Warrants issued in Big Sur Robbery

Five thieves seized a Kindle Fire, Bowie knife and cash Saturday from a Big Sur campsite, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon their return from hiking at 7 p.m., four campers were accosted by the five suspects — three men and two women. Although a gun was never brandished, one of the five claimed to be armed with a pellet pistol, the victims told deputies.

No one was injured in the incident. The stolen property was estimated at $360 in value.

Warrants have been forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office for Joseph Whitebear, 45; Rachel Ried, unknown age; Jose Vasquez, 43; Jason Barnes, 44; and Dawn Barnes, 43.

The investigation is ongoing.

I believe this is the one at Salmon Creek a few days ago. The suspects were driving a white, newer model pick-up truck, and police have the license number.

Heat Wave


A reminder that fire season is indeed upon us is a wind-driven wildfire in SoCal. It is in the Etiwanda Preserve, near Rancho Cucamonga. Mandatory evacuations have been issued. It started at 8:00 am, near a popular hiking trail.
Due to the current weather conditions, effective today at 8 am April 30, 2015 Mid-Coast Fire Brigade has closed the backyard burn season for our area.

Remember if you see smoke in the area from today on….please do not email the neighbors list and wait for a response, call 9-1-1.

Don’t forget your defensible space!

Cheryl Goetz
Fire Chief
Mid Coast Fire Brigade