New leader for Nevada County Tea Party |

New leader for Nevada County Tea Party

New leader for Nevada County Tea Party

Michael Walker, a private investigator, is the new leader of the Nevada County's Tea Party Patriots.

Walker reportedly assumed control of the organization in January, relieving Grass Valley resident Nancy Garcia as president.

Garcia had been handed the role of president from co-founder Stan Meckler when he stepped down in December 2011.

— The Union staff

Deputy crash costs Santa Clara County $5M

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SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County is on the hook for a $5 million settlement in a crash involving a sheriff's deputy who allegedly took his eyes off the road while eating a McDonald's hamburger.

The San Jose Mercury News reported on Tuesday that Deputy Greg Markovic smashed into Diem Van Lam's Honda in January, leaving Van Lam with injuries including broken ribs and a skull fracture.

Authorities say Markovic became distracted after biting into the hamburger and putting it down. He allegedly reached for his radio microphone, but fumbled, turning on his rear amber warning lights accidentally.

Police and sheriff's reports say he crashed into Lam while looking down to turn the lights off.

Ex-South Tahoe cop guilty of witness tampering

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A former South Lake Tahoe police officer faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple counts of witness tampering and obstruction.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said that 44-year-old John Poland entered his plea Wednesday after admitting to interfering with a federal investigation of a gang member at Lake Tahoe. In addition to the prison term, he faces up to a $250,000 fine and three year's supervised release.

— Associated Press

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