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Web exclusive: river scuffle results in attempted-murder arrest

An argument at the South Yuba River ended in attempted-murder charges for a Yuba City woman on Friday evening.

Deborah Jean Bess, 40, was at the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport with her 17-year-old son Friday at about 6:30 p.m., said Larry Clark, a supervising park ranger. A 36-year-old woman from the Sacramento area was at the same location with her two teenage children, Clark said.

Clark said Bess’ son started a fight with the victim’s children and then threatened them. The victim told the boy to stop and go away. At that point, Bess, who was on the other side of the river, started wading across and shouting obscenities at the victim.



The victim decided she had had enough, Clark said, and reached down to pick up her belongings and leave.

Bess reportedly kneed the victim in the face and knocked her into the river. She then jumped on top of her and held her under water, “screaming she was going to drown her and she was going to die,” Clark said.




Bystanders were eventually able to get Bess off the victim, he said, and she waited with her children for the authorities to arrive.

“Someone said the rangers were coming, and Bess and her entourage began leaving,” Clark said.

When park rangers arrived, Bess fought with them and injured one of them, Clark said. She was subdued eventually, but when she was taken to Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, she fought with several sheriff’s deputies, authorities said.

As of Monday, Bess was the only person arrested in the alleged crime.

“We may have some more charges later against the son,” Clark said.

Clark said she had been arrested in the Sacramento area before on charges of assault and battery.


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