A fire that destroyed a doublewide mobile home at 8979 Marshalls Road, Austin, on Oct. 16 remains under investigation. Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee reports that investigators have not yet obtained a statement from Perry Blake, the home's owner. He remains hospitalized at St. Mary's, where he is being treated for burns he suffered in the incident.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.