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Selection continues in Hayes case

Jury selection will resume 9 a.m. Tuesday in the murder trial of Lauren Hayes, 24, accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in 2003.

Several potential jurors were dismissed Thursday morning by Nevada County Superior Court Judge John Darlington for various reasons of hardship, including conflicting schedules and personal issues.

The jurors who were kept for further screening were told to return Tuesday morning.

Nevada County Public Defender Thomas Anderson speculated Thursday that jury selection could take longer then a week, but there is no telling when a final jury selection will be made.

Hayes is accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend Lawrence Leffingwell on Sept. 5, 2003.

Leffingwell’s body was found that night, shot in the back of the neck, partially inside his Cadillac at Edward’s Crossing near the Yuba River in Nevada City.

NID to replace

water system

The Nevada Irrigation District will replace a subdivision water system on Banner Mountain near Nevada City.

Wednesday, the district board approved the replacement of the 1960s-era Forest Knolls treated water pipeline system. NID project engineer Bill Schell said old underground pipelines in the subdivision cannot be upgraded because they run through improved private property.

NID will install new main lines along road shoulder easements on Forest View Drive, Tree Top Circle, Sunny Slope and Northview Drive, Schell said.

Construction quotes will be sought, and work is planned for this summer on the $875,000 project.

The board also voted to increase the fee on land annexed into the district by $55 to a total of $1,230 per acre.

– The Union staff

Grass Valley picks parks commissioner

An employee of the Nevada Irrigation District will fill out the remaining term of a retiring parks commissioner for Grass Valley.

Peggy Davidson, who has worked for NID for 18 years, will fill out the 11 months left in the term of Commissioner Delbert Hedges. He resigned in November for personal reasons after serving on the Parks and Recreation Commission for 11 years.

Council members appointed Davidson at their regular meeting on Feb. 14. They were attracted by Davidson’s experience at NID, where she is involved in maintaining and improving recreation facilities at Rollins Lake, Scotts Flat Lake, Jackson Meadows and Faucherie Lake. To do that, Davidson has helped win grants totaling nearly $930,000 in 2004 alone.

Davidson won the appointment from among three people who applied for the position.

– Trina Kleist

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