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Police blotter

Grass Valley Police Department


• Four people were hurt in a single-vehicle rollover at 8:19 p.m. The accident occurred on the 300 block of Bennett Street, when 18-year-old Melissa Banta was driving a 1999 Mazda too fast, according to police. Banta lost control of the car, jumped an embankment, rolled and struck two trees, police said. The extent of Banta’s injuries were not available Monday. Three juvenile passengers were also hurt. One broke an ankle.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office


• At 9:05 a.m., caller on the 10600 block of Oak Road reported someone broke into her husband’s car sometime the previous night.

• A caller on the 11300 block of Cedar Ridge Drive reported someone had broken into a bedroom and garage at the caller’s home and stole some property.

• At 2:21 p.m., a caller on the 12200 block of Honey Mushroom Court reported that her neighbor was video-taping her children as they played in her front yard.

• James Burton Gose, 23, was arrested on suspicion of forest land arson, arson and vandalism. He is accused of starting an illegal campfire off Dog Bar Road.

California Highway Patrol


• Several people received minor injuries in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 49, at La Barr Meadows Road, at 12:01 p.m.

Tres Smith, 40, of Grass Valley, was driving north on Highway 49 in a 2004 Toyota Sienna van. David Pate, 36, of Smartville, was exiting from a trailer park in a 1990 Toyota pickup truck and was intending on crossing the highway to get to La Barr Meadows. As he drove across, he was broad-sided by the van. The van veered off and struck a 1994 Dodge Colt that was stopped at the intersection of the highway and La Barr Meadows. A passenger in the car and Pate were taken to the hospital with complaints of pain.

Fire calls


• A motorcyclist reportedly fractured a leg at 4:08 p.m. on the 14000 block of Idlewood Drive.

Grass Valley, Nevada County Consolidated, Rough and Ready and Penn Valley fire crews responded. The cause of the crash and the victim’s name were not available Monday.

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