2013: Taking a look back at the year that was
Jan. 11: A 33-year old Yuba City woman and her 3-year-old son escaped from a Colusa home where they had been held captive for 10 days by Jermaine Lonell Roberts, 35, of Colusa. The woman was treated at Colusa Regional Medical Center for injuries she said she suffered from a severe beating when she had previously tried to leave the home. Roberts was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, oral copulation by force and assault with a deadly weapon not a firearm with the likelihood of great bodily injury, among other charges.
Jan. 16: Christopher Carlos and Pedro H. Herrera, two teens accused in the murder of Miguel Muniz, a 14-year-old Colusa boy, in August 2012, had three counts of attempted murder and variety of gang and firearm enhancements added against them in the Colusa County Superior Court. Police investigators said the shooting was gang-related after discovering that Muniz had become associated with the Nortenos street gang.
Feb. 6: Gov. Jerry Brown promised 350 people at St. Bernadette's Hall that he would protect the North State's water, while simultaneously noting the need to protect the Delta and the needs of farmers and other interests to the south.
Feb. 8: The Colusa City Council approved the initial design plans and a mitigated negative declaration for environmental impacts for the proposed boat ramp project at the Colusa-Sacramento State Recreation Area, which straddles state parks and city property.
March 6: About 30 people gathered at the Williams Farmers Market and Bazaar to discuss, among other things, the need to organize and gain Hispanic representation on the Williams City Council. The meeting highlighted a lack of communication between the Hispanic community and City Hall.
March 27: Indigenous Circles United drew a larger-than-expected crowd during its Multicultural Festival at Will S. Green Park. About 200 people attended the festival.
March 29: The Colusa County Sheriff's Department met with the community to address an increase in burglaries in Arbuckle. In a period of six months, 29 burglaries in Arbuckle had been reported, with 13 of those occurring since Jan. 1.
April 16: The Colusa County Sheriff's Department arrested Erica Rose Kucinskas, 27, of Arbuckle, and Nicholas Allen Madden, 26, of Dunnigan, in connection with a rash of Arbuckle burglaries in the 100 block of First Street in Arbuckle.
April 23: Williams City Administrator Charles Bergson said he would leave the position by the end of the year to pursue other interests, giving his notice to the City Council on April 17. Bergson spent nearly four years as city administrator, following a 15-year period in which the city had cycled through 17 managers.
May 10: Jermaine Roberts, arrested in January, reached a plea agreement with the Colusa County District Attorney's Office. Roberts, 35, of Colusa pleaded no contest to felony assault and felony false imprisonment charges, and agreed to accept the top sentencing term of five years and eight months.
May 31: With a $17 million Education Village — funded largely as a facility for special education — nearly complete in Williams, some questions about the project were raised by members of the Special Education Local Plan Area council.
June 4: Eight people, five of whom were Williams residents, were sent to area hospitals after a head-on collision on the Highway 20 overpass at Interstate 5 between a car driven by Delfina Lupian, 27, of Corcoran and a pickup driven by Williams resident David Barajas, 19.
June 12: The Junior Livestock Auction had a historic year during the Colusa County Fair, setting a record with $941,125 in sales.
June 18: A pile of almonds burned over the weekend, creating billows of smoke at the base of the western foothills between Arbuckle and Williams.
July 2: Courtney Carter and Allison Ward, two Williams High School students, took first place in desktop publishing at the national competition for the Future Business Leaders of America in Anaheim.
July 5: Pedro Hernandez Herrera and Armando Gutierrez Leon were ordered by Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffery Thompson to stand trial for the murder of Miguel Muniz.
July 12: Colusa Police attempted to stop David Carrion, who was wanted for an outstanding felony warrant. Carrion fled, beginning a high-speed chase that started in Colusa, moved out of the city and ended with Carrion in custody.
July 23: A fire at the Colusa Green Apartments on Highway 20 on the southeast side of town gutted two units, left two with major smoke damage, and left two more with major water damage. The fire left 17 people from 8 families — including at least five children — without homes.
July 31: Police searched six homes looking for a suspect in a burglary at Rite Aid Pharmacy on Bridge Street in Colusa that turned into a hit and run. After apprehending the driver — Eric Jacson II, 23, of Marysville — and detaining two female passengers, officers conducted a house-to-house search but failed to find the man.
Aug. 6: The murder trial of Paul Moore, the Grimes man accused of killing farm foreman Roberto Ayala, entered jury selection. Ayala, a foreman at Moore Brothers 1,800-acre rice farm, died of shrapnel wounds and electrocution after a bomb exploded at an irrigation pump station on July 16, 2011. Ayala's 7-year-old son was present. The case was tried in Sacramento County after Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Thompson agreed to a change of venue because many potential Colusa County jurors would have had ties to the case and because of the publicity it received. Defense attorney Linda Parisi announced in a short opening statement that she would argue it was Paul Moore's relative, Peter Moore, who planted the bomb.
Aug. 27: Paul Moore was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Moore Bros. farm foreman Roberto Ayala in Colusa County. The prosecution announced early on it seek life in prison — not the death penalty — for Moore.
Sept. 3: Findings by the Department of Water Resources identified seven critical sites in Colusa County along levees on the Sacramento River that could fail in the next high-water incident.
Sept. 24: Congressman John Garamendi answers questions in a town hall about the Dream Act, the Affordable Care Act, the ethics of bombing Syria and the need for cross-aisle compromise during a trip to Colusa High School.
Oct. 1: The trial of Adan Vaca Garcia, 19, of Colusa — a man facing several drug charges — was halted on Sept. 29 after the Colusa defendant's parents claimed he was abducted from his home the night before the second day of his trial. Under oath, Maria and Jesus Garcia claimed that their son was abducted by three masked, armed men.
Oct. 22: The Colusa County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to give members a 79 percent salary increase from $32,832 to $59,004 per year, starting Jan. 1.
Oct. 30: Paul Moore, convicted of murdering Roberto Ayala, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Nov. 12: The Local Agency Formation Commission of Colusa County gave its unanimous blessing to the annexation of the Walnut Ranch subdivision into the city of Colusa, marking a key step in the process.
Nov. 19: Connie "CB" Johnson — best known for being the familiar, always-smiling face at the counter in the post office — was found dead in an irrigation canal off of Lurline Road, west of Colusa, on Nov. 14.
Dec. 10: Dr. Andrew Larsen — a Princeton resident who was charged in connection with a federal drug sting at his Colusa office — was found dead on Dec. 6 inside his running car, parked in the barn next to his house. Larsen and his son Cameron were arraigned just two days before on Dec. 4 on federal charges that they had supplied drug dealers and had an arsenal in their home.
Dec. 25: The Colusa County Sheriff's Department confirmed the existence of a person of interest in the death of Colusa postal worker Connie "CB" Johnson, and the district attorney indicated that there was no evidence of sexual assault.