February 27, 2013 | Back to: Obituaries

Brothers arrested, jailed on same day

Two Grass Valley brothers ended up in county jail on the same day — but for different reasons.

James Jordan Zinola, 22, was arrested Tuesday morning after a woman in the 200 block of Joerschke Drive called Grass Valley Police to report that someone had stolen her son’s mountain bike.

She called back about an hour later to report she had located the bike, and the man who stole it was walking down the street.

He then reportedly got into a Honda and she was able to provide the vehicle license plate number.

Zinola was located at Dorsey Drive and Segsworth Way, and was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of stolen property. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

His 20-year-old brother, James Jerold Zinola-Young, was arrested in connection with a reported stolen vehicle, said Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks.

A person who was described as an acquaintance told police that Zinola-Young had permission to drive the vehicle, but had failed to return it, on Feb. 19. The missing vehicle was reported Monday, Marks said.

Zinola-Young was arrested on suspicion of violating probation and embezzlement, and was being held without bail.

The two men’s mother, Dorothea Zinola, has been in county jail since early November; jail records show two cases, for being under the influence of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance.

Zinola-Young had been sentenced to five months in jail in November 2011, after both the prosecutor and the judge warned him that he needed to turn his life around. Zinola-Young, 19 at the time, was arrested in September of that year after Grass Valley Police officers were called to the 200 block of Dorsey Drive in response to multiple calls of shots fired. Zinola-Young was found with a loaded handgun and a sawed-off shotgun.

He allegedly had been involved in a domestic dispute with his pregnant girlfriend, and was across the street from her apartment, talking or texting her on the phone that he was going to kill her, and firing in the air.

Zinola-Young pleaded no contest to the felony discharge of a firearm, a misdemeanor count of criminal threats and a misdemeanor count of possession of brass knuckles in the earlier case.

At the time of his sentencing, Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Oliver Pong alluded to Zinola-Young’s extensive juvenile criminal history and urged Judge Candace Heidelberger to consider a stiffer sentence.

“This continuing pattern of misconduct is going to land him in prison for life in installments,” Pong said, adding that Zinola-Young’s professions of remorse rang hollow.

Defense attorney Stephen Munkelt pointed to his client’s youth and dysfunctional home life, and told Heidelberger the defendant was committed to getting a job and staying off drugs.

Heidelberger sentenced Zinola-Young to 180 days total, telling him, “I hope you’re serious about turning it around.”

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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