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Police chief, sheriff advise residents about motorcycle gangs coming to Susanville

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 — A number of community members have expressed concern over reports of outlaw motorcycle gangs coming to the Susanville area this weekend, according to a joint press release prepared by Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon and Susanville Police Chief Tom Downing.

There are many unverified, unconfirmed rumors at this point. The facts surrounding this weekend are as follows: A motorcycle club known as the O.G. Ryderz will be in Susanville and the unincorporated areas of Lassen County this weekend. The O.G. Ryderz is not a validated motorcycle gang. This club is a known support group or affiliate of the Hell's Angels. The Hell's Angels are a validated Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

Members of the Susanville Police Department and Lassen County Sheriff's Office have done extensive research on the motorcycle club coming to the area.

The Lassen County Sheriff's Office, Susanville Police Department, and the Susanville area California Highway Patrol are working together on this and will have increased staffing levels over the weekend.

Classic car to show at fairgrounds this Saturday

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 — Classic cars and interested attendees will fill Lassen County Fairgrounds for the 15th annual High Country Cruise. The event, put on by the Susanville Street Rodders, goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Susanville Street Rodders is a group of local residents who enjoy older cars.

Meckler cancels Susanville appearance

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 — The Tuesday, Sept. 16 appearance by grassroots activist and tea party co-founder Mark Meckler at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Susanville has been canceled. The topic of Meckler’s speech was to be “Returning Citizens to Their Proper Role as Sovereigns.” Lassen County Tea Party Patriots spokesperson Carol Byers said the group would try to reschedule another Susanville appearance by Meckler in the future.

Meinert’s death officially classified a homicide

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 —The death of popular Janesville veterinarian Richard Meinert has officially been classified a homicide.

Smoke is from Klamath fires

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 —Elizabeth Schramel, a public affairs officer with the United State Forest Service, reports the smoke in Susanville and Lassen County is coming from the fires burning in the Klamath National Forest near the Oregon border. Schramel said, “As the winds change, the smoke will clear.”

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