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41a Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record. Reporter se Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plu masnews.com High Desert State Prison Sergeant Todd Posch was not sentenced Monday, June 7. District Attorney Jeff Cu- nan indicated that he and Judge Ira Kaufman were both researching the topic of charging someone with resti- tution to be paid to a govern- ment entity. Cunan said both he and Kaufman were unsure about how much someone could be As evidenced by the recent tragedy that took the life of San Diego teenager Chelsea King, more needs to be done to protect California's children. To advance this effort, State Senator Dave Cox co-authored a legislative proposal to pro- tect minors from violent sexu- al predators. The proposed law would strengthen the one-strike pro- vision for violent sex offend- ers and require lifetime GPS monitoring of sex offenders on parole. "There must be zero toler- ance for violent sex crimes encing po forced to reimburse the gov- ernment for expenses related to crimes. He added that Kaufman did indicate his intention to sen- tence Posch to be incarcerated in a non-jail setting because of his background working as a correctional officer. House arrest with electron- ic monitoring would be an ex- ample of a non-jail incarcera- tion situation. People who have worked in law enforcement are often sentenced to serve time out- side of jail or prison because of concerns that they could face more threats behind bars than an average inmate. Cunan said his office was still receiving claims for resti- tution in the Posch case, which was once again sched- uled for sentencing Monday, July 12, at 11 a.m. Posch pled no contest in April to two counts of filing a false police report. Each charge carries a maxi- mum possible jail sentence of six months for a total expo- against innocent children," said Cox (R-lst Senate Dis- trict). "This measure is not only deterrence against these horrific crimes, it also helps to prevent released offenders from loitering in public areas where children play." Assembly Bill 1844, if signed into law, would double cur- rent penalties and create life- without-possibility-of-parole sentences. It would also require life- time parole and GPS monitor- ing for anyone convicted of sexual assault against minors. "Chelsea's Law is the first step in our effort to fix the problems in California's pub- lic safety system that failed Chelsea King and continue to place our kids and communi- ties at risk," said San Diego area lawmaker and author Nathan Fletcher. "With Chelsea's parents, Kelly and Brent King, leading the way, we have channeled all of our energy into this effort to create lasting change in Chelsea's name that will make every California child safer." In addition to the leadership from the King family and a bi- partisan group of lawmakers, sure of one year. Posch fabricated two inci- dents where he reported being assaulted by "Mexican gang members." The Plumas County Sher- iff's Office previously report- ed more than $100,000 of state and local funds were expend- ed in investigative and securi- ty efforts resulting from Posch's false reports. Sheriff Greg Hagwood has made it clear that he expects full restitution from the defen- dant for expenses incurred by his department. Chelsea's Law is being driven by a network of over 85,000 "changemakers" from around the world. Crime victim advo- cates and law enforcement groups are supporting AB 1844. "Through Chelsea, Califor- nians are speaking up and speaking out. We are thankful to each co-author for listening to that collective voice and taking the necessary steps to reform our laws," said Kelly and Brent King. AB 1844 passed the Assem- bly with bipartisan support and moves over to the Senate for its review. nla The Board of Forestry and Fire Protection voted unani- mously June 9, to approve the 2010 Strategic Fire Plan. The plan is the result of a coopera- tive effort by both the board and the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to establish the levels of statewide fire protection ser- vices for California's State Responsibility Area lands. "This collaborative effort ultimately benefits the resi- dents of this state," said board chairman Stan Dixon. "It is incumbent upon state government to take construc- tive action on significant is- sues of concern that affect the property and livelihoods of Californians." "The importance of developing a single, com- prehensive strategic fire plan in concert with the board was clear to me from the begin- Ju sel Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com Jury selection in the William McConnell murder trial began Monday, June 14. McConnell faces a murder charge and an enhancement for the alleged use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. les ning," said Chief Del Walter, director of CalFire. "That is why I requested three seats on the steering committee to represent fire protection, re- source management pro- grams and the Office of the State Fire Marshal. I am very pleased with the effort and accomplishments of all who participated in produc- ing this document." This is the first statewide fire plan developed in concert between the board and Cal- Fire. The new plan recognizes that fire will occur in Califor- nia and works to answer the question of how we utilize and :live with the risk of wildfire? To view the 2010 Strategic Fire Plan for California, visit bof.fire, ca.gov/board_commit tees/resource protection co mmittee/current projects/ rsources/strategicfireplan_ju ne2010 06-04_photos.pdf. on The defendant was arrest- ed last August in connection with the shooting death of Eduardo Campos, which took place on McConnell's property in the Frenchman Lake area. Opening arguments are ex- pected tO begin Monday, June 21. CliP, from page 3B I-IJt and run, June 7 Latisha King, of Portola, was backing her 1999 Dodge Stratus out of a parking stall at the Plumas Pines Shop- ping Center. CHP reported that while backing up, King hit a 1991 Subaru Legacy be- longing to Lisa Fitzgerald of Quincy. Fitzgerald honked her horn to get King's attention, but King pulled forward and backed up into Fitzgerald's car once more. After backing into Fitzger- ald's vehicle tv ice, King left the scene and headed east on Main St. No injuries were reported. Another route, June 7 Andrew Graham, 52, of Clio, was stopped in traffic on northbound SR-89 in a 2001 Chevy Suburban approx- imately 370 feet south of SR- 70. Carl Chavez, 66, of Graea- gle, was stopped in a 2003 Honda Odyssey approximate- ly 12 feet behind Graham on northbound SR-89. According to CHP, traffic had been stopped for several minutes due to active con- struction on SR-70 east and west of SR-89. The traffic flow was regulated by traffic flag- ging and a pilot car to lead traffic through the construc- tion. Graham allegedly decided not to wait any longer and was planning on proceeding westbound on SR-70 via an al- ternate route, which was south of his location. In preparation of a U-turn, Graham backed southbound in the northbound lane, but failed to see Chavez stopped behind his vehicle. The left rear corner of Graham's ve- hicle collided with the front of Chavez's vehicle. No injuries were reported. The great unknown, June 9 An unidentified driver was traveling westbound on Ante- lope Road in Quincy in a 1994 Honda Accord. The CHP report stated the driver was driving too fast and failed to negotiate the right hand curve. The vehicle drove onto the south shoul- der, colliding with a tree and causing the vehicle to spin around before coming to rest on its right side. Collision, June 9 Jordan Phelps, 20, of Porto- la, was driving his 1991 Chevy pickup from the drive- way of 218 Arriba Ave. to make a left turn. At the same time, "Consuelo Verduzco, 33, also of Portola, was driving her 1994 Subaru Legacy east- bound on Arriba Ave.-at a speed of approximately 15-20 mph. CHP determined that Phelps failed to observe Ver- duzco driving eastbound on Arriba Ave. and turned his vehicle directly into her path. Verduzco was unable to avoid a collision and struck the right front of Phelps's ve- hicle, causing moderate dam- age to both vehicles. Both Verduzco and her pas- senger Patricia Rodriguez, 45, of Portola, sustained mi- nor injuries and were trans- ported to Eastern Plumas District Hospital. RACE OF THE Friday, June 18th Test & Tune All Classes Mini Stock Race Saturday, June 19th 360 Sprint Cars Pro Stock ..... 7:00 PM Ticket Available at www.americanvalleyspeedway.com or call 530-283-2175 ........ : -sponsored by !i '::Susanville Indian Rancheria ::,/:,:;,: