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4B Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter .AW and ORDER CliP information officer named to investigation team Dan McDonald Managing Editor After a year and a half as public information officer for the local California Highway Patror, Brodie Mitchell is moving to Redding for a new and challenging assignment. Mitchell has been selected to be a member of the CHP's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT). In his new post, Mitchell will conduct in-depth investigations of major traffic collisions throughout the state. It's a highly specialized team that rarely has openings. Mitchell said he has been working assignments that would prepare him for consideration to join the Northern Division MAIT. Mitchell's team is responsible for 13 counties in Northern California. "One positive aspect of this assignment is that Plumas County is still under my jurisdiction," Mitchell said. "I'll hopefully have many chances to come back to the area and visit with everyone." Mitchell, a Grass Valley native, said his stay in Plumas County will leave him with a lasting impression and fond memories. As the information officer he became, in many ways, the face of the local CHP. Among his many duties, he also coordinated the popular Every 15 Minutes program with the local high schools. "I wish all the students I met throughout the Every 15 Minutes program good luck in their futures, which I believe are very bright," Mitchell said. "I wish I could name all of the people that have become friends and have made my tour as public information officer in Plumas County a success, but that list would be immense," he added. One of Mitchell's goals when he began the public information job in the Quincy office in spring 2013 was to help improve the CHP's relationship with the public. He said the Quincy squad continues to stress that g0al. He said the local CHP is a hardworking team and very dedicated to the county's well-being. "I wish the Quincy CHP squad continuing success in keeping the citizens of Plumas County safe," Mitchell said. "They work hard in the middle of the night when it seems like nobody else in the world is awake, until a call comes out." Mitchell, CHP Commander Lt. Joe Edwards and the Greenville man convic:ted of felony assault Greenville resident George - Catlett pleaded guilty Friday, Aug. 8, in Plumas County Superior Court in Quincy, of felony assault and an enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury. Catlett, 46, is expected to be sentenced Sept. 19 to five years in state prison. Catlett was arrested July 21 after badly injuring 62-year-old Evergreen Market co-worker Dennie Wright. According to the District Attorney's Office, Catlett and Wright were arguing when Catlett unexpectedly struck Wright, knocking him to the ground. After Wright got up and walked back into the store, Catlett reportedly struck him again. Wright was initially treated for facial injuries by South Lassen EMS paramedics. However, as he was being transported to the hospital, his condition significantly worsened. He was flown to Enloe Medical Center in Chico. Wright's condition improved after arriving at Enloe and he was released days later. District Attorney David Hollister thanked Deputy Phil Shannon and Sgt. Todd Johns for their work in the investigation. He also thanked the Evergreen Market ownership and staff for their assistance and cooperation. Hollister said he wishes Wright "a continued and speedy recovery." Collectibles in and around Plumas County The Hummingbird Antiques & Colleetibles • Specializing in California and Other Pottery Glassware, Kitchenware, Dishes, Rockingham, Sewing Paraphernalia, ,Bottles, Miscellany 71993 Hwy 70, 3Mlles West of P0rtola, CA 5301832-0104 Barbara Delano i o p C(o)nme ss ]P]la(ce Sec(o)ndl ]Hlunldl Tlrelssulress • Antiques • Collectibles • Used Furniture • Books • Household Items • Jewelry Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm 72850 Hwy. 70 • 3 Miles West of Portola • 530-249-1745 Looking for the perfect gift? something unique? Find it here! STUFF N THINGS "Where the Past meets the Present" 530-788-8240 OPEN: Wednesday through SundRy at 11 a.m. Useful Items - New and Old - Gifts 213 Main St. Hwy 49 • Loyalton CA 96118 Crescent Country j  Mills, (530) 284-6016 .u .', ,,. I S  !est .... lll"'"sa"vll Falr Saturday, Au Susanville Airport • Vintage AircraFt • Flybys • Classic ears • Aerial Firefiohtin 9 • Radio Control Airplane Demonstrations Demonstrations For more information call Susanville Aviation 257-20301 • Helicopter Rides squad's officers and staff have embraced an "open door" policy with the public. Mitchell said it's a policy the squad continues to emphasize. He said good, honest communication is extremely important in a small community. "I hope that all my friends and members of the community remember that with a little patience and communication we strengthened our bond and began to work in unison," Mitchell said. "Kudos to us all." Mitchell's last day in the Quincy office will be Thursday, Aug. 21. His replacement hasn't Brodie Mitchell been announced. He said his duties will be absorbed by other officers until someone is named to fill his post. CHP REPORT The following incidents are submitted by Quincy CHP as a tentative summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s). Feather River Canyon, Aug. 5 At approximately 6:03 a.m., Richard Smith, 41, of Clovis, was driving his 1996 Toyota 4Runner westbound on Highway 70 just east of Rock Creek Dam, at a stated speed of 45 - 50 mph. While proceeding through a left curve, Smith encountered rocks within the westbound lane and Subsequently lost control of his vehicle. The 4Runner veered across the eastbound lane, continued across the south shoulder and into. the reservoir. The vehicle quickly became fully submerged in the reservoir. While beneath the water, Smith managed to free himself from the vehicle and swim to the surface. A short time later, a passing motorist stopped to assist Smith and called for emergency personnel. The collision remains under investigation. August is Child Suppo t Awareness Month Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently recognized August as Child Support Awareness Month and reminded noncustodial parents of the critical importance of staying • involved with their children. "Children are our future," said Brown in a letter. "Supporting our state's children today will guarantee they have a rewarding and productive future." Children do better when they are able to maintain meaningful relationships with both parents. Yet, many noncustodial parents are minimally engaged with their children. A 2013 U.S. Census Bureau study reported that nearly two-thirds of noncustodiarparents have little or no contact with 1 We can assist with all your building needs - from plans to the finished product BINCE 1984 m (530) 283-2035 P.O. Box 1369 QUINCY, CA 95971 LIc. #453927 their children. "Children with actively engaged, nurturing parents - grow up to be better off socially, emotionally, academically and financially," said California Department of Child Support Services Director Alisha Griffin. To encourage parents to stay involved, the department, in partnership with the 51 local child support agencies in counties throughout the state, is commemorating this year's Child Support Awareness Month by spreading its message: "On the road of life, their future starts with yOU." Children have a right to be supported by both parents for their financial, medical and emotional needs. The department's mission is to enhance the well-being of children and the self-sufficiency of families by providing child-support services. Last year, the department and local child support agencies collected and distributed more than $2.3 billion in child support on behalf of approximately 1.4 million children and families that participate in the California Child Support Program. Plumas County remains one of the top 10 performing counties in California, and the local office is ready to assist with the following. --Establishment of paternity. --Establishment of medical and/or child-support orders. --Enforcement of existing or newly established orders. Staffers strive to offer easy terms for driver or professional license release. For applications or more information, visit the office at 522 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971 or call 866-901-3212. I