[UPDATE—Now Open!] Avenue of the Giants Blocked by Tree

Kym Kemp / Today @ 7:52 a.m. /  News

UPDATE 9:41 a.m.: The Avenue is now clear in both areas.  Yeah, Caltrans!

UPDATE 9:00 a.m.: According to Caltrans’ spokesperson Eli Rohl, “There are two trees down - the first one up at [post mile] 39 and another near [post mile] 18.” One tree fall causing a partial closure is by Holmes. It is north of Weott. The second, as posted earlier, is a full closure south of Weott. The northern tree fall should be cleared by 10:30, Rohl said. At this point, the southern tree fall has no estimated time for being cleared. Caltrans is sending crews to the site to clear it as soon as possible.

UPDATE 8:41 a.m.: Caltrans estimates the closure will last one to two hours.

Original post: According to CHP dispatch a tree has fallen across Hwy 254 (the Avenue of the Giants.) The tree is across both lanes south of Weott. Follow updates here.


Motorhome on Fire on Briceland Thorne Road

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 11:38 p.m. /  Fire!

UPDATE 11:42 p.m.: Scanner traffic says fire contained to the vehicle.


Original post:

A motorhome that a Southern Humboldt resident says is now parked by the first turnout west of the China Creek Road exit from Briceland Thorn Road but has been in the area for several weeks has caught on fire. The RV had “had flames coming out one of the windows over the roof” when he called 911 about 11 p.m.

Follow the updates with CHP Dispatch here

The Grins Say It All: CCUSH With Generous Support of Southern Humboldt Community Donates Money and Supplies to 15 Local Schools

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 10:01 p.m. /  Community

A representative of CCUSH presents a $250 check as teachers and students from the upper grades at Salmon Creek Community School hold items from the donated box of supplies.

A supply drive for Southern Humboldt schools by CCUSH (Community Credit Union of Southern Humboldt) was overwhelmingly successful this fall. From crayons to soccer balls, local residents dropped of brand new items at the credit union to be donated to local schools. (See photo below.) They also dropped off cash which the credit union matched.

Donated items covered a large table.

Shon Wellborn, the CEO of CCUSH described the experience of delivering the items and a $250 check each to 15 schools in the Southern Humboldt/Northern Mendocino area as “awesome!” She wrote,

From Leggett Valley (their garden has a sign “Today Garlic, Tomorrow the World”) to Casterlin, from South Fork to Whale Gulch, from Whitethorn (“We didn’t even receive eraser heads for pencils this year”, “Well, check your box, we have 3 dozen for you”) to Salmon Creek (the challenging road leads to breathless beauty), it’s been quite an interesting delivery process. 

Although this was the first year of the drive, CCUSH plans to make it an annual event. Wellborn was impressed that the community “embraced it with such enthusiasm.” She said that she choked with emotion “when I realized that we had collected more funds” than expected.  

[T]he joy of actually delivering the supplies and presenting the checks to so many outlying schools (not all within the recognized school district),” she said. “[T]he outpouring of appreciation for such basic things ….. these are some of the things that have filled my heart with such joy and sustained my hope for the future.”

Casterlin Elementary K-1 Class sent a thank you poster to the Community Credit Union of Southern Humboldt. 

Note: This reporter’s school is featured in the top photo and benefited from the donations.

Man and Dog, Maggie, Missing East of Covelo

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 4:47 p.m. /  News

Trinity County Sheriff’s Department press release:

Dave Stornetta is missing out of remote Southern Trinity area East of Covelo.  We currently have a Search and Rescue Manager and member of our Search and Rescue Team on scene.  More resources have been requested for assistance for tomorrow’s search.

PTA Fair This Saturday

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 1:08 p.m. /  Community


Marijuana Residue, Mud, and Replica Handgun Get Three Arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Robbery

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Oct. 22 @ 3:44 p.m. / Crime ,  marijuana

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department press release:

On 10-22-2014 at approximately 7:00 AM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported suspicious vehicle parked blocking a dirt driveway in the 9000 block of Colony Drive in Redwood Valley, California.

The vehicle was described as a white “Tahoe” and a partial license plate was provided.

Due to recent past home invasion robberies, and other suspicious incidents in Redwood Valley, a high priority was given to this call.  All on-duty Sheriff’s Office patrol personnel responded to the area in search of the vehicle.

While checking the area, Deputies located the described vehicle in the 9500 block of East Road.

The occupants of the vehicle were identified as being James Molina Rodriguez Jr. (Hayward, Ca) , Haskell Ray Story Jr. (San Leandro, Ca) and Angelo John Pacheco (San Leandro, Ca).

Two of the occupants were wearing camouflage clothing and all three occupants were found to have marijuana residue on their clothing as well as mud on their pants and shoes.

A search of the inside of the vehicle turned up a replica handgun with an attached laser sight, a small amount of methamphetamine, tools used for breaking into buildings or cutting marijuana and a large amount of marijuana residue.

Due to the totality of the circumstances and information obtained during the investigation, all three occupants were arrested for conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of a controlled substances, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Anyone with additional information regarding any potential robbery or burglary in Redwood Valley or the Ukiah Valley is urged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086, as this investigation is ongoing.

Suspect #1:
Name: James Molina  Rodriguez Jr
Age: 41
City/State: Hayward, Ca

Suspect #2:
Name: Angelo John Pacheco
Age: 37
City/State: San Leandro, Ca

Suspect #3:
Name: Haskell Ray Story Jr
Age: 45
City/State: San Leandro, Ca

[UPDATED] Sheriff’s Office Reports Homicide in Redway This Morning

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Oct. 22 @ 6:47 a.m. /  Crime

UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has confirmed the identity of the homicide victim and notified the next of kin. The victim has been identified as Daneyal Mohammad Siddique, 40 years old, who is from Redway, California.

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UPDATE, 11:34 a.m.: Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 10-22-2014, at approximately 12:15 a.m. , the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a citizen who reported hearing a gun shot and discovered a man had been shot at the Dean Creek Resort, Redway. Citizens at the scene attempted lifesaving efforts on the victim, while medical and law enforcement responded. When deputies arrived, the suspect, identified as Jason Armstrong, 40 years old, from Dumas, Texas met with deputies. as they arrived. Medical personnel tended to the victim, who was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office were summoned to the scene. Detectives learned the 41 year old male victim and the suspect had been in a brief verbal argument earlier in the evening. The victim was residing in a room at Dean Creek Resort and Armstrong was staying in a nearby cabin at the resort. They did not know each other prior to the argument. After the brief argument, the victim and Armstrong parted ways. Armstrong went to victim’s room to settle the argument, believing it was not over. Armstrong was carrying a semi- automatic handgun. Armstrong confronted the victim on the back patio of the room and brandished the handgun at the victim. While brandishing the handgun, the victim attempted to disarm Armstrong. During the brief struggle over the weapon, Armstrong strong shot the victim once in the chest.

After shooting the victim, Armstrong walked away and unloaded the weapon near his cabin. When deputies arrived, he walked up to the deputies and surrendered without incident. Armstrong was arrested and transported to Eureka where he was interviewed by detectives. He was then booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on one count of murder. His bail was set at $1,000,000.00.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. 

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UPDATE, 9:26 a.m.: Lt. Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office tells the Outpost that detectives have detained and are interviewing one suspect, and that his office does not believe the community is in danger.

We believe the person responsible is in custody at this time,” Knight said.

The Sheriffs Office will release further information later today.

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Original Post: Your Lost Coast Outpost awoke to the following tweet sent out by Lieutenant Steve Knight with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office: 

Scanner traffic from around that time alludes to a male being shot in the chest across from the Dean’s Creek Resort office near room six. Other parties on the scene attempted to apply pressure to the wound, but by 12:22 a.m. the victim had apparently stopped breathing. He was pronounced dead by medical personnel at 12:39 a.m.

LoCO is attempting to gathering more info and will update this post when we know more.