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10A Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 Lassen County Times BATES, from page 1A head, before passing the gun to a friend. He said he saw the firearm, and claimed it was a revolver or a pistol. Paine then cross examined WiUiamson, and asked what kind of agreement was in Mike (Hubbard) was fallen to He alleged when he and place for he and Hubbard to the ground." Then Frost the group arrived at live there, and he said verbal, claimed he told Cantrell they. Williamsons' trailer, adding he worked for his needed to leave. Hubbard was away. However, rent since living on the He claimed he did not see when Hubbard pulled up in property since about what Bates was doing before his vehicle, Bennett, who September 2015. the pop. claimed to be up by the pump Paine asked if he had used Paine did not question house, saw Lovin and Bates methamphetamine that day, Frost.. already near Hubbard. Williamson answered no. Next was Frost's Bennett claimed Lovin was Paine asked if he was under roommate, Cantrell, who telling Hubbard about open the influence of any claimed he had gone with trailer park spaces nearby, substance when talking to Frost to fLx a car at and offered gas for him to police, he answered no. Whispering Pines that day. leave the property, however, She then asked Williamson He said he then went to the Hubbard said he was not if he ever saw Hubbard barn, and heard a noise that leaving. threaten Bennett, and he said sounded like a gun go off. He Then Bennett claimed he no. turned around and saw saw Hubbard pull his hands He also said he was not someone on the ground, out of his pockets, and he aware his interviews with He also claimed there was turned his body away. When law enforcement were being a weapon that looked like a he looked up again he saw recorded. .22 handgun on the ground, Bates, to Hubbard's left, She asked if he had told however, he did not see grabbing Bates, with the police he did not know anyone with the firearm. Hubbard possibly holding a where the gun came from in He said he and Frost then gun, and Bates holding the addition to asking him if it left the scene, barrel area. was true he said he was not Next on the stand, during "It all happened very sure what kind of gun it was. the hours long preliminary quickly," Bennett said, later He said he could not hearing was Bennett, adding he did not see where remember. Whispering Pines' owner, the gun came from, nordid Paine then inquired if On May 25, he said he he know what happened to it. offmers showed pictures of spoke to Hubbard and During Paine's possible culprits. He said he Williamson about moving off questioning, Bennett claimed was shown multiple pictures of the property, noting he he had called the Lassen on two pages, and he claimed had four people with him. County Sheriff's Office to recognize two people. Bates, Frost, Cantrell and numerous times about Next on the stand was Chance Lovin. Hubbard and Williamson Norman Frost. He said in previous weeks, squatting, and that Hubbard In questioning, he claimed Hubbard had become had threatened his daughter, he was at Whispering Pines belligerent and was carrying and said if police were called on May 25 twice, once in the guns in the area and he'd burn down the barn. morning to check on a car, threatening him and his She then asked about the and later in the day with his family. 911 call placed by Bennett at roommate Bret Cantrell. He said he got the group the scene, where he claimed He said he started looking together to not incite Hubbard had agun, and for extra parts for the car, violence, but to confront Hubbard ended up getting and said he saw Bennett with Hubbard to leave the shot. other people in the residence, property. Next on the stand was Frost said he and the "My feeling was ... if I Lassen County Sheriff's others started going to went with enough people, he deputy Laura Johnson, who Bennett and the trailer wouldn't try to shoot investigated the incident. which was near a barn. Frost somebody or try to pull a Evans inquired about her identified Bates as someone gun on us," Bennett said. conversations with Frost. who was at the scene. He also alleged he asked Through questioning she He said he was looking at the group if they had any said they discussed the the barn, and then, "I heard firearms, and they said they shooting, where he claimed a pop. I turned around and did not. he was near the barn when "What the people have presented to the court is a plethora of contradictory evidence." Autumn Paine, defense attorney he heard the pop and saw a man fall to the ground, and he claimed he saw the shooter toss the gun to someone else and run away. She said Frost described the shooter, but she could not find the reference in her reports. Paine asked about the Frost conversations and asked if Frost had said he did not see the gun until after the shooting, and Johnson claimed Frost was never specific about ~he gun. Paine continued in~quiring about a repo~t by a sergeant regarding the 911 call, which she was aware of, and then asked if Johnson had searched Hubbard's or Williamsons' trailers, and she said she had not. Evan re-questioned Johnson regarding the 911 call report and asked where the sergeant got the information. She answered upes Makenzie Davis News Editor mdavis@lassen news.corn With unanimous vote, the Lassen County 2016/2017 fiscal year budget is approved. During the Tuesday, Sept. 13 Lassen County Board of . Supervisors meeting, staff presented the 2016/2017 for approval. Projected revenues are anticipated to be $100.4 million, with projected expenditures at $113.3 million. According to a summary from county administrative officer Richard Egan, departments made requests for revenues in the amount of $96.6 million, and expenditures in the amount of $111.2 million. Egan also said, there was a from dispatch. Next, Lassen County Sheriff Sergeant Wesley Gray was briefly questioned and released. Ending the speakers was Lassen County District Attorney office senior investigator David Rich. Rich said in the course of his investigation, he came across a person, named John Brady who knew Bates and had seen him at Whispering Pines. Brady informed Rich he and Bates had gone shooting about five days befdre May 25, and saw Bates shooting a revolver with a yellowish pistol grip, that was possibly a .22 caliber. Evans called for a second- and first-degree murder charge based on evidence presented, however, he noted the evidence was not strong for a first-degree charge. Paine said there was not county would have to look at reducing expenditures. "During the next eight months we're going to need to look at somehow reducing the expenditures in the overall county budget." said Egan. '~nd I believe, quite frankly, that will in result in positions being reduced." He said the services and supplies budget has been cut down quite a bit, but said the personnel is the bulk of the budget. "Over the next year, we're going to need to figure out a way to reduce our personnel costs, and that, quite frankly. means reducing the personnel in a lot of the departments. I don't think the public safety department is going to escape that because they're such a big recommendation to transfer component of the overall about $1.65 million from the total," said Egan. "I want to general reserve to the point that out because I think general fpnd to help balance it's something we need to the budget. The projected start discussing ending balance in the general immediately." reserves, is about $1.3 million. "rm said this budget was You've already dreamed up Re blueprints. We may be able to bring However, Egan did note the sustainable, but he wash t sure about next year's. I :f~ ~ !~6, ~: U,S, ~k ~me ~uJty L[oO .of ~ o~ ~p~ / Eganalso said the I opt .an : you / departments were charged with coming up with ideas to increase revenues. Moreover, in the budget, there was a recommended 2 sufficient evidence for the first-degree charge, and said there was no evidence of premeditation. She also said in this case there was one person, Williamson, who said Bates specifically shot Hubbard, and noted several discrepancies in Williamson's statement. "What the people have presented to the court is a plethora of contradictory evidence," she said. She also said the defense was moving for a self-defense or imperfect self-defense of self or others. Moreover, Paine requested Bates' $1 million bail be significantly reduced. She presented a letter to the court noting alleged employment and help for Bates should he be allowed to actually have a realistically attainable bail amount. Evans objected, noting this was a murder case. Bradbury said he had some sympathy for Paine's argument, but at the same time he noted bail is also in place to protect the public, but his bail was reduced to $35O,OOO. percent salary increase for all employees, in addition to an increase in flexible benefits or health insurance contribution, depending on the bargaining unit, for $100 a month. Additionally, there were employee reclassifications discussed, and some new, and decreasing positions in various departments. Also listed in the budget, was the annual contribution of $80,000 for the Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority for the pool. A $150,000 contribution from Health and Social Services to the economic development fund, which Egan noted was in the red for a while and $60,000 to the Family Resource Centers. Moreover, for the criminal justice facilities, there was an item for $110,000 for the cooling towers in the adult detention facility, and the public safety fund was increased to $7.2 million, growing about $2,2 million in four years. The budget was unanimously adopted, with board chairman Jim Chapman noting the vote to approve the budget was one of the most important votes the board makes during the year. ME UNEQF CREDIT - u.,S..e~mk,~.Ch~ VlJlt:~.~irl fei~ustam ~{~ i oai: b neh, u n dmambig t I PrOd'i= R POSSIIBLE . ..... .... : ::_ m. k ~ll~I~ "~:~ ..... 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