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Competency report expected in 2 weeks in Joseph Ward murder case

February 16, 2018 — Attorneys in the murder case of Joseph Ward anticipate the release of a report about his competency in two weeks. Authorities arrested Ward, 32, days after the June death of 62-year-old Kenneth Pestana. Facing a murder accusation in Nevada County, Ward raised questions about his

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Grass Valley couple faces federal gun charges, local drug accusations

February 16, 2018 — A Grass Valley couple faces weapons and drug accusations after local and federal officers descended Thursday on a Towle Lane home, authorities said. The arrest of Michael Smith, 44, stems from a months-long investigation by federal Homeland Security Investigations involving the sale of illegal AR-15

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Conner Milkey sentencing set aside after he asks to withdraw plea in former manslaughter case

February 16, 2018 — The Friday sentencing for a man who once faced an involuntary manslaughter charge became moot, at least temporarily, when he told a Nevada County judge he wanted to withdraw his no contest plea. Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger was set to sentence Conner Milkey, 25,

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Ruling in Nevada County kidnapping, false imprisonment case favors prosecution and defense

February 15, 2018 — Layla Callahan and David Munoz, charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment, again will face a robbery accusation, Nevada County court documents state. Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger ruled on Tuesday that prosecutors could add the second-degree robbery charge after another judge last year dismissed it.

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Former members of Nevada County cannabis panel give feedback

February 14, 2018 — A massive crowd packed the chambers of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, waiting to see what shape a new marijuana ordinance would take. Those who'd hoped to have a commercial recreational grow likely were disappointed, as were those who wanted to see a complete

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(VIDEO) Nevada County staff now prepped to write draft marijuana ordinance

February 13, 2018 — Nevada County supervisors on Tuesday opposed allowing commercial recreational marijuana grows, instead opting for medicinal commercial cultivation in specific zones that meet acreage requirements. Supervisors also agreed to allow up to six plants grown outdoors for personal use in certain zones, though no outdoor grows

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Nevada County supervisors approve Voter’s Choice Act, ushering in new way to vote

February 13, 2018 — Nevada County this June will implement a sea-change in how it votes after a Tuesday decision by the Board of Supervisors. The board voted 4-1 to approve $258,000 for the Voter's Choice Act. The money, on top of some $600,000 already allocated for the election,

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Mary Anne Davis announces bid for Nevada County clerk-recorder/registrar of voters

February 13, 2018 — Mary Anne Davis, event manager/nonprofit manager with The Union newspaper, announced Tuesday her intention to run for Nevada County clerk-recorder/registrar of voters. Davis, 56, said her passion for serving the community led her to run for the office currently held by Greg Diaz, who's filed

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Candidates running in Nevada County file campaign disclosures

February 12, 2018 — Several local candidates have filed campaign disclosures, documents that detail the cash they've raised and spent, as well as naming those who have contributed. Nevada County voters have a handful of races they'll decide on June 5. If a candidate fails to get a 50

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Victim thought suspect’s car was an Uber, later jumps from vehicle, Nevada County authorities say

February 12, 2018 — A Nevada City resident accused of kidnapping a man who wanted an Uber and then driving erratically through town — leading the victim to jump from the car — remained in jail Monday without bond, authorities said. Gary Nicholas Montano, 38, faces charges of kidnapping,

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Truckee police find kidnapping suspect at Donner Summit

February 12, 2018 — A Sacramento man accused of forcing a former spouse into her vehicle and making her drive around Reno for a full day faces felony accusations in Truckee, authorities said. Immanuel Vikash Krishna, 29, is charged with kidnapping, inflicting corporal injury and causing force with a

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(VIDEO) Nevada County supervisors to give input on new marijuana ordinance

February 11, 2018 — The Nevada County Board of Supervisors for the first time on Tuesday will give input that will help shape a new marijuana grow ordinance. Supervisors are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City. The cannabis

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Grass Valley police respond to reports of people entering home; loaded shotgun found

February 9, 2018 — Grass Valley police say they detained a number of people after responding Friday afternoon to reports of suspects entering an Arcadia Drive home with a weapon. Police said no shots were fired and no one hurt in connection with the incident in the 100 block

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Grass Valley police: Woman set patrol car seat belt on fire

February 9, 2018 — A North San Juan woman accused of starting a fire in the back seat of a police car remained Friday in the Nevada County Jail under $152,000 in bond, authorities said. Heather Jeanette Farren, 44, is charged with arson causing great bodily injury, battery on

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Jerry Mattson, convicted in Nevada County child sex case, wants new trial

February 9, 2018 — A man convicted in Nevada County Superior Court on a child sex accusation argued he deserves a new trial because of a series of errors that occurred during his first one. Jerry Mattson, 27, was scheduled Friday for sentencing on a count of continuous sexual

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Nevada County officials examining proposals for animal shelter

February 8, 2018 — Nevada County authorities are reviewing two proposals related to the operation of its animal shelter, and could present a new contract to the Board of Supervisors for approval next month. Sammie's Friends, the current operator of the animal shelter, and Placer County submitted plans in

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Nevada County prosecutor: Michael Allen Hayden tried to punch, hit teen with car

February 8, 2018 — The husband of a woman who once faced a murder charge is himself now in the Nevada County Jail on accusations he tried to hit a teen with his car, authorities said. Michael Allen Hayden, 43, is charged with a felony count of force with

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Possible decision today in Nevada County kidnapping, false imprisonment case

February 7, 2018 — The judge in the kidnapping and false imprisonment case of Layla Callahan and David Munoz said she hopes to rule today on whether prosecutors can add a robbery charge to the pair's accusations. Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger also hasn't decided whether she'll

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Candidate alleges problems in Nevada County District Attorney’s Office

February 7, 2018 — Glenn Jennings, a former Nevada County assistant district attorney running to become the county's top prosecutor, claimed Wednesday that issues with an investigation into Sheriff's Deputy Jason Mackey led to his resignation. Jennings, who this week announced his intention to run against District Attorney Cliff

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Sealed documents detail allegations against former Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy

February 6, 2018 — Nevada County prosecutors say former Nevada County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Hollitz will face no charges in connection with accusations he had an inappropriate relationship with a confidential informant, a decision made public almost a year after the district attorney revealed the allegations. District Attorney Cliff

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