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Brothers busted on weapons charges

Two Nevada City brothers were arrested after Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies allegedly found a number of weapons at their property, including an AR-15 assault rifle.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Narcotics Task Force and Grass Valley Police Department, searched the property on Edgewater Court, off Red Dog Road, at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, said Sheriff Keith Royal.

Agents were searching for weapons and illegal marijuana cultivation, Royal added.



Deputies found the marijuana garden on the property to be in compliance, Royal said. But they allegedly found several weapons, including the AR-15, Royal said.

They also found a 2-year-old child living on the property with easy access to loaded firearms.




Randall Gene Frazer, 51, was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia, possessing a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and illegal transfer of a firearm. He was booked and released on $51,000 bail.

Rickey Glenn Frazer, 53, was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia, child endangerment and selling a firearm to a felon. He was booked and released on $35,750 bail.

A traffic stop landed a man and woman in county jail after deputies allegedly found drugs and a stolen laptop in their pickup.

Melissa Dawn Southworth, 33, of Grass Valley, was pulled over for a traffic violation at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on Ridge Road, Royal said.

“She didn’t have her driver’s license with her, and said she had left it at home, but she did have a jail booking photo,” Royal said.

A search of a black backpack in the bed of the pickup truck allegedly revealed suspected methamphetamine and scales, as well as a laptop computer that had been reported stolen.

Southworth was arrested on suspicion of possessing controlled substances, possession and transportation for sale, possessing stolen property, and driving on a suspended license. She was being held in county jail in lieu of $36,000 bail.

Her passenger, Nathan William Prout, 35, of Nevada City, was arrested on suspicion of possessing controlled substances, possession and transportation for sale, and possessing stolen property. He was being held in county jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

In 2001, Prout was sentenced to 180 days in jail after being found with two handguns, two Placer County sheriff’s badges, small amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine, several flashlights, binoculars, camouflage gear, a jewelry box filled with jewelry, and a blasting cap with two packages of a putty-like explosive.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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