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 News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 432

 BLM ranger named "Officer of the Year" by Ridgecrest group

The Exchange Club of Ridgecrest named BLM Ranger Jason Woods “Officer of the Year,” in part for his investigation of vandalism at the Trona Pinnacles National Natural Landmark.  Woods had suggested posting a flyer in the community of Trona showing pictures of the graffiti.  Within 24 hours, Woods had a suspect.  His detailed and thorough investigation led to the successful prosecution of the suspect in Federal Court for vandalism.  The BLM received $2,000 in restitution; the suspect received a fine of $500 and three years’ probation, as well as restriction from being on public lands managed by the BLM.

A smiling group holds various plaques
Honorees of the 16th annual Respect for Law dinner held March 26 in Ridgecrest: (from left) Ridgecrest Police Department Detective Richard Smith, Sheriff’s Department Officer Justin Sawaske, BLM Ranger Jason Woods and China Lake Police Officer Rachel Hays. Not shown is CHP Officer Jarrett Burke. In front is guest speaker, Assemblymember Jean Fuller. The event was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, China Lake Rotary, Ridgecrest Elks, Ridgecrest Exchange Club and International Footprint Association.

- David Briery, BLM California Desert District, 5/12/10

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 432

Last updated: 05-20-2010