Category: RPPOA

On April 10th, 2018

Rangers Call State Parks a “Department in Crisis” – Part II

  “Having one lone ranger, which is kind of what we have, is just not doing service to the public.”  – RPPOA President Matt Yarbrough, State Parks Ranger SACRAMENTO – California State Parks rangers with the Resource Protection Peace Officers Association (RPPOA) continue to make public their major safety concerns for park visitors and rangers, and […]

On April 10th, 2018

CDFW Wildlife Officers Arrest Three for Poaching Succulents in Humboldt County

  EUREKA – During the first week of April 2018, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers arrested three individuals for poaching more than 2,300 succulent plants near Trinidad in Humboldt County.   Poaching succulents is a rising trend along California’s north coast and often has international connections. CDFW officers  arrested Taehun Kim, 52, and […]

On April 5th, 2018

Man Found Guilty of Selling Elephant Ivory A CDFW investigation

LOS ANGELES – On April 3, 2018, A Los Angeles County jury convicted Oleg N. Chakov, 48,  on misdemeanor charges of selling elephant ivory.  Chakov was sentenced to 10 days in county jail in lieu of a $5,000 fine, three years of probation and 30 days of community service. He is also prohibited from possessing […]

On March 28th, 2018

California State Park Rangers Fear for Your Safety and Their Own Rangers Call State Parks a “Department in Crisis”

“Fifty percent of our parks are so critically understaffed that they aren’t safe.  Fifty percent!” – RPPOA President Matt Yarbrough, State Parks Ranger SACRAMENTO – California State Parks rangers with the Resource Protection Peace Officers Association (RPPOA) have major public safety concerns for park visitors and rangers, and the perceived lack of concern by State […]

On March 21st, 2018

State Investigators Assist in Large-Scale Animal Cruelty Investigation

EUREKA – On March 19, 2018 Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies arrested, Raymond Frank Christie, a local rancher, in a large-scale animal cruelty case in which up to 300 cows were found dead and others were found malnourished and/or in small or insufficient corrals. The arrest was made after local, state and federal investigators served search […]

On March 9th, 2018

State Park Ranger Locates Panga Boat Abandoned on Beach

GOLETA – A California State Parks Ranger, committed to public safety, determined something wasn’t quite right when he saw a boat suspiciously sitting empty on the shore at Arroyo Quemada State Beach March 7, 2018.  Upon further inspection, Parks Peace-Officer Ranger Dustin Patterson determined the vessel was an abandoned panga boat and notified the appropriate […]

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