Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Dec. 17 @ 9:28 p.m. / Crime
The Humboldt County Drug Task Force in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) detained six individuals in Loleta today after serving a search warrant. A neighbor, Sandra Dupret, said that at least 8 vehicles, most of them unmarked, and approximately 16 law enforcement personnel, surrounded the house next to her about 11 a.m. this morning.
“A van pulls up to our house and right behind it a car pulls up,” Dupret said. “Then more cars and all these guys with guns…They were all in black and their weapons were all black.”
Dupret said that several of the officers had DEA on their vests but most weren’t in any uniform. “They tore that house apart,” she said. “They were searching the cars. Under the hoods…My neighbor said that they took a bunch of stuff out of the house.”
Lt. George Cavinta of the Humboldt County Drug Task Force said that six were detained in the 300 block of Loleta Drive. Several individuals were arrested for possession of meth and marijuana as well as for sales.
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Dec. 17 @ 5:24 p.m. / News
Humboldt County Public Works will be closing Redwood Drive on December 24 from 8:00 a.m. until Noon between Renner and Evergreen so they can work on the bluffs.
Don’t panic though. Highway 101 will be open and, of course, Santa’s sleigh will have no trouble flying around the Roads crew working on Christmas Eve. The goodies (or the coal) for your stocking will get there safely.
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Dec. 17 @ 5:07 p.m. / Crime
According to Deputy Coroner Trevor Enright of the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office, the victim of today’s homicide on 15th Street in Eureka is a fourteen-year-old boy from Arcata.
The Coroner’s Office is not yet releasing the name of the juvenile. An forensic autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the boy.
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Dec. 17 @ 4:14 p.m. / Crime
UPDATE 8:20 p.m.: California Highway Patrol press release:
On 12/17/14 at approximately 2:14 PM, California Department of Transportation maintenance crews were working in the area of SR-299 near milepost 35 in Humboldt county. Crew members found what appeared to be a black tube with caps on each end, wrapped in black tape. The crew notified the California Highway Patrol, and an officer and sergeant responded to the scene. Based on the location of the item, and its distance from the highway, it was determined that the highway could remain open while the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad responded to inspect the item.
Once on scene, the Sheriff’s Department deployed their unmanned remote rover and rendered the item safe. There was no collateral damage to surrounding equipment or infrastructure, and the highway remained open. It is still unknown what the item’s intended purpose was, and anyone with information regarding the item is requested to call the California Highway Patrol at (707) 822-5981.
UPDATE 5:00 p.m.: Caltrans spokesperson, Eli Rohl, explained, “The alleged device was found in a turnout on a two-lane stretch of 299…The CHP officer I spoke with said there’s a blade truck shielding the road from any potential blast.”
Rohl said that a maintenance worker for Caltrans discovered the device this afternoon. CHP officers were called in.
CHP spokesperson Sgt Phil Stacy said, “We’ve got a couple units out there including an on scene supervisor.” The Humboldt County bomb squad has also been called in.
“We’re not closing the road. It doesn’t appear that it any immediate threat to anyone,” Stacy stated.
Rohl asked that any motorists drive with caution through the area for the safety of the responders. “Motorists won’t see anything too exciting if they drive by,” he said.
ROAD ALERT: What looks to be a pipe bomb has been found [near post mile 35] on Highway 299 in Humboldt County about 5 miles west of Willow Creek. The California Highway Patrol and Caltrans is at the scene. There is no road closure or traffic control at this time but we are asking all motorists to slow down and use extra caution around the scene.
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Dec. 17 @ 8:15 a.m. / marijuana
Here are the winners from California’s longest running medical marijuana Emerald Cup. The Cup was started as a friendly competition between neighbors and has grown to become a major trade show that sold out the Sonoma County Fairgrounds with around 10,000 attending Saturday alone.
The Cup encourages growers to up their game—become better at growing, curing and presentation. In a secretive business, this chance to see multiple final products is a unique education for growers and the public alike.
There were several different competitions but the bud contest draws the most entries and the most interest. Number one in both the Breeder’s Cup and the Emerald Cup is Jose Pianato with Sweet Serenade. This Indica/Sativa cross was bred and grown in Mendocino from a seed. Below is a photo taken of a sample bud for CannCast (This reporter is speculating that this small bud is a section of a larger and better manicured bud.) A photo and test results for many entries can be seen on their website.
Place Entry # Collective Cultivator Strain
Below is the Judges’ list which includes the compiled description (often somewhat comical or horrifying depending on how seriously you take the reported flavors which include dirty armpit, tangerine, cinnamon toast, pre-school locker room and some kid pissed his pants.
1st 9 HHF Joe Peinado Sweet Serenade
solid big buds densely packed with crystals - cardamon and eggnog, zabaglione, rich full flavor, cherry turpentine, subtle changes throughout the joint, big expansion and a clear mental high. Good for creative focus.
2nd 164 HHF Mean Gene Mendo/Aficionado Black Lime Reserve
Big Brachs Beauty
Strong gasoline smell
Comes in waves
3rd 347 OrganiCann,SRosa Star Cheese
Emerald Green & light brown hairs firm bud
poopy deep stink/roasted peppers/very strong/rose lavender/ dried mango w/a touch of mint/delicious all the way through
Open headed high/happy thinking person’s high/put me in a space zone & got me really high
4th 24 Peace In Medicine S Rosa Juan Lopez SFV-OG (San Fernando Valley OG)+
tight trim loaded with golden trichomes
super strong pine&mothballs
Stinky minty dirty armpit - & it tastes like it smells! Tastes stony
loose jaw and brain spiral/ vibratory head stone/good social weed
5th 470 HHF Terp Hogz Zklittez
Symmetrical shape tight trim
smells like Tangerine juice and tequilla with some lime
tastes like candy cane/full smoky rich flavor
nose ticker/full-headed high
6th 570 HHF 3rd Gen Family & Dyingbreed Zklittez #8
Seeds & Terp Hogz
Hairspray and tangerine
7th 505 HHF Tar Hill Cannabis Reserve
Sparkly sticky dark green frosty coating
smell: chocolate hash with raspberry sauce/fruity&fuely
Tastes like it smells plus piney/peppery butterscotch
Clear head and bright eyed
8th 82 HHF Pearly Sweetcakes Clementine
Tight bud and good trim/bright orange hairs
smell lemon bars & naugahyde
tequilla aftertaste/key lime pie/airplane glue/stinky socks - phew!
Slow down and feel good!
9th 611 WonderLand, LA Karl Witt & Eden Farms Durban Poison
Pretty girl with big brachs
smells like yummy peach brandy - intoxicating
taste apricot nectar &old books/very smooth month aftertaste/smoked to the very end
full body take off on 4th hit/strong sensory awareness and big fun
10th 301 (288?) HHF Mean Gene, Mendo Cherry Limeade #9
Blonde inside tight firm bud
Smells like tangerine/cinnamon toast/pre-school locker room(& some kid pissed his pants)
Tastes like grapefruit and cherry
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Dec. 16 @ 9:42 p.m. / Crime
Reportedly, two individuals have been shot and are located at widely different points along Highway 36. A report of gunshots fired came across the scanner around 8:45 p.m. According to the subsequent scanner traffic, one victim, a female, was said to have been wounded in the arm in the Church Lane area of Carlotta Swain’s Flat. Scanner traffic indicates that the woman appears at this point to be stable.
About 9:00 p.m. a report came across the scanner of an individual with a gunshot wound to the back in the Swain’s Flat Outpost area . Scanner traffic indicates that this second individual is believed but not confirmed to be the shooter of the woman in Carlotta. Google maps indicates that the distance would take approximately 15 minutes to travel.
Medical personnel staged in the Swain’s Flat Outpost area—staging means they wait at a distance until the scene is found to be safe by law enforcement. Law enforcement has now indicated that the area is safe for medical personnel.
The Church Lane area has also been cleared by law enforcement so that medical personnel could tend to the woman.
We are following the scanner and will update as more information comes in.
An earlier version of this post erroneously identified Carlotta as the place where the woman was wounded.
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Dec. 16 @ 12:14 p.m. / Crime
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:
The investigation into last night’s officer involved shooting in 2300 block of Chapel Hill Road in McKinleyville is still ongoing. Sheriff’s Office Detectives and members of the countywide Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) are currently investigating the incident. CIRT consists of investigators from the District Attorney’s Office, Eureka Police Department, Arcata Police Department, State Department of Justice and the California Highway Patrol.
The male suspect, Michael Lawrence Barrett (age 23) remains in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on a no bail warrant for Parole Violation out of Los Angeles. The unidentified adult female remains in a hospital, out of the area, with a non-life threatening injury to her hand. Investigators are still trying to confirm her identity due to her not cooperating with law enforcement. Neither Barrett nor the Deputy was injured.
The Deputy involved in the shooting is not being identified at this time and remains on administrative leave per the Sheriff’s Office Shooting protocol which is standard procedure in a case such as this.
Barrett and the unidentified female have not been charged with a crime at this point pending the outcome of the investigation.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (707) 268-2539.