Oct 13, 2016

Remember the guy that passed out in a running car near Ferndale cemetery and was subsequently arrested on marijuana and forgery charges?

A reader and concerned community member contacted me about Luke David Walker. There was discrepancy whether he was in custody or not, according to her research online.

He is the guy that stole a trailer and other miscellaneous equipment from the Maintenance Department at College of the Redwoods.

I checked with the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Walker was released to self on October 5 after time being served.

Ferndale Police Press Release:

On November 11th, 2015 at approximately 1000 hours, a concerned public utility worker arrived to the Ferndale Police Department reporting suspicious activity involving a vehicle parked near the cemetery. The worker advised officers the vehicle was running and the driver was “passed out” in the driver seat and was the sole occupant. Officers responded with medical personnel who were at present at the police department when the report came in and located a 33-year-old Humboldt County transient, Luke David Walker, passed out in the driver seat of the running vehicle as described by the reporting party.

Prior to officers attempting contact with Walker, they smelled marijuana coming from the rear of the enclosed truck bed. Ferndale Police Officers contacted knocked on the window several times before he woke up.  Once awake, officers contacted Walker by asking him to roll the window down, turn off the engine and that is when they and smelled a very strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

That changed the scope of the investigation to a drug investigation. While speaking with Walker he displayed signs and symptoms of being under a combination of controlled substances. Officers searched Walker’s vehicle and located a significant amount of marijuana, hypodermic syringes, empty drug baggies, identification cards, drivers licenses, social security cards, temporary bank issued check books for newly opened accounts, blank business check paper, stolen checks from a theft reported from Tracy, Ca, scales prescription medication not prescribed to Walker, prescription medication classified as a controlled substance not prescribed by walker and several pieces of what appears to be stolen mail. Furthermore, Walker made checks issued to himself and others using some of the blank check paper, stolen W2 returns, shaved keys with a “slim jim,” and well over 50 various types vehicle and house keys which had been shaved down to unlock vehicles and cars.  Officers initially believed they had located a homemade firearm, commonly referred to a zip gun but after further investigation they determined that it was a replica. The investigation is currently active, but at this point the investigating officers believe there are additional suspects who are connected to these crimes. Walker was arrested and booked at this point on the following charges:

H/S 11359, Possession of marijuana for sale
H/S 11360(a), Transportation of marijuana for sale
B/P 4060, Possession of a prescription when not the owner
H/S 11350(a), Possess of a controlled substance
P/C 470 Forgery of checks
P/C 496(a), Possession of stolen property

“The Ferndale Police Department, once again calls upon its community members and residents to be extra vigilant and report any and all suspicious activity. You may remain anonymous. We will respond, conduct a brief investigation and determine whether or criminal activity is occurring, is about to occur or has occurred.

Today was a great day for the Ferndale Police Department, along with the community. We are unsure what brought Walker to our small quaint town, but we were certainly happy to have been able to stop him from victimizing anyone else today.

I can’t stress this enough to our public, you are the eyes and ears out on the streets assisting us with protecting the community; there are more of you on patrol than us. Nobody is more familiar with your neighborhood than the ones living there. If something seems “fishy” please report it.

The department stands behind this simple message to the crooks roaming our streets, if you are going to criminal activity in Ferndale, then you better be prepared to go to face the consequences for your actions. Ferndale Police Department has a zero tolerance policy for criminals and their activity. We have a low crime rate and we will do everything in our power to keep it that way. Crimes will be thoroughly investigated and arrests will be made when applicable.”


  1. can we just ask you to look up dirt on anyone in the community?

  2. No, for that you can go to Lost Coast Outpost or Tuluwat Examiner. These are facts. You are just pissy because you or someone you like or support got exposed. For years, certain local" media" have dished up enough trash, now you cannot handle that there are others, including myself that actually report. These are facts. And unlike you, my reader has a verified name, phone number and contributes to the community.

  3. I am a victim of this person. Based on ALL of the items, equipment etc. that was found in his vehicle, and on his person at the time of his arrest in Ferndale last year....I have been monitoring the jail reports on a regular basis. I know that I will never get my stolen items back, but he is out of jail, I want to know that. I guess I want to be extra sensitive and know when he could be out wandering around looking for the next person or business to rip-off.
    The daily jail reports stopped reporting him as in custody. I did not see his name as being released. But, his name was still in VineLink. Not knowing how all of this works, I decided to reach out to someone who visits the courthouse on a regular basis. So yeah, I used John to dig up dirt. But as a victim of a crime, I have the right to know whether or not the offender is still in custody.

    1. Anon @2:56, getting information on someone who clearly admitted guilt, and served time is not digging up dirt. You are entitled to correct information and facts and glad I could help. Thank you for your comment but ignore the loser who made the comment. My disgruntled critic's agenda is very obvious.

  4. One after another after another....all good reasons to vote NO on Prop 62. I think you've already provided info on the negative aspects of 62, maybe people need to be reminded. It takes control of sentencing and more out of the hands of the judges and such and weakens the protections we still have (after 36 and 47). The nonsense of plea bargaining charges down so the state can keep the number of convicted criminals down to acceptable levels (per the Feds) makes a mockery of the justice system. The people who are robbed, attacked and more are the ones who need real justice which is protection from people who break the law.