Jan 18, 2018

Not guilty on all counts! Deputy Conflict Counsel Marek Reavis gets perfect score for his client

Jury verdict in today for Courtroom Two. Defendant Robert Garcia was represented by Deputy Conflict Counsel Marek Reavis. Deputy District Attorney Steven Seward prosecuted the case.

I did not cover the trial.  Public Defenders don't get press releases and a win with not guilty on all counts is a big deal.

Bail now $12 million each, 94 years to life in prison and David Turpin charged with lewd act upon a child

Horrific details about alleged abuse and torture emerge as more information is revealed by Riverside County prosecutors in the case of David and Louise Turpin case.

(Photo: LA Times)

Elder abuse is a new alleged charge against Michael Eshghipour in the Eel River Dental case

Today, Judge John Feeney granted the District Attorney's request to amend the complaint against Michael Eshghipour.  Elder Abuse is the new charge added and it is Count 1 in the first amended complaint.

"I still believe there is sufficient evidence to hold and prosecute the suspect despite the victim's reluctance to cooperate."

EPD Chief Steve Watson released this statement about Jennifer Willey:

"Concerning the press release I've included below, I still believe there is sufficient evidence to hold and prosecute the suspect despite the victim's reluctance to cooperate, though ultimately that will be the decision of the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office once they review the case.  Our detectives and officers did a great job investigating and quickly solving this crime.  The suspect, Jennifer Willey, is still in custody with bail set at $50,000. "

Ewa Misztal smiles in court, looks relaxed, wants case resolved

Setting for jury trial and findings of doctor's reports scheduled for Polish citizen Ewa Misztal on January 18 continued until February 1st to see if case will resolve.

Firearm, Xanax, heroin, just another bust in Humboldt County

On January 17th, 2018, at approximately 11:00AM, Agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, served a search warrant at a residence in the 3300 block of E Street in Eureka.

Desiree Henley's preliminary vacated, bench warrant issued for $100,000

Desiree Henley is charged with arson and aiding and abetting in the fire at the Blue Heron in August 2017.

This is the only female arrested and booked at the time of the Hikshari Trail stabbing

Jennifer Katherine Willey was booked yesterday for PC 245 (a) 1 at 9:30 p.m.

The timing is right for the Hikshari trail stabbing suspect. EPD Crime Analyst Brittany Powell confirmed Willey as the suspect.

I checked the Humboldt Superior Court records today and Jennifer Willey does not have any court cases listed.

Jan 17, 2018

In Mendocino Superior Court, this guy got prison for driving under the influence, not probation

The defendant criminally responsible for the vehicle collision depicted in the after-crash video (linked below) was sentenced to state prison late this afternoon in the Mendocino County Superior Court.

EPD detains suspect in Hikshari trail stabbing

Update 10:40 p.m :Suspect in custody. Confession obtained, weapon recovered.

Victim went through emergency surgery.

"About 5:38PM, EPD was dispatched to the foot of Truesdale on the report of a female stabbed by another female. As of 7:15PM, EPD POP and Patrol officers have a suspect  detained. The victim is an adult female and this incident appears to be transient related."

EPD Chief Watson added that this is still an active investigation & the information released, so far is preliminary.

Judge Lawrence Killoran? Who will be the next Humboldt County Superior Court Judge?

Mr. Lawrence Killoran of Scott, Robinson and Killoran has applied to fill the one current vacancy for Humboldt Superior Court Judge.

There will be another vacancy soon. Judge John Feeney was going to retire in February,  but he agreed to stay until Marrch.

EPD investigating a reported stabbing off the Hikshari trail

EPD Chief Steve Watson :
"I can confirm EPD is investigating a reported stabbing that occurred tonight off the Hikshari Trail just south of Truesdale. Appears to be homeless related.  One victim transported to a local hospital.  Officers on scene investigating.  More to follow later."

Chief Watson is on the scene. This is an active investigation. As indicated above, he will provide updates.