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Police discuss probation sweep that triggered 15 arrests

Law enforcement trying to help probation officers in wake of realignment
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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With probation departments across the state facing elevated workloads and more serious offenders due to AB 109, some police departments are stepping up efforts to help monitor criminals — an example of which happened Nov. 30, when Roseville officers executed a special probation sweep that landed 15 individuals in jail.

Police found time to set up the operation during day-shift hours that were scheduled for advance training. They focused on neighborhoods experiencing ongoing problems.

“Part of what determined which houses would be searched were concerns from residents about suspicious foot traffic and possible drug dealing,” said police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther. “We confirmed there were individuals in each house on probation that needed to be checked on.”  

Officers conducted a home search at the 100 block of Folsom Road, resulting in seven arrests:

  • Thomas Simpson, 47, of Roseville was booked on charges of keeping a place to sell drugs, criminal conspiracy and committing a felony while out on bail for a felony arrest.
  • Robert Higgins, 62, of Roseville was booked on charges of keeping a place to sell drugs, criminal conspiracy and committing a felony while out on bail for a felony arrest.
  • Chanel Simpson, 42, of Roseville was arrested for keeping a place to sell drugs, criminal conspiracy and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
  • Lloyd Ocon, 53, of Roseville was charged with visiting a place where drugs are sold and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
  • Everett Tater Proctor, 40, of Roseville was charged with visiting a place where drugs are sold and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
  •  Canace Bailey, 34, of Roseville was also arrested for visiting a place where drugs are sold and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
  • Philip Mulvaney, 51, of North Highlands was arrested on paraphernalia charges.

The probation sweep also focused on a house in the 900 block of Parry Street. Police arrested six individuals at that stop:

  • Misty Dawn Neal, 27, of Carmichael was charged with possession of methamphetamine.
  • Brian Lundberg, 37, of Citrus Heights was arrested on a Sacramento County warrant.
  • Wesley Wallace, 48, of Roseville was charged with keeping a place to sell drugs and violation of probation.
  • Rhonda Wallace, 38, of Roseville was charged with keeping a place to sell drugs and violation of probation.
  •  Edgardo Bantay, 48, of Roseville was charged with keeping a place to sell drugs and violation of probation.
  • Greg Stittleburg, 47, of Roseville was arrested for visiting a place where drugs are sold while on probation.  

The third house that was searched in the sweep was a residence in the 900 block of Circuit Drive, resulting in two arrests:

  • David Wayne Cooley, 43, of Roseville was booked on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
  • Monica Coker, 43, of Roseville was arrested on paraphernalia charges. 

Roseville police officer Bret Brzyscz was part of the probation sweep.

“One of the things we’ve seen with AB 109 is crime going up and more people on the streets with extensive criminal histories,” Brzyscz said. “This was a day where we were able to target high crime areas.”

Probation enforcement has become a major concern to law enforcement agencies in California since the passage of the law AB109, also known as realignment, which calls for thousands of convicts to be sentenced to county jail and then county probation rather than state prison followed by parole.

AB 109 puts a particular strain on county probation offices by tasking them with supervising more offenders, as well as a number of convicts serving country prison time on ankle monitors rather than in state prison.   

From Brzyscz’s perspective, this is all the more reason for Roseville police officers working the streets to make sure they’re finding ways to help Placer County Probation.

“With the changes we’ve seen in realignment, it’s hard for some of these offenders to get attention they need from probation,” he said. “And even when they do, some keep getting released after only a few days. One suspect we arrested in the probation sweep on Nov. 30 had already been arrested four times last month.” 

Scott Thomas Anderson can be reached at scotta@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on twitter at ScottA_RsvPT.