• Andrew Everett Gall, 25, a transient, pleaded innocent July 1 to 24 sex-related charges against him. The sex crimes allegedly took place between September 2003 and February of this year.

Gall also faces a burglary charge in a previous case. He was arrested May 18 after a woman on North Bloomfield Road reported that her home had been burglarized and eight firearms stolen. At that time, the woman’s 16-year-old son had run away with his 15-year-old girlfriend. Once found, the boyfriend and girlfriend told officers that Gall made them lead him to the weapons. The boy was physically and verbally abused into cooperating with Gall, according to the sheriff’s office.

Later, three women accused Gall of the following charges: Eight counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, three counts of oral copulation on a person under 18 years old, three counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object, one count of sodomy on a person under 18 years old, two counts of forcible rape, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of sodomy by force, one count of forcible oral copulation, one count of administering a drug, and one count of soliciting a minor to use a drug.

A felony conference has been set for July 29.

• A two-day jury trial has been scheduled for Gregg Manis, of Grass Valley. He faces a charge of burglary, stemming from an arrest in late 2003. The trial is set to start Oct. 5, with a Sept. 10 pretrial conference and a Sept. 24 trial readiness conference.

• A five-day jury trial has been scheduled for William McKnight, 21, of Grass Valley. He faces four counts of statutory rape, six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of rape.

Seven juvenile girls have accused him of having sex with them after he got them drunk, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

The trial is scheduled for Sept. 21, with a Sept. 10 pretrial conference.

• Patrick O’Ryan Kelley, 18, of Grass Valley, pleaded innocent July 1 to a charge of rape by force or fear of immediate injury. A July 29 felony conference has been set.

• Brandon Edward Kuhner, 19, of Grass Valley, pleaded no contest July 1 to two charges stemming from two cases against him.

He pleaded no contest to burglary as a misdemeanor related to his Feb. 1 arrest, where he was taken into custody after shoplifting from a store. When a store employee confronted him, he allegedly said he had a gun and was not afraid to use it.

He also pleaded no contest to possession of an illegal weapon stemming from a May 25 arrest, when he allegedly attacked another man with a small baseball bat and then a knife. After police were called, he reportedly tried to escape but was caught a short time later at a friend’s home. Other charges of attempted vehicle theft and threatening a crime will be dropped at his sentencing, scheduled for Aug. 6.

• A five-day jury trial has been scheduled for Thomas Morrison, 32. Morrison is suspected of robbing a Grass Valley tanning salon at gunpoint on Jan. 16. He allegedly walked into Maui Tans through a back door of the Freeman Lane business and held a gun to an employee’s head while he robbed the business. He left with $260, and the employee called authorities a few minutes later. Grass Valley police had a sketch artist produce a likeness of the suspect, which was similar to another sketch from a Jan. 13 armed robbery in Auburn and one in Selma, a city near Fresno.

According to court documents, he was pinpointed as a suspect when a witness at the Auburn robbery wrote down his license plate number. He was arrested in Los Angeles County in February, after leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit.

The trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 9, with a pretrial conference on July 30 and a trial readiness conference on Oct. 29.

• Jeremy Wayne Beldon, 28, of Penn Valley, pleaded innocent July 1 to charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. The charges stem from a June 24 arrest.

– The Union Staff

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