Police search home of California tribal leader held in slayings of 4 people at meeting

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This Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 photo released by Alturas Police Department shows Cherie Lash Rhoades. Rhoades, suspected of killing four people at the headquarters of an Indian tribe that was evicting her and her son from its land, had been under federal investigation over at least $50,000 in missing funds, a person familiar with the tribe's situation told The Associated Press on Friday. (AP Photo/Alturas Police Department)

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By JEFF BARNARD and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — Police armed with rifles and pistols have searched the home of the former Cedarville Rancheria tribal leader held on suspicion of killing four people and wounding two others at a tribal meeting in northeastern California.

Officers from Alturas Police, California Highway Patrol and the Modoc County Sheriff's Office went to the house of Cherie Lash Rhoades in Cedarville late Friday afternoon.

One Alturas police officer who would not give his name acknowledged that they were serving a search warrant, but would not say what they seized.

Rhoades has been held since Thursday afternoon on suspicion that she opened fire on a tribal meeting in Alturas that was called to consider her eviction from the rancheria.

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