Yreka burglary investigation leads to pair’s arrest

YREKA, Calif., — Authorities say two people were arrested after they were found hiding at a Yreka home they had broken into and were staying without permission Tuesday, Jan. 11.


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City of Yreka police officers were dispatched to a private residence on West Miner Street around 4 p.m. after receiving a report of a possible residential break-in and learned that subjects were believed to be squatting at the home without permission.

While searching the property, officers located a man and woman attempting to hide in a shed and detained the pair, since identified as Melissa Radford and Blaine McKinney. Both were found to be on probation out of Shasta County.

A pair of probationers was arrested after they were found squatting at a Yreka home on Tuesday. Yreka PD photo

Based on their investigation, officers arrested the pair, who were later transported to the Siskiyou County Jail. 

Radford was booked on suspicion of burglary and violation of her Shasta County probation terms, while McKinney was booked on suspicion of burglary, providing false information, and violation of PRCS probation.

Online jail records indicate both have since been released and are no longer in custody.


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Yreka PD went on the thank the community “for their continued vigilance and dedicated involvement in our city’s safety.”

“True and prompt information from the caller allowed us to respond quickly and effect a swift resolution,” officials continued.

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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.