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City denies PRA request

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — The city of Susanville has denied a Public Records Act request from the Lassen County Times regarding information on former Susanville Police Officer Michael Milito who allegedly was involved in a 2012 tasing incident involving Jordan Drury.

Earlier this month the newspaper requested a copy of the investigative report into Milito’s conduct during the Drury incident requested by Susanville Police Chief Tom Downing and the settlement agreement made between the city and Drury after he dismissed a $1 million lawsuit regarding the incident.

Milito allegedly tased Drury repeatedly outside a Gay Street party in May 2012. Drury was taken into custody and charged with felony resisting arrest. Within hours, then Lassen County District Attorney Robert Burns ordered Drury’s release from custody and rejected the felony charge.

Park and Ride talks continue

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Rides in Lassen County are one step closer to becoming a reality.

A report detailing the potential locations for approved park and rides was brought forth before the Lassen County Transportation Commission at the Monday, July 14 meeting. Traffic Works and Green Dot Transportation Solutions prepared the report.

According to Loren Chilson, of Traffic Works who gave the presentation, two standout locations were viewed as serving as approved park and rides; one near the A3 intersection and another on South Skyline Road and Highway 36 Junction. The project’s preparers urged the board to approve the study so agencies could start contacting landowners to move forward with the implementation of a park and rides.

BLM fire restrictions begin

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Seasonal restrictions on the outdoor use of fire and firewood cutting began Monday, July 21 on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Northeast California and far Northwest Nevada.

The restrictions apply to lands managed by the BLM’s Alturas, Eagle Lake and Surprise field offices in Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Sierra, Shasta, Siskiyou and Washoe counties.

Chainsaw use will be allowed only until 1 p.m. daily.

Inmate murder under investigation

Friday, July 18, 2014 — The Investigative Services Unit at High Desert State Prison is investigating the homicide of an inmate.

Just before 10:15 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, three inmates with inmate-manufactured stabbing weapons attacked a 28-year-old inmate. Prison staff performed lifesaving procedures on the inmate who had been attacked and transported him to the Correctional Treatment Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 a.m.

Firefighters respond to structure fire

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Firefighters spray water beneath a mobile home fire on Johnstonville Road. Photos by Ruth Ellis 


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Smoke billows from a home on Johnstonville Road. 

Friday, July 18 — Firefighters are keeping busy today, Friday, July 18. Early this afternoon, multiple 911 calls were received and crews were dispatched to a structure fire on Johnstonville Road near the Lassen County Animal Shelter.  

Separately, air attack and fire crews were also disaptched to a reported vegetation fire earlier this morning on Clarks Peak Loop in Janesville.

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