Woman arrested, child taken into protective custody, after probation search at Anderson home

ANDERSON, Calif., — Authorities say a probation search conducted at an Anderson home led to the arrest of a probationer after narcotics and drug-related paraphernalia were discovered scattered throughout the woman’s residence and within reach of a child living at the home Thursday, Jan. 20.

Due to the deplorable and dangerous living conditions found within the home and multiple building code violations, the child was taken into protective custody and the residence was deemed uninhabitable. The home has since been red-tagged by the City of Anderson Code Enforcement division.


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Thursday’s arrest happened after members of the Anderson Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Team conducted a probation search at a residence in the 1900 block of Spruce Circle, southwest of Pinyon Avenue and Highway 273.

A probation search at an Anderson residence led to the discovery of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia scattered throughout the home within easy reach of a child who was taken into protective custody. Anderson Police Department photo

During the search, officers contacted the home’s resident, 46-year-old April Ann Larue, who is on probation with a warrantless search clause.

“A search of the residence revealed methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia scattered throughout the residence, all accessible to a child living within the home,” Anderson PD has since reported; saying that a child found at the home was taken into protective custody by Shasta County Child and Family Services.

Based on their investigation, Larue was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of felony child endangerment, maintaining a place where narcotics are used/kept/sold, and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

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Online jail records indicate Larue remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail or bond.

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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.