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The “Bar Fly” Was Cara Banducci’s Last Stop? Bar Fly Owned by Fireworks Deputy Joe Marsh?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 3, 2012 by highboldtage

update Michael Campbell was released on $50,000 bail the next morning for felony dui vehicular manslaughter~ last week a pot farmer’s EMPLOYEE  was given $75,000 bail for growing a few plants!!!!!!!

update t-s 3/9 State Attorney General takes on prosecution

UPDATE:  Though retired on “industrial disability” from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Dept. Michael Campbell was reportedly employed as a bouncer at the Bar Fly.

via times standard:

“Blanc said she then also introduced herself to Campbell, who she said introduced himself as “Dawg” — the name on his motorcycle jacket — in a mumble and said he was working as a bouncer at The Barfly. The bar’s manager said Wednesday that Campbell was not working the night of Feb. 29.”

A few weeks ago a new “Bar and Grill” or “Pub & Grub”  opened in Eureka, down by the waterfront in a place that used to be called “Go Fish” with the crazy paint job.

this post showed up today on Craigslist, strangely implicating the deputy who blew off part of a kid’s hand with fireworks.

All this is yet to be verified.  Warning the rants and raves section of craigslist is not the gentlest corner of the internet sensitive surfers be aware of this.

RE: Re: Bar Fly (Eureka)

Date: 2012-03-03,  7:20PM PST Reply to:

Joe Marsh is the sheriff deputy that Prosecutors are charging a Humboldt County sheriff’s deputy with child endangerment after a girl was seriously hurt by fireworks he brought to a July 4 gathering.
Joe Marsh was off duty at the time of the accident, which left the 10-year-old with major hand injuries.
He OWNS  Bar Fly, that served the drinks to The motorcycle driver — former Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Joseph Campbell, 41, which resulted in the sad death of Cara Banducci.
Cara Banducci coverage via times-standard:
update from t-s:
“joe marsh” listed as agent for “triple j & s investments” in eureka city document:
bizapedia entry for triple j and s investments:


This information is current as of October 2, 2011.
Status: Active Filing Date: 08/09/2011
Entity Type: Limited-Liabilitycompany File Number: 201125110311
Filing State: California (CA) Qualifying State: Michigan (MI)
Company Age: 7 Months
Last Event Type: Last Event Date:
Principal Address: 25348 Donald Redford, MI 48239-3334
Registered Agent:
Joseph P Marsh  Eureka, CA 95501

The Joe Marsh story:

Humboldt County sheriff’s deputy pleads no contest to child endangerment

via times standard:

“Joseph Marsh, who was an off-duty sheriff’s deputy when he was involved in a fireworks accident that seriously injured a 10-year-old girl, faces sentencing on Sept. 28 after pleading no contest to misdemeanor child endangerment.

The case stemmed from a July 4, 2010, incident when Marsh enlisted the help of a friend’s daughter to hold and light a firework.

Jessi Shinn, a student at Toddy Thomas Elementary School in Fortuna, and Marsh both suffered major hand injuries and were airlifted to the hospital after a firework the pair was holding together exploded.

Shinn was left with only her right pinkie after the explosion.

Marsh, 40, of Eureka, initially faced a felony charge. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor child endangerment on Wednesday. He has been on paid administrative leave. The sentencing was held over to Sept. 28 so that the victim’s mother could be present.”

California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

License Query System Summary

as of 3/3/2012

License Information

License Number: 516155


ABC Office of Application: 28 – EUREKA

Business Name

Doing Business As: BAR FLY PUB & GRUB

Business Address

Address: 91 COMMERCIAL ST Census Tract: 0001.00


State: CA Zip Code: 95501

Licensee Information


Company Information



License Types


License Type Status: ACTIVE

Status Date: 03-JAN-2012 Term: 12 Month(s)

Original Issue Date: 30-DEC-2011 Expiration Date: 30-NOV-2012

Master: Y Duplicate: 0 Fee Code: P20

License Type was Transferred On: 30-DEC-2011 FROM: 47-320010

Current Disciplinary Action

. . . No Active Disciplinary Action found . . .

Disciplinary History

. . . No Disciplinary History found . . .

Hold Information

. . . No Active Holds found . . .


. . . No Escrow found . . .


3,880 Plant Humboldt Sheriff Bust in Eureka – No Arrests – Gotta Love It

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 29, 2012 by highboldtage

At least the homeowners weren’t arrested.  The apparent hired help got busted though.

Eureka yurt yields more than 3,880 pot plants

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:37 PM EST EUREKA, Calif. (AP) – State and local drug agents say they found 3,881 marijuana plants and 110 one-pound bags of dried pot inside a Eureka yurt and seized $420,000 in cash from the structure and a nearby home.

45-year-old John Eaton Cromwell and 42-year-old Elisabeth Nergaard Olsen, were cited for cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana and maintaining a drug house, but weren’t arrested because they are the parents of 4 young children, according to the sheriff’s department.

A third resident of the home, 34-year-old Charles Bruzza of Portland, Ore., was jailed and held on $75,000 bail.

No – this is separate from our other 3,000 plant bust  but this one is not being reported locally yet for some reason.  Maybe the discrepancy in the treatment of the suspects?

heres the story from a Fresno tv station:

Gundersen Speaks on Blue Lake Crime Wave 2006

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2008 by highboldtage


Calif. cops battle crime jump
Copyright 2006 Times – Standard
The Times-Standard

BLUE LAKE, Calif. — A staff of two cops facing oodles of night-loving criminals is making the battle of good vs. evil a little more difficult here.

Police Chief Dave Gundersen told the City Council Tuesday that the department’s officers have also had the added insult of encountering several criminals or would-be criminals who aren’t willingly taken into custody.

“People are getting nastier and they’re challenging officers to fight,” Gundersen said.


The increasing frequency of the red-handed suspects challenging officers is a little dicey. Gundersen said such resistance not only comes during the process of an arrest, but reflects a general contempt for cops.

“The biggest thing we have going for us is a command presence,” he said.


The police chief is quick to point out that Blue Lake is full of really nice people and that the vast majority of these encounters are with folks from other areas. He said one of his current projects is to determine the origins of these ne’er do wells — something he plans to share with the council in the future.


Because the Blue Lake Casino is in the unincorporated portion of the county, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The Rancheria has contributed more than $120,000 to the sheriff. The funds, Ganion said, go toward keeping the sheriff’s McKinleyville substation open.

The annual allotment of $3,000 to the city of Blue Lake hasn’t changed since the Casino’s opening, although representatives have met intermittently and are expected to gather in about two weeks, Buck said. It’s likely some sort of adjustment may be discussed.

Then, Gundersen said, there’s the issue of the cost of background checks — sometimes for naught. While police academies do a good job of training new officers, that training doesn’t mean the candidates will pass background checks. Blue Lake’s Police Department does its own background checks on prospective officers — a process that costs between $2,000 and $2,500 per applicant and possibly more depending upon Blue Lake’s distance from the applicant’s former residences. When a candidate fails to pass, the department is at least $2,000 poorer and still without a candidate.