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DUIIILI|I, ItLUIU, rlUylbblV, IIJUI till vveonesoay, June 4, ZU 14 :D Serious and challenging, ases are 00,he loci00et Thank you for your continued service to, and support of, in Plumas County. Now, more than ever, it is crucial we continue to receive support ,from our local leaders to assure public safety is staffed at a level sufficient to meet the needs and expectations of those living, working and visiting Plumas County. This support is particularly vital as we approach our busy summer season with a series of serious and challenging cases already on our docket and other similar cases nearing a stage where a criminal prosecution is ready to begin. It is only with your support and the outstanding work of our criminal justice partners that we are able to pursue and obtain justice. Below is a sampling of some of our recent cases. People v. James Kaufman On May 2, James Andrew Kaufman, age 21, of Portola, was sentenced to three years in state prison. On March 7, Kaufman was convicted of residential burglary, a felony (and a CRIMINAL CASE UPDATE DAVID HOLUSTER District Attorney serious felony and strike) l and a felony violation of evading a peace officer. Kaufman was identified as taking part in a burglary of a residence on Cuesta Way in Delleker on Dec. 27, 2013. When deputies located Kaufman, he led them on a high-speed chase through Portola before finally being apprehended. People v. Jerry Lee On April 30, Jerry Craig Lee, 47, of Chester, was sentenced to four years in state prison. On Feb. 7, Lee was convicted of a felony violation of possession of methamphetamine while armed with a firearm. On Dec. 27, 2013, Lee was a passenger in a vehicle driven by another when the vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. During the stop it was discovered that Lee had 14 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his possession. People v. Marry Ashley On May .9, Marty Ashley, 53, of Chester, pleaded "no contest" to felony domestic violence and admitted he had previously suffered a prior conviction for the same type of offense. Ashley is scheduled to be sentenced July 11 when it is expected he will receive a term of two years in state prison. Ashley was arrested after a Feb. 5 incident where he broke the ribs of his live-in girlfriend during an assault. The victim was initially desirous of prosecution but later became uncooperative. People v. Robert Martinez On May 9, Robert Martinez, 54, of Portola, was sentenced to five years in county jail pursuant to Assembly Bill 109. Martinez, previously and on March 28, was convicted of a felony violation of furnishing methamphetamine. He also admitted he had previously suffered a prior conviction for a similar offense. Martinez was arrested after being contacted at his apartment, where seven small bags of methamphetamine were located. Martinez later admitted he was involved in the sale of methamphetamine to support his addiction. People v. Federico Quintana On May 9, Federico Quintana, 21, of Portola, was sentenced to two years in state prison. Quintana was previously convicted April 11 of a felony violation of assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury. His conviction stems from a Jan. 24 incident in which Quintana and another man beat up the ex-boyfriend of a girlfriend of theirs. The assault resulted in the victim suffering orbital fractures and substantial swelling and bruising to the face. People v. Victor Simonson II On May 16, Victor Simonson, 33, of Portola, was convicted of felony child endangerment. Simonson also admitted he had suffered a previous conviction resulting in a state prison sentence and that he committed this offense while out of custody pending sentencing on another felony. Simonson is scheduled to be sentenced July 11, when it is expected he will receive seven years in state prison. Simonson had been released on his own recognizance following a felony domestic violence conviction when he was spotted driving erratically on Highway 70 through Sierra Valley. He eventually crashed into a ditch after nearly causing a head-on collision with another motorist. When a good Samaritan stopped to help, Simonson drove offat a high speed. When he was finally, stopped by California Highway Patrol it was discovered Simonson was traveling with a 10-month-old child who was only partially secured and that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.25 -- over three times the legal limit. This is one of those truly frightening situations that could have gone very badly in a number of ways. People v. Danielle Charise Failing On May 16, Danielle Failing, 35, of Quincy, was convicted of a felony violation of welfare fraud. She is scheduled to be sentenced June 27. Failing was convicted of filing false documents in order to receive cash benefits for her child while her child was being cared for by Failing's parents. The original charging document alleged Failing received over $10,000 in , fraudulent benefits from 2008 to 2013. Cases of interest There are a number of upcoming cases of interest. Some include: People v. Leanna Moore (Indian Valley Community Services District embezzlement), June 18 preliminary examination; People v. Earl Morrison (rental trust embezzlement), June 11 sentencing; and People v. Kenneth Stringfellow (homicide case), June 20 arraignment on the information. .Fire Safe Council announces meeting to The Plumas County Fire Safe Council invites citizens to attend its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Thursday, June 12, at the Plumas County Planning & Building Services office, located at 555 Main St. in Quincy. The council meets on the second Thursday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. The council is working to engage communities in Plumas County that may be interested in working together to become recognized by the National Fire Protection Association as a part of its Firewise Communities USA program. This program encourages friends, neighbors and community members to work together to develop wildfire mitigation activities that protect their homes and communities. These local actions greatly improve the fire resiliency of participating communities by encouraging residents to take proactive steps to address issues such as fuel loading near homes, evacuation planning, emergency access and community outreach and education activities. Firewiserecognition has additional benefits: residents of Firewise communities can see reduced homeowners' CHP, from page 4B l, safely exit the vehicle :uninjured. Kiedrowski was Terry Melius, 55, of Quincy, was driving a 2009 Bluebird school bus with students eastbound on Highway 7?: As she entered the Long the rear bumper of a parked pickup truck in the parking lot. Melius immediately stopped the bus, contacted the owner of the pickup and insurance rates as well. There are currently four Firewise Communities in Plumas County. These communities range in size from a small homeowners' association up to an entire fire protection district that covers numerous communities. Plumas County Firewise Communities are the Lake Almanor Country Club, Lake Almanor West, the community of Gold Mountain and the Graeagle Fire Protection District (which covers the communities of Graeagle, Blairsden, Valley Ranch, t lela June 1:! whitehawk Ranch and Mohawk Valley). Numerous other communities are currently in the process of developing Firewise applications. The Plumas County Fire Safe Council can help interested communities develop their Firewise applications. For more information on becoming a recognized Firewise USA community visit Click the Links tab, then National and then Firewise. The Plumas County Fire Safe Council is a coalition of representatives from local, state and federal government agencies, which share a common interest in preventing loss of life and minimizing loss of property from wildland fires. The mission of the Fire Safe Council is "to reduce the loss of natural and human made resources caused by wildfire through Firewise Community programs and pre-fire activities." For more information on the council and fire safe information, visit the website or contact the coordinator by email a t citizns/bsiesSe and .... =: not wearing her seat belt, but due to the low speed, she was uninjured. Highway 70, May 28 At approximately 3:55 p.m., Valley Fire Department parking lot at approximately 3 miles per hour to make a U-turn back toward Quincy, the left rear bumper of the bus brushed against exchanged information, then waited for CHP arrival. Due to the low speed and minimal contact between the vehicles, there were no injuries. Thank you! THE PLUMAS CHILDREN'S COUNCIL WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATIONS OF TIME AND/OR IMONEY TO THE 27th ANNUAL CHILDREN'S FAIR Bear Country Riders CalTrans Child Care Resource and Referral, PRS Community Connections, PRS Co-Pilot's Preschool Curt Nieman Debbie Dogs Domestic Violence/CHAT, PRS Giddy Up And Go Pony Rides Greenville Rancheria Tribal Health Environmental Alternatives Eta Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Feather River College Child Development Center Head Start Kristina's Gymnastics Mill Creek Indian Tacos JB Photography Kenny Davis Mobile Rock-USA Mountain Circle Family Services Plumas Bank Plumas Charter School Plumas Children's Council Plumas Christian School Plumas County Child Support Plumas County Public Health Plumas County Social Services Plumas County Sheriff Plumas District Hospital Plumas Early Education and Child Care Council Plumas National Forest Plumas Rural Services - WIC Plumas Sierra 4-H Plumas Ukes Quincy Natural Foods Quincy Tow Service and Repair Sierra Pacific Industries, Inc. Smokey Bear Southern Accent United States Forest Service And Very Special Thanks goes to The Plumas Early Education and Child Care Council, and The Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds Heartfelt appreciation also goes to this year's FABULOUS VOLUNTEERS! Without them, the Fair would not have been such a huge success! See you next year at "THE FAIR" Plumas Chitdren's Council