Archives for August 2019

Thursday Night Fire At Best Western

Just after 9:00PM on Thursday, August 22nd, Humboldt Bay Fire was dispatched to the Best Western at 3500 Broadway St. Crews arrived and were alerted to smoke and flames pushing out of the left side of the building by several guests who had evacuated the building. At this time, we believe the fire originated in the walls of the sauna as a result of a faulty heating unit. The sprinkler in the fitness room was operating properly and was activated to release water as designed. Crews evacuated the building and were able to extinguish the remaining smoke and flames. There were no injuries, and damage was confined to the fitness room area at an approximation of $20,000. After working with PG&E to secure power and gas and with hotel maintenance
staff to secure fire watch, guests were allowed to return to their rooms safely.

Missing Hiker Found Dead

A 34 year old hiker who went missing in the Trinity Alps was found dead Sunday morning. Daniel Komins’ backpack was found off the trail between L Lake and Mirror Lake. Search and rescue teams then found Komins’ remains near the backpack, which they determined to be his. A preliminary investigation appears to indicate that Komins may have fallen in the steep and rocky terrain. Komins was an EMT in Blue Lake, an experienced hiker and hadn’t been heard from since August 11th. He had embarked on a five day solo hike.

Man Held For Allegedly Threatening Neighbors With Assault Rife

$145,000 bail set for a man accused of threatening his neighbors with a rifle. On Monday, Officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to the 1200 block of Myrtle Avenue for the report of a subject threatening his
neighbors with an assault rifle.
Upon arrival, Officers contacted the suspect, identified as Arron Cummings (33 years
old), who stated he had had a dispute with his neighbors. As a result of interviews, it was
determined that during the dispute, Cummings pushed his neighbor causing a minor
injury. Cummings then returned to his apartment and displayed an assault rifle from the
window of his residence, while yelling a threat towards his neighbor. Officers located an
illegal assault rifle and a handgun in Cummings’ residence. The handgun was determined
to be reported stolen out of the State of Georgia.
Cummings was taken into custody on fresh charges of Criminal Threats, Brandishing a
weapon, Assault and Battery, Possession of Stolen Property, and other charges related to
the assault weapon possession. Cummings was transported to the Humboldt County
Correctional Facility .

Man Sentenced In Deadly Hit And Run

15 years behind bars for a McKinleyville man for strking and killing a 16 year old dirl while driving while intoxicated on Central Avenue. Lost Coast Outpost reports a judge sentenced 49 year old James Merrick Tuesday after he pleaded guilty last month to the hit and run death of Tessa Gingerich. She was one of three people walking along the road when Merrick, driving on bald tires, lost control of his truck and hit her. He had already been on probation for another drunk driving offiense and his blood alcohol level was at .19.

Man Faces Murder Charges In McKinleyville Stabbing

Murder charges face a man in McKinleyville after a call of a disturbance on the 1100 block of Boss Rd. Saturday. It was reported that a male subject may have been stabbed during the incident. It was also reported that a male subject was on the ground and unresponsive. Deputies arrived on scene and located an unresponsive male on the sidewalk. Lifesaving efforts were started and the subject was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Deputies later arrested Brian Leiteritz, age 40, of McKinleyville. He was charged with murder and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

‘Man With A Gun’ Report Leads To Arrest

A man with a gun report leads to an arrest in McKinleyville. On Thursday at about 11:10 AM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a man with a gun on the 1600 block of Sutter Rd. It was reported that a male subject was shooting at vehicles that were passing by.
Deputies immediately responded to the area and located the subject who was still on scene. Deputies were able to quickly and safely detain the subject and secure the gun, which was located in his pocket. Although the gun had no identifying markings and appeared to be an actual firearm, it was later determined to be a CO2 powered pellet gun. While on scene, Deputies spoke to other victims who said the subject had fired the gun at them as well. There were no injuries sustained during the incident. The suspect, Tyler Godwin, age 32, was arrested for charges relating to the brandishing of a firearm.

HSU’s Rank On Princeton Review’s ‘Best Of The West’ Colleges

HSU is one of the 127 best colleges in the West according to The Princeton Review. The education services company lists HSU in the Best in the West section of its “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” feature. See the full results at The website features a total of 656 colleges that The Princeton Review recommends over five regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, and International. The colleges that made the “Best in the West” list are located in 12 Western states. “We chose HSU and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief

Watchful Citizen Helps Nab Hit And Run Suspect

A watchful resident is being credited for helping to track down a hit and run suspect in Arcata. On August 3rd at about 12:29am, officers with the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to the 1300 block of Q Street for the report of a hit and run which had just occurred. It was reported by a witness that a white pickup truck pulling a trailer had struck a fence and fled the scene. The truck was located a short time later by officers on Janes Road.

The driver of the truck, identified as Eureka resident Blake Gregory Moreland (age 33), was subsequently arrested for PC 496(a)-Possession of a Stolen Vehicle after an investigation revealed that the truck Moreland was driving had been reported stolen to the Eureka Police Department. In the bed of the truck was a motorcycle that had also been reported stolen to the Eureka Police Department.

During the officer’s investigation, it was also discovered that the trailer being towed by Moreland had just been stolen from the business he was seen fleeing from.

During a search incident to his arrest, a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol was located in a bag belonging to Moreland.

The front seat passenger of the truck, identified as Eureka resident Amber Lee Dominguez (age 25) was arrested for H&S 11364 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Moreland and Dominguez were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where Moreland was booked and lodged for PC 496(a)-Possession of Stolen Vehicle, PC 29880 (a)(1)- Felon in Possession of a Firearm and PC 12022.1- Felony Committed While Released on Bail. Dominguez was booked and lodged for H&S 11364- Possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Arcata Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Arcata for their continued vigilance in reporting crime in their community and safeguarding their neighborhood.

Body Located Off Shore Near Trinidad

On 08-04-2019, at about 9:30 AM, the United States Coast Guard notified the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office they had received a call of a body having been located just off shore of a beach near Trinidad. It was reported that Kayakers in that area had located the body in the water north of Trinidad State Beach.

Deputies responded to the area along with Cal Fire, and with the assistance of the kayakers, were able to recover the body from the water. The deceased is a white male, approximately sixty years of age. Deputies are working to confirm the identity of the male so next of kin can be notified. The circumstances surrounding the death are unknown, however, there is no indication of foul play. The investigation is ongoing.

Road Work Starting Monday In Eureka

The City of Eureka will continue performing road construction work on Waterfront Drive from G Street
to J Street in Eureka on Monday, August 5 th through, Saturday August 10th, 2019. This work requires road and sidewalk closures for the length of construction. Work will typically be
performed between the hours of 7:00 am to 6:00 pm daily, WEATHER PERMITTING. Alternate routes
are advised.