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October 24, 2013
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Woman charged in knife, gun threat arraigned

A woman who reportedly threatened her husband with a knife and then a shotgun during an argument has been charged with criminal threats, exhibiting a firearm and exhibiting a deadly weapon.

Rebecca Jane Siegfried, 52, has been arraigned and is set to enter a plea in Nevada County Superior Court Oct. 31.

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Siegfried’s residence in the 17000 block of Lake Vera-Purdon Road Oct. 7 after the heated dispute reportedly began to involve weaponry.

Siegfried is currently out of custody on $25,750 bail.

Christensen trial set

The trial for a local man accused of molesting two girls has been set to begin Nov. 5; the trial is expected to last six weeks.

Ryan Paul Christensen, 32, is facing five counts of lewd acts on a child, two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, two counts of sodomy with a child 10 or younger, two counts of sexual intercourse with a child 10 or younger and one count of oral copulation with a child 10 or younger.

Christensen also faces special allegations of use of force or duress, multiple victims and substantial sexual conduct on several of those charges.

The charges cover a time period from 2006 to 2011, and the girls allegedly were as young as 5 years old at the time of some of the incidents. Christensen faces a sentence of 30 years to life.

Fugitive from justice to return to Missouri

A man wanted on child porn charges in Missouri — who has been arrested twice since then in Nevada County — will finally be extradited.

Luke Liker, 31, was initially arrested in Springfield, Mo., in 2009 after a neighbor bought a laptop computer from him and allegedly discovered pornographic images and videos of children.

Liker reportedly had shared the images on the Internet.

Liker was arrested 10 months later in Monroe, La., bailed out after his bond was reduced, then failed to show up for court.

Liker was arrested and arraigned in Truckee in November 2012 on a fugitive-from-justice warrant after he reportedly tried to conceal his identity. But because a warrant was never received from Missouri, he was released after 90 days, in February of this year.

The U.S. Marshal subsequently re-issued a warrant for him.

Liker was arrested again in July after a Grass Valley Police officer found him on a mattress in a ditch off Gates Place.

He was charged with two counts of being a fugitive from justice and was arraigned July 15.

The clock was set to expire on his possible extradition yet again — but a governor’s warrant was received in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday.

Liker will be sent back to Missouri in a few days.

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The Union Updated Oct 29, 2013 03:00PM Published Oct 28, 2013 06:54PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.