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Vol. 148, No. 3 www.plumasnews.com . 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Aug.27, 2014 50 August Fest soccer , tournament at Quincy High School and Feather" River College showcased high school teams from around the area./Page 1C Prep sports begin - Local high schools kick off their sports seasons this week. Check out the team previews in this week's Sports and Recreation section,/ Pages 6 and 7C A real tough mudder - Beer never tasted as good as the one a Quincy grandmother enjoyed after finishing an 11-mile test of strength and endurance./Page 1B Catching a killer - Forest Service Officer Chris Holland will never forget what happened after he questioned a man digging a hole in the wo0dthree years ago./Page 4B Editorial: Lifesavers - That's whatpolice officers and mental health workers are being called after thwarting a suicide attempt last week./Page 8B Early deadlines To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Sheriff pledges to excavate local well Hagwood clarifies he doesn't need approval to search site for human remains Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Sheriff Greg Hagwood will discover what lies at the bottom of a Meadow Valley well -- he's just not sure how to pay for it or when it will happen. But he is sure that he doesn't need the Board of Supervisors' approval to proceed and he made that clear during the board's Aug. 19 meeting. Hagwood had appeared before the supervisors Aug. 5 and outlined his plan for unearthing the human bones that are believed to be in the well. He discussed the costs associated with the effort, which total nearly $100,000. That meeting concluded with the supervisors saying that they wanted to test the public's sentiment. Hagwood said that meeting left the public with the impression that he was asking for permission. "I'm going to find out what is in the bottom of that well." Sheriff Greg Hagwood "Two weeks ago I was not seeking permission," Hagwood said. "I don't come to the board for permission. I come to the board to confront financial realities in the most responsible way." Hagwood described a scenario in which he could have proceeded with the investigation and then come to the supervisors for funding after the fact. Hagwood said past sheriffs have had contingency funds to call upon for unforeseen investigations, up to $1 million about 14 years ago. Hagwood doesn't have a fund to cover such costs; however, that doesn't mean he is abandoning the investigation. "But it needs to be clearly understood," Hagwood said. "I'm going to find out what is in the bottom of that well." Speculation is that it is the body of Mark Wilson, who was just 13 when he See Well, page 6A Courtney Wood, left, retrieves her rope as Kayla Norcutt prepares to rope the dummy and Quincy Crum is about to throw his rope at Feather River College rodeo facilities. FRC buying apartment complex Meeting includes update on school's powerful rodeo team Laura Beaton Staff Writer beaton@plumasnews.com The college's plan to house football players at the "shelter house" was short-lived. The supervisors approved leasing the vacant building located behind-the County Annex to Feather River College at its Aug. 5 board meeting. However, at the FRC board meeting Aug. 21, facilities director Nick Boyd said zoning issues prevent the college from housing students there. Fortunately, another student housing option developed and was approved by the FRC board in closed session Aug. 21. The purchase of the Meadows Apartment Complex at 623 Main St. in Quincy by the Feather River College Foundation is now underway. In the public comment period following the closed session, Kyle Merriam, next-door neighbor of the apartment complex, expressed her concerns about students moving into the apartments. Merriam said she was concerned about the possibility of late-night loud noise caused by students, safety of both students and herself, proximity of nearby stores that sell alcohol, availability of parking, increased traffic and the value of her property. The Meadows' 14-year Feather River College rodeo team members take a break Friday, Aug. 22. From left: Kayla Norcutt, 20, breakaway, goat tying; Courtney Wood, 19, breakaway, barrel racing, goat tying, team roping; Quincy Crum, 19, saddle bronc, team roping, tie-down roping; and J.J. Mullen, 19, bull riding, bareback. The two men plan to get business degrees and take over their family farms, Norcutt plans a business degree and partnering with her aunt in a construction business and Wood wants to work in the ag field. Photos by Laura Beaton property manager also spoke. She presented a sealed envelope to FRC President Kevin Trutna that she said was from a tenant. She said she was concerned that the current residents would have no place to move to, since college students have moved into town and affordable rentals are scarce. One of the apartment's residents spoke as well. She told the board that the 60-day notice that she heard she'd be getting at the end of the month would probably not provide enough time for her family to find a new home that they could afford. She asked the board to consider that in their decision. Trutna said that the foundation is to be the owner of the 12-unit complex. He said the college wants to work with residents as much as it can. He said FRC's goal is to be a good neighbor. The college will clean up the apartment complex and assign staff to live at the complex and supervise student residents, just as they do at the dorms, Trutna said. See FRC, page 6A Police, therapists prevent suicide Man threatens to jump from the Spanish Creek Bridge railing Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com A man who said he wanted to kill himself is alive today thanks to heroic efforts by local police officers and county mental health workers last week. The man, who has not been identified, stood outside the rails of the Spanish Creek Bridge for more than two hours on Wednesday, Aug. 20. He said he was going to jump. Eventually, officers and mental health staffers got close enough to grab the man and pull him off the ledge. Sheriff Greg Hagwood and California Highway Patrol Commander Joe Edwards said they were exceptionally pleased by the way the situation was handled. "I am so proud of them," Edwards said. "Obviously a situation like this is not See Bridge, page 7A Judge dismisses sex charges against Reed A Michigan judge last week dismissed rape charges against former Quincy High School sports standout Evan Reed. According to reports fro m several Detroit-area media outlets, the judge ruled the accuser wasn't credible and it wasn't proven that she was incapacitated. "I'm just extremely happy," the 28-year-old Reed told the Detroit Free Press after the Thursday, Aug. 21, hearing in Detroit. "I can have all of my focus on baseball again." Reed, a professional baseball player in the Detroit Tigers" minor league system, was accused of sexual misconduct with a 45-year-old woman. According to national media reports, the charges alleged the incident took place March 30 after Reed See Reed, page 7A