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Sheriff’s Blotter Aug. 5-11: Wandering cows dominate the action this week

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 5-11, 2022

August 5

The dawn of a new day – not

12:26 a.m. Quincy. A female was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent.

Not crashing, not sinking

9:19 a.m. Chester. A caller advised they will be landing a float plane in approximately 30 minutes. It is white and orange.

Double chipping

10:26 a.m. Lake Almanor Peninsula. A caller requests to speak to a deputy about a check that has been cashed twice. The caller contacted the bank who advised the caller to call the sheriff’s office. The bank will require a report to get money back. 10:39 a.m. A deputy contacted the caller who requested the information on file and the report number for the bank to process the refund.

Just checking

10:53 a.m. Quincy and Chester airports. A caller reports he is a biologist studying wildlife hazards at local airports, scheduled to be spotlighting at Quincy airport on Aug. 6 and at Chester airport on Aug. 7 in a red Range Rover with Nevada plates “Druid.”

Holed up

11:07 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports he received info that homeless individuals have cut a hole in their fence and are illegally staying on the property. It is the area behind Feather Publishing on the north side of the bike path on American Valley Community Service District property.

Bold move

11:46 a.m. Chester. A caller requests assistance with power poles being cut down illegally and the roadway being blocked at the south end of the reservoir. There is an older blue Dodge Dakota with a male and a female. 12:27 p.m. A deputy contacted USFS and requests contact with PG&E to handle the power lines. The location is the south end of Butt Lake. 12:28 p.m. USFS advised PG&E has been contacted and on scene. The deputy is cleared from the scene. USFS is to handle.

Maybe in the ocean but not in the lake

12:03 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a jet ski with a dark green hull is driving erratically. The subjects are unknown but are staying at Haskins Camp. The caller requests Boat Patrol contact. 12:16 p.m. A second caller provided further information. A male subject was issued a violation traveling in excess of 5 mph in a restricted speed area.

Break in

4:49 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports the house was broken into in the last 24 hours. The caller said property is missing — a computer and jewelry. The caller said there was forced entry through the bedroom window.

Official business

6:12 p.m. Chilcoot. A caller reports something hanging over wires (possibly balloons). There are wires down on the road. Sierra Valley Fire was paged. 6:18 p.m. USFS is on the way to check for a threat to wildland. 6:24 p.m. The wires are not live, they will move them to the side of the road, and all other incoming units can cancel. 6:35 p.m. It was a deflated weather balloon (weather government). It has no other identifying info so they will throw it away.

August 6


10:04 a.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports an injured skier on a boat with an obviously broken leg. The caller is near Hamilton Branch, the boat will be going toward Big Cover Marina to meet medical services. It is a black and yellow boat. 10:06 a.m. An ambulance is headed to the Marina. 10:54 a.m. A deputy and Boat Patrol advised the medics will handle.

Vehicle into tree

7:44 p.m. Taylorsville. A caller reports a single car accident into a tree, it is partially on the roadway. There is a single male occupant trapped in the vehicle and barely conscious. The call was transferred to CHP. Indian Valley Fire was paged, as well as Crescent Mills Fire and a PDH ambulance. 8:04 p.m. Careflight was requested and accepted with an ETA of 8:38 p.m. 8:14 p.m. Plumas 11 requests Quincy Fire for airbag extrication equipment. 8:30 p.m. Notification of 45-minute extrication time. 9:21 p.m. Plumas 11 requests a second helicopter to the loading zone for a 20-year-old with a head injury. The ETA is 9:44 p.m. 11:09 p.m. Both patients were transported via helicopter. 11:10 p.m. The parent contact info was given to CHP.

Good Samantha

10:10 p.m. Taylorsville. CHP has a cross traffic driver that is intoxicated that pulled up to the scene of an accident. She was arrested on a drunk driving charge.

August 7

Strike while the iron is hot

7:08 a.m. Chester. A caller reports she wants help with detox, she is very hysterical. The call pings to the beach at the end of First Ave. in Chester. The boyfriend is in a tent next to the truck. The caller denied having weapons, just a needle for IV drug use, and no more drugs, used the last of them yesterday about 4 p.m. 8 p.m. The female patient was transported to the hospital. 8:40 a.m. A deputy contacted the male half who was camped legally. He was given service on a suspended license and agreed to move along but not drive.

Insecure about being unsecured

1:38 p.m. Chester. A caller reports a truck passed him on Hwy 36 coming into Chester and an ice chest fell off the suspect vehicle and hit his (vehicle) causing damage. The caller said he is near Watson Road in a gray 2019 Ford Eco Sport.

And did you happen to catch the cow’s name?

3:27 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports there is a cow in the backyard, they may belong to a known person, and an attempt was made to contact them. 4 p.m. The cow has now moved into someone else’s property at the end of Sunset Driver. The caller will call again if the cow enters the roadway. 4:12 p.m. The suspected owner called and said the cow is not his, but it may belong to another known person. Attempts were made to contact that person. 7:56 p.m. The caller said the cow is no longer in the area of his residence.

It’s a trend

6:28 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports a cow is in the area. It may belong to Circle Key Ranch. There is a hole in the fence. The caller is attempting to contact the owner. The caller contacted the person who said he is on the way to get the cow back into the correct area.

Dangerous game

6:52 p.m. Chilcoot. A caller reports a female running in and out of traffic causing an argument with herself. 7:19 p.m. CHP said they were unable to locate the subject but will continue to be on the lookout in the area. 7:23 p.m. CHP is out with the female on Hwy 70. CHP advised the deputy can cancel.

Visions of Gilligan revisited

9:12 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports he is stuck in the middle of Lake Almanor on an inflatable raft near Canyon Dam boat ramp. His phone is at 4 percent. A unit is on the way to their location in the water. 10:52 p.m. They cannot find the caller but will continue to look for them on the lake. 11:02 p.m. A second call came in from a friend who said he is on Pirate Cove Beach and the friend is directly in front of them about a mile and a half out (in the water). While on the landline SIFC advised they have the party on board.

August 8

Can’t sleep in a strange bed

6:13 a.m. Quincy. The Emergency Room requests assistance with a 5150 patient who left the ER on foot out the front door in a hospital gown. The subject was last seen eastbound from the hospital toward Quincy. 6:19 a.m. Contacted CHP, who placed the hold. They will call an officer out to assist. 6:22 a.m. PDH advised the patient returned.

Things not to do

11:24 a.m. Mohawk. A caller requests medical for a male who was smoking while using his oxygen and caught on fire. The fire is out but they are requesting medical services. The caller was transferred to EPHC. 11:49 a.m. The patient signed an Against Medical Advice release.

Not conducive with landscaping design

4:40 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports PG&E has put lights on the property, and she wants them removed. 5:32 p.m. A Sgt. contacted the caller. The lights were placed by the Sheriff’s Office with the caller’s permission, however the caller needs them removed now due to construction on the property. The Sgt. will follow up.

Mooooove back home

7:38 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports a cow in her yard. She is worried about the safety of the kids. 7:41 p.m. The owner of the cow said he will be on the way to the area.

August 9

Car campers

9:29 a.m. Portola. A caller reports a homeless camp of about 12 cars in the area.

Good awareness

3:12 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports his neighbor is mowing his lawn and is hitting rocks. The caller is concerned over fire safety.

Wants help

4:08 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a male subject is outside the Ohana House causing a disturbance and sitting on the porch dialing the office “over and over again.” The male subject was told they are unable to provide him any other services and would like him to be trespassed. 4:38 p.m. A Sgt. gave a trespassed warning for the address and the subject was taken back to his camp.

Bear down in roadway

4:17 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports she just hit a bear in the roadway. The caller is not injured. The bear is still in the roadway blocking traffic.

Hold on a minute

7:50 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a vehicle crashed into the business and caused damage. There are no injuries. It is a black vehicle headed toward Lee Road.

Gardening mishap

9:36 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports that a red Suburban drove onto her flower bed and almost hit her and her dog. This happened about 2 hours ago. The possible license plate was provided.

August 10

Reality version of No Doz

3:49 a.m. Blairsden. A caller reports an ongoing issue with a neighbor’s dog barking all through the night. The owner was known. 3:52 a.m. Animal Control was faxed. 6:06 a.m. A second caller called in and said the dog has been barking since last night, it is an ongoing problem with the dog barking non-stop every night.


9:10 a.m. Chester. A caller requested to speak with someone regarding the triathlon and procedures for boats and kayaks. He said he is in charge of the pontoon boats and the kayak section of the event.

Who needs a car?

9:40 a.m. Cromberg. A caller reports there is a car in a ditch. It is unknown if it just occurred or if the vehicle has been there. It is on Hwy 70 from Mt. Tomba Road. It is unknown if anyone is in the vehicle, and unknown injuries. 9:44 a.m. Long Valley Fire and PDH were paged, code 3. 9:49 a.m. CHP reports the vehicle has no wheels, it may have fallen off a big rig, it is not a new traffic accident.

Let her by

9:57 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports a possible impaired driver is crossing over the double yellow line; it is a black Toyota compact with “Murder” written in the back window.

More coffee

4:31 p.m. Chilcoot. A caller reports a possible drunk driver. The subject hit a guard rail then pulled over at the Chilcoot Goodwin Store.

Good boy

5:22 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports her 5-year-old son walked out of the house while she was working out and she can’t find him. He is in blue pajamas. 5:27 p.m. The caller said that the child is not missing and was in bed and is okay.

Like a fish caught in discarded fishing line?

7:14 p.m. Maybe. A caller reports finding a dead bear while on a walk. The bear is wrapped up in a rope, it appears accidental. The road is off USFS road 23N33. The information was sent to Fish and Wildlife.

One stop

8:36 p.m. Quincy. A male subject was arrested on charges of being under the influence of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Part specific

8:47 p.m. Beckwourth. A caller reports theft of an antique car axel off of his property.


10:41 p.m. Crescent Mills. A caller reports her neighbor has a goat in distress, can hear it inside a locked barn. She has gone over to the home, but no one is answering the door. The subject owner is known. Another known person knows the family and may be able to help.

Sweet, sweet love

10:48 p.m. Portola. A caller reports his ex-wife is vandalizing his car in front of the Bank Club. She is possibly headed home. 11:13 p.m. A deputy reports no vandalism. The subject poured chocolate milk powder on the vehicle.

August 11

Nose job

12:41 a.m. Portola. A caller reports that a known subject bit him on the nose tonight and wants a deputy to contact him by phone or in person, the caller left it up to the deputy. The caller refused medical.

Please send them home

8:22 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports a bear or other animal attacked and killed several of his goats last night. The number for Fish and Wildlife was provided. 8:35 a.m. The caller said two goats are missing, possibly just got out, in case someone finds them. He also spoke to Fish and Wildlife.

No burning, no burning, no burning

9:18 a.m. Chester. A caller reports his shed is on fire. It started when he was burning weeds. The info was sent to a deputy who is on the way from Greenville. 9:28 a.m. The caller’s wife called in to say the fire is spreading and the caller was informed the Fire Department is on the way. 11:36 a.m. The deputy said Fire will handle.

Clean up on aisle 4

10:59 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports there is fire wood along the road to Meadow Valley, west of Riverdance, and it is causing a hazard. The information was sent to CHP.

Let’s hope not

2:48 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller requests assistance with finding out if the water in Lake Almanor is safe to swim in. The caller said that she heard someone went to Seneca Hospital due to swimming in the area and found that the person contracted a bacterial infection that caused them to go to another more equipped hospital. The caller was advised to contact Plumas County Public Health. (Plumas News contacted Public Health and was told it is not an illness that the entity would track.)

Toot toot

3:22 p.m. Portola. A caller reports ongoing issues with the trains blowing their horns. A Sgt. said he will call the complaining party, but the caller was already advised four times to contact the train company.

The cow that LOVES to get out and about

4:48 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports the cow is loose again. 4:57 p.m. The owner said he will send someone out to get the cow.

BBQ season with all the newly needed accessories

7:56 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a bonfire in the middle of the park and a party going on in the park. 8:06 p.m. All fire can cancel. 8:08 p.m. A deputy advised contacting the subject at the fire. They have a fire extinguisher and water. The subject has already gotten permission from Facility Services and is using the designated fire pit.

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