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Hometown Hydroponics owner in court on pot charges

Scott Andrew Denty, the owner of Grass Valley’s Hometown Hydroponics, was in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday to argue that he should be allowed to use medical cannabis while his marijuana cultivation case wends its way through the court system.

Denty, 35, was arrested in early June after narcotics detectives served a search warrant on his property in the 13000 block of Mountain House Road, reportedly seizing nearly 1,600 marijuana plants and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

The marijuana reportedly was being grown in three different indoor grow areas in a detached garage, as well as four different outdoor locations that included several hoop houses.

Detectives also reportedly located approximately 4,000 rounds of ammunition, and vials of suspected steroids and syringes. Denty has been charged with cultivating marijuana and possessing a controlled substance, and is set to enter a plea Aug. 13.

On Thursday, attorney Erica Treeby petitioned the court to allow Denty to use medical marijuana while on bail, a motion that was granted.

Driver in fatal crash waives hearing into evidence

A man who reportedly caused a crash that killed his passenger in December 2013 waived his right to a preliminary hearing into the evidence Thursday.

William Robert Hawkyard was 18 at the time of the crash on Dec. 3, 2013, in which he was reportedly driving a soft-top sedan “well in excess” of the 40 mph speed limit.

He reportedly lost control as he entered a 35 mph curve and went off the edge of the road, striking several objects, including a utility pole.

The car overturned and rotated back across the roadway, causing major damage to its roof.

Hawkyard’s passenger, Dakota Smith, sustained major head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hawkyard has pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter, driving at an unsafe speed and making an unlawful turning movement.

He is set for formal arraignment on Monday.

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

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