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IN THE NEWS
July 28, 2015
Inter Mountain Fair Queen Taryn and
Just When You Thought You Were Safe
2015 Inter Mountain Fair Queen Taryn Gagnon and her court were
crowned Saturday evening at the fairgrounds. Left to right:
Baylee Berlt, first princess; Queen Taryn Gagnon; Alesha
Johnson, 2nd princess and Miss Congeniality. The trio will reign
over the fair Labor Day weekend, appearing at most of the
M O N T G O M E RY CREEK — On Wednesday, July 22, at
approximately 1:59 p.m., Jose Rodriguez, 27, contacted the
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office reporting he had been shot at in
the area of Windy Point Road, in Montgomery Creek.
When deputies arrived, they determined no shots were fired
during the altercation.
Rodriguez identified Raymond Lawrence, 57, Franklin Christie,
57, and Drew Oliver, 27, as coming to his residence on Windy
Point Road and attempting to obtain a “road tax” from him for
using Windy Point Road.
Rodriguez refused to pay, at which time he was assaulted by
Rodriguez stated during the incident all three suspects
brandished firearms threatening to shoot him or his friends if
he failed to pay. Rodriguez was able to flee the area and
contact the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies, with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol
fixed wing plane, located the suspect vehicle which was driving
in the area of Windy Point Road. Both Lawrence and Oliver were
detained without incident. Oliver was found to be in possession
of ammunition, but denied involvement.
Lawrence believed he was having a medical issue and was
transported by ambulance to a hospital.
checking Lawrence’s residence, a pistol was located along with
an illegal outdoor marijuana garden. Both Lawrence and Oliver
were booked into the Shasta County Jail for attempted extortion,
attempted robbery, assault with a firearm, conspiracy, and
Christie was not located during the incident.
On Thursday, at approximately 12:48 p.m., the Shasta County
Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team, along with
deputies from the Burney Station, served a Shasta County Search
Warrant on the property belonging to Raymond Lawrence.
Evidence of a butane honey oil (BHO) lab was located.
Additionally, methamphetamine was found, 79 marijuana plants
were eradicated, and 21 firearms were seized.
Four of the firearms were found to be stolen from a 2013
residential burglary that occurred in Shasta County.
The case is still under investigation and more information may
be released at a later time.
Eiler, Day and Bald Fire Anniversary
Intermountain Area went up in flames between July 30 and
July 31, of last year after a major electrical storm.
The Day Fire which burned into the edge of the town of Day
and across Big Valley Mountain to the edge of the Lookout
Ranchettes was the first, starting after 5 p.m. July 30. It
was followed shortly by the Bald Fire approximately eight
miles southeast of Fall River Mills at 8:15 p.m.
The Eiler Fire which started in Thousand Lakes Wilderness,
possibly from a camp fire burned through a portion of the
community of Hat Creek, destroying several homes and
damaging others. It burned to the edge of Cassel and Burney.
The Day Fire was 100% contained August 16 at 13,153 acres.
The Bald Fire was 95% contained by August 17 at 32,416
The Eiler Fire was 95% contained by August 17 at 32,416
Guide Rescues Swimmer
BAUM LAKE — There’s more details to a story we ran last week
about local Kayak guide Donna Sylvester rescuing a swimmer’s
life on July 16.
The swimmer was Brad Windle, 60, from Virginia who was
visiting relatives. While he and family members were at the
lake, the others were hiking around it and he decided to
swim. The extremely cold water and grass made the water
rescue necessary and, after seeing the Mountain Echo story
was able to identify the rescuer and send a heartfelt thanks
Sheriff's Burney Station to Reopen
It has been a long time coming but Shasta County Sheriff Tom
Bosenko has received the necessary funding and staffing to
reopen the Sheriff’s Burney Substation.
The substation will be reopened this coming Monday morning
with a Ribbon Cutting at 10 a.m.
Shasta County Supervisor Pam Giacomini will also be there to
mark the occasion. (
See Sheriff’s Corner, on our Around Town Page for more
Retired Officer Helps Deputy During Attach
BELLA VISTA — A deputy from the Shasta County Sheriff’s
Office contacted a male subject on the shoulder of Highway
299E near Old Oregon Trail at approximately 1:46 p.m. July
23. The male subject, later identified as Kyle Joseph
Johnson, 19, was hitchhiking to the Big Bend area.
Deputy Scoma placed Johnson in the backseat of his patrol
vehicle while he searched Johnson’s bags and belongings. He
located ammunition and a loaded .38 caliber revolver in one
of the bags. Scoma went back to his patrol vehicle and
attempted to place Johnson in hand restraints.
Johnson attempted to exit the patrol vehicle and a struggle
ensued. Johnson struck Deputy Scoma several times about the
face and body during the struggle. Scoma was able to take
Johnson to the ground where he continued to violently resist
arrest. Johnson attempted to remove Deputy Scoma’s firearm
during the physical altercation and told Scoma to shoot him
Two citizens, one, a retired police officer from Oakland,
witnessed the altercation and assisted Deputy Scoma. One of
the citizens used the radio in the patrol car and called for
additional units. With the help of these citizens, Deputy
Scoma was able to place Johnson in hand restraints until
additional units arrived on scene.
Johnson is currently on probation out of Georgia and was
released from custody in Georgia in February of 2014.
Johnson has several felony convictions for assault on a
peace officer, weapons charges, and narcotics violations.
Johnson was later booked into the Shasta County Jail for
being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, being a Felon in
Possession of Ammunition, Battery on a Peace Officer,
Attempt to Disarm a Peace Officer, and Armed with the Intent
to Commit a Felony.
All Area Fires Contained
The two wildfires burning in the eastern portion of the
Intermountain Area were contained by firefighters over the
The fire in Dixie Valley, dubbed the 3-12 fire started July
23. It burned 77 acres and was listed as 100% contained at
10 p.m. July 24.
The fire on Splawn Mountain also started July 23. It burned
116 acres and was declared 100% contained at 10:10 a.m. July