[FIXED!]Phone Service Still Out for Many Cell Customers Near Miranda

Kym Kemp / Thursday, April 3 @ 1:48 p.m. /  News

Phone and internet service is still out to customers of Verizon and US Cellular in the Miranda/Myers Flat area today. Residents have been unable to call or text from a large part of that community since the storm on Monday.

Verizon crews have been out searching for the problem since yesterday.

They are still working on it,” explained the Verizon technician. “It’s been upgraded to our highest engineers because there are so many reports coming in.” He suggested that customers make sure their roaming service is turned on. This may enable them to get calls in or out, he believes. At this point the cause of the problem has not been determined.

UPDATE 7:06 p.m.: Multiple people reporting service back up from Fruitland Ridge to Miranda!

Car Seat Checkup Coming to Garberville

Kym Kemp / Thursday, April 3 @ 1:38 p.m. /  PSA

CHP Press Release:

On Saturday April 19th, 2014, the Garberville CHP Office will be hosting a Car Seat Check-up Event and Information Booth from 9 am to 5 pm.  The event will be held at the Garberville CHP Office parking lot, 30 West Coast Road, Redway, CA 95560.  This event is held to allow parents of young children to make sure their car seats are up to date, installed correctly in their vehicle, and properly fit the child.  There is no cost to the public.  Anyone with questions about the CHP, hiring, or other safety laws can stop by as well.

If you have any questions about this event please contact Officer Mike Major at (707) 923-2155.

Silverio Sanchez: Wanted for Stalking, Kidnapping, Assault

Kym Kemp / Thursday, April 3 @ 12:25 p.m. /  Crime

Wanted by multiple law enforcement agencies, Silverio Sanchez (age 23) of Ruth, has been avoiding the courtroom on numerous charges for almost four years. The Trinity and Humboldt County Sheriff’s office are looking for him as is the Eureka and Fortuna Police Departments. In fact, both Trinity County Sheriff’s Office and the Eureka Police Department list Sanchez on their most wanted lists.

A warrant for Sanchez, (5‘5” and 140 pounds with brown hair and eyes) was first issued on April 5, 2010. He was charged with threatening and assaulting a peace officer as well as with failure to appear on an accusation of possessing more than an ounce of marijuana.

Since then several more warrants have been issued including another failure to appear, providing false identification to a peace officer, and a $250,000 bail felony warrant for kidnapping, making terrorist threats, stalking, and having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

Known to move frequently, the five different warrants issued for Sanchez show five different addresses. Sanchez has family and contacts in the Ruth, Fortuna and Eureka area. 

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s office currently wants to talk to Sanchez in connection with another felony assault.

According to Lt. Wayne Hanson of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, if seen, do not approach Sanchez. Avoid him and call 911. If you have information regarding Sanchez’s whereabouts, contact Deputy Sam Williams with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 268-3645.


The original post mistakenly gave Sanchez’s age as 33.

Phone Service Issues Near Miranda

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, April 2 @ 9:52 a.m. /  News

Residents in the Miranda/Myers Flat area have been experiencing cell phone issues with their Verizon and US Cellular devices. They have not been able to call or text out or receive messages.

A Verizon representative reports that technicians are reviewing cell towers in the area. He said that they believe during Monday’s storm one of the towers had an electrical surge which has caused it to work improperly. Technicians are currently attempting to determine which of the six towers in the area is responsible for the outage.

They hope to have service restored by the end of today.

Rainy Roads Cause Multiple Accidents

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, April 1 @ 5:18 p.m. /  Weather

Southern Humboldt Fire Chief Association Spokesperson George Monroe requested that LoCO and RHBB advise drivers to be more cautious during this rainy weather. He pointed out that there had been several accidents today.

One of these accidents, a head on collision, closed Shelter Cove road above the General Store temporarily this morning.

The photo above was provided by Shelter Cove Fire Department. Monroe sent in photos from another accident that occurred this afternoon on Salmon Creek Road.


There were several other vehicle crashes. Most of them, fortunately, were no injury. Nonetheless, they didn’t brighten anyone’s day.

Monroe asked us to remind all Humboldt residents to drive more slowly and be alert to hazards in the road.

Dyerville Loop Road Closed

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, April 1 @ 4:52 p.m. /  News

According to the CHP, about 3:30 a tree fell on Dyerville Loop Road. The tree took out a telephone pole. Crews have been in cleaning up the mess.

However, because of the danger of a slide coming in at that spot 2 miles east of Founders Grove, the road has been closed for the night. 

Most Wanted Murder Suspect Shane Miller Subject of Filming in Petrolia

Kym Kemp / Monday, March 31 @ 1:16 p.m. /  News

Yesterday, and again over the next few days, a film crew has been shooting scenes in the Petrolia area. A news show about Shane Miller, the fugitive wanted for the murder of his wife and two young daughters early last May, is being put together. Miller disappeared in the remote coastal area the morning after the killing of his family and was the subject of a massive manhunt. Last July Miller was placed on the US Marshal’s Most Wanted list. There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

According to Lt. Wayne Hanson of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office, the film crew belongs to “a news agency from outside this state that is doing a story about the Shane Miller manhunt. We have one of our detectives, Todd Fulton, in the area talking to that agency.”

Hanson said there was no new information about Miller but that the agency wanted to make a national hour-long program about the fugitive. The show will bring attention to the case, he explained. “I think it was warranted.” The hope is that more attention brought to the case might help catch Miller.

Not everyone, however, is delighted. Petrolia resident Mary Sue Day was not happy at the unexplained intrusion in her small town. She had no idea what was going on when, yesterday before noon, she became aware of a large pickup driving around and around — “circling the square”

The person,” the 74-year-old woman said, “didn’t have respect for where he was driving.” When the driver parked, Day spoke to him. “He came up and kind of parked cross-ways in the street. I went up and talked to him, which was a little bit bold for me.”

She explained she had been worried about safety. “Don’t drive like that.,” she said. “There is a little girl in our neighborhood that drives around in her bicycle.”

The man told her that they were filming a scene about Shane Miller. Day then approached the film crew. “They told me they had to take a lot of different shots of the truck because they only have one camera.”

Day was not entirely satisfied with the explanation. “I’m 74. I’ve been here for 25 years. We don’t need any movies. Sure we’ve got to get the alleged bad guy but I don’t need the drama.” Day wondered if the crew had permits.

Cassandra Hesseltine, Film Commissioner for Humboldt County, confirmed that the agency had filled out all “the proper paperwork.”

According to Hanson, the crew will be in the area again on Tuesday and Wednesday. Day, a 25-year resident, is unlikely to be happy about this. As she explained, “We have enough irresponsible drivers in this neighborhood. We don’t need anyone else coming through.”