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Arcata Police Department Swear In Two New Officers

Yesterday Arcata Police Department swore in two new police officers in a small, seemingly private ceremony within Arcata City Hall Chambers. Travis Sherrod and Tyler Moore graduated from the Basic Police Academy located on College of the Redwood’s campus Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, the day before their swearing in. Moore, 22, is a native of McKinleyville and recently returned to …

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The City of Arcata Chooses New Mayor & Vice Mayor

Thursday at 8:00 a.m. the Arcata City Council chose Sofia Pereira as Arcata’s new Mayor and Brett Watson as Vice-Mayor. Susan Ornelas, Arcata’s current Mayor and Pereira literally switched seats–Ornelas will still serve on the city council although she is no longer mayor. As established in Arcata’s municipal code, each city council member is required to campaign to be elected to …

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Missing HSU Student Erin Henry Found Near Westhaven, APD Says No Sign of Foul Play

Missing Humboldt State University student Erin Henry was found deceased near Westhaven along Highway 101 this morning. Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman says that she ‘most likely fell to her death.’ Below is the press release from the Arcata Police Department. “On the morning of 12/8/2017, the Arcata Police Department was contacted by the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) and …

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Search For Missing HSU Student Leaves More Questions Than Answers

Sunday evening at noon, a group of about 25 people gathered in the parking lot across from Murphy’s in Bayside, to help with the search efforts for 22-year-old Erin Henry. Henry is a HSU student who has not had contact with anyone since November 25. Below is the press release from the Arcata Police Department: “On November 30th, 2017, Erin …

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New Direction: Arcata Says Community Forums and Public Lawson Updates Are Over

An email sent by Arcata’s City Manager Karen Diemer, details that community forums to discuss student safety and updates into the murder investigation of David Josiah Lawson, will no longer be held. “Thank you for your participation in the meetings held to provide updates on the David Josiah Lawson investigation and to discuss student safety. Based on input received during …

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What It’s Like To Be Black In Humboldt County: How An Article Request Turned Into A Journalist’s Resignation

  Zera Starchild would never have imagined that accepting a request from a local journalist, to write about her experiences as a Black woman living in Humboldt County, would lead to such controversy. Starchild has lived in Humboldt County for almost 20 years and has raised two daughters of half German descent in the area. She is not an activist, …

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Arcata City Council Rejects Claim Filed by Kyle Zoellner Alleging False Arrest

Tonight the city of Arcata rejected a claim filed by Kyle Zoellner at their city council meeting and referred the claim to the Redwood Empire Municipal Insurance Fund. Zoellner is alleging false arrest by the Arcata Police Department the night of David Josiah Lawson’s murder. The claim reads: “I was physically assaulted and brutally beaten unconscious at 1120 Spear Avenue, …

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