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A memorial fund has been set up for the Castrejon-Stokes family, which is mourning the loss of its 3-year-old son, Kayden Oscar Castrejon. The boy died March 11 in a drowning.

Contributions can be made at Sierra Central Credit Union, 559 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945.

Sedan sideswipes school bus

Area police are on the lookout for a gold four-door sedan with damage on its left side that sideswiped a school bus earlier this week.

At about 3:55 p.m. on Monday, March 12, a school bus with eight children aboard – 9 to 11 years of age – was traveling south on South Auburn Street. As the bus turned on Empire Street, an elderly man driving the sedan attempted to pass the bus on the right side, according to an accident report by the California Highway Patrol.

The bus driver, seeing the sedan, stopped, but the sedan continued forward, sideswiping the bus as it passed.

After the impact, the sedan fled the scene. No one on the bus was injured.

If anyone witnessed the collision or knows the vehicle, please contact CHP Grass Valley at 273-4415.

– The Union Staff

Start Smart classes begin soon

The California Highway Patrol is continuing its Start Smart program to educate newly licensed teenage drivers or teens about to get their driver licenses.

Start Smart, a series of classes held at the Grass Valley CHP office, is a cooperative effort among the CHP, teenage drivers and their parents or guardians.

The program aims to help young drivers and their parents understand the responsibilities associated with driving a car, to show how a poor choice behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved and to reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths from collisions, CHP Officer Dina Hernandez said.

The next class is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call Hernandez or CHP Officer Corbett at 273-4415.

– Robyn Moormeister

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