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Mayor Watson issues statement regarding arrest: ‘I take full responsibility’

Mayor Watson issues statement regarding arrest: ‘I take full responsibility’

“Last week was the one-year anniversary of my father’s death. He was severely depressed and took his own life. I’ve really been struggling with the loss this last week. I appreciate the community’s patience while I sort through the impact his death has had on me and the events of Sunday night.

I take full responsibility for the results of the arrest while recognizing the importance of seeking treatment to support my mental health.”

Man arrested for alleged DUI after pursuit, crash in McKinleyville

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office McKINLEYVILLE – On Tuesday, May 25 at about 9:46 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol in the area of Central Avenue and School Road in McKinleyville observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway. As the deputy approached the vehicle to offer assistance, the vehicle accelerated and

Incorrigible creative driver gets 8 years

“Mr. LaCount’s long record of interaction with the criminal justice system makes clear that as people receive opportunities to alter their criminal behavior that endangers others, for the sake of public safety there should be increasing consequences for failing to take advantage of those opportunities. Thanks very much to the people who improved public safety by providing information that helpedus get LaCount off the streets.”

Wanted by DA: Joshua Shane Oneal

Humboldt County District Attorney HUMBOLDT – The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office seeks the public’s assistance with the apprehension of Joshua Shane Oneal, 36, who has an outstanding warrant for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. If you have information regarding Oneal’s whereabouts, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.

6 days SWAP time for ‘wet and reckless’ Wheetley

Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Former Arcata City Councilmember Mark Wheetley will perform six days of work with the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP ) following a plea over his second drunk driving arrest. Wheetley’s attorney, Patrick Griego, entered a plea of no contest on his behalf last Tuesday to a charge of “wet and

Mack Town hit & run trial delayed

Paul Mann Mad River Union EUREKA – The November trial of a McKinleyville hit-and-run murder suspect has been postponed until the defense receives an accident reconstruction report from an outside expert. James Arthur Merrick II, 47, is accused of killing Tessa Gingerich, 16, also of McKinleyville, in an alcohol-fueled hit-and-run collision near Mill Creek Marketplace

Wheetley’s pre-trial DUI hearing set for November

Paul Mann Mad River Union EUREKA — A pre-trial hearing is scheduled Nov. 21 for Fortuna City Manager Mark Wheetley, who has pleaded not guilty to his second arrest in 18 months on charges of driving under the influence. The former Arcata mayor and city councilmember will be represented in November in Courtroom 8 by

Alleged drunk, armed driver arrested after Janes Road crash

Arcata Police press release HIT AND RUN DRUNK DRIVER ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF A LOADED FIREARM On Thursday, Aug. 31 at about 12:55 a.m., an officer with the Arcata Police Department observed a Toyota pick- up drive around a stopped vehicle at the intersection of Alliance Road and Spear Avenue and into the opposite lane of traffic at