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North State in brief: June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014

Redding Record Searchlight, Calif.

June 16--Dance will mark bridge anniversary

It's not too late to have a role in Celebrate 10, the birthday festivities planned around and for the Sundial Bridge.

Fred Vassallo, a dance fitness instructor, has choreographed a flash mob performance to Pharell Williams' song "Happy" and he is looking for performers from the Redding area to take part.

The routine will be performed at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday on the Sundial Bridge, ahead of those night's shows with Bandaloop. The Oakland-based dance troupe is using the bridge's 217-foot white pylon as its stage. Its vertical choreography will be accompanied by the North State Symphony, whose musicians are staging at the base of the column in the amphitheater on the north side of the bridge.

Vassallo has scheduled three rehearsals for the flash mob. The first will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday at Juniper Elementary School gym, 375 Ellis St. in Redding. Wednesday's practice runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Bethel Church Twin View campus, 936 Twin View Blvd. in Redding.

Performers next meet 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday at the Sundial Bridge.

More information is available at

Mobile home burns in Junction City

A fire that broke out Sunday afternoon in Junction City burned down a mobile home and 2 to 3 acres, the California Department of Fire and Forestry reported.

The fire was reported to the command center just after 1:30 p.m. off Highway 299, across Riflerange Road. That area is about an hour west of Redding.

Cal Fire Capt. Brandon Lanning said fire crews contained the fire, which initially had a moderate rate of spread, within 20 minutes.

No damage estimates were immediately available.

Lanning said the fire started at a mobile home and spread to grass and timber. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The fire knocked down power lines in the area.

Cal Fire was assisted by U.S. Forest Service firefighters, as well as crews from Junction City and Weaverville.

One person killed in Burney car crash

One person is dead following a car crash in Burney, the California Highway Patrol reported Sunday afternoon.

The crash was reported at 12:05 p.m. as a single vehicle went off the road at Highway 299 and Highway 89. Arriving firefighters responding to the wreck reported finding the victim inside the vehicle, CHP reported.

The wreck partially shut down traffic as investigators were on scene and called for one-way traffic control in the area.

'Most Wanted' suspect arrested

Redding police on Sunday arrested a "Shasta's Most Wanted" suspect observed by an officer riding a bike on the city's east side.

Sgt. Ron Icely said officers stopped Jessie Cole Merkel, 21, at the Jack in the Box restaurant at 1045 Dana Drive and took him into custody without incident. They had been searching for him for about an hour.

The incident was reported to dispatch at 12:42 p.m. in the area of Churn Creek Road and Mistletoe Lane. Merkel took off, heading east toward Canby Road.

Police concentrated their search around Highway 44 after they found his backpack along the eastbound lanes and then focused on the mall area, thinking he had crossed the highway.

Redding officials want scenic photos

Do you have a photo you're proud of?

Redding may want to use it. The city seeks high-quality photos that capture Redding's scenic beauty, its amenities and civic improvements. The photos will be featured on the city's website, which is undergoing a redesign.

Examples of the type of eligible photos can be seen at the top of the city's home page at

Photographers are required to submit original work and sign a release allowing the city to use their work without compensation or liability, although a credit line is possible.

Photos must be submitted in jpeg format and no larger than 10 megabytes. Email photos to Include the photographer's name, address and contact phone number.

CalTrans plans frieght open house

The California Department of Transportation has scheduled a public workshop Thursday to get input on a plan laying out the vision for how freight moves in the state.

The meeting is slated between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Caltrans District 2 offices' Lassen Traning room at 1031 Butte St., Redding.

The draft California Freight Mobility Plan considers freight movement, including at its 12 seaports and with air cargo, railroads and trucking. The workshop will be held in an interactive, open house format. People can arrive at their convenience, talk to staff, fill out comment cards and move at their own pace.

The U.S. Department of Transportation will rely on state freight plans as it shapes a national plan. Projects identified in California's plan will be eligible to apply for a higher percentage of federal funding.

The freight plan's goal is to transition the freight industry to zero or near zero emissions by 2050.

Police seek suspect in assault attempt

Anderson Police are searching for a man in his 50s in connection to an attempted sexual assault Saturday evening.

Officers responded at 6:32 p.m. to a wooded area of Anderson Creek under the Interstate 5 overpass , south of the Balls Ferry Road exit.

The victim, whose gender was not released by police, reported a man approached from behind. The victim was forced to move under the freeway overpass. The man then moved a short distance away, and the victim saw the chance to run away.

Police searched the area but were unable to find the man. He is described as white, about 50, 5-feet-8-inches tall and 150 pounds, with a black and white full beard. He was last seen wearing a brown shirt and dirty blue jeans.

Police ask anyone with information to call Lt. Rocky Harpham or Detective Dave Price at 378-6600.


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