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Sheriff’s Blotter July 17-19: Danger from drivers, collisions with animals, and civil disputes

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 July 17-19

July 17

Apparently using a different dictionary

3:25 a.m. Graeagle. A caller reports he hit a cow on Hwy 89 at Valley Ranch Drive in his log truck, non-injury. CHP was notified.


7:23 a.m. Portola. EPHC advises that the Department of Justice or the prison dropped off a subject and said he needs to be medically cleared, for what they don’t know. The people that dropped him off left and gave no information. The subject made a comment about committing another crime if that is what it took to get out of there, and it is scaring them. EPHC advises they have no real reason to keep him. 8:51 a.m. A deputy advised in contact with Plumas Crisis trying to get the subject assistance. 9:42 a.m. A Parole agent called to advise the subject was dropped off by an agent last night. He advises that the agent was in email communication with a supervisor at EPHC about this (EPHC is advising they are not aware). His current parole officer is aware, but it is unknown what the plan is to care for the subject. The subject is on parole for three years but not in the system yet. 9:48 a.m. EPHC advises an agent left some paperwork that said the subject was supposed to be in Red Bluff today, unknown how he is getting there. The information is on file.


10:37 a.m. Chester. A caller reports a reckless driver speeding with bad passes in a burgundy Corvette. CHP was notified.

There’s a list

10:39 a.m. Portola. A caller reports subjects keep putting orange cones and cement bricks in the road. The caller witnessed a car almost hit them. The subjects also yelled at citizens driving by. The caller is afraid of them. It is a public road. The subjects are a father and son that live in a known place, one lives at each end of the area. The caller also wants to know who is dumping cars in the Catholic Church parking lot — that property is owned by the church. The church just pulls the abandoned cars out onto the roadway, so they don’t have to tow them. 12:27 p.m. A report was filed. A deputy contacted a male subject who said they were attempting to slow down vehicles speeding on the roadway. The deputy said the subjects will remove the cinderblocks but leave up the cones to make the area safe for children.

Another car lot, different area

10:49 a.m. Cromberg. A caller reports his neighbors are leaving abandoned vehicles on the property next to theirs. The property owner was known. All vehicles are stripped. The location was provided. 10:54 a.m. Ran one vehicle, it was clear. The caller requested the information be given to deputies;  was more concerned about them being stolen. 1:15 p.m. A deputy spoke to the caller and referred them to Code Enforcement.

But will there be beef? Where’s the beef?

10:55 a.m. Beckwourth. A caller needs an ABC license signed for an event — the Plumas Sierra Cattlewomen murder mystery dinner show on Aug. 12. The caller requested contact to arrange a time to meet at the Portola Substation to get a signature. 4:50 p.m. A deputy advised the permit was signed.

Actual burn

11:23 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports while working he came upon a vegetation fire above Snake Lake. It is unknown how it started or how big it is now. The information was given to USFS. 11:57 a.m. No other calls were received.

Small business

12:44 p.m. Blairsden. A caller reports two known individuals at a known address have put a large diesel tank on the property line and are running a fueling station. The caller said the fumes are causing a hazard. 12:58 p.m. A deputy contacted the caller and advised it is a civil matter that can be handled by Homeowners Association.

No honor among …

12:47 p.m. Crescent Mills. Received a report of stolen property from an inmate in Plumas County jail. A criminal report was filed.

Not fun for everyone

1:02 p.m. Lake Almanor Peninsula. A caller reports an unsafe boater going between the buoy and swimmers in a pontoon boat. Boat Patrol was notified.


1:11 p.m. Twain. A caller reports that someone is eavesdropping on her phone calls and messing up her email. The caller has had past trouble with interference. The caller requested a deputy contact. 1:30 p.m. A deputy contacted the caller and advised suspicious circumstances only. The caller will recontact if further suspect information becomes available.

How I spent my summer vacation

1:59 p.m. Frenchman Lake. A caller requests medical for a patient at Lunker Point boat ramp. A 40-year-old male had a jet ski accident with a possible hip injury. 2:01 p.m. Sierra Valley Fire and EPHC were paged. 2:06 p.m. USFS is sending a unit from Frenchman with an ETA of 2:28 p.m. 3:29 p.m. A deputy advises the patient was transported to Renown. All information was provided and will be submitted to Boating and Waterways.

Are there chains of love?

3:19 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a dog on a chain in the sun and is concerned because of the heat. The dog is a Shepherd mix, and the owner is unknown. 4:31 p.m. Animal Control advised they will conduct an animal welfare check on the dog today.

Puts ER in lockdown

3:26 p.m. Chester. A caller reports a male subject, age 58, with a head injury. The subject was hit in the head with a tape measurer multiple times by his son. 3:46 p.m. Seneca recontacted to advise the subject is on the scene. The hospital Emergency Room is on lockdown to prevent a disturbance. 3:50 p.m. Requesting a call out. Request CHP respond. 3:58 p.m. Two CHP units, one from Hwy 36 and the Super Ditch and one from the tramway. The subject name and vehicle information was provided. Seneca ER advised the subject is currently sitting in the truck in the parking lot. 4:04 p.m. CHP advised units are at the staging area. 4:19 p.m. Seneca ER advised the subject is now walking around the hospital. The ER doors are still locked. 4:39 p.m. Seneca ER advises the subject is sitting on the ground in front of ER, blocking the entrance to ER. 4:41 p.m. Request to CHP to respond pending a deputy arrival, now at the roadwork north of Greenville. CHP declined to respond but will continue to stage. 4:42 p.m. Request that the deputy respond with lights and siren. 5:23 p.m. The subject was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Dangerous driver

4:19 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports a dangerous driver in a grey Ford pickup with two dogs in the vehicle on Peninsula Drive.

Resourceful and downright super-human

5:40 p.m. Graeagle. A caller reports a black and white dog with tan markings on the face, looks like a Shepherd Border Collie Mix, running around the road and parking lot near the dump by Green Bridge. The caller and others are trying to catch him, but he won’t let them get close. The dog does have a collar. The caller will try to post to social media if she can get a picture. The information was given to Animal Control. 6:59 p.m. The caller called back. They were able to get the phone number (using binoculars) from the dog’s collar and called the owner who is going to get the dog.

Dog walker

8:17 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a male abusing a dog. The subject is walking westbound on the north side of Hwy 70 at Cemetery Hill. The subject is a male in his late teens/early 20s wearing a straw hat, dark pants, black T-shirt. The dog is a large black dog. The subject is walking with a female the same age. 8:34 p.m. A deputy was unable to locate anyone.

Looking for attention

10:59 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a group of juveniles are causing a disturbance in the area. They left driving a late 90s sedan at the Vets Hall but they were yelling at people at Dollar General. There is now a white Subaru in the area honking its horn. 11:22 p.m. A deputy checked the area but was unable to locate anyone.

Carrier pigeon

11:23 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a known male threw a dead bird at their door and requests the information be on file.

July 18

High and FAST

8:43 a.m. Canyon Dam. PG&E is reporting a high-water release from Canyon Dam into the North Fork tomorrow at 8 a.m. that will last up to a few weeks. The water will go from 50 cubic feet to 175 cubic feet per second.

Food review

9:48 a.m. Portola. A caller reports the owner of a restaurant yelled at her when she said her food was cold and asked for her money back. The caller is outside the restaurant and wants someone to help her get her money back. 10:58 a.m. A deputy spoke to the caller and the owner. The caller was not happy with her meal and the owner advised they tried to take care of her. It is a civil matter and proper procedures were provided.

Heavy load

9:58 a.m. Lake Almanor Peninsula. A caller reports theft and vandalism to her boat. She reported it to Lake Almanor Country Club who has pictures. The battery was stolen, and the trolling motor was unbolted, and the wiring was cut. 1:03 p.m. A criminal report was filed.

Hot dog BBQ

10:18 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports she found two grey Pitbulls with no collars at Grocery Outlet who were very friendly and thirsty. The caller will take them to the shelter. 10:38 a.m. Animal Control reports issuing two citations to a known subject.

Good-natured boundaries

11:11 a.m. Greenville. An open line came in, people laughing in the background. 11:15 a.m. Reached the caller who advises the call was accidental, he is putting up a fence on Main St. and is okay.

Stealth camouflage

11:45 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports a homeless man is moving in at the end of the bike path, has tarps and bags, also has a black and white Pitbull. The subject is age 70 with a long beard and was dropped off by a brown pick up. The subject is at the end of the bike path with access via Beskeen Lane. 12:04 p.m. Deputies advised they were unable to locate the subject.

Refined palette wiped clean

12:34 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a theft has just occurred. The subject is a known female in a long-sleeve white T-shirt with blue pants. She stole a Korbel Champagne and then left. 1:02 p.m. A deputy advises no theft. The property was returned to the owner. Nothing further requested.


2:17 p.m. Hamilton Branch. A caller reports a male, 6 feet tall with a medium build, unshaven, walking up and down A13 yelling at passing cars. There is no deputy in the area. The caller was transferred to CHP.

I see the light(s)

3:22 p.m. Lake Almanor. An email was received reporting the sender saw suspicious lights in the sky, ten flashes of white light. No contact information was provided.

Possible drunk driver

3:56 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports a possible drunk driver, all over the road and throwing beer cans out the window. The vehicle is a red Toyota Tacoma towing a yellow jet ski. There are two males in the car. 4 p.m. The information was transferred to CHP.

Sadly, no longer sly

10:35 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports he hit a fox on Hwy 70 and Barlow Road. The fox is injured and is still in the roadway. The information was given to CHP.

July 19

Can I get a hand?

2:54 a.m. Chester. A caller requested a lift assist for their father who fell out of bed.

Didn’t your Mama tell you what happened to the cow that wandered yesterday?

6:08 a.m. Vinton. A caller reports a cow in the roadway on Hwy 49 just south of Hwy 70. The information was given to CHP.

Dropped off

8:36 a.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports a lady is lying in the dirt. The lady stated she is from Sacramento and got on a train and got dropped off at this Vista Point last night. The subject is only wearing underwear and a T-shirt and is wrapped in an old dirty blanket. The subject name was provided. 8:42 a.m. A second caller with the railroad called. 8:45 a.m. The information was sent to SIFC to send an ambulance as a precaution. 9:19 a.m. The patient was transported to Seneca.

Tough talk

9:07 a.m. Quincy. A caller requests to speak to a deputy regarding harassment and blackmail. The caller is outside and would like a deputy to come and talk to him outside. 10:37 a.m. A Sgt. filed a criminal report.

Hold the phone

10:53 a.m. Chester. A caller reports an employee fell through an attic. The caller was sent to SIFC.

Second opinion landscaper

12:29 p.m. Keddie. A caller advised Union Pacific Railroad is dumping piles of rock and dirt into the river and bouncing into the caller’s yard. The caller advised calling USFS, Fish & Wildlife, and the Water District, and has had no luck connecting to someone. 12:47 p.m. The information was given to Fish & Wildlife dispatch who advised they will give the information to an officer. 12:58 p.m. Fish & Wildlife advised they will handle and have an officer contact the caller.


3:55 p.m. Graeagle. A caller reports 6-10 gunshots heard in the last 10 minutes. The shots appear to be coming from the Gold Lake Hwy area near Frazier Creek Road. 4:01 p.m. The caller called again and reported hearing 30 more rounds since the last phone call. 4:18 p.m. A second caller reported he heard multiple gun shots in the area as well. 4:37 p.m. A deputy advised unable to locate any shots and cleared the area.

A new method of expressing dissatisfaction

6:57 p.m. Beckwourth. A caller requests to speak to a deputy about her brother threatening to come take parts off of a truck that is on her property and belongs to her spouse. 7:51 p.m. A deputy contacted the caller and temporary restraining order procedures were provided. The vehicle is also not on her property.

A vote for management companies

7:05 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports that her Air BnB guests have been seen purchasing drugs from an unknown subject. The caller advises he lives next door and requests contact. A second caller called in to report the same. 7:30 p.m. A deputy is on the case and is aware of the subject. 8:19 p.m. The subject of the previous call called and requests to speak to a deputy. The air BnB host contacted him and stated she is kicking them out and is refusing to refund them their money. 8:30 p.m. The original caller recontacted and advised the guests of her air BnB are now at her residence and the caller is concerned for her safety. 8:39 p.m. The original caller called again; the guests are at the end of her driveway. They were yelling at her and threatening her. The subjects yelled, “I know where you live,” and “I’m going to F you up.” The location was given to CHP. 8:50 p.m. A Sgt. advised contacting the caller, and the male half is going to return to the air BnB. The original caller agreed to that. Both parties were advised that the deputy will contact them when available. 9:24 p.m. The male half recontacted and advised he is going to bed. 10:33 p.m. A deputy advised no crime. Proper civil procedures were provided. The caller will recontact if the subject returns to her property.

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