Briefs 7/3/07 |

Briefs 7/3/07

DUI checkpoints set for Fourth

Law enforcement agencies from nine Sacramento Valley Counties will continue to conduct DUI checkpoints this July Fourth holiday.

Maximum DUI enforcement will begin today and conclude Wednesday at midnight. The campaign will combine sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and public education to prevent deaths and injuries caused by intoxicated drivers.

Fifty law enforcement agencies from Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Yolo and Stanislaus counties have teamed up in a joint DUI enforcement campaign in the Sacramento Valley. Regional enforcement operations also are being conducted throughout California.

” The Union staff

Leads sought in attempted arson

Placer County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for help in investigating an attempted arson in Alpine Meadows.

Two employees of the Alpine Springs County Water District discovered broken glass and burnt material June 13 and reported the suspicious contents to the sheriff’s department.

Fortunately, the Molotov cocktail landed on asphalt between the two buildings and did no damage to either one, said John Collins, the water district’s general manager.

Lumber company settles lawsuit

A nearly $13 million settlement ended litigation over air pollution enforcement filed against Sierra Pacific Industries, a timber operations company and California’s

largest private landowner.

The Placer County Air Pollution Control District, with the California Attorney General and the California Air Resources Board, prosecuted the logging company to settle a civil complaint that was filed in 2004 alleging numerous violations of air pollution regulations.

Before the case went to trial, the parties reached a settlement last week. A formal agreement was filed with Placer County on June 26.

The settlement includes $8.5 million in penalties and public agency costs and fees. The remaining $4.5 million will be spent on projects enhancing future compliance of Sierra Pacific’s operations or projects that will benefit air quality. As part of the settlement, Sierra Pacific promises to ensure that none of the conditions alleged in the complaints occur in the future.

” The Sierra Sun

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