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Deputy’s wife’s death declared a suicide

Suicide was the cause of death for a deputy’s wife found in her Lake Wildwood home last August.

“At this point, we have found nothing to believe it is anything but suicide,” Nevada County Undersheriff John Trauner said Friday.

Jill Weyand’s death was reported the morning of Aug. 17 by her husband, Deputy Mike Weyand, and it is suspected she shot herself with a .38 revolver the night before, according to Trauner.

Jill Weyand, 39, had gunpowder and metal residue on her right hand, and toxicology results showed she had a .18 alcohol level and the prescription painkiller hydrocodone in her system, Trauner said.

The Sheriff’s Office suspected suicide early on but awaited forensic results before reaching its conclusion.

The office’s internal affairs division is still investigating whether office rules and regulations were followed in the shooting’s aftermath.

“We expect it to go smoothly,” Trauner said.

Jill Weyand was a 16-year employee of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Mike Weyand has been a deputy for 12 years.

– Doug Mattson

Jobless rate remains

low in Nevada County

Nevada County’s low December jobless rate helped move it up in the ranks of California counties.

Figures released Friday by the Employment Development Department show Nevada County with a 4.4 percent unemployment rank in December – the sixth lowest in California, tying with San Mateo and Amador counties.

That represents a jump up from seventh place in November, when the county had an upwardly revised 4.5 percent jobless percentage.

Nevada County had lower unemployment rates than California’s 6.3 percent rate and the U.S. figure of 5.7 percent for December. The preliminary figures are not adjusted for seasonal effects.

The number of estimated jobs in Nevada County dipped by .4 percent from November to December but was almost unchanged from a year ago when there were .1 percent fewer jobs.

December’s report shows Nevada County lost jobs in construction, printing, publishing and lodging from the month before.

– John Dickey


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