21 Pounds o’ Bud Found in Vehicle During Garberville Traffic Stop

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Sept. 24 @ 3:21 p.m. /  marijuana



Humboldt County Sheriff’s office press release:

On 09-23-2014, at approximately midnight, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a 2014 black Lexus on Redwood Drive at Sprowel Creek Road, Garberville for a traffic violation. When the deputy spoke with the driver identified as Anthony Coutain, 42 years old from Concord, he smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.  When the deputy asked Courtain about the marijuana smell in his vehicle Coutain told the deputy he had a small amount in a marijuana pipe, which he handed to the deputy. The deputy had Coutain step from the vehicle and the deputy searched the inside of the vehicle. The deputy removed a large black duffel bag which contained 21 one pound bags of marijuana bud. Coutain was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale, driving unlicensed and transportation of marijuana. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the charges. His bail was set at $25,000.

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.

146,000-Gallon Water Theft in Shelter Cove

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Sept. 24 @ 2:59 p.m. /  Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:

On 09-19-2014, at approximately 9:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who wanted to report a water theft. The citizen told the dispatcher over $1,500.00 of water was stolen from a residence they owned. 

A deputy contacted the homeowner by telephone, who told the deputy she and her husband owned a summer home in Shelter Cove in the 700 block of Spring Road, Shelter Cove. The homeowner told the deputy between July 29, 2014 and August 28, 2014 someone stole 146,802 gallons of water (20,000 cu feet) from their residence. The homeowner had received a call from the water company, the Shelter Cove Resort Improvement District, who informed them their water usage was abnormal. The homeowner who lives in Napa County had not been at the residence since June 2014. 

The homeowner requested the water district check their residence for leaks or breaks in the water line, and to make sure the water meter was correct. The district checked the meter and residence and determined it was all in good working order.

The investigating deputy spoke with a neighbor who reported seeing a water trucks in the area. A spokesman with the water district reported they have had other water thefts from vacant summer homes, but not to this extent. They have also had thefts from hydrants. The spokesman said the water stolen in this case was approximately enough water to sustain a family of four for two years. 

No suspect(s) have been identified at this time, the investigation is ongoing. The value of the water stolen is $1,513.21. 

The Sheriff’s Office and water district would like to remind the public that due to the drought, water thefts are increasing in frequency. Absentee homeowners should have neighbors watching their residence and take steps to prevent theft of water. 

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.

Eureka Craigslist Ad With a Salty Attitude

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Sept. 24 @ 8:15 a.m. /  Humboldt

Craigslist is notorious for ads with an attitude or a bizarre twist. (See here for one that went viral. See here for a group of local ads with a Emerald Triangle twist.)

Yesterday’s ad from Eureka has the potential to go viral. (The language gets a bit salty so beware scrolling below the photo to read it.)

We’d sure like to know if this anti-ad sells the beast. 

Sample piece of the ad:

Even though it’s a Porsche, it’s not considered a REAL Porsche by Real Porsche Guys
- Real Porsche Guys will SPIT ON YOU
- Yes, they will SPIT ON YOU
- They are good at knowing when you’re going to OPEN YOUR MOUTH to mention the V8 motor and their aim is BALLS-ON


Humboldt Co. Sheriff’s Office Serving Search Warrants in Redwood Valley Today

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Sept. 23 @ 2:53 p.m. /  News

Lt. Dave Morey of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that officers from his department are serving warrants in the Redwood Valley area today.

Yesterday, officers were in the Dobbyn Creek area near Fort Seward serving search warrants. 

Requests have been made to the Sheriff’s Department for more information.

Vehicle VS Bicyclist North of Richardson Grove

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Sept. 23 @ 2:29 p.m. /  News

Cones are being set out around the accident. [Photo by Shanda Centeno.]

According to CHP dispatch, a bicyclist has been injured in a collision with a vehicle near Richardson Grove, north of Bigfoot Burl on Hwy 101.  Vehicles are currently blocking the road. Be careful when approaching the area.

Bike rider is conscious,” writes dispatch.

Follow updates here. 

We Live in Heaven: A Time-lapse Video

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Sept. 23 @ 1:53 p.m. /  Humboldt

With a click of the arrow above. much of the beauty of Humboldt—compressed and collapsed into less than five minutes—flows across the screen. (The starry skies in the last half of the video are particularly vivid.)

Photographer/videographer Ryan Johnson  began working on this project about six months ago. He believes he took over 10,000 photos in his effort to reproduce his vision of Humboldt.

This magical land has captured my heart for 13 years now,” he wrote. Johnson describes “hours under the stars in the forest by myself with nothing other than forests residents and the distant call of coyotes and buoys to keep me company.”

Johnson wants to encourage people to experience Humboldt for themselves. “I hope if nothing else this inspires anyone who sees it to get outside, hike, seek solitude under the twinkle of the night sky, anything to find respite from this…crazy and hectic life we all lead.” 

Did Johnson photograph your favorite view of Humboldt? If not, what sight did he miss?

Sheriff and DTF in Blocksburg Today

Kym Kemp / Monday, Sept. 22 @ 6:55 p.m. /  News

Lt. Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Humboldt County Drug Task Force were serving search warrants out in the Dobbyn Creek area of Blocksburg/ Fort Seward.

Officers began gathering at the Fortuna River Lodge this morning.

Though there are only two in the photo above, reports from eyewitnesses indicate there was a large presence (between 12 and 15 trucks according to two people who saw the vehicles at different times.)

We’ll be looking for more information tomorrow and updating.