LINCOLN, Neb.— A 42-year-old Florida man wanted in Sonoma County for drug possession has been sentenced to prison in a Nebraska case.
Online court records say Shane Barrett, of Naples, Fla., last week was sentenced to one to two years. He'd pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. Prosecutors dropped a related charge in exchange for Barrett's plea.
A Nebraska state trooper had stopped Barrett on Feb. 15 for following another vehicle too closely on Interstate 80 near the Lincoln airport. He was arrested after the trooper learned that Barrett was wanted on a drug possession warrant out of Sonoma County.
The Nebraska State Patrol says a bottle of prescription painkillers and nearly 90 pounds of marijuana were found in the pickup Barrett was driving.
Lake County has changed strategies for its emergency response since the Valley fire:
1. Evacuate earlier. Fires are moving faster in drought-stricken Lake County. Sheriff and Fire officials are taking a more pre-emptive approach to evacuations. “Evacuate early and often.”
2. More notification systems. The county is diversifying the ways it notifies people about emergencies, from buying a new program that can push alerts to cellphones to considering installing air sirens.
3. Redesigned emergency division: Lake County has shifted its emergency services division back to the Sheriff’s Office and hired a veteran emergency manager with wildfire experience from Ventura County.
4. Alternative escape routes: Lake County is planning to require new developments to have more than one way out. The county is also examine more routes out of historic one-way-in, one-way-out communities. Plans for an emergency-only dirt road out of Anderson Springs, where two people died during the Valley fire, are already underway.