Courthouse gets security upgrade
The Plumas County Courthouse in Quincy will get a permanent security upgrade next week.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 12, there will be just one public entrance to the courthouse — the east-side door off Bradley Street.
The lone entrance will be monitored by court bailiffs who will conduct security checks during court hours.
The west entrance off Court Street and the front doors off Main Street will be locked and no longer open to the public.
County Facility Services Director Dony Sawchuk said most courthouses in the country already have similar security measures in place. Many metropolitan courthouses require visitors and staff to pass through metal detectors.
“Plumas County is probably one of the last courthouses to change (to the improved security),” Sawchuk said. “I hope the public will understand that the changes are really in their best interest.”
The Sheriff’s Department will be in charge of implementing the improved security. Sawchuk said the entrance would continue to have ADA accessibility.
The security upgrades will be in place just days before a high-profile trial is scheduled to take place.
On Monday, Aug. 19, jury selection is set to begin for the Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed trial. Wallin-Reed is charged with murder in the car-chase shooting death of a 20-year-old Susanville man in July, 2011.
The case has attracted attention from the national media.