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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

UPDATE: Sheriff's Office IDs Man Killed in McKinleyville Stabbing

Posted By on Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM

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UPDATE:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who died in a McKinleyville stabbing as Rohnert Park resident Dylon T. Liakos. He was 30.

No new details of the incident were released.

According to HCSO, the Criminal Investigations Division is “still actively investigating the case.”

See the entire release at the bottom of the story.

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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 40-year-old McKinleyville man on suspicion of murder Saturday in connection with the death of a man who was apparently stabbed during an altercation.

According to a press release, deputies were called to the 1100 block of Boss Road just after midnight Saturday on a report of a disturbance and found an unresponsive male on the sidewalk.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Brian Leiteritz was later arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of murder.

“Deputies were familiar with the residence, and some of the involved individuals, as there have been repeated calls for service at that location in the recent past,” the release states.

Few other details were immediately available and the investigation is ongoing, according to HCSO.

Read the HCSO release below:
On 08-10-19, at about 12:10 AM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a disturbance on the 1100 block of Boss Rd., in McKinleyville. It was reported that a male subject may have been stabbed during the incident. It was also reported that a male subject was on the ground and unresponsive.

Deputies were familiar with the residence, and some of the involved individuals, as there have been repeated calls for service at that location in the recent past.

Deputies arrived on scene and located an unresponsive male on the sidewalk. Lifesaving efforts were started and the subject was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and began conducting an investigation. Deputies later arrested Brian Leiteritz, age 40, of McKinleyville. He was charged with murder and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

The investigation is ongoing. Updates may follow if new information is developed.

Updated HCSO release:
On 08-10-19, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a reported stabbing that occurred on the 1100 block of Boss Rd. in McKinleyville, in which a male died.

The decedent has been identified as Dylon T. Liakos, age 30, of Rohnert Park, Ca.

The Criminal Investigations Division is still actively investigating the case.

Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

UPDATED: Kayakers Reportedly Find Dead Body Near Trinidad

Posted By on Sun, Aug 4, 2019 at 3:33 PM

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UPDATE: The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office issued a press release this evening stating that the deceased person found by kayakers near College Cove this morning appears to have been a white male in his 60s. See the full press release copied below our original post.

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A group of kayakers located a dead body near Trinidad before 10 a.m. today, one of the kayakers said.

“We found him bobbing in the water around the corner from the north end of College Cove,” the kayaker told us, asking to remain anonymous.

He explained that a group goes out every Sunday and eight to 10 were involved today’s outing.

Some of the kayakers had gone ahead but the main group located the deceased man.

“He had on a shirt and a jacket but whatever was on below his waist was torn off by the surf if he had it,” the kayaker explained.

A wallet was located on the deceased person’s body but the kayaker said that they didn’t look in it.

We’ve contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and requested more information and will update this post when we receive it.

See the full press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office copied below:

On 08-04-2019, at about 9:30 AM, the United States Coast Guard notified the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office they had received a call of a body having been located just off shore of a beach near Trinidad. It was reported that Kayakers in that area had located the body in the water north of Trinidad State Beach.

Deputies responded to the area along with Cal Fire, and with the assistance of the kayakers, were able to recover the body from the water. The deceased is a white male, approximately sixty years of age. Deputies are working to confirm the identity of the male so next of kin can be notified. The circumstances surrounding the death are unknown, however, there is no indication of foul play. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

Editor's note: This post first appeared at www.kymkemp.com and is reposted here with permission.
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Friday, August 2, 2019

McKinleyville Man Reported Missing Found at 101 Crash Site

Posted By on Fri, Aug 2, 2019 at 3:48 PM

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A 65-year-old McKinleyville man who had recently been reported missing was discovered dead after his pickup truck went off U.S. Highway 101 north of Big Lagoon for an unknown reason.

Michael Criswell was found around 8:30 a.m. today after CHP responded to a report of a car on the west side of the highway. According to a release, it's not yet known exactly when the crash occurred.

Read the full release below:

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

SECOND UPDATE: Reports of Shots Fired Has McKinleyville Neighborhood Sheltering in Place

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 10:35 AM

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UPDATE:

According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office all safety restrictions have been lifted and residents are allowed to move freely in the Reasor Road area.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact law enforcement.

There were no injuries at the scene and no gunshot wound victims have been reported at local hospitals, Lt. Samuel Williams said in an email.

The HCSO release on the incident is posted at the end of the story.

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Some residents in a one mile circle of the Murray Apartments near Reasor Road are being asked to shelter in place, according to the incident commander’s request after a fight with shots fired occurred between two groups.

Please remember that information is coming in from a multitude of sources and law enforcement is on the scene attempting to sort out what occurred. However, officers are looking for a blue Chevrolet Cavalier with a black male adult as one possible suspect. They also are searching for a possibly discarded firearm.

A perimeter is being set up in the Reasor Road area.

Read the full release from the HCSO below:

On 07-24-2019, at about 10:00 AM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received numerous 911 calls from citizens reporting shots being fired near the 1400 block of Reasor Rd., in McKinleyville. It was reported that a black male adult wearing a black and red sports jersey was involved in the incident and was recently seen leaving the area of Larissa Cr. in a blue sedan. Later reports suggested there may have been an exchange of gun fire between a group of individuals.

Deputies along with members of the California Highway Patrol, Arcata Police, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Cal Fire immediately responded to the area to investigate. Arcata Fire and Mad River Ambulance responded and staged to assist. A Humboldt Alert was issued to those within a one-mile radius of the incident location, directing them to stay indoors.

The scene was secured around the area of Reasor Rd. and Larissa Cr., and an investigation was conducted. Several individuals were detained and later released. It was determined there may have been two groups of individuals involved in an altercation in which a black male adult wearing a red and black sports jersey had discharged a handgun. Deputies and Officers searched the area for the blue sedan. Several vehicles were investigated but were determined not to be involved in the incident. The involved blue sedan was not located. A search of the area was conducted, and no firearms were located. Deputies did not locate anyone who had been injured, and there were no reports made of any injuries or gunshot victims in this incident. The identity of the involved parties is unknown at this time, as they had either left the scene prior to Law Enforcement arrival or were not cooperative in providing information on scene.
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Monday, July 8, 2019

Eureka Police ID 19-Year-old Homicide Victim

Posted By on Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 12:01 PM

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The Eureka Police Department has identified the homicide victim found lying in a parking lot at the foot of Hilfiker in the early morning of July 4 as Eureka resident Hannah Elizabeth Hayhurst. She was 19.

According to a release, Hayhurst died of multiple stab wounds. A suspect in the case, Eureka resident Daniella Moore, 40, was arrested on suspicion of murder and torture “due to the significance of the injuries.”

Moore is being held on $1 million bail. Anyone who had contact with the victim in the days before she was found dead is asked to contact Detective Corrie Watson.

“This is an active investigation and further information will be released as appropriate.,” the EPD release states.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Benbow Eaglet Faces Close Call With Fire

Posted By on Fri, Jul 5, 2019 at 10:05 PM

After the firefighters left, the eaglet began to move again. - PHOTO BY TALIA ROSE
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  • After the firefighters left, the eaglet began to move again.

Southern Humboldt County nature lovers were very concerned today as a wildfire burning in the Benbow area closed in on a nest holding a 12-week-old eaglet that has not yet taken to flight.

“It was really close, and the helicopter was buzzing right past the nest,” said nature photographer Talia Rose, who runs the popular nature photography Facebook page, County Line Wild. “[B]oth parents were absent from the valley … .”

Rose, who frequently photographs the eagle family, said during that the firefight, as the helicopter was buzzing nearby, the eaglet “was sitting up tall but tense and frozen in the nest … .”

Firefighters from Cal Fire, Garberville and Redway VFDs as well as an inmate crew managed to get to the difficult to access fire and stop its forward progress by about 6:30 p.m.

She said the eaglet barely moved “until about 20 minutes after the helicopter left the valley …. .” Then, she said, “it finally moved around the nest a bit. I think it will be fine and thank god this fire did not start in the middle of the night.”

Firefighters expect to be mopping up until 11 p.m.
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Coasties Rescue Stranded Hiker

Posted By on Fri, Jul 5, 2019 at 12:19 PM

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter conducts a cliffside rescue after a hiker became stranded near the base of the sea cliff in Patricks Point State Park in Trinidad, California, July 4, 2019. The hiker was hoisted aboard the Dolphin and transported to local emergency medical services with no reported injuries. - U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTO COURTESY OF ARCATA MAD RIVER AMBULANCE SERVICES
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  • A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter conducts a cliffside rescue after a hiker became stranded near the base of the sea cliff in Patricks Point State Park in Trinidad, California, July 4, 2019. The hiker was hoisted aboard the Dolphin and transported to local emergency medical services with no reported injuries.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 22-year-old man who fell off a cliff while hiking in Patrick’s Point State Park yesterday evening.

According to a press release, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay got a call reporting a hiker stranded at the base of a sea cliff around 6:45 p.m. and launched its Dolphin helicopter to attempt a rescue.

Once on scene, the helicopter located the hiker and lowered a rescue swimmer, who brought the man safely on board the helicopter. The man was evaluated by Arcata Mad River Ambulance Services and determined to be uninjured.

“This case was an excellent example of the interoperability among first response agencies here in Humboldt County,” said Cmdr. Brendan Hilleary, chief of response at Sector Humboldt Bay, in a press release. “I’m very thankful that we were able to support our state parks partners and bring this hiker safely back to his family."

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

UPDATE: One Arrested in Homicide Investigation

Posted By on Thu, Jul 4, 2019 at 11:23 AM

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A Eureka woman is being held on $1 million bail in connection with the death of another woman who was found dead in a parking lot, according to a release from the Eureka Police Department.

Daniella Moore, 40, was arrested on suspicion of homicide, the release states. Few other details were immediately available. Read the EPD release at the bottom of the story.

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Eureka Police are investigating a possible crime scene today on Hilfiker Lane after a woman was found dead “under suspicious circumstances,” Police Chief Steve Watson confirmed this morning in a message to the Redheaded Blackbelt.

"Just before 1:00 AM this morning, officers were dispatched to the foot of Hilfiker Lane regarding a reported possibly deceased person. Officers located a deceased adult female there under suspicious circumstances," Watson stated. "This is still an active investigation (detectives and evidence technicians are still at work). We will release more information soon, (hopefully later today)."

From EPD:

On July 4, 2019 at approximately 12:50 a.m. Officers from the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to the Foot of Hilfiker parking lot for an unknown problem. Upon officer arrival they located a deceased female subject lying in the parking lot. Due to the totality of the circumstances the scene was secured and EPD Detectives and an Evidence Technician were call out to process the scene. The scene was processed and all evidence collected.

Through the investigation EPD Detectives identified the suspect as Daniella Moore (40 years old of Eureka). Moore was arrested and booked in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for Homicide. Moore is being held on one-million-dollar bond.

This is an ongoing investigation and more details may be released as the investigation progresses. If anyone has any information regarding this investigation you are asked to contact Detective Corrie Watson at 707-441-4032.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

UPDATE: Car vs. Pole Sparks Fire in Fieldbrook, Power Outages

Posted By on Mon, Jul 1, 2019 at 3:27 PM

An aerial view of the Stump Fire. - CAL FIRE
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UPDATE:

Cal Fire reports forward progress of the fire was stopped at 4:35 p.m. with three-fourths of an acre burned.
According to the PG&E electrical outage page, power is not expected to be restored to about 100 customers in the area until tomorrow morning.

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Multiple agencies including Cal Fire, Fieldbrook Fire, Blue Lake Fire, Arcata Fire, and United States Forest Service are responding to a vegetation fire sparked after a car ran into a power pole just before 2 p.m.

The fire around the 400 block of Burnt Stump Lane in Fieldbrook was about one-fourth of an acre at 3 p.m., according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Savona and a tanker plane was hitting the incident from the air.

A truck backed into the power pole, according to Deanna Contreras PG&E Spokesperson. She said that originally there were about 2,000 customers without power all the way up to Trinity and Orick.

“There were both local distribution lines as well as transmission lines” carrying power to other areas on the pole, she said.

Some could be without power into the evening.

“PG&E crews are working with firefighters and officials to help restore power. [However] repairs aren’t expected to be completed until later tonight,” she said. “They will need to repair some damage to equipment. Most likely the pole will need to be replaced.”
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Saturday, June 29, 2019

UPDATE: CHP: Driver Tried to Flee After Crashing into Humboldt Hill Home

Posted By and on Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 12:10 PM

The scene at the crash site. - COURTESY OF A REDHEADED BLACKBELT READER
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  • The scene at the crash site.
UPDATE:

The 25-year-old driver of a truck that crashed into the bedroom of a Humboldt Hill Road home, killing a man and injuring a woman, was held at the scene by bystanders after he tried to flee, according to CHP.

A California Highway Patrol release states Fields Landing resident Ryder Stapp was “at a high rate of speed” when he allowed his pickup to drift off the road and through a parking lot before plowing into the home.

Two of the home’s residents, Robert Beland and Elizabeth Martin, were in bed at the time. Both were injured. Beland died at the hospital. He was 64.

Stapp was arrested on suspicion of DUI, hit and run and vehicular manslaughter.
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A person inside a Humboldt Hill Road home was killed last night after a truck crashed into residence just before 10:30 p.m., causing significant damage.

According to Humboldt Bay Fire, two other residents and the driver were uninjured, while another person inside the home suffered minor injures after the vehicle came to rest completely inside of the house.

The person who died was found by responding firefighters amid the debris.

A neighbor told Redheaded Blackbelt that the truck plowed through a huge sign before crashing into a bedroom in the house.

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