Monday, August 21, 2017

UPDATED: Another Assault on Jail Staff

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 10:20 AM

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The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office reports that at around 8:35 p.m. on Saturday an inmate housed in a maximum security unit of the county jail assaulted a correctional deputy and two nurses during a routine medical visit.

Taume DeMarco, 42, was initially booked into the facility Aug. 9 by the Fortuna Police Department on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

According to Lt. Dean Flint, the jail did not have a criminal history for DeMarco, but they chose to put him in a higher-supervision “step-down” unit with seven other inmates based on his intake interview. The nurse was initially administering his medication in the day room area when he asked if he could return to his cell for his cup.

According to the press release, DeMarco was receiving medication in his cell when he became aggressive and struck one of the nurses. The deputy separated the two and attempted to radio for back-up, but was allegedly struck on the face by DeMarco, who grabbed and pinned her arms so she could not finish the call. She managed to break free and push him to the ground, ordering him to stay there. A second nurse called for emergency back-up. DeMarco allegedly rose and attacked her. The deputy deployed her taser, which subdued DeMarco. Back deputies arrived and handcuffed DeMarco, who was charged with felony assault on a custodial officer, felony battery on a custodial officer, felony battery with injury on custodial officer, misdemeanor battery on an EMT or Firefighter and two counts of misdemeanor assault on emergency personnel. His bail has been set at $25,000.

This alleged assault comes one week after reports of a similar attack on a correctional deputy by two inmates, which prompted Sheriff William Honsal to hold a press conference to announce that attacks on jail staff have risen since the passage of prison realignment measures such as Assembly Bill 109. The incident with DeMarco would be the 23rd such assault in 2017.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with quotes from Lt. Flint. Flint also told us that the Aug. 9 assault was being counted as two assaults because there were two inmates, and this most recent assault was being counted as three because there were three victims, according to the charges brought by the District Attorney. This would bring the total number up to 26, but the Journal chose to count the number of incidents and stands by its original tally of 23. Flint said previous incidents were not counted as multiple assaults per incident.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Countdown to Partial Totality: Eclipse 2017

Posted By on Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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The countdown is on for Monday’s eclipse.

While the moon will begin moving in front of the sun at 9:01 a.m. here on the North Coast, the event’s peak hits at 10:14 a.m. with 87 percent coverage, which will leave just a glowing crescent visible before the moon begins its slow retreat. Read previous Journal coverage about the solar eclipse — the first in 99 years to cross the United States coast to coast — here.

So, the main question for coastal residents is whether the customary morning gray will go away in time to enjoy the view. According to the National Weather Service’s Eureka office, all signs point to no and your best bet is to go inland.

A marine layer is expected to linger over the Humboldt Bay region on Monday morning. Some areas may also be impacted by the same wildfire smoke that have given the sky its eerie hue in recent days.

Safety reminder: Only look at the sun with the proper gear. And, yes, there’s a way to do that here if you haven’t been able to snag yourself a pair of those special eclipse glasses that have been flying off the shelves.

Humboldt State’s Department of Physics & Astronomy will have glasses, telescopes with solar filters and pinhole cameras at a viewing event taking place at the campus Events Field. Interested? Find out more below.


Press release from Humboldt State University:
Humboldt State University's Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts a special eclipse viewing on Monday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free and open to the public and takes place on the HSU Events Field, located at 17th and B streets in Arcata.

The department is making it easy to view the eclipse with telescopes with solar filters, free safe eclipse glasses, and pinhole cameras. The event takes place rain or shine.

While Humboldt County won't get to witness a total eclipse, the astronomers say the coverage should nearly complete. "If you are in Portland, you'll 100 percent of the sun covered," says Paola Rodriguez Hidalgo, HSU Professor of Astronomy. "Here in Arcata we've got it pretty good, we should see 87 percent coverage."

Safe viewing is an essential part of enjoying any eclipse. HSU Student Health & Wellness Center Director Brian Mistler urges anyone viewing the eclipse to take the proper safety precautions. "The eclipse presents a wonderful opportunity for our community, and it is important to do proper research to protect your health. Never look at the sun, eclipsed or not, through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device or using homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, as doing so could damage your vision," says Mistler.

"The only safe way is through special-purpose solar filters, such as 'eclipse glasses' or hand-held solar viewers that meet ISO 12312-2 international standards. You should seek expert advice from a qualified astronomer before using any optical device for this purpose. NASA's Eclipse 101 page at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety is a great place to continue learning about how to safely enjoy this rare astronomical event."

More information about the solar eclipse viewing event is at https://www.facebook.com/HSUPhysAstro/.


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Making Time: More Moments from the Hoopa Rodeo

Posted By on Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Jerry Parrish with Barker and Kitty. - LINDA STANSBERRY
  • Linda Stansberry
  • Jerry Parrish with Barker and Kitty.
We hope you enjoyed this week's cover story "Holding On: A Day at the Hoopa Rodeo." Below you'll find a chunk of missing time from our hour-by-hour account of Saturday, Aug. 5, an interview that was cut for length from the cover, and a slideshow of photos taken during the day.


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Drowning in Hoopa

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 1:51 PM

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Stanley Capoeman, 64, drowned in the Trinity River yesterday at around 3:45 p.m. According to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Capoeman was visiting family in Hoopa from Taholah, Washington. His family members reported that he suddenly called out for help and was then swept downstream. A search concluded at 5 p.m., when Capoeman was found several hundred yards downriver.

The sheriff's office reminds the public that "the Trinity River is known for having very cold and swift waters, with unpredictable and dangerous currents; and to please use caution when swimming and wading in the Trinity River waterways."

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For Second Year in a Row, No Local Salmon at Klamath Salmon Festival

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Participants representing the Yurok Tribe Social Services Department advocated for salmon and dam removal and tossed candy to the crowd from their parade float at the 2016 Klamath Salmon Festival. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Participants representing the Yurok Tribe Social Services Department advocated for salmon and dam removal and tossed candy to the crowd from their parade float at the 2016 Klamath Salmon Festival.

For 53 years, the Klamath Salmon Festival was a celebration of the river's bounty and the traditions of the local Yurok Tribe, with Indian card games and stick game tournaments. The games and demonstrations will return this year, but the locally caught salmon that took center stage for over half a century will not, for the second year in a row.

In a press release, the Yurok Tribe says record low salmon runs mean the tribe will purchase fish from outside the Klamath River. Last year, there was no salmon served at the event and, instead, attendees ate from food trucks. In March, the tribe suspended commercial salmon fishing after learning this year's Chinook salmon run would be the lowest in recorded history.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Booklegger Recalls Eclipse Glasses

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 12:23 PM

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Booklegger is asking customers who purchased solar eclipse glasses from the Old Town Eureka bookstore to return them for a full refund after finding out the glasses may not be from a certified manufacturer.

In a recall notice sent out today, the store’s owners say they were notified of the possibility by Amazon on Aug. 12, even though the glasses had been advertised as ISO Certified.

“Amazon has urged people to not use these glasses to view the eclipse,” the notice reads. “Booklegger immediately pulled all eclipse glasses from their shelf.”

The news comes as the nation gears up for the total eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21 — with Humboldt County situated to receive 87 percent coverage at the height of the celestial event.

NASA’s website has safety tips for proper watching and the American Astronomical Society has a list of verified manufacturers of eclipse glasses and viewers that can be found here.

Read the Journal’s Aug. 9 blog post on the eclipse here to find out more about what you can expect on the North Coast when morning briefly turns to twilight later this month.

Recall notice from Booklegger:
On August 12th, Amazon notified Booklegger, a bookstore in Old Town Eureka, that a particular lot of glasses purchased by them should not be used for viewing the eclipse. The lot is described as: Solar Eclipse Glasses - Eclipse Viewing Glasses 2017 CE and ISO Certified Safe Shades for Direct Sun Viewing. Although the glasses were advertised as being ISO Certified, and this certification was printed on the glasses, Amazon stated that it has been unable to confirm from its supplier that the glasses were purchased from a recommended manufacturer. Amazon has urged people to not use these glasses to view the eclipse. Booklegger immediately pulled all eclipse glasses from their shelf.
Eleven sets of eclipse glasses were sold at Booklegger between July 31 and August 11. Booklegger requests that anyone who purchased eclipse glasses from them to please return them for a full refund. Booklegger deeply regrets the inconvenience caused to its customers.
Booklegger is located at 402 Second Street, corner of E Street in Old Town. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm Mon-Sat, and 11am-4pm Sunday. Phone 707-445-1344.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Standing with Charlottesville

Posted By on Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Renate Pyhel, who was visiting friends from Cambridge, Massachusetts, held rainbow and smiley face flags during the vigil and decided to attend after hearing about it on the radio. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Renate Pyhel, who was visiting friends from Cambridge, Massachusetts, held rainbow and smiley face flags during the vigil and decided to attend after hearing about it on the radio.

About five dozen people showed up at the Arcata Plaza this afternoon for a hastily planned vigil honoring the woman killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday.

The vigil, which saw those in attendance form a circle on the plaza’s Southeast corner and a number of people speak, was organized by Jill Larrabee, of Show Up Humboldt, and Rachel Montgomery, and came a day after images of white supremacists marching on Charlottesville dominated the Internet. The Charlottesville protests, which were planned in advance of a “Unite the Right” rally scheduled for Saturday night, turned violent when counterdemonstrators showed up to denounce the public display for racism, and small scuffles broke out between the groups, leading to numerous arrests and a few hospitalizations.

Then, in what appears a premeditated act of violence, a car, allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old from Ohio, plowed through counterdemonstrators as they marched on the street, injuring 19 and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Two state troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen 48, and Berke Bates, 40, were also killed Saturday when the helicopter they’d been using to monitor the protests crash landed nearby.

Both the governor of Virginia and the mayor of Charlottsville have declared a state of emergency, urging protesters to go home.

On the plaza Sunday, all was peaceful, with 60 or so people standing in solidarity, urging love and unity in the face of hate.

Vigil organizers Jill Larrabee, right, of Show Up Humboldt, and Rachel Montgomery opened up the mic to the crowd after speaking. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Vigil organizers Jill Larrabee, right, of Show Up Humboldt, and Rachel Montgomery opened up the mic to the crowd after speaking.
Rev. Bryan D. Jessup, of the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, spoke to the crowd, mentioning that his sermon this morning was titled “Raise Peace from the Ashes of War.” - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Rev. Bryan D. Jessup, of the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, spoke to the crowd, mentioning that his sermon this morning was titled “Raise Peace from the Ashes of War.”
Around 60 people gathered at the Arcata Plaza's Southeast corner on Sunday for a vigil to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia, following a deadly car attack on protesters Saturday. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Around 60 people gathered at the Arcata Plaza's Southeast corner on Sunday for a vigil to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia, following a deadly car attack on protesters Saturday.
Joanne McGarry, left, and Virginia Chatfield, right, held McGarry's "Peace Love Dove" flag during the vigil. Chatfield said she attended because she wanted to support the people in Charlottesville, saying, “It's heartbreaking to see that happening in our country and hard to know what to do about it.” - McGarry said she has been standing for peace on Fridays with the Veterans for Peace, stating that she would be standing at the McKinley statue all week at 6 p.m. - “We need to be visible in our community as people of peace. Young and old, rich and poor, we all need to be visible,” said McGarry. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Joanne McGarry, left, and Virginia Chatfield, right, held McGarry's "Peace Love Dove" flag during the vigil. Chatfield said she attended because she wanted to support the people in Charlottesville, saying, “It's heartbreaking to see that happening in our country and hard to know what to do about it.” McGarry said she has been standing for peace on Fridays with the Veterans for Peace, stating that she would be standing at the McKinley statue all week at 6 p.m.“We need to be visible in our community as people of peace. Young and old, rich and poor, we all need to be visible,” said McGarry.
The crowd circles up on the Southeast corner. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The crowd circles up on the Southeast corner.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Sheriff Says Recent Guard Attack Part of Growing Trend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 3:04 PM

A screenshot from the video of the assault. - HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Humboldt County Sheriff's Office
  • A screenshot from the video of the assault.
Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal held a press conference this morning to share details about a Wednesday evening assault on a correctional deputy at the county jail and to call for more state resources in response to a surge in similar attacks since the 2013 passage of Assembly Bill 109.

According to Honsal, the attack on deputy Dillon Huffman is the 22nd such attack on a correctional officer in 2017. Huffman was apparently lured into a maximum security cell during a routine cell check at around 7:20 p.m. on Aug. 9 after two inmates, Lorence Emmanuel Bailey and Jonah Dale Little, allegedly invited him to look at some artwork. The men had shed their uniform orange jumpsuits and were "prepared to fight," said Honsal. In a video released by the HCSO, Huffman can be seen entering the cell and then backing out again as the two men hit him with their fists.


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UPDATE: Attempted Murder Suspect Surrenders to Police

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 8:54 AM

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UPDATE:
Shawn Hof Jr., the 25-year-old wanted since he allegedly shot at a state law enforcement officer last August, turned himself into police yesterday, a day after multiple agencies announced a renewed effort to bring him into custody, complete with a $20,000 reward.

See the full press release from the California Fish and Wildlife copied below our original post.

PREVIOUSLY:
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this morning that it is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Shawn Eugene Hof Jr., a 25-year-old man accused of shooting at an officer last year.

Hof, who was the focus of a recent raid in Ferndale that came up empty, was allegedly involved in a high-speed pursuit on State Route 36 on Aug. 21, 2016 and is accused of opening fire on a pursuing Fish and Wildlife officer. There is a $500,000 warrant out for Hof’s arrest.

Hof is described as standing about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Law enforcement asks that anyone with information about the case, and particularly Hof’s whereabouts, call a tip line set up at (888) 334-2258 or the Sheriff’s Office at 268-2539.

See the full press release copied below.


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Eclipse 2017: Humboldt Sits on a Partial Path of Totality

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 9:28 AM

Stages of a total eclipse. - NASA
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  • Stages of a total eclipse.
While we won’t get the full view, Humboldt County residents will still have some pretty good seats for one of the greatest celestial shows on earth when a total solar eclipse takes place Aug. 21.

At the height of the event visible here on the North Coast — where the maximum coverage will hit around 87 percent — the sun will appear as a glowing crescent sliver, much like a waxing moon, according to Ken Yanosko of the Astronomers of Humboldt club.

“It’s going to be a pretty good show, yes,” he says, noting that Mother Nature could still throw a wrench into the view, especially along our notoriously overcast coast. “Even for people who go to the path of totality it’s a gamble because you can always get clouds.”
The path of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. - NASA
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  • The path of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.
Locally, the moon will begin taking its place in front of the sun at 9:01 a.m., according to the website Time and Date, reaching a near total eclipse at 10:14 a.m. and wrapping up the two hour and 34 minute display at 11:35 a.m.

Obligatory safety warning: As tempting as it may be, do not look at the sun without the proper gear. See safety tips to avoid eye injury and a list of approved eclipse glasses here, and instructions on how to make pin-point viewers here.

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