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Smith River elude suspect caught

CRESCENT CITY —Authorities believe they’ve caught up with the other man who led them on a chase into Smith River earlier this month that resulted in a school lockdown and two-day, townwide search. 

Suspected to be the person who shot at law enforcement from the passenger seat of a stolen vehicle during a high-speed pursuit, Brandon Proctor, 27, was apprehended at Wildwood Lane and Madison Avenue in Crescent City on Wednesday night by Del Norte County sheriff’s deputies, who made the arrest without incident, sheriff’s officials said. Proctor, who said he is a Smith River transient, was spotted as deputies made contact with another unrelated subject.

A press release from the Sheriff’s Office says that Proctor’s arrest was the result of three weeks’ investigation in collaboration with the District Attorney’s Office and that “substantial time and resources” had been spent to ensure that the suspect would be identified, apprehended and detained on felony charges. 

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Insurance accepts county payments, employees covered

The 47 “non-represented” employees of Curry County — elected officials, department heads and those in the road department — have health insurance for now, as the trustees who oversee the plan have accepted the county’s payment for Commissioner Tom Huxley’s premiums.

Huxley, who was sworn into office in January, ran on a platform to cut county expenses. He started by declaring he would take only a $10,000 stipend — county commissioner base salaries are closer to $65,000 — and declining his pension and health insurance benefits.

Federal law requires employees to sign an I-9 form verifying their citizenship by the end of the first day of employment. Additionally, the employer — the county — has three days to verify the documentation or risk fines.

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