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Monday, November 27, 2017

Man Struck by Vehicle is 30th Road Death of 2017

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 9:21 AM

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The California Highway Patrol confirmed this morning that 43-year-old Timothy Good died after being struck by a vehicle while walking on North Bank Road near the intersection of State Route 299. Good was on the east edge of roadway, walking north at around 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24 when he was struck by a 2012 Toyota Corolla driven by Dena Lara, 33, who was traveling south.

Good was transported to Mad River Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Humboldt County is on track to record one of its deadliest years in history for vehicle fatalities, with Good's death marking the 30th this year. For more information about our high vehicle fatality rates, check out this cover story from 2015.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Sixteen-Year-Old Killed in Accident on 299

Posted By on Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 8:00 PM

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According to a CHP press release today, 16-year-old Alexis Hill of Anderson, California, was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, when a car she was a passenger in veered off State Route 299, going down an embankment. The driver, Redding resident Thomas Ladewig, and another passenger, Bryce Tracy, also of Redding, were both wearing seatbelts and survived with minor injuries. Hill was not wearing a seatbelt. The CHP is continuing its investigation but states, "DUI does not appear to have been a factor in the collision."

With the fatal crash early this morning in Shelter Cove, Humboldt County's total number of road fatalities in 2017 comes to 29.

Read the full CHP press release below:


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Body of Missing Canadian Found by His Father

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 4:44 PM

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The body of a Canadian man who was reported missing nearly two weeks ago was found by his father on Monday in a heavily vegetated area of the Arcata Marsh, according to the Arcata Police Department.

Felix Desautels-Poirier, who would have turned 26 on Dec. 27, was traveling through the area with a friend from Quebec when he went missing. According to a family friend, they were camping at the marsh and she woke up on Nov. 7 to find all Desautels-Poirier’s belongings, including the eyeglasses he needed due to severe nearsightedness, but he was gone.

At this time, officials say, no foul play is suspected. An autopsy has been scheduled.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Eel River Drowning Death ID'd as Russian Man

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 1:24 PM

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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man whose body was found in South Fork of the Eel River near Redway on Oct. 6 as Dordzhi Sandzhiev, a Russian citizen who frequented Southern Humboldt and was known to deputies, according to a press release.

Sandzhiev, whose cause of death was determined to be drowning, was identified using fingerprints.

Local authorities have been in contact with the Russian Consulate, which confirmed the 33-year-old was born in Elista, Russia. When the consulate’s attempts to contact Sandzhiev’s family proved unsuccessful, local residents used social media to make the connection, according to the sheriff’s office.


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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Eureka Man Dies in Solo 299 Crash

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 11:32 AM

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A 40-year-old Eureka man died Monday night in a solo-vehicle crash on State Route 299 after apparently making an unsafe turn to the right that sent his truck and trailer into an embankment before overturning, according to CHP.

Daniel Ryan Cox was wearing a seatbelt and traveling westbound in a Ford F-250 with an attached Fabform trailer when the accident occurred sometime before 9 p.m. He died at the scene.

According to the California Highway Patrol new release, the crash remains under investigation.

Press release from the California Highway Patrol:
On 10-30-2017 at approximately 2054 hours, Humboldt CHP Dispatch received a report of an accident with an injury on SR-299 at MPM 10.00. Humboldt CHP Officers responded and located both a 2003 Ford F-250 and a 2015 Fabform trailer lying on their roofs.

The initial investigation revealed that the 2003 Ford F-250 was pulling a 2015 Fabform two axle bumper pull dump trailer and was traveling westbound on SR-299 when Mr. Cox, for an unknown reason, made an unsafe turn to the right. The vehicle traveled onto the north shoulder of SR-299 where it struck an upward sloping dirt embankment. The force of the impact caused the Ford to overturn and both the Ford and Fabform trailer came to rest blocking both westbound lanes of SR-299.

Mr. Cox sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. Mr. Cox was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the traffic collision. The Blue Lake Volunteer Fire Department, the Humboldt County Coroner Officer, CAL Trans and Buddy's Towing service responded to the scene to assist. This collision is still under investigation.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

UPDATE: Two Juveniles Arrested in Dinsmore Homicide

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 3:57 PM

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2nd UPDATE:

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Arcata Police Department, arrested two juveniles on Monday, Oct. 16 in connection with the homicide of Richard Falk. The Journal has reached out to the sheriff's office to confirm whether or not the juveniles, one male, one female, were related to Falk, and will update when we have more information.

UPDATE:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has identified the 68-year-old man found dead in the front yard of his Buck Mountain home as Richard Dennis Falk and is officially investigating the case as a homicide.

An autopsy performed on Falk determined he died of multiple gunshot wounds. Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Fridley said there are no indications that the killing was a robbery or burglary gone wrong and said there are multiple persons of interest in the case. He declined to offer any further details, saying the investigation is still in its infancy.

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information about the case to call 445-7251.

The full press release is copied below our original post.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Willow Creek Man Killed in Truck-Horse Collision

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 1:06 PM

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A Hoopa man traveling northbound on Country Club Road in Willow Creek struck and killed a horse and its rider Sunday night. Timothy Robert Ulrich, 50, was crossing a bridge approaching Seeley McIntosh Road in a Ford F150 and failed to notice Kenneth Wayne Brock, 67, astride a horse traveling south in the northbound lane of the bridge.

According to the press release from the California Highway Patrol, Ulrich noticed an unrelated vehicle in the southbound lane, also crossing the bridge, but did not see the white horse, which was on the bridge's east shoulder. When he did see the horse, he attempted to swerve away but ultimately hit the horse's side and shoulder, ejecting Brock. Brock hit the bridge, sustaining major injuries. The Willow Creek man was transported to Mad River Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The horse died at the scene.

DUI is not believed to be a factor in the collision.

The crash brings the total number of roadway deaths in Humboldt County in 2017 up to 26.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Garberville Man Found Dead in Eel River

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 2:47 PM

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The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 33-year-old man whose body was found in the South Fork of the Eel River north of Redway last week.

Deputies responded shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 to a report of a body in the river and found it just upstream of the bridge used to access Eel River Conservation Camp No. 31. The body has been identified as that of a Garberville man, according to Sheriff's Lt. Mike Fridley, but his next of kin is out of the country and officials are holding off on releasing his name until she can be notified.

Fridley said it appears the man's body had been in the water "a while" and it's currently unclear what circumstances led to his death. "There's a lot of things it could be," Fridley said, adding that there's an autopsy scheduled for tomorrow.

Officials ask that anyone with information about the case call the sheriff's office at 445-7251.

See the full press release from the sheriff's office copied below:


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

UPDATED: How to Help Victims of Sonoma, Napa & Mendo Fires

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 10:44 AM

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UPDATE: Allison reports that so many donations have been flooding in, a trailer and/or additional vehicles and drivers are necessary. Also, click here for a link of all emergency services and needed donations for fire victims in Petaluma.

Previously:

Eureka City Councilmember Austin Allison is driving supplies to people affected by the wildfires south of us. Since the fires began on Sunday night, at least 20,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes and 11 people have been reported dead, according to CNN.

Allison, a cardiac monitor technologist, originally wanted to travel down and offer medical aid but found volunteers had already stepped up to fill that need. So he volunteered to drive supplies down in his personal vehicle, possibly convoying with a friend. Humboldt Bay Fire offered its facility at  533 C St. in Eureka as a drop-off point. Those interested in donating supplies can bring them by until 7 p.m. today. Allison will be calling emergency operation centers in the affected regions to find out where supplies are most needed before driving down.

Here's what you can donate:

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UPDATE: 15 Confirmed Deaths, Dozens Missing in Fires, 101 Reopens

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 10:19 AM

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UPDATE: Some 17 fires have raced through areas of California over the past two days with 15 confirmed deaths, another 100 people reported missing and an estimated 115,000 acres burned when a perfect storm of gusty winds and low humidity swept across the state.

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Butte, Yuba, Lake, Nevada and Orange counties.

Meanwhile, U.S. Highway 101 has reopened in Mendocino County and in Santa Rosa but internet and phone outages continue.

North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire reports via Twitter that 77 cell sites were down at the peak of the widespread outage due to power loss or fire damage. He says “35 are now up and running, more expected online today. Also working a fiber cut in Mendocino Co. Will have an update this afternoon."

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said this morning that the main station is having phone and internet access issues. A fax machine has been converted to receive non-emergency calls at 445-7298. Residents can also try the following numbers:
If the line is busy, try the McKinleyville station at 839-6600 or the Garberville substation at 923-2761. The jail can be reached at 441-5129.


PREVIOUS: Strong winds are fanning the flames of devastating wildfires throughout state and the region, prompting the closure of U.S. Highway 101 near Redwood Valley and evacuations in several counties, including Butte, Mendocino Napa, Nevada and Sonoma.

Just around 9 a.m., Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

Much of California, including Humboldt and Del Norte counties, remains under a red flag warning today, according to the Eureka office of the National Weather Service, with the potential destructive combination of gusty winds from the north-northwest and low humidity in the forecast.

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