• Freddy Quintana, 24, of Penn Valley, pleaded innocent Feb. 3 to charges of assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, threatening a crime, cruelty to animals and two counts of child abuse.

Quintana was arrested Jan. 31 and is accused of severely beating his wife and threatening to kill their 19-month-old infant and their unborn child.

The victim told deputies that Quintana threatened to kill the couple’s unborn child and held up a knife and a gun to the victim’s stomach.

The victim found a methamphetamine pipe in her 19-month-old’s shoe and confronted Quintana because she knew he was a meth user, according to the sheriff’s department. That is what reportedly started the fight, and Quintana allegedly head-butted her.

The woman was taken to the hospital by several friends who managed to get her out of the house despite Quintana’s alleged efforts to keep her inside the house by bolting all of the windows shut.

Inside the home, deputies found broken glass and other debris. In a separate outhouse, two malnourished dogs were found.

The woman was treated at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with injuries to her head, arms and shoulders. Quintana’s bail was set at $150,000.

• Long David Yang, 18, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 3 of assault and burglary. The jury deadlocked on a charge of false imprisonment and that charge was dropped.

Yang was arrested Sept. 24, 2004 along with Bee Her, 21, after several Penn Valley residents tackled the two. They stole a car with an alleged abduction victim inside.

They were initially caught by the victim as they were breaking into her brother-in-law’s car. She called police and jumped in between the two. One of them started the car and drove it onto Highway 20. Ten to 15 residents chased down the car and pinned them to the ground.

• Scott Blake Miller, of Nevada City, pleaded “no contest” Feb. 4 to one charge of transporting a narcotic controlled substance stemming from a December 2003 arrest. Seven other drug-related charges will be dropped at his sentencing, scheduled for March 18. A trial that was scheduled has been canceled.

• A three-day jury trial has been scheduled for Robert Lee Roark, 47, who faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, threatening a crime and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Roark, a gold miner, was arrested Oct. 15, 2004 after allegedly being involved in a fight with another miner over borrowed equipment. According to authorities, Roark hit the miner over the head with a baseball bat and threatened to kill him.

The trial is scheduled to start May 17 with a May 6 trial readiness conference and a March 4 pretrial conference.

• Charles Aliberti, 43, of Grass Valley, was sentenced Feb. 7 to three years of probation for one charge of false imprisonment stemming from an Oct. 29, 2004 arrest. Other charges of attempted rape and battery were dropped. Aliberti was also sentenced to 102 days in jail, but he has already served that time and was released.

Aliberti sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman who he met several weeks prior to the attack. The two had decided to go on a walk along Independence Trail, off Highway 49, and he reportedly grabbed her as soon as they were off the road. The woman said he reportedly tried to take off her pants, but was unsuccessful. The woman said she was able to talk him into going back to the car, where she flagged down a passing motorist and jumped into the motorist’s car.

Aliberti was arrested the next day after he showed up at the woman’s house to apologize.

• Sausha Bandy, 19, of Grass Valley, was sentenced Feb. 7 to 60 days in jail and three years of probation for one count of vehicle theft as a misdemeanor. Other charges of burglary, threatening a crime and bringing drugs into jail were dropped.

She was arrested March 30, 2004, when a caller on Scrub Oak Lane reported that he had returned home to find people trying to steal his vehicle and break into his home.

• Anna Kathryn Dolezal, 22, pleaded innocent Feb. 7 to one count of opening a place to sell drugs. The charge stems from a Dec. 27, 2004 arrest, when she was arrested at her home on the 400 block of East Bennett Street, along with 28-year-old Joshua Samuel Ortiz. After several months of surveillance, investigators searched the house and found methamphetamine, Ecstasy pills and drug paraphernalia.

Ortiz is scheduled to appear in court today to plead to charges of opening a place to sell drugs, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of a controlled substance.

Dolezal will next be in court Feb. 28 for a pre-trial conference.

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