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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 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 Co: Escapee Captured after Local Manhunt

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

Siskiyou Co Sheriff’s Report

          On Thursday, December 29th at 11:19 a.m., a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputy arrived at the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka with two felony arrestee’s when one was able to jump out of the patrol unit and flee on foot onto nearby Butte Street.  The deputy was unable to pursue the suspect on foot because he had a high-profile arrest suspect in-custody at the time.

A large-scale search was initiated of the area after the suspect was last seen fleeing in a westerly direction in the 400 block of Gold Street in Yreka.  Units from the SCSO, field and jail; Yreka Police Department (YPD), Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office’s Bureau of Investigation, Siskiyou Unified Major Investigation Team, Siskiyou County Probation Department, California Highway Patrol, both ground and aerial unit, H-16, United States Forest Service and CAL FIRE law enforcement units responded to the area to search for the suspect, identified as Mr. Aaron Bradley Peruzzi, 21, of Weed.  Peruzzi was arrested earlier by SCSO deputies for possession of a stolen firearm on South Old Stage Road just outside Mt. Shasta.

A “CODE RED” was broadcast to area residents and social media sites used to disseminate information about the suspect, including a description and photograph.  A perimeter was established to facilitate the search by law enforcement responders.  Reports from citizens were generated and several leads investigated but none resulted in the apprehension of the suspect.  Just prior to 12:44 p.m., a citizen reported a man matching the suspect’s description in a field in vicinity of the 400 block of S. Gold Street.  Responding units were able to locate the person, identified him as the suspect, and he was taken into custody without incident.  Peruzzi was booked at the Siskiyou County Jail for the gun possession charge and he was charged with escape.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “It was an exhaustive search but ultimately we prevailed and Mr. Peruzzi was taken into custody, thanks to the prompt actions of SCSO, YPD, and our federal, state, and local law enforcement counterparts and the alert actions by a local citizen.  Escapes from custody are rare but when they happen they potentially endanger the public and are always a high priority for involved law enforcement agencies.  I want to thank all of the citizens and law enforcement responders for doing a good job in a team effort to successfully recapture Mr. Peruzzi and bring this incident to a safe and successful conclusion.”  Anyone with additional information about Mr. Peruzzi’s actions prior to or during the escape is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.

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Siskiyou Co: Robbery at 3 J’s Shell Station in Grenada, CA.

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

*12-25-2016*

 

         On Saturday December 24, 2016 at approximately 7:45 pm Siskiyou County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a robbery at the 3 J’s Shell Station in Grenada, Ca. The victim reported that a Hispanic male wearing a red sweatshirt lunged over the counter and stole the money from the cash register, she attempted to stop him but was unable to. The victim was unharmed in this incident.

         The SCSO was able to obtain video images of the suspects. The first suspect is a 26-year-old Hispanic male from Weed named Daniel Cazorla , he is approximately 5’7” and 135, last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. He is currently wanted for robbery.

         There was also a 23-year-old white female that was identified on the video as Megan Jones from Weed, Ca she is 5’2 and approximately 120 lbs.  She was seen speaking to a man in red clothing and she is wanted for questioning regarding the robbery, as she seen speaking to a man in a red clothing outside the store prior to the robbery.

         If anyone has any information regarding this incident or the wherebouts of either Mr. Cazorla or Ms. Jones, please contact Siskiyou County Sheriff’s dispatch at (530)841-2900.

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Siskiyou Co: Sheriff’s Office Leaders Earn Well-Deserved Promotions

Sheriff Jon Lopey

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS UPDATE

 

December 23, 2016

 

Sheriff’s Office Leaders Earn Well-Deserved Promotions   

 

              This week, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) welcomed three new top management leaders to the ranks.   Lieutenant Karl Houtman, a 20+ year veteran of the department was promoted to the rank of captain.  Captain Houtman previously served with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office prior to joining SCSO in 1996.  Captain Houtman will assume overall management responsibility for all field operations, investigations, radio dispatch, administration, and specialty units such as drug task forces, major crimes, coroner functions, Special Response Team, search and rescue operations, and he will assume most of the duties previously the responsibility of retired Undersheriff John Villani.  Captain Houtman has extensive jail and field experience and is a member of the Department’s Crisis Response Team, which handles hostage negotiations and similar incidents as an integral part of the SCSO Special Response Team.

              Lieutenant Jeff Huston has been promoted to the rank of captain.  Captain Huston will retain his duties as Jail Commander but has assumed additional duties and responsibilities leading the department’s Court Team and the Day Reporting Center.  Captain Huston also continues to assist the department with fiscal planning and background investigations.  Captain Huston is a 26+ year veteran of the department and commands a jail with 103 beds and three medical beds.  The jail is nearly always full and now only houses felons, most of whom are serious and/or violent offenders.  Captain Huston will play a major role in future Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) interactions with partner agencies.  The CCP, made up of numerous county and private stake holders, helps to approve and distribute funds and programs and services for rehabilitation endeavors and alternative sentencing initiatives for the department and county to help provide tools for out-of-custody inmates to be more successful in society.  Treatment, counseling, education, alternate work projects, therapy, mentoring, housing, court services, and many other strategies, primarily under the supervision of SCSO Sergeant Allison Giannini and Department of Probation counterparts are orchestrated through the Day Reporting Center and CCP.

              Sergeant Joshua “Behr” Tharsing has been promoted to the rank of the field lieutenant.  Lieutenant Tharsing is an 18+ year veteran of the department.  He has extensive field and investigative experience and currently serves on the SCSO Special Response Team.  Lieutenant Tharsing will spend most of his time in the field, managing the many complex field operations that continuously go on and evolve throughout Siskiyou County, including major crime scene investigations and emergencies.  Lieutenant Tharsing is also a veteran canine handler and has been responsible for many drug seizures and arrests with his partner “Aron.”  Lieutenant Tharsing is also a wartime veteran of the United States Navy and will be called upon to assist with veterans’ issues since the SCSO also manages the Siskiyou County Veterans’ Services Office.

              According to Sheriff Lopey, “We are pleased to promote such highly-qualified leaders within the department.  All of these leaders have already excelled in the management and leadership of departmental personnel and all work well with co-workers and the numerous representatives of the federal, state, and local law enforcement, service, and justice agencies we work with on a continuous basis.  The future of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office looks very bright with the promotion of these fine peace officers and law enforcement leaders and we congratulation them for their well-earned promotions.”

              SCSO recently received support from the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors to create two captains’ positions after deleting a jail lieutenant and undersheriff position, which saved funds and allowed the promotions to take place.

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Montague car chase leads to arrest & recovery of stolen vehicles

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS UPDATE

 December 21, 2016

Montague Car Chase Leads to Arrest & Recovery of Stolen Vehicles  

              On Monday, December 19, 2016, at about 2:54 p.m., a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputy attempted to initiate a routine traffic stop on a vehicle on E. King Street in Montague.  The driver fled the scene in the vehicle and attempted to evade arrest.  The SCSO deputy aborted the pursuit when the driver operated his vehicle at high speeds and ran stops signs in the vicinity of the Montague Elementary School, due to the danger posed to children and adults as the school day ended.  A few moments later the deputies and a sergeant located the suspect driver and vehicle at a residence in the 300 block of N. 9th Street.  Although the suspect fled the scene on foot after exiting his vehicle, he was later taken into custody after entering and then exiting a house at the location.  An investigation revealed the 1991 Nissan sedan he was operating was a stolen vehicle with a different license plate displayed on the vehicle.  The investigation revealed that two more vehicles on the property were stolen, a 1996 Honda and 1993 Honda.  Stolen license plates and burglary tools were also recovered at the scene.

              Mr. Ian Robert Walker, 36, of Montague, was arrested and booked at the Siskiyou County Jail for numerous felony and misdemeanor offenses.  He was booked for evading arrest, auto theft, vehicle tampering, possession of burglary tools, reckless driving, driving on a suspended driver’s license, and he was booked for committing a felony while on bail for a previous felony arrest he was booked for on September 6, 2016.  Mr. Walker was on bail for that arrest when he committed the most recent crime spree.

              According to Sheriff Lopey, “This was an excellent case of good police work and persistence on the part of an alert deputy and his back-up deputy and sergeant.  The suspect attempted to flee the original scene and endangered innocent children and adults as he drove his vehicle recklessly in a wanton disregard for the safety of those innocent people.  We are relieved that three stolen vehicles, burglary tools, and other misappropriated items were recovered as a result of the prompt and efficient actions of the deputy and his co-workers.  We are also relieved that the suspect’s crime spree has been stopped and an arrest was made in this case.”

              According to SCSO spokesperson Sergeant Jerimiah LaRue, “This is a good time to advise all area residents that the holiday season often results in increased thefts of personal property in or about homes or vehicles.  Use extra caution by keeping home and vehicle doors locked and valuables concealed from the prying eyes of potential thieves.  Report any suspicious activities you observe promptly to your local law enforcement agency.  Crimes in progress should be reported by dialing 9-1-1.  Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Lieutenant Behr Tharsing by calling the 24-hour SCSO Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

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Sheriff’s office investigation solves 25 burglary cases — arrests made

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

December 16, 2016

 Siskiyou Co. Sheriff’s Office Report

Sheriff’s Office Investigation Solves 25 Burglary Cases & Leads to Recovery of Stolen Property & Results in Several Arrests   

25 separate burglary and theft cases have been solved by field and detective personnel from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) after a series of follow-up efforts netted several suspects and a large amount of stolen property.  The most recent arrests occurred on Tuesday, December 13th when a sergeant and deputies responded to the 14000 block of County Road A-12 and discovered several criminal suspects at the site suspected of burglarizing a home and stripping vehicles of component parts at the scene.  Six suspects fled the scene but four were captured in short order.  Arrested for burglary and theft-related charges were Mr. Shane Delray Murray, 26, of Montague; Mr. Ryan James Gilpatrick, 31, of Dunsmuir; Donald Allen Randall, 34, of Etna; and Ms. Lorrie Ann Lerma, 42, of Yreka.  Other suspects have been identified and additional arrests are anticipated in the near future.

The series of burglary and theft cases, which victimized Siskiyou County residents in various parts of the county, including north and south county locations, started on November 23, 2016, at about 5:53 p.m., after an alert SCSO supervisor, while conducting a follow-up investigation, conducted a probation search at a residence in Montague.  During the search several firearms, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia were located. During the course of his investigation the sergeant was able to determine that the individual subjected to the probation search, along with several other suspects, were responsible for several burglaries at a number of homes at various Siskiyou County locations.

 During the last two weeks, the sergeant, working with other members of the Department, including field deputies and detectives, has recovered numerous items of stolen property that has been linked to about 25 different burglaries, which have occurred over recent weeks and months.  Two suspects in the case, Mr. Jake Lee Grenvik, 40, of Montague, and Ms. Melinda Doreen Johnston, 38, of Hornbrook, were arrested for burglary and theft-related charges.  Additional follow-up is underway by field and detectives of the Department and additional arrests should be made in the near future.

According to Sheriff Lopey, “The recovery of stolen property, including firearms and ammunition, and the resolution of 25 burglary cases by dedicated and hard-working members of the Department is a tremendous achievement but we still have a lot of work to do to identify additional suspects and ensure they are held to answer for their numerous crimes against innocent Siskiyou County citizens.  We also are seeking additional stolen property we suspect is still out there in the community.  This case is still under investigation.  If you know anything about these recent crimes, you are urged to contact the SCSO 24-hour Dispatch Center at 841-2900.”

According to SCSO Spokesperson, Sergeant Jeremiah LaRue, “This is a good time to remind our fellow citizens that the Holiday Season presents potential opportunities to criminals more than willing to prey on unsuspecting victims.  Ensure your residential and vehicle doors are locked at all times.  Make sure Christmas presents and other valuables are secured or out-of-sight of prying eyes.  For example, close drapes or blinds to front room areas, especially when not at home.  If traveling or shopping, avoid leaving gifts and valuables unattended in plain view in your vehicle.  Ensure you alert reliable neighbors or your local law enforcement agency if you are going to be away from home for extended periods of time so that your home can be periodically checked.  Consider using lights, timers, and home alarm systems to further protect yourself, fellow residents, and the valuables you own.  Always be alert to your surroundings, attempt to travel with others, and park in areas that are frequented by other people. At night, park or stop in well-lighted, and populated areas if possible.  Always call 9-1-1 if threatened or if you observe prowlers lurking on or in vicinity of your property or in your neighborhood.  Non-emergency reports should be provided to your local law enforcement agency.  Another reminder worth mentioning is the importance of maintaining smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.  Ensure the batteries for your detectors are fresh and test your devices to ensure they are fully operational.”

If you reside in an unincorporated area of Siskiyou County, or if you reside in the SCSO contract cities of Dunsmuir, Montague, Dorris, or Fort Jones, contact the SCSO 24-hour Dispatch Center number at (530) 841-2900 for non-emergency inquiries or further information.  Fire departments can also provide additional information about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.”

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Local hiker found dead – condolences to family

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

November 28, 2016

 

Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Finds Missing Hiker Deceased

 

              On Monday, November 28, 2016, at about 5 a.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report of an overdue hiker, reportedly hiking on the Kidder Creek trail.  According to a family member, the hiker was hiking on Sunday, November 27th and was due to return home at sundown.  A search was initiated by the SCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) team but prior to deployment, the hiker was found about 1 ½ to 2 miles from the Kidder Creek Trailhead by a citizen.  The area is covered with snow and ice and the SCSO SAR team is attempting to recover the hiker from the location at the time of this report.  Adverse environmental and weather conditions precluded support from the California Highway Patrol’s H-14 helicopter, requiring a ground operation to reach the scene of the incident.

               The hiker was identified as Mr. Kevin Rickey, 55, of Quartz Valley.

              According to Sheriff Lopey, “There is always a sense of sadness and catastrophic loss when our Department’s Search and Rescue team fails to find a fellow lost citizen alive. On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and partner agencies involved in the search operation, I would like to extend our sincere condolences and prayers to Mr. Rickey, his family, and friends in the aftermath of his tragic death.”

              An autopsy is pending to determine the cause and manner of death, which is routine in these types of situations.  Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.

 

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Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Finds Missing Couple

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

November 25, 2016

              On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report from Del Norte County Search and Rescue of two hikers and a dog, reportedly trapped in a snow-covered mountainous area in the northwest area of the county near the Del Norte-Siskiyou County boundary line.  Del Norte County SAR advised that they had a helicopter ordered and anticipated having the couple out of the wilderness by nightfall. By 4:00 p.m. that same day, Del Norte County advised that a storm had quickly moved in and was preventing them from utilizing any air assistance. A call was initiated by the SCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) unit coordinator to muster all available SAR volunteers to respond to the area of Devil’s Punch Bowl.  Additional SCSO and California Highway Patrol (CHP) personnel also responded to the area.  On the Thursday, November 24th at about 2:33 p.m., the stranded hikers were located but inclement weather prevented CHP Helicopter 16 and California Army National Guard aviation units from assisting with the rescue.  This necessitated a long-term ground rescue on Thanksgiving Day.

              SCSO SAR rescue personnel were assisted by a number of other county SAR personnel, including Del Norte, Josephine, and Jackson County (OR) full-time and rescue personnel.  The remote location and inclement weather required an approximate 6-hour hike into the rugged, snow-covered terrain to locate and rescue the stranded hikers.  The rescue operation lasted until almost midnight but the two rescued adults, Mr. Alex Mitchel and Ms. Maggie Burtch, of Oakland, California, were successfully extracted from the area. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “We owe a lot to the many dedicated and courageous SCSO and allied-agency search and rescue personnel who sacrificed their Thanksgiving Holiday to located and rescue the stranded hikers in one of the most remote areas of the county under treacherous conditions.  The assistance we received from all participating agencies, including the CHP, California Army National Guard, United States Forest Service, and Josephine, Jackson, and Del Norte Counties was essential to the search and rescue effort.  We are thankful that both parties were found safe and are doing well.”

              This is a good time to remind all hikers and campers to always notify a family member or other reliable person of your plans, schedule, specific routes, and always carry emergency items such as a charged cell phone, GPS transponder, flashlight, first aid kit, and adequate cold-weather clothing, food, water, sheltering material, and other supplies.  Consider carrying emergency signal devices such a portable signal light, whistle, signal mirror, etc.  It is a good idea to obtain an accurate map, carry a compass or GPS device and know how to use them.  Hike on main trails that are heavily traveled and maintained.  It also advisable to avoid remote areas and trails, especially this time of the year when storms and heavy snow can strike unexpectedly and strand unprepared motorists or hikers.  This time of the year many trails and roads are inaccessible due to snow, inclement weather and pervasive adverse conditions, especially at higher elevations.  Information on local conditions should be sought in advance from the local sheriff’s office or USFS ranger stations closest to the targeted area.  Remember, conditions can change rapidly in mountain areas and all travelers or visitors should be prepared for the very worst conditions this time of the year.

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