Felony conferences set in Cabinetry Solutions case | TheUnion.com

Felony conferences set in Cabinetry Solutions case

Ronald Salas, 59, and his wife, Sandra Salas, 60, owners of the now-defunct Cabinetry Solutions in Grass Valley, will appear in the Nevada County Superior Court at 1 p.m. today for a felony conference.

The Salases pleaded not guilty to charges of diversion of construction funds at an arraignment last month. They also pleaded not guilty to taking more than $1,000 or 10 percent of their contract amount from clients, prosecutors said.

The charges stem from their business dealings with five clients, according to court records, which also indicate the couple owns BLR Solutions. Cabinetry Solutions was located on Idaho-Maryland Road in Grass Valley in a building now occupied by an art studio.

The prosecutor in the case is Deputy District Attorney Ken Tribbey. Stephen Munkelt, a Nevada City attorney, is defending the Salases.

Rodriguez scheduled for court

In another case, Jonathan Rodriguez, 29, who was arrested in June after allegedly breaking into a Cedar Ridge residence and assaulting a 14-year-old girl, will also appear in court at 1 p.m. today for a felony conference.

Rodriguez is being charged with first-degree burglary, kidnapping to commit rape, forcible sexual penetration, committing a lewd act with a person 14 years old or younger and an enhancement for using a weapon, District Attorney Cliff Newell said.

Rodriguez’s bail amount was raised to $1 million in June “based on significant public risk, given that he’s got a second case pending,” Newell said.

In that case, Rodriguez is suspected of driving under the influence last year in a situation involving an injury, according to Newell. Rodriguez was out of custody on a $225,000 bail at the time of his June arrest, Newell added.

Law enforcement officers used helicopters and dogs to chase down Rodriguez and arrest him after he allegedly broke into a Cedar Ridge house and assaulted a young baby-sitter. Dogs found him hiding in the bathtub of another house on Cherry Street, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy District Attorney Dave Walters is the prosecutor in the case. Greg Klein, a Nevada City lawyer, is defending Rodriguez.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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