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An American dream: part two in a series on domestic violence in DN

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Tara Williams, 26, in a still from the Oct. 2 body camera footage shot by a responding Sheriff deputy. A bystander called 911 after overhearing an altercation at Tara's residence in Klamath. Courtesy Del Norte Sheriff's Office
To trace a cycle spanning generations, pick a point and follow it around, forwards and backwards through time. 

Try October 2, 2015.

Another 911 call about domestic violence reaches the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. 

It’s a sunny morning in Klamath when DNSO Deputy Neal Oilar flips on his body camera in front of a neat blue two-story house on the Yurok Reservation, where a man is reportedly holding a woman against her will. 

Deputy Oilar and a partner are met by a man on the street. His name is Cliff Moorehead and he’s 30 years old. 


Ex-cheer coach's sex trial begins

With a jury just barely in place, the three-day trial for county employee and former Del Norte cheerleading coach Joseph Young started Monday. 

One juror after another was eliminated during five hours of consideration and interviews, with many candidates being excused after stating they had a personal sensitivity to the topic of child abuse that would keep them from remaining objective through the trial or even tolerating it. 

Young is charged with contacting a minor with intent to commit sexual offense, annoying or molesting a child, and willful disobedience of a court order. 


PenAir adds flight from Humboldt

A decision by Pen Air to begin offering flights from Humboldt County to Portland in April will change the airline’s schedule for Crescent City passengers.

Beginning April 21, the first departure out of Crescent City will leave an hour earlier, at 6:30 a.m., according to Pen Air spokeswoman Melissa Roberts. Meanwhile flights between Portland International Airport and Crescent City will leave slightly later.

“It opens up a lot more connecting opportunities for (Crescent City) customers going beyond Portland,” Roberts said Friday.


4 robbery suspects arrested by BPD

Brookings Police arrested four suspects near Gold Beach yesterday afternoon in connection with the robbery of an armored car security guard outside Fred Meyer earlier in the day.

Agness residents Anthony Bonnell, 29, and Brittney Chishold, 25, as well as Gold Beach-area residents James Goff, 20, and Drake Wright, 19, were apprehended before 2 p.m. on Friday after leading police on a multi-vehicle chase up U.S. 101 and then through the woods near Hunter Creek Loop.

At about 11:45 a.m. an armed security guard transporting a large amount of cash and check deposits from Fred Meyer in Brookings was pepper sprayed and robbed by several suspects, according to the Brookings Police Department.


Head on crash injures three

Three people were injured Wednesday evening in a two-car collision just south of Little Jones Creek Road on U.S. 199 outside Gasquet. Hours later, a woman stepped out of her car while stopped and waiting for responders to clear the scene of the wreck, only to tumble more than 50 feet into the river below and sustain minor injuries.

Ted Martin, 62, of Ashland was driving southbound around 6:25 p.m. on Feb. 3 when he lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet and collided head-on with father and son Jerry Rylee, 69, of Mad River, and Mark Rylee, 49, of Fortuna.

According to the California Highway Patrol, it was cloudy and raining at the time of the accident. CHP officer Pete Roach said Martin was overcorrecting from a sharp righthand turn near mile marker 24.08 and found his car sideways blocking both lanes of travel on the highway. Mark Rylee was driving with his father in a 2010 Dodge, saw Martin skidding, and braked, stopping on a small bridge.


Emergency dispatch call logs, Feb. 2-4, 2016

Excerpts from the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, Feb. 2-4:

Tuesday, February 2

At 4:48 p.m,. caller says somebody was digging through the trash cans and then started driving through the cemetery on the 500 block of East Cooper Street. Caller believes the person was trying to steal fresh flowers.

At 4:57 p.m., report from multiple parties of a person trying to direct traffic at the intersection of U.S. 101 and Cooper Street.

At 5:23 p.m., caller says her bike was stolen from outside her house on the 300 block of 7th Street.


CAN reaches out to local fisherman during missed crab season

The Community Assistance Network is reaching out to commercial fishermen and offering free food boxes every Tuesday and Friday.

Fishermen must bring their driver’s license and commercial fishing license, but do not need to provide a proof of income.

Sign-ups are 9 a.m.-noon and boxes are distributed at 12:30 p.m. at CAN, 355 Standard Veneer Road off Lake Earl Drive just north of Crescent City. For more information, call 464-9190.


Drury Parkway to close to vehicles, open for foot and bikes first Saturdays

The Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway will be opened to foot and bicycle traffic only on the first Saturday of every month, from now until May.

“A lot of positive feedback” led the parks to close the byway through Prairie Creek Redwood State Park to motor vehicles once a month through the spring, said Brett Silver, interim superintendent of the redwood state parks.

Traditionally, the road paralleling U.S. 101 between Klamath and Orick has been closed twice a year for the same effect — once in June and once in September, unofficially marking the start and end of the busy summer season.


News of Record, Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 2016

These are the misdemeanor and felony sentencings provided by the Del Norte Superior Court for Jan. 29 to Feb. 4: 

Joseph L Gregorio, 35, Eureka, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and fined $150 for a probation violation.

Lacey A. Bailey, 33, Crescent City, was sentenced to 6 days in jail for a probation violation.

Mirran D. Erickson, 24, Crescent City, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for two counts of probation violation.


McClure mum on coastal struggle

Executive Director's fate to be decided on Wednesday

Del Norte County’s own Martha McClure finds herself neck-deep in the surge of comments and reproaches that continue to wash in from beach-goers, environmentalists and government officials since news broke in mid-January that the California Coastal Commission’s executive director’s job is on the line.

Coastal Commissioner and District 2 County Supervisor Martha McClure, frequently criticized at home for being too liberal, is now under the public’s scrutiny for not being liberal enough at the state level, having been named one of the most pro-development voters on the panel and a co-conspirator in an alleged coup.

“I think it’s unfortunate that it’s happened like it’s happened,” said McClure, recalling one rather menacing phone message from someone looking forward to spitting in her face. “It’s frustrating not being able to discuss the details, but those will emerge shortly. I have no prediction either way for what will happen next week.”


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