Arcata’s Iconic Statue of Something-or-Other Has Been Knocked Off Its Pedestal

Hank Sims / Thursday, April 16 @ 1:15 p.m. / Art

 

A friend of the LoCO texts to ask why the statue at the corner of Eighth and G streets in Arcata is lying on the ground today.

We do not know, and neither, at the moment, does Cliff Poulton, the city of Arcata’s superintendent of public works. When we called a few minutes ago, Poulton said that news of the iconic statue’s fall from grace had not yet reached his ears. He said that he would hustle over and investigate.

While he does, perhaps we can settle something: What does the statue represent? If memory serves, there is some sort of official signage that declares it to be the tail of a whale. Your Lost Coast Outpost has never bought it. My colleague Andrew Goff declares it to be the arm of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. I have always thought it somehow parasitical in nature, and I believe I have now found the answer: It is a statue of a cercaria of the genus Trichobilharzia, responsible for swimmer’s itch:


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Beware the Armoire in the Safety Corridor

Andrew Goff / Thursday, April 16 @ 12:16 p.m. / Traffic

A caller to KSLG radio reports that there is a large armoire or dresser in the roadway on Highway 101 between Mid City Motor World and the Indianola Cutoff. LoCO‘s CHP Watch confirms a traffic hazard in the area and notes that a unit has been assigned to handle it. 

If you are driving between Arcata and Eureka today, please do not hit the armoire.

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UPDATE, 12:43 a.m.: Word is the armoire threat has been neutralized. Return to driving with normal levels of caution.  



Challenge: List All Of Humboldt’s Tunnels

Mike Dronkers / Thursday, April 16 @ 10:48 a.m. / Community

Abandoned train tunnel near Loleta, yesterday afternoon

Q: How many tunnels are there in Humboldt county?

A: Not many.

KHUM is hearing rumors of tunnels in Dyerville, Willow Creek, Old Town, and Redcrest. Report your tunnel in the comments section below. Together, we’ll end this dinner party topic once and for all.

Tunnel:

a passage that goes under the ground, through a hill, etc, a hollow conduit or recess, a covered passageway; specifically :  a horizontal passageway through or under an obstruction, a subterranean gallery.

To be clear, a tunnel with just one entrance is a cave. Also debatable: highway underpasses and large culverts. Some might be tunnels. Figure it out, commenters!

Tunnel photos, map locations, or other specifics are encouraged. Legitimate tunnels will be certified and listed below. 

Let’s do this! 

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UPDATING: ALL THE TUNNELS

1. Loleta/Table Bluff - 600 feet of train tracks beneath the graveyard

2. Near the Shively seasonal bridge, next to the swimming hole.

3. Samoa pedestrian tunnel - h/t Chuck Johnson

4. Drive Through Tree in Leggett. Iffy. 

5. The Carson Tunnel (defunct and not a true tunnel, but spectacular nonetheless)

6. Woodley Island offramp (pending) - h/t Trevor & Shawn

7. Glendale exit near 299 - h/t Rockhouse 

8. Tunnel Creek, Island Mtn near Alderpoint & Carter Creek, though it looks collapsed on Google Maps. (Pending, awaiting to see if it’s in Humboldt). h/t Kim Sallaway  Commenter Sean says it’s in Trinity. And still uncollapsed.

10. The HSU pedestrian walkway

11. Honorable mention: A result of a bold property disipute, the McKay Tunnel which went beneath Redwood Acres. See page 7 on that link.

12. Holmes Flat. Bryan’s Bluff. Still there, just in worse shape. H/t Karen. 

13. Rumor: network of tunnels beneath old town, perhaps used for bootlegging? Need verification. 

14. Cow-only tunnel in Samoa. Private property, it seems.

 



Eureka Man Arrested With Weapons, Heroin, Meth

Andrew Goff / Thursday, April 16 @ 9:58 a.m. / Crime

Eureka Police Department press release: 

On 04/16/15 at about 1:45 a.m., an officer with the Eureka Police Department was hailed by a citizen near the 1000 block of Myrtle Avenue. The citizen told the Officer that an unknown male had just threatened to shoot him. The officer obtained a description of the subject and the citizen’s contact information.

At about 1:53 a.m., the same officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle near the 500 block of N Street. A passenger in the vehicle matched the description of the subject who threatened to shoot the citizen just minutes earlier. The passenger was identified as William Allen Lindsey, 33 of Eureka.  

A records check revealed Lindsey had a felony warrant for a parole violation. Lindsey was taken into custody without incident. Lindsey was found to be in possession of a loaded 9 mm handgun with the serial number removed, brass knuckles, and possession of heroin and methamphetamine for the purpose of sales.  

While on scene, Officers conducted an “In the field show up”, and the victim positively identified Lindsey as the person who had threatened to shoot him.  Lindsey was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for felon in possession of a firearm, possession of metal knuckles, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of a firearm with altered identification, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance for sales, and for a felony parole violation warrant.

 

 



OBITUARY: Douglas De Emmons, 1946-2015

LoCO Staff / Thursday, April 16 @ 7:23 a.m. / Obits

Douglas De Emmons was born Nov. 10, 1946 in Portland, Ore. to Lester Cass and Ellen Anita Emmons. On April 3, 2015, after a short but courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia at Cal Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Doug passed away peacefully, with his loved ones by his side.

Doug attended school in Scotia, Rio Dell, Fort Bragg and Lakeport. He graduated from FUHS in 1964. He enlisted in the Army after graduation and was stationed in Germany. He returned home in 1967. In Feb. 1968, he married his soulmate Teresa (Terri) Forseth. It was a beautiful marriage that endured for more than 47 wonderful years. He was blessed with two wonderful sons, Casey De and Jeffrey Alan. The blessings just kept coming when he received three beautiful grandchildren: Cody, McKenzie & Elle.

He was so proud of his family and all their accomplishments in life.

Doug enjoyed being in the outdoors fishing, hunting, backpacking and camping. He loved fishing the lagoons in Northern Humboldt, and spending time with his best friends, the Rutledges, at their cabin in Barry Creek.

Doug was a Little League coach and assistant coach for his son’s teams. He was also an avid fan and supporter of his grandchildren’s sporting events. He could always be seen rooting in the stands with a big smile on his face.

He was employed with McIntosh Lumber Company from 1967-1976 and Pacific Lumber Company in Scotia from 1976-2002. Then he was employed with the City of Fortuna in the maintenance department before taking a position at the Scotia Elementary School, working in maintenance/custodial. Doug also was a van driver, transporting students in the outlying areas of the district. Doug loved this job and always commented on how he really enjoyed meeting the student’s parents and getting to know them. He got to know their children as well, gaining their respect with many lasting friendships.

Doug & Terri retired in July of 2013 and enjoyed every day to the fullest. Doug is deeply missed by his family, friends, and his labrador retriever, Charlie, who is lost without him.

He is survived by his wife, Terri; sons Casey (Kim) and Jeffrey (Siana); grandchildren Cody, McKenzie and Elle; mother, Ellen; and brother, Steve, all of Fortuna. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Regina Hauger of Eureka; brother-in-law Gary Forseth (Vivian) and sister-in-law Ann Forseth-Smith (David “Randy”) of San Diego; uncle Gary Jensen (Candy) of Sebastopol; aunt Marge Hergert of Portland, Oregon and aunt Donna Yde of Rathdrum, Idaho; niece Stephanie Emmons of McKinleyville and nephew Clayton Emmons (Brandi) of Eureka; great-nieces Bernidette Smith, Olivia Smith, Lyla Smith and Pollyanna Emmons of McKinleyville and Evelyn Emmons of Eureka; a great-nephew, Brice Emmons of Eureka; and several cousins.

Please join us in a Celebration of Doug’s Life on April 18th at 2:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church on Harris & Harrison Streets in Eureka.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Doug with a donation to the Fortuna High School District. Please make your check payable to: FUHSD with a notation “Doug Emmons Donation.” Mail to: FUHS District, 379-12th St., Fortuna, Calif., 95540.

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The above obituary was submitted by Douglas De Emmons’ family. The Lost Coast Outpost runs obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. See guidelines here. Email news@lostcoastoutpost.com.

Douglas De Emmons was born Nov. 10, 1946 in Portland, Ore. to Lester Cass and Ellen Anita Emmons.  On April 3, 2015, after a short but courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia at Cal Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Doug passed away peacefully, with his loved ones by his side. 
Doug attended school in Scotia, Rio Dell, Fort Bragg and Lakeport.  He graduated from FUHS in 1964.  He enlisted in the Army after graduation and was stationed in Germany. He returned home in 1967. In Feb. 1968, he married his soulmate Teresa (Terri) Forseth.  It was a beautiful marriage that endured for more than 47 wonderful years.  He was blessed with two wonderful sons, Casey De and Jeffrey Alan. The blessings just kept coming when he received three beautiful grandchildren: Cody, McKenzie & Elle.
He was so proud of his family and all their accomplishments in life. 
Doug enjoyed being in the outdoors fishing, hunting, backpacking and camping.  He loved fishing the lagoons in Northern Humboldt, and spending time with his best friends, the Rutledges, at their cabin in Barry Creek.
Doug was a Little League coach and assistant coach for his son’s teams.  He was also an avid fan and supporter of his grandchildren’s sporting events.  He could always be seen rooting in the stands with a big smile on his face. 
He was employed with McIntosh Lumber Company from 1967-1976 and Pacific Lumber Company in Scotia from 1976-2002.  Then he was employed with the City of Fortuna in the maintenance department before taking a position at the Scotia Elementary School, working in maintenance/custodial.  Doug also was a van driver, transporting students in the outlying areas of the district. Doug loved this job and always commented on how he really enjoyed meeting the student’s parents and getting to know them. He got to know their children as well, gaining their respect with many lasting friendships.
Doug & Terri retired in July of 2013 and enjoyed every day to the fullest.  Doug is deeply missed by his family, friends, and his labrador retriever, Charlie, who is lost without him.
He is survived by his wife, Terri; sons Casey (Kim) and Jeffrey (Siana); grandchildren Cody, McKenzie and Elle; mother, Ellen; and brother, Steve, all of Fortuna.  He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Regina Hauger of Eureka; brother-in-law Gary Forseth (Vivian) and sister-in-law Ann Forseth-Smith (David “Randy”) of San Diego; uncle Gary Jensen (Candy) of Sebastopol; aunt Marge Hergert of Portland, Oregon and aunt Donna Yde of Rathdrum, Idaho; niece Stephanie Emmons of McKinleyville and nephew Clayton Emmons (Brandi) of Eureka;  great-nieces Bernidette Smith, Olivia Smith, Lyla Smith and Pollyanna Emmons  of McKinleyville and Evelyn Emmons of Eureka; a great-nephew, Brice Emmons of Eureka; and several cousins.
Please join us in a Celebration of Doug’s Life on April 18th at 2:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church on Harris & Harrison Streets in Eureka.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Doug with a donation to the Fortuna High School District.  Please make your check payable to:  FUHSD with a notation “Doug Emmons Donation.” Mail to:  FUHS District, 379-12th St., Fortuna, Calif., 95540.      


‘Dangerous Subculture of Violence and Predation’ - EPD Explains Morning Sweep

Ryan Burns / Wednesday, April 15 @ 6:39 p.m. / Crime

Joshua Stockoff, arrested in this morning’s sweep. Photo courtesy Eureka Police Department.

Earlier today the Outpost posted some blow-by-blow coverage of what the Eureka Police Department dubbed “Operation Safe Trails,” a multi-agency law enforcement sweep of the greenbelt area behind the Bayshore Mall. In all, close to 50 officers converged on what EPD Captain Steve Watson describes as “criminal predators” who have infiltrated the homeless camps in the area.

Here’s a press release from the Eureka Police Department on this morning’s campaign:

Over the past several months, the Eureka Police Department has observed a significant increase in violent crime, guns, and aggressive theft associated with the illegal encampments in the greenbelt areas surrounding the Bayshore Mall. A more hardened and aggressive criminal street element has moved in creating a dangerous subculture of violence and predation. These criminal predators have sheltered themselves among the more traditional homeless populations along the bay. This group poses not only a much greater threat to overall public safety in the area, but they also victimize the vulnerable among the camps. Most homeless report having been the victim of crime at a rate 50 times that of the general population.

On 4/15/15, at about 8:30 AM, the Eureka Police Department conducted a massive enforcement operation in the greenbelt areas west of Broadway between Truesdale and West Del Norte Streets. EPD was assisted by personnel from the City of Eureka, Arcata Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County Probation Department, Humboldt County Drug Task Force, U.S Marshal’s Office, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Humboldt Bay Fire Department. All told, nearly 50 law enforcement officers were involved in addition to personnel from the City of Eureka’s Public Works, Code Enforcement, and Parks and Rec Departments.

This sweep was a team effort specifically organized to remove the criminal element from among the camps due to the unacceptable level of violence associated with this group. No persons were cited or arrested for camping violations.

During the approximately 5 hour campaign, dubbed “Operation Safe Trails,” officers contacted over 85 persons in and around the illegal encampments. 27 individuals were arrested for a myriad of offenses including 19 warrants (felony and misdemeanor) and 8 new crimes. The fresh arrests include possession of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a short-barreled rifle, possession of drug paraphernalia, probation violation, and providing false identification to a peace officer. Over 93 individuals were contacted

Joshua Allen Stockhoff (age 27 of Eureka) was located in a makeshift shelter on a small island in the marshland south of Vigo Street. His camp was surrounded by water and officers had to use a small boat to reach it. During a search of Stockhoff’s camp, officers recovered a loaded sawed-off large caliber rifle, ammunition, and body armor.

Stockhoff was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and for possession of a short-barreled rifle (two counts each). At the time of his arrest, Stockhoff was wanted on identical charges stemming from a search warrant EPD served at another of his camps on 3/17/15. Stockhoff was booked into the Humboldt County Jail where his bail was increased to $150,000.00.

More photos from the EPD:

 

Stockoff’s camp. By EPD.

Stockoff being arrested. By EPD.

A shotgun found in the camp. By EPD.

 



Bicyclist Stopped in Garberville With Heroin

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, April 15 @ 5:16 p.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On 04-15-2015, at approximately 12:10 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant was patrolling in the 900 block of Redwood Drive, Garberville. The Sergeant observed a bicyclist, Michael Anthony Wade (age 25), enter the parking lot of the Lone Pine Motel, 912 Redwood Drive.  The Sergeant recognized Wade from prior law enforcement contacts and knows that Wade is a local probationer with a search and seizure clause.

The Sergeant conducted a probation search of Wade and located approximately 10 grams of suspected heroin on Wade’s person.  It was also determined that Wade was renting a room at the motel and a search of the room was conducted.  Inside the motel room additional drug paraphernalia was found.

Wade was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of a controlled substance for sales, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violation of probation   Wade’s bail was set at $50,000.

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