May 31, 2018

Google listed “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican Party

Voters looking for information by searching “California Republicans” or “California Republican Party” were getting “Nazism” next to their search results until Google took the listing down later Thursday after a query from VICE News."

San Francisco protestors : "Techspoiltation is toxic"

"Kenny, goodbye tension, hello pension"

HCSO Lt. Ken Swithenbank retirement farewell.

Meth, firearms and multiple arrests by Humboldt County Drug Task Force

NPR asks, who is paying Michael Avenatti's bill to represent Stormy Daniels?

Michael Avenatti likes the limelight but not all of it is favorable.  Let's see how he spins these questions.

Federal Judge tells Michael Avenatti to stop his "publicity tour"

"A federal judge on Wednesday told Michael Avenatti to stop his "publicity tour" if he wants to continue participating in court proceedings against Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal attorney, according to multiple reports. "

Attempted murder suspect Elijah Stonebear Williams expected to enter change of plea

Intervention for attempted murder suspect Elijah Stonebear Williams was continued from May 24  to May 30. His preliminary was scheduled for May 31 for vacated.

Change of plea is scheduled for June 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Vehicle vs bicyclist collision near Pierson's

Vehicle vs. bicyclist on northbound Broadway near Pierson’s Buillding Supply. Middle northbound lanes were closed but now open. Minor injuries only. --EPD Chief Steve Watson

Six year old suffers major injuries when her own mother backs vehicle out of the driveway

I asked Humboldt CHP Officer Paul Craft if the investigation was over. I also inquired if charges would be filed against the mother.

He responded, "at this time no charges are expected, however CHP is continuing its investigation and documentation of the collision. "

May 30, 2018

Two Covelo residents convicted of environmental violations; unlawful cultivation of marijuana

Defendant Eugene Allon Lincoln, age 63, of Covelo, was sentenced on Tuesday of this week to 180 days in the county jail as just one of a series of conditions imposed pursuant to a 60-month grant of supervised probation. 

Another claim from an inmate alleges Cory Fisher inappropriately touched his legs,buttocks and squeezed his penis

Second claim against Cory Fisher filed by Peter Martin on behalf of inmates being watched while they shower

Claim #1 against Cory Fisher from former Humboldt County jail inmate; allegation forced to perform oral sex

It is May 30. End of the day and after hours for the County. Where are the documents in response to my PRA request Sean?

Message regarding my PRA request just popped up in my inbox (5:38 p.m.) There are 4 documents. I have posted three. The fourth is in an Excel format and I have to go through it and will not be posting it tonight.

These allegations are in addition to his criminal case and charges of sexual abuse and inappropriate touching of six minor male victims.

Another continuance requested by defense to set date for Mark Dare's preliminary hearing

Setting for Mark Dare's jury trial was scheduled was continued to May 30. It was continued again at defense's request to July 16.

Dare is charged with molesting his two step-daughters.

HCSO investigation of Patrick McTigue started in November 2017

A Humboldt County Planning and Building inspector was arrested Tuesday following an ongoing bribery investigation dating back to last year.

Patrick McTigue arrested and booked for commercial bribery

Patrick William McTigue was arrested by HCSO yesterday afternoon on a Ramey warrant,booked at 2:15 p.m. and released on bail bond at 6:46 p.m. He is charged with a violation of PC641.3 (a), commercial bribery.

Bail was $75,000.

I have written various posts on a Patrick McTigue, who used to work at the Building and Planning Department for the County of Humboldt. His middle initial is William. He was on a leave of abscence. My initial post was about alleged kickbacks from growers trying to go through the permit process.

May 29, 2018

Chief Judge of Hoopa Valley Tribe endorses Supervisor Ryan Sundberg

Chief Judge Richard Blake recently announced that he is endorsing Ryan Sundberg for Fifth District Supervisor.

"Given the charges in this case, there is argument whether bail should be set at all"

Looks like a clean shaven Andrew Cunningham has hired private attorney Michael Robinson

Andrew Cunningham is outside Courtroom Two with private attorney Mr. Michael Robinson and another older man. Cunningham is clean shaven.  Cunningham looks relaxed and is smiling and talking with Mr. Robinson

Andrew Cunningham charged with five felony counts; arraignment is scheduled today

Andrew Jarrod Cunnigham is charged with five felony counts. Each count has special allegations.

Arraignment is scheduled for 1:29 today in Courtroom 2.

Victim of logging accident yesterday was Philip Johnson

(Facebook photo)

Last night, the victim's wife Sandra Johnson shared that her husband Philip Johnson passed away. There is also a facebook post which is very personal. Friends and many in the community know this information already.

It was confirmed by HCSO PIO Samantha Karges:

"On May 28 at about 5:30 p.m. a deputy coroner with the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office was dispatched to a property on Redwood Ave., outside of the city limits of Rio Dell, for a death investigation. Upon arrival, the deputy coroner learned that 68-year-old Philip Lee Johnson of Rio Dell was bucking redwood logs on his property when a log came loose and crushed him. He was declared deceased on the scene."

May 28, 2018

Stockton businessman gets 90 days house arrest and probation for statutory rape of a child

(Photo: Fox40)

79 year old Stockton businessman Lyle Burgess, was sentenced last week to 90 days of house arrest and five years of informal probation after pleading no contest to statutory rape of a child. He does not have to register as a sex offender.

Logging accident on Monument Road across from Redwood Avenue in Rio Dell

Logging accident, Monument Road across Redwood Avenue in Rio Dell. One confirned dead.

Rio Dell Fire responded, called for medical but that response was then cancelled. Rio Dell police on scene. Coroner is on the way.

Not posting address and have contacted various agencies and other sources for information.

Help Jacque Smith find the low life that stole Jimmy Smith's sweatshirt; the other stuff she can replace

Update: Just spoke with Jacque.

"Found the sweatshirt. I had misplaced it myself. But was so upset about the welder being stolen that I thought they had taken that too because it wasn't on the hook where it should be."

TV station anchor and photojournalist on their way to cover a story killed; a tree fell on their SUV

(Image: WYFF)

"WYFF News 4 anchor Mike McCormick and WYFF News 4 photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer died Monday when a tree fell on their SUV.

The accident happened on Highway 176 in Polk County while they were covering the rain impact in that area.

Rape, two convictions for failure to register as a sex offender, multiple warrants, now arrested again

According to the News Tribune, Christopher Fitzpatrick, 39, of Federal Way was arrested by Bonney Lake police and U.S. Marshalls and was booked into Pierce County Jail about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Charges are suspicion of promoting commercial prostitution, third-degree child rape and first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation.

Fitzpatrick was believed to be traveling with a missing teenager Saturday night in Lakewood. She was not with Fitzpatrick and has not been located yet.

When he was arrested at a Fife motel, Fitzpatrick was having sex with a 16-year-old girl tied to the bedposts.

Early morning fire in Santa Margarita destroys Margarita Mercantile & Company

According to KSBY, a structure fire that began at approximately 12:30 a.m on  Monday.

(Photos: KSBY)

MJ's Courthouse Cafe closes June 1, re-opens June 11 as Smokestack Cafe

After six years, owner Jeannie Fleek last day at MJ's Courthouse Cafe is June 1st. The cafe will be closed from the week of June 4-8.

New owner Chris takes over officially on June 6. Smokestack Café will  re-open on June 11. Jeannie will still be around for a while helping out with the transition.

May 25, 2018

Firefighters rescue a Riverside woman whose car plunged 700 feet off Highway 18

(Photos: San Bernardino County Fire Department ) 

Firefighters rescued a 26-year-old Riverside woman whose car plunged 700 feet off Highway 18 near Crestline. According  to
California Highway Patrol Officer Juan Quintero, the woman appeared to have made an intentional left turn off the road.

Man in posession of a firearm , allegedly threatens a victim, then flees from EPD

So how many more excuses and delays to my PRA request by the County of Humboldt ?

Sean, I need to get the documents first. I am not agreeing or responding to anything until I see what you provide. Your request is about something I have yet to receive. The PRA request was submitted on April 9.

“If it’s not the light one, it’s not the right one"

A tasteless joke by his lawyer and a move in court that one would expect in Humboldt County but this was in New Haven, Connecticut.

"I need to use the bathroom or I am going to shit in my pants"

Loiterers, transients, panhandlers, are there all the time near 4th and R, S and nearby streets.

Murphy's Market in Trinidad burglarized

Pedestrian hit by vehicle, traffic blocked all the way to 5th and V

Pedestrian hit by vehicle. Traffic blocked all the way to 5th and V.

EPD said it was an injury collision, at this time cannot confirm that it is a pedestrian. Location is 4th and R.

Another local case with "not competent to stand trial"; this time assault suspect Wesley Starritt

Dr. Ramirez's evaluation was scheduled for Wesley Starritt on May 23. The attorneys received copies of the report. Hearing was continued to May 24 by stipulation. Starritt was found not competent to stand trial.

John Luther Leslie arrested and booked on kidnapping, false imprisonment, domestic violence and several other charges

On May 23, 2018, at about 6 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from a distressed female stating she was being held against her will. The line was disconnected and dispatchers’ attempts to reconnect with the female were unsuccessful.

118 pounds of fentanyl seized by Nebraska troopers

Noblesville West Middle School on lockdown; shooter in custody

(Image: Fox 59)

Two people are in critical condition and have been taken to the hospital. A suspect is in custody.

The Noblesville West Middle School is on lockdown, and middle school students are being evacuated to Noblesville High School.

May 24, 2018

Registered sex offender Anthony Davila arrested for the third time for sexual offenses involving children

Anthony Davila was arrested for the third time on suspicion of child molestation and possession of child pornography.

Child molestor Nicolas Blake to serve 16 years in state prison

Defendant Nicholas Blake, age 40, of Willits, was sentenced this morning to serve 16 years in state prison.

Armed citizen shoots man who walked into an Oklahoma restaurant and opened fire

Armed citizen shoots man who who walked into Oklahoma restaurant opened fire. There are four victims.

EPD made double the number of arrests than APD and HCSO

I think most people in our community understand the Eureka Police Department is an exceptionally busy and proactive organization. However, the following information might surprise some as it paints a vivid picture of just how very active our hardworking officers are. 

Asking for a bail review backfired on alleged child molestor Michael Franco; it got increased to 2.8 million