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Police Logs May 2, 2015

Here are excerpts from the Crescent City Police Department call logs for April 24 – 30: 

Friday, April 24


  • • At 12:16 p.m., a male reported that his father’s belongings were taken from the nursing home on the 1200 block of Marshall Street while he was away at Sutter. 


13-year-old boy shot in the head

A 13-year-old Klamath boy is fighting for his life after he was shot in the head Friday.

Del Norte County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a shooting on the 100 block of Klamath Boulevard just before 9:50 p.m.

Another dry year

Smith and Klamath river flows at fractions of normal levels; no relief predicted in summer

Though faring better than the rest of a drought-riddled state, Del Norte County is emerging from another dry winter and headed into a summer unlikely to bring relief.

Both the Klamath and Smith rivers are flowing at a fraction of their usual depths. At a third of the river’s 30-year mean for the month of April, this month the Klamath has been flowing at 8,360 cubic feet per second on average, compared to its customary 25,600 cfs near Klamath Glen, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s records. Seeing half its usual volume at Dr. Fine Bridge, the Smith has been at 2,384 cfs this month, compared to the 30-year average of 4,480. 

Among the most vulnerable to low flows are the fish that inhabit these rivers. While the Klamath is expected to host good numbers of salmonids in the coming fall, senior environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wade Sinnen, said a dry spell means a loss of habitat for the fish, which could mean lower populations in the future. 

Supes OK 'In God We Trust' for Flynn

At a Del Norte County Supervisors meeting where a Klamath fishing guide addressed the board on how new state regulations could cost him and other guides, it was an agenda item where hundreds of thousands of dollars weren’t at stake that got the most public attention.

That item — whether or not to post the words “In God We Trust” somewhere inside the Flynn Center — ultimately was approved by the board on Tuesday and sent to the Future Facilities Committee so that details of placement and style could be hashed out at its meeting next month. Although Supervisor Roger Gitlin spearheaded the action in Del Norte, the item’s origins go back to a pre-fabricated resolution that the organization In God We Trust — America, Inc. sends to municipalities across the country in order to simplify the process of gettingas  the words posted in their government buildings.

“In God We Trust — America, Inc. is a volunteer organization devoted to distributing the informative email packet to every elected official in America,” the group’s website states. “The mission is to promote patriotism by encouraging citizens and elected officials to work together to be part of this vital patriotic movement.”

'Blighted' former fish market nears sale

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Business at the Del Norte County Supervisors’ meeting Tuesday included a word of hope for a property with a problematic past and a word of dissent to the state about a new fishing restriction.

The large blue building at 400 Front St. that’s seen its share of failed businesses over the past few years, including most recently the fish market Top Blue Marine and, before that, the Surfside Grill and Brewery, is now close to having a new buyer, according to discussion at the meeting. 

Crescent City local Troy Duncan, who owns Red Sky Roofing, is currently looking at buying the property, according to Supervisor Roger Gitlin, and is busy cleaning it up and getting it ready for what he has planned, even though it’s unclear at this point what that might be.

Promising palette at student show

A metal fish by Gasquet Mountain School student Cadence Salas hangs among nearly 400 student works at the art show opening. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Gallery of Arts and Culture ‘honors creativity’ of local kids, teens with new display

The opening of a student art show downtown had teachers, students and community members elbow to elbow Friday afternoon as they moved through the gallery to study the nearly 400 works crafted by local youth. 

More than 250 students under the wings of the Del Norte Unified School District and County Office of Education have on display at the Gallery of Arts and Culture their portraits and abstractions of human and mythical beasts alike rendered variously in metal, pencil, collage and watercolor. 

Harbor ponders moving Hensel's

Restaurant’s last day will be Sat. unless deal is reached 

One of Del Norte’s most popular restaurants has to close this week, but perhaps only temporarily if restaurant owner Kenyon Hensel can make headway with harbor officials on relocating his business to a new property.

Since last May, Hensel’s Seafood, the top-reviewed Del Norte seafood restaurant on the mobile app Yelp, has been housed in a trailer located right in the path of Englund Marine’s plans to expand on the property it leases from the harbor. Now that the marine supply store’s expansion — previously caught up in a required permitting process — is about to happen, Hensel’s has to move by May 10, according to its lease. 

Assembly to vote on mining protection

The California Assembly is expected to vote this week on a joint resolution calling for action to protect the Smith River from the effects of mining within its watershed. 

District 2 Sen. Mike McGuire co-authored the Smith River Watershed Protection measure, which urges Pres. Obama and Congress to permanently safeguard the currently unprotected North Fork of the Smith River to “ensure the state’s premiere wild and scenic river would be protected from the devastating effects of a proposed strip-mining operation … in southern Oregon.” 

Last year the Panama-based Red Flat Nickel Corporation submitted a plan to drill up to 59 test mine shafts on 3,980 acres. The exploratory drilling could lead to the establishment of one of the largest nickel, cobalt and chromium mines in the Western United States. 

Pedestrian killed by vehicle on 101

A 27-year-old pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle Saturday evening when she attempted to cross the highway 500 feet north of a newly installed pedestrian crossing signal, authorities say. 

Sabrina Cowan was hit south of Parkway Drive by a 1995 Chevy S-10 pickup that was traveling south on U.S. Highway 101, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The driver, 28-year-old Shelby Kim of McKinleyville, stopped and called 911, the release says, and emergency personnel who responded pronounced Cowan dead on the scene.



Federal inquiry into cop actions

Video appears to show two officers taking cash from bust 

Hidden camera footage showing two law enforcement officers pocketing cash they found in a wallet during a Sheriff’s Office drug bust in March prompted an FBI investigation this week into the incident, and now additional questions are being raised about what happened that evening.

The video, which was shown to the Triplicate on Friday, wasn’t shot on the cameras that James Banuelos had mounted around his house — law enforcement knocked those down and took them as evidence when they showed up with a warrant to search the residence on March 9, which ultimately led to Banuelos’ arrest on suspicion of possession and sales of a controlled substance. As far as anyone knew, nothing was being recorded, but no one knew about the hidden cameras that Banuelos had tucked away around the house, wirelessly downloading everything they witnessed to his iPod. That footage, now in the hands of the FBI, shows an officer taking out what appears to be cash from a wallet that he found during the search, counting it out to “300” and laughing while splitting it with another officer and stuffing his share in his vest.

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