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3 fired after elder abuse complaints

In the last three months, three employees were dismissed from Addie Meedom House following complaints of elder abuse.

Two of the assisted living facility’s overnight staff were fired in October and then arrested by the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office after repeated attempts to tease, harass or scare residents, Administrator Paul Silva said.

In December, another employee was let go after yelling out in pain when pinched by a resident, according to the state incident report.

Steady shifting at Last Chance Grade

A Caltrans bridge crew prepares to inspect the state of a retaining wall behind some of the freshly removed façade on Thursday to see how it’s holding up to the slide-prone Last Chance Grade. Del Norte Triplicate / Laura Jo Welter
Caltrans teams were mobilized this week to survey the earth’s steady shifting at Last Chance Grade.

Just south of the Damnation Creek Trailhead on Thursday, a narrow section of wood façade was removed from one of the retaining walls meant to hold back the sliding seaboard and keep U.S. 101 open to motorists between Crescent City and Klamath, slowing traffic for a good part of the afternoon.  

Doing so gave the bridge crew on the scene a look at the timber planking behind so they could assess the damages.

“Some of the lagging has shifted, obviously, and as the slope moves it can take quite a bit, but at some point you need to make some repairs,” said Project Manager Sebastian Cohen.

Wet system may bring flooding Sunday

Smith, Klamath river not expected to reach flood stage 

Del Norters should prepare for flooding on small streams and tributaries as well as in low-lying areas and roadways with poor drainage on Sunday.

After light rain Saturday and a short break in the evening, an atmospheric river is expected to bring 2-4 inches of rain in a 12-18 hour period on Sunday, National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Aylward said. 

The storm could cause rock and mudslides along highways and is expected to generate wind gusts of up to 45 mph on the coast and in the mountains.

Fewer options for juvenile mental health

Crescent City therapist Cheryl Simons had to put the emotional education work she does with boys ages 6-12 on hold after a state grant for mental health treatment of child abuse victims was discontinued in Del Norte based on its population. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
At first glance the room adjacent to Cheryl Simons’ office looks like a grade-school classroom, but it isn’t.

DA says he’s investigating Sutter Coast

Del Norte County District Attorney Dale Trigg confirmed on Wednesday that his office has been investigating Sutter Coast Hospital “for some time” regarding potential violations of the California Unfair Competition Law. 

“The UCL is a law that is on the books to protect consumers,” said Trigg. “It is designed to make sure that businesses are acting in a fair manner, that they’re not committing fraud, they’re not doing anything unfair, misleading, or deceptive.”

Trigg would not specify details of the investigation. He said it was possible, though not necessarily certain, the investigation concerns issues of internal corporate structure, unfair competition, or deceiving the public. 

Fishing interests air Blue Creek grievances

Whether or not the mouth of Blue Creek will stay closed to fishing in 2016 has yet to be decided but state officials say they’re making more of an effort this time around to hear from local fishers.

$1.5 billion Powerball: TIcket buyers dream big despite slim chance

Amy Vess bought two tickets at Wayside Liquor. Del Norte Triplicate / David Anderson
Everything seems to be getting bigger. Bigger storms, longer droughts, louder politicians, large, unprecedented blobs of warm water floating in the Pacific. 

And as if on cue here comes the largest single Powerball jackpot in history of $1.5 billion. The kind of money one could use to say, buy a presidency, or your own private island in Caribbean.

Barrow named to California Commission on EMS

A consultant who has worked with First 5 Del Norte since 2003 was appointed Friday to California Commission on Emergency Medical Services.

New leader, new laws for veterans services

Del Norte County’s Veterans Service Office is getting a new leader along with seven new state laws written to help veterans.

Subject of raid that led to charges against CO takes plea deal

Last week, prosecutors filed a motion to exclude evidence that might have compromised the credibility of their law enforcement witness testimony in an upcoming criminal case. 

This week, they reached an agreement with the defense to settle the case with an open plea deal. 

James Banuelos pleaded guilty Monday to felony methamphetamine possession with intent to sell and maintaining a place to sell it. In exchange for his confession, he will receive no more than three years in state prison with the possibility of probation. Two vehicles, jewelry, and a $2 bill collection seized during a March 5 raid on his residence will be returned, along with $160 stolen from his wallet by an officer assisting with the raid. 

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