Oct 24, 2014

Who cares about Brad Pitt, the real sighting in Old Town was Sims and Goff

I could care less about Brad Pitt. Seeing Hank Sims and Andrew Goff in Old Town made me wonder what LOCO post were they investigating now. I wanted to tail them to the new Eureka office but  the sights and shops of Old Town distracted me and Hank and Andrew disappeared into the Humboldt sunny afternoon.

I told Hank, Goff'd should be a new column. If Ryan Burns had been there, it would have been a flashback of former NCJ staffers on the beat.

Prayers for Sacramento and Washington State High School

Pryers for the deputies and their families in Sacramento and for the students and their families at Washington State.

Oct 23, 2014

Ian Henry, Bodhi Tree witness, busted for marijuana

This is a small town and from the booking photo, that looks a lot like Bodhi Tree witness Ian Henry.

HCSO Press Release:

On 10-22-2014, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Deputy stopped a red GMC pickup truck for a traffic violation on Glendale Road at State Route 299, Blue Lake. After the deputy stopped the truck, he spoke with the driver who was identified as Jacob Paul Swagert, 25 years old from Eureka. Swagert told the deputy he did not his driver's license with him. A check with dispatch confirmed Swagert's driver's license was suspended and Swagert was on probation. A male passenger in Swagerts truck was identified as Ian Henry, 24 years old, from Arcata.  The deputy learned Henry was also on probation. The deputy searched the truck and located over two pounds of marijuana bud behind the driver's seat, along with indications of sales of marijuana. Henry claimed responsibility for the marijuana.

Swagert was arrested for driving on a suspended license and violation of probation. Henry was arrested for violation of probation, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana. Both were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked. Swagert was booked and released on his own recognition.

Protest at the Courthouse, maybe this election distraction will work?

The court summon stunt may not work, in time for November 4. We are getting hammered with facts on Measure R, spin on the Bergel bankruptcy issue isn't guaranteed.

What can we do two weeks before the election to distract the public? Let's protest outside the courthouse! Let's sensationalize an unfortunate death and protest a City measure outside the County building.

Occupy, Fair Wage, now these protestors. Same tactics every time. Can't get candidates to win on their merits, then just distract the public.

So far, the protest seems orderlly and free speech isn't being curtailed.  It isn't the cause that is the problem, it is the timing and where the protest was first publicized that should raise questions. Who is the master mind behind this exercise of free speech?

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.