Mark Herbert, aka “Falcon,” will appear in Mendocino County Superior Court Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 8:30 a.m. after being informed he has an outstanding bench warrant. He was not aware of missing any court dates and will be investigating this further with the help of his attorney, Ed Densen. We will try to keep everyone updated on this matter.
Falcon carried out a tree sit for six days across Highway 101 from The Warbler’s perch, before being extracted on April 2nd. He was part of a telling incident whereby he discovered a whitebreasted nuthatch nest, which halted construction in the area, as per the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Caltrans’ contractor, Atlas Tree Surgery, went ahead and felled the trees in this grove a few days later anyway.
Meanwhile, “Feather” and “Earthworm” appear this coming Thursday, Nov. 21st at 1:30 in a pre-trial hearing related to both of their lock-downs to trucks hauling fill dirt through Willits this past September. They also appeared this past Friday morning and receive a plea offer from District Attorney Eyster. The offer included 200 hours each of community service, uncapped restitution fees, and consent to warrant-less searches of their persons and belongings. They are unwilling to accept either of the latter two stipulations.
Peggy Backup and Lucy Neely also have outstanding charges, and a trial currently scheduled for December. They also are appearing Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 a.m. Both their court appearance and that of Mark Herbert are scheduled for Courtroom “G.”
Note: An earlier version of this story mistakenly said Mark Herbert’s case is scheduled for Monday, November 18th and said that “Feather” and Earthworm” are appearing on Wednesday.