Update on Old Alturas/Churn Creek Traffic Accident

NEWS RELEASE

 

**UPDATE**

 

June 24, 2016              11:30 pm

 

CASE #16-22675

 

On April 2, 2016 at 4:02 pm the Redding Police Department responded to a vehicle collision at the intersection of Old Alturas Road and Churn Creek Road. The collision involved a black Ford Focus and a grey Acura.  Prior to police arrival, the grey Acura fled the scene and was not located.  Witnesses described the grey Acura as having out of state plates, possibly Virginia.  It was determined that the collision was caused by the grey Acura failing to stop for a red light.

 

The black Ford Focus was driven by William Sekela, 49 years of Redding. Sekela’s passenger, Michele Sekela, 49 years of Redding, suffered major injuries as a result of the collision, including a fractured ankle.  She continues to have complications from the injuries suffered in the collision.

 

On April 26, 2016 the Redding Police Department received a citizen tip with possible suspect information. Officers identified the possible suspect as Gregory Kfoury, 33 years of Great Falls, Virginia.

 

On April 29, 2016 Gregory Kfoury was located and interviewed by officers at his place of employment. Kfoury provided inconsistent statements about his involvement in the collision, but did admit to owning a 2006 grey Acura with Virginia plates.  A search warrant was authored and served at the residence of Kfoury that same day.  The 2006 grey Acura was located in the garage with damage consistent with the collision on April 2nd.  Evidence was also located that put Kfoury at the scene of the collision on April 2nd.   The vehicle was impounded for evidence.

 

Gregory Kfoury has since left the area and refuses to contact police. The report has been sent to the Shasta County District Attorney for review and issuance of an arrest warrant for felony hit and run with injury.

 

Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Redding Police Traffic Unit at 225-4200.

 

Contact:         Sergeant Brian Barner

Redding Police Department

                        530-225-4200

Reviewed:      Officer Brian Moore

 

 

Human Trafficking Arrest

NEWS RELEASE

 

June 24th, 2016                     1:50 P.M.

 

16-43971

 

On June 23rd, 2016, at approximately 3:00 P.M., a Sacramento Police Department SWAT team served a search warrant at 5201 73rd Street Apartment B, in west Sacramento.  The warrant was authored by Redding Police Department Investigators reference a human trafficking investigation which began two days earlier in Redding.  During execution of the warrant, 20 year old Stevie Lee Boston, of Sacramento, was arrested on an outstanding warrant Redding Police Investigators obtained on June 22nd, 2016.  The warrant charged Boston with false imprisonment, criminal threats, pimping, human trafficking, forced oral copulation, and domestic violence.  Boston was also determined to be a wanted parolee.

 

The human trafficking investigation started on June 21st, 2016 at approximately 8:43 P.M., when Redding Police Officers responded to Hinkle’s Market at 1084 Market Street in Redding, regarding a female victim who escaped from a nearby apartment.  Officers contacted the adult female victim and found she had been reported as a missing person on June 20th, 2016, in the Redding area.  Prior to being reported as missing, friends of the victim noticed concerning changes in behavior, which caused them to fear for the victim’s safety.

 

The victim told officers she had been held against her will, assaulted both physically and sexually, and trafficked for sex trade purposes from Sacramento to Stockton, ultimately ending up back in Redding.  The victim identified her captor as Stevie Lee Boston, whom she described as a pimp.  The victim also advised there was a second female she only knew by first name, who was suffering the same treatment still in the apartment with Boston.  Officers learned Boston was reportedly in possession of a handgun and had threatened to “shoot it out” with police if confronted.

 

Redding Police Officers were directed to the apartments at 1261 Market Street in Redding.  Officers checked the location for Boston and the second victim but found the apartment empty.  Inside, officers located evidence indicating a physical altercation had likely taken place.  Officers located the second victim’s vehicle parked near 1261 Market Street.  Registration information on that vehicle helped officers identify the second victim as an adult female who had been reported as a missing person on May 21st, 2016, out of Emeryville, California.  Officers noticed what appeared to be a bullet hole in the driver’s side door of the vehicle.

 

Extensive investigation and interviews resulted in the issuance of an arrest warrant for Stevie Lee Boston.  Boston, who was already a wanted parolee at the time these crimes were committed, was determined to have an extensive criminal history including convictions for gang related crimes and firearms possession. Investigators received information Boston may have returned to the Sacramento area and began coordinating apprehension efforts with the Sacramento Police Department.

 

On June 23rd, 2016, with assistance from the Sacramento Police Department, Boston’s location was confirmed and he was subsequently arrested without incident.  Redding Police Investigators traveled to Sacramento to assist with collection of evidence and interviews.  The second missing person was located when she arrived at the scene of the search warrant.  She was interviewed by investigators, and at her request, released.

 

Boston was booked into the Sacramento County Jail where he is being held without bail.  His first court date has not yet been scheduled.

 

Neither victim is being identified by the Redding Police Department as they are reportedly victims of sex crimes.

 

A picture of Stevie Lee Boston is attached to this press release.

 

Contact:         Sergeant Todd Cogle #301

Redding Police Department

                        530-225-4200

Reviewed:      DiMatteo#138/Harris#169

 

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SAFEWAY GAS LINES VEH V. PED

NEWS RELEASE

 06/23/2016               11:30 a.m.

CASE# 16-44337

On 06/23/2016 at approximately 8:47 a.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the Safeway gas lanes located at 1070 East Cypress Avenue on a report of a vehicle that had struck a pedestrian.  Redding Police officers determined that a 2015 Honda sedan being driven by Thomas Kelly, 68 years of Redding, entered the gas lanes.  For reasons unknown, Kelly accelerated as he entered the gas lanes and turned sharply and drove between the gas pump islands.  As a result, he struck a concrete garbage can container and pushed it into a pedestrian that was fueling her vehicle at the location.  The pedestrian was identified as Beverly Weber, 54 years of Redding, and she sustained moderate injuries.  Another unoccupied vehicle was also hit during this incident.  Fortunately, there was no damage to any of the gas pumps.

Kelly was determined to be under the influence of narcotics and booked into the Shasta County Jail on the charge of driving under the influence causing injury.

 

Contact:         Sergeant Ron Icely #305

Redding Police Department

                        (530) 225-4200

Reviewed:      Sergeant Mike Wood #316

Shasta County’s Most Wanted Arrests

~Shasta County’s Most Wanted~

NEWS RELEASE

June 21st, 2016 6:30 P.M.

The following members of Shasta County’s Most Wanted have been arrested:

Shawn Christopher Moran, 30 years of Shasta Lake, was arrested by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department on June 11th, 2016.

Jerry Rudolph Gayton, 47 years of Anderson, was arrested by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department on June 13th, 2016.

John Eldon Wood, 20 years of Redding, self-surrendered to the Shasta County Jail on June 15th, 2016.

Timmathy Elwin Morton, 27 years of Anderson, was arrested by the Anderson Police Department on June 15th, 2016.

Tyrone Harlan Corron, 37 years of Redding, was arrested by the Redding Police Department on June 19th, 2016.

Dallas Brandon White, 21 years of Redding, was arrested by the Redding Police Department on June 20th, 2016.

Jason Torchia, 48 years of Redding, was arrested by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on June 21st, 2016.

The total number of wanted subjects arrested incident to the Shasta County’s Most Wanted program now stands at 630.

Anyone with information regarding any member of Shasta County’s Most Wanted is asked to contact SHASCOM at (530)245-6540.

Tips or information can also be provided anonymously through Secret Witness of Shasta County at (530)243-2319 or via their website at www.scsecretwitness.com/home/submit-a-tip A reward of up to $250.00 is being offered through Secret Witness of Shasta County, for information leading to the arrest of any current member of Shasta County’s Most Wanted.

Contact: Sergeant Todd Cogle #301
Redding Police Department
Approved: Llamas #184

Strong Arm Robbery

NEWS RELEASE

June 21, 2016           3:00 pm

CASE#16-43693

On June 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm officers responded to Shopko parking lot on Lake Blvd. after a report of a possible carjacking in progress. When officers arrived they contacted the Victim Shaylyn Mcbroome and several witnesses.

Officers determined the actual crime that occurred was a robbery rather than a carjacking. The victim had given a ride to the female suspect who was unknown to the victim. Once the suspect was in the victim’s car she punched the victim in the face and a struggle ensued over the victim’s purse while the car was still moving. Once the victim stopped her car and while still struggling over the purse a male suspect arrived and also started to try and take the victim’s purse. The victim was screaming for help and several citizens began approaching the suspects and victim. During the struggle the male suspect referred to the female as “Jamie” and the female suspect called the male “Paul”.

As witnesses approached, both suspects fled east on foot with the victims keys. The keys were recovered a short distance away by a witness. The female was described as  white, wearing an unknown color tank top and shorts, 5’2” tall, 110 lbs. in her late 20’s or early 30’s, with blond hair possibly up in a bun. The male suspect was also white in his late 20’s, 5’8” tall, 140 lbs. wearing a black baseball cap and red tee shirt. The suspects may be associated with an unknown type gold color sedan.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects involved in this crime please contact the Redding Police Department.

 

Contact:         Officer W. Townsley #107

Redding Police Department

                        530-225-4200

Reviewed:      Cpl. Rex Berry #327

ROBBERY INVESTIGATION

NEWS RELEASE

June 20, 2016           2:15 PM

CASE# 16-43199

 

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, at approximately 11:00 PM, Officer Will Williams was off duty visiting with a friend in the 600 block of Overhill Drive in Redding.  Officer Williams’ friend, Heather Legault, 36 years, of Redding told Officer Williams her 2014 Jeep had just been burglarized.  Ms. Legault also reported she had seen a suspicious subject in her neighborhood approximately 30 minutes before the burglary.  She provided this description to Officer Williams.

As Officer Williams was assisting Ms. Legault in securing her damaged vehicle, Ms. Legault saw the same suspicious subject emerging from Ms. Legault’s side yard.  Based on the circumstances, Officer Williams approached the suspect, identified himself as an off-duty police officer, and ordered the suspect to stop.  The suspect continued to walk away at which time Officer Williams again ordered him to stop.  As the suspect continued to walk away, he produced a container of bear mace and attempted spraying Officer Williams but missed.

At that point, the suspect became somewhat compliant and began to remove what was later determined to be stolen property from his pockets.  Officer Williams re-advised the suspect he was an off-duty police officer and needed to check him for additional weapons.  As Officer Williams began to check the suspect, he felt what he identified as a handgun in one of the suspect’s pockets.  The suspect immediately grabbed at the firearm in an apparent attempt to stop Officer Williams from obtaining the handgun.  Officer Williams was able to overpower the suspect and force the firearm away from him.  The suspect then fled on foot.

Once on-duty Redding Police officers arrived on scene, the investigation revealed several vehicles in the area had been burglarized.  One of the victims was an off-duty Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputy.  The firearm Officer Williams seized from the suspect was determined to have recently been stolen from a locked container inside the deputy’s locked vehicle.

Surveillance video from one of the victim’s residence captured images of the suspect.  He is described as a White male, 25-30 years, 6’3”, 165 lbs., brown hair, wearing a khaki colored trench coat, black hooded sweatshirt, and black pants.  Anyone having information regarding the identity of this suspect is asked to call the Redding Police Department at 530-225-4200.

 

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Contact:         Sergeant Mike Wood #316

Redding Police Department

                        530-225-4200

Reviewed:      Lieutenant Bill Schueller #611

 

TOWN HALL MEETING

NEWS RELEASE

 DATE:                June 20, 2016     TIME:  10:16 a.m.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Redding Police Chief Robert Paoletti will hold his quarterly Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 beginning at 6 p.m. at Redding City Hall, Council Chambers,  777 Cypress Avenue.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Citizens, business members and community leaders are encouraged to attend.

 

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Suspicious Person- Movies 14

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

June 17, 2016           10:35PM              16-42971

 

On June 17, 2016 at about 8:26PM, officers of the Redding Police Department were dispatched to Cinemark Redding 14, 980 Old Alturas Road, for a white male adult wearing a ballistic vest and gun holster on his leg after two customers at the movie theater noticed him walking in the hallways and reported it to security who in turn contacted law enforcement. Witnesses could not state whether or not there was a gun in the holster, and the suspect did not make any threats. Further, no other customers reported the suspect.

 

Working with theater management and security, officers were able to locate the suspect sitting in one of the theaters, watching a movie. Officers made contact with the suspect and were able to detain him without incident. He was then escorted out of the movie theater. Relatives who had been sitting with the suspect identified him as John Brentley Casiday, age 31 years of Redding. Relatives stated Casiday was concerned only for his safety and was not intending to harm anyone.

 

Casiday refused to identify himself to the officers and was taken into custody for obstructing an officer in his/her duties. Casiday was wearing a black tactical vest capable of holding ballistic panels along with an empty black nylon gun holster on his thigh. During a search of Casiday, two concealed straight-edged knives were located on his person. He was subsequently charged with possession of a concealed weapon.

 

Casiday was transported to the Shasta County Jail where he was booked. During the booking process, Casiday denied intending to harm anyone, stating he only concerned for his own safety.

 

 

Contact:         Sergeant Mark Montgomery /ID# 314

Redding Police Department

                        530-225-4200

Reviewed:      Sergeant Barner/ID# 303

 

 

 

 

 

TC / DUI ARREST

NEWS RELEASE

 June 17th, 2016                     6 a.m.

16-42772

 

On June 17th, 2016, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Redding Police officers responded to Buenaventura Boulevard and Railroad Avenue after receiving a report of a vehicle vs pedestrian traffic collision.  Medical personnel also responded to attend to the pedestrian’s injuries.

Officers arrived and conducted an investigation which revealed Melanie Diane Wheeler, 47 years of Redding, was driving her 2010 Jeep Liberty traveling westbound on Buenaventura Boulevard west of Railroad Avenue.  The pedestrian, Justin Lee Colvin, 27 years of Redding, was also walking westbound on Buenaventura Boulevard along the north curbline and was struck by Wheeler.  Colvin sustained cuts to his face and nose and was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment.  Wheeler was wearing her seatbelt during the collision and was not injured.

It was discovered both Colvin and Wheeler were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.  After completing field sobriety tests, Wheeler was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and booked into the Shasta County Jail.

 

Contact:         Corporal Danny Smetak #323

Redding Police Department

                        530-225-4200

Reviewed:      Sergeant Chris Smyrnos #312

Vehicle vs Ped (Buenaventura/Railroad)

NEWS RELEASE

June 17th, 2016 6 a.m.

16-42772

On June 17th, 2016, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Redding Police officers responded to Buenaventura Boulevard and Railroad Avenue after receiving a report of a vehicle vs pedestrian traffic collision. Medical personnel also responded to attend to the pedestrian’s injuries.

Officers arrived and conducted an investigation which revealed Melanie Diane Wheeler, 47 years of Redding, was driving her 2010 Jeep Liberty traveling westbound on Buenaventura Boulevard west of Railroad Avenue. The pedestrian, Justin Lee Colvin, 27 years of Redding, was also walking westbound on Buenaventura Boulevard along the north curbline and was struck by Wheeler. Colvin sustained cuts to his face and nose and was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment. Wheeler was wearing her seatbelt during the collision and was not injured.

It was discovered both Colvin and Wheeler were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. After completing field sobriety tests, Wheeler was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and booked into the Shasta County Jail.

Contact: Corporal Danny Smetak #323
Redding Police Department
530-225-4200
Reviewed: Sergeant Chris Smyrnos #312