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LASSEN COUNTY .... ;:.;: ~::~ ~_-: ~-~ Serving Susanville and Surrounding Areas Vol. 38, No. 49 Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 (530) 257-5321 50 cents Makenzie Davis News Editor The Willard Fire charred a chunk of land west of Susanville, but it also showed the support of many county residents. As of Monday, Sept. 19 The Willard Fire is now 95 percent contained and has burned 2,575 acres, according to the Cal Fire website, and has destroyed two residences and four other structures and caused one minor injury. The Willard Fire started about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 off of Willard Creek Road, west of Susanville. All the mandatory evacuations for Gold Run, Hidden Hills Drive and the Cheney Creek Drainage east of Devils Corral were lifted. According to Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon, during the Tuesday Lassen County Board of Supervisors meeting, there was 24-hour patrol placed in the evacuated locations. He said the department would still keep a patrol deputy in the area for a while after the evacuation was lifted. Additionally, he said overall, the evacuations went well. The Cal Fire website added the Red Cross evacuation center was closed, but was prepared to reopen should it be needed. According to Office of Emergency Services Chief, Eric Ewing, the fire started just north of the'Roxie Penconom Campground, not inside of it. See Willard, page 11A To subscribe to the Times, call 530-257-5321 This time-lapse photograph of the Willard Fire~ which started Sept. 11, shows the vast amount of smoke produced. Photo by Jake Edwards i i , After several alleged witnesses and law enforcement officers testified, David Richard Bates is being held to answer for the murder of Michael Hubbard. Visiting Lassen County Superior Court Judge Stephen Bradbury oversaw Bates' preliminary hearing, held Sept. 9, for the May 25 shooting of Hubbard, 44, of Susanville at Whispering Pines ranch off of Highway 36. Bates' arraignment was set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. First to be questioned by Deputy District Attorney David Evans was Lassen County Sheriff deputy Scan Moore, who was the first officer on scene. He said upon arrival, he observed one man, Hubbard, lying on the ground, with two men standing beside him. He observed Hubbard had blood below his right eye and was not breathing; he checked for a pulse, but did not find one andhe said he started chest compressions until the medical team arrived. After that, he said he conducted a coroner's investigation and found a hole in the left back portion of Hubbard's skull. According to Moore, the autopsy determined Hubbard suffered a gunshot wound to the back left of the head, with the bullet lodging itself near the right eye. The recovered bullet was determined to be a caliber less than .25. During the cross examination, conducted by defense attorney Autumn Paine, Moore said the two men found standing by Hubbard's body were Dwight Bennett, Whispering Pines' owner, and Randy Williamson, Hubbard's uncle. Through Paine's questioning, Moore said in mu there was no log of items conduct analysis regardinghad been living on Bennett's removed from Hubbard's the height of the shooter and property at Whispering pockets, and they were left trajectory. Pines. inside the body bag. PaineHowever, Evans asked On May 25, the day of the asked if Moore looked for Moore if there was any gunshooting, Williamson said defensive wounds, and he residue found on Hubbard'sBennett and three other said no. Paine also asked if hands, and he said no. people came to his trailer. Moore had gotten samples Paine followed up asking When Hubbard arrived in from Hubbard's palms at the again if any steps were his truck, Williamson said scene, and Moore said no. taken to preserve the the people went to go talk to Paine also questioned materials on the hands him, and as they were Moore if Hubbard's blood before placing Hubbard in talking, he said Bates samples tested positive for the body bag. Moore said no. allegedly took out a gun out methamphetamine, The next witnegs called tofrom his jacket and shot amphetamine and the stand by prosecutors was Hubbard in the front of the marijuana, and he agreed it Williamson, Hubbard's had. uncle. Moore also said he did notHe said he and Hubbard See Bates, page 10A Sam Williams Managing Editor ame B mar=juana The Stones-Bengard Community Services District invited county officials to attend a nearly two-hour informal Monday, Sept. 12 meeting with constituents. In her invitation to county officials, Sam Shapiro, the district's chair, wrote the board is concerned about the unintended consequences of the county's medical marijuana ordinance. Those concerns include: excessive water use as each plant requires five gallons of water per day; increased fine danger as.the green waste from trimming and harvesting is highly flammable, and with small properties this is a fine hazard for adjoining properties; increased traffic, noise, fences and guard dogs; and, decreased property values. Aaron Albaugh, Lassen County's district 3 supervisor (who represents the Eagle Lake area), Richard Egan, the county's administrative officer, Maury Anderson, the David Richard Bates See Stones, page 11A supe I" rvlsors inance Stones residents, concerned about the effects of medical marijuana cultivation in their area, attended an informational meeting with county officials Monday, Sept. 12. Photo by Sam Williams i