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Scott Valley Protect Our Water meets 4-27-17

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Scott Valley Protect Our Water

Meets

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fort Jones Community Center

Fort Jones, CA

7 p.m.

Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after.

Agenda:

Water and property issues front and center

Bundy Trials in Nevada

Preparedness discussion

 

 

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Bundy: MISTRIAL in Bunkerville Protest Trial

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Constitution, CORRUPTION, Courts, CRIMINAL

Redoubt News.com

April 24, 2017

by Shari Dovale

The verdicts are in for the first tier defendants in the Bunkerville Protest trial.

There are 6 defendants facing 10 counts each. There are potentially over 70 counts the collective defendants could be found guilty on. This includes separate “brandishing” enhancements to each of the three firearms charges.

The jury has announced they are hopelessly deadlocked on most of the charges, including the charges of conspiracy. Judge Gloria Navarro has declared a mistrial on those charges.

Though the jury is in disagreement about most of the charges, they have reached consensus on the following:

Greg Burleson, the former FBI informant, has been found guilty on 8 out of 10 charges. Additionally, he was found guilty of brandishing associated with each of the 3 firearms charges he was found guilty on.

Todd Engel, of Boundary County Idaho, has been found guilty on 2 charges. These charges are to do with obstruction of justice and interstate travel to aid in extortion.

    • Count 6- Use and Carry of a firearm: Greg Burleson is found guilty and jury found in addition guilty of brandishing his weapon.

      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    • Count 8- Threatening a Federal Officer

      Greg Burleson is found guilty.

      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    • Count 9-Use & Carry of a Firearm during a Crime of Violence

      Greg Burleson is found guilty and jury found in addition guilty of brandishing his weapon.

      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    • Count 12- Obstruction of Justice

      Greg Burleson is found guilty

      Todd Engel is found guilty

      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    • Count 4- Interference of Commerce & Extortion

      Greg Burleson is found guilty.

      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    • Count 15- Use & Carry of a Firearm

      Greg Burleson is found guilty and jury found in addition guilty of brandishing his weapon.

      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    • Count 16- Interstate Travel & aide to Extortion

      Greg Burleson is found guilty

      Todd Engel is found guilty

      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.

    • Jury instructed under Allen charge to deliberate further on all ‘Hung Jury’ charges they were unable to unanimously decide.

The jury came back last week to ask for more clarification of the definition of conspiracy. The judge was, apparently, not clear enough for the jury on this charge as they have not been able to reach an agreement to any conspiracy.

Each charge these defendants have faced is a felony with mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines.

Todd Engel was convicted of two of the smallest charges that were listed. They are, basically, stemming from his internet postings, or emails. He is expected to receive minimum sentencing, possibly time served or probation.

Greg Burleson was found guilty of all charges with the exception of the conspiracy charges. He was also given the enhancements for “Brandishing” to each of the 3 firearms charges. These mandatory guidelines require him to serve so much time that there is no chance of him leaving prison during his lifetime.

Navarro has scheduled sentencing dates for the two defendants today. Burleson is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26th and Engel is scheduled for the following day, July 27th.

May 25th has been set for more information on the next round of this trial. The defendants are expected to be returned to Pahrump detention, though they plan to argue for release pending the new trial.

There has been a great team in Las Vegas keeping everyone up to date on everything that has happened. It is hard to name them all, but each one is very appreciated. Here are some of today’s updates:

videos are in below link:

MISTRIAL in Bunkerville Protest Trial

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Sheriff’s Office Deputy Arrests Wanted “Armed & Dangerous” Suspect

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS UPDATE

 

April 22, 2017

A Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) arrested a dangerous felon on April 22, 2017 in the town of Dorris.  The suspected, Mr. Bailey Henry, 19, has been wanted after he was involved in a potentially deadly shooting in a Sacramento mall on March 8, 2017.  On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received information from Sacramento Police Department (SPD) about a suspect wanted in a potentially deadly shooting involving multiple shots fired in the Arden Fair Mall.  The shooting resulted in the wounding of one man in the arm and another innocent bystander was injured by shattered glass and debris on March 8th.  According to SPD detectives, the man was suspected to be hiding in Siskiyou County.  The SCSO Major Crimes Unit began an investigation and SPD and SCSO detectives linked the suspect to a Dorris home.  A Major Crimes Unit “Be on the Lookout – Armed and Dangerous” bulletin was disseminated to all Siskiyou County and regional law enforcement officers.  On Saturday, April 22, 2017, at about 12:47 p.m., Deputy Gary Pannell was on patrol in the Dorris area when he observed a man matching the fugitive’s description in the vicinity of  3rd Street and Oregon Street in the City of Dorris.  Deputy Pannell soon discovered that the man was indeed the wanted suspect and took him into custody without incident.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This suspect was wanted in a major shooting case that involved a potentially deadly shooting in one of the busiest malls in Sacramento.  The arrest of a Tennessee fugitive on Thursday, April 20th by the SCSO’s Special Response Team and the arrest of a dangerous fugitive like Mr. Henry on April 22nd again illustrates the fact that all peace officers in Siskiyou County and elsewhere face dangers every day on the job and no shift can be considered routine. Thus far during 2017, 39 line-of-duty deaths of peace officers have occurred in the United States, a +15 percent increase over this time during 2016.  It is also apparent that some dangerous fugitives seek rural areas within which to hide, thinking themselves safe from scrutiny, which was proven wrong this week on two occasions, thanks to  alert, professional, and brave peace officers.  Deputy Pannell’s actions were courageous and his arrest of the suspect was a good piece of police work.”

Anyone with any information about the suspect, Mr. Bailey Henry, his associates, or activities since his arrival in Siskiyou County is urged to contact the SCSO’s Major Crimes Unit by calling SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.

 

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Sheriff’s Office Search for Suspected Dead Body in Klamath River Update

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS UPDATE

 

April 22, 2017

Link With Missing Happy Camp Man Seems More Likely but Unconfirmed

 

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) continues searching for a body last seen floating in the Klamath River on April 14th.  The SCSO has been searching for a body last seen in the Klamath River at the Indian Creek Access point since Friday, April 14th and no sign of the body has been found.  On Friday, April 14, 2017, at about 6:34 p.m. SCSO received a citizen’s report of a possible dead body floating in Indian Creek in the Happy Camp area.  A SCSO deputy arrived at the 2nd Avenue Bridge and observed what appeared to be the body of a heavy-set male adult floating in the river in swift-moving water.  A search by SCSO and California Highway Patrol (CHP) units failed to locate the body as it entered the Klamath River access point.  The Klamath River and other tributaries have been flowing rapidly and are muddy due to recent snow run-off and intermittent rains and water levels are very high.

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, in the early morning hours, a search by SCSO field and specialized units was initiated in the Klamath River area at a point where the body was last seen.  A fixed-wing aircraft from the CHP’s Northern Division conducted an aerial search of the area with negative results.  The SCSO’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team, SCSO Water Safety Unit, SCSO Dive Team, and other SCSO personnel responded and supported the search effort.  On Sunday, April 16th, a CHP helicopter searched the immediate area with negative results.  As of Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., there has been no sign of the body detected by search personnel.  A SCSO boat crew and SAR leader previously searched an area several miles downstream from the Happy Camp area with negative results.  Search conditions have been hazardous, the water levels remain high, and the water is moving swiftly along the Klamath River.  Muddy water is also adversely affecting search efforts; however, water levels have gone down during this week’s search operation an estimated one foot.

Shortly after the search for the suspected dead body was initiated, relatives of a Happy Camp man reported him missing.  At this time, it is unknown for certain if he is the man observed in the water by citizens and law enforcement personnel but he has not been located since his disappearance and it is more likely, but again, not substantiated, that he may be the man observed floating in the river.  Mr. Benjamin Arthur Camarena, 42, of Happy Camp, was last seen riding his horse on Indian Creek Road in the Happy Camp area at about the time the body in the river was reported.  The horse was later found without its rider, reported to be Mr. Camarena.

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, SCSO leaders contacted the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) and additional aerial support was obtained from the U.S. Coast Guard, which conducted an overflight of the river from the coast eastward to the Happy Camp area.  During the week up to Friday, April 21st, the CHP and California Army National Guard have used air assets to search the Klamath River.  Unfortunately, the body was not located.  SCSO also coordinated support from the Humboldt, Del Norte County Sheriffs’ Offices, and Yurok and Hoopa public safety officials and they were asked to conduct searches and be on the lookout for the body along the Klamath River traversing their respective jurisdictions.  Karuk Tribal authorities in Happy Camp acquired the services of Hoopa and Yurok law enforcement and fire rescue personnel and they responded to Happy Camp on the Wednesday to assist with the search.

They brought watercraft and ground search personnel, which were integrated into the search efforts underway by the SCSO field, water safety, Dive Team, SAR, and Posse personnel.  Additionally, another Water Safety Unit and Dive Team crew were dispatched to the Klamath River to conduct additional sweeps of the Klamath River in hopes that the body could be located. SCSO detective units also again responded to Happy Camp to gather information and to interview more people who may know what Mr. Camarena was doing in the hours and moments before his disappearance. SCSO investigators have classified his disappearance suspicious and have not ruled out any investigative conclusions surrounding his absence from the local community.  On Friday, April 21st, a SCSO Water Safety boat captain traversed 6.25 miles of the river during an exhaustive search.  Karuk, Yurok, and Hoopa Tribal officials and members continued assisting with the search effort. Additional assets will be deployed over the weekend and next week if the body is not found.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “I am again saddened that we have not recovered the body we suspect to be in the Klamath River but we will continue a diligent effort to accomplish this vital mission.    It is important that we recover the body we suspect to be in the river as soon as possible.  I know family and friends of Mr. Camarena are very concerned and we share those concerns as well.  I am grateful that the CHP, SCSO specialized and field units; SCSO Volunteers such and the Posse and SAR, U.S. Coast Guard, California Army National Guard, Karuk, Yurok, and Hoopa Tribal emergency response and volunteers have been willing to assist with this important search operation.  A CHP helicopter has also been requested for a search within the next few days and we continue to surge forward with our search efforts.  While the fate of Mr. Camarena cannot be confirmed, the investigation is exploring every conceivable reason for his disappearance.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his many family members and friends as this search and investigation continues.  Anyone with any information about the suspected dead body or anyone with information about Mr. Camarena’s whereabouts or his activities prior to his disappearance is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

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Shifting political winds buffet LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa Congressman CA

PNP comment: Interesting article trying to address the anger and rage at Town Hall meetings. — Editor Liz Bowen

Record Searchlight Published 5:33 p.m. PT April 21, 2017

Doug LaMalfa, like many other GOP lawmakers, has been buffeted by the changing tides and storms of America’s political mood swings.

For years, he rode a wave of tea party support in the reliably red North State, only to then have the Redding group turn on him two summers ago for not being far enough to the right.

Now, the pressure is coming from the left, as progressive activists mobilize against President Donald Trump’s agenda and rip LaMalfa that he’s out of touch with the needs of residents in the 1st Congressional District.

At ease chatting it up at pancake breakfasts and barbecue cookouts around the district, LaMalfa tried a different format during his spring recess. For the first time in more than four years in the House, the Republican packed large audiences at his town hall meetings. Everywhere they were held, hostile crowds showed up and shouted him down.

Organizing the opposition are the Berniecrats of Shasta County, Indivisible Shasta based in Mount Shasta, Shasta Women Together and Young Democrats of Shasta County, one of the groups leading the March for Science Redding on Saturday.

Throughout his terms, LaMalfa’s politics remain relatively unchanged. Here and nationally, though, Americans are more divided than they were a generation ago. Increasingly strangers to one another, Republicans and Democrats today are less alike ideologically, in race or ethnicity, education or experience, according to a Pew Research study last fall.

What is driving the rigid partisanship on both sides?

“It feels like five parties right now,” said Charles Franklin, a Marquette University Law School professor and pollster. He noted there are vocal right and left wings and the quieter moderates in each of the two parties and the small group of party independents who can swing their votes either way.

For experts like Franklin, the rift started roughly right around the so-called “Republican Revolution” in 1994, when the GOP won control of both houses for the first time in 40 years. The gap, he said, has grown to the point where striving for crossover appeal is wasting time.

“You don’t have to try to win 60 percent of the vote, but 52 percent of the vote will do,” Franklin said about Congress.

So, to see people demonize one another and get out of hand at town halls isn’t a surprise to Rob Stutzman, a Republican strategist in Sacramento.

“This is where the country is after 2016 and a contentious cycle,” he said. “We are in an age of volatility.”

Wednesday, the line to the Sequoia Middle School auditorium snaked around the front of the building. All 590-plus seats were taken five minutes after LaMalfa opened the meeting. Those in the audience came prepared with “agree” and “no” signs they waved as LaMalfa responded to questions.

Outside, critics waiting in line complained LaMalfa does not listen to them and ignores their concerns over climate change, women’s issues, immigration reform and the healthcare fight.

“When we don’t pay attention to the fact that (we all) care, that is when division happens,” said Wendy Sanders, a Redding resident who describes herself as leaning moderately left and focused on problem solving, not party identity. “Everybody brings some truth to an issue.”

But in today’s climate, the problem is that even when people can agree there is a problem, such as the economy, they have radically different approaches to solve the problem, said Mugambi Jouet, a Stanford University Law School lecturer. Jouet has written a book that argues American exceptionalism and conservatism are among root causes of political divisions.

Republicans counter that their representative is responsive and deserves credit for the new direction the country is headed.

It bothers Floyd Noble, 73, of Redding when liberals say Republicans hate poor people. He believes California cannot sustain itself when it doles out more in aid than it receives.

“A lot of these people talk about how they care about the poor. I don’t think they care about the poor. I think they believe those will be voters for them in the next election,” he said.

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http://www.redding.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/21/shifting-political-winds-buffet-lamalfa/100754266/

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News from Klamath Basin Crisis.org

Klamath Basin Crisis.org

KBC News


Matthew 4:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

OWRD responds to Tribes’ call on (Klamath) water, H&N, posted to KBC 4/23/17. “I’m very disappointed that this call has been initiated by the Klamath Tribes and validated by the Oregon Water Resources Department at a time when our rivers are literally running over their banks,” (State Rep. E. Werner) Reschke said in a statement.

“This decision negatively impacts farmers and ranchers up and down the basin and defies conventional logic. Oregonians lose when we allow one group to exercise exorbitant control over the rights of others…”

(Klamath) Tribal water call: ‘Devastating.’ Ranchers in the upper basin react to water call, H&N, posted to KBC 4/23/17.

Oregon wolf management plan, Finding balance with a new apex predator, H&N posted to KBC 4/23/17. “…The state documented 64 wolves at the end of 2013, and a minimum of 112 by the end of 2016, including 11 packs and eight breeding pairs…” “The draft plan requires three confirmed depredations or one confirmed and four “probable” attacks within a 12 month period.

The previous standard was two confirmed depredations or one confirmed and three attempted attacks, with no time period set…The groups also believe ODFW should continue collaring wolves, and should set a population cap for wolves in Oregon. Without a benchmark, we will not be able to tell when wolves have reached their natural carrying capacity’ in the state, the Farm Bureau said… ranchers’ views aren’t reflected in the draft plan…’ “

US Food Security and Farmers’ Livelihoods at Stake in “Waters of the US” Rule Rewrite, WLF by Lawrence A. Kogan, posted to KBC 4/23/17.

Lava Beds deserves to be a national park, H&N, posted to KBC 4/16/17. “…The National Park Service is also adding another historical aspect to the local area with development of the Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, which is being administered by personnel at the Lava Beds. It will include remnants of the Tule Lake Segregation Center and Camp Tulelake, in which Japanese Americans were forcibly interned after World War II began….”

!! Lava Beds tour May 10, 2 pm regarding National Monument designation change

www.klamathbasincrisis.org

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Kidnapped teen girl and Tenn. school teacher found in Siskiyou County

Sheriff Jon Lopey

PNP comment: There is a video from Good Morning America ABC on the link below. Good work Siskiyou County Sheriff’s department!!! — Editor Liz Bowen

Man who tipped off authorities about missing Tenn. student Elizabeth Thomas describes ‘clues’

Yahoo.com

The man who tipped off authorities and led them to a former Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student said today there were “clues” that made him suspicious of the pair.

Griffin Barry came across Elizabeth Thomas and her alleged abductor, 50-year-old Tad Cummins, at a gas station in far northern California this week.

Cummins told Barry, a caretaker on a property that includes the gas station, that they needed money for gas, food and a place to stay. Cummins said their names were John and Joanna and that the teen was 24, Barry told ABC News today.

Barry said he paid to fuel up their car, gave them an extra $40 in cash and set them up in a nearby cabin on the remote property in Cecilville, a rural area near the Oregon border with little to no cellphone service. Barry is a resident on the same property.

Cummins and Elizabeth stayed inside the tiny cabin for two nights, he said, with no running water or electricity.

During that time, Barry said, he didn’t talk to the pair much but he noticed Cummins tried to “keep her away.”

“The girl wasn’t really looking at me or anything and he was always dominating the conversation. That kind of clues people in,” Barry said today on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”

“I had a photo of him that was the Amber Alert and I was like, that’s definitely the guy, and then we saw the car as well and it matched up,” he added.

After realizing who they were, Barry said he immediately called 911.

Elizabeth had been missing since Cummins allegedly kidnapped her on March 13. A day after they disappeared, he was fired from his teaching job at Culleoka Unit School in Culleoka, Tennessee, where Elizabeth had been a student in his forensics class.

Cummins was wanted on allegations of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. The former teacher was also added to Tennessee’s 10 most wanted list. Meanwhile, an Amber Alert had been issued for Elizabeth.

Authorities arrest Cummins

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) public information officer Josh Devine said they received a call to their tip line about a possible sighting of the duo around 11 p.m. local time Wednesday. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department in California had received a similar tip, Devine said.

After investigators located a Nissan Rogue, they were able to confirm through its vehicle identification number that it belonged to Cummins. The car was then kept under surveillance for several hours.

Authorities from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department found the pair at the isolated cabin early Thursday morning, nearly 2,500 miles away from their homes in Tennessee. Deputies set up a perimeter around the cabin and elected to wait until the morning to arrest Cummins as he exited the residence, according to the sheriff’s department.

As daylight broke, Cummins surrendered without incident and Elizabeth was safely recovered by law enforcement officers, according to the TBI. Two loaded handguns were found in the cabin, according to the sheriff’s department.

“Our intelligence analysts and agents have worked tirelessly since issuing this AMBER Alert to process more than 1,500 leads from all 50 states,” TBI director Mark Gwyn said in a statement Thursday. “What happened in California this morning, however, proves it only takes one person to lead to a successful end. We are extremely thankful the hard work of all partners in this search has paid off. We’re also grateful for the public’s support and vigilance throughout this search effort.”

Speaking with “GMA” on Friday morning, authorities from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department said it was “an intense situation.”

“After we placed them into protective custody, she was laughing, she was crying. She was kind of an emotional roller coaster, as you can imagine,” Lt. Behr Tharsing said.

Tharsing told “GMA” that Cummins made some “spontaneous statements” after his arrest, telling law enforcement officers he was armed but not dangerous and would fully cooperate. Cummins also told authorities he was “relieved” the incident had come to an end, Tharsing said.

Sheriff Jon Lopey credited Barry for his role in securing the arrest, saying it was a “great partnership” between a citizen and law enforcement.

“We may not have detected Mr. Cummins had he not brought his presence to our attention. He helped us tremendously,” Lopey told “GMA.”

“Griffin definitely was pivotal in this event.”

Authorities had initially said Cummins was arrested at a commune in rural Siskiyou County but later clarified that the arrest occurred at a cabin.

A worker at Black Bear Ranch told ABC News that Cummins and Elizabeth had tried to stay at the commune but were turned away because of “all kinds of indications” that something was off about them. Cummins became angry when they were rejected, the worker said.

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Scott Valley Protect Our Water meets 4-27-17

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Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting

Thursday, April 27, 2017

7 p.m.

Fort Jones Community Center

Please bring a dessert as we eat before, during and after!

Water issues will be the hot topic!

 

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Learn how to protect children from sexual abuse on 4-25-17

TEA Party

FREE

STEWARDS OF CHILDREN

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION TRAINING

  • Did you know that about one in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday?

  • Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults (including adults on adults) occur to children aged 17 and under.

  • This year there will be about 400,000 babies born in the U.S. that will become victims of child sexual abuse.

UNLESS WE DO SOMETHING TO STOP IT!

Speaker/Facilitator:

Carla Charraga

Deputy Director

Siskiyou Domestic Violence & Crisis Center

 

 WHEN:  TUESDAY, MAY 9TH

at 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:  TEA PARTY MEETING

at the Covenant Chapel Church

 

Free:  Open to the Public

 

LOCATION: 200 Greenhorn Road., Yreka, CA

 

Call Louise for requestions @530-842-5443

 

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Interstate Kidnapping Suspect Apprehended: Teenage Victim Safe

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT

 

April 20, 2017

 

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at about 9:00 p.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a tip that a vehicle matching the description of Tennessee Kidnap suspect Mr. Tad Cummins, 50, was observed in the Cecilville area of Siskiyou County.  Cecilville is a small rural community located in a mountainous area of the county about 68 miles southwest of the county seat, Yreka.  According to reports, a male adult and a young female were staying in a cabin off of Eddy Gulch Road in Cecilville.  Deputies responded to the scene and verified that the vehicle, a 2015 Nissan Rogue, silver in color, matched the description broadcast nationwide via an Amber Alert dated March 13, 2017.  The original broadcast indicated the kidnap suspect; Mr. Cummins was possibly armed with two firearms, which prompted a tactical response by the Department’s Special Response Team (SRT).

The SCSO SRT responded to the scene, established a perimeter around the cabin believed to be occupied by Mr. Cummins and his juvenile female victim and elected to wait until morning to arrest the suspect when he exited the cabin.  A citizen who befriended the suspect and victim assisted SRT members at the scene.  On Thursday, April 20, 2017, shortly after 9:30 a.m., Mr. Cummins exited the cabin and was taken into custody by SCSO SRT members without incident.  The female victim exited the cabin and was walking behind Cummins.  She was detained at the scene for her protection and to facilitate further investigation and victim services.  Two loaded handguns were recovered in the cabin along with various personal items belonging to both Mr. Cummins and his female victim.

The victim appeared to be in good health and Mr. Cummins was cooperative with law enforcement authorities at the scene.  Mr. Cummins was transported to the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka and booked on a Maury County, TN fugitive arrest warrant for aggravated kidnapping.  Contact has been initiated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) investigators.  Memphis FBI and TBI investigators are en route to Siskiyou County to continue their on-going investigation.  The kidnapping victim has been transferred to FBI Agents assigned to the Redding, CA office.  She will undergo a forensic interview and as a crime victim, receive the care that she needs at this time.  Mr. Cummins will be arraigned on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  Mr. Cummins also faces local charges for kidnapping and possession of stolen property.  These and other charges are pending review by Siskiyou County District Attorney, Kirk Andrus.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “I would like to commend the citizens that played a role in bringing Mr. Cummins’ activities to our attention, which led to a response by members of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office.  I am proud of the men and women of this Department that played a role in this potentially dangerous surveillance and arrest, especially the Special Response Team responsible for the safe and successful resolution of this 6-week ordeal.  The SRT worked in freezing weather conditions but resolved this mission without anyone getting hurt, which was a good day for our Department, the female victim, and her family.  Like any major crime perpetrated against a young teenager, this case is a difficult one and will plague the victim, her family, friends, and the law enforcement officers and agents involved in the case for years to come.  On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to the victim, her family, friends, and the all involved law enforcement officers and other members of the justice system as this investigation continues to achieve justice for all concerned.”

Anyone with any information about the activities of Mr. Cummins or his victim is urged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.

 

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