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Banner Lassen announces annual wellness celebration

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 — Banner Lassen Medical Center and the Banner Lassen Medical Center Foundation Board invite the public to a low-cost family fun and fitness event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave.
    Organizers plan to have various activities, including but not limited to professional hula-hoop, face painting and nine-hole Frisbee golf. There will be a Pirate Mania and Princess section for children with different activity stations. In addition, they may have jumbo bounce houses, a giant waterslide and an obstacle course. Don’t forget your swimsuits.

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Residents commended for water conservation

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 — At the Tuesday, Aug. 4 meeting, Rob Lee, president of the Clear Creek Community Services District board of directors, presented a draft of a letter to customers to thank them for their water conservation this summer.
    “Thanks to all those following the state’s guideline of a 25-percent reduction in water usage,” the letter read.
    John Hackett, maintenance manager, reported the actual water reduction goes well beyond the state mandate. During the month of July water use was 30-percent less than 2014 and 40-percent less than 2013.

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Authorities believe missing boy was abducted

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An arrest warrant has been issued for Kelly Ann Lapan (Burdett) for the alleged abduction of her son, George, who disappeared from his Janesville foster home on Aug. 9. George Edmond Lapan went missing from Janesville Sunday, Aug. 9.

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 — An investigation into the disappearance of a 12-year-old juvenile has led authorities to believe he is a victim of child abduction by his biological mother.

According to a press release from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, George Edmond Lapan, 12, may have been taken and concealed by his mother, Kelly Lapan (Burdett) and a yet-to-be identified man.

Authorities believe George was taken to the Barstow area where sheriff’s office personnel are and will continue the investigation.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Kelly Lapan for her role in the disappearance of George.

The juvenile was recently placed in a foster home at a residence on Blickenstaff Road. He disappeared Sunday, Aug. 9. The guardian reported the child went outside to play.

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Full 90 percent containment on the Dodge Fire

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 — The Dodge Fire, named for the nearby Dodge Reservoir, started at approximately 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3. The fire is burning approximately 17 miles northeast of Ravendale, in sagebrush, grass and juniper trees in a remote part of Lassen County. Investigators have confirmed that a spark from a tree-harvesting saw was the cause of the fire.

In addition to mop-up, crews will continue to rehab and seed the dozer line around the perimeter of the fire. This rehab work is crucial for watershed purposes and to bring the landscape back to its original condition.

Firefighter safety is a priority and fire behavior changes will be monitored as warming temperatures and lower humidity are expected, as well as continued winds through Friday morning, Aug. 14.

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Local boy wins the gold at Special Olympics

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 — When he was born three months early weighing 18 ounces, David Scarborough was once given a zero-percent chance of surviving.
    The now 15-year-old Susanville boy who has cerebral palsy, however, has defied all odds.
    After multiple surgeries and being told he would probably never walk without assistance, Scarborough recently won a gold medal in the Individual Skill division at the Special Olympics in Reno.
    His mother, Ronette Scarborough said seeing her son receiving the gold medal was very emotional.

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