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Former Susanville helicopter pilot to serve two years in prison

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 — Today United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. sentenced John Michael Dial, 58, of Skaneateles, New York, to two years in prison for aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Dial used the names of actual persons to commit violations of federal law such as false statements to the FAA and forgery of a U.S. passport.

Dial worked for an air ambulance service in Susanville and provided numerous false identification documents to his employer. From July 3, 2011, to Nov. 7, 2011, he operated a helicopter approximately 63 times without having a valid pilot certificate.

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Secret Witness Program offers reward for information in Meinert murder case

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 — The Secret Witness of Northern Nevada announced today it is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the June 22 murder of Janesville veterinarian Richard Meinert.

Ed Pearce, a spokesman for the secret witness program, said $2,500 is the normal reward amount offered in murder cases.

“This is a first for us,” Pearce said. “We’ve never done anything in your area before.”

According to Pearce, the program recently provided information that solved its 37th homicide case.

Those with information should call (775) 322-4900. Callers may remain anonymous, and when they call they are given an identification number that serves as their identity.

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Supes seek buyer for Herlong property

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 — A request for proposal has been released more Herlong property.

The county acquired the property, which will be sold as is, in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

The land offered is more than 3,576 acres and surrounds the Amedee Airstrip, which is owned by the United States Army.

The county will retain a switch station, which sits on 1.13 acres and a 60-foot access and utility easement for the Amedee Airfield Road.

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Board rescinds recent policy revisions

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 — The Lassen Union High School District Board of Trustees rescinded several policy changes during a special Tuesday, Sept. 23 meeting.

As a result of the board’s action, students taking advanced placement classes will continue to receive a weighted grade even if they don’t take and pass the advanced placement test.

In a separate matter regarding the same policy, a motion died due to a 2-to-2 vote where students would receive a withdraw/fail if they drop a class after the first two weeks of a semester.

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Check your fire alarm

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 —Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That's the message behind this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!"

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Susanville Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5 through 11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

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