Sheriff: Four arrests made during compliance check

Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office

A Counter-Sexual Offender Compliance Operation conducted by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department leads to 4 arrests in Siskiyou County on Wednesday.

SCSO Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team (SAFE) conducted 13 sex offender compliance checks in Hornbrook, Yreka, Klamath River, Scott Bar, Seiad Valley, and Happy Camp. The team attempted 14 search warrants that resulted in four arrests that are as follows:

  • Elston Pihneftuff, 25, of Happy Camp, arrested for a DUI-related arrest warrant
  • Raymond Myers, 61, of Happy Camp, was arrested for 4 misdemeanor arrest warrants (DUI, driving on suspended driver license, and public intoxication)
  • Lloyd Smith, 56, of Happy Camp, was arrested on two misdemeanor arrest warrants, including public intoxication and possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana
  • James Williams, 53, of Happy Camp, was arrested for a felony arrest warrant for a felony DUI charge.

A citation was given to Charles Tello for an unlicensed driver violation, resisting, obstructing, delaying an officer by a deputy on the SAFE team after he fled on foot in the 400 block of Buckhorn Road. He was charged with a misdemeanor for resisting arrest.

There were no registered sex offenders found in violation of the law, but not all were present during the operation. Some cases will receive an additional follow up.

According to Sheriff Lopey, “This was a successful operation and we will continue to use SAFE and other available funds to target areas throughout the county to ensure the safety of our citizens. SAFE funds provide an excellent resource because they help us monitor sex offenders and assist in the identification of sexual predators, and these resources help us to track convicted predators in SCSO’s Offender Watch and Megan’s Law databases. We also receive help with sexual assault investigations and we are assisted in our efforts to educate the public about predatory behavior and how to seek assistance and support. We will also solicit support of our local law enforcement partners in the future for SAFE operations. Currently, there are about 150 registered sex offenders listed with the Department’s Offender Watch website and 160 sexual offenders are listed on the Megan’s Law website.”

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