Yuba County

Marc Albert

As daylight waned Saturday, about 100 gathered in front of the Yuba County Courthouse in Marysville. Part multi-cultural religious service, part demonstration, the group urged Yuba County authorities to end a contract allowing US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold detainees at the Yuba County Jail.


Butte County Sheriff’s Office

Update 6/8/16 6:46 a.m. 

North State voters decided on a number of marijuana-related ballot measures yesterday, and mostly tightened restrictions on growers.

Butte County measures G and H both passed. That means that marijuana cultivation will be explicitly excluded from the county’s Right to Farm protections, and the fines for out-of-compliance grows are increased and easier to issue.

Legal problems are piling up for the Yuba County lawman and two others busted with 250 pounds of marijuana in Pennsylvania over the holidays.

While executing search warrants on five different locations Thursday, authorities, found two illegal assault rifles and another 132 pounds of marijuana.

The deputy, Christopher Mark Heath, who was already out on $1 million bail from Pennsylvania, was being held as of Friday evening in Butte County in lieu of $1 million bail. Heath’s wife, along with the wife of one of his two associates were also placed under arrest.


New data out from the California Water Resources Control Board shows overall the state missed its 25 percent November conservation mandate but is on track overall. Amid all the numbers one North State water district stands out, but it wasn’t for how much water it used.

Between March and November of last year, the Olivehurst Public Utility District issued 4,358 fines — by far the most in the Sacramento Valley Hydrologic Region.

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A veteran North State lawman is out on bail after being caught over the holidays allegedly smuggling 200 pounds of marijuana into Pennsylvania.

Yuba County sheriff’s deputy Christopher Heath was on vacation from his job on a joint Yuba/Sutter county anti-drug task force at the time of his arrest.

Heath, along with two others, all of the unincorporated Bangor area of Butte County, were arrested last week in York County Pennsylvania.

A lawman turned bandit pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday in connection with a bizarre armed robbery in Yuba City last year.

In a case seemingly lifted from a film noir plot, prosecutors accused Deputy Federal Marshal Clorenzo Griffin of organizing a small crew to conduct armed robberies against cash-rich North State marijuana traffickers.

Griffin, 38, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiring to commit a robbery.

Griffin’s associates, both of Miami, were sentenced to six and seven years respectively.