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Monthly Archives: February 2012
Douglas Albert Camilli
Douglas Clyde Camilli
Sarah Marie Nichols
On 2/16/12, at about 11:46 AM, the Eureka Police Department received a report of suspicious persons in a vehicle (dark Toyota Tacoma) in an alley near Wabash and Williams Street. The RP reported seeing two females and two males associated with apartment building moving marijuana to another vehicle (an apparent drug deal in progress). One of the males was reported to have a handgun in his waistband. EPD officers responded and found one of the described vehicles backed into a stall in the apartment building’s car port area. As officers drove toward the vehicle all four occupants exited and began walking away. The two males and two females, later identified as Douglas Clyde Camilli (age 57 of Eureka), Sarah Marie Nichols AKA Sara Scott (age 27 of Eureka), Adam Daniel Sundberg (age 32 of Mckinleyville), and Brittany Lee Bryan (age 26 of Mckinleyville) were detained without incident.
It was learned that Douglas Clyde Camilli had four outstanding arrest warrants for contempt of court. The driver of the vehicle, Adam Sundberg, was on felony probation with a search clause for assault with a deadly weapon. Per Sundbergs probation status, officers searched the vehicle. In plain view in the back seat was a loaded 9mm Hi-Point semi-automatic handgun. Officers also located a large plastic tub filled with bags of processed marijuana packaged for sale. A total of 26 plastic resealable vacuum bags filled with marijuana were found in the tub (6 one pound bags and 20 ½ pound bags) weighing approximately 16 pounds in total. Many of the bags were marked by weight and marijuana strain.
The assistance of the Problem Oriented Policing Unit was requested. POP detectives responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Camilli was ultimately arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of marijuana for sale, being a convicted felon in unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, and for the several outstanding warrants. Nichols was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she was booked for possession of marijuana for sale and carrying a loaded firearm in a public place (vehicle). Sundberg was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of marijuana for sale. Bryan was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. However, due to a serious medical condition she was not cleared for booking. Bryan was cited and released with a court date.
Officers later discovered that Bryan had discarded and attempted to conceal approximately 3 grams of cocaine in the backseat of the patrol car in which she was transported. An additional charge of possession of a controlled substance is expected to follow.
Based on evidence and information gathered at the scene, investigators believed they would likely find more marijuana at Camilli’s residence on the 1000 block of Hodgson Street, Eureka. POP detectives subsequently obtained a search warrant for Camilli’s residence which they served around 4:45 PM. 5 subjects (three adult males and two adult females) were detained at the residence. 4 small children were also present at the home (but did not live there). While detectives completed their investigation, the children were temporarily released into the care and custody of uninvolved responsible relatives.
Investigators subsequently located an indoor marijuana cultivation operation inside a detached garage behind the residence. The grow appeared to have been recently harvested. However, 136 small to medium sized marijuana plants in pots and trays were located in the grow rooms. Investigators also located and seized approximately 5 more pounds of processed marijuana along with 7 large paper bags filled with dried marijuana plants awaiting trimming (likely representing a few more pounds of processed marijuana). Additionally, investigators located further evidence of marijuana sales activity including a digital scale, numerous trimming shears, a vacuum sealer and heat seal bags. Drug use paraphernalia, including a methamphetamine pipe, were also found in the house.
Resident Douglas Albert Camilli (age 31 of Eureka, son of Douglas Clyde Camilli) was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of drug paraphernalia.
An additional charge of illegal marijuana cultivation is expected for the owner of the property, Douglas Clyde Camilli.
The Eureka Police Department would encourage the public to phone EPD’s dispatch regarding in progress crimes at (707) 441-4044 or in progress emergencies by dialing 911.
Anyone with information concerning suspected ongoing drug sales/criminal activity occurring in Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.
From the Feb. 8, 2012 edition
By Elaine Weinreb
Press Staff Writer
McKinleyville High School is slowly beginning to see the results of Measure Q, the $25,800 million bond passed by voters in 2010.
About half the funds were allocated for Mack High, and half for Arcata High.
Northern Humboldt Union High School District Superintendent Kenny Richards said that the first projects undertaken were those intended to improve the safety of the two campuses.
At Mack High, the building is being re-wired to support new school intercom systems, phones and clocks. Internet connectivity was improved, and projectors were replaced
onstruction is expected to be completed this month. The cost for these improvements is estimated at $200,000.
The next project to be undertaken will be new bleachers at Mack High. The new bleachers will conform to the handicapped-accessibility laws, and also have new bathrooms, and a new sound system. The estimated cost is $2.6 million.
According to the high school district’s web page, construction of the bleachers is supposed to begin this summer and be completed in 2013.
A $400,000 upgrade to the school library and media center is supposed to begin this fall and be completed by summer of 2013.
An array of various improvements at Mack High involving vocational technology, home economics, culinary studies, multipurpose room lighting, the art room, the graphic room, and other unspecified items is scheduled for 2013/2014. Further details are not available at this time.
Those improvements are estimated to cost $3.6 million. .
Physical education facilities, including an improved gym floor, locker rooms, and a field are scheduled for construction during the first half of 2014. That project will cost about $4.2 million.
An item described only as “site technology upgrades” will occur at various intervals over the next two years. These unspecified upgrades will cost $769,000.
From the Feb. 9 edition:
The public is invited to attend a workshop that will include a presentation of the McKinleyville Community Services District’s (MCSD) consideration of the water and sewer rate analysis. The workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to to 9 p.m on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Azalea Hall, 1620 Pickett Road, in McKinleyville.
The workshop will cover the district’s intent to consider adjustment to the water and sewer rates and any necessary revenue adjustments to adequately fund operations, maintenance, as well as present and future capital costs.
At the Feb. 1 meeting, the MCSD Board was presented with a variety of financial and rate scenarios to better inform the District of possible outcomes.
If you bring a current water bill, we will be able to project what your future bill might look like.
Pierce Rossum, from Willdan Financial Services, assisted in the preparation of the water and sewer rate evaluation and will attend the workshop to help facilitate the discussion and address stakeholder questions and any uncertainty.
For more information call the MCSD main office at 839-3251.
From the Feb. 8, 2012 edition/Opinion page
It was fascinating to watch last week’s meeting of the McKinleyville Community Services District and realize that there was one thing that everyone who spoke agreed upon – McKinleyville should have its own skate park. Not a single person spoke out against the idea.
Even MCSD staff members – who proposed the controversial changes in a written agreement with the non-profit McKinleyville Skate Park Organization – have publicly stated that they support the idea of a skate park.
So where’s the disagreement? One might think the conflict is over the Pierson Park location, which MCSD staff said should be removed from the agreement and replaced with a general pledge to place the skate park somewhere in McKinleyville, with the exact location to be determined at a later date.
But upon further questioning, you quickly learn that MCSD staff is not against locating the skate board park at Pierson Park. They say they like the location.
So what’s the problem?
In my opinion it comes down to money and the entire vision of how this project will be built. Fortunately, this can be changed, We could have a skate park this summer. But it will require a change of thinking by both the MCSD and skaters. Try to follow my train of thought:
When the skate park was envisioned many years ago, the MCSD was busy trying to figure out how to build the Hiller Sports Complex. There wasn’t any extra money sitting around for a skate park.
The skaters, if they wanted a park, would have to build it on their own. The MCSD agreed to provide land, Later, the MCSD agreed to make a $25,000 contribution toward the park when it came time for construction.
The skaters, meanwhile, went about designing the park they wanted rather than the park they could afford. They came up with a $650,000 park, with the first phase estimated to cost from $380,000 to $450,000. (The exact amount changes depending on what meeting one attends, hence the different numbers used in different news articles.)
That’s a huge expenditure, even by the standards of the MCSD, which has acquired land and developed parks all over McKinleyville,
So when MCSD staff members sit behind their desks and try to plan for the district’s future, they come up with some logical conclusions:
• At the rate the McKinleyville Skate Park Organization is raising funds, it could be many years, maybe a decade or more, before there is enough money to start Phase 1.
• With a price tag hovering around half a million dollars, and with other projects having a higher priority according to district surveys, the MCSD can’t justify spending that much of its own money on a skate park.
So the skaters want a project with an astronomical costs that they may never be able to raise, and the MCSD is waiting for money that may never come. That puts the skate park in perpetual limbo,
The solution? Figure out how much money we can afford to spend right now, and design a skate park around that amount.
According to McKinleyville Skate Park President Charlie Caldwell, the organization has $32.700 of cash in the bank. It also has commitments from businesses to donate materials and services, bringing the grand total to about $87,000. The MCSD previously agreed to pitch in $25,000. That brings the total amount available to $112,000. So let’s round that up to $150,000. The additional money can come from the McKinleyville Skate Park Organization and the MCSD.
The new design could include some features from the existing design. It could be built with the idea that it’s phase one, and that the Cadillac features wanted by the McKinleyville Skate Park Organization could be added at a later date – when the group finally gets around to raising a half million dollars.
With a scaled down skate park, we could have a safe, fun place for skaters to grind away as early as this summer.
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I have this memory. I’m a little kid. I’m sitting in front of a TV watching a cartoon. I think it’s Rocky and Bullwinkle. A cartoon newscaster comes on the screen and announces “Local dog chases local cat over local fence.” I laugh.
Fast forward several decades and here I am writing similar headlines. This week’s paper is chock full of local stuff. We don’t have any dogs chasing cats, but the Sheriff’s Log does have the story of two women who get in a fight over a dog. Check it out.
Some other notable stories in this week’s edition:
• Prank calls put 2 students in juvenile hall
• Victim uses gun to fight off home invaders in Orick
• Stakeout at recycling center nabs 3 suspects.
• Gun club’s permit upheld
• Don and Linda Harling receive Azalea Award
• Despite protests, Trinidad raises its water rates
• Trinidad School Bond to appear on June ballot
• Girl Scout cookies now available! Yee-Haw!
• McKinleyville Art Night is Friday. We have a list of all the venues and participating artists.
• Linda and Robin are being transferred from the McK Post Office to the Arcata Post Office. This is a real bummer. I’ll miss them both.
• Tom Lurtz writes a letter that includes lots of good questions about the USPS decision to cut back hours at the McK Post Office. (Starting today the post office doesn’t open until 10 a.m.) Why didn’t the USPS get community input? Is this a sound business decision?
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UPDATED TO 5.6
* Monday, February 13, 2012 at 21:07:02 UTC
* Monday, February 13, 2012 at 01:07:02 PM at epicenter
Location 41.153°N, 123.817°W
Depth 32.9 km (20.4 miles)
Region NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
* 10 km (6 miles) WSW (247°) from Weitchpec, CA
* 28 km (17 miles) ENE (63°) from Westhaven-Moonstone, CA
* 29 km (18 miles) ENE (70°) from Trinidad, CA
* 50 km (31 miles) NE (36°) from Eureka, CA
* 352 km (218 miles) NW (326°) from Sacramento, CA
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.8 km (0.5 miles)
Parameters Nph= 62, Dmin=17 km, Rmss=0.17 sec, Gp= 72°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=4
* California Integrated Seismic Net:
* USGS Caltech CGS UCB UCSD UNR
Event ID nc71734741
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