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Grass Valley officers honored for superior sleuthing

For their work on two local death investigations, two Grass Valley police officers have received the Ben Ali Peace Officers Unit Excellence in Law Enforcement Award, Grass Valley Police said Tuesday.

Detective Sgt. Doug Hren and Det. Colin Nelson were selected for the award – given to officers in the Sacramento area who have performed exemplary police service and dedication to career and community – for their involvement of the death investigations of Grass valley residents Mary Spratt and John Francis Moore.

Spratt was found strangled to death May 4, 2007 in her apartment on the 100 block of Empire Street. Hren and Nelson’s investigation led to an arrest for murder. Suspect Steven Medlyn’s trial is set to begin next week in Nevada County Superior Court.



Moore was found dead of a heroin overdose on the 100 block of Church Street April 1, 2007. The officers’ investigation revealed Moore’s son injected the drugs into his father’s body. The arrest of Moore’s son led to a conviction for negligent manslaughter.

“Both Det. Sgt. Doug Hren and Det. Nelson exemplify the level of quality and professionalism the department seeks to employ,” said Police Capt. Rex Marks. “Their commitment to career and community is greatly appreciated.”




Hren and Nelson received the awards at an April 26 dinner event at the North Ridge Country Club in Sacramento.

The event marked the 18th year that the Ben Ali Police Officers Unit awarded area law enforcement for their service, Marks said.

To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail rmoormeister@theunion.com or call 477-4236.


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