The halls of Quincy High School were unusually quiet Thursday, Sept. 19, the morning after the news of a ninth-grade student’s death the previous afternoon.
The sheriff’s department was dispatched at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, after receiving a 911 call from a friend of the family, Sheriff Greg Hagwood said.
Deputies arrived on scene at a private residence on Bucks Lake Road about 2 miles outside of Quincy where the girl was pronounced deceased, Hagwood said. He said that the evidence at the residence confirmed that the death of the 14-year-old girl, Paige Ferguson (minor’s name used with family permission), was from a single gunshot wound and has been ruled a suicide.
A handcuffed Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed awaits transfer to the Plumas County jail minutes after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday. Photo by Dan McDonald
A jury found Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of Rory McGuire.
Jurors deliberated less than four hours before delivering the verdict Thursday morning, Sept. 26, in Plumas County Superior Court in Quincy.
In addition to murder, Wallin-Reed was found guilty of seven other felonies, including shooting at an occupied vehicle, illegal possession of an assault weapon and five counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
The charges stem from an 8-mile car chase near Antelope Lake that ended with Wallin-Reed firing an AR-15 assault rifle at a fleeing car containing six young men from Susanville.
As Sept. 28 approaches there is a lot of talk within the community about the proposed Lake Almanor Sports Complex, and it appears that not all of it is based in fact.
The fact, according to project visionaries Jeff Greening and Plumas County District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, is the complex will be more than just a shooting range.
Jeff Pershing returns to Indian Valley to perform with his band at Downtown Farms in Greenville during the Gift of Music Program’s season finale Sept. 28. Photo submitted
Jeff Pershing is returning to his roots in Indian Valley to perform with his band at Downtown Farms in Greenville during the Gift of Music Program’s season finale Sept. 28.
Hosted in collaboration with Donnell’s MusicLand, the concert series is a family event that offers sliding scale admission between $5 and $10. Music will begin at 4 p.m., and a picnic potluck will follow at 5 p.m.
The Plumas County Board of Supervisors terminated its contract with Mental Health Director Kimball Pier following a closed session Sept. 18.
Pier, who served in the position since Jan. 22 of this year, was let go “without cause.”
During an interview the day following her termination, Pier said that she was not invited into the closed session, but knew when Board Chairman Terry Swofford and Human Resources Director Gayla Trumbo came out of the boardroom and invited her into a conference room, that the news would not be good.
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