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  • Police: Man tries to steal plane at Redding Airport

    Published On: May 21 2015 01:42:04 AM CDT   Updated On: May 21 2015 02:00:00 AM CDT
    REDDING, Calif. -

    Redding Police Department said a man stole an airport baggage vehicle, drove it for a short distance and then got onto a privately owned jet.

    It happened around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday at the Redding Airport. The man was identified as Anderson resident, Allen Ray Booth, 37.

    Police said Booth was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and it appears he was in a drug-induced delusional state.

    According to police, Booth put on the pilot headset as if he was attempting to steal the aircraft. Police said he was making irrational statements about using the plane to rescue his kidnapped daughter.

    Airport security reportedly confronted Booth in the jet, and were able to talk him off. When security tried to place him in custody, he reacted violently and was pepper sprayed. He then ran into the Jet Center bathroom, according to police.

    Police said they arrived at the airport and took Booth into custody. He was booked into the Shasta County Jail for vehicle theft, attempted theft of an airplane and battery on a security guard.

    Police added there was no indication this incident was related to any type of terrorist attack.

  • Man arrested carrying loaded AR-15 and handgun

    Published On: May 22 2015 09:29:10 AM CDT
    RED BLUFF, Calif. -

    Police say a man in Tehama County was hallucinating when he claimed he was shot at and chased from his home by two armed men.

    Michael Mason, 24, of Red Bluff, was arrested Thursday around 2:30 p.m. after several people called about a man walking down Lincoln Street with a gun. Police say they found Mason hiding behind a car, armed with an AR-15 rifle and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

    Police say they safely disarmed Mason. He then reportedly told police he had been chased from his home by two armed men. He also said he shot at the men and may have hit one of the men in the hand.

    Mason directed police to his home to search for evidence. When they arrived, police say they found three bullet holes in a door of the home. One of the bullets had gone through the window of a truck across the street and lodged in the headrest. Police say they did not find evidence of a struggle or blood to indicate someone had been shot.

    Officers believed Mason was under the influence of controlled substances, which led to a hallucination of the armed men. Mason was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm and for being under the influence.

  • Killer arrested in methamphetamine raid

    Published On: May 21 2015 08:59:22 PM CDT   Updated On: May 21 2015 10:19:05 PM CDT

    Jayson Scott Elrod, 38 years old

    CASSEL, Calif. -

    Convicted killer Jayson Elrod was arrested in Cassel today on drug and other charges. The 38-year-old was convicted in 2000 of the shooting death of a nine year old boy. 

    Drug agents served a search warrant on a home and property on Sand Pit Road in Cassel around 8 a.m. They say they found 1/2 a pound of methamphetamine buried on the property along with packaging materials and evidence that the drug was being sold. 

    Elrod was arrested, along with Stephanie Louise Isbell, 23 and Elizabeth Ann Bednar, 42. All three are facing charges of being in possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale. 

    Bednar was also charged with child endangerment. Agents found a 10 year old was living in a trailer on the property. The child was taken into protective custody by Shasta County Child Family Services because the trailer was "unfit."  

    Kenneth Scott Elrod, 63, was cited for multiple building code violations and violations involving his dogs. Several dogs were removed from the property by animal regulation. 

     In 2000, Jayson Elrod was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after investigators say he shot and killed 9 year old Floyd Short. Elrod told investigators at the time he was aiming for a jackrabbit when he shot the boy. Investigators say he was really trying to scare the boy. Elrod was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

  • Postal worker speaks out on mail truck hijack

    Published On: May 22 2015 12:37:29 AM CDT
    REDDING, Calif. -

    United States Postal Service employee, Landon Kucharski is still shaken after a transient attempted to hijack his mail truck Thursday morning on Locust Street in Redding.

    "It was fearing for my safety," said Kucharski. "I didn't know what was going to happen."

    The suspect was identified by Redding Police Department as Christopher Sage, 28. Police said he displayed symptoms of acute methamphetamine intoxication.

    "He had a bottle [of Jim Beam] in his hand," said Kucharski. "I didn't know what else he was on."

    Kucharski said as he got out to deliver mail to a house, Sage got into his mail truck, acting like he was trying to steal it.

    "He basically told me I put rat poison in his liquor and we were going to fight right there," said Kucharski.

    Kucharski called police and when they arrived Sage actively resisted arrest. Police said Sage refused to listen to officer orders. They used pepper spray on him, but it had limited affect. Officers said he resisted the officers by kicking, spiting and biting them.

    Police said they used a baton on Sage and while fighting with officers, he appeared delusional, making animal noises and growling. At one point he stated he was being cut in half with a saw.

    Police said Sage was in possession of a homemade knife and a broken glass methamphetamine pipe.

    Once placed in a police car, Sage attempted to kick out the windows, according to police. Officers removed him from the vehicle and restrained his legs.

    "It looked like they were beating him up," said Kenny Vines, a witness. "They were hitting him in the legs and he was yelling. He was sitting there screaming that they broke my legs."

    Vines added he believed the police officers used excessive force.

    Sage was taken to Shasta Regional Medical Center where he was medically cleared.

    Police said Sage was then booked into Shasta County Jail for robbery, under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and attempting to take it into a jail facility, possession of a dangerous weapon (homemade knife), prowling and resisting arrest.

  • Police search for suspect after transient attack

    Published On: May 22 2015 01:52:22 AM CDT   Updated On: May 22 2015 01:52:30 AM CDT
    REDDING, Calif. -

    A transient is attacked in a Redding park, and it has police searching for the person responsible.

    Redding police said they went to the South City Park after getting reports of an assault. Officers found the victim near the tennis courts and immediately called for medical attention.

    40-year-old transient Alexis James Gay had sustained visible head trauma, according to police. His alleged attacker was nowhere to be found.

    Gay told police he was in the park with friends, sitting on a blanket, when he was assaulted. Gay said he didn’t know the suspect, but witnesses told police the suspect hit Gay multiple times on the head with a baseball-sized river rock before running away toward the Parkview neighborhood.

    The alleged attacker was described as a white man in his 50’s with grey hair and a grey goatee. He was reportedly 6 feet tall and was wearing a white, buttoned shirt.

    Officers said they searched the area but could not find the suspect, and said that the attack was unprovoked.

    Gay was taken to Mercy Medical Center for treatment.

    Call the Redding Police Department if you have information about the identity of the suspect, at (530)225-4200.

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