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News of Record Jan. 3-9, 2014

Del Norte County Superior Court felony and misdemeanor sentencings for the week of Jan. 3-9 include:

Walter Dean Jones Jr., 33, Crescent City, was sentenced to 60 days in County Jail for violation of community supervision

Cameron Douglas Anderson, 21, Crescent City, was sentenced to 41 days in County Jail, three years probation and fined $370 for involuntary manslaughter


170 Del Norters in danger of losing jobless benefits

Some Del Norters receiving unemployment benefits from the federal government are in danger of losing them.

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Monday on whether it will renew extended benefits for unemployed Americans. The House of Representatives will also have to vote, if the extension receives 60 favorable votes in the Senate. 

As of Dec. 28, Americans who have reached their unemployment benefit limits are not receiving extensions.


Motel property declared a nuisance

Nearly six years after firefighters burned down part of the defunct City Center Motel during a training exercise, they may soon get a chance to set fire to what’s left.

The Crescent City Council this week unanimously declared the property at 708 J St. a public nuisance and gave the owners, Bhupendra and Harshaprabha Joshi, 60 days to clean it up. The Council also authorized city staff members to levy civil penalties of $250 per day if the property owners fail to abate the nuisance by the 60-day deadline.


Rethinking their security

Father Adam Kotas at St. Joseph Catholic Church was shaken by the murder of a fellow priest in Eureka, Father Eric Freed. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Clergy members cite late-night inmate releases and a lack of mental health

The murder of a beloved priest in Eureka on New Year’s Day has left Del Norte’s own Catholic leader and his flock shaken.

Father Adam Kotas, the pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Crescent City, is preaching forgiveness as he helps his own parishioners and those in Eureka grieve for Father Eric Freed, who was killed in the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church rectory. 

As details emerge regarding Freed’s death, Kotas said he and his parishioners are becoming increasingly disturbed and concerned for his own safety. New security measures will be implemented at St. Joseph, he said. 


New state? Constitution shows the way


But would Democrats in Congress back a plan likely to add two more GOP senators?

Jefferson state advocates will tell you America’s founding fathers anticipated a need for states to divide — why else would they include the option in the Constitution?

“The founders must have foreseen some need for this,” said Mark Baird, a Yreka airline pilot and one of the founders of the most recent movement to form a new state out of several northern California counties and possibly some from southern Oregon.


Burglars flee from armed woman

72-year-old confronted them at her bedroom door

When burglars tried to enter her bedroom Monday morning, a 72-year-old Crescent City woman scared them off.

“I think I surprised them, but I also had a gun in my hand,” she said.

She was sleeping when she heard someone in her house on the 3000 block of Lower Lake Road around 8 a.m.

“They just broke in through the garage door and entered the house and came upstairs and tried to open my bedroom door, which was locked,” she said. “I opened it and they turned around and ran.”


Harbor initiates electricity charge

Wes White was elected president of the Crescent City Harbor Commission on Tuesday, and Scott Feller was chosen as secretary.

The commission also voted to start charging metered electricity to boat owners renting spaces in the port as of Feb. 1. 

Although electricity was free for slip tenants in the past, Crescent City Harbor is undergoing the last touches of a $54 million reconstruction project initiated by destruction wrought from the 2006 and 2011 tsunamis.  Harbor officials have said that most other ports now charge for electricity and the district is on the hook for a $5.4 million federal loan needed to pay for its portion of the project.


The movement picks up speed

Joe Lavender pushes the state of Jefferson proposal in Hiouchi: “Most things that are worthwhile are not easy.” Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
On the first few days of the new year, Joe Lavender set up shop outside the Hiouchi Hamlet and told people how they could help create a new state — one of several recent examples of how the Jefferson state movement is picking up speed in Del Norte County.

Lavender wore a Jefferson state T-shirt and sat behind a concept for the 51st state flag, both adorned with a Jefferson state seal dating to 1941:


Drossel says he’ll run for DA again

Lawyer lost to Alexander by 196 votes four years ago

Robert Drossel will again campaign for Del Norte County district attorney, a position that eluded him by 196 votes in 2010.

Drossel announced his intention to run for the office.

“I’m excited about this new race; I came so close last time” said Drossel. “I still have the desire, motivation and fire in my gut to do an effective job in the District Attorney’s Office. I feel I can provide the leadership that’s needed to get the job done for the citizens of this community.”


Violent robbery at local store

Gunman assaults clerk, flees with undisclosed cash

A local auto parts store was the scene of a violent robbery Monday morning.

Around 7 a.m., a man wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun walked into O’Reilly Auto Parts store through the back door as the store was opening for business, according to a press release from the Crescent City Police Department.

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