A politically tinged vandalism case in Sutter County was dismissed on Friday.
Judge Perry Parker declined to order a trial for tea party member Elaine Miles, accused of felony vandalism for allegedly pouring nail polish on another member's vehicle last August, causing an estimated $2,152 in damages, according to court documents.
Parker ruled after Miles' preliminary hearing.
"I am humble and grateful for the many supporters who filled the courtroom and Judge Parker recognizing this unsupported charge," Miles said in an email. "Falsely accusing anyone of a felony due to an individual's need for complete power and control is harmful to our justice system and expensive."
District Attorney Amanda Hopper said her office "cannot refile the case as a misdemeanor. There is no legal authority for us to do so. The case has already been dismissed by the judge."
Hopper said in an email there was a chance the case could be refiled as a felony, but "I have not yet spoken with the attorney handling the case, so I do not know whether refile has been discussed."
Couple plead not guilty
A Yuba County couple pleaded not guilty last week to felony child cruelty charges, according to court records.
Jason and Tammy Johnson, both 37, were charged after Yuba County Sheriff's deputies visited their Hammonton-Smartville Road home on Jan. 9 to check on two children, ages 3 and 5, according to a declaration of probable cause filed in Yuba County Superior Court.
When the deputies entered the home, they saw Jason Johnson asleep on the couch, and the 3-year-old "was playing with a steak knife on the ground," the declaration said.
Jason Johnson awoke "and was displaying the signs and symptoms of being under the influence of a depressant," according to the declaration.
Deputies noted, "The residence was filthy and had numerous cockroaches crawling around, piles of dirty clothes, trash and dirty dishes covering the floor. There was no food in the refrigerator or in the residence. There was also pornographic material on the counter in the only bathroom in the residence."
The Johnsons are due back in court on Wednesday. Jason Johnson is being held on $40,000 bail. Tammy Johnson's bail is $32,500.
Burglary suspect nabbed in Wheatland
Wheatland police captured a hot-prowl burglary suspect on Friday afternoon following a brief chase.
Police identified the suspect as Dalton Thomas Dobbs.
Police said Dobbs, 18, fled from a house in the 500 block of Fourth Street at about 3:30 p.m. after the homeowner confronted him in a bedroom.
Officer Dennis Hollar was summoned to the home in response to a burglar alarm.
Hollar was outside the home when Dobbs sprinted through the front door after threatening the homeowner. Hollar chased Dobbs and was aided by Sgt. Oscar Magana.
Dobbs was arrested at Sixth and South A streets, police said.
The officers said Dobbs was carrying items taken from the house. A bag belonging to Dobbs also was found in the residence, police said.
Dobbs was booked into Yuba County Jail. Bail was set at $150,000.
Prison for attacker
A man accused of attempting to hit sheriff's deputies with his car pleaded early in the case and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Christopher Jordan, 39, was shot by Sutter County sheriff's deputies after he attempted to drive into them Dec. 21. Officials with the district attorney's office said he had been driving while drunk from Sacramento to Yuba City and threatened to kill a woman and her children.
Jordan pleaded no contest Jan. 2 to criminal threats and assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily harm to a peace officer.
He was sentenced to three years in prison the same day.
No deputies were harmed during the assault.