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Accused child molester and pornographer Luis Ponce pleaded innocent Friday in Nevada County Superior Court to 21 charges of aggravated child molestation.

Judge John Darlington set a felony conference in the case for 1 p.m. May 4.

Deputy District Attorney Charles O’Rourke had Ponce in and out of the courtroom in less than five minutes.

Ponce, a 49-year-old Nevada County resident, arrived at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility this week to face local molestation charges after being accused of child pornography in Alameda County.

He worked as a paramedic supervisor in Berkeley, where investigators in January found video tapes of Ponce allegedly molesting young children.

Shortly afterward, Nevada County investigators found computer disks at Ponce’s home on Rattlesnake Road containing images of children being sexually exploited, and they arrested him.

– Trina Kleist

Meeting set for local agriculture

KVMR and the Nevada County Land Trust will host a virtual town hall meeting from 8-10 p.m. Monday to discuss and answer questions about keeping our agricultural lands sustainable.

The panelists are Dan Macon, Executive Director of the Nevada County Land Trust; Bill and Anna Trabucco, owners of Trabucco Ranch and conservation easement donors; Amagio Bob Cantisano, local organic farmer and organic agricultural advisor.

From 8 to 9 p.m. the panelists will discuss such issues as challenges facing local ranchers and farmers, ways to keep our farmers sustainable, and where locally produced food can be obtained. The panelists will take calls (265-9555) between 9-10 p.m.

Dorsey workshop scheduled Tuesday

A workshop on the Dorsey Drive Interchange will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, 225 S. Auburn St.

The workshop will include detailed information of the proposed project, including maps, plans and a project schedule. Information on costs and environmental issues will also be available.

– The Union staff

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