July 2014

southern humboldt- Matthew Aaron Brown was taken into custody Tuesday as the suspected shooter in the death of 49-year-old Alderpoint resident Neil Decker.

Brown was on the loose for three days after the shooting and was located by the Humboldt County SWAT team early Tuesday morning.

Looking into his history, Brown did not have a criminal record in Humboldt County prior to Friday...

EUREKA- The Sequoia Park Zoo celebrated National Zoo Keeper Week Wednesday by inviting visitors to create enrichment objects for the animals.

Enrichment objects are given to animals to keep them active and engaged. They can be made out of cardboard or paper, and contain food inside. According to zoo keepers, the objects help bring a change to the animals’ daily lives and promote well-...

RIO DELL- Rio Dell city officials voted Tuesday night in favor of a penalty structure for charging citizens who use more than the city allotted amount of water. Because of the drought situation in the city, residents have been restricted to 50 gallons of water use per person, per day.

City council members worked late into the night to draft the new penalty structure. Instead of one flat...

From the Arcata Police Department: 
 
Officers from the Arcata Police Department served a search warrant at a residence in the 2500 Blk of Todd Ct on Wednesday morning.
 
Upon searching the property, officers located a marijuana growing operation encompassing the majority of a detached mother-in-law unit, several rooms of a detached...

DEL NORTE COUNTY- Six Rivers National Forest is now more than 300 acres larger, thanks to some recent acquisitions. 

Over the last eight years, the U.S. Forest Service and the non-profit organization Smith River Alliance have worked together to add thousands of acres of public land to the Smith River National Recreation Area. Through a Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, the U.S....

EUREKA- Authorities are searching for a suspect that led police on a vehicle pursuit through Eureka.

On Tuesday night, just before 5:30 p.m., the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit was investigating a house on the 800 block of O Street. Officers noticed a blue van parked nearby.  The vehicle fled when officers attempted to contact the driver. Police say the driver...

From the Eureka Police Department: 
 
On 07/22/14 at approximately 5:24 p.m., Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Detectives were conducting an investigation on a “Problem House” in the 800 block of “O” Street.  A detective observed a 1993 blue Dodge van park approximately a half block from the “Problem House.”  When detectives attempted to contact the driver of the...
HUMBOLDT COUNTY- The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office says the person shot and killed Monday night in Rancho Sequoia is 57-year-old Scott William Johnson of Alderpoint. 
 
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The following is from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:
On Monday, at approximately 9:49 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office...

Fortuna - The Fortuna Police Department has been awarded a grant for battling alcohol related crimes, underage drinking and educating the public in the Eel River Valley. California’s Alcoholic Beverage Control or ABC awarded $16,000 dollars to the department.

This will aid the Fortuna PD in combating alcohol related crime by conducting decoy and sting operations and providing classes to...

SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT- One person is dead after being shot in the Rancho Sequoia area Monday evening.

Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies received a call reporting shots fired just after 9:30 pm. Deputies who were already in the area searching for homicide suspect Matthew Brown arrived on scene to find one person dead in the roadway.

According to authorities, an unknown suspect opened...

RIO DELL- With the town in the midst of a water crisis, limited to 50 gallons a day, many residents have had to make sacrifices to conserve water.

Bob Vogel, a gardener, has over a hundred dahlia flowers of all different colors, sizes and shapes and he said, he is worried that they will die due to the water restriction.

"I'm trying to salvage them by catching rinse water from...

SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT- Two homicides in just four days have occurred in an area Southern Humboldt residents have nicknamed “Murder Mountain”.

“That was referred to from the early 1970s when a murder happened up there and it's kind of carried forward,” said local resident Michelle Bushnell.

It’s reputation for lawlessness has even kept some from visiting the area.

“It's pretty...

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