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Plumber ruptures natural gas line

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Last week explosions and fires following an apparent natural gas leak leveled a pair of apartment buildings in New York City’s East Harlem, killing and injuring many of residents.

Officials from the city of Susanville and the Susanville Sanitary District report ruptures of natural gas pipelines in the city of Susanville are a rarity, but a plumber clearing a sewer line at a Third Street residence Feb. 25 severed a natural gas line and caused a natural gas leak. The homeowners were evacuated, the natural gas leak was stopped and there were no injuries, explosions or fires.

Could a natural gas line rupture pose a safety risk to the people of Susanville? The answer depends upon whom you ask.

No new boardroom in near future

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Relocating the supervisors’ chambers has been tabled for now and the priority has moved to developing a capital improvement plan to prioritize the needs and budgeting.

The matter was decided after discussion during a Tuesday, March 11 meeting of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors where Jeff Morrish, of NST Engineering, also presented plans for three proposed boardroom locations.

The supervisors dedicated a portion of its agenda to discuss a capital improvement plan for the second Tuesday of the month.

Council abolishes city treasurer position

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — The city of Susanville no longer has a treasurer. The city council passed an ordinance eliminating the position by a 3-2 vote at its Wednesday, March 5 meeting.

Mayor Rod De Boer and councilmembers Cheryl McDonald and Lino Callegari vote to approve the ordinance after waiving its second reading, while councilmembers Brian Wilson and Nicholas McBride voted no.

City Treasurer Richard Stovall, whose position, according to the ordinance, will be abolished June 30, 2014 or at the end of the current term, whichever is sooner, said should the council approve the ordinance, he would present the matter to the grand jury for an investigation. He added the city had already missed the deadline to have the position appear on the June Primary Election ballot.

Public played role in burglary arrest

Monday, March 17, 2014 — At about 6:50 a.m. Feb. 19, alert members of the community who were walking on the river trail, observed what they believed to be suspicious activity at a commercial construction site in the 2900 block of Riverside Drive and called the police.

Officers from the Susanville Police Department responded and began an investigation that showed a burglary and attempted grand theft occurred. The officers, with the assistance of the witnesses, were ultimately able to identify a suspect.

Janesville man sought on no-bail warrant

Saturday, March 15, 2014 — According to a press release from the Lassen County Sheriff’s office, a no-bail warrant has been issued for a Janesville man suspected in local ranch thefts and burglaries at the Janesville Chevron station and the Woodsmith.

Larry Stratton, 36, was not at a Cummings Road residence in Janesville where two people were arrested Friday, March 14 after officers served a search warrant seeking stolen property and drugs. Larry Stratton was last seen Thursday at the residence, and deputies suspect he may be in the Chester area.

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