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A hearing in the Cabinetry Solutions case of alleged fraud in construction work for local homeowners will occur Sept. 25 as lawyers sift through more documents.

One of the alleged victims, Lee French, said the company defrauded 15 families out of at least $125,000 in work at their homes.

Ronald Salas, 59, and his wife, Sandra Salas, 60, have entered a plea of not guilty. Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger rescheduled a felony conference for 1 p.m. Sept. 25.



The Salases did not appear at Thursday’s court appointment. They are charged with diversion of construction funds and taking more than $1,000 or 10 percent of their contract amount from clients.

Alleged victims have said the company gave shoddy workmanship, did not reimburse down payments and used materials other than the ones agreed upon.




The district attorney’s office is waiting for more documents pertaining to the investigation, said defense lawyer Steve Munkelt of Nevada City.

In another court case Thursday, Jonathan Rodriguez, 29, is scheduled to appear Sept. 4 for a preliminary hearing. He is accused of breaking into a Cedar Ridge residence and assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

Rodriguez was captured June 18 after a spectacular chase involving helicopters, dogs and local police, who found him hiding in another Grass Valley house he had entered allegedly without the owner’s knowledge.

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

Other cases in county court this week include:

– Clifford McDonough, a Grass Valley-area transient who allegedly beat another Grass Valley man last October on suspicion of having an affair with his wife, will appear in court for a trial readiness conference at 2 p.m. Aug. 29, Newell said. A jury trial is set for Sept. 16, Newell said.

McDonough will stand trial for second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, felony domestic violence with great bodily injury and misdemeanor battery.

– Dwight DePue, a Nevada City man accused of shooting up his ex-wife’s house in May during the course of their divorce, will appear in court at 9 a.m. Sept. 4 to enter a plea.

DePue is accused of firing at the disabled woman’s motorcycle with a shotgun and vandalizing her house in Grass Valley. He has denied 11 misdemeanor and felony charges, including discharging a firearm at a dwelling, drunken driving, resisting arrest and battery on a nurse. DePue allegedly assaulted a nurse who was drawing his blood at the hospital, according to the district attorney’s office.

– Steven Talbott, a Grass Valley man who was arrested in April for having methamphetamine for sale while out on bail on two other felony drug charges, has been handed over for federal prosecution, Newell said.

“The offense was egregious enough for federal prosecution,” Newell said.

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


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