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The trial of a Grass Valley man accused of killing his wife with a high-powered nail gun has been postponed until August.

The murder trial of Richard Williams was scheduled to begin later this month, but lawyers have asked the court for more time to prepare.

Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Francis and Nevada City attorney Stephen Munkelt reset the trial in Nevada County Superior Court for August, with three panels of potential jurors to begin interviews July 31.

A trial readiness conference also was set for 2 p.m. July 3.

Williams is being held without bail at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

– Robyn Moormeister

Free child safety event set April 21

The nonprofit foundation KlaasKids and Beam Easy Living Center will host a free Print-A-Thon April 21 to educate families about child safety.

Each participating child will receive a packet of child safety tools and a DNA collection kit. Children will be fingerprinted and photographed for free.

Marc Klaas, the father of kidnap/murder victim Polly Klaas, will participate in the event.

Since 1994, Print-A-Thon events have fingerprinted and photographed more than 1,000 children.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 at the Beam Easy Living Center, 422 Henderson St. in Grass Valley.

For more information, call the Beam Center at 273-5166.

Climate change films, rally April 14

The Climate Change Coalition will show films and hold a rally April 14 in Grass Valley.

The coalition of 14 environmental and civic groups will start activities at 10 a.m. at the Del Oro Theatre downtown by showing the HBO documentary about global warming, “Too Hot to Handle.” The film “Kilowatt Ours” will follow with tips on how to save energy.

At noon, the coalition will parade through town to Condon Park, holding a rally at 1 p.m.; Saul Rayo and Organic Flood will play.

People are encouraged to walk, bus, bike or carpool to the event. A bike caravan will assemble at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of South Pine and Springs streets in Nevada City.

For more information, e-mail Tem Tarriktar at or call her at 274-3435.

– The Union staff

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