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4A Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001 Court and County News Ill Dave Keller The purpose of the hearing from the case. Staff Wnter would be to determine the de- In legal papers filed with Two experts agree with ear-fendant's status, the court, Hilde stated that O1- lier findings that claim ac- The hearing was assigned ney "is prejudiced against the cused killer Rain Dancer to Plumas,County Superior def6~t~ant or the interests of Dickey-O'Brien may not be Court Judge Garrett Olney, the def6ru~ant." mentally competent to standwho was scheduled to set a As a result, Hilde stated in trial, hearing a date tomorrow, the document, "the defense The new opinions, offered But, since the hearing was cannot, or believes that it can- by a pair of court-appointed assigned to the judge, defense not, have a fai~ and impartial psychologists, will set theattorney Janet Hi!de has filed trial before this judge." stage for a hearing, a motion to disqualify Olney Meanwhile, in reports filed with the court, psychologists Eugene P. Roeder, of Auburn, and Laura Morrison, of Quin- cy, support other reports about Dickey-O'Brien. Although copies of the re- ports were not available at press time, it is believed they contain information similar to what was submitted by Bruce W. Ebert. Ebert called the 23-year-old Dickey-O'Brien "very strange and paranoid" and said he suffers from "severe mental illness." Those concerns required Superior Court Judge Ira R. Kaufman to postpone the ac- cused killer's jury trial. Dickey-O'Brien still will be tried for the January 2000 fa- tal shooting of Mark Gerald Levitoff, but it will not hap- pen until the defendant is found to be fit. Ebert said Dickey-O'Brien, with the right medication, can go to trial in the near future. In his report, Ebert said Dickey-O'Brien "overwhelming Levitoff, who wood resident Service em and killed manor. Evidence led to Dicke ground in Utah: In December dered the to an allegation Levitoff. By Dave Keller Staff Wfitar The new contract for the county's public defenders will increase their salaries more than 33 percent by the 2003- 2004 fiscal year. Currently, they are paid about $50,400 a year to repre- sent indigent criminal defen- dants. The new contract, if it is ap- proved by the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, will pay each of the four attorneys about $58,250 a year right. away. Next year, the fees will in- crease to about $62,600 for the four attorneys: Douglas Prouty, Bill Abramson, Bob Zernich and George Zube. The last year of the three- year pact will pay them about $67,300 a year. The county contracts the public defender services in- stead of setting up an official public defense office because it is less expensive. "The alternative to contract services would be for Plumas County to establish a public defender's department, and allocate attorney positions along with support staff," said County Administrative Offi- cer Robert Conen. "It would also require that we provide that department with office space either in or nearby the courthouse," he added. "By allocating and cre- ating positions, it would in- crease our costs for these ser- vices." The contract allows the at- torneys to maintain private practices. It also allows them to be paid additional funds for long or complex cases. By Dave Keller doubling of any future sen jail. Staff Wdter tences. Before he entered the plea, A Chester man accused of Under the plea, Barenchi Barenchi agreed to waive his stabbing his father pled nowill not serve any time in right to a jury trial. contest last week in Plumasstate prison. Another condition of the County Superior Court to Instead, Barenchi will be plea is that the defendant can- felony assault with a deadly placed on probation when henot own or possess guns in weapon, is sentenced Dec. 3 by Plumas the future. Ian Barenchi's Nov. 9 plea County Superior Court JudgeBarenchi was originally ar- constitutes a strike under Cal- Ira R. Kaufman. rested by the sheriffs depart- ifornia law. As a condition of probation, ment on an attempted murder That means a future strike Barenchi could be ordered to charge. would potentially result in a serve up to a year in county But, concluding that it had insufficient Plumas ney's office sault charge. According to a partment legedly a Bridge Barenchi stab his father but missed, him on the left By Dave Keller girlfriend with a car, but in- nal record and has shown Varlomoff Staff Writer stead crashed into a Quincysigns of violence in the past, to pay nearly A Sacramento man was sen- resident's front yard. Kaufman said. tion to the tenced last week to four years As Plumas County Superior In addition, the judge point- Kaufman in state prison for an assault Court Judge Ira R. Kaufman ed out that Varlomoff carried lomoff to submit with a deadly weapon convic- issued the sentence, he noted out his offense with "sophisti- samples, along tion. that Varlomoff is not suitable cation." sample. The conviction stems from for probation. Last month, Varlomoff pled Varlomoff will an incident in which Gregory That is because the defen- no contest to a felony count of parole when V. Varlomoff tried to hit his dant has a substantial crimi- assault with a deadly weapon, from prison. Surf the world wide web Get your own E-Mail address nlo. Unlimited access on local numbers Additional fees and hook-up costs may apply .~e ~ iar details 61 Bradley St. Quincy " Susanville Porto/a/Chester 283-2357 251-23.;7 1 (888) 832-2357 FE&THE ER Postal Service: USP$ (No. 188~iir~01) P~od4C~S pOSSe J~ld ~ Ot~l~y, C~Ai Publllhed: [=very Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. onkt@ ~olrl lind houri: 555 w. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, QUincy, CA 95971. 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During a campaign swing through Plumas County last week, Keene stopped by the newspaper to discuss his can- didacy. He is running for the as- sembly because he believes he can "bring a good perspective to Sacramento." Keene was born and raised in Hayfork, a rural communi. ty in Trinity County. His fa- ther was a logger. Keene uses that background to discuss rural issues and the endan. gered logging industry. "Our forest management has been neglected," he said, noting that this not only af- fects jobs, but the forests as well. "The fuel loading is too in Plumas, and Sierra Complete Installation 1284-7849 M-Sa 4291 Nelson St. Taylorsville Since 1977 ~ Cont. Uc. #681552 Sebold will "will" of the sors and ly salary of $5,408 employee benefits. Candk for Assembly high and the stressed," he said. Keene is father of five to 19. When lieves California funds its schoolS, "The issue is focttS ing" Keene believes ers must be to "control by removing dents. He also schools must focUS sics. "My ideas don' ey," Keene said. ply approaches As mayor of said ty Under his Keene said the new officers, intelligence ported mutual so that it didn't call for the city or And, while jor Keene said able to amass a budget surplus. Now, fer those skills level. Feather for.all yo mg