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Suspect in Trejo murder arrested, second suspect sought

Friday, Jan. 16, 2014 — A former Susanville resident is under arrest today on murder and attempted murder charges, and a second suspect is being sought.

Detectives from the Susanville Police Department — with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, the Butte County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and the California Highway Patrol — arrested former Susanville resident Ronald Jay Benjamin, 26, at a residence in a rural part of Glenn County on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Benjamin was booked into the Glenn County Jail on a warrant issued by the Lassen County Superior Court. Bail has been set at $1.5 million.

Benjamin is charged with the February 2014 murder of Cedric Erwin Trejo and the attempted murder of Nathan Duane Wilson.

For the complete story, see the Tuesday, Jan. 20 issue of the Lassen County Times.

Forest employee lends a hand at Rose Parade

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The mules shine at the 2015 Rose Parade as part of the U.S. Forest Service Color Guard, featuring Corey Finneman (Los Padres National Forest), left, Debbie McDougald (Sierra National Forest) and Katy Bartzokis (Inyo National Forest). Photo by Christine Mullowney

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 — As Megan Mullowney was headed for her new position with the Lassen National Forest, she never imagined she’d soon have another opportunity to follow one of her life’s passions. But just weeks after transferring from the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit to the Lassen, the Almanor Ranger District resource officer was on her way to Pasadena to help support the U.S. Forest Service‘s participation in the 2015 Rose Parade.

As part of a year-long series of events and festivals celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the forest service showcased a traditional skills entry, consisting of three mule pack strings, rangers, firefighters and volunteers, at the 126th Rose Parade on January 1.

Woman injured after being hit by truck

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Emergency medical personnel tend to Crystal Martinez who was struck by a 2008 Toyota Tacoma on East Riverside Drive on Monday, Jan. 12. Photo by Ruth Ellis

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 — Emergency personnel rushed to East Riverside Drive in the late afternoon of Monday, Jan. 12 on a reported traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.

According to a press release from the Susanville Police Department, upon arrival, officers found a silver 2008 Toyota Tacoma parked in the westbound lane with moderate damage to the front grill and hood.

A woman, identified as Crystal Martinez, 43, was lying in the middle of the westbound lane near the pickup.

Supermarket, community donate bags of food to local seniors

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Bryan Stovall, left, John Whitby, Lassen Senior Services executive director Penny Artz, IGA manager Todd Eid, Chris McMullen, Jessica Eid, Hope Browning, Julie Huff, Pam Woodworth and Kailee Mossinger stand behind the 120 bags of food donated to local seniors. Photo by Makenzie Davis

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 —Lassen County homebound seniors will receive a bag full of groceries donated by local residents and Susanville Supermarket IGA.

According to Todd Eid, the supermarket manager, customers purchased 116 Help Fight Hunger certificates for $10 each. He said the store rounded it up to 120 and donated $20 worth or groceries for every $10 donated.

Supes to consider change to EMS plan

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 — Representatives from Mountain Life Flight have requested several paragraphs be removed from the Emergency Medical Services Transportation Plan, because they said it is not beneficial to local residents.

According to Keith Crosby, general manager of Mountain Life Flight, if the paragraphs remain, the company will no longer be able to use its own ambulance to transport its flight crew — a paramedic and a registered nurse — to and from the hospital.

Mountain Life Flight currently has an ambulance located 40 feet outside its hangar door. When the crew is called out for a fixed wing transfer, they get into the ambulance, drive to the hospital, pick up the patient and then drive back to the airport, according to Crosby.


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