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Serving, the Greater Lake Almanor E Vol. 68, No. 14 www.plumasnews.com 530-258-3115 Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 Editorial: Just l e: family - Local li Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.com When the Church family went out for a midday visit to the Chester library, they never expected to be attacked by wasps, or to be stung repeatedly. They never expected to call 911. But that's what happened Wednesday, Sept. 24, when Ezra Church, 7, and his sister Megan, 10, were playing near the Feather River, which flows past the library. They were with their teenage cousins, their mother, Tami Church, and their aunt, Dana Church. Suddenly a swarm of wasps, also known as meat bees, emerged aggressively from a pile of leaves under an old boat in the library's lawn. Ezra was stung five times before his cousin, Cannon Church, rushed to his aid. Cannon "pulled off Ezra's backpack and pulled him toward the library door, still swatting the whole time, even hitting one off Ezra's head and stepping on See Attack, page 4A To subscribe to the Progressive, call 530-258-3115 Debra Moore putting such entities as the Staff Writer "I'm not going to voluntarily slit my wrist, libraries, museum and county fair at risk of closure. dmoore@plumasnews.com Those cuts were made by the board." "Without making crazy The Plumas Board of decisions, we need to use Supervisors used a variety of Greg Hagwood fund balance to balance this tactics to whittle a budget Plumas County Sheriff budget," said Chairman Jon deficit from just over $2 Kennedy during the Sept. 23 million to $243,000, and then hearing. took the remainder from my recommendation," s /idTo achieve a balanced The supervisors also fund balance to Close the Susan Scarlett, the county's budget without tapping into tapped into one-time pools of budget gap. budget consultant, "but Ifund balance would have money to bridge the budget "Using fund balance isn't understand." meant even deeper cuts, and deficit and reduced the The Never Neverland Preschool in Chester is again holding its annual Trike-A-Thon to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Preschool owner Kristy Murphy has sponsored this fundraiser since 1996 and to date the children have raised over $16,000 for St. Jude. In addition to raising money, the Trike-A-Thon program incorporates a week of bike safety discussions for the preschool students. This year, the Trike-A-Thon will be held Friday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Chester Park. Tax-deductible donation checks may be made payable to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and deposited at the Chester branch of Plumas Bank. Photo submitted by Kristy Murphy II Dan McDonald Indian Valley district Managing Editor "The court has selected the upper term board chairman Brad Smith dmcdonald@plumasnews.com because of the extensive planning and read a short statement, saying Moore's actions have The woman convicted of sophistication of the crime." divided the community and the largest theft of public will affect it for years. funds in Plumas County Ira Kaufman ' After the hearing, Smith history is headed to prison. Superior Court Judge credited the district's Leanna May Moore, remaining employees for former general manager stepping up to "keep things of the Indian Valley behavior. I think it needs to "no contest" plea in order running." During Moore's Community Services be punished and, therefore, to get her affairs in order, tenure, the water district's District, was sentenced to I intend to do that. However, she was ordered staff was cut from 14 10 years in state prison last "The court has selected at that time to enter theemployees to four. week. the upper term because ofPlumas County jail on Sept. "They have done a terrific Moore, 42, who was the the extensive planning and 12. job. And, in my mind, they district's GM from 2006 to sophistication of the crime," At last Wednesday's haven't received enough 2012, admitted to embezzling he said, adding Moore hearing, Judge Kaufman credit," Smith said, more than $626,000 while she showed "limited remorse."ordered Moore to be referring to current GM was in charge. Kaufman said Moore transferred to the state Jesse Lawson and his staff. The amount of the theft harmed the Indian Valley women's prison in "They allowed us to keep the from the small public community and "will Chowchilla to begin serving water flowing and the sewer district was reportedly one continue to harm the her sentence, flowing." of the largest ever stolen in community for a long Moore was convicted on District Attorney David the state, regardless of period of time." one count of embezzlementHollister said he felt district size. "I think it deserves the by a public official and three horrible for the Indian Consequently, Moore's maximum punishment counts of forgery. Valley ratepayers. He said prison term will be one of allowable by law," he said. She also received an he intends to meet with the the longest for a crime of The judge ruled Moore aggravated white-collar community in Indian Valley that nature, would not be eligible forcrime enhancement becauseand will continue working to Plumas County Superior probation. He also ordered her theft totaled more than get some restitution money Court Judge Ira Kaufman her to pay restitution and $500,000, The enhancementfrom Moore. gave Moore the stiffest fines totaling more than doubled the length of her"If there are assets out possible sentence. $2.4 million, sentence, there, I think we will be "(Moore had) no addiction. She has 60 days to appealMoore admitted stealing able to get them," Hollister There was no gambling, the sentence. $626,000. She was accused of said. there's no drugs. This is just Moore sat expressionless taking $676,375.60. Hollister addressed the greed, for lack of a better through the 30-minute About 20 people attended division that has happened term," Kaufman said during sentencing hearing wearing the sentencing hearing, in Indian Valley in the the Wednesday, Sept. 24, hhndcuffs and inmate When Kaufman asked if wake of the embezzlement sentencing at the Plumas clothing, anyone wanted to address scandal. An organized County Courthouse. "I'm She was free on $100,000 the court, only one person group of residents has been somewhat outraged by the ball following her June 20 spoke, calling for the board sheriffs budget by $380,000. "Sheriff made adjustments he can uncomfortably live with," Kennedy said during the hearing. Sheriff Greg Hagwood remained silent during the meeting, but was anything but quiet during an interview later in the day. See Budget, page 4A Annual audit shows improvement Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.com Seneca Healthcare District's financials are on the rise, according to its annual audit for the fiscal year 2014. Jerrel Tucker, of TCA partners, presented the audit at last week'sSHD meeting. He said, "You are still not out of the woods, but you have made progress and strengthened your financial position. "(When we audit a company) we have to evaluate if you are going to be able to make it another 12 months. It was an easy decision to say it is not a growing concern. You are going to make it another year." This is good news for the community and the hospital. Seneca has moved forward in hitting benchmarks and being more in line with peer See Audit, page 4A Leanna May Moore members to resign. Hollister said the board members were extremely cooperative during the investigation and shouldn't be blamed for Moore's actiohs. "The idea that the board should have seen this stuff happening, that it was happening right under their nose ... it just wasn't true," Hollister said. "I'm not sure that the public has the full picture on that. "What I think is important to know is the level ,of planning and sophistication that the defendant engaged in to allow this to happen .... (Moore) really worked very hard on this," he said. "She literally would take bank records, reformat them See Sentence, page 4A