Alleged DA fight case sent to DOJ
Editor’s note: Updated at 8:40 p.m.
The Sierra County Sheriff’s Department has asked the state Department of Justice to take over the investigation into a bar fight that the alleged victim said was initiated by District Attorney Larry Allen.
Julie Wussow, of Nevada City, said she was the victim in the disturbance at the bar. She said she and a man identified as her husband in the dispatch logs, Michael Allgeier, were at the bar when the altercation took place.
“We were attacked, unprovoked,” Wussow said, indicating Allen was the attacker.
She suffered a broken right foot in the disturbance and visited a Grass Valley medical clinic on Monday to have the bones set, Wussow said.
She and Allgeier gave statements to Sierra County sheriff’s deputies to be included in the report, Wussow said.
The Union has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the incident report from the sheriff’s office.
Sierra County Sheriff John Evans said he forwarded the case to the state agency on Tuesday, and that the case has been assigned to agent Leslie Dennett of Rancho Cordova.
The reports have not been finished, Evans said.
Evans did not say whether Allen was involved in the incident at Downieville’s St. Charles Place, a bar at 101 Commercial St., though the alleged victim in the case said Allen attacked her and her boyfriend at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
Evans said Monday that if a Sierra County public official were involved in the case, he would forward the case to the Department of Justice to remove any possible conflict of interest.
Allen told The Union he was at the bar that night, but did not provide further details on Monday. On Tuesday, Allen did not return multiple calls to his home or office. His wife answered his cell phone but did not comment.
Three deputies responded to the incident; the sheriff’s office has 12 deputies.
The incident occurred during a traditional weekend honoring the members of the local chapter of E Clampus Vitus, a fraternal organization that claims several members in Downieville.
To contact Staff Writer David Mirhadi,-e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4239.
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