Disturbance at Redding City Hall

Birkle mugshot

On today’s date at about 1:30 p.m., the Redding Police Department received numerous reports of a woman causing a disturbance inside of City Hall. Forcep Birkle, 49 years of Redding, entered the south side of City Hall with the intention of breaking windows in the Mayor’s office. She claimed that she was, “Mad at the White House” and armed herself with a river rock. As she moved through the south foyer, she threw paperwork and other items to the ground.

The disturbance she was causing escalated when she began destroying picture frames of past Redding Mayors with the river rock she had. When confronted by the coffee kiosk operator, she exposed her breasts and her buttocks. Eventually, Birkle exited the building via the south door and never made it to the upper floors of City Hall. She took the American Flag which had been posted in the southern foyer to honor City employees and their families who had served in the Armed Forces. She fled out the door and was eventually subdued by officers on the south side of City Hall. It was also discovered that Birkle had earlier been at the Shasta County Library where she caused a disturbance and threw a rock through a glass window near the entrance to the library.

Birkle was booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of felony vandalism, indecent exposure, disturbing the peace, petty theft, and resisting arrest.

-from press release
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31 Responses

  1. Frank Treadway says:

    This incident is just one that will continue to happen without the implementation of Community Health Outreach workers on the streets of Redding CA. This woman was obviously substance induced which caused her to go mentally out of control. We’re lucky she didn’t harm someone in the process. This will now cause more fences, more guards, and more containment aimed at the street people of Redding CA. This is not the answer, the answer is housing and housing that is 24/7 contained and managed. She will be released from jail and not given the treatment/care she needs.

  2. Common Sense says:

    This will continue for sure with all the cuts that have happened and will continue to happen! She is most likely already out. Without Housing…..Substance Abuse help and the ability to KEEP them in Jail….nothing will change.

    I  am sure there are plenty of Officers on the Streets saying….hey….I just arrested him or her yesterday as they Patrol!…It’s got to be frustrating…..to be doing your job….only to see….it’s not really changing anything because the other spokes in the wheel are broken!

    We don’t know for a fact that she was substance induced….a high probability….but not a fact, unless they did a drug screening…..what we do know, for a fact….she is having problems…..What’s the Statistic?  1/5 of the Population has some sort of Mental Issue?…….

  3. Joanne Lobeski Snyder says:

    Great comments.  There is a protocol for dealing with lawbreakers and it was followed.  Somewhere along the line there has to be an alternative  protocol when actions committed by the lawbreaker are because they are either mentally ill, under the influence of drugs or both.

    • Carter Slade says:

      There is a protocol for arresting and housing criminals at the local jail but somehow, within that particular ‘followed”protocol, 3 prisoners have died…It would lead one to believe  protocols might be overrated…

      Let me ask you this – Isn’t referring to a person who is legally considered mentally ill who happens to have  an associated erratic episode while on prescribed medication as a “ a mental patient under the influence of drugs who broke the law” being a bit short sighted…?

  4. Frank Treadway says:

    This is what a Sober Center could do for similar incidents like this, can’t open too soon.  I have seen this woman on the streets of Redding and she’s actually a nice and smart person, she simply needs extensive assistance. Jailing is temporary and not the answer. Meantime, the newly opened and expertly staffed Hill Country CARE Center could handle situations of this nature, it’s on the corner of Market & Gold Sts.  M-F 2pm-11pm. Sat/Sun/Holidays 11am-11pm, 365 days a year, utilize them, 691.4446

    • Richard Christoph says:

      Hill Country had their Open House yesterday from 4-6 PM, coincidentally just after the excellent Merchants’ Crime Watch meeting at the Red Lion. The Care Center has a very calm, inviting, and pleasant interior and the staff members are exceptionally warm and friendly. We think that Hill Country will be a fine addition to our neighborhood and will provide a vital and much needed service for our community.

    • name says:

      that care center sounds like something that was sorely needed for many years.  I hope that they can help a lot of people there, and I wish them good luck going forward.  This will likely be a great thing for the community.

  5. name says:

    she likely was upset that the boondoggle known as Stillwater Business Park is still sitting empty after pouring millions of dollars into it, and promising huge returns and many jobs.  Now they are bleeding cash trying to market and sell lots, as well as ongoing maintenance, etc.  In addition, they are still paying quite high  interest rates on the bonds that were issued.  Interest rates are a lot lower now than when the bonds were issued.  Most municipalities that know what they are doing, and/or have employees that care, have called/redeemed the original bonds, and issued new replacement bonds at today’s lower rates.

    It is increasingly obvious that the business park has been relegated to the back burner at City Hall.  They are more concerned with selling the old police station, resulting in cash that they can quickly spend.  It has now arrived at the point where even the homeless are perturbed enough to create mayhem and vandalism.

    I thought there was a plan to run cattle in the business park.  What happened to that?  At least they could get some use out of it.

    They could explore the possibility of turning it into a medical marijuana hub on a commercial scale.  Cities like Desert Hot Springs and Adelanto had close to nothing going on, and were experiencing a huge cash shortage.  By allowing commercial marijuana companies to build there they have created many decent paying jobs and also raked in money from taxes and fees.  Major Universities have set up shop for MJ research.  The Redding City Council is so concerned that they will not even allow a greenhouse to buy there – self serving, and out of touch with reality, at the very least…

    • Carter Slade says:

      Name- Closer to home, Shasta Lake City is currently putting together  a cannabis industrial park plan. Already been voted ‘a go” last month. Meanwhile, loitering cattle crapping on the Stillwell park

      debacle would be fitting…Come to think of it, isn’t one of the new BOS members a rancher with cattle? Move over Bethel, we may have a new playa…

  6. Common Sense says:

    The Stillwater Business Park Housing Cannabis Manufacturing Companies and Dispensaries would be an exceptional use of this Desolate Barren excuse for an Industrial Development!

    Other Towns and Cities have gone from in the Hole to positioning themselves with a nice stream of Tax Income….but they had OPEN minds….not Closed Minds there!

    NO….we can’t have that here….we have Bethel to Bail us out……

    No… we have to keep our town clean….free from the devils weed……oh shoot someone just broke into my car…..that’s right…..we don’t need this stinking tax money!….We will throw another Tax to Vote here soon!…That’s what we will do…..yep a 2% Sales Tax increase…..tell them they won’t get any police or fire protection if they don’t vote for it!….yep….that’s what we will do…….and we will complain some more( about not having enough money for ______ fill in the blank…. …..yep….”there are just NO alternatives other than a Sales Tax Increase“…..there just aren’t…..( Even though Julie Winter was sent a proposal )


    Shasta Lake City Officials say -THANK YOU, City of Redding!!….they do……as they count the Millions up next year……they agree…. City of Redding…..it’s NOT a good idea to do there in your City! There are just too many problems with it ( cue laugh track)…..we got this one……They Sure Do!

    • Rod says:

      Correct again CS.  In support of gaining knowledge I offer this………

      The New England Medical Journal released it’s, first of it’s kind,  report that says…”anecdotal information is backed by scientific data.”


      Some very educated individuals in Shasta might learn something here.

      • Common Sense says:

        Excellent Article and thanks for sharing it, Rod!….. I told fellow around my age about NASDAQ: GWPH.That was a little over a year ago…. He is now living in Hawaii……this stock has been a winner.

    • Carter Slade says:

      On the money CS.  These days, still believing in the Reefer Madness boogeyman tales that some politicians have been spewing for decades is getting harder and harder to explain or justify by those who also still believe the world is flat…Come to Shasta Co, seeing IS believing…

      • Common Sense says:

        Genesis 1:29 –

        Notice it Doesn’t Say….all EXCEPT the Cannabis Plant!


        New International VersionThen God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

        New Living TranslationThen God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.

        English Standard VersionAnd God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

        New American Standard Bible Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;

        King James BibleAnd God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

        Holman Christian Standard BibleGod also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you,

        International Standard VersionGod also told them, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant that grows throughout the earth, along with every tree that grows seed-bearing fruit. They will produce your food. 

        NET BibleThen God said, “I now give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

        New Heart English BibleGod said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food.

  7. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

    Actually, she’s right. It’s Trump’s fault.

  8. cheyenne says:

    Walsenburg, Colorado a former mining/timber town in southern Colorado has not recovered from the recession like the front range 100 miles North.  One official said the only export they have are smart kids.  Now they are getting into the marijuana growing business.  Marta Corp has bought 300 acres from the town for $1.5 million to build MJ grow greenhouses.  They say they will employ 500 workers themselves while leasing the greenhouses out to small growers.  And they are not the only rural town that is counting on marijuana to build their economy.

    • Rod says:

      Yeah, we see this story playing itself in diverse communities.  I’m researching to discover what enables one community to wake-up and smell the cannabis,  while another obstructs the idea.  Everybody has an opinion, but I’m after scientific statistics that are based on the smart kids applying their skills.

      Sooner or later, Shasta’s smart kids will confront this kind of problem.


      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        If you’re looking for correlations that may reflect underlying causality, start with politics.  Compare the politics of California’s coastal counties with our inland counties.  Or check out this map of Colorado depicting which counties and cities allow retail MJ sales (though this assumes some basic familiarity regarding which Colorado areas are blue and which are red).

        If you want to delve deeper into reductionism, check out the scientific literature that addresses how brain physiology appears to underly political ideology.

        • cheyenne says:

          Politics in Colorado are easy to figure out.  Denver/Boulder are blue, the rest of the state is red.  And neither Republican or Democrat has opposed legal marijuana other than a few anti anything groups.  The State, with a population of less than a fifth of California brings in too much in MJ taxes for any politician to oppose.  In Colorado nobody messes with somebody’s pot.  Just like the Democrats found out a few years ago nobody messes with their guns.  Fort Collins, which is blue, has had opposing sides on MJ stores but it is more NIMBY about the placement of those stores than legal MJ.  But what can you expect from a town where women are suing to go topless, and the city council is considering it, because men do.  That would give CSU a great recruiting tool for male athletes.

      • Common Sense says:

        I think waking up and smelling the Cannabis as you say it Rod comes with Education and the Ability to get beyond one’s Cognitive Dissonance.  I think most people are quick to judge many things and then find ways to support “Their” belief!

        So if one is inclined to believe that Cannabis is Terrible….like they hear at Mike Mangas’s church or that it makes you crazy at the other church ______ fill in the blank…..over there……then one will tend to say things to try and support their belief…..because if they can’t in their mind support their belief…..Cognitive Dissonance will make them feel really really bad…..there is a separation in the mind….and that is not comfortable…..

        So the closest thing I can see to turning a Train Heading South when it should be going North is….Education!……But Education ONLY comes to those that are Willing to Open up and Listen…..and not Scream about the Reefer Madness Movie and haven’t you learned yet!

        Facts, appear to be very painful for many on the Topic…..painful enough that many are still running down the street with their skirts over their heads….yelling the kids this…and the kids that…..it will make you CrAZy and all the other typical B.S that is not factually based!

        So what Exactly are the facts pertaining to Cannabis?  1. It has medical benefits….that has been proven…. 2. It helps Veterans with PTSD…..I know many…. 3. It takes the shakiness out of a Parkinson’s sufferers extremities…..look at Michael J Fox!….4. It can provide jobs….and Tax money for the cities and counties that embrace it….not to mention it raises property prices in the areas that say YES…..land values…..warehouse values have all gone UP in the states that have legalized in the specific areas allowed to grow!

        • cheyenne says:

          CS, you point out a fact.  Warehouse prices have gone up in Denver because of marijuana growing.  Colorado has required all grows to be inside, not because of smell but for security reasons, and this drove up the prices on warehouses.  Hence many towns, like Walsenburg, are into greenhouse growing, still indoors, but without the energy cost.  From what I read about Redding, you can point out if I am misinformed, is that Redding/Shasta County growers are allowed to grow indoors.  Yes it is expensive but it is expensive in Colorado too and marijuana money is flowing there.

          As far as property values going up in Colorado that would be due more to economy of 2.3% unemployment than legal marijuana.  In fact a land owner in Aspen sued because he said the ski resorts were allowing marijuana and it had driven down his property value.  He lost the suit.

          • Common Sense says:

            In California Cheyenne, anyone 21 or older can grow 6 plants inside their residence legally-now. According to “Local” guidelines that are “Reasonable”…..so probably another court case some day to determine what REASONABLE is!

            What I mean by property values going up (Colorado/Wash/Ore) was more along the lines of the Commercial/Industrial types of Warehouses in the “Right” zoned areas conducive to growing legally. The owners that used to get $1.00 per sq ft for these mega buildings are bringing in around $3 a sq.ft now…..which equates to the buildings value tripling, based on an income valuation formula-which commercial and industrial and rental housing works on. Residential is supply and demand and all income properties are valued on the income generated approach.

            I would think back there, with such a LOW unemployment rate, housing prices would almost have to go up?


            Now onto Disturbance Number TWO at city hall……

            They say the following but then fill the position from within…..they don’t want the Status Quo……so then why did they hire the Status Quo???

            The city said that during the search and interviews with the final five candidates, “it became clear that breaking through the status quo is of primary concern to our community. … Our new city manager will need to be willing to take calculated risks, innovate and partner with the community to reach our potential as a city.”

            One would Think, with talk such as that above, they would want someone to try some different things…mmmm…..like Allowing Warehouses and Dispensaries and taking in MILLIONS?……ummm ….ahh…no,

            ( Cough) that’s not what we meant!…..we need to find different ways to generate more income……and ideas….yeah….we need some different ideas……

  9. Bob says:

    Surely Trump’s budget will fund the kind of care this woman (and our community) need.  NOT!

  10. Carter Slade says:

    In regard to Disturbance #2,  I refer back to Disturbance Number 1. It would have been better if the lady’s behavior had been directed at the hapless, forlorn-ed and largely embarrassing Redding City Council. I think she would have gotten more support in the form of “Hell yea, you go, gone girl...!” Sadly the truth is Trump and his White House gang couldn’t screw up our city any more than the COR has done already. Trump would be just adding gas to the fire…

    EXAMPLE – Retiring City Manager Starman in his mindless  speech where he said – “For me, at the very top of that list is someone who – and this is a given, I suppose, at least in my world – someone who is honest and ethical and has high integrity,” he said. “Someone who is going to represent the city of Redding well and be the face and voice of the city. Really, be a public servant and serve the community and serve the organization.”

    He wants someone who is honest, ethical and has high integrity? C’mon, the other council members would eat that type for breakfast. He also wants someone who will serve the “organization”.  Is the organization he’s referring to Bethel? Inquiring minds and all that, ya know…

  11. Steve Steve says:

    This article sure got a tremendous amount of responses.  We have a drug problem, a homeless problem, and a mental illness problem – everywhere.  We all have to live within a society that has this dangerous situation.  And we all have to decide how we personally will deal with it.  As far as City Hall goes, I think about the employees.  I worked there for 6 years until 2 years ago.  I left just a couple weeks before the police moved into the building.  I worked across the hall from the Mayor’s Office.  During my time there, I saw many incidents that made employees uncomfortable.  While there I advocated for better security at City Hall.  More security is an unfortunate aspect of our daily social living.  I know the guy who owns the coffee/snack stand due to my time working there.  He is a great guy, a good Christian man.  I can’t imagine his reaction to this woman towards him and her violence in general.  This is not his first encounter at City Hall.  I’m surprised City Hall still has these incidents with the police housed there.  I remember riding up the elevator one day with the Chief of Police.  He was having a bad day and complained briefly of our drug problem.  I do believe he’s doing everything he can.  But I don’t believe City Hall employees are any safer now than they were then.  I hope we never hear of something serious happening to an employee or visitor to City Hall.

  12. Common Sense says:

    Steve, you are correct Sir….we do have a Drug problem here…..and most if not all towns and cities in the USA are battling one form of Drug problem or another…..Combined that with a Homeless problem and Lack of Money to do anything about it…..and…..you have what you have today!

    There is One Solution to getting more Money into the City Coffers…..for Police….For Fire Departments….to help the homeless issues…..etc etc….. That one solution is Obviously NOT a consideration of our fine Redding City Council…..The lack of Education on the Matter and the Over Abundance of Cognitive Dissonance on the topic are Clearly Evident!

    I have nothing but Respect for the Cheif of Police in Redding….for the Sheriff and all the people working in Law Enforcement!….But….they can ONLY Do so much…….Until we can Keep the offenders in Jail….until we say YES instead of NO to solutions that could provide Millions in Sales Tax Revenues to the City…..Nothing will change!

    What’s the Definition of Insanity?…Keep doing the same things over and over again….hoping for a Different Result!

    It’s an endless Loop…..we don’t have enough money…..we won’t say YES instead of no…..we don’t have enough money for Police/Fire Dept’s…..but we don’t want to say YES…….we must say NO……we don’t have enough money to fix the Drug Problems and Homeless problems…..But We CAN’T say YES….we just can’t….We….. you know the rest.

    It’s called….Opening up……one’s Mind……it’s a tough one for many…. ( That is OBVIOUS just look at the City Council)……Set your personal beliefs aside City Council Members……put your church beliefs aside…….Look at what could benefit the Community/review the Facts…..More Money……..Look at the Facts on the matter-set aside what your fellow parishioner says about it that have never done a minute of research on it…………is it the “Perfect” solution to the city getting $2/2/4+ million extra a year? Probably not……but show me an Alternative?

    Sure you will have the people that have never researched anything on it….oh the kids will get into it….there will be more crime….people will drive stoned and cause accidents etc……the truth is….people drive stoned right now in our fine community…..haven’t we all seen someone drifting left….then right?….driving a bit slow?…..Teen use has stayed the same or dropped in states that have legalized…..and as far as crime goes….there are no facts that say there is more crime as a direct result of dispensaries….just look at Shasta lake city!


    • cheyenne says:

      CS get on the Colorado Department of Revenue and comment real figures instead of estimates.  Remember Colorado has about a fifth of California’s population.  This last April Colorado collected $23 million in MJ taxes just in that month.  They have the whole spread sheet of MJ collections.

  13. Common Sense says:


    Cheyenne, that seems about right…..California is Estimated at $1 Billion in Tax Revenues the first year…so that is in line with Colorados 23 Million a month….at about approx 1/5th the population…..

    In California….those tax revenues are shared with the cities and counties that say YES……and zero to those that say NO! No Grants either to the cities and counties that say NO to prop 64! …..so you can see another problem in the works and yet ANOTHER Cry for…..”we have no money here” !….followed by….and now we have no grants…….but there is just nothing we can do……there are NO options for us to raise more money…..and the tax payers won’t even allow a sales tax increase! ( Cue the sniveling)…I guess we will have to hit Bethel up AGAIN!

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