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Grass Valley PD Arrests 15 for Drugs and Guns

At approximately 7:00 AM Grass Valley Police Officers responded to the Holiday Lodge in the 1200 block of East Main Street to investigate the report of people being in a room that was supposed to be vacant.  Upon arrival, officers checked the unrented room and located several individuals inside.  They also located nearly 2 grams of Methamphetamine and associated drug paraphernalia.  As they investigated the situation, they were led to other rooms at the motel where additional drugs, paraphernalia, and guns including a pistol grip shotgun, a rifle, and a 9mm handgun were located.  At one point during their search, an individual tried to climb out a bathroom window in the back of a room, but Officers were able to apprehend him outside in short order.  In one of the rooms, Officers located a trap door that led to a basement storage area where persons or contraband could be hidden.  A canine unit was called to help with the search for further illegal substances. 

Members of the Nevada County Narcotics Task Force assisted Grass Valley Officers and at the conclusion of the investigation, a total of 15 people were arrested including the motel manager, Dawn Olson, who was charged with criminal conspiracy and maintaining a place for the purpose of unlawfully selling, giving away, or using controlled substances.   

The following individuals were arrested:

  1. Dawn Olson(43 years old) – criminal conspiracy, and maintaining a place for selling and using controlled substances.
  2. Aron Bendix (43 years old) – possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting and delaying an officer.
  3. Michael Bowers (45 years old) – possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia
  4. Travis McBride (27 years old) – possession of a controlled substance, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a firearm while committing a felony
  5. Jesse Poff (30 years old) – under the influence of a controlled substance
  6. Brandon Hodge (26 years old) – possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia
  7. Timothy Brady (22 years old) – possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and 3 Nevada County warrants for drug and theft charges
  8. Joseph Norton (23 years old) – possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia
  9. Christine Sharsmitt (32 years old) – possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation
  10. Cory GoodrichFordyce (23 years old) – felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of hi cap magazines, felon in possession of ammunition, violation of probation
  11. Derek Pinneo (30 years old) – possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation
  12. Nicole Carman (29 years old) – possession of methamphetamine, possession of a loaded firearm
  13. Dennis Ferguson (25 years old) – possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia
  14. Michael Cameron (34 years old) – violation of parole, possession of metal knuckles, driving with a suspended license, possession of marijuana
  15. Kaitlyn Sulley (30 years old) – possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation

 Additionally, because of the poor condition of the facility and the rooms, Grass Valley code enforcement and Fire Department Officers were called to the motel.  They noted numerous safety violations throughout the grounds which will need to be corrected immediately.

GVPD Holiday Motel bust

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