Thursday, December 29, 2011

The #Occupiers are NOT happy with Paul Gallegos

Paul Gallego's bullshit pogrom. - billygoat at Indymedia

INCARCERATION: Holiday Gift from Paul Gallegos to Occupy Eureka

While the District Attorney vacations with his family for the holidays, he (ultimately responsible for actions of his office) has set in motion another campaign of harassment, wrongful arrests, and incarcerations....

What do the three people who were arrested "for a warrant" have in common? They all are dedicated Occupy Eureka demonstrators. They all were arrested in the 'no warning' mass arrest on November 14th. They all made sure to inquire about their court dates. NONE of them received notice in the mail to appear. All of them had signed for or been told that their dates were after the holiday. And NONE of them had, or could have, missed a date! (In fact, Martin went in to the court clerk on his own to make a Dec 28th court date!)

So, why the warrants and the cruel X-mas arrests? We could call it absolute incompetence by the District Attorney's office (who is precisely the entity to cause warrants to be issued here), or we could call it deliberate and blatant action to stifle political dissent. Violating constitutional rights and locking people up to stifle dissent: the same reason that the county and the city and the DA have criminalized hanging a flag banner (or any sign) around the courthouse, and arrested Pat today. The DA's office won't tell us who has these bogus warrants. Who will it be tomorrow?

*Call for the RELEASE OF MARTIN KATZ AND KEELAN MCWAYNE!
COME OUT TO OCCUPY EUREKA, HOLD SIGNS AND SUPPORT!
NO MORE BOGUS WARRANTS AND ARRESTS!!

*Leave message for Kelly Neal, Assistant District Attorney at 707-441-3051 and fax 707-445-7416
KNeel [at] co.humboldt.ca.us, pgallegos [at] co.humboldt.ca.us, districtattorney [at] co.humboldt.ca.us

As stated above, Martin Katz made a court date which is tomorrow morning, Thurs, at 8:00am. If he is still in jail, please show up to support Martin in court. Watch out: The DA's office might oppose his release back to the community like it has for other Occupy protesters!

at TOPIX

Hey. You guys probably helped elect him. Welcome to your world.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Not even a plea deal. No evidence.

Judge dismisses murder charge against Loleta woman - Thadeus Greenson/Times Standard

A Humboldt County judge has dismissed the murder charge facing a Loleta mother accused of killing her baby with methamphetamine-laced breast milk last year.

In a ruling filed Wednesday, Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Bruce Watson threw out the murder charge against Maggie Jean Wortman, 27, finding that no evidence was presented at the case's preliminary hearing to establish that Wortman knew she was endangering her infant son's life when she breastfed him after allegedly smoking methamphetamine.

Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney Ben McLaughlin said Wednesday he may choose to refile the murder charge and start the case over again from square one.

”We did not consider a murder count until after the testimony at the preliminary examination but thought there were sufficient facts to support such a charge,” McLaughlin said in an email to the Times-Standard. “Our investigation has continued since the preliminary examination, and we will meet as a group to consider whether or not to refile the murder charge. If we decide to refile, the preliminary examination will be considerably more involved.”

Wortman was arrested after her 6-week-old son, Michael Phillip Acosta III, was taken not breathing to a local hospital the morning of Nov. 21, 2010. Michael was pronounced dead that day, and a subsequent autopsy determined his cause of death to be “methamphetamine toxicity.”

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Can you grow pot in Detroit?

The median price of a home in Detroit is now just $6000.

Imagine the profit margin! Go forth and gentrify.

Google "Let it Snow"

Enjoy!

Entertainment. And Poison.

It's entertaining to watch the meltdown over WalMart at The Herald. Evidently Target, KMart and Costco are now cherished local businesses who will be affected by a similar competitor.

It's a little less entertaining to see Richard spreading his poison. There's no campaign in play at the moment, but he's conducting the scorched-earth smear campaign early, hoping upon hope that if he says it often enough you all will come to think it is true.

One of his targets is Rex Bohn. And Richard brings up every dirty little thing he can make up and hope will stick. With no evidence to back it up, as is always the case - it's smear and innuendo. It's not the echo-chamber he hopes to convince, but you, the reporters who surf the blogs all day long.

He delights in bringing up CalPine. Let's not forget that Richard got in bed with Bonnie Neely, who, in her position as Supervisor was engaged in serial back door meetings with CalPine. The company was meeting with as many local officials as they could, long before the community ultimately said, "No, we don't want it."

It's old news, and the hypocrisy wears thin.

In his life - Richard will be lucky to have done 1/100th of the positive work for this (his) community as Rex has. Richard has not created a goddam thing, except the poisonous smear machine he heads.

You looking for a fight, Richard? Poor baby.

Pot grower pleads, gets 1,000 hours of community service; Bridgeville man to forfeit $40K, stay out of jail

Pot grower pleads, gets 1,000 hours of community service; Bridgeville man to forfeit $40K, stay out of jail - Times Standard

The head of a marijuana cultivation operation near Bridgeville will serve 1,000 hours of community service and forfeit almost $40,000 in cash -- but stay out of jail -- under a plea agreement reached this week with the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office.

Thomas William Morgan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Bulgaria also known as Taco Nikolov Budnakov, was arrested Oct. 19 and charged with cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales after the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office reported finding 191 pounds of dried marijuana, more than 60 pounds of processed marijuana buds, a handgun and the cash.

On Wednesday, Morgan pleaded guilty to a felony charge of maintaining a residence for the purpose of marijuana cultivation in an agreement that stipulated to his forfeiting the cash, allowing the firearm to be destroyed and doing 1,000 hours of community service in order to stay out of jail....

Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos said in a statement emailed to the Times-Standard that it's appropriate for Morgan to do the equivalent of more than six months worth of community service work rather than jail time.

”The way I look at it is people who broke the law but are not dangerous shouldn't be sitting in jail at county expense, they should be out in the street doing work,” he said. “There's plenty of need, and plenty of work to do.”


PleaBargainsRUs

'Occupier' at courthouse reportedly harassing employees; EPD has been apprised of the alleged complaints

'Occupier' at courthouse reportedly harassing employees; EPD has been apprised of the alleged complaints - Times Standard

Jack Nounnan, an activist associated with the Occupy group, said they've had some problems with a few of the homeless residents that gather there but that none of the core people of the Occupy group have harassed anyone.

”There's a couple of people who are definitely mentally ill, and sometimes they scream,” Nounnan said. “We've never seen any of them accost anybody going into the building.”

Monday, November 28, 2011

LOL

The #Occupiers are going after Mark Lovelace. Guess they don't respond to the voice of reason. Probably not gonna help him advocate at the state and national level.

We've had our differences, but he IS the hardest working Supervisor we have right now.

And he undoubtedly sees the #Occupy thing for what it is.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Step aside, the REAL activist muscle is involved now

Occupiers turn out for Saturday rally in Eureka
Armed with a variety of fliers, sign-up sheets and a microphone, Aryay Kalaki and Jerry Martien -- event organizers for the newly formed Occupy Humboldt County -- spoke about the need to move the “Occupy” movement beyond the courthouse's doorstep.

”The attempt here is to find a transition from the (Occupy Eureka) group here to finding a way to be effective in doing outreach to the larger community,” Kalaki said.
Whaddya wanna bet there are some other well-known names in the shadows.
”I'm hoping the movement can help to be a voice for real change on big issues,” (Mark) Lovelace said. “I need these people to help me advocate at the state and national levels.”
Higher office?

So far - what have they accomplished? They've got a cyclone fence keeping EVERYONE off the lawn. Good going. Ruin it for everyone, that is the end result of #Occupy. Eyesores, less freedom and more restriction.

Renege on student loans - no more student loans for anyone. Ruined for everyone.

Default on your mortgage to bring down the banks? No more mortgages for anyone. Ruined for everyone.

That's your end result. Nice to know who's down with that.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Two things

ONE - The #Occupy "movement"/campaign stunt finally has its dead victims. They didn't get their Kent State moment, but people are dead nonetheless. President Obama and his stormtrooper/goon pals should be held fully accountable. The blood is on their hands. Nice going, you divisive class warriors, Stephen Lerner, you and Michael Moore belong in jail.

TWO - The Mayors and Powers that be in the various municipalities have finally had enough. They're guilty of an unforgivable double-standard, holding responsible honest citizens (The Tea Party) to a whole different level of compliance and fees, and treated them with extreme disrespect (yes, you too, reporters) - and then allowed the animalistic #Occupy/campaign stunt free rein, with a wink and a nod. (Nancy Pelosi did not shed a tear, did she, no, not this time.)

And in this world where we are told we cannot do this, cannot do that, because of fear of liability - we can't have swingsets because someone might get hurt, can't do this that or the other thing because someone might slip and YOU the City, or County might be held liable, you have COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY INVALIDATED THIS. You have either acted extremely irresponsibly in allowing this madness to go on, where women are raped in the camps, drug abuse is rampant, filth and sewage is everywhere, people are dying in the tents on your property, and now you have shootings. Deaths, - Or - you have just shown that ALL of those concerns over liability can be tossed out. You don't mean it - and we can have swingsets again.

Reality has bitten. People have been killed. And you, in your complicity and cowardice, allowed this to go on. And in so doing, you have, as surely as the Eureka #Occupoopers, defecated on your good, honest, law-abiding citizens - the ones you are supposed to represent - and protect.

It's time for this hideous charade to end.

MAN SHOT DEAD AT OCCUPY OAKLAND PLAZA – Protesters Harass & Block Reporters From Taking Pictures (Video)

Oakland Mayor Does About-Face, Wants #OccupyOakland Camp Gone – City Council Plans “No Confidence” Vote For Mayor’s Mishandling

TB (Tuberculosis) breaks out at 'Occupy Atlanta'...

Shooting at VT camp...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hey George, are you in on this one?

Don't call me. We'll know soon enough.

Shocking voter fraud allegations are rocking the mayor's race in San Francisco. District Attorney George Gascon has launched an investigation and demands are growing for federal authorities to move in. - FOX

Supporters of incumbent Mayor Ed Lee, who is running for a full four-year term next month, are accused of illegally handling vote-by-mail ballots.

Witnesses say workers for the group, SF Neighbor Alliance, set up a makeshift sidewalk voting site in the city's Chinatown and accuse it of illegally casting absentee ballots for elderly Chinese voters.

The witnesses claim cell-phone videos show workers telling voters to vote for Lee, filling out ballots for the voters and even using a stencil to hide the names of rival candidates so the voters could only chose one -- Lee.

They also say that the completed ballots were stuffed in plastic bags, which is prohibited by state election law.

"At first we thought they were just helping them understand what absentee ballots were," witness Malana Moberg told Fox News, saying that she saw a worker filling out a voter's ballot.

But she said, "It was pretty blatant."

"I noticed that someone who was working at that booth, who had an Ed Lee shirt on, fill in an absentee ballot on behalf of the voter, and I was immediately shocked and couldn't believe that someone would actually fill in the ballot. I thought it was probably illegal, and if not at the very least, unethical," Moberg said, adding that "someone filling out a ballot for somebody else seemed completely inappropriate."


Ed Lee's campaign supporters target of new probe - SF Chronicle

SF Officials, Mayoral Candidates Request Department Of Justice Investigation Into Allegations Of Voter Fraud By Ed Lee Camp (Video) - SF Appeal

Anybody have a link to the Alliance for - - I mean SF Neighbor Alliance? It's obscured by all the news reports.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Natural Born Killers


Murder suspects to be sent to Washington; Eureka man shot in the back of the head as part of multistate killing spree - Times Standard
A young white supremacist couple accused of a string of four killings across three states -- including one in Eureka last week -- will be extradited to Washington to face murder charges.

David “Joey” Pedersen, 31, and Holly Ann Grigsby, 24, both of Everett, Wash., waived their right to an extradition hearing during a brief court appearance Tuesday in Yuba County, where they were arrested last week. Washington prosecutors have issued aggravated murder warrants for the two after authorities there discovered the bodies of Pedersen's father and stepmother.

Prosecutors alleged Tuesday that Grigsby claimed that she and Pedersen -- both of whom have expressed white supremacist beliefs -- were heading to Sacramento to “kill more Jews” when they were arrested by the California Highway Patrol last week, driving in a vehicle registered to one of their victims, 19-year-old Cody Myers.

The pair shot Myers in Oregon because his name “sounded Jewish,” according to court documents.

Pedersen also reportedly admitted to law enforcement that he shot and killed a man -- later identified as 53-year-old Reginald Alan Clark -- in Eureka on Oct. 3 or Oct. 4.....
Eureka shooting victim linked to killing spree: Washington couple allegedly responsible for deaths in three states - Times Standard
Authorities said Monday they believe a 53-year-old Eureka man found dead Friday was shot in the head amid a multistate killing spree carried out by a young couple out of Washington.

Eureka Police Department Sgt. Patrick O'Neill identified the deceased Monday as Reginald Alan Clark, saying he died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities are alleging that Clark was shot and killed by David Joseph Pedersen, 31, and his girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, 24, both of Everett, Wash., at some point before the pair were arrested Wednesday at the conclusion of a killing spree that started late last month and left four dead. During an interview with the Appeal Democrat newspaper Sunday, Pedersen reportedly admitted to killing his father, his stepmother and an Oregon teenager, and made allusions to being responsible for another murder that had not yet been reported.

O'Neill said detectives don't know of anything connecting Pedersen and Grigsby to the local area and indicated Clark's slaying may have been random.

”At this point, we haven't determined any relationship between the victim and the suspect,” O'Neill said.

Pedersen has the letters “SWP” tattooed prominently on his neck, believed to be a white supremacist acronym standing for “Supreme White Power.” O'Neill said Clark was black but said EPD has not determined whether his killing was racially motivated.

In a jail interview with the Appeal Democrat on Sunday -- a day before he was publicly linked to Clark's killing -- Pedersen told the paper's Ashley Gebb that he expected to be charged with the murder of a “dead Negro” in a truck in Eureka “in that the bullet from my gun is in his head....

Grigsby also spent time in prison for a variety of charges beginning in 2006, including for identity theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle. After completing probation, she was again sent to prison on an identity theft conviction in 2008 and served two years.

Her white supremacist beliefs became clear to her fellow inmates at an Oregon women's prison, according to a report by The Associated Press, and she got in trouble while behind bars for assault and possession of contraband....”
Holly Grigsby and Joseph Pedersen remain in California jail awaiting extradition - Oregon Live
Couple admits to killing 4 in Ore., Calif. - ABC local (image source)
Both share an interest in white supremacist ideology. Pedersen prominently displays a white supremacy tattoo on his neck. Grigsby's white supremacist leanings were made clear to fellow inmates at Oregon's women's prison.
Affidavit: Racist Quadruple Murder Suspects Planned to ‘Kill More Jews’ - splcenter.org

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors today directed Humboldt County Community Services Director Kirk Girard to to work on improving his department, including investigating possible staffing and structural changes.

Humboldt supervisors direct Girard to work on improvements - TS

...The direction was a result of Girard's employee performance evaluation, which was completed in closed session today after being continued from a meeting in September.

Girard said he'll be working with Humboldt County Administrative Officer Phillip Smith-Hanes to come up with ideas on how to improve his department and make it more efficient.

”(We'll be working on plans) that would deal with some of the issues about how our department performs, such as permitting and communication to the public,” Girard said....

McKinleyville home invasion

Woman with two children attacked in McKinleyville home invasion

...According to a sheriff's office press release, the victim told deputies she was home in the 2000 block of Second Avenue with her children when two men knocked on her front door around 11 a.m. and asked if they could mow her lawn for money. The victim told them, “no thank you,” and they left.

The victim said two men she believed were the same ones who knocked on her door earlier, knocked on her door about one hour later. This time, one suspect had a dark-colored ski mask covering his face, and the other suspect's face was covered with face paint....

The press release said the suspects were last seen leaving in a white sedan, similar to a Crown Victoria, partial California license plate of CF319.

According to the sheriff's office, the suspects were described as a white male, late teens or early 20s, approximately 5-feet, 9-inches tall, weighing 165

pounds, with short, dark-colored hair, wearing a black T-shirt, and a male of unknown race and age, wearing a full ski mask with a similar physical description.
Anyone with information is requested to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office at 707-445-7251.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

'Fleecing' the taxpayer

Keeping the lights on: Indoor pot growers skirt high electric bills through discount program for low income - Thadeus Greenson/The Times Standard

No matter how you feel about marijuana grow houses, you're likely helping to finance one.

Don't think so? Take the case of Greg Willard and Gayden Rosales, busted in February for running a grow operation in the garage of a house in the 700 block of Arcata's Fickle Hill Road.

When officers pulled Pacific Gas and Electric Co. records for the property, they found that the home used 4,676 kilowatt hours of electricity in the month of December 2010 -- an amount roughly 10 times the average monthly consumption of a Humboldt County household -- running up a bill of almost $1,500. But Rosales and Willard paid only a fraction of that -- $535 -- after receiving an almost 70 percent discount through PG&E's CARE program, which offers subsidized rates to low-income households....

But, to the knowledge of Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos, no one locally has been prosecuted for such an offense.

”With law enforcement, it's a resource issue, ultimately,” Gallegos said. “Putting together a fraud case is a lot more time consuming and takes more resources than a dope case. ... It's not because people don't care or aren't outraged; it's a resource issue.”

In order to prove that someone made false statements to PG&E, Gallegos said, his office would have to reconstruct the person's finances at the time they filled out the CARE program application -- not an easy task.

”It would take a lot of investigation,” Hansen said. “We do a lot of triage from case to case to case, so we've never gone after that aspect of it. It would be very time consuming.”

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No discussion about POT is complete without acknowledging Gallegos' role in making criminal activity defacto legal.

Not just grow houses and things like this, pretending to be poor to get free power, but the outright stripping of land in complete violation of any environmental laws or sensibilities - and that at the same time Gallegos and his pals claim environmental high ground.

Right now dope growers have the best of both worlds - a complicit DA ensures they are free to operate with impunity, and defeating the ballot measure to legalize the stuff keeps the prices high and keeps them rolling in the dough. Tax-free. Fee-free. Regulation-free.

They're cheating more than just their fellow PG&E customers.

They're cheating the state out of taxes owed on six-figure incomes. They're cheating counties out of business license fees and property tax assessments, they're cheating employees out of Social Security contributions. Just for starters.

#Occupythat.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

National News

Huge California manhunt ends with suspect's death - AP

FORT BRAGG, Calif. (AP) - The 7,000 residents of Fort Bragg can now relax after spending more than a month on edge while the area's largest manhunt in decades enveloped their coastal community about three hours north of San Francisco.

The massive operation came to a close when authorities shot and killed the subject of the search, a fugitive accused in the deaths of two area officials.

Elizabeth McNeill, who works as a clerk in an appliance store in downtown Fort Bragg, said she is feeling a sense of relief, "It's a sad situation, but now people can relax."

Aaron Bassler, 35, was shot seven times in an area of redwood forest about 6 miles east of Fort Bragg after being sniffed out by a bloodhound, said Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman. Three members of the Sacramento County SWAT team were in the trees about 40 yards from Bassler when he came toward them on a timber trail.

Bassler was suspected of killing a city councilman in late August and a county land trust official several weeks before. Bassler was thought to be hiding out in the redwoods outside of Fort Bragg, breaking into several cabins and businesses to steal food and weapons. ...read the rest

Friday, September 30, 2011

Movement on Balloon Track; state lands resolution, Supreme Court decision for Marina Center project

Movement on Balloon Track; state lands resolution, Supreme Court decision for Marina Center project - TS

Mikal Xylon Wilde pleads not guilty

Wilde pleads not guilty - Times-Standard

A 29-year-old Eureka man again pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder Thursday, a week after a judge held him to stand trial in a case stemming from a shooting at a Kneeland marijuana grow operation last summer.

Thursday, Wilde again pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment in the case. Wilde is due back in court Dec. 19 for a pre-trial hearing and is tentatively scheduled to stand trial beginning Feb. 20, 2012.

Shooting victim expected to testify against his attacker; Hearing moves forward in Kneeland marijuana murder case - TS
Horror - Fight over supplies led to shooting Sep. 21. 2010
Fight over supplies led to shooting TS
The details emerge - Marijuana grow operation shooting leaves one dead, one wounded near Kneeland; 28-year-old man held on suspicion of murder, investigation remains ongoing Aug. 27, 2010
...four gunshot victims... UPDATES on Blogthing Aug. 26, 2010

Thursday, September 22, 2011

"The house was set up as a potential distribution network...They had it all set up to receive supplies of high-grade marijuana from Northern California, and from there, it was being distributed

POLICE: SIX POUNDS OF MARIJUANA FOUND AT BENGAL'S HOME - wap.nfl

Police said a package containing 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana was delivered from Eureka, Calif., to the suburban Kentucky home of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson on Tuesday, where authorities say they conducted a search and found six more pounds of marijuana inside.

California agents say they track pot to NFL player's home - Press Democrat

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Shooting victim expected to testify against his attacker; Hearing moves forward in Kneeland marijuana murder case

Shooting victim expected to testify against his attacker; Hearing moves forward in Kneeland marijuana murder case - TS

A Guatemalan man is scheduled to take the stand in Humboldt County Superior Court today to testify against the man who allegedly shot him in the face and back last year after a dispute at a marijuana grow operation near Kneeland.

Mikal Xylon Wilde, 29, of Eureka, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder and cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. A preliminary hearing this week will culminate with a judge determining whether there is enough evidence to hold Wilde to stand trial.

Wilde is accused of shooting and killing Mario Roberto Juarez-Madrid, 40, of Guatemala, and seriously wounding Pedro Fernandez, also of Guatemala, at the scene of a marijuana growing operation with more than 1,500 plants on Aug. 25, 2010. The shooting allegedly stemmed from an argument over payment and supplies that started when Wilde informed Juarez-Madrid, Fernandez and another man -- all his employees -- that he would no longer be providing them with food at the remote grow site where they were living, which was located about two miles from the Kneeland Cal Fire air station.

On Tuesday -- at what was scheduled to be the beginning of Wilde's preliminary hearing -- District Attorney Paul Gallegos told Superior Court Judge Bruce Watson that he planned on calling Fernandez and another man, Chris Bigelow, to testify. Gallegos suggested that both men be appointed attorneys by the court and said he would be entering into immunity agreements with the witnesses because he expected them to testify about their roles in a marijuana cultivation operation and there may be issues regarding self-incrimination.


Horror - Fight over supplies led to shooting Sep. 21. 2010
Fight over supplies led to shooting TS
The details emerge - Marijuana grow operation shooting leaves one dead, one wounded near Kneeland; 28-year-old man held on suspicion of murder, investigation remains ongoing Aug. 27, 2010
...four gunshot victims... UPDATES on Blogthing Aug. 26, 2010

New boundaries don't change supervisorial race; County's 2012 election gears up

At least one supervisorial candidate plans on moving to a new residence in order to keep his bid for the 1st District supervisor seat. - TS

With the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors' approval of the new district lines on Tuesday, 1st District candidate Rex Bohn's current residence would no longer be within the district. The candidate said he plans to move within the new district by the time the boundaries go into effect in January.

”I've made a commitment to quite a few members of the community that I was going to run in the 1st District,” Bohn said in a phone interview before the board's decision was made. “I spent the last 30-plus years in the 1st District. When the lines are activated in January, I will still be in the 1st District.”


Supervisors approve new boundaries; Public officials see changes to districts TS

The supervisors opted to move forward with Plan 2A, which moves Blue Lake into the 3rd District and leaves both Fieldbrook and Glendale in the 5th District. The plan straightens the border of the 1st and 4th districts and moves the Tompkins Hill area to the 1st District. The only change made was to move a precinct called ES-3 in Cutten from the 3rd District back into the 1st District.

...First District Supervisor Jimmy Smith said the approved map has him taking on some new territory and new constituents. For example, he'll be representing the town of Scotia instead of 2nd District Supervisor Clif Clendenen.

...Rio Dell Councilman Frank Wilson said Scotia wanted to be part of the same district as Fortuna because Scotia residents' children attend Fortuna high schools.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Former Eureka police officer mulling plea deal; terms of DA's office not disclosed in felony case

Former Eureka police officer mulling plea deal; terms of DA's office not disclosed in felony case - TS

A former Eureka police officer facing drug and theft charges is considering accepting a plea agreement, the details of which have not been made public.

Appearing in Humboldt County Superior Court Thursday, Daniel “Danny” Kalis asked that future court dates in his case be pushed back a couple of weeks so he and his attorney will have time to review a plea offer from the District Attorney's Office.

”I anticipate we do have a resolution, I just request a bit more time to review the offer,” Kalis' attorney Marek Reavis told the court. Reavis and Deputy District Attorney Nicole Bockleman were not immediately available to comment for this story Thursday.

Guilty verdict in rape case; prosecutor says victim's courage 'can't be overstated'

Guilty verdict in rape case; prosecutor says victim's courage 'can't be overstated' - TS
The jury -- comprising seven women and five men -- found Walker guilty of forcible rape while acting in concert and forcible oral copulation in concert more than one year after he was arrested for raping 20-year-old Jane Doe in a wooded area near the Arcata Sports Complex.

Walker, 38, of Eureka, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender for life.

Jane Doe, who testified in the case and appeared in court Thursday to hear the verdict read, hugged prosecuting Deputy District Attorney Ben McLaughlin and DA investigator Jack Bernstein after the hearing, thanking them with tears in her eyes.

”I'm elated with the verdict and really proud of Jane Doe,” McLaughlin said. “I don't say this as hyperbole, but she really showed a level of courage that can't be overstated. She came into court and faced her rapist and showed him she is not the easy target of opportunity he thought she would be.”

Attempts to contact Walker's attorney Owen Tipps were not immediately successful.

APD Chief Tom Chapman attended Thursday's hearing and commended the people who came forward at the scene to help Jane Doe, which he said allowed his officers to take Walker into custody in short order and conduct a thorough investigation. Chapman also said the DA's Office's work on the case was “outstanding.”

”The DA's Office was tireless in its effort to seek justice in this matter,” Chapman wrote in an email to the Times-Standard. “Kevin Walker is a predator. He belongs in prison.”

Walker was arrested in May 2008 after witnesses reported him and two other men fighting in a Trinidad beach parking lot. Witnesses said Walker and another man were holding the third man on the ground, hitting him in the head with a metal pipe and stepping on his face while shouting racial slurs. Walker and the other assailant, Collin Roczey, were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, sodomy and kidnapping, and later pleaded guilty to the assault charge in a plea agreement reached when the victim in the case refused to cooperate with their prosecution.

Walker was on probation from the 2008 case when he committed the rape -- a violation that will add another year to whatever prison sentence a judge imposes.

”We all thought that Kevin Walker really eluded justice with respect to his conduct in 2008, and everybody was very committed to prosecuting this case to the best of our abilities,” McLaughlin said. “We invested ourselves quite a bit in the case. In light of his prior conduct that was sexualized violence against another party, this verdict is obviously important because he now has a conviction to reflect who he is and what he is.”

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

2011 Elections

Special District Board Candidates Finalized - Ryan Burns, The Journal Humboldt Community Services District
Frank Scolari Dave Saunderson George Davis Kevin H. McKenny
McKinleyville Community Services District
Helen Edwards John W. Corbett David Elsebusch
Manila Community Services District
Mike Seeber Geronimo Garcia Joy Dellas Robert Rose Zachary Brian Thoma Susan Opalach Jan Bramlett
Willow Creek Community Services District
Joe O’Hara Judy M. Gower Bruce Nelson Tom O’Gorman Marc J. Rowley
Resort Improvement District 1
Susan L. Fox Roger Boedecker Mark Mitchell Dennis D Harper Nanette Corley Chet Edeline
Blue Lake Union School District
Lex Rohn Lisa Hooven Mandi Lewis Lana Manzanita
Ferndale Unified School
Rey Urbach Emil Feierabend Kristina Radelfinger
Eureka Unified School District, Ward 4
Judy Anderson Susan L. Johnson
Fieldbrook School District
Richard Grissom Linda F. Broadman Jeremy Sargent
Fortuna Union High School District
Kenneth A. Steele Anita L. Gage Charles Giannini
Klamath Trinity Joint School, Area 6
Robin Wild Darlene Magee

Friday, August 19, 2011

Just curious...

How many Non-Profits have received a bill from the County (Assessor's Office) for 'property taxes' because they have rented a County facility - (Note that they have paid the required rental fees all along) Ever hear of this? Developing

Friday, August 12, 2011

Jim Jones Plotted 9/11-Like Attack

Cult leader wanted to crash a plane into San Francisco - Scott James/baycitizen.org
Twenty-five years before the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, a religious extremist plotted to hijack a commercial airliner — filled with 200 or so unsuspecting passengers — and deliberately crash it. The target was San Francisco. And the would-be perpetrator was not a jihadist, but the man who would become one of history’s more infamous villains: the cult leader Jim Jones of the Peoples Temple, whose headquarters was then on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco. With the hijacking plot, described in a coming book and recently confirmed by a former Peoples Temple leader, Jones is said to have wanted to cause death on a scale that the world would not soon forget.... The San Francisco hijacking plot progressed to the point where beginning in 1975, Maria Katsaris, 21, a close associate and lover of Jones, attended the Sierra Academy of Aeronautics in Oakland. Academy records confirm that a church paid her tuition. Katsaris earned a private pilot’s license and began commercial jet training, but church officials instructed her to attend school only long enough to learn how to take the plane’s controls after storming the cockpit and killing the pilots

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Coincidentally, Jim Jones second-in-command-right-hand-man is in the news these days, too: ◼ Woman won't be jailed for feeding bears at her home - Glenda Anderson/Press Democrat via mercury news ◼ Sentencing deferred in bear case - Ukiah Daily Journal

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gallegos takes another slam dunk

Man (Leon Alyious Bigleggins) held to answer in child murder case; witnesses describe multiple incidents of 'discipline' inflicted on 4-year-old (Dylan Blount-Chambers) - Times Standard ”We, the people, believe Dylan was unlawfully killed,” Gallegos said, describing the kicking and striking of the 4-year-old as inflicting unnecessary pain and suffering. “The squats, spanking with the hanger and kicking all indicates Bigleggins' desire to injure this child enough to send a message.” ....During the weeks prior to his death, Blount said she never noticed the injuries documented by forensic pathologist Mark Super in his testimony Monday. Super, who performed the autopsy on Dylan, said the official cause of Dylan's death was blunt force trauma to the abdomen or head that occurred on or around July 24, 2010, but in photo after photo taken during the autopsy, he also pointed out extensive bruising covering the boy's body. ”These would be significant bruises that would catch your attention,” Super said, referencing the bruises and abrasions covering the boy's groin, buttocks, abdomen, the palms of his hands and the tops of his feet.....

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Pick up The Arcata Eye and McKinleyville Press

Gallegos, in an interview with Daniel Mintz, says that he's withdrawing his Grand Jury response regarding grants. Developing. Some things in this article are not clear. Not adding up. Not making sense.

Monday, August 08, 2011

The D.A., (no, not ours) the lost revolver and the lieutenant, Part I

His pal, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas... in the news again.

The Watchdog readily admits this is a meandering, tortuous tale involving an elected county official, a missing revolver and an Anaheim police lieutenant who dared to step into the fray. - ocregister.com

But, dear readers, we’re crossing our fingers you will stick with us to the bitter end of this two-part series to find out just how it came to be that the only person punished was the lieutenant who tried to do the right thing.

The official in this tale is Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who may, or may not, have needed the gun for personal protection....

The DA, the lost revolver and the lieutenant, Part II - ocregister.com

...The sergeant interviewed Major as he was told, but things apparently didn’t quite add up. He went to his supervisor, Lt. Dave Vangsness. The sergeant said he figured Rackauckas didn’t want the publicity, given Welter’s recent issues with missing guns, internal police documents show.
Things didn’t add up to Vangsness either. There were more questions than answers, starting with why Hunter went directly to the sergeant, why Rackauckas had someone else’s gun for so many years and how it suddenly disappeared....

Rackauckas would eventually fax in a statement of how he came to have Blankenship’s gun, and the burglary sergeant would eventually interview Blankenship. Their stories didn’t match up – and Vangsness pressed forward with the investigation. Vangsness wrote that he told his superiors on at least four separate occasions he intended to forward the case to state prosecutors.

Vangsness called Senior Assistant Attorney General Gary Schons on Dec. 15, 2009 to brief him on the case.

“I asked Lt. Vangsness how it would look if someone outside law enforcement, like the press (as often seems to happen in these types of circumstances), found out that this matter had been reported to your department, investigated, a possible crime identified under these circumstances involving two of the highest ranking law enforcement officials in the county, and not reported to the Attorney General for review,” Schons later wrote to Anaheim PD....

“What is troubling about the reprimand is that Lt. Vangsness attempted to and did do the right thing – he tried to convince his superiors to allow him to pursue the proper course of action in investigating and reporting the case, which they rejected or slyly refused to support, and then he did the right thing in reporting the case to the Attorney General,” Schons wrote.

“For his effort, he got reprimanded and had other duties stripped from him.”

The revolver remains missing.

Friday, July 29, 2011

A win

Arcata man gets maximum sentence in child sex abuse case

A Humboldt County judge sentenced an Arcata man on Wednesday for the continual sexual abuse of a minor, dissuading the minor from testifying against him and committing a felony while out on bond.

W. Bruce Watson sentenced Wayne Thomas Bukowski, 37, of Arcata, to 20 years, eight months in prison -- the maximum sentence allowed by law. Bukowski is also required to register as a sex offender for life.

This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Kelly Neel.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Another revolving door superstar

Driver arrested following Broadway roll-over - TS

Vandenplas was booked at the Humboldt County jail on the following charges: possession of a controlled substance, transportation of a controlled substance, driving while under the influence (drugs/medications), felony enhancement for multiple DUIs, possession of medications without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, false information to a peace officer, no insurance at a collision scene and parole violation.

Out in 3 - 2 - 1....

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

So – if they declare a moratorium

Then it is time to furlough or close the Building/Planning Department.

Rezoning decision awaits Supes today; after marathon meeting, board continues discussion - Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard

After a marathon session Tuesday high on acrimony and disagreement but short on decisions, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will continue meeting today to determine the fate of a massive effort to rezone properties throughout the county for multifamily housing developments.

In a meeting that featured multiple twists, as well as some changing facts, the board took public comment from more than two dozen people -- with much of it sharply critical of county staff and the rezoning plan. It ultimately directed staff to do some more homework -- and come up with some answers -- before the meeting at 11 a.m. today.

The plan -- which is being driven forward on a tight timeline -- seeks to rezone 55 parcels throughout the county to allow for the development of more than 1,000 multifamily units, a little more than half of which would be designated for low-income families.

The project is being fast-tracked under the terms of a settlement reached last month between the county and the advocacy group Housing for All in the court case brought against the county in 2007 by Humboldt Sunshine, which alleged the county's housing element was out of compliance with state law. Under the terms of the settlement, the board has to approve the plan by Saturday, and the state has to OK it by Aug. 15.

If the county fails to meet the deadline, a Humboldt County Superior Court judge could issue a moratorium on the issuance of building and development permits within the county....

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What do YOU buy at WalMart (KMart, Target?)

What do you buy at Costco? Is it the same? What do you buy in Old Town? Do you shop there for basic necessities? You don't have to sign your name...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

New life for Salzman's mobs?

There's no election in play, the Garr Nielsen thing is fizzling, Richardson Grove has only revealed how idiotic they can be, but maybe there's hope - rumors of WalMart, the evil boogeyman, coming to town? Will the intrepid "progressives" be able to gin up the rage? Stay tuned.

Mystery retailer prepares to move into Gottschalks building; company to finance $4.6 million in facility improvements - TS
Architect in Mystery Bayshore Mall Project is Wal-Mart’s Go-To Dude - Hank/LoCo

Looks like they're trying: ◼ Heraldo starts it off: Wal-Mart to dig its ugly claws into Eureka

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Championing for causes -- and people you represent -- can be done in a civil manner

Championing for causes -- and people you represent -- can be done in a civil manner - John Chiv's My Word in the Times-Standard
It's time for a few to stop the conservative versus progressive game. Most of us, regardless of our beliefs, want the best for this community. Think how much we could accomplish if we worked together and moved our city forward.
Once again, there is an attempt to rip the community apart by fomenting anger towards the EPD. John calls it out.

And you have to ask why, when a few days before his firing, the Times Standard ran a piece touting Garr Nielsen's being a finalist in applying for two positions in other areas, when it was clear he was leaving, there is all this angst about his firing.

Where is it really coming from?

Friday, July 08, 2011

DISTRICT ATTORNEY PAUL GALLEGOS AND CAL EMA... 2 DIFFERENT STORIES UPDATED

DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND CAL EMA... 2 DIFFERENT STORIES - VIDEO/NEWSCAST - KIEM
KIEM says: "It’s a story we first broke last week… the District Attorney’s office is being investigated for allegedly not filing some paperwork concerining hundreds of thousands dollars in grant monies.

We've heard both sides of the story… but they’re not matching up. District Attorney Paul Gallegos claims these grants are not on hold, but the state says they are. its complicated so instead of trying to explain it ourselves… here’s the arguments straight from the sources."
Submitted by Betsy Lambert on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 17:44
KIEM REPORT (transcribed from the link)

KIEM/Kelly Mays says: "It’s a story we first broke last week… the District Attorney’s office is being investigated for allegedly not filing some paperwork concerining hundreds of thousands dollars in grant monies.

We've heard both sides of the story… but they’re not matching up. District Attorney Paul Gallegos claims these grants are not on hold, but the state says they are. Its complicated so instead of trying to explain it ourselves… here’s the arguments straight from the sources:

Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos (on camera): We're not in danger of losing any grants. No grants have been stopped."

Brad Alexander, Cal EMA (Emergency Management Agency) Office of Public Information: (told) multiple times that they are.

Ch. 3: (reporter asks Alexander) "The three grants that are in question?"

CalEMA: (responds) "There's actually like six or seven, and you should have individual names and titles for each of those."

Ch. 3: Those grants in question totaling over $847,000, some of that has already been settled between the two parties but it's the difference, some $334,000 that's been put on hold by the state.

Ch. 3: "Are the grants on hold? Are they stayed? Or are they fine?"

CalEMA: Currently everything is on pause except for the funds that have already been distributed."

Ch. 3: This grant money is dedicated to programs like victims of crime, violence against women, anti-drug abuse, victim witnesses, and unserviced populations for local Native American tribes.

The CalEMA says the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office asked about the grants in November, saying they weren't aware of some of the funds. This sparked the investigation into the District Attorney Office.

Paul Gallegos: "There's a per-sonn-el issue that we asked for an investigation to be done... ummmmm... part of that investigation, that investigator contacted CalEMA to ask for specific questions related to the personnel matter..."

Ch. 3: (asks) "If it's just a personnel issue, what happens?"

CalEMA: (answers) "Then they simply replace the person that we were handling with."

Ch.3: Gallegos says he took the initiative when he first learned about this situation.

Paul Gallegos: "It's an investigation into a PERSONNEL matter by our office or at the request of our office to bring in a 3rd party investigation."

CalEMA: "My understanding is that the office of risk management at the County level hired a private investigator."

Ch.3: The fact of the matter is, right now, according to CalEMA, over $334,000 is NOT available to Humboldt County, and at this point, we don't know if it will ever be.

CalEMA: "So, there was not a regular line of communication that typically exists between CalEMA and the grantee. They weren't returning phone calls and they weren't returning emails, that's why staff had to go up there in November/December last year to get one on one face to face with the staff at the District Attorney's office."

Paul Gallegos: "Truth is our grants are fine. If you talk to CalEMA, you'll find out they're fine..."

Back to reporters, Kelly Mays: Ch. 3: So, it's obviously a big complicated mess at this point and we are in contact with both offices. But we continue to hear different things, we'll keep looking for the truth.

Betsy Lambert: Yes, this is something that all of our newsroom has been looking into - just trying to get the truth, down to the bottom of this matter.
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Update: Submitted by Kelly May on Fri, 07/08/2011 - 12:02 in News Stories - KIEM
Cal EMA has admitted to a miscommunication within their organization that lead to reporting misinformation to both News Channel 3 and the Humboldt County District Attorney's office regarding hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant monies. Brad Alexander, spokesperson for Cal EMA, admits that a miscommunication did exist between the grants branch at Cal EMA and the Office of Public Information, causing inaccurate information to be released regarding the investigation into Humboldt County District Attorney's office. District Attorney Paul Gallegos told News Channel 3 in a meeting this morning that local funders had put a hold on grant funds available to the D.A.'s office. At the request of the District Attorney's office and to reassure local funders that the grant funds are available, Cal EMA says they will issue and official statement aknowledging the miscommunication and misinformation that was reported.

So - there's more to the story yet.


Someone in the executive branch must have requested the funding for Gunrunner

Project Gunrunner Got Stimulus Money - John Hayward
Poster “Domandred” at Free Republic dug through the text of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, otherwise known as the “Obama stimulus,” and discovered that an earmark of ten million dollars for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was rolled into the bill.

Part of that earmark came from House Resolution 495, the Southwest Border Violence Reduction Act of 2009. This bill explicitly included $15,000 in funding for Project Gunrunner.

That funding did indeed make it into the Obama stimulus act:
For an additional amount for ‘State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance’, $40,000,000, for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10,000,000 shall be transferred to ‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Salaries and Expenses’ for the ATF Project Gunrunner.
We need to know who pushed this Gunrunner funding into the Obama stimulus, and then the President must be made to formally admit – under oath if necessary – either he knew about Project Gunrunner all along… or he had absolutely no idea what was contained in the trillion-dollar stimulus package he boasted of passing without a single Republican vote.

Too bad to check: Project Gunrunner was funded by … the stimulus - HotAir
I really did think it was too bad to check, despite posts about it at PJM, Weasel Zippers, and Free Republic. But I checked. You’ll find complete PDF and text versions of the final stimulus bill right here. Scroll down to page 16 (of 407!) in the PDF version and behold:
For an additional amount for ‘‘State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance’’, $40,000,000, for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10,000,000 shall be transferred to ‘‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Salaries and Expenses’’ for the ATF Project Gunrunner.
And to think, you guys say the stimulus didn’t produce anything. It produced guns for Mexican drug cartels, didn’t it? Says Ben Domenech, in a stroke of perfect black humor: “Shovel ready.”

See what happens when Congress doesn’t read the bills?

earmark for funding of gunrunner in the stimulus?

So the big question is - WHO put it in there? And then, of course, WHY?

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Richardson Grove activists threaten disruptions for potential project contractors; letters warn of 'a PR nightmare' for bidders

Richardson Grove activists threaten disruptions for potential project contractors; letters warn of 'a PR nightmare' for bidders - TS
Richardson Grove Action Now member Kim Starr said companies should be aware of the risks associated with the project.

”Any involvement by your company will bring you public notoriety -- a PR nightmare,” the letter states. “We wish to warn you that no matter what Caltrans claims the project will cost, it will cost you MORE -- because the public does not want it.”

One letter recipient, who wished to remain anonymous fearing retaliation, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently contacted the company regarding the letter, investigating the group for possible eco-terrorism. The businessman, who said the letter was sent out to at least four other contractors, said the anticipation of disruption will mean a higher bid price for Caltrans to cover extra security or equipment damage -- essentially more cost for the state.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Medical marijuana group holds fundraiser for Gallegos in Sacramento; Raises legal, ethical questions surrounding campaign finance for Humboldt DA

Medical marijuana group holds fundraiser for Gallegos in Sacramento; Raises legal, ethical questions surrounding campaign finance for Humboldt DA
The focus Wednesday was clear, with suggested donations for Gallegos ranging from $250 to $2,500. The money will go to pay off the more than $40,000 in campaign debt Gallegos racked up last year -- the bulk of which is owed to his wife. Guests included representatives of the Humboldt Growers Association, members of the California Board of Equalization, medical marijuana dispensary owners and former Sacramento City Councilman Robbie Waters. The event was closed to reporters.

Del Real, who spoke to the Times-Standard about the fundraiser last week, said that he could not allow a Times-Standard journalist to attend the party because he would then have to let other members of the media, who also expressed interest in coming, to attend the event.

While Del Real later declined to provide the list of attendees and the total amount raised for Gallegos at the fundraiser, he said he would be happy to talk about the event afterward. Numerous phone messages left on Del Real's cell phone through the end of the week were not returned.

Gallegos said before the fundraiser that he had no problem with members of the media attending, adding that he supported the notion of openness for an industry that lives largely in the shadows.

”I'm an elected official, but at the same time, these people are not,” Gallegos said, adding that while he could not speak for Del Real, he thought the league stood to benefit from more exposure. “These are legitimate people that are trying to change the law -- why would they not want it to be out there?”

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Matt Drange produced this story for the Times-Standard and California Watch, part of the Center for Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at mdrange@californiawatch.org.

Every single person in that room will be public information, every single person will have contributed more than the $99 threshold for anonymity. Every single related expense and the resultant income will have to be disclosed.

The fact remains that Gallegos couldn't get elected by telling the truth about who he is - he pretended to be 'law and order' - called himself a professor - and did NOT tell people the truth about his relationship with the growers.

At least now the mask is off.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Criminal censorship


Hoopa Tribe shuts down Two Rivers Tribune over controversial articles; tribal newspaper staff rallying supporters for council meeting
The Hoopa Valley Tribal Council chairman shut down the tribe's newspaper through a memo sent Friday afternoon, citing financial issues and disagreement over controversial articles.

Controversial. But excellent.

What is a newspaper for if not to tell the story, cover the issue? Controversial it may be, but the decision to publish Hunsucker's account of the killing was and is the right thing to do.

The Arcata Eye: As we celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, a fine Humboldt County newspaper is dying.
Chairman Shuts Down Newspaper Day Before New Council Sworn In - Two Rivers Tribune

Friday, July 01, 2011

Council approves Nielsen firing

Council approves Nielsen firing - TS
The Eureka City Council voted 4-1 today, with Councilwoman Linda Atkins dissenting, to approve the firing of former Police Chief Garr Nielsen....

At the conclusion of the closed session, interim city attorney Andy Stunich also reported that the council voted unanimously to affirm the appointment of EPD Capt. Murl Harpham as interim police chief.
EKA City Council Affirms Nielsen Firing - LCO
(you'll get a "Buzzfeed Buzzbox (Invisible Tracker)/About: blank" from that link, looks like)

So, $250 to $2,500 dinner tickets are all fully reportable

It will be interesting to see the campaign filings on Paul Gallegos' Sacramento soiree. How much did he rake in? And from whom?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Obama Administration Gives Green Light for Raids on Medical Marijuana Distributors

Obama Administration Overrides 2009 Ogden Memo, Declares Open Season on Pot Shops in States Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal - Reason.com
The Department of Justice sent out a memo Wednesday instructing the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and leading officials in the U.S. Attorneys Office to treat medical marijuana shops as top priorities for prosecutors and drug investigators.
Obama Administration Gives Green Light for Raids on Medical Marijuana Distributors - Volokh
Back in October 2009, the Obama Justice Department issued a memo that some interpreted as discouraging federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries operating in states where medical marijuana is permitted under state law. I pointed out at the time that the memo imposed few if any genuine restrictions on federal prosecution of medical marijuana producers. Certainly, it fell far short of implementing Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign promise to stop medical marijuana prosecutions in states where medical marijuana is legal.

Now the Justice Department has issued a new memo to federal prosecutors emphasizing that it has no intention of discouraging federal medical marijuana prosecutions, regardless of state law
The Memo

Jason Bruce ‘J-Bird’ Hunsucker's story of the murder of Darrel Hanger Sr.

Man on the Run - tworiverstribune.com via ◼ lostcoastoutpost.com
Hunsucker said he was asked to drive his sister Sonia Hunsucker and her boyfriend Jackson Surber to the residence to burglarize the home. He was driving a stolen vehicle, a 2006 silver Toyota Tacoma, but didn’t say whether or not he was responsible for the theft of the truck.

Hunsucker was with his girlfriend, Samantha Smoker-Machado, who he said came along for the ride, but did not intend to participate in the burglary.

He said they pulled into the driveway, a short paved entrance way about 20 ft. long that connected to a carport.

“Someone with us said something had been moved, so we started to back out,” he said.

Hunsucker said Sonia and Surber had previously burglarized the same residence and went back with the impression that nobody was home.

“Before I could even hit reverse, I seen people running up behind us,” he said. “I locked my door real fast and yelled at everybody else to lock their doors too.”

Hunsucker said he was having a difficult time keeping the vehicle running and placing it in reverse because a screwdriver was used to start the vehicle when it was stolen.
...read the rest at the link...

Once they arrived at their friend’s house, Hunsucker contacted a family member, who agreed to drive them to Eureka. Hunsucker claims he did not tell his family what happened, but that they had gotten into a wreck.

However, the following day, once they got news that Hanger had died, Hunsucker’s family member in Eureka asked him to leave. He said he then visited a friend in the area that was a physician and his wounds were cleaned.
Questions about who the doctor is...

TRT Editorial: Hunsucker Should Turn Himself In - tworiverstribune.com
Prior coverage:

Hunsucker Outruns Police Wednesday Night
PRESS RELEASE, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department

On June 29, 2011, approximately 10:30 p.m. a Humboldt County Sheriffs Deputy and Hoopa Tribal Police Officer were working in the Hoopa Area when they spotted an All Terrain Vehicle (A.T.V.) traveling southbound on State Route 96, North of Hostler Field Housing. The deputy and tribal officer attempted a traffic stop on the All Terrain Vehicle for vehicle code violations. When the deputy and tribal officer caught up to the All Terrain Vehicle they recognized the driver as wanted murder suspect Bruce Stallings-Hunsucker. Stallings–Hunsucker has a one million dollar murder warrant for his arrest out of Humboldt County Superior Court. The warrant is for his involvement in the killing of Darrell Hanger Sr. in Willow Creek.

After the deputy attempted to stop Stallings-Hunsucker using the patrol cars red light and siren, Stallings-Hunsucker fled on the All Terrain Vehicle, running stop signs and driving on the wrong side of the highway. The deputy and tribal police officers pursued Stallings-Hunsucker who periodically would travel on roads and trails in the area attempting to elude the officers. Stallings-Hunsucker was last seen by Hoopa Tribal Police Officers eastbound, about four miles up Big Hill Road, Hoopa, off Highway 96. Stallings-Hunsucker drove his vehicle off the highway where the patrol vehicles could not follow him. The deputy and Tribal Police officers later located Stalling-Hunsuckers All Terrain Vehicle and Helmet in the brush. They searched the area but could not locate him. Additional charges of felony evasion are being sought against Stallings-Hunsucker.

His description is: Bruce Jason Stallings-Hunsucker, also known as Bruce Hunsucker, 36 years old brown hair, brown eyes, five feet ten inches tall, 185 pounds, unknown clothing description

Anyone with information regarding Stallings-Hunsucker is requested to contact the Sheriffs Office immediately, 707-445-7251.

Hunsucker Escapes Deputies on Quad Down River - tworiverstribune.com
Third Suspect in Hanger Homicide Captured*** - tworiverstribune.com
(***comment on that article includes this: Call the Humboldt County District Attorney- Paul Gallegos- and ask him why Sonia Hunsucker was realeased to terroize when she was arrested in connection to a murder in Eureka just last year- (707) 445-7411. The death of Mr. Hanger could have been prevented had the local police been effective in their duties. Please take a stand. Please fight for justice! Jane Doe Weitchpec, CA)
$1 Million Arrest Warrant for Homicide Suspects - tworiverstribune.com
Sheriff’s Searching for Suspects in Weitchpec Robbery

Third suspect arrested in Willow Creek homicide, robbery case; Bruce Stallings-Hunsucker still at large
05/19/2011 - The third of four suspects sought in a Willow Creek homicide investigation was arrested in Eureka on Tuesday, and deputies are continuing to search for the last one. The Eureka Police Department's...

Hunsucker pleads guilty to eluding officers
01/31/2009 - Sonia Hunsucker, a 28-year-old woman from Eureka, pleaded guilty in Humboldt County Superior Court Thursday to the felony charge of eluding an officer....

$1 million warrants out for Willow Creek shooting suspects
05/11/2011 - A Humboldt County judge issued $1 million arrest warrants Tuesday for Samantha Kristen Machado, aka “Samantha Smoker,” 26, and Bruce Jason Stallings-Hunsucker, 36, both of Eureka....

Reward offered for information into homicide
06/08/2011 - The Willow Creek Volunteer Fire Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect sought in a Willow Creek homicide investigation. Three of the...

Investigation into botched burglary continues; victim remembered as a “wonderful father” and an “upstanding man”
05/07/2011 - An autopsy and toxicity test are scheduled today for Darrell Hanger Sr., the 50-year-old man who was shot and killed in a burglary attempt that went awry at a residence on the 400 block of Sunset...

Humboldt County Sheriff's Office still searching for suspects in Willow Creek homicide; memorial service for Darrell Hanger Sr. set for this Saturday
05/10/2011 - While the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office continues its investigation into a shooting that killed a Willow Creek man last week, the community he served is preparing to honor his life. What...

Murder suspect spotted, remains at large
05/21/2011 - The last outstanding suspect sought in a Willow Creek homicide investigation was spotted by law enforcement Friday, prompting an unsuccessful search by the California Highway Patrol and the Humboldt...

Three wanted after home invasion in Weitchpec
04/12/2011 - The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is searching for three suspects believed to have been involved in an armed home invasion robbery Sunday night in Weitchpec. At about 8:30 p.m., deputies were...

Eureka woman arrested after high speed chase
01/23/2009 - A high speed chase from Del Norte into Humboldt County ended Thursday with the alleged driver of a stolen vehicle, who reportedly drove the wrong way on Highway 101 in an attempt to evade...

Recurring search term: www.google.com — humboldt county district attorney's office investigation

Yes. Something is up.

Developing

A lot of interesting searches, from interesting places. Hmmmmmmm......

Arcata man pleads guilty to molestation charges

Arcata man pleads guilty to molestation charges
Arcata resident Wayne Thomas Bukowski, 37, pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of continuous sexual abuse of a minor and committing a lewd and lascivious act with a minor, attempting to dissuade a witness while out on bail and three violations of a court order to have no contact with the victim.

Bukowski is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge W. Bruce Watson on July 25. He faces up to 20 years, 8 months in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

McKinleyville man held to answer for death of Jerry George

McKinleyville man held to answer for death of Jerry George - TS
A Humboldt County Superior Court judge ruled that Jacob Charles Steele will be held to answer to a charge of murder.

After a three-day preliminary hearing that ended Monday, Judge Christopher Wilson ruled there is sufficient evidence to hold Jacob Steele, 23, of McKinleyville, to stand trial on charges of first degree murder for the death of Jerry George, who went missing over a year ago and is believed dead.

Jacob Steele, who faces an additional count of making a criminal threat, remains in the Humboldt County jail with his bail set at $1 million.

Investigators from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office and members of Eureka's Problem Oriented Policing Unit arrested Jacob Steele in March 2010 after discovering evidence that George had been a victim of homicide.

While investigators have not yet found George's body, court records show that they did find evidence of the alleged crime. Declarations in support of arrest warrants filed by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office state that a confidential informant first told the sheriff's office that George was shot and killed at Jacob Steele's apartment.

According to court documents, witnesses said that George was at the apartment on Jan. 21, 2010, with Jacob Steele, his girlfriend Lindsay Devore, his cousin Richard Steele and another friend, Shawn Hof. Hof told investigators that Jacob Steele and George got into an argument, and then Jacob Steele told everyone but George to leave the apartment. Court documents state that Jacob Steele then shot George.

No charges in toddler drowning; Deputy DA: 'Does not rise to the level of criminal negligence'

No charges in toddler drowning; Deputy DA: 'Does not rise to the level of criminal negligence'
The Humboldt County District Attorney's Office has decided not to file criminal charges stemming from the March 6 drowning death of a 20-month-old boy in Eureka.

”At the end of the day, it is a horrible family tragedy, but the conduct does not rise to the level of criminal negligence,” said Deputy District Attorney Kelly Neel. “We have decided not to file criminal charges as it relates to this child's death.”

Caiden Archie Cathey died March 6 when, according to officials, he fell from a dock in Eureka's Halvorsen Park into Humboldt Bay while still strapped into his stroller and drowned.

Judge to decide on Tsurai village civil suit discovery; tree service joins civil suit, waiting on criminal case's conclusion

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The suit alleges that former Trinidad Planning Commission Sam Pennisi and his wife Sharon Ferrett hired Coastal Tree Service to clear a 105-foot-by-210-foot area on the 12.6 acre historic site, knowing that it would be a violation of the law to do so. City officials said they were unaware of the project, and put a stop to it when they saw work being done in June 2010. Pennisi resigned in August.

The ceremonial burial site sits below the Memorial Lighthouse in Trinidad and is located adjacent to the couple's property.

According to the court calendar, the civil suit has become a 15-party lawsuit, and includes nine members of the Tsurai Ancestral Society, the city of Trinidad, and Coastal Tree Service and its owner Tom Head.

Timothy Wykle, an attorney for Pennisi and Ferrett, said most of the civil complaint was “piggy backed” on the criminal charges brought on by the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office, which he said over charged the couple.

”Both the civil and criminal matters have serious issues surrounding consent, lack of damages, standing and over charging,” he said. “These issues will eventually all be sorted out.”

The District Attorney's Office filed criminal charges against the couple in February, including one felony count of vandalism each for Pennisi and Ferrett, as well as misdemeanor charges of trespassing, destroying standing timber and injuring a historical object. The case has a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 28.

On a day to day basis nothing changes, with or without Chavez at home: food scarcity, electric blackouts, crime, unemployment, infrastructure degradation, health care worker strikes, etc, keep their steady progression. This is what happens in a thugocracy, this novel variant of autocracy that is been revealed to us this June. Indeed, for all the adjectives we were applying to describe the Chavez regime the one that fitted it best was the government of thugs, by thugs, for thugs, or thugocracy.

Thugocracy in crisis: mystery disease and cancelled summits for Chavez - Daniel in Venzuela

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The EPIC Pot Bust is in the news again... Fieldbrook man held without bail on federal drug charge


Fieldbrook man held without bail on federal drug charge
A Fieldbrook man was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana out of Harrisburg, Pa.

James Edward Shelton, 37, was arrested by Humboldt County Sheriff's deputies at approximately 11 a.m. in the Humboldt County Courthouse on a no bail federal arrest warrant.

The charges brought against Shelton stem from an investigation that took place at his Fieldbrook home earlier this month.

Officials from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service assisted the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration out of Santa Rosa in uncovering an alleged major marijuana grow operation at Shelton's residence in Fieldbrook on June 9, while serving a state search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation.

Shelton and Amber Zo Jamieson, 28, were arrested on suspicion of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale.

Authorities reported seizing 298 marijuana plants ranging in height from 1- to 5-feet inside the home and a nearby outbuilding. In addition, 10 extra-large duffel bags were reportedly found filled with 495 pounds of processed marijuana stored in vacuum-sealed, one-pound bags.
Fieldbrook pot bust is EPIC - The Mirror

You can bet this investigation is ongoing and far-reaching.

Monday, June 27, 2011

District Attorney Paul Gallegos, Poster boy for "Vote Local Control" begging for big bucks from - wait for it - out of town - makes the paper. $250-$2,500 a pop dinner


Pot lobbying group to host Gallegos fundraiser; Sacramento soiree for DA charges $250 a plate and more - TS
Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos is still looking to pay off some campaign debt and hopes to get a lot of help Wednesday at a pricey Sacramento fundraiser sponsored by a medical marijuana lobbying organization.

...$41,000 in outstanding loans, including $26,000 owed to his wife, local attorney Joan Gallegos.


I'm hearing that the local boys aren't ponying up the dough - probably because even they realize that he is a faker, and has let everyone down.

For Gallegos, ‘multitasking’ means pandering to growers and paying off campaign debt all at the same time - The Mirror (image source)

"Vote Local Control" Poster Boy, in his own words. Say anything.

This global warming is getting so bad

It's shifting from gorgeous, sunny and warm to cold and rainy all in a couple of hours.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

”The Intelliwaste study had been, we thought, designed to find out whether or not the Samoa facility was being operated in a reasonably efficient manager,” Boyd said. “And the next thing we knew was that it was then being used as a justification to go outside Humboldt County for a request for proposals for recycling by the waste management authority. We were feeling pretty persecuted by that."

Outcry against Willits contract brings HWMA, ACRC full circle; entities agree to discuss authority's potential acquisition of center's Samoa plant - Times Standard

Uh, you were going to CHARGE "$65 per ton to process its recycling" and the other guys were going to PAY the authority $8 per ton for the same service.... I think some people MIGHT feel a bit "persecuted" by being ripped off, don't you?

"Currently, the ACRC charges $50 per ton to process recycling," and you're stabbing in the dark, saying you'll drop it to $0?

Persecuted, nothing. Something is rotten in Denmark. (Arcata) Obviously, it wasn't/isn't "being operated in a reasonably efficient (manner)."

"Keeping it local" shouldn't mean being ripped off. This isn't a couple dollars difference, it's a spread of nearly $100 a ton. Bear in mind that Willits was going to have to HAUL it, incurring additional expense on their end, and they can STILL beat you by that much. Wow.

How long has this been going on, and how much has it cost the people - who have a right to expect their interests to be looked out for much better than this.

No?
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Odd. heraldo has a post up saying the Arcata Recycling Center is announcing that they are DROPPING their fees fees they charge you to drop off bottles and cans... "Beginning July 1, 2011 ACRC is reducing the facility fee for drop off of these materials to zero (the current fee is five dollars per visit). Certain materials, such as electronic waste, appliances, and fluorescent tubes, will still require a small fee to cover their safe handling.

Drop off recycling of mixed paper (newspaper, magazines, cardboard, and office pack) and containers (glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans and formed containers, steel cans, and #1-#7 plastic bottles and containers) will now be offered as a free service."

WTH? That's FREE in McKinleyville, and always has been. Arcata's been CHARGING? $5 a visit?

Explain.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Garr Nielsen fired without cause

CHIEF NIELSEN FIRED - heraldo June 24th, 2011 at 11:41
Heraldo: EPD Chief Nielsen Dismissed Lost Coast Outpost June 24th, 2011 at 12:21 p.m.
Nielsen out at EPD TS - June 24, 2011 12:30:34 PM PDT
EPD Chief Garr Nielsen Fired The Journal June 24th, 2011 at 12:29 P.M. (but quotes TS's 12:30 story)

EPD Chief Nielsen fired after 4 years; Harpham named interim replacement - 06/25/2011 02:40:18 AM

Clendenen cleared of conflict of interest complaint

UPDATE:Clendenen cleared of conflict of interest complaint; FPPC said there is 'insufficient evidence'
The Fair Political Practices Commission has cleared 2nd District Supervisor Clif Clendenen on allegations of a potential conflict of interest with his seat on the railroad authority.

The commission sent a letter, dated June 15, to Fortuna resident John Pelletier, who filed the complaint earlier this month. The letter stated, “after review by staff, it was determined that this complaint does not contain sufficient evidence to allege a violation of the Political Reform Act's conflict of interest provisions.”

According to a copy of the original complaint, Pelletier argued that Clendenen is violating the act by being a partner in his family business, Clendenen's Cider Works, which is located within 500 feet of the rail line the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) makes decisions on.

”It seems a victory for Mr. Clendenen for now,” Pelletier said Thursday. He did not elaborate on his concerns.

Clendenen has served on the NCRA since 2009. The orchard property, which is owned by Clendenen's mother, is adjacent to the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Authority route.

”It seemed without merit, and I'm glad the FPPC concurs,” Clendenen said on Thursday.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

In the Mailbox: The POT ADVOCATE DA wants $2,500 donations, the mask is off

Subject: Paul Gallegos Fundraiser

Dear Friend And Ally,

I hope this note finds you well. I am honored today to share with you a new and exciting development for the Medical Cannabis Industry in California. In an effort to strategically support the economic infrastructure and business interests of our industry, the California Cannabis Business League (CCBL) is being formed to support the people, the politics, and the future of the Medical Cannabis Industry in California.

The California Cannabis Business League would like to invite you to attend An Evening with Paul Gallegos. (See Attachment) Paul Gallegos is the District Attorney of Humboldt County. Paul is a leader in his community and he actively supports the medical cannabis industry throughout our state. The CCBL is proud to have Mr. Paul Gallegos serve on our Advisory Board. We encourage you to support Paul Gallegos and attend this event.

These are exciting times for the Medical Cannabis Industry. The CCBL is committed to creating jobs, advancing public safety, and providing new revenues to cities and communities. You will be receiving additional information about the California Cannabis Business League, and ways that you can participate and contribute. I thank you for your leadership and support of the Medical Cannabis Industry. I encourage you to attend the Paul Gallegos Fundraiser and learn more about the CCBL and its important mission. Thank you.

M. Max Del Real
President / CEO

California Capitol Solutions
916.717.2664 Capitol Office
916.720.0529 Capitol Fax
530.342.1455 District Office
530.267.8494 District Fax
max@calcapsol.com
www.calcapsol.com
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An Evening With Paul Gallegos District Attorney, Humboldt County
The California Cannabis Business League (CCBL) is pleased to invite you to an evening social and networking engagement with Paul Gallegos to celebrate his support of the Medical Cannabis Industry and its exciting future in California.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 29, 2011; 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Midtown Sacramento, L Street Lofts, 1818 L Street, Suite 810.
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