[RETURNED] Eureka Juggalo Missing for Ten Days

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.

FBI and Humboldt County Sheriff Seek McKinleyville Bank Robber

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.



Fun Stuff for Youth This Summer

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

Man Arrested on Oklahoma Felony Charges

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.

Sheriff’s Citizens On Patrol

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.
Captain Bernie Jorgensen at 268-2536.

Love the Lost Coast? Guided Hike (for Free) or a Guided Kayak Trip

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, July 8 @ 7:51 a.m. /  Humboldt

Bureau Of Land Management Press Release:

A free interpretive outing to learn how to “Leave No Trace in the Wilderness” on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from Black Sands Beach to Horse Mountain Creek in Shelter Cove. The outing is part of a summer hikes series offered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Lost Coast Interpretive Association.

Participants should meet at the Black Sands Beach. Participants should wear sunscreen, hat, sturdy shoes as they will be walking on the sand, food and water. King Range Wilderness Ranger, Paul Sever, will lead participants on a hike and through several fun and engaging activities that will better prepare them for recreating in the wilderness. This outing is great for the entire family.

An outing to explore the BLM California Coastal National Monument through “Kayaking the Lost Coast” on Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in Shelter Cove. Participants should meet at the boat launch site in Shelter Cove a few minutes before 9 a.m. to prepare to the outing.

Pacific Outfitters is providing the equipment for the kayak trip; therefore, there is a charge of $69 per person or $59 per person if more than two people sign up. To sign up for this trip, visit: www.pacificoutfittersadventures.com.

During the outing, participants will learn about the BLM California Coastal National Monument, the rocks and islands off the California coast that have special recognition and protection as part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System. The monument includes more than 20,000 rocks, islands, pinnacles and exposed reefs stretching the length of the coast from the mean high tide line and out 12 nautical miles, and about 1,600 acres of shoreline and prairies at Point Arena.

For more information or to register, call the BLM King Range Project Office, (707) 986-5400, or email ca338@blm.gov.

The King Range National Conservation Area is part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System. Additional information on the area’s natural resources and recreation opportunities is available at www.blm.gov/ca/arcata/kingrange

Maine Media Covers Missing Humboldt Woman

Kym Kemp / Monday, July 7 @ 7:57 a.m. /  Humboldt

As the months grow longer since Danielle Bertolini went missing, the family of the 23-year-old woman last seen in the Fortuna area loses hope. Yesterday, a newspaper in Bangor, Maine—Bertolini went to school near there—headlined a story on the case with “Mother of former Maine woman missing in California fears she’s dead.” The reporter interviewed Lt. Wayne Hanson with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office as well as others. The article reported:

It’s an active investigation,” Hanson said, adding there are some “red flags” in the cases. He said that police have received numerous tips, have interviewed several people and searched several areas in an effort to find the missing women. Authorities also have submitted evidence to a crime lab and are conducting a forensic study of cellphones and are looking into cellphone tower activity, he said.

However, the reporter also quoted a Fortuna Police Officer:

It’s definitely suspicious, but there’s nothing to support any foul play at [this] point,” Fortuna police Officer Brian Taylor said.

Read the rest of the article here. It contains more details on how the family discovered Bertolini was missing.

Previously on the Lost Coast Outpost: