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6A Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Church asks county if closure more than coincidence Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.com When the pastor of a Chester church found himself hurdling obstacles again and again to keep a secure meeting place for his congregation, he said he started questioning the aim of the woman in charge. Pastor Todd DuBord said he asked himself, is Supervisor Sherrie Thrall a straight shooter? Or are the inconvenient "coincidences" a pl0y to separate church and state? Wt/en Feather Publishing asked if Mount Lassen Community Church's inability to continue meeting in a county-owned building was at all related to the church/state issue, District 3 Supervisor Thrall said, "It never was for me. It's just a coincidence." A new church finds a home Mount Lassen Community Church was formed in the beginning of 2014, and met in the county-owned Almanor Recreation Center building for the first time Easter Sunday. DuBord said even then the church was warned by Thrall that it might not get to use the /RC building for very long. According to DuBord, Thrall said members of the community were concerned Pastor Todd Dubord presents information about his church's removal from a county building to the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 20. Photo by Debra Moore about the propriety of a church using a county building. She also reportedly told him there were renovations to be done. In May MLCC received as a donation a Main Street building that once housed a theatre. DuBord said he wanted to give back to the community by using the building as a community theatre as well as a place to hold services. Because of MLCC's plan to extensively renovate the theatre building, DuBord said he intended to continue using the ARC until the theatre was complete. He applied for an "indefinite" contract to use the building on a weekly basis. An official agreement with the county, dated Feb. 27, 2014, granted a license to MLCC to use the facility/grounds at the ARC every Sunday in 2014. Nothing in the agreement offered a 2015 rental of the property. DuBord said that in midsummer 2014 his congregation met for church at the center to find that the locks to a l:oom they had been using as a nursery were changed and they couldn't get in. DuBord was later informed by a facilities attendant that Thrall had moved nonpublic files into the room and was using it for her work in representing the county. She told Feather Publishing she had no idea, at the time, that the church was using the " room for a nursery. The ARC building is new, and construction is not completed, she said. She began assessing the work that still needed to be done. DuBord said he offered to help with the renovations and essentially begged to continue using the building. But Thrall told him in an email there was "no workaround," and that his church could meet in the Veterans Memorial Hail until the ARC renovations were complete. DuBord said he was dissatisfied with the safety conditions of the vets hall, and refused to use it for church as he felt the space in the building that would be used for a nursery was unsafe and inadequate. "We were not being asked to leave the ARC but told to leave it and meet in the respectfully dilapidated Veterans Memorial Hail," he said. "We knew the memorial hall didn't have the adequate space or atmosphere for a children's class for 15 - 25 kids and a nursery for up to a dozen babies." On Jan. 4, MLCC met in the theatre building, for lack of another option as far as DuBord could see. Meanwhile, DuBord spread the word about the potential dishonesty he perceived. He contacted well-known actor Chuck Norris, whose wife is a longtime Lake Al.manor resident. Norris is associated with DuBord through his faith. Norris said in a publication on the website wnd.com, "MLCC continually faced opposition or 'coincidental obstacles' from the county about its use of the building... every one of the above "coincidences" have an See Church, page 7A Alert Quincy woman puts telephone scammer in his place Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plurnasnews.com Norma Wood suspected the call was a hoax, but when someone says you've won $3.5 million ... who wouldn't want to hear the details? "He said his name was John Freeman and that I had won the Publisher,s Clearing House Sweepstakes," said Wood. "He asked if I had an email or fax so he could send me the details.,' Wood gave Freeman her fax number and moments later the details arrived. The three-page fax included the image of a Bank of America check made out to Freeman for $3,500,000.00. But Wood, a 75-year-old longtime Quincy resident, noticed several clues that convinced her the whole thing was just another scam. The check was signed by "Merrill lynch" (with a lowercase 1 in the last name). There were misspellings and inconsistencies in the document. But the final straw was the sentence telling Wood to pay a $2,500 insurance fee before she could receive the actual check. Wood couldn't help it... she laughed. And then her phone rang again. It was Freeman. Wood was quick to give the scammer a piece of her mind: ,. Main Street sports Bar & Lounge "I just told him, 'Oh please, give me a break,'" Wood said. "And he said 'No, this is legitimate.'" After Wood finished chewing out the caller, she told him she was going to turn him over to law enforcement. "And that's when he finally hung up," she said. Aspromised, Wood contacted Plumas County Assistant Sheriff Gerry Hendrick. The odds of tracking down and prosecuting scammers are sl'm]j but Hendrick wanted residents to be aware of the latest attempt to swindle unsuspecting residents. Nearly every week the Sheriffs Office gets calls from citizens who have been targeted by telephone and email scammers. More often the victims are senior citizens who are sometimes less computer savvy. Some of the more frequent scams include people posing as a relative who has run into trouble in another country. The "relative" says he needs to have money wired to him immediately or he will be thrown in jail. This 'year there has been an increase in bogus calls from people posing as IRS agents. -They try to convince the victim that a past-due sum must be paid immediately or prosecution will result. "The IRS scam is on the increase," Hendrick said. "And many older people still respect the IRS. They are more inclined to comply." Both Hendrick and Wood said potential victims just need to use common sense when they suspect something is not right. "Stuff like this has happened to me before," Wood said. "I had one from someone who said they were from Microsoft. They were trying to get into my computer. "These days someone on the other side of the world can take control of the mouse on your computer... They can get all the information they want." SUPER BOWL SUNDAY Opens atNoon! Kickoff at 3:30pm PONG too ZONE