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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 3A I Victoria Metcalf Assistant Editor vmetcalf@plurnasnews.com The search is on for a 58-year-old Portola resident last seen nearly a month ago. It was Sunday, Sept. 17, when the Plumas County Sheriffs Office learned that Philip "Garr" Ohle hadn't been seen since Sept. 6. He was last seen at his home at 679 Gulling St. in the late afternoon. It is believed that Ohle left in his 2011 silver Subaru Outback wagon, license number 7UKB137. No cell phone activity has been noted on his phone. Ohle is described as being white; six foot tall and weighing 220 pounds. He has short gray hair, blue eyes and a large gray beard. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a green or maroon button up shirt. Ohle has no known medical issues. When Ohle hadn't appeared at work or his home for several days, his family and coworkers became concerned. A member of the family reported that he was presumed missing. Members of the sheriffs ' office have been actively searching for Ohle and conducting a full investigation into his whereabouts. To date, unsuccessful searches have been conducted by plane and helicopter in the Lake Davis area. This is one of the places he liked to frequently visit. Anyone with any information regarding Ohle is asked to contact the sheriffs office at 283-6300. Or they can contact their own local law enforcement officials. Conducting the search The first search by air was conducted for Ohle on Sept. 17, according to Plumas County Sheriffs Det. Steve Peay. The second flight happened Sept. 21~ "The fwst one was [in] a fLx-wing aircraft that was supplied by CHP," Peay explained. "And the other was conducted during marijuana recon from a helicopter." Peay said that in this investigation, law enforcement officers have checked with neighbors, friends, family members and coworkers for any information that would lead to Ohle's whereabouts. "We talk with them about substance abuse, depression, changes in behavior, girlfriends/significant other, if they have ever gone missing before," and other questions Peay said. Officers also check bank records for activity, social media and cell phones. "We contact surrounding jails, hospitals, morgues, and other law enforcement agencies for possible contacts," Peay said. And they send out press releases in hopes that someone knows something that pertains to the case. Missing person concerns in Plumas are nothing like the numbers reported in urban areas. Most concerns are about people who haven't shown up at a particular location on time. But that doesn't mean that people don't actually go missing in Plumas Countyl "Missing person investigations start with the patrol staff and, depending on the circumstances, it will then come to the detective unit," Peay explained. This was the case on the Ohle investigation. Once the detective unit is involved, they coordinate the search with the patrol staff. "If it becomes more complex then it will stay with the detective unit," Peay added. In this case, detectives, including Peay and others, will collect DNA and dental information if the investigation seems to warrant it. "There is a ton of work that comes with a missing person in the beginning stages and then will slow as time allows," Peay said. spen y enforcing ian laws As part of its ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety, the California Highway Patrol recently conducted a pedestrian safety enforcement operation that focused on motorists and pedestrians that failed to yield the right-of-way or who took unsafe and illegal actions. Pedestrian safety is a key issue in the community, and the CHP is committed to upholding pedestrian safety laws to protect the citizens. On Sept. 27, a pedestrian enforcement operation was conducted on Lawrence Street in Quincy, focusing on drivers and pedestrians who were violating right-of-way laws. Because of this effort, seven citations were issued, 11 warnings were issued and an untold number of citizens were educated on the importance of pedestrian safety. The CHP strongly encourages members of the community to follow basic safe practices: - Drivers should be on the lookout for and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. - Drivers should slow down when in an area where pedestrians are likely to be. - Never pass a car stopped for pedestrians. It's against the law and highly dangerous for those crossing the street. - Pedestrians should cross at the corner, at crosswalks or intersections wherever possible. This is where drivers expect to see pedestrians. - Pedestrians should look both ways for traffic before crossing, make eye contact with the driver, and make certain cars are yielding before crossing. Having the right-of-way does not prevent you from being seriously injured by a driver who is not paying attention. Remember, pedestrians don't have armor! - Pedestrians should wear bright colored, reflective clothing and use a flashlight when walking during hours of darkness -- Be visible! The CHP is committed to doing its part to keep the community safe. CHP urges every member of the community to be safe and follow the rules of the road. Traffic safety is everyone's responsibility. For additional information, contact the Quincy CHP Area Office's Public Information Officer De La Montanya at 283-1100. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fire S fe recomme nd In support of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 through 13, the Plumas Fire Safe Council encourages Plumas County residents to use care this month in all activities that may start a fi.re both inside and outside the home. At the end of the summer months, vegetation is dry. "Fire danger remains high," said Sue McCourt, Plumas County Fire Prevention specialist and member of the Plumas Fire Safe Council. "This year's Fire Prevention Week message is 'Be aware -- fire can happen anywhere.' Look for places that fires can start is more important that ever," said McCourt. One area to focus on this fall is your home heat source. Nights are getting cold and many of us are starting to use woodstoves to take the chill off. Before starting your woodstove, check your roof and gutters to ensure there is nothing flammable that a spark could land in and start a fire. Julie Ruiz, member of the Plumas Fire Safe Council and with the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, reminds residents to do maintenance to keep stoves working at peak efficiency and safety. "Burning wet wood leads to more creosote which leads to increased risk of a flue fire. Every flue must be swept every year, preferably by a reputable chimney sweep who can inspect the condition of the stove and chimney pipe as well as clean it," said Ruiz. The Plumas Fire Safe Council supports fire safety education as well as fuels reduction projects countywide and welcomes everyone to participate in the monthly meetings. The next meeting is Thursday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Plumas County Planning & Building Services office, 555 ncil vigilance Main St. in Quincy. Learn about activities in Plumas County's Firewise communities, get the latest information on fuel reduction projects countywide, and f'md out what is happening close to your neighborhood to be safer in the event of a wildfire. Plumas County Fire Safe" Council meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month and are attended by citizens, members of Plumas Firewise Communities, business owners and representatives from local, state, and federal government agencies, who share a common interest in preventing loss of life and minimizing loss of property from wildland flues. For more information about the Plumas County Fire Safe Council or the upcoming meeting, visit plumasfiresafe.org or contact Hannah at plumasfiresafe@plumascor poration.org. 7am - 9pm 7 Days a Week [] 521 Main St Quincy Main St Q:i!o/, CA~e 53~0.28~ Coworkers or members of his family haven't seen Philip "Garr" Ohle, 58, since Sept. 6. 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