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Two of eight people arrested in a south county methamphetamine lab bust have been sentenced in Nevada County Superior Court.

Yvonne M. Lee, 44, and Jayson E. Krin, 23, were each put on three years’ probation April 29, with Lee getting 270 days in jail, and Krin 57 days plus 330 hours of community service. Both also have to get treatment.

They were convicted of maintaining a Vintage Drive house near Lime Kiln Road to manufacture methamphetamine. Others arrested Dec. 20 have already been sentenced, or their charges were dropped for lack of evidence.



Another defendant, Aaron S. Duncan, is accused of manufacturing meth at the house. His case is pending. Deputy District Attorney Ken Tribby said Duncan’s fingerprints were the only ones found on suspected lab equipment.

In other cases:




— Robert L. Eccarius, 50, of Nevada City was sentenced April 29 to three years’ probation and 120 days in jail. Nevada City police say Eccarius stabbed another man in the face Dec. 26 during an argument about beer in Pioneer Park.

— Heidi H. Vogl, 45, of Grass Valley was sentenced May 13 to 45 days in jail, with 30 days suspended on the condition she doesn’t violate probation imposed for two years.

Vogl was convicted of misdemeanor battery for beating up her neighbor at Tall Pines Mobile Home Estates after an argument about feces left by the neighbor’s dog. She also has to attend anger-management counseling.

— Todd R. Pinkham, 41, and Shelagh R. Lewis, 32, each pleaded not guilty Tuesday. They have felony conferences Thursday.

They were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after narcotics agents arrested them May 10 in the woods near Ridge Road and Rough and Ready Highway. Agents reported finding the pair standing next to meth ingredients and equipment.

— Jason A. Mills, 30, of Grass Valley was sentenced April 29 to 325 days in jail and three years’ probation.

Mills was convicted of unlawful sex with a minor, a teen-age girl, in incidents occurring between Dec. 1, 2000, and Jan. 31, 2001. Charges alleging he sexually assaulted the girl and furnished her with drugs were dismissed.

— Randee N. Schnell, 33, of Grass Valley was sentenced April 29 to 60 days in jail and three years’ probation. She was allowed to perform 590 hours of community service in lieu of jail time.

She was convicted of embezzling from her former employer, Oronet in Grass Valley, where she was a bookkeeper last summer, according to Grass Valley police.

— Garrett M. Kaminaka, 18, of Grass Valley was sentenced April 29 to 240 days in jail and three years’ probation. He also must undergo psychological testing to determine appropriate counseling.

The punishment stems from stealing items from a friend’s house last fall and then leading a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle in February that stretched from Grass Valley along Highway 20 to Yuba Gap and then back along Interstate 80 before ending east of Colfax, according to Grass Valley police.

— Amy C. Tennies, 26, of Grass Valley was sentenced April 29 to 180 days in jail, three years’ probation, six months of inpatient treatment and a year of outpatient treatment.

She was sentenced for cashing a stolen check and transporting methamphetamine, charges that stemmed from her Nov. 13 arrest at SPD Market in Nevada City.

— Brian L. Timblin, 38, of Grass Valley pleaded not guilty May 13 to exhibiting a deadly weapon and reckless driving. He has a pretrial conference June 5.

He’s accused of brandishing a knife April 8 after stopping another driver he accused of pulling in front of him on Highway 49 near La Barr Meadows Road. He was arrested on felony charges, but they were filed as misdemeanors.

— Ryan J. Stiarwalt, 22, of Alta Sierra was sentenced May 6 to 180 days in jail, three years’ probation, six months of inpatient treatment and a year of outpatient treatment.

He was charged with stealing a handgun from a friend’s house and selling it.

— James A. Kistle, 50, of Grass Valley pleaded not guilty May 13 to assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats. He has a felony conference Thursday.

Grass Valley police say Kistle struck the father of his daughter’s child with an ax handle April 23, accused him of owing him $80 and threatened him.

— Shireen L. Hunter, 32, and Diana L. Valencia, 60, each pleaded not guilty May 10 to theft of utility services, marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale and harboring a fugitive.

The women and Dennis F. Hunter, 29, were arrested March 28 at a Monte Vista Drive home north of Newtown Road on San Juan Ridge, where narcotic agents reported finding 140 indoor marijuana plants, growing equipment and $20,000 cash. The defendants’ said the plants belonged to six medical-marijuana patients, according to a police report.

Dennis Hunter was turned over to U.S. marshals because he is wanted in Humboldt County on charges of growing 12,000 plants.

— Cameron S. Clinton, 32, and Tammy L. Clinton, 33, each pleaded not guilty May 2 to possession of methamphetamine for sale and child endangerment. They have felony conferences Thursday.

Narcotics agents reported finding several baggies containing meth, weigh scales and three small children during a March 15 search at the defendants’ Hanley Drive home in Alta Sierra.


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