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Bulletin, Recorcl, Progresswe, Reporter Wednesday, March 5, 2014 5B Ann l The 12th annual Quincy Fire Academy begins Saturday, April 5, and is open to all fn'efighters in Plumas County. This low-cost, high-quality training is designed to provide a good foundation of education and training for volunteer firefighters. Students are required to be a member of a local fire department, and fees are usually covered through that organization. Each department provides protective clothing and safety gear, and covers its workers' comp insurance needs. The Quincy Fire Protection District generously hosts and leads the academy each year. Quincy Fire Chief Robbie Cassou founded this important event to upgrade the overall level of emergency services that firefighters can deliver, including through mutual aid. "Our longtime and now retired fire chief, Andy Anderson, and his wife Gaff donated the land that our training facility now sits on behind oBr main fire station," said Cassou. "We affectionately named it 'Andy-Land' and proceeded to build a low-cost fire academy over many years, often using old shipping containers and scrap materials." The facility currently features a three-story main building, with connected storage and various training props. A propane-fired INSIDE THE FIREHOUSE TOM FORSTER Assistant Fire Chief Plumas Eureka Fire Department structural fire burn building has been added, including simulations for typical residential living spaces including a bedroom, kitchen and laundry areas. Students are guided through the props with instructors to assure that safety is maintained. This year will include a California State Firefighters Association grant-funded burn weekend in May, open to firefighters in Northern California. What does it take to become a volunteer firefighter today? While the complete list is finalized by each fire department, there are some common needs in the profession. Generally, firefighters must~e 18 years old, in good physical condition for their role and willing to commit the time needed. The Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association has adopted a volunteer firefighter training standard See Academy, page 7B academy Students practice attacking a simulated begin April 5 car fire in teams. Students spend some time in the Quincy classroom learning the technical aspects and methodologies of modern firefighting. CASES, from page 4B methamphetamine while armed with a firearm Judlin also admitted an enhancement: he had served a prior prison term. Judlin is scheduled to be sentenced April 25, when he is expected to rebeiv~ a term of28''~=' ~ ,~ : months'in state priSOn.' .... : :: Lee, Edmonds and Judlin were all passengers in a vehicle driven by another person Dec. 27, 2013, when the vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. During the stop it was discovered Lee had 14 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his possession. Edmonds and Judlin were also found to be armed with firearms and to be under the influence of methamphetamine. Since their convictions, both Judlin and Edmonds have been re-arrested on new charges, which are currently pending. People v. Rebecca Weilmunster and Michael Garcia On Jan. 30, a Plumas County jury found Chester residents Weilmunster, 34, and Garcia, 40, guilty of a felony violation of possessing methamphetamine. Prior to the trial, Garcia admitted he had two prior drug-trafficking convictions and two prior convictions upon which he was sentenced to state prison. Weilmunster and Garcia were arrested Sept. 7, 2013, for outstanding warrants. Following their arrest, a search of a room they ~vere renting in Chester revealed 40.3 grams of methamphetamine, $1,200 in cash and hundreds of small plastic bags. Garcia and Weilmunster are scheduled to be sentenced March 21, when Garcia faces a potential sentence of 11 years in county jail while Weilmunster faces a potential sentence of three years in county jail. Both defendants also have pending, similar cases in Tehama County with warrants issued for their arrest. People v. Earl Morrison On Feb. 21, Morrison, 66, of Portola, was convicted of a felony violation of embezzlement by a fiduciary from a trust. Morrison is scheduled to be sentenced April 25, when a combined hearing will occur to determine the amount of restitution owed and for the court to impose sentence Morrison was initially charged with a crime April 19, 2013, after the district attorney's office filed a two-count felony complaint against Morrisoni The, : ~ .' L~ ~:~ criminal Charges were, the, i, culmination of a 15-month .... investigation by the DA's investigations division and alleged that Morrison had improperly removed $54,032.35 from a property management trust account. 4 './ Don't wait until the last minute! Cases of interest There are a number of cases of interest. Some include People v. David Hall (domestic violence with great bodily injury), March 18, setting of jury trial. People v. William Turner (misappropriation of Chester Public Utility District funds), March 28, preliminary examination. People v. Leanna Moore (Indian Valley Community Service District embezzlement), March 7, arraignment on amended complaint. People v. Kenneth Stringfellow (homicide case), March 7, arraignment on information following defendant being bound over for trial at Feb. 13 preliminary hearing. 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