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Court Summary

A 22-year-old man who cooked methamphetamine while housesitting a San Juan Ridge home was sentenced to 300 days in jail and three years’ probation April 15 in Nevada County Superior Court.

Ryan E. Holcomb was arrested after the Pine Grove Reservoir Road resident arrived home in early December to find meth making chemicals, equipment and numerous items strewn about.



Holcomb, a south county resident, said he abandoned the house after the heating fuel ran out.




In other cases:

— A jury Wednesday convicted Ronald J. Nolen, a 37-year-old south county resident, of manufacturing methamphetamine and methamphetamine possession. His co-defendant, Cindy A. Schisler, 33, was acquitted of possession, and jurors deadlocked on her manufacturing charge.

Nolen’s sentencing is May 20. A hearing to set a new trial for Schisler is Friday.

— Patrick M. Akena, 47, of Grass Valley was sentenced April 15 to 180 days in jail and three years’ probation for burglarizing Nevada County Animal Control last December and breaking windows on agency vehicles. He also must pay $1,394 restitution for the damage.

In February, he was sentenced to 120 days in jail for breaking into Animal Control in July. He was convicted of charges that he stole propane, which he said he inhaled to get high, and scuffling with deputies.

— William J. Vierra, a 34-year-old transient, was sentenced April 15 to a year in jail for vandalizing a Nevada County Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery building Dec. 11.

Windows, furniture and electronic items were damaged.

— Clinton A. Trudeau, 20, of Doylestown, Pa., was sentenced April 15 to 300 days in jail and three years’ probation for a pair of McCourtney Road burglaries in 2000.

He denied taking part in the burglaries, in which gold and cash were stolen from one house, tools and construction equipment from another. Another defendant, Jack I. Miller, was earlier sentenced to 14 years in prison; and Trudeau’s girlfriend, Melissa Urban, received probation.

— Harold J. Timmerman, 32, of the south county and Georgiane E. Bell, 45, of Auburn were each sentenced April 15 to 90 days in jail and three years’ probation for burglary.

They were arrested Feb. 24 after breaking into a south county trailer home.

— Joseph M. Kahawai, 35, of Alta Sierra was sentenced April 15 to two years’ probation and 180 days in jail for stealing a woman’s wallet at Raley’s last June. A surveillance tape recorded the theft, according to court records.

— Erik D. Lee, 29, of Nevada City was sentenced Tuesday to 51 days in jail and four years’ probation for child endangerment and exhibiting a weapon.

The Sheriff’s Office arrested him Feb. 1, saying he assaulted a woman and child and at various times wielded a rifle or machete. His sentence requires contacting the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition to enroll in a counseling program.

— Ralph C. Thompson Jr., 44, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to abuse of an elder causing great bodily harm and criminal threats. His felony conference is May 2.

The victim, a 68-year-old man, was abused and threatened April 12, according to the complaint.


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