The following is a press released issued by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On March 17th, 2021, at approximately 8:00 AM, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were contacted by the Ukiah Police Department. The Ukiah Police Department had been contacted regarding a burglary that had occurred in the City of Ukiah and the victim had located one of the stolen items in an unpopulated area on Fulton Road in Lucerne.
The deputies went to the location on Fulton Road locating a Keystone travel trailer that was not hooked to any utilities. The deputies made contact with two occupants of the trailer, John Wesley Buckhanan, 37, of Ceres and Rochelle Ellene Slaybaugh, 32, of Ceres. A records check showed Buckhanan had a felony arrest warrant out of Stanislaus County related to stolen property and was placed under arrest for the warrant. Further investigation also revealed that that travel trailer was reported stolen out of Stanislaus County.
Deputies conducted a search of the trailer and surrounding area locating numerous tools that were reported stolen by the victim in Ukiah. The victim from Ukiah was able to come to the Fulton Road location, identify the items that were stolen, and recover them. Deputies also located a short barreled shotgun, a handgun, and ammunition for various guns, miscellaneous rifle parts, burglary tools, and small amounts for Heroin and Methamphetamine.
Buckhanan was transported and booked at the Lake County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property, and Possession of Controlled Substances. Buckhanan remains in custody related to his warrant and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Slaybaugh was arrested and transported to the Lake County Jail where she was booked on the charge of being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. The Sheriff’s Office is also requesting the District Attorney seek additional charges against Slaybaugh for Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of a Short Barreled Shotgun, and Possession of Controlled Substances. Due to $0 bail rules she was not able to be held on these charges.
Sheriff’s Detectives will be attempting to identify victims for additional items that were located and believed stolen. The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to take a moment when you purchase items to document serial numbers. This can be easily done by taking a photo or video with a cell phone. This will assist law enforcement with identifying and returning property if it is unfortunately stolen.