Hank Sims / Saturday, July 19 @ 4:40 p.m. / Crime
From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On 07/18/2014 at approximately 10:51 PM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a male subject in his fifties that was shot in the chest. The shooting occurred in the Alderpoint area of Southern Humboldt. Deputies responded with assistance from the California Highway Patrol and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Medical personnel arrived on scene and began life saving efforts. The victim was transported to a landing zone to be flown out by helicopter. The victim succumbed to his injury prior to being transported by helicopter.
The whereabouts of the suspect involved in the shooting is unknown at this time. This incident is currently being investigated by Detectives with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the Department of Justice.
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
Kym Kemp / Saturday, July 19 @ 8:30 a.m. / News
Kym Kemp / Friday, July 18 @ 11:27 p.m. / Crime
UPDATE, SATURDAY, 5:46 p.m.: Homicide in Alderpoint; Sheriff’s Office, Department of Justice Hunting for Suspect
UPDATE 12:10 p.m.: Victim transported to helicopter which will take him to an out of the area hospital.
Original post: At 10:51 p.m., the report of a man shot in the chest and in critical condition has sent law enforcement, ambulance and fire scrambling to the Rancho Sequoia Drive area of Alderpoint.
Scanner traffic indicates that while the reporting party believes the suspect left on a motorcycle, the reporting party believes it possible that the suspect could still be in the bushes nearby.
Medical has been told that staging is required.
Andrew Goff / Friday, July 18 @ 4 p.m. / marijuana
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:
On 07-17-2014, at approximately 8 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by Cal Fire Law Enforcement served several search warrants in the Burr Valley area. The following is a summary of what deputies located at different locations:
Location Number 1: 113 growing marijuana plants ranging in height from 1’ to 7’ tall, along with a loaded 20 gauge shotgun. One male suspect was identified, who is on formal probation. Deputies will be seeking criminal charges for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, violation of probation, possession of a loaded firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Location Number 2: 881 growing marijuana plants being grown in 13 green houses. The plants ranged in size from 2’ to 6’ tall and approximately 58 lbs of drying marijuana. Deputies located a 250 gallon diesel tank within thirty feet of a stream, with no spill protections. Cal Fire also located two areas of land conversion with unpermitted take of Oak and Douglas Fir. Six suspects, one female and five males, all from Florida have been identified. All the suspects were from Florida and told the deputies they spend the summer in Humboldt County on the parcel and winter in Florida. Deputies will be seeking criminal charges for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. Cal- Fire will be seeking criminal charges for criminal violations of the Public Resource Code. Additionally the case is being forwarded to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board for potential violations of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act.
Location Number 3: 891 growing marijuana plants were located ranging in height from 5’ to 6’, along with 393 pounds of drying marijuana and 8 pounds of marijuana bud packaged in one pound bags. Seven suspects, three males and four females have been identified and criminal charges are being sought for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. Officers also located an unpermitted road built into a stream bed. Cal Fire will be seeking criminal charges for violations of the Public Resource Code.
Location Number 4: 890 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 5’ to 6’. The marijuana was being grown in several greenhouses. Deputies also located a large pond dug into the ground and stream diversion. One male suspect from Las Vegas has been identified and charges are being sought for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. The case is being forwarded to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board for potential violations of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act.
Location Number 5: 150 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 5’ to 6’ tall were located, all growing outdoors, approximately 120 pounds of processed marijuana, a butane hash lab and hash was also located. Two suspects have been identified, a male and a female. Arrest warrants are being sought for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.
Location Number 6: 1237 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 2’ to 5’ tall, all located in five greenhouses. No suspects have been identified at this location at this time, the investigation is continuing.
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.
Photos from the various sites below:
Kym Kemp / Friday, July 18 @ 7:09 a.m. / News
This is a Blue-green Algae warning: There have been recent blooms on the Eel River and Big Lagoon. Stay out of areas where it has formed. Children and pets are particularly at risk. (See information on the effects below in the press release.)
Blue-green algae forms most often when high levels of phosphorous or nitrogen occur in warm, calm bodies of water.
Humboldt Health Alert Press Release:
Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, are simple plants found naturally in water and wet environments. Blue-green algae prefer warm stagnant nutrient rich water and are found most often in ponds, lakes, and slow moving rivers. Some species of blue-green algae produce toxins, so skin contact and ingestion can be dangerous. Children and pets are at the greatest risk of serious toxic effects from blue-green algae.
A bloom is a build-up of algae that creates a green, blue-green, white, or brown coloring on the surface of the water, sometimes occurring as mats or scum.
Although blooms can occur at any time of year, they occur most often in the warmer months between June and September.
In Humboldt County, Big Lagoon and the Eel River have seen recent blooms.
To stay safe, always assume that a blue-green algal bloom has the potential to be toxic. Do not drink or swim in water with scum layers or blooms.
See the flyer below from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for more information.
Ryan Burns / Wednesday, July 16 @ 1:25 p.m. / Crime
UPDATE: The prisoner has been apprehended.
Susanville, California – A minimum-security inmate from California Correctional Center (CCC) who walked away from Eel River Conservation Camp (CC #31) on July 16, 2014, has been apprehended.
On July 16, at approximately 7:00 P.M., members of the Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) Investigative Services Unit (ISU) apprehended Inmate Ga Dakota Moss near Redway, California just two miles from the camp. Moss was hiding in some bushes when he was spotted.
Inmate Moss was wearing civilian clothing and was in possession of marijuana at the time he was apprehended. An investigation has been initiated to determine any other crimes that may have been committed by Inmate Moss while he was at large.
Inmate Moss is being returned to the California Correctional Center and will be housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) pending a complete investigation into his actions.
Here [pdf] is the prison escape bulletin, and below is a press release from the California Correctional Center:
Redway, California – A minimum-security inmate from California Correctional Center walked away from Eel River Conservation Camp (CC #31) on July 16, 2014.
Inmate Ga Dakota Moss, 19, is a White male, 5’ 11” tall, 175 pounds, with green eyes and blonde/strawberry blonde hair. He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on February 28, 2013, from San Bernardino County for Second Degree Burglary. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody on December 13, 2014.
Inmate Moss was assigned to an inmate firefighting crew at Eel River Conservation Camp (CC# 31) in Humboldt County, California. The camp houses approximately 120 minimum-custody inmates.
Inmate Moss was last seen at the CC #31 Camp Office awaiting arrival of the camp bus for transport back to CCC at about 8:40 A.M. At about 9:20 A.M., camp staff members were conducting a count and discovered Inmate Moss was missing. An emergency count was conducted and confirmed Moss was missing. The CCC Watch Commander was notified and escape procedures were immediately initiated.
CDCR, Cal-Fire Law Enforcement personnel, along with local law enforcement agencies, and the California Highway Patrol were notified and are assisting in the search for Moss. All responding law enforcement agencies are continuing with the search and apprehension efforts at this time.
Inmate Moss was last seen wearing orange CDCR state-issued clothing. Anyone seeing Moss should contact 9-1-1 or law enforcement authorities immediately.
Anyone having information about or knowledge of the location of Ga Dakota Moss should contact the CCC Watch Commander at 530-257-2181 x4173.
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, July 15 @ 7:27 p.m. / Missing
On July 19, Melisa Walstrom will be releasing balloons with people across the country in honor of her missing sister’s birthday. Sheila Franks, Walstrom’s sister, disappeared in Humboldt County on February 2. No one has heard from her since. [Another woman, Danielle Bertolini, disappeared close to the same time. See information about her here.]
Skeletal remains found Saturday in the Little Van Duzen River waterway out Hwy 36 have brought up a lot of conflicting emotions for Walstrom. She wonders if the remains could be her missing sister. She hopes it is but feels terrible for saying so. “It may sound horrible,” Walstrom said, “but to be able to lay her to rest… .” She paused then continued her voice thick with tears, “She deserves that as a human. Nobody deserves to be thrown in the creek.”
Walstrom said she is praying that the body is her sister’s. Quietly, she said, “I know that she’s gone. I think if we had her then we could start to move forward. Not knowing anything… that is the worst part.”
Walstrom knows that the wheels of justice move slowly. It is harder, she says, for her sister’s sons. The young men, she said, feel no one is stepping forward to help find their mother—no one cares. She would like to show them differently. She’s asking people to release a balloon on her sister’s birthday, take a photo and send it to her along with the place. She hopes to collect these in an album to present to her nephews.
“[Sheila’s] youngest is Jordan and he is twenty. Her oldest is Michael, 23,” Walstom explained. “I want to show the boys that people do care. Jordan’s grandma (who was like a grandma to Michael also) died in January, their Mom disappeared in February, my mom, grandma to both of the boys, died in May. It’s been hard on them.”
Walstrom doesn’t mention her own obvious pain. Instead she returns to her plans for her sister’s birthday, “I have people that responded from all over the United States,” Walstrom said proudly. “I got like a hundred and something people say they are doing it.” She believes some will release their balloons at the Fortuna rodeo.
“When Sheila’s birthday comes on Saturday,” Walstrom said, “she can look down and see we still love her and we’re trying our hardest.”
For those that want to participate in Sheila Franks’ memorial:
- Go here to register as part of the event.
- To minimize the impact on the environment, do not use mylar balloons. Use latex. Do not use string or ribbon. Use raffia or crepe paper.
- To have your photos included in the album, send your balloon photos here or email them to email@example.com .
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