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Rush's hearing pushed back

The accused career con-woman Shirley Rush, 65, will wait another few weeks in custody for proceedings to continue in Del Norte County.

Rush’s initial readiness conference was delayed after she was hospitalized on the complaint of a heart condition, according to her attorney Rebecca Linkous. A hearing this week was continued again to May 16 following a scheduling conflict with one of the investigators from the District Attorney’s office.

Following adjudication in California, Rush will be extradited east to hear charges in connection with passing fraudulent checks in Missouri.

She was first arrested on those out-of-state warrants in Crescent City in November, but slipped out of custody soon after being discharged to the care of Sutter Coast Hospital by the Del Norte County Sheriff. She was apprehended months later in Weaverville, this time accused of writing bad checks for over $40,000 in the process of purchasing a restaurant by the harbor and a house on Pebble Beach Drive.

Clamming closed in Del Norte

The California Fish and Game Commission voted Monday to prohibit recreational take and possession of razor clams from Del Norte and Humboldt beaches.

The closure is now in effect and will remain so until the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, in consultation with the director of the Department of Public Health, determines that domoic acid levels no longer pose a significant risk to public health.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will maintain a list of closed beaches of the state and update that list on Wednesday of each week by 1 p.m. Anyone planning to harvest razor clams in Humboldt and Del Norte counties should call CDFW’s hotline (831) 649-2883 or visit CDFW’s website atwww.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/health-advisories to obtain the current status of any ocean beach in those counties.

Emergency dispatch call logs, April 25-27, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs,  April 25-27:

Monday, April 25

Note: From 9:08 a.m.

At 9:08 a.m. report of a man down on the ground at the corner of Elk Valley and State Street in Crescent City. The reporting person said they didn’t know what happened to him.

At 9:27 a.m. report of someone screaming into the phone and then hanging up at the 1000 block of Vipond Drive in Crescent City.

At 10:40 a.m. a report of persons illegally camping at the 16800 block of U.S. 101 in Smith River. Reporting person said they may selling drugs from their vehicle as well.

At 11:44 a.m. a report of two subjects attempting to break into the caller’s neighbor's trailer at the 100 block of Klamath Boulevard in Klamath.

Guard rail: Help or hindrance?

Del Norte County Search and Rescue crews retrieve Montgomery Green's body from the Smith River on April 16. Two days before, Green, of Grants Pass, was driving northbound on U.S. 199 when her Buick Regal crashed into the river, killing her. Del Norte Triplicate / David Grieder
Despite calls for added safety measure on section of U.S. 199 that has seen two recent fatal wrecks, Caltrans says it may be counterproductive and more data is needed

Although the exact cause of her accident is still unknown, the recent death of a young woman on her way to Grants Pass has prompted residents and community leaders to speak out on the peril of a certain stretch of highway between Gasquet and Hiouchi.

19-year old Montgomery Shine Sophia Green was on her way home April 14 after visiting a friend in Brookings, according to investigating officer Brandon Banks of the California Highway Patrol in Crescent City. Driving northbound on U.S. 199, she lost control of her Buick Regal just before noon that morning and tumbled into the adjoining Smith River near mile marker 10.50.

“The vehicle was traveling northbound, lost control, hit the embankment on the west side of U.S. 199 and continued back across both lanes down into the river,” he said Monday. “It rotated while on the roadway and ended up going backwards into the embankment.”

Man sentenced in Huntington killing

One of three suspects receives 15-year sentence

The second of three suspects arrested in connection with last year’s killing of Crescent City man Roger Huntington, 43, was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in an Oregon state prison.

Carroll “BJ” Ballard, 20, pleaded guilty April 21 to first degree robbery and manslaughter. He was arrested days after the Oct. 23 discovery of Huntington’s body in a car by the Lake Selmac boat ramp outside Cave Junction.

Two other men are suspects in what investigators say was a drug deal gone bad. Marshall McKenna, the alleged triggerman, is charged with aggravated murder with a firearm, robbery, assault, and unlawful use of a weapon, according to Lisa Turner of the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office.

Lack of housing aggravates homeless problem

Advocates say situation is getting worse in Del Norte

Crescent City’s homeless population is not going away anytime soon and that frustrates many familiar with the problem.

“The issue is, we don’t have a lot of places to house people,” said Del Norte County Adult Protection Services Executive Director Barbara Pierson. “There are not a lot of places for people period, even if they have money.”

California accounts for more than one-fifth of the nation's homeless population, according to a Point in Time (PIT) report published in November 2015 by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Del Norte County's share in those figures is unclear, due to lack of documentation.

Front St. at B St. to close for two weeks

Starting today and for the next two weeks, Front Street will be blocked at B Street due to the $1.4 million B Street Sewer Rehabilitation Project, said Crescent City Engineering Technician Kevin Tupman.

Access to the Battery Point Lighthouse, Seaside Restaurant and Bar and to those living in the adjacent neighborhoods is provided via Howe Drive connecting to Front Street via Stamps Way. Detour signs will be placed at all relevant intersections, officials said. The closure is expected to last until about May 6.

McLennan Excavation Inc. is making good time and everyone involved is confident the project will be completed by the end of May, officials said.

Vacant house fire under investigation

A vacant house near Lauff Avenue and El Dorado Street burned early Sunday morning. Photo courtesy Tina Sanderson
Crescent City Fire and Rescue responded just after 5:30 a.m. Sunday to a large fire at a vacant house near Lauff Avenue and El Dorado Street. The house was abandoned and already eyeballed by the county planning department, said Fire Chief Steve Wakefield.

"My thought is that somebody could have been sleeping there and lit a fire to try and stay warm," said Wakefield, adding he believes the fire might have originated on the front porch.

Responders controlled the fire within 10 minutes and were done an hour later. The house had extensive burn damage but the fire did not spread elsewhere. There was no discernible private property inside.

Fire agencies now equipped with devices to aid with CPR

Del Norte Ambulance's training Thomas Phillips, works with Pam and Bill Barlow, of Gasquet Fire, at a training session on new CPR-assist devices. Submitted
Local fire agencies now have equipment to help with cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and officials believe it will help save lives in the future.

First responders were trained April 19 on three Lucas CPR-assist devices purchased by Del Norte Ambulance that can provide “life-saving, picture-perfect” CPR for 45 minutes using battery power or A/C or D/C, according to a press release from the company.

Because of the physical demands of the procedure, most humans can only perform CPR five to eight minutes before they tire.

Redwood Parks accessibility plan available for public review

A plan to make Redwood National Park’s programs and facilities more accessible to people with a variety of disabilities – from mobility to hearing and vision impairments — is available to read online.

The Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan focuses on physical barriers that limit accessibility for visitors with disabilities and provides recommendations on how remove or modify barriers limiting how visitors enjoy the park and use park facilities.

The plan describes changes to facilities at key park locations such as beaches, picnic areas, and visitor centers. It will also guide changes to services, activities, and programs at federal facilities in Redwood National Park.

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