Eight-Year-Old Boy Hit on Broadway in Eureka; Police Seeking Driver

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 4:11 p.m. / Traffic

Eureka Police Department press release: 

The Eureka Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance locating a driver involved in a hit and run traffic collision.  On 10/08/14 at about 2:30 p.m. officers responded to the 3400 block of Broadway for the report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian hit and run collision.    

Upon arrival, officers contacted an eight year old juvenile male and his father who reported that the juvenile had just been struck by a vehicle.  The juvenile and his father were walking south on Broadway in the crosswalk at the south entrance to the Bayshore Mall when a vehicle leaving the mall parking lot struck the juvenile.  

The father said the driver made eye contact with him before continuing south on Broadway.  The suspect vehicle is described as a black Lexus two door coupe.  The male driver is described as a white male, 50-60 years old, gray hair, stocky build, and was wearing dark glasses.  

The juvenile was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital with minor injuries.  Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Jones at (707)441-4109.   


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Colorado Murder Suspect Arrested Last Night near Rio Dell

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 3:36 p.m. / Crime

California Highway Patrol press release:

On the evening of Tuesday, November October 7th, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Humboldt Area with the assistance of multiple allied agencies, apprehended a murder suspect out of Colorado wanted for the murder of his wife.

Just after 5 pm, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) notified CHP Humboldt Communications of a murder suspect, 51 year old Ralph Le Roy Candelario, who was believed to be traveling through the southern Humboldt County area.  Mr. Candelario was issued an arrest warrant out of Colorado for the alleged murder of his wife in January. 

At approximately 6:30 pm, a CHP unit observed the associated vehicle, a 1993 Saab 900 convertible, traveling northbound on US-101, north of Jordan Road.  With the assistance of the Fortuna Police Department, Rio Dell Police Department, the Humboldt County Sheriff Department, and additional CHP units, an enforcement stop was made on the vehicle on US-101 Northbound, north of Rio Dell.  Subsequent to the enforcement stop, Mr. Candelario was taken into custody without incident.  Mr. Candelario’s son, 20 year old Joel Candelario, was following behind his father in a separate vehicle.  Joel Candelario was detained at the scene and later released.

Mr. Candelario was booked into the Humboldt County Jail facility on the felony warrant, and is currently awaiting extradition back to Colorado.

[UPDATED 3:30 p.m.] Suicidal Subject, Samoa Bridge Blocked

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 1:36 p.m. / News

UPDATE 3:30 p.m: According to Sgt. Steve Watson of the Eureka Police Department, his office is not investigating the incident, other agencies are. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies are “assessing the driver for a possible mental health detention and evaluation [while] CHP investigated the collision.”

However, Watson is willing to say that a preliminary investigation shows a “frail, elderly female driver… crashed into the side of the guardrail in a possible attempt to drive off the bridge and then may have attempted to jump off.”

Watson wrote, “However, several civilian bystanders came to her aid and prevented her from doing so.” (

Watson stressed that information was preliminary and the “end conclusions may be different.” But he did say he appreciated the help of the bystanders. “Hats off to them!” he said and we agree!

UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Callers into KHUM radio report that traffic is open both ways on Samoa Bridge.

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UPDATE 1:42 p.m.: According to dispatch, Eureka Police Department, has the subject detained.

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According to scanner traffic, a female is threatening suicide on the Samoa Bridge. Emergency personnel have responded. The Samoa Bridge is currently closed. Please make plans to detour through another route.

You Want Your Flu Immunization, Humboldt?

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 11:12 a.m. / Health

Flu season’s a-comin’, HumCo! The hardworking info-slingin’ wing of the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services will now inform you where and when you can get stuck:

The Department of Health and Human Services will begin offering flu immunization beginning Tuesday, Oct. 14, at its Public Health clinic at 529 I St. in Eureka.

A flu vaccine is needed every year to maintain existing immunity because flu viruses are constantly changing. It’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.

The cost of the flu vaccine is $17, although no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Medicare is accepted.  Flu immunization is offered by appointment only. Appointments will be scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:15 to 4 p.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated. It usually takes two weeks after receiving the flu vaccine to achieve the best protection.

There is more you can do to prevent the spread of the flu in addition to getting a flu shot. Health officials recommend practicing the “3 Cs”: Clean your hands, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough and contain your germs by staying home if you get sick.

To make an appointment for the Public Health flu vaccine clinic, call 268-2108.

Sacred Heart Church Window Smashed, Collection Box Lifted

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 10:15 a.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On 10-07-2014, at approximately 9:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a burglary at the Sacred Heart Church located at 2085 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka.

When the investigating deputy arrived at the church he met with a church staff member who pointed out a front window to the right of the front door, which enters into the sanctuary. The window had been smashed in with an unknown item. The smashed window created a hole large enough for unknown suspect(s) to enter the sanctuary. The suspect(s) located the church collection box and stole it. Damage to the window is estimated to be over $500.

 Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s 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.



McKinleyville 76 Station Robbed This Morning (No, The Other One)

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 10:05 a.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On 10-08-2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an armed robbery which just occurred at the 76 Gas and Mini-Mart 2698 Central Avenue, McKinleyville. The clerk reported that two suspects, one armed with a knife had entered the store, stole cash from the register and fled northbound on Central Avenue.  Deputies arrived on scene within a minute of the call being dispatched and began searching the area for the suspects.

The investigating deputy met with the clerk who told the deputy he had momentarily entered a back office when the store was empty. When the clerk exited the office, the first suspect ran into the store and told him to stay in the office as the suspect went to the cash register. A second suspect entered the store immediately behind the first suspect and was brandishing a buck knife with an approximate six inch blade. The suspects stole money from the cash register and fled the store.

The suspects were described as follows:

  • Suspect #1 – dark hooded sweatshirt with the hoods pulled up to conceal the face, and dark pants
  • Suspect #2 -  white male adult, approximately 6” 2’,  around 30 years old, light colored hair, wearing a blue bandana handkerchief covering his face, a navy blue sweatshirt and armed with a buck knife

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding  his whereabouts 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.



[New Hours!] Don’t Drive Through Willits on Thursday If You Can Avoid It, Says Caltrans

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 8:02 a.m. / News

Caltrans press release:

On Thursday, October 9, traffic on US Highway 101 on the south end of the Willits Bypass Project will be diverted to a long-term detour.  In order to tie the detour into the existing highway, one-way traffic control with a pilot car will be in effect from 2AM 4AM to 9PM on Thursday only.  Motorists should anticipate major traffic delays which could reach one hour or more during peak traffic times, with southbound traffic on US Highway 101 backing up into the northern end of Willits.  Motorists are advised to leave early to allow for extra travel time, or to alter their travel plans to avoid this section of highway.  This work is being done during the day due to nighttime temperatures which are too cold for paving.

The detour will eventually become the southbound onramp to US Highway 101 from Route 20.  Motorists are urged to drive with caution through the detour which contains a curve with a 20 MPH advisory speed.  The detour will remain in place until the bypass is completed in summer 2017.