Sheriff Seeks Man Who Allegedly Assaulted Buddy With a Hatchet

Andrew Goff / Thursday, March 19 @ 2:04 p.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On 03-18-2015 at about 5:00 p.m. a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputy spoke to a 35 year old male victim at the Sheriff’s Office in Eureka. The victim wanted to report that he had been assaulted by 60 year old Harry Robert Schultz at a cabin located off Bear Creek Road, Dinsmore.

The victim reported to the deputy he has been friends with Schultz for about 5 years. The victim said he works in construction so Schultz hired him to build a two story cabin on his property off Bear Creek Road. The victim said on 03-17-2015 at about 9:00 a.m. while he was cooking breakfast for both of them Schultz struck him on the back of the head with the blunt end of a hatchet. The victim said Schultz struck him a total of three times in the head with the blunt end of a hatchet. The victim said he was able to wrestle the hatchet out of Shultz’s hand after the third strike to his head.

The victim said Schultz did not say anything to him during the assault and the victim had no idea why he was attacked by Schultz. The victim said after the assault Schultz sat down calmly in a chair. The victim said he called a friend, who came to the cabin and gave him a ride to the Southern Trinity Health Clinic located in Trinity County. The victim said he received a wound to the back of his head which required staples to close. The victim further reported he has been suffering problems to his vision. The victim stated Schultz is no longer on the property in Dinsmore.

The Sheriff’s Office has issued a Be On the Look Out (BOL) for Harry Schultz to other law enforcement agencies to arrest Schultz for assault with a deadly weapon if he is located. Schultz is described as a white, male adult, 6 foot tall, 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

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.


Now’s Your Chance to Weigh In On Measure Z Sales Tax Spending

Ryan Burns / Thursday, March 19 @ 1:50 p.m. / Government

In less than two weeks, money will start rolling in to county coffers from Measure Z, the half-percent countywide sales tax approved by voters last November. And in anticipation of the April 1 launch date, county government is asking residents for advice on how to spend the new income.

The best part? You don’t even have to schlep to the Board of Supervisors’ chambers on a Tuesday to weigh in; you’re already where you need to be: the Internet. The county is using its Open Humboldt forum to ask county residents about their priorities for Measure Z spending.

The language on the ballot was pretty specific. It said that over the measure’s five-year run, tax revenues would be used to

maintain/improve essential services, such as 24-hour sheriff’s patrols; 9-1-1 emergency response; crime investigation/prosecution; drug/illegal marijuana growhouse enforcement/prevention; services for abused children/mentally ill; rural fire protection; road repairs; and other County services … .

Now’s your chance to get more specific by ranking your personal priorities within some broader subjects. For example, when it comes to addressing rape and domestic violence, where should money be directed — toward victim services, hiring more law enforcement investigators or providing local hospitals with more rape kits?

The opportunity to participate in this survey ends Sunday at midnight, and so far the response rate is pretty meager. While nearly 37,000 people voted on the measure, with 57 percent approving, only 62 people have chimed in through Open Humboldt as of this afternoon. Twenty-eight of those 62 have responded “on forum,” meaning their feedback can be seen publicly. There are even nifty charts and a map breaking down the feedback thus far, so we can see, for example, that only two people have responded publicly from Humboldt County’s Third supervisorial district (Arcata, Blue Lake, Kneeland).

The multiple-choice ranking system on these questions makes for a rather limited degree of feedback. (One participant commented, “I was asked for how I wanted to see the measure Z money spent and then I got a preprinted form. THIS IS NOT HOW I WANT THE MONEY SPENT!!!!!”) However, the poll concludes with an open-ended question, and that’s where some of the most interesting suggestions can be seen. Some examples:

Eastern Humboldt needs county support for Volunteers Fire Departments, often the first and only responders to emergencies. Deputy’s are 30 to 80 miles away and are often unable to respond at all.

—unidentified Fifth District resident

County resources need to be directed towards substance abuse rehabilitation services and also towards fixing DHHS’ Mental Health Services. Incarceration does little to deter crime and, in fact, the penal system actually functions as a “criminal college” in which inmates continue detrimental behaviors and are often exposed to recruitment by organized crime groups.

—Randy Weaver, Fifth District

There is no mention [in this poll] specifically of drug trafficking, and the meth problem that is plaguing our area. The same criminals are doing the same crimes over and over, they are addicted and need to fuel their addiction by stealing. When they don’t get their fix they destroy the businesses and buildings in Eureka at night. Most of them live illegally in camp sites in our green belts and parks.

—another unidentified Fifth District resident

All this talk about fire service getting a huge chunk of this money is not why I voted for Measure Z. I want deputies to patrol the far reaches of the county, District Attorney to be able to prosecute the criminals they catch, and Probation to rehabilitate the people who we KNOW will reoffend.

—unidentified Fourth District resident

I am particularly concerned about the funding of local volunteer fire departments, who are so frequently our first responders in SoHum, and also very concerned about the lack of mental health services, particularly on the street outreach and response, as well as the lack of education and detox programs (and I could go on for quite a while here).

—Kathy Epling, Second District

Judging by our daily volume of comments, we know Outpost readers have no shortage of informed opinions about the county we live in. Here’s the Open Humboldt portal for the Measure Z experience. Have at it, LoCO Nation.

Eureka Police Release Trail Cam Images of Armed Wanted Homeless Encampment Resident

Andrew Goff / Thursday, March 19 @ 12:32 p.m. / Crime

A curious followup to the Devil’s Playground homeless encampment raid from earlier this week. Today, the Eureka Police Department released a series of photos taken of wanted man Joshua Stockoff taken near the suspect’s tent. In the images, Stockoff can be seen with weapons. 

But what about these pictures? LoCO called EPD Captain Steve Watson for some clarification on where these images came from. Had Eureka Police set up trail cameras — the kind used by hunters to record animal activity — to monitor the homeless, we wondered?

That was not the case. According to Watson, the camera was recovered from the site and was likely installed by Stockoff in an attempt to monitor activity at his makeshift residence.

EPD considers Stockoff to be potentially armed and dangerous. More in the press release below:

On March 17, 2015, at about 7:30 AM, Eureka Police Department officers and detectives with the Problem Oriented Policing Unit served a search warrant at a transient encampment located in the greenbelt area just north of the Bayshore Mall. The warrant was obtained after EPD received information from multiple sources that the residents of the illegal camp were in possession of a cache of firearms and dealing methamphetamine.

During a search of the encampment, officers located ammunition, 5 firearms, methamphetamine, and stolen property. Approximately 80 yards of trash and junk was removed from the illegal encampment by City clean-up crews (3 large dumpsters were filled).

Suspect Timothy Lynn Stockhoff (age 53 of Eureka) was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine. He has since been released from custody after posting bail.

Timothy’s son, Joshua Allen Stockhoff (age 27 of Eureka), was not located at the time the search warrant was served. A short-barreled (sawed-off) 20-gauge shotgun and ammunition was located in his tent. Joshua Stockhoff is currently wanted by EPD on multiple felonies including: felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of a short-barreled shotgun.

EPD investigators recovered a trail camera outside of Joshua Stockhoff’s tent containing images showing him carrying firearms. The .30 caliber M1 carbine he is depicted holding has been recovered. However, a small pistol in a holster attached to his belt has not been located.

EPD asks that anyone with information concerning Joshua Stockhoff’s whereabouts call our communications center at (707) 441-4044. Do not attempt to approach or apprehend him as he may be considered possibly armed and dangerous.

PREVIOUSLY: EPD Raids Devil’s Playground Campground Again; Finds Guns, Meth, Chickens, Fully Stocked Bike Shop

Dusty Smoke Alarm Garners Impressive Response From Arcata Fire District

Andrew Goff / Thursday, March 19 @ 11:56 a.m. / Non-Emergencies

Arcata Fire District press release: 

Shortly before 9:30 a.m. this morning, Arcata Fire District responded to a possible residential structure fire in the 800 block of A Street in Arcata. The initial dispatch indicated that there were multiple callers reporting smoke showing from the house.

The first arriving officer was at the house in less than two minutes and reported no smoke showing but there was a smoke alarm sounding inside the residence. The first engine crew made entry into the residence and determined that it was unoccupied. A second engine crew assisted with the internal search of the residence. “As part of our search process we used our thermal imaging cameras (TIC) to see if there is fire in the walls of the structure.” said Captain Nate Padula. The activated smoke alarm was located in a bedroom on the second floor. “It appears a buildup of dust in the smoke alarm is what caused the alarm to activate.” says Jenny Williamson, Fire Prevention Specialist. After the smoke alarm had been located fire crews tested the alarms and replaced the batteries in the remaining smoke alarms on the second floor of the residence.

This incident is a great reminder for people to clean their smoke alarms. As dust and dirt particles build up in and around the smoke alarm it can cause nuisance alarms or false alarms. Also remember to change your batteries every six months and to test your smoke alarms monthly. If your smoke alarms are 10 or more years old, you should replace them. You should also have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room, the adjoining hallway and one on each level of your home. It is best that your smoke alarms be interconnected so when one goes off, they all go off.

Fourteen personnel from Arcata Fire District responded including one Chief Officer and staffing on two engines and one truck. Humboldt Bay Fire responded with one engine and a Chief Officer to provide coverage for our district, and Arcata Police Department responded to assist with logistics.

Grand Jury Reminds Poor People That They Can Demand a Ride Home After Being Arrested

Hank Sims / Thursday, March 19 @ 11:29 a.m. / Local Government

This morning the Humboldt County Grand Jury released a report pretty critical of Sheriff Mike Downey’s policies when releasing certain people from jail.

California law, the Grand Jury writes, unambiguously states that when an “indigent” person is released from jail, and if that jail is over “25 airline miles” away from that person’s place of arrest, then that person has the right to demand to be transported back to his place of arrest.

So if such a person is arrested by the Sheriff’s Office in Willow Creek or Garberville or Orick, say, then he has the right to demand that the Sheriff’s Office get him a ride back to Willow Creek or Garberville or Orick.

The Grand Jury’s beef with Downey, it says, is that it is his office’s official policy to refuse to inform indigent arrestees that they have such a right. From the report:

Humboldt County Correctional Facility Officers do not, as of the date of this report, inform those that qualify that they have the legal right to request transportation assistance. The Humboldt County Sheriff further attests that the Humboldt County Correctional Facility will not inform those that qualify for that assistance since, in his opinion, Correctional Officers are not legally mandated to do so.

Is Downey’s strategy, here, legal? The report says that perhaps it is, but “…a ‘normal person’ would conclude that the Sheriff was not acting in good faith by evading the issue and not informing those who qualify of their legal rights.”

This is not the first time the Grand Jury has tackled the subject. The subject of jail release policies became a hot topic last year, after an arrest was made in the murder of Father Eric Freed in downtown Eureka. The person arrested and accused in the crime — Gary Lee Bullock — had been released from the jail in the dead of night, a few hours before Freed’s death.

Though Bullock was not indigent, the case brought all sorts of scrutiny to the Sheriff’s Office release policies. Last year’s grand jury also looked into the indigent transportation requirement — California Penal Code Section 686.5 — but apparently the discovery that some qualified people are, in fact, being briefly jailed and then released into Eureka, plus the Sheriff’s Office’s alleged refusal to inform people of their rights, prompted the current crop of grand jurors to issue this supplemental.


“Transportation of Indigent Detainees in Accordance with California Penal Code Section 686.5,” Humboldt County Grand Jury, Feb. 25 2015.

‘Fully Loaded and Chambered to Fire’ Guns Found in Felon’s Vehicle After Traffic Stop

Andrew Goff / Thursday, March 19 @ 10:10 a.m. / Crime

Eureka Police Department press release:

On 3/16/15 at about 8:45 p.m., an Officer with the Eureka Police Department conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a tan Jeep Cherokee with expired registration at the 3900 Block of Broadway.  The driver, Jason Michael Passerini, 36 of Eureka, was found to have an outstanding felony warrant for assault with a deadly weapon and was driving on a suspended license.

While being taken into custody, Passerini was found to have two loaded firearms and a fixed blade knife concealed on his person.  Both firearms, a .45 caliber 1911 Colt and a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver were fully loaded and chambered to fire.  A third firearm, an unloaded Winchester 270 rifle was located inside the vehicle along with additional ammunition for the pistols and rifle.  

Passerini was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession of a concealed and loaded firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of a concealed dirk/dagger.



Name of Deceased Fortuna Shooter Released by Coroner’s Office; Update on Status of Victim

Andrew Goff / Thursday, March 19 @ 10:01 a.m. / Crime

UPDATE, 12:12 p.m.: The Times-Standard spoke with Fortuna Police Chief William Dobberstein this morning and got an update on the woman who was shot four times yesterday morning. She is listed as being in “critical but stable condition” and is scheduled to undergo surgery at UC Davis Medical Center to remove a bullet lodged in her spine. More at the T-S website.

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Original Post: Humboldt County Coroner’s Office press release: 

On March 18, 2015 at about 6:00 AM Fortuna Police Officers responded to the 4500 block of Forrest Hills Drive, Fortuna, regarding reports of gun shots being fired.

Upon arrival, Fortuna Police Officers located one male subject and one female subject that had been shot. The male subject was later declared deceased at Redwood Memorial Hospital. The female subject was treated and flown out of the area for treatment of her injuries.

The deceased male has been identified as Russell Allan Kellim, age 47, out of Eureka. The Fortuna Police Department is the lead agency in this investigation. All further information will be released through their agency.

PREVIOUSLY: Two People Shot in Fortuna Suburb This Morning