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Sheriff’s blotter March 13-18: Snow pressure collapses multiple structures

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 March 13-18

March 13

Flying by

12:26 a.m. Beckwourth. A male subject was arrested at Hwy 70 by Nervino Airport on two charges: drunk driving and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent.

Things that go bump in the night

4:37 a.m. Crescent Mills. A caller reports hearing a loud boom behind her house, unknown where or what caused it. 7:29 a.m. No other calls were received. 9:30 a.m. A unit advises when they drove through town it was all quiet and okay.

Safe and sound

8:29 a.m. Quincy. A caller requests a check on her daughter. She tried calling her last night and she just hangs up on her. Now she won’t answer her calls. She has extreme mental health issues and has threatened to hurt herself. The caller lives on the east coast. 8:30 a.m. She was living at one location, then another, and the caller is unsure where she is living now. She was a student and if it unknown if she is still going to school. The caller spoke to the school counselor last week. 10:13 a.m. A deputy tried calling the subject and there was no answer. 11:38 a.m. A Sgt. advises contacting the apartment manager who advised two weeks ago the subject was taken to a mental health facility. The information was given to the caller.

Beg, borrow, steal

9:41 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports disabled snow blower stolen; it was last seen yesterday. The caller believe they know the subject and where they live. 10:11 a.m. A deputy advises no theft, the caller has lent the snow blower out in the past; it is a civil issue.

Piling up

10:32 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports a road hazard – a large amount of snow and ice are causing a hazard. Several vehicles are getting stuck or spinning out. He left a message for County Roads but got no response.

Starting young

10:43 a.m. Portola. A caller reports an ongoing issue with his neighbor’s vicious dog. His brother was attacked yesterday, no injuries. The subject is a Rottweiler puppy. 11:12 a.m. The information was sent to Animal Control.

I’m over here

12:30 p.m. Quincy. A call was received from a hysterical female crying and asking to speak to a specific officer or Chad Hermann then hung up. 12:40 p.m. Called the caller back and spoke to a female subject. She is very hysterical and wanting to speak to the officer about being set up for something she didn’t do. 1:16 p.m. A deputy reports the arrest of the female caller on charges of being under the influence of drugs and contempt of court.

From up above

1:54 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports a rockslide blocking the northbound lane at Hwy 89 north of the railroad crossing north of Greenville. The call was transferred to CHP.


2:06 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports a boulder in the roadway on Hwy 89 at mile marker 27. The information was sent to CHP.


2:13 p.m. Quincy. A case number was requested for the victim of a cat bite.

Oh …

4:09 p.m. Graeagle. A caller reports her neighbor’s house is collapsing; it’s a vacation home. She is positive that no one is there. 4:11 p.m. The caller is concerned about gas, power and water lines. 4:15 p.m. The information was sent to the Graeagle Fire Chief; he will check the residence and advise if there is a response needed. 4:41 p.m. The house is definitely coming down. He can’t find any gas or propane. The power is still turned on. He has Graeagle Land and Water attempting to find an owner to contract. He will follow up tomorrow. They will attempt to contact the owner. 5:01 p.m. Spoke to the homeowner. He is aware and had another neighbor turn off the power. The neighbor called back to say the house did collapse in the past few minutes. A unit will check the house again.

Good to know

4:20 p.m. Quincy. A caller received a text with a link to USPS. They clicked on the link and completed the questions and provide a credit card number. 4:23 p.m. After completing questions, he got suspicious and called the post office who advised him it was a scam. The caller contacted his bank and canceled the credit card, no loss. 4:29 p.m. A Sgt. advised the caller to contact credit report agencies.

Sewage spill

5:07 p.m. Portola. Cal OES reports a sewage spill. Due to a storm run-off event, greater than 1,350 gallons of sewage is released from a manhole. The release is not stopped and not contained with waterways impacted, Middle fork of the Feather River.

Unable to shed the snow

6:37 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports a neighbor’s shed collapsed and took out his fence. The caller knowns that the resident has been deceased, but thinks his brother is in charge of the residence and would like a deputy to help contact the property owner. 7:12 p.m. Civil procedures were provided.

Mudslide, and we don’t mean chocolate cake

9:05 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports a mudslide at the end of the passing lane approaching Crescent Mills, it is difficult to see. March 14, 12:40 a.m. CHP advised the slide is cleared.

High water alert

9:21 p.m. Portola. A call informed from the NWS regard potential for flooding of the middle fork Feather River near Portola from Beckwouth to Sloat late Monday to early Friday morning. The lowest homes on West Street may flood. The information was given to CHP. 9:45 p.m. A deputy advised Hwy 70 at Sleepy Pines water is still 3-5 feet from the roadway. 9:56 p.m. A deputy advised at the Graeagle Bridge the water is 10 feet from the bridge line. 10 p.m. A deputy advised water is about one foot from going onto the roadway in Clio area. 10:26 p.m. A deputy also contacted a subject that is in the closest residence to the river. The subject is okay but may need assistance with sandbags in the morning. March 14, 12:14 a.m. Code Red was sent. 3:01 a.m.  A deputy advised all water levels remain the same.

March 14

Unattended, unsaved

7:57 a.m. Graeagle. A caller advises another residence has collapsed in Graeagle. He is on the way to check the situation and will advise if a response is needed. 8:29 p.m. The house is unoccupied, the power is off, there is no propane, no assistance is needed.

No new path needed, the old way is still working 

1:29 p.m. Portola. A caller requests a welfare check on an 80-year-old neighbor who is snowed in from snow that fell from the roof. The subject hasn’t been answering his phone and possibly doesn’t have heat. The house numbers are covered with snow. It will be the blue house with white trim. 2:31 p.m. A deputy contacted the subject who was snowed in but is okay, and not requesting any assistance.

Nuts and bolts

2:08 p.m. Chester. A caller was out of town for two weeks and returned home to parts stolen off her snow blower.

Time is ticking

2:48 p.m. Portola. The caller requests assistance with snow removal. Snow is sliding off his roof onto his carport. causing it to lean. The caller is elderly and lives alone. There are no volunteers on the list for the area.

It’s a wash

4:51 p.m. Keddie. A caller reports Butterfly Valley Road is covered. The creek is overflowing onto the road; water is about one inch at this time, trying to get people for sandbags, requests someone be notified. 5:57 p.m. The information was given to County Roads who are aware, they are keeping an eye on it. 6:18 p.m. A second caller advised there are several residents working on the road and it appears it is going to wash away at some point tonight. 7:33 p.m. CHP received a call from the caller and advised the road is washed out, not drivable at all and is the only access in and out of Butterfly Valley. The info was sent to a deputy and the Sgt. 7:42 p.m. The info was sent to County Roads again. They advised it is a clogged culvert issue and they will respond at daylight.


5:52 p.m. Meadow Valley. A caller requests assistance with a garage flooding at an elderly neighbor’s house. Meadow Valley Fire was paged. 6:41 Assistance is complete.

High water

6:10 p.m. Portola. A caller reports flooding into his residence. 7:10 p.m. The assistance is complete.

Road block

6:22 p.m. Graeagle. A caller reports a large tree is down across the road on Hwy 89 just south of Whitehawk.

Excess natural materials

6:34 p.m. Crescent Mills. CHP advised Hwy 89 is closed in both directions for a slide. There is no ETA of opening. 7:27 p.m. CHP advised the roadway is open enough for emergency vehicles only at this time. 8:13 p.m. The roadway is open.

Early celebration

6:44 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a party in the apartment next door is disturbing her peace. Multiple people are stomping up and down the stairs and pounding on the walls. 7:03 p.m. Sheriff’s deputy contacted a subject who was celebrating a birthday and agreed to quiet down.

Love, don’t leap

7:50 p.m. Meadow Valley. A caller reports a slide across one lane at Lover’s Leap. 8:01 p.m. The location was given to County Roads.

March 15

Dock your boats

7:46 a.m. Greenville. A caller reports two road closures due to flooding. Stampfli is closed completely. North Valley Road is closed two miles from Stampfli.

Too much

9:23 a.m. West Shore Lake Almanor. An unoccupied garage/structure has collapsed on Manzanita at Long Iron. There are no injuries. There is a possible propane leak.

Walkin’ and talkin’

1:15 p.m. Quincy. A 911 call with an open line, could hear walking and a male talking to a dog. 1:17 p.m. Called the number back and left a message for the caller. 1:59 p.m. Units talked to the subject earlier in the day and he is okay.

Lost and found

1:54 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports locating an empty kayak hung up on a tree on Shea Ranch Road. The caller checked the area for a person and did not locate anyone; can see the kayak from the bridge that runs over Greenhorn Creek on Shea Ranch Road. 3:05 p.m. Three SAR units will check the area. 4:07 p.m. SAR located the kayak and will attempt to locate the owner.

Animal Control

5:08 p.m. Greenville. A caller reported an argument with an unknown female 40 minutes ago. The female told the caller if his cat got out of his car, her dog would attack it. 5:28 p.m. A deputy contacted the caller who was upset about the altercation but requests no further assistance.

March 16 

Big bummer

5:36 a.m. Spring Garden. A caller reports a mountain lion has been hit and is still alive in the middle of the road at Hwy 70 just east of Spring Garden. The call was transferred to CHP.


8:27 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports a theft from her yard last night. Solar lights and other yard art were taken. 9:26 a.m. A deputy made a criminal report. 1:54 p.m. The caller called back to say she found it in the snowbank.

Lost and cold

11:38 a.m. Quincy. Animal Control responded to a stray dog at Gansner Park. 11:59 a.m. Animal Control is unable to locate.

Green sale

1:26 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports he just saw a “drug deal” with all juvenile subjects that were selling weed behind the market. 1:29 p.m. The subjects drove off and said to meet them later.

Dog shopping

2:01 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports that she found a dog at Safeway, a small black Rat Terrier dog, very “mean.” She is at the shelter now. 2:04 p.m. The information was sent to Animal Control who are on their way.

No help wanted episode I

2:02 p.m. Portola. A caller reports an elderly tenant is staying in a room, not answering the door and it appears there is blood on the doorstep and the door. He was last seen yesterday. Two dogs are inside barking and there is no answer at the door. 2:14 p.m. The caller called back and advised she contacted the subject. He advised he fell yesterday and has a cut on his head and is refusing any help.

No help wanted episode II

2:10 p.m. Quincy. A caller advises her ex has all her items in his car and won’t give them to her. They just got out of a court hearing. The subject is in a car parked at Dane Shirley Park. The subject is living in Lassen County. The subject is now driving westbound out of town and pulled into the Chevron. 2:43 p.m. A detective located the vehicle. Both parties were contacted and the property was returned to the caller. Civil procedures were provided for both.

Rough season for camping

3:19 p.m. Quincy. A caller requests law enforcement be on the lookout for a missing person, last seen on March 10. The subject works for Bamford, lives in Redding. The subject is known to have mental health issues. 3:45 p.m. The missing person’s son called and requested law enforcement be on the lookout for his dad. The subject was working at Collins Pines and still is working for Bamford. He has camped in the past when working. The son spoke to both companies. They are aware and are looking for him as well.

The novelty of snow has lost its luster

4:21 p.m. Quincy. A caller requests patrol checks for juveniles playing doorbell ditch at their residence.

Not laughing

4:33 p.m. West Shore Lake Almanor. A caller reports a juvenile threw a snowball at his car while driving. The four teens drove off after he confronted them. He would like to sign a report against the kids. There is no damage to his vehicle. The caller was transferred to CHP.


5:34 p.m. Lake Almanor. The caller reports unknown subjects followed his children home and threatened to detain the juveniles claiming he was a retired police officer. The caller said the juveniles did nothing wrong and he is not sure why these people followed them home. The caller said the subjects have two vehicles sitting at the end of his driveway and the three subjects are refusing to leave. There is a man and woman in one vehicle and there is a man in the other vehicle. The caller said the subjects are standing outside their vehicles staring at his residence laughing. He asked them to leave, and they refused. 5:36 p.m. CHP is on the way to the house for a separate report they received. CHP received a call from a subject advising the juveniles were throwing ice at vehicles and they followed them to their residence and requests contact. CHP is arriving on the scene now. 6:19 p.m. CHP handled the situation.

Pump zone

10:53 p.m. Portola. A caller requests assistance with water being pumped from the parking lot over the highway and back to the river, parking the roadway icy. The caller advised Eastern Plumas Fire told her she had to call before they could respond but they are aware. 10:58 p.m. EP Fire was paged. 11:23 p.m. Request that Caltrans respond for sand. The information was given to CHP. March 17, 12:04 a.m. Assistance is complete.

March 17

Out of supplies

11:39 a.m. Twain. A caller requests assistance. They are snowed in and are out of provisions. They need medications and food, etc. The caller and his wife are at the residence. 1:05 a.m. Ashley Achter will contact the caller and then will recontact if and when SAR is needed. 7:38 p.m. The items were delivered by SAR to the caller.

Coloring outside the lines

12:29 p.m. Quincy. A male subject was arrested on charges of driving on a suspended license, driving on a suspended license as a result of a DUI, and probation violation.

No pass in the pass

3:51 p.m. Beckwourth. A male subject was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol on Hwy 70 in the Beckwourth Pass.

Unhealthy hookup

4:12 p.m. Graeagle. A caller reports a possible drunk driver in an orange flatbed semi hauling a yellow tractor.

Buck plucked

4:19 p.m. Portola. A caller reports she purchased a bird online and never received the bird and the seller is asking for more money now, she believes she was scammed. There was a $550 loss. 6:18 p.m. A deputy contacted the caller who said she will recontact when her boyfriend is home to provide more information. She is unsure if she was scammed yet or not. 9 p.m. A criminal report was filed.

March 18


1:11 a.m. Spring Garden. A male subject was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent.


8:32 a.m. Cromberg. A female subject was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent.

One of many leaks across the County

9:28 a.m. Quincy. Plumas District Hospital reports a strong smell of propane in the main hallway near the Emergency Room. Quincy Fire was paged. 10:10 a.m. Assistance was completed.


12:26 p.m. Meadow Valley. A caller reports three horses loose going down the road on Bucks Lake west of Pineleaf.


6:08 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a medium-sized red dog running down the road was in front of Sav Mor and is now on Mill Creek Road. The call was transferred to CHP.

Not open for business

9:23 p.m. Keddie. A deputy advised locating a door that has been forced open on Keddie Resort Road. The deputy will be entering the building to check. 9:46 p.m. A deputy advised the unit cleared and the assistance is complete.

Seasonal hazards

1:01 p.m. Portola. A caller reports trying to avoid a car accident. The caller advised the roadway was plowed by Caltrans and left a berm 10-12 feet high which blocks the view to oncoming traffic. The caller was transferred to CHP. 1:06 p.m. CHP recontacted to requests County Roads be notified.

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