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Sheriff’s Blotter Oct. 21-24: Drunk drivers, mail theft and more suspicious activity

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 Oct. 21-24, 2022

October 21

Mooooove over

7:19 a.m. Portola. A caller reports a cow in the roadway at A23 and Marble Hot Springs Road.

Missed one

8:15 a.m. Portola. A caller reports a suspected drunk driver ran a red light in Portola and is speeding. It is a 2-door Red GMC. The caller was transferred to CHP.

This is not the dump

10:41 a.m. Portola. A caller reports illegal dumping on West Sierra Avenue. The caller has photos.

Loose horses

12:28 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports loose horses in the roadway. A second caller reports loose horses near Chandler Road east. The caller was transferred to CHP.

Baby blue

4:05 p.m. Quincy.  A caller reports a possible drunk driver last seen westbound from the mill; the plate was listed for a late model baby blue Buick. 4:34 p.m. A male subject was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent.

Guilty conscience

4:18 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports her car was keyed within the last 24 hours, a black Subaru. 5:41 p.m. A deputy contacted the caller. The vehicle was scratched by bushes off-roading.

The sloppy logger

5:20 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports debris in the roadway on Hwy 70 at First St. There are rounds of wood in the eastbound lane. The caller was transferred to CHP.

A quick cluster

7:14 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports a large gathering at the end of the cul de sac. There are four vehicles and people running around and yelling. The caller requests a patrol check. 7:26 p.m. A deputy checked the area and was unable to located anything suspicious.


7:43 p.m. Lake Almanor. A caller reports a tree across the road. The call was transferred to CHP. There is someone there trying to clear it out but they could use some assistance.

Family affair

8:16 p.m. Quincy. A deputy advised being out on some type of argument. 8:27 p.m. The deputy advised it is family verbal argument. Three people were named. The parties have agreed to keep the peace and separate.

Normal for the neighborhood

9:03 p.m. Blairsden. A caller made a noise complaint on a wedding party of 30-40 people. They are requesting they turn the music down. 9:08 p.m. There is a valid permit on file.

Under the influence

11:40 p.m. Quincy. A male subject was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

October 22

Drunk in public

1:28 a.m. Quincy. A caller requests medical assistance for a male in his 40s having some form of medical emergency. The call was transferred to REMSA. Quincy Fire and PDH were paged. 1:54 a.m. The patient left against medical advice. 1:55 a.m. The male subject was arrested on charges of under the influence of a controlled substance and drunk in public.

Unusual scene

9:33 a.m. Chester. A caller reports suspicious activity in the area near the dam. Power lines are hanging near the roadway and there are chainsaws laying on the ground. The caller did not see anyone in the area. 10:05 a.m. A deputy requested PG& E respond to the area. PG&E ETA is 25 minutes.

Fall burn

4:51 p.m. Vinton. A caller reports a neighbor’s house is on fire. It started in the chimney but is spreading quickly to the rest of the house. Everyone is out of the house. 4:52 p.m. Sierra Valley Fire and EPHC ambulance. 4:59 p.m. USFS self-dispatched. 5:04 p.m. Mutual aid was requested from Beckwourth Fire. 5:14 p.m. The fire is knocked down, but Beckwourth is requested to continue. 5:47 p.m. Red Cross is requested for two adults and 4 children and 4 animals. The information was sent to Red Cross. 7:58 p.m. Fire is clear from the scene.

The dog has other ideas

6:15 a.m. Quincy. A dog is locked in a kennel in the driveway and has been barking since last night. The owners have not been home in days. The dog’s owner was named. 6:33 p.m. A deputy advised no contact with the dogs’ owner. A neighbor was contacted who said the owner is out of town for work but has a friend checking on the dog.

Season for tricks

7:36 p.m. Taylorsville. A call reports his son’s bike was stolen out of the garage. It is a $4,000 mountain bike, a black frame with green handles. 7:39 p.m. While on the line the caller said his son found his bike down the street and doesn’t request anything further.

Deer vs. vehicle

9:33 p.m. Chilcoot. A caller reports a single vehicle traffic accident of some sort. The caller did not stop. She saw tire marks in the roadway leading to the vehicle on the shoulder. Everyone is out of the vehicle and appeared to be okay. The call was transferred to CHP. 9:38 p.m. A second caller reports a single vehicle vs. deer accident. The caller is out with the driver in a non-injury accident, but the vehicle is disabled. The vehicle is not blocking the roadway.

October 23

Shoulda called a friend

1:54 a.m. Quincy. A female was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with an alcohol blood level over .08 percent.

Self help

1:58 a.m. Bucks Lake. A caller reports that he is off the roadway on Bucks Lake Road at the Summit, about 40-50 yards. He was hit and is now off the roadway flipped and still in the vehicle, stuck, with injuries. He was unable to provide a better location other then Bucks Lake Road at the Summit. He is in a Dodge pickup of unknown color. SAR was paged. Bucks Lake Fire and Meadow Valley Fire were paged, and PDH. CHP recontacted to advise the caller stated he was hit by another vehicle, possibly a red pickup truck. The vehicle continued eastbound for approximately 15 minutes. 2:09 a.m. A helicopter was requested to Bucks Lake Summit. The location was given to REMSA helicopter. Care flight accepted with an ETA of 2:37 a.m. 3:40 a.m. The patient was transported to Enloe via air. 4:05 a.m. A deputy notified the victim’s uncle.

A world of trouble

2:44 a.m. Delleker. A caller reports that his gas was stolen and that he is having issues with people hacking his phone and internet. The caller requests to speak to a deputy. The caller was advised that the deputies are out on a case and that he would have to wait until morning to speak to a deputy. The caller then disconnected the line. 9:09 a.m. A deputy contacted the caller, and the caller requested the information on file only.

Out of step

5:20 p.m. Chester. A caller reports she is hiking and got lost from the main trail and has GPS and a compass and is walking north from her location but still cannot locate the trail. The caller is alone. Rapid deploy coordinates were identified. 10:26 p.m. The chief ranger at Lassen National Forest requests that SAR help, they still cannot locate the hiker.

October 24

Past bedtime

1:15 a.m. Portola. A caller reports a physical argument between a subject and his father. The subject is breaking things and screaming. There are no weapons. 2:02 a.m. The subject was arrested on a charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Locking box

8:57 a.m. Quincy. A caller reports at 6 a.m. he saw a dark blue Scion TC 2-door with the passenger side break light out going through mailboxes. Several in the area were opened. The caller followed the subject from Chandler East, and it turned back on Quincy Junction Road. The subject was unknown. 10:01 a.m. A Sgt. advises almost every box on Chandler Road appears open. He will be investigating. 11:27 p.m. Two of the victims of mail theft are known to have 3 packages stolen. Two other subjects reported mail theft from Saturday’s mail. 12:41 p.m. Another subject had reported a previous mail theft and requested a call back.

House rules

2 p.m. Portola. A caller reports finding drugs in her house, and she believes they belong to her roommate, who was named. 2:21 p.m. The caller requested the information on file that she found a meth pipe in her roommates’ bedroom. The caller is in the process of evicting the subject.

Getting hot about gas

2:36 p.m. Chester. A caller requests a civil standby to go to the Amerigas office to talk to them about why they haven’t filled up his propane tank. The caller said he was likely going to “lose his temper.” The caller was advised that no one is in the area for a civil standby and requested a call back. 3:49 p.m. A deputy contacted the caller who requested no further assistance.

American graffiti

3:10 p.m. Quincy. A caller reports vandalism to the skate park, painted over the weekend.

The privilege of ownership

3:27 p.m. Portola. A caller reports a stray dog in her garage. The dog has been a stray in the area for a while now with no collar or tags. The caller request Animal Control pick it up. 3:46 p.m. A subject retrieved the dog and will be cited.


4:54 p.m. Quincy. EPHC requested PDH stage, both ambulances are out of the area. PDH was paged. 4:56 p.m. PDH was unable to stage due to only having one ambulance available.

A different way of doing things

5:53 p.m. Chester. A Fed Ex driver attempted to deliver a package and advised that the car doors were open with groceries inside the vehicle and water is running from a hose in the front yard. The caller knocked on the front door but there was no answer. The caller came back to the residence 45 minutes later and the car doors are still open and no answer at the door. The subject name was provided and a call to the subject was attempted, no answer and a voicemail was left. 6:07 p.m. The subject contacted and said his wife is the only person home and she is likely okay, he will attempt to contact her and call back. 6:09 p.m. The subject advised he spoke to his wife who is okay.

A big find for a metal detectorist

6:18 p.m. La Porte. A caller reports he lost his revolver while hunting over the weekend.

All gassed up

7:07 p.m. Portola. A neighbor’s vehicle is parked in front of his apartment and running since 1 p.m. The fumes are entering his apartment. The owner of the vehicle is deaf and not answering her door. The apartment number is not known but it is above the caller’s apartment. It is a white Nissan sedan. The information was given to CHP to assist if they are available. 7:52 p.m. CHP contacted the owner of the vehicle who turned her vehicle off. Nothing further is needed.

Lending a hand where we can

10:36 p.m. Greenville. A caller reports hearing a male voice call for help on Deadfall Lane. 10:47 p.m. The caller reports locating the subject whose vehicle was broken down and only required a ride. The caller said he was able to assist. Nothing further is needed.

Alone in the dark

11:49 p.m. Delleker. A caller reports the power has been out for a couple hours and she is on oxygen. She requests information on when the power would be back on. The caller was advised we have no information on power outages, and she would need to contact her power company. The caller became angry and settled for an ambulance. The call was transferred to EPHC. 11:52 p.m. Paged EP Fire and EPHC ambulance. 11:58 p.m. A deputy advised incoming can cancel. Oct. 25, 12:09 a.m. A deputy advised the caller is okay, assistance is complete.



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