The latest storm hitting northern California caused numerous power outages in Humboldt and adjacent counties. Strong winds and rain compounded to bring limbs and trees down on power lines causing outages ranging from Trinidad to Willits.

In the KMUD News Facebook Group a post by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson,reported that as of 2 pm, Dec. 20, 2012, PG&E indicated that, "We have reduced the number of customers effected by outages in Eureka, Arcata, Fort Bragg, Kneeland, McKinnelyville and Trinidad as we work on making repairs to our facilities."

As of around that time the following outages, and number of customers affected, were listed by PG&E as follows:

Total Customers-1490; Outages-42
Click here for a PG&E power outage map.

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated December 17, 2012:

Three new Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputies have been been hired and sworn in.  Two of the new hires, Luke Mathieson, 24 years old from McKinleyville and Spellman Stallworth, 25 years old from Arcata, are graduates of the College of the Redwoods Police Academy.

The third new deputy, Destry Henderson, age 32 is from from Lakeport, California where he served as a Lakeport, Police Officer for eight years prior to accepting the job in Humboldt County.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office currently has two open deputy positions which it is recruiting for, and fifteen frozen deputy positions due to budgetary constraints.

New Deputies, Mathieson (shaking hands with Sheriff Mike Downey) in the photo on the left and Stallworth in the photo to the right:


Deputy Henderson is shown in the photo below:

According to KMUD News Cordinator, Cynthia Elkins, in a story aired on Thursday, December 13, 2012, on the KMUD Local News:

"A coalition of conservation groups is calling on the state to ban the sale of what they call super-toxic rat poisons.  The action targets what’s known as second-generation anticoagulants, which are implicated in the deaths of so-called non-target wildlife, including a rare mammal here on the North Coast.  Greg Loarie is an attorney representing the groups that filed the comments this week with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.  He says the action to ban these rat poisons is overdue, and says they will consider litigation if necessary."

Use the player below to hear this story, including an interview with Attorney Greg Loarie, Jonathan Evens from the Center for Biological Diversity and the manager of a hydroponics store advocating for not selling rat poison. The audio begins with Loarie describing the consequences of rodenticide use as a "crisis.'


On Thursday, December 13, 2012 edition of the KMUD Local News, Cynthia Elkins aired an update on the an incident that occured on March 16, 2012 resulting in the death of a Fortuna man at the hands of the Fortuna Police.

KMUD News Cordinator, Elkins introduces this update by noting, "The police shooting death of Jacob Newmaker was apparently caught on tape, and the attorney representing his family says it shows his death was unjustified.  Two Fortuna police officers were involved in the incident, which occurred in March of this year.  Fortuna residents reportedly called police saying a man was banging on their doors and windows at about 6 o'clock in the morning.  Police say they identified Newmaker as the suspect, fleeing on a bicycle.  The police version of the story says Newmaker was combative and threatened the lives of officers.  Attorney Dale Galipo sees it differently.  He says he’s been the attorney in 300 to 400 police shooting cases, and says this is one of the most blatant he’s handled that was captured on video"

Use the player below to hear the interview with Dale Galipo as he begins by talking about the video:

Additionally, according to information received by KMUD News, the case is being heard in federal court in Oakland.  There's a case management conference next month to set the trial schedule.  Attorney, Galipo, expects a trial date will be set for sometime next year.

Click here for Times-Standard coverage of this incident.

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated December 12, 2012:

On 12-11-2012, approximately 4:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an armed robbery which just occurred at 1985 Central Avenue, McKinleyville  ( US Cellular Store). When deputies arrived on scene they met with the store manager and a sales representative.

The sales representative told the deputies she was working the front when the suspect entered the store and pointed a silver colored handgun at her and demanded money. During the robbery the suspect heard a noise in the back room. The suspect made the sales representative move to the back room at gun point where the noise came from and he discovered the store manager on the telephone. The store manager was unaware of the robbery in progress and had his wallet in his hand while placing a phone order. Seeing the suspect with the gun, the store manager immediately dropped his wallet and put his hands in the air. The suspect stole his wallet and then demanded money from the cash register. After stealing the money and wallet the suspect ordered both victims at gunpoint into the rear store bathroom and attempted to lock them inside it. The suspect then fled the store. The victims waited a short time and exited the restroom and called 911 to report the crime. No one was injured during the robbery.

The suspect is described as: male, approximately 5’6” tall, wearing sunglasses, light gray or white hooded sweatshirt which he used to cover most of his face, stocky build and dark skin, possibly Hispanic or Native American, approximately 190 lbs, armed with a silver colored handgun.
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.

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 12, 2012:

On 12-9-2012, approximately 8:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a physical altercation in progress in the 2800 block of Lindstrom Drive, Eureka. The caller told the dispatcher multiple suspects entered a residence and were hitting people with clubs. When deputies arrived on scene they met with a 47 year old male victim and a 56 year old male victim. Both were bleeding from the head and facial areas. Medical was requested and responded to the scene to treat them for their injuries. The victims injuries were non-life threatening.

Deputies interviewed the victims and witness’s who told them three men entered the residence carrying a wooden shovel handle, baseball bat, homemade club attached to a metal pole, a box cutter and a metal ratchet. Deputies recovered some of the weapons at the scene. The men began attacking and beating the victims with the weapons. The victim and witness’s were able to positively identify one of the suspects as Joseph Donald Ray aka Joey Ray.  He is further described as a white male adult, 6-1, 175 lbs, brown hair, 46 years old from Eureka. Joey Ray is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office for assault with a deadly weapon and violation of probation.     
The Sheriff’s Office is still actively following up on this investigation and attempting to identify the other two suspects. 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.

Suspect: Joseph Donald Ray, aka Joey Ray

        According to information received by KMUD News:

The Mendocino County Superior Court announced, at a hearing held in Fort Bragg on November 29, 2012, that it would not reduce services to the Ten Mile Court in Fort Bragg.

This story first hit the news on Oct. 24, 2012 when the Mendocino County Superior Court issued a "Notice of Temporary Reduction of Services" as a cost saving measure due to severe cuts in the trial court budget. The court was faced with a state-mandated 27% budget reduction to take place over a two-year period from 2012 to 2013.

The community rallied at the news and packed a hearing held in the Fort Bragg City Council Chambers resulting in the Court being persuaded to continue all existing services in the Fort Bragg Court for the fiscal year 2012-2013.

Judge Henderson said, " We have already cut 23 of the 79 employee positions we had in 2009, and almost all of those cuts have come from the main courthouse staff in Ukiah. We do not want to reduce services in Fort Bragg and will do all we can to avoid that result. Access to justice by the citizens of this county is suffering and will get worse unless cuts proposed in next year's budget are restored or offset in some way"

A press release, dated Dec. 12, 2012 from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office reads:

On 12-8-2012, approximately 4:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a stabbing which just occurred in the 1900 block of Ridgewood Drive, Eureka. When deputies arrived on scene they located a 24 year old male and 21 year old female who were bleeding. The male had a head injury and the female had been stabbed. Medical was summoned to the scene to the scene to treat the victims. Witnesses and the victims identified the suspect as Richard Garnett, 44 years.  Garnett had fled out the back of the residence as deputies responded to the scene. Deputies located Garnett hiding behind an outbuilding where they took him into custody.

During their investigation deputies learned Garnett resided in the residence and was the victim’s roommate.  Deputies learned the female had been stabbed in the back and shoulder with a kitchen knife, and the male had been struck with a wine bottle in the face when he came to the female’s aid. Deputies searched the residence and located a broken kitchen knife handle. Deputies also saw signs that a violent struggle had occurred inside the residence; numerous items were smashed and broken.  Garnett told the deputies he was upset with the victims because of their behavior as roommates. Both the male and female victim were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. Garnett was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, and violation of probation. His bail is set at $50,000.00.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff's 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.

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 10, 2012:

On 12-07-2012 at about 0800 hours, Humboldt County Drug Task Force and the Rio Dell Police assisted the California State Department of Justice/ Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement with a search warrant at a residence located in the 1000 block of Riverside Drive, Rio Dell. Officers detained a subject, who lived at the residence and was identified as Nikolai Kaley Erickson age 37. When officers searched the residence they located 279 individual one pound bags of processed marijuana bud. Additionally another approximately 40 pounds of loose marijuana bud were located in the residence inside of pickle barrels. Officers seized $12,482 dollars in cash from the residence for possible asset forfeiture.

Erickson was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales and was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka. Erickson’s bail was set at $ 75,000 dollars. At the same time that officers were serving a search warrant at Erickson’s residence in Rio Dell, Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents assisted California State Department of Justice Officers with a search warrant at two parcels located off Bear Creek Road, Dinsmore which are owned by Erickson.

At the property in Dinsmore, officers located evidence of an outdoor marijuana growing operation. Officers detained 9 subjects, who told officers they were hired by Erickson to help manicure the marijuana. Officers seized over 377 pounds of dried marijuana bud from the property. The nine subjects were identified and release from the scene. A street value of the marijuana seized in this investigation is over one million dollars.

This case is still under investigation by the State of California Department of Justice/ Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.

The photo below shows suspect Nikolai Kaley Erickson


According to a press release from the Arcata Police Deptartment, dated Dec. 7, 2012:

On 12-7-12 at 2:23 PM, the Arcata Police Department responded to the Northern Redwood Federal Credit Union (1270 Giuntoli Ln) on the report of an armed robbery. Upon the officers arrival, they learned that a white male adult in his mid to late 40's entered the credit union and approached a teller, brandished a black semi-auto handgun, and demanded money. The teller complied with orders and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect then exited the business out the eastside doors. The suspect was last seen wearing a dark colored jacket with a white fur collar, dark colored pants, white shoes and a grey shirt. He had on a black beanie cap and sunglasses. The suspect had a salt and pepper colored mustache and goatee.

The Arcata Police Department is requesting anyone that may have witnessed the robbery, or have information on the identity of the suspect, to please contact APD.  Contact: Sgt. Sligh or the On-Duty Watch Commander, Arcata Police Department (707) 822-2428 / Case #12-3563

Credit Union surveillance camera photo of armed robbery suspect is shown below:


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