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Police on lookout for stabber

Police are looking for an unidentified man involved in a stabbing behind the Safeway shopping center Friday afternoon.

The suspect, described as a tall white man in his mid- to late-30s with long blond hair, got into an argument with a homeless man, who had been camping behind the shopping center and produced a knife, said Crescent City Police Chief Ivan Minsal. Police officers along with California Highway Patrol, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent Fire Protection District responded to the area at about 3:20 p.m

Emergency dispatch call logs, March 30 - April 1, 2016

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, March 30 - April 1: 

Wednesday, March 30

Note: From 3:48 p.m.

At 4:39 p.m., caller reports purse was stolen from her shopping basket on the 900 block of Washington Boulevard.

At 4:50 p.m., request for the removal of a subject from a property on the 400 block of Elk Valley Road.

At 5:10 p.m., caller reports that he is lost in the woods. Subject’s phone shows that he is near the roadway and west of his vehicle.

Open house at Redwood Parks

Redwood National and State Parks will be hosting open houses next Saturday to reach out for new volunteers within the community.

“A lot of our volunteers are coming from somewhere else,” said Ranger Mike Poole. “We’re hoping they’ll want to make this their park.”

Volunteers need only be willing to bring their talents and passions to Redwood for four hours a week, a press release says, where they’ll improve visitor services and park safety by staffing visitor centers and hiking on park trails.

Public defender charged with DUI

Crescent City police arrested a local public defender early Friday morning after allegedly finding him passed out behind the wheel of his car with the engine still running.

Peter Benjamin McLaughlin was unresponsive when officers responded between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., according to Crescent City Police Chief Ivan Minsal. McLaughlin’s car was in the parking lot between the Apple Peddler restaurant and Bayview Inn on U.S. Highway 101, but not in a designated space.

“He was parked in an area where he could merge into traffic, but he was in the parking lot,” Minsal said. “He was identified and transported to the sheriff’s office where he was booked and released (later) this morning when he was sober.

Rash of OHV tracks in state park

OHV tracks are visible just behind a sign marking the state park boundary. Photo courtesy Linda Medders
Damage is 'worst I've ever seen' says Tolowa Dunes guide 

Fresh tire tracks have been turning up on the beaches, dunes and forests of Tolowa Dunes State Parks unchecked since December, and some park users are beginning to wonder how much more damage will be done before the problem is quelled. 

Broken tree boughs, exposed roots, rutted trails, damaged gates and fences are just some of the results of the recent off-highway vehicle traffic. 

Although the activity is illegal in state parks, it’s become regular. 

Complaints prompt probe of county dept. director

Quarter of Health and Human Services employees sign petition 

Del Norte County administration is investigating claims against the director of the Department of Health and Human Services after a petition signed by 50 — roughly a fourth — of her employees was presented to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 8. 

Former complaints and grievances had been filed without resulting in any action, the petition states, calling for the supervisors’ “immediate oversight” and for Director Barbara Pierson to be disciplined for flawed leadership and money management. 

Complaints include HIPAA violations; “disintegrating communication” amongst co-workers, supervising staff and clients; misuse of county money and time; and low morale. 

Challenging road to building new bike trail

As plans for a world class mountain bike trail system in Del Norte County continue to move forward, issues of how to convert miles of existing decommissioned roads into trails is proving a challenge.

A group of local riders led by Joe Gillespie plan to use about $8,000 in Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) grant money to design a mountain bike trail in the Mill Creek watershed with a possible connection to the Rellim Ridge Trail and existing roads that run through the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.

The grant money will be used to hire National Trails Coordinator Mark Loseth of the American Conservation Experience in Flagstaff, Arizona to design a mountain bike trail with features and trail options appealing to every skill level.

Brookings woman takes plea deal on charge of burglarizing co-worker

A Brookings woman charged with burglarizing the Fort Dick home of her co-worker three times has agreed a plea bargain reached with the Del Norte County District Attorney.

Shana Moulton, 26, plans to plead guilty to one of three counts of felony first-degree burglary in relation to one incident in December and two more in February, the most recent of which were caught on home security cameras. Under terms of the deal submitted March 28 in Del Norte Superior Court, the remaining counts will be dismissed. 

Assistant District Attorney Katherine Micks said the deal remains open, meaning the judge will have liberty to take into account her dismissed charges while making a sentencing decision later this month. 

HCD extends olive branch

Old wounds may be on the mend as the Del Norte Healthcare District opens the door of communication with the Sutter Coast Hospital and Open Door Clinic.

District board members recently instructed Chairman Dr. Kevin Caldwell to reach out to the Sutter Coast Board and Open Door Clinic with letters of invitation.

HSU to look into beached dolphin

Scientists at Humboldt State University are investigating the death of a long-beaked common dolphin that beached itself near the Winchuck River last week.

The dolphin was alive when it became stranded at Sandpiper Beach last Thursday, said Marine Biology Professor Dawn Goley, stranding coordinator for HSU’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network. It stranded itself several times, but died on the beach, she said.

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