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Man arrested after high-speed chase

A Eureka man led California Highway Patrol on a high-speed car chase on the outskirts of  Crescent City on Friday and continued on foot before finally being tracked down and arrested.

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Crescent City man arrested in recent shooting case

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Sheriff’s deputies conduct interviews at the home where a shooting occurred Tuesday night. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 The Crescent City Police Department caught up with a Crescent City man that was wanted as a suspect in a shooting that took place on the 1200 block of Douglas Street on Tuesday night.

Crescent City Police Chief Doug Plack confirmed that law enforcement received a tip from a patron at Denny's that Michael Loftin, 31, of Crescent City was in the resaurant. Officers responded and arrested Loftin. 

Witnesses report that Loftin was in a verbal argument with Ronnie Meyer Sr., 47, also of Crescent City, on Tuesday at around 10:30 p.m. in a dispute involving a truck, Sheriff Dean Wilson said.

“Michael Loftin pulled a small caliber handgun and fired it one time, striking Mr. Meyer,” Wilson said.

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UPDATE: Measure A fails; Trigg wins DA race

Wilson, Apperson headed to runoff; Doehle near 50 percent

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Incumbent Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson celebrates encouraging early election returns at the Del Norte County Republican Party office. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson spent the evening with family and supporters at Toreros, where he received word that he will head to a runoff election with incumbent Sheriff Dean Wilson. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson spent the evening with family and supporters at Toreros, where he received word that he will head to a runoff election with incumbent Sheriff Dean Wilson. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
With only 41 percent support, Measure A, an effort to get Del Norte County behind the movement to form a new state, lost by a wide margin, according to Tuesday’s final release of election returns, representing all precincts.

“It’s pretty amazing because I’ve been predicting 60 percent all along,” said Kevin Hendrick, campaign director of Keep It California - No on Measure A.

“I’m really proud of the people in this county for recognizing a bad deal when they see one,” Hendrick said. “I really hope the Board of Supervisors respect the will of the people.”

Aaron Funk, county coordinator for the Del Norte-Jefferson State Declaration Committee, could not be reached for comment.


District attorney

In the Del Norte County District Attorney contest, Dale Trigg has won, with 56 percent of voters backing him over former Del Norte District Attorney Bob Drossel. 

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Water Safety: Life-savers

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John Hogan, left, and Jacob Gibson simulate pulling a victim from water during a safety training event for hundreds of fifth-graders on Thursday near Whaler Island at Crescent City Harbor. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Agencies teach fifth-graders how to handle water emergencies

Seventeen-year-old Austin Rogers looked on as the students in his group began CPR.

One by one, each fifth-grader knelt down, put both hands on the dummy’s plastic chest and began compressions.

“How do you know if you’re doing it right?” one asked.

“The ribs break if you’re doing it right,” said Rogers, a member of the new EMS Explorer’s program.

This hands-on demonstration, led by Del Norte Ambulance, was one of many designed to teach Del Norte County’s fifth-graders the importance of being safe in the water. More than 300 youngsters fanned out under the shadow of Whaler Island on Thursday, visiting stations manned by representatives from more than 20 agencies in the county.

 

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Fresh experience or more experience?

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Bob Drossel
 
Dale Trigg
Dale Trigg
 DA candidates debate their merits 

While Del Norte County’s Superior Court judge and sheriff races are likely to go to a runoff election in November, the county’s new district attorney will be decided on Tuesday.

On paper, former Del Norte District Attorney Bob Drossel has much more prosecuting experience than current Del Norte public defender Dale Trigg. Drossel has 20 years of prosecuting experience compared to Trigg’s year and a half as a prosecutor.

But the employee associations of the Crescent Police Department, Del Norte Sheriff’s Office and Pelican Bay State Prison that have worked with both DA candidates in the past (and Trigg in the present) have all chosen to endorse Trigg.

 

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Missing money report released

Waste Authority funds were embezzled, sheriff finds 

Last year, it was publicly disclosed that up to $29,000 in public money was missing from the coffers of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, triggering the forced retirement of former authority director Kevin Hendrick and a criminal investigation.

More than four months after the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office completed its investigation, a summary of what was found was finally released last week during the Solid Waste Authority’s monthly public meeting.

“The investigating detective stated that his conclusion was that there had been financial embezzlement from the authority but that there was not evidence to indicate who did this, an exact time frame of when they did this, or really even how they did this,” said Martha Rice, the authority’s legal counsel, during the meeting.

 

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City Council: Lapsed charging of fees may end

Money from fees that had previously slipped through the cracks might soon find their way back to the city’s coffers, depending on how the Crescent City Council votes at its meeting today.

Overlooked and outdated licensing and usage fees in the city’s schedule of fees, fines and penalties will be brought to the Council’s attention, and what action the Council ultimately takes could affect local businesses, facilities and vendors. 

The proposed changes to the fee schedule, as recommended by the city finance and public works departments, will implement new fees as well as some older fees that were already on the schedule but weren’t being collected, according to City Manager Eugene Palazzo. 

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Olson looks to next term

Read more... Del Norte County is something of an anomaly in California; only six others house a single school district, which is served by a single county office of education. 

So in his dual role as county superintendent of schools — an elected position — and district superintendent — a hired position — Don Olson says his goal has been to nail down the role each entity plays in Del Norte County education. 

 

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Measure A backers raise more than foes

The committee encouraging Del Norters to vote yes on Measure A has raised more money and spent more than the opposing side, according to campaign finance paperwork turned in four days after the deadline.

The Del Norte-Jefferson Committee for Measure A, which is urging Del Norters to vote in favor of the advisory measure, filed its financial reports on Tuesday, according to County Clerk Alissia Northrup.

Measure A asks Del Norte County voters to offer their opinion on whether the Board of Supervisors should approve a declaration to withdraw from the state of California and form the state of Jefferson.

 

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Board spars over having open prayers

Current policy of having pre-meeting moment of reflection not enough for some

Prayer was on folks’ minds at the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, and that’s where it’s going to stay — for now, at least.

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