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Campbell a no-show in court

Lake of the Pines resident William Lawson Campbell narrowly avoided a trip back to jail after missing a court appearance on charges of investment fraud.

Campbell has pleaded not guilty to 78 counts of grand theft, sales of securities without qualifications, and the unlawful sales of securities involving 24 victims, as well as special allegations of excessive loss of more than $200,000, and aggravated white collar crime in transactions dating between September 2003 and February 2009.

On Tuesday, Campbell’s bail was reduced to $20,000 because he was not considered a danger to the community or a flight risk, said defense attorney Greg Klein.



But Campbell was a no-show for a felony conference Thursday afternoon, prompting Nevada County Assistant District Attorney Jason Jones to request a bench warrant for his arrest.

Superior Court Judge Robert Tamietti did not find sufficient proof that Campbell had been provided with adequate notice of his need to appear in court, and re-set his court appearance for 9 a.m. Tuesday.




His preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Oct. 19.

No new information has been released in a Nevada City assault.

An employee of a business in the 500 block of Searls Avenue was attacked at about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday by a man who allegedly grabbed her around the throat and torso.

The woman was carried to the back of the business, and thrown to the ground, losing consciousness; it is possible she was sexually assaulted.

Tamietti agreed to release alleged candelabra thief Allen Richard Mosley on his own recognizance, with some stringent conditions.

Mosley, 30, allegedly broke a grate in the sidewalk to enter the basement of Foothill Flowers in Grass Valley and take several wrought iron, seven-branch wedding candelabras on Sept. 29.

Several people called from Mill and Neal streets later that night to report a man carrying candelabras, shouting and banging on buildings. Mosley was arrested early the next morning after being located – allegedly holding a large candelabra, highly agitated and talking about God and demons.

He was arrested on suspicion of burglary, vandalism, being in possession of stolen property and resisting a peace officer.

Mosley has been diagnosed as being bipolar, said Nevada County Public Defender Don Lown.

Tamietti agreed to cancel his bail, provided he continue to reside with his grandmother, take his medications as prescribed, make and keep a mental health appointment, and stay away from Foothill Flowers.

Mosley next will appear in court at 1 p.m. Oct. 28.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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