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May 24, 2016

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"Thediseaseisreallydifficult to deal with because I have gone from being extremely active to bed ridden." —StudentEmyliPalmer,aLymediseasevictim By Margaret Baum Daily News correspondent SACRAMENTO ASacramentojuryhearddi- rectly Monday from the man charged with ho- micide in the strangling death of a 14-year-old Red Bluff girl murdered in 2013. Quentin Bealer, 42, took the stand as a witness for the defense in his own trial. Bealer is accused of murdering Marysa Nichols, whose body was found half a mile behind Red Bluff High School Feb. 28, 2013. "Yes, I saw her," Bealer testified. "I gave her one lit cigarette and a pack that had a few left in it," he said. "I did not touch her, I did not kill her." Bealer's attorney, Shon Northam, had him de- scribe in detail the day prior to when he saw Marysa as well as the events of the day she went missing. Nichols was reported missing on Feb. 26, 2013. Northam also asked Bealer about his relation- ship with his own daughter. Bealer's voice could be heard cracking at times with tears frequently in his eyes during his testimony. Bealer said he didn't have much of a relation- ship with Tymberlyn (his daughter) in February 2013 because of his drug problem. According to Bealer, Tymberlyn's birthday is Feb. 26. "I spent all of her birthdays prior to this one (Feb. 26, 2013) with her," Bealer told the jury. Bealer also spoke of his drug problems, noting that he started using drugs in October 2011 when he was working as an ironworker and needed to stay up long hours. Bealer detailed his drug problems from when he started up until the time he was arrested. He said he was using methamphetamines and her- oin and went from snorting the drugs to smok- MURDER TRIAL Bealer testifies inown defense By Heather Hoelscher hhoelscher@redbluffdailynews.com @DN_Heather on Twitter RED BLUFF The auxiliary volunteers of St. Eliz- abeth Community Hospital hosted the second annual Taste of California wine, beer and food tasting event Saturday at the Red Bluff Commu- nity Center. Annual fundraisers, including a crab feed in January, book sales, candle and orchid sales and volunteer bake sales, help toward providing the needed funding for many items that are not in the hospital's budget. Funds raised go toward a medical student scholarship in the amount of $2,000, equipment for the hospital, donations to the Loaves and Fishes project to help feed hungry citizens and ST. ELIZABETH Auxiliary hosts annual wine tasting fundraiser Community.....A3 Health..............A4 Lifestyles........A5 Opinion............A6 Sports..............B1 Weather..........B8 INDEX Edward Nero acquitted in controversial killing of Freddie Gray in racially charged case that sparked outrage. PAGEB5 BALTIMORE Officerclearedof charges in Gray's death Casting aside Vietnam War shadow, Obama seeks better relationship with former foe amid China concerns. PAGE B6 ASIA TRIP Obama li s US arms embargo on Vietnam By Heather Hoelscher hhoelscher@redbluffdaily- news.com @DN_Heather on Twitter RED BLUFF The 19th an- nual American Cancer So- ciety Red Bluff Relay for Life was held Saturday at Vista Preparatory Acad- emy. The 24-hour relay event raised a total of $40,815 along with its platinum sponsors, NorCal Ride for Life, which raised $16,861. "Each year, our com- munity comes together to help those facing can- cer get well, to help those who have yet to be touched by cancer stay well, to find cures for this dreadful dis- ease and to fight back," said organizers Jackie Douglas, Josie Barnard and Jackie Frazier in the welcome letter. The event is volunteer driven and the leader- ship team is formed from community members that worked together to make the event a reality. The team that raised the most this year was North Valley Services, totalling $5,752.50. Following was Lassen Medical Group raising $4,775.32 and Faith Fighters raising $2,742. The top fundraising in- dividuals were Frazier RELAY FOR LIFE Fundraiser nets nearly $41,000 HEATHER HOELSCHER — DAILY NEWS The first lap around the track is dedicated to cancer survivors Saturday at the 19th annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at Vista Preparatory Academy. By Heather Hoelscher hhoelscher@redbluffdaily- news.com @DN_Heather on Twitter RED BLUFF Members of the Ag-Leadership class at Red Bluff Union High School hosted the first Dance Away Lyme Disease Barn Dance benefit Sat- urday to raise money for Lyme disease research at the Tehama District Fair- ground. The idea came about af- ter student Emyli Palmer was diagnosed with the disease. The total amount raised from the tickets, silent auction and sponsors was $2,267. As a community ser- vice project Justin Cro- man and the rest of the class planned the event to raise money for an ex- pensive specialized micro- scope costing upwards of $12,000 to do research on the disease. Palmer, 15, said since she was diagnosed with the disease she has become significantly less active. "The disease is really difficult to deal with be- cause I have gone from be- ing extremely active to bed ridden," Palmer said. Palmer worked with cattle as a Tehama County Beef Ambassador and is not as able to so since con- tracting the disease. She went from being able to bench press 125 pounds to not being able to hold a pencil, she said. Although she has a lot of bad days, Palmer said she is getting through it the best she can. At the event there was a table filled with informa- tion on the disease to bring awareness to the commu- nity with flyers and pam- phlets. The disease is caused by bacteria known as spi- rochetes because of their spiral shape, according to the information. The most common way to catch the disease is by being bitten AG-LEADERSHIP FUNDRAISER STUDENTS DANCE AWAY TO FIGHT LYME DISEASE Red Bluff High School students and families gathered Saturday to join the fight against Lyme disease and help bring awareness with a dance fundraiser held by members of the Ag-Leadership class at the Tehama District Fairground. PHOTOS BY HEATHER HOELSCHER — DAILY NEWS Red Bluff High School students and families gathered Saturday to join the fight against Lyme disease and help bring awareness with a dance fundraiser held by members of the Ag-Leadership class at the Tehama District Fairground. Have a great day, Richard Zumalt. GOOD MORNING! Check out what's going on in your neighborhood and the community. PAGE A2 WHAT'S HAPPENING BUSINESS U Dow Jones Industrial 17,492.93 (+8.01) D Standard & Poor's 2048.04 (-4.28) D Nasdaq 4765.78 (-3.78) T‑shower High: Low: 77 54 PAGE B8 DANCE PAGE 7 RELAY PAGE 7 AUXILIARY PAGE 7 BEALER PAGE 7 » redbluffdailynews.com Tuesday, May 24, 2016 50CENTS AN EDITION OF THE CHICO ENTERPRISE-RECORD Online Find more news on our website. redbluffdailynews.com Mercy Warriors Richie Borges signs to play ball in Virginia Sports B1 Fundraiser Gym raises money for nonprofit Lifestyles A5 FollowtheDailyNews on Twitter to keep pace with breaking news and events @REDBLUFFNEWS FOLLOWUS ONTWITTER Volume131,issue133 7 58551 69001 9

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