The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department made five arrests, took two children in to protective custody and conducted 12 probation searches as part of the 9th annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail sweep Wednesday afternoon.

According to a press release from Allison Giannini, spokesperson for the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department, arrested parties included Tina Ross, 30, of Yreka for child endangerment, possession of controlled substance, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and a probation violation; Anthony Lisby, 41, of Yreka, for child endangerment, possession of controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia; Albert Horton, 33, of Montague, for misdemeanor battery of spouse or girlfriend; Eric McHenry Jr., 23, of Montague for violation of probation; and Eric McHenry Sr., 57 of Montague for violation of probation.

The sweep was an organized detail in which those with outstanding family violence warrants were served and probation searches were conducted, according to Giannini’s press release. The ninth annual sweep included law enforcement agencies from 23 states serving outstanding arrest warrants with charges ranging from harassment to violent felonies such as domestic abuse.

The sweep helps raise awareness of the problem of family and domestic violence in our communities. It also demonstrates that offenders will be held accountable for their violence, the release states.

Giannini said as of Friday afternoon, Ross is lodged in Siskiyou County Jail without bail. Lisby is out on $25,000 bail; Horton was released on misdemeanor charge; and both McHenrys are in jail with bail set at $25,000.

In 2010, there were 213 fresh domestic violence cases taken by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department, and for the current year there have already been 109 fresh domestic violence cases taken, according to the release. It should be noted that these statistics are only for the Sheriff’s Department and the numbers do not include cases filed by local police departments.  

According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, on average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or partners in the United States. Also, nearly one in four women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or partner at some point in her life.

A 2007 study states that 15.5 million children in the US live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and seven million children live in families in which sever partner violence occurred. It has also been found that children who witness domestic violence are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home and engage in other high risk behaviors, stated Giannini.