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Nevada County judge: Murder suspect Jason Schuller will wear restraints at trial

November 19, 2017 — Murder suspect Jason Schuller will wear restraints during his trial — a decision made Friday, Nov. 17, after a judge learned about his conduct in jail and failure to obey deputies. Schuller, 36, is scheduled for trial Nov. 28 in Nevada County Superior Court. On

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Man gets 10 days jail for failure to pay more than $130K in child support

November 19, 2017 — A Glenbrook, Nev., man was sentenced to 10 days in jail after he failed to pay more than $130,000 in child support payments. Jeffery E. Dingman made somewhat of a scene in Young’s court on Tuesday, Nov. 14, when he stood up to say he

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Nevada County prosecutor pulls plea offer in kidnapping, false imprisonment case

November 18, 2017 — David Munoz, who along with Layla Callahan faces charges of kidnapping and false imprisonment, wanted to plea to a deal prosecutors had put on the table, his defense attorney said. Munoz, however, couldn’t. Defense attorney Greg Klein said in court Friday, Nov. 17, that prosecutors

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Nevada County authorities: Suspects pose as drug task force, rob apparent marijuana grow

November 16, 2017 — On the evening of November 11, 2017, Nevada County Dispatch received a call reporting a home invasion robbery, which occurred in the 13000 block of Brooks Road in Grass Valley. Deputies arrived and contacted the reporting party, who stated “caretakers” at the residence had been

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Update: Tehama County shooting claims 6 lives, including alleged gunman

November 14, 2017 — A deadly rampage in Tehama County started on Monday evening, Nov. 13, when Kevin Janson Neal shot and killed his wife, and then hid her body under the floor of their rural home, the Sacramento Bee reported on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Neal then went out

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South Lake Tahoe man arrested for allegedly firing gun at acquaintance after concert

November 14, 2017 — A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested for allegedly firing a firearm at another person early Sunday morning, Nov. 12, after a concert. South Lake Tahoe Police Department Dispatch received reports of a shooting at Beach Retreat & Lodge at 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Sunday,

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Two men with Nevada County ties sentenced for purse snatchings in Reno area

November 11, 2017 — Two Grass Valley men were sentenced recently in Nevada in connection with several purse snatchings involving elderly victims. Dutch Robert Cooper, 33, was sentenced to a combined 29 years in prison for two different cases involving three counts of grand larceny, one count of attempted

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Search warrant reveals meth, honey oil lab materials, Nevada County authorities say

November 6, 2017 — An argument at an Oak Canyon Drive home early Sunday led police to discover almost 2 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, as well as materials used in a butane honey oil lab, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities arrested Stephanie D. Austin, 45, of Grass

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Authorities investigating alleged homicide in Kings Beach on Tahoe’s North Shore

November 5, 2017 — An alleged homicide occurred on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 4, in Kings Beach on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said. Law enforcement received a report of gunshots in the 8400 block of Trout Avenue around 4 p.m. on Saturday, according

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Woman butted with rifle during alleged burglary in Truckee; two Kings Beach men arrested

November 4, 2017 — Two men were arrested three days after a woman apparently walked in on an alleged burglary at a Truckee residence, and was then butted in the head with a rifle, authorities said. Stewart DeVaney, 21, and Simon Wyss, 19 were each taken into custody on

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Nevada County Supervisor Heidi Hall sentenced for DUI

November 3, 2017 — Supervisor Heidi Hall was sentenced on Thursday, Nov. 2, to six days in jail — a punishment that can be served on work release — and three years’ probation on two DUI counts. Hall, who pleaded guilty last month to driving under the influence and

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Nevada County prosecutors intend change in alleged child molestation case

November 2, 2017 — Nevada County prosecutors say they intend to tweak the charges against Kenneth Byrnes, a change that would mean a new child sex conviction against him could warrant a possible life sentence. Byrnes, 70, faces three counts of lewd act upon a child and a count

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Update: Alleged booze bandit steals $15K in high-end wine from Raley’s in Incline Village

November 1, 2017 — A man allegedly made off with more than $15,000 in high-end wine from Raley’s supermarket in Incline Village on Monday, Oct. 23, authorities said. The incident happened sometime between 6:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. The suspect, described as a 6-foot tall, 180-pound white male, entered

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Yerington man incarcerated for not paying child support

October 31, 2017 — A Yerington man was convicted for not paying child support. Joseph Sahagun, 40, was convicted to 12 to 32 months in the Neavda Department of Corrections for failing to pay child support. Lyon County District Attorney Stephen Rye said Sahagun owed more than $20,000 in

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South Lake Tahoe woman admits to possession of controlled substance

October 31, 2017 — A South Lake Tahoe woman admitted to the charge of possession of a controlled substance. She is facing up to four years in prison. The 42-year-old woman was arrested last month on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle and

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Man involved in Douglas County alleged road rage shooting arrested

October 30, 2017 — A Carson City man was arrested after a road rage incident on Friday when officers responded to reports that shots were fired. Richard J. Woodward, 34, was arrested in Douglas County for carrying a concealed weapon after an altercation in Alpine County and fled. At

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Sentencing delayed for Nevada County sex offender

October 30, 2017 — Sentencing was delayed Friday, Oct. 27, for a South County man convicted of rape and child molestation after he retained a new attorney. Guadalupe Santa Maria, 43, was convicted on two felony rape charges and one count of having lewd and lascivious acts with a

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Legal records: Murder suspect Robert Steuber has decades-old molestation conviction

October 29, 2017 — Robert Steuber, accused in the fatal shooting of Sandra Lebarron, was convicted of child molestation in the 1970s, legal documents show. Sacramento authorities arrested Steuber, who was 36 at the time, in September 1971 on four sexually-related accusations. In May 1972 Steuber pleaded guilty to

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Nevada County carjacker sentenced after judge upholds plea deal

October 28, 2017 — Accused carjacker James Jerold Zinola-Young was sentenced to more than 10 years in state prison Friday, Oct. 27, after a judge found no reason to set aside his plea agreement. Zinola-Young, 24, was arrested late last year in connection with the December carjacking of a

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Nevada County judge says attempted murder suspect Eugene Maravel is competent

October 27, 2017 — The case of a man facing attempted murder charges moved closer to trial on Thursday, Oct. 26, after a Nevada County judge determined he was competent. Eugene Maravel, 68, had his case suspended last month to give a doctor time to perform an evaluation. He

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