Jan 21, 2017

Fourth and Fifth street open to traffic, the few protesters leaving, EPD still on scene

The stench of cheap weed on the corner Fourth and I, with less than 20 protesters left when I walked up, few faces covered with gas masks, have now left the scene.

There were more people on 5th street earlier.

EPD responding to 4th and H streets for alleged blocking of traffic and vandalism of SUV

OSS Update at 3:41:

"Multiple agencies now on scene at protest downtown.  Traffic re-direction efforts happening so best to avoid 4th and 5th Street for now.

Update - EPD requesting misc riot control equipment.  If you are in this area and not part of the situation it would be best to leave now. 1541 hrs"

Jan 20, 2017

Ramey warrant for additional suspect in Khanh Lam homicide

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 39 year old William Lamar Hinson was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for the murder of 37 year old Khanh Lam.  Humboldt County Sheriff’s Investigators determined Hinson was an additional suspect and a Ramey warrant was issued in September 2016 for the immediate arrest of Hinson. 
Hinson was located in Florida by the U.S. Marshals Service on November 4, 2016.  He was later transferred to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on January 18, 2017.  His bail was set at $1,000,000.
This case is still under investigation.  If anyone has information in regards to this case, please contact Investigator Turner at 707-268-3642.

Violation of probation results in three year prison sentence for Blaine Richard Martin

This week, Blaine Richard Martin received a three-year prison sentence from Judge Timothy Cissna following his conviction by a jury of possessing a firearm and ammunition and having previously been convicted of a felony.

Jan 19, 2017

Hezekiah Allen violation of probation hearing for 2015 DUI case?

Hezekiah Allen's 2015 case was scheduled at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 8 today.

In May 2015, Allen plead guilty in his DUI case.

According to court records, Allen has a pre trial for Violation of Probation scheduled in March 2017. He was re-referred for Community Service Work in November 2016.

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First they tackle an inmate escaping from the courtroom, now the HCSO duo is part of the team that talked suicidal man into surrender

They have no idea I am doing this, which is all the more reason to do so. Jason Akana and Julie Oliviera tackled the inmate that ran out of Courtroom 5. Remember that incident?

When I thanked Jason today, he said, " just doing my job." He humbly mentioned that mental health was there.

I have known Jasonand Julie  a long time before I started covering the courts. The other two HCSO team members were Lt. Mike Fridley, who I got to know better since I covered the courts and HCSO's Pam Wilcox.

The Sheriff's office, detectives, deputies work hard every day; not every case makes the headlines.

Jury convicts Devin Schmidt of arson of an inhabited dwelling

On January 19, 2017, a Humboldt County jury convicted Devin Lee James Schmidt, 24, of arson of an inhabited dwelling, which is a serious and violent offense under the California Penal Code.  

The case against Schmidt arose from a fire in a residence on Muncie Street in Eureka on November 3, 2015. That same day, Humboldt Bay Fire Department Arson Investigator Captain Michael Landry determined the fire was intentionally set. His observations included a gas can with blood on it inside a bedroom and blood on the exterior of the house. During Captain Landry’s investigation, Schmidt arrived on the scene with bandages and cuts on his hands. A neighbor identified Schmidt as the person seen leaving the residence near the time of the fire. Firefighters detained Schmidt until law enforcement arrived.  

Humboldt jury returns verdict of five million against Timber Ridge

On January 18, 2017 a Humboldt County Jury returned a verdict of 5 Million Dollars against Timber Ridge Assisted Living of McKinleyville LLC and Western Living Concepts, Inc. The case was brought
by the daughters of Marjorie Fitzpatrick. Ms. Fitzpatrick was a 90 year old resident of the dementia unit in Timber Ridge McKinleyville.

Next court date for Jon Goldberg February 23

Setting for Jon Goldberg was scheduled for this morning in Courtroom 5. Goldberg is charged with the murder of Tim Smith.

Next court date is February 23. Setting was continued at defense request.

Three suspects still at large in Laytonville homicide of Jeffrey Settler

On 11-11-2016 at 3:39 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were summoned to a reported man who had been murdered on a remote property located in the 49000 block of North Highway 101 in Laytonville, California.

The property was a rural parcel approximately 5 miles from Highway 101, on a dirt road that traveled in a westerly direction. Deputies responded to the scene confirming there was a male adult who was obviously deceased as a result of what appeared to be a violent assault.

Jan 18, 2017

Desmon Van and Lucas Herrera arrested for alleged robbery on Alliance Road

On 01/18/2017, at approximately 1141 hrs, the Arcata Police Department Communications Center received a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred at a business in the 2200 blk of Alliance Rd.
The clerk reported a man entered the business, displayed a firearm and demanded cash. After taking the money, the man fled in a vehicle. The clerk was able to provide an accurate description of the suspect and his vehicle including a partial license plate number. APD officers immediately began searching the area for the suspect and vehicle.

Incarceration, mental illness addressed at Stepping Up Summit conference , Supervisor Bass, Undersheriff Honsal attending

Fifth District Supervisor Virginia Bass, Undersheriff William Honsal, Probation's Bill Damiano DHHS's Connie Beck, Humboldt County Superior Court Presiding Judge Joyce Hinrichs and Conflict Counsel's Greg Elvine-Kreis are some of the attendees at the conference below.

Photo by Supervisor Bass:

HCSO and mental health responding to a call, assistance called for additional units

HCSO put out a call about for more units and mental health assistance at a park.

Person aware of law enforcement. presence. CALTRANS asked to stay clear.

HCSO PIO Selena Zorilla Mendoza said:

"Law enforcement is out with a subject at a residence on the 4000 block of Hwy 101, Bayside.  This is an active ongoing investigation. "

Help locate these vehicles involved in an alleged robbery in Mitchell Heights yesterday

Update: Within minutes of posting this, a citizen already called in a tip on one of the vehicles.

I have forwarded the information to HCSO.

"Here are the people who robbed my neighbor yesterday afternoon in Mitchell Hts. I was home saw them and so did another neighbor who photographed their cars. They kicked in a door and stole a TV and guns. Three young guys they were seen walking in the area. Please blog so your readers can be aware. The police did come however they are overwhelmed with all the burglaries taking place during the day. If we all post this stuff we can all be on the lookout. The one license plate is from Fortuna."

According to the neighbor who sent me this, alleged suspects are three white males, "in their 18s to 20s."

Jan 17, 2017

Former Mendocino Deputy now in Idaho allegedly shot 3 times by suspect while serving an arrest warrant

On 01-16-2017 at approximately 11:30 AM Bonner County Sheriff's Deputy Justin M. Penn was shot three times by a suspect while trying to serve an arrest warrant.

Deputy Penn worked for the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office from August 2008 until January 2011. Penn left Mendocino County Sheriff's Office in a time when layoffs looked eminent.

Penn has been working as a Deputy Sheriff in Idaho since that time. As is normal in this type of incident little information is available at this time.

Deputy Penn is listed in fair condition and the men and women of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office wish him a speedy recovery.

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Vote to reappointment Planning Commissioner Lee Ulansey scheduled for next Tuesday

The reappointment of Planning Commisioner Lee Ulansey was on the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors today.

It will take place next Tuesday.

Whether protocol has been followed was raised in the previous posts.

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Joe Kitchen's dismissal of claim against City of Fortuna and County of Humboldt filed today

Mr. Zachary Zwerdling, attorney for Joe Kitchen just informed media and sent a copy that the dismissal of claims against the City of Fortuna and County of Humboldt have been filed.

In a letter sent to the City of Fortuna today, "Joe and Jevin Kitchen hereby waive without prejudice any claims against the City of Fortuna on Dangerous Condition of Public Property."

Jan 16, 2017

City of Fortuna says " Marci, no claim for you!''

Fortuna city staff had recommended that the Fortuna City Council reject Marci Kitchen's claim against the City. It was on the agenda for January 17th.

The Fortuna City Council voted to follow that staff recommendation.

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Let's show the world together, what it means to be one community

"Together, let's show the world, what it means to be one community."

These words spoken by Chief Andy Mills to the crowd gathered to march on MLK day organized by EPD and Humboldt NAACP.

"I can't thank Humboldt enough,this represents the finest," said Chief Mills to rounds of applause.

Attendance estimated to be over 500, according to EPD Captain Steve Watson.

Suspect in arson of an inhabitated structure cousin of one of the residents

On 01-13-2017 at approximately 1:10 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a report of an arson that had just occurred inside a residence in the 44000 block of Pacific Woods Road in Gualala, California.

An adult female reported the fire had been extinguished with the help of friends and fire and medical personnel were not needed.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence and met with the adult female.  Deputies learned the adult female's cousin, Ashaki Satomi Scott, had been temporarily staying at the adult female's residence.

On 01-12-2017 in the evening hours, the adult female caught Scott attempting to make unauthorized purchases with a business client’s credit card.  The adult female and Scott engaged in an argument regarding the fraudulent purchase attempts.

How actively is HCSO investigating the case of who sold Ryan's ashes back to his parents?

After the post below appeared on social media, community members contacted me saying that they were concerned that HCSO had not assigned any detectives to this case and that they have been working on any information and leads to help law enforcement.

I have contacted HCSO to ask about this claim. Undersheriff William Honsal responded to me this afternon and I am updating the post with his response.

"This is an ongoing investigation and our detectives are involved, but Deputy Wilcox is the lead."

Jan 15, 2017

Please help family locate Austin Cade Brown

A regular reader requested I post this, if you can help, please call number below or law enforcement.

Check out who owns 1108 Main Street in Fortuna and is leasing it to the County, yeah Lee Ulansey

Why is this an issue?

Even if Lee Ulansey could recuse himself on certain votes involving properties he owns;
if the rumors about him moving to Eureka are true, a district that is almost entirely under land use planning by the City of Eureka would have 3 out of 7 appointments, and a district like the 5th District  would have one on the Planning Commission.

I am no fan of Lee Ulansey but TE your spin does not match the facts on the agenda

I am no big fan of Lee Ulansey or HumCPR




However, Tuluwat Examiner's misleading post blaming Supervisor Virginia Bass has  their facts incorrect.

Tuluwat isn't revealing anything  new about Lee Ulansey and Supervisor Ryan Sundberg but it is a rumor, not anything stated by anyone as fact. If they really had their pulse on the whispering grapevine, they would know that it has been rumored that Lee Ulansey wants to run against Supervisor Virginia Bass. All just idle gossip at this point.

The item was put on the agenda for January 17th and has Supervisor Rex Bohn's name on it, not Supervisor Virginia Bass.

Lee Ulansey's appointment is over at the end of this month and it was probably put on the agenda for discussion.

Unless someone steps up to challenge Lee Ulansey or apply, what do you expect will happen?

It says consider the reappointment, not that it is a done deal.

There is also a protocol to be followed that can be viewed by searching April 13 2011. So, Tuesday will tell if proper protocol was followed.

Shout out to Verizon store in Eureka; especially Nick

This is how all businesses should strive to be. The Verizon store in Eureka and their national customer service is consistent and they go beyond what is required.

I have gone in and it has been a different customer service representative each time.
Excellent experience, every single time.

A shout out to Nick today for all his help.

Humboldt Bay Fire to EPD's aid at the police station

Walking up 6th street or driving down C street, depending on what direction you are facing, the Humboldt Bay Fire Truck may catch your eye by the Eureka Police Station.

I knew they were training, and there is a sign but I gave the firefighters a chuckle when I asked them if they were rescuing EPD.

The windows on the top floor are getting a polish.