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  • Nursing home to close: Healthcare leaders learned that the skilled nursing hospital in Quincy is slated for closure, which would result in the relocation of more than three dozen patients and the loss of 60 jobs.
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Man arrested on arson charges

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer 
10/31/2011

A man was arrested Monday, Oct. 31, in connection with several fires that were set along Highway 36 near Westwood earlier that morning.

Andrew Giampapa was arrested by Plumas County sheriff’s deputies on charges of arson, being under the influence of a controlled substance and violating parole.

According to Susanville Interagency Fire Center Capt. Rob Cobb, the fires were set about 5 a.m. Monday between Westwood and Highway 147.

Cobb said all of the fires were extinguished in a matter of minutes.

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call at 4:55 a.m. Monday from a person reporting the blazes. The caller described a suspicious person seen in the area: a young male wearing dark clothing and carrying a backpack near the scene of the fires.

Deputies contacted the suspect and arrested Giampapa at 7:48 a.m.

The Susanville Interagency Fire Center put out another fire Saturday, Oct. 29, near Keddie Ridge.

Cobb said the one-acre blaze, which began about 5 p.m., was contained in less than two hours.

A helicopter was used to drown the fire with water from Lake Almanor.

The cause of the fire is unknown.


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