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2 men arrested in connection with fire, shoplifting

Two men who reportedly started a fire in the woods off Freeman Lane to keep warm ended up in county jail Thursday night.

Grass Valley Police officers responded at about 7 p.m. to a report of people lighting a fire in a wooded area near the water treatment plant on Freeman Lane, according to dispatch reports.

Two men were located who had started a fire to stay warm, said Sgt. Jason Perry.

“They were both intoxicated,” Perry said. “They said the fire had started to go out of control, so they had scattered it, trying to put it out.”

Perry added they apparently had tried to use clothing to smother the blaze.

An officer noticed an unopened bag of boxer underwear near the fire that had burn marks. One of the men, Chad Matthew Roylance, said he had no idea where it came from, but he allegedly was wearing a brand new sweatshirt and exercise pants that also had burn marks, Perry said.

The loss prevention officer at nearby Kmart was contacted and confirmed there had been a recent shoplifting, then positively identified Roylance as the alleged suspect.

Roylance, 37, of Rocklin, was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and theft with a prior and was being held in county jail in lieu of $10,750 bail; Perry said he had an extensive prior history of theft. The other man, identified as Stephen Paul Phillips, 33, of Grass Valley, was booked on suspicion of being drunk in public and released on $750 bail.

GV woman arrested after allegedly brawling with cop

A Grass Valley woman was arrested after she allegedly tried to break into her mother’s residence, then fought with a police officer.

Perry said he responded to the residence in the 300 block of South Church Street at about 10:20 a.m. after a woman reported her daughter was trying to get in through a window.

The suspect, identified as Shelby Diane Reinhardt, 29, was aggressive and was screaming obscenities at him.

“She came at me, and I grabbed her wrist,” he said.

But Reinhardt allegedly began fighting and managed to jerk her arm away as he tried to push her toward his patrol car, hitting him in the face.

Perry said he ended up tackling Reinhardt to the ground before taking her into custody. She allegedly had cut her finger while trying to break in through the window and was transported and treated at the hospital before being booked into county jail.

She was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer and an outstanding warrant and was being held in lieu of $28,750 bail.

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

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