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GV man charged with battery against teen-ager

A Grass Valley developer who allegedly struck a teen-age boy has been charged with battery, court papers show.

Reynold “Rey” Johnson on Feb. 2 allegedly struck a 13-year-old boy near a garage/shop building he owns on South School Street, court papers show.

Johnson lives nearby, in a former bed-and-breakfast at the corner of Neal and South School streets.

The 50-year-old Johnson, whose company, Pacific Land Enterprises, has built medical and business offices on Sierra College Boulevard and at the Whispering Pines Business Park in Grass Valley, recently pleaded not guilty to the battery charge in Nevada County Superior Court.

A pretrial conference has been set for March 25.

Steve Enos, a neighbor of Johnson’s and a member of the Grass Valley City Council, told police that on the afternoon of Feb. 2, he heard Johnson’s dogs barking, and Johnson and several juveniles yelling profanities at each other.

The kids, some of whom were on skateboards, were across the street from Johnson’s garage/shop, said Enos, court papers show. Enos lives next door to the garage/shop.

The dogs were loose and running in the street, said Enos in a statement. He declined further comment Monday.

The alleged victim told Grass Valley Police he and his friends were walking on South School Street toward Bell Hill School when two of Johnson’s dogs started chasing them.

The teen-ager, who lives near Nevada City, told police he started yelling at the dogs.

Johnson then crossed South School Street to yell in the teen-ager’s face, the boy told police.

The teen-ager said he pushed Johnson, who is 6 feet tall, and told him to get out of his face, court papers show.

The youth, who is 5 feet 1inch tall, said Johnson then allegedly struck him with a closed right fist on the left side of his face.

Johnson then allegedly put the boy in a head lock and uttered a profanity before releasing him, according to the teen-ager’s statement to police.

The boys left and Johnson picked up his two dogs and put them in the yard, court papers indicate.

The youth had a “well-defined red mark on the left of his face and ear,” according to the police report.

Johnson did not admit striking the boy in the face but sounded nervous in a phone interview, the police said in court papers.

Johnson told police “he only grabbed (the youth) around the neck and he felt like he was going to be jumped with all of (the youth’s) friends standing around.”

Enos, who said he did not see the incident from beginning to end, told police he did not see the youths hit, kick or throw rocks at the dogs.

The maximum penalty for a battery conviction is six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, according to the district attorney’s office.

Johnson could not be reached for comment Monday.

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