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d" .... 4A Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Feather River Bulletin GUILTY, from page 1A Tappero, discovered her body about 6:40 p.m., just minutes after he called 911 to report that she was missing. The Plumas County sheriff issued an alert to law enforcement agencies throughout the western states. Altes was apprehended and arrested seven hours later at rest stop near Willows, after a Glenn County sheriffs deputy saw him leaving a restroom. District Attorney David Hollister said there was a mountain of evidence against Altes. He said it included Allen's blood on Altes' clothes. "Between the DNA evidence, the crime scene evidence, witness statements and everything else, the evidence was overwhelming," Hollister said. "It's not a 'who done it?' as we all recognize .... It was a horrific crime." In a Saturday, June 27, interview at the Plumas County jail, ARes talked openly about the crime with a Feather Publishing reporter. Excerpts of the one-hour interview will be published in next week's paper. During the interview, Altes talked about his lifelong struggle with methamphetamine Lauren Lindskog Allen addiction and his attempts to get treatment. He said he was high on meth when he killed Allen and doesn't remember doing it. "I want people to know I didn't go there to kill her..." Altes said, adding that he admired and respected Allen. "Lauren was a beautiful person. She cared about people." He said he went to Allen's residence to do a repair and remodeling job for her. He said he remembered walking into her workshop. He said the next thing he remembered was seeing Allen's body on the floor. Even though he doesn't remember killing her, he said he knew he did it. "When I saw her on the floor, I knew I was guilty. I knew it," Altes said, adding that he then panicked and fled. ,~~ 2015 /FI BB Even_/Mond 9 Jght July 6th- Sept 7th Ju(y 6th Featuring Ne hbors BBQ Menu & Live ocaI Music on the Lawn \ "Local, Fresh & Delicious" Tues - Thurs: Lunch 11-4 Fri and Sat: Brea[Cfost 8-11 Lunc. 11-4 Sunday Brunch: 8-2 Private Parties & Catering Available 530-836-1619 190 Bonta Street, Blairsden Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Pedodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Lecetlon and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. HOW to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. Email: Website: Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumes National (later changed to Plumes National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumes Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumes and Lessen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime! To eubecdha: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborskl Jenny Lee EIIse Monroe Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Bookkeeper Ked Taborskl Mary Newhouse Eva Small Co-Owner/Legal Advertising Classified, Circ. Manager Graphics Dept. Kevin Mallory Cobey Brown Sandy Condon Vice Pres./Admin.Vice Pres./Operations Human Resources Dir., Office Manager Dan McDonald Tom Fomey Managing Editor Production Manager ilem~r, California Newpaper Publishers Assoc. recycled paper Subscription Order Form I Feather River Bulletin * P.0. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Please enter my subecdption for __ ~l Enclosed find my check for $ years. ~1 In County $26 per year [~1 Out of State $44 per year ~1 In California $37 per year. Altes said he initially asked for the death penalty, but changed his mind because he didn't want to do that to his family. He originally pleaded not guilty April 17. Under the advisement of his public defender, Robert Zernich, he was interviewed by two psychologists in preparation for an insanity defense. However, Altes said he decided in February to change his plea to guilty. He said he couldn't bear the thought of putting his and Allen's family through an emotional trial that would include graphic testimony and images of the crime scene. "I don't have the words ... There are no words to acknowledge the pain I've caused Lauren's family, my family and the people of Indian Valley," Altes said. With Allen's family sitting in the courtroom Thursday, Altes said he couldn't bring himself to look at them. "I looked at them once and I could see the pfiin in their eyes," he said, wiping away more tears. "I didn't make a choice to kill Lauren ... I know that in my heart," Altes said. "That doesn't take away from the fact that I did it." Debra Moore Staff Writer reimburse them for driving personal vehicles. Despite some lingering concerns about the high mileage and the engine, the board voted unanimously to approve the purchase. Supervisor Kevin Goss was not present. Plumas County will soon be the owner of a 2000 Ford F-450 4x4 truck, but it took BOARD OF some discussion. SUPEP,.VISOP,.S Facilities Director Dony Sawchuk asked the Board of ROUNDUP Supervisors "during its June Recruiting assistance 23 meeting for permissionto that the county was buying Kemper Consultants will purchase the truck with a a lot of vehicles and asked if assist the county as it selects delivered price tag of anyone had an "official a director for its new $19,299. tally." behavioral health He explained that he had Sawchuk told the department, which been searching for such a supervisors that he had combines the departments of truck for a long time, and checked out the vehicle mental health and alcohol that the previous director through various sources and drug. had sought to buy a new one including Carfax and that it Jim Featherstone, for $150,000. would be driven on a limited representing the group, said "I found a vehicle at a fair basis, probably 5,000 miles the consultants could assist price," Sawchuk said and per year. in reviewing resumes, explained how it was needed As for Mihevc's concern, convening interview panels to reach trees and limbs in Sawchuk said he had an and narrowing the the county's parks and at inventory of all county applicants to two for the the courthouse, vehicles. board to interview. "It's an all-around useful "One of my first tasks "They're experts; let them vehicle that will enhance with the county was to get help us," Supervisor Lori our department," Sawchuk rid of all the unused Simpson said. said. vehicles," Sawchuk said. Kemper is the group that But Supervisors Terry Supervisor Sherrie Thrall the supervisors hired to Swofford and Jeff Engel suggested that the county review the mental health worried about its high vehicles become part of the department and make mileage -- 189,413 -- and its budget process, recommendations. vl0 engine and Auditor Roberta Allen "I agree," Thrall added. transmission, said it cost the county less "We relied on them to help Board observer Mark when employees used configure the department." Mihevc said that it appeared county vehicles than to Q, from page 1A Tomorrow: Quincy Certified Farmers' Market, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., corner of Church and Main streets. Vendors offer local produce, handcrafts, prepared food; two prize giveaways. Live music by Chris & Keely. For information: Salmon, veggie kabobs available with advance notice. Runs weekly through September. For information: 283-0930. Saturday: Pancake breakfast, 8- 11 a.m., Bucks Lake Fire Department. Proceeds benefit volunteer department. Meadow Valley Fire Department Fourth of July parade, 11 a.m. Entrants meet 10:30 at fire department. Followed by hot dog lunch. Donations benefit fire department. For information: Warren, 283-0478. Sunday: Fly-fishing clinic, Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch at 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road. Clinics repeat July 12, 19, 26. Tomorrow - Sunday: High Sierra Music Festival, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Friday: Friday night barbecue, 5 - 8:30 p.m., Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch at 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road. All-you-can-eat ribs and chicken, bonfire sing-along with s'mores, wagon rides, horseshoe tournament, horseback rides, swimming. Lo= and tea Pml = ia Plum= & mTa Comtk ! 65 East Sierra Ave, Portola Very Competively Priced No delivery fees, statement fees, or hidden costs. "We live Local, We Shop Local, We Support Local" year Fire Parade starts at 11am Donations benefit to follow. M.V. Fire Dept.! For questions please call Warren at 283-0478 For information: 283-0930.UNION, from page 1A Next week: solidifying our operations in Summer Drama Camp Quincy," he said. for kids. Monday - Friday. Plant manager Chris Skinner added, "Based on First - third grade 10 a.m. - noon, $75; the outcome of this vote, I want to thank my crew for fourth - eighth grade 1 - 4 the trust and confidence p.m., $110. Includes healthy they have shown in SPI. snack. For applications: Now we can look forward to, moving on." Final approval of the decertification has to be Wednesday, July 8: granted by the National Price Right lab screening, Labor Relations Board. The 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Plumes board will review the District Hospital laboratory process used in the election at 1065 Bucks Lake Road. to make sure all of the Physician order required; applicable rules were insurance won't be billed, followed and certify the vote For information: 283-2121. tally. Quincy is the last SPI Third annual Senior sawmill to have had union Summit, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., representation. Several Quincy N utrition Site. other plants voted for their Includes continental decertification in recent years. breakfast, discussion on key subjects, question-and- SPI offers its employees medical and other benefits, answer periods with experts, including a partial match to For information: Plumas any worker's 401k County Senior Services retirement contributions. Director John Rix, 283-3546; Arepresentative for the coordinator Nancy Lund, union did not return a 284-7206. phone call for comment by this newspaper's deadline. 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