Police find homeless camp on roof of Auburn school

Alta Vista School search turns up evidence but no camper
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A search on the roof of Alta Vista School off Lincoln Way in Auburn turns up evidence of a homeless camp.  

The ongoing search by authorities for illegal homeless camps and people in need of services now includes a visit to an Auburn elementary school’s roof.

The climb by ladder to get to the roof resulted in the discovery of a bedroll, bearing out a report from Alta Vista School staff that someone was up there and sleeping on top of one of the buildings, Auburn Police reported.

The person the bedroll belonged to was not located, however, police said. Staff with the Lincoln Way school cleaned up the area.

The school’s roof was one of more than 50 locations visited between the start of July and this past week by a joint city of Auburn-Placer County team that includes police, probation, code enforcement and health services. Key areas include Auburn Ravine Trail between Auburn Ravine Road and Highway 49, the School Park Preserve and Auburn Folsom Road near the Union Pacific tracks.

Two new camps were located on railroad property in the area of Auburn Folsom Road and Pacific Avenue. One person, a male, was contacted at one of the camps. County Health and Human Services Department staff members provided guidance to the man on local services. Both camps were posted for personal property removal and abandonment. Union Pacific was notified about the locations, police reported.

A camp on the hillside near Epperle Lane was posted and a camp that was on Highway 49 near Jordan Lane was observed to have been abandoned. On the Auburn Ravine Trail, a woman was arrested for public intoxication.

In another discovery, a man with a non-extraditable warrant from out-of-state was found resting in bushes in the 400-block Grass Valley Highway. He was admonished about trespassing and other local ordinances. He took his belongings and moved along, police reported in a Facebook post.