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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 11A Washoe County K9 Pascha detected fugitive Terril Boss and silently alerted officers to his presence after tips from Graea- gle residents narrowed the search to the woods just west of Yonkalla Trail. Photos by Linda Satchwell FUGITIVE, from page IOA ' more available at the Portola Substation if needed. Coincidentally, some of the Plumas County investigative staff had been working on an unrelated case in the Portola area as this scenario was de- veloping. The department was spread thin, and officers came in and out in shifts, making for a long night. Hagwood explained that the plan was to come in with force when daylight broke. The PCSO activated its emergency notification sys- tem around the time that ear- ly risers would be getting up, informing residences near Graeagle that there were armed and dangerous sus- pects in the area. Hagwood said the alert ad- vised residents to stay inside and lock their doors. When asked if citizens com- plied with that recommenda- tion, the sheriff laughed, "In- terestingly enough, no, they didn't." "People were out walking their dogs and jogging, dri- ving around. There weren't any problems because of that, but it was interesting." Asked if any civilians played vigilante, running around with shotguns and camo, the sheriff's replied, "No, there was none of that. I did not see any of that whatso- ever." In the morning, personnel from the Plumes County Dis- trict Attorney's-Office went door to door at local business- es, spreading the word about the suspects. Hagwood said "Local busi- nesses assisted the sheriff's department in making color photocopies of the one picture we had" of the male suspect. He explained that in:gener, al he was "very pleased with the community, the communi- ty's response and assistance." 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Saturday 775 356-887 3 800 532-6200 deputies and investigators for a ground search, .involving 40- 50 officers, while a Washoe County helicopter and a chop- per from PJ Helicopters out of Red Bluff scoured the area with infrared cameras. Daylight also brought civil. inn reports from alert resi- dents who spotted the sus- pects. Hagwood said that one woman had received the emergency notificationcall "and within a few minutes she saw the described sus- pects out of her kitchen win- dow." Hagwood and Investiga- tions Sergeant Steve Peay re- portedly found the two female suspects about 15 minutes lat- er, around 8 a.m., 200 yards away from where the woman had reported seeing them. The sheriff said the pair had been planning to "try to make it down into Graeagle to try to locate a phone to call someone to come get them." Two other eyewitness re- ports came in within the hour, this time indicating, res- idents had seen the male sus- pect splitting up with the two females. Hagwood said the residents were able to tell officers the direction of travel the male took, which focused the search further. Meisenheimer reported he was searching with a Washoe County K9 unit, when the dog, Pascha, alerted officers that it had picked up an unfamiliar human scent near a water tank marked "Graeagle water no. 1" in a forested area just west of YonkaUa Trail. Meisenheimer explained that when the dog reacted, "Two deputies were down the hill and I was cutting in on the side of the hill, and we ba- sically pinned him down." Hagwood said when officers spotted the suspect "he was on foot and followed the direc- tions of the officers and put himself on the ground." Wright credited the heli- copter and the dog for finding the suspect because "had the hell not been up, he probably would have kept going and we probably would have never found him." "He'd get so deep in the for- est, we wouldn't have the re- sources to keep going after him. "...and the Plumas County guys did a really great job. Great collaborative effort." Hagwood agreed the heli- copters kept the suspect pinned down in the area and that the entire operation was very cooperative in nature. "Everybody was very coop- erative, very professional. There were none of the stereo- typical turf issues" The cleanup By Friday afternoon, only one gun, the one found on the side of the highway, had been recovered. Hagwo0d said Washoe County was trying to determine if there were other guns unaccounted for. Hag- wood said he thought "the likelihood is there very well may be," He added that WC Search and Rescue was combing around inside Plumes Coun- ty's borders along Highway 70 and near the area where the suspects were found. The sheriff said the infor- mation he had access to indi- cated, "There were a handful of assault type ifles" in the residence the suspects had al- legedly burglarized. The incident report for this event indicated Washoe Coun- ty was reporting four to five AR-15 rifles and one M16 rifle missing from the residence in Nevada. Hagwood also acknowl- edged there were a few glitch- es with the emergency notifi- cation system. Several resi- dents told Feather Publishing that they did not receive calls or received calls so full of stat- ic that they were incompre- hensible. He explained that anyone who got a new phone number in the last six months proba- bly wasn't in the system and that he wasn't clear on The.suspects weren't the only people in Plumas County report- ed to have automatic weapons and impressive vehicles. Local and Nevada law enforcement made a strong show of force Thursday morning, Aug. 12, in Graeagle. whether there Were any other problems but that he was working with the County Ad- ministrative Office and Coun- ty Technical Services Depart- ment on that issue: The Sheriff said he vas con- fident the glitches could be worked out. "While it was not flawless, it was, I.think, very helpful." The county has been encouraging anyone who can be addressed. Hagwood said that in gener- al the county's ability to dis- seminate information to the public through the notifica- tion system and the websites of the county and Feather Publishing ( was "light years ahead of where it was just two years ago." He encouraged citizens to check those websites in times didn't get a call from the of crisis. system to call the CAO's office Additional reporting by Lin- at 283-6315 so that issues daSatchwell R / OU HIGH-SP ED Internet is fast. Bu t you .have toact even faster to get it. FrontierFast High-Speed Internet now comes at a great price. 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