Eureka Police Officer-Involved Shooting Victim Named

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 12:55 p.m. /

Yesterday, the Lost Coast Outpost reported on an incident that left one man dead after he was shot by an officer with the Eureka Police Department. Please refer to our previous coverage here for more details. At this point, the Outpost is currently in talks with people who were at the scene in the hopes of gaining a better understanding as to what happened during Wednesday’s early morning hours on Allard Street.

In the meantime, the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office spoke with News Channel 3 a few minutes ago and revealed the identity of the man killed as 22-year-old Eureka resident Thomas James McClain. The Outpost has a call in to the coroner’s office and we’ll update when we know more.

Something else that was brought to our attention: A Facebook page called “Justice For Tommy McClain” has been set up and a candlelight vigil is planned for tomorrow.

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UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: Press release from the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office:

The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has identified the deceased involved in the shooting at the 1600 block of Allard Street on September 17, 2014 as Thomas James McClain, age 22 years old and a resident of Eureka.

An autopsy has been scheduled for September 27, 2014 at the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office. Although an autopsy would normally be conducted sooner, the Forensic Pathologist will not be available until the above date.

PREVIOUSLY: Eureka Police Officer Involved in Fatal Shooting



MCSO: Brother Kills Brother in Yesterday’s Shooting

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 12:54 p.m. / Crime

Mendocino County Sheriff press release:

On 09-17-2014 at 2:57 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a telephone report of a shooting incident on a piece of property located in the 78000 block of Highway 271 in Piercy, California.

While Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were responding to the location the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a representative of the Jerold Phelps Community Hospital located in Garberville, California.

It was reported that Carl Fragale, the victim of the reported shooting in Piercy, had been transported to the hospital by family members.  Upon arriving at the hospital Carl Fragale was pronounced dead as a result of a gunshot wound sustained during the shooting incident.

Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to conduct an in-depth investigation into the shooting incident and were assisted by investigators from the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office.

Sheriff’s Detectives learned Carl Fragale had been staying in Piercy while growing approximately 120 marijuana plants with his brother (Anthony Fragale), father, and friend.

On 09-17-2014 while working in the marijuana garden Carl Fragale verbally confronted Anthony Fragale for being disrespectful towards the pair’s father.

The verbal argument led to a minor physical altercation between the brothers at a different location on the property.

After the physical altercation concluded, Anthony Fragale took possession of a handgun and confronted Carl Fragale.

During the confrontation Anthony Fragale shot Carl Fragale and subsequently helped transport him to the hospital where he died.

Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Anthony Fragale for murder and booked him into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $500,000.00 bail.


Step Up, Eureka: Grant Elementary School Needs Your Help!

Jennifer Weiss / Yesterday @ 9:50 a.m. / Op-Ed

By now, Eureka residents may have noticed the infrastructure improvements recently installed on F Street, G Street, and Oak Street near Grant Elementary School. New sidewalks, crosswalks, a pedestrian median, and signage were constructed and placed over the summer to create a safer walking and bicycling environment for students traveling to and from school.

A walkability audit conducted at Grant in 2012 brought together engineers, law enforcement, school administrators, and community members to assess pedestrian facilities and surroundings along and near the school and identify specific improvements to make the route more safe and attractive to pedestrians of all ages and abilities. The recommendations for the new improvements came directly from the walkability audit and were funded through a Federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant program.

Now Grant Elementary is seeking the community’s help to fully realize the benefits of the new pedestrian improvements!

SRTS is a national movement and funding program that encourages students to safely walk or bicycle to school by removing barriers that prevent them from doing so. Humboldt County has been actively engaged in SRTS efforts for over five years with two local SRTS Task Forces, one in Eureka and the other representing schools countywide.

Another safety feature the Grant Elementary community asked for during the walkability assessment was the presence of crossing guards. Working with the Eureka SRTS Task Force and the Redwood Community Action Agency, the Humboldt County DHHS Public Health Branch applied for and received SRTS funding to develop and implement a countywide crossing guard program. The program includes the training of existing crossing guards, pedestrian and bicycle safety education for students, and the creation of a pilot volunteer crossing guard program at Grant Elementary School. Community partners have been working hard to develop a program that is effective and meets the liability concerns of the city, county, and school district. The problem is that the program needs more volunteers. Many Grant parents and community members have stepped up and have been trained, however, the program still lacks enough afternoon volunteer crossing guards to officially kick off the program.

Gone are the days when the majority of students walked to school. In fact, 66 percent of Humboldt County students are driven to school in a private vehicle compared with only 13 percent who were driven to school just one generation ago. At the same time, the percentage of overweight and obese children has risen dramatically. SRTS uses a combination of engineering, education, encouragement, evaluation and enforcement strategies to encourage safe walking and biking to school.

Do you have an hour to share one or more days a week by being a crossing guard and helping encourage safe, active children get to school by their own? Encouraging students to walk and bike to school not only gives them the physical activity they need daily to be healthy, it also helps reduce traffic congestion, (especially in school zones) and builds a sense of self-sufficiency. Reducing car trips also contributes to a cleaner environment by lowering carbon emissions from motor vehicles.

For more information on the Redwood Crossing Guard Program or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Mellody Mallick, Health Education Specialist for the Humboldt County DHHS Public Health Branch by emailing or call 707-441-5549.

Jenny Weiss is a Senior Planner for the Natural Resources Services Division of the Redwood Community Action Agency and has worked on SRTS in Humboldt County for the past 5 years.

Miranda Water Main Breaks/Miranda Schools Closed Tomorrow

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Sept. 17 @ 11:52 p.m. / News


Broken water main in Miranda. [Photo from the South Fork High School Facebook page.]


According to South Fork High School and Miranda Junior High principal Lisa Gray, all three schools in Miranda will be closed on September 18 due to a broken water main in town.  Osprey, South Fork and Miranda Jr High are all closed on Thursday (either tomorrow or today depending on when you are reading this.)

All other schools in the Southern Humboldt Unified School District will be open as usual.

Shooting in Piercy

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Sept. 17 @ 6:26 p.m. / News

According to scanner reports, a man was shot in the Piercy area this afternoon. Initial reports indicated that the shooter was on the loose. However, when reached for comment, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman reassured the public that there was “no active shooter” in the area.

In what appears to be a connected incident, a passerby noted that the CHP “arrested two guys in a white Ford Ranger at the northbound Piercy on ramp at gunpoint” about 5:30 p.m. The passerby said that “two officers were handcuffing one person. [A]nother officer had the passenger with his hands up in the vehicle at gunpoint.

Photo showing the CHP vehicles.

He passed by the spot on his way back from an errand and reported “they were both in the back seat of one of the [CHP] units.

We will update as soon as we can.

An Ode to the First Rain

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Sept. 17 @ 4:38 p.m. / Weather

September 17, 2014  The first showers cross the King Range and begin to release the first rain of the water year over the Mattole Valley. [Photo by Uti Deva.]

A guest post by Uti Deva:

It’s that time again when summer is drawing to a close and the first moisture laden low pressure system pushes eastward across the Pacific ocean to the western edge of the North American continent bringing the first sight, sound, smell and taste of rain to the drought parched hills and shrunken waterways of Humboldt county. This is it, the return of hope that this water year will be kinder to the land than the last one.

This morning at dawn the sun rose on broken clouds rolling across the landscape, a nice break to the hazy throat and eye irritating smokey skies we’ve been experiencing this month from the big fire up north.  As the morning progressed so did the density of the cloud cover until the dome above me was an undulating curtain colored with infinite shades of gray.  My weather forecasts agreed that we had better than a 50-50 chance of showers later in the day, so I chose to do some last minute gardening chores to give me time to enjoy the weather show.  Besides I needed a break from the Lost Coast Outpost’s morning news stories of fresh disasters and alleged indiscretions: a young man with a gun shot by police, the town of Weed destroyed by an uncontrollable firestorm, a university official accused of going sport fishing in Alaska on the university’s tab–all rolled into the usual dance of commenters bickering over Marijuana busts and the future of the Emerald Triangle when pot is legalized.  I felt myself getting snarky and irritable, so it was good time to give myself a toodles, power down the computer and get outside to get grounded in nature; the original Prozac and Xanax.

The first rain for me is a sensory re-awakening.  The quality of light changes, the dull green of late summer gets a wash and a shine, the sky gets interesting with cloud cover in motion and the landscape loses it’s flat two dimensional quality as veiled hills become waves receding in the distance illuminated by the fast changing light patterns.   The moisture releases all sorts of fresh smells from the pungent earthy actinomycete soil bacteria, to sharp ozone, to the heady volatile oils emitted by trees and plants. They’re all mixed together into an olfactory cocktail known as the fresh rain smell. Breathe deep, it may help increase your brain serotonin levels and elevate your mood–free drugs with no negative side effects, haters, apologists or legal issues.

For me personally this first rain marks the return of the sounds of the first rain event. I lost my hearing for several years and received a cochlear implant at the beginning of summer which has restored sound to my sensory palate (as well as the ability to verbally communicate with people) and boy have I missed it. I noticed this morning as I worked that the birds were noisier than usual, undoubtedly because they knew rain was coming. One Northern Flicker was above me in a tree loudly cheering the first veils of showers across the Mattole Valley as they cleared the summits of the King Range and began to release water on Wilder Ridge south of Honeydew.  I had the sensitivity control of my implant turned up to listen to the birds, so I was aware every little sound from the crunch of my feet on dry soil to the snap of leaves being plucked.  Then it came, an unfamiliar sound I couldn’t identify until I looked up and saw the first descending drops hitting the leaves in the trees below the garden. The symphony had begun tuning up.  There was no rumbling tympani nor crack of lightning, just an ever increasing rush of millions of rain drops percussing against leaves of all shapes, wood, rocks, dirt, the wire of the deer fencing, the water tanks above me, the bucket in my hand and my body as the orchestra’s  percussion section let loose with a roar.

I stayed out experiencing the rain just a little longer than I might otherwise have without protective gear, then retreated indoors to towel off and have lunch with the door to the cabin open so I could continue enjoying my sensory feast.  It was a good start to the rain year, brief and inconsequential as far as my rain gauge is concerned, but always a welcomed signature to sign off the end the season of growth and the beginning of the season of harvest and abundance.

Widespread Internet and Cable Outage in Rio Dell, Scotia and Vicinity

Ryan Burns / Wednesday, Sept. 17 @ 3:46 p.m. / Technology

The Outpost is getting numerous reports of an Internet and cable outage affecting Suddenlink customers in and around Rio Dell and Scotia.

Now, it’s probably early to speculate on a cause for the outage, but we gotta say: The timing is intriguing, given yesterday’s gauntlet-throw from Assemblymember Wes Chesbro in the general direction of the Suddenlink Slasher, who remains at large.

Is your Internet down? Use your smartphones and tablets and whatnot to let us know in the comments.