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Ten people arrested in DA's bad check sweep
By PAULA M. FELIPE - MediaNews Group

Ten people were arrested Thursday during the District Attorney's Office preholiday bad check sweep Thursday.

Of the 22 people targeted in the sweep, six are from Oroville, nine from Chico, and others are from Palermo, Cohasset, Paradise, Magalia and Durham.

During a press conference in Oroville, District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the annual sweep "Lets people know there are consequences to writing bad checks in Butte County."

Ramsey explained those being arrested in the sweep had the opportunity to avoid arrest by paying off their bad checks, including having the option of making payments along with paying fines and taking a financial management class.

"Those who are arrested today ignored these two options," he said.

The sweep began at 7:30 a.m. and lasted all day.

Those arrested included Chicoans Keith Madson, 43, Mark Carver, 51, Barry Liersch, 36, and Joseph Corral, 42; Cynthia Debose, 35, of Durham; Lance Palmquist, 27, of Cohasset; Michael Livermore, 21, of Palermo; and three from Oroville: Cindy Looney, 37 Richard Colbourn, 44, Brandie Ledford, 22.

At deadline, 12 people were still being sought:

- Chicoans Janette Mooney, 44, Brian Sawn, 38, Brandy Thornton, 31, Alma Velasquez, 22, Lauri Burke, 41, and Steven Inman, 37.

- Paradise resident Michele Cramer, 50.

- Magalia resident Christian McCoy, 34.

- Cohasset resident Cary Palmquist, 52.

- And three from Oroville, Maria Saechao, 30, William Baker, 42, and Jennifer Grubbs, 28.

Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is asked to call to call 538-7411. Merchants who have been given bad checks can also report them to this phone number.

"Those arrested will be arraigned, and those with felonies could face three years in state prison while misdemeanor charges could carry a year in the county jail," Ramsey said.

Paula M. Felipe is a writer for the Oroville Mercury-Register.


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