News Briefs: Felony conference for rape suspect; Western States run canceled |

News Briefs: Felony conference for rape suspect; Western States run canceled

The Courts

Felony conference for

rape suspect set on July 24

Jonathan Rodriguez, suspected of breaking into a Grass Valley house and raping a 14-year-old girl, will appear in court at 1 p.m. July 24 for a felony conference. Rodriguez didn’t enter a plea when he appeared in court Wednesday. Instead, the Public Defender’s office referred his case to a private attorney due to a conflict of interest, Public Defender Keri Goodrow said. Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger appointed Nevada City Attorney Greg Klein to represent Rodriguez. The accused also waived the right to have a preliminary hearing within 10 court days or 60 calendar days, said Deputy District Attorney David Walters, who’s representing the people in the case.

Western States

Fires cause cancellation

of endurance run

The proliferation of Northern California wildfires and unhealthy air quality caused organizers to cancel the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run late Wednesday. Race officials gathered twice on Wednesday before deciding the fate of the race, which was scheduled to begin Saturday morning at Squaw Valley and end in Placer High School in Auburn. Tim Twietmeyer, Western States board president, and Greg Soderlund, race director, posted a letter announcing the race’s cancellation on the race’s Web site late Wednesday. In addition to the poor air quality caused by hundreds of wildfires in the northern California, race organizers were concerned for the safety of the runners and volunteers with two fires within range of reaching the Western States trail.

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