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August 22, 2013
Redding woman accused of falsifying drivers' drug test results

A federal grand jury in Sacramento has returned a 25-count indictment, accusing a Redding woman of falsifying commercial drivers' drug test results.

Demetri Dearth, 56, is charged with mail fraud and false statements to a government agency, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to the indictment, Dearth was the owner and operator of Advanced Substance Abuse Programs based in Redding. Dearth purported to assist employers of commercial drivers in complying with federal Department of Transportation regulations requiring pre-employment and random drug test of commercial drivers.

September 4, 2012
Redding man pleads guilty in investment fraud case

A Redding man has entered a guilty plea in an investment fraud case.

Robert E. Rosenau today pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to one count of mail fraud.

According to court documents, Rosenau was employed by and had management control of Rosenau Investments Inc., a hard money lender specializing in short-term loans for real estate rehabilitation. Rosenau Investments obtained the money for loans from individual investors whose loans were associated with specific properties.The firm told its investors that it did not loan money on properties with a loan to value ratio of more than 70 percent and that it maintained a lien on the properties in a primary position, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

August 11, 2012
Police search for missing Redding man

missing.jpgBy Ravali Reddy

Redding police officers are asking for the public's help in locating Rob Zane Hansen, 56, of Redding, who has been missing since Thursday night.

Hansen was last seen leaving a family member's house at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday. Relatives went to check in on him Friday afternoon at his residence, but did not find Hansen. His car and personal property have all been accounted for.

Authorities were alerted Friday at 6:47 p.m. and have been unable to locate Hansen, despite having contacted local hospitals as well as family and friends.

Hansen has no known mental health issues and is not a known drug user. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200.

PHOTO CAPTION: Rob Zane Hansen

August 2, 2012
Shops quit selling stimulant after visit by Redding police

Store owners have voluntarily taken a stimulant named "Spice" off their shelves after visits from Redding police.

Patrol officers have recently noticed people on Redding streets who are under the influence of "Spice." Symptoms include hallucination, vomiting, confusion and loss of consciousness.

To stem the use of the stimulant, officers went to 11 shops in Redding that specialize in smoking paraphernalia on July 11. They told shopkeepers that it is against the law to sell the synthetic stimulant known on the street as "Spice" or "K-2."

July 26, 2012
Human remains found near homeless camp along Sacramento River

Human bones have been found near a homeless encampment in Redding.

A community clean-up crew being supervised by Redding police found the remains on Wednesday while the workers were clearing away a camp near the Sacramento River. The camp was on the east side of the river near the Cypress Street Bridge, according to a police press release.

Evidence at the scene was processed by police investigators, the Shasta County Coroner's Office and the Human Identification lab from California State University, Chico.

Police said there is no further information related to identification or cause of death. Additional details will be released after the skeletal remains are analyzed, police said.

July 20, 2012
Marines, female acquaintance suspected in robbing, beating pregnant Redding woman

Two U.S. Marines and their suspected woman accomplice are believed to have worked together to rob a pregnant woman who was walking on a trail in Redding.

Redding police have obtained arrest warrants for the two Marines suspected of committing robbery and assault on June 20. The woman believed to be involved has been arrested.

Lance Swann, 20, of Laguna Niguel, and Jeffrey Thomas Walton, 20, of Ventura, both Marines, have been detained at Camp Pendleton by Naval Criminal Investigative Services, a Redding police news release states.

June 15, 2012
Redding police arrest suspect in shooting; seeking another

Redding police have arrested one suspect are asking for help in locating another in a shooting Thursday afternoon.

According to a press release from the Redding Police Department department, witnesses saw two men chasing Ryan James Hunt, 18, through South City Park in Redding around 3:20 yesterday. The men tripped Hunt and began to kick him, then one of the men pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot Hunt in the mouth, the department said.

Police have apprehended Redding resident Tristan Daniel Almond, 22, who they believe was the shooter, said Redding Police Cpl. Chris Jacoby. They are still seeking the other assailant, described as a white or Latino man in his 20s, 6-foot-1, having a thin build and brown hair cut short on the sides and longer on the top.

A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the capture of the suspect. Anyone with information should call Shasta County Victim Witness (530) 225-5220 or the Redding Police Department's Investigations Division at (530) 225-4214.

PHOTO CAPTION: Tristan Daniel Almond, 22

June 8, 2012
Stabbing kills Redding woman, wounds husband; nephew is held

A man is accused of killing his 66-year-old aunt in Redding this morning.

A Redding Police Department news release states that Cody William Nash, 30, confessed in an interrogation to murdering Candice Watson and attempting to murder Lynn "Robert" Watson, 68.

Officers responding to the 4100 block of Boston Avenue at about 5:30 a.m. found Robert Watson in front of his neighbor's house with lacerations on his upper body. Watson, the former superintendent of Redding's Grant Elementary School District, was transported to Mercy Medical Center and remains in critical condition there.

June 7, 2012
Redding mom says son tried to set her on fire

Redding police said a son became so upset with his mother that he tried to set her on fire.

Nita Jimenez, 50, of Redding was looking for misplaced shoes in her home Wednesday night. She entered the room of her son, Kendal Gill, 20, to find them.

That angered Gill, according to police. He allegedly choked and beat his mother, police said.

May 26, 2012
Redding medical marijuana shop held up

A man armed with a handgun held up Planet Herb on Hilltop Drive in Redding Friday, escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash, police reported.

Police responded to a robbery alarm at the shop shortly after 3 p.m. Friday.

The suspect in the robbery entered the business and demanded money, escaping in a small orange or red passenger car.

He was described as an African American male, about 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and medium build.

May 26, 2012
Redding storage unit burglary spree leads to 28 arrests

Redding police arrested 28 people in May as a result of investigation into three storage unit burgaries in Redding and Shasta Lake, police announced Friday.

The burglaries netted a large amount of property, including 28 firearms, many of which have not been recovered.

Police arrested Edward Harsh, 37, of Redding May 2 in connection with the April 9 theft of a gun safe with 27 weapons.

May 4, 2012
UnBeelievable store burglary in Redding

Redding police said a man allegedly looking for a steal at a store called UnBEElievable Deals fell from the ceiling and was captured.

Officers were called to the discount store on Locust Street about 5:30 a.m. today where a burglary alarm was ringing. When officers arrived they spotted someone enter the rear of the business and close the door behind him.

Officers examined the door and noticed it had been forced open. They surrounded the area and called in a police dog named Able.

At 6 a.m. officers started to go inside, announcing their presence. Soon after, a man fell through the ceiling, hit the floor and began running toward the front door.

Able the police dog was then used to take him into custody. After treatment at the hospital, police booked Captain Cappy Ricks, 35, a homeless Redding man, on suspicion of burglary, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine and committing a felony while out on bail.

April 7, 2012
Stabbing victim in Redding defends himself with skateboard

By Carlos Alcalá

Redding police arrested a 30-year-old man from Hat Creek in connection with a stabbing during an altercation at a party just after midnight today.

Police arrived at the intersection of 10th and West streets around 12:30 a.m. and found the stabbing victim, Steven Brian Davis, 28, chasing Joshua Lee Davis, 30, of Hat Creek,.

The two men are not related, police said

An investigation indicated that Joshua Davis and another man attempted to assault people at a party in the 1900 block of 10th Street.

February 12, 2012
Suspect in assault on Redding medical personnel arrested

A Cottonwood man who authorities say intentionally rammed his pickup into an occupied ambulance parked at Mercy Medical Center in Redding on Saturday night has been arrested, Redding authorities said today.

Joel Michael Haller was booked into the Shasta County Jail for investigation of attempted murder, police reported in a news statement.

The statement said that shortly after 9 p.m., Haller intentionally accelerated his gray 2003 Toyota Tundra toward the ambulance, ramming it in attempt to kill its occupants - all of them medical personnel.

February 7, 2012
Pickup hits, kills bicyclist on Highway 70 at Lake Oroville

Carlos Alcala

A bicyclist riding on Highway 70 at Lake Oroville was killed Monday when he was hit by a pickup truck, California Highway Patrol officials reported.

The 22-year-old cyclist, who has not been identified, was crossing the West Branch Bridge over an arm of the lake in darkness at about 7:25 p.m.

According to witnesses, he was in a lane of traffic and not equipped with lights or reflectors.

The cyclist was struck by a 2012 Ford F350 driven by a motorist from Grants Pass, Ore.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

February 3, 2012
Redding parolee with toddler arrested in hit-and-run

Robert Davila
A parolee has been arrested in Redding after allegedly crashing his car into another vehicle and then fleeing with his toddler, who was riding with him, police said.

James Richard Atkinson Jr., 39, of Redding initially gave a false name when he was arrested Thursday, according to a written statement from the Redding Police Department. After learning his true identity, he was found to be on active state parole, officials said.

Officers also found his 2-year-old daughter in the vehicle with him, along with suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the statement said. He was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse, parole violation and hit and run.

Police said officers heading to a report of a reckless driver around 11 a.m. Thursday received another call about a vehicle that was hit by a car that failed to stop near Park Marina Drive and South Street in Redding.

The hit-and-run victim followed but lost sight of the suspect vehicle, a 2001 Suzuki Esteem, near Lake Boulevard and Boulder Drive. Officers found the vehicle in an apartment parking lot, where the hit-and-run victim arrived and identified the driver as the suspect, police said.

December 6, 2011
Priest's bail review hearing delayed until Dec. 19

By Andy Furillo

A bail review hearing on a popular Catholic priest accused of child molestation was rescheduled today for Dec. 19.

The Rev. Uriel Ojeda's attorney, Jesse Ortiz, asked for the continuance so that he could review additional reports in the case.

Ojeda, 32, is accused on seven counts of lewd and lascivious acts with an underage girl. She was 14 when the contact began, authorities said. The offenses took place over the next two years, according to investigators.

November 28, 2011
Copper thieves blamed for water, gas leaks in Redding building

Redding police say someone attempting to steal copper pipe and wiring caused natural gas and water leaks in a vacant building early this morning.

A citizen flagged down a police officer about 4:16 a.m. to report a large amount of water leaking from the former Ace Automotive building at 2150 East Street in downtown Redding.

The officer found the front glass door of the business was broken out and a strong odor of natural gas was coming from inside the building.

November 20, 2011
Two stolen Hondas, separate arrests in Anderson and Redding lead to theft ring, authorities say

By Whitney Mountain

Four people were arrested near Redding on Sunday morning after one man allegedly stole a firefighter's vehicle from a fire station.

Sgt. Mike Thomas of the Redding Police Department said police have already linked the suspects to more than a dozen crimes.

"They were on quite the crime spree," he said.

The suspects were nabbed in a joint operation between Anderson and Redding police.

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