Concern for family leads to surrender |

Concern for family leads to surrender

A Penn Valley man is back from Hawaii, done skipping bail, and his estranged wife is back in the laundermat business without fear of getting locked out.

“So, I’m good with everything,” Tanya Glass said Friday.

Glass, a 33-year-old mother of three young boys who’s fighting cancer, earlier this month feared her three laundermats would be closed. That was because her estranged husband, Robert Glass, allegedly skipped $51,000 bail in October after using the businesses as collateral.

A series of phone negotiations led to his voluntary surrender last week, and he appeared for a hearing Thursday in Nevada County Superior Court.

“I told him it’s going to get ugly,” bail enforcement officer Doug Lewis of Carson City, Nev., said Friday.

Robert Glass, 35, appeared on four cases – all stemming from domestic-violence accusations. The hearing was arranged for him to seek a bail reduction, Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Kull said, but Robert Glass didn’t make such a request.

Instead, a felony conference was set for Jan. 30, and Glass remains held on $76,000 bail at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility. Efforts to reach Glass’ lawyer, Michael Farley, were unsuccessful.

Lewis and his business partner are contracted with a surety company that covers Nevada City Bail Bonds, which posted Robert Glass’ bail in October, when he allegedly fled.

Until Dec. 5, Lewis said, Robert Glass was resistant to turning himself in, but changed course when Lewis discussed the possible impact on his family. Agents briefly locked up the laundermat next to Raley’s in Grass Valley. Tanya Glass owns two others, next to the SPD markets in Grass Valley and Nevada City.

Lewis said a number of database checks confirmed Robert Glass was in Hawaii and that he shipped his belongings to the islands.

The enforcement agent could have flown to Hawaii to retrieve Glass, but the 9/11 attacks changed the way his industry does business.

“A lot of airlines just flat refuse to transport prisoners for anything,” he said.

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