Marysville Fire

Linda Fire Department firefighter Tyler Morasch works to extinguish a spot fire on Tuesday in the Thorntree area near Highway 70 southwest of Laurellen Road in Marysville.

September, 2018

Sept. 1: Two motions, made by a defense attorney seeking an unpublished Sutter County Grand Jury report, were denied in Sutter County Superior Court. Jesse Santana sought the district attorney’s advanced copy of the report, saying he believed it contains information pertinent to the defense of his client, Danelle Stylos.

Sept. 2: In recent years, communities like Yuba-Sutter have unwittingly provided infrastructure for transnational illicit drug organizations, it was reported. Five undocumented Mexican nationals who allegedly were the main supply of methamphetamine and heroin in Yuba-Sutter were arrested. And the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office had busted several illegal marijuana grows with ties to a Chinese crime organization.

Sept. 3: Egg races, cake walks and history brought people to Delamere Island at Ellis Lake for a slice of Marysville history. FOCUS on Marysville and the Mary Aaron Memorial Museum hosted the Old-Fashioned Picnic.

Sept. 4: Nicolaus residents welcomed thousands for the 29th annual Labor Day Parade. The event is the biggest fundraiser for local schools, including Marcum-Illinois Elementary School, Pleasant Grove Elementary School, East Nicolaus High School and Browns Elementary School.

Sept. 5: A $1.5 million grant would help the Yuba City Fire Department make up a shortfall and hire additional firefighters. The federally-funded Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant would allow the department to recruit and hire new firefighters and help pay wages for three years. 

Sept. 6: Harvest officially began and Yuba-Sutter farmers got their first real look at how 2018’s crops were shaping up. Early reports indicated things were business as usual, for the most part.

Sept. 7: The Yuba Water Agency announced plans to purchase a 20-acre property in Dobbins worth about $220,000 to build a new warehouse and office building.

Sept. 8: The shooting death of an alleged marijuana garden caretaker in Oregon House in 2017 was deemed legally justified by Yuba County District Attorney Pat McGrath. The incident had resulted in two deputies being wounded.

Sept. 9: Some Yuba-Sutter residents reported being the targets of a debit card scam. Local law enforcement officials warned the public to be vigilant to ensure they weren’t victimized. The scam reportedly occurred at gas station pumps throughout the area.

Sept. 10: New homes will mean new residents for the city of Live Oak – work was underway on a development that started years ago. Construction at the Pennington Ranch development was taken up by KB Homes, the developer.

Sept. 11: A Wheatland man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for his involvement in a fatal shooting near the Longbranch Saloon in Linda. Randall Todd Harris pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter  and other charges were dropped.

Sept. 12: A teenager who admitted to the 2016 murder of another Yuba City teen was sentenced to incarceration in a juvenile justice facility for a maximum of seven years. In Sutter County Superior Court, Walker C. Jeremiah, 18, apologized for his actions the night of Oct. 23, 2016, that left Tyler Pacheco, 18, dead. 

Sept. 13: A 17-year-old boy was in custody following a shooting in Olivehurst that sent another boy to the hospital with two gunshot wounds and prompted nearby schools to go on lockdown for a few hours.

Sept. 14: The Sutter County District Attorney’s Office declined to file a criminal hit-and-run charge against Sutter County Fire Chief John Shalowitz, and noted in a memo about its decision that he should have instead been investigated for driving under the influence. Shalowitz had been arrested Aug. 26 on suspicion of public intoxication following a non-injury collision at the McDonald’s restaurant on Stabler Lane.

Sept. 15: The Sutter County Board of Supervisors approved using a portion of Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health property on Live Oak Boulevard for a temporary emergency homeless shelter.

Sept. 16 and 17: The ground rumbled underfoot as cowboys and cowgirls competed on horses and bulls during the 85th annual Marysville Stampede at Cotton Rosser Arena in Beckwourth Riverfront Park.

Sept. 18: Tyler Rose and family appeared in Yuba County Superior Court expecting a conclusion to the case of Heather Marie Phillips, the woman who admitted to running him over on Simpson Lane the year before. Instead, Judge Julia Scrogin issued a $50,000 warrant for Phillips’ arrest for failure to appear.

Sept. 20: Yuba City is poised for growth, it was reported, it’s just a matter of getting homebuilders on board. The city – like many others across the state – has struggled with enticing homebuilders to start new projects since the recession. City Council members directed staff during the City Council meeting to move forward with a five-year housing strategy.

Sept. 21: A young coyote spotted along a Yuba City levee was captured and was in reasonably good health, an animal expert said. Roberta Kirshner, owner of the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oroville, said they picked up the male coyote from the Sutter Animal Services Authority.

Sept. 22: People traveling across New Bullards Bar Dam and recreating on the reservoir  were warned they’d be seeing heavy machinery mobilizing in the parking lot on the east side of the dam. Preparations were underway for exploratory work related to plans to design and build a $160 million secondary spillway at the dam.

Sept. 23: A vehicle pursuit turned deadly when a man evading Yuba City police ran a stop sign and was broadsided by another vehicle on Wilbur Street.

Sept. 24: For the first time in U.S. history, a generation of children may live sicker and shorter lives than their parents, according to a life expectancy project released last week. While Colusa and Sutter counties were close to the state average, Yuba County lagged a bit behind.

Sept. 25: A series of state-level road projects continued in Yuba-Sutter and some traffic delays were expected. On Highway 20 in the Smartsville area, a $28.5 million project was underway to straighten and flatten curves as well as widen shoulders, repave the roadway and improve drainage.

Sept. 26: A 30-acre fire scorched a heavily wooded area in Marysville frequented by a number of homeless people, a fire official said. Several spot fires quickly burned parts of the Thorntree area southwest of Laurellen Road.

Sept. 28: When the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox general manager left a July meeting with Marysville officials about a new lease agreement to use the city’s stadium in future seasons, a deal was in sight. But the general manager of the Gold Sox said the city had changed the original deal by requiring more money from the team.

Sept. 29: A woman who admitted running over a bicyclist on Simpson Lane last fall pleaded no contest. Heather Marie Phillips was charged with driving under the influence causing injury, with an enhancement for causing great bodily injury.

October, 2018

Oct. 1: An attorney with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association sent a letter to Yuba County warning officials that if Measure K were approved by a simple majority this November, the county would be in violation of state law and potentially subject to litigation, arguing that such a measure needed a two-thirds majority. County officials disagree.

Oct. 2: More than a year after the body of 20-year-old Alycia Leane Yeoman was found in the Feather River near Live Oak, a Sacramento woman was charged in an alleged scheme to extort money from her parents while Yeoman was missing.

Oct. 3: Four people dead; 142 homes destroyed; nearly 10,000 acres burned: The Cascade Fire ripped through Loma Rica in 2017 and a year later, residents were still rebuilding and recuperating, still unsure of what caused the blaze that altered so many lives.

CalFire Public Information Officer Mary Eldridge said its cause was still under investigation. But Yuba County District Attorney Pat McGrath said his office had received the investigative report.

Oct. 4: Recology Yuba-Sutter secured its final waste collection services agreement when the Yuba CityCouncil unanimously approved a 10-year contract worth more than $100 million.

Oct. 6: A search of a suspected illegal marijuana grow site in Oregon House led law enforcement officers to seize drugs, money, and other items and to arrest an Illinois man. Authorities found 200 pounds of processed marijuana packaged in individual 1-pound bags ready for sale, 500 pounds of cannabis hung to dry and $75,000 in cash.

Oct. 9: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to build its eighth California temple in Yuba City. Steve Hammarstrom, president of the Yuba City stake, said the announcement was exciting and significant for Yuba City, especially for the families of those who helped build the local chapels.

Oct. 10: Sagging power lines coming into contact with each other during heavy winds was to blame for the start of the Cascade Fire one year ago, according to a news release from Cal Fire.

The state firefighting agency also reported in a news release  that no violations of the Public Resources Code were identified. Yuba County District Attorney Patrick McGrath said in a separate news release “prosecutors are ethically obligated not to proceed with a criminal prosecution.”

Oct. 11: River City Phoenix was expecting to open its medical marijuana dispensary in Marysville by September. Unforeseen circumstances have held up construction. The company said the issue was confounding new construction starts across the state.

Oct. 12: A teenager charged in the 2016 shooting death of a River Valley High School graduate would be tried as an adult. At a hearing, Judge Brian Aronson ruled that Alexander Rohde’s case would be transferred to the jurisdiction of the criminal court.

Oct. 13: Officials involved with the Fifth Street Bridge project were pretty pleased. “The big milestone is: we had an Oct. 1 deadline to complete all our work in the river and we hit that deadline,” said Kevin Bradford, senior engineer with Yuba City’s public works department.

Oct. 14: David Hodges lived in Marysville many years ago but the Tales of the Crypt event marked the first time he’d visited the historic Marysville City Cemetery. Some of the estimated 10,000 people buried at the 14-acre cemetery “came to life” during the annual cemetery fundraising event.

Oct. 15: It’s not that abandoned vehicles are unique to the city of Marysville – cities and jurisdictions throughout the Yuba-Sutter area and beyond experience the issue. It’s just that city officials have said “enough is enough” and are cracking down on the issue to make Marysville more aesthetically pleasing.

Oct. 17: Marysville officials were considering converting some city parks to well and tank storage systems to improve water system reliability and save some money by eliminating the need for commercial water service.

Oct. 18: Once completed, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino would be the newest addition to the Yuba County Sports and Entertaining Zone along Forty Mile Road, but its presence – even during construction – was already spurring economic development interest in the area, officials said.

Oct. 19: The California Public Utilities Commission fined the Pacific Gas & Electric Company $1 million in connection with the 2017 explosion of a Yuba City home that injured two people.

Oct. 20: A man accused of taking a Sacramento-area fire engine on a joyride through four counties and leading police on a chase that ended in Butte County was sentenced to jail.

Oct. 21: Yuba County was preparing to sue the Pacific Gas & Electric Company in connection with the Cascade Fire last year. The county was seeking approval of a professional agreement for specialized services with five law firms, according to an agenda item for the Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Oct. 22: Yuba City Council approved a $24.7 million improvement project to its wastewater treatment facility that would start in spring 2019 and was anticipated to be complete in spring 2021.

Oct. 23: With no big winner for the record setting pot last week, the Mega Millions Lottery was  a billion-dollar affair. The Mega Millions jackpot climbed to $1.6 billion. At that level, if a winner were to take the cash option, the pot would total $904 million.

Oct. 24: Law enforcement officers raided two Rackerby properties. Authorities seized about 50 pounds of processed marijuana, about 391 marijuana plants and a .22 caliber rifle, according to a Yuba County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Oct. 25: The Yuba County Board of Supervisors authorized its attorneys to initiate litigation against the Pacific Gas & Electric Company in connection to the 2017 Cascade Fire. The county said it was being represented by national law firm Baron and Budd and the California Fire Lawyers, who are also representing Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties in connection to what was being termed as the October 2017 Fire Siege.

Oct. 26: An Olivehurst man allegedly broke free of handcuffs, stole a patrol car and commandeered a golf cart in his flight from law enforcement.

Oct. 27: After three days of reliving the horrific murder of Erik Ingebretsen, his family and the community of Colusa united after a judge resentenced his killer to life imprisonment without parole. Ingebretsen was 16 years old on July 16, 1997, when he was murdered by his two friends, Nathan Ramazzini, 16 at the time, and Leopoldo Contreras, 19 at the time. Due to new sentencing laws, the case was back in court for review.

Oct. 28: Area unemployment numbers were still on a downward trend, meaning more and more Yuba-Sutter residents were finding jobs. The trouble with that? It came with a lack of available workers to fill other positions.

Oct. 30: A Yuba County Sheriff’s deputy was among five law enforcement officials presented exemplary service awards Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Harris received the award for his efforts to protect two fellow deputies in a shootout in 2017.

Oct. 31: The family of a Smartsville man who died while incarcerated in the Yuba County Jail received a $1 million settlement from Sutter and Yuba counties.

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