Nov 5, 2016

"Water is life" local supporters light safe and march from Old Town Gazebo to the Courthouse

Chanting  "water is life", local activists and supporters marched from Old Town Gazebo to the Courthouse.

7th generation rising organized the march and other local supporters , sage filling the air, the group extended more than a city block.

Getting lot of honks and thumbs up on Fifth street.

They will head back to the Gazebo.

Fortuna motel armed robbery suspect same as the one on Eureka?

On November 5, 2016 at approximately 4;53am, Officers responded to a Motel, located on Alamar Way for a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.  Upon arrival, Officers contacted an employee who reported a male adult approximately 6'03", thin build, wearing a dark jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, red t-shirt, black bandana covering his face, entered the business, brandished a sawed-off type shotgun and demanded money from the employee.  The suspect fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Nov 4, 2016

Third armed robbery in Eureka, same suspect description as yesterday

Another armed robbery in Eureka. This is the third such incident EPD is investigating within 24 hours.

This last one just happened  at 4th and M Chevron.

Officers found the empty cash tray behind the business.  Suspect description is similar to other robberies from yesterday.

Banana Hut named number one among Northern California restaurants

Banana Hut was #1 in this list of Northern California restaurants.

Meet EPD's new crime analyst, certified by the DOJ; it is someone you already know, Brittany Powell

Members of the media and law enforcement, especially EPD, need no introduction to Brittany Powell.

She is the one you call, and no matter how busy she is, Brittany is helpful, cheerful and definitely my favorite PIO.

I surprised Brittany today by calling her for an impromptu interview, about her.

This fall, Brittany has not been around some days. Why? It is because she has been travelling to Sacramento.

This has been for a training program. In addition to her PIO duties, Brittany is now EPD's crime analyst. She has to attend "a couple more trainings" until December.

The Crime and Intelligence Analysis Certificate Program is certified by the Department of Justice. "It is recommended for my position."

As EPD PIO, Brittany does a lot more than send out press releases. She takes calls from the public, "usually from the media."  Brittany ccordinates the press conferences, sometimes meetings and events.

 She manages EPD's social media pages, including Twitter, and Facebook. Meesages on Facebook can vary from tips, to helpful notes on crime prevention to inquiries from people wanting to work for EPD.

The crime analyst training program involves learning research skills, statistical analysis, critical thinking, predicting and preventing crime, how to forecast future crime and create future tactical plans for police officers and investigators.

Most of her fellow students are from the Bay area. While she is the one who travels "the farthest" for this class, because she has the EPD job, unlike her fellow students, Brittany does not have to do an internship of 400 hours, in addition to the classes.

Guess the City of Eureka and the rest of the media don't think its relevant if a City Council candidate does not have a business license

I sent an email today to the City of Eureka Manager, Greg Sparks.

Asking him or the Finance Department or whoever he thinks should respond in writing to me.

Not a single media outlet has followed up on this; as a taxpayer or business owner, why do you continue to support media outlets that refuse to get you relevant information?

"I did this post last Friday. I have not heard from Austin.

I have received inquiry from the public about what the City of Eureka has done, if anything to see about Austin Allison not having a business license.

He is running for a seat on the Eureka Council and the election is on November 8."

Probation search in King Salmon results in 2 arrests, heroin, weed and drug paraphernelia

On the evening of November 3rd, 2016, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) Deputies conducted a Probation search in the 100 block of Perch Street in King Salmon, in response to tips that drug activity was occurring there. Upon arrival, Deputies contacted and detained three adults at the trailer.

A search of the trailer resulted in the seizure of approximately 16.1 grams of heroin, approximately 2 pounds of marijuana bud, approximately 2 pounds of marijuana trim, digital scales, packaging materials, and drug paraphernalia. Two cellular phones were seized, and will later be processed for evidence.

Marijuana, meth, guns, scales and three arrested in POP bust

On November 2, 2016, at about 1:49 p.m., Detectives with the Eureka Police Department Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) served a search warrant at an apartment on the 1100 block of L Street in response to an ongoing investigation into drug activity.

During the search, detectives located 8 pounds of marijuana, 332 grams of concentrated cannabis, 65 grams of methamphetamine, a .38 Special revolver, a .410/45 LC revolver, a 12 gauge shotgun with a 24" overall length, scales, packaging, and indicia.   

Nov 3, 2016

Scott Crane argues with his attorney; bail now $45,000, stay away order from Safeway and security guard

With a devil may care attitude, Scott Joseph Crane sauntered into Courtroom 1.

Judge John Feeney set bail at $5,000 for Crane's probation case. His bail for the Safeway altercation was set at $45,000.

As expected, the Public  Defender was reappointed to represent him. Ms. Meagan O'Connell was present for arraignment.

Crane, at first argued with Ms. O'Connell about a referral for supervised release report frim Probation. "What does supervuse mean?"

He will have a Bail/OR hearing tomorrow afternoon. Trial confirmation on November 17. Jury trial on November 28.

Crane was served with a hundred yard stay away order from Max Neff and Mckinleyville Safeway.

Deputy District Attorney Whitney Barnes was present for the People.


Guy allegedly robbed at knife point by Hammond Park early hours of the morning

In the early hours of this morning, scanner traffic had EPD responding to an incident.

Information from a tip states: Guy was robbed at knife point by Hammond Park.  Suspects took several items and EPD caught them. " My tipster said suspects maybe one male and female.

 EPD PIO Brittany Powell responded to my inquiry :

"On November 3, 2016 at about 2:53 a.m., a male said he was walking near the 400 block of 14th Street and dropped a light from his tablet.  He said that when he bent over to pick it up a male approached with a knife and took his tablet and wallet.  The suspect then left on foot.  The victim provided officers with a possible name of the suspect.  This is still under investigation. "

Four counts of assault and battery against the man who allegedly assaulted the security guard; 13 cases in the system; and he just plead five days before the Safeway incident to another assault

Scott Joseph Crane, is charged with four counts of assault and battery, all misdemeanors, and the alleged victim in one of these counts is Max, the security guard at Mckinleyville Safeway.

I have been told that at least one of the victims is seeking a temporary restraining order against Crane.

Crane will also be arraigned on violation of probation from a 2015 case, in which the charges included throwing a substance at a vehicle, vandalism and obstruct/resist a public officer.

Just five days before the incident at the McKinleyville safeway, Crane plead no contest to another assault and battery case, victim Mark Dunaway Kennedy. He was sentenced to three years conditional probation.

Crane has a total of 13 cases in the system, one dismissal in 2014; five traffic/infraction cases and the earliest case back to 2009. I did not check all the cases for charges but one in 2013 was for a drug offense.

For his previous cases, Crane had the Public Defender so most likely he will be reappointed a lawyer from the office.

 The arraignment today is in Courtroom 1 at 1:30 p.m. I posted yesterday about Crane's arraignment.

City of Eureka cites lack of attendance in sleeping areas and complaints as reason for discontinuing temporary camps

(The photo is one I took today at the campsite)

The rotating temporary sleeping areas in the City of Eureka were originally established to assist homeless individuals who were illegally camping in City greenbelt areas earlier in 2016.

 For the last month the sleeping area attendance has diminished to an average of about 20 sleepers per night. The City and County have worked together to house 73 homeless individuals through the “30 homeless in 60 days” program.

"This is not a place you would allow dogs and you got 30 people packed in here"

The March was supposed to start at 9 a.m. near the temporary sleeping camp location by the Wharfinger building, people protesting the closure by Eureka City Council of the temporary sleeping camps marched up Fifth street to the  Humboldt County Courthouse.

The march has not started yet, it is 9:50 a.m. People said that they may march later, that did not happen. Police are standing by and people were still packing up as of 11:30 a.m. There were no issues. About 10 community members and activists were present.

Campers spoke with police, one requesting disinfectant wipes. Officer Cory Crinch helped that woman out.

Nov 2, 2016

March planned tomorrow at 9 a.m. to protest Eureka City Council decision regarding temporary camps for the homeless

Protesting the Eureka City Council's decision about sleeping camps, local activists,  supporters and the campers, themselves are planning a march tomorrow at 9 a.m  from tbe Wharfinger campsite to the Humboldt County Courthouse.

Nezzie Wade just clarified, "The people who are being noticed about the sleeping program ending, are the ones who want to march. We are just helping get the word out."

League of Women Voters endorses Measure V


  One of the most respected voter education organizations in Humboldt County is endorsing a “Yes” vote on Measure V.


"The League of Women Voters Humboldt County recommends a YES vote on Measure V to provide affordable housing for all income groups," said Celeste Ruiz, LWVHC Acting President.

Hoopa Valley Tribe agrees to partnership with ALtree, a revolutionary wood-plastic composite, to build first production facility

The Hoopa Valley Tribe (Tribe) announced today that it has agreed to enter into a strategic partnership with PJ Woodlands LLC, the owner of Altree™, a revolutionary wood-plastic composite (WPC), to build the first Altree™ production facility. Under a long-term lease of the 65,000 sq. ft. Hoopa Modular Facility (Facility), PJ Woodlands will repurpose the Facility to manufacture Altree™ WPC sheeting products. PJ Woodlands LLC will enter into an exclusive management agreement with the Tribe and will be solely responsible for all business management of a company to be created under Hoopa Tribal Law. The strategic partnership with the Hoopa Valley Tribe provides PJ Woodlands with the ideal manufacturing plant, access to the Hoopa Valley Tribal labor force, and woody biomass in sufficient quantity to scale the manufacturing operations over time. The strategic partnership includes a multi-million dollar investment by the Hoopa Valley Tribe which will receive a significant minority equity stake in PJ Woodlands LLC. The transaction is expected to close in December 2016.

Willow Creek substation ribbon cutting done; photos give you a preview

Willow Creek Sheriff Substation ribbon cutting photos. This substation is a result of Measure Z funding.

I reported on this a while back.

New appeal filed for Kailan Meserve

Court data last updated: 11/02/2016 01:46 PM
Parties and Attorneys
The People v. Meserve
Division 1
Case Number A148944

The People : Plaintiff and RespondentOffice of the Attorney General
455 Golden Gate Avenue - Suite 11000
San Francisco, CA 94102-7004
Kailan Coridon Meserve : Defendant and AppellantJohnny Lewis Griffin, III
1010 F Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95814 

Alleged manufacture of cannabis and lit cigarette cause of vehicle fire in Arcata

On 11/01/16 at about 6:17 PM, officers responded to assist the Arcata Fire Protection District with the report of a vehicle fire in the 1300 block of F St. Upon the officer’s arrival, they located a 1996 Chrysler coupe fully engulfed in flames. Two people suffering from burns were located on-scene they were later identified as Emily Tice (22) of Arcata and Rolin Smith (27) of Akron OH. Tice was found to be the registered owner of the vehicle. Tice and Smith were transported to the Mad River Hospital by ambulance for treatment of their injuries.

After the fire was extinguished, officers and fire department personnel were able to examine the vehicle in an attempt to locate the cause of the fire. Evidence was located in the vehicle that indicated the occupants of the vehicle were manufacturing concentrated cannabis. As part of the extraction process the subjects were using Butane in the confined space of the vehicle.

It was later learned that one of the vehicle occupants lit a cigarette within the vehicle, before the Butane gases had dissipated, which was the source of ignition for the fire.

The Arcata Police Department took a case for 11379.6(a) H&S: Manufacture of Controlled Substance and will be forwarding the case to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office requesting charges against both Tice and Smith.

Tice and Smith both received significant burns and were transferred to a San Francisco burn center for further treatment.

Man who assaulted security in Mckinleyville not on must go list but hasn't made bail either, victims seeks TRO

The District Attorney's office has received the law enforcement report on Scott Joseph Crane.

He was on the must go list to be arraigned by November 3 but he isn't on it , as of today for the DA's office.

The case is still pending, as of noon, and no charges have been filed, yet.

I called the jail. Crane is still in custody. He has not made bail.

More than two sources, close to the alleged victim have confirmed that a temporary restraining order is being sought.

I am checking on his arraignment status.

3:58 p.m. update: DA Maghie Fleming confirmed Crane will be arraigned tomorrow.

Nov 1, 2016

Calvary Community Church in Fields Landing vandalized

On 11-01-2016, at about 11:30 AM, the Sheriff's Office received a report of vandalism at the Calvary Community Church, on Depot Rd., in Fields Landing.

The Sheriff's Office investigated the report and discovered extensive graffiti to the church building.  The graffiti included vulgar and offensive words as well as depictions.  The Sheriff's Office was able to locate and collect items of evidence from the scene.  The case is still under investigation.

What's with the Safeway in Mckinleyville? Reports of homeless guy beating up a kid by clerks

According to the clerks at Safeway, a homeless guy (allegedly) beat up a middle school kid - Sheriffs were there."

As a result of the attack on Sunday, HCSO has increased patrols of the center.

will update...

"Then he dragged her into the shower, washed her off, threw her on a mattress, and forced her head to his groin and forced her to orally copulate him."; another Lusk victim, and more?

Not all of  Thomas Lusk's victims filed complaints. I have heard privately from people; I had one woman share my last post and wrote about her experience with Lusk.

This is from that post:

"Just a couple weeks before he got caught he was telling me how he was gunna rape me and force me to marry him and have his baby."

The case against Lusk that ended in a plea deal this morning involved two victims; one from 2015 and one from 2016. An additional count was added for yet another victim before the plea was accepted.

Deputy District Attorney stated the factual basis for Count 14. "In March 2015, Jane Doe #4 went to the Lusk residence. Jane Doe #4 was familiar with the defendant's father, who was an acquaintance. She went there to acquire a ride."

"When she arrived at the residence, she only found the defendant there. She was allowed to enter and use the bathroom. The defendant entered the bathroom and began beating her with his fists. He cornered her in the restroom and the defendant began to defecate. He restrained her from leaving. She tried to escape. He wiped his feces on her. Then he dragged her into the shower, washed her off, threw  her on a mattress, and forced her head to his groin and forced her to orally copulate him. After he ejaculated, she was able to escape."

"He chased her. She fled in the middle of the night and sought refuge in the neighboring residence. "

Explaining the reason why the People dismissed Counts 1 through 12, Ms. Eads said, "After great deliberation and after yesterday's ruling, rather than force Jane Doe to remain in custody and putting her through the traumatic experience of facing the defendant," the People made this decision. She added that  Lusk had agreed to a lengthy incarceration and that was also a factor.

She added that after his release, hopefully he would be committed to a state hospital.

I spoke with Ms. Eads briefly after court. Upon release, if Lusk is referred to the County for assessment by two doctors; and if they find he meets three primary criteria for a sexually violent predator, a petition can be filed for him to be committed to  a state hospital, according to the law for sexually violent predators.

Previous post:

Like Hillary Clinton, Linda Atkins can claim she did not know about CA Code 8314 in her support of Austin Allison

It took me less than five minutes on google to find this code.

Linda Atkins made a big deal when Mike Newman and Chet Albin wore their own name badges on the gazebo during Arts Alive for their own re-election.

But it is okay for her and two other councilmembers to help Allen McCloskey and Austin Allison gather signatures, sign his form in the lobby of Eureka City Hall?

Don't bother for LOCO or NCJ or the usual left leaning liberal local media to cover this kind of election news. They wouldn't want to do anything to get in their myth and agenda based reporting trying to link John Fullerton to the usual left boogey myth of developers and big money.


(a) It is unlawful for any elected state or local officer, including any state or local appointee, employee, or consultant, to use or permit others to use public resources for a campaign activity, or personal or other purposes which are not authorized by law.

Local business owner helping community gather donations for Max, the security guard

Mckinleyville resident Shari Martinsen, and owner of Funk Shui, got a great response from the Mckinleyville Community to help Max, the security guard, at the Safeway shopping center.

Scott Crane has been arrested for the alleged assault.

Ms. Martinsen asked me to get the word out about this effort.

"John... As suggested thru the community I went to the bank to open an account we could donate into.  Sadly because we are not related,  even with my tax ID#, we cannot open an account for donations.

 People have began to bring in gift cards & money so I guess I will be the charge for collections.

Starbucks green cup just for Humboldt?

While getting my coffee right now, I joked about Starbucks new green cup being for Humboldt.

Got some laughs.

The real reason is even better. Starbucks is debuting this cup to share the diversity of their customers.

Thomas Lusk to go away to to prison for a total of 18 years, 8 months, mistrial and dismissal avoided by a plea deal

This morning before Courtroom 1 opened for the Thomas Lusk case, DA Maggie Fleming  accompanied  Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads and Lusk's attorney, Conflict Counsel's Mr. Greg Elvine Kreis. DA Investigator Kyla Baxley was also present.

The courtroom opened at 9:30 a.m. Judge John Feeney announced that a disposition had been reached in the case. Lusk's jury trial was to start this, afternoon.

An additional count 14, forcible oral copulation was added to the information for a Jane Doe #4.Lusk also plead guilty to Count 13 Assault with intent to Commit a felony sex offense.

He got the higher term for Count 14 which is 8 years and it was doubled because of the special allegation for that count for a prior serious felony. That conviction was in June 2012 for criminal threats and that made his prison term 16 years. For Count 13, he got 1.3 of the mid term sentence which was 16 months; same special allegation and time doubled to 32 months. Total 18 years, 8 months to be served consecutively.

The remaining Counts 1 to 12 were dismissed.

DDA Stacey Eads cited the factual basis for Count 14, explained the reasons for the plea deal and mentioned the possibility of Lusk being committed to a state hospital after release, if he meets certain criteria for sexually violent predators.

Sentencing is November 8 at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 1. A probation report was requested only for sentencing credits and fines and fees.

I spoke with Ms. Eads briefly after court.

No other media was in court.

Yesterday's post (with links to all coverage):

DA Press Release (4;35 p.m.):

Thirty-five-year-old Thomas Leonard Lusk, II, pled guilty today to two violent sex offenses: assault with intent to commit rape or forced oral copulation of one woman and forced oral copulation involving a second woman. The defendant also admitted to a prior conviction for a serious felony under California’s Three-Strikes law. On November 8, 2016 the defendant will be sentenced to prison for 18 years and 8 months, which is the maximum sentence for the crimes he admitted.

Scott Crane, who attacked the security guard in Mckinleyville is in custody

Scott Joseph Crane was booked into the Humboldt County jail last night at 9:13 p.m. for PC 240, assault., PC 242 battery and violation of probation.

Bail is $20,000.

Crane is the one who attacked Max, the security guard at the Mckinleyville Safeway.

His last arrest was on October 4 at the 800 block of Eureka. by Officer M Paris.

HCSO Press Release confirms above:

On Monday, October 31, 2016 at about 6:30 p.m. Humboldt County Deputies responded to a report of an assault and battery that just occurred at the gazebo area on the 1500 block of City Center Rd in McKinleyville. Deputies spoke with two male victims and one female victim on scene. The victims stated they were speaking with the suspect, 46 year old Scott Joseph Crane. During the conversation Crane got upset and assaulted the two male victims. The female victim attempted to intervene at which point Crane assaulted her. Crane then left in an unknown direction. Each victim stated they wished to press charges against Crane.
Deputies located Crane in front of a residence on the 2100 block of McKinleyville Ave. Crane was arrested for assault/battery and violation of probation. He was taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for the above listed charges. His bail was set at $20,000.

Oct 31, 2016

Kade Chandler's preliminary hearing continued for a fourth day of testimony in January 2017

The third day of Kade Chandler's preliminary hearing was scheduled for all day today until 4 in Courtroom 1.

It will now continue to a 4th day on January 9 at 9:45 a.m.

The preliminary did not start at 8:30 a.m. as scheduled because Mr. John Paul Lopez, the DOJ criminalist expected to testify for the People could not fly in until this morning due to the weather.
He started his testimony at 11 a.m. The defense plans to call their expert, Suzanne Ayres.

The first two days of his preliminary took place on September 19. The only victim to survive Bradley Thueumler and law enforcement testified in September.

No media was present for those hearings and no media was present in court today.

I am waiting for it to conclude to do posts on the entire preliminary hearing.

Oct 4, 2016

October 31 date set for Day 3 of Kade Chandler's preliminary hearing

(Credit: KRCR-TV)

Setting of third day of preliminary for Kade Chandler which includes the DOJ criminalist scheduled to testify was held this afternoon. at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 1.

October 31, the DOJ criminalist will testify, with cross examination, the defense expects that to last all morning. In the afternoon, the defense may call their own expert witness.

The original incident occurred in February 2015.  Chandler was 20 years old at that time.

Chandler is charged with Count 1 gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, alleged victim Kendra Lewis;Count 2 gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated; alleged victim Savannah Kindred and a special allegation of great bodily injury to Bradley Thueumler.

Previous post on preliminary hearing :

HCSO Garberville arrests include Marcus Asbury who has a felony warrant for unlawful sex with a minor

Will the charge against Ewa Misztal for the alleged death of her baby be dismissed?

The defense motion to dismiss the charge against Ewa Misztal has been taken under submission by Judge Joyce Hinrichs after hearing arguments this morning from both Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett and Misztal's attorney, Public Defender Casey Russo.

Judge Hinrichs said she hopes to have a written ruling before trial confirmation on November 8 or an oral ruling in court that afternoon.

Mr. Russo started out though by referring to California Proposition 115 and what testimony could be allowed.

"There are limits to 115 testimony," said Mr. Russo. "The prosecution has exceeded those limits in this case. The People's primary evidence is the officer." Mr. Russo said that APD Detective Todd Dokweiler has no medical expertise.

The he brought up some of the same points he argued at the preliminary hearing: "there were no witnesses to the assault; evidence of assault; that the People claimed that the injuries to the baby were intentional and could have been due to a pre-existing condition.

All this had been argued at the preliminary hearing by Mr. Russo.  Ewa Misztal was  held to answer to the charge after the hearing despite that argument.

Ms. Bennett responded that the "defense  was asking for a standard that simply does not exist."

She said the cases cited by "the defense are on point; however in neither case was the information set aside.'

Ms. Bennett said that Detective Dokweiler is familiar with Dr. Mark Super, who performed the autopsy and Detective Dokweiler was at the autopsy and took several photos of the injuries.

"Even without Dr. Super's opinion, there is enough for a holding order."

Ms.Bennett mentioned that Miztal's version of what happened changed. She added that after speaking with Mizstal, Detective Dokweiler followed up with Dr. Super for clarification on injuries.

Dr. Super had notified the District Attorney that the report was ready and the autopsy report will be given to the defense today.

"I haven't had water for days. He forced me to drink his urine." One of Lusk's rape victims also alleges being beaten, burned, raped and held captive

A jury and alternates were picked last week and opening statements for the Thomas Lusk trial are scheduled for 1:30 a.m. tomorrow afternoon.

Will there be a mistrial? Will Counts 1 to 11 be dismissed which relate to Jane Doe #1? Leaving only Counts 12 and 13 for Jane Doe #2/

Will the ruling by Judge John Feeney today in favor of a defense motion force the People to forcibly arrest an alleged rape victim to testify?

This morning at 8:30 a.m., Judge John Feeney heard from both Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads and Lusk's attorney, Conflict Counsel's Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis. Compelling arguments from both and then one ruling by Judge John Feeney.

Jane Doe #1 did not appear for the preliminary hearing or the jury trial. Judge Feeney had to decide whether certain statements made by her could be presented. The defense argued that Lusk had the right to confront his accuser.

Describing Jane Doe as a woman who travelled the world, now afraid to leave her trialer in Southern Oregon and return to Humboldt after what Lusk allegedly did to her, DDA Stacey Eads described what Jane Doe #1 told the civilian who helped her contact law enforcement and the first officer on the scene in spontaneous utterances.

She was distraught, with hardly any clothing on as she ran up to the vehicle of the civilian witness.

"When you have been held captive for four days, beaten, raped, burned, forced to orally copulate" the defendant every day is one statement Ms. Eads made describing what Jane Doe said when she was finally able to get away from Lusk.

Jane Doe made a thanked the civilian witness after he offered her water, saying, "I haven't had water for days. He forced me to drink his urine."

Another ruling whether the defense request for a mistrial claiming the jury has been tainted by the jury questionnaire or a dismissal of Counts 1 through 11.

Oct 18, 2016

Jury selection starts for Thomas Lusk charged with 13 counts including torture, human trafficking and forcible rape

Jury selection started today at 9:15 a.m. in the Thomas Lusk case. Judge John Feeney, Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads, Conflict Counsel's Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis and Lusk went over the first batch of hardship questionnaires this morning. This will be followed by people filling out long questionnaires and questioning if individual jurors request privacy for some answers.

Oct 6, 2016

Jury trial for Miranda man charged with 13 counts including torture, human trafficking and forcible rape confirmed

A trial confirmation hearing was scheduled for Thomas Lusk this afternoon. The jury trial will proceed as scheduled.

Subpoenaed records from the Jerod Phelps community center were given to Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads, who will provide copies to the defense.

The trial estimate is 3-4 weeks. Trial assignment is on October 14.

He is the Miranda man charged with 13 counts include torture, human trafficking, forcible rape, sexual penetration, assault and forcible oral copulation.

Previous post (with all coverage):

APD assists HSU police with indecent exposure report on Harpst Street

At 6:49 on October 30,  HSU police responded to a report of incident exposure by a male. APD was called for assistance.

From Arcata Police Department:



HSU Press Release (on 11/3):

Michael Wayne Hargrove, a Humboldt State University student on interim suspension, was arrested on Sunday, Oct. 30 on suspicion of indecent exposure, California Penal Code 314.1.

According to witnesses, Hargrove exposed himself to two students in the campus’s science complex. Hargrove was immediately arrested by University Police and transported to the Humboldt County jail, where he remains in custody. He has been arraigned and has his next court date on Nov. 14.  Unless he posts bond, he will remain in custody until then. If he posts bond, UPD will be notified immediately upon his release. Additionally, campus police are seeking a stay-away order to restrict Hargrove from HSU permanently.

In the meantime, Hargrove has been ordered to stay off campus, and he will be arrested if he returns. UPD will put out a flier asking the campus community to notify UPD if he is spotted on or around campus.

Anyone with information about this or similar incidents should contact University Police at (707) 826-5555. Such information will help UPD to build a better case and have a better understanding of what Hargrove was doing before this incident.

Oct 30, 2016

Mckinleyville Safeway guard, 73 years old, allegedly assaulted by a known addict

According to a Mckinleyville citizen who wishes to remain anonymous for safety, "The guard at Safeway was just beat badly by some tweaker named Scott at Safeway.
Max was taken by ambulance to the hospital and the police let the tweaker go. I'm really saddened by this as Max @ 73 really is a great guard and didn't deserve this."

This happened about 30 minutes ago. The citizen's daughter and friend, who witnessed the incident said, "Max was very bloody."

According to the tipster, Scott's last name is Crane.

The HCSO Press Release on October 31 lists the alleged victim's age as 63.

HCSO Press Release:

On Sunday, October 30, 2016 at about 6:30 p.m. Humboldt County Deputies responded to the 1500 block of City Center Rd in McKinleyville for a report of a physical altercation in progress. Upon arrival, Deputies observed a male lying face down and bystanders/witnesses nearby. Deputies also contacted the 62 year old male victim who was being treated by medical personnel. He was asked to remain on scene while deputies contacted the male lying down. The male lying down was identified as 46 year old Scott Crane of McKinleyville. Deputies discovered Crane had assaulted the victim, causing minor injuries. While deputies were interviewing Crane, the victim left in the ambulance. Deputies spoke with witnesses on scene and confirmed Crane was the aggressor during this incident. Due to the victim not staying for a statement, Crane was medically cleared/questioned and released on scene.

Deputies later interviewed the 62 year old victim at a local hospital, who wished to pursue assault charges against Crane. A misdemeanor arrest warrant for Crane has been requested through the District Attorney’s Office.

Humboldt Hill shooting suspect Brian Swan's jury trial continued again; new date February 21

On October 28, at trial assignment, Brian Swan's trial was continued again. Trial confirmation is now set for February 6, 2017. Jury trial is set for February 21 at 9:45 a.m.

Aug 26, 2016

Humboldt Hill shooting suspect Brian Swan's jury trial continued at request of defense

Today, at the request of defense at the trial assignment calendar, the Brian Swan jury trial scheduled for August 29 was continued until October 31.

Brian Swan is the alleged suspect in a Humboldt Hill shooting that occurred in April 2016. The alleged victim is Robert Babb aka Robert Waters.

Link to previous post (and all coverage):

John Michael Stolpe case set for January 9 jury trial

Trial setting was scheduled on October 27 for John Michael Stolpe. Dates were set.

Trial Confirmation is on January 4 at 1:30 p.m in the misdemeanor court. Jury trial is scheduled for January 9 at 9:45 a.m.

Oct 4, 2016

Should a guy with two pending alleged violence cases against two different women; more cases not fully investigated be allowed to plead out as early resolution?

John Michael Stolpe was arrested July 10, 2106 for alleged domestic violence at the 2500 block of Rita Avenue in McKinleyville by HCSO Deputy L. Mathieson. He posted bond and was released.

In the 2016 case, Stolpe is charged with a misdemeanor, Count 1 Inflicting corporal injury upon a cohabitant or spouse.

Student crashes into HSU entryway sign

[Update:] Monday, Oct. 31 update: HSU Facilities Management is estimating repair costs to the entryway sign at Sunset Ave. and LK Wood Blvd. between $7,000 and $10,000 and could take up to three months to complete. 

Temporary repairs will be in place as soon as possible. 

Full repairs will include an extensive reapplication of the stucco finish, which can potentially be hindered by Humboldt’s rainy season.

At about 6:20 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 30 a vehicle crashed into the Humboldt State University entryway sign at Sunset Ave. and LK Wood Blvd.

According to a witness, the vehicle may have been travelling as fast as 40 miles per hour. The driver of the vehicle was a student, who was treated but not seriously injured. Campus staff are assessing the damage to the entryway sign and there is no estimate on the time it will take to repair.