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EPD sweeps Old Town

Eureka Police Press Release:

The Eureka Police Department today conducted a maximum enforcement operation in the greater Old Town Business district. The operation was conducted in response to numerous complaints from businesses and residents in the area regarding quality of life issues.

The operation included the Old Town Foot Patrol officer, the newly appointed Neighborhood Oriented Policing team, several patrol officers and police services officers. The enforcement included foot patrol and targeted enforcement for unlawful activities including: public intoxication, prostitution, illegal dumping of waste, and unlawful camping.

During the operation 15 suspects were cited for violating city municipal codes, five suspects were arrested for various charges, and close to a thousand pounds of garbage was removed from several locations.

Arrested during the operation were:

Donavan Powers (42 years old of Eureka). Arrested for Violating the Terms of his Probation.

Robert Moon (30 years old of Eureka). Arrested for an outstanding Warrant for Resisting Arrest.

Hamzah Garay (27 years old of Eureka). Arrested for Violating the Terms of his Probation.

Jillian Burke (34 years old of Eureka). Arrested for an outstanding Warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance

Christopher Morgan (39 years old of Eureka). Arrested for Violating the Terms of his Probation.

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  1. February 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    The day EPD starts arresting certain used car dealers and Banksters is the day I might buy the notion that the City is genuinely concerned about “quality of life”. But I guess stealing and making people homeless due to fraud isn’t a “quality of life” issue.

  2. Anonymous
    February 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Fully seconded, terry clark.

  3. RefFan
    February 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Well, at least those arrested were not victims of fraud. Just victims from making bad choices in their lifes.

  4. Jump Jim Joe
    February 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Used car dealers aren’t impacting my quality of life. Banksters impact my quality of life in a broad sense, but it’s a complex issue I can’t solely peg on banksters. Petty crime absolutely impacts my quality of life, and it’s something EPD can actually address, unlike the issue of banksters. Thank you EPD for arresting people breaking the law.

    Terry, if you’re going to criticize EPD for upholding the law, perhaps you should entertain us with which laws you deem unimportant that should not have been enforced.

  5. Anonymous
    February 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    “Terry, if you’re going to criticize EPD for upholding the law, perhaps you should entertain us with which laws you deem unimportant that should not have been enforced.”

    I can’t speak for terry but what about the people who screwed over the people who have just now been deigned lacking in quality of life so much as to be kicked out of old town for it?

  6. 69er
    February 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Terry L. Clark/, Anonymous, RefFan says too bad you weren’t down there to get yours, I’m sure you must be guilty or you wouldn’t be grumpin’ so stupidly. Each time some kind of enforcement is done some slime has to come out and condemn it. Crawl back in your hole and continue to rot the rest of your life away!!!

  7. Anonymous
    February 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    The powers that be change their vocabulary, but their actions are the same.

  8. Anonymous
    February 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    69, you stupid stupid STUPID retarded moron idiot dumbass. I was in old town today. I saw cops, had no idea what was going on. People DO NOT WANT TO BE HOMELESS. Until you fully realize how the american dream is a bunch of bullshit, you deserve the ignorance that you vomit.

  9. 69er
    February 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Anonymous, I ‘preciate your comment, it shows your mentality. Glad you were there to witness the good that the law enforcement is attempting to do for the real residents and business people of old town. The derelicts should get their acts together and they wouldn’t be in danger of being cited or arrested. Perhaps you could give them a hand up instead of whining.

  10. Jump Jim Joe
    February 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    people who screwed over the people who have just now been deigned lacking in quality of life so much as to be kicked out of old town for it?

    You’ll have to be more specific. If you are aware of crimes having been committed, you should talk to the appropriate authorities. Either there is evidence to go after the claimed criminals, or there isn’t. If, in response to my comment, you’re going to claim EPD is not upholding the law evenly, please understand that extraordinary claims require at least ordinary evidence. There are enough cop haters around that it’s hard to take non-evidenced claims seriously.

  11. February 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    ” Perhaps you could give them a hand up instead of whining.”

    We give the cops a hand-up every time
    we cut a check to pay their extortionate
    salaries. It is the homeless that need the ‘hand up’
    not the iron fist.

  12. Anonymous
    February 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    4:37, I totally understand where you’re coming from. However, you must in turn demonstrate a standing ground: What were these 15 people doing prior to this bust that you, as a participant in all which is old town’s “quality of life”, judge worthy of prosecution? How have YOU been wronged?

  13. Anonymous
    February 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I posted the comment @ 4:54pm. To be fair, I will answer my own question. I have been alive to witness 36 full revolutions of this planet earth around the sun, and I do not feel I have ever been wronged by the “homeless population” in anyway whatsoever, EVER.

  14. 69er
    February 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    The homeless, exactly who I was referring to as well as the derelicts. All this bitching and whining and the bitchers and whiners, about enforcing the law, are doing nothing to solve the problem. Of course you, Achtung, would have law enforcement officers perform for free. The fact is the majority of the so called homeless only want a hand out, not a hand up.

  15. Jump Jim Joe
    February 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Quality of life? The people arrested are alleged to have broken laws. If you think certain laws pertaining to these arrests are unjust, make your opinion known about those laws.

    And if you’re going to continue to refer to me by my time stamp, I’ll just stop drop my username. Heraldo has beat that request to death. Here I am abiding H’s wishes and it doesn’t make a lick of difference. I’m still just a time stamp.

  16. Anonymous
    February 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    69er writes: “The fact is the majority of the so called homeless only want a hand out, not a hand up.”

    ho-kay, grampa. Sorry for responding. I thought you were sane.

  17. Anonymous
    February 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    “If you think certain laws pertaining to these arrests are unjust, make your opinion known about those laws.”

    Unlawful search and siezure…”papers please” sieg heil amerikka…innocent until proven guilty unless a pig oinks for a dollar.

  18. Not A Native
    February 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Jump Jim, the benefit of a pseudonym is for readers to follow a particular commenter’s line of posts, not for boosting that poster’s ego to be called ‘by name’. And anyway, you might simply be pleased that by having a ‘handle’ your postings aren’t confused as being written by someone else..

  19. Anonymous
    February 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    the benefit of a pseudonym is for readers to follow a particular commenter’s line of posts, not for boosting that poster’s ego to be called ‘by name’.

    A colossal “duh!” in response. I know that. I am not ego-driven, hence my lack of using a pseudonym until this point. I only do so in order for people replying to more easily direct their responses, as per Heraldo’s preference. Way to miss the point NAN. Seeing as I’m being insulted for using a pseudonym, I’ll go back to being purely anonymous. Enjoy not being able to distinguish me from the other anons. Boosting my ego? Seriously? I’ve learned my lesson. Thanks for the wrist slap for trying to do the right thing.

  20. Anonymous
    February 9, 2012 at 12:19 am

    “There are enough cop haters around that it’s hard to take non-evidenced claims seriously.”

    Kudos to the author of that nicely-worded bit of wisdom!

    P.S. This is my first post on this thread. (I am not one of those other Anonymous commenters.)

  21. High Finance
    February 9, 2012 at 7:27 am

    If 4.57pm does not believe the quality of his life hasn’t been made worse by the homeless and direlicts hanging around Old Town then he either;

    does not frequent Old Town or his quality of life sucks anyway or he isn’t telling the truth.

  22. G Gilbert Yule
    February 9, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I was wondering what the hell was going on. I subscribe to Crime Reports “Crime Update” (alerts@crimereports.com ) for Eureka and was pretty shocked at the number of crimes reported in today’s issue. There must have been 30 or 40 incidents reported this morning as compared to the more common 10 to 20. This sweep in Old Town explains a lot.

  23. February 9, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Most of Eureka is looking scummy these days, “skid row” now goes all the way across town. lock your car… Meth is a huge problem here, it just sucks.

  24. intoxicated camping prostitute
    February 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

    They say they hauled off garbage, but really, that was just my stuff.

  25. Anonymous
    February 9, 2012 at 9:30 am

    “most of eureka is looking scummy these days”

    don’t get out much do you? Maybe you can afford an apartment in piedmont? lombard? jack london square? Eureka is not scummy, the plight of the poor and desperate is increasing such that the population of homeless is following suit. Fight the problem, not the symptom.

  26. anonymous
    February 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

    They should have arrested all the people violating the smoking ordinance too!

  27. Just Watchin
    February 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    You people are letting me down. Someone blame George W. Bush !!!

  28. Gilbert Grape
    February 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    After a few days visiting family over the holidays my son asked from the backseat of the car, “Hey, Dad, where are all the homeless people?”

    Makes me wonder about the area in which my son is growing up. And, yeah, where were they?

  29. Anonymous
    February 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I hope this is just a start to cleaning this town up. Instead of feeding and showering these low life losers ship them back where they came from. The EPD has much more to do. This town should have changed it’s name from Eureka to Enable.

  30. February 10, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I thought this idea in The Atlantic might be a bit of a stretch until I came over here: How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy – Humboldt Herald is good for one thing, at least, parasite research.

  31. February 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    953, the town should change its name to “Yurok” which was the original name that referred to the whole region. It was corrupted by ignorant white settlers into the anglified “Eureka” that was all they could comprehend.

    have a peaceful day,
    Bill

  32. High Finance
    February 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Bull.

    The name of the town should be “Arkleyville” after all the good he has down for our town.

  33. anon
    February 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    HiFi, boy I guess we know what color your nose is and where it spends its time.

  34. Just Middle Class
    February 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Heraldo, this Guy Fox post is scary and should be moderated. It goes beyond political commentary when threats like this are posted, they should not be tolerated. Posting threats is not protected free speech.

  35. Just Middle Class
    February 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Bill, Eureka was Wyot not Yurok.

  36. February 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I agree that the Wiyot were the people living in the Humboldt Bay region and the Yurok were mostly further north along the Klamath. My point is not to stir up controversy between peoples. My point is that on the old maps I have seen this entire region was for a time labelled “Yurok” and that this place name was corrupted and anglicised by early white settlers into a word that they could comprehend, and also as a way of stealing the place name from the inhabitants.

    I would be fine with it if we changed the name of Humboldt County to Yurok County and the name of Eureka to Wiyot.

    We would do this to honor the memory of the people who lived here for several thousand years before us. Of course we would need the agreement of our local Indigenous People to do this.

    Wouldn’t you agree?

    have a peaceful day,
    Bill

  37. just middle class
    February 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Again, this blog should not tolerate posts like 12:41, that statement is criminal.

  38. What Now
    February 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    “anon says:
    February 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm
    HiFi, boy I guess we know what color your nose is and where it spends its time.”

    It goes much further than that, anon.
    The differnce between a “brown nose” and a “shithead” is merely depth perception.

    The subject you addressed in your earlier post is, in fact, an ankle deep suppository in R.A. Jr.

  39. High Finance
    February 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    You never answered my question What Now.

    How old are you ?

    If you’re really an adult maybe you should post like one ?

  40. Anonymous
    February 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I actually like several things Arkley has done but I have to laugh at What Nows wit and delivery.

  41. Howdie Podner
    February 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    So HIFI you want to rename our fair city in honor of a bankrupt deadbeat, Rob Arkley?

    Where is your sense of personal responsibility dood? There are plenty of people here that Rob has fucked over personally. They won’t like Arkelyville at all.

  42. Anonymous
    February 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    All this gutter language is not pleasing. If it continues, I plan to make fewer trips to this vicinity.

  43. Atomic Mouse
    February 10, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Your wit and incisive commentary will be sorely missed, 743. Please don’t go.

  44. February 11, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I lived in Old Town for quite a few years. Yes, there were problems (sometimes pretty bad ones), and the cops wouldn’t come out to investigate until you threatened to do something yourself. For the most part, though, the residents and locals (homeless or not) were fine people. It was outsiders who generally caused the problems. Not to say they caused all the problems, but when something was going down, it was usually someone I had never seen before.

  45. EffUwhineybitches
    February 11, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Fuck all of you stupid hippies that want everything given to them. Nobody owes you anything. “It’s not fair, other people have things I don’t.” By the way, I’m poor myself, you pieces of shit. Fuck you very much.

  46. Gogord Gram
    February 11, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Lets not forget that Eureka was actually established to be regional vice capital and debauchery supplier for the north coast. Old Town established as the boozing/redlight district for tense loggers with paychecks coming in from hills looking for relief. 1860’s you had genuine opium dens where the ritzy shops are now. So many those lovely Victorians built with dozens of teeny tiny rooms just big enough for a bed, common knowledge what for. Lets also not forget the legendary Triangle Motel as unofficial welcome post for modern era Eureka bound adventurers.

  47. Anonymous
    February 11, 2012 at 8:16 am

    What’s a “bankster”

    Rob Arkley never f’d me over and I’ve been around for a long long time. And I’ve heard several times of his generosity.

  48. February 11, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Savings and Loan crises, public gets the tab.

  49. February 11, 2012 at 9:05 am

    These weren’t all ‘just homeless’ people.

    Donavan Powers is on Megan’s List for child molestation — the same guy we had arrested in front of Has Beans for assaulting innocent people years ago, and the same guy who was drunk as a skunk and harassing people at a gallery downtown during the most recent Arts Alive! I had to help the gallery owner run him off, since, naturally, there weren’t any cops around to be of any help.

    Needless to say, he was stumbling down F Street in front of Old Town Coffee the very morning after his arrest this week, still screeching and spinning out. He’s very much the poster child for the complete failure of our mental health and rehabilitation systems; even public safety isn’t really being accomplished here.

  50. February 11, 2012 at 9:06 am
  51. peoplesarc@gmail.com
    February 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

    After reading the reasons for the arrests, it appears that the cops were not arresting people for conduct that day, but instead the EPD ran peoples’ names and took them to jail if they were on probation or had a warrant. Meanwhile, some of these cops are murderers and they run around armed and free to do anything they want.

  52. Anonymous
    February 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

    uhhmmmm….yeah, sure 1051…

  53. February 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I can easily give you half a dozen witnesses of Mr. Powers’ conduct in the last week.

  54. Anonymous
    February 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    These arrests should be happening by the dozens. It would take weeks to get rid of the human trash that permeates Eureka. Instead of slapping their hand and turning them loose the next day send them back where they came from. Let their hometowns take care of them. Poor Old Town with all it’s business’ closing up and psycho bums walking the streets. Who would guess that a beautiful town on the West Coast of California would be so ignored, abused and turned into and undesirable and unsafe place for decent people.

  55. High Finance
    February 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    The problem is worse than ever, those bums are being attracted to this city by all the free handouts they can get.

    I don’t see it getting any better, only worse.

  56. Fat Czech
    February 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Well Mr. Genuis @ 4:52 what percentage of the homeless that frequent Old Town are from Humboldt and what percentage are from elsewhere? Or are you suggesting that they are all from somewhere else?

  57. Anonymous
    February 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    When are some of you dumb morons going to realize the homeless population is GROWING. Do you see children running around right now? When they grow up, an increasing number of them ARE GOING TO BE HOMELESS. All those people out there were children too.

    The system is broken,money is buying politics. It’s doing so on the internet, radio, television, in the courtrooms and city halls. With the current rezoning for dense infrastructure, coupled wtih big boxes like walmart sleazing into humboldt, and a roster of real estate shills in our supervisor and council seats, you can 100% GUARANTEE more of every single problem such an environment begets, just like everywhere else these politicos have already had their way.

  58. 06em
    February 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    2:29

    … get rid of the human trash …

    Jawohl, mein herr! Deutschland über alles! Arbeit macht frei!

  59. Gogord Gram
    February 12, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Eureka should make lemonade from lemons. Since the town was established to be regional vice-mart (and it continues to this day) why not promote this fact as a skeezy tourist magnet? Call Eureka the “Las Vegas of the Redwoods”, “what happens in Eureka stays in Eureka”, etc. Eureka needs to embrace this identity, and be creative. Instead of arresting, how about employing the scuzzballs of old town as tour guides, middlemen, brokers, hustlers, whatever you want to call it just give them name tags and uniforms, like security guards. Pump some national publicity and increase the bed tax revenue. Maybe even get some professional training for the hookers since they will be our towns pubic image.

  60. Down the Road
    February 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Could the translation from above mean: Give them a bar of soap and send them down the hall.

  61. Down the Hatch
    February 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Looks to me like Probabtion and Parole are experiencing a big FAIL if this situation is as described. Maybe some of them need to be fired. Worthless government drones.

    Let cut taxes and eliminate government waste.

  62. 06em
    February 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Could the translation from above mean: Give them a bar of soap and send them down the hall.

    That’s the logical conclusion of 2:29’s attitude.

  63. Anonymous
    February 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

    If we advertise that we have the the biggest population and scuzziest looking bums and hookers in the US that would certainly be an example of TRUTH IN ADVERTISING.

  64. Anonymous
    February 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

    How many bars will be needed?

  65. February 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

    The prostitutes followed the Gold Rush,
    the Gold Rush doesn’t follow prostitutes.

  66. Anonymous
    February 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    There are more houses than people in eureka, including homeless. There’s no shortage of living “units” or low income “jobs”. Construction should be kicked off the county’s agenda, make what’s already here stronger instead. Communities that stay small always gain strength over time. Builders are desperate to cash in right now as this is becoming more obvious thanks to accessible widespread communication.

  67. High Finance
    February 13, 2012 at 10:47 am

    If there were more houses than people, rent prices would be falling fast.

    There isn’t so it’s not.

  68. Noble
    February 14, 2012 at 6:08 am

    I sleep safer at night knowing the police are keeping the streets clean of probation violators and people with warrants. “Resisting Arrest” is cop speak for “don’t like your face.”

    Also, “quality of life issues,” is the new way to say “round up the bums?” Classy.

  69. Anonymous
    February 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Jill Burke is my mom.

  70. High Finance
    February 23, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Everyone respects the right to protest, but are there limits ?

    Having to walk through the mess in front of the courthouse often, I notice that sometimes there are 10 protest signs for each one of the four protestors.

    Could I have a protest by myself and put up 100 signs ?

  71. just middle class
    February 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

    The other day I was leaving the courthouse and one of the protesters moved to block my way and thrust his fist toward me and I walked around him, something anyone should not have to put up with, while today I was standing on the sidewalk on 5th Street several blocks from the courthouose, talking to some friends and an occupier type walking down the sidewalk brushed into me, I guess this is some form of intimidation, something else we should not have to tolerate. We were not blocking the sidewalk and there was plenty of room to avoid contact. So I guess their freedom to protest includes the freedom to intimidate innocent people?

  72. Fact Checker
    February 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

    High Finance said:
    February 23, 2012 at 9:49 am
    “Everyone respects the right to protest, but are there limits?”

    “Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection.” -Neal Boortz

    “It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.” -Herbert Hoover

  73. just middle class
    February 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

    The point is free speech not free intimidation!

  74. Chicken Little
    February 23, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Just Middle Class @ 11:00 The sky is not falling.

  75. Just Middle Class
    February 23, 2012 at 11:21 am

    So you believe that it is OK to intimidate folks as a way to make a point?

  76. Just Middle Class
    February 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

    As a person who agreed with the original message, I have become discusted with the movement and find that it has been taken over by people who are doing damage to the intent of the movement. The outcome looks like it will turn regular people against the cause and will actually reverse any initial gain.

  77. Chicken Little
    February 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

    So you are scared. I am afraid of groups of young men walking down the street in groups. Its not rational, but its perfectly human. How can society operate if there is free speech, unless someone is “scared” or “intimidated”? I work near the courthouse, no one has ever intimidated me. Well, maybe on occasion large groups of young males. But that’s me.

  78. Just Middle Class
    February 23, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Who said anything about scared? You sound like you support this kind of activity. Disgusted is closer to my feelings.

  79. Chicken Little
    February 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

    JMC. So what? Move to China or some other country where people won’t be expressing themselves, and subsequently, disgusting sensitive little ol’ you.

  80. Chicken Little
    February 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    “It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.” -Herbert Hoover

    Poor dictators. Maybe the people “intimidate” them.

  81. Just Middle Class
    February 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Expressing yourself is not at the expense of folks going about their daily business. Blocking someone’s way or bumping into someone on the street is not “free speech”. Intimidation of other people that may be percieved as not agreeing with you is more the actions of those who support dictators. As the old saying goes, the right to use your fist ends where my nose begins. You are claiming that freedom by one group should be at the expense of another group.

  82. Just Middle Class
    February 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    If you are the spokesperson for this movement, then it has no future.

  83. Fact Checker
    February 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I am only the spokesman for myself. JMC, all this hyperbole. Bumping … fist and nose. Such drama. You an Hi Fi need to can the drama, get real, and find some facts instead of believing everything that you think.

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