REDDING, Calif. – A well-known transient woman of Redding, Forcep BIRKLE, 50, was arrested after tampering with the railroad tracks between Riverside Drive and Eureka Way, disrupting train service and traffic flow.
At about 7:15 a.m., the Redding Police Department received multiple reports that the crossing arms were down at the railroad tracks in downtown Redding. No trains were seen and the arms were down for over 30 minutes, causing traffic issues for the morning commute.
At about 7:30 a.m. a Union Pacific worker reported that a transient female was seen tampering with and cutting lines of the railroad tracks. A description was provided and officers quickly identified BIRKLE, not far from the scene.
BIRKLE is well known to the officers and is on probation for prior acts of vandalism at Redding City Hall as well as criminal threats. She admitted to cutting several lines on the railroad tracks.
Officers found dozens of track wires cut or damaged, disrupting train service and creating a significant hazard to the general public.
Union Pacific track repair workers responded quickly to the problem and worked to fix it.