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.

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