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q,A Wednesday, Jan, 3, 2001 Court News By Dave Keller was presented during testimo- Staff Writer ny from California Depart- A husband and wife from meet of Justice (DO J)officials Portola were ordered to an-and investigator Greg Hag- swer to felony allegations wood of the Plumas County stemming from a metham- Sheriffs Department. phetamine lab case. Among the evidence pre- The ruling, issued by sented to Kaufman was a Plumas County Superior sheet of paper containing Court Judge Ira R. Kaufman Joella Tiradeau's fingerprints last week at the conclusion of and featuring a recipe for a pretrial hearing, clears the making meth. way for a jury trial. A bottle of iodine--one of During the hearing, Kauf- the components used in the man heard testimony that making of meth--containing Raymond and Joella TiradeauRay Tiradeau's fingerprints were involved with making was presented as evidence meth at their Portola home.during the hearing. Evidence that connected theBoth items were recovered Tiradeaus to meth production from the Tiradeaus' property I HI By Dave Keller or other essentials. Staff Wnter Some witnesses, including a The Jan. 9 trial for an Indi- Spliethof paramour, said that an Valley man accused of dup- Spliethof had merely bor- ing an elderly woman into giv- rowed the money and was ing him about $100,000 has planning to reimburse been vacated. O'Brien for most of the money Instead, Judge Alan H. after he inherited land from Thieler will hear a pretrial his mother. motion on Jan. 12. But, Reichle tried to show Thieler was assigned to that Spliethof was taking ad- hear the case after District At- vantage of O'Brien's declining torney James Reichle filed a mental state by putting on wit- motion to have Superior nesses who described the al- Court Judge Garrett Olney leged victim as confused. thrown off the case: Spliethofs attorney, Janet In the motion, Reichle stat- Hilde, has argued that O'Brien ed that Olney cannot conduct was merely helping out some- "a fair and impartial hearing." one she cared about. Herman Spliethof, the de- "She was happy to give him fendant, was ordered two money," Hilde said at a hear- months ago to answer to ing. "It was her right to give felony counts of burglary and him that money." elder abuse. In one of the first cases of its kind in Plumas County, Kauf- man ruled that Spliethof prob- ably committed the alleged of- DOORS & SUPPUES fenses against Myrtle O'Brien. At a hearing, witnesses tes- tified that Spliethof received money from O'Brien, typically under the pretense that he needed it for work equipment Exc~o'es ~ ~ NV 7 75- |55-75i ,rs As SHADETREE AUTO SALES 283-9740 FEATHE ER Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 555 w. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. .Office is open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. HOW tO contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. E-Mail Web Page Ownership and Heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumes National (later changed to Plumes National Bulletin, May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892-1945) on June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumes and Lassen counties. 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Teborski Publisher Kevin Mallory Tom Forney Assistant to the Publisher Production Manager Debra Coates Cobey Brown Managing Editor Print Shop Manager Diane Kleine Pat Whitcomb Circulation & Classified Manager Bookkeeper Sherd McConnell Eva Small AdveRt'sing Manager Composing Manager Subscription Order Form Feather River Bulletin RO. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Name Please enter my subscription for ~ years. [~1 Enclosed find my check for $ In County $20 per year [~1 Out of State $36 per year ~1 In California $30 per year Address ..... City, State, Zip_ Subscriptions can be transferred, but not refunded. in Portola, authorities allege. Joseph Diaz, an expert on meth production with DO J, testified that a coffee grinder and Coleman fuet;- hich are used in making meth, were re- covered from the Tiradeaus' property. Diaz said the T.iradeaus' property featured a trash pit that contained discarded io- dine bottles and discarded boxes that once contained an over-the-counter allergy rem- edy used in making meth. Diaz also said that a duffel bag recovered on the property contained a flask, hydrogen peroxide and a gallon contain- er of iodine. He said it was his opinion that meth had been produced at the Tiradeau home for a while and would have contin- ued unless investigators in- tervened. During cross examination, defense attorney William Orr tried to show that at least some of the items recovered at the Tiradeau property could have had other uses. When asked by Orr, Diaz said he did not notice whether the Tiradeaus used the recov- ered Coleman fuel for Cole- man lanterns. Diaz also admitted he does not know whether the recov- ered iodine was being used to treat the Tiradeau's horses. During direct examination, Hagwood testified that he found meth and a pipe used for smoking it inside the Tiradeau home while execut- ing a search warrant on Aug. 29. Hagwood said that Joella Tiradeau told him she had ac- quired the illegal drug in Reno earlier in August. Hagwood testified that Tiradeaus' oldest daughter told him that Joella told her to lie about the presence of Alan Lackey on the Tiradeau property to the sheriffs de- partment. Lackey was recently con- victed of meth sales and sen- tenced to state prison. Hagwood also testified that firearms and television sur- veillance equipment were found in the Tiradeau home during the Aug. 29 raid. By Dave Keller tion of character Staff Writer conspiracy. Bill Jacks is ready to see A portion of the his name in lights, the middle of a Jacks, a former Plumas that rest County probation officer, is in front of~ publishing his first book this In recent month, honed his skill Called "Supercrip," the The book, book is based on Jacks' expe- rewrites, took rience at UC Davis. and a half "I've always wanted to be aThe result is the writer," Jacks said. "The pro- "Supercrip," which bation department (job) fell published into my lap." Jacks says the Jacks, a quadriplegic who discussing the requires the use of a wheel- being severely chair for mobility, served as tures a lot of humor the county's lead probationhome im officer for 11 years. "I really liked When he was demoted in said about 1990, Jacks sued the county"It's my baby." and, 11 years later, the case is Jacks said still pending, available er the The suit against the countyQuincy, where he alleges civil rights violations, conduct a book emotional distiess, defama-on the ] & Getter ...... aT-TS:5 ,~., ~, ~ ,,, ~ ~l:.l!~I $ When the thermometer starts to dip below freezing, many people will use portable heaters to warm cold spots in their homes. And when used safely, they can make a normally cool room quite comfortable. But the key is to use them safely. If you have a portable heater of any kind, follow the manufac- turer's instructions to the letter. And if your portable heater involves any kind of combustible fuel, remem- ber that a flame consumes oxygen in a room and nor- mally emits carbon dioxide or other harmful gases. So, you need to provide ade- quate ventilation at all times. 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