Wednesday, February 29, 2012

HCSO Bust Locates 3,881 Plants, $387,000, Triscuits

Posted by on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 4:24 PM

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From the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office:

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      On 2-29-2012 at approximately 8:00 a.m., the California Department of Justice, assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Humboldt County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit and Humboldt County Sheriffs Office Community Response Unit served two search warrants in the Greenwood Heights area of Eureka. The search warrants were obtained by the California Department of Justice who requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Office and Drug Task Force.
The warrants were for a residence in the 5100 block of Greenwood Heights Road, Eureka and three structures located in the 4500 block of Greenwood Heights Road, Eureka.
      When the officers arrived at the 5100 block residence, they met with John Eaton Cromwell, 46 years old, and Elisabeth Nergaard Olsen, 42 years old along with their four small children. During a search of their residence, they located approximately $387,000.00 cash and $10,000.00 in money orders. Cromwell and Olson are the owners of the second parcel located in the 4500 block of Greenwood Heights Road, Eureka. Officers serving the search warrant at located a sophisticated marijuana growing operation that was powered by Pacific Gas and Electrical Power. The marijuana grow contained 3,881 marijuana plants ranging from four inches to four feet in height, growing under 20 one-thousand watt grow lights. Officers also located 110 one-pound bags of marijuana bud with an estimated value of $220,000, and approximately $33,000.00 cash. They located another male, Charles Bruzza, 34 years old from Portland, Oregon that was living at that address.

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      Officers were able to tie Cromwell and Olsen to the marijuana grow based on evidence they located, however they issued them a notice to appear (citation) due to the small children at the residence. They were cited for cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana and maintaining a drug house. Bruzza was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana, and possession of over an ounce of marijuana. His bail is set at $75,000.00.
      Due to electrical fire hazards at the marijuana grow operation, the Humboldt County Planning Department and Pacific Gas and Electric were called to the scene.
      Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or criminal related activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. If you live in the City Limits of Eureka the Eureka Police Problem Oriented Policing Unit can be reached at 707-441-4373

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Couple Arrested for Attempted Burglary

Posted by on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

From the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office:

              

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      On 02-29-2012, approximately 8:45.m. a Humboldt County Sheriffs Deputies were dispatched to an attempted residential burglary interrupted by the homeowner which just occurred. The 70 year old husband and wife reported a male had just broken into their home located in the 2000 block of Fieldbrook Road, Fieldbrook. The male victim heard a noise in his kitchen and entered the kitchen thinking it was his wife. The male victim came face to face with the male suspect who had just forced entry into the victims’ home via the back door. After meeting each other face to face in the kitchen, the suspect fled the home. The victim saw the suspect enter the passenger side of a white Chevy pickup truck which was backed into the victims’ driveway. There was a female driving the truck which drove towards McKinleyville on Fieldbrook Road. Sheriffs Dispatch broadcast the vehicles description and direction of travel. A deputy responding to the call from McKinleyville saw the truck approaching from the opposite direction on Fieldbrook Road. The female driver saw the approaching patrol car and turned onto Wilson Lane to avoid the deputy. The pick truck drove into a driveway in the 300 block of Wilson Lane, Fieldbrook.  The deputy contacted and detained both occupants as they were exiting the truck. It was determined the occupants did not live at the Wilson Lane address.
      The male matched the suspect description provided by the victim. The victim was transported to the scene by deputies. The victim identified the male suspect who deputies identified as Shad Lynn Sovereign, 30 years old from Eureka, who was on parole. Sovereign is being held without bail. The female driver was identified as Reshawn Lindsay O’Kelly, 35 years old from Eureka. Deputies learned Sovereign had also gone to a neighbor’s residence just prior to the victims. Sovereign knocked on the neighbor’s front door and asked if “Rodney lived there.“ When told he did not, Sovereign left. The neighbor and deputies believed Sovereign was checking out homes to burglarize.
Sovereign was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on attempted residential burglary and violation of parole. O’Kelly was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on attempted burglary; her bail was set at $75,000.00.
      Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or criminal related activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539. If you live in the City Limits of Eureka the Eureka Police Problem Oriented Policing Unit can be reached at 707-441-4373
            

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Commercial Indoor Grow Bust in Northwestern Humboldt

Posted by on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 9:51 AM

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From the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office:

      On 02-28-2012, approximately 9:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriffs Community Response Unit and Humboldt County Drug Task Force acted on a citizen’s information of possible large commercial indoor marijuana grow approximately 12 miles down Johnson Road, off Bald Hills Road, Northwestern Humboldt County. The deputies and agents drove to the area and located an approximate 40 foot by 80 foot wooden structure powered by a commercial generator. The officers also saw a residence was located nearby. The officers obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant based on their observations. The officers located approximately 3000 growing marijuana plants being grown indoors under forty one thousand watt light bulbs. The plants were approximately four inches to three feet in height. The officers searched the nearby residence and located and arrested three suspects Bradley Jon Hagen, 27 years old and his brother Sean Thomas Hagen, 30 years both from Chula Vista, California and Steven Robert Columbo, 35 from Marysville, California.

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(From left to right: Steven Columbo, Sean Hagen, Bradley Hagen)

      The officers were able to connect the marijuana grow to the residence in a variety of ways, including determining that the generator which powered the marijuana grow also powered the residence.
      The officers could see the generator powering the marijuana grow was leaking oil and diesel. The area where the marijuana grow was located drains into the Klamath River basin. California Fish and Game, Humboldt County Environmental Health, Humboldt County Code Enforcement was notified and responded to the scene to contain the spill and try to determine the extent of the damage. Yurok Tribal Environmental Health was also notified, but did not respond to the scene.
      The officers located 146 one pound bags of sealed marijuana bud packaged for sale estimated to be worth $292,000.00 dollars, along with several pounds of concentrated cannabis (Hash) which is currently estimated to be worth 8,000 a pound, approximately 100 pounds of marijuana leaves, $8,000.00 cash, three pistols, four rifles and a shotgun.
      All three suspects were booked into the Humboldt County Correctional facility on charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. Their bail was set at $75,000.00.
            Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or criminal related activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539. If you live in the City Limits of Eureka the Eureka Police Problem Oriented Policing Unit can be reached at 707-441-4373.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Design Undone

Posted by on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 12:01 PM

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Plaza Design co-owner Jane Labes was at the former site of her store in Old Town Eureka this morning, supervising as the last couch and shelves were gathered up and store equipment was loaded into U-Haul vans parked outside. Some of the merchandise is being transferred to her flagship store on Arcata's Plaza, which is also slated for closure.

Labes said she was too busy to talk, and doesn't know yet when the final sales will be rung up at the remaining Plaza Design store, which has been a landmark in Arcata for years.

At the Arcata store store today, some people were "pre-shopping" to get ready for eventual markdowns, said Tracy Morgan, one of the store managers. "We're still kind of in shock," Morgan said. "We knew something was in the works, but we didn't know it was going to be so quick."

The store's departure from Eureka was "very sudden," said Charlotte McDonald, executive director of Eureka Main Street. "It came as a surprise to all of us, and a big disappointment."

 

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Hey! That Alcohol Belongs to Luzmila’s Restaurant!

Posted by on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office:

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      On 02-25-2012, approximately 11:30 a.m. a Humboldt County Sheriffs deputy was dispatched to investigate a Commercial Burglary that occurred at Luzmila’s Restaurant, McKinleyville. When the deputy arrived he met with the owner of the restaurant who told him the suspect(s) had turned off the circuit breakers to the restaurant, and pried open the back door to the restaurant causing damage after scaling a six foot fence. The burglary happened sometime between 11:00 p.m. on 2-24-2012 and 10:00 a.m. 2-25-2012. The restaurant owner reported several cases of alcohol had been stolen, including cases of Wine, Tequila and Triple Sec.
      The deputy reviewed a security video tape at the restaurant and saw at approximately 12:15 a.m. a white male suspect is on the back patio of the restaurant moving items around and stacking crates below the camera. The suspect then accessed the camera using the crates to stand on and began smashing the camera. The deputy recognized the suspect from previous contacts as Casey Jay Cooper, 28 years old from McKinleyville. The deputy ran a criminal check on Cooper and learned he was on four separate summary probations for drug and weapons charges, with search clauses.
        The deputy drove to Cooper’s residence on Park Road, McKinleville with another deputy and found Cooper hiding under a tarp in the back yard of his residence. The deputies also located several of the cases of stolen alcohol which they recovered.
      Cooper was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on burglary and possession of stolen property charges, along with violation of probation. His bail is set at $50,000.00.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

HCSO: Bike/Foot Chase in McKinleyville

Posted by on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 8:42 AM

From the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:

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      On 02-25-2012, approximately 9:00 p.m. a Humboldt County Sheriffs deputy was patrolling in the McKinleyville are when he saw a male whom he recognized as Brian Lee Balke, 33 years, of McKinleyville, enter a video store at the corner of Central Avenue and Sutter Road, McKinleyville. The deputy knew Balke was wanted and had a “No Bail” Felony arrest warrant for possession of Concentrated Cannabis.
      Balke saw the deputy and immediately began to flee from the deputy on his bicycle. The deputy followed Balke in his patrol car across Central Avenue. Balke crashed on his bicycle and then ran away from the deputy, who chased him on foot. Balke attempted to hide from the deputy under a pickup truck behind a nearby store. The deputy caught Balke and arrested him on the warrant.
      After arresting Balke the deputy learned Balke had just stolen several items from a nearby Safeway grocery store. The deputy located those items in Balkes’ possession, along with a half ounce of marijuana bud, a syringe and other drug related items.
      Balke was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the warrants, besides new charges of burglary, theft with a prior conviction, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and violation of probation. 
 


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Track Stars

Posted by on Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

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A bunch of us concerned (and frustrated) citizens--35 by one count--did some serious blackberry and undergrowth clearing along the North Coast Railroad track between South G Street, Arcata and the Eureka Slough yesterday morning. The track is now walkable. Most of it. And we had a ball.

Coordinator Rees Hughes (Rees.Hughes@humboldt.edu) is planning an inaugural walk along the tracks between Eureka and Arcata--let him know if you're interested in participating in this or in additional clearing.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Forest Protectors Nab Grants

Posted by on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

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Two tracts of local forested land can breathe oxygen-rich sighs of relief today after the state's Wildlife Conservation Board approved two major grants that will protect their riparian habitats.

The City of Arcata received a $650,000 grant to expand the 793-acre Arcata Community Forest by 22 acres. The acquisition will help link the city-managed community forest with the 175-acre Sunny Brae Forest, which Arcata purchased back in 2007. According to the Wildlife Conservation Board, the property and its streams are threatened by degradation from years of intensive logging, subdivision and conversion to residential use.

The conservation board says that City stewardship of the land will help a number of threatened species, including the red tree vole, the northern spotted owl, the sharp-shinned hawk and the ring-tailed cat.

Next, the board approved a $1,228,750 grant to the Northcoast Regional Land Trust for a conservation easement on 1,622 acres just east of Willow Creek -- the town. The property actually contains portions of Willow Creek the creek, along with four tributaries. It also contains large, healthy stands of Port Orford cedar, one of the world's most valuable timber species (and a threatened one, to boot).

The conservation easement will allow area landowners to continue some forms of timber production "including forest thinning that will benefit both forested and riparian areas within the conservation easement," according to the conservation board agenda.

For more information you can read project descriptions in the Wildlife Conservation Board's agenda packet.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Steve and Dave’s = Steve and Dave’s

Posted by on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

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The notice outside Steve and Dave's bar (and formerly BC's) has had a few of us regulars worried: "Public Notice of Application of Ownership Change," it says. Does this mean my Monday night pool date is going to go to the dogs? (For the record, my pool sucks.) Was nothing sacred?

It's all good. Steve and Dave are the same Bryan and Kadiver referred to on the notice (Steve Bryan, Dave Kadivar). After nearly five years of managing the bar as a general partnership, they are changing the status to a corporation that they will own and work for.

"Is this a tax scam?" I asked, innocently. "No, no, perfectly legal. It's good for liability, too," said Dave, who looks happy enough about it in the photo.

So everything basically stays the same. Including the quality of my pool.

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All Tuesday's Fatness

Posted by on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

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Feeling "fat" and happy? If you attended last night's annual Mardi Gras romp at Six Rivers Brewery the answer is likely "Oui."

Wall-to-wall sweat-drippy bods sucked up visual and aural joy expelled by dance 'n' drum troupe Samba Na Chuva and 10-piece Calypso pan band Steel Standing. Here's your evidence.

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The above shots were snapped by Arcata Photo Studio's Terrence McNally. Click here for the full set.

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