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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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Waves Upward of 30 Feet Along the Coast Today

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 11:08 AM

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With waves upward of 30 feet on local beaches today, the county of Humboldt has closed a portion of Centerville Road until further notice due do “dangerous coastal conditions.”

The Eureka office of the National Weather Service warns that people should stay off rocks and jetties. High surf conditions, which have been hitting the local shoreline since Friday, are expected to continue throughout the week.

Yesterday the large wave heights prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to close the Humboldt Bay bar entrance to mariner traffic. A high surf warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. today.

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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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UPDATE: High Winds Taking Down Trees, Dropping Power Lines

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 10:39 AM

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UPDATE 1:29 p.m.: All the earlier county roads that were closed are now open. However, Bald Mountain Road at mile marker 3 is closed due to downed trees. Crews recently arrived on site and expect to have the road open soon.

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High winds are knocking down trees and power lines this morning.

There are multiple power outages and closed roads. See here for power outages.

The roads closed as of 10:09 a.m. are:

Kneeland Road by Greenwood Heights Drive. There is a tree down and power lines down. Fire started.

Maple Creek Road east of Blue Lake. There is a tree down.

Murray Road by Central Avenue. There is a three-foot diameter tree blocking the road.

There are other roads with trees down but it isn’t confirmed they have been closed.

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UPDATE: EPD Investigating After Body Found in Green Belt Off 101

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 9:59 AM

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 is investigating the death of a man found this morning at Fifth and V streets as a “possible hit and run traffic collision.”

According to a release, no information on a suspect or suspect vehicle is currently available. Read more here.

PREVIOUSLY:

The Eureka Police Department is investigating after a person was found dead in a small green belt area off U.S. Highway 101 this morning.

Capt. Brian Stephens told the Journal that the department was responding to a “suspicious circumstance call.” The coroner's office, patrol officers and medical technicians were at the scene, which is currently active.

Few other details were immediately available. This post will be update as more information becomes available.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Big Rig Rollover Blocks 101

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 2:41 PM

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An ambulance has been requested at a big rig rollover that has blocked U.S. Highway 101 near the Big Lagoon Park Road north of Patrick’s Point, according to the scanner and the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page.

A witness at the scene reported to emergency dispatch that the driver was out of the vehicle.

According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, the semi is a Peterbilt tractor loaded with logs.
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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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Body Found in Eel River May Be Missing Santa Rosa Man

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 12:53 PM

The SHCTR team works with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office on the details for recovering the body. - TALIA ROSE
  • Talia Rose
  • The SHCTR team works with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office on the details for recovering the body.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is looking into whether the body found earlier this week by a wildlife photographer in the Eel River is that of a Santa Rosa man who was last seen heading home after a trip to Eureka in November.

A release states that the missing man’s family contacted the MCSO after hearing reports of the recovery. His vehicle was later located near Confusion Hill, which is about 6 miles upriver from where the body was located and he matches the general description of the body that as found.

Read previous Journal coverage of the discovery of the body and the recovery efforts here and here.

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UPDATE: Man Killed in State Route 36 Shooting

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 8:30 AM

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  • The shooting scene on State Route 36.
UPDATE: The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office confirms that a homicide investigation is underway into the early morning killing of a 47-year-old man who was shot in head.

According to a release, deputies were sent to the scene just before 3 a.m. and found the man gravely wounded in a truck that showed “damage consistent with a traffic collision.”

A second vehicle that was “possibly involved” was found on Van Duzen Road near Alton, the release states, adding that investigators are “in process of interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence.”

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