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Steven Medlyn of Penn Valley, accused of strangling 75-year-old Grass Valley resident Mary Spratt to death with her dog’s leash, is set to stand trial next month.

Visiting judge R. Michael Smith scheduled jury selection to begin at 9 a.m. April 15 in Nevada County Superior Court, court records show.

A neighbor found Spratt strangled to death in May 2007 in her Grass Valley apartment. Spratt’s neighbors told investigators they had seen Medlyn and his wife, Dawn Medlyn, at Spratt’s apartment.



Police searched Medlyn’s home and found Spratt’s purse.

Medlyn is scheduled for a pre-trial conference at 2 p.m. March 10.




California gas prices heading up – again

California motorists are paying a record high price for gasoline, AAA of Northern California reported Tuesday.

The statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is now $3.50, up 38 cents in the past three weeks and 58 cents per gallon more than the same time last year.

“We may not have seen the worst of it yet,” said AAA spokesman Sean Comey. “It’s particularly troubling from the consumer’s perspective that this is happening at this time of the year, when we often see prices that are relatively low.”

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.49 in Sacramento.

It’s Bingo time again at the lodge

For the eighth year, women business leaders of Nevada City Soroptimists are hosting the St. Patrick’s Day Bingo and Luncheon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 15, at Seaman Lodge in Nevada City.

Tickets cost $17, which includes a buffet luncheon of salads and desserts provided by club members.

Members also create the gift baskets, which include a wide range of items.

Proceeds benefit Women of Worth, a local organization that assists women and their families escaping from domestic abuse, and the Soroptimists’ scholarship programs for girls.

Soroptimist members are selling tickets in the community, which also will be available at the door.

For more information, call long-time member Martha Wasley at 272-6273.

– The Union staff


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