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District Attorney files charges in attempted murder and fire cases; more details revealed

Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister filed charges today, June 20, stemming from the two incidents that happened in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 18 — an attempted murder in Quincy and a fire in Portola — that drew law enforcement, first responders and fire personnel to the two scenes.

Attempted murder

District Attorney Hollister filed a three count criminal complaint against Cole Brock Adam, age 20 of Quincy, stemming from an incident at a Claremont Court (Quincy) residence during the early morning hours of June 18, 2023 where a 20 year old man suffered significant injuries.

In the criminal complaint, Adam is charged with three felonies – willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder, aggravated mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon. The complaint alleges two enhancements: use of a weapon in that Adam is alleged to have used a machete, and great bodily injury in that Adam is alleged to have caused injuries to the victim including dismembered fingers, severe lacerations to the head, and a punctured lung.  If convicted Adam may face up to life in state prison. Adam is presumed innocent of the charges of which he is being accused.

Adam remains in custody at the Plumas County Correctional Facility with bail being set at $500,000. Although initial charges have been filed, the investigation remains ongoing and active.

District Attorney David Hollister noted his appreciation for the outstanding response from the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office during this busy holiday weekend and while the Sheriff’s Office remains understaffed. Hollister singled out Det. Sgt. Steve Peay and the Detectives Unit for their thorough and in-depth investigation.


District Attorney Hollister also filed one criminal complaint against Dale Lee Clutter, age 63, of Portola, stemming from a fire on Rocky Point Road in Portola.

In the criminal complaint, Clutter is charged with a felony violation of unlawfully causing a fire to an inhabited structure. Clutter is also alleged to have previously suffered a “strike” prior conviction.

District Attorney Hollister expressed his appreciation for the quick response by fire personnel in preventing any greater damage as well as the assistance from Deputy Spencer Brubaker and the Fire Marshall’s Office in investigating the incident.

Both Adam and Clutter were scheduled to be arraigned before Superior Court Judge Janet Hilde this afternoon.

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