Calif. woman held in tribe shooting

ALTURAS, Calif. — A former tribal leader killed her brother, nephew, niece, and a worker at the headquarters of a small Indian tribe that was evicting the suspect and her son from its land in Northern California, police said Friday.

Cherie Lash Rhoades, former chairwoman of the Cedarville Rancheria tribe, critically wounded two other people on Thursday during a meeting in Alturas about the eviction, police said. Those killed included the suspect’s brother, 50-year-old Rurik Davis; her niece, 19-year-old Angel Penn; and her nephew, 30-year-old Glenn Calonicco, Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter said.

The other person killed was Shelia Lynn Russo, 47, a tribal administrator who managed evictions, said her mother, Linda Stubblefield of Taft.


Rhoades was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of homicide, attempted murder, child endangerment, and brandishing a weapon.

Associated Press