Yuba County Sheriffs to Review Eviction Procedure after Attacks

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MARYSVILLE -- After two incidents in which Yuba County sheriff's deputies were injured serving eviction notices, the department will look over their procedures to see if anything could have been done differently to ensure the safety of officers.

The move comes after a second episode where a deputy was injured, even though back-up was provided by a Marysville Police officer. Both were allegedly struck in the face by Keith Dewart whose father and landlord told authorities that he could be violent.

In June a deputy was serving an eviction notice alone when Joseph Hazen apparently struck him with a metal pipe. That deputy is still unable to go back to work. Hazen is in custody on attempted murder charges.

It appears Hazen was not a party to the eviction. And it appears in the recent case a back-up officer didn't prevent a violent attack.

Still a review of procedures in imminent.

"It would be a miss for us not to at least look into it to see if there are any changes we can make to improve the process for the safety of not only our deputies but the public and as well as persons being served," said Leslie Carbah, a spokesperson for the Yuba County Sheriffs Office.