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Nevada County Fairgrounds board votes down gun show

February 20, 2019 — It wasn't arguments or ideology that led the Nevada County Fairgrounds to vote down a gun show at its Main Street Center. Instead it was overflowing trash cans and improperly stacked tables from the last gun show held at the fairgrounds, CEO Patrick Eidman said.

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Republican candidates for District 1 state Senate seat hit Nevada County campaign trail

February 20, 2019 — The four Republicans running for the District 1 state Senate seat spoke in turn about themselves and why they wanted to serve. Then came the questions. How do we change the direction California is moving? How do we start a resurgence of the state Republican

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Ballots mailed out next week to Nevada County residents, officials say

February 19, 2019 — Nevada County elections officials say they'll issue vote-by-mail ballots next week for the special March 26 election for the state Senate District 1 seat. Every registered Nevada County voter should receive a mail ballot by March 8. If they haven't, they should contact the local

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Three Grass Valley arrests involve drugs, alcohol

February 18, 2019 — The officer saw one man push another, and he decided to approach. Over the following minutes the officer discovered one of the men had an outstanding warrant calling for $100,000 in bond. He also had about 100 nitrous oxide canisters, some unused, on him and

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Colorado woman found with drugs at Nevada County Jail

February 18, 2019 — A woman arrested after deputies responded to a medical call was later found with suspected drugs at the Nevada County Jail, authorities said. Kimberly Anne Schomas, 52, of Pueblo, Colorado, faces a felony charge of bringing a controlled substance into jail. She also faces two

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Truckee woman accused of trying to stab brother

February 18, 2019 — Woman accused of trying to stab sibling Truckee police say no one was injured after a woman tried to stab her brother. Karla Tejeda-Acevez, 18, faces a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the stabbing. Arrested Friday, she remained jailed

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No contest plea entered in Layla Callahan kidnapping case

February 14, 2019 — Layla Callahan, facing kidnapping accusations for two years, ended her case this week with a plea. Callahan, 24, was scheduled Wednesday for a hearing about evidence she wanted withheld from a jury. Instead she pleaded no contest to a felony count of kidnapping less than

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Nevada County home invasion trial begins

February 14, 2019 — Michael Diaz's cousin looked quickly at his relative Thursday morning as he began testifying in the home invasion trial. Micah Diaz Berry cried briefly when asked to identify the 48-year-old Diaz, who faces robbery and burglary charges. Diaz teared up as well and wiped his

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Woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for deaths of Nevada Union High School students (VIDEO)

February 13, 2019 — LOS BANOS — The mother of Justin Gardner told the nurse not to mince words. Kim Browning approached hospital staff after learning her 16-year-old son, and his 17-year-old friend Tyler Nielson, had been in a car wreck. A nurse herself, Browning asked for her son's

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Permitting issues lead to delay in Higgins Marketplace project

February 12, 2019 — Construction of the first building at Higgins Marketplace now is slated for completion around August 2020, almost a year after officials anticipated. Nevada County and project developer Katz Kirkpatrick Properties had an agreement which set this coming November as the deadline for the first building.

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Nevada City fight ends in burglary, police say

February 11, 2019 — The burglary suspect was on the ground, bleeding, with a nearby glass door in pieces. Another man needed medical attention after being pushed down an embankment during a fight, receiving moderate injuries. Moments later his attacker lay on the floor of a South Pine Street

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Nevada County authorities investigating death of 26-year-old man

February 11, 2019 — Nevada County authorities say they're investigating the death of a 26-year-old Smartsville man after he died from unknown causes. Chad Schimmer, 26, died Jan. 15. Authorities began their investigation because there's no obvious reason for his death, said Mike Sullivan, chief deputy coroner. "It did

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Nevada County authorities ID man who died in McCourtney Road wreck

February 11, 2019 — Nevada County authorities have identified the man they say died in a weekend car wreck. Michael Houlihan, 28, of Eureka, was found dead in a green Toyota Tacoma, near McCourtney and Indian Springs roads, authorities said. According to a Monday autopsy, the preliminary manner of

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Sierra gets deluge of snow; more rain expected for Grass Valley

February 10, 2019 — Lauren Tapia hadn't seen that much snow fall in a long time. A Truckee resident, Tapia said the wind howled Saturday night. Whiteout conditions persisted that day, and she knew she'd see snow when she woke Sunday morning. "But we were quite surprised to find

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Ndirangu Kamau, accused in death of Jasmine Turpen, faces more charges

February 10, 2019 — The man linked by authorities to the death of Nevada County native Jasmine Turpen now faces a felony charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, Sacramento County court records state. The new charge, added this month, means Ndirangu Kamau faces a maximum of 10 years

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Handful of people give input on draft cannabis environmental report

February 7, 2019 — The concerns people have about cannabis haven't changed. Odor, water and a perception the bureaucratic system is flawed — a handful of people spoke about these issues at a Thursday meeting of the Nevada County Planning Commission. The commission took no action after hearing these

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Jurors begin deliberations in Nevada County murder case

February 6, 2019 — Maurice Rogers used a screwdriver, or some other tool, to load the altered gun prosecutors say he used to kill Felicia Romaine Spruell-Jones. That act was one of many proving Rogers, 36, planned to kill the 46-year-old Spruell-Jones, said Anna Tyner, deputy district attorney, during

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No change in bond for man accused of Grass Valley home invasion

February 6, 2019 — An accused robber will remain jailed under $500,000 in bond after a judge denied a request to reduce his bail. Visiting Nevada County Superior Court Judge John Darlington ruled Wednesday that he'd keep Lorne Scott's bond unchanged after reading the witness' statement and hearing attorney

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Douglas MacDuff evades more serious charge of attempted murder

February 5, 2019 — Prosecutors have opted against filing an attempted murder charge against Douglas MacDuff, according to Nevada County court records filed Tuesday. MacDuff, 27, faces two felonies: possession of a firearm by a felon and evading an officer. He faces a special allegation of being ineligible for

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Judge mulls lower bond for suspect in Grass Valley home invasion case

February 5, 2019 — Facing accusations that he broke into a Grass Valley home and stole over 90 pounds of marijuana at gunpoint, Lorne Scott wants out of jail. Scott, 31, has been held in the Nevada County Jail since Nov. 27 on $500,000 in bond. On Tuesday his

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