Here’s why you’re more likely to be “murdered in Eureka”

DA, Probation, Law Enforcement, Courts and the DHHS-Fail to Protect the Public

In this weeks North Coast Journal, Thadeus Greenson wrote a very good article which documented the now “un-sealed” probation reports from 3 of the areas more recent and notorious alleged murderer’s. This article illustrates the very points the Examiner has been trying to make; the local criminal justice system is broken and fails to keep citizens of Humboldt safe.

Bohdi Tree

Bohdi Tree

In the case of Bodhi Tree (alleged murderer of Christina Schwartz and Allan Marcet) his probation report read, in part, “Given his mental illness, proclivity to drink, and anti-social mentality, he should be supervised very intensely…”. The report concluded that Tree presented a high risk of reoffending, particularly of committing violent offenses.




gary bullock

Gary Bullock



Regarding Gary Bullock (alleged murderer of Father Eric Freed), his probation report read, “It is recommended that Mr. Bullock be referred to the County Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs for outpatient treatment…”. Bullock was ineligible for this type of program (because he was convicted of Marijuana Cultivation), so the DA’s Office reached a plea agreement under which it dismissed the felony charge and Bullock pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to three years’ probation but was not ordered to undergo an alcohol and other drug assessment or enroll in treatment.

vincent sanchez

Vincent Sanchez


In the case of Vincent Sanchez (alleged murderer of Richard Storre and Lance Henry) his probation report read, “Sanchez) would appear to be in danger of future criminal activity without substance abuse and mental health intervention.” He was sentenced to time served with 3 years probation.



Humboldt County Probation Chief Damiano was interviewed by Thad Greenson. In the article, he is reported to have said, “The challenge is we’re dealing with human beings,” he says. “You can’t make a horse drink the water. You put them into positions to drink the water and hope.”

Although Damiano is partially correct, his statement is the worst form of “passing-the-buck” possible. Although Probation deals with “human beings”, they have the capability and the duty to ensure that the convicted criminals they are supervising either “drink the water”, or face CONSEQUENCES. Damiano’s department is short-staffed, and the caseload for probation officers is overwhelming. But that’s where the public and their leaders need to step in and demand more accountability and a more effective/better staffed department! While Sheriff Downey and Chief Mills play their smoke and mirror show regarding jail releases, the real problems regarding accountability, treatment and rehabilitation in this county are woefully ignored.

It’s time for the Citizens of Humboldt to take a page out of Chet Albin’s book and tell their elected officials, “We’re sick and tired of the crime element here!”. But also we need to take it one step further and ask them to take a critical look at law enforcement, probation, the courts and the local correctional system so that we can have effective rehabilitation. In the case of those who won’t “drink the water”, there needs to be consequences such as jail or prison time so that we can be protected from their continued criminal activity.jail

For more information, see this weeks North Coast Journal:

Previous Crimewave Posts in the Examiner:


19 thoughts on “Here’s why you’re more likely to be “murdered in Eureka”

  1. The good news is (according to some responding to the previous article) evidently the developers are pleased the Building Department is now a friendlier place for them.

    Glad we got our priorities straight.

    Real solutions are never simple. Just as it “takes a village” to raise a person it also “takes a village” to screw that person up and it “takes a village” to bring that person back around (if possible).

    “Toss all the tweakers in jail!” is just so much easier to grasp than that we need to reform the system that deals with them.

    The problem presented (we don’t rehabilitate offenders, we don’t even jail offenders) in the article is daunting; but with thought and a readjustment of our priorities things can change for the better.


  2. I guess some of the good news is, three serious offenders are in jail. I was thinking of saying, “better late than never”, but the damage they have done to this community just wouldn’t allow it. We all pay a heavy price for a non functioning JUSTICE SYSTEM. It is a sad statement on how poorly and slowly the hand of justice moves and how many excuses are handed out along the way.


  3. I call BS. How many probation reports read very similarly but the person never went on to murder or maim? And how many violent crimes are committed by first offenders? The probation dept. has an interest in making overly pessimistic predictions so it can’t be blamed when someone goes off the rails. And the DA and judges have interest in resolving charges quickly and without incarceration to reduce costs and prison populations.

    If the rate of violent crime is rising in HumCO, it has little to do with known dangerous people being released. It has more to do with a larger base population of disturbed people in a community that is both tolerant to oddly behaving people and ambivalent toward calling law enforcement.


  4. Not A Native:

    “If the rate of violent crime is rising in HumCO, it has little to do with known dangerous people being released. ”

    Except for these three guys (Tree, Bullock and Sanchez). Just the luck of the draw I guess.

    Perhaps you know; how many Probation Reports read the same for benign offenders as for the three alleged killers being discussed here?

    I think you have missed the point as to what is being said here and by the North Coast Journal; yes there are a lot of disturbed people around (whether we as a community are more tolerant to disturbed people is another issue I guess) but the essential issue is what is to be done?

    This community either does not have the tools to deal with offenders having mental health or drug problems, or if those tools exist are either not enough or not being effectively used or both (so say the articles).

    That there are other scenarios (first time offenders and the like) that do exist doesn’t change the situation being specifically discussed here. We are talking about those who are known to be out there and known to be dangerous but are not being effectively handled and/or helped.

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  5. What are the treatment options available in Humboldt County if you are schizophrenic? Lets start there before we bash everyone. If you expect a certain group of people to be rehabilitated how are you going to do it?


  6. Dr. Freud:

    Not being a mental health specialist I have no idea. I do know that treatment does exist. That’s it.

    Did I bash someone? Perhaps I am being too sensitive, you didn’t address anyone in particular so I may be innocent.

    We are talking about a problem with at best a complex solution. As this is the internet the process is not a kind nor gentle one.

    I’m on your side in the cause of blog-decorum but I’m realistic enough to know a “kinder, gentler” internet is not going to happen.


  7. If treatment exists in Humboldt County for schizophrenics what is it, where can it be found, and how much does it cost?

    Mola, its not good enough to just say treatment exists. I don’t believe it. The county probation officer quoted in this post is telling you that. Just read between the lines. The usual treatment protocol is to hand someone a handful of Seroquel. Its not working and its very expensive.

    You say treatment options exist. Where are they and what are they?


  8. Dr. Freud 11:56:

    I was not as clear as I could have been. I know in a general sense treatment options exist; I did not say they necessarily exist here in Humboldt County. Sorry for the confusion I may have caused.

    Which is the point of the article… where are the treatment options and how are they being used if they even exist? In that regard we are on the same side.

    We can put people on probation until the cows come home but that solves nothing as far as helping the drug addicted and/or those with mental health challenges when they cross paths with the justice system. Nor does it help to protect us if ANYONE goes over the deep end.

    Please keep in mind the discussion is (or rather was) focused on the effectiveness of the probation system in regard to providing help to criminals where possible and protection of our community.

    If there is no treatment for schizophrenics in our community then that is a separate but equally important issue. I take it Sempervirens does not qualify in your eyes as being an effective mental health treatment facility.

    Again Dr. Freud, I think we are on the same side.


  9. My point is how can we expect the probation department to guide people into treatment that doesn’t exist? I am not saying there aren’t problems at probation. Sure there are problems at probation.

    If I am picked up by EPD for making a disturbance and taken to Semper Virens what happens? They keep me for a few days, give me a handful of Seroquel or Risperdol and hope I keep taking them. Sempervirens is not long term rehabilitative care. It is acute emergency care.

    Schizophrenic people need shelter, clothing, food and basic health care more than they need Seroquel. How am I going to get long term psychiatric care unless I get myself sent to prison? I don’t have dollars for co pays to see a doctor, so I cant see the doctor to refill my prescriptions for those drugs you think I should take. But even if they worked and even if I had money to see the doctor to get the prescription for a refill I would not have the money for the copay at the pharmacy to buy the drugs.

    That is to say, even though I am schizophrenic I still must have a mind organized enough to accomplish the above. All on my own.

    On top of that I don’t want to take your shitty drug cocktail. Fuck you. I know that Seroquel is a death drug. I know that the death rate for seniors taking serooquel for senility is double that of their peers. I will not be able to do anything but sit on a curb and drool if I am on the “meds” you prescribe.

    These meds are just as addictive as heroin or crack. You hand us a months supply and then a prescription and they cost us a bunch of money after we are hooked.

    Fuck you. (no not you Mola this is a general fuck you to the true believers)

    Here’s one local treatment facility, but it is private for fee and only has 24 beds

    Are there more? Lets see them.

    The Bridge House is an Adult Residential Facility for adults, age 18 to 60 years,
    with mental health challenges, serving a maximum of 24 clients who reside at the
    facility. The Bridge House program is designed to support and meet the recovery
    needs of adults with chronic mental health issues as they return to community,
    living from a more restrictive environment or require a period of additional
    structure, support and respite from a more independent living situation. Referrals
    may come from a variety of sources, including conservators, mental health
    agencies, Regional Facilities and the community, including self-referral.
    Daily groups and activities are diverse and rich in content, and individual
    recovery services vary with each client in accordance with his or her skills,
    needs, abilities and preferences. The Bridge House program’s psychosocial
    rehabilitation approach is presented within a clubhouse model, where input from
    those receiving services is sought, and life experiences are viewed as valuable
    resources to all. Each client is recognized as being multifaceted, and
    improvement is encouraged in all aspects of his or her life, including personal
    empowerment, hope, having a meaningful role, and spirituality. The principle
    goals of the program are to work with clients to identify self-motivators so that
    they are invested in their recovery, teach the skills for independence, and work
    with community supports to assure continuing progress towards and following

    Fee information is available upon request.

    􀂾 Provide 24-hour support and supervision.
    􀂾 Identify barriers to greater independence and work to minimize and/or
    eliminate them.
    􀂾 In partnership with the client, develop reasonable, attainable recovery
    􀂾 Provide recovery services and support that are individualized and
    􀂾 Encourage community and family-based support.
    􀂾 Maintain a homelike and healing atmosphere.
    􀂾 Establish or strengthen skills necessary for successful community living.
    􀂾 Educate clients on medication use and encourage accurate selfrepresentation
    when working with health providers.
    􀂾 Empower clients to make healthy decisions based on their individual
    goals, and foster independent problem-solving, use of suitable coping
    skills and planning for wellness recovery (Wellness Recovery Action
    􀂾 Explore self-expression and identity through the arts, work, and hobbies.
    􀂾 Develop skills to engage in relationships that are mutually satisfactory and
    􀂾 Provision of a therapeutic milieu, including groups and activities provided
    at the facility and in the community.
    􀂾 Intensive assessment process.
    􀂾 Integrated co-occurring recovery program for clients with substance abuse
    􀂾 Medication Education.
    􀂾 Therapy or consultation with a licensed clinician.
    􀂾 Vocational program including Dreamcatchers Empowerment Network
    􀂾 Life skills education.
    􀂾 Peer support opportunities.
    􀂾 Community immersion.
    􀂾 Wellness Recovery Action Planning.
    􀂾 Motivational Interviewing.
    􀂾 Family support and education.
    􀂾 Recreation and leisure opportunities.
    􀂾 Core Gifts.
    􀂾 Aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
    Evaluation for discharge, as with provision of services, is an individualized
    process. Discharge planning starts from the moment of admission by assessing
    the clients’ discharge goals, their strengths and barriers related to less restricted
    community living, and the resources available to support them. Factors for
    consideration include:
    􀂾 The client has consistently refrained from engaging in behaviors that
    endanger themselves or others.
    􀂾 The client has demonstrated an understanding of what steps they must
    take to participate in their own recovery process (i.e. being able to identify
    coping strategies, recognizing indicators of potential relapse, and seeking
    out support).
    􀂾 The client has shown an understanding of the role of medication in
    maintaining wellness.
    􀂾 The client has met the goals and objectives of their Recovery Service
    􀂾 The post-discharge level of care that will be available to the client is
    consistent with the clients’ needs.
    􀂾 The client has been maintained on their medication regimen for the time
    period medically indicated to adequately assess the therapeutic response.
    Discharge readiness is addressed in weekly and quarterly progress
    assessments. Decisions regarding discharge include input from the client’s
    home, county and the client. The client’s family or support persons of choice are
    also included when possible and requested by the client.


  10. Or maybe we don’t have adequate public detox/ mental health treatment here in Humboldt because everything has to be privatized? Are these for profit rehab centers afraid of competition? I thought private businesses were so well run that no government business could possibly compete with them?


  11. If you are sincerely for deregulation in the marketplace then you need to remove all regulation against government entering the marketplace, don’t you? Governments have money I guess they are just people too.


  12. Dr. Freud-

    You are correct. Probation is just a part of the whole picture locally. Take, for instance, the City of Eureka. Measure O money spent in the millions yearly for the Zoo, and to subsidize sewer lines to Cutten. Couldn’t that money be put toward mental health/addiction treatment? I think that’s why all the posts on this topic from the TE include the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in the “fail” category. DHHS can and should have real treatment programs available, but they are woefully lacking. Its up to voters and the local leadership to make these priorities happen. Hopefully people start paying attention.


  13. DHHS has a huge budget and more money coming from state and feds to fund specific programs. DHHS subs out a lot of their money to Redwood Community Action Agency to develop many of the programs.The last I heard RCAA was receiving 18 mil a year. Between the two agencies they should be producing fantastic results. Thanks for the Crestwood House info. It sounds good but can only help a small number at a time. I submit to you Humboldt needs ten plus organizations like Crestwood to start to make a dent in the problem. Commitment at the county level is required to make it happen. That big pot of money needs new priorities and some real soul searching.


  14. YoDa’smomma sez”

    “Take, for instance, the City of Eureka. Measure O money spent in the millions yearly for the Zoo, and to subsidize sewer lines to Cutten.

    That is a flat out lie – please cite your source.”

    YoDa’s momma molests baby bunnies – it says so here, and here at the Tuluwat examiner, we go with what we have.


  15. Unless “tulu Is a moron” works for the finance dept. of Eureka, how the hell would does he/she know. All us regular folks can do is look at whats been given. What we have been given is pretty sketchy, not to mention a day late and a dollar short.


  16. You haven’t answered the question daddy. so please continue to hurl baseless accusations. I went to the city website and its clear there was no money spent on either the zoo or the sewer lines to cutten.

    Go look at the website, or continue with molesting baby bunnies – hey everyone knows y’s momma does it, I’m sure daddy does as well. Again, here at the TE, we go with what we have.

    Course with momma and daddy, we have a couple of fools blatantly lying.


  17. Moron sure seems to have a fascination with bunnies. And some real mommy/daddy issues. He also has problems reading. Is tax money spent on the Zoo, moron? Or does the city website show that the zoo is a private enterprise?

    I don’t know why I’m asking. I should follow Mola’s advice about starving trolls. Mola, I nead an intervention! I’m “on the blog” again!!!


  18. yoDa’s momma:

    Relax. Just remember to take some vitamin C and focus on the fact that the world is a beautiful place.

    Breath. Yes. Breath….

    You’re a child of the Universe… and “Tulu Is a moron” is an attack dog. Be kind to animals.


  19. Problem-Plagued Calif. Medical Prison Remains Closed to Admissions
    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Prison Health Care

    As of Friday, a court-appointed overseer of California’s prison system had not yet set a date for the state’s largest medical prison facility to resume admissions after it was plagued with problems since its opening last year, the Los Angeles Times reports.


    The $840 million California Health Care Facility in Stockton opened in July 2013 and was expected to provide care to more than 1,800 prisoners (St. John, Los Angeles Times, 4/12).

    However, J. Clark Kelso, the court-appointed overseer, in February halted admissions to the facility after an inspection found unsanitary conditions and inadequate medical care for inmates.

    A report on the facility found that it failed to provide sufficient hygiene and medical supplies to patient inmates.

    In addition, the report noted that one patient had died from excessive bleeding after his calls to nurses were unanswered for more than 30 minutes.

    The report also found that the facility was:
    •Improperly managing its supply chain or keeping up with necessary medical supplies; and
    •Understaffed in key administrative and clinical positions, including psychiatrists (California Healthline, 2/6).

    Other problems at the facility included:
    •Glitches in the facility’s electronic health record system and warehouse inventory system; and
    •Food being served that failed state health inspections.

    Deborah Hoffman, a spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said some problems are unavoidable for new prison facilities, adding, “[I]t is taking time to work out the bugs.”

    Date To Resume Admissions Remains Unknown

    In February, a CDCR spokesperson said the prison medical facility expected to “begin accepting additional patients in the very near future.”

    However, Kelso during a legislative hearing in March said the facility had failed to fix “really basic systems” that were not functioning properly (Los Angeles Times, 4/12).


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