• Jason Harley Roberts of Grass Valley was found guilty in trial March 9 of one count of inflicting corporal injury on a cohabitant. A charge of attempted murder was dropped by the prosecutor. Roberts was found innocent of assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, threatening a crime and damaging a telephone line.
On March 15, 2004, Roberts allegedly got into an argument with his girlfriend in a Grass Valley motel. He then allegedly head-butted her and choked her to the point of nearly losing consciousness, according to police.
Roberts is scheduled to be sentenced April 14.
• David D. Drake was sentenced March 7 to one year in jail and six years of probation for two charges of committing lewd or lascivious acts on a minor. Another charge of committing lewd acts was dropped.
• Cameron Brown pleaded innocent March 3 to charges of assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, both felonies.
• Amber DeMarco, 22, a transient, pleaded innocent March 3 to one charge of assault with a deadly weapon, stemming from a Feb. 24 arrest.
She is accused of stabbing her ex-boyfriend in North San Juan. The alleged victim said DeMarco had shown up unannounced at his cabin, and the two got into an argument. He said that after he ordered her to leave, she stabbed him once with a pocket knife.
A March 17 felony conference has been set.
• Gilbert Garcia, 61, pleaded innocent March 3 to two counts of robbery. He is accused of using a note to get money from tellers at Wells Fargo on Dec. 2 and Washington Mutual Bank on Dec. 8. He was able to hit the banks quickly and quietly by blending into the downtown Christmas-shopping crowds after the robberies, police said.
The former Grass Valley resident was arrested Dec. 10 after police were able to trace him to a Reno casino.
An April 7 felony conference has been set.
• Two men accused of burglarizing a south county storage facility twice in January pleaded innocent March 3 to the charges against them.
James Albert Gloyd, 30, and Edward Rushing, 23, of North Highlands, were arrested on Jan. 13 during the reported second burglary on Streeter Road, while they allegedly tried to steal a 700-pound gun safe.
Gloyd pleaded innocent to charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, theft, vehicle theft and driving with a suspended license. Rushing pleaded innocent to charges of burglary, possession of stolen property theft and vehicle theft.
In the first burglary at the storage facility, in an industrial complex on the 10000 block of Streeter Road, $70,000 in tools were reported stolen. Two days later at around 3 a.m., sheriff’s deputies found a gate open at the property and saw a man, later identified as Gloyd, getting into a white Ford truck. The deputies ordered the suspect to stop what he was doing and get out of the truck, but he ignored the orders, started the truck and tried to drive around several patrol cars. He was not able to escape and eventually complied with the officers.
Rushing was found soon after sitting in his vehicle on the property. Their truck had been reported stolen out of El Cajon.
An April 14 felony conference has been set for both.
• Geoff Russell Johannsen, 19, of Penn Valley was sentenced March 4 to 150 days in jail and three years of probation for one charge of burglary, stemming from a Sept. 12, 2004 arrest, when he snatched a purse from a woman in downtown Grass Valley. Other charges of grand theft and petty theft were dropped.
• Ryan Anthony Cetti, 21, was sentenced March 4 to 120 days in jail, three years of probation and in-patient drug treatment for one charge of grand theft, stemming from a Nov. 27 arrest.
Other charges of robbery, petty theft, battery and driving with a suspended license were dropped.
Cetti and an alleged accomplice punched a friend unconscious to get his medication.
• Stephen Matthias pleaded “no contest” March 8 to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Another charge of committing lewd or lascivious acts on a minor was dropped.
Matthias was sentenced to 192 days in jail and three years of probation. The charges stemmed from an accusation that he molested a 4-year-old family member in 2003.
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