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Violent carjacking remains mystery

Carjackers who put a battered Brookings woman in the ER when they took her car at knifepoint earlier this month remain at large, and the loose ends have raised questions about the quality of the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office’s response to the incident.

The carjacking, according to Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Steven, began March 6 as a late-night rendezvous among Karlie Geraghty, Eduardo Ramos and three others in the parking lot of the old Nautical Inn in Smith River. 

CVS Pharmacy to build by fairgrounds

Crescent City appears to be in for another drug store.

The city Planning Commission on March 12 unanimously approved building plans for a new 16,500-square-foot CVS Pharmacy store on the northeast corner of Cooper Avenue and U.S. Highway 101, just north of the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.

City Council gives go-ahead to Beachfront Park fundraising

An artist’s rendering shows a proposed amphitheater at Beachfront Park. Submitted
Crescent City officials are moving forward with their plan to raise funds for Beachfront Park’s redevelopment, which it’s been eyeing since 2011 and would ultimately give the 35-acre park a facelift through various projects.

This most recent step, approved at this week’s City Council meeting, comes in the form of creating 14 separate financial funds for the different projects outlined in the plan, giving anyone who’s interested in supporting the redevelopment an opportunity to donate to the project of their choosing.

News of Record March 13–19, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for March 13–19, 2015:

Michael Joseph Chiappone, 33, Crescent City, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for a probation violation and 30 days in jail and three years of probation for theft/larceny.

Christopher Michael Bessant, 23, Crescent City, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for a probation violation.

Reporter's Notebook: Tax refund can buy state parks pass

Tax refund burning a hole in your pocket? California is offering residents an option to purchase a “California Explorer Annual Pass” with their state tax refund. 

The pass costs $195 and covers vehicle-use entry fees for up to nine passengers at more than 130 state parks including beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains and historic sites, according to a news release from the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The pass is accepted at Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Patrick’s Point State Park. 


Solid Waste Management: Open board seat draws crowd

Nine people are vying for one spot on the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Board, which oversees trash and recycling in the county, as well as state-mandated monitoring of a closed landfill site.

These days the board consists of five seats: two for Crescent City Council members, two for Del Norte County Supervisors and one for a public representative appointed to a two-year term by the elected members.

Charges expanded for chase suspect

Additional evidence presented at a Tuesday preliminary hearing brought new charges for the apprehended suspect already facing a possible life sentence for his role in last week’s car-chase-turned-manhunt in Smith River.

Daniel Cardy, 18, of Smith River, is now being held to answer to an attempted murder charge — this one on a civilian — as well as three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, according to the District Attorney’s Office, which requested the new charges be added to the existing ones filed last Thursday. Those included attempted murder of a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, reckless evading and unauthorized driving of a vehicle.


Yearly tsunami siren test planned Wednesday in C.C.

Visitors to the downtown area next Wednesday should prepare for a siren blast as the county does its annual test of the tsunami alert system, but an evacuation drill is not planned.

Last year Crescent City marked the 50th anniversary of the 1964 tsunami with activities focused on emergency preparedness and a countywide tsunami drill to test the evacuation routes.

Volunteers also led about 300 people through the downtown area last year, remembering the night of March 28, 1964, and sharing stories of tragedy, courage and survival.

C.C. firefighting agencies to merge

Firefighters with the Crescent City Volunteer Fire Department and Crescent Fire Protection District worked together in a live burn training exercise at 746 A St. on Tuesday night. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Efforts are underway to merge the two primary firefighting agencies in the Crescent City area. 

Elected officials overseeing the Crescent City Volunteer Fire Department and Crescent Fire Protection District are pursuing a contract to combine them into a single agency.

The Crescent City Council oversees the Crescent Volunteer Fire Department, which responds to fire and medical calls within the city limits. 


Survival on the high seas

Jason Wiley jumps into Fred Endert Municipal Pool Friday during Coast Guard-conducted fishing vessel drill conductor training. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Jason Wiley shimmied into his red immersion suit and took his place behind his classmates. Wiley, a crew member aboard the F/V Darin Alan, and his classmates had practiced donning their suits in less than a minute on Thursday. 

On Friday, they were at Fred Endert Municipal Pool to see how they worked in the water.

“We had to learn how to get into the suit and get into a life raft,” Wiley said. “This is for a man overboard, a fire on the boat or for a boat sinking.”

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