Sheriff’s Blotter: July 8-11 Fire season has arrived – let’s keep it small


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 July 8-11, 2022

July 8

I can hear you

1:22 a.m. Portola. A caller reports a dog barking; the barking starts at dusk and goes all night. The dog can be heard in the background. It is unknown what the address is. The caller is unable to give the address or location and requests a follow-up tomorrow. The information was faxed to Animal Control.

Request for backup on beefed-up response

1:48 a.m. Westwood. Assistance was requested by Lassen County Sheriff’s Office in response to a call in Westwood for a male trying to make entry into the home. The male has red hair and is possibly in his 30s. Additional units are out of position. 2:08 a.m. Lassen County Sheriff’s Office has 3 units responding.

Eyes open! No mirage

6:05 a.m. Vinton. A caller reports cows on the road at Hwy 70 and 49. The information was sent to CHP.


Gold digger

9:19 a.m. La Porte. A caller reports a subject on his mining claim. The subject has been camping on the property. The caller has contacted USFS who will not handle unless the subject is using illegal equipment for mining on the property. It is unknown if the subject has weapons. The subject name was provided. 9:51 a.m. A deputy attempted to contact the call and left a voicemail. 3:53 p.m. A deputy contacted USFS officer, and they will handle.


10:02 a.m. Portola. A caller reports a non-injury accident. A trailer rolled off their property, across the highway, and into a neighbor’s vehicle. The information was transferred to CHP.

House call

10:17 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports a suspicious male having an argument with himself and yelling at traffic in front of the Sheriff’s Office. 10:36 a.m. Deputies contacted the subject who was having an argument with himself and not yelling at cars.


“Clean” police

10:56 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports a female “acting strange” on Central Ave. There was no further information and then the call dropped. 11 a.m. The caller said a known female is in her apartment and could not specify anything the subject is doing in particular that is suspicious or threatening. He does not think the subject is “cleaning herself.” The caller was advised that we cannot enforce hygiene.

Confucius say: There are more choices than “Jail” or “Unemployment”

2:48 p.m. Spring Garden. A caller requests information on file that one employee made a threat towards another employee. The caller said that the subject is currently on vacation and will be fired when he returns. The caller said the subject told the victim employee, “The only reason I don’t want to break your jaw is because I don’t want to go to jail.” The subject and victim were named.


Avian and aquatics only

4:32 p.m. Hamilton Branch. A caller reports 7 people in total are jumping off the fish cages in the river. The group should not be on top of them and using them to jump off. 4:54 p.m. Boat Patrol is on boat repairs. 5:06 p.m. A unit was unable to locate anyone in the area from the shore.

Permission to rummage

7:45 p.m. Chester. A caller reports vandalism in a vacant lot on Lorraine between Sherman and Andrews. Three juveniles are vandalizing the property, rummaging under tarps. The three males are approximately 10-15 years old and on bikes. The owners are out of the area. 8:04 p.m. A deputy contacted the juveniles who have permission to be on the property.

Out of season recreation

8:49 p.m. Graeagle. A caller reports a large bonfire; people are attending to the fire. 8:54 p.m. Graeagle Fire was paged. 9:06 p.m. Assistance was complete.


In need of a little outside help

9:54 p.m. Portola. A victim was identified about 10 minutes ago. A caller reports that a victim is home alone with a 1-year-old boy and has been drinking and making suicidal statements. The house is very messy, and the baby is eating things off the floor. The caller said she will call back once she has the address. 10:41 p.m. The caller gave a better address and said she is worried that when the victim’s boyfriend comes home from work that he will cause a fight. 10:57 p.m. A Sgt. advised the victim is okay and has family with her.

Separation anxiety makes for a looooooong weekend

11:28 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports that his neighbors left Thursday and left their dog in the backyard in a small enclosure in the corner of the yard. The caller is unsure if it has food or water. The caller said that no one has come to get the dog and it has been barking non-stop since they left. July 9. 1:16 a.m. The information was faxed to Animal Control.


July 9

But I didn’t inhale

9:54 a.m. Portola. A caller told a deputy that a known subject was flying his drone and hovering it near her window last night. The caller requests the information be on file and that the subject be counseled. 9:56 a.m. A deputy contacted the subject who said he was flying the drone, but the camera is disabled.

Leaving or making a mark

10:58 a.m. Greenville. A caller reports squatters on her property and possibly cutting down trees.

… and the children (and dogs) caught in the crossfire

11:29 a.m. Quincy. CHP backup was requested for a domestic violence between a male and female. 12:48 p.m. It was requested that CPS be called. 1:16 p.m. A female was issued a violation. CPS is to get the child. 2:29 p.m.

Abandoned dreams

11:29 a.m. Bucks Lake. A caller reports a dumped boat in the turnout one mile up Big Creek Road. The boat is a tan onboard open bow 16’ of an unknown make and model. The caller thinks it was dumped last night; it is not on a trailer.


Quick fix

12:23 p.m. Cromberg. Animal Control advises there is a motorhome on fire on Hwy 70 at the Greenhorn passing lanes. The information was sent to CHP. 12:25 p.m. Greenhorn Fire was paged and Long Valley Fire. 12:27 p.m. Quincy Fire was requested for mutual aid. 12:37 p.m. Multiple 911 calls came in reporting fire and the Forest Service is inquiring if the Sheriff’s Office knows about a fire and requests CHP shut down the highway. 12:37 p.m. A deputy advises the fire is at the passing lanes at Camp Layman. 12:39 p.m. Graeagle Fire and Plumas Eureka Fire were paged for mutual aid. 1:30 p.m. A deputy advised clear. CHP and Fire will handle. 1:52 p.m. All fire is clear.

Mama said if I do that too much, I might get stuck that way

12:27 p.m. Chester. A caller reports that someone is trying to hurt him and threatening him. The caller cannot see this person but is afraid for his life. He wants his friend to take him to Dollar General. 12:41 p.m. The Dollar General Manager contacted to advise the subject is there and in distress. They were advised the deputy is on the way. 1:02 p.m. A deputy advised giving the subject a ride to Seneca Hospital for a self-admit. 1:25 p.m. The deputy advises the caller is having mental health episodes due to drug use. The subject was released to Seneca.


Micro Manager

4:40 p.m. Mohawk. A caller reports a known subject is currently at the location and has been trespassed from the property. The unit she is in was identified. 5:36 p.m. A deputy advises the subject is not trespassing on the property and is allowed to be at the residence. The caller will recontact if she deviates from the residence.

Not too bad considering the options

6:11 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports someone was in the residence today while the caller was gone. Someone used the restroom. 6:51 p.m. A deputy spoke with the caller who would like the info on file.

Looking for trouble

7:03 p.m. Chester. A caller reports a suspicious male is walking up and down the street looking in car windows. The subject is in a gray T-shirt and tan shorts. 7:39 p.m. CHP and a deputy advised unable to locate anyone in the area.



7:18 p.m. Portola. A caller reports fire on the north side of Hwy 70 looking toward Lake Davis. 7:20 p.m. Additional calls reported fire and smoke. 7:25 p.m. Beckwourth Fire and Eastern Plumas Fire were paged. 8:05 p.m. A deputy advised the address of the fire on Lake Davis Road. 8:37 p.m. Davis IC advised the fire is knocked down and will start mop up and possible investigation. 11:03 p.m. Assistance complete.


10:08 p.m. Chester. A caller reports an SUV was doing donuts in the lot next to their residence. The caller reports the drivers are now driving down the road blasting music. The caller stated it is a juvenile driver. The information was faxed to CHP.

July 10

Again, Fire

2:22 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a plume of smoke in the forests visible on A23 above Valle Vista Road. There are no residences nearby. The information was sent to USFS. 2:25 p.m. Multiple calls came in reporting fire on the east side of Beckwourth Peak. 2:26 p.m. More callers reported the same. 2:38 p.m. A deputy advised the fire is southwest of A23. There is possibly a cabin in the area where the smoke is coming from. The homeowner and number were provided. 2:45 p.m. The homeowner advised the gate code at the end of Valle Vista. Beckwourth Fire was paged to assist. 4:09 p.m. A deputy advised Fire to handle.


Once again, Fire

2:27 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports fire. He can see smoke to the southwest of his residence on Williams Valley Road. It appears to be on the ridge behind Evergreen Market in Greenville. The call was transferred to USFS. 2:45 p.m. Fire was paged.

Once more, Fire

3:25 p.m. Chilcoot. A caller reports smoke north of Hwy 70 near Dotta Guidici Road turnoff. The smoke is approximately a mile from the roadway up in the trees. The call was transferred to USFS.

Crash, boom, bang!

4:06 p.m. Cromberg. A caller passed a vehicle rollover, a white GMC pickup, against a tree. The victim was out of the vehicle but injured. A dog was with the victim. The caller also saw a suspicious woman out walking in the middle of nowhere prior to seeing the rollover vehicle. The caller had to travel for cell service. The caller said it is approximately up two miles on Discovery Trail Road heading towards Quincy. The woman had blonde hair, is heavy set, wearing a black shirt and shorts. The information was sent to CHP. 4:16 p.m. A page was sent in: Vehicle rollover with an injured party. The coordinates were provided for the location. 4:19 p.m. PDH was paged, 4:40 p.m. PDH emergency response vehicle requested the helicopter to coordinates. 4:50 p.m. The helicopter was diverted to the gravel pit in Sloat. 5:37 p.m. Plumas 16 advised they will stage on USFS Road 23N10 while other units be on the look out for the vehicle. 5:46 p.m. CHP advised out with the victim near the coordinates. A male advised the female was the driver. The female was identified. 5:54 p.m. CHP advised the female may have gotten into a red truck and is most likely headed towards Reno. 6:18 p.m. Units will be transporting the female subject to Cromberg. Contact is requested with CHP regarding a meeting point on the roadway. 7 p.m. The male subject is being transported via helicopter to Reno, St. Mary’s Hospital. 7:34 p.m. Request meeting at Animal Control for the dog. 10:05 p.m. The female was transported to the residence of a friend on Hwy 70.


Finders’ keepers

7:09 p.m. Portola. A caller reports finding possible drugs in the bedroom of a roommate and does not want the items in the home. The subject was named. 7:28 p.m. A deputy advised contacting the caller who advised going through the tenants’ room without permission. The deputy advised proper civil procedures provided.

Suspicious mind

10:51 p.m. Belden. A caller is the pilot car driver for Hwy 70 closure and reports a green Chevy truck with a canopy covered back and 2 males in the vehicle turned off the roadway and up Chips Creek. The caller said it is suspicious that they turned off of the highway and said there is a lot of heavy equipment in the area. He is worried the subject/vehicle is going to steal or vandalize. The caller didn’t state a reason as to why he thinks this. The caller is calling from Chips Creek bridge. 11:02 p.m. The information is on file.


Late night call needs a GPS

11:42 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a suspicious male just came to the residence, intoxicated, banging on the windows. He has gray hair and a dog leash out of his back pocket wearing a blue T shirt and blue pants. The last direction of travel was towards Hwy 70. July 11, 12:03 p.m. A deputy checked the area and was unable to locate anyone.

July 11

Permanent, like Sharpie

9:21 p.m. Quincy. A known subject, in jail, wants to speak to a deputy about his underage son getting a tattoo locally. 12:30 p.m. A Sgt. spoke to the caller who would like the subject counseled.

Seemed like a good idea at the time

12:10 p.m. Westwood. CHP requests Plumas County Sheriff’s Office be on the lookout for a red motorcycle, similar to a Harley Davidson, with a white male 6’, balding and grey hair and a moustache, wearing dark short sleeves and dark jeans. The male subject was seen giving Narcan to a dead victim and fled the area from an address on Dellwood in an unknown direction of travel. If located, contact the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office. 1:44 p.m. A person on the road crew reported a possible sighting from Canyon Dam north to Chester. The information was given, and the call transferred to CHP. 1:48 p.m. CHP advised it was not the same vehicle.


Prop + cable= Bad combo

3 p.m. A caller reports heavy wire cables in the water/mud. The caller tied a white buoy to it to warn boaters in the area. It is in front of 716/718 Peninsula. 2:58 p.m. Lake Almanor Peninsula. Boat Patrol advised unable to get to the area and the caller will attempt to get the wire out of the area.

And … it could rain

3:57 p.m. Chester. A caller reports an argument with their 19-year-old son; it is unknown if he is on drugs or alcohol. 3:59 p.m. The argument is verbal so far, but the caller said it could escalate. 4:50 p.m. A deputy advised it is a verbal argument only. The parties agreed to keep the peace. Civil procedures were provided to all parties.

Evening stroll

5:10 p.m. Sloat. A caller reports a rattlesnake is on the cement pad on the walking path.

Guest services


5:52 p.m. Chester. A caller reports a guest’s vehicle was vandalized, a Toyota pickup.

Back in the day, before we had electricity, or phones …

8:28 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a male driver unable to maintain lanes on the side of the road with flashers on reporting he was trying to get to the Sheriff’s Office to report someone was on his property and needed them to leave. 10:32 p.m. A deputy advised the subject has dementia. He was taken back to his residence and his son was contacted to take care of his father.

Knowing your limits

8:30 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports he is having a mental episode and is on the way to PDH for help but no longer wants to walk. PDH was paged and Quincy Fire. 8:47 p.m. The subject was transported to PDH.

Parting is such sweet sorrow

8:43 p.m. Greenville. A deputy advised a restraining order was served to a male subject and it should be noted that the deputy witnessed the subject leave the location in a vehicle with his belongings. The deputy contacted the female half who was told the dogs are fed and watered and arrangements have been made to pick up the animals.


Getting design ideas

8:52 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a female was walking around with her dog taking pictures at the residence. The caller is not at the residence. The subject was wearing shorts and had a brown dog.