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College shares Dellinger's Pond plans- Page 3A Pink Ladies disband after 48 years- Page 6B Vol 148, No 41 * www plumasnewscom 530-283-0800 Wednesday, May 20, 2015 50 11ii!iiiiii: Feather River College's ili!!! Alumni of the Year  ii k :ii!ii battled bac from a i!!i traumatic war injury to ii become one of the i ill  , , i ii i!lii! nation s top i tii!ii athletes./Page 1B iiiill I i!! iiiii E i!ili! Avoidm. stammers iiiiiiii !i The district attorney iiiiii!  unveils new fraud iiiii  awareness training for iii :the community./Page 9B i:!!i :i:iii Localteams advance-- :ii The Chester and Quincy  High baseball teams won !iiil their opening-round :ii!ii games in the section iliiii 'i playoffs./Page 1C iiiil Tomorrow: Ninth annual benefit take-oOt lunch, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., pick up at Church and Jackson streets. Lunch orders, $10, support Quincy Community Supper. Youth bike rodeo, 3 - 6 p.m., Quincy Elementary School at 246 Alder St. Kids can test riding skills, learn about safety from California Highway Patrol. Bring bike, helmet; must be accompanied by parent/guardian. For information: CliP, 283-1100. See Around Q, page 5A i To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Armed man robs Chester bank Authorites say suspect matches description of 'Bad Breath Bandit" wanted by the FBI Dan McDonald Managing Editor A man armed with a dark semi-automatic handgun of unknown caliber walked into the Chester branch of U.S. Bank on Monday morning, May 18, and made off with more than $75,000. The suspect matched the description of a serial bank robber on the FBI's Most Wanted list. The man; dubbed the "Bad Breath Bandit" for committing his crimes while wearing a disposable paper facemask, entered the Chester bank about 11:25 a.m. According to Plumas CoUnty Sheriff Greg Hagwood, the armed robber used the gun to threaten employees and gain access to the bank's vault. He stuffed the cash in a blue and yellow backpack before fleeing the building on foot. No bank employees were hurt during the robbery. The suspect, who is about 6 feet tall with dark hair and appeared to be in his 30s, was last seen running through the Chester Sports Complex. Law enforcement officers from federal, state and local agencies were dispatched to the scene and undertook an extensive search of the area. As of Tuesday afternoon, the suspect was still at large, and the sheriff said he should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. The sheriff said there is little doubt that the man who A man, identified as the "Bad Breath Bandit" confrontstellers at the U.S. Bank in Chester on Monday, May 18, as seen in this bank surveillance image provided by the Plumas County Sheriff. robbed the Chester bank is the "Bad Breath Bandit." According to the FBI.the suspect is responsible fr'at least three other Nor[hrn California bank robberies dating back to June, 2014. "This guy is a prolific bank robber," Hagwood said, adding he suspect may have also robbed a Tahoe pharmacy' two days earlier. "The fact that he's been able to commit as many of these crimes as he has without getting caught says that he is pretty serious about what he's doing," Hagwood said. The sheriff is working in conjunction with the FBI. All local law enforcement authorities, including the California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service and Department of Fish and Wildlife, are on high alert. Although the search for the robber initially focused on the Chester area, Hagwood said authorities in the surrounding counties were quickly notified. "This is bigger than a local issue, it's regional," Hagwood said. "Obviously all the banks throughout Northern California are going to be on the highest level of alert. Given the.sUspect's track record, he's going to continue doing what he's doing." An image of the robber caught on the U.S. Bank's surveillance camera matched photos from the suspect's previous bank heists -- including his clothing. Like his other robberies, the man was wearing a black zip-front jacket with a Nike logo on the left breast, blue jeans, a black San Francisco Giants baseball hat, dark wrap-around sunglasses and the s.ignature dust or medical mask covering his mouth and nose. According to the FBI, the "Bad Breath Bandit" began his robbery spree in Northern California on June 17, 2014. On that day, the suspect entered two banks in less than two hours, but only robbed oneof them. At 11 a.m. that day, he entered a Bank of the West in Grass Valley but left without incident after a brief interaction with a bank employee. At 12:52 p.m., the suspect See Robbery, page 5A Superintendent to take job in Carpinteria James Wilson Staff Writer Plumas Unified School District Superintendent Micheline Miglis plans to head to where the surf meets the turf -- Carpinteria Unified School District in Santa Barbara County. Miglis turned in her reMgnation to the PUSD board May 11, stating a new job was her reason for leaving. Miglis announced she was a finalist for a superintendent position, but declined to comment on where she was heading. Santa Barbara media outlet released some details about Miglis' new position last Wednesday night. According to the local media, the Carpinteria board announced May 12, the day after Miglis resigned from PUSD, that she would be the district's next superintendent. The board is expected to vote on the employment contract May 27. Miglis started as PUSD superintendent in October 2012. Her resignation is effective June 30, making her time with the Plumas district just shy of three years. The PUSD board of directors accepted Miglis' resignation during closed session at its regular meeting May 14. Board directors also plan to meet May 27 to review and discuss a superintendent search process. Though Miglis resigned from her position with PUSD, she said she plans to continue serving as Plumas County Office of Education superintendent until further and official notice. Details on the search for a new superintendent will likely emerge from the May 27 meeting. Children's Fair Children have a blast scurrying up the climbing wall at the 2015 Children's Fair on May 16 at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Booths lined the fairgrounds, offering various fun games, projects and activities for children of Plumas County to participate in. Photo by James Wilson Constituents weigh in on state o Jefferson Debra Moore Staff Writer Does the "silent majority" support or reject the state of Jefferson? It depends on which Plumas County supervisor you ask. "The silent majority is speaking out against the state of Jefferson," Supervisor Lori Simpson said during the board's May 12 meeting. Simpson's district is Quincy centric. "The silent majority supports it," Terry Swofford said. He represents Portola and Eastern Plumas. He said he did receive sone:orrespondence against forming a new state, but that most of that input came from Quincy. During a portion of each board meeting, the supervisors discuss correspondence they receive and during the week leading up to the meeting, all reported hearing about the state of Jefferson. Kevin Goss reported that it was "50-50" in his sprawling district that includes all of Indian Valley, plus the Canyon, portions of Quincy and creeps toward Graeagle. Jeff Engel, who represents Graeagle and butts up to Swofford's district, said he BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP receives letters for and against. "It's almost 100 percent against," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said of the correspondence that she receives from her constituents in Chester and the Lake Almanor Basin. The supervisors have discussed putting it to a vote in 2016, but Thrall said some of her constituents are encouraging the five supervisors to make a decision. Retirement Gayla Trumbo, a 37-year Plumas County employee and director of its human resources department for the past 13 years, announced her retirement effective Sept. 1. "This is one of those bittersweet things," Board Chairman Kevin Goss said. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall See Supervisors, page 4A Social services director describes(li sturbing trends Debra Moore Staff Writer Children with nowhere to go and working people who qualify for food stamps are the two groups that Social Services Director Elliott Smart focused on during his quarterly report to the Board of Supervisors on May 12. "I walk through that lobby and I see people I know," Smart said of the latter group. They have jobs -- such as in grocery stores, restaurants and construction -- yet they qualify for CalFresh assistance, familiarly called food stamps. The average monthly caseload has continued upward: 733 cases in 2012-13; 822 in 2013-14; and 939 in 2014-15. Part of the increase is due to a change in requirements as eligibility is based on income and not assets. But as for the notion that a person could own a $1 million home and receive assistance, Smart said that's not true. Another reason for the increase is more people are becoming aware of their eligibility because of the Affordable Care Act. When applicants qualify for Medi-Cal, they often learn that they qualify for food assistance. Smart reported that he is also seeing an increase in those who are over 50 receiving assistance, a trend that he said is likely See Trends, page 4A t