Dustin Maria sworn in as sheriff’s sergeant

Dustin Maria was sworn in Tuesday by Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt as a new sheriff’s sergeant, filling a recent vacancy. Maria began working for the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve deputy sheriff in April 2012. He promoted to deputy sheriff in August 2013. Prior to being hired Maria served 7 years in the Sheriff’s Explorer program. After being hired in 2012, he served as the department’s Explorer advisor for 7 years. Maria is an Emergency Medical Technician who has assisted teaching in the Shasta College Emergency Medical Technician program. He is one of the department’s first aid and CPR instructors. Maria is a rated airplane and commercial helicopter pilot. He is an avid aviator, who spends much of his free time flying.

Giants play defense on day one of Gabe Kapler’s tenure: ‘I feel like I’m in a little bit of a hole’

SAN FRANCISCO — The best Giants teams of the 2010s were built on pitching and defense. That worked on the field, but it’s not the strategy they hoped to use when introducing a new manager at a press conference. When Gabe Kapler was chosen to succeed Bruce Bochy, the organization had no choice. Kapler’s arrival at Oracle Park on Wednesday allowed the Giants to do some pitching, but they spent most of the day playing defense. “Yes, I feel like I’m in a little bit of a hole and yes, that means something to me,” Kapler said. Kapler, who was fired in October after two seasons as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, admitted it’s frustrating his hire has been met with widespread opposition from Giants fans. Social media is an echo chamber and many of the Giants’ most valued season-ticket holders choose not to voice their opinions online, but fans who do participate –both paying customers and casual supporters– are practically united in their opposition to Kapler. The reasons are varied. Some wonder why the Giants selected a candidate who failed to produce a…

Red Bluff Garden Club: W is for wisteria

If you are a regular reader of our garden club articles, you may recall that I am working on an alphabet book of gardening topics when my author turn comes around. So now I am all the way to “W.” The end is in sight, coming in 2020. The first place I lived in California was in Dairyville. A lovely wisteria plant twined around in a flower bed near the kitchen window. When we moved in to Red Bluff, we planted a wisteria along a fence line as we had enjoyed the fragrant and graceful vine, but knew nothing else about it. Wisteria is part of the legume family, Fabaceae. They are strong, aggressive plants, growing 25-30 feet or more, with some varieties up to 50 feet in length. It is important that you choose a good, sturdy spot to plant wisteria. They will like a fence, trellis, pergola, or similar structure to grow on. Do not plant too near your house or garage as the vines can easily twine into small spaces. Wisteria grows in Zones 5-9. It likes full sun, fertile, moist, and…

49ers’ Marquise Goodwin weighs in on Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout

SANTA CLARA — Marquise Goodwin is “praying for the best” now that former 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick can work out in front of an NFL-arranged audience Saturday in Atlanta. “That’s dope, man. That’s cool,” Goodwin said Wednesday at his locker. “I know for sure he wants to play ball.” Kaepernick’s last play in the NFL came way back in the 2016 49ers’ season finale, and his final snap resulted in a 9-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Celek, with 5:42 remaining in a 25-23 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Marquise Goodwin #11 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the sidelines during their preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi’s Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Kaepernick turned 32 on Nov. 3, and he settled a lawsuit in February after claiming NFL teams colluded to keep him out of the league based on his social-equality activism. He went 28-30 as the 49ers’ starting quarterback from November 2012 through the 2016 season, plus a 4-2 playoff record that included a Super Bowl XLVII defeat to Baltimore…

Focus on Arizona: 49ers look to contain Cardinals’ version of Russell Wilson

After paying the price against Russell Wilson, the 49ers now have to again deal with the poor man’s Russell Wilson in Arizona’s Kyler Murray. While Murray isn’t playing at an MVP-caliber level like Wilson, who handed the 49ers a stinging loss Monday night, the Cardinals’ quarterback has already given San Francisco the same kind of trouble the Seahawks’ star has. That’s not a shock considering the quarterbacks share a few similarities. Both are under six feet tall and are equally adept with their feet and their arms. Both also happened to turn down professional baseball careers in order to drive NFL defenders crazy. Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians, whose team outlasted Murray’s Cardinals 30-27 Sunday, certainly sees a striking resemblance between the quarterbacks. “Reminiscent of a young Russell Wilson, but faster,” Arians told NBC Sports’ Peter King. “He’s so dangerous coming out of the pocket. Very, very impressed with him.” And, although Murray doesn’t have a win to show for it like Wilson, some may argue he’s performed even better against the 49ers’ vaunted defense this season than Wilson. For comparison’s sake, Wilson went 24-of-34…

Candlelight Vigil Being Held Sunday For Max Benson

EL DORADO HILLS (CBS13) – The family of a 13-year-old boy who died after being restrained at school is holding a candlelight vigil on Sunday. The vigil for Max Benson will be held at 2 p.m. at the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office. On Tuesday, the district attorney’s office announced criminal charges against three employees accused of Benson’s death. Benson, a special-needs student, died in November 2018 after he reportedly became violent while at Guiding Hands School, and was restrained by one of the school’s employees. At some point, Benson became unresponsive and that’s when a teacher performed life-saving measures on Benson, according to the El Dorado County Sherriff’s Office. Benson was then taken to the UC Davis Medical Center where he was declared dead two days later. The California Department of Education said in its preliminary investigation that Guiding Hands violated multiple state rules in regard to Max’s death.

School Employees Charged After Special Needs Student’s Death Enter Not Guilty Pleas

PLACERVILLE (CBS13) – The three El Dorado County educators facing felony charges in the death of a special needs student have pleaded not guilty. Max Benson was a 13-year-old boy with autism. Nearly a year ago, he died after being restrained by staff members at Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills. Former employees at Guiding Hands write posters in support of three employees facing a Judge today- now charged with manslaughter in the death of student, Max Benson @CBSSacramento — Marissa Perlman (@MPerlmanNews) November 13, 2019 On Tuesday, the El Dorado County District Attorney announced they would be filing charges against three people school employees. RELATED: Family, Friends Seeking Justice 1 Year After Death Of 13-Year-Old With Autism The three were arraigned in court on Wednesday: former Guiding Hands Executive Director Cindy Keller, Principal Staranne Myers, and teacher Kimberly Wohlwend. All three were charged with involuntary manslaughter. They have all entered a plea of not guilty in court on Wednesday. Kimberly Wohlwend walking out of court this afternoon. She plead not guilty to the involuntary manslaughter charge she faces. @CBSSacramento — Renee…

Boy With Autism Fulfills Dream Of Being A Wendy’s Manager

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (CBS Local) — A Missouri boy on the autism spectrum recently got to fulfill his dream of working as a fast-food restaurant manager for a day. First grader Eric Johnson was very excited to take over operations at a Wendy’s restaurant in Springfield on Monday, his mother, Denise Johnson, told CBS affiliate KOLR. “I said to him, what do you want to be when you grow up,” she said. “I thought he was going to say like a professional gamer, he just said ‘I want to be a Wendy’s manager.’” About 50,000 people on the autism spectrum graduate high school every year and many of them will be looking for their first jobs. Will they get hired? “When we talk about [workplace equality], we often talk about race, and gender identity. We don’t always talk about people with special abilities and I think it’s time that we start talking about that,” she said. A little boy on the autism spectrum got to fulfill his dream of working as a manager at Wendy’s for a day today. — KOLR10 KOZL (@kolr10kozl) November 12,…

Search On For Owner Of Dogs That Attacked, Killed Man In Central California

MADERA (CBS13) – Police in say they’re looking for the owner of two dogs that are suspected of attacking and killing a man in Madera. The body of a man was found on Monday in a riverbed along the 1400 block of E. Yosemite Avenue, Madera police say. Officers say that when they responded to investigate, an extremely aggressive dog charged at them. Officers shot the dog in self-defense, killing it. A second dog was also impounded at the scene. As an autopsy soon revealed, the man apparently died from injuries sustained during a dog attack. Investigators believe the dog killed and the one impounded attacked the man. The man killed has been identified as 38-year-old Lasaro Macedo. Police are now looking for the presumed owner of the dogs, a woman named Heather Anglin. Anyone who sees Anglin or knows where she might be is asked to call Madera police.

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