• William McKnight, 21, of Grass Valley, pleaded “no contest” Sept. 10 to charges of rape and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 18. Seven girls accused him of having sex with them after he got them drunk, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Several other sex-related charges will be dropped at his sentencing, scheduled for Sept. 27.
McKnight already has one “strike” against him.
• The case against Jamee Marie Pau, 20, of Grass valley, was dismissed Sept. 14. Pau was arrested on May 14 on suspicion of threatening a crime, burglary, stalking and exhibiting a deadly weapon.
• Victoria Lynn Bandy, 33, of Grass Valley, pleaded innocent Sept. 9 to charges of possession of a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance, stemming from a July 9 arrest.
• Joseph Alan Ray Smith, 20, of Grass Valley, pleaded “no contest” Sept. 9 to a charge of grand theft, stemming from a June 9 arrest. In a plea deal with prosecutors, a charge of burglary will be dropped at his sentencing, scheduled for Oct. 18.
• Michael Dwyer, 27, of Nevada City, pleaded “no contest” Sept. 10 to charges of possession of a controlled substance and domestic violence, stemming from a Feb. 26 arrest. Other drug-related charges will be dropped at his sentencing, scheduled for Oct. 25.
• Grass Valley resident Natasha Young was sentenced Sept. 10 to 20 days in jail and three years of probation for a charge of possession of a controlled substance, stemming from a Jan. 9 arrest.
• Joseph Grondona McCarty, 30, of Grass Valley, pleaded “no contest” Sept. 10 to a charge stemming from a search of his downtown Grass Valley apartment. He was arrested with his roommates Sonja Marlene Gentry, 36, and Dustin Mitchell. Grass Valley police found an underground methamphetamine lab while searching the apartment, on the 400 block of Neal Street, on July 29. They also found stolen property and more than one pound of marijuana, according to police.
McCarty pleaded “no contest” to burglary. Other charges of grand theft, possession of stolen property and altering an identification number on a piece of property will be dismissed at his sentencing, scheduled for Oct. 25.
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.
Their trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 16, with a Nov. 5 trial readiness conference.
• Daniel Luna, 29, of Grass Valley, was sentenced Sept. 13 to 180 days in jail and three years of probation for a conviction of grand theft and possession of a controlled substance. The charges stem from an April 3 arrest.
• Warren Gray, 29, of Carmichael, pleaded innocent Sept. 13 to charges stemming from two cases against him.
He was arrested in the spring after a pursuit from the California Highway Patrol through western Nevada County on a stolen All Terrain Vehicle. An officer spotted the ATV driving in the middle of a road and attempted to stop it on Alta Sierra Drive. Instead, the suspect took off toward Highway 49 and went onto the freeway. When he was eventually blocked in, the driver tried to escape up a hill, but the ATV stalled.
In the second case, he was arrested in relation to a March 30 burglary on Scrub Oak Lane, when a resident returned home to find two people trying to steal her vehicle and break inside.
He faces combined charges of recklessly evading a police officer, burglary, threatening to commit a crime and two counts of vehicle theft.
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