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• Mark Kalar, 56, of Cedar Ridge, will not be charged with manufacturing methamphetamine by the Nevada County District Attorney’s office. Kalar was arrested along with four others at a reported meth bust June 15 in downtown Grass Valley. Investigators said they determined he was just visiting the home and had no part in manufacturing the drug.

• Steven Ray Krootzko, 51, of Nevada City, pleaded no contest June 24 to charges of transporting a controlled substance and driving under the influence. In a plea deal with prosecutors, another charge of driving under the influence will be dropped at his sentencing, scheduled for Aug. 9.

He was arrested May 31.



• Natasha Young, of Grass Valley, pleaded no contest June 24 to possession of a controlled substance for sale. Other charges of carrying a loaded gun with the intent to commit a crime and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia will be dropped at her sentencing, scheduled for Sept. 10.

She was arrested Jan. 9 with another man.




• Loriann Galitello, 41, of Grass Valley, was sentenced to drug court June 28 for one charge of petty theft with a prior jail term for burglary or robbery. Her prison term of three years, and three years of probation, will be suspended pending her completion of the program.

• Debra Jean Yelton, 48, of Grass Valley, was sentenced June 28 to drug court for charges stemming from two arrests. She was arrested Dec. 18, 2003, and March 26 on controlled substance-related charges. Her prison term of nine years, and five years of probation, will be suspended pending her completion of the program.

• Shirley Renee Smith, of Grass Valley, was sentenced June 28 to drug court for charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession for sale. She was arrested Feb. 10 with John Dennis Farnsworth. He is scheduled to go on trial later this month. Smith’s prison term of six years, and five years of probation, will be suspended pending her completion of the program.

• Heidi Sue Thompson, 37, of Grass Valley, was sentenced June 28 through Proposition 36 to drug treatment, for two charges of possession of a controlled substance. The charges stem from arrests on Jan. 28 and April 22 at the home of Thomas Michael Shea, on the 400 block of Doris Drive. Shea was also arrested both times and is scheduled for an upcoming trial. Other drug-related charges against Thompson were dropped.

– Roman Gokhman


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