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A former gardener who allegedly set up a methamphetamine lab in his employer’s Nevada City guest house was sentenced Nov. 4 in Nevada County Superior Court to three years’ probation and 230 days in jail.

Shane E. Kinne, 30, also must get a year of residential drug treatment, according to court records.

Kinne pleaded no contest to maintaining a place to manufacture a controlled substance after originally being charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.



An owner of the home on the 200 block of Reward Street near Zion Street reported finding meth-making chemicals last year.

In other cases:




— Caleb A. Knowles, 23, of San Juan Ridge pleaded innocent Nov. 4 to marijuana cultivation and marijuana possession for sale.

He was one of five defendants arrested Oct. 12 at a Ridge home where narcotics agents reported finding 40-plus pounds of processed marijuana, much of it packaged into kilos (2.2 pounds).

The other defendants – Dawn, Harry, Michael and Willow Kawa – have yet to enter pleas.

— Dusty L. Beck, 38, pleaded innocent Nov. 4 and Tada F. Mikuriya, 30, pleaded innocent Thursday to marijuana cultivation and marijuana possession for sale. Beck also pleaded innocent to illegal firearms possession.

Narcotics agents searched their San Juan Ridge property Sept. 13 and reported finding seven pot plants up to 8 feet tall and additional forms of dried marijuana.

Medical pot recommendations for both men were also at the site. Agents dried and weighed two plants and concluded the entire crop exceeded the defendants’ medical needs.

— Aaron J. Ciaffoni, 22, of Grass Valley was sentenced Nov. 4 to three years’ probation and 270 days in jail for driving under the influence and causing injury. He also must attend a six-month alcohol program.

He and a 17-year-old friend were injured in a Jan. 6 crash on Highway 20 on Harmony Ridge.

— Jeffery J. Setzer, 18, of Grass Valley was sentenced Nov. 4 to five years’ probation and 300 days in jail for lewd acts with a child. He also must register as a sex offender.

His case involved a teenage girl in May.


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