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A 70-year-old man who stabbed another man after a traffic altercation was sentenced Oct. 7 to six years in prison in Nevada County Superior Court.

A jury last month convicted Dennis W. Rathburn of mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon, causing great bodily injury.

He was convicted of stabbing a 37-year-old motorist March 3, 2000, with a folding knife after the two of them pulled over on West Main Street in Grass Valley. The younger man still has facial scars



The victim said the attack was unprovoked and occurred after Rathburn tailgated him and made lewd gestures on Rough and Ready Highway.

In other cases:




— Todd R. Pinkam, 42, was sentenced to the California Rehabilitation Center after he was deemed a drug addict. His co-defendant, 33-year-old Shelagh R. Lewis, was sentenced to five years’ probation and 360 days in jail.

The pair was arrested May 10 for manufacturing methamphetamine in a wooded area near Ridge Road and Rough and Ready Highway, where narcotics officers seized meth in the early stages of production, along with meth chemicals and manufacturing equipment.

Pinkham will receive treatment at California Rehabilitation Center, a locked facility, for an indefinite period. He must successfully complete the program or face a five-year prison term, which was suspended at sentencing.

— Larry M. Goodman Jr., 24, of Penn Valley was sentenced Oct. 7 to four years in prison for burglary.

Goodman, who has prior felony convictions, was found guilty of stealing $6,750 in items from an acquaintance’s home in July.

— Douglas K. Lowenstein, 34, of Grass Valley was sentenced Oct. 7 to 16 months in prison for using a stolen gas card in November. He was arrested after a traffic stop that turned up other stolen items, including credit cards, ac Sheriff’s Office.

– Doug Mattson


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