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Illegal camping ‘outreach’ brings arrests, gun seizures

From page A1 | February 21, 2014 | 5 Comments

A Placerville Police Department outreach on Feb. 19 to illegal camping sites in the city to provide mental health resources resulted in arrests and firearms seized.

PPD began the Joint Outreach Operation in the morning with a focus on illegal camps in the city, a press release stated. Teams of PPD officers, city crews, Health and Human Service’s Mental Health workers and representatives from the Community Resource Center went to known areas of illegal camping after weeks of extra patrols advising the campers that they needed to comply with laws.

“The purpose of the operation was to remove illegal camps and to connect those individuals in crisis and wanting help with available resources,” the press release stated. To that end, the teams used discretion, as the issue was not “one size fits all.” Evaluations were done to determine the best course of action, including mental health, crisis management resources and enforcement.

“Our aim is to balance outreach and enforcement efforts when dealing with habitual transient offenders often afflicted with mental health and drug and alcohol dependencies,” Police Chief Scott Heller said. “I believe we struck that balance during today’s operation, working with our community partners, and were able to make an overall impact for the better.”

In total, 14 camps along Broadway, Placerville Drive, Ray Lawyer Drive and the El Dorado Trail from Mosquito Road to past Schnell School were encountered and removed. Ten campers were offered outreach services. Several fled the camps, including one camp on a city resident’s private property above Ray Lawyer Drive and Placerville Drive. The subject left behind a loaded shortened shotgun and a scoped rifle. He was later apprehended and identified as Daniel Carpenter, 36, a registered sex offender with a no-bail warrant.

Another subject who fled, Caleb Stroud, 20, was arrested a short time later on the El Dorado Trail, having come from a Broadway camp, on an outstanding arrest warrant. He was allegedly found to be in possession of burglary tools.

The press release noted that substantial amount of trash was left behind due to a temporary overload of available cleanup resources. A follow-up operation with city crews and volunteers is planned with a date forthcoming.

Property collected during the operation was booked for safekeeping with PPD. Property being kept safe can be returned by appointment.

Anyone with questions or information regarding illegal camps is urged to contact Sgt. Brody Jordan at 530-642-5210.


Discussion | 5 comments

  • Dee#1February 20, 2014 - 11:07 am

    The hiring of Chief Scott Heller was one good move by the City Council. Thank you.

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  • 1036-FrankFebruary 21, 2014 - 9:14 am

    Good work by the PPD in taking down an armed wanted felon "camping" with guns and registered as a sex offender as this was a predator waiting for a victim. The others who ran were probably parolees "at large" with warrants for arrest. This re-alignment program, or Moonbeam's specials, has seen state prisoners who used to be locked up released after serving as little as 10 percent of their sentence in county jails. All of this is a direct result of not building new prisons for five years and the closing and not using several state youth prisons. What PPD is dealing with is what every county has to deal with in large numbers. Providing state money to counties instead of locking up felons in new prisons makes no sense and endangers all.

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  • pamFebruary 23, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    To 1036 Frank; why is it that most people always think the worst of someone just because of his/her criminal record? I would ask why weren't these parolees offered transition assistance/services in lieu of hearing from their parole officers "go live under the bridge"?; the $200 gate money given does not go far these days and most of the time barely enough to last a couple of days - then they are out there to fend for themselves. Everyone is under the misconception that parole officers are there to help them; this could not be farther from the truth! Also, the majority of them are corrupt and less than truthful. Additionally, for your information sex offenders are most certainly NOT released from jail-they do prison time and most certainly NOT doing only 10% of the time they receive!! They do at least 80% of the time received unlike murders' who only have to do 50% of time received before eligible for parole; also for your information the majority of them are sent to a state mental hosipital where they continue their parole! Get your facts straight instead of showing your intellegence!!

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  • Sick of liberal BSFebruary 23, 2014 - 11:14 pm

    Pam why is it that some people claim to know what MOST people are thinking? Could it be that they aren't when they make riduculous generalizations? Or is it untreated lefist mental illness. My money is on the latter.

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