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Lassen County Board of Supervisors Agenda, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Juan Manuel Venegas ordered to stand trial in the murder of David Wicks
May 12. 2017, Friday after a second preliminary hearing, Superior Court Judge Tamra Wood found that there was sufficient evidence to order Juan Manuel Venegas to stand trial for first-degree murder, aggravated mayhem and a torture enhancement in the death of 54-year-old David Wicks.
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May 15, 2017
Neurosurgeon James Kohut and nurse Rashel Brandon arrested on child sex charges
James Kohut, 57, was arrested Sunday at a residence near the Santa Cruz, CA on one charge of oral copulation with a child under the age of 10 and two charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail and is being held without bail.
Rashel Brandon, 42, was arrested May 10 and charged with 11 felonies including sodomy, oral copulation and lewd and lascivious acts with a child as well as multiple charges related to the production of child pornography.
Officials say a third person faces charges in the case, but have not released the identity of that person, but is in custody outside of California. Watsonville police Capt. Jorge Zamora stated, “I can also confirm the case crosses state lines.”
Last week, Sparks Neuroscience Center in Ft. Smith, AR announced the hiring of the 57-year-old neurosurgeon. He was set to be introduced to the community with an Open House June 9th. The Spartks Neuroscience Center Administrators say Kohut is "no longer employed by Sparks." His date-of-hire was May 1st.
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