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.

May 16, 2017

If you recognize any of these people, call the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

Silicon Valley company sued for several charges including allegations of male employees discussing sex lives and graphic descriptions of having a "boner" and needing to "rub one out"

(photo credit -The Verge)

Elizabeth Scott is suing her former employer, a Silicon Valley online startup focusing on the virtual and augmented reality startup. Defendants named in the lawsuit are Upload Inc, the two co founders and several employees in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco.

Liz Smith found in Del Norte County, safe and unharmed

Update (5/16/17):
Missing person Elizabeth Smith has been located in Del Norte County and is unharmed. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the community for their assistance in locating Elizabeth Smith.

May 15, 2017

HCSO asking anyone with knowledge of Liz Smith's whereabouts to contact the office

On Monday, May 15, 2017 at about 1540 hours, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a concerned friend of Elizabeth Ana Smith stating that Elizabeth was missing.

Liz Smith needs our help, please reach out to her. Liz, if you are reading this, please contact law enforcement or a friend

After a video that was posted 13 hours ago, by Elizabeth Smith, the former executive director of the Boys and Girls of the Redwood, friends have been frantically trying to reach her.

"Toxicological analyses showed he had taken two different prescription psychotropic drugs prior to the incident."

 District Attorney Maggie Fleming has concluded her review of the fatal officer-involved shooting in McKinleyville on August 18, 2016.
On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at about 9 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Communications Center received a 911 call from the area of 1770 Sutter Road, Redwood Creek Apartments, McKinleyville. 

"This is why business is down. People don't feel safe! "

"This is why business is down. People don't feel safe! Jase and I experienced someone doing this in a near by spot on the waterfront not long ago. This is bull shit! The city put the cart before the horse moving those people out of Devil's Playground."

"I can confirm a police report was filed on January 16 and the reporting person subsequently followed up with us over the weekend. "

I followed up with Arcata Police Department today regarding the police report filed by Arcata dad. In a comment he made, Arcata dad alleged his attackers included David Lawson, Elijah Chandler and Renalyn Bobadilla.

 I also asked if APD could comment on the David Josiah Lawson investigation.

Two years later, David Viveiros' case of alleged sexual abuse with a minor, including a sodomy charge, has yet to go to jury trial

A motion to continue the jury trial for David Viveiros was scheduled this morning in Courtroom 3. The moton to continue was granted again. Jury trial of May 22 was vacated.

A setting for future dates is scheduled for June 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Murder charge against Leigl dismissed, Count 2 not dismissed

The 995 motion to dismiss charges against Nicholas Leigl was scheduled this morning in Courtroom 2.

Count 1, the murder charge and the special allegation was dismissed today.