Saturday, October 28, 2017

[Audio] ‘Self defense’ concluded after woman fatally stabbed boyfriend; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode partners: Bongo Boy Studio / Chris Smither in Ferndale Oct. 29
In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (7:40): (Warning: Explicit content) Back in March it was reported that a woman said she’d stabbed her boyfriend because he was hitting her. He was pronounced dead on scene in Alderpoint. According to Humboldt County Sheriff’s Officer Mike Fridley, the District Attorney’s Office decided not to file any charges related to the homicide listing the reason as “self defense.”

Before the District Attorney’s office came to that conclusion, the Sheriff’s Office said they were investigating further and talking to witnesses regarding a potential history of domestic violence.

In 2016 there were 387 total domestic violence calls received and verified by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. That number does not include calls received and verified by other local departments.

“...It’s a vicious cycle...” said Fridley, talking generally about the sometimes repetitive nature of domestic violence situations. In the podcast he speaks about the top domestic violence deterrent he’s seen.

In the story you can hear more about the aforementioned case, more from Fridley, and more domestic violence statistics.

October has been Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the county. One of many resources here, Humboldt Domestic Violence Services (HDVS) has a 24-hour-a-day hotline for survivors among other services.

The coverage begins at 7:40 in the audio.

Also covered

The former suspect in the murder of an HSU student filed a claim against Arcata, the woman accused of drunkenly running over and killing her daughter and her daughter’s friend gets another trial delay, Humboldt’s opioid problem, fines for illegal growers, one of the teenagers recently accused in a murder reportedly used to be the victim’s foster child, Humboldt on “Jeopardy,” in his ninth NFL season former Eurekan Rey Maualuga has a first with the Miami Dolphins, and other top stories.

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, top podcast platforms, and at kymkemp.com.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

[Audio] Carson Mansion dollhouse a reminder club now allows women; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode partners: Bongo Boy Studio / Chris Smither in Ferndale Oct. 29

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (6:32): (Warning: Explicit content) A stunning dollhouse replica of Eureka’s Carson Mansion was once again making its rounds on social media last week.

“I saw pictures of it on the internet there it just looked like the fanciest house in the world and I was wondering if I could build it,” said dollhouse maker Ron James, who says he sold it to Nike CEO Mark Parker for over $32,000.

Clearing up misinformation, one comment with many likes on social media last week incorrectly alluded to the mansion’s Ingomar Club excluding female members. As of at least 2010 that is no longer the case, according to this Tri-City Weekly article. But with decades of excluding women and a sexual harassment lawsuit that was confidentially settled in 2015, it’s estimated the club would like to distance itself from those parts of its past.

“I have been working there (for several years) and what I have experienced is that it is like a huge family,” said an anonymous club employee. “Everyone treats each other with respect...”

In the podcast, you can hear more details from the dollhouse maker, correspondence with Ingomar Club President Karen Pingitore, more club history, more club mystery, some membership requirements, more from the anonymous employee, and comments appreciating the club’s preservation of the mansion.

The story begins at 6:32.

Also covered

Love for a local family, the Fortuna area thwarts a pot farm in favor of a local non-profit, alleged arson in SoHum, an alleged pervert at a big-box store, good reviews for a new movie musically scored by a former Eurekan, a local nine-year-old melts hearts, eyeing a new Betty Chinn thing south of the mall along Waterfront, crime updates, and other top stories from last week.

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, top podcast platforms, and at kymkemp.com.

Carson Mansion dollhouse made by Ron James, submitted

Saturday, October 14, 2017

[Audio] Without communications upgrades we could ‘actually die’; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode partners: Bongo Boy Studio / Chris Smither in Ferndale Oct. 29
In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (4:55): (Warning: Explicit language) It’s in times of peril that we most need the ability to communicate. As wildfires south of us caused immense devastation, a seemingly preventable AT&T outage once again left Humboldt unable to call 911, get in touch with loved ones, make necessary connections online, and complete other crucial tasks.

According to this Loco article, a couple of years ago AT&T promised they’d do the work to prevent these mass outages. That work was supposed to be done by the end of last year. Clearly that didn’t happen.

“...The telecom failure here isn't a first world problem, it's almost the definition of a developing world problem,” said local citizen Eli Rohl. “...It's not that hard to run some fucking cables. It costs money that some people are too cheap to spend because they think we're not worth the effort…(Without upgrades) we could actually die...”

In the podcast you can hear Rohl’s full scathing self-described “rant,” an analysis of AT&T’s explanation, some additional information from the Times Standard, and much more.

The story begins at 4:55.

Disclaimer: Rohl is a friend and coworker of this writer.

Also covered

Grave desecration in Trinidad, more reported rapes at HSU, crime coverage, Humboldt’s most adorable kid of the week, an update on a man allegedly lit on fire in Arcata, advice for those pointing lasers at aircraft, faith in humanity restoration, and other top stories from Humboldt’s last week.

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, top podcast platforms, and at kymkemp.com.

David Becher, flickr Creative Commons

Saturday, October 7, 2017

[Audio] McKinleyville mom trampled during ‘Vegas shooting, recounts experience; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode partners: Bongo Boy Studio / Chris Smither in Ferndale Oct. 29

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (6:50): (Warning: Explicit content) Some of our neighbors here in Humboldt will never be the same after what happened in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, the date of the deadliest mass shooting in our country’s modern history. Among others that were there -- in addition to the Humboldt cops helping people in the aftermath -- a McKinleyville mom said she was trampled by those running away from the devastation.

“Will I ever be the same again after this ‘Vegas shooting?” asked Janene Kirby. “Will I ever be able to feel the safety I did before having to run for my life? Will I ever be able to attend a crowded event? Will I ever be able to let my son go do these fun things with his friends without thinking he's going to get hurt? Will I ever be able to think my family is safe anywhere? (I’m) heartbroken.”

While Kirby was understandably not ready for an audio interview, she did recount her experience to this writer. Her narrative can be heard in the podcast.

The story begins at 6:50.

Also covered

A catchy song for trimmigrant season, McKinleyville High varsity football is in hot water, Jerry Springer involves himself with the locals, recreational pot purchases will be a thing in Eureka, dogs need to be adopted, an update and support for the Humboldt toddler who nearly drowned in a lake, crime updates, and much more.

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and many other podcast platforms.

Janene Kirby, submitted