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4A Wednesday, March 14, 2001 Court News !,iI By Dave Keller to felony meth manufacturing Staff Wnter because there was not enough Plumas County Superior evidence. Court Judge Garrett Olney "Where is the meth lab? will rule next week on several Where is this laboratory?" arguments in a Portola meth Zernich asked Olney. lab case. Zernich contended that, al- Olney ruled that another though law enforcement offi- judge did not err when he held cials recovered some evi- Raymond and Joella Tiradeau dence, there was no proof that to answer to allegations of the Tiradeaus were running a manufacturing meth. meth lab at their Portola But, Olney held off on otherhome. allegations, including charges Instead, the attorney said, that the husband and wife pos- the defendants were victim- sessed the components used in ized by another party who making meth and rented or dumped remnants from a lab provided a building or spaceon the Tiradeau property. where illegal drugs were "It's just lab trash," Zernich made. said. A final decision--which willZernich compared the situa- determine how many felony tion to one in which a person counts the Tiradeaus will face would assume that, just be- at trial--is expected March 19. cause someone has bread The Portola residents were wrappers on the property, held to answer to drug lab they are operating a bakery at charges following a hearing in their home. December. Zube agreed, contending The order, issued by Judge that the sole evidence was that Ira R. Kaufman, was chal- someone--probably a former lenged last week by defense at- codefendant who already has torneys Robert J. Zernich and been convicted in a similar George Zube. Plumas County case--dumped Olney's role was to deter- parts of a meth lab on the mine whether Kaufman's rul- Tiradeau property. ing was correct. But, Deputy District Attor- But, Olney ruled only in nay Jeff Cunan disagreed with part and delayed making a the analysis, noting that law complete ruling, enforcement officials did re- That is because he said he cover meth from the wants additional time to ex-Tiradeau's bedroom. amine some of the legal is- "A meth lab can be (some- sues. thing as small as) a Coke bet- In addition, Zernich asked fie or two," Cunan said. for a chance to conduct addi- Olney sided with Cunan on tionallegalresearch, that issue, but the judge will Meanwhile, Zernich argued rule on the other issues next that Kaufman should not haveweek. held the Tiradeaus to answer I PLUIVI.ASI%Y]EW S. C OM By Dave Keller Staff Writer Former Plumas County resident James B. Coon is facing first-degree murder charges in Bend Ore., for the O %10 slay- ing of his girlfriend."" According to Bend Police Department Officer Mike Tabor, prosecutors are seek- ing the death penalty. Tabor said he wants to interview any Plumas County residents who recall Coon, who is now 52. Although Coon lived in Plumas County for many years, he has lived chiefly in Oregon and in the Burney area in recent years. Coon was convicted for offenses in Plumas County in the late-1960s and 1970s, including a knife fight battery in 1978, Tabor said. Coon also was convicted ter in Burney in 1975, but he several years later. Tabor said the department is in interviewing anyone who when he lived in Tabor's phone number is (503)! I I I By Sam Williams for the California First Staff Writer Amendment Coalition and If a freshman assembly- sponsored by the California woman gets her way, govern-Newspaper Publishers Associ- mental agencies would be ex- ation. pressly prohibited from dis- At Feather Publishing's re- cussing "collateral topics"quest, Franke and CNPA Gen- surrounding real estate pur- eral Counsel Jim Ewert, both chases in closed sessions, experts on the Brown Act, off The proposed legislation byfeted to conduct a Brown Act Christine Kehoe, D-San workshop for members ofpub- Diego), is intended to require lic agencies and the public in governmental agencies to dis- Susanville. cuss everything regarding aThe workshop was never real estate transaction butscheduled because Susanville "price and payment terms" in City Councilman Doug Sayers open, public sessions, was the only local government Kehoe's legislation, if ap-official to express an interest proved, would be incorporat- in attending such a workshop. ed into California's Open In recent months residents Meeting Law, commonly have complained that a num- known as the Ralph M. Brownbet of Lassen County public Act. agencies have violated the Tony Teresi, Kehoe's inter-Brown Act. im legislative director, said According to a legislative the assemblywoman was con- bulletin from the CNPA, Ke- cerned about how legislative hoe was concerned about a bodies have interpreted thenumber of governmental closed.session laws to include agencies from southern Call- a number of topics she be- fornia that recently violated lieves should be discussed in the Brown Act when dis- public, cussing real estate issues. "We're just trying to figure According to the CNPA bul- out ways to make sure that latin, governmental bodies are the public knows what's going supposed to "limit their closed on," Teresi, "and we're trying session discussion with their to make that process a little negotiator to the 'price and more effective." payment terms' associated Teresi said Kehoe's bill, AB with the prospective real es- 1050, should be introduced tate transactions... within the next two weeks. "In recent years," CNPA The legislation is currently re- wrote, "bodies have stretched ferred to as a spot bill. the exemption all out of pro- The bill was drafted by Ter- portion. The San Diego City ry Franke, General Counsel Council was adjudged to have met in several illegal meet-ing, existing ings concerning the Padres mercial activities or! proposed new ballpark. The es to which the City of Los Alamitos met in might be put, the closed session to determine staff or whether to sell a piece of prop- tors, erty even though they could on other public identify no one interested in improvements or purchasing the property, frastructure...' "The City of Irvine met ille- "The draft would gaily in closed session to dis- quire " cuss a consultant's report on a the body prior to proposed airport, then chas- closed session, tised one of its members in ing available for the press for leaking the obvi- spection and ously disclosable public lic records, an! record to the press. In a tenta- counter-offers or tive ruling, a Los Angeles Su- munications already perior Court judge has or- from or shared dared the Whittier School party. Board to tape its closed meet- "Moreover, the ings for two years because of limit real property c its many illegal meetings un- sions to discussions der the guise of the real prop- ability of which, erty exemption." cy considerations According to the CNPA's already been bulletin, Kehoe's bill "would resolved in open expressly prohibit closed ses- The bill sions to discuss collateral top- it closed sessions to ics surrounding real property real property transactions, 'including, but tween two or more not limited to, sources of fund- cies." Pizza, Sandwiches, Soup, Salad 283-2320 PLUMAS PINES SHOPPING 1690 E. Main 283-1960 Serving Plumas, Sierra & Lassen Counties A COMPLETE INSURANCE SERWCE * Business * Home * Auto * [ 283-1112I since 1883 400 Main * Quincy Lie #01_40935 Private Client James R. 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