Bear River basketball mom faces trial on booze charges |

Bear River basketball mom faces trial on booze charges

A trial date has been set in the case of the southern Nevada County woman accused of providing alcohol to students of Bear River High School, though lawyers continue to work toward an agreement, the district attorney said today.

“We set a trial to keep the case moving,” District Attorney Cliff Newell said. “We’re still talking with her defense attorney. He’s still providing us with evidence for discovery … information and his evidence that he would submit to the court for trial.”

But the two sides are “working hard” to reach an agreement that would be fair to both sides, avoiding an August trial, Newell added.

Nicole Osterholt is accused of providing wine and vodka to 11 minors aged 15 to 17, including girls on the Bear River High School varsity basketball team, at a Grass Valley home where she was present in December 2007, according to the charges.

She also is charged with misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors.

Bear River High School administrators forced the girls basketball team to forfeit the rest of its games for the season after an alleged, unrelated drinking incident in Granite Bay around the same time. Osterholt was not present at that alleged incident, Newell has said.

The girls team was the two-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion.


To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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