Sheriff’s Blotter June 12-15: The hills are falling, the river is changing, lightning strikes

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 June 12-15

June 12

Volatile mixture or Have it your way


1:17 a.m. Chester. A caller reports an argument with his girlfriend. She is refusing to get out of his truck. She won’t get out of the truck until the male half gets all of his stuff out of her apartment. 1:36 a.m. A deputy attempted to speak to both parties and no reasonable solution could be met. Deputies are responding from Quincy. 3:06 a.m. The male subject was arrested on charges of battery, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving with an alcohol blood level over .08 percent.

Siblings, level 2 or Rough housing

6:32 a.m. Portola. A caller reports two sisters are in a physical fight with unknown weapons. 7:51 a.m. A criminal report was filed for assault and battery.

Working with Mother Nature

9:11 a.m. Caribou. A caller reports a “catastrophic” slide on Caribou Road, affecting the river. There is flooding of Caribou Road, diverting water. 9:17 a.m. PG&E was contacted, advising river diverted due to the slide. There is no danger to the dams. 9:19 a.m. PG&E Caribou has a helicopter on the way to see what’s happening. The slide is between Hwy 70 and Powerhouse. No evacuations are needed, there is a crew on the scene. They are diverting the river, decreasing the water flow. They will call back if anything else is needed. 9:22 a.m. A page was sent: A large slide has been reported on Caribou Road affecting the Feather River, slowing the water. There are no injuries. 10:46 a.m. Pictures were received from PG&E, still no need for assistance. 11:35 a.m. Per CHP dispatch, their officer went up Caribou Road and spoke with a few people and PG&E. They are concerned about the incoming rain. No evacuations were requested at this time. 12:52 p.m. Two units responded and were advised of the situation. 4:11 p.m. The area was checked again, there is no imminent threat.


Outer limits

1 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a loose horse next to the roadway on the north side of Quincy Junction Road. The information was sent to CHP. 1:11 p.m. A second caller reported the fence is down and several horses are getting out. The information was sent to CHP.

“X” marks the spot

3:21 p.m. Chester. A caller reports a lightning strike fire on the peninsula. The call was transferred to SIFC.

When did it become optional?

3:31 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a subject walking in the alley between Mansell and Center streets. She is hitting herself on the head with a rock. The caller believes she is suicidal, there are no other weapons. 3:40 p.m. A Sgt. located the subject walking. She did not appear injured and refused to stop and speak to them. There was no further assistance.

Power surge

3:38 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports an elevator alarm at the Annex. 3:42 p.m. Security advised there are no problems. It was possibly due to the lightning.


Tumbling, tumbling

3:53 p.m. Indian Falls. Hwy 89 at Indian Falls is closed due to several inches of water crossing the road, possibly eroding the roadway. Caltrans is on the way. 3:59 p.m. A road closure is in effect due to water crossing the road on Hwy 89 near Indian Falls. It is unknown how long it will last. 4:05 p.m. Per CHP, there is no damage to the roadway. 5:07 p.m. There is one-way traffic control for now. 6:15 p.m. Per CHP, the roadway is now open.

Unwanted return

3:56 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a known female subject has returned to his residence and wants her keys. The subject is intoxicated and is holding a garden tool to her throat threatening suicide. 4:34 p.m. A deputy reports the arrest of the female subject on charges of resisting arrest, and aggravated trespassing.

Scatter bursts

4:16 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports several rocks in the roadway along Bucks Lake Road at several spots between Quincy and Meadow Valley. 4:08 p.m. The information was given to County Roads.


Over the top 

4:16 p.m. A caller reports a man threatened him over a medical “companion animal.” The subject is unknown but lives in the area. The two are separated and the subject left. 4:19 p.m. The caller advises that the subject is known to have weapons but would not elaborate because he is a felon who should not know these things. The caller will stand by for a phone call. 5:34 p.m. The caller was contacted. The subject vehicle was described as a lifted white Ford truck. The caller doesn’t know the subject but thinks he lives in Chester. The subject threatened to kill the caller and take his dog. Proper civil procedures were provided, and the subject description was given to the next shift in case the subject is located.

Another hot spot

5:54 p.m. Crescent Mills. A caller reports a fire from a lightning strike in the Diamond Mountain area. The information was transferred to USFS.


Wakeup call

9:11 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports her husband just hit her in the head. Both parties are intoxicated. There are no weapons. 10:37 p.m. A deputy advised the arrest of the male subject on a charge of corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant.

Job description: duty item number 87

10:40 p.m. Delleker. A caller requested to speak to a specific deputy. The Veteran’s Crisis Line also requested a welfare check on the caller. 11:50 p.m. A deputy spoke with the caller who vented for over 35 minutes and is not suicidal and is okay.

June 13

Recovery road, hopefully

12:23 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports his girlfriend said she took a bunch of pills and was at the courthouse or library, but he is not sure exactly where she is. 12:29 a.m. The caller recontacted to advise the subject is at the courthouse on the lawn. 12:30 a.m. PDH was paged. 1:05 a.m. The patient was transported. The juvenile subject was not suicidal but intoxicated.


Welfare check on dog

8:03 a.m. Chester. A caller reports witnessing a man beating his dog yesterday. The subject is a homeless man and the address where he lives was provided. The dog is a small Husky dog. 8:08 a.m. The caller requested a welfare check on the dog. The information was faxed to Animal Control.

Afternoon stroll could cause sudden stop

12:05 p.m. Beckwourth. A caller reports a cow in the roadway on A23 near Hwy 70. The call was transferred to CHP.

Red (safety) tape

1:09 p.m. Quincy. A caller requests to speak to a deputy regarding his daughter who is at PDH. She was very intoxicated last night and was taken by ambulance, and now he wants to take her home and PDH won’t release her (placed on a self-harm hold). 1:55 p.m. A deputy spoke with the caller and advised him there is nothing that can be done if a hold is in place, and he cannot take his daughter. The caller agreed and requested no further assistance.


I got a beef

3:11 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a possible fraud. A meat vendor sold his wife $615 of beef while he was out. The wife has dementia. 3:53 p.m. A detective advises the caller cancelled the credit card and was able to reach the company to pick up the meat. He will call back if they do not come back. 4:36 p.m. A Sgt. created a criminal report.

On the cover of the Rolling Stone …

3:14 p.m. Quincy. A caller requested to know the laws regarding people taking photos of her in a public place. 3:40 p.m. A Sgt. spoke to the caller and provided information on the laws about people taking photos in public.

Hands full

3:57 p.m. Portola. A caller reports her grandson is causing a disturbance, trying to get into the house after he assaulted her earlier. The male subject is 17 with no weapons. She has custody of him and now he is violent, and she cannot handle him. 4:04 p.m. The caller called back and is locked in a back room. 4:12 p.m. The suspect left on foot to a residence around the corner. It is unknown if the caller wants to press charges. 5:20 p.m. A unit spoke with both subjects who agreed to separate for the night.


East Quincy plume

4 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a possible lightning strike 30 minutes ago. The caller sees and smells smoke now on the hill behind Clough St. The call was transferred to USFS. 4:36 p.m. A second caller reports possible smoke behind Claremont Peak. That call was also transferred to USFS.

Mother Nature redecorates

6:39 p.m. A caller reports mud and rocks flowing across mostly the westbound lanes of Hwy 70 near Mt. Tomba, between Graeagle and Mt. Tomba. The information was sent to CHP. They had reports of the same near Camp Layman.

Container life

7:47 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a subject firing multiple rounds from a firearm. The subject is living out of shipping containers and is possibly mentally unstable. The caller will accept contact if necessary. 8:06 p.m. Request that CHP respond and advise of ETA. 8:19 p.m. A unit drove by the area, and nothing was seen, will check the area again later. Advised CHP to cancel. 9:08 p.m. The subject was gone upon arrival. Three on-site vehicle registrations were faxed to the substation for identification.


Party buddies

8:07 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a disturbance. The subject’s boyfriend is yelling at her, he’s under the influence. Spoke with the male half and he was cooperative and agreed to go to another room until a deputy arrives. 8:38 p.m. A deputy reports both parties are intoxicated but agreed to stay separated in the residence.

Meadows and mountains for miles and miles

9:41 p.m. Portola. A caller reports known persons threw items at him while walking his dog. The caller brandished pepper spray and they drove off. The caller refused medical attention. 9:45 p.m. The subject called and said he and his friend were harassed by the caller who sprayed pepper spray at them, but it didn’t reach them. The caller is not home but is available via phone. 9:54 p.m. A deputy advised the parties are separated; it was a verbal argument only.


9:47 p.m. Quincy. Two male subjects were charged with drug offenses on Lee and Alta Roads. One subject was charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and the other was detained and charged with possession of a controlled substance.


Awaking with a start

11:41 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a loud bang, possibly a transformer being hit. The caller heard it from behind Magnolia Ave. The caller reports hearing the same near E. Loyalton. June 14, 1:31 a.m. A deputy checked the area and was unable to locate any hazards.

June 14

Missing a crucial piece of the puzzle

8:43 a.m. Delleker. CHP advises of an ongoing trespass issue. A subject continues to go to the tow yard and try to take a vehicle out. The subject is suspended and unable to get the vehicle out. The subject has caused a verbal argument in the past. The tow yard advised the subject is no longer on the property and requested the information be on file. They will recontact if further assistance is needed.


9:26 a.m. Beckwourth. A caller requested a lift assist for his wife. She didn’t fall, just needs assistance getting her in the car. 9:59 a.m. Assistance complete.


The devil is in the details

3:18 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports their mother-in-law just gave her boyfriend an unregistered automatic rifle. The caller would like to speak to someone.  3:34 p.m. A detective advised attempting to contact the caller but no answer. A message was left. 3:50 p.m. The caller was advised to contact the local law enforcement where the firearm and other parties live.

Smoke in the mountains

3:50 p.m. Paxton. A caller reports smoke in the forest area from the junction of Hwy 89 and Hwy 70 looking south toward Mills Peak. The call was transferred to USFS.

Attention to intervention

3:57 p.m. Graeagle. A caller reports an argument with his wife. The subject locked the caller out of the residence and threatened the caller with a fireplace poker and stated she was going to kill him. The caller was advised to separate himself from the subject and the caller refused and became agitated. 4:08 p.m. The caller is upset that there was still no deputy at his residence. The caller stated he is being attacked. The caller was advised that a detective is on the way and the caller began yelling again that no one was at his house yet. 5:12 p.m. The female subject was charged with corporal battery to a spouse, and assault with a deadly weapon.


Top of the hill

5:37 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports he hit a deer at the top of Cemetery Hill with no injuries to himself. The call was transferred to CHP.

Not in compliance

6:56 p.m. Portola. A male subject was issued a probation violation and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia during a probation check.

The language of letting go

7 p.m. Portola. A caller requests a welfare check on their husband who was supposed to be back home in Roseville at 6 p.m. from a vacation home at Lake Davis. The caller hasn’t been able to reach him since 3 p.m. 7:16 p.m. The information was given to units. 8:12 p.m. The caller advised she just received an email from the subject that says he needs help. It is unknown what kind of help. The subject does not have cell service. 8:50 p.m. A deputy contacted the subject who is okay. He said he is going through a divorce from the caller and is staying at the Lake Davis residence.


Sparks fly

9:08 p.m. Keddie. A caller reports a fire on the hillside at the west end of Butterfly Valley. The call was transferred to USFS.

Nice doggy

9:15 p.m. Taylorsville. A caller reports a golden retriever with no collar running in the roadway on North Valley Road just east of Stampfli Lane.

Off track

9:15 p.m. Keddie. A trail derailment was reported. A caller confirmed that one railcar derailed in an unknown position. The car derailed in a tunnel. Crews are responding to gather more information. The reporting party stated that the car could be an empty grain hopper. The location is Hwy 70 and Keddie Resort Road, in the tunnel. There are no injuries, and no assistance is needed. 9:32 p.m. The update is that it was just one railcar that derailed in the upright position, and it was an empty grain hopper car. There are no further hazards or injuries reported.


Everybody loses

10:27 p.m. Quincy. A female subject was arrested on a charge of under the influence of a controlled substance in front of SavMor in East Quincy. The vehicle was towed, Social Services took possession of the children, and the dog was transported to Animal Control.

Afraid to go to sleep

11:28 p.m. Meadow Valley. A caller reports an unattended burn pile is behind his residence. Meadow Valley Fire was paged. June 15, 12:06 a.m. Meadow Valley Fire advised it is a small burn pile and is attended and okay.

June 15


12:10 a.m. Portola. A caller reports someone threw a rock at his window and busted it out. 12:53 a.m. A deputy filed a criminal report.

Warning shots

6:14 a.m. Portola. A caller reports an argument between a male and female and then heard 4-5 shots. The caller believes it came from the north end of the street. 6:22 a.m. A second caller reports shots behind Lena’s Cantina after hearing a male voice yelling. 6:44 a.m. A Sgt. did a grid search of the area and was unable to locate anything.


Almost under the radar

11:48 a.m. Portola. A caller reports a disoriented elderly male subject walking around the area, appears to be confused. 12:10 p.m. There are no deputies in position. The information was given to CHP. 12:20 p.m. CHP checked the area and was unable to locate anyone in need of assistance. 12:49 p.m. A second caller reports a man is still standing there looking around and is very confused. 1:06 p.m. A Sgt. contacted the CHP unit. CHP will check the area again and the area by Les Schwab. Unable to locate the subject. 1:22 p.m. CHP requests medical for the subject who is an elderly male saying he just had open heart surgery. Eastern Plumas Fire and EPHC were paged. 1:41 p.m. The subject was transported to St. Mary’s.

North County

1:51 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports seeing smoke in the forest land in the area of East Shore. The caller was transferred to SIFC.


Thank goodness it wasn’t a kidney

5:15 p.m. Portola. A caller reports his mailbox unit is gone. 5:23 p.m. The caller recontacted and advised he spoke to the post office, and they are handling it. They took the wrong boxes and will be fixing the matter tomorrow.

Bugger off

7:24 p.m. Chilcoot. A caller reports she was riding her horse off Frenchman Lake Road and was harassed by a male subject, the first name was known. The subject was in an older blue pickup, and he kept following them and would not leave them alone. The caller requested the information be on file.

Seen but not heard

8:59 p.m. Graeagle. A caller passed a woman standing on the side of the road with a child. Her vehicle was stuck in a snowbank at the Gold Lake boat launch. The caller was transferred to CHP.

Making a scene

10:07 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports a known male came to his residence and asked him to watch his dog. The subject appeared to have been in a physical argument and was bleeding from his face. The subject did not ask for assistance, just wanted his dog to be watched. The subject is staying in a trailer on the caller’s property with a known female. 10:13 p.m. The caller said they could now see the female subject chasing the male around the outside of the trailer. 10:33 p.m. Contacted the caller for an update. The parties are no longer outside, and the caller believes they left the residence together in the female’s vehicle. 11:14 p.m. The male subject was cited on a charge of under the influence of a controlled substance and units will be on the lookout for the female half. 11:46 p.m. Units were unable to locate the female.