Glenn County Sheriff’s Log

Here are some recent incident reports from the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office. But first, an announcement from the publisher/editor/reporter:

I am simply unable to stay caught up on the sheriff’s logs. There are far too many of them, and each one takes far more work to make it suitable for publication than does a typical log item from either the Orland Police Department or the Glenn County Jail.

So, after the sheriff’s logs below, I intend to only publish items I consider to be of major significance – assaults, robberies, burglaries, etc. Many items giving details of felony arrests will be included, but lesser misdemeanors like public intoxication or trespassing will be omitted. However, such misdemeanor arrests will still be included in the jail bookings. Log items dealing with found property will also be left out, unless the found property is something unusual, such as a firearm found in a yard.

I am sorry if some of my readers are disappointed, but there is only so much one person can do.

Tuesday, June 22:

7:10 a.m., deputies responded to the area of Pacific Avenue and French Street, in Willows for the anonymous report of a woman yelling and throwing her shoes at passing vehicles. Upon arrival, deputies found Angel Bush in the roadway. Bush displayed objective signs and symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bush allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol and inhaling narcotics earlier in the morning. It was determined Bush was unable to care for herself and placed under arrest for public intoxication. Bush was transported to the Glenn County Jail, where she submitted to a preliminary alcohol screen, which showed her blood alcohol concentration to be 0.064 percent. Bush was booked into jail, to be released when sober.

9:26 a.m., Julia Lovejoy contacted the sheriff’s office, reporting her sister, Rosemary Schmidt, 59, deceased at 6072 County Road 8, Orland. Deputies responded and Schmidt was declared deceased. Deputy Tuma initiated a coroner’s investigation. The decedent’s next of kin and older brother, Kenneth Schmidt Stevens, was present and aware of the decedent’s passing. Sweet-Olsen Family Mortuary of Orland was contacted and the decedent was released to their care.

10:38 a.m., Debra Sligar contacted Glenn County Communications to report a cold vandalism on her property at 6470 County Road 20, Orland. Deputy Garcia responded and contacted Sligar at the property. Sligar reported an unknown suspect vandalized her padlock and her neighbor’s padlock, which locked the gates to the irrigation canal. Deputy Garcia contacted Sligar’s neighbor, Luz Sanchez, about the reported incident. Subsequently, both parties requested the incident documented and reported each padlock cost about $10 each.

12:23 p.m., Deputy Sheldon was dispatched to investigate an inmate in the Glenn County Jail assaulting several staff members. After an investigation, it was learned inmate Anthony Francis assaulted three correctional deputies, Sonia Melgarejo, Robert White, and Jordan Peterson. A report was forwarded to the Glenn County District Attorney’s Office.

1:56 p.m., Aaron Amezcua contacted the sheriff’s office to report finding a possible human bone. Deputy Tuma was dispatched. The bone was ultimately determined to be a pig bone. The bone was collected and discarded.

1:58 p.m., Martin Lopez of Willows called and requested to speak with a deputy regarding harassment. Deputy Lemmon was dispatched and contacted Lopez. With the assistance of translation, Lopez said he was talking to someone on Facebook. At the completion of the conversation, the unknown person told Lopez they recorded the conversation and would send the video to his friends if he was not paid. Lopez said he did not know the person nor was he able to provide any information to deputies. Lopez was advised not to send any money to this unknown person. Lopez was told of how to prevent future harassment.

6:16 p.m., Laura Velliquette of Orland contacted the sheriff’s office, reporting harassing phone calls and violation of a restraining order. Deputy Tuma was dispatched and contacted Velliquette by phone, per her request. Velliquette reported receiving constant phone calls from Colorado and believed her ex, whom she has a restraining order against, was responsible. Deputy Tuma initiated an investigation.

8:28 p.m., Orland police officers and Glenn County Sheriff’s deputies checked the area around the Orland Branch of the Glenn County Courthouse, 821 East South Street, for gunshots being heard. The officers contacted several people in the area but only found one who heard gunshots about 30 minutes earlier.

Wednesday, June 23:

6:45 a.m., while driving his vehicle south on Highway 99 at County Road 28 in Orland, Detective Johnsen was passed by a vehicle that was traveling about 80 miles per hour and passing over double yellow lines. Detective Johnsen stopped the vehicle and contacted Gustavo Valdivia, who did not have a valid driver’s license. Valdivia was issued a citation for several vehicle code violations and his vehicle was impounded.

8:30 a.m., Kara Nichols of Orland called and reported a suspicious man walking on the road and in people’s driveways near Fifth and Cutting Avenues in the Capay area. Deputies were dispatched and contacted the man, Nicolas Morgan of Reno, Nev., who said he was stranded and needed assistance with getting to the state of Oregon. Deputies provided Morgan with transportation to the Corning area.

8:57 a.m., Butte Home and Hospice called and reported the expected passing of James Morehouse, 66, at his home near Orland. Morehouse suffered from pre-existing medical conditions and entered hospice care on April 20. Next of kin Ruth Morehouse was present at the time of death. The decedent was released to care of Neptune Society of Northern California.

8:59 a.m., while processing Joshua Hanson for booking in the Glenn County Jail, Correctional Deputy Reynolds located a counterfeit $20 bill. Deputy Sheldon ultimately collected the counterfeit bill and booked it into the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office to be sent to the U.S. Secret Service. See narrative for further information.

11:41 a.m., a social worker requested a welfare check on Michael Rustenhoven at his residence in Willows. Deputies responded and contacted Rustenhoven at his residence. Rustenhoven appeared in good health and spirits and declined any law enforcement assistance.

11:48 a.m., Rene Breeding of Orland called and report the death of her neighbor, James Lema. Deputies responded to the residence and confirmed the death. Deputies initiated a coroner’s investigation. The decedent’s stepdaughter and next of kin was notified of the death.

11:54 a.m., Keith Hayes of Willows contacted the sheriff’s office reporting a workplace incident at Bigfoot Recycling, 123 South Butte Street, Willows. Deputy Tuma was dispatched. Hayes said his foot was run over by the back tire of a vehicle as he reached into the bed of the vehicle to remove bags of aluminum cans. Deputy Tuma contacted the other involved party and driver, Salvador Lopez of Willows. Lopez said he moved the vehicle forward and didn’t realize Hayes was there. Hayes said he was declining medical attention and did not think the foot was broken.

12:21 p.m., Colby Garcia of Glenn contacted the sheriff’s office, requesting a citation sign-off. Deputy Tuma contacted Garcia in the front lobby. Deputy Tuma confirmed the violation was corrected and the citation was signed off.

3:15 p.m., while on routine patrol, Deputy Garcia observed Amber Novack seated on the front passenger seat of a white sedan, which was pulling into the driveway of 557 Fifth Street, Willows. Deputy Garcia had prior knowledge that Novack had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. A records check confirmed Novack had an outstanding felony warrant out of Glenn County. Deputy Garcia contacted Novack in the driveway and arrested her for the outstanding warrant. Deputy Garcia transported Novack to the Glenn County Jail, where she was booked. Novack’s bail amount was set at $50,000.

3:43 p.m., Patricia Mayers contacted the sheriff’s office, reporting a possible abandoned vehicle parked in front of her residence at 649 North Butte Street, Willows. Communications reported the vehicle was registered to Peggy May at 664 North Butte Street and was registered non-op. Deputies attempted to contact Peggy May at her residence. Deputies spoke with Dwayne May, who said Peggy May was not at home. Dwayne May was told of the complaint and that the vehicle could not be parked on the public street. Dwayne said he would move the vehicle.

6:58 p.m., Deputy Ramirez responded to the Irvine Finch River Access in Hamilton City for a report of a vehicle burglary. Deputy Ramirez arrived and contacted Esteven Navarro of Oroville, who said the driver side window of his 2017 Ford Fusion had been shattered and broken into. Navarro said the only thing missing was about $20 in spare change. Deputy Ramirez discovered damage to both the front passenger and driver windows. Navarro was unable to provide any possible suspects. Navarro estimated the total cost to repair the damage to the vehicle was $500.

11:46 p.m., Walmart employee Brian Morales reported finding suspected heroin in the parking lot to the business. Deputy Ayres contacted Morales. The suspected heroin inside of a plastic bag was turned over to the deputy. Deputy Ayres later processed and booked the found contraband into Glenn County Sheriff’s Evidence for destruction. It had a gross field weight of 14.2 grams (0.5 ounce).

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