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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Deputy shooting fallout: The children of a Portola man who was shot and killed at Eastern Plumas Health Care last year are seeking millions of dollars in damages.
  • The trout must go: The state is planning to pull all of the brook trout out of a Plumas County lake in order to protect the yellow-legged frog.
  • Inspections delayed: Cal Fire was scheduled to begin property inspections this week, but decided to wait until the public could better understand what the inspectors are doing.

Former real estate broker under investigation

  The Plumas County District Attorney’s Office is investigating a former Portola real estate agent on allegations that he misused his clients’ money.

  District Attorney David Hollister said his office is actively working on a potential case against Earl Warren Morrison.

  Morrison, an agent and property manager for Portola-based Lynn Welch Realty, voluntarily surrendered his real estate broker license Aug. 24, 2012, after the California Department of Real Estate accused him of six violations.

  The state reported that Morrison failed to deposit, maintain and account for money in a trust account related to the property management business.

  According to court documents, the trust account was missing $56,382.60 on Nov. 30, 2011. The document stated the account was short $43,058.08 eight months earlier.

  A trust account is used for holding rent and deposit money collected from clients. Money is withdrawn to pay refunds and other management-related expenses. Trust accounts are traditionally used as a method to keep tenant deposits and rent payments separate from operating capital.

  Brokers are not allowed to tap into these funds except for trust-related items.

  The state said Morrison failed to produce records and copies of transactions, including deposit receipts and canceled checks, as required by law.

  The district attorney said the number of clients who were potentially affected was unknown.

  A call placed to Morrison’s home phone number seeking comment was not returned by press time.


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