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Court News Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001 8A in Plumas declined 57 per- 1997, according to a report by the pro- |ng to Chief Proba- Tom Frady, 20 of the decrease oc- of the decrease to be delivered Jan. 23, to the Board of Su- iare no trends toward seriousness of violence or in- drug activity among Frady said. said the decrease has promoting "ac- among minors crimes." factor is that has direct con- most offenders, of the small- a very high rate and one of the most uvenile drug- in the state," the decline, the n department was Frady said. After many months of va- cancies, Frady said, the proba- tion department is finally ful- ly staffed with five juvenile probation officers, three adult probation officers and about 25 part-time probation assis- tants. As for adults, the depart- ment has a caseload of 65 drug offenders who are tested as of- ten as twice a week, Frady said. When they give positive tests, the offenders are hauled into court right away, Frady said. More than 200 other adults are also on probation, Frady said. While their supervision is not as intensive as the drug of- fenders, they "are held ac- countable to pay their fines, restitution or make counsel- ing appointments," Frady said. Frady said the department is stepping up its efforts to get a better handle on adults. "One of our goals for 2001 is to finds ways to better super- vise the adult caseloads," Frady said. Frady said a complete re- port for 2000 will be released next month. .... - Z- Information about the decrease in Juvenile crime was shared last with Plumas County Superior Court judges Garrett Olney, left, and week by Chief Probation Officer ira Kaufman, right. .... / Photo by Oave Keller Tom Frady, center, man who allowed to be kept in a urine-filled bedroom allowed to with- ao contest plea to 1 endangerment. Bond argued that Plea was made out and should not be a snap decision too attorney, Doug told Superior Court Olney that Bond advised of all the by his previ- disa saying to withdraw Seemed more like "a af heart" than the re- ariy deprivation of winter coat dri- Scott Satterlee, said that 250 other outerwear, are now being Coun- Center in Quincy. Any will be donated Said that Sav-Mor Bank, Placer- Bank of America, of Motor Vehi- Moving were drive's success. Under questioning by The attorney noted that The deputies discovered a Deputy District Attorney Jeff Bond's plea was a case of"mis- bedroom with a plywood door Cunan, Bond said he felt pres- take, ignorance or inadver- that was closed with a latch. sured to plea because he want- tence"--which is the standard Inside the room, the deputies ed to avoid the publicity of a that judges must follow whenfound a 3-year-old boy laying trial and because he thought it ruling on plea withdrawals, on the floor on top of dirty might help his wife, Beverly Prouty also disagreed with laundry and a 5-year-old laying Bond, who also faces child an- Olney's assessment that Bondon a mattress without covers dangerment charges, merely had a change of heart, or sheets. But, Bond said he discovered Bond "didn't fully explore One of the deputies, Chris he may have made a mistake(the possible) defense," Prouty Hendrickson, said the room after reading an unfavorable said. "reeked of urine," calling the presentencing report that is Cunan disagreed with smell"overpowering." recommending prison and of- Prouty, arguing that Bond's Because the boys were not ter learning that his case had choice to enter into a plea "was allowed to use the bathroom, received news coverage any- not a patently foolish deci-they were forced to use an way. sion." empty closet inside the bed- Under questioning from O1-Bond, who is expected to re-room to defecate. hey, however, Bond acknowl- ceive a prison sentence, is The boys also were being de- edged that he basically knew schedu]ed to be sentenced Feb. prived of food and water, offi- that he was giving up various 5 by Olney. cials reported. constitutional rights by plead- In September, deputies went ing no contest, to the Bonds' Twain trailer af- Prouty tried to convince O1- " ter Beverly Bond called the hey to allow Bond to withdraw sheriffs department, express- his plea. ing concern that her husband "There's good cause here,"was going to flee the county Prouty said. with the two children. .,,w Wi .;.e in you can eat the foods you love with ...-. n...... 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