RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Fort Myers News-Press:
The South Gulfcoast Chapter of CAI recently named Riverwoods Plantation RV Resort Condominium, located in Estero, the Association of the Year.
This award is presented to recognize the best local community association, excelling in all facets of their operation. These associations serve as an example to the industry and encourage educational and professional growth.
James Gratton, the association’s president, and Rachel Barnell, the manager, proudly noted that this is their third award in the past decade or so, and that they have been inducted into CAI’s Hall of Fame.
When asked the secret to success, Barnell said: “Although our community is almost 30 years old, our seven-member board, our management team, and our numerous volunteers continuously strive to improve our grounds and common facilities while maintaining our high standards of excellence. We are honored to be recognized.”
From the Missoula Missoulian:
A former host at the Pattee Canyon Campground who pleaded guilty to molesting four young girls has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Wallace Dean "Chris" Christensen, 62, must serve at least 20 years of that sentence without eligibility for parole.
He also must complete phases one and two of the state prison's sex offender treatment program.
Christensen was arrested in Arizona last April, then extradited to Montana, where he was charged with sexually touching four young girls over a period of two years, from 2007 to 2009.
When Christensen pleaded guilty in November, he told Missoula County District Judge John Larson that he touched the girls' private areas and had them touch his.
Two of the girls were 8 at the time and the third was 10. Another girl was younger than 16.
Christensen molested at least some of them in his camper at the Pattee Canyon campground, managed by the Lolo National Forest, court records state.
"I have one drink too many and my hands start to wander," he told authorities, according to the affidavit filed in the case.
The allegations against Christensen came to light when one of the girls told a relative. Others then came forward.
Attorneys in the case had reached an agreement where they'd recommend a sentence of 36 years with 20 suspended. But Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks wasn't surprised when Larson sentenced Christensen more harshly.
"I think in drawing up the agreement we were cognizant of the fact that the judge might hand down something more significant," Marks said Monday.
Cibola County Beacon, Grants:
A 2007 recreation vehicle burned at Acoma’s RV Park near Sky City Casino last week. The owners of the RV were from Las Vegas, Nev., and were headed to Texas for a hunt.
An area of the RV Park was evacuated because there were 1,200 rounds of ammunition, gunpowder, several gallons of alcohol cleaning fluid and five small propane tanks, according to Acoma Fire Chief Orlando Romero.
“We saved about 200 rounds of ammunition and a rifle,” said Romero.“It is a total loss of the RV. The fire was very hot and there was a lot of popping during the fire.”
Fire officials were there from 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, until 2:30 a.m. Jan. 11.
“When we got there, it was already engulfed in flames,” Romero explained. “There was not much we could do.”
From the Comox Valley Echo:
A Comox Valley woman accused of manslaughter has been found not guilty by a British Columbia Supreme Court judge.
Laura Lee Pierre had been facing one count of manslaughter after stabbing her domestic partner, Allan Charles Whitequill, in the chest with a knife.
The incident occurred in the couple's trailer home at Maple Pool Campground in Courtenay on Dec. 28, 2009, at about 11 p.m. Whitequill later died as a result of the injury.
However, Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon concluded that Pierre acted out of self-defence when she stabbed Whitequill, and issued the not guilty ruling.
In her decision, Fenlon called the evidence in the case "far from complete." She noted both Pierre and Whitequill were highly intoxicated on the evening the incident took place, having consumed "significant" quantities of Listerine over the course of the evening.
"Ms. Pierre recalls sitting at the table in the trailer kitchen at one point," wrote Fenlon.
"Her next memory is of holding a knife and standing and facing Mr. Whitequill, who was seated on the bed, holding a large knife in each hand: a serrated bread knife in his right hand and a straight-edged knife in his left.
"Her next memory is of the knife in Mr. Whitequill's chest and pulling it out.
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