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Ophir Hill Fire hosts fundraising dinner

Ophir Hill Fire District

hosts fundraiser

The Ophir Hill Fire Protection District is hosting its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser this Saturday.

The dinner, which will run from noon to 6 p.m. at the fire station on Highway 174, raises money for the fire district, which is still mostly a volunteer organization.

The Ophir Hill Firefighters Association puts on the fundraiser, which will also feature raffle prizes and a silent auction.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children younger than 10.

The fire station is located at 12668 Colfax Highway.

For more information, call 530-273-8351.

— The Union staff

Agency failed to collect millions in cleanup fees

SACRAMENTO — Polluters liable for $100 million in cleanup fees for contaminated properties were never billed, and instead California taxpayers were stuck with the tab.

The Sacramento Bee reports the state Department of Toxic Substances Control simply failed to send bills to polluters for the cleanup of some 1,700 sites ranging from junkyards to small businesses over the past 26 years.

California law stipulates that polluters must cover cleanup costs.

In addition, the department identified $45 million for which bills were sent but money was not collected, and nearly $40 million that is tied up in litigation, bankruptcy or other legal matters.

The agency’s chief, Deborah Raphael, tells the newspaper the failure to send bills apparently stems from a lack of clear rules and paperwork mistakes.

Man pleads not guilty in attack on Sikh man

FRESNO— A transient has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and elder abuse charges in connection with an attack on an 82-year-old Sikh man outside a Sikh temple in Fresno.

The Fresno Bee reports that 29-year-old Gilbert Garcia entered the plea on Wednesday.

Authorities say Garcia approached Piara Singh on May 5 outside the Nanaksar Sikh Temple and beat him with a steel rod without saying anything.

Singh suffered broken ribs, lung lacerations and head wounds.

A motive for the attack is not clear although it was being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Garcia is being held in lieu of $1.7 million.

— Associated Press

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