• Sandra Duncan, of Cedar Ridge, was sentenced to five years in state prison for charges stemming from a May 3, 2004, methamphetamine bust at her home. Her 15-month-old son had allegedly been living within the meth operation. She faced charges of child endangerment and manufacturing a controlled substance.
• Gregory Allen Pepper, 45, of Philomath, Ore., was found guilty in a trial of five counts of sexual abuse on a child. He is a registered sex offender, and molested 8- and 11-year-old boys for the new charges. The victims told police that Pepper had sodomized each of them at least 20 times. Pepper is scheduled to be sentenced on April 12.
• A three-day jury trial has been set for Jerry Hopper, 50, of Nevada City. Hopper faces 12 counts of rape, three counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse to a child.
Hopper was arrested in late July in Yreka, after he was accused of molesting a teenage girl over a period of several years. The trial is scheduled for May 24, with a May 13 trial readiness conference and a March 11 pre-trial conference.
• Two people alleged with sending a package of hashish to a recipient in Wisconsin pleaded innocent Feb. 28 to the charges against them. No charges were filed against a third suspect.
Ian James Davidson, 24, pleaded innocent to charges of planting or cultivating marijuana or hashish, possession of marijuana or hashish for sale and transporting more than one ounce of marijuana.
Stephen Robert Shelley, 25, pleaded innocent to charges of planting or cultivating marijuana or hashish and possession of marijuana or hashish for sale. No charges were filed against Melissa Brooke Armstrong.
The investigation began when a La Crosse, Wisc., resident inadvertently received a package addressed to University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student who lived several blocks away from where the package was delivered. The package, which had Davidson’s name on it, contained sealed bags of hashish, according to the sheriff’s office.
On Feb. 1, local investigators searched the Joseph Drive home where the three lived and arrested all of them. Found inside the home was a 200-plant marijuana grow, as well as evidence of marijuana and hashish sales and marijuana that was packaged and meant for sale, according to the sheriff’s office.
Davidson and Shelley will next be in court March 10.
• Deanna Lee Schmidl, 20, of Grass Valley, pleaded “no contest” Feb. 28 to one count of possession of methamphetamine, stemming from an early February arrest. Other charges of bringing drugs into jail, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of prescription medication without a prescription will be dropped at her sentencing, scheduled for March 17.
• Terry H. Miser, 56, pleaded “no contest” March 1 to misdemeanor charges of possession of an illegal weapon and having a loaded concealed weapon without a permit. In a plea deal with prosecutors, charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and a syringe were dropped. Miser was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation.
The charges stemmed from a Jan. 5 chop shop raid in North San Juan where three other people were arrested. Miser was arrested after he arrived while the search was conducted.
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