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Sheriff seeks public's help in finding shooting suspect

Briton Franklin Mode
The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect in a June 3 shooting in Fort Dick.

Briton Franklin Mode, 47, is wanted in connection with the shooting of Marvin Jones, who was hit twice with a stun gun and once with a firearm during a disagreement between the two at the Fort Dick residence of one of Jones’ friends, said Del Norte Sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven.

After shooting Jones in the leg, Mode returned to his vehicle and fled the scene, Steven said.

Jones checked in to Sutter Coast Hospital the next day and was treated and released, according to hospital spokesperson Beth Liles.

Mode is described as a white male 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 200 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

The Sheriff’s Office warns that Mode is to be considered armed and dangerous.

There is an unrelated warrant out for his arrest for violating conditions of his probation.

Anyone with information about Mode’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 464-4191 ext. 221 or dial 911.

Wildfire season: Getting ready

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and regional firefighters practiced helicopter hoists on Friday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Facing a high chance of an intense fire season across the Western United States, firefighting agencies are preparing for the worst.

Dozens of firefighters with Six Rivers National Forest, Cal Fire, and Redwood National and State Parks practiced dropping and hoisting from a helicopter at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Friday, and fire managers also held a stakeholders meeting to share information on what is expected this fire season.

Fire managers asked the public for input on what they value as the most important resources to be saved in the event of a fire.


Shooting suspect found hiding

 Law enforcement officials caught up with Michael Loftin in the parking lot of Denny’s Restaurant off of U.S. Highway 101 on Friday.

Loftin, 31, of Crescent City was wanted as the primary suspect in a shooting on Douglas Street on Tuesday night.


Gitlin: ‘I don’t give up’

Supervisor challenges how items are kept off the agenda 

A recent disagreement about opening county supervisor meetings with a public prayer was the latest instance of an ongoing conflict between Del Norte County supervisors Roger Gitlin and David Finigan over getting items onto the Board of Supervisors’ meeting agenda.

At the May 27 meeting, right before supervisors were about to discuss an ordinance concerning new fairground taxes, there was a Board disagreement about opening County Board meetings with a public prayer. Fast forward two weeks and now that disagreement has led to Board discord — accusations from one member that the chairman is abusing his position. 

Woman saved after floating out into harbor

The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office rescued a woman who was floating in Crescent City Harbor on Thursday, after the woman walked into the ocean from Beachfront Park and let the current have its way with her.

The intentions of the victim, Misty Henry, 38 of Crescent City, are unclear, but according to Sheriff Dean Wilson, Henry said “she wanted to go out and put her faith in Jesus.”

Election results: Races narrow, but winners unchanged

None of the race results from election night changed after the final vote count was completed on Friday afternoon.

The final tally, which added 828 more votes to the count, didn’t bring too many surprises with it, even though now some of the races look tighter than they did Tuesday night. 

Parents discipline child with public display of confession

A 10-year-old boy was forced by his parents to walk around in view of downtown Crescent City traffic Wednesday while he wore large signs, one of which read, “I lied to my parents.”

The boy, whose front and back were completely covered by the large cardboard signs hanging from his neck, was made to walk back and forth for about 40 minutes along the 600 block of L Street by his parents, who watched from lawn chairs 20 yards away. 


News of Record May 16-29

Del Norte Superior Court felony and misdemeanor sentencings between May 16 and May 29 include:

• Jason E. Audt, 42, Brookings, Ore., was sentenced to 3 years probation, 96 hours in jail, ordered to pay a $1,864 fine, and pay $100 in public defender fees for a DUI

News of Record May 9-15

Del Norte County Superior Court felony and misdemeanor sentencing for the week of May 9-15 include:

• Robert E. Snyder, 40, Gold Beach, Ore., was sentenced to 2 years in state prison and ordered to pay a $370 fine for burglary. He also was sentenced to 8 months and ordered to pay a $370 fine for felony failure to appear.

News of Record April 25-May 8

Del Norte County Superior Court felony and misdemeanor sentencings for the week of April 25-May 8 include:

Bobbi L. Langford, 50, Crescent City, was sentenced to 3 years state prison and ordered to pay $1436.00 for keeping a place for sales

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