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Teens arrested in rock-throwing case

Charged as adults with eight felonies
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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The California Highway Patrol Gold Run Division arrested three minors Thursday morning in connection to the Colfax Canyon Way overpass rock-throwing case. On July 26 the three juveniles allegedly threw a rock off the overpass and injured Jose Palomera, 48, of Sacramento, who was traveling down Interstate 80. Palomera was transferred to the hospital where he was first listed in critical condition. He returned to his Sacramento home July 30 and is recovering from a broken jaw and other serious injuries. The rock crushed Palomera’s jaw and fractured several bones in his cheek. The Placer County District Attorney’s Office could not verbally release the names of the juveniles Thursday. Two of them are 16 years old and one is 17 years old, said Art Campos, spokesman for the district attorney’s office. The minors are being charged with eight felonies each: one count of conspiracy, one count of battery causing serious bodily injury, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, Campos said. Campos said they would be charged as adults. The juveniles were booked into the Placer County Juvenile Center in Auburn, and each is being held on $150,000 bail. Campos said two of the teenagers are Colfax residents and one is a Grass Valley resident. Their arraignment is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday in Auburn’s Placer County Jail courtroom. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com