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Fire Safe Council puts Joanne Drummond on administrative leave

May 24, 2018 — Joanne Drummond, executive director of the Nevada County Fire Safe Council, is on administrative leave with pay. The council's board of directors learned at its Thursday meeting that its executive committee placed Drummond on leave. She'd been on medical leave, which ended Sunday. The executive

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Two vote centers open Saturday in Nevada County; Five more will follow June 2

May 24, 2018 — The Nevada County elections office on Thursday mailed its third wave of ballots, sending replacements or issuing the vote-by-mail ballots to those who never received them. Officials have said 67,183 ballots were mailed earlier this month. Around May 15 another 959 were issued, and on

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Joseph Ward, facing murder charge, tells authorities victim was secret society member

May 23, 2018 — Jurors in the competency trial of accused murderer Joseph Ward heard claims Wednesday that stabbing victim Kenneth Pestana served in a secret society and was a government informer with permission to kill. Ward, 32, told investigators in recorded interviews he believed Pestana, 61, had secret

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Sammie’s Friends, Nevada County continue work toward new animal shelter contract

May 23, 2018 — Nevada County officials and Sammie's Friends are scheduled to continue contract negotiations today, the latest in a handful of meetings called to hammer out a new animal shelter agreement. Both sides face a June 30 expiration date for the existing contract. Sheriff's Capt. Jeff Pettitt

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Sue Hoek discusses her role as a Nevada County supervisor; faces no opposition for District 4 seat

May 22, 2018 — Sue Hoek didn't want to run for the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. Now she's a shoe-in for the District 4 seat being vacated by Supervisor Hank Weston. "Two years ago, when they asked me, I said no," Hoek said. "I didn't want to do

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No bystanders injured in wreck that led to death of Grass Valley driver

May 22, 2018 — Authorities say a medical condition could have led to a Monday afternoon wreck that resulted in the death of a 58-year-old Grass Valley man. The man, whose name hasn't been released, was driving east on Highway 49, near Idaho Maryland Road, around 2:50 p.m. when

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Nevada County moves forward with temporary medical commercial cannabis permitting

May 22, 2018 — Nevada County growers who want a temporary medical commercial cannabis permit can begin scheduling appointments on June 6 with county officials, the first step in securing a pathway into a legal marketplace. Those appointments, followed by applicants submitting paperwork for local permits, are expected to

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Nevada City resident describes helping woman who almost drowned in South Yuba River

May 21, 2018 — The woman floated facedown in the South Yuba River, possibly already dead. Tess Engel, who jumped in the river to save the unnamed woman, feared the worst. Engel knows what the fast, cold water can do. Purple skin, eyes pointed in different directions — the

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Nevada County attempted murder case could end in plea, attorneys say

May 21, 2018 — A woman charged with attempted murder is scheduled for a possible plea to a lesser charge after a Nevada County jury reached no decision in her case. The jury deadlocked last week when deciding whether Kathy Jo Hoyt, 48, attempted on Sept. 30 to fatally

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Grass Valley police make 3rd indecent exposure arrest this month

May 20, 2018 — A Nevada City man accused of wearing no pants while loitering in a woman's backyard is the third person charged this month with indecent exposure. Kyle Jason Hall, 37, also faces accusations of being under the influence of a controlled substance and a violation of

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Nevada County authorities link trio to missing prosthetic arm

May 18, 2018 — You can't call the theft of someone's prosthetic an 'armless crime. Three people accused by Nevada County authorities of a recent Newtown Road burglary are linked to a missing prosthetic arm. The prosthetic has since been recovered and the three suspects — Michael Leroy Martin,

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Threats lead to discovery of gun, silencer in Nevada County arrest, authorities say

May 18, 2018 — A Grass Valley man accused of having a loaded pistol that qualifies as an assault weapon remained Friday in the Nevada County Jail under $500,000 in bond, authorities said. Devon German Cruz, 30, faces felony charges of possession of an assault weapon, possession of a

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Nevada County voters already casting ballots

May 18, 2018 — Nevada County elections officials said Friday that 2,452 people have returned their vote-by-mail ballots in advance of the June 5 election. The elections office mailed 67,183 ballots, meaning 3.6 percent of eligible voters have made their choice for offices including sheriff, district attorney and several

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Nevada County releases details about temporary medical commercial cannabis permits

May 17, 2018 — Nevada County officials have set June 20 as the tentative start date growers can begin applying for temporary medical commercial cannabis permits, a first for local cultivators. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote at its regular Tuesday meeting on the temporary licensing program.

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Online issue emerges in Nevada County sheriff’s race

May 17, 2018 — Bill Smethers' campaign for sheriff made a mistake when it submitted his candidate statement for the voter information guide. It listed the wrong website. The campaign had bought a handful of domains, all variations of http://www.smethersforsheriff.com. But it listed one it didn't have — http://www.billsmethersforsheriff.com

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District 3 Nevada County Board of Supervisors candidates Hilary Hodge, Dan Miller spar (VIDEO)

May 16, 2018 — The candidates in the District 3 Nevada County Board of Supervisors race have drawn divisions between themselves, with the incumbent citing experience versus his opponent's argument of the need for a fresh perspective. Hilary Hodge has argued that she'll bring a new, and needed, look

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Torture suspect Sean Bryant ordered held on $300,000 bond

May 16, 2018 — A Grass Valley man found at a home where authorities searched for evidence in a missing person case remained Wednesday in jail under unrelated accusations, including torture, reports state. Sean Danielle Bryant, 51, also faces charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, threatening a crime with

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Rehabilitation continues of Lions Lake at Nevada County Fairgrounds

May 16, 2018 — The rehabilitation of Lions Lake at the Nevada County Fairgrounds — a project that includes new walking trails and picnic tables — has closed public access to the pond past Memorial Day. The fairgrounds opted to partially drain the lake to remove silt and replace

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Nevada County elections office mails missing info to Grass Valley voters

May 16, 2018 — The Nevada County elections office has mailed additional information to Grass Valley School District voters after learning some people didn't receive documentation about Measure D, authorities said. Additionally, a printing error about Measure E led the local elections office to send a second mailing to

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Penn Valley man accused of child molestation, rape: Grass Valley man’s bond reduced

May 15, 2018 — Two men facing separate molestation-related accusations appeared Tuesday in Nevada County Superior Court for their first hearing. Matthew Thomas Bell, 34, of Penn Valley, is accused of molesting one girl and raping another. Arrested Monday, he remained Tuesday afternoon in the Nevada County Jail under

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