Friday, October 2, 2015

UPDATE: Man Killed on 101 Identified

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 9:30 AM

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UPDATE: The Humboldt County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed on U.S. Highway 101 on Sept. 27 as William Emery Seekins, 29, from Eureka. 

Previously:

A pedestrian was killed on U.S. Highway 101 early Sunday morning, the California Highway reports. 

According to a press release, the man's identity is unknown. He died while being airlifted to Santa Rosa, after he was hit in the southbound lane by 28-year-old Teresa Louse Graham, of Eureka. The victim was apparently wearing dark clothes and walking across the lanes. Graham swerved to avoid him but he was hit by the right front of her Cadillac Escalade. 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Impact of Shaded Parcels Settlement Remains Shaded

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 4:41 PM

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After three years of litigation over the county’s practice of “shading parcels,” the property rights group HumCPR and the county of Humboldt recently announced they’ve reached a settlement. What that means, however, is far from clear.

“We’re grateful to settle, but we’re concerned,” said County Planning and Building Director Kevin Hamblin, adding that he and his staff have yet to meet with county counsel to discuss the settlement, and its implications, in detail. “If you look at the settlement agreement in its entirety, it appears to us that it’s not entirely internally consistent.”

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Two Double-Murder Trials Begin

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Jason Anthony Warren
  • Jason Anthony Warren
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For the first time in recent memory, the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office is in the process of simultaneously trying separate double-murder cases.

Prosecutors gave opening arguments Sept. 24 in the case against Jason Michael Arreaga, the 30-year-old Lucerne man with a violent past who stands accused of gunning down Harley Hammers and Angel Tully in front of a Fieldbrook home last fall. Then, four days later, special prosecutor Paul Sequeira began the process of selecting a jury to hear the case against Jason Anthony Warren, who is accused of murdering Dorothy Ulrich and Suzanne Seemann in 2012.

Jury selection may take awhile in the Warren case, which will see full days of trial testimony and is expected to stretch into December. Meanwhile, the Arreaga case, which is being handled by Deputy District Attorney Zach Curtis, is expected to conclude by early November.

See past Journal coverage of both cases at the following links: Arreaga, Warren.

Even after the Warren and Arreaga double-murder cases move through the system, the district attorney's office will still have a hefty backlog to deal with. According to a list provided by Wes Keat, one of the office's senior prosecutors, the office will still have 15 homicide cases, including eight charged as murders. Of the 15, eight were charged this year, four were charged last year and three date back to 2013.


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Humboldt Revs up the Style

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 11:58 AM

Looking dapper, very dapper. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Looking dapper, very dapper.
If you think Humboldt’s all Carhartt and hoodies, and bikers are all leather, all the time, well, you should have caught the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride on Sunday. If you had seen the dozens of dapper folk on motorcycles weaving their way through Eureka, the Samoa Peninsula and out to Blue Lake, you’d know Humboldt’s got cravats and pin stripes to spare and that bikers can rock a vest and matching pocket hanky with the best of them.

The ride is a global affair, with more than 20,000 people participating in 257 cities spread across 58 countries last year to raise awareness and help fund a cure for prostate cancer. In 2014, the event raised more than $1.5 million.

The local jaunt was the brain child of Will Bagnall, whose father was recently diagnosed with the disease, and Black Lightning Motorcycle Cafe owner Jeff Hesseltine. More than 39 bikers participated in the inaugural ride, raising more than $6,000 in the process. Local photographer Mark McKenna dappered up and tagged along for the cause, sharing the following photos.


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Sunday, September 27, 2015

HumBug: New Spirals

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 4:17 PM

A glow worm dining inside a snail shell. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Anthony Westkamper
  • A glow worm dining inside a snail shell.

I think the best and most frustrating thing about nature study is that one thing almost always leads to several more, and each one of those leads to still more.
I have a particular fondness for glowing things, especially our local glow worms, Pterotus obscuripinnes. Studying them I learned they feed almost exclusively on small slugs and snails.


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Big Turnout for Tiny Homes

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 10:27 AM

Attendees enter a wee home. - LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
  • Attendees enter a wee home.

The parking lot of the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bayside was full within an an hour of the Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives (AHHA) Tiny House Expo, held Saturday. Cars parked on the narrow shoulder of Jacoby Creek Road as people walked onto the church grounds to take in music, eat a free meal, attend panels on housing in Humboldt and clamber in and out of the tiny houses set up on the lawn.


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Hoopa PD No More

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 3:55 PM

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The days of Hoopa having its own police department may be over.

Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey announced Thursday that he was revoking the power of tribal police officers to enforce state law and suspending a memorandum of understanding that had been in place between the tribe and the county for almost two decades. The issue, Downey said, is simply that the Hoopa Tribal Police Department didn’t have enough bodies in uniform.


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Arcata Bay Crossing Opens

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 8:03 PM

Arcata Mayor Michael Winkler, Beth Matsumoto of Humboldt Bay Housing Development and others prepare to cut the ribbon. - LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
  • Arcata Mayor Michael Winkler, Beth Matsumoto of Humboldt Bay Housing Development and others prepare to cut the ribbon.
Humboldt County's newest and shiniest low income housing project is open for business, and it's already full. The Arcata Bay Crossing, tucked between the freeway and South G Street, is a collaborative project by the Humboldt Bay Housing Development Corporation, the Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation and several local governmental and non-profit organizations. A robust crowd of well-wishers attended today's ribbon-cutting, including a smattering of local notables, politicians and recently housed residents.
John Cope holds the keys to his new home. - LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
  • John Cope holds the keys to his new home.


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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Logger Legalities

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 3:44 PM

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The City of Blue Lake will begin evaluating zoning, use permits and community impacts pertaining to the Logger Bar at tonight’s council meeting. Following a series of noise complaints by neighboring residents resulting from late night shows and reported public nuisance activities such as fighting and loud conversations in the neighboring parking lot after bar closure, the issue came before the council. Local residents turned out by the dozens to weigh in on the issue at the last city council meeting on Sept. 8, making clear the community is invested in the outcome.


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UPDATE: Body Found in Arcata's Redwood Park Identified

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 10:26 AM

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UPDATE: The Humboldt County Coroner's office has identifed the woman as Sarah Anne Walsh, age 25, from Crossville, Tennessee. The sheriff's office says that they do not know at this time what Walsh, who appears to have committed suicide, was doing in Humboldt County.

"At the time of death, the deceased had nothing on her person that would indicate her identity," says the press release from Deputy Coroner Ernie Stewart. The FBI fingerprint identification system positively identified Walsh on September 21. Her family has been notified.

Previously:

UPDATE: Humboldt County Deputy Coroner Ernie Stewart says the woman's death appears to be a suicide. She had apparently hanged herself by sliding down a hill.

Stewart offered a description of the woman in the hopes that the public can help identify her.

She is believed to be between 19 and 23 years old, was 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall, and weighed 125 pounds.

She was wearing a shirt that said "Gypsy Soul", with skinny jeans and a skirt over the jeans. 

And she had several tattoos: a thin outline of angel wings covering her entire back with a four-sided star in thick, bold ink inside one of the wings; a large red rose on her hip; and a black scorpion 5 to 6 inches long on her lower left abdomen.

Previously:

A hiker in Arcata’s Redwood Park this afternoon found the dead body of a young woman.

Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman said investigators found no signs of trauma on the body and no evidence of foul play, though the department is awaiting an official cause of death from the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office. Chapman said no identification was found on the body, which appears to be that of a young woman in her early 20s. He said investigators are currently working to identify the woman, who he estimated has been deceased for three to seven days.

Chapman said the hiker found the woman about 400 yards from the park’s 14th Street parking lot. “The body was just maybe 15 yards or so off of a main trail,” Chapman said. “The area, the vegetation and the terrain is dense enough and steep enough that it was really undetectable. Walking on the trail, you really couldn’t see the body. The hiker just happened to be taking a short cut and discovered it.”

The first obvious step for investigators, Chapman said, is to check missing persons reports in the area to search for potential matches.

Chapman asked that anyone with information about the case, or women who have gone missing in recent weeks, call the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428.
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