Citizen’s tip in northern Yreka leads to arrest of Hornbrook probationer

YREKA, Calif., — Authorities say a citizen’s tip regarding a man acting suspiciously in northern Yreka led to the arrest of a man who was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, along with two California prohibited knifes Saturday, May 28.

One of the illegally possessed knives the man was found to have was a ballistic-style knife, which can be used to fire multiple bladed projectiles at targets some distance away from the person wielding the weapon.


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City of Yeka police officers who responded to the call located contacted a man who was sitting inside a vehicle with registration tabs that had expired more than six months earlier.

Officers learned the man, Blain St. Germain of Hornbrook, was on probation for prior convictions of possession of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violation of probation.

Yreka PD officers who responded to a citizen’s report of suspicious activity occurring in northern Yreka arrested a man who was found to be in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, as well as two California prohibited knives. Yreka PD photo

During a subsequent probation search, officers located approximately 3.25 grams of methamphetamine, along with various glass smoking devices and other items related to ingesting narcotics.

Officers also discovered two California prohibited knives, including the ballistic knife and a second, balisong or butterfly knife, also classified for legal purposes as a switchblade-style knife.

Based on their investigative findings, officers arrested St. Germain and his vehicle was towed due to its expired registration.


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Although he was later booked into the Siskiyou County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a ballistic knife, and possession of a switchblade knife, online jail records indicate he has since been released and is no longer in custody.

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Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

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.