Friday, June 23, 2017

Sheriff's Office IDs Inmate Who Died in Custody

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 3:11 PM

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The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman who died in custody at around 3 a.m. this morning as Colleen Marie Branch, 36, of Eureka. Branch was in the jail's medical unit to detox off an undisclosed substance, according to Lt. Mike Fridley. She was discovered by a staff member at around 2:45 a.m. and appeared to not be breathing. She was transported to the hospital and declared dead at 3:20 a.m. Booking records indicate that Branch was booked into the jail Wednesday evening for parole violations. The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team is currently conducting an investigation.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Alleged Energy Scam Has Eureka Residents Up in Arms

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 3:57 PM

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A video of a Humboldt Hill resident chasing two alleged scammers down the street while exchanging insults has generated more than 15,000 views on Facebook. The video, posted Tuesday evening by Bill Yeater and shared on several crime-oriented Facebook groups, shows a young man and woman walking rapidly away from Yeater, who is holding two pitbulls on leashes. Yeater says in his post that the people came to his door to do a "PG&E survey."

"I know what you guys are doing, you're trying to harvest our information," says Yeater.

"IGS Energy buddy, it's a real company," replies the woman.

"You're an ugly, nerdy dude with no pussy in your life," says the man, who pulls the young woman away from taking a photograph of Yeater.

Yeater tells the duo that he has "protection" along with his pitbulls.

"You'd better get out of this neighborhood," he adds, saying that the sheriff is on the way.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Huff Among Democrats Suing The Donald

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 4:19 PM

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Remember last week when 200 Congressional Democrats filed a federal lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump has been profiting from business dealings with foreign governments in violation of the Constitution? Well, North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman was one of them.

In a Facebook post, Huffman explained that the lawsuit stems in part from Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns and “flouting basic standards of ethics and transparency.

“This lawsuit, in which I’m one of the plaintiffs, has a good chance of forcing disclosures that will reveal the extent of his financial obligations and conflicts of interest,” Huffman wrote. “It’s unfortunate that President Trump broke his promise to disclose his tax returns voluntarily, and also broke his promise to create a blind trust to prevent conflicts. Those broken promises, and the GOP Congress’ refusal to step up and do meaningful oversight, are why this lawsuit is necessary.”


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Monday, June 19, 2017

TL;DR: So Unpopular!

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 2:17 PM

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Busy week? We get it. So in the event that you haven’t been able to find the time to sit down and sludge through the 2,000 words of unpopular opinions that was last week’s cover story, we’ve got you covered with a brief synopsis. We’re also taking this opportunity to — perhaps unpopularly — announce that we’ve added a few more missives to the online version of the story. Without further adieu, eight unpopular offerings from this week’s cover:

1) Humboldt County’s beloved mustard dill sauce is, in fact, a crime against salmon.

2) I don’t like Eureka.

3) Attachment parenting is a half-baked farce that will leave you exhausted with self-neglect.

4) Despite what you think, you’re probably not a Warriors fan.

5) The widespread San Francisco Giants fandom in Humboldt reflects the region’s self-loathing tendencies.

6) Being from here does not make you a better person.

7) The Sequoia Park Zoo’s memorial exhibit for Bill the Chimp has run its course and it’s time to level the thing and move on.

8) This whole unpopular opinions thing is, in fact, a terrible idea.

Read the full feature here.
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

UPDATE: CHP ID's Redding Man Killed in Suspected DUI Crash

Posted By on Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 2:36 PM

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UPDATE:

The deceased man has been identified as Jarrod Waddle.

Previously:

A 35-year-old Redding man was killed early this morning when he lost control of his SUV and hit a tree off South G Street.

The man, whose name is being withheld until officials can notify his family of his death, is suspected of having been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the 3:35 a.m. crash.

According to CHP, he was driving a 2014 Dodge Journey south on U.S. Highway 101 when he exited at South G Street at an “undetermined speed” and failed to negotiate a curve at the end of the off ramp. The SUV left the roadway in a straight line, according to CHP, and collided with a tree.

The driver was unresponsive when CHP and paramedics arrived on scene and was pronounced dead at Mad River Hospital a short time later. His passenger suffered minor injuries.

This is the 16th roadway death in Humboldt County so far this year.
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Contest Countdown!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Hey, Shutterbugs, time is running out!

The deadline to enter the Journal’s 2017 reader photo contest is fast approaching. So, between now and midnight on June 19, grab your camera and document your community, whatever that means to you — your people, your neighborhood, your city, your ecosystem, your culture — and send us your photos. (Read more about it in the original post here).

The winning photo will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Journal, with the winning photographer getting dinner out on us, a bottle of wine and a little something for dessert. Photos should be taken during the contest period — between May 10 and June 19 — and submitted without Photoshop or filters; we need the real deal. Entries can be emailed to photocontest@northcoastjournal.com, and we encourage folks to enter as many times as they’d like.

For a look at last year’s contest — “Winter in Humboldt” — click here.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sessions Fights to Fight Legal Weed

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 10:59 AM

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Lost in all the reports of his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee was news that last month U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked Congress to give him broad authority to crack down on medical marijuana cultivators and distributors acting in accordance with state laws.

On May 1, Sessions penned a letter to congressional leaders asking them to strike a provision in a spending bill that bars the Department of Justice from using its federal funding to prosecute people operating in compliance with state law. Known as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, the check on Justice Department power has been a mainstay in congressional budget bills since first passed in 2014.

“I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime,” Sessions explained in the letter.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Officials Announce Lawson Reward, Face Charging 'Conundrum'

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 1:26 PM

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The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever fatally stabbed David Josiah Lawson on April 15 has swollen to $21,000, the city of Arcata recently announced.

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Meanwhile, Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman said the investigation remains ongoing some five weeks after Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen dismissed a murder charge against Kyle Zoellner, APD’s prime suspect in the slaying of Lawson, a 19-year-old Humboldt State university sophomore. Nothing prevents the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office from refiling a murder charge against Zoellner if APD finds additional evidence implicating him in Lawson’s death.

Chapman said his detectives are continuing to investigate witnesses in the case, though he noted that, aside from those initially interviewed, none of the more than 100 people at the Spear Avenue house party where Lawson was killed have voluntarily come forward.

“To date, that hasn’t happened,” Chapman said, adding that all witness interviews are valuable to the investigation, even if the witness doesn’t believe he or she saw anything related to Lawson’s death, explaining that one witness’ testimony about things unrelated to the actual stabbing can be used to test the veracity of other witness statements.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Judge Marilyn Miles to Retire in July

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 4:59 PM

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The Humboldt County Superior Court announced today that Judge Marilyn Miles will be stepping down July 31.

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That will once again leave local courtrooms short on staffing just a few weeks after newly appointed Judge Greg Elvine-Kreis, who officially starts June 19, takes over the seat vacated by Bruce Watson following his retirement in January of 2016.

Miles was sworn in as Humboldt County’s first woman superior court judge in June of 1998 following a court consolidation and serving on the municipal bench for one year.

“During that time, I have enjoyed working with my fellow judges and wonderful court staff, and have thoroughly enjoyed my job. I certainly wish my colleagues and the whole court the very best,” Miles said in the press release on her retirement.


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Friday, June 9, 2017

HSU Axes Pepsi Contract

Posted By on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM

The athletics department gets about $58,000 in sponsorship funds from HSU's contract with PepsiCo, which give the multi-billion-dollar company "pouring rights" on campus.
  • The athletics department gets about $58,000 in sponsorship funds from HSU's contract with PepsiCo, which give the multi-billion-dollar company "pouring rights" on campus.

Humboldt State University President Lisa Rossbacher has decided to sever the school’s ties with PepsiCo after some students came forward opposing its ongoing 40-year relationship with the multi-billion-dollar company.

Under the contract, PepsiCo gave HSU about $58,000 in sponsorship funds for athletic scholarships and scoreboard maintenance in exchange for “pouring rights” guaranteeing Pepsi 80 percent of on-campus food and beverage retail space. With the five-year contract slated to expire June 30 and up for renewal, students urged administrators end the school’s relationship with the soft drink giant — which owns a host of multi-billion-dollar subsidiaries, including Quaker, Cheetos, Doritos, Gatorade and Tropicana.

Specifically, students argued that partnering with PepsiCo wasn’t in line with the school’s stated commitment to promoting social and environmental justice. Additionally, they said the contract denies local businesses the opportunity to sell their products on campus.

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