Jun 23, 2017

Inmate who died today turned 36, eleven days ago

From Birth Records:

Colleen Marie Branch
Born: June 12, 1981
Birth Place: Humboldt County, California

Jury in Giddings and Huntzinger case sent home this afternoon

The jury in the Giddings and Huntzinger case briefly deliberated after lunch today and adjourned until Monday.

One of the jurors was feeling sick.

Michael Grant arrested for attempted murder in Wabash incident

 On June 16, 2017 at about 9:32 a.m., the Eureka Police Department received reports of two shots fired in the area of Wabash Avenue and B Street.  The suspect was seen leaving in a black Dodge Charger.  Officers responded and located two shell casings in the street on the 20 block of Wabash Avenue.  

Grandma who was arrested for leaving two year old grandchild in locked car released from custody despite objection by the DA

Katherine Perri, who was arrested at Bear River Casino and charged with leaving her two year old grandchild in a locked car she she went into the casino to gamble, was released from custody today, despite objections from the People, represented in court today by Deputy District Attorney Luke Bernthal.

James Pawlyk refused to come to court for his arraignment, bail now $150,000

James Pawlyk refused to come to court for his arraignment. It was continued to June 26 at 1:29 p.m.

Bail set by the Court at $150,000.

No other media was in court.

James Pawlyk charged with assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of vandalism

Cowboy hat suspect James Pawlyk still in custody; on must go list to be arraigned by today

James Pawlyk is on the must go list today to be arraigned. If he isn't, he will be released from custody. The DA's office is entering law enforcement reports right now.

I will update later, if he is arraigned today, which would be a late arraignment.

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Jun 22, 2017

This is how we could cover court trials but we don't; a four line summary on closing arguments

This was my suggestion to my fellow court reporters on summarizing closing arguments in the Giddings-Huntzinger case.

"Deputy DA Rees said he did it. Deputy PD Luke Brownfield said, my guy was forced to defend himself. Russ Clanton said, I got nothing. My guy was not there.

Rebuttal: Deputy DA Rees. I submit on the evidence."

Cowboy hat wearing crime spree suspect corralled into jail

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at about 1200 hours, the two week crime spree, perpetrated by the mysterious cowboy hat wearing subject claiming to be an FBI Agent, has finally came to an end.

Preliminary hearing set for Joshua David Grow's criminal case; he cannot use his contractor's license

The Attorney General's office is handling the issue regarding  Joshua David Grow's contractor license. Today, via phone, an attorney appeared on that matter.

Visiting Judge Marjorie Carter granted the order this morning and Grow cannot use his contractor license.

Grow is a Mckinleyville resident with a business in Arcata.

Law enforcement in CA must provide just cause to hold people’s vehicles and cannot automatically impound them for a set period


"The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday declared invalid a California statute requiring that police, after impounding a vehicle driven by an unlicensed driver, store that vehicle for 30 days."

To Napa and back, now preliminary set for Hoopa teen charged with stabbing of 52 year old in Arcata

Criminal proceedings had been suspended for Richard Dean, the Hoopa teen charged with the stabbing of the 52 year old in Arcta in January 2016. In May 2016, Dean was admitted to Napa State Hospital. In March 2017, after a six month review, Dean was awarded a certificate of mental competency.

Sometimes it is better to safe than sorry; Ferndale Police Chief on last night's response to City Hall

Last night Ferndale Police responded to City Hall while the City Council Meeting was happening. Report was regarding a disturbance.

This morning I spoke with Ferndale Police Chief Bret Smith. "It was more preventive. An individual was a little disruptive while making his point." 

Jun 21, 2017

The first Trinidad Bay Art and Music Festival to be held in August

I have had a concept buried in the back of my mind for over ten years. We are now ready to launch TBAM, Trinidad Bay Art & Music Festival for the Summer of 2017. It is long overdue. The Festival focus is on “regional talent with international connections”, a one degree reach into our radiating musical circles. 

"Want to buy marijuana?" Silver Dodge Charger on W. Del Norte allegedly selling out of car

Look out for Silver Dodge Charger on/near W. Del Norte. Reporting party told EPD dispatcher, occupant, white male approached reporting party asking if you "want to buy marijuana."

Ferndale police responding to report of disturbance at Ferndale City Council meeting

Ferndale police have responded to a report of disturbance/incident at the Ferndale City Council meeting.

Sharon Erickson, on probation, arrested for alleged possession of 108 pounds of weed

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at about 0007 hours, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was on routine patrol in the area of School Road and Central Avenue, McKinleyville. The Deputy observed a vehicle with an unreadable rear license plate and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle initially failed to yield to the Deputy’s lights and sirens.

Kimberly Felder charged with five counts including mayhem :" unlawfully and maliciously depriving Jane Doe of a member of the body, and did disable, disfigure and render it useless"

Kimberly Felder was arraigned in Courtroom 2 on June 20.

Felder is charged with five counts. Same special allegation for Count 1 and 3.

No psych evaluation yet, trial setting continued again for Ewa Misztal

At her last court hearing on May 31, 2017,
Ewa Misztal, the Polish citizen, charged with the death of her baby, had her trial setting continued to June 21 at 8:30 in Courtroom 2 at the request of the defense.

It was continued again to July 5.

The defense requested the continuance hoping to receive a "pysch evaluation which "will hopefully lead to a resolution in this case," according to Misztal's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Casey Russo.

Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Schaffer is prosecuting the case.

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Jun 20, 2017

Ukiah man arrested on charges of P 311.11; possession of child porn

On June 19th, 2017 at approximately 10:00 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives were contacted by a Special Agent of the Department of Homeland Security and Investigation, San Francisco Division.

One of four buildings destroyed this morning was where warrant had been executed for a butane honey oil extraction issue

I contacted Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Bill Gillespie for an update about the fire this morning. I also asked about the four businesses damaged/destroyed.

"From the building standpoint, the building next to Rita’s commercial kitchen was a total loss. This had been in the process of a previous cannabis permit, and also had been a location where a warrant was executed a couple of months ago for a butane honey oil extraction issue. I heard the tenant was in the process of moving.

Pasta Luego hosts event tonight to help the little girl rescued at Centerville beach

Here to help is an event being held at Pasta Luego in Arcata from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight.

This is a group of people, who have reached out to police, social services and are asking those interested in helping the little girl rescued at the Centerville beach as well as assisting in the well being of her two sisters to attend.

The little girl's mother is Kimberly Felder.

Here is a link for more information.


Crews still mopping up after fire at Knapek's Auto Electric

Humboldt Bay Fire ( 7a.m.):
26 W. 4th Street Fire- Crews still on scene mopping up. One lane of 4th Street closed. Use caution in the area.

Update: I checked this morning with the Humboldt County Assessor's office and the building is owned by Oribay Venture LLC.

Multi alarm fire at 4th and A in Eureka early this morning

Jun 18, 2017

Katherine Perri arrested at Bear River Casino and booked for allegedly leaving her two year old grandchild locked in her car while she went in to gamble

On 6-18-2017 at around 6:51 PM the Sheriff's Office dispatch center received a call from Bear River Casino Security reporting there was an unattended small child that was locked inside a Ford Explorer in the casino parking lot.