News Briefs: Penn Valley couple celebrate 70 years; Murder trial starts today; PG&E trimming trees |

News Briefs: Penn Valley couple celebrate 70 years; Murder trial starts today; PG&E trimming trees

Penn Valley couple to

celebrate 70th anniversary

Gwendolin Mills and Lon Van Sant, pictured above, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Sunday at a picnic at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.

Trial to begin today in killing of woman, 75

The murder trial of Steven Medlyn is scheduled to begin this morning in Nevada County Superior Court. Medlyn, 34, is charged with the murder of 75-year-old Grass Valley resident Mary Spratt, found strangled to death in her Empire Street apartment May 4, 2007. The trial is expected to last three weeks, with testimony from Spratt’s neighbors, forensic experts and police investigators, according to Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson. Ferguson is scheduled to begin her opening statement at 9 a.m. today, followed by an opening statement from Medlyn’s lawyer Keri Goodrow.

PG&E begins trimming trees that pose hazard

PG&E began to trim trees Monday to prevent power outages on overhead electric lines in Nevada County. Crews will trim branches from 141 trees and remove 19 trees along 5 miles of power lines that pose a safety and reliability hazard from now until June 23. Work will occur in Grass Valley along portions of Colfax Highway, Brooks Road, Rattlesnake Road and Dog Bar Road.

10:47 p.m. Sunday – A caller from the 400 block of Neal Street reported a dog was barking. The dog appeared to be lonely.

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