, and associated contraband.

During the investigation, Deputies learned Buck Leggett was on active Parole and was on bail for an unrelated offense. Deputies determined Leggett was in possession of controlled substances for sale and placed him under arrest for 11352 HS [Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale], 3056 PC [Parole Violation], and 12022.1 PC [Committing Offense While on Bail].

Leggett was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held on a no-bail status.

President Obama designates Stonewall Inn as national monument in honor of LGBT rights

http://abcnews.go.com/US/obama-designates-stonewall-national-monument-lgbt-rights/story?id=40107660

Jun 23, 2016

True North responds to Supreme Court decision on immigration and deportation

Today’s split Supreme Court decision on expanded immigration deportation relief in United States v. Texas is a temporary setback, and True North calls for all voters in our region, the state, and country to continue to push for immigration reform that upholds the dignity for all communities and families. In the meantime, True North is working to ensure that immigrants can access all available protections, including the original DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, and that California is ready for future immigration reform. On July 30th True Northwill host an immigration workshop to let folks know about Immigration programs, and the importance of civic engagement. If you are interested in attending please sign up here!That is also why we call on all those who are eligible to vote to do so in this election cycle. If you have not registered to vote you can register online at Humboldt County Elections Office or at their physical location at the Humboldt County clerk's office, 3033 H st. Room 20, Eureka, CA .

True North, a faith based community organizing effort working throughout California’s Redwood coast, is striving to ensure that the maximum number of eligible people from our region benefit from DACA and DAPA, is dismayed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 4-4 split decision regarding United States v. Texas. This decision means that the expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) programs will continue to remain on hold. The programs, announced by President Obama in 2014, would have protected millions of immigrants – 1.5 million in California alone – from deportation while authorizing them to work legally.

The original DACA program, launched in 2012, continues to be available to more than a million qualified applicants and is not affected by the Supreme Court decision. Eligible undocumented immigrants can continue to apply for and renew DACA in order to access its many benefits, including a temporary reprieve from deportation, access to a work permit, and a social security number.

"Each day these programs are delayed means that millions of immigrants and their families are left to live with fear and uncertainty,” said Sally Kinoshita, deputy director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. “Today’s Supreme Court decision denies valuable members of our communities the opportunity to live and work without the constant risk of being torn from their families while more fully contributing to their local economies. When and if these programs become available, we are determined to help eligible Californians realize the full benefits of these critical immigration benefits and prepare for eventual immigration reform.” 


“This program would have helped me provide for a better future for my children and helped many of us be less exploited in our work.” said local resident Marta Rocha. She would have qualified for the DAPA program as it is currently written. “A delay of DAPA (and expanded DACA) is a delay of our liberty to benefit and contribute to what makes our community a great place to live.”

The Supreme Court had an opportunity to provide clarity and guidance for the nation. Instead, it failed to provide this service to the American people. We cannot forget the lengths some politicians went to rip our families apart and to demean our communities. As voters and as people of faith, we have a responsibility and duty to continue shaping the rules that affect our families and make things better for all people, and the only way that we make things better for all  families is by voting. Remember to register for our July 30th event 
here and to register to vote at the Humboldt County Elections Office, 3033 H st. Room 20, Eureka, CA .

Jun 22, 2016

Assemblyman Jim Woods Cannabis Tax moves to Senate Appropriations Committee




Assemblyman Jim Wood’s (D-Healdsburg) proposed cannabis excise tax AB 2243 passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee today. The bill moves next to the Senate Appropriations Committee before finally reaching the Senate Floor.   

“Right before the vote on the Assembly Floor we made some great amendments that will help our rural communities, I feel really good about our chances moving forward," said Wood.

The new amendments would generate $44 million annually to help private land owners maintain their open space lands by restarting funding of the Williamson Act.  The Williamson Act allows private land owners to contract with local government and earn tax breaks, in exchange for limiting specific parcels of land to agricultural or related open space use.  Funding for the program dried up during California's budget woes and has yet to be restored.

“This is an important program for our district,” said Wood. “In our neck of the woods owning a big piece of land doesn’t mean you have a bunch of cash.  The temptation to develop or divide up and sell some of that land is very real.  The Williamson Act helps relieve some of that pressure and helps us maintain the beauty of our state’s open spaces.”

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 is projected to raise nearly $80 million annually; funds will be distributed in the following areas:

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

AB 2243 will now go to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Evidence of raunchy text messages, "I need a blow job", and affair charges with ex co worker Daniels' jury was not allowed to hear

Before the jury trial, motions in limine are filed by each side. According evidence code 402, the trial judge rules on what evidence can be allowed.

In the Jason Daniels' case, the defense was able to exclude evidence which could have made the difference in how the jury ruled.

Pictures speak louder than words. Here is only a bit of the evidence that was not allowed in the jury trial. I got copies of some of these documents today.

The photos are text messages Daniels' exchanged or sent to other deputies and some indicate clearly during work hours.

To protect the privacy of those deputies, who received these messages, I cannot show you the times and dates.

Of interest is the testimony of ex dispatcher Lisa Morrison and her admitting her affair with Daniels. There was also testimony regarding reliability of witnesses using meth and heroin.

There are rumors Daniels wants to be hired back by HCSO, whether they want him or not.

The jurors said that they felt they needed more evidence to meet guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. They said they believed the victims.This evidence could have made all the difference in the vote.














Alleged Humboldt Hill suspects Brock and Colt Tuel each made bail, which was $500,000 for each and are out of custody

Alleged Humboldt Hill shooting suspects Brock and Colt Tuel made bail, which was $500,000 each, and are out of custody.




Previous post (with links to all coverage):

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2016/06/brock-and-colt-tuel-served-with.html




Humboldt Area Foundation honored as non profit of the year in Sacramento




Today the Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF) was honored as a Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblyman Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

“Nonprofit organizations are vitally important to the economy and well-being of California, but too often nonprofits are hidden in plain sight.” Assemblyman Wood said, “The Humboldt Area Foundation has been a tremendous force for good in Humboldt, Trinity, and Del Norte Counties for over 40 years, I am proud to call them one of ours.”

Since its founding in 1972, HAF has distributed nearly $80 million in grants and scholarships, and in recent years has grown to over $100 million in assets thanks to the many generous donors on the North Coast.
The foundation is known as much for its leadership and community work as its grant making. It supports the Cascadia Center for Leadership, now in its 16th year of training new community leaders. HAF is also sponsors the Native Cultures Fund, which supports the renaissance of California Native American arts, culture, sacred sites, and cultural transmission between generations.
The award recipients visited the Assembly Floor and then were honored at a luncheon at Sacramento’s Sheraton Grand Hotel, with presentations from former Senate President Pro Tempore [and Sacramento Mayor-Elect] Darrell Steinberg, Assemblymember Rich Gordon, and Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits.
Executive Director Patrick Cleary thanked Assemblyman Wood for the award, “This reflects the enormous generosity of our donors, the great work of our nonprofit community, and the tremendous efforts of the HAF staff.  We are humbled by the recognition and will continue to work hard to make our region a better place to live and work and enjoy.”

Loleta Cheese Factory Chapter 11 fails, conversion into Chapter 7, assets to be liquidated for $50,000

Loleta Cheese Factory which had filed for Chapter 11, failed in their efforts. Now, the bankruptcy is in the process of being converted to Chapter 7 and all their assets will be liquidated for $50,000.




Eureka Rotary Plaque dedicates plaque to former NAACP president, Eureka Council member Jim Howard

A plaque is being dedicated to Jim Howard, outside the Sea Grill in Eureka at 1 p.m.

Howard is a former president of the local NAACP chapter, from 1969 to 1973 and a former Eureka City Council member from early 1972 through the 1992.

The plaque was designed and made by Chuck Ellsworth, longtime friend, local businessman and member of Eureka Planning and Designing Commission.

He is the first African American Councilmember in Humboldt.

As Mr. Ellsworth and others standing out pointed out that fact is only relevant to recognize the many cintributions of Mr. Howard to our community.















Man who broke into Radio Shack on Myrtle Avenue refuses to give EPD name of his partner in crime





    
On June 22, 2016, at about 3:42 a.m., Officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to an electronics store on the 1100 block of Myrtle Avenue for the report of an in progress burglary.  A witness reported he saw two subjects break the front glass door of the business before fleeing with stolen property.  An alarm activation was also received.  

The witness provided a description of the subjects and said they were last seen on foot near the cemetery on Myrtle.  Officers checked the area and located a male matching the description at Cooper Gulch.  The male, Cody Collins, 27 of Eureka, was in possession of new electronics.  Collins admitted to officers that he broke into the business with another male, but would not provide a name.  

Collins was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for burglary and probation violation.  The second male has not been located or identified.  If you have information regarding this incident, call the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060.