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Low drains, heavy rain force closure of Fifth Street block

Work starts soon on B Street sewer

The city is blocking traffic on 5th Street because storm drains sit too low and recent heavy rains are creating a small pond.

The ground where the top of the drains sit between C and D Streets is lower than the surrounding grade, and during storm events becomes a natural run-off channel for surface water, according to Public Works Director Eric Wier.

This natural trough fills up as the water table rises all around.

News of Record, Jan. 15-21, 2016

Dustin James Galvin, 26, Crescent City, was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 3 years probation, and fined $2,555 for alcohol related reckless driving.

Derrick Jason Ghist, 49, Crescent City, was sentenced to 113 days in jail, 3 years probation, and fined $990 for battery and violating a protective order.

Derek Benjamin Goodlin, 27, Crescent City, was sentenced to 15 days in jail, 4 years probation, and fined $2,602 for driving under the influence of alcohol, with a prior conviction.

Emergency dispatch call logs, Jan. 20-21, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, Jan. 20 & 21:

Wednesday, January 20

At 7:02 a.m., report of an injured dog that was possibly hit by a car on the 1800 block of Parkway Drive.

At 7:25 a.m., caller on the 1100 block of Seville Avenue says there is a man with a rifle on the neighbor’s roof and he is going to shoot her.

At 7:32 a.m., report of several transients camped at the end of a building on the 400 block of East Harding Boulevard.

Search for Port Orford-based crew suspended

Captain of Eagle III sole survivor after fishing vessel hit jetty near Coos Bay on Tues.

The captain of a Port Orford-based fishing vessel Eagle III is the sole survivor after his boat broke apart on the north jetty near Coos Bay Tuesday night, dumping all four of the crew into the icy water.

Captain Glenn A. Burkhow Sr., 52, of Port Orford, swam to the jetty and climbed to safety, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coos County Sheriff’s Office.

Crewmember Blain Steinmetz, 52, of Port Orford, died and was found by the Coast Guard on the jetty shortly after the wreck.

Warrior Superfan: ‘Beyond honored’

Del Norte’s newest Warrior Superfan, Caryn Cleland, runs through a gauntlet of cheerleaders and dance team members with KPOD’s Mike O’Brien after being announced at the boys basketball game against Eureka on Wednesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Caryn Cleland, mom of two athletes, chosen for Bicoastal Media award 

Caryn Cleland never dreamed she’d be nominated for the Warrior Superfan award, let alone attain that auspicious title.

When Bicoastal Media Radio General Manager Rene Shanle-Hutzell announced her name Wednesday at Del Norte High School’s first boys basketball game of the season, it took Cleland a few seconds to climb out of the bleachers. The mother of two received hugs, including a big one from her son Kyle Cleland, a senior forward on the boys team, while the crowd chanted her name.

State responsible for devalued lots at Pac Shores, appeals court affirms

Allowing Lake Earl to overflow and wash onto some nearby undeveloped lots stripped them of their value, says an opinion filed this week by the state Court of Appeals that affirmed the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is indeed responsible for the takings.  

“It’s very simple: If you’re going to flood people’s property you’re going to have to pay for it,” said Van Nuys-based Tom Resch, president of the Pacific Shores Property Owners Association. “This looks pretty good for Pacific Shores.”

The association sued the state in 2007 on behalf of the remaining lot holders, who were unhappy to see the promise of a dream home by the sea further eroded by a change in policy that let the lagoon rise higher than it used to — to 6, 8 or 10 feet mean sea level — before it was drained into the ocean with the help of a bulldozer. 

Mode awaiting sentencing on plea bargain

Jayson Mode. // Courtesy Del Norte Sheriff Office
One of the county’s “most wanted,” 41-year old Jayson Laverne Mode, is expecting sentencing early next month on a plea deal dropping a majority of his outstanding charges in return for almost 10 years in state prison. 

Various reports placed Mode between Crescent City and Brookings while at large on warrants since September 2015. He was apprehended early last month at the conclusion of a high speed automobile chase and pursuit through the brush by east Washington Boulevard involving multiple local law enforcement agencies. 

Within a month of him entering custody at Del Norte County Jail, Mode’s defense entered a bargain wherein he will plead guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon with an enhancement for a prior violent felony, as well as an unrelated charge from February 2015 for reckless driving. In return, a number of unresolved cases, as well as existing complaints with the possibility of becoming charges, will be dismissed, according to court records.

City passes pot ban

Crescent City Council voted 4-0 to adopt an ordinance Tuesday banning cultivation and other uses of marijuana with criminal misdemeanor penalties as a public nuisance.

One person offered public comment on the ordinance, comparing alcohol to marijuana and highlighting their respective benefits and shortcomings.

Councilor Blake Inscore said he hoped the new ordinance wouldn’t affect citizens with medical marijuana documentation.

Yuroks declare suicides crisis

The Yurok Tribe recently declared a state of emergency to address an “alarming increase” in suicides on the east side of the reservation.

In the past 18 months, seven tribal members ages 16-31 in the small community of Weitchpec took their own lives, according to a statement released by tribal leadership. Located in Humboldt County, 35 miles northeast of Eureka near the confluence of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers, Weitchpec is considered the primary cultural hub of the Yurok Tribe, according to spokesman Matt Mais. 

Walmart robbery suspect in custody

A Crescent City man and a suspect in the recent break-in of Bess Maxwell Elementary School is in custody after robbing Walmart at knifepoint early this week.

City police responded Sunday morning to a report of a suspicious person, later identified as Scott Allen Vandecar, 25, riding a bicycle and carrying a large gas can in the school bus parking lot of Del Norte High School.

According to Del Norte County Sheriff Cmdr. Bill Steven, Vandecar led a patrol car on a meandering “cat and mouse” circuit to the west end of the high school’s football field; eventually a deputy apprehended him on foot on the 1300 block of El Dorado Street.

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