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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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Missing Teen Elizabeth Thomas, subject of Tennessee Amber Alert, is rescued in Cecilville, California

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

50-Year-Old Suspect Tad Cummins Apprehended, Awaiting Extradition to Tennessee

April 20, 2017

NASHVILLE – Acting on a tip received by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation late last night, authorities in Siskiyou County, California have rescued Elizabeth Thomas and arrested Tad Cummins, after locating the pair at a commune in Cecilville early this morning.

Thomas, 15, was the subject of a Tennessee AMBER Alert issued on March 14th, after having been kidnapped a day earlier by Tad Cummins, a former teacher at her school in Maury County, Tennessee. On March 17th, the TBI added the 50-year-old to the state’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list.

This morning, authorities from Siskiyou County located the Nissan Rogue in which the pair were traveling and later located the pair. Cummins surrendered without incident. Thomas was subsequently recovered by law enforcement officers. At the time of this release, efforts to reunite her with her family remained ongoing.

“Our Intelligence Analysts and Agents have worked tirelessly since issuing this AMBER Alert to process more than 1,500 leads from all 50 states,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “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.”

The TBI has been assisted in this search by a variety of law enforcement agencies across the country, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Maury County Sheriff’s Department, and the Office of 22nd District Attorney General Brent Cooper.

At the time of this release, Cummins, 50, remained in the custody of the Siskiyou County (CA) Sheriff’s Department without bond, awaiting extradition to Tennessee to face charges of Sexual Contact with a Minor and Aggravated Kidnapping. A currently booking photograph was not immediately available for release.

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Siskiyou County Peace Officers of the Year Honored at Annual Dinner

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

Report from Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office

April 13, 2017

               On April 8, 2017, the annual 2016 Peace Officer Appreciation Dinner was conducted at the Mt. Shasta Community Center.  The South County Elks Lodge #2333 hosted the event and the meal was prepared by Elks’ volunteers after it was cooked by Mr. David Tyler.  Every year the dinner is held and hosted by either the North County Elks, Yreka Lodge #1980, or South County Elks (Lodge #2333), to honor the law enforcement community and its peace officers and support persons of the year.  Exalted Ruler Mr. Craig Fisher and Elks’ Lodge #1980 representative Mr. Joe Schettino were present for the event. The festivities were supervised by past Exalted Ruler Mr. Norm Dettman of Lodge #2333.

              Ms. Erin Ryan, representing Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office, was on-hand to award the recipients congressional certificates.  Mr. Bruce Ross, jointly representing Senator Ted Gaines and Assemblyman Brian Dahle, was also present and awarded joint-senate and assembly certificates to the honored peace officers.  Supervisor Ray Haupt, Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, District 5, was also at the event and helped present the awards to the recipients.  Chaplain Andy Grossman, a long-time Chaplain for the Weed Police Department with prior service with the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) provided the invocation and benediction.  Sheriff Jon Lopey, SCSO, officiated as emcee for the event, which drew about 150 participants from a number of local and state law enforcement agencies.

              The following award recipients were honored by their department administrators:  The Yreka CHP Area Office honored Sergeant Tim Lawson, a 29-year veteran of the CHP as its officer of the year.  He was cited for his exceptional leadership contributions to his Area and various community activities, including youth and hunting programs.  Motor Carrier Specialist I Joann Kaufmann, a 32-year veteran of the CHP, received the Yreka CHP’s “Support Person of the Year” award for her major contributions to commercial vehicle safety, including contributing to a 100% workload inspection record never achieved by the CHP’s Biennial Inspection of Terminal Program.  The awards were presented by Yreka CHP Area Commander Mark Loveless and Joann’s Supervisor, Motor Carrier Program Manager Mr. Dave Porter.

              The Mt. Shasta CHP’s Officer of the Year was Officer Jonathan White.  A 14-year veteran of the CHP, Officer White was commended for his superior investigative skills, hard work, apprehension of a homicide suspect, his superb actions as a range officer and he was cited for numerous youth sports events he attends as a parent and coach.

              The CHP’s Dunsmuir Grade Inspection Facility (DGIF)’s Officer of the Year was Eric Hohmeister.  He served previously in the Bay Area as a training officer, protective services team unit, which provided security for various world leaders and the President of the United States, and he served on the division Special Response Team.  Officer Hohmeister was cited for his professionalism as a commercial enforcement officer and he serves as a training officer, ranger officer, advanced officer safety officer instructor and he is a member of the Northern Division Special Response Team.  DGIF Commercial Vehicle Inspection Specialist (CVIS) Dave Chandler was awarded the “DGIF Support Person of the Year Award.”  CVIS Chandler was commended for his five years of exemplary service at DGIF as a commercial vehicle inspector.  He serves as the shop steward and is considered a hard worker, dedicated professional, “team player,” and expert at both federal and California motor vehicle safety requirements.  Both recipients received their awards from their commander, Lieutenant Brent Giordano.

              The Siskiyou Unified Major Investigation Team (SUMIT) selected as their Agent of the Year Alcohol Beverage Control Agent Brett Letendre.  Agent Letendre was cited for his professionalism, leadership, interpersonal skills, superior investigative acumen and for his superior efforts to train new agents.  SUMIT, with his assistance, seized 93 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.24 pounds heroin, 168 pounds of marijuana, 12,912 prescription pills, 2.55 pounds of cocaine, and 19 firearms during 2016.  SUMIT Commander Special Supervising Agent Ryan Maki presented the award.  Also in attendance were two high-ranking members of California Alcohol Beverage Control, Division Chief Chris Albrecht and Supervising Agent in Charge Matt Seck.

              The Yreka Police Department (YPD) Officer of the Year Award recipient was Detective Travis Cooke.          Detective Cooke is a 10-year YPD veteran and recently successfully investigated a murder, which resulted in a warrant being issued for the main suspect within a 24-hour period.  He is assigned part-time to SUMIT and is considered a dedicated, hard-working, expert investigator and law enforcement professional of the highest order.  YPD awarded its “YPD Support Person of the Year” to Animal Control Officer Dusty Wilson.  He was commended for his development of positive work relationships with non-profit organizations, his efficiency, passion, and professionalism as an Animal Control Officer and he recently achieved a 100% compliance rate for canine licensing in the city.  He has also worked tirelessly to assist with other ordinance violations, assists with enforcement, and clean up of homeless camps in the area.  He takes his job seriously and has been a courteous, relentless, and dedicated member of the YPD team.  Chief Brian Bowles, Chief of Police, was personally on-hand to present the awards to his co-workers.

              The Mt. Shasta Police Department (MSPD) awarded the “MSPD Police Officer of the Year” to Officer Frank Goulart.  Officer Goulart, a former LAPD officer and long-time member of the MSPD, was cited for his long and distinguished career.  He was commended for handling a murder investigation from start to finish.  He was cited for his professionalism, expert investigative skills, and tenacity in solving the case.  On November 16, 2016, Officer Goulart, while attending court in Yreka, helped to identify and apprehend an armed suspect carrying a rifle near a shopping center.  He detained four total suspects and held them until YPD officers could arrive.  Officer Goulart was characterized as the very best the law enforcement community has to offer.  Chief of Police Parish Cross was on-hand to present the award.

              The Lake Shastina Police Department (LSPD) designated Officer Rusty Owns as its “LSPD Police Officer of the Year.”  Officer Owens worked for a year with virtually no time off when LSPD was short of personnel and he filled in as the leader of the department.  He was cited for his exceptional dedication, tenacity, professionalism and selfless service to the citizens of Lake Shastina.

              The Siskiyou County Probation Department (SCPD) awarded its “Supervising Juvenile Correctional Officer of the Year” to Joe Burkus.  He was cited for his professionalism as a leader at the Charlie Byrd Youth Corrections Center (CBYCC).  His work ethic, optimistic attitude, and consistency were cited as his strengths as a CBYCC leader.  The “CBYCC Juvenile Correctional Officer of the Year” was awarded to Kreg Celaya.  He was cited for his two years’ service, work ethic, professionalism, and he graduated at the top of his class while attending Correctional Officer CORE training, where he received a Leadership Award by the Santa Clara Probation Department.  SCPD’s “Deputy Probation Officer of the Year” was awarded to Brian Murphy.  He was cited for his exemplary performance as a Supervision and Juvenile Drug Court Program Officer.  He was cited for his energy, passion, dedication, and excellent work ethic and his ability to balance rehabilitation with community safety.  SCPD’s “Support Person of the Year” went to Joy Pragg, Legal Secretary.  She was cited for her 11 years of service with the Juvenile Unit.  She is patient, reliable, handles a heavy workload, and is professional and hard working.  She gets along with others and is a “problem-solver.”  SCPD’s “Deputy Probation Officer of the Year” was awarded to Tiana Chandon.  She is a 10-year veteran of SCPD and works in the Juvenile Unit.  She is a firearm’s instructor and handles a caseload of sex offenders and Post Release Community Supervision inmates.  She is positive, approachable, and has been a leader in her unit since her assignment.  SCPD’s “Support Person of the Year” was also awarded to Sonia Cantrell, Administrative Support Assistant.  She is a 6-year employee and was cited for her versatility in supporting adult and juvenile corrections’ needs; she offers her assistance and support to others and is a true professional and she is courteous to everyone.

              The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) awarded a special “Sheriff’s Award Medal” to Water Safety Deputy Grant “Skip” Tuttle.  Deputy Tuttle, now retired served for over 30 years with the CHP before working as a Park Ranger and later, Water Safety Deputy with the Department.  He served for 14 years with the Department and amassed nearly 50 years of total law enforcement experience.  He started his career with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputy Tuttle was commended for his years of life-saving service to countless citizens and others he contacted during his long and distinguished career.

              SCSO’s “Correctional Deputy of the Year” was awarded to Corporal Jennifer Zanni.  Corporal Zanni was cited for her exemplary work as a correctional deputy and she serves as an investigator in the Background Investigations Unit.  Deputy Zanni is known for her professionalism, leadership, superior job performance, and mentorship of young correctional deputies.  SCSO’s “Correctional Support Person of the Year, was awarded to Carie Daugherty, Fiscal Technician.  She was cited for her efficiency, multi-tasking abilities, responsibility for a large inmate welfare account, procurement duties, and her diligence has helped to prevent and curtail illegal smuggling into the jail.  She was cited for her outstanding performance, work ethic, positive attitude, and leadership.

              SCSO’s “Deputy of the Year” was awarded to Deputy John Zook.  Deputy Zook was commended for his exemplary performance as a field deputy, field training officer, leader, mentor, and he was cited for having one of the highest drug arrest totals on the entire department.  He is a mentor to younger deputies and has been commended by the district attorney’s office for his excellent investigations and courtroom testimony.  His character, bravery, dedication, dependability, and professionalism are legendary on the department.  SCSO’s “Major Crimes’ Unit Support Person of the Year” was awarded to Forensic Technician Bonnie Mortenson.  She was commended for processing numerous major crimes scenes, including murders and officer-involved shooting scenes. She attends numerous autopsies and is known as one of finest forensic technicians in the region.

              Chief Chaplain Keith Bradley, unable to attend the event, was awarded a “Sheriff’s Courage-in-Action Award.”  Chief Chaplain Bradley is the exemplary leader of 10 departmental chaplains and despite a debilitating illness he is fighting, he has consistently been available for special departmental events and he still serves his community as a pastor and his co-worker whenever needed.  He is an inspiration to all member of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office.

              Sheriff Lopey thanked all members of the law enforcement community, the Elks, Siskiyou Veterans Leadership Council, Marine Corps League, and the McCloud, Fort Jones, and Yreka American Legion Posts, and distinguished guests for making the event so successful.  He commended the award recipients and their family members for their support throughout the year, which made their contributions to the law enforcement profession possible.  A moment of silence was also held for peace officers killed in the line of duty during 2016.  Sheriff Lopey cited during a brief speech that during 2016 nationwide, 144 peace officers were killed in the line of duty, including 64 firearm-related assaults, a 56% increase over 2015.  He also cited the excellent interagency working relationships enjoyed by all federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies from throughout the county, which makes Siskiyou County such a special place to work as a law enforcement professional.

 

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Siskiyou County Sheriff Office is searching for suspected body in Klamath River

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS UPDATE

April 15, 2017

Unknown if Search is Linked to Missing Happy Camp Man

 

On Friday, April 14, 2017, at about 6:34 p.m. the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (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.

The body was then observed at SR 96 and was last seen in vicinity of the Klamath River at the Indian Creek River Access point.  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.  As of 7:00 p.m. on Saturday (April 15), search teams have detected no sign of the body.  A SCSO boat crew and SAR leader 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.

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.

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 reportedly returned without the rider, reported to be Mr. Camarena.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “There has been an extensive search conducted by our personnel and allied agencies from the local area under difficult and hazardous conditions.  We will do all we can to find the body suspected to be deceased in the Klamath River.  The CHP has been very helpful and we will request additional aircraft on Sunday if the search does not end successfully on Saturday.  A CHP helicopter may be available on Sunday, which could help us recover the body suspected to be still in the Klamath River.

“It is too early to determine if the suspected dead body is that of the missing man, Mr. Camarena, and we are doing all we can to investigate his disappearance.  We allocated additional field and investigative resources to the Happy Camp area as well to investigate his disappearance and find out if people who saw him or associated with him prior to his disappearance can shed any light on his actions prior to his disappearance.

“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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Mt. Shasta: Woman Arrested for Alleged Sexual Exploitation of High School Students

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

 

March 1, 2017

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at about 5:22 p.m., Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) arrested a woman accused of sexually exploiting high school age students in the Mt. Shasta area.  Ms. Mary Frances Fletcher, 42, a South County resident, was arrested and booked at the Siskiyou County Jail.  She is charged with unlawful sexual intercourse, knowingly dissuading a witness or victim of a crime, and the sexual-related offense is potentially a “serious felony” under California law and could result in a “strike.”  Ms. Fletcher was booked for the charges and held on $10,000.00 bail.

The criminal case against Ms. Fletcher was generated from a complaint originally received from the Mount Shasta Police Department (MSPD) in September 2016.  SCSO investigators initiated an investigation that alleged Ms. Fletcher had sexual-related contact with three high school students from Mt. Shasta High School.  The alleged sexual misconduct involved three minor boys and the investigation revealed the offenses occurred in unincorporated areas of Siskiyou County within a period encompassing several weeks prior to the initial report by school officials to the MSPD.  No school employees were involved in the alleged misconduct and school officials, when they became aware there could be inappropriate misconduct associated with the interactions between the suspect and students, promptly notified law enforcement investigators.

After the completion of the investigation, the case was referred to the Siskiyou County District Attorney for review, which resulted in the arrest warrant being issued, which resulted in the prompt execution of the arrest warrant by a SCSO Deputy.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about these offenses is urged to contact the SCSO’s Major Crimes’ Unit at our 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

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Siskiyou Sheriff’s Office Recovers Body of Deceased Adult from Shasta River

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

 

February 27, 2017

On February 27, 2017, at about 2:48 p.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to a call of a dead body reported to be partially submerged in a tributary of the Shasta River in vicinity of the 4400 block of Old Shasta River Road (vicinity of SR 263).  Responding SCSO investigators recovered the body of a deceased male adult floating in about six inches of water.  A preliminary investigation revealed that there were no signs of foul play or injuries that appeared to be inflicted by other persons but the cause and manner of death cannot be reasonably determined until an autopsy is conducted later this week.  There is no evidence whatsoever that this case is related to the homicide investigation SCSO initiated last week after a man was recovered deceased while partially submerged in the Klamath River in vicinity of SR 96 and SR 263.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “The identity of the male adult has been tentatively identified and investigators were in the process of notifying the next-of-kin. On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend our sincere condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the victim, his family, friends, and associates.  The case is still under investigation and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the SCSO’s Major Crimes’ Unit at our 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.

 

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Siskiyou Sheriff’s Office Arrests Murder Suspect in Death of Happy Camp Man

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

 

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.”

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Siskiyou Sheriff’s Office Recovers Stolen Loot & Arrests Suspect

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

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.”

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Siskiyou Co. Sheriff’s Office Identifies Man Found Deceased in Klamath River

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

February 21, 2017

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has identified the man found deceased and partially submerged along the north bank of the Klamath River near a residence on SR 96 west of SR 263 on Monday, February 20, 2017.  He was identified as Mr. Jesse Francis Ward, 62 of Happy Camp.  A SCSO deputy located the body, which resulted in an extensive investigation by SCSO’s Major Crimes’ Unit (MCU) and a member of the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office.  The location is about 8 miles north of the Yreka city limits and is located in the unincorporated area of Siskiyou County.  The body could not be immediately examined or recovered due to its location, which prompted a response from members of the SCSO’s Dive Team and SCSO’s Water Safety Unit.  The case is being handled as a possible homicide at this time.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “Although this case is being handled as a possible homicide, we will not know conclusively what caused the victim’s death until an autopsy is conducted, which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  The case is still under investigation and there is still a lot of work to be done to help investigators determine the cause and manner of death and related factors needed to solve this case.  On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend our sincere condolences and prayers to Mr. Ward, his family, friends, and associates.  Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office’s MCU at our 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

 

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Siskiyou Co. Sheriff’s Office Locates Dead Body Partially Submerged in Klamath River

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

February 20, 2017

On Monday, February 20, 2017, shortly after 1152 a.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) located a dead body partially submerged along the north bank of the Klamath River near a residence on SR 96 west of SR 263.  The location is about 8 miles north of the Yreka city limits and is located in the unincorporated area of Siskiyou County.  The body could not be immediately examined or recovered due to its location, which prompted a response from members of the SCSO’s Dive Team and SCSO’s Water Safety Unit. The SCSO’s Dive Team and Water Safety Unit used a boat and had to maneuver the watercraft in swift-moving water but successfully recovered the body and conducted a search along the river’s bank.  A SCSO patrol deputy and members of the SCSO’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) conducted a crime scene investigation along with a deputy district attorney from the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office.  The case is being handled as a possible homicide at this time.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “Although this case is being handled as a possible homicide, we will not know conclusively what happened to the victim until an autopsy is conducted, which will help investigators determine the cause and manner of death.  The body was that of a male adult but his name will not be released until the next-of-kin has been notified.  Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office’s MCU at our 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

 

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