• A six-day jury trial is set for Howard Coffin, 51; Brian Dall, 34; and Desiree Medina, 22, all of Grass Valley. The three face several methamphetamine-related charges stemming from a June 16 drug bust by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Along with them, Jason Smith, the home’s main resident, was arrested. All face charges of manufacturing meth. Medina also faces a charge of child endangerment because she was seven months pregnant. Coffin and Dall also face charges of resisting arrest. The trial is scheduled to start Aug. 17, with an Aug. 6 trial readiness conference.
• A case against Michael Anthony Howard, 18, of Grass Valley, was dropped as part of a plea deal to settle another criminal case against him. In this case, Howard was arrested March 31 on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing an illegal weapon – a throwing star – possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance. The other case is also a drug-and weapons-related case.
• Jeremy Wayne Beldon, 28, of Penn Valley, pleaded no contest July 15 to a charge of possession of a controlled substance for sale, stemming from a June 24 arrest. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 16.
• Joseph Alan Ray Smith, 20, of Grass Valley, pleaded innocent July 15 to charges of receiving stolen property, grand theft and burglary, stemming from a June 9 arrest.
• Thomas Cecil Rabbitt, 45, of Grass Valley, pleaded no contest July 15 to two charges stemming from two different cases against him. The two charges, possession of a controlled substance and transporting or selling a controlled substance, date from arrests on Jan. 9 and May 10. Other drug-related charges from these cases, as well as several other drug-related cases against Rabbitt, will be dropped at his sentencing, scheduled for Aug. 12.
• A three-day jury trial has been scheduled for Warren Edmond Daly, 52, of Grass Valley. Daly faces a charge of continuous sexual abuse on a child, stemming from an April 27 arrest. The trial is scheduled to start Nov. 2, with an Oct. 22 trial readiness conference and a Sept. 10 pre-trial conference.
• Harmony Anne Blake, 25, of Grass Valley, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years of probation for charges of child endangerment and possession of a billy club. The charges stem from a February arrest.
• A felony animal cruelty charge against Michael Henning has been lowered to a misdemeanor. Henning allegedly shot a neighbor’s dog after the dog chased a deer through his yard on March 25. Henning was ordered to pay the dog’s owners all medical fees resulting from the shooting, including an operation where the dog’s leg was amputated. If Henning does not break the law during the next 12 months, the charge could be dropped.
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