• Kimberly Oxarart, 43, of Grass Valley, pleaded innocent June 17 to charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance and child endangerment.

She was arrested May 12 for allegedly running a meth sale operation at her home, where she was taking care of her 15-year-old mentally and physically challenged son, according to authorities.

A felony conference has been scheduled for July 8.

• Heidi Sue Thompson, 37, of Grass Valley, pleaded no contest June 17 to two charges of possession of a controlled substance stemming from two arrests this year. Both times, she was arrested at the home of Thomas Michael Shea on the 400 block of Doris Drive. The arrests took place on Jan. 28 and April 22, during drug busts by investigators.

Other drug-related charges will be dropped at Thompson’s sentencing, scheduled for today.

• John C. Beauregard, 43, of Grass Valley, was sentenced June 21 to 90 days in jail and three years of probation for charges of violating a court order designed to stop domestic violence and inflicting corporal injury on a co-habitant. The charges stem from a March 25 arrest.

As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, other charges of threatening a person and dissuading a victim or witness with force were dropped.

• William McKnight, 21, of Grass Valley, pleaded innocent June 21 to four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 18 years of age (statutory rape); six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; and one charge of rape.

Seven juvenile girls had accused him of having sex with them after he got them drunk, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office began investigating the allegations in March after Child Protective Services forwarded them separate reports regarding the same suspect.

A July 2 pretrial conference has been set.

• Howard Coffin, 51; Brian Dall, 34; and Desiree Medina, 22, all of Grass Valley, pleaded innocent June 21 to several methamphetamine-related charges stemming from a June 16 arrest. They were taken into custody, along with Mark Kalar and Jason Smith, after a raid by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. They face charges of manufacturing meth. Medina also faces a charge of child endangerment because she is seven months pregnant. Coffin and Dall also face charges of resisting police. They reportedly tried to escape.

A July 1 preliminary hearing has been set for the three.

– Roman Gokhman

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