News Briefs: Local paving starts smooth; Tree seedlings given away; 2 years behind bars for multiple drunk driving |

News Briefs: Local paving starts smooth; Tree seedlings given away; 2 years behind bars for multiple drunk driving

Local paving project gets off to smooth start

Workmen put the finishing touches (above) on a section of new sidewalk on Bridge Street in Nevada City as part of this summer’s Measure S pav-ing program.

Forest Service giving away tree seedlings

Tahoe National Forest will give away tree seedlings at 2 p.m. this Friday at the Forest Headquarters, located on Coyote Street in Nevada City. One-year-old Sugar pine, Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, Jeffrey pine and giant sequoias are excess of Forest Service needs for spring planting.. People should bring an ice chest with ice to transport the trees and increase the survival rate. Planting instructions will be provided. For more information, call 265-4531.

2 years behind bars for multiple drunk driving

A multiple drunk driving offender was sentenced to two years in prison recently as a result of a single vehicle accident last year. Stephen M. Shade, 54, was sentenced by Judge Robert Tamietti recently after pleading no contest to drunk driving with three prior convictions. County probation officials later uncovered Shade had four other drunk driving convictions. At the scene of Shade’s April 16, 2007, accident, he claimed he swerved while attempting to avoid a deer. Shade failed field sobriety tests, according to District Attorney Cliff Newell. Two hours after the accident, Shade’s blood alcohol was .27 – three times the legal limit.

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