Happy Camp is subject of county's first 'CERP' sweep

Skye Kinkade

A total of eleven adults and one juvenile were arrested for various felony and misdemeanor crimes in Happy Camp Tuesday as part of a special enforcement detail in concert with local, state and federal agencies.

This is the first of many Crime Emergency Response Program details to be conducted in the county, said Siskiyou County Sheriff’s spokesperson Allison Giannini. The initial operation was launched in Happy Camp, but CERP operations will be conducted at least twice monthly in areas within the county that are plagued with crime problems, Giannini said.

The following individuals were arrested, transported and booked into the Siskiyou County Jail, Giannini reported:

• Jodie Towne, 36, Happy Camp for two Violations of Probation Warrants. She was cited and released.

• David Perry, 69, Klamath River for two Violation of Probation Warrants and Failure to appear. He was cited and released.

• Eric Franklin, 51, Happy Camp, for two Charges of Violation of Probation. He was released on his own recognizance.

• Joe Frank Harrison, 57, Happy Camp, for Violation of Probation. He was cited and released.

• Joe Blackhawk Harrison, 22, Happy Camp, for 2 Violation of Probation warrants. He posted $50,000 bail and was released.

• Gary White, 55, Happy Camp for Violation of Parole and contempt of court. He was cited and released.

• Jeffery Wilkins, 41, Happy Camp, for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. He was cited and released.

• Joann Rose, 38, Happy Camp, for possession of controlled substance and obstructing/resisting arrest. She posted $10,000 bail and was released.

Sheriff Jon Lopey said his department is taking a proactive stance in response to crime problems and citizens’ complaints utilizing partner agencies.

Sheriff’s deputies, detectives, correctional officers, patrol commander and chaplain, along with Siskiyou County Probation, Siskiyou County Inter-Agency Narcotics Task Force, California Highway Patrol, United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers and other available agencies participated in the first special enforcement effort, Giannini said.

“This program is a good way to deal with a number of crime problems, illicit drug use, and complaints from citizens because it leverages additional resources from federal, state and local agencies which would otherwise not be available for such operations,” said Lopey. “Collectively, we will continue to focus our attention on criminals preying on innocent victims throughout Siskiyou County and those illegally using or transporting illicit drugs. We will also continue to work with our partner agencies to ensure that those on probation or released on bail for criminal offenses are complying with lawful requirements of their release.”

Additionally, special enforcement details will concentrate on sex offender compliance checks, service of arrest warrants, medical marijuana compliance checks, probation and parole checks, and we will continue to search for criminal fugitives hiding in local areas, Lopey said.

“The message is simple – criminals should be worried if they are breaking the law anywhere in Siskiyou County,” Lopey added. “Eventually, they will be held to answer for their crimes.”