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A Grass Valley couple accused of embezzling from an 84-year-old woman and drug-related offenses pleaded innocent Sept. 30 in Nevada County Superior Court.

James Kistle, 45, and Ann Kistle, 40, are both charged with elder embezzlement, check fraud, being under the influence of methamphetamine and syringe possession.

Ann Kistle is also charged with having a controlled substance without a prescription.



James Kistle was already on probation for a recent assault conviction.

In other cases:




— Shane M. Slattery, 21, pleaded innocent Thursday to financial elder abuse and burglary.

The alleged offenses occurred Aug. 28 and Sept. 10, according to the criminal complaint.

— Thomas R. Wehle, 39, of Rough and Ready was sentenced Sept. 30 to 240 days in jail and three years’ probation after being convicted of assault.

On Dec. 10, he and Frank E. Wehle, 40, turned on Nevada City police who tried to break up a fight between the two men.

Frank Wehle was earlier sentenced to a year’s probation for misdemeanor resisting arrest.

— David H. Soules, 24, of Grass Valley pleaded innocent Sept. 30 to three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child. The complaint alleges incidents involving a girl that occurred last spring.

— Benito M. Lozada, 25, of Penn Valley pleaded innocent Thursday to vehicle arson, burglary and attempted burglary.

Nevada City police arrested him Aug. 24 after he allegedly broke into three vehicles, tried to break into a fourth, and set fire to one.

— Jason M. Bianchi, 18, of Grass Valley pleaded innocent Sept. 26 to burglary, attempted theft and resisting arrest. He allegedly broke into a Buick sedan on Sept. 22.


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