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February 7, 2014
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Living conditions lead to Grass Valley caregiver’s arrest

Grass Valley police officers called to assist with an eviction ended up taking one resident to the hospital and arresting her caregiver.

The officers were called to the apartment in the 100 block of Dorsey Drive Thursday morning to help Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies but encountered a situation of possible elder abuse due to “horrible” living conditions, said Sgt. Steve Johnson.

“They discovered extremely unsanitary conditions,” Johnson said. “It was very dirty and cluttered, with garbage everywhere and spoiled food in the kitchen.”

According to Johnson, there was very little edible food in the refrigerator or in the kitchen.

One of the residents, a 49-year-old woman who is “gravely disabled,” was malnourished and in poor health, Johnson said.

“There was no bed for her,” he said. “She was sleeping on the living room floor with a blanket.”

She was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

“It was just a situation no human being should have to live in,” Johnson said.

The other resident of the apartment, Ian Robert Wright, 54, reportedly was supposed to be the woman’s caretaker and was being paid by her.

“We found her debit card in his wallet,” Johnson said.

A search of Wright reportedly uncovered numerous small baggies of methamphetamine and a meth pipe in his pants pocket.

Wright was arrested on suspicion of dependent adult abuse, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance for sale. He was being held in county jail in lieu of $46,000 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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