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FEATHER R VER ding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 Vol. 147, No. 27 Feather Publishing Co Inc. 530-283-0800 vvvvw~plumasnews.com 50 CENTS [] [] :L i(( Stringfellow charged with murder in death of toddler Dan McDonald trial date has been set. 2013, when Stringfellow is where he died. Managing Editor Stringfellow, 24, is accused accused of hurting the child. Stringfellow was arrested dmcdonald@plumasnews.com of inflicting injuries that led After Sullivan returned tothe evening of Dec. 12 after to the death of 22-month-old the couple's apartment about being interviewed by Kenneth Charles-Alan Braylon Duguay on Dec. 13,11 p.m she rePortedly was detectives. He was charged Stringfellow wi]] stand trial 2013. concerned about the way her with murder when the for murder in the December S~ringfellow, who was the son was acting. Sullivan toddler was pronounced 2013 death of a toddler in boyfriend of the toddler'scalled 911 at 1:21 a.m. when dead the following day. Quincy. -~mother, was reportedly Stringfellow told her the boy District Attorney David At a Thursday, Feb. 13, watching Duguay alone the didn't have a heartbeat. Hollister called five t pretrial hearing in Quincy, day the child was fatally Stringfellow reportedly witnesses during the Plumas County Superior injured, performed CPR before hearing. Court Judge Ira Kaufman According to witness deputies arrived and took He Presented evidence that ruled there was enough testimony during over the resuscitation effort, included a video of the boy at evidence against Wednesday's hearing, the Duguay was taken to Piumas District Hospital. Stringfellow to justify a trial, toddler's ~aothe~, Demi Plumas District Hospital and The video showed extensive The arraignment was Nicole Sullivan, was later to Renown Regional bruising and bite marks on scheduled for March 7. No shopping in Reno on Dec. 11, Medical Center in Reno, the toddler's body. Kenneth Stringfellow Dr. Ellen Clark, a forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy, testified the boy , See Trial, page 5A i ? iii? Tomorrow: Support the Arts Concert, 7 p.m Town Hall Theatre. Elita Hutchins organizes benefit for Plumas Arts as senior project. Features singer-songwriter Jennifer Hoffman, rapper Mikey FreSh, Quincy High School Mini Trojans, Amy Weaver, junior high jazz band. Tickets $8 adults, $7 seniors and students, $6 children. All proceeds go to Plumas Arts. Saturday: Country style bmakfast~ 8 - 11 a.m Feather River Grange 440 at 55 Main St. Eggs your way, potatoes, bacon or sausage, beverage for $6. All proceeds support Grange efforts to restore building as community meeting center. Fair University; registration begins 8:30 a.m classes start g a.m.; Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Local experts teach techniques for entering county fair competitions. Free. Preregister by Feb. 20 for free T-shirt. For information: 283-6272, plumas-sierracountyfair.net. Sunday: Feather River Kodenkan JuJitsu grand opening, 1690 E. Main St. above Papa's Donut House. Opening of new dojo starts with workout 11 a.m followed by mat purification ceremony 12:30 - 1 p.m. Includes demonstrations, teaching by senior ranks. Open to the general public. For information: Sensei 8urkhard Bohm, 836-1148, water@gotsky.com. Monday: QHS Jr. Class Enchilada Feed, La Sierra Lanes. 4:30 - 7 p.m. Pay $5 for 3 presale, $6 for 3 at the door. Tickets available at Epilog Books, Carey Candy. Also sold at Safeway 2/22. For info: 283-1633. To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 J Quincy resident Traci Downey, owner of Traci's Sweet Surprises, chats with Julissa or;tiz one of the hosts of CW 31's GoodDay, on Feb. 11. Downey displayed several elaborately decorated cakes and discussed how she makes the sculptures that grace the cake tops. Photos by Mark Downey I Quincy baker makes debut on television Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com By the time television viewers saw Traci Downey make her 9:45 a.m. debut on CW 31's GoodDay, she had already been at work since I a.'m. That's when the Quincy baker took over the kitchen of the Hampton Suites in Sacramento to make her signature cinnamon rolls and a white chocolate ganache cake for the cast and crew of the morning television show Feb. 11. Traci, accompanied by her husband, Mark, had been invited to appear on the morning show after producers saw a photo of one .of her cakes and accompanying sculpture. While Traci mixed and baked in the hotel kitchen, seven of her uniquely decorated cakes waited in a nearby conference room to be transferred to the studio, a short five-minute drive away. "They made the 171-mile trip from Quincy with just one little bit of damage," Traci said. But she came prepared and all of the cakes were picture perfect for their onscreen debut. "I was so impressed by the hospitality of the hotel," she said. "They were amazing; they gave me complete use of their commercial kitchen." As a thank-you, Traci left behind a dozen warm TV personality Julissa Ortiz admires a likeness of her sculpted by local baker Traci Downey. The two chatted during a live segment on GoodDay, a Sacramento morning show that airs on CW Channel 31. Those who missed it can see it on Traci's Sweet Surprises Facebook page. cinnamon rolls, finishing touches on her Traci and Mark arrived display table, the television at the television studio at hosts continued with the 8:20 a.m. and began setting show and at one point up the cakes, panned to her. "Mark Allen and one of "I wasn't expecting it and the other news people came my apron had turned, but it over and introduced was all part of the themselves," Traci said. experience," Traci said. "They were so nice, so What surprised her was warm, that I didn't feel the lack of pre-preparation. nervous at all." "They didn't tell me what Traci's only pangs of would happen; there were nerves came the Sunday no prompts, no before the event, when she suggestions," Traci said. realized how much she had "They never gave me to do before she could leave interview questions, so I Quincy. While Traci put the See Cakes, page 4A comm Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com "Turning this thing down is like postponing the engagement," said East Quincy's director Bill Martin, in response to Jim Bequette's proposal to establish a joint committee for sewer treatment and disposal fees for American Valley. Bequette, a director on the Quincy Community Services District board, presented his proposal to the East Quincy Services District board of directors at its Feb. 11 regular meeting. Bequette proposed that two directors from each board, plus each district's general manager, form a standing rate computation committee. The group would meet, along with Quincy's independent accountant, at the beginning of the budget process -- usually late January or February. Its job would entail reviewing QCSD's previous year's wastewater audit figures and computing a preliminary rate per DUE (dwelling unit equivalency) for its customers. Committee members would present the committee's recommendations to their own board, which would then vote on their adoption. Bequette emphasized that the proposal had 'not been approved by his own board. at the time of the meeting, but hoped that would occur during its meeting Feb. 13 (it did). Bequette said he believed it Was a fair and transparent way to establish treatment and disposal rates. A little history In 1995, the American Valley Community Services Where does the water go? Did you know? It takes approximately --15 - 30 gallons of water to take a bath or shower. --180 gallons of water to water the lawn or yard (20 minutes per day). --14 gallons of water to wash dishes by hand. --60 gallons of water to wash dishes by machine. --50 gallons of water to do one load of laundry. --100 gallons of water to wash a car. --1 gallon of water to brush your teeth. --10 gallons of water to cook in one day. --112 gallon in drinking water per day.' --4 - 7 gallons of water to flush the toilet. --A leaking toilet can average 60 gallons of water loss a day. Authority approved resolution 95-1, "authorizing 40 years' joint use of existing sewage plant capacity, and fixing other terms related to the financing of the East Quincy Sewage Project by the Rural Economic and Community Development Service." After conducting a feasibility study for sewage treatment options, East Quincy decided its best option was to tie into Quincy's existing facility, located on Spanish Creek Road by G'ansner Airport. East Quincy's contribution to the project was a one-time buy-in of about $1.9 million. Since the tie-in, some of East Quincy's directors and its engineer have been dissatisfied with See EQSD, page 4A High achievers Members of Quincy High's seventh- and eighth-grade classes who earned a 4.0 grade-point average are all smiles at Courthouse Cafd on Feb. 13. Principal Sue Segura took the junior high students out to lunch, on her. The day prior, all the students in ninth to 12th grade who earned a 4.0 grade-point average were treated to a fun-filled day in Reno. Photo by James Wilson i,