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4A Tuesday, July 3, 2001 Court and County News F a, er +er m By Dave Keller Staff Wnter A Quincy man who is wor- ried about the future of his basketball career was or- dered last week to serve six months in the Plumas Coun- ty Correctional Center on a domestic violence charge. The punishment, part of be- ing placed on felony proba- tion for three years, was is- sued by Superior Court Judge Ira R. Kaufman. Chris Thompson tried to convince Kaufmar to be le- nient, but the judge rejected the defendant's pleas for less time in jail. Thompson's attorney, Doug Prouty, said that his client's offense was a case of rough- housing that escalated into something more. son at their schools, ous effort to improve his Prouty said that, while grades during summer school Thompson does not want toat FRC. avoid paying the price for the But Kaufman said he was Prouty saJ he was con- offense, the formei" Feather troubled by the request for cerned that six l p.nths in jail River College player does not less time. would rebuff the three college want to hurt his future. In fact, the judge said he basketball programs that are Prouty also said that briefly considered giving interested in having Thomp- Thompson is making a seri- Thompson more time in jail because he y ing probation on fenses. was The judge also not impressed by academic efforts. said "This young man is to school just to play ball," Kaufman said. m By Dave Keller Court Judge Garrett Olneyto by Deputy District Attor- The Portola residents were ine Kaufman's ruling by the Staff Wnter has set a Monday, July 23, ney Jeff Cunan no later than ordered to answer to the drug defense, determined the or- Pretrial motions are due deadline for defense attor- July 27. lab charges following a hear- der was legally correct. later this month in a two-de- neys George Zube and Robert Portola's Raymond and ing in December. At trial, the district attor- fendant felony drug case, Zernich to file the pretrial Joella Tiradeau face allega- The order, issued by Judge ney is expected to argue that which is scheduled to be motions, tions of making meth, pos- Ira Kaufman, was challenged the Tiradeaus helped operate placed in front of a jury on The motions, which set sessing the ingredients used in March by Zube and Zer-a druglab. Aug. 14. some of the ground rules for to make meth and other relat- nich. But the defense is expected Plumas County Superior the trial, must be responded edcharges. But Olney, asked to exam-to tell the jury that there is Dave Keller Staff Wdter A jury trial for Dr. Richard Musselman, the former Indi- an Valley Hospital surgeon, is scheduled to start Sept. 10 in front of retired Butte County Judge Ann Ruther- ford. Before the trial, however, By Victoria Me, calf Staff Wnter After weighing the options, members of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors moved to implement its own independent Certified Uni- fied Program Agency (CUPA) for vat iuus hazardous mate- rials management and regu- latory programs. To qualify for a new rural CUPA Reimbursement Ac- count, made available to ,rur- al counties by the legislature, Plumas County needed to submit a letter of intent to the state by June 30. The letter was approved by the board June 19. An applica- tion for program certification must be completed by Aug. 31. To operate state-mandated CUPA programs, rural coun- ties, including Plumas, have had to rely on user fees to businesses who access the services, or general fund con- tributions. Seventy-five percent of pro- gram costs up to $60,000 are available per year to imple- ment the program, according By Dave Keller Staff Writer The jury trial for accused marijuana grower Joseph C. Robinson is scheduled for Ju- ly 24 in Plumas County Supe- rior Court. Veteran trial lawyer Dou- glas Prouty has been appoint- ed the public defender for Robinson, who parted compa- ny with previous attorney John Duree two months ago. Robinson was originally slated for trial without a jury on May 1, but Judge Garrett Olney agreed to postpone it when the defendant was able to convince him he was not fully informed when he agreed to have his case heard by a judge rather than a jury. Robinson will not be al- lowed to mount what is known as a necessity defense. That's because Olney, who will conduct the trial, ruled that Robinson's reasoning does not concur with the law. Robinson has argued that he grew and intended to sell marijuana because he saw an imminent medical emer- gency. But voters, when they pass Proposition 215, never intend- ed for there to be a black mar- ket such as the one advocated by Robinson, Olney ruled. FEATHE ER Postal Service: usPfi (Na 188-550.) Pe~