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Former utility district official may face DUI charge

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — The Lassen Municipal Utility District’s former operations manager may soon face a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in the aftermath of an accident on Main Street in Susanville.
    According to the Susanville Police Chief Tom Downing, Dave Folce, LMUD’s former operations manager, allegedly was driving a Ford Explorer registered to the publicly owned utility district when he ran into the left rear end of a parked Toyota Tacoma pickup about 8 p.m. May 14. Both vehicles suffered moderate damage.

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Health officer warns of heat danger

Monday, July 13, 2015 — California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is reminding everyone to stay cool and hydrated as temperatures across the state continue to climb.
    “California residents need to prepare themselves for what’s looking like a very hot, dry summer,” Smith said. “July and August are generally the hottest months of the summer season and we are already seeing very high temperatures. It is important that everyone stay cool, stay hydrated, stay inside and take other precautions to prevent heat-related illness.”
    Extreme heat poses a substantial health risk, especially for vulnerable populations including young children, the elderly, those with chronic diseases or disabilities, pregnant women and people who are socially isolated. Heat-related illness includes: cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and death. Warning signs of heat-related illnesses may include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache and nausea. Vomiting, paleness, tiredness and dizziness can also be indicators of heat-related illness.

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Senate approves motor voter act

Monday, July 13, 2015 — Legislation sponsored by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to modernize California’s motor voter registration system was approved by the State Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee recently.
    The California New Motor Voter Act, AB 1461, would register every eligible citizen who goes to a Department of Motor Vehicles office to get a driver’s license or renew one, potentially adding millions of new registered voters to California’s voter rolls. AB 1461 is jointly authored by Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez, Luis Alejo and Kevin McCarty. The proposed law will now be considered by the State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.

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Vehicle accident claims life of Susanville girl, Reno man

Monday, July 13, 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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City fire department to get new equipment

Monday, July 13, 2015 — The Susanville Fire Department is receiving updated equipment after a grant was accepted during a June Susanville City Council meeting.
    Fire Chief James Moore presented the item during the June 17 meeting, asking the board approve a grant from the 2014 Assistance to Firefighter Grant and a transfer of mitigation funds for a grant match.
    According to the agenda item, the fire department contracted with Gatchell Grant Resources LLC to go after a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

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