Posted on 15 May 2012.
And It’s Only Midweek
By Skippy Massey
The Arcata and Fortuna Police Departments have had their hands full lately, as have the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Task Force, and the District Attorney’s Office.
We imagine the Eureka Police Department has been equally busy. But you wouldn’t know it through their releases. There haven’t been any.
EPD hasn’t released information, updates, or news for the public concerning safety issues in several weeks. They still haven’t reported on the vicious assault of a female juvenile by a large group of teens that took place at Highland Park two weeks ago.
Technology and communication can be useful tools– when you use them.
As the weather warms up, so do the scoundrels and skullduggery running amok in the Humboldt community. Here’s the news and the wild week in crime for our small corner of the world– with a small surprise at the end of the column.
SOTTED TEEN THRASHES FORTUNA HIGH SCHOOL
On May 16, 2012, at about 2:00 a.m, officers responded to the 100 block of 12th Street in Fortuna for a report of a physical fight. Upon arrival, the involved subjects had fled the area. While checking the area for the involved subjects, officers observed extensive damage to buildings on the Fortuna High School Campus. Shortly after, officers located a 17 year old male in a nearby field.
Using evidence collected at the scene and video surveillance from the High School, officers were able to establish that the 17 year old was the suspect in the vandalism.
“With the ongoing cuts to our schools’ budgets, it is simply appalling that this teen decided to engage in such behavior” said Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht. “Unfortunately, our entire community will have to bear the cost of this minor’s behavior”.
The 17 year old was arrested for Felony Vandalism and Public Intoxication. He was then booked into the Humboldt County Juvenile Hall.
The boozy misguided lad allegedly smashed windows, threw paint about, ripped a vent and electrical box off the wall, and performed other acts of wanton mayhem. Fortunately, he was arrested in lieu of being tasered and shot, and is unlikely to remember what sort of fun he had or what he was even thinking about at the time, if anything.
EVERYTHING– AND THE KITCHEN SINK– FOUND IN BUST NEAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
On May 15, 2012, at about 0845 hours the Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a residence located in the 800 block of Herrick Avenue, Eureka, near the Pine Hill Elementary School.
DTF Agents located a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation in the residence. Agents detained two subjects who they identified as Christopher Edwin Roman, age 32, and his girlfriend, Christinia Michelle Senzig, age 22.
Agents seized 863 growing marijuana plants from the residence that ranged in size from 4 inches to 3 feet in height. Agents seized 53 pounds of dried marijuana.
Agents located LSD in the residence along with what appeared to be psilocybin mushrooms. Agents located evidence for a butane hash lab in the residence. Agents located two composite knuckles, which are commonly referred to as ‘brass knuckles’ for fighting.
Agents located two explosive type devices in the bedroom. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Disposal Unit responded to the residence to investigate those two devices. Agents and the two subjects that were detained left the residence until the Bomb Disposal Unit responded. At no time were the surrounding neighbors in any danger. The Sheriff’s Office Bomb Disposal Unit took custody of the two devices and transported them out of the area to be destroyed at a later time.
Agents noticed a possible fire hazard with electrical wiring associated with the indoor marijuana growing operation. Agents then contacted Humboldt County Building and Planning Department, who then responded to the residence. After Humboldt County Building and Planning Department inspected the electrical wiring, they determined that it was a possible fire hazard. Humboldt County Building and Planning Department then contacted PG&E to have the electrical power shut off to the residence.
Roman was arrested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of LSD, possession of psilocybin mushrooms, possession of destruction devices and for the manufacturing of a hash lab. Roman’s bail was set at $500,000 dollars.
Senzig was arrested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana her bail was set at $25,000 dollars.
Perhaps these are the nudnik twins. No single person can possibly be that stupid.
ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SOHUM
On Sunday, May 13, approximately 4 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding threats being made from Shawn Hass. Deputies responded to the Brass Rail Motel, 3400 Block of Redway Drive, Redway to meet with Hass.
When the deputies arrived they saw two males standing in the motel parking lot. One of the males, who was later identified as Shawn Patrick Hass, 35 years old, a transient, spontaneously told the deputies, “I just stabbed him,” while pointing to another male who was sitting in a lawn chair being attended to by a female. Deputies saw Hass’ shirt had blood covering the front of it.
Hass was immediately detained while the deputies called for medical assistance for the injured male in the lawn chair. Deputies saw the injured 22-year-old male from Redway had a deep neck wound. They later learned he had approximately 15 stab wounds to his chest, shoulder, neck, throat, cheek, back and thigh. The victim was unable to give a statement due to the extent of his injuries.
When deputies interviewed Hass he told them he called the Sheriff’s Office because he was sleeping in his van on Empire Street in Redway when someone verbally threatened him regarding where he parked his van. At one point during the confrontation he and the person threatening him got into a brief struggle. He told the deputies he, (Hass) had a knife in his van which he used to fend the attacker off.
Hass drove his van a short distance away, but the person kept coming after him. He drove to the Brass Rail Motel and exited his van to use the telephone at the motel to call law enforcement. While at the motel, the victim was standing upstairs in a hallway and leaned over the railing and asked Hass if he was stalking his female friend. Words were exchanged and they got into a physical fight. Hass admitted to stabbing the victim during the fight and claimed it was self-defense. Hass was uninjured.
Deputies recovered a throwing type knife, approximately nine inches long at the scene, which was believed to be the assault weapon. The victim was airlifted to an out-of-area hospital for treatment. He is currently in “fair condition” and still hospitalized.
Hass was arrested for attempted murder and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. His bail was set at $500,000. The case is still under investigation by Sheriff’s Detectives.
When you’re the victim in your own head claiming self-defense, what’s a little knife-play anyway.
CHILD KILLER BIGLEGGINS PLEADS GUILTY
On Monday, May 14, 2012, Leon Alyious Bigleggins, 27, of Willow Creek, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and felony child abuse resulting in the death of Dylan Blount-Chambers, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Both counts included great bodily injury enhancements inflicted on a child under five years of age.
Bigleggins’ testimony at his preliminary hearing revealed his abusive mistreatment of the small 4-year old child. He was accused of routinely hitting Dylan with a broken coat hanger, kicking him in the chest, and forcing him him to do squats and sit ups.
The autopsy report submitted by forensic pathologist, Mark Super, detailed the horrific injuries to the small child. Dr. Super determined that the young boy died of either blunt force trauma to the head or abdomen. The pathologist also noted that there was evidence of bruising covering most of the boy’s body including: the groin, abdomen, buttocks, palms of his hands, and the tops of his feet.
Mr. Bigleggins is scheduled to be sentenced on June 8, 2012 for the stipulated term of 18 years in prison by the Honorable Judge Timothy Cissna.
Bye-bye, Mr. Bigleggins. Have a good trip. See you in a few.
HSU RESIDENT HALL ASSAILANT GOES DOWN ON MULIPLE FELONY AND MISDEMEANOR CHARGES
On May 14, 2012, Martin Salvador Alvarado, 30, of Pico Rivera, California, pleaded guilty to a series of assaults perpetrated on the Humboldt State University Campus nearly two years ago, the District Attorney’s Office reported.
In the early morning hours of October 24, 2010, Alvarado entered a Humboldt State University residence hall and sexually assaulted a female victim. Another resident assisted the victim and the defendant fled the building. Shortly thereafter, the defendant physically assaulted two additional residents before entering another residence hall where he assaulted additional victims before being subdued by law enforcement.
According to District Attorney Paul Gallegos, who acted as prosecutor in the case, Alvarado pleaded guilty to each assault of which he was accused, which included sexual penetration with a foreign object, false imprisonment committed against a second victim, and assault with a deadly weapon (a wooden board) involving a third victim, all felonies. Alvarado also pleaded guilty to eight counts of misdemeanor battery involving multiple victims.
The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on June 11, 2012 and faces up to six years in state prison. Upon his release, Alvarado will also be required to register as a sex offender.
This is why we have prisons– for those who can’t peacefully live with others or the rules of society. But we’re not sure why it took two years to go down for six by the DA.
FORTUNA PD ASSIST IN ARREST OF ARCATA ASSAULT SUSPECT
On May 13th, 2012, at 1:40 am, officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to a physical fight in progress in the 900 block of H St.
Upon the officers’ arrival, the fight was over and the participants had fled the area. The officers located a twenty-two year old male adult injured at the scene. The man had substantial facial injuries as a result of the fight and was transported to Mad River Community Hospital for treatment.
The investigation resulted in the identification of twenty-three year old Donny Duane McCoy of Fortuna, as the perpetrator of the assault.
On May 13th, 2012, at 4:00 pm, officers from the Fortuna Police Department located McCoy at his residence in Fortuna. He was taken into custody without incident. McCoy was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for a violation of 245(a)(1) PC, Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
APD has been busy as of late …and Sgt. Jaynie Goodwin rocks there, we hear.
SUSPICIOUS MALE LURES STUDENTS AT JACOBY CREEK SCHOOL
On May 11, at about 9:45 am, Officers from the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to the Jacoby Creek School on the report that a male subject had entered the school grounds and was trying to lure children into the bushes by saying he needed help.
The subject fled the area on foot when a teacher was summoned. Officers searched the area upon arrival but were unable to locate the subject
At about 11:00am, Officers were dispatched back to the scene on the report that the subject had returned to the school grounds and was last seen jumping over a fence. Officers arrived on scene and with the help of an Arcata Police K-9 they searched the area. As a safety precaution the school was locked down during the search. Due to the dense wooded and marsh terrain Officers were again unable to locate him.
Jacoby Creek School students and staff described the subject as a white male adult in his early 30′s, clean shaven; short brown buzz cut hair, brown eyes, about 5’10″, 160 lbs, with a long face. He was further described as wearing a black t-shirt under an olive green windbreaker, and dark blue jeans. The subject never made physical contact with the students.
The Arcata Police Department is continuing its investigation and is asking for the help of the public to identify the male subject. Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Arcata Police Department.
The predatory school perp is reminiscent of another creepster sighted two weeks ago at Eureka’s Zane Junior High.
A FEW SCREWS LOOSE IN MCKINLEYVILLE
On May 12, 2012, approximately 8:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a homeowner who reported a burglary in progress occurring in the 2400 block of McKinleyville Avenue, McKinleyville.
Deputies responded to the residence and met with the homeowner outside her home. The homeowner told the deputies she had been away from her residence and when she came home she found her window screens removed and a window open. Deputies entered the residence and found a female inside the house. The female was identified as Lise Eileen Kaufman. 58 years old from Eureka.
Deputies detained Kaufman who admitted prying open the windows with a screwdriver. Kaufman was arrested for residential burglary. She was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Her bail is set at $75,000.00.
Sorry to note, but the county pokey uses special star hex security screws for their doors and windows, Ms. Kaufman. Good luck.
PAROLEE ARLEN BROWN NABBED AGAIN
On May 12, 2012, approximately 2:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen advising they just witnessed a vehicle broken into in the area of Ma’Lel Dunes, Manila. The citizen who wished to remain anonymous, was able to provide a description of the vehicle to responding deputies. The suspect vehicle was described as a, “Reddish/Pink” Dodge Neon with two white males in the vehicle.
A responding deputy saw a vehicle matching that description pass him on the Samoa Bridge near Woodley Island exit, Eureka. The deputy turned around on the vehicle, but lost sight of it near 4th and R Street, Eureka. The deputy searched the vicinity and saw the vehicle parked at gas station at 4th and R Street. When the deputy approached the vehicle, the passenger exited the car and took off running. The deputy gave chase and caught the passenger who was identified as Arlen Troy Brown, 28 years old from Eureka. Brown had an outstanding no bail felony warrant for probation violation. Brown was taken into custody on that warrant. Deputies located a stolen credit card in Brown’s pocket.
Deputies searched the Neon and located several backpacks, camping gear, a cell phone, and an ice chest. Deputies were able to locate the vehicle the items were stolen from at the beach and its owner, who identified the stolen property. Deputies located at least one other vehicle that was broken into at the same location. The suspects broke into the vehicles by smashing the windows.
Deputies arrested Brown for burglary, possession of stolen property, probation violations and resisting arrest, besides the warrant. The driver of the Neon was identified as Jedediah Charles Hiller, 32 years old from McKinleyville. He was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property.
Both Brown and Hiller were booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Brown is being held without bail, Hiller’s bail was set at $50,000.00.
Mr. Brown was a parolee wanted on a felony warrant for violation of his parole with a history of weapons, drugs and assault. You may remember Mr. Brown from his previous escapades: crashing into a parked vehicle and fleeing the scene following his brief car chase near Sequoia Park in March, and hiding in a Harris Street attic resulting in the evacuation of the apartment complex as it was surrounded by police and parole agents in September.
Mr. Brown has just about worn out his Groundhog Day welcome in the community. Every day is identical to the one before. Got Rehab? Prison? Warm milk and cookies?
PAROLEE KELLY BYRNS GRABBED, SPUN, AND BURNED
On May 9, 2012, at about 0845 hours, a Sheriff’s deputy on patrol in the area of Scenic Drive and Bakers Beach, Trinidad, observed an occupied vehicle stopped in a turn out. As the deputy stopped to check the vehicle and occupant, the vehicle drove away. The deputy observed the vehicles registration appeared expired and requested a check on the license. From that the deputy learned the vehicle had been reported as stolen out of the Hoopa area.
The deputy attempted to stop the driver however, the driver did not yield and a short vehicle pursuit ensued from Scenic Drive to the end of Old Wagon Wheel Road, Westhaven. The vehicles speeds ranged from 20-50 MPH.
The pursuit traveled a distance of about 4.0 miles. At the end of Old Wagon Wheel Road the driver exited the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. The vehicle collided with an unoccupied parked vehicle at the location.
Deputies chased the driver on foot for less than fifty yards before he was arrested without incident. The driver initially gave deputies a false name however he was later identified as Kelly J. Byrns age 44 of Hoopa. Deputies learned Byrns was a wanted parolee at large and reported to be armed and dangerous.
Byrns was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for 2800.2 VC – Reckless Evading, 148 PC – Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer, 148.9 PC – Providing False I.D. to a Peace Officer, 4060 HS – Possession of a Controlled Substance and parole violations.
The party’s over and it’s time to go home now, Mr. Burns. It’s past your bedtime.
BABY BOTTLE HIDES METH STASH
On Tuesday, May 8, at about 7:30 a.m, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Arcata Police Department served a search warrant at an apartment located in the 180 block of South H St., Arcata. When officers arrived on scene they saw Nicholas Dwayne Cretsinger, 29, look at them through the front room window. Crestsinger then disappeared inside of the apartment. Agents then made forcible entry through the front door to the apartment.
Agents located Cretsinger in the bath room attempting to flush a hypodermic syringe and a small amount of methamphetamine down the toilet. Agents were able to recover both items out of the toilet. Cretsinger and his girlfriend Heather Elaine Cook, 22, were then both detained in the apartment.
When agents searched the apartment they located a small amount of methamphetamine hidden inside of a baby bottle. Agents located methamphetamine smoking pipes in the apartment. Both Cretsinger and Cook were arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine smoking pipes. Both subjects were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and their bail was set at $25,000 each.
Tweakers and junkies can be very resourceful when need to be. What will they think of next? Poopy diapers?
TOP TEN MOST DANGEROUS CITIES FOR WOMEN
No, Humboldt didn’t make the list. Our municipalities were too small in population for comparison purposes.
But it was surprising that the city of Redding recently earned the title of Fifth Most Dangerous City in the United States for women, as ranked by the internationally known Forbes magazine using 2010-11 FBI crime statistics.
“At No. 5 on the 2012 list of the most dangerous cities for women is Redding, California, where there were 797 incidences of violent crime and 65 rapes for every 100,000 citizens.
“For a metro area whose population is just over that number at 182,000, a total of 120 rapes occurred over 12 months.”
120 rapes? Egads. That’s bad. And we thought the hot weather was uncomfortable and the water slides were scary.
What were the other cities ranked the worst by Forbes magazine?
1) Saginaw, Mich.
2) Anchorage, Alaska
3) Fairbanks, Alaska
4) Springfield, Ill.
5) Redding, Calif.
6) Flint, Mich.
7) Pine Bluff, Ark.
9) Battle Creek, Mich.
10) Memphis, Tenn.
…But wait. Hold on to your hat, folks. Eureka was worse in crime overall than Redding– when adjusted for population using side-by-side comparisons in 2006– when figures were last available for this ranking graph.