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Local riders gear up for NC Classic





FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Two in jail after chase


WEATHER MAN H: 91oo L: 63 See full Weather, A11

Sunny and warm

South county neighborhood locked down during search

for tonight ■ 37th Annual Father’s Day

Bluegrass Festival Sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association, the oldest continuously running bluegrass festival continues today through Sunday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.


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Built like a plane, an entry for the second annual Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby was on display at the Nevada City Foreign Car and Motorcycle Show on June 9. This year’s derby will take place Saturday on Nimrod Street in Nevada City. ■ ManUp! with wellness

guru Chris Powell The Center for the Arts teams up with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital to present an inspirational and instructive presentation by celebrity health and wellness guru Chris Powell with a fun and participatory outdoor exposition. Includes clinics and demonstrations on many fun and healthy activities. Today from 5 to 9 p.m. at the parking lot at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall, 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley. For information, visit

■ ‘Summer of Love’ returns

to Off Broadstreet This popular play features a middle-aged woman who was only 12 when a chance meeting with Janis Joplin at the Monterey Pop Festival changes her life forever. Performance at 8:15 p.m., Off Broadstreet Cabaret Dessert Theatre, 305 Commercial Street, Nevada City. For information, call (530) 2658686.

More than 40 soapbox entries will vie for top spot BY CHRISTOPHER ROSACKER Staff Writer


o folks outside Nevada County, Sunday’s Nevada City Classic may be the best known of the local activities this Father’s Day weekend. But the Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby is booming among locals in only its second year. Last year’s maiden voyage of the soapbox derby attracted an estimated 4,500 attendees and raised nearly $5,000 to benefit Nevada City’s Pioneer Park, funding the installation of a new bocce ball court. “It was just absolutely amazing how giddy everyone was and how much passion everyone had for the event,” said Mark Swasey of Swasey’s Public Wholesale, whose racer came in fifth place last year. Event organizer Rich Bodine estimates that this year’s derby will likely triple the first year’s total funds raised, thanks to sponsors such as Grass


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Adult Soapbox Derby

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Nimrod Street, along Nevada City’s Pioneer Park

COST: Free Valley-based AJA Video’s $10,000 contribution and New York-based Markertek, a broadcast and pro-audio supplier that contracts with local producers, such as AJA and Ensemble Designs. Whatever the final fund total will be, its allocation has not yet been determined, Bodine said. Nevada City’s Parks and Recreation Department will have a tent at the race where attendees can submit their ideas for park projects. “There are many options for upgrades and improvements to our park



Man held to answer on molest charges BY LIZ KELLAR Staff Writer


WHAT: Second Annual Nevada City

— playground, pool area, walking trail and better drainage for the ball fields, to name a few,” said Nevada City Mayor David McKay in a submitted statement to The Union. Some project ideas Bodine mentioned included a sand volleyball court, upgraded barbecue and picnic areas and a path for walkers, joggers and bicycle riders around the park. While the race certainly is about caring for the park, there is no shortage of enthusiasm for the derby itself, Bodine said. More than 40 entries will race to beat last year’s winning Telestream team. Telestream’s returning racer has been designated No. One, with a target around the number, Bodine said. Swasey’s team said they made some improvements to their two-man, bobsled-like entry and are gunning for first place this year.

Two Grass Valley men are facing robbery charges after leading deputies on a chase for more than five hours and causing a neighborhood lockdown Thursday in southern Nevada County. And residents of Darkhorse and Lake of the Pines developments can take some of the credit for their apprehension. As a result of neighbors’ tips to law enforcement, Corey Locicero, 31, and Jordan Rose, 19, were arrested on suspicion of robbery, county Sheriff Keith Royal said. Locicero’s alleged escapade kept his lawyer cooling his heels in a Nevada County Superior courtroom, where he had been scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Shortly after 6 a.m., the sheriff ’s dispatch office received a call reporting a burglary in progress on the 17000 block of River Ranch Road, Royal said. A man saw something suspicious at a vacant house next door, went over to investigate and allegedly was accosted by Locicero and Rose, Royal said. The two suspects allegedly forced the

Sufficient evidence was found to hold an Alta Sierra man to answer on three counts of annoying or molesting a child younger than 18, after a preliminary hearing Thursday. However, there was insufficient evidence in one count involving a fourth alleged victim. The allegations center around inappropriate behavior allegedly exhibited by John Orozco toward several teenage girls, who were school friends

of his daughter’s. The girls testified in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday that from the time they were 14 or 15 Orozco would ask for hugs, hold their hands and ask them to be his girlfriend. The most serious incident involved a 17-year-old girl identified as A.C., who testified that last fall, Orozco pushed her against a wall and kissed her on the lips and later asked her if he could give her a hickey. He later apologized and asked her not to tell anyone, she testified. The girl said she did tell her friend

about the incident, but she “acted like it was a complete fairy tale.” She said she did not report it to law enforcement initially because she felt bad for her friend. A.C. denied knowing at the time that Orozco had admitted to her mother that he was a registered sex offender. His conviction allegedly dates back to when he was 24 and having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. According to the Megan’s Law website, he was convicted of rape by force or fear. See CHARGES A10

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A Nevada County Sheriff’s detective and a Lake of the Pines security guard handcuff Jordan Rose, 19, of Grass Valley, suspected of being involved in a robbery on River Ranch Road.

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