[UPDATED with Information About the Crime] Tennessee Homicide Suspect Arrested in Humboldt

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, April 8 @ 10:21 a.m. /  Crime

UPDATE 11:23 a.m.: 

Terrance D. Brown, the suspect in a Tennessee homicide arrested late yesterday evening at the Blue Lake Casino was wanted in connection with the death of Dennis Prutianov.

At about 1:30 a.m. on September 8, 2012, a vehicle pulled up before a home on Moss Street in Nashville, Tennessee. Bullets peppered a home there killing Prutianov. Officers say they retrieved over 25 shell casings from the scene of the crime. Law enforcement suspected that the crime might be connected to drugs as Prutianov had felony convictions on cocaine and marijuana related charges. 

For a time, no one was arrested. Then in April of last year, Carlee Nease was arrested in connection with the case. A second man, Terrence Clark, was arrested soon afterwards.  

Photos of the three suspects in the alleged homicide of Dennis Prutianov. (See more here.)

Just last month a traffic stop in Ohio nearly nabbed Terrance D. Brown but he fled on foot only to be captured yesterday evening by a Humboldt County Deputy.

Humboldt County Sheriff Press Release:

On 04-07-14, at approximately 9:40 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Blue Lake Casino, Blue Lake. Security staff requested a deputy respond to the hotel after they located a hotel guest in possession of drugs. 

When the deputy arrived he met with a security officer. The officer told the deputy they were requested to respond to room after a hotel guest sustained a cut to his finger and requested first aid. Security personnel provided the guest with first aid and offered the guest fresh linens to replace those the guest used to treat the wound. When the guest removed the linens from the bed, he dropped them on the floor in the hallway. While dropping the linens on the hallway floor, a small plastic baggie which appeared to contain a controlled substance fell onto the floor. 

The deputy contacted the hotel guest who was standing by with security officers at his room. The man verbally provided the name of Corbin Little, to the deputy. The man told the deputy he did not know where his identification was located. The man told the deputy he cut his finger while he was removing a burnt out light in his room and it shattered. While speaking with Little, the deputy saw an Ohio identification card on the bed in the room. The deputy looked at the identification card and saw it belonged to Corbin Little, however; the photo did not resemble the man he was speaking with and the height did not match. The deputy suspected the man was providing a false name. The deputy asked the man the zip code that was on the driver’s license for Little, the man could not provide the zip code. 

Hotel security pointed out the plastic baggie which they saw fall out of the bedding. The baggie was still on the floor in the hotel hallway. The deputy took custody of the baggie which appeared to contain a controlled substance. The deputy also located a small amount of dried marijuana in the room, and items consistent with drug use. The deputy arrested the man for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He transported the man to a local hospital to be treated for the injury on his finger and then to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the charges. The white powdery substance in the baggie tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately one gram. 

At the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility the deputy informed the Correctional Officers that he suspected the man was the providing a false name. Correctional Officers conducted a Live Scan Fingerprinting of the man and determined his true name was Terrance D. Brown, who was wanted in connection with a double homicide by Metro Nashville Police Department, in Tennessee. Brown is being held without bail pending extradition to Tennessee. 

Metro Nashville Public Affairs Officer can be contacted at 1-615-862-7306. 

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.

Tree Trimming on Upper Thomas Rd./ Expect Delays

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, April 8 @ 9:57 a.m. /  News

Work crews removing foliage on Thomas Road. [Photo and information provided by reader.]

Tree trimming on Thomas Road off a Salmon Creek Road near Miranda is causing 10-15 minute delays. Allow extra travel time today. 

Fire Chief Tim Olsen’s Memorial Service to include Procession from Garberville to Fortuna

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, April 8 @ 9:41 a.m. /  News

UPDATE 4/11 below:

When Briceland Fire Chief Tim Olsen passed away suddenly on March 20, there was an outpouring of grief from the community. His vehicle became a memorial site where flowers and mementos were displayed. On this Sunday, April 13, there will be a more formal memorial at River Walk which will reflect Olsen’s importance to Southern Humboldt and beyond.

In what started as a spontaneous gesture by the fire crew but soon grew, the community left flowers, photographs and other mementos around Briceland Fire Chief Tim Olsen’s vehicle (Photograph by Supervisor Estelle Fennell.)

A large procession of fire trucks and other vehicles will leave Garberville at 10:45 a.m. on the 13th and arrive at the River Lodge in Fortuna around noon. There a ceremony will start at 1 p.m. with guest speakers including Sheriff Mike Downey, Supervisor Estelle Fennel, the president of the Humboldt County Fire Chief’s association, members of Briceland Fire Dept., representatives from state agencies, and others. 

Tim was well loved and highly respected in many different aspects of our government. He made a lot of headway in making sure that rural fire departments are recognized and honored for all the work they accomplish,” explained Diana Totten, a member of Briceland Fire for fourteen years and a reserved captain for Briceland Fire for the last two years. “He put Southern Humboldt on the map with a lot of different agencies. He was well known for advocating that we are one big group of fire family and for advocating that when someone calls 911, they should get the same service as someone in the city. He was an example of professionalism to people here.”

Fire crews from other communities will staff Southern Humboldt neighborhoods so that all members of local fire departments will be able to attend Olsen’s memorial service. Cal Fire, Humboldt Bay Fire District, and Fortuna Fire will be covering the area to respond quickly should there be any fire. “It’s how the fire world comes together,” Diana Totten explained. “We have a real strong bond. The bond comes from us spending hours and days responding to fires and traffic accidents. It takes a special kind of person to get up at 2 a.m. and put their fire clothes on.”

Myself and the fire department and Tim Olsen’s family can’t say enough of what it feels like to be the recipient of something like this when we’re usually the givers,” Totten added.

Other agencies around Humboldt and beyond have donated time, money and personnel, Totten said. “They’ve done all that before we asked.  That’s what Tim was so proud of being a part of.”

Members of the community are welcome to come to the service.

Briceland Fire Press Release:

The Briceland Volunteer Fire Department and the Olsen family would like to remind the community that the memorial for Briceland Fire Chief Tim Olsen is to be held on Sunday, April 13th, at 1 pm at the River Lodge in Fortuna.  A procession of fire and emergency vehicles will be leaving Garberville Cal-Trans at 10:45 am.

The procession will be traveling north on Redwood Drive through Redway to the Dean Creek Highway 101 on ramp and will then proceed north to Fortuna. 

To view the procession at the River Lodge, please plan on arriving no later than noon. The ceremony will be starting promptly at 1:00 pm.

UPDATE 4/11: There will be a procession coming from the north also. According to Westhaven Fire Chief Paul Radman, there will be fire engines, command vehicles, and at least one ambulance joining together. The northern part of Olsen’s memorial procession will leave Guintoli Lane at 9:45 a.m. proceeding south. According to Radman, “Tim’s impact on emergency services in our region was huge. He touched many far and wide and was respected and loved by all. He was a catalyst for interdepartmental and interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration.”

Easter Egg Hunt in SoHum

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, April 8 @ 6:21 a.m. /  News

A Quirky Corner of Humboldt

Kym Kemp / Monday, April 7 @ 6:33 p.m. /  marijuana

On 2nd Street in Eureka near the Oberon restaurant, there is a lovely old brick wall with two curious holes in it. One of the holes is circled by chalk. [Photos by A. Nelson.]

Have you ever noticed those little holes in the brick wall by Oberon on 2nd Street? [Who knows why they are there?] A. Nelson, who doesn’t wish to be known by her full name, was walking by the wall with her 13-year-old son earlier today. Her son noticed what Nelson calls “a communal pot dispensary.”

Do even the buildings leak green in Humboldt?
Is this a random act of kindness? Do little people manicure buds behind the walls and push their trim onto their balcony? Is this some kind of offering to the gods of 2nd Street?
Go ahead, Humboldt. Let your imaginations roll. Shake out those stories and share your ideas with all of us.
UPDATE 4/9: According to a reader (who is an engineer,) the missing bricks are likely the result of the standard test method for this kind of masonry work. She sent the following diagram showing how the test is done. 

Burnt Human Remains Discovered in Cabin Near Bridgeville

Andrew Goff / Monday, April 7 @ 9:44 a.m. /

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 04-04-14, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by an absentee landowner that someone had caused environmental damage to the owners property off of Highway 36 near milepost 26.03. The owner reported someone had cut down trees, dug out a pond with heavy equipment and marijuana was growing on the property. The growing marijuana was starter plants, which the owner destroyed.

The property owner also told the Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher he was notified by the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department that they responded to a structure fire on the owner’s 180 acre parcel of property on 04-03-2014, at approximately 4:00 a.m. The three story unoccupied cabin on the property was destroyed by the fire and burnt to the ground. The property owner was responding to the property to evaluate damage to the property and cabin. The owner was requesting a deputy meet him on the property.

On 04-05-2014, at approximately 9:30 a.m. deputies met with the landowner on the property. When deputies met with the landowner he showed deputies the remains of the burned down cabin and told them that just prior to the their arrival, he noticed what may be burnt human remains in the debris. The property owner told detectives no one was supposed to be living in the cabin or on the property.

Deputies examined the possible human remains and called for Sheriff’s Detectives, California Department of Justice, the Humboldt County Arson Task Force and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office to respond.

After detectives arrived on scene, they met with property owner who gave the detectives and deputies written consent to search the property which they did. Cal Fire Investigators responded to assist with the fire investigation and environmental damage to the property. Cal Fish and Wildlife responded to assist with the environmental damage investigation. The Coroner confirmed the burnt remains were human. A Humboldt State University Anthropology Professor, who used to be a Humboldt County Deputy Coroner, and three of her students were summoned to the scene to assist with the death investigation due to human body being destroyed by the fire.

At this time it is unknown whether the body is male or female. The identity and cause of death are being investigated by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.

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.


NPR Along with Mother Jones Snickers at Humboldt’s “Flower” Ads

Kym Kemp / Sunday, April 6 @ 4:58 p.m. /  Humboldt

Ads from Trim Scene Solutions, a business based in Southern Humboldt, and Royal Gold Potting Soil, an Arcata company got a nod on NPR today. Can you hear any more local ads and voices in the radio piece below? (Note: The voice of at least one employee of Lost Coast Communications, Mo Burke, appears on the Trim Scene Ad.)

A couple of weeks ago, Mother Jones’ magazine highlighted more Humboldt ads that appear to be attempting to reach marijuana growers.

NPR questions a lawyer about the legality of these kinds of advertisements and looks at how the FCC might view such colorful attempts to market to one of the main drivers of our local economy.