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Thou shalt not steal: Carson City man arrested after allegedly stealing from church, Carson City Sheriff’s Office says

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

FRIDAY

At 3:49 a.m., Robert Stine, 37, was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop for failure to signal and an improper lane change at Carson and Long streets. A search of the vehicle found a red eyeglass case containing meth and a pipe. Stine was charged with possession as well as the traffic violations. Bail was set at $3,630.

At 8:58 a.m., a 29-year-old was arrested after a traffic stop for an expired registration tag. He was also charged with driving on a suspended license and held on a failure to appear traffic warrant. Bail was set at $2,145.

At 10:52 a.m., Adam Carroll, 24, was arrested after a deputy spotted him climbing the fence of an apartment on Long Street. The arrest report said the subject appeared attempting to get in the apartment through a window when the deputy ordered him to talk to him. When told he was going to be handcuffed, the report says he attempted to pull away, knocking both of them to the ground, after which he hit the deputy on the head and fled, climbing into the window of another apartment then running from the residence’s garage. He was arrested later at the Wells Fargo on William and Saliman and charged with obstructing an officer, battery on an officer, attempted burglary, trespass, home invasion, destruction of property and violating suspended sentence conditions. Bail was set at $44,650.

At 8:33 p.m., a 48-year-old was arrested after a rollover crash at Edmonds and Fairview. A preliminary breath exam showed an alcohol level nearly double the legal limit. He was charged with careless driving, speeding, suspended license and DUI 1st alcohol. Bail was set at $1,700.

SATURDAY

At 1:30 a.m., Douglas Smith, 34, was arrested after a traffic stop at Carson Street and Winnie Lane for no tail lamps. An examination of him indicated he had consumed alcohol and a preliminary breath test indicated he was three times the legal limit. Dispatch reported this was his third arrest for DUI. Bail was set at $20,000.

At 11:18 a.m., Thomas Meader, 37, was charged with eight felony counts for allegedly stealing items from the Church of the Nazarene church and pawning them at Super Pawn. The items included a laptop, a guitar. He faces three counts of burglary, two of obtaining money under false pretenses, possession of stolen property, possession of a credit card without the owner’s consent. He was also charged with possession of meth and a pipe. Total bail was set at S168,500.

At 3:44 p.m., Amanda Gililard, 31, was charged with burglary for allegedly stealing several items of clothing from the Salvation Army store. Bail was set at $30,000.

At 6 p.m., Derek Collis, 41, was charged with felony domestic battery after deputies responded to a residence on Nichols. The arrest report says the victim had red marks on her neck indicating strangulation, a bloody nose and broken front tooth. His bail was set at $20,000.

At 6:10 p.m., a 27-year-old was charged with DUI 1st alcohol after an accident caused when his vehicle exited an apartment complex into the path of another vehicle. He was also charged with the traffic offense. Bail was set at $1,040.

SUNDAY

At 1:29 p.m., a 59-year-old man was charged with DUI-first alcohol after a traffic stop at Roop and Washington Streets for speeding. He was also charged with driving on a suspended license. Bail was set at $1,550.

At 2:50 p.m., Jeremiah Pellant, 26, was arrested on multiple charges after a traffic stop at Long and Rand streets for using a cell phone while driving and running a stop sign. While looking for the vehicle VIN number inside the door, the arrest report says the deputy spotted a baggie containing meth and two needles in the door pocket. He was charged with possession of meth and paraphernalia, illegal use of a cell phone, a broken windshield obscuring the driver’s vision, no registration and DUI drugs. Bail was set at $4,600.

At 4:04 a.m., a 21-year-old was arrested after a traffic stop for failure to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk at Washington and Carson Streets. A background check revealed three FTA warrants out of Reno with a total bail of $695.

At 4:31 p.m., a 38-year-old woman was arrested for violating probation conditions prohibiting use of alcohol after deputies responded to a motel on North Carson Street for a report of a woman yelling at people. She was also charged with possession paraphernalia after a search found a meth pipe on her person. She was held without bail.

Nevada lawmakers direct Public Works to get a better handle on construction inflation

A joint subcommittee Monday directed Public Works to get a better handle on construction inflation and separate that from change orders and other things that are raising the price of state buildings well above their original budgets.

The agency will have to report those costs quarterly to the Interim Finance Committee.

Sen. Chris Brooks, D-Las Vegas, said that a lot of what he sees isn’t the result of inflation but of changes to the various projects. He said Public Works blames the changes on inflation.

“A lot of it was we just ended up with a different building and that’s not inflation.

Brooks was joined by Republican James Settelmeyer of Gardnerville who said he was concerned about adding change orders to projects, “and then trying to sell it to us as inflation when it wasn’t.”

Settelmeyer and Reno Republican Ben Kieckhefer agreed with Brooks that those costs need to be tracked and reported to lawmakers separately so they can see what is happening.

The subcommittee of Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means agreed to project 10 percent inflation in Southern Nevada and 7 percent for the rest of the state. They also directed the agency to develop a better method of predicting inflation that must be built into the cost of new and remodeled buildings.

“I’d like somebody to show me the math,” said Settelmeyer.

“Public Works should track changes in existing and future projects, what changes were made that ended up with different cost estimates,” said Brooks.

The discussion came during a review of capital improvement projects approved by the 2017 Legislature, many of which required increases in funding.

One of them is the new south Reno DMV complex that needed $8.9 million added to its budget for a total of more than $50 million.

The subcommittee also approved $763,276 to complete the exterior renovation of the state Capitol. That project was funded with $1.8 million in 2017 to deal with leaky windows and doors, rotting gutters, repointing of the stonework and other exterior issues.

The subcommittee rejected requests for security barriers at both the Attorney General’s Carson City office and the state Education Building in Carson City. Agencies had requested the security at entrances to those buildings to separate employees from the public.

But lawmakers cited concerns about unnecessarily “hardening” buildings.

“I believe our public buildings should stay as welcoming as possible,” said Ways and Means Chairman Maggie Carlton, D-Las Vegas.

She said then umber of problems and incidents at those buildings in the past is minimal and doesn’t justify the need.

Lawyers want confession in Gardnerville, Reno murders thrown out

RENO — Lawyers for a Salvadoran immigrant charged with killing four people urged a judge on Monday to dismiss some of the charges and throw out his confession, citing procedural errors.

Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman faces murder, burglary and weapons charges in the deaths of four people in northern Nevada in January.

His public defenders say the Washoe County grand jury lacked legal jurisdiction to indict him for two of the January killings that occurred in Douglas County. They say prosecutors also failed to provide the necessary supporting evidence to allow the jury to hear testimony that Martinez-Guzman confessed to fatally shooting and stealing from the victims to support a drug habit.

“The grand jury in Washoe County exceeded its powers,” said John Arrascada, Washoe County’s chief public defender.

“We could be back here in 20 years to address this issue of process. We need to start this case off properly,” he said. “We’re not saying this case cannot at some point be joined, but that’s somewhere down the road.”

Federal officials have said Martinez-Guzman, 20, is in the U.S. illegally but they don’t know how or when he crossed the Mexico border. The case has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump, who says it shows the need for a border wall.

Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks and Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson, who are co-prosecuting the case, said Monday the defense’s “misguided assertions” aren’t supported by law and could “lead to an absurd result.”

Jackson said all district courts in Nevada enjoy statewide jurisdiction in cases involving criminal felonies.

He said the gun used in the killings was in Martinez-Guzman’s car when he was arrested in Carson City.

“He did all of this while in possession of a revolver he used to kill Connie Koontz, Sophia Renken and Gerry and Sherri David,” Jackson said. “The facts of this case are so intertwined that his possession of the firearm was an act requisite to consummation of the crimes in Douglas County.”

Jackson said requiring prosecutors to conduct preliminary hearings in all three jurisdictions would delay justice for the families of the victims for years.

Public defender Katheryn Hickman said state law prohibits the introduction of a confession unless it’s supported by independent evidence to guard against suspects admitting crimes they didn’t commit. She said the only accompanying material presented to the grand jury that indicted him on 10 counts was based on hearsay testimony, including statements the Davids’ caretaker gave to police about comments Gerald David made about an earlier burglary when police say the handgun was taken.

Hicks said there are certain exceptions when hearsay testimony is allowed, including when the witness isn’t available to testify in court.

“We all know Mr. David is unavailable,” Hicks said. “Now the defense is seeking to exclude statements made by the person (David) who he (Martinez-Guzman) made unavailable. It flies in the face of judicial procedure.”

Washoe District Court Judge Connie Steinheimer said she expected to rule on the motions before the next status hearing June 24. The trial isn’t scheduled to begin until next April.

Carson Valley Almanac 2019

Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Carson Valley Almanac Guide.

Louis Lucero

John Pollock

Trina Machacek: A rural Nevada spa day

Taking a spa day takes careful planning and, oh, such attention to detail. One needs to begin the journey with care and knowledge that a spa is all in the interpretation of the spa goer. You just have to go with the flow, as it were. Now enjoy this tale of spa-ness I recently planned, and I am still giggling at the outcome of the day.

I have two wonderful girlfriends visiting from Chicago. Good friends that I have not seen in several years. Good friends who are also such good sports to put up with the to-do list I have hoisted upon them during the past few days since they landed in Las Vegas and I hauled them to my little corner of the world. Ha, ha.

Oh, they enjoyed what felt like a 50k-mile ride from Vegas to Eureka. But! Yes, a “but” with miles on it. Hey, we did take the shortcut up through Lund on Highway 318. Saved like 18 miles. The first full day of their visit we piled back into the pickup and off up the mountain we went. Of course, I didn’t warn them first that we were going up, up, up. Just said we were going to take a tour of my neck of the woods. As we started up this very rocky, spine-jarring road, I was asked how I knew where this road was. Well, as I hit a rock and I saw two heads bounce up and nearly hit the roof, I dryly said I knew where the road was because my husband put it in in the 1960s. Up we continued, finally arriving at the very sharp, slope-defined parking spot that led to the view of one of the few remaining Charcoal Kilns that sparsely dot the landscape along the lower hills of Diamond Mountain. The view of the kiln was only surpassed when they turned around and saw the view overlooking Diamond Valley as it is spring and it seems like everything is green. It was a good day.

These friends have taken me on journeys through the streets of Chicago when I was back for some training to become a travel agent and then on some adventures as the agent they turned me into. So for me to top all they did I needed a special surprise. Bigger, more life-defining, something they would never expect from this meek little gal living in central Nevada. But what? Ah, a spa day, a Nevada spa day. One where you could just relax and recover from a day of mountain climbing. So we set out early on their second day, well, OK, like 10 a.m. after coffee and Facebook time and, of course, talking and the like. Swimming suits on under clothes and bottled water in tow. Such city girls.

I traveled out U.S. 50 to the spot to turn off. Oh, great, another dirt road. Then, we turned off the main dirt road to the little dirt road, then to the littler dirt road, then to the almost no road, which took us to our destination. It got kinda quiet as the spot looked like, well nothing was there. I said, “Here we are,” and jumped out. There were some words like, “What,” “Where,” “How,” “You’ve got to be kidding.” I pointed to the two, yes, two, places to “spa.” One, you need to walk through a little mud to get to the hot springs, but I would lend a hand to get them there and I shed my Levi’s and T-shirt and squished onward to the cast iron trough like thing that holds the water and climbed in. Yes, it was squishy and a little algae-lined, but it was warm and wonderful. Well, not too warm, I saved the easier to get into warmer spot for the second dip. There was laughter, good sportsmanship, some very strange faces and some, “What’s on the bottom that’s all slimy?” We sat and talked and laughed until we got a little chilled because the wonderful Nevada spring winds were flowing as usual so we slogged out through the mud, giving our knees such a wonderful mud bath. Climbed into the warmer “spa” and flicked ants off each other, deciding to call that portion of the spa day getting exfoliated by ants. Such fun at the spa.

All said and done we drove back to U.S. 50 where I pulled off to point at the spot we had just come from so they could see just how far off the beaten path they were. Wouldn’t you know it…? Someone pulled in right next to us looking for the nearest hot spring to go to. You couldn’t have scripted a better end to the perfect Nevada spa day.

Trina lives in Eureka, Nev. Find her on Facebook or share with her at itybytrina@yahoo.com. Really!

Wesley Byrd

John Van Dyke