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Nevada County jury convicts Maurice Rogers of first-degree murder

February 7, 2019 — Jurors took around eight hours over Wednesday and Thursday to convict Maurice Rogers of first-degree murder. Rogers, 36, will remain incarcerated pending an April 5 sentencing in Nevada County Superior Court. Prosecutors say he faces 50 years to life in prison on the murder charge

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State Senate race for District 1 seat takes shape; 6 candidates running for spot

February 6, 2019 — Six candidates are running for the former state Senate seat of Ted Gaines. Steve Baird, of Sacramento; and Silke Pflueger, of Truckee, are running as Democrats for the seat. Brian Dahle, of Bieber; Theodore Dziuba, of Placerville; Rex Hime, of Sacramento; and Kevin Kiley, of

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Nevada County sheriff, district attorney, several other officials sworn in

January 8, 2019 — Sheriff-elect Shannan Moon stood Monday in the center of a crowded room, waiting to take the oath of office, when Supervisor Dan Miller leaned over to her and whispered: "Nervous?" "Excited," Moon told him. "Not nervous." Moments later Moon stood with her right hand raised

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Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal reflects on a career in law enforcement

January 5, 2019 — Sheriff Keith Royal has fired his gun just once in the line of duty. A deputy in 1981 with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, Royal was part of a contingent pursuing a murder suspect. When the chase ended Royal positioned his vehicle in an attempt

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Nevada County judge puts dismissal of murder case on hold

December 26, 2018 — Finley Fultz, whose murder case was dismissed last week, will remain jailed pending an appeal, a Nevada County judge ruled Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson gave prosecutors until Jan. 11 to file a motion for a permanent stay on his decision that dismissed Fultz's

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Nevada County correctional officer named in suit also faces criminal charges

December 14, 2018 — A Nevada County correctional officer accused in a lawsuit of breaking a jailed man's leg faces unrelated misdemeanor charges of assault by a public officer and battery, authorities said. Adam Grizzell, 25, is on paid administrative leave, the Sheriff's Office said. The office declined to

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Man accused of threatening Truckee judge found incompetent, now in state hospital

November 28, 2018 — A man accused of threatening a judge in Truckee, and later making shooting motions toward another magistrate, is currently being treated at a state hospital, prosecutors said. Johnathan Rodriguez, 20, was found incompetent on Oct. 22 in El Dorado Superior Court. Authorities then transferred him

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Shannan Moon starts with lead over Bill Smethers in sheriff’s race

November 7, 2018 — Capt. Shannan Moon had a lead over Executive Lt. Bill Smethers Tuesday night in the race for Nevada County sheriff, though thousands of ballots remain uncounted. Moon had 13,985 votes to Smethers' 11,019 votes, or 55.9 percent to 44.1 percent, in the final vote tally

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Nevada County supervisors eye fate of gas tax, say local roads would take a hit with repeal

November 2, 2018 — No Nevada County supervisor is actively considering a local tax if the statewide 12-cent gas tax is repealed Nov. 6. The possibility, however, is there. The passage of Proposition 6 would repeal the statewide tax implemented by the Legislature. That tax, in effect almost a

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Spotlight on Nevada County sheriff’s race: Shannan Moon, Bill Smethers discuss recidivism, jail issues (VIDEO)

October 16, 2018 — The race for Nevada County sheriff never stopped after the June 5 primary. There was a lull after Capt. Shannan Moon and Executive Lt. Bill Smethers took the top two spots in June's election. Pushing former Grass Valley Police Chief John Foster into third place,

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Pair face drug, vehicle registration charges in Truckee after agreeing to search

October 15, 2018 — Truckee police say two people stopped for expired tags — a stop that led to the discovery of suspected drugs — are accused using another vehicle's registration. Brian James Ball, 60, of Carmichael, and Lea Molly Miller, 22, of Reno, each face charges of forging

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Nevada County ballots are in the mail

October 11, 2018 — Nevada County voters should receive their ballots in the mail over the next several days, election officials said. The county elections office this week mailed ballots for the Nov. 6 general election to every registered voter in Nevada County. The county is now completely vote-by-mail.

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Joseph Ward sentenced to 15 years to life in Nevada County murder case

October 3, 2018 — TRUCKEE — Joseph Ward, sentenced Tuesday to 15 years to life in prison, chose to say nothing when given the chance. Convicted in August of fatally stabbing 61-year-old Kenneth Pestana, Ward sat only feet away from his victim's daughter as she spoke to Nevada County

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Joseph Ward sentenced to 15 years to life in Nevada County murder case

October 2, 2018 — Joseph Ward, sentenced Tuesday to 15 years to life in prison, chose to say nothing when given the chance. Convicted in August of fatally stabbing 61-year-old Kenneth Pestana, Ward sat only feet away from his victim's daughter as she spoke to Nevada County Superior Court

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Attorneys in Johnathan Rodriguez judge threatening case await competency report

September 24, 2018 — The defense attorney for a man accused of threatening a Nevada County judge has questioned his client's competency — a move that pauses the criminal proceedings against him, authorities said. Johnathan Rodriguez, 20, is scheduled to appear Oct. 15 before a South Lake Tahoe judge.

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Truckee police find stolen vehicle, suspected drugs at shopping center

September 11, 2018 — A West Virginia man spotted by police in a stolen vehicle — a truck containing suspected burglary tools and a clown mask — remained in the Nevada County Jail under $16,000 in bond Thursday, authorities said. Kenneth Wayne Sherman, 33, faces a felony vehicle theft

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Nevada County judges recuse themselves in threatening case

August 30, 2018 — All Nevada County judges have recused themselves in the case of a man who authorities say threatened a local magistrate. Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger on Thursday ordered local authorities to take Johnathan Rodriguez, 20, to the El Dorado County Jail. He's scheduled

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Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey steps down after almost 20 years

August 21, 2018 — Rick Haffey, chief executive officer of Nevada County, gets to work each day around 5 a.m. The early start allows him to read the news, looking for trends that could affect counties. He then leaves voice mails for those he needs to talk to later

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Truckee stabbing suspect now faces accusations of threatening Nevada County judge

August 21, 2018 — A man accused of trying to stab people in a Truckee subdivision made shooting gestures on Thursday toward a Nevada County judge as he left the courtroom. Johnathan Rodriguez, 20, faces accusations that on Tuesday he threatened a Truckee judge. Both his cases — last

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San Francisco woman dies near Purdon Crossing, Nevada County coroner says

August 15, 2018 — A San Francisco woman died Monday after having a seizure near Purdon Crossing in Nevada County, authorities said. Emma Louis-Dreyfus, 44, of San Francisco, died that morning about a quarter-mile upstream of Purdon. An autopsy occurred Tuesday. The cause of death is pending toxicology results,

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