Court Summary: Propane inhaler to serve 120 days |

Court Summary: Propane inhaler to serve 120 days

A Grass Valley-area man convicted of stealing propane to get high was sentenced to jail and ordered to get treatment Feb. 25 in Nevada County Superior Court.

Patrick M. Akena, 47, of Grass Valley was arrested July 31 at Nevada County Animal Control and Protection, where he crawled beneath a locked fence and inhaled propane from a tank during a five-hour span, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Akena told deputies he was seeking “a numbing effect,” a report said. Akena and deputies scuffled during his arrest, and one officer suffered a torn ligament in his finger and later went on medical leave.

Akena was sentenced to 120 days in jail, and his probation terms require one year of inpatient treatment and another year of outpatient treatment.

In other cases:

— Jonathan McCort, 29, of Alta Sierra and Joseph Beede, 22, of Rough and Ready each pleaded not guilty Thursday to manufacturing methamphetamine. Their felony conference is March 14.

They were arrested Feb. 22 at 17346 Norlene Way in Alta Sierra. According to the Sheriff’s Office, a fog and odor were coming from the basement when narcotics agents executed a search warrant.

McCort allegedly told agents he and Beede had just cooked a half-ounce of meth and the finished product was “fuming off,” according to a report.

— Joseph W. Cole, 19, of Grass Valley pleaded not guilty Thursday to lewd or lascivious acts with a child. His felony conference is March 28.

— Patrick H. Mulligan, 68, of Grass Valley was sentenced Feb. 25 to three years’ probation and 120 days in jail for annoying or molesting a child under 18, a misdemeanor, between May 1999 and October 2000.

He had faced felony charges in the case. His probation terms require sex-offender counseling.

— Anna M. Keene, 23, of Nevada City was sentenced to three years’ probation and 90 days in jail for check forgery and theft or unlawful use of a vehicle.

Keene was arrested Nov. 24 after being found with checks stolen in a burglary, court records say. Her probation terms require six months of outpatient drug treatment.

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