Weekly buzz: The Union’s top 10 stories of the week — Oct. 25-31 | TheUnion.com

Weekly buzz: The Union’s top 10 stories of the week — Oct. 25-31

Martha McCary was arrested for allegedly shooting a woman in the abdomen in the North San Juan area last Tuesday night.
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From several high profile drug busts to coverage of a North San Juan shooting that left a woman injured from a bullet wound to the abdomen, local news has been buzzing this past week.

Below is a recap of the 10 most read stories, from Oct. 25-31, that we saw at http://www.TheUnion.com.

10. Seven pot growers arraigned

Seven Hmong pot growers were arraigned in Nevada County Superior Court and, with the help of an interpreter, entered not-guilty pleas. In July, Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies conducting compliance checks for the marijuana cultivation ordinance had gone out to a property in the 10000 block of Wild Turkey Lane, finding four separate grow sites.

“They reportedly subsequently located a total of 743 plants on one property and 97 plants on the other, all approximately 2 feet to 3 feet in height and immature… 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.”

Originally published: Friday, Oct. 30

9. Obituary of Pastor Samuel D. Floyd

Pastor Samuel D. Floyd passed from this life into the presence of his Savior on Oct. 24, 2015. His memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at Twin Cities Church, 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy. in Grass Valley, on what would have been his 67th birthday.

“The facts of Sam’s life are less important though, than the things that will be remembered about him. His church family will remember his delightful spontaneity, the twinkle in his eye when he said something outrageous from the pulpit.”

Originally published: Friday, Oct. 30

8. Suspected squatters selling smack

Tenants of a rental house on Lower Colfax Road arrested twice in the last six weeks on drug sale charges had perpetrated a complex scam and were squatting in the residence, according to narcotics detectives.

“There were seven people at the residence, one of whom reportedly tried to flee out the back on foot. Detectives allegedly located just over 5 ounces of methamphetamine, digital gram scales, and packaging material, along with a small amount of heroin.”

Originally published: Friday, Oct. 23

7. Narcotics searches turn up suspected LSD, GHB, ecstasy, pot, meth and heroin

Two locals were arrested after narcotics detectives Tuesday turned up a wide variety of recreational drugs, including LSD, marijuana, mushrooms, ecstasy, GHB, methamphetamine and heroin.

“They reportedly found a digital scale, a jar of suspected LSD, blotter paper in a bottle that appeared to have been soaked in LSD, as well as multiple baggies stashed in a variety of locations that also contained suspected LSD in crystal and powder form.”

Originally Published: Wednesday, Oct. 28

6. (VIDEO) Firefighters battle home fire on John Born Road in western Nevada County

Firefighters respond to a structure fire Tuesday morning on Nojack Court off John Born Road northwest of Lake Wildwood in western Nevada County. The fire was contained to the residence; damage estimates and the cause of the fire remain under investigation.

Originally published: Tuesday, Oct. 27

5. Man arrested in connection with burglaries

A Lake of the Pines man has been arrested in connection with burglaries in DarkHorse, Grass Valley and Nevada City, after some detective work by one of the alleged victims.

“Montgomery was on probation and the homeowners gave consent for his room to be searched… They reportedly found other stolen items in the room, including electronics, a laptop, a .22-gauge rifle taken from a Grass Valley residence and tools. Some of the items came from a Nevada City burglary…”

Originally published: Thursday, Oct. 29

4. Jeff Dellis: Factors behind Nevada Union High School’s struggle in sports goes beyond the field

Nevada Union Athletics Director Jeff Dellis pens a commentary on the reasons why NU sports has taken a dive in winning percentages.

“Nevada Union athletics finds itself in the perfect storm of declining enrollment and the powerful Sierra Foothill League, both of which have contributed to our less-than-stellar winning records.”

Originally published: Tuesday, Oct. 27

3. 2 arrested after heroin, burglary tools reportedly found

Two men were arrested by the California Highway Patrol after officers responded to a call regarding two men behaving suspiciously in a park and ride lot, and the suspects reportedly were found with black tar heroin and a number of burglary tools.

“There were no keys in the vehicle and appeared to have been started up with no keys… It had switched plates, from Oregon, that had been stolen, and the vehicle also had been stolen from a different victim out of Redding.”

Originally published: Tuesday, Oct. 27

(The two most read stories of the Week)

1 and 2: Shooting reported in North San Juan area, and Woman charged with attempted murder in North San Juan shooting

Late Tuesday night The Union broke the report of a shooting in the North San Juan area, an alleged female suspect, female victim, and male suspect on the loose with a weapon.

The Union did a follow up on the story the next day reporting that the female suspect was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

“The two women reportedly have a history of an ongoing dispute. Martha McCary, 58, reportedly fired three shots and hit the other woman in the abdomen and the arm with a .32-caliber pistol.”

Originally published: Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 27-28

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