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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 5A DEATH, from page 4A taking a vehicle. He is also charged with misdemeanor grand theft of a firearm and petty theft for stealing credit cards. "This is a horrific crime and a tragic loss for the community," District Attorney David Hollister said. "The district attorney's office offers our heartfelt condolences to Lauren's family and many friends. "We look forward to the opportunity of proving this case in court and assuring justice is served." Altes has a documented criminal history, including a 2002 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon in Yolo County. He was on probation for a 2012 home invasion near Cromberg. He also pleaded no contest to being under the influence of methamphetamine during that crime. During the middle-of- the-night home invasion, Altes was held at gunpoint by the homeowner until sheriffs deputies arrived. His friends and family said Altes has struggled with drug addiction, particularly to methamphetamine, for much of his life. Hollister said the investigation into Allen's death is ongoing. He encouraged anyone with relevant information about the case to contact Plumas County Sheriffs Sgt. Steve Peay at 283-6363, or the DA's Investigations Supervisor Jeff Wilkinson at 283-6303. Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer Greg Knight Staff Writer Lauren "Lornie" Lindskog Allen went to a meeting on Monday, Dec. 1, about her new job at the Indian Valley Academy. She had been hired a few weeks earlier as an instructional aide. She was well known for her work with kids, and her career at a local summer camp. But she never made it to her first day on the job. She was found dead in her home, apparently murdered, the following day at the age of 51. "I had heard from her the morning she died," said Mike Chelotti, the athletic director at Greenville High School and a former superintendent of Plumas Unified School District. He knew Allen well, thanks to her work both as a volleyball coach for the Greenville Indians between 2009 and 2011 and as a force in the lives of all the youths of Indian Valley. Chelotti said, "The conversation was about doing something for kids. That was Lauren. "She was always there for the kids. She was their friend, their coach, the nonjudgmental ear who listened to them, the pat on the back who encouraged and sometimes the nudge they needed. She cared so much." ! Friends say Lauren Allen will be remembered as a sweet-hearted and beautiful person who enjoyed working with horses. She was well known in the community for her work with kids and her career at a local summer camp. Chelotti also recalled that which the horse is trained and up to the very end of her life, ridden with such precision it Allen was concerned with the almost dances. Dressage is a children of Indian Valley. competition in style, grace At the center of her life was and discipline, is a very sweet man and I just her daughter Sutter Lynne. Windy Hudson, who works hope he can get through this." She attended Greenville and at the Indian Creek Allen's boyfriend Jared Taylorsville elementary Veterinary Clinic, knew Allen Tappero discovered her body schools and graduated from from when she used to bring after reporting her missing Greenville High School in her horses and other animals earlier that day. 2010. She graduated from the in to the clinic. Aside from her passion for University of California Davis "I just know she was a very horses, her inspiration to in 2013. sweet-hearted and beautiful children and her love of camp, Friends of Allen remember woman, and she loved her Allen was a part-time her for her love of horses and community," said Hudson. photographer. She had a dressage, a riding style in She added, "Her boyfriendwebsite via which she sold custom note cards she made from her landscape photography. Allen's Facebook page shows countIess posts from friends and family, as well as people in the community whose lives she touched. The anniversary of her father's death was just days before Allen died. John Lindskog had formed the business where Allen lived, where she worked and where she crouched by a beloved miniature horse and held up a sign that read "I (heart) camp." That picture is all over the popular social networking site where friends and loved ones pour out emotional support to " her family and others who are suffering during this time. "Your life was brief, but your impact is massive! So many inspired by your love and light!" reads one post. "One doesn't come across a person like Lornie every day, or even once in a decade," says another. Quincy High School head volleyball coach Chad Hyink said he will always remember her and valued her contribution to sports in Indian Valley and beyond. "She was a great person and a very helpful coach to all the kids she worked with," Hyink said. He added, "She reached out in many ways to the community of Greenville and Indian Valley and also helped a lot at the college with the Plumas Volleyball Club. She is going to be sadly missed because she was such a huge asset to the community." 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