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Sheriff’s Blotter Dec. 20-29: Items missing from homes and vehicles; dangerous road conditions

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 Dec. 20-29

December 20

Thoughts that wake us in the night

2:35 a.m. Almanor. A caller is rambling about knowing presidents and being stolen at birth. The caller reports reading books. No crime, no assistance needed.

In a rush

7:36 a.m. Chester. A caller is reporting a reckless driver outside of Westwood heading westbound toward Chester. The suspect is driving a black Dodge Ram and passing on double yellow lines. The call was transferred to CHP.

Almost lunch time

10:46 a.m. Portola. A deputy received a report of two juveniles missing again. 11:44 a.m. A deputy advised the juveniles returned to mother.


1:14 p.m. Meadow Valley. A deputy received a report of possible animal abuse.

Power on, power off

1:22 p.m. Delleker. A caller reports her sister and her friend are harassing her via Facebook. The information is on file only and the caller recontact if further assistance is needed.


2:43 p.m. Chester. A caller reports they can see smoke on the west shore of Lake Almanor from Hwy 89 and the west shore. The call was transferred to SIFC.

I’ve grown accustomed to your face

5:57 p.m. Beckwourth. CHP transferred a caller who reports she got out of jail today and is in an argument with her husband. There are no drugs involved. 6:42 p.m. A deputy reports contact with both parties who agreed to keep the peace.

Is that you brother?

6:13 p.m. Lake Almanor. CHP transferred a caller who reports his brother, who also lives inside the same house, forced his way into the home. The caller was advised this is not a crime.

Hard to see

7:05 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a vehicle off the roadway on the southbound side of Hwy A23 three-quarters of a mile south of Hwy 70. The caller did not see the vehicle go off, and it is unknown if anyone is inside the dark-colored Dodge pickup. The call was transferred to CHP. Beckwourth Fire and EPHC were paged. 7:20 p.m. The vehicle is occupied; CHP to handle.

Winter weather, early darkness, other drivers: caution

8:06 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a vehicle overturned with two occupants; one is trapped. The call was transferred to CHP. Beckwourth Fire and EPHC were paged. 8:11 p.m. The caller called back and said a family member showed up on the scene and there is a confrontation of some type. The call disconnected. 8:16 p.m. Per Fire, the vehicle is blocking the southbound lane, possible hit and run northbound from the scene location, a white truck- no further information. The information was given to CHP.

I really need a good cup of coffee

8:34 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports his brother just stole his vehicle. The subject has behavioral issues and is off his medication. The vehicle is a yellow Chevy Camaro with black stripes. He left four minutes ago, possibly heading to Starbucks in Susanville. The call was transferred to CHP. 8:48 p.m. CHP advised the caller does not want a stolen vehicle report. He requests law enforcement be on the lookout for the subject and vehicle and call them if located.

New neighbors

10:17 p.m. Meadow Valley. A caller reports the neighbor’s alarm is going off for the last half hour. It is unknown if the owners are home, they just recently moved in. 10:47 p.m. A Sgt. advised a malfunctioning smoke alarm was left outside. The Sgt. disabled it.

December 21


1:04 a.m. Crescent Mills. A caller reports a suspicious orange glow possibly in the trees. The caller advises they are looking through binoculars but cannot determine what the glow is. 1:07 a.m. The information was given to a deputy to check the area. 1:19 a.m. A deputy advises the only orange glow visible is a street lamp. All is well.

Early morning excavation

1:57 a.m. Beckwourth. A caller reports four people rummaging through a vehicle that is off in a ditch. The caller advises attempted to help, but they ran off when the caller stopped. The caller believes it is an old traffic accident and does not believe anyone was injured, just suspicious. The caller could not provide further suspect information or vehicle description.. 2:01 a.m. The information was given to deputies to see if the information was associated with another case, but it was not. 2:37 a.m. Deputies advised attempting to contact the registered owner, however no space number was provided for the address. The area was searched but unable to locate anyone in need of assistance-the vehicle does not look crashed.


8:41 a.m. Lake Almanor. A caller is rambling about wanting cell phone records from when he moved. The information is on file only.


9:55 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports her car was broken into sometime last night or this morning. A backpack and speaker were stolen. 10:46 a.m. The caller requests patrol checks in the area.


2:04 p.m. Delleker. A caller reports a possible threat to law enforcement. The caller works for a law firm and is attempting to assist a client. No specific means were mentioned. The suspect advised “It will be a bloody Sunday” if she doesn’t get what she needs. 2:59 p.m. A deputy contacted the caller who relayed a message from the suspect who stated, “I’m going to take a bat to the officer’s head.” There was no reference to a direct deputy. No credible threat at this time.

The opposite of a “sweet release”

2:28 p.m. Tobin. Cal OES advised due to drilling in the road there was a release of approximately 10 gallons of Bentonite. The release is ongoing but being monitored by the caller. The caller will conduct spill mitigation and clean up.


6:31 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports that one subject shot something at her vehicle as she was driving and left a small dent.

Freezing night

9:16 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a pipe burst and needs the water turned off. The information was sent to the City Manager.

Hot house

9:20 p.m. Chester. A caller reports a house fire and people are possibly still in the house. The caller is refusing to answer any other questions, only repeatedly yelling “Fire!” The caller was transferred to SIFC. 9:31 p.m. A deputy advises no structure fire. It is an oil fire on a stove that has now been extinguished but requests that medical continue.


9:21 p.m. Clio. A caller requests medical for an 80-year-old male with trouble breathing. Graeagle Fire was paged and EPHC. 9:57 p.m. Fire advises the patient now has chest pain radiating down both arms and requests a helicopter. All helicopters declined for weather. 10:15 p.m. Transporting one to Renown by ground transportation.


9:21 p.m. Chester. A caller reports an ATM at the bank ate his ATM card. The caller was advised to contact the bank.

December 22


1:20 a.m. Portola. A male subject was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and probation violation.

No sleep

4:22 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports “the mattress kids” are outside running around her house and threatening her. The caller is also concerned about people at the neighbor’s house.


7:09 a.m. Greenville. A caller reports a driver for the company has not returned from last night. The truck shows the last location is north of Greenville. The vehicle is a large 26’ ATV truck.

Trouble at home

11:32 a.m. Chester. A caller requests to speak to a deputy regarding her son coming into the house and taking things. 12:01 p.m. A deputy advised civil procedures were provided.

Down in the holler

3:33 p.m. Camp Layman. A caller reports he found a dog in the area and is concerned because two dogs have been found in the area.


3:53 p.m. Portola. A caller reports evicted tenants are back in a house, possibly broke through the back or side door. The subjects were named, and vehicle described. 4:06 p.m. A deputy advised speaking to a female who was getting property out of the alleyway.

Monkey business

4:02 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a theft at American Valley Hardware early this afternoon. The male subject is in his late 50’s, Caucasian, gray hair with a beanie and jacket driving an older model Chevy Z71, white with a grey stripe on the bottom, missing the front bumper. There are large wooden racks with hooks and a cover over the bed. A Gorilla cart was stolen, a $300 value, from the hardware store.

No shelter from the storm

4:32 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports $8,000 worth of windows stolen off his property, seven metal windows. It happened approximately 10-14 days ago.


5:23 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports hearing voices in the walls, voices made threats to shoot him, voices are still in his house and requests a deputy immediately. The caller claims to know the suspect and refused to give further information until a deputy arrives. 6:54 p.m. A subject was arrested on a charge of drunk in public.

False guard

8:14 p.m. Beckwourth. A caller reports the train crossing signal arms are down with no train. The call was transferred to CHP.

December 23

Straying from the runway

10:32 a.m. Portola. A caller reports a reckless driver passing cars at a high rate of speed in a dark GMC pickup on Hwy 70 westbound from Nervino Airport.

Merry Christmas!

10:37 a.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports the neighbor is harassing her by standing outside and yelling. 11:14 a.m. A deputy advised it was a verbal argument only. Civil and Temporary Restraining Order procedures were provided to both parties.

Stolen vehicle

12:39 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a car was stolen from outside American Valley Hardware. It is a Honda Element, burnt orange with a grey bottom.

No good

12:44 p.m. Taylorsville. A caller reports a propane tank leaking outside, can smell it from inside the house. Crescent Mills and Indian Valley Fire were paged. 1:35 p.m. Assistance complete.

Tick, tick, tick

1:03 p.m. Meadow Valley. A caller reports a silver Honda Civic in a Meadow Valley parking lot, left for one day. The information was transferred to CHP.

Not shopping

8:35 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports two girls stole from the grocery store at approximately 5:49 p.m. They possibly stole face masks, ice cream, and essential oils. 9 p.m. A deputy advised contacting the store employees. The employees only requests that the subjects are trespassed from the store and that a trespass warning be given to both juveniles. 9:29 p.m. A deputy advised contacting the parent. The parent advised the child is not home and will recontact tomorrow when the juvenile returns so the juvenile can be trespassed from the store.

Personal call

8:48 p.m. Chester. An accidental 911 call came in, spoke with the caller who advised she placed her phone in her bra and it dialed. There is no emergency information on file.

Home for the holidays

10:43 p.m. Cromberg. A male subject was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent, and for violating probation.

December 24

A not so merry Christmas Eve

5:27 a.m. Graeagle. A caller reports that he is stuck in the middle of the road in his Uhaul truck. He is stuck due to the ice and snow. The caller confirmed the vehicle is on the roadway. There was no accident, the vehicle is just stuck.

Happy trails

7:43 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports their passport was stolen out of the residence. 8:14 a.m. A Sgt. advised speaking to the caller. There is no crime, the caller misplaced the passport.

Eyes up

4:17 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports rockslides in the area. CHP and Caltrans are already on the way.

All tuckered out

4:56 p.m. Portola. A caller reports neighbors are in a verbal argument inside their residence. The caller said she has heard them yelling at each other all day long for the last three days, it sounds verbal only. 5:11 p.m. One subject is on 5150-hold at PDH. 6:03 p.m. A Sgt. contacted one of the subjects who denied any sort of argument and advised her neighbors have been harassing her.

December 25

Not the merriest Christmas gift

2:48 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller requests an ambulance for a female aged 17 who fell on the ice and has a broken leg. The call was transferred to SIFC.

Cold water

2:53 p.m. Blairsden. A caller reports she has a broken water pipe inside the residence and requests assistance turning the water off. Plumas Eureka Fire and Graeagle Fire were paged. 4:40 p.m. Assistance complete.

No Yule log

5:04 p.m. Vinton. A female caller is screaming that she just got home and her trailer is on fire. The caller was hysterical and could not provide the address or any further information. Sierra Valley Fire was paged. 5:15 p.m. Mutual aid was requested from Beckwourth Fire, and a water tender was paged. 5:17 p.m. The caller called back and said the fire has been extinguished. 5:20 p.m. The caller called again and said the fire truck passed her house. 5:21 p.m. Mutual aid was canceled.

Christmas done come and gone

5:42 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a verbal argument with her boyfriend, who is refusing to leave her house. She has kids in the house, and he is causing an argument and yelling in front of them. The male could be heard yelling in the background that he needs his car keys so he can leave. 6:21 p.m. A Sgt. contacted the female who said it was a verbal argument only. The male half left before the Sgt. arrived. The Sgt. will be on the lookout for the subject.

Christmas blues

7:06 p.m. Beckwourth. A caller requested a welfare check on a 60-year-old friend who was supposed to come over for dinner and never showed up. The caller went over to the subject’s residence and the lights are on but there was no answer at the door. 7:34 p.m. Deputies contacted the subject who is okay.

December 26


6:32 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports an argument between a male and female. The argument was possibly physical, but it is unknown for sure. The mail half is currently outside the residence banging on the door and yelling. There are unknown weapons. 6:57 a.m. A Sgt. contacted both parties in the residence who advised no argument. Both parties are very intoxicated and were being loud but agreed to keep the peace.

Out in the cold

10:01 a.m. Portola. A caller is concerned about two short haired German Shepherd dogs that are always outside. The caller is requesting Animal Control to check on the dogs safter in cold weather.

Crash car

12:56 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a hit and run to the neighbor’s vehicle and fence. The neighbor is out of town. The suspect’s vehicle is a white Subaru; he has video footage from a Ring camera. The call was transferred to CHP. 1:10 p.m. A caller reports her boyfriend is intoxicated outside pounding on doors and windows. The caller locked the subject out and does not want him there. 1:20 p.m. A Sgt. contacted the caller who advised it is a verbal argument only. The subject was gone upon arrival. He left in a vehicle extremely intoxicated. 1:24 p.m. CHP is on the lookout for the subject after a hit and run. The subject left on foot, bailed from the vehicle. Multiple 911 calls came in from people who witnessed the incident. All calls were transferred to CHP. 1:24 p.m. A 911 caller reports the subject is currently running eastbound from the 600 block of Jackson St. 1:38 p.m. The subject was detained and turned over to CHP.  1:42 p.m. CHP requested medical services for a subject at Jackson and Buchanan Streets. PDH was paged. 3:33 p.m. CHP arrested a male subject on charges of driving under the influence, violation of probation, resisting arrest, and failure to comply with a lawful order.


2:02 p.m. Cromberg. A caller reports a vehicle accident, vehicle vs. rocks just west of Two Rivers Road on Hwy 70. The occupants are out of the vehicle. One occupant is complaining of leg pain. The caller was transferred to CHP. No medical is needed.

Waiting for the snow to freeze

3:35 p.m. Hamilton Branch. A caller reports her husband left their house in Westwood intoxicated after an argument. She located his truck parked at the “fish ladder” in Clear Creek Junction. The caller located a note in his truck. She was hesitant to provide what the letter said or further details because she didn’t want him to go to jail or the hospital. 3:48 p.m. Contacted Lassen County due to the location being unfamiliar and advised it may be in their county. 4:12 p.m. The location is just inside Plumas County. The caller said her husband left home at 1 p.m. and has been missing since then. It is unknown how long he has been in the woods. She is calling from the location where she found his truck. Her husband should have his phone but she “doesn’t know his phone number.” 4:21 p.m. A deputy contacted the subject who said he is not wanting to self-harm; he was just trying to get away from his wife and go for a walk. 4:26 p.m. The subject contacted via 911, he is about 1.5 miles over the bridge at the fish ladder. His tracks are the only tracks in the snow. He is not lost but he is too intoxicated to walk back to his truck and needs assistance. He was planning on waiting until the snow froze because the snow is too soft for him to walk through. 4:54 p.m. The subject said he has started walking back to his truck. No SAR for now. 5:11 p.m. Deputies are out with the subject, and he was arrested for drunk in public. 5:47 p.m. The subject on the way to jail.

The hazards of fun

3:46 p.m. La Porte. A caller reports a snowmobile accident on the roadway right where they stop plowing in La Porte. There are two injuries. One driver’s head is “split open.” The caller is on La Porte Fire Dept. and needed to hang up to go get equipment. SAR is not needed, the subjects are on the roadway at the warming hut. Fire units are on the scene. One patient has a head laceration and will be transported by ground shortly.

False indicators

7:04 p.m. Chester. A caller reports an erratic driver. The call was transferred to CHP. 7:11 p.m. The driver turned into Lake Almanor West, no vehicle description was given but the vehicle was swerving and using their blinker when not turning. CHP will be on the lookout.

Needing a cup of cocoa and a nice tucking in

11:52 p.m. Graeagle. A 911 open line- nothing heard. There is a possible scratching sound, like in a pocket. Now can hear possible faint crying. No previous calls have come from the number. 1:02 p.m. Deputies contacted the subject who was intoxicated and agitated about welfare check but ultimately is okay inside the residence.

December 27


1:32 a.m. Quincy.  A Sgt. advises a vehicle was hit by a tree on Bucks Lake Road near Old Meadow Valley Road. 2:36 p.m. The tree was removed from the road. CHP will handle.

Connection goes cold

5:57 a.m. Taylorsville. Frontier advises of a landline outage for 350 people. A tech has been assigned but there is no ETA on restoration.

Double no

2:14 p.m. Quincy. A male subject was charged with violation of probation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Unruly pack

2:49 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports her husband was bit by her neighbor’s dogs and was treated at PDH. The incident occurred Dec. 22 and she was advised PDH would report it. The dog owner was named and the caller was provided the case number. The caller said there were four Australian-type dogs.

Who let the love out?

8:07 p.m. Chilcoot. A caller reports her ex vandalized her vehicle to the point of it being undriveable while it was parked at a friend’s house this afternoon. The caller is in Portola. 8:52 p.m. The caller said her ex claimed he was going back to the Chilcoot area driving an unregistered vehicle. The call was transferred to CHP. 10:20 p.m. The caller recontacted and said she is now receiving harassing texts from her ex and would like contact.

December 28


9:39 a.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports suspicious people may be living in the residence. The cleaning lady was allowing people to live in the residence, it is unknown if someone is actually there at this time. 11:03 a.m. A deputy advised it is a civil issue between the landlord and cleaning company.

A dog’s life

1:27 p.m. Belden. A caller reports a dog is in the water and advised people are in the area. The information was faxed to Animal Control.

This is not your room

4:36 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports an intoxicated female is trying to sleep in her garage and refusing to leave. There is no drug use, alcohol only. 4:46 p.m. A female subject was charged with drunk in public and a violation of probation.

Sister’s the keeper

6:31 p.m. Portola. A sister requests a welfare check on a subject who is detoxing, hasn’t been able to get a hold of her since this afternoon. 6:40 p.m. The information was sent to deputies. 6:55 p.m. Medics were requested for possible DTs. EPHC was paged. 7:24 p.m. Transporting one.

Too late at the Inn

11:02 p.m. Quincy. CHP arrested a male subject on charges of driving under the influence and driving with an alcohol blood level over .08 percent on Hwy 70 at Mt. Hough Ranger Station.

December 29

Sliding into the New Year

12:31 a.m. Portola. A caller reports a single vehicle spinout with no injuries. CHP was informed.

Locals privilege

5:48 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports that his vehicle is stuck in the snow about one mile from the Snake Lake Campground on Snake Lake Road. He has been stuck for about 12 hours and needs a tow truck to get him out. He is in a 2009 Subaru Outback. The information was given to CHP. 6:02 a.m. CHP advised that they are unable to go get the caller and requests SAR assistance. The caller advised that he needs to get his car due to not living in the area. CHP advised the caller that he would need to get a tow truck himself and pay for it. 7:13 a.m. CHP advised their unit is in the area but is unable to locate the subject so far and is unable to continue due to snow. 10:32 a.m. SAR advised the party was located and is back on the roadway.

Elder fund

10:14 a.m. Chester. A caller reports her mom came to visit, the 83-year-old lost $400-500 in cash. The caller lives in Portola. The only place they went was Gumba’s in Blairsden. The caller would like the info on file if anyone found it.

Rocks on the skating rink

10:33 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports rocks in the roadway on the way to Meadow Valley at Slate Creek Road. Cars can still drive through the area. The information was sent to CHP and County Roads.


12:05 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller came to the Chester substation to report that a known person had filled out an address forwarding form for the caller’s mail. The subject forwarded the caller’s mail to a PO box in Chester without the caller’s knowledge or permission. The subject filled out the form at the Westwood post office in Lassen County. The caller requested the information on file only at this time.


12:46 p.m. Portola. 600 sandbags were delivered to the north side of the fire station.

Extreme measures

12:50 p.m. Quincy. Probation advised an ankle monitor was cut off and there is blood at the residence. The subject was identified.

A little help please

3:35 p.m. Chilcoot. Sierra Valley needs sand and 1,000 sand bags. They can be left next to the US Forest Service sign to the left on Hwy 70.


3:42 p.m. Beckwourth. A caller reports his vehicle tires were slashed.

Gun theft

4:30 p.m. Chester. A caller reports a weapon was stolen out of the residence within the last few days, a Winchester 30-30.


9:13 p.m. Quincy. A caller requests a check of a subject’s home. The caller believes there were some items stolen over the last couple of days and doesn’t want anything else stolen.

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