Sunday, September 23, 2018

Multiple Vehicle Crash on 101 Near 299

Posted By on Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 1:05 PM

A multi-vehicle crash has disrupted traffic on U.S. Highway 101 near State Route 299. - PHOTO COURTESY OF  MARK NELSON
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  • A multi-vehicle crash has disrupted traffic on U.S. Highway 101 near State Route 299.
A multi-vehicle accident near the intersection of State Route 299 on U.S. Highway 101 about 12:08 p.m. caused major injuries today.

According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, multiple vehicles were involved including a motorcycle and two cars. All lanes were reopened by 1 p.m., according to the post.

Editor's note: This report first appeared on www.kymkemp.com and is reposted here with permission.
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Planning Commission Approves Mercer-Fraser Asphalt Plant Near Big Lagoon

Posted By on Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 10:39 AM

An aerial view of the project site. - COUNTY STAFF REPORT
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  • An aerial view of the project site.
The Humboldt County Planning Commission has approved plans for the continued operation of an asphalt plant less than a half-mile from iconic Big Lagoon despite objections that all the relevant data about the plant has not yet been received and over requests to postpone the decision until next month.

The plant has been operating for several months on an expired permit.

With commissioners Alan Bongio and Brian Mitchell absent, and after a motion to postpone the vote failed, the permit passed with a 4-1 vote, with Noah Levy dissenting.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

APD Re-Investigating Every Lead in Lawson Case, According to Memo

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 2:20 PM

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The city of Arcata has hired the nonprofit Police Foundation to review the Arcata Police Department’s controversial response to the April 15, 2017, stabbing death of Humboldt State University sophomore David Josiah Lawson at an off-campus party.

According to a Sept. 10 memo to the city council from City Manager Karen Diemer that was released by the city today, the foundation was hired to “review the police department’s response and to make recommendations for improving major criminal events, including response to, and investigation of, catastrophic, multiple-victim and/or multiple-witness incidents in the future.” The foundation has completed an “in-town” review of case materials and spent a week conducting interviews in the region for a “response analysis.” Diemer says she expects the foundation’s final report before the end of the year.

The foundation’s website states its mission is to “advance policing through innovation and science.” It bills itself as the “oldest nationally known, nonprofit, nonpartisan and non-membership-driven organization dedicated to improving America’s most noble profession — policing.”

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North Coast Night LIghts: Fernbridge Beneath the Milky Way

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 11:51 AM

Historic Fernbridge sits out in the cosmos beneath a layer of sweeping clouds and the majestic Milky Way. Mars is bright at center. The lights from passing cars illuminated the shore and provided the reflections. Sept. 11, 2018. - DAVID WILSON
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  • Historic Fernbridge sits out in the cosmos beneath a layer of sweeping clouds and the majestic Milky Way. Mars is bright at center. The lights from passing cars illuminated the shore and provided the reflections. Sept. 11, 2018.
A photograph is not merely an impression of light, it is a combination of light and time. We don’t usually think about that as we snap our shutters in fractions of a second. Not much that we can notice changes in a fraction of a second. But when that element of time is extended a lot of things can happen, and nothing will look as it would in a daytime image, nor will the final image look as it did to our eyes at the time. Playing with that element of time is one of the most exciting aspects of night photography.

Fernbridge beneath the Milky Way is an image I have long desired. A beautiful span crossing the Eel River between the community of Fernbridge and town of Ferndale, it is probably Humboldt County’s most historic bridge, and has been in operation since 1911. For over a year I’ve ached to photograph it beneath a dramatic starry night sky and the Milky Way. But things sometimes stand in the way. Much of the year there is no Milky Way over it, and that time is now fast approaching. The moon is in the sky about half the time, too, drowning out the stars. I think it must be overcast at night there more than half the time and the rest of the time it’s hard to find someone to go with me. Then, too, beneath that bridge is not a place where I want to be by myself late at night. This time I reached out to the Photoshop class that I teach in the Digital Media department at College of the Redwoods (I highly recommend the program) for anyone interested in learning something outside of class and two students who wanted to learn my technique came out with me to find out how I approach my night photography.

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Coroner IDs Man Fatally Shot in Phillipsville

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 10:14 AM

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The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has identified the man fatally shot in Southern Humboldt early Thursday morning as David Oney Hanna, 28, who had been living in Phillipsville.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday, according to a news release.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

UPDATE: Person of Interest Cooperating in Phillipsville Homicide Investigation

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 5:02 PM

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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man hospitalized with head injuries after a pre-dawn fatal shooting in Phillipsville this morning as a “person of interest,” adding that he’s cooperating with the investigation.

In a press release this afternoon, the sheriff’s office says the identity of the deceased male is being withheld until his family can be notified of his death.

The release states the man hospitalized after the shooting was interviewed following his release from the hospital.

“The sheriff’s office is confident that all involved subjects have been contacted and that there is no outstanding risk to public safety,” the release states.

See the full press release copied below our original post.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Let's Hear it for the Redwoods

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 11:19 AM

Get out and see the redwoods. - FILE
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  • Get out and see the redwoods.
Humboldt County’s natural beauty is once again garnering attention with the travel guide Frommer’s giving the region’s tall trees a shout-out in a slideshow and National Geographic featuring the short film Redwood about — as you might guess — Redwood National and State Parks on its website.

National Geographic’s team, which is curating cinematic fare for its Short Film Showcase, plucked the work by brothers and filmmakers Will and Jim Pattiz as one of the featured pieces.

“We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world,” the magazine’s website states.

Redwood is part of the Pattiz brothers’ "More Than Just Parks" film project, which they say on their website was “born out of their love for the national parks and enthusiasm for engaging multimedia.”

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

'Grief and Despair'

After an outpouring of emotional victim impact statements, Marci Kitchen is sentenced to 8 years in prison

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 8:59 PM

Marci Kitchen - FILE
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Judge Kaleb Cockrum on Tuesday sentenced Marci Kitchen to eight years in prison for driving drunk and running down two 14-year-old girls, including her own daughter, saying he didn't believe her version of events and felt the actions she took following the 2016 crash warranted a prison term rather than probation.

Calling her behavior "several steps from the norm," referencing Kitchen's allegedly asking her son to ram her damaged Jeep into a basketball hoop to disguise damage from the crash and to stay quiet about what he saw, Cockrum stated he "just didn't believe" Kitchen's claim that she thought she'd hit an animal in the roadway.

"There is nothing to cover up when you think you have hit a deer," Cockrum said.

The judge did note that he feels she is remorseful and thanked her friends and family for speaking and writing on her behalf to "show Ms. Kitchen is more than the horrible decisions of one night."

The sentence was the middle term Kitchen could have received for striking Kiya Kitchen and Faith Tsarnas — best friends born just 25 days apart — from behind while they were skateboarding on Eel River Drive on July 12, 2016, then fleeing the scene. Tsarnas died at the Fortuna crash site and Kiya Kitchen's death followed a day later at a Bay Area hospital she had been flown to following the crash.


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Kitchen Sentenced to Eight Years in DUI Manslaughter Case

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 3:47 PM

Marci Kitchen - HCSO
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Judge Kaleb Cockrum sentenced Marci Kitchen this afternoon to eight years in state prison for fatally hitting two teenage girls, including her daughter, while driving drunk on July 12, 2016, ending an emotionally charged case that has spanned more than two years.

Cockrum  handed down the sentence at the conclusion an emotional hearing that spanned most of the day, with people on both sides of the case addressing the court with prepared statements.

Kiya Kitchen and her friend Faith Tsarnas — best friends born just 25 days apart — were both 14 when they were struck from behind while skateboarding at dusk on Eel River Drive. Tsarnas died at the Fortuna crash site and Kiya Kitchen’s death followed a day later at a Bay Area hospital.

After numerous delays in the case, Kitchen suddenly pleaded guilty as charged Aug. 20, admitting to two charges of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, one count of driving under the influence causing injury and one count of fleeing the scene of an injury crash, as well as seven special allegations just before she was set to stand trial.

Two weeks later, Kitchen voluntarily surrendered the $750,000 bail bond that had kept her out of custody. She has been in jail since Sept. 3, held in isolation for her protection, according to officials.

The defense had urged probation for Kitchen, who has no previous criminal record, while the prosecution asked Cockrum to sentence her to 11 years and four months in prison, what the district attorney’s office considered the maximum term in the case. A matter of contention between the two sides, her defense had placed Kitchen’s maximum exposure at seven years and eight months.

Check back for more from today's sentencing hearing.
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Stolen Semi Crash Leads to Arrest of Eureka Man

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 8:12 AM

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A Eureka man was arrested on suspicion of a series of charges Sunday night after allegedly crashing a stolen semi-truck into a tree on Herrick Avenue then running through the Elks Lodge parking lot with a rifle.

Residents in the area were asked to shelter in place while police searched for the suspect, according to an EPD release.
Video provided by Saryn Kennedy

After setting up a perimeter around the mobile home where the man was believed to have fled, police said Patrick Holt ran from the residence and was detained by officers.


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