Jun 30, 2018

"We get help with food, clothing, but a shower? Nobody offers you a shower."

"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."

Richard Brelo arrested for vandalizing a church

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.

Help Operation Safe Streets and EPD recover bag of medical supplies

Linda Anderson has been notified as victim of yesterday's collision in Bayside

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.

Yesterday's post:

Chants of "We Belong Together"

As of 10:45 a.m., people were still heading to First and C for today's local march of  "Families Belong Together". March kicked off at 11:15 a.m.

Escorted by police escorts,marchers are now on Third and H.

Let's see how many on the left are outraged by this racist, rude video

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

Leslie Castellano vs Anthony Mantova for Eureka City Council Ward One

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.

Fatal collision in Bayside

Cal Poly Pomona parking officer killed while responding to a call about a person acting erratically

Steven Patrick Ryan sentenced to 21 years in prison for shooting unarmed De'Shaun Christopher Davis

Steven Patrick Ryan, age 63, formerly of Ukiah, was sentenced this afternoon to 21 years in state prison.

Dog involved in the attack in Arcata that resulted in Donald Steele's death has been euthanized

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.

Another convicted molestor from Humboldt loses his appeal

Convicted molestor David Viveiros loses appeal.

Cory Fisher Marsden motion denied

Cory Fisher's Marsden motion was denied. Intervention scheduled for August 23. Preliminary examination scheduled for September 6.

Joshua Richard Ruoff guilty of first degree murder of Timothy Sweeting

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.

Convicted felon Anthony Pratt, Jr arrested for possession of meth, heroin and a firearm

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.

Dr. Chamberlain and Dr. Roof appointed to evaluate Clayton Lasinski

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.

Walking up to the Courthouse saw this woman tell the building owner to be careful when he sleeps at night

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

Multiple people shot at the Capital Gazette in Maryland

Month long investigation into meth sales results in two arrests

"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 jury trial for J. D. Grow granted

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

Carpathian's trial for alleged sexual abuse of his stepdaughter set for November 5

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.

Request to reduce alleged molestor Mario Alexander's 2.7 million bail denied

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.

DA files motion to consolidate Ray Christie's cases and increase bail

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

Here is the entire defense response to the prosecution's opposition for a new trial.

The continuance cycle starts again in the Ewa Misztal case

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.

Take Back Eureka's Michelle Costantine to run for Mayor of Eureka

Take Back Eureka's Michelle Costantine is running for Eureka Mayor. She is the third candidate for the position. Councilmember Heidi Messner and Susan Seaman are the other two candidates.

Local Communities to Receive Record $552.8 Million in PILT

Stolen vehicle quickly located by HCSO deputies unoccupied in Elk River

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.

Sohum upskirting suspect pleads guilty to use of camera without consent

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.

Jury trial confirmed for murder suspect Gearold Sotolongo

Trial confirmation for homicide suspect Gearold Sotolongo was scheduled for June 27. Jury trial scheduled for August 6 was confirmed.

U.S. Supreme Court rules non union workers cannot be forced to pay fees to public sector unions

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

According to a report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the median price for a single-family home in the Bay Area is now $935,000. A family earning $117,000 now qualifies as "low income" in the region.

Jun 26, 2018

Flyers placed on windshields of Texas deputies tested positive for Fentanyl

So is this the same Pete Yellow Bird from LOCO's post today?

City of Blue Lake staffed by Deputies Cao,Crosswhite and Cumbow

(Deputies Seth Crosswhite and Nathan Cumbow in picture above; not in picture Deputy Bang Cao).

"On a personal note I will miss her. She was a fighter for the City."

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."

Eureka City Council accepts resignation of City Attorney Cyndy Day Wilson

"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

Yesterday's post:

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.

Will dates be confirmed or another continuance for murder suspect Richard Dean?

Pre intervention is scheduled for murder suspect Richard Dean this afternoon to see if dates or time estimate needs to be changed.

Next time you see this car and the dog, maybe someone can check to see if the dog has ventilation?

U.S. Sureme Court rules in favor of President Trump's travel ban

In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump's travel ban.

Federal Judge dismisses two California lawsuits against big oil companies

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.