Archives for November 2018

Police: Meth Found In CheezIts Box Next To Young Child

114 grams of methamphetamine was found in a Cheezits box next to a small child in a vehicle pulled over this week as part of a drug investigation. Members of the Humboldt County Drug Task Force had been watching drug activity on the 700 block of P Street in Eureka for several months and saw two people who live there in a vehicle and pulled it over on the 4000 block of Broadway. Inside were 30 year old Pedro Martinez and 21 year old Sierra White. The two were taken into custody and the vehicle was searched. Martinez and White
were subsequently placed under arrest. Child Welfare Services responded to the scene and placed the
child into protective custody.
Agents then proceeded to Martinez and White’s residence on P Street. Agents served a search warrant at
this location and located an additional 224 grams of suspected methamphetamine, digital scales,
packaging material, and two firearms.

HSU Takes Part In Biomass Study

Researchers at Humboldt State University led the way on a nearly $6 million biomass study. It’s called Waste to Wisdom. The collaborative project aimed to develop marketable products from the waste materials produced by logging and other forest management activities, focusing primarily on biomass energy products with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and a number of research partners.

Trial Delayed For Accused Embezzler

A trial for a woman accused of embezzlement has been delayed at the request of her public defender. Carmen Marie England stands charged with ripping off more than $60,000 from the North Coast Journal during the ten years she worked there as a bookkeeper. England had a private attorney until last month. Her new counsel says the case involves mass amounts of accounting material to wade through and that will take time. They plan to set a trial date now on January 15th.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered, Suspects Arrested

Stolen vehicle tracked down and suspects rounded up. Late Thursday morning, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol at Clam Beach County Park observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the north parking lot. The deputy observed two male subjects associated with the vehicle leave towards the beach on foot. Upon further investigation, the deputy learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Arcata Wednesday night.
The suspects, later identified as Richard Lucas Martin, 28, and Blaine Richard Martin, 26, were located on the beach and taken into custody. They were booked into the Humboldt County Jail on various charges.

$50,000 Bail For Burglary Suspect

A man wanted for breaking into a home’s garage was cuffed early Thursday in Eureka. Officers were dispatched to an in-progress burglary at the 200 block of Hillsdale Street in Eureka. The reporting party
(RP) stated an unknown male had broken into their garage and the RP’s husband had the
suspect detained. Officers arrived on scene and took the suspect, identified as Ronald
Olson-Navarro (19 Years old), into custody without incident.
During the investigation, Olson-Navarro was found to be in possession of property that had
been stolen from the same victim’s vehicle the previous night.
Olson-Navarro was taken into custody for burglary, possession of stolen property, and
possession of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional
Facility and is being held on $50,000 bail.

Armed Robbery Reported At Azalea State Reserve Parking Area

Wednesday night a man reported being the victim of an armed robbery at the Azaela State Reserve parking area.
The victim said he was in his car when a man a pproached him asking for a cigarette, then left the area in a Chevy Blazer. According to the victim, the suspect vehicle returned several minutes later and struck the victim’s vehicle. Two male suspects exited the Blazer, brandishing firearms at the victim. The suspects demanded the victim’s wallet. The two suspects were last seen fleeing northbound on Azalea Avenue toward McKinleyville in a 1994 to 2000 model white Chevy Blazer, possibly spray painted black. Suspect one is described as a Hispanic male adult, 25 to 30 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, approximately 150 pounds, with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and dark jeans. Suspect two is described as a White male adult, 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, approximately 150 pounds, with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing dark clothes with a blue bandanna covering his face.

Humboldt County Link To Santa Rosa Bank Robbery?

It was a bank robbery that happened in Santa Rosa but possible are saying there’s a possible link to Humboldt County. Police there are investigating a bank robbery that occurred on November 20th. The suspect appears to be the same subject who has robbed a bank in Ukiah and Cloverdale in the last several months. The Santa Rosa Police Department has developed a possible nexus between the suspect and Humboldt County.Anyone with information should contact the Santa Rosa Police Department with that information.

Vehicle Break-Ins Suspect Cuffed In Eureka

A man is under arrest in connection with two vehicle break-ins in Eureka this week. The City that has had an increase in theft related crimes and while investigating the incidents, officers obtained a detailed description of the suspect.
Officers immediately began searching the area for the suspect. A short time later, a subject
closely matching the suspect’s description was located at the 2900 block of California Street.
The subject was identified as Melecio Lorenzo Sandoval (23 years old of Eureka, CA).
Sandoval was detained without incident.
As a result of the investigation, officers were able to connect Sandoval to three different
vehicle burglaries that occurred during the night and multiple items of stolen property were
recovered. Sandoval was taken into custody for burglary and possession of a controlled
substance. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the fresh
charges.

Sex Assault Under Investigation

A sexual assault late Tuesday night is under investigation. Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to New Navy Base Road in the Fairhaven area for the report of a sexual assault that had just occurred.

When deputies arrived on scene, they learned that earlier in the evening the female victim had accepted a ride from an unknown male subject while in Eureka. The suspect drove the victim to the Fairhaven area, where he then physically and sexually assaulted her. The suspect fled northbound on New Navy Base Road in a black or dark-colored, mid-sized SUV.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult, in his 40’s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, approximately 200 pounds, with a long, black ponytail, a mustache and a goatee. The suspect was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and brown pants.

Concerns Voiced, Litigation Considered Over Pot Factory

Plans to build a cannabis facility near Willow Creek Elementary School are drawing some criticism. Zoning is one issue, but some Hoopa Valley Tribe members say locating the operation there puts its members at risk in terms of drug use. Humboldt County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to discuss the project further next week. The superintendent of the Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District says the location of the property violates cannabis laws and the district is considering legal action.