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6B Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter I"V network pulls episode about shooting Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdonald@plumasnews.com A national television net- work went out of its way to do Plumas County a big favor last week. In a gesture extremely rare for the television industry, National Geographic Chan- nel agreed to pulI a segment from the Sunday, March 11, season premiere of "Wild Justice." The segment featured events at the scene of a fatal shooting July 2, 2011, near Antelope Lake. Reno'man Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed is scheduled to stand 'trial Sept. 10 on charges of shooting and killing a 20-year-old Su- sanville man and wounding two other men after a car chase. Attorneys for both the pros- ecution and defense told the network's executives that air- ing the episode would make it "difficult, if not impossible" to seat an unbiased jury in the county. Moving the trial to another venue could cost the county up to $100,000. Plumas County District At- torney David Hollister said he was "exceptionally grate- ful" that National Geographic agreed to wait until after the trial to air the episode. "Needless to say, the pulling of the episode at, lit- erally, the eleventh hour was virtually unprecedented," Hollister said. "I know it was expensive for the network to do this. It was a tremendous act of good faith by the Na- tional Geographic Channel." Hollister joined defense attorneys Richard Young and John Ohlson in a series of conversations with Nation- al Geographic's vice presi- dent of business and legal af- fairs, Franklin Walker, and Executive Producer Kathleen Cromley. After hearing the local at- torneys' concerns, National Geographic Chief Executive Officer David Lyle agreed to pull the episode. HoUister said National Ge- ographic's thoughtful re- straint said a lot about the network. "It speaks volumes con- cerning Mr. Lyle and his net- work to delay airing this episode out of concern for the victims' families, the poten- tial financial harm to Plumas County and the concern that both parties receive a fair and just trial." Data Klatt, senior director of corporate communications for National Geographic, pro- vided Feather Publishing with a prepared statement ex- plaining the network's deci- sion. "This was done as a result of highly unusual circum- stances involved in the case and at the request of the dis- trict attorney's office and the attorney for the defendant," the network said. The network added that Nat Geo wanted to maintain the best possible relationship with its producers in the field. In this case, the producers were a film crew from "Origi- nal Productions." The crew, which produces "Wild Jus- tice," was traveling with local Fish and Game wardens who were the first on the scene the night of the shooting. The crew filmed both Wallin-Reed and the bloody victims. "The subject matter" cap- tured on film could be per- ceived as shocking, inflam- matory and prejudicial," Hol- lister said. "The airing of a 'Wild Justice' show based on this footage would likely cause the surviving victims and their families, as well as the family of the young man who was killed, much dis, tress." Wallin-Reed, 37, pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts, including murder, during his Feb. 24 arraign- ment. He is accused of killing Ro- ry McGuire and wounding two other men With an as- sault rifle following a car chase that ended near Ante- lope Lake. McGuire died two days af- ter being shot in the head. The two wounded men, who were among five passengers in McGuire's car, survived. Wallin-Reed is charged with murder, shooting at an inhabited vehicle, five counts of assault with a firearm and possession of an assault weapon. Wallin-Reed, who reported, ly admitted to the shooting when he made a 911 call, was arrested July 3, 2011. He was charged with murder after McGuire died July 4 at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. Wallin-Reed, a former Army Ranger, is accused of firing several rounds from an AR-15 assault rifle at a car driven by McGuire during the late-night chase that be- gan at Wallin-Reed's resi- dence along the Janesville Grade. During the 911 call, WaUin- Reed told dispatchers he chased the fleeing car after the occupants stole solar lights from his property. About seven miles from where the chase began, McGuire was shot in the head and hand. Hollister said he expects the jury trial to last about three weeks. Wallin-Reed's next court appearance is scheduled for April 27 at 1:30 p.m. 00IT/ 700009,7( ' ' .00,,;trc00cion fees, copies of a:00iving J000000c.ord, Do you have questions about general driving related requirements like registra- tion and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and re- strictions related to driving? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has an- swers. Save time by going on- line at DMV.ca.gov. Q: I paid my registration fees online and entered my checking account informa- tion. I received a dishonored check notice. How is this pos- sible? A: Make sure to correctly enter your bank account and routing number when making an online payment. On the DMV website, there is an ex- ample of where to locate the bank routing numbers, so please take a look before enter- ing your check information. "00'Ore, ASK GEORGE GEORGE VALVERDE Director, CA Dept of Motor Vehicles When entering payment from an existing checking ac- count, be sure to verify that the numbers are correct be- fore entering the final pay- ment. This will ensure that we are able to locate your ac- count and deduct the pay- ment. Q: How can I obtain a copy of my driving record? Can I do this online? 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Otherwise you may be convicted of "hit and run" and could be severely pun- ished. At the scene of a crash, it is important to show the fol- lowing information to the other driver or people in- volved, or to any peace offi- cer. --Your driver license. --Registration card. --Evidence of insurance. --Your current address. If you hit a parked vehicle or other property, try to find the owner. If you can't find the owner, leave a note with your name and address (and the name and address of the owner of the vehicle you are driving) and securely attach it to the vehicle. Report the collision without delay to the city police or, in unin- corporated areas, to the highway patrol. Following a crash, you or your insurance agent, bro- ker or legal representative must do the following: --Move your vehicle off the street or highway. If you do not move your vehicle or have it removed from the street or highway, any peace officer or authorized person- nel may have your vehicle towed and impounded. --If someone is killed or injured, report the collision to the police or highway pa- trol within 24 hours. --If there is more than $750 in damage to the prop- erty of any person, or some- one is injured or killed, re- port the collision to the DMV within 10 days. The DMV has a brochure on what to do in the case of a collision. You can find it on- line at DMV.ca.gov by click- ing the Publications tab. Se- lect Driver License Brochures from the Fast Facts and How To Brochures menu, and finally click Vehi- cle Collisions, What To Do! The DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Acting Un- dersecretary Traci Stevens. Sudoku Puzzle #2470-D ................... 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