22July2014

Update July 22, 2014: According to information posted on the KMUD News Facebook Page:
"Gunshots rang through the night this Monday in the Rancho Sequoia subdivision, according to the Humboldt county sheriff’s office, just before 10 pm they received a 911 call from a Rancho Sequoia resident reporting there had been a shooting, someone was shot.
Two Humboldt county sheriff’s office deputies were already in the area looking for homicide suspect Matthew Brown. Brown was pinpointed for the Friday killing of 49 year old Neil Decker.

The deputies at scene heard the shots that the 911 caller reported, and were on scene in minutes, meanwhile local firefighters were called to stage and get ready to respond to the victim’s medical needs.

The deputies say they were informed by the citizen that murder suspect Matthew Brown was in the area where the shots had been fired.

The deputies were also informed that local residents had gone looking for Brown, and that one of the residents was believed to be shot and had major injuries. Medical personnel were called to the scene, along with additional law enforcement from the California Highway Patrol and Fortuna Police department. Medical personnel staged in the area awaiting law enforcement personnel to secure the scene for their safety.

The deputies located a deceased person in the roadway. Due to an armed murder suspect being in the area, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called to the scene.

The SWAT team arrived at approximately 5:00 a.m., this Tuesday morning and located murder suspect Matthew Arron Brown at approximately 6:00 a.m.

Brown was arrested and is currently enroute to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives are being assisted by Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office Investigators, Eureka Police Detectives and California Department of Justice .

A Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant has been obtained and investigators have begun searching the property. The area is still an active crime scene and it is unknown if there are any other victims.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available; investigators are still in the process of determining what happened.

This is the fourth homicide in the Rancho Sequoia area in the last 24 months.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


 

Previous posts on this case appear below.

Last Friday night ( July 18, 2014) 49 year-old Neil Eugene Decker from Alderpoint was shot in the chest with a shotgun at a location described by a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release as the 2000 block of Rancho Sequoia near Alderpoint. Despite medical personnel's efforts to save his life, Decker died of the gunshot wound before he could be airlifted to a medical facility.

A subsequent HCSO press release identified the suspected shooter as Matthew Aaron Brown, age 30. Brown (shown in the photo) is described as a white, male adult, 5’-11” in height, weight 200 pounds, with a shaved head and blue eyes. The Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert to other local law enforcement agencies to arrest Brown for homicide and considers Brown to be armed and dangerous. If Brown is spotted HCSO advises members of the public to call 9-1-1 and not to approach him. This is the third homicide in the Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint in the last 24 months. Both press releases appear below.

HCSO press release, dated, July 21, 2014:
The victim in the homicide has been identified as Neil Eugene Decker age 49 from Alderpoint. The suspect has been identified as Matthew Aaron Brown age 30. Brown is described as a white, male adult, 5’-11” in height, weight 200 pounds, with a shaved head and blue eyes.

The homicide occurred in the 2000 block of Rancho Sequoia near Alderpoint. The victim and suspect were acquainted with each other. They got into a verbal argument over personal property on Friday night before the shooting. Shortly after the argument the suspect shot the victim in the chest with a shotgun. The suspect then fled the area on a green motorcycle.

The Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert to other local law enforcement agencies to arrest Brown for homicide. The Sheriff’s Office considers Brown to be armed and dangerous. The Sheriff’s Office is advising the public is they see Matthew Brown to call 9-1-1 and do not approach him.

This homicide is the third homicide in the Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint in the last 24 months.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Original press release:
On 07/18/2014 at approximately 10:51 PM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a male subject in his fifties that was shot in the chest. The shooting occurred in the Alderpoint area of Southern Humboldt. Deputies responded with assistance from the California Highway Patrol and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Medical personnel arrived on scene and began life saving efforts. The victim was transported to a landing zone to be flown out by helicopter. The victim succumbed to his injury prior to being transported by helicopter.

The whereabouts of the suspect involved in the shooting is unknown at this time. This incident is currently being investigated by Detectives with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the Department of Justice.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at
707-268-2539.

Congressman Jered Huffman offered an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) which would have provided an additional $52 million earmarked to aid in drought relief in California and other western states. However, according to a press release received by the KMUD News Department, the amendment did not pass. The press release appears below as does a video of Huffman speaking on the House floor about his amendment.

Press Release, dated July 10, 2014:
Huffman: “Congress cannot make it rain, but what we can do is invest in drought-resistant water supplies through smart, sustainable investments in conservation and water reuse.”

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) offered an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) to provide relief from the historic drought facing California and many other western states. Huffman’s amendment would provide an additional $52 million for water-saving conservation, reuse and recycling infrastructure projects, offset by a reduction to the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy account, which provides funding for research into non-military nuclear power plants. The amendment was defeated.
 
“The California drought is the most extreme drought that many of us have seen in our lifetime, and we either believe it’s a national crisis and a national priority or we don’t,” Congressman Huffman said. “Congress cannot make it rain, but what we can do is invest in drought-resistant water supplies through smart, sustainable investments in conservation and water reuse.”
 
Specifically, Huffman’s amendment would direct $52 million to the Bureau of Reclamation for Title XVI water-saving conservation, reuse and recycling infrastructure projects, which support municipalities, farmers, fish and wildlife, and recreation. This amendment reflects one program funded by Congressman Huffman’s drought bill, which he introduced in March. In June, nearly 80% of California was under extreme drought conditions, and 36% of the state was in an “exceptional” drought, the highest category on the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 

Morgan Martin, a 14 year old girl, (shown in the photo) was reported missing as of 8:30 pm Friday, July 4, 2014 and was last seen on Parkwood Boulevard in Eureka.

Morgan Martin is described as: a white female, 5’7” tall, brown eyes, with short strawberry blond hair, and weighs approximately 178 lbs. She was last seen wearing dark Yoga pants, dark San Francisco Giants ball cap and a pink blouse. Her hair is in a ponytail, and she carries a flowered purse. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Morgan is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Press Release, dated July 9, 2014:
On 07-05-2014, at approximately 1:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the grandmother of Morgan Martin, 14 years old. The grandmother reported that she is the guardian of Martin. On July 4, 2014, they were on Parkwood Boulevard, Eureka watching fireworks together at approximately 8:30 p.m.  Martin told her she was going to visit a friend and walked off. She failed to come home. The grandmother searched for her until approximately midnight. The grandmother checked with all her friends, and no one had seen Martin or had any idea where she was.

The grandmother is concerned not only due to her age, but also because Martin has medical issues which require medication.

Morgan Martin is described as follows:  14 years old, white female, 5’7” tall, brown eyes, short strawberry blond hair, approximately 178 lbs. Last seen wearing dark Yoga pants, dark San Francisco Giants ball cap and pink blouse. Her hair is in a ponytail and she carries a flowered purse.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

The Post Election Update Report for the June 3 California Primary Election was made available today, June 24, 2014. County results for selected races and School Bond Measure N are reported below.
Candidate   Total Votes     Humboldt County Percentage  
 Governor (top 3 vote getters shown) :
Brown          16028                58.23%                              
Kashkari        3886                14.12%                              
Donnelly        2821                10.25%                              

U.S Representative
Huffman       15163                58.64%                             
Mensing         7755                29.99%                              
Caffery            2881                11.14%                               

District 4 Supervisor
Bass              2822                 52.05%
Kerrigan        2587                 47.71%

District 5 Supervisor
Sundberg     3465                  60.58%
Latour           2239                  39.14%

District Attorney
Fleming      16488                  59.86%
Firpo              7454                  27.06%
Dollison        2154                    7.82%
Klein              1396                    5.07%

Measure N Southern Humboldt Unified School District Bond Measure
Yes                951                      54.41%
No                 797                      45.59%

For additional results click here for the Humboldt County Election Results website. Note, according to the Calif. Secretary of State website, the state's new open primary system allows the two candiates receiving the most votes in the primary election to appear on the ballot for the general election. However, according to the website, " California's new open primary system does not apply to candidates running for U.S. President, county central committee, or local offices."

So statewide, there will be a runoff in November between present Governor Jerry Brown and challenger Neel Kashkari, in the Governor's race, and between Jared Huffman and Dale Mensing for the Second District U.S. House of Representative seat. However, Maggie Fleming has been elected as Humboldt County District Attorney, and Ryan Sundberg and Virginia Bass will be returning as county supervisors. Although yes votes for measure N are presently at 54.41%, the measure must have 55 percent to pass.

 More information on California's Open Primary System:
https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/no-party-preference.htm
http://cavotes.org/vote/primary
http://www.kcet.org/news/ballotbrief/election-law/californias-new-top-two-open-primaries-explained.html

Summer season means an increase in tourist and transient populations in the Garberville/Redway areas and with it a corresponding increase in trash left behind. In an effort to help foster clean communities, Humboldt County resident Mike Miller has organized a Community Clean-up Day. Miller spearheaded a successful clean-up event last year in mid-June. This year's event is scheduled for this Saturday, July 21, beginning at 10 am. Anyone wishing to help is encouraged to meet at the first turnout on the left, as you are going north from Garberville on Redwood Drive. The spot will be marked by a 20-yard dumpster donated by Recology Humboldt County.

Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves but trash bags will be provided. If you can bring a pick-up truck to help haul bagged trash that would also be welcomed but is in no way required.

The clean-up event is sponsored by Humboldt County Public Works, the Garberville/Redway Public Restroom Working Group (GRPRWG) and Clean Community Crew.

There is no shortage of opinions in Humboldt County when it comes to proposed regulations for growing marijuana on small parcels ranging from residential lots to 5 acres. According to the California NORML website, a public hearing on an ordinance to restrict cannabis growing on parcels five acres or smaller in Humboldt County will take place this Thurs., June 19, 2014 at the Courthouse in Eureka beginning at 6 pm.  At that time members of the public will have an opportunity to express their opinions on the issue to the Planning Commission. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Links to relevant documents relating to the proposed ordinance are provided below.

Links to documents:

College of the Redwoods will host an open house at its Garberville Instructional Site, located at 286 Sprowl Creek Rd.Garberville, on Thursday, June 19 from 4-8 p.m, according to a press release from CR. The event will include a tour of the newly remodeled building, information about classes and trainings to be offered at the site and information about the process involved in teaching a community education class for CR. Additionally, from 6 to 8 p.m., an introductory English as a Second Language (ESL) class will be held at the site. The press release appears below. Click here for a map to the site.
 
Press Release from College of the Redwoods:
College of the Redwoods will host an open house at it Garberville Instructional Site on Thursday, June 19 from 4-8 p.m. The first two hours will give Southern Humboldt residents an opportunity to see the newly remodeled building, computer lab and classroom. Visitors will also be able to learn about community education classes, including English as a Second Language classes, and other trainings being offered. Community members will be able to connect with CR student services, financial aid and counseling staff.  

There will be opportunities for those who want to teach a community education class for CR to learn how to apply.  “It has been a long road to get here, but it is definitely gratifying to see the completion of the building renovation and the various opportunities being planned for this site,” said CR President Kathy Smith. “CR is pleased to be able to open this building to community activities and future CR classes.”

From 6 to 8 p.m., an introductory ESL class will be held at the site.

Garberville Site coming to life

In the last year new educational offerings and community partnerships have started at the CR Garberville Instructional Site. They include:  

  • An expanding number of non-credit and not-for-credit Community Education classes;
  • The seventh-through 12th grade Garberville Community School is completing its first year back at the Garberville Site after at least three years in Benbow;
  • The Artful Children organization recently signed a lease at the Garberville Site to offer art and music classes, as well provide a space to create art;
  • Since the beginning of the year, CR has been leasing the theater portion of the Garberville Site to a non-profit organization called the Redwood Community Theatre.

Election Night Final Report Humboldt County June Primary for selected races and school bond measure N results as of 11:56 pm, June 3, 2014:
Candidate   Total Votes     Hum. Co. Percentage     Statewide Percentage
 Governor (top 3 vote getters shown) :
Brown          12864                58.89%                               54.5%
Kashkari        3085                14.12%                               19.0%
Donnelly        2203                10.08%                               14.8%

U.S Representative
Huffman       12167                59.19%                               67.4%
Mensing         6140                29.87%                               23.0%
Caffery           2206                10.73%                                 9.7%

District 4 Supervisor
Bass              2358                 53.31%
Kerrigan        2055                 46.46%

District 5 Supervisor
Sundberg     2782                  61.09%
Latour           1761                  38.67%

 

District Attorney
Fleming      13308                  60.96%
Firpo             5633                  25.80%
Dollison       1764                    8.08%
Klein             1085                    4.97%

Measure N Southern Humboldt Unified School District Bond Measure
Yes                637                      51.62%
No                 597                      48.38%

 

For additional results click here for the Humboldt County Election Results website. Note, according to the Calif. Secretary of State website, the state's new open primary system allows the two candiates receiving the most votes in the primary election to appear on the ballot for the general election. However, according to the website, " California's new open primary system does not apply to candidates running for U.S. President, county central committee, or local offices."

So statewide, there will be a runoff in November between present Governor Jerry Brown and challenger Neel Kashkari, in the Governor's race, and between Jared Huffman and Dale Mensing for the Second District U.S. House of Representative seat. However, if the present results hold, Maggie Fleming has been elected as Humboldt County District Attorney and Ryan Sundberg and Virginia Bass will be returning as county supervisors. Although yes votes for measure N are presently at 51.6%, the measure must have 55 percent to pass - so this one could go either way at this point. 

 More information on California's Open Primary System:
https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/no-party-preference.htm
http://cavotes.org/vote/primary
http://www.kcet.org/news/ballotbrief/election-law/californias-new-top-two-open-primaries-explained.html

Tune to KMUD this Tuesday, June 3, from 8 pm until midnight for a special KMUD Election Night Simulcast. The simulcast can also be viewed on Access Humboldt Cable Channel 7, or Channel 11, or by using the video player on the KMUD homepage.  Political commentators will be interviewing candidates from northern California, live in the studio, as well as calling in from their candidate parties.  And you'll hear election results LIVE as they roll in this Tuesday Night from 8 pm - midnight.  

The County Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet for the June 3, 2014 election has been mailed to registered voters in Humboldt County.  If you did not get your sample ballot, or need another copy, you can download polling place information and the sample ballot here

 

 

 

 

On this past Memorial Day the Southern Humboldt Veteran's Association Honor Guard conducted memorial services at the Garberville Cemetery, the Briceland Cemetery and the Light House located in Shelter Cove. KMUD News received video and photos from the services, and those are posted on this page.

 Honor Guard at Briceland Cemetery, calling out of family members names & gun firing salute.

Additional photos from Southern Humboldt Veteran's Honor Guard, Memorial Day, Briceland Cemetery.

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