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Joanna McElrath pleads guilty

Feb. 28, 2014 — About 1:30 p.m. this afternoon in Lassen Superior Court, an emotional Joanna McElrath pleaded guilty to the Jan. 2, 2011 premeditated and deliberate first-degree murder of her husband, off-duty Susanville Police Officer Robert McElrath.

The legal consequence of this plea is a sentence to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for a term of 25-years-to-life.

Urgent winter weather message from the national weather service

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 — There is a winter weather advisory for snow in effect from 4 p.m. this afternoon, Wednesday, Feb. 26 until 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 for Eastern Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties. It is expected to accumulate 4 to 6 inches in areas above 5,000 feet west of Highway 395. East of Highway 395 expect up to 4 inches above 5,000 feet with up to 2 inches below 5,000 feet.

Bogus bills passed in Susanville

Feb. 25, 2014 — Merchants beware. Since last Friday afternoon the Susanville Police Department has responded to multiple reports of counterfeit bills being passed at local businesses.

According to a press release from Lt. Matt Wood, of the Susanville Police Department, about 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 officers responded to the Diamond Mountain Casino after employees reported receiving three counterfeit $1 bills.

Best of Broadway production coming soon

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 — The excitement and anticipation continue to build as this year’s Lassen County’s Best of Broadway production heads into its final rehearsals.

The popular nonprofit production performs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7 and Friday March 14 and at 7 and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8 and Saturday, March 15 at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Susanville.

The theme for this year’s production — which features a cast of 103 from as young as 5 to as old as 67, a crew of about 10 and several directors — is Around the World in 80 minutes — taking the audience on an international musical adventure with numbers from the Broadways shows

Infant dies from possible abusive head trauma

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 — A 2-1/2-month-old infant, of Susanville, died Thursday, Feb. 13, at Renown Medical Center, and officials are seeking information about the case.

According to a press release from the Susanville Police Department, the infant may have died from abusive head trauma.

The infant’s parents first brought him to Banner Lassen Medical Center Feb. 8 after they found the infant unresponsive in their Susanville apartment. He was later transferred to Renown, according to the release.


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