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41a Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter AND ORDER CHP REPORT The foUowing incidents are submitted by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol as a tentative summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s). Portola, May 20 At approximately 4:11 p.m., Clint Hulsey, 57, of Portola, Was driving his 2000 Mitsubishi southbound on Gulling Street approaching the intersection of East Sierra Street (Highway 70). Jeffrey Seaters, 50, of Portola, was driving his 2006 Ford westbound on East Sierra Street, approaching the same intersection. Lyman Brinkerhoff, 59, of Portola, was driving his 2001 Jeep eastbound on West Sierra Street and was stopped in the right turn lane at the limit line. Hulsey failed to stop for the red light controlling southbound traffic for Gulling Street. Seaters proceeded west on East Sierra Street, through a green light. The Mitsubishi collided with the Ford within the intersection of East Sierra and Gulling. The Mitsubishi spun counterclockwise and continued south before hitting the Jeep on the southwest corner of the intersection. Afterward, multiple witnesses contacted Hulsey. Shortly thereafter Hulsey drove around the Jeep and traveled west onto the sidewalk bordering the south side of West Sierra Street. He then struck a building. Seaters sustained moderate injuries. Hulsey was transported to Eastern Plumas Health Care where he was treated for two broken ribs. He was arrested for DUI causing injury. Highway 89, May 23 Don Quiring, 41, of Loyalton, was driving a 1988 Toy{ta southbound on... i l 2 Highway 89 at Pioneer Road. It was about 10:07 p.m. under a cloudy sky. For an unknown reason, he veered off of the west edge of the road. The front of his vehicle struck several small trees and bushes. As theToyota slowed to a stop, the right side tires traveled up a steep inclining embankment, which caused the vehicle to roll onto its left side. The driver had been wearing a seatbelt. After the collision, Quiring climbed from the vehicle uninjured. He was subsequently arrested. Quincy, May 27 On Highway 70, just east of Lee Road, at approximately 7:48 p.m., Gaylan Corkill, 48, of Sparks, Nevada, was driving his 1996 Ford with a passenger. Corkill was traveling westbound at a stated speed of 35 mph. Richard Powell, 48, of Quincy, drove his 1997 GMC out of a dirt driveway east of Lee Road and turned westbound on Highway 70 at a stated speed of 15 mph. Powell drove his vehicle down the westbound asphalt shoulder, alongside Corkill. As Corkill, observed Powell drive along the right side of his vehicle, he attempted to move closer to the center of the roadway to give the other vehicle room. Suddenly Powell made an abrupt left turn, in front of the Ford, directly into the Ford's path of travel. Corkill was unable to avoid the GMC, and the front of the Ford hit the left side of the GMC. All involved parties were wearing their safety belts at the time of the collision and none was injured. During the investigation, it was determined that Powell had been driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision; he was subsequently arrested.. /- Ex{00r00zi 00lary performance Members of the Plumas County Sheriff's Search and Rescue and Plumas District Hospital receive Exemplary Performance Awards during a ceremony at the Win-River Resort and Casino in Redding on May 16. The awards were presented by Northern California Emergency Medical Services for responders' overnight live-saving efforts that began the night of Feb. 28 when they rescued a badly injured hiker in dangerous terrain in the Feather River Canyon. Receiving awards were paramedic Thomas Higgins and emergency medical technician Eddy Mutch, of Plumas District Hospital; John Kolb, Harlon Sevier and Ralph Schroeder, of Search and Rescue; and Cal Fire responders Tom Kluge, Brandon Thornton and Tyler Mentges. From left: Rural Response Group founder Larry Masterman, Plumas County Assistant Sheriff Gerry Hendrick, Kluge, Kolb, Higgins and Mutch. Photo courtesy Northern California Emergency Medical Services DA brings..heck Enforcement Program in-house David Hollister Plumas County District Attorney Each year merchants lose millions of dollars to bad checks. Bad checks affect everyone, pushing the costs of goods and services higher. As you know, the use of worthless checks can be devastating to our small businesses. Make no mistake; unlawfully issuing a worthless check is a crime. To combat this problem we are emphasizing our Check Enforcement Program and moving it "in-house" to create a better, faster and more efficient response to this issue. In years past, our Check Enforcement Program was administered by a company in Kansas City, Missouri. Having to outsource this important program has always bothered me. Such an arrangement does not, due to distance, provide the quickest and most efficient response when a person passes a bad check. More importantly, workers in Kansas City, Missouri, are not a part of the Plumas County District Attorney's Office and are notsubject to ..... our.0sight and " . ......... standards. When the . opportunity presented itself, I terminated our contract with the out-of-state company and moved operations in-house. I expect this change will create a more expedient response for our merchants and more local and personal contact during the process, all while operating with the high standards we have come to expect in Plumas County for our DA's Office. Our Check Enforcement Program is designed to assist merchants in recovering losses from intentionally written bad checks. The program is free to all victims who accept a bad check within Plumas County. It is designed to handle dishonored checls marked "insufficient or nonsufficient funds," "account closed" and "no account" that are passed in Plumas County. Our primary goal in implementing the Check Enforcement Program is to assure full restitution for the victim, including a service fee, in a timely manner without adding to the financial burden of the criminal justice system. Benefit to merchant and check writer Merchants in Plumas County benefit from the program because they receive restitution without paying any fees. By moving the program in-house, our merchants will be able to have an investigator here in the DA's Office as a contact person and can expect a far tnore immediate response than has been realized in years past. choices: comply with the requirements of the program or face possible prosecution. Because this is a diversion program, there is a strong incentive for check writers to comply. They pay full restitution and the required fees or face possible prosecution. For the victim the process is easy; victims submit the original check attached to a completed check complaint form. Multiple checks (from the same check writer) may be attached to the same form. From this point on, our First-time bad-checl, -::-- lvestgators in chageof the writer:it fr0nl:th i .,...loa .ork directlywith opp}rtunity to avoid- . criminal prosecution by repaying the merchant and completing an offender education course. If the bad-check writer elects not to avail him- or herself of this program, the case will be transitioned from diversion to possible prosecution. A conviction for passing a worthless check carries a substantial potential sentence -- up to three years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000 plus penalty assessments (which can more than triple the fine). How it works When a merchant receives a bad check, he or she is required by California law to notify the check writer. Our program will help you with a sample demand letter. If the check writer resolves the issue and repays the merchant at this point, it is no longer an issue. However, if the check writer refuses to make restitution, the check can be turned over to our Check Enforcement Program. The check writer now has two the check writer to obtain restitution. Besides paying the full amount of the check, the check writer is required to pay the service fee incurred by the victim, pay the administrative cost of the program and complete the check writer's educational course. If the check writer does not comply with the requirements of the program, the case will be reviewed by the DA's Office for possible prosecution. If the case is not prosecutable, the merchant will be contacted to consider turning the check over to a private collection agency or seeking recovery through other civil remedies. Contact information For further information or to receive written material concerning the Plumas County District Attorney's Office Check Enforcement Program (including warning placards) visit orney or call 283-6303 and ask for Investigations Supervisor Jeff Wilkinson. New state transportation funding approved Continuing the push to rebuild and maintain California's infrastructure, the California Transportation Commission has allocated nearly $223 million to 109 transportation projects that will alleviate traffic delays, repair aging roads and bridges and encourage bicycling and walking. Thirty-eight biking and pedestrian projects throughout the state will receive $10.3 million in allocations from the Active Transportation Program. "Allocations like those made (recently) help Caltrans continue to invest in, maintain and modernize California's transportation system," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "Each of these projects is an opportunity to improve safety, access and mobility for all travelers in California, whether you choose to travel via car, bike or transit." The newly allocated funding also includes $167.2 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program for 41 projects that will maintain and preserve the investment in the state highway system and its supporting infrastructure. These capital improvements consist of projects covering maintenance, pavement repair and rehabilitation, safety improvements and upgrades to bridges throughout the state. "Preventative maintenance is the most cost-effective means of protecting the state's infrastructure investment," said Dougherty. "We adopted a 'fix it first' strategy because for every $1 spent on preventative maintenance, we can save taxpayers up to $14 in monies that would have been spent on more expensive and extensive repairs." The allocations also include $2.2 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. To date, more than $18 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes. The remaining $43 million in allocations came from various state and federal transportation accounts. t