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November 5, 2013
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Traffic stop reportedly uncovers loaded guns, counterfeit money


A California Highway Patrol officer pulled over a Grass Valley man after reportedly seeing him weaving on Highway 20 — and found two loaded rifles, drugs and counterfeit bills in his vehicle.

Richard Lee Williams, 54, reportedly was driving on Highway 20 past 5Mile House at about 7:50 p.m. Saturday when he was seen weaving and crossing the double yellow line, said CHP Officer Justin Barnthouse.

“There were multiple violations,” Barnthouse said, saying the vehicle’s license plate light was out and that Williams was driving 64 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The CHP officer pulled Williams over and saw a loaded rifle on the seat, Barnthouse said.

The officer then reportedly found a second loaded rifle behind the seat, as well as high-capacity magazines.

The officer also uncovered about 1.7 grams of methamphetamine, as well as a glass pipe that Williams possibly threw out of the vehicle and nine counterfeit $10 bills, some of which had the same serial numbers.

Williams was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, carrying a loaded firearm in public and making fictitious money. He was released on $11,750 bail.

Traffic stop on Highway 174 ends in arrest

A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a Grass Valley man Friday for reportedly having expired registration tags and ended up arresting him on a number of charges.

A deputy on patrol made a traffic stop on Ross Michael Wisniewski, 24, at about 11:40 a.m. on Highway 174 for having a brake light out and expired registration, said Sheriff Keith Royal.

“The driver appeared very nervous,” Royal said.

The man handed the deputy a photocopy of his expired registration and had no proof of insurance or driver’s license, Royal said. He then reportedly gave a false name and date of birth.

The deputy saw him trying to get something out of his pant pocket, and the man reportedly told him he had found a “rig” for intravenous drug use. The rig reportedly contained a needle, spoon and bowl with suspected heroin.

Wisniewski reportedly had a suspended license. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and providing a false ID. He was booked and released on $12,176.50 bail.

Man arrested during alleged burglary

A Cascade Shores resident reportedly found her ex-boyfriend in the act of burglarizing her residence Saturday afternoon.

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the residence in the 13000 block of China Close at about 4 p.m. after she called to report the burglary in progress with the suspect inside. She told the deputies that he had not lived at the residence since February and no longer had any belongings there, Royal said.

Deputies entered the residence and asked the man — identified as Samuel Edward Adams, 29 — to come out with no response. Adams eventually was located hiding behind a bathroom door, Royal said.

Adams reportedly told deputies he had gone to the residence to retrieve his television and DVD player and that he had lived there until just a few weeks earlier.

His vehicle, a Porsche Cayenne, was searched and deputies found a loaded Smith & Wesson semi-automatic .40-caliber pistol, Royal said, adding that its serial number had been damaged.

Deputies reportedly also found a baggy containing hallucinogenic mushrooms, and a screw-top metal container with suspected methamphetamine with a Samuel Adams beer strap.

Adams was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, altering a firearm, possessing a controlled substance, and several warrants. He was booked and released on $70,000 bail.


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