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Family dispute over dog lands man in jail

An argument with his mother over his grandmother’s dog ended with a Nevada City man going to jail on multiple charges.

Grass Valley Police officers responded to a call of a physical fight in progress on Dorsey Drive at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, said Sgt. Steve Johnson.

They arrived to find the female victim “very distraught,” Johnson said.

She reported that her son, Ryan Delavega, had stolen the bull mastiff-pitbull mix from his grandmother and that she had located the dog in Delavega’s vehicle in the parking lot.

She attempted to retrieve the dog and was confronted by Delavega, Johnson said.

An argument reportedly ensued and then escalated.

Delavega hit his mother several times and kicked her vehicle hard enough to cause visible damage, the woman told officers, adding that she wanted to press criminal charges.

When officers contacted Delavega inside a nearby apartment, he allegedly was belligerent and berated them with profanity.

Delavega then reportedly “took up a fighting stance” as officers attempted to take him into custody but was arrested “without much of a struggle,” Johnson said.

“No one was injured.”

Delavega was booked into county jail on suspicion of battery, vandalism, resisting arrest and violating probation.

He also had several outstanding warrants and is being held without bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.