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Weekly Buzz: First homicide of the year; Sierra Doctors office closes; Sam Strange paroled by board

From local sinkhole updates, to news of the county’s first homicide of the year, local news has been buzzing this past week.

Below is a recap of the 10 most read stories, from Feb. 3 – Feb. 9, that we saw at http://www.TheUnion.com.

10. Glenn Jennings, a former Nevada County assistant district attorney running to become the county’s top prosecutor, claimed Wednesday that issues with an investigation into Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Mackey led to his resignation.

Candidate alleges problems in Nevada County District Attorney's Office

9. The judge in the kidnapping and false imprisonment case of Layla Callahan and David Munoz said she hopes to rule today on whether prosecutors can add a robbery charge to the pair’s accusations.

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8. Grass Valley hopes to purchase just over a half-acre of land at the former site of a 100-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up off Freeman Lane when storms in January 2017 caused a pinched culvert to fail.

Grass Valley and Nevada City: A tale of two sinkholes

7. Did the residents of Nevada City get what they really bargained for when they acquiesced to the licensing of one — I repeat, one — medical marijuana dispensary in the quaint town of 3,000?

George Boardman: Is this really the Nevada City its residents want? It's time to be heard

6. Nevada County prosecutors say former Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Hollitz will face no charges in connection with accusations he had an inappropriate relationship with a confidential informant, a decision made public almost a year after the district attorney revealed the allegations.

Sealed documents detail allegations against former Nevada County Sheriff's deputy

5. The office of physicians Lezley Brown and Linda Foshagen, which has gone through several ownership changes since it was established by Foshagen as St. Moritz Medical Center in 2001, closed down in January.

Sierra Doctors office in Grass Valley closes down

4. Two people died Jan. 31 when the Kilroy’s Towing Service truck Cox was driving collided with a fuel tanker around 10:10 a.m. on Highway 20, near Bowman Lake Road.

Tow truck drivers to honor Grass Valley man who died in Hwy 20 wreck

3. Convicted murderer Sam Strange was granted parole suitability by Board of Parole Hearings commissioners at Valley State Prison Thursday, his third attempt since his 1996 conviction for the brutal deaths of Crissy Campbell and Dawn Donaldson.

Convicted murderer Sam Strange granted parole suitability

2. Placer County authorities have identified one of the drivers in last week’s fuel tanker wreck as John Drew, 49, of Reno, Nevada.

UPDATE: Two die in crash on Hwy. 20; Fatalities along stretch in last week-and-a-half reach six

1. Nevada County authorities are investigating the death of a Nevada City woman as a murder after they found her dead inside her home, Sheriff Keith Royal said.

Nevada County authorities investigate first homicide of the year