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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.


State regains medical control at PBSP

SACRAMENTO — California is regaining responsibility for providing medical care at Pelican Bay State Prison after a decade of reforms.

A federal court-appointed receiver on Wednesday gave the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation control of inmate health care at PBSP and one another state prison, Centinela.


McGuire seeks system to track prescriptions given to foster children

California foster kids are prescribed psychotropic drugs at an ever increasing rate without any oversight or accountability, according to state Sen. Mark McGuire. 

“Over the past fifteen years, the rate of foster youth prescribed psychotropic medication has increased 1,400 percent,” McGuire said in a press release Wednesday. “The state must advance data driven protections which will ensure outlier prescribers are held accountable.”


Public welcome at amateur radio field day event

Del Norters are invited to learn about amateur radio Saturday and even get a chance to appear on the air.


Emergency Dispatch Call Logs, June 20-22, 2016

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, June 20–22:

Monday, June 20

Note: From 6:03 p.m.

At 7:47 p.m., report of a vehicle fire between Orick and Klamath.

At 8:09 p.m., report of a vehicle driving with tags from 2015 on U.S. 101 near Smith River.


B street nears finish line

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Crews are laying groundcloth and grading B Street in preparation for repaving as the sewer rehabilitation project nears its end. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
All but a small punchlist of items expected to be completed by July 4 

Under the bright rays of the first summer sun Monday, Casey McLennon of McLennon Excavation put the finishing touches on the $1.4 million B Street Sewer Rehabilitation Project. 

The B Street Sewer Project involved replacing the existing 18-inch line between 2nd Street and the treatment plant and along B Street with a new 36 inch diameter sewer line, according to Public Utility Director Eric Wier.


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