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Sheriff’s Office Seeks Assistance Locating Missing Endangered Teenager

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

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.”

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Siskiyou Co: “Woman Arrested After Deliberately Ramming Sheriff’s Patrol Unit”

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEW UPDATE

February 8, 2017

On Monday, February 5, 2017, at about 4:10 p.m., a Siskiyou County Sheriff Office (SCSO) lieutenant responded to the Ditch Creek R-Ranch in the Hornbrook area in response to a disturbance allegedly being caused by a female adult.  The reporting party at the location reported the woman refused the leave the premises.  When the lieutenant arrived, he observed the suspect, whom he recognized from prior contacts running towards a Dodge pick-up parked at the location.  The male reporting party at the scene was yelling and it appeared the female was attempting to steal the pick-up based on information apparent to the lieutenant.  The female suspect entered the cab of the pick-up and attempted to drive-away from the scene but the vehicle became immobilized in deep mud.  The lieutenant drove his patrol unit with emergency lights activated to a position behind the pick-up in an attempt to contact and detain the female suspect.

  The pick-up’s rear wheels were spinning and the patrol unit was struck with mud and debris.  The lieutenant exited his unit and attempted to contact and detain the suspect to prevent her from driving away with the vehicle.  The suspect refused numerous verbal commands to stop and as the lieutenant approached the vehicle he was struck by flying mud and debris from the spinning tires.  The driver was attempting to move the vehicle from drive to reverse to rock the vehicle from the immobilized position in the mud.  After refusing to stop her efforts to flee, the lieutenant attempted to use a Taser to immobilize the suspect but the effort was ineffective after the driver closed the driver’s window and locked the vehicle door.  A second attempt to deploy his Taser was effective but the suspect moved to the middle of the bench-type seat and repeatedly refused to surrender as verbally directed.  The lieutenant’s canine was in his vehicle and he retreated towards his vehicle to move his unit in the event the driver was able to move backwards from the vehicle’s immobilized position.  The vehicle’s owner also attempted to gain entry to the vehicle from the opposite side.  The suspect then placed the vehicle in reverse and accelerated to the rear, ramming the front-end of the SCSO patrol unit.  The suspect was then able to place the vehicle in drive and managed to flee the area in the pick-up.  The lieutenant attempted to overtake the suspect vehicle after he was able to re-enter his patrol unit but the driver refused to yield and accelerated away from the location at high speeds, eventually evading arrest after entering Interstate 5.

An extensive search of the area was conducted by other SCSO, California Highway Patrol (CHP), and Yreka Police Department (YPD) units but the suspect and vehicle were not located.  The vehicle’s owner signed a stolen report for the suspect and “All-Point’s-Bulletin” was broadcast for the suspect and stolen vehicle.

On Tuesday, February 6, 2017, at about 7:45 a.m., a citizen’s report indicated the stolen vehicle was parked on First Avenue in vicinity of nearby railroad tracks in the Hornbrook area.    The stolen pick-up was located by responding CHP and SCSO units parked on Third Avenue near First Avenue.  The suspect was still in the vehicle.  The CHP, deputies and a detective from the SCSO’s Major Crime’s Unit were able to arrest the suspect without further incident.  The lieutenant was at the scene and the suspect, Ms. Nikki McGilvray, 29 years-of-age, was positively identified, arrested and booked at the Siskiyou County Jail for a variety of charges, including 245(a)(1) PC, Assault with a deadly weapon; 10851 CVC, auto theft; 594 PC, malicious mischief, and 69 PC, felony obstructing an executive officer in the performance of their duties.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “We are grateful this incident was ultimately resolved without injury to peace officers, citizens, or the involved suspect.  We are also happy to report that the canine partner of our lieutenant is doing well after the ramming incident.  This illustrates the dangerous nature of so-called ‘routine’ disturbance calls, which are every day occurrences for the law enforcement community.

I would like to thank the citizens who assisted us with this case on both days of the on-going incident.  We also appreciate the assistance provided by the CHP, YPD and other agencies whose efforts to locate Ms. McGilvray took them away from their respective jurisdictions.  Anyone with any information about this crime spree is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Siskiyou Co Sheriff’s Office: Mike Gilley receives longevity award

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

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.”

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Siskiyou Co: Day Reporting Center Alternate Work Program Inmates Build Products for Community Use

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

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.

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Sheriff’s Office Reports Possible Recovery of Missing Yreka Man

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

January 27, 2017

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) contacted Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) detectives to inform them they recovered a body of a male adult found deceased in the Sacramento River, in the Red Bluff area.  The body, which has not been positively identified, matched the description of a missing man SCSO Search and Rescue (SAR), deputies, and investigators have been searching for since Thursday, January 19, 2017, when he was reported missing by family members.

On Thursday, January 19, 2017, at about 8:20 a.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report that Mr. Trygve “Karl” Larson, 79 years-old, of the Yreka area, had not been seen by relatives since Sunday afternoon (January 15th).  Later reports indicated he was last seen in the Yreka area on Monday, January 16th.  Mr. Larson was considered “endangered,” due to various factors communicated to SCSO investigators by family members and associates.  When his disappearance was reported to SCSO, an extensive search by SCSO SAR, field, and Major Crimes’ Unit investigators ensued for several days.  An extensive search of the local area by SCSO and a regional broadcast transmitted to all law enforcement agencies failed to locate Mr. Larson.

According to TCSO authorities, the body not only matched the description of Mr. Larson, but there were some indicators found at the scene that led investigators to believe the body was the missing man.  The body appeared to have been in the water for several days.  An autopsy is pending to determine the cause and manner of death.  According to TCSO authorities, there was no sign of foul play or criminal assault.

 According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “Our departmental SAR team, deputies, detectives, allied-agencies, family members, and others worked diligently for several days to locate Mr. Larson, often in rugged terrain and during inclement weather.  Although it cannot be confirmed at this time that the body found is that of Mr. Larson, we will know next week for certain if that is the case.  At this time, the evidence appears to point in that direction but we will maintain hope until we find out for sure.  On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Larson’s family and friends whose vigilance and support during this ordeal helped to sustain all law enforcement team members involved in the exhaustive search effort. If you have seen Mr. Larson or know anything about his recent activities, please contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

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Siskiyou: Sheriff’s Office Searching for Missing Endangered Adult

Siskiyou Sheriff's report

January 19, 2017

On Thursday, January 19, 2017, at about 8:20 a.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report that Mr. Trygve “Karl” Larson, 79 years-old, of the Yreka area, had not been seen by relatives since Sunday afternoon (January 15th).  He resides in a local trailer park and is known to go on walks in rural areas in the Yreka area.  Information received from family members indicate Mr. Larson may be endangered due to various factors.  This morning, deputies did not locate him when they conducted a welfare check at his home.  He is described as a white male, 5’ 6” tall, 160 lbs., with red hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue jean jacket with a light-colored fleece liner.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team is searching for Mr. Larson in the Greenhorn Park and surrounding areas.  A regional “Be on the Lookout” call has been transmitted to all law enforcement agencies.  According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “Our SAR team has been looking for Mr. Larson for several hours with no results.  We consider Mr. Larson endangered and need the public’s help in locating him.  We are particularly concerned because he has not been seen since Sunday and the weather and other factors further impede search efforts and create hazardous conditions for the lost man and rescuers.  If you have seen Mr. Larson or know anything about his recent activities, please contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.  You may also contact your local law enforcement agency if outside our area.”

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Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Respond to Possible Storm-Related Fatality

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS UPDATE

 January 9, 2017          

On Monday, January 9, 2017 at about 10:17 a.m., Siskiyou County Sheriffs’ Office (SCSO) deputies responded to a report of an industrial accident that occurred in vicinity of SR 89 near Interstate 5.  According to preliminary investigative reports, a hazardous tree branch was being removed when it struck a worker at the location.  The victim sustained fatal injuries as a result of the incident.  It has been confirmed that the victim was working away from the main roadway, after traversing a snow-covered area in a “Sno-Cat” type vehicle when he was struck by a tree branch removed from vicinity of a nearby power line.  The victim has been identified as Mr. David M. Schrock, 41 years-old-age.  He resided in Waldport, Oregon.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the family, friends, and co-workers of Mr. Schrock in the aftermath of his tragic death.”

According to SCSO Spokesperson Sergeant Jeremiah LaRue, “Hazardous weather conditions have created potentially unsafe conditions on roadways and other parts of the county, largely due to a significant accumulation of snow, ice, and flooding in various parts of Siskiyou County.  All area residents, travelers, and workers are advised to use extreme caution when traveling, working, or conducting any activities in the county due to the changing weather conditions and hazardous conditions that have been prevalent in recent days.  Heavy snow and additional rainfall is predicted today and later this week and it is advisable, if possible, to avoid areas of the county and roadways where snow, ice, and excessive flooding make non-essential travel and projects potentially too hazardous.  Be aware of weather predictions, ensure your vehicle is safe for winter operation, dress and prepare for the worst of conditions, and carry emergency supplies such as blankets, water, food, flashlights, and have a reliable communications’ device such as a charged cellular phone.  Ensure you have plenty of fuel in your vehicle, avoid traveling alone, notify a reliable person of your route and estimated time of travel and return, and, if at all possible avoid secondary or remote mountain roads due to adverse weather conditions, since many are too hazardous to traverse this time of the year.  Report immediate roadway or environmental winter hazards to your local law enforcement agency, California Highway Patrol, or SCSO.  Dial “9-1-1” to report emergency conditions, such as those threatening to cause immediate harm to others.”

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

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Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Warning: Death Toll due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Continues to Rise

Siskiyou Sheriff's report

January 5, 2017

               Near the end of December, 2016, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) determined the cause of death of a local man, residing in Shasta Vista area of Siskiyou County to be carbon monoxide poisoning.  The man was residing in a travel trailer and the fumes from a generator apparently penetrated the structure, which caused his death.  SCSO previously reported a carbon monoxide death on November 21, 2016, when a 56-year-old North Carolina resident died due to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.  The man was also found dead in a travel trailer in the Shasta Vista area the previous week.  According to the autopsy reports, high CO concentrations in the systems of these men were the cause of their accidental deaths.  In both cases, generators were operating outside the trailers occupied by the victims and it appears CO fumes penetrated the structures, ultimately leading to the tragic deaths of both men in separate but similar incidents.  Earlier in November, SCSO deputies responded to a call of a deceased person and found a 58-year-old female adult in the Shasta Vista area dead in a wooden structure.  An autopsy revealed she succumbed to CO poisoning and it was suspected the accidental death was attributed to her use of a barbecue-type system that was using an open flame to heat charcoal to warm the interior of the wooden structure.

              According to Sheriff Lopey, “I want to take this opportunity to remind our citizens that the alarming increase in accidental deaths attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning (CO) is staggering and a serious concern. It is important to realize that this time of the year we see an increase in these types of human tragedies due to freezing temperatures and a corresponding improper or careless use of potentially hazardous heating devices that often emit harmful CO fumes.  It is equally important to remember CO deaths can be prevented but often times, especially when at night while sleeping, CO is very difficult to detect because it is an odorless but fatal gas that can cause disabling and sometimes fatal injuries.”

              According to SCSO Spokesperson, Sergeant Jeremiah LaRue, “Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill without warning.  It claims the lives of hundreds of people every year and makes thousands more ill in our nation.  Many household items can create deadly CO fumes, including gas and oil-burning furnaces, portable generators, charcoal grills, lanterns, unvented or subserviced wood burning stoves, and similar heating devices.  The following tips can help prevent the needless injuries and deaths caused by CO in our communities:

  • Ensure your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances are serviced by a qualified technician once a year.

  • It is highly recommended that battery-operated or battery back-up CO detectors be installed in your home and check or replace the battery when you change your clocks each spring and fall.

  • If the CO detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 9-1-1.

  • Seek medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning. Symptoms include a dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated feeling.

  • Never use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, garage or near a window of any structure you occupy.

  • Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the garage door open.

  • Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t vented.

  • Don’t heat your house with a gas oven.

  • If you use a generator near your home, ensure it is located at least 20 feet away from your home, doors, and windows.

  • Carbon monoxide can’t be seen, can’t be smelled, can’t be heard, BUT CAN BE STOPPED by following some of the suggestions mentioned in this news release.”

Questions about the dangers associated with CO should be referred to your local law enforcement agency, fire department, or, if in a county area or one of SCSO’s contract cities (Dorris, Montague, Fort Jones, and Dunsmuir), by calling the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 842-8300, unless it is an emergency, which should prompt a call to “9-1-1.”  The 24-hour SCSO Dispatch Center may also be contacted at (530) 841-2900.”

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Siskiyou Sheriff’s Lieutenant & Sergeant Commended for Life-Saving Effort

Siskiyou Sheriff's report

PNP comment: More catching up on Sheriff Reports. — Editor Liz Bowen

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS UPDATE

 December 23, 2016

              Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Lieutenant Darrell Frost, Special Services Bureau Lieutenant, and Sergeant Jeremiah LaRue, Manager of the College of the Siskiyou’s Administration of Justice Program, were recently commended by the department for resuscitating an unconscious man who collapsed in vicinity of the SCSO Headquarters office in Yreka.  On December 6, 2016, at about 1:49 p.m., a witness to the incident reported the emergency to the SCSO Dispatch Center and Lieutenant Frost, a trained paramedic responded to the incident prior to the arrival of fire-ambulance personnel, which had been summoned to respond to the scene.  The man was not breathing and he had no pulse.  Lieutenant Frost initiated CPR and a moment later, SCSO Sergeant Jeremiah LaRue arrived to assist with the emergency aid effort.  A SCSO automated external defibrillator (AED) was used by Lieutenant Frost and Sergeant LaRue as they continued CPR.  Yreka Fire Department personnel arrived and shortly thereafter a Mt. Shasta Ambulance unit arrived on-scene.  The male victim, later identified as Mr. Peter Paul DeCoursey, 64, of Klamath River, CA was revived and transported to Fairchild Medical Center for further treatment.

              Tragically, Mr. DeCoursey succumbed to his condition later that evening; however, he was an organ donor and thanks to the resuscitation efforts of SCSO, YFD, and Mt. Shasta Ambulance personnel, the life-giving tissues were harvested for use by needy patients.  SCSO personnel receive CPR and first aid certification training at least once every two years and intermittently during their respective work shifts. AEDs are life-saving devices that have been distributed to SCSO offices, jail, and patrol units for emergency revival purposes.

            According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “I am grateful we have such well-trained leaders and personnel on the Department that are prepared to respond to emergencies such as that encountered on December 6th.  Although it was tragic that the victim succumbed to his medical condition, it is gratifying to know he gave a gift of life by donating his tissues to those in need.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Yreka Fire Department, Yreka Police Department, and Mt. Shasta Ambulance personnel for their rapid response and for assisting us with this life-saving effort that was initially successful.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. DeCoursey, his family, and friends in the aftermath of his tragic death.”

 

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Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Warning: Death Toll due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning a Grave Concern

Siskiyou Sheriff's report

PNP comment: Important reminder!!! — Editor Liz Bowen

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS UPDATE

November 25, 2016

               On Monday, November 21, 2016, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) confirmed that a 56-year-old North Carolina resident recently died due to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.  The man was found dead in a travel trailer in the Shasta Vista area last week.  According to the autopsy report, CO concentrations in his system were the cause of his accidental death.  A generator was operating outside the trailer and it appears CO fumes penetrated the trailer, which ultimately led to the man’s tragic death.  Earlier in November, SCSO deputies responded to a call of a deceased person and found a 58-year-old female adult in the Shasta Vista area dead in a wooden structure.  An autopsy revealed she succumbed to CO poisoning and it was suspected the accidental death was attributed to her use of a barbecue-type system that was using an open flame to heat charcoal to warm the interior of the wooden structure.

              According to Sheriff Lopey, “The alarming increase in accidental deaths attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning (CO) is staggering and a grave concern. It is important to realize that this time of the year we see an increase in these types of human tragedies due to freezing temperatures and a corresponding improper or careless use of potentially hazardous heating devices that often emit harmful CO fumes.  It is equally important to remember CO deaths can be prevented but often times, especially when at night while sleeping, CO is very difficult to detect because it is an odorless but fatal gas that can cause disabling and sometimes fatal injuries.”

              Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill without warning.  It claims the lives of hundreds of people every year and makes thousands more ill in our nation.  Many household items can create deadly CO fumes, including gas and oil-burning furnaces, portable generators, charcoal grills, lanterns, unvented or subserviced wood burning stoves, and similar heating devices.  The following tips can help prevent the needless injuries and deaths caused by CO in our communities:

  • Ensure your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances are serviced by a qualified technician once a year.

  • It is highly recommended that battery-operated or battery back-up CO detectors be installed in your home and check or replace the battery when you change your clocks each spring and fall.

  • If the CO detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 9-1-1.

  • Seek medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning. Symptoms include a dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated feeling.

  • Never use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, garage or near a window of any structure you occupy.

  • Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the garage door open.

  • Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t vented.

  • Don’t heat your house with a gas oven.

  • If you use a generator near your home, ensure it is located at least 20 feet away from your home, doors, and windows.

  • Carbon monoxide can’t be seen, can’t be smelled, can’t be heard, BUT CAN BE STOPPED by following some of the suggestions mentioned in this news release.”

Questions about the dangers associated with CO should be referred to your local law enforcement agency, fire department, or, if in a county area or one of SCSO’s contract cities (Dorris, Montague, Fort Jones, and Dunsmuir), by calling the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 842-8300, unless it is an emergency, which should prompt a call to “9-1-1.”  The 24-hour SCSO Dispatch Center may also be contacted at (530) 841-2900.”

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