Thursday, August 31, 2017

St. Joseph Hospital Fined by the State for Juggling Surgeries

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 2:00 PM

54562314.jpg
An April 2014 incident in which a surgeon had to leave a hysterectomy to perform an emergency Cesarean section has resulted in a $40,000 fine for St. Joseph Hospital from the California Department of Public Health. In its press release, the CDPH stated "the hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures." This is the hospital’s second "Immediate Jeopardy" administrative penalty.

According to state documents, the incident occurred on April 29, 2014, when a physician performing a hysterectomy on a patient was called out to perform an emergency C-section and had to leave the operating room, "as no other obstetrician could be found." The doctor left "after the arteries to the uterus had been clamped, cut, and tied off." The incident report does not say how long it took, but both surgeries were successful.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Arkley Emails Foreshadow Litigation over Tuluwat Island

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 12:34 PM

Rob Arkley
  • Rob Arkley
Twenty days before he went on KINS Radio’s “Talkshop” program and touched off a public firestorm by musing aloud about the city of Eureka’s “giving away” Indian Island to the Wiyot Tribe, Robin P. Arkley II had some questions. A letter dated July 11, sent from Arkley’s company Security National to Eureka City Manager Greg Sparks and obtained by the Journal through a California Public Records Act Request, is titled “RE: Legal Authority.”

“It has come to my attention that the city of Eureka is transferring property, owned by the City, to the Wyott Tribe (sic),” Arkley begins. “The purpose of this letter is to request what legal authority the City has to give City owned property away, and what compensation the City may be receiving in return.”

No details about compensation have been made public, as the city and the Wiyot tribe have signed a confidentiality agreement over negotiations for the transfer of the property in question: An island in Humboldt Bay, known before colonization as Duluwat or Tuluwat Island, which in recent years has been dubbed “Indian Island.” Arkley also refers to the property as “Gunther Island,” a name it bore for several decades. Robert Gunther, a dairy farmer, purchased the island on Feb. 23, 1860, three days before settlers slaughtered between 40 and 100 Wiyot women and children there. The city has been in negotiations with the Wiyot Tribe to return the island, the site of the tribe’s World Renewal Ceremony, for more than two years, and transferred a 40-acre portion of the island's northeastern tip back to the tribe in 2004.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Man Sentenced to 52 years to Life in Arcata Shooting

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 2:15 PM

da.png
Two months after being convicted by a jury of second degree murder, Billy Joe Giddings, 38, was sentenced today to 52 years to life in prison for the death of Arcata resident Trevor Mark Harrison in a marijuana deal gone wrong.

Another defendant, Robert Louis Huntzinger, was acquitted but still faces charges in unrelated cases. Harrison’s mother was trying to buy marijuana from the pair when her son was shot inside her home on May 9, 2015. He was 38.

Press release from the District Attorney’s Office:
Today, District Attorney Maggie Fleming announced that Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen sentenced 38-year-old Billy Joe Giddings to 52 years to life in prison; Mr. Giddings must serve 52 years before he will be eligible for parole. On June 27, 2017, a Humboldt County jury found Giddings guilty of the second degree murder of Trevor Harrison, with the special allegation of use of a firearm causing death, and four counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm.

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Monday, August 28, 2017

Federal Jury Hits County with $2.5 Million Wrongful Death Verdict

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 9:10 PM

FILE
  • File
A federal jury in McKinleyville this afternoon awarded $2.5 million in damages to the family of a man who died at the Humboldt County jail in 2014, finding three correctional officers acted negligently when they failed to properly screen him before putting him in a sobering cell.

The jury also found that the county failed to adequately train the three officers, who the jury determined did not act with malice or a conscious disregard for human life. Having sat through four and a half days of testimony and argument in the case, the jury of six men and two women deliberated for about 10 hours before arriving at its unanimous verdict.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Sunday, August 27, 2017

TL;DR: Why You Need to Join the Conversation in This Week's Cover Story

Posted By on Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 10:27 AM

ILLUSTRATION BY ERIC MUELLER
  • Illustration by Eric Mueller
Busy week? We get it. So in the event that you haven’t been able to find the time to sit down and dive into last week’s cover package, here’s a brief primer to get you caught up and, hopefully, convince you to take a look at the full story.

When Humboldt State University students left campus last spring, a cloud hung over Arcata. It still does. The April 15 stabbing death of HSU sophomore David Josiah Lawson at an off-campus party remains unsolved and many of the feelings unveiled in the aftermath of the killing remain unresolved. Lawson's death — and the protests, vigils and demonstrations that followed — brought into painful focus that racial tensions are very much a part of life in Humboldt County, on campus and off. The 19-year-old's death also started conversations about how to make our community more inclusive and equitable, and how to ensure that students who come here looking for an education are welcomed, supported and safe. In an effort to continue those conversations, we reached out to some community leaders and asked them to weigh in. You'll find their responses printed below, in their entirety. But we'd also like to hear from you. So, please, join the conversation online at www.northcoastjournal.com or send us an email, letters@northcoastjournal.com.

Here’s a glimpse at what five people had to say:

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Saturday, August 26, 2017

APD Touts Progress, Urges Patience in Lawson Investigation

Posted By on Sat, Aug 26, 2017 at 9:44 AM

David Josiah Lawson - SUBMITTED
  • Submitted
  • David Josiah Lawson
Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman is asking for patience as his department continues to investigate the killing of of a Humboldt State University student last April.

“It’s frustrating for people that nobody’s in custody and it seems like nothing’s happening, but that’s far from the truth,” Chapman says. “A lot of things have happened in this investigation that I would consider to be solid progress in figuring out what happened that night … The case will remain open until we get to a conclusion and, of course, our hope and everybody’s hope is that conclusion is the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. But it’s going to be a long road. There’s not going to be a quick arrest.”

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Friday, August 25, 2017

UPDATE: Eureka Fatal Shooting Victim ID'd

Posted By on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 9:32 PM

FILE
  • FILE
UPDATE: The Eureka Police Department has identified the man
fatally shot in a residence in the 1300 block of Seventh Street as Frederick William Loftus, 58.

PREVIOUS: David Alan Kobak was arrested this evening after the 75-year-old allegedly shot and killed a man at a Eureka house before summoning police to the scene at around 6 p.m.

Police aren’t releasing the identity of the victim, who died at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds. According to a EPD press release, Kobak called police shortly after 6 p.m. to report that he’d just been involved in a shooting at a residence in the 1300 block of Seventh Street. Officers arrived to find Kobak cooperative, according to the release, and was arrested on suspicion of murder.

EPD’s investigation is ongoing. For more information, see EPD’s full press release below.


Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Humboldt Resident Contracts West Nile Virus

Posted By on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 2:51 PM

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
  • National Park Service
Humboldt County has its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in four years, but officials believe the risk is minimal because the infected resident contracted the virus while travelling abroad.

The resident was asymptomatic and the virus was detected during a routine blood donation screening, according to a press release. West Nile — which can cause fever, headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, vomiting and, rarely in extreme cases, neurological disease — is transmitted by mosquitoes, which contract it by feeding on infected birds.

“The likelihood of contracting WNV here is low, but people who travel certainly can bring it home,” said Humboldt County Health Officer Donald Baird in the press release.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Thursday, August 24, 2017

DHHS, Sheriff, Respond to Grand Jury Reports on Child Welfare

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 2:50 PM

27e58a86d6b9d0c90432dc79eb784355_400x400.jpg
In June, the Humboldt County Civil Grand Jury released two reports related to the outcomes of at-risk youth in our county child welfare system. The reports, "Child Welfare In Humboldt: Getting the Door Open" and "Responding in Time to Help Our 'At Risk' Children,'" allege that the three agencies most responsible for protecting local children, the Humboldt County Office of Education, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Health and Human Services, are not working efficiently together. Much of the blame fell on DHHS's Child Welfare Services which — due to a number of factors — has allegedly failed to respond to and follow up on complaints from mandated reporters.

In its response to the Grand Jury Report, presented at the Aug. 15 Board of Supervisor's meeting, the HCSO said it agreed with the grand jury's findings that some officers "do not file reports on cases they investigated," violate state law by disclosing the identity of mandated reporters and "need more training on how to handle the complicated and serious cases
they are assigned to investigate."

The response, authored by Sheriff William Honsal, says the agency is in the process of implementing the grand jury's recommendation for better training of deputies. The sheriff agreed to "hold accountable" deputies who violated the confidentiality of mandated reporters. More comprehensive reporting and better oversight of existing cases has also been prioritized.


Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , ,

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Solar Eclipse from Oregon

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 6:02 PM

The eclipse at 10:23:10 a.m. - PHOTO BY ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Photo by Anthony Westkamper
  • The eclipse at 10:23:10 a.m.

The day started early in Culver, Oregon, smack in the path of totality for the solar eclipse. As if he knew what was coming, a nearby coyote greeted the dawn with a yip-yip-yip-howl serenade. The rosy sky silhouetted the junipers that dot the rocky high desert landscape.

I set up my Canon 70d with a 600 millimeter lens and put on the solar filter. After several quick shots and some minor adjustments, I was ready. At 9:11 a.m., right on cue, the moon started taking a tiny bite out of the sun's disk. I snapped pictures every minute for the next two hours or so, capturing all the phases. See the slideshow below for highlights.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , ,

Recent Comments

socialize

Facebook | Twitter

© 2018 North Coast Journal

Website powered by Foundation