Law and Disorder

Here are the reports from the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, the Orland Police Department, the Willows Area Office of the California Highway Patrol, and various fire departments in Glenn County. Remember: Those accused of committing crimes are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Thursday, March 4:

2:04 a.m., Orland police officers were dispatched to a report of someone breaking into the garage of the residence at 626 Second Street. Officers checked and found the garage and residence secure. Officers contacted neighborhood residents but were unable to locate the reporting party. Officers also checked Miller Glass and found no signs of forced entry into the business.

3:54 a.m., deputies responded to the Burger King at 455 North Humboldt Avenue in Willows for an alarm. They found all the doors and windows to be secured.

7:35 a.m., Deputy Thompson was dispatched to a report of the theft of a catalytic converter at the Cedar Hills Apartments, 600 North Humboldt Avenue, Willows. Chanluang Saeturn reported someone had unbolted the catalytic converter from his white 2017 Nissan company work van over the night. Saeturn said he had parked the vehicle the day prior at about 5 p.m., and noticed the part was missing when he started the Nissan and heard the difference in noise. The bolts for the part were left on the ground and the part was missing. Saeturn did not know who had taken the part and did not know the cost to replace it. He was provided a case number and advised to contact the sheriff’s office after he obtained an estimate to replace the part.

7:59 a.m., the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office SAFE team conducted sex offender compliance checks within Glenn County. Deputies contacted multiple sex offenders and confirmed they were in compliance with their requirements.

8:55 a.m., Stacey Taylor, 41, of Orland, reported her 17-year-old son left the night before and had not returned. Officers began an investigation and a missing person report was taken. See 4:38 p.m., incident, below.

10:17 a.m., Deputy Thompson was dispatched to a report of the theft of tools from the bed of a truck at 602 Glennwood Lane, Willows. The deputy contacted Daniel Mendes at his residence. He said the theft occurred sometime during the night of Feb. 21. He said someone took a plastic Stanley tool box out of the bed of his 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. He said he had several Craftsman end wrenches, a of set Powercraft 1/2 drive sockets, a Powercraft 1/2 drive driver, assorted screwdrivers and a pair of vise-grips. He said he had inscribed his drivers license number into the end wrenches. He was reporting the incident due to hearing about an arrest made in relation to thefts in the area. (This may refer to the incident reported in the Glenn County Observer on Feb. 27: “GCSO deputies arrest Willows man for serial burglaries”.) The deputy did not locate any recovered items matching the description provided by Mendes. Mendes estimated the total cost of the items to be about $200.

10:45 a.m., Orland police officers responded to an alarm activation at the Maple Garden Restaurant, 729 Fourth Street. Officers contacted the owner of the business, who reported the alarm malfunctioned.

11:25 a.m., the Orland Volunteer Fire Department received a medical call for a fall victim at 6061 County Road 20.

11:28 a.m., Deputy Thompson responded to the expected death of Sandra Burnett, 76, of Willows. The deputy contacted LVN George Auiru with the Willows Care Center, who reported the incident. The decedent was on comfort care and was residing at the Willows Care Center, room #2B, at the time of her death. The decedent entered comfort care on Jan. 21, 2021, for pre-existing medical conditions. Next of kin, Dack Burnett (son), was notified by staff and was at the scene when this incident was reported. The decedent was later released to the care of F.D. Sweet and Son Mortuary.

12:24 p.m., Hilda Cabral contacted the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office to report someone who stated they worked for US Tech Support had hacked into their computer system. Deputy Chavez responded and contacted Cabral. The deputy initiated an investigation and determined items were deleted from Cabral’s computer.

2:15 p.m., Orland police officers were dispatched to a report of a green bag near the ATM at 301 Walker Street. Officers found a small green Crown Royal bag that was empty. The item was taken for disposal.

2:18 p.m., deputies contacted Damien Alvarez and Alex Miranda exiting a white GMC Yukon on Yolo Street west of East Street in Orland. (See the Glenn County Observer’s March 5 post, “Orland men arrested on gun, drug charges”.)

2:20 p.m., the Orland Fire Department received a call for a six-year-old girl who had her finger stuck in a hoverboard at 430 Yolo Street. Three minutes later, the call was cancelled.

3:57 p.m., while on routine patrol, Deputy Chavez observed a vehicle on the roadway without a license plate. The deputy requested a record check of the vehicle and discovered the vehicle had not been registered since 2003. Deputy Chavez completed a CHP 180 form and had the vehicle towed.

4:32 p.m., Anna Ruvalcaba, of 433 North Butte Street, Willows, contacted the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office to report her neighbor was spying and harassing her. Deputy Chavez contacted Ruvalcaba, who alleged her neighbor, Hugo Rodriguez, made her feel uncomfortable that morning. Ruvalcaba said Rodriguez was outside of his residence, looking towards her residence when she heard him make a remark regarding her appearance. Deputy Chavez advised Ruvalcaba he would contact Rodriguez to counsel him on his behavior. Rodriguez was not at his residence at the time of the complaint but will be counseled at a later date, according to the sheriff’s log item.

4:38 p.m., Micaiah Snow contacted the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office to report the theft of a bicycle that was taken the night before. Deputy Chavez responded and attempted to contacted Snow by telephone, as requested. Deputy Chavez left a voicemail message but did not receive a return call. See the 8:55 a.m. log item, above, and the 7:14 p.m.item below.

4:53 p.m., the Artois Fire Department responded to a medical aid call at 357 Front Street for a person with chest pain.

5:25 p.m., Orland police officers responded to a report of a disturbance at 228 East Yolo Street. Officers contacted Susan White, 59, who reported her daughter, Amanda Gomes, 32, had caused a disturbance but left prior to the officers’ arrival. White said she did not require further assistance.

5:55 p.m., Deputy Ayres was waived down by Michele Urrutia in Hamilton City. Deputy Ayres told Glenn County Communications Urrutia alleged she was assaulted by Martin Chavera. Deputy Chavez responded and initiated an investigation and determined Urrutia had not been assaulted. Urrutia reportedly showed obvious signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. She was ultimately placed under arrest and transported to the Glenn County Jail and booked by jail staff.

7:14 p.m., Deputy Goodwin and officers with the Orland Police Department responded to a residence at 338 Stanton Way, Orland, for a report of a child causing a disturbance. After an investigation, it was discovered the boy had stolen a bicycle from Micaiah Snow. Snow requested to pursue criminal charges against the boy for theft. The bicycle was a Norco Section, valued at $2,000. Deputy Goodwin was able to recover the bicycle and return it to Snow. The boy was ultimately cited and released to his mother. According to the sheriff’s office, a report to be forwarded to the probation department.

9:36 p.m., deputies responded to 1201 West Wood Street regarding Ruth Word, who was reportedly standing in the middle of the apartment complex, yelling at people as they walked by. Deputies arrived on scene and met with Word, who was told of the complaint and she agreed to move along. Deputies stood by until Word gathered her belongings and left the property.

11 p.m., Orland police officers and paramedics responded to a medical aid call for an accidental overdose in the 500 block of East Street. Officers and medics evaluated a 71 year old man, who was then transported by ambulance to the hospital and placed on a mental health detention.

11:04 p.m., an anonymous person called the sheriff’s office and reported two men attempting to break into a green passenger vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. Deputies responded and located the two men, who were inside the green Honda Accord. Deputies contacted Collin Outland and Brian Dreesmann. Outland said he locked his keys in his car and was attempting to unlock his door. Deputies verified Outland’s statement and they were released.

Orland men arrested on gun, drug charges

Glenn County Observer

Orland ¬ Two Orland men were arrested Thursday afternoon, March 4, on a variety of charges, including gun and drug violations.

Alex Parra Miranda, 27

Damien Cruz Alvarez, 20. Alvarez’s facial tattoos indicate he is affiliated with the Surenos. Both the “BOT” (“Big Orland Treces”} over his right eye and the crown with three dots under his left eye are gang tattoos.

At about 2:18 p.m., Glenn County Sheriff’s deputies contacted Damien Cruz Alvarez, 20, and Alex Parra Miranda, 27, both of Orland, as they were exiting a white GMC Yukon on Yolo Street, west of East Street, in Orland.

Alvarez was seen driving the GMC and Miranda was observed in the front passenger seat.Miranda was reportedly found to be on parole out of Colusa County and Alvarez was allegedly found to not have a valid California driver’s license.

The Orland Police Department’s K-9, Dutch, searched the vehicle and had a positive alert on it. A search of the Yukon by the deputies was conducted and a gray Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver was reportedly found in the vehicle.Miranda and Alvarez were both subsequently placed under arrest. Alvarez was reportedly found to be in possession of cocaine and a small baggie containing prescription medications.

The pair was transported and to the Glenn County Jail.

Alvarez, of 1441 Pine Street, Orland, was booked into the jail on charges alleging possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm (a felony), possession of a narcotic controlled substance (a misdemeanor), possession of controlled substances without a prescription (a misdemeanor), carrying a loaded firearm in public (a felony), possession of a firearm by a felon (a felony), driving without a license (an infraction), possession of a stolen firearm by a felon (a felony), possession of stolen property (a felony), and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person (a felony). His bail was set at $110,000.

Miranda, of 6379 County Road 16, space #42, was booked into the jail on charges alleging carrying a loaded firearm in public, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm by a felon, possession of stolen property, and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person (all felonies). Bail on the preceding charges was set at $90,000, but he was also held without bail for alleged violation of parole (a felony).

In July of 2020, Miranda was convicted in Glenn County Superior Court of possession of a firearm by a felon (a felony), possession of a short-barreled shotgun (a felony), and three misdemeanors for which he was found in violation of probation.

He was sentenced to two years in state prison and probation was terminated.