Charges likely against Five Mile House owner |

Charges likely against Five Mile House owner

The District Attorney’s Office is expected to file felony charges “soon” against David Gonsalves, 45, owner of the Five Mile House restaurant north of Nevada City, D.A. staff said Friday.

A 26-year-old woman who works at a business near the local landmark called 911 Tuesday afternoon to report Gonsalves poked his two dogs with the handle of a shovel.

Gonsalves was having trouble rounding up his dogs and getting them into his vehicle when he began using the shovel handle, Nevada County sheriff’s Lt. Frank Kohler said.

When the woman objected to his treatment of the animals, Gonsalves “raised the shovel over his head and charged in her direction,” Kohler said.

As he charged at the woman, Gonsalves said, “I’ll take you out and your family,” she told investigators. The woman ran from Gonsalves, who gave chase for a short distance, Kohler said.

Deputies stopped Gonsalves in his Jeep Cherokee on Highway 20 and arrested him on suspicion of criminal threats, displaying a weapon in a threatening manner, simple assault and cruelty to animals.

Gonsalves bailed out of jail later Tuesday, according to jail records.

Gonsalves’ son-in-law picked up Gonsalves’ vehicle and one of the dogs, Kohler said.

The location of the other dog is unknown, he added.

The district attorney is reviewing a report by the sheriff’s office and will file charges soon, D.A. staff said.

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