Apr 8, 2017

Inmate Alexi Greenspan assaults correctional deputy who will require surgery

In 2013, 22 year old Alexi Greenspan, from Mckinleyville, threatened HCSO Deputy multiple times for arresting Greenspan for allegedly setting of fireworks on Clam Beach which almost struck a Cal-Ore plane landing at Mckinleyville airport.

(this is a booking from 2013)

Press Release:

On Friday, April 7, 2017 at about 1635 hours, a Senior Correctional Deputy working in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility was assaulted by inmate Alexi Greenspan who is currently in custody serving a sentence for a violation of probation.

Two Deputies were in the process of escorting Greenspan from the processing area of the jail to his assigned housing location when Greenspan suddenly attacked the Senior Correctional Deputy striking him in the face with a closed fist.

One male victim allegedly stabbed at Broadway Trailer park; EPD requested medical aid for another

According to Operation Safe Streets (last night)

Eureka Police officers are out at the Broadway Trailer Park investigating a report that someone may have been stabbed.  No victims have been located yet.  Multiple units are on scene checking.

Update 0047 - dispatch confirms one male subject is currently being treated for stab wounds at St Joe emergency.   Another subject has been located at the trailer park and medical aid has been requested.

I have contacted EPD for more details.

Apr 7, 2017

$10,000 raised for First Responders by the Eureka Lodge of the Royal Order of Moose

Photos and tweets, EPD Captain Steve Watson:

EPD received $1000 for Shop with a Cop & $1000 for our volunteer Graffiti Abatement Team! We live in an amazing, caring & generous community.

The Eureka Lodge of the Royal Order of Moose raised $10000 for First Responders which was presented to several local agencies tonight! https://t.co/QTHud0ws5v

National County health rankings show spike in drug overdose deaths for youth

Check out Humboldt County rankings for yourself.


First Baptist Church in Mckinleyville tagged with graffiti an hour ago

A Mckinleyville resident and First Baptist Church member appeals to the community for help.

"Some time between 2:30 and 3:00 PM Mckinleyville First Baptist Church on Murray Road has been tagged with graffiti and broken in to. Sheriff has been contacted and is en route."

Clayton Lasinski who led EPD on chase through Old Town has jury trial on Monday vacated; trial setting on April 13

Jury trial was scheduled to start for Clayton Lasinski on April 10. That date was vacated on March 29. Trial setting is on April 13 at 8:30 a.m.

Clayton Lasinski, the man who led EPD through a chase during rush hour and was ultimately arrested after being shot in an officer involved shooting had his preliminary hearing in February.

Two CHP officers and the lead investigator from EPD testified.

Apr 6, 2017

Just who is the good ole boy network in Humboldt?

Funny how certain local media that loves to label certain businessmen and women, and question every business move they make, especially if they are appointed to County Commissions don't have the same problem pointing out any "conflict of interest" or questioning City of Eureka appointments.

Some of it is because certain "investigative" local media have no clue or real knowledge of anything happening behind the scenes. Some of it is they don't care. They do what those that fund their paycheck require, screw the community.

Eureka developer Kelly Martin is on the City of Eureka Development Commission. He owned the building on Fourth and Commercial that burned down last July. He owns a lot of properties in Eureka.

Is that his qualification for being on the Commission? That he is a developer and owns a lot of buildings? In comparison to his investments and wealth, how many jobs per year has he created and how many employees does he have?

Michael Hiscox, sentenced for molesting three boys, being released early from prison

Michael Hiscox, 55 years old, is currently an inmate at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran. He will be released, early, this month.

A jury convicted Michael Robert Hiscox on 11 counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.  (Pen.Code, § 288.) 1  Each count included a finding of “substantial sexual conduct” under section 1203.066, subdivision (a)(8).   The jury also found the offenses involved multiple victims under sections 667.61 and 1203.066, subdivision (a)(7).   The court applied section 667.61 to impose 11 consecutive terms of 15 years to life.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy DA Allison Jackson. 

No suspects located yet, EPD continues to investigate reports of shots fired last night near W. Henderson and Albee

EPD Captain Steve Watson provided the following update to last night's call regarding shots fired.

"I can confirm that around 6:37 PM last night, EPD officers responded to a report of shots heard in the vicinity of an alley near W.Henderson and Albee Streets. Multiple callers reported multiple shots heard and a vehicle leaving at a high rate of speed. Officers located an unoccupied vehicle parked in the alley with apparent gunshot damage, expended shell casings, and additional gunshot damage to a nearby structure.  A witness observed a vehicle flee the scene. What is believed to be another involved vehicle was later located near Pine / W.15thStreet. The second vehicle also had sustained gunshot damage and shell casings were found inside it.

Appeal court rules in favor of EPD; rejects 2015 fourth amendment rights were violated for Parrot

This is a for a 2015 case.


Officers saw a vehicle rolling backwards without lights. Parrott exited from the driver’s side and pushed the car to the curb. The officers approached, offering assistance as Parrott began to lift the hood. Parrott said he did not need help. The officers noticed that Parrot was nervous and kept touching a large item bulging from the front pocket of his sweatshirt. While questioning Parrott, the officers learned that his drivers’ license was suspended. 

Apr 5, 2017

Why is HCSO at Elks River Road?

Half an hour ago code 33 call, HCSO Elks River Road. Emergency over but very little information available.

Give the Chance, a project by Michael Williams, is the kind of leadership we need in Eureka and Humboldt

I did this post on Michael Williams last year.


Williams is the owner of Bikini Brews. He contacted me today about a project he has been working on for a while and he finally launched the kickstarter.

Rather than me explain it, watch Michael on the video in this link.


Multiple calls about shots fired, EPD responds to 400 block of West Henderson

A regular reader of the blog said this was near an alley, east of Albee. As of 10 p.m., another reader said EPD was still on scene.

Operation Safe Streets (happened around 6:45):

Suspect vehicle possibly newer model 4runner SUV left w/b Henderson.  Witness possibly following vehicle.

EPD received multiple calls for possible shots fired near the 400-500 block of West Henderson.  8-9 shots reported.  Bullets holes found in a car by responding officers.

Sgt requesting all available units respond to the area.

HCSO searching for carjacking and stabbing suspect; Humboldt Water Bay District on lockdown

HCSO Press Release:

 On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at about 1424 hours Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Deputies responded to the 7200 block of West End Road, Arcata for an agency assist per California Highway Patrol. It was reported to law enforcement as a traffic collision and an altercation. Upon arrival, Deputies learned an adult female sustained serious injuries and an adult male suspect was believed to have fled on foot. The female victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Her injuries are unknown at this time. 

"Arcata Police Department K9 and California Highway Patrol air support are assisting in the search. The male suspect is described as being in his 20’s with a dark complexion, dark hair, 5’8 and 200 pounds. Suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans, dark colored shirt or sweatshirt and a white baseball hat.

According to North Coast News :

"The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District is currently on lockdown while they look for the suspect.  It happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday at Pump 4 on Warren Creek Road in Arcata. "

According to North Coast News, the man allegedly stabbed the woman during the carjacking.

Zwerdling Law Firm settles case for 1.95 million for client struck by CHP vehicle

The Zwerdling Law Firm just settled a case against the State of California for $1.95 million. Their client, a 44-year-old male, sustained major orthopedic injuries when he was struck by a California Highway Patrol vehicle that had lost control and crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 101.  The officer had been texting prior to losing control of his vehicle.


Dinsmore resident Sean C. Appelbaum pleads guilty to felony violation of cultivating marijuana

Today, Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming announced that yesterday, 33 year-old Sean C. Appelbaum, of Dinsmore, California, pled guilty to a felony violation of cultivating marijuana resulting in environmental violation (Health and Safety Code § 11358(d)(3)) and admitted to being personally armed during the commission of that felony (Penal Code § 12022(a)(1)).  In addition, Mr. Appelbaum pled guilty to unlawfully diverting a stream, which is a misdemeanor under Fish and Game Code §1602(a). Mr. Appelbaum faces up to 4½ years in jail.  He will return to court on June 13, 2017 for sentencing.

Decision on motion to join the cases of the four suspects charged with the death of 14 year old gets continued for the second time

The motion to hear the People's request for joinder for the four suspects charged with the death of 14 year old Jesus Garcia was continued March 3 at the request of the DA' s office.

Gang related charges have been alleged as a motive for the murder.

It was scheduled yesterday after being continued from March 3 but was continued again and is now scheduled for April 7.

Alert Fortuna citizen tip leads to arrest of two suspects with federal felony warrants

On April 4, 2017 at about 10 pm, Fortuna Police Department received a call of a suspicious vehicle parked at a dead end on the 2300 block of 2nd Ave.  The occupied vehicle had been parked in the area for several minutes and it was not known to the neighborhood.   

Found guilty in 2016, Ivan Martinez Chavarin arrested again by EPD this week

Ivan Martinez Chavarin arrested on April 3 by EPD for PC 273.5 (a) and PC 29800 (a) (1).

Did not show up on jail reports until this morning.

He had a guilty verdict on most counts in the 2016 case and had changed his plea to guilty in the 2015 case.

Apr 3, 2017

I year of prison time maybe? Probation? This is supposed to be a deterrent for the crime for having child pornography?

On March 30, the preliminary hearing for Matthew Steele was set for June 14. Intervention scheduled for June 13.

Steele is charged with PC 311.11 a
 The Humboldt County DA has charged him with a felony.

Steele's bail was set at $200,000 and he is out of custody. He was arraigned on February 15 and plead not guilty.

On January 11, I posted on the details from the Ramey warrant, link below. The Ramey warrant listed approximately 500 images. The warrant listed HSU as his business address.

 I contacted HSU to see if he is still employed there. According to HR, "Matthew Aaron Steele was employed at HSU through 1/19/2017. He was working with the Sponsored Programs Foundation, an auxiliary of HSU."

One female passenger arrested Saturday; two suspects that fled may have been located, controlled substances found in car

On Saturday night CHP was assisted by HCSO and K9 unit from from Fortuna in looking for two suspects who fled on foot.

I just spoke with CHP Sgt. Brandon Lale. One female passenger was arrested on charges of violation of probation and possession of drug paraphernelia. Controlled substances were found in the car.

CHP tried to initiate a stop after they spotted the vehicle which they recognized from a BOLO issued earlier.

Sgt. Lale said he had heard the suspects had been located. According to information he heard, the suspects claimed they spent the night in the woods.  Then they went to a local residence and allegedly told the people in that home, they were involved with the above mentioned incident. Law enforcement was notified.

HCSO did follow up on that lead and were unable to locate the two suspects.

Nicholas Johnson jury trial will include evidence of alleged shots fired at DA Investigators before he was arrested

Nicholas Johnson who is charged with the death of David Ganfield will also face charges resulting from his arrest, when he allegedly shot at two DA Investigators.

Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees won his motion to introduce the evidence about the DA Investigators. Johnson's attorney, Mr  Neal Sanders, asked for a thirty day continuance to prepare after the People's motion was granted by Judge John Feeney.

Trial confirmation is April 11. Jury trial is now scheduled for April 24.

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

Trial confirmation was scheduled this morning for Ewa Misztal, the Polish citizen, arrested in Arcata last year, and charged with the death of her baby.

Trial is now scheduled for April 17. The defense requested a continuance at the last court hearing.

Visiting Judge Marjorie Carter in for Judge Marilyn Miles. Mr. Luke Brownfield in for Public Defender Casey Russo, Misztal's attorney.

Deputy District Attorney is prosecuting rhe case. Trial date confirmed. Estimate 3-4 weeks.

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Apr 2, 2017

Help HCSO find missing juvenile Vanessa Casey

Update: Thanks to the excellent sharing and notification to law enforcement by members of the Mckinleyville Community Watch group, according to a facebook post, she has been found. This post around 7:35p.m. and one recently by her mother that she is,safe. HCSO has been contacted to confirm.

On April 3, HCSO:  

On 04-02-17 at approximately 8:54 pm the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office confirmed Vanessa Casey had been located and is safe.  The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public's assistance with this matter.