A Time for Stories: A More Intimate Memorial For Tim Olsen

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 9:39 a.m. /  Community

SoHum community, it’s a time for telling stories about Tim Olsen. Last Sunday, Briceland Fire Chief Tim Olsen received a formal sendoff—dignitaries from across the county spoke. But now, the family and friends of Tim need your stories. When a loved one has left, one of the few comforts is the warm memories that others share with each other.

Tim Olsen’s grandsons with mementos given to them by the Briceland Fire Department at his formal memorial service.

So in a Southern Humboldt style gathering at Beginnings on Saturday, April 19, all are invited to come share in the stories, the laughter (We’re talking Tim, right? There’s going to be laughter) and the love. Be part of creating a beautiful tribute by telling your tales of this father, husband, neighbor, friend, and all round good guy.

Tim will make an appearance via video. There will be a potluck lunch at 1 p.m. with the memorial circle at 2:30-5 p.m.. Afterwards, there will be a paddle out at the cove. 

Tim’s kids want to hear his stories. Come tell the tales to them and to each other. Make the memories last longer by sharing them with all who loved him.


Keep abreast of details here.

FPD with K9 Searches through Roof ‘Tunnels’ to Locate Alleged Thieves

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 8:57 a.m. /  Crime









Fortuna Police Department Press Release:

On April 17, 2014 at about 3:55 AM, officers responded to the Strongs Creek Plaza Shopping Center (Fortuna Blvd / Strong Creek Dr) for a report of subjects possibly on the roof.

Upon arrival, officers located several items of stolen property behind the shopping center and then observed a female subject attempting to get off of the roof. When the subject saw officer, she refused to obey the officers and fled across the roof to an unknown location.

Officers secured a perimeter with the assistance of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department and Ferndale Police Department. Once a perimeter was established, three officers made access to the roof and began looking for the subject.

Officers and the Fortuna Police Department K-9 unit began searching the roof and overhangs of the shopping center which had extensive tunneling throughout. After more than an hour of searching, officers located two subjects who had made entry into a secured portion of the roof (above Starbucks Drive-Thru).

Christopher Crowl (Age 35 of Fortuna) and Joyce Mullins (Age 48 of Fortuna) were taken into custody without further incident.

With the assistance of the Fortuna Fire Department’s Arial Ladder Truck, officers were able to remove both subjects from the roof.

Crowl and Mullins were both transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked on the following charges:

Penal Code Section 459 (Burglary)Penal Code Section 602 (Trespassing)
Penal Code Section 148(a) (Resisting Arrest)Penal Code Section 1203.2 (Violation of Probation)

Crowl has an extensive arrest history and has been arrested and booked into jail several times by the Fortuna Police Department this year and had been released from the jail less the 24 hours prior to this incident


FPD: Car Thief Caught Stealing a Vehicle

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 7:59 a.m. /  Crime

Fortuna Police Department Press Release:

On April 17, 2014 at about 2:50 AM, officers responded to the 2100 block of David Way for a report of suspicious noises in the area. Upon arrival, officers located a male subject attempting to steal a vehicle which he had forced entry into. Jesse Allen Hanson (Age 33 of Eureka) was detained while officers investigated.

During the investigation, officers located several additional vehicles which Hanson had forced entry into.

Hanson was arrested for three counts of Penal Code Section 459 (Burglary), California Vehicle Code Section 10852 (Tampering with a Vehicle) and PC 1203.2 (Violation of Probation) as Hanson was on Post-Release Community Supervision.

Hanson was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

[UPDATED] Law Enforcement Raid Near Fortuna Expected to Net Over 1,000 Marijuana Plants

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, April 16 @ 2:58 p.m. /  marijuana

According to Lt. Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and the Drug Task Force have been serving a warrant on the 1000 block of Airport Road near Fortuna. 

Knight says that he expects that the operation will yield in excess of one thousand marijuana plants.

UPDATE 3:18 p.m: The Times Standard is reporting that one person was arrested and more than 2000 plants seized in this raid.

[UPDATED with Info on Sonoma Co. Crime] Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested in Weott Last Night

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, April 16 @ 9:46 a.m. /  Crime

UPDATE from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office below the Humboldt County Press Release:

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:

On 04-15-2014, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the 16000 block of State Highway 254, Weott in regards to an unwanted subject. While enroute to the call, the female caller told Sheriff’s Office Dispatch the unwanted subject was Juan Luis Ayala Jr., 20 years old from Modesto, California, and he was wanted for attempted murder from Sonoma County. Sheriff’s Office Dispatch confirmed with Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office that Ayala was wanted for attempted murder and vehicle theft. Dispatch also learned from Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office the weapon used was a hammer.

When Deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers (C.H.P.) arrived at the residence where Ayala was at, the female caller met them outside. She told the deputies she did not want Ayala at her residence and Ayala was willing to surrender peacefully. Deputies entered the residence and took Ayala into custody without incident.

C.H.P. located the vehicle Ayala stole, a black 2000 Ford Echo in the South Fork High School parking lot. The vehicle was stored and Ayala was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail is set at $500,000.00.

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.

UPDATE 10:58 a.m.: Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:

On 4/15/2014 at approximately 11:00 am, deputies were dispatched to Bailey Avenue in Petaluma regarding a victim that was attacked with a hammer. The victim was repairing chicken coops at a ranch when the suspect attacked him with a hammer. The attack was unprovoked and the victim had no idea why the suspect attacked him. The victim was struck in the face with the hammer and immediately lost consciousness. The suspect then attacked the victim again while he was on the ground. Two other workers at the ranch tackled the suspect and tried to detain him while law enforcement was called. The suspect was able to break free and fled on foot out of the area. 

Arriving deputies requested an ambulance and the victim was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with several injuries to his face and head. The suspect was identified as Juan Luis Ayala, 20 years old from Modesto, California. 

Deputies along with officers from the Petaluma Police Department and the California Highway Patrol began searching the area for the suspect. 

At approximately 11:40 am, a Petaluma Police Officer was flagged down by a citizen on Pine Lane in Petaluma stating that their vehicle had been stolen. The suspect who stole the vehicle was identified as Juan Ayala who had just committed the assault with the hammer. Ayala was able to escape the area in the stolen vehicle. 

At approximately 11:30 pm, the suspect Juan Ayala was arrested by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Ayala traveled to his aunt’s residence in Humboldt County and he began telling her of the crimes he committed. The Aunt in turn called the Sheriff’s Office and Ayala was subsequently arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle theft and possession of stolen property. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office responded to Humboldt County to transport Ayala to the Sonoma County Jail where he will be booked for the above charges. 

The Violent Crimes Unit will be conducting follow up investigation on this case. 

For further information contact Detective Sergeant Shannon McAlvain at 565-2185.

$200,000 Worth of Heroin Seized

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, April 15 @ 3:05 p.m. /  Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:

On 04-11-2014, approximately 10:00 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy stopped a newer Chrysler four door sedan for exceeding the posted speed limit and failing to stop at a stop sign in the Myrtletown area of Eureka. When the deputy contacted the driver of the vehicle and explained the reason for the stop, the driver told the deputy he did not have a driver’s license. The driver verbally identified himself as Mario Martinez Torres, 20 years old , from Perris, California. A DMV records check revealed Torres driver’s license was suspended. The deputy arrested Torres for driving on a suspended driver’s license. The deputy noticed both Torres and the male passenger were very nervous and evasive when they spoke with him. The deputy questioned, identified and released the male passenger in the vehicle who was an 18 year old male adult, and also from Perris, California. 

The deputy notified the Humboldt County Drug Task Force about the traffic stop and the vehicle. The Humboldt County Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for the vehicle, which they served on 04-14-2014. During their search of the vehicle, they located hidden compartments and over four pounds of Heroin, valued at over $200,000.00. 

Charges of transportation of a controlled substance and possession for sale of a controlled substance are being sought against Torres and the male passenger. 

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

Southern Humboldt’s Eaglet Hatched

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, April 15 @ 2:59 p.m. /  Nature

To those impatient for the Humboldt Bay Eagle Cam to show a hatchling or two bumbling about the nest, local wildlife photographer Talia Rose has taken photos of a tiny eagle offspring in the Benbow area of Southern Humboldt.

For several years, Rose has watching the Benbow area for eagles. Year before last a mated pair hatched and raised an eaglet but last year eagles were unsuccessful in nesting. To Rose’s delight though, this year the nest has been put to good use. About a week ago, Rose hiked to the nest area and spied a hatchling peeking over the edge. The above photo was taken recently when Rose brought a three foot long lens to the area to capture shots of the tiny inhabitant.

She doesn’t know how old the baby was at that time she first went up but she believes, “it was pretty new.” This eaglet, she says, is the first confirmed hatch in Humboldt County.

Ha! Take that, Humboldt Bay eagles… . On the other hand, the Bay nest has two eggs.

To see more of the Benbow nest and other wildlife go to County Line Wild on Facebook. 

To check the progress of the Humboldt Bay eagle eggs, go here.