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260 itob~,: Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 I has done the county a favor ports the claim that Gardner hibition is reflected in the by keeping it at his home. intended to keep the high- county's personnel policies, denies The sheriff also contendsperformance engine for per- under Rule 22.05, which that he used a that he never intended tosonal use and used the busi- makesa reference to the state owner as a keep it for personal use.ness owner to sidestep coun- law. to buy a surplused But the business owner al- ty rules, which are based on The Quincy business own- engine that county leges that Gardner told him state law. er's statements are contained said he to buy the vehicle containing The California Govern- in reports by a private inves- the engine and then sell it ment Code, under Section tigator, who was hired by the the engine havingback to him because, as sher- 1090, bars county officials Plumas County District At- in Mead- iff, he is not allowed to direct- from being "purchasers attorney's office. hy this summer, ly buy it. any sale" produced by them An initial inquiry was con- has denied any Other information ob- in their official capacity, ducted by the D.A., based on and said that he tanned by the newspaper sup- On the local level, that pro- information it received that V55VR-16 V55VR-16 ~/50VR-15 $/50VR-15 SP~GVR-16 $/50VR-17 $/50VR-17 5/50VR-15 5/50VR-16 5/50~1-16 $/45~!-16 5/45~-17 5/45ZR-17 5/40HR - 16 5/40HR-17 5/40~!-17 5/40Z!! - 17 5/40Z1t-18 5140ZR-18 5/40ZR-18 Coltel I C ounty Board l f!mors will choose an 1 elter location on least that's the Director Tom he will present to the board at site in the other choice the advan- disadvantages of told the board 2 meeting. the Supervisors selected in is unavailable, to find r Robert a location selected adjacent to the its visibility and Prepare the parcel deal be- the Indian unity Services the COunty. failed to ! end of the transac. fell apart. dollar Plumas County Sheriff an engine had been taken from a wrecked sheriffs de- partment vehicle, possibly by Tako i drlvo ~ discover the beaiflJfui ee4ecs fall Is offorlng. Along LnPorto Roe& trnes ned Udes e Ill l, yellow and red for the sea- son. At Red Bridge, golds end yellows are predoml- Photos by V 0na Metcalf Dave K lkw Dickey-O'Brien still will be the suspect's concerns that said. Staff W er tried for the January 2000 fa. the county jail is trying to Deputy District Attorney Accused killer Rain Dancer tel shooting of Mark Gerald poison his food and has beat- Jeff Cunan said the delay is Dickey-O'Brien may sufferLevitoff, but the new issue of en him at least 50 times,appropriate under the ctr- from severe mental illness the suspect's competency to It is unconstitutional for a cumstances. and may not be mentally stand trial will delay it. mentally incompetent sus-"It's mandatory in this in- competent to stand trial at Concerns about the 2 year. pect to be tried, stance," Cunan said. "We this time. old defendant's competency In this instance, Dickey-want to make sure every. As a result, the suspect's to stand trial were raised in a O'Brien would not be able to thing is done right." Oct. 23 jury trial has been report by Dr. Bruce W. Ebert, work with his attorney in a pushed back until the defen- a clinical and forensic psy- "rational manner," Ebert Levttoff, who was a West- dent is considered mentally chologist who interviewedsaid. wood resident and a Forest competent. Dlckey-O'Brien last month at Ebert noted that Dickey- Service employee, was shot Plumas County Superior the county jail. O1]rien believes he is compe- and killed near Lake A1- Court Judge Ira Kaufman Ebert characterized the tent tostandtrial, manor. will appoint two psycholo, suspect "as very strange and Ebert is confident that Evidence led investigators gists to interview and assess paranoid" and said he suffers Dickey-O'Brlen, with the ap- to Dlckey-O rien at a camp- Dickey-O rien. from "severe mental illness." proprlate medication, can go ground in Utah. That will set the stage for The doctor said he also saw to trial in the near future. In December, Kaufman or- Kaufman to hear evidence evidence that Dickey-O rien Such medication "may re- dered the defendant to an- and make a determination on suffers from "overwhelming store this individual to corn- swer to an allegation that he Dickey-O rien's status, delusions," as exemplified by petency quite quickly," Ebert killed Levltoff. an employee at the depart- ment. Once the district attorney had determined that no laws were broken, the information was turned over to the coun- ty's legal counsel for further evaluation. Owner's version In the course of the in- quiry, the Quincy business See Engine, page lSA amas I Dave Keller Staff Writer The future of Plumas Corp is no more settled than it was six weeks ago, when local of- flcials spoke about a future wRhout Plumas Corp. Last week, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors deliberated about Plumas Corp's future for three hours. While the supervisors seem committed to preserv- ing the agency in some fash- ion, they were short on solu- tions on how to do it. "A whole lot of things are up in the air," said County Supervisor Don Clark. The supervisors hope to get a little more grounded on the issue next week. That's when John Sheehan, execu- tive director of Plumas Corp, is scheduled to meet with the supervisors for further talks. Plumas Corp is a nonprofit organlzatlon that directs tourism and stream restora- tion on behalf of the county. The source of most of the controversy regarding the agency is its role in econom. ic development. The board did give Shee- ban the green light to devise a plan for a business expe. diter, who would help build. ing permit applicants get their plans approved. In addition, Sheehan was asked to come up with a plan to make sure Plumas County does not lose its share of the tourism market. "There's an urgency there," Clark said. Meanwhile, the supervl- sots agreed that Plumas Cor- p's plan for a new economic development program, which was nixed In August during the board's budget hearings, may need a second look. The board turned away the plan because it was believed the business community would not back it, especially ff Plumas Corp has any role in it. The plan also was criti- cized because it would create a new, costly organization. The plan focuses on help- ing existing busInesses keep their doors open and, in many cases, expa_nd. At the same time, the plan calls for efforts to attract new businesses, using tourism marketing to lure newcomers to the county. The supervisors said the plan could be revised with input t om the business com- munity. Supervisor Ken Nelson said that nothing has been decided for sure, contending that the board "won't have a closed mind for more fund- ing" for the proposal. John SchrameL a member of the Plumas Corp board, cautioned the supervisors against trying to make everyone happy. "You're never going to have a perfect plan," he said.