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FEAT.HER RI.VER Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Vol. 144, NO. 50 Feather PublisF ounding Areas Since 1866 50 CENTS NO WEAPONS FOUND ON VICTIMS Dan McDonald Staff Writer An investigation into the July 2 shooting death of Susanville resident Rory McGuire, 20, has yet to find evidence that he or the five other men in his car were armed. Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed, 36, of Reno, Nev., faces eight felony counts, including murder, after he admitted opening fire on the Susan- ville men during a car chase. Wallin-Reed, who called the Plumas County Sheriff's Office after the shooting, said the men stole solar lights from his residence along the Janesville grade. Officers later found two solar lights in the men's car. Wallin-Reed said that one of the men in the fleeing car driven by McGuire on that late Saturday night fired a shot at him. "If that was the scenario, the charges that have been filed in this case would have been entirely different," Plumas County District At- torney David Hollister said. "But that scenario (exchange of gunfire) is not something that I have seen from the evidence." Wallin-Reed is charged with murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of an assault weapon. Officers said Wallin-Reed, who is reported to. be a former Army Ranger, had a .380 handgun and an AR-15 assault rifle in his posses- sion. Both of the weapons were equipped with laser sights. An AR-15 is illegal in Cali- fornia. The rifle is similar to the M16 series used by the U.S. military. McGuire, who was shot in the head and hand, was life- flighted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno where he died at 6 p.m. on July 4. Two of the passengers in the car, Justin Smyth and Robert Osornio, sustained gunshot wounds to their lower legs. Smyth, 20, was flown to Enloe hospital in Chico where he reportedly under- went at least one operation for a bullet wound in his calf. He had been listed in serious condition and was released Thursday, July 7. Osornio, 19, was transported to Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, He was soon released with a bullet reportedly still lodged in his lower leg. The other three passengers -- John Chanley, 20; Richard Chanley, 19; and Cesar Gon- zalez, 20 -- escaped serious injury. News of McGuire's death stunned the Susanville com- munity. "This is tragic,'; said Rudy Valentine, owner of Iron Horse Gym where McGuire See Shooting, page 14A Rory McGuire died July 4 at Renown Regional Medical Center after being shot July 2. Photo courtesy McGuire family I DISTRICT CHAMPS The Quincy JlJnior All-Stars do a pre-game cheer to get fired up for their district championship match last Friday, July 8. Quincy defeated Modoc 6-5 to advance to Sectionals this Saturday. For more information, see page 1C. Photo by Shannon Morrow Report takes PUSD to task Mona Hill Staff Writer The 2010-11 Plumas County grand jury devoted the bulk of its 16:page reportto inves- tigative findings and recom- mendations for the Plumas County Board of Education and Plumas Unified School District. A copy of the report is available as a Supplement in this week's paper. The 15-member civil panel The formula incorporates grade level and average daily attendance to arrive at a min- imum per student funding figure that each school dis- trict receives, known as the revenue limit: When a district's property tax income falls below that level, the state tops the dis- trict's revenue to meet the revenue limit. In Plumas County, proper- ty tax revenues exceed the revenue limit amount set by reviews various aspects of the state, a condition known county government toensure as basicaid. accountability or in response In several contentious to citizens' complaints. In addition to schools, this year's jury selected the pro- bation department, sheriff's office and county projects funded with federal stimulus money. District reserve The district targeted a re- serve 45 percent of general fund expenses, as suggested by School Services of Califor- nia following a financial re- view of the district in 2009-10, at a time when it seemed pos- sible the district might fall out of basic aid status. Each year, the state sets a per student revenue amount. school board meetings, par- ents, teachers and concerned community members have complained about a lack of remedial, advanced place- ment and elective classes, as well as not enough sections of required classes to meet stu- dents' needs. They maintain the money is for current stu- dents and challenge the amount of the reserve. Superintendent Glenn Harris contends the district is in danger of becoming a revenue limit district be- cause of falling tax revenues and enrollment. See PUSD, page 15A Officials look for creative responses to inmate shift Housing felons estimated to cost Plumas County $2 million Dan McDonald Staff Writer Editor's Note: This story is the second of a two-part series. Part one was featured July 6. "In Plumas County, if you try to sell meth to my kid, you are going to prison." That comment from Plumas County District At- torney David Hollister echoes the sentiment of most area residents. However, instead of going to the state prison system, nonviolent felons will soon be doing their prison time in the Plumas County Jail. On June 28, Hollister joined Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood and Chief Probation Officer Sharon Reinert for a roundtable dis- cussion about the local impact of Assembly Bill 109. !![l!!!![l!l!J!!l[!!!JJll! [I To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 AB 109, which will be im- plemented Oct. 1, will trans- fer nonviolent felons from the state prison system to the counties. The county's criminal jus- tice community warned the 67 beds at the county jail will quickly be filled with felons. Hollister, Hagwood and Reinert, who have been publicly critical of the new law, talked about some of the problems the county will soon be facing. Among the topics discussed last week was the financial hole AB 109 will create for small counties. Plumas County is sched- uled to get $199,000 from the state to perform a duty (hous- ing felons) that could cost the county close to $2 million. Following are more excerpts from their one-hour discussion. AB 109 is bad legislation Hagwood: It seems to be so consistent with what the Legislature does. They create garbage, put it into law, and then have to go back and fix it. Instead of looking at an issue intelligently, with input from the people it impacts and putting together a "As far as the amount of money we are getting, trying to develop the resources we are going to need, and the quality of services that we are going to need, it's going to be quite the imaginative task to accomplish." Sharon Reinert Chief Probation Officer reasonable, quality piece of work, they just create garbage. It is really, in the 23-plus years that I have been in law enforcement, the single largest change in the way that we fundamentally do business. It is relatively unprecedented. And as Mr. Hollister said, it's just bad legislation. Reinert: It's county dump- ing. Sheriff looks to residents for help Hagwood: I'm in discus- sions right now with entities within the county to clear the way to utilize volunteers to a much greater extent. If, (at) 2 or 3 in the morning, I've got a group of citizens with cellphones and cameras who can be out watching, dri- ving around, taking note if people in communities under- stand we have got groups of citizens out there taking care of their neighborhoods and communities then that is a measure of prevention that I think is essential. We can't just emphasize creativity on one front. It has got to be across the board. I think prevention is in- variably going to play a sig- nificant roll and we are going to ask people in their neigh- borhoods and communities to step up to the plate with us and take an active roll. I think we can craft pro- grams that will bring out the best in people in their neigh- borhoods and communities. We don't need roving pick- up trucks full of people wield- ing ax handles. That's not what we are going to have. But we can have responsible people who are dedicated to their communities working with us and taking a much more active roll in creating an atmosphere that they want in their neighborhoods. Rehabbing felons Reinert: That burden has definitely shifted to us. We are a small community, so unfortunately our resources are very limited. We haven't had an (alcohol and drug) department for more than three years. Those services are in the process of being / re-esta.blished. I But, as far as the amount o/ money weare getting, tryin(J to develop the resources we are going to need, and the quality of services that we are going to need, it's goag to be quite the imaginaffce task to accomplish. Hagwood: There's dental health issues. There'rug and alcohol issues. T]iere's literacy and educatnal issues. Vocational)bb- training issues. -- The bottom lin{is it takes money to fd those / programs. It takes staffto administer those programs. We don't have them now. And the county's not in a position financially to hire a significant number of people to make that all happen. How do you maintain the officers' morale? Hagood: You lead by exampie. You need to set the bar with your own attitude. Andff your staff members see fou as discouraged or disgruntled or frustrated... tlt can be contagious. JAll of us have to stay ositive and professional. We know that we are going to succeed. Failure is not an option. And we try to instill that in our staff. Reinert: I think with my staff, I'm in a position where I can involve them a lot with brainstorming ideas on developing the services and what things are going to look like. So they are going to be part of the decision making. I think that is going to help. They voiced their concerns. ... Especially with safety issues. Hagwood: The reality is See Inmates, page 13A ................ . .