AM News for Tuesday 6.25.13
Four Humboldt County men pleaded not guilty to federal marijuana distribution charges in Salt Lake City this week.
Tyler Cooper and John Diller, Michael Stallings, and Jedediah Morris entered not guilty pleas on Friday.
The four men are accused of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, etc
The federal indictment states that 10 California and Utah men were involved in a California to Utah pot distribution ring between June 2008 and September 2011.
The recently unsealed indictment states the defendants distributed 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana. The arrests were made after a three-year-long investigation that ranged from the North Coast to Utah.
Stallings, 63, was arrested June 11 in Willow Creek. Diller, 33, was arrested in McKinleyville on June 12. Morris, 34, turned himself in on Monday in San Francisco.
In the two separate arrests of Stallings and Diller, Humboldt County officers reported seizing a total of 1,400 growing marijuana plants, over 10 pounds of processed marijuana, four pistols, four rifles and a shotgun.
All four Humboldt County men are scheduled to have a status conference Aug. 22 before federal Judge Dustin B. Pead.
Speaking of the Palace Hotel re-construction, Ukiah Mayor Doug Crane said this week "I'm accepting of the progress; I'm not exactly happy with the progress,"
Eladia Laines, the building's owner, said 14 tons of material have been removed from the building at 272 N. State St., which she described as "great progress under the circumstances explaining that everything is "sorted, recycled, tested and then removed."
Planning Director Charley Stump said he is in communication with the Mendocino Air Quality District, "As far as they know, the applicants are in full compliance," Stump said.
Laines said "some of the conceptual work (on the building) has been started," adding that "we need some of that work in order to get to the next step" - obtaining financing.
"I'm concerned, and I think Mayor Crane is concerned as well, about five months from now when the rains start again," said Landis.
Laines said that a roofer had been at the hotel last week, "already looking to see how to make sure it will be watertight," .
The council then agreed to continue a vote on whether the city should take over rehabilitation of the building, and to next take up the topic at its July 17 meeting.
Private detectives investigating the disappearance of a Southern California man, Garret Rodriguez, who went missing after reportedly heading to work at a marijuana grow near what he called “Murder Mountain” — said this week that his pickup truck was found broken down on private property in southern Humboldt.
Private investigator Chris Cook said she’s notified the Humboldt Sheriff’s office which Detective Todd Fulton said is investigating Rodriguez’s disappearance as a missing person’s case.
No one has heard from Rodriguez since Christmas time. He was last heard from while en route from his home in Ocean Beach to southern Humboldt, where he was reportedly going to work at a marijuana ranch.
His mother, who lives in Georgia, said she knows her son was going to work at an indoor grow in the Rancho Sequoia area near Alderpoint for the winter. Rodriguez had been involved with growing marijuana since high school, and had also been working with marijuana trafficking and sales between Humboldt County and San Diego for a couple years.
Rodriguez is described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with brown hair. Rodriguez also has a tattoo of a colored ocean scene on his right shoulder.
Anyone with information regarding Garret Rodriguez is asked to contact Cook Private Investigations at 839-7422 or Humboldt Sheriff’s Office at 445-7251.
On Thursday, June 27th, 2013 from 5-9pm, The Willits Chamber of Commerce presents the Local First Hometown Celebration as the kick-off event for the 87th Annual Willits Frontier Days event. This street party celebrates the uniqueness and community generated by our Independently Owned* *Businesses.
There will be live music including Redbud, The New Blu Trio and the Farmers’ Market Band, delectable food, a dunk tank, the Local First prize wheel, and craft booths. Stores will have specials and stay open late.