May 25, 2017

Texas Congressman calls for removal of Del Norte Judge Follett while CA lawmakers stay silent

Of course, none of our California lawmakers, especially Democrats like Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Kamala Harris, Congressman Huffman, Senator Mike McGuire or Assemblyman Jim Wood spoke on this issue.

"I had to go to jail, she had money, she didn't"; " "And she is suing the County for a road and going to Cancun three times?"

Karen Palsson spoke with North Coast News and me about Marci Kitchen. She approached us in front of the Courthouse.

"I had to go to jail, she had money, I didn't" Ms. Palsson told me.

I did look up Ms. Palsson's most recent case. She spent one day in jail, after her initial arrest for her 2016 case .

The picture below is what she got sentenced to:

"Lot of us have done things. I am in drug court because of a DUI. They are forcing me to do this, I don't even do drugs. I tried to kill myself because of a home invasion."

"And she is suing the County for a road and going to Cancun three times?"

Eric Lively held to answer on murder charge for death of Jesse Simpson

Eric Lively held to answer this morning on the charge of murder; for the death of Jesse Simpson.

Arraignment on information on June 8 at 8:30 a.m.

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Setting date for Marci Kitchen jury trial to be scheduled on June 13

Marci Kitchen was arraigned on information this morning for her jury trial.

Kitchen entered a not guilty plea to all charges and denied all special allegations. She was present with her attorneys, Mr. Patrik Griego and Mr. Benjamin Okin.

Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads present for the People.

Setting date on June 13 at 8:30 to set dates depending on availability of experts.

May 24, 2017

House in Arcata up for sale for $839, 000 no owner listed; EPD uniforms in one of the photos

There are several realty listings for this one house. It is an active listing, house for sale for $839,000.

I found the photo above in at least in two of these links. It is a closet with Eureka Police Department uniforms.

Jason Curtis gets 8 years in prison for pleading to injury inflicted on Stuft Potato owner

Today 38-year-old Jason Curtis of Eureka was sentenced to 8 years in prison for his assault on the 76-year-old owner of the “STUF’T POTATO” restaurant in Eureka.  

Inmate dead in accident on Ishi Pishi Road; coroner on way; road closed

Humboldt County Public Works:

The man involved in the accident is an inmate who works on a fire fighting crew. He was struck by a branch and has died.  Our Road Crew is closing the road and the Coroner is headed to the scene. Risk Management has been informed.

"Arcata parking enforcement illegally parking!"

A reader took this photo on May 13. Sent it to me today with this caption:

"Arcata parking enforcement illegally parking!"

Talk of riot at Pelican Bay prison today, on social media as well as informal channels

According to at least three sources,  today a riot at Pelican Bay. Prisons are on alert.

I will post an updated statement from CDCR when they will release the latest info later today.

This press release was up on the CDCR blog:

― Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) officials are investigating an incident that sent eight officers to the hospital with injuries.

New menu will be up at Surfside Burger Shack tomorrow; homemade fries , local grass fed beef and a twist on the garden burger

Go check out the new menu at Surfside Burger Shack tomorrow.

They now have local grass fed beef purchased from Eel River. Homemade fries and beer battered onion rings. A garden burger with a potato cheese patty.

A 2015 case for battery dismissed against Kimberly Whitlock; two no contest pleas in 2013 for assault and other charges

Kimberly Ann Whitlock had a 2015 case in which she was charged with a misdemeanor; battery on non cohabitating partner, a John Doe that was dismissed before jury trial.

She had two 2013 cases, general category, felony : assault. In both cases, she entered a no contest plea before the preliminary hearing.

Nicholas Leigl trial confirmation continued at request of defense

Trial confirmation was scheduled this morning for Nicholas Leigl. Jury trial is scheduled for June 5. Continued to 5/31 at request of defendant. Leigl is one of four suspects in the Jesus Garcia homicide case.

The People made an offer and Leigl's attorney, Mr. Michael Acosta will discuss that with Leigl.

Kimberly Ann Whitlock arrested for stabbing incident on Herrick Avenue

Update: As of May 25 at noon, no report had been filed with the DA's office. Whitlock must be arraigned by May 26 or she will be released from custody.

Press Release:
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at about 1600 hours, The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 500 block of Herrick Ave in Eureka for a report of a disturbance. It was reported a male subject had been stabbed. 

Six year old's inspirational video does more to deter a potential life of crime than harsher methods

This six year old is inspirational. Raised well and by a strong woman.

May 23, 2017

Chapala gets taken over by media today at lunchtime; ok just me, Paul, Hank and J Warren Hockaday

(image from The Odyssey online)
Who would have thought Hank Sims and I would run into each other twice in less than a week. Usually, we do not frequent the same places, unless we are getting coffee at Old Town Coffee or Hank is covering some news event.

Mexican mafia, Sureno gang and 18th Street gang connections claimed by detectives regarding suspects in Jesus Garcia homicide

(from Pinterest)

Detectives say Olivo Jr. is a Mexican Mafia gang member who was arrested February 3 at Pelican Bay Prison, Olivo III is a Sureno gang member who was arrested February 2 by the San Luis Obispo Probation Department and Gang Task Force, Nunez is a Sureno gang member from Watsonville who was arrested at San Quentin State Prison, and Leigl has history with the 18th Street Gang in Eureka and was arrested February 3 at his job in Eureka.

Laurie Potts arrested on charges of violation of probation and possession of heroin for sale

On 05-23-17 at around 10:00 A.M. Special Agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, with assistance from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at a residence in the 2600 block of Boone Street in the city of Fortuna.

Heidmann and Wright headed to prison; we will never know if the crazy white boy allegation is true

Benjamin Heidmann and Konnor Wright headed to prison. Heidmann got 13 years; Wright 7 years.


Preliminary for Eric Lively, charged with the death of Jesse Simpson started this morning

The preliminary hearing for Eric Lively, the suspect charged with the death of Jesse Simpson started this morning.

Lively is charged with one count; murder.

Both father and son, Olivio Jr and Olivio III rack up other charges while in jail

(Olivio III)
Joe Olivio III, one of the four suspects in the Jesus Garcia, and the youngest, has his 2016 case along scheduled along with a 2017 case this morning at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 2.

May 22, 2017

Seattle beats California in coddling suspects and inmates; at least for now

"I wish this was a joke, but it’s not. In Seattle, police can no longer use the term “suspect” for use of force reports. Instead, they have to write “community member.” 

Forget that Public Defender gig ; Judge Elvine-Kreis starts June 2

Deputy Conflict Counsel Greg Elvine-Kreis, who had applied for Humboldt County Public Defender, did not get that position. He has moved on to greener pastures.

He will be a Humboldt County Superior Court Judge, effective June 2.

Patrik Griego v Humboldt County on David Marcus hiring square off

(Patrik Griego)
County counsel has filed a demurrer to the first amended petition for writ of mandate, which will be heard on June 30th at 8:30 am. This is in response to the lawsuit filed by Mr. Patrik Griego about the hiring of Humboldt County Public Defender, Mr. David Marcus.

"To put it in perspective, we had staff on the scene within 15 seconds of the incident." Suprintendent Van Vleck tells what Zane did so far in response to Friday incident

"I have seen the video and candidly, I am appalled by this type of behavior.  This is not behavior Eureka City Schools or Zane Middle School will tolerate. 

We were immediately aware of the situation on Friday afternoon.  If you listen to the audio on the video, you can hear our Campus Supervisor giving stern directives to the students as he rushed to the incident to break it up.  Our Assistant Principal was there seconds later.  To put it in perspective, we had staff on the scene within 15 seconds of the incident.

May 21, 2017

This is not the first time I have had to reach out to Suprintendent Van Vleck and EPD about a Eureka school issue

This is not the first time I had to contact Suprintendent Van Vleck or EPD about a Eureka School issue.

"Violence and the glorification of it is never acceptable in our schools. "

About half an hour ago, Matt Dimmick informed me an EPD officer had stopped by to get a copy of the video.

I had emailed Suprintendent Fred Van Vleck and EPD Chief Andy Mills. A parent had also tagged Chief Mills on Facebook.

So while asking for more "inclusive language", it is okay to diss people from Mckinleyville?

Centro del Pueblo's Daniela Vargas told Arcata City Council that she feels uneasy when people from Mckinleyville come to Arcata. (Hear her exact words in the video linked below)

According to a Times article in April, "Centro del Pueblo leader and immigrant right's activist Renee Saucedo" spoke at an Arcata City Council meeting asking for Arcata to create an ordinance about being a sanctuary city, not a resolution. 

Fight near Opera Alley, suspect in custody; victim being taken to hospital

Suspect in custody for assault. Victim is being taken to hospital. Fight between two males near Opera Alley.

Concerned citizen wants to know why EPD hasn't called him back; claims Zane is doing nothing either

"This is at Zane .  My niece (ME) or
(MH) is the girl yanked to the ground on her head and neck. The thing that yanked her to the ground is named (HA) .  The school so far is doing nothing about it and it really infuriates me.  EPD has yet to see this video as they have not returned any calls yet!!!   If your child goes to Zane Middle School this might open your eyes a bit.  This girl needs to be punished!!!!"

A Prius driver from Arcata with no sense of humor complaining about this Caltrans sign

Blue Lake standoff over, road open, public not in any danger

Just spoke briefly with the HCSO Patrol Sgt. The standoff in Blue Lake is over. The road is open. Public not in any danger.

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Huge loss for Humboldt County DA's office; Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett left; now a Deputy Public Defender

Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett, who was very successful in prosecuting many cases at the Humboldt County District office, including the Kailan Meserve case has left the DA's office and will start as a Deputy Public Defender,this Monday.

While I always wish Ms. Bennett the best, this is a huge loss for the DA's office.

May 20, 2017

HCSO still in standoff with subject on the 2400 block of Glendale Drive

According to North Coast News, "Major police presence on the 2400 block of Glendale Drive, near Blue Lake. Neighbors tell us deputies have been dealing with some sort of standoff for at least five hours."

Fire department hosed off blood on 3rd street and the alleged stabbing did not happen at the rear of Lost Coast Brewery

Could not reach anyone at EPD yet but found out more about the incident at 3rd and I last night from people who witnessed some of what happened.

Man stabbed outside Lost Coast Brewery, suspects leave scene in jeep with Arizona license

From Operation Safe Streets (around midnight):

Emergency personnel responded to the rear of Lost Coast Brewery for a subject that's reportedly been stabbed.  The suspect(s) fled east on 3rd St in a newer style Gray Jeep Patriot with Arizona license.

May 19, 2017

Will Ninth Circuit give Gregory Allen a second chance to sue the City of Arcata regarding the 420 celebration?


He sought to amend the complaint and was denied,” U.S. Circuit Judge Mary Murguia said during a hearing Tuesday morning. “Why should he not be allowed to amend the complaint?”

"Our intentions are not and will not minimize the death of your son and we will not even try to attempt to feel what heart break you and your wife must be experiencing"

Zoellner family responds to Josiah's dad:

"Our intentions are not and will not minimize the death of your son and we will not even try to attempt to feel what heart break you and your wife must be experiencing. "

Someone decided the side of Herrick overpass needed graffiti

(Reader submitted photo)

Reader took the photo by the "old produce place near side of Herrick overpass, just south of Eureka KMART"

Former campaign manager for Mondale and co host of Fox Five fired for alleged racial comment



In a statement, Wigdor alleged Beckel “stormed out of his office” when an African-American information-technology employee came to service his computer, 

Marci Kitchen charged with more counts for jury trial including fleeing crime scene

Count 1 is vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence while being intoxicated (Jane Doe 1) ; Count 1 has two special allegations: fleeing the crime scene and multiple victims.

Does a lack of housing help suppress the labor force? Gregg Foster shares his insights into local economy and impact of the cannabis industry

April unemployment report prepared by Gregg Foster of RREDC and some insights:

This morning the Employment Development Department released its monthly report and it shows that the preliminary unemployment rate for April was 3.9%, which I believe may be the lowest rate ever experienced in Humboldt County.

David Josiah Lawson's father reacts to Zoellner family statement of possibly pressing charges

May 18, 2017

"If the APD does not arrest and charge Parris Wright and the Castillo brothers immediately for “assault and battery” on Kyle we plan press charges to compel the APD to perform their duties in a responsible manner. "

Family statement from Kyle Zoellner's uncle:

The facts that came out of the preliminary are summarized by the following:
1)  Kyle was not aggressive when inquiring about the cell phone and was in fact cordial according to all the witnesses (“Castillo said Zoellner was not being aggressive”).

The women who filmed the video at Ocean View explain why and what they hope to see happen in the future

I am linking the complete video because the two women that filmed it yesterday, did it out of love and concern for the community and they deserve their entire unedited version to be seen.

As they say in the video, they do not want the men fired.  Watch it for more.

Ocean View Cemetery to issue a response about video from yesterday

Since I had not heard from Ocean View Cemetery, called them today. The owner was on the other line with Mr. Don McCombs, the Crematory Manager.

"The Business of Race" brought to you by HAF ,True North Organizing Network and who else?

$2,300 estimated damage for Arcata tree vandalism; suspect Kenyatta Jones arrested

On 05/13/17 at about 3:50 PM, officers from the Arcata Police Department were investigating the recent vandalism to multiple trees in the downtown area of Arcata.

Is healing a community repeatedly claiming the death of David Josiah Lawson was racially charged crime without any evidence supporting that claim, so far

(poster from Arcata after a Justice for Josiah rally)
Who appointed Elijah Chandler and Alex Foster as spokespersons for Ms. Lawson?

What have Brothers United done besides being front and center getting media attention to help solve this case? Have those attending the party volunteered to be fingerprinted? Have they agreed to be fingerprinted, if asked?

So supportive people are defined as Elijah Chandler, Tina Sampay, and others still claiming this was a racially based crime without evidence and still maligning this community?


What: Press Conference by Mother of Slain Black HSU Student, David Josiah Lawson
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 3:00pm
Where: Humboldt State University Quad

Arcata, CA- Michelle-Charmaine Lawson will hold a press conference in Arcata, California, the town where her son, David Josiah Lawson (“Josiah”), a 19 year old sophomore at Humboldt State University, was murdered on April 15, 2017. Due to the release of the suspect involved in Josiah's death, a money reward will be offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible

May 17, 2017

$40,000 Ramey warrant issued for Craig Anthony Burgess for failure to register as a sex offender

Nolan Bruder sentenced for rape of his 16 year old sister; he gave her marijuana to smoke before having sex with her

The Del Norte District Attorney's Office 
announced that Nolan Bruder (20) of Crescent City was sentenced this afternoon by the Honorable William H. Follett to the low term of three years, with all but 240 days (at half time in county jail) suspended in favor of a grant of probation for Rape of an Intoxicated Person.  The victim in this case was Bruder's sixteen year old sister who he gave high-potency marijuana "dabs" to smoke after she repeatedly resisted his sexual advances until she reached the point of no longer recognizing him as her brother.  Bruder pleaded guilty earlier this month.

Video posted of maintenance men at Ocean View Cemetery doing this?

Kate Newton posted this on Humboldt County on Alert:

"Today we caught something disturbing on video. Maintenance men at Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka golfing on top of graves in the veteran's section. When we realized what was happening and started heading their way, they immediately grabbed their clubs and ball and went to their vehicles. If they'll golf on veteran's graves, what else are they doing where our loved ones are? "

Here's the video:

Death of Erika Ekker housed in maximum security at Humboldt County jail being investigated

According to jail reports, Erika Ekker was booked on May 3 for alleged criminal threats.

This was confirmed by HCSO PIO Stacy Hanson. "She was in custody for PC 422 -Criminal threats. She was going through the court process."

Press Release:
On Monday, May 15, 2017 at about 2115 hours a Correctional Deputy in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility was conducting a security check of the maximum security female unit when she discovered an inmate, who was housed alone, in their cell that appeared to be not breathing.

Article claims legalized marijuana turns Colorado resort town into homeless magnet

(photo New York Times)
Legalization of greed and quickly, without thinking about all the consequences, creates problems; not people who smoke or grow it responsibily.

Don't need national  media to tell us the reality we see in Humboldt. Marijuana advocates tout the benefits but deny the consequences of this quick get rich legalization scheme.

"CSAC 2nd VP @BassVirginia brings up an issue of critical importance to her #County: #cannabis"

CSAC tweet:

CSAC 2nd VP @BassVirginia brings up an issue of critical importance to her #County: #cannabis. @HumCoGov #CSACKeg

Jon Goldberg jury trial for 2016 case continued to October; 995 motion anticipated; motion to consolidate continued again

The motion to consolidate both of Jon Goldberg's cases was rescheduled for today. At the May 11 hearing, Mr. Casey Russo said he would be filing a motion to continue the 2016 case. That motion was filed on May 12.