Pre-Halloween behavior keeps police hopping |

Pre-Halloween behavior keeps police hopping

Is there something about the weekend before Halloween?

It couldn’t have been the full moon that stirred so many western Nevada County residents to the shenanigans reported throughout the area during the weekend.

The biggest ruckus appeared to be a party that raged from Saturday night until past noon on Sunday near Grass Valley, which resulted in at least three arrests.

The first report came at 10:57 p.m. Saturday of a large party on the 10000 block of East Drive. When deputies arrived, they arrested a 24-year-old Grass Valley woman for fighting, using offensive words and disobeying a court order; and a 26-year-old Grass Valley man on suspicion of fighting, using offensive words and battery causing serious injury.

After Nevada City police received a related be-on-the-lookout bulletin, they arrested a 26-year-old Grass Valley man in in Nevada City at 1:03 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The man had been wearing a hockey mask and costume to look like Jason Voorhees in the 1980 movie “Friday the 13th.”

Undeterred, remaining partiers coninued on.

At 8:41 a.m. Sunday, two neighbors reported the sounds of a live band. At 12:12 p.m., a neighbor complained again of loud noise.

Other unusual incidents reported in the county include:

– At 5:19 p.m. Friday in Nevada City, a caller from Commercial Street reported about 15 young people reclining on the sidewalk and pedestrians unable to get by them.

– At 9:55 p.m. Friday in North San Juan, a caller reported about 20 men and women gathered outside a bar on the 29000 block of Highway 49 who were drinking, yelling threats and trying to intimidate people. The caller said the people are part of a gang causing numerous problems in the area.

– At 11:23 p.m. Friday in Peardale, a man on Highway 174 reported apples had been thrown at his vehicle, and there were numerous apples in the roadway. The California Highway Patrol investigated.

– At 1 a.m. Saturday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection responded to a report of a large party with bonfires on Lowell Hill Road near the Placer County Line and that shots were heard in the area.

– At 1:57 p.m. Saturday, a man from the 11000 block of Via Vista reported several youths lighting firecrackers and disturbing his animals. A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy cited at least one child and released the minor to the parents.

– At 6:26 p.m., a woman from the 10000 block of Wolf Road reported having dug up four bodies that appear to be infants; finding bloody bones wrapped in bags; and that someone had killed her cat. A deputy found other suspicious items on the property, but nothing to confirm the woman’s statements.

– At 6:57 p.m. Saturday, a caller from South Pine Street in Nevada City reported five teenage girls standing on the yellow line in the middle of the road. Police could not find them.

– At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, a woman reported a large party on the 13000 block of Brooks Road in which people were yelling and racing vehicles. She said 10 to 15 people came up to her car when she drove past, banged on it and caused her to run into a truck. When she got out to check on the damage, the people took her car keys, pushed and hit her, and she ran home, leaving her vehicle at the scene. She said she did not need medical attention. The California Highway Patrol responded.

Police and deputies also arrested numerous people all over the western part of county on suspicion of public drunkenness and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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