Kym Kemp / Today @ 8:06 a.m. / News
The victim of last fall’s stabbing, Douglas Anderson-Jordet, and, Juan Ferrer (right) who pled guilty in February to aggravated involuntary manslaughter.
In a move likely to send waves crashing through Humboldt County’s already turbulent D.A.’s race, candidate Arnie Klein issued a press release late last night stating that family members of Douglas Anderson-Jordet, the victim in last fall’s fatal stabbing, have urged him to ask the court to set aside the defendants’ pleas.
Readers will remember that another candidate and Humboldt County prosecutor, Elan Firpo, agreed to the plea deals which were presented to the judge on February 13. The deal which allowed one defendant, Juan Ferrer, to plead to aggravated involuntary manslaughter will result in two years served in county jail if accepted by the judge. (The other two defendants, Nicholas Stoiber and Sophia Rocheleau, will get probation.)
A third DA candidate, Allan Dollison, spoke out against the agreement last month saying, “This was Murder and should NOT have been plead down to Involuntary Manslaughter.” (See full text of Dollison’s disagreement here.)
Firpo then responded with a statement on her candidate Facebook page (It is no longer there but can be viewed here) arguing that because of the victim’s behavior on the night of his death and other factors, “In a best case jury trial scenario, Mr. Ferrer would have been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. He would have been sentenced to a term of three years in prison (because he has no prior record), of which he would have served 85%, or approximately 2 years and 6 months.”
The death of Anderson-Jordet occurred on November 25. He and the three defendants became involved in an altercation. Reportedly there was name-calling before a punch was slung by Stoiber splitting the victim’s lip. Ferrer then stabbed the victim and the three defendants left the scene while the victim was still speaking. The defendants said they didn’t know that Anderson-Jordet was badly injured when they departed. The victim was later found by others and died en route to the hospital.
The case and the plea deal may have repercussions in the coming election.
Arnie Klein Press Release:
Arnie Klein has been contacted by family members of Douglas Anderson-Jordet to ask the court to set aside the defendant Juan Ferrer’s plea at the time of sentencing, April 3rd. I have been informed that the family members will start sending in letters to the probation department, the DA’s office, the defense attorneys and the court to effectuate this result.
Humboldt County Superior Court Calendar: Today
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Kym Kemp / Tuesday, March 4 @ 8:50 p.m. / News
Arcata Police Department Press Release:
The City of Arcata recently purchased a Smart Car to be used by the Arcata Police Department Parking Enforcement Division. “The switch to Smart cars is expected to be cheaper, greener and safer”, Chief Chapman says. The City of Arcata has used Go-4 Interceptors, three-wheeled carts, in the past. The switch to the Smart Car saved the city $18,000 in the purchase price alone.
The two-seater Smart Car is just over eight feet long and less than five feet wide, making it about half the size of a traditional car. In addition to being safe and maneuverable, the Smart Car is fuel efficient (38 mpg), made from 85% recycled material, and easy to maintain.
The Smart Car will be used throughout Arcata to conduct parking enforcement as well as traffic control duties and response to non-criminal calls for service. The Smart Car is equipped with a police mobile radio and emergency lights.
For more information on parking in Arcata, visit
Kym Kemp / Monday, March 3 @ 8:22 a.m. / News
Eureka Police Department Press Release:
The goal of traffic enforcement is to correct the unsafe behavior of motorists that result in avoidable collisions. The Eureka Police Department recognizes that driver education is an important part of that correction process. Therefore, to educate the motoring public EPD’s Traffic Division announces a new program, “Operation Safe Tweets.” Starting this week, EPD Traffic officers will begin posting on Twitter and Facebook locations where they will be conducting radar/speed enforcement. Motorists should take great care in these areas to avoid committing traffic offenses. Errant motorists will be issued citations for violations that take place in the presence of Traffic officers. The aim is to educate motorists and change the behavior of those who choose to speed or commit other hazardous traffic-related offenses.
When the officers change enforcement spots, they will Tweet out their updated locations to give motorists the opportunity to voluntarily slow down, hang up their cell phones, buckle up, and drive safely. This does not, however, preclude other officers from conducting unannounced enforcement throughout the city.
Follow the Eureka Police Department on Twitter and Facebook for breaking news & information from (and about) EPD. Check out our Operation Safe Tweets alerts (#safetweets) for real-time updates about where our Traffic Unit is currently conducting enforcement.
Kym Kemp / Friday, Feb. 28 @ 11:44 a.m. / News
Breaking News 11:44 a.m.: Details are still coming in, but CHP dispatch is reporting that there is a serious accident on Highway 36. One lane is blocked. There is a fire and the driver is trapped.
The driver is being extricated though according to scanner reports. There are three patients total. Two made it out of the vehicle. An ambulance is on the way. Scanner reports indicate that there may be need for a second ambulance.
UPDATE 8:17 p.m.:
CHP Press Release:
A two vehicle collision results in major injuries to two persons and minor injuries to another who was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs at the time of the collision. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.
On Friday, February 28, 2014, at approximately 1105 hours, a 1988 Toyota driven by Jerrica Ann Taylor of Dinsmore was traveling eastbound On State Route 36 east of Little Golden Gate Drive. A 1996 Subaru was traveling westbound on State Route 36, approaching the 1988 Toyota driven by Ms. Taylor. The 1988 Toyota crossed over the centerline, into the opposing westbound lane, and struck the 1996 Subaru, causing major injuries to both Ms. Fine and Mr. Keeney. Ms. Taylor suffered minor injuries as a result of this collision, and was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. All involved occupants were properly restrained at the time of the collision.
The California Highway Patrol - Humboldt Area responded to the collision scene and is conducting the investigation. Personnel from CalFire, the Carlotta Volunteer Fire Department, the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department, City Ambulance, and CalTrans also responded to the scene. As a result of this collision, State Route 36 was subject to one way traffic control for approximately 2 hours.
Kym Kemp / Thursday, Feb. 27 @ 6:47 p.m. / News
When the Better Business Bureau (BBB) gives a company a big fat “F,” signing a contract with that business might not be a good idea. Yesterday and today, salespeople from one of BBB’s “F” companies, Commerce Energy aka Just Energy Group, have been knocking on doors in Eureka.
The BBB has harsh words for Just Energy Group. The company, they say, has “a large volume” of complaints—583 in the last three years–and its salespeople give false information as well as use high pressure sales tactics. The Canadian government has slapped the company with fines for a variety of infractions.
Eureka resident Rick Werner alerted LoCO to the presence of the company’s salespeople in the area. He sent an email describing his experiences. According to him, around noon today, he was working in his backyard when a salesman from the company knocked on his door and spoke to his wife. Werner wrote that after his wife got rid of the man, she told Werner that the salesman “kept asking to see our last PG&E bill, so that he could determine if PG&E was overcharging us.”
This concerned Werner. He researched the company and found a plethora of sites
complaining about this [company’s] unscrupulous door-to-door selling practices. …I also read about many unhappy customers who had been suckered into signing a five year agreement with Commerce Energy on the promise of lower rates, only to find their rates go up drastically after a few months.
Deciding to follow the salesmen around and protect his community, Werner found the man chatting with a neighbor. Werner introduced himself to the neighbor and explained that he thought he should research the company on the internet and not show the salesman a PG&E bill. Werner did this for the next home and the next that the salesman tried to call on.
Werner continued to protect his neighborhood. He wrote,
The salesman gave up and just started heading north and met up with his partner. They discussed what to do as the three of us walked north. They knew they were not going to make any sales with me around. I asked them to just drive away, but they said they had been dropped off on 7th street and had to walk back there for a ride. Upon reaching Wabash, they asked if I was going to follow them all the way back to the van. Well, it was raining pretty hard at that point and I was quite wet, so I offered them a deal. I said if they stayed out of my neighborhood, I would let them be. They agreed not to work between Henderson and Wabash and between A and H St. I told them if I saw anyone from their company back in that area, I would follow them around all day long. At this point we parted ways.
Then he emailed the LoCO.
The salesman could be working other areas. Brittany Kesterson, a Eureka Police Department spokesperson, said that the company does not appear to have the proper permits and the EPD will be investigating.
If someone has already signed a contract, Lori Wilson, Chief Operating Officer of the BBB, explained to LoCO that they can still cancel. “In the US, if you sign a contract at your home, you have three days to cancel,” she said. “The way the rule works is the business is supposed to have wording in the contract on how to cancel.”
However, the company may not have included that information. If they haven’t, contact information is on their website. “The best thing to do if [a customer] wants to cancel,” Wilson said, “is to contact the company.” Try to get proof that contact has been made. “If that doesn’t work,” she said, “they should contact the BBB.”
In addition, Wilson said, “I’m afraid if the customers are giving them a PG&E bill [and] the company doesn’t have an ethical track record, they might use the information to sign people up without their consent.”
When reached for comment, Just Energy Group claimed to have no spokesperson available at the time.
Remember to read contracts carefully, investigate any unknown business, and be cautious about sharing personal information.
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