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Search of Cherry Valley Home Leads to Multiple Arrests

Sheriff's deputies show up to conduct a probation search and end up arresting two people for drug possession. Although the probationer was not home, a search turned up firearms in a false room in the garage of his residence.

A search Wednesday morning of a Cherry Valley residence turned up heroin, methamphetamine and firearms.

The Cabazon Special Enforcement Team, along with investigators from the Cabazon Sheriff's Station arrested Gary Staines, 62, and Tyler Beneke, 22, after they conducted a probation search on the residence of Steven Sass on Oak Creek Road near Beauview Drive. Sass, 61, was not home when the search took place, but investigators found a small amount of heroin in Beneke's room and 2.3 grams of meth in Staines' possession, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Upon continuing the search of the home, it was discovered that the garage had a false room, where Sass housed a Master Piece Arms .45 caliber Mac 10 assault rifle, a Remington 12-gauge shotgun, a Winchester .308 rifle, a Winchester 30/30 rifle, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun and an unknown-model 410 shotgun.

Staines and Beneke were booked at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning for possession of a controlled substance.

A warrant has been filed with the District Attorney's Office against Sass for possession of an assault rifle, felon with a firearm, violation of probation with a firearm and violent felon with a firearm.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Deputy Chris Ternes or Deputy Gregory Sell at 951-922-7100.

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ACH August 11, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Zit - Do you really think I will put that info on the internet and have the city attorney sue me? These are right wing extremist like you who won't stop at anything. Why don't you ask Frank if he recognizes my name? When you speak to him why don't you also inquire why several of his former storm troopers are suing for discrimination and denial of their first amendment rights? As you probably don't know one of his storm troopers blinded a woman. I had a run in with that particular storm trooper before he was accused of blinding that woman. These people are rotten to the core and it is just a matter of time until the state of the Feds will come in to clean it up. Now for Russ - Your comments demonstrate just how uneducated and Fox News misinformed you are. You and no one else will do the jobs these people do. In addition, the incidents you are referring to have nothing to do with anything that was a part of this discussion. Go back, pop open another beer and shut your mouth. You aren't helping the Zit, Greg, James or any of the other right wing crew.
Greg M August 11, 2012 at 05:31 PM
ACH, wowwwwww..... the only part of your argument I will agree with is that yes, we do have occasional examples of law enforcement exceeding the boundaries of their jobs, and I believe it is up to the people to keep an eye on our public officials because too often they do not police themselves as well as they should. But the across-the-board paranoia that you are exhibiting really scares me more than the people you are complaining about. If you have "public" information to support your accusations, I do not understand your unwillingness to post it. The city attorney cannot single you out for any information that is available publicly, or is a matter of public record. If that was true, he would have to sue the entire internet community. It makes you look foolish because you are openly slinging accusations without any facts to back them up....just your "extremist" beliefs (to coin a phrase which you seem to identify with). Your statements seem exaggerated at best to me, and you lack the credibility for me to take your statements seriously. I personally think that you are just very unhappy with our state of affairs, and the "Patch" is your current soapbox of choice. You want people to take you seriously? Calm down a notch or two, start talking intelligently with people, and cite facts (not beliefs) to substantiate your claims......
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 11, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Russ, ignore him. What you said has everything to do with the current discussion. If ACH doesn't approve, he either ignores it or is rude. As Greg M said, ACH refuses to address direct questions or provide proof of his accusations; just blowing in the wind.
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 11, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I suspect that Coe gets a lot of strange letters. If you had absolute proof, then there would be no reason to withhold that proof, and no reason to fear the City Attorney. By not providing public proof of your accusations, you are neither reliable nor believable. Of course I know about the blinding... by ONE Officer. The Officer was convicted. If that is part of your 'proof', it doesn't work. It's over
ACH August 12, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Greg - Thanks but no thanks for your advice. I don't need to be credible to you or anyone on this board and I don't need to make things up, i.e. the Baumont PD and their methods. If you don't believe me read the news about Enoch Clark and the other law enforcement related lawsuits (specifically from former insiders) and, if you are at least middle age, you should understand that that is just the tip of the iceberg. OK folks, as entertaining as it is to read your posts, I will leave this board to the simple and like minded. You can use this venue as a place to praise law enforcement, bash the usual people and slap each other on the back. Over and out.

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