Kym Kemp / Today @ 8:06 a.m. / News
The victim of last fall’s stabbing, Douglas Anderson-Jordet, and, Juan Ferrer (right) who pled guilty in February to aggravated involuntary manslaughter.
In a move likely to send waves crashing through Humboldt County’s already turbulent D.A.’s race, candidate Arnie Klein issued a press release late last night stating that family members of Douglas Anderson-Jordet, the victim in last fall’s fatal stabbing, have urged him to ask the court to set aside the defendants’ pleas.
Readers will remember that another candidate and Humboldt County prosecutor, Elan Firpo, agreed to the plea deals which were presented to the judge on February 13. The deal which allowed one defendant, Juan Ferrer, to plead to aggravated involuntary manslaughter will result in two years served in county jail if accepted by the judge. (The other two defendants, Nicholas Stoiber and Sophia Rocheleau, will get probation.)
A third DA candidate, Allan Dollison, spoke out against the agreement last month saying, “This was Murder and should NOT have been plead down to Involuntary Manslaughter.” (See full text of Dollison’s disagreement here.)
Firpo then responded with a statement on her candidate Facebook page (It is no longer there but can be viewed here) arguing that because of the victim’s behavior on the night of his death and other factors, “In a best case jury trial scenario, Mr. Ferrer would have been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. He would have been sentenced to a term of three years in prison (because he has no prior record), of which he would have served 85%, or approximately 2 years and 6 months.”
The death of Anderson-Jordet occurred on November 25. He and the three defendants became involved in an altercation. Reportedly there was name-calling before a punch was slung by Stoiber splitting the victim’s lip. Ferrer then stabbed the victim and the three defendants left the scene while the victim was still speaking. The defendants said they didn’t know that Anderson-Jordet was badly injured when they departed. The victim was later found by others and died en route to the hospital.
The case and the plea deal may have repercussions in the coming election.
Arnie Klein Press Release:
Arnie Klein has been contacted by family members of Douglas Anderson-Jordet to ask the court to set aside the defendant Juan Ferrer’s plea at the time of sentencing, April 3rd. I have been informed that the family members will start sending in letters to the probation department, the DA’s office, the defense attorneys and the court to effectuate this result.
Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 5:21 p.m. / News
Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 5:04 p.m. / Humboldt
Humboldt Co. Press Release:
Humboldt County citizens can now find all the materials they need for tonight’s Community Budget Meeting in one place. By visiting the County of Humboldt’s home page at co.humboldt.ca.us, you will see the “Community Budget Meeting Center” in the middle of the page. There, you will find the following:
- A video player that streams tonight’s meeting
- A survey and handout with information on services paid for by the General Fund
- A link to submit a comment or question via Twitter
- The mid-year budget report, which includes information on the state of the County’s budget
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held simultaneously in five different locations around Humboldt County. Elected representatives will be in attendance at each site. If you cannot make it out to any of these locations, you can view the meeting through the County’s web site at the link above, or on Access Humboldt Channel 10. Southern Humboldt residents on Wave Broadband can view the meeting on Access Humboldt Channel 7.
The meetings will be held at the following locations:
Scotia Elementary School
South Fork High School
Pacific Union School
Hoopa High School
Humboldt County Office of Education Annex
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, March 5 @ 4:56 p.m. / Crime
An updated poster featuring the most wanted suspects in Eureka has just been released. Only one woman joins the top ten this time.
DEA and Mendocino Law Enforcement Raided Love In It Cooperative in Mendocino Yesterday—Sherry Glaser Arrested
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, March 5 @ 2:20 p.m. / marijuana
Yesterday, search warrants were served on the Love in It Cooperative in Mendocino. The business provided dried cannabis, clones, kief, and marijuana food products as well as a “Bed, Bud and Breakfast.”
DEA agents as well as various Mendocino County law enforcement agencies seized marijuana products as well as guns, $65,000, and around 800 plants.
Americans for Safe Access, a national marijuana advocacy group, reported yesterday that a patient attempted to access the business and was turned away by an officer.
UPDATE: One of those arrested is Sherry Glaser, political activist and actress, known for her 2005 topless appearance on the steps of the California State Capitol building to protest policies by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Glaser was arrested then. Later, a court ruled that this a violation of her right to free speech.
More information is provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department below.
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, March 4 @ 9:30 p.m. / Politics
As of today, residents of Southern Humboldt can watch County meetings, such as the Board of Supervisor meetings, live at Access Humboldt Channel 7 on Wave Broadband. Thursday’s Community Budget meeting will be available from 6 to 8 p.m.
Don’t forget there is also the interactive Community Budget meeting being held at South Fork High School at the same time.
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, March 4 @ 8:17 p.m. / Crime
CHP Press Release:
Recently, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has seen a … spike in vehicle theft within the unincorporated areas of Humboldt County. To date for 2014, the CHP has taken a total of 53 stolen vehicle reports, which is a significant increase from this time last year. A total of 163 vehicle theft reports were taken by the CHP Humboldt Area in 2013 compared to 131 reports taken in 2012.
The Honda Accord ranks as the number one vehicle stolen out of Humboldt County and the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry are ranked at number two and three respectively. Since 1984, Toyota is ranked as the most frequently stolen pickup truck. With high resale value, there is an abundance of Hondas and Toyotas on the road and consumer demand is high. Additionally, their parts are interchangeable with similar models from year-to-year.
A significant number of vehicles stolen out of Humboldt County are taken with their very own ignition key. This is often the result of unsuspecting victims leaving their vehicles running while unattended or leaving a spare key in the vehicle. Pre-1999 Honda and Toyota passenger cars, along with Toyota trucks, are being stolen with a similar worn key due to their worn ignition switches. A small percentage of vehicles stolen are due to the steering column being broken to the point where the ignition can be started. Approximately 85% of vehicles stolen out of Humboldt County are recovered.
The CHP offers the following tips to help combat auto theft in Humboldt County: If you own a pre-1999 Honda or Toyota vehicle, or find your ignition switch is worn and loose on any vehicle, consider replacing the old ignition switch. Remove all property of perceived value from the interior of your vehicle that could be seen from the outside. Remove all hidden keys from your vehicle. Consider adding a motion light in the area the vehicle is parked.
Another trend of auto theft is through residential burglaries. Most of us have the habit of walking into our home and hanging our keys on a rack, exposed to those who want to take our vehicles. Change the location where you store your keys and keep them out of sight. Always lock your doors and take your keys with you. The more cautious we become, the less likely we are to become victims.
The CHP advises all Humboldt County residents to report suspicious activity by dialing 9-1-1 for emergencies, or by dialing their local public safety dispatch center for all non-emergencies.