Jun 30, 2018
"Look at the people who sleep in their cars, wake up every morning, and go to work."
"There are people who are working. There are people who want to be back on their own feet. They just need a little help."
On 06-29-2018 at approximately 9:44 a.m., Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies received a call for service for a suspicious male in the Gualala area. The male would later be identified as suspect Richard Brelo.
The next of kin has been notified and the vicitim in yesterday's fatal collision has been identified as Linda Anderson, 50 years old, of Bayside, CA. The California Highway Patrol is continuing it's investigation into the cause of the collision. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Humboldt Area CHP at 707-822-5981.
A Houston school bus driver was videotaped by a customer after she was caught on camera screaming obscenities at Taco Bell workers.
Jun 29, 2018
Another candidate for Eureka City Council Ward One, Leslie Castellano. She is registered with the Green Party. She filed her candidate intention statement on June 29, 2018.
Anthony Mantova was the first candidate to announce his candidacy for Ward One.
Steven Patrick Ryan, age 63, formerly of Ukiah, was sentenced this afternoon to 21 years in state prison.
The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a fatal dog attack on June 25, 2018 in Arcata as 91-year-old Donald Steele.
A Mendocino County Superior Court jury returned from its deliberations just before noon with a guilty verdict against the defendant.
Seng Yang to be arraigned on 16 counts including forcible rape of a minor and exhibiting a minor in pornography
Seng Yang is scheduled to be arraigned on information on July 3. The complaint for the jury trial has 16 counts. Yang's charges include forcible rape of Jane Doe (his own daughter) and exhibiting a minor in pornography.
Former correctional deputy Cory Fisher's hearing on a Marsden motion took place this morning as scheduled
Cory Fisher requested a hearing on a Marsden motion after his latest attorney, Deputy Conflict Counsel Joe Judge declared a conlict, last minute, on the day of his preliminary hearing. A Marsden hearing was scheduled for this morning.
A hearing on a Marsden motion takes place in a closed courtroom.
Trial setting was scheduled for Clayton Lasinski yesterday At the last hearing, Lasinski entered an additional plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Two doctors were appointed to evaluate Lasinski.
No tax on soda and sugary drinks passes thanks to political deal between labor snd the beverage industry
California cities and counties are banned from taxing sodas and other sugary drinks for the next 12 years. Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1838.
Jun 28, 2018
"When the investigation is complete I will notify Mr. Yellowbird of my determination regarding the validity and outcome of the allegation(s) in his complaint."
I followed up with Eureka Police Chief Steve Watson about the EPD investigation into the Pete Yellowbird's video and Yellowbird's allegations.
Motion to increase Ray Christie's bail denied but his Humboldt properties subject to search and seizure
The District Attorney's motion to increase Ray Christie's bail by $155,000 was denied by Judge Dale Reinholtsen. He also denied the DA's request that Christie not own or possess any animals until court proceedings concluded.
Motion to consolidate cases was granted. Defense had no objection. Judge Reinholtsen did modify one bail requirement. Christie has to submit to search and seizure of his properties in Humboldt to appropriate authorities.
Motion to continue and trial confirmation scheduled for J.D. Grow's case on June 21. Continued by stipulation to this morning. Trial setting is scheduled for July 24.
Count 1 is PC 288 (c) 1. Lewd act upon a child.
Counts 2-5 PC 30600 Manufacture/Assault Weapon
Trial setting was scheduled for alleged molestor John Beideman this morning. The new jury trial date for Beideman is November 5. Trial confirmation is October 22.
Alleged molestor Mario Alexander had a jury trial scheduled on June 25. It was continued by the defense. Alexander is represented by Mr. Russ Clanton.
Today, Judge Feeney heard and denied the the DA's request for no bail. However, he denied the defense request to reduce bail citing public safety and seriousness of alleged offenses. Bail remains at 2.7 million.
Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads is prosecuting the case. I have covered some of Alexander's court hearings previously.
Ray Christie has a hearing scheduled today. Two motions were filed by the District Attorney; one to consolidate his cases and the other to increase bail.
Jun 27, 2018
Defense motion for a new trial in Godberg case states three jurors met privately outside the deliberations room, discussed the case and other and used extraneous information
Doctor's reports were due for Ewa Misztal on June 13. Both doctor's interviewed Misztal. The hearing on the doctor's reports was continued by stipulation to this morning. It was continued, again, to 7/11.
UPDATE: Stolen vehicle quickly located by deputies unoccupied in Elk River.
#HappeningNow Elk River residents, be on the look out for a 2000 Silver Mercury Cougar just reported stolen from the 7800 block of Valley Drive by a male suspect.
While the City of Eureka figures out who will replace Cyndi Day Wilson, here are some logistical problems
I was at the clerk's office checking on some files I requested. Christina, the paralegal for the City of Eureka stopped by. She was directed by staff to a Supervisor. Cyndi Day-Wilson's name has to be removed as the attorney on a website, who will have access to Sustain, the court records management system and what access will the paralegal have until an interim or permanent attorney is appointed.
Disposition and reset scheduled for Sohum upskirting suspect David Nunez on June 27.
Change of plea was entered today. Guilty to Counts 1 and 3. Dismissal Count 2. Sentencing on July 26.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today in Janus v. AFSCME that non-union workers cannot be forced to pay fees to public sector unions.
Family earning $117,000 qualifies as low income in the Bay area where housing prices have increased 64 percent over last five years
Jun 26, 2018
Eureka Mayor Frank Jager gave me a brief statement regarding the resignation of City Attorney Cyndi Day-Wilson.
"We are doing our best at this point to find someone to take her place on an interm basis to continue all the legal process she had going," said Mayor Jager. "On a personal note I will miss her. She was a fighter for the City."
"The City Council has received and accepted the resignation of City Attorney, Cyndy Day-Wilson and authorized the execution of a resignation agreement. This resignation is effective immediately. On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank Cyndy for her years of service to the City of Eureka. "
City Clerk Pam Powell
Supreme Court overturned CA law requiring clinics and centers to notify clients about abortion services
In a 5-4 ruling today the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a decision on California law by the Ninth Circuit and sent the case back for further consideration.
Pre intervention is scheduled for murder suspect Richard Dean this afternoon to see if dates or time estimate needs to be changed.
In a 16 page ruling, a federal judge dismissed two lawsuits by San Francisco and Oakland that sought to hold big oil companies liable for the role of fossil fuels in the Earth's warming environment.
Jun 25, 2018
Of course, like many of these viral videos, very few media outlets bothered to get both sides of the story. The initial video was from one perspective.