Marijuana harvest season a violent one |

Marijuana harvest season a violent one

Robyn Moormeister
Sun News Service

GRASS VALLEY ” Monday night’s assault was the third reported violent attack in Nevada County this harvest season associated with marijuana:

– On Sept. 29, two men with guns busted into a home where pot plants were growing on the 11000 block of Tyler Foote Crossing Road. Alleged intruder John Scott Shelton of Linda was killed in a gunfight with homeowner Dusty Beck, who was shot three times and is recovering, according to his family. Beck has a history of arrest and conviction for marijuana cultivation, according to police and court records.

Police have not arrested anyone in connection to the shooting.

– Early Sunday morning, five people with two guns, crowbars and a baseball bat broke into a home on the 20000 block of Woodbury Drive, tied up eight people and beat a majority of them before attempting to take more than 200 marijuana plants. The intruders were in the process of loading a rented van with the plants when deputies arrived. The suspects are still at large, investigators said Tuesday.

One man was severely beaten in the Sunday attack and reportedly had a broken neck, according to early reports from sheriff’s investigators. The man has been released from the hospital and is walking around with a neck brace on, Nevada County Sheriff’s Capt. Ron Smith said Tuesday.

The man was interviewed by investigators Monday, he said.