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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter wednesday, July 30, 2014 =11 LAW t)RDER Law enf,)z'cement c:}operation keeps o00!r community sd fer Thank you for your continued support during this busy season. I am particularly appreciative of the collaboration and cooperation by our local law enforcement.agencies in helping create as safe a community as possible for those who live, work and play in Plumas County. We are now approaching a crucial time as some of our public safety partners work through the county budget process while attempting to climb back toward minimum staffing levels. While the excellent efforts are always appreciated, it is unrealistic to believe our deputies and officers can continue to meet their obligations indefinitely with staffing levels at such a strained level. I remain optimistic our local government will come together in the coming months to assure public safety is set forth as Plumas County's No. 1 priority and we are able to continue the momentum in securing a suitable level of staffing for public safety. Below is a sampling Of some of the recent cases investigated and prosecuted CRIMINAL CASE UPDATE DAVID HOLLISTER District Attorney in Plumas County. People v. Eric Pfister On July 11, Eric Pfister, age 35, of Quincy, was convicted of a felony violation of assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury. Pfister was immediately sentenced to two years in state prison and his probation case was terminated as unsuccessful. Pfister had been out of custody for one day when he consumed alcohol and became engaged in an argument with a woman. Pfister proceeded to grab the woman by the throat and push her onto a couch. Pfister fled when police were called but was later apprehended after a short foot chase. People v. Marty Ashley On July 11, Marty Ashley, 53, of Chester, was sentenced to two years in state prison. On May 9, Ashley was convicted of felony domestic violence and admitted he had previously suffered a prior conviction for the same type of offense. As part of his sentence, Judge Ira Kaufman also ordered Ashley to stay away from the victim for 10 years. Ashley was arrested after a Feb. 5 incident in which he broke the ribs of his live-in girlfriend during an assault. The victim was initially desirous of prosecution but later became uncooperative. People v. Victor Simonson II On July 25, Victor Simonson, 33, of Portola, was sentenced to eight years in state prison following his May 16 conviction£or felony child endangerment. Simonson also admitted he had suffered a previous conviction resulting in a state prison sentence and that he committed this offense while out of custody pending sentencing on another felony. Simonson had been released on his own recognizance following a felony domestic violence conviction when he was spotted driving erratically on Highway 70 through Sierra Valley. Simonson eventually crashed into a ditch after nearly causing a head-on collision with another motorist. When a good Samaritan stopped to help, Simonson drove off at a high speed. When he was finally stopped by California Highway Patrol it was discovered Simonson was traveling with a 10-month-old child who was only partially secured in a child safety seat. Simonson was also found to have had a blood alcohol content of 0.25 -- over three times the legal limit. People v. Danielle Failing On July 25, Danielle Charise Failing, 35, of Quincy, was placed on three years of formal probation, ordered to serve 210 days in county jail and ordered to pay fines and restitution• totaling more than $15,000. On July 2, Failing had been convicted of felony welfare fraud stemming from an investigation that revealed she had been receiving benefits for her daughter from 2008 to 2013 though her daughter did not live with her. People v. Richard Lynn On July 25, Richard Franklin Lynn II, 23, of Pioneer, was convicted of four counts of felony auto burglary and one count of felony possession of stolen property. Franklin remains in custody and is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 29. Franklin was arrested following an investigation that determined Franklin had broken into vehicles parked at trailheads in the Lakes Basin area on three separate occasions. While Franklin has no prior criminal history, is relatively young and assisted in recovering some of the property, the serious nature of these offenses necessitated the convictions to multiple felonies. The safety of our residents and visitors is crucial to creating and maintaining a prosperous Plumas County. People v. Anthony,Rose On July 25, Anthony Edward Rose Jr., 23, of Chester, was convicted of a felony violation of assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury. Rose also admitted he was on probation at the time {if'his current offense. Rose is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 19, when it b; expected he will receive a sentence of four years and eight months in state prison. Rose was arrested May 1'7 following a dispute that began in the Lassen Club bar and carried out on to the street. During the altercation Rose severely beat the victim, causing multiple facial fractures and lacerations and leaving the victim unconscious. Cases of interest There are a number of upcoming cases of interest. Some include the following: People v. Nazira Maria Cross (homicide case), in process of extraditing from Peru. People v. Kenneth Stringfellow (homicide case), Nov. 3 jury trial. People v. Leanna Moore (Indian Valley Community Services District embezzlement), Sept. 12 sentencing. CliP, from page 2B ride it to a stop. He could feel that his leg was broken and motioned for the next motorcycle behind him to stop. Soon his friends arrived and assisted him to Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. His motorcycle was towed back to Folsom with the help of his friends on scene. Main Street, Greenville, July 19 At approximately 10:20 a.m., Phillip H. Johnson, 70, of Oroville, was driving his purple 1937 Chevrolet Coupe eastbound on Main Street in Greenville, participating in the Gold Diggers Parade. In front of Johnson's vehicle, Randy Hovland, 56, of Greenville, was driving his light blue 1966 Ford pickup that had been converted into a Redneck Hot Tub with two teenage girls bathing in the hot tub and shooting water guns at the crowd. Johnson was stopped at the intersection with Highway 89 by the Plumas County Sheriffs Department, waiting for cross traffic to pass by on Highway 89. Johnson was released, but his Chevrolet stalled in the intersection. Johnson :estarted it and was revving t up to get it going again. : Johnson accidentally released his brake and the .vehicle lunged forward. Johnson was unable to stop €he vehicle before it hit Iovland's pickup. The 'impact threw one of the bathers in the hot tub .forward, but she was We can assist with all your building needs - from plans to the finished product 00ATTY (530) 283-2035 P.O. BOX 1369 QUINCY, CA 95971 LIC. #453927 not injured. Johnson was able to move his Chevrolet to the south shoulder of Main Street. Hovland moved his pickup onto Pine Street and stopped about half a block south of Main Street. No injuries were sustained during the collision. Ann and Bidwell streets, Greenville, July 19 At approximately 12:05 p.m., Karla Harmina, 50, of Pine Grove, was test-driving a 2007 Special Construction three-wheeled motorcycle, owned by Flying Monkey, in Greenville. Harmina turned from northbound Highway 89 (Ann Street) onto eastbound Bidwell Street. Harmina then decided to conduct a U-turn and drive the motorcycle back to Flying Monkey. As Harmina was making her turn, the motorcycle started to slow down like it was going to die. Harmina gave a sudden acceleration to the motorcycle and she lost control of it. FREE ] ,€2 Rugged Adventure Duffle With your AAA Insurance €ote Call us today! Insurance - Travel Membership / Bob Phelps Insurance Agent Lic #0579096 252-5014 Fax 257-3762, Cell 386-3515 emait: robert.phelps@go,.com 2920 D Main St., Susanville CA The motorcycle then drove over the "Bidwell St./Ann St." street sign and impacted with the right rear corner of a parked Ford F-250 pickup which was legally parked on the east shoulder of Highway 89 just north of Bidwell Street. After the collision, Harmina backed the motorcycle onto Bidwell Street where it broke down. The collision resulted in moderate damage to both vehicles anda minor injury to Harmina. Harmina was wearing a lap belt and a helmet and those safety measures protected her from further injury. Portola-McLears Road, July 19 At 3:04 pm., Lori Lotts, 36, of Reno, Nevada, was driving her 2000 Toyota Corolla on Portola-McLears Road at approximately 40 mph. As she passed Beckwourth Peak Road, she became confused and began to follow a small frontage road that led away from the main portion. Lotts quickly realized her mistake and made a quick turning movement to the left. The car began to fishtail and careened towards the north shoulder. The car continued in the dirt before flipping onto its roof. Lotts exited the car through a broken window and called for CHP assistance. Highway 70, July 22 At approximately 10:10 a.m., Jason A. Blust, 39, of Quincy, was driving his 2000 Ford F-350 eastbound on Highway 70 in a construction Norm Brovelli Handmade Furniture! Now available at:, 2019 East Main Street, Quincy 283-2929 www.quincyhotspot.com Tues-Fri * 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat • lOam-4pm, Closed • Sun & Mon zone west of Greenhorn Ranch Road, at a stated speed of 40 mph. Blust was the last vehicle in the group of vehicles being escorted by Caltrans through the construction zone. Blust took his attention away from the roadway by looking down. When Blust looked back up, the vehicles in front of him were slowing to a stop. Due to Blust driving at an unsafe speed for a construction zone, according to the CHP report, he was unable to stop his truck in time to avoid a collision. The front end of the Ford collided into the back end of a stopped 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe being driven by Jerry Thrall, 62, of Greenville. The impact from the F-350 colliding into the Hyundai pushed the Hyundai forward. causing it to collide with a 1998 Ford Ranger being driven by Zachary Revene. 34, of Greenville. 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