Grass Valley police arrest 4 on trespassing charge; suspects found with makeshift campfire |

Grass Valley police arrest 4 on trespassing charge; suspects found with makeshift campfire

Grass Valley police said they arrested four people this week after finding them in a large makeshift campground that included a dammed creek littered with beer cans.

Timothy Michael Blankenship, 37; Patrick Carmine Marino, 39; Danny James Towe, 63; and Louise Ida Towe, 59, each face a charge of trespassing on closed lands. Danny Towe faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance, jail reports state.

All four have since made bond, records state.

Officers first spotted the four people on Sunday in the woods near Sutton Way and Plaza Drive after responding to reports of someone camping and possibly starting fires.

“There was trash scattered everywhere,” Lt. Joe Matteoni said.

The officers told the people to leave. Police returned the next day, again finding the four people, he added.

According to Matteoni, the makeshift campsite was 40-by-60 foot and included a creek, which had been dammed. Beer cans, food and other items were in the creek.

“They also had the remnants of a campfire,” Matteoni said.

Officers then made their arrests.

Grass Valley police will dedicate more officers to camps, especially those with fires. With more police on the force, one officer will have a focus on homelessness, the lieutenant said.

“We’re working toward that goal,” Matteoni said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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