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Red Bluff to mull raises TuesdayBy RICH GREENE-DAILY NEWS: DAILY NEWS09/15/2012 07:52:00 AM PDT
The Red Bluff City Council's Tuesday night agenda is stacked with items regarding employee compensation. The council will consider the adoption of new contracts with two city unions as well as reconsider an item amending the pay scale of two division supervisors. In proposed agreements with the Miscellaneous Unit and Police Mid-Management Association salary raises would go into effect in the second and third years of three-year contracts. The Miscellaneous Unit would receive a 2 percent increase on July 1, 2013 and a similar increase based on sales tax revenue capped at 4.5 percent the following year.
Both of the Police Mid- Management Association increases would be tied to the sales tax revenue and are limited to between 2 and 4.5 percent. The agreements also convert the employees from a composite leave system to separate pools of sick and vacation time. City Manager Richard Crabtree has been converting every new contract into the latter system, as the previous scheme meant the city was liable for payments in the high tens of thousands in recent years when employees left the employ of the city. As part of the deal with both units, employees will pay the employee portion of their CalPERS contributions.
The council will also mull a decision it tabled a month ago regarding the pay of the new Water Division and Wastewater Division supervisors. Public Works Director Bruce Henz has asked the council to modify an existing class specification to allow both positions to be paid a 10 percent professional incentive pay the employees had before being promoted.
In a staff report, Henz said existing budget allocations will cover the proposed salary costs.
Tehama County votes to oppose 2-year budget cycle
By RICH GREENE-DN Staff Writerosted: 09/14/2012 07:25:33 AM PDT
For the second time in as many meetings the Tehama County Board of Supervisors delved into state politics, Tuesday, and a further agenda item presented the opportunity for Supervisor Bob Williams to take a dig at a Republican rival. The Supervisors voted unanimously to oppose Proposition 31, the proposed state constitutional amendment that would create a 2-year budget cycle as well as further reform the structure of state and local governments. Williams had asked the board to consider taking a stance on the proposition in preparation for an upcoming meeting with the Regional Council of Rural Counties, which is set to take its own stance on the issue Sept. 21. Previously the board had decided to take no stance on Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot tax initiative Williams, who represents the county in the California State Association of Counties, reported that association by the narrowest of margins voted to support Prop. 30. The association is neutral on Prop. 31. The board took much less time in its discussion of Prop. 31. Supervisor George Russell quipped the state Legislature had enough trouble balancing a budget every year, to expect it to get it right for a 2-year cycle. Russell also questioned the power that would be given to the governor to make unilateral budget cuts during declared fiscal emergencies under the proposition. That sentiment was echoed by the other supervisors.
Butte Co. Republican Party Chooses Logue for North State Senate Seat
Logue Continues Brisk Consolidation of North State GOP Support
CHICO - The campaign of Dan Logue for Senate announced that Logue has received the endorsement the Butte County Republican Party. Coming close on the heels of last week's endorsement from the Yuba County Republican Party, Logue continues an aggressive pace of racking up key GOP endorsements.
"Dan Logue has an unmatched record of service to the North State," stated Chairman Steve Thompson. "Butte County Republican Leaders know that Dan is the only conservative Republican in the race for Senate District 4. The differences between Dan and his Republican opponent could not be more stark. Unlike his Republican opponent, Dan Logue opposed the open primary - a vote which led to a $14 Billion tax increase that same year. The largest tax increase in the state's history."
With a long record of distinguished service in the Republican Party, Logue has served at both the local County Republican Party as well as on the state Republican Central Committee. Logue served as the Yuba County Chairman for George Bush for President and as Finance Chairman for the Yuba Co. GOP where he raised over $16,000 for the local efforts. More recently, Logue was tapped by CRP Chairman Tom Del Beccaro to serve as Chairman of the Platform Committee, where he led the process for the re-adoption of a conservative state party platform.
Marijuana grow's environmental damage shocks Sheriff's OfficeStaff Reports CHICO ENTERPRISE RECORD
MAGALIA — Detectives were "awestruck" at the environmental damage caused by terracing of a hillside and herbicides draining into the watershed for a marijuana grow they eradicated Wednesday in Magalia.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant on the 15000 block of Emma Mine Way, according to a Sheriff's Office press release. They allegedly found 272 of the illegal plants with a weight of 4,100 pounds being disguised under Proposition 215. The Sheriff's Office used its helicopter to get rid of the plants on the steep hill. Detectives allegedly found four people there working on the garden, according to the Sheriff's Office. One suspect fled into the canyon. Noe Farias Cabbera and Carlos Zapien, both 27 of Redwood City, were arrested on suspicion of cultivation and sale of marijuana. Their bail was set at $100,000 each. Francisco Javier Quintero, 41, of Jalisco, Mexico was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and his bail was set at $50,000. Immigration holds are pending on all three. The environmental damage at the grow included a steep road cut from the top of the garden to the bottom just above Butte Creek Canyon, according to the Sheriff's Office. The cleared timber and brush was piled along the property's border, causing a fire hazard to nearby residences off Emma Mine Way and Tom's Trail.
Detectives expect erosion to occur when rain and snow fall in the next few months, according to the
Sheriff's Office. An environmental investigation is being conducted. From evidence located at the Emma Mine Way location, detectives served two more search warrants Thursday at homes in the Paradise area.
At a house on the 5500 block of Longview Drive, detectives allegedly found an indoor marijuana grow that contained 131 plants, according to the Sheriff's Office. Investigators also reportedly found an indoor garden with 89 marijuana plants in a home on Sunny Lane. All 220 plants were eradicated. All of the plants at the three locations were estimated to be worth more than $2.6 million, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Body found in Yankee Hill grave identified
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YANKEE HILL — A body found last month at a marijuana refining lab in Yankee Hill has been identified as a Stockton man reported missing in March. Butte County Sheriff's Office detectives served a search warrant Aug. 28, 2012 at an address on Lower Gulch Road, and located the butane honey oil lab, several firearms, a stolen vehicle and methamphetamine. Detectives also found freshly disturbed dirt and a foul odor. Excavation proved it to be a man's grave. At autopsy determined the man had been shot to death. Fingerprints identified him as David Groves Jr., 26. Paul Edward Moreno, 34, also of Stockton, has been identified as a suspect, and a warrant charging him with murder has been issued. He's also wanted on felony warrants for manufacturing a controlled substance, cultivation and sales of marijuana, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and vehicle theft.
Moreno is white, 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anderson bicyclist struck by vehicle STAFF REPORT REDDING RECORTD SEARCHLIGHTAn Anderson man was hospitalized Sunday night with "substantial" injuries after he was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle. Anderson police said Robert Yearry, 52, was riding his bicycle shortly after 9 p.m. on Highway 273 when he rode out in front of Kimber Echelberger, 42, of Anderson. Echelberger was traveling north in a 2005 Nissan Armada when the collision happened near the intersection of North Street. Police said Yearry was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Redding with "substantial" injuries. Echelberger was not injured, police said.
Driver slams into tree in Anderson
A man driving down Olinda Road Sunday morning slammed into an oak tree just before 10 a.m,.
The crash happened about two miles west of the intersection of Anderson Drive.
The man was injured, but refusing treatment, so CHP officers were "working with him" on a gurney at the scene. They said the man is in his 60s. His identity and the nature of his injuries have not been reported by the Highway Patrol.
STAFF REPORT REDDING RECORTD SEARCHLIGHT
Two dead in Yuba County boating accident; man arrested on suspicion of BUI MARYSVIULLE PRESS DEMOCRAT AND SACRAMENTO BEETwo people were killed and two others injured in a boating accident on a Northern California lake that has sparked an underwater search for possible other victims.
Yuba County Sheriff's Lt. Damon Gil said the collision between two boats on Englebright Lake was reported shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Gil said besides the two dead, a two other people suffered minor to moderate injuries.
Authorities say a 53-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the collision.
Gil says Jeffrey Sandow of Auburn was arrested Sunday morning at the Yuba County Sheriff's Department. Gil says investigators believe Sandow was under the influence of alcohol while driving one of the two power boats in the collision on Englebright Lake.
Gil tells the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/NvX8GW) authorities have yet to identify the two people who died, pending notification of their families. The collision reported Saturday night also left two other people with minor to moderate injuries.
Gil initially said divers searched for anybody else in the water, and later told the Marysville Appeal-Democrat that all people are believed accounted for.
No information was available on how the crash occurred. Investigators were talking to several survivors to find out the cause.
Englebright Lake is a man-made reservoir formed along the Yuba River.
Shasta County district attorney considers possible hate crime case Native American boy claims attack in Shasta Lake REDDING RECORD SEARCHLIGHTBy Jim Schultz
The Shasta County district attorney's office is weighing the possible filing of assault and hate crime charges against a Shasta Lake man who allegedly attacked an 18-year-old Native American man last month. Family members say the man also threatened the teen and his mother with a firearm while screaming racial and obscene slurs at them.
April Carmelo, 45, who wants the case to be prosecuted as a hate crime and recently went before the Shasta Lake City Council to discuss it, alleges in court records that her son, Sage Frank, was assaulted by Petrisevac on the night of Aug. 23 as he was skateboarding with his two cousins outside their Shasta Lake home. Carmelo claims her son was "sucker punched" by their neighbor, who repeatedly yelled "white power" and threatened to kill them both. Petrisevac denied the statements made by Carmelo in her declaration for the restraining order but did not object to it. Frank said he was skateboarding with his cousins when he saw a man, whom he described as drunk, walking his dog and yelling obscene racial insults at him. A verbal confrontation broke out, with Frank saying the man "sucker-punches me in my left eye and takes off running." Frank wrote in his declaration that he chased after him and threw his skateboard at him but missed. According to his and his mother's written statements, Carmelo arrived in her sport utility vehicle after Petrisevac had run inside his Lassen Street home only to come out with a rifle or shotgun. Shasta County sheriff's deputies later arrived but did not arrest Petrisevac, much to the annoyance of Carmelo and her family.
Arrest of suspected peeper in OC leads to photos L.A. TIMESCYPRESS — The arrest of an Orange County man suspected of peeping on his neighbors has led to drugs, cash and numerous photos showing young women and girls taken from outside their homes. Cypress police Sgt. Dean Pinvidic said 22-year-old Kyle Charles Scott was arrested Saturday after officers responding to reports of a prowler found a man hiding between parked cars and holding a camera. The Orange County Register reports officers searched Scott's home in the same neighborhood. They found digital photos showing the girls and young women in various degrees of dress, cocaine, marijuana and $8,000 in cash. Scott was booked into jail for investigation of possession of child pornography, illegal videotaping, peeping and possession of a narcotic and marijuana for sale. He is being held on $200,000 bail.
INTERESTING QUESTION: D-N-A COLLECTION OF SUSPECTS. LEGAL?
MORE DEATHS IN MEXICO... DRUG MURDER DEATH TOLL HUGE
|Calif. DNA collection from arrestees challenged
An Alabama man was charged this month with the 1980 murder of an Oxnard teen. A Placerville man was arrested last month for a 1986 rape and murder of a San Mateo teen. A San Francisco man is currently on trial for the murder and robbery of a tourist two decades ago.
Technological advances in genetic research and computers in recent years have turned solving "cold cases" into near-routine police work. The California Attorney General reports that the state's DNA database of close to 2 million samples spits outs more than 425 "hits" a month, more than double the average monthly rate of 183 in 2008. More than 10,000 suspects have been identified in the last five years.
But on Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union will argue before a federal appellate court in San Francisco that California's DNA collection efforts have become unconstitutionally aggressive and that the spike in hits comes at the expense of civil liberties. California law enforcement officials are collecting more than 11,000 samples a month. "Cold hit DNA is integral to bringing criminals to justice," said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, whose office is prosecuting William Payne for the 1983 strangulation murder of Nikolaus Crumbley. Crumbley's body was found in the city's McLaren Park along with DNA that was finally matched to Payne earlier this year. Payne denies killing Crumbley, saying his DNA was found at the scene because the two had had consensual sex. The match was made after Payne submitted a DNA sample after an unrelated assault conviction. Since 1998, California has collected DNA from convicted felons to help solve crimes. In addition to solving cold cases, the technology has also led to the exoneration of at least 200 wrongly convicted nationwide.
ACLU and privacy advocates argue the cheek swab of the arrestee comes too early in the criminal justice process, because not every felony arrest leads to a felony conviction. The critics aren't challenging the state's right to collect samples from those convicted of felonies. The ACLU is representing three Californians who say they are among the 50,000 people arrested for felonies every year in California but never convicted of a felony. They say their privacy was invaded by the cheek swabbing during their arrest and incarceration, usually during booking. Which makes me ask... will they come out and fight the collection of fingerprints next???
L.A. TIMES The dismembered bodies of 17 men were found Sunday on a farm in a part of central Mexico disputed by violent drug cartels, officials said.
The bodies were dumped near a highway in the town of Tizapan el Alto by the border between Jaliscoand Michoacan, said Jalisco state prosecutor Tomas Coronado Olmos. The bodies were discovered as Mexicans celebrated their independence.
The bodies were naked, mutilated and stacked with chains around their necks. They had been killed elsewhere and dumped on the property. Authorities haven't said who they think is behind the killings but the area is a cartel battleground and Mexico's crime groups regularly leave behind such grisly remains as they battle for control of trafficking routes and markets.
Michoacan state is home to the Familia Michoacana and the Caballeros Templarios organized crime groups, and Jalisco has seen violence by the brutal Zetas and the Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartels. Signs were put up last week in various Jalisco municipalities in which the Caballeros Templarios threatened the Zetas and Jalisco Nueva Generacion. A shootout between local police and an armed convoy last Monday left two people dead and two injured in the same municipality near the border between Jalisco and Michoacan.
In May, authorities found 18 human heads and remains packed into two abandoned cars along the highway connecting Chapala and Guadalajara, Jalisco. On Friday in Tamaulipas, 16 bodies were found across the state just two days after the arrest there of one of the region's top drug bosses, Gulf Cartel head Eduardo Costilla Sanchez. Nine of the bodies were found in Nuevo Laredo along the Texas border and seven were found in near the town of San Fernando, where 74 dead migrants were found in August, 2010. More than 47,500 people have been killed in Mexican drug violence since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched a military offensive against the cartels, according to the latest official figures. Some civil groups and activists say the figure is higher.
TEACHERS STRIKE CONTINUES
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to the courts to try to put an end to a teachers strike that's entering its second week and has left parents scrambling to make alternative child care arrangements for at least two more days. The union and school leaders seemed headed toward a resolution at the end of last week, saying they were optimistic students in the nation's third-largest school district would be back in class by Monday. But teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, saying they needed more time to review a complicated proposal. Emanuel fired back, saying he told city attorneys to seek a court order forcing Chicago Teachers Union members back into the classroom. The strike is the first for the city's teachers in 25 years and has kept 350,000 students out of class, leaving parents to make other plans.
ROMNEY TO RE-FOCUS HIS CAMPAIGN
Contra Dick Morris, Mitt Romney is not winning this election. At least Mitt Romney is not winning the election right now. Conservatives are obsessing over every poll, the turn out models used, and the media bias that is on ful display. Yes, some of the polling models seem screwy, though we all forget the pollsters apply a secret sauce known only to them on top. Yes, reporters are fully beclowning themselves to get their god-king re-elected. But while we may be focused there, the fact is the Romney campaign isn't functioning well.
DAILY BEAST )— Mitt Romney will seek this week to explain more about what he would do as president, a strategy shift intended to change the trajectory of a race that President Barack Obamaappears to be winning.
Seven weeks before the election, campaign aides say Romney plans to release a new batch of TV ads, re-focus his campaign appearances on his five-point economic plan and make a series of speeches aimed at offering voters a more concrete outline of his plans for the country.
The shift comes as Republicans openly fret about the state of their nominee's campaign and press Romney to give voters a clearer sense of how he would govern. It also comes as polls show Obama with an edge nationally and in key states, and amid reports of infighting at the Boston-based campaign.
The new ads will highlight Romney's plan to create 12 million jobs, cut the deficit and allow the nation to become energy independent. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate, will focus on the debt and deficit in a series of campaign appearances. It's all aimed at giving voters a clearer picture of what Romney would do as president, advisers said.
With the new push, Romney is looking to put behind him a turbulent week that saw him stumbling to respond to an ongoing crisis in the Middle East. And he's spent hours preparing for debates, mindful that they may be his last best hope of overtaking Obama.
Romney advisers spent the weekend in Boston hashing out a plan to right his struggling campaign. On Monday, top advisers planned to explain how the campaign would change tact as the candidate himself began a major push to Hispanic voters.
The new ads — one called "The Romney Plan," the other attacking Obama as bad for middle-class families — show Romney doubling down on his core rationale for running: the notion that he can fix the nation's dour economy given his decades of work in the private sector.
OCCUPY DYING A SLOW DEATH... OR IS IT???
Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.
Punches were thrown and objects were hurled at moderators' heads. Protesters accused each other of being patriarchal and racist and domineering. Nobody could agree on anything and nobody was in charge. The moderators went on strike and refused to show up, followed in quick succession by the people who kept meeting minutes. And then the meetings stopped altogether. In the city where the movement was born, Occupy was falling apart.
"We weren't talking about real things at that point," says Pete Dutro, a tattoo artist who used to manage Occupy's finances but became disillusioned by the infighting and walked away months ago. "We were talking about each other." The trouble with Occupy Wall Street, a year after it bloomed in a granite park in lower Manhattan and spread across the globe, is that nobody really knows what it is anymore. To say whether Occupy was a success or a failure depends on how you define it. Occupy is a network. Occupy is a metaphor. Occupy is still alive. Occupy is dead. Occupy is the spirit of revolution, a lost cause, a dream deferred.
Police: Delaware man steals own truck from repair shop
NEW CASTLE, Del. Police in Delaware have arrested a man they say stole his own truck out of a repair shop lot using a front-end loader.
Delaware police say they were called early Friday to the Stop-N-Go in New Castle after a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup went missing. Surveillance tapes showed a front-end loader with fork lifts attached driving away with the vehicle.
The repair shop owner then called the vehicle's owner, 30-year-old Donald Smith II of Bear. Police said Smith, whose vehicle was being held because he had defaulted on a payment he owed for repairs, called back to say he had taken the truck using a front-end loader.
Troopers spotted Smith operating the front-end loader and gave chase. A 35-minute pursuit ended with Smith driving into a retention pond.
SCOUTS RELEASING FILES...
(Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America could face a wave of bad publicity as decades of records of confirmed or alleged child molesters within the U.S. organization are expected to be released in coming weeks.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported the organization failed to report allegations of sex abuse of scouts by adult leaders and volunteers to police in hundreds of cases from 1970 to 1991. In some cases, the Boy Scouts helped the accused "cover their tracks," the paper said.
The story was based on a review of 1,600 internal Boy Scouts case files the newspaper said it obtained that detailed accusations against confirmed or alleged child molesters within the youth organization.
About 1,200 "ineligible volunteer" files dating from 1965 to 1985 are set to be publicly released under a June order by the Oregon Supreme Court, including some already reviewed by the newspaper.
Those files played a key role in a 2010 civil trial in which an Oregon jury found the Boy Scouts liable in a 1980s pedophile case and ordered the organization to pay nearly $20 million in damages.
The files will be released within three to four weeks, said Paul Mones, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiff in the Oregon case.
In the wake of revelations about systemic child sex abuse within the Catholic Church and the recent Penn State sex abuse scandal, the files threaten to damage the reputation of one of America's most trusted institutions.
Mones said the allegations revealed in the Oregon case are not necessarily comparable to the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal.
"In the Catholic Church there were overt cover-ups, and I don't think you see a lot of that here with the Boy Scouts," Mones told Reuters on Sunday.
The Boy Scouts of America said in a statement on Sunday that while it regrets past incidents where scouts were sexually abused, its current policies require even suspicions of abuse to be reported directly to law enforcement.
"The BSA (has) continuously enhanced its multi-tiered policies and procedures, which now include background checks, comprehensive training programs and safety policies," the statement said.
The organization said it has maintained an internal "ineligible volunteer" file since at least 1919 to prevent suspected or confirmed child sex abusers from joining or re-entering its ranks.
Boy Scouts of America officials and attorneys have said the files represent only a fraction of the adults who participate as scout leaders each year.
The Boy Scouts have annually counted between 3.5 and 5 million scouts and more than 1 million adult leaders and volunteers among its members since the 1960s, a spokesman for the organization said.
The organization is facing more than 50 pending child sexual abuse cases in 18 states, according to Kelly Clark, another plaintiff attorney in the Oregon case.
Mones said he did not expect many new lawsuits to result from the upcoming release of the Scouts' files, predicting that statutes of limitation on sex abuse charges in most U.S. states would prevent victims from successful civil or criminal prosecution of alleged molesters.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
BIG SHOT BIRTHDAYS _ U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter is 73; puppeteer Kevin Clash (voice of Elmo, and others, on Sesame Street) is 52; actor Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Super 8) is 47; American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis (Season 4) is 37
THIS WEEK _ It's National Singles Week and Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week.
NEWS ATTACK! _ Lady Gaga launched her new perfume by appearing at a museum in a giant-size perfume bottle where she received a tattoo on her neck. [Reactions were immediate. Madonna quicky declared that the whole thing was a ripoff of her perfume. Then Elton John angrily denounced Madonna as an aging has been. Then the nurse came in and gave Elton his medicine.]
NFL'S WEIRDEST TOUCHDOWN CELEBRATION: NUNCHUCKS _ The NFL's Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Raves is on the same team as Ray Lewis, so he's already facing an uphill battle when it comes to over-the-top touchdown celebrations. That being said, the moves he pulled out after a score against the Philadelphia Eagles are bizarre, to say the least. If you saw the game and couldn't figure out what Jones was doing, he was pretending he had nunchucks in his hands.
WOMAN LOST 85 POUNDS ON STARBUCKS-ONLY DIET _ A woman who has maintained a Starbucks-only diet for the past two years says she's lost 85 pounds and feels 'like a kid again'. Christine Hall, 66, from Alexandria, Virginia, visits her local store three times a day, selecting breakfast, lunch and dinner options and describes the coffee chain as her 'second home'. Using nutrition labels on food and drink packaging she meticulously tracks her calorie intake, eating as little as 1,000 calories a day -- less than half of the recommended daily allowance for women.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: EYE GLASS FRAMES STOLEN _ Somebody in Flint, Michigan, made off with more than 50 eye glasses frames from a store last week.
TV TONIGHT: REVOLUTION _ Revolution debuts tonight (Monday) on NBC. This new sci-fi drama is set 15 years after a mysterious and permanent power blackout. One family is determined to find their brother, who has been kidnapped. With a rogue band of survivors, they set out to re-establish the USA, find out why the power failed, and if it will ever return.