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Thursday, December 6, 2018

McKinleyville Man Attacked, Robbed of Pot by Masked Assailants

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 12:32 PM

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A McKinleyville man was attacked early yesterday morning by masked assailants who hit him on the head with metal bats and stabbed him in the chest while demanding money and cannabis, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the scene on the 2600 block of Bolier Avenue in McKinleyville around 3 a.m. and found the victim, who was taken to the hospital in stable condition, according to a news release.

The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in locating the three suspects – described as white males, one in his mid-30s and the two others in their early 20s – who fled the scene with approximately 60 pounds of trimmed marijuana and other items.

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'This is a Human Being': A Volunteer Rescue Team Dropped Everything to Recover a Body Found in the Eel River

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 10:45 AM

The tech team uses a series of ropes to carefully free the body, which was snagged on a tree. - TALIA ROSE
  • Talia Rose
  • The tech team uses a series of ropes to carefully free the body, which was snagged on a tree.
The recent rains had pushed the waters of the Eel River higher and the sound the cold current rushing over rocks was loud when Southern Humboldt County Technical Rescue team member Thomas Norris met up with Talia Rose yesterday near the Humboldt-Mendocino county line.

“She had messaged us on Facebook about 12:45,” explained Norris, a Caltrans worker who volunteers his time with the team.

Rose, a wildlife photographer had seen what she initially thought was the carcass of a deer. She had even posted about the encounter on her local nature page. But then, a comment made her second guess what might have been lying in the water. She reached out to the SHCTR team who are well-known for their work locally.

The two met up and walked up the river. When they arrived, Norris said he could tell it was a body. “I tried to wade over but it was too deep,” he said.

Meanwhile, four other members of the SHCTR team were arriving. Diana Totten and Aurora Studebaker, both Southern Humboldt businesswomen, were there soon after Norris.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

SoHum Wildlife Photographer Discovers Body in Eel River

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 2:58 PM

Diana Totten watches as two of her Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue Team member head out for a closer look. - TALIA ROSE
  • Talia Rose
  • Diana Totten watches as two of her Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue Team member head out for a closer look.
Wildlife photographer and County Line Wild blogger, Talia Rose, discovered a body this morning about 9 a.m. as she was out searching for images of wild creatures to capture.

Talia Rose, who does freelance work for Redheaded Blackbelt, was near the bridge over the Eel River on State Route 271 when she spotted large wild animal tracks in the sand. While gazing around, she saw and photographed what she thought might be the carcass of an animal draped over a downed tree limb in the water across the Eel River.

She posted about her find. Then, she began questioning herself. She eventually showed the photo to a member of Southern Humboldt Tech Rescue. That led to the discovery that this was an adult male body, Talia Rose told us.


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Several Crashes Across the Eureka Area Today

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 12:56 PM

A  pickup flipped off the Samoa Bridge. - BOBBY KROEKER
  • Bobby Kroeker
  • A pickup flipped off the Samoa Bridge.
There have been at least three car crashes in the Eureka area in the last hour.

Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Buhne and J Streets about 12:19 p.m., according to the scanner. An ambulance was responding.

There is one way controlled traffic on Buhne. J Street is closed to through traffic.
Meanwhile, two vehicles collided about 12:25 p.m. near the intersection of 14th and B in Eureka, according to a report relayed by the emergency dispatcher.

An ambulance was also responding to that crash, which closed.14th Street between A and B Streets, according to an officer at the scene.

Earlier today, at approximately 11:25 a.m., a Dodge Dakota pickup truck hit a guard rail on the second span of the Samoa Bridge, throwing it over the side and into a tree. Neither of the occupants was injured.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Grandmother Found Dying on Eureka Street

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Bryan Hall of the Eureka Rescue Mission. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Bryan Hall of the Eureka Rescue Mission.
About 7:15 a.m. Monday, a Native American woman was found unresponsive off an alleyway near the 1700 block of Fourth Street in Eureka. Though an officer administered CPR to the woman, Debra Jealous of Him, she was later pronounced dead.

Jealous of Him, who most recently lived on the streets of Eureka, had earlier lived in Hoopa.

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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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Update: Badly Injured Boy Flown Out of the Area

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 2:46 PM

Emergency vehicles prepare the landing zone for the helicopter at Berry Summit. - CALTRANS TRAFFIC CAM
  • Caltrans Traffic Cam
  • Emergency vehicles prepare the landing zone for the helicopter at Berry Summit.
A 4- or 5-year-old boy from the Hoopa area was taken by helicopter to an out-of-the-area hospital after receiving major injuries today in what appears to be an accident involving “some sort of firework,” according to Samantha Karges, public information specialist with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

“About 12:45 p.m. we received a call from Grasshopper Lane. There was a child with major injuries,” she said.


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Morning Lockdown at Arcata High Lifted

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

Arcata High School - FILE PHOTO
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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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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Eureka Man ID'd as Person Found Dead in Burning Van, Daughter Says

Posted By on Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Frank Pinckney - MCSO
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  • Frank Pinckney
The body found in a burning van Nov. 24 in a pullout a few miles west of Leggett on U.S. Highway 1 has been identified as missing Eureka man, Frank Pinckney, his daughter Jasmine Barreto said today. He was 58.

“They matched dental records and confirmed,” she told Redheaded Blackbelt. “I was notified Thursday.”

A witness saw a white male, described as weighing about 180 pounds and wearing a white jumpsuit with logging boots, fleeing the scene. “His leg was on fire,” Jamie Rennie, the witness, previously told Redheaded Blackbelt. “He was patting his leg and jumping around. … He was yelling incoherently and ran around to the back of the vehicle.” After that, Rennie lost track of the man.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

UPDATE: Rollover Crash Near St. Joseph

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 10:29 AM

A firefighter surveys the rollover. [All photos by Stormy Taylor] - STORMY TAYLOR
  • Stormy Taylor
  • A firefighter surveys the rollover. [All photos by Stormy Taylor]
Two vehicles collided in Eureka just before 10 a.m. One vehicle rolled over and the occupants were reported trapped at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Buhne Street not far from the St. Joseph Hospital.

The ambulance picked up at least one patient and transported them to the hospital. The intersection was blocked for a time but one lane is now open.
The CHP Incident Page indicates it was a minor injury accident.

There were several crashes on local roadways this morning, including another rollover on U.S. Highway 101 around 8 a.m. that occurred by the Indianola Cutoff north of Eureka involving a single car that went off the road. Few details were available but the CHP Incident Page later updated the incident to a major injury crash.

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