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4A Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 Feather River Bulletin SUPES, from page 1A "We're at a standstill when Pentamation goes down," she told the board. Even if the server were to be upgraded, the software's limitations would make it difficult for the county to address other issues such as requirements of the Affordable Care Act and special districts. "Thank you for moving ahead," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall told the auditor and described the issue regarding special districts as "extremely critical." Thrall said she worries that employees of the districts for which the county serves as governing board are now paid as if they were county employees. "It's a liability," she said. Refund due The supervisors approved Sheriff Greg Hagwood's request to return $3.59 that went unspent of a $50,000 grant. The federal money had been earmarked for marijuana eradication. "I'm very happy to report that when it comes to spending every last penny ..:" Hagwood told the board of his department's usage of the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Split vote In a rare 3-2 vote, the supervisors approved a letter of support for a proposed biomass heat and power system to be used at the county's health and human services building and Feather River College. Supervisors Lori Simpson, Kevin Goss and Jeff Engel voted in favor of the support letter, while Terry Swofford and Sherrie Thrall voted against it. During the discussion before the vote, Swofford said something similar was supposed to happen in Portola but the project never came to fruition. Simpson made the motion to approve the letter, but it failed for a lack of a second until Board Chairman Kevin Goss stepped in. "I am in support of cutting costs for the heating system at the annex and at the college," he said. Though Sherrie Thrall Book Signingby John Probst at Epilog Books (373 W. Main St., Quincy) Sat., Jan. 17 For more information, call: 283-2665 Feather River Bulletin Poatol Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Pedodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Man. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Now to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. Email: mail@plumasnews.com Website: plumasnews.com 0wnership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime[ To subacdhe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to subscriptions@plumasnews.com Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Poaster:. Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborski Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Karl Taborski Mary Newhouse Operations Co-0wner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Forney Advertising Sandy Condon Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir., Elise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin. Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Shard McConnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager I0000_00ISOY mNKI didn't reveal why she voted against the letter during the meeting, in a follow-up interview she said that she voted against the letter because she needed more details. "I'm getting more and more hesitant about saying I support something until I have all of the information," she said. In this case, she said she had "no data to tell me what it would cost the county," nor did she have any specifics about the project. "Where's the detail?" she asked. She said she understands that the grant in part would allow some questions to be answered, but said she tires of grants that fund studies but don't result in actual projects. Drought continues Despite a wet December, the supervisors approved a continuation of the local emergency status due to drought. The continuation is required every 30 days under the California Emergency Services Act, and the board had been adopting the status as a consent item without discussion. Jerry Sipe, director of the county's office of emergency services, placed the item on the board's regular agenda Jan. 6 so he could provide an update. "I don't mean to be a wet blanket..." he told the board before discussing what could happen if the drought continues. "It might touch senior water rights holders," he said. The board had formed a drought task force that began meeting last February. Its membership included Supervisors Terry Swofford and Sherrie Thrall, along with various county officials. "We may want to reactivate that committee," Sipe said. According to the California Department of Water Resources, precipitation totals were 146 percent of normal as of Dec. 22, but reservoirs remain far below capacity and the snowpack remains well below average. ' Mike and Olga Kroencke relax during a Ukrainian Christmas celebration in 2012. The Cromberg husband and wife were shot to death Dec. 19 near their second home in the foothills northeast of Oroville. Photo courtesy Kroencke family ARREST, from page 1A We didn't want him to know we were looking for him." Some residents in the rural foothills community northeast of Oroville reportedly were aware Hendrix was a suspect in the Kroenckes' deaths. "The Berry Creek community is a close-knit community," Bowersox said when asked how the sheriff located Hendrix. "There are good people there who will assist us." Berry Creek is also a community with a documented history of drug activity -- particularly with methamphetamine. Neighbors said Hendrix was a known meth user and was suspected of making and selling thedrug. He was in possession of methamphetamine when he was arrested. Hendrix was arraigned on weapons and drug charges Friday, Jan. 9. He is being held on $1 million bail at the Butte County jail. Hendrix's mother, 67-year-old Lotta Hendrix, was also, arraigrted Jan. 9. Lotta Hendrix, who lived at the 310 Galen Ridge Road residence with GD, was arrested without incident the same night as her son. Deputies located her at a residence on Bald Rock Road in the Berry Creek area. She is being held on $500,000 bail. The sheriffs office said Anderlini & McSweeney LLP Terry Anderlini is a Northern California Super Lawyer, a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney and Past President of the State Bar of California. We specialize in litigation including wild fire litigation and serious personal injury cases. Local References Call 650-212-0001 and ask for Terry Anderlini or Chris Andersen tanderlini@amlawoffice.com candersen@amlawo ffice.com Lotta Hendrix is not a person of interest in the murder case. The Butte County sheriffs spokesperson said GD Hendrix has not been charged with murder. She said the investigation -- including a possible motive for the killings -- is still under investigation. The Kroencke relative, who asked to not be identified, said it was Hendrix's drug use that led to problems with the Kroenckes and their 35-year-old son, who was a' full-time resident at the Galen Ridge Road home. According to the family member, the Hendrixes had been "squatting" in the residence near the Kroenckes' home for several years and continually took advantage of the Kroenckes' mentally disabled son. The relative said GD and Lotta Hendrix didn't have water or electricity at the residence where they were squatting. Along with other suspected drug users, the Hendrixes would reportedly visit the Kroenckes' son when they weren't there. The Hendrixes reportedly used the Kroenckes' home to take showers. The family member said they also took food meant for the Kroenckes' son and gave him methamphetamine. "GD and Lotta took advantage of him," said the family member. "They would come over with their other drug friends and feed him meth. They treated him like a carnival sideshow act." Olga Kroencke reportedly confronted the Hendrixes on several occasions. At one point the relative said Olga Kroencke told the Hendrixes she was going to call the homeowner and have thein evicted, She reportedly posted a written note on the Hendrixes' fence warning them to stay away from her son. Mike and Olga Kroencke, both Plumas County employees, drove to Berry Creek on weekends to visit their son. On Dec. 19 they were on their way for a visit when they were shot to death. After family members called to say the Kroenckes hadn't arrived at their Galen Ridge Road home, deputies discovered the Kroenckes dead in their car about 2 p.m. Dec. 20. The car was parked across the road from the property where the Hendrixes were living. "This is just an immeasurable tragedy," the family'member said. "Mike and Olga were good people. They worked so hard to take care of their son. They didn't deserve to die like this." Ten days after the Kroenckes were killed, the Butte County sheriff served a search warrant at the 310 Galen Ridge Road residence. The Hendrixes were not at the residence Dec. 29 when SWAT teams from the Butte County sheriff's office and Chico Police Department arrived. The teams seized an expiosivedevice and ' - firearms at the residence. The Butte County Multi Agency Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team responded to gather and analyze the explosive device. Arrest warrants were issued for GD and Lotta Hendrix, charging both of them with possession of a destructive device. Spokesperson Bowersox said the Butte County sheriff thanks the Berry Creek community for its assistance in the case. She said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Butte County sheriffs detective Matt Rackley at 538-7671. 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