Archives for September 2018

CalTrans ‘Fix It First’ Projects Locally

Some local projects will be among the “Fix-it-First” projects this fiscal year from CalTrans. $3.1 million will be used for a Striping Project on U.S. Highway 199 and State Route 299 in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties. They’ll widen striping and increase visibility on 178 lane miles of U.S. Highway 199 at various locations from US-101 Junction in Crescent City in Del Norte County to the California/Oregon State line, and State Route 299 at various locations from SR-299/US-101 Separation in the city of Arcata to north of Titlow Hill Road in the city of Blue Lake, and from west of Willow Glen/Willow Road to south of New 3 Creeks Road in the town of Willow Creek. Also, $4.6 million for a striping project on State Routes 20 and 53 in Lake and Mendocino Counties, and $1.7 million for bridge preservation work on State Route 1 at various locations from Schooner Gulch Bridge in the city of Point Arena to Caspar Creek Bridge in Mendocino County, and SR-128 at Anderson Creek Bridge in the town of Boonville.

Candidate Forums At Rotary Club Of Eureka

The Rotary Club of Eureka is inviting the public to attend two candidate forums to be held during their regularly scheduled Monday meetings. The forums will be run by the League of Women Voters. There are a number of local candidates running this year so the forums have been split up over two Mondays with seven candidates at each event. Monday, October 1 will feature the Eureka Mayor and Eureka City Council, Ward 1 candidates.
On Monday, October 8 the Eureka City Council, Ward 3 and 5 candidates along with the Harbor District candidates will be featured. The forums will take place at the Elk’s Lodge at 445 Herrick Avenue in Eureka. The forums will begin promptly at 12:30 and they will last for one hour. There will be a buffet lunch served at Noon. The cost is $15.00 per person. There is no cost if someone would just like to observe from the audience.

Harrison Arraignment On Murder In The First

He was on the run until he wasn’t and Thursday, 28 year old Zachary Cordell Harrison was arraigned on a first degree murder charge. His lawyer entered a plea of not guilty. A November 7th court date will likely be the day a trial date is set. In the meantime, Harrison remains behind bars in lieu of $2 million bail. Harrison is accused of shooting and killing Robert Holtsclaw as he sat in his pickup on Sixth Street in Alderpoint.

PG&E Checking Vegetation Near Power Lines

As of Thursday, PG&E is using a helicopter to patrol electric lines in Northern Humboldt County as part of vegetation and safety work. On Wednesdays or Thursdays over the next few weeks, a helicopter will leave the Ukiah Municipal Airport around 8:00 am and fly through 4:00 pm. Foresters will be flying low, but still within FAA guidelines when it comes to utility work near PG&E facilities, in order to look for vegetation near electric lines in high fire-threat areas in areas including Bridgeville, Willow Creek and Hoopa.

HCSO Gets New Dispatch, Records Management System

This week the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office launched a new records management and
computer aided dispatch system, joining other local agencies to provide Humboldt County
citizens with increased transparency and more efficient public safety services.
RIMS Records Management will allow the Sheriff’s Office to increase efficiency when processing community
requests for services. The system also provides more-comprehensive statistical data, allowing
deputies to better track and address problematic areas of the county, and can help coordinate communications with other agencies.

Man Charged In Domestic Dispute

A man is charged in a domestic dispute. On Sept. 26, 2018, at about 10 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 300 block of Thomas Road in Miranda for the report of a gunshot victim.
When deputies arrived on scene, they located a female adult victim with a non-life threatening
gunshot wound and other injuries. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Upon further investigation, deputies determined this incident to be domestic-violence related. The
suspect, 31-year-old Michael Lee Russell, was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County
Correctional Facility on charges of inflicting corporal injury and violation of probation. His bail is
set at $50,000.

Mendo County Exec Receives RCRC Honor

The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) announced that Carmel Angelo, Mendocino County Executive Officer, was recognized with the 2018 RCRC President’s Award for her work on behalf of California’s rural counties. Angelo was selected for her work in helping advocate and champion a number of public policy issues on behalf of California’s rural counties, including creating a local and regional approach to addressing cannabis cultivation, working to have better deployment of broadband in rural areas, and ensuring acess to health care in rural communities. In addition to her role with Mendocino County, Ms. Angelo is extremely active in the California Association of County Executives, sharing her expertise with other members of the county family.

Hit And Run Vehicle, Driver Located

The vehicle and driver involved in a hit and run accident in Eureka early Tuesday have been located. At about 12:30am, police officers responded to the 1700 block of
4 th Street for a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian hit and run traffic collision. When
officers arrived on scene they located the pedestrian in the roadway suffering from major
injuries. The pedestrian was transported from the scene to the hospital for treatment.
The suspect vehicle had bee described as a black, two-door coupe. It was last seen traveling
westbound on 4 th Street from the vicinity of R Street. No word on the identity of the driver or if they are facing charges in the crash.

Report: ABC Agent Testifies She Bought Drugs At Arcata Bars

An investigator with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has testified that she openly purchased cocaine at Sidelines Sports Bar in Arcata, on multiple occasions, as part of a months-long drug sting. Lost Coast Outpost reports that testimony was part of day one of a four day administrative hearing being held by the agency. Samantha Scott went on to say she also enrolled the help of staff at Toby & Jack’s to buy cocaine as well. During the sting, authorities snatched up many different drugs including methamphetamine, LSD, ecstasy and DMT.

Tsunami Evac Plans Reviewed By HCSO Wednesday

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services invites the public to a free
educational presentation on maritime tsunami evacuation procedures on Wednesday, Sept. 26,
2018 at 4 p.m. at the Blue Lake Casino Sapphire Palace.
This presentation is geared toward recreational and commercial boaters and will cover the
tsunami hazards specific to boaters in the Humboldt Bay region. Attendees will learn what to
expect in the event of a tsunami, how to get tsunami warnings, how to safely evacuate to protect
yourself and your boat before a distant source tsunami arrives and what to do in the event of a
near source tsunami.
The maritime tsunami evacuation presentation is part of Tsunami Con 2018, a two-day training
hosted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services. Community partners and
emergency responders will be attending Tsunami Con to learn best practices for emergency
response and preparedness in the event of a tsunami.