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    Illegal Alien Charged With Starting California Wildfire

    Illegal Alien Charged With Starting California Wildfire





    FRESNO, CA – On August 18, a California State Park Ranger apprehended Ivan Geronimo Gomez, 30, after he was reportedly observed starting a fire near Highway 1 in John Little State Natural Reserve, according to court documents.


    The wildfire, known as the Dolan Fire burned at least 2,500 acres of the Los Padres National Forest.


    In a press release, California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona stated:

    It is heartbreaking to think that someone would deliberately set fire to land with the potential of destroying homes, endangering lives, and depleting our already stretched resources. Thanks to a state park ranger who was in the area and looking out for park visitors and the surrounding community, a suspect is in custody.


    Gomez has been charged with arson: forest land, throwing substance at vehicle, cultivating marijuana, battery, and brandishing a deadly weapon.


    He is currently being held at the Monterey County Jail on $2 million bond.



    View this suspect's booking info...


    *Since Fresno is a 'sanctuary city,' no ICE hold will be honored, and though his bail is substantial, if Gomez could come up with ten percent of the bond, he would simply be released back onto the streets.
















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    But according to DemonRat Gavin Newsome all these fires are due to "Climate Change".

    MORE destruction of our beautiful country at the hands of illegal aliens.

    California has at least SEVEN MILLION of them that need to be removed from our country.

    Cut off the housing, jobs, bank accounts, school, healthcare, welfare, food stamps, anchor baby and make them all self-deport.

    Now with the loss of jobs it the opportune time to cut off their damn free stuff and get them out of our housing immediately.

    Thousands of them are broke due to being out of work. Give them nothing. They need to go home. No path to stay.
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    This is a potentially powerful story, but where is the info about this man being an illegal immigrant?
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    Arson arrest near Dolan Fire origin points to 'cartel-style' cannabis grow













    The Dolan Fire above Hwy 1


    Parker Seibold




    THE LIGHTNING STORM THAT SPARKED HUNDREDS OF FIRES ALL OVER CALIFORNIA GRACIOUSLY SPARED BIG SUR.

    But two days later, at about 8pm on Aug. 18, a call came in about a fire starting somewhere near John Little State Natural Reserve. Aware of the dry conditions and the presence of homes nearby, the volunteers of Big Sur Fire scrambled to respond.


    One volunteer firefighter set out on Highway 1 in their personal pickup en route to meet their crew at a pullout near the fire.

    The firefighter was crossing the bridge over Lime Creek to look for a place to park when they saw a shirtless man standing on a berm beside the road. He was holding a large rock. He raised his arms and threw it, and the rock went hurtling through the air and hit the truck, hard. So hard it punctured the truck’s side panel, leaving a gaping hole.

    The startled firefighter managed to maintain control of the vehicle. They turned around and drove away. At the other end of the bridge, they reached a squad of rangers with California State Parks and reported what happened. It wasn’t much of a chase; the rangers found the man right where he’d been before.

    The firefighter was unavailable for an interview and, like many people interviewed for this story, asked not to be named due to safety concerns, but their experience is relayed through Marcus Foster, a captain with Big Sur Fire. “It sounds absurd that a firefighter reporting to duty would get hit by a rock,” he says. The story, which is spawning an ecosystem of rumors and theories in Big Sur, only gets weirder and darker.

    As the rangers detained him, the man began incriminating himself in connection with events beyond the rock-throwing. The rangers radioed the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, which sent detectives to make the arrest.

    Ivan Geronimo Gomez of Fresno, 30, was booked into Monterey County Jail that night on five charges, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Three of the charges had to do with the incident on the highway: throwing a substance at a vehicle with intent to do great bodily injury; exhibiting a non-firearm deadly weapon (presumably the rock); and battery. It wasn’t his first arrest for throwing things at cars. He has a record from July 2018 for the same crime in Thousand Palms in Riverside County.

    A fourth charge was for arson of forestland. Gomez may have started the Dolan Fire, which has grown to 20,000 acres and counting and destroyed several homes, but fire investigators have not yet determined that it was indeed arson that started the fire. The cause remains listed as “unknown.”
    For the fifth count, the detectives charged Gomez with illegally growing cannabis.

    The most sensational thing, however, that Gomez said while being arrested has not translated into criminal charges, at least not yet. He talked about the homicide of five people up in the mountains of Big Sur at the origin of the fire.

    “We haven’t found any bodies yet,” John Thornburg, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office says. “We don’t know. We’re still trying to figure it out. He could be making it up.”

    When presented with the arson charges in court, Gomez pleaded not guilty.



    Firefighters create a fire line around a home. The fire has grown to more than 20,000 acres since Aug. 18. Several homes on Dolan Ridge Road have been destroyed, according to residents.
    Parker Seibold


    THE INVESTIGATION INTO GOMEZ HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN and whether he was involved in arson or in an illegal backcountry cannabis operation remains to be discovered. But his case comes after a series of incidents that have scandalized Big Sur and stoked suspicions that a criminal enterprise is operating in the vast wilderness of canyons and ridgetops.

    Drug smuggling vessels, known as panga boats, have turned up along the shore. In October, a body was dumped near Big Sur businesses. Earlier this month, a woman claimed that while she was driving down Old Coast Road on tree trimming business, she was stopped by a booby trap – nails in a board laid across the dirt road – and said four armed men appeared and started yelling. She reported what happened and a SWAT team deployed to the area found not a trace of the armed men, but they did discover a cannabis grow.

    “For years, weird things have been going on like with panga boats and that incident on Old Coast Road,” says Butch Kronlund, executive director of the Community Association of Big Sur. “There’s been this pattern of unexplained shit going on. It’s very unsettling.”

    One veteran backcountry hiker previously described to the Weekly encountering at least three illegal cannabis grows in Big Sur, all of which the hiker reported to forest stewards or law enforcement. One was in Andrew Molera State Park. Another was near upper Tassajara Creek, where the hiker found rudimentary encampments with knives, lots of trash and lots of plastic piping, presumably for siphoning water from streams. To corroborate this account, the hiker provided satellite imagery that shows what appears to be the grow.



    The satellite image, right, shows clusters of vegetation that hikers say was a cannabis growing operation west of the north fork of Big Creek.

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    The hiker also describes finding cannabis growing in a pristine part of the Big Creek watershed, a few miles from Dolan Ridge Road. That location, it turns out, is about where the Dolan Fire started. Matching satellite photographs show manipulation of the forest.

    Many reports of such sightings reach the ear of Mike Splain, executive director of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance, a nonprofit devoted to preserving Big Sur’s public lands. “I have heard from hikers of the remnants of cartel-style grow operations,” he says. He shares his information with the U.S. Forest Service’s law enforcement branch.

    “It makes for a dangerous situation for legitimate recreation,” Splain says. “You can meet mean, vicious people. There’s also a lot of wildlife damage. Quite often, they’ll use very toxic pesticides and rodenticides. [The toxins] don’t just kill the woodrats but they accumulate up through the food chain. Some of those rodenticides aren’t even legal in the United States.”

    It has occurred to Splain and his VWA colleagues that these illegal grows could be the cause of a wildfire. “We’ve thought about that – the camps are really hokey, they’re jerry-rigged with propane stoves.”

    The Forest Service receives these reports, but it’s unclear whether they act on them. The agency did not respond to a request for information for this story. One hurdle might be that the cash-strapped Forest Service currently has no law enforcement officer assigned to the Monterey District of the Los Padres National Forest, a 326,683-acre region.

    “Hopefully they are doing something,” Splain says, “but we have seen no apparent action.”

    Mary Duan contributed reporting to this story.









    http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/...ng%20cannabis.









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    I will keep searching on his "status" in this country.

    Being sanctuary state California, it will be hard to find.
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    Man who claims he lit Dolan Fire to hide murders undergoing mental health evaluation


    Kate Cimini, Salinas Californian 20 hrs ago






    Man who claims he lit Dolan Fire to hide murders undergoing mental health evaluation


    The Dolan Fire has burned for nearly a month, scorching more than 125,000 acres of forest in Big Sur, but the cause is still under investigation. The man who told law enforcement he lit the fire to hide evidence of five murders is now being evaluated after his attorney presented evidence he may not be competent to stand trial.

    • Slide 1 of 52: Wind and flames leap high in the air as firefighters attempt to put out the Creek Fire off of Camp Sierra Road and Reddin Road Northeast of Shaver Lake in Fresno County. As of 8:00 p.m. the fire has consumed over 73,000 acres and is at 0% containment. More than 800 firefighters are at the scene, and more are on the way to Fresno County on Sunday, Sep. 6, 2020. Hundreds have been brought to safety and between 20-30 people suffered injuries — several were severely hurt, according to Fresno Fire Chief Sean Johnson.

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    1/52 SLIDES © David Rodriguez/The Salinas Californian

    Wind and flames leap high in the air as firefighters attempt to put out the Creek Fire off of Camp Sierra Road and Reddin Road Northeast of Shaver Lake in Fresno County. As of 8:00 p.m. the fire has consumed over 73,000 acres and is at 0% containment. More than 800 firefighters are at the scene, and more are on the way to Fresno County on Sunday, Sep. 6, 2020. Hundreds have been brought to safety and between 20-30 people suffered injuries — several were severely hurt, according to Fresno Fire Chief Sean Johnson.


    Furthermore, investigators are still not sure whether the fire was deliberately set.

    The Dolan Fire is one of 23 major fires currently burning in the state, according to Cal Fire's incidents page. It started shortly after dry lightning lit several fires in the area, including the River Fire in Salinas, which grew to more than 48,000 acres and consumed dozens of structures.

    © PROVIDED/MONTEREY COUNTY JAIL Ivan Geronimo Gomez

    The rugged terrain and poor visibility hindered firefighters in the initial weeks of the Dolan Fire's life, but containment climbed to 40% early last week and has not wavered, despite some growth on the eastern side of the fire.

    A Fresno man, Ivan Geronimo Gomez, 30, was arrested in connection with the Dolan Fire Aug. 19. At the time of his arrest he told deputies he started the fire.

    He was booked on charges of arson on forest land, cultivating marijuana, battery on a person, exhibiting a deadly weapon and throwing something at a vehicle intending to cause great bodily injury, according to the Monterey County Jail's website.

    According to Chief Deputy John Thornburg with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office, a firefighter or firefighters responding to reports of the fire had rocks thrown at them by Geronimo Gomez. When deputies and state parks officials arrested Geronimo Gomez, he told them he had killed five people and started the fire to hide the remains.

    © PROVIDED / USFS Kent Romney Night burnout along the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road on September 11, 2020.To-date, no bodies have been found at the scene.

    "Our subsequent investigation where he said it had happened revealed no such evidence of a murder," Thornburg said.

    Geronimo Gomez's attorney asked for a mental competence evaluation in a Sept. 9 procedural hearing, expressing doubt about his ability to stand trial. The judge granted an order to evaluate Geronimo Gomez before proceeding further.

    Chief Deputy Public Defender Michael Belter, who is representing Geronimo Gomez, said after a review of the evidence and statements to police there was a question of whether or not his client met the competency requirements.

    "It's a matter of due diligence and we wanted to be comfortable about that issue before we proceeded much further," Belter said.

    © PROVIDED / U.S. Forest Service Firefighters work the Dolan Fire in Big Sur. Sept. 8, 2020."If he isn’t currently mentally competent he will be referred to a trial competency program in an attempt to restore trial competency," District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni told The Californian in an email. "Criminal proceedings are suspended until the question of present mental competence is determined."
    Geronimo Gomez returns to court on Sept. 23 and Belter, his attorney, said he expected to learn the results of the competency evaluation at that time.

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    "We'll either proceed with further mental health protocols or if he's viewed as being competent then we would set further dates for preliminary hearing," Belter said.

    The Big Sur fire has now reached 125,000 acres and containment is holding steady at 40%. Fire behavior is expected to be minimal today due to mild predicted temperatures in the area and winds out of the northwest.

    Kate Cimini is a journalist for The Californian covering ag, housing and health. Have you experienced housing discrimination? Share your story at (831) 776-5137 or email kcimini@thecalifornian.com. Subscribe to support local journalism.

    This article originally appeared on Salinas Californian: Man who claims he lit Dolan Fire to hide murders undergoing mental health evaluation


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