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A 25-year-old Sacramento man convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter was sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years’ probation in Nevada County Superior Court.

William K. Gutenberger’s Oct. 7 sentence also requires him to take a driver-safety course. He’ll be granted work furlough after serving 180 days in jail.

On Feb. 3, Gutenberger accelerated from a driveway onto Highway 49 south of Grass Valley. He fish tailed and collided with 63-year-old Anthony Arellano of Auburn, who died six weeks later from his injuries.



Gutenberger had been charged with felonies before a plea agreement.

In other cases:




— Rex A. Dawedeit, 46, pleaded innocent Oct. 10 in three different cases to charges of counterfeiting, forgery and auto theft.

A March 1 search of the south county man’s home on Palomino Place near Brewer Drive allegedly turned up phony checks, drivers licenses, and the equipment to make them.

He’s also accused of renting movies on a closed checking account and a car on a closed credit card account.

— Joseph P. Pelletier, 27, of Grass Valley pleaded innocent Oct. 8 to five counts of lewd acts with a child.

His criminal complaint alleges he molested three girls beginning Jan. 1, 1999.

— Eddie W. Geer, 30, and Heather K. Bandy, 20, were each sentenced Oct. 7 to 180 days in jail and three years’ probation for burglary. Bandy must get 18 months of treatment; Geer, 12 months.

The pair are accused of stealing mail, a gun and other items Aug. 11 from a Vulcan Road home near Deadmans Flat Road, and later asking the returning owner for roadside assistance after their vehicle broke down.

— Tana M. Dickinson, 28, of Marysville was sentenced Oct. 15 to 270 days in jail, three years’ probation and 18 months of drug treatment for auto theft and credit card fraud.

Grass Valley police say she paid for a motel room and food with a stolen credit card in December 2001, when she also stole a vehicle, according to the criminal complaints.

— Jeremy J. Pattee, 20, was sentenced Oct. 15 to 300 days in jail, three years’ probation and 18 months of drug treatment for burglary.

Grass Valley police arrested him Aug. 19 after he and another suspect were seen breaking into vehicles on the 300 block of Northstar Place. The other suspect got away.

— State marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale charges against Dennis F. Hunter, 29; Shireen Hunter, 33; and Diana L. Valencia, 60, were dismissed Oct. 10 because federal prosecutors took over the case.

In March, narcotics agents reported finding 140 indoor plants and $20,000 cash at the trio’s Monte Vista Drive home near Newtown Road west of Nevada City. U.S. marshals later arrested Dennis Hunter because he’s accused of growing 12,000 plants in Humboldt County.

– Doug Mattson


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