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November 21, 2013
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10 arrested in Nevada County probation sweep

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal called an inter-agency probation sweep conducted Wednesday “very effective” after 10 people were arrested.

Royal said he initiated the probation sweep in order to identify any probationers who might be out of compliance.

“It’s the time of year when people are buying Christmas presents,” Royal said.

“Would-be criminals who steal to support their habits know this, and we usually see an uptick in burglaries around this time.”

The Nevada County Probation Department coordinated a cooperative effort that included the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office, the Nevada City Police Department, and the Grass Valley Police Department to contact and check compliance on 55 AB-109 Offenders and other high-risk probation offenders in Western Nevada County, according to a statement issued by Chief Probation Officer Michael N. Ertola.

There were 55 individuals placed on the search list that are currently being supervised by the Probation Department, and 10 people were arrested as a result of the joint operation.

According to Ertola, 19 searches were completed. Only six individuals were found to be in full compliance with their terms and conditions of supervision. Thirteen people were found to be out of compliance with their terms and conditions of supervision. Seven people were arrested for new violations or violation of probation (three new felonies discovered, four new misdemeanors discovered, all of which were drug-related).

In addition, three people who were not probationers were arrested, two warrants were cleared, two Child Protection Services investigations were initiated and one juvenile runaway was returned to custody.

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


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