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Downing to hold meeting with medical marijuana growers

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 — From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, Susanville Police Chief Tom Downing will host a community forum to solicit public comment on the formation of a proposed medical marijuana cultivation ordinance. The meeting will be held at the city council chambers located at 66 N. Lassen St. in Susanville.

The purpose of the forum is to hear from individuals on both sides of the argument of regulating the cultivation of medical marijuana within the city limits. No decision will be made at this meeting. After receiving comments, Downing will craft an amended ordinance and present it to the city council at a later date.

Sheriff encourages safety on public lands

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 —Large-scale marijuana grows are found each year on public lands in Lassen County. These grows are often discovered by citizens who are hunting, fishing or hiking in remote areas. With hunting seasons ramping up, there will be more people out in these remote areas and it is important for them to know how to recognize a possible marijuana grow site and what to do if they encounter one.

The Sheriff's office has encountered grows from 1,000 plants up to 35,000 plants. Most, if not all of these grows were operated by Mexican nationals under the direction of drug cartels. The persons operating these grows often have firearms for the taking of game and the defense of their crop, and they sometimes place booby traps and poisons to protect their crops.

Signs of a potential marijuana garden:

Fire totals motor home

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Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 — Fire fighters and emergency officials battled a blaze shortly after 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 2, on Richmond Road. According to Cal Fire captain Isaac Thornton, the fire totaled a motor home behind Richmond Road Mini Storage and Commercial Complex, and damaged the exterior of the building before crews stopped the spread. The blaze also ventured out into the surrounding vegetation. Photo by Makenzie Davis

Repairs made to Bass Hill Landfill scale

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 ­— Repairs should be completed shortly, if not now, to the outbound scale at the Bass Hill Landfill.

During a July 31 lightning storm, a strike occurred in close proximity to the Bass Hill Landfill resulting in an electron surge that knocked out the scale.

As a result, people have had to circle back around and use the inbound weigh scale.

Chief updates Susanville crime statistics

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 — Good news and bad news about the crime rate in the city of Susanville.

Police Chief Tom Downing provided an update on the police department statistics from January through June of this year to the Susanville City Council at its Wednesday, Aug. 20 meeting.

Downing said the number of property crimes in the city has decreased slightly while the number of violent crimes increased slightly during the past six months. Downing said the drop in property crime statistics may be due to “assertive work” by local police officers.


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