‘Frequent flier,’ Bandy, back in jail | TheUnion.com

‘Frequent flier,’ Bandy, back in jail

Matthew Mark Bandy is back in county jail after the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office issued a public appeal for information leading to his arrest several weeks ago.

Bandy, 47, was a parolee at large with an outstanding reckless evasion warrant for $100,000, said Sheriff Keith Royal.

A 2008 article in The Union about Bandy noted he had been arrested more than 30 times by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office since 1991. His previous prison stints have included time in San Quentin, Folsom, Solano and Susanville penitentiaries.

“He had run several times from officers during vehicle stops,” Royal said. “Our greatest concern was that he was reckless with the vehicle, and we were afraid an innocent bystander would get hurt.”

After receiving a tip that Bandy was holed up on Pleasant Street in Grass Valley, members of the Narcotics Task Force staked out the apartment Thursday morning, Royal said.

“They saw a man stick his head out the door and look around and identified him as Bandy,” he said.

Bandy left the apartment about 20 minutes later and was arrested after a short struggle, Royal said. Deputies allegedly found a glass smoking pipe and two small plastic bags of a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine in a small black metal tin.

Bandy was arrested on the outstanding warrant and faces new charges of possessing a controlled substance for sale and possessing drug paraphernalia.

The tenants of the apartment – Michael Joseph Keppler, 42, and Shannen Suzette Keppler, 39 – were arrested on suspicion of harboring a fugitive. Shannen Keppler also was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance, Royal said.

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