(UPDATING) Hundreds Flood Eureka’s Streets in Solidarity With Women’s March on Washington

John Ross Ferrara / Today @ 12:50 p.m. / Activism


UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.:

There’s a human traffic jam building up near the Carson Mansion where the marching route intersects, Goff reports.

Moments after the end of the line left the boardwalk, the front of the line is now making its way back to the Market Square. 

UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.:

After more than half an hour, the last of the crowd has finally made it off the Eureka Boardwalk.

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UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.:

Officers are attempting to move the crowd over to one side of the roadway as Old Town traffic has been backed up for 20 minutes straight.

“The line is endless coming off the boardwalk,” one officer stated over the scanner.

The march now spans well over a dozen blocks. The crowd began marching almost half an hour ago, and protesters continue to flow from the Market Square starting point.

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UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.:

The massive crowd continues to wind through Old Town for blocks on end. 

“Hey hey, ho ho, the pussy grabbers gotta go!” marchers are chanting.


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UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.:

And they’re off. More than 2,000 people are making their way through Old Town Eureka, in what may be the largest protest in recent memory.

LoCO reporter Andrew Goff is on scene capturing the historic event.

“I’ve never seen this many people at event on the C Street Market Square,” Goff said. “The crowd extended well beyond the reach of the PA system.”

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UPDATE, 2 p.m.:

Eureka Police Department Chief Andy Mills Tweets that more than 2,000 peaceful protesters have filled the Market Square. The crowd will start marching in a few minutes.

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Musician Nina Gerber.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.:

Musicians and speakers entertain the crowd as they prepare for their march at 2:15 p.m. Many protesters are wearing knitted “pussy hats.” A pro-feminist symbol on display at marches all across the world today.

Speaker Dr. Ramona Bell was joined onstage by her elderly mother who grew up in Mississippi.

Emcee Jackie Dandeneiu

Joanne Rand and Rob Diggins

Speaker Cheryl Seidner videos the crowd.

Organizers Jackie D, Amy Uyeki, and Nancy Stevens wear their “pussy hats” with pride.

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Photos by Andrew Goff.

UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.:

The march has yet to begin, as protesters are still arriving, many hoisting brightly-colored and creative signs.

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UPDATE, 1:05 p.m.:

The crowd is spilling out of the dirt parking lot, as what looks like more than 1,000 marchers gather for the event.

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Photos by Andrew Goff.

Nearly 1,000 people have gathered in the rain at Eureka’s C Street Market Square as part of a worldwide day of solidarity to protest the discriminatory rhetoric of the Trump Administration.

Local protesters will march in unity with millions across the globe for the Women’s March on Washington, a day of action organized to send a message to the new administration.

While the event organizers do not classify the march as an anti-Trump rally, the Women’s March on Washington website cites political issues including women’s and civil rights, as well as the planned repealing of the Affordable Care Act as their reason for organizing the march.

“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us - immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault - and our communities are hurting and scared.

We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear,” the website reads.

“In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore.

The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”

At 2:15 p.m., protesters will march along the boardwalk from the C Street Market Square, and through Old Town toward the Adorni Center. Marchers will return to the square at 3:30 p.m.

LoCO’s Andrew Goff will be on scene, following the march through Eureka. We’ll continue to update this post with new information.



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Armed Robbery at McKinleyville Burger King, Suspect Still at Large

John Ross Ferrara / Today @ 11:55 a.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On Saturday, January 21, 2017 at about 7:00 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff Deputies responded to Burger King at 1645 Heartwood Drive, Mckinleyville for a report of an armed robbery that just occurred.

Witnesses told deputies an unknown suspect entered the business, brandished a firearm and demanded money. The cashier complied and the suspect left the area with an undisclosed amount of cash.  No one was injured during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’1, 200 lbs, wearing a black mask, grey sweatshirt with a red Under Armour emblem, blue jeans, white shoes, and black gloves. 

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.



(UPDATE ) U.S. Coast Guard Shuts Down Humboldt Bay, Crescent City, and Noyo Harbors Due to Extreme Seas

John Ross Ferrara / Today @ 9:43 a.m. / How ‘Bout That Weather


UPDATE, 10:10 a.m.:

U.S. Coast Guard press release:

EUREKA, Calif. — The Coast Guard established a safety zone in the navigable waters of the Noyo River Channel, Humboldt Bay and Crescent City Harbor entrances Saturday to promote the navigational safety of all vessels along the coast when extreme environmental conditions are present, which will extend through March 31. 

The safety zone prohibits vessels from transiting the affected areas during extreme environmental conditions, which is described as 20-foot breaking seas or as the Captain of the Port deems the area as unsafe for vessel transit.

Any vessel requesting permission to transit the safety zone during times of enforcement shall contact Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay on VHF-FM channel 16 or at (707) 443-2213 between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m., or to Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay on VHF-FM channel 16 or at (707) 839-6113 between 10 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

NOYO RIVER ENTRANCE

During times of extreme environmental conditions, the temporary safety zone applies to the navigable waters of the Noyo River Entrance Channel as defined by the area contained seaward of the Line of Demarcation with northern boundary of the line originating in approximately position 39°25’41”N, 123°48’37”W and extending four nautical miles at bearing 290° T and southern boundary of the line originating in approximately position 39°25’38”N, 123°48’36”W and extending four nautical miles at 281° T, in Fort Bragg. This safety zone will be enforced when on scene conditions reach 20-feet breaking seas or as the COTP determines that the environmental conditions are hazardous and unsafe for vessel transits, as announced via broadcast notice to mariners.

U.S. Coast Guard

HUMBOLDT BAY ENTRANCE

The Coast Guard has established a safety zone in the navigable waters of the Humboldt Bay Entrance Channel to promote the navigational safety of all vessels near Humboldt Bay when extreme environmental conditions are present through March 31. The safety zone prohibits vessels from transiting the Humboldt Bay Entrance Channel as a result of extreme environmental conditions.

CRESCENT CITY HARBOR ENTRANCE

During times of extreme environmental conditions, the temporary safety zone applies to the navigable waters of the Crescent City Harbor Entrance Channel, as defined by the area contained seaward of the line originating in approximate position 41°44’36”N, 124°11’18”W bearing 237°T and extending out to one nautical mile of the Line of Demarcation. This safety zone will be enforced when on scene conditions reach 20-foot breaking seas or as the COTP determines that the environmental conditions are hazardous and unsafe for vessel transits, as announced via broadcast notice to mariners.

For more information on boating safety and required and recommended safety equipment, please visit www.uscgboating.org.

For more information on weather conditions, please visit www.weather.gov.


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NWS.

The U.S. Coast Guard has temporarily closed Humboldt Bay, Crescent City, and Noyo Harbors due to extreme seas.

The National Weather Service of Eureka reports that the harbors will reopen when conditions improve. 

A high wind advisory is also in effect today, as high elevation and costal headland areas in southwestern Humboldt will likely see wind gusts between 50 and 70 mph.

Read more in the NWS weather advisory below.

A High Wind Warning has been issued for many parts of the region, with lower level Wind Advisories issued for the northern Humboldt and Mendocino Coasts - including Eureka. 

The strongest winds are expected to occur across high elevation ridges and some coastal headlands, particularly in southwestern Humboldt County along the Lost Coast and adjacent mountains.

Wind gusts in the warning areas will likely reach 50 to 70 mph, and may even exceed these speeds along some of the tallest and windiest peaks in the King Range.

Wind gusts in the advisory area are likely to reach 40 to 50 mph, with gusts in the 30 to 40 mph range much more common in Eureka. Inland valleys, while within warning areas labeled on the map, will be breezy but should remain protected from the more damaging wind gusts.


CHP, Sheriff’s Office Quickly Locate Truck Reported Carjacked Near Bear River Casino

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 5:14 p.m. / Crime

UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: Sgt. Greg Allen of the Sheriff’s Office tells the Outpost that the blue Toyota is in fact the the truck associated with the carjacking near the Bear River Casino. To sum up: Two pickups believed stolen were recovered from the scene — the one carjacked this afternoon, and the black one pictured below.

The black truck was towed from the scene. 

The title of the story has been changed back to its original. What a day.

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UPDATE, 5:25 p.m.: Well, we’re going to have to backtrack, here.

Law enforcement personnel on the scene seem, at the moment, unable to determine whether or not the blue Toyota Tacoma pickup, pictured below, is, in fact, the vehicle reported carjacked at Bear River Casino earlier this afternoon. However, while the investigation was proceeding, officers discovered another stolen pickup parked in the Little Red Lion’s parking lot.

Another man, who had been in the bar, has been detained. He is telling police that he purchased the truck, but has no paperwork to prove it. Sgt. Greg Allen of the Sheriff’s Office tells the Outpost that the truck has been reported stolen out of McKinleyville.

The title of this story has been changed to reflect the uncertain nature of this incident, as it stands. Stay tuned.

The second vehicle truck. Photos: Andrew Goff.

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Photos: Andrew Goff.

One woman has been detained in downtown Eureka, after the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol quickly recovered a truck that had been carjacked near the Bear River Casino this afternoon.

Kym Kemp, over at the Redheaded Blackbelt, heard the call come in to the Sheriff’s Office an hour or so ago. At that time, officers received reports that a woman had been forced out of her vehicle and assaulted, before a woman took her pickup and fled. Another person — a man — left in a different vehicle.

Police caught up with the suspect and the stolen pickup at the Little Red Lion Bar, on Fifth Street in Eureka. Officer Matt Harvey of the California Highway Patrol, on scene, confirms to the Outpost’s Andrew Goff that there may be additional suspects outstanding.

Police continue to investigate. There are six law enforcement vehicles — HCSO and CHP — still on scene at the Little Red Lion,



Henderson Center Bank Robbed at Gunpoint This Afternoon

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 4:46 p.m. / Crime

Photo: Andrew Goff.

The Tri Counties Bank branch in Henderson Center was held up at gunpoint by one or more people in masks this afternoon, shortly after 4 p.m.

Eureka Police Department officers are currently on scene, investigating. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been notified.

“It’s very early,” Capt. Brian Stephens of the EPD just told the Outpost’s Andrew Goff, at the scene. “The investigation is ongoing.”

According to scanner traffic, suspects were last seen heading north, toward downtown.

The bank is currently closed. We’ll update when we know more.



Another Arrest Made in 2015 Garberville Killing; Suspect Tracked Down in Florida

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 3:58 p.m. / Crime

PREVIOUSLY:

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From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 39 year old William Lamar Hinson was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for the murder of 37 year old Khanh Lam.  Humboldt County Sheriff’s Investigators determined Hinson was an additional suspect and a Ramey warrant was issued in September 2016 for the immediate arrest of Hinson. 

Hinson was located in Florida by the U.S. Marshals Service on November 4, 2016.  He was later transferred to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on January 18, 2017.  His bail was set at $1,000,000.

This case is still under investigation.  If anyone has information in regards to this case, please contact Investigator Turner at 707-268-3642.



Woman Shot in the Leg On Avenue of the Giants; Reports That Assailants Demanded Money, Drugs

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 3:46 p.m. / Crime

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Thursday, January 19, 2017 at approximately 5:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a gunshot victim at a Redwood Memorial Hospital (RMH).  Deputies met with the 24 year old female victim with a gunshot wound to the upper leg.  The victim stated she was in her parked vehicle in a turnout on Hwy 254 near Miranda when two masked male subjects approached her vehicle and began shooting at her vehicle.  

The victim exited her vehicle and the suspects demanded money and drugs, neither of which the victim produced.   The suspects then took her cell phone, shot the victim in the leg and fled in an unknown vehicle in an unknown direction.  The victim was later picked up by a passerby and was taken to RMH and is in stable condition. 

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this incident as an attempted homicide.  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.