K-9 Zeke alerts lead to arrests

Hey, bad boys, you just can’t fool a dope dog’s nose — and just to show you, Zeke, the Susanville Police Department’s K-9 officer, contributed to three arrests last week.

According to a statement from Kevin Jones, Susanville’s chief of police and interim city administrator, posted on the city of Susanville’s Facebook page, “Fresh off annual training with his handler, K-9 Zeke was busy this week. On Wednesday night Zeke and his handler made a traffic stop for a traffic violation. Zeke alerted to an area of the vehicle that resulted in an arrest for heroin, methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant out of Shasta County.

Bryce Cole

“Susanville resident Bryce Cole was arrested for a warrant out of Shasta County, along with miscellaneous drug charges. Jamie Goldman, 27 of Susanville, was arrested and booked for driving on a suspended license and various drug charges.

“Only an hour later, Zeke was requested to assist LCSO on a traffic stop. Zeke alerted to an area of the vehicle that resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine that resulted in an arrest for drug possession.

“To end his shift, Zeke and officer Hoover responded to a call of a hit and run accident within the City. On arrival Zeke alerted on the vehicle and officers discovered heroin. Although the suspect was not arrested, the investigation will result in an arrest warrant for the suspect submitted to the district attorney’s office.”

“I want to thank our community and all donors for supporting the K-9 program at the police department,” Jones wrote. “Zeke is making a difference in our community. I can’t forget officer Hoover who is our K-9 handler and who has dedicated countless hours to this program.”



Herlong man faces battery on a police officer charges

Gary Rock

On Wednesday, May 21 a SPD officer responded to a report of an out-of-control person on Main Street near McDow Street. Officers encountered Gary Rock, 20, of Herlong, who had committed vandalism on a local business.

Rock, who allegedly became resistant and combative, assaulted and injured two officers who were eventually treated and released for their injuries. Rock was booked and held at the Lassen County Jail on several felony charges, including battery on a Peace Officer.

The Lassen County District Attorney has filed multiple counts of battery on a peace officer charges against Rock.

“We are thankful our officers did not sustain serious injuries,” Jones wrote. “I am equally thankful of our district attorney, Melyssa Rios’ continuing position of holding people accountable when they assault peace officers.”