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Grass Valley T-Mobile store robbed twice in 2 months

November 16, 2018 — Four men accused of robbing the T-Mobile store in Grass Valley could appear Monday in Nevada County Superior Court for their first appearance. Travonn Dill, 23, Brian Mack, 20, Isaiah Shepherd, 19, and Zachary Hidvegi, 18, all of Sacramento, each face charges of robbery, vehicle

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Rain expected next week in Nevada County could help with smoke

November 16, 2018 — Technically, conditions are unhealthy for everyone when over 55 micrograms per cubic meter of particulate matter are present. What that means in layman's terms: your headache and sore throat likely will continue into next week. Smoke from the Camp Fire has clouded Northern California skies

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Nevada County judge sentences man to probation in robbery case

November 16, 2018 — David Munoz, who pleaded no contest last month to charges of second-degree robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment, was sentenced Friday to five years' probation, a prosecutor said. The sentence handed down by Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger was no surprise. The judge last

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Sabrina Distura, accused in deaths of Nevada Union students, pleads guilty

November 15, 2018 — Franca Nielson wasn't sure the woman accused of killing her son and his friend would plead guilty. The mother of 17-year-old Tyler Nielson sat for three hours Wednesday in Merced County Superior Court, waiting to see whether Sabrina Distura would opt for trial. She didn't.

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Bitney Springs High School officials say no one hurt in lockdown

November 15, 2018 — Bitney Prep High School officials said they briefly locked down the building Thursday morning after a student misbehaved and became threatening. Police responded around 10 a.m. to the Joerschke Drive school in Grass Valley. No one was injured and the lockdown was lifted within an

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Nevada County sex abuse trial will continue into next week

November 8, 2018 — The victim in the first child sexual abuse case against Kenneth Byrnes wrote a letter in support of the now 71-year-old man. That was in 2011. Nevada County prosecutors wanted prison time for Byrnes on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child, but

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Nevada County prosecutors drop all remaining drug cases involving Deputy Mackey

November 8, 2018 — Nevada County prosecutors have dropped all remaining cases that stemmed from Deputy Jason Mackey's search warrants, a move that comes about two weeks after a judge said the officer wasn't false and misleading. Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said he dismissed three cases involving seven

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Nevada County elections: Next vote tally set for Tuesday

November 8, 2018 — The Nevada County elections office will release an updated vote tally on Tuesday, officials said. The elections office currently has 27,141 vote-by-mail ballots to count. It's unlikely officials will count all ballots by Tuesday. The office had received 54,097 vote-by-mail ballots as of Thursday, bringing

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U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa appears headed to 4th term, loses Nevada County

November 7, 2018 — Republican U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa looked toward winning a fourth term with Tuesday's preliminary results, though for the first time he was on track to lose Nevada County. LaMalfa in early vote tallies took 77,790 votes district-wide to Democrat Audrey Denney's 60,167, or 56.4 to

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Shannan Moon starts with lead over Bill Smethers in sheriff’s race

November 7, 2018 — Capt. Shannan Moon had a lead over Executive Lt. Bill Smethers Tuesday night in the race for Nevada County sheriff, though thousands of ballots remain uncounted. Moon had 13,985 votes to Smethers' 11,019 votes, or 55.9 percent to 44.1 percent, in the final vote tally

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Nevada County CEO Alison Lehman looks toward collaboration in achieving goals

November 5, 2018 — Alison Lehman, CEO of Nevada County, attended her first government meeting in elementary school. Both her parents worked in the public sector and regularly attended various board and committee meetings. Lehman would go with them, and at an early age learned the value of volunteering.

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Nevada County polls open till 8 p.m.

November 4, 2018 — All Nevada County vote centers are open today and will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local officials had received 23,781 completed ballots as of 7 p.m. Thursday for the election that will decide the county's next sheriff, two spots on the Nevada

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Nevada County District Attorney’s Office asks for judge to step away from murder case over ethics concerns

November 2, 2018 — Nevada County prosecutors have asked Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson to step aside from the Isaac Zafft murder case, claiming he attended political gatherings for District Attorney Cliff Newell's opponent and may have violated a judicial ethics code. Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh argues in

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Change in law means lower sentences in Nevada County murder case

November 2, 2018 — Daniel Devencenzi, one of two men who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the Isaac Zafft murder case, could have his anticipated 11-year prison sentence reduced to a couple of years, prosecutors said Friday. A change in state law is expected to also affect Nathan Philbrook,

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Nevada City man faces sexual abuse charge

October 31, 2018 — A Nevada City man accused of sexually abusing a child remained jailed Wednesday without bond, authorities said. Michael Sean O'Dell, 44, faces a felony count of continued sexual abuse of a minor. Arrested Tuesday and originally held under $200,000 in bond, O'Dell was scheduled for

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Layla Callahan opts for trial in kidnapping, false imprisonment case

October 30, 2018 — Layla Callahan, facing kidnapping and false imprisonment charges, has opted for a February trial in Nevada County Superior Court. Callahan's Monday decision came less than three weeks after Judge Candace Heidelberger called a five-year probationary sentence appropriate for the 24 year old if she were

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Nevada County wants public input for road safety study

October 29, 2018 — Nevada County officials want public input on a road safety plan that, once enacted, could bring grant dollars to the area. The county is hosting a 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday meeting to gather information for its Local Road Safety Plan at the Eric Rood

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Nevada City police: Church member vandalized vehicles during service

October 29, 2018 — Authorities say they don't know why a Nevada City man vandalized vehicles in his church's parking lot. Skyler Joel Pingree, 26, faces a count of felony vandalism after officers arrested him around 10 a.m. Sunday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in

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Nevada County judge revises ruling about Deputy Mackey

October 26, 2018 — A Nevada County judge has ruled that Deputy Jason Mackey made no false or misleading statements in a search warrant, a decision that seemingly closes a contentious chapter for the officer. Mackey, under fire from defense attorneys who attacked his search warrants in criminal cases,

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Mali Dyck selected as new Nevada County assistant CEO

October 26, 2018 — Mali Dyck, currently serving as Nevada County's interim Human Resources director, was named Friday as the new assistant CEO. Dyck, 38, will step into her new role on Nov. 5. Her salary will be $168,134. "As a 15-year resident of Nevada County, I'm honored to

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