RV Park and Campground Briefs
From The Boise Statesman:
The Bull Trout, Bear Valley and Fir Creek campgrounds between Lowman and Stanley are temporarily closed on a varied schedule through Oct. 5 due to insect infestation treatments, according to a press release from the Boise National Forest.
Each campground will close at different times depending on weather and scheduling opportunities, so campers should contact the Lowman Ranger District for current updates. All of the facilities are within the Lowman Ranger District primarily in the Bear Valley area.
The closures are being implemented to treat trees within the campgrounds that have been infested, or are susceptible to infestation from mountain pine beetles. A private contractor will spray the trees in a continuing effort to maintain a forested campground. This effort is done every two years.
Mountain pine beetles continue to heavily infest trees in the greater Bear Valley area. Managers are focusing on maintaining trees in the campgrounds to enhance visual aesthetics and public safety due to the potential increase of standing dead trees if left untreated.
From the Gary Post-Tribune:
The mother of the Hammond, Ind., man who drowned at Lake Holiday Campground Resort near DeMotte in August has filed a lawsuit against the campground and its owners.
The suit, filed in Jasper County on behalf of Cindy Brothers, seeks unspecified damages against James E. Rose, Chris Rose and Lake Holiday Enterprises Inc. in the Aug. 8 drowning of Kristopher Stately, 23.
According to the wrongful death suit, the owners were aware of hazardous conditions in the lake that led to Stately drowning in 10 feet of water.
The defendants’ behavior shows “gross negligence, willful and wanton behavior, malice, and exhibits a reckless disregard” for the safety of visitors, the suit states.
Stately and others were trying to swim across the lake, and a police report shows divers found his body 15 feet from the shore in weeds about three hours after someone called 911. The report states that the lake was “extremely weedy for the first 10 to 20 feet along the shoreline.”
Walter Alvarez, attorney for Stately’s family, issued a statement Thursday (Sept. 15) that read, “Since the unfortunate drowning of this young man, there have been more than 100 signatures on a petition requesting that safety measures be initiated on Lake Holiday.
Furthermore, his mother, Cindy Brothers, with the filing of her lawsuit, hopes that greater attention can be focused on adequate safety measures to prevent any future drownings.”
From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
The fourth suspect wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in July at a Mendocino County campground was arrested Thursday afternoon (Sept. 15) in Willits.
William Hale Crocker, 30, was arrested sometime after 2:15 p.m. when Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies, acting on a tip, found him at a house in the 400 block of Mill Street.
Crocker is the last of four suspects to be arrested in connection with the July 20 shooting death of Joseph Litteral, 40, of Willits at the Bu-Shay campground.
The shooting, in a crowded campground of 20 to 30 people, also wounded a second man.
Earlier this month sheriff’s detectives arrested suspect Arone Schnebly, 35, in connection with Litteral’s death.
In July, Marvin D. Johnson, 33, and Simon Thornton, 22, were arrested in connection with Litteral’s death and the wounding of the second victim.
All four suspects are transients known to stay in different areas of Mendocino County.