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14A Wednesday, April 4, 2001 From Page One .-- Murder... Co lmmd from page 1A Dickey-O'Brien's arrest and search. Most of the questioning fo- cused on U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Mel McNiece. He testified that he saw parts of what he believed was a shotgun inside a duffel bag inside a tent belonging to Dickey-O'Brien. McNiece contended the weapon was in plain view, even though he had failed to see the shotgun during an ear- lier glimpse inside the tent. McNiece testified that he would eventually seize the shotgun--before a search war- rant had been delivered to the campsite--and secure it inside a Forest Service law enforce- ment vehicle. He said he moved the weapon without a warrant be- cause it was growing dark and because he believed there was still a second suspect at large. It was a matter of "officer safety," McNiece said. Hours earlier, McNiece was the first law enforcement offi- cer on the scene. He encountered Dickey- O'Brien in Dripping Springs while following up on a report that linked the defendant's ve- hicle to the use of Levitoffs stolen credit card. McNiece called in a law en- forcement officer from a fish and game agency to cite Dick- ey-O'Brien for catching an ille- gal fish. At one point, while McNiece and he fish and game officer observed, Dickey-O'Brien took a wad of cash and a set of cred- it cards from his car, McNiece said. That troubled McNiece be- cause he had already seen credit cards belonging to Dick- ey-O'Brien and wondered about the owner of the addi- tional credit cards, which Mc- Niece said the defendant seemed to be trying to hide. McNiece said that, as result, he grabbed one of the credit cards away from Dickey- O'Brien and saw Levitoffs name. McNiece said he then arrest- ed Dickey-O'Brien while draw- ing his firearm on the suspect. Before long, law enforce- ment officials determined that Dickey-O'Brien was somehow connected to the Levitoff killing. At that point, law enforce- ment conducted a search of the campsite for a possible sec- ond suspect. The sheriffs department sergeant who eventually ob- tained the search warrant urged other law enforcement personnel on the scene to avoid touching anything. Under cross-examination by Hilde, McNiece admitted he did not see the shotgun while he observed Dickey-O'Brien search for a fishing license in- side the tent that contained the firearm. Nevertheless, McNiece said that, when he eventually dis- covered the shotgun, it was in plain view and that the duffel bag that contained it was not zipped up. Meanwhile, Kaufman has set a tentative date of July 17 for a jury trial in the matter. The date will be finalized when Kaufman rules on Hflde's motion. Says new supervisors part of the decisio HH C M im d page 1A Plumas County)"Stretch said. will miss each one of them as if managers. ing he was leaving with regret. "I will miss that special rela- they were family .... They are an amazing talent "Regret because the best tionship." Elsewhere in his letter, and deeply devoted to public boards of supervisors that I Stretch added, "Also, I have Stretch noted. "I am grateful service excellence. It has been have worked with in over 35 had a great staff to work with for the support, collaboration an honor to serve with them. years of local government over the years with whom aand vision of an outstanding "Indeed, it is the memory of have been right here in deep friendship has grown. I cadre of county departmentallofthe good people, the shar- ing, the meaningful wor the good times that I member and cherish. County will always be a' who I am, and for blessed." on "in stock* furniture, OA. 1 week only. NOt subject to prior sale or special orders. the extra i i : ?}iiii~ i !i-?i !'s: :! i x I t ls SO , , group at 11 t th~ ilJ~O feet : g to Ro )led a 0 t Rhonda Nelson, with the aid of her mother Betty Bettis, hosted the March 20 meeting of Xi Gamma Zeta. Ten mem- bers were present and a guest, Michele Keely, who has decid- ed to become a member of our chapter. Plans for Founders Day were discussed and election of officers took place., The new officers for the coming year are: Rhonda Nelson, President; Janet Barnes, Vice President; Betty Zeigler, Recording Sec- retary; Nelda Warren, Corre- sponding Secretary; Sharon Herzberg, Treasurer; and Lin- da Leonardt, Extension Offi- cer. Four members will attend the FNCC brunch in Chico April 7. The next meeting will be held at Judy Anderson's home. On completion of the meet- ing, we were treated to tempt- ing spring dishes prepared by Betty Bettis and Rhonda Nel- son. t IN BUSINESS 25 YEARS MON.-SAT.. 2830 MAIN STREET SUSANVI LLE 257-7788 Cal.