Jul 9, 2016

Anti growth in zoning laws thwarts equality, but do the anti growth forces in Humboldt care?

Resistance to newcomers? Anti growth sentiment = poverty? Let's print this out every time someone says smart growth in Humboldt and hand it to them.


Sirens in Old Town, Humboldt Bay Fire, City Ambulance carry a man out on the stretcher

Humboldt Bay Fire and City Ambulance rushed to the corner of second and I. They were parked in a house closer to the path to the Adorni Center.

No damage to the house. They carried a conscious man out on the stretcher.

Jul 8, 2016

Five Eleven and Honeydew Farms owner gets ok from Planning Commission for medical marijuana cultivation project

Owner of Five Eleven restaurant in Eureka and owner of Hondydew Farms, LLC, Alex Moore, got the okay from the Humboldt Planning Commission yesterday for the following project.

7. Honeydew Farms, LLC (Alex Moore) Conditional Use Permits
The Honeydew Farms Medical Marijuana Cultivation Project owned and operated by Honeydew
Farms, LLC (proposed project) seeks approval of several Conditional Use Permits ) in
compliance with the County Commercial Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance (CMMLUO)
and the Medical Marijuana Safety and Regulation Act (MMRSA) for new outdoor commercial
cannabis cultivation, ancillary processing activities, minor expansion of existing support
facilities and permitting of existing outdoor commercial cannabis cultivation. The project site is
comprised of two parcels, Parcel One (APN 107-311-001) is 613.7 acres in size and Parcel Two
(APN 107-311-002) is 200.6 acres in size.
The existing outdoor cultivation occurs in nine greenhouses with a total cultivation area of
25,720 square feet (sf) located in three cultivation sites on Parcel One and five greenhouses with
a total existing cultivation area of 17,800 sf are located on Parcel Two. Conditional Use Permits
for existing cultivation areas are subject to CMMLUO Section 314-
A total of 235,640 sf (5.4 acres) of new outdoor cultivation are proposed to be located on Parcel
One in fenced fields in designated areas located on prime agricultural soils resulting in a total of
261,360 sf of new cultivation, with a maximum area of 43,560 sf (1 acre) per permit pursuant to
CMMLUO Section 314- applicable to parcels 320 acres or larger.
The proposed project seeks a total of seven CUPs for all existing and proposed outdoor
commercial cannabis activities. Because of the four permit limitation in CMMLUO,
only four of the seven authorized permits will be issued to the applicant. Three additional
permits may be issued to one or more assignees of the applicant, subject to a substantial
conformance review application by the assignee(s) for approval by the Planning Director.
Make all of the required findings, based on evidence in the staff report and
conditionally approve the Honeydew Farms, LLC application as described in the
Agenda Item Transmittal subject to the conditions of approval.
Attachments: CUP-16-007 - 010 Staff Report

$85,000 bail for man on probation arrested for alleged marijuana, cocaine and meth possession

On 07-06-2016 at about 11:30 a.m., Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies contacted suspect Ismael Rodriguez during an unrelated investigation at a residence in the 50 block of Mill Street in Point Arena.  During that contact, Deputies learned Rodriguez was on active summary probation.  A condition of Rodriguez's probation permitted Deputies to search Rodriguez and his property.

Deputies conducted a search and found that Rodriguez was in possession of approximately 27.5-grams of suspected methamphetamine, 4.5-grams of suspected cocaine, 16.0-grams of suspected psilocybin mushrooms, and 18.0-pounds of marijuana [all weights reflected are gross].  Deputies seized a variety of other drug paraphernalia related to and indicative to drug sales.

Rodriguez was ultimately arrested for possession for sales of marijuana, controlled substances possessed for sale  and narcotics possessed for sale as well as violation of probation.  Rodriguez was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked and is being held in lieu of bail set at $85,000.00.

Help EPD send two police officers to Dallas for funeral and procession of Dallas law enforcement

Our hearts ache with our brothers and sisters in Dallas with the senseless assassination of police officers doing their job.  We are sickened and saddened by any senseless act of violence, including this one.  

To show our support for the law enforcement community in Dallas and police officers nationwide, EPD would like to send two officers to the funeral and procession.  Private citizens have already offered to assist with the expenses.  Anyone interested in donating can do so through the Eureka Police Foundation.  Contact Mary Kirby at (707) 441-4095.  

As proclaimed by President Obama and as a sign of respect, flags are being flown at half-staff until sunset, July 12, 2016.  Chief Mills has also authorized EPD officers to wear mourning bands on their badge.  

If you see an officer in blue, tan or green, let them know just how much you appreciate what they do for Eureka. 

Help Mckinleyville community and law enforcement catch this guy

According to a facebook post from Mckinleyville Community Watch group member, " This guy just stole a bunch of items from chevron. He took off heading towards Rays food place area. Happened 7/8/16 at 9:30AM"

City of Eureka designates three sleeping areas for homeless through August 25

The City of Eureka has designated three sleeping areas in the City that will be used on a
rotating basis through August 25, 2016. The areas currently identified are the parking
lots on Koster Street and the foot of West Del Norte Street. The newly designated third
site is a city owned lot on Marina Way.
The following schedule has been developed to provide notice about the use and times of these areas.
Site Location Dates Time
W. Del Norte St. Parking Lot Current thru 07/14/2016 7 P.M to 7 A.M.
Koster St. Parking Lot 07/14/2016 thru 07/28/2016 7 P.M to 7 A.M.
Marina Way Property 07/28/2016 thru 08/11/2016 7 P.M to 7 A.M.
W. Del Norte St. Parking Lot 08/11/2016 thru 08/25/2016 7 P.M to 7 A.M.
All of these areas will be monitored continuously and this schedule is subject to change.
Individuals sleeping in these designated sites must follow established and posted rules.
One tote per person is available for storage of personal property. Anyone failing to
comply will be asked to leave the designated area and may be cited or arrested.
The City Council has designated these areas to allow individuals who continue to refuse
services and lodging that have been offered to them through the Betty Kwan Chinn
Foundation, the Eureka Rescue Mission and County of Humboldt Health and Human
Services a place to sleep. City Manager Greg Sparks stated “the City of Eureka
recognizes that the rotating sleeping areas are not part of the solution to end
homelessness, but rather a means of providing a legal place to sleep so that individuals
can be directed away from greenbelts, parks, and other inappropriate camping locations.”

Building and Planning, Coroner's Office, Elections office and Public Works phone system down

Update (5:30):

Phone service at the Clark Complex in Eureka has been restored. Departments located there including Planning & Building, Coroner, the Office of Elections and Public Works divisions of Land Use and Natural Resources, can now make and receive outside calls.
The Clark Complex is located at the intersection of H and Harris Streets in Eureka.

Morning Press Release:

Phone service is currently down at the Clark Complex in Eureka. Departments located there, including Planning & Building, Coroner, the Office of Elections and Public Works divisions of Land Use and Natural Resources cannot make or receive outside calls until the issue is resolved. This is one of the county's last legacy phone systems, and while county staff is working with an outside vendor on the issue, there is currently no expected time for service to be restored.
If you are looking to get a hold of staff in any of the aforementioned offices, you can still get a hold of them via email. Visit thecounty's website for a staff directory with contact information.
The county is currently in the process of replacing many of its older phone systems. Work is being done to upgrade the phones in the Clark Complex and the county hopes to have a new phone system in place there in the coming months.

Jul 7, 2016

Thank you EPD for taking care of a problem which shouldn't be yours to deal with

Hopefully someone called the police, if not I am the biggest new fan of the EPD twitter account.

Last night, for three hours, a drunk man was yelling. Could not see him because behind the hedges but the sound was coming from the parking lot on 2nd street near H and I.

Sound has a wonderful way of carrying blocks in Eureka, especially Old Town.

This was my first tweet @Eureka Police at 10:32 p.m.

@Eureka_Police We should have a non emergency number after hours. Drunk guy screaming obscenities for past 2 hours 2nd H & I on street.

Second tweet at 10:36 p.m. sent, unfortunately to myself, thanks to the moron's yelling.

The police showed up at 11:01.

Final tweet at 11:03.

@Eureka_Police Just heard the police pull up. Peace after three hours. Thank you EPD. This is not what police should be doing.

The trash near the hedges and the toothless yelling and familiarity of seeing these drunks and garbage piles around town, this isn't your average one time drunk; it is one of Old Town/Downtown's regular, chronic loiterers.

Next time, someone is yelling, maybe  I can call one of the bleeding heart homeless "activists" or people who think laws should be lax for drunks, who can come take him to their home since they seem to think being drunk and/or high is somehow society's problem, not the fault of a iresponsible, inconsiderate drunk who just wasted police time and resources.

Maybe the "activists" can stay up all night listening to rants and obscenities while the rest of us get some sleep and go to work next day.

According to jail reports, a Robert Baily Dunn, arrested for being drunk by EPD, was booked into the jail at 11:43.

Sheriff Downey swears in two Hoopa Tribal Valley Officers

Sheriff Downey is pleased to announce the swearing in of two Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Officers, Angel Yanez and Blake Hostler.  

The swearing in of these Officers is part of the memorandum of understanding between the Sheriff's Office and the Hoopa Valley Tribe.  These Officers will go through a field training program and participate in quarterly training with the Sheriff's Office.

We look forward to the positive impact these two Officers will have on keeping the peace and public safety in Hoopa Valley.

No charges filed yet for Oscar Allen Davis who was arrested for public intoxication and possession of a loaded firearm in a public place

No charges have been filed yet for Oscar Allen Davis but he has a future date on August 12 at 1:30 for a bond status on the arraignment calendar.

EPD Captain Steve Watson elaborated on how the officers came in contact with Davis. A woman called EPD and said there was a man with a shotgun she could see from her backyard.

When the officers arrived, Davis was on his front porch with the shotgun. Davis said he was armed because unknown people werw after him.

He was arrested for public intoxication and being in possession of a loaded firearm in a public place; the front porch.

He had two guns with him which were booked into evidence. Davis also told the police officers, he was armed to protect his father. When the officers went to check on his father, they found other guns and those were taken for safekeeping.

Jul 4, 2016

Oscar Allen Davis is the man EPD took into custody who delusional and heavily armed

Oscar Allen Davis is the man taken into custody by Sgt. Reyna Sanchez and Officer Hsiao.

Jul 3, 2016

EPD Sgt Sanchez and Officer Hsiao de-escalate a heavily armed delusional man

Chief Andrew Mills' tweet:

@Eureka_Police great job by Sgt Sanchez and Ofc Hsiao #de-escalating a heavily armed delusional man. #greatpolicing https://t.co/uRKO6HjAUs

This happened on July 1.

Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills just confirmed that the man had been taken into custody.

Captain Steve Watson said that the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs and armed himself for protection because he thought unknown people were after him.

Suspect wearing stolen items arrested for that burglary and five previous incidents

On 07-06-2016 at approximately 8:15 a.m., Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a burglary at the Point Arena Elementary School located at 20 School Street in Point Arena.  After arriving and investigating the incident, Deputies determined that the person(s) responsible had forced entry to gain access inside the complex before stealing various items from within.  School officials were able to immediately provide Deputies with a detailed list of property stolen from the location.

At about 1119 hours, Deputies contacted suspect Peter Rose Jr. in the 100 block of Main Street in Point Arena.  During that contact, Deputies determined Rose was wearing an article of clothing and in possession of other items, all stolen from the elementary school.  Further investigation revealed that Rose was solely responsible for the burglary at the elementary school and he was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property.  Rose was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $50,000.00.

During the course of the investigation, Deputies were able to link Rose directly to five other previous burglaries and attempted burglaries in the Point Arena area that were reported to the Sheriff's Office between 06-22-2016 to 07-05-2016.  Those victims included the Saint Paul's Methodist Church at 40 School Street, a residence located in the 100 block of School Street, the Point Arena School District Office located at 45 Lake Street and Franny's Cup and Saucer located in the 200 block of Main Street, and a previous burglary of the Point Arena Elementary School, 20 School St.

These investigations were submitted to the District Attorney's Office for additional complaints, including two counts of 459 PC (burglary) and three counts of 664/459 PC (attempted burglary).

Poppy, marijuana, meth, heroin and unsafe electrical conditions in POP bust

On July 5, 2016, the Eureka Police Departments Problem Oriented Policing Unit served a Search Warrant at the 1300 block of Summer Street. The search warrant was in response to numerous citizen complaints and an ongoing investigation into alleged narcotic activity.

A search of the residence yielded 403 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, 188 opium poppy plants, 16 lbs. of processed marijuana, small amounts of methamphetamine and heroin, a sawed off shotgun and a non-operational revolver.

Due to unsafe electrical conditions, PG&E was called to the scene and power was shut off to the residence.

As a result of the investigation, the following six subjects were taken into custody for various charges:
1. Steven Crane (51)
a. Felon in Possession of a Firearm
b. Possession of a Short Barreled Shotgun
c. Possession of a Controlled Substance
d. Marijuana Cultivation 
e. Felon in Possession of Ammunition
f. Possession for Sales of Marijuana
g. Maintaining Residence for Providing Controlled Substances
h. Possession of Concentrated Cannabis
i. Cultivation of Opium Poppy

2. William Cantrell (43)
a. Possession for Sales of Marijuana
b. Possession of Paraphernalia
c. Probation Violations
3. Daniel Stephens (53)
a. Possession of Paraphernalia
4. Keith Wallace (45)
a. Possession of Paraphernalia
b. Probation Violations
5. John Gilbert (58)
a. Possession of a Controlled Substance
b. Probation Violations
6. Shawn Spencer (40)
a. Outstanding Warrant

Chemical pesticides, rodenticides, water diversion and 11,030 marijuana plants in an alleged trespass grow

On Wednesday, June 6, 2016, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) along with CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) personnel, and Fish & Wildlife (F&W) Officers conducted a trespass marijuana investigation on Timber Company Land in the Atwell Creek Drainage system, east of Rio Dell. DEU attempted to contact three suspects on scene who fled on foot. Deputies were unable to apprehend the suspects. Deputies located evidence of chemical pesticides and rodenticides used within the marijuana grow. F&W investigated the large scale water diversion from Atwell Creek. A total of 11,030 marijuana plants were eradicated.
The investigation is ongoing.

Forced home invasion robbery on 1300 block of M street

Update:  EPD recovered the stolen vehicle last night around 11:00 p.m. in the 1600 block of G Street. The vehicle was unoccupied and towed from the scene for evidence processing.

On 7/06/2016, at 4:56 a.m., Eureka Police Department officers responded to the 1300
block of ‘M’ Street for a report of a home invasion robbery. Upon investigation, officer learned that two males, wearing ski masks and gloves, forced their way into the
residence. The suspects were armed with handguns.

The suspects used handcuffs to secure the only adult male resident. A child and an
elderly subject were not restrained. The suspects assaulted the victim as they
interrogated him over the location of valuables. The suspects gained access to the
victim’s safe and stole several items. The suspects took the victim’s car keys and stole his 1999 green Mercury Cougar, California license 7GOT642.

Jul 6, 2016

Nevin Appel makes bail, only to be rearrested few hours later on more serious charges of criminal threats

On 07-02-2016 at approximately 12:25 a.m., Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the 1500 block of Navarro Bluff Road in Albion, Ca.  Deputies received information that suspect Nevin Appel broke out a window and was trying to make entry into the reporting person's residence.

After Deputies arrived they contacted victims' Ruairi and Lucinda O'Sullivan.  Deputies learned that Appel resided on the neighboring property and was suspected of being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant.  Appel was yelling incoherently and pounding on the O'Sullivan's exterior walls and front door before he broke out an exterior window.  Fearing for their safety, the O'Sullivan's called 9-1-1 and took refuge in a locked room inside their residence.

Deputies observed wet blood on the victims' exterior siding and deck, along with cut marks in the siding and a broken tip to a large kitchen knife near the front exterior door.

Deputies were then alerted by a male subject yelling near where they parked their patrol vehicles.  Deputies returned to their patrol vehicles and found Appel attempting to enter one of them.  Deputies observed that Appel had blood on his hands and arms and that he was holding a broken knife in his hand.  Appel was secured in handcuffs and seated in the rear of a patrol vehicle without further incident.

After Deputies determined that Appel was in violation of 11550 HS (under the influence of a controlled substance) and 594(b)(1) PC (felony vandalism), Appel was arrested and ultimately booked into the Mendocino County Jail  where he was held in lieu of bail set at $15,000.00.

Appel posted bail and was released on 07-02-2016 at about 6:00 AM.

On 07-02-2016 at about 1230 hours, Deputies were advised that California State Parks Rangers had issued an order to arrest Appel for 422 PC (criminal threats) for an unrelated incident that occurred in their jurisdiction a few hours before [State Parks Report#16-0702NOR0045].

On 07-02-2016 at about 4:05 p.m., Deputies were dispatched back to the 1500 block of Navarro Bluff Road. It was reported that Appel returned to the O'Sullivan's residence and causing a disturbance.

While responding to the location, Deputies received updated information that Appel left the location by vehicle.  Deputies intercepted Appel driving northbound towards Fort Bragg and initiated contact with him in the 5000 block of North Highway 1.  California State Park Rangers also responded and ultimately took Appel into custody for 422 PC and transported him to the Mendocino County Jail.

Deputies continued their response to the 1500 block of Navarro Bluff Road and made contact with victims' Ruairi and Lucinda O'Sullivan.  Deputies learned that Appel arrived at the O'Sullivan residence at about 3:30 p.m.  After arriving, Appel proceeded to yell at the O'Sullivans' and made repeated threats to cause them physical harm.

Based on this information, Deputies had probable cause to believe Appel was in violation of 422 PC, 646.9 PC (stalking), and 12022.1 PC (commit felony offense while released on bail).  Appel was booked on these additional charges and held in lieu of bail set at $75,000.00.

Derek Payton's sentencing for the death of Eliot Walin continued today

Derek  Payton was scheduled to be sentenced today. That sentencing was continued until July 13 at 4 p.m. because a Visiting Judge was covering Judge Marilyn Miles calendar today.

Jun 7, 2016

Instead of arraignment Derek Payton pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Eliot Walin

Derek Payton was supposed to be arraigned this afternoon, instead he ended up pleading guilty to two counts, Count 2 and Count 5, voluntary manslaughter of Eliot Walin, which was added in the information filed for jury trial. Public Defender Casey Russo is Payton's attorney.

Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees subbed in today for his colleague Mr. Christiansen, who prosecuted the case.

The maximum sentence would have been 12 years, Payton plead guilty in an agreement for 11 years.

Both families, Payton's and the deceased victim, Elliot Walin were in the courtroom. Walin's sister in law Andrea Dorfman gave a brief and emotional statement. Words were exchanged between both families inside and outside courtroom. Three bailiffs had to show up to have Payton's family leave before the victim's family exited the courtroom.

Previous posts:



May 11, 2016

Derek Payton held to answer on all charges for Elliot Walin homicide

Finally, the preliminary hearing for Derek Payton was held today in Courtroom 1 with Judge John Feeney. He was held to answer on all charges.

 He is charged with four felony counts. Count 1 Murder of Elliot Walin; special allegation that Payton personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, a Taurus revolver. Count 2 Assault with a firearm on Nickolas Edmund Deremer; special allegation, causing great bodily injury. Count 3 is discharge of a firearm with gross negligence. Count 4 Maintaining a place for selling or using a controlled substance; marijuana; special allegation that he was armed with a firearm during the "commission or attempted commission of the above offense."

Deputy District Attorney David Christensen is prosecuting the case. Payton is represented by Public Defender Casey Russo.

Before the preliminary hearing, Mr. Russo spoke for about five minutes with Payton, who kept shaking his head, "no". I assume that was no to a plea deal.

EPD Detective John Gordon was the only witness. He is the lead investigator on this case.

Arraignment on information is on June 7, 2016 at 2 p.m..

Jan 28, 2016

Preliminary hearing rescheduled for Derek Payton charged with the murder of Eliot Walin

Due to a change in a new attorney being appointed in January, Derek Payton's preliminary hearing that was scheduled for February 9 has been vacated. He has a new intervention hearing on February 23 and his new preliminary hearing date is March 7, 2016.

Jan 6, 2016

Attorney for Derek Payton suspect in Eli Walin homicide files motion to withdraw

A hearing for confirmation of counsel and new dates to be set is scheduled for this afternoon.

Public defender Casey Russo was confirmed as Payton's attorney today.

Preliminary hearing is February 9 at 8:30 a.m.; Intervention is on January 26 at 3 p.m.

Nov 3, 2015

Derek Payton arrested for Eliot Walin homicide

I had already done a post that this was pot related on October 27.

Oct 27, 2015

"Everyone on the streets knows who did it", Source close to man shot at Watson and F alludes to pot as motive

Eliot Michael Walin, was known as Eli to his friends.

Michael Acosta, who represented Eli in his 2013 cases and considered him a friend called his death tragic. He leaves behind his young daughter, Elliot, named after him and a mother and sister who are very close.

Eli did serve time in prison, he had a few cases in the Humboldt Superior Court system, the most recent being the 2013 charges against him for assault on Deputy Conan Moore. He plead to one charge but had another similar charge dismissed. He also had two misdemeanor assault and battery cases in 2013, one against an Andrew Lee Cross dismissed.

"He was trying to turn his life around," Mr. Acosta told me this morning.

A source close to Eli who wishes to remain unnamed, said as far as he knows Eli was unarmed, has heard different versions of whether he was shot in the back or the chest and alluded to "pot" as a motive. "Everyone on the streets knows who did it."

EPD Press Release:

Department were dispatched to the report of multiple shots heard in the vicinity of the 1500 block of F Street.  Responding officers located a victim, Elliot Michael Walin (age 31 of Fortuna), lying in the roadway near the intersection of Watson and F Streets. Walin had sustained a single gunshot wound to his upper torso and was being attended to by a couple of citizens.

Medical aid was summoned and Walin was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.  While this was occurring, hospital staff contacted the EPD Communications Center to report a second male gunshot victim had been brought to the emergency room by acquaintances who found him walking on Wabash Avenue.  The second victim was uncooperative but admitted to investigators he was with Walin at the time the shooting occurred.

EPD quickly developed a number of strong investigative leads and a suspect was soon identified.  On 11/02/15, at about 12:30 PM, EPD officers were dispatched to a motel on the 1200 block of Fourth Street regarding a suspicious person/circumstances call (involving a possible embezzled or stolen vehicle on scene).  Upon arrival, officers located Derek Charles Payton (age 22 of Eureka) whom EPD investigators had previously identified as the suspect in the homicide.  Payton was taken into custody on two misdemeanor domestic violence-related warrants and subsequently transported to EPD Headquarters where he was interviewed by the lead investigator on this case, Detective John Gordon.

During the interview, Payton confessed to having shot at both victims over a marijuana-related dispute.  Payton was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on his warrants and for 187(a) PC (Murder) and 245(a)(2) PC (Assault with a Deadly Weapon (Firearm).  His bail was set at $1,050,000.00.

Meanwhile, EPD investigators obtained search warrants for a room and two vehicles associated with Payton at the motel.  While securing the motel room, investigators detained a female occupant, Lindzy Rose Yee (age 30 of Eureka). Yee was on probation for drug related offenses.

During a subsequent search of the motel room, investigators located methamphetamine and heroin.  Investigators also located and seized a handgun believed to have been used by Payton during the shooting.

Yee was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she was booked for possession of controlled substance while armed, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a stun gun by a convicted felon, and probation violation.

Case for Zachary Glascoe from 2013 SR 36 accident results him pleading to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Zachary Glascoe, who was supposed to start his jury trial yesterday, on July 5, instead he plead out to PC191.5(a), gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

He will be sentenced on 7/26.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett. Glascoe is represented by Mr. Russ Clanton.

Photo published in Arcata Eye (2013)

CHP Release (from 2013):

On Saturday at approximately 6:30 PM, Zachary Glascoe, age 29, of Arcata, CA, was driving a 1996 Ford Mustang and was traveling westbound on SR-36 at mile post 21.04. Glascoe allowed the Mustang to travel into the eastbound lane and the Mustang was struck broadside by a Ford F-250 pickup being driven by Dustyn Watson, age 35, of Petrolia, CA.

The right front passenger of the Mustang (female, age 28, of Arcata, CA- name withheld pending notification of next of kin) sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel.

Medical personnel from Cal-Fire, Carlotta Vol. Fire Dept., Bridgeville Vol. Fire Dept., and City Ambulance, responded to the scene and assisted with extrication of the deceased, medical treatment, and patient transport.

During the investigation, and after receiving medical treatment, Zachary Glascoe was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired resulting in injury or death, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Glascoe was transported to the Humboldt County Jail and booked on felony charges.

Five suspects alleged to have stabbed a transient man near Steve and Dave's bar last night, bar not involved

According to an Operation Safe Streets Facebook post:

☆Updated Information☆
According to staff at Steve and Dave's, "the incident occurred on the boardwalk. The man was a transient, not in the bar, but on the boardwalk. We were the nearest phone to the incident, otherwise we weren't involved."

☆Original Post☆
Eureka Police are enroute to Steve and Dave's Bar in Eureka for a report of subject stabbed with a knife.

Update 12:25am - male victim bleeding from puncture wound to the chest.   5 suspect(s) left the area on foot.

Update 12:27am - medical crews on scene.   Victim concious and breathing.

EPD Press Release (at @12:55 this afternoon):

On 07/06/16, at about 12:18 a.m., Eureka Police Department officers were dispatched to a
reported stabbing that had just occurred at 1st and “C” streets. Officers arrived and located
an adult male victim sitting on a nearby bench. The victim had sustained what appeared to be
two stab wounds to the upper torso area. Medical aid arrived and the victim was soon
transported to a local hospital. No witnesses were located.
The victim told officers he was sitting on a bench in the C Street Market Square. A group of
five juveniles were setting off firecrackers nearby. The juveniles approached the victim and
asked if he “wanted some dynamite.” The victim said that he didn’t want any and some kind
of verbal altercation ensued between them. This was followed by a physical altercation
reportedly involving the victim and most, if not all, of the juveniles. During this time, one of the
juveniles apparently stabbed the victim twice with an unknown type weapon. The juveniles
then fled the scene, possibly eastbound on 1st street. Officers checked the area and were
unable to locate anyone matching the description of the suspects. The victim was released to
the hospital for treatment of his injuries which are not believed to be life threatening at this
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Eureka Police
Department at (707) 441-4060.

Derek Ray Johnson arrested early morning

Update: Derek Ray Johnson was arrested by Fortuna Police Department on July 6, 2016 at approximately 2:00 AM. Johnson was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Jul 5, 2016

Does Derek Ray Johnson sound familiar, here's why?

Does Derek Ray Johnson from Fortuna sound familiar, here's why:

Jul 18, 2015

Derek Johnson arrested in Samoa this morning is the same inmate who walked away from work crew

Derek Johnson just cannot stay out of trouble.

From the Fortuna Police Department:
On Saturday, at approximately 3:57 a.m., officers of the Fortuna Police Department were dispatched to the Patriot Gas Station, located at 3663 Rohnerville Road, for a reported burglary in progress. The reporting party stated that they were a neighbor and had observed two male subjects break the front glass door of the business, enter, and steal items from the business.
The reporting party's husband pursued both suspects on foot for approximately 50 yards. The suspects were located by officers as they attempted to hide in the tree line near North Loop Road.
Derek Ray Johnson (age 20) of Fortuna and Mason Boyd (age 20) of Eureka were arrested and found to be in possession of property stolen from the Patriot. Both were charged with burglary and possession of stolen property and booked into the Humboldt County Jail

Previous HCSO Release:

On 01-27-2015 at about 3:00 pm an inmate assigned to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility Cal-Trans crew walked away from the job site in Fortuna. The inmate was being supervised by a Humboldt County Correctional Officer.
The inmate's name is: Derek Ray Johnson age 20. Johnson is described as a white, male, 5-10, 170 lbs., brown eyes and brown hair. Johnson was last seen wearing, blue jeans, blue denim shirt with a white under shirt.
Johnson was serving a sentence for petty theft and drunk in public. Johnson was due to be released from custody on 02-15-2015.

HCSO Press Release:

On 07-18-2015, at about 2:20 A.M., the Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls from citizens residing on Samoa Ct. in Samoa, Ca.  They reported that a male subject wearing a sweatshirt and shorts, had been caught trying to break into residences in the area.  The subject had since jumped a fence and was thought to still be in the area.  Deputies responded to investigate.

When Deputies arrived they began searching the area, and one of the Deputies located a subject matching the description.  The subject was riding away from an address on North Bayview Ave., on a Razor Scooter.  When the Deputy attempted to contact the subject, he fled on the scooter.  The Deputy pursued the subject on foot.  The subject dropped the scooter and began running from the Deputy.  The Deputy was able to apprehend the subject a short distance away.

The subject was identified as Derek Johnson, 20, of Fortuna, Ca.  Deputies were able to confirm Derek was the same person who was seen trying to break into residences in the area.  They were also able to confirm the Razor scooter Derek had was stolen from a residence on North Bayview Ave.  Deputies learned Derek had multiple current probation records, including a Formal Felony Probation for burglary, as well as a Summary Probation for theft.

Derek was booked into the Humboldt County Jail for possession of stolen property, resisting or delaying an officer, and violating the terms of his probation.

Fortuna police looking for Derek Ray Johnson for alleged shooting in trailer park

On July 5, 2016 at approximately 2 pm, Fortuna Police Officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired within a trailer park located in the 300 block of North Fortuna Blvd.
Upon the arrival of officers, the investigation revealed that two adult males had been involved in a mutual physical fight regarding a dispute over money and property. The two involved parties separated after a short altercation and the suspect left the area.
A short time later, the suspect, identified as 21 year old Derek Ray Johnson of Fortuna, returned to the original scene of the fight, this time with a shotgun, and fired one shot at the victim as he was standing in the doorway of his residence. The victim narrowly escaped being struck by the shot and was able to flee the area to safety. Johnson, who is still outstanding, fled the area as well, after hiding the shotgun under another nearby trailer. The shotgun was located and collected as evidence.
Johnson was said to have left the area as a passenger in a dark green, older model 4 door sedan with a partial Ca. license plate 6CIO64_. Johnson is described as:
White Male, 5’ 10” tall, 170 lbs, Brown Hair, Brown Eyes and was last seen wearing a red ball cap.
Fortuna Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Johnson. Johnson is wanted for attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and armed robbery. Anyone with information regarding this case or the whereabouts of Johnson, is asked to contact the Fortuna Police Department at 707-725-755 or the WeTip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Westside Community honors one of my favorite EPD officers

Today, at the Eureka City Council meeting, Westside Community honored one of my favorite EPD officers, Ed Wilson.

In the photo, one of my favorite local community advocates, Heidi Benzonelli.

From Chief Mills tweet.

Scanner leads and press releases can be done by anyone; Quinton's death has affected the community, me and his loved ones and we deserve answers

Scanner follow up and press releases can be done by anyone.

Covering stories that affect the community actually involve knowing people, being out there and caring for those stories that are not headlines.

KutThroat Barber Lounge was a former advertiser. I still pursued this story. No one else has so far and it has been 6 days since the actual incident. It was still breaking news on Saturday and I immediately wrote about it as soon as I found out. I would have on Thursday or Friday but I was in court all day, both days. I wrote about it because it has affected my friends, me, my neighborhood.

Quinton is someone I knew and saw regularly in Old Town. He is important to many people, including me. His tragic death is important, whether drugs were found or not, because it is the loss of a life, a person loved by many and shows the havoc drugs have daily on this community.

It baffles me that there is no report to be located when a dead body is found in a local business in daylight and the death could be due to an alleged drug overdose.

Community members and neighboring businesses are still concerned why there was no report. I have still not heard back from the Coroner to confirm whether this was a death due to drug overdose.

There is a memorial this Sunday to honor him..

I was told that Quinton's partner, CeCi put these up outside KutThroat. It is still closed. There has been tension for a few months about "activity" around the business and people do not want this business reopened.

Rest in peace Quinton.

What actually happened was told to me over the last few days by a couple of anonymous sources. There are many versions of what happened on the scene before the medical personnel and police arrived and after.

Summary according to one bystander:

On Thursday, June 30, around 3:30, Quinton's partner CeCi showed up at KutThroat Barber Lounge, which is located in Opera Alley in Eureka. Quinton had not been at work for two hours and she was concerned. He often took his breaks and it was common knowledge where he went on those breaks.

Observers say a woman saw two men passed out on the floor in KutThroat Barber Lounge, the door was locked, she was screaming and crying. Nearby business and residents assisted. Eventually, Robert Blair, owner of KutThroat woke up and opened the door to the business. He "staggered out", another business owner tried to help him. The police arrived, locked the door where his dog was and cuffed him.

An effort by a citizen was made to give Quinton CPR. It was determined he was already dead. Broken rosary beads were on the floor, said another spectator, allegedly used to shoot up drugs.

The ambulance came and took Quinton away.

Update: I spoke with EPD Captain Steve Watson today and he did a quick search. There is no report associated with incident which could confirm if any drugs wete found at the location. Captain Watson said they are not allowed to release any medical information which is private. I do have unofficial, off the record information that Quinton died as a result of OD.

Jul 2, 2016

KutThroat Barber Lounge owner arrested for drunk in public, other allegations including drug overdose as reason for closure

KutThroat Barber Lounge owner Robert Blair was arrested for being drunk in public on Thursday.

There was a message on Blair's facebook page of a friend passing away and it is the same person mentioned by others passing away at the business. This was someone who lived and worked in Old Town. Very sad.

I have been unable to reach him since Thursday and have not heard back from him. He did call at 2:04 today, after this post, but did not leave a message.

I am in the process of verifying with EPD and the Coroner's office if this death was indeed due to a drug overdose in the business bathroom and if any drugs were discovered in the backroom of the business. The drug activity seems to be hearsay.

EPD Captain Brian Stephens is the only one around this weekend, while he had no knowledge of either, I will be checking with Captain Steve Watson and EPD officers covering that area and the Coroner on Tuesday, if I have not heard from them .

It is a weekend and a holiday weekend so reaching someone is challenging.

Some information is from neighboring businesses and people in the neighborhood, who prefer to remain anonymous, who saw sirens and an ambulance.

The business  has been closed since Thursday. Chances are that it will not re-open at the location.

Humboldt Bay Fire arrive at vegetation fire at the foot of T street and find a transient encampment on fire

At 12:55 P.M. today Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a reported vegetation fire at the Foot of T Street. Upon arrival, fire department personnel found a transient encampment on fire with citizens in the immediate area trying to extinguish the tent. At that point, there was approximately one-quarter of an acre of dry grass and brush burning. The fire was spreading slowly. Fire personnel told the citizens to evacuate the area as they were in immediate danger from the spreading fire.

Additional resources were ordered to the scene. The fire was contained on three sides by natural barriers, and fire crews improved a foot trail as a control line. Fire crews then managed the fire within the containment lines and removed unburned fuels. The fire was completely extinguished within approximately 1 ½ hours. There were no injuries at the fire and approximately three acres of grass and brush were burned.

Humboldt Bay Fire wants to remind everyone that campfires should never be left unattended. Only trained and equipped fire personnel should attempt to fight larger fires as fires can grow rapidly.

See the actual paperwork and read for yourself the settlement between HUMMAP and County of Humboldt

Settlement reached between HUMMAP and Humboldt County

In afternoon session, it was announced that an acceptable settlement was reached between HUMMAP and Humboldt County regarding the commercial medical marijuana ordinance.

HUMMAP Press Release:

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on January 26 adopted a commercial medical marijuana ordinance. The Humboldt-Mendocino Marijuana Advocacy Project (Hummap), which represents small outdoor marijuana growers, filed suit February 26 to block the environmental damage the ordinance will cause. On July 5 the Board of Supervisors voted to accept the settlement detailed below. The judge is the Honorable Dale A. Reinholtsen. Among other things, Hummap argued an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) should have been prepared.
What has the Hummap lawsuit accomplished? The County and Hummap have worked together to improve the situation in the following ways:

• The County agrees to allow no further modifications to the ordinance, or to accept permit applications past the established December 31 deadline, until a full EIR is prepared.

This represents little change over the pre-lawsuit status, as the County already had authorized an eventual EIR. The Director of Planning and Building, Rob Wall, said he will start work on it this summer. However, the EIR is now obligatory and in theory forms a wall against further environmental damage after December 31. This wall will only be as strong as its defenders.

This guarantees an important opportunity for environmental groups to step up to protect our local environment from the ravages of some marijuana farming. Hummap is well aware that a healthy industry depends on a healthy environment. As a trade group we saw it was necessary to make up for unacceptable lapses by environmentalists. The larger marijuana groups focused more on money, not ethics. As nearly all Humboldt citizens are aware, we have in marijuana by far the largest threat -and opportunity- to Humboldt County in many decades. The Hummap lawsuit calls out for much better vigilance by environmental groups.

Not only does the County now agree to take no substantive actions in regard to the ordinance, nor to renew it, prior to completion of an EIR, it also agrees to establish January 1, 2016, as the baseline for that EIR. Hummap views this baseline date as an important aspect of the settlement. 

Other matters:

• Hummap is very pleased the parties agreed to clarify the noise standard as measured at the property line. Noise is the by far loudest complaint from citizens about neighboring grows. The ordinance now makes clear that the 60 decibel limit in the ordinance includes all noise coming from the site, including generator noise. This is important because it is impossible to separate out which part of the noise is from the generator alone, and other associated sources of noise from the site may be offensive besides. The County also has agreed to adopt within 30 days a strong policy regarding generator noise affecting the Spotted Owl and the Marbled Murrelet. The policy will compel a 50 decibel limit measured near the generator.
• The County has agreed to adopt within 30 days a policy requiring that carbon credits must be purchased from a state-accredited source.

• Because of strong objections by Cal-Fire that they did not wish to be substantially involved in the permitting process, a work-around provision was added by which a Registered Professional Forester may recommend the 3-acre forestland exemption instead. Yet Cal-Fire is the final legal authority for these, thus political or legal changes at the state level may be necessary.

• The County and Hummap agreed to a list of minor and technical amendments to the ordinance. Many of the small flaws were spotted by Hummap. These flaws attest to the rush with which the ordinance was initially considered. There were also substantial corrections made to the acreage accounts, not only correcting errors but also harmonizing the Coastal and Inland sections of the ordinance. A definition of “Public Park” was added.
• The parties agreed that setbacks of cultivation operations from public parks important to wildlife should not necessarily be zero, and therefore provided that such setbacks will require a Special Permit in which neighbors may comment on the proposal.

Various large issues pertaining to the law could not be addressed in this settlement. They are issues that would have been addressed had the parties gone to court. Lawsuits are very expensive, and generally are reserved to wealthy individuals and organizations. Surely this is an unsurprising comment about our economic system.
Hummap was represented by Rachel Doughty of Greenfire Law, located in Berkeley. She was assisted by attorney Eugene Denson of Alderpoint and an anonymous Bay Area attorney. Humboldt County was represented by Jeffrey Blanck, County Counsel, and Natalie Duke and Joel Ellinwood, Deputy Counsel.
It tentatively appears that all the persons and organizations that financially supported our suit will be fully compensated. If you are contributor, we will appreciate hearing whether you prefer a refund or are contributing your share to Hummap. Our treasurer is Gil Gregori, 707-986-7787. Thank you.

The Hummap lawsuit had wide influence beyond Humboldt County, notably in Mendocino and Trinity. Hummap thanks the many concerned citizens and public officials who share our environmental concerns about the catastrophic Green Rush we all are experiencing. We can have a healthy future!