90 years ago
J.O. Morrow, forest supervisor for the Lassen National Forest, retired to start a business in the automobile accessory industry. Morrow held the position for two years before being succeeded by C.E. Dunston.
65 years ago
A committee of farmers was selected to work with the Susanville Office of Farm Security Administration. The committee was organized to help with security problems on local farms in Modoc, Lassen and Plumas counties. The farmers were Leslie McColm, Lawrence Wemple, Frank O’Kelley and C.E. Lawson.
40 years ago
Glenn Belt, 41, who had been missing since the spring, was tentatively identified as the victim found in a shallow desert grave near Dayton, Nev. Sheriff’s authorities reported Belt was found a short distance from a grave containing the bodies of two Wyoming businessmen. Four suspects were arrested in connection with the murder of Belt and the Wyoming businessmen.
30 years ago
The largest drug bust on the West Coast took place during the night in a remote part of Lassen County, 15 miles from Termo.
The raid produced 673 pounds of high-grade cocaine with an estimated street value of $200 million. The discovery was made by Sheriff’s Deputy Cecil Bushong, who was responding to a fire reported on Dry Creek Ranch in the Northeastern part of the county. Bushong observed suspicious activities by the parties on the scene. The blaze destroyed a building used to refine the cocaine for sale.
20 years ago
Local firefighters used the term “suspicious” to describe an early morning blaze that destroyed an unoccupied residence on Maple Street.
According to Susanville Fire Chief Steve Rose, the fire at 219 Maple St. was reported at 2:35 a.m. by a neighbor who woke up to the blaze. Additionally, Rose claimed investigators suspected arson but did not immediately rule out other possible causes.
15 years ago
Wetlands and archeological studies were completed for the waterfowl haven and flood control project on property located west of Roop Street and south of Cherry Terrace. The meadow became a minor retention basin during heavy rains.
After Sierra Valley ranchers claimed a bull elk was killing their calves and chasing cows, the California Department of Fish and Game Wildlife came in to transport the large animal to another location. After tranquilizing the elk and revitalizing it in its transport trailer, handlers discovered the restless elk was dead upon arrival at the final location.
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