The cost to keeping the peace at Rolling Hills Casino


RED BLUFF, Calif. - It's a hefty bill for the Tehama County Sheriff's Office handling the heated tribal dispute at the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning.

It's also left the rest of the county vulnerable in an emergency.

Last week ousted Paskenta tribal members showed up with their own police force trying to take over the Rolling Hills Casino. It was a peaceful, but armed standoff between security and "tribal police".

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office spent more than $40,000 in overtime pay.

"We are trying to maintain the peace down there and the presence of few resources that we have," said Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt.

21 deputies were sent assigned to patrol to and jailhouse duties.

"We sent everybody," Hencratt said. "You know we pretty much had to throw all of our operational down there to keep the peace."

The protest even prevented detectives from investigating high profile murder cases including last month's murder on the Iron Canyon Trail.

"For a day or two that lead investigator is not working on his homicide case, he's down there keeping the peace with the rest of our people and providing officer safety for our folks," Hencratt said.

The response left most parts of the county vulnerable to other crimes.

"Those resources that we have, would have to react by the casino to the call," Hencratt said.

While the CHP was involved, their overall staffing was not impacted.

The conflict has made its way to federal court.