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Brian Elie and Eric Kirk were recipients of the first-ever recognition for exceptional volunteerism and professional pro-bono work to KMUD for their assistance in handling the legal and real estate issues involved in two estates bequeathed to KMUD.

Brian Elie, the broker and owner of the Madrone Reality in Garberville and longtime KMUD programmer (Brian's World- Fridays 10 am - noon), was warmly applauded as he received a lifetime membership award and KMUD sweatshirt at the KMUD 2013 Annual KMUD Membership Meeting held last Tues., June 25 at the Healy Senior Center in Redway.

Eric Kirk, Attorney at Law with offices at 864 Locust St # A, Garberville, does a talk show on KMUD called "All Things Reconsidered" airing on the third Thurs. of each month from 7-8 pm. Kirk was not able to attend the membership meeting for the presentation.

According to Board Treasurer, Julia Minton, "In addition to their years of volunteer service to KMUD, both Brian Elie and Eric Kirk worked very diligently and selflessly on KMUD's two bequests.  We are eternally grateful for their dedication and volunteer service."

Other highlights of the annual meeting included a final call for Member Representative Nominations for the Board and a "Strategic Planning Input Process" that gave those attending the meeting an opportunity to write answers to several questions, including questions about what KMUD does well and what would be the perfect KMUD programming? These responses will be taken into consideration as the Board continues developing its strategic plan.

Click here for a copy of the Agenda for the meeting.

The Photo below shows KMUD Board President Suzanne Beers presenting the Life Time Membership Award and KMUD Sweatshirt to Brian Elie. Photos on this page by Terri Klemetson.

Update: Fri., June 28, 2013- Anthony Lane located, and arrested for suspicion of murder and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Anthony Ray Lane, a person of interest sought in connection with the homicide investigation of a 57 year-old man in the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive, Alderpoint, was located in a motel in Willits and arrested early this morning by Willits Police Officers, assisted by Mendocino County Sheriff's Officers. Lane was booked into the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for suspicion of murder and possession of a stolen vehicle. More details can be found in the HCSO press release below.

HCSO Press Release, Fri., June 28, 2013:
On Thursday June 27, 2013 at about 11:30 PM, Officers from the Willits Police Department located the black Jeep Cherokee that was believed to be operated by suspect Anthony Lane.  The Willits Police Officers had received a "be on the lookout" broadcast issued by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for this homicide investigation.  The vehicle was found in the parking lot of a motel in the Willits area.  On June 28, 2013 at about 12:30 AM, officers of the Willits Police Department, with the assistance of deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, located Lane in one of the rooms of the hotel.  Lane was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Humboldt County Line, where deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office took custody of Lane.  Lane was booked into the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for suspicion of murder and possession of
a stolen vehicle (the black Jeep Cherokee).

At this time the motive for the crime is being investigated.  There does not appear at this time to be a connection with this homicide to the earlier marijuana cultivation investigation and arrests that took place in the same area.  The homicide does not appear to be a home invasion, marijuana related or in association with the Garret Rodriguez missing person investigation.

The Humboldt County Coroner's Office is still in the process of notification of family members of the victim of this suspected homicide.  For that reason, the name of the victim is not being released.  An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday June 29, 2013 and the cause of death is not being released until after the autopsy is concluded and it will not jeopardize the investigation. The lead investigator is Detective Franco (707) 268-3644 or (707) 445-7251, anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to telephone Detective Franco at the listed
numbers.

Latest arrest booking photo of Lane shown below.

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A woman reported to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office that she found her 57 year-old step father deceased at his residence in the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive, Alderpoint, stating that she had not heard from him for four days and drove to his home to check on him. Upon investigation, deputies and dectectives ruled the death to be suspicious and are investigating the death as a homicide.

Presently detectives are looking for a black 2000 Jeep Cherokee, CA Lic. 5HNG536 which may be driven by Anthony Ray Lane (shown in the photo above),  described as a 37 year-old white male adult, 5'10", 185 lbs., redish brown hair. Lane is reportedly a person of interest in this investigation and is being sought for questioning by the Sheriff's Office.  Persons should not approach Lane, if located, and are asked to call the Sheriff's Office if he is spotted.  The lead investigator is Detective Franco (707) 268-3644 or (707) 445-7251. The press release appears below.


HCSO press release, dated, Thurs., June 27, 2013:
Detectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office are currently investigating a
death that has been determined to be suspicious and suspected to be a homicide.  The
location of occurrence is the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive, Alderpoint, CA.

The reporting party called the Sheriff's Office at 8:50 AM.  The reporting party
stated that she had not heard from her step-father for the last four (4) days and
drove to his residence in the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive.  When she arrived
she discovered her 57 year old step-father was deceased.  Deputies and Detectives
were dispatched to the residence and have ruled the death to be suspicious and are
investigating the death as a homicide.

Detectives are looking for a black 2000 Jeep Cherokee, CA 5HNG536 which may be
driven by Anthony Ray Lane, WMA, 510, 185, red and brown (DOB 09-18-1975).  Lane is
a person of interest in this investigation and is being sought for questioning by
the Sheriff's Office.  Persons should not approach Lane, if located, and are asked
to call the Sheriff's Office if he is spotted.  The lead investigator is Detective
Franco (707) 268-3644 or (707) 445-7251.

The motive for this suspected homicide is not known at this time.  Detectives are
just now arriving at the time of this release.  The name of the victim is not being
released until additional family members can be notified.  Due to the infancy of
this investigation, the suspected cause of death is not being released, and will be
once the Coroner is able to arrange for an autopsy.

A man entered the Bank of America in McKinleyville this morning (Thurs., June 27, 2013 ) and reportedly waved a black revolver at tellers and customers announcing that it was a bank robbery. The suspect then, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release, jumped over the counter and began loading money into a bag. The suspect (see photo above) fled westbound on Hiller Avenue, dropping money as he ran, and drove away in a white Nissan Pathfinder or Xterra type vehicle with tinted rear windows driven by a second suspect. The vehicle was last seen westbound on Hiller Avenue.

The suspect is described as a Black Male Adult, 5-9 to 5-10" tall, around 30 years of age, wearing black tennis shoes with thin white strips on the arches, grey sweat pants, black sweat shirt, red under shirt, grey cotton style gloves, aviator style sunglasses, white bandana across face and a short cropped mustache to lip line. The HCSO press release appears below.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. 

 

HCSO press release:
On 06-27-2013, approximately 10:03 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office was notified of an armed robbery which just occurred at the Bank of America, McKinleyville.  The Humboldt County Sheriff's Dispatch center was advised by witnesses that the suspect was dropping money as he fled the bank and was armed with a handgun.

When deputies arrived on scene they met with witnesses who told them the suspect entered the bank and immediately began waving a black revolver around, pointing it at the tellers and customers while telling them it was a Bank Robbery. The suspect jumped over the counter and loaded up a bag that he brought with him with the banks money. After loading up the bag, the suspect fled the bank on foot, westbound on Hiller Avenue dropping money as he fled. Witnesses saw the suspect get into a vehicle being driven by another person. The suspect was seen by witnesses getting into a white Nissan Pathfinder or Xterra type vehicle with tinted rear windows. It was being driven by a second suspect. The vehicle was last seen westbound on Hiller Avenue.

An immediate broadcast of the Bank Robbery suspect and vehicle description was sent to all local law enforcement agencies.  Law Enforcement Units from all Humboldt County Agencies immediately began searching for the vehicle and suspect. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) responded and is assisting with the investigation. Bank of America has provided security photos of the suspect.

Suspect description: Black Male Adult, 5-9 to 5-10" tall, around 30 years of age, wearing black tennis shoes with thin white strips on the arches, grey sweat pants, black sweat shirt, red under shirt, grey cotton style gloves, aviator style sunglasses, white bandana across face and a short cropped mustache to lip line.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Eric Allan Brown, age 27 from Redding, and Samuel O'Dennell Barton, 24 from Arcata, are being held on $265,000 bail for multiple offenses relating to marijuana cultivation on public land in the Six Rivers National Forest. According to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, dated June 26, 2013, Officers entered a grow site, acting on information that unknown subjects had been stealing water from the town of Slayer.

At the site, Officers reportedly observed an area that had been clear cut and found planter boxes that had been constructed out of the trees from the clear cut. Officers located a tent on the property from which a pitbull mix dog emerged that bit an Officer's K9 in the face and then reportedly threatened the Officers. The pitbull was subsequently shot and killed by Officers on the scene. Brown and Barton were found inside the tent along with a loaded pistol. The suspects were arrested and transported to Trinity County Jail.

Click here for a pdf copy of the press release.

Pictured below are: Eric Allan Brown (left), and Samuel O'Dennell Barton (right).

    

Update Thurs., June 27, 2013- According to a telephone conversation today with Bob Rinker, Manager of the Statements and Use Program, California State Water Board, the goal of the program is to get people to comply voluntarily in reporting their water diversions. If the enforcement section of the program does a review and finds that a person has complied voluntarily, even though they missed the initial filing in 2010, the agency is less likely to take any punitive action against that person. In other words, he suggests that people required to report do so ASAP. The form for filing your water diversion for the first time can be obtained using the link below.

Click here to download State Water Resources Control Board "Initial Statement of Water Diversion and Use Form."

Bob Rinker will be at the Water Rights Educational Forum for Rural Landowners on Thursday, July 11 from 4-6pm at the Beginnings Octagon in Briceland. The forum will be hosted by Salmonid Restoration Federation (SRF) and Friends of the Eel River and features speakers Jane Arnold, Water Specialist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Matt McCarthy with the Division of Water Rights of the State Water Board, and Tasha McKee from Sanctuary Forest. Attendees will learn about water rights, small domestic use permits, and what constitutes a riparian right. For more information call SRF at 707 923-7501 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The deadline for complying with California State Water Board requirements for reporting water diversions (taking and using water from rivers streams and springs) is July 1, 2013. Most diversions covered by this mandatory reporting requirement are from surface water taken and used from rivers and streams or from springs that flow off the property in which the total amount of spring water diverted is 25 acre-feet or more per year. More information on what diversions are specifically required for this reporting requirement can be obtained by clicking here.

According to the State Water Board website, the main purpose of the "Statement Program" is to create a central repository for records of diversions and uses of water. The site also states that: "Failure to file a statement may subject you to civil liabilities that carry a maximum fine of $1,000 plus $500 for each day the violation continues after 30 days of the State Water Board notifying you of the violation."

 

  • Click here for KMUD News coverage of the first round of reporting which was due July 1, 2010 covering water usage for 2009. This piece inclues an interview with Bob Rinker, Manager of the Statements and Use Program, California State Water Board and aired on the KMUD Local News on June 18, 2010 - report submitted by KMUD Community Journalist Bob Froehlich.
  • Click here for the archived CLMP show hosted by Bonnie Blackberry who welcomes Jane Arnold and Shane Embrey of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and local activist Tom Grover. They discuss the expanding enforcement of state water diversion laws. This show aired on KMUD on Wed., June 5, 2013 at 7 pm, navigate to that time and date to listen to the show.

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, a routine contact with a parked driver netted two police scanners, a window punch for breaking windows, bolt cutters, a 9 mm luger semi-automatic handgun and ammunition, approximately 5 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a scale, torch, night vision goggles and a collapsible baton (known as an ASP).  Also recovered was property from a recent vehicle burglary. David Tatro, 40-years old from Eureka, (pictured above) was arrested and is being held with a $50,000 bail. More details are found in the press release below.

HCSO Press Release from Mon., June 24, 2013:
On 06-24-2013, approximately 8:30 a.m. two Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies patrolling on US 101 between Big Lagoon and Dry Lagoon, spotted a  1998 Ford white van parked in a no overnight camping spot near Kane Road, Orick. The deputies pulled in behind the van to speak with the driver and make sure he had not been camping there or intended to camp there. When the deputies contacted the driver they saw he was in the driver seat of the vehicle and heard the engine running. The driver identified himself as David Tatro, 40 years old from Eureka. When the deputies spoke with Tatro they noticed he was wearing gloves, they also saw there was a box of live ammunition on the dashboard of the van. They saw two personal checks on the ground near the van that were not in Tatro’s name. The deputies detained Tatro for driving on a suspended driver’s license and searched the van. Inside the van they located two police scanners, a window punch for breaking windows, bolt cutters, a 9 mm luger semi-auto handgun, ammunition approximately 5 grams of suspected methamphetamine, scale, torch, night vision goggles and a collapsible baton (known as an ASP). During the search the deputies were contacted by Sheriff’s Office Dispatch advising them a man and his wife just reported being the victim of a vehicle burglary at Dry Lagoon. The citizens reported parking their vehicle in the parking lot of Dry Lagoon and going for approximately one hour hike. When they returned to their vehicle the citizens saw the vehicles drivers’ side window was smashed and all their items were stolen.

The deputies located all of the victim’s stolen property in the white van,  including jewelry, the wife’ purse, husband’s wallet, keys, I-Pad, luggage and computer. The victims were shown the property by the deputies who confirmed it was all theirs.

David Tatro was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property, driving on a suspended license, possession of burglary tools and possession of an illegal weapon. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked and his bail was set at $50,000.00.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Items confiscated from Tatro's Van:

The energy company, PacificCorp, has plans to conduct algaecide experiments in the Klamath River this summer. Additionally, gold miners have found a way to get around the law banning suction dredge mining, and Native American tribes and environmental acitivists are rallying to stop both practices.

The player below contains a news piece submitted by News Correspondent Eric Black. The story aired on the KMUD Local News on June 17, 2013.

An additional story, submitted by Eric Black on low water flows in the Klamath River, can be heard using the player below. This piece aired on the KMUD Local News Mon., June 24, 2013.

Additional Resource:

 

Ben Schill (see photo above), a 70 year-old retired carpenter, handiman and local historian, from Phillipsville, is on a mission to restore the Wailaki Languge. The Native-American Wailaki people lived along the Eel River in an area that now lies in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties.

Schill gave a presentation at a Southern Humboldt Working Together (SHWT) meeting on Wed., June 5, 2013. A short part of Schill's presentation was aired in a story about him on the KMUD Local News, Wed., June 19, 2013.

Use the player below to hear the entire presentation by Ben Schill. The Audio was recorded by KMUD News Correspondent Eileen Russell. Note: the first few words of the presentation were not recorded.

The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) has filed a suit to challenge the actions of officials in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to fund, administer, and operate the Trinity River fish hatchery on the Trinity River in northern California. The Trinity River fish hatchery (shown in the photo above) is located on Highway 299; 24 miles west of Redding. Click here to see a copy of the lawsuit.

Use the player below to hear more on this story in a report submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Dan Young. This piece aired on the KMUD Local News Fri., June 14, 2013.

Additional Resources:

 

Update June 20, 2013-Murdered man found in the Spyrock Road area (Mendocino County, Calif) near Burns Creek, has been identified as 23 year-old Hugo Olea Lopez from Upper Lake, Lake County, Calif.

Update June 18, 2013- New details in the Spyrock Road homicide:

According to an updated press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, Officers were originally alerted to a suspected homicide at a remote location on Spyrock Road in Laytonville, California by an anonymous caller who said that their relative, the victim, had been murdered. Upon investigation officers found a deceased Hispanic adult male with an apparent gunshot wound.

At the scene Sheriff's Detectives found 300 budding marijuana plants that had apparently been growing in an outdoor setting as well as inside of at least two temporary greenhouse structures.The plants had been recently cut as if to be harvested.  Detective investigations indicated the victim had been camping at the location while tending to the growing marijuana plants.  The victim was found in his camp close to the cut marijuana plants.

A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for June 19. The victim has not yet been positively identified.

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 As reported on the KMUD Local News for Mon., June 17, 2013, a deceased person found on a Spyrock Road property in northern Mendocino County is the victim of a suspected homicide. KMUD News reported that as of news time there had been no arrests or known suspects identified in the case, and that according to local residents Sheriff's Deputies left the crime scene with budded marijuana in their vehicle. At this time evidence in this case is limited.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.

Check back to this post to track updates in this case.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office press release, dated June 17, 2013:
On 06-17-2013 at 0748 hours the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a person who had received second hand information of a possible homicide at a remote location on Spyrock Road in Laytonville, California.

Based upon the reported information personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and California Department of Fish & Wildlife responded to the location.

On 06-17-2013 at approximately 1115 hours law enforcement personnel arrived at the location and found one deceased person. Sheriff's Detectives have responded to the location and have begun an investigation into the circumstances of the person's death. Additional information will be disseminated by press release as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.

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