Jun 30, 2015

EPD records and two witnesses subpoenaed by attorney for former HCSO deputy who is alleged to have committed sexual assault while on duty

Jason Daniels' attorney subpoenaed EPD records and two witnesses, Natalie McCall and Cyrus Silva.

His jury trial is scheduled for September 21.

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The other links have graphic testimony by one of the victims, this is an excerpt from the March 24 post:

"Jane Doe gave graphic testimony of sexual assault and Daniels asking her "Do you like that?"
Jane Doe testified how a call to her boyfriend's trailer near Jacob's Avenue  resulted in her being detained by Jason Daniels, a former Sheriff's deputy. She was arguing with a friend Ruby, who she thought was sleeping with her boyfriend at that time.

Daniels responded to the ruckus and he did a pat down and put her friend in the backseat of the car and then put cuffs on Jane Doe. He told her she was not being arrested but being detained.

While Jane Doe was cuffed, with Ruby in the backseat of Daniel's patrol car and her boyfriend watching from his trailer a few feet away, Jane Doe said Daniels touched her breasts, pushed her against his patrol car, put his hands under her skirt, pushed her panties aside and "stuck his fingers inside her" and said, "Do you like that?" She said he had an erection and was grinding against her butt" while fingering her. He later asked her for a blowjob."

GO-Biz Launches New California Business Portal: A One-Stop-Shop Website for Business Owner

As part of an ongoing effort to provide more on-line tools to businesses, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced the launch of the California Business Portal, a one-stop-shop website for business owners looking for information and assistance. (www.BusinessPortal.ca.gov)

“The California Business Portal is a response to the needs of the business community and their request for better on-line tools,” said GO-Biz Chief Deputy Director Panorea Avdis. “California business owners now have a resource to make it easier to do business in the state and GO-Biz will continually update the portal to ensure it keeps up with the demands of business owners and entrepreneurs.”

The California Business Portal provides information to business owners on starting a new business, permits and licenses, incentives, local resources and more. The portal is available on the business owner’s schedule and has a number of key features, including:

Quick Start Guides: Short guides that contain the essential information for starting, and growing specific types of businesses in the State of California.

California Business Navigator: Not sure where to start? The Business Navigator provides custom information for your business including permits, licenses and incentives.

Service Desk: Get answers to commonly asked questions with the California Business Portal Service Desk. If the information for your situation is not here yet, submit your question and GO-Biz will provide a customized answer.

“As the global hub of innovation, California is often the first to meet challenges with novel solutions," said Robert Callahan, California Executive Director for The Internet Association. "This portal is a great example of how government can harness the power of the Internet and empower citizens through the use of technology.”

In May 2015, GO-Biz debuted the California Business Portal at the Trends in Technology conference in Sacramento. Prior to the conference, GO-Biz convened a group of small business owners and entrepreneurs to test the website and provide feedback. (VIDEO: GO-Biz Debuts ‘California Business Portal’ for Small Business Owners)

GO-Biz began building the framework for the business portal in the fall of 2014. Using existing resources, including staff from the Department of Technology IT Leadership Academy, it took GO-Biz IT Chief Thomas Boon and his team six months to build the website infrastructure which is also mobile friendly and can be accessed on iOS and Android devices.

“It was a top priority of GO-Biz to get people from the business community involved in the development of the California Business Portal,” said GO-Biz IT Chief Thomas Boon “As a result, the ease of use and content are reflective of the type of information and assistance business owners need.”

In addition to the business portal, GO-Biz has delivered a number of web based tools for business owners including easy to use on-line applications for the California Competes tax credit and the California Film Commission film tax credit.

 About GO-Biz
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. For more information visit: www.business.ca.gov.

Luke Brunner of CCVH calls Sheriff Downey, Undersheriff Honsal and DA Fleming, "the 3 hardest working people in Humboldt County"

Luke Brunner of CCVH called Sheriff Mike Downey, Undersheriff William Honsal and DA Maggie Fleming, "the 3 hardest working people in Humboldt County"

California Cannabis Voice Humboldt's Luke Bruner also decried the lack clarity regarding cannabis laws in California that make the job of law enforcement hard. There are approximately 40 to 50 people outside the courthouse right now but that included about 10 media representatives.

Bruner urged cannabis farmers to register to vote.

CCVH consultant Richard Marks, Supervisors Sundberg, local criminal defense attorney Kathleen Bryson were in attendance.

From a LOCO post on June 25: "CCVH co-founder and board member Luke Bruner tells the Outpost that county supervisors Ryan Sundberg and Estelle Fennell will be in attendance, and Bruner said he expects to generate a crowd of at least 100 supporters for a rally to coincide with the ordinance unveiling. "


LOCO, TS, Northcoast News are among the media covering the unveiling of the CCVH ordinance draft.

I was in Courtroom 4 for the Jason Warren case so I arrived a few minutes later and I did not stay to hear all the speakers.

Some people driving by heckled, others driving by and walking were curious as to what was going on.

DA motion to amend charges in Jason Warren homicide case , nothing to report yet

For details, read post below.

The type of hearing should have been an intervention. Judge Cissna closed the courtroom and I found out in court last minute. So, I called the rest of the media who were planning to attend, TS, MRU, and North Coast news.

With a gag order, we will just have to wait now to see if dates change or there is any other development at the next court date.

This is tge second time, media has shown up only to get nada.

Pounds, Coutts arrested in Fields Landing incident

On 06-30-2015 at about 11:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office along with personnel from Humboldt Bat Fire Department responded to the reports of a fire/explosion at a residence located in the 6500 block of Second Street, Fields Landings. Once the fire was extinguished officers saw evidence of a butane hash lab in the residence.
Deputies contacted two suspects, who lived at the residence. They were identified as 41 year old, William Joseph Pound and 22 year old, David Michael Green/Coutts. Both suspects were not injured in the explosion. Both Pound and Green/ Coutts were arrested for manufacturing of a chemical extraction hash/honey oil lab.  Both suspects were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka and their bail has been set at $500,000 dollars each.
The residence is currently being secured for a search warrant Officers are seeking a search warrant through Humboldt County Superior Court Judge for the residence.. The investigation is now being handled by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.

DA files motion to amend charges against Jason Warren, will the Judge grant the motion?

Today at 3;30, there is a pre-trial hearing on the motion filed by District Attorney Maggie Fleming to amend the information, which could mean additional charges against Jason Warren, who is charged with the murder of Dorothy Ulrich. He is also charged with the death of Suzanne Seeman and attempted murder of severely injuring two other joggers who were with her. In one case he is represented by Mr. Kevin Robinson from the Public Defender's office. In another case by Mr. Glenn Brown from the Alternate Counsel's office. DA Maggie Fleming is prosecuting this case. No death penalty is sought in this case.

At the last court hearing, the defense lost their motion to sever the two cases against Warren. Before that, a pre-trial date was vacated. There is extensive coverage of the case on this blog.

I will update after the hearing this afternoon

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May 27, 2015

Defense motion to sever in Jason Warren case denied by Judge Cissna

Dates were not put on record. The basic gist of the defense argument was that trying the cases together would be highly prejudicial to Warren and that they did not believe the evidence was intertwined as DA suggested.

Mr. Kevin Robinson is representing Warren in the Eureka incident. On Myrtle Avenue, where Warren ran over three joggers, Mr. Robinson said different law enforcement investigated the two incidents.

Hoopa murder of Dorothy Ulrich was Sheriff assisted by Hoopa tribal police and Eureka was Highway patrol.

Mr. Robinson then alluded to former DA Paul Gallegos who prosecuted the preliminary hearing and said Mr. Gallegos suggested he would use charges in one case to build the other case and that this would be highly prejudicial to his client.

DA Maggie Fleming in her summary and argument proved otherwise. Judge Cissna agreed and denied defense motion.

DA Fleming cited PC 954 about "legislative preference for one trial". She also cited law where "joinder and consolidation is mandatory."

Then, giving times and facts of both incidents, she stated that Warren standing in a "pool of blood" after he killed Dorothy Aldrich fled in her car from Hoopa where he ran over three joggers on Myrtle Avenue and then fled the scene and hid the car. "The entire course of conduct was less than two hours."

Suzanne Seeman died at the scene. The two joggers that survived were Jessica Hunt and Terri Vroman-Little.

"I have reviewed materials and authorities and the cases are properly joined," said Judge Cissna. " To a significant degree, they are related in commission.I don't think one case is more inflammatory than the other."

DA Fleming spoke with the victims' families before and after the court hearing privately.

Judge Cissna asked attorneys to approach and did not state future dates on record. Pre trial was continued from today to June 30 at 3:30 p.m. That information was entered in system later.

Trial could be delayed due to a motion DA Fleming will be introducing.

Murder, assault, possession of firearm by felon alleged in Covelo shooting

On 06.29.15, at approximately 6:54 p.m., the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received a report that a person had been shot at a residence in the 22000 block of Refuse Road, Covelo. As Deputies responded, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received multiple reports identifying the suspect as John Ross (senior), who was seen entering the location, (a marijuana grow site consistent with medical marijuana requirements). Shots were heard coming from the location and Ross was seen fleeing.

It was further reported that a witness had pursued John Ross from the scene and Ross had shot at him. The shot missed the victim and dissuaded further pursuit.

Deputies located the victim, Alejandro Garcia, deceased at the scene suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. John Ross was located in the area and taken into custody without incident. Ross was lodged at the Mendocino County Jail for the listed charges and is being held without bail.

Any persons with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office at the tip line, (707)234-2100 or via e-mail atcrimetip@mendocinosheriff.com.

Jun 29, 2015

Fort Bragg Officer injured while chasing suspect allegedly under the influence

Report Number: 2015-15383
Coroner Number: N/A
Incident: 2800.3CVC [Evading a Peace Officer Causing Injury], 2800.4CVC [Evading a Peace Officer - Wrong Way Driving], 14601.2CVC [Suspended Driver's License DUI] and 1203.2PC [Violation of Probation]
Location: North Highway 1 at Point Cabrillo Drive, Caspar, California, 95420
Date: 06-27-2015 Time: 12:28 AM


Suspect #1:
Name: Johny Delgado
Age: 19
City/State: Fort Bragg, Ca.

     On 06-27-2015 at approximately 12:28 a.m., Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were traveling south bound on Highway 1 in near the town of Caspar.  Sheriff's Deputies attention was drawn to a white Acura sedan, with equipment violations.  Sheriff’s Deputies began pacing the vehicle and observed it was traveling at approximately 65 MPH, in the posted 55 MPH zone.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Johny Delgado, 19 years of age out of Fort Bragg, turned on to Point Cabrillo Drive from Highway 1.  Delgado had difficulty maintaining the vehicle in his lane of traffic and deputies believed that Delgado was possibly driving under the influence.

     A traffic enforcement stop was attempted at Caspar Beach, but Delgado failed to yield and continued to drive south bound on Point Cabrillo Drive.  Sheriff’s Deputies activated their emergency lighting and siren but Delgado increased his speed to approximately 70 MPH in the residential area of South Caspar.

     Delgado sped to the south intersection of Point Cabrillo Drive at Highway 1, failing to stop for the posted stop sign and turned northbound onto Highway 1.  Delgado continued northbound on Highway 1 at speeds in excess of 120 MPH, until turning east onto Simpson Lane.  Delgado drove east on Simpson Lane at speeds in excess of 90 MPH, and then turned south onto Mitchell Creek Drive.

     Delgado turned onto Franklin Road and continued to Simpson Lane, where he turned west.  Delgado turned back onto Mitchell Creek Drive and then onto Franklin Road again.  Delgado turned west on Simpson Lane again and then turned onto Turner Road.

     Delgado continued on Turner Road until he reached the cul-de-sac at the end.  Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to position their vehicles to block Delgado’s path but Delgado drove around the front of the vehicles, narrowly avoiding a collision into the patrol vehicles.

     Delgado continued east on Turner Road and then across Mitchell Creek Drive onto Franklin Road.  Delgado turned west onto Simpson Lane and drove toward Highway 1.

     Sheriff’s Deputies requested assistance from the Fort Bragg Police Department to have a tire deflation device placed across the roadway.  Fort Bragg Police Officers positioned themselves at the traffic circle intersection of Simpson Lane and Highway 1 with a "stop stick" tire deflation device deployed in the westbound travel lane.  Delgado drove over the "stop stick", which resulted in immediate deflation of the vehicle’s tires.

     A Fort Bragg Police Officer was injured while deploying the tire deflation device and was subsequently treated at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Emergency Room for his injuries.

     Delgado continued to drive on the flat tires southbound on Highway 1 and then turned onto Old Coast Highway.  From Old Coast Highway, Delgado drove across Highway 1 onto Ocean Drive.  Delgado was traveling at approximately 25 MPH to 30 MPH on flat tires to the dead end of Ocean Drive.  Delgado stopped his vehicle at the end of Ocean Drive and fled into the brush holding a can of beer.

     Mendocino County Sheriff’s K9 "CAM" was deployed and located Delgado a short time later hiding in a small creek.  Delgado was taken into custody without further incident.

     Delgado displayed signs of alcohol intoxication and it was determined that his driving privileges had been suspended and he had been placed on probation for a prior DUI conviction.

     The pursuit of Delgado covered 20.5 miles over a 17 minute period.  Delgado flailed to obey any posted speed limits or stop signs and drove his vehicle in the opposing travel lane at speeds in excess of 100 MPH numerous times.

     Delgado was booked into county jail for violations of 2800.3CVC [Evading a Peace Office with Injury], 2800.4CVC [Evading a Peace Officer – Wrong Way Driving], 14601.2CVC [Driving on a Suspended License for DUI] and 1203.2PC [Violation of Probation], where he was held in lieu of $105,000 bail.