Kevin L. Hoover
LISCOM SLOUGH/JACKSON RANCH ROAD – As dawn’s rosy fingers crept over the Arcata Bottom along Liscom Slough last Friday, Feb 10, they revealed to Ted Halstead the hideous pile of debris above, which included all manner of wretched refuse.
Three things we know:
1. That we have absolutely no idea who did the dumping.
2. That the envelope below was found in the garbage.
“On 11/09/11, at about 3:50 PM, POP investigators spotted a wanted fugitive, Arthur Thomas Criner (age 50 of Eureka), walking near Myrtle and West Ave. Criner had five confirmed warrants for his arrest stemming from five separate cases (misdemeanor and felony). This included a POP drug sales search warrant service on the 1100 block of O Street in June 2011 (Criner was arrested and booked by POP for possession of a controlled substance for sale). Criner was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Jail where he was booked on his warrants alleging the following offenses: burglary, petty theft, driving while license suspended or revoked, unlawful possession of prescription medication, being under the influence of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct (prostitution), resisting/obstructing a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance for sale.”
Later that day, when Ted returned to collect the mess for disposal, a car was parked nearby, with a blonde woman chopping her hair off and throwing it on the ground under the “No Dumping” sign.
“She had a ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’ bumper sticker on her car, along with what appeared to be boxes of junk in her car,” Ted said. “She asked me if I lived nearby and why I was picking the trash up. I told her, because I cared and that I thought it was a nice area.”
The previous week's harvest of horror included a trail of discarded children's toys, books and other household items.
Meanwhile, the railing along the little bridge over Liscom Slough on Jackson Ranch Road has been marked with a tag by the Norteño gang.