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Weekly buzz: The Union’s top 10 stories of the week — Nov. 8-14

From a missing local woman found in Las Vegas, to a downtown shooting between a tenant and landlord, local news has been buzzing this past week.

Below is a recap of the 10 most read stories, from Nov. 8-14, that we saw at http://www.TheUnion.com.

10. Missing Olivehurst woman found alive and well in Las Vegas



A missing 78-year-old Olivehurst woman was found by police early Wednesday morning in Las Vegas.

“She’s an adult; she can do that,” said (Betty) Bowen’s daughter, Debbie Collier. But, she said jokingly, “We decided when she comes home, she’s grounded.”




Originally published: Thursday, Nov. 12

9. Car fire in Grass Valley draws quick response

Mike Meals sent in photos of a vehicle that caught on fire in the Safeway parking lot on Neal Street in Grass Valley at about 10:19 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.

Originally published: Nov. 8

8. Two opposing groups face off over Airbnbs in Nevada City

The Union’s City Reporter Teresa Liu reported on two Nevada City groups pushing for separate city initiaitves and going head to head over an issue that has been fraught with controversy and discord —short-term rentals.

“It’s backed up by ignorance,” said NC Hosts co-founder Kathy Dotson. “They are trying to pass that ignorance to the rest of the community and confuse everybody.”

Originally published: Nov. 8

7. Two arrested on pot sale charges in Nevada County

Two men pulled over on a traffic stop ended up in jail after allegedly being found with about five pounds of packaged marijuana.

“A search of the vehicle reportedly uncovered a collapsible police-style baton in a box, a glass methamphetamine pipe, and a duffel bag that contained a digital scale and five one-pound bags of marijuana.”

Originally Published: Friday, Nov. 13

6. Grass Valley man arrested, charged with possessing drugs, weapons, stolen property

A Grass Valley man facing two felony trials for burglary and vehicle theft — as well as multiple misdemeanor drug and weapons charges — was arrested again, this time after reportedly being found with weapons, stolen property and 10 pounds of marijuana.

“During a search of Packard’s person, a deputy reportedly found a fixed-blade knife concealed under his shirt. A search of his vehicle uncovered a canister of bear spray, a .22-caliber air rifle, a bow with an arrow, a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue, four hypodermic needles in a backpack, and two duffel bags, a large plastic container and several ziplock baggies containing a total of about 10 pounds of marijuana…”

Originally published: Nov. 9

5. Greg Littell: The idea of ‘armed rebellion’ in the U.S. is ludicrous

An editorial from local Greg Littell expressing his views on gun control has become quite the read for people in and out of the county.

“I’m a gun owner and target shooter but Mr. Carson made a very simplistic statement. There’s a difference between common sense “gun control” and being armed to thwart a ‘tyrannical’ government.”

Originally published: Nov. 6

4. Nevada City Police make arrest related to ongoing pharmacy fraud

The Nevada City Police Department made headway into solving a series of what is believed to be related prescription fraud cases in the community.

“The staff at the pharmacy became suspicious of the person and called the doctor who was on the prescription,” said Chief Tim Foley. “They found out that the doctor has never issued a prescription for him.”

Originally published: Wednesday Nov. 11

3. Evidence heard in fight outside Grass Valley bar

A Nevada County judge has taken the matter under submission, after a two-day hearing into the evidence against two men accused of beating two other men in a fight outside a Grass Valley bar.

“Walker said Franklin was drinking and carrying a loaded weapon, and started the fight by ‘bringing attitude and flatulating near my client.’

According to Walker, there is no solid evidence or eyewitness to determine who was at fault, saying, ‘it’s not a clear-cut situation.’”

Originally published: Thursday, Nov. 12

2. Alta Sierra man arrested on sex charges

An Alta Sierra man was arrested Saturday on charges involving sex with a minor, after an investigation that began this summer.

“The investigation involved a 15-year-old boy who reportedly met the man on a dating website, and sparked a search of Gianmarco’s residence in August…”

Originally published: Nov. 9

And the most read story of the Week is…

1. Woman arrested in downtown Grass Valley shooting, held on $300K

A 66-year-old Grass Valley woman was booked into county jail Wednesday afternoon after she allegedly fired upon a 61-year-old man after an altercation the two had over a tenancy issue, authorities said.

“The victim told the officers that the suspect, Valerie Hayden, came to his house Wednesday morning to confront him about rental fees. When the victim refused to leave the property, Johnson said Hayden allegedly pulled out a small revolver and shot the victim in the leg before fleeing the property.”

Originally published: Wednesday, Nov. 11


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