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Alleged Nevada City road rage puts man in jail (1)

July 29, 2014 — 

A man who reportedly tried to run a vehicle off the road that contained his ex, and their 4-month-old child, ended up in jail. The woman called 911 at about …

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Pot, jewelry stolen in home robbery (2)

July 26, 2014 — 

Two women were threatened by men with handguns as they were robbed in the Yuba County foothills early Thursday. Seven suspects took jewelry, cash and approximately five pounds of processed …

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Third defendant in Grass Valley home invasion takes plea (3)

July 25, 2014 — 

A third defendant in a brutal Grass Valley home invasion robbery took a plea agreement in court Thursday in return for a potential sentence of four years in prison. Two …

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Man offered plea deal in sex case (4)

July 25, 2014 — 

A 20-year-old Grass Valley man charged with unlawful sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl has been offered a plea deal that would send him to prison for six years. Danial …

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Suspect in burglaries takes plea agreement (5)

July 24, 2014 — 

A local man facing multiple charges in connection with several burglaries pleaded out in two separate cases in Nevada County Superior Court. Kellen Robert Lovell, 29, had been connected to …

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Drugs reportedly found strapped under Reno woman’s vehicle (6)

July 24, 2014 — 

A Reno woman was arrested on a number of drug charges after reportedly being found with a pot plant in the back seat and a container full of drugs strapped …

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Warrant scams target Nevada County residents (7)

July 24, 2014 — 

A new phone scam is plaguing Nevada County residents, with callers trying to extract money to resolve bogus bench warrants for failing to appear for jury duty. In the last …

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Grass Valley man facing sex assault charges (8)

July 24, 2014 — 

A Grass Valley man was arrested July 17 after a domestic violence incident that left him facing numerous sexual assault charges. Grass Valley Police officers responded to a residence in …

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3 arrested on drug charges after traffic stops (9)

July 22, 2014 — 

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three people Friday on drug charges after two separate traffic stops. A sheriff’s deputy ended up arresting a Penn Valley man after stopping him for …

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Police Blotter: Man with machete on chase in ‘self defense’ (10)

July 19, 2014 — 

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Thursday 8:58 a.m. — A commercial burglary was reported on the 11000 block of East Bennett Road. 9:15 a.m. — A vandalism case was reported in …

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Home invasion defendant gets a year (11)

July 18, 2014 — 

One of five defendants in a Grass Valley home invasion robbery was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail. Devin Matthew Thomas, 18, had pleaded no contest to one count …

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Massage biz arrests highlight sex trafficking (12)

July 16, 2014 — 

The arrest last week of the owners of massage businesses in Nevada City and Auburn highlighted a murky world of possible sex trafficking that seemed unlikely in this small Gold …

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Alleged threat. assault lead to arrest (13)

July 16, 2014 — 

A Grass valley man ended up in jail after reportedly threatening and assaulting a neighbor Tuesday morning. A woman in the 400 block of Brighton Street called 911 a little …

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Search nets gun, meth, cocaine, marijuana (14)

July 16, 2014 — 

Narcotics detectives serving a search warrant at a residence on Idaho-Maryland Road Tuesday reportedly uncovered stashes of methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as a handgun, ammunition and marijuana plants. Members …

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Brothers accused of multiple burglaries turn down plea deal (15)

July 13, 2014 — 

The Johnson brothers, accused regionwide burglars, opted for a jury trial. A plea deal was turned down because Mark Johnson, 56, does not want to die in prison, according to …

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Deputy arrested for unlawful sex (16)

July 12, 2014 — 

Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Skogen was arrested Thursday by investigators from the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, according to a press release. Skogen has been charged with four felony …

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Guard arrested for possession of child pornography (17)

July 12, 2014 — 

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office arrested a private security guard Thursday night for possession of child pornography. James Lee Johnson, 49, of Citrus Heights, was booked at the Placer County …

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Home invader suspect sought (18)

July 10, 2014 — 

Grass Valley Police officers are looking for a suspect who broke into a Second Street home and demanded drugs before fleeing Thursday morning. Officers responded to the residence on the …

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Man arrested with pot, cocaine takes plea agreement (19)

July 10, 2014 — 

A Rough and Ready man arrested in December after a traffic stop uncovered marijuana and cocaine in his vehicle took a plea agreement in court Thursday that could net him …

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Johnson brothers consider plea in burglaries (20)

July 10, 2014 — 

The alleged burglar brothers have until today to accept a plea deal for a 13-year sentence offered by Sutter County prosecutors. Jerry Allen Johnson, 51, and Mark James Johnson, 55, …

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