Dec 31, 2018

EPD's Dennis Gagnon part of CSET team

On 12-13-2018, the City of Eureka’s Parks/Waterfront Ranger Dennis Gagnon was released from training status and took his position with our Community Safety Enhancement Team (CSET).

Lake County issues BOLO for inmate Nicholas Dunning who escaped from Conservation Camp

Truck hits pedestrian on 4th street then leaves the scene

On 12-30-18 at about 2052 hours, officers responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian traffic collision at the 1600 block of 4th Street.

Jury trial estimate for former correctional deputy Cory Fisher is 8 weeks

Trial confirmation for former correctional deputy Cory Fisher was scheduled this morning. It was continued to January 16 by both the People and the defense. Jury trial is scheduled for January 22.

Trial estimate is 8 weeks.

Community members share concerns about Cy Vandermeer

Cy Vandermeer has four previous cases in the Humboldt Superior Court system.

"Cy Vandermeer, former HSU assistant head basketball coach, and St. Bernard's Athletic director was arrested for Burglary, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of stolen property yesterday.

He was fired from his job this summer at St. Bernard's for stealing a women's purse and writing checks to himself, although the woman did not pursue charges, the board let him go.

K9 Gusto helps nab vehicle theft suspect

On 12-30-18 Deputies were patrolling the Hoopa area.  At about 1210 AM a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed was observed on Tish Tang Rd. 

Arrest for kidnapping, criminal threats and assault

On 12-27-2018 at about 5:15 pm, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an unknown disturbance involving the discharging of firearms in the Spy Rock Road area of Laytonville, California.

Will the DA's office extradite an illegal immigrant deported twice, arrested on drug charges, who posted bail and fled to Mexico?

Steve Payton, owner of Bill Davidson Bail Bonds sent an email to District Attorney Maggie Fleming on December 28 about Reynaldo Mendoza Valenzuela.

Valenzuela, an illegal immigrant who has been deported twice, got arrested on drug charges, posted bail and then fled to Mexico.

McCullough Construction Inc. equipment stolen from Ferndale job site

On 12/27/2018, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office took a stolen equipment report on the above mentioned machinery taken from the 1500 block of Grizzly Bluff Rd., Ferndale, CA.

Dec 30, 2018

Cy Vandermeer, former HSU basketball coach was arrested yesterday

Cy Vandermeer, who used to be the Head Assistant Coach for Men's Basketball at Humboldt State University, then briefly at St. Bernards was seen being arrested yesterday in Mckinleyville.

Just confirmed he was arrested.  Charges he was booked for were burglary, possession of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property. He is not in custody. He was released on OR.

Colorado next state where you can get your In-N-Out fix

California based In-N-Out burger chain's next expansion is in Colorado.

Dec 29, 2018

Cyberattack disrupts delivery of several U.S. newspapers including the San Diego Tribune

A cyberattack that appears to have originated from "a foreign entity" caused printing and delivery disruptions at several newspapers across the country on Saturday including the San Diego Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

Lawsuit filed by couple against a doctor for using his own sperm for artificial insemination

A Florida couple has filed a civil lawsuit in Federal Court against  Dr. John Coates and the Central Vermont Medical Center.
When their now-grown daughter sought information about her biological father through DNA testing, she learned Coates was her father.

Three arrested after Drug Task Force serves search warrant on 18th street

Katie Simas was released on OR.


Media and freedom of the press to be recognized at Times Square New Year's Eve celebration

The Times Square New Year's Eve celebration is honoring the media and freedom of the press this year.

Second street looks cleaner thanks to the Rescue Mission crew

Second Street in Eureka looks a little cleaner today thanks to a Rescue Mission crew cleaning up the sidewalks and gutters. In addition to a leaf blower, they swept the sidewalks and cleaned the gutters.

Guy walks into Mantova's Two Street Music and decides to "help" himself to some merchandise

The guy with the black eye and guitar walked into Mantova's Two Street Music a few minutes ago.

LA woman who yelled, "Go back to your country" pleads to one count of elder abuse and infliction of injury

A 30-year-old woman entered a no contest plea today for severely injuring a 91-year-old man with a brick in Willowbrook this summer, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Dec 28, 2018

Officer Singh's murder by a coward brought back the emotion of a court trial I covered in Atlanta

Watching Officer Singh's brother, Chief Richardson and others speak at the press conferences the past two days has been so emotional.

Active duty and reserve members of the Coast Guard will get a paycheck on December 31

Active duty and reserve members of the Coast Guard were notified they will be get a paycheck on December 31, 2018.

This does not account for purchasing, and non essential services.

Paul Aguilar enters a guilty plea to unlawfully causing fire to a structure

Arson suspect Paul Aguilar entered a conditional plea yesterday. In his most recent case, he pleaded guilty to County 3, unlawfully causing fire to a structure.

As expected, dates rescheduled in David Anderson's parole violation case

As expected, dates in David Bernard Anderson's parole violation case were rescheduled to the same dates in his other case which includes human trafficking case.

Will the written ruling by Judge Reinholtsen finally conclude Ewa Misztal's case?

Judge Dale Reinholtsen will submit a written ruling in Ewa Misztal's case.

CenturyLink outage since yesterday impacts 911 and ATM services in Western states

Washington, Missouri, Arizona and Idaho were impacted by this power outage that caused them to get a busy signal when seeking 911 services. It also impacted ATM services.

The annual Women's March will not hold a rally on January 19

Humboldt County organizers and supporters of the annual Women's March have decided to not hold a rally in Eureka on January 19th. This decision was made after many conversations between local social-change organizers and supporters of the march.

Another sex offender arrested for failure to register

Lucas John Brown was arrested yesterday by Eureka Police Department for failure to register as a sex offender. He is still in custody. 27 cases in the Humboldt County Superior Court system.

Dec 27, 2018

No future dates set for Jon Goldberg's case in the 1st Appellate District

The appeal was expected.

Would you like a local job that starts out at $15 an hour, includes benefits including dental insurance and tips?

City Cab is the only  taxi service that offers benefits for their employees that include:  a guaranteed wage for drivers,
health insurance for drivers, dental insurance for drivers, retirement benefits for drivers  worker’s compensation insurance for drivers and Social Security contributions for drivers.

Suspect who shot and killed Newman officer is in the country illegally

In a news conference this morning, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said his department has identified the suspect but will not release his name of the man who they believe shot and killed Newman officer Ronil Singh. Sheriff Christianson said the suspect is in the country illegally. 

Jorden Sterling held to answer in latest case; cross examination raises good questions

Today, after HCSO Deputy Dustin Delbiaggo's testimony and arguments by Deputy District Attorney Josh Rosenfeld and Deputy Conflict Counsel David Lee,  Judge Timothy Canning held Sterling to answer to Count 1 and all special allegations.

Arraignment on information is scheduled for January 10.

"I can't raise my family here"

Robyn Spillman came home to his first floor apartment in Santa Monica after Christmas shopping and found two homeless men, Elijah Smart, 29 and Markis White, 19 who asked him if they could "hang out for a while".

CR's men's basketball team head coach Aaron Hungerford arrested for DUI

College of the Redwood' men' basketball  head coach Aaron Douglas Hungerford was arrested by CHP and booked for a DUI on December 24. Checked with the jail; he is not in custody.  was released on OR, the DUI was a misdemeanor charge.

Manhunt on for inmate who escaped from San Quentin then carjacked a Toyota

A manhunt is underway after Shalom Mendoza, a San Quentin State Prison inmate walked away from the outgrounds support facility.

Brian Robert Kesner arrested for failure to register as a sex offender

Brian Robert Kesner arrested on December 26 by Eureka  Police Department for PC290.018(g), failure to register as a sex offender.  It is a misdemeanor and he was released on OR.

Armed robbery suspect Franklin Molina was booked into the Humboldt County jail yesterday

Franklin Molina who fled Humboldt County and was ultimately arrested by Mendocino Sheriff deputies was booked into the Humboldt County jail yesterday.

Dec 26, 2018

NY Times writer disses NYC, Seattle, LA , Boston with San Francisco getting the deepest cut

A New York Times article, "Happy New Year! May Your City Never Become San Francisco, New York or Seattle or Portland, Denver, Boston, Dallas, Houston or Los Angeles."

"San Francisco has come to stand for the most specific set of horrors. It is the place where extreme poverty and tech wealth occupy the same block..."

NBC article on Coast Guard, big on spin, short on facts

If you read NBC's article on Coast Guard members affected by the government shutdown , it is very misleading and leaves out some  facts.

I spoke with a local U. S. Coast Guard member. "We fall under Department of Homeland security and not Department of Defense"

Nine current felony charges, prior conviction for sex offense involving a minor and he files for bail reduction days before his jury trial?

Michael Franco is facing nine counts of alleged sexual acts involving a minor in Humboldt. He already has a prior conviction out of Los Angeles County for a sex offense involving minor. Franco's jury trial was confirmed for January 7.

Carjacking suspect Nicholas Savieo's jury trial scheduled for February 19

Carjacking suspect Nicholas Savieo was  arraigned on information this morning. Trial confirmation is February 4. Jury trial is February 19.

Blue alert issued for suspect who killed police officer during traffic stop

Officer Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department (was shot and killed during a traffic stop early this morning. A blue alert has been issued for the suspect. Officer Singh had served since 2011.

Dec 24, 2018

Actor Stoney Westmoreland charged with six felony counts, including attempted sexual exploitation of a minor

The Salt Lake City District Attorney has charged Stoney Westmoreland with six felony counts: enticing a minor, attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and four counts of dealing in material harmful to a minor by an adult.

Woman who broke into a business today has been dubbed "Rudolph the Red Nosed burglar" due to her mask

"Fort Collins Police rewrote the Rudolph ditty, recorded and posted it on Facebook. The woman was caught on camera and she looked right at it before putting on her  Rudolph mask.

Arizona man fulfills Christmas wish list a Mexican girl sent by balloon to Santa

"Love has no borders," said Randy Heiss He ended up being Santa for a little girl who had faith.

Randy Heiss was hiking in Patagonia, Arizona when he spotted the ragged remains of a balloon. It had a note attached.

Kevin Spacey charged with indecent assault of Massachusetts teenager

Kevin Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned at the Nantucket District Court on January 7.

A criminal complaint has been filed
against Kevin S. Fowler aka Kevin  Spacey and charges of indecent assault and battery.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said that a public show-cause hearing was held in the case on Dec. 20.

Motion filed by defense/DA to continue David Bernard Anderson's preliminary hearing for human trafficking and other charges

There was a motion filed by the District Attorney to continue David Bernard Anderson's preliminary hearing scheduled for November 26. Conflict Counsel's office took over the case on November 19. Motion was granted by Judge Hinrichs.

Court records say DA filed motion to continue. Court minutes say defense requested continuance.

$250,000 additional bail for Franklin Molina; charges include armed robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment

MCSO Lt. Barney said the bail is $35,000 for Mendocino and $250,000 for Humboldt as listed in press release below. That information and Molina's mugshot has now been updated in his booking information.

Dec 23, 2018

Shots fired in Blue Lake

Shots fired in Blue Lake, two men got into an argument in Murphy's parking lot. One guy pulled out a gun, fired in the air then man with gun left. BOLO issued.

Man knocks on door of forest service in Orleans, claims he was shot

Gunshot victim, calf wound. He knocked on the door at forest servicecomplex in Orleans and said he was shot, medical enroute, HCSO responding. They are not letting him in, keeping him outside.

CalFire has arrived,checking out victim, suspect is not on scene.

12/24: Have contacted HCSO.