Archives for April 2019

Curry County Conducts Sex Offender Compliance Sweep

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office participated in a three day joint operation throughout
Curry County on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week April 23, 24, 25, 2019
along with several officers from additional law enforcement agencies. The focus of the joint operation was to bring into compliance all non-compliant sex offenders in Curry County and also to look for those who have valid
warrants for their arrest. To date, Curry County has 165 total offenders and out of those there are 42 that are non-compliant, meaning that they have not kept up their required registration, moved out of
state, deported or a few presumed deceased among other reasons. During this joint sweep
there were 153 compliance checks attempted, unable to locate 42, verified 93 addresses,
verified 18 bad addresses, enforcement action taken 6 times, arrested 2, cited and released
2 and issued 2 warnings. During the sweep, law enforcement was able to get 12
offenders back in compliance.

Arcata Eatery Targeted By ABC

Monday, Agents with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) posted a Notice of Revocation at Rico’s Tacos Taqueria, a beer and wine restaurant located at 686 F Street, Suite D in Arcata.
ABC filed an accusation against the licensed premises this year for alleged illegal drug possession and drug possession for sale by co-licensee Ariel Arguellas-Sosa. He was arrested locally in August, 2018 on charges of illegal drug activity. He posted bail and did not show up for his most recent scheduled court appearance.
During the course of the investigation law enforcement discovered over four ounces of heroin, over six ounces of methamphetamine, 2.9 pounds of cocaine, $64,109 dollars cash and two vehicles were seized. Police estimate the street value of the drugs, seized vehicles and cash to be roughly $200,000. In addition, local law enforcement and ABC discovered that the proceeds from the illegal drug sales were allegedly being used to operate Rico’s Tacos Taqueria. Rico’s Tacos Taqueria has not contested ABC’s accusation so the Department has moved forward with revocation of the license. Effective immediately alcoholic beverage sales are prohibited at the business

Fire Damages Home In Eureka

Damage estimated at $150,000 after a fire at a home on the 4100 Block of Walnut Drive in Eureka Monday night.
Community members driving passed the home noticed flames coming from the roof, pulled over, called 9-1-1, and alerted the residents of the home by knocking on the front door. Aided by these efforts, residents inside the home at the time of the fire made it out safely. After gaining control of the fire, HBF also partnered with the Red Cross to ensure the residents of the home have alternate housing until re-entry of the home is possible and helped to retrieve belongings from the home.

Arcata Police Warn Of Man Making Lewd Gestures

An advisory from Arcata Police. On Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 12:58 PM, Police Department Officers responded to Healthsport, 300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, on a report of an adult male attempting to reach for a juvenile female and then making a lewd gesture towards her. The 9 year old female survivor was roller skating in the parking lot on the west side of Healthsport when a White male adult approached her and extended his arms out as if to reach for her. The suspect then made a lewd gesture towards the girl before she was able to skate to safety and notify her parents. The suspect was described as a White male adult with a black beard and black hair wearing unknown colored shorts. The suspect was last seen walking westbound on 7th Street. At approximately 4:00 PM the same day, at the intersection of Samoa Boulevard and G Street, a male matching the same description was walking Northbound in the crosswalk across Samoa Boulevard and made a lewd gesture toward an adult female who was seated in a vehicle stopped in traffic. Investigators believe this male is possibly the same suspect who reached for the 9 year old girl earlier that day.

This is an active investigation

HSU AD Candidates To Meet With The Public

Two candidates will be part of meetings this week as HSU continues its search for a new athletic director. On Tuesday, the public can meet candidate. Cliff Dochterman, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, on Wednesday, during the same time, Ronald Prettyman and on Friday between 5:30 and 6:30pm. Melissa Ringhausen will be available. Then the process continues next Tuesday, with Bill Macriss appearing from 5:30 to 6:30pm. All the meetings happen at the Lumberjack Arena.

Family Of Former Arcata Bowl Co-Owner Awarded $4.4 Million In Mesothelioma Suit

An LA County jury this week awarded $4.4 million to the family of the former co-owner of Arcat Bowl. Donald Vanni died in 2012 of mesothelioma, caused by years of drilling out finger holes in bowling balls that had asbestos inside them. Lost Coast Outpost reports asbestos was used as a filler in plastic Ebonite bowling balls, supplied by Honeywell in the form of discarded brake lining dust. In the 1960’s Honeywell’s Bendix plant was generating 15 tons of asbestos-laden dust each day. But, rather than pay to dispose of it, they sold it as filler for commercial products including bowling balls. Vanni routinely drilled Ebonite balls in a small room, with no protection, for years. Vanni was diagnosed with pericardial mesothelioma in 2012.

Eureka Street Art Festival, Part II

The Eureka Street Art Festival is gearing up for the second annual event from July 27 – August 3, with the culminating Block Party on Saturday, August 3 from 12-6. The second annual Festival will be in Downtown Eureka, focusing on the 6th and 7th Street corridors, between C and H Streets. For this year’s festival, you can expect to see the creation of about 20 new murals on some of downtown’s most central buildings (including the Fire Station, Police Station, the Ink People, and the Eureka Theater). The artist application process drew in over 120 applicants from all over the world, and the organizers are working to finalize the artists and walls to be adorned.

Hiring Of Contractor Puts Dam Removal One Step Closer

Dam removal on the Klamath River is one step closer to reality. The Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC), which is the entity charged with removing the lower four dams on the Klamath River, announced the selection of Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. (Kiewit) as the prime contractor for this project. The Yurok Tribe began its efforts to remove the lower four dams on the Klamath River in 2000, and an agreement was reached for their removal in 2010 and modified in 2016. Working with a broad alliance of partners, including other Tribes, environmental groups, and supported by various Federal and State agencies, the Yurok Tribe worked tirelessly for this restoration project. The removal of the Klamath River dams will be the largest dam removal project in the history of the world.

Correctional Officers Credited With Keeping Inmate From Hanging Himself

Two correctional deputies and a court services bailiff saved an inmate’s life Wednesday afternoon. At about 3:30 p.m. a Humboldt County Correctional Facility male inmate had just finished a court hearing and was returning back to his dorm within the facility as is allowed for inmates in good standing. But, aftter leaving his court hearing, the inmate approached a linear-style cell utilized for holding inmates awaiting court. The inmate used jail issued clothing in an attempt to take his own life at the cell by hanging himself. Court Services Correctional Deputy Colby Henson saw what happened on the facility’s monitoring system and called for immediate assistance. Correctional Deputy Avila-Garcia was first to arrive on scene and held the inmate up until further help arrived. Court Services Bailiff Ron Sligh was second to arrive on scene and assisted Correctional Deputy Avila-Garcia by climbing the linear cell and freeing the inmate. The inmate was evaluated by medical staff on scene and was uninjured from the incident.

Coast Guard Recovers Wayward Buoy In Humboldt Bay

A San Francisco-based Coast Guard buoy tender traveled to Humboldt Bay Tuesday to recover displaced aids-to-navigation and attempted to restore missing navigational aids to assist mariners in transiting the Humboldt Bay Bar and Entrance Channels.

Severe shoaling has affected Humboldt Bay since November 2018, causing breaking surf inside the harbor and making the transit dangerous to mariners.

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen coordinated their spring Northern California buoy run with the Humboldt Harbor Safety Committee to reestablish the seasonal Humboldt Bay Lighted Bell Buoy #2, which was removed in November 2018 due to annual heavy weather causing the buoy to drift off station.