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Interior Secretary, governor coming to announce deal

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior and the governors of California and Oregon will be in Klamath Wednesday to make public their plans for dam removal on the Klamath River.

In early February, Oregon, California, the federal government and others announced they’d agreed to go forward with a plan to remove four PacificCorp-owned hydroelectric dams by 2020 without approval from a reluctant Congress, which failed to pass legislation by the 2015 deadline. 

Dam removal will go through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval instead, bypassing the need for legislation.  

Murder suspect arrested in Mexico

Texan charged with Lake Selmac killing of Crescent City man 

Courtesy Webb County Sheriff Office.
The man accused of killing Roger Huntington of Crescent City in Oregon last year was captured in Mexico and released to U.S. Marshals in Texas, ending a months-long nationwide manhunt.

Authorities sought Marshall McKenna, 24, since the Oct. 23 discovery of Huntington, 43, dead from multiple gunshot wounds inside his SUV at the Lake Selmac boat ramp near Cave Junction. Family members said the recreational area was Huntington’s favorite retreat since childhood.

McKenna, Huntington’s accused killer in what investigators say was a drug deal gone bad, was locked up in Webb County Jail in Laredo, Texas early April 2 after Mexican officials deported him back to the care of U.S. Marshals, according to law enforcement. 

Clemmon named as suspect in CHP burglary probe

Former sheriff candidate to be charged in break-in that led to evidence being compromised 

Clemann in a 2010 Triplicate file photo from his Sheriff candidacy // Bryant Anderson.
Almost a year later, California Highway Patrol is now promising to soon resolve an investigation into the burglary at its local office that resulted in action against two officers and compromised pending cases. 

Initial estimates were that as many as 127 criminal cases might have been jeopardized following the June 17 break-in at the evidence room of CHP’s Crescent City location. 

An unnamed CHP officer was placed on administrative leave and within months, the recently appointed commander, Lt. Rick Thoma, was transferred out of Del Norte County. 

The officer is now being identified as Brian Clemann and he remains on administrative leave, according to investigators.

Solar power, events, leases on harbor agenda

Del Norte Harbor Commissioners plan Tuesday to review a proposal to install a solar energy system encompassing a portion of the parking lot north of the inner boat basin, augmenting the Harbor’s existing power supply.

Commissioners will also consider a presentation at their meeting for future musical events presented by Scott Faas of Sounds of the Surf Entertainment Group.

Faas promoted the Fisherman’s Benefit, kicking off Tsunami Safe Days on March 19. The event featured live music, food, beer and more. Held at Whaler Rock, the event raised money to help local crabbers and their families dealing with the loss of the 2016 season.

Fire truck purchase on City Council meeting agenda

Crescent City Council will move a step closer Monday to buying a new fire truck funded through an Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG), and they will consider the proposed policy and procedure manual written by City Clerk and Administrative Analyst Kymmie Scott.

Scott said the new fire engine will cost about $300,000 and is being paid for by part of the ICDBG grant awarded to the Elk Valley Rancheria for 2015. The rest of the $605,000 grant will be used to help pay for the Building Modernization Project for the Crescent City Fire Hall. The Modernization project is scheduled to happen at the same time as the $686,966 Cal OES Grant Seismic Retrofit Fire Hall Project.

The Crescent City Fire Department responds to the Elk Valley Rancheria, which is why the organization donated the grant money.

Meth found while processing Evans

The female partner convicted in a phony money scheme is facing new charges after jail personnel say they found drugs on her while locking her up to await sentencing.

Ronnie Theodore Meyer, Sr., 48,  of Crescent City, and Krystal Starr Evans, 34, of Crescent City, were found guilty by a Del Norte County jury earlier this week following a three day jury trial of conspiracy and fraud/theft-related charges in connection with their having teamed up to pass phony bills through Wayside Liquor, where Evans was working at the time as a clerk.

Surveillance video inside the market caught the crimes unfolding as Meyer is seen exchanging counterfeit bills with real bills and merchandise with Evans who was behind the counter and working the cash register. 

Police on lookout for stabber

Police are looking for an unidentified man involved in a stabbing behind the Safeway shopping center Friday afternoon.

The suspect, described as a tall white man in his mid- to late-30s with long blond hair, got into an argument with a homeless man, who had been camping behind the shopping center and produced a knife, said Crescent City Police Chief Ivan Minsal. Police officers along with California Highway Patrol, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent Fire Protection District responded to the area at about 3:20 p.m

Emergency dispatch call logs, March 30 - April 1, 2016

Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County emergency dispatch call logs, March 30 - April 1: 

Wednesday, March 30

Note: From 3:48 p.m.

At 4:39 p.m., caller reports purse was stolen from her shopping basket on the 900 block of Washington Boulevard.

At 4:50 p.m., request for the removal of a subject from a property on the 400 block of Elk Valley Road.

At 5:10 p.m., caller reports that he is lost in the woods. Subject’s phone shows that he is near the roadway and west of his vehicle.

Open house at Redwood Parks

Redwood National and State Parks will be hosting open houses next Saturday to reach out for new volunteers within the community.

“A lot of our volunteers are coming from somewhere else,” said Ranger Mike Poole. “We’re hoping they’ll want to make this their park.”

Volunteers need only be willing to bring their talents and passions to Redwood for four hours a week, a press release says, where they’ll improve visitor services and park safety by staffing visitor centers and hiking on park trails.

Public defender charged with DUI

Crescent City police arrested a local public defender early Friday morning after allegedly finding him passed out behind the wheel of his car with the engine still running.

Peter Benjamin McLaughlin was unresponsive when officers responded between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., according to Crescent City Police Chief Ivan Minsal. McLaughlin’s car was in the parking lot between the Apple Peddler restaurant and Bayview Inn on U.S. Highway 101, but not in a designated space.

“He was parked in an area where he could merge into traffic, but he was in the parking lot,” Minsal said. “He was identified and transported to the sheriff’s office where he was booked and released (later) this morning when he was sober.

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