Preliminary hearing for mine officials gets postponed |

Preliminary hearing for mine officials gets postponed

A preliminary hearing for two Sixteen-to-One mine officials has been postponed until they get attorneys.

Michael M. Miller, 60, the Alleghany mine’s president and chief executive officer; and Jonathan T. Farrell, 32, have been charged with a violation of Occupational and Health Safety Administration rules that resulted in a death. The charges were filed in Sierra County Superior Court.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled Monday to determine whether there is enough evidence for the case to progress.

Both Miller and Farrell said they needed time to hire attorneys. An Aug. 22 hearing date was set for their attorneys to appear before the court.

– John Dickey

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