RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Staunton News Leader:
The Shenandoah National Park has announced spring dates for reopening park facilities that were closed over winter, the Staunton (Va.) News Leader reported.
The Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center will open on March 30 and the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center on April 6.
Big Meadows Campground will open on March 30, Lewis Mountain Campground on April 6 and Mathews Arm and Loft Mountain Campgrounds will open on May 11.
Currently, Elkwallow, Pinnacles and South River and Dundo Picnic Grounds are open. Big Meadows Picnic Grounds will open March 30 and Dickey Ridge and Lewis Mountain Picnic Grounds will open on April 6.
Restaurants, lodges and associated facilities will open as follows: Big Meadows Wayside will open on March 23, Skyland Resort on March 29, Big Meadows shower and laundry facilities on March 30, Lewis Mountain cabins and camp store on April 6, Elkwallow Wayside on April 20, Loft Mountain Wayside on April 27, Loft Mountain camp store and shower and laundry facilities on May 11 and Big Meadows lodge on May 16.
From The Associated Press:
A bill that would require working carbon monoxide detectors in leased recreational vehicles has been named after five people who died from carbon monoxide poisoning last year at a bike rally in Clarksville, Tenn., The Associated Press reported
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts, of Clarksville, was advanced in a House subcommittee today (Feb. 14). Christine and Ed Watson, both of Clarksville, showed a picture of their daughter, Kathryn Over, and her husband, Jonathan, who were among the five killed last September during a Bikers Who Care event.
Christine Watson said the bill would prevent future tragedies by requiring a working carbon monoxide detector in leased RVs.
Police say the deaths were accidental after a generator was found near a vent for the trailer and all the windows and doors were shut.
From the San Jose Mercury News:
A 36-year-old woman and her 13-year-old daughter were stabbed early today (Feb. 14) in a Live Oak, Calif., RV park, according to Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputies.
Just before 7 a.m., the daughter called 911 from the RV park’s bathroom facilities on the 2500 block of Portola Drive to say she and her mother had been stabbed, according to Deputy April Skalland.
Deputy Patrick Dimick arrived to find Christopher Lindner, 45, straddling his wife. She had multiple slashing stab wounds to her face, Skalland said. Dimick tazed Lindner and arrested him on two counts of attempted murder.
The 13-year-old suffered a stab wound to her mouth, Skalland said.
All three were taken to an undisclosed hospital.
Skalland said they do not know the motive for the attack and are continuing to talk to the parties involved.
“It was a very brutal attack,” Skalland said. “Pat Dimick is a 14-year veteran (of the sheriff’s office) who’s very capable. He saved this lady’s life and probably her daughter’s life as well.”
The Ozark County Sheriffs’ Department believes an employee took about $100,000 from the Cloud 9 Ranch near Caulfield, Mo., and that’s just in the last three years. Because of a statute of limitations on theft charges, the six-month investigation didn’t go back any further.
Deputy Darrin Reed expects charges to be filed but doesn’t know when. Reed says the investigation started last August after someone at the ranch noticed “several thousand dollars were missing over a long period of time.”
Reed says the sheriff’s department has also investigated more than 30 burglaries at the ranch “over a period of time and charges are expected on them as well.”
According to its website, Cloud 9 Ranch is a member-owned recreational vehicle camping resort on 6,500 acres. It opened in 1972 after a group of developers bought the property at a foreclosure sale.
From The Pueblo Chieftan:
A rural Fremont County woman was released from jail Tuesday after an autopsy and on-scene investigation confirmed her story that her companion committed suicide as the couple argued Sunday (Feb. 12).
Colorado Bureau of Investigation authorities continued an investigation on-scene Tuesday at the Mountaindale Campground, 15 miles northwest of Penrose near the Beaver Creek State Wildlife Area, where Claude Ouellette, 53, was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head.
Valorie Jean Rice, 45, was arrested for domestic violence harassment in connection with the incident pending outcome of an investigation.
“Review of the shooting scene evidence and the results of Ouellette’s autopsy, support the original claim by Rice that Ouellette shot himself during a domestic dispute in the couple’s motor home,” said Capt. Don Pinover of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office. “All charges against Rice have been dismissed and Ouellette’s death has been classified as a suicide.”