Sheriff’s Office Convoy on Price Creek Rd. Now

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Aug. 20 @ 5:44 p.m. /  News

At approximately 5:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office began executing a search warrant in the Price Creek Road area west of the Eel River between Ferndale and Rio Dell. Eight sheriff’s vehicles are at a property on that road. Two of the vehicles are reportedly trucks pulling trailers.

We don’t know details yet. We’ll update when we get more information.



[Now With Photos] Fire Erupting to the East of the Avenue of the Giants

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Aug. 20 @ 4:47 p.m. /  Fire!

UPDATE 5:23 p.m.: Fire contained. Exercise caution on the Avenue in that area for the next couple hours as emergency equipment will still be on scene. It is estimated that it will take three hours for mop-up.

UPDATE 5:04 p.m.: Photos provided by Morgan Bryant.

UPDATE 4:53 p.m.: Dispatch is releasing resources which is a good sign. 

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Original post:

According to George Monroe, spokesperson for the Southern Humboldt Fire Chiefs Association, a fire just blew up east of the Chimney Tree restaurant. Powerlines are reported to be down. The blaze is said to be burning near the Avenue and near the restaurant. Scanner traffic reports it to be already an acre in size.

A witness says that two retardant drops have been made and a helicopter is getting water from the Eel.

Reportedly Cal Fire, Redway Fire, Miranda Fire and Phillipsville Fire are all responding.

We will be following this and update when more information becomes available.



Large Police Response to Alleged Domestic Violence Incident in Garberville

Hank Sims / Wednesday, Aug. 20 @ 4:19 p.m. /  Crime

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 08-20-2014, at approximately 9:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a domestic violence in progress on Sawmill Road, Garberville. The female caller told the dispatcher her husband had attacked her and was armed with a shotgun and was now trying to shoot her. While on the 911 call the dispatcher could hear the victim telling her husband to put down the shotgun. The dispatcher then heard a shot and the victim told the dispatcher her husband, Neptaly Martinez- Castillo, 32 years old, may have shot himself.

A Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy and three California Highway Patrol (C.H.P.) Officers responded to the scene, while medical personnel staged nearby. The deputy and C.H.P. Officers located Castillo in the rear of the residence without a shotgun. He was taken into custody without incident.

The investigating deputy spoke with the victim, who told the deputy just prior to calling 911 Castillo grabbed her by the neck, choked her and slammed her on the ground. He also slammed her head into a China cabinet, causing the glass to break, and then pointed a 12 gauge shotgun at her while threatening to shoot her. During the argument he also put the shotgun in his mouth. When he put the shotgun in his mouth she ran into the house and called 911, at which time she heard the gun shot go off.

When she exited a bathroom where she had been hiding she saw he had put the shotgun on the bed in their bedroom and was outside the residence. The deputies could see injuries to the victim consistent with what she told the deputy. The deputy also recovered the shotgun in the bedroom.

Castillo was arrested for assault with a firearm, discharging a firearm in a reckless manner, terrorist threats, false imprisonment and damaging a communications device. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked. His bail is set at $100,000.00

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.



Miranda Man Allegedly a Biter, Arrested For Assault

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Aug. 20 @ 3:47 p.m. /  Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On 08-20-2014, at approximately 2:15 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an assault victim who was at the Miranda Market, Miranda. The victim reported that he was attacked by Jeffrey Marvin Delore, 39 years old from Miranda. The victim told the Sheriff’s Office dispatcher he received injuries to his face and head after being struck in the head by Delore with a wooden object. The victim also reported being bitten at least three times by Delore during the assault, and said Delore was armed with a knife. The victim requested medical assistance and a deputy.

Deputies and medical responded to Miranda Market. When deputies arrived they met with the victim who repeated the story to the deputies. The deputies saw the victim had visible cuts, bruises and bite marks.

Deputies searched the area for Delore, who also had arrest warrants for vandalism, domestic violence and traffic violations.

On 08-20-2014, at approximately 12:30 p.m. deputies located and arrested Delore without incident in Miranda. He was taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for assault with a deadly weapon and on his outstanding arrest warrants. He is being held without bail.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.



Five Detained, None Arrested in 1077-Plant SoHum Bust

Hank Sims / Wednesday, Aug. 20 @ 9:06 a.m. /  marijuana

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 08-19-2014, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies drove to Mahan Road, Garberville and served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant. When deputies arrived, they searched the property and located 1077 growing marijuana plants ranging from 8 feet to 15 feet tall. They also located five adults who were all detained and identified.

No arrests were made; however deputies will be submitting the case to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office and requesting arrest warrants for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.



Latest Burr Valley Raid pulls in 1,773 Plants

Hank Sims / Tuesday, Aug. 19 @ 9:13 a.m. /  marijuana

PREVIOUSLY: Sheriff Deputies in Burr Valley Area Again

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From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 08-18-2014, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant at the end of Burr Valley Road, Dinsmore.

Deputies located five greenhouses and four outdoor marijuana gardens on the parcel containing 1773 growing marijuana plants. The plants ranged in size from 3’ to 5’ tall. The deputies estimated the marijuana garden could have yielded one pound of marijuana bud per plant or more. The estimated yield of the marijuana plants would have been approximately $1,773,000.00 based upon an estimated wholesale value of Humboldt County Marijuana Bud selling at approximately $1000.00 per pound.

No one was on scene when the deputies arrived and the investigation is continuing to determine who is responsible for the marijuana.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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Sheriff Deputies in Burr Valley Area Again

Kym Kemp / Monday, Aug. 18 @ 6:58 p.m. /  marijuana

Cut plants dying after law enforcement visited Buck Mountain near Burr Valley today. 

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was in the Burr Valley area again today. Multiple gardens were raided. Some in areas that had been visited by law enforcement previously. 

We should have more information tomorrow.