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Ambulance tax measure fails

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 — Efforts to get ambulance services back in the immediate area of Big Valley have failed by a slim margin.
    A special mail-ballot-only election was held May 5 and residents in both Lassen and Modoc County decided not to impose a $64 parcel tax to cover the costs of emergency medical services.
    According to County Clerk/Recorder Julie Bustamante, whose office covered the election for both counties, Measure C failed by just four votes.
    The tax had to pass by two-thirds vote or 414 votes.

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Police announce arrest in Angel Siler case


William Joaquin Romero


Thursday, May 7, 2015 — A former Susanville resident has been arrested and charged with the September 2011 murder of Angel Siler, 23.

According to a press release from the Susanville Police Department, former Susanville resident William Joaquin Romero, 36, was taken into custody at his residence on Josephine Street in Alturas, California about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 on a felony arrest warrant issued by the Lassen County Superior Court. Detectives from the Susanville Police Department with assistance from an officer from the Alturas Police Department arrested Romero.

“Cases of this nature are very complex and take a long time to investigate properly,” said Tom Downing, Susanville’s chief of police. “Through the hard work and dedication of the Susanville police detectives, we finally arrived at a point where an arrest was warranted in this case."

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Local veterans honored for their dedication

Monday, May 11, 2015 — The Lassen County Veterans group honored recognized two participants for their service to the local veteran’s club.

The club, which is just a group of veterans getting together, meets for lunch at noon every Friday at the Veteran’s Memorial building, according to member Larry Rogers.

During the Friday, April 24 gathering, the members recognized Don McCloud and Kenny Bisbing.

Both were honored for their dedication to the club by participating in Memorial Day ceremonies, numerous veteran funerals and the Friday veteran’s lunch.

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Hemphill, Janesville Town Council announce memorial steak fry

Monday, May 11, 2015 — Lassen County District 3 Supervisor Jeff Hemphill and the Janesville Town Council will hold a memorial steak fry and a candlelight vigil at 5 p.m. June 19 at Lloyd Keefer Park in Janesville.

The event will honor the memory of Rich Meinert, a Janesville veterinarian who was found dead at his office June 23, 2014. His death is being investigated as a possible homicide.

Austin Meinert, Rich’s brother, said beer and wine will be served beginning at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the candlelight vigil will follow. Hemphill is also expected to speak at the event.

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English teacher wins Empathy in Education Award


Lassen Family Services child abuse counselor Shayla Ashmore, left, presents the Empathy in Education Award to Lassen High School teacher Rachel Vincent during the second annual Walk A Mile In Their Shoes event on Saturday, April 25.

Monday, May 11, 2015 - Described as someone “with a heart so big she carries her students inside of it,” and a person who cries with you, Rachel Vincent is this year's recipient of the Empathy in Education Award.
    Each year, representatives from Lassen Family Services' Child Abuse Treatment Program seeks nominations to recognize school staff who are caring, compassionate, sensitive and look out for the needs of students.  
    Out of the 270 nominations received this year, Vincent received 120 of them, according to Shayla Ashmore, a child abuse  therapist at Lassen Family Services.

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