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6B Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Logue urges Lassen resi- dents to call the governor So far all his efforts to block the release of serial killer Loren Herzog in Lassen County have failed, but Third District Assembly- man Dan Logue has come up with a new strategy -- personal calls to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. "The one person who'can move Loren Herzog out of Lassen County is Arnold Schwarzenegger," Logue said. "This is my own personal opinion, but I'd like to see about 10,000 calls to his of- fire. I want the public in Lassen County to rise up, call the governor's office and demand he move this gen- tleman outof the county. "Tl~e governor has the au- thority to move him out of Lassen County, and we're not going to stand still until this is done. I want this to be the first thing he hears in the morning and the last thing he hears at night. The governor has the autho(ity. We want Loren Herzog out of the county. We want him out of the state. My plea to the people in my district is to not let the noise go qui- et. I want the governor's phone lines tied up until this guy is out of the county." According to Logue, the direct line to Schwarzeneg- ger's office is (916) 445-2841. PROSECUTER, from page 5B ber of those, I guess you could call them coincidences, where Loren and Wes were some- where and someone was killed around that same area around that same time, but we could never make enough of a con- r nection to prove they commit- ted these other crimes." Testa said Herzog and Sher- mantine are suspects in killings that occurred during hunting trips they took to ; Utah, Colorado and even one in the Reno area. In one of those cases, inves- tigators turned up a gas sta- Chelsea Shankland, Stacey Shurtliff, Austin Shurtliff, Mercades Shankland, ~/endy Wright, Janet Baker and Kaleb Trussel join about 200 protestors on Main Street in Susanville in front of the Grocery Outlet on Wednesday, Sept. 22. Throughout the week people gathered in various locations to make it known convicted killer Loren Herzog is not welcome to be paroled in Lassen County. Chris Simpkins spearheaded the protest with the hel p of his mother Anita Zavala and sister Christina. Photo by Barb France tion receipt from the time and ly into that movie." out.' If it had happened only trait." place ofamurder. While Herzog has tried toonce you might say, 'Yeah, he Testa attributed some "We knew they were in that present himself as a simple was along from the ride,' but crimes tothe "tragic missteps very location during that country bumpkin taken in by it happened so many different of youth," but Herzog commit- same weekend when this guy the real killer, a sophisticated times over so many different ted these crimes when he was was shot," Testa said. "It was Shermantine, Testa painted a years and to so many diffe.r- nearly half way through his kind of nonsensical and stu- different picture, ent victims, it's hard to be- 30s. Testa's experience-as a pid. Why did they kill this"That's what he tried to por- lieve he was just along for the prosecutor makes him doubt guy? It was just for the thrill, tray," Testa said, "but the peo- ride each and every time. Herzog has been rehabilitated "There were a number of ple who knew him best ex-"I don't buy into the argu- after serving a little more cases we looked at, and as I re- girlfriends and people who ment he's more of the hapless than a decade behind bars. member, we were only able to hung out with him -- say it's companion. I always thought "He's going to keep doing make five total, but there are actually just the opposite, they were at least equal co- them," Testa said. "It's not others where the suspicion is Shermantine was more the participants and each in his something he just did when he strong they were involved."bumbling idiot who no woman own way carried something to was young and stupid. It's Testa said the killers usual- would talk to. He was un-the criminal table, so to something he's chosen to do as ly followed a particular pat- couth. Loren was the rockspeak." an adult. I think I oren will of- tern. Often their victims just star with the long hair -- According to Testa, Herzogfend again not right away " vanished and were never seen very, very amiable and agree- presents a real danger to because he knows everybody's or heard from again, able, outgoing and extrovert- Lassen County residents, es- going to be watching him -- "These guys had a particu- ed. The people who knew him pecially women, but I think once he falls off the lar hallmark where they en- said it was Loren set "Normally I always applaud wagon, so to speak, once he joyed the thrill of the kill," things in motion, when someone can turn a new gets in with the speed or Testa said. "There was a "I know he portrays himself leaf in life," Testa said. "but methamphetamine crowd or movie years ago about hunt- as just being along for the I'm worried in this case be- the alcoholcrowd. ing humans because these ride, and when Cyndi Vander- cause he committed these "It might be six months guys were bored hunting ani- heiden was killed. (He said), 'I crimes when he was an adult, from now. It might be a year mals. It came out during the was in the back seat. I heard When someone does them andfrom now or even longer, but trialthat these guys were real- the'click of the knife come continues.to do them as l te once he falls off the wagon, : . . , " - as age 33,. then I think it's I think he may revert to his ~ ..... :" more of'a character trait -- old habits, which I think are like aTed Bundy character ingrained and part of his for Plumas County with a ! S Emily S. Herndon, DDS Graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Member American Academy of Oral Medicine Member Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society Member American Dental Association Utilizing the" latest bonding techniques for minimally invasive, esthetic fillings and cro vns. Crowns done in one day, preserving the maximum amount of your natural tooth structure. Also offering Zoom Whitening system and other cosmetic dental procedures. Emergencies accepted. 9 431 W. MAIN ST., QUINCY 283-1119 Serial killer to be housed near HDSP Luis Patino, a spokesper- son for the California De- partment of Corrections and Rehabilitation, issued the following statement Wednesday, Sept. 15. "The California Depart- ment of Corrections and Re- habilitation is making every effort to be responsive to the concerns of the commu- nity of law-abiding citizens in Lassen County. "We have been working closely with (Lassen County) Sheriff Steve Warren to ad- dress safety concerns and to arrange for a suitable and appropriate placement for inmate Loren HerzOg. "As a result, Herzog will be placed in living quarters on state grounds outside the perimeter of the High Desert State Prison in Su- sanville upon his parole for time served. "Herzog will be required to follow several strict con- ditions of parole. Herzog will be very actively moni- tored by parole agents using the Global Positioning Sys- tem and regular contact vis- its. He will be required to maintain strict curfews and (he) must abide by a no-con- tact list. "CDCR is committed to working with Warren and Susanville Police Chief Jeff Atkinson on the specific de- tails of Herzog's parole plan to further enhance the secu- rity of the Lassen County community." character. If he does that, then people.do have something to fear especially single, unat- tached or available women." Lassen' County has a num- ber of methamphetamine users, and if Herzog mingles with those people, Testa said the risk is even greater. "If you guys have a meth problem in Lassen County, that's like trying to mix oil and water," Testa said. "It's like putting an alcoholic in charge of the winery. 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