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Learn about Siskiyou Measure H — groundwater – video 9-29-16

Elections, Siskiyou County

Lisa Nixon, Siskiyou County Supervisor-elect for Dist. 4, explained the problems with Siskiyou Co. Measure H that will be on the November 8, 2016 ballot. Lisa spoke at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Sept. 29, 2016 in Fort Jones, CA.

It is well-worth the watch. About 30 minutes.

This measure has the capacity make everyone who uses well-water — groundwater — obtain expensive environmental permits depending on how that water is utilized — including agriculture and brewery.

 https://youtu.be/F6vCCqWZ-fQ

Measure H, Siskiyou County

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Records: State agency sought to obscure role in ‘intimidation’ case

Elections, Lawsuits, Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou County, Siskiyou Sheriff's report, State gov

PNP comment: For those not living in Siskiyou County or not paying attention, the growth of the commercial marijuana plantations has gone from 450, of 100 plants or more, in 2015, to an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 plantations in 2016 — by law enforcement agencies. 

The growers are of a variety of ethnic groups, including white. The influx of workers and plantations is visible is many ways, including the customers in local stores, carts over-glowing with gardening supplies, neighbors complaining about new grows and looking at Google maps for the plantations.

County ordinances were on the June Primary 2016 Ballot that would limit the number of plants that could be grown.

The opposition to these ordinances was, in my opinion, extreme and at times vicious as there is apparently BIG MONEY in the illegal commercial marijuana business. Sheriff Lopey has been verbally attacked many times for his outspoken stand against illegal marijuana grows and use.

I defend our Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey and our Siskiyou Co. Clerk Colleen Setzer. I know them. They are honest in their dealings. Their goal is to protect and serve the people of Siskiyou County.

I believe the real “intimidation” is from certain Hmong and their ACLU attorneys. Reports I have received state that a significant number of the questionable newly-registered voters in Siskiyou Co., last spring, claimed their residence was on private property where there was no home, no water or septic systems. You must be living in Siskiyou Co. to be able to vote in Siskiyou Co. The were no residences.

I, and others allege, that false addresses were supplied on legal registered voter applications. It is the job of the Secretary of State’s office to investigate possible voter fraud, when it is reported by a county clerk! So, now you get to read between the lines! — Editor Liz Bowen

Sept. 30, 2016

By Alayna Shulman of the Redding Record Searchlight

In the week leading up to June’s state primary election, at least two investigators from California Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office spent three days tracking down members of the Hmong community in rural Siskiyou County.

But when allegations that they and local officers had intimidated those potential voters surfaced, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey says the state office left him to take the blame.

Now, the issue has gained new life: A federal lawsuit looms, and Lopey has hired an attorney of his own to help restore a reputation he says was victim of a smear campaign.

While the state’s involvement is under renewed scrutiny, Lopey continues to face questions of his own about the events of early summer. Some of them come from Hmong residents who say the pattern of intimidation that spurred their lawsuit continues with selective enforcement of marijuana cultivation laws.

Originating in one of the state’s least populated and most conservative counties, the case is caught in the crosswinds of race, marijuana policy and law enforcement.

And one thing has emerged clearly from a Record Searchlight review of public records and details in the lawsuit: Padilla’s office played a greater role in the activities that allegedly intimidated a minority group than his aides initially disclosed.

Politically, that’s an uncomfortable position for the Los Angeles Democrat and California’s first Latino secretary of state. The second sentence of his official biography highlights his commitment to “increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights.”

Padilla’s office has had little comment on the incident beyond acknowledging its involvement and saying that it dispatched poll monitors when it received complaints of voter intimidation by county, not state employees.

But an employee from the office is nonetheless named as a defendant in the suit, which doesn’t paint a simple picture of Siskiyou County employees going rogue during a polite and routine state investigation. One of the Hmong community plaintiffs alleges the state employee “terrified” him with threats of jail. Jesse Vang, 45, alleges in the suit that he also felt threatened by “a sheriff’s deputy standing at his gate holding an AR-50 assault rifle.”

Padilla’s office also has declined to say definitively whether its officials asked Lopey to accompany investigators as they visited areas known to have illegal marijuana growing operations. Lopey insists that they did, and, after the fact, asked him not to mention the office in a news release.

As claims of investigative teams wearing “commando-style body armor” and confronting Hmong residents spread, Lopey found himself at the center of a media firestorm that spread coast to coast: He was named in a piece by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, as having allegedly intimidated minorities, and a Record Searchlight editorial denounced his actions. The California Attorney General’s Office went to Siskiyou County to investigate the alleged voter intimidation.

“I don’t mind getting attacked. But at least people could tell the truth. And they’re not,” Lopey said, calling the Secretary of State’s Office’s conduct “cowardly and totally inappropriate.”

Sam Mahood, press secretary for the office, said it didn’t release information on the case because of a policy to not comment on any investigation, and that the Sheriff’s Office shouldn’t have either.

Meanwhile, one key element of the early allegations is notable for its absence: reports that deputies set up checkpoints to target and intimidate Hmong voters are not included in the lawsuit, and the person who raised those allegations now says she can’t substantiate them.

Initial concerns

The episode appears to have begun when county Elections Clerk Colleen Setzer sent what she has said were suspicious voter applications to the Secretary of State’s Office for investigation.

Setzer did not return a message seeking comment on the case, but one of the attorneys representing the Hmong residents said her justification for flagging those applications as suspicious was a high number of property transactions in the areas and the absence of established homes on some of the properties. The lawsuit says at least 360 Hmong residents tried to register to vote at the time, though why so many of them were registering all at once remains unclear. An American Civil Liberties Union official involved in the case said most of them are new to the area and were drawn there by the rugged land that reminds them of their home country, Laos.

Each of the 10 plaintiffs is identified in the suit as having purchased her or his property within the past year — mostly in the first few months of 2016. The plaintiffs are represented by three San Francisco attorneys. The plaintiffs also have been in close contact with Lori Shellenberger, California voting rights director for the ACLU, since the investigation began.

The suit seeks $100,000 in damages and unspecified “punitive and exemplary” damages. It also seeks restraining orders and permanent injunctions that would bar officials from entering the plaintiffs’ properties without a warrant, interfering with their ability to vote in the November election or enforcing county marijuana ordinances passed in 2015 and 2016 without a warrant.

Who made the call?

Lopey insists the Secretary of State investigators asked his department for protection “five or six times.”

“Let me clarify one thing: I didn’t call them,” he said. “They called me repeatedly and asked for my assistance and support.”

That’s something he has said from the start. In the June 3 news release on the investigation, Lopey wrote that several departments “were asked to assist the state investigators with their voter fraud investigation.”

Lopey acknowledged that, once he got back to the Secretary of State employees, he told them it was probably a good idea his deputies come along because of marijuana grows in the targeted areas and their remote location.

Secretary of State spokesman Mahood stopped short of saying whether his agency requested backup, simply acknowledging in a June 10 email to a Talking Points Memo reporter that the Sheriff’s Office “advised” his agency of potential security risks and “recommended” deputies join the agent investigating reports of voter fraud from the county clerk.

Mahood did not say which side initiated those conversations, and, when asked by the Record Searchlight for clarification, he promised to follow up, but did not.

In that June 10 email, the paragraph on the talks with Siskiyou County is preceded by one that stresses the importance of safety for Secretary of State investigators, whom Mahood noted are not allowed to carry guns while working. The email was released to an attorney representing Lopey and then provided to the Record Searchlight.

That attorney, James Buchal, believes the state won’t admit it asked for protection to avoid embarrassment.

Portland, Oregon-based Buchal noted the Secretary of State’s Office requested Lopey not to mention the office in a news release. Lopey obliged, simply telling the media that “State of California investigators” had been in the county looking into voter fraud allegations.

THERE IS EVEN MORE —

http://www.redding.com/news/local/records-state-agency-sought-to-obscure-role-in-intimidation-case-3daab645-d80b-4b44-e053-0100007f1cb-395481521.html?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_content=&utm_campaign=TopHeadlines_Newsletter

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Siskiyou Co: Nov. 8 Election Poll volunteers are needed

Elections, Siskiyou County

PNP comment: Let’s help our county clerk and staff by volunteering. Half-day shifts are available. Call Beckie this next week! — Editor Liz Bowen

Currently, the County Clerk’s Office is seeking poll workers for the November 8, 2016 election. Bilingual workers who are fluent in English and the Hmong language are needed in the Hornbrook, Montague, Big Springs, Lake Shastina, and McCloud areas. Poll workers receive a stipend for working and mandatory training classes will be held in Yreka on October 12th and in Weed on October 13th.  For more information, please contact Beckie at the County Clerk’s Office at 842-8084 or email Beckie@sisqvotes.org

For those who cannot work an entire day, split shifts are available (some restrictions do apply), so be sure to mention to Beckie that you are interested in working a split shift.

Colleen Setzer

Siskiyou County Clerk

510 N. Main Street

Yreka, CA 96097

colleen@sisqvotes.org

Phone:  (530) 842-8084

Fax:  (530) 841-4110

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Protect Our Water meets 9-29-16

POW, Siskiyou County

Scott Valley Protect Our Water

will meet

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

7 p.m.

Fort Jones Community Center

Discussion on newest move to destroy the Klamath dams

Info on Measure H — ground water  in Siskiyou County

reasons to Vote NO on Measure H

Please bring a desert to share as we eat before, during and after!

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Siskiyou County sued in federal court over alleged Hmong voter discrimination

Lawsuits, Siskiyou County

PNP comment: This is a ridiculous lawsuit. Our elected officials are being “threatened” for doing their job! — Editor Liz Bowen

Redding Record Searchlight

Sept. 15, 2016

By Alayna Shulman of the Redding Record Searchlight

Some Hmong Siskiyou County residents are suing the sheriff and elections clerk over alleged discrimination, saying the officials tried to keep members of the Asian ethnic minority group from voting and “tainted” the June election. But Sheriff Jon Lopey adamantly denies the accusations in the suit, saying it’s veiled retaliation for his efforts to quash illegal commercial marijuana grows in the county.

“It’s all about the marijuana; it’s all about the money,” Lopey said. “I think that’s why I’m targeted and my county’s being targeted and my department. I’m doing my job; I’m enforcing the law, and my co-workers are doing the same thing fairly and impartially.”

Attorneys who filed the suit reject that.

“I don’t see what he’s talking about,” attorney Brian Ford said. “There’s nothing out there.”

The suit served to the county Thursday also names Siskiyou County Elections Clerk Colleen Setzer, Secretary of State employee Alex Nishimura, Siskiyou County and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as defendants.

According to the suit, at least 360 Hmong residents tried to vote in the June election, but over 200 of them were not listed on the voter rolls in time and another 50 gave up out of fear. It alleges several of those Hornbrook-area residents were traumatized, with one having “continuous nightmares since the incident” and another going to the hospital with a stress-aggravated heart condition after visits from state and county investigators “armed with assault rifles and wearing commando-style body armor and uniforms.”

The interactions were “very friendly and amicable,” Lopey said, and his department would never discriminate. The deputies only wore guns and gear during the visits because there are many marijuana grows in the area, he said.

Lopey also noted that he didn’t initiate the investigation, but was simply asked to provide navigation and protection for state employees.

In an email to the Record Searchlight this week, a spokesman for Secretary of State Alex Padilla acknowledged publicly for the first time that the office had sent investigators.

“During the course of a recent investigation, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department advised that locations we intended to visit posed potential security risks,” press secretary Sam Mahood wrote. “They recommended that their deputies accompany our investigators.”

Mahood said the department later received complaints of voter intimidation, “and deployed election monitors to polling places throughout the county on Election Day to protect the voting rights of local citizens.”

Since then, the Secretary of State’s Office tried to protect its image while letting Lopey and his department take all the criticism, Lopey said.

“I’m being sued for enforcing the law,” he said.

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Siskiyou Supervisors: Dam surcharge discussion should be public

Freedoms - Individual, Klamath River & Dams, Siskiyou County

Siskiyou Daily News

The JH Ranch Planned Development Plan Amendment and Klamath Dam removal were both hot issues at the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

By Sarah Kirby
skirby@siskiyoudaily.com

Posted Sep. 8, 2016 at 11:40 AM

The JH Ranch Planned Development Plan Amendment and Klamath Dam removal were both hot issues at the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

The open session began with a public comment period. Many individuals spoke who were concerned about the expansion of operational area under JH Ranch’s PDPA. JH Ranch, a faith-based guest ranch operation, has been working in recent years on gaining approval for its PDPA, which would allow for expanded guest limits, among other changes.

Those speaking on Tuesday lined up to express why they felt that the JH PDPA violated environmental and CAL FIRE protocol.

Betsy Stapleton, who lives on French Creek Road, shared her feelings with the board, and she explained that since former Community Development Director Greg Plucker had left the county, she wanted to bring the issue back up to make sure that the board knew what was happening.

“We are just bringing this issue, the J.H. expansion, back out into the air. They have a new business model, and while they have told the community that they were in compliance, they are not. I provided you all with a little handout. The activities that J.H. is doing for single family resident permits and single family housing makes it very clear to us that they intend to occupy them as part of their business model. They have no small timber harvest plan for these areas, which is a violation from the North Coast Regional Quality Board. You can all see the kind of work they do is egregious and they ignore environmental constraints or laws. The point I’m making is they are telling you they are in compliance but they are making places to evade the law; wrestle with that and find a way to please keep them compliant,” she said.

Over the past year, the county has sent a number of letters to JH Ranch regarding its occupancy limits, which have long been a point of contention between all parties involved. The county has also advised the organization that it may be in violation of other requirements, including emergency access routes and more.

At least eight people were in attendance at the meeting to express worries, but they conveyed that they were there speaking for a much larger number of individuals in Scott Valley.

One speaker explained that many in the area have tried to protest and bring awareness to the JH issue by putting up signs around their property. He stated that the signs are continuously being stolen or they are vandalized. The issue has escalated to the point that some property owners are on high alert, and have taken major precautions to make sure their signs are not taken or vandalized.

“Last year there were about 50 signs stolen throughout the valley. A person saw a whole stack of signs on top of J.H. garbage bins,” the man alleged. “I have a couple examples of how people are trying to keep their signs safe. People put up a huge post, and one person had to triple reinforce the sign and put a chain around it. People have cameras, and these people have even flashed lights on the camera to set them off and then they grab the sign and run. The people of Scott Valley, we don’t have expensive lawyers. The thefts and vandalism have stopped now that they have gone back to Alabama. We’ve contacted the sheriff, and his deputy has contacted me. The deputy is trying to get full reports. It is only a matter of time before the vandals will come on camera.”

Page 2 of 2 – The board listened to the commenters, and thanked them for expressing their concerns.

Klamath dams

In the regular agenda portion of the meeting, the board discussed recent activities relating to the possible removal of four dams on the Klamath River.

Specifically, the board focused on dam owner PacifiCorp’s petition to modify the California Public Utilities Commission Decision 11-05-002, which relates to a surcharge on PacifiCorp ratepayers that is expected to fund a portion of dam removal costs.

Interim County Counsel Jim Underwood addressed the board about the matter. He explained that a written response from the board could be useful to help push the matter to a public hearing.

The board showed dismay at the entire issue, and explained that they felt that the entire county was being barred from the issue at large. Not only did they want to respond with a letter that asked for a hearing, but Board Chair Grace Bennett stated that she wanted the letter to ask that the hearing take place in Siskiyou County.

District 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt also commented, calling the issue “a debacle.”

“This is another cart before the horse situation where they are expecting us to pay for something that we didn’t even approve. I have concerns with this latest application because it appears to be paying catch-up surcharges that were built on, however; if we take this on legally – the citizens of this county – we are forced to pay for this,” Haupt said.

The board decided to add a slew of comments about proper ordinances for the demolition related to the removal of the dam, along with the hearing being in a public light, all of which will be sent back to appropriate agencies by county counsel.

http://www.siskiyoudaily.com/article/20160908/NEWS/160909738

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Siskiyou Co: Gap Fire update 9-9-16

FIRES, Forestry & USFS, Siskiyou County

Happy Camp, CA – The Gap Fire is burning on the Klamath National Forest. As of 6:00 a.m. it is 31,664 acres and 85% contained. Containment lines continue to hold. Increased acreage is due to islands of vegetation burning inside the perimeter of the containment line.

  • Motorists may experience temporary closures on Highway 96 due to fire, suppression activity, or crews moving equipment.

Firefighters patrolled the fire’s perimeter overnight while continuing to mop-up additional areas. Fire was visible from Highway 96 but remained far inside containment lines. With all the progress being made, night shift will be suspended at midnight tonight unless fire conditions change.

Crews will continue today with mop-up and backhaul of equipment and trash. Additionally, they will begin suppression repair work by covering containment lines to prevent erosion and unauthorized use, building water bars and berms to minimize erosion, and repairing roads that were damaged during suppression efforts. The fire will continue to back down with low-intensity through remaining interior islands of vegetation. Smoke from the interior fire will continue to be visible. Predicted winds from the northeast will likely move smoke from the Gap Fire to the southwest for the next few days.

A Forest Closure is in effect for areas affected by the Gap Fire on the Klamath National Forest. The Beaver Creek Road is closed at the intersection with West Beaver Creek Road (47N01). Beaver Creek Road remains open to the east 2118(48N01).

The cause of the Gap Fire is still under investigation. If you have information pertaining to the fire investigation, please contact the US Forest Service Tipline for the Klamath National Forest at 530-841-4474.

For additional information on air quality, please visit http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/ and http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

For additional information and pictures, please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4997/

Firefighting Resources on the Gap Fire  
Crews 33
Engines 58
Dozers 12
Helicopters 5
Fixed Wing Aircraft Ordered as needed
Total resources        1324
 

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Klamath River: Gap Fire update from Ray Haupt 8-29-16

FIRES, Forestry & USFS, Ray Haupt, Siskiyou County

PNP comment:  This info came to me this morning from Ray Haupt, our Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5. — Editor Liz Bowen

Gap Fire

Early reports this morning are saying 5 homes lost last night and  one to two dozen outbuildings. Hamburg and Scott Bar under evacuation advisories, safe for now. The fire jumped the river at the mouth of horse Creek last night around 10pm and reports are a 10 to 40 acre fire on the south side of the river. They did use the Cobra helicopter with the FLUR unit on it last night but don’t have the info downloaded yet. That will tell how much fire we have scattered across the landscape and where it wants to move.

Near as I can tell CAL Fire and FS threw everything at their disposal last night at the fire but according to the Siskiyou Unit Chief they were breaking small fires over the county that was detracting from additional response. I’m talking to leadership in OES, CAL Fire and USFS who seem to be working very well together at this time. I don’t know the source of the smaller fires but is very odd. We are under red flag warnings for low humidity and winds today. The IC Team takes over at 0600 today.

Incidentally, that smoke plume is exceptional given they hit this thing all day with air tankers beginning around 0800. They hit it with everything they had on the ground and still this. This is extreme fire behavior only seen by me a few times in my career. What happened last night reminded me of the 2009 Caribou Fire on the Salmon where that fire moved 6.5 miles in 30 minutes.

Evacuation centers are open for residents of Horse Creek, Hamburg and now Scott Bar under advisory evacuation too. The fire jumped the Klamath River around 10pm last night, Sunday.

I am briefing Doug’s office. (Congressman Doug LaMalfa).

Ray A. Haupt

(530) 925-0444

CA RPF #2938

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Edwin Lara arraigned on charges in Siskiyou County

Siskiyou County

Record Searchlight

Greg Barnette/Record Searchlight Edwin Lara of Oregon waits in Siskiyou County Superior Court in Yreka on Friday for his arraignment on attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges in connection to a crime spree last week that started with the death of a woman in Oregon.

Greg Barnette/Record Searchlight Edwin Lara of Oregon waits in Siskiyou County Superior Court in Yreka on Friday for his arraignment on attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges in connection to a crime spree last week that started with the death of a woman in Oregon.

Posted: Yesterday 6:00 p.m. July 29, 2016

Greg Barnette/Record Searchlight Edwin Lara of Oregon is led into a courtroom in the Siskiyou County Superior Court in Yreka on Friday for his arraignment on attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges in connection to a crime spree last week that started with the death of a woman in Oregon.

Greg Barnette/Record Searchlight Edwin Lara of Oregon is led into a courtroom in the Siskiyou County Superior Court in Yreka on Friday for his arraignment on attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges in connection to a crime spree last week that started with the death of a woman in Oregon.

Greg Barnette/Record Searchlight Murder suspect Edwin Lara is also accused of shooting a man at the Super 8 motel in Yreka.

Greg Barnette/Record Searchlight Murder suspect Edwin Lara is also accused of shooting a man at the Super 8 motel in Yreka.

By Joe Szydlowski of the Redding Record Searchlight

A murder suspect who sparked a manhunt in southern Oregon until he was caught in Corning has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he shot a man at a Yreka motel, carjacked and kidnapped a family and forced a Salem, Oregon, woman along for the ride.

Edwin Enoc Lara, of Redmond, Oregon, stared straight down, occasionally flicking his eyes in a sideways glance, throughout his arraignment in the Siskiyou County Superior Court on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, elder abuse, making criminal threats and carjacking Friday afternoon.

“I believe there are no less than nine strikes involved,” said Joseph Allison, assistant district attorney for Siskiyou County, in asking Judge William Davis to refuse any bail, to which Davis agreed.

Lara was appointed Public Defender John Nosco, who declined to comment after the hearing.

Davis also agreed to postpone discussions on extraditing Lara to Bend, Oregon, where he’s suspected in the death of Kaylee Sawyer, until a hearing scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 16.

“We need not address that today. Let’s get counsel in place,” he said.

Lara’s two-state crime spree began when he allegedly killed Sawyer, 23, of Bend. The Bend Bulletin has reported Lara told his wife, a Bend police officer, that while working security for Central Community College he hit Sawyer in his patrol vehicle. He told his wife he panicked and hid the body, the newspaper reported.

He then allegedly fled with his pistol, the paper reported. At some point he also forced Aundrea Maes, of Salem, Oregon, to accompany him, Allison said. He declined to elaborate on the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

“We’re not aware of anything that happened outside of this jurisdiction,” he said.

Lara, with Maes alongside, wound his way to the Super 8 motel in Yreka, where he forced Maes into a room and then shot a man, identified in the complaint as Jack Norman Levy, in the abdomen. Levy was taken to an Oregon hospital with serious injuries, Allison said.

Lara and Levy didn’t appear to know each other, Allison said. He didn’t know what type of gun was used in the shooting.

Lara had been looking to swipe a new get-away vehicle, Allison said. He obtained one when he carjacked a family in Yreka, taking three people, ages 17, 18 and 76, with him and Maes, Allison said.

He later let go the family members, but not Maes, before heading south, Allison said.

She was later found safe with him in his white Honda Accord after a California Highway Patrol officer spotted him speeding and tried to pull him over, officers said. After a 10-mile chase down Interstate 5, he surrendered in Corning, CHP has said.

The shooting victim, Levy, is in stable condition in a hospital in Oregon.

When Lara will be transferred to Oregon to face murder charges isn’t clear yet — Allison said the Siskiyou County District Attorney is in talks with his Oregon counterpart about extradition. Several factors can affect which case moves to trial first, Allison said.

Lara could face life in prison if convicted of the charges in California.

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Man arrested in California shooting also a suspect in Oregon murder, police say

CRIMINAL, Siskiyou County

Tehama County and also Siskiyou shooting, carjacking and kidnapping make Fox News. Have no idea why this is a “Latino” story?– Editor Liz Bowen

Edwin Lara, currently held in the Tahama County Jail in California for allegedly shooting a man and stealing a car with a woman and her two sons inside, is also a suspect in the murder of Kaylee Sawyer over the weekend in the picturesque of Bend, Oregon, police say.

A body that resembles the 23-year-old Sawyer was found Tuesday but has not yet been positively identified.

Police believe Sawyer encountered Edwin Lara, a 31-year-old with an associate degree in criminal justice who was working as a security guard at a community college.

Lara’s wife, Isabel Ponce-Lara, went to police in their hometown of Redmond, Oregon, on Monday, crying uncontrollably and saying Lara had told her that he hit Sawyer with his patrol vehicle, killing her, then panicked and hid her body, according to documents filed in court.

After tearfully telling his story to her, Lara drove off, said his wife, a new Bend police officer who was worried that he was suicidal.

The next day Lara was being held in California accused of shooting a man at a motel before stealing a car and forcing one of the sons to drive at gunpoint. He let the family members go along Interstate 5.

The gunshot victim at the Super 8 was last listed in critical condition on Tuesday.

Police went to their home and found Sawyer’s blood-soaked purse, bloody women’s and men’s clothing and other belongings in a shed, according to 62 pages of affidavits filed with the Deschutes County Circuit Court in Bend.

The officers said evidence showed Lara had committed crimes of vehicular homicide, assault and hit-and-run.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel isn’t buying the story about Lara having accidentally run over Sawyer.

Lara “did unlawfully and intentionally cause the death of Kaylee Anne Sawyer,” the murder charge filed against him Tuesday reads.

Circuit Court Judge Alta Brady has prohibited all parties in the case, including attorneys and the district attorney’s office, from publicly commenting on it.

Hummel told The Associated Press in an email that consequently he could not say what evidence led his office to charge Lara with murder instead of vehicular homicide.

But he added: “I can tell you that I would not file charges alleging a person intentionally killed a person if I did not have evidence to support the assertion.”

Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil for Sawyer in a Bend park on Tuesday evening. TV news reports showed mourners remembering her as a caring person with a radiant smile.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2016/07/28/man-arrested-in-california-shooting-also-suspect-in-oregon-murder-police-say/

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