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No plan to help in place

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A man pushes a shopping cart behind Safeway, an area frequented by some of Crescent Cityís homeless. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Despite the lack of shelters, despite state laws requiring emergency, transitional and supportive housing, despite a grant of $416,000, the homeless of Del Norte County will simply have to wait to receive support. 

Heather Snow, assistant director of Del Norte County Health & Human Services, said the process of rolling over $416,000 in available grant money from the state Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) into the Local Government Special Needs Housing Program may take a few months. Even then, Snow said, there are no project ideas in place to move forward in using the money. 


City poised to hire new manager

Candidate was fired from similar job in Winston, Ore. 

Crescent City Council has set a special meeting 11 a.m. Monday to approve hiring a new city manager.

Recommended for the city manager is David VanDermark, who most recently served as city manager in Winston, Oregon. He was fired from that position last August, according to newspaper accounts.


Neighbors save disabled woman from house fire

Several residents in the Hunter Creek subdivision played the role of good samaritan late Friday morning, braving smoke and rapidly spreading flames to rescue a disabled elderly woman from a burning residence on Zwierlein Drive.

“I was just working on the back of the house putting a spotlight up,” said Troy Bishop, 63, of Klamath. “I had my back to the house, so I looked around and there was fire coming out of the vent holes. I know that she is disabled, so I went around and beat on the door.”


Healthcare District: Board questions hospital decisions

Recent patient care decisions at Sutter Coast Hospital have some Del Norte Healthcare District board members wanting answers. 

The district board have placed the issue on their agenda when they meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Jury finds Lor guilty of rape

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After about three hours of deliberation, a 12-person jury found Wilson Lor, 17, of Crescent City guilty of rape in concert (involving more than one suspect) and found the special allegation of kidnapping for the purposes of committing rape to be true.

Lor was on trial for allegedly raping a then-24 year old Crescent City woman along with two unknown subjects after the subjects forced the victim out of the street and into Lor’s home.

Officer Ares retires

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Ares, a K9 for Crescent City Police Department, is being retired after four years with the agency. The dog, 7Ĺ years old, has been diagnosed with the beginning stages of arthritis and hip displasia, a condition common to German shepherds. Photo courtesy Crescent City Police Department
Tears were shed and voices cracked during retirement ceremonies for K9 Officer Ares. 

It was an emotional moment Monday for Crescent City Police Officer Gene Votruba as City Council recognized K9 Ares. Votruba had to take a couple of minutes to control his sentiments before he spoke. 

“You know the saying. A dog is a man’s best friend, K9 Ares is my best friend. He’s everyones best friend,” said Votruba.


CCPD: Vacancies put chief on patrol

Unable to recruit new police officers because of non-competitive wages, Chief Ivan Minsal has had to place himself on patrol.

“We currently have three vacancies for officers and one for sergeant. Having competitive wages will be an incentive in our recruitment and retention effort,” said Minsal. 


Rape and kidnapping case retried

The retrial of a Crescent City man charged last year with forcible rape and rape in concert with a kidnapping began on Tuesday after a 12-person jury failed to reach a verdict in a four-day trial in early May.

Wilson Lor, who was 16 when the incident took place on Jan. 11, 2015, is accused of participating in the rape of a then-24 year old Crescent City woman along with two unknown subjects at Lor’s house on 6th Avenue and C Street.


Veteranís woes donít end with dog attack

Richard Hagan, a disabled veteran, says he was sitting in his home June 2, when he was attacked by his neighbor’s bull terrier.

The dog severely damaged his left hand almost ripping his thumb completely off, Hagan said. It wasn’t to be the worst of his problems.



Harbor upgrading phone, software systems

Ever have trouble calling the Harbor District? Harbormaster Charlie Helms feels your pain. An old phone system has been causing missed communications and lost voice messages and just general communication mayhem, he said.


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