96 years ago
A man was caught traveling 20 miles per hour through the heart of Susanville in an early model Ford. Sheriff’s officers arrested the man and sentenced him to one day in jail.
The newspaper used the occasion to issue a strict reminder to its readers that no one was allowed to go faster than five miles per hour in any motor vehicle traveling through town,
71 years ago
Army Corporal Donald Fremd of Susanville, returned home from World War II after being held prisoner by German soldiers. He was maneuvering a tank which was struck by enemy fire during a battle in North Africa.
He was subsequently captured along with others from the First Division Tank Corps.
After spending time with his family, Fremd was scheduled to be transported to an Army hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was then slated to return to the war, and he hoped he would be back inside a tank.
46 years ago
Lassen County escaped one of the fiercest snowstorms to hit Northern California this century.
Susanville received just one-half inch snow while Fredonyer Pass was hit with two feet and Redding received 22 inches, collapsing countless roofs.
Also, more than 800 eastbound motorists on Interstate 80 were unable to travel up Donner Summit and were forced by the weather to spend Christmas in Colfax.
36 years ago
The Susanville Peace Officers Association and the Susanville City Council ended a seven-month impasse on wage and benefit talks with the signing of a memorandum of understanding.
The agreement was pending a study of the feasibility of a 2 percent increase in retirement benefits.
20 years ago
Charges filed against a suspected drug dealer may have had to be dismissed because law enforcement officers possibly violated her constitutional right against self-incrimination.
Lassen County deputy district attorney Dan Howe stipulated a pair of veteran officers from the Lassen County Narcotics Task Force twice questioned a Susanville woman suspected of being a drug trafficker without advising her she had the right to remain silent and have an attorney present during questioning. A stipulation in a court proceeding is considered an admission of fact.
15 years ago
Sierra Pacific Industries announced the permanent closure of its Susanville sawmill due to a serious log shortage.
Sierra Pacific spokesman Ed Bond said all employees would get 60 days notice before the mill closed and dismantled sometime during the first three months of 2004. Employees would receive the notices once an exact closure date was set. Bond said current employees would be asked if they would like to transfer to another Sierra Pacific facility.
Representatives from local small business Morning Glory appeared before the Susanville City Council Dec. 5 to garner the city’s assistance to stand against Prison Industries Authorities’ attempt to acquire Morning Glory’s sales from the local prisons.
Joshua McKernan, Morning Glory’s president, and Mike O’Kelly, its CEO, drafted a letter to council members detailing the circumstances surrounding their appearance that evening.
O’Kelly and McKernan spoke before the council to fight PIA’s attempts “to take $1.3 million in gross revenue” of milk and egg sales from Morning Glory.
In their letter to the council, they explained Morning Glory has provided milk and eggs to local prisons, specifically High Desert State Prison and the California Correctional Center, for the last 55 years.