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Susanville WebXtra for February 13th, 2020
Volume XII Issue 144
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Pepper Spray Triggers HAZMAT Response
at Westwood Apartment Building

A 52-year old Westwood man was arrested by Lassen County Sheriff's Deputies Monday after he allegedly released pepper spray in an apartment building, triggering a multi-agency HAZMAT response and forcing nine people to evacuate and seek medical attention.

At around 8:30a.m., according to LCSO Sergeant Dustin Russell, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received five 911 calls from callers stating that they believed they were sprayed with some type of poison at 220 Cedar Street in Westwood.

220 Cedar Street is a two-story apartment building with 13 tenants, including six children. Nine of the tenants evacuated the building and sought medical treatment and evaluation.

"Deputies from the Lassen County Sheriff's Office responded to the call along with a California Highway Patrol Officer," explains Russell. "Deputies initially cleared the building to ensure there were no additional victims."

The deputies noticed a foul smell inside the apartments and evacuated the building, requesting a HAZMAT team.

Members from Lassen County Emergency Services, Westwood Fire, Cal-Fire, Susanville Fire and OES HAZMAT unit HM32 responded to assess the situation.

"The team members utilized a multi-gas detector and a photoionization detector to test the air quality," said Russell. "The team also utilized PH and M8 chemical detection paper. There were no deviation in the monitors and the building was declared safe to enter."

Deputies were unable to locate the source of the chemical agent and, due to conflicting stories, Detectives obtained a search warrant for two apartments in the building. A search was conducted of one apartment and the source was located. The chemical source was determined to be oleoresin capsicum (pepper spray).

Deputies arrested 52 year-old Westwood resident John Hussain. He was booked into the Lassen County Jail for one felony count of being felon in possession of tear gas and one felony count for use of tear gas except in self-defense. Bail was set at $30,000 and the case was submitted to the Lassen County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

Road construction on Bass Hill between Susanville and Janesville. – CHP photo
CHP Incident: Bass Hill Construction Zone
Offender Arrested for DUI

A Susanville man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol Tuesday morning after he drove through road-closure cones at the north end of Bass Hill road construction on Highway 395.

According to a report from the Susanville office of the California Highway Patrol, an officer working within the active construction zone was alerted by a Caltrans employee that a truck had driven through the closure.

The officer obtained a vehicle description and located the 2010 Dodge on Wingfield Road.

During an enforcement stop of the vehicle the officer noticed that the driver exhibited several outward signs of intoxication.

"A DUI investigation was conducted," explains CHP Public Information Officer Kristin Wilburn, "and the driver was subsequently arrested and booked into the Lassen County Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol."

According to the CHP report the driver's blood alcohol level was measured at more than twice the legal limit.

"The California Highway Patrol would like to remind drivers that it is illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol," said Wilburn.

Sheriff's Office Update: Missing Man
Located After Search of Forest

A water-truck driver who spent a icy-cold night stuck on a remote dirt road in the forest west of Susanville was located by a Lassen County Sheriff's Deputy after a search of the area according to details provided by LCSO Sergeant Dustin Russell.

On February 4th, shortly after 11:00a.m., the LCSO Dispatch Center received a call from the employer of a man who did not arrive back at his hotel room in Quincy after work the night before as expected. He also failed to show up for work the next morning.

The employer was able to ping the individual's work phone and get GPS coordinates to help deputies narrow the search area.

"The coordinates were determined to be a quarter mile north of Highway 44, 17 miles west of HWY 36," explained Russell. "Deputies from the Lassen County Sheriff's Office responded in attempt to locate the individual. After a diligent search, a deputy located the individual off a remote dirt road, approximately seven miles north of highway 44."

According to Russell the man driving the water truck got lost and became stuck in the snow sometime on the afternoon of February 3rd and was unable to get out. He was unable to call for help because there is no cell service in that area of the woods.

"The overnight temperatures were below ten degrees," said Russell. "The individual was grateful the deputy was able to locate him, as he felt he would not have made it through the next night."

Congratulations to Charnée Valentine, our 2020 Valentine's Date Night Giveaway Winner!

Charnée wins a Diamond Engagement Ring with both yellow and white diamonds from Sierra Jewelry Company.

A $50 certificate from Lassen Ale Works in the Pioneer Saloon.

Two Movie passes and two concessions cards from the Sierra Theatre and Uptown Cinemas.

One dozen roses and a dozen truffles from Milwood Florist and Nursery

Congratulations and thank you to everybody who entered to win.

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Milwood Florist Lassen Community College

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SusanvilleStuff Today in History
From Popular Science Magazine, 1956

Lassen To Promote New Building Board
February 13, 1952

A new industry being promoted by the Susanville Chamber of Commerce is a plant to manufacture a new type of building board, Secretary Ray Arjo disclosed.

It is manufactured in sheets from wood waste ground to particular size and held together by a special phenolic resin. It is bound together under heat and pressure, making a uniform quality panel with a specific gravity of about 1.0

The resulting hardboard which consists of 94 per cent wood, can be used in the regular millwork field and can be machined the same as plywood.

An imitation grain can be applied to the surface which makes it resemble natural wood panels when stained or blonded.

A sample is on display at the chamber office.

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Today: Sunny. Highs 53 to 58. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Clear. Lows 21 to 31. Southwest winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs 46 to 56. Light winds becoming northwest around 10 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night: Clear. Lows 21 to 31.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 48 to 58.

Saturday Night And Sunday: Cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows 27 to 37. Highs 43 to 53.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers. Lows 19 to 29.

Washingtons Birthday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Highs 39 to 49.

Monday Night: Clear. Lows 17 to 27.

Tuesday: Sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs 40 to 50.

Community Calendar
Monday, February 10th
Susanville Weight Watchers every Monday from 12:00 - 1:00 and 5:30 - 6:30 at the Lassen Senior Center, 1700 Sunkist St, Susanville. For more information, please contact Theresa 530-310-5896.

Monday, February 10
Lassen Ale Works at the Pioneer Saloon Industry Night, every Monday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Do you work in the biz? Lassen Ale Works at the Pioneer Saloon welcomes you to Lassen County's only industry night for restaurant, bar, food service and hospitality professionals. Come with your co-workers, mix and mingle with your peers from other local businesses. Relax and get waited on for a change.

Monday and Tuesday, February 10 and 11
Educational Prevention Groups for Youth Groups are presented by Lassen County Behavioral Substance Use Disorder Prevention Program. Educational Prevention Groups for Youths is on Mondays and Tuesdays 3:30 - 5:00p.m., at 1400-A Chestnut Street. For more information, please call Nichole Johnson at 530-251-8112.

Tuesday, February 11
Lassen County Board of Supervisors meeting, 9:00a.m. at 707 Nevada Street, Susanville. Lassen County Board of Supervisors meets the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

Tuesday, February 11
Lassen Community College Kinship Education Program workshop: Ages and Stages of Child Development presented by Anita Osborn. This workshop is open to all community members. Workshop is 9:00 - 12:00p.m., in the college boardroom. For additional information, please call 530.257.6181 ext 8901 or email

Tuesday, February 11
Lassen Community College Kinship Education Program workshop: Behavior Interventions presented by Anita Osborn. All children can exhibit behaviors that are difficult to handle at times; and children in foster care may have even more difficult challenges. This workshop will introduce participants to basic principles of what motivates behavior, what sustains behaviors, and what changes behavior. Common disciplinary techniques and their likely effectiveness will be covered. This workshop is open to all community members. Workshop is 1:00 - 3:00p.m., in the college boardroom. For additional information, please call 530.257.6181 ext 8901 or email

Tuesday, February 11
Lassen Ale Works at the Pioneer Saloon Trivia Tuesday. Every Tuesday night from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Teams of 1-4. Winners take home cash prizes.

Tuesday, February 11
Soroptimist International of Susanville is a women's community service organization. Soroptimist sponsors many awards and scholarships in our community. Join them every Tuesday at noon in the Kopper Kettle Banquet Room. For more information please contact Jamie at 951-295-2668. $10.00 for lunch.

Wednesday, February 12
Lassen County Arts Council presents, Watercolor Class with Bev Mendoza on Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:00p.m., at the Gallery, 807 Cottage Street, Susanville. Every Wednesday join Bev's class where all levels will explore water-based mediums. The class provides individual instruction on watercolor technique, composition, color theory/mixing, and critique. Drop ins welcome. Please call 530-257-5222 or visit the Gallery to register or for more information.

Wednesday, February 12
Community Yoga: Stretch & Strengthen with Kelly Fairbank 9:00 - 10:30a.m. Community Yoga at the Clubhouse 470-835 Wingfield Road, Susanville. Classes are ongoing, drop-ins are welcome. Check us put on Facebook at Susanville Community Yoga

Wednesday, February 12
Community Yoga: Slow Flow Yoga with Natalie Pyrooz 6:30 - 7:30p.m. Community Yoga at the Clubhouse 470-835 Wingfield Road, Susanville. Classes are ongoing, drop-ins are welcome. Check us put on Facebook at Susanville Community Yoga

Thursday, February 12
Community Yoga: with Rick Simon 4:00 - 5:30p.m. Community Yoga at the Clubhouse 470-835 Wingfield Road, Susanville. Classes are ongoing, drop-ins are welcome. Check us put on Facebook at Susanville Community Yoga.

Thursday, February 13
Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms of Susanville will be holding their Tip-A-Mom event at Lumberjacks Restaurant at 2795 Main St., Susanville from 5:00 - 8:00p.m.

Thursday, February 13
Wrenchers Car Club an informal group who likes to discuss their car projects. We will be meeting at the Pizza Factory, 2975 Main Street Susanville from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. For more information, please call Chris at (616) 212-3068 or visit our Wrenchers Facebook page.

Friday, February 14
Community Yoga: Gentle Yoga with Ellie Orbeton/Rick Simon 9:00 - 10:30a.m. Community Yoga at the Clubhouse 470-835 Wingfield Road, Susanville. Classes are ongoing, drop-ins are welcome. Check us put on Facebook at Susanville Community Yoga

Saturday, February 15
Job's Daughters Bethel No. 46 will be holding their fundraising Crab Feed at the Masonic Lodge at 84 N. Lassen Street from 4:00 - 7:00p.m. Crab will be served with soup, salad and garlic bread. Ticketers are $45 a person and can be purchased at Pregill Insurance on Main street or by calling 530-249-4866.

Saturday, February 15
Masonic Lodge #149 host their 3rd Saturday Breakfast from 8:00 - 11:00 am. The cost is $6.00, and it's held at the Susanville Masonic Hall on Lassen Street (Across from the Post Office) the 3rd Saturday of each month. Proceeds go to benefit the School & Scholarship Fund.

Saturday, February 15
Community Yoga: Beginning Yoga with Lynda Jackson 9:00 - 10:30a.m. Community Yoga at the Clubhouse 470-835 Wingfield Road, Susanville. Classes are ongoing, drop-ins are welcome. Check us put on Facebook at Susanville Community Yoga

Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16
Lassen National Park will be offering ranger-led snowshoe walks to the public each Saturday and Sunday, from 1:30 to 3:30, until March 29th, weather permitting. The walks cover one to two miles of moderately strenuous terrain. Please note that walks may be canceled at the last minute due to extreme weather conditions. Please feel free to call (530) 595-4480 ahead to check on conditions. The guided walk begins at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at the park's Southwest Entrance off of Hwy 36. Snowshoes are provided, a $1 donation is requested to cover maintenance costs.

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