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.

Oct 20, 2014

Judge Feeney grants continuance for Curry case, Eddie Lee released

Eddie Lee has to appear in Oregon for the case that he was on probation for when he was found with an ounce of marijuana he was trying to sell. Curry County requested that Eddie Lee be cited and released to appear in Oregon on 9/27 for this case.

Local attorney Kathleen Bryson, who has specially appeared for Lee on behalf of his Bay area attorney Darryl Stallworth, was present in court on behalf of Eddie Lee today. She told Judge John Feeney that now that the murder case against Lee in Humboldt has been dismissed, "the plan is to get this Oregon case terminated." The Oregon probation case is from 2009.

Ms. Bryson also thanked Judge Feeney for his "courage in dismissing the Humboldt case."
So, Eddie Lee is a week away, from possibly being a free man.

Some of the previous posts on Eddie Lee:


ADA Kelly Neel and Limmie Curry's public defender, Mr. Casey Russo, agreed to a new jury trial date of January 26. The People did not oppose the defense's motion to continue the trial, and Judge Feeney granted the request for "good cause."

Pre-trial is Nov 10 at 2 p.m. and Trial Confirmation is January 12 at 2 p.m.

Some of the previous posts on Limmie Curry:



Douglas Flowers "White Power" case will not be tried a second time

Due to a witness being unavailable, People cannot proceed with the trial, the second time around. The second trial would have been prosecuted by DDA Jessica Watson.

The first trial resulted in a jury verdict of Douglas Flowers guilty of battery; not guilty on 1 count and mistrial on 1 count. Flowers was represented by Mr. Glenn Brown.

Coverage of the first trial:



Public Defender files for continuance in murder suspect Limmie Curry trial

This afternoon, a trial confirmation hearing is scheduled for murder suspect Limmie Curry. The public defender's office is representing Curry and a motion for continuance has been filed.

Curry has been charged by the Humboldt County District Attorney's office for the murder of Billy Reid. Curry's alleged co-conspirator, Eddie Lee, just had his case dismissed at the conclusion of his jury trial.

Previous posts:


Man shot and killed in Shelter Cove, one of the women at residence admits to shooting him

On 10-19-2014, at approximately 1:20 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a man shot at a residence in the 200 block of Olson Road, Shelter Cove. Deputies and medical personnel responded to the scene, along with medical personnel who staged, until deputies arrived, due to the suspect still being in the residence. When deputies arrived, they secured the weapon used in the shooting and met with the 48 year female suspect and a 43 year old female witness.

Medical personnel entered the home and determined the 32 year old male, identified as Ethan Loren Stroud, who resided in the home, was shot and was deceased. Sheriff’s Detectives responded to the scene and a search warrant was obtained for the residence.

During their investigation, detectives learned that Stroud was the boyfriend of the 43 year female.  Earlier in the evening, Stroud showed up at the residence intoxicated and assaulted the 48 year old female and the 43 year old female. During the assault, the 48 year old female was able to obtain a semi- automatic  handgun which she brandished at Stroud, and told him to quit assaulting the females. Stroud not only refused, but aggressively came at the 48 year old female who was holding the handgun, who then shot Stroud.

Witnesses’ statements and evidence at the scene were consistent with what the 48 year old female told detectives. The female victims had visible injuries and complaint of pain. The 48 year old female was transported and treated at a local hospital for her injuries. The 43 year old victim refused treatment.

No arrests have been made at this time, the investigation is ongoing and detectives will be sending the case to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for their review and final determination on whether any charges will be filed.

Oct 19, 2014

A decade old bankrutcy paid in full or current bankruptcy with money owed to local businesses? Which is more relevant?


Thank you for your comment.

In either post, I did not put the reason why you went into debt. If you would like to explain the circumstances, I would be glad to post that information.

Mike Newman's bankruptcy was years ago and he has made full restitution. His bankruptcy was over a decade ago. Mike took on debts accumulated during his marriage as a result of his divorce and made all payments in full. Mike's debt was approximately 50 thousand in credit card debt.

Yours and your wife's bankruptcy for half a million dollars was filed in 2012 and includes money owed to local businesses and the payment cycle is not complete so it is relevant information to voters for this election.

Mike Newman had no idea I was doing this post. In fact, I called him after the first post was already up.

Eric's comment:

John, before you go too far down the road of moral superiority, perhaps you should investigate and report on Mike Newman's 2004 Chapter 7 (non-repayment) bankruptcy.
I'd be curious to know if his pre-economic bankruptcy was a result of a nearly fatal accident as ours was. I'd also be interested in ascertaining whether or not he made an effort of nearly four years duration to avoid bankruptcy as we did.

Rest assured Kim is very unlikely to engage in a mud-slinging campaign. Mike may be similarly inclined. But if you want to get into it, I can certainly oblige you.

Previous posts:


Bankrupt? You too can pay off $524,248 with just $51,720


The link from yesterday gives background to this post and no one was aware of this until I reported it.

 Consider the following before the November 4 election.

Is the Kim Bergel Bankruptcy, a sweet deal?

Total debt $ 524,248.

Kim Bergel and her husband file Chapter 13 on July 27, 2012. According to paperwork, two months payment was suspended in November and December 2013, so they paid $900 per month for 15 months. Payments were to resume in January 2014,$ 910 was the monthly amount in the amended plan.

In Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you keep your property, but pay back all or a portion of your debts over a three to five year period. The Bergel's Chapter 13 plan is to conclude in five years from start of case, according to court documents. Let us assume, payments will be made until July 27, 2012. So 42 months of $910.

The total amount above was with cents rounded off to $524,  If they make all their payments, they pay $51,720 and the rest of the debt is forgiven.

Since they don't have to surrender their property, what is stopping them from racking up more debt?

Low income and poor folk are ineligible for Chapter 13 because you have to afford the payments.

Kim Bergel endorses Measure R. She can stiff paying her workman's comp but those big bad employers and non-profits with 25 employees are the ones we need to go after?

Supporting local businesses must mean not paying them what is owed.

Should you trust her endorsers current Councilmembers Linda Atkins and Melinda
Ciarabellini, and former Councilmember Jeff Leonard and former Humboldt County Supervisor Bonnie Neely?

Are they, along with all your Labor Councils and Humboldt County Democrats watching out for regular folk? They didn't even vet the candidate they support.

Can you trust a candidate with your money and your future? If you and I are in debt, could we afford the same sweet deal?

Also, to clarify why I didn't contact Kim, I stopped trying after my calls were not returned. I was the first one to report she was running, way before her media announcement. Way before I knew who was supporting her. Still, no response. That does not change the facts above which are from court documents.