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2A Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Man dies in Sierra Pacific mill accident Dan McDonald Managing Editor Kevin Michael Stephens his clothing became caught in the conveyor. He was unable to free himself before being crushed. The accideflt happened An accident at the Sierra Pacific Industries mill in Quincy claimed the life of a 24-year-old Meadow Valley man last week. Kevin Michael Stephens had been on the job just a little more than a month when the fatal accident occurred. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kevin's family and loved ones who must be struggling with this ordeal," said SPI president George Emmerson. Stephens was cleaning a conveyor belt when part of early Wednesday morning, Oct. 30. Plumas County sheriffs dispatch received a 911 call at 5:52 a.m. Emergency responders pronounced Stephens dead at the scene. According to SPI and the sheriffs office, the accident is still under investigation. SPI spokesman Mark Pawlicki said the company "is working diligently with Cal OSHA to investigate this tragedy." Stephens, who attended Quincy High School, moved to the area With his family from Hayfork when he was 7. He served in the Army and began working at the sawmill in September. Family members said they have been overwhelmed by the show of support from the community. "The community has been incredible," Stephens' sister, Amber Quirarte, said. "We want everyone to know how much we appreciate it." Quirarte said SPI has also been very supportive to the family. "They have been really good about everything," she said. Quirarte, Jenny Stephens (Kevin Stephens' sister-in-law), and longtime family friend Lori Brown spoke at length about the impact Stephens had on the people who knew him. "He has friends all over the world," they said. "He was such a caring person. He seemed to gather friends wherever he went." Stephens is survived by his 2-year-old son Jaxon Hunter Stephens; parents Larry and Lorri Stephens, of Meadow Valley; sister Amber Quirarte; brother Jerimy Stephens; and grandmother Barbara Waldrop. A celebration of Stephens' life was held at the Veterans' Hall in Quincy on Saturday, Nov. 2. The family said another celebration of life will be held in Redding in the coming days. Greenville man chargeqJ after truck hits vehicle, rerces, tree A Greenville man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a driving rampage last week. On Oct. 30, at approximately 9:45 p.m., Robert Hereford, 33, was driving his 2004 Dodge 1500 pickup truck eastbound on Main Street toward Bush Street in Greenville. According to the California Highway Patrol, Hereford attempted to make a right turn onto Bush Street but turned too soon and struck a Pacific Gas & Electric power pole. After striking the pole, Hereford backed up and fled the scene southbound on Bush Street at a reported high rate of speed. Hereford's vehicle crossed into the northbound lane on Bush Street where it struck a Mazda pickup parked on the east shoulder. Hereford backed away from the Mazda and fled the scene westbound on Jessie Street. Unable to make the turn, the Dodge crossed into the eastbound lane of Jessie Street and went up onto the sidewalk and struck a guide wire for a PG&E pole and knocked over a chain link fence in the front yard of a private residence. The left front tire broke off at theaxle. Despite the major damage to his pickup, Hereford backed away from the fence a Christmas " ! Craft Fair November 9th 9:00am to 2:00pm Wildwood Village 366 Meadowbrook Loop Chester $ Proceeds Benefit Residents Activity Fund and fled westbound on Jessie Street. While attempting to make a left turn onto southbound Highway 89, the truck struck a light post located at the southeast corner of the intersection. Hereford backed away from the light post and fled the scene southbound on Highway 89. Because of the severe damage to the truck, he was unable to control iL and made several wide circlein the middle of the highxay before heading southbound in the northbound lane. The pickup left the east shoulder and drove into the parking lot of Mountain Circle Family Services, where it struck an enclosed trailer. After bounding off the trailer, Hereford continued driving southbound in the northbound lane. Just north of Standard Mine Road, the truck left the east roadway edge, where it struck a large cedar tree before rolling onto its left side down a short embankment. Hereford exited the pickup This truck was damaged by Robert Hereford on Thursday, Oct. 30. Photo by James Machado and attempted to flee the scene. A passerby stopped and provided assistance to Hereford until paramedics arrive. Hereford was airlifted to Enloe Hospital in Chico, with moderate injuries including a concussion and complaint of pain to his lower back. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and five counts of hit and run. NEWSMAKER Army Pfc. Jarod W. Schaefer has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Schaefer is the son of Walt Schaefer, of Chester, and Tanya Henrich, of Greenville. He is a 2000 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School, Chico. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied physical fitness and the Army mission, history, tradition and core values. He received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, d(ill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, the military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training. Driver in fatal big rig crash identified The driver of a tractor- trailer who was killed in a fiery crash in the Feather River Canyon on Oct. 29 was identified last week as Franklin Cecil Jarvis, 58, of Chico. According to the California Highway Patrol, Jarvis worked for Chico Produce out of Durham. The CHP reported that the cause of the accident, which forced the closure of Highway 70 in both directions, is still under investigation. Quincy Area CHP Commander Joe Edwards said the investigation is complicated because of its location in the Canyon and the fact that there were no witnesses. Edwards, who was at the scene, described it as "h0rrific." The intense fire melted the truck's fuel tanks and part of the highway itself. Traffic was backed up for a quarter-mile, with vehicles unable to turn around because of the narrowness of the highway. The accident was first reported by a Union Pacific Railroad dispatcher after a passing train spotted the big rig fully engulfed in flames about 3:30 a.m. near Chambers Creek Bridge on Highway 70. The highway was closed from the Greenville Wye to Big Bend Road. According to the CHP, Jarvis was driving the Freightliner tractor-trailer eastbound west of Chambers Creek at an undetermined speed. The front of the Freightliner struck a large rock on top of the solid yellow lines and then struck a rock wall north of the north roadway edge of the highway. The tractor and trailer jackknifed and ruptured a fuel tank, becoming fully engulfed in flames. For all your construclion needs Give us a call today: EATTY General Building Contractor Calif. 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