News for the week of March 6, 2014
Drug search . . .
LAW ENFORCEMENT officers from Modoc and Shasta County searched vehicles on Rine Street during a search warrant for drugs last week that centered on a Carlos Street home. One arrest was made in the case, but no illegal drugs were located in the vehicle.
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Rhoades enters ‘not guilty’ plea in murders
Cherie Rhoades, accused of murdering four people and attempting to kill two others on Feb. 20 at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office in Alturas, pleaded not guilty to those charges in Modoc Superior Court Monday.
She will return to Modoc Courts April 23, 11 a.m. for further proceedings. She was denied bail.
The deceased are Angel Penn, age 19, Glenn Calonico, age 30, Sheila Russo, age 47, and Rurik Davis, age 50. Davis is the shooter’s brother, Penn is her niece and Calonico is her nephew. Russo is the wife of a Sheriff’s Department employee and was a tribal administrator.
Two other people were also wounded, Melissa Davis, age 26, and Monica Davis, age 25. They are Rurik Davis’ daughters. Monica has been released from the hospital and Melissa, who was more seriously injured in recovering and doing well.
Modoc County District Attorney Jordan Funk has said his office may seek the death penalty against Rhoades. The case is first-degree murder with special circumstances. The complaint states that Rhoades acted “willfully and unlawfully with malice aforethought” in commission of the murders.
Funk said the process could take months, but he would like to have a preliminary hearing in the case in the next 90 to 120 days.
BV ambulance district issue on June 3 ballot
Last week the Modoc County Board of Supervisors voted to consolidate the Big Valley ambulance district election on the June 3 Primary ballot.
The Lassen and Modoc County Local Agency Formation Commissions, LAFCOs, approved the Cascades Community Services District last month, whose purpose will be to provide medical and Advanced Life Support ambulance services for Big Valley.
The district, if approved by two third of its voters, would include property in both Lassen and Modoc Counties and the majority of the property value is in Lassen.
Voters in the proposed district are asked to vote in favor of it and a flat rate tax of $65 per unique parcel per year. Individual unique parcel owners will be taxed for a maximum of two parcels, $130 per year within the CSD, regardless of how many separate parcels they own in either county.
Deadline nears for June 3 nominations
The deadline for candidates to file for the June 3 Primary Election is March 7 for the County and March 12 for the City of Alturas offices.
All county incumbents have taken out papers and some challengers have appeared. Not all incumbents have finished the process, but are expected to before the deadline.
If an incumbent does decide not to run, the filing period will be extended from March 8 though March 12 for that office.
Modoc County Clerk of the Board Stephanie Wellemeyer is running for County Auditor/Recorder/Clerk/Registrar of Voters against incumbent Darcy Locken. Locken has taken out papers.
Alturas Chief of Police Ken Barnes is challenging Sheriff Mike Poindexter. Poindexter is running again.
For proper forms and more information, contact the County Clerk’s Office.
County offices up for election include the Superintendent of Schools, District Attorney, County Sheriff, County Treasurer, County Auditor-Recorder-Clerk and Assessor.
In addition, Modoc County Supervisors David Allan of District One and Geri Byrne of District Five are running again.
Schools Superintendent Gary Jones is running for re-election. Assessor Cheri Budmark, and District Attorney Jordan Funk have filed. Treasurer/Tax Collector Cheryl Knoch has taken out papers. There are no challengers for those offices.
County okays contract for property tax review
The Modoc County Board of Supervisors approved a contract last week aimed at a review of the ongoing issue of improper property tax allocations.
County Chief Administrative Officer Chester Robertson said the contract with consultant Rodney C. Goodman, Certified Public Accountant, was signed and is in effect from now until April 1.
County Auditor Darcy Locken had informed the Board of errors in the allocation of property taxes to various agencies and entities and that from $700,000 to $1 million in overpayments could be involved.
The Board has been trying to get a pure sense of how that happened, why it happened and how to remedy the problem. Goodman was brought on Board for his expertise and the contract limits compensation to $5,000.
Clifford Earl Bailey
A celebration of life for Clifford Earl Bailey, respected, longtime Modoc rancher, will be held on what would have been his 95th birthday this Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Alturas Elks Lodge 1756, Main St., Alturas. The family invites all who knew Cliff. Elks will be providing the food for the time of fellowship.
“Cliff” as he was known to so many, passed away at his home in Alturas, CA on December 22, 2013. He was born March 9, 1919, in a sod house near Lyman, CO, to Earl and Ida (Young) Bailey, Cliff was one of 10 children.
Memorial donations may be directed to any charity of the donor’s choice.
Private family services will be held at his ranch earlier in the day, prior to the celebration of life.
Sandi (Vernon) Bright
Sandi Vernon Bright passed away unexpectedly at her home in Big Pine, CA, following a long illness on February 28, 2014. She had just celebrated her 49th birthday.
Sandy was born on February 16, 1965 in Ft. Rucker, Alabama. She spent time growing up in Alturas and attended Modoc High School.
A memorial service is planned for March 15, 1 p.m., at the Brass Rail Banquet Room, Lakeview Hwy, Alturas, CA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your local animal shelter.
Ray Ketler, 95, passed away in his sleep at his Canby, CA home on February 24, 2014. Mr. Ketler was born October 24, 1918 in Akron, Ohio, where he went to high school. His services will be private.
Gordon Ash, longtime Surprise Valley resident, died at home on March 3, 2014 in Cedarville, CA. Services will be held at the Cedarville Community Church on March 22, 2014 at 11 a.m., with fellowship to follow. Mr. Ash’s obituary will be published next week.
Melvin L. Dollarhide
Melvin Lyle Dollarhide, born in Cedarville, CA January 21, 1953, passed away at the age of 61, on February 28, 2014 in Cedarville, CA. Among those who survive are his wife Melinda.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m. at Modoc District Fairgrounds, Cedarville. Mr. Dollarhide’s obituary will be published in a future issue. Arrangements by Kerr Mortuary, Alturas.
Glenn P. Calonico, Jr.
Memorial services for Glenn Phillip Calonico, Jr. of Cedarville, CA will be held Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m. at the Kerr Mortuary Chapel, 400 West Second St., Alturas, CA. Glenn, son of Tinarisa (Sweeney) and Glenn Calonico, Sr. was born in Roseville, CA on November 26, 1983. He passed away in Alturas, February 20, 2014.
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