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Yuba County man facing 45 felony charges misses his arraignment

March 8, 2018

A Yuba County man who was arrested last April and later charged with 33 counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, along with 12 other felony charges and five misdemeanor charges, failed to appear at his arraignment on Tuesday.

A bench warrant for his arrest is expected to be issued by the Yuba County Superior Court, said Patrick McGrath, Yuba County district attorney.

Barry Keith Norman, 37, was arrested at his residence in the 800 block of North Beale Road on April 7, 2017, by the California Highway Patrol after a multi-agency bust at two locations uncovered a significant number of weapons, ammunition, stolen vehicles, controlled substances, marijuana plants and remnants of a cannabis grow in one of the basements.

Some of the items were located at the second location in the 7300 block of Hammonton-Smartsville Road, including the stolen vehicles and about 200 young marijuana plants, though no arrests were made at the site.

CHP had been investigating Norman for a few weeks based on leads from people who had thefts occur during the Lake Oroville spillway evacuation. Norman, being a felon, wasn’t permitted to own any weapons or ammunition, so when investigators learned there might be guns at his residence, they sought backup – including the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office and SWAT team, Yuba City Police, Marysville Police, the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office and NET-5.

A search warrant was served around 5:45 a.m. due to the weapons hazard. As SWAT swept the North Beale Road house, they noticed numerous weapons throughout. Three occupants were found inside the residence when law enforcement entered – Norman, his girlfriend, Courtney Leanne Schneider, and her 14-year-old daughter.

One of the arresting officers said they found 27 long-rifle weapons – including two AR-15s – a couple of sawed-off shotguns, handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, according to Appeal-Democrat archives.

Four of the weapons were also reported as stolen out of Butte County and Sacramento County, according to court documents.

In addition to the guns, law enforcement reportedly found a pound of bagged and processed marijuana in a cupboard, evidence of an indoor marijuana cultivation area, 2.8 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia at the North Beale residence.

Norman was charged with possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm, 33 counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, grand theft of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a short-barreled rifle and seven counts of taking a vehicle without consent. He also faces five misdemeanor charges: three counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of grand theft.