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Shasta County Ranked No. 1 for Ensuring Restitution

In July 2011, Shasta County was ranked No. 1 in the state for ensuring restitution was ordered to the Victim Compensation Program. Shasta County is one of 24 counties contracted with the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board to… 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

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DA Benito: I’m Tough on Crime, Mindful of Money

I am proud to have served as your District Attorney for the past 7 years. With nearly 20 years of current prosecution experience in Shasta County, I am dedicated to ensuring our families are safe and protected.

I am tough on crime. My aggressive prosecution of drunk drivers helped us achieve California’s second highest DUI conviction rate (96.9%). (State of California DMV). More importantly, these efforts have saved lives … Continue Reading