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According to a press release from the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office, dated Dec. 19, 2011:
On December 13, 2011, after an extensive follow-up investigation stemming from the seizure of multiple commericial marijuana growing operations in the Dinsmore area in October, the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau, assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department (HCSO), served search warrants on several locations in an attempt to locate and arrest Courtney Fleming and Tyler Meenan. Fleming was located and arrested for Possession of Marijuana for Sale and Cultivation of Marijuana pursuant to an arrest warrant issued for his role as a property owner related to the marijuana seized in Dinsmore. A search of Fleming’s Fieldbrook residence led to the seizure of additional evidence indicating that he maintained that residence for the purposes of cultivating marijuana.
Tyler Meenan was located and arrested for Possession of Marijuana for Sale and Cultivation of Marijuana pursuant to an arrest warrant issued for his role (property owner) regarding the marijuana seized in Dinsmore. A search of his Arcata residence led to the seizure of additional evidence believed to be related to illegal drug trafficking. The residence at 3780 Jones Court, Fortuna was also searched pursuant to the search warrant. Seized from this location was approximately 14 pounds of processed marijuana, approximately 100 pounds of dry/unprocessed marijuana, and firearms.
Investigators then went to 1931 Ocean Avenue in McKinleyville in an attempt to locate two individuals who also had outstanding warrants for their arrest (Possession of Marijuana for Sale and Cultivation of Marijuana) for their roles regarding the marijuana seized in Dinsmore. Although unable to locate those persons, investigators detected the overwhelming odor of growing marijuana emitting from the entire area of the apartment complex, consisting of 13 individual units. One unit was searched with the consent of the occupant, which revealed a functional indoor marijuana growing operation but no growing marijuana plants.
A search warrant was sought and obtained for 11 of the 12 remaining apartments (1897, 1899, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1921, 1923, 1925, 1931, 1933, and 1935 Ocean Drive), 1941 Ocean Drive and several vehicles. Each location contained evidence of a functional indoor marijuana growing operation.
Arrested and booked at the HCCF were the following persons:
- Barbara Alice Benson, 1/10/45
- Kimberly Grace Mundy 06/18/63
- Dustin Ray Garnier 9/13/75
- Nicole M Rahman 07/16/85
- Patrick Majewski 01/15/83
- Vanessa Blount 12/15/86
- Robert Davis Cox 07/15/81
Anyone with information about the whereabouts Paul Givens and Vanessa Flieg is encouraged to contact the nearest local law enforcement agency.
Related to this case, News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, interviewed Jason Long who said he had been staying at a friend’s apartment located within the Ocean Ave., McKinleyville Apartment complex, cited in the press release above. The interview aired on KMUD News Fri. Dec. 16, 2011 and may be heard using the player below:
Tami Lorraine Madison:
According to a press release from the Humboldt Sheriff's Office, dated Nov.7, 2011:
According to multiple sources:
According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department:
"On Nov. 2, 2011 at about 1:22 pm, officers of the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to the 5th Street branch of US Bank to a report of protesters inside causing a disturbance. Officers arrived on scene and found that the protesters had left. Witnesses reported that the protesters were flying a red and black flag and were chanting sentiments similar to “Wall Street has blood on their hands”. The protesters were dressed in dark clothing, some wearing masks, and at least one was carrying a large stick. The subject with the stick was reported to have been using it to bang on the front glass doors of the bank.
While officers were at US Bank, it was reported that the protesters were at the 4th Street branches of Bank of America and Chase Bank, causing similar disturbances. Officers responded to the area and located the group. Protesters were advised that their activities were outside of civilly protected activities and if any further aggressive activities were committed by the group it would lead to their arrests.
The Eureka Police Department were later contacted by citizens who voiced their complaints concerning the fear and intimidation that they experienced, by the actions of the protesters."
According to a News Release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Thurs., Oct., 20, 2011:
- Clare M. Campbell (07-21-1957) a US citizen from Crescent City
- Sergey Markov (11-19-1984) a Bulgarian citizen in the US and listed as a missing student visa overstay with a hold placed on him by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigrations Customs Enforcement (ICE).
- Mihail I. Stoev (11-07-1980) a Bulgarian citizen in the US and listed as a missing student visa overstay with a hold placed on him by the DHS ICE.
- Svetlana T. Blajeva (female 09-24-1961) a naturalized US citizen from Bulgaria.
- Iulita K. Tsygankova (female 12-28-1988) a Ukrainian citizen in the US and listed as a missing student visa overstay with an asylum request on file. A temporary hold has been placed by DHS ICE.
- Iulita I. Dimov (female 11-20-1980) a Bulgarian citizen in the US and listed as a missing student visa overstay with a hold placed on her by DHS ICE.
According to a Eureka Police Department Press Release, dated Oct., 11, 2011:
Ruth Fire Information Update
A local family, Doug and Nicole Almand, owner/operators of Almand Dahlia Farms, recently exhibited seven flowers at the American Dahlia Society National Show in Santa Clara California. Three of those took first place in their categories.
Use the player below to hear Community Journalist Eileen Russel's interview with Doug Almand and look below for examples of this beautiful flower.
On August 19, 2011 Trinity County Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant on a property on 13 Dips Road in
Hayfork. Jason Tanner was located on the property and subsequently arrested on the above the charges shown below.
Tanner is a Director of the Dakini Collective based in Orange County, CA.
Tanner was the only member of the collective present at the collective’s grow site on 13 Dips Road.
There were 1,170 growing marijuana plants in grow bags on the property. The Dakini Collective has over 2,000
members mostly from Southern California. The collective has been registered with the state since 2009 and has a
Federal EIC number. Tanner had no caregiver relationship with the “patients” so he was arrested and the marijuana
plants were eradicated and seized.
Agency’s involved: Trinity County Narcotics Task Force
Charges: 11358 HS – Plant/Cultivate/Etc Marijuana Hashish, 11359 HS – Possess Marijuana/Hashish for Sale,
182(a)(1) PC – Conspiracy to Commit Crime