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Forum on hiring new Arcata police chief Wednesday evening

Forum on hiring new Arcata police chief Wednesday evening

POLICE CHIEF FORUM The City of Arcata is recruiting a new chief of police, and is encouraging the public to share input on what the city should consider in selecting candidates Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chamber at City Hall, located at 736 F St. The city is completing a background

Kidnapping suspect behind bars

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office TRINIDAD – On Wednesday, May 23 at about 6 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from a distressed female stating she was being held against her will. The line was disconnected and dispatchers’ attempts to reconnect with the female were unsuccessful. As dispatchers worked

Thieves steal booze, cigs & fishing poles from Trinidad Murphy’s

Mad River Union TRINIDAD – Tho thieves wearing hoodies smashed the glass door at the Murphy’s Market in Trinidad last Thursday, May 24 and stole a large quantity of booze, cigarettes, fishing poles and other items. At about 11:45 p.m. that night, Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Murphy’s Market in Trinidad to

State steps in to stem HIV outbreak in Humboldt

Department of Health & Human Services HUMBOLDT – Two communicable disease specialists from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are in Humboldt County assisting local officials investigating an increase in the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV that was identified last month and has caused serious concern since then. The specialists from CDPH

For the Glory: Kinetic race weekend!

  Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – It’s time to gear up for four days of fun as the Kinetic Grand Championship kicks off this weekend, beginning in Arcata and ending in Ferndale. Kinetic Thrills Pageantry Party New this year is the Kinetic Thrills Pageantry Party, which is on Friday, May 25 from 6 p.m. to midnight

McKinleyville women killed in car crash near Orick

Mad River Union ORICK – Two McKinleyville women died Wednesday, May 23 when the pickup truck they were traveling in flipped over and collided with Peterbilt tractor trailer south of Bald Hills Road on U.S. highway 101 near Orick. Terra Lynn Smith, 46, and Andra Lynell Cooper, 64, were pronounced deceased at the scene. At

Threat of violence at Arcata High deemed ‘not credible’

Mad River Union ARCATA – A threatening note found on the Arcata High School campus Tuesday, May 22 was deemed “not credible” by the Arcata Police. On that day, the Arcata Police Department was notified by the Arcata High School that a suspicious note had been discovered on campus. The note contained a threat of

Lawson update: Council can’t talk, meetings set, new police chief sought

Jack Durham Mad River Union ARCATA – It’s been 13 months since David Josiah Lawson, 19, was stabbed to death in Arcata, but the case is still unsolved. The Arcata City Council was reminded of this during public comments at its May 16 meeting, with several speakers pleading with council members to rehire former FBI

Deadlocked Planco punts Village to council

Note: This story appeared in the May 16 edition of the Union. Updates appear at the end of the story. – Ed. Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – An even-numbered Planning Commission last week deadlocked 2–2 on approval of findings required for The Village student housing complex. But that doesn’t end consideration of

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