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4A Wednesday, June 6, 2001 Court News ;eatn l IS l l By Victoda MMccalf make sense because their Staff Wdter computer systems aren't nec- While the Lassen County essarfly compatible. district attorney encouraged He added that there are no supervisors from Lassen andstate laws requiring the coun- P/ureas counties to meet new ties which consolidate be geo- state requirements concern-graphically conjoined. ing child support agency Burns said it didn't matter plans, P/ureas County's dis- if the counties entering into trict attorney said the timing partnerships worked with the was all wrong, same systems. Compatibility Taking the floor, Lassen was the key issue. County District Attorney Bob Department of Child Sup- Burns encouraged Lassen port Services representative and Plumas county supervi- Bruce Kennedy said that, in sors to consider consolidat- making its recommendations hag child support services,for consolidation, the state Burns said that, with new was looking at a number of state legislation being factors. Case load size, oper- formed, it is wise for counties ating department size and to pick their partners before other considerations were be- the state makes the decision ing brought into account, as for them. the state looked for ways to In a new regional approach group counties together to to delivering child supportimprove the programs. services, the state has made Reichle asked who the con- suggestions to counties about solidated departments would who they might link with, in be accountable to. Since they an effort to provide betterwould be representinga num- services, ber of counties, the respec- Under the state's sugges- tive boards of supervisors tion, Nevada, Lassen, P/ureas didn't seem to fit. and Sierra counties are pro- "A lot of things need to be posed as one regional link.spelled out," Reichle said. He Modoc was linked with Trini- added that "right now it's in ty, Del Norte and Siskiyou a black box." counties. Burns said he didn't think Burns said it was his un- the consolidation needed to derstanding that Sierra behurried. County had formed a partner- "The conclusion doesn't ship with Nevada County, need to be reached today," and Modoc was looking to Burnssaid. join Siskiyou, leaving Lassen Kennedy said the state's and Plumas to form a part- plan is to let the consolidated nership, areas figure out how to work The reason for the consoli-together and solve the prob- dation of child support agen- /eros they encounter. cies is to coincide with the Plumas County's system Department of Child Supportworks, "And it's not going to Services reform plan to en-get any better," Reichle said. sure "uniformity, efficiency "Let the state make the de- and effectiveness," in deliver- cisions," Plumas Supervisor ing services. Bill Dennison said about the To enhance services, the consolidation process. "It's state department heads be- not going to work anyway. lieve that, by having counties It's like trying to push a wet work in cooperative groups,noodle." the program will be more ef- Modoc Supervisor Nancy fective. Huffman said that many of Addressing the issue, the rural counties are having Plumas County District At- difficulties in collecting child torney James Reichle said support payments. By the the timing was off on the time the staff catches up to state's part. The Plumas the individual responsible for County Child Support non payment, they've left the Agency is in transition from area. being linked to the county Huffman said that, by under the D.A.'s off'me tobe- putting small counties togeth- ing an independent agency. And that transition isn't corn- er, the problem will be com- pounded and won't produce a plete. In fact, the P/ureas better track record. Board of Supervisors recent- ly completed interviews for Burns, however, continued hiring a department head. to stress the need for at least Reichle said the consolida- P/ureas and Lassen to send a tion approach also didn't letter of intent to thestate. FEATHE R Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishklg Co., Inc. 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I I I I .I 61 Bradley St. Quincy Quincy Susanville Portola/Chester 283.235 7 251-2357 1(888) 832-235; I I L j m mm amm mmm m ~m m ~ ~m m m m m m ~m mm ~m m wmm m ~ m By AIIIa Hlgbee And, if the board did not indian Valley Editor approve the request, Mussel- Former Indian Valley man said he would open an HealthCare District physi- office in Greenville, Quinby clan R rd Musselman said. . wants hisjoBback. Quinby and board treasur- District Chairman Steve er Ken Walker, both mem- Quinby told the board about bers of the physicians' con- a phone call from Mussel- tract committee, decided that man during the board meet- this was not an appropriate ingTuesday, May29. time to consider Mussel- Quinby said he received man's request. the call from Musselman, "When will it be the appro- who told him that he wanted priate time to deal with this?" Saturday office hours, and asked David Shramel, who that his wife, Julie, would do was a board member several the receptionist work. years ago. Quinby listed several con-He told board cerns, including staffing,that emotion billing, nursing, insurance part of the busineSS and the restraining order the board needed t0J currently in effect, due to If emotion was Musselman's arrest on tor in making thed charges of battery, burglary Quinby said, he and assault against district Musselman back. chiropractor John Quinby's and Bergstrand in April. committee "The list of considerations to the board was goes on and on and on," ing Musselman baO Quinby said. a good business It is like a big cloud of dust this time. that has not settled yet, Quin- With no further by said, trying to describe the and a situation, board agreed. By Dave Keller plea in front of Superior Kirk could be subjected to a Prior to acce Staff Writer Court Judge Ira R. Kaufman. $10,000 fine, but it probably plea, Kaufman Quincy native Stuart Kirk When Kirk is sentenced Ju-will not be imposed because Kirk and Kirk's pied no contest last week to ly 6, he will receive no more such sanctions are rare inGeorge Zube, of felony burglary, stemming than a year in the county cor- Plumas County. flicts he has in from an April offense in rectional center as part of But, Kaufman explained, The which the man stole from a last week's plea, Kaufman Kirk will be required to make known Kirk, a neighbor who had befriended said. restitution to the victims of for the Plumas him. Normally, a burglary of the burglary, and to the vic- urn, for about 12 Kirk gave up his right to a this kind could result in tims of the offenses that were that he knows trial and a pretrial hearing three years in state prison, dismissed as part of the plea tiros of the bur June 1 when he entered the the judge told Kirk. agreement. By Dave Keller plea and let a jury decide his Staff Writer fate. Herman Spliethofhas been Hilde tried to convince ordered to pay $55,000 in Kaufman to back off on the restitution to an elderly $55,000 in restitution. Greenville woman as a condi- tion of five years of felony The attorney reasoned that, probation, because the D.A. could proba- In addition, Spliethof willbly only prove that Spliethof be required to serve a year in received $68,000 from Myrtle jaU for duping the woman out O'Brien, Spliethof should of the money over a two-year pay only $34,000 because he period, probably earned the rest by "Mr. Spliethof is getting aworking for O'Brien. break," Plumas County Supe-"Herman had no intention rior Court Judge Ira R. Kauf- of taking advantage of her." man said June 1. Hilde said. "She didn't have Kaufman was referring to anyone else to take care of the fact that he agreed to sus- her, and she wanted to give pend Spliethof's four-year him the money." state prison sentence and go Hilde also tried to down- along with defense attorneyplay the perception that Spli- Janet Hilde and District At- ethof had taken the life sav- torney James Reichle's sen-ings of O'Brien, who was tencing agreement for the de- fendant, worth at least a half million dollars but possibly passed The judge indicated that he considered "rejecting the along as much as $100.000 to agreement"--a decision thatSpliethof. would have forced Spliethof"The perception~that this is to withdraw his no contest an egregious crirfie fs not c0r- Or, more importantly, why is there so much good in this depraved, sin-sick world? Get down-to-earth answers to. difficult spiritual questions every week. 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