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IN THE NEWS
October 25, 2016
Modoc County Deputy Murdered
Intermountain Community lines
motorcade route to pay respect
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at about 10:30 a.m., a Modoc County
Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputy was killed in the line of duty
after responding to a disturbance call on a rural parcel located
approximately eight miles south of Alturas. Deputy Jack Hopkins,
31, was dispatched to a family disturbance and had entered the
property to investigate the call when he confronted the main
suspect. According to a preliminary investigation, Deputy
Hopkins was shot by the suspect and sustained fatal wounds.
The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle and was intercepted on
a nearby road by Sheriff Mike Poindexter, who was also
responding to the disturbance call. Sheriff Poindexter was fired
upon by the suspect and an exchange of gunfire ensued. Sheriff
Poindexter was able to wound the suspect, who was later taken
into custody. After the exchange of gunfire, it was determined
by responding units that Deputy Hopkins was killed instantly in
the encounter with the suspect. Sheriff Poindexter sustained
minor wounds during the encounter with the suspect but
immediately returned to duty.
The suspect, identified as Jack Lee Breiner, 47, of Alturas
sustained a gunshot wound, was treated at the scene and later
transported to a medical center in Redding, where he received
further treatment for his injuries. Breiner is expected to
recover from his injuries. The officer-involved shooting and
fatal death of Deputy Hopkins resulted in a massive response and
assistance efforts by a number of law enforcement agencies from
the region, including County Sheriff’s Offices from: Butte,
Lassen, Siskiyou, Shasta and Tehama; as well as Alturas Police
Department; Redding Police Department; California Department of
Justice; United States Forest Service; Bureau of Land
Management; California Highway Patrol (Northern Division and
Alturas and Susanville Area offices); California Department of
Forestry (CAL FIRE); and local fire and emergency medical
service providers. Assistance was offered from numerous agencies
including the Los Angeles Police Department.
The criminal investigation for the murder of Deputy Hopkins and
the attempted murder of Sheriff Poindexter is being handled by
the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Lassen
County Sheriff Dean Growdon. The CHP is handling the
administrative investigation, which is routinely conducted in
officer-involved shooting investigations, which focuses on the
use of force from a policy and procedures perspective.
Undersheriff Tex Dowdy is coordinating the many investigative
efforts underway by MCSO and assisting agencies. Flags are being
flown at half staff throughout the region in Deputy Hopkins
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Education Foundation Hits Three Million Mark
The mission of the Burney
Fall River Education Foundation has been to support teachers in
the F.R.J.U.S.D community, by awarding grant requests to help
provide students in our district with the most up to date
On Wednesday, October 19, the board
fulfilled a dream. The most recent award of $76,884.09
contributed to the total one million dollars in grant requests
since the BFREF inception 25 years ago.
The foundation started with
$3,000.00 in donations from local donors. Today, the board
awards generously because of donations from individuals in and
around the area and from the successful outcome of the annual
dinner auctionin May.
Board President Ralene Metcalf
stated, “The B.F.R.E.F is extremely thankful to all who support
individually, applauds the support from local and out of area
businesses and board member, Bob Wimer, for his wise investment
Pitt River Casino is Business of the Year
By Alex Colvin
Mountain Echo reporter
Photos by LACE Photography
(Alex and Linda Colvin)
More than 150 people came to the
Burney Veterans Hall Saturday evening October 22 to attend the
Burney Chamber of Commerce 14th Annual Fall Fling. Many came
dressed as cartoon characters and the hall was adorned with
comic pop-ups celebrating the theme “Sunday Funnies.”
Jill Barnett, President of the
Burney Chamber of Commerce explained the purpose of the event.
The Fall Fling is the largest fundraiser for the Burney Chamber.
All of the money raised goes to projects that promote commerce
in Burney. Last year’s Fall Fling raised $10,000.
Willie Rodriguez served as Master of
Ceremonies. Honorary Mayor Nancy Bobo dressed as Wimpy, helped
to present this year’s awards.
Pit River Casino was awarded Best
Business of the Year Award. Ramon Alvarez accepted the award.
Left to Right: Ramon Alvarez, April George, Ron
Mosher and Kathy Urlie
April Bertain George won the award
for Friendliest and Most Helpful Employee.
Ron Mosher was named Volunteer of
the Year. He was unable to attend,
Burney Boosters was awarded
Organization of the Year. Kathy Urlie accepted the award on
Doug Lindgren, dressed as Batman,
won Best Male Costume. Debbie Krieg won Best Female Costume. She
and her husband, Alex, came dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Cat in the
The dinner was served by Burney High
Leadership Class under the supervision of Student Activities
Director Melissa Madden. Loni Kolek and the Burney High School
Girls Volleyball team sold raffle tickets for more than 80 items
donated by local businesses and supporters.