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County approves salary, benefit increases

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — Memorandums of Understanding were approved for three county units and will allow the implementation of salary and benefit increases for three bargaining units within the county.
    Bargaining agreements were made with the United Public Employees of California, the largest employee group in the county, the Lassen County Road Workers Association and Management Professional Association.
    “They’re all almost identical. They’re three-year agreements, They include salary increases to immediately be implemented at  2.5 percent in one year, another 2 percent in the second year and in the third year of the contract, 3 percent,” said county administrative officer Richard Egan during a July 14 meeting of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors.

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Doctor faces charges for alleged illegal prescriptions

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — A Susanville doctor faces five state felony charges of issuing a controlled substance prescription without legitimate medical purposes.
    The charges against Dr. Jay Milton Beams, 73, come after the California Department of Justiceand the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse, Drug Diversion Team conducted an undercover investigation beginning in the fall of 2014.
    In four of the five charges, it was alleged Beams prescribed hydrocodone and a fifth charge alleged he prescribed Marinol, a type of synthetic tetrahydrocannobinol. He also surrendered his DEA registration.  

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Doyle Grade crash kills two

Monday, July 27, 2015 — The California Highway Patrol is investigating a double fatal vehicle accident that occurred on the Doyle Grade sometime between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Saturday, July 11.
    The accident, which only involved a 2010 Dodge pickup, claimed the life of Jenna Marie Patton, 19, of Susanville, and Stuart R. Robertson, 22, of Reno.  
     According to the CHP, Roberston, was driving the truck eastbound on the grade, east of Laura Drive, at an unknown speed.     

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Alleged sleepy driver hits tree

Monday, July 27, 2015 — A man hit a tree after apparently falling asleep behind the wheel.
    At about 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 13, Dylan Harris, 21, of Red Bluff, California, fell asleep driving his 2001 pickup on County Road A-1, north of State Route 36.
    Harris was driving at an unknown speed, according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol, when he allegedly fell asleep as he entered into a curve. He then traveled off the right shoulder and hit a tree.  

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Cartel suspected in Plumas pot garden bust

Monday, July 27, 2015 — A raid about 15 minutes east of Quincy recovered 11,800 marijuana plants with some up to 4 feet tall, according to the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office.
    Several law enforcement agencies were called in for the July 8 bust that also uncovered massive amounts of trash, fertilizer, chemicals and pesticides in the area. Officials said no suspects were encountered, but the grow site was characteristic of those set up by large drug trafficking organizations operated by Mexican drug cartels.

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