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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, March 25, 2009 58 LAW, from page 4B PDH. An ambulance and Quincy Fire were paged. Pain: In Greenville, a caller reported her husband was in severe pain, The call was transferred to Lassen EMS and Indian Valley Fire was paged. A deputy responded to assist. Fall: In Quincy, a caller re- ported his 93-year-old mother had fallen. The call was transferred to PDH. An am- bulance and Quincy Fire were paged. Tuesday, March 17 Blood Pressure: In Graeagle at the medical clinic, an am- bulance was requested for a male with high blood pres- sure. Wednesday, March 18 Surgery Complications: In Quincy, a caller requested an ambulance for her sister who was ill following surgery. The call was transferred to Lassen EMS, and IVF was paged. Lumbar: In Portola, a caller requested an ambulance for herself due to severe back pain. The call was trans- ferred to EPDH, and a Portola ambulance was paged. A deputy was advised. Losing Consciousness: At the Sierra Valley Fire House, emergency radio traffic was overheard from Sierra Valley Fire. An ambulance was re- quested for a volunteer who was losing consciousness, possibly due to overheating. Information was given to EPDH and deputies. Miscellaneous Thursday, March 12 Backseat Driving Under the Influence: In Greenville, a Caller reported a possible DUI driver who left about five minutes before. The call was transferred to CHP because no deputy was nearby. CHP reported the suspect was in the vehicle, but as a passen- ger, not as the driver. The War on Skateboarding Faces Another Setback: In Chester, a caller reported skateboarders were possibly trespassing. An officer said the skateboarders were OK. Friday, March 13 Inconspicuous Getaway Ve- hicle: In RenD, Washoe Coun- ty Sheriff's Office reported a stolen vehicle during a com- mercial burglary on Virginia Street earlier that morning. The vehicle was described as a pickup truck with certified pool and spa decals on both doors and Jacuzzi decals on the tailgate. Hatfield and McCoy: In Porto- la, a caller reported a civil is- sue over the ownership of a refrigerator. Assistance: In Portola, an el- derly woman in her 90s re- ported her pilot light was out and she didn't have heat. She Rongey attempted several said she did have propane. A times to apply the brakes, but fire unit was contacted who was unable to stop the vehi- would assist her. cle. The rear of the pickup collided with a metal stair Assault: In Greenville, a railing on the post office woman reported three juve- building. niles beat up her husband, After the collision she giving him a head injury, slowly pulled forward and The call was transferred to roiled safely to a stop within SLEMS. the parking lot. Tuesday, March 17 Motorcycle Crash, March Who Watches the Watchmen? 18 In Quincy, a caller reported a Christine Cart, 42, of Chico helicopter flying over his res- was riding her motorcycle idence chasing de~r and pos- westbound on SR-70 ap- sibly poaching. The call was proaching Rogers Flat at a transferred to the Depart- stated speed of 40mph. ment of Fish and Game, who As she was traversing a said they would be checking curve to her left, she said she on it. F&G said it might be was unable to negotiate the their own helicopter, curve, due to her high speed, and left the roadway. Her re- That Sucking Sound: In Quin- hicle overturned when she cy at the Garden Apartments, hit the shoulder, and Carr a caller reported someone was ejected. Both rider and might have siphoned gas out motorcycle slid on the north of his vehicle. A deputy re- shoulder until the bike came ported the man wanted infor- to rest on top of her. mation on file that approxi- Carr received moderate in- mately seven to eight gallons juries and was transported was missing. The reporter by helicopter to Enloe Med- said he would teil the apart- ical Center. ment manager. Out of Mind, Out of Sight, CHP REPORT March 19 Anthony Yorba, 22, of Quin- cy was driving a 1995 Toyota Tough Brake, March 13 pickup southbound on Oak- Margaret Rongey, 65, of land Camp Road at approxi- Meadow Valley was backing mately 20 mph when it sus- a 1974 Ford pickup in an east- tained a mechanical failure bound direction in the U.S. caused by a broken ball joint. Postal Service parking lot. This caused the driver to As she attempted to turn lose control and run off the around, the brakes suddenly roadway, where the right front failed to work properly, fender collided with a tree. According to the CHP, Yor- where they met to report the ba and his three passengerscollision. attempted to remove the ve- hicle from the scene but were IN THE unsuccessful so they proceed- COURTS ed to push the truck off the roadway as far as they could. The CHP found the vehicle Pre-trial Conference at its point of rest in front of Darold DeCoe showed up several trees, facing a south- for his scheduled court ap- westerly direction. The rear pearance Friday, March 20. end of the truck was partially DeCoe failed to appear at blocking Oakland Camp his Friday, Feb. 6, court date, Road. after failing to make himself All occupants of the pickupavailable for drug tests for left the scene prior to CHP ar- over a week and a half. rival. He was arrested nearly a month later in Sacramento and Rear Window, March 20 posted bail of $105,000 after pre- Jadine Martin, 19, of viouslyforfeitingbaflof$175,000 Sparks was driving a 1999 for his failure to appear. Ford westbound on the FRC At the time, Undersheriff access road towards the Greg Hagwood was surprised rodeo grounds, that the man who had previ- Sabrina Blajos, 20, of Renoously failed to meet deadlines was driving a 2003 Honda be- for drug testing and court ap- hind the Ford. pearances would be given the Martin stopped on the road opportunity to walk. near the parking area for the DeCoe faces charges in- rodeo grounds, cluding transportation of Blajos brought her car to amethfrom a non-contiguous stop behind Martin, whothencounty, possessing a gun began to back up, when the while transporting meth, pos, rear view mirror allegedly session of meth for sale and fell off of her windshield,an enhancement for posses- Martin continued to back upsion of meth for sale within without noticing the Honda 1,000 feet of a school. behind her. He was also charged with Blajos saw the Ford was in violating the terms of his re- reverse and attempted to lease by testing positive for a throw her car into reverse to controlled substance after take evasive action, but the bailing out the first time. right rear of Martin's car.DeCoe's next scheduled ap- struck the left front of the pearance will be Friday, Honda before Blajos could April 17, for several pretrial move out of the way. motions and a preliminary The two drivers headed to hearing on the violation of the Quincy CHP office the terms ofbail charge. Ruth Ellis Staff Writer On Tuesday, March 17, a ju- ry found Steven Lewis Barnett guilty on felony charges of at- tempted murder, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, with a great bodily injury enhancement, spousal abuse, and a misde- meanor charge of battery. Barnett committed the of- fenses against hiS wife Dawn and daughter Ashley, 18, on Monday, March 3, 2008, at the Susanville residence where the three lived at the time. Barnett pleaded not guilty to those charges. He will be sentenced at 10 axn. on Tuesday, April 14. During the trial, presided by Judge John Ball, Dawn tes- tified the defendant tried smothering her with her coat, hit her face repeatedly with both his hands and fist while straddling her. While on her stomach, Dawn said Barnett grabbed her left arm, pulled it behind her back and twisted it up until it broke, causing a spiral fracture. Then he tried breaking her other arm. Dawn had to have surgery on her arm and showed the jury the eight inch scar. She said the defendant threatened to kill her several times during the evening and grabbed her head by her hair and pounded it into the ground. "It sounded like a coconut cracking open," she said. Dawn, who was the county safety officer, was taken by ambulance to Banner Lassen Medical Center and later care flighted to Renown Medical Center in RenD, Nev. During the ordeal, Dawn said she thought, "This is how people die, and nobody is going to know that I'm dead." The Barnetts married in 1984 and during their years together Dawn said Barnett had never raised a hand against her. However, Dawn said she believes on March 3, Barnett intended to kill her. "That night he attacked me, he prevented me from breathing, he broke my arm to keep me from defending myself, he gave me bleeding on my brain, which, is docu- mented in my medical records," she said. Dawn said, "I said my prayers and made my peace with God:' The two-day trial started Monday, March 16 with open- ing statements from District Attorney Bob Burns and the defendant, who chose to rep- resent himself. Burns started his state- ment by showing two pic- tures of Dawn after the defen- dant allegedly beat her for several hours. 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A series that and it was time for Bar- of events occurred and she nett to call in his first wit- was put into the master bath- ness. He then asked Barnett room with her mother, while if he had any witnesses .... Barnett barricaded himself Barnett said he did not. by the door. With her hands During the trial, jurors in the front pocket of her heard testimonies from hoodie, Ashley texted a rues- Dawn, Ashley, Ardito, and sage to her friend, "Cops to Susanville city police officer my house now." Tyler Finch, who was the Her friend, Kelsi Ardito, re- ceived the message and called 911. Susanville police officers responded around 10:10 p.m. In his opening statement, Barnett, a former correction- al officer said, he couldn't stop what happened. As a way to avoid taking narcotics, Barnett said he was on Prialt, a medication to help with pain. He said one of the worse side effects is it causes hallucinations and "you lose who you are." 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