Calvin Owens, with hair standing on end, has been dismissed from Newberry Fire.
Calvin Owens Dismissed From
Volunteer Fire Department
August 22, 2013
No explanation has been publicly released.
It was recently confirmed that ex-CSD director Calvin Owens
was dismissed last week from the Newberry Springs Volunteer Fire Department by acting fire chief,
Assistant Fire Chief Robert Rogers. No explanation has been given behind the action.
As a firefighter, Calvin Owens has been considered a highly skilled
and praised asset of the volunteer department. His release from the department, that has
witnessed its skilled volunteers dwindling, is considered another disappointing loss.
The fire department appeared to have been working well until it
began to unravel early in 2012. Newberry Springs property owner
Tony "Goodstash" Cantor
took an obsessive dislike to the Newberry CSD management and its fire department after an incident
that occured at
his property. Although part
of the allegations centered upon personnel from Yermo Fire, Cantor became a scary thorn to the
Cantor found a number of problems legally substandard with the
Newberry Springs Volunteer Fire Department, and as a law school graduate, he quickly began setting
his teeth into them. Threatening lawsuits against the CSD, its board and individuals, he
pursuaded changes by the Seeley regime that should have been better handled.
As a result, trained Newberry fire personnel were removed or quit.
That resulted in department instability, inadequate manpower, and the loss of important
expertise, morale and cohesiveness within the department. Since then, the fire department
has seemingly been going down hill. Owens removal being the latest element.
At this time, it is not known if Owens' removal is permanent.
Tony Cantor is remembered for circulating hundreds of controversial
flyers within Newberry Springs and for the filing of a harassing lawsuit against one of Newberry's
firefighters. The matter was filed and heard in Torrance, California despite the
proper venue appearing to have been Barstow. This required the defendant to make
repeated long trips to the Torrance courthouse.
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