McKinleyville Burglar Caught In the Act of Stealing a Motorcycle, Evades Sheriff’s Deputies in Wooded Area

John Ross Ferrara / Today @ 9:06 a.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who attempted to steal a motorcycle from a McKinleyville residence early this morning.

On April 19, 2018, at about 4:55 a.m. deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Twe-Goh Court in McKinleyville for a residential burglary alarm.

Upon arrival to the residence, deputies heard noises coming from the back yard. Deputies entered the back yard and observed a male subject attempting to pull a motorcycle over the fence.
When deputies approached the man, he fled north into a nearby wooded area. Deputies were unable to locate the suspect in the wooded area, but were able to recover several items that had been taken from the residence.

The suspect is described as a male wearing a black Carhartt-type jacket and a plastic paintball- style mask. Anyone with information about 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.


OP-ED: A Medication-Assisted Treatment Center is Critical to Fighting the Opioid Epidemic, Says Aegis Chief Executive

Alex Dodd / Today @ 7 a.m. / Op-Ed

Inside an Aegis clinic. Photo: Aegis Treatment Centers

Aegis Treatment Center’s clinic will increase the availability of Medication Assisted Treatment to help fight Humboldt’s opioid epidemic

​The recent Town Hall meeting gave the community another chance to learn from elected officials and assembled panelists what is happening on the opioid epidemic front. Treating a problem as deep seated and as complex as the opioid epidemic requires a comprehensive, complicated solution. There is no easy answer.

Humboldt County and Open Door have done a great job for more than 10 years in bringing MAT (“Medication Assisted Treatment”) to the community. Treating opioid addiction is like treating any other chronic relapsing disease, and, as Dr Julie Ohenmus said at the Town Hall, she would not take away the opioid addicted patient’s suboxone, methadone or vivitrol, just as she would not take away a diabetic’s insulin, or the medication for someone being treated for high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

The biggest single problem we all face is the stigma associated with the subject — stigma associated with drug addiction in the first place. It takes a very brave person to stand up and say “My daughter has a heroin problem,” just like Lisa Dugan did at the first Town Hall last year. Stigma associated with treating drug addiction. Stigma associated with the medications used (yes, that includes methadone as well as Suboxone and Vivitrol, and Naloxone to reverse overdoses) and the historic way some clinics were operated. Stigma with where treatment is located. If we don’t each do our part in breaking down the stigma, we will lose the battle against the opioid epidemic.

Lisa’s bravery in talking from the heart at the first Town Hall is the unfortunate proof that the face of addiction has changed. The show of hands in November when Sen. Mike McGuire asked the question “who here has a family member, a friend or a work colleague who has died of an opioid overdose?” was staggering. The people who suffer from this problem are members of our families and our communities. They go to the same schools and colleges as we do, they shop at the same places we do, and they live in the same ZIP codes as we do. Just ask the chief of police or the sheriff or your doctor, or your friends and family.

MAT (“Medication Assisted Treatment”) has been the medical gold standard of care for treating opioid addiction for 50 years, and has saved hundreds of thousands of lives in America and all over the world. Whilst opioid addiction has terrible consequences for the brain, the brain is an incredible part of our body. Given the chance, the addicted brain can often heal and its owner can learn how to lead a drug-free life. That is where the “T” in “MAT” — treatment — comes in. Individual and group counseling gives a person in recovery the skills and confidence to lead a drug-free life. The counseling component of MAT is the foundation for sustained and long-term recovery. The medication takes away cravings for opioids and eliminates withdrawal symptoms, allows the counseling to be effective, and allows the brain to heal itself.

In the words of an experienced addiction doctor who has treated thousands of patients in California; “medication is good, counseling is good. The best is when you put the two together.”

MAT is not the only treatment modality that can work, even though it has the advantage of evidence-based strong outcomes. Some people may be better off in an abstinence program, or residential treatment or a faith-based program. “Whatever works for the patient” is our approach. Whatever program they are in, they will for sure benefit from a strong supportive network of professionals, friends and a strong community.

Research consistently shows that only 1 in 10 people with opioid use disorder are actually in treatment. There are plenty of people out there who need our collective help.

Treatment is legal, affordable and safe. People who suffer from opioid addiction and enter treatment are making the decision to try their best to get their lives back on track — for every person who enters a treatment program, that is one less practising addict, resulting in less needle litter, less crime, less family trauma and less of all the other negative effects associated with opioid addiction.

Modern opioid treatment centers are an integral and permanent part of our society and our healthcare system, and the subject of much investment at a federal, state and county level across our nation.

A program that is run professionally, responsibly, and with accountability to the authorities that regulate it and the community in which it operates, is part of the solution, not part of the problem.


Alex Dodd is CEO of Aegis Treatment Centers. Yesterday, the Times-Standard reported that Aegis has abandoned plans to locate one of its treatment centers at the former offices of Eureka Pediatrics in response to community concerns. The company will now start searching for alternative locations in either Eureka or Arcata, Dodd told the T-S.

OBITUARY: Jacob Matthew Hagler, 1976-2018

LoCO Staff / Today @ 6:45 a.m. / Obits

Jacob Matthew Hagler was born on May 6, 1976 in Sacramento and passed away peacefully on March 28, 2018 in his home in Eureka. He was 41 years old.

He is survived by his mother, Maureen Buccholz (Hagler); sisters, Heather Hagler, Alishia Phillips; five nephews, (Robert) Forrest Hagler-Langdon, Gavyn Hagler-Langdon, Ethan Hagler-Hernandez, Elijah Hagler-Hernandez, and Josiah Hagler-Hernandez; niece McKenna Phillips; aunts Judy H.Giggar from Hamilton, Mont., Peggy Staley of Lewiston, Idaho, Lynn Buenrostro of Sacramento; and numerous cousins and Great Aunt Edith from Sacramento. Jacob was preceded in death by his father, David Wayne Hagler.

Jake loved music and spent many hours playing guitar and piano and composing. He enjoyed going to concerts and symphonies. He was an artist and carried himself with style and grace. He had impeccable taste in home decor, sunglasses, baseball caps, jewelry, watches and toys. He was an immensely talented roller-skater and loved teaching others to skate.

It doesn’t matter how you knew Jake. Once he touched your life you loved him. Adults and children alike were drawn to him, and he always took the time to talk to people.

Everyone who is able is encouraged to skate in his honor as often as possible. A service is being held at the Wharfinger on April 28, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. Everyone that knew him is invited to the service and to go roller skating afterward.


The obituary above was submitted on behalf of Jacob Hagler’s family. The Lost Coast Outpost runs obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. See guidelines here.

OBITUARY: Joyce Schirmann, 1928-2018

LoCO Staff / Today @ 6:45 a.m. / Obits

Much to the surprise of her family, who thought she would live forever, Joyce Schirmann passed away on April 14, 2018. She lived her 90 years with faith, a sense of duty and a fair amount of sass. Those of us who love her will miss her deeply.

Genevieve Joyce Martin was born in Monroe, Washington in 1928 to Mary and Claude Martin. She was an only child until her brothers Chuck, John and Bill were born 12, 16, and 19 years later. Joyce had a large family and enjoyed visiting her grandmother as a child. She went to high school in Monroe and Sulton where she established lifelong friendships. After high school, Joyce attended Western Washington University in Bellingham but left school to take a job in Seattle. She once told her granddaughter that she wanted a job and some money and some nice clothes—and she got them. She and her good friend, Jean Bartlett lived together in the city until Joyce married her high school sweetheart Glenn in 1949. They were married for 59 years.

After their marriage, Glenn moved to Orick, California to begin his career in the logging industry. Joyce came for a visit and ended up staying. They lived in Orick until 1965. Their first child, Barbara, was born in 1950, followed by Dick in 1952, and Bill in 1955. The Schirmann family all have great memories of living and growing up in Orick in the 1950s and 60s. Joyce and Glenn were a social pair their whole lives; they enjoyed entertaining friends and family and in Orick they met friends who they loved like family: Bill and Bernice Dimmick, Evelyn Miller, Doris and Wade Delashmutt, Blanche Blankenship, and Ruby and Bob McNamara, among others.

In 1966 Glenn started his own logging company, Schirmann Logging, and for many years Joyce ran the business side of the company and was affectionately called the “Little General.” After a few years, their sons Bill and Dick started working in the woods with Glenn and helping him to run the business.Their son-in-law Chuck Giannini joined the company when they started Schir Auto Parts in Arcata and later Eureka.

Although the family loved Orick, after surviving the flood of 1964, Joyce was ready to move. She and Glenn built a house in McKinleyville in 1966 that they lived in until the end of their lives. Their children attended McKinleyville High School and Joyce always said that this was one of the best times of her life. She loved the busyness of having teenagers, loved watching her boys play sports and meeting all of their friends. The family had a houseboat on Trinity Lake and they spent their summers water skiing and swimming.

After their kids left home, Joyce and Glenn kept themselves busy running the company with the help of their sons and son-in-law and traveling all over the world. They traveled to Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, Australia, England, Scotland, and all over the US. They especially loved to travel to Alaska to fish and went many times with friends and family. In her later years, Joyce also took many trips with friends, traveling to Ireland with a group of her best friends. She also enjoyed many “Mystery Trips” to surprise destinations all over California and Oregon organized by Kathy Wingo Travel.

In addition to traveling, Joyce and Glenn had a ranch in Oregon where they went bird hunting with their boys and grandkids, and they had a cabin in Hawkins Bar with a huge garden. They grew amazing tomatoes and too much zucchini and were always giving away boxes of produce in the summer. Joyce liked to can tomatoes, salsa, fruit, green beans and pickles. Their cabin a special place for the entire family; it was the site of many parties, two weddings and was one of Joyce’s favorite places to be. This place by the river came to define Joye and Glenn’s family: it brought them together and will continue to keep them connected. It was at the cabin that Joyce was surrounded by the physical warmth of the inland valley and the emotional warmth of her family.

Joyce was always very community minded and generous. She was a member of many organizations: Orick PTA, Orick Sewing Club, Soroptimist, PEO Chapter RN, Women in Timber, Republican Women, McKinleyville High School Grandmas and Grandpas Club, and more recently the McKinleyville Senior Center. Joyce was also a devoted Catholic and was proud to be a Eucharistic Minister. She attended Christ the King and St. Mary’s Church many times a week and loved getting coffee with the ladies and sometimes Father Mike after mass.

Joyce loved being a part of Barbara, Dick and Bill’s families. She had six grandkids and 10 great-grandkids who she loved very much and who loved her even more. She was a constant part of their lives; she and Glenn enjoyed attending their sporting and school events, they took their grandkids on trips, and often visited them on their various adventures and at their various locations. Joyce especially enjoyed getting to know her 10 great-grandkids who range in age from 17 years to 5 months. She is beloved by their generation; she is the grandma with the bottomless candy bowl, endless licorice ropes, and multiple cartons of ice cream for every event. It is no surprise that they adore her.

Joyce will be remembered as a good and generous soul, a thoughtful friend, and a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be remembered for her tomatoes and for enjoying a good drink and a lunch out. We won’t forget her love of travel and shopping or her seemingly endless supply of sweet treats.

Joyce is preceded in death by her husband Glenn, her brothers Chuck and John, and her parents Mary and Claude. She is survived by her daughter Barbara Giannini and son-in-law Chuck, her son Dick Schirmann and daughter-in-law Jackie, her son Bill Schirmann and daugher-in-law Barbara; her grandchildren Julie and Errol Giannini-Previde, Scott Giannini and Megan Callahan, Natalie Giannini and Brian Solus, Kelly Schirmann and Jay Fiske, Emily and Dane Valadao, and Jeff Schirmann; her great-grandchildren Charlie, Mario and Gino Callahan Giannini, Rocco and Dominic Previde, Owen, Gus and Maggie Giannini-Solus, and Jack and Blake Valadao. She is also survived by her brother, Bill Martin and nieces Tammy and Marcy, sister-in-law Marilyn Martin and nieces Ann and Susan, along with numerous friends including Bill Dimmick, Jo Barber, Mary Borges, Corrine Anderson, Shirley Gatsky, and her pinochle group.

A Rosary will be held on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11 am at St. Mary’s Church in Arcata, Mass will follow at 11:30 am. The family would like to invite friends to gather at Baywood Country Club after the service for lunch and memories. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Food for People or St. Judes Childrens Hospital.


The obituary above was submitted on behalf of Joyce Schirmann’s family. The Lost Coast Outpostruns obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. See guidelines here.

OBITUARY: Audrey May Mello, 1924-2018

LoCO Staff / Today @ 6:45 a.m. / Obits

Audrey was born to her parents Laura Dale and Leslie Swanson the oldest of nine children. Her early years were spent in the Blue Lake and Hoopa Valley areas.

Audrey — always enjoying music, socializing and dancing — while on her way up a flight of stairs to a dance hall in Eureka, found herself in the path of a young man in a hurry back to his car, both of them moving in the same directions in an attempt to get by They paused for a moment, then he gave her a great big kiss, moving her off to the side, and then took off down the stairs into the night, leaving Audrey to wonder who would have such audacity to do something like that.

That same young man would turn out to be Joseph Mello, who at 18 Audrey would marry and remain faithfully by his side until her passing almost 76 years later. Through prosperous times and bad, Audrey’s devotion as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother never wavered once, even packing up her and Joe’s four children for an opportunity to own and work their own ranch in Canada. She would do anything and everything if she thought it would benefit her husband and family.

Through the years Audrey always kept busy, whether it was through gardening or canning fruits and vegetables, dancing, sewing, bowling or keeping Joe in line, she never stood still for long.

A good-natured, honest and loving woman, Audrey will be missed by all of her family, friends and loved ones. She is survived by her son, Joseph Jr., with his wife Teresa; her daughters, Barbara and her husband Kim, Mary with husband Don, and Dorothy; as well as the many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband Joe and daughter Judy, we can take comfort in knowing they are together once again.

Services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20th, 2018, under the care of Paul’s Chapel in Arcata. Family and friends are welcome to attend.


The obituary above was submitted on behalf of Audrey Mello’s family. The Lost Coast Outpost runs obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. See guidelines here.

Wanted Felon Hides From Deputies Under Shed After Foot Pursuit Through Manila

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 5:13 p.m. /

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

A wanted felon was arrested in Manila after leading deputies on a foot pursuit.


On April 18, 2018, at about 1:15 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a call from Manila residents reporting a suspicious subject entering and exiting a barn on the 200 block of Stamps Lane. Descriptions of the subject closely matched the appearance of wanted felony suspect, Aaron Ray Waggoner, 42, whom deputies were searching for in the area earlier in the day.

While checking the area for the subject, deputies observed Waggoner entering a vehicle. When deputies attempted to make contact with Waggoner, he fled on foot through multiple properties. Deputies located Waggoner hiding under a shed at a property on the 1800 block of Keye Street.

Waggoner was taken into custody and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on four felony warrants, in addition to fresh charges of carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and resisting a peace officer.

Anyone with information about 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.

Local Immigrant Rights Groups on Red Alert After Receiving Report That ICE Agents Are in Town

Ryan Burns / Yesterday @ 5:10 p.m. / Immigration

Local immigrant rights groups are on red alert today after receiving a call via a “rapid response network” hotline reporting that agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are in the area and have detained a man in Bayside.

“We know one member of our community was detained,” said Brenda Perez, a member of Centro del Pueblo and advocate for a Humboldt County sanctuary law, which would prevent local law enforcement from working with ICE on immigration enforcement arrests.

Perez said local farmers’ union employees witnessed today’s detention, which took place shortly before 10 a.m. Centro del Pueblo is asking observers to report any sightings of ICE agents, and Perez said she and others hope to inform members of local immigrant communities of their rights, including the right to remain silent.

ICE spokesman Richard Rocha told the Outpost this afternoon that with the limited information reported thus far he could neither confirm nor deny ICE’s involvement in this morning’s alleged detention. 

“ICE conducts routine, targeted enforcement operations throughout the country every day,” Rocha said. Arrests can be related to either criminal investigations or Homeland Security immigration enforcement, he said.

We’ll update if we’re able to get more information on today’s activities. 


CORRECTION: The “rapid response hotline” referenced in this story is run by the True North Organizing Network.