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Pedestrian killed by vehicle on 101

A 27-year-old pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle Saturday evening when she attempted to cross the highway 500 feet north of a newly installed pedestrian crossing signal, authorities say. 

Sabrina Cowan was hit south of Parkway Drive by a 1995 Chevy S-10 pickup that was traveling south on U.S. Highway 101, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The driver, 28-year-old Shelby Kim of McKinleyville, stopped and called 911, the release says, and emergency personnel who responded pronounced Cowan dead on the scene.



Federal inquiry into cop actions

Video appears to show two officers taking cash from bust 

Hidden camera footage showing two law enforcement officers pocketing cash they found in a wallet during a Sheriff’s Office drug bust in March prompted an FBI investigation this week into the incident, and now additional questions are being raised about what happened that evening.

The video, which was shown to the Triplicate on Friday, wasn’t shot on the cameras that James Banuelos had mounted around his house — law enforcement knocked those down and took them as evidence when they showed up with a warrant to search the residence on March 9, which ultimately led to Banuelos’ arrest on suspicion of possession and sales of a controlled substance. As far as anyone knew, nothing was being recorded, but no one knew about the hidden cameras that Banuelos had tucked away around the house, wirelessly downloading everything they witnessed to his iPod. That footage, now in the hands of the FBI, shows an officer taking out what appears to be cash from a wallet that he found during the search, counting it out to “300” and laughing while splitting it with another officer and stuffing his share in his vest.

School district sued over bullying case

Suit claims students were racially harassed by classmates, staff 

A federal investigation of the Del Norte Unified School District that was finished in February found that school administrators didn’t adequately respond to racial harassment that had been occurring at Redwood Elementary School since 2013, and this week the mother of a harassed student sued the district and Superintendent Don Olson in federal court.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount in damages, according to attorney Jay Jambeck, and alleges that beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, Shawna Fairgood’s children were harassed based upon their race by other students and employees of DNUSD. 

Advocates for victims honored at prison

Honorees of Pelican Bay’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week luncheon pause for a photo. Submitted
At its ninth annual gathering coinciding with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Pelican Bay State Prison hosted local crime victims advocates and law enforcement officers Thursday afternoon to recognize their efforts. 

Ten individuals representing various local agencies were recognized at the the luncheon held in the PBSP cafeteria. 

“Pelican Bay State Prison’s annual luncheon is an opportunity to recognize and support the individuals and organizations that help victims of crime. It is a pleasure to welcome both Del Norte County and Curry County organizations,” said Lt. Chris Acosta, who opened this year’s luncheon, themed “Engaging Communities, Empowering Victims.”

Jury awards C.O. a $200K apology

All Pelican Bay Correctional Sgt. Antonio Teruel wanted was an apology for the potentially life-destroying lies that his colleague, former Correctional Officer Hugh Soule, wrote about him in a letter he that copied and sent — and even hand-delivered — to various people in Teruel’s life. 

But when Soule refused to apologize for trying to destroy Teruel’s character with the things he wrote, which included false accusations of abusing children, embezzling money, and downloading child pornography, a jury stepped in and did it for him — to the tune of $203,500.

Last Eureka paper Sunday

The final edition of the Eureka Times-Standard to be delivered in Del Norte County will be this Sunday’s.

A year after the newspaper scaled back home delivery in Del Norte from daily to Sundays only, the Times-Standard announced earlier this month that all deliveries would cease.  

Single-copy rack sales will also come to an end, leaving mail subscriptions and online editions the only option for Del Norters who wish to read it. 

Public health branch changes clinic times

The Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Branch is changing the times of their tuberculosis testing and immunization clinics. Beginning in May 2015, the clinic times are as follows:

• Tuberculosis (TB) testing: first and third Tuesday of the month from 9–10:30 a.m.

• Immunizations: first and third Tuesday of the month from 1:30–3 p.m. 

For any questions, including scheduling an appointment, call Colleen Machado at 464-3191 ext. 2825.

Woman critical after car totaled on 199

A vehicle veered off U.S. Highway 199 Thursday evening, stopping 10 feet short of the river and injuring both the 44-year-old male driver and the 63-year-old female passenger, according to California Highway Patrol officials.

Kevin Allensworth, of Klamath Falls, Ore., was driving north in a silver 2003 Ford Taurus at speeds CHP reported to be too fast for the wet conditions, causing him to lose control of the vehicle when he met a long sweeping right turn at milepost 10.57. 



News of Record April 17–23, 2015

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for April 17–23, 2015:

Abraham Robert Camez, 23, Crescent City, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years of probation and fined $1,231 for burglary.

Learning the Ropes: Swift water rescue training

Participants practice rescuing instructor Zach Byars during Wednesday's training on the Smith River. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Upriver from Walker Road on Wednesday afternoon, swift-water rescuers-in-training became human chains to ford a shallow riffle; they moved laterally and in single file, their hands anchored to each others’ life vests. 

But a safe crossing isn’t guaranteed. 

Having reached the island on the other side and gone through a number of drills involving tethered rope and whistles, they may have expected their instructor to follow unharmed.

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