[Home!] Fortuna Runaway Missing Since Last Tuesday

Kym Kemp / Monday, Sept. 29 @ 7:28 a.m. /  News

UPDATE 9/30: Caleb’s mom reported that he is now home!


Original post: On Tuesday, September 23, Nichole Stoll reported her son, Caleb, missing to the Fortuna Police. That night she discovered a letter from him saying that he had runaway. It has been nearly a week and the boy hasn’t returned home. Stoll hopes that the Lost Coast Outpost readers may be able to help find him.

Caleb is approximately 5‘7”. He has brown hair, blue eyes and freckles. He attended Fortuna High School prior to his disappearance and may be using the name Caleb Hayes. 

Anyone with any information about the boy should contact the Fortuna Police Department at (707) 725-7550.

[UPDATE: Freeway Open] Hwy 101 Traffic Rerouted Due to Accident by Fortuna

Kym Kemp / Sunday, Sept. 28 @ 9:04 p.m. /  News

UPDATE 9:50 p.m.: According to CHP dispatch, the freeway is now open.

Original post: According to scanner traffic and CHP dispatch, an accident on Hwy 101 has blocked all southbound traffic at the Kenmar Exit.

Scanner traffic indicates that southbound traffic is being diverted off the hwy and onto the 12th Street exit.

There are three injured and an ambulance is on the scene. Follow CHP dispatch here for more information as it comes out.

Accident by Richardson Grove, Minor Injury, Traffic on 101 at a Standstill

Kym Kemp / Saturday, Sept. 27 @ 10:38 a.m. /  News

UPDATE 10:44 p.m.: The collision is now being reported as a minor injury accident.


Original post: A major injury accident in the area of Richardson Grove has traffic backed up along Hwy 101. A reader sent in photos of the long line of traffic as the collision is cleared up. Below is a photo of the silver Ford Expedition reportedly involved in the accident.

CHP dispatch is updating the situation here.

APD:”Bad, Bad” Bruce Leroy Brown Assaults Officers, Arrested

Kym Kemp / Saturday, Sept. 27 @ 7:37 a.m. /  Crime

Photo taken by Danae Kirtley

Bruce Leroy Brown escaped from Federal custody on the 25th and was arrested early this morning in Arcata after a struggle with law enforcement (see press release below.)

A witness to Bruce Leroy Brown’s arrest, Danae Kirtley, said that Brown was with an unidentified female at the time. 

According to the Kirtley, the woman was not arrested. Kirtley said, “After the officers began to leave, she shouted, ‘I LOVE YOU!!!’”

Arcata Police Department press release:

On 9-27-14 at 0002 hours, an APD Officer conducted a traffic stop on the 1600 block of Giuntoli Ln in Arcata.  

A passenger in the vehicle identified himself as Bruce Leroy Brown.  A records checks showed that Brown had an active felony warrant out of the US Marshal’s Office for escape from federal custody.

APD officers attempted to take Brown into custody on the warrant, but he violently resisted, kicking officers and punching one officer in the face multiple times.  Officers were able to subdue Brown and take him into custody without further incident.

One officer sustained minor injury from Brown’s violent attack.

Brown was transported to the Humboldt County Jail where he was booked on the warrant and for fresh charges of 243(b) PC - Battery on a Peace Officer and 69 PC - Obstructing or Resisting Executive Officer with Threats or Violence.


CAMP and Sheriff’s Office Eradicate 6,500 Marijuana Plants at Grow Near Benbow

Andrew Goff / Friday, Sept. 26 @ 3:15 p.m. /  marijuana

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On 09-25-2014, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted by members of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (C.A.M.P.) conducted open field marijuana eradication in the Benbow area of Humboldt County. They located six marijuana grow locations, all with the same general area. They eradicated approximately 6,500 marijuana plants. The plants were all approximately 5’ to 8’ tall and were in the budding stage. Many of the plants were located in temporary greenhouse structures. The deputies also located areas where the hillside had been graded along with piles of trash.

No suspects were located and the investigation is ongoing.

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.


Little Known” Dark Side of Marijuana Growing Explored by Bay Area News Crew

Kym Kemp / Friday, Sept. 26 @ 2:06 p.m. /  marijuana

CBS in San Francisco sent a team recently into the hills of Humboldt to cover the environmental damage from a trespass marijuana grow. In spite of calling dewatering and chemical use “little known” in the title (a fairly ridiculous term considering the nationwide coverage,) the video clearly shows the dark side of the industry.

A piece on the site walks the reader through the grow. Go here to check it out.

Hunters Find Deceased Human

Kym Kemp / Friday, Sept. 26 @ 1:24 p.m. /  Crime

Mendocino Sheriff’s Department press release:

On 09-25-2014 at 6:32 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by hunters who wanted to report their discovery of a deceased human body near the roadway in the 50000 block of Indian Dick Road in Covelo, California.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene, which was determined to be part of the Mendocino National Forest.

The Deputies confirmed the presence of a deceased adult male subsequently identified as Michael Leon Pina, a 52-year-old adult male.

Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the scene and are conducting a suspicious death investigation with the assistance of the Round Valley Tribal Police Department.

A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for 09-29-2014 as a cause of death is not obvious to Sheriff’s Detectives.

Any updated information will be disseminated by press release(s) as the investigation continues.

Anyone who might have information that could assist Sheriff’s Detectives in their investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line at 707-234-2100 or the Round Valley Tribal Police Department Tip-Line at 707-272-0259.