(PHOTOS, VIDEO) Trailer Erupts in Flames in Eureka

Ryan Burns / Today @ 10:36 a.m. / Fire

Photo submitted by an Outpost reader who asked to remain anonymous.

Shortly after 10 a.m., Humboldt Bay Fire responded to the intersection of Del Norte and B Streets in Eureka where a trailer had burst into flames between two homes. The first units to respond found the trailer fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it could spread to the nearby houses.

“Thankfully we were able to catch it pretty quick,” said Humboldt Bay Fire Battalion Chief Chris Jelinek. No one was inside the trailer, and there’s no indication the fire was intentional, he added. Humboldt Bay Fire folks did find someone sleeping in one of the adjacent houses, roughly five feet away, Jelinek said.

The heat broke a window and damaged the paint on the blue house pictured above, but the flames did not spread. Humboldt Bay Fire will investigate the cause of the fire, Jelinek said.

Here’s what things looked like afterwards:

Photo and video by Andrew Goff


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Suspected River Bar Car Burglars Fire Gun at Victim, Sheriff’s Office Says; Man and Boy Arrested

Hank Sims / Today @ 9:39 a.m. / Crime

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 07-25-16 at 7:45 p.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the river bar area of the Eel River at the end of East Ferry Road in Ferndale for a report of an interrupted burglary to a vehicle with shots fired.

The 40 year old male victim advised the deputies he had confronted two suspects tampering with his vehicle. The suspects then fled in their vehicle and fired a shot towards the victim as they left. The deputies located the suspect vehicle stuck in deep sand along the river bar about two to three hundred yards south of East Ferry Road, Ferndale. The victim was not injured by the bullet.

Deputies canvased the area and they located 40 year old, Charles Wayne Uber, who was detained. The victim identified Uber as the suspect who fired the shot towards him. Deputies called for a K-9 from the Fortuna Police Department to assist them in locating the second suspect. Prior to the K-9 arrival deputies located the second suspect, a 16 year old male juvenile.

Through their investigation into this incident deputies arrested Charles Uber and the 16 year old juvenile for assault with a deadly weapon. Charles Uber was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and his bail was set at $100,000 dollars. The juvenile was booked into Humboldt County Juvenile Hall.

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) Caltrans Blew Up Some Rocks

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 3:55 p.m. / Traffic

After a brief period of full closure earlier today, Highway 299 near Berry Summit is now open and accepting your traffic. Caltrans decision to close the road was due to the presence of dangerous boulders in the area, boulders they decided needed to be blown to rock heaven.

We’ll let LoCO Caltrans liason Coney give y’all the deets on today’s blasting operations.

Video from this morning’s rock blasting operations on Route 299 at postmile 30, just east of Berry Summit. We were able to set up three cameras to catch the detonation for your enjoyment!

We always fully close the highway during blasting operations for the public’s safety, but we try to keep delays to a minimum. Normally we allow ourselves 30 minutes of full closure time, but we were able to close the highway down, blast the rocks, and clear the debris in just over 14 minutes today. Thanks for your patience while we worked to make things safer!

And now, a kaboom. 

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UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.: After this post went up, Caltrans PIO Eli Rohl felt that our Facebook comment on this post, “This kaboom and its filming were paid for with your tax dollars, SO ENJOY IT,” needed some clarifying. We present the following enlightening exchange in case you were confused.




100 Marijuana Plants Stolen from Eureka Residence by Armed Men Claiming to be with the ‘Sheriff’s Office’

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 2:49 p.m. /

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On 07-24-2016 at 4:25 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence located in the 4400 block of Bailey Street, Eureka. Deputies responded to a report of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred.

When deputies arrived on scene they contact two male victims age 32 and 35. Both victims said two male suspects entered their residence displaying handguns. The victims said before they entered the suspects were yelling out loud, “Sheriff’s Office”. The victims described the suspects as white, male adults. The victims said the suspects were wearing black ski masks with black clothing. The victims said there was a third suspect present, who they described as a white female in her 30’s or 40’s, with strawberry blond hair. The female was not wearing a ski mask. Both victims said they were uninjured in the incident.

The victims said the suspects took approximately 100 growing marijuana plants from their residence along with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects then fled the residence in one of the victim’s vehicle. The victim’s vehicle was later recovered by law enforcement. When deputies first arrived on scene they checked the area for the suspects and were unable to locate them.

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.



Former Humboldt State Football Player Among the Arrested in San Diego Gang Murder Case

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 1:25 p.m. / Crime

Left: Donte Haddock as a Humboldt State defensive back and criminology major. Right: Haddock mugshot released by San Diego County law enforcement this morning.

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One of the men arrested in the San Diego gang murder case we wrote about earlier today was 25-year-old Donte Jerome Haddock, who, it turns out, is a former Humboldt State student and a defensive back for the HSU Lumberjacks football team.

Haddock was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas, in a raid that took place at the same time as the one in Arcata that morning. Today he was named one of the three suspects in the May 5, 2013, murder of 22-year-old Xusha Brown Jr. in the San Diego suburb of La Mesa. 

A post on the website of the Southwestern Jaguars — a community college team where Haddock played prior to coming to HSU — says that he transferred here in the spring semester of 2013 and graduated in May 2015. If that timeline is correct, he would have been in attending HSU at the time of Brown’s murder. (UPDATE: Humboldt State’s records show that he matriculated in Fall 2013, placing him at Humboldt in the semester following the murder.)

A prosecutor at the press conference in La Mesa this morning mentioned that local law enforcement is investigating two other murders, dating back to 2011, that are believed to have resulted from the same gang feud that they believe inspired the attack on the driver of a car that Brown was riding in. Brown himself was not a gang member.

In a brief video posted to the HSU Jacks’ YouTube account in the fall of 2013, Haddock told the camera that he was majoring in criminology.

Donte Haddock highlights in a game against Western Oregon, via hudl.com.



19-Year-Old Fortuna Man on Life Support After Centerville Beach Sand Hole Collapse

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 1:13 p.m. / Emergencies

Judah Helton | GoFundMe

A young Fortuna man is fighting for his life after a freak beach accident.  

Late Saturday afternoon, 19-year-old Judah Helton was playing in the sand with a group of friends when an estimated six foot-deep hole he’d been digging collapsed trapping him inside. According to Helton’s family’s pastor, Marty Pronovost of LifeHouse Humboldt, his friends were able to unbury his head but the weight of the sand left him unable to breath for between 20-45 minutes. Paramedics arrived and Helton, unconscious, was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital before eventually being airlifted to a Santa Rosa medical facility where he remains in a medically induced coma. 

In an update to his GoFundMe page, Judah’s father Steve Helton said doctors told him that CT scans indicate Judah has severe brain damage and will likely “never wake up again.” 

In an attempt to ease the burden of the inevitable sizable medical bills Judah’s family will be responsible for, a GoFundMe page has been set up for those who’d like to donate. Additionally, LifeHouse Humboldt is accepting donations on their church website (GoFundMe takes a 10 percent cut of donations. LifeHouse will not). 



Last Week’s Arcata SWAT Raid Connected to 2013 Gang Murder Case, San Diego Officials Say

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 11:34 a.m. / Crime , Elsewhere

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This morning, law enforcement agencies held a press conference in the San Diego County town of La Mesa to talk about the culmination of a major investigation into the murder of 22-year-old Xusha Brown Jr. in a drive-by shooting on Interstate 8 three years ago. Police and prosecutors named three suspects at the conference, all of whom are in custody, and characterized the case as an attempted gang hit that took the life of the innocent Brown, who was not a gang member.

Last Wednesday’s early morning SWAT raid at an Arcata apartment complex was connected to this investigation, as were simultaneous raids in Las Vegas and Phoenix.

None of the three suspects named this morning — Alaeante Akila Eason, Donte Jerome Haddock and Anthony Constantine Frank — were arrested in the Arcata raid, but Captain Matt Nicholass of the La Mesa Police Department told the Outpost this morning that one of the three suspects arrested in the raid had ties to Arcata.

San Diego County Deputy District Attorney said at the press conference that her office is continues to investigate two other years-old killings in the area, both of which are also believed to be the result of a gang feud that plagued the county. 

According to news reports at the time, Brown was getting a ride home with a friend when people opened fire on the friend’s car. Brown died of a gunshot wound to the head. The friend was shot in the shoulder and later recovered. 

Eason, Haddock and Frank will be charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted premeditated murder, with the last charge pertaining to the surviving driver of the car.

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Wednesday morning’s raid at an apartment on Arcata’s H Street. Submitted photo.