News for the week of March 30, 2017

THE JUNIOR LIVESTOCK Showgrounds building is becoming a reality. Work is underway to complete construction of the junior livestock building for JLS2. Photo by Elizabeth Cavasso

Vogee enters ‘not guilty’ plea is murder case


Robert Allen Vogee, 59, of Alturas, who is accused of killing Alturas resident Pamela Sue Johnson, age 59, last month was arraigned in Modoc Superior Court Tuesday and entered a plea of “not guilty” to all charges.
He was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of burglary, and one count of arson. A pre-preliminary hearing is set for May 23, 1:30 p.m. in Modoc Superior Court......Click here to read more.

Rhoades sentencing hearing April 10

Convicted mass murderer Cherie Rhoades will face the sentencing phase of the trial in Modoc Superior Court, about 8:30 a.m. April 10. She remains in custody in the Modoc County Jail.
The Placer County jury recommended the death penalty for Rhoades. She was found guilty of murdering four people February 20, 2014 at the Cedarville Rancheria offices in Alturas. The April 10 hearing will determine whether the death penalty recommendation is upheld and the judge who presided in the trial, Candace J. Beason, will hear this issue......Click here to read more.

Senior Center hanging on, needs help

The Modoc County Senior Citizens Center is holding on, but may need some extra help to get through until June 30.
According to Modoc County Senior Citizens Board of Directors Chairperson Jeri Martin, the organization needs to raise about $25,000 to cover costs between now and June 30, the end of its fiscal year. Some of those funds have been raised, but more fundraisers will be undertaken.........Click here to read more.

Modoc jobless rate dips to 9.6%

The Modoc unemployment rate for February 2017 dipped to 9.6 percent from January’s 10 percent. In February 2016, the jobless rate was 10.4 percent.
According to the state Employment Development Department, the February 2017 civilian workforce numbered 3,180, with 2,870 employed and 300 unemployed.  That compares to last February when the workforce numbered 3,130 with 2,810 employed and 320 unemployed........Click here to read more.

Deaths:

Kenneth Ray Keeney passed away March 17, 2017.
Wylie Lee “Dave” Davison Jr., passed away March 21, 2017
Dr. John Keller, Jr., DDS, passed away Tuesday, March 21
Waylon Kurt Dowell passed away March 23, 2017
Phillip James Barker passed away March 25, 2017

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