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Police busy on July Fourth

Police throughout the county responded to a variety of incidents on the Fourth of July, including a drunk-driving crash, people setting off illegal fireworks and loud parties.

“There was nothing unusual,” Grass Valley Police Capt. Dave Remillard said Thursday. “We had a successful and safe parade, some minor problems with fireworks and some domestic violence, but overall, it was fairly uneventful.”

Grass Valley Fire Battalion Chief Tom Browning said no fires were reported to his department.



“It was a quiet night,” Browning said. He cited one man for setting off fireworks near Highway 49 and Mack Road; the fireworks would have been legal within city limits, but not in the unincorporated area, he said.

In Grass Valley, police stopped a vehicle on Idaho-Maryland Road at Spring Hill Drive at 5 p.m. and arrested an 18-year-old on suspicion of drunken driving.




At 9:23 p.m., Grass Valley police cited a 40-year-old man on the 600 block of Brighton Street on suspicion of illegal fireworks possession.

A minute later, a caller from the 400 block of Mill Street reported several people were setting off fireworks in the street, stalling traffic.

Later in the evening, a caller reported illegal fireworks were being set off on the 100 block of Spree Avenue, then at 10:39 p.m., a caller from Whiting Street reported 30 people were setting off fireworks in the street and one person was causing a disturbance with a foghorn.

The California Highway Patrol responded to an accident at 5:36 p.m. on Highway 49 at Newtown Road involving an alleged drunk driver who crashed his Toyota as he returned from a day a the Yuba River.

The driver, Jeffrey Schuldt, 41, of Grass Valley, was taken to the hospital, then booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of drunken driving, CHP Officer Dina Hernandez said.

In Nevada City, people complained of several loud parties. Everyone quieted down after neighbors called police, police logs show.

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To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister. e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.


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