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TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) – An investigation continues into the deaths of about 15 cats at a condominium here last week.

Animal control officers were called Tuesday to Caroleen ”Candy” Potter’s condo on a complaint of strong odors.

After entering the home, officers found about 15 dead cats and several others roaming the property.

”What we think happened is that (Potter) was trying to kill the cats through carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Dan Olsen, animal control supervisor.

”She had filled a small barbecue pan in her bedroom with lit charcoal and had left the cats inside.”

Nevada County prosecutors are reviewing the case. Sheriff’s deputies said she could face charges of cruelty to animals.

An investigation continues into the motive.

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – A 61-year-old Minden man apparently died of natural causes while driving his car on U.S. Highway 50 east of here, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.

The driver, whose name was withheld pending notification of family members, was headed westbound on U.S. 50 near Mound House when his car drifted off the highway and struck a curb Saturday.

The car came to a rest in the eastbound lanes, blocking traffic.

”When witnesses got there, he was unconscious,” Trooper Patrick McGill said. ”He didn’t have a pulse and wasn’t breathing.”

Efforts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy was scheduled to pinpoint the cause of death.