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'Persons of interest' arrested in double homicide case

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
1/8/2015 
 
Murder

 The Butte County sheriff’s office displays the firearms and drug paraphernalia that were concealed under G.D. Hendrix’s jacket when he was arrested Tuesday night. Photo courtesy Butte County sheriff’s office


Two people have been arrested as persons of interest in the Dec. 20 shooting deaths of Cromberg residents Mike and Olga Kroencke.

The Butte County sheriff arrested Berry Creek residents G.D. Hendrix, 44, and his mother, Lotta Hendrix, 67, Tuesday night, Jan. 6, at different locations in Butte County.

Acting on a tip, Butte County sheriff’s detectives responded to the Canyon Creek Store at 9607 Oro-Quincy Highway where they encountered G.D. Hendrix as he was leaving the store about 6:30 p.m.

Detectives ordered Hendrix to the ground. Hendrix reportedly yelled back and initially raised his hands. But he then lowered them down to his waist and reached under his jacket.

Officers tackled Hendrix and placed him in handcuffs.

While searching Hendrix officers found he was carrying several concealed weapons.

The weapons included an AK-47-style semi-automatic assault rifle loaded with a 30-round magazine strapped to his back; a loaded .22-caliber revolver at his waist; and a loaded .223-caliber hunting pistol slung over his right arm.

He also had a concealed dagger and brass knuckles hanging around his neck.

“This is a perfect example of why we had to be careful about the information we were putting out (regarding the double homicide),” Butte County sheriff’s spokesperson Miranda Bowersox said. “He’s a very dangerous person. We didn’t want him to know we were looking for him.

“This could have gone very badly,” Bowersox added. “We are fortunate that no one else was hurt.”

Lotta Hendrix was arrested at a location in Berry Creek about 11 p.m.

He was booked on multiple firearm charges and possession of methamphetamine.

He is being held on $1 million bail in the Butte County jail. Lotta Hendrix is held on $500,000 bail.

According to the sheriff, the Kroenckes were shot to death in their car while on their way to visit their son, who lives in the Berry Creek area in the foothills north of Oroville.

On Dec. 29, the Butte County sheriff and Chico Police Department, served a search warrant at the Hendrixes’ 310 Galen Ridge Road residence in Berry Creek.

The search resulted in the seizure of an explosive device and firearms. No one was home during the search. Warrants were then issued for the Hendrixes’ arrest. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Butte County sheriff’s detective Matt Rackley at 530-538-7671.

This is a developing story. Details will be reported in the Jan. 14 edition of Feather Publishing newspapers.

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-1 #6 bob simpson 2015-01-15 04:00
I'm sorry. But if you seriously think that meth caused this, you know nothing about it. I know people who use meth daily and have been for the better part of 25 years. These folks have a business, own their home, (two homes actually), and they show no signs of this behavior. People who drink alcohol smoke weed and people free from drug use commit murders all the time. Rather than spending all the money incarcerating folks and fighting the drug war, lets open rehab centers. they help
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0 #5 bob simpson 2015-01-15 03:52
Quoting Blank Man:
It concerns me to read this article and know that this Mother and Son operation has taken the lives of other human beings. METH is a drug that needs to be off the streets once and for all. There is no joke about murder and those who did this evil act. I hope all of you realize that we need to report people who look like they need help who might be using this evil drug. We would be better citizens if we report them to LAW ENFORCEMENT. How would you feel if you woke up in the middle of the night and find a wide eye stoned out their mind person, looking at you and demanding you give them money and you know deep down inside that if you do. They are only going to go buy METH with it? What would you do?
YEAH!!!! BLAME THE METH. MORON
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+2 #4 rhondaheart 2015-01-13 18:22
I had a HATER a while back , who had issues w/ my comments as I have respect and full Faith in our local law enforcement and correctional officer's-recen tly someone feels the need to come on here and comment under what has been my user name for years -their comments are inappropriate since people died here and family's are grieving-Mental Health help needed or maybe the Meth got to their brain too- great job law enforcement! Sympathy to the families and rescue personnel as well-
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-1 #3 Blank Man 2015-01-12 01:46
It concerns me to read this article and know that this Mother and Son operation has taken the lives of other human beings. METH is a drug that needs to be off the streets once and for all. There is no joke about murder and those who did this evil act. I hope all of you realize that we need to report people who look like they need help who might be using this evil drug. We would be better citizens if we report them to LAW ENFORCEMENT. How would you feel if you woke up in the middle of the night and find a wide eye stoned out their mind person, looking at you and demanding you give them money and you know deep down inside that if you do. They are only going to go buy METH with it? What would you do?
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+6 #2 David Parks 2015-01-10 21:09
Yes, marijuana and meth possession should lead to
Capitol punishment by hanging or life in prison listening to Rush Limbaugj!
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0 #1 David Parks 2015-01-10 09:14
This is clear proof of why we need to express our feelings. I am sick of what METH is causing in our communities. 20 years ago. It was dangerous . But it has gotten to be extremely dangerous and families are caught up in a huge drug war. Please... This is not a game...... METH KILLS....
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