Man, 27, sentenced to 3 years for meth lab charges |

Man, 27, sentenced to 3 years for meth lab charges

A south Nevada County man caught trying to retrieve his methamphetamine lab from the trunk of a towed car was sentenced to three years in prison April 8 in Nevada County Superior Court.

Dameon S. Graham, 27, was observed Feb. 8 at Fischer’s Towing on East Main Street after entering the trunk of a car towed from Lime Kiln Road, where it had been blocking traffic, according to Grass Valley police.

A Fischer’s worker saw Graham flee with a plastic bin, out of which spilled a 5-gallon jug containing ephedrine, a key meth ingredient, police say. Manufacturing equipment was found in the car.

A Probation Department report said he began smoking meth at 16. He quit for a few years but resumed and progressed to injecting the drug.

Meth charges from a separate case were dismissed. Graham also pleaded no-contest to drug charges in Placer County.

— William K. Gutenberger, 24, of Sacramento pleaded not guilty April 8 to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. His felony conference is May 16.

Gutenberger was in a Feb. 3 collision on Highway 49, south of Alta Sierra, with Anthony Arellano, 64, of Auburn, who died last month from his injuries. The California Highway Patrol says Gutenberger pulled out of a driveway too fast, fishtailed and collided with Arellano head-on.

— Brent J. Garcia, 40, of Grass Valley pleaded not guilty April 8 to two counts of lewd acts with a child under 14. His felony conference is April 18.

Garcia is accused of sexually abusing two girls in March, according to his criminal complaint.

— Justin K. Hoskins, 18, of Grass Valley pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor check-fraud charges, one of which had been a felony. He was sentenced to three years’ probation and 10 days of work release.

He was arrested Tuesday by Grass Valley police for repeatedly writing bad checks for pizza delivered to his room at the Holiday Lodge.

— Michael F. Bryant, 50, of the Grass Valley area pleaded not guilty Thursday to making an obscene phone call.

He was arrested April 5 on suspicion of criminal threats, a felony, for allegedly making a threatening call to the county Department of Behavioral Health Services, but that charge was never filed.

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