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A Penn Valley-area man accused of defrauding an elderly woman of more than $27,000 pleaded innocent July 15 in Nevada County Superior Court.

John Duran, 45, who’s also known as Frank Doran and has seven other aliases, allegedly told a 77-year-old Grass Valley woman that he could double $27,467 she lent him last July or August, a Sheriff’s Office report says. Duran said the money would be part of a business deal involving large tractors.

She never received payments until this April, when she received a $250 money order with a memo saying, “Pay off personal loan,” the Sheriff’s Office report says.



In other cases:

— Marvin B. Shreve, 36, of Auburn pleaded no contest July 22 to assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury.




He had been charged with attempted murder in the Nov. 22, 2001, attack on a person with scissors at a south county residence. His sentencing is Sept. 3.

— Dennis P. Davidson, 53, of Grass Valley was sentenced July 15 to three years’ probation and 180 days in jail for stealing prescription drugs from customers of his pest control business. He also must get a year of outpatient treatment and not enter residences or businesses during the course of his employment.

A Probation Department presentence report mentions 17 victims, but two demanded restitution. Davidson, of Economy Pest Control, says in the report that he became addicted to painkillers after a series of medical problems, and that he began sporadically stealing drugs from customers six to eight years ago. He began consistently stealing painkillers three years ago, the report says.

— Joseph Beede, 22, of Rough and Ready was sentenced July 22 to five years’ probation and one year in jail for manufacturing methamphetamine.

He and Jonathan McCort, 29, were arrested at McCort’s Alta Sierra home Feb. 22 when narcotic agents reported seeing fumes rise from outside vents.

The Probation Department recommended three years in prison for McCort. A doctor has since been appointed to see if McCort would be amenable to treatment in the California Rehabilitative Center, a locked facility.

— Brandon M. Jones, 30, of Grass Valley was sentenced July 22 to three years’ probation and 360 days in jail for check fraud and a separate case of receiving stolen property. He also must get drug counseling.

Jones was charged with forging a check from his former employer in April and stealing a car stereo near Memorial Park in May.

— Ina V. Crovo, 47, of Cedar Ridge pleaded innocent July 15 to manufacturing methamphetamine, meth possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She’s accused of making meth at her home between June 12 and July 2.


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