Crime

Monday, December 17, 2018

Man Killed in Eureka Hit and Run Identified

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 3:22 PM

The Humboldt County Coroner's Office at the scene. - THADEUS GREENSON
  • Thadeus Greenson
  • The Humboldt County Coroner's Office at the scene.
The man found dead in a green belt area near U.S. Highway 101 on Dec. 14 has been identified by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office as Michael Kenneth Pohl. He was 29.

According to a release, Pohl died of “impact injuries due to a motor vehicle.” No suspect has been identified. Earlier information from the Eureka Police Department indicated that the hit and run is believed to have occurred around 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 and may have involved a dark-colored SUV.

The case remains under investigation.


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Man Stable After McKinleyville Stabbing

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 9:55 AM

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A man was taken to the hospital in stable condition after being found Sunday morning on the front porch of a McKinleyville home with stab wounds to the neck and chest.

According to a release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the 38-year-old man told deputies he was stabbed at a campsite near the C Avenue residence where he was found.

No arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

UPDATED: EPD Investigating Man's Death as 'Possible Hit and Run'

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 1:19 PM

The Humboldt County Coroner's Office at the scene. - THADEUS GREENSON
  • Thadeus Greenson
  • The Humboldt County Coroner's Office at the scene.
UPDATE: The Eureka Police Department believes the apparent hit and run that left a man dead may have occurred around 7 p.m. yesterday, possibly involving a dark-colored SUV.

“The vehicle most likely has passenger side front end damage,” the latest EPD release states.

PREVIOUSLY:

The Eureka Police Department is investigating the death of a man found this morning near Fifth and V streets as a “possible hit and run traffic collision.”

According to the release, no information on a suspect or suspect vehicle is currently available.

“This is an ongoing investigation and updates will be released when they become available,” the release states. “The identity of the deceased is being withheld until the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has made the required notifications.”

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Three Dogs Stolen From Fortuna Animal Rescue

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 3:17 PM

These two puppies were stolen from Miranda's Rescue. - HCSO
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  • These two puppies were stolen from Miranda's Rescue.
Officials are hoping the public can help find three 
Lucy the pitbull mix. - HCSO
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  • Lucy the pitbull mix.
dogs that were stolen from Miranda’s Rescue.

Deputies were called to the Fortuna shelter around noon Dec. 8 on a report the animals had been taken from their kennels. One is a pitbull mix named “Lucy” and the other two are 4-month-old Rottweiler/Mastiff mix puppies.


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Monday, December 10, 2018

Alarms Leads Deputies to Apparent Hash Lab Stash in McKinleyville Storage Facility

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 10:19 AM

Components of a hash oil lab found in the storage unit. - HCSO
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  • Components of a hash oil lab found in the storage unit.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered components of a butane hash oil lab and nearly 330 pounds of pot after responding Saturday to a “duress alarm activation” at a McKinleyville storage facility on Sutter Road.

According to a release, deputies found a storage locker with the keys in the lock but no one who appeared to be associated with the unit. To make sure someone was not inside in need of help, they made entry to find “components associated with a butane hash oil (BHO) lab,” the cannabis and 26 pounds of hash oil product.

No one has been arrested and the case remains under investigation.


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Friday, December 7, 2018

Father of Faith Tsarnas Turns Self in for Ferndale Hit-and-Run

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 1:48 PM

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The father of Faith Tsarnas, the teenage girl killed while skateboarding with her friend by her friend’s mother Marci Kitchen, has turned himself in for a Nov. 27 hit-and-run crash that severely injured a woman.

According to a release, Jeffry Tsarnas, 54, of Myers Flat came to the California Highway Patrol office with the vehicle that was allegedly involved two days after the crash and gave a full statement.

The pedestrian, Marie Kelley of Garberville, suffered major injuries to her lower left leg.

A broken mirror found at the scene matched the vehicle that Tsarnas brought in, the release states, noting that it “is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this collision.”

Faith Tsarnas was visiting Jeffry Tsarnas, whose first name has also been spelled "Jeffery" in various news reports, when she was hit from behind on Eel River Drive in July of 2016 and died at the scene.

Her friend Kiya Kitchen died the next day at a Bay Area hospital. Both were 14.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Arcata Police: 1 Arrested After Shooting Incident

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 5:32 PM

Arcata High School was placed on lockdown today. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Arcata High School was placed on lockdown today.
A man in his 20s was shot in Arcata this morning following a “verbal altercation” between two groups of residents at an apartment complex on Heather Lane, according to an Arcata Police Department release.

He suffered “non-life threatening” injuries and was taken to the hospital. Read earlier Journal coverage here.

After police received word that the suspect had fled the scene with others in a truck, officers conducted a “high risk traffic stop” on Foster Avenue and detained three men, one of whom, Matthew Allen Ramsey, 20, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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DA: Lawson Review Will Likely Take Another 4-6 Weeks

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 3:57 PM

David Josiah Lawson - SUBMITTED
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Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming says her office will need another month to six weeks to complete its review of the David Josiah Lawson homicide investigation to determine what — if any — charges are appropriate in the case.

The Arcata Police Department completed its investigation into Lawson’s April 15, 2017, stabbing death and turned the case over to Fleming’s office Nov. 8. The district attorney initially indicated her office would need “several weeks” to review all the submitted reports and recordings before deciding how to proceed.

In an email to the Journal on Sunday, Fleming wrote that an initial review of the case file revealed her office would need “additional existing documents and materials” from APD, which it received Nov. 30, as well as “additional information from other agencies that participated in the investigation. (Fleming declined to share details on what additional information was requested and from which agencies in an effort to “protect the investigation.”)

“We continue to gather and evaluate information,” she wrote. “I anticipate four to six additional weeks to complete the process, assuming we receive additional needed information in a timely manner.”

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Morning Lockdown at Arcata High Lifted

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 9:23 AM

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  • Arcata High School
Arcata High School was put on precautionary lockdown this morning following an incident on nearby Heather Avenue near Foster Avenue that began around 8:10 a.m.

One person received a gunshot wound to the leg, according to an initial report on the scanner. The suspect who was in a red Chevy pickup with two others was detained.

According to Arcata Police Lt. Bart Silvers, Arcata High school has “been notified to lift the lockdown.” He said the incident occurred several blocks from the school.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

ABC Moves Forward with Revoking Liquor Licenses for Arcata Bars

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 5:43 PM

Bar row. - THADEUS GREENSON
  • Thadeus Greenson
  • Bar row.
The California Bureau of Alcohol Beverage Control has adopted a judge’s recommendation to permanently revoke the liquor licenses for popular longtime Arcata bars Sidelines and Toby & Jack’s.

The decision, which comes just a couple of weeks after Administrative Law Judge Alberto Roldan issued a scathing ruling that substantiated a combined 30 allegations against the establishments and recommended their liquor licenses be pulled, becomes permanent 30 days after it's delivered to the license holders, in this case Costanzos Genco Olive Oil Co., Inc, owned by Salvatore “Sal” Costanzo and his son Michael. Within that 30-day period, the Costanzos can petition ABC’s Board of Appeals to reconsider, which their attorney has indicated they intend to do.

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