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Military, overseas ballots in the mail

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — Military and overseas ballots for the June 3 Direct Primary Election were mailed April 8 to Lassen County voters stationed in the U.S. and abroad.

In Lassen County the clerk’s office makes every effort to ensure military and overseas voters have an opportunity to vote.

There can be delays when mailing ballots overseas, so the office is asking for public assistance. If you have a family member who is in the military or living overseas, who is registered to vote in Lassen County, inform them to contact the county clerk’s office if they do not receive their ballot by mail.

Law enforcement arrest Oregon man after high-speed chase

Monday, April 14, 2014 — After being alerted to a suspicious circumstance in the late evening of Saturday, April 12, local law enforcement agencies pursued an Oregon man on a high-speed chase, which eventually resulted in his arrest.

James Nolan, 45, of Portland, was arrested on charges of kidnapping, evading arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a license and vehicle theft.

According to the California Highway Patrol, officers were alerted to a suspicious situation after a woman was heard yelling “Help me,” from a dark Dodge Stratus at the Long Valley Agriculture Inspection Station.

LMUD text alert has new number

As of April 10, customers who enroll in Lassen Municipal Utility District’s Text Alert System will text the letters LMUD to the number 95577.

Due to irreparable technical difficulties the text alert provider, Trumpia, has abandoned the original short code of 69302. Current LMUD text-alert subscribers have been migrated to the new number — no other action is required in order to continue to receive text alerts. The only noticeable change will be that alerts will come from the new number, 95577.

If you are not currently subscribed to the LMUD Text Alert System, you can do so by simply texting the letters LMUD to the number 95577.

Deputies arrest registered sex offender

UPDATE: Friday, April 11 — A registered sex offender seen around the Janesville area including an elementary school was arrested at a local motel after a deputy saw the vehicle he had been reportedly seen driving.

According to updated information from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, Santos Telebango Bagano, Jr., 65, of Stagecoach, Nev., was arrested for being out of compliance with his sex registration as defined in Section 290 of the California Penal Code. He was booked into the Lassen County Jail.

The sheriff’s office issued a press release early Friday, April 11 asking for anyone who saw Bagano to contact them. 

According to sergeant Kevin Jones, shortly after the information was released to the public and media, the communications center was flooded with calls from community members who saw or had contact with Bagano in recent days.

Jones expressed appreciation to everyone who called and wanted to help finding the person.

Bagano is currently listed as a Tier 2 offender in the Nevada Department of Public Safety Registry, which requires lifetime registration. Investigators allege Bagano did not notify the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department within 24 hours of leaving Nevada, as required.

State shuts down local recycler’s CRV program

Thursday, April 10 — A Susanville recycling company will be paying $235,000 in restitution and civil penalties to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) after an investigation revealed the business was allegedly paying California Redemption Value for out-of-state material, accepting more material than the daily legal limit and falsifying records and receipts.

In addition, CRV recycling will no longer be permitted under CalReycle.

Old Tom Glenn, who helps run Bullseye Recycling Center on Highway 395, said, as of May 31, the recycling center will not accept aluminum cans or bottles, but will still operate as a scrap and metal yard accepting copper, brass and car bodies. The scrap program is not run under CalRecycle. 

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