Apr 22, 2017

White female with dyed hair allegedly assaults security at Bayshore Mall, EPD responding

EPD responding to a call at the Bayshore Mall report from Kohl's.  A white female in her late 30's or early 40s, slim build, with dyed red hair, grey jacjet, blue jeans allegedly assaulted Kohl's security who were attempting to detain her for alleged shoplifting. Mall security responded until EPD could get there.

Jason Arreaga, acquitted for double homicide in Humboldt, in Lake County jail on alleged attempted murder charge with Shavonne Hammers's boyfriend's son, both at the same jail

Jason Arreaga, who was acquitted in February 2016 of  double homicide charges in Humboldt County for the murders of Harley Hammers and Angel Tully ended up  back in custody in July 2016 in Lake County.

Harley Hammers' mother who contacted me yesterday told me Arreaga is in custody at the Lake County jail with Andrew Azbill, Shavonne Hammer's boyfriend's son.  Arreaga was arrested last year for attempted murder and other charges.

If you followed the Arreaga jury trial, you will remember Shavonne Hammers, Harley Hammers ex, who was the reason for Arreaga being in Humboldt County at the time, Harley Hamners and Tully were killed.

Murry Road gas station in Mckinleyville robbed

On Saturday morning 4-22-2017 at around 01:40 AM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a report of a robbery that had just occurred at the McKinleyville Freeway 76 station, located at 1021 Murry Road. 

Apr 21, 2017

EPD looking for Creeper aka Anthony Burgess near 12th and I

Last time the gang association charge was read in court, Anthony Burgess responded with "Oh Fuck"

As of 4:10 p.m. he has not been apprehended, according to EPD Crime Analyst Brittany Powell.

EPD out near 12th and I looking for a Latino male with a tatoo on his face who fled from an officer

Eureka Police Department vehicles in the area of 1200 - 1300 and I streets looking for a Latino male with dark clothing and a tatoo on his face who fled from an officer.

Suspect identified as Anthony Burgess.

DA requests continuance for good cause, fifth delay in Jon Goldberg preliminary where wife is alleged victim

Jon Goldberg's preliminary hearing for his 2017 with a special set this morning was continued yet, again.

This is the fifth time. Deputy District Attorney Luke Bernthal presented affadavits to Judge Reinholtsen this morning indicating the difficulty in locating the alleged victim, Rachel Goldberg, who has moved out of the county.

Fresno police chief hits the nail on the head about crimes in California and the laws of the last 5 years that have hurt public safety


Link to video above.

I agree with Chief Dyer. It is time our state legislators, specifically Democrats, start working for the People on economics, public safety, crumbling roads instead of putting their hand out begging for federal money and wasting time on photo ops on non issues while California working citizens deal with constant tax raises and crime.

Apr 20, 2017

Marci Kitchen's preliminary confirmed for May 8; five full days

An intervention hearing was scheduled this morning for Marci Kitchen.

Count 1 Vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence; Jane Doe # 1 and Jane Doe #2 with special allegation that she fled the scene and a second special allegation that she caused great bodily injury to Jane Doe #2.

Count 2 Driving Under the Influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury with special allegation of great bodily injury to Jane Doe #1. It is alleged in the complaint filed that the brain injury caused Jane Doe #1 to become comatose and suffer paralysis. Second special allegation that is alleged is that Kitchen caused great bodily injury or death to Jane Doe #2

Apr 19, 2017

EPD detains naked male roaming around the area of H and Trinity

If EPD was not busy enough, Operation Safe Streets has this:

"Alert Naked Male roaming in the area H st and Trinity.   Usually means they are high.   Really high.

EPD has Richard Shears detained.  Imagine that.

He's only on probation x 6.  EPD has him in custody 1932 hrs."

Car stereo and laptop theft reported; suspect reported headed south on Fifth street in Eureka

Car stereo and laptop  theft reported around 7:30. White male, in his 30s,  5 9, blonde facial hair, blue baseball cap, black hooded shirt, jeans, heading south on Fifth street in Eureka. Has two backpacks.

DA complaint charges Kyle Zoellner with murder and special allegation of using a knife

Private attorney Mr. Greg Rael had been talking with the suspect's family but the Public Defender got appointed to the case today.

There was a brief interaction outside the courtroom between a lady in a grey suit, and one of the family/supporters there for the alleged victim, David "DJ" Lawson.

If charges are filed againt Kyle Zoellner, it will be a last minute thing

Kyle Zoellner, arrested this weekend, in connection with the off campus stabbing incident, of David "DJ" Lawson needs to be arraigned by today or he will be released today.

Just checked with court administration and if something is filed, it will be a late arraignment.

Charges have not been filed as of 2:20 p.m.
3:15 Arraignment is scheduled at 4 p.m.

Apr 18, 2017

"Kyle kicked a female for a reason that he didn't know, and the victim along with 3 or 4 of his friends responded by jumping him to the point they were kicking him in the face, so Kyle took out a knife and started swinging in an attempt to stop them."

On Sunday, someone contacted me and said a friend's child was at the HSU party and said the fight was because of a cell phone.

 I checked with Sgt. Brian Hoffman, who did not want to comment on an ongoing investigation. So, I did not print it, hoping APD would finish interviewing witnesses.

APD implores the person who sent anonymous email with specifics of assault on Lawson to come forward

On April 15th, at 3:02am officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to the 1100 block of Spear Avenue on the report of a stabbing. At 3:03am the first officer arrived on-scene.

19-year-old David Josiah Lawson, a student at Humboldt State University, was later pronounced dead at the Mad River Hospital as a result of the stab wounds.

23-year-old Kyle Christopher Zoellner, of Mckinleyville, was arrested at the scene for homicide. Zoellner was booked at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for PC 187 - Homicide.

No injuries reported yet; EPD investigating a round shot into residence 2300 Garland block

Eureka Police responded to the 2300 block of Garland to check a report of a single shot fired into a residence.  Reporting party found the casing in the roadway. When officers arrived, they found and are investigating a round fired into the house.

No injuries reported, yet, according to EPD Crime Analyst Brittany Powell.

Alcohol and drugs not a factor in the two vehicle collision yesterday on 299

On April 17, 2017 at approximately 1830 hours, 55 year old Kevin Loren Orcutt of Hoopa was driving a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country minivan on SR-299 eastbound, east of Blue Lake Blvd.  26 year old Yesenia Mireya Wood of Oroville was driving a 2009 Toyota Sienna on SR-299 westbound, east of Blue Lake Blvd.

EPD recovers stolen gun with 5 mags out of home of "domestic abuser"

Chief Andrew Mills:

@Eureka_Police stolen gun w 5 loaded mags seized out of the home of domestic abuser. #stopdomesticviolence #lockupyourguns @DviolenceVictim https://t.co/T2ui0ZaoUf

Humboldt DA has police report on Arcata off campus stabbing; no charges against Kyle Zoellner yet

Arcata Police Department has handed over their report on the Humboldt County DA; no charges have been filed yet.

Kyle Zoellner is still in custody as of 11 a.m.

If Zoellner is not arraigned by tomorrow, he will be released from custody.

In 2013, Zoellner entered a no contest plea to Count 1 possession of a controlled substance; meth. Count  2 posession of marijuana was dismissed. He was fined $620 in fees; three years probation.

Apr 17, 2017

KIEM and KAEF reporting on two car crash, Hwy 299, mile marker 9, 8 transported to hospital

(Photos KIEM)

Sheriff Tom Allman shares a positive story of a homeless veteran, lunch, and a man who turned his life around

"Here is a cool story. I am currently in Atlanta at an Opioid/Heroin Summit. This is my third time at this conference. Two years ago, I was approached by a homeless veteran, asking for cash. Instead of cash, I invited him to lunch and we discussed his options in life. He did not smell good and his clothes were not clean.

Kyle Zoellner bail set at one million dollars; still in custody

Kyle Christopher Zoellner, arrested Saturday on charges of murder must be arraigned by April 19 or he will be released from custody.

As of 11:30 a.m. today, he is still in custody and his bail is one million dollars.

HSU asking students who may have information about the death of DJ Lawson to contact APD asap

Any students who may have witnessed or have information about the stabbing death of David Josiah Lawson are asked to speak with Arcata Police as soon as possible.
You can give a statement on campus and campus offices can facilitate meetings with officers. With criminal investigations time is a critical element, so officers are asking students to provide information as soon as possible.
If you are a victim or witness in this investigation or proceedings, you will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions by the University for related violations of conduct policies occurring at or near the time of the incident, unless the behavior involved harming the victim.

Coffee with the Captains at Coast Central Credit Union downtown safest time to shop at Courthouse Market

1:30 p.m. April 27

Safest time to shop at Courthouse Market, walk the alleys on Third Street or  the 4th street entrance of Courthouse.

Apr 16, 2017

$100,000 bail set for all three suspects arrested so far in alleged home invasion

(Aviles, Dixon, Garcia)

On Saturday, April 15, 2017 at about 10:12 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff Deputies responded to a residence on Dyerville Loop, in Myers Flat for a report of a gunshot victim and possible home invasion robbery.  The victim told deputies that he was met by numerous individuals at his residence and an argument ensued. The victim was hit in the back of the head by one of the individuals and was shot when he attempted to flee. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Two burglary suspects arrested by HCSO; one fled in response to a call on Herrick Avenue

On Saturday, April 15, 2017 at about 7:36 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff Deputies responded to a residence on Herrick Avenue for a report of a burglary.  As deputies arrived, an eyewitness advised the suspects were still on scene and getting into a vehicle. Deputies approached the residence and the suspect vehicle quickly exited the driveway and drove westbound on to Herrick Avenue.

Apr 15, 2017

"They say they are fighting for the little guy while they set up a 50-acre farm'

(Photo credit: Jim Wilson/New York Times)

Maximillian Mikalonis, a former legislative aide in Sacramento who helped write California’s medical cannabis regulations, said lawmakers must decide in the coming weeks whether to curb the move toward industrialization.

23 year old Mckinleyville resident arrested for alleged stabbing of HSU student

On April 15th, 2017 at approximately 3:00 am, officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to the 1100 Block of Spear Ave on the report of a stabbing. 
When officers arrived, they found a male victim bleeding from multiple stab wounds. Officers immediately began life saving efforts. The man was eventually transported to Mad River Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The assault occurred as the result of an argument at the party.
The identity of the deceased, a 19-year-old male HSU student, will not be released until appropriate notifications have been made.  
A 23 year old McKinleyville resident, has been taken into custody related to the incident.

Off duty APD police officer stabbed to death last night? Followup indicates HSU student stabbed

I just got a tip from a source that an off duty APD police officer was stabbed to death while trying to break up a party last night.

I have contacted APD. There was a stabbing but not of a police officer; but a HSU student.

9:40 Heard from Sgt. Dokweiler :That would not be true. There was a stabbing last night but no law enforcement personnel were involved."

Also spoke with Sgt. Brian Hoffman. No new information other than what has already been released. APD is investigating the case and will release more information as able.

While APD and HSU have not released the name of the victim, a GoFund Me page set up to help the family with funeral expenses was first listed by Channel 3 and then LOCO, on April 16. The GoFundMe pagr names the alleged victim as David Lawson, a sophomore at HSU, who was studying criminal justice.

Jail reports from the weekend identify Kyle Christopher Zoellner as a suspect arrested early hours of Saturday and charged with murder. APD has not released the name of the suspect.

"How does a assembly member from Southern CA know what we want or need in Humboldt when they do not communicate at all?" Safe injection site not a DHHS or County effort

How did Humboldt get included as a safe injection site in AB 186?

And who advocated for it?

This is a link to the Channel 3 video.


The only interviewed is Brandie Wilson from Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction Center. There was no comment from DHHS, a Eureka City Council member or a Humboldt County Supervisor.

Apr 14, 2017

No shirt, black pants, man shows up in Humboldt Hill, tells reporting party they would be shot at

In Humboldt Hill,  a man showed up at a house, no shirt, black pants, told reporting party, they would be shot at.

Then left, headed towards Eureka? Possibly open door from an alley is how access was gained?

EPD responding to alleged assault with a tire on W. Del Norte; five against 1

EPD responding to W. Del Norte for a man claiming to be assaulted by five people with a tire; three men, two women.

Think the location was 100 block.

A more accurate and current description of Trystan Lewis

A more current description of Trystan Lewis from someone in law enforcement, familiar with him.

"John Chiv those descriptors aren't good. Trystan is closer to 6' might even be a little taller now and probably 170ish.  Those are his minor stats. Any chance you can pass this along?"

Call Fortuna Police Department or any law enforcement if you see Trystan Lewis

On April 14, 2017 at approximately 8:40 AM, an Officer with the Fortuna Police Department observed 18 year old, Trystan Issac Lewis driving a 1993 Blue Honda Civic that had been stolen on 4/13/2017. Lewis is currently wanted for two outstanding Felony warrants for weapons possession. 

22 year old Brandon Bemis convicted of sexual abuse of a five year old Fortuna girl

Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming announced that today a jury convicted 22-year-old Brandon Bemis of felony sexual abuse of a child in violation of California Penal Code section 288(a).
The trial provided evidence that the defendant engaged in sexually motivated touching of a 5-year-old girl in his Fortuna home. The jury heard testimony from Jane Doe, now 6 years old, who was accompanied by her father to the witness stand. 

Attorney Patrik Griego files an amended petition against County of Humboldt seeking attorney fees, cost of lawsuit and declaring current hiring practices as unlawful

(David Marcus)

Attorney Patrik Griego file an amended petition today in his lawsuit against the County of Humboldt.

The petition names individuals who are listed as citizens, taxpayers and current as well as future clients of the Public Defender office.

The petition states that the County hire a qualified Public Defender who meets the requirements according to Government Code 27701,  that the County of Humboldt hiring practices are unlawful as they exist and asks that the Court award costs of lawsuits and attorney fees and any witness or consultant fees.

Mr. Griego also told me that a request has been made but Mr. Marcus is refusing to turn over his prior employment records.

EPD and Humboldt Bay Fire responding to crash near Winco

Crash on Harris in front of Winco.

Fire reported at Third and E in Eureka

Humboldt Bay Fire on scene; second alarm fire. Outside agencies assistance requested.

EPD arrests Alvin Wingo on HCSO Most Wanted list after a tip

On April 13, 2017, at about 8:14 p.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department received information from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office that Alvin Wingo was sitting inside a parked Chevrolet in the Bayshore Mall parking lot on the 3300 block of Broadway.  Wingo was on the HCSO Most Wanted list for felony warrants and was reportedly armed with a firearm.  

"Being tossed around between six different attorneys over in a 10 month period" doesn't seem to be enough for a Marsden motion

Marsden motion was denied and Public Defender David Marcus is still representing Miles Eastman.

Mr. Eastman spoke with me after court. Mr. Eastman's reasons for the Marsden motion were "absency and no communication."

His issue wasn't specifically with Mr. Marcus but against all assigned to represent him in the Public Defender office. "Being tossed around between six different attorneys over in a 10 month period" doesn't seem to be enough for a Marsden motion.

Nicholas Leigl jury trial continued to June 5, 995 motion on April 26

Nicholas Leigl, one of four suspects, charged in the homicide case of Jesus Garcia has a jury trial scheduled for April 17.

At Trial assignment this morning, Leigl's attorney, Mr. Michael Acosta

For charges, go to :

Jury trial for Polish citizen charged with death of baby vacated

Jury trial for Eva Misztal was scheduled for April 17. That was vacated. Trial setting 10:15 on May 9.

At trial assignment this morning, defense made motion to continue based on several reasons including discovery, unavailability of expert. People.

Deputy DA Brie Bennett is prosecuting this case. Deputy Public Defender Casey Russo is representing Misztal.

Apr 3, 2017

Jury trial confirmed for Polish citizen charged with death of her baby

Public Defender a no show for court, possible Marsden hearing ?

Trial assignment in Courtroom 5 started at 9:45 a.m. Public Defender David Marcus was a no show, cases were passed. Deputy Public Defenders talked to clients, called him. One client Miles Eastman wanted to address court.

Mr. Marcus eventually showed at 10:35 a.m.

Heard there maybe a Marsden hearing against him.

10:45 a.m. Just confirmed in court. Marsden hearing will be in Courtroom 2. Visting Judge Bob McNatt.

First both went in; then Miles Eastman spoke with the Judge alone, then Mr. Marcus went in.

The Marsden motion was denied.

Apr 13, 2017

Help CHP locate the trailer and snowmobiles taken this morning on Hwy 96 in addition to a tow truck recovered with fire damage

(Photo on Facebook by Nehwan Nelson)

On April 13, 2017 at approximately 3:15 AM, a flat bed tow truck, owned by Buddy’s Auto Center, was a completing a service call on Hwy 96 north of Hoopa in Humboldt County. The tow truck was carrying a Dodge pickup and pulling an enclosed trailer containing two snowmobiles.

Zeke outed on Survivor just did more for transmen than Chaz Bono or Thomas Beattie

Outing someone is wrong. However, it is different than outing someone gay. I do not agree with everything Zeke has written but there are some points he makes well; most of all that each trans person's journey is very different.

Excerpt 1:

"A person’s gender history is private information and it is up to them, and only them, when, how, and to whom they choose to disclose that information. Keeping your gender history private is not the same as a gay person being "in the closet." The only people who need to know are medical professionals and naked fun time friends."

A 911 report filed by Redwood Coast Regional employee after an alleged intercation in Snug alley

According to a Eureka Main Street email:

"There was an incident today involving an employee of Redwood Coast Regional Center. Around 8:45 a.m., a staff person was in Snug Alley behind our building with her husband having a cigarette.  During this time, a woman – Caucasian,with frizzy reddish hair, no teeth, grey jacket, medium to heavy build, approached her and reached for the staff's wallet.  Staff reportedly moved away from the woman.  As a result, the woman walked away.  A few moments later, the woman approached her again and asked for a cigarette. The woman opened her jacket to show a knife.  Staff gave the woman a cigarette and again the woman walked away. Staff's husband walked her back into the RCRC office building.

Staff called 911 and filed a report."

DA files motion requesting Kade Chandler be remanded into custody

Today on April 13, KadevChandler was arraigned and he plead not guilty to all charges.

There is an OR/Bail hearing scheduled on April 25. The District Attorney's office has filed a motion requesting that Chandler be remanded into custody.

Trial confirmation is scheduled for September 7. Jury trial is scheduled for October 16.

For charges and information on the case:  http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2017/04/kade-chandler-charged-with-3-counts-3.html?m=1

Jury trial for Clayton Lasinski who led CHP and EPD on a chase downtown scheduled for July

Trial setting was scheduled this morning for Clayton Lasinski, the man who led CHP and EPD on a chase through Eureka during rush hour over an alleged traffic stop violation.

Trial confirmation is June 22. Jury trial is July 10.

Defense motion to dismiss the case against Nick Johnson for the murder of David Ganfield denied yesterday

Nick Johnson is also charged with burglary for the jury trial scheduled to start April 24.

The defense motion claiming failure to provide a speedy trial was denied by Judge John Feeney.

No charges have been filed against the attempted murder charges; shots, Johnson allegedly fired against DA Investigators when they went to arrest him.

Why would a case dismissed in Humboldt be on calendar? And why did the attorney who got Eddie Lee's case not be notified?

Eddie Lee was a co-defendant with Limmie Greg Curry in a retrial of a murder case. Lee's case is on calendar this morning in Courtroom 1.

I contacted Mr. Stallworth. He was unaware of this being on calendar.

Lee was represented by Darryl Stallworth from the Bay Area. His case was dismissed in 2014.

I checked into it further with court records. A misc motion listed in the computer. A motion per PC17 (b) which is a felony reduction was made; per PC1203.4 an order was submitted by Mr. Benjamin Okin and that order was granted by the Court this morning. 

11:30: Just spoke with Mr. Okin. Lee called Mr. Stallworth, who suggested he hire a local lawyer for the above.

From the codes, it may be related to the probation hold Lee had in Oregon. 

Curry, who was tried separately, and represented by former Public Defender Kevin Robinson, accepted a plea.



Ferndale Police Chief receives 10 year pin

Chief Bret Smith Ferndale Police Department receives 10 year Chiefs Pin

(Photo EPD Chief Andrew Mills)

Apr 12, 2017

White male with tattoos, red and white shirt, blocks woman's car and tries to open door

White male 20s-30s, with tattoos on his arm, red and white shirt blocked a woman's vehicle in the driveway and tried to open her door, according to alleged victim.

Heard Williams street as location.

Will Humboldt jail inmates be " inspired"by their fellow inmates in Ohio to use their tablets and I am not talking about educational skills

Will Humboldt jail inmates who get tablets  be "inspired" by their fellow inmates in Ohio.

Humboldt inmates can claim they were learning to fix computers.


NCJ Greg Elvine Kreis's and deputy PD's PR machine or local media supposed to report?

(Greg Elvine-Kreis)

North Coast Journal should rename itself the Deputy Public Defender PR machine. Their reporting on the new Public Defender hiring process has been one sided.

While he was at Times-Standard, Thad was Paul Gallegos' favorite; now the Deputy Public Defenders have enlisted Thad's help. Not the first time either. Written about that not rehashing it again. These "scoops" that NCJ is getting on David Marcus would be one thing if that information was sent out to other media. It isn't. So, who is feeding NCJ information and why?

Even the pouring rain keeps EPD busy with calls, few on Broadway right now

One call EPD at scene. Injury, traffic collision, Broadway and West Harris, Dodge truck, medical aid requested.

Another EPD call. Person blocking two traffic lanes near Taco Bell on Broadway.

Tow truck for Honda Civic, major front end damage.

Not listing all calls, at least two more came inwhile typing this post, mostly on or near Broadway.

Kudos to the dispatchers, it has been non stop.

Kade Chandler charged with 3 counts; 3 special allegations; 3 alleged victims in jury trial complaint filed

Kade Chandler is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for jury trial.

Count 1 Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated; alleged victim Kendra Lewis; special allegation "personally inflicted great bodily injury."

Count 2 Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated; alleged victim Savannah Kindred; special allegation "personally inflicted great bodily injury".

Count 3 Driving under the influence of a drug causing injury; alleged victim Bradley Thuemler; special allegation "personally inflicted great bodily injury"

Chandler was held to answer on all charges after his preliminary hearing concluded on March 30.