Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 11:36 a.m. / Crime
Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On 06-11-2013 and 6-12-2013 the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, United States Forest Service, United States Marshal Office assisted the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Metro Narcotics Task Force and the Davis Metro Narcotic Strike Force out of Salt Lake City, Utah regarding a 3 year long marijuana investigation in Humboldt County that was linked to Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration issued indictments for several Humboldt County residents out of the Federal District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah for engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Federal and state search warrants were served in Utah during the course of this investigation.
On 06-11-2013 at about 1000 hours, local law enforcement and federal law enforcement officers located and arrested one suspect for the federal indictment out of Utah named Michael Stallings age 63 at his residence located off Friday Ridge Road, Willow Creek. While at Stallings residence, officers noticed an outdoor marijuana growing operation.
Officers obtained a Humboldt County search warrant for the property. Officers then seized over 600 growing marijuana plants that ranged in size from 2 feet to 3 feet. Officers seized one pound of processed marijuana, two rifles and one shotgun. Stallings was transported to the federal courthouse in Eureka to be arraigned on his federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah. A local arrest warrant will be sought through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for Stallings for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.
On 06-12-2013 at about 0900 hours, local and federal law enforcement officers served a search warrant at John Paul Diller’s, age 32, residence located in the 1600 block of Children’s Avenue, McKinleyville. Diller was taken into custody on a federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah. Diller was transported to the Federal Courthouse in Eureka to be arraigned on his Federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah.
When Officers searched Diller’s residence they located and seized 10 individual, one pound bags of processed marijuana. Officers also seized 4 pistols and 2 rifles. A Harley Davidson motorcycle, a vehicle and $7,900 dollars in cash was seized for possible asset forfeiture.
On 06-12-2013 at 0900 hours, other officers served a search warrant at two storage units off Airport Road, Fortuna that Diller was renting. Officers seized over 800 growing marijuana plants from inside of those two storage units that ranged in size from 2 feet to 3 feet. No one was located at the storage units.
On 06-12-2013 at 5:00 pm, a search warrant was served on a piece of property that Diller owns in the Freshwater area. Officers seized two motorcycles, a Polaris- Ranger ATV and a utility trailer for possible asset forfeiture.
A local arrest warrant will be sought through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Officer for Diller’s arrest for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.
There are other suspects still associated with this investigation out of the indictments from Salt Lake City, Utah. More arrests are anticipated in the County of Humboldt.
The United States Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City, Utah is working closely with the United States Attorney’s Office in San Francisco with the Federal indictments out of Utah.
Anyone with information on this case or related drug activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-444-8095 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Humboldt County Superior Court Calendar: Tomorrow
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Seattle Times: WA writer says road to legalization “a long strange trip”
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The above video shows a fisher that scientists suspect was poisoned by rodenticides. According to the Youtube caption, “This fisher had four different anticoagulant rodenticides in its tissues: three SGARs (second generation anticoagulant rodenticide) and one first-generation rodenticide.”
Recent studies have tied the deaths of wildlife to the use of rodenticides (poisons used to kill rats, mice, etc.) The rodents eat the toxicants, become ill, then can more easily be caught and consumed by predators. Then those predators—hawks, owls, bob cats, etc.—in turn get poisoned.
One northern California study posited that marijuana grows on public lands have especially impacted fishers (a cat sized carnivore that is a candidate for Endangered status) because some growers bring large amounts of these products into remote areas where the fishers live. Besides the distance from traditional sources of the toxicants (agriculture lands or urban settings,) the reasons that the study authors believe marijuana grows to be a source of the animals’ exposure are the facts that large amounts of these products have been found at remote grows and most of the fisher deaths occurred during the spring when growers must protect their young plants from rats and mice.
Not only wildlife but an estimated 10,000 children a year are exposed to the rodenticides. In fact, the EPA has moved to ban some products because of the danger to both children and wildlife.
As the understanding of the role of rodenticide in poisoning spreads, there has been a backlash against the products. The anti-rodenticide movement is gaining momentum in Humboldt. It began in Southern Humboldt where several stores have begun removing rodenticides from their shelves. The Humboldt Co. Supervisors recently unanimously voted for a resolution to urging businesses to “stop the sale of all products containing” one of ten rodenticides.
There are several groups working to bring awareness of the problem. Raptors Are the Solution is a national organization that has local support. A local Facebook Group, Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Rat Poison, has over 200 members.
LoCO interviewed a member of that Facebook Group who has extensive experience with gardening and dealing with rodents without using rodenticides. Uti, as he is known, provided photos and detailed instructions on protecting young plants from rats without using chemicals.
Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 10:21 a.m. / Food
Meet Stefan Parker and Zach Mathieu, AKA The Humshuckers. Why are they important? Because collectively they can force four dozen oysters inside of a human body (through the mouth hole) faster than anyone else in the land. They proved it at Saturday’s Oyster Festival and, as such, they are your KWPT The Point’s 2013 Shuck and Swallow Contest champions. Bow before them.
With a time of 4 minutes and 17 seconds, The HumShuckers easily bested the second place finishers The Shamus Shuckers made up of Lonny Whitlow and Sean Sherrer (5:20) and third place team Shut Up ‘N’ Shuck with members Kevin Jenkins and Rex Bohn (5:31).
(Two other teams, Shuck It Easy and Too Young to Shuck proved unable to complete the 48 oysters required to earn a time and were thus laughed off the Oyster Fest stage in shame.)
So good on you, Stefan and Zach. And thank you for your profanity-laced post oyster-inhaling victory speech. That was worth the $10 all by itself. More sights below … and we’re working on getting video (right, Malcolm?)
(13-year-old Garrison Finck of Too Young to Shuck proved to be just that.)
Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 9:43 a.m. / Crime
Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office:
On 06-15-2013, approximately 8:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office received a call from a male victim reporting his house was just shot at. The victim resides in the 1700 block of Lime Avenue, McKinleyville. When deputies arrived they met with the victim and his stepfather. They reported a person known as Michael Raphael Robitaille, 42 years old came to their residence and knocked on the front door. When they did not answer the door, they heard a gunshot and then saw Robitialle leave. They checked the door and saw a bullet hole in the front door. They saw the bullet traveled through the metal front door and three interior walls, before striking a light fixture.
Deputies located Robitialle at a residence in the 2400 block of Penn Avenue, McKinleyville. He admitted going to the home on Lime Avenue, but denied shooting into the residence. Robitialle was arrested for shooting into an inhabited building. No weapon was recovered.
Robitialle was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility
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.
Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 6:16 a.m. /
Arcata Police Dept. Press Release:
On June 17th at 3:05 AM the Arcata Police Department received a report of a burglary in progress at the Chevron gas station on Giuntoli Lane. Officers quickly arrived in the area and located a subject fleeing the business. The subject, later identified as Stephen James Hansen, age 27, was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. Hansen was found to be in possession of property that had been stolen from the business and was placed under arrest for the burglary.
Officers were able to view surveillance footage from the business that showed Hansen breaking the glass front door with a rock and entering the business and removing the merchandise from the store.
Based upon the same method of entry used at a previous burglary at the Chevron which had occurred on May 31st., video surveillance footage was viewed from the prior burglary and Hansen was identified as the suspect in that incident as well.
Hansen was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked and lodged for burglary.
Kym Kemp / Sunday, June 16 @ 7:17 p.m. / marijuana
Fortuna Police Dept. Press Release:
FORTUNA, CA - On June 16, 2013 at about 1030 hours, officers with the Fortuna Police Department were dispatched to the 400 block of 11th Street for the report of an altercation between Sheila Ayub of Fortuna (age 40) and her daughter. Upon arrival officers contacted the involved parties and were able to resolve the issues leading to the initial call for service. As an officer attempted to re-contact reporting party Ayub at her opened front door the officer observed Ayub running through the home while carrying bags of processed marijuana bud. The officer entered the residence and detained Ayub for the violation. Ayub was found to be in possession of approximately two pounds of processed marijuana bud, of which was packaged for sales.
Based upon the observations of the officer and Ayub’s statements, the residence was locked down in preparation for a search warrant.
During the execution of the search warrant, officers located the following;
•Approximately 8 pounds processed marijuana bud
•Approximately 10 pounds of untrimmed marijuana plant
•2 digital scales
•Approximately 14,000.00 US currency
•Several forms of packaging material
Ayub was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Jail on the following charges;
•HS 11359 possession of marijuana for sale
•HS 11366.5 maintaining a drug house
Mike Dronkers / Sunday, June 16 @ 7:08 p.m. / Humboldt Crabs
[Fourth in our series of Pulitzer-losing sports coverage]
Crabs won, barely, in an above-average game whose pleasant tension only amplified the end result. It wasn’t until the bottom of the ninth that the Crabbies seized control. The Menlo Park Legends (henceforth referred to as the Bums) go home having lost three of four games in Arcata.
“What a great day to watch the Crabs win a close game,” said Lord Ellis drummer Steve Bohner. “Congrats and happy Father’s day. Go Crabs!”
- It was Father’s day
- It was KHUM day
- It was Cher-Ae-Heights-Gives-You-A-Seat-Cushion Day (thanks!)
- It was kids-run-the-bases day, followed by kids-run-through-the-sprinklers day, followed by kids-soak-through-the-booster-seat day
Also visible was a particular right-handed Crabs hitter whose zipper was blatantly open.
PRO TIP: If you’re in front of 1,200 people, check your fly.
The Bums’ catcher was ejected & the crowd predictably went berserk [Pictured, top]. Your reporter was told that the catcher articulated his frustration physically with Don The Ump, which apparently carries a two-game suspension.
You want to know the only imperfection of the day? The root beer float line. Woefully overwhelmed concessionaires wore brave faces while the line of unquenched fans grew ever longer. The line was asked to curve left, then re-asked to form a U, if you don’t mind. Nobody minded.
By The Numbers:
- Minutes Required To Acquire A Delicious Root Beer Float: 17
- Final Score: 6-5 Crabs
- 50/50 Pot: $1,170 [winner above]
- Beers Downed by Dads: inifinite
- Homers: 1 [Bums]
- Catchers Ejected: 1
- Attendance: 1,234 or something
- Temperature: 64 F
- Crowd Noise Peak: 98.73 decibels in the 7th inning [measured on SPL app]
- T-Shirts Thrown At Opposition Dugout: At least 1
Can’t make it to a Crabs game because you’re a shut-in? Let their Twitter feed blaze a trail through the forest of your mind.
Rejected Story Headlines:
- Crabs Win In NSFW Thriller
- Remembering Nutter The Wrong Way
- Crabs Show Who Real Legends Are
- Fly Balls
[Photos: Lost Coast Outpost & courtesy Humboldt Crabs]