(UPDATED) Missing Eureka Man Believed to Have Been Trimming in Burnt Ranch Area

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 1:50 p.m. / News

UPDATE, FRIDAY MORNING: The Sheriff’s Office says:

On 08-27-2015 at 4:40 p.m. a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy contact Josh Poore in person. Josh said he was fine and was out of town and did not contact his family on his whereabouts. Poore said he did not need any assistance from the Sheriff’s Office.


From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office: 

On 08-24-2015, at 1:55 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy spoke to the daughter of Josh Dylan Poore. She wanted to report that her father, Josh Poore has been missing since 08-23-2015 at 11 p.m. She said her father’s disappearance is out of character for him.

Through the missing person investigation the Sheriff’s Office learned that Josh Poore may have been working in the Burnt Ranch area of Trinity County trimming marijuana. Josh was last seen driving a 2002, dark blue, Ford, F-150 pickup truck, with a matching canopy, California license number (5YCX838).

Poore is described as a 41 year old, white, male, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Poore resides in Eureka.

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.


Phonebook Delivery Driver Calls 911 on Eureka Resident Who Didn’t Want a Phonebook

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 1:02 p.m. / Non-Crime

Flickr user Tim Welch, who took the photo above in 2006, says: “overloaded phone book recycle bin in my neighborhood. this was just a day or so after they were delivered. shows how close to obsolete they are.”


The Eureka Police Department was called to Eureka’s Highland Park neighborhood this morning after a dispute between a phonebook delivery driver and a resident who didn’t want a phonebook.

Here is Eureka’s dispatch center notifying police officers of the call just after 11 a.m.:


The resident did not want a phonebook, so when he “caused a disturbance” and threw the phonebook back into the phonebook deliveryperson’s van, the phonebook deliveryperson called 911 on him.

Eureka Police Department spokesperson Brittany Powell tells the Outpost that officers contacted both parties. No report was taken.

Party For Your Right to Fight: Eureka Event Seeks to Channel City’s Outrage Over Crime

Ryan Burns / Yesterday @ 11:59 a.m. / Crime , Eureka Rising

File photo from January crime prevention meeting.

Anger and jubilation don’t often coexist, but they found occasion to mingle during the first 15 minutes of Tuesday’s Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting.

All five board members seemed to have a little bounce in their steps as they filed into chambers shortly before 9 a.m., and after the consent calendar was approved, Supervisor Rex Bohn introduced a special presentation with childlike enthusiasm: “We’re gonna have a party on Saturday!” he said.

That would be the Neighborhood Watch Block Party in Eureka’s Carson Park, which was largely organized by two Eureka neighborhood watch captains, Jeannie Breslin and Jean Scheffler. They, too, were brimming with happy energy, seated in the front row Tuesday. Bohn read a proclamation declaring this upcoming Saturday “Neighborhood Watch Block Party Day” in Humboldt County before coming down from the dais to hug the two women. A smiling Supervisor Virginia Bass modeled an electric-yellow neighborhood watch safety vest, swiveling her shoulders playfully.

Breslin and Scheffler then bellied up to the microphone, still smiling, and, in a rather incongruous turn, Breslin beseeched the community to, “Find your sense of outrage.”

That shouldn’t be too hard for many Eurekans. Saturday’s block party aims to galvanize the accumulated frustration of residents who feel increasingly besieged by petty (and not-so-petty) criminals. 

“This is a serious issue,” Breslin said. “We’re starting a movement. We’re going to take ownership of our city. The criminal element has eroded our quality of life.”

Eureka Police Chief/blogger Andy Mills — who came here from the crime-ridden streets of San Diego — recently noted the vein of pessimism running through the community. “There are some Negative Nancy’s who think Eureka is done for, toast, history,” he wrote in a post promoting Saturday’s event. “They blast you and me when we encourage others to be positive and see the good in Eureka. They say roll up the streets after turning off the lights, the party is over.”

Saturday’s event defies such attitudes with a literal party, albeit one fueled by frustration and a sense of urgency.

In an interview Tuesday with KHUM’s Larry Trask Breslin said, “We have a great community, but we have become nearly imprisoned in our own homes.” Criminals, she said, feel entitled “to pillage our neighborhoods and take anything that isn’t nailed down.”

Violent crime in Eureka has actually declined over the past two-and-a-half years.

Source: Eureka Police Department.

But property crime is another story. The graph below shows a slow upward trend in property crimes, which include burglary, theft and car theft.

Source: Eureka Police Department.

That slow ascent may not look too alarming, but here’s the rub: Among cities with at least 20,000 residents, Eureka has the highest property crime rate in the state. We mentioned this ignominious distinction last September, when the most recent data from the FBI’s “Uniform Crime Reports” was from 2012. The 2013 data has since come in, and we’re still at the top of that list, by a pretty wide margin. 

Eureka saw 78 property crimes per 1,000 residents in 2013. The statewide average was less than 27 per thousand residents, barely a third the rate seen in Eureka. The city with the second-highest rate was Oakland, which had 62 property crimes per 1,000 residents, more than 20 percent below Eureka’s rate. With a margin that large it’s fairly safe to assume that our Victorian Village remains the property crime capital of California here in 2015.

But Eureka’s existential malaise runs deeper than these numbers, or even the crimes behind them. The most common complaints among locals tend to include references to “tweakers,” “meth-heads” and the homeless, people deemed unsightly and unwelcome regardless of their connection to crime (or lack thereof).

Criminologist note that no city’s problems can be traced to a single cause; crime tends to arise from a complicated interplay of environmental, economic, psychological and cultural factors. In Eureka those including everything from our outlaw culture to high rates of drug use, insufficient mental health care, geographic isolation and more. (Insert your theory here.)

The nascent effort to rehabilitate Eureka’s self esteem — neatly symbolized by those “I Like Eureka” bumper stickers — seems aimed at growing and harnessing civic pride as an antidote to crime. The more people “like” Eureka, this theory goes, the more people will be motivated to defend and improve it.

“There has been a loss of community,” Breslin told Trask. “This event is to empower our community.”

At the supervisors’ meeting she extolled the virtues of community organizing website Nextdoor.com, calling it a “game changer,” and Scheffler, her co-presenter, said at least 18 neighborhoods will be participating in Saturday’s event. 

“We’re standing up for Eureka, is what we’re doing,” Scheffler said.

Supervisors are very much on board. Bohn said he thinks the community is ready to take a stand. “We are at a tipping point,” he said. “We’ve just had too much of it.”

And 5th District Supervisors Ryan Sundberg said he’s seen a change throughout the county, a “rough shift” to witness for people who’ve lived here their entire lives. “You can’t leave stuff in cars; everyone leaves their lights on. … It’s just a different environment now.”

Breslin and her fellow organizers are hoping to channel anger and jubilation — those two contrasting emotions on display at this week’s supervisors’ meeting — to inspire action, starting with Saturday’s party. The event will include numerous food vendors, raffle items, live music from the Delta Nationals and information on crime prevention, disaster preparedness and more. (Click here for the poster.)

Below is Larry Trask’s interview with Breslin and Eureka Police Department’s Suzie Owsley on KHUM.


And below is where you’ll find Carson Park. The event will take place rain or shine. Organizers are asking folks to leave their dogs at home. Extra parking will be available at the old Marshal School on the corner of Trinity and I streets.


(LIVE STREAM) Tonight’s River Complex Fire Meeting

John Ross Ferrara / Wednesday, Aug. 26 @ 5:51 p.m. / Fire!

A public meeting regarding the River Complex Fire will be live streamed tonight at 6 p.m., from the Hoopa Fire Department. The live stream can be found below, or at this link:

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

The fire is nearly 58,000 acres in size and 26 percent contained. More than 500 firefighters have been dispatched to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest to battle the blaze.

Incident management team members will be at the meeting to provide current fire information and answer questions.


Central Valley Water Interests Lose Round; Clean Cool Trinity Water Coming to Salmon Run’s Rescue

Hank Sims / Wednesday, Aug. 26 @ 3:44 p.m. / Klamath

File photo by Regina Chichizola.

Once again this year, two huge Central Valley agricultural districts have failed to block the release of Trinity River water designed to help threatened fall salmon runs at the mouth of the Klamath River.

Late last week, the two bodies — Westlands Water District and the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority — petitioned a federal judge to block the release of up to 88,000 acre-feet of cool Trinity water to combat parasite conditions at the mouth of the Klamath. Though the same strategy has been used habitually in drought years past, the two agricultural districts characterized such releases as “literally flushing” water away, in a time of drought.

But the court today denied the Central Valley’s request for a restraining order preventing the Bureau of Reclamation from releasing the water, exactly as it did last year and — after some dithering — the year before that.

The strategy of releasing comparatively cool and clean Trinity River water at critical points during the fall salmon run was developed in the wake of the 2002 Klamath fish kill, when a runaway infestation of the ich parasite killed somewhere in the neighborhood of 70,000 returning chinook and coho salmon. 

Press release from the Yurok Tribe:

A few minutes ago, Judge O’Neill of the United States District Court for Eastern California in Fresno denied Westlands and San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Districts’ motion to immediately halt flows from the Trinity River necessary to avoid a catastrophic fish kill in the lower Klamath River. The Court determined that any potential harm to the irrigators from an uncertain loss of added water supply was outweighed by the potentially catastrophic damage to salmon in the absence of supplemental water.

“This is a great victory for the Klamath River and its salmon,” said Chairman Thomas P. O’Rourke. “We are gratified that the judge saw through their desperate efforts to disparage the needs of the fish and to discredit our science. We’d also like to thank Congressman Huffman, as well as Humboldt County and our co-management partners for their support on this important issue.”

The Klamath River was the site of a catastrophic fish kill in 2002 that claimed between 33,000 and 78,000 Chinook salmon, including hundreds of threatened coho salmon. In subsequent years, adequate river flows have prevented a repeat of this catastrophe. The Yurok Tribe and its fisheries co-managers including other tribal, federal and state agencies, have worked hard to develop the science that guides these difficult decisions. The Yurok Tribe maintains senior water rights sufficient to maintain its fishery in the lower Klamath River. 


Local Clams and Mussels Could Poison You, California Public Health Warns

Ryan Burns / Wednesday, Aug. 26 @ 12:29 p.m. / Health , Public Safety

Wikimedia Commons.

Press release from the California Department of Public Health:

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised consumers not to eat recreationally harvested bivalve shellfish (mussels and clams) from Humboldt or Del Norte counties. Only the white meat (adductor muscle) of scallops should be consumed and the viscera (internal organs) should be discarded. 

Dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in mussel and razor clam samples and may be present in the other species that have not yet been tested. This toxin, also known as Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP), can cause illness or death in humans. No cases of human poisoning from domoic acid are known to have occurred in California. 

This health advisory is in addition to the annual mussel quarantine issued May 1. The annual quarantine applies to all species of mussels harvested along the California coast, as well as all bays and estuaries, and will continue through at least October 31. The July 3, 2015 warning about certain seafood caught in Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara counties remains in effect. 

These warnings do not apply to commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops or oysters from approved sources. State law permits only state-certified commercial shellfish harvesters or dealers to sell these products. Shellfish sold by certified harvesters and dealers are subject to frequent mandatory testing to monitor for toxins. 

Symptoms of domoic acid poisoning can occur within 30 minutes to 24 hours after eating toxic seafood. In mild cases, symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and dizziness. These symptoms disappear within several days. In severe cases, the victim may experience trouble breathing, confusion, disorientation, cardiovascular instability, seizures, excessive bronchial secretions, permanent loss of short term memory, coma or death. 

For the most current information about shellfish poisoning and health advisories, call CDPH’s toll-free “Shellfish Information Line” at (800) 553-4133. For additional information visit CDPH’s Natural Marine Toxins: PSP and Domoic Acid Web page.

SoHum Man Tells Deputies His Friend Was Shot; After No Victim is Found, Deputies Decide He’s on Meth

Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Aug. 26 @ 11:52 a.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On 08-25-2015, at approximately 3:40 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a residence located in the 900 block of Mountain View Drive, Benbow.  It was reported that a person had suffered a gunshot wound and an ambulance was requested.

Upon arrival, a Sheriff’s Sergeant spoke to Jacob Sherman (age 45) who reported that a female acquaintance was shot and needed medical attention. Sherman stated the victim was located inside the residence and that several shots had been fired. During a search of the residence it was apparent there was no crime scene or gunshot victim. Witnesses confirmed this and stated Sherman is likely under the influence of methamphetamine and he is making a false report.

Sherman was interviewed and showed several signs of being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant.  It was also discovered that Sherman has been served with a Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) which prevents him from being on the Mountain View property.  This DVRO was granted by the Humboldt County Superior Court due to a previous incident where Sherman assaulted family members and vandalized property in February, 2015 (HCSO case #201500842).  

Sherman was placed under arrest for violation of the DVRO and public intoxication.  Sherman was searched incident to arrest and was found to be in possession of approximately one gram of suspected methamphetamine.  Sherman was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked.  Due to Sherman being in direct violation of his probation terms, Sherman will be held on a probation hold and is not eligible for bail at this time.

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