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El Dorado County deputies busy in evacuation zones

Andrew Vonderschmitt / Mountain Democrat

Since the Mosquito Fire prompted evacuations in the north county communities of Georgetown, Volcanoville and Quintette, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has made multiple arrests of individuals who officers say shouldn’t be in closed evacuation zones. 

On Sept. 7, 31-year-old Michael Christian Curly was stopped while driving a vehicle in the Volcanoville area, reportedly with altered registration. Upon contact deputies reported finding Curly in possession of a loaded firearm, a large capacity magazine, a gun with no serial numbers and a controlled substance. Curly was booked into county jail and later released on $60,000 bail, according to inmate records.

The very next afternoon 39-year-old Garrett Steven Shockey was also stopped while driving in the Volcanoville area. When deputies made contact they discovered multiple firearms, controlled substances and paraphernalia, according to the Sheriff’s Office. A felon/addict, the suspect faces enhanced charges and is held on $517,000 bail.



According to an EDSO post to social media, deputies came upon an SUV with multiple vehicle code violations Sept. 9. The driver was found to have an outstanding felony warrant and was driving on a suspended license. A K9 unit detected controlled substances, leading to a search of the vehicle that revealed firearms, ammunition, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The driver and passenger were arrested for multiple firearm and drug charges.

Also on Sept. 9, 48-year-old Justin Bryan Lara was booked into county jail after he reportedly failed to obey a sign posted for preferential traffic lanes on Wentworth Springs Road in Georgetown. He remains in custody with bail set at $2,500.



Another Sept. 9 arrest came when 49-year-old William Barnes was stopped in Volcanoville. He was booked into county jail on suspicion of burglary, breaking and entering and vehicle theft. He is held without bail.

In Georgetown 59-year-old Georgiy Kulya was taken into custody Sept. 9 for reportedly resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer. He is held on a $3,000 bail. 

On Sunday Joseph James Howard, 36, and Brandee Lynn Passey, 31, were arrested on Goferbroke Road in Georgetown on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and entering a disaster area. Passey has been released and Howard, on felony parole, is held without bail. 

The Sheriff’s Office reminds residents via social media that if they are in evacuation areas they may be contacted by patrolling law enforcement personnel.  

“We want to make sure criminal activity is not afoot,” the statement reads. 
“Anyone seeking to loot, steal or victimize our county will receive total enforcement on crime. If this is you, just don’t.”


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