News for the week of April 28, 2016

A new treasurer. . .
THE CITY OF Alturas has a new Treasurer, Sara Peet, left. She was appointed this month by the Alturas City Council and takes over for Heather MacDonnell, who recently relocated. Alturas City Clerk Cary Baker, right, was unopposed for another term in that position.


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Modoc jail escapee captured after high-speed chase

On April 21, 2016, at about 5:30 a.m., a Modoc County Correctional Officer discovered that inmate Joshua Helgeson, age 30, was missing from his housing unit in the Modoc Jail.
The jail was immediately put on lock down and additional officers were called in to assist locating the escaped inmate.
It was discovered that the Helgeson had damaged the ventilation system to access the attic area of the facility where he removed another vent and gained access to the roof.
It is believed that Helgeson then made a 15-foot drop into the secured east area of the Sheriff’s office and then crawled under a locked gate. At that point, he left the area and apparently headed to California Pines. Sheriff’s Deputies patrolled that area trying to find him.
During the search of escapee, the Sheriff’s Department received a report that Helgeson had obtained a private vehicle and was no longer dressed in jail attire.
With the assistance from the APD, a CHP helicopter, CHP officers from the Alturas area and the Modoc County Sheriff’s deputies, the pursuit had lasted approximately 15 minutes. Helgeson ultimately abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, at which time Sheriff’s Office Deputies took him into custody at gunpoint at about 10:16 a.m.
Helgeson was found to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Helgeson was being held on multiple charges of false imprisonment, assault on an officer and assault with a deadly weapon prior to his escape. His bail prior to his escape was set at $100,000. His current bail has been increased to $500,000.


Rural mailboxes vandalized, some contents stolen

There has been a recent rash of vandalism to area rural route cluster mailboxes in both Modoc and Lassen Counties.
Modoc Undersheriff Tex Dowdy said an investigation into the crimes, which not only includes damage to the mailboxes, but also some possible theft of personal information or checks and other items.
The mailboxes known to have been hit are widespread, including California Pines, Modoc Recreational Estes, Canby, Thoms Creek Estates, Cedar Pass, County Road 54 and others.
Dowdy asks that anyone seeing suspicious activity around the mailboxes report quickly to the Sheriff’s Office at 233-4416. Pay attention to types of vehicles, license plate numbers and descriptions of individuals.
Many of the cluster box users are now required to pick up their mail at the Post Offices. The Postal Service is in the process of replacing damaged boxes.

Crunch time in Big Valley ALS vote

It’s time to cast ballots in Big Valley in a Special Election May 3, 2016 to consider forming a special district and adopting a tax assessment to fund local ambulance, emergency medical response and training.
The election is a mail-in only ballot and voters will decide on Measure E to form the District and Measure F to approve a $65 per parcel annual tax to fund the District.
The Modoc County Clerk/Auditor’s Office under Stephanie Wellemeyer is handling this election this year. It’s important that ballots are mailed in or delivered to her office by Election Day or they must be postmarked by Election Day.
Wellemeyer reported Wednesday that on the Modoc side of the election 462 ballots were issued and her office received 209 back. 
“Of the 209, we've challenged 32,” she said. “So, if anyone is curious if their ballot was counted or not they can contact our office.  These challenges could be that a voter forgot to sign the ballot, or that they don't have their physical address on the ballot or that they have an address on the ballot that doesn't match what we have in the system.”  
On the Lassen County side, 557 were issued, 253 returned and of those 63 have been challenged or undeliverable.
Contact the elections office at 530-233-6204.


Martinez appointed to Fair Board

Tiffany Martinez, 33, of Lake City, has been appointed to the 34th District Agricultural Association, Modoc District Fair Board of Directors. Martinez has been deputy clerk for the Modoc County Board of Supervisors since 2015.
She was executive director at the Shasta County Farm Bureau from 2010 to 2015. Martinez is a member of the California Cattlemen’s Association, Shasta County Cattlewomen’s Association and the Shasta County Farm Bureau. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.



Robert “Bob” Lovell
On April 19, 2016, a golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands were put to rest and God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. 
Robert “Bob” Lee Lovell, 68, of Alturas, CA passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016 after spending the morning doing what he loved…fishing.
Bob was born June 1, 1947 in Bishop, CA to Frona Fay Peterson
A celebration of life was held April 23 at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Alturas, where he was also honored as a Military Veteran.  Close family will gather at a later date for private graveside services. 

Melvena “Bobbie” Hall
Melvena Ruth “Bobbie” Lovelace was born September 12, 1944 in Yreka, CA. She met the love of her life, Harold Lloyd Hall, upon his U.S. Army discharge
Her loving partner, Lloyd, passed away on Feb. 4, 2008, after they had shared 50 years together. Melvena passed away March 20, 2016 at the age of 71.
Services were held March 26 at the Likely Cemetery, where she was laid to rest next to her beloved Lloyd. A potluck followed at the Likely Fire Hall.
The family gives special thanks to all the good people who showed up to attend the services and the gathering to honor their loved one. All the expressions of sympathy and support mean more than words can say.

Robert C. Vincent
Robert C. Vincent passed away at his home in Yreka, CA. on
April 23, 2016.
Bob was born in Willow Ranch, CA. on May 13, 1939 to Charles and Georgia Vincent. He was raised on the family ranch;  going to elementary school in Willow Ranch and high school in Alturas, CA.
Services will be held Friday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. at Miners Inn Convention Center ( North Annex ) at 122 East Miner St., Yreka, CA. (Entry on North Main St. behind motel)
Viewing on Thursday evening, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest a contribution to the Madrone Hospice of Yreka, CA.

Memorial for Mya Star Townsend

On April 28, 2015 we lost our dear Mya. This was a devastating loss not only for her family but also for many individuals in Modoc who knew and loved her. On Thursday, April 28, 2016 there will be a memorial to remember our beautiful Mya Star Townsend on the Fort Bidwell Indian Reservation. From 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. there will be a Sticks and Stones presentation at the SV schools: from 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., in Fort Bidwell, there will be letter writing to Mya, blessings and a barbecue starting; feel free to bring your favorite side dishes. At 6 p.m. will be the letter burn, and at dusk there will be a balloon release. On Friday, April 29, there will be a Sticks and Stones conference at the Fort Bidwell Community Center beginning at 10 a.m. After lunch there will be a suicide prevention awareness walk. Everyone welcome to attend.


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