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Passion Brings This Chief Back to Probation

With a career that has spanned 30-plus years, Wes Forman could retire. In fact, he had. But the 58-year-old still loves his profession, and that devotion has brought him to Redding as Shasta County’s new chief probation officer.

“I am working completely on passion right now,” Forman said during an interview in his Court Street office last week.

Forman said he was drawn to the Shasta County position … Continue Reading

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You’re Invited: Family Justice Center Opens Today

The warmest, most cheerful space in the new Shasta Family Justice Center in downtown Redding is the Stagecoach Room at the east end of the main hall. So-called because Wells Fargo Bank sponsored it, the room is designed to be a safe and welcoming place for children caught in a family violence crisis. A window in one wall looks into a small adjacent room where parents can meet with a facilitator and still keep an eye on their children. Continue Reading

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Photo Gallery: Election Night

Supporters came out Tuesday, Election Night, to support both candidates for Shasta County District Attorney. Those in Steve Carlton’s camp gathered at the Holiday Inn on Hilltop Drive. Jerry Benito’s party took place at Shasta BloodSource on Park Marina Drive.… Continue Reading

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Sunday Funny: Meet the Candidates!

Never trust a cartoonist. Read what candidates in the 2010 primary election* have to say for themselves: Click these links for statements from Shasta County District Attorney candidates Steve Carlton and Jerry Benito, and Shasta County Clerk candidates Russell Hunt and Cathy Darling. You’ll find those and more statements from candidates in the “Village Voices” section of A News Cafe — no clownin’ around.
*Shoes need not be removed before entering voting booths … Continue Reading

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DA Candidate Carlton: Benito Lost the Public’s Trust

The most powerful person in our criminal justice system is the District Attorney. Due to the great power and responsibility entrusted to the District Attorney, it is imperative for the District Attorney to possess integrity and judgment. If the District Attorney does not possess these qualities, serious problems will exist in the criminal justice system and public trust will be lost.

Shasta County has serious problems … Continue Reading