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4A Wednesday, July 11,2001 Criminal Justice News ~,~u, m m m m mm P By Dave Keller Staff Walter A Plumas County jail in- mate has been transferred to High Desert State Prison af- ter he allegedly tried to es- cape• According to Sheriff Len Gardner, Gregory Varlomoff tried to use mustard to erode the foundation around a win. dow in hopes of escaping. Gardner said such a method damaged county property, but was not a vi- "anescape threat." able threat in freeing Var- In addition, the judge said lomoff, the defendant has indicated Gardner said the sheriff's'~that he "does not feel safe in department asked for the 6~ail." transfer because it sees Var- Even so, Varlomoffs attor- lomoff as a threat to jail se- ney, Dale Wood, raised con- curity, cerns about the move. Plumas County Superior Wood said the move to the Court Judge Ira R. Kaufman prison would make it diffi- agreed. The judge signed pa- cult for him to consult with pets June29 approvingGard- Varlomoff because of a her's request, lengthy drive between his of- Kaufman called Varlomoff fice in Truckee and the prison in Susanville. ing arrest and reckless dri- That increases the chancesving. that Varlomoff's right to Varlomoff was arrested af- counsel will be compromised• ter he allegedly tried to run Kaufman agreed to bring over two women with a car in Varlomoff back to the county East Quincy. jail a day before his nextThe defendant could go to court appearance, which isprison for four years for the set for July 20. alleged offenses. Wood said such an accom- Witnesses say Varlomoff modation would help. missed his intended targets, Varlomoff has pled not lost control of the vehicle, guilty to charges of assault drove into a fence on the cor- with a deadly weapon, resist- net of Redberg and Weldon By Dave Keller dent. sitting by a river bank, with Staff Wnter Kaufman turned away de- cuts on her cheeks and blood Troy Meadors, of Chester, fense attorney Bill Abram-trickling from her nose. was ordered last week to an- son's request to dismiss the Smith said that Meadors swer to a felony count of charges against Meadors and his wife, who were re- spousal abuse, over a procedural miscue by cently married at the time of The order was issued by Deputy District Attorney the incident, had been drink- Plumas County Superior GaryMcGowan. ing alcohol prior to the al- Court Judge Ira R. Kaufman. Smith said that Meadors leged abuse. Kaufman based his deci- struck his wife at least twice Before Kaufman's decision, sion on testimony from during an argument, which clears the way for a ju- Deputy Mike Smith, who in-Smith said that, when theyry trial, Abramson argued vestigated the July 2000 inci- found Meador's wife, she was that the only evidence sub- mitted by Smith was that he discovered an injured woman sitting by a river. He also argued that Mc- Gowan failed to link Meadors to the offense. As a result, Kaufman al- lowed McGowan to recall Smith, who then testified that the alleged victim blamed Meadors for the injuries. Meadors also faces a proba- tion violation allegation. The Central Plumas five community recreation ation and Park District's Recreation and Park Dis- entities is now in the community recreation plan trict was recently awarded process of implementing includesa a $25,000 recreation pro- their respective community wide variety of recreation gram and facility grant for recreation acUon plans over activities that promote the fiscal year 2001/02. 15 months. As part of a col- healthy lifestyles, includ- The grant funding, which laborative effort, the four ing: was approved by the district hospitals in Plumas • Swim team Plumas County Board of Su- County are also participat- • Water aerobics pervisors in April, comes ing in the utilization of To- • Lap swimming from a portion of approxi- bacco Master Settlement * Family swim mately $220,000 in Tobacco Agreement funds, Boland . Swim lessons Master Settlement Agree- added. Where the various. • Summer Adventure Series ment funds awarded to community recreation ac-for youths -- hikes, ice skat- Plumas County each year tion plans focus on illness ing, waterslides for a period of 25 years, ac- prevention through healthy • Chair aerobics for seniors cording to Recreation and recreation activities, • Dance aerobics for mature Park District Administrator lifestyles and choices, the women Jim Boland. hospital districts are utiliz- • Seniors adventure trip to "To become eligible for ing their Tobacco MasterLakeTahoe the Tobacco Master Settle- Settlement Agreement • Teen dance and swim ment Funds, recreation dis- funds to provide treatment nights tricts and similar entities for individuals already af- • Acquisition of shade struc- representing each of the flicted by tobacco-related ill- tures to prevent skin cancer five developed communities ness and disease. • Establishment of tobacco of Plumas County prepared "Those of us in the recre- free zones in parks community recreation ac- ation services community• Preschool summer camp tion plans, with a strong are thrilled to be coUaborat- • Youth soccer camp emphasis placed on the pro- ing with the hospital dis- • Adult softball league motion of healthy activities, tricts to make the best com- • Youth soccer league lifestyles and personal bined use of the Tobacco• Family barbecue nights choices," Bolandstated. Master Settlement Agree-For more information The recreation action merit Funds, and to the about how you can register plans were reviewed and ul- greatest benefit of our re- for any of these programs, timately approved for a spective communities," or help sustain them, con- one-year period, through Bolandsaid. tact Jim Boland at the the Plumas County Health recreation administrative Department. Each of the The Central Plumas Recre- officeat 283-3278. By Dave Keller Staff Writer Because of alleged errors in court records, the deadline for convicted killer Michael E. Franklin to file an opening brief for his appeal has been extended. The new deadline, which is tentative, is now the first week in September. The deadline was originally March 26, but has been since extended to May 29 and then to June 28. Robert Bacon, Franklin's appellate attorney, contends that the court's records may contain errors. A date of July 20 has been tentatively set in Plumas County Superior Court to re- solve some of the issues. Visit our FEATHE R Postal Service: USPS (N~ 188-550.) Pe~dcais postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 555 W, Main St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box 8, Quincy, CA 95971. .Office is open Mon•-Fri., 8 a.m• to 5 p.m. How to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. E-Mail Web Page Ownership and Heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumes National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin, May 16, 1892) subse- quently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, wi~ich merged with the Plumes Independent (1892-1945) on June 7, 1945. Published weekly. 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Wood became VII_ attorney when the~ asked Kaufman to ~o previous lawyer, t=~ Zernich. ~000 m, By Dave Keller Staff Wdter The Plumas County Board of Supervisors said they hate the idea of accepting a $300,000 federal grant, partly because it comes with strings attached. Even so, the supervisors admitted ~hat the grant will do some good for the proba- tion department and backed the plan. Only Bill Dennison voted against the grant, which re- quired the board to allocate about $33,000 from the gen- eral fund to meet the re- quirements of the grant. Dennison and the others said they are troubled be- cause the grant requires Chief Probation Officer Tom Frady to spend all the mon- ey by Sept. 30• Dennison called it "not a good practice" and "not a good use of American mon- ey." The other supervisors said they essentially agreed with Dennison, but they de- cided to give their approval because it is allowing Frady and his staff to make some badly needed improve- ments. For example, ment will be new computers to the outdated which are so old not run standard ~ The department ~ Editor be able to buy new ~Pluma dios, phones and vel~ct (P[ Meanwhile, the ~adget, ment will spend a~ state the money for adv~ are c~ ments on juvenile ~g posi space, Frady said. ~hers Being able to ~Y just space ahead of time | when chief lure for most ~at is pervisors, includi~t two : Pearson, who sarc$lstant called the grant "d Meek out." ~ anot Frady said it is Spns in| • (and twist that hiS esting was eligible ~r Th:ment money .... _~nool i Plumas could reo]~ an" n "t~' mo ey because ~ ~tldin- an $8,000 grant tw~-~.u~' ago. l)roble The money also ~ , "71ext fe, able because $1.3 n~.~one i funds was returne~ s" : state agency that $~v u uted the money on I~ the federal Plun en aw ~hip MorganStanley RICHARD D. LEONHARDT Financial Advisor • Retirement Planning • College Savings Plans • Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds Uates COUl 800 IY-- . 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