Nov 12, 2016

Strong law enforcement presence at Fortuna High School on Monday

The Fortuna Police Department is continuing our investigation on the threats reported to us on Thursday afternoon, involving two students who reportedly had the intention to commit an act, or acts of mass violence at Fortuna High School’s Pep Rally, scheduled for that afternoon.
Both individuals were arrested, and found to have items in their possession which lent credibility to those threats.

Nov 11, 2016

Gunshots report and woman heard screaming in Cutten



Scanner report of gunshots and woman screaming in Cutten area.


Suspicion of human trafficking and reports of people inhaling nitrous oxide result in arrests



On 11-07-2016 The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received information that four subjects were inside a red Toyota vehicle inhaling nitrous oxide from a container while parked in the 1300 block of North State Street in Ukiah, California.

It was also reported two females were seen getting out of the vehicle and going into different hotel rooms for a short period of time and per the reporting person believed there to be a situation of human trafficking.


Nov 10, 2016

One of Fortuna juveniles' nickname was "school shooter"; also FHS students suspended for alleged racial slurs




This is some more information on the two students arrested today by Fortuna High School.

It is from  sources I spoke with (not Fortuna PD). You heard it here first.


"Two students will most likely be expelled. There is an early Monday morning meeting before school to tell the teachers and discuss situation. Principal Clint Duey called the Monday meeting.

One of the students's first name starts with Q (not publishing full name).

He wears a trench coat and talks about shooting up the school. His nickname is in reference to his gun obsession, "school shooter." Q told a student  he had guns and  mustard gas prepared for today's rally. When the other student told an adult, the student was searched. No weapons but it is unconfirmed that he did have homemade mustard gas."

Fortuna police searching school gym now, according to another source.

In other Fortuna High School news, at least 11 students have been suspended from one to three days for racial slurs such as the wall will keep you out, and you will be sent back in a few weeks.


FHS has been operating without a campus supervisor , whose primary duty is to maintain security on campus for several months.   New campus supervisor just recently hired to replace the previous one.

Fortuna Police Department investigating threat to Fortuna High School

On November 10, 2016 at about 1:15 PM the Fortuna Police Department responded to the Fortuna High School for a report of a threat to student safety.

Officers contacted two 15 year-old students that had been detained by high school staff. Officers learned the two juveniles were communicating with each other, planning a mass casualty event that was to take place at a rally at FUHS later in the afternoon. Officers located some components for making an explosive device, however incomplete, in the possession of one of the juveniles. Evidence and items located on the juveniles indicated the threat was very serious in nature.

HCSO continues to investigate McKinleyville KMART incident; no one was stabbed



Regarding McKinleyville KMART incident today, HCSO PIO Selena Zorilla-Mendoza said that no one was stabbed.

A suspect has been detained and the incident is under investigation, 

Ms. Mendoza said that she could not confirm where the report of an alleged stabbing originated from.

No charges filed yet against the 18 year old that allegedly ran people down outside St. Vincent De Paul

A bond status hearing for Joshua Spaulding was originally scheduled for 1:30 on November 8. Even Spaulding, himself showed up to check on the status of his case around 1:20 p.m.

That case is still pending to see if charges will be filed.


Sep 26, 2016


Here is the mugshot of the 18 year old arrested by EPD for allegedly running people down outside St. Vincent De Paul







Joshua Thomas Spaulding, 18 years old was arrested in Cutten after reports that he allegedly ran down folks outside the St. Vincent De Paul dining facility this Saturday. Then fled the scene

Booked at Humboldt County jail on Saturday for VC20001 (a).



Miranda man sentenced to 18 years and 4 months still not transported to prison



Sentencing was scheduled on November for Thomas Lusk, the Miranda man, who plead and is scheduled to be sentenced to prison for 18 years and 4 months.

He was sentenced. Is supposed to be transported to prison. Still at Humboldt County jail as of today.


On November 1, Lusk plead guilty to 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.

Previous post:

HCSO helped EPD out in responding to alleged suicidal male at 16th and G threatening others



Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputies was asked to respond   to reports of a suicidal male in Eureka at 16th and G St.   EPD units were busy with other calls.  Initial reports said man was armed with a rock and threatening to kill himself and others.

EPD sent 2 units to the scene.  Man is allegedly on probation for PC236 (false imprisonment).

EPD cleared the scene. No further medical or police attention neccesary, according to EPD Crime Analyst Brittany Powell.

Help law enforcement find the West Harris street armed robbery suspect

On November 10, 2016, at about 4:17 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to a supermarket on the 600 block of West Harris Street for the report of a robbery with a firearm with one shot having been fired by the suspect.   

It was reported that the suspect had entered the store brandishing a firearm and demanded money from a cashier.  The suspect then fired one round into the floor before taking the cash drawer and fleeing on foot. 

Officers searched the vicinity and located the cash drawer near Spring and Russ Streets.  An Arcata Police K9 unit responded and attempted to track the suspect from the cash drawer, but was unsuccessful.  The suspect remains at large.  


The suspect was described as a white male in his 20’s, 6’ 4”, thin build, wearing a gray and white hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a mask.  This is an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4044.

November 15 meeting of Eureka City Council has an interim urgency ordinance imposing a moratorium on recreational marijuana and a conditional use permit invitation for a medical cannabis dispensary

Prop 64 passed in California this week.

I have contacted some lawyers and local stakeholders about this and will update post, if necessary.



On the City Council agenda for the November 15 meeting are two items.

One is C3:

Interim Urgency Ordinance Imposing a Moratorium on Recreational Marijuana

Recommendation: Receive and file the report describing the need to alleviate the public health and

safety threat associated with unregulated Marijuana Dispensaries, Growing and Processing

Operations within the City of Eureka; and

Waive reading, adopt, and read by title only Bill No. 929 -C.S., Adoption of the Urgency

Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Eureka Imposing a Temporary Moratorium on the

Cultivation, Processing, Manufacture, Distribution, Testing, and Sale of Nonmedical Marijuana; the

Outdoor Cultivation and Processing of Marijuana; the Indoor Cultivation and Processing of

Marijuana in Excess of what would be permitted under the “Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of

Marijuana Act” (AUMA); and, Prohibiting the Use and Possession of Marijuana and Marijuana

Products in Public Places and at Retail Sites.

The second is D3:

Medical Cannabis Dispensary Invitation to Apply for a Conditional Use Permit

Recommendation: Receive report; and

Invite the Ecological Cannabis Organization to submit a Use Permit Application to establish a medical cannabis dispensary

HCSO arrests Trinidad vehicle burglary suspect; Ry Taylor Landon ineligible for bail



On Thursday, November 10, 2016 at about 3:00 a.m. Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs responded to the Moonstone Beach parking area for a possible sighting of wanted person Ry Taylor Landen (age 25) with a red, white and blue motorcycle. Landen is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office for a vehicle burglary in Trinidad.
Deputies located Landen in a green Ford Expedition along with the motorcycle. Landen initially refused to comply with deputies’ demands to surrender. Landen was eventually taken into custody without incident. During a search of Landen incident to arrest deputies found him to be in possession of a loaded firearm, burglary tools, and narcotics.

Nov 9, 2016

APD arrests 32 year old Eureka man for alleged stabbing of a 64 year old Eureka man at the Arcata Coop




On 11/09/2016 at 11:48 am, officers of the Arcata Police Department responded to the report of a male subject who had just been stabbed in the neck in front of the Arcata Co-Op at 811 I Street. Witnesses on scene reported that the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Justin Crumbley of Eureka, fled on foot, west from the business. Witnesses followed Crumbley to an office building at 890 L Street where he entered the business and hid. 

No bail for man arrested for alleged suspended license, probation violation and a whole lotta warrants




On 11/8/16 at approximately 0710 hours, deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received information that S-Mickey Hill was at the Sherwood Valley Casino (100 Kawi Pl. in Willits, CA).

Deputies had been searching for S-Hill because he had multiple warrants issued for his arrest. Deputies responded to the area and observed S-Hill driving a vehicle northbound on Blosser Ln. S-Hill was slowing as he approached the intersection with Highway 20 and deputies identified him as the driver of the vehicle from prior law enforcement contacts.


APD arrests armed robbery suspect, will this stop the recent spate of similar armed robberies?

On Tuesday November 8, 2016, at approximately 2:45 am, the Arcata Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Alliance 76 located at 2205 Alliance Road.  A single suspect entered the store brandishing a revolver and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect fled on foot southbound with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was described as a Native American male adult, 6'3" tall with a slender build and a tattoo near his eye.  His clothing was described as a maroon hooded sweatshirt and a black bandana covering his face.

Jury trial vacated for Nicholas Johnson who shot at DA investigators and is charged with the death of David Ganfield




Nicholas who shot at DA Investigators before being arrested and is a codefendant in the death of David Ganfield had a jury trial set for next Monday, had his defense lawyer, Mr. Neal Sanders,  request a continuance in court today, needing more time to prep.

Visiting Judge Leonard La Casse granted the defense motion for good cause because of the gravity of the case. People, represented by Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees did not object.

New jury trial is March 27 at 9:45. Trial confirmation is March 16.


This time Kirby Bay shows up for court, will Judge LaCasse remand him or accept warrant surrender?

Kirby Bay's felony case is scheduled for trial confirmation this afternoon. Warrant surrender for the misdemeanor case.

Bay did show up, clean shaven, in a suit, with his parents.

The victim was also there with her parents.

Will visiting Judge Leonard LaCasse remand him?

Update: Bay got remanded, no bail.


Oct 17, 2016


Kirby Bay warrant surender off calendar

A warrant had been issued on October 4 for Kirby Bay for violating a court order.

The warrant surrender and arraignment scheduled for October 12 is "off calendar."

Oct 7, 2016


Warrant issued for Kirby Bay for alleged violation of a court protective order




Kirby Bay, who is currently out on bail and has a jury trial scheduled for November 28, had a warrant issued 10/4.

It is for alleged violation of a protective order. Bay now has a new misdemeanor charge and new case filed against him. No arraignment date for that set yet.

He was out of custody, after making bail, which was set at $150,000.

Bay  was arraigned on July 27 for jury trial on the following charges: Count 1 stalking. Count 2 Criminal Threats. Count 3 Possession of a firearm by a felon with a prior; the firearm being a handgun. A special allegation for all three counts is prior conviction of a serious or violent felony or juvenile adjudication for negligent discharge of a firearm.

Trial confirmation is scheduled for November 9. Jury trial is scheduled for November 28.

Previous post (with all coverage on this case):

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2016/09/kirby-bay-jury-trial-continued-at.html?m=1


After numerous delays and continuances, David Viveiros charged with 7 sexual acts with a minor case scheduled for trial

David Viveiros had trail confirmation  scheduled on November 8. Dates were confirmed for Jury trial on December 12.

Trial assignment on December 9.



Previous posts:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2016/09/classic-case-of-where-just-because-you.html



Nov 8, 2016

Picky Picky Picky detains alleged shoplifter until EPD arrives

Picky Picky Picky detains alleged shoplifter until EPD arrives.

Thanks Operation Safe Streets for initially reporting this.

Defense motion to dismiss charge against Ewa Misztal denied ; jury trial continued





Trial confirmation and a ruling by Judge Joyce Hinrichs on the defense motion to dismiss the charge against Ewa Misztal was scheduled for this afternoon.

Defense motion to dismiss denied. Setting of new jury trial  scheduled for November 22.


Armed robbery suspect described in Eureka, Fortuna robberies strikes Mckinleyville

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at about 2:18 a.m. Humboldt County Deputies responded to the 76 Station on the 2600 block of Central Ave in McKinleyville for a report of a robbery that had just occurred. 

EPD responding to reports of a stolen Honda on 1100 block of A Street



Eureka Police and medical are enroute to the 1100 block of A St for a report of subject who has allegedly stolen a black Honda and allegedly  ran into a pedestrian.


EPD Crime Analyst Brittany Powell responded to my inquiry:

"At 12:04 p.m., we received a call from a mother stating her 33 year old son took her vehicle without permission after they were in an argument.  The son then reportedly hit a male with the vehicle in the alley to the rear of the residence on the 1100 block of A Street.  Injuries do not sound to be serious. 
A Sergeant just located the vehicle unoccupied at a motel on the 1900 block of Broadway.  This incident is still under investigation.   "

1992 escapee and recently arrested George Scavelli posts bail, preliminary hearing continued



1992 escapee George Scavelli, who was recently arrested in Fortuna, had an intervention hearing yesterday.

Scavelli had a preliminary hearing scheduled this morning.

Yesterday, defense requested a continuance. Intervention is now December 1 at 9:45. Preliminary hearing is December 5 at 9:45.

Scavelli bailed out on October 30.

Scavelli is charged with two counts. Count 1 PC 69 and Count 2 PC 148 (a) 1, Resisting/Obstructing/Delaying a Peace Officer. In both counts, the alleged acts were against Officer Brian Taylor.

Scavelli is being represented by Mr. Benjamin Okin.


Previous post (with all coverage):

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2016/10/1992-escapee-george-scavelli-gets-bail.html?m=1

Nov 7, 2016

Traffic hazard on Herrick Avenue = a man blocking traffic?

The traffic hazard causing Herrick Avenue ramp to be closed an hour ago, appears to be a man in traffic, according to Humboldt County on Alert.

Law enforcement was on scene, taser deployed?

Jail body scanner saves inmate's life

On Saturday, October 29, 2016 an inmate was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on a local warrant. Due to the inmate’s prior history of smuggling drugs into the facility, the on duty Supervisor advised his staff to run the inmate through the Body Scanner. The scan of the inmate revealed a suspicious object in a body cavity. Staff isolated the inmate and had the inmate seen by medical staff.

Shout out to our Humboldt County Election Office




I have had a very pleasant experience every time I visit the elections office. They are helpful and informative.

I voted early, mailed in my absentee ballot and checked on my ballot.

The right to vote is one of the most important rights we have as citizens. Every vote counts! If you have not voted already, make sure you do by tomorrow.


Chase Fullerton not connected with John Fullerton


Being arrested in drunk in public is not a big deal, in Humboldt but I saw the last name Chase Andrew  Fullerton and called John Fullerton.

"I never heard of him before," John Fullerton " As far as I know there are two other Fullerton families in Humboldt County that are not related to me.  One is in Willow Creek and the other is in Fortuna."

Unlike the national and most local media, I don't selectively chose what I cover at election time.



Nov 6, 2016

Twitter issues for some today

Twitter issues for some today. My account was working until recently.

Mine started working again within half an hour.

Just reported by ABC:

 https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154987109908812&id=86680728811



EPD responding to report of man acting strange at Applebees after locking himself in the bathroom



EPD responding to reports of a man, who locked himself in the bathroom at Applebees. Then came out, sat in a booth.

Odd behavior just resulted in one of those scanner traffic calls of much ado about nothing, well for Humboldt.