Jun 23, 2017

Inmate who died today turned 36, eleven days ago

From Birth Records:

Colleen Marie Branch
Born: June 12, 1981
Birth Place: Humboldt County, California

Jury in Giddings and Huntzinger case sent home this afternoon

The jury in the Giddings and Huntzinger case briefly deliberated after lunch today and adjourned until Monday.

One of the jurors was feeling sick.

Michael Grant arrested for attempted murder in Wabash incident

 On June 16, 2017 at about 9:32 a.m., the Eureka Police Department received reports of two shots fired in the area of Wabash Avenue and B Street.  The suspect was seen leaving in a black Dodge Charger.  Officers responded and located two shell casings in the street on the 20 block of Wabash Avenue.  

Grandma who was arrested for leaving two year old grandchild in locked car released from custody despite objection by the DA

Katherine Perri, who was arrested at Bear River Casino and charged with leaving her two year old grandchild in a locked car she she went into the casino to gamble, was released from custody today, despite objections from the People, represented in court today by Deputy District Attorney Luke Bernthal.

James Pawlyk refused to come to court for his arraignment, bail now $150,000

James Pawlyk refused to come to court for his arraignment. It was continued to June 26 at 1:29 p.m.

Bail set by the Court at $150,000.

No other media was in court.

James Pawlyk charged with assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of vandalism

Cowboy hat suspect James Pawlyk still in custody; on must go list to be arraigned by today

James Pawlyk is on the must go list today to be arraigned. If he isn't, he will be released from custody. The DA's office is entering law enforcement reports right now.

I will update later, if he is arraigned today, which would be a late arraignment.

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Jun 22, 2017

This is how we could cover court trials but we don't; a four line summary on closing arguments

This was my suggestion to my fellow court reporters on summarizing closing arguments in the Giddings-Huntzinger case.

"Deputy DA Rees said he did it. Deputy PD Luke Brownfield said, my guy was forced to defend himself. Russ Clanton said, I got nothing. My guy was not there.

Rebuttal: Deputy DA Rees. I submit on the evidence."

Cowboy hat wearing crime spree suspect corralled into jail

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at about 1200 hours, the two week crime spree, perpetrated by the mysterious cowboy hat wearing subject claiming to be an FBI Agent, has finally came to an end.

Preliminary hearing set for Joshua David Grow's criminal case; he cannot use his contractor's license

The Attorney General's office is handling the issue regarding  Joshua David Grow's contractor license. Today, via phone, an attorney appeared on that matter.

Visiting Judge Marjorie Carter granted the order this morning and Grow cannot use his contractor license.

Grow is a Mckinleyville resident with a business in Arcata.

Law enforcement in CA must provide just cause to hold people’s vehicles and cannot automatically impound them for a set period


"The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday declared invalid a California statute requiring that police, after impounding a vehicle driven by an unlicensed driver, store that vehicle for 30 days."

To Napa and back, now preliminary set for Hoopa teen charged with stabbing of 52 year old in Arcata

Criminal proceedings had been suspended for Richard Dean, the Hoopa teen charged with the stabbing of the 52 year old in Arcta in January 2016. In May 2016, Dean was admitted to Napa State Hospital. In March 2017, after a six month review, Dean was awarded a certificate of mental competency.

Sometimes it is better to safe than sorry; Ferndale Police Chief on last night's response to City Hall

Last night Ferndale Police responded to City Hall while the City Council Meeting was happening. Report was regarding a disturbance.

This morning I spoke with Ferndale Police Chief Bret Smith. "It was more preventive. An individual was a little disruptive while making his point." 

Jun 21, 2017

The first Trinidad Bay Art and Music Festival to be held in August

I have had a concept buried in the back of my mind for over ten years. We are now ready to launch TBAM, Trinidad Bay Art & Music Festival for the Summer of 2017. It is long overdue. The Festival focus is on “regional talent with international connections”, a one degree reach into our radiating musical circles. 

"Want to buy marijuana?" Silver Dodge Charger on W. Del Norte allegedly selling out of car

Look out for Silver Dodge Charger on/near W. Del Norte. Reporting party told EPD dispatcher, occupant, white male approached reporting party asking if you "want to buy marijuana."

Ferndale police responding to report of disturbance at Ferndale City Council meeting

Ferndale police have responded to a report of disturbance/incident at the Ferndale City Council meeting.

Sharon Erickson, on probation, arrested for alleged possession of 108 pounds of weed

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at about 0007 hours, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was on routine patrol in the area of School Road and Central Avenue, McKinleyville. The Deputy observed a vehicle with an unreadable rear license plate and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle initially failed to yield to the Deputy’s lights and sirens.

Kimberly Felder charged with five counts including mayhem :" unlawfully and maliciously depriving Jane Doe of a member of the body, and did disable, disfigure and render it useless"

Kimberly Felder was arraigned in Courtroom 2 on June 20.

Felder is charged with five counts. Same special allegation for Count 1 and 3.

No psych evaluation yet, trial setting continued again for Ewa Misztal

At her last court hearing on May 31, 2017,
Ewa Misztal, the Polish citizen, charged with the death of her baby, had her trial setting continued to June 21 at 8:30 in Courtroom 2 at the request of the defense.

It was continued again to July 5.

The defense requested the continuance hoping to receive a "pysch evaluation which "will hopefully lead to a resolution in this case," according to Misztal's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Casey Russo.

Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Schaffer is prosecuting the case.

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Jun 20, 2017

Ukiah man arrested on charges of P 311.11; possession of child porn

On June 19th, 2017 at approximately 10:00 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives were contacted by a Special Agent of the Department of Homeland Security and Investigation, San Francisco Division.

One of four buildings destroyed this morning was where warrant had been executed for a butane honey oil extraction issue

I contacted Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Bill Gillespie for an update about the fire this morning. I also asked about the four businesses damaged/destroyed.

"From the building standpoint, the building next to Rita’s commercial kitchen was a total loss. This had been in the process of a previous cannabis permit, and also had been a location where a warrant was executed a couple of months ago for a butane honey oil extraction issue. I heard the tenant was in the process of moving.

Pasta Luego hosts event tonight to help the little girl rescued at Centerville beach

Here to help is an event being held at Pasta Luego in Arcata from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight.

This is a group of people, who have reached out to police, social services and are asking those interested in helping the little girl rescued at the Centerville beach as well as assisting in the well being of her two sisters to attend.

The little girl's mother is Kimberly Felder.

Here is a link for more information.


Crews still mopping up after fire at Knapek's Auto Electric

Humboldt Bay Fire ( 7a.m.):
26 W. 4th Street Fire- Crews still on scene mopping up. One lane of 4th Street closed. Use caution in the area.

Update: I checked this morning with the Humboldt County Assessor's office and the building is owned by Oribay Venture LLC.

Multi alarm fire at 4th and A in Eureka early this morning

Jun 18, 2017

Katherine Perri arrested at Bear River Casino and booked for allegedly leaving her two year old grandchild locked in her car while she went in to gamble

On 6-18-2017 at around 6:51 PM the Sheriff's Office dispatch center received a call from Bear River Casino Security reporting there was an unattended small child that was locked inside a Ford Explorer in the casino parking lot.

Jun 16, 2017

Three arrested by Humboldt County Drug Task Force for alleged possession and sale of heroin and meth

     On June 16, 2017, at about 9:00 A.M. Special Agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force with assistance from a Humboldt County District Attorney's Office Investigator served a search warrant at a residence located in the 2500 block of C Street in Eureka.  The search warrant was granted after a week long investigation led Special Agents to believe narcotics were being distributed from the residence.

Man fleeing from EPD collides with red Prius, rams patrol car and tries to strike officer, according to witnesses

995 motion to dismiss charges in Jon Goldberg's 2017 case denied

This morning in Courtroom 5, Judge Christopher Wilson denied the defense's 995 motion in the Jon Goldberg 2017 case.

The motion to consolidate the 2016 and 2017 cases will be heard on July 6.

Jun 12, 2017

Jon Goldberg's 995 motion for 2017 case continued Friday

Motion to consolidate both of Jon Goldberg's cases and a 995 motion to dismiss both counts in the 2017 were scheduled for June 12 in Courtroom 5.

Jun 15, 2017

EPD Code 3 response to call about male with facial injuries outside Courthouse Market

EPD responding to a call regarding a male with facial injuries outside Courthouse Market. Code 3. Another EPD unit on the way. Medical responding.

EPD left and had to return because patient was allegedly "uncooperative" with ambulance crew.

Vigil at Arcata Plaza this evening to mark two months since the death of David Josiah Lawson

From Justice for David Josiah Lawson facebook page (open to the public):

"June 15th, 2017 marks two months since the murder of David Josiah Lawson. A vigil will be held in his honor on the Plaza starting at 6:00 p.m. All those who are interested in Justice for Josiah, we welcome you to come celebrate and remember him. Please help us in continuing to keep the community of Arcata and Humboldt County aware of #JusticeForJosiah."

When you got 18 cases, upcoming jury trial for a murder charge; why not rack up another felony charge while in custody?

Nicholas Johnson's jury trial for the death of David Ganfield is scheduled for October 24.

Attempts to dismiss this case against Johnson by his attorney, Mr. Neal Sanders were unsuccessful.

Jun 14, 2017

KHSU Thursday Night Talk on hate speech, the first amendment and Humboldt County

KHSU's Thursday Night Talk will discuss the Eureka NAACP's request for stricter moderation rules on local online comment sections. 

Sohum upskirting suspect jury trial continued; DA files more serious charges & alleges "sexual compulsion and the purpose of sexual gratification."

The defense attorney for Sohum upskirting suspect, David Nunez was expected to ask for a continuance this afternoon and Mr William DuBous did.

Since the last hearing, the People filed a motion to amend the complaint. According to Nunez's attorney in court, "these were more serious charges."

The first amended complaint has  three counts. Count 1 and 3 are PC 647 (j) (2). Count 2 is 647.6 (a) (1). The special allegation for Count 1 and 3 is that Nunez committed the alleged charges out of "sexual compulsion and the purpose of sexual gratification."

Jason Sheets is the fourth Deputy DA to go over to the Public Defender's office

First, Luke Brownfield, then Kelly Neel, then Brie Bennett, now Jason Sheets.

Four former Humboldt Deputy District Attorneys now working at the Public Defender's office.

Wade Daniel Harris arrested again, booked and held without bail

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at about 0819 hours, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Bridgeville Resident Deputy Filippini was on routine patrol on Highway 36. At mile post marker 18, the Deputy recognized wanted suspect Wade Daniel Harris, age 35, standing on the side of the road. The Deputy made contact with Harris and gave him verbal commands in attempt to take Harris into custody. Harris refused to comply and a short foot pursuit took place. 

Daniel Asbury identified as the dad of the girl involved in the Zane video incident

Remember the Zane incident on video?

Daniel Asbury was identified as the dad of the girl in the video who yanked the other girl to the ground . The person identifying Asbury is the victim's uncle in this comment on my Facebook page.

Edward Hamline and Daniel Asbury involved in alleged assault on victim on Wymore Road


On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at about 2114 hours, The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 5700 block of Wymore Road in Arcata for a report of an assault.

Jun 13, 2017

Herring arrested on May 31, arrested again today at the "Heroin Hilton"

Chad Smith's preliminary on alleged sexual abuse charges reset for July 20

Chad Smith's intervention was continued from yesterday to a special set time of 3 p.m. this afternoon.

The defense made an oral motion yesterday to continue the preliminary hearing scheduled for June 15. That date was vacated. New preliminary hearing is on July 20 at 9:45. Intervention is scheduled for July 18.

Pre plea report and mental health evaluation ordered for Matthew Steele, charged with possession of child porn

Matthew Steele, who was arrested back in January and charged with possession of matter depicting minor engaging in sexual conduct had a preliminary scheduled for June 14.

Today, Steele had an intervention hearing. His preliminary hearing was vacated. A pre plea report hearing scheduled for PC 288.1 is scheduled for 10:15 on 7/27.

Former Miss Hoopa's jury trial for alleged sexual abuse vacated for July 26

Trial confirmation for Kayla Brown, former Miss Hoopa, was continued by stipulation to June 12. On that day, the jury trial of June 19 was vacated. Trial setting is scheduled for July 26.

Brown is charged with four counts of alleged sexual abuse, including abnormal sexual interest in children.  The alleged victim is female. Brown is represented by Mr. Ben McLaughlin.

The jury trial is scheduled for June 19. Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Schaffer is prosecuting the case.

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If you see this jeep, call Humboldt or Chico law enforcement

Sharing it for a friend, in case this jeep is spotted in Humboldt. This is her nephew's jeep.

Marci Kitchen jury trial scheduled for November 13

Marci Kitchen's jury trial setting is scheduled for June 13.

People wanted a mid October trial but due to Mr. Benjamin Okin's schedule, the jury trial is scheduled for November 13. Trial confirmation October 25th at 8:30 in Courtroom 2.

A month estimate including jury selection.

Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads is prosecuting the case. Mr. Patrik Griego and Mr. Benjamin Okin are representing Kitchen.

I did a previous post with the charges:

Jun 12, 2017

The vehicle HCSO has pulled over by Tompkins Hill Road is not involved in Karen Court incident

(from Sheriff Honsal's swearing in ceremony)
A comment on Redheaded blackbelt prompted a reader to ask me, "The HCSO has a black SUV pulled over by Tompkins Hill Road and occupants are at gunpoint. Could this be the same vehicle??"

I checked with HCSO. According to Sheriff William Honsal,  "No. The vehicle pulled over at that location is associated with a stolen property case in the Loleta area. "

Out of state license plates, black SUV sought in alleged burglary on Karen Court

On 06-12-17 at about 11:16 AM, the Arcata Police Department received a report of a male subject suffering from a gunshot wound in the 2200 block of Karen Ct. Upon the officers' arrival, they located the victim with a gunshot wound to his right hand and left bicep.

Judge Marilyn Miles to retire, effective July 31, 2017

Judge Marilyn Miles will be retiring, effective July 31, 2017. Judge Miles served as  a Judge since 1997.

Humboldt Superior Court Press Release:

Judge Marilyn Miles has announced her retirement for the Humboldt County Superior Court effective July 31, 2017, after 20 years on the court.

Recall by company whose spaghetti and meatball products include Chef Boyardee and Hytop

"A company that produces thousands of pounds of spaghetti and meatball products, including those used in popular brands like Chef Boyardee and Libby's, issued a recall due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

Jon Goldberg's 995 motion for 2017 case continued Friday

Motion to consolidate both of Jon Goldberg's cases and a 995 motion to dismiss both counts in the 2017 were scheduled for June 12 in Courtroom 5.

Continued to Friday until 8:30 a.m. so Judge Christopher Wilson can review the transcript from the preliminary hearing.

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