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Sheriff’s Blotter: May 2-5 – downed trees; loose horses; vehicles off the road

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 May 2-5, 2022

May 2


1:14 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports two possible males 5’10 and 6’ tall; it was too dark to get further information. They took a bench from in front of the courthouse and put it into the middle of Jackson St. 1:23 a.m. A deputy removed the bench to the sidewalk. The leg is broken and the location to return it to is unknown.

Chatty Kathys

1:20 a.m. Chester. A caller reports his roommates are being loud and wants a deputy to respond. He just woke up, but he is slurring his words and having a hard time answering questions, he is possibly intoxicated. The two roommates are female. 1:56 a.m. A Sgt. advised the caller requests the information on file only. The roommates were disturbing his peace. All parties agreed to keep the peace. 5:01 a.m. The caller recontacted and requested a deputy come to the residence. He believes drugs were just dropped off to his roommates. 5:13 a.m. A deputy advised the caller is having civil issues with roommates; no drugs were delivered.

Sprung a leak in Spring Garden

5:47 a.m. Spring Garden. A caller reports a car rolled over on Spring Garden Depot Road. One person is in the car with unknown injuries. The caller was transferred to CHP. 5:49 a.m. A second caller reported the same. Greenhorn Fire was paged and PDH. 5:57 a.m. The updated location is 20 Spring Garden Depot Road, the access road is parallel to Hwy 70. 6:20 a.m. A caller called in a Ford vehicle roll over crash with air bags deployed. 7:12 a.m. Per CHP there is a diesel spill of 40-50 gallons. They notified the state.

Morning romp running free

6:46 a.m. Beckwourth. A caller is out with loose horses and requests CHP. 8:36 a.m. CHP advised the horses are off Hwy 70 and the owner is on the way. They request patrol checks. 8:41 a.m. The owner of the horses called and needed a better location to find them. Per the deputy they are near the Nervino Airport. 8:44 a.m. The owners are on the scene and picking up the horses now.

Falling trees

9:24 a.m. Calpine. A caller reports a tree down on Hwy 89 half a mile north of Calpine. The call was transferred to CHP.

Logging road

9:57 a.m. Graeagle. A caller reports a tree down, about 2 miles north of Graeagle near Gold Lake.

Flames seen

10:22 a.m. Blairsden. A caller reports lots of smoke in the meadow area across from the river’s edge. Graeagle Fire was paged. The information was sent to the Forest Service. 10:26 a.m. The location is 134 Gold Lake Road. 10:36 a.m. A second caller reports they can now see flames. 10:54 a.m. There is a vehicle at the residence. 12:04 p.m. USFS to handle.

Possible burglary in town

11:31 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports their grandmother’s house was the site of an attempted burglary. The lock on the door was drilled and the shed was broken into. They are unsure what exactly was taken. The caller is checking with their father to see what should be there. They think a lot of power tools were taken. The caller will be at the residence for the next day.

Insider information

3:38 p.m. Quincy. A caller requests information on file that a co-worker that is getting fired today has been harassing her and she is worried that now that she is getting fired the subject will blame the caller.


6:22 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports her horse ran away from her residence. The horse is white and brown and has a halter on. The caller requests the information on file in case anyone calls. The information was faxed to Animal Control.

Free camping

9 p.m. Chester. A caller requests deputy contact, they have a question about a legal place to park a van and sleep for the night. 9:01 p.m. A deputy contacted the caller who is a contract worker in Chester. The caller will stay in their Hertz rental truck in the parking lot of Holiday Market.

“Warming fire” loop hole

9:24 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a burn pile at the corner of Magnolia and West and requests Fire respond. Beckwourth Fire was paged. 9:31 p.m. All inbound Fire can cancel. It is a warming fire. The homeowner has been advised there is a burn ban inside the city limits and will tone the fire down.


11:32 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a fire north of Main St. The caller is not from the area and is unable to give more information. Two additional callers provided better location information. The second caller reported a structure fire of a vacant residence. The caller is calling from the “brown apartments” and is unable to provide an address, is at the corner of First and Main. Beckwourth Fire was paged. 11:38 p.m. Advised the structure is fully engulfed. They will be confirming it is vacant. 11:40 p.m. Eastern Plumas and Sierra Valley Fire were paged for mutual aid. 11:42 p.m. Liberty Utilities were given the location. 11:45 p.m. On the scene report is the structure is fully engulfed with threat to multiple surrounding structures. May 3, 12:27 a.m. Requests Sierra Valley Fire be paged for air tank trailer. 1:04 a.m. Mop up is starting.

May 3


8:47 a.m. Spring Garden. A caller reports a transformer blew. There is no fire at this time. The information was sent to Plumas Sierra Rural Electric. 9:14 a.m. Fire is clear and PSREC is on the scene and will handle.


9:29 a.m. Frenchman Lake. A caller reports his wife is the camp host and has a subject that wandered into camp and seems out of it. He says he is looking for his car and dogs. The caller is on his way in from Reno with an extended ETA. 10:02 a.m. Per the caller, USFS stopped and took the male to look for his car. 10:54 a.m. A deputy contacted the camp host. USFS is up with the subject attempting to locate his vehicle. 11:06 a.m. USFS called. They found the subject vehicle which is stuck. The subject was referred to Crescent Tow for further assistance.

Unlikely pair

10 a.m. Portola. A caller reports two dogs running in the middle of Hwy 70 eastbound to Portola, a chocolate lab and a smaller dog. A deputy is out of position. The information was sent to CHP and Animal Control. 11:52 a.m. CHP reported unable to locate the dogs.

In need of a pillow

11:47 a.m. Quincy. A caller received information of a white Suburban possibly in a ditch, with a subject slumped over the wheel. CHP is on their way from Lee Summit. PDH and Quincy Fire were paged. 11:51 a.m. CHP advises the subject was napping, no assistance needed. Fire and PDH can cancel.

Rural road hazards

1:26 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports multiple goats in the roadway past Evergreen Trailer Park. A second caller reported the same.

Dogs gotsta follow da rules

1:30 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports that while walking over the bridge at Gansner Park, a female living under the bridge started yelling at her. 1:49 p.m. The subject was contacted and said she was yelling at the dog off leash, not the owner of the dog. The subject agreed to keep the peace.

Rocky road

9:27 p.m. Keddie. A caller reports multiple large rocks in the road on Hwy 70.

Strange messages

9:32 p.m. Twain. A caller reports his “no trespassing” sign at the end of his driveway was turned around and had a strange message written on the back.

Remember that dream where you are walking down the street …

10:52 p.m. Chester. A caller from the hospital requests assistance for a nude woman in the Emergency Room parking lot. The female was found on the side of the road, there were unknown males in a car dropping her off wanting to leave but the woman would not get out. 11:05 p.m. More information on the woman and the vehicle were requested. The two males left on foot and left the dark grey SUV with the woman in it. Emergency Room personnel did not get the names or descriptions of the men. The blonde female seems out of it and refused to provide her name and is yelling “leave me alone.” The subject refused medical aid. 11:51 p.m. The female subject was arrested on charges of drunk in public and resisting arrest.

May 4

Are our parks open 24 hours?

12:24 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports being at Gansner Park and can hear screaming and strange noises. A second caller reports there is someone whining, possibly trying to scare them. The female is very frantic and not answering questions. 12:46 a.m. A deputy contacted the caller and was unable to locate a person screaming; it is most likely an animal. The caller has agreed to move along for the night.

Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!

12:47 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports his neighbor’s porch light was flickering, but now it has stopped. The caller requests a patrol check of the area. He is unable to give a good address other than the general location near the Railway Ave. and that it is a single-story home. 1 a.m. A deputy was unable to locate any suspicious activity or flickering lights.

Off track

5:35 a.m. Spring Garden. A caller reports he is with Union Pacific Railroad and is reporting a derailment near the intersection of Railroad Street and Spring Garden Depot Road. The rail car is empty. This is the first notification being made. No response is needed at this time. 5:55 a.m. The Greenhorn Fire Chief will have someone from the department go and look to see if a response is needed. 6:12 a.m. There is nothing concerning on the east end of the train. UPRR is on the scene. He will continue to check to see if further action is needed. 6:17 a.m. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services advises of a hazardous materials spill report. The rail car was derailed in an upright position due to an unknown cause. No release occurred with the incident or injuries.

Abandon ship

5:55 am Cromberg. A caller reports a vehicle off the road between Hwy 70 and Old Mill Pond near Jackson Creek, on the south of the highway. It is a white truck or SUV. CHP was notified. There is no one in the car or around the car. It is a white truck with a camper shell.

Turn for the worse

8:40 a.m. Chester. A caller reports a vehicle over the side down a 50’ embankment. There is possibly a fatality. The vehicle is a Dodge Ram service truck for DL Logging. Search and Rescue were paged. The vehicle is over the side on Hwy 89 just north of Prattville Reservoir Road in Chester. 10:33 a.m. A deputy is attempting to locate the wife of the victim. Nobody is home.

Handy man or maybe just a battery change

11:42 a.m. Clio. A caller reports her carbon monoxide and smoke detector is going off and would like someone to come check it. Graeagle Fire was paged.

What can we get on the trade-in?

12:05 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports his ex is trying to take his vehicle, a 98 Dodge Ram.

Look at this!

12:57 p.m. Chester. A deputy advised a caller came into the substation with check images issued to him that have been cashed by other people in various areas of the country. The bank will handle it.


1 p.m. Portola. A caller requests assistance with his father who has dementia and is wandering and will not come back to the house. 1:37 p.m. The caller recontacted and said he was last seen on A15 on an unknown property. 1:58 p.m. A Sgt. said the subject was released to a family friend for the day and she will take him back home later. The Sgt. will notify the caller.

Collecting evidence

3:20 p.m. Portola. CHP advised receiving a report of a subject impersonating an undercover law enforcement officer in a black Chevy Impala. The subject is 30-40 years-old, bald, and wearing all black, and seen approximately 90 minutes ago.

Police escort

4:55 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports that a patient is at the North Fork building and is trying to leave. The caller believes he should not be driving due to some form of intoxication. The caller said the subject has not left yet and the caller has his keys, but the subject is wanting them back. The subject drives a white Chevy Blazer. 5:20 p.m. A Sgt. contacted the caller and the subject. The caller and all medical staff are okay. They are still treating the patient and were advised to contact CHP prior to the patient’s release.

Beer run

6:07 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports a possible drunk driver in a silver Chevy pickup with four occupants. The subject is currently in the market. The information was transferred to CHP.

Cause and effect … action, reaction

6:56 p.m. Cromberg. A caller reports that a known person’s Pit bull went through the fence after her horse. The dog is no longer on her property. The caller said that if the dog returns, she will shoot it. The information was faxed to Animal Control.

You come here often?

6:56 p.m. Portola. A caller reports that as she was walking out of the Smoke Shop today at 12:30 p.m. she noticed a man next to her vehicle. The caller confronted the subject who said that he was just trying to listen to her music. The caller said that the subject never made entry into her vehicle and no damage was done, and nothing was stolen. The caller requests the information on file.

Hiking essentials: Water, a compass, and a map … don’t leave home without them

6:56 p.m. Graeagle. A male caller reports he is lost near Smith Lake. He is on the Smith Creek Trailhead near Graeagle. He is on the trail over the bridge and has some food and snacks with him. He is a 62-year-old male with no health problems, has warm clothes and is with his 80-pound boxer mix breed dog. He also has a satellite phone with him. 7:47 p.m. Rescue personnel advised when speaking to the subject he was about 100 feet from the trail. He is going to continue to work with the caller to try and get him to the trail so he can get back to his car. 8:15 p.m. The subject is now on the trail and will try and get out. The subject may need a ride from a deputy to his vehicle on Gold Lake Hwy once he is out. He will recontact when he is off the trail, ETA about 30 minutes. 8:54 p.m. The subject made it to his vehicle.

It’s too late

7:24 p.m. Keddie. A caller reports that she went to go check on her friend due to not being able to contact him. When they walked in, they found the subject dead. The subject had a bag over his head and the gas was on. The caller confirmed that the subject is dead, and the gas has been turned off. 7:52 p.m. A deputy confirmed the subject is dead. The coroner is on his way.

The good times

11:39 p.m. Portola. A caller advised a male is laying on the ground outside of the Bank Club surrounded by multiple people, about 15 people. 11:54 p.m. A deputy advised that a male fell but is okay and has a ride home.

May 5

Regular rider

7:15 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports he was attacked at the bus stop again today. He has a lot to do today.

A chainsaw with a silencer

8:43 a.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports someone took a chainsaw to power poles. The caller said there is one down on Plantation Road off Prattville Reservoir Road.

I saw what you did

8 p.m. Maybe. A caller reports the vehicle in front of her hit a deer on Hwy 70 just west of Chalet View Lodge. It appears that the deer needs to be dispatched but the caller is unsure if it is still in the roadway.


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