Aug 20, 2016

Jazz Night benefit for the Equity Alliance of the North Coast at Trinidad Town Hall

Jazz night benefit with Paula Jones, Tim Randall and others will perform next Saturday, August 27, 8 to 10 p.m at the Trinidad Town Hall.

This is a  benefit concert for the Equity Alliance of the North Coast. A project dedicated to forming communities where
everyone can feel at home.

$15.00 donation suggested. Trinidad Coastal Land Trust
will serve beverages.

Aug 19, 2016

HCSO nabs bank robbery suspect Harwood McCovey at a local casino

Captain Steve Watson's tweet:

"BREAKING NEWS-EPD has just learned bank robbery suspect Harwood McCovey is now custody. Sheriff's Office got him at a local casino on a tip!"

Earlier post:

Facebook video shows law enforcement pleading with Fulton to come out, assuring he would not be harmed

I got a link with just the part towards the end of the situation.

Since this is probably not the only video and certainly not authenticated or complete, I have linked the other video which is public.

The video towards the end of the situaton is about 25 minutes long. It's late at night. You can see David Fulton's apartment. The video starts out with the PA system and a male voice saying, "Put your hands up, you wont be harmed."

Silence, then "Come out with your hands in the air, you will not be harmed."

No response.

"Don't be afraid, we are not going to harm you."

 Audio is hard to decipher at times, harder when the person taking the video talking during the recording.

Female voice saying, "I'm glad my daughter is sleeping." One of the facebook videos has the exact same comment.

"This guy is not coming out," this after hearing law enforcement plead with Fulton to come out, repeatedly, assuring him in a calm voice, he will not be harmed.

Except for lights in the apartment, the stairwell is dark.

These are the video links by Samantha Crutchfield who publicly posted it on facebook.

I think it is important to see what his neighbors went through.

Photo from Samantha Crutchfield's page:

Assault or justifiable homicide? Humboldt Hill shooting suspect out of custody, jury trial coming up

Jury trial for Brian Swan is scheduled for August 29. Trial confirmation is August 26.

He was released on bond on 5/23

Call EPD if you see Harwood Francis McCovey; Shasta County also looking for him

The Eureka Police Department has been investigating a string of Bank robberies which have occurred over the past several weeks. As a result of this investigation, a person of interest has been identified. The Eureka Police Department is seeking the following subject, Harwood Francis McCovey (31 years old of Hoopa, CA). McCovey is further described as an Indian male adult, 6-01", 190 lbs., brown hair, and brown eyes.

McCovey is not only a person of interest in the Eureka Police Department's investigation, there is also an active arrest warrant for robbery out of Shasta County Superior Court for McCovey.       

McCovey is considered armed and the public is advised not to attempt to contact or detain McCovey themselves, but are urged to call the police immediately if they observe him. Anyone with information regarding the possible location of McCovey is urged to contact the Eureka Police Department at 707-441-4044 or contact Senior Detective Ron Harpham at (707) 441-4300. 

John Bullwinkel pleads to lesser charges of annoying or molesting a minor instead of second trial

John Bullwinkel's second jury trial was continued until August 22 due to his defense attorney's schedule.

Instead the case resolved this morning. Counts 1, 3, 5 and all special allegations were dismissed. Bullwinkel plead to a lesser charge of Counts 2 and 4, annoying or molesting a child under 18. He has to register as a sex offender for life. He was also served with a protective order to stay away and have no contact with Jane Doe 1 and 2.

He  is on three years probation.

Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett said "the primary motivation" for the pkea was the victims and their mother's desire not to go through a second  trial, move forward with their life and get closure.

Because this is Bullwinkel's first offense at age 51 and because he has no prior criminal history, counseling was not mandated.

Bullwinkel was served with a protective order in court.

Aug 18, 2016

Coroner determines death of 52 year old Redway woman was homicide, not suicide

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at about 9:40 a.m. Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs responded to the 100 block of Redway Drive in Redway for a report of a deceased subject. It was initially reported to law enforcement as a possible suicide. A Deputy and Coroner arrived on scene and observed a deceased female with what appeared to be a gunshot wound lying down. The Coroner determined the death was not a suicide. Detectives arrived on scene and are investigating this incident as a homicide.
The female decedent was approximately 52 years old. The Sheriff’s Office will release her name once next of kin has been notified.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Jen Turner at (707) 268-3642 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Man who fled from Sheriff's Sergeant had a no bail felony warrant for four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor

On 08/18/2016 at 10:09 a.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant contacted illegal campers at a site in the wooded area near 987 Redwood Drive, Garberville.

The Sergeant contacted two subjects who were found to be trespassing on private property.  One of the subjects was identified as Marcus Allen Asbury (age 26).  The Sergeant knew that Asbury is a wanted fugitive who has a felony warrant for his arrest.  When attempting to place Asbury under arrest, he resisted, and a Taser deployment was ineffective.  Asbury fled down a steep canyon and the Sergeant discontinued his pursuit.  Asbury made his way to Highway 101 and was last seen running towards the Sprowel Creek overpass.  Officers from the California Highway Patrol responded for assistance and canvassed the area.  Officers were unable to locate Asbury and he remains outstanding. 

Asbury is described as a white male adult, 5’7”, 150 lbs., short brown hair, and blue eyes.  Asbury was last seen wearing black shorts and a white tee-shirt.  Asbury currently has a local no-bail felony warrant that includes four counts of violation of PC 261.5(c); unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.  Asbury also has an extraditable warrant from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office for resisting arrest and providing false identification to a peace officer.

Supervisor Bass, DA Maggie Fleming, Undersheriff Honsal, Chief Mills, Chief Gillespie to speak at Senator McGuire's Town Hall Meeting

State Senator Mike McGuire is excited to announce that an all-star panel of speakers have been confirmed for his annual Humboldt County Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Eureka High School and the evening will be packed with great conversation and community updates.
The interactive Town Hall meeting will be an opportunity to discuss and receive updates on some of the top issues facing Humboldt County and all Northern California residents.

Ramone's at the airport open for coffee, food, beer and wine

Humboldt County Airport Manager Emily Jacobs said, "Ramone's Bakery & Cafe is a great addition to the airport.  It's good for passengers and the community.  Berit and Brian have made a beautiful spot.  You don't have to be flying to enjoy the newest Ramone's location, it's a great spot to enjoy a meal and parking is free.  Special thank you to Supervisor Bass for helping to move this project forward."

Fourth District Supervisor Virginia Bass checked out the new Ramone's at the airport. The official ribbon cutting is on August 25.

 "My 1st cup of coffee at the new Ramones at the California Redwood Coast- Humboldt County Airport‼️Yay‼️ They open at 5 AM for all of you earlybird flyers and they also have food to go.... And don't forget they have beer and wine 🍷🍺"

David Fulton at one point called 911 told law enforcement to go home, he was not coming out

A press conference was held this morning in the Humboldt County Jail briefing room regarding the McKinleyville standoff.

Sheriff Mike Downey told the media that he chose to have the press conference "here rather than the scene since the incident has wrapped up."

There will be more information later in the day and tomorrow via press releases.

"I would have hoped for a different outcome," said Sheriff Downey, "but we don't have control over all aspects."

Sheriff Downey recapped the timeline, some of which has been shared in various coverage but what was new was details that happened during the day, efforts that were made, until the discussion came to a standstill around 7 p.m. HCSO was prepared to wait it out but at 1 a.m. events took a different and Sheriff Downey described what led to the suspect being detained. Fulton was "declared deceased at 2 a.m."

Sheriff Downey said that "dialogue started to crumble" around 7 p.m. Fulton would not answer the phone. His "significant other" would not answer the phone.

Fulton called 911 and told dispatch, "I'm not coming out, your people need to leave. We couldn't leave; shots had been fired."

Stand off in Mckinleyville over, suspect deceased, name revealed on facebook

No official release but Operation Safe Streets reported fire units on the way.

After almost 18 hours, the standoff is over.

Kudos to North Coast News , KIEM, Kym Kemp and Mad River Union, all who had reporters on scene for the entire standoff.

A press conference is scheduled for 9 a.m in Eureka.

North Coast News was on scene.

KIEM had this live video which features HCSO Captain Kym Thompson.

Kym Kemp had a reporter on scene and with scanner traffic describes the progression. According to her post, standoff ended at 3:10 a.m. with suspect detained.

Excerpt from Kym's site:

"UPDATE 3:10 a.m.: Law enforcement tells reporters that the suspect is deceased. The officer states that while a woman was being escorted from the residence the suspect opened fire at the officers out the window. “We returned fire,” the officer said.
The suspect lit some things on fire at that time, the officer explained. Firefighters fought it from the rear. The suspect began shooting at officers. They returned fire, the spokesperson stated. The man was detained, medical was called and the man was pronounced deceased.
Sutter Road is still closed and will be for some time as evidence is processed."

According to Mad River Union, the woman who exited the residence was "Carol", the suspect's significant other. Sheriff Mike Downey is holding a press conference at 9 a.m.

According to a facebook post by a relative, she identified the man as David Fulton. Social media is how some of the family found out about this loss.

Aug 17, 2016

Hoopa tribe and community members headed out to support the protest of the Dakota pipeline

15 people including Hoopa tribe members headed out tomorrow to support the protest of the Dakota Pipeline.

Linda Atkins, Neal Latt and others in City Hall lobby trying to get signatures in for a new candidate in Ward 4

I am City Hall right now. In the lobby, there is Linda Atkin, Neal Latt, and others in the City Hall are getting signatures for a new candidate for Ward 4. First name Austin Allison.

He works at St. Joes. Allen McCloskey was with him. He took my business card and said he will email a written statement later.

Papers turned in at 4:59 p.m. 30 signatures. Qualifications will be checked right now, Humboldt County Elections is,staying open late.

Councilmember Kim Bergel was also there. I did not see Councilmember Natalie Arroyo but according to Ryan Burns' photo on LOCO, you can see Councilmembers Bergel and Arroyo's signatures.

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 Wards 2 and 4 is now
closed. Please note that Allen McCloskey who had previously qualified for the ballot has withdrawn his
nomination and will not appear on the ballot for Ward 4.
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
Austin Allison
1602 Hodgson Street
Eureka, CA 95503
(209) 450-5776
(Mr. Allison has submitted his nomination papers to the City of Eureka. The County Election’s Office is
verifying those signatures and will be notifying the City in the morning if Mr. Allison qualifies for the 4th Ward.

This morning, according to a City press release, Austin Allison qualified.

Allen McCloskey's lists of endorsers includes Bill Pierson, Richard Salzman, Linda Atkins and Chris Kerrigan

(From twitter)

Was it just "health issues" as stated in his LOCO "exclusive"? that he dropped out of the race this afternoon?

A glance at the 20 signatures in the papers filed by Allen McCloskey filed with Eureka City Council, the names don't jump out, seems like ordinary citizens.

His list of endorsers are more revealing. These are just some of the names:

Bill Pierson
Mike Wilson, Humboldt County Board of Supervisors
(Mike Wilson is not currently a Supervisor)
Humboldt Democrats
North Coast People's Alliance
Northern Humboldt 4 Bernie
Chris Kerrigan
Linda Atkins
Richard Salzman
St. Joseph Union Workers
Labor Council
Sylvia Scott

Also, for a progressive gay man, shouldn't he be using the term Councilmember instead of Councilman?

Allen McCloskey listed as homeowner of an address not in Ward 4; his address on the papers filed by the City is a property in foreclosure

(From Twitter)

Allen McCloskey in papers filed with the City lists his address as 2420 Wood Street. Since my last post, I have still not heard back from Mr. McCloskey. He has dropped out as of this afternoon.

Read the previous post.

Then, look at the documents below.

Allen Don McCloskey is listed as a home owner of 1281 Allard Avenue at the Humboldt County Assessors Office. That address is not in Ward 4.

He listed 2420 Wood Street as his address with the City, and was qualified by the Humboldt Election Office at that address. The 2420 Wood Street property is owned by Justine Trepanier and denise Maciel and is in foreclosure.

He also has to live at the 1281 address to get a homeowner's exemption of $7,000. I have that documentation as well.

Is filing lawsuits a pattern for Allen McCloskey?

(From Twitter)

Allen McCloskey, who has filed papers as a candidate for Ward 4 for Eureka City Council made the news when he filed a lawsuit, against St. Joseph's hospital. He has dropped out as of this afternoon.

That is not the only court information on Mr. McCloskey. He has three traffic cases, two for unsafe driving and one for exceeding the speed limit. He paid fines of $20 for one case; $49 for another and $370 for the third case.

He filed five cases; one harassment and four temporary restraining orders against different people. I am not listing their names. two cases have "disposition undefined"; and three were dismissed "due to lack of prosecution."

So, Allen McCloskey dropped out of the Ward 4 race, was his only reason as stated in Lost Coast Outpost?

So, Allen McCloskey dropped out of the Ward 4 race, was his only reason as stated in Lost Coast Outpost?

Read the  3 posts above, that I still think are informative and relevant . Been busy all day, I was going to post these earlier.

Suspect in Mckinleyville standoff a client of Mental Health Services

The alleged suspect is a client of Mental Health Services and they are trying their best to resolve the situation peacefully.

HCSO is  negotiating with the suspect. He is still barricaded in his apartment.

Restraining order against Marci Kitchen dismissed without prejudice; parties arrived "at a resolution"

Today, at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 6 is the hearing for the domestic restraining order Joe Kitchen filed against Marci Kitchen. A temporary restraining order had been granted in July which included visitation restrictions.

Yesterday, I did a post on whether Ms. Tracey Rain was hired by Joe Kitchen. Mr. Benjamin Okin is representing Marci Kitchen. She is not. Joe Kitchen has hired Mr. Dustin Owens.

Both attorneys said " no comment."

Aug 8, 2016

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

Public access computers back online; Probation order for Littlefield filed yesterday

Sometimes it takes a blog post to get things moving.

I will have an update on Rick Littlefield later.

EPD cars with sirens going down Fifth and H

EPD cars with sirens going up Fifth and H streets in Eureka...reports of active shooter near Central and Sutter.

Suspect who allegedly shot at an apartment manager's office then shot at deputies who responded to the scene; he then retreated into his apartment. Location Redwood Creek apartment.

Undersheriff William Honsal made a brief statement to press on the scene. He is not talking any more questions at the moment.

 HCSO's Selena Zorilla-Mendoza said that currently residents are being evacuated to the shelter and  HCSO will release information throughout the day. No reports of any injuries.

From HCSO:

At approximately 0900 hours this morning the Sheriff's Office received a call of shots fired at the Redwood Creek Apartments on Sutter Rd in McKinleyville. Deputies arrived on scene and set a perimeter around the apartments. The suspect emerged from his apartment and shot at the deputies. The deputies returned fire and the suspect retreated into his apartment. The suspect has barricaded himself in his apartment. Deputies were not injured during this engagement.
Crisis negotiators and Mental Health are on scene along with CHP, EPD, APD, State Parks, and the HCSO SWAT team has been deployed.
Residents in the area please shelter in place. The Sheriff's Office is in the process of evacuating residents, but do not evacuate without being contacted by law enforcement.

McKinleyville Resdents:
Sutter Rd from Central Ave to Park Rd will be closed to traffic due to a active shooter/barricaded subject at Redwood Creek Apt.
Residents in the area will receive notification to shelter in place.

HCSO holding press conference right now. Undersheriff William Honsal said suspect has not communicated since he retreated into his apartment.

KIEM's Sierra Jenkins doing a great job covering this live. Linking KIEM videos.

Aug 16, 2016

Nick Johnson, who shot at DA investigators in a standoff arraigned for jury trial today

Nick Johnson was arraigned on information this afternoon in Courtroom 5 for his jury trial for his alleged role in the  murder of David Ganfield.

Count 1 Murder, with special allegation using deadly and dangerous weapon, a bat.

Count 2 First degree Burglary, person present.

Deputy District Attorney David Christensen was present for the People. Mr. Neal Sanders represents Johnson.

Trial confirmation is on November 3. Jury Trial is on November 14.

His co-defendant Jonas Semore has already been convicted  by a jury and is set to be sentenced on September 15.

SWAP blows off, gives no response regarding Rick Littlefield; Probation Chief Officer provides detailed information

Chief Probation Officer Bill Damiano (in the middle). Photo I took at the Adult Drug Court Ceremony.

I called SWAP yesterday and left a message. Today, I emailed Humboldt County Correctional Facility's Lt. Luna getting no response from SWAP again. I also emailed Probation Officer William Damiano. I asked this question:

What happens now? He did not show up for his commit date to jail on 8/13.
I left a message for SWAP. Since it is a condition of his probation, who follows up?
As of yesterday, he was not in custody. Since public access computers are down, I cannot check anything.

It's bad enough probation was recommended for a man with 5 duis, the last one committed while he was on probation, according to the probation report. Mr. Damiano?"

Mr. Damiano responded via email. I thank him for his lengthy and informative response.

"Hi John,

I am sorry, but I am not at liberty to release any case-specific compliance/non-compliance information to the media - our case notes are considered part of the court record and cannot be released/inspected without the Court specifically ordering it (Penal Code Section 1203.10).  If Probation files a Petition to Revoke Probation, that information may be included in its body and would be available to you or the public through the Court Clerk’s Office (Penal Code Section 1203.05).  That would be the extent to what I could share on a particular case.

Crescent City man gets 7 year stipulated plea for voluntary manslaughter even though the killing was "at the hands of another"

On July 1, 2016, Samuel Hawken, 32 years old of Crescent City, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and to assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and stipulated to a 7-year prison term. He was sentenced August 16, 2016.

The convictions stem from an incident on December 1, 2013, when Mr. Hawken and Josh Sherer, 32 years old of Eureka, went to a residence in Eureka to confront the people who lived there. Mr. Hawken brought a baseball bat while Mr. Sherer carried pepper spray. The two attacked the homeowners, who fought back. Mr. Hawken ran out of the home while Mr. Sherer was caught and held down until police arrived. Humboldt County Sherriff’s Deputies discovered upon their arrival that Mr. Sherer was unconscious from being held down. He was later pronounced dead; an autopsy revealed asphyxiation as the cause of death. District Attorney Maggie Fleming explained that, “When a person engages in a dangerous, provocative act and a death results, he or she may be held criminally responsible even if the actual killing was at the hands of another.”

"Getting caught while nodding off on heroin in the drivers seat of a running car = bad day for you & good day for us!"

EPD Captain Steve,Watson's tweet caption for this photo.

This was his followup tweet:

@SWatsonEPD Using heroin earned this pot peddler a trip to the county jail and the loss of 10 pounds of processed marijuana today.

Autopsy on Saturday for Brials McCutcheon confirms cause of death was a gunshot

HCSO press release will be out shortly.


On Saturday, August 13, 2016 an autopsy was performed on decedent Brials McCutcheon. The autopsy report confirmed Brials died from a gunshot wound.
The Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public in solving this homicide. If you have information in regards to this homicide please contact Detective Peterson at (707) 268-3663 or Sgt. Freese at (707) 268-3639.

Answer to the post at 2:51 last night about HCSO on Myrtle; felon Travis Lee Morgan rearrested

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 1:24 a.m. Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs observed wanted felon Travis Lee Morgan Jr. riding a bicycle without bicycle lights on Myrtle Ave near Spear St in Eureka.  Deputies attempted to stop Morgan but Morgan resisted Deputies and fled into the nearby brush.  Deputies set up a perimeter and repeatedly requested Morgan to surrender.  Morgan refused and burrowed further into the brush.  Deputies eventually apprehended Morgan and found him to be in possession of burglary tools.     

Morgan was arrested and taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest, not having a bicycle light, and his outstanding warrants.  Morgan’s warrants were for kidnapping, threatening to commit a crime, being a felon in possession of a firearm, having a prior serious felony conviction, transportation of marijuana a for sales, and possession of marijuana for sales.  His bail was set at $260,000.

Did Joe Kitchen hire Tracey Rain as his lawyer for the restraining order/custody hearing?

Sometimes walking down the hallway on the second floor, you stumble on a possible scoop?

I saw Marcia's Kitchen's attorney, Mr. Benjamin Okin speaking with Ms. Tracey Rain, who practices family law. What got my attention was Ms. Rain saying, "Why can't she show up?" then seeing me, Mr. Okin indicated to Ms. Rain they should talk privately. Which I understand. I gave them time to walk away before checking the public computer access room since where they were standing close by to that room.

I don't remember all the conversation but I heard enough to guess the her is most likely Marcia Kitchen.

Joe Kitchen did not have an attorney as of last week when I was able to check the computer.

If the public access to court computers was working, I could check more information and verify this directly but they have been down for a week, working intermittently, and not all for the last two days. And today, they wouldn't even answer the door at court tech. It's been a week and a half.

They know it is a security certificate issue but have not been able to fix it yet. Bail companies, background checkers, the public use these computers and it is more than a minor inconvenience.

The file is with the Judge so I cannot look at it.

I did check with the clerk's office on I street about the Kitchen case. No attorney on record has been filed yet for Joe Kitchen but maybe that will happen at tomorrow's hearing.

HCSO doing "active, ongoing investigation" on death of Brials McCutcheon

I contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff's office today to follow up on the autopsy of Brials McCutcheon, the victim in the Pine Hill shooting.

I asked about the status of the investigation.

HCSO Sgt. Diana Freese, who responded to the initial crime scene told me today that it is an "active ongoing investigation" and releasing any details right now would jeopardize the investigation but HCSO will release information via a press release, as soon as they are able.

Benjamin Heidmann and Konnor Wright held to answer on all charges in alleged attempted murder of David Seigl

A preliminary hearing was scheduled on 8/15 for Benjamin Heidmann and Konnor Wright. It was continued to this morning in Courtroom 5; sent to Courtroom 1.

Count 1: attempted, willful deliberate, premeditated murder with a special allegation that they "personally used firearms"; rifles, causing this to be a serious and violent felony.

Count 2 assault with a semi-automatic firearm, also a felony.

Count 3 Shooting at an inhabited dwelling. If they are convicted of this charge, there is minimal jail time.

The special allegation in Count 3 only applies to Heidmann, that he wore a body vest in the commission of the offense alleged in Count 3.

Alleged victim is Daniel Anthony Siegl.

Deputy District Attorney David Christensen is prosecuting the case. Bail was $1 million for each. Public Defender Mr. Robinson was present with Heidmann. Mr. Marek Reavis was present with Wright.

The People presented one witness APD Field Training Officer Don Arminio. Defense did not present any witnessses.

Arraignment on information is on August 30 at 2 p.m. Both defendants were held to answer on all charges after the preliminary hearing.

Family members and other supporters were present for both defendants. No other media was in court.

No down time for HCSO night shift tonight

No down time for HCSO night shift tonight.

While Humboldt County Sheriff's deputies were trying to locate a subject who fled from a stop on Myrtle Avenue, about an hour later, HCSO called to reports of a gun shot victim in Hoopa.

HCSO and CalFire headed to Hoopa to follow up on reports of a gun shot victim

Humboldt County Sheriff's deputies and Cal Fire personnel headed to Hoopa to follow up on reports of gun shot victim.  

Aug 15, 2016

Suspect captured by Lake County Sheriff; alleged to have set Clayton Fire

From Senator Mike McGuire:

"Suspect captured - Accused of setting #ClaytonFire. Charged with 17 counts of arson. Thank you, @CAL_FIRE & Lake County Sheriff's Office."

Updated with CALFire Press Release and

Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, charged with 17 counts of arson in Lake County including the 4,000 acre #ClaytonFire.

Rick Littlefield not in custody; SWAP status info ?, no violation of probation filed, another slap on the wrist?

Public access court computers were down so I could not check any follow up on Rick Littlefield not showing up for his SWAP and commit date on Saturday, August 13.

I checked with the jail, he is not in custody. I tried to contact SWAP to see if  what happened since 8/13 and left a message.

I called the District Attorney's office and the last date for his 2016 case is August 13. No bench warrant or violation of probation has been filed yet.

His bail bond was exonarated, so if a bench warrant was issued, he would be held on no bail unless SWAP makes a different decision.

Previous post:

Teisha Mechetti can resubmit application; Rio Dell Mayor challenged by two opponents

Rio Dell Mayor Frank Wilson, is being challenged by two candidates: Bryan Richter and Sue Strahn.

Teisha Mechetti did not have enough signatures to qualify by Friday, said Rio Dell City Clerk Ms. Karen Dunham, but since the incumbent is not running, she has time to resubmit by August 17.

Humboldt County Drug Task Force bust in Briceland locates meth, heroin and butane honey oil lab


On Friday August 12, 2106 the Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant on Greta Lane in the town of Briceland.  

During the service of the search warrant Agents located 142 grams of heroin, 212 grams of methamphetamine, and 368 grams of butane honey oil (B.H.O.).  In addition items associated with the sales of narcotics were located along with a fully functioning butane honey oil lab.  $4,145.00 in U.S. Currency was seized as proceeds from the sales of narcotics.

58 year old Karl Alan Hohstadt was located at the residence during the service of the search warrant and was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale and operating a chemical extraction lab.


Local Bernie supporters morph into North Coast People's Alliance

Local Bernie Sander supporters have morphed into a new group. North Coast People's Alliance, according to their facebook page, is a group is about "promoting progressive issues and candidates in Humboldt County and beyond."

Here is a link to their facebook page:

The group's facebook page cover photo:

HCSO unable to locate suspects in Boiler Avenue robbery

 On 08-12-2016 at 6:50 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a residence located in the 2700 block of Bolier Avenue, McKinleyville, regarding an armed robbery that had just occurred. Deputies contact the 37 year old male victim, who relayed the following information to the deputies:

The victim said he and his wife were sleeping in their bedroom when they heard a loud noise. The victim said he got out of bed to investigate the cause of the noise. The victim said when he walked into his living room he was confronted by (4) male suspects holding weapons. The victim stated they were all wearing dark clothing and had black and red bandannas covering their faces. The victim believed all the suspects were white, male adults.

The victim said one of the suspects ordered him to lay down on the floor at gunpoint. The suspects then took the victim's credit cards and cellular telephone. The victim said the suspects were also demanding he give them drugs, but he told them he did not have any drugs. The suspects then fled the residence with the victim's property. Deputies checked the area for the suspects, but were unable to locate them.

After having his last felony case reduced to a misdemenor, Phoenix Campbell Loya gets arrested again, in less than a year

Remember Phoenix Riley Campbell-Loya?

I gave up following his sentencing for his last case because it kept getting postponed. This was after it was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Campbell-Loya was arrested Friday, August 12 by EPD for attempted residential burglary PC/459.

Aug 22, 2015

Sentencing for Phoenix Campbell-Loya delayed to get information on possible mental health issues

On 8/17, Phoenix Campbell-Loya was to be sentenced by Judge Miles. On June 29, Phoenix Campbell-Loya was found guilty by the jury of Count 1 assault and Count 2 carrying a concealed dirk and dagger. Count 1 is a felony. He was supposed to be sentenced on July 27; his attorney, Ms. Meagan O'Connell from the Public Defender's office asked for a continuance. She had not received the probation report and requested time to meet with him.

On August 17, Judge Miles granted the motion filed by Ms. O'Connell to reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor according to PC 17 (b). Campbell-Loya's sentencing was delayed because Judge Miles wanted to refer him for assessment according to PC 1203.03 before making her final decision.

Aug 14, 2016

First application of APD administering Narcan this year saves life of 29 year old man

On Sunday August 14th 2016 at about 5:30pm, the Arcata Police Department responded to a reported drug overdose in the 500 block of South G Street.  Officers located an unconscious 29 year old male who was exhibiting symptoms of Heroin overdose.  Officers began rescue breathing and administered a dosage of Narcan nasal spray, which is a medication that counteracts the effects of opiate overdose.  Officers were able to revive the patient prior to the arrival of medical staff and he was transported to the Mad River Community Hospital in stable condition.
This is the first reported application of the drug, which resulted in the saving of a life for APD, since officers first deployed with the medication earlier this year.

Sheriff Allman, Senator McGuire don't just talk the talk; they are out in the community picking up shovels, releasing trapped horses, helping with the fire fighting efforts

These Sheriff's, Supervisors and elected officials like Senator Mike McGuire got down in the midst of dirt, grime, picked up shovels, did physical work  in the community.

They deserve a shout out.

From Sheriff Tom Allman's facebook page (including photos):

"Things you never expect: this afternoon,  while with Lake County Supervision Rob Brown,  State Senator Mike McGuire,  Fire board of director Jim Comisky, 2 reporters and Peter Armstrong from Ukiah Fire Authority, we found ourselves in an area of the Canyon Fire.  These guys kicked ass. Sheriff Martin was ordering an evacuation, Supervisor Brown and I were releasing trapped horses,  and the others had tools protecting a structure (which was saved). I have the absolute best job,  iv the best area of the world."

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