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(530) 245-6025

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Email: Sheriff
Fax: (530) 245-6054
Address:
300 Park Marina Circle
Redding, CA 96001

Press Releases

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MAY 2016

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APRIL 2016

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On 4-28-2016, at 1612 hrs, a citizen on Riverview Dr. reported a male in the Sacramento River calling for help.  The citizen reported the male, later identified as Justin Sullinen, was going down stream at a rapid pace north of the Wyndham Ripple by the River View Golf Course.  Redding Police, Redding Fire, Shasta County Sheriff personnel along with CHP Air Ops were dispatched to the scene.  Sullinen was rescued from the water by two fishermen in a drift boat prior to law enforcement arriving on scene.  Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety personnel responded from the Bonnyview Boat Ramp to the drift boat.   Sullinen was totally naked when pulled from the water and very cold.  Sullinen did not know if he had clothing on prior to going into the water and could not recall where he entered the river.  Sullinen was transported back to the Bonnyview Boat Ramp where an ambulance was waiting.  Sullinen was transported to a local medical center for medical treatment. 

The Sacramento River is currently running at 5,000 CFS, and the water temperature is in the low 50’s.  Citizens should wear personal floatation device (PFD) when swimming or boating on the river.  In 40 to 60 degree water, a person in the water loses dexterity within 5 to 15 minutes (unable to swim),  and becomes exhausted or unconscious in 30 min. to 2 hrs.  A person’s survival time is approximately 1 to 6 hours in 40 to 60 degree water.   Please safely enjoy the Sacramento River this summer.

Case Number: 16-15119
Deputy Ray Hughes #123
(530) 245-6075
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On 04/24/2016, Sunday, at approximately 3:00 PM, deputies from the Burney Patrol Division initiated a probation search at the Charm Motel, located at the 37000 block of Hwy 299E in Burney. Deputies received information that Steven Arthur Scott (age 25), Ashley Janell Bonsey (age 24) and Samuel Tristan Green (age 18) were temporarily residing at the motel. Scott and Green are currently on probation and Bonsey had an outstanding arrest warrant for theft.

Upon arrival, deputies made entry into the motel room. Deputies immediately located a large amount of illegal drug paraphernalia, concentrated cannabis, methamphetamine and a small butane honey oil lab in the kitchen. Also present in the motel room was a female infant. Scott and Bonsey were arrested for manufacturing illegal narcotics, felony child endangerment, drug paraphernalia, possession of illegal narcotics and probation violation. Green was arrested for illegal narcotic possession and probation violation. All three subjects were transported and booked into the Shasta County Main Jail on the listed charges. Shasta County Children and Family Services were notified and responded to Burney to take protective custody of the infant female.

Case Number: 16-14579
Sergeant Marc St. Clair #161
Contact Number: 530-245-6540

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On Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 1034 hours, SHASCOM received a past tense burglary report that occurred at a residence off Sunrise Drive in Shasta County. The owner of the residence advised sometime on yesterday’s date, unknown suspect(s) entered his garage and residence and stole two motorcycles and electronic equipment from within.

Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office responded and conducted a canvass of the neighborhood. Information obtained during this canvass led to the identity of two WMJ’s, ages 16 and 17 years old. Deputies continued to follow up on leads which lead them to a residence off Olive Street in the City of Shasta Lake. Patrol Operations and City of Shasta Lake deputies made contact with the resident on Olive Street. Further investigation revealed the two stolen motorcycles were hidden behind the residence. One of the juvenile suspects was contacted at this location and arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property. A search of the suspect’s truck revealed the stolen electronic equipment. The second juvenile suspect was located at a residence in the Redding area and was arrested for possession of stolen property. Both suspects will be booked into Juvenile Hall for the above listed charges. All stolen items in this case have been recovered and returned to the victim.

The case is still under investigation and no further information will be provided at this time.    

Case # 16-14451
Contact: Sergeant Steve Grashoff
Contact # 530-245-6540

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On Friday, April 22, 2016 at 0934 hours, the victim (WFA) in this case, contacted SHASCOM and reported observing three subjects breaking into her car at the intersection of Lower Springs Road and Swasey Drive. The victim advised she had parked her vehicle at the above location, locked it and had gone for a jog in the area. As she ended her jog, the victim heard her car alarm go off and confronted the three suspects. The three suspects fled in a black Dodge pickup truck getting away with her wallet. The wallet contained numerous debit and credit cards.

As deputies were responding to the call, the victim contacted Deputy Tom Fleming and advised one of her credit cards had just been used at the Walmart in Anderson. Deputy Fleming quickly located the Dodge pickup truck parked at Walmart and took one of the three suspects into custody. This suspect was identified as, Joshua White, WMA, DOB-08/07/75. It was determined the other two outstanding suspects were possibly still inside Walmart making purchases with the stolen cards. With the assistance of the Anderson Police Department a perimeter around Walmart was established. The inside of the store was searched with negative results. Quickly after this search, the search extended to other nearby stores. Suspect #2 was located near the AM/PM Store and was arrested without incident. Suspect #2 was identified as, Jacob James, WMA, DOB-03/21/81.

Further investigation led to suspect #3’s identity, Andrew McKinley, WMA, DOB-03/06/83. Andrew McKinley was not located and is outstanding. Andrew McKinley has narcotic related warrants out for his arrest.

During this investigation, deputies found more of the victim’s property scattered along Placer Street and Swasey Drive. Both Joshua White and Jacob James were arrested for burglary and receiving stolen property. The victim received almost all of her belongings back. Further charges will be filed on all three suspects as unrelated stolen items were located in the suspect’s truck pertaining to thefts in the City of Redding.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the citizens of Shasta County to remember to lock their vehicles and do not have items of value inside and in plain sight.
         
Case # 16-14348 and 16-14356
Contact: Sergeant Steve Grashoff
Contact # 530-245-6540

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On Tuesday, 4/19/2016, at 2005 hours, Doris Vidas, age 24, of San Francisco, called 911 to report she was lost near the Cabin Creek trail head in northern Shasta County. Deputy Dave Eoff made contact with Vidas by phone and learned her cell phone was about to lose battery power.  Vidas told Deputy Eoff she had gotten off the trail and was lost, but was prepared to spend the night.  Deputy Eoff responded to the area and located Vidas’s car.  Deputy Eoff searched the area, but was unable to locate her. 

On Wednesday, 4/20/2016, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the area at first light to look for Vidas.  The California Highway Patrol helicopter and the United States Forest Service Fire personnel assisted with the search.  At approximately 1115 hours Search and Rescue volunteers located Vidas and her dog.  She was in good spirits and needed no medical assistance.  She was given a ride back to her vehicle.

Vidas said she was in the area for a three day vacation when she went for a hike around 1000 hours on Tuesday.  This was her first time hiking in this area.  Between 1430 and 1530 hours, she realized she had become disoriented and lost the trail she was on.  She tried for several hours to self-rescue, but was unsuccessful.  She said she heard the helicopter, but never saw it.  She called out to the searchers, once she heard them yelling for her.  She also stayed in the same location and did not move around, to help searchers locate her.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank their Search and Rescue volunteers, the California Highway Patrol and the United States Forest Service for their help in searching and locating Vidas.

Sgt. Rob Sandbloom #141
Search and Rescue Coordinator
530-245-6095
16-14043

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On 04/19/2016, deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office conducted a SAFE (Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement) operation throughout Eastern Shasta County. The purpose of this operation was to conduct probation and parole compliance checks as well as address verifications throughout Shasta County on subjects that are convicted sex offenders. The primary objective for the operation was to ensure that sex offenders living within Shasta County are in compliance with their probation or parole conditions and to ensure their address registration requirements.

As a result of the operation the team contacted 5 registered sex offenders and conducted 5 searches of offenders who were either on probation or parole. The team conducted a total of 21 address confirmations on sex offenders to verify their residence of record and attempted an additional 9 address verifications.

Often during compliance operations deputies will come into contact with subjects that are either on probation, parole, or have warrants for their arrest. During the course of this operation deputies contacted 17 subjects that were not 290PC sex offenders. One subject, Bobby Jack Scott, was arrested.

Bobby Jack Scott, DOB: 01/18/1957, was arrested for obstructing and delaying a Peace Officer. During the operation, deputies went to Scott’s residence, 27700 Camino Real in Shingletown to contact David Scott, who resides at the residence and is a registered sexual offender and on parole. Upon arrival, deputies were confronted by Bobby Scott who was confrontational and aggressive toward deputies. Bobby Scott refused to allow deputies access to the residence to conduct a parole search of David Scott’s room and common areas within the residence. Bobby Scott physically tried to prevent deputies from entering the residence and violently resisted when deputies attempted to detain him. After a brief struggle, Bobby Scott was taken into custody and arrested.

SAFE operations will continue to be conducted randomly throughout the year.

Contact: Lt. Pat Kropholler
Patrol Operations
530-225-3709 

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 0021 hours, deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office responded to 12415 Lake Blvd., regarding a reported assault. Upon arrival at the location, deputies contacted 72 year old Teddy Leon Hoyt. Teddy Leon told deputies he was attacked by his adult son, 42 year old Eddy Hoyt. Teddy Leon told deputies that during the attack Eddy Hoyt pushed him to the floor and began to strangle him with his bare hands, until he reached a point where he was unable to breathe. Teddy William Hoyt, 49 years old, who was at the residence at the time, intervened by forcibly pushing Eddy Hoyt off of Teddy Leon. Eddy Hoyt then left the residence on foot. Both Teddy Leon and Teddy William advised the deputies that Eddy Hoyt had stated that he was going to kill Teddy Leon during the incident, and they believed that was his intent. Eddy Hoyt was subsequently located at a neighboring residence and was taken into custody without incident.

Eddy Hoyt was interviewed and admitted he was involved in a physical altercation with Teddy Leon. Eddy Hoyt claimed Teddy Leon attacked him, and he was acting in self-defense. Eddy Hoyt denied allegations he strangled his father, Teddy Leon.  Eddy Hoyt was transported to the Shasta County Jail where he was booked on a single count of attempted murder. He is being held in lieu of a half million dollars bail. Additional charges will also be sought for elder abuse.

Case # 16-13663
Contact: Sergeant Caleb MacGregor
Contact # 530-245-6540

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Between 4/9- 4/10/16 deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office conducted a SAFE (Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement) operation throughout Shasta County. The purpose of this operation was to conduct probation and parole compliance checks as well as address verifications throughout Shasta County on subjects that are convicted sex offenders. The primary objective for the operation was to ensure that sex offenders living within Shasta County are in compliance with their probation or parole conditions and to ensure their address registration requirements.

As a result of the operation the team contacted 23 registered sex offenders and conducted 7 searches of offenders who were either on probation or parole. The team conducted a total of 21 address confirmations on sex offenders to verify their residence of record and attempted an additional 6 address verifications. One of the subjects contacted during these searches was arrested for a violation of the terms and conditions of his probation.
•  Derek Morton, 52yrs.   1203.2 PC-Probation violation for alcohol

Often during compliance operations deputies will come into contact with subjects that are either on probation, parole, or have warrants for their arrest. During the course of this operation deputies contacted 7 subjects that were not 290PC sex offenders, however, were arrested for various charges or outstanding warrants.

•  Frank Nall, 42yrs. 3056PC-Parole violation and outstanding warrants for 11377(a) HS- Possession of Controlled Substance
•  Kimberly Swope, 40yrs.  11377(a) HS- Possession of Controlled Substance
•  Dillon Meier, 28yrs.  Outstanding warrant for 166(a)(4)PC- Court Order violation
•  Doris Arbo, 46yrs. Outstanding warrant for 11377(a) HS- Possession of Controlled Substance
•  Christopher Parmenter, 28yrs.  11377(a) HS- Possession of Controlled Substance
•  Joseph Reville, 22yrs. Outstanding felony warrant for 3455(a)PC-Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) violation 
•  Raymond Ortiz, 43yrs.  Two outstanding felony warrants out of Sacramento County for 3455(a)PC-Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) violation and 273.5(a) PC- Domestic Violence
•  Kelly Foster, 35yrs.  11377(a) HS- Possession of Controlled Substance
•  Nicholas Sorenson, 29yrs. 11377(a) HS- Possession of Controlled Substance and 11364(a) HS- Possession of drug Paraphernalia (cited and released)
•  Melissa Casey, 27yrs. 11377(a) HS- Possession of Controlled Substance and 166(a)(4) PC- Court Order violation (cited and released)
•  Anthony Foster, 36yrs. 11377(a) HS- Possession of Controlled Substance and 11364(a)HS- Possession of drug Paraphernalia (cited and released)

SAFE operations will continue to be conducted randomly throughout the year.

Contact: Lt. Pat Kropholler
Contact # 530-225-3709

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On Saturday, April 9th, 2016, at 2241 hours, deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Tralee Lane and Olinda Road in Happy Valley regarding a suspicious vehicle.  Deputies arrived on scene and located a sedan which matched the description of the reported suspicious vehicle. 

The sedan was parked on the side the road with an interior light illuminated.  Deputies located 26 year old Benjamin Travis Wallace of Anderson, California seated in the driver’s seat of the sedan.  There was a woman seated in the front passenger seat of the vehicle whom deputies identified as 25 year old Dene Hammond of Anderson, California. 

Deputies conducted a records check on the license plate, which was affixed to the sedan. They determined it was the wrong plate for that particular vehicle.  In addition, the license plate had previously been reported stolen to another law enforcement agency.  Deputies detained Wallace and Hammond and checked the sedan’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number).  A records check using the VIN number indicated the sedan had been reported stolen to the Redding Police Department. 

Hammond was questioned regarding the vehicle and subsequently released at the scene.  Wallace was placed under arrest for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen property.  Wallace was booked at the Shasta County Jail on those charges. 

Sergeant Randall #192
# 16-12681

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On Saturday, 04/09/16, at approximately 4:54 a.m., Cynthia White (66 years old) reported an unknown male subject inside her residence in the 37000 block of Bue Way in Burney. Deputies responded and arrived at approximately 5:14 a.m.

Upon arrival, deputies confirmed no one besides White was supposed to be in the residence. White also informed SHASCOM Dispatch she had locked herself in another room and heard noises in the living room area, suspecting the intruder was still in the residence. Deputies found the back gate to the residence ajar and observed a suspect lying on the bed inside the residence. The suspect was given several orders to exit and to show his hands which were tucked underneath him. The suspect refused to comply. Sheriff’s K-9 “Blitz” was deployed and assisted in apprehending the suspect, later identified as Derek Shephard (28 years old) of Burney. Shephard actively resisted the K-9 and deputies. After an approximate two minute struggle, Shephard was placed under arrest.

White confirmed Shephard was unknown to her and had no reason to enter her residence. White was unsure how Shephard had gained entry to her residence, as she believed all doors were locked prior to her going to bed. Deputies located a window screen cut to one of the windows to White’s bedroom. When Shephard was arrested, he was found in possession of a razor knife.

Shephard was evaluated on scene by medical personnel and later transported to Shasta Regional Medical Center for medical clearance. Shephard was later booked into the Shasta County Jail for 459 PC-Cat Burglary, and 148PC-Resisting Arrest.

Sergeant Quentin Johnston #164
(530)245-6540
Case: 16-12549

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On Thursday, April 07, 2016 at 0735 hours, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office receive a report of two subjects breaking windows and pouring gasoline into a residence located at 6960 Banigan Road off Highway 273. Deputies responded code 3 and arrive just minutes after the call was received. Three subjects were immediately detained. The subjects were identified as Jonathon Snyder, WMA, DOB 03/10/60 (Victim), Sheila Taff, WFA, DOB 07/04/75 (Victim) and Semone White, IFA, DOB 02/01/74 (Suspect).

Investigation revealed the victims, Snyder and Taff have been staying at the residence but have not been paying their rent. While both were sleeping in bed, they woke up to their window being broken by Semone White and a male subject pouring gas inside of their room. The male subject was later identified as, Mark Blake, IMA DOB 12/09/60. Blake fled the area prior to our arrival. It was determined that Mark Blake and Semone White were upset with Jonathon Snyder and Sheila Taff for not paying their rent. White broke the window and Blake poured a large amount gas into the room. The gas was not ignited and no one received any injuries. Semone White was arrested on scene for Terrorists Threats and Attempt Arson. Mark Blake as stated, fled the area. He is wanted for Terrorist Threats and Attempt Arson as well. Blake is also wanted for warrants out of Shasta County for Probation Violations and Vandalism. Blake has priors for Assaults on Peace Officers and has Assaultive type Behavior. Mark Blake is considered to be an Officer Safety issue and should not be approached by citizens. If located please contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at the listed phone number. 

UPDATE: 04/07/16 1330 hours- Suspect Mark Blake has been located and arrested on the above listed charges.           

Sergeant Steve Grashoff
Contact # 530-245-6540
Case # 16-12260

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On April 7th, 2016, at 1600 hours, deputies responded to a residence in the 21100 Block of El Toro Lane, Bella Vista, California, for an at risk missing juvenile.  It was reported that a 14 year old child with special needs wandered away from their residence.  Deputies quickly responded to the scene and began searching nearby areas surrounding the missing juvenile’s house.  

While deputies started the initial search, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team mobilized and responded to the scene for assistance.  The California Highway Patrol Air Operations was also summoned to the scene along with additional peace officers and volunteers.  A recent photograph of the missing juvenile was disseminated to the media as the search efforts continued and the Dialogic Communicator was also activated within a two-mile radius.

On this same day at 1826 hours, a citizen located the missing juvenile unharmed and directed the child to Search and Rescue personnel.  The child was quickly reunited with family members. 

Sergeant Randall #192
16-12345

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On Thursday, April 07, 2016 at 0735 hours, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office receive a report of two subjects breaking windows and pouring gasoline into a residence located at 6960 Banigan Road off Highway 273. Deputies responded code 3 and arrive just minutes after the call was received. Three subjects were immediately detained. The subjects were identified as Jonathon Snyder, WMA, DOB 03/10/60 (Victim), Sheila Taff, WFA, DOB 07/04/75 (Victim) and Semone White, IFA, DOB 02/01/74 (Suspect).

Investigation revealed the victims, Snyder and Taff have been staying at the residence but have not been paying their rent. While both were sleeping in bed, they woke up to their window being broken by Semone White and a male subject pouring gas inside of their room. The male subject was later identified as, Mark Blake, IMA DOB 12/09/60. Blake fled the area prior to our arrival. It was determined that Mark Blake and Semone White were upset with Jonathon Snyder and Sheila Taff for not paying their rent. White broke the window and Blake poured a large amount gas into the room. The gas was not ignited and no one received any injuries. Semone White was arrested on scene for Terrorists Threats and Attempt Arson. Mark Blake as stated, fled the area. He is wanted for Terrorist Threats and Attempt Arson as well. Blake is also wanted for warrants out of Shasta County for Probation Violations and Vandalism. Blake has priors for Assaults on Peace Officers and has Assaultive type Behavior. Mark Blake is considered to be an Officer Safety issue and should not be approached by citizens. If located please contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at the listed phone number.                

Case # 16-12260
Sergeant Steve Grashoff
530-245-6540

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On 04/04/2016, Monday at 2132 hours, Redding Police Department reported a death at the intersection of Market St. and Lake Blvd due to a vehicle vs pedestrian traffic collision. 

The decedent was identified as Matthew Lee Ross Sr., 45 years old of Redding. A post mortem exam was conducted on 04/06/2016 and the cause of death was listed as “Central Nervous System Damage due to Blunt force injuries consistent with vehicle versus pedestrian accident.”  Toxicology has been submitted to determine if the decedent was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

The accident is being investigated by the Redding Police Department.
 
Vickie Vincent #1089
Deputy Coroner Investigator
530-255-5551

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On Tuesday April 5th, 2016, Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team (SMIT), Shasta Interagency Narcotic Task Force (SINTF) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Enforcement Team served a Shasta County Superior Court Search Warrant at two locations in the 10000 block of Hufford Ranch Rd. in Shasta County.

As a result of the search warrants, two indoor marijuana growing cultivations were located at the said properties. A total of 909 growing marijuana plants were seized along with approximately 30+ pounds of processed marijuana packaged for sale. Other items that were located and seized was approximately 54 pounds of marijuana shake, components for a Butane Honey Oil Extraction lab closed loop system, approximately 10+ grams of concentrated cannabis, digital scales, two firearms and approximately $1,700 in U.S. Currency.

Both locations were found to be connected and the primary suspects believed to be responsible for the marijuana growing operation have been identified as Daniel Stephen Ackerman, 50 years old from Whitmore, CA and Michael Shon McCrae, 59 years old from Whitmore, CA. A case will be submitted to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Personnel from the Shasta County Resource Management Department arrived on scene and conducted a separate investigation on numerous Shasta County Code violations.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161

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MARCH 2016

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On Tuesday March 29th, 2016 Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team (SMIT), California Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Enforcement Team and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marijuana Enforcement Team served a Shasta County Superior Court Search Warrant at a rural piece of property off Ishi Rd. which is located within the Trinity Alps Preserve west of Igo, CA.  Also assisting were members of the Central Valley Water Board who were on scene conducting a separate investigation on potential environmental damages.

As a result of the investigation, two Hispanic Male Adults were located and subsequently arrested at a large outdoor marijuana cultivation cite located in a canyon on the property.  The males were identified as Enrique Nunez, 19 years old from Stockton, CA and Sergio Becerril-Molina, 29 years old from San Jose, CA. Agents subsequently eradicated 10,942 growing marijuana plants from the marijuana cultivation cite and seized approximately 8 grams of suspected Methamphetamine from inside a trailer that was found on the property.

During the course of the investigation, Agents found evidence that a substance known as “Qufuran” or “Carbofuran” was being used to treat the marijuana plants.  This substance is a highly toxic insecticide that has been banned in the United States.

Both Nunez and Becerril-Molina were subsequently arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for 11358 H&S- Marijuana Cultivation, 11359 H&S-Possession of Marijuana for sale, 182 PC-Conspiracy, 11377 H&S- Possession of a Controlled Substance and 1502a F&G- Water diversion.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161

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On Monday March 28th 2016, at 1045 hours the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office responded to an attempt robbery in the area of Millville Plains and Nobles Trail Rd.  The victim, Charles Balding, reported he was walking his dog near a dry creek at Millville Plains Road and Dersch Road. A male adult, who was later identified as Martin Racle, approached Balding and asked him for a ride, to use his cellular phone and for the keys to his vehicle. Balding refused and walked back to his truck. 

Balding got to his truck and found Racle trying to open the truck’s camper shell door. Racle again demanded Balding’s cellular phone and vehicle keys.  Balding refused and went to get into his truck through the driver’s side door.  As Balding unlocked the truck’s door, Racle grabbed Balding by the shirt sleeve and pulled him away from the truck tearing a portion of the shirt sleeve.  Balding, fearing for his safety, shoved Racle backwards and quickly got into his truck and locked the door.  Racle ran to the passenger side window and began punching the glass with his fist, in an attempt to break the window.  Racle was screaming, “Give me the keys! I’m going to knock you out!” as he was beating on the window. 

Balding started his truck and sped away from the area while calling SHASCOM to report the incident.  Deputies responded to the area and found Racle walking on Dersch Road. Racle claimed his car had broken down so he approached Balding and asked him for a ride. Balding refused to give Racle a ride and nothing further happened.  Racle was taken into custody and booked into the Shasta County Jail for Attempted Car Jacking 664/215 PC and for violating his Parole conditions.  

Racle was found to be on Parole with two prior convictions for Robbery and one for Burglary.   
 
Sergeant Gonzalez #127
Contact number 225-3700
Case #16-10896

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On Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 0500 hours, Shasta County Sheriff Deputies responded to the AM/PM Market on Railroad Ave in the City of Redding. The Redding Police Department was already on scene and advised deputies they had an assault victim and the assault had occurred in the Sheriff’s jurisdiction. The victim was identified as Levi Mayhan, WMA, DOB-07/22/73. Mayhan suffered from multiple stab type wounds to his person. He is currently in the hospital being treated for his injuries. Upon further investigation, the suspect in this case has been identified as Kenneth Clark, WMA, DOB-09/15/85. Clark is also currently in the hospital being treated for minor injuries. He will soon be medically cleared and will be booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of Attempt Murder. The 3rd party in this case has been identified as Timmathy Philpott, WMA, DOB-10/26/90. Philpott was interviewed by deputies and released.

During the investigation it was revealed the above listed subjects had been on a crime spree in Shasta County between the hours of 0300 to 0500 hours. Numerous location near and around the City of Shasta Lake had been burglarized. According to statements from the above, during this crime spree an argument erupted between Levi Mayhan and Kenneth Clark. This argument took place in one of the look-outs near Shasta Dam. The argument became very “heated” to the point where Timmathy Philpott left the other two parties. The argument escalated and Kenneth Clark stabbed Levi Mayhan multiple times. The wounds were to the left side of Mayhan’s body to include the head area.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is currently still investigating this case as numerous locations have been burglarized. Evidence is being processed and interviews continue to be conducted. There will be no further information provided at this time.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is asking the citizens of Shasta County to contact us if they have any information in regard to this case. If you may have been a victim of a theft between the above hours, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 530-245-6540 or 530-245-6025.  

Case # 16-10650
Contact: Sergeant Steve Grashoff
Contact # 530-245-6540

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On Friday, March 25, 2016 at 0200 hours, Deputy Marcus Miyasato attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Chevy Impala at the intersection of Twin View Blvd and Oasis Road for speed. The vehicle failed to yield for the officer and a short pursuit ensued. The suspect vehicle continued E/B on Oasis Road at speeds in excess of 100 MPH. North of Akrich Road, on Old Oregon Trail the vehicle lost control and collided with a bridge embankment causing major damage to the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, identified as, Robert Christopher Maughs, WMA, 20 years old, exited the vehicle and admitted he was the driver. Deputy Miyasato smelled the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage emitting from Maughs person. Robert Maughs also admitted to smoking methamphetamine approximately 14 hours prior to the collision.

The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Anita Clark. She was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extracted from the vehicle by emergency crews. Clark was transported to the Hospital for treatment of major injuries. Anita Clark remains in the Hospital at this time and could be transported to UCD due to her major injuries. Robert Maughs was treated at the Hospital for minor injuries and cleared. He is currently being booked into the Shasta County Jail for Felony Evading, Driving under the influence causing major injuries, and for driving on a suspended license.

There is no further information in-regards to this incident at this time.

Contact Officer: Sergeant Steve Grashoff
Case # 16-10530
Contact # 530-245-6540

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3/21/2016

On 03/19/2016, Saturday, at 2248 hours, a fatal accident was reported on Hwy 273 just north of South Bonnyview Rd., in Redding.  An adult female was struck by a southbound truck while crossing the highway.  It was very dark, there was no crosswalk on this portion of the highway and the decedent was wearing dark clothing.

Next of kin have been notified and the decedent was identified as Jennifer Pruitt, 32 years old of Redding, CA.
 
A post mortem exam was completed today and the cause of death was listed as, “Multiple Traumatic Injuries consistent with Car versus Pedestrian.”  The decedent’s blood was sent to the laboratory for toxicology, which won’t be available for several weeks. 

Redding Police Department is conducting the accident investigation.  Please contact their office if you have further information relating to their investigation. 

J. Bartolo, Deputy Coroner

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On 03/14/2016, Monday, at around 4:00 PM, deputies from the Burney Patrol Division initiated a probation search at the 36000 block of Oak Street in Burney, California. The subjects residing at this residence are Isidro Ramos Gali (44-years-old) and a Jennifer Rose Martin (37-years-old).

Once deputies arrived on scene, both Gali and Martin were found to be at the residence. Deputies initiated a search of the home due to Martin’s probation terms. During the search, deputies located an AR-15 M&P assault rifle and a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun. Both firearms were loaded and chambered.  It should be noted both Gali and Martin are convicted felons who cannot possess or own firearms. Also found during the search were approximately four electronic tablets, which were stolen during a burglary at the Pit River Tribe financial office.

During an interview with Gali, he admitted to the possession of the firearms and his involvement in the Pit River Tribe burglary. Gali was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Main Jail in Redding for felon in possession of firearms and burglary related charges. A case was written and submitted to the District Attorney’s Office in regard to charging Martin with being a felon in possession of firearms and probation violation.

Sergeant Marc St. Clair #161
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office 
530-245-6025
Case# 16-9149

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On Thursday 03/10/16, at approximately 6:00 p.m., deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Burney Station conducted a probation search at 15796 Stagecoach Drive, in the Mill Creek Subdivision outside of Oak Run.  Deputies were searching the residence of Harley Wack (36 years old), who is on searchable probation for narcotic offenses.

During a search of the residence, three firearms were located, along with approximately 42.2 pounds of processed marijuana. Wack is a convicted felon prohibiting him from owning or possessing firearms. Wack was not at the residence and appears to be avoiding contact with law enforcement. Anyone with information on Wack’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Shasta Sheriff’s Office at (530) 245-6540.

Sergeant Quentin Johnston #164
(530)245-6540
Case: 16-7963

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On 03/09/16, Wednesday, at 2143 hours, Deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 20096 Sugar Plum Way, Redding for a reported domestic violence incident in progress.  A family member of Rosanna Baker, 36 years old, reported they received a telephone call from Rosanna that Rosanna’s husband, Timothy Baker 38 years old, was pointing a firearm at Rosanna and threatening to kill her. 

At 2153 hours, deputies arrived at the residence and attempted contact from outside the residence however there was no response from anybody inside.  Deputies utilized a PA from a patrol vehicle to attempt contact however none was made.  While on scene, deputies heard the faint crying of a young child coming from inside the residence.  Based upon the reported circumstances and the belief an emergency existed, Deputies made entry into the residence through the unlocked front door.  Inside Deputies found a 2 year old male behind a baby gate in a bedroom on the south end of the residence.  The toddler was upset however was not injured. 

Upon further searching of the residence, deputies entered the master bedroom on the north side of the residence and located Rosanna and Timothy Baker with apparent gunshot wounds.  Rosanna was lying on her back on the bed with bleeding to her forehead from an apparent gunshot wound.  Timothy was found lying on his back, on the floor near the foot of the bed with severe bleeding to his head due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound under his chin.  The condition of the wound indicated it was a close contact type wound.  Timothy’s body was lying in front of the bedroom door that at the time of the deputy’s entry was closed and bodily force had to be used to open the doorway.   Lying next to Timothy was a 22. Caliber, bolt action rifle that had a spent casing in the chamber and additional live rounds in the attached magazine.  Both Rosanna and Timothy were declared deceased on scene.  The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit responded to assist.

Detectives and Crime Scene personnel worked through the night processing the scene and speaking with some relatives and friends of the couple.  Based upon the initial crime scene investigation it appears Timothy shot Rosanna at least one time prior to shooting himself in a murder-suicide incident.  Initial investigation revealed there have been some ongoing, unreported to law enforcement, domestic violence incidents with the couple.  The toddler was released to family members on scene without incident.  It should be noted that based upon the condition of the crime scene, the master bedroom door being closed, blood evidence inside the master bedroom, detectives firmly believe the toddler did not witness the shooting. 

Detective continue to follow up in an attempt to determine what has occurred in recent days, weeks and months in an effort to discover what lead to this tragic shooting.  The Major Crimes Unit is asking if anyone has information about what may have lead up to the shooting to contact detectives at 530-245-6135 or at mcu@co.shasta.ca.us.

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Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
Major Crimes Unit
Sergeant Brian Jackson
530-245-6172

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On Friday 03/04/16, at approximately 1040 hours, a member of the Word of Life Church in Burney, reported a suspicious subject in the parking lot. The citizen reported the male was acting bizarre and had a knife in his hands.

A United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer who was in the area overheard the call and contacted Robert Waltz (53 years old) of Burney, in the parking lot of the church. When the USFS officer made contact, he found Waltz in possession of a large drill bit digging in the parking lot. During a pat down search of the subject, several knifes where found concealed in Waltz’s clothing. Waltz advised the officer he had a handgun concealed inside his coat. The officer was able to collect a .22 caliber handgun. Deputies then arrived on scene.

Waltz was confirmed to be a convicted felon, prohibiting him from possessing firearms. During a further search of Waltz, a small amount of methamphetamine was found in one of his pockets. Waltz was also found to have three misdemeanor warrants for his arrest. Waltz was placed under arrest for being a felon in possession of a firearm, a felon in possession of ammunition, a felon with a concealed weapon, and armed while in possession of narcotics. Waltz was transported and booked into the Shasta County jail.

Sergeant Quentin Johnston #164
(530) 245-6540
Case: 16-8032

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FEBRUARY 2016

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On Tuesday, 2/23/16, staff from the Hatchet Mountain Windmill Project reported a burglary to their office building and equipment yard, located at 19400 Bunchgrass Lookout Road, in Burney. During the initial report, staff reported approximately $70,000 of property stolen, including a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup valued at $48,500. The responding deputy took fingerprints and collected potential evidence.

On Wednesday, 03/02/16, deputies from the Modoc County Sheriff Office recovered several items stolen from the burglary in the Lookout community of Modoc County. Modoc County deputies arrested Clinton Randall Bell (39 years old) of Lookout for possessing stolen property. Approximately $15,000 worth of stolen property was recovered at Bell’s residence.

Deputies had also learned of two other potential suspects, Abraham Womack (36 years old) of Adin and Brent Blue (29 years old) of Bieber. Both Blue and Womack were found to have unrelated active arrest warrants. Law enforcement officers from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, and the United States Forest Service attempted contact with Blue and Womack at an address off of Old Cemetery Road, in Bieber. When law enforcement arrived Blue fled on foot. With the assistance of Shasta County K-9 “Blitz,” Blue was located and was taken into custody without incident. Blue had felony warrants out of Shasta and Modoc counties, with a bail of approximately $250,000. Blue was transported and booked into the Lassen County Jail for the warrants.

On Thursday, 03/03/16, deputies from Lassen and Shasta counties responded to Womack’s parent’s residence, located on Punkin Center Drive, in Bieber. Deputies were able to locate more stolen property from the Windmill burglary, but did not locate Womack. At approximately 4:00 p.m., Womack was reported as being at Bell’s residence in Lookout, along with the stolen pickup from this burglary. Deputies responded and detained Womack without incident. The stolen pickup was located to the rear of the property, and was found to have false plates on it. Womack was arrested on his warrants and the vehicle was recovered.

The Shasta County Crime Lab processed the evidence of this case, and obtained several print matches linking Womack to the burglary. Womack was later booked into the Shasta County Jail for commercial burglary, possessing stolen property, and two active misdemeanor warrants.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office would like to think the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Forest Service, and the California Highway Patrol for their involvement in helping to solve this extensive case.

Sergeant Quentin Johnston #164
(530)245-6540
Case: 16-6790

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On Thursday, 02/25/16, at approximately 1027 hours, staff from the Intermountain Fairgrounds in McArthur contacted the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary to Ingram Hall. Staff reported an unknown suspect had gained access into the building during the nighttime hours and stole a commercial exercise bike, and attempted to steal an overhead projector. Staff confirmed the building had been locked and secured the night prior.

During the investigation, drag marks and blood droplets were located leaving the fairgrounds. Deputies followed the drag marks for several hundred yards into the McArthur Mobile Home Park. Deputies found the marks to end at space 24, and observed fresh gouge marks going up the stairs into the front door of the mobile home. Deputies knocked on the door for several minutes to try and make contact with the resident. The manager of the park confirmed the sole resident of the mobile home was Matthew Wyatt Davis (28 years old). Davis was found to have a prior conviction for possessing stolen property. After several more attempts to make contact with Davis with no results, the decision was made to file for a search warrant for the residence.

A Shasta County Superior Court Search Warrant was later obtained. Deputies on scene executed the search warrant and after forcing entry into the residence, Davis was located and detained without incident. During a search of the residence, the stolen exercise bike was located. Davis was also found to have a fresh injury that required several sutures to one of his hands. Davis was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for commercial burglary and possessing stolen property.

The owner of the exercise bike confirmed Davis was seen loitering around Ingram Hall the night prior. They also reported to replace the exercise bike would have cost approximately $1,000.00.

Sergeant Quentin Johnston #164
(530)245-6540
Case: 16-7058

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February 24, 2016 

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office located at 1525 Court Street will be moving to a new location over the weekend of March 19 & 20, 2016.

Included in the move will be the Sheriff’s Administrative Office, the Investigations Division, and the Records Division.

To accommodate this move, the Sheriff’s Office will not be open to public traffic starting at noon on Thursday, March 17 through Monday, March 21.  The new location will be open the public on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

Thank you for your patience during this move.  The Sheriff’s Office looks forward to better serving the public at its new location.

For further information, contact Undersheriff Eric Magrini at (530) 245-6025.

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On Tuesday February 23rd, 2016 at approximately 1630 hours, City of Shasta Lake deputies obtained information of a possible indoor marijuana cultivation taking place inside a commercial building in the 3800 block of Shasta Dam Blvd in Shasta Lake, CA. Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team (SMIT) were notified and with the information provided by deputies obtained a Shasta County Superior Court search warrant for two buildings located on the property in question.

At approximately 1930 hours, Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Team (SMIT) and deputies from the City of Shasta Lake served the search warrant at the location and located a large sophisticated indoor marijuana operation.  Upon entry into the buildings, no suspects were located.

As a result of the investigation, 1,444 growing marijuana plants were subsequently seized as well as items facilitating the commercial growing operation.

Personnel from the City of Shasta Lake Animal Control also responded to the location and assisted with the eradication efforts.

The investigation continues on identifying the responsible(s) involved in the cultivation operation.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161
February, 24th 2016

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On Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 0015 hours, Shasta County Sheriff deputies located a stolen vehicle driving southbound on Hwy 273 near Westwood Village in Redding. Deputies activated their emergency lights in order to pull the vehicle over. The vehicle accelerated and lead deputies in pursuit, turning into the Win-River parking lot. The vehicle, a 1997 GMC pickup, drove over planter boxes in the Win-River parking lot in hopes of evading deputies. The truck stopped near the valet parking lot and the driver, Joseph Lee Deshields (WMA, 39 years) fled on foot northbound toward Clear Creek.

Deputies, along with the help of the Redding Police Department, quickly established a perimeter around Clear Creek and Hwy 273 and began a search of the area. Deputy Jerry Fernandez and his K9 “Jax” tracked the suspect over 400 yards through thick brush and water. K9 “Jax” located Deshields hiding in dense brush. Deshields refused to submit to arrest and was apprehended by the K9. Deshields was treated for injuries sustained from the arrest at the hospital and is currently being booked into the Shasta County Jail. Deshields’ charges range from evading arrest, resisting arrest, in possession of a stolen vehicle and a warrant for Post Release Community Supervision violations.            

Case # 16-6917
Contact:  Sergeant Steve Grashoff S114
Contact # 530-245-6540
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On Friday, 02/19/16, deputies from the City of Shasta Lake and detectives from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office continued the investigation regarding the threats that occurred yesterday at Central Valley High School.

Further information was received regarding this investigation.  Based upon this information, it was determined that Michael Anthony Farnsworth (18 years) did not have direct involvement in the threats at Central Valley High School and will be released from custody.  Deputies are still trying to contact Alexander Zachary Comer (17 years) to get a statement and further information regarding his involvement in this case. 

This case is still under investigation and classes will resume Monday morning.

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6096
February 19, 2016
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On Thursday, 02/18/16, at approximately 1708 hours, staff from Central Valley High School contacted the Shasta County Sheriff Office in regards to possible evidence and new information regarding this case.

The Gateway Unified School District elected to close school today to allow time for further investigation from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies have developed information in regards to another subject possibly being involved in yesterday’s incident regarding the threats.  Deputies are currently trying to locate Alexander Zachary Comer (17 years) in connection with this case. 

Anyone with information in regards to Comer’s whereabouts are urged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

There will be a press conference held today at 1300 hrs.  The press conference will be held at the Gateway Unified School District board room, located at 4411 Mountain Lakes Blvd in the City of Redding.

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6096
February 19, 2016

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On Thursday, February 18, 2016, agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team (SMIT), Shasta Interagency Narcotic Task Force (SINTF), AB109, Burney Patrol Division and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Enforcement Team, served a Shasta County Superior Court Search Warrant at two locations in Shasta County. The first location was at a property located in the 30000 block of Smith Logging Rd. in Oak Run, CA, and the second was at a piece of property located in the 21000 block of Hwy 299E in Bella Vista, CA.  Also on scene was a member of the Shasta County Planning Division investigating separate Shasta County code violations.

As a result of the search warrant, agents located 1,486 growing marijuana plants at the Smith Logging Rd. property. The marijuana plants were located in three separate sophisticated indoor cultivation sites in three separate buildings. Agents also located approximately five pounds of processed marijuana and multiple firearms.  At this location contact was made with a Baron Risling, 35 years old from Hoopa, CA.  Risling was found to have a prior felony conviction which prohibits him to from possessing any firearms or ammunition.  Agents subsequently seized a large diesel powered generator that was used to facilitate the commercial growing operation.  Baron was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, along with multiple Health and Safety violations.

At the Hwy 299E property, agents also located a sophisticated indoor marijuana cultivation site and found 668 growing marijuana plants.  No subjects were located at this property. Agents subsequently seized two boats and one motorcycle believed to be purchased from the illegal sales of marijuana. Agents also located and seized one utility box trailer believed to have been used to facilitate the commercial growing operation.

Both locations were found to be connected and the primary suspect has been identified as George Reuben Carey, age 32, from Oak Run, CA. A case will be submitted to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for review along with seeking an arrest warrant on Carey for his involvement in the operation.  A total of 2,154 growing marijuana plants were seized from the two locations.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161

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On Thursday, 2-18-2016, at approximately 0903 hours, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received information of possible threats at Central Valley High School.  (Case #16-6166)  Staff members from the high school reported receiving information there was going to be a shooting at the school at 1500 hours between the “275” gang and a rival gang which stemmed from a fight over the weekend.

Information was relayed from school staff, that members from the “L’Z Up Guns Down” gang were coming to the high school at 1500 hours to shoot the “275” members.

Deputies were sent to the school to assess the threat and collect information. While Intel was being gathered, numerous deputies were sent to the school to protect the students and staff. Gateway Unified School District Superintendent made the decision to release the students early, until a threat assessment could be made. 

With the assistance of the Redding Police Department and Shasta County Sheriff’s Office AB109 team, we were able to locate an involved party from the “L’Z Up Guns Down” gang.  Upon further investigation, deputies arrested Michael Anthony Farnsworth (18 years), for criminal threats and conspiracy. 

Deputies stayed on scene at the high school until all students had left the campus.  This investigation is still on going, anyone with information is urged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.  

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6096
February 18, 2016

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On 02/17/2016 deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office AB109 Team, along with Shasta County Probation, responded to the residence of Tamela Worley (54 yrs.), located on Virginia Ave in Anderson, Ca. Worley was on felony probation out of Shasta County for past criminal narcotic offenses to include possession for sales of methamphetamine.

Deputies conducted a probation compliance check at the location and during the search found just over one ounce of crystal methamphetamine. Deputies also located materials and additional evidence to support Worley was actively engaged in the sales of illegal narcotics. Since 2010, Worley has been arrested at her Virginia Ave home three additional times for narcotic offences to include possession and possession for sales of methamphetamine, along with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Worley was transported to the Shasta County Jail where she was evaluated by medical staff prior to booking. Medical staff determined Worley had an existing medical condition which needed examination by a doctor. Worley was released from custody and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The criminal case will be submitted to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for review of charges, including possession for sales of methamphetamine and maintaining a residence where drugs are used or sold.        

Contact: Sergeant Barnhart
Contact # 530-225-3700 
Case # 16-6099

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February 11, 2016

On January 31, 2016 an eleven year old female, whose name will remain confidential, reported that she was the victim of a sexual assault by her 71 year old step-grandfather Carl Routhier of the City of Shasta Lake. The incident occurred in December of 2015, when she was left at home with him. The victim alleged that Routhier asked her to sit on his lap. When she did, he fondled her breasts outside and under her shirt. When the victim became uncomfortable with his unwanted touching she got up and attempted to leave. Routhier grabbed her arm and prevented her from leaving, (approximately 30 seconds) until he let her go.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation. Records checks revealed that Routhier was a registered sex offender from a conviction dating back to 2005 in Lamar County Georgia. In that case Routhier’s modus operandi was the same in which he assaulted a fourteen year old female relative in the same manner. In that case Routhier was convicted of Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a child and served a term of incarceration for fourteen months and released with ten years of probation. In 2005 Routhier moved to Shasta County and failed the terms of his probation guidelines in 2009 for a weapons charge. He was arrested and sent back to Georgia where he spent eighteen months in prison and paroled back to Shasta County in 2011 where he registered as a sex offender.

Today February 11, 2016, Routhier volunteered to meet with detectives and give a statement. Routhier denied the allegations blaming the victim for making up the story to get him into trouble. However, he did admit the victim was sitting on his lap. Routhier was offered a CVSA (Computer Voice Stress Analyzer) test to help refute the allegations, which he declined. Routhier was arrested for Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a child under 14 and is being held in lieu of $100,000.00 bail.

If anyone has any information regarding this case or might be a victim of similar crimes by Routhier, we encourage you to report them to the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (530)245-6135 or by email at mcu@co.shasta.ca.us.

Sergeant Pat Kropholler #128
Shasta County Major Crimes Unit
(530) 245-6135
Case Number 16-3790

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On Wednesday, February 9th, 2016, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a theft, which occurred at business in the 9000 block of Old Oregon Trail in Redding, California.  The reporting party told deputies several item(s) had been stolen from his business truck. 

On Thursday, February 10th, 2016, deputies received video surveillance of this reported theft, which captured footage of the crime being committed.  The suspect(s) were driving a blue Toyota Prius, and the license plate was visible on the surveillance footage.  Deputies conducted a records check on the Prius, which listed the registered owners as 38-year-old Shane Christopher Duclos and 38-year-old Stormee Rae Duclos.  Both Shane and Stormee are residents of Redding, California.

Investigating deputies obtained Department of Motor Vehicle Photographs of Shane and Stormee, which were compared to the images of the suspect(s) captured on the video surveillance of the theft.  Deputies were able to positively identify Stormee as the person who stole the item(s) from the victim’s truck. 

Several addresses of previous record were checked over the next two days, but Shane and Stormee were not located by law enforcement.  On Saturday, February 13th, 2016, deputies learned that Shane and Stormee were residing at a residence located in the 22000 Block of Hidden Valley Lane, which is in the Jones Valley area.  Deputies procured a search warrant, which was served at the Duclos residence on evening of Saturday, February 13th, 2016.   Upon searching the Duclos residence, deputies recovered evidence of another unreported crime, which is now under investigation.  Details regarding the unreported crime are being withheld pending further investigation. 

In addition to the search warrant for the Duclos residence, deputies obtained an arrest for Stormee who is still at large; therefore, anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office by calling (530) 245-6540.  Stormee is known to frequent the Redding area and is associated with a blue Toyota Prius with damage to right side of the rear bumper.  A prior booking photograph is attached. 

Sergeant Randall #192

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On Friday, 02/12/16, at approximately 0842 hrs., deputies from the City of Shasta Lake served a search warrant at 5045 Kevin Ln.  Case #16-5222.

Several subjects were contacted inside the residence including Henry Allen Chapman (30 yrs) who was listed as the tenant at the residence.  Deputies searched the residence and located methamphetamine, narcotic paraphernalia, marijuana, and components for a “honey oil” lab.

Deputies arrested Chapman for possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, possession of over an ounce of marijuana, and for manufacturing a controlled substance (honey oil lab).  Deputies also arrested Carlos Landa (28 yrs) for possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, and for manufacturing a controlled substance (honey oil lab).

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6096
February 12, 2016

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On Wednesday, 02/10/16, at approximately 0914 hrs., deputies from the City of Shasta Lake and the AB109 team conducted a probation search at 5044 Red Bluff St.  (Case #16-5089)

Deputies contacted Jessie Christie (44 years) and an adult female at the residence.  The homeowner, Kurt Kuhn (49 years), was not home at the time of the probation search.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that Robert Cossairt (42 years) was residing at the residence but was also not home.

During the probation search, deputies located controlled substances, narcotic paraphernalia, ammunition, and a high capacity rifle magazine.

Christie was placed under arrest for possession of controlled substances, possession of paraphernalia, and being a felon in possession of ammunition.  Additional charges will be filed against Kuhn for possession of a high capacity rifle magazine and maintaining a place where controlled substances are used.  Charges will also be filed against Cossairt for possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6096
February 10, 2016

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On Tuesday February 9th, 2016, Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team (SMIT), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Enforcement Team served a Shasta County Superior Court Search Warrant in the 18000 block of Oasis Road Redding, CA.  Also assisting were members of the Central Valley Water Board who were on scene conducting a separate investigation on potential environmental damages.

As a result of the search warrant, Agents located 128 growing marijuana plants on the property in a hoop style greenhouse, processed marijuana and items associated to marijuana sales. Agents also located a loaded .380 semi-auto handgun inside the residence.

Two subjects identified as Jeffrey Lee Cossairt, age 46 and Kristy Lee Patnode, age 35 were located at the residence upon arrival and determined to be residing at the residence. During a data base inquiry both Cossairt and Patnode were found to have prior felony convictions which prohibits them to possess any firearms or ammunition.

Both Cossairt and Patnode were subsequently arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for being ex-felons in possession of a firearm.  A case will be submitted to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for review on the weapons charge as well as 11358 H&S- Marijuana Cultivation and 11359 H&S-Possession of Marijuana for sale.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161
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On 02/08/2016, at approximately 0025 hours, SHASCOM dispatchers received a call from James Martin Chapman SR., 69 years of age, residing in the 32000 block of White Fir Road, in Shingletown, California. Chapman SR. reported his adult son James Michael Chapman JR., age 29 years, was at his residence acting bizarre and making homicidal statements. Deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the location and just prior to their arrival, contacted Chapman SR. via telephone. Chapman SR. advised deputies Chapman JR. was currently in the shower. Within a minute or less of conversation with Chapman SR., deputies arrived on scene and contacted Chapman SR. in the driveway of the residence, suffering from a stab wound to his face. Chapman SR. told deputies his son, Chapman JR. was back inside the residence, and two other individuals were inside the residence with Chapman JR. These two individuals were able to safely exit the residence shortly after deputies’ contact with Chapman SR.

Deputies obtained information from Chapman SR., and others contacted at the location said that there were firearms within the residence which Chapman JR. had access to, and that he had made statements that he was going to obtain a firearm. Based on the fact that Chapman JR. had access to firearms and had made homicidal statements, a dialogical communicator was initiated by SHASCOM, contacting residents in the immediate area advising them of the situation and to stay inside their residences. Shortly after the dialogical communication was placed, a neighboring resident contacted deputies on scene and advised Chapman JR. was inside their residence. Deputies responded to this residence and made subsequent contact with Chapman JR. inside. Chapman JR was taken into custody without further incident and subsequently transported to the Shasta County Jail where he was booked on the listed charges. Chapman SR. was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries, which were not determined to be life- threatening.

Case # 16-4790
Crime: 245(a)(1)PC, 422(a)PC, 368(b)(1)PC 
Contact: Sergeant MacGregor #166
Contact # 530-225-3700 

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On Sunday, 02/07/16, at approximately 0653 hours, Joyce Marks of Burney contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report her husband, Richard Marks, and adult son, Troy Marks, were stuck in the snow in the area of Hatchet Mountain outside of Burney. With the assistance of a California Highway Patrol Helicopter, deputies from the Burney Station were able to identify the location of the vehicle where Troy and Richard Marks were stuck. The location was found to be near the windmill project several mills in from State Highway 299.

The helicopter crew was able to land and transport Richard Marks out of the location and to the Burney Station. Due to increased winds the helicopter was no longer able to assist. Deputies with the Search and Rescue Team responded with a snow cat, tracked vehicle. Deputies were able to locate and extract Troy Marks from the location. Neither subjects had any medical issues and were grateful to be rescued. The Marks had gotten stuck the night prior at approximately 10:30 P.M.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the California Highway Patrol Helicopter crew that assisted. We would also like to remind citizens to be prepared and cautious when traveling to areas that contain snow.

Sergeant Quentin Johnston #164
(530)245-6540
Case: 16-4668

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On Saturday, 02/06/16, at approximately 1220 hrs., deputies from the City of Shasta Lake conducted a probation search at 1990 Hardenbrook Ave.  (Case #16-4571)  During the probation search, twelve adults were located inside the residence along with three children.  All of the adults were detained for officer safety reasons and a search of the residence was conducted.

During the probation search, deputies located methamphetamine and narcotic paraphernalia.  Six subjects were placed under arrest.  Joseph Lujan, 37 years, was placed under arrest for an active arrest warrant.  Kenneth Troy Wiggins, 39 years, was placed under arrest for two active arrest warrants. Henry Allen Chapman, 30 years, was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.  Justin Harrison Sligar, 38 years, was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and controlled substance paraphernalia.  Jonathan Cassidy Pry, 23 years, was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and controlled substance paraphernalia.  Christina Elizabeth Dunn, 36 years, was placed under arrest for maintaining a place for using controlled substances, child neglect, and violation of probation.  Additional charges will be filed on Charlene Melissa Dunn, 40 years, for child neglect.

All of the subjects were transported to the Shasta County Jail where they were booked on the above charges.  The three juvenile children were released to family members on scene.

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6096
February 06, 2016

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On 02/3/2016, deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office AB109 Team, along with Shasta County Probation, responded to Matthew Hedges’ (31yrs.) residence located on Parkway Street in Cottonwood, Ca. Hedges is a convicted felon and on felony probation out of Shasta County for past criminal offences, including possession of stolen property.

Deputies conducted a probation compliance check at the location, and during the search found over 5.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, $6,700.00 in cash, along with other materials to support drug sales. A sawed-off shotgun and semi-automatic pistol were also found, along with over a thousand rounds of ammunition. The pistol was reported stolen to the Klamath Falls Oregon Police Department during 2011.

Additionally, a stolen pressure washer, chainsaw and two commercial paint sprayers were located, which were linked to thefts and burglaries reported in the City of Redding and Palo Cedro area. The value of the recovered stolen property is estimated at over $3,000.00.

Hedges was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail.  
 
Contact: Sergeant Barnhart
Contact # 530-225-3700
Case# 16-4188

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On 02/01/2015, Monday, at 1624 hours, a structure fire was reported 1400 block of Hartnell Avenue. After completing the initial fire suppression a decedent was located in the structure. The decedent has been identified as, Karen Vielbig, 72 years old of Redding. The structure was an older single wide mobile home and was a complete loss. There were no other occupants in the structure. Next of kin has been notified.

A post mortem exam will be conducted this week. Redding Fire Department are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Dustin Reynolds #169
Deputy Coroner
530-225-5551
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JANUARY 2016

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On Saturday, January 30th, 2016, at 1748 hours, deputies were dispatched to an address in the 14000 Block of Ravine Road, Redding, California for a reported brandishing investigation.  When deputies arrived in the area, they met with the victim who stated her estranged husband pointed a pistol at her head.  This incident also involved domestic violence; therefore, the victim’s name is being withheld and is confidential.

The victim told deputies she was sleeping in a recliner inside a friend’s residence when she heard the sound of someone knocking on a nearby window.  The victim woke up and saw 49-year-old Chris Deloge of Redding, California pointing a handgun at her head.  The victim noticed the pistol was equipped with a laser sight, which was aimed at her head.  Deloge also made threatening statements to his estranged wife before fleeing the area. 

Deputies responded to Deloge’s house, which is also located in the 14000 Block of Ravine Road near the location where this incident occurred.  Deputies contacted Deloge who was standing on the front porch of his residence when they arrived.  Deloge was uncooperative with the investigating deputies, refused to show his hands, and did not follow verbal commands.  He was ultimately arrested for delaying and obstructing a peace officer.  While en route to the jail, Deloge made several threats to the arresting deputy, including a threat to stab him and to harm his family.     

While Deloge was being transported to the Shasta County Jail, deputies learned he had previous felony convictions; therefore, investigating deputies obtained a search warrant for his residence, which was served on this same day at 2140 hours.  During a search of Deloge’s house, deputies recovered a loaded pistol equipped with a laser sighting system.  A records check on the firearm indicated the weapon was previously reported stolen. 

Deloge was booked and incarcerated on multiple felony charges, which are listed as follows: Assault with a Firearm, Criminal Threats, Possession of Stolen Property, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Ammunition, Resisting Arrest, and Threatening a Peace Officer. Deloge remains in custody, and bail has been set at $50,000.00.

Sergeant Randall #192
SCSO Report No. 16-3703

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On Wednesday, 01/27/16, at approximately 0712 hrs., SHASCOM received a report of a traffic collision on Shasta Dam Blvd. just west of Rouge Rd. (Case #16-3289) 

Deputies arrived on scene and determined a 2000 Dodge Dakota left the south side of the roadway and collided with a tree.  The driver and solo occupant of the vehicle, Alyssa Chambers 26 yrs., was traveling eastbound on Shasta Dam Blvd. when her vehicle left the roadway and struck the tree.  Chambers suffered major injuries and was transported to the hospital.

At this time, the cause of the collision is still under investigation and it does not appear that alcohol was a factor in the collision.

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6096
January 27, 2016

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On 1/14/2016, Thursday, at 1506 hours, SHASCOM received a call about two possible deceased persons at an apartment on Manter Drive in Anderson. It was determined by investigators on scene that the two decedents were the victims of a homicide.

The victims were identified as Micheal Helsby, 57 years of Anderson and his girlfriend, Georgia Engelhaupt, 61 years, also of Anderson.

A post mortem exam and toxicology tests were performed on both decedents on Thursday, 1/21/2016. The cause of death will not be released until the toxicology test results are received.

All questions please refer to Anderson Police Department.

Sarah Davis #1092
Deputy Coroner Investigator
530-225-555

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On Saturday, 01/23/16, at approximately 0940 hrs, SHASCOM received a report of a possible stabbing in the City of Shasta Lake (16-2770).  The victim, later identified as Thomas O’Neill, was possibly near the alley way to the south of Shasta Dam Blvd. near Locust St.  Deputies located O’Neill at 4309 ½ Meade St. 

O’Neill told deputies that he was stabbed by a female, later identified as Kathleen Rene Wadkins 45 yrs, and that she resided on Pancake Hill Dr. in the City of Shasta Lake.  O’Neill told deputies that the stabbing occurred near Wadkins’ residence.

O’Neill suffered lacerations to his arms that were non-life threatening and was transported to the hospital.  Deputies later contacted Wadkins at her residence.  Upon further investigation, Wadkins was placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon and transported to the Shasta County Jail.

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6096

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On 01/22/16, Friday at 2206 hours, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 2020 Cabello Street, City of Shasta Lake for a deceased person at the residence. The reporting party, Carole Giordano was not sure if the decedent, identified as Salvadore Giordano, was stabbed or battered upon discovery.  Upon deputies’ arrival, they located Salvador Giordano, 83 years old, laying on the floor with blood pooled around his head.  Salvadore had trauma to his face and neck area; however, it is undetermined how Salvadore received the trauma.  Salvadore lives at the Cabello Street residence with his wife Carole.  Salvadore’s son Stephen Matthew Giordano had been staying at the residence and was not on scene upon deputies’ arrival.  Stephen’s vehicle, a teal green, 2001 Ford pick-up, CA LIC# 68781V1 was also not on scene.

Deputies learned that there have been family disturbances at the location involving Stephen where he has been violent toward Carole and Salvadore.  Earlier in the evening, Carole had left the residence and at that time, Salvadore and Stephen were praying at the residence about the ongoing disturbances.  That was the last time she saw both Stephen and Salvadore.  Based upon the circumstances, deputies issued a want for Stephen and his vehicle.  Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit were called out to assist and conduct an apparent homicide investigation. 

At approximately 2345 hours, deputies and detectives received a tip that Stephen and his teal Ford truck were at 1979 Shasta Street, City of Shasta Lake.  Deputies and detectives responded to the Shasta Street address and subsequently contacted Stephen in the bathroom of the 1979 Shasta Street address.  Upon contact, Stephen had blood on his hands, clothing and boots.  Stephen was taken into custody without incident for questioning.   During the interview, Stephen admitted to being responsible for the death of Salvadore.  Details of the account will not be released, as further investigation is needed.  Stephen was subsequently arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for 187 PC: Murder.  An autopsy will be conducted this week to determine the cause of Salvadore’s death.  

Due to the weekend and the on-going investigation, no further updates will be released regarding this investigation. If anyone has information about this investigation, they are urged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135 or at mcu@co.shasta.ca.us.

Please Note: To avoid confusion by earlier scanner reports in the media, this incident is the reported La Mesa Avenue Stabbing investigation. 

16-2735
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
Major Crimes Unit
Sergeant Brian Jackson
530-245-6172

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On 01/19/2016, Tuesday, at 0143 hours, a structure fire was reported on the 29000 block of Wildcat Road, in Paynes Creek. After completing the initial fire suppression a decedent was located in the structure. The decedent has been identified as, Marian Glenn, 45 years old female of Paynes Creek. Three other occupants were able to escape, a 5 year old with minor injuries, 8 year old with moderate injuries and a male adult with no injuries. The 8 Y/O was later flown to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment. Next of kin have all been notified.

A post mortem exam was completed today and the cause of death is pending toxicology. Cal-Fire is still investigating the cause of the fire.

Dustin Reynolds #169
Deputy Coroner
530-225-5551

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The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Shasta County Department of Public Works, and with the cooperation of CALFIRE, the City of Redding, and the City of Anderson has several locations of sand and sandbags throughout the county. The Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage citizens to use these locations if they are having any flooding problems due to the recent weather event. The sand at the below locations is available anytime and citizens are encouraged to bring their own tools to load the sand. A limited amount of bags will be available for those that need them, however citizens are encouraged to bring their own bags if possible. Sandbags can be purchased at many local hardware stores and landscape suppliers.

Palo Cedro- Palo Cedro Fire Station Co #32, 9418 Deschutes Rd Palo Cedro- Pile located at the edge of the driveway at far west end of parking lot. Bags located inside the fire station.     

Bella Vista- Bella Vista Fire Station Co #33, 2202 Hwy 299E. Bella Vista- Pile located west side of the fire station near the propane tank. Bags located inside the fire station.

French Gulch- French Gulch Fire Station Co #59, 14363 Cline Gulch Rd French Gulch-Pile located on east side driveway. Bags located inside the fire station.

Cottonwood- Cottonwood Fire District #23, 3271 Brush St Cottonwood- Pile located behind fire station on north/east side of Pine St. Bags inside the fire station.

Jones Valley- Jones Valley Fire District, 14680 Ravine Rd Jones Valley- Pile located on the upper hill behind the fire hall. Bags located inside the fire station.

Burney- Sheriff’s Office Substation, 20509 Shasta St Burney- Pile located behind the station. Contact the Sheriff’s Office for Bags

Work Release Office (county residents only)
4560 Veteran’s Lane Redding, CA. 96001 
Sandbags are filled and located across the street from the Detention Annex now known as South County Station.  Bags can be picked up seven days a week from 7a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shingletown- Shingletown Volunteer Fire Station #20, 32249 Hwy 44 Shingletown- Pile located in the parking area of the station. Bags located inside the fire station.

Lakehead-Lakehead Lions Club (next door to Lakehead Fire Station
20814 Mammoth Drive Lakehead, CA. 
Sandpile:   located in North/East corner of Lion’s parking lot behind flag. 
Sandbags:  located at fire station next door.

City of Redding-City of Redding Corp Yard Building #3, Old Airport @ Abernathy, Fire Station #4 (2605 S. Bonneyview Road),free sand, must purchase bags at hardware store or other location

City of Anderson- City of Anderson Corp Yard-Barney St at Marx Way

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On Saturday, January 16, 2015, at 2317 hours, deputies responded to a disturbance in the 6900 block of State Highway 273 involving 52-year-old Candi Ann Kinyon.  It was reported that Kinyon was causing a disturbance and possibly under the influence of narcotics. 

Deputies arrived on scene shortly thereafter and located Kinyon in the kitchen of the residence.  Kinyon was holding an approximate 12” kitchen knife when deputies entered the house.  Kinyon was ordered to drop the knife several times, but ignored the commands.  Kinyon told deputies she was going to die several times while brandishing a knife.  The standoff lasted several minutes until a Taser was deployed and used to subdue Kinyon.  Deputies were able to forcefully disarm Kinyon and safely take her into custody.  Neither Kinyon nor the deputies were injured during this incident. 

Kinyon was booked at the Shasta County Jail for brandishing a deadly weapon and threatening a peace officer.  Kinyon’s bail is currently set at $15,000.00.

Sergeant Randall #192
Defendant: Kinyon, Candice Ann
Report #16-1990

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On Saturday, January 16, 2015, at 2317 hours, deputies responded to a disturbance in the 6900 block of State Highway 273 involving 52-year-old Candi Ann Kinyon.  It was reported that Kinyon was causing a disturbance and possibly under the influence of narcotics. 

Deputies arrived on scene shortly thereafter and located Kinyon in the kitchen of the residence.  Kinyon was holding an approximate 12” kitchen knife when deputies entered the house.  Kinyon was ordered to drop the knife several times, but ignored the commands.  Kinyon told deputies she was going to die several times while brandishing a knife.  The standoff lasted several minutes until a Taser was deployed and used to subdue Kinyon.  Deputies were able to forcefully disarm Kinyon and safely take her into custody.  Neither Kinyon nor the deputies were injured during this incident. 

Kinyon was booked at the Shasta County Jail for brandishing a deadly weapon and threatening a peace officer.  Kinyon’s bail is currently set at $15,000.00.

Sergeant Randall #192
Defendant: Kinyon, Candice Ann
Report #16-1990

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On Saturday, 01/16/16, at approximately 1702 hours, a deputy from the Burney Station conducted a traffic stop on a 1996 Ford Explorer for a California Vehicle Code violation. The vehicle slowly yielded, and the male driver of the vehicle began to try and exit the vehicle. When the deputy was giving the driver orders, he noticed the male driver had a pistol in his waistband. Deputies were able to detain the male driver, and a female passenger without incident.

The driver was then identified as Randal Scott Hood (44 year old Burney Resident). Hood was known to be a convicted felon, and previously on parole. The firearm was found to be a .22 caliber handgun, and determined to be stolen from an auto burglary in 2015. Shasta County Sheriff’s K-9 “Blitz” assisted in locating methamphetamine, scales, and narcotic packaging inside the vehicle.  Approximately 30 grams of methamphetamine were seized. These items were located in a bag, along with Hood’s wallet.

Hood was booked into the Shasta County Jail for numerous weapons charges and narcotics charges.

Sergeant Quentin Johnston #164
(530)245-6540
Case: 16-1961

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The Sheriff’s Office has been continuing with the investigation into the reported disappearance of Rick Turner.  After disseminating a photo of Mr. Turner to the media and soliciting the public’s help, the Sheriff’s Office received information that Mr. Turner may have been the same person reported as found deceased on December 24, 2015 in the area of the McConnell Foundation’s property, located on the northern end of Shasta View Dr.

The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit contacted the Coroner’s Office with this information. It was determined an adult male had in fact been recovered from that location on December 24, 2015.  The Coroner’s Office worked with investigators on establishing the identity of the decedent.  Mr. Turner was reported missing on December 28th, 2015.

Using known identifiers associated with Mr. Turner, the Coroner’s Office was able to successfully confirm Mr. Turner’s identity.  The autopsy revealed the cause of death as natural.

We would like to thank the public for their assistance in helping us identify the decedent and bring closer for Mr. Turner’s  family.

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On 1/14/2016, Thursday, at 1506 hours, SHASCOM received a call about two possible deceased persons in an apartment on Manter Drive in Anderson, CA.  It was determined by investigators on scene that the two decedents were the victims of a homicide.

The victims were identified as Micheal Helsby, 57 years of Anderson and his girlfriend, Georgia Engelhaupt, 61 years, also of Anderson. A post mortem examination on both decedents will be conducted next week.

The homicides are being investigated by the Anderson Police Department.

Sarah Davis #1092
Deputy Coroner Investigator
530-225-5551

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January 14, 2016

On 12/24/15, Thursday at approximately 1200 hours, Rick Lynn Turner drove away from his residence in Millville California in his stock black 2006 Dodge Charger, CA LIC# 5VKH232 for unknown reasons.  Turner is described as a 51 year old male, 5’11, 220 pound, hazel eyes, grey hair with grey goatee; tattoos: Calf - Rainbow Trout ‘ELT’; Right Should – Tiger. A picture of Turner is attached.

On 12/28/15, Monday, Turner’s family reported him as missing to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office as he did not attend any family functions over the Christmas weekend.

On 01/03/16, Sunday, Turner’s Dodge Charger was stopped by the Red Bluff Police Department on an enforcement stop in Red Bluff CA. The Charger was occupied by two subjects, neither of which were Turner.  The driver reported he purchased the vehicle from Turner and did not know of his whereabouts.  The occupants were arrested for unrelated charges and the Charger was towed and stored. 

Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation and began conducting follow up regarding the new circumstances.   Detectives obtained the Charger and conducted a search of it for evidence which revealed suspicious blood stains inside the passenger compartment.  Detectives conducted follow up interviews with the two occupants arrested on 01/03/16 and learned that the Charger was originally located in Redding on the side of the road near the north end of Shasta View near College View Drive.  The two subjects contacted in Turner’s Charger on 01/03/16 are not suspected of any wrongdoing of Turner’s disappearance at this time. 

Over the past two weeks, through follow up and interviews, Detectives learned that the Charger was left abandoned with the keys inside at the north end of Shasta View on December 24th, about 1624 hours.

As of today, 01/14/16, Thursday, Turner has not been seen nor heard from by family, friends and acquaintances.  Additionally, Detectives have not been able to identify any type of “electronic footprint” through social media, phone records, bank records etc.; indicating his activities or whereabouts. 
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help and if anybody has information as to Turner’s whereabouts or information regarding the circumstances surrounding the Charger being in the Shasta View Drive/College View Drive area on 12/24/15, Christmas Eve, they are urged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit, 530-245-6135 or by email at mcu@co.shasta.ca.us

15-48122
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
Major Crimes Unit
Sergeant Brian Jackson
530-245-6172

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On 01/12/2016 deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office AB109 Team along with Shasta County Probation responded to a local mini storage facility in north Redding to conduct a probation search on a storage unit rented by Shaun Espinoza (35yrs.). Espinoza is on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and Shasta County probation stemming from past cases involving possession of stolen property, weapons violations and drug charges. During the search deputies located one assault rifle and three additional firearms along with ammunition. A butane honey oil lab which included equipment for manufacturing concentrated cannabis by chemical extraction was also located along with approximately ten pounds of processed marijuana.

Earlier in the day, California Highway Patrol officers arrested Espinoza at his residence on Metro Way in Redding, Ca. During that incident Espinoza was charged with probation violations, felon in possession of ammunition along with other charges.  Espinoza was booked by CHP officers at the Shasta County Jail.

During 2015 Espinoza was on PRCS and serving his probation sentence in San Francisco County. In December Espinoza successfully had his PRCS transferred from San Francisco to Shasta County to be supervised by the Shasta County Probation Department.   

Contact: Sergeant Barnhart
Contact # 530-225-3700 

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On 01/11/2016, at approximately 2237 hours, Shasta County Sheriff deputies from the City of Shasta Lake initiated a traffic enforcement stop on a 1992 Honda Accord at Lake Boulevard and Pine Grove Ave for a vehicle code violation.

Upon initial contact with the driver, later identified as Joshua Randal Isaacson, age 38, Isaacson provided deputies with a false name.  When deputies attempted to question Isaacson further on his identity, Isaacson sped away from deputies in the vehicle, which was also occupied by two passengers.

Issacson led deputies southbound Lake Boulevard and continued west on Keswick Dam Rd, reaching speeds of 75-80 MPH.  The pursuit continued to Hwy 299W and into multiple surface streets within the City of Redding, where officers from the Redding Police Department and California Highway Patrol Helicopter H-14 joined in and provided assistance.

Issacson abandoned the vehicle near Waldon St. and California St in the City of Redding and fled on foot. Isaacson was apprehended a short distance later and taken into custody without incident.  Isaacson was found to be on active felony probation for 496 (d) PC- Possession of stolen property.

The vehicle Isaacson was operating was found to be a reported stolen vehicle out of Redding, CA and had false license plates attached.

During the investigation, deputies located suspected Methamphetamine, scales and misc. drug paraphernalia along with a set of brass/metal knuckles.

Deputies also located items believed to be stolen which consisted of 15 Driver’s Licenses, 25 credit cards, 6 checking account booklets, 3 social security cards and 1 passport.  These items were seized as found property pending notification of the owners.

The two passengers were interviewed and subsequently released on scene.

Isaacson was transported to the Shasta County Jail and booked on the following charges:

• 2800.2 (b) CVC- felony evading
• 148.9 PC- False ID to Police
• 148(a) (1) PC- Obstruct/Delay Officer
• 11377(a) H&S- Possession of a controlled substance
• 11379(a) H&S- Transport/ Possess controlled substance for sale
• 496 PC- Possession of stolen property
• 11364(a) H&S- Possession of drug paraphernalia
• 21810 PC- Possession of metal knuckles

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 245-6025
January 12, 2016

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On 01/11/16, Monday, at 0806 hours, Deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a gunshot victim in the 13000 block of Creek Trail, Jones Valley.  Responding deputies were advised that one subject had been shot and the male shooting suspect left in a silver colored truck with a black push bumper.  The male suspect was accompanied by a female, who has been identified as Laurie McDaniel, 26 years old of Redding.  Both McDaniel and the male suspect left in an unknown direction of travel in the silver truck.  The motive for the incident is still unclear but detectives are following up on information. 

Upon deputies arrival the contacted the gunshot victim, identified as Ellis Marley, 42 years old.  Marley suffered a single gunshot to his left buttock and was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment.  His injury is not life threatening.  Deputies also contacted a second subject who had been battered with fists in the face by the male suspect prior to the shooting.  The second victim was identified as Terrence Armstrong.  Armstrong’s injuries were treated on scene and he was released.

During the initial investigation, deputies learned that McDaniel was associated with addresses at 11716 and 11722 East Stillwater Road, east of Shasta College.  Deputies responded to the locations and simultaneously received a phone call from a resident on the property that a suspicious male subject was seen loitering near a canvas carport on the property. The reporting party also stated there was an unknown silver truck now under the car port.  Upon arrival and further investigation, deputies discovered a silver, 1991 Chevy S-10 pick-up, CA LIC# 8Z93459 with a black push bumper under the covered car port.  The truck was muddy and matched the description seen leaving the Jones Valley area.  None of the residents knew who the truck belonged to but one resident stated that McDaniel was just at the location prior to deputies’ arrival.  Detectives confiscated the Chevy truck as evidence. 

Deputies conducted a search of the East Stillwater Road area utilizing a Sheriff’s Office K-9, in addition to ground units from the Sheriff’s Office, Redding Police Department, Fish and Wildlife and CHP.  CHP also utilized their air support units during the search.  The dialogic communicator was activated and notifying surrounding residents of the circumstances and search.  The Shasta College Campus was also notified and the voluntarily locked down until the search was concluded.  No suspects were located. 

At this time the unknown male suspect and McDaniel are outstanding. They are considered Armed and Dangerous and anyone that has contact with them should call 9-1-1 immediately. McDaniel’s picture is attached.  There is no evidence indicating that this unknown male subject is the same wanted subject identified by the Redding Police Department in last weeks unrelated homicide investigation.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of McDaniel and or the identity of the male suspect are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 530-245-6540 or the Secret Witness tip line at 530-243-2319.  The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit is handling the investigation.

#16-1253
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
Major Crimes Unit
530-245-6135
Sergeant Brian Jackson
530-245-6172

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On 01/11/2016, at approximately 0049 hours, deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm activation from a business identified as Cornerstone Door and Window Inc. located in the 14000 block of Holiday Rd. in Mountain Gate, CA. 

Upon arrival, deputies located evidence of forced entry through a rear door of the business.   A perimeter was established and a search of the interior of the business revealed no suspects.  During a secondary search outside the business, deputies were able to locate a fresh shoe print near the rear of the business. Deputy Fernandez utilized his K-9 partner “Jax” and began a track leading south east from the business.  K-9 “Jax” subsequently led deputies to a male hiding in a heavily brushy area approximately 75 yards south east of the business. The male, later identified as Shane Allen Slaten, age 39, was taken into custody without incident.  Deputies located multiple power tools and misc. construction equipment hidden in the brush near where Slaten was apprehended.

The owner of the business responded to the location and was able to identify all the tools/equipment, which had an estimated value of approximately $1,500 as items belonging to the business.

Slaten was transported to the Shasta County Jail and was booked on the following charges;
 
• 459 PC-Burglary
• 496 PC- Possession of Stolen Property
• Active Misdemeanor Warrant.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 245-6025

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On Saturday, 01/09/16 at approximately 0330 hours, deputies were dispatched to the Newtown Church of the Nazarene, located at 12681 Newtown Road Redding, California for a burglar alarm.  When deputies arrived they located 30 year old Kenneth Paul Clark of Redding, California on the premises. 

Clark was detained while deputies investigated the reason for the alarm activation, which was quickly associated with a broken window. Deputies checked the interior of the church and found nobody else at the scene.  Upon further investigation, deputies determined Clark was in possession of stolen property from the church and questioned him further regarding the incident.  Clark subsequently confessed to breaking into the church and stealing several item(s).  Clark was booked at the Shasta County Jail for burglary.

Sergeant Randall #192
16-998

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On 01/05/2016, the Redding Police Department received a call of a subject shooting a gun in the area of Boulder Creek Drive in Redding.  Redding Police Department responded to this location and encountered an armed subject who was subsequently shot by officers.  The subject that was shot by officers died at the scene. 

The subject has been identified utilizing the personal identification found in his wallet as, Stephen John Bukwich, D.O.B. 06/27/1963.

A postmortem exam will be conducted tomorrow by the Shasta County Coroner’s Office. All questions regarding these cases should be referred to Shasta County Sheriff Major Crimes Unit.

Jenelle Bartolo #1027
Coroner Investigator
530-245-6706

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On Wednesday January 6, 2016, agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team (SMIT), Shasta County Sheriff’s Office AB109 Team, Shasta County Code Enforcement, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wetlands Enforcement Team and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marijuana Enforcement Team, served two consecutive search warrants on two locations where suspected illegal marijuana cultivation was occurring. One of the properties was located at a rural parcel on Crockett Lane in the Mill Creek subdivision of Oak Run, CA. The second location was on Brassie Way in the Gold Hills subdivision of Redding, CA.

At the Crockett Lane location, agents contacted and arrested without incident, Enrique Martin Saavedra, age 35, and Nicole Marie Saavedra, age 32. During the course of the search warrant, evidence supporting marijuana sales and an inactive butane honey oil lab consisting of equipment for manufacturing concentrated cannabis by chemical extraction were located and seized. Additionally, a total of 500 growing marijuana plants were located and seized from inside two large commercial greenhouses, along with 8 lbs. of processed marijuana that was packaged for sales, digital scales, and a loaded .40 cal. handgun.

At the Brassie Way location, agents consecutively served a second search warrant also connected to Enrique and Nicole Saavedra. At this location, agents seized 87 growing marijuana plants in an indoor grow, along with functional digital scales, packaging material, evidence supporting marijuana sales, and an inactive butane honey oil lab consisting of equipment for manufacturing concentrated cannabis by chemical extraction.

Enrique and Nicole Saavedra were subsequently transported and booked into the Shasta County Jail for the below listed charges.

 11358 H&S- Marijuana Cultivation
 11359 H&S- Possession of Marijuana for Sale
 11379.6 Manufacture of Controlled Substance by Chemical Extraction
 182 PC- Conspiracy
 25800 PC- Armed While Committing a Felony

Sgt. Jason Barnhart
(530) 225-3700
January, 6th, 2016

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On 01/05/16, Tuesday, at approximately 1747 hours, multiple reporting parties called SHASCOM to report a subject was shooting a firearm into apartments in the 273 block of Boulder Creek Road, Redding CA.  Callers reported 6-8 gunshots were fired as officers from the Redding Police Department were dispatched to the location.

At approximately 1810 hours, officers from the Redding Police Department arrived on scene and were directed to the subject’s location inside apartment #A at 273 Boulder Creek Road. 

Officers made verbal contact with the subject, described as a white adult male in his 50’s via a patrol car PA system.  The suspect would open the door to the apartment briefly and yell at the officers.  Witnesses on scene later advised detectives that the suspect was upset about the recent legislation regarding gun laws issued by President Obama.  The suspect was not compliant with officers who directed the suspect to exit his apartment with his hands up.  During this time, officers attempted to subdue the suspect by utilizing less lethal bean bag rounds which had no effect on the suspect’s compliance.  An attempt to utilize a police K-9 to subdue the suspect was also unsuccessful. 

After further commands by officers for the suspect to surrender, the suspect exited the apartment holding a handgun in his right hand, levelling it at officers who were tactically positioned outside his apartment, in the parking lot near parked vehicles and nearby trees.   Nine officers engaged the suspect with handguns and rifles subsequently striking the suspect multiple times.  The suspect was declared deceased on scene. 

The Shasta County Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was activated and assisting agencies responded to assist.  The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit took over the officer involved shooting investigation.  Officers with CHP MAIT team assisted with the crime scene investigation. 

During the initial investigation, cell phone video footage was obtained from a neighbor that depicted the moments prior to and during the officer involved shooting.  The video footage corroborated statements obtained on scene by civilian witnesses and law enforcement witnesses.  The video footage is evidence in the investigation and will not be released to the public or media.  Inside the suspects apartment a 9mm Beretta handgun was found with a spent shell casing in the chamber and live rounds in its inserted magazine.  At this time it is undermined if the suspect fired at the officers.

The name of the suspect will be released once proper notification has been completed with next of kin.  An autopsy will be conducted early next week.

Detectives, Investigator and Crime Scene Personnel are still processing the scene for evidence and interviewing witnesses.  If anyone has information they are asked to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit, 530-245-6135 or mcu@co.shasta.ca.us 

16-587
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
Major Crimes Unit
Sergeant Brian Jackson
530-245-6172

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DECEMBER ​​2015

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On 12/25/2015, at 1743 hours, the California Highway Patrol received a call regarding a vehicle stuck in the snow. Doug Miller (33 years old) of Redding, his wife, their two year old child, and two other adult family members with their two young children went on an excursion to play in the snow. Doug drove approximately 1.7 miles north of State Highway 44 on Forest Service Road 32N17 in the area of Lassen Park. When Doug attempted to turn his 4WD vehicle around, it became stuck in the snow.

A unit from the California Highway Patrol and two deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area. The Shasta County Search and Rescue Snowmobile Team was contacted to assist in the rescue. A snow cat used by the Ashpan Snowmobile Area responded to assist. Ultimately, deputies were able to reach the stranded individuals and assist in getting their vehicle unstuck. The seven individuals were in good health and did not require any medical attention.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens that go off main roads to enjoy our beautiful areas of recreation to be prepared for the unexpected. Take extra food, water, and clothes. It is always better to go off-roading with a group of family or friends, taking multiple vehicles so that you can assist each other. Tell others where you plan to go and when you plan to return.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank its volunteer Search and Rescue members who donate countless hours of their time, and use their personal vehicles and equipment to assist the Sheriff’s Office in keeping our citizens safe.

Deputy Greg Ketel
530-245-6025

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On Thursday, 12/24/15, at approximately 0800 hours, deputies from the Burney Station received a telephone call from missing person Lester Wilson’s nephew, Mark LeBeau. LeBeau had received a telephone call from another family member after they had watched a news broadcast regarding Wilson being reported missing. LeBeau informed deputies that he had given his uncle, Wilson, a ride to the Full Gospel Church on Bridge Street, in Fall River Mills the day prior. Deputies met family members at the location, and were advised family had located Wilson sleeping in the church. Wilson was found in good condition. Wilson was reunited with the family members he lives with on Gunsmith Way, in Burney. Several options were discussed with family members including resources from Shasta County Adult Protective Services, and Project Lifesaver.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the concerned citizens who provided tips and the volunteers from the Shasta County Search and Rescue Team who assisted throughout the night in the search for Wilson.

Sergeant Quentin Johnston #164
(530)245-6540
Case: 15-47553

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On Wednesday, 12/23/15, at approximately 09:50 P.M., the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person, identified as Lester Daniel Wilson (72 years old). Wilson is reported to have dementia, and walked away from his Gunsmith Road residence in Burney at approximately 03:20 P.M, on 12/23/15.

Wilson is described as a Native American male, 5’9, 175 lbs., brown hair, and brown eyes. Wilson was last seen wearing a brown down jacket, a black sweatshirt, black sweatpants, and black shoes. Wilson is considered “At Risk,” due to him having dementia. The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team is actively searching the Burney area for Wilson. Wilson is believed to be on foot, and does not have access to a motor vehicle. Wilson has several prior contacts in which he frequents the downtown Redding area. Anyone with information on Wilson’s whereabouts can call (530)245-6540.

Sergeant Quentin Johnston #164
(530)245-6540
Case: 15-47553

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On 12/21/2015 deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office AB109 Team, along with Shasta County Probation, responded to 13435 Dry Creek Rd. in Jones Valley, to serve an arrest warrant on Joshua Darley, 38 yrs., who had a felony warrant for his arrest. Darley was on Mandatory Supervision (AB109) and was one of Shasta’s Most Wanted, featured 12/6/2015.

Upon arrival, Darley was contacted behind the residence and taken into custody without incident. During a search of Darley, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found.

Deputies searched the residence and located Darley’s girlfriend, Ann Marie Otta (Hernandez), 44 yrs. During the search, stolen property was located throughout the home and garage. These items included motion picture memorabilia and household furniture, along with tools and equipment. Deputies located a construction trailer near the residence, which was reported stolen during a burglary that occurred on 12/6/2015 in the City of Redding. 

Three separate victims were identified: Shasta Builders Exchange, a local contractor, and a private homeowner. The stolen property was returned to the victims, which had a total value in excess of $11,000.00.  Both Darley and Otta (Hernandez) were arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail.      

Contact: Sergeant Barnhart
(530) 225-3700

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On December 17, 2015, at 2108 hours, an armed robbery was reported at the Rancho Market, which is located at 8510 Airport Road Redding, California.  Deputies responded to the business and spoke with the store clerk who was not injured.  The suspect reportedly fled the location on foot and was last seen running north through the Rancho Market Parking lot.

Deputies responded to the scene along with officers from the Redding and Anderson Police Departments.  The officers quickly established a perimeter as investigating deputies obtained further information.  Officer Rhoads deployed his K-9 partner Carr to track the suspect.  Despite an extensive area check the suspect in this robbery was not located and remains at large. 

The suspect was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with horizontal strips, jeans, and something similar to a black bandana covering his face.  He was also wearing a dark colored baseball cap.  The suspect was described as being approximately 5’ 7” in height with a thin build and weighing about 180 pounds.

Investigating deputies learned the suspect entered the business, pointed a pistol at the clerk, and demanded money.  After stealing an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled on foot and was last seen running north through the parking lot of the business.  As deputies were investigating this incident, 29 year old Kaylea Hope Smith of Trinity County reported her blue Volkswagen Jetta was stolen by an unknown suspect from parking lot of the Rancho Market.  According to Smith her Jetta was taken at about the same time this robbery was reported.  The auto theft is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol. 

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information as this matter is still under investigation.  Anyone having information regarding this robbery and auto theft is encouraged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

Sergeant Randall
15-46883     
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December 17, 2015

On October 3, 2015, deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop which led to an arrest of Luke Hoke (28 years old) for narcotics violations in the Burney area. The suspect’s vehicle was towed pursuant to the arrest. During the stop, ammunition and a holster were located in the vehicle. Deputies suspected a firearm was possibly somewhere in the vehicle, but they were unable to locate one. Mount Burney Towing arrived to tow the suspect vehicle, at which time deputies informed the tow truck driver John Knowles III, they had suspicions a firearm was possibly concealed within the vehicle.

On Tuesday November 17, 2015, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received information relating to the owner of Mt. Burney Towing John Knowles Jr., being in possession of a firearm that had been found in the towed vehicle in question. Deputies investigated this information and interviewed John Knowles Jr, and John Knowles III.

Knowles III informed deputies that once he got the vehicle in question to the tow yard on 10/03/15, he had located a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun that fell from underneath the driver’s side dashboard, striking his foot. Knowles III advised deputies he turned the firearm over to his father Knowles Jr. After several weeks, Knowles III became concerned that his father had not turned over the firearm to deputies.

When deputies interviewed Knowles Jr. he stated he placed the pistol that had been located by his son in his business safe, and was holding onto it until he had contact with law enforcement. This did not make sense as the firearm was found on 10/03/15, and deputies received a call from Knowles Jr. on 10/06/15, reporting a person whom he suspected to be the original suspect, Hoke, had entered his tow yard after hours in an attempt to break into his own vehicle. Knowles Jr. never told the responding deputy anything about the firearm that was located. Knowles Jr. also admitted to deputies he and his wife had handled the firearm and fired it during the time he possessed it.

Due to Knowles Jr.’s actions, prosecution for felon in possession of a firearm is unlikely regarding Hoke, who is a convicted felon, due to the tampering of evidence.

The case has been sent to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for recommended charges on Knowles Jr. of misappropriation of property, destruction of evidence, and obstructing a peace officer.

Anyone with potential information regarding this case or any potential related incident is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 245-6540.

Sergeant Quentin Johnston #164
Case # 15-43011
(530)245-6540

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On 12/14/2015, Monday, at approximately 2:00 PM, deputies from the Burney Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the area of Hwy 299E in Johnson Park for the report of an indiscriminate shooting. Deputies were familiar with a residence known for both stolen property (firearms) and illegal drug use, and speculated this was the specific area of concern.

Upon arrival to the residence of the 38000 block of Hwy 299E, deputies made contact with five individuals: JT Bellegante (age 19), Sarah Marie Eddy (age 28), Jonathan Bradley Searl (age 19), Steven Arthur Scott (age 25) and Forrest Allen Berlt (age 22). Deputies initiated a probation search of the residence and property. During the search, a stolen firearm and numerous items of illegal drug paraphernalia were located. All five subjects were arrested for the following: Sarah Eddy and JT Bellegante were arrested for 11364 HS-Drug Paraphernalia and 1203.2(a) PC-Probation Violation; Jonathan Searl was arrested for 21510(b) PC-Possession Switch Blade Knife and 1203.2(a) PC-Probation Violation; Forrest Berlt was arrested for 496 PC-Possession of Stolen Firearm and 1203.2(a) PC-Probation Violation; and Steven Scott was arrested on three outstanding felony warrants. All five subjects were booked into the Shasta County Main Jail in Redding.

Sergeant Marc St. Clair #161
Case Number: 15-46370
530.245.6025

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On Monday 12/14/2015 deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s AB-109 Team, which includes a deputy probation officer from the Shasta County Probation Department, conducted a traffic stop on Westside Rd near Kenyon Rd in Redding, Ca. The vehicle was driven by Dennis Winters, 42 yrs. of Happy Valley. Winters was released from prison during May of 2014 and placed on Post Release Community Supervision (AB109) as a result of past narcotic offences. 
 
During a search of Winters’ vehicle, over three ounces of methamphetamine, scales, drug paraphernalia and packaging materials, which is indicative of narcotic sales, were located.

Winters was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail on the following charges: possessing a controlled substance for sale, possessing unlawful paraphernalia, and Post Release Community Supervision violation.

By: Sergeant Barnhart
Patrol Operations
Case: 15- 46388
530-225-3700

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On Friday, 12/11/15, at approximately 1030 hrs., an employee with the Shasta County Department of Resource Management responded to property located on the east end of Dorvel Ln in Happy Valley (Parcel #205080019).  The code enforcement officer was investigating several reported code violations.  Upon arrival he contacted, Joseph Michael Greydanus (25 yrs), who resides on the property.  Joseph became upset due to being served paperwork and pointed what appeared to be an assault type rifle at the code enforcement officer.  Joseph also made statements that he should use the rifle on the code enforcement officer.  (Case #15-45999)

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office was notified and a search warrant was written and granted for the premises.  A Ramey Warrant was also issued for Joseph.

On Saturday, 12/12/15, at approximately 0700 hrs., members of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team served the search warrant at the property on Dorvel Ln.  Arthur William Greydanus (64 yrs) was initially contacted and was non-compliant with deputies’ initial commands.  Joseph was also contacted on the premises and both subjects were detained without further incident.  A search was conducted and several firearms and ammunition were seized.  Two of the firearms were SKS type rifles. Deputies also found fish and game violations on the property.

Joseph Michael Greydanus was placed under arrest and booked into the Shasta County Jail for violations of assault with a deadly weapon, armed in the commission of a felony, brandishing a firearm, impeding a public official, and criminal threats.  Arthur William Greydanus was also arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for violation of delaying a peace officer in his official duties.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was also notified and charges will be filed for fish and game violations on both Joseph and Arthur.

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6096
December 12, 2015

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On 12/10/2015 deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office AB109 Team, along with officers from the Anderson Police Department, Shasta County Probation Department, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDC Parole), and the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, conducted a SAFE (Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement) operation throughout Shasta County. The purpose of this operation was to conduct probation and parole compliance checks as well as address verifications throughout Shasta County on subjects that are convicted sex offenders. The primary objective for today’s operation was to ensure that sex offenders living within Shasta County are in compliance with their probation or parole conditions and to ensure their address registration requirements.

As a result of the operation the team contacted 28 registered sex offenders and conducted searches of offenders who were either on probation or parole. Additionally, the team conducted five address confirmations on sex offenders to verify their residence. 

The team arrested five sex offenders who were in violation of the terms and conditions of their probation/parole, or were charged with new crimes. The following offenders were arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail.

• Robert Billington, 32yrs.  Felony warrant, Possession of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a stun gun.
• Eric Haubner, 27 yrs.  Parole violation.
• David Wrinkle, 39 yrs.  Sheriff work release violation.
• Troy Wallers, 45 yrs. Felon in Possession of pepper spray / Probation violations.
• Shannon Sherrin, 44 yrs.  Two felony warrants for failing to register as a sex offender and failure to appear in court.  

Contact: Sergeant Barnhart
Contact # 530-225-3700

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Date: 12/8/2015

On 12/7/2015, Monday, at 1330 hours, a fatal solo-vehicle traffic accident was reported on Oak Run Road about a ¾ of a mile east of Old Highway 44. The driver and only occupant in the vehicle, was traveling eastbound on Oak Run Road when he crossed the yellow double line and left the roadway for an unknown reason. The vehicle struck two oak trees and flipped before landing on its roof and catching fire. The accident was witnessed by several people who reported the driver had been speeding and driving erratically prior to the accident. The driver was pronounced deceased on scene.

The decedent was identified as Michael Robrecht, 32 years old of Redding. A post mortem exam will be conducted on Wednesday, 12/9/2015, to determine cause of death. Toxicology testing will also be performed to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collison.

The accident is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.

Sarah Davis #1092
Deputy Coroner Investigator
530-225-5551
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NOVEMBER ​​2015

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Date: 11/30/15

On 11/27/2015, Friday, at 2016 hours, a fatal, solo-vehicle traffic accident was reported on Hartnell Ave at Airport Road. The driver and only occupant in the vehicle, was traveling eastbound on Hartnell Ave. when he left the roadway for an unknown reason. The vehicle stuck several oak trees before rolling multiple times. The accident was unwitnessed and the vehicle was found on its roof by a passerby who immediately called 911. The driver was declared deceased on scene. It appears alcohol might be a factor in the accident.

The decedent was identified as Jeffrey Girard, 22 years old of Cottonwood. A post mortem exam was conducted on 11/30/15 and the cause of death was listed as “Blunt force injuries consistent with vehicle rollover accident.”

The accident is being investigated by the Redding Police Department.

Sarah Davis #1092
Deputy Coroner Investigator
530-225-5551

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On 11/29/2015, Sunday, at 3:20 PM, Katie Battaglia called the Sheriff’s Office to report her son ran from her vehicle after an argument with a family member. Battaglia stated she had pulled to the side of Hwy 299E just west of Burney on a dirt road to give family members a break. Her son, who will remain confidential due to being 13 years old, became upset and ran from the vehicle into a heavily wooded area just northeast of Sierra Pacific Industries/Mill.

Deputies from the Burney Patrol Division responded to the area to assist Battaglia in searching for her son. After approximately 1 ½ hours of searching by deputies and CHP Air Operations (helicopter), deputies became concerned due to the rapidly dropping temperature. Search and Rescue was notified in Redding and were now en route. It should be noted the temperature in the Burney area was projected to drop to about 14 degrees.

At 5:05 PM, dispatch received a call of an “In Progress Burglary” at Anna’s Country Kitchen located in downtown Burney, while the search continued for the 13-year-old juvenile male. Two units had to discontinue their search to respond to the burglary. Upon arrival to the restaurant, deputies located a young juvenile male inside of the business. The juvenile turned out to be the subject deputies and CHP were looking for.

The juvenile was detained and questioned. The juvenile admitted to breaking into the restaurant to steal food. The juvenile called his mother’s cell phone while at the restaurant but would not tell her where he was. The juvenile also used the restaurant’s computer to utilize the internet for personal business. The juvenile suspect was then arrested and booked into juvenile hall for 459PC-Second Degree Burglary, 602PC-Criminal Trespassing and 594PC-Vandalism. It should be noted the juvenile suspect and his family are from the Magalia, California area.

Sergeant Marc St. Clair #161
Case Number: 15-44482
530-245-6025

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On 11/27/2015 at 1400 hours, Caleb Juarez, 28 years old, along with three other young adults from his church went hiking in Castle Crags State Park. They parked in the Red Barn area off Castle Crags Rd. and proceeded to Bob’s Hat Trail to Crags Trail. Once on Crags Trail they proceeded to Castle Dome. It was starting to get dark and the group contemplated turning back. Juarez believed he could make Castle Dome before dark and left the group taking the yellow lab, “Hadija” with him. The other hikers attempted to locate Juarez but were unable. At approximately 1815 hours, Juarez’s friends contacted a State Park employee and advised that Juarez and Hadija were missing. Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue personnel were called. Shasta Sheriff’s Office overhead personnel, the Jeep Team, the Mountain Team and the Ground Team all responded to assist in the search. The Mountain Term and Ground Team searched trails while the Jeep Team searched paved and unpaved roads. At approximately 0200 hours, the REACH helicopter assisted in searching for Juarez and Hadija.
 
Juarez made the Castle Dome by dark and attempted to return to the trail to meet up with his friends. Due to darkness and the terrain Juarez could not locate Crags Trail. Juarez became disoriented and proceeded southwest down the hill from Castle Dome. Juarez continued to proceed downhill until he reached Castle Creek Rd. at approximately 0100 hours. Juarez was still directionally disoriented when he reached the road. Juarez started walking westbound for three hours. Juarez realized he was walking in the wrong direction when he came upon a sign that said, “Trinity” (County). Juarez then turned around and continued eastbound until he was located by a Shasta County Jeep Team member at 0514 hours, approximately eight miles west of the park’s entrance. Juarez and Hadija were transported back to the park’s entrance where Juarez was medically was evaluated and released at scene. Both Juarez and Hadija were tired and hungry.

Shasta County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Search & Rescue volunteers that responded, the REACH helicopter crew and State Park’s personnel for their assistance.

Deputy Ray Hughes
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
(530) 245-6075

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On Wednesday, 11/25/15, at approximately 01:33 P.M., 39 year old Cottonwood resident Scott Frank called 911 to report his vehicle being stuck in the snow in a remote area near the North Battle Creek Reservoir in Old Station. Frank had advised he was approximately five miles in from State Highway 44 on a dirt road, accompanied by his wife and two children. After the initial 911 call, several attempts were made to contact Frank by telephone and text message with negative results. Due to being unable to re-establish contact with Frank, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, and volunteer members of the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team, responded to the area to initiate a search for the family.

When deputies arrived in the area, citizens advised Frank and his family were being transported out of the location by another vehicle. Frank had been located by a member of the Search and Rescue Snowmobile Team, who happened to be in the area, and was unaware of the call for assistance. Frank and his family were transported by citizens to the Snowmobile Park off of State Highway 44. Thankfully, the family was prepared with enough food and proper clothing for the elements. The family was found to be in good health and were picked up by friends.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to use caution when travelling back- country roads, especially with the recent storms which have produced significant amounts of snow in the higher elevations. Always carry extra food, supplies, and an emergency kit when visiting these types of areas.

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On November 25 2015, at approximately 7:20 am, Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies from the City of Shasta Lake Division responded to the 1800 block of Shasta Street for a report of subjects trespassing at an abandoned “red tagged” house.  Upon arrival, deputies located three subjects in the residence.  During the investigation into the trespassing, deputies located a “sawed off” 410 shotgun along with ammunition for the shotgun in a backpack belonging to Tyler Riggs, 28 years old.  Riggs is transient and from out of the area.  Riggs was arrested and later booked into Shasta County Jail.

The other two subjects, Angela Clark, 34 and Charles Deckard, 41 both transient, were questioned and released.  Charges of trespassing will be filed with the District Attorney’s Office against Clark and Deckard.

Case #15-43967
Sergeant Tyler Thompson #133
(530) 245-6025

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November 24, 2015

On 11/20/2015, Friday, at 2325 hours, a fatal accident was reported on I-5 just south of the Deschutes Rd. exit in Anderson.  An adult male was struck by a northbound commercial truck while riding his bicycle in the #3 slow lane of the interstate. It was determined that the bicycle rider did not have proper lighting or reflectors on the bike and was wearing dark clothing at the time of the collision. In this area of the interstate there is not adequate lighting for pedestrian or bicycle traffic as it is meant for vehicle traffic only.

Next of kin have been notified, and the decedent was identified as Samson Sacoco, 25 years old of Lake California.
 
A post mortem exam was completed today and the cause of death was listed as blunt force injuries consistent with a semi-truck versus bicycle accident.

Sarah Davis #1092
Deputy Coroner Investigator
530-225-5551

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On November 24 2015, at approximately 8:27 pm, Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies from the City of Shasta Lake Division responded to the 17000 block of Yellow Pine Road for a report of gun shots.  Upon arrival at the residence the Reporting Party indicated where the shots were from. While checking a residence in the area of where the shots were heard, deputies located a smashed out rear sliding glass door.  After several announcements from the deputies, they entered the residence to conduct a safety sweep checking for any injured victims.  The residence was checked and no one was located.

The deputies left the residence to check the surrounding area. Minutes later they received another call indicating a vehicle had shown up at the residence. Deputies responded back and contacted the resident, Kao Saechao.   Saechao told the deputies while inside his residence earlier, he heard his glass slider get smashed.  Saechao yelled at the suspects who fled to a vehicle parked in the driveway.  Saechao looked out the front window and witnessed two masked subjects near a silver or white newer Mitsubishi Eclipse.  As Saechao started to walk toward the interior of his residence, he heard a gunshot.  When Saechao looked out front again, the males and vehicle were gone.

This incident is still under investigation.

Case #15-43922
Sergeant Tyler Thompson #133
(530) 245-6025

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On Monday 11.23.2015 at 2046 hours, a residence in the 37000 block of Ponderosa Avenue in Burney had been burglarized. The home owner was away on vacation when neighbors noticed a light on in the residence. Neighbors looked in the residence to find the home had been ransacked. The Sheriff’s Office in Burney had been notified and began an investigation. It was discovered numerous items had been stolen, including firearms. The listed suspects forced entry through a window and burglarized the home.

On Tuesday, 11.24.2015, at approximately 1600 hours, deputies from the Burney Station decided to perform probation searches at known thieves’ homes in the Intermountain area. Deputies arrived at the residence of Jonathan Bradley Searl, age 18, who was on probation for burglary. Deputies located stolen property from the Ponderosa residence, including firearms. Jonathan Searl was later arrested for 459 PC-Residential Burglary, 182(a)(1) PC-Conspiracy to Commit Crime, 496 PC-Possession of Stolen Property, and 1203.2(a) PC-Probation Violation.  

At approximately 1700 hours, investigative leads led deputies to the residence of Sam Tristan Green, age 18, who lives on Ponderosa Avenue.  A search of Green’s residence revealed a large amount of stolen property from the victim’s home.  Green admitted to the burglary of his neighbor’s residence. Green was arrested for 459 PC-Residential Burglary, 182(a)(1) PC-Conspiracy to Commit Crime, and 496 PC-Possession of Stolen Property.

Marc St. Clair #161
Sergeant/Burney Patrol Division
530-245-6025
530-245-6540

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On Friday, November 20, 2015 at 1533 hours, a Shasta County Shingletown Deputy initiated a traffic stop on William C. Oller, DOB-10/20/61, who was known to the deputy to be driving on a suspended license. The traffic stop was conducted at the intersection of Hwy 44 and Alward Way. During this stop the deputy also learned Oller had an outstanding warrant for driving on a suspended license. As the deputy began to make contact and place William Oller under arrest, Brian K. Hamilton, DOB-02/21/57 drove up alongside the deputy and maneuvered his truck in-between Oller’s truck and the deputies patrol unit. This enabled William Oller to drive away from the traffic stop and flee arrest. The deputy requested extra units to the area and now became involved in a pursuit of both trucks. As the pursuit continued, Brian Hamilton used his truck to block the deputy and slowed down allowing William Oller to escape. The deputy continued pursuing Brian Hamilton who drove slowly but refused to pull over. The pursuit of Hamilton ended in front of Hamilton’s driveway located on Plateau Pines. At this location Brian Hamilton refused to come out of the truck. Several commands had been given to Hamilton but he continued to refuse to come out. Due to officer safety reasons, a request for a K-9 was authorized. K-9 “Jax” responded with his handler along with CHP units. Brian Hamilton continued to resist and was finally arrested with their assistance. Brian Hamilton received minor injuries during the arrest and is currently being treated at a local hospital.

William Oller escaped arrest and is wanted by our office for evading arrest and warrants.

When Brian Hamilton is medically clear by the hospital, he will be booked into the Shasta County Jail for evading deputies, resisting arrest, weapon charges, and aiding William Oller to escape. Hamilton also committed these crimes while out on felony bail. He will receive a bail enhancement on his charges for committing crimes while out on bail.

Contact Officer: Sergeant Steve Grashoff
Case # 15-43382
Contact # 530-245-6540 

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On November 19, 2015, at 1948 hours, Sheriff Bosenko was traveling westbound on Dersch Road near Airport Road in an unmarked unit.  Sheriff Bosenko observed a vehicle traveling in front of his unmarked at a high rate of speed.  Sheriff Bosenko reached speeds in excess of 100 MPH while attempting to overtake the speeding vehicle, which was driving recklessly.  

Sheriff Bosenko was able to close the distance between his unmarked unit and the speeding Lexus; at which point, he attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on the violator’s sport utility vehicle.  As the Lexus came to an abrupt stop, a male passenger exited and fled the scene on foot.  The motorist ran the sport utility vehicle through a nearby fence at the intersection of Holt Canyon Road and Dersch Road.  The vehicle left the south roadway edge of Dersch Road just before running through the fence and continued westbound on private property. 

The suspect vehicle came to rest several seconds later and the driver fled from the location.  There were no license plates on the vehicle, which Sheriff Bosenko located unoccupied.  A record check on the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) indicated it was previously reported stolen. 

The California Highway Patrol was deployed to assist deputies who established a perimeter.  The dialogical communicator was also utilized to inform residents in the affected area of this incident.  Deputy Fernandez and his K-9 partner Jax attempted to track the driver of the vehicle, but were unable to locate anyone in the area.

Although the suspect(s) were not located, several items of evidence were located and are pending processing.  A professional grade Echo backpack blower was located in the vehicle.  The blower did not belong to the vehicle’s owner and is believed to be stolen.   This investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available.   

Sergeant Randall
Case number - 15-43287

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On November 19, 2015, at 2110 hours, deputies of the Shasta County Sheriff’s office were investigating a stolen vehicle, which crashed through a fence near the intersection of Dersch Road and Holt Canyon Road.  As deputies were checking the area for two outstanding suspects, a white Chevy truck was observed traveling near Airport Road and Dersch Road. 

A deputy conducted an enforcement stop on the Chevy truck in the area of Dersch Road and Drake Drive for several violations.  The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was identified as 39 year old Brian Charles Sullivan of Anderson, California.  It was quickly determined that Sullivan was not the registered owner of the vehicle.  In addition, Sullivan’s driver’s license was suspended or revoked.  Deputies observed drug paraphernalia inside the cab of the Chevy truck and smelled an odor of marijuana about the vehicle. 

The Chevy truck was going to be impounded for 30 days as Sullivan was knowingly driving on a suspended driver’s license; however, upon further investigation, deputies determined the license plates on the truck were fraudulent.  Deputies ran a record check on the vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and determined it was previously reported stolen to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office. 

Sullivan was arrested for possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license.  He is being held at the Shasta County Jail with a bail set at $10,000.00.    

Sergeant Randall 3S192
15-43289
530 365 5062

___________________________________________________________________________________On November 19, 2015, at 1659 hours, 30 year old Charles Robert Jones of Shingletown reported his vehicle was stolen from the driveway of his residence, which is located in the 7500 Block of Arbor Drive in Shingletown, California.  Jones reported his two minor children were inside the vehicle when it was stolen by an unknown suspect.  The children are both under the age of ten years old; therefore, their names will be kept confidential. 

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office dispatched several deputies who responded with their emergency lights and sirens due to the seriousness of Jones’ initial report.  In addition, several officers from allied agencies responded for assistance.  The California Highway Patrol Helicopter was also deployed and began canvassing the area for Jones’ reported stolen vehicle.  Investigating deputies interviewed witnesses, which contradicted Jones’ initial report regarding the auto-theft and kidnapping. 

Law enforcement personnel set up a large perimeter in the Shingletown area while additional officers searched for the stolen vehicle and children.  A deputy spotted the mother of Jones’ children driving near the area of Highway 44 and the Shingletown Store.  A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and deputies positively identified the driver as the children’s mother, Rebecca Martinez.  Martinez had the two children she shares in common with Jones inside the vehicle.  The children were reportedly in good spirits.  Martinez explained she drove to Anderson, California to pick up something for dinner.  According to Martinez, they were en route back to Jones’ residence when they were pulled over.  Martinez explained she picked up her children at a family member’s residence, which was corroborated by investigating deputies at the scene.   

Jones eventually admitted to an investigating deputy that he lied during his initial report.  Jones admitted to providing false information to authorities in the hope of receiving an aggressive response from law enforcement.  Over thirty law enforcement officers were summoned to this call for service, including deputies who were called out from home to assist.  At the conclusion of this investigation, Jones was placed under arrest for making a false report and booked at the Shasta County Jail. 

Sergeant Randall #192
15-43271

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On 11/18/15, Wednesday, at approximately 2342 hours, Correctional Officers at the Shasta County Jail located a male inmate, Clifford Wilson Shaw, 38 years old, hanging in his cell during a routine cell check.  Shaw was housed in a single cell and was secured in his cell alone prior to his discovery. Shaw had a jail issued towel around his neck that was secured to his bunk.  The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit was contacted and responded to the jail to take over the investigation.  The preliminary investigation has not revealed anything suspicious and Shaw’s death appears to be a suicide. No note was left behind however inmates stated Shaw had been depressed in recent days.  An autopsy is being scheduled by the Shasta County Coroner’s Office for next week.  

Shaw was arrested on 11/08/15 by the Redding Police Department for a Violation of Probation for consumption of alcohol.  Shaw was on probation for a domestic violence incident from 2012.

15-43183
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
Major Crimes Unit
Sergeant Brian Jackson
530-245-6172

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On Wednesday, 11/18/15 at 0930 am, Falicia Schuman, 24 of Redding, and Ryann Schuman 25 of Redding, went hiking at Castle Crags State Park.  Their plan was to return to Redding by 1630 hours, however after leaving the dome they became lost on some trails while trying to return to their vehicle.  As it started to get dark Falicia sent a text message to a friend in Redding to alert him to their situation.  Felicia’s phone then died.  Falicia’s friend notified Shascom at 1635 hours, Shascom notified Castle Crags State Park rangers, who responded to the park and began searching for Falicia and Ryann.  At approx. 2000 hours, state park rangers requested assistance from the Shasta County Sheriff office in searching for the missing people.  Over 20 Search and Rescue volunteers from the sheriff office responded to the Castle Crags State Park.  While responding the rangers were able to get in voice contact with Falicia and Ryann, but due to darkness and rugged terrain were unable to physically locate them.  Search and Rescue volunteers deployed in the park and located Falicia and Ryann at approx. 0105 hours.  The search and rescue volunteers were able to guide Falicia and Ryann back to their vehicle.  Falicia and Ryann were checked at the scene by medical personal and found to be in good condition. They returned back to Redding with friends.  The Shasta County Sheriff office would like to remind people when hiking to be prepared and bring along a backpack with extra clothing, lighting, food and water in case unforeseen circumstance arise.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Castle Crags State Park rangers and Search and Rescue volunteers for their assistance in locating Falicia and Ryann.

Sergeant Rob Sandbloom   #141
Search and Rescue Coordinator
530-245-6095
Case15-43127

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On Monday, November 2nd, 2015, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Child Protective Service (CPS) regarding an “underage drinking party” which had taken place on Saturday, October 24th, 2015.  The CPS report alleges that approximately 20-25 “underage minors” consumed alcohol, at a party located at a residence on Sapphire Road in Burney CA. The report stated that one minor became over intoxicated and unresponsive, that he had to be taken to Mayers Memorial Hospital for immediate treatment.

After receiving the CPS report, our office initiated an official investigation into this incident.

Our investigation revealed the following:
• A juvenile “house party” did in fact take place at the identified residence on   Sapphire Road in Burney CA, on Saturday October 24th, 2015.
• That the juvenile party had been planned with the knowledge of the home owners, Perry & April Thompson.
• Food and non-alcoholic drinks were provided by the home owner’s to those in attendance.
• A minor and an underage adult, Robert Wall (19yrs), had made arrangements to purchase alcohol for the party from a legal adult, Brittany Webster(22yrs).
• Webster did in fact purchase the alcohol for the minor and Robert Wall, and that alcohol was provided and consumed by other minor’s at the house party.
• One juvenile became so intoxicated that he needed to be transported to Mayers Memorial Hospital for immediate treatment.
• That juvenile was treated for “alcohol poisoning” and had a BAC of .251% when admitted to the hospital.
• We have received conflicting statements on whether or not the home owners knew alcohol was being consumed on their property.

No arrests have been made in this case. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has filed the entire investigation with the District Attorney’s Office. This incident will be reviewed by the DA’s Office for possible criminal charges ranging from “contributing to the delinquency of a minor”, “purchasing/furnishing of alcohol to minors”, and “minor’s soliciting, possessing and purchasing alcohol.”
 
Case # 15-41192
Contact:  Lt. Mark Lillibridge #122
Contact # 530-245-6070

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On Wednesday November 18, 2015 at approximately 0038 hours, deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a Jeep Wrangler pulling a U-Haul trailer on Eureka Way at California St. for vehicle code violations.

A subsequent search of the U-Haul trailer was conducted after a positive alert from Shasta County Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Chase”.  The search resulted in the seizure of 263 pounds of processed marijuana in packaged in one pound baggies. Bulk U.S. Currency was also located during the search of the vehicle.

The driver, Tyson Scharf, age 27, from Rocklin, CA and the passenger identified as David Mireles, age 31, from San Francisco, CA were arrested for 11359 H&S- possession of marijuana for sale and for 11360 H&S- transportation of marijuana.  Both subjects were booked into the Shasta County Jail on the listed charges without incident.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161
November 18, 2015

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On Thursday, 11/12/2015, at approximately 2130 hours, Haven Human received a call of a dog stuck on a cliff above the Sacramento River near Redcliff Dr.  Lee Anne Smith from Haven Human responded to the location.  Just before midnight, Smith went down the cliff to rescue the dog.  During this time, Smith became stuck on the cliff, but the dog made it to the top.  Redding Police and Fire Departments were on scene at approximately 0030 hours and requested the Sheriff’s Office respond to assist with a boat.

On Friday, 11/13/2015, at 0039 hours, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist.  Due to the darkness and low water levels of the Sacramento River and Smith not being down at the water, it was determined a high angle rescue would be the safest way to reach and rescue Smith.

Medical personnel with ropes and climbing gear reached and secured Smith.  Blankets and heating pads were given to Smith to help keep her warm.  The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team was called and responded to the scene. The Search and Rescue team set up a rigging system of ropes to pull Smith to the top of the cliff.  The Redding Fire Department assisted the Search and Rescue Team in pulling Smith to the top of the cliff in a Stokes basket.  Smith was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Redding Fire Department, the Redding Police Department and the Search and Rescue volunteers for rescuing Smith.

Sgt. Rob Sandbloom #141
Search and Rescue Coordinator
530-245-6095

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On 11/10/2015, Tuesday, at 1305 hours, a death was reported at a 4600 block of Two Feathers Rd. in Cottonwood.  A white male adult was found deceased in a nearby outdoor living area. The decedent had second degree burns to approximately 30 % of his body. CALFIRE law enforcement located a burned travel trailer nearby and are investigating the cause of the fire.

Next of kin has been notified, and the decedent was identified as Thomas Smith, 49 years old of Cottonwood. A post mortem exam was conducted on 11/12/15 and the cause of death is pending toxicology.

Sarah Davis #1092
Deputy Coroner Investigator
530-225-5551

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Yesterday, November 10, 2015, the Sheriff’s Office learned that sometime during the evening of October 9th or early morning of October 10th, an unknown suspect(s) burglarized the personal vehicle of an off-duty Shasta County Sheriff’s deputy.  The suspect(s) forced entry into the locked vehicle and accessed property stored within the vehicle. 

Stolen was a Colt M4 law enforcement tactical rifle. Also stolen was the deputy’s duty hand gun, a Springfield 1911 .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.  Additional equipment taken included the deputy’s “Sam Brown” duty belt, which contained handcuffs, pepper spray, baton, a handheld Sheriff’s radio and other equipment.

The Redding Police Department is investigating the vehicle burglary as the incident occurred in City of Redding.  At this time the suspect(s) is unknown; however, the vehicle has been processed for evidence and investigative leads.  All firearms and serialized equipment have been entered into the National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) and the Automated Firearms System (AFS) computer database.

The Sheriff’s Office is very disturbed by this theft and shares the obvious concerns for the public’s safety.  The Sheriff’s Office is taking this theft very seriously.   An internal investigation has been initiated to determine if any policy violations occurred in how the deputy’s equipment was stored and whether or not it was properly secured within the vehicle.

We are asking for our community’s help in this matter.  Secret Witness of Shasta County, is offering a reward for up to $2,500 for information leading to the recovery of stolen property and arrest of those involved.  If anybody has any information regarding this theft, they are encouraged to call the Redding Police Department at 245-6540 or Secret Witness at (530) 243-2319.

Even law enforcement personnel can be victims of crime.  The public is reminded not to have valuable items in their vehicles, even if the items are not visible.

Sheriff Tom Bosenko
Contact: 245 6167

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On Thursday, 11/05/15, at approximately 1230 hrs, deputies from the City of Shasta Lake were conducting a follow up investigation at 1997 Cascade Blvd.  Deputies made contact with Jonas Hamby Muse (38 yrs), who had three felony warrants for his arrest.  During the contact, Muse fled from deputies on foot.

Deputies along with Officer’s from the California Highway Patrol set a perimeter and began checking for Muse.  CHP H-14 also responded to assist with aerial support.  As deputies and CHP searched for Muse, a male subject who matched the description of Muse, Charles Burley Deckard (41 yrs), fled from deputies on foot.  Deckard was apprehended in a creek near the intersection of Front St. and Washington St.  It was determined Deckard had a warrant for his arrest.

Shortly after locating Deckard, deputies located Muse hiding in brush in the area of Shasta St. and Bonneville St.  A Sheriff’s Office K9 “Jax” was used to deter Muse who was taken into custody without further incident.

Muse and Deckard were booked into the Shasta County Jail on their warrants.

Dep. J. Fernandez
(530) 245-6096
November 05, 2015
Case #15-41550

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On Wednesday, 11/04/15, at approximately 1209 hrs., deputies from the City of Shasta Lake were dispatched to 13612 Beacon St.  The reporting party advised his nephew, Clint Michael Bell (45 yrs), was inside his residence and was not supposed to be there.

Deputies arrived on scene and contacted Bell outside of the residence.  Bell failed to obey commands and tried to flee from deputies.  A struggle ensued between Bell and deputies.  With the assistance of K9 Jax, Bell was apprehended and taken into custody.  One of the deputies suffered minor injuries during the struggle.

Bell was medically cleared at Shasta Regional Medical Center and was booked into the Shasta County Jail for burglary, possession of narcotics, and resisting arrest.

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6096
November 04, 2015
Case #15-41432

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November 3, 2015

The Shasta County Jail recently received a two year accreditation by the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ).   The IMQ committee conducts a review and surveys medical services, practices, and records at the Jail.   The accreditation is a voluntary program that measures compliance with Title 15 as well as other IMQ standards, and demonstrates that the facility’s inmate health services are constitutionally adequate while supporting the integrity of correctional health care practitioners.  IMQ Health Standards are based on California Code of Regulations, Title 15 – Minimum Standards for Local Detention Facilities and Juvenile Facilities.

The IMQ Corrections and Detentions Health Care Committee met on October 8, 2015, to review the report for the Shasta County Jail and found the facility to be in compliance with all essential standards.  The committee has awarded a full two year accreditation to this facility, which is the highest accreditation that can be earned.  This two year accreditation will be for the time period of October 30, 2015, through October 30, 2017.

Contact: Lt. Dave Kent
Contact number: 530-245-6120

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On 11/01/2015, Sunday, at 2139 hours, a fatal traffic collision was reported at north bound Highway 273 just north of Buenaventura Boulevard. A north bound vehicle struck the decedent, who was crossing the highway from west to east. In this area of the highway there are no marked crosswalks or a great source of lighting. The decedent was wearing dark clothing and pulling a dark colored suit case. The driver of the vehicle did not see the decedent in the roadway. The decedent was declared on scene.

The decedent was identified as Kenneth Paone, 72 years old of Redding. A post mortem exam was conducted on 11/2/15 and the cause of death was listed as “Blunt force injuries consistent with vehicle versus pedestrian accident.”

The accident is being investigated by the Redding Police Department.

Dustin Reynolds #169
Deputy Coroner
530-225-5551

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OCTOBER ​​2015 

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On Friday, October 30, 2015 at 1253 hours, Les Heard (Victim) called Shascom and reported while driving in the area of Viking Way and Abernathy Lane he became involved in a “Road Rage” incident with another subject driving in front of him. The subject later identified as, Mark Lamonica, WMA, DOB-10-31-89 had cutoff Heard a couple of times. Les Heard raised his hands in the air indicating to Mark Lamonica “What are you doing”? After doing this, Mark Lamonica pointed a firearm out the window of his vehicle at Heard and fired up to 3 rounds. Two of the bullets struck Heard’s vehicle. After the gunfire, Les Heard followed Mark Lamonica and provided updates to SHASCOM on their location. Deputies located the vehicle driving E/B on Old 44 heading towards Palo Cedro. Lamonica fled at a high rate of speed leading deputies on a brief vehicle pursuit. Mark Lamonica abandoned his vehicle behind Good Times Pizza in Palo Cedro and fled on foot. Deputies caught up to Lamonica at the Palo Cedro Park and arrested him for numerous charges to include weapon, assault and narcotic charges. He is currently being booked into the Shasta County Jail.

Case # 15-40708
Contact:  Sergeant Steve Grashoff
Contact # 530-245-6025  530-245-6540 

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On 10/29/2015 deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office AB109 Team, which includes the Shasta County Probation Department, conducted several probation compliance checks in the Shingletown area. Deputies went to six separate locations and checked on people who were on felony probation for various charges. All people contacted were within compliance except for Charles Haddox (46 yrs.).

Deputies responded to the Haddox residence located on Northwood Dr in Shingletown, Ca. Charles Haddox was on felony probation as a result of a past drug conviction. Charles and his wife Brenda Haddox (36 yrs.) were both determined to have outstanding warrants for their arrest. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies met with Brenda who advised Charles was not home and did not know his whereabouts. During a subsequent search of the residence Charles was found hiding in a small closet within the home and was taken into custody. During a search of the closet a 22 caliber rifle was located next to where Charles was hiding. Both Charles and Brenda have past felony convictions making it illegal for them to own or possess firearms.

Charles and Brenda Haddox were placed under arrest and later booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of felon in possession of a firearm along with their outstanding arrest warrants. 

Case # 15- 40571
Crime: Felon in possession of firearm
Contact: Sergeant Barnhart
Contact # 530-225-3700 

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October 27, 2015

On 09/14/15, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a missing person report from Stockton Police Department regarding Brandon Duval, 31 years old. Duval also has gone by the name of Quinn “Q” Goodman.  Duval was reported as being missing sometime in June 2015 from the Mallard Way, Millville area.  Detectives with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit began conducting follow up regarding Duval’s whereabouts and discovered he had been staying at a residence in the 7000 block of Mallard Way, Millville. 

Detectives followed up with friends and acquaintances of Duval in the Shasta County area and learned that around the first of June, 2015 Duval was at the Mallard Way address where he confronted a subject identified as Elijah Arion, 28 years old.  At the time in June, Duval believed Arion was responsible for suspicious activity at Duval’s trailer.  Duval reportedly contacted Arion when witnesses in the area heard several gunshots coming from the area of Duval’s trailer soon after he was seen walking to where Arion was.  Duval was never seen after this incident.  Arion was confronted by other residents on the property and apologized for causing problems on Mallard Way.  Arion made a comment to the effect of “it’s like Eric Ratledge all over again”.  Arion was referencing the murder of Eric Ratledge in 2013 where Ratledge’s body was found on Bass Pond Road, nearby to Mallard Way.  Soon after Arion left the Mallard Way residence and fled to the State of Florida in his yellow 2000 Nissan Xterra. Arion had been staying in the City of Largo, Florida since June 2015.  Given the circumstances, detectives have been investigating Duval’s disappearance as a Homicide. 

Since July, the Stockton Police Department and Detectives with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office have been conducting follow up, conducting interviews and serving search warrants as part of the homicide investigation.  Duval has not been located or been in contact with family and friends since June, 2015.  Over the course of the last few months, Arion has gone to various law enforcement agencies stating he needed to turn himself as he was wanted for questioning in Shasta County. As part of detective’s efforts, a Ramey Warrant was issued on October 8th, 2015 to arrest Arion for Murder, 187 PC.   Detectives solicited the assistance of the United States Marshal’s Service and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Florida to assist with contacting and arresting Arion. 

On 10/22/15, Arion was arrested without incident in St Petersburg, Florida.  Detectives with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office went to Florida to interview and execute additional search warrants to further the investigation.  Arion was interviewed and provided pertinent information regarding Duval, however he declined to provide articulate and specific information as to the whereabouts of Duval or Duval’s body.  When pressured by detectives to come forward with information regarding Duval, Arion commented to detectives, “I did my job turning myself in, you need to do your job now”. 

On 10/26/15, Arion was released from custody in Florida due to insufficient evidence.  Arion is considered the only person of interest in Duval’s disappearance and believed murder.  Based upon the investigation, Duval was last seen in the Mallard Way area, the first weekend of June 2015.  After the shooting incident, detectives believe Duval’s body was transported away from the Mallard Way area during an approximately 4 hour window of time in the afternoon hours.  Detectives are asking the public help and that if anybody recalls any suspicious activity involving a yellow Nissan Xterra to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135 or mcu@co.shasta.ca.us.  Anybody can contact Secret Witness of Shasta County who are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and/or conviction.

15-34172
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
Major Crimes Unit
Sergeant Brian Jackson
530-245-6172

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October 20, 2015

During September of 2015, deputies made contact with Megan Crain (27 yrs.) and Jacob Risk (29 yrs.) at a residence in Redding, Ca. This contact was made to conduct a probation compliance check on Risk, who was on felony probation for a past drug conviction. During that investigation, both Risk and Crain were arrested on possession for sales of anabolic steroids and narcotics. As a result of that case, Crain was placed on Supervised Own Recognizance (SOR) with a GPS ankle monitor pending her court proceedings. Risk continued his felony probation.

On 10/20/2015, at approximately 1330 hours, deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office AB-109 Team, along with Shasta County Probation, made contact with Crain and Risk at the Ramada Hotel, located on Twin View Blvd in Redding, Ca. Both Crain and Risk had rented a room at the location for several weeks. Again this visit was to check on Crain and Risk to confirm they were complying with the terms and conditions of their probation and Supervised Own Recognizance.

During the subsequent search of the hotel room, illegal steroids and narcotics were again discovered. Over 70 vials of suspected anabolic steroids, methamphetamine, and methadone, along with other prescription narcotics, all packaged for sales, were discovered. 

Both Megan Crain and Jacob Risk were arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail.  
 
Case # 15- 39412
Crime: Possession of anabolic steroids and narcotics for sales. 
Contact: Sergeant Barnhart
Contact # (530) 225-3700 

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October 19, 2015

On 10/16/2015, Friday, at 1051 hours, California Highway Patrol reported a motor vehicle accident near the intersection of Tamarack and Miller Mountain Rd.  The accident involved a water tender truck that was traveling southwest on Tamarack Rd which veered off the road and rolled over.  The truck was operated by Steven Malone a 50 year old male of Redding.   Malone was declared deceased on scene and was extracted from the vehicle. 

Post mortem examination scheduled for this week. 

Vickie Vincent #1089
Deputy Coroner Investigator
530-255-5551

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On Saturday, 10/10/2015, at approximately 1847 hours, SHASCOM dispatchers received multiple reports of an unknown disturbance with gunshots being fired at a residence in the 3100 block of David Way in Cottonwood, California. While in route to the location, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office was provided with updated information that David Lightfoot was inside of his residence firing rounds out of his bedroom window.

Members of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, along with members from the Redding Police Department, Anderson Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Shasta County Probation arrived on scene and established a perimeter around the location. Family members who, left the residence prior to law enforcement arrival were contacted in the roadway near the residence and confirmed Lightfoot was inside a single wide mobile home on the property and in possession of a small caliber rifle. Family members also confirmed Lightfoot had fired 3 to 4 rounds out of a window at the residence. According to family members, Lightfoot had made threats to engage arriving law enforcement in a confrontation and also suicidal statements.

Shortly after arrival, a member of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Hostage Negotiations Team on scene was able to establish telephone contact with Lightfoot. After speaking with Lightfoot for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, the negotiator was able to successfully convince Lightfoot to exit his residence unarmed. Upon contact with Lightfoot, he was non-compliant and un-responsive to verbal commands given by deputies. A taser was utilized to effectively and safely take Lightfoot into custody. Lightfoot was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained prior to the incident and then booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges related to the negligent discharge of a firearm.
   
SCSO Case#15-38106
Deputy Caleb MacGregor
(530) 225-3700
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On Monday, October 5, 2015, at approximately 0630 hours, agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team, California Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Forest Service conducted an operation near the North Fork of Rock Creek. This area is located in the north eastern portion of Shasta County, west of Lake Britton.

During entry into the cultivation site, one Hispanic male adult was encountered and identified as Miguel Enriquez Morales. Morales was taken into custody without incident. During the apprehension of Morales, multiple other suspects fled from a marijuana processing center and were not apprehended.

Approximately 600 pounds of processed marijuana was found in a marijuana processing center. A total of 2,555 marijuana plants were found and eradicated at the site. During the investigation it was determined the responsible(s) were illegally diverting water from North Fork of Rock Creek. Morales was later booked into the Shasta County Jail for 11358 H&S- marijuana cultivation, 11359 H&S- Possession of marijuana for sale and 182 PC- Conspiracy, and Miscellaneous Fish and Wildlife violations which include; water diversion, water pollution and littering near a stream.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161
October 6th, 2015

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On Friday, 10/02/15, at approximately 1909 hrs., SHASCOM received a report of shots fired in the area of 4339 Willamette St. in the City of Shasta Lake. (Case #15-36989).  Deputies responded to the area and contacted the victim, Brennan Tinsley.  Tinsley reported that two dark complected male adults had been in the neighborhood earlier in the day.  Tinsley advised they were driving a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse.  Tinsley said the males stopped at his residence, 4339 Willamette St, earlier in the day and asked him about a car in the driveway.

At approximately 1900 hrs., the two unidentified male adults returned to Tinsley’s residence.  One of the males approached the front door of the residence. Tinsley opened the door and saw the male subject had a semi-automatic pistol in his hand.  Tinsley grabbed the gun and pushed it to the side.  The gun discharged and struck the front door to the residence.  A struggle ensued between Tinsley and the male subject.  A second male subject exited the Mitsubishi Eclipse and began assaulting Tinsley.  Tinsley’s friends arrived at the location and the two unknown males got back into their vehicle and fled the area.

It was determined that no one was injured during this shooting.  At this time the exact reason for the shooting is unknown but could be the result of an attempt robbery of marijuana.

This investigation is still ongoing.  Anyone with any information is requested to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6096
October 3, 2015

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SEPTEMBER ​​2015 

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On September 29, 2015, at 1800 hours, deputies were dispatched to a residence located in the 8000 block of Platina Road regarding a theft in progress.  Deputies arrived at the scene and contacted two adult males who had illegally accessed the victim’s property.  In addition to the two men, deputies located a red Ford Bronco with a trailer attached to it on the premises. 

Deputies identified the two men as 35-year-old Justin Creed Arrowsmith of Anderson, California and 48-year-old James Daniel Bickard of Cottonwood, California.  During their investigation, deputies found several item(s) belonging to the vehicle inside the trailer.  The victim was able to identify the stolen property, which included a large water tank and a vehicle.  The suspects admitted to loading the items on the trailer, which they believed was owned by the State and did not belong to anyone.  

Both Arrowsmith and Bickard were booked at the Shasta County Jail for grand theft, and the property was returned to the victim. 

Sergeant Gene Randall #192   
Case #15-36549
September 30, 2015

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On September 29, 2015, at 0500 hours, a deputy with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a truck traveling northbound on Highway 273 at Thomas Road for a minor violation.  The deputy contacted the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle who was identified as 43-year-old James Edward Smith of Anderson, California. 

Smith told the investigating deputy he was driving to work in the Palo Cedro, California area.  Upon further investigation, the deputies determined Smith was not the registered owner of the vehicle.  Smith stated he borrowed the truck from a friend; however, the friend’s name did not match the name of the vehicle’s registered owner.  Deputies contacted the registered owner of the vehicle by telephone and were informed it had just been stolen from a nearby mill.  The registered owner told deputies he did not know Smith and never gave him permission to drive his truck.  Upon further investigation, deputies located several additional stolen items inside the stolen truck.  It was determined those stolen items were taken from unlocked vehicles in the same parking lot where Smith stole the truck.  The owners were identified, and the property was returned.

Smith was placed under arrest and booked at the Shasta County Jail for auto theft and possession of stolen property.  Smith is also on active parole; therefore, he was also booked for violating conditions of his parole. 

Sergeant Randall #192
Case #15-36467
September 30, 2015

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September 25, 2015

On 09/24/2015, Thursday, at approximately 1837 hours, The California Highway Patrol reported a fatal traffic collision , in Shingletown.  A 1973 BMW , was driving eastbound on Highway 44  and drifted onto the shoulder of the road hitting a female that was riding her bike. The Decedent’s name is Belen Conde Berry, 45 years of age from Shingletown.

The Postmortem Examination will be done early next week to determine the cause of death.

The California Highway Patrol is conducting the traffic collision investigation. 

Mo Hern
Shasta County Sheriff Coroner’s Office
530-225-5551
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On Thursday, September 24, 2015, at 1430 hours, Foothill High School Resource Officer, Julie Soksoda received a report of a High School Student, WFJ, 15 years had been physically abused by her father, Leslie Herrick, WMA, 44 years.

Deputy Julie Soksoda immediately began the investigation and learned the following:

On 09-23-15, the Victim and Leslie Herrick got into an argument over the Victims test scores from school. During the argument, Herrick told the Victim to sit in a chair and attempted to cut the Victims hair with a pair of scissors. The Victim had to push her father away several times to prevent him from cutting her hair. Herrick then pinned the Victim to the ground to the point where she could not breathe. As the Victim struggled to get up, Herrick slapped the Victim approximately 10 times across the face. Herrick continued to assault his daughter by pulling her hair and trying to make her do wall squats. At one point, Leslie Herrick struck the victim so hard the victim saw blackness for approximately 20 seconds. The Victim ended up with red marks to her face and a black eye.

Thanks to the Foothill High School Staff for their assistance in this case. The victim was placed into protective custody pending being re-united with other family members. Leslie Herrick was interviewed by deputies and was arrested for felony child abuse. He was transported to jail yesterday.

This investigation continues as Leslie Herrick is also accused of assaulting his daughter in the past which was not reported to law enforcement.

Case # 15-35860
Written by: Sergeant Steve Grashoff
Contact person: Deputy Julie Soksoda
Phone # 530-245-6540

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On Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 0754 hours, Shasta County Sheriff deputies responded to 16403 Scout Ave in Happy Valley for a report of an assault. Upon arrival, deputies located the victim Chelsea Kellhofer WFA, DOB- 01/04/89, with a severe bite to her neck area. Further investigation revealed the suspect Kalah Hockenberry, WFA, DOB- 05/07/84, arrived at Kellhofer’s residence, kicked in the door to the residence and stole Kellhofer’s purse. Chelsea Kellhofer confronted Kalah Hockenberry about the theft and was immediately attacked by Hockenberry. Kalah Hockenberry used her mouth and severely bit Kellhofer on the neck breaking through the skin. The injuries are non-life threatening.

Kalah Hockenberry fled the scene prior to deputies arrival but was located shortly afterwards. She was arrested for burglary and attempted mayhem. Kalah Hockenberry is currently being booked into the Shasta County Jail for the listed charges.

Case# 15-35663
Contact: Sergeant Steve Grashoff
530-245-6540

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September 23, 2015

On 09/21/2015, Monday, at approximately 1921 hours, The California Highway Patrol reported a fatal traffic collision on Highway 44, 1.5 miles east of Brokeoff Meadows Road. A 2004 Jeep was extensively burned with one occupant in the vehicle. The occupant was not recognizable. After running the vehicle, we had a possible name for the decedent, Vanessa Staton, 48 years old of Shingletown. The Coroner’s Office contacted family members who provided information on the decedent that she had a prior surgery that could be used to confirm the identity of the decedent.

On 09/23/2015, a post mortem exam was completed and the prior surgery did confirm the decedent’s identity. Next of kin has been notified of the confirmation. The decedent passed from multiple traumatic injuries and blunt force trauma consistent with a motor vehicle accident.

The California Highway Patrol is conducting the traffic collision investigation. 

Dustin Reynolds #169
Deputy Coroner
530-225-5551

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On Monday, 09/21/15, at approximately 1729 hours, officers with the Redding Police Department contacted and detained two subjects, Timothy Joseph Gould, 28 years old, and Tanna Nicole Curran, 25 years old, on Eureka Way, Redding.  Both Gould and Curran have been identified as being involved with the shooting investigation of Roy Anthony Matagora.  

Since the shooting of Matagora on 09/19/15, detectives learned that Curran had been an acquaintance of Matagora over the previous week where she would borrow his vehicle and associate with him at his residence.  Sometime on Friday, 09/18/15, Curran discovered that Matagora was a registered sex offender from other persons who knew of Matagora’s past.  Curran along with Gould looked at the Megan’s Law Website and saw Matagora was in fact listed as a registered sex offender. 

On 09/19/15, Matagora was in the City of Shasta Lake, trying to recover his vehicle from Curran and Gould.  While Matagora was at 5140 Main Street, City of Shasta Lake, Gould arrived and knocked on the door of the residence. Matagora opened the door and Gould fired at least two rounds from a .45 caliber handgun, striking Matagora in the left hand and left calf.   Gould then left the area by unknown means or direction. 

During the shooting investigation, detectives also learned that Gould and Curran were suspects in a firearm theft earlier in the day in the City of Redding prior to the shooting. The reported stolen firearm was a .45 caliber handgun.  It appears the motive behind the shooting was due to Matagora being disliked because he is a registered sex offender.

Gould was booked into the Shasta County Jail for 664/187 PC: Attempted Murder.  Curran was ultimately released.  Detectives are conducting follow up and examining evidence to determine if additional charges will be filed against Gould, and if charges will be filed against Curran. 

15-35207
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
Major Crimes Unit
Sergeant Brian Jackson
530-245-6172

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On Saturday, 9-19-2015, at approx. hours Deputies responded to the 5100 block of Main St. in the City of Shasta Lake for a report of a gunshot victim. The victim, identified as 62-year- old Roy Matagora, had called from inside the residence reporting he had been shot two times by an unknown subject. Upon Deputies’ arrival, Matagora exited the residence and was found to have a gunshot wound to his left hand and his left calf areas. He was evaluated by responding medical personnel on scene and later transported to a local hospital for treatment for his non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies checked the residence for any other possible victims and/or suspects, but other than Matagora the residence was not occupied at the time of Deputies’ arrival. The Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) was called and later responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Matagora has been cooperative with the investigation, and it is believed this was not a random act and that he was the intended victim.

This is an ongoing investigation, and no further information will be provided at this time.

Case # 15-35207
Contact:  J Ruiz 136
Contact # 530-245-6025

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On Wednesday, 09/16/15, at approximately 1040 hours, Robert Kevin Innes (59 years old) reported he was having a dispute with his neighbor, Gary Weaver (54 years old), in the 23000 block of Cassel Fall River Road. While responding to the location deputies received information that shots were possibly fired during the dispute. A short time later, deputies were advised Weaver had arrived at Mayers Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Deputies subsequently contacted both Innes and Weaver. Weaver reported he had been confronted at their mutual property boundary by Innes, who accused him of trespassing. Weaver stated after a verbal exchange Innes produced a handgun, pointed it at him, and fired three shots at him. Weaver advised he was struck by the third shot. Weaver then drove himself to Mayers Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Innes denied shooting Weaver and stated Weaver was responsible for shooting a firearm. Deputies contacted a potential witness, and collected evidence at the reported location of occurrence. Weaver was treated and released from the hospital, and his injury was not considered life threatening.

Innes was placed under arrest for attempted murder, and booked into the Shasta County Jail. The case remains under investigation, and no further information will be released at this time.

Sergeant Quentin Johnston #164
Case # 15-34779
(530)245-6540
September 16, 2015

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On Tuesday, 09/15/15, at approximately 1626 hrs., deputies from the City of Shasta Lake responded to 4040 Fort Peck St. for a report of a possible suicidal subject.  Deputies arrived and contacted Joseph Lowney.  After speaking with Lowney it was determined that he did not fit the criteria for a 5150 W&I hold. Lowney advised he was not suicidal and did not want to hurt anyone else.  While on scene Lowney, was served a copy of a Domestic Violence Restraining Order, allowed to gather some belongings, and was escorted off of the property due to the court order.

At approximately 1800 hrs., deputies were again dispatched to 4040 Fort Peck St.  SHASCOM advised Lowney was on the telephone and he advised he was going to kill himself and was armed with a 9mm handgun (15-34698).  Deputies determined that Lowney was in violation of violating a domestic violence restraining order, trespassing, and was possibly armed with a firearm.  Lowney had prior assault convictions which restricted him from possessing any firearms for ten years.

There was an approximate seven hour standoff with Lowney where he refused to come off of his property.  Lowney’s property was fortified with fences and locked gates and there was no way to make a safe entry onto the property.

During the standoff, I spoke with Lowney for approximately two hours via telephone.  During our conversation, Lowney made several suicidal statements and told me he was going to end his life.  Lowney made it very clear that he had a firearm and that we should not make entry into the backyard area or “accidents” could happen.  Lowney made several subtle threats that he was military trained and for us not to try to get him out of the backyard. 

Several members from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and hostage negation team were called out to the scene.  Members from the hostage negation team maintained phone contact with Lowney for several hours attempting to get him to end the standoff in a peaceful manner.  Lowney refused to exit the property and maintained that he had a firearm in his possession.

On Wednesday, 09/16/15, at approximately 0126 hrs., deputies heard what was believed to be a single gunshot near the south side of the residence.  A member from the hostage negotiation team was on the telephone with Lowney when the gun shot went off.  Information was relayed that Lowney said he was going to shoot himself just prior to the gun shot.  Several members from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team made entry into the back yard area of the residence and located Lowney.  Lowney was seated in a lawn chair on the south side of the residence with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  Lowney was unresponsive and was pronounced deceased on scene.

Based upon Lowney’s state of mine, irrational behavior, criminal acts, and close proximity to Central Valley High School (one block away), the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office determined there was no way to walk away from incident in fear that public safety would be put into jeopardy.  No members from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office or the public were injured during this incident.

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6096
September 16, 2015 

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On Monday, September 7th, 2015, deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary to a residence located at 15737 Horseless Carriage Drive in Shasta County. The reporting party advised the owners of this residence were not home and the reporting party believed unknown suspects were illegally moving into the residence.

Deputies responded and contacted the home owners who advised their residence had been broken into and their 1966 Ford Mustang had been stolen. Further investigation revealed that suspects had been living in the residence as leftover food was located inside that did not belong the owners. The residence was processed for evidence and a BOLO was placed out on the stolen Ford Mustang.

On September 10, 2015 deputies located the stolen Ford Mustang at Win River Casino. Deputies arrested Jason Ray Nichols, WMA, DOB/12-26-76, who was in possession of the vehicle. He was transported to the Shasta County Jail and booked on vehicle theft related charges.

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information will be provided at this time.

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On Monday, September 14, 2015 the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office conducted “Extra Patrol” in the Happy Valley area due to recent thefts. Deputies patrolling the area came across a suspicious male hiding in the bushes near a residence at the intersection of Laverne Lane and Burney Lane. Deputies immediately made contact with the male who identified himself as Matthew Aaron Ferrando, WMA, DOB- 070767. Due to the recent thefts, Ferrando was detained and searched. During the search deputies located a loaded semi-automatic handgun hidden in his waistband. Further investigation revealed Matthew Ferrando had an outstanding warrant out of Shasta County for narcotic violations. Ferrando was arrested without incident and charged with fresh related narcotic violations and weapon charges. (15-34524). He is currently being booked into the Shasta County Jail.

As deputies cleared this incident, they came across a male subject riding a four-wheeler with no helmet and driving illegally in the street. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the four-wheeler near the intersection of Blue Horse Road and Saddle Trail Road. However, the male subject who was later identified as Henry Lee Fultz, WMA, DOB- 03-21-91, fled at a high rate of speed with no regards to safety of other citizens driving on the road. With the aid of the California Highway Patrol Helicopter, deputies located Henry Fultz at the east end of Frinina Way in Happy Valley. Fultz was initially uncooperative with deputies but finally calmed down and admitted to fleeing from law enforcement. Henry Fultz was arrested for felony evading and transported to the Shasta County Jail where he is currently being booked. (15-34522)

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide “Extra Patrol” in the Happy Valley area as well as other areas in Shasta County. We encourage citizens to report any suspicious activity and remind them to keep their residences, vehicles, and valuables locked up.    

Case Numbers: 15-34524 and 15-34522
Written by: Sergeant Steve Grashoff
Contact Number: 530-245-6540

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On September 14, 2015 deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, City of Shasta Lake Station, conducted medical marijuana compliance checks at various residences in the City of Shasta Lake.  A total of four residences were checked.  All four were found to be out of compliance with the Shasta Lake Municipal Code.  Citations were issued to the residents who were out of compliance.  In total, Thirty-four mature marijuana plants were eradicated to bring the residents back into compliance. 

It is imperative that the medical marijuana patient educate themselves prior to growing marijuana in the City of Shasta Lake.  The City of Shasta Lake Municipal Codes regarding medical marijuana regulations can be found on the City’s website: http://www.ci.shasta-lake.ca.us.

Sergeant Tyler Thompson #133
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, City of Shasta Lake
(530)245-6025

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On September 11, 2015, at approximately 1500 hours, the California State Attorney’s Office contacted the Department of Justice to report that Robert Alan Gibbs made threats to kill Shasta County law enforcement officers and children at an unidentified school in a “Columbine” style attack. Gibbs’ call to the State Attorney’s Office was recorded. Gibbs made mention of local law enforcement officers by name and stated that he would kill any officer he found at a local unidentified Starbucks. Although he never identified a specific school, he did mention that he hoped that several law enforcement officer's children were killed during his self-proclaimed “day of reckoning”. The Department of Justice alerted the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit who took immediate action. Gibbs has an extensive criminal background and had been recently arrested in August of 2015 for domestic violence. During that arrest he was uncooperative and held a short standoff with arresting deputies. A surveillance team was sent to his residence, in the French Gulch area, where he was seen leaving in his vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted and Gibbs was arrested without incident. He was later booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of Terrorist Threats and Threatening Public Officers. He is being held without bail pending a court appearance.

Sergeant Pat Kropholler #128
Shasta County Major Crimes Unit
(530) 245-6135
Case Number 15-34152

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On 09/9/2015 at approximately 1837hrs. deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office AB109 Team along with Shasta County Probation made contact with Jacob Risk (29 yrs.) at his residence located at 881 Cardiff Ct in Redding, Ca. Risk was on a felony probation as a result of a past drug conviction. During a search of Risk’s bedroom, which he shared with his girlfriend, Megan Crain (27yrs.) illegal steroids were discovered. Over 1,400 anabolic steroids capsules were found along with methadone and hydrocodone pills, which neither Risk nor Crain were prescribed. Additionally, methamphetamine and packaging materials for all of these items were discovered which were indicative of illegal sales of these products. Although Risk and Crain were not currently employed, approximately $6,000.00 dollars in cash was located in close proximity to these materials. Both Jacob Risk and Megan Crain were arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail.  
 
Case # 15- 33926
Crime: Possession of anabolic steroids and narcotics for sales. 
Contact: Sergeant Barnhart
Contact # 530-225-3700

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On Tuesday September 8th, 2015, agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team (SMIT), Shasta Interagency Narcotic Task Force (SINTF), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wetland Team served a Shasta County Superior Court Search Warrant in the 13000 block of Lena Way in Shasta Lake City, CA.

As a result of the search warrant, agents located 7,041 growing marijuana plants on the property and additional items associated to marijuana sales. Agents also located approximately 200+ Oxycodone and Hydrocodone pills at the residence.

Agents subsequently arrested Marcelino Manuel Chavez, age 32 who was located at the property and taken into custody without incident. Chavez was transported to the Shasta County Jail and booked for 11358 H&S- Marijuana Cultivation, 11359 H&S and 11350 H&S- Possession of controlled substance.  Additional person(s) were contacted at the property and released.  The case will be forwarded to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161

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September 8, 2015

On 09/05/2015, Saturday, at 2314 hours, Whiskeytown Rangers called regarding a male that possibly went into the water at the Brandy Creek Marina Boat Mooring dock. The Shasta County Dive Team was requested to respond. Due to the darkness the Shasta County Dive Team did not responded out until Sunday morning at approximately 0830 hours. Dive Operations began shortly after their arrival.

At approximately 1033 hours, the decedent was located and recovered. Next of kin has been notified. The decedent has been identified as, Patrick Brown, 58 years old, from Weed California. Brown was vacationing with family at the lake over the holiday weekend.  An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.     

Dustin Reynolds #169
Deputy Coroner
530-225-5551

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September 8, 2015

On 09/03/2015, Thursday, at 1654, Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department reported a death. The hospital staff provided to the Coroner’s Office that the decedent was flown from Highway 36, eight miles west of Bowman Road after being in an accident. The decedent was vacationing while on a motorcycle trip.

Next of kin was notified of the incident a short time later. The decedent was identified as Eric Steven Gustafson, 47 years old of Vancouver, Washington. A postmortem exam was completed on 09/04/2015, the cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries and blunt force trauma.

Vickie Vincent
Deputy Coroner
530-225-5551

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AUGUST ​​2015 

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On August 31, 2015, at 0034 hours, deputies assigned to the City of Shasta Lake were patrolling the area of Lassen Avenue and Red Bluff Street.  One of the deputies recognized a sport utility vehicle, which had been reported about an hour earlier as a suspicious vehicle.  A traffic stop was conducted on the sport utility vehicle on Lassen Avenue.  The investigating deputy identified the driver as 28 year old Kenan James Kaler of Klamath Falls, Oregon. 

A record check on Kaler indicated he had a warrant for his arrest in the State of Oregon.  When the investigating deputy inquired about Kaler’s identity, he shifted the vehicle in gear and fled the traffic stop.  Deputies pursued Kaler as he reached speeds of approximately 80 MPH while traveling eastbound on Highway 151.  Kaler then merged onto southbound Interstate 5 where his vehicle appeared to have mechanical problems.  Kaler continued southbound on Interstate 5; however, his vehicle had slowed to speeds ranging between 5 MPH and 20 MPH. 

At one point, Kaler brought his vehicle to a brief stop at Interstate 5 at the Pine Grove Avenue overpass.  Pursuing deputies observed a passenger exit the suspect vehicle.  The passenger was contacted by backup deputies and identified as 36 year old Jamie Robert Coleman of Redding, California. 

Kaler’s vehicle continued southbound on Interstate 5 until it came to rest just south of Lake Boulevard.  Deputies ordered the remaining occupants from the vehicle and quickly detained 24 year old Tera Wayve Rollier of Klamath Falls Oregon.   

Deputies continued to use their patrol unit’s public announcement speaker to order the driver, Kaler, from the vehicle.  Kaler ignored the repeated request to exit the vehicle.  The standoff continued for several minutes; at which point, deputies approached the suspect vehicle, broke out the front driver’s side window and pulled Kaler from the driver’s seat. 

It’s unclear if drugs or alcohol were a factor. This is pending further investigation.  Kaler was arrested for the following violation(s): evading a police officer and resisting arrest. The passengers Rollier and Coleman were interviewed and released at the scene. 
 
Case # 15-32578
Contact:  Sergeant Randall 192
Contact # 530-245-6025

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On 08/30/2015, Sunday, at 1730 hours, The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported a traffic collision in the 5900 block of Missouri Lane in Anderson. CHP reported there were 2 decedent’s still trapped inside the vehicle. Both decedent’s were declared by medical on scene. Both decedent’s were wearing seatbelts. Both decedent’s were extricated from the vehicle by Anderson Fire Protection District personnel.   

The right front passenger was identified as, Andrew Thetford (Keluchie) 18 years of Redding. The right rear passenger was identified as, Daniel Gomesbarba, 26 years of Burney.  

CHP is investigating the traffic collision. It appears alcohol and speed were factors in the traffic collision. 

Dustin Reynolds #169
Deputy Coroner
530-225-5551

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On 08/24/2015 at approximately 1930 hours, Deputies with the City of Shasta Lake responded to the area of Craftsman and Bloomsbury streets, on a report of an 11-year-old male being hit by a car while on his bicycle.

The driver of the car, a middle aged female of East Indian decent, was driving a black, late 2000’s Toyota Corolla.  The Toyota sustained slight damage to the front drivers side bumper from the collision. Witnesses state the driver drove the injured boy to his home where neighbors removed the child from the car and told the driver they would take care of him.  The responsible driver left the scene without reporting the incident to Law Enforcement or leaving her contact information.

The child has been transferred to UC Davis where he is being treated for trauma to his head.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or drivers identity is encouraged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Shasta Lake Station.  530-245-6540 reference Deputy K. Bodner

Forrest Bartell, Captain
City of Shasta Lake

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On 08/21/2015, Friday, at 1110 hours, Jones Valley Fire personnel, AMR ambulance and Shasta County Boating Safety Officers responded to a 55 year old male found floating in the water near the Jones Valley Public Boat Launch. The male, who was wearing a life jacket, had been removed from the water by a friend and lifesaving efforts were started. Fire and AMR personnel arrived and continued lifesaving efforts. The male did not respond to the care and was declared deceased at 1143 hours. The decedent’s next of kin has been notified and he is identified as John Chamberlain, 55 years old of Martinez, California.  

On 08/24/2015, the postmortem exam was completed by the Shasta County Coroner’s Office. The exam showed the decedent passed of natural causes and not drowning.  

Dustin Reynolds #169
Deputy Coroner
530-225-5551

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August 21, 2015 

On Wednesday August 19th, 2015 and Thursday August 20th, 2015, agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team (SMIT), Shasta Interagency Narcotic Task Force (SINTF), California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marijuana Enforcement Team, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wetland Team, Cal-Fire and Shasta County Code Enforcement conducted a multi-agency joint operation within the Mill Creek Sub division in Oak Run, CA.

The focus of the operation was to investigate violations of the California Health and Safety code, violations of the Shasta County Marijuana Ordinance, timber conversions, water diversions and building code violations.

As a result of the two day operation, agents conducted approximately 39 marijuana investigations and eradicated 4,275 marijuana plants. The investigations resulted in either violations of the California Health and Safety Code or a violation of the Shasta County Marijuana Ordinance or a combination of both.  Multiple cases will be submitted to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Cal-Fire documented 15 illegal Timber Harvest Conversions during the operation. Agents with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wetlands Team documented 4 water diversions in Mill Creek, 3 streambed altercations and 3 pollution violations.  Shasta County Code Enforcement also documented multiple building code violations at multiple parcels within the sub division.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161
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August 20, 2015

On Tuesday, 08/11/15, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Miller Mountain Road, Whitmore, CA for a report of a decomposing dead body in a wooded area. The body was identified after autopsy as that of Charles Owen Boyt, 35 years old from the City of Shasta Lake, CA.  During the autopsy, injuries were discovered and Boyt’s death has been determined to be a result of Homicide.  Boyt was last seen at his residence in the City of Shasta Lake on or around 06/07/15. 

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has been assigned to the investigation and have been conducting follow up since 08/11/15.  The Sheriff’s Office asks that if anyone has information as to circumstances surround Boyt’s death, as well as his body being found in Whitmore, to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 245-6135, email: mcu@co.shasta.ca.us, or through Secret Witness at (530) 243-2319.  There is no evidence to support that the general public is or has been at risk.  The Sheriff’s Office will release additional information as it becomes available and necessary.

15-29736
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
Major Crimes Unit
Sergeant Brian Jackson
(530) 245-6172

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On 08/18/15, Tuesday, at 1957 hours, deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and EMS personnel were dispatched to the Cottonwood Oaks Mobile Home Park, 3850 Main Street Cottonwood, CA for a reported drowning of a two year old female victim.  The victim had been in a bathtub with her four year old sister taking a bath.  The two girls were left unattended for a brief time while their mother, Kandice Stephens was cooking dinner and their father, Paul Stephens was completing an online order on the computer.  The time frame was a possible, 1-5 minutes and the children could be heard playing and being loud. During this time frame the four year older sister exited the bathroom and told the parents that her sister was dead. 

Kandice entered the bathroom and found the two year old lying face down in the bathtub that was filled with about 3 inches of water. The Victim was unresponsive and blue when she was removed from the bathtub. Kandice immediately began CPR as Paul called 9-1-1 for assistance.  Upon EMS personnel’s arrival the Victim was transported to Mercy Medical Center where she was treated and a pulse was obtained after CPR and lifesaving efforts were performed.  The Victim was subsequently transported to UC Davis for additional treatment. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit was called out to assist with the investigation.

On Wednesday, 08/19/15 the Victim died while at UC Davis.  Both parents and the four year old have been interviewed by detectives and there does not appear to be any foul play involved.  The names of the Victim and the four year old sister will not be released due to the circumstances.  The Shasta County Coroner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy at a later date to confirm cause of death.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that it just takes a few seconds for a drowning tragedy to occur.   Please keep an eye on young children in and around water, regardless of the depth of the water. 

15-30764
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
Major Crimes Unit
Sergeant Brian Jackson
530-245-6172

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On Monday, 08-17-15, at approximately 0251 hours, deputies were dispatched to the 2400 block of Cana Drive in the City of Shasta Lake, for the report of a residential burglary, which had just occurred. The neighbors of the residence called to report they heard glass breaking at the residence next door. When they looked out the window they saw two male subjects running from the residence with what looked like items in their hands.

Deputies met with victims Sarah Taylor (20 yr. old) and Zachary Sandberg (21 yr. old) at the residence. While checking the residence, deputies located a broken kitchen window and several spots of blood. The blood was around the window and throughout the residence. Missing from the residence were numerous items, including a PlayStation 3. During the investigation, while checking the neighborhood, deputies contacted the suspect, Derek Layman (19 yrs. old). Layman told deputies he was coming home from a friend’s residence where he had been at all night. Several of the things Layman said, and some of the things he was wearing, made the deputy suspicious, so Layman was detained.

Once Layman was detained, he told deputies the real story. He and a 14 yr. old male juvenile broke into the residence and took the items. Layman told the deputies where the juvenile lived and where the items were stashed. The items were recovered and returned to the owners. Layman was booked into the Shasta County Jail for 459 P.C. Residential Burglary. The juvenile was treated for injuries to his hands and booked into the Shasta County Juvenile Hall, also for 459 P.C. Residential Burglary.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for being attentive to what goes on in their neighborhoods. Without vigilant neighbors this crime would not have been solved so quickly and may have gone unsolved altogether.

Sergeant Michael Peery
Case # 15-30538
Monday, August 17, 2015

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On 8-15-15, at 1646 hours, SHASCOM Dispatch received a report of a possible drowning north of Morley Cove on the Sacramento River arm of Lake Shasta. Sheriff’s Boating Safety units responded and discovered that Dayna Lynn Waltrip, 32 years of age, of Santa Cruz, CA, had been swimming near a houseboat she and family members had rented. The houseboat was moored to the bank and witnesses told officers that Waltrip was last seen swimming at the rear of their houseboat when she went under the water and did not resurface.

At approximately 1825 hours, Sheriff’s Office Dive Team members located Waltrip in approximately 25 feet of water in the area she was last seen. The cause of death is pending autopsy results by the Shasta County Coroner’s Office.
  
Case# 15-30347
Deputy Dave Compomizzo
530-245-6075

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Between August 10-13, 2015, Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marijuana Enforcement Team, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wetland Team, Shasta County Code Enforcement, Bureau of Land Management, and C.A.M.P (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) conducted several marijuana operations in Shasta County.

On Monday 8/10 agents conducted an operation in a rural area near Snow Creek north/west of Shingletown, CA. During entry into the cultivation site, agents encountered one Hispanic male adult, identified as Lauriano Farias Ochoa. Ochoa failed verbal commands and fled from agents.  A K-9 was deployed and was able to assist in the apprehension of Farias. Ochoa was later determined to be from Jalisco, Mexico. Agents located and seized 1,145 growing marijuana plants along with scales and packaging material. Additionally, during reclamation efforts agents seized approximately 500 lbs of garbage, pesticides, and miscellaneous items.

On Tuesday morning 8/11 agents conducted an operation on public land north/west of Shingletown. A total of 1,142 growing marijuana plants were subsequently eradicated and seized.  No suspects were encountered. Later Tuesday afternoon Agents conducted an operation south of Oak Run to Fern Rd in Oak Run, CA. Agents located and seized 2,377 marijuana plants. One Hispanic male adult was observed working in the grow site, however, the suspect fled from officers and was able to avoid apprehension.

On Wednesday morning 8/12 agents conducted an operation in Mosquito Creek near McCardle Flat. During this operation 398 marijuana plants were eradicated and seized. On Wednesday afternoon Shasta County Code Enforcement and California Fish and Wildlife conducted several investigations in the Highland Lakes road area of Lakehead, CA. A total of 471 growing marijuana plants were seized. Numerous code and environmental violations were cited.

On Thursday 8/13 agents conducted an operation off Backbone Rd in rural Eastern Shasta County.  During entry agents encountered two Hispanic male adults. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.  The subjects were identified as Miguel Torres Delgado and Jose De Jesus Castellanos-Ramirez. Both subjects were determined to be from Jalisco, Mexico. Agents seized 11,113 plants from the grow site along with approximately 14 lbs of processed marijuana, scales and packaging material.  Agents additionally removed approximately 2,300 lbs of fertilizer and over 1,000 lbs of miscellaneous growing materials, pesticides and trash during reclamation efforts.  

A total of 16,646 marijuana plants were eradicated this week from public and private land in Shasta County. Additionally, officers removed approximately 4,400 pounds of trash, pesticides, and fertilizer during reclamation efforts and a total of three arrests were made.

The subjects arrested this week were subsequently booked into the Shasta County Jail on a combination of the below listed charges.

  11358 H&S- Marijuana Cultivation
  11359 H&S- Possession of Marijuana for Sale
  182 PC- Conspiracy
  148(a)(1) PC- Obstruct/Resist an Officer
  1602(a) F&G- Water Diversion
  5652 F&G- Place pollutant near State Waters
  5650 (a) F&G- Pollute Waters
  487(a)- Grand Theft (Water)

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161
August 13, 2015

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August 13, 2015

On 08-05-2015, Wednesday, at 0755 hours, Shascom received a call regarding a body in the area of the 19000 block of Lorina Drive in Anderson. Upon arrival the decedent was located in a ravine approximately 150 yards west of a residence. Upon inspecting the decedent, several tattoos were located. Based on the decedent’s tattoos he was positively identified as Missing Person, Michael Holliday, 37 years old of Anderson. Holliday was reported missing on 07-31-2015 by family members. Next of kin have been notified.

Based on the scene and body position the death is being treated as suspicious. Shasta County Major Crimes Unit was on scene and assisted with the investigation. A post mortem exam was completed on Friday, 08-07-2015. The cause of death is pending toxicology results and further investigation.
 
Dustin Reynolds #169
Deputy Coroner
530-255-5551

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August 13, 3015

On 08/07/2015, Friday, at 2151 hours, California Highway Patrol reported a motor vehicle accident on Highway 44 in the area of Gilbert Road.  The collision involved two vehicles.  Vehicle 1, a 2001 GMC Sierra pickup, was being operated by James York, 24 years old of Redding.  Vehicle 2, a 2007 Honda CRV, was being operated by Mercedes Avelar, 65 years old of Palo Cedro.

York was travelling west on Hwy 44 when he crossed the double yellow line hitting Avelar head on.  Vehicle 1 was on its wheels with major front end damage.  Vehicle 2 had rolled, ending on the driver’s side and roof area with major damage.  York was transported to Mercy Medical Center with life threatening injuries and later died.  Avelar was declared deceased on scene.
 
Alcohol was a factor in the collision.  York had a blood alcohol concentration of .24%, 3 times the legal limit.  The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.

Both York and Avelar had post mortem exams this week and the cause of death for both decedents were blunt force injuries caused by motor vehicle accident.  
 
Vickie Vincent #1089
Deputy Coroner Investigator
530-255-5551

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On Wednesday, 08/12/15, at approximately 2249 hrs. deputies were dispatched to the area of Parkway Street and First Street in Cottonwood for a disturbance between a male and female (15-29970).  Deputy Maul arrived in the area and located a male subject, later identified as Timothy Carl Putnam (DOB 03/03/69), standing in the front yard of 3385 Parkway Street.  Putnam immediately became confrontational with Deputy Maul and advanced towards his patrol vehicle.

Deputy Maul ordered Putnam back towards the residence away from his patrol vehicle.  As Deputy Maul exited his patrol vehicle Putnam again advanced towards him.  Again Deputy Maul ordered Putnam back towards the residence.  A second subject, later identified as William Lyndell McCall (DOB 01/06/54), then exited the residence and became confrontational as well.

Deputy Maul ordered both Putnam and McCall to sit on the ground.  McCall originally complied but Putnam refused to listen to Deputy Maul.  Putnam advanced a third time towards Deputy Maul in an aggressive manner. McCall stood back up and began a verbal confrontation with Deputy Maul.

Based on both Putnam’s and McCall’s aggressive behavior, their refusal to comply with verbal commands, and Deputy Maul fearing for his own safety, his K9 Larus was deployed in an attempt to gain compliance from both uncooperative subjects.  Both McCall and Putnam were apprehended by K9 Larus and taken into custody.

Putnam and McCall were both transported to Shasta Regional Medical Center for dog bite injuries and medical clearance.  Once medically cleared both Putnam and McCall were booked into the Shasta County Jail.  Putnam was booked for resisting/delaying a peace officer and public intoxication.  McCall was booked for resisting/delaying a peace officer.

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6025
August 13, 2015

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On Wednesday, 08/12/15, at approximately 2232 hrs., deputies responded to the Chevron Station located at 20800 Fourth Street in Cottonwood for an attempt robbery (15-29968).  SHASCOM gave a description of the suspect and advised he possibly left on foot towards Parkway Street.

A deputy arrived at the location and was advised the suspect just left southbound on Parkway Street.  An area check was conducted and a subject matching the description was located on Parkway Street near Second Street.  The subject, later identified as Charles George Atmore, was detained and transported back to the business.

Further investigation revealed that Atmore told the clerk at the store to go into the back so he could steal items from behind the counter.  The clerk told Atmore that he would not do that and asked Atmore to leave the store.  Atmore refused to leave and told the clerk that he would in fact go into the back of the store so he could steal items.  The clerk feared for his safety and contacted another employee who then contacted law enforcement.  The clerk was able to positively identify Atmore as the subject who attempted to rob the store.

Atmore told deputies that he was only joking with the clerk and it was a misunderstanding.  Atmore was placed under arrest and booked into the Shasta County Jail for attempt robbery.

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6025
August 13, 2015

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On 08/12/2015, deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office AB109 Team, along with Shasta County Probation, made contact with Traver Farner at his residence, located at 12226 La Honda Ln in Bella Vista, Ca. Farner was on felony probation out of Shasta County as a result of prior narcotic and stolen property offences. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with Farner (27yrs), Christopher Rosa (22yrs), Shawna Julian (38yrs) and five other people. During the search of the location a stolen utility trailer was recovered. The trailer was reported stolen from the Palo Cedro area in October of 2014. An additional stolen California license plate was recovered, associated to a commercial burglary which occurred in March of 2015 in the City of Redding.

Deputies also located a stolen pistol and ammunition. The pistol was taken during a residential burglary in Cottonwood, Ca in September of 2014. Besides the pistol being stolen, Farner is also prohibited from owning or possessing firearms due to the fact he is a convicted felon.        

Deputies additionally located three folded American flags with supporting United States Air Force literature and certificates. The certificates authenticated that each American flag was flown in military aircraft over the skies of Afghanistan during November of 2014 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Each of the three certificates were addressed to residents living in Shasta County. Deputies made contact with the residents who advised they were the parents of a United States Air Force Airman who was serving in Afghanistan during November of 2014. Their son had packaged the flags together and mailed the flags home during December of 2014 as Christmas gifts to family members. The flags were never received and the family had always suspected they were stolen from their mailbox here in Shasta County.

Additional stolen property was recovered along with narcotics and paraphernalia. Farner, Julian and Rosa were arrested and transported to the Shasta County Jail where they were booked on several charges.   
 
Case # 15-29912
Crime: Felon in possession of a firearm / Possession of stolen property / Possession of narcotics.
Contact: Sergeant Barnhart #146
Contact # 530-225-370

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On Sunday, 8-9-15, at approximately 2030 hours, deputies responded to a physical fight call at the Claire Engle Park in the City of Shasta Lake. A deputy was already in the area when the call was dispatched and saw a black, 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup leaving the scene.

The deputy caught up with the pickup and pulled it over on Chico Street. Inside the pickup deputies contacted the following suspects; Scott Preston Williams, (21 yrs) from Lacy Wa., Kevin William Centers, (23 yrs) from Redding, David Eugene Lambert, (23 yrs) from CSL, Christina Suyon Mitchell (25 yrs) from Redding, and Nicole Liegh Gasper (23 yrs) from Redding.

While these suspects were being identified and questioned, other deputies contacted several subjects at the park, including the following victim’s; Andrew Ryan Ross (22 yrs) from CSL, Sierra Renee Hughes (19 yrs) from Redding and Leilani Pearl Massingham (18 yrs) from Redding. As deputies were arriving, Ross was being loaded into an ambulance due to major head trauma. Upon contacting Hughes and the other witnesses, deputies learned the fight was over a dispute between Ross, his friends and his ex-girlfriend’s friends.

Both parties were allegedly at the park to talk about how Ross and his ex-girlfriend needed to stay away from each other. Very quickly after both parties arrived at the location the physical fight ensued. During the altercation Ross was knocked to the ground and hit and kicked in the head numerous times by several of the suspects. Hughes was hit in the head from behind with a skateboard and several more times while she was on the ground. Both Ross and Hughes were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

Williams, Centers, Lambert and Mitchell were booked into the Shasta County Jail and charged with 243(d) P.C. Battery with Serious Injury and 245(a)(1) P.C. Assault with a Deadly Weapon, not a Firearm. Charges will be filled on Gasper with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office

Sergeant Michael Peery
Case # 15-29529
Sunday, August 09, 2015

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On August 7th, 2015, at 1132 hours, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a robbery, which reportedly occurred around midnight on August 6th, 2015.  The reporting parties told City of Shasta Lake Deputies they were robbed at gunpoint while camping near the 1000 Block of North Boulevard, City of Shasta Lake, California.  Due to the ongoing investigation the names of the victims are being withheld.  One of the victims was a minor child under the age of 18 years. 

The victims were sleeping in a tent on the night of August 6th, 2015, when a black Jeep arrived at their site.  Three victims were awoke by two men; noting one of the men was armed with a handgun.  The victims reported being held at gunpoint for several minutes.  The gunman ordered the three victims to stand in a line and photographed each of them.  The victims were then forced to pick up trash in the area, which did not belong to them.  The suspect(s) stole several item(s) from the victims, which included a hunting bow and other miscellaneous camping equipment.

Deputies obtained a description of the gunman and the vehicle they were driving at the time of this robbery.  Based upon the description of one the suspects, an investigating deputy believed the victims were describing 30 year old Robert Woodrow Guthrie of Shasta Lake, California.  On August 8, 2015, deputies compiled a photographic lineup, which had a photograph of Guthrie.  The victims subsequently identified Guthrie as one of the suspects who robbed them at gunpoint on August 6th, 2015.

Deputies responded to Guthrie’s residence, which is located on Ashby Road in the City of Shasta Lake, California.  Guthrie was taken into custody without incident and booked at the Shasta County Jail. 

Investigating deputies continued searching for the vehicle used in the commission of this reported robbery.  The black Jeep was located parked in front of a residence in the 3000 Block of Altus Street, City of Shasta Lake, California.  One of the investigating deputies knew a man by the name of Daniel Villarreal who was associated with the black Jeep.

Deputies contacted 29 year old Daniel Macario Villarreal on his Altus Street residence.  Shortly thereafter, an infield show-up was conducted with the victim(s) who identified Villarreal as the gunman.  The victims also recognized the Jeep in the driveway of his residence as the vehicle he was driving on the night of the incident.  Villarreal was also taken into custody without incident and booked at the Shasta County Jail.  A subsequent search of Villarreal’s residence was conducted by deputies who located some of the victims’ stolen property inside his house.  In addition, deputies located a handgun similar to the weapon victims described as being used by Villarreal during the robbery.

Both Villarreal and Guthrie were booked and incarcerated for the following charges: 211 PC- Robbery, 182(a)(1) PC- Conspiracy, and 209(b)(1) PC- Robbery with Special Circumstances.  Villarreal and Guthrie have a bail currently set at $500,000.00. 

Sergeant Randall #192
SCSO #15-29182
Charges: 211 PC, 182(a)(1) PC, 209(b)(1) PC

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Update: August 6, 2015, 1630 hours

Recently there have been several requests from the public for the Sheriff’s Office to either turn the case regarding Ember Graham over to the FBI or ask for assistance in the investigation. On day one, the FBI was part of the original canvas team and they have a local agent assigned to the CART Team (Child Abduction Response Team). The Sheriff’s Office utilized the resources of the FBI early into the investigation as well as other state and federal agencies. Typically the FBI and other state and federal agencies will assist the Sheriff’s Office anytime they are requested.

In the case of Ember Graham the sole person of interest in her disappearance still remains with her father, Matthew Graham. The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has investigated tips received from the public and all other possible angles of a stranger abduction. There is no evidence that a third party was involved, including anyone within the family. Matthew Graham’s original inconsistent statement coupled with irrefutable evidence places him in a remote area of Ono, California, during the timeframe in which detectives believe Ember went missing. The motive of why he abandoned her or what lead to him disposing of her body died with him when he confronted officers with deadly force in Dunsmuir, California after he had carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to receive tips from the public offering “investigative ideas” rather than actual investigative leads. Several of these ideas are pushing for us to investigate Ember’s mother and other family members. All family members have been questioned and eliminated as suspects. Please limit the tips regarding this case to actual leads not ideas, as well intentioned as they may be. Precious resources and time is wasted when investigators must be diverted to answer these type of questions.

Several planned searches for Ember Graham have been conducted in the Cloverdale, Clear Creek, Igo and Ono areas utilizing law enforcement searchers, Shasta County Sheriff Search and Rescue Teams, Dive Team members, search dog teams, and civilian organized search parties at no avail.

At this time the case will remain with the Sheriff’s Office as the lead investigative agency. As new information is developed, we may ask for the assistance of other local, state, or federal agencies if warranted.

This investigation is still continuing and anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Ember Graham, please contact Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or Sheriff’s Records at (530) 245-6025.  Information can also be sent to the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit email address: mcu@co.shasta.ca.us  

Sergeant Pat Kropholler #128
Shasta County Major Crimes Unit
(530) 245-6135
Case Number 15-24132

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On 8/3/2015 Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office AB109 Team along with Shasta County Probation made contact with Melissa Chapman at her residence located at 21063 Fourth Street in Cottonwood, Ca. Melissa Chapman was on Supervised Own Recognizance program (SOR) pending court proceedings regarding a past criminal offence.

Upon arrival at the residence deputies made contact with nine people including Melissa Chapman. During a subsequent search of the property several items of stolen property were recovered. The property included two Specialized brand mountain bikes with a value over $4,000.00, a gas powered pressure washer and generator. During the search methamphetamine and related paraphernalia was also located. David Mayberry was one of the people located at the residence. Mayberry was found to be in possession of two rifles which Mayberry is prohibited to possess due to prior felony convictions. The rifles were seized as evidence.

Melissa Chapman (42yrs), Jeremy Ouellette (38yrs) and David Mayberry (47yrs) were arrested on various charges. Additionally Joshua Chapman-James (22yrs), Trinity Conant (29yrs) and Michael Sullivan (43yrs) had outstanding warrants for their arrest and were also booked into the Shasta County Jail.

Deputies later responded to a storage facility where Melisa Chapman and Jeremy Ouellette had previously rented a storage unit. During a search of their storage unit a small scale methamphetamine lab was located stored in boxes at the location. The lab components had chemical residue from prior use but there was no evidence of current production within the storage facility. Due to the inherent dangers with methamphetamine labs, agents with the Shasta Interagency Narcotic Taskforce (SINTF) were contacted and responded to the location to collect the lab materials as evidence.  A case regarding this entire incident will be forwarded to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.   
 
Case # 15-28594
Crime: Possession for sales of narcotics / Possession of stolen property / Possession of a methamphetamine lab / Felon in possession of a firearm.  
Contact: Sergeant Barnhart #146
Contact # 530-225-3700

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The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce we will be celebrating the “Grand Re-Opening” of the Burney Station.  This ribbon-cutting event will take place tomorrow (Monday, August 3rd) at 10:00am.  

In 2009 the Burney Station was closed due to budget cuts.  Then in April of this year, the Board of Supervisors granted the Sheriff’s Office funding to hire 2 Public Safety Service Officers to staff the substation, as well as additional deputies to restore 24 hour patrols.  We have successfully recruited and hired these 2 new positions.  This accomplishment will allow the Sheriff’s Office to provide a better service to the citizens of the Burney/Inter-Mountain area.  The substation will be open Monday-Friday from 8am to 4:30pm.

Media and members of the public are welcome to attend this event.  The substation is located at 20509 Shasta St., in Burney, Ca.

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JULY ​​2015 

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On Wednesday, 07/29/15, Shascom received a report of an unknown disturbance and possible explosion in the area of Donnie Way and Ron Way in Mountain Gate.  During an area check, a Shasta County Deputy made contact with a female who directed the deputy to the residence located in the 19000 block of Ron Way.  It was determined that two adult male victims had been taken to a local hospital prior to the Deputies arrival. While on scene the Deputy observed what appeared to be a recent fire from inside a room at the residence along with evidence of a Butane Honey Oil lab.

Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team and Shasta Interagency Narcotic Task Force were notified of the incident.  A Shasta County Superior Court Search Warrant was obtained for the residence in question.

During the course of the search warrant, agents located evidence, which indicated that the illegal conversion or extraction of concentrated cannabis from marijuana plant material was occurring inside a spare bedroom within the residence. This type of chemical extraction is often referred to as “Butane Honey Oil” or “BHO.” As part of the extraction process, the subjects were using butane, which is a highly flammable solvent, to extract the concentrated cannabis from the marijuana.

It’s suspected that vapors from the flammable solvent the subject(s) were using were ignited by an undetermined ignition source, which resulted in an explosion and fire. The damage was limited to only to the spare room before being extinguished.

Also at the location, multiple marijuana extraction tubes, Pyrex dishes, processed marijuana, as well as 44 growing marijuana plants were seized.

The suspects involved in the incident have been identified as Adam Kurdi, 24 years old out of Washington and Christian Schollenberger, 25 years old out of Washington.  Both Kurdi and Schollenberger were subsequently flown to the UC Davis Burn Center and are listed in critical condition for the injuries they received from the explosion.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team is asking anybody who might have information regarding the incident to notify the Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161
July 29th, 2015

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On Tuesday, 07/28/15, Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team assisted by Agents with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wetland Team served a Shasta County Superior Court Search Warrant at a rural piece of property located south Whitmore off Ponderosa Way.

During the execution of the search warrant, four male subjects were contacted at a large marijuana cultivation site. They were identified as 37 year old Cha Gold (Redding, CA), 27 year old David Xiong (Modesto, CA), 51 year old Richard Lor (Sacramento, CA), and 62 year old Paul Thao (Sacramento, CA). A fifth subject, 56 year old Yi Yang (Redding, CA) arrived on scene later and was interviewed.

A total of 1,157 growing marijuana plants were eradicated from the site.  The five subjects were subsequently cited and released for various Health and Safety violations.  The case will be sent to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Agents later conducted three additional raids at three separate parcels in the area which included 231 growing marijuana plants at a rural piece of property off Ponderosa Way, 185 growing marijuana plants at a rural piece of property off Dersch Road and 102 growing marijuana plants off Dickerson Road.  No persons were contacted at the three sites.  The cases will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

A total of 1,675 plants were eradicated during the operation.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161
July 29, 2015

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On Monday, July 27, 2015 at 0931 hours, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a “Cat Burglary” just occurred at 4941 Kristy Lane in Shasta County. The occupants of the house, Larry (70 years old) and Gail (67 years old) Schroeder, reported a white male adult had just entered their residence and began stealing food from within. Larry confronted the suspect who was later identified as, Dakota Guiterrez, WMA DOB 11/26/90, and made him sit on the couch until law enforcement arrived. Guiterrez at first obeyed Larry’s commands, but when Larry’s wife (Gail) entered the living room area, Guiterrez got up and fled out of the residence. Prior to running out the door, Gail Schroeder grabbed onto Guiterrez in order to stop him from fleeing. Dakota Guiterrez freed himself from Gail’s grasp and fled into a nearby dense field.

Deputies Tom Fleming and Nick Thompson along with Deputy Fleming’s K-9, Thor, arrived on scene. Thor was able to pick up an immediate track and tracked the suspect (Dakota Guiterrez), for over a ½ of a mile through the dense field. Thor located Guiterrez hiding in the field. Dakota Guiterrez immediately surrender due to Thor’s presence. Guiterrez was arrested for “Cat Burglary” and transported to the Shasta County Jail. Elder Abuse charges may be added after the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office reviews the case.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office wishes to remind the citizens of Shasta County to be careful in these types of situations. In this case, Gail Schroeder was not injured. Per Gail, she was protecting her home and family from an intruder that was not welcome in her residence.

Case # 15-27565
Sergeant Steve Grashoff
530-245-6540

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On Wednesday, 07/22/15, at approximately 1:59 P.M., Jose Rodriguez (27 years old) contacted the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office reporting he had been shot at in the area of Windy Point Road, in Montgomery Creek. Deputies responded and contacted Rodriguez. When deputies arrived, they determined no shots were fired during the altercation.

Rodriguez identified Raymond Lawrence (57 years old), Franklin Christie (57 years old), and Drew Oliver (27 years old) as coming to his residence on Windy Point Road and attempting to obtain a “road tax” from Rodriguez for using Windy Point Road. Rodriguez refused to pay, at which time he was assaulted by Lawrence. Rodriguez stated during the incident all three suspects brandished firearms and threatened to shoot him or his friends if he failed to pay. Rodriguez was able to flee the area and contact the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies, with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol fixed wing plane, located the suspect vehicle which was driving in the area of Windy Point Road. Both Lawrence and Oliver were detained without incident. Oliver was found to be in possession of ammunition, but denied involvement. Lawrence believed he was having a medical issue and was transported by ambulance to a hospital.

Upon checking Lawrence’s residence, a pistol was located along with an illegal outdoor marijuana garden. Both Lawrence and Oliver were booked into the Shasta County Jail for Attempted Extortion, Attempted Robbery, Assault with a Firearm, Conspiracy, and Criminal Threats. Christie was not located during the incident.

On Thursday, 07/23/15, at approximately 1248 hours, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team, along with deputies from the Burney Station, served a Shasta County Search Warrant on the property belonging to Raymond Lawrence. Evidence of a butane honey oil (BHO) lab was located.  Additionally, methamphetamine was found, 79 marijuana plants were eradicated, and 21 firearms were seized. Four of the firearms were found to be stolen from a 2013 residential burglary that occurred in Shasta County.

The case is still under investigation and more information may be released at a later time.

Sergeant Quentin Johnston #164
Case # 15-26931 & 15-27048
(530)245-6540
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On Thursday, 07/23/15, at approximately 1346 hrs., a deputy from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office contacted a male subject on the shoulder of Highway 299E near Old Oregon Tr. (case #15-27049).  The male subject, later identified as Kyle Joseph Johnson (DOB 10/03/1990), was hitchhiking to the Big Bend area.  Johnson had initially gave the wrong date of birth to Deputy Scoma.  Upon further investigation Deputy Scoma determined that Johnson was in possession of marijuana without having a recommendation.  Johnson stated he was from Georgia and he recently got to California.

Deputy Scoma placed Johnson in the backseat of his patrol vehicle while he searched Johnson’s bags and belongings.  Deputy Scoma located ammunition and a loaded .38 caliber revolver in one of the bags.  Deputy Scoma went back to his patrol vehicle and attempted to place Johnson in hand restraints.  Johnson attempted to exit the patrol vehicle and a struggle ensued.  Johnson struck Deputy Scoma several times about the face and body during the struggle.  Deputy Scoma was able to take Johnson to the ground where he continued to violently resist arrest.  Johnson attempted to remove Deputy Scoma’s firearm during the physical altercation.  Johnson told Deputy Scoma to shoot him several times.

Two citizens witnessed the altercation and assisted Deputy Scoma.  One of the citizens used the radio in the patrol car and called for additional units.  With the help of these citizens, Deputy Scoma was able to place Johnson in hand restraints until additional units arrived on scene.

Johnson is currently on probation out of Georgia and was released from custody in Georgia in February of 2014.  Johnson has several felony convictions for assault on a peace officer, weapons charges, and narcotics violations.

Johnson was later booked into the Shasta County Jail for violation of 29800(a)(1) PC - Felon in Possession of a Firearm, 30305(a)(1) PC – Felon in Possession of Ammunition, 243(c)(2) PC - Battery on a Peace Officer, 148(d) PC - Attempt to Disarm a Peace Officer, and 25800 PC - Armed with the Intent to Commit a Felony.

Sgt. Logan Stonehouse
(530) 245-6025
July 23, 2015

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On 7/18/2015, at approximately 1:30 pm, deputies responded to the end of Buggy Lane to assist a property owner who was being denied access to his property via a deeded easement through his neighbor’s property. When the deputies arrived at the location, they contacted Michael Eusted, DOB 7/23/77 from Bella Vista, who was carrying a .357 magnum revolver in a holster. Eusted has priors for violence and violence with a firearm, so he was detained for further investigation. An officer safety search was performed on Eusted’s person. Besides the firearm, Eusted was also in possession of methamphetamine. It was apparent to deputies that the property was being used to cultivate marijuana.  During a protective sweep of the multiple trailers and motorhomes, a 12 gauge pump shotgun and an AK-Style assault pistol with a high capacity magazine were located. Both of these firearms were fully loaded and out in the open.

A search warrant was obtained for the trailers and motorhomes. During the search of these buildings, scales and packaging equipment commonly used for the sale of marijuana were located. Deputies also located a small amount of processed marijuana, concentrated cannabis, and a motorcycle that had been stolen from a Corning resident. A total of 231 plants were eradicated from the property. Eusted was booked in the Shasta County Jail for possession of drugs while armed with a loaded firearm (11370.1 HS), cultivation of marijuana (11358 HS), possession of a loaded firearm while committing a felony (25800 PC), and possession of an assault weapon (30605 PC).

Sergeant Michael Peery
Case # 15-26423
July 18, 2015

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On Saturday, July 18, 2015, at approximately 5:25 P.M., Patrick Heaton (57 years old) contacted the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office on 911, reporting Ross Montgomery (45 years old) had shot a rifle at his 16-year-old juvenile son. Heaton described this as occurring in an area known as Smith Camp off of Big Bend Road, in Montgomery Creek.

Deputies responded and contacted Heaton and his two sons down the road from the location of occurrence. It was reported Heaton’s two sons had gone to Smith Camp to visit a family member when they were confronted by Ross Montgomery. Ross Montgomery was reportedly in possession of a rifle and had discharged approximately six rounds into some brush next to the Heatons during the altercation. Also during the altercation, it was reported Ross Montgomery’s wife, Danielle Montgomery (31 years old), struck Heaton’s juvenile son, brandished another firearm, and made threats. Patrick Heaton stated a third subject arrived on scene and came at him swinging a machete. Heaton described this subject as Frances Lara (45 years old).

The Heatons were able to retrieve the rifle, as Ross Montgomery sat the rifle down at some point. The Heatons then left the location and notified the Sheriff’s Office. A check of the rifle revealed it was reported stolen out of the Red Bluff area. A shotgun was also recovered by the Heatons, which they believed belonged to the Montgomerys.

Deputies then responded to the Smith Camp area, along with officers from the California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire. While setting up a perimeter at Ross Montgomery’s residence, an aggressive pit bull charged at deputies and a Sheriff’s Office K-9. The covering deputy had no choice but to shoot the aggressive dog. While this was occurring, a California Highway Patrol helicopter assisting spotted the suspect’s vehicle in the area. Deputies were able to respond to the area and detain Ross and Danielle Montgomery without incident.

A  Shasta County Animal Control Officer was requested to the scene, and transported the injured pit bull to a veterinary clinic to be treated.

Deputies subsequently located several rifle casings in the area next to the Montgomery’s residence. Lara was located at her residence inside Smith Camp, and was detained without incident. A machete was located at Lara’s residence, and later identified as the one used during the assault by the victims.

Ross Montgomery was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm, felony brandishing, and assault with a deadly weapon.

Danielle Montgomery was arrested for criminal threats, and brandishing.

Francis Lara was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

The case is still under investigation, and more charges will be filed once the investigation is completed.

Sergeant Quentin Johnston #164
Case # 15-26432
(530)245-6540
July 18, 2015

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Update: July 17, 2015 1600 hours

On July 10, 2015, Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives located a pacifier off Platina Rd in Ono, California. That pacifier was submitted to the Department of Justice Laboratory for DNA analysis. Today, the laboratory returned its findings confirming that the pacifier did belong to Ember Graham. The female DNA profile found on the nipple is a kinship match to Jamie Graham and Matthew Graham, showing a direct familial relationship, (child).

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the technicians at the Redding DOJ laboratory for working tirelessly to get the DNA results back so expeditiously.

This investigation is still continuing and anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Ember Graham, please contact Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or Sheriff’s Records at (530) 245-6025.  Information can also be sent to the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit email address: mcu@co.shasta.ca.us  

Sergeant Pat Kropholler #128
Shasta County Major Crimes Unit
(530) 245-6135
Case Number 15-24132

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Between July 13-16, 2015, Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marijuana Enforcement Team, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wetland Team, Whiskeytown National Park and C.A.M.P (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) conducted several marijuana operations in Shasta County.

On Monday 7/13 agents conducted an operation in a rural area near Potem Creek Falls, east of Montgomery Creek, CA. During entry into the cultivation site, agents encountered one Hispanic male adult, identified as Rafael Ochoa Gomez, working in a marijuana processing site.  Gomez failed verbal commands and fled from agents.  A K-9 was deployed and was able to assist in the apprehension of Gomez. During the apprehension Gomez struck the K-9 multiple times. Gomez was later determined to be from Michoacan, Mexico. Agents located and seized 6,387 marijuana plants along with approximately 500 lbs of semi processed marijuana, approximately 200 lbs of processed marijuana and during reclamation efforts seized approximately 800 lbs of garbage, pesticides, and miscellaneous items.

On Tuesday 7/14 agents conducted an operation west of Lakehead, CA in the area of Beehive Campground. A total of 4,260 growing marijuana plants were subsequently eradicated and seized. During reclamation efforts approximately 750 lbs of trash was removed from the illegal cultivation site. No suspects were encountered.

On Wednesday 7/15 agents conducted an operation north of Shasta Lake in the area of Gilman Road near popular recreational area Hirz Bay. During this operation 2,702 marijuana plants were eradicated and seized. No suspects were encountered.

On Thursday 7/16 agents conducted an operation in south-western Shasta County in the area of Beegum Gorge in Platina. During entry agents encountered one Hispanic male adult working in the illegal marijuana cultivation site. The subject later identified as Carlos Bernal Barbosa attempted to flee, however, was apprehended a short distance later by agents. Barbosa was later determined to be from Jalisco, Mexico. Evidence located within the grow site suggested another suspect fled from the site. A loaded .22 caliber rifle was located and seized along with 4,615 marijuana plants. Agents additionally removed approximately 800 lbs of garbage, fertilizer, pesticide and miscellaneous items. 

A total of 17,964 marijuana plants were eradicated this week from public and private land in Shasta County along with approximately 500 lbs of semi-processed marijuana, approximately 200 lbs of processed marijuana and one firearm.  Additionally, officers removed approximately 2,350 pounds of trash, pesticides, and fertilizer during reclamation efforts and two arrests were made.

Both of the subjects arrested this week were subsequently booked into the Shasta County Jail on a combination of the below listed charges.

  11358 H&S- Marijuana Cultivation
  11359 H&S- Possession of Marijuana for Sale
  182 PC- Conspiracy
  25800 PC- Armed while committing a felony
  148(a)(1) PC- Obstruct/Resist an Officer
  1602(a) F&G- Water Diversion
  5652 F&G- Place pollutant near State Waters
  5650 (a) F&G- Pollute Waters
  487(a) PC - Grand Theft (Water)
  600(a) PC- Willfull Harm/Etc Peace Officer Dog

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161
July 16, 2015

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Update: July 16, 2015 1245 hours

On July 12, 2015, Matthew Graham was seen at the Cascade Boulevard Burger King in the City of Shasta Lake.  As deputies arrived in the area Matthew fled into the wooded area behind the restaurant.  This greenbelt, which runs north and south along Interstate 5, extends south to the intersection of Walker Street and Cascade Boulevard.  In the Burger King surveillance video, detectives noticed that he had a black backpack. This backpack was not found at the scene in Dunsmuir, California.

On July 15, 2015, approximately 20 members of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team, assisted by detectives with the Major Crimes Unit, searched this greenbelt up to the wooded area north of Cottage Avenue where Matthew was last seen when he stole a vehicle at gunpoint on July 13, 2015. The intent of the search was to find any items he may have left behind with the hopes that there would be some indication of where Ember Graham was located.

Searchers located the backpack in a densely wooded area approximately 250 yards from the victim’s residence on Cottage Avenue. Inside the backpack were a hodgepodge of items ranging from rope, twine, gloves, a single sheet, frying pan, roll of duct tape, and a shirt he had when he was originally reported missing on July 11, 2015.  There were no items of evidentiary value in the disappearance of Ember.

This investigation is continuing, anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Ember Graham, please contact Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or Sheriff’s Records at (530) 245-6025.  Information can also be sent to the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit email address: mcu@co.shasta.ca.us  

Sergeant Pat Kropholler #128
Shasta County Major Crimes Unit
(530) 245-6135
Case Number 15-24132

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On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at about 8:13 pm, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Happy Valley Road and Erika Lane on report of someone shooting from a moving vehicle.  The reporting party provided a vehicle description and the vehicle was subsequently located near the intersection of Bohn and Sabiana, in the Happy Valley area.

A traffic stop was conducted and the two occupants of the vehicle were detained.  The two occupants were identified as Cody L Dupont, passenger, and Clifford R. Schreder, was the driver of the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and a 9 millimeter handgun was located in a bag in the center console area of the rear seat.  In the same bag numerous plastic Ziploc style bags containing methamphetamine, scales and paraphernalia was located.  It was determined through the investigation that Dupont was the subject who fired the weapon and was the owner of the bag.  Further, upon checking the serial number on the handgun, it was discovered the weapon was stolen out of the Oregon area.

Methamphetamine was also located in a small compartment above the rear view mirror.  The driver, Schreder admitted the methamphetamine located in this compartment belonged to him.

Schreder was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale.

Dupont was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of stolen property, negligent discharge of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine while armed with a firearm and carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Both subjects were transported and booked at Shasta County Jail.

Case # 15-25919
Contact:  Captain Anthony Bertain #143
Contact # 530-245-6025

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On Monday, 07/13/15, Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marijuana Enforcement Team and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wetland Team conducted an operation in a rural area near Potem Creek Falls, east of Montgomery Creek, CA.

During entry into the cultivation site, agents encountered one Hispanic male adult, identified as Rafael Ochoa Gomez, working in a marijuana processing site.  Gomez failed verbal commands and fled from agents.  A K-9 was deployed and was able to assist in the apprehension of Gomez. During the apprehension Gomez struck the K-9 multiple times.

Agents located processed marijuana at multiple processing centers near the cultivation site.   Agents also located evidence that the site was being maintained by approximately seven other suspects. The responsible(s) were found to have just harvested the large site that contained 6,387 marijuana plants.

Agents seized approximately 500 pounds of semi-processed marijuana along with approximately 200 pounds of processed marijuana from the site. During reclamation efforts, approximately 800 pounds of garbage, pesticides and miscellaneous food items were removed from the site. 

Gomez was medical cleared at Shasta Regional Medical Center prior to being booked into the Shasta County Jail for 11358 H&S- Marijuana cultivation, 11359 H&S- Possession of marijuana for sale, 182 PC- Conspiracy, 1602(a) F&G- water diversion and 5650 (a)(6) pollution.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161

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Update: July 12, 2015 1130 hours

As of this time Matthew Graham still remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. A no bail warrant was issued for his arrest for charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and a felony probation order violation. Yesterday, July 11, Matthew was last seen near the intersection of Court Street and Tehama Street on foot. At this time there is no evidence that he was in possession of a vehicle.  If that changes an update with a description will be released.  The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is warning that anyone who harbors, conceals, or assists Matthew with evading capture will be investigated and charges will be sought for their arrest and prosecution.

Approximately 70 searchers and K-9 teams are still in the area of Ono, CA today searching for Ember Graham or any evidence leading to her location.

Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Matthew Graham, please contact the Shascom Dispatch Center at (530)245-6540 or if an emergency 911.

Sergeant Pat Kropholler #128
Shasta County Major Crimes Unit
(530)245-6135
Case Number 15-24132

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Update: July 11, 2015

As of this time Matthew Graham still remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. This evening a Ramey Warrant was issued for Matthew’s arrest for charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and a felony probation order violation.

Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Matthew Graham, please contact the Shascom Dispatch Center at (530)245-6540 or if an emergency call 911.

Sergeant Pat Kropholler #128
Shasta County Major Crimes Unit
(530)245-6135
Case Number 15-24132

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On Friday, July 10th 2015, Shasta County Sheriff’s Investigators expanded the search for missing infant, Ember Graham. The search area was expanded from the initial location based on new investigative leads. Friday’s search concluded at approximately 8 P.M. and was resumed today at approximately 7 A.M.
Investigators are being assisted in the search efforts by over 100 personnel from the following allied agencies’ Search and Rescue teams: Shasta County, Tehama County, Lassen County, Siskiyou County, San Mateo County, Alameda County, Mendocino County, Solano County, State Office of Emergency Services, El Dorado County, Napa County, Yuba County, Marin County, Placer County, Calaveras County, CARDA (K-9), and San Benito County.
The investigation is ongoing and updates will be given when available.  

Sgt. John Greene #117 – PIO
(530) 245-6977
Case # 15-24132

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On Friday, July 10, 2015 at 8:09 PM, 71 year old Elmer Hoffmann reported being assaulted by his 44 year old son, Leslie Hoffmann.  Deputies met with Elmer in the emergency room of Mercy Hospital. Elmer said he allowed his transient son, Leslie, to stay at his home, 14203 Trinity Mountain Rd., for a few days.  At approximately 8:00 PM, Leslie became upset and began arguing with Elmer.  Fearing for his safety Elmer asked Leslie to leave.  Leslie shoved Elmer to the floor.  Elmer tried to get up a few times but Leslie kept shoving him back to the floor each time.  At one point Elmer fell back onto a wall mounted air conditioning unit. 

Elmer was eventually able to stand up, grabbed a piece of firewood (approximately 4”x12”) from a wood pile and swung it at Leslie in an effort to keep him back.  Elmer struck Leslie on the face with the firewood.  Leslie retaliated after being hit by punching Elmer to the face, knocking Elmer unconscious. 

Elmer awoke a short time later and was rushed to the hospital by his wife.  Elmer suffered from pain to his jaw, pain to his arms, a possible strained muscle on his right triceps as well as pain to his lower back and right knee.

Deputies later located Leslie and arrested him for elder abuse and battery with serious bodily injury.  Deputies also obtained an Emergency Protective Order for Elmer and his wife.         

Sgt. Gonzalez #127
(530)225-3700
Case #15-25365
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On Thursday, 7-9-15 at approximately 1440 hours, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of an injury vessel accident on the Sacramento Arm of Shasta
Lake, south of Double Barrel Gulch.

David Camphouse, 41 years of age, from Grants Pass, OR, was cruising in his inboard ski boat at approximately 20 mph.  Camphouse did not see a recently exposed island that had surfaced approximately 75 yards off the shoreline. Camphouse drove his vessel over the top of the island, grounding it. A female passenger in the vessel, Starsky Broland, 35 years of age, from Philomath, OR, was thrown into the windshield support and received minor injuries to her ear and nose. She was transported by Sheriff’s patrol vessel to Bridge Bay Marina and then by ambulance to Shasta Regional Medical Center. 

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision. Visitors to Shasta Lake should be aware that with the lowering water conditions, islands that are typically submerged are becoming exposed. Boaters are encouraged to be vigilant for shallow areas.

Case # 15-25172
Deputy Dave Compomizzo
530-245-6075

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July  8, 2015 

Matthew Graham will be released from custody later today. He was originally booked for a violation of his probation not related to the disappearance of Ember Graham. Matthew will be released with a GPS ankle monitor and required to report daily to his probation officer. He is still considered a person of interest in this case.

The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has not filed a case with the district attorney’s office and is still investigating and analyzing evidence in Ember’s disappearance. Today, detectives seized Matthews’s vehicle and transported it to the evidence lab for further processing.

Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Ember Graham, please contact Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or Sheriff’s Records at (530) 245-6025.  Information can also be sent to the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit email address: mcu@co.shasta.ca.us  

Sergeant Pat Kropholler #128
Shasta County Major Crimes Unit
(530) 245-6135
Case Number 15-24132

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On July 7, 2015, at approximately 1700 hours, the ground search for Ember Sky Graham will be suspended. Searchers from all over the Northstate have searched for Ember in the Happy Valley, Cloverdale, Clear Creek, and Centerville areas looking for any sign of her with negative results. Shasta County Search and Rescue will be redeployed if any future viable tips surface.

From the onset of this case the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has been investigating the incident. On day one numerous law enforcement agencies that make up the CART team (Child Abduction Response Team) ascended on the area and conducted door to door canvassing of the neighborhood and surrounding areas developing no viable leads as too Ember’s whereabouts. The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has investigated this case from all angles. At this time we have not found any credible evidence supporting Matthew Graham’s account that Ember was abducted by a stranger or by anyone else.

Matthew came voluntarily to the Sheriff’s Office on day one to be interviewed. Immediately investigators began to find several inconstancies in his statement during routine questioning of events leading up to the time of Ember’s missing report. Matthew showed very little remorse for the disappearance of his daughter. At no time during the eight plus hours that he was with detectives did he ever inquire what was being done to find her. He also refused to submit to a CVSA (Computer Voice Stress Analysis) exam to help rule himself out as a participant in his daughter’s disappearance. He offered little to no assistance to investigators to help clear himself. During the course of the investigation video surveillance was obtained from the Happy Stop Market near the corner of Oak Street and Cloverdale Ln in Happy Valley. The surveillance showed Matthew arriving with Ember not fastened in a safety seat, as he took her into the store and pumps fuel. He then drove out the parking lot heading westbound on Cloverdale Ln in the opposite direction from his home.

Matthew told detectives that he was taking a drive to get Ember to fall asleep. Keeping in mind the sweltering temperatures that day, and that his vehicle is not equipped with air conditioning the child would not likely fall asleep under those conditions. Matthew was adamant that he drove to the intersection of Clear Creek Rd and Cloverdale Ln, completed a U-turn and drove back home. Investigators took Matthew to the location and drove the route. The round trip from the Happy Stop Market and back took approximately 8 minutes under normal driving speeds. Matthew said he did not stop and did not have any vehicle problems while on this trip. He agreed that it only took under 10 minutes to complete the drive.

What Matthew didn’t know prior to making that statement is that detectives had video surveillance showing he left the Happy Stop Market and also video of him driving back by over an hour later. When he was shown this he immediately said he didn’t think it was that long and then could not remember what he did or went during that hour. When detectives pressed him to remember, he asked to speak with a lawyer before any further questioning. This is one of many inconstancies in Matthews’s statement.

When investigating the possibility that a third party could have abducted Ember as Matthew has stated, detectives have considered several facts. Matthew was keeping Ember in an approximate 25 foot camp trailer on the Noosha Ln property. The trailer has no running water or working bathroom. The sewage from the main residence flows into a cesspool and the property is covered in garbage and old vehicles. The property is cross fenced and you have to go through two gates and guard dogs that will bark and confront strangers. The trailer door leading to Ember’s playpen where Matthew said she was sleeping has a broken door handle mechanism and needs to be opened with a screwdriver or similar tool. You would also need to have some knowledge on how to operate the door. Crime scene technicians found the door to be difficult to open and close as it did not fit in the frame well and made noise opening and closing. According to Matthew, Ember would cry within 10 seconds of being picked up by a stranger.

When Matthew said he laid Ember down it was so hot that he only had her sleeping in a diaper. He said he had a swamp cooler on which would mask noise however later said it was so “chilly” that he turned it off prior to going to sleep. Records indicate the outside temperature was over 90 degrees around the time he said he went to sleep. Due to Ember’s medical conditions she does not sleep consistently and needs to be fed every two hours. Matthew said he went to sleep around 2230 hours, and did not wake up until around 0530 hours. He later told detectives that he passed out and had been smoking “wax” marijuana honey oil all night.

Ember has special medical needs. She is prone to having seizures and takes medicine twice a day to control them. The medication does not make her tired or sleepy, but rather it makes her restless so that she never really goes into REM sleep.  Due to the medication, Ember is a very restless sleeper, is constantly flailing around, and wakes up at night about every 2 hours to eat. 

Currently Matthew is in custody on a felony probation violation hold. During his interview he admitted to manufacturing and extracting honey oil. The precursors to a honey oil extraction operation were found in his trailer. He is also using prescription medication that he failed to disclose to his probation officer as part of his probation orders.

As of this date, Matthew Graham is still considered as a Person of Interest into the disappearance of Ember Graham.  Detectives with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit continue to follow up on leads and are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Ember’s disappearance as to Matthew Graham’s involvement as well as any information of a third party abduction. 

At this time the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit will field all inquiries from the press from the current PIO Lt. Dave Kent.

Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Ember Graham, please contact Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or Sheriff’s Records at (530) 245-6025.  Information can also be sent to the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit email address: mcu@co.shasta.ca.us  

Sergeant Pat Kropholler #128
Shasta County Major Crimes Unit
(530)245-6135
Case Number 15-24132

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On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marijuana Enforcement Team, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wetland Team and Whiskeytown National Park Rangers conducted an operation in an area west of Whiskey Creek located within the Whiskeytown National Park.

A total of 1,263 marijuana plants were eradicated from the cultivation site.  During the investigation it was determined the responsible(s) were illegally diverting water from a spring that fed into Whiskey Creek.   No subjects were located during entry into the site. Approximately 1000 pounds of garbage, pesticides, fertilizers, and miscellaneous food items were removed from the site during reclamation efforts.

Sgt. Barry Powell
(530) 351-5240
(530) 722-9161

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On 07/07/2015 at 0445 hours, a fatal collision between a vehicle and pedestrian was reported in Anderson. The collision occurred in the northbound lanes of Highway 273 at the Anderson Creek Bridge near South Street. The driver of the vehicle did not see the decedent walking in the roadway due to limited lighting in the area. The driver did stop and notify emergency personnel of the accident.  The decedent’s next of kin have been notified. The decedent was identified as Monte Evans, 52 years old, of Cottonwood. During the investigation, it was discovered Evans eyesight was limited due to a prior brain surgery and may have been a factor in the collision.   

Anderson Police Department is investigating the collision.
A post mortem exam will be conducted this week.

Dustin Reynolds #169
Deputy Coroner
530-255-5551

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2nd Update: July 6, 2015

Shasta County Sheriff’s Office personnel and other out-of-county law enforcement agencies continue their search for 6 month old Ember Skye Graham, who was reported missing on July 2.  Today, more than 90 law enforcement search and rescue personnel have been searching in the areas around Clear Creek Rd., and portions of Cloverdale Rd. in unincorporated Anderson (Happy Valley) and in the south Redding area.  Numerous K-9 and ground search teams are scouring the area for any evidence related to the disappearance of Ember Graham. 

The search and rescue teams include a total of seven (7) Shasta County and outside county K-9 teams, Shasta County Search and Rescue, Cal OES, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Marin County Sheriff’s Office and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.  In addition to the all of the Sheriff’s Offices designated search teams, approximately 60 relatives and friends of Ember Graham have coordinated separately to search in various areas of unincorporated Anderson (Happy Valley) and south Redding.

Shasta County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel and assisting agencies searched the following areas:

  Clear Creek Rd. from Honeybee, west to the Gorge overlook, continuing all the way west to the water tower on Cloverdale Road;
  BLM Cloverdale trailhead recreation area and immediate surroundings;
  Cloverdale Rd., south to Dale Ln., Panther Road and surrounding areas; and,
  Clear Creek drainage from the Veterans Bridge, south to the Gorge overlook along the water’s edge and embankments.   

Two tips were received today and checked:

  The area around the intersection of Canyon Rd. and China Gulch Rd. was searched; and,
  Canyon Rd. at the ACID canal was searched.

All of the above-mentioned roadways were searched at least 50 yards into the brush on both sides of the road.  Also, trails leading from turnouts and parking areas were searched.

Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Ember Graham, please contact Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or Sheriff’s Records at (530) 245-6025.  Information can also be sent to the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit email address: mcu@co.shasta.ca.us 

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Update: July 6, 2015

Shasta County Sheriff’s Office personnel and other out-of-county law enforcement agencies continue their search for 6 month old Ember Skye Graham, who was reported missing on July 2.  This morning, more than 90 law enforcement search and rescue personnel are searching in the areas around Clear Creek Rd., and portions of Cloverdale Rd. in unincorporated Anderson (Happy Valley) and in the south Redding area.  Numerous K-9 and ground search teams are scouring the area for any evidence related to the disappearance of Ember Graham. 

The search and rescue teams include a total of seven (7) Shasta County and outside county K-9 teams, Shasta County Search and Rescue, Cal OES, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Marin County Sheriff’s Office and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.  In addition to the all of the Sheriff’s Office designated search teams, approximately 60 relatives and friends of Ember Graham have coordinated separately to search in various areas of unincorporated Anderson (Happy Valley) and south Redding.

The Sheriff Office Major Crimes Unit continues to identify Matthew Ryan Graham as a person of interest in the missing infant case.  According to Sheriff’s Investigators, Graham has been uncooperative during the investigation as his statements have been inconsistent and has not made any effort to clear his name. 

Matthew Graham remains in custody at the Shasta County Jail.  He was brought in by Sheriff’s Investigators on July 2 at approximately 8:30 pm.  He was arrested for a no-bail felony probation violation after he failed to disclose medication he took, pursuant to his probation terms.  Graham’s probation stems from a DUI and Forgery conviction.  He has not been charged with any crimes related to the disappearance of Ember Graham.

On Thursday, July 2, at 05:26 am, SHASCOM dispatch received a 911 call from Matthew Graham, who reported that his six month old daughter, Ember Graham was missing from their residence on Noosha Ln. in Anderson (Happy Valley).  Matthew Graham informed authorities he last saw his daughter at about 10:30 pm the night before and when he woke up after 5:00 am, his daughter was missing from her crib. 

On Friday, July 3, Sheriff’s Investigators released a photograph of Matthew Graham’s pickup truck and asking the public if anyone has seen the vehicle parked or driving in the Clear Creek Rd area on Wednesday evening, July 1.  The vehicle is described as a 1990 dark blue, full-size extra cab, Chevrolet fleet side pickup with flat black paint on the side panels, black rims, no license plates, and a cow bell hanging underneath the front bumper.

Six month old Ember Graham is considered to be missing and at risk due to a seizure disorder.  Shasta County Secret Witness has sent out a new reward posting up to $10,000 offered to anyone who could provide information on Ember Graham’s whereabouts or information about what lead to her disappearance.  According to family members, the child must be given medications for her condition.

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On Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 0930 hours, SHASCOM received a report of a theft of a backhoe which had been stolen overnight from 12100 Gas Point Road, Shasta County.

Deputies arrived on scene and began their investigation. It was quickly learned that the backhoe had rammed two cattle gates on the property and left tire impressions in the direction of the suspect. With the aid of Air Operations-California Highway Patrol (H-16), they located the $30,000.00 backhoe in a make shift camp off of Duck Canyon Road, just east of the victim’s residence. Deputies arrived on scene and came in contact with three male adults, Donald Cluff, Robert McRorie, and Kevin Scaggs. All three were interviewed. Robert McRorie was arrested for the theft of the backhoe along with vandalizing the victim’s gates. The remaining two males were released on scene pending possible, other related theft charges as deputies also located a stolen generator from a case in 2014.  The backhoe was returned to the victim.      

Case # 15-24560
Crime: Grand Theft
Contact: Sergeant Steve Grashoff
Contact # 530-245-6540

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On Saturday, 07/04/2015 at 1806 hours, deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a shots fired call reported in the area of Alward Way, Shingletown CA.  Deputies were advised while enroute that subjects were standing by at the Cal-Fire Station in Shingletown for contact.  Upon contact with the subjects at the Cal-Fire Station, a subject identified as Gage Niece reported that he went to 7075 Alward Way to assist his friend, Tracie Knight, with the retrieval of some personal belongings from an ex-boyfriend of Knight’s, reported as Robert Brown.  There were other subjects also with Niece and Knight while they attempted to retrieve Tracie Knight’s cell phone that she had reported stolen from her residence in Anderson earlier in the day. 

While Knight and Niece were at 7075 Alward Way, a physical confrontation occurred between Niece and another subject residing on Alward Way identified as Josh Roose, DOB 04/23/87, WMA 28 years old. Knight reported that just prior to, or during, the altercation between Roose and Niece, Brown brandished two handguns at them.  As the altercation continued Roose came into possession of a reported sawed off shotgun and discharged the shotgun at least twice, once in the air and then once into the back of Knight’s vehicle, a red Ford Fusion.  Niece reported at the time the shotgun was fired into the Ford, he was seated in the Ford waiting to flee.  Roose also reportedly struck the Ford’s windshield with the butt of the shotgun he was seen firing during the incident.   Niece, Tracie Knight and the others left and no one was injured as a result of the shotgun being fired. 

Deputies ultimately contacted Roose at the Alward Way residence, interviewed him and subsequently arrested him for Assault with Firearm, 245(a) (1) PC.  Knight’s sister, Nicole Knight, was also contacted at the Alward Way residence but was not arrested.  Nicole Knight, who is now in a relationship with Robert Brown, stated there have been ongoing problems between her and Tracie.  Brown was not contacted at the residence due to him leaving the Alward Way location prior to deputies’ arrival.

During a canvass of the Alward Way area, a large cache of various types of firearms, weapons, and drug paraphernalia consistent with the manufacturing of honey oil, were located hidden in the nearby woods near the 7075 Alward Way residence.  The weapons and paraphernalia were confiscated due to the public safety risk as children were playing in the area, as well as evidence tying the weapons and paraphernalia to the Alward Way residence.

Sergeant Brian Jackson ID#150
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
Major Crimes Unit
530-245-6172

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Update July 3, 2015

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has identified Matthew Ryan Graham as a person of interest in the missing infant case.  Graham’s statements to Sheriff’s Investigators in regard to his six month old daughter, Ember Skye Graham’s disappearance have been inconsistent.  This information has led authorities to shift their search efforts today, from the area around Graham’s residence on Noosha Ln., to the Clear Creek Rd. area (from Cloverdale Rd. east to Hwy 273). 

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has increased the number of outside agencies to assist in the search for the missing infant, including the Shasta County Search and Rescue, Cal OES, Redding Police, Anderson Police, CHP, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Napa County Sheriff’s Office, Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, and Glenn County Sheriff’s Office. 

Sheriff’s Investigators are releasing a photograph of Matthew Graham’s pickup truck and asking the public if anyone has seen the vehicle parked or driving in the Clear Creek Rd area on Wednesday evening, July 1.  The vehicle is described as a 1990 dark blue, full-size extra cab, Chevrolet fleet side pickup with flat black paint on the side panels, black rims, no license plates, and a cow bell hanging underneath the front bumper.

Shasta County Secret Witness has sent out a new reward posting up to $10,000 offered to anyone who could provide information on Ember Graham’s whereabouts or information about what lead to her disappearance. 

Matthew Graham was brought into the Shasta County Jail by Sheriff’s Investigators yesterday evening at approximately 8:30 P.M. for a no-bail felony probation violation after he failed to disclose medication he took, pursuant to his probation terms.  His probation stems from a DUI and Forgery conviction.  Graham has not been charged with any crimes related to the disappearance of his six month old daughter, Ember.

On Thursday, July 2, at 05:26 A.M., SHASCOM dispatch received a 911 call from Matthew Graham, 24, who reported that his six month old daughter, Ember Graham was missing from their residence on Noosha Ln. in Anderson (Happy Valley).

Graham informed authorities he last saw his daughter at about 10:30 P.M. the night before and when he woke up after 5:00 A.M., his daughter was missing from her crib. 

Six month old Ember Graham is considered to be missing and at risk due to a seizure disorder.  According to family members, the child needs medications for her condition. 

Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Ember Graham, please contact Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or Sheriff’s Records at (530) 245-6025.  Information can also be sent to the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit email address: mcu@co.shasta.ca.us

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On Thursday, July 2, at 05:26 AM, Shascom received a 911 call from Matthew Graham who reported that his six month old daughter, Ember Graham was missing from their residence on Noosha Ln. in Anderson. Graham informed authorities he last saw his daughter at about 10:30 PM the night before and when he woke up after 5:00 AM, his daughter was missing from her crib. 

Shasta County Investigators have been interviewing family members while the Sheriff’s Office has been deploying of a multitude of various agencies, including the Child Abduction Response Unit (CART), Shasta County Search and Rescue, Cal OES, Redding Police, Anderson Police, CHP, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, Shasta County District Attorney’s Office and Shasta County Child Family Services. 

Six month old Ember Graham is considered to be missing and at risk due to a seizure disorder.  This investigation is continuing and updates will be given when available. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Ember Graham, please contact Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135.    

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