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Suspect in stolen vehicle arrested after short foot chase near Fred Haight

California Highway Patrol officers arrested a Crescent City man Tuesday after he allegedly fled from a stolen vehicle, leading them on a foot chase from the boat ramp on Fred Haight Drive near Smith River.

Seeking justice in homicide case: Hope to be heard

Some 200 people marched in Crescent City on Saturday, demanding 'Justice for Dante'. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Friends and family of slain teen protest DA's decision to drop charges

Cries of “Justice for Dante” grew louder as a sea of people passed by the Del Norte Superior Court Saturday afternoon, where just two weeks ago murder charges were dropped against 17-year-old Nathan Feliz for the death of Dante Romannose-Jones, 13. 

“This is just the latest young native boy swept under the rug,” said Dante’s mother, Martha Romannose-Jones, as she stood toward the back of some 200 people of all ages marching through downtown Crescent City. 

They raised their voices in hopes of being heard; many including Martha wore red, Dante’s favorite color, standing bold against the day’s drizzly grey sky. 

Legislators call for a crab fishery 'disaster'

State legislators are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a California crab fishery disaster, as the algae-produced neurotoxin domoic acid that’s delayed the season opener has failed to subside as the year waxes on.

“This record setting delay has significant negative impacts on thousands of California residents and their livelihoods are now at risk. The current situation is unprecedented in duration and magnitude,” a letter from lawmakers reads. 

Having been obligated to sit out the season through all the major holidays for crab sales — Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and coming up on the Chinese New Year — the governor’s declaration to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce could result in federal aid for fisherfolk who’ve lost out on their biggest paychecks.

Beachfront developer agrees to pay $500K

Xiao Jin Yuan, owner and developer of the Oceanfront Lodge has agreed to pay Crescent City $508,215 in liquidated damages. The money will be paid back in annual payments of $100,000, with a payoff date of Dec. 31, 2019.

The city has received Yuan’s first payment.

“I am easy, I wanted to pay back the money,” Yuan said referring to long period of time it took to start repaying the loan. “I think the city had to go through a lot of arrangements creating the Successor Agency. I was waiting for them to give me the documents and then I paid them.”

Staff turmoil shakes Coastal Commission

LOS ANGELES — The powerful California agency that manages development along the state's fabled coastline may oust its top executive soon, setting up a battlefront between environmentalists and developers who frequently clash over projects large and small.

The potential shake-up at the California Coastal Commission raises questions about the direction of an agency often caught in the friction between property owners and conservation along the 1,100-mile coast — large stretches of it prized for pristine beaches edged by jutting cliffs.

The commission's chairman, Steve Kinsey, notified Executive Director Charles Lester in a letter released Wednesday that the panel will consider whether to fire him next month. Lester has held the post since 2011, and no reason was given for the proposed dismissal.

Vehicle from Dec. 4 crash still in Smith R.

The Del Norte Search and Rescue team is continuing to monitor the section of the Smith River in Gasquet where a van and its two passengers plunged off U.S. 199 at night on Dec. 4. They say there is little hope of recovering  the bodies of the two men and the van anytime in the near future.

“It could be May before it’s low enough,” said SAR coordinator Terry McNamara, referring to high and swift river conditions restricting personnel from executing a rescue at the time of the crash.

U.S. Geological Survey data on the Smith River shows a discharge rate of roughly 9,000 cubic feet per second near Crescent City and a height of 12 feet near Jedediah Smith State Park at the approximate time of the crash. In the first two weeks since then, river speed and height have been largely in excess of those values; they both dropped below Dec. 4 values around Dec. 26 but spiked again between Jan. 12 and 13th, where they have remained.

Eroding slope takes toll on road, fells tree

A fallen redwod can be seen at the site of an active slide under U.S. 101 south of Crescent City. Two-way traffic was restored Wednesday while crews work to shore up the road. Courtesy Caltrans
Sure and steady rains caused a section of U.S. 101 that was already showing signs of erosion in December to slump down even further.

Caltrans has been working at the site of the slide south of Crescent City, on Crescent Hill, since Sunday. The slide caused a large redwood downslope to fall back towards the highway and take out the guardrail.

“We've been working with a local contractor to shore up the highway and keep traffic moving through the area, and have since re-striped U.S. Highway 101 to allow for two-way traffic. Two-way traffic was restored this afternoon (Wednesday) at 3:30 PM,” a post on District 1’s Facebook page said.

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.

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