Smallish Home Weed Grow, Firearms, Heroin, Counterfeit Bills Found by EPD After Shooty Dispute

Andrew Goff / Today @ 9:52 a.m. /

Eureka Police Department press release: 

On July 27, 2016, at about 12:25 p.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to a residence on the 1600 block of Union Street for the report of shots fired. Multiple callers reported that a shot was fired and the suspect fled in a silver sedan.  


Upon arrival, it was determined that a shot was fired into the front porch after a verbal dispute and there were no injuries.  Officers set up a perimeter and called out the occupants from the house. 3 adults, 1 male and two females, and two children came out.  The male resident, Joshua Buchanan, 29 of Eureka, was found to be on searchable probation.

Officers and detectives conducted a search of the home and located three firearms, a small marijuana grow, a large amount of counterfeit bills, heroin, and body armor.  One of the three firearms, a loaded handgun, was confirmed stolen out of Arcata.  

Buchanan was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and possession of concentrated cannabis. Based on the investigation, it appears the suspect who shot into the ground is a roommate of Buchanan.  The suspect’s identity is being held pending a warrant or arrest.  This incident is being investigated as a negligent discharge of a firearm.  

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060. 

PREVIOUSLY: Shots Fired on Union Street in Eureka


OBITUARY: Henry ‘Hank’ Edgar Mosier, 1930-2016

LoCO Staff / Today @ 7:39 a.m. / Obits

Henry “Hank” Edgar Mosier was born in Crannell, California on January 4, 1930 – a former sawmill town settlement North of McKinleyville and South of Trinidad. The family later moved to Hoopa, where he attended the schools there acquired the carpentry skills that he later put to good use on the family house and barn.

After high school he served in the Navy, during the Korean war. One story he told was that he and his Navy buddies were craving for other food than what was on board. When they docked in Hawaii, they ate too much pineapple and milk and it went through them too fast. They never did that again, he said.

After the Navy, he returned to Hoopa and worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This is when he met his wife, Cora Polkenhorn, who also worked for the BIA. They were married in 1957. They adopted their first daughter after trying to have children of their own. Later they would be blessed with twins – a girl and a boy.

Hank was a heavy equipment operator working for the roads department. Over the years, he would talk about fun times he had with his coworkers. He retired from the BIA in 1986.

He enjoyed fishing, surf fishing, hunting, camping and making any kind of carpentry work that complemented his home. He crafted small items from anything and gave them to his wife on special occasions. She enjoyed receiving these gifts. One thing he could do was drawing. He didn’t practice that art very much but he could sketch with great skill.

He farmed at the family’s former home site that was destroyed by the ‘64 flood. He and his brother reconstructed the barn that they both used. He also had other fields to plant alfalfa. He later planted an orchard of apricots, nectarines and cherries. Many friends and relatives as well as his family enjoyed these fruits. This place was the much-enjoyed gathering place for his friends, and they sometimes spent hours there talking into the evening. The family, including his brothers and sisters, would also gather there on special occasions, such as Easter.

He joined the American Legion post #415 in Hoopa and participated in all of their activities. His wife would join the American Legion Auxiliary and together they would travel throughout Humboldt and Mendocino counties to attend their Legion meetings and special occasions.

Hank was an avid 49ers football fan. He and his wife would travel to San Francisco to watch them play. Once, in 1985, they were lucky to receive tickets from being longtime season ticket holders and they went to Superbowl XIX to watch the 49ers become Superbowl champions once again. His wife of 29 years would pass away in 1986, but Hank would continue to travel to San Francisco and see his favorite team. Over the years he would take many friends or his son with him, who all enjoyed the trip.

In his later years, he worked part-time, continued farming, and went on trips to meet with his old Navy buddies.

Hank passed away Sunday July 24, 2016. He was 86 years old, and a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe.

Hank is preceded in death by his sister in-law Ivadelle Mowery, daughter Vonda Mosier, niece LuAnn Mosier, sister in-law Henrietta Mosier, niece Carol McCovey, brother Ernest Mosier Jr., sister in-law Elizabeth Marjorie Castro, niece Michele Todacheeny, brother in-law William McCullough, brother Kenneth Wilder, nephew Thomas J. Mosier, his loving wife Cora Mosier, sister Esther McCullough, his father Ernest Mosier Sr., mother Lillian Mosier, grandmother Elizabeth Pete, grandfather James Jackson Sr., grandmother Mary Ann Jackson, and grandfather Henry M. Mosier.

Hank is survived by his children Gary Mosier and Cherie Mosier, grandchildren Ronda Heiser, Tasha Commick, Terry Davis Jr., Henry Davis, Elizabeth Davis, and William Davis, sister in-law Imogene Ryder, brother in-law Ed Polkenhorn, niece Jerry Ellen Toleson, nephew William “Buff” McCullough, niece Lori Billings, nephews Kevin and Jason Wilder, niece Angela Wilder, nephews William, Michael, David and Jeff Mowery, nephews Phillip and Joel Castro, niece Debra Goodwin, nephews Ed III and Stacy Polkenhorn, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service with military honors this Saturday July 30th at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards, everyone will meet at the Legion Hall in Hoopa, a place Hank enjoyed very much. In lieu of flowers, you may deposit donations at Coast Central Credit Union, POB 339, Hoopa, CA 95546 American Legion account #53489 S70.1.

Pall bearer: Jason Wilder. Honorary Bearers: Eddie Coleman, Ed Polkenhorn, Frank Starkey, Sergio Martinez, Kevin Wilder, Chad Wilder, Jared Wilder, William “Buff’ McCullough, Thomas Mosier, Dakota Mosier, William Davis, Henry Davis, Terry Davis, Terry Davis Jr. Ben Cervantes, Jarome Cervantes, Gabe Cervantes, Pat Jackson, Oscar “Tyke” Billings, Ed Masten, Wayne Grant, Clyde Moon, Melvin Marshall, Kim Conrad, Abraham Camez, Walt Lara, Hugh “Mac” McCullough, Mike McCurdy, Robby Moon, Zane Grant Sr. Zane “Chip” Grant Jr., Hank Masten, Thomas Masten, Raulf Durang.

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Bystanders Detain, Injure Would-Be McKinleyville Bank Robber

Hank Sims / Yesterday @ 9:58 p.m. / Crime



From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Wednesday, July 27 2016 at about 3:23 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Tri-Counties Bank at 1630 Central Ave. in Mckinleyville for a robbery just occurred. Bank employee’s reported a male subject wearing a black hooded sweatshirt/ black, full face mask entered the business. The suspect, later identified as John Walter Wilson aged 58 of Fieldbrook, walked up to a teller, demanded cash and reached towards the rear of his waistband to indicate he possessed a firearm. The suspect stated to several employees that he had a gun.

The teller provided the suspect with an undisclosed amount of cash, which he placed in a bag and fled the scene. As he fled, a female citizen gave chase and was assaulted by Wilson. She and several other citizens successfully detained Wilson until deputy arrival. The citizen assaulted by Wilson received a non-life threatening injury. Wilson was transported to Mad River Hospital, where he was treated and released for minor injuries sustained while being detained by the citizens.

Wilson was transported to the HCCF to be booked on charges of Robbery, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Threats, Assault/Battery and PC 185 Wearing a mask during the commission of a crime.

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.


‘Humboldt’ to Become a Prestige TV Crime Drama Starring John Malkovich

Ryan Burns / Yesterday @ 4:54 p.m. / Our Culture

Acting legend/consciousness vessel John Malkovich will star as the head of “a quirky Northern California crime family” in an upcoming premium cable show called Humboldt, Deadline Hollywood reports.

The show, which we first caught wind of almost a year and a half ago, was inspired by Emily Brady’s 2013 nonfiction book Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier. (Alas, Malkovich will not be playing our own Sheriff Mike Downey, who features in the book.)

Details are scant thus far, but this thing has some promising bona fides, beyond Mr. Malkovich. The series is being co-developed by Anonymous Content, the production company behind such esteemed shows as Mr. Robot and True Detective and the award-winning movies Spotlight and The Revenant.

As Humboldt County looks to capitalize on our reputation for quality cannabis, it looks like Tinseltown is doing the same. No word yet on whether they’ll actually film the show here.


Betty Chinn Gives Us an Update on the Blue Angel Container Village, a (Temporary) Home for the Homeless

Bayley Brown / Yesterday @ 4:37 p.m. / Homelessness

Betty Chinn standing by the healing garden in the Blue Angel Village Photo: Bayley Brown

Betty Chinn and Greater Eureka Community Outreach Program (GECOP) Project Manager James Rockwell came in to the KHUM studios give an update on how everything is shaping up at the Mercer-Fraser Parking Lot at Commercial and 3rd Streets.  GECOP has been informally called “Container Village” and “Betty’s Apartments” but Rockwell said that the residents voted on “Blue Angel Village” at one of their weekly community meetings.  

AUDIO: Betty Chinn and James Rockwell on KHUM

The project is nearing its halfway point, and Chinn says that they have seen significant progress from many of the residents.  Under the agreement with the city, people who check in have 90 days to find employment and housing. They will have to extend the deadline for a few residents to 120 days because the process takes time. Chinn says, “Basically they’ve stayed back because of the housing. We haven’t gotten the paperwork done yet.” So far 16 people have found permanent housing and about 28 have employment.  

GECOP connects residents with medical care, mental health services, alcohol and drug services, birth certificate, state IDs, and other foundational needs.  “We work with people where they’re at and try to build up their potential to reenter our community,” Rockwell said.  He also had the idea of a healing garden, which the residents have taken pride in. 

Rockwell said that a low barrier program is important.  “So many people there have dogs. That is a barrier to them getting any sort of housing program,” he said.  The only overnight shelter in the community doesn’t allow dogs.  He stressed that it was amazing how much this was a prohibitive barrier for people to get into programs and get housing. We discussed how the dogs are members of the residents’ families and it was important to keep people with their companions.  

When the program was first proposed, many businesses spoke out against it.  Chinn stressed that they have not had any problems and that in fact one unnamed business owner now comes by daily.  She attributed this to her good neighbor policy: no loitering, no litter and no trespassing.  

Chinn and Rockwell said that they have made a commitment to have the containers there for only six months.  The containers are not outfitted with heating.  Rockwell said that they will have to get creative in the winter, but luckily the environment on Humboldt Bay is temperate.  

“It’s a program in which we allow people with whatever problems they have with their dogs and whatever baggage to come in and get an opportunity to change their life around.  People are seizing the opportunity” Rockwell said. He stressed that giving people homes first gives them empowerment through a sense of ownership and voice. Rockwell elaborated: “We’ve engaged with a lot of hopelessness. ‘I can’t change my life. This is it.’ So to watch people come alive from that state has been pure awesomeness. Really, really fulfilling for me on a personal level to participate in that process with people.” 

If anyone wants more information or is looking for employees, Betty requests you call the Day Center at 707-407-3833 or visit


The healing garden. Photo: Bayley Brown.

A view of the village from the street. Photo: Bayley Brown.

A row of apartments. Photo: Bayley Brown.

A few more apartments. Photo: Bayley Brown.

At Fried Chicken Lunch, Trinity County Official Tells Rail Boosters Feasibility Study Will be In-Depth and Unbiased

Ryan Burns / Yesterday @ 4:10 p.m. / Economy , Government

Members of the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group watch a presentation by Richard Tippett of the Trinity County Transportation Commission at the Samoa Cookhouse Wednesday. | Ryan Burns

When Caltrans announced last month that it was awarding a $276,000 grant to the Trinity County Transportation Commission for an east-west rail feasibility study, many local train fans viewed it as validation, a vote of confidence in their dreams of Humboldt Bay becoming a major shipping hub connected to the national rail system via a newly constructed railroad. But in a presentation this afternoon to the pro-rail Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group, a Trinity County official warned a group of roughly 60 people that the study will be an unbiased analysis of the facts, and as such it may well conclude that a new rail line is not feasible. 

Richard Tippett serves as both the director of the Trinity County Department of Transportation and the secretary of the county’s Transportation Commission, the agency receiving the grant. He traveled to the Samoa Cookhouse today, and one of the first slides in his lunchtime presentation stated:

THIS IS NOT - A study to show/prove that a rail line is feasible. 
THIS IS - A study to determine the feasibility of constructing a new rail line.
THIS MEANS - Trinity County starts out neutral and lets the facts bring the project to a conclusion. 
ULTIMATELY - We know that there will be a large group that will not like the results, but will accept the conclusion based on the goals of being factual, transparent and inclusive.

With that explanation out of the way, Tippett went on to describe the planned scope and schedule of the study and outline the groups that will be involved in bringing it to fruition.

Here are a few of the facts he laid out:

  • With $69,000 in local matching funds/services coming from the Land Bridge Alliance (another pro-rail group instrumental in pursuing this grant), the total project amount will be $345,000.
  • If — and only if — the study concludes that a new east-west rail line is feasible then — and only then — will the project proceed to the environmental analysis phase, which would likely cost millions of dollars and take several years to complete.
  • The amount of money it would take to go into construction on such a rail line is well beyond the means of Trinity County or any of the non-governmental groups involved in this effort. But since the Caltrans grant was announced Tippett’s phone has been “ringing off the hook” from agencies “all over the country” interested in winning the bid to perform the study. This includes representatives of major railroad companies such as HDR, Inc.
  • The contract for the study must be awarded by May 17, 2017, and the study must be completed by June 30, 2019.
  • The study will involve reviewing all previous studies; identifying possible railroad routes and land ownership along the way; listing environmental issues and permitting needs; laying out the known cultural resources including sites of tribal significance; and analyzing the economic forecast, including the market potential.

Tippett noted that the timeline imposed by Caltrans’ — three years and three months — will be tight. The whole process, he said, is “get your butt in gear, get out the door and get it done.”

He also noted that he’s heard a wide range of opinions on this contentious issue, including letters in local publications. “It’s important that we be inclusive and listen to them,” Tippett said.

(VIDEO) Man Travels to Eureka, Feels Lost, Makes a Video About It

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 4:05 p.m. / Our Culture

As we note often here on LoCO, Humboldtians are fascinated with the way we are perceived by outsiders. Thus, we can’t help but be fascinated with the travel video below. 

Above: “NoCantFant”

Meet Drew Fant AKA “NoCantFant.” On his Facebook page, the Houston, Texas resident describes himself as “JUST A MAN THAT LIKES TO TRAVEL AND CREATE,” which seems to check out since, recently, Fant traveled to the “quaint town” of Eureka and created a video chronicling his experiences here. 

His conclusion? The Eureka pace of life had him feeling like a “lost puppy.”

“I was literally trying to figure out what am I going to do with my life over here, you know?” Fant says in the clip. “Idle time is the devil’s playground and, player, I was on the slide.”

More on how Fant felt about his time here is revealed in the clip’s description:

Here is my trip to the wonderful town of Eureka California! I enjoyed my stay here after a few bumps on the road, but there are some nice museums here and a zoo to check out! Not downing Eureka, but just wasn’t my cup of tea for others it may be perfect. What I do know is that it is BEAUTIFUL!

Fant eventually found his way to Trinidad which seems to have been, in his view, more soul-pleasing. You win this round, Trinidad!

We will note that, should you happen to be someone who is in the habit of donating to strangers’ world treks, our mini-documentarian friend has a GoFundMe page with which he hopes to fund his travels. 

Good luck, NoCantFant. Oh, now watch that video.