Mar 17, 2017

Fortuna man plead guilty to sexual abuse with his own daughter, sentenced 28 years to life

Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming announced that yesterday, Moises Camarillo Saldana, a 38-year-old former resident of Fortuna, pled guilty to committing sexual intercourse with a child ten years of age or younger and oral copulation of a child under 16 years, both felonies under California Penal Code Section 288.  

Crime Watch Daily interested in covering Kitchen case; this email made my day

This email from the producer of Crime Watch Daily made my day.

"I’m a producer with the show CRIME WATCH DAILY with Chris Hansen.   Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen is America's only daily crime program, featuring in-depth investigations, real-life mysteries, and the stories behind the crimes. 

The reason for this email is because we are interested in featuring Kiya Kitchen and Faith Tsarnas’ story on our show.  Would you be open to interviewing on our show as one of the reporters covering this story?"

Mar 16, 2017

Fortuna traffic stop results in arrest; suspect charged with having shotgun, nunchaku and brass knuckles

On March 16th, 2017  2:30 pm, Fortuna Police Department officer performed a traffic stop on a vehicle on 12th Street near Dinsmore Drive for a traffic violation. While officers were speaking with the driver, they observed what appeared to be the stock of a firearm sticking out from the back seat area. The firearm was partially concealed by other items in the rear seat.

EPD vs Zane, who are you rooting for in the Hoops and Heroes game?

Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg appointed to the CA Coastal Commission

Governor Jerry Brown just announced some appointments.

Our very own Humboldt County Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg is one of them.

I predict that Marci Kitchen's funding order will be granted, why trust the Court anymore?

Based on Judge Christopher Wilson's decision to let Marci Kitchen "party", why should the public trust him anymore given the "special" treatment Marci Kitchen is getting?

My post title is sarcasm for the humor challenged.

Sohum upskirting suspect case finally gets scheduled for jury trial in June

After numerous continuances and delays, Sohum upskirting suspect David Nunez's case is finally set for jury trial.

Trial setting was yesterday. Trial confirmation is June 7 at 1:30 p.m and Jury trial is scheduled for June 19 at 9:45 a.m.

What Marci wants, Marci gets; Judge Wilson grants ridiculous request for out of state travel despite objection from DA

(This is an old photo of Marci Kitchen with her daughter Kiya Kitchen and Faith Tsarnas that was given to me for use on my blog)

Another last minute hearing scheduled for 8:30 a.m this morning for Marci Kitchen.

The first last minute hearing was held this Monday and Kitchen was asked to surrender her passport to the court within 48 hours. She did.

Kitchen is charged with two counts. One of the victims in the complaint filed is her own daughter.

Joe Kitchen was in court today with friends.

Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads told Judge Christopher Wilson that "the People oppose the request for out of state travel to attend her partner's grandma's birthday party. " Ms. Eads said the People did not feel this reason "justified the risk of" jeopardizing Kitchen's future court appearances.

Despite objection, Judge Wilson granted the request for travel to Oregon.

In fact, he asked if attorneys could stipulate to out of state travel. If not, he would decide on a case by case basis. He also agreed to seal all her future travel records and itinerary.

Marci Kitchen's attorneys file objection to terms set by court

From a quick look at computer records, it seems Marci Kitchen's attorneys filed an objection to request for terms. I am assuming this refers to Kitchen's surrender of passport.

The defense also filed an order shortening time.

The DA filed an opposition.

Mar 15, 2017

Arrested 190 times since 2012? Registered sex offender Alan Cook now in Fortuna

Alan A.Cook is someone I am familiar with from covering courts.

This guy knows the system, represented himself, got a plea deal and since then has been a frequent name in the jail reports of daily arrests.

This is a post I did on him:

Jun 29, 2015

Released less than two weeks ago after a plea to indecent exposure, he is back in custody

Yesterday, 4:14 p.m.

He sat a year in jail, served his maximum sentence, got 4 counts dismissed and plead guilty to indecent exposure and he is back. Cook represented himself.

Another hearing for Marci Kitchen this week? What's up?

You can come find out in person at 8:30 in Courtroom 5 tomorrow or find out later.

Another last minute addition to court calendar.

Marci Kitchen had until today to surrender her passport; did she?

Marci Kitchen had 48 hours from her 10:15 hearing this Monday to surrender her passport to the Court.

Did she? Yes she has.

One of her attorneys, Mr. Patrik Griego, said, "Yes. She has complied with all conditions of release on bond."

Mr. Griego joined as co counsel later. Initially, her attorney of record was only Mr. Benjamin Okin. Mr. Griego has been very prompt in responding to all media inquiries.

Fortuna lockdown being lifted, investigation continues, no suspect located

The latest on the Fortuna "lockdown" is that lockdowns are being lifted. Police units remain in area. The area of concern is still being checked. No suspect located, yet. Investigation is ongoing.

City of Eureka invites you to a party on March 25, it is Bring Your Own Gloves

Okay how many times has he been arrested is a joke for frequent offenders like Carson Lee Phoebus

Carson Lee Phoebus arrested by EPD for PC 594 (b) (2) (A) and booked into jail yesterday at 11:36 a.m.

Last time he was arrested March 7 was three times in less than 24 hours.

Mar 14, 2017

EPD implements new procedures to lessen adverse impact of repeat theft offenders impacting businesses

The following letter was sent out recently to the Eureka business community by EPD Captain Steve Watson.

March 10, 2017

Dear Eureka Business Community,
In an effort to lessen the adverse impact of repeat theft offenders negatively impacting businesses within the City of Eureka, the Eureka Police Department has implemented new procedures that became effective this week.

Our intention is to increase public safety and reduce crime while presenting some respite to Eureka’s merchants who
are continually being victimized by increasingly bold and belligerent repeat theft offenders.

U.S. Supreme Court case with ruling on First Amendment and preliminary hearings being public

Before court today, I had done some research and mentioned this case to my media colleagues.

Press can file a writ in response to defense motion to close the preliminary hearing.

U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the First Amendment in this case.

Witnesses for the 2017 preliminary on Jon Goldberg asked to return now 4th time; defense,wants to close aspects of preliminary hearing

Jon Goldberg's preliminary hearing for his 2017 case was continued twice before today.
It was continued for a third time today.

Witnesses now have to return for the 4th time.

Former Miss Hoopa's jury trial on charges of alleged sexual abuse of a female minor victim confirmed for next week

Trial confirmation was continued until today for former Miss Hoopa, Kayla Brown, whose jury trial is scheduled for March 20.

As of today, the jury trial date remains set.

Brown is charged with charged with four counts of alleged abuse including abnormal sexual interest in children.

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"Enforcement of immigration laws is not the job of the Sheriff and my office does not and will not conduct proactive or reactive immigration enforcement duties in this community. "

In recent weeks there have been several inquiries regarding the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office policy regarding immigration enforcement and cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security; US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

Construction starts next week for public access computers and a clerk to be on second floor of the Courthouse

Just spoke with Humboldt County Superior Court CEO Ms. Kim Bartleson.

This is something that has been in the planning stages for a while but it has now been funded by the Judicial Council of California.

Mar 13, 2017

Kudos to KAEF's Nazy Javid and KIEM's Meriah Miracle for their coverage of the Floyd Squires court case

Kudos to North Coast News's Nazy Javid and KIEM's Meriah Miracle for their coverage of the court case against Floyd Squires.

North Coast News had great coverage of Squires not responding, telling the reporter to get that camera away from him. My phrasing more polite than Floyd Squires.

Marci Kitchen has to surrender her passport within 48 hours and it will be sealed

Found this on the second floor of the Courthouse right now. It is the original, am returning it to Court administration.

Talk about luck.

Marci Kitchen has 48 hours to surrender her passport through her attorneys and it will be sealed in the court file.

She will have to get permission from the court if she wants to leave the state.

Last minute " sneak hearing" to set "bail conditions" for Marci Kitchen

Marci Kitchen had a hearing set last minute,  "to set bail conditons"

This was not in the court system Friday late Friday afternoon, it was not on the online calendar when I checked yesterday. Now, all of a sudden it is in the digital calendar and court records as being filed March 10.

I did check with Humboldt Superior Court and the entry of this into court records was late Friday.

I sent an email to the BOS asking about Laura's law & inaction since last year; Supervisor Estelle Fennell responded promptly

After the post I did below, I followed up today.

I sent an email to four County Supervisors (except Mike Wilson because he was not on the board a year ago)

The title was: "What is the status of Humboldt County and Laura's law?"

The text:
"Specifically Virginia, you have now traveled twice on the issue of mentally health and jails, the last this was in BOS was a year ago.

I want to hear why BOS hasn't followed up in this, not being forwarded to Connie Beck or other staff.

It is a fair more pressing issue that affects citizen safety daily than many issues."

Humboldt Hilton frequent guest Brian Mello arrested by CHP Saturday; no details available on case

Frequent guest at the Humboldt Hilton, Brian Mello, was arrested by CHP on Saturday.

No information available on case, yet. I have contacted CHP and will update this post.

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