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Prison attempted murder under investigation

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 — Three inmates attacked two inmates at High Desert State Prison on May 5, according to a press release from the prison. 
    The two victims were taken to an outside hospital for evaluation and treatment and are currently in good condition.
    One inmate-manufactured weapon was recovered at the scene, and there were no staff injuries as a result of this incident.
    The incident is currently under investigation, and the identities of the five inmates involved have not
been released.

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Man held to answer on murder charges

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 — A May 1 preliminary hearing determined Rodney Jay Benjamin, 26, will be held to answer to murder and attempted premeditated murder charges of two Susanville residents.
    In addition, Benjamin is also being held to answer to two felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, as well as serious felony enhancements alleging he used a handgun resulting
in great bodily injury or death.
    He is scheduled to be arraigned on those charges in Lassen Superior Court at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 27.

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Commission discusses unmet transit needs in county

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 — Lassen County Transportation staff presented the Lassen County Transportation Commission the results from the unmet transit needs as unreasonable to meet, at the Monday, May 12 meeting.
    In February and March, public hearings were held to discuss any potential unmet needs in local transit.
    Melody Brawley, Health and Social Services director, noted how it was hard for buses to make it up to the behavioral health clinic on Hospital Lane since the old buses had difficulty turning around and going up the hill when it’s icy.
     According to Kelly Mumper, transportation planner, the public hearing was required under the Transportation Development Act, which provides funding for county streets and roads in counties with fewer than 500,000 people.

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Battle for victims’ rights lands in Susanville

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 — The Archangels of Justice — veteran former police officers Salvatore E. Rastrelli and Ira B. Robins — have launched a national campaign to establish a protocol for police investigations of crime scenes and holding police officers who do not do their duty accountable.
    Last week Susanville became the latest battleground in the archangels’ effort as they brought attention to the local police department’s investigation into the 2011 death of Susanville resident Angel Siler, 23.
    Rastrelli said the archangels have filed four civil rights affidavits with the department of justice from cases they’ve investigated across the country so far, and seven more are in the works. Eventually they plan to take their campaign to Washington, D.C. in order to get a federal department of justice protocol in place and then hold officers who do not honor their oath to serve and protect by not conducting a proper crime scene investigation accountable.

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Wildwood Way structure fire

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 — At approximately 5:50 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015 the Susanville Fire Department was dispatched to a reported garage fire at 540 Wildwood Way.

First arriving engines reported heavy smoke coming from a attached garage and from the rear of the structure. Firefighting efforts were hampered by an accumulation of household trash in the garage and an open door from the garage into the kitchen.

There were 10 fire apparatus and 27 firefighters on scene to battle the blaze, and no firefighter injuries were reported.

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