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Boys’ Nighttime Yardwork Rakes Up More Than Leaves

It was about 8:15 last night when someone rang my doorbell rapidly three times, and then switched to loud knocking. Good grief! I opened the door, expecting some manner of emergency. Instead, there stood two boys, though one looked large enough to be an adult. The smaller, shirtless one did the talking. He said he [...]

Police Canine Catches Wanted Subject

On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at approximately 3:00 PM, officers from the Redding Police Department responded to 6880 Westside Road for a reported sighting of a wanted subject, Manuel Perez III, 36 years old, of Redding. Perez was wanted for robbery, assault with great bodily injury and spousal assault. He has a lengthy violent criminal [...]

Shasta County’s Most Wanted for July 27, 2014

The following is a list of Shasta County’s Most Wanted for the week of July 27th, 2014. Each of the listed subjects has been convicted in court and has failed to appear at sentencing. Any person appearing on this list is urged to turn themselves in to local law enforcement or the Shasta County Jail. [...]

Assault, Attempted Auto Theft at 99 Cent Store

On Friday, July 25, 2014 at approximately 6:14 PM, officers from the Redding Police Department responded to the “99 Cent Store” parking lot, located at 2611 Hilltop Drive for a reported assault in progress call. Upon arrival, officers discovered Tami Grissom, 51 years old, of Redding, had left her vehicle running and unsecured. Brent Peterson, [...]

Free Therapy Friday # 41: Adrift in the Sea of Life; Man Overboard

When I was about four years old, I got lost. The year was 1960 and the place was Disneyland. I was filled with so much fear I thought it would choke me.

Just Two More Things – One of Which is This Column’s End

From the day I could walk, I’ve been on the go. My poor mother spent most of her time chasing me down, trying to make me stand still. She fought a losing battle. No sooner would she corner me, than I’d wiggle out of her grasp, and race off again. Exhausted, Mom would put me [...]

Fire at Alleged Transient Camp Scorches Area Below Hemsted Road

Columns of black-and-gray smoke belched from a fire along the east side of the Sacramento River below Hemsted Road in Redding Wednesday night. Cullen Kreider, battalion chief for the Redding Fire Department, said the fire was relatively small, about 1/8 of an acre, fueled mainly by brush and trash. He said the fire was called in [...]

Postcards From Paris: German Pig Museum is Big Fun

Stuttgart, Germany! Headquarters of Mercedes-Benz, city of the Porsche Museum, chilled Rieslings, vineyards terraced on steep hills, world-class shopping, jazz festivals and proud supporter of the winning team in the World Cup. So what shall your European correspondent offer you in this installment? Pigs. (Full disclosure and shameless act of self-promotion: I like pigs, serveral [...]

A Mother’s Plea: Our Community’s in Crisis; Addicts Need Help, Not Prisons

The past five years of my family’s life has been a harrowing experience. The youngest of  my three children struggled with feelings of low self-worth, social anxiety, and depression beginning in elementary school. Like many others with similar feelings, he began self-medicating with prescription drugs as a late teen, namely OxyContin he found in friend’s medicine cabinets and [...]


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