[Photo Update] Accident South of Leggett Blocks Some Lanes of 101

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 12:41 p.m. /

UPDATE 1:03 p.m.: The number 2 (outside lane) northbound is blocked.


Photos provided by Shanda Centeno.



Original post:

A traffic collision which occurred about 12:30 p.m. between a semi and a vehicle south of Leggett is blocking some lanes of Hwy 101. Apparently, debris and the vehicle are in several lanes.

According to dispatch, an elderly woman has received a head injury. To follow as CHP dispatch updates, click here.


OBITUARY: Michael Wayne Kuhnel, June 19, 1950 — Nov. 10, 2014

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Nov. 19 @ 8:33 p.m. /  Obits

The following tribute was submitted to the Outpost by Michael Kuhnel’s family.


Michael Wayne Kuhnel
June 19, 1950—November 10, 2014

Michael was born on June 19, 1950 and left us on November 10, 2014. Born in Alturas, California to Paul and Dorothy Kuhnel, Mike has two sisters, Paula Van Loan and Carol Kuhnel, three nieces, Laura Champion, Mikele Picotte and Lindsey Van Loan, and one nephew, Landon Champion/Kuhnel. 

Mike had numerous friends that will miss him something terrible — one of whom is his life partner, Linda.

There will be a couple celebrations of Mike’s life. The first will be held on November 22, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Broadway Billards (which belongs to one of his best friends, Raggs.) Broadway Billards is located at 3534 Broadway in Eureka. Bring pictures and a story to share with us.

Mike was a very good brother, a better uncle and a good friend. Thank you, Mike, for being there for your little sister. You will never leave our hearts. You made life fun and admired the beauty of a rock and animal or just the soil under our feet.

No matter what help someone needed, Mike was there for them and his good friends were there for him in return. He acquired a large family of friends in Humboldt County, California. You will be greatly missed.

R.I.P brother

What Are You Going to Do With All That Weed? Enter Some in the Emerald Cup

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Nov. 19 @ 4:51 p.m. /  marijuana

The cannabis harvest is in—tons and tons of it. Some of it is already spoke for. Dispensaries and medical patients are going to take a fraction of the pile, another larger pile is immediately being shipped via planes, trains, and automobiles to black market consumers across the United States while another pile awaits the buyers who flock here looking to fill their car trunks and duffle bags with Humboldt’s famous product.

But it will take awhile for all that pot to sell. It was a bumper harvest this year.

So growers, what are you going to do with all that weed in the meantime? (Besides figure out a totally safe, dry place to hide it.)  

Well, a tiny portion could be entered in the Emerald Cup. The submitter in the flower contest has to have a physician’s recommendation and provide three ounces of outdoor grown marijuana raised with organic materials. The winner gets an all expense trip paid trip to Jamaica.

Concentrates, edibles, topicals all have their own category and prizes, too. (See here for contest rules.)  Better hurry on that though. Entries are only accepted til December 1. (If you are going to enter in any category, the Outpost would like to follow you through the process. Contact us at mskymkemp@gmail.com)

Thanks to Camo Cowboys for the video and its humorous look at the world of weed.



Man Shoots at Self While Being Followed by CHP Officer

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Nov. 19 @ 12:35 p.m. /  Crime

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 11-17-2014 at approximately 10:30 PM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Taylor’s Tavern Bar in Redwood Valley, California regarding a male subject sitting in a gray Toyota Tacoma pickup truck holding a shotgun to his head.

While Deputies were responding they were advised the vehicle left the area and was driving northbound on Highway 101 towards the city of Willits.

The driver of the vehicle was described as being a white male adult, with a shaved head, a goatee beard and in possession of a black colored shotgun.

An officer safety (B.O.L.O) broadcast was sent out to all local public safety agencies including the California Highway Patrol and the Willits Police Department.

A short time later an Officer with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) located a vehicle matching the description of the B.O.L.O vehicle driving northbound on Highway 101 near the White Deer Lodge.

The CHP Officer pulled along side of the vehicle to see if the driver matched the description of B.O.L.O subject.

When the CHP Officer neared the vehicle, the Officer heard what he thought was a gunshot and observed the drivers side window explode outwards.

As the vehicle approached Brown’s Corner on the south end of the city of Willits it pulled into the gas station parking lot and stopped.

At that time numerous Officers from the California Highway Patrol, the Willits Police Department and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office conducted a felony car stop on the vehicle.

The driver and sole occupant, Kevin Bobby Norton, exited the vehicle.  Sheriff’s Deputies could see that Norton was bleeding from his face and left cheek area.

After Norton was handcuffed and secured, he admitted to Officers that he had intentionally discharged the shotgun at himself while being followed by the CHP Officer.

Norton was transported to Howard Memorial Hospital and treated for a minor gunshot wound to his left cheek area.

Deputies located a loaded sawed off shotgun and a loaded 9mm semi-auto pistol in Norton’s vehicle.

Deputies learned Norton was a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms.

Norton was arrested on the listed violations and booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.

Man Arrested on Charges of Rape and Murder in Death of Willits Woman

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Nov. 18 @ 5:10 p.m. /  Crime

Kayla Grace Chesser

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 11-01-2014 at 5:36 AM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the 26000 block of Poppy Drive in Willits, California in regards to a suspicious situation.

Upon arrival Deputies contacted the homeowner who had been socializing with a group of friends, including Kayla Grace Chesser, during the evening of 10-31-2014 as part of Halloween festivities in Willits, California.

During the evening Chesser was dropped off at the homeowner’s residence while the group continued to socialize elsewhere.

Several hours later the group returned and found the homeowner’s cousin, Terrell James Marshall, at the residence.

Sometime thereafter Chesser was found inside one of the bedrooms and was determined to be absent any signs of life.

Marshall left the residence in a pickup truck and medical assistance was summoned for Chesser who was later pronounced deceased at the Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, California.

Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the residence and continued investigations into the incident.

During initial investigations Sheriff’s Detectives learned Marshall was a registered sex offender from Vacaville, California.

On 11-01-2014 at approximately 1:00 PM Sheriff’s Detectives learned Marshall had driven his pickup truck off a cliff near Mile Post Marker 12 on Highway 162 in Mendocino County.

Marshall sustained significant injuries and was transported to an out of county hospital for medical treatment.

A forensic autopsy was conducted during the investigation and preliminary findings showed Chesser died as the result of strangulation and signs of sexual assault were also noted on her body.

On 11-06-2014 Sheriff’s Detectives submitted their investigative reports to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office for review of potential criminal charges.

On 11-17-2014 a felony arrest warrant was issued for Marshall with charges of murder, rape and sodomy.

On 11-18-2014 at approximately 2:00 PM Marshall was arrested on the felony arrest warrant by Sheriff’s Detectives after he was discharged from the out of county hospital.

Marshall is set to be booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he will be held on a No Bail status.

At this time all media inquires are being directed to the Mendocino County District bAttorney’s Office due to Marshall’s custody status.

Previously: Willits Woman’s Death in Brooktrails Area Tied to 100MPH Car Crash off Hwy 162

Image and more information about Marshall found here. 

Body Found in Mad River

Kym Kemp / Monday, Nov. 17 @ 1:31 p.m. /  News

UPDATE, 4:38 p.m.News Channel 3 reports that the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has announced the body belonged to 63-year-old Arcata resident Jeffrey Lyn Bingham. 

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Original Post: Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 11/17/14 at approximately 8:40 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a fisherman who advised that he had possibly located a body in the Mad River approximately 1 mile East of the U.S. Highway101 bridge. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded and recovered the body of a white male. There was no obvious trauma to the body and the death is not considered suspicious at this time.

The identity of the decedent is being withheld pending notification of family members. 

The investigation was turned over to the Coroner’s Office.

Man Shot During Home Invasion Robbery,

Kym Kemp / Sunday, Nov. 16 @ 1:25 p.m. /  Crime

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 11-16-2014 at 7:46 AM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, California due to the admittance of a person with a gunshot wound.

Upon arrival Deputies began an investigation and learned a home invasion robbery had occurred several hours previously at a location on Highway 162 in the Willits area.

During the incident the person, an adult male, was shot and two other victims were physically assaulted.

Deputies learned two suspects entered the residence, one armed with a firearm, and demanded money from the victims.  The suspects later fled the residence after having taken money, precious metals and processed marijuana.

The victim who sustained the gunshot wound was transferred to an out of county hospital for further treatment of his injury.

An ongoing investigation is currently underway by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Northern Patrol Sector with assistance from the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force, County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team, investigators with the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office and the California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services.

No other information is available at this time as the investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is urged to call the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line at 707-234-2100.