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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 3B LAW and ORDER Clip REPORT The following incidents are submitted by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol as a tenta rive summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s). Quincy, Dec. 11 Jeffrey Sedgwick, 67, of Quincy, was involved in a non-injury collision on East Main Street, just west of First Street. Sedgwick was driving a 2003 International Snowplow westbound on East Main, in the No. 2 lane, at a stated speed of 4 - 5 mph. He was in the process of clearing the road of snow. A Volvo SUV was legally parked near the north curb of East Main ahead of the snowplow. According to the report, Sedgwick failed to provide ample room for the right side of the plow to clear the left side of the Volvo. The plow's side-mounted plow, which was in a tucked position, collided with the left side of the Volvo. No injuries were reported. Highway 70, Dec. 12 A minor injury solo vehicle collision occurred on Highway 70 at the west end of the Spring Garden Overhead at approximately I a.m. The weather was cloudy and snowy. Justin Whitney, 18, of Femley, Nevada, was driving westbound in a 1997 GMC Jimmy when he saw a chunk of snow in the road ahead. The driver reported that he applied the brakes in a moderate fashion, which caused the rear of the vehicle to slide out to the left. Whitney steered his vehicle to the left in an attempt to counter the skid but overcorrected. The car slid southwest across the eastbound lane and off of the south edge of the roadway. The front of the Jimmy then collided with the metal guardrail on the west end of the overhead. Whitney reported he was wearing his safety belt. He received minor injuries ..... Cromberg, Dec. 12 Quincy resident Earl Ford, 62, was driving his 2002 Ford Explorer westbound on Highway 70 east of Sloat Road. According to the report, his speed was higher than what was reasonable for the snowy conditions. At approximately 6:15 a.m., a layer of water developed between the tires and the surface of the road. The Explorer lost traction and hydroplaned diagonally across the westbound and eastbound lanes of the :highway. It left the south edge of the road and struck a bush. Afterward, the vehicle came to rest south of the road, on its wheels facing west. The driver i was wearing his seat belt and , sustained minor injuries. ',Highway 70, Dec. 13 The weather was cloudy and , the road was wet the night of 'this incident. Denae Luper, 54, of Chico, was driving a maroon 2003 Hummer H2 westbound on Highway 70 at approximately 50 mph. This was considered an unsafe speed for the conditions ',present, according to the ',report. , Just west of the Pine Aire ',Motel, at about 5:45 p.m., Luper ' had to negotiate a left curve in ',the roadway. The Hummer's : right tires went off the : pavement onto the dirt shoulder, which was covered ,,with snow and ice. Luper lost ontrol of the vehicle. It slid to ,=the left, rolled over and came to ',rest on its right side facing , est. The accident blocked the :'eastbound lane. ( After the collision, Luper and i her passenger exited the ,vehicle and waited for help. Both parties were wearing seat elts. Neither was injured. :Greenhorn Ranch Road, ,Dec. 14 About 9:20 p.m., Michael Burns, 29, of Quincy, was :driving his 1986 Ford Bronco ,'northbound on Greenhorn )Ranch Road. He approached ."Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch ::at a stated speed of 40 mph. The '.driver stated his vehicle spun ,out on some ice and he 0vercorrected, causing his > ehicle to leave the roadway :and strike a tree. > The officer at the scene determined there was no ice in the area. Upon further investigation, he arrested Burns for driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver had suffered very minor injuries during the collision and was taken to Plumas District Hospital, in Quincy, where he was given a medical clearance. Burns was then transported to the Plumas County jail where he was booked for DUI. Highway 395, Dec. 15 Sue Seamands, 43, of Sparks, Nevada, was driving a 2007 Honda on Highway 395, just south of the Long Valley Agricultural Station. The road was covered with snow. About 7:26 a.m., as she applied the brake, the truck careened out of control and spun around. Eventually, the right side of the vehicle struck the yellow sand barrels near the south edge of the station. The Honda came to a full stop just west of the station in the center median. Seamands and her passenger were wearing seat belts; no one was injured. They waited on scene for CHP assistance. Quincy, Dec. 15 A gold 2005 Honda Pilot parked at the Fuel Star gas station on East Main Street was hit by an unknown driver about midnight. The Honda was near Highway 70, facing west, when an unknown vehicle entered the parking lot and traversed the lot diagonally. There was snow piled up on the north side of the Pilot. The driver drove between the parked car and the Fuel Star sign. The vehicle slipped on the snow. Most likely, the left front corner of the moving vehicle hit the right front corner of the parked car. The impact pulled the right front fender of the Pilot outward and peeled back the trailing edge of the fender. The driver fled the scene without attempting to make contact with the owner of the Pilot or leaving a note on the damaged vehicle. Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the Quincy Area CHP at 283-1100. Highway 70, Dec. 15 At approximately 3:55 p.m., Bruce Vaughan, 68, of Quincy, parked his red 1987 Ford F150 in front of the Plumas County Community Development Commission and Housing Authority at 183 W. Main St. (on the north shoulder of eastbound Highway 70). The driver completed his task at that location, got into his pickup and tried to start it. The engine clicked over once but failed to start. Vaughan left the key in the ignition in the "on" position, with the truck in first gear, and exited the pickup. He opened the hood and tried to bypass the ignition by manipulating the wiring. The driver re-entered the cab and tried to start the pickup. The Ford failed to start again. Vaughan exited the cab a second time, leaving it in the same condition as before. He again tried to bypass the ignition by manipulating the wiring. As he was going back to try to start the engine it started on its own. Wind, Fire or have you Need Help? We have worked with homeowners and insurance companies for almost 30 years. We will work with your insurance company to make sure your home is repaired the right way the first time. Call: CONSTRUCTION m SINCE I 84 m General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 The pickup was in first gear, and began moving forward, eastbound on West Main. Vaughan grabbed the driver's door handle and hung onto it, trying to get inside the cab. The truck continued roning forward, dragging the man along. Near the north shoulder of West Main, Vaughan let go of the handle and fell to the ground. The driverless truck continued forward, crossing both lanes of Main Street and going across the sidewalk on the south side of the road. It went onto the lawn of 140 W. Main St., hit a tree near the comer of West Main and Roche Avenue (still in the yard of 140 W. Main) and stopped. The impact caused minor damage to the right front comer and hood of the Ford. The damage to the tree was only cosmetic. Vaughan sustained minor injury when . he fell. Quincy, Dec. 16 Jose Trujillo Jr., 40, of Gamett, Kansas, drove a rented 2015 Ford Explorer into the Gold Pan Lodge parking lot. As he did so, the report stated he failed to perform a safe turn and hit a concrete landscape wall with the front of the rental car, Then the driver illegally parked in a handicapped space in front of his motel room. He was confronted by two witnesses as he entered the room. Trujillo never notified employees of the lodge that he damaged the wall. CHP officers located the driver in his motel room passed out on the bed. He was arrested for DUI and hit and run. Highway 70, Dec. 17 Weather conditions were cloudy and it was raining at the time of this incident. Irene Lapsley, 68, of Valley Springs, was driving a red 2012 Ford Focus westbound on Highway 70 at 50 - 55 mph. At 2:50 p.m., she was just west of Chambers Creek when she encountered a curve to the left. _The driver allowed the car to leave the road and travel across the north asphalt shoulder. The Focus cohtinued across the gravel shoulder and down the north embankment. The left front of the vehicle struck a tree; the car came'to rest on its wheels facing south, slightly north of the tree and north of the highway. Lapsley suffered major injuries as a result of the accident. SHERIFF'S BLOTTER Information in the Sheriff's Blotter is ga thered from the dispatch logs provided by the Plumas County Sheriff's Office. No individuals' names are reported. Those arrested should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. During the week of Tuesday, Dec. 9, to Monday, Dec. 15, there were 238 incidents handled by dispatchers. The reported incidents resulted in seven arrests, 23 medical responses and 11 fire responses. Following is a summary of the week's activity: BY THE NUMBERS 29 calls reporting downed power or utility lines 8 for fallen trees 8 for vehicles that slid off the road or crashed due to snow 5 for rockslides 3 reporting power outages 2 reporting loss of phone service ARRESTS Greenville One arrested on charges of threatening bodily harm, aggravated battery and elder ,abuse. One arrested on charges of DUI, auto theft, assaultwith a deadly weapon, possession of stolen property and vandalism. Portola One arrested on charges of inflicting cruel punishment on a child resulting in injury, false imprisonment, spouse abuse and threatening bodily harm. Spring Garden One arrested on a charge of DUI. Dog bite A caller on High Street in Quincy said an 8-year-old boy was bitten by a dog while walking home from school. The boy was taken to the hospital. Wednesday, Dec. 10 Suspicious sound About I a.m., a caller on Alder Street in Crescent Mills reported hearing a possible gunshot and seeing a flash of light. The callers said a car then zoomed away toward the preschool. The caller was not able to identify the car because it was dark. Squatter A woman who was a caretaker for a closed business on Main Street in Chester reported that the front door of the business had been broken open and someone was sleeping inside one of the rooms. She said there was a van parked outside with a sign that said they needed gas. A deputy responded and found two people inside the business. They were told to move on. The caretaker didn't press charges. Vandalism A caller at the fairgrounds in Quincy reported vandalism to one of the buildings. Dumping A sergeant contacted a man who had been illegally dumping garbage at the end of First Avenue in Chester. The man agreed to clean up the mess. Illegal camping A caller on Beskeen Lane in Quincy reported seeing a tent and a tarp near the swimming hole on the water company's property. The caller said it looked like someone was living there. A deputy found the tent, but didn't find any people. Stolen medicine A man on Williams Way in Greenville said a woman stole all of his wife's medicine and left on foot toward her house at the trailer park. Wanderer A woman reported seeing an elderly man who appeared to be trying to wave her down on a sharp curve on Bell Lane in Quincy. She said she didn't feel comfortable stopping for him. A second caller reportedly saw the same man at Sylvan and Bell. The caller said the man seemed disoriented. A deputy wasn't able to find the man. However a call to a local house for mental health patients revealed that a resident matching the man's description was home safely. Lively meeting A caller at the fire hall in Greenville reported that the water district meeting was getting heated. Thursday, Dec. 11 Stuck in a slide The Union Pacific Railroad reported one of its crews got caught in a rockslide on Highway 70 near Belden. The railroad reported the vehicle had broken windows but the crew was uninjured. Vandalism A caller on Pony Court in Quincy said the air had been let out of her tires five times in the past week. Theft A caller on West Sierra in Portola reported the theft of a mobile-home trailer. Assault A woman in Portola reported See Blotter, page 4B Quincy One arrested on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance and violating probation. One arrested on charges of battery on a peace officer, child endangerment and resisting arrest. One arrested on a charge of public intoxication. 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