Monday, August 31, 2020

SECOND UPDATE: Rock Throwing Assault Suspect Arrested

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 5:04 PM

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Community tips led to the identification and arrest of a 56-year-old man suspected of assaulting another person with rocks following what the Arcata Police Department describes as a bicycle road-rage incident.

According to a news release, Bryan Wayne Bach was contacted at his residence on the 4800 block of Union Street in Arcata. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism, the release states.


The Arcata Police Department reports the rock assault suspect was identified and has been taken into custody. More information is expected to be released soon.


The Arcata Police Department is searching for a felony assault suspect who was captured on video heaving large rocks at the victim, which shattered a window at the Union Town Shopping Center around 4 p.m. Sunday.

According to a news release, the incident was related to “bicycle road-rage.”

View the APD provide video below or by clicking here.

Read the updated release below:
On August 31, 2020, at approximately 3:19 pm, Investigators with the Arcata Police Department, with assistance from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, contacted 56-year old Bryan Wayne Bach, at a residence in the 4800 block of Union Street in Eureka. Through tips from community members, Bach was identified as the felony assault and felony vandalism suspect sought by APD following a bicycle road-rage incident at the Union Town Shopping Center. APD placed

Bach under arrest and he was booked at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, on the following charges: PC 245(A)(1)-Assault with a Deadly Weapon PC 594(b)(1)-Felony Vandalism

APD would like to thank the community for assisting in Bach's identification and apprehension.
Read the full release below: 
On August 30, 2020, at approximately 4:00 pm, officers responded to the Union Town Shopping Center for a felony assault. The suspect attacked the victim with large rocks and shattered a shop window, following a bicycle road-rage incident. Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspect, is encouraged to contact the Arcata Police Department at 707-822-2428 or the anonymous tip line at 707-825-2588. A video depicting the suspect and incident can be found on the Arcata Police Department Facebook page.     

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Humboldt 'Not Far" From Losing 'Moderate' COVID Rank

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 4:48 PM

The county’s Emergency Operations Center will be folding the state’s new four-tiered business reopening outline into its process, and businesses with local certified plans can reopen as soon as today, according to a news release.

Under the state program, counties are assigned one of four tiers based on seven-day COVID case rates and positivity rates. Humboldt County is currently in the “Moderate” tier with a 1.4 percent positivity rate and 3.6 cases per 100,000 residents, the release states.

“Local businesses that have gone through the Reopening Plan process have done a good job overall of putting measures in place to help keep employees, customers and our entire community as safe as possible,” County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said in the release. “This new framework has the flexibility to loosen and tighten safety requirements for businesses based on how the virus is spreading in our community, rather than simply opening and closing them.”

She cautioned, however, the Humboldt County was teetering close to having more restrictions. Public Health announced today that 20 additional cases were confirmed since Friday. Read more here.

"We’re not far from meeting the State’s conditions for the next, more restrictive tier,” she said. “That means that the choices we all make each day — like wearing a facial covering, avoiding gatherings and physical distancing are critically important in keeping our community healthy and our businesses open.”
For more information on the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” and to find out which businesses can open and in what capacity, visit For a list of each sector’s safety measures by tier, click here.

Read the full EOC release below:

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Public Health Confirms 20 New COVID-19 Cases, Another Hospitalization

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 4:25 PM

Humboldt County Public Health announced this afternoon that it has confirmed 20 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, making 155 for the month of August after the county recorded 100 in July. The county also announced that another resident has been hospitalized with the disease.

In a press release, Health Officer Teresa Frankovich indicated that travel and people gathering with friends and family outside their households remain driving forces in the virus' spread locally. She also referenced the new framework the state announced Friday, saying if Humboldt County wants to remain considered "moderate" risk with lesser restrictions, residents need to remain vigilant.

“While many of the new cases are still under investigation, travel outside of Humboldt County and gatherings of individuals with those who live outside their households continue to emerge as significant risk factors for spread of infection," she said. "If we want to remain in Tier 3 or even improve to Tier 4 in the new state framework, everyone will need to do their part to decrease transmission by using all of our prevention measures.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced sweeping revisions Friday to the state's program governing what businesses, services and organizations can open throughout the state and how they must modify operations. The new system does away with the watch list, replacing it with a four-tiered risk assessment based on a seven-day average of new cases per 100,000 residents and testing positivity rates, with tiers ranging from "minimal" to "widespread." Humboldt, averaging 3.6 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past week with a positivity rate of 1.4 percent, according to the California Department of Public Health, is listed as "moderate."

Today's cases come after Public Health tested 784 samples with a positivity rate of about 2.5 percent.

To date, Humboldt county has seen 388 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 22 hospitalizations and four deaths. Nationally, 6 million cases have been confirmed with 182,622 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. California, meanwhile, has recorded 704,085 confirmed cases with 12,933 deaths, according to the Department of Public Health.

Humboldt County Public Health is urging residents who aren't experiencing symptoms to get tested free of charge at the mobile testing site at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. (People experiencing symptoms should contact a healthcare provider, officials say.) Asymptomatic individuals can make an appointment to be tested by visiting or calling (888) 634-1123. Tests will be administered free of charge, whether or not people have health insurance.

Basics of COVID-19

The California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, state that symptoms of novel coronavirus include cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or a new loss of taste or smell.

Emergency warning signs needing immediate medical attention include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to awaken, and bluish lips or face.

In an emergency situation:

Call ahead to the emergency room or inform the 911 operator of the possibility of a COVID-19 infection and, if possible, put on a face mask.

Symptoms or possible exposure:

In the case of a possible exposure with symptoms — fever and cough or shortness of breath — contact your doctor’s office or the county Department of Health and Human Services, which has a hotline that can be reached during business hours at or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at or at (707) 445-6200.

St. Joseph Health has also set up a virtual assessment tool as an aid to assess risk factors for contracting the illness, which can be found at here.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has started a rumor-control webpage that can be found here.

For the Journal's latest COVID stories, updates and information resources, click here.

Read the county's release below.

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Cars Destroyed in Eureka Garage Fire

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 2:53 PM

The scene of the fire. - HBF
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  • The scene of the fire.
Humboldt Bay Fire responded this morning to a fire on the 200 block of Long Street in Eureka that destroyed two cars and caused about $130,000 in damage.

“Due to a quick response, crews obtained fire control within 20 minutes,” the news release states. “Damage to the shed and garage including two vehicles inside is estimated to be around $130,000. However, all surrounding structures were saved and no one was injured. “

The cause is currently under investigation, the release states.

Read the full HBF release below:
On Monday, August 31 at 9:16 a.m., Humboldt Bay Fire was dispatched to report of a structure fire originating from a detached garage on the 200 block of Long Street in Eureka. Crews responded to the scene and found heavy smoke showing from a garage unit and shed accessed through an alleyway.

The first engine on scene initiated fire attack while the following engine set up a water supply from the fire hydrant down the street. Due to a quick response, crews obtained fire control within 20 minutes. Damage to the shed and garage including two vehicles inside is estimated to be around $130,000. However, all surrounding structures were saved and no one was injured.

The incident was terminated at 10:50 a.m., however, crews will remain on scene until approximately 11:50 a.m. to wrap up and perform an initial investigation.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. Humboldt Bay Fire would like to remind the public to install and regularly test fire/smoke alarms in your garage as well as your home. If you see or smell smoke, or hear an alarm, call us at 9-1-1 and get out quickly. 
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Men Injured in Ferndale Crash ID'd

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 1:20 PM

Two men suffered major injuries Aug. 27 when the car they were in went off Bluff Street near Grizzly Bluff Road around 7 p.m. and hit a tree.

According to the CHP, Ferndale resident Joshua Hindley was driving at a high rate of speed without a seatbelt on when the crash occurred. His passenger, Douglas Edgmon, who lives in Fortuna, was wearing his. Both are 39.

A news release states it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor and the crash remains under investigation.

Read the full release below: 
On 08/27/2020, just before 7 PM, the Humboldt Area CHP responded to a collision on Bluff Street, just west of Grizzly Bluff Rd., in Ferndale.

Upon CHP arrival it was determined that a 2005 Cadillac sedan, driven by 39 year old Joshua Hindley of Ferndale, had been traveling eastbound on Bluff Street at a high rate of speed when the vehicle left the roadway and the passenger side of the Cadillac collided with a tree.

Mr. Hindley, who was not wearing his seatbelt, suffered major injuries as a result of the collision. His passenger, 39 year old Douglas Edgmon of Fortuna, was wearing a seatbelt but also suffered major injuries as a result of the collision.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene and subsequently transported both parties to St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment of their injuries. It is not known if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this collision.

The CHP Humboldt Area Office is continuing to investigate and asks anyone who may have information to contact the office at 707-822-5981 or send an email to 
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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Red Salmon Fire Now at 23,221 acres, 42 Percent Contained

Posted By on Sun, Aug 30, 2020 at 4:26 PM

Firing operations along DivU above Blacks Lake - PHOTO CREDIT JUSTIN YANKEY
  • Photo credit Justin Yankey
  • Firing operations along DivU above Blacks Lake
This morning's update on the Red Salmon Complex states that the fires are now at 23,221 acres and 42 percent containment.  The Red Salmon Complex is comprised of the Red and Salmon fires, started by a July 27 lightning storm, burning in rugged and remote country within the Trinity Alps Wilderness on the Six Rivers National Forest.

"Yesterday, crews successfully closed the gap at High Point Ridge, connecting the north and south firing operations along the crest; firefighters will continue to strengthen that line today," the update reads.

The update also states that aviation resources are available to support firefighters as fire behavior becomes active throughout the day.

For more, read the full update below:

Red Salmon Complex: 23,221 acres, 42% contained, 781 personnel

Fire Resources: 10 crews, 6 helicopters, 28 engines, 4 bulldozers, 32 water tenders

Current Situation: Yesterday, crews successfully closed the gap at High Point Ridge, connecting the north and south firing operations along the crest; firefighters will continue to strengthen that line today. Interior fire in the drainage below the Ridge became active and did spot over the line. Crews were able to pick those spots up and will continue to mop them up. Crews also deployed hose line at the northern portion of Devil’s Backbone to facilitate firing operations from the north to the south, which will continue today as conditions allow. The southeast portion of the fire within the containment area continues to move south across the slopes and there is the potential for increased fire behavior and significant spotting. Crews are continuing structure protection assessment in the McNeal Creek and Forks of Salmon area. Aviation resources are available to support firefighters as fire behavior becomes active throughout the day.

Red Fire: Crews are maintaining the footprint of the Red Cap section in the northwest area of the fire, crews will continue to monitor, patrol and mop-up hot spots. The strategic firing operation along High Point Ridge has been completed and crews will continue to hold the line. Spotting over High Point Ridge occurred last night. All spot fires have been contained and will continue to be monitored and mopped up, and should pose no threat. The fire progression to the south will continue to be held along the indirect fire line on the ridgeline from Saddle Gap to Onemile Creek and from Eightmile Creek to Onemile Creek using strategic firing operations. From Soldier Trail up Devil’s Backbone ,crews are cutting indirect line, eventually meeting up with crews from the northern end of Devils Backbone working their way south. Contingency lines on Hopkins Ridge continue to be improved.

Salmon Fire: This fire remains within its current footprint. Islands of vegetation inside this area, will continue to burn. These are not threatening containment lines.

The Red and Salmon Fires are burning on the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. Great Basin Incident Management Team 5 is continuing to work closely with the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Yurok Tribe and Karuk Tribe and local community liaisons.

Weather: Hot and dry weather will continue through today, which could increase fire activity. Temperatures will be in the mid to high 90’s in the lower elevations and in the high 80’s to low 90’s in the higher altitudes. Winds are expected at two to four mph, picking up this evening, with gusts up to 15 mph. A red flag warning is in place northwest of the fire until approximately 5:00 pm on Monday, with winds moving northeast, but is expected to have no impact on the Red Salmon Complex.

Air Quality: Smoke will continue to be produced as islands of unburned vegetation are consumed within fire control lines; other fires within the state are adding to local & current smoke amounts. Refer to

Photos/Videos: Photos and videos of the incident are posted on Inciweb. Closures: The Red Salmon Fire Forest Closure became effective on August 8, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be found on Inciweb.

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Investigation Finds 2 Suspected Meth Runners

Posted By on Sun, Aug 30, 2020 at 12:46 PM

Suspect methamphetamine found during the stops. - HCDTF
  • Suspect methamphetamine found during the stops.
Two suspected “runners” for a drug trafficking organization were found with a combined 3 pounds of methamphetamine during traffic stops Aug. 29 as part of a Humboldt County Drug Task Force operation, including a Hoopa woman who was allegedly transporting the drug with her 3-year-old grandson in the car, according to authorites.

According to a news release, a drug task force investigation connected to a search warrant served on a Fieldbrook property earlier this month indicated Rita Doolittle, 45, and Jeremiah Ward, 43, were transporting the drug from the Bay Area to Humboldt County.

Doolittle was pulled over by Fortuna police near Palmer Boulevard after agents, who had obtained a search warrant for her vehicle, spotted her driving north on U.S. Highway 101. Ward, who was following behind her on a motorcycle, was pulled over by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on Fernbridge Drive.

The release states 2 pounds were located in Doolittle’s vehicle and 1 was found with Ward. Both were cited and released due to COVID-19. The child was placed in protective custody, according to the drug task force.

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APD Arrests Three in Robbery and Shooting Investigation

Posted By on Sun, Aug 30, 2020 at 10:22 AM

The Arcata Police Department has arrested three suspects in what they'e calling a a robbery and attempted murder that happened Thursday morning in an apartment on L Street.

Officers were called to Mad River Community Hospital shortly after 6:30 a.m. Thursday to a report of a gunshot victim. A subsequent investigation found the victim had been shot in his apartment in the 1200 block of L Street during a robbery allegedly involving three suspects later identified as Jason Edward Smith, 38, of Hoopa, Michelle Lee Odjick, 45, of Willow Creek, and Kimberly Ann Yale, 31, of Hoopa. Police allege Smith was the shooter.

Odjick and Yale were arrested on suspicion of robbery following the incident and booked into the Humboldt County jail. Police found Smith shortly after midnight last night on Valley West Boulevard in Arcata and took him into custody without incident, according to a press release, booking him into jail on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery and assault with a firearm.

See the full press release from APD copied below:

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Fire Destroys Second Arcata Barn (With Video)

Posted By on Sun, Aug 30, 2020 at 8:21 AM

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Before 6 a.m., the Arcata Fire Protection District began fighting a barn fire on Mad River Road in the Arcata Bottoms.

Multiple agencies responded to fight the fire and keep it from spreading to a residence and another barn. According to a Facebook post from Arcata Fire, “Loleta Water Tender(WT), Fortuna WT, Westhaven WT, Humboldt Bay Fire WT and Chief, Blue Lake WT and Chief, Samoa Engine and Chief, Fieldbrook Engine, Kneeland WT and Chief, two Arcata Engines and two Chiefs are on scene attempting to control the fire… .”

This is the second barn fire within a week. (See here for more on the first, which totally destroyed a barn and smoldered for days.)

Just before 8 a.m. some resources were being released from the incident which indicates the fire is coming under control. We’ll update when we have more information.

UPDATE: Just before 8:45 a.m., Arcata Fire posted the following to its Facebook page: "Fire is controlled and mutual aid units are being released. Arcata firefighters are extinguishing hot spots. No injuries reported. We thank our neighboring agencies for their continued support and hard work."

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Hoopa Teen Charged With Murder, Potentially Faces Two Life Terms, LoCo Reports

Posted By on Sat, Aug 29, 2020 at 2:47 PM

The Lost Coast Outpost is reporting that 18-year-old Bronson Moon Lewis, Jr., who was arrested on suspicion of homicide in connection with the death of Julius Tripp, faces the possibility of two life terms in state prison if convicted of all charges in the shooting death of  Tripp.

The Hoopa man's remains were recovered earlier this month, near where his wrecked pickup truck was found between Hoopa and Weitchpec in July.

Read the full story here
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