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GBU Mountain News

GBU Mountain News

May 29, 2014 - LXI

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May 29, 2014 – LXI

Tragedy in LebecKnife wielding man shot
by Kern County Sheriff's Deputy
By Gunnar J Kuepper

Starr Court is lined with official vehicles from the Sheriff’s Office and the Coroner’s Division –
in the background a team of detectives and prepares for processing the shooting scene

On Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 3:20 p.m. two deputies
from the Frazier Park Sheriff's Substation were
dispatched to reports of a spousal abuse at 913 Starr
Court near Lebec Oaks Road in Los Padres Estates.

Neighbors had witnessed or heard some kind of
altercation between 49-year-old Henry Curtis and his
girlfriend Kelly Attlesey.


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May 29, 2014 - LXI

It is reported that the arriving deputies encountered
Attlesey outside the house and Curtis was inside. Both
deputies entered the home to speak with Curtis.

Location of the Shooting in Los Padres Estate in Lebec

During the course of the investigation the deputies
developed probable cause to arrest Henry Curtis for
spousal abuse. They also learned that Curtis had an
active parole violation warrant. When the deputies
entered the residence Curtis confronted them with what
is described as a kitchen knife. Curtis ignored orders
from the deputies and eventually lunged toward them
with the knife. Deputy Rogelio Medina discharged his
firearm, striking Curtis at least once in the chest. It is not
yet clear whether one or two shots were fired. Medical
aid (Hall Ambulance and Kern County Fire) were
summoned at 4:00 p.m and responded within minutes to
the address. Unfortunately, Curtis was beyond help and
was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither of the
deputies involved in the shooting incident were
physically injured.

Media Briefing near the Shooting scene
on Saturday afternoon

At the time of the shooting the two deputies and Curtis
were the only ones inside the home. Kelly Attlesey who
was allegedly involved in the altercation prior to the
Sheriff Deputies' arrival was outside the house at the
The Sheriff's protocol for "Officer involved Shooting"
was activated. A variety of law
enforcement personnel responded
and secured the scene secured. A
search warrant for the property
and the house was obtained in the
late afternoon, and around 7:30
p.m. detectives and coroner's staff
started processing the scene.
already interviewed by detectives.
According to area residents, Henry
Curtis had some violent outbursts
in the past.
Deputy Medina is a two (2) year
veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and
is assigned to the Frazier Park
Henry Curtis,
He has been placed on
victim of his own
leave pending
a review of the shooting. This is
standard procedure and does in no way imply any
wrongdoing by the deputy.
Records show Kelly Attlesey as the owner of the
manufactured home at 613 Starr Court.

Kern County Sheriff’s Office
The Kern County Sheriff's Department is the local law
enforcement agency within and for the County of Kern.
Under the leadership of the elected Sheriff Donny
Youngblood the office provides law enforcement
throughout the 8,000 square miles of unincorporated
areas and contract cities throughout the county.
Aside from the department headquarters in Bakersfield at
least 15 substations have been established through the
County, one of those in Frazier Park. The Sheriff also
maintains the jails, provides search and rescue, and is in
charge for the Coroner's service.
About 1,200+ sworn deputies and civilian employees are
part of the Sheriff's Office. "Officer involved shootings"
involving deputies are unfortunately not uncommon, due
to a high levels of violence and drug abuse in certain
populations throughout Kern County.


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GBU Mountain News
May 29, 2014 - LXI



Tragedy in Lebec - Knife wielding man shot by
Kern County Sheriff's Deputy by Gunnar J
All Things Local
6th Annual Ridge Road Run 2014 - Car Show: a
Wonderful Event for Frazier Park
Upcoming Town Hall Meetings with Kern
County Supervisor David Couch
Keep Us Wild – Presentation about Black Bears
in California
News from the El Tejon Unified School District
Frazier Mountain High School
Frazier Mountain High Schools Career and
College Fair on May 21, 2014
El Tejon School
Frazier Park School
Frazier Park’s Finest for May 22, 2014
Peak to Peak Mountain Charter School
Gorman School
All Things Regional
Less Transparency and Less Accountability but a
Significant Rate Increase for Hall and Liberty
Ambulance Services
All Things Global
Law Enforcement Corner
Kern County Sheriff’s Office – Frazier Park
Incident Log May 5 - 13
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department
California Highway Patrol
DUI/Driver License Checkpoint


Bakersfield Police Department (BPD)




Animals Matter
Video(s) of the week
Our Library
Incidents & Accidents - Homicides, Arrests,
Traffic Accidents, Fires & Rescues throughout
Kern County
Arts – Music – Theatre
“And The Waltz Goes On”
Business Affairs
List of announced stores at the Tejon Outlets
16. Nature, Science & Technology
Frazier Park Weather Forecast







Rainiest & Driest Cities in the US
Kern County
The Problems with the Kern County Emergency
Medical Agency (EMS) continue and it is not
funny! --- A Child drowns in Oildale - and the
ambulance is the last to arrive in Kern County Board of Supervisors Meetings
Upcoming Events
Safety & Disaster Preparedness
Safety First during the 2014 Summer Swimming
Six P’s for immediate evacuation
Media Affairs
Freedom of the Press Index
Legislative Affairs
Salas Bill to Save Ag Education Clears
Assembly – Assembly Bill 2033 clears Assembly
floor with bi-partisan support
Salas Legislation to Prevent Illegal Gambling
Clears Assembly – Assembly Bill 1439 will
close a loophole and put a stop to illegal
gambling sweepstakes cafes
Where to Go – What to Do
Civil War "Invitational" reenactment at Fort
Tejon on June 1, 2014 by Karina Mooradian,
Fort Tejon Historical Association
Health & Fitness
Increase in Whooping Cough Cases in California
by California Department of Public Health
CDPH issues Warning not to eat Three Navitat
Natural Products that contain CHIA powder due
to Health Risk
Business Directory
Job Offers
Important Phone Numbers

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All Things Local

show. The exhibitors themselves voted for the best car in
certain categories.

Kristina Graves with her Boys & Girls Club Kids

6th Annual Ridge Road Run 2014 - Car
Show: a Wonderful Event for Frazier

A special award was given from the Boys & Girls Club.
They selected a 1957 VW Ambulance Van as their

Many volunteers from the Frazier Mountain Car Club
and the community made this very enjoyable event
happen. The funds raised from the registration fees and
the selling of T-Shirts and other merchandise will go
entirely to worthy local charities, including the Frazier
Park Boys & Girls Club.
For the sixth year the Frazier Mountain Car Club
organized the Ridge Route Car Show in Downtown
Frazier Park. Estimated 3,000+ visitors came on
Saturday, May 24, 2014 to admire the more than 140
exhibited cars and motorcycles of all ages and sizes.
They also enjoyed meeting friends in the crowd, the
food, the entertainment, and a veteran’s parade on that
Memorial Day weekend. The parade even included a
vintage but fully equipped tank. The participating car
owners even enjoyed the awards given at the end of the


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May 29, 2014 - LXI

Keep Us Wild – Presentation about Black
Bears in California
On Wednesday, May 21, 2014 a team from the California
Department of Fish & Wildlife informed nearly 50
members of the Frazier Mountain Communities about
growing conflicts between black bears and people. The
presentation in the Frazier Park Library was part of the
Keep Me Wild campaign launched in 2003. Keep Me
Wild provides tips for keeping bears, deer, coyotes,
mountain lions and wild turkeys away from homes, and
advice on what to do if you encounter one of these wild


Upcoming Town Hall Meetings with
Kern County Supervisor David Couch
A town hall with Supervisor David Couch
is scheduled for Thursday, June 12, at 6
p.m. in Pine Mountain Club (PMC).
This event, titled “How would you use
YOUR tax dollars” will be interactive and
is designed to get feedback from residents
on the upcoming 2014-15 budget.
District IV Supervisor Couch has also scheduled an
identical event to be held on July 10, 2014 at the
Community Hall in Frazier Park.
Also, know Supervisor Couch is planning to start this
year’s “Movies in the Park” at Frazier Mountain Park on
July 19.

Vicky Monroe, Wildlife Biologist with the CA Dept. of
Fish and Wildlife talks about the "Wild Neighbors"

Currently about 35,000 Bears reside in California, all of
them Black Bears. All male bear can weigh up to 500 lb,
the average weight for a bear is 300 lb. Despite their
heaviness black bears can sprint up to 35 mph and they
are excellent tree climbers.
Black Bears eat almost everything from human and pet
food to even garbage. With their keen sense of smell they
can detect food from miles away.
Bears generally breed every other year and typically
produce two cubs. For about two years cubs follow and
learn from their mother, including when, where, and how
to find food. A cub can, however, survive on its own
beginning with the age of six months.
Bears have become used to the presence of humans and
particularly human food. Subsequently bears in search of
food have damaged houses and property, and mauled
pets or livestock.
Once conditioned to view human residences as food
sources, those bears cannot be successfully relocated to
any other place. In a new environment those bears would


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May 29, 2014 - LXI

continue looking for homes and other human property.
Those bears may be killed under California State Law.
Subsequently, the key to keep bears wild and alive is to
keep them away from human food and trash. Proper
storage of food and proper trash disposal is the key to
success. This includes keeping garbage in bear-proof
trash can, keeping garbage cans locked or in a locked
shed. Garbage cans in bear-country should be cleaned
regularly with bleach or ammonia.
Methods to avoid having bears coming to your home
include not leaving human or pet food, or even scented
items (such as suntan lotions) outside or in cars parked
outside. The installation of motion-activated sprinklers,
lights, alarm or electric bear-exclusion fences also helps
to keep the bears away.
However, a bear wandering through your yard is usually
not a cause for alarm. Try to chase the bear away by
making loud noises from a safe place or distance.
Fatal attacks on humans by Black Bear in California's
wilderness are rather very rare. The last fatal attack dates
back more than 160 years. On December 19, 1854 an
experienced bear hunter, who had hunted and killed
many bears, shot and wounded a bear near present-day
Santa Monica in 1854. He was then mauled by the
wounded bear and died a few days later due to his
Another famous and fatal encounter with a Brown Bear
occurred on October 17, 1837 at today's Fort Tejon. Peter
Lebec shot a bear during a hunting expedition. Assuming
the animal to be dead, Lebec approached. However, the
bear was still alive and lunged at his attacker, throwing
him to the ground and breaking his neck. Peter Lebec
was killed instantly, and the bear is reported to be killed
later by Native American hunters. The hamlet of Lebec is
named in honor of Peter Lebeck or Lebecque.

News from the El
Tejon Unified School
District (ETUSD)
Free Summer Lunch Program for teens
and children under 18 to be served at
the Frazier Park School from June 9 to
August 1, 2014

Frazier Park Elementary School
Frazier Park’s Finest for May 22, 2014
Info & photo provided by Michelle Penner

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