A look back at the first four months of 2021 | Corning Observer


Here are the highlights from the Corning Observers for the first four months of 2021. The rest of the highlights for the year will be in future issues of the journal.


– Tornadoes hit southern and eastern Tehama County as a winter storm super-cell swept through the area on January 4.

At least two tornadoes are reported to have hit the county, one over the Vina Plains east of Vina and the other about 15 miles west of Corning in the Apple Road area, causing extensive damage in both areas, including the destruction of a barn, tearing of irrigation pipes. and holm oaks.

– A wave of diesel fuel thefts has hit farm sites in Tehama County where thousands of gallons of red-dye diesel fuel have been stolen, Tehama County Sheriff’s Office reports, including 1,400 gallons of Crain Orchards valued at $ 2,800.

Through the CCTV review, sheriff’s deputies were able to identify Travis Eugene Banghart, 36, of Red Bluff as a suspect in the thefts. A search warrant for the Banghart residence was served by the sheriff’s office on Orange Street in Red Bluff, where large quantities of red-dye diesel were reportedly located in the garage and around the property, stored in barrels and various plastic containers.

– Corning resident Dacoda Renae Stewart, 22, is sentenced to 11 years and eight months in state prison by Tehama County Superior Court for attempted deliberate, deliberate and premeditated murder with a special allegation of use of a gun to commit a crime. Stewart pleaded guilty to shooting her ex-boyfriend, Peter Erich Gruendig, 23, in the head while parked in an area west of Corning on the evening of September 29, 2019. Gruendig a survived the shooting but suffered serious injuries.

– A global pandemic did not slow down the success of the 80th Annual Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale in January 2021 at the Tehama District Fairgrounds. Highlights of the event – the cattle dog sale followed by the gelding sale and the Saturday bull sale, all three racked up a total of $ 2,198,050, a historic record for the event – exceeding last year’s total of over $ 120,000.

Top sellers included a 3-year-old Tricolor, Kansas Border Collie delivered by Tim Woods of Cottonwood, auctioned for $ 17,000 to Ty Jenkins of Wyoming – $ 1,000 more than Best Cattle Dog of 2020. Woods was also the consignee of an 8 year old bay gelding, LL Poco Cat, which was auctioned off to Casey Miller of Orland for $ 24,000.


– Cottonwood motorcyclist Ray Ray Cain, 37, was arrested by Red Bluff police after allegedly dragging a bound man through the streets of Red Bluff on February 8. During a police chase, Cain crashed into the motorcycle. The dragged man is dead and Cain faces murder charges.

–A report by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Task Force regarding a Tehama man in possession of child pornography led to the arrest of Ronald Verrett, 56, on February 8. Verrett, aka Ron Reeves, was incarcerated in Tehama County Jail on suspicion of possession of child pornography after a search of his electronic devices and his internet history revealed several images of child pornography downloaded and recorded.

– Red Bluff resident Justin Van Dyke, 40, appeared at a Shasta Lake home suffering from two non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and called for the resident’s help at around 7:44 p.m. on the 18th February. Van Dyke declined to tell MPs who shot him or the circumstances surrounding the incident.

– On February 24, the Tehama County Major Crime Unit arrested David Moreno, 37, and Jennifer Jenson, 36, both of whom were living in a residence at the corner of Edith and Gallagher avenues where the unit was held. seized two pounds of methamphetamine, three firearms, drug packaging materials and drug paraphernalia, the unit reported. The suspects were held in Tehama County Jail on bail of $ 65,000 each and on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance and prohibited person in possession of firearms.


– New guidelines for youth and adult recreational sports issued by the State Department of Public Health have come into effect, paving the way for Corning High School to schedule multiple outdoor sporting events until the end of the school year as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to disrupt many activities and events.

– Cesar Osvaldo Macedo, 30, was sentenced to four years in state prison after violating parole and leading police in a high-speed chase. Just months after his release from prison, Macedo led police in a Dec. 31 car chase that crossed two counties and ended in an accident and arrest. A Corning police officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the 1999 Honda Macedo driving on McKinley Avenue in Corning. The driver did not stop and traveling at speeds above 100 mph fled police through Corning, Gerber, Los Molinos and into Butte County where he crashed into a tree on Hwy 32 in Hamilton City.

– The effort to recall Tehama County supervisors, Bob Williams of District 4 and Dennis Garton of District 3, was largely unsuccessful in both districts. Kenn Rieders of the recall committee reported that the recall failed due to a lack of signatures collected on recall petitions.

– Eric Deno, 34, of Corning, accused of killing his mother, Angelika Deno, 55, at their Corning home on October 8, 2018, reached a plea deal with the Tehama County Senior District Attorney’s Office , withdrawing his plea of ​​not guilty and pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to second degree murder. Tehama County District Attorney Matt Rogers said under the circumstances it was a good outcome.

– Just one block from Corning Middle and Elementary Schools on East Avenue in Fig Lane, a large, illegal indoor marijuana trade operation was dismantled on March 15 by the Tehama County Prosecutor’s Office of Investigations , Corning Police Department, Tehama County Major Crime Task Force and Department of Environmental Health. Occupying nearly an entire block, the facility housed several marijuana grow rooms, as well as temporary accommodation for purported growers of pots and 5,029 potted plants. Four suspects, from out of state, were arrested in the bust.

– The Corning Planning Commission approved an application for a crematorium use permit on March 16 submitted by Stephen Forest, owner of Hall Brothers Mortuary, who is seeking to install the service on the property at 902 Fifth St. Forest said that the crematorium will be located in an existing building located just west of the morgue on the same property.

– The launch of the Olive Grove Permanent Supportive Housing Development Project for the Homeless is slated for March 23 in Corning. The Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation project will be located on Route 99W in Fig Lane and will consist of 31 units and one management unit. Completion of the complex is scheduled for June 2022, with the rental process for the units starting in February of the same year.


– Martin Diaz Jr., 40, of Corning used his 4-year-old son to protect himself from police trying to arrest the suspect on April 1 at the suspect’s home on Center Street. Diaz, who was wanted on an arrest warrant outside Tehama County for endangering children, placed the child between himself and a police officer as he resisted arrest. The child was not injured in the altercation.

Diaz held him in Tehama County Jail on $ 228,000 bond on suspicion of obstructing a public official, criminal threats, resistance / delay from a senior official, willful cruelty to a child, child injury, child cruelty / possible injury or death and three counts of contempt of court.

–Tiffany Dietz is hired as the new superintendent of the Corning Union Elementary School District upon retirement from former Superintendent Rick Fitzpatrick. Dietz has been a district employee for 15 years, most often as principal of Maywood DaVinci High School. The district administration board made the decision to hire Dietz as Fitzpatrick’s replacement following interviews for the position earlier this year.

–Corning Police Officer Tyler Knight caught and arrested Christopher Lee Hildebrand, 47, of Concord on April 12 on Interstate 5, who allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend. The unidentified woman texted 911 around 11:30 am, which was picked up by the law enforcement dispatch. Knight located the vehicle in the southbound lanes of the freeway and stopped near the Tehama / Glenn county line. The woman was not injured and was removed from the situation as Hildebrand was arrested and held in Tehama County Jail on $ 50,000 bond and suspected of kidnapping and forcible confinement.

–A alleged illegal commercial operation of growing marijuana in Corning was dismantled on April 19, hidden in an olive grove at the intersection of Viola and Orchard avenues. Suspects were arrested at the site and hundreds of marijuana plants were seized and destroyed.

– A federal grand jury rendered an indictment on two counts against Austreberto Rafael Santamaria-Valencia, 25, of Corning, on April 22, charging him with suspicion of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and d ‘be a criminal in possession of a firearm. He was located by a Red Bluff cop on February 6 at the Best Western Motel in Red Bluff. During a search of the motel room and Santamaria-Valencia vehicle officers seized approximately 1,000 counterfeit M-30 oxycodone tablets, a loaded Taurus G3C 9mm semi-automatic pistol, two bottles containing a total of of 170 Farmapram (Alprazolam-Xanax) tablets, five packets of suboxone strips, 90 grams of marijuana, about $ 7,000 in cash and other items commonly used in street narcotics sales.

Santamaria-Valencia was arrested and held in the Tehama County Jail. He is known to local law enforcement to be responsible for shooting and killing two suspects who attempted to rob his home on Hwy 99W in Corning in January 2019.

– Karli Rainwater, 19, of Red Bluff is crowned Miss Tehama County at the annual Tehama County Fair.


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