Monday, February 29, 2016

Recorded messages: "I will not lose my house over your drug use"

"I will not lose my house over your drug use" - John Chiv/Words Worth Feb 29, 2016

Bullock is heard telling his grandmother he needs her help. He asks her to bail him out and she tells him she does not have the money. He tells her to get out it is $120,000 and she should put her house up.

That is when she says, ""I will not lose my house over your drug use." She says no to him several times in the selection we heard. "If I let you out, you will go back to drugs." Bullock says he won't. She says she has heard that before. Then she says "You killed somebody." He responds, "No, I didn't. I 'll explain it to you."

Jury selection and evidentiary hearings start in Gary Lee Bullock case - John Chiv/Words Worth Feb 29, 2016

May God's forgiveness and strength be with us but also Gary Lee Bullock and his family - John Chiv/Words Worth Feb 28, 2016

In Recorded Phone Call, Bullock Pleaded With His Grandma to Put Her House Up for His Bail - Ryan Burns/Lost Coast Outpost

Jury Selection Begins in Trial of Gary Lee Bullock, Accused of Murdering Catholic Priest - Ryan Burns/Lost Coast Outpost

Gary Lee Bullock sat quietly in the courtroom this morning as Judge John T. Feeney began the process of selecting a jury for the case against him. Bullock, 46, stands accused of murdering Father Eric Freed, beloved priest at Eureka’s St. Bernard Catholic Parish, on New Year’s Day 2014, with special allegations of torture and carjacking. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Bullock is represented by Kaleb Cockrum, from Humboldt County’s Conflict Counsel Office, with Deputy District Attorney Andrew Isaac leading the prosecution. The morning court session was occupied by Feeney working through a stack of jury questionnaires, dismissing people with obvious hardships and ultimately selecting 31 potential jurors to fill out long-form questionnaires.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Another lawsuit, complete with emails and intrigue

Woods never contacted me back; HUMMAP sues county's cannabis ordinance, the lawsuit Sawatsky was going to fund? - John Chiv/Words Worth Feb 24, 2016
Feb 17, 2016 - Anti marijuana Kent Sawatsky to fund a lawsuit for HUMMAP? Woods and Sawatsky Humboldt County's latest odd couple?
Public watch dog Kent Sawatsky has threatened action before before against Judge Bruce Watson but no follow through.

In the past, he has been very vocal about being anti cannabis, particularly chewing out the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors for the Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance.

These are just two quotes from two of my posts:
"We currently have the highest capita of criminals in U.S. with crimes such as tax evasion and money laundering": Kent Sawatsky

"Weed greed and children do not mix" : Kent Sawatsky
Mr. Sawatsky is willing to fund a lawsuit but has to become a member of HUMMAP and allegedly he wants his involvement kept quiet until this is official.

Except his potential plan hit a hitch.

Not all HUMMAP members are thrilled with this potential alliance. (According to emails from some of the HUMMAP members)

Arreaga case falls apart, ends with 'Not Guilty'

Recently acquitted in double homicide, Arreaga still has preliminary hearing scheduled for possession of drugs in jail - John Chiv/Words Worth

" Arreaga got away with murdering Angel Tully and Harley Hammers Jr! We really feel he was the shooter and Shavonne Hammers was the cause of it! " - John Chiv/Words Worth

Jury in Fieldbrook double homicide case second trial finds Arreaga not guilty on both counts - John Chiv/Words Worth

Second jury trial for double murder in Fieldbrook concludes, jury deliberations started late this afternoon - John Chiv/Words Worth

NO plea deal made with any of the murder suspects in 14 year old Jesus Garcia's homicide

DA has not made a plea deal with any murder suspect in 14 year old Jesus Garcia's homicide - John Chiv/Words Worth

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New attorney appointed for Joe Olivio, Jr, one of four suspects in Jesus Garcia homicide - John Chiv/Words Worth Feb 23, 2016
Feb 19, 2016 - Lot of last minute changes in the court hearings and attorneys for the four suspects charged in the death of 14 year old Jesus Romero-Garcia
Feb 18, 2016 - Joe Olivio III's arraignment continued for another week; he is charged with the homicide of Jesus Garcia
Feb 16, 2016 - Joe Daniel Olivio, another suspect in homicide of Jesus Garcia arraigned this afternoon
Feb 9, 2016 - Appointment of attorney for Nicholas Leigl, a suspect in the Jesus Garcia homicide, with alleged ties to the 18th street gang in limbo
Feb 5, 2016 - No bail for Nicholas Leigl, first suspect arraigned for homicide of Jesus Garcia
Feb 5, 2016 - Nicholas Leigl, one of the suspects in the Jesus Romero-Garcia with alleged ties to the 18th street gang arraigned for murder and criminal street gang charges
Feb 4, 2016 - District Attorney Maggie Fleming gives update on status of arraignments for suspects in Jesus Garcia homicide
Mario Nunez, suspect in Jesus Garcia homicide gets preliminary hearing date set in March, for now - John Chiv/Words Worth Feb 23, 2016

No bail for Mario Nunez, third suspect in alleged gang related homicide and death of Jesus,Garcia, arraignment continued - John Chiv/Words Worth Feb 19, 2016

Homicide of 14 year old from 2014 involves alleged connection to Mexican gang mafia - John Chiv/Words Worth Feb 4, 2016

Transparency and efficiency

Remember all those claims that Gallegos modernized the office?

Looks like someone else finally did it.

Public may soon be able to view Humboldt Superior Court case management system from home; this is one of the many future changes under the leadership of new Court CEO - John Chiv/Words Worth

Humboldt County Superior Court CEO Kim Bartleson started in October 2015. In just four months, there have been some visible changes and others that the public will be seeing in the future. She comes to Humboldt County with 22 years of experience as a CEO in Washington State.

As someone who spends a lot of time and daily at the Courthouse, within days of Ms. Bartleson taking over, the most obvious changes I saw were in staff morale and information to the public. Even with last minute changes, the electronic calendars are more up to date now. Unlike her predecessor, Ms. Bartleson is very accessible and helpful....

"As of right now, there are 366 criminal jury trials set. Between the time period of 9/25/15 – 12/25/15 there were 626 criminal jury trials set."

Saturday, February 20, 2016

R.I.P. Charles Ollivier

A big loss. The Frenchman. Loved life, cooking, fast German cars, his family, and Humboldt Bay, the harbor and the port. So many good stories about life as a longshoreman, and in coming to Humboldt County in general.

Charles Louis Bernard Ollivier August 20, 1936 - February 16, 2016

CHARLES LOUIS BERNARD OLLIVIER August 20, 1936 - February 16, 2016

Charles Ollivier died suddenly at home in McKinleyville with his wife and son at his side.

Born in Agen, France, he was the second of three children to Marie Jean Guibert Ollivier and Eloi Desiree Ollivier. Charles' family moved from France to the U.S.A. in 1951 when he was 14 years of age.

He graduated with a "Certificat d'Etudes Primaires Elementaires' from the Academie de Grenoble, Department Des Hautes-Alpes in 1950, and received a diploma from Arcata High School in 1954. He attended Humboldt State University.

Charles brought his love of everything French with him and was glad to share it with anyone anywhere.

Charles worked in local mills, Humboldt Plywood, Roddiscraft, Weyerhauser, and Simpson Lumber Company before proudly becoming a member of the International Longshoremen & Warehousemans Union Local 14. He worked as a longshoreman for 35 years before retiring in 2002. He spent 16 terms as Union President, and also served many times on the Labor Relations Committee as Chairman, Caucus Convention Delegate and on the California Small Ports Committee. He was proud of being a labor organizer and union supporter. With a love for meeting people and his interest in real estate, he completed and received his Certificate of Completion from Anthony Schools in 1971 and worked in several local offices as a Realtor while working as a longshoreman.

He was an elected 5th District Commissioner for 16 years on the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District, serving on numerous committees and with much pride on the Pilotage Committee. He was appointed to the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) Board of Directors. Appointed by Congressman Hamburg, Charles served on President Clinton's Forest Conference in Portland, Oregon on April 17, 1993. Certificate of Special Recognition from the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors for five years of outstanding service on the Board of the North Coast Railroad Authority and for 16 years of exceptional public service as the 5th Division Commissioner on the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Board was awarded to Charles on August 18, 2009. His service on non-profit boards, Lions Club, and coaching sport teams are too numerous to list.

The enthusiasm and interests in his family and his community were primary in his life. He also thoroughly enjoyed cooking. He collected an impressive Jazz music library, and had an awesome singing voice, often being mistaken as Tony Bennett or another Hollywood celebrity. He enjoyed history, economics, geography and mathematics, and people. He loved dressing well.

He is survived by his partner, wife, and best friend of over 40 years, Carol Ollivier. He is also survived by his beloved sister Helene Black and brother Daniel (Jayne) Ollivier, and his much beloved children: Philip Ollivier (Denise Payne), Jeanine Ollivier Rollins (David), Marc Ollivier (YuShu), Carol's son Sean Sullivan; grandchildren: Jenn Ollivier, Brian Ollivier, Graham Payne, Sean Patrick Sullivan (Janelle Fauquet) and Maxx (Michelle) Sullivan; great grandsons Vincent Ostenberg and Patrick James (PJ) Sullivan; niece and nephew Cathie Hatfield (Matthew Buckley), and Robert Black (Michelle Palermo) and great niece Desiree Hatfield Buckley and Sophie Palermo Black; sister-in-Law Beverly Bennett, and brothers-in-Law Kenneth (Fumiko) Keltner and James Keltner. There are many, many other wonderful nieces and nephews, especially great grand niece Megan Harrison Evenson. Charles was preceded in death by his parents and stepson Patrick Sullivan.

Mass for Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 23rd at St. Bernard's Church, 6th & H Street, Eureka. Family and friends may attend the burial/interment at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Greenwood Cemetery, 1757 J Street, Arcata. Please sign the guestbook at under obituaries.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Feb. 20, 2016