Jun 9, 2017

Prop 47 affected all of California but state grants only deem certain counties worthy of dollars

Humboldt not on the list for either grant.

We pay taxes, we suffer the consequences but we are not good enough for the state to give money for a problem the state lawmakers created.


SACRAMENTO (June 8, 2017) – Grant awards from a voter initiative that reduces from felonies to misdemeanors certain low-level crimes and directs state savings to rehabilitative programs received approval today from the Board of State and Community Corrections.

Arcata City Council approves community reward fund for information leading to arrest and conviction in the David Lawson case

At its meeting on Wednesday evening, the Arcata City Council approved a community reward program for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the April 15 homicide of David Josiah Lawson. Community members have donated $21,000 to establish the fund. According to Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman, the APD has had success with reward programs in the past and will continue to accept funds for the Lawson case reward.

"The issue we have had since the beginning is that many public officials and others have painted a picture that Kyle was in a fight at the party which is false."

Message to the community from the Zoellner family:

"The issue we have had since the beginning is that many public officials and others have painted a picture that Kyle was in a fight at the party which is false. There was no fight.  What actually took place was a group of men beat Kyle up and Kyle never had a chance to defend himself.  Once everyone realizes that a "fight" did not take place but an assault & battery did take place, people will be asking the same question we are; why has the DA not filed charges against the men that beat Kyle up?"

How well local parole supervision works; convicted felon hired and given 2nd chance, back in prison

From Mendocino District Attorney:

In November 2013, defendant Brice Lee McKinnon was sentenced to 80 months in state prison following his conviction on five counts of arson.

Moving forward from 2013 to 2017, McKinnon was released from state prison on January 26, 2017 subject to local parole supervision.

Jun 8, 2017

Contrary to this post on craigslist, here are the facts about what Zane knew about Chad Smith

Suprintent Fred Van Vleck got back to me about this posting on craigslist about what the school knew about Chad Smith.


No, we were not aware he was being investigated.  His fingerprints were on file with the CA DOJ and we received the arrest record as soon as he was arrested.  Prior to his arrest, he had no records of felony or misdemeanor charges.  We checked, as we do with all employees,  Your help in dispelling this nonfactual information is appreciated."


Help EPD nab the alleged dognapper

White male, 25 years old, purple hair, blue jeans on bike, heading from Bayshore Mall towards Truesdale, with a grey, medium sized dog, not his, according to the reporting party calling EPD.

Help EPD nab the alleged dognapper. Allegedly, a woman was beating the dog with her fist that resulted in the start of this call.

In her own words, Liz Smith's resignation from NAACP, feelings about growing up in Humboldt, Chief Mills and more

June 8, 2017
Dear John,
It seems quite befitting that I would be writing a “Dear John” letter and having you be the conduit of my resignation from the last leadership post I have carried for an organization that I did not start, in this case, the Eureka Branch of the NAACP.
Like my resignations from the Eureka Elk’s Lodge Officers and the Boys & Girls Club, my hands are being forced. What can I say, I have my intentions and timing and God has his.

A follow up letter to Humboldt media from local NAACP media coordinator


I am the Media Coordinator of the Eureka Branch of the NAACP. As one of the members of the executive board, I'd like to clarify a few things. In the wake of the recent murder of HSU student, David Josiah Lawson, the presence of vitriolic speech has become most prevalent on some of our local media outlets. The majority of the executive board collectively drafted a letter asking media organizations to examine and possibly change their policies related to the comment sections on their websites, social media pages, etc.

APD is asking witnesses to come forward, "that is not happening."

 Link to the video of June 7 Arcata City Council meeting.

"This is a measurable industry that can be boosted by community awareness," local farmers on the 27th annual festival and Nancy Stephenson's last year with Oysterfest

"This will be my third and final year with Arcata Main Street," said Nancy Stephenson, events and marketing Director, for Arcata Main Street. "I was offered a job as Community Strategies Manager for the Redwood Coast Energy Authority.

Jun 7, 2017

APD sends supplemental police report to DA who will decide if charges will be filed against Castillo brothers and Paris Wright

According to Kyle Zoellner's uncle Jay Zoellner, APD Sgt. Detective Todd Dockweiler  met with Kyle Zoellner's father today. Detective Dokweiler made the decision to send a supplemental police report to the District Attorney.  The DA's office will decide whether to file charges against the Castillo brothers and Paris Wright for assault and battery on Kyle Zoellner.

If Chief Andy Mills leaves EPD, will his replacement be Captain Brian Stephens?

Eureka Chief Andy Mills has not officially resigned from EPD.  He has been offered a job with the Santa Cruz police department.
The offer is tentative, pending background check.

Rice Krispie treats into an improvised shot shell investigated by EPD

EPD Captain Steve Watson:

No joke-EPD just investigated a shooting where the projectile used was an improvised shot shell evidently loaded with...Rice Krispies Treats https://t.co/oVZKkkg6E1

Arcata City Council, HSU, is this what you condone while you do nothing?

They harassed APD on the night Josiah was fighting for his life and APD was trying to administer life saving efforts. They harassed the Zoellner family and friends at the courthouse.

They harassed me and post hateful, abusive, deragatory comments since I covered this preliminary hearing and reported facts. Anonymous cowards, for the most part.

"Local" woman asks people to leave bad reviews for Kyle Zoellner's employer and says Zoellner stabbed Lawson

Is she "local", not according to her facebook profile.

Another outsider, bad review, from here, San Diego.


Humboldt Bay Fire Joint Powers Authority affirms Chief Gillespie's decision about Matt McFarland

Humboldt Bay Fire Joint Powers Authority affirmed Chief Bill Gillespie's decision about asking Matt McFarland  to remove his BLM pin, while he is in uniform.

Eric Lively to be arraigned tomorrow on one count of murder

Eric Lively arraignment on information scheduled for June 8 at 8:30 a.m.. Charge for the jury trial is the same as the preliminary hearing; one count of murder. Lively is charged with the death of Jesse Simpson.

Jury trial scheduled for July 31. Lively is represented by Mr. Russ Clanton. Deputy District Attorney Adrian Kamada is prosecuting this case.

Sohum upskirting suspect yet to appear in court, even once, defense to file the nth motion to continue jury trial

Trial confirmation for David Nunez, the Sohum upskirting suspect, was scheduled for this afternoon at 1:30 in Courtroom 5.

Ms. Kathleen Bryson made a special appearance for Nunez's attorney. She asked for a further date on 6/14 when Mr. William Dubois will be in town. Mr. Dubois plans  file a motion to continue the trial date.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Whitney Barnes. Nunez is represented by Mr. William Du Bois.

"You are on Andy Mills", Sheriff Honsal responds to Chief Mills challenge

EPD Chief Andy Mills: "William Honsal how about a side bet?  Losing dept cooks a BBQ for the winner.  $$$ go to Charlie."

Sheriff William Honsal:  You are on Andy Mills.

Former Miss Hoopa's jury trial confirmation continued to next week

Former Miss Hoopa, Kayla Brown's jury trial confirmation was scheduled for today, June 7 in Courtroom 1.

By stipulation, trial confirmation has been continued to 8:30 on June 12.

Power outage affecting more than just Myrtletown

Power outage is affecting more than just Myrtletown. Old Town and Downtown are also affected.

According to Supervisor Rex Bohn, PG and E outage affecting Myrtletown and Downtown was due to a bushing at one of the substations."

"No one has the flood programs and rates I can offer"

The County of Humboldt released a press release today.

 "The federal government is getting ready to update its flood maps, and you may soon be required to purchase flood insurance for the first time. However, if you are one of the more than 200 citizens in Humboldt County who will be affected by these changes, you may have a few weeks to lock in lower rates with your insurance company."

Zoe in Henderson Center for sale

According to a March 26 facebook post, Zoe in Henderson Center is for sale. Yelp lists it as closed.

"I am sorry to say that due to a recent serious illness I must sell ZOE.  For details please contact zoe2850fst@gmail.com."

Jun 6, 2017

A letter from Eureka NAACP to Humboldt media about Lawson coverage , public commentary and anonymous rants

Is this letter even legit? Yes. I checked with Liz Smith, Humboldt NAACP President.

This is what she refused to sign, calling it a "media check" and proposed other solutions.

Why has no other media published this? Was it even sent to them?
Eureka Branch, Unit 1036
Post Office Box 1434
Eureka, California 95502

June 6, 2017

To Humboldt County Media Outlets:
In the aftermath of the senseless and tragic killing of David Josiah Lawson, the Eureka Branch of the NAACP has been monitoring not only the criminal case as the investigation progresses, but local area media coverage as well.

Kyle Zoellner trying to file charges against Castillo brothers and Paris Wright for assault and battery; uncle claims APD being difficult

Letter from  Kyle Zoellner's uncle:

"Hi John,

Just so you know Kyle is in the process of getting the APD to file charges against the Castillo brothers and Parris Wright for assault and battery but they are being difficult for some unknown reason."

"Think about it, they admitted to attacking Kyle at the party without any provocation and everyone has testified to this?  What more do the police need?  The assailants above admitted in court under oath that they beat Kyle up. "

Thank You,
Jay Zoellner

Chad Smith's bail reset to two million, six hundred and fifty thousand; preliminary at June 15

Chad Smith's bail was reset to two million, six hundred and fifty thousand in court today.  Judge John Feeney initially set it at 1 million, but reset it after arguments presented by Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads.

Chad Smith to be arraigned on 13 counts today including lewd and lascivious acts upon a child and intentional violation of a protective order

Chad Alan Smith, is charged by the District Attorney's office with 13 counts with several special allegations.

Counts 1 and 2 are PC 288.7 (b) Oral copulation or penetration with a child who was 10 years of age or younger. Alleged victim Jane Doe #1.

HBF Chief Bill Gillespie clarifies information and sends out official press release on suspension of water rescue program

Please see the attached official press release from Humboldt Bay Fire regarding the suspension of the swimmer-based portion of our water rescue program. It also identifies and clarifies a false statement provided last night in a release that did not come from the department.

(This is why it was not posted here yesterday)

Jun 5, 2017

Cancel my subscription to your issues "anon" and critics; your drama, your problem, not mine

Making threats of filing a lawsuit seems easy in the heat of the moment. Then going ahead and filing one just because you can is stupid.

Proving a claim in court requires an understanding of law. In cases of threats, harassment and verbal abuse and grandiose but delusional opinions, especially in the comment section of any media source requires an understanding of reporting and journalism.

Tina Sampay requests dismissal of her "day in court with me"

On June 5, when my attorney's office tried to file a response, the clerk told them the matter had been dismissed on June 2. A hand-delivered copy of this dismissal without prejudice, which was requested by Tina Sampay, on June 2 was hand delivered to my attorney's office today at 4:30 p.m. On the dismissal, it says attorney was notified on June 2.

Restraining order granted against Chad Smith in his pending divorce case

(Chad Smith)

There is one Family Law Case, which currently has a pre-trial on June 13, in which A. Smith has filed for dissolution of marriage with minor child. A. Smith is represented by attorney S. Brenda Morgan.

There is a CWS subpoena filed by a Jamie Kuntz on April 3. A restraining order requested by A. Smith was served on Chad Smith 5/15/17 and is set to expire on 6/19/17.

No resolution, then resolution, Nicholas Leigl pleads out in the Jesus Garcia homicide case

I was the only media present Friday for trial assignment for Nicholas Leigl.

They were waiting to see what courtroom he was assigned to so I left. He was also on the court calendar for today, as listed in the post below, as of Friday evening.

However, Leigl ended up pleading on Friday. Just found out. No other media was in court at that time either.

Leigl plead no contest to an added Count 3 PC 186.22 (a), according to the DA's office. Sentencing on December 14, 2017.

Count 2 and the special allegation for Count 2 was dismissed.

Joshua David Grow total bail was 35,000; attorney is Ben Okin; preliminary yet to be held

Jun 4, 2017

Another PC 288 charge involving a minor female and a local businessman; more charges expected

Back in December 2016, this was a statement prepared by HCSO Deputy Scott Aponte. I have cropped the original document as it listed the alleged victim's residence.

Joshua David Grow was arrested by HCSO for PC 288(c) (1) on January 23, 2017 at 9 p.m. Arraignment was 2/24. Grow entered a not guilty plea.

$250,000 bail for attempted murder suspect Jeremiah Luna

On 05-30-2017 at about 6:13 PM Mendocino County Sherff's Deputies responded to a reported stabbing in the 6100 block of North State Street in Ukiah, California.