Kym Kemp / Thursday, Aug. 28 @ 2:52 p.m. / marijuana
For the last several days, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has been assisted by CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) while conducting raids in Southern Humboldt. On Tuesday, they were in Blocksburg where they eradicated over 10,000 plants. On Wednesday, they were in Whitethorn where they took out 1366 plants.
Today, according to Lt. Steve Knight of the Sheriff’s Office, the two law enforcement agencies are back in Blocksburg. A reader reports they have their helicopter with them.
Lt Knight said there have been over 1000 plants counted already. And more are expected to be taken. It will be a long day in the field for all the officers, Knight said. He promised photos and a press release tomorrow.
According to Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) assisted his department in a marijuana related raid today. Knight said that a helicopter was used to access the site of an illegal garden on private timber lands in the Whitethorn area of Southern Humboldt.
Knight said that CAMP is temporarily helping eradicate cannabis gardens that the Sheriff’s Department has identified as sites of interest. CAMP will be working with the Sheriff’s Department in other raids but Knight declined to state how long that agency will be in the area aiding local officers.
Yesterday, CAMP assisted the Sheriff’s Office in a raid in the Blocksburg area.
Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Aug. 27 @ 3:12 p.m. / marijuana
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:
On 8-26-2014, at approximately 10:00 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, assisted by members of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting and the Humboldt County Drug Task Force drove to an area just north of Blocksburg. At the open field location, deputies eradicated 10,276 growing marijuana plants ranging from 6” to 9’ tall. The plants were grown on three different parcels, all on private property. There were no residences or structure in the area. Deputies also located two large water lines drafting water from a nearby creek to water the marijuana plants.
No suspects were located at the scene, and the investigation is ongoing. The case is also being referred to the California Fish and Wildlife for an investigation into possible environmental crimes.
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 707-268-2539.
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Aug. 26 @ 11:47 a.m. / Missing
Lucius Robbi on the left. His Suburu, packed for college, on the right
UPDATE:Lucius Robbi was unfortunately found dead. His car went off the road near Stanley Lake, Idaho. For more, go here.
A Humboldt County man, Lucius Robbi, has disappeared between Horseshoe Bend, Idaho and Missoula, Montana on his way to college. The 21 year old, who grew up near Orleans, had been working as a guide for a kayaking/rafting company in Idaho this summer. He left his place of work on Tuesday the 19th in the afternoon and was supposed to arrive for orientation the next day at the University of Montana.
Robbi told friends he planned to camp that night in a tent somewhere along the way. He was driving his 1997 green Subaru Outback with two unusual kayaks strapped on top. One is an orange Zet Raptor creekboat. That Kayak is extremely rare. Another is an orange Fluid Nemesis which is relatively uncommon.
These are not the kayaks (both Robbi’s are orange.) However, they are photos of kayaks like his. [Photo from the Facebook page Finding Lucius.]
There have been numerous searches by law enforcement and volunteers in the area Robbi is believed to have been traveling. Friends and family say it is extremely unlike him to not show up for his first day of school.
The family is requesting more volunteers to search the area. (Go here to volunteer.) A GoFundMe site has been set up for those who would like to financially support the search. A Finding Lucius page has been set up on Facebook with more information.
Below is a flyer that can be printed out and distributed. Also friends and family are encouraging sharing information about Robbi being missing via social networking sites.
Kym Kemp / Monday, Aug. 25 @ 1:39 p.m. / Crime
Ferndale Police Department press release:
On August 24, 2014 at approximately 1:30 pm, Ferndale police officers responded to the Gingerbread Mansion Bed and Breakfast, 400 Berding Street, regarding a suspicious male acting strangely. Upon the officer’s arrival at the Gingerbread Mansion, the Ferndale police Officer contacted Dan Craig Dobbs, 40 years old, Garberville, CA, outside the establishment on the porch.
Dobbs claimed he was a past guest of the Gingerbread Mansion and wanted to rent a room. Dobbs said he entered the bed and breakfast and walked to the third floor in order to look at a room he wanted to rent. Dobbs claimed he had “only” had a sip of wine from a wine bottle located next to the establishment’s guest registration log book, on the first floor.
The officer spoke with management and learned Dobbs had actually walked upstairs, entered two separate private hotel rooms. While Dobbs was inside the first private unoccupied hotel room, he stole a bottle of wine from the room and exited the room. Dobbs then immediately walked into another unoccupied private hotel room and opened the sealed bottle of wine. Dobbs exited the second room, walked to the first floor, retrieved a wine glass and returned to the second private hotel room. While inside the hotel room, he began drinking the wine. The wine was valued at approximately 40-50 dollars.
Furthermore, Dobbs claimed to be the owner of the establishment to management and staff. At some point, Dobbs walked into the kitchen area, and without permission, began opening and looking through kitchen drawers and cabinets along with the refrigerator and freezer. During Dobbs’ visit, he walked into one of the rooms reserved for staff and began pointing at things within the room and claimed they were stolen from him.
After the officer conducted a full investigation, Dobbs was arrested for burglary. Ultimately Dobbs was transported to the Humboldt County Jail where he was booked for burglary.
Kym Kemp / Monday, Aug. 25 @ 9:41 a.m. / News
California Highway Patrol press release:
On August 23, 2014, at approximately 6:20 PM, a 2001 Honda motorcycle driven by a 42 year old resident of Rio Dell, CA was traveling west on Mattole Road, west of the Honeydew Cal-Fire Station. For reasons still under investigation, the motorcycle left the roadway and the driver was ejected. The driver sustained fatal injuries upon coming in contact with the ground.
Passing motorists came upon the collision scene and contacted emergency personnel. Garberville CHP, Honeydew Volunteer Fire Department, and Mattole Cal-Fire responded to the scene.
The driver of the motorcycle was wearing his helmet at the time of the collision. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the cause of this collision.
This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area.
Kym Kemp / Monday, Aug. 25 @ 9:38 a.m. / News
California Highway Patrol press release:
On August 24, 2014, at approximately 9:00 AM, Mr. Travis Edwin Lee, of Dattledoro, North Carolina, was operating a borrowed, highly modified racing ATV. Lee was traveling on a private asphalt roadway and entered a right hand curve at a high rate of speed. Lee was unable to negotiate the curve and the ATV drifted to the outside of the curve and contacted a boulder. The ATV was thrust into the air, as was Lee, who was ejected. Lee contacted the grass covered dirt shoulder with his head and suffered significant trauma to both his torso, as well as his head. Lee was not discovered immediately. A passerby observed Lee on the side of the road and contacted a nearby resident, who called 911.
Lee was transported from the scene by the Long Valley Fire Department ambulance, to Howard Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Next of kin has been notified.
Assisting at the collision scene were the Laytonville Volunteer Fire Department, Laytonville Ambulance, and McCaffrey’s Automotive Towing.
The cause of this collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area.
It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the cause of this collision.