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Lassen County Times Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 5A en w Yvonne Allison was dis- mayed to find that her home had been vandalized some- time during the night on Halloween. When she awoke the next morning she noticed many of her elaborate, porch decora- tions were missing. The stolen items included a large hanging skeleton that floats in the wind and with eyes'that light up and a large, plastic spider on a web inter- twined with purple lights. lism s In addition, two expensive glass pumpkins were smashed in the street. Allison said she would like the decorations returned to her at 207 Delwood St. Anyone With information can call 256- 3209. A Visa card was also taken from her car, which she quickly canceled before any- thing could be charged to her account. "This was the first time in four years I decorated my n home for ,Halloween and everyone in Westwood loved it," said Allison, who moved to the area from Oregon a month ago. She said she decorated the porch for Halloween to make young children happy and those trick or treating Oct. 31 did appreciate the atmo- sphere she had created. Allison said the theft ruined Halloween for herself arid her son. Park manager says Hidden Acres is a good deal Patrick Shillito Staff Writer pshillito@lasse While many of the senior residents at the Hidden Acres Mobile Home Park believe they are being taken advan- tage of by their park's new owner, park manager Patsy Ritz said she believes they are still receiving a good deal. Ritz and her husband Jim have been the park managers for about five years, almost four years before new owner notice that their overall rent will go up to $42 as of Jan. 1, 2008. Helt said she believes this is a negative reflection of the new owner. "I'm sorry to say it, but I feel the new owners are very greedy,"Helt said. Ritz said she has heard sim- ilar complaints from other park residents. She said the increase stems "Mr. Thomas wanted to last City Council ,meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The residents at the meet- ing told the city council the rent increase was unjust and unfoianded. Speaking on behalf of the upset residents, longtime Lassen County resident Jim Ward asked the council if there was anything it could do to at least slow down the rent increase, poss ibly through rent control. Ward has been in the pro- Secret agents All Hallow's Eve brought a lot of fun to Lassen County Superior Court Department 1 when the court em ployees dressed up as Secret Service agents assigned to protect Lassen County Superior Court Judge Steven Bradbury. Pictured from left are Suzie Faulkner, Rosemary Reed, Crystal Jones, Bradbury, Rob Wells, Nancy Holsey and Jason Kerr. Photo by John Perea Randy Thomas of RT cess of trying to sell his space ght t on Enterprises in Modesto put- break it down and show in the park for the past nine Manconvicted of manslau er ge s probati chased the property in them what they are pay- months. February Mayor Lino Cailegari said A McArthur man who Lassen County employee cle s bumper and the trash Ritz said Thomas, who ing, and he has the right city administration would killed a Little Valley Waste William Paul Sutton was bin." couldn't be reached for com- ment, is well within his rights to raise the rent. "I understand that many of the residents are on a fixed income," Ritz said. "I have a mother who lives on a fixed income as well. But Mr. Thomas has the right to raise the rent. He bought the park and he's doing everything legally." Ritz explained while she her husband try to listen to all of the concerns of park residents, they are still pay- ing less than if they were renting an apartment in town. Lorraine Helt has lived in the park for more than 13 years, and she is currently paying $310 a month, She said to raise (rent) to recoup his money. " Patsy Ritz Hidden Acres Park Manager from the rising cost of utili- ties. "They've always paid (the utilities)," Ritz said. "But Mr. Thomas wanted to break it down and show them what they were paying, and he has the right to raise it to recoup his mohey He's given the (residents) all the proper notification. Bless their hearts; they're just upset." Many of the park residents all of the residents of the showed up to protest the pa,rk have recently receB;ed upcomin rent increase at the CORRECTION In the Oct. 30 issue, the Times reported in the story entitled "Residents fed up with rapid rent increases," that the current rent of the residents of the Hidden Acres Mobile Home Park is $282, and the rent would be increased $70 to $352 a month. The residents actually, pay $310 a month right now. The rent will be increased $42 a month on Jan. 1. The Times regrets the error. look into the matter and see what kind of options it could come up with for the next council meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m tomorrow Wednesday, Nov. 7 located in City Hall located on North Lassen Street. "I have (residents) who come to me upset, and thenI have people who come to me saying they understand. They went to the garbage company and found out how much it costs. They've gone to the water company and seen how much water metering costs." Ritz said that her heart goes out to the upset residents, but they aren't being treated unfairly and compared to other location's rent, which i, ncludes some utili,, s, is low. and Recycling Center Transfer Station employee in a fatal accident last year will not spend any time in jail. Randy Charles Shellenbarger, 45, was sen- tenced on Thursday, Oct. 25 to three years formal probation and no jail time after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter. The Lassen County District Attorney's Officd amended the original felony murder charge to vehicular manslaughter on Aug. 16 as part of a plea bargain. Shellenbarger also was ordered to participate in a mental health program and pay $577.50 in restitution to the victim's son. Sharing God's Love and Grace in Jesus Christi Everyone is we~come~ St. Paul's Lutheran Church. First & Ash Streets Susanville 257-2223 Sunday School and Adult Bible Study 9:45 am .[ Sunday Worship 11:00 am I God has something vital to say to you through His Word.Join us and receive God's gifts of grace and mercy and experience God's love! working at the transfer sta- tion at 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2006 and Shellenbarger was a cus- tomer, according to the Redding California Highway Patrol report. Shellenbarger spoke to Sutton and then backed up his 1'989 Dodge pickup truck toward a garbage bin. '~t some point, Sutton walked behind or was stand- ing behind Shellenbarger's vehicle," the report said. "Shellenbarger did not see Sutton and continued backing his vehicle. The back bumper knocked Sutton to the ground and pinned him between the vehi- Feeling the impact and thinking he'd hit the trash bin, Shellenbarger left the driver's seat to check the back of the truck and found Sutton, according to the Lassen County Sheriff's Department report. Shellenbarger ranto the pay- ment area and asked Sutton's wife Barbara to call 911. She said there was no cell sei'vice at the transfer station, so Sheilenbarger raced to the nearest house to call 911. Emergency medical person- nel responded and adminis- tered life-saving efforts for 45 minutes, but Sutton was pro- nounced dead at the scene. .'5.] -vO',~! .'/~ " ~'-~ -'~ Make their dreams come true, give the gift of travel. Call Kathy or EvaLee at taratravel@frontiern eLnet 37140 Main St Burney, CA 96013 CST#2012723-40 10 9am-3pm Located at the National Guard Armory on Russell Ave. Susanville Receive a FREE raffle ticket upon entry. 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