Dogs Attack Man in Eureka

Kym Kemp / Saturday, Sept. 27 @ 4:34 p.m. / News

Eureka Police Department press release:

On 09-27-2014 at about 9:49 am, Officers of the Eureka Police Department responded to assist a Humboldt County Animal Control Deputy with a reported dog bite call at the Herrick Park and Ride.

Upon arrival, officers were advised by the deputy that the victim had been taken to St. Joseph Hospital emergency room for treatment of substantial dog bites to his chest and arm. The deputy further advised that the offending dogs were reported as one brown pit bull and one white pit bull. The dogs were possibly associated with a campsite on the Spit just southwest of the Pound Road entrance to the Hikshari Trail.

Officers first checked the greenbelt area of the Hikshari Trail from Pound Road to Hilfiker Lane, due to the high pedestrian traffic in this area increasing the chance of an additional dog bite incident, if the dogs had continued to that area. The dogs were not found. The area of the Spit was then searched and with the help of a civilian the dogs were located. The dogs were quickly secured without incident and transported to the Humboldt County Animal Shelter in McKinleyville for quarantine. The owners of the dogs were not located.

The Eureka Police Department would like to remind citizens who utilize the walking trails to be cautious of loose dogs in these areas. We would also like to pass on the following tips on how to avoid dog bites. These tips were obtained from the Humane Society’s webpage.

Never approach an unfamiliar dog, especially one who is tied, confined behind a fence, or in a car. Don’t pet a dog; not even your own, without letting him see and sniff you first. Don’t disturb a dog while she’s sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy, or caring for puppies. Be cautious around strange dogs. Always assume that a dog who doesn’t know you may see you as an intruder or a threat.

Pay attention to a dog’s body language.

Put a safe amount of space between yourself and a dog if you see the following signals that the dog is uncomfortable and might feel the need to bite:

tensed body

stiff tail

pulled back head and/or ears

furrowed brow

eyes rolled so the whites are visible


flicking tongue

intense stare

backing away

When putting space between yourself and a dog who might bite, never turn your back on the dog and run away. A dog’s natural instinct will be to chase and catch you.

What to do if you think a dog might attack.

If you are approached by a dog who may attack you, follow these steps:

Resist the impulse to scream and run away.

Remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog.

Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until he is out of sight.

If the dog does attack, “feed” him your jacket, purse, bicycle, or anything that you can put between yourself and the dog.

If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain motionless. Try not to scream or roll around.


Accident by Richardson Grove, Minor Injury, Traffic on 101 at a Standstill

Kym Kemp / Saturday, Sept. 27 @ 10:38 a.m. / News

UPDATE 10:44 p.m.: The collision is now being reported as a minor injury accident.


Original post: A major injury accident in the area of Richardson Grove has traffic backed up along Hwy 101. A reader sent in photos of the long line of traffic as the collision is cleared up. Below is a photo of the silver Ford Expedition reportedly involved in the accident.

CHP dispatch is updating the situation here.

APD:”Bad, Bad” Bruce Leroy Brown Assaults Officers, Arrested

Kym Kemp / Saturday, Sept. 27 @ 7:37 a.m. / Crime

Photo taken by Danae Kirtley

Bruce Leroy Brown escaped from Federal custody on the 25th and was arrested early this morning in Arcata after a struggle with law enforcement (see press release below.)

A witness to Bruce Leroy Brown’s arrest, Danae Kirtley, said that Brown was with an unidentified female at the time. 

According to the Kirtley, the woman was not arrested. Kirtley said, “After the officers began to leave, she shouted, ‘I LOVE YOU!!!’”

Arcata Police Department press release:

On 9-27-14 at 0002 hours, an APD Officer conducted a traffic stop on the 1600 block of Giuntoli Ln in Arcata.  

A passenger in the vehicle identified himself as Bruce Leroy Brown.  A records checks showed that Brown had an active felony warrant out of the US Marshal’s Office for escape from federal custody.

APD officers attempted to take Brown into custody on the warrant, but he violently resisted, kicking officers and punching one officer in the face multiple times.  Officers were able to subdue Brown and take him into custody without further incident.

One officer sustained minor injury from Brown’s violent attack.

Brown was transported to the Humboldt County Jail where he was booked on the warrant and for fresh charges of 243(b) PC - Battery on a Peace Officer and 69 PC - Obstructing or Resisting Executive Officer with Threats or Violence.


CAMP and Sheriff’s Office Eradicate 6,500 Marijuana Plants at Grow Near Benbow

Andrew Goff / Friday, Sept. 26 @ 3:15 p.m. / marijuana

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On 09-25-2014, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted by members of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (C.A.M.P.) conducted open field marijuana eradication in the Benbow area of Humboldt County. They located six marijuana grow locations, all with the same general area. They eradicated approximately 6,500 marijuana plants. The plants were all approximately 5’ to 8’ tall and were in the budding stage. Many of the plants were located in temporary greenhouse structures. The deputies also located areas where the hillside had been graded along with piles of trash.

No suspects were located and the investigation is ongoing.

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.


“Little Known” Dark Side of Marijuana Growing Explored by Bay Area News Crew

Kym Kemp / Friday, Sept. 26 @ 2:06 p.m. / marijuana

CBS in San Francisco sent a team recently into the hills of Humboldt to cover the environmental damage from a trespass marijuana grow. In spite of calling dewatering and chemical use “little known” in the title (a fairly ridiculous term considering the nationwide coverage,) the video clearly shows the dark side of the industry.

A piece on the site walks the reader through the grow. Go here to check it out.

Escaped Felon Bruce Leroy Brown May Be Headed to Eureka

Kym Kemp / Friday, Sept. 26 @ 12:25 p.m. / Crime

 Bruce Leroy Brown 

Bruce Leroy Brown (his alias is not Bad, Bad Leroy Brown as you might think—instead, he’s known as Little Red) escaped from federal custody in San Francisco yesterday. Brown last lived in the Eureka area and the US Marshals believe he might be headed back. They want you to keep an eye out for him. See wanted poster below for a detailed description. (As always, click to enlarge.)

According to the US Marshals Service, Brown is wanted for “being a felon in possession of a firearm and has a criminal history that includes robbery, assaults, resisting police, theft and drugs.”

A reward of $200 is offered for information that leads to his recapture, 1-877-926-8332. Or you can submit an anonymous tip here.

VIDEO: Man Climbs Out of Garbage Truck After Getting Dumped Into the Back

Ryan Burns / Friday, Sept. 26 @ 12:13 p.m. / Local Happenings

The above video was shot yesterday morning in the CVS parking lot across from Eureka’s Burre Center. Amber Abram and her friend spotted a man climbing out of the back of a Recology garbage truck and figured he must have been sleeping in one of the nearby dumpsters. A garbage man on the scene reportedly appeared shaken by the discovery of a man in his truck.

While the guy has clearly fallen on hard times, he manages a drop-and-roll dismount with relative aplomb. And in the end even he appears amused, reminding us all that dignity, generally, is wildly overrated. LoCO salutes you, sir.