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8B Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter D I T O RI A L .AND OPINION EDITORIAL muc sooner in Sheriffs Deputy Tom Klundby showed amazing restraint before he was forced to fatally shoot an out-of-control patient at Eastern Plumas Health Care last October. There is no other conclusion after reading the recently released investigation report from the Plumas County District Attorney's Office. A story on the report was published in Feb. 12 editions of this newspaper. The entire report is available on the county website at (http://bit.ly/lbiibKg). The report is now in the hands of the state Attorney General's Off'me. We should hear the AG's opinion in a couple weeks. There is no doubt the attorney general will concur with the findings of the local investigation, i According to accounts from his family and friends, the man who died in the early morning ho rs of Oct. 20, 2013, was obviously not acting like himself. Although he had a criminal history, including numerous contacts with the local deputies, he wasn't known to assault people. Even Deputy Klundby, who had dealt with the man numerous times, said he had never seen him in this frame of mind. Perhaps that is why the deputy waited as long as possible before shooting. He would have been justified in shooting the man several times before he did-- including at the outset of the encounter when the nearly 300-pound man charged from his hospital room and attacked him. A smaller deputy (Klundby is 6-foot-3, 240 pounds) would have had no choice other than to use deadly force. But Klundby tried to restrain the man. What followed was a long and horrific wrestling match that could have cost the deputy his life, and perhaps others in the hospital had the deputy been injured. The attacker managed to get his hands on the deputy's Taser, baton and even his holstered gun, firing a shot during the struggle. Despite repeated warnings from the deputy, the man swung the baton at Klundby's face with enough force to kill him. He missed by just inches. That was the last straw. An instant later, the battle was over. Interviews with the hospital staff on duty that night showed the unruly patient pushed them to their limits before they made the 911 call. When Klundby arrived alone at 1 a.m his nearest backup was more than a half hour away. Had there been a second officer on the scene, the story might have ended differently. The staffing problems at the Sheriffs Office have been well documented. Thankfu. ily, the sheriff has.received approval to hire addit.i0nal deputies-,::, " :.;* i: In this Case, Klundby did the absolute best he Could on his own. He tried every option available before using the authority we give a law-enforcement officer -- the authority to use deadly force. The investigators quickly came to the same conclusion. Unfortunately, it took more than three months for Klundby to be formally cleared of any wrongdoing. He should have been cleared much sooner. The investigation into this tragic event was thorough, and most of the evidence the DA used for the report was gathered and analyzed in the first few weeks. The district attorney said office protocol dictated that he wait for results of the man's toxicology to arrive from Washoe County, Nev. The toxicology report didn't arrive until late January -- about two months after the meat of the investigation was done. Although he admitted the toxicology wouldn't have changed the ruling, the DA said office protocol had to be observed -- especially in a case as serious as this one. But if there was ever a case that called for breaking the protocol, this was it. If the toxicology indeed wouldn't have changed the DA's findings, why wait two months to tell the public that the deputy did the right thing? It would have represented the strong show of support that Klundby and his family deserved. Taking three months to clear the deputy gave the appearance that there might have been some doubt about the way he handled the situation. There is absolutely no doubt he went above and beyond the limits of restraint that night. He did what had to be done, and he probably saved lives. ~:.!; f j Fea t SP ti b lis h in g gwspaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski Publisher Keri B. Taborski Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald Managing Editor Jenny Lee Photo Editor Ingrid Burke Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Debra Moore Carolyn Carter Maddie Musante Michael Condon M. Kate West Makenzie Davis Aura Whittaker Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Will Farris James Wilson Susan Cort Johnson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Indian Valley Bulletin Record (530) 283-0800 (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter Chester Progressive (530) 832-4646 (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Westwood Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Meeting distant relative creates family connection Since I have been living in Plumas County my life has been one without family connections. Not to say I'm an orphan, I just chose to move far from the familiar to start a new life in a completely new place with completely new people. A few weeks ago I discovered I have a family member in Graeagle. Though a distant relative, Scott Carter and I share the same lineage, and prior to my marriage, the same last name. As I understand it, he is my grandpa's second cousin. I have no idea what that makes him to me. However, we met each other last week and it opened up an amazing link to my family's past and story. MY TURN CAROLYN SHIPP Staff Writer cshipp@plumasnews.com When Scott contacted my dad about a friend who was looking for a teaching job at my dad's school district it somehow got conveyed that I worked at This week's special days NOT JUST AN .ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of February 19 1878 -- Thomas Edison patents the phonograph. 2001 -- The Oklahoma City bombing museum wing is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Museum. February 20 1792 -- The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Postal Service, is signed by President of the United States George Washington. 1931 -- The United States Congress approves the construction by the State of California of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge. February 22 1732 -- George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born in Virginia. 1879 -- In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the fin'st of many Woolworth's Five & Dime Stores. 1924 -- President of the United States Calvin Coolidge becomes the first president to deliver a radio broadcast from the .White House. 1959 -- Lee Petty wins the first Dayton 500 NASCAR motor race in Daytona, Fla. February 23 Today is closing ceremonies of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. 1905 -- Four Chicago businessmen meet to form Rotary Club International, the world's first international service club. February 24 Tortilla Chip Day. The first tortilla corn chip was brought to America from Mexico by Texas businessman Elmer Doolin. February 21 1874 -- The Oakland Daily Tribune newspaper published its first edition. 1878 -- The first-ever telephone book is issued in New Haven Connecticut. 1885 -- The newly constructed Washington Monument in Washington, D.C is dedicated. 2008 -- Fidel Castro retires as the president of Cuba after nearly 50 years. February 25 1836 -- Samuel Colt is granted a U.S. patent for the Colt revolver. i9i9-- Oregonplaces a ' : " one-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline, the first U.S. state to levy a gas tax. 1933 -- The U.S.S. Ranger is launched, 1925 -- The New York magazine the first U.S. Navy ship to be built solely publishes its fiirst issue, for an aircraft carrier. the paper in Plumas County. Recognizing my name'from my bylines, Scott sent me an email informing me of our ties and we set up a meeting. The Carter side of my lineage has always been a mystery to me. I never met my grandparents and so I don't know a lot about my family, except for what I've gleaned from my dad and his siblings. As far as the Carter history goes, my knowledge is limited. I did do a sixth-grade project on my great-great-grandfather, Asa Carter, who settled in Trinity County in the 1800s. He claimed a big portion of the county. When myparents where first married they went and discovered his homestead. They brought back a few shards of pottery and a rusted shovel that had A. Carter engraved on it. To me this just added flair to my project. When I met with Scott, a historian by trade, he laid out a huge chart that had a picture of Asa and his wife Josephine at the top and a web of names leading all the way down to mine, with Scott's intertwined in there as well. Suddenly the expanse of my family tree was amplified, and my outlook on my family changed. The thickly branched family tree had names I'd never heard, with stories and background provided by Scott. When my dad was young he said he decided to take the bar exam. I never truly understood why he would do that, as he had never taken a law class in his life. Needless to say he didn't pass it, but it was a viable assumption that he could just hop into the law world, as it was the common and practically natural, Carter occupation. I discovered I am related to the great California justice and state Sen. Jesse Carter and the federal judge Oliver Carter, and my grandpa was a traveling superior court judge who frequented the Quincy courthouse. I realized when Scott showed me the regal pictures of these men that, more than ever, I look like a Carter. I was not adopted, even though my tan, brown-eyed, brown-haired siblings tried to convince me I was. Scott told me stories of my grandpa, who could play any instrument by ear, which was an encouraging report for me, as I hate reading music so I just play by ear as well. I understand now why I love debate, and why my siblings andIhave conversations with an Uii ii/ Z3tnted fervor that resembles the dialogue in a courtroom. Even though I thought being here gave me no connection to the Carter family, these facts and revelations made me see that family is in more places than I imagined. I: MEMBER. WHEN school building at the Greenville Community Methodist Church will be KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO 1939. Six residents of Plumas County became American citizens in a hearing conducted by Plumas County Superior Court Judge J.O. Moncur. No new cases of scarlet fever were reported in Plumas County this week and the Plumas County Health Department authorities believe that the epidemic that victimized 13 people in the county last week has subsided. 50 YEARS AGO 1964 The dedication of the new Sunday held Sunday. Plumas County Chamber of Commerce manager Link Peckinpah distributed record numer of Plumas County brochures at the Plumas County booth at the recent California Boat and Sports Show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. 25 YEARS AGO 1989 The old and abandoned Hotel Chester, a town landmark, was destroyed this morning in a suspicious early morning fire. The hotel was built in 1914 by the Olson family and once included a golf course and campgrounds. The hotel was abandoned in the 1930's. The Feather River College Board of Trustees will appoint a committee to investigate the possibility of implementing a sports program at the college to help the college draw larger student enrollment. 10 YEARS AGO 2004 Lori Simpson has been named the new assistant director of the Plumas County Museum in Quincy. She attended Quincy schools and has worked at the Quincy Library for 13 years. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. Let's celebrate the contributions of African-Americans Most of us think of America as our eternal homeland, but if we're honest, that's not exactly the case, is it? With the possible exception of the Native Americans who were already here when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, the ancestors of each and every one of us really came here from another place. Having said that, I love America, and it is truly my homeland because I was born here. While I can make that assertion, some of my ancestors cannot. My maternal great-grandfather, Joseph, arrived at Ellis Island in the late 1880s as part of the third wave of German emigrants to America. Coming from a farming family in his homeland, he settled briefly in Pennsylvania before moving to Texas in the 1890s where he became a cattleman. My grandfather was born there in 1898. Some of my relatives still raise a few head of cattle in the Fort Worth area. I like hot dogs and sausages, so I guess I could blame my obsession with those greasy things on my German ancestry, but that would be silly. Sadly, I've completely lost all touch with the German traditions and stories from that side of my family. I regret that, Curiously, just a few years after Joseph landed in Azel, Texas (believe it or not, they still speak German there), my paternal great-grandmother and her family crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico to settle in E1 Paso to escape Pancho Villa and his outlaw gang several years before Villa became a figure in the Mexican revolution. Many of MY TURN SAM WILLIAMS Lassen News Editor swilliams@lassen news.corn my relatives continue the Mexican culture, but my grandmother married a gringo, so my brother and I grew up speaking only English. That was my father's wish. It's too bad I didn't learn Spanish as a child. Being bilingual would have served me well. I fondly remember my grandmother's migas, a dish of fried corn tortillas and scrambled eggs, a recipe from the western Tex-Mex border region, but for the most part, the Mexican family tradition is all but lost for me as well. I do love hot and spicy Mexican food, that's for sure! I guess through the process of immigration and assimilation, I've been Americanized. Pretty completely, I'd say. I suspect this process applies to most families that come to America over the generations. Consider our African-American families whose ancestors came to the New World against their will as slaves. They were torn and unwillingly separated from their past and their relations. Their experience of prejudice may be the most severe and longest lasting, but every ethnic group faced the wrath of Americans for a time. But they also became Americans. So let's remember when we celebrate Black History Month we celebrate the countless contributions of many of these former Africans to our American way of life. But we also should remember the struggles these Americans suffered on their long and rocky path to freedom and acceptance. Let's remember to learn the great and obvious lesson illustrated by the African-American experience in our great land-- that our Founding Fathers, with all their wisdom and puffy, powdered wigs, did not create the perfect union in which all men were created equal. By their own admission, they chose to not right the wrongs of slavery because they said to do so would have made it impossible for them to create a new nation. Instead, they knowingly left that task to future Americans who over the centuries would fight a bloody Civil War and later the civil rights movement. This month, as we celebrate the struggles, achievements, accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in our society, we must remember our nation and our vision of freedom and equality will always remain a constant work in progress. We must recognize there is always more to do, and we -- as a people and as a nation -- can always do better.