Update-Nov. 15, 2012- the original post follows the press release below.
According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Nov. 15, 2012:
On 11/15/12, at about 9:30 AM, POP investigators served a search warrant on a second residence associated with the suspects’ commercial marijuana growing operation. This residence was also located on the 1600 block of ‘R’ Street near Hulcy’s house (the second property did not belong to Kevin James Hulcy). During a search of the two-story residence, investigators found evidence of a large recently harvested and trimmed indoor marijuana growing operation. A substantial section of the residence (3 rooms in the back) had been converted into a marijuana cultivation and processing space. The grow appeared to have been for-profit in nature and was additionally out-of-compliance with Eureka’s Medical Cannabis Ordinance. Investigators seized 15 firearms from the residence including rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Investigators also located and seized approximately a ½ pound of processed marijuana bud believed to be packaged for sale in multiple bags. Officers also observed a potential electrical fire hazard associated with the indoor marijuana growing operation due to unpermitted wiring etc. PG&E was contacted to disconnect the electrical service to the residence.
Charges including unlawful marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, and maintaining a place for the purpose of unlawfully manufacturing, storing, or distributing a controlled substance are anticipated to be requested against the residents, who were not home at the time the warrant was served.
At approximately 10:00 AM, POP investigators also conducted a related probation search at a residence on the 900 block of ‘N’ Street Eureka. Travis Matthew Collins, age 28 of Eureka, was contacted and detained at the residence. Collins was on felony formal probation for DUI. During a search of Collins’ home pursuant to his probation status, investigators located a Winchester 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun and Remington 30-06 caliber semi-automatic rifle concealed under the mattress in his bedroom. Investigators also found approximately 3 ounces of processed marijuana in his room. Collins was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for probation violation and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
This is an on-going investigation and additional arrests may follow. Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373 or the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at (707) 444-8095. Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding criminal activity, including drug activity, is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539.
The photos below show the weapons confiscated at the residences.
Photo of the indoor grow scene.
According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Nov. 13, 2012:
On 11/13/12, at about 8:00 AM, investigators with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit served a search warrant at a suspected marijuana sales house on the 1600 block of ‘R’ Street, Eureka. The warrant was obtained after the POP Unit developed information the residents were involved in a for-profit marijuana cultivation operation. Resident Kevin James Hulcy, age 30 of Eureka, was detained during a traffic stop away from the residence. During a subsequent search of the residence, investigators located and seized approximately 24 pounds of processed marijuana bud packaged for sale in ½ pound and one pound bags, 5 firearms, $38,706.00 cash (suspected marijuana sales proceeds), and other evidence indicative of illegal, commercial marijuana cultivation. Investigators also found evidence of an earlier indoor marijuana grow in a detached garage behind the residence.
Hulcy was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a space for unlawfully manufacturing, storing, or distributing a controlled substance.Additionally, similar charges are expected to be requested against a female resident (Hulcy’s girlfriend) who was not present at the time the search warrant was served. During the course of this investigation, POP investigators also procured evidence identifying the location of a second (rural) property in the Dinsmore area associated with the suspects. This information was relayed to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Response Unit. That afternoon, Deputies, assisted by Agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force and a POP investigator, executed a search warrant at the property. A large amount of processed marijuana was located there.
The photo below shows suspect, Kevin James Hulcy:
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Presidential Election Results
With 98% of the votes counted: Electoral Vote: 303 Obama/ 206 Romney; Popular Vote: 50% Obama/ 48% Romney
- Elected: BARACK OBAMA and JOSEPH BIDEN (Democratic Party)
- MITT ROMNEY and PAUL RYAN (Republican Party)
- JILL STEIN and CHERI HONKALA (Green Party)
- GARY JOHNSON and JAMES P. GRAY (Libertarian "Party)
- ROSEANNE BARR and CINDY SHEEHAN (Peace and Freedom Party)
- THOMAS HOEFLING and ROBERT ORNELAS (America's Party and American Independent Party)
U.S. Senate Results:
98.5% ( 24,135 of 24,491 ) precincts partially reporting as of November 7, 2012, 6:19 a.m.
- Elected: DIANNE FEINSTEIN-United States Senator (Democratic) (61.5%)
- ELIZABETH EMKEN-Businesswoman/Nonprofit Executive (Republican) (38.5%)
U.S. Congressional Representative-2nd District Results:
100.0% of precincts partially reporting as of November 7, 2012, 6:19 a.m.
- Elected: JARED HUFFMAN-Environmental Attorney/Assemblymember (Democratic) (70.1%)
- DANIEL W. ROBERTS-Local Independent Businessman (Republican) (29.9%)
State Assembly - District 2 Results
100.0% of precincts partially reporting as of November 7, 2012, 6:19 a.m.
- Elected: WESLEY CHESBRO-Member of the Assembly (Democratic) (63.5%)
- TOM LYNCH Father-Small Businessman Member of the Assembly (Democratic) (36.5%)
Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District, Governing Board Member (4 year term) Results - TWO Candidates Elected
(As of 11/07/2012 @ 1:19 AM/Precincts Reporting 129 of 129 = 100.00%)
- Elected:DAVID ORDONEZ-Retired Firefighter (26.95%)
- Elected:CORINNE STROMSTAD-Appointed Incumbent (26.49%)
- BETH BENNETT-ALLEN-Patient Advocate (24.73%)
- KAREN RUTH-Retired Geneticist (21.45%)
Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District, Governing Board Member (2 year term) - ONE Candidate Elected
- Elected: JUDITH A. GONZALES-Retired Business Owner (51.95%)
- CLIFTON ANDERSON-Appointed Incumbent (47.71%)
Results of the Nov. 2012 California Ballot Propositions:
98.5% of precincts partially reporting as of November 7, 2012, 6:19 a.m.
- Passed - Proposition 30 - Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
- Failed- Proposition 31 - State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
- Failed- Proposition 32 - Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute.
- Failed- Proposition 33 - Auto Insurance Companies. Prices Based on Driver's History of Insurance Coverage. Initiative Statute.
- Failed- Proposition 34 - Death Penalty. Initiative Statute.
- Passed - Proposition 35 - Human Trafficking. Penalties. Initiative Statute.
- Passed - Proposition 36 - Three Strikes Law. Repeat Felony Offenders. Penalties. Initiative Statute.
- Failed- Proposition 37 - Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling. Initiative Statute.
- Failed- Proposition 38 - Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute.
- Passed - Proposition 39 - Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding. Initiative Statute.
- Passed - Proposition 40 - State RedistrictingSenate Districts. Referendum.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, dated Nov. 2, 2012:
More than a ton of used marijuana grow soil that had been illegally dumped on the bank of the Eel River near Ferndale was cleaned up and hauled away last week. Approximately 30 bags of soil were taken to Wes Green Landscape Materials in Arcata, one of the local facilities that will accept spent soil like this for a fee. Soil that has been used in marijuana growing operations is often high in added nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, said Melissa Martel, director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Environmental Health (DEH). It becomes detrimental to the environment when it’s allowed to filter into waterways. “It’s bad for the rivers because it starves the river of oxygen, harms river organisms and can cause fish die-off,” Martel said. “It can also stimulate blue-green algae blooms during certain times of the year in creeks or slower-moving bodies of water.”
Blue-green algae looks like green, blue-green, white or brown scum, foam or mats floating on the water, she said. These floating algae masses, or “blooms,” can produce potent natural toxins. Dogs and children are most likely to be affected because of their smaller body size and tendency to stay in the water for longer periods. Human activities can dramatically affect nutrient levels and water flows in rivers, streams and lakes, Martel said. People are advised to be conservative with the use of fertilizers and pesticides on their lawn, garden or agricultural operation and also to recycle spent soil that has been used for intensive growing by tilling it back into gardens or protecting it from rainfall to avoid nutrient runoff.
Staffers with DEH’s Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency Program perform a variety of services, including investigating illegal dumping. Martel says DEH has seen an increase in the amount of waste in general that is discarded illegally adjacent to rivers, in wooded areas, along roadsides and in other areas throughout the county. Samoa, Loleta and parts of Blue Lake have been particularly hard hit, she said.
There are things people can do to help keep the environment free of excess trash and other waste products. “We encourage people to handle things the right way,” Martel said. “The best management method for spent soil is reuse. Growing vegetable crops in this high-nutrient soil, or mixing it with other soil, may result in high yields. Some gardeners prefer not to use it if they don’t know the strength or type of nutrients it contains. Otherwise, you can pay a fee to use a compost facility like Wes Green Landscape Materials or one of the county’s transfer stations.
“When something is dumped inappropriately, it costs agencies and property owners time, resources and money,” Martel said. “We’d like to make sure waste is properly handled from the beginning. If people see others in the act of illegal dumping, law enforcement should be called immediately.” So, what should people do if they see that illegal dumping has already taken place? “Every situation is different depending on the type of waste we are talking about,” Martel said. “If they found a TV, they could take it to a transfer station or e-waste collection event. If they found a bag from a fast-food restaurant, they could put it in a garbage receptacle. They can always call us at the Division of Environmental Health if they need to talk to someone to find out the correct place to dispose of something.”
For more information, contact the Division of Environmental Health at 707-445-6215 or 1-800-963-9241.
As reported by Cynthia Elkins on the KMUD Local News, Nov. 1, 2012:
A major fire broke out at a large warehouse on the Samoa peninsula early this Thursday (Nov. 1) morning, burning a 70,000 square foot building. The blaze completely destroyed a small outbuilding, but firefighters managed to keep the fire to about 25 percent of the large warehouse. Fire departments from Crescent City to Redway responded along with CalFire, with a total of 16 departments and agencies helping to put out the flames.
Use the player below to hear more about the incident. This audio clip begins with Hugh Scanlon, CalFire Division Chief, talking about the initial challenges involved in fighting this fire.
The image below shows the location of the Fairhaven Business Park, the site of the fire.
According to KMUD News Coordinator,Cynthia Elkins:
A seven-hour standoff between an armed man and police ended without any injuries this Thursday (Nov. 1, 2012) morning in Eureka. The incident reportedly started after Jeffery Morgan Wood called the Eureka Police Department saying he had heard people in his basement and had armed himself. When police arrived to respond, they reportedly asked Wood to come outside without a firearm. Police say Wood responded by firing several shots from inside the home on Cooper Lane.
Use the player below to hear more about the incident, including an interview with Sheriff Mike Downey who was on the scene with his SWAT Team. This story aired on the KMUD Local News Nov. 1, 2012.
Jeffery Morgan Wood
The planning for the Baker Creek Stream Restoration Project - a Joint project between the Bureau of Land Management and Sanctuary Forest- began well over a year ago. The project, on public lands southeast of Whitethorn, is designed to improve fish habitat and contribute to the recovery of Coho Salmon in Baker Creek, a tributary to the Mattole River in Humboldt County. Additional KMUD News information about this project can be found here.
Dave Brooksher aired this report on the progress of the Baker Creek Project - Oct. 30, 2012 on the KMUD Local News.
The photos below were taken by Dave Brooksher.
Hezakiah Allen, Co-director of the Mattole Restoration Council, pointing to the relief map as Jim Kenna, California Director for the Bureau of Land Managment (left foreground), looks on.
Recently felled logs placed across Baker Creek to preserve salmonid access.
According to a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, dated Oct. 30, 2012:
On 10-24-12 at approximately 8:15 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a reported robbery of marijuana. While the Deputies were en route, the caller, 32 year-old Kristen Wright of Leggett, advised that no actual robbery had been committed. Wright advised that she had arranged to sell ten pounds of marijuana to three men for $20,000. They had given her four bundles of cash which they had represented as being $20,000 in US currency. The men fled with the marijuana just as Wright realized that only the bills on the top side of the stacks were $100 bills, the rest were $1 bills. She had been left with slightly over four hundred dollars, not the $20,000 they had agreed upon.
Wright and a male companion followed the suspects as they drove south from the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 101 in Leggett. Two of the suspects were in a dark Scion. The third man drove a light colored sedan. MCSO Deputies intercepted the Scion occupied by two of the suspects, Christopher Jaramillo, age 18, of Willington, CA and Jose Lemus, age 20, of San Pedro, CA, in the 44800 block of Hwy 101 in Laytonville. Over ten pounds of marijuana was located inside the car. Kristen Wright arrived at the scene a short time later.
Lemus and Jaramillo were arrested for possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana and conspiracy. Wright was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale. All were transported to Ukiah and lodged in the Mendocino County Jail, with bail set at $30,000.00 each. The third male suspect was never located.
From left to right shows Booking Photos of Jose Lemus, Christopher Jaramillo, and Kristen Wright:
According to KMUD News Coordinator Terri Klemetson:
Last week, a blasting operation just north of Dean Creek stopped traffic on Highway 101 for about ½ hour, and according to Caltrans Public Information Officer, Scott Burger, the rock clearing operation was engineered to destroy a large rock measuring 12 feet by 10 feet precariously perched above the highway. To detonate the rock, the crew drilled about 10 holes that were 2 ½ inches in diameter, at varying depths into the rock, and then they placed the charges. Caltrans had originally scheduled the blasting operation for 11 am, but because four drill bits broke during the operation the highway did not close until 12:30 pm.
To learn more about explosives regulation and use in California, especially along the highway, Terri Klemetson interviewed Lon Santis, Manager of Technical Services for the Institute of Makers of Explosives, commonly referred to as the IME. The IME, a non-profit organization founded in 1913, is a safety and security association that works with explosives manufacturers and governments.
Use the player below to hear the full length interview.
The photos below of the Highway 101 Dean Creek area Blasting Operation were taken by Dave Brooksher.
Information from a recent California Highway Patrol press release indicates:
On October 25, 2012, at 8:15 am, a 2001 Infinity SUV, driven by 20 year old Domonic Troy Quilici of Crockett, California, was traveling northbound on US-101 at Cummins Road in northern Mendocino County. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle ran off the east roadway edge of the freeway, collided with an embankment and overturned several times. The vehicle came to rest on its driver side on the east shoulder of the freeway. Quilici remained inside the vehicle where he sustained minor injuries. The two remaining passengers, whose positions in the vehicle are undetermined, were not wearing seatbelts, and were ejected from the vehicle. 21 year old Vincent Jay Dodson of Vallejo, California succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. His father, 44 year old Greg Saul Dodson, also of Vallejo, California was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding where he later succumbed to his injuries. Quilici was taken by ground ambulance to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits where he was treated and released to the custody of California Highway Patrol (CHP) and later booked into the Mendocino County Jail for charges including vehicular manslaughter. DUI does not appear to be a factor in this collision. The California Highway Patrol Garberville Area office is investigating this collision.
An update from the CHP on this incident reports that:
Seized from the 2001 Infinity were three loaded handguns, two of which were stolen; two bullet proof vests, several M80's (illegal explosive devices), an ASP expandable baton, duct tape, a ski mask and a printed Google Map with directions from Vallejo to Shelter Cove. CHP suspects that the occupants of the vehicle were en-route to Shelter Cove (unknown address) to perform a home invasion and/or marijuana rip-off. The driver survived the collision and was booked into Mendocino County Jail. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information should contact the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area Office, at (707) 923-2155.
On Tues., October 30, 2012 KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, aired the following interview with CHP Sergeant Martin Abshire regarding this case.
Domonic Troy Quilici
According to a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release, dated Oct. 30, 2012:
On 10-28-2012, approximately 4:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a citizen who is a contractor for a Wireless Company. The citizen told the dispatcher when he drove up to the Pratt Mountain wireless radio tower site, Garberville, he saw two male juveniles with dogs running away from the site. The juvenile males were carrying bolt cutters in their hands. The citizen told the dispatcher the males had two dogs with them and they were still in the area. A deputy responded to the site and checked the area. After looking at site the deputy and citizen saw every building at the site had been broken into and/or damaged. The citizen estimated the damage to the site being at least $15,000 to $20,000.00. Other wireless providers had their buildings damaged by the vandals too.
While conducting his investigation at the site, the deputy saw two dogs about twenty yards away. Both dogs were picked up by the deputy who saw one of the dogs had a tag with a phone number. The deputy called the phone number and drove to the residence where the dog lived to return the dog. While speaking with an adult at the residence the deputy learned he was the father of a fourteen year old male juvenile who matched the description of the suspects. The deputy also leaned the 14 year old male juvenile had a friend who was fourteen who matched the description of the other male juvenile who was seen fleeing the scene. Both male juveniles and their parents met with the deputy who ultimately issued the juvenile males citations for felony vandalism.
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.