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Hammond admits conflict of interest in vote to sell Herlong property

Monday, May 11, 2015 — Lassen County District 5 Supervisor Tom Hammond admitted his Oct. 8, 2013 vote to sell the county’s Local Reuse Authority property in the Herlong town center to Pezzullo and Smith, LLC violated the law. Hammond also agreed to pay a $2,500 fine.

Hammond admitted the violation according to a stipulation between the supervisor and the California Fair Political Practices Commission announced today when the commission posted the agenda for its May 21 meeting.

According to the FPPC documents, “Hammond violated the Political Reform Act by making a governmental decision in which he had a material financial interest, in violation of Government Code Section 87100 … ” when he voted to approve the sale as part of the consent agenda at the Lassen County Board of Supervisors Oct. 8, 2013 meeting.

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Museum hosts open house

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — The Lassen Historical Museum is starting its season with an open house and season kickoff.
    From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, interested participants and Lassen Historical Society members can celebrate the summer kickoff at the Lassen Historical Museum at 115 N. Weatherlow St.
    The kickoff will be held in conjunction with the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce.
    According to Tony Jonas, president of the historical society, the event is an opportunity to garner more Lassen Historical society members and to show off the museum.

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City may ban medical marijuana cultivation

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — In a surprise move, the Susanville City Council directed city staff to create an ordinance that would ban the cultivation of medical marijuana with the city limits.
    According to its agenda, the council was to approve the second reading of an ordinance that would have allowed medical marijuana cultivation with a number of restrictions in response to complaints from residents and public safety concerns from law enforcement.
    Two provisions of that proposed ordinance came under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California — the ordinance’s registration and inspection requirements.

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Ambulance tax measure fails

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 — Efforts to get ambulance services back in the immediate area of Big Valley have failed by a slim margin.
    A special mail-ballot-only election was held May 5 and residents in both Lassen and Modoc County decided not to impose a $64 parcel tax to cover the costs of emergency medical services.
    According to County Clerk/Recorder Julie Bustamante, whose office covered the election for both counties, Measure C failed by just four votes.
    The tax had to pass by two-thirds vote or 414 votes.

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Police announce arrest in Angel Siler case


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William Joaquin Romero

 

Thursday, May 7, 2015 — A former Susanville resident has been arrested and charged with the September 2011 murder of Angel Siler, 23.

According to a press release from the Susanville Police Department, former Susanville resident William Joaquin Romero, 36, was taken into custody at his residence on Josephine Street in Alturas, California about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 on a felony arrest warrant issued by the Lassen County Superior Court. Detectives from the Susanville Police Department with assistance from an officer from the Alturas Police Department arrested Romero.

“Cases of this nature are very complex and take a long time to investigate properly,” said Tom Downing, Susanville’s chief of police. “Through the hard work and dedication of the Susanville police detectives, we finally arrived at a point where an arrest was warranted in this case."

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