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4A Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 Feather River Bulletin INVESTIGATION, from page 1A the point where they are sick of us calling," Hollister said. Sheriff Greg Hagwood has tried to remain patient during the process. He said the investigation needs to be thorough. Hagwood said the deputy involved in the shooting returned to active duty weeks ago. "I have every confidence that the officer did exactly what he had to do. And that confidence is evidenced by that officer having returned to work," Hagwood said. "To the extent that the district attorney's office is doing a very comprehensive and thorough report,.I appreciate that," he said. "It's my hope that they can accomplish that goal in the very, very near future." ' The sheriff and district attorney are withholding the identity of the deputy until the r sults of the investigation are reported. Darlene Griffith, Who was % Mauro's landlord for the past 10 years and said she considered him a good friend, said she is frustrated the investigation isn't done. "It's not right," she said. "Mariano's kids deserve to know what happened. They don't even know hop" many times he was shot. They have been trying to get answers. They can't believe it has been three months ... It's sad." Griffith said a phone message Mauro left the night he died gave no indication that he was "upset or irate." She said he left a message on his own home phone, asking someone to bring his medication to the hospital. "I heard the message," Griffith said. "He was not upset or irate; I mean, he couldn't get violent. He was not that kind of person. He was a little weirdo sometimes, but weird in a funny way. Not violent." According to reports, a few hours after Mauro was admitted to the hospital, the sheriffs office received a call for help from hospital staffat 12:48 a.m. According to the 911 call log, Mauro barricaded himself in his room and punched out a window. The report stated he threw broken glass at a nurse. The deputy arrived at the hospital alone about 1 a.m. to find Mauro wearing "improvised protective outerwear" consisting of materials he found in his hospital room, according to the sheriff. The sheriff said "a lengthy and incredibly violent" encounter ensued. He said the struggle between Mauro and the deputy started at one end of the hospital and ended up in the lobby, where the deputy fired multiple shots. According to the sheriff, Mauro successively gained control of the officer's Taser, gun and baton before the fatal shots were fired. Mauro reportedly fired a shot with the deputy's gun "that narrowly missed the deputy." DROUGHT, from page 1A Quincy Services District. Howe said that the situation would be discussed at her district's February board meeting as well. Todd Roberts, Portola's acting city manager, said that the city currently has plenty of water and would not need to consider rationing unless the state issued a specific directive. Agricultural community worried While urban users may be asked to ration, the agricultural community is already feeling the impacts. Holly George, of the U.C. Cooperative Extension, said her office has been busy fielding calls from concerned ranchers. "A lot of the livestock folks up here are worried," George said. "A least one person had to sell off all of his cows." George explained that the majority of ranchers move their cows out of the area between Halloween and Thanksgiving, and then bring them back in May. In typical years it's a more economical way to feed WE'RE OPEN ALL WINTER! Fri- Sat- Sun 10am --7 pm and water the cattle. But during a drought, the lower elevations don't have feed or water. Ranchers are caught between trying to wait it out or selling their cows. If they wait too long, the market could be saturated and the price will go down. "The margin in the ag sector is very thin to begin with," George said. George is putting together an informational meeting for Thursday, Jan. 30, but the location and time were not available before this edition went to press. Call 283-6262 f or meeting details. "Some people are going to have to be making decisions in early February," George said. Repeat of 1977? The last time Gov. Brown declared a drought emergency in the state was in early 1977. Plumas County also Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com New Indoor Tables and Graeagle Mountain Booths! Corner of Johnsville Rd. and Hwy. 89 in Graeagle I FE~TH R Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals 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 Mort. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. HOW to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. Email: mail@plumasnews.com Website: plumasnews.com declared a drought emergency. as losses in the agricultural community mounted. "Quincy rations water," read the lead headline on the front page of the March 31, 1977, edition of the Feather River Bulletin. The water district allowed users to water fol'two hours per day, two days a week, based on location. Washing of cars, patios, sidewalks or driveways was prohibited. California's Department of Water Resources required rationing throughout the state. The sheriff could get another new deputy. And the district attorney could get ad'ditionalmoney to fund the county's growing Alternative Sentencing Program. That's what will happen if the Board of Supervisors approves recommendations passed last week by the county's Community Corrections Partnership committee. The odds of the supervisors approving the moves are good, because the money will be coming from the county's share of Assembly Bill 109 (Criminal Justice Realignment) funding. During its Wednesday, Jan. 15, meeting at the Plumas County courthouse in Quincy, the committee also proposed establishing a subcommittee to find a new site for the Day Reporting Center. District Attorney David Hollister said the DRC has quickly outgrown its home at The Resource Center in Quincy. The Day Reporting Center -- a place where people in the criminal justice system can fred support and services -- may have overstayed its welcome at The Resource Center as well. Resource Center Executive Director Dennis Thibeault said he was ready for the DRC to leave his offices. He told the committee the program lacked specific policies and an overall phildsophy. He said it wasn't the "wonderful collaboration" he was told it would be. The county's Community Corrections Partnership committee is comprised of Hollister, Sheriff Greg Hagwood, Public Defender Douglas Prouty, Mental Health Director Peter Livingston, Superior Court designee Deborah Norrie and Acting Chief Probation Officer Douglas Carver. Norrie did not attend the meeting. Carver was chairing his final monthly meeting. He is precluded from working any longer because the terms of his public service retirement limit the number of hours he can work. He will be replaced Feb. 1 by Daniel Prince, who will also be an acting chief. Ownership 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, whicW 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: D!splay 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 subscdbe: 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, Postmaster:. Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborsld Jenny Lee C~ey Brown Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Ked Taborski Mary Newhouse Operations Co-Owner/legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Fomey Advertising Sandy Condon Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir., Eliss Monroe Vice Pres./Admin.Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherrl McConnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager P Member, Callfomia Newpaper Publishers Assoc. recycled paper III B B B B.B B B 11 Subscrip#on Order Form Feather River Bulletin * P,O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Please enter my subscdpUon for m years. [~l Enclosed find my check for $ [~l In County $26 per year ~l Out of State $44 per year [~l In California $37 per year. I Name Address I City, State, Zip III I Subscriptions can be transferred, but not refunded. I 1 I 1 I I 1 1 I 1 New deputy The committee approved using $52,500 to fund an additional deputy position to help the probation Tailoring' Mending, Hemming, Patches Competitive Pricingt Open Monday thru Thursday. 9am-4pm 102 Main St., (Next tc on r,ng department ~onduct field searches and visits to people on probation. The deputy would primarily provide an armed presence when probation officers are visiting people on post-release community supervision. Post-release people are individuals who were transferred to county supervision after being released from state prison. The transfer is part of the AB 109 realignment. There are currently 34 former state prison inmates under the probation department's watch. The new deputy would work exclusively with the probation department. Currently, unarmed probation officers often conduct the visits alone because there are no deputies available to assist them. The sheriff said the probation department desperately needs help in the field. "We are currently nine deputies short from where we really need to be," Hagwood said. "We have made some strides as of late with cooperation of the Board of Supervisors. But we would like to augment, with some measure of specialty, our deputy sheriff ranks, so that we can provide the support services that I think we would all acknowledge the probation department is struggling with right now." The committee approved the sheriffs request for the new deputy by a 4-0 vote. Committee member Livingston, who was attending his second meeting since being named to the committee, abstained. He said he didn't have enough information abotit the committee's budget. Alternative sentencing The committee unanimously approved the DA's request for $40,458 to help fund the Alternative Sentencing Program. Hollister said the money would help pay for a temporary case manager and add funding for database licenses, office furniture, supplies, services and staff training. The Alternative Sentencing Program is located in the DA's office. The program assists offenders with drug and alcohol problems and helps reunite broken families. The program works with the courts, ancillary service providers and nonprofits, as well as law enforcement. It helps to ensure quality, evidence-based programming is being offered to the criminal justice population. Hollister said he requested the financial help because the program has grown rapidly, reaching more than 120 defendants. "What we initially envisioned as more of a conduit or a liaison between the resources and the court has turned into much more," Hollister said. "I think a lot of us, probably the court included, are very reliant on alternative sentencing to try and deal with AB 109 and its fallout. "I struggle with where we are at right now as a county. I don't think we are where we want to be. It makes me a little nervous to think of where we would be without alternative sentencing." Reporting center move A committee under the Community Corrections Partnership will study a possible relocation of the center. One potential site discussed is the county building, just east of the sheriffs off'me, that formerly housed the probation department. However, Hollister said he realizes the county is hoping to sell that building. Any move would require approval by the Board of Supervisors. "I think the Alternative Sentencing Program, in conjunction with the Day .Reporting Center, is one of the best things Plumas County has done with AB 109 in response," Hollister said. "Unfortunately, it has been tremendously popular and we have outgrown the space." Hollister thanked the Resource Center Executive Director Dennis Thibeault for allowing the DRC to be housed in his offices. "Dennis stepped up to the plate when there weren't a lot of other options at all," Hollister said. "It's a credit to him and the benefit he provided to the community." Thibeault said he agreed it was time for the DRC to move out. He said that although the rent is paid through the end of April, he wouldn't mind if the reporting center left early. Despite its success and popularity, he said the Day Reporting Center operation has problems. He said the Community Corrections Partnership committee wasn't providing a clear policy or philosophy of how the center was supposed to work. "When it first was brought to my attention, and sold as a good idea to me, it was sold on the basis that this was going to be a wonderful collaboration," Thibeault said. "It has not been a collaboration, at least in my definition of a collaboration. "We don't have a philosophy of how this is supposed to work with community partners." 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