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Briefs 5/18/07

Ponce trial to resume next week

The trial of accused child molester Luis Ponce will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Prosecutor Charles O’Rourke finished presenting his evidence Wednesday after showing video of Ponce molesting two little girls.

Defense lawyer David Billingsly will begin presenting his case Tuesday morning. Billingsly alleged in his opening statement that Ponce molested the girls, but he did not use force.

O’Rourke asserts Ponce used force during the acts.

Jurors took a break from the case Thursday as Billingsly was given time to review an amended charge, adjusted to reflect the true age of one of the victims, Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell said.

“Robyn Moormeister

The Penn Valley Rodeo Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. today. Throughout the weekend there will be possible traffic delays and activity in the area.

Beginning at approximately 11:45 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Penn Valley Drive will be closed from Western Gateway Park to Spenceville Road. Traffic on Spenceville Road will be stopped as the parade crosses Spenceville Road into the Rodeo Grounds located behind the Fire Station.

Approximate times for traffic stops at Spenceville Road are from 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.

If you have questions, you may contact the Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at 432-1802.

“The Union staff

Proceeds from this Saturday’s midnight movie at the Del Oro Theatre in downtown Grass Valley will be used to help eight Nevada Union High School students go to Japan on a cultural exchange.

The film “Sixteen Candles” will be shown so that the students can go to Kaisea High School in Matsue, Japan, to study. They will continue on to Hiroshima and Kyoto on cultural trips.

According to escort Joey McCutchan, students from the sister Japanese high school have been coming here for years, but this is the first time NU students will travel to Japan through the Cultural Homestay International program.

For more information or to donate, call McCutchan at 273-4431 ext. 475.

“The Union staff

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