21November2014

Update: April 24, 2014 - Jacqueline Joanne Sullivan (shown in the photo) is still missing. according to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. However, her ATM Card was used in the Coalinga, California area on March 11, 2014. HCSO also reported the vehicle driven by Sullivan, a 2002 Toyota Tacoma grey pickup with a shell, has a California license plate 6EYT307, not 7M50504 as originally reported. The updated press release is posted below.

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

HCSO Press Release, dated April 24, 2014:

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives are still searching for Jacqueline Joanne Sullivan, 39 years old. Detectives spoke with Sullivan’s landlord who told them she texted him ten days prior to moving out of her apartment and told the landlord she was leaving the area. Detectives have also learned that Sullivan’s ATM Card was used in the Coalinga, California area on March 11, 2014. At this point there has still been no sighting of Sullivan or contact with family members who are worried about her welfare.

Detectives also learned the license plate on the truck she is driving is a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, grey with a shell, is California Plate 6EYT307, not 7M50504 as originally reported. The 7M50504 is an old license plate for the same truck.

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

The original post on this story appears below.

Jacqueline Joanne Sullivan, a former KMUD employee, (shown in the photos) was reported by her mother as missing on April 8, 2014.

Jacqueline Sullivan is described as follows: White female, 39 years old, 5’6” tall, 150 lbs., brown eyes, glasses, brown shoulder length pony tail. She drives a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, grey with a shell, California Plate 7M50504.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. The Humboldt County sheriff's Office press release appears below.

KMUD News Anchor, Eileen Russell, interviewed Jacqueline Sullivan's mother about her disappearance. The interview, which aired on the KMUD Local News on Mon., April 14, 2014, can be heard using the player below.


HCSO press release, dated April 14, 2014:
On 04-08-2014, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a missing person report from the mother of Jacqueline Joanne Sullivan, 39 years old. The mother told the investigating deputy that she last communicated with her daughter on 02-20-2014. The mother said during the last communication with Jacqueline Sullivan the conversation sounded confused.

The mother has been attempting to contact her daughter ever since with no success.  The mother is concerned there are medical issues and Sullivan needs treatment. It is unknown where her daughter is and her cell phone voice mail is full. Her mother has checked with all her friends and other family members and no one has any idea what has happened to her or where she went.

Jacqueline Sullivan is described as follows: White female, 39 years old, 5’6” tall, 150 lbs., brown eyes, glasses, brown shoulder length pony tail. She drives a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, grey with a shell, California Plate 7M50504.

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

Jacqueline Sullivan in the KMUD Broadcast Studio.

Update: April 14, 2014 - Shannon Paige Sundberg, previously reported as missing, was located last Saturday safe and not in need of further assistance by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The press release update appears below.

HCSO press release, dated April 12, 2014:
On 04/12/2014 at approximately 2 PM, missing person Shannon Paige Sundberg was located by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.  A citizen had phoned the Sheriff’s Office and stated that they were traveling behind the vehicle that was associated with Shannon Sundberg. The caller stated the vehicle was last seen traveling south bound on Highway 101 in Eureka taking the Humboldt Hill exit. A Sheriff’s Deputy was in the immediate area at the time of the call and located Sundberg parked in her vehicle at the Humboldt Hill Vista Point. Paige was contacted and did not require any further assistance from the Sheriff’s Office.

The original post on this story appears below.


 

Shannon Sundberg (shown in the photo) was reported missing early this morning (April 11, 2014) by her husband. Her husband reported, to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, that she left last evening to drive from her home in Weott to a medical appointment in Fortuna.

Shannon Sundberg is described as follows: White female, 5’ 7” tall, 120 lbs., brownish red shoulder length hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and knee high leather boots with heels. She is driving a silver 2003 Saturn Ion, California plate 5CVV666. Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. The HCSO press release appears below.

HCSO press release, dated April 11, 2014:
On 04-11-2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the husband of Shannon Paige Sundberg who reported her as a missing person- overdue motorist.  Her husband told the investigating deputy that Shannon Sundberg left their Weott home on 04-10-2014, at approximately 6:30 p.m., for a medical appointment in the Fortuna area. He said his wife has had medical issues for several months and he was concerned when she failed to come home or contact him. He tried to call her cell phone and it rings directly to her voice mail. He told the deputy her failure to contact him or come home is completely out of character.

Shannon Sundberg is described as follows: White female, 5’ 7” tall, 120 lbs, brownish red shoulder length hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and knee high leather boots with heels. She is driving a silver 2003 Saturn Ion, California plate 5CVV666.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s 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.

Beloved Briceland Volunteer Fire Chief, Tim Olsen, passed away in the afternoon on Thursday, March 20, and a memorial service honoring him will be held on Sunday April 13, 2014 beginning at 1:00PM at the River Lodge Conference Center located  at 1800 Riverwalk Dr., Fortuna Calif. Two of the photos on this page are from the Briceland Volunteer Fire Dept. Facebook page. The photo at the very bottom of the page was taken by Brian Elie and shows the Chief's Vehicle, at the Briceland Volunteer Fire Department, decorated as a memorial to Chief Tim Olsen.

Tune in to KMUD for a special edition of Burning Issues this Sunday, March 30, starting at 1:30 pm when host George Monroe will honor Tim Olsen. Chief Olsen was a frequent guest on Burning Issues, loved engaging listeners and often ran into the studio to share his fire and rescue stories.

The following information describing the memorial service for Tim Olsen was received by KMUD News:

The public memorial service for fallen Briceland Fire Chief Tim Olsen will be held on Sunday April 13, 2014 beginning at 1:00PM at the River Lodge Conference Center  located  at 1800 Riverwalk Dr. Fortuna Ca. A reception and dinner will immediately follow the memorial service at the same location. Chief Tim Olsen was well loved and admired for his work in Emergency services, not only in southern Humboldt but all over Humboldt County. He happily dedicated many years of his life to protect and serve our community and created a strong professional rural fire department that is admired and respected by all. Please join us and his family in honoring him in the tradition fitting for a fire chief of his stature.

All Humboldt county fire departments will receive email notification regarding procession details. Anyone wishing to make monetary donations for the Tim Olsen Memorial Fund can do so by sending a check to Briceland Volunteer Fire Department Po box 1249 Redway,  CA 95560 or cash donations can be made at the Community Credit Union in Garberville Ca under Briceland Volunteer Fire Department.

Photo below by Brian Elie shows the Chief's Vehicle at Briceland VFD decorated as a memorial to Chief Tim Olsen:

The current drought in California has prompted a streamlined approval process for installation of storage tanks by landowners in several regions of the state, including Del Norte, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties. According to a press release from the Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, "...CDFW has essentially 'pre-approved' the installation of storage tanks that meet the general criteria. The State Water Board has agreed to incorporate these criteria as conditions of approval, and to expedite the issuance of the registrations."

The press release applauded local conservation efforts saying, "Today’s action was the direct result of suggestions made by local communities and fish conservation organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Mattole River Sanctuary Forest and the Salmonid Restoration Federation."

This streamlined approval process is limited to parties that are diverting and storing water to be used only for domestic purposes and fire protection. Further requirements include: tank design (must be rigid type, as opposed to collapsible type); storage tank(s) capacity must be at least that which would constitute a 60-day supply; and agreement by the applicant to use the stored water as a substitute for withdrawing additional water during the summer when flows are lowest. Click here to view the complete press release.

The State Water Resources Control Board has set up a website explaining the new Small Domestic Registration Process-click here connect to that site.

Click here to download the Dept. of Calif. Fish and Wildlife conditions that apply to registrations that meet the criteria for Emergency Tank Storage Registrations.

Click here to download the State Water Board form for Registering Small Domestic Use Tank Storage.

On March 14, 2014, KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson, interviewed Dana Stolzman, Executive Director of the Salmonid Restoration Federation for more information about this new change in water storage requirements. The audio from this interview can be heard using the player below.


 

 

Use the player below to hear Jane Arnold from the Dept. of Fish & wildlife as she clarifies some of the new tank storage policy changes. Ms. Arnold was a guest on the Thurs. March 18, edition of the KMUD Environment Show hosted by Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River.

A public memorial service for Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino (shown in the photo), will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 beginning at 10:00 AM at the Cotton Auditorium located at 500 North Harold Street in Fort Bragg, California. Deputy Del Fiorentino was shot and killed last Wed., March 19 by a kidnapping suspect later identified as 42-year-old Ricardo Anthony Chaney from Oregon. Links to more information and the full press release appear below.

Additional links:

MCSO press release:
The public memorial service for fallen Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino will be held on Wednesday March 26, 2014 beginning at 10:00 AM at the Cotton Auditorium located at 500 North Harold Street in Fort Bragg, California. A reception will immediately follow the memorial service at the Fort Bragg Middle School located adjacent to the Cotton Auditorium.

Law Enforcement agencies wishing to participate in a marked patrol vehicle procession are asked to arrive at the Redwood Empire Fair & Event Center (1055 North State Street Ukiah, Ca) on Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 6:00 AM. The procession will depart at 7:00 AM and will travel approximately 60 miles along the routes of Highway 101, Highway 20 and Highway 1 before reaching the Georgia Pacific Mill Site (100 West Cypress Street) in Fort Bragg, California.   This procession will utilize the Nalemars radio frequency for communications.

A secondary Law Enforcement procession will depart the Georgia Pacific Mill Site to travel to the Cotton Auditorium after the first procession arrives at the mill site. The Georgia Pacific Mill Site has been established as the main parking area for the memorial service and buses will be at the location to shuttle attendees to/from the Cotton Auditorium. Parking near the Cotton Auditorium will be reserved for family, law enforcement and special guests.  Carpooling to the memorial service is highly recommended. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office will be attempting to establish a video broadcast of the memorial service accessible via the internet for those who areunable to attend.

Anyone wishing to make monetary donations to the Ricky Del Fiorentino Memorial Fund can do so by contacting or visiting any of the Savings Bank of Mendocino County locations or by mail to PO Box 3600 Ukiah, Ca 95482 (707-462-6613).

Deputy Del Fiorentio is survived by his wife, children (ages 21, 19, 18, 6), step-son (age 29), grandson (age 5 months), step-grandchildren (ages 6, 3), parents and siblings.
        

      

Earlier this month 58 year old McKinleyville pastor and College of the Redwoods assistant professor, Sharon Latour, (shown in the photo), let it be known that she would be on the June 3 ballot running for 5th district Humboldt County Supervisor. The official Latour campaign launch took place on the steps of the Humboldt County Courthouse Thurs., March 21 where she threw down the gauntlet as she spoke about the current Board of Supervisors majority, including incumbent Ryan Sundberg, her opponent in this race.

Criticizing the BOS majority's mishandling of the General Plan Update process, Latour stated that, "Where there was a plan and a roadmap for our futures now there's only a mess." and went on to say that this process has cost the public time and money and eroded the public trust. Hear more about this event using the KMUD SoundCloud player below. To connect with the Sharon Latour campaign for Humboldt County Supervisor click here.

KMUD Correspondent, Daniel Mintz, covered the Latour campaign launch and submitted the report below, which aired on KMUD Local News on Thurs., March 20, 2014.

 

 

Drought in California and looming state legalization of marijuana brought relevancy to the "Environmental Cannabis Forum" held Sat., March 8, 2014 at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. About 30 people attended the event, which was organized by Attorney Kathleen Bryson and featured six speakers. The speakers included Tim Blake, founder of the Emerald Cup; Tony Silvaggio, Environmental Sociologist at Humboldt State University; Gary Graham Hughes, Director of Environmental Protection and Information Center (EPIC); Paul Hagen, Environmental Attorney and former Mendocino County Environmental Prosecutor; Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River; and Kym Kemp, Humboldt County reporter specializing in marijuana issues - writes for Lost Coast Outpost and the blog Redheaded Blackbelt.

KMUD News Correspondent, Kerry Reynolds, covered the event and provided the full audio which can be heard using the players below. Reynolds does a weekly "Cannabis Report" that airs on the Fri. edition of KMUD Local News. Forum Photo below provided by Julia Minton.

In the audio below, Forum Organizer, Kathleen Bryson introduces the forum and each panelist introduces themselves.

Remarks from Tim Blake, founder of the Emerald Cup


Humboldt State University Environmental Sociologist, Tony Silvaggio, presents a slideshow, titled "The Ecology, Culture and Economy of Marijuana Agriculture in the Emerald Triangle" with conclusions based on hundreds of interviews with law enforcement, growers, and others.


A brief Q&A is followed by a presentation by Gary Graham Hughes, Executive Director of EPIC (Environmental Protection and Information Center).


Speaker Paul Hagen, Environmental Attorney and former Mendocino County Environmental Prosecutor:

Presentations by Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River; and Kym Kemp, Humboldt County Reporter specializing in marijuana issues:

Sheila Franks (shown in the photos), known to live in both Rio Dell and Loleta, was reported as missing last week by a family member. Sheila was last seen in Eureka on Jan. 11, 2014. Sheila Franks is described as: White female, 37 years old, strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, 5’5” tall and approximately 120 lbs. Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s 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.The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release appears below.

HCSO press release, dated March 17, 2014:
On 3-13-2014, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Fortuna Police Department forwarded a missing person report to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The missing person is Sheila Franks, 37 years old known to live in Rio Dell and Loleta.  Her mother called to report her missing, because her family had not heard from Sheila in the last month and a half.  Sheila has been very consistent with communicating with her son, which has not occurred for over a month and is very out of character for Sheila. Shelia was last seen in Eureka on 01-11-14.

Sheila Franks is described as: White female, 37 years old, strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, 5’5” tall and approximately 120 lbs.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s 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.

Another photo of Sheila Franks:

According to KMUD News, US Marshalls were canvassing Southern Humboldt today looking for Dinette Eugene Patterson (shown in the photo). Patterson is wanted for allegedly stabbing and murdering Charles Jordan in Sacramento.

Patterson is described as a black male adult, 5-feet 11-inches tall, weighing 195 pounds. If you have information about this suspect, please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text at 408-355-0999, or call local law enforcement. Tune in to the KMUD Local news tonight (Fri., March 14, 2014) to hear more on this story

Foul play is suspected in the disappearance of Robert Joseph Tennison, age 42.Tennison (shown in the photo) was reported missing on March 19, 2009 and was last seen in the Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint. Law enforcement is treating Tennison's disappearance as a possible homicide and served a search warrant on a residence and parcel of property located in the 1000 block of Rancho Sequoia Road. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is requesting that anyone having information on Tennison’s disappearance please contact, Detective Sam Williams at 707-268-3645 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251. The full Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release appears below.   

To get more information about this case, KMUD News Director Terri Klemetson interviewed Lt. Wayne Hanson from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Use the KMUD News SoundCloud player below to hear the interview, which aired on the KMUD Local News on Thurs., March 13, 2014.

 

HCSO Press Release, dated March 13, 2014:
On 03-12-2014 at about 0900 hours the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State of California Department of Justice served a search warrant on a residence and parcel of property located in the 1000 block of Rancho Sequoia Road, Alderpoint. The search warrant was related to the disappearance of Robert Joseph Tennison age 42, who was reported as a missing person on 03-19-2009 to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office considers the disappearance of Tennison as suspicious and are concerned that Tennison may be the victim of foul play. The search warrant was served on the property in Rancho Sequoia after new information was received in the investigation.

Several items of evidence where seized by the Department of Justice to be tested a later date for any forensic clues related to Tennison’s disappearance.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is requesting that if anyone has information on the Tennison’s disappearance to please contact, Detective Sam Williams at 707-268-3645 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.

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