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According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, a routine contact with a parked driver netted two police scanners, a window punch for breaking windows, bolt cutters, a 9 mm luger semi-automatic handgun and ammunition, approximately 5 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a scale, torch, night vision goggles and a collapsible baton (known as an ASP).  Also recovered was property from a recent vehicle burglary. David Tatro, 40-years old from Eureka, (pictured above) was arrested and is being held with a $50,000 bail. More details are found in the press release below.

HCSO Press Release from Mon., June 24, 2013:
On 06-24-2013, approximately 8:30 a.m. two Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies patrolling on US 101 between Big Lagoon and Dry Lagoon, spotted a  1998 Ford white van parked in a no overnight camping spot near Kane Road, Orick. The deputies pulled in behind the van to speak with the driver and make sure he had not been camping there or intended to camp there. When the deputies contacted the driver they saw he was in the driver seat of the vehicle and heard the engine running. The driver identified himself as David Tatro, 40 years old from Eureka. When the deputies spoke with Tatro they noticed he was wearing gloves, they also saw there was a box of live ammunition on the dashboard of the van. They saw two personal checks on the ground near the van that were not in Tatro’s name. The deputies detained Tatro for driving on a suspended driver’s license and searched the van. Inside the van they located two police scanners, a window punch for breaking windows, bolt cutters, a 9 mm luger semi-auto handgun, ammunition approximately 5 grams of suspected methamphetamine, scale, torch, night vision goggles and a collapsible baton (known as an ASP). During the search the deputies were contacted by Sheriff’s Office Dispatch advising them a man and his wife just reported being the victim of a vehicle burglary at Dry Lagoon. The citizens reported parking their vehicle in the parking lot of Dry Lagoon and going for approximately one hour hike. When they returned to their vehicle the citizens saw the vehicles drivers’ side window was smashed and all their items were stolen.

The deputies located all of the victim’s stolen property in the white van,  including jewelry, the wife’ purse, husband’s wallet, keys, I-Pad, luggage and computer. The victims were shown the property by the deputies who confirmed it was all theirs.

David Tatro was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property, driving on a suspended license, possession of burglary tools and possession of an illegal weapon. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked and his bail was set at $50,000.00.

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.

Items confiscated from Tatro's Van:

The energy company, PacificCorp, has plans to conduct algaecide experiments in the Klamath River this summer. Additionally, gold miners have found a way to get around the law banning suction dredge mining, and Native American tribes and environmental acitivists are rallying to stop both practices.

The player below contains a news piece submitted by News Correspondent Eric Black. The story aired on the KMUD Local News on June 17, 2013.

An additional story, submitted by Eric Black on low water flows in the Klamath River, can be heard using the player below. This piece aired on the KMUD Local News Mon., June 24, 2013.

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Ben Schill (see photo above), a 70 year-old retired carpenter, handiman and local historian, from Phillipsville, is on a mission to restore the Wailaki Languge. The Native-American Wailaki people lived along the Eel River in an area that now lies in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties.

Schill gave a presentation at a Southern Humboldt Working Together (SHWT) meeting on Wed., June 5, 2013. A short part of Schill's presentation was aired in a story about him on the KMUD Local News, Wed., June 19, 2013.

Use the player below to hear the entire presentation by Ben Schill. The Audio was recorded by KMUD News Correspondent Eileen Russell. Note: the first few words of the presentation were not recorded.

The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) has filed a suit to challenge the actions of officials in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to fund, administer, and operate the Trinity River fish hatchery on the Trinity River in northern California. The Trinity River fish hatchery (shown in the photo above) is located on Highway 299; 24 miles west of Redding. Click here to see a copy of the lawsuit.

Use the player below to hear more on this story in a report submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Dan Young. This piece aired on the KMUD Local News Fri., June 14, 2013.

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Update June 20, 2013-Murdered man found in the Spyrock Road area (Mendocino County, Calif) near Burns Creek, has been identified as 23 year-old Hugo Olea Lopez from Upper Lake, Lake County, Calif.

Update June 18, 2013- New details in the Spyrock Road homicide:

According to an updated press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, Officers were originally alerted to a suspected homicide at a remote location on Spyrock Road in Laytonville, California by an anonymous caller who said that their relative, the victim, had been murdered. Upon investigation officers found a deceased Hispanic adult male with an apparent gunshot wound.

At the scene Sheriff's Detectives found 300 budding marijuana plants that had apparently been growing in an outdoor setting as well as inside of at least two temporary greenhouse structures.The plants had been recently cut as if to be harvested.  Detective investigations indicated the victim had been camping at the location while tending to the growing marijuana plants.  The victim was found in his camp close to the cut marijuana plants.

A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for June 19. The victim has not yet been positively identified.

The original post in this story appears below.


 As reported on the KMUD Local News for Mon., June 17, 2013, a deceased person found on a Spyrock Road property in northern Mendocino County is the victim of a suspected homicide. KMUD News reported that as of news time there had been no arrests or known suspects identified in the case, and that according to local residents Sheriff's Deputies left the crime scene with budded marijuana in their vehicle. At this time evidence in this case is limited.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.

Check back to this post to track updates in this case.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office press release, dated June 17, 2013:
On 06-17-2013 at 0748 hours the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a person who had received second hand information of a possible homicide at a remote location on Spyrock Road in Laytonville, California.

Based upon the reported information personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and California Department of Fish & Wildlife responded to the location.

On 06-17-2013 at approximately 1115 hours law enforcement personnel arrived at the location and found one deceased person. Sheriff's Detectives have responded to the location and have begun an investigation into the circumstances of the person's death. Additional information will be disseminated by press release as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.

A three-year long multiagency suspected criminal marijuana investigation last week led to the arrest, of two Humboldt County residents with other arrests expected to follow. Indictments originating from the Federal District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah for "engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana" were issued for several Humboldt County residents.

The first suspect arrested in this on-going intrastate case was Michael Stallings, age 63 (shown in the photo above). Stallings was arrested at his residence located off Friday Ridge Road, Willow Creek. During the arrest officers noticed an outdoor marijuana growing operation and seized over 600 growing marijuana plants, one pound of processed marijuana, two rifles and a shotgun.

A second suspect in the case, John Paul Diller, age 32, was subsequently arrested at his residence in the 1600 block of Children’s Avenue, McKinleyville.  In that arrest Officers netted 10 individual, one pound bags of processed marijuana and also seized 4 pistols, 2 rifles, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a vehicle and $7,900 dollars in cash. Subsequently, over 800 growing marijuana plants were found in storage units allegedly rented by Diller, off Airport Road, Fortuna.  Also, two motorcycles, a Polaris- Ranger ATV and a utility trailer, located on a property owned by Diller in Freshwater, were seized for possible asset forfeiture. More arrests in this case are expected.

The full Humboldt County Press release appears below.

On 06-11-2013 and 6-12-2013 the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, United States Forest Service, United States Marshal Office assisted the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Metro Narcotics Task Force and the Davis Metro Narcotic Strike Force out of Salt Lake City, Utah regarding a 3 year long marijuana investigation in Humboldt County that was linked to Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration issued indictments for several Humboldt County residents out of the Federal District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah for engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Federal and state search warrants were served in Utah during the course of this investigation.

On 06-11-2013 at about 1000 hours, local law enforcement and federal law enforcement officers located and arrested one suspect for the federal indictment out of Utah named Michael Stallings age 63 at his residence located off Friday Ridge Road, Willow Creek. While at Stallings residence, officers noticed an outdoor marijuana growing operation.

Officers obtained a Humboldt County search warrant for the property. Officers then seized over 600 growing marijuana plants that ranged in size from 2 feet to 3 feet. Officers seized one pound of processed marijuana, two rifles and one shotgun. Stallings was transported to the federal courthouse in Eureka to be arraigned on his federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah. A local arrest warrant will be sought through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for Stallings for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.

On 06-12-2013 at about 0900 hours, local and federal law enforcement officers served a search warrant at John Paul Diller’s, age 32, residence located in the 1600 block of Children’s Avenue, McKinleyville. Diller was taken into custody on a federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah. Diller was transported to the Federal Courthouse in Eureka to be arraigned on his Federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah. When Officers searched Diller’s residence they located and seized 10 individual, one pound bags of processed marijuana. Officers also seized 4 pistols and 2 rifles. A Harley Davidson motorcycle, a vehicle and $7,900 dollars in cash was seized for possible asset forfeiture. On 06-12-2013 at 0900 hours, other officers served a search warrant at two storage units off Airport Road, Fortuna that Diller was renting. Officers seized over 800 growing marijuana plants from inside of those two storage units that ranged in size from 2 feet to 3 feet. No one was located at the storage units.

On 06-12-2013 at 5:00 pm, a search warrant was served on a piece of property that Diller owns in the Freshwater area. Officers seized two motorcycles, a Polaris- Ranger ATV and a utility trailer for possible asset forfeiture.  A local arrest warrant will be sought through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Officer for Diller’s arrest for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.

There are other suspects still associated with this investigation out of the indictments from Salt Lake City, Utah. More arrests are anticipated in the County of Humboldt. The United States Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City, Utah is working closely with the United States Attorney’s Office in San Francisco with the Federal indictments out of Utah.

Anyone with information on this case or related drug activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-444-8095 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Update Tues., June 18, 2013- Sups. revision of Guiding Principles draw strong negative reaction

Two weeks after the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted to revise the Principles which guide the County General Plan Update (GPU), a large negative reaction built and opposition to the decision was evident once again at the GPU meeting this Mon., June 18. 2013. Opposition to the revisions were related both to their content and to the process used to adopt them, which limited public input to the same meeting in which they were adopted. As a result of the public outcry the Sups. decided to revisit the Guiding Principles and to give the public advanced notice when that would be done. More can be heard on this development using the player below.

This report was submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Daniel Mintz and was aired on the KMUD Local News Tues., June 18, 2013

The original post of this story can be viewed below.


 

Chapter 1 of the Humboldt County General Plan Update (GPU) includes a section called Guiding Principles which are meant to: "provide a statement of community values and the overall objectives of the General Plan." On Monday, June 3, 2013, using a "straw vote", the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors tentatively approved a revision of those principles. The revision was drafted by Supervisors Fennell and Bohn. The vote to adopt, with two minor changes, carried by a 4 to 1 vote, with Supervisor Lovelace as the dissenting vote. The biggest changes occur in Principles #4 and #6 as shown below.

In the Fennell/Bohn revision of #4, the concept of focused development in areas already having preexisting infrastructure was omitted as was the statement, "...discourage low-density residential conversion of resource lands and open space."

Planning Commission Version
4. Ensure efficient use of water and sewer services and focus development in those areas and discourage low-density residential conversion of resource lands and open space.

Fennell/Bohn Revision
4. Cooperate with service providers in delivering efficient water and sewer services and infrastructure and support scientifically proven alternative waste management systems in areas not served by public sewer.

In the Fennell/Bohn revision of #6, the statement, "...protect agriculture and timberland over the long term" was omitted as was, "...using measures such as increased restrictions on resource land subdivisions and patent parcel development."

Planning Commission Version
6. Protect agriculture and timberland over the long term, using measures such as increased restrictions on resource land subdivisions and patent parcel development.

Fennell/Bohn Revision
6. Encourage, incentivize and support agriculture, timber and compatible uses on resource lands.

A complete comparison between the old and revised Principles can be seen below.

Use the player below to hear a report on this story submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Daniel Mintz. This report aired on the KMUD Local News Wed., June 12, 2013.

 

Guiding Principles as they appear in the Planning Commission Approved Draft GPU:

1. Ensure that public policy is reflective of the needs of the citizenry as expressed by the citizens themselves.
2. Preserve and enhance the character of Humboldt County and the quality of life it offers.
3. Provide sufficient developable land, encourage development of affordable housing for all income levels, and prevent housing scarcity under a range of population growth scenarios.
4. Ensure efficient use of water and sewer services and focus development in those areas and discourage low-density residential conversion of resource lands and open space.
5. Support the County’s economic development strategy and work to retain and create living-wage job opportunities.
6. Protect agriculture and timberland over the long term, using measures such as increased restrictions on resource land subdivisions and patent parcel development.
7. Protect natural resources, especially open space, water resources, water quality, scenic beauty, and salmonid habitat.
8. Include actionable plans for infrastructure financing and construction.
9. Adhere to a practical strategy that can be implemented.
10. Provide a clear statement of land use values and policies to provide clarity in the County’s permit processing system and simplify review of projects that are consistent with the General Plan.
11. Maximize the opportunities to educate the public about the planning process, in order to have meaningful participation in the development and maintenance of the Plan.
12. Support a broad public participation program at all levels of the decision making process; including study, workshops, hearings, and plan revisions.

 Revisions proposed by Supervisors Fennell and Bohn:
Note: the approved minor changes to these revised Principles were: replacing the word " Honor" in Principle 2 (below) with "preserve" and adding "fisheries habitat" in principle 7.

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The Garberville “Rodeo in the Redwoods”, 2013, kicks off Friday night, June 14, with a Bull-O-Rama at the Greycliff Rodeo Grounds, just South of Garberville in Benbow, Calif. The festivities begin again Saturday morning in Garberville with a pancake breakfast and Rodeo Parade where the Rodeo Queen and Princess will get crowned. After the parade in Garberville, kid’s games and the Junior Rodeo begin at the Greycliff Rodeo Grounds in Benbow, followed by a BBQ steak dinner. After dinner the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association (CCPRA) will take place. Sunday will feature the Gymkhana, sponsored by the Mounted Mountaineer’s. For more information call (707) 223-1046. The photo above shows the Greycliff Rodeo Grounds in Benbow. Hear more about the rodeo and its history, including an interview with Ona Lee Gerdis, an owner of the Greycliff Rodeo Grounds.

This report was submitted by Maria Savage and aired on the KMUD Local News Tues., June 11, 2013.

Use the player below to hear a news story submitted and aired by KMUD News Director Terri Klemetson on the Local News Tues., June 4, 2013. The piece incudes interviews with the Rodeo Queen and Princess Candidates.

Photos 2013 Rodeo Queen and Princess Contestants
Queens: http://www.garbervillerodeo.org/queen.html
Princesses: http://www.garbervillerodeo.org/princess.html

Update: Mon., July 1, 2013-Both sides file objections to Judge's ruling in Humboldt County vs. Bob McKee court decision

Both sides have filed objections to Judge Dale Reinholtsen's June 7, 2013 decision on how the Williamson Act violations in the "Tooby Ranch Case" should be remedied.

According to KMUD News Correspondent Daniel Mintz, Humboldt County is asking that its court costs be reimbursed because the county prevailed in the Reinholtsen ruling.  The county's attorney fees, which are more than 3 million dollars, are not subject to being reimbursed by the defendants. The county has also made a claim for additional property tax revenue from the defendants, and for additional penalty fines.

The defendants, Buck Mountain Ranch Limited Partnership, Robert McKee and Valery McKee, filings included an objection to the Reinholtsen ruling that the state's unfair competition law was violated, arguing instead that defendants operated in good faith and that there was a lack of notice by the county in stating their concerns. Other defendant objections refer to the processes that have affected the Tooby Ranch Williamson Act contract. Several other defendants' objections were raised and a proposal was made for consideration of additional remedies. More details can be heard using the player below.

The audio below is from a report submitted by Daniel Mintz and aired by Terri Klemetson on the KMUD Local News, Mon., July 1, 2013.

The original post for this story can be viewed below.


 In a long-awaited court ruling, filed Friday, June 7, 2013 by Humboldt County, Judge Dale Reinholtsen, Southern Humboldt developer Bob McKee has been ordered to pay $200,000 in fines to Humboldt County. In the costly 11- year lawsuit the county maintained that the defendants, Buck Mountain Ranch Limited Partnership, Robert McKee and Valery McKee, violated the Williamson Act in their development of the Tooby Ranch near Garberville, purchased by McKee, et. al. The ruling is not final. Both parties have 20 days to file objections with the court. Hear more details about this ruling using the player below. For copies of the ruling and its accompanying court order documents see the links below.

The photo above, from the Redwood Times, shows Bob McKee addressing the Rotary club in Garberville.

The audio in the player below was submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Daniel Mintz and aired on the KMUD Local News Wed., June 12, 2013.


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According to a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, on Tues. morning, June 11, 2013, a Deputy was fired on by a suspect during an investigation of an illegal marijuana grow, located in the 20000 block of Tomki Road in Willits, California. The Deputy Sheriff shot back at the suspect who then escaped into the heavily wooded surroundings. Several hours of searching did not locate the suspect, and the search was suspended due to safety concerns - read more details in the MCSO press release below.

MCSO Press Release:
On 06-11-2013 at 0836 hours Special Agents from the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force (MMCTF) arrived at a piece of property located in the 20000 block of Tomki Road in Willits, California. The MMCTF Special Agents had recently obtained a search warrant based upon an investigation that showed an illegal marijuana growing operation was in existence on the property. The Special Agents were assisted in the search warrant service by members of the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, California Highway Patrol Aviation Division and Mendocino County Probation Department.

Upon arrival a MMCTF Special Agent (Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff), a California Department of Fish & Wildlife Warden and a Mendocino County Probation Officer encountered a suspect, described as being a Hispanic adult male dressed in camouflage clothing. The suspect fled on foot into the property's heavily wooded terrain and failed to comply with verbal commands to surrender. The three listed law enforcement personnel began a search for the suspect who appeared to be unarmed. During the search the suspect emerged from an area of bush approximately 30-40 yards from the Deputy Sheriff.  The suspect was armed with a handgun and immediately shot at the Deputy Sheriff, possibly multiple times.  The Deputy Sheriff shot back at the suspect who then fled off into the heavily wooded terrain once again. Additional law enforcement resources were summoned to the property as a more intensive search was conducted for the suspect.

The law enforcement resources included personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and Cal Fire prevention officers. After several hours of searching the suspect was not located and the search was suspended due to safety concerns. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office in collaboration with the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office is conducting an investigation into the shooting incident per county-wide protocol.

The Deputy Sheriff has been placed on paid administrative at this time.

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