Sheriff’s Deputies in the Mattole Area Yesterday

Kym Kemp / Today @ 9:09 a.m. /  marijuana

Four Sheriff’s vehicles were seen in the Mattole Valley yesterday. One truck was towing a dump trailer overflowing with a large load of marijuana (see photo above.) Another truck is reported to have brought out a large diesel generator. 

Lt. Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has promised that a press release would be coming out later today.



Be On the Lookout: White 1998 Dodge Stratus Taken From Redway

Kym Kemp / Today @ 7:06 a.m. /  Crime

Here’s the latest post in our “Be On the Lookout” series, where we highlight stolen items and ask you to help by reporting any sighting to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

On August 19, a white 1998 Dodge Stratus was taken from in a Redway home. (See photo below.) This four door sedan had a license plate of 3WIR995

If you see this car or have any information about it, please contact the California Highway Patrol at 707-268-2000.

Previous BOLO:



Marijuana Grow-Related Sites in Bridgeville, Tompkins Hill and Ferndale Raided by Sheriff’s Deputies

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 11:17 a.m. /  marijuana

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 08-20-2014, at approximately 9:00 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant in the 27000 block of Highway 36, Bridgeville. When deputies served the search warrant they located six greenhouses and an outdoor marijuana garden containing 2188 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 2 to 6 feet tall. They also located a barn type structure with 340 pounds of dried marijuana bud in it. Deputies located two men living on the property. Both men were detained, interviewed and released at the scene. The men told deputies they were from Fresno, California and admitted to working on the marijuana grows.

Deputies then drove to a residence in the 1600 block of Tompkins Hill Road, Eureka where they served another Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant.  No one was at the residence when the search warrant was served, however; deputies located $23,000 in cash, 18 pounds of dried loose marijuana, two semi-automatic weapons, a drum magazine for an assault weapon, a shotgun, a tactical raid vest with body armor and paperwork indicating sales of marijuana, and ownership of the Tompkins Hill Road Property and Highway 36 Property.

Deputies then drove to the 200 block of Price Creek Road, Ferndale, where they served another Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant. The deputies located two men on the property who were detained. Deputies located a greenhouse where marijuana plants had been recently ripped up and removed, besides a greenhouse which contained 522 growing marijuana plants that were still in the ground, those plants ranged from 2 to 4 feet tall.

Deputies arrested Timothy Douglas Chez, 32 years old who resides in the Price Creek residence. Chez was arrested for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked. His bail was set at $50,000.

Deputies identified, interviewed and released the other man located at the Price Creek residence after determining he had only been there a short period of time.

Deputies will be submitting a case to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office against the men located at the Highway 36 property, and the property owners of the Tompkins Hill Road property, seeking charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. Deputies will also be seeking additional charges against the homeowner of the Tompkins Hill Road property for firearms violations.

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 Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

 



111 Ways to Enjoy Humboldt—Bet You Can Come Up With More

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Aug. 20 @ 7:51 p.m. /  Humboldt

Those Humboldt Made Folk have come up with a list (with the help of LoCO’s Facebook friends) of 111 Ways to Enjoy Humboldt. 

If you’re not smiling a little and remembering some good times when you finish reading it, we’ll be surprised.

Here’s selection out of the middle:

77. Investigate the tide pools at Patrick’s Point.

78. Pay a visit to Chapman’s Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum.

79. See a live show at the Ferndale Repertory TheatreNorthcoast Repertory Theatre or Redwood Curtain Theatre.

80. Stopping in at Kneeland Glen Farmstand on Old Arcata Rd. It is a local delight!

81. Walk barefoot on Mad River Beach.

82. The great Aleutian Geese Fly Off at the Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge.

83. Take a tour of Fire and Light Glassware!

84. Enjoy a performance of the Humboldt Calypso Band. (Greg Vanderlaan writes: “Music so exciting that I forgot about my chronic pain and danced!”)

85. Run (or volunteer at) the Avenue of the Giants Marathon, the Foggy Bottom Milk Run or the Clam Beach Run.

To read the rest and smile a lot, go here. And, tell us about some of the things they missed. LoCO needs its own list.



Sheriff’s Office Convoy on Price Creek Rd. Now

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Aug. 20 @ 5:44 p.m. /  News

At approximately 5:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office began executing a search warrant in the Price Creek Road area west of the Eel River between Ferndale and Rio Dell. Eight sheriff’s vehicles are at a property on that road. Two of the vehicles are reportedly trucks pulling trailers.

We don’t know details yet. We’ll update when we get more information.



[Now With Photos] Fire Erupting to the East of the Avenue of the Giants

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Aug. 20 @ 4:47 p.m. /  Fire!

UPDATE 5:23 p.m.: Fire contained. Exercise caution on the Avenue in that area for the next couple hours as emergency equipment will still be on scene. It is estimated that it will take three hours for mop-up.

UPDATE 5:04 p.m.: Photos provided by Morgan Bryant.

UPDATE 4:53 p.m.: Dispatch is releasing resources which is a good sign. 

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Original post:

According to George Monroe, spokesperson for the Southern Humboldt Fire Chiefs Association, a fire just blew up east of the Chimney Tree restaurant. Powerlines are reported to be down. The blaze is said to be burning near the Avenue and near the restaurant. Scanner traffic reports it to be already an acre in size.

A witness says that two retardant drops have been made and a helicopter is getting water from the Eel.

Reportedly Cal Fire, Redway Fire, Miranda Fire and Phillipsville Fire are all responding.

We will be following this and update when more information becomes available.



Large Police Response to Alleged Domestic Violence Incident in Garberville

Hank Sims / Wednesday, Aug. 20 @ 4:19 p.m. /  Crime

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 08-20-2014, at approximately 9:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a domestic violence in progress on Sawmill Road, Garberville. The female caller told the dispatcher her husband had attacked her and was armed with a shotgun and was now trying to shoot her. While on the 911 call the dispatcher could hear the victim telling her husband to put down the shotgun. The dispatcher then heard a shot and the victim told the dispatcher her husband, Neptaly Martinez- Castillo, 32 years old, may have shot himself.

A Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy and three California Highway Patrol (C.H.P.) Officers responded to the scene, while medical personnel staged nearby. The deputy and C.H.P. Officers located Castillo in the rear of the residence without a shotgun. He was taken into custody without incident.

The investigating deputy spoke with the victim, who told the deputy just prior to calling 911 Castillo grabbed her by the neck, choked her and slammed her on the ground. He also slammed her head into a China cabinet, causing the glass to break, and then pointed a 12 gauge shotgun at her while threatening to shoot her. During the argument he also put the shotgun in his mouth. When he put the shotgun in his mouth she ran into the house and called 911, at which time she heard the gun shot go off.

When she exited a bathroom where she had been hiding she saw he had put the shotgun on the bed in their bedroom and was outside the residence. The deputies could see injuries to the victim consistent with what she told the deputy. The deputy also recovered the shotgun in the bedroom.

Castillo was arrested for assault with a firearm, discharging a firearm in a reckless manner, terrorist threats, false imprisonment and damaging a communications device. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked. His bail is set at $100,000.00

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 Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.