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Wednesday, Tuesday, :Z ~/" Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 and plenty as she scrambled the Snow. See Photos by Victoria Metcalf BB 20 years later, investigation goes on By Dave Keller Staff Wnter It was about 8 a.m. when Sheila Sharp discovered the bodies of her mother Glenna, brother John and friend Dana Wingate. The bodies were blud- geoned and stabbed repeatedly April 11, 1981. One of the vic- tim's throats was sliced. It was the work of what some believe was two people who used a pair of kitchen knives and a hammer. The 14-year-old Sheila's younger sister, Tina, was missing when investigators ar- rived on the scene. The grisly discovery, made inside a small room in a Ked- die home, set into motion what is now regarded as Plumas County's greatest mystery, an unsolved crime for 20 years. The murders remain a part of Plumas County's collective conscience, officials say. That's partly because of the savageness of the offenses, partly because it involved three kids and partly because law enforcement struggles with it. "It's unusual for someone to get away with killing four peo- ple," said Rod DeCrona, the pa- trol commander for the sherif- fs department. DeCrona was a 28-year-old deputy for the department at the time of the offenses but, like anyone who was involved in law enforcement at the time, the murders are on his mind. "It bothers me," he said. "It is still very creepy to me. I still feel uneasy when I drive through there when I go on pa- trol." 11m boys Witnesses have said they saw John Sharp, who was 15, and Dana Wingate, who was 17, trying to hitch a ride some- time before they were killed. They were standing near the corner of Crescent Street and Lawrence Street in Quin- IIIII JI stM HI Murder victim Murder victim lll l Murder victim vided the lift had nothing to do with the murders. Under that scenario, the boys simply walked in on the slaying of 36-year-old Glenna and were killed during the frenzy or were killed because they were witnesses to Glenna's slaying. Meanwhile, there is evi- dence that the boys attended a party at the home of a well- known Quincy family in the hours before they were seen trying to hitch a ride to Ked- die. Sharp and Wlngate were well known in Quincy because they attended Quincy High School. One theory examined by in. vestigators was that the killers went to the same party that John and Dana attended. There were reports that a pair of odd.behaving men, pos- sibly from Oroville, attended the party. In addition, there is a wit- ness who has claimed that oth- ers who attended the party committed the slayings. cy, near the front of the Gold Pan Motel, witnesses said. It was sometime between 9 and 10 p.m., witnesses said. No one, however, could ex- plain the boys' whereabouts from 10 p.m. to the time their bodies were located 10 hours later. That's always been one of the central mysteries of the case, officials say. If you could figure out who picked up the boys, then you might know who committed the murders. One theory put forth by in- vestigators over the years is that the people who picked up the boys are the people respon- sible for the homicides. They could have forced their way into the Sharp home when dropping off the boys or been welcomed in for a snack. Another theory is that the boys were given a ride home and that the people who pro- ~m When investigators arrived at the scene on April 12, they were walking into a mess. John Sharp, Dana Wingate and Glenna Sharp each were bound with a makeshift combi- nation of wiring and tape. Those were signs that the killer or killers had not planned the murders in ad- vance, law enfor ment off/. ctals have said. There were sh , of a strus- gin. The walls were reva, d by a knife. There l: other e .dence that investigators have never pub- licized because public disclo- sure, even today, would Jeop- ardize the resolution of ths case. Investigators also found blood-covered kitchen knaves and a hammer--items that were used in the killings. By Dave Keller Staff Writer Plumas County Supervisor B.J. Pearson has agreed to set- tle his legal dispute with the state of California over dam- ages resulting from the chemi- cal treatment of Lake Davis for $21 ,000. Last week, Pearson an- nounced the settlement, which arises from harm he and his wife Sylvia Pearson sustained to their businesses when the state poisoned the lake in Octo- ber of 1997. The supervisor said he is disclosing the information be- cause he wants the public to know what he will be receiv- ing. The settlement--one of the largest Lake Davis-related pay- ottts--was signed last week by the Pearsons and their attor- ney, Ronald A. Zumbrun, of Sacramento. In return, the Pearsons have agreed to drop their lawsuit against the state, the Califor- nia Department of Fish and Game and three of the agency's employees. Pearson originally filed a claim seeking $868,000 for the losses sustained by his busi- nesses, before Pearson started to campaign for county super- visor, The state nmde $4 million in reparations available to busi- nesses and individuals in the Portola area. The money was distributed more than a year ago to more than 150 businesses and resi- dents. But, Pearson has said he wanted to wait to ttle until all the other cases were han- dled because he did not wanJh draw off money fl'om any neigh rs. Pearson's predec r on the board, Fran Roudebush, re- celved $S2,900. Williams will divide his time between school and district office the Plumas District will its principals to as princi- Ume as dis- High School Prin. Chelottt will serve director of cur. and Quincy Elemen. Principal Bruce wlll serve as the Dennis said he made the ree. to the school of a need to cut enrollment ex. pires, Williams said, "The ad- of their principals. ministration needs to set an While there will be times example." when both principals will have I needs to set an example." Dennis Williams PUSD Superintendent, Williams said he Selected Chelotti and Williams because their schools were the "flas- bipe" for all of the others. He said both schools had strong staffs which could carry on wl out the constant presence to come to the district office, Williams said he anticipates that most of the administrative work can be done at their school sites. When was asked if he believed that half-time peal- tions could adequately fulfill what had been full-time work, Williams said he was opti- mistic. "We're going to try it," he said. Williams added, "We're go- ing to look at every opportuni- ty we have throughout the dis- trlct to save money." Auletsnt swltd, In another administrative switch, the assistant principal of Portola High School, Laura Stevenson, will be the new as- sistant principal at Quincy High School next year. Steven- son is replacing Diana Lund- born, who has resilp . Williams said Stevenson made the request to transfer when the position became available because she resides in Quincy and wants to be clos. er to her small children. ers represent P umas County at rote. i 1110. 8th-graders make trip to Death Valley. See page 1B, Obituaries: Page 5B Oldnlon: Page 8B Clmmlfledm Page 2D Page 9[3