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'Persons of interest' arrested in double homicide case

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor

 The Butte County sheriff’s office displays the firearms and drug paraphernalia that were concealed under G.D. Hendrix’s jacket when he was arrested Tuesday night. Photo courtesy Butte County sheriff’s office

Two people have been arrested as persons of interest in the Dec. 20 shooting deaths of Cromberg residents Mike and Olga Kroencke.

The Butte County sheriff arrested Berry Creek residents G.D. Hendrix, 44, and his mother, Lotta Hendrix, 67, Tuesday night, Jan. 6, at different locations in Butte County.

Acting on a tip, Butte County sheriff’s detectives responded to the Canyon Creek Store at 9607 Oro-Quincy Highway where they encountered G.D. Hendrix as he was leaving the store about 6:30 p.m.

Detectives ordered Hendrix to the ground. Hendrix reportedly yelled back and initially raised his hands. But he then lowered them down to his waist and reached under his jacket.

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Inmate murdered at local prison

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 — High Desert State Prison is investigating an inmate's murder.

 The incident occurred on a yard at the prison Monday, Jan. 5 when an inmate attacked another inmate with a prisoner-made weapon. Staff recovered one inmate-manufactured stabbing weapon at the scene. No staff members were injured in the incident.

Inmate Guy Archini, 63, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead Tuesday, Jan. 6.

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Chowder cooks sought for Westwood

Wednesday, Jan. 7 —  The Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting families, friends, businesses, organizations and agencies to bring their best chowder recipe to the cook-off Saturday, Jan. 17. The first chamber-sponsored event for the New Year will be held in the parking lot at the Westwood Visitor Center located at the corner of Third and Ash streets, next to the railroad tracks.

 To participate, download a form from the chamber’s website (westwoodareachamber.com) or pick one up at Young’s Market, To Dye For Salon or Westwood Visitor Center (open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday).

Cash prizes will be awarded this year to the winners of the competition. The judge’s choice, selected by qualified judges in a blind tasting, will be given to the overall winner as well as teams that place second and third. There is also an award for popular vote, selected by everyone who purchases a tasting kit at the event. All chowder teams are encouraged to decorate their booth in a theme that fits their chowder. Each booth will be judged and one team will receive an award for Best Decorated Booth.”                 

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Community Day School to re-open

Tuesday, Jan. 6 — To fill a void in the local education system, a community day school will be re-opening.

“We have students who are actually coming into this district who are coming from community day schools and actually should start there because they need to be in a more restrictive environment,” said Lassen Union High School District Superintendent Bill McCabe during a Tuesday, Dec. 9 meeting.

 According to McCabe, the goal of a community day school is not to keep students in that environment forever, but to get them on track academically.


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Gables may provide housing

Health and social services is seeking to enter into a partnership with an experienced developer and operator of special needs and low-income housing projects to secure and rehabilitate The Gables on Johnstonville Road.

According to Melody Brawley, director of health and social services, once the facility is renovated, the developer will rent it like an apartment complex.

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