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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Clearing Overturned Semi Will Close 101 for About an Hour

Posted By and on Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 3:06 PM

A big rig crashed near Big Lagoon. - CALTRANS
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UPDATE: Caltrans is readying to shutdown U.S. Highway 101 for about an hour today, starting just after 3 p.m., to clear away a semi that crashed off the road near Big Lagoon.

The accident occurred around noon, leading to controlled traffic in the area, but the closure will be necessary for get the large “rig wheels-down,” according to a Facebook post.

The driver was uninjured, according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page. According to Thom McMahon, who reports he was second on the scene, there were two occupants of the big rig–neither had more than minor injuries.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

UPDATE: Suspect Fled, HCSO Reports 'No Perceived Threat to the Community'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 11:16 AM

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HCSO reports “deputies are clearing the scene” after finding no signs of the man inside the barn where he was believed to be barricaded but states there is “no perceived threat to the community at this time.”

“Due to the nature of the investigation, the fact that deputies were unable to obtain a positive identification for the male prior to him fleeing, and no response or signs of the subject inside the barn in which he was believed to be barricaded, law enforcement decided to change tactics and clear the scene,” a Facebook post states, adding that the investigation is continuing.


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Monday, June 3, 2019

UPDATE: Inmate Fight Breaks Out at Klamath-area Fire Camp

Posted By and on Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 9:53 PM

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The California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation reports that the one staff member and three inmates treated for injuries sustained in last night’s riot at the Alder Creek Conservation Camp have been released from the hospital.

“The inmates who initiated the incident have been transported to Pelican Bay State Prison and placed in administrative segregation,” the CDCR release states. “The Office of the Inspector General was notified.”

According to CDCR, about 40 inmates were involved in the fight that broke out around 5 p.m. at the camp, which is jointly operated by Cal Fire and provides inmate firefighting crews. The cause of the riot remains under investigation.

“Multiple orders to stop fighting were given to the inmates by correctional staff,” the release states. “When they did not comply, staff used pepper spray and physical force to quell the incident.”

Several agencies, including the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol, responded the camp’s 911 call for assistance.

Read the full CDCR release at the end of the story.

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At approximately 5 p.m., a request went out over the scanner for reinforcements at Alder Conservation Camp as officers worked to quell a riot with was reported to be “40 to 50” inmates involved. This incident reportedly occurred near the baseball field, according to an officer speaking from the scene over the scanner.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Savona confirmed just before 9 p.m. that there had been a riot and said that no Cal Fire staff were injured but declined to comment further.

At least three ambulances were requested over the scanner, but it isn’t clear if they were all used but at least one was, according to medical personnel speaking over the radio.

One man who lives in the Klamath area reported on social media seeing a number of official vehicles, including 10 California Highway Patrol cars, four sheriff vehicles (Probably Del Norte County though he didn’t specify), three or four park rangers, at least two “fire units” and one ambulance responding to the camp.

The camp based near Klamath provides inmate firefighting crews for the Humboldt-Del Norte Ranger unit areas. They also are known for assisting the American Cancer Society with the Relay for Life events, building toys for the Toys for Tots program and creating wood products like desks, benches, etc.


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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Pilot Walks Away from Garberville Plane Crash

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2019 at 10:20 AM

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A 1970s era low-wing Cessna plane crashed near the 1800 block of Sprowel Creek Road in Garberville on Sunday afternoon.

The pilot, a 48-year-old Garberville man, was reportedly practicing taking off and landing unaccompanied at the Garberville airport. According to the man, the plane engine reportedly lost power causing it to crash into the redwoods. After the crash, the man walked up a bluff to Sprowl Creek Road, where a driver transported him to the hospital. He was later transported to an out-of-area hospital for further treatment and is in critical condition.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) are investigating the incident.

Read the full Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release below:

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Teen Suspect Surrenders in Fatal Arcata Shooting

Posted By on Mon, May 27, 2019 at 6:34 PM

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A 16-year-old Manila resident surrendered himself to the Arcata Police Department this afternoon in connection with the fatal shooting of another teenager in what officials have described as a marijuana deal that quickly turned deadly.

The APD said in a release that the agency will not be releasing the name of the suspect because he is a minor. He was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

According to the release, Taevonne Latimer, 18, was shot multiple times in the torso just before 10 p.m. Sunday after he and some friends met up with another person at a bus stop on Foster Avenue, just east of Alliance Road, to conduct a marijuana transaction they had arranged on the social media messaging app Snapchat. One of Latimer’s friends was also shot in the leg but survived and has been released from the hospital.

A couple visiting from out of town rendered aid to the injured teens until help arrived. The shooter fled from the scene.

The release states APD officers, with the assistance of Humboldt State University Police Officers, California Highway Patrol Officers and personnel from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, “conducted an intensive search for the suspect and processed the scene for evidence.”

During the investigation, APD detectives “developed information that led to the identity of a 16- year-old Manila resident who is the suspect in this shooting.” He surrendered himself just before 1 p.m. while accompanied by a family member, according to the release.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Remains Found on Beach in March Identified

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2019 at 4:09 PM

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Remains found on a Big Lagoon State Park beach in March have been identified as those of a 46-year-old Alabama man, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

While a sheriff’s office release states that the cause of Timothy Jason Moore’s death is unknown, “foul play is not suspected.”

Few other details, including why Moore was in Humboldt County, were released.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Arrest Made in Fatal McKinleyville Hit and Run

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2019 at 2:36 PM

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A 47-year-old McKinleyville man was killed Saturday morning by a hit-and-run driver who was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a CHP release.

The release states Clinton Eugene Deckert II was walking north on the east shoulder of Central Avenue, south of Bella Vista Road, when he was struck just before 7:30 a.m. by a car driven by Shala Marie Bianco, 25, who also lives in McKinleyville.

The California Highway Patrol reports that Bianco reportedly fled the crash “at a high rate of speed.” Deckert died at the scene.

“Within less than an hour time, Bianco called Humboldt Communications Center and stated she was the driver of the Toyota,” the CHP report states. “Bianco was contacted and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs." 

The CHP states that the investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call 822-5981 or to send an email to humboldt_area.humboldt_area@chp.ca.gov.

Read the CHP release below:


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Friday, May 17, 2019

UPDATE: One-Way Traffic in Effect After 299 Slide

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2019 at 8:15 AM

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One-way traffic is in effect due to the slide. Motorists should expect 30-45 minute delays until 6 p.m.

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A slide has closed State Route 299 between mile markers 29.09 and 33.21 west of the junction with State Route 96 and Willow Creek.

Caltrans District 1 reports, “There is no estimated time for reopening. Crews are onsite and will better evaluate the situation now that it is getting light outside.”

The CHP Traffic Incident Information Page shows that the slide came down a little after 2 a.m. today. As of 6:30 a.m., the page reports that the roadway won’t be open for “3-4 hours.”
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

HSU: Gist Hall Still Closed, Test Finds No Asbestos in the Air

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2019 at 12:54 PM

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Testing by a private lab found no asbestos fibers in the air of Gist Hall, which has been closed for nearly a week after “disturbed material” was discovered during a routine check of the building’s systems, according to a release today from Humboldt State University.

A second test to “confirm that it is indeed disturbed asbestos” is slated and the results are expected by the end of the week.

“Until then, out of an abundance of caution, Gist Hall will remain closed for an estimated two to six weeks,” the release states. “During that time, the University will contract with a firm to develop a plan and carry out the cleanup.”

The discovery of the possible disturbed asbestos and ensuing closure of Gist Hall came in the midst of finals, with exams slated for the building moved to new locations.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Gist Hall Remains Closed, Finals Relocated

Posted By on Mon, May 13, 2019 at 9:48 AM

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Gist Hall at Humboldt State University remains closed today “out of an abundance of caution” after Friday’s discovery of what could be disturbed asbestos and finals have been moved to new locations.

“All classes and other activities in Gist Hall have been suspended,” a release from HSU states. “There is no access to offices or other spaces. Services and other programs in the building are being relocated, and those directly affected are receiving guidance from their divisions or departments.

Employees who work in Gist Hall are directed to call their supervisors. Click here for the list of relocated finals.

Read the notice from HSU below:


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