Convoy Headed South on Hwy 101

Kym Kemp / Friday, Jan. 23 @ 9:09 a.m. / News

A number of vehicles were left at the Garberville airport, not far from Sproul Creek, this morning after their drivers got into Fish and Wildlife vehicles. [Photo provided by a reader.]

According to witnesses, approximately a dozen law enforcement and Department of Fish and Wildlife vehicles were headed south on Highway 101 near Myers Flat at about 8:30 this morning.

We have requested more information on this situation from both the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Previously this week there was a similar operation on Sproul Creek Road (See 12 Warrants Being Served in Sprowl Creek) where at least 25 law enforcement and 20 plus Fish and Wildlife personnel inspected properties in Southern Humboldt.


Fresh Freeze Robbed Thursday Night

Kym Kemp / Friday, Jan. 23 @ 12:03 a.m. / Crime

Fresh Freeze was robbed on Thursday. [Photo from the Fresh Freeze Facebook page.]

According to scanner traffic, just before 10 p.m. Thursday night, a man threatened an employee of the Eureka Fresh Freeze near Harris with a black handgun. He demanded the employee give him money from the register. After receiving the money, to add insult to injury, he put the money and the firearm in a McDonalds’ bag.


Hat tip to Channel 3 News

Willits Bypass Falsework Collapses, Three Injured

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Jan. 22 @ 11:16 p.m. / News

Falsework collapsed on the Willits Bypass this Thursday afternoon. [Photo courtesy of The Willits News.]

A section of the Willits Bypass viaduct crumpled underneath workers on Thursday afternoon as concrete was being poured by the contractor, Flatiron. Several workers were caught in the collapse. One had to be extricated from the ruins. Three of the contractor’s employees were hurt and taken to the hospital—at least one with major injuries. Caltrans spokesperson Eli Rohl said this evening, “Everyone’s injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening as they left the scene. We don’t know anything beyond that…Flatiron West will have the latest on the workers’ conditions.”  

Flatiron, the contractor, was not reachable for comment at the time of the writing of this article. It received a safety award in December.

Caltrans photo of Flatiron West employees pouring concrete on the viaduct earlier this month. [Photo from the Willits Bypass Project News.]

According to the Willits News (see their extensive coverage and photos here,) concrete from the pour flowed into Haehl Creek. The Willits News learned from a Mendocino County department responsible for cleanup of hazardous materials 

…that wet concrete is extremely alkaline, with a pH of up to 13 or 14. Electric meters, which are in the creek at all times measured pH in the creek water near the debris at 11. A pH that high will quickly kill fish and other aquatic animals.

Cal/OSHA (California Department of Occupational Safety and Health) will be investigating the incident. Caltrans spokesperson Eli Rohl said, “Bridge experts from Sacramento are …en route to Willits.”

Caltrans released this statement on its District 1 Facebook page:

This afternoon, falsework collapsed while contractor Flat Iron was pouring concrete along a section of the viaduct at the Willits Bypass Project. Three Flat Iron employees were injured in this collapse and have been transported to the hospital with moderate to major injuries. CALOSHA will be conducting a full investigation into this incident. We will be reviewing all appropriate safety protocols, and cooperating with state occupational safety regulators. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected today and our priority right now is to provide assistance to our contractor and make sure everyone is safe.

Guns, Heroin, Weed and Three Arrested in Eureka

Andrew Goff / Thursday, Jan. 22 @ 4:21 p.m. / Crime

(Above: Horn, Throgmorton, Garcia)

Eureka Police Department press release: 

On 01/22/15 at about 7:30 a.m., Detectives with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP), served a search warrant at a residence on the 3400 block of California Street in response to numerous complaints.  

Detectives located 2 loaded guns, heroin for sales, and nearly 15 pounds of processed marijuana. Paul Horn (30), Kayla Throgmorton (25), and Mario Garcia (34) all of Eureka were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail on the following charges:

  • Horn: maintaining a residence for drugs, possession of a controlled substance (heroin) for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • Throgmorton: maintaining a residence for drugs, possession of marijuana for sale, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  
  • Garcia: possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation.  

Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity, or other nuisances occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.


Searching for Jojo (AUDIO)

Andrew Goff / Thursday, Jan. 22 @ 2:40 p.m. / Our Culture

LoCO regs will recall last week we directed eyeballs to an unpolished YouTube “street documentary” titled “Arcrazy,” which prominently featured a young Arcata Plaza frequenter we’d come to know as Jojo Bean. The film — Jojo adventures in particular — became the source of much comment section commotion. A sampling: 

This actually is a well-done little film. Mostly though, it just makes me sad for Arcata. 

# # #

I grew up in Arcata. I used to walk around town as a kid. From 5 years up i could walk safely to the movies, store, arcade, etc. Would anyone think to have their kids do that now. These pieces of garbage have ruined a nice town.

# # #

What a meaningless existence…

LoCO was not alone in wanting to know more about Jojo. KHUM DJ Mike Dronkers, audio recorder in hand, went up to the Arcata Plaza this week hoping to locate and learn about the Arcrazy star.  His efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, but he did have a conversation with one of the people who helped produce the film (the individual declined to give his name, but you can see him pictured playing guitar next to Jojo above).

Dronkers wanted to know if the Jojo featured in the clip was the real deal. The nameless interviewee assured him the performance was exaggerated.

“It’s definitely an embellishment, you know. It’s a parody,” he said, going on to say that the goal was to illustrate what life on the streets of Arcata was like while having a little fun too (he also teased future Arcrazy episodes). As far as the Internet response, he said he understands if people were offended, but recommended maybe loosening up a bit. Listen to Dronkers’ story below. 

(AUDIO) Searching for Jojo

He also was aware of what the comment sections were saying. 

“It’s not a bad thing, I understand if you’re offended… It’s not to offend you, nor to glorify us. It’s just to show what’s going on around here and have a little bit of comedy to it. Have a little fun.”

But where’s Jojo?

“I haven’t seen him in two and a half months,” he said. 

Dronkers would eventually catch up with Jojo online. He confirmed the information provided by his friend while saying he’s currently in San Francisco for the moment. He agreed that when he got a phone, he’d be interested in answering some questions. Stay tuned.


PREVIOUSLY: ‘Arcrazy: A Street Documentary’ Chronicles a Day in the Life of a 25-Year-Old Arcata Plaza Dweller

Arcata Traffic Stop Leads to Heroin Bust

Ryan Burns / Thursday, Jan. 22 @ 11:33 a.m. / Crime

The man arrested, Robert Louis Huntzinger, was sentenced to a prison term of seven years, four months for multiple charges, including burglary and heroin possession, back in March 2010. 

Here’s the press release from the Arcata Police Department:

On 1/21/2015 at about 3:20 p.m., an officer with the Arcata Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 3500 block of Spear Ave.

Based upon the observation of marijuana in the vehicle, the officer conducted a search of the driver and the vehicle.

Approximately one half pound of heroin, packaged for sales, was found on his person.  Additional heroin and several grams of methamphetamine were located in a pouch that he had hidden in his clothing and two pounds of vacuum sealed and packaged marijuana was located in the vehicle.  Also found on his person was over $1,700 that was later seized as evidence of narcotic sales. The heroin has an approximate street value in excess of $12,000.  The driver of the vehicle, Blue Lake resident Robert Louis Huntzinger (age 33), was arrested on the following charges and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility:

  • H&S 11351 - Possession of a Narcotic for Sales
  • H&S 11352 - Transportation of a Narcotic
  • H&S 11359 - Possession of Marijuana for Sales
  • H&S 11360 - Transportation of Marijuana
  • H&S 11377 - Possession of a Controlled Substance


Cannabis Consciousness News—First Chance to Hear the New Program Tonight

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Jan. 22 @ 7:33 a.m. /

A freshly minted news program focused on marijuana is airing tonight at 5:30. Kerry Reynolds, the host of both KMUD’s once a month talk show, Cannabis Consciousness, and KMUD’s The Cannabis Report which summaries relevant news for five minutes every Friday, will begin a four week pilot radio program that has spun off from her first two programs. The latest show known as Cannabis Consciousness News (CCN) will feature a half hour of Reynolds reporting on marijuana stories every Thursday evening on KMUD.

“CCN - Cannabis Consciousness News - will be an amalgam of both [original shows,]” Reynolds explained. She intends to cover various aspects of the plant. “I definitely want to include science and medicine news on every show, something I wasn’t always able to do on The Cannabis Report,” said Reynolds. The show will also continue to include a weekly cultivation tip from Kevin Jodrey (See photo below.)

This won’t be a call in program, Reynolds said. “I feel like I’m ready to be focusing on the news,” she explained. The talk show format of Cannabis Consciousness, she felt, didn’t occur frequently enough to stay on top of the large number of stories coming out. Reynolds said she wanted to explore marijuana pieces, both nationally and locally, in more depth.

In the few years since Reynolds began hosting her shows, she has helped make changes to this community. The change she says she is most proud of is “raising awareness of the rodenticide issues.” 

The Cannabis Report, which only runs five minutes has been picked up by a variety of radio stations from Peoria, IL to Takilma, OR. Reynolds hopes that her new half hour news show will be picked up by these stations and more.

The current Cannabis Consciousness show will continue for another two months. When the last episode airs in March, Reynolds will have completed forty shows. “That was a nice round number. I’m forty so it is one for every year of my life,” she said. 

Listen to January’s show here. (Listen to January’s show here.)