Kym Kemp / Today @ 6:36 a.m. / News
Photo by Michel Dee Campbell
CHP dispatch reports that a burning vehicle temporarily closed northbound Hwy 101 this morning by Garberville. The first call came in at 5:38 a.m. to CHP dispatch reporting a motorhome on fire.
The reader reports that as of 6:20 a.m. the motorhome was on the Sprowl Creek Road overpass. Angela Hensley, a Southern Humboldt resident, said that the southbound freeway offramp was closed. This is the last exit heading south so make sure to take the earlier exit if you need to get into town.
Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 2:40 p.m. / News
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:
On 03-10-2014, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a 34 year old female, who reported her sister, Maggie Sylvies, 33 years old from Eureka, as an overdue motorist. The 34 year old female told the investigating deputy that Maggie Sylvies left her residence on 03-09-2014, during the late afternoon to pick up a friend somewhere between Kneeland and Bridgeville. At 9:30 p.m., on 09-09-2014, Maggie Sylvies called her sister and said her vehicle, a red 2002 Chrystler, was stuck in a ditch off a main road. She did not know her exact location, but was able to provide the name of a sign which said, “Iaqua Conservation Easement”. At 11:00 p.m., 03-09-2014, she again contacted her sister, this time by text message, and said she was fine, but indicated her cell phone battery was dying. Her sister became concerned after not hearing from her anymore, so she called to report her as missing, and possibly needing help.
The Sheriff’s Office initiated a vehicle search for Maggie Sylvies and her vehicle. Deputies drove the road systems that she may have been driving on. A California Highway Patrol Helicopter from Redding was brought in to assist in the search.
At 1:00 p.m., the California Highway Patrol helicopter crew located Maggie Sylvies and her vehicle off Showers Pass Road, in Kneeland. Her vehicle was stuck in deep mud. The helicopter landed and confirmed she was in good health. The helicopter crew directed deputies on the ground into Sylvies location. The deputies were able to assist Sylvies and her 31 year old male passenger, Michael Grant, from Eureka, in getting their car back onto the roadway.
The Sheriffs Office would like to remind the public to tell family and friends where they are going when driving into the mountains and when they expect to return, bring appropriate equipment and clothing. This time of year the weather conditions can change rapidly. Wet and cold weather can cause hypothermia. A cell phone, map or GPS is also very helpful. Keep in mind not all rural areas have cell phone coverage and cell phone batteries need to be fully charged.
Searchers need to have an area to search when looking for lost hikers and missing motorists. The more detailed the information about the roads the person is driving on or the trail the person is hiking on can greatly assist in locating them.
Kym Kemp / Sunday, March 9 @ 11:12 p.m. / News
CHP dispatch is reporting that the Redwood Drive has had rocks fall across it at Evergreen Road. The road is “not passable.”
If anyone has more recent information, please update in the comments!
UPDATE 11:47 p.m.:
Marty Messenger is reporting on SoHum Awareness that as of 11:20 county crew are onsite removing the slide.
UPDATE 12:31 a.m.: Marty Messenger of County Roads is reporting that as of 12:20 a.m. Redwood Drive is clear of rocks/debris.
Kym Kemp / Friday, March 7 @ 8:25 p.m. / News
UPDATE 3/8: KMUD interviewed a firefighter who recounted the rescue in detail.
Original Post below:
KMUD News and scanner traffic tells the story of a kayaker who went missing on the Mattole River. The kayak was found drifting by a fellow kayaker, the rider, however, was gone, so the alarm was sent out. Honeydew and Petrolia Firefighters, Calfire and the Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue were all called out out to search.
At this point, according to KMUD, the lost kayaker was “located on a rock upstream of the Hadley AA Bridge.”
The recent rains have brought river levels up and enticed kayakers out to run the newly full waterways.
Scanner traffic indicates that a rope rescue is being planned right now. We’ll be updating as information comes in.
Kayaker running another Humboldt waterway after a rainstorm in March of 2011.
UPDATE 9:02 p.m.: Calstar helicopter is on its way to the site.
UPDATE 9:22 p.m.: The patient is out of the water and ready to transport. The person is being evaluated for hypothermia and to determine whether the Calstar helicopter is needed. (Thanks to all the emergency crews working on the rescue!)
Kym Kemp / Friday, March 7 @ 8:06 a.m. / News
The victim of last fall’s stabbing, Douglas Anderson-Jordet, and, Juan Ferrer (right) who pled guilty in February to aggravated involuntary manslaughter.
In a move likely to send waves crashing through Humboldt County’s already turbulent DA’s race, candidate Arnie Klein issued a press release late last night stating that family members of Douglas Anderson-Jordet, the victim in last fall’s fatal stabbing, have urged him to ask the court to set aside the defendants’ pleas.
Readers will remember that another DA candidate, Humboldt County prosecutor Elan Firpo, agreed to the plea deals, which were presented to the judge on February 13. The deal, which allowed defendant Juan Ferrer to plead to aggravated involuntary manslaughter, will result in two years served in county jail if accepted by the judge. (The other two defendants, Nicholas Stoiber and Sophia Rocheleau, will get probation.)
A third DA candidate, Allan Dollison, spoke out against the agreement last month, saying, “This was Murder and should NOT have been plead down to Involuntary Manslaughter.” (See full text of Dollison’s disagreement here.)
Firpo responded with a statement on her candidate Facebook page (it is no longer there but can be viewed here), arguing that because of the victim’s behavior on the night of his death and other factors, “In a best case jury trial scenario, Mr. Ferrer would have been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. He would have been sentenced to a term of three years in prison (because he has no prior record), of which he would have served 85 percent, or approximately 2 years and 6 months.”
The death of Anderson-Jordet occurred on November 25. He and the three defendants became involved in an altercation. Reportedly there was name-calling before Stoiber slung a punch, splitting the victim’s lip. Ferrer then allegedly stabbed the victim and the three defendants left the scene while the victim was still speaking. The defendants said they didn’t know that Anderson-Jordet was badly injured when they departed. The victim was later found by others and died en route to the hospital.
The case and the plea deal may have repercussions in the coming election.
Arnie Klein Press Release:
Arnie Klein has been contacted by family members of Douglas Anderson-Jordet to ask the court to set aside the defendant Juan Ferrer’s plea at the time of sentencing, April 3rd. I have been informed that the family members will start sending in letters to the probation department, the DA’s office, the defense attorneys and the court to effectuate this result.