Crime roundup: Man held on suspicion of sexually abusing child |

Crime roundup: Man held on suspicion of sexually abusing child

Investigators from the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office teamed with sheriff’s deputies Thursday to bring in a Nevada City man on suspicion of sexually abusing a child.

Martin Zane Fullmer, 63, was arrested in Nevada City Thursday afternoon on suspicion of lewd and lascivious conduct with two minors.

Officers booked Fullmer into the Nevada County jail in Nevada City at 3:04 p.m. Thursday on a $150,000 bond, where he remained in custody as of Friday afternoon.

Information in a criminal report filed Aug. 10 by the sheriff’s office led to officers asking for a warrant for Fullmer on Thursday, said District Attorney Cliff Newell.

Fullmer was convalescing at home following an alleged suicide attempt when investigators decided to make the arrest, Newell said.

“My investigators and the sheriff’s investigators had been keeping tabs on him, and it appeared to them he had been attempting to… leave town,” Newell said.

The alleged incidents with the minors occurred earlier this year, Newell said.

Concerned business owners and employees on Argall Way and Searls Avenue have been calling the Nevada City Police Department after a woman was attacked by a man in the area three weeks ago.

Calls come in any time people in the area observe anything suspicious, said Sgt. Paul Rohde.

“We’ve followed up on everything and haven’t gotten any indication (the attacker) has been back in the area,” Rohde said.

The woman was opening a business on the 500 block of Searls Avenue at about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, when a man grabbed her from behind and carried her to a wooded area in the back of the building, police said. She lost consciousness during the attack, police said.

Following the assault, officers collected forensic evidence from the scene and sent it on the U.S. Department of Justice. They are waiting for a response from the agency and have no new information in the case, Rohde said.

Thieves allegedly made off with $4,000 in copper wiring and piping from a utility yard on the 700 block of South Auburn Street in Grass Valley Thursday, police said.

Employees at the business called at about 3:31 p.m. to report they found a hole cut in a fence surrounding the yard and the wiring missing.

Police found a backpack and bolt-cutters near the fence, said Capt. Dave Remillard of the Grass Valley Police Department.

“It’s pretty brazen,” Remillard said. “It was pretty organized, too, because they used the bolt cutters on the fence.”

The thieves could try to sell the wiring for scrap metal, which is fairly common – including in Grass Valley, Remillard said. California law requires recyclers to do an identification check on people selling scrap wiring.

“But the state can’t afford to enforce the law, and there are a ton of unscrupulous recyclers out there,” Remillard said. “This is a constant problem here. We’ve had businesses hit continually.”

To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail or call (530) 477-4239.

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