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4 robbery suspects arrested by BPD

Brookings Police arrested four suspects near Gold Beach yesterday afternoon in connection with the robbery of an armored car security guard outside Fred Meyer earlier in the day.

Agness residents Anthony Bonnell, 29, and Brittney Chishold, 25, as well as Gold Beach-area residents James Goff, 20, and Drake Wright, 19, were apprehended before 2 p.m. on Friday after leading police on a multi-vehicle chase up U.S. 101 and then through the woods near Hunter Creek Loop.

At about 11:45 a.m. an armed security guard transporting a large amount of cash and check deposits from Fred Meyer in Brookings was pepper sprayed and robbed by several suspects, according to the Brookings Police Department.


Head on crash injures three

Three people were injured Wednesday evening in a two-car collision just south of Little Jones Creek Road on U.S. 199 outside Gasquet. Hours later, a woman stepped out of her car while stopped and waiting for responders to clear the scene of the wreck, only to tumble more than 50 feet into the river below and sustain minor injuries.

Ted Martin, 62, of Ashland was driving southbound around 6:25 p.m. on Feb. 3 when he lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet and collided head-on with father and son Jerry Rylee, 69, of Mad River, and Mark Rylee, 49, of Fortuna.

According to the California Highway Patrol, it was cloudy and raining at the time of the accident. CHP officer Pete Roach said Martin was overcorrecting from a sharp righthand turn near mile marker 24.08 and found his car sideways blocking both lanes of travel on the highway. Mark Rylee was driving with his father in a 2010 Dodge, saw Martin skidding, and braked, stopping on a small bridge.


Emergency dispatch call logs, Feb. 2-4, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, Feb. 2-4:

Tuesday, February 2

At 4:48 p.m,. caller says somebody was digging through the trash cans and then started driving through the cemetery on the 500 block of East Cooper Street. Caller believes the person was trying to steal fresh flowers.

At 4:57 p.m., report from multiple parties of a person trying to direct traffic at the intersection of U.S. 101 and Cooper Street.

At 5:23 p.m., caller says her bike was stolen from outside her house on the 300 block of 7th Street.


CAN reaches out to local fisherman during missed crab season

The Community Assistance Network is reaching out to commercial fishermen and offering free food boxes every Tuesday and Friday.

Fishermen must bring their driver’s license and commercial fishing license, but do not need to provide a proof of income.

Sign-ups are 9 a.m.-noon and boxes are distributed at 12:30 p.m. at CAN, 355 Standard Veneer Road off Lake Earl Drive just north of Crescent City. For more information, call 464-9190.


Drury Parkway to close to vehicles, open for foot and bikes first Saturdays

The Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway will be opened to foot and bicycle traffic only on the first Saturday of every month, from now until May.

“A lot of positive feedback” led the parks to close the byway through Prairie Creek Redwood State Park to motor vehicles once a month through the spring, said Brett Silver, interim superintendent of the redwood state parks.

Traditionally, the road paralleling U.S. 101 between Klamath and Orick has been closed twice a year for the same effect — once in June and once in September, unofficially marking the start and end of the busy summer season.


News of Record, Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 2016

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte Superior Court for Jan. 29 to Feb. 4: 

Joseph L Gregorio, 35, Eureka, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and fined $150 for a probation violation.

Lacey A. Bailey, 33, Crescent City, was sentenced to 6 days in jail for a probation violation.

Mirran D. Erickson, 24, Crescent City, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for two counts of probation violation.


McClure mum on coastal struggle

Executive Director's fate to be decided on Wednesday

Del Norte County’s own Martha McClure finds herself neck-deep in the surge of comments and reproaches that continue to wash in from beach-goers, environmentalists and government officials since news broke in mid-January that the California Coastal Commission’s executive director’s job is on the line.

Coastal Commissioner and District 2 County Supervisor Martha McClure, frequently criticized at home for being too liberal, is now under the public’s scrutiny for not being liberal enough at the state level, having been named one of the most pro-development voters on the panel and a co-conspirator in an alleged coup.

“I think it’s unfortunate that it’s happened like it’s happened,” said McClure, recalling one rather menacing phone message from someone looking forward to spitting in her face. “It’s frustrating not being able to discuss the details, but those will emerge shortly. I have no prediction either way for what will happen next week.”


An epidemic: a series on domestic violence in Del Norte County

Editor’s note: The identities of domestic abuse victims are not being disclosed in an effort to protect them from further violence.

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Del Norte Triplicate // Bryant Anderson
For many people living in Del Norte County today, it’s a crisis. For others, it’s become normal, part of surviving. 

Often hidden behind closed doors, sometimes ignored by onlookers, domestic violence is undeniably woven into life here.

And it’s reported here at a higher rate than anywhere else in California.

Lately, Del Norters call police to report domestic violence eight times more frequently than the statewide average. Five years ago, this county’s call volume was right at the state average, around 6 out of every 1,000 calls to police. 


Emergency landing

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Airport staff and Crescent City Fire stand by to assist passengers after an airplane landing with damaged equipment Tuesday afternoon. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
A single failed bolt nearly spelled disaster Tuesday for three people on a Cal-Ore plane, which managed a successful emergency landing at Jack McNamara Field in spite of malfunctioning gear.

Lead pilot Dan Brattain as well as a business partner and a co-pilot in training were returning to the Crescent City airport from a meeting in Roseburg, Oregon around 3 p.m. when landing gear on the nose of the 7-passenger Piper Cheyenne failed to deploy.

“That was my first time doing a landing like that,” said Brattain, who founded Cal-Ore Life Flight more than 20 years ago. “That was the first and hopefully the last.”


With crab delay, SBA offers help

The Small Business Administration is offering low interest loans to businesses impacted economically by the 2015 Dungeness crab season delay and Rock crab closure, according to Harbormaster Charlie Helms.

The SBA will be in Crescent City on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the harbor office meeting room, 101 Citizens Docs Road, Helms said at Tuesday during a Harbor District meeting.

the SBA’s Ed Calvo will be there setting up a Disaster Loan Outreach Center and to assisting people with the Federal Disaster Loan Outreach Program, according to a press release received late  Wednesday from the SBA.


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