[Audio] FBI, others asked to look into past corruption within Sheriff’s Office; Humboldt’s last week of news

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (12:28): The Sheriff’s Office has been looking into how an office they oversee has been illegally allowing the sale of dead people’s stuff to their own employees. Purchased items include vehicles and electronics — things left behind by the dead with no will or heirs.

“The FBI and (California) Attorney General’s Office (have been asked by District Attorney Maggie Fleming) to get involved in the investigation,” said Lost Coast Outpost reporter Ryan Burns, who has been covering the investigation thoroughly. “… To Sheriff (William) Honsal’s credit, he’s been pretty open about the whole process from the moment this whole story broke… He sat down with me and was very forthcoming about where things stand…”

The office in question is that of the Public Administrator’s, which has been under the supervision of the Sheriff’s Office since February 2015.

In the podcast, Burns discusses what he’s learned, how an assessment of ‘good deals’ could play a role in the investigation, the sale of items to people close to the Sheriff’s Office, the return of some items, and much more.

The story begins at 12:28.

Also covered

Some of our local news TV stations were bought out by a company that has drawn criticism for its conservative leanings, a local gets the rare Citizen’s Distinguished Service Medal, there’s a military general in our midst, that “oh ship” moment, and much more.

Not the actual vehicle. A photo of a 70’s Corvette. [Photo by Barnstarbob via Wikicommons]



  • Say it isn’t so! Corruption in Humboldt County?

  • Hmmm… I guess don’t make your sheriff coroner.

  • Nice Corvette! Wonder how much they paid?

  • I know some stories going back to Sheriff Cox and a missing truckload of weed . Lots of stories from lots of people over the years.

    • Voice stress analysis.small claims?contract zetas as investigators?who likes corruption?church and state?

  • Our whole judicial system is total shit ,and the DA is a complete joke. our jail need another 5 story’s strait up.icould go on and on ,but that’s like beating a dead horse.

  • Until this story / investigation was exposed, I had assumed that Sheriff Downey resigned due to an unenclosed health condition. Now I assume that he knew this was coming and that he, like politicians do, got the heck out of the way before the story broke.
    Now. I again assume, that we will know more about his involvement, as the investigation moves forward…….

  • wow… that picture of the car is completely different then the car parked at coroners office, tailpipes on ground, front end up (no engine) full of scrap parts inside.

  • who is to say if the person who bought it put $ into it already?

  • Downey was a do nothing no nothing worst Sheriff we ever had good riddance to bad rubbish

  • Shameful!! If we can’t trust the people we put trust in,what do we have?

  • It’s definitely a shame that these public servants chose to help themselves instead of doing what is right, by these decedants.

  • $1,500 LOL. Over paid.

  • While they are at it, they might want to look at the SWAP wood program for low-income seniors. What happens to the high BTU wood? The seniors sure don’t see it.

  • you are idiots, along with red headed blackbelt for not putting an actual or even close picture, causing confusion and people getting all upset about the condition of the car. Look at the real picture (posted above in comments) This is shotty media coverage. get with it Kym, put a REAL picture up!

  • How long have I been saying it???? Corruption,corruption,corruption!!

  • Can forget their behavior.hard to forget.every little thing.church and state.dunking people like witches for operation condor.dea.

  • So not surprised about more corruption in the Sheriff’s office 😠 thanks to Nancy Fleming for bringing this to the FBI ☺
    If was me or everyone else we would be in big trouble 😡
    They need to be accountable for there actions!!

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