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Accused Attacker in Court Today

The man accused of beating church volunteer Mary Grace Tassone and stealing her car is scheduled to be in court today. 50 year-old Alan Kierkegaard is scheduled for a hearing this morning (11am), and an arraignment later this afternoon (1pm) at the Nevada County Courthouse. After seeing surveillance video from the July 5 attack, police recognized Kierkegaard as being homeless and officers had seen him hours before the attack trying to sleep in Condon Park. ‘Speaking on KNCO Insight: Nevada County Action’ yesterday, Sierra Roots President and Council Leader Janice O’Brien says the attack has brought the homeless issue to the forefront…

Listen to Janice O’Brien 1

O’Brien says something needs to be done…

Listen to Janice O’Brien 2

Meanwhile, family members say Tassone continues to make improvements in her recovery, but still cannot speak. Kierkegaard was arrested July 9 after he and Tassone’s car were found in the Grass Valley K-Mart parking lot. David Alkire, who ran for District Attorney last year, is Kierkegaard’s court-appointed public defender.

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