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Jury fails to reach verdict in kidnap, rape case

A 12-person jury failed to reach a verdict last week in a four-day kidnapping and rape trial in Del  Norte Superior Court. 

The Del Norte District Attorney office expects to proceed with prosecution in a new trial late next month, according to court documents. District Attorney Dale Trigg declined comment on the case against Wilson Lor.

Lor was charged late last year with forcible rape and rape in concert with a kidnapping, for his suspected involvement in a January 2015 incident in which a woman was allegedly forced off the street into a home in Crescent City, then raped by three men. Testimony later that morning by the victim matched evidence discovered by investigating officers, including a wound on Lor’s neck, scratch marks on his body, and physical evidence in his house.


Back to paper with new tech

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Del Norte County Clerk-Recorder Alissia Northrup demonstrates the new Dominion Voting ImageCast Evolution machine Wednesday. Del Norte Triplicate / MIchael Zogg
Electronic vote recording machines replaced with devices 
that count votes from paper ballots 

Voters will encounter a new kind of machine when they head to the polls next month.

The new Dominion Voting ImageCast Evolution (ICE) machines will replace those that recorded votes electronically, said county clerk-recorder Alissia Northrup. They will allow voters to cast a paper ballot while pointing out any errors, ambiguous marks or races they may have missed. 

The new machines will also allow voters who are vision impaired to input their selection electronically while marking a paper ballot for them.


Can crab season be salvaged?

Local crabbers are relieved to get back out and set pots, but they are unsure if this season can be salvaged at such a late date.

Commercial crab fishing is set to begin May 12, according to a recent announcement from California Fish and Wildlife.


Realtors: Sales up 10% in 2 years

Real Estate sales are up in Del Norte County, with some of the higher end homes going to Chinese buyers, said Jim Peters of Ming Tree Realtors and president of the Del Norte Board of Realtors during his presentation at last week’s Crescent City Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit.                          

Peter’s had good news to share with assembled crowd and said, “The number of houses sold increased by 10 percent between 2013 and 2015. And the total days on the market decreased.”


City takes back letter for river designation

Crescent City Council voted 4-1 late Monday to rescind a letter sent last month to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality supporting a petition to designate the Oregon section of the North Fork of the Smith River as an Outstanding Resource Water (ORW).

 

 


Jury fails to reach verdict in kidnap, rape case

A 12-person jury failed to reach a verdict last week in a four-day kidnapping and rape trial in Del Norte Superior Court. 


Council honors clerk Kimmie Scott

The Crescent City Council on Monday declared this week (May 1-7) as “Municipal Clerk’s Week” to honor City Clerk Kymmie Scott.


Few details on law enforcement operation Wed.

In what appears to be an investigation related to car theft, all three of Del Norte’s leading law enforcement entities converged Wednesday afternoon on the north end of Crescent City.


Coast Central names manager of member services

Robert Machado is the new Coast Central Credit Union manager of member services for the Crescent City branch location.


Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, May 2-4

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, May 2–4:

Monday, May 2

Note: From 4:19 p.m.

At 4:46 p.m., request for the removal of a person panhandling on the 1100 block of 3rd Street.

At 4:57 p.m., report of a suspicious black SUV with a broken out windshield on the 100 block of Price Mall.

At 5:59 p.m., report of a person stumbling around the roadway near the 300 block of U.S. 101.


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