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Grass Valley man charged with robbery, assault with deadly weapon takes plea

A Grass Valley man charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon took a plea agreement in Nevada County Superior Court that will reduce his charges to one misdemeanor assault count.

Chad Braden Bomar, 28, hit another man in the head with a baseball bat Jan. 18 in what was believed to be a drug-related assault, sending the other man to the hospital via air ambulance.

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence on Highway 174 near Osborne Hill Road after the homeowner called 911 at about 9:15 p.m. to report a man bleeding from the head on his front porch.

Nathaniel Hubbert told deputies he was attacked by Bomar at a nearby church and that he had fled on foot after Bomar hit him with the bat.

In court Monday, Bomar pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to three years probation, with credit for time served in jail, and must stay away from Hubbert.

DUI driver sentenced to one year

A transient suspected of driving drunk and causing an accident that sent a dirt bike rider to the hospital, then leaving the scene for more than an hour, was sentenced to five years probation and one year in jail after pleading no contest to driving under the influence causing injury and leaving the scene of an accident.

Benjamin James Newcomb, 37, was driving a Jeep Cherokee westbound on Tyler Foote Crossing Road just west of Black Sands Mine Road on March 21 when he hit a curve at an unsafe speed.

Newcomb’s Jeep slid to the left, into the path of two dirt bike riders going eastbound. One of the dirt bikers dove to the right shoulder, onto an embankment, to avoid the vehicle. But the second rider — identified as Ian Argo, of Camptonville — hit the front of the Jeep, and he was thrown, landing on the ground and sustaining a reported broken leg and a large laceration.

Newcomb got out of the Jeep and checked on Argo before speaking briefly to the second rider, who asked him to head to North San Juan and get help. He left the scene without providing any information and was MIA for about an hour and a half.

The CHP, as well as Cal Fire and North San Juan firefighters and an ambulance, subsequently responded to the scene of the accident, and Argo was flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Newcomb returned while the accident scene was being cleaned up, claiming to have called 911 from North San Juan although there were no phone records of such a call.

At his sentencing in court Monday, Judge Candace Heidelberger also sentenced him to put an interlock device on his vehicle, with a three-year suspension of his driver’s license.

He must also enroll in outpatient alcohol treatment and attend a DUI victim impact panel.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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