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Sheriff’s Blotter: May 13-16 – strange behavior continues

Information in the Sheriff’s Blotter is gathered from the dispatch logs provided by the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office. No individual’s names are reported. And those arrested should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. The following is a summary of activity for May 13-May 16, 2022. May 13.
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Where I Stand: United We Stand…Divided We Fall

Over the last couple of months the campaign for Sheriff has become increasingly negative and divisive. It has been difficult to see so many people battling each other within the communities of this county that I care so deeply for. While I absolutely support everyone’s right to an opinion and sharing facts, I do not condone mudslinging and tearing eachother down. Especially directed at the Sheriff’s Office team that has worked so tirelessly.
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It’s been a challenging 2 years, but FRC Class of 2022 graduates

Feather River College graduated its class of 2022 on Friday, May 20, at Brennan Stadium under a bright blue sky and a challenging windstorm. President of the Board of Trustees, Guy McNett, welcomed those assembled with an acknowledgement of the uniqueness of this particular class “not just surviving but thriving” through the gauntlet of their contemporary world—referring to learning while under continuously changing COVID restrictions and protocol and then last summer’s Dixie Fire.
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Smith Properties: Listings for Sunday, May 22, 2022

At Smith Properties, we pride ourselves on being specialists in bringing buyers and home sellers together throughout Lassen and Plumas County. Like the Smith Properties team itself, our website has been designed to provide you with the information that you need to make all the right real estate decisions. So please check out our site here and then give us a call. At Smith Properties we are here to make your real estate experience one you’ll remember…for all the right reasons.
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Quincy man convicted on felony possession charges

A Plumas County jury convicted Quincy resident David Bruce Mercer, 59, on May 19 of felony possession of methamphetamine for sale. The verdict culminated a two-day jury trial. Mercer was arrested on Oct. 26, 2021, when law enforcement visited Mercer’s residence on Nugget Lane in Quincy to serve arrest warrants and conduct a probation search. During the search, a deputy found over 2 ounces of methamphetamine, two cell phones, $120 and a magnetic box used to secretly transport the methamphetamine on the outside of a vehicle.
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Expect delays on local highways – Caltrans, PG&E at work

Getting to and from anywhere in Plumas County is going to be challenging now and for the next few years. Caltrans officials paid a visit to the Board of Supervisors on May 17 to present an overview on various work plans that will impact residents throughout the county. Some of the projects are already under construction, some are in project development and some are in planning.
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Thirteen Graduate from Lassen College’s Correctional Officer Academy

Thirteen Correctional Officers, from counties including Lassen, Modoc, Lake, Del Norte and Plumas have graduated from Lassen College’s Correctional Officer Academy after an intensive five-week program that featured ten different instructors – all of whom are experts in their respective fields. “It’s our second year of having this...
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Positive Covid cases jump in Plumas over the past week

Plumas County Public Health announced today, May 19, that there have been 35 new cases reported over the past seven days; a jump from the six cases reported on May 12. This follows the state and national trends reporting increases in COVID cases. There are currently 35 people in isolation...
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DA files charges against Portola man in home invasion robbery

Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister filed a nine-count complaint against James Woodrow Swangler, age 26, of Portola, on May 19. The complaint consists of seven felonies, including allegations of home invasion robbery and kidnap to commit robbery, and two misdemeanor charges. If convicted, Swangler faces a life term in prison.
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Ballots trickling into the Plumas County elections office

According to the Plumas County elections officer, as of this afternoon, May 20, six percent of Plumas County registered voters have returned their June 7 Primary ballots. The more ballots that are returned before Election Day, the sooner Plumas County residents will know the results of the election. Those that are postmarked June 7 will be counted after they are received in the mail.
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Fair board agenda packed with happenings for the county

Plumas Sierra Fair Board president Cindy Noble called the relatively new board to order May 18 at the fairgrounds in the newly named “bunkhouse.”. All events are “on” for 2022 so there were plenty of topics on the agenda. The board members representing all areas of the county are Andrea Ceresola, Kenny Chance, Jenay Cogle, James Griffin, Christian Kennedy, Duncan Kennedy, Susan Neer, and 2022 president, Cindy Noble. Two members resigned after many years of service: Thelma Olson (over 30 years of service), and Darlene Buckhout (6 years). A few members of the public were present for the meeting. The primary activities at most Fair Board meetings is for the board to hear the reports from Fairgrounds Manager John Steffanic and offer input and vote when necessary. Fortunately, Steffanic is an avid storyteller and the reports are always entertaining and exceedingly informative.
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With seismic requirements looming, local hospitals seek state help

Plumas District Hospital is just eight years away from radical changes, unless a new hospital is built that meets state seismic requirements. PDH is not alone. Hospitals across the state, including those in Chester and Portola, also must meet Senate Bill-1953 that mandates all hospitals rebuild or retrofit by 2030 to remain fully operational in the event of an 8.0 earthquake.
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Letter to the Editor: Follow the Facts

I grew up in Plumas County and returned to this amazing county as my primary residence a few years ago. The last thing I thought I would do is get involved in local politics. The negativity and he-said, she-said dynamics of it feels wrong. I am an attorney and facts are what matter to me. I have known and appreciated Todd Johns for most of my life, though tangentially from a distance, and more recently, as Plumas County Sheriff as I closely watched his interactions with all of our communities devastated by Covid and Fire. Objectively and factually, he has led this county with nothing but courage and dignity. Throughout this campaign, he has adamantly refused to lower his ethical standards to the level of his opponent who has often led his campaign with mud-slinging. I am disappointed, as I believe many of you are, that I have had to become political to defend a Sheriff who, on his record and integrity, should not have to be defending his position and who should not have been opposed in the first place. I feel it must be ego on Mr. Cline’s side, because I do not see factual reasons to oppose a Sheriff who has been doing an exemplary job.
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Where I Stand: Behavioral Health Director lauds partnerships — particularly with the Sheriff

A few appreciations as I leave my position as the director of Plumas County Behavioral Health (PCBH)…. Nearly four years ago I was appointed by our Board of Supervisors to be the next behavioral health director for Plumas County. I quickly realized there were community partners eager to improve how behavioral health services were delivered and the desire to partner in the delivery of these services. The school district had a need for more mental health services in the schools. In partnership, we made that happen. The social services department needed timely services delivered to children placed into the foster care system and, together, we achieved that goal. Our probation department needed services for their probationers, we collaborated to fulfill this need. Assembly Bill 1810 (AB 1810) was passed into law July 1, 2018, which paved the way to develop a diversion program targeting those with mental illness who are also involved in the criminal justice system. In partnership with the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, and the Superior Court, we developed a diversion program to address the cycle of incarceration for those with mental illness and have achieved positive results. We were the first small county in the state to develop this service.