Saturday, October 31, 2015

Report Reveals Dire Runs of Returning Salmon

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 12:30 PM

THOMAS DUNKLIN
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The Nature Conservancy recently released its second annual report showing the "big picture" of yearly California salmon runs. A collaborative effort between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the National Marine Fisheries Service and several other conservation groups, the report includes a database of salmon counts for Coho, Chinook and steelhead returning to spawn in 2013.

The conservancy counted an overall increase of 25,000 in total salmon population from 2012. Despite these encouraging increases, the number of wild salmon in our region are far below target population numbers. Target population numbers are determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and population estimates are done by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Another Fire in a Squires Property

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 2:44 PM

811 H St. - GOOGLE STREETVIEW
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  • 811 H St.
Humboldt Bay Fire spent an hour and a half fighting a blaze near downtown Eureka early this morning, holding off its firefighting efforts at one point as propane tanks exploded inside the vacant home’s garage.

The fire, which appeared to start in the garage and spread to the residence at 811 H St., was reported shortly after midnight. HBF reports that the fire is under investigation and is suspicious in nature.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chief Mills Proposes Gun Control Law

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 4:06 PM

Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills.
On the Eureka Police Department’s official blog, Chief Andy Mills announced he is asking the city attorney to draft an ordinance that will require Eureka gun owners to lock up unattended weapons.

Mills wrote that the law is in response to recent guns thefts, including one from a gun dealer, and will apply to firearms at businesses or homes.

A similar law in San Francisco that requires handguns to be locked up at home recently survived a U.S. Supreme Court challenge. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced he'll push a ballot initiative for stricter gun control laws.

Mills says the issue will go before the Eureka City Council on Tuesday. The EPD blog includes a poll asking whether the public supports the idea. As the Journal put up this post, 51 percent of respondents had said “Lock up the guns.”
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Huffman Feels the Bern, But Endorses Clinton

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 3:33 PM

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North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman announced this morning that he "feels the Bern," but is endorsing Hillary Clinton in her bid to become the country's next president because he feels she has a better chance to beat the "terrible GOP candidates" and trigger a Democratic wave that wins back both the House and the Senate.


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Hoopa Teen Arrested for Fatal Arcata Stabbing

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 11:49 AM

Richard Villa Dean
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Three days after a 52-year-old man was found bleeding to death of multiple stab wounds in front of his apartment, the Arcata Police Department believes it has cracked the case and, this morning, announced the arrest of an 18-year-old Hoopa man.

On Sunday evening, police were called to the Courtyard Circle apartments in Valley West and arrived to find Anthony Michael Pennucci lying in front of his apartment, bleeding from fatal stab wounds. Initially, detectives didn’t have much to work with, according to Police Chief Tom Chapman.

“Like most investigations, it’s just a lot of hard work, knocking on doors, talking to people, putting together the pieces of a puzzle — some of the pieces are broken, some of them are backwards and some of them are ripped, but you just do the best you can to piece them together,” Chapman said.

Through witness interviews and some grainy video footage pulled from the property, detectives started to zero in on Richard Villa Dean as a potential suspect, having learned that Dean had a “loose connection” to an apartment near Pennucci’s and that he may have been on the property around the time of the stabbing.

Chapman said the department asked the Sheriff’s Office to look for Dean in the Hoopa area and bring him in for questioning. But, Chapman said, detectives didn’t have enough probable cause at that point to arrest him. Last night, Chapman said, deputies spotted Dean and attempted to contact him in Hoopa but the teen fled and “threw something” at a patrol car, damaging it. When deputies finally apprehended Dean, they took him into custody on suspicion of vandalism, resisting arrest and making threats to an officer. With Dean in custody, detectives then secured a search warrant for the property Dean was staying at in Hoopa.

During the search, they found Pennucci’s wallet and car keys and “clothing items that (Dean) appeared to be wearing at the time of the homicide,” Chapman said. With that, they had enough to seek a murder charge.

But Chapman said there’s still plenty left to investigate: The alleged murder weapon is still missing and detectives still haven’t figured out a motive for the slaying.

“Our impression is that robbery wasn’t the motivating factor, but property was taken,” Chapman said, adding that Pennucci’s car was found parked near his apartment. “I don’t know that we’ll ever satisfactorily resolve that question.”

Chapman said it appears the entirety of the stabbing took place inside Pennucci’s apartment, where he lived alone. After the altercation, Pennucci collapsed outside on a sidewalk, where someone saw him and called 911.

APD is asking anyone with information about the homicide to call 822-2428. See the department’s full press release copied below:

On October 25, 2015 the Arcata Police Department began a homicide investigation into the stabbing death of an Arcata resident.
 
52-year-old Anthony Michael Pennucci was found outside of his apartment at Courtyard Circle, severely injured from multiple stab wounds. Mr. Pennucci later died at Mad River Hospital as a result of the stab wounds.
 
Today, 18-year-old Richard Villa Dean of Hoopa, was booked at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on suspicion of murder. Mr. Dean was taken into custody in Hoopa yesterday evening on unrelated charges by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department.
 
Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman said, "Our initial investigation shows no connection between Mr. Pennucci and Mr. Dean. We are continuing our investigation to determine a possible motive and locate the murder weapon."
 
Anyone with information about this incident should call the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428. 

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

McKinleyville Residents Turn Out to Talk Crime, Pot, Homelessness With Sen. McGuire

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 1:50 PM

McGuire addresses McKinleyville residents along with (left to right) Aaron Ostrom, Undersheriff William Honsal, Sheriff Mike Downey, Supervisor Ryan Sundberg, District Attorney Maggie Fleming and Chief Probation Officer William Damiano. - LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
  • McGuire addresses McKinleyville residents along with (left to right) Aaron Ostrom, Undersheriff William Honsal, Sheriff Mike Downey, Supervisor Ryan Sundberg, District Attorney Maggie Fleming and Chief Probation Officer William Damiano.

Members of the McKinleyville Community Watch group were able to secure a town hall meeting with State Senator Mike McGuire and other local figures such as Sheriff Mike Downey, District Attorney Maggie Fleming and Chief Probation Officer William Damiano last night. McGuire’s presence was due to the request of Supervisor Ryan Sundberg, who said the senator was between stops and it was “good timing.”


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Sanctioning Body Drops Trinidad Fight Night

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 12:28 PM

A poster advertising the Nov. 14 event. - WWW.SOYOUWANNAFIGHT.COM
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  • A poster advertising the Nov. 14 event.
Fight night is returning to Trinidad on Nov. 14, but likely without the sanctioning and oversight that were put in place following a catastrophic injury in April of 2014, which left fighter Steve Watts paralyzed.

Cher-Ae Heights Casino has hosted two nights of mixed martial arts and amateur boxing in the year and half since Watts fractured his C-4 vertebrae and damaged his spinal cord trying to take down an opponent, both of which were sanctioned and regulated by the International Sport Combat Federation, a company that oversees fights throughout the country. But some changes at the California State Athletic Commission have forced ISCF to bow out of the Nov. 14 event.

Neither Cher-Ae Heights Casino nor Don Arnott, the fight promoter, responded to phone calls and emails seeking comment for this story, so it’s unclear if they plan to get the “So You Wanna Fight” event sanctioned. The only other sanctioning organization recognized by the state told the Journal it has not been contacted about being involved in the Nov. 14 fight night.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

UPDATED Big Money in the Harbor Commission Race

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 4:39 PM

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UPDATE: The most recent campaign finance information for 5th District incumbent Pat Higgins and details of his late filing have been added to this post.

PREVIOUSLY: The final round of campaign finance reports for the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District commission candidates were due yesterday, and they show a fairly spendy push to elect the district’s next commissioners.

Read more about the district, and what’s at stake in our previous coverage here. And read profiles of the candidates for two district seats here and here.

Here are some of the numbers, and noteworthy takeaways, from the Oct. 22 reports:

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UPDATE: EPD Identifies Victim of Saturday Shooting

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 3:42 PM

EPD Chief Andy Mills speaks with officers at the scene of Saturday's fatal shooting. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • EPD Chief Andy Mills speaks with officers at the scene of Saturday's fatal shooting.



Capt. Steve Watson says his department has identified the 31-year-old man killed near Hammond Park on Saturday night as Elliot Michael Walin. A second man admitted to the hospital with a gunshot wound has been confirmed as connected to the case.

Walin was arrested in 2013 after allegedly running over a sheriff deputy’s foot in a high-speed chase. He was found hiding in a storm drain and arrested on outstanding warrant charges and suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting/obstructing an executive officer, evading a police officer and resisting arrest. Sheriff Mike Downey later held a press conference with details of Walin’s charges and alleged that Walin was a member of the Aryan Nation. 

Walin in a 2011 mugshot. - FORTUNA POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Fortuna Police Department
  • Walin in a 2011 mugshot.
Watson says the department is “increasingly gaining an idea of the motive,” and had a “number of solid investigative leads” but could not release information at this time. He also says the shooting was not related to the Sept. 5 shooting of Dax Edward Clay-Brown at Hammond Park, nor did it appear to be gang-motivated.

Previously:

The Eureka Police Department is investigating a shooting that left an unidentified man dead last night.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired shortly before 10 p.m. to the vicinity of F and Watson streets and arrived to find an adult male with a gunshot wound. The man was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another man was also checked into the hospital last night with an apparent gunshot wound, though it remains unclear if the two cases are related.

EPD is asking anyone with information about the shootings to call the department at 441-4060.

Last night's homicide is the 39th in Humboldt County since the start of 2013 — the deadliest three-year period in at least 30 years — and the 12th so far this year. After recording a record 16 homicides last year, the county is on pace to finish with 13 this year.

See the full EPD press release below:

On 10/24/15, at about 9:55 PM, Eureka Police Department officers responded to the report of shots fired in the vicinity of F and Watson Streets. Upon arrival, officers found an adult male victim in the street with an apparent gunshot wound.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. Officers subsequently learned, after he arrived at the hospital on his own, another male had also been shot, possibly during the same incident. He is expected to survive.

This is an active investigation. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060 or (707) 441-4044 (after hours).  
The scene of last night's fatal shooting. - COURTESY OF THE EUREKA POLICE DEPARTMENT
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  • The scene of last night's fatal shooting.
EPD officers search the scene of Saturday's shooting. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • EPD officers search the scene of Saturday's shooting.


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APD Investigates Stabbing Death

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 7:46 AM

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Arcata police are investigating Humboldt County's 13th homicide of the year, the stabbing death of a 52-year-old at a Valley West apartment complex last night.

Police arrived at the Courtyard Circle apartment complex at about 6:30 p.m. to find the man bleeding of multiple stab wounds and transported him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The man's identity is being withheld pending notification of his family.

For more information, see the Arcata Police Department's full press release below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION
On October 25, 2015 at 6:28pm, officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to the Courtyard Circle apartment complex after a report was received of an injured man.

When officers arrived, they found a male victim bleeding from multiple stab wounds. Officers immediately began life saving efforts. The man was eventually transported to Mad River Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The identity of the deceased, a 52-year-old male, will not be released until appropriate notifications have been made.

The APD is actively investigating and asks for anyone with information about this incident to call the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428. 

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