GV man, 72, pleads not guilty to elder embezzlement
An elderly man accused of elder embezzlement pleaded not guilty April 22 in Nevada County Superior Court.
David W. Jappay, 72, of Grass Valley has a felony conference May 9 on a charge that he siphoned more than $50,000 from 72-year-old Patricia Kepler, a dementia sufferer who is described in an Adult Protective Services report as having had a dating relationship with Jappay.
The alleged embezzlement occurred between June and December 2000, and included unscheduled payouts from Kepler’s retirement account and transfers from her mutual fund accounts to Jappay’s account, according to the APS report.
In other cases:
— Shane E. Kinne, 20, pleaded not guilty April 22 to manufacturing methamphetamine. His felony conference is Thursday.
Narcotics agents say he left behind meth-making chemicals, equipment and containers of an unfinished meth solution at the Nevada City home of Frank and Lavonne Amaral. The Amarals hired Kinne as a gardener and let him stay in a cabin on the property, where they last saw him in October.
— Dennis P. Davidson, 53, of Grass Valley pleaded not guilty Thursday to burglary, elder embezzlement and possession of a controlled substance.
While working for Economy Pest Control, Davidson allegedly stole prescription narcotics from customers’ homes during unannounced visits, including the home of an elderly man suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
— Jarred H. Wilson, 20, of Alta Sierra pleaded not guilty Thursday to methamphetamine possession for sale, transporting meth, having marijuana in a vehicle and running a stop sign. His felony conference is May 9.
Deputies arrested him April 22 after a traffic stop on Squirrel Creek Road, claiming he was found with a M&M’s wrapper in his pocket filled with small packets of meth.
— Adam L. Tilford, 18, of Grass Valley pleaded not guilty Wednesday to assault with a deadly weapon. His preliminary hearing is May 7.
Grass Valley police say he stabbed a man in the arm April 18 during an argument in a car near Memorial Park.
— Darren K. Young, 42, of Grass Valley pleaded not guilty April 25 to burglary, check forgery, battery and theft. His felony conference is Thursday.
The charges stem from an April 20 incident at B&C Hardware, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
— James L. Mitchell, 20, pleaded not guilty April 25 to burglary and vandalism. His felony conference is Thursday.
His charges stem from a March 2 incident at The Bargain Outlet on Nevada City Highway.
— Larry S. Terronez Jr., 18; Gabe A. Perkins, 25; Gabriel P. Purcell, 18; and Richard R. Rodriguez, 18, each pleaded not guilty Thursday to burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. Terronez is also charged with criminal threats, false imprisonment and resisting arrest. Their preliminary hearing is May 9.
The Grass Valley men are accused in the April 21 beating of Michael M. Myers. Grass Valley police say the alleged attack was in retaliation for Myers allegedly beating his girlfriend at their Biggs Avenue apartment. Myers is charged with domestic assault.
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