Gun fire erupts in North San Juan |

Gun fire erupts in North San Juan

A dispute in downtown North San Juan over the weekend erupted in gun fire, a foot pursuit, four arrests and a marijuana bust.

Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to five 911 calls of gun fire at the 29000 block of Highway 49 Friday night. When deputies arrived they observed two groups of men age 18 to 25 yelling obscenities to each other across the roadway. The groups then challenged each other to a fight.

Then a group of young men walked into the front yard of a house and shot five to six shotgun blasts, said Sergeant Bill Smethers, of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Witnesses from nearby homes reported hearing shotgun rounds hitting rooftops.

Deputies responded and detained Jeremy Pattee, 25 of Smartville and Randy Rivas, 18, of Grass Valley. Johnathan Pattee (Jeremy’s brother), 21, of Smartville and Jayce Sontag, 19, of North San Juan fled on foot, dropping a 12-gauge shotgun behind.

“When they searched the residence they found a large narcotics grow,” said Smethers. As many as 100 marijuana plants were seized.

A countywide search using a CHP helicopter located Johnathan Pattee early Saturday morning. Sontag was located at his father’s house Saturday evening. All individuals responsible for the shooting are believed to be in custody, Smethers said.

The men were booked into the county jail with felony charges of assault with a firearm and shooting at an inhabited dwelling. They also received misdemeanor charges for using offensive words in a public place and resisting a peace officer.

Each of the men have a history of breaking the law, Smethers said. Bail is set at $50,000 for each man and arraignment is expected today.


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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