Apr 1, 2015

Taken into custody yesterday, alleged female abuser from Hoopa makes $150,000 bail in less than 24 hour and family member tries to intimidate me

Kayla Brown already made the $150,000 bail and was in court today with her family and her private attorney Jeffrey Schwartz. Judge John Feeney said that while he did not have a copy in the court file, he had been informed that one had been filed.

"The OR/Bail hearing is moot," said Judge Feeney.

Kayla Brown walked in court with family members and a lady, I presume is her mother. Yesterday, they glared at the victim's family. Today, the lady I think is her mother showed yet again that she does not understand court rules and thinks "special rules" apply to her and her family. As I walked out after the court hearing, this woman came up to me, tried to question me and intimidate me. I told her to "step away from me" and leave me alone and walked away.

Yesterday, this lady kept walking up to Mr. Schwartz while court business was going on, she did the same when he was up with Brown during the court hearing today, interuppting court proceedings.

Perhaps, the Brown family thinks that because Kayla Brown is the reigning Miss Natinixwe (which means Miss Hoopa) that we are at the annual pageant, not a court of law. Brown is charged with some pretty serious crimes.

Kayla Brown is charged with four counts. Count 1 Abnormal Sexual Interest in Children and arranging a meeting for that purpose PC 288.4 (b); Count 2 Sexual penetration with a foreign object; [289.(i)  any person over the age of 21 years who participates in an act of sexual penetration with another person who is under 16 years of age shall be guilty of a felony]; Count 3 288.3 (a) [288.3.  (a) Every person who contacts or communicates with a minor, or attempts to contact or communicate with a minor, who knows or reasonably should know that the person is a minor, with intent to commit an offense specified in Section 207, 209, 261, 264.1, 273a, 286, 288, 288a, 288.2, 289, 311.1, 311.2, 311.4 or 311.11 involving the minor shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for the term prescribed for an attempt to commit the intended offense] and Count 4 PC 647.6 (a) which is child molestation/annoying a child.

DDA Brie Bennett who is prosecuting the case talked with Mr. Schwartz briefly before the case was called. She gave him discovery, except copies of the CAST tapes which she said she would provide to him. Mr. Schwartz stepped out and spoke with the defendant's family for a few minutes. DDA Bennett took that opportunity to talk privately to the victim's family seated behind me. The only thing I heard of that conversation was that they were surprised and concerned that Brown was out of custody.

When the case was called, Mr. Schwartz told Judge Feeney that his client would enter a general time waiver. That he had talked to the prosecution and that he did not have CAST tapes and he needed to look at his client's medical schedule and was requesting another trial setting date. Dates for a preliminary hearing had already been set yesterday.

DDA Bennett said that the People also waived time but she asked for the trial setting date to be set within a "relatively short time." She said the victim's mother could not be in court today because her place of employment had a fire but that other family members were present and that this situation had a lot of impact on the victim and her family.

The April 8 intervention and April 13 preliminary dates were vacated and a disposition and reset hearing is scheduled for April 15 at 2 p.m.

Yesterday's post:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/03/humboldts-first-alleged-female-abuser.html




Heroin, controlled substances, and 160 EPD calls to 800 H Street property owned by Floyd Squires

On 04/01/15 at about 7:58 a.m., Detectives with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) served a search warrant at one of Floyd Squires apartments on the 800 block of H Street.  The warrant was obtained after an officer received information about drug sales occurring in a room on the premises.

During a search of the room, detectives located heroin packaged for sales, packaging materials, scales, and over $1,300 in cash.  One subject was detained and released and two were arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Paul Scott Yuron, 33, was arrested for possession of heroin and probation violation.  Rebecca Kathleen Chapa, 30, was arrested for maintaining a drug house, possession of heroin for sale, and probation violation.  While in the jail, Chapa was found to have 15 individual bags of heroin and Suboxone on her person.  Suboxone is a controlled substance usually used to treat Opiate addition.  An additional charge of bringing a controlled substance into the jail was added for Chapa.

From the City of Eureka Public Works Director, Brian Gerving: 833 H Street is one of the 26 properties owned by Floyd and Betty Squires in the City of Eureka that have been the subject of litigation for several years.  Neighboring property owners successfully sued the Squireses for allowing 833 H Street to negatively impact their property values and way of life.

In January 2011, the City filed a civil case against the Squireses, asking that all 26 properties be placed in the control of a receiver, who would be tasked with bringing the properties into full compliance with state and local regulations.  In 2013, after several phases of trial, Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen appointed a receiver over the properties to review conditions and report back to the court.  A final decision is pending from the court.  It is the City’s firm belief that continued mismanagement of the properties not only places the occupants at significant risk but, as demonstrated with today’s arrests, contributes to neighborhood blight and crime in the surrounding area.

The Eureka Police Department has responded to the 833 H Street address nearly 160 times since January of 2014.  

April Fools! Courthouse Cafe not sold yet...

Jeanne and Stacey thought of a good April Fools joke. They were teasing me, "I guess we found out quite a few people read your blog."

So, you can stop calling. The pranks and the good food will be around for a while.

Cafe in Courthouse will have a new owner in 90 days

I did a business profile in the Times-Standard on the cafe in the Courthouse and the link below is a post I did on my blog.


http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/08/mjs-courthouse-cafe-only-drama-free.html?m=1

In 90 days, the cafe will have a new owner. Regulars know that the present owner Jeanne Fleek and her staff treat us like we are at home. There is fresh food prepared daily, healthy snacks and it is a respite when you spend most of your day in this building.

I wish Jeannie the very best in her new home at Oregon. Before she took over, this place was somewhere you went because you had to, now it is a place I choose to go to every day.

Mar 31, 2015

RMZ Fire Safety inspection a scam

In September of 2014, Humboldt Bay Fire released a warning of a fire safety billing scam, which at the time, had not been reported in Humboldt County.  Today
Humboldt Bay Fire alerted the Eureka Police Department that a local business had received a fraudulent invoice from the company claiming to be “RMZ Fire Safety.”

The invoice indicates “Annual State Required Fire Safety Equipment Inspection” and bills for the amount of $413.11.  The local business recalled seeing the news release in September and alerted Humboldt Bay Fire.  

Humboldt Bay Fire and the City of Eureka do not bill for inspections of commercial businesses.  The only billing associated with Humboldt Bay Fire is related to false alarms and mandated multi-unit apartment complex inspections.  Always look carefully over any invoices before paying them to ensure services have been received.

Here is the actual text of the Indiana Religious Freedom Bill; instead of hype, decide for yourself

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/03/30/religious-freedom-law-indiana/70659788/

www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/31/pence-religious-freedom-fox-news/70709838/

These are just two links to the Indiana religious freedom law. In the second link, Indiana Governor Pence said that the media is mischaracterizing the Indiana religious freedom bill.

Here is the text:

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/27/text-indianas-religious-freedom-law/70539772/

A key word in the text is "substantially burdened". That could mean different things to different people. Some media is just reprinting hype and emotions, what helps is the text , so decide for yourself.

Two men shed light on the lost Humboldt generation; the back story beyond crime headlines; they thank their Public Defender for a glimmer of hope

Live coverage of the courts involves a lot of waiting around, choosing to cover cases that are not just headlines and telling the human story, being there every day, the booking photos are people I see frequently in the courts, near the courthouse and often follow their cases from start to conclusion.

There is a trust because they know to me, they are not news. I will still be there for them long after they are no longer a headline. And I have been there. It is that trust that led to this post.

I talked with two young men in the criminal justice system, outside Courtroom 1 waiting for their cases to be heard in an intervention hearing.

Joseph Alvarez thought his past was behind him. "On paper, I don't look good," he said to me. "I have made mistakes and some bad choices in my past." He thought that past was behind him. He was going to school, works at a local restaurant and if you saw him on the street, all you would see is a clean cut pleasant young man. One day he is sitting outside WINCO with groceries waiting for a ride home and is questioned by the police. He tells them his name. There was a month left on an old warrant he was not aware of and he ended up in custody. "Why now?" he asked me, "I am trying to turn my life around. I am so close."

A couple of days later, I was eating at one of my favorite restaurants and he stopped by my table to say hi. He works there. He has not hid his past from his coworkers or bosses. On their own, they told me he is a hard worker and despite getting "a bad break" he is the first to show up to work, first one to help them out. Joseph told me he realizes he made bad choices but he wants to put all that behind him. He took responsibility for his past.

The other young man is Riley Clark. "They make me look so bad in LOCO always saying I've been busted for this and that."  Riley also said that the headlines don't tell the whole story. He said he didn't want to talk about others he grew up with that are now in the County jail and only wanted to share his circumstances but many share the same back story that leads them into being in the system again and again. "I made a few choices when I was young that made me end up in the juvenile system. I was just a kid smoking pot." Peer pressure led him to make some bad decisions. "Once you are in the system, no one helps you address why you are there. What led you to this place." As a first offender, Riley was around "hardened criminals" who brainwashed him and caused him to mistrust the system. He started doing hard drugs and "I became an addict." That led to the crimes that keep him in the adult criminal justice system. Riley is awaiting the outcome of his latest case and hopes to get into a treatment facility, do rehab, and get a job. Riley's family tired of his constant addiction and getting in trouble don't want anything to do with him.

Until these men met their Public Defender,  Ms. Heidi Holmquist, their trust of the system was non-existent. They thanked her for giving them a glimmer of hope.

Both men's interventions were postponed on a busy docket day for another month. In Humboldt, under trying circumstances, they need to stay clean and an extra month can make a difference between life and life in prison. I did a post on a program the jail is doing to help those who want to change their life around. It is now up to local businesses and politicians to help people like Riley and Joseph.

When someone takes responsibility, turning your life around has no time limit. You have to dig yourself out of  years of a "black hole." There are others who don't want to take responsibility. Riley and Joseph did not blame anyone else, they just shared their back story.

Crime headlines and booking photos are not the last word.

Humboldt's first alleged female abuser with first female underage victim? Charges include abnormal sexual interest in children

I don't know if both families are from Hoopa but the defendant, Kayla Brown and her family are from Hoopa. Yesterday, in Courtroom 1, Kayla Brown stood silently as her attorney, Jeffrey Schwartz addressed Judge John Feeney. DDA Brie Bennett represented the People. DA Investigator Kyla Baxley was in court, she is usually the investigator for  cases involving allegations of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct.

Kayla Brown is charged with four counts. Count 1 Abnormal Sexual Interest in Children and arranging a meeting for that purpose PC 288.4 (b); Count 2 Sexual penetration with a foreign object; [289.(i)  any person over the age of 21 years who participates in an act of sexual penetration with another person who is under 16 years of age shall be guilty of a felony]; Count 3 288.3 (a) [288.3.  (a) Every person who contacts or communicates with a minor, or attempts to contact or communicate with a minor, who knows or reasonably should know that the person is a minor, with intent to commit an offense specified in Section 207, 209, 261, 264.1, 273a, 286, 288, 288a, 288.2, 289, 311.1, 311.2, 311.4 or 311.11 involving the minor shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for the term prescribed for an attempt to commit the intended offense] and Count 4 PC 647.6 (a) which is child molestation/annoying a child.

The alleged victim is under 16 years of age. Kayla Brown was cuffed and taken into custody in court, she was on calendar for a warrant surrender. She was served with a criminal protective order in court.

Judge John Feeney denied Mr. Schwartz's request which was not to have Brown taken into custody. The reason she missed court last time, according to Mr. Schwartz was because she was in Sacramento for medical treatment. Mr. Schwartz said she has pulmonary and lung issues that require her to wear a medical device. He argued that she was not in Hoopa but staying in Redding and that the "jail could not handle her medical issues" A warrant had been issued by Visiting Judge Charles Irvin. I was in court that day when that warrant was issued.

DDA Brie Bennett argued for "remand due to public safety of the community" and for the protection of the victim.

Brown's bail had been set to $185,000 according to the bail schedule and crimes charged. Mr. Schwartz argued that it was not accurate based on Count 2. Judge Feeney reduced the bail to $150,000.

While the case was being heard, the families sat on opposite sides of the courtroom. Victim Witness escorted the victim's family, which outnumbered the defendant's family in court. They glared at  Brown and her mother in court.

While this is not the first Humboldt case with an alleged female abuser, it is the first case that I know of where the alleged abuse was by a female and the alleged victim is also female and underage.

There is an OR/Bail hearing in Courtroom 1 on April 1 at 2 p.m., an intervention hearing on April 8 at 3 p.m. and a preliminary hearing on April 13 at 8:30 a.m., courtroom to be determined.