HBF: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Hash Lab Connection in Today’s Freshwater Fire; Firefighter Injured

Andrew Goff / Thursday, Nov. 19 @ 9:29 p.m. / Fire!

Reader submitted photos.

Humboldt Bay Fire press release: 

At 1617 hours, on 11-19-15, Humboldt Bay Fire Engines 8115, 8113, 8112, Squad 8174, Battalion 8104 and Chief 8100 responded to a structure fire on the 1200 block of Freshwater Road. 911 calls were received describing heavy black smoke coming from the attic.

The first unit to arrive stated smoke was coming from the attic at a single story wood framed residence. An ambulance was requested for a victim that had been inside the structure when the fire started. Multiple crews were assigned to the interior where they found a well-established fire in a large attic space. An additional engine was requested to the scene and a second alarm was struck to staff HBF stations Arcata Fire and Loleta Fire both send engines to assist. Three victims were located and two were transported by ambulance to a local hospital. The fire was extinguished after 30 minutes and crews remained on scene for 3 hours making sure the fire was completely out.

Humboldt County Sheriff responded to investigate a suspected hash oil extraction operation. California Highway Patrol responded to provide traffic control. One fire fighter suffered minor injuries   from a fall from a ladder. The firefighter was transported to a local hospital, treated and released.

Damage estimate is $30,000.

18 firefighters responded.

The cause and origin investigation will be conducted in the morning.

Humboldt Bay Fire reminds all residents to ensure they have working smoke detectors in the living and sleeping areas of their houses and to have a fire exit plan.

PREVIOUSLY: Three Injured in Structure Fire on Freshwater Road


Three Injured in Structure Fire on Freshwater Road

John Ross Ferrara / Thursday, Nov. 19 @ 5:58 p.m. / Fire!

Photos by Andrew Goff.

UPDATE: HBF: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Hash Lab Connection in Today’s Freshwater Fire; Firefighter Injured

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Three people were injured in a possible hash lab explosion on the 1200 block of Freshwater Road in Eureka this afternoon.

Humboldt Bay Fire responded to an initial call of a possible marijuana grow fire or hash lab explosion around 4:15 p.m.

Battalion Chief Chris Emmons told the Outpost that first responders encountered heavy smoke and fire showing from the roof of the house.

LoCO reporter Andrew Goff is on scene and was told by fire officials that two people were transported to the hospital, one with burns. The homeowners were unwilling to talk to Humboldt Bay Fire and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene.

Firefighters and the Sheriff’s Office are still on scene investigating the cause of the fire.

Traffic is heavy in the area as Freshwater Road has been reduced to one lane. California Highway Patrol is on scene handling traffic flow.

Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest in Alderpoint Attempted Murder

Hank Sims / Thursday, Nov. 19 @ 5:30 p.m. / Crime



From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Thursday, November 15, 2015 at approximately 3:30 p.m., detectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office arrested Keith Dewayne Giampapa, age 53, after a two month, intense, investigation.

A Ramey Warrant was issued by a Humboldt County Superior Court Judge for PC664/187(a)- Attempted Murder; PC205- Mayhem; and PC246- Shoot at Inhabited Dwelling. Giampapa agreed to meet with investigators at the Sheriff’s Office and after an interview Giampapa was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for the above listed charges.

Original press release:

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at approximately 11:10 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a shooting victim stating he and another female victim had been shot on Wade Rd. in the Alderpoint area. Deputies arrived on scene along with medical personnel and the victims were airlifted to out of the area hospitals for major injuries. Deputies searched the crime scene and did not locate any other victims.

The suspect is still at large. Detectives are on scene to further investigate this incident.

This case has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. 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.


Red Panda Missing From Sequoia Park Zoo

John Ross Ferrara / Thursday, Nov. 19 @ 5:27 p.m. / Animals

Photos taken from the Sequoia Park Zoo Facebook page.

One of the Red Pandas went missing from its enclosure at the Sequoia Park Zoo this afternoon.

Zoo Manager Gretchen Ziegler told the Outpost that someone stealing the panda hasn’t been ruled out of the investigation. However, she believes the panda escaped on its own.

“It would be pretty tough to take a panda,” Ziegler said. “We’re investigating how she may have gotten out.”

City of Eureka press release:

One of the City’s Red Pandas has escaped from the Zoo and has been seen in the Sequoia Park forest behind the Zoo.  The Red Panda is NOT a danger to humans.  Zoo staff is concerned for the safety of the Red Panda.  City staff along with EPD are searching for the panda.  If anyone sees the Red Panda, please don’t try to approach or capture.  Please call 499-3668 or Eureka Police Dispatch at 441-4044.

One Arrested For Possession of Meth and Heroin, Two Cited During Loleta Traffic Stop

Andrew Goff / Thursday, Nov. 19 @ 4:31 p.m. /

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at approximately 9:40 a.m. a Deputy with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office recognized the driver of a vehicle as 25 year old Robert Glenn Adam Ellis, of Fortuna. From prior contacts the deputy knew Ellis’ driver’s license was suspended and he is on multiple counts of probation in Humboldt County with a search and seizure clause. The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Brenard Road on the Bear River Rancheria.

The deputy contacted Ellis and he admitted to the deputy his driver’s license was still suspended and he also claimed to not have any drugs on him. There was a female passenger in the front passenger seat and a male passenger in the rear seat. The female passenger, Allissa Chad Brock, age 25, of Willow Creek, told the Deputy she had needles in her purse. Brock exited the vehicle and then told the Deputy she had heroin and methamphetamine in her bra. The Deputy directed Brock to remove the narcotics from her bra and she placed them on the patrol vehicle.

Daniel Michael Langevin, age 25, was not on probation and did not have warrants. Langevin requested to leave and the deputy said he was free to go. Langevin got out of the vehicle and started walking away.

The Deputy continued his search of the vehicle and located a box on the floor next to where Langevin was sitting. Inside the box were two plastic bags containing what appeared to be a large quantity of heroin and methamphetamine. Before the deputy mentioned the narcotics to Brock and Ellis, both exclaimed the narcotics did not belong to them but to the subject walking away. The deputy drove a short distance and located Langevin. The deputy explained to Langevin he found evidence that would send all three people to jail unless he could determine who the owner was. Langevin described the location, container, and type of narcotics located within. The deputy estimated the bags each contained one half ounce each.

  • Brock was released on scene with a citation for HS11377(a)- Possess a Controlled Substance; HS11350(a)- Possession of Heroin; and HS11364(a)- Possess Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Ellis was released on scene with a citation for VC14601.1(a)- Suspended License; and VC16028(a)- No Insurance.
  • Langevin was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for HS11378 – Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale; and HS11351- Possess or Purchase a Controlled Substance for Sale.

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.

(VIDEO) Last Chance Grade Will Now Be Better Monitored For Your Safety, Says Caltrans

Andrew Goff / Thursday, Nov. 19 @ 3:38 p.m. / Traffic

Caltrans has completed work on a new system that will monitor landslide activity at Last Chance Grade, a coastal, slide-prone section of Highway 101 in southern Del Norte County. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about said system in the slick video courtesy of Caltrans Studios below. 

(UPDATED) Scanner Audio: Redwood Sculptures Found

John Ross Ferrara / Thursday, Nov. 19 @ 2:15 p.m. / Crime , Feel Good

UPDATE, Nov. 22

Scanner traffic indicates both sculptures have been found!  




Security footage provided by Steve Anderson.

Two burglars Steal were caught on camera stealing redwood sculptures valued at nearly $2,000 from Schafer’s Ace Hardware in Eureka on Nov. 14.

A store employee said a man and woman broke into the garden area between 2 and 4 a.m. and stole the artwork, miscellaneous plants, a wooden wishing well and rolls of chicken wire.

Sculptor Steve Anderson said his art was on consignment at the hardware shop. The stolen seal was also on display at this year’s Humboldt County Fair.

“The seal was made of salvaged old-growth, Anderson said. “That makes it especially valuable because old-growth redwood is hard to come by now.”

Anyone with more information on the sculptures whereabouts can contact Anderson through his website timberwool.com.

Photos provided by Steve Anderson.