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Ian Seefelt, 23, was nabbed by Grass Valley police near the JCPenney parking lot Friday afternoon after allegedly stealing a woman’s purse at the department store and lifting cash from the Starbucks’ tip jar, police said.

Sgt. Dave Bishop said the first call was received by a witness at 3:29 p.m. at the Starbucks. Another witness confronted Seefelt after seeing him carrying a purse, a rather atypical site for this community, Bishop said. A struggle ensued and when police arrived, Seefelt was captured while running down the street.

Seefelt has had brushes with the Grass Valley police. Five prior incidents were either theft- or drug-related, Bishop said.

Seefelt was booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility with grand theft felony charges.

– Brittany Retherford

Idaho-Maryland Mine workshop set

People will be able to learn more about the proposed re-opening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine and give their opinions in two workshops scheduled next week by the city of Grass Valley.

The two workshops will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn St., in Grass Valley.

City employees and an environmental consultant will describe the project, the three-part approach to looking at environmental issues and specific issues concerning the potential impacts and benefits.

Comments forms will be available.

For more information, call city planning director Tom Last at 274-4711.

– The Union staff

Fight over land next to Adams’ home

SAN FRANCISCO – For more than 50 years, photographer Ansel Adams lived in a hilltop home where he was inspired by stunning views of the Golden Gate, Baker Beach and the forested hills of the Presidio.

Now, neighbors and city officials are fighting over the fate of two small, overgrown lots that sit next to the famed nature photographer’s childhood home and a second house he built in his mother’s dahlia garden.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission auctioned off one of two parcels on Friday, receiving a $1.5 million bid from a couple that plans to build a new house there. The agency is still soliciting bids for the second parcel.

– The Associated Press

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