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Grass Valley officers awarded for superior sleuthing

For their work on two local death investigations, two Grass Valley police officers have received the Ben Ali Peace Officers Unit Excellence in Law Enforcement Award, Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks announced today.

Det. Sgt. Doug Hren and Det. Colin Nelson were selected for the award ” given to officers in the Sacramento area who have performed exemplary police service and dedication to career and community ” for their involvement of the death investigations of Grass valley residents Mary Spratt and John Francis Moore.

Spratt was found strangled to death May 4, 2007 in her apartment on the 100 block of Empire Street. Hren and Nelson’s investigation led to an arrest for murder. Suspect Steven Medlyn’s trial is scheduled to begin next week in Nevada County Superior Court.



Moore was found dead of a heroin overdose on the 100 block of Church Street April 1, 2007. The officers’ investigation revealed that Moore’s son injected the drugs into his father’s body. The arrest of Moore’s son led to a conviction for negligent manslaughter.

“Both Det. Sgt. Doug Hren and Det. Nelson exemplify the level of quality and professionalism the department seeks to employ,” Marks said. “Their commitment to career and community is greatly appreciated.”


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