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Shasta County leaders facing threats upholding coronavirus guidelines

Threats to Shasta County’s Public Health Officer and other officials has the county on alert.

Posted: Oct 5, 2020 6:56 PM

REDDING, Calif. – Threats to Shasta County’s Public Health Officer and other officials has the county on alert.

Shasta County leaders say people have the right to express their opinions during public comment at the Board of Supervisors meeting, but those tones can come off as threatening.

The county says it is taking extra precautions to make sure that both officials and the public stay safe.

The Redding Police Department says it received a request from Shasta County Health and Human Services Director Donnell Ewert in September. That request asked the police department to patrol the health officer, Dr. Karen Ramstrom’s area, after her address was given out at a Board of Supervisors meeting.

“There was a request that we could do some drive-by's,” said Redding Police Chief Bill Schueller. “That our staff could drive by a couple of times a day, just to make sure she was okay.”

Chief Schueller says he asked his officers to drive through the area when available.

“I just made my staff aware and asked them to drive by when they had the opportunity,” said Schueller.

Chair of the board and District three Supervisor Mary Rickert says she’s also received some threatening messages and emails as t some point and remains cautious, but is not too afraid.

“I would say all the Board of Supervisors at one time or another, received some kind of threat or concern,” said Rickert. “So we are cautious but we are not afraid, I'm not afraid.”

People tell Action News Now, while they are frustrated with the Covid-19 restrictions, threats are not the solution.

“I get it a little bit, but you cannot go to people's private situations or go to where they're having dinner and harass them and make their lives horrible,” said Tim Haines of Redding.

“That's just not the way to go.”

While no restraining orders have been filed, the county says they are aware of these messages and are taking the necessary precautions.

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