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Man returns stolen items, turns self in

A man suspected of breaking into a Crescent City residence turned himself in along with a majority of the stolen property on Thursday. 

The Crescent City Police Department received a call about a burglary from the 500 block of J Street on Tuesday morning, according to a press release from the department. A large amount of property, including rifles, handguns, electronics and clothes were reported missing.

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Art show deadline moved to Aug. 22

The Coast Redwoods Art Association has extended the deadline for submittal to its annual juried fine art show for another week.

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Local Jack cheese wins national award

Del Norte’s Rumiano Cheese Company took home a first-place prize at the American Cheese Society’s 31st annual conference held recently in Sacramento.

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News of Record Aug. 8–14, 2014

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte County Superior Court for the dates of Aug. 8–14:

William Jack Mettier, 24, Arcata, was sentenced to one day in jail, three years of probation and 80 hours of community work service and fined $1,436 for allowing a place for preparation/distribution of a controlled substance.

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Coulter Mann's DUI sentence stands

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Coulter Mann’s original three-year sentence for killing Kenneth Jones in a drunk driving crash stands.

After a brief and emotionally tense hearing on Thursday morning, the visiting judge who in March sentenced Mann to three years in state prison and then recalled his decision four days later, decided that the original three-year sentence was appropriate after all.

 

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‘New Energy, New Life’

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Tomasini’s Enoteca will reopen for business tomorrow after closing briefly for renovations. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Revamped Tomasini’s features larger music stage, an updated look and new menu items 

Business owners of downtown Crescent City’s favorite mishmash of bar, cafe, boutique and florist have decided that this 3rd Street building isn’t big enough for the two of them.

After sharing a space since opening in 2006, Tomasini’s Enoteca and the Enchanted Florist parted ways this week, allowing each business to expand and try some new things. 

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Board: Do more to cut fire risk

Supervisors blast feds for ‘wholly inadequate’ efforts 

Half an hour after the U.S. Forest Service updated the Board of Supervisors on what the agency has been up to these days, the board passed a proclamation of local emergency declaring that it’s not enough.

In its latest move to bring attention to an uncontrolled buildup of natural fire fuels and what the board described as the Forest Service’s inadequate management of them, supervisors passed an emergency proclamation that called the conditions surrounding Del Norte extremely perilous and dangerous to local resources and infrastructure.

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Unusual winds bring jellyfish-like creatures ashore

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Vellela vellela have been spotted on several Del Norte beaches this summer. Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey
A blue jellyfish-like creature that moves across the sea by sail has been washing ashore by the millions up and down the West Coast, including in Del Norte County where they have been seen littered across several beaches.

The small animals known as Vellela vellela to scientists and informally as “little sails” and “by-the-wind sailors” have been spotted beached en masse from Southern California to British Columbia since mid-July.

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A Salute to Service

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Ivan Stoltzfus mixes sand from South Beach in Crescent City with Atlantic coast sand after driving his tractor across the country. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Exactly 15 weeks after he left on a cross-country trip from Manasquan, N.J., Pennsylvania farmer Ivan Stoltzfus arrived at Crescent City’s South Beach, where he ended his 3,510-mile journey dedicated to America’s veterans.

Even for a coast-to-coast drive, 15 weeks is a long time to sit behind the wheel, but Stoltzfus actually made good time considering his ride: a 1948 John Deere Model A tractor with a 24-foot camper hitched behind it. Traveling an average of 15 miles an hour, Stoltzfus had plenty of time to reflect on the purpose of his journey. 

“I learned so much,” he said Saturday in Crescent City. “I’m a changed person coming across America. There’s so much good out there yet.” 

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Mann returns for new sentence

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Judge will take second run at decision in fatal DUI case

Coulter Mann, the former assistant principal whose original sentence for killing Kenneth Jones in a drunk driving crash was recalled by the judge, will be back in Del Norte Superior Court for resentencing on Thursday morning.

In a bizarre case of a judge recalling his original sentence, Mann will be back in court on Thursday at 9 a.m. for possible resentencing by visiting Judge Richard Kalustian, who in March sentenced Mann to three years in state prison before recalling his decision four days later. Mann has spent the past several months in San Quentin State Prison where he was being evaluated by staff there. That evaluation will recommend to the judge what an appropriate sentence might be.

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