• Zoltan Michael Gergely, 30, of Grass Valley, pleaded innocent Feb. 17 to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of burglary, stemming from an early November 2004 arrest.

Gergely is accused of stabbing a woman with a samurai sword through the front door of her home.

At about 11 p.m. on the night of the attack, the 28-year-old girlfriend and her boyfriend answered a knock at the boyfriend’s door on the 400 block of West Main Street. Two men, one of whom was allegedly Gergely, were at the door.

According to Grass Valley police, Gergely immediately unsheathed the samurai sword, pulled out an ax and charged at the man. A struggle ensued on the front porch, and the couple were able to run back inside and lock the door. The woman leaned on the door to block it when Gergely allegedly started trying to kick it down.

That’s when Gergely reportedly stabbed the sword through the door two times. The woman was stabbed once in the back; the wound was several inches deep and 2 inches wide, according to police.

Both suspects fled the scene. Gergely was found and arrested the next morning with the sword and ax inside his vehicle.


• Francis Michael Jones pleaded innocent Feb. 17 to two charges of burglary and one count of grand theft, stemming from a Nov. 24 arrest. He is accused of burglarizing a home on Quail Creek Road with Milo Warren Geary.

A March 3 felony conference has been set.


• Caralee Lynn Terry, 39, of Grass Valley, pleaded “no contest” Feb. 17 to two counts of burglary as misdemeanors. As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, other charges of vandalism and possession of stolen property were dropped.

Terry was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years of probation.

Her charges stemmed from a Dec. 10 arrest, when a caller on Brunswick Road reported that a woman was trying to break into a vehicle with a crowbar. When the caller approached her, Terry jumped into some bushes. However, the caller reportedly followed her back to her apartment, and she was later arrested.


• Robert James Dion pleaded “no contest” Feb. 18 to charges of possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance for sale, stemming from a Feb. 26, 2004, arrest. Other drug charges will be dropped at his sentencing scheduled for April 8.


• Paulette Riddle pleaded “no contest” Feb. 17 to one count of embezzlement. She is accused of embezzling more than $28,000 from her employer, Professional Employment Resources.

Riddle was arrested after she applied for another job in Arizona and listed her alleged victim as a reference.

Riddle was reportedly fired from her job after she was caught by her boss, and then fled the state before she could be arrested.

Riddle’s job at Pro Em included verifying and paying bills, handling payroll and validating processed business checks, according to Nevada County court records.

An investigation discovered that 28 checks, totaling $28,100, were forged, according to court documents.

A second count of embezzlement will be dropped at her sentencing, scheduled for April 4.

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