Sunday, May 22, 2016

HSU Softball Stopped One Win Shy of National Title

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2016 at 2:22 PM

The Lions celebrate their national championship with the ice bath of victory. - FACEBOOK/UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA
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  • The Lions celebrate their national championship with the ice bath of victory.
The Lumberjacks entered Saturday needing just one win to become national champions. It wasn’t meant to be.

The Humboldt State University softball team dropped both its games Saturday to lose the best of three NCAA Division II national championship series in Denver to the University of North Alabama. HSU got off to a good start in the series Friday against North Alabama, which boasts the nation’s third best offense, thanks to a 5-0 shutout from ace pitcher Madison Williams.

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HumBug: Bugs at the Refuge

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Another carrion beetle (Nicrophorus defodiens).
  • Another carrion beetle (Nicrophorus defodiens).

After dropping off 20 years worth of household hazardous wastes, I rewarded myself on the way home (camera in hand of course) with a stroll through the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The neatly laid out and maintained gravel paths offer a great place to relax and soak up a bit of nature. There were few birds in evidence: only one large egret and a few swallows too far away to get a good photo. There were, however, some interesting insects.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Officers and Suspect in Arcata Shooting Identified, Updated with Photos

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 4:13 PM

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  • The scene of Tuesday's officer involved shooting.

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  • Joshua Hoffman.
The identity of the man shot by Arcata Police officers on May 17 has been released. Joshua Adelynia Hoffman, 26, of San Diego, was shot four times in the Shell gas station at 14th and G streets. 

APD also identified the two officers involved in the incident: Matthew O'Donovan deployed his taser and Don Arminio discharged his firearm, according to a press release. They have been put on administrative leave per standard protocol.

Arminio opened fire, according to APD, as Hoffman charged him wielding a metal cane while ignoring numerous orders from the officers. Neither officer was injured during the incident.

According to his Facebook page, Hoffman grew up in Southern California, where he worked as a lifeguard and for a stint at Costco. He graduated from Canyon Crest Academy — a sought-after public school near San Diego that offers specialized education in arts, science and technology — before moving to Eureka in 2013. The site lists Hoffman’s current city of residence as Garberville.

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Bye Bye Stars and Bars?

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 1:08 PM

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  • A truck in the College of the Redwoods parking Lot.

A ban on using federal taxpayer funds to fly Confederate flags in military cemeteries is one step closer to implementation. North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman's office announced today that the amendment he helped introduce to the 2017 Veteran's Affairs funding bill has been passed through the House of Representatives. Many Southern Republicans balked at a similar Huffman-proposed amendment tacked onto a Senate appropriations bill last year, ultimately sinking the legislation, but this year's bill appears to have more widespread support, passing through the House with a 265-159 vote. The original legislation came in the wake of a growing controversy around this symbol of the Confederacy after a stars-and-bars waving white extremist shot and killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, in June of 2015. Although many people are still fond of the Confederate battle flag as a symbol of Southern heritage, Huffman insists that it has no place in our "sacred national cemeteries," referring to it as "hateful," and a representation of "slavery, war, lynchings, and tragedy." 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

3rd UPDATE: Man Shot By Police in Arcata

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 4:11 PM

THADEUS GREENSON
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3rd UPDATE:
The Arcata Police Department held a press release this afternoon to release more information about yesterday's officer involved shooting. The suspect, who was shot four times after allegedly charging an officer while wielding a metal cane, remains in stable but critical condition. See the full press release at the bottom of this post for more information.

2nd UPDATE:
The Arcata Police Department issued a press release late last night noting that the suspect's condition has been upgraded to stable but critical. See the full release copied at the bottom of this post.

1st UPDATE:
Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman said the suspect is in critical condition at a local hospital and going into surgery shortly after sustaining at least one gunshot wound to the lower abdomen.

Chapman said police were called to the Shell Station at the corner of 14th and G streets at 6:43 p.m. to a report of a man drinking alcohol from an open container.

Shell clerk Russell Plocher said he’s the one who made that call to police. Plocher said the man — dressed in a large black sweatshirt with a hood pulled over his face, wearing sunglasses and carrying both a long wooden stick and a metal cane — had come into the store around 6 p.m. and was acting strangely. Plocher said the man purchased some beer, left the store and then began drinking in the parking lot.

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Appellate Court Wants to See EPD Video, Sets Oral Argument Date

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 10:34 AM

The dash camera in a Eureka Police Department patrol car. - THADEUS GREENSON
  • Thadeus Greenson
  • The dash camera in a Eureka Police Department patrol car.
Justices in California’s First Appellate District have decided they want to look at the police dash camera video Eureka is trying to keep the public from seeing.

In an unusual order, the justices asked the Humboldt County Superior Court file a copy of the video under seal with the appellate court. But the superior court responded saying it doesn’t have a copy of the video in question and the appellate court is now trying to obtain a copy from the city of Eureka.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Korbel Mill Sold

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2016 at 12:40 PM

FROM THE CALIFORNIA REDWOOD CO. WEBSITE
  • FROM THE CALIFORNIA REDWOOD CO. WEBSITE
The Korbel Mill, which has been for sale for almost two years and closed down last February, recently sold to the Trinity River Timber Company.

Green Diamond Resource Company, which owned the sawmill, announced the sale — which includes the fixed mill assets, a lease of the property and associated log and lumber yards and a log supply agreement with Green Diamond timberlands — in a press release today.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Identities Released in Fatal Weekend Crashes

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2016 at 2:25 PM

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The California Highway Patrol responded to a pair of fatal crashes over the weekend.

The first occurred at 3:25 p.m. on Friday, when a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero driven by Lawrence Ramos Jr., 21, of Rocklin, was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 101 when he, for unknown reasons, drifted across the center divide and directly into the path of an oncoming 2010 GMC Terrain. Ramos was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the GMC, Richard Banke, 60, of McKinleyville, suffered major injuries and was transported by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Redding.

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Human Remains Found on Eel River

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2016 at 9:33 AM

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A person canoeing the Eel River on Sunday found human remains close to Stafford. Due to their extreme state of decomposition, the coroner's office has not been able to learn the sex or any other identifying features of the body.

Chief Deputy Coroner Ernie Stewart said it appeared the body had been there "quite some time." The majority of the body was on shore with one hand still in contact with the water. The remains may be shipped to Chico for identification; Stewart confirmed that dental records may be an option for identification.

A skull on the Eel River in March 2015 on the Eel River was identified as the remains of Daniele Bertolini, one of two missing women whose deaths are believed to be connected. The fate of Sheila Franks, the second woman, is still unknown. 

From the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:

On May 15, 2016 at about 1:00 PM the Sheriff's Office was notified by a person canoeing on the Eel River of possible human remains found on the Shively side of the Eel River near Stafford. Deputies responded to the location and were able to confirm that the remains were of human origin.

A Sheriff's Detective and Deputy Coroner responded to the scene. The remains are described as mostly skeletal. Due to the extreme decomposition of the body, it is unknown if the remains are male or female at this time. Further examination by a pathologist or anthropologist may be needed before we have any further information to release.

Anyone with further information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

UPDATED: Why is Eureka Being Squirrely About Handing over Public Records?

Posted By on Sun, May 15, 2016 at 8:08 PM

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Editor's Note: An update has been added at the end of this post.

Well, this is awkward.

You see, generally we at the Journal don’t talk much about our requests for documents made under the California Public Records Act. We just submit them and then write about the information we get back. That’s kind of how it’s supposed to work.

But a press release Tuesday from the city of Eureka turned that upside down, calling us out for threatening litigation and throwing out a scurrilous accusation that the Journal is somehow in bed with the American Civil Liberties Union and plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city. The press release is strange, off base and, candidly, just bad government, especially when one considers its context. ( )


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