Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department

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  • Address: 305 Butte Street, Yreka, 96097 CA
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Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department is located at 305 Butte Street, Yreka, 96097 CA. The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department phone number is 530-842-8300.

Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department News

Search Warrant Results in Arrests & Seizure of Drug Lab, Ammo & Cash On Thursday, November 1, 2018, the Siskiyou Unified Major Investigation Team (SUMIT) served a search warrant at a residence in the 30000 block of Crag View Drive, near Dunsmuir. The location is south of Dunsmuir near the Shasta/Siskiyou County Lines. The search warrant started with a routine stop made by a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputy. On October 21, 2018 at about 1:45 p.m., Deputy Kubowitz made a routine traffic stop. During the traffic stop Deputy Ortiz recovered about 15 grams of suspected methamphetamine and found the driver in possession of a large amount of United States currency. Mr. Jack Donald Wood, 56, was arrested by the deputies for possession of methamphetamine for sale. Other evidence and drug paraphernalia were found during the traffic stop as well. SUMIT agents responded to the scene after they were called and apprised of the seizure. Investigative follow-up was conducted by SUMIT agents in coordination with the lead agent, a detective from SCSO, and the involved deputies. A search warrant was obtained though the court. The November 1st search warrant was conducted by SUMIT with the assistance of several agencies, including the California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Alcohol and Beverage Control, and deputies from SCSO. The men subject to the search warrant operation have Shasta County and Siskiyou County connections and are linked to local communities. Three male adults were contacted in the residence by SUMIT agents. One suspect, Mr. Cody Edwin Kuntz, 32, was on parole (assault with deadly weapon) and had a large knife and drug paraphernalia in his immediate vicinity. The paraphernalia is used to smoke controlled substances. Mr. Kuntz is on active parole and was arrested for the weapons, drug, and parole violations. Another occupant, Mr. Joseph Daniel Gordon, 45, had five felony arrest warrants issued in Siskiyou County for his immediate arrest. A search of the residence resulted in the recovery of 17-pounds of illicit processed marijuana, and the components, including containers and volatile butane fuel for a concentrated cannabis (BHO) lab were recovered. Live ammunition, including a high-capacity rifle magazine, cellular phones, and a large amount of U.S. currency were seized in the residence. Not learning much from his first encounter with SCSO and SUMIT on October 21st, 14.5 grams of methamphetamine were recovered concealed on Mr. Wood’s person. Wood, a convicted felon, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale and for being a felon in possession of live ammunition. Mr. Kuntz and Mr. Gordon were transported to the Siskiyou County Jail (Yreka) where they were booked for their crimes. Mr. Wood was transported to the Shasta County Jail (Redding) where he was booked for his offenses. SUMIT is a California Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Investigation (BI) task force made up of several federal, state, and local agencies. Currently, SUMIT agents, considered elite investigators, hail from SCSO, CHP, DOJ, U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Yreka Police Department (YPD). The Weed Police Department will soon resume participation and support is received from the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office and Siskiyou County Probation Department. The United States Forest Service and Lake Shastina Police Department are providing part-time support to SUMIT. During 2017, SUMIT agents opened 66 investigations, made 65 drug arrests, served 23 search warrants and seized 10,213 grams of methamphetamine, 399 pounds of processed marijuana, 279 grams of concentrated cannabis, 63 grams of heroin, 1,123 grams of cocaine, 126 prescription pills, 12 firearms and a large quantity of drug-related U.S. currency. SUMIT is commanded by a DOJ/BI Special Agent in Charge and has been existence in Siskiyou County for over 30-years. The current SUMIT Board chair-person is Chief Dave Gamache of the Yreka Police Department. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This was a good piece of police work because two alert SCSO deputies turned an ordinary traffic stop into a major drug arrest. These deputies teamed with SUMIT and their follow-up investigation resulted in a successful search warrant operation that resulted in three felony arrests, which has made the community much safer. This marked a good day for the involved law enforcement agencies and more importantly, for the citizens victimized by the lawless acts of the three suspects. Additionally, the suspects will be afforded opportunities to obtain treatment and rehabilitation for their offenses while incarcerated in both counties.” Anyone with any information about illicit drug trafficking is urged to contact SUMIT at (530) 842-8374, contact your local agency, or the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at 530-841-2900.

Sheriff Announces Hmong-American & Siskiyou County Town Hall Sheriff Jon Lopey has announced plans to coordinate the conduct of the second Hmong-American and Siskiyou County Leader Town Hall meeting, scheduled for Thursday, October 25, 2018, starting at 6:00 p.m., at the Montague Community Center, located at 200 S. 11th Street, Montague. The first town hall was conducted on May 9, 2018 at it was a beneficial event. During recent months, Sheriff Lopey and other county department heads have conducted monthly Hmong-American & County Community Advisory Council meetings at the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO). These meetings have included members of SCSO, leaders of the Hmong-American community, and representatives from CAL Fire, California Highway Patrol (CHP), Siskiyou County Agricultural Commissioner/Department, Siskiyou County Planning Department, Siskiyou County Clerk, Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, and other important stakeholders. The purpose of the Hmong-American & County Community Advisory Council is to foster a closer, collaborative relationship with members of the Hmong-American community, to exchange information about county rules, regulations, ordinances, and related laws, and to answer questions about issues affecting the Hmong-American community, their neighbors, and to address public safety imperatives. All citizens are invited to this town hall, which should provide an open forum for all attendees to discuss their concerns and suggestions for improving local communities.” The Hmong-American & Siskiyou County Town Hall scheduled for October 25th will feature an introduction to Hmong culture, language, customs, and history. Federal, State, and county officials will attend the event and give brief presentations on departmental missions, goals, and will distribute contact names, phone, and email contact information. County officials and their counterparts with various federal and state agencies will be available to answer questions on a variety of topics and to simply develop relationships with members of the Hmong-American community and their neighbors. The public at-large is invited and strongly encouraged to attend the event, which should last about 2-hours. According to Sheriff Lopey, “This town hall meeting is the second of many planned town halls that will be scheduled in the future to cultivate and sustain the relationships developed with the Hmong-American community and the many public service agencies with a vested interest in promoting positive, productive, and lasting relationships with the citizens we serve. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about the rich history of the Hmong people and to exchange ideas, answer questions, and establish long-lasting contacts. It will also be a great opportunity to educate the public on county, state, and/or federal laws related to a variety of topics, including building permits, fencing, water treatment, wells, generators, camping, voter registration, voting, and current laws and ordinances related to land use, including provisions related to agricultural activities. We will also discuss restrictions in the county pertaining to the cultivation of medical and recreational marijuana, which has raised a lot of interest in many county neighborhoods. We hope citizens representing all sectors of our county will attend this event to get to know one another and to ask questions they may have from the many governmental officials scheduled to participate in the event.” Questions about the event may be directed to Sheriff Jon Lopey or Captain Karl Houtman, at (530) 842-8300.

Sheriff’s Office Promotes New Sergeant to Leadership Team On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) promoted its newest sergeant to the leadership ranks of the Department. Sergeant Ben Whetstine, currently serving as the chief of SCSO’s Dunsmuir substation, is a veteran peace officer and leader. Sergeant Whetstine has nearly 17-years in law enforcement. He started his career in January 2002 as a police officer for the Arcata (CA) Police Department (APD). He served for 10-years with APD and served in as a patrol officer, field training officer (FTO) and sergeant. Sergeant Whetstine later served with the Weed Police Department (WPD) where he served as a patrol officer, FTO, detective, working major sexual assault, burglary, and homicide-related crimes, and he served as a corporal (supervisor). Sergeant Whetstine joined the SCSO in August 2015, and since that time he has served with distinction, in a variety of field assignments. He was selected for promotion from a pool of highly-qualified deputies employed by the Department, after a rigorous promotional selection process. Candidates were evaluated during various stages by departmental and external law enforcement leaders from other agencies. Sergeant Whetstine earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Humboldt State University. He holds numerous certificates and certifications, including California Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Supervisor Certificates. Sergeant Whetstine will continue serving as police chief for the City of Dunsmuir. Dunsmuir is one of four law enforcement contracts held for the provision of basic law enforcement services by SCSO (Dunsmuir, Dorris, Fort Jones, and Montague). According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “We enthusiastically welcome Sergeant Whetstine to the leadership ranks of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office. I am certain he will do an outstanding job as a sergeant and leader on this Department. We are very fortunate to promote such highly-qualified deputies to the supervisory ranks of the Department. The position of sergeant is a key rank responsible for the daily supervision of deputies in the field and sergeants are primarily responsible for ensuring the high standards demanded by the Department and the communities we serve are consistently maintained each and every shift. Our sergeants are also the future managers and executive leaders of this Department. Promoting leaders like Sergeant Whetstine will ensure a secure and prosperous future for the Department.”

Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Suspect for Felony Burglary & Thefts On Monday, October 15, 2018 early in the morning, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies and members of the Department’s Major Crimes Unit and Special Response Team served a search warrant at a home located in the 5000 block of Mt. Shasta Way, McCloud, in the Mt. Shasta Forest Subdivision. A large amount of stolen property was recovered and a burglary and theft suspect was arrested as a result of the search warrant operation. Mr. Boulder Dolan Creek, 47, of McCloud, was arrested for felony burglary and grand theft, arising from a SCSO investigation that started on October 12, 2018, by Deputy Josh Abel. Stolen property recovered as a result of the search warrant operation included a 1981 Honda motorcycle, 1982 Honda motorcycle, 1972 Honda motorcycle, a Stihl chainsaw, Honda generator, Ryobi wood splitter, hand truck, wooden hand cart, multi-meter, drill with charger; hand tools, and a “Welcome” sign. The stolen property recovered was worth approximately $8,035.00, which constitutes felony burglary, theft, and possession of stolen property provisions of law. The search warrant operation was initiated after Deputy Abel investigated a burglary and theft that occurred in the Mt. Shasta Forest subdivision on Friday, October 12, 2018 in the same area. A home on Mt. Shasta Drive had been burglarized but evidence suggested another burglary and theft occurred prior to that date on September 28, 2018. A neighbor later saw the suspect allegedly operating a motorcycle in the subdivision that appeared to be one of the vehicles stolen from the burglary victim’s home. Deputy Sam Kubowitz assisted with the investigation and the search warrant was developed and later authorized by the Siskiyou County Superior Court to focus the investigative effort on the suspect identified as an investigative person of interest in the case and his nearby home. The major items identified as stolen from the burglary victim were recovered in Mr. Creek’s residence. Later, the owner positively identified the property recovered as the stolen items taken from the burglary and theft perpetrated against her and her family. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This search warrant operation was successful and I am pleased the vast majority of the stolen property taken from the victim was recovered. The good investigative work conducted in this case, follow-up by the involved deputies and the work of the Major Crimes Unit and Special Response Team led to a major arrest, recovery of valuable stolen property, and this investigation was solved and the search warrant operation was conducted without anyone getting hurt. The property owner was also instrumental in this case because the burglaries and thefts were reported and evidence preserved helped SCSO identify a principle suspect in this case.” This case is still under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.

Missing Hunter Found Deceased On Friday, October 5, 2018, at about 1:15 p.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator, Deputy Mike Burns, reported a missing person, Mr. Jason Cantrall, 46, of Crescent City, CA was found deceased by search personnel assigned to the operation. SAR team members from numerous jurisdictions were searching for Mr. Cantrall after he was reported missing by a companion on October 1, 2018 at about 4:43 p.m. According to his companion, Mr. Cantrall was last seen on September 30, 2018, at about 7:00 p.m., in the Beaver Creek area and United States Forest Service (USFS) Road 47N44, an area located near SR 96, about 39 miles northwest of Yreka. Mr. Cantrall was the subject of a multi-agency search effort that was launched shortly after he was reported missing. A California Air National Guard helicopter crew observed the body from the air and when a rescue crew member (Para-Rescue Jumper or “PJ”) responded to render aid, it was discovered the man was deceased. Deputy Burns, conducting a ground search in the area other SAR members, responded to the scene and the body was positively identified as the missing man, Mr. Cantrall. Mr. Cantrall’s next-of-kin was notified shortly after he was positively identified. Mr. Cantrall reportedly had a medical condition. He was hunting in the area in recent days with a female companion. After he was reported missing, his pick-up truck was found by deputies abandoned and unlocked, which prompted an extensive search of the remote area in vicinity of Beaver Creek. SAR team members included Siskiyou County (CA) SAR volunteers and a number of search personnel from Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties in Oregon. Additionally, 15 to 20 family and friends of the missing man conducted searches in the area. SCSO was assisted by a fixed-wing aircraft coordinated through the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. El Dorado, Butte, Del Norte, Humboldt, Marin, and Shasta County SAR personnel joined in the SAR effort. Bay Area Mountain Rescue and the California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) assisted as well. Several canine teams were deployed in the search effort. 30+ SAR personnel were deployed on-scene, including members of the California-Oregon Search and Rescue (CORSAR) organization, which frequently respond to cross-border search missions in Oregon and California as partners. The California Army National Guard also deployed a helicopter and crew to assist with the search effort but was later relieved by the California Air National Guard helicopter crew, both of which proved very effective searching the rugged, remote terrain. The California Highway Patrol also assisted with the deployment of a helicopter from their Northern Division in Redding. Additional support was received from the USFS, both law enforcement and resource personnel. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and all search and rescue personnel from the involved federal, state, and local agencies, I would like to offer my sincere condolences, thoughts, and prayers to Mr. Cantrall, his family, friends, and associates in the aftermath of his tragic death. Our search and rescue personnel, volunteers, and representatives from numerous jurisdictions worked very hard to rescue Mr. Cantrall. It always a sad and heartbreaking end when those we search for perish prior to rescue. The men and women involved worked tirelessly to save him, under very challenging weather, terrain, and environmental conditions. We are very grateful for the robust response from our county and many other federal, state, local, and private volunteers and first responders, including the California Air National Guard helicopter crew assigned to this important mission. An autopsy will be conducted next week to help us determine the cause and manner of death in this case. Although there were no signs of obvious injuries or foul play, this case is under investigation and final conclusions are pending the outcome of that investigation. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Man for Attempted Murder with Firearm On Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at about 7:38 a.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriffs’ Office (SCSO) Dispatch Center received a report of a man armed with a rifle and pointing it at citizens in vicinity of Carnes Road and Shasta Vista Drive in the Mt. Shasta Vista subdivision. Further reports alleged the male suspect discharged the rifle and the round impacted into the ground. Another report indicated the suspect shot the rifle at the reporting party from a distance of 20 feet but the victim was not struck by the discharged round. Additional reports indicated the reporting party and others were armed in addition to the original male suspect and shots were allegedly exchanged between the assailant and those reporting the incident. The suspect was accompanied by a female adult. Reports were received by SCSO that the male suspect discarded and attempted to conceal the rifle when sirens of responding SCSO units were heard by the involved parties. At about 7:53 a.m., responding SCSO deputies arrived and developed a tactical plan to approach the male and female suspects, still reportedly in the immediate area. Shortly afterwards, the suspect and female companion were observed by responding deputies and detained without incident in a private driveway in vicinity of Chipmunk and Carnes Road in the Mt. Shasta Vista subdivision. A SCSO deputy searched the area and recovered a rifle suspected of being the firearm used in the altercation. Mr. Rick Calvin Case, 41, of Fort Jones was arrested for numerous charges including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal conspiracy, violating terms of his probation, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition. His female companion, Ms. Terra Dawn Stanley, 35, of Yreka, was also arrested. She has been charged with being an accessory to a felony crime, criminal conspiracy, and trespassing. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “We are grateful the prompt and decisive actions of deputies involved in the response to this dangerous situation led to a peaceful resolution. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the alert and skilled SCSO public safety dispatcher who teamed-up with the citizens reporting this incident. Together, very accurate and timely information was exchanged and relayed to the involved units, which ultimately helped lead to the safe resolution of this tense, rapidly evolving, and uncertain situation. It is always helpful when citizens get involved and report accurate and timely information to law enforcement authorities about crimes in progress. Again, we thank those involved for their reports and assistance with this case.” Mr. Case and Ms. Stanley were booked at the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka. They will be arraigned within 48-hours for the criminal charges applicable in this case. This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-Hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Assistance Locating Missing Person On October 1, 2018 at about 4:43 p.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report of a missing person from his companion. According to the reporting party, the missing person was last seen on September 30, 2018 at about 7:00 p.m. in the Beaver Creek area in vicinity of the Klamath River (near SR 96 & United States Forest Service Road {USFS} #47N44) an area located about 39 miles northwest of Yreka. The missing man, identified as Mr. Jason Cantrall, 46, of Crescent City, California was reportedly last seen hunting in the area. He left his pick-up truck unattended with possessions inside. Mr. Cantrall has a medical condition and he is considered endangered. A major effort has been initiated by the SCSO’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team and thus far, no sign of the missing man has been found in the vicinity of the abandoned pick-up. SAR team members include Siskiyou County (CA) and search personnel from Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties in Oregon. Additionally, 15 to 20 family and friends of the missing man are conducting searches in the local area. SCSO is being assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, which has provided a fixed-wing aircraft to assist with the search. Four canine teams have also been deployed in the search effort. 30 total SAR personnel are deployed on-scene, including members of the California-Oregon Search and Rescue organization, which frequently respond to cross-border search missions in Oregon and California as partners. The California Army National Guard has also deployed a helicopter to assist with the search effort and will soon arrive on-scene. The California Highway Patrol attempted to deploy an additional helicopter from Northern Division (Redding) but were precluded by inclement weather conditions. Additional support has been received from the USFS, both law enforcement and resource personnel. Mr. Cantrall was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, and a black hat. He is a white male adult, 5’ 11” and about 145 pounds. He has red hair and blue eyes. His vehicle, which has been recovered at the scene, is a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up, silver in color. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “We are very concerned about Jason’s whereabouts and we are very concerned about his welfare, based on the duration of his absence and the fact he has a medical condition has provided an elevated sense of urgency to all search participants. Our search and rescue personnel and volunteers and personnel from several jurisdictions are working hard to locate him, under the supervision of SCSO SAR Coordinator, Deputy Mike Burns. We are very grateful for the robust response from our county and many other state and local jurisdiction actively engaged in the search operation. Anyone with information about Jason’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

***UPDATE*** The pickup truck has been located along Forest Road 40N44 in the area south of Wards Fork Gap. The truck was unoccupied, and our search continues for Mr. Cantrall. #Missing "At Risk" Missing Person - Beaver Creek Area of Klamath River, CA Jason Cantrall, age 46 Insulin-Dependent Diabetic (Type 1) Last seen 09/30/2018 at 7:00PM in the Beaver Creek area Last seen wearing blue shirt, blue jeans, and a black hat Last seen driving a silver 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 - CA license plate 38356H2 There is a active Search and Rescue (SAR) operation in the area Anyone with information, please contact Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office Dispatch at (530) 841-2900

Sheriff’s Search & Rescue, Allied Agencies, & Citizen Rescue Missing Man On Saturday, September 29, 2018, at about 10:14 a.m., Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a call from a man reporting a companion last seen at a camp site located in vicinity of Sand Flat on Mt. Shasta was missing since about 1:30 a.m. that same day. The missing man allegedly walked away from the camp after a disagreement and he was wearing no shoes. SCSO deputies responded to the scene and determined that the man was still missing and a search of the area was initiated. The missing person, identified as Mr. Tayde Rafael Tovar-Mendoza, 28, from Santa Nella, California, was not immediately located. On September 30, 2018, SCSO’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team initiated a concentrated search in the area surrounding Sand Flat after it was again confirmed he did not return to the camp site. SCSO’s SAR team, United States Forest Service (USFS) climbing rangers, and members of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (Oregon) SAR participated in the expanded search. The California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) H-16 helicopter crew also responded to the scene to participate in the search. On Monday, October 1, 2018, at about 7:00 a.m., SCSO discovered the missing man hiked to the Ski Park and gained access to one of its buildings. He was transported to Mt. Shasta Police Department. SCSO deputies responded to the location and confirmed the man was the missing person, Mr. Tovar-Mendoza. An investigation revealed a group were camping at the Sand Flat campground when some in the group allegedly engaged in the use of a hallucinogen-type product that prompted the missing man to flee the area due to safety concerns. He ultimately traversed several miles of rugged terrain before he was located by Ski Park management personnel and transported to a safe location. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “We are pleased that this search and rescue effort ended with a favorable outcome. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the USFS climbing rangers, the participating members of the SCSO’s SAR team, including SAR Coordinator, Deputy Mike Burns, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office SAR team members, the CHP’s H-16 helicopter crew, and I would like to thank Mount Shasta Police Department and Ski Park’s general manager for their assistance in bringing this search operation to a successful conclusion.” According to SCSO’s SAR Coordinator, Deputy Burns, “This is a good opportunity to remind citizens climbing Mt. Shasta to be well-prepared and cautious when hiking or camping in the Mt. Shasta wilderness area. While we are pleased this rescue had a happy ending, the wilderness area can be hazardous and legal or illegal substances that impair judgment, behavior, balance, and coordination should be avoided.”

Sheriff’s Search & Rescue & Allied Agencies Rescue Mountain Climbers On September 26, 2018 at about 6:13 p.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a call from a climber on an upper elevation of Mount Shasta requesting assistance after he and a climber companion attempted to climb the mountain and could not continue due to hazardous terrain. SCSO’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team was notified of the rescue request and responded. Deputy Mike Burns, SCSO SAR Coordinator, determined the climbers were at the 12,000 feet level of the mountain and attempted to descend the mountain but did not take a normal route and got into a difficult position due to the steep and dangerous terrain at the location. The climbers reported they could not ascend or descend without slipping or falling from their current location. United States Forest Service (USFS) Climbing Ranger Nick Myers was contacted and USFS and SCSO SAR leaders decided to attempt an air rescue by requesting the assistance from the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) H-14 helicopter and crew. H-14 is assigned to the Air Operations Unit of the CHP’s Northern Division in Redding. H-14 responded to the Mount Shasta area to search for the stranded climbers from the air. The H-14 crew managed to rescue one of the climbers, identified as Mr. Elddar Shaim, 32, of Honolulu, Hawaii. Due to darkness and potentially hazardous mountain conditions, the remaining climber was advised to shelter in place and he was assured a rescue would be initiated as soon as possible the next morning. The remaining climber was uninjured and deemed capable of remaining safely on the mountain overnight. On Thursday, September 27, 2018 at about 7:00 a.m., the CHP’s H-14 helicopter crew returned to the location and rescued the remaining climber, identified as Mr. Yeldos Mukametz, 27, also of Honolulu, Hawaii. Neither climber required medical attention and both were happily reunited after their ordeal. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This was a successful rescue of two endangered mountain climbers from the slopes of Mount Shasta, which required a lot of team work and coordination from the participating agencies. The efforts of the USFS Climbing Ranger, CHP Air Operations team, SCSO’s SAR team, mostly made up of volunteers under the leadership of Deputy Mike Burns, sustained the rescue effort and ensured the ultimate safety and rescue of the two stranded and endangered climbers. I want to take this opportunity to again commend and thank everyone taking part in this rescue operation. We are relieved this incident had a happy ending.” According to SCSO’s SAR Coordinator, Deputy Burns, “This is a good opportunity to remind citizens climbing Mt. Shasta to be well-prepared. All climbers should check-in with the local office of the USFS to ensure they obtain permits and safety information, especially if they are ascending above the 10,000 foot level. A Wilderness Permit is required (free of charge) for entering the wilderness areas. Summit Passes are required if you climb above 10,000 feet, and are available from participating vendors or from the USFS. Information can also be obtained on-line at www.fs.usda.gov/stnf, or, the USFS can be contacted by calling (530) 926-4511 (Mt. Shasta Ranger Station) or (530) 964-2184 for the McCloud Ranger Station.” Deputy Burns added, “Climbers should travel with a companion or in groups, should obtain the proper equipment, clothing, and other supplies that will sustain them should they become stranded on the mountain. Climbers should call ahead to check for current conditions. Crampons, ice axe, and a helmet are a necessity on Avalanche Gulch route and most other routes (equipment can be rented in Mt. Shasta at two stores). Everyone in a climbing party should carry a map and compass, flashlight, extra food, extra warm clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, pocket knife, matches, a stove and pot for melting snow for water, a first aid kit, a fully charged cell phone and locator beacon. On-line reference materials provided by the USFS provide more details, Summit Pass Fee information, and guide services available in the local area. Again, the USFS should be contacted before visiting Mt. Shasta so that you are well-informed of current conditions and requisite requirements and restrictions. This will help ensure your safety and the well-being of your companions and at the same time help to preserve limited ground and air resources that are deployed when a rescue effort is considered necessary.”

UPDATE - Fatal Dorris Train vs. Motor Vehicle Incident Victim Identified The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has identified the driver of the vehicle involved in the fatal motor vehicle versus train collision that occurred on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 shortly after 8:28 a.m. The driver and solo occupant of the vehicle sustained fatal injuries in the collision. The victim has been identified as Ms. Ashley Jennifer Hinson, 35, of Van Nuys, California. On September 25, 2018 at about 8:28 a.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report of a collision involving a train and a motor vehicle in the Dorris area. Additional information indicated the vehicle was on fire at US 97 near Railroad Avenue, at the railroad crossing gate. SCSO Sergeant Abner Weed responded to the incident, along with local fire department and California Highway Patrol (CHP) first responders. SCSO provides contract law enforcement services for Dorris. A preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle, operated by a driver allegedly observed driving at a high-rate of speed prior to the collision, was southbound on US 97 when the vehicle ran through the crossing gate and collided with the train’s engine. The train was in motion at the time of the collision. The crossing gate was located just north of Railroad Avenue in the incorporated City of Dorris. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A deceased dog was also located in the vehicle after fire department personnel extinguished flames erupting as a result of the collision. The preliminary investigation revealed the railroad crossing arm barriers and signals were functioning at the time of the collision. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to take this opportunity to again extend our thoughts and prayers to Ms. Hinson, her family, associates, and friends. I would also like to again acknowledge the assistance we received at the scene by the Dorris Volunteer Fire Department, CHP, California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and Amtrak personnel. This incident is still under investigation and anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Fatal Dorris Train vs. Motor Vehicle Incident ​ ​On Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at about 8:28 a.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report of a collision involving a train and a motor vehicle in the Dorris area. Additional information indicated the vehicle was on fire at US 97 near Railroad Avenue, at the railroad crossing gate. SCSO Sergeant Abner Weed responded to the incident, along with local fire department and California Highway Patrol (CHP) first responders. SCSO provides contract law enforcement services for Dorris. A preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle, operated by a driver allegedly observed driving at a high-rate of speed prior to the collision, was southbound on US 97 when the vehicle ran through the crossing gate and collided with the train’s engine. The train was in motion at the time of the collision. The crossing gate was located just north of Railroad Avenue in the incorporated City of Dorris. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A deceased dog was also located in the vehicle after fire department personnel extinguished flames erupting as a result of the collision. The preliminary investigation revealed the railroad crossing arm barriers and signals were functioning at the time of the collision. The identification of the driver and fatal victim is being withheld at this time, pending the notification of next-of-kin. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the decedent, family, associates, and friends. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the local Dorris Volunteer Fire Department, CHP, California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and Amtrak personnel, whose assistance with the mitigation of this tragic event was most helpful and appreciated. This incident is still under investigation and anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Shooting in Hornbrook Area On Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at about 1:15 a.m., a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputy responded to a report of a man seeking medical attention at Fairchild Medical Center for gunshot wounds he allegedly sustained at an unknown location. A preliminary investigation revealed the male adult sustained gunshot wounds from an unknown assailant and had previously been in the Hornbrook area. The investigation revealed that the gunshot victim may have been in the area of Tarpon Drive and Moonfish Drive (Hornbrook area) prior to his arrival at the hospital. An investigation was initiated at the locations previously visited by the victim but no one was found at the locations that could corroborate any criminal activity but one site was found to have an illegal marijuana cultivation site on the property. It is unknown at this time if there is any link with the illicit marijuana site. SCSO’s Major Crimes Unit is investigating the shooting incident along with the responding deputy. The investigation revealed the victim is on parole and SCSO is working with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on the case. Yreka Police Department assisted with the initial investigation at the hospital. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “We are pleased the victim in this case appears to be recovering from his gunshot wounds but there is a lot of work that needs to be done in this case to determine who else is involved and other pertinent circumstances surrounding the incident need to be further investigated. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

Sheriff’s Office Identifies Man Found Deceased in Montague ​ ​On Saturday, September 22, 2018 at about 3:42 p.m., Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies responded to a report of a man possibly deceased near the railroad tracks behind a business located in the 200 block of E. Webb Street in Montague. Deputy Rob Stewart arrived and discovered the man, identified as Timothy James Cheney, 33, of Montague, deceased. An investigation into the man’s death by Deputy Stewart, SCSO investigators, and the Chief Deputy Coroner, has ruled out homicide. The investigation revealed Mr. Cheney recently moved to Siskiyou County to reside with a friend. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to take this opportunity to offer our condolences and prayers to Mr. Cheney, his family, and friends in the aftermath of his tragic death.” The case is still under investigation and anyone with information about Mr. Cheney’s death is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.

Sheriff Lifts #DeltaFire Evacuation Warning for Dunsmuir ​On Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 12-Noon, the Siskiyou County Sheriff, in coordination with Dunsmuir city officials and Delta Firefighter leaders, lifted the Evacuation Warning for all Dunsmuir residents as a result of the Delta Fire, which has burned continuously in a large area near Interstate 5 north of Lakehead, California and about 14-miles south of Dunsmuir. The momentum of the fire has slowed and the latest reports from the fire incident commander indicated the fire no longer presents an imminent or serious threat to the people of Dunsmuir and the immediate area. Great progress has been made in containing the fire, which has burned approximately 60,018 acres. Currently, the fire is 41% contained. Expected containment is expected on or about September 22, 2018. ​An Evacuation Warning was issued so that residents in Dunsmuir and vicinity could prepare themselves in the event an Evacuation Order was issued at a later time ​ ​According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “The Delta Fire is no longer a serious or imminent threat to the citizens of Dunsmuir or other Siskiyou County residents in the area at this time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the leaders and citizens of Dunsmuir for their patience, support, the compassion and team work they displayed helping others prepare for a possible evacuation. I would also like to thank the multitude of courageous first responders, including firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical responders, highway workers, incident command team personnel, support persons, private contractors, and involved private companies, along with the thousands of federal, state, local, and tribal partners who have worked so hard to protect Dunsmuir and all impacted citizens from this catastrophic fire emergency and the many incidents that arose from its influence and impact.” ​Anyone with questions should contact the SCSO’s 24-Hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900 or the Dunsmuir SCSO Substation at (530) 235-2320.

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