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FEATHER RIVER i:' ~q i:::' i:Z R (~ .L:2 I i'~[ :. Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Vol. 145, No. 46 Feather Publishing Co Inc. 530-283-0800 www.plumasnews.com 50 CENTS f Dan McDonald jurors said they voted in fa- Staff Writer vor of the CHP. dmcdonald@plurnasnews.comAs the jurors filed 0u't of the room, the two CHP offi- A jury decided Wednesday,cers who were on trial and June 20, that two California their attorney quietly ges- Highway Patrol officers had tured their appreciation to legitimate reasons for pulling the nine-woman, three-man over Ruth Jackson, of Quin- panel. But the officers cy, and arresting her on sus- weren't celebrating. picion of driving under the "We are gratified," said at- influence nearly three years torney Stephen Pass, who ago. represented the CHP officers. Judge Thomas E. Warriner Pass said he had the option read the verdict at 3:30 p.m. of moving the trial out of in Plumas County SuperiorPlumas County. "But we Court in Quincy. The jurors didn't," he said. "I felt we deliberated most of the day could get a fair trial here. before reaching a verdict. "I think it says a lot about The Jackson family ap- the people of this county, that peared stunned as 11 of the 12 despite certain feelings, they were able to set those feelings Commander Bruce Carpenter that she had a blood alcohol to questions and physical aside and be impartial," Pass said his department was ad- level of 0.00 and had no drugs tests were consistent with the said. vised not to comment. "It's in her system at the time of actions of an impaired dri- Jackson said she couldn't still considered active litiga- her arrest, ver. understand the jury's deci- tion," Carpenter said. "There However, the jury sided He said it was the officers' sion. is always the possibility of an with the CHP's claim that duty to make sure she didn't "After all the trouble the appeal." Jackson appeared to be im-continue driving. people here have had with Carpenter said the CHP paired after failing field so- "This was always a public the highway patrol, I justwas preparing a statement brietytests. ' safety issue," he told the can't believe that a majority and that the officers would be During closing arguments,jury. "Mrs. Jackson wasn't of the jury would come to this available for comment "at the Pa ss went over a checklist harmed. Was it unpleasant? conclusion," Jackson said. appropriate time." that CHP officers are trained Yes." "I'm stunned." Jackson's civil lawsuit to look for during field sobri- But Jackson said that, at CHP officers Jim Wheaton stemmed from her Sept. 12,ety tests, the very least, her reputation and Lacey Heitman, though 2009, arrest and jailing on He told the jury that the of- was harmed. they appeared visibly re- charges of driving under the ricers stopped Jackson "She was deeply affected lieved and thankful, didn't influence after sheleft an Ok- because she was driving too by this," Jackson's attorney want to comment on the toberfest event at the Blairs- slow and swerving. Julia Jackson told the jury. record until they had up- den Barn, where she had During the sobriety tests, Julia Jackson is also Ruth proval from their office, worked as a volunteer, he said Jackson appeared Quincy Area CHP Her civil complaint said lethargic and her responses See CliP, page 6A Thursday: Quincy Certified Farmers Market, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m cor- ner of Church and Main streets. Features local, re- gional farmers, artisans, live entertainment by The Kepple Family. Runs through Sept. 13. For information: QCFM- manager@yahoo.com. Book reading, 5 p.m Main Street Artists gallery. Dianne Li psco m b~lt re ad ~rom h e r new book, "Seven Southern Tales Plus One." Friday: Grand opening 5 - 7 p.m Capitol Arts Center at 525 Main St. Everyone invited to Plumas Arts celebration of newly renovated space. Group show includes 2-D and 3-D work by member artists. Saturday: Pulled pork dinner, 5 p.m Plumas Club. Las Plumas Del Oro Chapter 8 of E Clampus Vitus invites community to benefit dinner for $8. All proceeds go to help Joe "Porkchop" Britt in his fight against cancer. For informa- tion: Justin Eason, 927-9735; Plumas Club, 283-4094. See Q, page 6A Early holiday deadlines All Feather Publishing offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in ob- servance of the holiday. This will affect the dead- lines for that week's newspaper. Deadlines for the Plumas-Westwoofl edi- tions: All Display Advertising and Legal (Public) Notices for the classified and all other newspaper sections is due by Wednesday, June 27, at noon. News releases in- cluding letters to the edi- tor, births, obituaries and cards of thanks are due by Thursday, June 28, at noon. Classified reader ads are due Friday, June 29, at 9 a~m. Victim's trailer goe up in fl rn A fire broke out in Jason Majewski's trailer in the Evergreen Motel and RV Park shortly after he was shot and killed. The fire progressed rapidly into a full-blown conflagration. Residents were evacuated as smoke billowed from windows and doors. Quincy firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze before it could spread to any other residences. An ongoing investigation led by District Attorney David Hollister also involves the California Highway Patrol, Department of Justice, CalFire and the Butte County Sheriff's Office. Photo by Laura Benton Delaine Fragnoli Park outside Quincy lastdeputy was a veteran officer Neighbor Daniel Funke "Managing Editor Tuesday afternoon. Aboutfrom the Quincy office: said, "Considering the com- dfragnoli@plumasnews.com 15 minutes later, the vic- Hagwood said Wednesday ments he'd,(Majewski) tim's trailer burst intomorning that Majewski had made previously, I don't What began as a domestic flames, made a threatening phonethink he gave the officer disturbance Tuesday, June His wife has identified the call to the sheriff's office any other option." 19, escalated into a shooting victim as Dennis Jason that afternoon. Funke, who witnessed and a fire that'left a Quincy William Majewski, 36. According to a press re-parts of the incident, said he man dead and his home de- The deputy has not been lease issued Wednesday af- was disttirbed in his home stroyed, identified. Plumas County ternoon, June 20, by Plumas by blaring music and crash- A Plumas County sheriff's Sheriff Greg Hagwood said County District Attorneying noises. deputy fatally shot and he would release the name' Dave Hollister,:MajewskiWhen he looked outside killed an armed man at the of the deputy as soon as he had threatened to go on a Evergreen Trailer and RV legally could. He did say the "murder spree." See Shooting, page 7A II Laura Benton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com The Feather River College (FRC) board of trustees con- vened June 21 for its regular meeting. The board amended the agenda to discuss hiring an interim president to replace Dr. Ron Taylor, who is indeed leaving to be president of Merced Community College. Taylor said he had mixed emotions about taking the job and will say more at the July board meeting his final one. The board approved a reso- lution to hire an interim pres- ident. They will use Profes- sional Personnel Leasing Inc the same firm used to find and hire Taylor. The process will start immediate- ly. The board also initiated the search process for a perma- nent president of FRC. The board approved sever- al appointments. Taylor ad- ministered the Oath of Alle- giance to Student Trustee Jacquie Davis. David Burris was appoint- ed director of human re- sources/EEO officer effective July 1. Dr. Derek Lerch was ap- pointed interim dean of in- struction/CIO effective July 1. Lerch had announced his resignation from this posi- tion last month to return to teaching, but agreed to anoth- er year as dean. Dr. Karen Pierson, chief student services officer, told the board that surveys asking FRC students' opinions on the college's tagline, "Small College, Big Education," See College, page 6A Superviso Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdonald@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, June 26, to put a pair of tax initiatives on the November I would need to approve adding county's budget deficit was the measures for them toworse than the $1.5 million show up on th'e ballot. More gap that was projected for the than 50 percent of county vot- 2012-13 fiscal year. ers would have to approve the "We are going to be out mil, measures for them to become lions of dollars," board chair- law. man Robert Meacher said. "Our agreement to put "Not a million, but millions." Susan Scarlett, who was doesn't mean we pass thehired as a budget consultant tax," Supervisor Sherrieafter County Administrative Thrall said. "Many times I Officer Jack Ingstad was ballot to help boost the coun- something on the ballot ty's sagging revenue. At their Tuesday, June 19, meeting the supervisors di- benefits concessions, there isn't much room left to cut. "We are past the bone and into the marrow," Supervisor Jon Kennedy said. The board said county workers might have to take further cuts. The supervisors said reducing the workweek from 40 to 36 hours is a very realistic possibility. The re- duction could take the form of $200,000 in revenue. The additional .25 percent sales tax could add more than $500,000 based on recent sta- tistics. Although adding the tax measures to the ballot still re- quired an official vote from the board, all five supervisors agreed to put the TOT mea- sure to a board vote. The sales tax initiative was rected staff to prepare lan- hear out in the public that the fired, didn't mince words employees working f0ur nine- a different story. Supervisors guage for two measures. Board of Supervisors is going about how bad the county's hour days. Meacher, Thrall and Kennedy ]ll]][[l[!r[lll!llil []]![[llllll{, i One measure called for in-to tax them. And I try to ex-budget crisis has become. She Scarlett said the 36-hour were in favor of it. But Super- II creasing the Transient Occu- plain that our role is to ask said the deficit could be more workweek could save thevisor Terry Swofford was pancy Tax (TOT) by 2 percent them the question. If we put than double the $1.5 million, county about $978,000 peragainst it and Supervisor Lori from the current 9 percent sometI ing on the ballot and "The revenue sources are year. Simpson said she had reserva- rate. everybody votes 'no,' it's not down dramatically," Scarlett Raising the TOT -- which tions. :i The other measure wouldgoing to happen." said. " is a tax paid mainly by Swoffor'd and Simpson, who raise the county sales tax by a The supervisors discussedThe supervisors said that visitors who spend the night were re-elected to their seats u ^to l ulletin, quarter 0fa percent, to 7.5. the tax-raising idea after it after several years of budget in the county 5' by2 percent b~U-ZU~'~-UtIUU Four ofthefivesupervisors became apparent that the cuts, employee layoffs and could bring in more than p-- ge6A rf