NPU Sweep at Ponderosa Inn


July 28, 2016 1:30 PM

CASE #16-53020

The Redding Police Neighborhood Police Unit is still focusing a significant amount of their time answering complaints of continuous criminal activity in the downtown area. The Ponderosa Inn, located at 2220 Pine Street, remains a common source of citizen complaints.

On 07/20/2016 the NPU went to the Ponderosa Inn to serve a search warrant at Room #206 following numerous hours of surveillance at that location and developing probable cause to obtain a search warrant. Robert Bruce Moses 50 yrs., was known to be residing in Room #206. Moses was contacted after he left the room near East Street at Locust Street where NPU suspected he would be conducting a drug transaction. He was detained and searched subsequent to the service of the search warrant and found to be in possession of several packaged items of heroin and methamphetamine. He was arrested for sales and transportation of heroin and methamphetamine and ultimately booked at Shasta County Jail for these charges, and for maintaining his residence for the use and sales of illegal drugs. Moses has been arrested multiple times for possession and sales of illegal drugs in Shasta County this year.

On 07/21/2016 Makia L. Thompson 26 yrs., was contacted by NPU in the parking lot of the Ponderosa Inn and arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and violation of probation. She was booked at Shasta County Jail.

On 07/26/2016 NPU went to the location to locate Gregory Alan White 32 yrs., on parole and monitored by a GPS ankle device because he is a sex registrant after being convicted of oral copulation with a juvenile under the age of 16 years in 2014. The investigation revealed White failed to register with local law enforcement as part of his sex registrant status. White was found to be living in Room #214 and arrested per 290.11 PC and violation of parole. He was booked at Shasta County Jail.

Also on 07/26/2016 another parolee was contacted who was residing in Room #121. Tamara Esther Withem 36 yrs. was seen in the parking lot under the influence of a controlled substance. She was arrested after resisting arrest and found to be in possession of methamphetamine concealed in her clothing. A parole search of her room found drug paraphernalia and she was booked at Shasta County Jail for violation of parole, resisting arrest, possession of narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Withem has been arrested 7 times in Shasta County this year.

Another probation search was conducted in Room #136 where Robert Allen Carpenter 32 yrs., was residing for several weeks with a number of people. Carpenter is also a sex registrant and on felony probation after a conviction in 2015 for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age. The NPU investigation discovered Carpenter has been residing in this room with a 13 year old female and her mother, who were unaware of his sex registrant status. Carpenter was arrested and booked at Shasta County Jail for violation of probation.

Charmaine Larue Santiago 38 yrs., was contacted in Room #136 as well and found to have three outstanding arrest warrants for failing to appear on drug charges. She was booked at Shasta County Jail.

Contact: Sergeant Walt Bullington #308
Redding Police Department
Reviewed: Officer Maxwell #154

Shasta County’s Most Wanted Arrests

~Shasta County’s Most Wanted~


July 27th, 2016 9:05 A.M.

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

Robert Lee Croninmills, 25 years of Shingletown, was arrested on July 16th, 2016, by the Redding Police Department.

Richard Price Burger, 43 years of Redding, was arrested on July 17th, 2016, by the Redding Police Department.

Kaila Mae Covert, 27 years of Shasta Lake, was arrested on July 17th, 2016, by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department.

Marc Anthony McClendon, 30 years of Anderson, was arrested on July 20th, 2016, by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department.

Dylan Andrew Fravel, 25 years of Redding, was arrested on July 24th, 2016, by the Anderson Police Department.

John Edward Teran, 26 years of Redding, was arrested on July 25th, 2016, by the Shasta County Probation Department.

Merum Matthew Choate Jr., 33 years of Redding, self-surrendered on July 25th, 2016, to the Shasta County Jail.

Savannah Marie Walker, 31 years of Redding, was arrested in Stanislaus County, California.

Blake Andrew Peterson, 30 years of Anderson, was arrested in Butte County, California.

The total number of wanted subjects arrested incident to the Shasta County’s Most Wanted program now stands at 656.
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 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




July 26, 2016



AUGUST 2, 2016


The Redding Police Department, along with representatives of city government and the neighborhoods in Redding, are preparing for this year’s National Night Out celebration.  The event will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd in numerous neighborhoods around our city and usually lasts from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

This is the 33rd anniversary for National Night Out and the 29th year the Redding Police Department has participated.  Last year approximately 38 million people in 16,000 communities around the world celebrated National Night Out. Here in Redding, numerous block parties were organized. All citizens are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and join their neighbors outdoors.

The evening is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug abuse awareness
  • Generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community relations
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

City Council Members, department heads, fire fighters, and police officers will be visiting block parties throughout the evening.  There will be barbecues, ice cream socials, and potlucks planned by various block groups.

More information about National Night Out can be found at:

Redding residents who would like to plan a neighborhood block party and would like law enforcement and city management to attend, should contact C.S.O. Dave Sheffield 530-225-4221.


Contact:         CSO Barbara Crumrine ID# 540

Redding Police Department


Reviewed:      Sgt. Shawn McGinnis ID# 315




2nd Arrest in Trail System Assault Case


07/21/16                   2:30P.M.


The Redding Police Department arrested the outstanding 14 year old juvenile for assaulting David BRADLEY on the river trail 07/19/16.  The juvenile admitted to the assault during an interview, and confirmed the motive was to take the victims bicycle.  The juvenile was booked at Shasta County Juvenile Hall for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Conspiracy, and Attempted Robbery.


Contact:      Corporal Jacoby #325

Redding Police Department


Reviewed:  Lieutenant Schueller #611

Pursuit/Arrest in Redding 16-51692


07/21/2016         6:30 p.m.

CASE# 16-51692

Wanted fugitive arrested after a vehicle pursuit in north Redding.

Officers with the Redding Police Department have been actively searching for Troy Lyons, 37 years of Redding, who had been a fugitive from the law.  He was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon as well as narcotic violations.  Lyons was also known to be armed and dangerous.

On today’s date at about 3:15 p.m., Officer Nolan Guiducci spotted Lyons operating a 2000 Honda Accord in the area of Lake Boulevard and Oasis Road.  Lyons immediately fled in his vehicle and was pursued on Keswick Dam Road.  Other officers as well CHP Air Operations joined in the pursuit which ultimately came out on Eureka Way.  Lyons drove eastbound into Redding and continued northbound on Court Street to Benton Drive.  After turning northbound on Market Street, he pulled over and surrendered to officers.  Lyons, as well as his two passengers, were taken into custody without incident.

Lyons was booked into the Shasta County Jail for felony evasion and his outstanding arrest warrants.  The front passenger, identified as Angelica Gilchrist, 21 years of Redding, was also booked for possession of methamphetamine.  The rear passenger, identified as Dustin Lloyd, 30 years of Redding, was booked on outstanding arrest warrants.


Contact: Sergeant Ron Icely #305

Redding Police Department  (530) 225-4200

Reviewed: Lieutenant Jeff Wallace #608

NPU Makes 500th Arrest



July 21, 2016            2:00 PM




The Redding Police Neighborhood Police Unit began on January 4, 2016 due to community concerns of a significant rise in crime in our city. The police department created a 6 officer sub-unit within the patrol division that would have the ability to do proactive police work as opposed to reactive, which had become the norm due to budget and personnel cuts over the past several years.

For the past six months, the NPU has been focusing their efforts in the Downtown area and Hilltop corridor by working in partnership with community based business groups, neighborhood watch groups, citizen community groups, and the Shasta County District Attorney Office in an effort to address growing crime trends. Working with patrol beat officers, sharing crime trend information and identifying specific criminals could not be done without the assistance of the patrol officers working their beats. During these few months, the NPU has been able to conduct surveillance and make arrests in high crime areas, focus on problem motels, arrest dozens of drug dealers, and has apprehended numerous wanted persons. They have served in excess of 20 search warrants resulting in the collection of several firearms, drugs, and stolen property. The Redding Inn was a leading cause of calls for service for police in the previous years, but with effort from the NPU and Shasta County District Attorney Office, it is now closed, reducing calls for service at that location by 100 percent. Similarly the Hilltop Lodge has been closed and destroyed, also reducing calls for service by 100 percent. It should be noted the Hilltop Lodge was not closed or destroyed as a result of the NPU efforts as this process had begun prior.

The three Motel 6 businesses in the City of Redding had been a significant source of criminal activity when the NPU began. Officers relayed their concerns and provided crime statistics to the Motel 6 corporate office in Dallas, Texas and a relationship began that has had positive results. Representatives from corporate headquarters came out to Redding on two separate occasions and met with NPU in person. Crime reduction ideas were shared and a training program for Motel 6 employees was implemented. In a few short months, calls for service at the Motel 6 properties have been reduced by 40 percent.

Since January, the NPU has made over 2,300 citizen contacts, of which 353 were on active probation, 68 on AB109 PRCS probation, 60 on CDCR parole, and 21 documented gang members. They have issued 283 citations and have now made over 500 arrests. As of July 20, 2016 the NPU has collected 304.6 grams of methamphetamine, 142.5 grams of heroin, 6.5 grams of cocaine, 24.8 pounds of marijuana, and numerous narcotic prescription pills. 12 firearms have been collected from criminals and 32 other weapons to include knives, billy clubs, brass knuckles, stun guns, and the like.

Redding Police Crime Statistician Mike Murphy has completed a comparison from the year 2015 to the same time period of 2016 and finds that since the Neighborhood Police Unit has begun efforts on the Hilltop corridor, proactive police contacts have increased dramatically. Traffic stops have increased by 73.9 percent and pedestrians checks have increased by 30.4 percent. Calls for service have been reduced by 13.3 percent. All crime categories have been reduced with theft being reduced by 30.5 percent. Auto burglaries and break-ins have been reduced by 13.7 percent.

In the Downtown area, Mike Murphy reports more success. Traffic stops have increased 66.7 percent and pedestrian checks have increased 21.0 percent.  Calls for service have been reduced by 13.2 percent. Again, all crime categories have been reduced and theft has been reduced by 38.7 percent. Auto burglaries and break-ins have been reduced by an impressive 28.0 percent.

The Redding Police Department would like to thank those that have contributed to their success:

Neighborhood Watch, the Hilltop Business Watch Group, the Downtown Business Watch Group, and all the citizens that have provided much needed input and information. Special thanks also to the Shasta County District Attorney Office Senior Deputy District Attorney Anand ‘Lucky’ Jesrani and Senior Deputy District Attorney Kelly Kafel for their expertise and hard work.

Contact:      Sergeant Walt Bullington #308

Redding Police Department


Reviewed:   Robert Paoletti, Chief of Police #601


Ramada Limited Hotel Robbery

July 21st, 2016 5:30 A.M.


On July 21st, 2016, at approximately 1:21 a.m, officers with the Redding Police Department responded to the Ramada Limited Hotel, located at 1286 Twin View Boulevard, regarding a robbery. The hotel employee, Linda Owens (46 years of Redding), called 911 reporting two male suspects had entered the business while brandishing a firearm and demanding money. Owens reported the suspects fled the area on foot after taking an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency.

Redding Police officers arrived and conducted an investigation into the reported robbery. The investigation revealed two male suspects entered the business both brandishing handguns. They forced their way behind the front desk and took money from the register. Both subjects then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Suspect number one is described as a white male, 20-30 years of age, 5’8”, thin build, with brown hair. Suspect number two is described as an Asian or Hispanic male, 20-30 years of age, 5’7”, medium build, with short dark hair.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects is asked to contact the Redding Police Department at 530.225.4200 or Secret Witness of Shasta County at 530.243.2319.

Contact: Corporal Danny Smetak
Redding Police Department
Reviewed: Corporal Chris Jacoby

Lake City Towing Burglary


DATE: 07-20-16 TIME: 5:00 pm

CASE# 16-50844

A man released on his own recognizance, with a GPS ankle monitor, was arrested after breaking into several cars in the Lake City Towing storage yard on Mountain Lakes Blvd.

On 07-18-16, Officer Wes Townsley responded to a call of a burglary at Lake City Towing. The employees of the business arrived to find a hole had been cut in the fence. Two locked vehicles showed signs of forced entry, while seven additional vehicles had been ransacked. Several car stereos were stolen.

Two suspects could be viewed on video surveillance. Officer Townsley noted that one of the suspects had a suspicious bulge in the area of his sock. Thinking the man might have some type of Global Positioning System (GPS) ankle monitor, he responded to Redding Police Investigations.

Investigators researched various GPS databases to discover Marcus Antonio Valdez, age 19, of Redding, was at the tow yard for an hour when the burglary occurred the evening of Sunday, July 17th.

At about 3:00 pm today, Officer Townsley accompanied investigators to Valdez’s residence. He eventually came to the door after trying to hide behind a couch in the living room. Valdez was arrested and brought to Redding Police Investigations. The stolen car stereos were not at the residence.

Valdez said he was so high on methamphetamine that he was having trouble remembering all of the events of the night of the burglary.

Valdez was booked at the Shasta County Jail for burglary and resisting arrest. The subject with him has not yet been identified. This second suspect is depicted in the below surveillance still photo:

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A photo of Marcus Valdez in the tow yard is depicted below (note the bulge at his sock line).


Anyone with information as to the identity of the second suspect is encouraged to call Redding Police Investigations at (530)225-4214.

Contact: Sgt. Shawn McGinnis ID# 315
Redding Police Department
Reviewed: Lt. Pete Brindley ID# 612

Elder Abuse Burglar in Custody




DATE:  07-20-16                 TIME:  2:30 pm

CASE# 16-27806


When 91 year-old Walter Proebstal got home, the last thing he thought he would find was a burglar in his hallway.

On April 22, 2016, Walter arrived home to see that someone had smashed the glass out of the back door to his house on the 1800 block of 11th Street in downtown Redding.  He walked inside to find his coins and collectable pocket knives scattered on the floor. These items had been moved from his bedroom, so he walked down the hall to investigate. A tall white male adult wearing a hoodie confronted him in the hallway and pushed him down to the floor before running away.  Fortunately, Mr. Proebstal was not injured.

The suspect left few clues behind, but a single glove was located on the floor of the kitchen.  When the police arrived, Mr. Proebstal told them he had never seen the glove before.

The California Department of Justice laboratory extracted DNA from the inside of the glove.  The DNA was eventually matched to a known felon named Johnnie Ray Davis, age 45, a local transient.  Johnnie Davis fit the description of the burglar.  He stands six feet, one inch tall and weighs one hundred and ninety pounds.

This morning, Elder Abuse Investigator Chris Mills questioned Davis and eventually arrested him for several felonies.

Investigator Mills was happy to see Davis off the streets.  “The victim in this case could have been seriously hurt.  Taking a fall at 91 years of age can be life changing.”

Davis was booked for residential robbery, burglary and elder abuse.  He was booked at the Shasta County Jail.  His bail has not yet been determined.


Contact:      Sgt. Shawn McGinnis ID# 315

Redding Police Department


Reviewed:  Sgt. Todd Cogle ID# 301

Arrest in Trail System Assault Case


07/20/16                   1:30P.M.

CASE# 16-51185

The Redding Police Department arrested a juvenile today for assaulting Daniel BRADLEY on the river trail yesterday.  The juvenile admitted to committing the assault when confronted by an Officer.   The juvenile stated the motive for the assault was to rob the victim of his bicycle.    The juvenile was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Conspiracy to commit a felony, and Attempted Robbery.  The juvenile was booked at Shasta County Juvenile Hall.  His name is not being released due to the fact he is a juvenile.

A second juvenile suspect has been identified and Police are actively looking for him now.  This juvenile is facing the same charges as above.


Contact:      Corporal Jacoby

ID# 325

Redding Police Department


Reviewed:  Corporal Berry #327