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LASSEN COUNTY Serving Susanville and Surrounding Areas Vol. 32, No. 6 lassennews.com Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 (530) 257-5321 50 cents Former resident awaits fate in mideast contraband trial Barbara France Managing Editor bfrance@lassennews.com Unless fate intervenes, for- mer Lassen County resident and Lassen High School 2005 graduate Nicholas Moody will face a court trial on Mon- day, Nov. 29 in United Arab Emirates after being arrested on carrying an illegal firearm accessory into the country. The 23-year-old U.S. Army veteran, the son of Mike and Lorina Moody, of Susanville, was working for a private se- curity firm in Iraq and was on is way home when he was detained for having what UAE officials call contraband. Al- legedly Moody, who served two tours in the Iraq/.&fghanistan theater as part of the Nevada Air Guard, was unaware the ac- cessory he was carrying was illegal in UAE. His mother said the contra- band was neither ammuni- tion nor a part used to fire a weapon. However, no one has said exactly what Moody had in his possession. Rocky Deal, district direc- tor of Tom McClintock, U.S. Congressman, Fourth Dis- trict California, said that the congressman's office is doing all it can legally do in Moody's case, which is stay- ing in touch with the U.S. Consulates Office in UAE,and the U.S. Embassy. Both offices have been checking on Moody's well being and mak- ing sure he is being treated well. Deal said if the congress- man hears of any mistreat- ment then he can launch a Congressional Inquiry. He also said the congressman's office has been in touch with the former soldier's family throughout the course of his detention. Moody was arrest- ed on Wednesday, Sept. 29. In a letter posted on Face- book to a site entitled, "Please Help Bring Our Soldier Back Home!" Moody's mother wrote that she felt the govern- ment was not doing enough for her son, the veteran and American citizen. She plead- ed with everyone to write the state department, the presi- dent and other legislators to step in and bring her son home. His mother also wrote, "When I consider the situa- tion that my son is in, I am acutely aware that anyone traveling in foreign territo- ries could easily unknowing- ly misstep and find them- selves caught in a difficult legal battle. It is frightening. More measures need to be taken to prevent anyone from ever having to go through this." The Facebook site states Moody was arrested at the Abu Dhabi Airport. Allegedly the company that Moody worked for is not intervening on behalf of their employee. Deal stressed the congress- man's office can help con- stituents who need help when traveling overseas or with other issues. He said included in the staff are two women es- pecially knowledge with for- eign affairs. If anyone needs assistance, he or she can call Deal at 916- 786-5560. Baum's away On to Championship 00ame! Trevor Baum leaps over the West Valley defense to get a Grizzly first down in the Lassen High School football team's first playoff game appearance of the season Thursday, Nov. 18 at Arnold Field. The Grizzlies won 35-13 and will move on to the championship round against Wheatland High at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 at Wheatland, Calif. Photo by Kayleen Taylor Nicholas Moody, a former Susanville resident, and U.S. Army vet, has been detained in United Arab Emirates on contraband charges. His trial is set for Nov, 29. Photo submitted Fate of Uptown flea market00,decided Patrick Shillito Staff Writer pshillito@lassennews.com The plan for Uptown busi- ness owner John Nicoli to place a flea market in the bot- tom floor of the Hotel St. Francis has failed. The Susanville Planning Commission made its deci- sion at its Nov. 16 meeting, where the unanimous vote was made to not grant the use permit Nicoli has been pursu- ing for months. Several people came out to protest the idea of a flea mar- ket in the historic building, as well as several people in favor of approving the flea market. With a packed crowd in the City Hall chambers, the final viewpoints were made public, this time from many people on both sides of the use per- mit. While many letters were sent to the commission both in favor and against the flea market, Nicoli also brought in a petition that he said had roughly 1,800 signatures voic- ing the approval of the use permit. The Lassen Historic Build- ing Review Committee (LHBRC) also met in the weeks prior to the Nov. 16 See St. Francis, page 8A deadlines We will have special publication deadlines for the upcoming Thanksgiv- ing Day:: holiday. The Lassen County Times and Westwood PinePress will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25. Deadlines for the Tuesday, Nov. 30 :and Wednesday, Dec, 1 edi- tions are as follows: Display ,Advertising Noon., Wednesday, Nov. 24 Legal Advertising Noon, Wednesday" Nov.:24 Real Estate Display 4 p.m., Tuesda Nov. 25 News releases/letters Noon, Wednesday, Nov. 24 Classified Advertising 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 29 lll!!!!!lll!!!!!lll To subscribe to the Times, call 530-257-5321 Supervisors want slower speed limits around county Patrick Shillito Staff Writer pshillito@lassennews.com The Lassen County Board of Supervisors would like county drivers to slow down. That's because a recent traffic study conducted by the county's road department on specific roads in the city of Susanville and parts of the county show speeds are too high. However. a few roads will have raised speed limits. Riverside Drive, John- stonville Road, Center Road, Main Street in Janesville, Lakecrest Road. Richmond Road, Circle Drive, Skyline Road East, Eagle Lake Road, Stone Road, Sears Road, Spaulding Road, Mooney Road and Doyle Old Highway were included in the study. According to County Public Works Director Larry Millar, the engineering and traffic studies are required to justify reduced speed limits and make them enforceable by po- lice agencies. He said this does not in- clude areas like heavy resi- dential or school zones, which already have their own speed limit enforcements. The board eventually voted to accept some of the results from the traffic study except those from Richmond Road, Riverside Drive and Main Street in Janesville. District 1 Supervisor Bob Pyle said he was not happy with the re- sults for Richmond Road, Dis- trict 2 Supervisor Jim Chap- man said he didn't like the re- sults for Riverside Drive and District 3 Supervisor Lloyd Keefer said he was unhappy with the results for Main Street in Janesville. District 4 Supervisor Brian Dahle worked at convincing the board to at least approve the resolution to approve the traffic study without their re- spective roads so that law agencies could start enforc- ing the speed limits on the other roads. Chapman said he was happy with the recommenda- tion to drop the speed limit on Riverside Drive from the Old Mill entrance to South Fair- field from the current speed limit down from 35 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour, but based on his concern for safe- ty asked if there was a way to reduce it down to 25 miles per hour. Keefer's concern for Main Street in Janesville was based on the traffic study, there was almost no change in any of the posted speed limits. He said based on the amount of residential activi- ty along the six zones on the road, the speed limit should be changed to a speed that re- flects that, such as 25 miles per hour. Pyle's concern was that the two zones studied along Rich- mond Road, from the city lim- its south 1,000 feet and from 1,000 feet south of the city limits to Bauer Road, was the fact that both zones were rec- ommended to increase the speed limit by 10 miles per hour each, increasing to 35 miles per hour and 55 miles per hour respectively. Engineering Consultant Camille Buehler, who helped coordinate and conduct the traffic studies, explained ulti- mately the board had the right to post whatever speed limit it wants, but without the backing of an official traffic study, none of those speed limits would be enforceable. Millar and Buehler said they would be able to come back to the Board after going back and seeing if there was any way to possibly reduce the speed limit. Keefer said one of his pri- mary concerns was the Cali- fornia Highway Patrol was al- ready having a hard time en- forcing the currently posted speed limits in Janesville, and he was wondering if the impact of the study was going to affect that anymore than now. "CHP has not been able to enforce the existing posted speed limits out there (Janesville) effectively," Keefer said. "I have dealt with this numerous times on Main Street Janesville, and in later years on Johnstonville Road. I've had numerous com- plaints about speeding, I'd call CHP and they've been very responsive. They go out and make their presence known, but they re- mind me that they're limited in what they can do. But what we're dealing with is a situa- tion where the 40-45 speed limit, particularly for Main Street Janesville, is way out of line. I think we're propos- ing something that is not going to be acceptable to the See Speed, page 8A Town Hill pr,00ject gets excellence aw0000rd Ruth Ellis Staff Writer rellis@lassennews.com Susanville's Town Hill pro- ject on State Route 36 has been nationally recognized as the Caltrans project received the Federal Highway Admin- istrations Award of Excel- lence for Intermodal Trans- portation Facilities. According to District 2 pub- lic information officer Denise Yergenson, the award is given every two years and this is the first time Caltrans has won the award in the past nine years, if not the first time ever. An intermodal transporta- tion facility' Yergenson said, includes something other than a roadway for cars and trucks. In addition to improv. ing safety measures, the Town Hill project located on Highway 36 heading west out Susanville added a bicycle lane for multimodal trans- portation and recreational op- portunities. In October 2009, a ribbon cutting was held to signify completion of the project, 10 years after its inception. Im- provement work involved adding eight-feet of paved shoulders from Highway 36 to Lassen County route A1 to improve safety by increasing sight distance and a recovery area for vehicles. It also creat- ed a wider space for pedestri- ans and bicyclists as well as a place for people to put snow chains on their vehicles. The intersection of Prattville Road and Highway 86 was realigned and a left turn lane Was added from the highway to Prattville Road. Sight distance for vehicles ex- iting the CAL FIRE station and guardrail, roadway sur- faces, driveways and intersec- See Town Hill, page 8A