Aug 13, 2016

Just because there is no press release today does not mean our men and women in blue aren't sacrificing to keep you and me safe

Just because there have been no press releases does not mean our law enforcement has not been working hard to keep us safe today.

Thank you to all our law enforcement and other first responders who work every day; especially on weekends, sacrificing times with their loved ones, so we can be home, enjoy and relax.

Thank you.

Building and Planning Department's Steve Lazar hosting "get legit" event for cannabis compliance

Humboldt County Building and Planning Department's Steve Lazar is hosting this event.

More information from Supervisor Mark Lovelace on facebook:

The County's Cannabis Services Division will be holding workshops this Sunday (8/14) and next (8/21) for cannabis growers who have not yet registered with the County and want to learn more about the ordinance.  The workshops will be held at the County Planning Department, 3015 H St, from 1-5 pm, and the cost is $150.

Staff  will give an overview of the permit process, do a Q&A, and then work with attendees in small groups.  Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about their individual sites using the County's GIS database, and staff will provide hands on, individualized assistance to help attendees fill out and file their registration paperwork.

To reserve a spot, call the Cannabis Services hotline at 707-268-3795 or email

Remember: the registration deadline to be considered in "good standing" with the State is August 23rd, and the deadline to apply for permits is December 31st. Don't miss this chance to start coming into compliance before the window closes!

"We are not getting rich on this; this is not a situation where there is a mysterious envelope of cash."

In their post last week, Lost Coast Outpost made a big deal out of naming three "conservatives", in their opinion, out of a total of 846, property owners  leasing property or owned property where an existing grow or proposed grow was located.

They contacted Ben Shepherd and Neal McKenny but had no comment from Larry Doss.

I contacted Mr. Doss, who is a local businessman and real estate broker.

"In this case, it is just a lease," said Mr. Doss.
"This person wanted to lease and told me that they were going to do a medical grow. My tenant showed me a lot of documentation, from their consultant, Paul Gallegos. They assured me they were taking all the proper steps and were covered. "

"I thought this would be a good opportunity to learn and grow through the process so it would be helpful to future tenants," said Mr. Doss. "We are not getting rich on this; this is not a situation where there is a mysterious envelope of cash."

"They give us a check like any other tenant."

Larry Doss

                                Paul Gallegos

El Nino waves get a little too close to Councilmember Marian Brady

Councilmember Marian Brady at the Coast Guard station right now.

She posted on facebook, "Touring on bay side of station. Coasties behind me. El Nino waves came up to where I'm standing!"

PacOut Green Team cleans 300 lbs of garbage from Patrick's point in 60 minutes

PacOut green team that won an award on August 2 from Keep Eureka Beautiful did clean up at  Patrick's Point team today.

300 lbs of garbage in 60 minutes.

Eureka Natural Foods owner Rick Littlefield who was lucky enough to get SWAP and probation for his 5th DUI has not shown up today for his commit to jail date

Eureka Natural Foods Owner, Rick Littlefield who was lucky enough to plead out, get five years formal supervised probation and get SWAP for the 180 days in jail he was sentenced to, was supposed to show up and "commit to jail this morning" by 9 a.m.

He has not shown up. I just checked.

His license is suspended for 4 years. His license is restricted for 5 years. He had to pay $3,287 in fees and fines and a restitution fine for $300.

According to his probation report, he had 2 days actual credit and 2 days PC 4019 credit for a total of 4 days credit.

Littlefield told the probation department in his interview, "I am really sorry. I'll never do it again."
The probation officer said that Littlefield said this was a life changing event for him. Littlefield said his current participation in treatment has been very productive for him.

According to the probation report, Littlefield has been drinking alcohol since he was 16 years old. He is now 64 years old.

Had he been sentenced to prison, Littlefield would be eligible to serve the time at the local jail facility.

The probation report notes that circumstances of aggravation are that "the defendant's prior convictions are numerous" and "defendant was on probation when the crime was committed."

But then the probation goes on to say as factors in mitigation that "defendant's prior performance on probation was satisfactory."

The suggested prison term has a triad of "16-2-3"; and the suggested prison term was 3 years.

The reason for recommending probation.

"The defendant is a respected, productive member of the community. His continued problems with drinking and driving are not mitigated by his social and professional status. He indicated his current participation on treatment in treatment services have been helpful., and he was confident that he will put this behind him."

Jul 12, 2016

Eureka Natural Foods Rick Littlefield owner pleads no contest to one count in a plea, sentencing is on July 26

At his disposition and reset hearing, Eureka Natural Foods owner Rick Littlefield, plead out in his 5th DUI case. Visiting Judge Dennis Buckley accepted the plea.

The sentencing is scheduled for July 26.

According to the court records, Littlefield plead no contest to Count 1, VC23152 (a), driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of a felony DUI and admitted three priors.

Count 2 was dismissed as were the special allegations.

Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo prosecuted the case. Littlefield was represented by Mr. Patrik Griego.

Jun 15, 2016

Owner of Eureka Natural Foods is no longer an Eureka Rotary member

Rick Littlefield, owner of Eureka Natural Foods, who was recently arrested for his fifth DUI, is no longer an Eureka Rotary member.

Aug 12, 2016

Another bank robbery, another black handgun, suspect gets away

On August 12, 2016, at about 5:00 p.m., officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to a bank on the 1000 block of Fortuna Blvd in Fortuna for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.
The bank teller told officers that the suspect was in possession of a black handgun and demanded money. The suspect then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect is described as a White or American Indian male, about 5’10”. He was described as wearing a Black baseball hat with Giant Logo and Orange bill, dark colored sweatshirt, and armed with a black handgun.
Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to call the Fortuna Police Department at 707-725-7550 or the WeTip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Matthew Owen no longer running for Eureka City Council

From Matthew Owen, an email he just sent to the City:

"Pam -
For the past six months I have been actively attempting to recruit local citizens to step up and run for Eureka City Council.
Due to my busy work schedule, being Rotary Club President along with all my other commitments and the fact the two candidates came forward today, I hereby recind my candidacy."

Chet Albin has also withdrawn, according to the City Press Release.

So Heidi Messner is now the Councilmember elect for Ward 2.

As I was posting, this was confirmed by the City press release:

The following nominees have qualified for the ballot for offices of the City of Eureka, at the General 
Municipal Election to be held November 8, 2016. The nomination period for Ward 2 is now closed. 
Nominations will be accepted for Ward 4 until 5 P.M. on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. 
Please note that Matthew Owen and Chet Albin who had previously qualified for the ballot has 
withdrawn their nominations and will not appear on the ballot for Ward 2. 
Office of City Council – Ward 2
Heidi Messner
2602 “U” Street
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 442-1784
Office of City Council – Ward 4
John Fullerton
215 Boyle Drive
Eureka, CA 95503
(707) 444-3874
Allen McCloskey
2420 Wood Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Man who EPD took into custody in July 3 for being delusional and armed arraigned

Oscar Allen Davis was arraigned on three counts, one felony, two misdemeanors.

Count 1 Possession of a firearm under the influence; meth and shotgun. Count 2 Carrying a loaded firearm on one's person in a city. Count 3 drunk in public.

He pleaded not guilty. Public Defender's office was appointed for him; Ms. Meagan O'Connell was in court for the arraignment.

Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Shaffer was present for the People.

Visiting Judge Bob McNatt subbing for Judge Joyce Hinrichs.

Intervention is on September 29. Preliminary hearing on October 6.

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Jul 7, 2016

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

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.

Ward 2 race getting even more interesting, Faith Center's co pastor Heidi Messner

I was at Eureka City Hall checking in on Ward 2 candidates. Faith Center's co-pastor, Heidi Wilson Messner has put in her application for Ward 2.

Her signatures are being qualified by the Humboldt County Election's office. She has qualified.

Besides Jon Yalcinkaya, one other man picked up application papers. Jon has said he is not running, lets see if the other mystery man shows up by 5.

Only two candidates so far for Fortuna and for Rio Dell City Council

Dean Glaser and incumbent Tami Trent are two candidates so far that have qualified for Fortuna City Council. There are two seats and both are running unopposed.

This was just confirmed by Fortuna City Clerk Linda McGill.

Teisha Mechetti is one candidate has applied to run for Rio Dell City Council. Information for other candidates and who may qualify will be available on Monday morning, according to Rio Dell City Council staff.

Deadline to file is next Wednesday for Fortuna. End of today for Rio Dell.

Jul 25, 2016

AgDynamix's Teisha Mechetti wants to be on Rio Dell City Council

Teisha Mechetti, who has a business in Eureka, AgDynamix, wants to be on Rio Dell City Council.

See flyer below for issues Mechetti feels are important to the community.


Former City Councilmember and local businessman Chet Albin filed papers to run in Ward 2

I just spoke with Mr. Chet Albin and confirmed that he filed papers this morning to run for Ward 2.

As of 11:25, no one has turned papers in for Ward 2.

Deceased person in South Jetty incident identified as Gary Abena from Garberville

On August 11, 2016 at about 1:35 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a call reporting a boat in distress with four subjects possibly in the water near the South Jetty.

The Sheriff's Office, Cal-Fire, and the Coast Guard all responded to the scene. Three subjects were rescued from the water suffering from minor injuries and hypothermia. One subject was recovered and pronounced deceased at the scene.

The deceased person has been positively identified as Gary Floyd Abena, age 66 from Garberville, California.

Aug 11, 2016

Who is behind the LOCO boycott?

After yesterday's comments on the LOCO article with names of growers registering and applying for permits, some commenters suggested this boycott.

Today, this appeared.

In an emergency court order, Stephanie Pearlston asks for Josh Pearlston to get limited visitation; requests Marci Kitchen not be allowed near her minor child and why

Stephanie Pearlston's request for child custody, visitation and temporary emergency court orders filed on August 4 request that, effective immediately, (if granted) that the respondent Josh Pearlston only be allowed visitation on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and that "Marci Kitchen will not be present during visitation."

"That neither party shall make disparaging remarks about the other to or in presence of the minor child. Neither party shall discuss with or in the presence of the minor child court procedure or issues before the court."

Currently there is 50/50 visitation. Dissolution case is still pending.

In that three page declaration, Stephanie Pearlston says "I am saddened that I have to bring this request for emergency temporary orders to the Court's attention and request a temporary halt to our custodial schedule."

Then information about the Fortuna hit and run, the deceased minor girls, identifying Marci Kitchen as the mother of Kiya Kitchen is stated and Marci Kitchen as identified as "the live-in girlfriend of father herein, Josh Pearlston."

"What I have noticed over the last several weeks is that the father has been aloof regarding the above event. Although he is addressing he and Marci's legal needs he acts as if it will all "work out" and blow over.

She mentions one recent example as Josh and Marci wanting to take the minor child to Santa Cruz for a four day trip, during the first week of August, "only weeks after the death of Marci's child."

Stephanie Pearlston claims that Josh Pearlston is dismissive about her concerns of not wanting Marci Kitchen around his and her daughter.

She claims shortly after the death of Kiya Kitchen, Josh Pearlston admitted to her "he and Marci self-medicated taking narcotics (Valium and Xanax) to cope.

Aug 10, 2016

Stephanie Pearlston has filed an order in her domestic violence case to have a hearing on child custody and visitation

I first reported on Stephanie Pearlston's domestic violence prevention order against Josh Pearlston.

Since then Stephanie Pearlston has hired a private attorney, Mr. Michael Robinson and filed an order on August 4 regarding child custody and visitation. That hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on August 23.

Jul 26, 2016

Stephanie Pearlston also filed a Domestic Violence Prevention Order against Joshua Pearlston; this in 2015

There is a case management conference at 1:30 p.m. on August 22 in a family law case filed on August 26, 2015.

In this case, Stephanie Pearlston filed for a Domestic Violence Prevention order, with a minor child. She is the petitioner and the respondent is Josh Pearlston.

Fortuna Police Department and Humboldt County Task Force investigating alleged residential burglary and possible intentional fire

On August 11, 2016 at about 6:07 AM the Fortuna Police Dispatch Center received a report of a house (structure) fire on the 1300 block of Ross Hill Rd. Fire and Police responded to the scene and the Fire was extinguished by Fortuna Fire. The residence was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

The residents were contacted and responded to the residence. The subsequent investigation revealed that the residence had been burglarized and appears that after the burglary an intentional fire was set inside the residence. At this time it appears that several firearms and jewelry were stolen from the residence.

The Fortuna Police Department and Humboldt County Arson Task Force are investigating.

County releases deadlines for registering medical cannabis cultivation sites and deadlines for cultivation permit applications

As our community works to comply with new and complex state and local regulations relating to commercial cannabis cultivation, there are a few important dates coming up that you should be aware of.

Tuesday, Aug. 23
This is the deadline to register an existing medical cannabis cultivation site with Humboldt County to be eligible for “good standing”. Under California’s new Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), medical cannabis farmers who were in operation before January 1st will be eligible for priority processing for a state license when they become available, provided they were in good standing with their city or county. By timely registering and obtaining your Humboldt County permit you may be eligible for a “good standing” determination following review by the Humboldt County Sheriff, District Attorney, Agriculture Commissioner, and Division of Environmental Health, and successful completion of the permit process. To meet the deadline, registration submittals must be received, postmarked or delivered electronically by August 23rd.

Please note that registration is not the same as applying for a local permit. After completing the registration process, you will still need to apply for a cultivation permit with the county. Beginning in 2018, you will need a county permit and must have applied for a state license to legally operate a medical cannabis cultivation site in Humboldt County.

Saturday, Dec. 31st
This is the deadline to apply for a cultivation permit with the county. Following the recent passage of the landmark Commercial Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance (CMMLUO) this January, Humboldt County became the first county in the state to adopt comprehensive local regulations for commercial activities involving medical cannabis. With opportunities for local permitting and experience and expertise developed over decades, Humboldt County farmers are now at a unique advantage to be first in line when the state licensing process unfolds in 2018.

If you do not apply for a local cultivation permit by Dec. 31, you will not be able to apply for a local cultivation permit until after the county completes an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that studies the environmental impacts of commercial cannabis activity (including cultivation) in the county, and the Board of Supervisors enacts a new local ordinance allowing you to do so.

The EIR and legislative process can be time-consuming and controversial, sometimes taking years to complete. Having to wait until the EIR and new ordinance is done may cause delays as you transition your medical cannabis cultivation business to the legal marketplace. Cultivators are therefore encouraged to apply for a local permit by the end of the year.

If you have questions about the registration or permitting process, please contact the Planning & Building Department at 707-445-7446. You may also reach the Cannabis Services Division via the 24-hr Cannabis Hotline 707-268-3795 or by emailing:

Images of fire south of Laytonville

Cottage Farmer Cannabis Bill, one vote away from Governor Brown's desk

AB 2516, the “cottage farmer bill” was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today and is now one vote away from the Governor’s desk.  AB 2516 would create a new “cottage” cultivator license for anyone growing 2,500ft2  or less outdoors or 500ft2 or less indoors. 

Assemblyman Wood said, “California’s cannabis industry was built on the back of small farmers in my district.  As the industry gets set to explode into the mainstream economy it is crucial that we don’t let our small farmers get left behind”

Creating a special license designed for smaller operations allows the Department of Food and Agriculture, the agency tasked with developing licensure regulations, to consider these specialty farms independently from larger operations.  The hope is that the Department will make these licenses more affordable and create a viable means for small farmers to compete in an industry that is predicted to grow rapidly over the next several years.

AB 2516 will next be heard on the Senate Floor for a final vote before moving to the Governor’s office for approval

"After long and hard consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election for a final term"; in a very personal letter Melinda Ciarabellini explains why

An open letter to the residents of Eureka

Melinda Ciarabellini, Councilmember
City of Eureka, 4th Ward

As they Say About Local Politics – It’s Where the Rubber Meets the Road

It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve as your 4th Ward Eureka City Council member for the past six years. My term of office will end in November of this year. After long and hard consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election for a final term. I thank you for choosing me to represent you, the citizens in my Ward and in all of Eureka. Please know—those of you who are passionate about our city, its problems, solutions, and potential…those of you who have contacted me through emails, phone calls, Facebook messages, personal conversations— this was a difficult decision, made more so by your fervent support and encouragement. It involved days and weeks and months of careful and deliberate thought—you deserve no less. This, however, is the right decision at the right time for me and my family.

Today, in our country, there is a an understandable spotlight on national and state elections. They are important. They are very big deals—appealing or appalling, depending on your personal perspective. But it is at the local level, at the level of city and county elections and initiatives—this is where the rubber meets the road. Local government is one of the few places where citizens can have a direct voice in matters that affect their daily lives: policing and fire protection, water quality and street maintenance, parks and playgrounds and more, much more. The everyday elements of our lives —the routine parts that make up the whole, that may mean a good day or a bad one, that may support a healthy family or fail one that struggles—this is the business of the City. And, it is this special concentration on the specific, the normal, the ordinary that determines the quality of life of our friends, family and neighbors. This is what I will remember with pride and respect—advocating for the safety and security of our citizens and visitors while working with countless engaged and energetic Eurekans and a truly amazing City staff who are smart and innovative and who will continue to do the hard work behind the scenes.

It is fashionable for some to denigrate public service. I encourage the passionate, the energetic, the creative, the visionary, the caring to push back against this unproductive narrative. Run for public office. Participate. Step up. It will not be easy. After a long 33 year career in law enforcement and corrections dealing with people in crisis on a daily basis, responding to horrific crime scenes, managing stress and missing out on family events, I thought I had seen everything. In many respects I had but was still occasionally surprised by the decisions that would come before me as a City Council member, still unpleasantly reminded, all too often, of the politics that come with the territory. There is a steep learning curve and those considering running for Council or other public office must be prepared to do the work, know the history, meet with people who share your beliefs and those who don't and, at the end of the day, do what is in the best interest for the City of Eureka. It will be difficult and frustrating but I believe that it will be well worth your time and effort and yes, even worth the sleepless nights. It was for me.

It is impossible to overstate my appreciation for your allowing me to serve you as your Council member for the past six years. I am very proud to have been a part of the positive changes that have made our City a better and safer place to live, work and play. I will look forward to continued civic involvement in our shared lives, to working with you in other ways to better the city we all love. Thank you for your understanding. Thank you for your support and good wishes. Thank you, Eureka.

Aug 10, 2016

The secret to success, hapiness and freedom; thanks to all of you

Thank you to all my friends, my supporters, my colleagues and all who make what I do every day possible. I love waking up each day and living in this community.

I love what I do and I thank each and every one of you because you are a part of my journey and success.

Money is not success, freedom and independence and people who appreciate you is; and I am grateful.

Memeorial at Moonstone Beach for Brials McCutcheon, the alleged victim in the Pine Hill shooting

According to a social media post, there will be a memorial for Brials McCutcheon, the alleged homicide victim, in the Pine Hill shooting on August 16 at Moonstone Beach House at 1 p.m..

Matthew Owen just turned his papers in to run for Eureka City Council

Matthew Owen just turned in his papers to run for Eureka City Council.

As of 4:30 this afternoon, no one else had filed to run against Mr. Owen. Jon Yalcinkaya, who did take out papers, decided not to run for the seat, which is currently occupied by Councilmember Linda Atkins.

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Faith Center holds community yard sale to raise funds for human trafficking prevention education

Though just a small team of people, one local group is working to make a big impact in Humboldt County. E.P.I. (Empower. Protect. Invest) thinkSMALL Humboldt is holding a community yard sale to raise funds to bring human trafficking prevention education to local students.

The yard sale is being held at Faith Center Foursquare Church’s parking lot and cafĂ© on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will also include a raffle for several prizes. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase while shoppers browse the sale.

All funds raised will go towards purchasing licenses to bring the Prevention Project ( to local high school classrooms.

The E.P.I. thinkSMALL Humboldt team intends to provide the curriculum and teach all six, 45-minute lessons to local students at no cost to schools. Community members are encouraged to donate their gently used items ahead of the sale. Drop off items at Faith Center Foursquare Church on August 24 & 25, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. and on August 26, 2016 from 7 a.m.-12 p.m.

Stephanie Pearlston has filed an order in her domestic violence case to have a hearing on child custody and visitation

I first reported on Stephanie Pearlston's domestic violence prevention order against Josh Pearlston.

Since then Stephanie Pearlston has hired a private attorney, Mr. Michael Robinson and filed an order on August 4 regarding child custody and visitation. That hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on August 23.

Jul 26, 2016

Stephanie Pearlston also filed a Domestic Violence Prevention Order against Joshua Pearlston; this in 2015

There is a case management conference at 1:30 p.m. on August 22 in a family law case filed on August 26, 2015.

In this case, Stephanie Pearlston filed for a Domestic Violence Prevention order, with a minor child. She is the petitioner and the respondent is Josh Pearlston.

Josh Pearlston was sentenced in May 2011 for a case filed in March 2011.He was charged with using wireless phone while driving (not hands free). He was fined $159.

He was sentenced for another case later in 2009. Fined $ 270. Charge: exceeding maximum speed.

In July 21, 2009, he had another traffic/infraction case, which was "disposed before hearing" and records say it was a conviction. The last note was pay or appear on 11/20/09.

Second jury trial date confirmed for Charles Cole alleged with animal cruelty

Trial confirmation was scheduled for 2 p.m. this afternoon in the Charles Cole case. Dates were confirmed.

The first trial resulted in a mistrial.

Conflict Counsel's Mr. Kaleb Cockrum represents Cole. Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Schaffer is prosecuting the case.

Jul 29, 2016

Mistrial in Charles Cole alleged animal cruelty case

Mistrial in Charles Cole case today. Mr. Kaleb Cockrum who represents Cole said that 7 jurors were for guilty; 5 not guilty.

Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Schaffer is prosecuting the case. The case will be tried again. Trial confirmation is on August 10. Jury trial is on September 12.

CHP believes DUI a contributing factor in collision on Central Avenue

On the afternoon of Sunday, August 7, the driver of a Toyota 4Runner rolled his vehicle and sustained major injuries.

At approximately 2:13 p.m., 19 year old Brandon Phillip Spalino of McKinleyville was driving a 1992 Toyota 4Runner northbound on Central Avenue south of Picket road.  For reasons still under investigation Spalino failed to stop at a red light.  Spalino’s vehicle veered off the roadway where it collided into a wooden sign post and a large pine tree causing the 4Runner to roll onto its side.  Spalino suffered major injuries as a result of the collision and was transported to Mad River Community Hospital by Mad River Ambulance.  DUI is believed to be a contributing factor in this collision.

"The consulting firm acknowledged this was not the same as having a valid permit"; HCSO press release clarifies and provides details that challenge yesterday's spin reporting

On Tuesday, 08-09-2016 Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies assisted by Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) eradicated several open field marijuana gardens located in the Blocksburg area.

Prior to yesterday’s marijuana eradications, deputies conducted aerial reconnaissance in the Blocksburg area of Humboldt County on Wednesday, 08-03-2016.  Deputies located what appeared to be a large open field marijuana cultivation operation on a parcel of property. Deputies through their investigation learned the owners name for the parcel of property.
The deputy then contacted the owner of the parcel via telephone on the evening of 08/03/2016.The owner of the property advised the deputy he was leasing his property. The owner of the property advised the deputy the subject leasing his property was growing marijuana. The owner said the subject leasing his property had advised him he had obtained the necessary permits from the County of Humboldt to cultivate marijuana on the property.

The deputy then checked the weekly cannabis data extracts emails obtained by the Sheriff’s Office, regarding, CMMLUO permit application process. The deputy discovered that a subject leasing the property from the owner had submitted two “Activity Registration Forms” on 07/28/2016 regarding the above listed parcel.

This is the lowest form of reporting, and submission of this form does not constitute a permitted cultivation operation. The form states, “The self-reported data from the cannabis registration forms is incomplete and not verified. Some parcel numbers provided are inaccurate or do not exist. Operation descriptions and business locations are not verified. Submittal of a registration form does not mean the operator has applied for required permits. User assumes all risk for use of data other than display.”

Per the request of the property owner the deputy met with him at his residence on 08/04/2016 to discuss the situation and answer his many questions. At this time the owner of the property signed a consent to search form, and provided the deputy with a gate key and combination code for all gates located on his Blocksburg properties. The owner of the property stated based on his many conversations with the subject leasing his property he was under the impression that the marijuana cultivation operation was legitimate. The owner of the property urged the Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit to eradicate all marijuana plants if it was determined the cultivation operation was not legitimate.

The Deputy also met with an employee with a consulting firm, who had been hired by the person who was leasing the property. The consulting firm stated they had been hired to assist with the county permit process. The consulting firm acknowledged this was not the same as having a valid permit.
The deputy attempted to contact the subject who was leasing the property via telephone; however no contact was made. The deputy left a voice message on the telephone requesting correspondence regarding this investigation. The deputy spoke with the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department via telephone regarding the cultivation operation. They confirmed no permit had been issued at that time.

On Tuesday, 08/09/2016 Officers responded to the Blocksburg property and contacted several subjects on the property. The subjects were detained in handcuffs. Officers located and eradicated over 3300 growing marijuana plants on the parcel. Both subjects advised they were under the impression the operation was legitimate; however they confirmed they had not yet obtained a valid permit.

The subjects detained did not know how many marijuana plants were currently being cultivated on the property, or how much product would be obtained from the plants. The subjects stated all marijuana was being grown for medical purposes, and would be donated to a non-local dispensary.
They also confirmed they did not have the proper permits regarding the grading and land diversion he had already implemented on the property. The subjects could not provide a viable answer for where he was obtaining the water he was utilizing at the marijuana cultivation site. The subjects advised he employed numerous employees at the cultivation site; however they refused to identify anyone by name.

 The deputy asked the subjects if it was a coincidence that they submitted their application the day after the Sheriff’s Office flew over his marijuana grow in a helicopter. The subjects stated it was not a coincidence, and that they submitted the application because they assumed Law Enforcement would be responding to the property and he wanted to appear legitimate.
Based on the subject’s inability to provide documentation in the form of a valid Commercial Cannabis Permit, as well the deputies observations while on scene, all marijuana plants on the property were eradicated. The subjects were then released from the scene after the deputies were finished with their investigation.

Sheriff Downey would like to reassure those seeking a valid permit or involved in the permitting application process that this incident was unique in many ways. In the past few weeks the Sheriff’s eradication team has verified and walked away from those cultivation sites that have been permitted or were in the application process with proper documentation. The Sheriff’s Office continues to respect the application ordinance process and is working diligently with the planning department to verify the status of those who have applied for permits.

The Sheriff will continue to aggressively pursue those who cultivate marijuana outside the confines of the Humboldt County Medical Marijuana Ordinance. As a reminder the cultivation of marijuana in the State of California is a felony and prosecutable by the District Attorney’s Office. Medical Marijuana is a defense only in regards to cultivation that is why it is imperative that those utilizing the Medical Marijuana ordinance have proper documentation.

It is acknowledged by those involved in the crafting and implementation of the Humboldt County Ordinance that there would be period of time where discretionary judgement would prevail. The Sheriff’s Office also encourages those interested in seeking a medical marijuana permit, issued by the County of Humboldt, to do so. Law Enforcement will continue to work with the planning department to insure applicants are in compliance with the Humboldt County Ordinance.

EPD search warrant in Mckinleyville results in one arrest; more anticipated

On August 9, 2016, the Eureka Police Department's Problem Oriented Policing Unit and Criminal Investigations Unit served a Search Warrant on the 1300 block of Haven Lane in McKinleyville. This warrant service was the result of an investigation into narcotic trafficking within the City of Eureka.

During a search of the residence, officers located approximately 357 grams (12.6 oz.) of methamphetamine, 189 grams (6.7 oz.) of cocaine, a loaded semi-automatic pistol and $2300.00 cash.

**For context purposes, a "hit" of either drug equals approximately .10 of a gram.**  

Juan Angulo-Lugo (24) was arrested at the scene and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for: Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale, Possession of Cocaine for Sale and Possession of a Firearm While Possessing Methamphetamine and Cocaine for Sale.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional arrests are anticipated.

Petrolia man shot yesterday has half a million dollars in bail after being arrested for attempted homicide

On 08-09-2016 at 5:28 p.m. Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Deputies and BLM Officers responded code-3 to a report of a male subject, who had been shot in the leg at a BLM campground in Petrolia. When deputies arrived on scene at the BLM campground located at the mouth of the Mattole River they gathered the following information from citizens:

A 31 year old male citizen had dialed 9-1-1 to report he shot a man, later identified as 50 year old Patrick Michael Harris in the knee after an altercation at the BLM campground in Petrolia.  The citizen reported Harris had attacked a female victim with a piece of rebar and he was forced to shoot Harris in the leg.  The citizen reported that he was unable to remain on scene and provided dispatch with all of his contact information.

Deputies interviewed several witnesses and the female victim, the following is a summary of their investigation:  Harris was acting bizarre and approached the female victim.  Harris asked her if she was ready to die.  At some point Harris got behind the female and started to choke her with the rebar. The female feared for her life and thought she was going to die.

The male citizen who witnessed Harris attack the female stated he intervened to protect her and was forced to shoot Harris. The citizen's action likely saved her life or at least prevented further harm. Citizen's then detained Harris until deputies arrived. The female victim declined medical attention, but did sustain significant facial injuries. Humboldt County Sheriff Office Detectives were called out to take over the investigation.

Harris received a non-life threatening bullet wound to his leg and was transported via ambulance to a local hospital. Harris is currently in custody and will be transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility when he is medically cleared by the hospital. Harris is in custody for attempted homicide. Harris's bail is $500,000 dollars. 

"That farm in Blocksburg was not permitted. They submitted registration paperwork only."

Regarding yesterday's Blocksburg pot form "raid" or "enforcement" depending on your perspective, according to a source, "That farm in Blocksburg was not permitted.  They submitted registration paperwork only."

I called HCSO for comment and was told a press release will be out later today.

Aug 9, 2016

U.S. Coast Guard or EPD and Humboldt Bay Fire, which softball team will you cheer for?

August is US Coast Guard Month in the City of Eureka. Please join the City of Eureka in celebrating the US Coast Guard at the annual Coast Guard vs. Eureka Police and Humboldt Bay Fire softball game.

The game will be held on Friday, August 12th beginning at 4 P.M. at Kennedy Field in Eureka. The public is invited to attend the game and barbeque to celebrate the men and women of the US Coast Guard.

Supervisor Rex Bohn has agreed to be the announcer and Humboldt Bay Harbor Commissioner Richard Marks will umpire the game.

Did LOCO forgot to add that the pot farm raid story is about a client of their advertiser?

Green Road Consulting whose ad appears today on the same page as this "article" which I noticed while looking at the page.

Robin Collins of Green Road Consulting

The same Green Road that has sponsored content on LOCO in the past, gets no mention in the "article" about the farm that got raided which is a client of one of their advertisers?

Why this raid and not the same follow up on others?

These are only two examples of sponsored content by Green Road Consulting.

Charges not filed in the case of the Fortuna dentist who allegedly practiced without a license since DA has not received any police reports

No charges have been filed on the  Fortuna dentist who allegedly practiced without a dental license. District Attorney Maggie Fleming said that no police reports have been received from the Fortuna Police Department.

Dr. Michael Eshghipour, took over for retired dentist, Dr. Robert Parks at Eel River Dental.

Eshghipour was reported to the State Dental Board, the Humbolt County District Attorney's office and local law enforcement.

"When we are ready we will put out a press release" says CHP; DA's office has not received police reports yet on Kitchen case

Today, CHP Officer and PIO Cy May sent the following response to the questions in my post from yesterday.

"When we are ready we will put out a press release."

Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming also responded via email, "we do not have the police reports on that case yet."

Aug 8, 2016

If Marci Kitchen shows up to the restraining order hearing next week, will she be taken into custody?

Due to the number of calls and emails on follow up to the Fortuna hit and run case, I sent the following questions to CHP and the Humboldt County DA's office this afternoon.

When investigation is forwarded to the DA's office, will there be a press release?

2. Has any information been released to the DA's office?

3. If Ms. Kitchen shows up to the restraining order hearing next week, will she be arrested?