Feb 28, 2017
February 27, 2017
On Monday, February 27, 2017, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) arrested a local man for the murder of Mr. Jesse Francis Ward, 62, a Happy Camp man found deceased and partially submerged in the Klamath River on February 20, 2017 near a residence on SR 96 west of SR 263. Mr. Jerry Merrill Corriea, 34, of Hornbrook, was arrested by members of the SCSO’s Major Crimes’ Unit (MCU) for the murder charge. Mr. Corriea was already in jail on an unrelated charge and was booked for the murder offense, which will require an arraignment within the next 48 hours. The SCSO’s MCU has been working an extensive investigation into Mr. Ward’s death since his recovery on February 20, 2017. The SCSO investigation has revealed that Mr. Ward was residing at the residence in vicinity of where his body was recovered at the time of his death.
The body was recovered from the north bank area of the river by SCSO’s Dive Team and Water Safety Unit. The case was deemed suspicious due to a variety of factors and after an autopsy was conducted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, SCSO detectives, in consultation with the county’s criminal pathologist, coupled with additional investigative information derived from their on-going investigation, conclusively determined the cause of death and manner of death. The cause of death included injuries inflicted by one or more assailants. The manner of death was deemed a homicide, which is defined as the killing of a person by another. The charges against Mr. Corriea include murder, which is defined as the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought. First degree murder includes the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought, with premeditation and deliberation.
In another development related to the murder investigation, Mr. Mark Alan Smith, 43, of Yreka, was arrested and charged with resisting, obstructing, and delaying a peace officer performing official duties and more importantly, he was arrested and booked for being an accessory after the fact. These charges were related to the on-going murder investigation and Mr. Smith was charged due to acts or omissions related to events after the murder of Mr. Ward. He is a known associate of the main suspect, Mr. Corriea.
According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “The arrests of Mr. Corriea for the senseless murder of Mr. Ward and the arrest of Mr. Smith for being an accessory after the fact are encouraging developments in the case but we still have a lot of work to do to ensure justice is achieved for the victim, family, and People of Siskiyou County. We know there are others in the local community who know something about this case. Anyone with any information about this case is urged to contact the SCSO Major Crimes’ Unit by calling our 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”
Feb 28, 2017
February 27, 2017
Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) investigators, in partnership with Mount Shasta Police Department (MSPD) officers, recently solved a major theft case, which involved the recovery of over one-thousand dollars’ worth of stolen property, including items stolen from various Mt. Shasta locations. The thefts also included equipment taken from a SCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) vehicle parked at the United States Forest Service (USFS) yard in Mt. Shasta. On February 23, 2017, at about 8:59 a.m., Deputy Ben Whetstine responded to the Mt. Shasta USFS office in response to a MSPD report of vehicle break-ins and thefts perpetrated in the nearby Mt. Shasta area. A MSPD investigator found some SCSO SAR property in bushes in the area, including a tool box and backpack. The MSPD investigator helped SCSO deputies identify two suspects in the stolen property and auto burglary case. The subsequent investigation reasonably substantiated the identity of thieves involved in the break-ins and thefts.
Deputy Whetstine obtained a search warrant for the residence of the main suspect and with the assistance of Deputies Deputy Sam Kubowitz, two police officers and lieutenant from MSPD, executed the search warrant at the Pine Street (Mt. Shasta) address of the suspect. Stolen property from a separate auto burglary and theft were recovered. Additionally, stolen SCSO SAR equipment stolen from the SAR vehicle were recovered, including a ICOM radio, a SAR Global Positioning System Beacon, SAR first aid kit, a Klein crimp tool, and flashlight. A Smith and Wesson .32 caliber handgun was also confiscated for safe keeping. The value of the property recovered was in excess of $1300.00.
Mr. Toketee Radabaugh, 22, of Mt. Shasta, was arrested at the residence for possession of stolen property and grand theft. Mr. Radabaugh was booked at the Siskiyou County Jail.
According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This was excellent police work on the part of the involved SCSO and MSPD investigators. They teamed-up to put a car burglar and thief out of business. This is a good time to remind our citizens that there has been an increase in residential and vehicle break-ins and corresponding thefts in recent months. All citizens are urged to keep their vehicles and residences locked and to report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency. This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about the incidents or other thefts in the Mt. Shasta area is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900, or MSPD at (530) 926-7539. For cases involving burglaries or thefts in-progress, dial 9-1-1.”
Feb 16, 2017
Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Report
February 15, 2017
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report of a missing teenager on Thursday, February 9, 2017 and she has not been found. Victoria Lara, 15 years-old, was last seen in the Dunsmuir area and is considered “endangered” by SCSO investigators. A report was received that she was seen and contacted by a citizen in the Chico area on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Victoria was last seen wearing jean leggings, tank top, a zip-up coat, and she has pierced ears. A regional bulletin has been disseminated to all law enforcement agencies in an effort to locate Victoria but thus far, no sign of her has been reported by federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies.
According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “We are very concerned about Victoria’s welfare and we definitely consider her endangered at this time. Victoria has reportedly not contacted relatives or friends since her disappearance, which concerns us greatly. We ask that the public and all regional law enforcement partners be on the lookout for Victoria. A SCSO detective traveled to Chico today in an attempt to follow-up leads in an effort to locate her. Anyone with information about Victoria is urged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”
Jan 31, 2017
Sheriff’s Office Detective Sergeant Receives Coveted 30-Year Longevity Award
January 30, 2017
Veteran Detective Sergeant Mike Gilley recently received the coveted 30-Year Longevity Award from the Siskiyou County Administrator. Detective Sergeant Mike Gilley has been a member of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) for over 32 years. For over 25 years, Detective Sergeant Gilley has commanded the Department’s Special Response (SWAT) Team, DIVE Team, and the Marijuana Eradication Team (MET). During the recent marijuana eradication season, Detective Sergeant Gilley led a special team made up of SCSO and Siskiyou County District Attorney investigators that formed the Siskiyou Unified Marijuana Investigation Team (SIMIT), which addressed a widespread illegal marijuana cultivation problem on various private property land parcels in Siskiyou County. SIMIT served 113 search warrants, mostly between July thru October 2016. SIMIT seized 11,470 illegal marijuana plants, confiscated 17,410 pounds of processed cannabis, 29 pounds of concentrated cannabis, 9 grams of methamphetamine, 27 firearms were seized, and four (4) “honey oil” or THC extractions labs were recovered. 24 arrests were made during marijuana eradication season but approximately 80 additional criminal complaints are pending review by the Siskiyou County District Attorney.
According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “Detective Sergeant Gilley has been a true professional throughout his 32-year career with the Department, which involves field deputy and supervisory duties and numerous specialized functions as a skilled investigator. He and the Special Response Team (SRT) unit are the ones called out when armed suspects or extraordinary officer safety threats or danger to citizens are most prevalent. Detective Sergeant Gilley leads the only trained and equipped SRT unit in Siskiyou County. During his career, Detective Sergeant Gilley has seized well over 1 million illegal marijuana plants and billions of dollars’ worth of illicit drugs. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated, skilled, experienced, and courageous law enforcement professional and leader working with the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office. The recognition he received from Siskiyou County officials is well-deserved and we salute him for his many years of faithful service with the Department, which often involved doing some of the most dangerous jobs in the law enforcement profession.”
Jan 30, 2017
Jan. 30, 2017
Report from Siskiyou Co. Sheriff’s Office
On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and Probation-operated Day Reporting Center (DRC) profiled wood products they have made in conjunction with SCSO-supervised Alternate Work Program (AWP) activities. Under the management of SCSO Sergeant Allison Giannini and supervision of Corporal Frank Ward, DRC staff and inmates have worked together to produce a variety of wood products that are used in the local community.
Recently, a custom wooden table was presented to Sheriff Lopey at the Headquarters’ office and will be put on display in the SCSO’s lobby. There have been a variety of wood products produced at the DRC and a small lumber mill is also maintained by SCSO staff and AWP men and women. Wood custom benches were recently donated to the Yreka YMCA and benches have been donated to local baseball fields. Fire wood is also provided to needy elders, veterans, and disabled adults through Great Northern Services. Occasionally, fire wood, on an emergency basis, is provided to needy persons directly on a case-by-case basis as well. Custom signs, tables, benches, and fencing have also been designed and built by DRC-assigned AWP inmate workers.
Wood products are donated and are occasionally available for charitable events as door prizes or raffle items. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “The SCSO, Probation, and other county departments and some private entities are working diligently to develop education, treatment, programs, and work projects to enhance the skills, experience, and abilities of AWP workers. The robust rehabilitation efforts at the DRC, primarily under the tutelage of a talented SCSO jail staff, provides AWP participants with the tools to be more successful in their communities and at home. We are working to transform lives in a positive way so that inmate workers do not reoffend and use other outlets to help them succeed in society.
Our goal is to help inmates become successful and the types of programs and services, including the mentorship provided in our wood products program help to do just that. Our correctional deputies and Corrections Service Specialist also help inmates find housing and work opportunities in the local communities. We are realizing success because some of these inmates are not reoffending but leading more successful lives and becoming productive husbands, wives, and citizens.”
If a non-profit organization in the area would like to discuss the possibility of obtaining a wood product produced at the DRC for a chartable function or event, please contact Sergeant Allison Giannini at the DRC at (530) 842-8166.