Humboldt County Drug Task Force and DEA Detains Six in Loleta

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.

They’re Not Bluffing: Redwood Drive Closed on Christmas Eve

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.

Fourteen-Year-Old Victim of Today’s Homicide

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.

Previously: HOMICIDE: Man Found Stabbed Off McFarlan Street; EPD Investigating

[UPDATED 8:20 P.M.] Possible Pipe Bomb Found on Highway 299

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.


Original post:

Caltrans Facebook status:

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.

And The Winners of the Emerald Cup Are…

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. 

Go here to see more information about the winner.

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

Go here to see more information about the second place finisher

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)+

Blue Power

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

Clearheaded high

Breaking News: Two Shot Out Hwy 36

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 CarlottaGoogle 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.

Mugshot of Suspect Arrested in McKinleyville Shooting Incident and More Details

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.