Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Police Searching for Suspect Who Used Incendiary Device to Start Vegetation Fire in Cloverdale

Emergency police traffic featured
[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

A suspect driving an unknown vehicle allegedly ignited a vegetation fire in Cloverdale tonight using what law enforcement is describing as an “incendiary device”.

A regional Be On the Lookout has been issued including Mendocino County where the suspect is thought to be driving northbound on Highway 101.

Scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information Page indicate a grass fire flared up around 9:09 p.m. south of Cloverdale near the intersection of Dutcher Creek Road and Theresa Drive.

The reporting party relayed to the dispatcher they heard what they thought could be a gunshot or a vehicle backfiring at the time the fire was ignited. By 9:27 p.m. the fire was extinguished. Shortly afterward, the regional BOLO was issued for the suspect. At this point, authorities do not have a clear make or model of the suspect vehicle.

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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  1. What a stinking sick piece of shit? If someone see’s that please take a picture and send it to the local law enforcement. Get involved. There are people who have nothing that live in these places just living check to check and it’s not right that some asshole is doing this without getting caught, Be on the lookout,

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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