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6-year sentence for DUI death

Victim’s family says punishment not tough enough

Breena LeAnn Cardenas
Crescent City resident Angel Lin Lopez, 23, was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday in the death of Breena LeAnn Cardenas, 19, in a drunken-driving wreck.

The sentencing hearing took place in a courtroom packed with Car­de­nas’ relatives and friends wea­r­ing her photograph around their necks.

To the sounds of sobs, Judge William Follett listened to testimony from four Cardenas family members and Lopez’s sister before passing sentence.

Cardenas’ mother, Oma Cardenas, expressed disbelief and shock at the brevity of Lopez’s sentence.

“People who do armed robbery without hurting anyone get longer sentences than drunk drivers that kill someone,” Oma said. “Angel has done this before,” she said, referring to a prior DUI conviction, “but he only got off with a slap on the wrist.”

Town hall looks to the future

Saturday meetings  focus on how city should move forward

Mayor Kelly Schellong will give a State of City address Saturday, May 16 during a town hall meeting designed to give residents a voice in planning Crescent City’s future.

Schellong said she wants citizens to know that Crescent City government has improved over the past year or so from a time when there was uncertainty regarding how much money was in the city’s coffers and high employee turnover among important department head positions.

“There’s been a turnaround for the better with the way our city’s being managed,” Schellong said Wednesday. “We have successfully dealt with a lot of mistakes from the past and we’re really happy to be moving forward.”

WHAT: Crescent City Council Town Hall meeting
WHERE: Crescent Fire Protection District, 255 Washington Blvd.
WHEN: Saturday May 16
• 9:30 to 10 a.m.: Meet new City Manager Rod Butler (coffee provided)
• 10 a.m.: State of the City address by Mayor Kelly Schellong
• 10:15 a.m.: Overview of meeting goals
• 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Roundtable discussions
• 11:15 a.m.: Roundtable summaries presented
• 11:45 a.m.: Public comment and wrap-up

Man arrested on suspicion of child porn

Authorities pose as utility workers to lure resident outside

A Del Norte County resident was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of downloading and storing child pornography on his personal computer.

Thomas Barclay McQuarrie, 63, is alleged to have downloaded thousands of images and videos of child pornography, including text messages to an unknown individual.

“One of the text messages was consistent with the grooming behavior of a child predator,” said Detective Ed Fleshman. “Grooming behavior seeks to engender trust.”

On Tuesday, after obtaining a search warrant, detectives from the Del Norte Sheriff’s Felony Investigation Unit searched McQuarrie’s residence at 4920 Kings Valley Road.

Gulf War times two

Local native a sniper with Army Scouts

Miller in Baghdad in August 2006. Submitted Photo
Thomas Miller has seen war.

Plenty of it.

A sniper with the Army Calvary Scouts and a Del Norte graduate whose dad still lives here, Miller has been in the military for more than 20 years and has fought in both Iraq wars.

He was back home on leave until today, when he heads back to Iraq for a last tour of security duty.

“My dad knew since I was 5 that I would be in the military,” Miller said during an interview with The Triplicate.

And his father wasn’t surprised when he became a sniper, Miller said, because he loved shooting his bolt action .22 rifle when he was a kid.

Board eyes 75% local hiring

Rule would apply to big Measure A school projects

The Del Norte County Unified School District Board could take a leap Thursday toward hiring as many local workers as possible for Measure A bond projects.

The School Board will consider a resolution that would require contractors and subcontractors selected for bond projects to make sure at least 75 percent of the workers they use are local.

This would apply to projects that are expected to cost more than $130,000 and must go through the formal bidding process, meaning the work is publically advertised and anyone can bid on the project.

“It does not take away the responsibility to go out to bid,” said Superintendent Jan Moore­house.

“It does put the responsibility and  expectation on contractors ... They will have to make a good-faith effort to hire at least 75 percent locally.”

Klamath situation a ‘serious emergency’

Chief decries sudden lack of firefighters

Crescent City Fire Chief Steve Wakefield called a shortage of firefighters in Klamath a “serious emergency” Tuesday and urged the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors to take immediate action.

Wakefield, speaking on behalf of the Del Norte Fire Chiefs Association, said that ever since several volunteer firefighters walked off the job in protest after their chief was fired, the safety of Klamath and the entire county has been compromised.

“Fires and automobile accidents occur every day in this county,” Wakefield said. “We do not have the luxury of time. A viable fire department must be put into place immediately.”

The Klamath Fire Protection District Board decided to terminate Fire Chief Lonnie Levi at its meeting last week. This caused a group of volunteers, about six in all, to quit and leave behind their gear in opposition to the board’s decision, leaving Klamath with only half of its firefighting force.

Chain store joins push to buy local

The Crescent City Walgreens may be part of a mammoth chain of drug stores, but it is offering locally made products at its location on U.S. Hwy. 101 and 8th St.

Store Manager Jon Parmentier explained that he has some discretionary money to buy “hot” items that Walgreens doesn’t normally sell. So, he decided to buy some of the stuff locals are making.

“There’s been a lot of talk about buying local,” he explained. “Here at Walgreens, I’ve gone on a binge and bought a lot of local stuff.”

Little League’s big day

Parade, jamboree, home run derby celebrate season

Del Norte Little Leaguers make their grand entrance at Pykes Field after the parade. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
The familiar ping of aluminum bat on baseball rang out repeatedly during  Del Norte Little League festivities that attracted hundreds of participants Saturday.

Even though the season already started, this was the Little League’s day of celebration, complete with parade, jamboree and home run derby at Pykes Field. Fans, parents and throngs of kids clad in in their team attire flooded the fields, dugouts and grandstands on a warm but breezy day.

“It keeps the kids active, it keeps them from just sitting at home,” said DNLL softball coach and umpire Tony Bruschi.

“Our numbers are pretty good this year, baseball is doing really well.”


To see more pictures of the event click here and here.  

Yurok Police chief leaving

Humboldt picks Parris as its county coroner

Yurok Tribal Police Chief Dave Parris was appointed as Humboldt County’s coroner Monday, and will likely leave the area to fill that position within the next couple weeks.

It’s unclear who will replace Parris in the interim, as tribal officials were not immediately available for comment, but he said Monday that he hopes it will be one of his two sergeants who are already on the force.

Parris has been the Yurok Tribe’s police chief for the past two years. In his time there, he worked to cross-deputize with both the Del Norte and Humboldt County sheriff’s offices, and bring state-of-the-art crime-fighting technology to his department.

“I told myself I wanted to go up and make a change there and help that police department,” Parris said Monday. “We were able to do that, so I feel very comfortable in that.”

Time for Del Norte to speak for itself

Nominations still needed for new map

Del Norte County residents and business people might want to try a little harder to promote their homeland.

An upcoming deadline for nominations for a National Geographic on-line geotourism map may leave Del Norte County under-represented.

The North Coast communities the map represents will ultimately get to decide what the map will depict through a nomination process.

The deadline is May 30, and so far Del Norte is woefully under-nominated,  said project coordinator Marcia deChadenedes.

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