RV Park and Campground Briefs
From KTLA-TV, Los Angeles:
Authorities are investigating the deadly shooting of a 14-year-old boy at a Lake Hemet campground.
The shooting was reported around 2:45 p.m. Friday (Nov. 25) as the teen was hunting with family members on Little Thomas Mountain Road near Garner Valley.
Riverside County Sheriff's deputies say the shooting may have been accidental, but it is still unclear how the boy was shot.
From The Associated Press:
State parks and environmental officials are holding a public meeting to help develop a management plan for the Crown Point Historic Site and Campground.
The meeting is being held on Dec. 7 at the Crown Point Historic Site Museum.
The site contains the ruins of Fort St. Frederic and Fort Crown Point. The forts were built during the 18th century and have been designated as National Historic Landmarks. Fort St. Frederic was built by the French and Crown Point by the British and Provincial troops.
The site includes a museum, the Crown Point Pier, and Champlain Memorial Lighthouse. An adjacent state campground managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation has 66 campsites and a boat launch on the shore of Lake Champlain.
From the Bend Bulletin:
Due to winter weather conditions, the upper section of the Steens Mountain Loop Road has been closed for the season.
The gates just below Jackman Park Campground and Big Indian Overlook were closed, and the areas will not open until spring.
Despite the closure, all Steens Mountain area campgrounds — except Jackman Park — remain open.
From The Associated Press:
Coos County is the surprise beneficiary after the federal government closed a small campsite in a neighboring county.
The Coos County parks department will scoop up more than $40,000 worth of facilities from the Bear Creek Campground. The Bureau of Land Management is closing the small, sparsely used camp in Douglas County because of the agency's diminishing budget. Coos County will take on the campground's concrete vault restroom, about 10 concrete picnic tables and a 90-foot bridge.
The World newspaper reports the county will spend about $11,000 to transport the facilities six miles to the Sandy Creek Covered Bridge Park. But officials say the price tag is much lower than the value of the equipment.
BLM will keep Bear Creek open for fishing after the campground closes Nov. 30.
From WNEP-TV, Scranton:
A man suspected of breaking into dozens of RVs at a northeastern Pennsylvania campground tells police he's been wandering for more than a year and didn't even know what state he was in.
WNEP-TV reports state police are still trying to determine the identity of the man they arrested Saturday in the break-ins of 70 campers at Red Ridge Lake Campground near Zion Grove.
Investigators tell WNEP the man they took into custody initially gave a fake name to police but admitted breaking into the campers looking for food and liquor.
State police say the man they're currently calling John Doe was staying at the Pocono Mountains campground in Schuylkill County. He's being held on $25,000 bail.
From The Associated Press:
Zion National Park officials are seeking public comment on a proposed irrigation system near the visitor center and campgrounds.
Park officials say the new system would be pressurized and water would run through an underground pipe.
The park currently uses an open ditch irrigation system to maintain landscaping. Officials say the new system would decrease the use of culinary water and improve efficiency.
The irrigation system is used between the south entrance of the park and the Canyon Junction. There is a visitor center, museum and two campgrounds in that area.
Comments are being accepted through Dec. 27.
From the Williston Daily Herald:
Law enforcement reported on Friday afternoon (Nov. 25) that a fatal shooting north of Williston doesn’t appear to be “criminal in nature.”
A press release from the Williams County Sheriff’s Office stated that officers received a call at approximately 9:45 a.m. Friday reporting that a woman’s body had been found at an RV park.
The RV park is located at 13580 59th St. West, about five miles north of Williston off of U.S. Highway 2.
The victim, a 45-year-old female, has not yet been identified.
“The incident does not appear to be criminal in nature but is being investigated,” the press release stated. Few details were available other than that the woman was found in a pool of blood with a gun near her body.
Messages were left with law enforcement officials to determine whether the cause of death was accidental or a suicide. Messages left with law enforcement had not been answered as of Friday afternoon.
From the Southwest Daily News, Sulphur, La.:
State police credit the alert management of a campground in Lake Charles, La., in notifying them of the presence of a registered six offender and a runaway 15-year-old girl in their campground.
Louisiana State Police arrived at the park on Nov. 22 and identified a registered sex offender with the teenager in a 1993 Ford Escort. Lonnie Truitt, 26, of Angola, Kan., a registered sex offender, was traveling with the 15 year-old female listed as a runaway from Texas.
Truitt was arrested for molestation of a juvenile and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center. The juvenile was brought to a safe location for pick-up by her parents.