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A woman accused of driving over her boyfriend, rendering him comatose, pleaded not guilty to assault and hit-and-run Wednesday in Nevada County Superior Court.

Brandi S. Manley, 29, of Grass Valley is accused of driving over then-boyfriend Kyle Blanchard at their McCarter Way home near McCourtney Road on Dec. 14. He was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center and remained in critical condition several days.



Manley missed her first arraignment date last month and was arrested on a warrant last week. Her felony conference is Thursday.




In other cases:

— Marijuana charges against Mary A. Mallon, 55, of San Juan Ridge were dismissed March 28.

She and Todd E. Klundt, 35, were charged with cultivation and possession for sale after narcotics agents reported finding 40 pounds of dried marijuana buds, 20 mature plants and other plants of various heights during an Oct. 9 search at a Hyatt Road home.

Both have medical-marijuana recommendations. Klundt’s case is pending.

— Robert F. Reeder, 57, formerly of Cedar Ridge, was sentenced Thursday to 20 months in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine. The term was tacked onto a 13-year sentence issued in San Luis Obispo County, also for manufacturing.

Reeder was arrested here in 2000 on the San Luis Obispo County warrant, and narcotics agents found meth chemicals and equipment at his rental home and in a shed.

— Marty D. Gibbs, 39, of Grass Valley was sentenced Thursday to three years and eight months in prison for check theft and receiving stolen property.

He’s accused of forging several stolen checks at Raley’s until his Jan. 23 arrest by Grass Valley police. His conviction included an enhancement for prior prison terms.

— Debra A. Lerma, 43, of Grass Valley was sentenced Thursday to three years’ probation and six months in jail and ordered to pay $8,000 to Kmart, her former employer.

Lerma was convicted of embezzling that amount by making fraudulent refunds until her December arrest. She admitted to the amount, according to Grass Valley police, but later accused the store of adding zeros to her written confession. She then claimed owing $800 to $1,300.

— William E. Beard, 42, of Grass Valley was sentenced Thursday to three years’ probation and 90 days in jail for theft of access cards or account information.

He and 26-year-old Renee Reichert, Grass Valley police say, were found with stolen mail during a Jan. 18 traffic stop. Reichert allegedly had an address book that listed account numbers from the stolen mail, according to police. Her case is pending.

— Kristen S. Bardwell, 25, of Grass Valley and Angela P. Niesen, 22, of Nevada City each pleaded not guilty to identity theft, receiving stolen property, check forgery and marijuana possession. Bardwell’s plea came March 27, Niesen’s April 4.

Grass Valley police arrested the women – co-defendants in a previous case – after a March 23 traffic stop and reported finding stolen and forged checks and an ID card bearing Bardwell’s photo but one of the check owners’ names, Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips said.

Bardwell faces trial in June on several other cases with similar charges, and she also faces federal and Placer County arrest warrants, according to Phillips.


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