As we reported yesterday, bead store owner Michael King witnessed the tail end of the incident and later accused the unidentified loss prevention officer of using excessive force. King also said that the officer tried to confiscate his camera. O'Neal, who called the Journal from his company's Sacramento headquarters this morning, offered a different take.
Michael King, a co-op member and owner of the bead supply store on the corner of Eighth and I streets, said he was working in his shop around 3 p.m. when his kids called out to him, telling him to come look at the man holding a woman down outside. King looked out the window, saw what his kids were describing and decided to grab his camera.
"I didn't know if this guy was a cop, a mugger, her boyfriend," King said in an interview Monday afternoon. "It looked like he was going for cuffs, but he was in plain clothes."
Aaron Newman, a Humboldt Bay Harbor District commissioner, prominent commercial fisherman and lifelong local, was arrested on Saturday by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for allegedly falsifying applications for the taking of wildlife.
As first reported by the Lost Coast Outpost, Newman was booked into the Humboldt County jail on felony perjury charges.
The longtime president (and current vice-president) of the Humboldt Fishermen's Marketing Association, Newman was a member of the Marine Life Protection Act stakeholder group here on the North Coast. In an applying for that position (to the very agency that arrested him), Newman wrote, "In addition to operating my own commercial fishing vessel since 1997, I have been a recreational fisherman and diver since I was old enough to hold a fishing rod."
Calls to Newman were not immediately returned.
The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office had a big day yesterday, as one big pot bust led to a money seizure and then another pot bust, topped off with a hand grenade.
It started at 8:40 a.m. in Carlotta, as the Sheriff's Office Community Response Team and the multi-agency Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at 81 Fir Loop Court, according to a press release. There they found:
• About 53 pounds of bud packed in one-pound bags
• 72 pounds of dried marijuana
• 1,213 plants, ranging from one inch to four feet high
• 4 rifles
• $9,600 in cash
• A scale, packaging material “and other evidence indicating the marijuana was being sold”
Two men were arrested (Gregory Aaron Stephens, 37, and Benjamin Robert Rose, 22) followed by a third when Allan Henry Costa, 23, drove up to the scene and "refused to comply with the officers' demands," the release states.
But the day was just getting started.
The Eureka Police Department today issued a press release saying that Bodhi Tree, the 28-year-old suspect in last weekend's double murder in Arcata, is now considered a "person of interest" in a May 15 shooting in Eureka.
Read the press release below.
In the midst of grief over the death of their 18-year-old daughter Christina, Stewart and Tina Schwarz of Eureka are trying to find solace and inspiration from her memory. Despite the sudden and tragic loss, her mom said, “Her light will always shine.”
Tina Schwarz said her daughter embraced life and encouraged others to do the same. “That’s one thing we can carry with us — to live life to the fullest,” Tina Schwarz said this morning.
Early Saturday morning, Eureka High School senior Christina Schwarz and 27-year-old Alan “Sunshine” Marcet were murdered inside the house at 2457 Eye Street in Arcata. Later that day, following a brief but intense manhunt, officers arrested Bodhi Tree, a 28-year-old with a criminal history, and booked him into the Humboldt County Jail on two counts of murder.
Update: Kai has been arrested, the Associated Press reports.
The "homefree" hitchhiker known as Kai (real name Caleb Lawrence McGillvary) is reportedly wanted for murder in New Jersey. According to news reports McGillvary is being sought in connection with the death of 73-year-old New Jersey attorney Joseph Galfy Jr.
McGillvary, who lists his home as Eureka on Facebook, shot to fame in February after giving an amusingly manic TV interview describing how he'd used a hatchet to save three people from a driver with a Christ complex.
He described his childhood as abusive in a recent Facebook post, and on Tuesday, the same day Galfy's body was discovered, McGillvary suggested in another post that he had been drugged and sexually assaulted the previous night.
Nearly a week into the manhunt for triple-homicide suspect Shane Franklin Miller and still no sign of him since his gold Dodge pickup was spotted near the mouth of the Mattole last Wednesday. There are now more than 70 law enforcement officers searching the Mattole Valley, the King Range Conservation area and nearby communities. They're pulling out all the stops — conducting roadblocks, going door-to-door, interviewing Miller's relatives and flying choppers overhead. They've even brought in cadaver dogs.
The notorious supermax to our north landed at number six on Mother Jones' list of the 10 worst prisons in the country. The magazine has done some of the best reporting on our country's prison system over the last couple of years, including this disturbing investigative piece on Pelican Bay from former hostage Shane Bauer. After visiting the Secure Housing Units where prisoners are kept in solitary confinement for 22 1/2 hours per day, Bauer concluded that conditions there are worse than what he experienced as a hostage in Iran.
Today's Times-Standard alerts us to the fact that the latest edition of California Department of Justice's crime statistics for the year 2009 have just been released. That, plus a similar release from the FBI, tells us that it's time to update the chart we published back at the beginning of May, in response to one of incumbent District Attorney Paul Gallegos' campaign planks -- that the crime rate has fallen to new lows under his watch, and that he and his office deserve the credit for the drop.
The evidence for the claim was pretty thin back then, but given the customary level of hurlyburly and hype in any political campaign, we judged this particular piece of hokum in bounds. Today's news, though, is egg on the face. Following a dramatic uptick last year, the violent crime rate in Humboldt County as of 2009 was higher than when Gallegos took office. The rates in California and the nation at large, meanwhile, continued to fall.
So you can expect this particular plank to vanish from Gallegos campaign literature as we move into the November runoff. Again, all's fair in love and politics.
What doesn't seem quite so seemly is Gallegos sloughing off last year's big bump to the Times-Standard's Matt Drange.
”Humboldt County got hit hard last year -- there was a lot of stress,” said Gallegos, who added that the economy was a key issue. “You tend to see that stress reflected in the courts.”
Yellow flag! You don't get to claim sole credit for lowering crime rates if, when they rise, you say that it's all someone or something else's fault. You do the crime, you do the time (as it were).
Eureka citizens and their "community media" should share outrage that two, out of five, Eureka…
Oh, Steve... I wish your spirit a peaceful journey. Great keyboardist and a generous man…
13. Respect proper punctuation and the use of capital letters!
How long is his term?
I am disappointed but not at all surprised. Dangit!