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October 25, 2016

Modoc County Deputy Murdered

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On 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 honor.
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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 educational experiences.

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 counseling.”

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 their behalf.

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 Hat.

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.

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