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Missing man was killed, state bureau finds

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Romeo Glaze. Photo courtesy of Del Norte County Sheriff's Office
A body found two months ago near Klamath Glen has been identified as a Del Norte County man and the cause of death ruled a homicide.

The California Department of Justice's Bureau of Forensic Services informed the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office that the remains found on April 16 matched the DNA of Romeo Glaze, 26, according to Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson.

Glaze’s sisters Cindy Kahao and Kristina Swain, who currently reside in Hawaii, reported Glaze missing to the sheriff’s office on March 26.

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Measure of Frustration: Faulty electricity meters costing harbor staff time

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Electricity meters for each slip, a new addition to the harbor since its reconstruction, are not functioning as promised. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Although the ribbon was cut back in March for the Crescent City Harbor reconstruction project, there have been some kinks to smooth out in the $54 million project before the facilities are completely transferred into the harbor’s ownership.

“There are still glitches being worked out like in all big projects,” said Crescent City Harbor Commissioner Scott Feller. 

Harbor commissioners have been irked by the fact that an automatic meter reading system for tracking electricity used by individual dock tenants has not been working properly. The system was designed so that harbor staff could monitor the electricity being used by each tenant by any computer in the harbor office, but instead harbor district staff have had to walk the docks daily to read the meters manually.

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Trigg to take office early

Del Norte’s new district attorney is set to be sworn in today once the Board of Supervisors vote to approve the appointment at its meeting this morning.

Dale Trigg, who won the DA spot in the election on June 3, will be starting his DA duties early in order to take over for Acting District Attorney Katie Micks, who has been filling in for former DA Jon Alexander since he was disbarred in April 2013. Typically, a newly elected official wouldn’t begin his or her term until January, but in a letter to the Board, Trigg requested an appointment as early as possible so he could fill Alexander’s remaining unexpired term and sidestep unnecessary case conflicts. County Administrative Officer Jay Sarina said Trigg can start as soon as he’s sworn in by Judge Chris Doehle around noon.

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Vehicle veers off highway, plummets down riverbank

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An SUV driven by a Eureka man careened off Highway 199 Sunday just north of Gasquet. Photo courtesy of Mike Cuthbertson
A small SUV drifted off the highway about three miles north of Gasquet on Sunday afternoon, careered about 50 feet down the side of a steep incline and landed in a crumpled heap by the side of the river. According to hospital representatives, both the driver and the passenger were in stable condition on Monday.

Frank Wythe, 72, and his passenger Carol Sharp, 66, both of Eureka, were driving south on Highway 199 when their vehicle, a silver 2006 Toyota Rav4, drifted off the left side of the road and plummeted down a hill, according to Sgt. Thoma of California Highway Patrol. Thoma said that there wasn’t any indication that Wythe had been speeding or that drugs or alcohol were involved.

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Website asked to help in probe of ominous message

Less than two months after an ill-advised anonymous post to whisper.com had local law enforcement and school district officials on high alert, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office is again asking the social media website for help.

Whisper.com is a website that allows users to anonymously post pictures with accompanying text.

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Landowners upset over county vote on tree removal

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Trees around Ward Field must be removed, Caltrans says. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors is poised to approve a project during today’s meeting to remove trees in the vicinity of Ward Field airport in Gasquet, surprising private landowners who thought the project was put on hold.

 

The action to award the contract for obstruction removal of trees on private property is on the Board’s consent agenda for today’s meeting, which is open to the public at 10 a.m. in the Flynn Center, 981 H Street, Crescent City.

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‘Visitor-friendly’ harbor project making progress

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A decorative outline of a crab has been laid into the cement that will be part of a promenade around the inner boat basin. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Summer can be a quiet time for a port mostly dominated by commercial crab fishing in the winter, but Crescent City Harbor is busy this season with a construction project designed with aesthetics in mind.

The $1.3 million project underway by the general contractor Hemmingsen Construction includes developing a half-mile section of the California Coastal Trail and building a promenade around the inner boat basin that will include viewing platforms, weather shelters and interpretive signage. 

Similar to a bus shelter, the glass-paneled wind shelters will provide protection for visitors from the North Coast’s inclement weather while they read signs about the port and area’s natural features. 

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Three arrested after hotel robbed

Three suspects in the armed robbery of a hotel were arrested as they tried to leave the scene early Thursday morning, according to the Crescent City Police Department.

Matthew McKeown, 35, was arrested and charged with robbery. Kathryn Hill, 33, and Lisa Hulford, 47, were also arrested and booked on criminal conspiracy charges.

The Del Norte County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call at 4:25 a.m. advising that a man with a long black jacket, a white mask and a long-barrelled shotgun walked into the Lighthouse Inn and was seen waving the gun in the air, according to Crescent City Police Chief Doug Plack.

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Race on to avoid losing millions

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The roof above the swimming pool will be replaced with new shingles and skylights. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Most everyone has heard that you have to spend money to make money, but it wasn’t until this week that the Crescent City Council found out they’d have to have the spending done by June 30.

A new California Department of Housing and Community Development rule — presented to the Council on Monday — had the city racing this month to assign money to swimming pool repairs and Housing Authority computer upgrades by the end of the month, lest a domino effect of delayed grant funding take place. 

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Loftin complains about jail time

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Michael Loftin
A Crescent City man who allegedly committed two violent crimes involving a hook and a handgun pleaded not guilty in court on Friday to all charges.

Michael Loftin, 31, is accused of putting an eel hook through a teenager’s arm in May, shooting a man less than a month later and then going on the run for two days before he was found under the backseat of a car in the Denny’s parking lot. Loftin pleaded not guilty in Del Norte Superior Court to two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of unlawful firearm activity. His hearing is due for setting a trial date on July 14. Currently he’s in custody on $250,000 bail.

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