Mr. Bones, aka Jonathan James Wisbey, is a Youtube video producer at Mr. 420 Wholesalers. He has posted a series of videos entitled Diary of a Domestic Terrorist featuring a masked sleuth called Mr. Bones, whose adventures include everything from his encounter with police in Santa Rosa to his “detective work” in trying to get drugs from a pharmacy in Eugene. (Bones says they lost his prescription.).
Then, apparently working his way south, he’s on to a Safeway in Coos Bay where he detects Fukushima fallout in the cheese.
Next stop is a head-shop in Garberville where he’s trying to raffle off a far out dragon table hookah/combination chess set.
Then he hits Mendocino County where he's promptly arrested for being a felon with a firearm while making videos about how to make a citizen’s arrest.
Mr. Bones appears in the video wearing a chain-mail hood over his head, a black ski mask and wraparound sunglasses while posing with a gun. He was later making the “Citizen’s Arrest” video at a cemetery mausoleum where he was holding the “suspect” down as his girlfriend was holding the gun to some poor devil’s head that these two lunatics had captured and were torturing.
The fun couple was in court last week facing an array of charges.
The woman, Mary Ann (last name unknown), was going to testify that she had full control of the gun — despite the pictures of Wisbey posing with it — but after she spoke with a court-appointed lawyer, Doug Rhoades of the Office of the Alternate Public Defender, on the ramifications of waiving her Fifth Amendment rights, she changed her mind and left Mr. Bones hanging.
Wisbey claimed the gun in the pictures was an Air-Soft BB gun, but it looks real enough and has no bright orange tip, which comes with Air-Soft guns to help keep kids and the grownup fools who play with these “toys” in public places from getting shot dead by cops.
Air-Soft guns are such convincing replicas of real firearms that if you break off the orange tip coming out of the muzzle, there’s no way to know, just by looking, whether it’s real or not. So if you have a real pistol and a plastic replica of it, whose to say which is which in a photo? Perhaps we can call on one of our many resident pseudo-psychologists from the AVA’s comment section to explain this widespread desire to pose with guns in Youtube videos and on Facebook.
The clincher: Mr. Wisbey had a key to the strongbox the gun was kept in pinned to his costume. The strongbox also contained handcuffs and lots of .40 cal. ammunition for the pistol, a cheaper version of a Glock. This was a damning piece of evidence, this key, as having access to a firearm is all that needs to be established. So Wisbey was held to answer on the charge of felon in possession of a firearm.
Then there was a charge of operating a vehicle — the crazy couple travels around Ecotopia in a motor-home — while being an addict, a violation of the Vehicle Code.
Mr. Bones-Wisbey’s lawyer, Heidi Larson said, “My client’s bizarre behavior can be explained by other things, besides his addiction, your honor, but for the present we won’t be offering any defense to the charge.”
Judge John Behnke summed up, “There’s sufficient evidence that the defendant was personally driving at the time and that he was addicted, suffering withdrawal symptoms from being deprived of the drug, which he appeared to be emotionally as well as physically dependent on, as the arresting officer observed that the defendant was sweating profusely, unable to sit still and trembling uncontrollably. It will be difficult to prove at trial, but for purposes of a preliminary hearing, I find the evidence sufficient.”
The couple were later seen walking back to the motor-home, and it appeared Mr. Bones was berating Mary Ann for not taking the stand on his behalf. A new video will no doubt result, wherein Mr. Bones will explain everything to his own advantage, just as soon as he gets some more meds and settles down.
The Heroin In The Altoids Tin
Samantha Caine failed to appear for a preliminary hearing a few weeks ago and, as a result, a warrant was issued by Judge Cindee Mayfield for her arrest in the amount of $120,000. Brandon Conwell, a co-defendant in the case, was present for the prelim, as he had been arrested at the scene, the gas station at the Coyote Valley Casino on 7751 North State Street (north of Ukiah), January 9th, for possession of meth and heroin for sale.
Deputy Derek Hendry followed Mr. Conwell’s Lexus into the gas station/casino with the intention of giving him a ticket for expired license plates. When it turned out Conwell was on parole out of Vacaville (Cowtown, for gringos), a search of the Lexus was made and the heroin and meth were found, along with other drugs, hidden in the fuse box.
As it happened, Conwell went inside the casino and left Ms. Caine to put gas in the car, but she just sat there when she noticed a sheriff’s patrol car had pulled in behind her. She was riding in the front passenger seat and was seen to lean over momentarily, towards the driver’s side. Two containers were soon found in the fuse box. There were 10 baggies, each containing 10 pills — these were thought to be the drug ecstasy (MDMA), and seven baggies of heroin. The other discovery was an Altoids tin, and it contained the suspected methamphetamine, along with 100 more of the mentioned whoopee pills.
Deputy Hendry turned the suspected drugs over to Agent Chris Awad of the Task Force and arrested Mr. Conwell. Ms. Caine and her daughter went and sat on a bench, awaiting someone to come and pick them up. She was later released on her own recognizance.
Albert Kubanis was Brandon Conwell’s court-appointed lawyer.
Kubanis: “Good morning, Deputy Hendry.… just a few questions… You said on direct, did you not, that you didn’t pull the vehicle over?”
Hendry: “That’s correct. It happened on its own. I pulled in behind it.
Kubanis: “I think your testimony on direct was that Mr. Conwell got out of the vehicle and went inside?”
Kubanis: “How long was he in there?”
Hendry: “I think maybe it was about 10 minutes.”
Kubanis: “What was Ms. Caine doing during this time?”
Hendry: “She was in the passenger seat, and she got out a few times.”
Kubanis: “Did you give her any directions or orders?”
Hendry: “No. I asked if she could find the registration in the vehicle.”
Kubanis: “Did she give you anything?”
Hendry: “She did not.”
Kubanis: “What did you do next?
Hendry: “Regarding Ms. Caine? I don’t recall, exactly. She said they were getting gas to go somewhere.”
Kubanis: “Did she attempt to put gas in the car?”
Kubanis: “Did she tell you she had just met the driver?”
Hendry: “She did. She didn’t know his last name. She’d just met him.”
Kubanis: “There were at least two searches of the vehicle, weren’t there?”
Kubanis: “And the first time you found nothing?”
Hendry: “It’s not that. It’s just that I couldn’t get down and reach far enough because of back problems, so I asked Deputy Carlson to search for me, and he did.”
Kubanis: “So Carlson found the contraband?”
Hendry: “He opened the fuse box and said, ‘You might want to take a look at this’.”
Kubanis: “After the first search, you told her she could go?”
Kubanis: “Did she?”
Hendry: “She walked over to a bench and waited for a ride.”
Kubanis: “Was there another passenger in the vehicle?”
Hendry: “Yes, her daughter.”
Kubanis: “How much time elapsed before you had contact with her again?”
Hendry: “Probably 10 minutes.”
Kubanis: “What kind of vehicle did you say it was?”
Hendry: “A gold Lexus, early 2000s.”
Kubanis: “Where was the fuse box located?”
Hendry: “In the older-style cars it’s next to the emergency brake, by the driver’s left shin.”
Kubanis: “Did you ask Ms. Caine if she used Altoids?”
Kubanis: “Was she in a position to observe the search?”
Hendry: “She could probably see it, I’m sure.”
Kubanis: “Didn’t she ask you, ‘Why am I getting arrested — it was on his side of the car’?”
Hendry: “Yes, or words to that effect.”
Kubanis: “You put in your report that you didn’t tell her where the contraband was found, didn’t you?”
Kubanis: “That would tend to confirm that she knew where it was, then wouldn’t it?”
Hendry: “Yes, that’s why she was arrested.”
Kubanis: “Could she see where it was found?”
Hendry: “She had a direct sight of the search.”
Kubanis: “Did you ask her if the Altoids box was hers?”
Kubanis: “Did you ask if the plastic container was hers?”
Kubanis: “I take it you would have searched her purse?”
Deputy DA Joe Guzman: “Objection. Outside the scope of direct.”
Judge Cindee Mayfield: “Sustained.”
Kubanis: “Did you find anything of use in weighing controlled substances, Deputy Hendry?”
Hendry: “I did.”
Kubanis: “And what would that be?”
Hendry: “A digital scale.”
Kubanis: “Where did you find it?”
Hendry: “In her purse.”
Kubanis: “I have nothing further.”
Judge Mayfield found sufficient evidence for a holding order, even though Mr. Kubanis argued that the drugs were obviously Ms. Caine’s “Because only women use Altoids — men don’t give a [expletive] about their breath.”