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Sheriff’s Blotter: May 28 – June 1; that bear keeps coming around

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 28-June 1, 2022

May 28

Can you keep a secret?

8:43 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports a vehicle drove into a ditch across the street last night. The subject was upset and asked the witnesses not to call it in and left the scene. The subject is currently back outside by the vehicle.

How about those missing plates?

8:55 a.m. Portola. A caller reports a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot since last night with no plates. The caller would like to make sure it’s not stolen. 9:16 a.m. A deputy contacted the owner of the vehicle who said the battery died yesterday and she is going to move it.

The hazards of getting in and getting out of the water

10:01 a.m. Lake Almanor. A caller at the Canyon Dam boat ramp reports a boat hit his boat. The other boater is still on the scene and the caller requests a report for insurance purposes. 10:18 a.m. A boating accident report was made.


10:01 a.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports a neighbor is shooting a BB gun at her house and children who are playing outside. The subject is shooting through a door or window. The subject is unknown. The caller attempted to knock on the door but there was no answer. 10:31 a.m. A deputy contacted the juvenile who was shooting an airsoft gun at his neighbors. The juvenile apologized and agreed to stop. The deputy collected the airsoft gun from the juvenile.

Expensive lessons

12:42 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports her son’s bike was stolen from the backyard, possibly taken last night. The caller said this is the third bike stolen.

Mixing combustibles

1:36 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports a motorcycle vs. motorcycle accident, one rider has injuries to his shoulder, both bikes are still on the roadway. The caller is unable to provide a better location due to not being from the area. The location is near the Boulder Creek Campground sign on the main road around the lake. PDH was paged. Search and Rescue were paged. 1:45 p.m. Plumas 11 requests to see if USFS has any staff at the lake. 1:51 p.m. USFS dispatch advised an off-duty USFS employee is on the scene. One injury will need a helicopter. 1:56 p.m. Plumas 11 requested an ambulance come up from Janesville. 2:51 p.m. An ambulance is on the scene. 3:17 p.m. Plumas 11 advised the patient was transported.

Do you see what I see?

3 p.m. Portola. A caller reports multiple mailboxes have been broken into and are open. 3:12 p.m. A Sgt. advised the caller is not on the scene and no mailboxes appear to be broken into or damaged.

Land ho!

3:49 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller advised a boat dock broke off and is now on someone else’s property. The caller provided the dock number but said it is hard to miss since the dock is backwards. 4 p.m. A dock was located that is free floating but anchored. The wind is moving it slightly, but it is okay. 4:09 p.m. The caller recontacted saying he saw the boat patrol looking at a different dock but that is not the dock that is loose. 4:18 p.m. The dock is not accessible by boat. The caller said he will try to move it and receive further assistance via boat tomorrow.

The up side of ping-pong

4:42 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports a kayaker fell into the water approximately 100 feet from shore. The victim is treading water and seems to be okay but can’t swim and needs help getting back to shore. Another kayaker is attempting to help but the victim seems to be struggling. 5:24 Both boaters are out of the water and being seen by medical staff. 6:06 p.m. No further assistance is needed.

Hindsight is 20/20

7:04 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a female in a described vehicle driving drunk with a child in the car. The information was sent to CHP. 7:51 p.m. The subject was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent, battery, and inflicting bodily injury on a spouse.


8:19 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a bear around Claremont Trailer Park.

Wild horse

10:07 p.m. Graeagle. A caller reports a reckless driver in a silver Mustang on Hwy 70 heading eastbound from the corner barn.

May 29

Wait! Did I just get married?

1:26 a.m. Chester. A caller reports a drunk driver. They were at a wedding venue and the male driver took off at a high rate of speed.

Missing meds, did they leave the keys?

12:20 p.m. Chester. A caller reports she lost her keys to her apartment around May 25 and yesterday someone took her medication from inside her home.

Gas is expensive

1:31 p.m. Quincy. A caller requests information on file that a named subject threatened to punch her teeth down her throat because she doesn’t have gas money to come pick up their kid in Greenville.

Wait ‘til they discover Gumba’s

2:12 p.m. Portola. A deputy received a report from a resort that a guest took a golf cart and left it at Pizza Factory in Portola, and they are working on getting it picked up.

Off the beaten path

3:49 p.m. Warner Valley. A caller said they are receiving texts from a friend who is not able to call due to service. There is some sort of physical incident, but the caller is getting little information through text. Subjects and phone numbers were provided. The subject has a firearm and was recently released from prison. The caller was advised to have the victim text 911. 4 p.m. The victim texted 911. Two males are yelling and punching each other in a cabin. The involved parties were named, recently out of prison and known to carry weapons. The caller said she drove down the road and can still hear yelling and one party possibly left. 4:12 p.m. Per the text, one subject left the area, and the altercation has calmed down. There are no units in the area. 8:52 p.m. A Sgt. contacted one subject who stated it was a verbal argument only between himself and his uncle who agreed to leave the area.

Gold fever

3:59 p.m. Meadow Valley. A caller requests deputies attempt to contact a named subject who is staying in a motor home before the gun range, pulled off into a flat area. The subject is in the area checking out some claims and his family has not been able to reach him. 4:35 p.m. A deputy is unable to locate any motor homes in the area.

Outdoor fun … outdoor hazards

4:37 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a quad accident on Mill Creek Road with a single occupant who is unconscious and not moving. While on the line the caller said the victim is now moving. Quincy Fire and PDH ambulance were paged. The information was sent to CHP. 4:49 p.m. The information was sent to REMSA for a helicopter. The ETA is 5:20 p.m. for the helicopter to Lee Summit. Plumas 16 requested the location be moved to Mill Pond and Graeagle Fire was paged to set up the loading zone. 5:08 p.m. Graeagle Fire advised the loading zone will be at the soccer fields. 5:25 p.m. The helicopter is on the ground. 5:41 p.m. The helicopter is off the ground.

Guard dog needs a castle

5:45 p.m. Meadow Valley. A caller reports a German Shepherd chased her children down the street. The same dog has bit her daughter in the past. The dog left its residence toward Silver Creek Road. The owner of the dog is known. The caller requests the information is sent to Animal Control for ongoing problems with the dog being loose in the neighborhood and chasing/biting children. 5:48 p.m. The information was faxed to Animal Control.

Change of heart

6:20 p.m. Crescent Mills. A caller reports there are people in her attic, can hear the caller slamming things around and talking to someone. Dispatch attempted to ask the caller questions and she yelled “Who are you” and refused to answer any further. 6:27 p.m. While the line was open, could hear a male and female talking in the background, asked the female her name and she refused to provide it and said the call was accidental. The call disconnected. 7:23 p.m. A Sgt. attempted to contact the subject via phone and at the residence but was unable to make contact.

May 30

Collateral damage of heading the wrong direction

4:10 a.m. Beckwourth. A caller reports his car was stolen from his son’s house in Beckwourth, a Jeep Grande Cherokee, gray in color, with lights on the top. The caller said his dogs were taken as well, possibly on the way to Sun Valley, Nevada. The suspect girlfriend was born in 1977.

Old school thinking

8:44 a.m. Greenville. A caller reports a male with dark hair and a beard wearing a red shirt carrying a gas can. There are several cars parked in the area. It is unknown if he’s attempting to siphon gas or ?? 10:28 a.m. A deputy reports that the subject male is known and does local yard work, it’s okay, nothing further is needed.

Signs of the times

11:49 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports street signs for both Coburn and Monte Vista were stolen sometime during the night.

Apple watch to the rescue

1:13 p.m. Quincy. A call came in with an open line. 1:14 p.m. Calling back went straight to voicemail. 1:33 p.m. A hard fall indicator from an Apple Watch was received at an address on Chandler Road. Can hear voices in the background asking about a possible fall. 1:34 p.m. PDH and Quincy Fire were paged. 1:39 p.m. The subject was located in the back of the house. 1:47 p.m. Info was sent to REMSA for a helicopter to meet at Gansner. ETA is 2:11 p.m. 2:36 p.m. Assistance is complete.

Dancing with giants

6:20 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports juveniles inside the Sierra Pacific Industries yard playing near the logs. It appears they have slipped through an opening in the fence on the Bell Lane side. 6:37 p.m. A deputy contacted and counseled the juveniles.

Triple crown: Drink, drive, fight

8:32 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports the neighbor was speeding on the road. The caller went to the neighbor’s house to ask him to slow down. The subject was intoxicated and punched the caller twice. The caller requests a call back only. 9:21 p.m. A deputy contacted the caller who does not desire to press charges. Proper restraining order procedures were provided.

May 31

Quincy couple heads east

12:17 a.m. Portola. A deputy reports being out with a known couple that had a verbal argument and agreed to keep the peace.

Incentive to move on

5:29 a.m. Quincy. A caller on Lawrence St. reports a bear has tipped over a garbage dumpster and is unable to leave the building. The information was sent to CHP. 5:43 a.m. CHP advised that the bear has now left that area with two rounds in the buttocks.

Good plan

6:18 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports several government agencies are mentally attacking him. He said he has to take a nap and will contact his mental health worker for follow-up.


8:10 a.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports that subjects were creeping around his house a week ago and the neighbor had a similar incident two nights ago. If it happens again the caller will call at the time but requests patrol checks for now.

Getting a good connection

10:47 a.m. Chester. A caller reports a male subject who appears to be trying to get into vehicles and buildings. He is a tall blonde with a white shirt and blue shorts with a sleeping bag. He was last seen by the Methodist Church. 11:32 a.m. A deputy advised the subject was brought to the Resource Center to receive aid prior to leaving the area. No crime.

Stinking thinking gets aired out

12:43 p.m. Chester. A caller reports a suspicious male in a red shirt and shorts waving his arms, talking to himself, and yelling at cars. He went into the outhouse. 1:18 p.m. A deputy advised giving the subject a ride to Westwood. Assistance complete.

In broad daylight

1:40 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a huge bear in the neighborhood with kids walking around. The information was sent to Fish & Wildlife. 1:54 p.m. A deputy advised it sounds like the bear went southeast. The deputy will be looking around the area for the bear. 2:35 p.m. Fish and Wildlife is looking in the area but so far are unable to locate it but will stay in the area until school is out. The officer said if more calls come in with a good location, they can give the callers his number. 3:03 p.m. Still unable to locate the bear. 7:20 p.m. A known person reports the bear is walking on Church and Jackson Streets. 7:48 p.m. The bear returned to the woods.

Lucky? Or destined for destruction?

4:26 p.m. Lake Almanor. CHP received a report of a drunk driver that left the bar and is possibly headed to Main Street. The named subject is intoxicated in a red Toyota Tacoma and the license plate was provided. The subject physical description was provided. CHP had no units in the area. 4:31 p.m. There are no deputies in the area either. 4:38 p.m. Main Street. A caller reports a drunk driver in a red Toyota Tacoma. The caller followed the driver from the country club and the vehicle almost caused multiple accidents and is currently at the Chevron station. The information was sent to CHP but there are no units in the area. 8:34 p.m. Main Street. A caller reports her boyfriend is intoxicated and broke the front door and is causing a verbal argument. The named subject is trying to leave the residence, intoxicated, in a red Toyota Tacoma. The parties were yelling at each other. The information was given to CHP but there are no units in the area. 9:20 p.m. A Sgt. advised it was a verbal argument only. The male half is staying at a hotel for the night. The caller was provided proper restraining order procedures.

I scream for ice cream

8:21 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports the mother of his child is refusing to let him take his child to Polka Dot for ice cream. 8:25 p.m. A Sgt. advised the mother did not want to turn the child over and there is no court paperwork stating she must. Proper civil procedures were provided.

Out of control

10:38 p.m. Portola. A caller reports that a subject kicked his store door several times. The juvenile was yelling at the caller when asked to leave the store. The juvenile left the store/area with his father in an unknown direction or method of travel. 11:20 p.m. A deputy advised the subject was having an argument with himself and the information is on file only. Attempts to contact the parent were unsuccessful; no one answered the door. 11:45 p.m. The store caller said that the juvenile came back with other juveniles. They had a knife and broke a window. June 1, 12:28 a.m. A deputy is on the look out for the juvenile who will be charged with violations of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats of death or bodily harm, malicious mischief, and battery.

June 1

Pleading a case out of court

10:37 a.m. Quincy. A known subject is at the jail having some kind of mental health episode. 10:55 a.m. Detectives contacted the subject who is only having a bad day and has agreed to move along.

Not so handy

11:15 a.m. Quincy. Facility services received a complaint that a caller went to a business, and someone was parked in the handicapped spot when he needed it and then was denied service by the store. The information is third hand. 2:26 p.m. A deputy advised no crime and assistance complete.

Trailer for sale or rent

11:45 a.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports two suspicious people walking around the property possibly trying to break in. One is male possibly with a beard and the other is female. The suspects also have an RV parked on the property. 12:08 p.m. A deputy advised contacting the subject who said he is a potential buyer of the residence and is meeting an agent.

In these times

12:35 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports that she was scammed. She wired the money to someone in Peru. The caller said it was a loss of $20,000 and said she reported it to her bank as well.

High on the hill

1:01 p.m. Lake Davis. A caller reports that they cans see smoke coming from the area of Coyote Hill and Red Clover Valley. The information was sent to USFS.

2 hots and a cot

1:58 p.m. Cromberg. A caller reports he found a stray dog in the roadway. He checked with all the neighbors and is unable to locate the owner. He is driving the dog to Animal Control. The dog is a Pit bull mix. He will be there in about 15 minutes.

The good news is … we have snow pack

5:27 p.m. Graeagle. A caller southwest of Long Lake reports he lost the trail due to snow pack. He is an experienced hiker and has provisions. The caller was advised to not leave where his is now and to keep the phone on. 5:42 p.m. The caller is calling back because he missed a call. 6:18 p.m. The caller called back for new GPS coordinates; he is very worried about his cell phone battery life. He requests we call his wife with an update. 6:24 p.m. A message was left for his wife. Search and Rescue were paged. 6:56 p.m. SAR ETA is 25 minutes. 7:42 p.m. SAR was able to get to the caller and will be providing him with a ride shortly to his vehicle so that the caller can return home.

I’ll be back

7:13 p.m. Quincy. A caller on Monte Vista reports a bear is ripping down fences in the area. The caller was provided the number for Fish & Game. 7:50 p.m. A deputy reports the bear was last seen about 10 minutes ago near Edwards. It has since returned to the woods.

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