|Ten people were
arrested Thursday during the District Attorney's Office
preholiday bad check sweep Thursday.
Of the 22 people targeted in the sweep, six are from
Oroville, nine from Chico, and others are from Palermo,
Cohasset, Paradise, Magalia and Durham.
During a press conference in Oroville, District Attorney
Mike Ramsey said the annual sweep "Lets people know there are
consequences to writing bad checks in Butte County."
Ramsey explained those being arrested in the sweep had the
opportunity to avoid arrest by paying off their bad checks,
including having the option of making payments along with
paying fines and taking a financial management class.
"Those who are arrested today ignored these two options,"
The sweep began at 7:30 a.m. and lasted all day.
Those arrested included Chicoans Keith Madson, 43, Mark
Carver, 51, Barry Liersch, 36, and Joseph Corral, 42; Cynthia
Debose, 35, of Durham; Lance Palmquist, 27, of Cohasset;
Michael Livermore, 21, of Palermo; and three from Oroville:
Cindy Looney, 37 Richard Colbourn, 44, Brandie Ledford, 22.
At deadline, 12 people were still being sought:
- Chicoans Janette Mooney, 44, Brian Sawn, 38, Brandy
Thornton, 31, Alma Velasquez, 22, Lauri Burke, 41, and Steven
- Paradise resident Michele Cramer, 50.
- Magalia resident Christian McCoy, 34.
- Cohasset resident Cary Palmquist, 52.
- And three from Oroville, Maria Saechao, 30, William
Baker, 42, and Jennifer Grubbs, 28.
Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is asked to
call to call 538-7411. Merchants who have been given bad
checks can also report them to this phone number.
"Those arrested will be arraigned, and those with felonies
could face three years in state prison while misdemeanor
charges could carry a year in the county jail," Ramsey said.
Paula M. Felipe is a writer for the Oroville