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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Townhalls attract crowds: Assemblyman Brian Dahle and Sen. Ted Gaines met with constituents in Quincy and Chester during a three-meeting swing through Plumas and Lassen counties.
  • New leader: After nearly three decades, the Plumas County Mental Health Commission has a new leader. Supervisor Kevin Goss was named to replace Hank Eisenmann.
  • Home away from home: As of last week, new homes had been found for all of the patients at Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation and most had already moved.

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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