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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 3la LAW A ORDER Su lum I GD Hendrix remains in state mental hospital Dan McDonald vacant home near the Managing Editor Kroenckes in Berry Creek. dmcdonald@plumasnews.com The family member said Olga Kroencke confronted One year ago a Cromberg Hendrix several times about husband and wife, Mike and giving methamphetamine to Olga Kroencke, were found her 35-year-old mentally shot to death near their disabled son, who lived at vacation home in the their Berry Creek second foothills northeast of home. Just days before she Oroville. was killed, Olga reportedly To date, no one has been posted a written note on charged with murdering the Hendrix' fence warning him Kroenckes. to stay away from her son. The only suspect, The Kroenckes, who were 45-year,old GD Hendrix of both Plumas County Berry Creek, is in a state employees, drove to Berry mental hospital. Creek on weekends to spend Hendrix, who lived near time with their son. On Dec. the Kroenckes' second home 19, 2014, they were on their in Berry Creek, was arrested way for a visit. on drug and weapons After family members charges Jan. 6, more than called to say the Kroenckes two weeks after the hadn't arrived, deputies Kroenckes were killed, discovered the Kroenckes Butte County sheriffs dead in their car about 2 spokesperson Miranda p.m., on Dec. 20, 2014. Bowersox said the case The car was parked across remains under investigation the road from the property and confirmed Hendrix is where Hendrix was living. still the only suspect. "Other Ten days after the than that, we don't have any Kroenckes were killed, the additional details to Butte County sheriff served release," Bowersox said last a search warrant at the week. "We are working with Hendrix residence. the Department of Justice on Hendrix was not home the case." Dec. 29, 2014, when SWAT Although the killings teams from the Butte County didn't happen in his sheriffs office and Chico jurisdiction, Plumas County Police Department arrived. Sheriff Greg Hagwood said The teams seized an he offered to help the Butte explosive device and County sheriff investigate firearms at the residence. the crimes. Hagwood said Arrest warrants were issued Butte County declined the for GD Hendrix and his offer, mother, 67-year-old Lotta Hagwood stopped short'of Hendrix, charging both of criticizing Butte County's them with possession of a investigation, but he destructive device. admitted he w~as4',very ~ Responding to a tip Jan. 6, concer~ed." :~ .... J:~, ,,, ; Butte County sheriff's : "I would hope that after ' detectivesfoUnd Hendrix at the passing of this much the Canyon Creek Store at time, and with the 9607 Oro-Quincy Highway. involvement of the DOJ, Since Hendrix was they would at least be able to considered armed, assign responsibility to who detectives waited for him to may have committed this leave the store before trying horrible offense," Hagwood to arrest him. said. With guns drawn, According to a Kroencke detectives told Hendrix family member who didn't he was under arrest. want to be identified, Mike Hendrix reportedly raised and Olga Kroencke had a his hands and yelled history of problems with something back at the Hendrix, who was officers, and then lowered reportedly squatting in a his hands and attempted This Jan. 6 booking photo of GD Hendrix was provided by the Butte County sheriff's office. Hendrix, of Berry Creek, remains a person of interest in the December 2014 shooting deaths of Cromberg husband and wife Mike and Olga Kroencke. to reach under his jacket. The officers tackled Hendrix and placed him in handcuffs. Hendrix was heavily armed, with three guns and a knife concealed under his jacket. Officers found Hendrix had an AK-47-style semi-automatic assault rifle loaded with a 30-round magazine strapped to his back. He also had a loaded .22-caliber revolver on his waist and a loaded .223-caliber hunting pistol slung over his right arm. He also possessed methamphetamine, a concealed dagger and brass knuckles hung around his neck. He was charged with multiple felonies and booked into the Butte County jail on $1 million bail. Although the Butte County sheriff considered Hendrix person of interest" in the Kroencke killings, he wasn't charged with murder. Criminal proceedings against Hendrix for the weapons and drug charges were suspended in February after doubt was expressed about his mental competence. After being evaluated by a doctor, Hendrix was declared incompetent to stand trial and transferred to Napa State Hospital for Mike and Olga Kroencke relax during a Ukrainian Christmas celebration in 2012. The Cromberg husband and wife were shot to death Dec. 19, 2014, near their second home in the foothills northeast of Oroville. Photo courtesy Kroencke family psychiatric treatment. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said he expects Hendrix to stand trial on the weapons and drug charges eventually. "We'll see if he gets sufficiently treated," Ramsey said. "There is a possibility he wouldn't be able to stand trial, but the doctor said he just needs time to get on the proper medication." Lotta Hendrix, who lived with her son, was arrested without incident the same day as GD Hendrix. 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