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Bulletin, Record, Pogressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. B, 2014 50 L AW A N :!) ORDER Report confirms mentell health in critical need of change ' To our public safety :partners, thank you all for :your excellent and dedicated work in keeping Plumas ,County safe and in allowing pur criminal justice system .to seek and obtain justice. i It is also important to ecognize our public, who has provided such !tremendous support to this end. I firmly believe the framework for Plumas County's success moving forward is the fact we can offer a very safe place to live, ',work and play in an environment of unparalleled beauty. ; For years there has been concern expressed about the breadth of mental health services provided in Plumas ounty. While some public • liscussion has focused on the .evel of service provided to ',criminal defendants, similar discussions have taken place ,oncerning the ability of our outh, veterans and others to receive prompt and 'appropriate mental health services. From the criminal justice perspective, much of the frustration comes from the • steady stream of defendants in dire need of such help and iilthe county's inability to :provide appropriate, integrated services to meet this demand. When this concern has been voiced publicly, it has been countered with the response the criminal justice :partners are simply "out to get mental health's money." • This repeated statement is false. We cannot receive this • money and, directly to the point, do not want this money. We want money provided by the taxpayers so that Plumas CounCY can CRIMINAL CASE UPDATE DAVID HOLLISTER District Attorney provide appropriate mental health services to be used for that exact purpose -- providing mental services to those in need. To this end, I was heartened our Board of Supervisors sought an outside consultant to review the mental health services being provided. The Kemper Report ends the debate as to whether the concerns expressed over the years are valid. The undeniable fact is they are. And our mental health department is in critical need of change if it is to succeed in its mission. The good news is the Kemper Report sets forth a series of recommendations that will allow Plumas County to correct its path and meet this broad need for mental health services throughout Plumas County. The even better news is our Board of Supervisors has demonstrated the resolve to cause these important changes to be implemented. I look forward to joining the criminal justice and public safety partners in working with the mental health department to assure appropriate mental health services can be provided throughout Plumas County. Below is a sampling of the cases we have addressed this past month. Of the nine cases reported, it is interesting to note seven of the defendants demonstrated substantial substance abuse and/or mental health issues directly relating to the crime for which they were convicted. Should you have questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. People v. Lucas Armstrong On Sept. 19, Lucas Armstrong, 23, of Ceres, was placed on three years of formal probation and ordered to serve 120 days in county jail. Additionally Armstrong will have to pay fines and fees, and be subject to a variety of probationary conditions including allowing himself to be searched by a peace or probation officer. On Aug. 8, Armstrong was convicted of felony possession of hydrocodone for sale. Armstrong was the driver of a vehicle stopped on Main Street in Chester for driving with tinted windows. During the traffic stop it was discovered Armstrong was in possession of a bag of approximately 100 hydrocodone pills. As the investigation progressed it was learned Armstrong intended to sell the pills to make some extra money. People v. Brian Woodcock On Sept. 19, Brian Woodcock, 46, of Twain, was convicted of felony driving under the influence and admitted he had suffered a similar prior conviction. Woodcock is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 7. Woodcock was observed by a witness "weaving all over the roadway" on his CHP REPORT station parking lot. A silver 2002 Kawasaki ihefollowing i rtcdents are . Concourse was parked facing sbmitted by QUincy CHP as a south in the parking lot near the east perimeter fence, tentative summary pending the conclusion of the :: investigation(s). :Highway 70, just west of New Street, Sept. 29 Robert Lopez, 39, of Fernley, Nevada, was driving his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, westbound on Highway 70 at a stated speed of 55 mph. At approximately 6:48 a.m., he observed a herd of deer zrossing the road directly in 'front of him. The ,deer ran :from the north side of the road in a southerly direction. The front of the vehicle and lone of the deer collided. The '.driver pulled over to the north :.shoulder of the highway and 'called 911. The Chevrolet was idisabled due to the damage sustained from the collision. ;,Chevron Gas Station, :Quincy, Sept. 27 ! While backing up in his Iblack Ford F-150 pickup, Courtney Laska, 41, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was ,moving at idle speed in a northerly dlrectmn from the southwest corner of the gas south of the metal bollards protecting the old air and water station, and to the north of the F-150. At about 1:05 p.m., Laska checked his rear camera display and didn't see anything behind the truck. As he backed up, the driver was watching his left side view mirror to make sure he didn't hit the metal bollards. He heard his rear proximity alarm go off just as he heard, and felt, the F-150 hit the Concourse. The motorcycle was knocked over onto its right side, coming to rest still facing south. Laska pulled forward a few feet, also still facing south. He meant to call called the non-emergency number for Quincy, California, to report the collision but actually called the non-emergency number for Quincy, Massachusetts. Quincy CHP was notified of the collision after a significant delay, during which the. Quincy, Massachusetts Police Department realized that the collision was not in their city and might be in Quincy, California. Neither Mr. Laska, nor his passenger were injured during the collision. Forest Route 25N14, east of Mt. Hough-Crystal Lake Rd., Sept. 27 Driving his 1990 Nissan Pathfinder, Ryan Kaumans, 22, of Quincy was traveling southbound at an unknown speed that was allegedly unsafe for the roadway conditions. At about 6:10 p.m. Marina Shilling, 28, of Spring Garden, was driving her 1988 Nissan Pathfinder northbound at a stated speed of 15 mph. According to the CHPreport, Kaumans was attempting to "drift" his vehicle, when he observed a sharp right hand curve in the roadway with a wide shoulder. He turned to the right where the rear end of his vehicle rotated to the left. As the 1990 Pathfinder was sliding in a southeasterly direction, Kaumans observed Shilling approaching. He applied the brakes, but See CliP, page 6B 18th Annual Lake Festival Church m. I large can food per are free t or" A13/ * Cake W; * Airsoft Tal * InE * And | i • t candy per family l our food bank. admission (except  costumes please , Imanor / 11 ,org motorcycle at a speed of 20 mph on Highway 70 near Keddie. Woodcock then laid his motorcycle down and remained in the area until a California Highway Patrol .officer responded shortly thereafter. Officer Lambert, upon arriving at the area, found the defendant with a nearly empty bottle of vodka nearby. The defendant refused to perform field sobriety tests but did provide a blood sample, which returned a blood alcohol content of 0.26 (over three times the legal limit). People v. Jesus Rangel On Sept. 19, Jesus Rangel, 53, of Sun Valley, Nevada, was sentenced to two years in state prison. On Aug. 8, Rangel was convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit. It was also found that Rangel had suffered a prior felony DUI offense. Rangel was arrested July 13 at Wiggin's Trading Post in Chilcoot after a witness had seefi Rangel severely intoxicated and driving in the area. Rangel had previously suffered a felony DUI conviction in 2006. People v. Anthony Rose On Sept. 19, Anthony Edward Rose Jr., 23, of Chester, was sentenced to four years, eight months in state prison. On July 25, Rose was convicted of a felony violation of assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury. Rose also admitted he was on probation at the time of his current offense. Rose was arrested May 17, following a dispute that began in the Lassen Club bar and carried out on to the street. During the altercation Rose severely beat the victim, causing multiple facial fractures and lacerations and leaving the victim unconscious. People v. Travis Wilson On Sept. 19, Travis Wilson, 45, of Portola, was placed on three years of formal probation and ordered to serve 360 days in county jail. Additionally, Wilson was ordered to stay away from the victims, attend domestic violence counseling, not consume an intoxicant and be subject to search by a peace or probation officer. On Aug. 8, Wilson was convicted of felony violations of stalking and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. Wilson was arrested following a June 20 assault on his son. As that investigation unfolded it was learned Wilson had been assaulting and stalking his wife. People v. Alberto Morrello On Sept. 19, Alberto Chautla Morello, 28, of Quincy, was convicted of misdemeanor counts of battery and aggravated trespassing. In his most recent case, Morrello was at the Pioneer Park in Quincy when he, in addition to being a nuisance to all those isiting the park, kicked a nearby dog, then head-butted the dog owner when confronted. Morello, upon arrest, was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.35, which is over four times the legal limit to drive and perilously close to causing medical harm. Morello was placed on three years of probation. Terms of Morello's probation include being ordered to serve 120 days in county jail, not consume an intoxicant, be subject to search and testing by an officer and stay away from Pioneer Park. People v. Tina Brown On Sept. 26, Tina Marie Brown, 49, of Portola, was convicted of felony spousal abuse. Brown is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 7. Brown was arrested Sept. 13 after engaging in a verbal argument with her husband that led her to slash her husband in the abdomen three times. The injuries did not require emergency medical care. People v. Delicia Singh On Sept. 26, Delicia Madeline Singh, 36, of Quincy, was convicted of felony commercial burglary and will be sentenced Nov. 14. Singh was found to be the responsible party for a burglary of the Relay Station on July 28. Though there was little evidence at the time to determine the perpetrator, a single fingerprint was located in a layer of dust inside a vending machine that was vandalized during the burglary. Some two years later, the California Department of Justice informed the Plumas County Sheriffs Office the fingerprint matched that of the defendant. Cases of interest There are a number of upcoming cases of interest. Some include: --People v. Nazira Maria Cross (homicide case), in process of extraditing from Peru. --People v. Kenneth Stringfellow (homicide case), Nov. 3 jury trial. 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