Tulelake Police Under Investigation

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, July 5 2013 at 4:51 PM, Updated: Fri, July 5 2013 at 5:01 PM

In Tulelake, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department has taken over...while the two person police department is under investigation by the F.B.I., and on leave...

An arrest back in February may have sparked that investigation.

It was a crazy scene at this intersection on February 3rd, Superbowl Sunday....

Former Tulelake Mayor John Crowell spoke on behalf of an alleged witness...

"One of the guys that was on the chief of police's back, and hollering at him that he was going to kill him and that type of thing."

A person who claims to have witnessed the fight which has led to an apparent investigation of excessive force...told the former Tulelake Mayor that the police were trying to break up a fight involving four men...

"And then, from what I understand, the guy took off running."  Repeated Crowell.  "And when he took off to run, then the chief then hit him with that taser in his leg."

The witness fears for their safety, and did not want to appear on camera.

While no charges have been filed, the chief's ex-wife Leah Ross notes the investigation has been the focus of plenty of speculation in Tulelake...

"It really has.  I just, I can't believe the reaction of people I thought were my friends.  And it's been pretty difficult for our family to get through it."

Police Chief Tony Ross and Officer Misty Stradley were placed on leave when the investigation began June 26th.

Until the investigation is completed, law enforcement operations in Tulelake will be conducted by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.

The alleged witness took some video of the arrested incident...that video has been given to the authorities to assist in their investigation.

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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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