News Briefs: Shelter open in response to heat wave; Mostajo arraignment set |

News Briefs: Shelter open in response to heat wave; Mostajo arraignment set

Hospitality House

Homeless shelter to open in response to heat

Area homeless people will have a refuge from the heat on Wednesday when Hospitality House opens for two days. Western Nevada County’s traveling homeless shelter usually operates only during the winter, but with temperatures soaring beyond 100 degrees this week, director Cindy Maple decided to set a precedent. “I have a lot of folks who are really suffering from heat exposure. They’re getting dizzy and having other health issues,” Maple said Tuesday. It took Maple a couple days to line up the church, volunteers and food. The welcome center will open at 11 a.m. today at the old parsonage next to Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 230 S. Church St., and guests will go to the church next door at 6 p.m., Maple said.

The Courts

Mostajo to be arraigned in Superior Court July 28

Laura Mostajo, a Grass Valley resident accused of taking money from the memorial fund of her former brother-in-law will be arraigned in Nevada County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. July 28, according to court records. Mostajo is accused of taking money from a memorial fund she set up for Robby Johnston, who died in a car accident on Highway 20 in January. She pleaded not guilty to a charge of grand theft in April. In her most recent court appearance last week, Mostajo was represented by Tamara Zuromskis, an attorney with the Public Defender’s Office. Deputy District Attorney Ken Tribby is representing the people. Judge Candace Heidelberger set the arraignment date.

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