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12A Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Former city employee faces felony charges Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District chidf and former city employee Robert Frank is facing three felonies, up to five years in jail and frees to Portola of more than $20,000 in restitution if convicted on insurance fraud charges filed in Placer County Superior Court. "I'm innocent," said Frank, which is what he plans on telling the judge at his :' upcoming arraignment Dec. 16. Deputy District Attorney Janelle Crandell plans on ' telling the judge something else. "When we received the case we reviewed the facts and determined there was sufficient evidence to proceed," said Crandefi, who prosecutes workers' compensation fraud cases in Placer, Amador and Calaveras counties. The claim's administrator, York Risk Services Group, is located in Placer County. At York Services' request, Probe Information Services conducted an investigation on Frank's claim that he suffered a back injury while repairing a city vehicle in 2012. In a deposition, Frank said he had difficulty standing, walking or using stairs as a result,. However, Probe's investigation produced six hours and 35 minutes of surveillance video showing Frank easily climbing in and out of a large monster truck and pushing its tires. Medical doctors reviewing the footage said it would be highly unlikely for Frank to perform that kind of strenuous activity if he had been truthful about his ailments and limited mobility. They added he may not have received treatment or maintained a disability status if he had been accurate with physicians. "There is a clear conflict in the complaints and activity restriction report to each of his treating physicians and his activity level seen on those two days," stated medical reports provided by Probe. The total amount of restitution to date is $20,366.38. "The city of Portola is the ultimate victim," said Probe Vice President Dalene Bartholomew. "Who else? The taxpayers." Frank's original arraignment was scheduled for Oct. 28, when he asked for a continuance and obtained legal council. Several, attempts by Feather Publishing to contact Frank's lawyer, Leigh Fleming, went unanswered. Honoring veterans The Quincy Rotary Club shows its appreciation to a number of local veterans by treating them to a pizza dinner and reception Monday, Nov. 10. Rotarians Jim Boland and Andy Ryback, left, present Jimmy LaPlante, from the Plumas County Veterans Service Office, with a commemorative plaque acknowledging the "selfless duty and sacrifice" veterans have made to the country and their community. Mounted on the plaque is a vial of sand from Omaha Beach, Normandy, France that Boland brought back after what he described as an emotional visit to the historical "Dog Red" site last month. Above, from left: veterans Gerry Hendrick, Richard Stockton and Brett Bergstrand. Standing from left: Robert Turcotte, Roger Settlemire, Jimmy LaPlante, Harles McCleery, Marty Byrne, Darrin Beatty and Mike Rodriquez. Not pictured: veteran Dwight Pearson. Phofos by Dwight Pearson Santa Train spreads Christmas cheer to locals, visitors in Portola Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com with her, gained national recognition restoring vintage train cars, and is now a proud grandfather contemplating which train set to get his young grandson. "I've got railroading in my blood," said Habeck. And that seems to be hereditary, if your name is Habeck. In addition to his relatives before him, Habeck's wife and daughters actively volunteer for the museum. However, along with the joys of family, career and community service the rails have given him, Habeck has also experienced tragedy. While working in the Portola Railroad Museum's gift shop, his 19-year-old daughter, Donnajean Marie Habeck, died on the premises during summer 2001. Although she had medical problems, Habeck proudly remembers her spirit and her determination of not letting illness get in her way. He said Donnajean enjoyed working The Western Pacific Railroad Museum's annual Santa Train holiday celebration arrives in Portola. Photos courtesy Debra Baer in the gift shop, bunking in one of the train cars and riding her 10-speed bike around town. Like any young woman, she was excited to be coming into her own independence. "I remember the day she passed away," recalled Habeck with tears welling in his eyes. "And seeing the ambulance take her away, knowing she wasn't coming back." While many, especially a parent, may find it too overwhelming to return to the scene of such a tragic event, Habeck said the supportive atmosphere and "small-town camaraderie" shared by the rail crew kept him forging ahead. Much like his own wife and children, he considers his colleagues to be family. That's what families do -- help each other through hard times. "I've been a railroader pretty much all my life," he explained. "I have a dedication to this place." This dedication is also the driving force behind Habeck's tireless commitment making sure other families experience nothing short of complete Christmas magic during the . Western Pacific Railroad Museum's annual Santa Train event. Habeck said he, and numerous volunteers, start prepping for the festivities six weeks in advance. "It's a lot of work," he admitted. "But for me, (the reward) is the gratification of seeing everyone have a good time. It's a real family event." This year's Santa Train celebration is scheduled for three Saturdays next month -- Dec. 6, 13 and 20 -- from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum, located at 700 Western Pacific Way near, Old Town Portola. Admission ! is $5 plus three cans of nonperishable food per carload, or $10 without the food. Holiday cheer-seekers can ' visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, tour heated train cars decorated with Christmas flare, and enjoy complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, cider and homemade cookies. Donation boxes will be available for those ili th giing spirit for others in need. Habeck said a lot of people come from near and far by the car-, truck- and even busload, often with Christmas trees tied to the vehicle hoods. "If you look out in the parking lot, every third car has a Christmas tree on it," he chuckled. "Everything is lit up and decorated. You've got to come see it." For more information about Santa Train, visit wplives.org, or call Debra Baer at 832-0819. Trains are fourth- generation railroader Steve Habeck's life. After 40 years of working for the railroad, 30 years volunteering for Portola's Western Pacific Railroad Museum and 20 years organizing the museum's Santa Train Christmas event, the Union Pacific locomotive engineer and WPRM yard master just keeps rolling steadily ahead, much likethe locomotives, boxcars and cabooses he lovingly cares for. The Wisconsin native's career began in Green Bay, Wisconsin, then took him to the San Francisco Bay area, and finally delivered him to Plumas County, working for both the Western and Union Pacific railroads. Over the course of that journey, he served in the military, met his wife Mary, had four daughters | 6  Dining Room Set ' Lodge Look sofa & Chair Set L AOllt 0 y" Tredltlonal Sofa & Love Walnut Dining Room Set wlih 6 Chairs Microllber Recllner D Solid Oak Rockers Tou fQo u;ho lO Year PIIIowW Set NO INTEREST WITH PAYMENTS FOR 6 MONTHSI* 23 Tear Warranty Queen Set sale SCLA,c 1399. King Set..,.,,,, Sale soeg CLEARANCE IOU. Solid Oak 11/Console Best selection Best prices Guaranteed e,00an00 sofa Oo your Caristmas $aopp ! I.AYAWAY NOWi. ACCESSORIES l OOs in stoc00 Justin 10% OFF! STOCKING STOFFERS! WaS"cor M.etArt anarmany oth 12A Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Former city employee faces felony charges Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District chidf and former city employee Robert Frank is facing three felonies, up to five years in jail and frees to Portola of more than $20,000 in restitution if convicted on insurance fraud charges filed in Placer County Superior Court. "I'm innocent," said Frank, which is what he plans on telling the judge at his :' upcoming arraignment Dec. 16. Deputy District Attorney Janelle Crandell plans on ' telling the judge something else. "When we received the case we reviewed the facts and determined there was sufficient evidence to proceed," said Crandefi, who prosecutes workers' compensation fraud cases in Placer, Amador and Calaveras counties. The claim's administrator, York Risk Services Group, is located in Placer County. At York Services' request, Probe Information Services conducted an investigation on Frank's claim that he suffered a back injury while repairing a city vehicle in 2012. In a deposition, Frank said he had difficulty standing, walking or using stairs as a result,. However, Probe's investigation produced six hours and 35 minutes of surveillance video showing Frank easily climbing in and out of a large monster truck and pushing its tires. Medical doctors reviewing the footage said it would be highly unlikely for Frank to perform that kind of strenuous activity if he had been truthful about his ailments and limited mobility. They added he may not have received treatment or maintained a disability status if he had been accurate with physicians. "There is a clear conflict in the complaints and activity restriction report to each of his treating physicians and his activity level seen on those two days," stated medical reports provided by Probe. The total amount of restitution to date is $20,366.38. "The city of Portola is the ultimate victim," said Probe Vice President Dalene Bartholomew. "Who else? The taxpayers." Frank's original arraignment was scheduled for Oct. 28, when he asked for a continuance and obtained legal council. Several, attempts by Feather Publishing to contact Frank's lawyer, Leigh Fleming, went unanswered. Honoring veterans The Quincy Rotary Club shows its appreciation to a number of local veterans by treating them to a pizza dinner and reception Monday, Nov. 10. Rotarians Jim Boland and Andy Ryback, left, present Jimmy LaPlante, from the Plumas County Veterans Service Office, with a commemorative plaque acknowledging the "selfless duty and sacrifice" veterans have made to the country and their community. Mounted on the plaque is a vial of sand from Omaha Beach, Normandy, France that Boland brought back after what he described as an emotional visit to the historical "Dog Red" site last month. Above, from left: veterans Gerry Hendrick, Richard Stockton and Brett Bergstrand. Standing from left: Robert Turcotte, Roger Settlemire, Jimmy LaPlante, Harles McCleery, Marty Byrne, Darrin Beatty and Mike Rodriquez. Not pictured: veteran Dwight Pearson. Phofos by Dwight Pearson Santa Train spreads Christmas cheer to locals, visitors in Portola Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com with her, gained national recognition restoring vintage train cars, and is now a proud grandfather contemplating which train set to get his young grandson. "I've got railroading in my blood," said Habeck. And that seems to be hereditary, if your name is Habeck. In addition to his relatives before him, Habeck's wife and daughters actively volunteer for the museum. However, along with the joys of family, career and community service the rails have given him, Habeck has also experienced tragedy. While working in the Portola Railroad Museum's gift shop, his 19-year-old daughter, Donnajean Marie Habeck, died on the premises during summer 2001. Although she had medical problems, Habeck proudly remembers her spirit and her determination of not letting illness get in her way. He said Donnajean enjoyed working The Western Pacific Railroad Museum's annual Santa Train holiday celebration arrives in Portola. Photos courtesy Debra Baer in the gift shop, bunking in one of the train cars and riding her 10-speed bike around town. Like any young woman, she was excited to be coming into her own independence. "I remember the day she passed away," recalled Habeck with tears welling in his eyes. "And seeing the ambulance take her away, knowing she wasn't coming back." While many, especially a parent, may find it too overwhelming to return to the scene of such a tragic event, Habeck said the supportive atmosphere and "small-town camaraderie" shared by the rail crew kept him forging ahead. Much like his own wife and children, he considers his colleagues to be family. That's what families do -- help each other through hard times. "I've been a railroader pretty much all my life," he explained. "I have a dedication to this place." This dedication is also the driving force behind Habeck's tireless commitment making sure other families experience nothing short of complete Christmas magic during the . Western Pacific Railroad Museum's annual Santa Train event. Habeck said he, and numerous volunteers, start prepping for the festivities six weeks in advance. "It's a lot of work," he admitted. "But for me, (the reward) is the gratification of seeing everyone have a good time. It's a real family event." This year's Santa Train celebration is scheduled for three Saturdays next month -- Dec. 6, 13 and 20 -- from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum, located at 700 Western Pacific Way near, Old Town Portola. Admission ! is $5 plus three cans of nonperishable food per carload, or $10 without the food. Holiday cheer-seekers can ' visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, tour heated train cars decorated with Christmas flare, and enjoy complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, cider and homemade cookies. Donation boxes will be available for those ili th giing spirit for others in need. Habeck said a lot of people come from near and far by the car-, truck- and even busload, often with Christmas trees tied to the vehicle hoods. "If you look out in the parking lot, every third car has a Christmas tree on it," he chuckled. "Everything is lit up and decorated. You've got to come see it." For more information about Santa Train, visit wplives.org, or call Debra Baer at 832-0819. Trains are fourth- generation railroader Steve Habeck's life. After 40 years of working for the railroad, 30 years volunteering for Portola's Western Pacific Railroad Museum and 20 years organizing the museum's Santa Train Christmas event, the Union Pacific locomotive engineer and WPRM yard master just keeps rolling steadily ahead, much likethe locomotives, boxcars and cabooses he lovingly cares for. The Wisconsin native's career began in Green Bay, Wisconsin, then took him to the San Francisco Bay area, and finally delivered him to Plumas County, working for both the Western and Union Pacific railroads. Over the course of that journey, he served in the military, met his wife Mary, had four daughters | 6  Dining Room Set ' Lodge Look sofa & Chair Set L AOllt 0 y" Tredltlonal Sofa & Love Walnut Dining Room Set wlih 6 Chairs Microllber Recllner D Solid Oak Rockers Tou fQo u;ho lO Year PIIIowW Set NO INTEREST WITH PAYMENTS FOR 6 MONTHSI* 23 Tear Warranty Queen Set sale SCLA,c 1399. King Set..,.,,,, Sale soeg CLEARANCE IOU. Solid Oak 11/Console Best selection Best prices Guaranteed e,00an00 sofa Oo your Caristmas $aopp ! I.AYAWAY NOWi. ACCESSORIES l OOs in stoc00 Justin 10% OFF! STOCKING STOFFERS! WaS"cor M.etArt anarmany oth