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IN THE NEWS
August 4, 2015
Substation commander Lt. Mark Lillibridge,
County Supervisor Pam Giacomini and Sheriff Tom Bosenko cut
the ribbon reopening the Burney substation.Just When You Thought You Were Safe
BURNEY — It has been six years since Burney’s substation has
been open to the public. During five of those years the building
remained open for court related services, until that too was
In its glory days the substation dispatched out of Burney, had
jail cells and drunk tank and a full-time detective as well as
commander and deputies.
The jail cell and drunk tank went away after an inmate hanged
himself, making it necessary to have 24-hour supervision of
prisoners. The cost of that, plus upgrades mandated by law
effectively ended that.
Centralizing the dispatch system by contracting with SHASCOM
took away the need for dispatchers and effectively routed
everything through the main office in Redding.
When Sheriff Bosenko was hit twice with major budget cuts, the
ability to maintain an office presence, thus being able to help
the public at that location became a thing of the past.
Bosenko pledged to do everything he could to reopen the
substation. It took awhile, six years, but the county board of
supervisors finally approved plans they felt would work and keep
Monday that became a reality.
With Service officer/ reserve deputy Nancy Carter and new
service officer Amanda Pruitt covering the office Monday through
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during business hours, the
existing law enforcement team of Burney Patrol Commander Mark
Lillibridge, full time major crimes detective Keith Sharp,
Sergeants Marc St. Clair and Quentin Johnston and deputies to
cover 24 hours a day performing their normal patrol and service
adding Concealed Weapons Permits, and all of the other services
that were available to the public with the exception of
live-scan fingerprinting which is a service provided by the
Burney Fire Department.
Cyclist Dies After Crash
McARTHUR — An 80- year old Sunnyvale man died following a
Friday afternoon motorcycle crash.
According to Highway Patrolman Miller, Ralph Laconbe was
eastbound on Highway 299, east of the Pittville Totten Road
on his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he was unable to
negotiate a left hand curve and left the roadway onto the
He went off an embankment and was ejected. The motorcyle
landed in a field and subsequently started a vegetation
The initial report shown on the Highway Patrol CAD indicated
that a number of citizens had stopped and tried to get him
away from the burning cycle.
Laconbe did receibe major injuries as a result of the crash
and was transp;orted by ambulance to Mayers Memorial
Hospital and then flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding
where he died.
– Assistant Fire Management Officer, Black Hills National
Forest Engine Captain, David “Dave” Ruhl, was reported
missing Thursday evening, July 30 during initial attack on
the Frog Fire on the Modoc National Forest.
The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office was called for assistance
in searching for the missing firefighter. With the
leadership of Undersheriff Ken Richardson, search and rescue
personnel started the initial search at approximately 8
p.m., July 30. The initial search effort continued until
about midnight when it was halted because of hazardous fire
conditions. Efforts began again at 6 a.m., July 31 and the
victim’s body was discovered at 9:17 a.m. Preliminary
investigation indicated the body was that of missing
firefighter David Ruhl.
One of the next steps in the investigation process is for
the Coroner’s Office to conduct an autopsy to determine the
continued from front page nature of the death. Theautopsy is
scheduled for early next week. As part of the autopsy
process, laboratory tests will need to be conducted. The
tests may take up to five weeks for completion.
Mayers Ambulance Arrives
In 2013, the hospital
determined the need for a new 4-wheel drive ambulance to
replace the primary ambulance that is one of the oldest
operating ambulances in Northern California. With the help
of the Intermountain Healthcare Foundation and several
partners, the purchase of the ambulance became a reality.
ambulance project was funded by several partners such as the
Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee awarded
$51,830, the Sierra Health Foundation awarded $15,000; and
the California Rotary District 5160, encompassing 26 Rotary
Clubs stretching from the Bay Area to the Oregon border,
awarded a $10,000 grant to assist in funding the new
ambulance. Then, the local Burney- Fall River Rotary Club
members and community members proposed to match the Rotary
District grant with local funds of $15,000. An anonymous
donation in the amount of $30, 000 helped complete the
purchase of the ambulance.
• Burney-Fall River Rotary Club—and to each member for their
donation the F/R project
• Anonymous $30,000 donation
• Mr. & Mrs. William Chamberlain of Burney (shown right)
• Mrs. Elsie Matthews $1,100
• Charles R. Howell $100
• Intermountain Jr. Rodeo Association $250
• Billy D. May $100
• Craig & Marlene McArthur (Memorial Gift honoring Dr.
Robert Adams) $250
• Mary Ranquist (Memorial Gift honoring Pat Baremore) $100
• Matt Rees $200
• Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund (largest
contribution …. $51,830)
Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund $51,830
Sierra Health Foundation Grant (District) $15,000
Mayers Memorial Hospital District $14,223.37
I n t e r m o u n t a i n Healthcare Foundation (Annual
Appeal, Golf Tourney, Chocolate Festival, Anonymous Donor,
Community Donors) $62,595.66
Rotary District 5160 Grant
(Mayers IHF) $10,000
Rotary Club of Burney- Fall River
(Mayers IHF) $15,000
Fund Set Up for Family that Lost Two
A memorial fund set up in the “Go-Fund-Me”
(http://www.gofundme/ awellfamilyfund) to ease the burden of
medical, travel, housing funeral and other expenses is open
and 407 people have donated, raising $26,790. Much more is
The July 17 night crash in the area of Dairyville south of
Red Bluff killed a 36-year-old woman and a 10-yearold boy,
according to the CHP
A spokesman for the California Highway Patrol says Andrew
“Andy” Wellemeyer, 34, of Marysville, was driving a 1999
Dodge pickup towing a trailer north on Highway 99. The
family of five were seat belted in when the front right tire
of the truck blew, sending the pickup into a tree.
Wellemeyer, as well as Hayley, 6, were riding in the center
of the front seat, suffered major injuries and were taken to
Mercy Medical Center in Redding. Hayden, 6, who was riding
in the back seat of the pickup suffered minor injuries. The
crash killed Lori, 36, and Drew, 10. The CHP said drugs nor
alcohol were involved.
“On July 17th our lives changed forever. A hideous accident
separated this family of five. Andy lost his soul mate Lori
and his precious son Drew. The twins lost their mommy and