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Sheriff’s Blotter Jan. 13-19: Ice and snow wreaks havoc


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 Jan. 13-19

January 13

Uninvited visitor

12:13 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports that she just saw someone walking around her property with a flashlight. She can no longer see the light and requests extra patrol checks. 2:14 a.m. Patrol checks complete, unable to locate anything unusual.

I’m going to be a little late for work …

3:04 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports the repossession of a 2019 Dodge Journey. The caller advised no answer at the door. The registered owner is unaware of the repo, but a business card was left.

Visiting hours-not

6:40 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports two males standing by the fence that backs up to the jail. He cannot see the two men. The caller recontacted and said that the two subjects left in an unknown direction. 6:47 a.m. The information was given to jail staff.

The days we never forget

8:33 a.m. Portola. A caller requests medical. She hit her daughter with her vehicle, backed up and didn’t realize she was behind her. 8:34 a.m. Paged EPHC and Beckwourth Fire. 8:41 a.m. Info to REMSA for a helicopter to meet at Nervino Airport. 9:25 a.m. The patient was Careflighted out.

Who done it mystery

9:28 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports she paid rent with a Cashier’s Check and put it in a lock box. The landlord stated he did not receive the Cashier’s Check. The caller stated the Cashiers Check for $430 was cashed on Jan. 9 per Western Union. 12:34 p.m. The caller just wants the information on file. This landlord tends to lose rent and find it later.

On watch

6:37 p.m. Portola. A caller reported two men entered her neighbor’s house with backpacks and flashlights. The homeowner is not home. The caller saw the truck drive up and down the street a couple of times and parked the truck down the street. The caller was informed that the local law enforcement is off shift. The information was sent to a deputy responding from Quincy. 7:07 p.m. A deputy advised contacting a person who was able to contact the homeowner. The owner advised she has people over at the house dog sitting. There is no burglary, and nothing further is needed at this time.

Big slip

7:01 p.m. Graeagle. A caller reports that a semi-truck is stuck in the snow bank 10 miles south of Whitehawk heading northbound on Hwy 89.


11:04 p.m. Taylorsville. A caller requests information on file that his friend’s truck went off Arlington Road half a mile from the “T”.  The caller is with the registered owner now and they will get a tow truck in the morning.

January 14

Mudslide-and we don’t mean that delicious cake!

5:22 a.m. Greenhorn. A caller reports a small mud and rock slide on Greenhorn Ranch Road between the mailboxes and Hwy 70. The information was sent to County Roads.

Too big for Drano

11 a.m. Delleker. The original description of a hazardous materials spill is: due to blockage of grease, there was an overflow of sewage into a backyard making impacts to a drain that leads to the Humbug Creek. The spill has yet to be stopped or contained. The reporting party is on the scene for spill mitigation. 11:04 a.m. Situation update: Reporting party states that due to the storm event, the manhole is still overflowing. The caller is still trying to stop and contain the overflow. The caller will provide updates.


2:53 p.m. Beckwourth. A caller reports the neighbor built a ditch that is flooding into his yard. The caller requests to speak to a deputy and refuses to speak to the neighbor directly. 3:48 p.m. A deputy advised a verbal argument only. Civil procedures were provided and the parties agreed to keep the peace.

Miracle recovery

4:17 p.m. Canyon Dam. A caller requests medical for an unknown male of an unknown age that is parked on the side of the road in a silver Hyundai van. PDH was paged. 4:42 p.m. All units canceled, unable to locate the driver.


7:04 p.m. La Porte. A caller reports a silver Honda Odyssey is stuck in the snow. The coordinates were provided. There are 3 children and 5 adults in the car. The occupants have some food and water. 7:16 p.m. The information was sent to Chico CHP who advised there is no hill unit and the unit covering that area is out on a traffic accident. 7:35 p.m. County Roads will send someone to assist. 7:53 p.m. A unit was unable to reach anyone, contact Grass Valley for response and to ensure they get back to us when resolved. 8:02 p.m. The location was given to Grass Valley Fire Department to page La Porte Fire to assist. 9:07 p.m. Grass Valley advised Fire is responding but did locate another vehicle, not the original report, and units are attempting to assist both. 11:13 p.m. Grass Valley CDF advised both stuck vehicles have been assisted and sent back down the hill. Fire units are clear and no further assistance is needed.


7:50 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a small rock slide. Rocks in the road on Bucks Lake Road near Slate Creek are bigger than a basketball. 8:03 p.m. The information was sent to County Roads.


7:55 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a granddaughter returned home and is tearing up the house. Can hear multiple voices yelling in the background. There are no weapons, alcohol, or drugs involved. There are four other adults in the residence. The caller says the parents are also involved in an argument. 8:24 p.m. A deputy advised it is a verbal argument only between a male and his juvenile. The juvenile was counseled, and not further assistance is requested.


9:17 p.m. Quincy. The jail requests a jail check on a subject. The ankle monitor has not been connecting for a week and a half. The jail has not attempted to contact the subject. 9:02 p.m. A deputy advised no violation.

A timely winter snack for light sleepers

10:14 p.m. Belden. A caller reports a train derailment. The locomotive is upright but off the tracks. Six train cars are on their side. The cars are full of grain. No other cars are off the tracks. There are no injuries. There is no hazardous material reported. 11:10 p.m. CHP advised Hwy 70 is not passable. There are no units in the canyon. OES confirmed Fish and Wildlife have been notified. 11:37 p.m. Per Cal OES email, the caller recontacted them and advised one additional car derailed but it is still upright. One grain car is releasing grain on the dirt. No waterways are impacted but the grain release. Jan. 15, 12:50 a.m. Contacted Union Pacific who confirmed their crew was able to reach the derailed train. Union Pacific advised no further update is available.

January 15

Weather report: extremely gloomy

9:15 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports a vehicle vs. dog incident. The dog moved to the caller’s porch. The dog needs to be dispatched due to severe injuries. The caller is unable to contact the local vet or animal control. 9:49 a.m. A deputy contacted the caller who confirmed it was her dog. The deputy advised the caller to seek treatment for the dog. The deputy advised no further assistance is needed.

Over-sized cargo?

9:38 a.m. Chester. A caller reports a vehicle driving with the door open in the middle lanes of Hwy 36 going westbound. The vehicle is a blue or purple sedan with a driver and passenger and unknown other occupants.

Avoiding disaster

9:44 a.m. Graeagle. A caller reports a dog is running on Hwy 70 near C Road at the passing lanes. The dog is causing a road hazard with several vehicles swerving and stopping on Hwy 70. The dog is a wolf/Husky-type dog and has a collar.

Coloring outside the lines

12:43 p.m. Quincy. A male subject was provided with terms of probation. 1:09 p.m. A deputy contacted the subject and issued a positive violation for paraphernalia and the subject was counseled.

Nip and tuck

2:45 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a power line is across the roadway, approximately 5 feet off the pavement. Eastern Plumas Fire was paged. 3:19 p.m. The line is not near the ground, only sagging due to snow. The caller was contacted, and the caller will contact the utility company.

Getting a pass

4:17 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a male in a Pendleton shirt walking along the shoulder of the road, drinking a beer, being followed by a female in a beige sedan. The information was given to CHP. 4:19 p.m. Per CHP, the subject is walking back to Greenhorn Ranch Road, refusing a ride, still out with the vehicle. 4:26 p.m. It is a verbal argument only, no drunk in public; the subject is walking home, nothing further.

Seasonal décor

4:44 p.m. Taylorsville. A caller reports a vehicle upside down in a ditch near the bridge on Arlington and Marie Roads. Indian Valley and Crescent Mills Fire were paged, and PDH. 5:53 p.m. SAR was paged. 6:02 p.m. All units can reduce the code, the vehicle is unoccupied. Canceled SAR response. 6:18 p.m. All units can cancel, CHP is handling.

Below the snow line

7:03 p.m. Pulga. A caller reports a white Newfoundland running down the middle of the road on Hwy 70 one mile east of Pulga Bridge. The information was sent to Chico CHP.

January 16

Caught on camera

1:16 a.m. Chester. A caller reports someone just threw an apple through her house window and shattered it. There are no injuries. A possible suspect was named. 2:05 p.m. A criminal report was filed. 1:53 p.m. A caller from Control Freak reported seeing 8 kids on cameras at 1:10 a.m. by the scene of the incident walking away towards Main St.

Cowboy town

7:19 a.m. Vinton. CHP reports a car rolled over with one occupant still in the vehicle with unknown injuries. 7:31 p.m. Medical canceled, all parties are out of the vehicle and not requesting any assistance. CHP to handle.

Helping hands

9:32 a.m. Taylorsville. A caller reports the need for medical for an 89-year-old subject. The front door is locked with no key location. The subject has fallen and can’t get up. 10:18 a.m. All units can cancel. The subject was lifted by a neighbor and no longer needs assistance.

Because I said so

11:49 a.m. Portola. A caller reports having an argument with their juvenile child Jan. 5. The daughter left and is now staying with her best friend and refusing to come home. The caller requested to speak to a deputy. 1:39 p.m. A deputy advised the juvenile was returned to her mother and counseled.

… with a little help from my friends

12:08 p.m. Portola. A caller reports an attempted theft at Higher Elevation. It happened around noon; it is an ongoing issue. There are possibly drugs involved. The male subject has white hair, missing teeth, and is wearing a black coat. The first name was known. 2:54 p.m. A deputy advised the subject was contacted and has been trespassed from the business. The subject was arrested on charges of under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamines.

One-man protest making a statement

4:23 p.m. La Porte. A caller reports a suspicious person in a white Subaru Outback standing in the street yelling. The male is 6’ with long grey hair and a beard, extremely skinny. The caller was transferred to Chico CHP.

High water

4:30 p.m. Sierraville. A caller reports water is covering Harriet Lane on the Plumas Sierra boarder and believes the road should be closed.

January 17

The threat is real

10:27 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports an attempted trespass at a vacant unit. The door has been kicked in repeatedly. The caller doesn’t believe the subject got into the home, the door is damaged. A window was broken on Jan. 10. The female subject is known. The property manager inspected additional damage and found an attic vent was bent. A criminal report was filed.

Having second thoughts

11:36 a.m. Portola. A caller requests to speak to a deputy with regard to a new hire at a store. The caller believes there may be a potential for drug use with the new hire. 11:44 a.m. The caller was advised that a deputy cannot give the information he is looking for. The caller was advised that a third party company may do a background check.

Probably not just the ice

12:26 p.m. Cromberg. A caller reports a possible drunk driver heading eastbound from Camp Layman in a green Mercedes. The license plate number was provided and the caller said the car was all over the road on Hwy 70. The information was given to CHP.

Back to smoke signals

3:34 p.m. Greenville. A caller advised AT&T is down in Indian Valley.

Erecting a monument: Ode to winter

3:38 p.m. Chester. A caller reports a neighbor is piling snow on a public road. The pile is now beginning to block the caller’s property. The caller spoke with Public Works who directed the caller to the Sheriff’s Office. The caller requests to speak to a deputy before any response occurs. 5:46 p.m. A deputy spoke with the caller who requested the information be on file.

January 18


9:37 a.m. Mohawk. CHP reports a red pickup over the side on Hwy 70 one mile west of Sierra Springs Drive. There are unknown injuries or occupants. CHP advised the vehicle is visible. EP Fire and EPHC, and SAR were paged. 9:45 a.m. A subject is on the road and not injured, units were canceled. A Sgt. advised the driver is okay with no injury. Medics, Fire and SAR were canceled. 10 a.m. A Sgt. advised CHP to handle.

Need to get gassed up

11:36 a.m. Twain. A 911 call transferred from CHP is a caller at Crystal Springs said he is down the canyon at the trailer park and has no gas for his house and he is on oxygen. The call dropped and unable to call back, the number is not in service. 12:14 p.m. An ambulance is requested.

Not permitted

2:24 p.m. Quincy. A male subject was cited during a probation check on charges of under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession of methamphetamine.

Over-doing it

4:34 p.m. Quincy. A caller requests medical service. He is struggling with anxiety and is intoxicated. 4:52 p.m. A medical unit is transporting one.

Oops, forgot

4:56 p.m. Clio. A caller reports a friend advised of a possible break-in at her house a few hours ago and said she would call after she got home. The caller is now unable to get a hold of her. The caller requests a welfare check. 5:24 p.m. A deputy contacted the subject via phone. She is okay and on the way to Reno from Clio. The subject will contact the caller.

High and dry

5 p.m. Keddie. A caller is on Hwy 70 in front of Spanish Creek Campground and is out of gas. The phone can only call 911. The call was transferred to CHP.

Heavy load

7:03 p.m. West Lakeshore, Lake Almanor. A caller advised a propane truck is stuck in the snow on Almanor Drive West.

January 19

Road block

2:35 a.m. A caller reports that his neighbor is parked in his driveway and now he is unable to get out. The caller advised having prior issues with the neighbors two weeks ago. Prior calls show a verbal argument between the neighbors over blocking the driveway. 3:34 a.m. A deputy contacted the caller. It is an ongoing issue with the neighbors over parking and snow removal. The dayshift will follow up with the neighbors. A deputy advised attempting to contact the caller and there was no answer via phone or at the residence. 12:50 p.m. A deputy advised civil procedures were provided.

“Wood” you?

9:56 a.m. Crescent Mills. A caller requests a civil standby over a dispute with delivering wood and not receiving money. The caller has no phone and can be reached through a brother’s phone. 11:10 a.m. A deputy talked to the brother and will reconnect with the party at 2 p.m. 5:01 p.m. A deputy advised the caller is no longer requesting assistance.


12:36 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports a vehicle accident with a black sedan on Hwy 89 three miles south of the “T” and it appears to be a non-injury accident. The call was transferred to CHP.

Hey! Stop that

1:25 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a store is selling nicotine to a juvenile daughter. It is an ongoing issue. A criminal report was generated.

Travel buddies or Better together

2:28 p.m. A caller reports a small white dog in a sweater and a larger dog are running on Quincy Junction Road just north of the High School. The information was sent to Animal Control. 2:22 p.m. Animal Control checked the area but were unable to locate the pair.

Flying like lightening

2:53 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a reckless driver passed across the double yellow line on the bridge and sped through the city and ran a stop light. It is a white GMC SUV. The subject driver’s first name was known. 3:18 p.m. A unit was unable to locate the subject in the area.

Not a fan of the farm

5:02 p.m. Chester. A caller reports a loose Alaskan Husky, gray, female dog that is aggressive to farm animals. It is an ongoing problem. The owner of the dog is known and the location. 5:21 p.m. The report of an ongoing problem was faxed to Animal Control.

Sticking with a pattern

9:57 p.m. Quincy. A male subject was arrested on charges of probation violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, and bringing drugs into the jail. A second male subject was issued a charge of probation violation.


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