Sheriff’s Office Seeking Hoopa Stabbing Suspect

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 9:44 a.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On Thursday, February 4, 2016, at about 11:53 p.m. deputies responded to Marshall Ln. at Big Hill for a report of a stabbing. The suspect, Charlie aka “Little Charlie” McCovey, was attempting to assault a neighbor when the 26 year old male victim heard the neighbor yelling for help. The victim ran to the neighbor’s residence and located an IMA adult standing on the porch of the residence. An altercation ensued and McCovey stabbed the victim, causing a large laceration. The suspect then fled the area. Deputies searched the area and were unable to locate McCovey.

McCovey is said to be from Oregon and sometimes stays with relatives in the Hoopa area.

McCovey should be considered dangerous and armed with a large knife. He is described as an IMA, about 5’9”-5’10”, thin build with a goatee. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, blue jeans, and black/blue Jordan tennis shoes. McCovey is believed to be 19 years old. The victim’s wound is not life threatening.

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


(VIDEO) HUMBOLDT #TBT: Remember When The Tonight Show Sent Tom Green to Eureka?

Andrew Goff / Thursday, Feb. 4 @ 9:51 p.m. / Hardly News , Our Culture

Tom Green tours Humboldt green

OK, just a quick nothing post before beddy-bye. Y’all earned it today.

Now, LoCO remembers seeing the following Humboldt-heavy Tonight Show segment when it first aired and we may have seen at least portions of it online since then, but never with video of high enough quality that we felt honorable sharing it. Yeah, that’s why. 

Yes, ’twas way back in ’04 when Jay Leno enlisted MTV creation Tom Green to alphabetically visit all 50 US states with the goal of crowning a “Most Interesting Person” in each. As fate would have it, Green chose Eureka as the lucky focus for the “California” segment, which featured ornithologist owl-hooting, Old Town gazebo fireball twirling, snail hunting, tree sitter taunting and a visit to the Kinetic Lab. 

In case you’ve never seen it, we won’t spoil who Green bestowed with “Most Interesting” honors. Enjoy (and then get some sleep. It’ll make you more interesting tomorrow).

Felony’s Backstory: Humboldt Animal Shelter Releases More Info on Stolen Dog

John Ross Ferrara / Thursday, Feb. 4 @ 5:39 p.m. / Crime

Photos from the Humboldt County Animal Shelter Facebook Page.

PREVIOUSLY: Staffordshire Terrier Named ‘Felony’ Stolen from Humboldt County Animal Shelter

Humboldt County Animal Shelter:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Animal Shelter is seeking the public’s help in locating Felony. Felony is a spayed female Pit Bull, she is white with brown brindle spots on her face and back. Felony was stolen from the animal shelter the evening of 2/1/16.

On 11/25/15 Humboldt County Animal Control was contacted by a local veterinarian regarding a dog that was in their care. Animal Control responded and contacted a person associated with a local Animal Rescue Group that had learned of the dog’s plight. It was learned that Felony had been tied into the back of a truck and had jumped out while the owner was driving. She was dragged behind a truck for an unknown distance. The owner attempted to treat the injuries on their own until the Rescue talked the owner into allowing them to take the dog to the vet.

The dog had developed an infection and required intensive care and surgeries in order to treat her wounds. Felony was at the veterinary hospital for approximately two weeks while she was being treated. The owner never contacted the vet to check on the dog’s condition or to make arrangements to pay for her treatment. Felony was subsequently released into the care/custody of Humboldt County Animal Control.

The total vet bill for the treatment of Felony’s wounds came to $2767.39 which the owner is required to pay. The Emergency Medical Fund will have to be used to pay the bill which will impact the shelter’s ability to help other animals in need. HCAC made contact with the owner several times advising that the dog was at the Shelter and advising of the fees for treatment and impound of the dog. The owner refused to surrender Felony to the shelter so she could be placed up for adoption.

Due to the circumstances that brought Felony to the shelter, other prior contacts we have had with the same owner, and the circumstances under which Felony was taken from our facility we are concerned for the welfare of dog.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Felony please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Humboldt County Animal Shelter, 707-840-9132.

Speeding 18-Year-Old Flees from Deputy, Crashes Into Two Parked Cars; AK-47 Found in Vehicle

Andrew Goff / Thursday, Feb. 4 @ 12:07 p.m. / News

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On Thursday, February 4, 2016, a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff observed a vehicle drive past their location on HWY 255 between Manila and Arcata at about 25 mph above the posted speed limit. The deputy pursued the vehicle and the vehicle failed to yield. The suspect, 18 year old Tyler Bartlett, attempted to flee by turning onto J Street in Arcata where his vehicle collided with a parked car. The vehicle then turned and collided with another parked car. Bartlett fled on foot and the Arcata Police Department responded to assist. Bartlett was apprehended at K St and 6th St by APD Officers. A search of Bartlett’s person produced a switchblade knife. Deputies searched Bartlett’s vehicle and located a modified AK-47 assault type rifle, along with several high capacity magazines loaded with live ammunition.

Bartlett was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for illegally possessing an assault weapon, carrying a switchblade on his person, possession of a large capacity magazine, evading a peace officer, hit and run resulting in property damage, and speeding.

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

Stolen Mail From Nearly 70 Homes in Eureka, Arcata and McKinleyville Discovered After Home Probation Search

Andrew Goff / Thursday, Feb. 4 @ 12:06 p.m. / News

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On Sunday, January 31, 2016, a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff conducted a consensual encounter with two subjects leaving a problem house on Jersey Avenue in Eureka, CA. The deputy contacted the subjects in the area of the 3600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. One subject was 27 year old Ashlee Page and the other subject was 46 year old David Cooper. Both subjects were on probation and had bookable misdemeanor warrants. The deputy arrested both subjects and searched them incident to arrest. Mail was located belonging to two residents who live near the vicinity of Pennsylvania Avenue. The mail was in Page’s backpack. The mail was seized as evidence for further investigation.

On Monday, February 1, 2016, deputies were dispatched to a suspicious circumstances call near the 3500 block of Walnut Drive. It was reported two people on bikes were slowly riding through the area. Upon arrival deputies again contacted Ashlee Page. Ashlee was detained and searched per her probation terms. In her backpack, deputies located more mail belonging to approximately eight different addresses in the vicinity of Walnut Drive in Cutten, where the deputies contacted her. The mail was seized as evidence.

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, deputies conducted a probation search of Page’s residence located on the 2200 block of Hillcrest in Eureka. Deputies located a clear zippered bag with mail inside of it in Page’s bedroom. The mail did not belong to Page, but to approximately 60-70 different residences (people). Most of the mail was from Eureka but there was also mail from Mckinleyville and Arcata. There were W-2’s, credit cards, ID’s, checks, and other miscellaneous mail.

A warrant request has been submitted to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for the arrest of Ashlee Page for mail theft.

A Community Service Officer later attempted to return the mail to the appropriate residences. The residents not home had their mail dropped off at the local post office and should be receiving their mail soon.

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

Man Who Fled Arrest Last Month Picked Up With Weapons, Narcotics

Hank Sims / Thursday, Feb. 4 @ 11:58 a.m. / Crime

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at approximately 11:08 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Sergeant was on patrol searching for warrant suspect Donavan Baltzley. Baltzley was known to drive a dark green Honda Civic. The Sergeant located a dark green Honda Civic parked on the Spring Street in Eureka and confirmed this vehicle was registered to Baltzley. Baltzley was observed getting into his vehicle and driving away. The Sergeant followed from a safe distance, and additional deputies responded. After driving a few blocks, Baltzley pulled his vehicle over and surrendered without the sergeant activating their lights and sirens.

Deputies located suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia on Baltzley’s person. Baltzley was arrested for his Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) warrant; and also for his fresh warrants which included false identification to a peace officer, resisting arrest, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance; possession of a narcotic controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked on the above charges.

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



Your Week In Ocean: #SaveOurCoast, ‘Chasing Ice,’ Greenland or Bust

Jennifer Savage / Thursday, Feb. 4 @ 11:24 a.m. / Activism , Ocean

“The coast is always being saved” – Peter Douglas, co-author of Prop 20, the Coastal Initiative that created the Coastal Commission and locked into place the public’s right to access California’s 1,100-mile coastline. 

You may have already seen one of the 40-plus news stories, op-eds and/or editorials regarding the current crisis at the Coastal Commission.

Here’s a solid SFGate report on the attempted coup.

Here’s a beautiful L.A. Times column on why we love the coast and what losing it could mean.

Here’s your local T-S scoop.

Too much trouble to click? No worries! We’ve got your essentials (with PHOTOS!) right here:

1. The California coast is THE BEST.

Enjoy it while you can!

2. The California coast is THE BEST because of THE COASTAL ACT.

Public – for now!

3. THE COASTAL ACT says the California Coastal Commission’s most important jobs are to stop BAD BUILDING from ruining our coast and to make sure nobody interferes with our RIGHT TO GO TO THE BEACH.

Erosion may be only one of the ways in which our coast disappears…

4. Some people would prefer the coast to belong to only RICH people instead of ALL people!!!


5. Those people are trying to undermine THE COASTAL ACT by firing Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester, despite the fact that Lester, his staff and the Commissioners have a solid record of accomplishments over the past several years.  


6. If Dr. Lester is terminated, the Coastal Commission faces “regulatory capture” – essentially, the people the Commission is supposed to be regulating will have too much influence over it. For us, that means BAD DEVELOPMENT and that our RIGHT TO GO THE BEACH could be taken away! 

7. You can help #SaveOurCoast by doing these things:

Want more information? Go here.


Hey! It’s Ocean Night! 

From ‘Chasing Ice’ Courtesy

Chasing Ice – EMMY AWARD WINNER – 2014 Outstanding Nature Programming
The story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Cradle of Storms 
The documentary film follows Alex Gray, Josh Mulcoy, and Pete Devries through the Aleutian Arc of Alaska, highlighted by the discovery of one of the best cold-water slabs in the world. Follow the crew as they traverse the island on quads, tracking pulses of swell to remote bays and never before surfed pointbreaks. Set against stunning volcanic backdrops and sweeping arctic landscapes, it is surf exploration at its finest.

Arcata Theater Lounge
Doors 6:30pm Films 7pm
$3 Suggested Donation
All Ages



This coming Monday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Helen Wilson, founder of Greenland or Bust, and Kokatat are co-sponsoring a presentation by Jamie Sharp. Jamie will be speaking about his kayak circumnavigation of Svalbard which is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean halfway between Norway and the North Pole.