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4B Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter BLOTTER, from page 3B The caller said the train, hauling coal, was stopped on the tracks. Plumas District Hospital was paged. Robbed A caller in Portola said a man and "a large woman" assaulted him and stole his ceilphone. A deputy responded and the suspects were arrested on robbery charges. Candy theft A business on Main Street in Chester reported that a child who lives near the store stole a candy bar and then ran out the door and headed for home. The caller contacted the child's father who paid for the stolen candy. A deputy went to the residence and had a talk with the child. Wednesday, April 1 Puppy love A caller on East Main Street in Quincy reported two dogs (described as a black-and-white pit bull mix and a large brown fluffy dog) were "stuck together" in a compromising position. The caller said the dogs left and were headed for the fairgrounds. said the caller threw a vase at his head. The boyfriend was arrested on charges of spouse abuse and violating probation. Friday, April 3 Working the system? A caller in Quincy reported a Russian couple was at the Crisis Center asking for money and formula. The caller said the couple was supposedly passing through town, but the caller believed the two were conducting a scam to get free money and services. The caller said the couple refused to give any of their personal information and were reportedly panhandling in the area. Rent free A caller from out of the area asked for a deputy to check on her rental property on Coburn Street. The caller said she hadn't received money from the renters in over two months and wanted to know if they moved out. A deputy advised the house appeared to be occupied but no one was home. Scared children Two children in Chilcoot said their stepfather was trying to kill them with a machete. The caller said the stepfather was trying to break down the door and the children were hiding under a bed. A deputy responded, located the children and reported they were unharmed but showing symptoms of PTSD. Blue in the face A caller in Quincy said two teenaged girls were walking down Fillmore toward Jackson with a bottle of Windex and were spraying it into their mouths. The caller said the girls' mouths were stained blue. A deputy Motorcycle accident contacted the two girls who A caller on Quincy-La Porte were drinking blue Gatorade Road reported a motorcycle out of a Windex bottle, accident near Onion Valley and the warming hut. CHP Something to hide? arrived on the scene and the A deputy reported that victim was evacuated by while doing a probation check helicopter. at a residence on Cedar Street in Quincy, the man they were High in Cromberg checking on fled the scene on A woman in Cromberg said foot. The deputies said the a male and female kept trying man hid under a fifth-wheel to get her to come into their trailer on Honey Bear Lane residence. While on the phone and then scrambled over a with a dispatcher, the caller fence. The man on probation admitted she had "smoked a was able to get away ,~: for ~-:. lot of weed.". A deputy . now. responded and the caller was arrested on a charge of public Domestic violence intoxication. A caller in Clio said her boyfriend was beating her and Bear in the yard said he was going to kill her A caller on Western Pacific tonight. The caller hung up Road in Portola said there was before the dispatcher could a bear in the west end of the get more information. When a rail yard. The bear was gone deputy arrived, the boyfriend when a deputy arrived. ul reness Kathleen O'Bryant Special to Feather Publishing The month of April officially marks the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year the theme is budget advocacy because we know that funding matters. California Rape Crisis Centers are notoriously under funded and CALCASA is dedicated to exploring new and creative funding streams to support the critical work of centers throughout the state. CALCASA is the only professional organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of and supporting the work of Rape Crisis Centers, which operate independently throughout California. For years, the California General Fund has only allocated $45,000 to rape crisis centers -- this equates to just $1.48 per survivor served in 2013. Knowing this, and the increased demand that centers are facingl they are strategizing and mobilizing to make funding a priority. Rape Crisis Centers have an increased demand for sexual assault services for college students. One in five female students will be assaulted during her time in college. With this alarming reality, California colleges, universities, and community colleges are working to develop comprehensive response policies in order to best serve student survivors. In September, 2014, Gov. Brown signed landmark legislation, SB 967, which will change the campus climate. Under SB 967, campuses are required to establish partnerships, linkages, and MOUs with the community based organizations (or Rape Crisis Center) in their region. This will place an increased (and unfunded) demand on local advocates to provide confidential services to student populations. As campus sexual violence remains a legislative priority at the state and federal level, it is essential that Rape Crisis Centers remain at the heart of victims' services to eliminate a conflict of interest for the universities and to guarantee off-site, confidential counseling and advocacy services to supplement on-campus accommodations and potential adjudication processes. University/college administration and staff who handle sexual assault cases and survivors need to be trained about important considerations for being survivor-centered and trauma-informed. Rape Crisis Centers are experts in sexual violence prevention and response and should be consulted by campus staff. Healing from the trauma of sexual violence can be hard work and can take time. Many students withdraw for a semester, and some may drop out altogether. Not only can this result in loss of tuition, but it can also reduce survivors' work productivity and earning capacity in the long-term. Many survivors move after a sexual assault in order to feel safer. Whether it's to a different residence hall, or a transfer to a different school, moving costs are a significant burden on survivors. Reduced quality of life is common for all types of survivors, but campus sexual assault survivors often face unique struggles that impact their quality of life. Student survivors may have to see the assailant regularly on campus or in their classes. They also may face re-traumatization during the campus investigation and adjudication processes. For more information about SAAM please visit www.calcasa.org or contact the Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center/Rape Crisis Center and speak to Kathleen O'Bryant at 283-5515 ext 15. Caltrans continues pursuing 50 percent water reduction Caltrans recently announced that the California Transportation Commission has allocated emergency funding to continue installing smart sprinklers on state property, technology that automatically adjusts to weather conditions, soil moisture or broken pipes, and has already helped cut water use 50 percent where installed. "Caltrans districts have significantly curbed irrigation, modernized equipment and halted many landscaping projects across California," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "These efforts have saved billions of gallons of water, but as this state of emergency continues in California we must work even harder-- and keep leading the way on this critical issue." As one of the state's largest departments, responsible for landscaping that stretches the size of 22,600 football fields, Caltrans' conservation efforts contribute significant water savings. Conservation efforts, including the following, have helped the department reduce water consumption by an estimated 30 percent: --Invested $47 million in Caltrans emergency funding to upgrade or repair 1,250 irrigation systems statewide -- approximately 25 percent of the state's system -- including smart sprinklers that cut water use at least 50 percent by automatically adjusting water usage based on weather conditions, soil moisture or broken pipes. --Postponed 34 landscaping projects, which include 26 projects that would have gotten underway this year. --Invested $8 million in four major water recycling projects in San Luis Obispo, Shasta and San Diego. --Canceled any turf or grass watering, including at all state rest stops, unless recycled water is used. Caltrans has shut off irrigation entirely in areas of the state with the most severe drought conditions, and will contintue to do so. Any essentiial landscaping to prevent water pollution or erosion uses only inert ground covers, such as mulch or gravel, or drought-tolerant native or nonthirsty plants. Caltrans has received nearly $1 million in local water conservation rebates for its efforts to reduce water use and upgrade equipment. Meanwhile, Caltrans is continuing to pursue its goal of reaching a 50 percent statewide cut in water use. Last week, Caltrans partnered with the California Transportation Commission to authorize an additional $28 million in emergency funding to update more irrigation systems with smart sprinklers -- which are proven technology shown to cut water use at least 50 percent where installed. As these new systems continue to come online, Caltrans will strengthen conservation training for all department water managers and landscape architects. "The California Transportation Commission is supporting these investments in water-saving technology because every drop of water matters during this emergency drought," said Commission Chairwoman Lucy Dunn. In a further response to the official continued state of emergency in California due to the severe drought, Caltrans will also be posting the following message on hundreds of electronic highway signs across the state: SEVERE DROUGHT!/ LIMIT OUTDOOR WATERING These electronic highway message signs will be activated so long as there is no highway emergency, traffic safety message or Amber Alert. Caltrans asks motorists to report any water waste, such as broken water pipes or leaking irrigation systems, along its 50,000 lane miles of state highway by going to the Caltrans website, dot.ca.gov, and clicking the "Be A Water Watcher" icon to submit a maintenance service request. "This summer is likely to be severely harsh so the state is taking action by halting irrigation altogether or drastically cutting consumption while keeping plants alive when necessary to curb water pollution and erosion," said Dougherty. "The department is taking these steps -- and is planning more -- because the historic drought threatens all Californians with a critically dry summer, and protecting the public and water supply is a top priority." Californians can learn more ways to help cut water use during California's continued state of emergency by visiting saveourwater.com. 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