Shoulder tap operation nets wanted felon |

Shoulder tap operation nets wanted felon

James Zinola-Young
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

A convicted felon wanted for violating probation was arrested Saturday during a shoulder tap operation by Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies.

The deputies were out on a state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control detail set up to deter locals from buying alcohol for minors, said Lt. Bill Smethers.

“While they were set up on Colfax Avenue, they saw a black Mercedes drive by and recognized the driver as a person who was wanted,” Smethers said.

James Jerold Zinola-Young, 22, was subsequently stopped and detained without incident on Highway 174 and Bartlett Drive, Smethers said.

A subsequent search of his vehicle reportedly uncovered a bag belonging to him that contained brass knuckles and an undisclosed amount of heroin.

Zinola-Young was arrested on suspicion of violating parole and mandatory supervision, possessing a controlled substance, possessing brass knuckles, and an outstanding warrant. He was being held without bail and is set to appear in court March 20.

He had been arrested in May 2014 and charged with assault with a firearm, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, discharge of a firearm with gross negligence and being a felon in possession of a firearm. In October, he pleaded no contest to the gun possession charge and was sentenced to 180 days n jail and three years probation. A probation violation was filed with the court in January and a bench warrant was issued.

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.

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

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