Oct 22, 2014

Media and public help HCSO locate motorcycle rider suspect

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect involved in the pursuit on
10-16-2014, as Jason  Andrue Meisner, 40 years old, from Eureka.   A be- on -the lookout for Meisner has been issued to all law enforcement agencies. Mesiner is wanted for felony evasion of a police officer and violation of felony probation. Mesiner is on formal probation for cultivation of marijuana.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the media and public for their assistance in identifying Meisner.  The Sheriff’s Office received over twenty calls.

Previous press release:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the motorcycle rider who evaded deputies on 10-16-2014. The investigating deputy was able to obtain a photograph of the man from Bear River Casino Security. The man had been at Bear River Casino prior to the pursuit.

On 10-16-14, at approximately 11:45 p.m. a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff driving a marked patrol car near Bear River Casino was flagged down by a citizen. The citizen told the deputy two motorcyclists had been involved in the purchase of multiple pounds of marijuana and just left the area. One of the motorcyclists was carrying a large army duffle bag which contained the marijuana.

The deputy began checking the area for the motorcyclists. The deputy saw two motorcyclists matching the description provided in the area of Singly Hill Road and the Casino. As the motorcyclists turned onto Singly Hill Road, one of them failed to stop for the stop sign. The deputy attempted a traffic stop on the motorcyclist who failed to stop and who was carrying a large army duffle bag. The motorcyclist was riding a blue Yamaha 2006 motorcycle.  Instead of yielding to the deputy, the motorcycle sped off and entered onto southbound US 101. The motorcycle accelerated to over 90 mph. The motorcycle then exited at Palmer Boulevard and then re-entered US 101 northbound with the deputy still pursing it. The motorcycle again accelerated to high speeds, this time accelerating to over 110 mph northbound on US 101. Due to the extreme speed, the deputy terminated the pursuit in the interest of public safety.

Additional deputies responding towards the area from Eureka saw the motorcycle enter College of the Redwoods parking lot. As the deputies arrived at College of the Redwoods to look for the motorcycle, it again fled the deputies, back onto US 101. The deputies did not pursue the motorcyclist as it traveled southbound on US 101 in the northbound lanes at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic. The deputies lost sight of the motorcycle at Hookton Road where the motorcycle exited the freeway.

 A deputy traveling on Thompkins Hill Road spotted the motorcycle in the 3100 block.  The motorcycle was parked and partially covered up with wooden pallets.  Deputies and a Eureka Police K-9 searched the area for the rider and did not locate anyone. The motorcycle was impounded and the Sheriff’s Office is following up on leads as to the rider’s identity.

Stolen property arrest while detectives patrol for recent rash of residential burglaries

On 10/22/14 at about 1:58 p.m., Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Detectives were patrolling Eureka in response to the recent rash in residential burglaries.  Detectives recognized Rajean Achane, 31 of Eureka near Cedar and A Streets from previous police contacts.

A warrants check of Achane revealed that he had an active felony warrant for possession of stolen property.  Detectives contacted Achane and arrested him for the warrant.  During the course of the investigation officers found Achane to be in possession of stolen property from a burglary that was reported earlier this morning.

Achane was transported to the Humboldt County Jail and booked on the felony warrant charge and a new felony charge of possession of stolen property.

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of the suspect(s) responsible for these burglaries is asked to call the Eureka Police Department at (707)441-4388.

"We are trying to find Mr. Gallegos"

Humboldt County justice came to a standstill today for several minutes in Courtroom 4 because no one could locate District Attorney Paul Gallegos. Calling of the case was delayed twice today because of him. "We are trying to find Mr. Gallegos," said DDA Zach Curtis, the first time Judge Dale Reinholtsen tried to call the case.

The second time Judge Reinholtsen tried again, Mr. Gallegos was still missing in action. Mr. Curtis, the bailiffs and two of the co-defendant's attorneys Ms. Jennifer Dixon and Mr. Benjamin Okin tried to locate him.

Paul did saunter in 20 minutes later and apologized to the Court twice. The rest of the people waiting for the cases to be called, two public defenders and a private attorney, who needed to be in other courtroom for other cases had to spend time twiddling their thumbs while Mr. Gallegos was nowhere to be found.

The 3 p.m. calendar was delayed but hey, we all got nothing to do but to sit and wait around for our outgoing DA.

At least he showed up.

Ferrer case continued again until Nov 10

After District Attorney Paul Gallegos finally appeared in court, he then appeared to change his mind about the agreement he made with Ms. Jennifer Dixon, Nicholas Stoiber's attorney,

They discussed briefly in court and then went outside after I overheard Ms. Dixon tell Mr. Gallegos, "That is not what we agreed to, I might renege on the agreement."

So then she had to talk to her client, again and Mr. Benjamin Okin with his client, Sophie Rochealeau.

Mr. Marek Reavis, who represents Juan Ferrer had ample time to talk to Juan Ferrer in the "box" while waiting for Mr. Gallegos.

Half an hour after all this, the case was called.

"It was our hope that we would resolve parts of the case today," said Mr. Okin. "However due to notifications, if we continue the case until November 10, we can take care of the housekeeping matters."

Ms. Dixon reiterated the request adding, "We were also hoping to resolve the case but due to intracacies of Marcy's law, we hope to enter a plea on November 10."

Mr. Reavis had no objection.

The 995 motion to dismiss the case against Rocheleau and other matters such as the status of discovery which has still to be addressed will be dealt with on November 10 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 4.

Will Paul show up this time? Will the Arcata chef stabbing case ever go to trial?

This afternoon, yet another hearing is scheduled to discuss the ongoing soap opera of the case involving the stabbing of Arcata chef, Douglas Anderson-Jordet. It is on for status of discovery, again, in Courtroom 4 at 2 p.m. with Judge Dale Reinholtsen.

District Attorney Paul Gallegos, who is prosecuting the case, makes ocassional guest appearances, often leaving either ADA Kelly Neel or DDA Zach Curtis to cover for him. The "every week we come back" will put that statement in context.

Juan Ferrer, is charged with stabbing Anderson-Jordet, is being represented by Mr. Marek Reavis, from the Conflict Counsel office. Co-defendant Nicholas Stoiber is being represented by Ms. Jennifer Dixon from the Public Defender's Office and co-defendant Sophie Rocheleau is being represented by local private attorney Mr. Benjamin Okin.

Last time, a disposition had been proposed for Stoiber? Will it be resolved? Will the motion by Mr. Okin to dismiss the case against his client be granted? Will Paul show up?

Stay tuned for an update later this afternoon.

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Domestic violence call results in arrest for marijuana and hash

On 10-21-2014, at approximately 11:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a domestic disturbance occurring in the 3600 block of Murray Road, McKinleyville. When deputies arrived at the residence, they met with the adult female victim who told the deputies her boyfriend, John Walter Wilson, 56 years old, had just exited the rear of the residence. Deputies located and detained Wilson who is on active parole.

 Deputies spoke with the victim who told them she and Wilson live together and were in a relationship and had been arguing. During the argument, Wilson accused the victim of stealing his marijuana and keeping the profits. Wilson grabbed a pellet rifle and threatened to strike the victim with it. He also threatened to kill her.

Deputies arrested Wilson for domestic assault. The deputies searched the residence and located the pellet rifle along with a can of bear mace and a can of CS tear gas. When deputies searched the garage they located a Hash Lab which consisted of numerous bottles of butane, sifters, PVC pipes, and loose marijuana, approximately 61 pounds of marijuana and 15 ounces of suspected concentrated cannabis. Deputies also located a nine week old chocolate lab puppy in the garage with the hash lab and marijuana. Deputies saw the puppy did not have food or water. Deputies had been at the residence approximately a week prior on an unrelated call, and saw the puppy had lost significant weight during that time period. Deputies took custody of the puppy which was transported to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter.

Wilson was arrested for domestic battery, threats to commit a crime, being a felon in possession of tear gas, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of concentrated cannabis and possession of over one ounce of marijuana. He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. His bail was set at $500,000.00.

The victim did not require medical attention.

Oct 21, 2014

GO-Biz hosts free Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo in Roseville on October 30

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) will be hosting a resource table at the Board of Equalization (BOE) Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo in Roseville.  GO-Biz staff will be available to discuss the services available to small businesses from the GO-Biz Small Business and Permit Assistance units.

Topics on the agenda include:

Avoiding Common Sales and Use Tax Problems - presented by the Board of Equalization (BOE)
Employee or Independent Contractor - presented by the Employee Development Department (EDD)
Better Business through Better Records - presented by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Forms of Ownership - presented by the Franchise Tax Board (FTB)
Loan Programs and Services - presented by the California Capital Financial Development Corporation (CCFDC)

The event is free, but registration is required.  .

Thursday, October 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (check-in at 8:30 a.m.)
Maidu Community Center
1550 Maidu Drive
Roseville, CA 95661
Free Parking

Register online or by calling 1-888-847-9652

Garberville death being investigated as homicide

On 10-18-2014, the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy on the deceased body located off US 101 near Alderpoint Road, Garberville. The autopsy revealed the body was a male and he died of gunshot wounds. The case is now being investigated as a homicide.

The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office is close to identifying the deceased male and upon confirmation and notification of next of kin, will publicly release the identity.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the case. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detective Jennifer Turner is the lead investigator and is requesting anyone with information regarding this homicide to call her at 707-268-3642 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.