Five recent Mt. Shasta arrests as MSPD celebrates their newest officer on patrol

As compiled from Mt. Shasta Police Department/Facebook

MT. SHASTA, Calif., — Mt. Shasta Police Department reports that over the last two weeks, July 12 through July 24, officers have responded to 354 calls for service that resulted in twenty-two new cases and five arrests. 

Comparatively, during the prior two week period the department responded to 365 calls for service that resulted in twenty-two new cases and seven arrests. Independence Day patrol activities during that period led to three of those arrests during separate and unrelated investigations, while one of those arrested on the 4th was a parolee who fought with arresting officers, injuring one of them.


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  • On July 13, 2021, 66 year old Jose Luis Gonzales was arrested for shoplifting and public intoxication. He was booked into Siskiyou County Jail.
  • On July 15, 2021, 29 year old Eric Albert Costa was arrested for outstanding warrants. He was cited and released.
  • On July 17, 2021, 28 year old William Francis Sullivan was arrested for driving on a suspended license. He was cited and released.
  • On July 18th, 2021, 44 year old Michael Simons was arrested for willfully resisting, delays, or obstructing a police officer, annoying telephone calls with obscene or threatening language, and violating probation. Simons was taken and booked into Siskiyou County Jail.
  • On July 20th, 2021, 36 year old Rh Tilley was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a smoking device. Tilley was cited and released to a responsible party.

“Congratulations to Officer Hamilton! Today Marks his first shift after being on FTO!”, Mt. Shasta PD announced last night. “We are happy to have you with us and thank you for your service with us. Remember, donut give up on your dreams! 🍩 🍩” MSPD photo

Mt. Shasta PD last week also celebrated one of their own, recently hired Officer Hamilton, who just completed his Field Training.

After spending several weeks learning the essentials, such as proper donut retention and defensive coffee tactics, effective use of cool Oakley eyewear, impeccable boot-shining skills, proper mustache grooming, and all the best places to score that ever-important 10% emergency first responder’s discount on meals and drinks, Hamilton was cut loose to begin patrolling the city on his own.


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“Congratulations to Officer Hamilton!”, MSPD said after the new officer’s graduation from the FTO program. “We are happy to have you with us and thank you for your service with us.”

“Remember, donut give up on your dreams!”, they continued.

Some things new officers actually learn while undergoing California’s POST-required ten to sixteen week Field Training Program include:

  • Proper Application of California Codes and Laws
  • Patrol Procedures and Operations
  • Practical Officer Safety Procedures / Defensive Tactics
  • Proper Use of Force / De-Escalation Techniques
  • Patrol Vehicle Operations
  • Community Relations / Maintaining Professional Demeanor
  • Radio Communication Systems
  • Leadership Techniques
  • Search and Seizure Laws
  • Effective Report Writing / Courtroom Demeanor
  • Physical Control of Persons/Prisoners/Mentally Ill
  • Investigations / Evidence Collection
  • Tactical Communication / Conflict Resolution
  • Effective Traffic Patrol Techniques
  • Self-Initiated Patrol Activities

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.