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One of eight original defendants in a methamphetamine lab case had his charges dismissed Thursday in Nevada County Superior Court.

Ladd L. Goldberg Jr. of Grass Valley had been charged with manufacturing meth after his Dec. 20 arrest on Vintage Drive near Lime Kiln Road.



There was insufficient evidence to prosecute Goldberg, Deputy District Attorney Ken Tribby said Friday.




Of the original arrestees, one also had his charges dropped, one was sentenced for child endangerment after a plea bargain, and another is a juvenile.

Four remaining defendants have a preliminary hearing March 28.

In other cases:

— Ronald A. Small, 34, of Elverta was sentenced March 4 to three years in prison for vehicle theft.

He was among three parolees arrested Dec. 10 in Penn Valley Mobile Home Park after a deputy spotted two stolen vehicles. Small was sentenced to two years for stealing a vehicle in Sacramento and an additional year because his record included a prior prison sentence.

— Kay C. Zawadski, 43, of Penn Valley was sentenced March 4 to three years’ probation and 120 days in jail for embezzlement.

While a Kmart worker, Zawadski was seen on surveillance videotape refunding money for stolen items and pocketing the cash, according to Grass Valley police. Her sentence requires paying the store $2,800 stolen between July and September.

— Jon E. Bacon, 21, of Grass Valley pleaded not guilty March 4 to assault causing serious bodily injury and battery. His felony conference is March 21.

Bacon is accused of kicking and punching a man in the face Jan. 5, causing the man to fall and strike his head on the pavement on the 100 block of North Pine Street.

An officer reported he was driving by at the time and saw Bacon strike a karate pose before the alleged kick. Bacon later told police that the victim struck him first, according to a police report.

— Donald K. Hense, 45, of Middletown pleaded not guilty March 1 to driving under the influence and causing injury. His felony conference is Thursday.

Hense was in a collision Jan. 13 on Highway 49 north of Nevada City, and the California Highway Patrol claimed he crossed the center line. A later CHP report said he had a 0.26 blood-alcohol level.

— Lawrence L. Thompson, 51, of Chicago Park was arraigned March 4 on counts of possession of a counterfeit bill and passing a counterfeit bill. He’s scheduled to enter a plea March 28.

The Sheriff’s Office claims Thompson passed a phony $50 bill at the Cedar Ridge Y Market on Jan. 7.

— Michael R. Bewsee, 23, of Grass Valley pleaded not guilty Wednesday to assault. His felony conference is March 21.

Bewsee is accused of striking another man with a skateboard March 1 in downtown Grass Valley.


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