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Sheriff’s Blotter Dec. 5-7: Car wrecks, rock slides, fire, and phones down … winter time

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. 5-7

December 5

Slip sliding away

12:13 a.m. Canyon Dam. A caller reports a vehicle slid off the road into a ditch at the Canyon Dam turnoff. The driver is out of the vehicle with no injuries and only needs assistance with a tow. The information was transferred to CHP. 3:33 a.m. CHP advises that at 12:57 a.m. a male driver was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.

Trying to prevent a rude awakening

5:56 a.m. Canyon Dam. A caller reports a small truck is pulled off on the side of the road at Rocky Point Campground and Hwy 89 with flashers on. The caller attempted to contact the driver, no answer, but the caller can tell someone is sleeping in the driver’s seat. The caller is afraid the vehicle will be hit due to icy road conditions and the position of the vehicle.

Car troubles

7:24 a.m. Mohawk. A caller reports two vehicles off the road at Filpini Flats. 7:29 a.m. A unit advises the vehicles should be able to get out without assistance.

Flagger settles in

7:57 a.m. Canyon Dam. A caller reports a vehicle is off the side of the road on Hwy 89, half a mile north of Canyon Dam. A man tried to flag her down in a teal pickup with a camper. The call was transferred to CHP. 8:26 a.m. The subject started a small fire to keep warm.

Crunch time

8:06 a.m. Westwood. A caller called in about an accident on the side of the road. CHP already dispatched a unit to the scene on Clifford Drive.

Winter road block

9:26 a.m. Greenville. A caller reports a large snow mound at the train bridge on Hwy 89 after Canyon Dam coming down toward Greenville at the Wolf Creek overpass. The call was transferred to CHP.

Bumper cars

9:52 a.m. Beckwourth. A car slid off the road into another car off the road. The call was transferred to CHP. 10:02 a.m. The cars are separated.

Trouble on the mountain

10:46 a.m. Quincy. 911 and phone lines are down and unable to make completed calls. A 911 call from East County was directed to CHP Chico. 10:50 a.m. AT&T issued a trouble ticket number. 10:52 Staff report cell and landline from Chester to dispatch did not go through. 10:53 a.m. Frontier and AT&T lines are down, some landlines and all 911. A call from Portola to 911 was routed to Chico CHP. The landline from the Sheriff’s Office came in on the administration line 283-6300. 11:03 a.m. All landlines and 911’s are down County-wide. Working on rerouting. 11:07 a.m. Calls are routed to Sierra County Sheriff Office. 11:12 a.m. SIFCI, LCSO, SCSO and CHP are aware. 12:13 p.m. A text 911 with Verizon and T-Mobile are working. AT&T and US Cellular are down. 5:40 p.m. All lines are back up. CHP, LSCO, SCSO were notified. 5:50 p.m. 911 and phone services are back online for all of the County.

Hand off

12:23 p.m. Quincy. A caller has a known person’s keys and will be gone for a couple of hours. The caller would like a deputy to take the keys to her. The subject is unable to make it up the stairs. 3:05 p.m. A Sgt. advised the property has been returned to the owner.

The Big Lebowski

12:37 p.m. A big rig is stuck in the snow on Hwy 70 one mile east of the CHP office in Quincy. While on the line the subject got out and no further assistance is needed. The 911 call was transferred from Sierra County Sheriff’s Office.

Winter fire

5:04 p.m. Blairsden. A caller reports the neighbor’s house is on fire on C Road. It is unknown if the house is occupied. The address is unknown, but it is the house next to the Fire Station. The house is fully engulfed. There are multiple propane tanks in the area, and one is on fire. The caller was frantic, yelling at multiple people in the area to leave and could not answer further questions. 5:16 p.m. Eastern Plumas Fire was paged. 5:42 p.m. Another caller on C Road stated the neighbor’s house is fully engulfed and they can see the fire is spreading quickly. It is unknown if the residence is occupied. 5:18 p.m. Mutual aid was requested. Beckwourth Fire, Graeagle Fire and Plumas Eureka Fire were all paged. Eastern Plumas Fire was paged and responded. 5:36 p.m. A deputy contacted the homeowner who was the only occupant in the residence. 8 p.m. A unit was cleared from the scene. Dec. 6, 1:40 a.m. A unit advises terminating the incident, some hot spots remain. Fire personnel will return in the morning to do checks.

Summit situation

7:11 p.m. Spring Garden. A caller advised there is a disabled big rig partially blocking the eastbound lane on Hwy 70 at the top of Lee Summit. The information was given to CHP.

Wait in the car

8:34 p.m. Delleker. A caller reports his cousin came to his house intoxicated and left driving eastbound from the residence. The subject was a female. 8:38 p.m. The information was given to CHP and a deputy. 8:44 p.m. A deputy contacted the subject who has a sober driver.

Flood line

11:53 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports that her RV is flooding for an unknown reason. She believes she just needs to shut off the water outside but is afraid to fall in the snow and not be able to get back up. 11:59 p.m. The information was given to a deputy who will assist. Dec. 6, 12:37 a.m. Assistance was complete.

December 6

Looking for tracks

12:45 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports two known people are throwing things at her house and trying to open the windows, threatening her life. 1:07 a.m. A Sgt. checked the area, unfounded. Snow is undisturbed around the caller’s residence.

One accidental discharge can ruin your whole day

4:04 a.m. Quincy. A caller reported the accidental discharge of a firearm sometime late yesterday evening. The caller advised the gun was jammed then accidentally fired. There was no injury, but the caller said it hit a neighbor’s shed. The neighbor’s first name was known. The caller said he was extremely shaken up and did not go speak with the neighbor yet. 4:17 a.m. The information was given to the Sgt. who advises, since there was no injury and no pertinent history with the caller, to hold it for the dayshift. 9:07 a.m. A deputy advises accidental, and all parties are okay. No injuries and no vandalism.

Too much of a good thing

4:57 a.m. Portola. A caller requests medical services for a 40-year-old female that is unresponsive but breathing, possibly due to alcohol poisoning. Beckwourth Fire was paged and EPHC. 5:40 a.m. One was transported to the hospital.


12:25 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a rock slide on Bucks Lake Road. The call was transferred to CHP and the information was given to County Roads.

Looking for adventure, whatever comes our way

12:54 p.m. Portola. A caller reports an older male, maybe in his 60’s, is on the back side of Lake Davis Road, northwest of Beckwourth/Taylorsville Road in a Subaru Outback. He forgot his cell phone at home. He is by the Mallard Cove Boat Ramp on a road lake side that goes down to the lake Day Use Area. 1:07 p.m. The snow berm is so big you can’t see the car over the berm. 1:16 p.m. The information was given to assistance units. 3:48 p.m. The unit advised the vehicle is unstuck and on its way.


1 p.m. Meadow Valley. Probation reports the arrest of a known male on unstated charges off Silver Creek Road.


1:32 p.m. Blairsden. The Fire Dept. showed up on the scene while on the phone with a caller who stated small flames were seen from last night’s fire. 2:09 p.m. The Fire Dept. said it will be smoldering for the next couple days.

Misplaced billfold

3:28 p.m. A caller reports a lost wallet on Dec. 3 around 5:24 p.m. The caller bought a money order at SavMor and that was the last time she had seen her wallet. It is graffiti with multiple colors. The caller requests the information be on file.

Suspicious of solicitor

3:36 p.m. Cromberg. A caller reports a company claiming to take donations for fallen officers. The caller stated they had information on the caller from 15 years ago and they gave him a call number that the caller provided.  The caller believes it is a scam and would like the information on file.

Maybe, maybe not

4 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a possible accident on Hwy 70 and Filippini Flat. Multiple cars are backed up and the caller can’t see what is causing the cars to be backed up. The information was sent to CHP. 4:04 p.m. CHP has a non-injury traffic accident in front of the Chalet. 4:22 p.m. No ambulance is needed.

Over the line

5:49 p.m. Spring Garden. A male subject was arrested just east of the Spring Garden overpass in a rented moving truck on charges of crossing a double-yellow line, and driving on a restricted license following a DUI, in a vehicle that is not equipped with a functioning ignition interlock device.

December 7

Must remain empty

9:51 a.m. Delleker. A deputy advised Code Enforcement requests a deputy. Someone is at the residence that has been red tagged. 10:13 a.m. A deputy advised speaking to a known male who was told the house is red tagged and he is not allowed to be there.

As the tiny hair raise on the back of the neck

10:52 a.m. Chester. A caller requests to speak to a deputy regarding a suspicious incident. The caller stated a child was outside playing in the snow and a suspicious male asked the child to come inside of his residence. 12:13 p.m. A deputy advised suspicious circumstances only. The caller requested the information be on file only.

Another accident

2:31 p.m. Beckwourth. EPHC is on the scene of a vehicle accident with injuries a quarter mile east of Portola at the passing lanes. EPHC and Beckwourth Fire were paged. The information was given to CHP. 3:13 p.m. A deputy advised CHP to handle.

Déjà vu, another accident

2:35 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a traffic accident with two vehicles at the intersection of North Mill and Main St. There are no injuries. The call was transferred to CHP.


3:56 p.m. Twain. A caller reports rocks in the roadway on Hwy 70 eastbound from Twain. The information was transferred to CHP.

The deer can communicate when needed apparently

5:55 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports an injured deer that needs to be dispatched near Spring and Monte Vista. 6:07 p.m. An officer located a large buck who was not requesting any assistance and was okay.


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