On Thursday, Sept. 26, a jury found the 38-year-old Reno man guilty of murder and seven other felonies stemming from a car chase that ended in a hail of bullets from Wallin-Reed’s AR-15 assault rifle.Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for the July 2011 shooting death of Rory McGuire.
After hearing nearly a month of testimony, the jury (10 women and two men) took just three hours to find the defendant guilty of first-degree murder.
The verdict indicated that the jurors didn’t believe Wallin-Reed’s claim that someone in McGuire’s car shot at him during a 7.6-mile car chase on the night of July 2, 2011. The chase began at the defendant’s cabin along the Janesville Grade.
County prepares to implement the Affordable Care Act
What it means to Plumas residents
“It’s not about political beliefs; it’s about access to health care,” Public Health Director Mimi Hall said during a Sept. 24 interview about implementing the Affordable Care Act in Plumas County. “This entire effort is geared toward people who haven’t had coverage.”
She and Social Services Director Elliott Smart said their county agencies are ready to help county residents navigate their health care options.
Everyone is welcome Saturday, Oct. 5, to the inaugural Portola Oktoberfest, 2 – 5 p.m. in Portola City Park. The event will include home brew, root beer, chili and sauerkraut cook-off contests. Kids can join in by entering the pumpkin decorating contest, judging food and root beer, or by winning in the cake walk.
There will be prizes for the winners in each category. Anyone can enter. The entry fee for the cook-off will be $5, and $25 for the home brewers. Winners in the brew and cooking categories will receive a 50/50 cash prize, with a special award for best restaurant entries.
Editor’s note: This story was written with the assistance and full support of the family. Feather Publishing reached out to the Plumas County Mental Health Department for input, but because of patient privacy, the interim director could not respond with specific information regarding this case, and declined to discuss the situation generically. However, two former mental health directors helped shed light on the situation.
Fourteen-year-old Quincy High School student Paige Ferguson committed suicide Sept. 18 at approximately 3:45 p.m. — 45 minutes before a scheduled appointment at the Plumas County Mental Health Department.
The family is sharing their story to help others who might find themselves in a similar circumstance.
Following is their recollection of events, as well as information provided by county officials, former mental health directors and experts in the field.
Fire restrictions on the Plumas National Forest (public land) were lifted effective Wednesday, Oct. 2.
“Cooler and wetter weather means safer conditions on the ground,” said Steve Millert, Plumas National Forest fire chief.
“Even though restrictions will be lifted, we still need hunters, hikers and campers to be very careful with campfires, stoves and cigarette smoking.” Campfire permits are required for fires outside of designated recreation sites.
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