Do You Recognize This Rig? Sheriff’s Office Investigating Residential Burglary in Hydesville

Andrew Goff / Today @ 12:03 p.m. / Crime

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:


On 07-19-17 deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary on Johnson Road in Hydesville. During the investigation it was determined that neighbors had seen a vehicle (attached photo) parked across the street from the victim’s residence earlier in the day. Later the vehicle was spotted parked near the fire department. Witnesses additionally reported seeing two masked suspects, wearing all black, running from the area of the victim’s home, carrying a duffel bag, and leaving in the vehicle. The vehicle was last seen headed towards Fortuna. The victim reported two compound bows and jewelry were taken during the burglary.

The suspect vehicle is described as a green 90s model Chevrolet pickup with a white tailgate. The vehicle appeared to be lifted.

Suspect seen in the vehicle while parked across the street: dark skinned male, short brown hair, stocky build, late 20’s early 30’s.

For the last several years there has been an increase in daytime burglaries. Residents are asked to keep a watchful eye on their neighborhoods. If suspicious persons or vehicles are seen, try to get a good description, and call the Sheriff’s Office.

If anyone has information on this incident please call the Sheriff’s Office at 445-7251.


Deputies Chase Devil’s Elbow Car Burglary Suspect Into the Brush, Where He Vanishes From Sight

Hank Sims / Today @ 9:44 a.m. / Crime

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 07-19-17 at about 1324 hrs deputies were dispatched to the Tegtmiers area of the Trinity River for a report of a vehicle burglary that had just occurred. This is a well-known swimming/sunbathing area down river from the town of Willow Creek. The area is also known as the Devil’s Elbow to tourists.

Deputies arrived with 5 minutes and located the victim’s vehicle with a shattered window. The victim reported seeing the suspect still in the area. Deputies located the suspect who ran from the area. The deputies chased the suspect down a steep embankment and into heavy brush. Due to the terrain the deputies lost sight of the suspect and terminated the foot pursuit. While searching for the suspect deputies located what is believed to property stolen from the victim’s vehicle. The victim left the area before deputies could hike back to the parking lot. The suspect is described as a darker complected male, 5’8” to 5’ 10”, 170-190 lbs, short brown hair, wearing a black T shirt and black shorts.

Anyone with information into this crime is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 445-7251.

Woman Wounded Near Alderpoint Proves Difficult for Deputies to Locate, Finally Turns Up at Garberville Hospital

Hank Sims / Today @ 9:03 a.m. / Crime

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office

On 07-19-17 at about 2143 hrs Deputies were dispatched to a report a gunshot victim walking around the Alderpoint area. Deputies were initially unable to locate the female victim, but later contacted her at Jerold Phelps Community Hospital in Garberville. The victim had a wound to her arm/hand area that appeared to have been made by some type of projectile. Deputies were able to determine the incident occurred in the Wool Mountain area of Trinity County. Humboldt County Deputies completed a courtesy report and the investigation has been turned over to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information involving this incident is urged to contact the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office.

OBITUARY: Alice Hernandez, 1949-2017

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


Alice Faye Hernandez, born March 31st 1949, passed away peacefully in her home on July 8th.

Alice had so many hobbies - painting, flower arrangements, sewing, and so many more. If she wasn’t doing crafts, she was shopping at Michael’s for more materials. If she were able to, she would have spent hours in that store.

Alice was so very loved, and she loved all. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her family. She will be missed dearly.

She is preceded in death by her parents Kenneth Lilley and Bertha Barthol, her brothers Billy Bebee, Marvin Lilley, and James Pannell Sr., and her sister Evelyn Carpenter.

She is survived by her husband Tony Hernandez, her sisters Mary, May (Bob), and Betty. Her daughter Pam Aziz (Fred), their children Brandon (Carlina) and Tasha. Her daughter Sherrie Reynolds, her children Rachel (Victor), Kristin (Crysthian), and Rock. Her son Thomas Murrell (Sonia) and their daughter Aurora. Her daughter Tracie Middleton (Jim), their children Dusty, Cheyenne, and Brooke. Her son Anthony Hernandez (Elisha), their children Samantha, Marcus, Kyle, Kali, and Blayne. Her daughter Lori Pierce, and her children Hillary, Courtney, and Whitnee. Her son Matthew Hernandez, and his children Kayla, Rebecka, and Hailey. Her 9 great-grandkids and many nieces and nephews. Her dear friends Sue LaFranchi, Joyce Ruiz, Shirleen Williams, and Dianna Melton.

A celebration of life will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church (3400 F Street in Eureka) on 7/22/17 at 11 a.m.

Mendo Wildfire Burning Along Highway 101 is 90 Percent Contained, Calfire Says

John Ross Ferrara / Yesterday @ 2:47 p.m. / Fire

Photos provided by Calfire.

The wildfire burning alongside Highway 101 in Mendocino County is now 90 percent contained after firefighter’s four-day battle with the blaze.

Calfire reports that as of 9 a.m. today, the “Grade Fire” has burned 900 acres just north of Redwood Valley.

The fire started late Sunday afternoon, when a truck pulling a mobile home caught fire alongside the highway. Firefighters quickly extinguished the car fire, but not before it spread to the nearby hills covered in dry grass.

Overall, 443 firefighters, 40 fire engines, 16 dozers, six water tenders, and one helicopter have been used to fight the fire.

Calfire reports that crews will remain on scene to patrol, extinguish the fire’s interior hot spots, and strengthen control lines.

Eureka Police Release Descriptions for This Morning’s Armed Home Invasion Robbers

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 1:47 p.m. / Crime

PREVIOUSLY: Eureka Police Respond to a Report of Armed Residential Robbery on Sixth Street

Eureka Police Department press release: 

On July 19, 2017, at about 8:20 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to the 1100 block of 6th Street for the report of an armed robbery at an occupied residence.

The victim told officers that an unknown male knocked on his door and claimed to be with PG&E. Two other male suspects armed with firearms then rushed the victim and assaulted and restrained him. The suspects ransacked a bedroom and took a laptop before fleeing in what appeared to be an older model black Honda Civic with paint damage on the roof.

The male suspects were described as white or Hispanic in their late 20s or early 30s. One suspect was wearing a white dress shirt and tie. Their vehicle was last seen west on 6th Street. The victim refused medical attention.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Bise at (707) 441-4109

ALBUM REVIEW: Rowdy Blue Lake Singer/Songwriter Jeff Kelley’s ‘Never Been Done’

Janine Volkmar / Yesterday @ 1:11 p.m. / Music

Kelley plays with his band The Vanishing Pints at last weekend’s Humboldt Folklife Festival All-Day Free Fest | Andrew Goff

Jeff Kelley’s CD is out and it’s a gem. Never Been Done is a treasure trove of songs that are sweet, hilarious, deep and lovely, often combining two of these characteristics in the same song. 


It’s Kelley’s first CD ever and it took close to a full year to record, mostly because he is busy performing, teaching and doing sound for other musicians. Among his other projects: He plays in a Grateful Dead cover band The Miracle Show, in a rowdy Irish folk music group The Vanishing Pints, and in the Dell’Arte band, recently performing in The State of Jefferson Picnic and other Dell’Arte shows such as the Red Light in Blue Lake Adult Cabaret.


Kelley gigs as a solo act, too. And that’s not all. He’s a sound engineer for the Blue Lake Casino and tutors math at College of the Redwoods. No wonder the CD took a year.

“Dominic Romano at Bongo Boy Studios told me, ‘Let’s get this finished!’ so we did,” Kelley said.

Kelley estimated that they spent 40 to 50 hours in the studio, recording and bringing in other people. Romano filled in with vocals, keyboards, thumps and tambourine on many cuts. Other local guests included Jeff Thomas and Leah Mahan on vocals, Chris Parreira on harmonica, Sam Kaplan-Good on drums and shaker, Colin Trujillo on banjo, Steve Porter on saws and Anwyn Halliday on trumpet. 

It all adds up to a CD that moves confidently from song to song and mood to mood. It’s my new favorite to cook to, and I tested it out on seven berry pies and three cakes. Total success.

Kelley’s songwriting skills are honed from years of experience. Words come first for him and the complex and clever rhyming shows that. “I typically write the lyrics first,” he said. “I find it easier to find musical passages after that.”

Humor is an essential element of many of his tunes. “Lord Buckley said that ‘Laughter is the absence of terror’,” he explained. Lord Buckley (1906-1960) was, for the uninitiated, “the hipster bebop preacher who defied all labels,” according to that other hipster, Bob Dylan.

And you will laugh when you listen to the title track, “Never Been Done,” Kelley’s funny ode to a difficult lover. The song revels in ways to describe getting along with a problem partner, including the image of breaking up rocks in a 12-hour day. But, the song asserts, it can be done. And it goes on to remind us that “penicillin is made from mold on bread, gardens are grown in poo, I’m going to do what’s never been done, I’m going to get along with you.”

The musicality is rich and deep, just what one might expect from someone who started playing saxophone in the second grade, took piano lessons in grades four through six, then turned to the guitar in 10th grade. Kelley grew up in Redondo Beach and moved to Humboldt County in 1983 “because of a girl who promptly dumped me. I didn’t have any money to leave and I realized I didn’t want to,” he said with a smile. He’s been here ever since.

Kelley describes his CD as “songs of life, death and silliness.” Some of the songs are touching moments of a thoughtful life. “Hello Chicago” with its tasty trumpet solo by Halliday, recalls the sweetness of a week-long visit to his daughter in Chicago and the sadness at ending the visit. The refrain of “Hello, Chicago/Can I come home to you/Will your wind blow away these lonesome blues,” stays in your ear like a welcome memory, not an earworm. Another song that plays well on repetition is “Raining River.” 


The plaintive refrain of “I still believe in love,” should, by rights be the title of “Keeping Belief in Love” but, Kelley explained, there were seven other songs with that title. Who cares about a title? The song is lovely.

The last cut on the CD, “Sacrifice,” is really a work of art. “It’s hard to hear that and think, ‘I did that’,” Kelley said. He and Romano collaborated on the song. “We both played the keyboard at the same time and then went in and manipulated it on the computer,” said Kelley. The mixture of organ, vocals and guitar makes for a lush arrangement of a beautiful lyric.

Get this CD and enjoy one of Humboldt’s fine singer/songwriters. It’s available on CDBaby and iTunes now and Kelley hopes to do a CD release party soon. Or just ask him when you see him around the county. The Vanishing Pints perform Thursday, July 13 at the Mad River Brewery from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the Humboldt Folklife Festival Saturday, July 15 at 5:45 p.m. on the street stage in front of Dell’Arte. It shouldn’t be difficult to find this hardworking musician.


Janine Volkmar writes for the Mad River Union. Subscribe here.