Dec 17, 2014

Matthew Brown murder case jury trial delayed a week

The jury trial was set for January 5, defense requested it be delayed a week. Defense also pulled the previous time waiver. It is now scheduled for January 12. ADA Kelly Neel is prosecuting the case, Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis is Brown's lawyer.

I don't know if this was a joke or Matthew Brown was addressing someone else. But as his case was called, he looked towards media seated and mouthed, "No."

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Arcata chef stabbing jury trial scheduled April 6

Juan Ferrer, who is charged with the stabbing of Arcata chef Douglas Anderson-Jordet, was in court today. DA Paul Gallegos was present. There is a status hearing in January and the jury trial is scheduled for April 6.

I talked with Ferrer's attorney Mr. Mark Reavis later and asked him about the motion to compel attendance of certain witnesses. That could not be heard since some witnesses are avoiding subpoena.

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Bullock whispers "I love you" to supporters in audience; Fr. Freed's family retains Kathleen Bryson

Gary Lee Bullock dates "remain set." The family submitted a Marcy letter via Ms. Kathleen Bryson to defense counsel and DA's office and court.

The case is being prosecuted now by DDA Stacey Eads. In court DA Investigator John Burke was present.

Bullock seems to gain weight with each hearing. Usually he listens to Mr. Cockrum before court in their private brief chat, says okay and then goes back to a stern gaze. Today he looked in the audience, initially where he saw familiar faces, I presume mother and step father.

Today he whispered, "I love you" to those family members. The family seemed quite defensive in court, staring towards other attorneys and looking at the media. Ryan Burns, Lashay Wesley, Will Houston and I were seated towards the right side of the courtroom.

Three times Bullock glanced in my direction, our eyes locked briefly and he looked away.

Jury trial is scheduled for January 26.

Will Gary Lee Bullock stand trial for Fr. Eric's murder?

This afternoon, a pre-trial hearing is scheduled in Courtroom 1 for Gary Lee Bullock, the suspect charged with the murder of Fr. Eric Freed, beloved pastor of St. Bernard's Parish in Eureka.

Judge Feeney has been the judge overseeing the hearings; formner DDA Elan Firpo was assigned to the case; today we find out who takes over. Bullock is being represented by Conflict Counsel's Kaleb Cockrum.

I will update in a separate after this afternoon's hearing. There are two other cases at the same time this afternoon, the Juan Ferrer and Matthew Brown case. I will update all as soon as I can.

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Fieldbrook double murder suspect waives right to preliminary hearing, case to go to trial

Not looking happy but indicating yes to the Judge, Jason Arreaga waived his right to preliminary hearing.

His attorney Heidi Holmquist said that while the preliminary hearing was waived, it was with the condition the only charges against her client would be the one in original complaint.

In a preliminary hearing, which is held after the defendant has been arraigned, the Judge decides whether there is enough evidence provided by the prosecution to hold the defendant accountable on charges to to stand trial. My guess is that by waiving trial, the defense did not want prosecution to be able to amend and add more charges after the preliminary hearing.

Arreaga is charged with murder in Count 1 of Harley Wayne Hammers and Count 2 murder of Angel Tully , both felonies. Two special allegations for both counts: personally and intentionally discharging a firearm and personally and intentionally discharging a firearm resulting in great bodily injury or death.

Ms. Holmquist spoke with Arreaga before his case was called. He was silent and softly answered yes, when Judge Marilyn Miles asked him if he was waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. Then he mumbled, "I don't like...". Some of us covering the case in the court thought he said, I don't like the way this is going but I understand; others thought he said he did not like the way things were worded.

Wanting to make sure, Judge Miles asked him again, if he wanted to waive his right and if he understood what that meant, he indicated yes again.

Arreaga's arraignment of information for jury trial will be on January 5 at 2 pm in Courtroom 1.

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Dec 16, 2014

Details on Coastal Commission and Ocean Protection Council grants

Thank you to Senior County Planner Rob Wall for the following details and information:

The Coastal Commission and Ocean Protection Council approved Humboldt County’s grant requests to update the Humboldt Bay Area Plan or Local Coastal Program. We were approved December 2 by the OPC for $90,000. A $35,000 dollar grant was approved by the Coastal Commission on November 12th.  The Coastal Commission grant was contingent on the OPC grant approved on December 2, 2014.

POP Press release regarding Backues and buddies

On 12/15/14 at about 4:23 p.m., detectives from the Eureka Police Department Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) responded to the 200 block of 3rd Street after receiving complaints from patrol officers about a recent increase in call volume in the area.
Detectives made contact at several apartments and ultimately located an open window facing a parking lot.  Detectives saw Gavin Lee Backues, 22 of Eureka in the window and determined that he was on active parole.  A parole search was conducted in the apartment and Autumn Breit, 18 of Eureka and Steven Paul Jessen Jr., 26 of Eureka were also contacted inside.
A large amount of cash suspected to be from drug sales, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, and stolen property were found inside the apartment.  One bicycle has been confirmed stolen and a second is awaiting confirmation.  Backues had 10 grams of heroin on his person.
It was evident based on the search that drug sales were being made through the window.  Backues and Briet were arrested for being in possession of heroin for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of stolen property.  Jessen Jr. was arrested for out of county warrants for domestic abuse and child abuse.
POP detectives will be contacting the property owner to have the tenants evicted.   Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity, or other nuisances occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.

Repeat offender Gavin Backues and buds busted in POP arrest

I recognize Gavin from Frequently Booked. It isn't a log but it should be.