Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Vehicles Crash Into Each Other During Pursuit; Officers Injured, Taken to Hospital

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 2:38 p.m. / Traffic

Hoopa Valley Tribal Police press release: 

On December 15, 2014 at about 1924 hours (7:24 pm), two Hoopa Valley Tribal Police (HVTPD) vehicles were responding to a report of shots fired from a vehicle at their station/dispatch center.

Both units were driving northbound on SR 96 near Hostler Field Housing in Hoopa, one behind the other, in an attempt to overtake a possible suspect vehicle.

The lead unit slowed in order to make a U-turn to travel southbound on SR-96. The trailing unit was unable to slow / stop in time. The front of the trailing vehicle struck the left side of the lead vehicle, causing minor injuries to both officers.

Both officers were transported via ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital in Arcata to receive treatment for their injuries and were later released. Units from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to the scene to conduct a traffic accident investigation.   




Yesterday’s BB Gun Shooting Near Eureka High Turned Out to be Just Kids Being Dumb

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 1:34 p.m. / Crime

PREVIOUSLY: Student Shot With BB Gun Near L Street in Eureka Yesterday


Below is the text of a voicemail message that is being sent to parents of Eureka High School students today. It was sent to the Outpost by EHS principal Rick Jordan.

Hello, this is Rick Jordan, Principal of Eureka High School. We have completed our investigation into yesterday’s BB gun shooting. It has been determined that the injury was a result of horseplay amongst students while at a private residence during the lunch period. All students involved have been appropriately disciplined. There is no ongoing concern related to this situation.

The safety and well-being of our students is of the up-most importance, and I am deeply appreciative for the support of our students and parents, allowing us the time to resolve this issue.

Thank you very much.


UPDATE: From the Eureka Police Department:

On December 16, 2014, Officers from the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to Eureka High School to investigate a report of a student being shot with a BB gun in the green belt area near 15th and L streets.

On December 17, 2014, the investigation revealed that the shooting took place at a residence during the student’s lunch break and not in the green belt as previously reported. The shooter and victim, both acquaintances, came forward this morning to school staff claiming the shooting was an accident and confirmed they fabricated the story because they were scared. The Eureka Police Department’s School Resource Officer is handling the investigation and currently working with the school to contact any additional students who may have been a witness to the accidental shooting.

The Eureka Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that all guns, BB, pellet, or real, are dangerous and have the ability to cause serious bodily harm or death. All firearms should be treated as they are loaded and never pointed at another person.

US Marshals Apprehend Wanted Man After Vehicle Pursuit in Fortuna

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 12:09 p.m. / Crime

Fortuna Police Department press release: 

On December 17, 2014 at approximately 0900 hours, officers of the Fortuna Police Department, working with the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, received information regarding wanted person Joseph Daniel Olivo (age 36). Olivo was currently wanted on a felony arrest warrant for Penal Code Section 3000.08(c) and was believed to be armed.

At approximately 0945 hours, Olivo was observed as an occupant in a parked sedan in the Strongs Creek Plaza. As two officers approached Olivo he fled in the vehicle towards Highway 101, subsequently resulting in a vehicle pursuit. Officers pursued the vehicle northbound onto Highway 101, onto Singley Road and into a residential area. The pursuit concluded when Olivo parked behind a residence, exited the vehicle and surrendered to officers.

Moments after the pursuit concluded, a Sergeant with the Fortuna Police Department located an occupant of Olivo’s vehicle who had exited the vehicle prior to the pursuit and had entered a business within the Strongs Creek Plaza. The subject was identified as Mario Nunez (age 29) of Eureka. Nunez was arrested for a felony arrest warrant and possession of narcotics.

Both subjects were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked without further incident.



[UPDATED] Cypress Grove Just Giving Away Cheese to Celebrate CNN Coup; ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It’ Airs Tonight

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 11:27 a.m. / Our Culture

UPDATE, Thursday, 9:40 a.m.: As some of our CNN-watching commenters noted, the segment DID NOT air last night. Talk about the runaround. Here’s host Mike Rowe explaining via Facebook:

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UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Oh, for the love of cheese. LoCO received another message from Cypress Grove indicating they’d been informed that Somebody’s Gotta Do It is back on for tonight!

Take that, Fidel!

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UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Nope. Due to improved international relations, Cypress Grove’s star-turn will not be happening tonight. From our cheesy friends:

Our episode on CNN (that was supposed to be on tonight) has been pre-empted by coverage of Cuba.


 No word on when it might air … 

Thanks a lot, Obama. -MD

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Above: Somebody’s Gotta Do It star Mike Rowe and Cypress Grove’s Mary Keehn

Original Post: A few months back, LoCO noted that reality TV good guy Mike Rowe was in town filming segments for his new CNN show Somebody’s Gotta Do It, which focuses on offbeat success stories, something Humboldt is rich in. It was at this time that LoCO also learned that people really, really, really like Mike Rowe. Who knew? Anyway…

Well, the big night has arrived for one of the lucky local businesses Rowe deemed interesting enough for cable news. Tonight at 9 p.m., CNN will air the Somebody’s Gotta Do It episode “Goat Cheese Queen” which focuses on Cypress Grove and specifically founder Mary Keehn. Congrats, cheese queen.

All well and good, but who wants some free cheese already? Yeah! To celebrate their moment in the national spotlight, Cypress Grove is feeling generous and is giving away full wheels of Humboldt Fog and Truffle Tremor as well as other swag. This is one of those Facebook gimmicks, so you gotta click on over here for full details on how to enter.

Oh, and, of course, you should also remember to tune in to watch your neighbors show America a non-weed aspect of Humboldt. Episode teaser below:

Sheriff’s Office: Last Night’s Swain’s Flat Shootings Followed Home Invasion

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 10:26 a.m. / Crime

PREVIOUSLY: Breaking News: Two Shot Out Hwy 36


From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 12/16/2014, at about 8:45 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call of shots being fired near the 19700 block of State Hwy 36. It was reported there were two subjects whom had sustained injuries from the gun shots. Upon deputy’s arrival, they learned the male suspect entered into the victim’s residence uninvited, and an argument ensued resulting with the suspect shooting the female victim. The victim’s boyfriend returned fire hitting the suspect. The suspect fled the residence on foot and was later found near the Swains Flat Outpost store with a gunshot wound. Both the suspect and the victim were transported to local hospitals for treatment and are in stable condition. The incident is under investigation by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Investigators.

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

HOMICIDE: Man Found Stabbed Off McFarlan Street; EPD Investigating

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 9:30 a.m. / Crime

UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: The Eureka Police Department has issued a press release adding a few more details, most notably, perhaps, that the victim is a juvenile:

On December 17, 2014, at about 8:22 a.m., Eureka Police officers were dispatched to a report of an unresponsive male lying in the 2300 block of 15th Street.  Upon officers arrival they located the subject and determined he was in need of immediate medical aid.  Humboldt Bay Fire and City Ambulance responded to the scene and transported the male subject to St. Joseph Hospital.  Lifesaving efforts were performed but the male ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

This incident is being actively investigated as a Homicide.  Homicide detectives responded to the scene along with an evidence technician and took over the investigation.

It has been determined that the victim is a juvenile who is known to Law Enforcement.  The victim’s age and city of residence will be released through the Coroner’s Office once proper next of kin notifications are complete.  

No further information is available at this time.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call EPD Detective Ron Harpham at 707-441-4305.

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UPDATE, 10:03 a.m.: The victim in the case has died, according to the Eureka Police Department. A homicide investigation is underway.

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UPDATE, 9:55 a.m.: The Outpost’s Ryan Burns just spoke with a resident of the neighborhood. The resident said that he called police after he witnessed a man lying in a neighbor’s front yard, moaning. When he called the police, he thought that the man was intoxicated, or possibly suffering from hypothermia, but later the police told the neighbor that the man had suffered “multiple stab wounds.”

Stab wounds were also mentioned in the call for medical aid that went out over the air at about 8:40 a.m.:


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Original Post: McFarlan Street in Eureka is currently closed at the corner of 15th, after a man was discovered unconscious at that corner. When police responded, a little after 8:22 a.m., they found that the man had “wounds of a suspicious nature,” according to Eureka Police Department spokesperson Brittany Powell.

Powell said that the man was transported to the hospital, and that she has no further information on his condition at this time. EPD detectives are canvassing the area where the man was discovered.



And The Winners of the Emerald Cup Are…

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 8:15 a.m. / marijuana

Here are the winners from California’s longest running medical marijuana Emerald Cup.  The Cup was started as a friendly competition between neighbors and has grown to become a major trade show that sold out the Sonoma County Fairgrounds with around 10,000 attending Saturday alone. 

The Cup encourages growers to up their game—become better at growing, curing and presentation. In a secretive business, this chance to see multiple final products is a unique education for growers and the public alike.

There were several different competitions but the bud contest draws the most entries and the most interest. Number one in both the Breeder’s Cup and the Emerald Cup is Jose Pianato with Sweet Serenade. This Indica/Sativa cross was bred and grown in Mendocino from a seed. Below is a photo taken of a sample bud for CannCast (This reporter is speculating that this small bud is a section of a larger and better manicured bud.) A photo and test results for many entries can be seen on their website. 

Go here to see more information about the winner.

Place Entry # Collective Cultivator Strain

Below is the Judges’ list which includes the compiled description (often somewhat comical or horrifying depending on how seriously you take the reported flavors which include dirty armpit, tangerine, cinnamon toast, pre-school locker room and some kid pissed his pants.

1st 9 HHF Joe Peinado Sweet Serenade

solid big buds densely packed with crystals - cardamon and eggnog, zabaglione, rich full flavor, cherry turpentine, subtle changes throughout the joint, big expansion and a clear mental high. Good for creative focus.

2nd 164 HHF Mean Gene Mendo/Aficionado Black Lime Reserve

Big Brachs Beauty

Strong gasoline smell

Comes in waves

Go here to see more information about the second place finisher

3rd 347 OrganiCann,SRosa Star Cheese

Emerald Green & light brown hairs firm bud

poopy deep stink/roasted peppers/very strong/rose lavender/ dried mango w/a touch of mint/delicious all the way through

Open headed high/happy thinking person’s high/put me in a space zone & got me really high

4th 24 Peace In Medicine S Rosa Juan Lopez SFV-OG (San Fernando Valley OG)+

Blue Power

tight trim loaded with golden trichomes

super strong pine&mothballs

Stinky minty dirty armpit - & it tastes like it smells! Tastes stony

loose jaw and brain spiral/ vibratory head stone/good social weed

5th 470 HHF Terp Hogz Zklittez

Symmetrical shape tight trim

smells like Tangerine juice and tequilla with some lime

tastes like candy cane/full smoky rich flavor

nose ticker/full-headed high

6th 570 HHF 3rd Gen Family & Dyingbreed Zklittez #8

Seeds & Terp Hogz

Hairspray and tangerine

7th 505 HHF Tar Hill Cannabis Reserve

Sparkly sticky dark green frosty coating

smell: chocolate hash with raspberry sauce/fruity&fuely

Tastes like it smells plus piney/peppery butterscotch

Clear head and bright eyed

8th 82 HHF Pearly Sweetcakes Clementine

Tight bud and good trim/bright orange hairs

smell lemon bars & naugahyde

tequilla aftertaste/key lime pie/airplane glue/stinky socks - phew!

Slow down and feel good!

9th 611 WonderLand, LA Karl Witt & Eden Farms Durban Poison

Pretty girl with big brachs

smells like yummy peach brandy - intoxicating

taste apricot nectar &old books/very smooth month aftertaste/smoked to the very end

full body take off on 4th hit/strong sensory awareness and big fun

10th 301 (288?) HHF Mean Gene, Mendo Cherry Limeade #9

Blonde inside tight firm bud

Smells like tangerine/cinnamon toast/pre-school locker room(& some kid pissed his pants)

Tastes like grapefruit and cherry

Clearheaded high