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8A Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Dan McDonald Managing Editor d A June 27 altercation at the Sierra Pacific Industries mill in Quincy left one man hospitalized and another facing a felony assault charge. Carson Robert Bellah, 26, of Quincy, was arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly beating an SPI worker with a piece of wood 24 inches long and 2 inches square. Bellah entered a "not guilty" plea in Plumas County Superior Court during his July 1 arraignment. The alleged crime took place about 10 a.m. after Bellah, who is a millwright for SPI subcontractor Hasbrock Construction, got into an argument with an SPI employee. According to the district attorney's office, the employee was walking away when Bellah picked up a piece of wood and struck him in the head. The blow reportedly knocked the employee to the ground. Bellah allegedly continued to beat the employee with the wood until other workers physically stopped him. Bellah left the area before a sheriffs deputy, the Quincy Fire Department and a Plumas District Hospital ambulance arrived on the scene. Bellah was at large for about a half-hour until he turned himself in to the county jail where he was arrested. The victim, whose name was not released, reportedly suffered numerous injuries including head wounds and a possible broken wrist. He was transported by ambulance to the PDH emergency room. Bellah is scheduled to be in court July 12 for a preliminary examination. When asked about the charges, District Attorney David Hollister said his office "will always take a strong stance against criminal violence in our community." Bellah is being held in the Plumas County Jail on $25,000 bail. Debra Moore "Staff Writer dmoore@plu In an effort to reduce recidivism and enable former inmates to lead productive lives, Plumas County is trying something new -- Moral Reconation Therapy. Those associated with the criminal justice system in Plumas County have integrated the term "MRT" into their day-to-day language and its philosophy into their rehabilitation programs. "It's proven to be an effective program," said Stephanie Tanaka, the coordinator of the county's Alternative Sentencing Program. "We are going toward that in all of our programming." MRT is being implemented in classes at the jail and at the daffy reporting center. Tanaka first became aware of the program in March when she was invited to attend a training session in Trinity County. hay storage or whatever you want to get out of the sun/Call Jim Willis today to plan your metal building. J m Is BUILDING SYSTEMS CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT METAL BUILDINGS to EXQUISITE HOMES COMMERCIAL and RESIDENTIAL - CA CONT. 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Neff Auto John and Renee VanFleet Maria and Sean Johnson Chris Meyers Construction Sierra Pacific Plumas Unified School District Indian Valley Horseshoe Club Susanville Rancheria Round House Counsel- Greenville The amazing support of our beautiful county is what makes us special! Thanks again for your generous donations. new IBm The program was developed involved in the criminal the facilitator has the ability in 1985 and, according toa justice system and substance to overrule," Tanaka said. variety of reports, boasts an abuse. The course is mandatory impressive success rate, More than two dozen for inmates, those released on showing lower recidivism rates, participants attended theprobation, and parolees. According to Correctional training held at the It's not affiliated with the Counseling Inc., studies show fairgrounds June 18- 21. Alcoholics Anonymous that those treated with MRT MRT is being incorporated12-step program, but there are have rearrest and into the curriculum at the jail similar elements. reincarceration rates that are and the daffy reporting Tanaka said the approach 25 percent to 75 percent lower center, including parenting forces individuals to "talk than expected. According to and substance abuse classes, about their inner self." the California Department but the main program is titled Richard Edmiston, who has of Corrections, recidivism "Escaping Your Present." taken a variety of classes at rates average 70 to 80 percent. Tanaka described the the jail, agrees. "They really With the financial program as "participant-led" dig into you," he said. assistance of the county's with a facilitator. Each week There are now so many public health department, there is a topic, such asparticipants that more classes Tanaka and four others "honesty," and each are being added. attended the initial training, participant must discuss the As for whether the new She was sold and wanted to topic, program works, Tanaka said bring it to Plumas County. After the presentation, she will be tracking the data. "Mimi Hall was the driving other members of the group Some jurisdictions gauge force in bringing the program can ask clarifying questions, success by whether or not here," Tanaka said of the If the group decides that the someone is rearrested, others county's public health presenter was being candid bywhether there is a new director, and forthright, then theconviction. Tanaka isn't sure The public health agency individual can pass on to the yet which benchmark Plumas hosted a two-hour overview next class. If not, then the County will use, but is and offered a four-day class must be repeated, optimistic that the results training session for those "Their peers vote on it, but will be positive. Public hearing on general plan July I Debra Moore final environmental impact must conduct a public Staff Writer report for the general plan hearing. update and recommend thatBased on prior attendance the Board of Supervisors at meetings regarding the The Plumas County certify the document, general plan, the commission Planning Commission will The commission is also is expecting many to attend hold a public hearing on the slated to consider changes to and take advantage of the general plan at the the general plan including chance to comment on the fairgrounds rather than in its those required by the. environmental impact report normal meeting room, environmental impact report and the general plan update. because a large crowd is and minor changes proposed Those who cannot attend anticipated, by planning department the public hearing may email The public hearing is staff, their comments to scheduled for 10 a.m. Ultimately, the commission randywilson@countyofpluma Thursday, July 18, in thewill consider whether to with the phrase Assistant Planner Becky Supervisors approve the EIR" typed in the subject line. 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