Garberville Gunshot Homicide Victim Identified

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Oct. 29 @ 11:49 a.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Coroner’s Office press release:

On October 14, 2014 at approximately 1149 hours, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office located a partially skeletonized deceased person in a Garberville transient encampment in close proximity of southbound US Highway 101, east of mile marker 12.

On October 18, 2014, Coroner forensic pathologist determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds. Manner of death is believed to be homicide.

The remains have been positively identified as 30 year old, Robert James Flaherty, hailing from Sugarcreek, Ohio.


Assm. Wes Chesbro Endorses Humboldt County GMO Ban

Hank Sims / Wednesday, Oct. 29 @ 11:45 a.m. / Elections

Press release from the Yes on P campaign:

Arcata resident Wesley Chesbro, who represents Humboldt County in the State Assembly, has endorsed Humboldt County’s Measure P.

“I am voting in favor of Measure P because it will send a message that Humboldt County, along with our neighbors in Mendocino and Trinity counties, is committed to sustainable agriculture and we are opposed to uncontrolled, unregulated release of GMO organisms into our environment,” Chesbro said.

In the Legislature this year Chesbro authored successful legislation that protects California’s wild salmon fisheries by banning the commercial production of genetically modified salmon throughout the state. The bill, AB 504, was signed by the governor last month and becomes law Jan. 1.

“GMOs are not compatible with our North Coast commitment to restoring and using our natural resources in a sustainable way,” Chesbro said.

If Measure P is approved, Humboldt County will join neighboring Mendocino and Trinity Counties in prohibiting the cultivation of genetically engineered crops, often called GMOs. Coming on the heels of similar actions by the Yurok Tribe and the Sierra Club, Chesbro’s endorsement shows broad and growing support for Measure P as election day approaches.

“Measure P is about promoting our local agricultural economy and protecting our local environment,” said Bill Schaser, spokesperson for the Measure P campaign. “Forward-thinking elected officials know that this measure will be good for the future of Humboldt County, and we’re happy that many of them have publicly stepped up to support it.” Other elected officials who have endorsed Measure P include Trinidad Mayor Julie Fulkerson, Arcata City Councilmembers Susan Ornelas and Michael Winkler, McKinleyville Community Services District Director George Wheeler, and Third District Supervisor Mark Lovelace. A number of current candidates for local office have also expressed their support in recent statements and interviews.

GMOs are produced by manipulating DNA in a laboratory to overcome natural reproductive barriers. The resulting organisms contain genetic codes which could not have been created through natural processes. The most widespread GMOs today are crop plants engineered to resist the effects of certain herbicides or to produce their own insecticides.

For more information about Measure P, visit For more information about Assemblymember Chesbro, visit

If You’ve Had Your Car Broken Into Recently, You Might Want to Contact Arcata Police

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Oct. 29 @ 11:37 a.m. / Crime

Arcata Police Department press release:

On Tuesday, October 28th at approximately 10:00 am, Arcata Police Officers conducted a traffic stop in the Valley West area of Arcata. The officers contacted the driver of the vehicle, who was identified as 25 year old Vincent Charles McKenny of Mckinleyville. McKenny, who is currently on probation for numerous theft related offenses, was searched per the terms of his probation. During the search of McKenny and his vehicle, officers located several items of suspected stolen property. Further investigation revealed McKenny was on his way to a nearby storage unit. A search of the storage unit uncovered more suspected stolen property along with butane and tools consistent with the chemical manufacture of concentrated cannabis (hash).

In reviewing recent vehicle burglaries, officers were able to quickly locate property taken during six separate burglaries that had occurred over the past weeks. At the time of his arrest McKenny was determined to be wearing a jacket belonging to one of the victims.

McKenny was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges:

  • 466 PC, Possession of Burglary Tools
  • 496 PC, Possession of Stolen Property
  • 1203.2 PC, Violation of Probation
  • 11364.1 H&S, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Investigators are continuing to sort through a plethora of stolen property in an attempt to locate the rightful owners.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428

Do Not Be Alarmed By This Morning’s Blaring Nuclear Plant Alarm

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Oct. 29 @ 11:21 a.m. / Non-Emergencies

Just a drill, people!

A tad after 8:30 a.m. this morning, LoCO received several reports of a loud, “woo”-ing siren issuing from the Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant in King Salmon (we actually heard it too). That is an above-average alarming alarm to hear blasting, right?

Well, according to Lt. Steve Knight with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office there is not a nuclear meltdown in progress. This morning’s siren blare was part of a plant drill. 

You can emerge from your bunker now.


Jen Kalt, Bombastic Orator, Not Furious About Being Nixed Out Of Low-Level Committee

Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Oct. 29 @ 11:07 a.m. /

According to the Mad River Union, Jen Kalt’s nomination for a McKinleyville community advisory group was withdrawn after “grumblings from conservative individuals” to Supervisor Ryan Sundberg. 

Kalt, of Humboldt Baykeeper and a regular guest on KHUM’s Coastal Currents, was thought to be too polarizing. 

Mad River Union:

Kalt’s opponents, Sundberg said, might cause problems by attending McKMAC meetings and working to undermine the committee. Or, he said, “they can do things behind the scenes.”

Speaking on KHUM earlier today about her burning quest for vengeance, Kalt seethed:

“I’m not mad at all. I’m grateful Craig Tucker’s gonna do it, he’ll do a great job. I think it’s great that Ryan is looking to listen to people from a wide range of community interests.”

Then Kalt didn’t slam the phone down angrily. 

“It’s not about him or me, it’s about the committee doing a good job for the community as a whole.”

Kalt Audio


Armed Weed Theft; Sheriff’s Office Seek Suspect with ‘Kimberly’ Neck Tatt Driving White Honda Accord

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Oct. 29 @ 10:59 a.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 10-27-2014, at approximately 11:50 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery. The 22 year old male victim reported he and his friend were just held up at gunpoint at their residence in the 4100 block of D Street, Eureka. The victim told the deputies they had arranged to sell a pound of marijuana to two males for $1,200.00 dollars. The males came to their home, examined the marijuana and told the victims they needed to obtain cash to pay them. The two suspects left the residence for five minutes and returned with a revolver which they brandished at the two male victims. They ordered the victims on the floor and the suspect with the handgun watched over the victims, while the other suspect ransacked the residence. The suspects then fled with the pound of marijuana in a white Honda Accord.

The victims told the investigating deputies both suspects were white males with tattoos on their arms and various neck tattoos. One of the suspects had the tattoo “Kimberly“ on his neck. Both suspects were over 6’ tall, medium build and had brown hair. Both victims were not injured.

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.



EPD Doesn’t Want You to Be Duped By World’s Most Obvious Ukrainian Email Scam

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Oct. 29 @ 10:18 a.m. / Non-Emergencies

Which one of you needed to be told not to online transfer $2,800 to the Ukraine for some stranger’s kidney transplant? Huh? Fess up.

Eureka Police Department press release:

The Eureka Police Department would like to warn the public of an email scam circulating locally.  The email was sent from a local church email address and used a local church administrative assistant’s name.  There are many emails similar to this one being distributed daily.  Be cautious and always confirm details.  Call your local police department if you have questions regarding any suspicious email.  

The email read:

“I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about My trip to Ukraine, Am in Ukraine to see my ill cousin she is suffering from Kidney disease and must undergo Kidney transplant to save her life the condition is critical.

Kidney transplant is very expensive here, so i want to transfer her back home to have the surgery implemented. I really need to take care of this now but my credit card can’t work here. I traveled with little money due to the short time I had to prepare for this trip and never expected things to be the way it is right now. I need a loan of $2,800 from you and I’ll reimburse you at my return. I will really appreciate whatever amount you can come up with, if not all get back to me. I’ll advise on how to transfer it. Let me know if you can be of help.”

 “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience by which you stop to look fear in the face….You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt.