Oh. The Goodyear Blimp is Back in Humboldt

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, June 23 @ 4:19 p.m. /

This image, from Wikipedia, was taken somewhere less foggy

Remember when the Goodyear Blimp was here a couple weeks ago? We were pumped at the time.

Well, a few minutes ago, a excited LoCO reader called in to say he’d seen a blimp cruising over Blue Lake. Oh ya! That reminded us that, when we’d looked previously, there had been a second ACV date on the distinguished dirigible’s schedule. Lo and behold, that day has arrived. Whoop.

Emily Jacobs, LoCO‘s goto oon all things airport-related, confirms that they are expecting the Goodyear Blimp any minute, So if you’d like to see it, again, that’s where it will be.

PREVIOUSLYEureka! Run the Hell Outside and Look for the Goodyear Blimp! Arcata! You’re Next!


Homeless Arcata Man Arrested for Attempted Murder After Girlfriend Bashed in the Head With a Rock

Hank Sims / Tuesday, June 23 @ 1:29 p.m. / Crime

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 06-22-2015 at 8:50 p.m. a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office contacted a 39 year old female victim of an assault in Arcata. The victim told the deputy she was assaulted by her boyfriend, 35 year old Adam William Loomis. The victim said that she is homeless and was living on the river bar behind the Eureka Ready Mix off Boyd Road, Arcata with Loomis.

The victim said she was drinking whiskey at their camp site with Loomis on the river bar when for unknown reasons, Loomis became angry at her. The victim said Loomis picked up a large rock and struck her numerous times in the head with the rock. The victim said she was able to run away from Loomis and called for help. The victim was transported to a local hospital by ambulance where she is being treated for her injuries. The victim’s injuries are not believed to be life threating.

Deputies were able to locate Loomis a short time later in a camp site on the river bar. Loomis was taken into custody without incident. Loomis was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka. Loomis was booked for attempted murder and domestic violence. Loomis’s bail was set at $500,000 dollars.

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.

Traffic Collision on Highway 101 in Arcata Involving Pedestrian in the Roadway

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, June 23 @ 1:14 p.m. / Traffic

LoCO has few details as of yet, but according to CHP Watch, emergency personnel are responding to a two-car collision that occurred on Highway 101 in Arcata. According to dispatcher notes, the accident involved a man walking in the roadway and center divider. 

Traffic was temporarily stopped but is said to be moving now. The pedestrian seems to have been uninjured in the incident. No word yet on if there were any injuries to the motorists though an ambulance was summoned.

Updates here.

Yesterday’s Pot Bust Involved Members of California Cannabis Voice Humboldt

Ryan Burns / Tuesday, June 23 @ 11:09 a.m. / Crime , Politics

Image from the CCVH website.

Yesterday’s multi-agency marijuana raid at Island Mountain involved people currently active in the political action group California Cannabis Voice-Humboldt (CCVH), the group’s executive director, Richard Marks, confirmed this morning.

While Marks declined to identify the people impacted by the raid, he suggested they were central to the group’s management. “There might be some heavy restructuring going on in this organization,” he said.

The multi-site raid, conducted by members of the Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino county sheriff’s offices, was expected to yield as much as 100,000 plants, according to early reports. And a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said deputies expected to find “situations of water diversion, water theft and environment degradation.”

Marks, however, suggested that law enforcement was targeting the wrong people. 

“I’m waiting to hear more from the Sheriff’s Department on why they decided to target private [property] owners,” he said. “We have been more than public and vocal that we’re against trespass grows, water diversions, pesticide use and illegal grading of properties. And we would applaud the Sheriff’s Office to continue those efforts to eradicate those farms. But why they decided to choose private property owners that were trying to come into compliance — we’re a little bit disappointed.”

Marks said CCVH leadership is nervous. “I have other board members, I’ll be honest with you, who are worried. Nobody knows what criteria they’re going after,” he said.

Lt. Wayne Hanson with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office told the Times-Standard that this operation could take anywhere from one to four days. Marks questioned where the funding for the operation is coming from.

“It’s not coming from feds. If this is coming from county coffers, with overtime, I’m just a little bit disappointed that that’s their use of money. We have issues socially, hard drug-wise in this county that they ignore, right out there at Devil’s Playground. And [instead] they’re gonna focus on … people using best management practices.”

CCVH has been working for more than a year to draft a countywide ordinance that would regulate the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana. The ordinance has gone through several drafts in preparation for approval from the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. Marks said he’s not sure what impact the raids will have on that process or its timeline. And he said the leadership of the group may be compromised.

“You have to remember, they came out of the shadows because they thought this process would protect them,” he said. “And, well, it didn’t.”

Meanwhile, members of the Emerald Growers Association, another local marijuana political action group, took to social media to speak out against the raids. Here’s a post from Executive Director and Chair Hezekiah Allen:

Yesterday was a stark reminder of my heritage, my culture. Once again, as they have every summer that I can remember,…

Posted by Hezekiah Allen on Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Fellow member of the EGA Thomas K. Edrington replied with a call to battle:


And Edrington elaborated on his own page:

#solidarity. The days of these tactics are numbered. When I see a blatant money grab like this, it doesn’t make me want…

Posted by Thomas K. Edrington on Tuesday, June 23, 2015


The Outpost will update this story with more information as it becomes available.


Eureka Meth Bust (PLUS: EPD Explains How Many ‘Hits’ are in an Ounce of Meth)

Andrew Goff / Tuesday, June 23 @ 9:20 a.m. / Crime

Eureka Police Department press release: 

On 06/22/15, at about 1600 hours, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit and Criminal Investigations Section served a Search Warrant at the 700 block of Allard Ave, in Eureka.

A search of the residence yielded approximately two ounces of methamphetamine, scales and packaging material. As a result of the investigation, Charles Didier (58) was taken into custody and booked into Humboldt County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales.

EPD Note: Just as a point of reference, one ounce of methamphetamine can yield approximately 280 doses or individual “hits” of the illegal drug.

Eureka Man on LSD/Alcohol Becomes Combative After Being Found in Closet with Multiple Self-Inflicted Cuts

Andrew Goff / Monday, June 22 @ 3:17 p.m. /

Eureka Police Department press release: 

On 06/21/15 at about 4:08 a.m., officers responded to an apartment on the 600 block of California Street for multiple reports of a disturbance involving a male, female, and a child. Based on the circumstances, the door was forced open. Officers located the male in a closet covered in blood with multiple self-inflicted lacerations.  

Humboldt Bay Fire and City Ambulance were cleared to enter the residence.  As medical staff attempted to treat the male he became argumentative and swung at a medic.  The male refused to follow commands and became physically resistant.  Multiple Taser activations were necessary to secure the male in handcuffs.  Once in handcuffs, the male continued to actively resist and Humboldt Bay Fire personnel assisted police in gaining control of the male.  Medical staff had to administer a sedative so that the male could be transported to the hospital to treat his wounds.  

The female occupant advised that the male had taken a large dose of LSD and drank alcohol, which caused the erratic behavior.  Due to the unsafe environment, the child on scene was placed into Child Protective Services.  

The male was placed on a 5150 hold and a complaint filed for child endangerment and possession of LSD will be forwarded to the DA for prosecution.  No officers were injured during this contact; however, their uniforms were torn and covered in the male’s blood.  Due to the medical nature, the males name will not be released.



Eureka Police Officer’s Nose Broken, Taser Deployed During Arrest Scuffle

Andrew Goff / Monday, June 22 @ 3:09 p.m. / Crime

Eureka Police Department press release: 

On 06/20/15 at about 12:30 a.m., an officer attempted contact with a suspicious subject near Church and A streets.  The male, later identified as Waymond Starritt, 48 of Eureka, violently resisted and punched the officer multiple times in the face causing visible injury.  Additional officers arrived on scene and deployed a Taser.  The Taser probes became dislodged and a second brief struggle began.  

Two officers were treated for their injuries, one with a broken nose and the other with a laceration to his hand. Both officers were also exposed to the suspect’s blood during the struggle. Starritt was also treated for injuries before being transported to the Humboldt County Jail and booked for resisting an executive officer with use of force, carrying a concealed dagger, committing a felony while out on bail, and resisting arrest.  Starritt admitted that he fought because he is out on bail awaiting a prison sentence up to 19 years.