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A pretrial hearing for murder suspect Lauren Hayes has been postponed until Feb. 15.

The hearing, originally scheduled for Feb. 3 but postponed for the second time, 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 on 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, while Anderson said there is no question that evidence was poorly handled.

Hayes’ trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 22 in Nevada County Superior Court.

Renewable energy discussion set

Martin Webb, founder and owner of the renewable energy company Plan It Solar, will present a discussion titled “Your dollar as a tool for energy change: How to save it and how to spend it” on Feb. 15.

The talk, sponsored by the Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy of Nevada County, begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Olympia Glade Community Room on Pappas Drive in Grass Valley.

For more information, call 265-3014 or e-mail info@apple-

Class on money management offered

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, a 13-week money management class, will be offered at Twin Cities Church this April.

Attend a video preview presentation at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 16, at Twin Cities Church, 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy., Grass Valley.

Ramsey is the author of best-selling books “The Total Money Makeover,” “Financial Peace” and “More Than Enough” and is the host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show called “The Dave Ramsey Show.”

For more information, go to and/or contact Sarah McTighe, coordinator at 432-6861.

– The Union staff

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