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2B Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter VITAL S TAT IS T I C S/L d ORDER OBITUARY Edward Ilmars Mitrevics Edward Ilmars Mitrevics, 74, passed away on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Ed was born in Riga, Latvia, on March 21, 1940, the only son of Augusts and Lidijia Mitrevics. In his early years, Ed lived in Latvia and Germany. In January of 1950, Ed, his parents and his older sister Velta came to the United States through Ellis Island in New York. They lived in Connecticut after arriving fromEurope. On April 12, 1957, Ed became a United States citizen. In October 1958, Ed joined the U.S. Marines and moved to San Diego. While with the Marines, he traveled extensively overseas and was stationed in both Okinawa, Japan, and in the Philippines. After serving in the Marines, he attended Valley College and worked in a bank at night. While in college, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department on Oct. 29, 1962. During this time period, Ed befriended Donald Dix Jr. While Ed was visiting Don's home and reading the Western Horseman magazine, Audrey Dix, Don's sister, came home and was drawn to the handsome man reading her favorite magazine. Ed and Audrey married on May 17, 1963, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple lived in the Los Angeles area until they built their dream home in Portola in 1979. Ed commuted between Los Angeles and Portola until he retired from the LAPD on January 9, 1983. After "retirement," he started Alpine Fire Protection until he sold the business around 1997. Ed enjoyed golf, his friends and family, and loved every moment of living in the beautiful surroundings of Plumas County. Ed will truly be missed. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Audrey Mitrevics; his daughter, Tiffany Mitrevics O'Neil and her husband Craig O'Neil; his three grandchildren, Kelli, Kate and Matthew; and many close friends and family. BIRTH Zalian Gabriel Gimam Zalian Gabriel Gilliam was born to Adriana Marie Castillo, and Jason Michael Gilliam, both of Quincy, on Nov. 9, 2014, at 11:01 p.m. at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. Zalian Gabriel weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Charlene Williams and Rogelio Castillo, of Fort Bidwell.Paternal grandparents are Ted and Kathy Gilliam, of Quincy. Great-grandparents are Janette Russel, of Manteca, and Vernon Elsken, of Quincy. Zalian Gabriel is also welcomed by siblings Faith, 14, Jason, 7, Julian, 6, Joshua, 6, and Aria, 3. CARD of THANKS We want to thank all the donors who participated in the community blood drive Dec. 2. This drive was a terrific success -- we were only one unit shy of our all-time high! So many of you responded to the urgent request to increase the blood supply for the holidays that wait times were longer than usual and we apologize for that. Thanks not only to our fabulous donors but to all those who helped in other ways! Oh, and the cookies rocked! Susan Christensen and Susan Mack Local blood drive coordinators Obituary Policy Feather Publishing provides death notices free of charge, or offers paid obituaries. Paid obituary notices start at $70 for up to 350 Words, and may include a photo for an additional $10. For each additional 50 words, there is a $10 charge. For more information or to arrange for these notices, contact one of our offices during business hours, or e-mail:, subject: obit. 00_mmonument established 1929 Monuments Benches Signs. Borders Address Stones GRANITE - MARBLE NATURAL STONE i10 PACIFIC STREET ' P.O. BOX 1766 * PORTOLA CA 96122 (530) 832-1908 FAX (530) 832-6828 WWW.CHILCOOTMONUMENT.NET CliP REPORT The following incidents are submitted by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol as a tentative summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s). Sierra Valley, Beckwith Road, Dec. 5 Nancy Thompson, 79, of Loyalton, wbas driving her 2013 Jeep southbound on Beckwith Road, south of Loyalton, at a stated speed of 50 mph. According to Thompson's statement, she fell asleep behind the wheel. At approximately 4:20 p.m,, she allowed her vehicle to drift off of the west shoulder of the road. The jeep went down an embankment, hit a paddle marker, and a wooden barbwire fence before coming to rest in a dirt field. The driver was able to exit her vehicle and call 911 for assistance. Thompson was wearing her safety belt at the time of the collision and suffered no injuries. The jeep sustained moderate damage to its the right front corner, and right side. Sierra Valley, Dyson Lane, Dec. 5 At approximately 8:20 p.m., Tami Thompson, 55, of Loyalton, was driving her 2001 Chevrolet southbound on Dyson Lane, south of Marble Hot Springs Road, at a stated speed of 55 mph. The weather was dark and rainy. As the driver attempted to negotiate a left hand curve, north of Marble Hot Springs Road, she lost control of the vehicle. The Chevrolet lost traction, spun 180 degrees and faced north. The vehicle continued southbound, backwards, off of the west edge of the roadway and into a drainage ditch. The driver-side tires dug into the dirt bank of the ditch and the car rolled over. As it rolled, the Chevrolet hit a barbed wire fence and wooden fence posts. Eventually it came to rest on itS wheels facing  ' ' north. Thompson was able to From: Bob, John, Jennifer, Serena & Terri Bob Phelps Insurance Agent Lic #0579096 252-5014 Fax 257-3762, Cell 386-3515 email: 2920 D Main St., Susanville CA exit the car through the driver side door and call for assistance. During the collision, she had been wearing her safety belt and was not injured. The investigation found Thompson to be under the influence at the time of the accident. Shewas subsequently arrested. During a medical evaluation, she was released to Eastern Plumas District Hospital, in Portola. Butterfly Valley Road, Dec. 6 Weather conditions were cool and rainy. Quincy resident, River Wilson, 21, was driving a 1983 Datsun 280ZX northbound on Butterfly Valley Road, south of Highway 70, at a speed greater than was reasonable or prudent for the winding descending wet roadway. The driver failed to negotiate a sharp left-hand curve and his vehicle left the east edge of the road. Upon doing so, the Datsun went down a steep embankment where the front of it struck a tree. He was wearing his seatbelt. No injuries were reported. Highway 70, west of Paxton Road, Dec. 6 Kari Garrett, 27, of Oroville was driving her 1999 Chevy Venture eastbound on the highway at approximately 55 mph, when she approached a slower moving vehicle. At about 10:30 a.m., Garrett crossed over the double solid yellow lines and attempted to pass the other car. As she did so, the car's left front tire went fiat. The driver made an unsafe turning movement and lost control of the car. The vehicle spun out and went off of the north road edge. It struck a dirt embankment and traveled diagonally across the westbound and eastbound lanes of the highway, coming to rest facing north, south of the south roadwayedge, The driver arii her : ! pasdngers, both O whom are minors and also of Oroville, were wearing safety belts. Garret sustained minor injuries. Blairsden, Dec. 6 On Bonta St., west of Green Bridge, James Smith, 68, of Carmichael was driving eastbound in a 2014 Buick with his wife, Katherine Smith, 62, also of Carmichael. Smith approached the one lane bridge that crosses the Feather River at a stated speed of 35 mph. It was about 10:30 a.m. Smith attempted to slow down so that he could initiate a sharp right turn before the bridge. For an unknown reason, the vehicle failed to respond in the way Smith intended. It swerved east and narrowly avoided impact with the east side of the bridge. The car went past the bridge and down a steep embankment. The Buick hit the north bank of the Feather River and then entered the river. The vehicle was caught in the current and swept west until it stopped in a relatively shallow spot. Plumas County Sheriff was notified by Smith and the car's OnStar system. Smith and his wife were assisted out of the vehicle and the river by Graeagle Fire personnel. They were subsequently transported by Eastern Plumas Ambulance to Eastern Plumas District Hospital, in Portola, for precautionary reasons. Both parties were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident and were uninjured. Quincy Tow retrieved the Buick from the river, with the assistance of Graeagle Fire personnel. The Department of Fish and Wildlife was also on scene and found the vehicle had not contaminated the river with car fluids. Highway 70 at Bonta Ridge Road, Dec. 7 Weather conditions were cloudy, but calm as Amber Nelson, 29, of Carson City, Nevada, drove her blue 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe eastbound on Highway 70. She approached Bonta Ridge Road at a stated speed of 60 mph. The driver looked down to adjust her radio and allowed the Tahoe to drift off of the road and onto the south dirt shoulder. Nelson over-corrected to the left, which sent the vehicle across both lanes of travel. Heading toward the north shoulder, she over-corrected again, to the right, and the Tahoe began skidding sideways. It hit several bushes and narrowly missed a metal paddle marker. The vehicle re-entered the road sideways, leading with the left side. Nelson over-corrected a third time (to the left) and the Tahoe went into an uncontrollable counterclockwise yaw. It skidded across both lanes of travel and was sideways, right side leading, as it crossed the south asphalt shoulder. At this point, a metal case in the rear cargo area and a lunch cooler on the right front seat were violently thrown to the right. The metal case broke out the right rear window and the lunch cooler broke out the right front window (which was held in place by window tinting). The Tahoe came to rest on the south dirt shoulder, just east of Bonta Ridge Road, facing north. After the car came to rest, Nelson forgot that the vehicle was still in drive and attempted to put the gearshift lever into drive. This resulted in the leve L sheering off of the steeri//g colurtiit and renlered the Tahoe inoperable. ' The driver had been wearing her seatbelt and was uninjured. There was no damage done to the exterior of the vehicle. Loyalton, Dec. 9 At about 7:54 a.m. Dennis Johnson, 70, of Loyalton, was taking his grandchildren, ages 9 and 6, to school. He was driving his 1995 Jeep Wrangler westbound on Beckwith St. At that time, Steven Wheeler, 73, of Portola, was driving his 2008 Jeep Patriot eastbound on Beckwith St. at an estimated speed of 20-25 mph. Wheeler estimated the oncoming car's speed to be about 20-25 mph. He observed the Wrangler traveling westbound ahead of his location. As he entered a curve in the roadway, Johnson's jeep continued straight directly into Wheeler's path. Wheeler applied the brakes and the front of the two jeeps collided. Johnson related that he could not recall the collision or what led up to the collision. Johnson believed he suffered a seizure prior to the accident. Afterward Wheeler immediately called 911 and awaited emergency personnel. Everyone involved wore a seat belt. There were no injuries. Portola, Dec. 10 Paula Parsons, 58, of Portola, was traveling westbound on Plumas Ave. in her 2011 Chevrolet Malibu at an unknown speed. It was raining lightly. 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