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February 10, 2014
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911 call of people shooting up leads to arrests

Four people were arrested near Condon Park Sunday night after a passerby reportedly saw people in a vehicle shooting up drugs.

The person called 911 at 7:45 p.m. to report seeing a vehicle in front of a house in the 500 block of Butler Street, with the engine running; a passenger was injecting the driver, according to dispatch reports.

Grass Valley Police officers responded to the scene and found four people inside the vehicle, said Sgt. Clint Bates.

A search of the vehicle reportedly uncovered drug paraphernalia, a small amount of marijuana, and items used to manufacture honey oil.

One man reportedly gave a false name but was recognized by officers as Casey Don Soward, 25, of Penn Valley. Soward was arrested on suspicion of giving a false identity, and violating parole, Bates said.

A female passenger also gave a false name, but was identified as Brittany Marie Nash, 27, of Grass Valley. Nash was arrested on an outstanding warrant and was being held without bail.

The other two people in the vehicle — Kyle Gower Short, 19, and Erin Nicole Kirkham, 21 — both were arrested for having two outstanding warrants and were being held without bail.

Nash and Soward had been arrested together in October of last year, and both reportedly gave false names then as well.

Grass Valley Police officers reportedly saw two possible prowlers, a man and a woman, at Walsh and Townsend streets at about 11 p.m. and contacted the pair.

Nash reportedly gave the name of a family member, while Soward gave a completely false name. Nash reportedly had a prescription medication, for which she did not have a prescription, hidden inside a lipstick container. She has pleaded no contest to possession of a controlled substance.

Soward, reportedly had five used syringes and other drug paraphernalia, as well as a concealed knife inside his waistband.

He was subsequently convicted of a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed knife.

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


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