Courts

June 2019

Fortuna Teenager Accused of Terror Threats Against Church Youth Group Pleads Not Guilty; Bail Lowered to $50,000

Accused Kidnapper Franklin Molina to Stand Trial on Charges That Could Earn Him Life in Prison

Eureka Man to Stand Trial for Murder of 62-Year-Old Old Town Resident; Detectives, Witnesses Lay Out Evidence Against Suspect in Preliminary Hearing

A Fight Between Humboldt Stakeholders Over the Klamath Dams is Impacting Environmental Protections Across the Country

‘Well, We Waited,’ Accused Arcata Pig Killer Told APD Officer Upon Being Discovered Next to Pile of Freshly Butchered Meat

Accused Arcata Pig Killer Will Stand Trial; Defense Argues Suspect Believed He Had Right to Slaughter ‘Princess’

DA: 38-Year-Old Eureka Child Rapist Found Guilty on 16 Felony Charges, Faces Life in Prison

Eureka Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Family Will Stand Trial

May 2019

Convicted of Fortuna Murder-For-Hire 30 Years Ago, Stephen Chiara Now Charged in DUI Death of Former Humboldt County Investigator

DA: Suspect in Fatal McK Hit-and-Run Was On Multiple Drugs; Judge Denies Bail Due to ‘Severity’ of Crime

Suspect in Fatal McKinleyville Hit-and-Run Appears in Court; Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter, DUI

Eureka Man Who Pleaded Guilty to Molesting Children Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

First Suspect in Arcata Pet Pig Slaughter Appears in Court; Miller Arraigned on Charges of Animal Cruelty, Grand Theft

McKinleyville Woman Arrested for Manslaughter After Allegedly Striking, Killing Pedestrian Saturday Morning

COURT ROUNDUP: Former Fugitive Zach Harrison Set for Murder Trial in September; Arcata Slashing, Dinsmore Shooting Trials Also Scheduled

Convicted Killers From Humboldt County Seek Re-Sentencing Under California’s New Felony Murder Rule

McKinleyville Man Found Guilty of Attempted Murder For Attacking Girlfriend’s Sleeping Father With a Knife, DA Says

FISHER CASE: Former Humboldt Correctional Officer, Convicted Child Molester Sentenced to 106 Years in Prison

DEADLOCKED: Mistrial Declared In Eureka Child-Molestation Case After Jury Can’t Reach Conclusion

Still No Home For Sexually Violent Predator; For a Third Time, Judge Feeney Denies Local Placement for Joshua Cooley

Chad Smith Trial Jury Still Struggling to Reach a Verdict

Judge Drops Felony Charges in Former CR Basketball Coach’s Domestic Violence Trial, Doubts Jury Will Convict

Jury in Chad Smith Child Molestation Case Can’t Reach Unanimous Decision on Most Serious Charges, Foreman Tells Judge

April 2019

Closing Arguments in Chad Smith Child Molestation Trial; Case Goes to Jury; Court Roundup on Fisher, Tsarnas Cases

‘Kai the Homefree Hitchhiker,’ Former Humboldter and Hatchet-Wielding Viral Sensation, Convicted of First-Degree Murder

Chalking Tires for Parking Enforcement Violates the Constitution, Federal Court Rules

SoHum Kidnapping Suspect’s Court Date Canceled Due to a Severe Case of Scabies

Arcata Woman Who Killed Her Infant Daughter Committed to Mental Hospital

CHAD SMITH TRIAL, DAY ONE: Opening Statements on First Day of Second Trial for Alleged Eureka Child Molester

TODAY in COURT: Former HSU Basketball Coach Pleads Not Guilty to Burglary; No One’s Sure if Two Murder Suspects are Mentally Competent to Stand Trial

Trial of 15-Year-Old Accused of Murdering Eureka Kid at Cemetery Will be Delayed; Defense Attorney Needs Time to Complete Investigation

Arcata Man to Face Attempted Murder Charges Over Last Week’s Highway 299 Shootout

‘We Took It Too Far’: Man Sentenced to 7 Years for 2015 Garberville Killing

Eureka Man Accused of Stabbings Outside The Jam and The Pearl Will Stand Trial

(UPDATE) Former Correctional Officer Cory Fisher Found Guilty of Child Molestation; Acquitted of Sexual Abuse of Inmates

FISHER TRIAL: Verdict Expected This Afternoon in Former Correctional Officer’s Child Molestation Case

FISHER TRIAL: Closing Arguments Have Ended and the Case is With the Jury

FISHER TRIAL: Prosecution, Defense Make Their Closing Arguments in Sexual Assault Trial of Former Correctional Officer

March 2019

FISHER TRIAL: Estranged Wife, Youngest Alleged Victim Give Jury Different Timelines About When She Was Told of Abuse

FISHER TRIAL: Inmate Testifies for the Defense of Accused Correctional Officer; Says Fellow Inmates Made Up Stories to Frame Fisher

Man Found Guilty of Using Flame Thrower to Set Eureka Apartment Complex Ablaze

LEEN HEARING: Judge Declines to Hold Eureka Woman to Answer for Murder in Stabbing Death of Teenager; Case Against Leen’s Son Moves Forward in Juvenile Court

Fight Over Phone, Backpack Led to Fatal Stabbing in Cemetery, Witness Testifies; Judge to Rule on Murder Charges Today

Witness to Killing of Eureka Teen Tells Judge That Suspect’s Mom Held Her Back While Her Son Stabbed Victim

Future of Arcata Woman Who Killed Her Infant Daughter While Suffering Mental Illness Still in Limbo

Crabbers Could Feel the Pain as State Reaches Tentative Agreement With Environmental Group Over Whale Entanglement

Witness to Slaying of Eureka Teen Tells Court That the Victim Was Her Boyfriend, the Accused Killer Her Ex

FISHER TRIAL: Expert Witness Tells Jurors Why Children Don’t Always Report Abuse

In Eureka Teen Murder Case, District Attorney Keeps Asking For Judges to Be Disqualified

ACLU Sues St. Joseph Health for Discrimination Against Transgender Patient


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