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Victims Identified In Double Homicide Near Dorris

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Sheriff’s Office Update on Double Homicide Investigation 

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is continuing an extensive investigation into the tragic deaths of two female adults slain by one or more assailants while they occupied a dwelling on Hilltop Road in the Pleasant Valley Highlands area outside of the City of Dorris on Monday, October 14, 2019 during early-morning hours of the day. On Tuesday, October 15 detectives from the SCSO’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) conducted investigative follow-up in the area. The victims in the double murder have been positively identified and next-of-kin notified. The decedents were identified as Ms. Mor Hang, 81, of Dorris, with a recent address in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Ms. Rosey Vang, 49, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On Monday, October 14, 2019 at about 2:05 a.m., SCSO deputies and a sergeant responded to a call of a possible robbery involving a shooting in the Dorris area. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) originally received an emergency “9-1-1” call that reported two people were shot during a robbery in the area of “Big Stump” and Dorris-Brownell Road, a rural, isolated, mountainous area located approximately 3 miles northwest of the City of Dorris, commonly referred to as Pleasant Valley Highlands. The CHP relayed the original emergency call to SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center.

Fire Department and medical first responders arrived at the scene, a parcel of land that was actually found to be on Hilltop Road in vicinity of Buckhorn Flat Road. SCSO and medical first responders discovered one female adult deceased inside a structure on the property. Another female adult located at the location was found alive but severely injured due to apparent gunshot wounds. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CAL FIRE), Butte Valley Ambulance, and Dorris Fire Department first responders, along with the SCSO sergeant, initiated a heroic effort to save the severely-injured victim of the attack. She was transported to a nearby fire station and while awaiting air transport, sadly, succumbed to injuries sustained in the attack.

Detectives and a forensic technician from the SCSO’s MCU responded to the location and conducted an extensive crime scene investigation at the Hilltop Road parcel and residence. SCSO MCU detectives interviewed relatives of the decedents but thus far, no person of interest or suspect have been identified. There is no direct indicator to believe area residents are endangered but all citizens in the local Dorris area are advised to keep their vehicles and homes locked and secured. All citizens are urged to report any suspicious activity or persons to the SCSO. An extensive canvass of the area where the crimes occurred failed to detect any suspects or other immediate threats to local residents.
An illegal marijuana cultivation site was located on the parcel and harvested cannabis product was found at the site; however, it is unknown at this time whether or not the attack is drug-related.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, which will provide additional information to investigators and help to affirm the causes and manners of death in this case. On behalf of the SCSO family, our thoughts and prayers are extended to the victims, their family members, and friends. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the SCSO 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

 

 

 

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Jackson County Sheriff Issues Final Update About Missing Woman Found Today

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Jackson County Sheriff Issues Final Update About Missing Woman Found Today

BUTTE FALLS, Ore. – Search officials are thankful and relieved after finding a missing 80-year-old woman with dementia.   Geraldine “Gerry” Hendricks survived three nights in the elements without apparent injury. Read more

Double Homicide In Dorris Area Being Investigated

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Sheriff’s Office Probes Double Homicide in Dorris Area   

At about 2:05am Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies and a sergeant responded to a call of a possible robbery involving a shooting in the Dorris area. 

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) originally received an emergency “9-1-1” call that reported two people were shot during a robbery in the area of “Big Stump” and Dorris-Brownell Road, a rural, isolated, mountainous area located approximately 3 miles northwest of the City of Dorris, commonly referred to as Pleasant Valley Highlands.  The CHP relayed the original emergency call to SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center. 

Fire Department and medical first responders arrived at the scene, a parcel of land that was actually found to be on Hilltop Road in vicinity of Buckhorn Flat Road. SCSO and medical first responders discovered one female adult deceased inside a structure on the property.  A second female adult located at the location was found alive but despite a heroic effort to save her, she succumbed to injuries sustained in what appears at this time to be a firearms-related attack. 

Detectives and a forensic technician from the SCSO’s Major Crime Unit (MCU) responded to the location and an extensive crime scene investigation at the location is still underway.  SCSO MCU detectives are interviewing two reported associates of the decedents but no suspect has been identified.  

There is no direct indicator to believe area residents are endangered but all citizens in the local Dorris area should keep their vehicles and homes locked and secured.  All citizens are urged to report any suspicious activity or persons to the SCSO. 

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “As previously mentioned, this case is still under investigation.  

Since a firearm was used during what appears to be a deliberate and callous attack against those occupying the property, we are urging anyone with information about this incident to contact the SCSO 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.  

There is a good chance someone heard something or saw something that could be useful to investigators working this case.  

On behalf of the SCSO and its members, our thoughts and prayers are extended to the victims, their family members, and friends. 

An autopsy will be conducted this week to help detectives confirm the causes and manners of death in this tragic case.” 

Weed Man Arrested For Murder

Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Man for Murder October 11, 2019

 

On Thursday October 10th, 2019, at about 10:15 a.m. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit (MCU) detectives arrested a Weed man for murder.

Deputies and detectives had been investigating a missing person report which led to the service of a search warrant at a residence in the Carrick Addition of Weed. A body presumed to be that of the missing man was recovered at the residence and evidence at the scene led to the arrest of 37 year old Robert Henry Tessmer Jr. of Weed.

Tessmer was transported to the Siskiyou County Jail and booked on murder charges.

An autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, and to confirm the identity of the decedent, is scheduled for today, October 11, 2019. The name of the decedent is being withheld until his identity is confirmed and the next of kin is notified.

This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900

 

Siskiyou County Sheriff Announces Locations For National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday October 26th

Note: Klamath Alerts will post Klamath Falls locations when they are released by local authorities.  This post is for our followers in Northern California. 
Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement 
Agency and Siskiyou Against Rx Addiction (SARA), is sponsoring Siskiyou’s Prescription 
Drug Take-Back Day of 2019.  This twice yearly, nationwide event addresses both public 
safety and public health issues surrounding the dangers of storing unused, unwanted  or 
expired medicines in the home.  

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Major Power Outage Expected In Northern California As Fire Precaution. 800,000 Could Be In Blackout

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PG&E Announced today that as many as 800,000 could be without power beginning at midnight tonight (Wednesday October 9th). This is in response to a weather conditions prompting a Red Flag Warning in northern California.

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Above: pink areas show areas in Red Flag warning in northern California. PG&E said it will begin turning power off as a fire safety precaution to as many as 800,000 people.

Shortly after the announcement the PG&E website has crashed due to overwhelming traffic.

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The power outages will roll out beginning around midnight tonight and power will be out until it’s deemed safe to turn it back on. Counties affected by the blackout will include as far north as Shasta County near Redding.

A list of California counties in the projected blackout is available here

Before the PG&E website crashed the outage restoration times stated “To Be Determined”. Some press agencies are currently saying the outage could last 5 days or more in Napa County

Press Release Issued By PG&E Power:

PG&E Will Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety to Nearly 800,000 Customers Across Northern and Central California

Portions of 34 Counties Will be Impacted by Widespread, Severe Wind Event Beginning Wednesday

New Counties Added Since Monday: Marin, Humboldt, Trinity and Kern

As a precautionary measure to reduce wildfire risk during the forecasted severe wind event, PG&E confirmed that it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in portions of 34 northern, central and coastal counties, affecting electric service for nearly 800,000 customers.

PG&E expects to begin turning off power in some areas early Wednesday, just after midnight. The power will be turned off to communities in stages, depending on local timing of the severe wind conditions, beginning with counties in the northern part of the state.

“The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has decided to turn power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event. We understand the effects this event will have on our customers and appreciate the public’s patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire,” said Michael Lewis, PG&E’s senior vice president of Electric Operations.

Customer notifications and impact

The company has been notifying potentially impacted customers and will continue to do so, via automated calls, texts and emails. However, customers not impacted by the PSPS may experience power outages due to PG&E equipment damaged during this major wind event; those customers will not be notified in advance.

It is very possible that customers may be affected by a power shutoff even though they are not experiencing extreme weather conditions in their specific location. This is because the electric system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.

Portions of Kern, Humboldt, Trinity and Marin counties have been added to the potential scope of this PSPS, in addition to the 30 counties identified Monday. Customers can find the full list of impacted counties, cities and communities at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.

Estimated time of restoration

Overall, based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday, with peak winds forecasted from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning and reaching 40 to 55 mph, with isolated gusts up to 60 to 70 mph.

Before restoring power, PG&E must inspect its equipment for damage and make any necessary repairs. That process cannot begin until the severe weather event has subsided.

Given the prolonged period during which the wind event will unfold, and the large number of power line miles that will need to be inspected before restoration, customers are being asked to prepare for an extended outage.

PG&E will work with state and local agencies to provide updated restoration timelines following the conclusion of the severe weather event.

Community Resource Centers

To support customers in the affected areas, PG&E will open Community Resource Centers in several locations beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 8 a.m. The centers will remain open during daylight hours only. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 will be available at these facilities.

Centers will be opened at the locations below:

County City Location
Butte Oroville Bird Street School, 1421 Bird St, Oroville 95965
Butte Magalia 14144 Lakeridge Court, Magalia 95954
El Dorado Placerville El Dorado Fairgrounds 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville 95667
Lake Clear Lake Clearlake Senior Center 3245 Bowers Avenue, Clearlake 95422
Napa Napa 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo 94589
Napa Calistoga Calistoga Fairgrounds – 1601 N. Oak Calistoga 94515
Santa Clara San Jose Avaya Stadium 1123 Coleman Avenue, San Jose 95110
Nevada Grass Valley Sierra College Grass Valley 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley 95945
Contra Costa San Ramon Bishop Ranch Parking Lot – 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon 94583
Calaveras Arnold Meadowmont Shopping Center – 2182 HWY 4, Arnold 95223
San Mateo Half Moon Bay Pasta Moon Restaurant, 845 Main St Half Moon Bay 94019
Placer Auburn Gold Country Fairgrounds 1273 High Street Auburn 95603
Shasta, Tehama Redding, Cottonwood, Red Bluff Shasta College, 11555 Old Oregon Trail Redding 96003
Solano Vacaville Mission Church 6391 Leisure Town Road, Vacaville 95687
Sonoma Santa Rosa, Sonoma Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa 95404
Alameda Oakland Merritt College LOT B – Leona St., Oakland 94508
Tuolumne Sonora Mother Lode Fairgrounds 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora 95370
Santa Cruz Aptos Twin Lakes Church 2701 Cabrillo College Dr, Aptos 95003
Amador Pioneer Mace Meadows Golf Course, 26570 Fairway Drive Pioneer 95666
Mendocino Ukiah 1775 N. State Street, Ukiah 95482
Yolo Winters Next to PG&E Gas Academy – Intersection of E. Grant Avenue & Timber Crest Road, Winters 95694
Colusa, Glenn Williams, Orland 839 Newville Road, Orland 95963
Mariposa Coulterville Coulterville Fire Dept – 10293 Ferry Road, Coulterville 95311
Sierra Sierra City Loganville Campground parking lot – HWY 49, Sierra City 96125
Stanislaus Westley Westley Hotel – 8615 CA-33, Westley 95387
Plumas La Porte 2140 Main St. La Porte 95981
El Dorado El Dorado Hills Rolling Hills Christian Church 800 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills 95762
Yuba Oregon House 9185 Marysville Road, Oregon House 95962

 

How customers can prepare

As part of PSPS preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:

  • Update their contact information at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743- 6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts, and emails, when possible, prior to, and during, a PSPS.
  • Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency
  • Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Keep in mind elderly family members, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at www.pge.com/psps.
  • Continue to monitor PG&E’s new weather forecasting web page at www.pge.com/weather, which is a dedicated page with weather forecasting information and a daily 7-day PSPS lookahead.

Generator safety

  • Backup electric generators can be a part of any preparedness plan, but they can also pose unique safety hazards.
  • It’s important to understand how to safely operate your generator before an emergency occurs. This means doing regular safety checks and being sure you have enough fuel to last a few days. If you don’t understand how to use your generator, you risk damaging your property, endangering your life and endangering the lives of others.
  • Position your generator where its exhaust can vent safely to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal. Never run a portable generator in the garage or in the rain, and never store generator fuel in the house.
  • Additional tips on the safe use of generators can be found at PG&E’s Safety Action Center at safetyactioncenter.pge.com.

 

 

 

LARGE TAKEDOWN TARGETS DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION OPERATING IN OREGON

PORTLAND, Ore.—A coordinated, multi-agency law enforcement operation was conducted today to dismantle a vast international drug trafficking organization that conspired to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine manufactured in Mexico throughout the Portland Metropolitan Area, announced Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Federal search warrants were executed at 13 locations throughout the Portland area. Investigators seized 22 pounds of methamphetamine, four ounces of heroin, 11 ounces of cocaine and seven firearms and arrested 20 defendants. These defendants join 10 others who are already in custody on related state charges.

A 60-count indictment unsealed today, charges 41 people for their roles in the drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy.

“While communities across our state and country are reeling from the opioid and addiction crisis, there are criminal organizations whose sole purpose is to profit off addiction. At its peak, this network was bringing more than 130 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin into the Portland area every week—nearly 600,000 individual user doses,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “This country and communities in Oregon are drowning in deadly substance abuse.  Vulnerable people addicted to drugs of all kinds are the targets of greedy criminals pushing their deadly poison. We will continue to work with our federal, state, local and tribal partners to disrupt these criminal organizations.”

“We are very proud of the hard work and commitment by our detectives, as well as the cooperation from our law enforcement partners. The ability to collaborate with other departments was instrumental in the resolution of this case,” said Robin Sells, Chief of Police of the Gresham Police Department. “As a result of the hard work between these agencies, arrests were made and literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in narcotics are off the streets.”

“I am extremely proud of all of the law enforcement officers involved in this operation,” said Brad Bench, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Seattle. “Their dedication to law enforcement, and the strength of our partnerships, has resulted in the disruption of a complex drug organization, the removal of large quantities of narcotics from our community and may have saved countless lives.”

The indictment alleges that beginning in November 2018, two men, Samuel Diaz and Faustino Monroy, organized, led, and ran an organization responsible for trafficking hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and heroin, with an estimated wholesale value of $15 million, into the Portland area for resale.

Diaz and Monroy, who both remain at large in Mexico, worked closely with two Portland-based associates: Edgar Omar Quiroz Rodriguez and Gerson Fernando Martinez-Cruz. Quiroz and Martinez-Cruz ran a Portland distribution cell which, at its peak, was responsible for distributing as much as 77 pounds of methamphetamine and 55 pounds of heroin every week in and around Portland.

The organization’s numerous sources of supply would import large quantities of illegal drugs that were taken to stash houses throughout the metro area where they were processed and prepared for sale. A large network of local drug dealers would the distribute user quantities of each drug. The organization would routinely change stash locations, rotate vehicles and phones, and pay individual couriers to take time off to avoid detection by law enforcement.

Members of the organization obtained rifles and handguns in the U.S. and attempted to transport them to associates in Mexico to strengthen and protect the organization and its activities. Prior to today’s takedown, investigators had seized 44 firearms including assault rifles, shotguns and handguns.

Additionally, the organization used a Southeast Portland mini market called Tienda Mexicana Gonzalez Inc., also known as the Gonzalez Bros. Market, to launder their proceeds via international electronic money wires. These wires were deliberately structured using low-denomination transfers to avoid triggering a suspicious activity report as required by U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

In total, the organization’s drug trafficking and money laundering efforts netted more than $1 million in less than one year.

This case was investigated by the Gresham Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the FBI. The Drug Enforcement Administration, Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, and Multnomah, Clackamas, and Clark County Sheriff’s Offices participated in the takedown.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case was brought as part of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, the centerpiece of the department’s strategy for reducing the availability of drugs in the U.S. OCDETF was established in 1982 to mount a comprehensive attack on drug trafficking by disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Today, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in coordination with state and local law enforcement.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Seeks Help In Solving Homicide Case. Reward Offered

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Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public Support to Solve Murder Case

Up To $50,000.00 Reward Offered

​Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) detectives continue to probe the homicide involving a man found deceased in the Klamath River area of Siskiyou County. A “Secret Witness” reward, coupled with a donation, has been combined in the case, which means up to $50,000.00 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of the victim in this case.

The body was found in a ravine on April 8, 2019 in vicinity of Yreka Walker Road in the Klamath River area. On Monday, April 8, 2019 at about 9:06 a.m., a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputy responded to the location after receiving a report of a possible dead body. Klamath River is a small, rural community located about 27.6 miles northwest of Yreka astride SR 96, near the Klamath River. The responding SCSO deputy arrived at the scene and confirmed the body was that of a deceased male adult. SCSO’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) was summoned and responded to the scene. An extensive crime scene investigation was conducted by detectives and MCU’s forensic technician. The victim was identified as a local man, Mr. Spencer Richard Hodgson, 31, most recently a residence in the Klamath River area. He previously had ties in the Santa Cruz, California area.

An autopsy was conducted on April 10 and the forensic pathologist and detectives confirmed the cause of death as gunshot wounds and the manner of death as homicide.

SCSO investigators were able to recover the victim’s missing pick-up truck, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Northern Division Air Operations Unit. A CHP-piloted aircraft with the MCU’s detective sergeant as a passenger-observer, found the missing pick-up after an aerial search was conducted in the area. A dog owned by the victim was also found alive and well and was given to family members. The pick-up vehicle is considered a source of potential evidence for investigators and its recovery has led to additional leads. Detectives have interviewed a number of associates of the victim and family members. Search warrants were obtained and the investigation is gaining momentum; however, the reward has been offered to motivate anyone out there with information about the case to contact SCSO investigators. Virtually any information could be important to the case. Forensic analysis of evidence found at the scene and in the pick-up owned by Mr. Hodgson is underway and may yield additional information critical in the case.

​According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This case has been under intense investigation and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact a SCSO detective at (530) 842-8318 and refer to SCSO Case Number 1-19-0547.”

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