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October 11, 2013
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Week In Review: YubaNet founder faces deportation after arrest

The threat of deportation for YubaNet founder Pascale Fusshoeller — who was arrested after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon — is “dire,” said her spouse, Susan Levitz.

A 48-hour immigration hold has kept Fusshoeller in jail since her arrest, even though the Nevada County District Attorney’s office has not yet reviewed the charges against her.

“We just got some very bad news,” Levitz said Thursday after meeting with an immigration attorney. “There’s a better chance than not ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) will pick up Pascale tomorrow and take her to a detention center somewhere, anywhere from Yuba City to Arizona.”

Fusshoeller, a native of Luxembourg, reportedly was pulled over for running a stop sign. She allegedly did not have a driver’s license or any ID on her and provided a false identity.

She was booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of felony false impersonation of another, as well as misdemeanor charges of giving false information to a peace officer, obstruction and driving without a license.

Levitz released a statement that called Fusshoeller the victim in a heartbreaking situation, saying, “Her only crime was falling in love in the U.S., a country that didn’t allow gay people to marry.”

Foote to face 35 counts in child molestation case

A local man will be formally arraigned on 35 felony counts for allegedly molesting a number of boys, most of whom he supervised at Milhous Treatment Ranch about 10 years ago.

After an all-day preliminary hearing into the evidence against 31-year-old Jonathan Scott Foote, Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger found sufficient evidence to hold Foote to answer on all charges.

Foote was arrested Feb. 14 for allegedly molesting a number of boys, most of whom were in their very early teens at the time of the alleged incidents.

One of the victims, who is now 20 years old, testified at the hearing Thursday.

South County’s Higgins Marketplace OK to go

Higgins Marketplace, a South County commercial construction project that has been held up in the court system for the past four years, will move forward after a panel of judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the developer.

The ruling means Fred Katz, owner of Roseville-based FHK Properties, can commence construction on a 57,000-square-foot supermarket flanked by smaller retail structures on a 20-acre lot behind the CVS Pharmacy at Combie Road and Highway 49.

The lawsuit, which was originally brought forward by South County Citizens for Smart Growth in 2009, named Katz and Nevada County, alleging both entities violated the California Environmental Quality Act on multiple fronts during the project approval process

In 2011, a Superior Court decided in favor of the county and the appellate court affirmed that ruling on Tuesday.

Shutdown jeopardizes Grass Valley area’s Meals on Wheels

If the U.S. Congress does not pass a budget by December, meals delivered to approximately 140 home-bound western Nevada County seniors will be in jeopardy, said Sandy “Jake” Jacobson, executive director of Gold Country Community Center.

Jacobson, speaking before a federal employees association at a Thursday luncheon, called on attendees to write their elected official, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), and voice their concerns.

“We are directly affected by the shutdown,” Jacobson said. “We’ve been asked by the state to not take on any more clients.”

“We can continue to operate until Dec. 1. But come Dec. 1, changes will have to be made,” Jacobson said. “It is not that we would close our doors, but we would have to modify.”

Nearly 23 percent of Nevada County’s estimated 98,300 residents are older than 65, Jacobson said. The majority of the Meals on Wheels recipients are older than 80, widowed and low income.

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