The Nevada County Narcotics Taskforce officers were working this week with Grass Valley Police to conduct a probation check on a pair of well known past offenders. On Tuesday, April 21 at 3:00 in the afternoon, they appeared at a home on the 200 block of North Church Street, a narrow residential road in central Grass Valley, just north of West Main. There they found 24-year-old Cory Goodrich and 19-year-old Sean Taylor.
Goodrich, also known as Cory Franklin Goodrich-Fordyce, has a history with local law enforcement going back to at least 2010, when at 19 he was arrested for possession and transportation of a controlled substance, and possession for sales, according to available arrest records. He was arrested again in June of 2011 for possession for sale, and then in September for possessing burglary tools. In November of that year he was charged with failure to appear in court, and faced the burglary tools charge again in December. The next year, in September of 2012, he was arrested for possession and being under the influence of a controlled substance, along with drug paraphernalia and violating his probation. On New Year’s Day 2013 he was picked up for another probation violation, which he was charged with again in March 2013, along with possession and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
In May of 2014 he was arrested, along with 13 others, in a raid on the Holiday Lodge, on East Main Street, in a room that was supposed to be empty. The hotel’s manager, Dawn Olson, 43, was arrested and charged with maintaining a location for selling and using illegal drugs. There was even a trap door installed leading from the room to the basement, where more contraband was found, according to a story from CBS Sacramento. Goodrich-Fordyce was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, high cap magazines, and ammunition.
Then on October 28, he and Tristan Martin Appleton were arrested at the Golden Chain motel parking lot, and charged with loitering on private property, possession of burglary tools, and felony criminal conspiracy. Appleton was also charged with carrying a concealed dirk or dagger. The motel is located in south Grass Valley, along Highway 49, also known as the Golden Chain Highway.
Goodrich lists his occupation as a tattoo artist, and his Facebook profile lists his business as $FelonsInk$, where he has also posted “White Pride” and skinhead images.
Goodrich’s friend, Sean Taylor, has nearly as many arrests, but just in the past year since he turned 18. (Any records prior to that age are not available due to his minor status. His Facebook profile does include his time spent at Sugarloaf Mountain Juvenile Hall program in Nevada City.) In March of 2013, three months after reaching legal age, Taylor was arrested by Grass Valley Police for vandalism at the Safeway Market on Neal and Mill Streets. That arrest was followed on March 27 with an arrest for possession of marijuana for sale. He was picked up at a home on Buena Vista Street that had become known at the time for criminal activity, according to a story on KNCO News.
Records show that Taylor was arrested on April 14 of last year for loitering or prowling on private property. He was picked up at 2:07 in the morning at the North Church Street location, where he was found yesterday in the probation check. Just a few days later, on April 18, Taylor was arrested for vandalism. He was caught at 3:18 in the morning at Bank and Auburn Streets, a short walk from the Grass Valley Police Station. On June 30 he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Then on July 14, Taylor was charged with grand theft. He was arrested by Grass Valley police at 1:45 in the afternoon at Condon Park, the community park east of central Grass Valley, where the Little League baseball field, Dogs Run Free dog park, and skate park are located. Bail for the felony arrest was set at $10,000. Taylor, while out on bail, had failed to appear for the grand theft charge, along with other outstanding cases for misdemeanor petty theft, battery, and possession of concentrated cannabis and paraphernalia. He had five outstanding warrants issued for those charges, when his familiar short red haircut and fair features were recognized by a police officer, and he was arrested on South Auburn, near the Holiday Inn Express. At the time, he was found to be carrying a switchblade knife, a billy club, and an Airsoft rifle, which had been altered to remove the orange safety tip, making it appear to be a lethal weapon. He was charged with the additional offenses, along with the charge of committing a felony while out on bail.
So with their history, expectations may have been high when the officers conducted their probation search on Tuesday. And if they expected to find something, they were not disappointed (unless they expected to find two young men living a clean, sober, and law-abiding life.) According to a Grass Valley Police press release, in the home, the officers located methamphetamine, powdered heroin, drug paraphernalia, and a pistol grip, pump action shotgun with homemade ammunition. But they also located property that appeared to have been stolen. A follow up revealed that the items were taken from a local school, but the burglary had not even been discovered until then. It was learned that they had burglarized the school early on Saturday morning.
Both men were arrested, and are facing multiple probation violations, drug and weapon possession charges, and burglary. Anyone with more information is encouraged to call the Grass Valley Police at 530-477-4600.