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Knife-wielding man arrested in Truckee, held without bond, authorities say

August 21, 2018 — A man on probation for trying to steal a firetruck wielded a 14-inch knife as he tried to stab people in the Sierra Meadows area of Truckee, authorities said. Johnathan Rodriguez, 20, faces charges of threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize, force with

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Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey steps down after almost 20 years

August 21, 2018 — Rick Haffey, chief executive officer of Nevada County, gets to work each day around 5 a.m. The early start allows him to read the news, looking for trends that could affect counties. He then leaves voice mails for those he needs to talk to later

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Man sentenced to 9 years on assault, attempted robbery charges

August 20, 2018 — A man convicted of seriously injuring his wife while trying to rob her was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison. Stephen Woodward, 31, was convicted last month by a jury on charges of false imprisonment, attempted second-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and

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Nevada County robbery, kidnapping suspects consider entering pleas

August 20, 2018 — The judge in the robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment case of Layla Callahan has indicated the 24 year old wouldn't face life in prison if she pleaded guilty or no contest to all her charges, prosecutors said Monday. The Nevada County District Attorney's Office has

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Not all homeless people want help when it’s offered, Nevada County officials say

August 19, 2018 — Dispatchers received a handful of calls within a few hours about the woman sitting near Highway 20. The reports were similar: A woman was sitting under the South Ponderosa Way overpass. She wore a shirt, pants and no shoes. One caller said the woman "appears

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Woman sentenced to 4 months in jail in Nevada County child abuse case

August 19, 2018 — Attorneys in the child abuse case of Angela Morin, who in June pleaded no contest to the charge, argued about jail being the proper punishment. Deputy District Attorney Jesse Wilson said Morin, 21 years old when arrested in August 2017, kept blaming others for her

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Deputy Jason Mackey returns to witness stand in marijuana case

August 17, 2018 — Deputy Jason Mackey testified Friday that he saw marijuana during a 2015 surveillance flight and took pictures of it — a clarification that prosecutors hope will lead a judge to reconsider his decision that the deputy lied on a search warrant. Mackey, whose honesty became

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Nevada City man found sleeping outside, arrested twice in 2 days

August 17, 2018 — A Nevada City man arrested twice in two days after police found him sleeping outside is free on bond, authorities state. Officers arrested Bradford Dean Hill, 43, Wednesday and Thursday at two different spots, finding him asleep both times surrounded by bottles of alcohol, Grass

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Former Grass Valley murder suspect arrested on unrelated charge

August 17, 2018 — A Grass Valley woman who spent three months in jail on a murder charge before her release was arrested this week on disorderly conduct accusations, reports state. Officers on Thursday afternoon arrested Schennal Christina Gomez, 40, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. She's since been released,

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Pleas in the works on Nevada County home invasion case

August 16, 2018 — Two men linked by authorities to a Grizzly Trail home invasion indicated Thursday they intend to enter pleas to the accusation. Steve Ray Rhodes, 28, and Shawn Turnage, 26, through defense attorney Stephen Munkelt said they've reached a plea deal with prosecutors in the December

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Nevada County murder suspects enter ‘not guilty’ pleas

August 16, 2018 — Sean Bryant and Michael McCauley, accused in the death of veteran Stan Norman, formally entered "not guilty" pleas Thursday in Nevada County Superior Court. The men, arrested almost three months ago, had delayed entering their pleas — a move that starts a legal clock. Attorneys

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Man enters plea in Nevada County prosthetic arm theft case

August 16, 2018 — A man linked by authorities to the theft of a prosthetic arm pleaded no contest Thursday to the accusations, less than a day after a second man was re-arrested on the same charges. Michael Leroy Martin, 25, pleaded in Nevada County Superior Court to second-degree

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Nevada City bar window broken, 1 in custody

August 15, 2018 — A Grass Valley man accused of throwing a rock through the window of a downtown Nevada City bar, shattering it, remained in jail Wednesday under $11,500 bond, authorities said. Christopher Michael Houchin, 31, faces a felony vandalism charge and a misdemeanor trespassing accusation, reports state.

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Grass Valley attempted murder case ends in pleas

August 15, 2018 — Two men initially facing attempted murder accusations pleaded no contest on Wednesday to lesser charges and are scheduled for separate sentencing hearings. Lonte Rene West, 20, pleaded to a count of second-degree robbery in connection with the Oct. 26, 2016, shooting of a man in

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Grass Valley robbery case moves toward trial

August 14, 2018 — The attorney for accused robber Tyler Ferris argued Tuesday that his client, who police say drove the getaway car, had no involvement in a drug deal gone bad. Defense attorney John Mohun, who represents the 26-year-old Ferris, said his client didn't participate in the theft

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San Francisco woman dies near Purdon Crossing, Nevada County coroner says

August 14, 2018 — A San Francisco woman died Monday after having a seizure near Purdon Crossing in Nevada County, authorities said. Emma Louis-Dreyfus, 44, of San Francisco, died that morning about a quarter-mile upstream of Purdon. An autopsy occurred Tuesday. The cause of death is pending toxicology results,

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Cliff Ellefson, Nevada Union grad, heads to massive poker tournament in Bahamas

August 14, 2018 — Cliff Ellefson fought through an 800-plus person poker tournament to the final two, and he had some rough cards to show for it. Holding ace-four, the Nevada Union High School graduate had pushed in most of his chips on what would become the last hand.

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Schennal Gomez, once facing a murder charge in Nevada County, now free

August 13, 2018 — A woman once facing murder accusations is free after a Nevada County judge determined that not enough evidence existed to jail her, authorities said. Schennal Gomez, 40, was released Friday from the Nevada County Jail after Superior Court Judge Linda Sloven found credibility issues with

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Nevada County political races start in earnest

August 10, 2018 — It appears that four candidates will fight for two Grass Valley City Council seats, though people still have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to declare for the office. Incumbent Ben Aguilar, as well as Bob Branstrom, Hilary Hodge and Steven Slack filed the paperwork necessary for

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Honey oil lab was in plain sight; 3 arrested, Nevada County sheriff says

August 10, 2018 — The largest honey oil lab ever seen by Nevada County authorities was sitting in plain sight on Victoria Drive, Sheriff Keith Royal said. Deputies responded around 2 p.m. Wednesday to the home after someone made a marijuana nuisance complaint. The home had no gate, and

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