Kym Kemp / Wednesday, July 9 @ 11:41 a.m. / News
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:
On 07-07-2014 at 8:02 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to assist Covelo Tribal Police regarding an assault on a Tribal Police Officer.
When Deputies arrived on scene they were informed the suspect, Rosalee Stewart, had assaulted the Tribal Police Chief, and had been placed under citizen’s arrest for the assault.
During the Deputies investigation a commercial quantity of ICE Methamphetamine, which was packaged for sales, was located in the possession of Stewart. Indicia was also discovered which showed the possession of Methamphetamine was possessed for sales.
Stewart was then arrested for the listed violations and transported to the County Jail where she was held in lieu of $35,000.00 bail.
UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Humboldt County Press Release (lots more photos farther down):
On 07-08-2014, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and an Environmental Scientist from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (N.C. R.W.Q.C.B.) served two Humboldt County Superior Court search warrants in the Burr Valley area. When the deputies arrived at the first location they located five greenhouses containing 800 growing marijuana plants, ranging in size from 1’ to 3’ tall. Deputies and the N.C. R.W.Q.C.B. Environmental Scientist located environmental damage on the property consisting of stream diversions, a pond, and a dam. The suspects in this case are facing criminal violations for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and felony criminal and civil code violations of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act. The criminal violations of the water quality control act if convicted under section 13387 can include state prison of up to 24 months per violation, and civil penalties of $5,000.00 to $25,000.00 per day the violation occurs. Per the N.C. R.W.Q.C. B. Scientist the civil penalty for the violation in this case is estimated to be at least $200,000.00. No suspects were located at the marijuana grow site; however, the investigation is continuing.
While driving to the second search warrant location, deputies saw marijuana plants ranging from 2’ to 3’ tall being cultivated six feet off the roadway. The deputies secured the marijuana grow site and obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant. Deputies and the N.C. R.W.Q.C.B. Scientist searched the property. Deputies located 256 marijuana plants, two semi-auto handguns, both of which were loaded.
After a search of the property, it was determined significant environmental damage had occurred to the property due to unpermitted grading. The N.C. R.W.Q.C.B. Scientist and the deputies witnessed damage to streams in the area, the hillside and unpermitted roads. These environmental violations are criminal and civil code violations of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act. The estimated civil code violations alone in this case are approximately 1.5 million dollars if convicted. Deputies were able to identify three suspects and will be seeking arrest warrants for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and violations of 13387 of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act. Cal-Fire and Cal Fish and Wildlife were notified of the Resource Code Violations and will be following up. They anticipate requesting additional charges.
Deputies then served the third search warrant. When they arrived at the third location, they located 874 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 1’ to 3’ tall in two green houses and one outdoor garden. Deputies also saw unpermitted road building and removal of timber. Cal-Fire and California Fish and Wildlife were notified of the Resource Code Violations and will be following up. There was no water quality issues located at this location. Suspects have been identified in this case; however no one was located at the scene. Arrest warrants will be sought for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, and possible resource code violations.
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.
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Original Post: Lt. Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that there was a raid on a marijuana grow in the Burr Valley/Buck Mountain area yesterday and another raid today. Knight said that “streams were dammed and there were water quality violations” on yesterday’s bust.
Today, two suspects have been arrested and around 1000 marijuana plants were seized. Knight said that he believed that charges related to environmental damage would be filed on today’s arrests.
More information about the violations should be forthcoming later this afternoon. We’ll update as soon as possible.
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, July 9 @ 10:54 a.m. / Missing
UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Alexander Desmarais has returned home.
Original Post:Alexander Desmarais, age 21 from Eureka, was last seen June 26th when he was at the Little Red Lion Cocktail Lounge with friends. A text was received from Desmarais’ phone on the 29th purportedly from him. The text said he was fine and not to worry. However, he has not been heard from since. According to roommate, Desiree Husted, he has not shown up at the roofing company he works for and he has not responded to attempts by friends or family to contact him. Nor has there been any response to flyers with his image which were posted several days ago in the Eureka area.
Desmarais, has a small three ring tattoo under his eye, the words “Wicked Klown” and “Juggalo” on his neck, Insane Clown Posse face paint tattoo on his left torso and an Insane Clown Posse butterfly tattooed on his left arm.
If anyone has any information about Desmarais, contact Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060.
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, July 9 @ 10:30 a.m. / Crime
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:
The FBI’s San Francisco Field Office and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect who allegedly robbed a bank in McKinleyville, Calif.
On June 27, 2013 at approximately 10 a.m., the bandit entered the Bank of America at 2000 Central Avenue in McKinleyville. During the robbery, the suspect brandished a handgun, approached the teller counter, made a verbal demand for money and jumped over the counter to place the stolen money in a white trash bag.
Witnesses describe the suspect as a black male in his 30s, approximately 5‘9” and 170 pounds with a thin build and a mustache. The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood covering his head, dark “aviator”-style sunglasses, a white bandanna covering his face, gray gloves, gray sweat pants and black athletic shoes with white trim. Witnesses reported seeing a white sports utility vehicle, possibly a Cadillac Escalade or Nissan Xterra, fleeing the scene after the robbery.
The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911. The FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at 415-553-7400 in the San Francisco area. Tips should be submitted to the FBI San Francisco, Fortuna Resident Agency at 707-725-6141. All calls are confidential. Tips can also be submitted at tips.fbi.gov.
This investigation is being conducted jointly by FBI San Francisco agents and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office detectives.
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, July 8 @ 9:30 p.m. /
Got kids between 11 and 19? Here’s an organization devoted to providing fun things for them to do.
Youth Alive! Press Release:
Youth Alive! Outdoor Adventures is a non-profit grassroots program that has been a part of the southern Humboldt community since March of 2009. Our mission is to provide safe outdoor recreational activities to youth ages 11-19 of southern Humboldt free of cost.
This year’s trips include activities such as: mountain biking, backpacking, surfing, whitewater rafting, and more! Join us for our next activity backpacking to Bear Harbor July 17-18. To receive more information the outdoor coordinator, Shawna Faulkner, may be reached at 209.380.5028.
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, July 8 @ 7:43 p.m. / Crime
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:
On 07/05/2014 around 8:30 PM deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were patrolling the Covelo area when they encountered Mario Palacio who was riding a bicycle on Howard Street near Highway 162. Deputies were aware Palacios was currently a fugitive from the State of Oklahoma and had a warrant for his arrest for felony charges. Those charges stemmed from Palacio failing to appear on an automobile burglary charge in that state.
Deputies contacted Palacio and arrested him for the outstanding warrant. A search of Palacio’s person revealed a commercial quantity of methamphetamine which was packaged for sale. Palacio was arrested for possession and transportation of methamphetamine for sale.
Palacio was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on the listed charges and is currently held on $50,000.00 bail.
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, July 8 @ 9:06 a.m. / PSA
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Citizens On Patrol S.C.O.P. was established in 1996. The S.C.O.P Program allows citizens to voluntarily serve with the Sheriffs Office. They have been known as the “Eyes and Ears” of the Sheriffs Office. They perform a variety of functions in the sheriff’s office, including, but not limited to traffic control, patrol in a S.C.O.P vehicle, boating and marine patrol, vacation house checks, filing, assisting at the Humboldt County Sheriffs Animal Shelter, special events and disaster assistance.
In calendar year 2013, the S.C.O.P. Program volunteers logged almost 36,923 miles patrolling various parts of Humboldt County. They provided 525 vacation house checks, 15,353 business checks, 2,161 parks and playground checks, 2,546 school checks and donated 9,076 hours. They also assisted at 19 special events and donated 680 hours of boating patrol.
The Humboldt County Sheriffs Citizen On Patrol trains and educates citizens about general law enforcement, specifically the Sheriffs Office. Some of the deputies currently working at the sheriff’s office started their careers in the S.C.O.P program S.C.O.P. Members are required to be at least 21 years of age, have a valid California Drivers License, pass a background check, and donate at least seventeen hours a month. Volunteers accepted will receive 32 hours of training in the S.C.O.P Academy.
Anyone interested in joining the S.C.O.P. program can contact S.C.O.P
Captain Bernie Jorgensen at 268-2536.