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Grand Jury report urges police department to follow its procedures

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — Based upon two unrelated complaints from citizens, the 2014-2015 Lassen County Grand Jury reviewed two cases with “overlapping similarities” involving the Susanville Police Department’s handling of cases involving the death of residents.
    According to the grand jury report, “It is the responsibility of local law enforcement and public officials to professionally investigate accidents, suicides or suspicious deaths to determine the facts surrounding the case.”
    The grand jury reviewed the police department’s death investigation policies and procedures, the timeliness of investigations, the department’s chain of command, how follow up calls are handled, how the department reaches satisfactory conclusions on investigations and how the department handles the dissemination of information to all parties involved in these investigations.

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County faces transient camping dilemma

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — A task force will be formed to help find a solution about the issue of transients who set up camp in the county, but near the boundaries of the city of Susanville.
    Supervisor Jeff Hemphill requested the matter be placed on the board’s agenda after the barn on Sierra Pacific Industries property burned down June 16.
    According to Eric Ewing, Office of Emergency Services chief, the official cause of the fire is undetermined, human-caused has not been ruled out.

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County approves salary, benefit increases

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — Memorandums of Understanding were approved for three county units and will allow the implementation of salary and benefit increases for three bargaining units within the county.
    Bargaining agreements were made with the United Public Employees of California, the largest employee group in the county, the Lassen County Road Workers Association and Management Professional Association.
    “They’re all almost identical. They’re three-year agreements, They include salary increases to immediately be implemented at  2.5 percent in one year, another 2 percent in the second year and in the third year of the contract, 3 percent,” said county administrative officer Richard Egan during a July 14 meeting of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors.

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Doctor faces charges for alleged illegal prescriptions

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — A Susanville doctor faces five state felony charges of issuing a controlled substance prescription without legitimate medical purposes.
    The charges against Dr. Jay Milton Beams, 73, come after the California Department of Justiceand the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse, Drug Diversion Team conducted an undercover investigation beginning in the fall of 2014.
    In four of the five charges, it was alleged Beams prescribed hydrocodone and a fifth charge alleged he prescribed Marinol, a type of synthetic tetrahydrocannobinol. He also surrendered his DEA registration.  

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Doyle Grade crash kills two

Monday, July 27, 2015 — The California Highway Patrol is investigating a double fatal vehicle accident that occurred on the Doyle Grade sometime between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Saturday, July 11.
    The accident, which only involved a 2010 Dodge pickup, claimed the life of Jenna Marie Patton, 19, of Susanville, and Stuart R. Robertson, 22, of Reno.  
     According to the CHP, Roberston, was driving the truck eastbound on the grade, east of Laura Drive, at an unknown speed.     

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