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Judge overturns $16,000 penalty for property owner over pot plants

A judge ordered the Yuba County Board of Supervisors to revoke a $16,000 nuisance abatement penalty imposed on the landlords of an Olivehurst property, where a marijuana garden was found.
Yuba County Superior Court Judge Stephen W. Berrier filed the order on Friday in response to Jon and Amy Messick's legal challenge filed in May. Jon Messick is a former county planning commissioner.

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Yuba County will appeal decision revoking pot penalty

Yuba County will appeal a court ruling ordering the Board of Supervisors to revoke a penalty imposed on the landlords of property where a illegal marijuana grow site was found.
Supervisors in closed session this week voted unanimously to seek a review by the 3rd District Court of Appeal on a Yuba County Superior Court ruling last week.

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Pot seizures turning up huge grows

In the midst of harvest season, it's not uncommon to hear the phrase "a large amount of marijuana" on police radios.
While deputies work around the calendar to bust illegal grows, peak harvest season is also peak seizure season as the size and odor of marijuana plants draws the attention of complaining neighbors and surveying deputies, according to Yuba County sheriff's Lt. Shaun Smith.

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Vasquez recall petitioners fall short

A recall effort targeting Yuba County Supervisor Andy Vasquez has fallen short of the required number of qualified signatures to hold a special election.
County Clerk Terry Hansen confirmed today that only 55 percent of signatures contained on petitions seeking the ouster of the 1st District supervisor were of verified registered voters. The remaining 45 percent were declared invalid, the majority of those being signatures of people not registered to vote.

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Yuba County FACT Update 10-8-2015

CA. Regional Water Control Board (Central Valley Region) Adopts New Marijuana Standards
They have determined that the outdoor growing of 12 or more immature or 6 or more mature plants causes a significant impact on water quality.
Requires that all growers exceeding the 6/12 standard file a Report of Waste Discharge. The Report would include a map of the growing operation and how the operation would prevent discharge damage to water quality.
Requires the grower to allow for reasonable inspections by Water Control or Fish and Wildlife staff.

Suspects run from van packed with marijuana plants

Three men ran when a deputy tried to pull over their vehicle for running a stop sign in south Sutter County — the van was "packed to the brim" with marijuana plants.
One suspect is still at large.

Sergio A. Sanchez-Paz, 23, and Tony Q. Le, 22, both of Sacramento, were taken into custody within the first few hours of a search by the Sutter County and Sacramento County sheriff's departments, with the help of a California Highway Patrol helicopter, said Sutter County sheriff's Lt. Daniel Buttler.

Yuba County FACT Update 9-27-2015

500 PLANT MARIJUANA BUST IN DOBBINS: Here is a 8-25-15 News Article from the Appeal Democrat. This article points out many of the complexities and difficulties of arresting criminal marijuana traffickers.

3 charged in Dobbins marijuana grow

Suspects who said a 500-plant marijuana grow in Dobbins was a valid medical marijuana collective face criminal charges after supposed members of the collective denied their membership when contacted by deputies.

James M. Monts, 33, Benjamin T. Gaddy, 30, and Caitlin M. Hill, 26, are all named in a criminal complaint filed in Yuba County Superior Court last week.

Three hurt in Yuba City butane blast

Three people suffered severe — and in one case life-threatening — burns after a hash oil processing lab exploded in a Yuba City home Monday night, according to drug agents.

Police and firefighters responded to the explosion at 8:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Youngs Lane and called Yuba-Sutter NET-5 Narcotic and Gang Task Force when remnants of a butane hash oil lab were discovered, according to NET-5 Commander Martin Horan.

Troy Rowe, 27, suffered third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body. On Tuesday, Horan said he learned Rowe may not survive.

Yuba County FACT update 8-25-2015

To those who read a front page marijuana article in our weekly local newspaper today, do not be too concerned. The article heading could just as easily have said: "Superior Court Judge throws out part of Marijuana Suit". On August 13, 2015 the first real hearing of the POT Supporters suit against the Yuba County Marijuana Ordinance was heard. The Yuba County Council asked for the seven point marijuana suit to be thrown out. The judge did throw out one point and an additional two points will be thrown out in 30 days unless they are amended by the POT Supporters.

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