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A pre-trial hearing for murder suspect Lauren Hayes has been postponed until Wednesday.

The hearing, originally scheduled for Friday, would have addressed a motion filed by Nevada County Public Defender Thomas Anderson to dismiss allegations against his client.

Anderson claims Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies destroyed footprints, tire marks and blood evidence in and around the Cadillac in which Lawrence Leffingwell’s body was found Sept. 5, 2003.

Hayes, Leffingwell’s ex-girlfriend, was charged with his murder and pleaded innocent Sept. 24, 2003.

Deputy District Attorney Ron Wolfson said Anderson’s latest motion is without merit.

Hayes’ trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 15 in Nevada County Superior Court.

Aanestad supports further negotiation

Sen. Sam Aanestad (R-Grass Valley) says he’s willing to work with both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature, following action by the Chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee to remove a water capacity charge from the governor’s proposed $3 billion water bond.

Aanestad is serving as the legislative author for the Governor’s “Flood Protection and Clean, Safe, Reliable Water Supply Bond and Financing Act of 2006” with the introduction of SB 1166.

“I respect the decision of the chair in her assessment of whether we have enough time for a full debate on the proposed charge in the time frame that we have been given,” said Aanestad. “At the same time, I support the governor’s proposals to protect our neighborhoods and cities from catastrophic flooding through flood control and additional water storage efforts.”

For more information about Senator Aanestad’s response, or to schedule an interview with Senator Aanestad, please contact Communications Director Bill Bird at (916) 651-4004.

Exchange program host families sought

The Council of International Educational Exchange needs host families in our area to provide a bed, meals and a loving home for high school students from Germany, Sweden, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and Asian countries.

The students are between the ages of 15-18 and learn about American culture while sharing their own culture and customs with their host families, schools and communities.

Staying for 5 or 10 months, the students are screened both in their home country and by CIEE for academic excellence and English proficiency. The students have medical/dental insurance and liability insurance.They are responsible for their own personal spending money and lunches at school. Families can be couples with or without children, single parent families or even single adults.

For more information, please contact Dawn Sibley (530) 389-8202.

– The Union staff

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