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Susanville man charged with attempted murder

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — A Susanville man was charged with attempted murder after Susanville Police Department officers responded to an alleged altercation with a firearm at about 12:15 p.m. Friday, May 23 in the area of the 1600 block of Fifth Street.

According to a press release from the police department, two people in the Susanville Grocery Outlet parking lot stopped officers en route to the scene and claimed Jerome Thomas, 21, allegedly fired several shots with a rifle toward their vehicle.

Work wrapping up on the Northwest Gateway Forest Restoration Project at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — As warm weather ushers in more visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park, work is wrapping up on the Northwest Gateway Forest Restoration Project.

"This project has been incredibly successful in reducing fuel loads and restoring health to the forest surrounding Manzanita Lake," said park superintendent Darlene M. Koontz.“We hope to utilize mechanical thinning in other developed areas of the park in the future, the goal of which is to reestablish the forest landscape by restoring a more resilient, diverse forest structure. We thank our visitors for their support and understanding as we finish this beneficial project.”

The contractor will begin the demobilization process Tuesday, May 27 and will work through Friday, May 30.Demobilization will continue Wednesday, June 4, with an anticipated close out of the project on Thursday, June 5.Be aware of trucks moving through the Manzanita Lake area and always maintain a safe distance between yourself and the heavy equipment.

Woman sentenced for first-degree murder

Friday, May 23 — After almost 3-1/2 years, some resolution has come in the murder case of an off-duty Susanville police officer.

On Friday, May 23, Joanna Lynne McElrath, 39, was sentenced to 25-years-to-life in state prison for the premeditated and deliberate first-degree murder of her husband, Robert McElrath. She will also pay restitution including $8,912.89 to the victim’s family.

Visiting Judge John T. Ball also granted McElrath the 1,233 days she has spent in custody since her January 2011 arrest.

Low water levels bring delays, boat congestion

Friday, May 23, 2014 — Low water levels may disrupt some activities during and after Eagle Lake’s May 24 Memorial Day opener.

After another dry winter, the water level in the lake is extremely low, according to a press release from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office. The only boat launch available at the lake will be the low-water ramp at the south marina. Due to the water level, the ramp at Spalding will not be available.

The press release added that, as a natural lake, Eagle Lake has a number of hazards not mapped or identified by buoys or markers. The release warned some of the areas are hundreds of feet from any shoreline that appear to be out in the middle of the lake. Also, some of the areas the water is extremely shallow and hazards are just below the surface.

CHP shifts into high gear to keep everyone safe on the roads for Memorial Day

Thursday, May 22, 2014 — As the public prepares for Memorial Day weekend, the California Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to buckle up, drive the speed limit and designate a non-drinking driver. These friendly reminders are part of the upcoming CHP Maximum Enforcement Period that begins at 6:01 p.m. Friday, May 23 and continues through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 26.

“We encourage the public to put measures in place ahead of time to help make their road trip safe and enjoyable,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Leave early and allow for additional traffic delays, eliminate distractions behind the wheel, buckle up and always designate a sober driver.”

Last year, the 40 people killed in collisions in California during Memorial Day weekend represented a 60 percent increase from the same period in 2012. Among those who died within CHP jurisdiction, 40 percent were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

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