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4B Wednesday, Sept. 8,2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter LAW, from page 3B paged and responding. The patient was transported. Miscellaneous Friday, Aug. 27 Are You Smarter than an In- toxicated Juvenile? In Tay- lorsville, a sergeant received a report of a possible large ju- venile party in the area of An- telope Lake. A sergeant ad- vised there was no sign of a juvenile party. Saturday, Aug. 28 Theft: In Cromberg, a caller reported his home was bro- ken into the previous week while he was out of town. Sev- eral items were missing. A deputy reported a loss of $5,000 - $7,000. This is How You Convince the Cops to Not Respond in the Future: In Paxton, a caller re- ported his landlord turned his water off again and this time it had been off for three days. The caller advised this was the water to the house. A sergeant contacted a man who advised there were repairs be- ing done on the main line to the storage tank. The incident report indicated a sergeant contacted the caller, "who on- ly wanted to cuss and yell." The caller was advised the landlord was trying to make repairs as quickly as possible. Try, Try Again: In Quincy, an anonymous caller reported a possible juvenile party at a barn. A deputy contacted a man and determined it wasn't a juvenile party. Wednesday, Sep. 1 Basically You Never Want to Live Next to Either of These People: In Crescent Mills, a caller reported his neighbor had cameras filming his house. A deputy reported the cameras were filming the neighbor's yard. The neigh- bor was trying to document the caller's dog coming into her yard. Fire Starter: In Greenville, given to a deputy to be on the look out. CHP advised anoth- er motorist stopped the vehi- cle. CHP requested fire re- spond. Indian Valley Fire was paged. Hay Robbers are Still Prefer- able to Horse Thieves: In Blairsden, a caller reported the theft of hay. The caller re- quested contact. A deputy ad- vised the caller was request- ing extra patrols and informa- tion on file. CHP REPORT Deer, Aug 27 Benjamin Kruse, 49, of Pleasant Hill, and Tom Arnott, 48, of San Leandro, were driving southbound on SR-89 in a line of three motor- cycles. Kruse was riding a 2003 Harley Davidson at an unknown rate of speed and Arnott, a 2001 Indian at 50 mph. CHP determined the first motorcycle in the line ob- served a deer entering the roadway and motioned for the other two to slow down. Arnott began to slow coming to a complete stop in the road- way. For an unknown reason, Kruse failed to observe Arnott slowing in the roadway. Kruse hit the brakes and swerved to the left in a failed attempt to avoid hitting Arnott. Kruse's Harley clipped the left rear of the In- dian causing both bikes to fall to the ground. Kruse was ejected from the motorcycle, which skidded for several feet before coming to rest in the northbound lane. Arnott and his motorcycle were knocked to the ground causing moderate damage to the bike. Kruse sustained major in- juries and was flown to Renown Medical Center. Asleep, Aug 28 Joshua James, 28, of Reno, Nev. was driving westbound on SR-70, east of Scott Road in a 2005 Ford F-iS0 at a stated speed of approximately 60 mph. According to CHP, James momentarily fell asleep. As the F-150 drifted to the left and into the eastbound lane, James woke up startled and swerved back to the right and onto the right shoulder. James corrected back to the left and re-entered the east- bound lane before steering back to the right and lost con- trol of the vehicle. The vehicle skid and rotat- ed in a clockwise rotation before overturning toward its left side. The vehicle then skidded on its roof and collid- ed with the north guardrail. Three dogs in the back of the truck were ejected caus- ing the immediate death of one, subsequent euthanasia to another. The third dog was not found. James was unin- jured. Unknown drift, Sept 1 Michael Leon, 51, of Corn- ing was traveling westbound on SR-70, east of Caribou Road in a 1995 International semi, hauling lumber from Quincy. For an unknown reason, the right rear tire of his trail- er left the paved roadway. Leon attempted to place the wheels back on the roadway which caused a shift in his load. The lumber on the trailer slid to the right and fell to the ground, while the truck con- tinued along the dirt shoulder and the front right collided with a rock face to the north. Leon received moderate in- juries. More sleep, Sept 1 Sunil Chawla, 53, of Reno, Nev. was traveling south- bound on US-395 in a 2006 Toyota Tundra, when he al- legedly fell asleep. Chawla drifted into the center di- vider before waking up. CHP reported Chawla overcorrect- ed and lost control of the ve- hicle which skidded off the right shoulder and over- turned. A passenger, Namit Chawla, 27, also of Reno, Nev., received moderate in- juries and was taken to Renown Medical Center. Chawla was unharmed dur- ing the accident. Bietz pleaos no contest to rni: ;oemeanor charge Sam Williams Staff Writer swilliams@lassennews.com The former superintendent of the Westwood Unified School District and Westwood Charter School pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor con- flict of interest charge in Lassen Superior Court Wednesday, Aug. 25. Raymond Giordano, a visit- ing retired judge from Sono- ma County, ordered Henry Warner Bietz to pay a $110 restitution fund fine and serve 20 days in the Lassen County Jail and two years probation. Bietz also was ordered to pay a second $120 restitution fund fine that will be refund- ed once he satisfactorily com- pletes probation. Bietz had faced felony con- flict Of interest and perjury charges arising from his work as superintendent of WUSD and WCS between Oct. 1, 2004 and Oct. 31, 2005. According to a March 11 criminal complaint filed with Lassen Superior Court by Robert Morgester, a Califor- nia deputy attorney general with the special crimes unit, Bietz, "while in his official ca- pacity as superintendent of the Westwood Unified School District, became financially interested in a contract made with Westwood Charter School." The charter school hired Bi- etzto serve as its superinten- dent while he also served as the superintendent of the WUSD -- the entity responsi- ble for oversight of the char- Morgester and Steven King, Bietz's attorney, told Gior- dano the prosecution and the defense had agreed to a plea bargain. According to the plea bar- gain, Bietz pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor violation of California Government Code Section 87100. That code sec tion carries a maximum sen- tence of 12 months in county jail. i The code section reads, "No public official at any level of state or local government shall make, participate in making or in any way attemp t to use his official position tq influence a governmental de t cision in which he knows or has reason to know he has a financial interest." Giordano asked Morgester if Bietzwas pleading to "a Giordano also stayed the jail " ter school. sentence until 7 p.m. Thurs- day, Sept. 23, to allow time for the Lassen County Probation Department to prepare a re- port and for the matter to be referred to the Lassen County Sheriff Department's alterna- tive work program so Bietz The perjury charge in the complaint alleged that be- tween Jan. 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2008, Bietz declared "no re- portable interest" on his Cali- fornia Fair Political Practices Commission Form 700 while he was receiving income from The complaint also alleged Bietz made that allegedly false declaration under penal- ty of perjury when he signed the form. someone reported a, truck  can, comptete, his, sentence .Westweod Charter,School. dragging its brakes and ' through community service sparking. Information was rather than time behind bars. lesser but included charge." Morgester said the offensq was not a lesser but includec charge it was a "reasonabl, related charge" and Gior dano asked Morgester tq amend the complaint. He did. According to the plea bar gain, Bietz would serve nq more than 45 days communit' service through the Lassel County's work alternativ, program. Before sentencing, Kin asked the court to conside c . My boyfriend is very jealous of me, he --il ill accuses me of all sorts of things that I haven't done or wouldn't think of doing. My sister says that he is ike this because he love me, but to tell you the truth, it's a little scary. It doesn't feel like love either. What should I do? You can talk to someone confidentially. Call the Plumas/Sierra Crisis Line for referrals at 1-877-332-2754. Dr. Larry Holcomb, Ed. D. 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He said he considered Bietz's back- ground when he offered the plea bargain, and he agreed with community service rather than a jail sentence. King said it was "very im- portant" that Bietz not serve any ,'custodial time." Last July Lassen County District Attorney Robert Burns referred the investiga- tion into the alleged conflicts of interest at the WUSD and WCS to the California Attor- ney General's Office after an extraordinary audit report prepared by a fiscal crisis and management assistance team" found "violations of Califor- nia Government Code Sec- tions 1090, 87300, 1126 and 1127 have occurred." SPD seek suspect in Susanvilleshooting Mark Joseph McQregor is on the Susanville Police De- partment's-Most Wanted List for a felony warrant out of Lassen County for assault with a deadly weapon with a firearm. McGregor was allegedly in- vofved in a verbal altercation at the Burger King drive- through at the corner of Main Street and Alexander Avenue at 11:35 p.m. Thursday, July 30. 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