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Weekly buzz: The Union’s top 10 stories of the week — Nov. 1-7

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Lyndsi Alyssa Vanroekel, one of several locals arrested this past week on drug related charges.
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From your usual local drug busts, to a missing woman­, local news has been buzzing this past week.

Below is a recap of the 10 most read stories, from Nov. 1-7, that we saw at http://www.TheUnion.com.

10. GV man arrested on drug charges

A Grass Valley man went to jail after reportedly being found with marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and brass knuckles.

“The deputy then located a bag underneath the vehicle frame, attached by magnets, that contained a digital scale, 26.91 grams of meth, 8.25 grams of heroin, and several unused baggies…”

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Originally published: Tuesday, Nov. 3

9. Homeowner fends off home invaders

A homeowner off Newtown Road reportedly fended off a home invasion robbery of his marijuana Thursday night.

“‘He did have a large quantity of marijuana in the house,’ Sheriff Keith Royal said.

The homeowner reportedly armed himself with a gun and the would-be robbers fled without taking any marijuana, Royal said.”

Originally published: Friday, Nov. 6

8. Trespasser arrested on drug charges

A trespasser was arrested after allegedley hiding out in a homes garage with drugs.

“(The suspect) had an ‘elaborate story’ to explain her presence, Johnson said, adding that she claimed she had permission from the homeowners’ son. A search of the garage reportedly uncovered a hypodermic needle and other drug paraphernalia, including a spoon, baggies, and cotton swabs, in the area where the couple had been sitting.”

Originally Published: Friday, Nov. 6

7. Johnny the Barber, a staple of Nevada County, dies at 49

A longtime local barbershop owner died this week.

“Whether he was right or wrong, he was in the conversation. He was very outspoken. We would just go, ‘Johnny knows everything.’… It’s odd with him not around.”

Originally published: Wednesday, Nov. 4

6. Trio arrested on marijuana transport charges

Three men from out of the area were arrested Saturday night on pot transportation charges by the California Highway Patrol.

The driver, identified as Dominic Javier Perez, 31, of San Jose, smelled of alcohol, Tassone said. Officers reportedly determined Perez was under the influence and had a blood alcohol level of more than .08 percent.

“Officers reportedly noted a ‘strong odor’ of marijuana and searched the vehicle, discovering a bag with slightly less than 1 pound of processed packaged marijuana and smoking paraphernalia.”

Originally published: Monday, Nov. 3

5. Jim Hemig: Have you ever been black boxed?

The Union’s Publisher Jim Hemig took a literally blind trip to an illegal grow in the area, and recounted his experiences.

“… I had this image of driving out with a bag over my head, hands tied behind my back only to find tall barbwire fences and mean-looking guys with beards and tattoos pointing machine guns at me when the bag is lifted.”

Originally published: Thursday, Nov. 5

4. Seven pot growers arraigned

Seven Hmong pot growers were arraigned in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday and, with the help of an interpreter, entered not-guilty pleas.

“Only four valid medical marijuana recommendations reportedly were located. The deputies reportedly also found and seized a .22 rifle, a magazine and ammunition, and a 9-mm handgun, as well as $5,000. All seven people at the property said they were involved in the purchase of the property earlier in the year. The growers, who are all from Fresno or Merced, reportedly said they moved their operation from Tehama County this year after that county banned outdoor grows.”

Originally published: Oct. 30

3. Transplants a growing problem in Nevada County marijuana cultivation? (VIDEO)

The Union’s City Editor Liz Kellar looks into the issue of marijuana growers coming in from outside of the county to launch new marijuana cultivations in the area.

“There’s a philosophy that Nevada County is an open county. We’re seeing a tremendous increase of people coming from other parts of the state where it is strongly regulated or where they’ve banned outdoor grows…” — Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal

Originally published: Thursday, Nov. 5

(Most read stories of the Week)

1 and 2: Nevada County woman goes missing, Nevada County woman found

A local family reported that their daughter had been missing after taking a trip from Colorado to Nevada City. The family, though would eventually report that she was found the following day.

“According to Jon Chown, his daughter was traveling with an unknown companion and called her grandparents at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday and told them she was ‘going to explore Nevada City a little bit before coming over.’”

Originally published: Sunday and Monday, Nov. 1-2.


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