SCSO offers help removing abandoned, unwanted vehicles

SHASTA COUNTY — In an effort to lessen blight caused by abandoned and/or unwanted vehicles left on personal property, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has offered to help with the removal of those vehicles – often requiring little more than a request and signature.


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Sheriff’s officials made the social media announcement this week after a Shasta Lake resident recently purchased a home that had several “abandon vehicles” left on the property.

“The new owners signed a waiver that allowed the Sheriff’s Office to remove the vehicles,” officials explained in their social media release, which can be seen below.

Anyone in Shasta County – including the city of Redding – who has one or more vehicles they would like removed from their property is encouraged to contact officials, who said, “With a simple signature we can usually get it done.”

When asked about the removal of abandoned or unwanted/unusable boats, officials responded, “It is something we would have to look at and coordinate with the tow company.” 

“In the past, it hasn’t been a problem,” officials continued.

For further information, contact the Sheriff’s non-emergency number at (530) 245-6540. If you reside in the Shasta Lake area you can also stop by the Shasta Lake Sheriff’s Station at 4488 Red Bluff Street.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta 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. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s 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 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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