Saturday, November 17, 2018

UPDATE: Blue Lake Robbery Suspect Arrested After 101 Shut Down

Posted By on Sat, Nov 17, 2018 at 12:07 PM

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UPDATE:
The Blue Lake Rancheria is reporting that the suspect in an armed robbery at the Play Station 777 and subsequent carjacking has been arrested in Del Norte County.

The Triplicate is reporting that suspect Jeff Gatlin was arrested.
Alleged suspect in armed robbery and carjacking this morning. - HCSO
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  • Alleged suspect in armed robbery and carjacking this morning.
Read the Blue Lake Rancheria release below:
The Blue Lake Rancheria is providing the following information.
There was an armed robbery at the Play Station 777 convenience store at approximately 7:25 am this morning, Saturday 11/17/2018.

Due to calm and quick thinking by our team members, and fast, coordinated action by law enforcement, very thankfully no one was hurt.

The robbery events occurred in the convenience store, and in the fuel station parking lot. The suspect obtained some cash and items, and then fled the Play Station 777 property on foot. The suspect then evidently stole a vehicle from another person nearby, and drove away from the area by car. The suspect had a gun, and brandished it but did NOT fire it. The events in Blue Lake lasted a relatively short amount of time, about ~10 minutes.

The onsite surveillance teams at Blue Lake Rancheria were able to obtain and provide extremely clear video to law enforcement agencies.

As we understand the situation, as of approximately 2:30 pm today (11.17.2018), the suspect has been apprehended without injury by law enforcement in Del Norte County.

In over 12 years of operation, this is first armed robbery at the Play Station 777. It is unfortunately the second armed robbery of a fuel station in the last three years in the Blue Lake area, the prior robbery was at the local Patriot gas station on April 16, 2016 (https://krcrtv.com/archive/sheriffs-office-searching-for-suspect-after-armed-robbery). There have been other gas station robberies in the region recently too.

Team members are receiving counseling services and other support.

The Tribe wishes to thank all involved for their work in a tense, dangerous situation to apprehend the suspect without harm to anyone. The Tribe is especially grateful to our Play Station 777 and security team members for their heroic actions such that no one was hurt and this issue did not escalate. Thanks to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, and all responding agencies in both Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. We are coordinating all further communications with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

PREVIOUSLY:

At approximately 7:30 this morning, a man who was reportedly armed with a shotgun was allegedly confronted by employees of the Play Station 777, which is just down the road from the Blue Lake Casino, according to information on the scanner. Witnesses reported that a number of law enforcement responded soon after that.

The armed suspect fled first on foot and then on a vehicle, according to reports over the scanner. There was a high-speed chase north on U.S. Highway 101. Reportedly spike strips were deployed.

The armed suspect again reportedly fled on foot to the Crescent Beach Motel just south of Crescent City. There are reports of a possible hostage situation but that has not been confirmed. At 11:27 a.m., one law enforcement agency offered a hostage negotiation team.

The Del Norte County Alert system sent out this at 9:56 a.m.:
Armed individual:
The Del Norte Sheriff’s Office is currently dealing with an armed individual at the Crescent Beach Motel.

The area will be blocked to traffic. Avoid the area and use alternative routes. We will adivse further information when available.


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Friday, November 16, 2018

Election Update: Trinidad Council Race Remains Tight

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 5:04 PM

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The Humboldt County Elections Office released updated results this afternoon that leave things pretty much where we left off on election night.

The new tallies add about 9,000 votes but the percentages remain roughly the same in most races. Of note is the nail biter up in tiny Trinidad, where six candidates are vying for three city council seats. Four of those candidates remain separated by just eight votes, with 442 counted in the race thus far. At the moment, Dwight Miller (94 votes), Tom Davies (92 votes) and James H. Baker (91) are ahead, but incumbent Susan Rotwein lurks in a very close fourth with 86 votes.

Elsewhere, Eureka’s Measure I — which sought to impose a 0.25 percent transaction and use tax to pay for road repairs — inched closer to the two-thirds margin it needs to pass. But now sitting with 62.43 percent of the 4,773 votes counted, it still probably has too much ground to make up to flip in the final tallies.

Based on what Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Kelly Sanders previously told the Journal, there may be as many as 20,000 ballots remaining to be counted. She said she plans on releasing further post-election updates Nov. 21 and Nov. 28. See the latest updated returns in their entirety here.
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Storyteller 'Carpathian' Pleads No Contest in Sexual Abuse Case

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 11:27 AM

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The man whom many knew as the local storyteller “Carpathian” has pleaded no contest to sexually abusing a child and is facing up to 16 years in prison, according to the Times-Standard.

The paper reports that John Beideman, who worked as a Humboldt Superior Court records clerk, is set to be sentenced Dec. 14. The plea, which comes with a minimum potential sentence of six years, was reached as a jury for his trial was in the process of being selected.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Update: Three Alarm Fire in Eureka at Apartments on California Street

Posted By and on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 8:27 PM

A ladder reaches to the second floor. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • A ladder reaches to the second floor.
UPDATE:
Humboldt Bay Fire evacuated a California Street apartment building owned by Floyd and Betty Squires of nearly a dozen people and rescued "a number of pets" from last night's fire at the property, one of 26 placed under a "receivership" by the courts to procure needed repairs.

The couple is currently in bankruptcy proceedings and has begun selling off several of their properties, including the California Street complex, which is bundled with an adjacent parcel for a total of 33 units and priced at $900,000, according to real estate listings from earlier this month.

Read more about the Squires’ ongoing legal proceedings here, here and here.

According to the HBF release, the fire began in an empty apartment and spread between floors of the two-story building. At least 11 tenants were displaced but no one was injured.

The cause of the fire has not been determined but “human cause” has not been ruled out. Damage was estimated at $75,000.

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Signboard Fire Near Hoopa Continues to 'Creep and Smolder'

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 3:16 PM

Smoke from the Signboard Fire over Hoopa earlier this week. - COURTESY OF WES CRAWFORD
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  • Smoke from the Signboard Fire over Hoopa earlier this week.
The “low-intensity” Signboard Fire is continuing to “creep and smolder” in national forest land near the Tish Tang Ridge, growing to 53 acres, according to a release from Six Rivers National Forest.

An “inversion of fog and smoke” prevented helicopter water drops on the blaze, which began Nov. 13 when a prescribed burned escaped its boundaries. Moving through steep, rugged terrain, the focus has been on creating firelines to keep the Signboard Fire contained.

There have been no evacuations, closures or structures lost, according to the release.

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A Wild Night of Eureka High Football (with video)

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 12:16 PM

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It was a stag-gering experience for some folks at last Friday’s Eureka High School football game against De Anza when an unexpected visitor took the field, much to the apparent delight of folks in the stands by the sounds of the video.

Watch the video by Sally Graham below:
The Loggers, by the way, handily won the game 66 to 20.
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North Coast Night Lights: Camping in the King Range

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Paradise Ridge in the King Range, southern Humboldt County, California. - DAVID WILSON
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  • Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Paradise Ridge in the King Range, southern Humboldt County, California.

The Fall Equinox of Sept. 21, 2017, found me camping beneath the stars on Paradise Ridge in Southern Humboldt’s King Range, a BLM-managed area of our beautiful and famous Lost Coast. Friends I’ve known since childhood had invited me out to join them for a night of stargazing and Milky Way photography in one of their huge glamping tents from their Wayward Glamping business. Early clouds as we set up our camp dampened my hopes for clear skies, but by nightfall the curtains had pulled apart to reveal the celestial show.

The views from Paradise Ridge are spectacular. To the west it overlooks the Pacific Ocean north of Shelter Cove and south of King Peak, the highest point in the range at 4,091 feet. To the east of the ridge, the view includes much of the South Fork Eel River watershed and far beyond to the dim horizon. Because it is so remote, the King Range offers some of Humboldt’s darkest skies, which is perfect for astrophotography and stargazing.


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UPDATE: Smoky Haze Lingering From Camp Fire as Death Toll Grows

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 9:50 AM

Scene from the Camp Fire earlier this week. - BUTTE FIRE
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  • Scene from the Camp Fire earlier this week.
The smoky haze from the Camp Fire will continue to settle over the region today at levels equal to or slightly better than yesterday, according to the National Weather Service.

Read more here and here and here.

Meanwhile, grim numbers continue to be reported by officials in Butte County, where 56 people are now confirmed dead in the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history.

As of this morning, the Camp Fire has burned 140,000 acres and is 40 percent contained, with full containment now estimated for Nov. 30. For updated information, click here.
Release from the North Coast Air Quality Management District:
Overall smoke impacts are forecast to be “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on weather and location. Smoke levels will vary depending on weather conditions and fire activity. The light northerly daytime wind has brought some improvement to coastal areas. As is typical for this time of year, overnight inversions will limit smoke dispersion until the day starts to warm up. This pattern is expected to continue for the next couple of days.
• Coastal Areas (Crescent City to Shelter Cove) - overall “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on conditions
• Southern Humboldt – “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on conditions
• Inland Humboldt and Del Norte County – “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on conditions
• Trinity County – “Moderate” with periods of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on conditions
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

'It's a Different World'

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM

SWAP Farm manager Jeff Dishmon and  Correctional Deputy Samantha Freese in a clip from the video. - HCSO
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  • SWAP Farm manager Jeff Dishmon and Correctional Deputy Samantha Freese in a clip from the video.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office posted a tear jerker of a video to Facebook today showing SWAP Farm manager Jeff Dishmon seeing color for the first time after Correctional Deputy Samantha Freese and other deputies pitched in to get Dishmon special glasses that for the first in his life allowed him “to see all the colors.”

See what happens for yourself in the video below: