ANDERSON: Probationer arrested after search uncovers weapons, ammunition

ANDERSON — Sheriff and Probation Department officials arrested a probationer after they found him to be in possession of weapons and ammunition in violation of the terms of his probation, Tuesday, Oct. 31. The man was arrested at his residence on the 5700 block of Olive Street in Anderson.

Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Shasta County Probation Department went to the home of William Jack Bushnell to conduct a probation search at 1:37 p.m., Shasta County Sheriff’s Sergeant Gonzalez explained in a written press release.

According to Superior Court records, Bushnell is on felony probation with a prior conviction for being armed while in possession of a controlled substance.

During the probation search, officials located and seized a 12 gauge Mossberg tactical shotgun and a Tec-22 pistol, according to Gonzalez. Officials also located “131 rounds of ammunition of varying calibers,” said Gonzalez.

After the search, officials  arrested Bushnell and he was later booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and violation of his probation terms.

An online jail records search revealed Bushnell remain in custody, held on $300,000 bail.

Anyone with information about Bushnell”s alleged criminal activities is encouraged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 245-6025. Callers can refer to incident file number 17-3879 and can remain anonymous.


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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 grandchildren.

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