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Lasagna dinner to help raise funds for man fighting cancer

Monday, Sept. 8 — An upcoming benefit dinner will raise money for a man who is being treated for a rare abdominal cancer.

Laben Banks, 32, grew up in Susanville, graduated from Lassen High School and worked for the United States Forest Service.

He was diagnosed with stage four cancer in late 2013. Banks has been receiving chemotherapy and is now home in Redding.

Bald and Eiler fire closure areas now open on Lassen National Forest

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 — The emergency closure on the Lassen National Forest established during the Bald and Eiler fires was lifted Friday, Sept. 5, and all areas are open to public use.

Susanville man pleads to four counts of animal cruelty

Thursday, Sept. 3 — An agreement has been reached in a three-year animal cruelty case.

On Aug. 22, Dwight Alan Bennett, 62, of Susanville, pleaded no contest to four felony reduced to misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. The remaining 61 counts of animal cruelty were dismissed and his Aug. 25 jury trial was vacated.

The matter is set for sentencing at 10 a.m. Oct. 15 and Bennett could face up to four years in jail. The matter has been referred to the Lassen County Probation Department for a report. 

Downing to hold meeting with medical marijuana growers

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 — From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, Susanville Police Chief Tom Downing will host a community forum to solicit public comment on the formation of a proposed medical marijuana cultivation ordinance. The meeting will be held at the city council chambers located at 66 N. Lassen St. in Susanville.

The purpose of the forum is to hear from individuals on both sides of the argument of regulating the cultivation of medical marijuana within the city limits. No decision will be made at this meeting. After receiving comments, Downing will craft an amended ordinance and present it to the city council at a later date.

Sheriff encourages safety on public lands

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 —Large-scale marijuana grows are found each year on public lands in Lassen County. These grows are often discovered by citizens who are hunting, fishing or hiking in remote areas. With hunting seasons ramping up, there will be more people out in these remote areas and it is important for them to know how to recognize a possible marijuana grow site and what to do if they encounter one.

The Sheriff's office has encountered grows from 1,000 plants up to 35,000 plants. Most, if not all of these grows were operated by Mexican nationals under the direction of drug cartels. The persons operating these grows often have firearms for the taking of game and the defense of their crop, and they sometimes place booby traps and poisons to protect their crops.

Signs of a potential marijuana garden:

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