Tahoe City’s John McKnight granted another continuance

Kyle Magin
Sierra Sun
Kyle Magin/Sierra SunTahoe City resident John McKnight, 61, sits with Placer County Public Defender Barry Jones during Monday's pretrial hearing.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; A judge on Monday issued Tahoe City resident John McKnight a three-week continuance in the multiple-felony case in which he faces nine criminal charges for allegedly threatening a local neighborhood.

Judge Trilla Bahrke, during a pretrial hearing in Placer County Superior Court in Tahoe City, granted the stay, as requested by McKnightand#8217;s attorney Barry Jones, a Placer County Public Defender. No reason was specified for the request. McKnight is expected back in court 10 a.m. Monday, July 20, for a pretrial hearing.

McKnight, 61, appeared in a county-issued orange jumpsuit Monday. He faces four felony and five misdemeanors for the June 15 incident in which he is accused of waving a handgun in the air and threatening neighbors in the Tahoe City neighborhood of Lake Forest, where McKnight resides.

In his first pretrial hearing a week ago in Tahoe City, McKnight was granted an extra week to prepare his defense.

McKnight, who made the two-hour trip Monday from the Placer County Jail in Auburn., Calif., returned there Monday, where he remains in custody on $106,316.25 bail.

According to witnesses and law enforcement after the June 15 incident, McKnight threatened neighbors at his home on Lake Forest Road with a loaded handgun and posted an anti-Semitic sign in his driveway.

Deputies were called to the scene, but not before McKnight fled and was arrested by Truckee police at the intersection of Highway 267 and Interstate 80, allegedly intoxicated.

McKnight’s charges include: two felony assault with a firearm charges, two felony criminal threats charges, one felony possession of a deadly weapon charge, two misdemeanor DUI-related charges, one misdemeanor concealed firearm in a vehicle charge and one misdemeanor carrying a loaded weapon charge.

Check back with as the case develops.

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