BENNO TRIAL FINALLY GETS UNDERWAY

Record Searchlight – Local News by Jim Schultz, February 22   Nearly three years after their arrests on illegal marijuana cultivation and weapon charges, the criminal trial for outspoken medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons finally got...

BENNO AND SONS GOING TO TRIAL NEXT WEEK

Record Searchlight – Local News by Jim Schultz, February 3 After seven earlier postponements, medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons are set to begin standing trial next week in Shasta County Superior Court after two judges rejected defense...

Benno trio face trial over pot plantation protest

Record Searchlight by Joe Szydlowski, December 6 Three medical-marijuana activists, arrested in a 2014 raid at their 100-plant garden in Happy Valley, will face trial in February, a Shasta County Superior Court judge ruled Monday. James Michael Benno will stand trial...

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH CAPTAIN REJECTS PLEA BARGAIN OFFER

Record Searchlight – Local News by Jim Schultz, October 17   A Redding neighborhood-watch captain accused of pepper-spraying a neighbor rejected Monday a plea bargain offer that would have reduced the felony charge against him to a misdemeanor. “If I was...

WRAPPING UP A LONG LEGAL ORDEAL FOR MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

Record Searchlight – Local News by Nathan Solis, October 29   A long saga through the criminal justice system is nearly over for two women who once operated the Planet Herb medical marijuana dispensary in Redding. Among the last acts — getting back possessions...

SHINGLETOWN MURDER CASE PUT ON HOLD

Record Searchlight by Jim Schultz, July 21   The murder case against a Shingletown man who has been in Shasta County Jail for more than a year was suspended on Monday after his defense attorney questioned his mental competency. Michael Donald Ackley, 56, faced trial...