Sheriff’s Blotter: Aug. 12-16 – Vehicle accidents claiming deputies’ time


Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

Staff Writer

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Information in the Sheriff’s Blotter is gathered from the dispatch logs provided by the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office. No individual’s names are reported. And those arrested should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.


The following is a summary of activity for Aug 12-16, 2022

August 12

12:04 a.m. Delleker. A caller reports there is a bear in the backyard that possibly has a cub. The caller was advised to contact Fish and Wildlife and was given the number.

Just can’t get enough of the spectacular view

10:12 a.m. Meadow Valley. A caller reports an older pickup is parked in the area near the Spanish Ranch and it has been there for over a week.

Nap time

4:02 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a vehicle parked near the middle of the road blocking the flow of traffic and making vehicles go around it. A female subject is sitting in the vehicle and appears to be just sitting in her car or napping.

Guard dog provides extra service

8:32 p.m. Beckwourth. A caller reports his neighbor’s dog is in his yard barking. It belongs to someone on Chipmunk. The dog nearly bit him a few times when he’s gone outside. 9:03 p.m. Per the deputy, the dog has left the area but is still loose. The owner is known. The information was faxed to Animal Control.


Vehicle rollover

9:41 p.m. Rock Creek. CHP reports a single vehicle rollover on Hwy 70 just west of Grizzley Creek Bridge. It is blocking the roadway and traffic is stopped. Plumas 11 was paged and Cal Fire Butte. USFS will get an engine responding. 9:56 p.m. Plumas 11 requests a helicopter. 10:04 p.m. Plumas 11 requests additional medical from Butte County. 10:16 p.m. Butte County Emergency Services advised on the scene and can handle. Plumas 11 can cancel but to continue the helicopter. 10:22 p.m. A deputy advised the location is just west of Grizzly Creek Bridge. 10:51 p.m. The deputy reports Butte County Medical is transporting one to the loading zone for the helicopter. The vehicle is still blocking both lanes of traffic. The deputy will remain on the scene for traffic control. 11:01 p.m. The deputy advised 1-lane traffic control is underway.

Alien invasion

10:11 p.m. Graeagle. A caller reports his neighbor has called to advise there are motorhomes and other vehicles parked all over his property on Paiute Trail.  10:38 p.m. A deputy advises there are no vehicles in the yard and will call the caller to advise him.


Not beary funny

11:46 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a bear is making entry into the home through the garage door. The caller said her boyfriend is holding the door closed. The caller was advised to exit the home and she refused due to sleeping kids. The caller was told that a unit is responding, but she needs to leave the home for safety. The caller was very upset at this request and disconnected. 11:49 p.m. CHP advised all units are at the traffic accident at Grizzly Creek Bridge. Aug. 13, 12:03 a.m. The male half is calling on 911 and is very angry and still refused to leave. He was advised that units are on the way. The female can be heard in the background screaming. 12:17 a.m. Fish and Wildlife were requested. No units are in the area and the homeowners are to call to make a report. The information was given to the deputy on the scene. 12:23 a.m. A deputy contacted the homeowners who are possibly intoxicated. One non-lethal round was fired and the bear left. The caller said the bear ate food from the garage and attacked some chickens and left trash all over. The caller was provided with the Fish and Wildlife conflict number to make a report.


August 13

Seeking negative attention

4 a.m. Portola. A caller reports a person that keeps lighting a fire at the bus stop in front of the store. The subject keeps lighting it and then putting it out and then relighting. It is too dark to see but it looks to be one person. Beckwourth Fire was paged. 4:29 a.m. Beckwourth Fire said the fire is out. The subject has moved along.

Nothing to lose

11:08 a.m. Greenville. A caller reports someone may have broken into the old substation. The caller said it looks like the safe has been gone through and items are out back. 11:46 a.m. A deputy checked the safe and is unable to determine if anything was stolen. The property outside was already determined to be a total loss.

Party crashers

11:09 a.m. Chester. A caller reports she has the park reserved for her child’s birthday and there are approximately 10 Pacific Crest Trail hikers at the park who are smoking and refusing to leave. 12:25 p.m. A deputy contacted the hikers who were counseled on the County ordinance in the park and agreed to move along.


Hot commodity

2:31 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a chainsaw fell off the truck somewhere on Grizzly Ranch Road. The caller has driven the road in an attempt to locate it but has been unable to find it. 2:54 p.m. A deputy spoke to the caller who does not have the serial number on the chainsaw. It is a Stihl 311 model between 10-15 years old, orange in color with a new chain attached and an aluminum frame on the bottom. 3:12 p.m. The deputy checked the area and was unable to locate the object.


2:36 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a single motorcycle accident on Hwy 70 one mile west of Paxton with possible injuries. PDH was paged. 3:09 p.m. Quincy Fire was paged. 3:19 p.m. Plumas 11 requests a helicopter to Quincy airport. 3:30 p.m. SEMSA ETA is 3:58 p.m. 4:05 p.m. SEMSA is on the ground. 4:18 p.m. SEMSA is off the ground on the way to Renown Hospital.


And the wind whispered … Open Sesame

3:05 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports an alarm activation from the Bus Barn. The responsible party will be responding in a grey Ford F150. There is a valid permit on file. 3:16 p.m. A Sgt. and the responsible party located an open unlocked door that was opened by the wind. Everything is secured now.


3:05 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a dog is locked in a vehicle and in distress. It is attempting to climb out of a cracked passenger window. The vehicle is a white older Ford pickup. 3:15 p.m. Animal Control advised the dog is okay. The air conditioner is running.

The better practice

6:18 p.m. Portola. A caller reports people are camping off the roadway at the east end of Rocky Point Road. There is a motorhome and a van. It appears they have been staying there for an extended period. 6:23 p.m. A deputy contacted the subject and advised him of no overnight camping and provided several places to camp for the night. The subject said he was just resting before driving home.


No helmet

9:21 p.m. Quincy. A caller advises he was hit by a male on a power bike. The male needs medical, no helmet, and is bleeding from the head. The call was transferred to CHP. 9:15 p.m. PDH and Quincy Fire were paged. A second caller reported a male with a head injury and several people are blocking traffic. 9:23 p.m. Fire is clear. 9:30 p.m. One patient is being transported to PDH.

Change of scenery

9:16 p.m. Crescent Mills. A caller reports a male needing to be removed from his home. No medical is needed, the caller wants law enforcement only. It is difficult to hear the caller, the call sounds muffled. 9:46 p.m. A deputy spoke with the caller who said a subject is possibly under the influence of drugs and in the woods near their home in a shed and is having a verbal argument with himself. She advised they are okay. 10:30 p.m. The deputy was diverted to a priority call to assist CHP. August 14, 12:01 a.m. A deputy recontacted the caller. She said the subject is no longer at the residence and does not want contact tonight. The caller will call again if assistance is needed.


Cutting edge

10:26 p.m. Prattville. Ponderosa Flat Campground at Butt Lake is where the campground manager of Rocky Point Campground and his employee at Ponderosa Flats is requesting law enforcement for a male subject with a machete. The caller received the information via text due to no phone service in the area of Butt Lake. The subject is a male camper with a machete. 10:22 p.m. The information was given to CHP and they advised they have a unit responding from Hwy 31, mile marker 7. 11:12 p.m. A male subject was arrested on a charge of drunk in public. 11:47 p.m. A deputy advised they will also be transporting the dog to Animal Control.

That was easy

11:27 p.m. Lake Almanor Peninsula. A caller reports second hand that there is a possible drunk driver at the traffic accident at the main gate on Clifford. The caller was advised that CHP had received a report and that medical is responding. The caller refused to be transferred to CHP. CHP requested a deputy to assist. All deputies are on another call. 11:57 p.m. CHP requests a deputy assist from Canyon Dam. Aug. 14, A male subject was arrested on a charge of drunk driving and driving with an alcohol level over .08 percent.


Late night plea for attention

11:40 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports that someone just drove by and dropped a lit flare at the end of the driveway in front of the mailbox. The caller said while on the phone the flare went out.

August 14

All night long

2:07 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports loud music from the Vet’s Hall. 2:26 a.m. A deputy contacted a member of the party at the Vet’s Hall who agreed to turn down the music.

Shocking hazard

1:53 p.m. Belden. A caller reports a rock came through his window and he now has a possible broken arm and is requesting medical. He is on the west side of traffic control. 2:44 p.m. The caller was transported to PDH.

Up the creek without a paddle … OR a boat

4:47 p.m. Portola. CHP advises found property is located at the CHP substation, 2 kayaks and a small fishing pole


Too early for Halloween haunts

9:32 p.m. Portola. A caller from a business reports a suspicious male who keeps coming in and out of the store scaring female workers. The subject is wearing all black and was last seen in the area of Subway Place. 9:34 p.m. A deputy contacted the subject who was trespassed from the business. The deputy stayed in the area until employees left, and the business is closed.

Doubly unsafe practice in these Fentanyl days

11:23 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports he took a pain pill from an unknown male and has been sick all day. The caller refused an ambulance or any assistance only requests that we “find” the subject and ask him why he gave him the pill. The caller refused to provide further information and became agitated when asked for the location or name. 11:45 p.m. An ambulance was requested to the location. PDH ambulance was paged. August 15, 12:05 a.m. A deputy advised the caller refused medical.


August 15

Worse than a snoring spouse

12:55 a.m. Blairsden. A caller reports an ongoing problem with a dog barking every night through the night. The caller has reported it several times and the issue has not been resolved. 12:57 a.m. The information was faxed to Animal Control.

Put on a sweater

6:59 a.m. Chester. A caller reports two young boys, maybe ages 12-14, are inside Olsen Barn and it looks like there is a small fire. 8:49 a.m. A deputy contacted the juveniles at the Olsen Barn. They were camping with a small warming fire. Fire and the deputy counseled the juveniles and contacted their parents. Three juveniles were identified.


8:35 a.m. Portola. A caller requests that a couple that is at her home, leave. They were only to stay a few days. Two known subjects were identified. 8:52 a.m. A deputy advised it is a civil matter. The subjects left the residence before the deputy arrived. The caller was given proper civil procedures.


Unauthorized exchange program

9:05 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports that a shed was broken into, and also a TV was dumped on the property.

Hunting season? Sparks fly? Danger Will Robinson!

9:35 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports that while hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail in the area of Deer and Summit Lake, there were people in the area that were firing weapons. The caller said she had on an orange safety hat.

You spot it, you got it

10:41 a.m. Greenville. A caller reports a man with a handgun just approached 3 juveniles. The juveniles are all inside with the caller now. One juvenile name was provided. The subjects are 3 men, they are still on the property in a mid-size truck. 10:45 a.m. Request that CHP assist. Units are on a traffic accident. 11:08 a.m. A deputy spoke to the caller. The caller says the subjects are back on a known person’s parent’s property. The caller can’t say if they are using real guns; they are playing cops and robbers. 11:25 a.m. The caller called again to find out when law enforcement will arrive. The caller said they are in the area now. 11:29 p.m. The caller said he is at a location on Reservation Road. 11:39 a.m. The caller was contacted to get a better location. The caller is unable to provide further information.12:15 p.m. The caller was arrested on a charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance. 12:49 p.m. A deputy advised the caller is on drugs and there are not any subjects with guns in the area.


Out of sight is not necessarily out of mind

11:58 a.m. Prattville. A caller reports his truck was broken into at the Prattville boat launch and several items were taken out of the camper shell: a generator, a wake board, and gas cans.

Snake charmer

1:49 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports he was just assaulted by a known male subject. The subject has left the residence and may be on the way to the Chevron station. No medical attention is requested. 2:39 p.m. A Sgt. advised the suspect is subject to charges for assault with a deadly weapon, and assault and battery. Units will be on the look out for the subject. 3:02 p.m. The subject was issued violations from the Courthouse Annex.

Fridge doors

3:37 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports Waste Management took fridge doors off the back deck of the business. Waste Management did say they have the items but will not return the property to the owner. 4:21 p.m. It is a civil issue and Waste Management will return the property.


Organized mayhem: the way we get things done

6:48 p.m. Delleker. A caller reports a board meeting in is progress and members are getting loud and starting to yell. 7:03 p.m. A deputy advised all parties have calmed down at the location.

Home is where the sweet grass is

9:14 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports there are cows in the yard on Green Meadows Lane. 9:16 p.m. A voicemail was left for the owner of the cow.

August 16

Abrupt stop

3:10 a.m. Chilcoot. CHP requests Fire and Medical as a precautionary measure for a vehicle into a ditch. Sierra Valley Fire and EPHC ambulance were paged. 3:18 a.m. CHP advised a response from Fire and Medical. 7:12 a.m. A female driver was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent, and being in an accident that resulted in damage to property.


Night rider

9:22 a.m. Taylorsville. A caller from Sierra Institute advised there may have been a vehicle accident sometime last night. The vehicle is no longer there. There is oil or some other vehicle fluids on the roadway from above the Institute to the corner store, as well as a vehicle bumper and damage to the concrete culvert protectors. 9:27 a.m. The information was shared with County Roads.

Variety of views

10:24 a.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports he has been hearing 2 juveniles screaming for help. He found the kids walking along Hwy 147, maybe ages 3-5. The caller said his girlfriend took the kids to the neighbor’s house. The female that lives there took the kids and said she would contact the parents. The juveniles said the address where they live. 10:28 a.m. While the caller was on the phone, a man pulled up in a Jeep with grey hair and a beard. 11:40 a.m. A deputy advised the children are ages 4 and 6. They were not on the Hwy but on the property looking for a lost dog. The father said he left for 5 minutes to get the dog. The caller said it was more like 15 minutes. Both parents were counseled. The children are okay.


Grace? or graveyard?

1:15 p.m. Chester. A caller reports a reckless driver, there were multiple callers. A white Lincoln SUV with Arizona plates almost took out several vehicles including a logging truck. The call was transferred to CHP. 1:23 p.m. CHP advised the vehicle is now eastbound from the last known location heading westbound into Chester on Hwy 36. CHP advised Lassen County Sheriff’s Office is aware and has two units in the Westwood Area. 2:02 p.m. At 1:28 p.m. a deputy stopped the vehicle on the 10-Rd. CHP responded for an evaluation. 2:27 p.m. A deputy advised CHP to handle, and CHP is on the scene. 2:41 p.m. CHP dispatch advised their unit cited and released the subject.