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Court Summary

• Sandra Duncan, 34, and John Nelson, 23, of Cedar Ridge, pleaded no contest to charges stemming from a May 3 methamphetamine bust at Duncan’s home. Her 15-month-old son had allegedly been living in the home while the meth activities were going on. Duncan pleaded no contest to charges including child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Nelson pleaded no contest to manufacturing a controlled substance. Their trial, scheduled for Sept. 14, was canceled. They are set to be sentenced on Oct. 4.

• Richard Matthew May, 47, of Grass Valley, pleaded innocent Aug. 26 to charges of discharging a weapon in a grossly negligent manner, threatening a crime and shooting a firearm at an uninhabited dwelling or vehicle. The charges stem from a July 11 arrest.

A Sept. 9 felony conference and Sept. 30 preliminary hearing have been set.

• A three-day trial has been scheduled for Sonja Marlene Gentry, 36, and Dustin Mitchell. The two face several drug-related charges stemming from a search of their downtown Grass Valley apartment. They were arrested with another man, Joseph Grondona McCarty. Grass Valley police found an underground methamphetamine lab while searching the apartment on the 400 block of Neal Street July 29 in connection with a June 29 burglary of a museum at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center. In addition to the museum’s property and the meth lab, more than one pound of marijuana and a large amount of property was found that is believed to have been stolen from somewhere else, according to police. Gentry faces charges of possession of stolen property and manufacturing a controlled substance. Mitchell is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana for sale. McCarty, 30, who will be in court next Sept. 10, faces charges of burglary, grand theft, possession of stolen property and altering an identification number on a piece of property. The trial was scheduled for Nov. 16, with a Nov. 5 trial readiness conference and a Sept. 17 pretrial conference.

• Two defendants in a drug raid last winter changed their pleas on Aug. 30 while a case against the third defendant was dropped. Leslie Robert Hill, 28; McKenzie Emily Stamp, 25; and Mathew Austin Ettl, 21, all of Grass Valley, were arrested Dec. 6, 2003, in a raid on North School Street.

Sheriff’s investigators found hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana and liquid opium at the house, according to investigators. While the house was being searched, a Nevada Union High School student showed up looking to buy drugs, according to the sheriff’s office.

The case against Hill was dropped. Ettl pleaded no contest to charges of possessing or manufacturing an illegal weapon and possessing illegal ammunition. Stamp pleaded no contest to a charge of possession of a controlled substance for sale. Ettl and Stamp are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 1. A Sept. 8 trial was canceled.

– Roman Gokhman

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From all the residents of Grass Valley Senior Apartments, thank you to the firefighters, police department air support and everyone who responded to the Bennett Fire. God bless you all. You are all heroes.

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