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4B Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter LAW AND ORDER CHP REI RT she was unable to negotiate . According to the CHP re- the left turn in the roadway, port, as he entered the Ele- Struck parked vehicle, The Mazda left the west road phant Butte Tunnel at approx- July 27 edge, colliding with a dirt em- imately 30 mph, Carta allowed At 10 a.m Marianna Hool- bankment and a pine tree. The his vehicle to drift to the horst, 89, of Taylorsville, was Mazda received major damage south side of the tunnel, strik- driving a 2007 Toyota Camry from the collision. Quintana ing the tunnel wall. Carta westbound on Main Street in left the Mazda onthe west then turned his vehicle to the Greenville. Hoolhorst made a shoulder and fled the scene, right and crossed into the left turn in front of Country Quintana did not report the westbound lane and struck Style Hair Salon to pull into Collision to CHP. A witness re- the north tunnel wall, where an open parking space, ported the collision and CHP his vehicle came to an abrupt She did not allow sufficient investigated the incident, stop. clearance for a parked vehicle Quintana was later located at Both Carta and his passen- and struck it with the front of her residence and provided a ger received major injuries her Camry. Instead of brak- statement. Quintana did not and were airlifted from the ing, according to the Califor- report any injuries, scene; Carta was transported nia Highway Patrol report, to Rideout Memorial Hospital Hoolhorst inadvertently hit Motorcycle hit deer, July 31 in Marysville, and his passen- the gas pedal and pushed the At approximately 9:47 a.m ger was taken to Enloe Hospi- parked vehicle into the front Gerald Pade, 50, of Seattle, tal in Chico. His passenger's of the building, causing rood- Wash was riding a 1987 Hon- injuries were fatal. crate damage, da Interceptor motorcycle Neither party was wearing No injuries were reported, westbound on Highway 70 ap- a seat belt. Carta stated that proaching the eastern town he thought his headlights Truck hit deer, July 29 limits of Quincy at approxi- went out because he couldn't At 1:07 p.m Thelma Olson, mately 60 mph. see when he entered the dark 75, of Meadow Valley, was dri- According to the CHP re- tunnel. ring a 2004 Chevrolet K1500 port, a deer suddenly and un- west on Bucks Lake Road, expectedly ran from the north CeUphone, Aug. 5 west of Bellamy Lane, at 45 shoulder directly into the path At approximately 12:22 a.m mph. of the Honda. Pade swerved Donald Fradette, 60, of Port- According to the CHP re- slightly towards the center of land, Ore was driving a 1997 port, a deer ran from the the roadway in an attempt to Ford F-150 southbound on north into the westbound avoid the deer, but the animal Highway 395 at a speed of 70 lane, directly into the path of continued running south to- mph. the Chevrolet. Due to the close wards him. The front of the According to the CHP re- proximity of the deer, Olson Honda hit the deer, causing fa- port, Fradette took his atten- was not able to stop prior to tal injuries to the deer. The tion from the roadway to colliding with the deer. As a bike went down onto its right make a cellular phone call. As result, the front right side of side, ejecting Pade. he was attempting to complete the vehicle struck the deer, The bike came to rest in the his phone call, he allowed the causing fatal injuries to the eastbound lane of Highway 70. vehicle to drift off of the road- animal. Passing motorists stopped and way and into the center dirt Olson then pulled over to moved Pade and his bike from median. He lost control of the the north shoulder and called the roadway and then called truck, causing it to overturn 911. CHP arrived shortly after 911 to report the accident, several times before comingto to document the collision. O1- Pade received major injuries rest on its wheels in the road- son was not injured, during the collision and was way. admitted to Plumas District While Fradette's .vehicle Collision, July 29 Hospital in Quincy for treat- overturned, the entire load of As reported by the CHP, at - ment. Star Trek memorabilia he was approximately 4:45 p.m An- transporting in the bed of the gelica Quintana, 24, of Porto- Collision in tunnel, July 31 truck was ejected and spread la, was driving a 2008 Mazda 3 William Carta, 78, of Yuba out for approximately 200 feet at a high rate of speed south- City, was traveling westbound on the highway. The south- bound on Grizzly Road, just on Highway 70 in the Feather bound lanes were shut down north of Burnham Ranch River Canyon in a 1964 for approximately45 minutes Road. Chevrolet pickup. At around due to the collision. A witness observed Quin- 1:50 p.m he was in a line of The cause of this collision is tana cross over the doubleyel- vehicles following a pilot car still under investigation. low line into the northbound through road construction. Fradette was wearing a seat lane, almost colliding with the Traffic was being escorted belt; he was treated for minor witness's vehicle. Due to westbound in the eastbound injuries and released at the Quintana's high rate of speed, lane. scene. ua wire A California Correctional by received $15,635 in wire Center (CCC) officer who al- transfers from inmates' fami- legedly received thousands of lies and associates in return dollars from inmates' fami- for smuggling cellphones and lies in return for smuggling tobacco into CCC. When Kir- cellphones and tobacco into by was arrested, he was al- the Susanville facility has legedly in possession of wire been sentenced, receipts and a new cellphone. In a press release July 23, He confessed he had been ac- Benjamin Wagner, United cepting $150 for each cell- States district attorney for phone that he smuggled to an the Eastern District of Call- inmate. fornia, announced that Bob- In sentencing, United States by Joe Kirby, 54, of Reno, District Judge William B. Nev was sentenced to 18 Shubb said the fact Kirby re- months in prisom and a ceived bribes distinguished $15,635 forfeitut:ejudgment, his case from mere contra- According to. court docu- band smuggling. Kirby had ments, Kirby pleaded guilty suggested his contraband to honest services wire fraud smuggling to a minimum se- Nov. 14, 2011. curity facility was less serious It is alleged that between than some other cases. June 2010 and June 2011, Kir- In response, Shubb told Kirby, "It's not up to you to decide who gets a cellphone. There is a good reason why (prisoners) are not allowed to have cellphones." Wagner said, "A law en- forcement officer represents a profound public trust. More than a hundred times for more than a year, Bobby Joe Kirby breached that for personal gain. What he did absolutely requires that he cross to the other side of the bars he once guarded." This case is the product of a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investiga- tion and the California De- partment of Corrections. As- sistant United States Attor- ney Matthew D. Segal prose- cuted the Case. Emergency dispatchers deserve credit "911, what is your emer- gency?" Fire and police dis- patchers are the unknown he- roes in the emergency ser- vices world. The public does not read about them in the newspaper or see them on TV but the police officers, medics and firefighters depend on them for their lives and the lives of the people in the com- munity who need help. I was a dispatcher for the Reno Police and Fire Depart- ment for 17 years. It was a challenging career. Kim Rig- den wrote an article in Emer- gency Number Professional Magazine, August 2009, that jOkingly gives a job descrip- tion for emergency services dispatchers: "Help Wanted: 911 Dispatch- er. Applicants must be easily irritated by (inappropriate) 911 calls; phone slamming and swearing an asset. Must be able to survive on donuts for breakfast, greasy takeout food in the wee hours and gallons of coffee. Punctuality and good attendance are not re- quired, but working overtime is essential. Remuneration: not nearly enough to put up with all this." OK, there is some truth to this. Dispatching is a stress- filled job. Nobody calls 911 be- cause they are having a good day. Occasionally the 911 sys- tem is not used appropriately, like when there is an earth- quake and the phone lines light up with callers asking, "Was that an earthquake?" The frustration here is that if someone had a real emergency they may not get the help they need because of all the non- emergency calls. Then there is FIRE & RESCUE 4II LESLIE ROGERS Beckw0urth Fire Department the fact that I am a dispatcher not a seismologist. Dispatchers are the lifeline for first responders and the public. Communication is the main goal. Dispatchers keep track of police officers so they can send assistance if needed. They also relay important infor- mation so an officer knows if he or she is going into a dangerous situation and so firefighters know if someone is trapped in a burning building or if there are reports of hazardous materials involved in a vehicle accident on the highway. Dispatchers are protective of their officers and firefight- ers and feel responsible for their safety. Mistakes in com- munication do happen. Com- munity members are not gen- erally trained in how to han- dle a crisis. The dispatcher's job is to calm the person down so important information can be obtained. The caller is hav- ing the worst day of his or her life and is justifiably upset and having difficulty in com- municating the correct loca- tion of the emergency. Local- ly, in the Portola area alone there are about five or six Grizzly roads: Old Grizzly, Grizzly Ranch, Grizzly Creek- Ranch, Grizzly Way, South Grizzly and Grizzly Road. In an emergency many callers get frustrated with the dispatcher. I frequently was told by callers, "Quit asking questions and just send some- one!" It is important to re- member that the dispatcher is asking questions for a reason. In order to give the best ser- vice for the emergency being reported and for the safety of first responders certain ques- tions have to be asked. Where are you? Cellphones do not give locations. Help cannot be sent if we don't know where you are. Children should be taught to memorize their home addresses. Are there any weapons? This is important for the Safe- ty of responding firefighters, medics and police officers. The fire department and emergency medical service personnel cannot respond into a medical situation where there are safety questions without law enforcement go- ing in first. Not answering the question can delay help. Why do dispatchers stay in such a stressful job? Carolyn Baer, who has spent more than 20 years working in the field, said: "It's hard to put into words. Not everyone can do this job. We have a gift in being able to help the public in a way oth- ers can't. Sometimes remem- bering difficult calls can still make me cry, but I go back to work. The biggest thing is I am there to help people in need, going through the most horrible thing that has hap- pened in their life." The emergency services system would not work with- out the dispatchers who care about helping people and keeping first responders safe. Shelter hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8am-5pm, closed 1-2pm for lunch and @~@ closed weekends. Plumas Animal Services charges a $I0 fee and license fees are $5 per year. An officer will deliver a pet to the adopting party's veterinary of choice to have the animal Q~O altered in completion of the adoption requirement. 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