Former Las Vegas Constable appeared before a judge Monday on domestic battery and coercion charges.
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro Tem William Jansen ordered Bonaventura not to have any contact with his wife.
The charges stem from an April 17 incident in which police said the former constable grabbed and pulled his wife violently by the arms and forced her to write him a check for $9,500.
Both charges against Bonaventura are misdemeanors. Both can carry punishments of up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000.
In March 2013, after numerous issues and complaints against Bonaventura and his office, the Clark County Commission unanimously voted to abolish the office.
Less than a year later, Bonaventura and the constable’s office settled a lawsuit for $415,000 with two former employees who accused Bonaventura of ordering them to lie in front of the County Commission and were then demoted when they refused.
In June, taped conversations involving Bonaventura surfaced, once again putting the departing constable at the forefront of headlines
In one of the recordings, Bonaventura was heard saying he wanted to bleed the office dry of all its assets before it was abolished. Plus he had a message for Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.
“Right now, with everything going on, I want to spend all the money,” Bonaventura is heard saying. “You know, we’ve got $3.9 million in there. I wish I could just spend it all and then if they did eliminate the office say, ‘F—- you Sisolak, you got nothing. What happened to the money … you’re trying to get the money and guess what, what do you got? You get nothing.’ I wish I could do that somehow but you can’t spend that much money.”
Two other former employees in July accused the former constable of forcing them to give thousands of dollars worth of kick-back payments to Bonaventura.
The office was officially abolished when Bonaventura’s term expired in January. Duties of the constable’s office — such as handling evictions and serving court papers — were absorbed by Metro.
Reno police arrested 30-year-old Mari St. Martin late the night of Friday, May 8, 2015. She was booked and released.
St. Martin has been Sandoval’s communications director since 2014; she had worked for his re-election campaign, and before that worked for Congressman Joe Heck and Senator Dean Heller. She also unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Nevada State Senate in 2012.
A 24-year-old Carson City man was arrested Friday on multiple felony charges after allegedly agreeing to wear a wire for a drug deal and then fleeing with $850 given to him by law officers in order for him to make the transaction, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.
The man’s 29-year-old sister, also faces felony charges after allegedly aiding and assisting in his escape.
Duffy Sean Thomas faces two counts felony grand larceny, prisoner escape, possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor obstructing. Bail: $77,912. His sister, Sarah Thomas, was arrested on three felony charges: Aiding a felon prisoner, helping a felon prisoner escape and assisting with the escape of a felon. Bail: $55,000. They were booked into custody at around 6 p.m. Friday night.
According to the arrest report, Duffy Thomas had an active warrant and was inside a casino. He was placed under arrest for the warrant. He was searched where officers found a small plastic baggie with meth. He told officers that the meth and the pants he was wearing were not his, and that he got the pants from Goodwill, the arrest report states.
He was taken to jail where he agreed that he could help officers buy an ounce of methamphetamine from a source. He signed the necessary paperwork and initialed that he understood the contract. He made a phone call and ordered an ounce of methamphetamine. He told officers it would cost approximately $800. He was given $850 of buy money and was set up with a concealed wire for the transaction. He was to await his seller where he would be observed from a distance and listened in on the wire, the arrest report states.
Two females, identified as Duffy’s mother and his sister, walked up to him and he told them to “come give me a hug.” He said something that was muffled and the two walked away. Duffy then walked a short distance and then stepped out of sight from the officer and could no longer be heard on the wire.
Officers observed a nearby apartment door open, and knocked. Inside the apartment was Duffy’s mother and the sister, Sarah Thomas. They said they didn’t know where Duffy was.
He was later found in the 1700 block of North Edmonds wearing a woman’s white jacket with brown fur, a pair of woman’s black pants and a wig on his head. He allegedly got the clothing from his sister, the arrest report states.
The wire was located at a residence where Sarah Thomas lived. She denied seeing her brother change into her clothes, the same clothes she was wearing when she approached her brother with her mother when they hugged, according to the arrest report.
The mother gave officers the $850 and said her son gave her the money as he was being placed into a patrol vehicle. At no time did the mother and son have contact as he was being placed into the patrol vehicle, the arrest report states.
Duffy Thomas was charged with possession of methamphetamine, 1.3 grams, 2 counts grand larceny for taking the $850 of buy money and the wire device, prisoner escape and obstructing.
The charges stem from an alleged confrontation at the Elko County Fairgrounds, after a reserve officer, at the request of fair staff, asked attendees milling in a walkway to disperse, according to a charging document. Woodbury allegedly refused to listen, swore at the deputy, and later pushed him from behind.
Charges included battery, domestic battery, disorderly conduct, minor consuming alcohol and possession of a dangerous drug. Three arrests were related to traffic offenses and driving under the influence.
Highway 50 was closed for about 30 minutes as revelers began to fill the street about 10 minutes before the New Year.
Crowds in this area of the South Shore have dramatically decreased in recent years with the introduction of SnowGlobe and Heavenly Holidays – both in South Lake Tahoe. There was a time when Stateline crowds topped 60,000 people.
After striking a deal with prosecutors, a former Metro police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of child pornography.
Prosecutors originally charged James Henry, 37, with 10 counts child pornography possession, saying several images were found on an online storage account that belonged to him.
Henry agreed to plead to only one count of possessing a visual presentation depicting sexual conduct of a child.
Prosecutors said the images appeared to have been uploaded by Henry through his home Internet Protocol address or his cell phone.
“After consideration of the evidence we had, the amount of child pornography we discovered, we thought this was a fair negotiation,” prosecutor Jim Sweetin said.
The 12-year department veteran was arrested in October after an investigation into child pornography on his Google cloud account. Henry worked as a patrol officer in Metro’s Convention Center Area Command, which includes the Strip.
Google had notified authorities that someone had uploaded an image of child pornography in June, according to Henry’s arrest report. His account was closed, and the tip was forwarded to Metro in July.
Henry’s lawyers have said the images were never in his possession and that someone could have hacked into his account. They had also argued that there was no evidence Henry prepared, advertised or distributed images.
Henry did not know why Google closed his account, his lawyers have said. Henry learned of the investigation when he was placed on paid administrative leave from Metro.
During an interview with detectives, Henry admitted to uploading the images of boys and girls and called them “captivating and titillating,” a police report said.
Sweetin called those comments “very concerning.”
His lawyers said that those comments were taken out of context and that he had been referring to pornography in general.
In exchange for the plea, the Clark County district attorney’s office agreed not to refer the case to the federal government for prosecution.
Sweetin also said that prosecutors would not pursue further charges “resulting from the evidence currently in the state’s possession.”
Henry, who resigned from the department last month, must surrender all of his computers, electronic devices and cell phones.
Defense lawyer Louis Schneider declined to comment after the plea hearing Wednesday.
Henry, who must register as a sex offender, faces up to 6 years in prison, but he could also be given probation at his sentencing in April. He remains free on $100,000 bail.
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Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley said that today’s arrest of Deputy Sheriff Stuart Balch, assigned to Detention, demonstrates that the systems in place at the Sheriff’s Office to detect and act upon allegations of wrongdoing by staff members are working effectively.
Sheriff Haley said that Detention Facility employees received notification of possible sexual contact between Balch and a female inmate in April of 2014.
Once this information became known, staff followed Sheriff’s Office protocol and immediately advised supervisors of the allegations. On the same day it learned of the allegations, the Sheriff’s Office asked for an outside agency, the Reno Police Department, to conduct an investigation. Balch was placed on paid leave pending the outcome of that investigation.
“First and foremost, it is important for the community to understand that we immediately responded to a complaint on behalf of a victim,” said Sheriff Haley. “The system in place to facilitate that complaint worked. Once we became aware of the possibility of criminal behavior within our facility, we took the appropriate steps without hesitation.”
“We cannot control every action of an individual within our agency,” Sheriff Haley said. “But we can detect suspicious behavior and act in a responsible and lawful way to ensure that those who are responsible for suspicious behavior are held accountable.”
“That being said, it isn’t any less difficult for me to have to report to the public that a member of my staff has been arrested on these types of allegations.”
“The alleged actions of this individual do not reflect the principles of the hard working men and women of this agency. We cannot condone this type of behavior and will do all we can to continue to assist with the investigation and ensure proper justice is served.”
In April of 2014, Reno Police Department Sex Crimes Detectives were contacted by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in reference to possible inappropriate contact of a female inmate by a male Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy. RPD says following the investigation, Detectives determined that there was sufficient evidence of unlawful sexual contact between a female inmate by 28-year-old Stuart Balch — a Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to Detention.
After Reno Police Detectives compiled all the details, statements and evidence the case was submitted to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office for review. Officials said the Washoe County DA’s Office issued a warrant for the Washoe County Deputy, who voluntarily turned himself into the Washoe County Detention Facility this afternoon.
Balch was arrested for one count of Voluntary Sexual Contact with a Prisoner.
Those with information regarding this incident are being asked to contact the Reno Police Department Sex Crimes Division at (775) 657-4601, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, Secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.
RPD Case # 14-7312
Officer arrested in attempted sexual assault
A Bullhead City police officer was arrested in connection with an attempted sexual assault that occurred outside a Laughlin bar Wednesday morning, Las Vegas police said.
Jesse Hoag, 37, faces charges of attempted sexual assault, police said. He posted bond Thursday and was released from the Laughlin Detention Center.
Police said Hoag met a woman in a bar in the 2300 block of Casino Drive. The woman told officers that she and Hoag had a conversation and then went to his vehicle.
She told police a struggle ensued in the vehicle when Hoag tried to attack her, but she was able to escape. Police said Hoag, who had earlier identified himself as a Bullhead City police officer, fled the scene.
The woman called police from the bar, and Hoag contacted police to turn himself in, police said.
Hoag, a sergeant and 11-year veteran of the department, had been suspended just a few weeks before the alleged assault for a similar incident involving another woman, Bullhead City police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said.
Fromelt said Hoag was placed on paid administrative leave on Oct. 3, after the Kingman Police Department launched an independent criminal investigation related to an Oct. 2 incident involving Hoag.
The scenario that was investigated was similar to what allegedly happened in Laughlin, Kingman police Deputy Chief Rusty Cooper said.
Cooper said the police report of the Oct. 2 incident in the Bullhead City area is under review by the Mohave County attorney’s office.
In addition to the separate criminal probes conducted by Las Vegas and Kingman police, the Arizona Department of Public Safety has been asked to conduct an internal investigation involving Hoag, Fromelt said.
Anyone with information on the recent incident may call the Las Vegas police sexual assault unit at 702-828-3421.
Jerry Peek, 33, was booked Tuesday in the Washoe County jail on $750,000 bail.
According to the complaint filed Monday, Peek allegedly forced female inmates to show their breasts and perform oral sex. Four women were named in the complaint.
Allegations were first brought to the sheriff’s office June 2013 when Peek was a 14-month employee of the agency, Lyon County Undersheriff Albert Torres said Friday. Peek was put on paid administrative leave pending investigation until he was fired in March, Torres said.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on the arrest Friday, saying it withheld information pending internal affairs and Nevada Division of Investigation probes.
A warrant was obtained and Peek was arrested in Washoe County on Tuesday. Peek lists Reno as his home on Facebook.
“We had not released any information prior to this at the requests of the victims,” Torres said.
Torres said the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has revamped policy in the jail — from cell checks and regular duties — following the alleged incidents.
When asked for specifics on those changes, Torres said he’s “not willing to get into those details.”
He added: “I can’t think of too many things much more serious than something like this happening at a sheriff’s office.”
The Lyon County Jail is staffed with about 18 deputies and holds an average daily inmate population between 75 and 80, Torres said.
LYON COUNTY (MyNews4.com & KNRV) — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has released a statement regarding the details of criminal charges filed against Jerry Lee Peek, as well as the events leading up to his arrest.
According to the press release, initial criminal allegations were made against former Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Peek in June of 2013. Officials say at the time of these allegations, Peek was a 14 month veteran of the agency. Previously, information regarding this incident was not released at the the request of the victims.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says an Internal investigation was started in June of 2013, along with a criminal investigation performed by an outside agency — the Nevada Division of Investigation. Peek was immediately placed on paid Administrative Leave pending the outcome of these investigations, and his employment officially ended as of March, 2014.
The Nevada Division of Investigations found evidence of several crimes, filed these charges with the Nevada Attorney General and obtained a warrant for the arrest of Peek. Mr. Peek was arrested on Oct. 14 and booked into the Washoe County Jail and has been charged with 6 felonies and 3 gross misdemeanors including ‘Preventing/Dissuading Victim from Reporting Crime,’ and ‘Inhumanity to a Prisoner.’ For a full list of charges, click HERE.
His total bail has been set at $750,000.00.
“Unfortunately these types of crimes occur across the country and are a blemish and embarrassment to all of Law Enforcement …” said Lyon County Undersheriff Albert Torres. “The most important thing we need to remember are the victims, and we are incredibly sorry this happened, and we thank them for having the courage to come forward and for having faith and trust in the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office that we will do what is right no matter who is involved. We are a transparent agency and we want to ensure you that we will continue to be a transparent agency.”
Court dates and times are still unknown, but the Walker River Justice Court in Yerington will be the court of jurisdiction.
UPDATE: 10:53 a.m., 10/17/14
LYON COUNTY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — According to the Lyon County Human Resources Department, 33-year-old Jerry Lee Peek — who is currently detained at the Washoe County Jail — was employed as a Lyon County Sheriff’s deputy until March of 2014.
He’s facing several charges including sexual crimes against a prisoner, coercion with the threat of force, voluntary sexual conduct with a prisoner and inhumanity towards a prisoner.
For a full list of charges, click HERE.
An arraignment hearing was scheduled Wednesday, but Woodbury — who hired local law firm Lockie & Macfarlan to represent him — filed an appearance waiver and the simple battery case will continue to trial. It is scheduled for Jan. 13, according to justice court.
Woodbury served as district attorney for 16 years. He works as a private practice lawyer, has been appointed counsel for numerous defendants, and continues to do work for the county in a Jarbidge road lawsuit.
Under Nevada law, a person can be charged with a gross misdemeanor if they commit battery on a person who “possesses some or all of the powers of a peace officer.”
Because the case is pending, prosecuting attorney Michael Bongard declined to comment on the attorney general office’s decision to charge Woodbury with the lesser crime.
The charges stem from an alleged confrontation at the Elko County Fairgrounds, after a reserve officer, at the request of fair staff, asked attendees milling in a walkway to disperse, according to a charging document. Woodbury allegedly refused to listen, swore at the deputy, and later pushed him from behind.
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — The former director of a Carson City counseling center is now under arrest facing charges of Medicaid fraud.
Erik Badgett is currently in custody at the Lyon County Jail. An arrest warrant was issued after the Attorney General charged Badgett with several counts of Medicaid fraud, though he was actually arrested on an unrelated case in Lyon County.
Last year, the Attorney General’s office raided the Family Guidance and Wellness Network in Carson City, where Badgett was employed as the director.
Several employees and patients have also come forward accusing Badgett of lewdness and sexual assault. The Carson City District Attorney has decided not to pursue those charges at this time.
He is due in court September 3, 2014.
Henderson official arrested on DUI charges
Fred Horvath, assistant city manager of Henderson, has been placed on administrative leave pending the result of a police investigation into his arrest Friday afternoon on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The 58-year-old Horvath was arrested and booked into the Henderson Detention Center following his arrest, city spokesman Bud Cranor confirmed.
“We confirm that Fred was arrested on suspicion of DUI and the city manager is placing him on leave pending the results of that investigation,” Cranor said.
Official charges are pending the results of a blood test. Horvath was arrested about 2 p.m. near the corner of Green Valley and Wigwam parkways, and was released on his own recognizance within a couple hours of his arrest.
While details surrounding his arrest have not been released, numerous sources said Horvath had been playing golf earlier in the day before being pulled over by Henderson police for crossing over the lane divider.
City offices are open Monday through Thursday, and closed on Fridays.
Horvath joined the city in 2005 as employee relations manager. He was the city’s human resources director from 2009 until his appointment as assistant city manager in October. Horvath is responsible for the city’s departments of community development and services, information technology, public works, parks and recreation, and utility services.
His arrest came three years to the day that former Henderson City Attorney Elizabeth Quillin resigned and accepted a $99,500 buyout following her May 2011 arrest on DUI charges. She later pleaded guilty to DUI-first offense, paid a fine, and attended a DUI class and a victim impact panel.
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LAS VEGAS — A defense lawyer says a Nye County sheriff candidate will face a single misdemeanor charge in an agreement with Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto in a campaign sign-stealing dispute.
Attorney Joshua Tomsheck said Wednesday that Assistant Nye County Sheriff Rick Marshall wasn’t intentionally doing anything illegal or improper when he removed three “Anybody but Rick for Sheriff” signs from property where ownership was unclear.
Tomsheck says Marshall had been removing signs from other properties with owners’ consent.
Marshall was arrested by Nye County sheriff’s deputies April 22 in Pahrump on stolen property, conspiracy and resisting arrest charges.
Masto says the 56-year-old Marshall will face a judge Sept. 9 in Nye County on one charge of injury to property.
Marshall could be fined $500.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — The Carson City Sheriff Department is one of the most corrupt in the nation. A new website is dedicated to showcasing this at Carson City Sheriff WATCH.wordpress.com
A former Carson City Sheriff’s Office accountant faces eight felony charges of embezzlement after allegedly stealing at least $100,000 of bail and search and seizure money over several years.
Laura Wissert turned herself into Carson City Jail on Tuesday after an arrest warrant was issued by a judge. Her bail is set at $20,000, said Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong. She faces seven class B felony counts of embezzlement and 1 Class C count.
According to Furlong, Wissert was a Division Account Technician at the Sheriff’s Office for more than 12 years. Officials at the department saw suspicious activity within the accounting system in August 2013. When the problem was recognized, Wissert resigned “on the spot,” said Furlong.
The investigation was turned over to the Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigations Division. Wissert was cooperative in the investigation, said Furlong. The alleged crimes were committed over several years. Wissert allegedly took money from an account established for money from search and seizures. The money, which is typically cash confiscated in drug transactions, is put into an account after conviction and dispersed among departments for programs.
It is also alleged Wissert took money from the Sheriff’s Office bail account, and used money from the search and seizure account to cover money she took from the bail account. While the money she allegedly stole didn’t come from the general fund, she targeted what Furlong called “the dark side” of public safety funding: money collected from drug transactions.
Insurance money will cover the loss as well as any restitution if Wissert is convicted.
Rapper questions rough handling by police
Local rapper Orlando Clemons was walking to his car after a downtown Las Vegas show in March when a Metro officer pulled up next to him.
What happened next has left the entertainer and some legal experts baffled. The officer pushed Clemons onto the hood of the patrol car: a forearm pressed against the back of his neck, his hands held behind his back. Clemons, 29, was arrested and cited for jaywalking and resisting arrest.
And the incident was caught on video.
Clemons, a hip-hop artist who goes by the name Splash God, had finished a show about 1 a.m. at the Beauty Bar on East Fremont Street, an area where many up-and-coming bands and musicians perform. He and his friends were filming a behind-the-scenes album promotional video while they walked to El Cortez’s parking garage.
What they didn’t expect was for Metro officer Paul Shreiber to make an appearance.
Schreiber drove past in his patrol car, made a U-turn and stopped.
“What’s up, man? Step in front of my car, please,” Shreiber said as he got out of the vehicle.
Confused, Clemons walked over, hands in the air with his palms exposed to the officer.
“I turned around to kind of surrender myself already, to let him know I didn’t have any weapons,” Clemons told the Las Vegas Review-Journal earlier this month.
But the officer almost immediately restrained Clemons’ hands behind him. When Clemons turned his head, the officer pushed his face onto the hood.
“I was just trying to talk to him,” Clemons said. “It’s hard to talk to an officer of the law when I’m in handcuffs and being jerked around like a beef jerky stick.”
Clemons asked the officer if he was being arrested.
“No,” the officer said.
Shreiber pulled Clemons off the car, attempted to trip him, then slammed Clemons back onto the hood of the patrol car as three more officers in two cars arrived.
Clemons was scared and worried that he might be stunned with a Taser or shot, he said.
“I really thought something bad was going to happen,” he said.
His friends tried to tell the officers that Clemons hadn’t done anything wrong.
“I don’t give a s—-, step away,” one of the officers shouted.
A few seconds later, one of Clemons’ friends, Frank Williams, was pushed toward the car by another officer, who then slammed Williams onto the hood.
The two were handcuffed, put in the back of a police car and taken to Las Vegas City Jail.
Clemons was arrested and cited for jaywalking and resisting arrest. He spent two days in jail. Williams was cited for obstructing an investigation and spent three days in jail.
The officer’s version of events doesn’t quite match the video, which doesn’t capture the entire exchange.
According to a police arrest report, Clemons refused Shreiber’s order to go to the front of the car and argued until the officer was forced to put Clemons’ hands behind his back. Shreiber said he pushed Clemons against the car to “maintain my control” when Clemons continued to resist and twist away, according to the report.
The video left some legal experts questioning the officer’s use of force in what eventually became a minor citation.
Allen Lichtenstein, American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada general counsel, said Metro could use its time better by “protecting people from real criminals, not jaywalkers.”
“Anyone who uses physical force for a jaywalking charge is being excessive,” Lichtenstein said.
Las Vegas criminal defense attorney E. Brent Bryson echoed Lichtenstein’s comments. Even if Clemons, who stands about 6 feet tall and has hair cut close to his head, did jaywalk, the officers’ actions were unwarranted. He questioned whether race — not jaywalking — prompted the initial stop.
“From what I can see from where the video starts, there is no basis, other than you have a couple of African-Americans walking down the sidewalk, for this particular officer to stop these individuals,” Bryson said. “I did not see anything that one would find typically with resisting arrest.”
But Bryson said he can understand how some behavior may have made officers tense. Police can maintain a scene to keep themselves safe, Bryson said. Some of Clemons’ friends disobeyed police orders to back away.
Metro launched an internal investigation into the arrest and found Shreiber did not violate any laws or policies. Shreiber declined to comment for this story through his supervisor, Downtown Area Command Capt. Shawn Andersen.
Anderson called Shreiber actions “reasonable.”
“Officer Shreiber was out there attempting to control somebody who was clearly resisting him, alone. It was important for him to do what he had to do to control that person as quick as possible,” Andersen said. “Those situations can escalate and be very dangerous.”
Police stepped up jaywalking enforcement recently in an attempt to lower the number of pedestrian deaths, Andersen said. Metro saw a spike in pedestrian deaths in 2012 and 2013, with 40 and 47, respectively, compared with just 23 in 2011.
The majority of the 900 pedestrian stops Andersen’s command makes each month rarely escalate to the physical level of Clemons’ case, he added.
“Having to put our hands on somebody is the absolute last thing we want to do,” Andersen said. “This was extraordinary.”
Clemons admitted that he had an outstanding traffic warrant because he was having trouble paying the fine.
“I’m not a bad guy, but you know, s—- happens and you can’t catch up with the money that you owe,” Clemons said.
Three months after the arrest, Clemons is still unsure why the officer stopped the group.
“Maybe he pulled me over because I was sagging,” Clemons said. The night of his arrest, the video shows him asking Shreiber for permission to pull up his camouflage cargo pants that had fallen off his hips.
Clemons is fighting the case in court. He said he does not plan to file a lawsuit against Metro.
“I just feel violated,” Clemons said. “I wasn’t doing anything wrong.”
“No one expects, you know, walking down the street and just being put in handcuffs.”
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Officers with the Carson City Special Enforcement Team made the arrests Thursday, July 24, 10:55 p.m. in the 1200 block of Woodside Drive. In custody are Breanna E. Smith, 21, and Brandon Goblet, 29. Each were arrested on suspicion of felony charges of maintaining a drug house while Smith was charged with allegedly furnishing drugs to a minor. According to the arrest report, a boy told his parents he and his brother got two marijuana joints for helping Smith do the dishes.
According to the arrest report, officers were following up on an investigation in which Smith had allegedly given marijuana to the children. Upon arrival officers made contact with the couple who opened the door to the apartment. As Goblet opened the door a strong odor of marijuana emitted from the apartment, the arrest report states.
As the officer looked inside there was a male sleeping on the couch and a female toward the back. A deputy asked Goblet to have all the occupants step out of the apartment while a deputy spoke with Smith who then gave him permission to go inside the apartment and look for marijuana, the report states.
A deputy went inside the apartment and began to search. A few minutes later he returned with 2 marijuana joints and then later found two firearms inside the apartment that belonged to Goblet. Also located in the living room was a large multi-colored glass bong.
Another officer continued searching. In the northeast bedroom he noticed some attic insulation on a dresser, in which he then took a chair and opened the attic for access.
As the officer opened the attic he found a gray nylon bag and black gas mask with a long tube sticking out of the end. The officer retrieved the items from the attic and put them on the bed. In the bag were several pipes, a scale, mason jar with 8 grams of marijuana, a small baggie with 1 gram of marijuana and three grinders. The officer took custody of all the items to include the two firearms, the arrest report states.
Both Smith and Goblet were charged with maintaing a drug house and Smith with an additional charge of giving and furnishing drugs to minors. According to a separate narrative, officers responded earlier to the 1200 block of Woodside and spoke with the parents of two boys who called the sheriff’s office to report the incident.
The arrest report states a son handed his mother a cigarette box and told her there were two marijuana joints inside it. The mother asked her son how he got the marijuana and the boy said Smith gave it to him after he and his brother did the dishes for Smith.
The officer interviewed the boys, one who said that he sometimes does chores for “Bree” as he called her, and that early on July 24, he and his brother went to her house to do the dishes.
After they were done he said “Bree” gave him a cigarette box and since he didn’t like cigarettes he tried to hand it back to her but she told him to keep it, one of the boy’s told the officer. Inside the box were two joints, the arrest report states. Bail for Smith: $95,000. Bail for Goblet, $20,000.
In other felony arrests:
— A man entering the Carson City Jail on 3:40 p.m. July 24 faces a felony charge of being in possession of heroin. A K9 was was called to do a sniff inside the property room of the jail where the dog alerted to a bag belonging to Jeff David Stewart, 29, the arrest report states. Upon searching the bag, officers found a clear ziplock baggie with a brown hard substance, which tested positive for heroin. Stewart was red his rights and he agreed to speak. He was asked why he didn’t let the arresting deputy know he had heroin in his possession while entering the jail. The man said he was afraid of getting charged with it and wanted to leave it alone, the arrest report states. Bail: $2,500.
PLACER COUNTY, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Skogen was arrested yesterday by investigators from the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. Skogen was charged with four felony counts stemming from a 2011 relationship the deputy had with a 17 year-old victim who, at the time, was a volunteer with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release sent by Placer County District Attorney R. Scott Owens.
The investigation took place after the Placer County Sheriff’s Office received information from another Deputy that Skogen had allegedly been involved in an inappropriate relationship with the victim. Given that Deputy Skogen, the reporting Deputy, and the victim all worked at the Sheriff’s Office at the time of the alleged offense, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office requested that the District Attorney’s Office conduct an investigation into allegations made against Skogen.
Skogen’s bail was set at $100,000 which he posted. The investigation is still ongoing, but Skogen is scheduled for arraignment August 4, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 31 of the Placer County Superior Court.
Nevada ranks number one in the Country for the most corrupt attorneys… We need to clean up the corruption within our judicial system and it starts with arresting and prosecuting the corrupt attorneys and judges!
Massive CRIME SCENE at Nevada attorney General Office in Carson City because of the rampant corruption in the CORRUPT Nevada Courts
LVRJ News source: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/crime-courts/nevada-us-attorney-sees-rise-number-lawyers-prosecuted
A total of 23 lawyers, mostly from Las Vegas, have been convicted since 2008, according to the Nevada U.S. attorney’s office.
Since 2011, the number of convictions have increased nearly five times over the previous three years, records show.
There were four convictions between 2008 and 2010, but 19 between 2011 and this year. Eight attorneys either pleaded guilty or were convicted by a jury in 2013 alone.
“Although we cannot speculate as to the reason for the rise in numbers, we can say that it is embarrassing and sad when lawyers violate the very laws they have taken an oath to uphold.”
Bogden calls the growing rate of attorney prosecutions “alarming” in his 2013 annual report on the accomplishments of his office.
“There’s been a significant uptick,” says David Clark, the chief counsel for the State Bar of Nevada, which regulates lawyers. “It’s a combination of economic realities and the increased vigilance on the part of federal prosecutors to go after lawyers.”
Clark says attorneys have struggled in the failing economy just like everyone else and have been forced to look for other ways to make money, sometimes landing in legal and professional trouble.
Of the 23 convictions since 2008, a total of 19 involved financial crimes such as tax evasion, bank fraud and mortgage fraud, records show.
Bankruptcy attorney Randolph Goldberg pleaded guilty to tax evasion last year and is now serving a 1½-year sentence in federal prison. Defense lawyer and former prosecutor Paul Wommer, who was convicted by a jury of tax evasion last year, is serving a nearly 3½-year prison sentence. Both are temporarily suspended and can expect more disciplinary action from the State Bar when they get out of prison.
Four Las Vegas attorneys — the late David Amesbury, Jeanne Winkler, Barry Levinson and Brian Jones — pleaded guilty to fraud charges in the federal investigation into the massive takeover of Las Vegas-area homeowners associations.
Amesbury killed himself weeks after he pleaded guilty, and the other three lawyers are cooperating with prosecutors and waiting to be sentenced.
Another attorney, Keith Gregory, is to stand trial in October in the HOA case, and one key target, attorney Nancy Quon, committed suicide before federal authorities could charge her.
Winkler was disbarred in 2011 for stealing money from her clients, and Levinson agreed to disbarment as part of the plea deal he struck with federal prosecutors earlier this year. He is currently suspended from practicing law.
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Other well-known lawyers have run afoul of the law:
■ Harvey Whittemore, a onetime political power broker, was convicted last year of unlawfully funneling more than $133,000 to the campaign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat. He was sentenced to two years in prison and must surrender in August. Whittemore is temporarily suspended from practicing law while the State Bar considers further action.
■ Noel Gage, who specialized in personal injury cases, pleaded guilty in 2010 to obstruction of justice in a federal investigation into an alleged fraud scheme involving a network of lawyers and physicians. He was sentenced to three years probation. Gage is off probation and his law license is temporarily suspended until the end of July. He must apply for reinstatement.
■ Lawrence Davidson, caught up in a political corruption probe a dozen years ago, pleaded guilty to mail fraud, money laundering and several other charges, including those related to his unlawful flight to Israel in 2006 to avoid standing trial. Davidson agreed to disbarment in 2005 after he was originally charged. He eventually returned to Las Vegas and was sentenced in 2012 to eight years in prison.
■ Gerry Zobrist, once a part-time Las Vegas justice of the peace, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud in a multimillion-dollar scheme to use straw buyers to unlawfully purchase homes in the valley. He was sentenced to seven years in federal prison. His law license has been suspended pending further disciplinary action.
REASON FOR THE RISE
Thomas Pitaro, a respected criminal defense lawyer who has been practicing in Las Vegas for 40 years, says the stress of the legal profession likely has contributed to the rise in criminal prosecutions of attorneys.
“I think there are very few attorneys who steal for the hell of it,” Pitaro says. “It’s systematic of other problems — drugs, alcohol, gambling and living above their means.”
Pitaro also believes federal authorities are spending more time investigating white collar and financial crimes that have a higher probability of involving lawyers and other professionals.
Clark says his organization has stepped up its own vigilance of lawyers in recent years and has been working closely with law enforcement authorities.
“We’ve been sharing more information and developing more contacts with law enforcement,” he explains.
Clark points to the Levinson case as a prime example of the State Bar’s strong working relationship with police and federal authorities.
At one point, Las Vegas police, federal authorities and the State Bar all were working cases against Levinson at the same time, Clark says.
In his federal deal, Levinson not only pleaded guilty in the HOA fraud case, but he also pleaded guilty to tax evasion and embezzling more than $243,000 from his clients. His deal calls for him to receive no less than two years in prison. Any time behind bars he gets in state court on theft charges will run concurrently with his federal sentence.
Levinson’s willingness to agree to disbarment in his federal plea was a first for prosecutors and the State Bar. Goldberg last year agreed to a two-year suspension in his federal plea agreement.
“It shows the evolution of our cooperation with law enforcement authorities,” Clark says.
NEVADA STATE BAR DISCIPLINE
Something else that is evolving is the State Bar’s approach to disciplining lawyers.
A Nevada Supreme Court rule says the State Bar can move to temporarily suspend a lawyer upon a “final judgment of conviction,” and the bar has waited over the years until a lawyer is sentenced. That’s when the federal courts, which see most of the criminal cases, recognize a final judgment of conviction.
But two criminal cases against lawyers, one in Clark County District Court and another in federal court, has Clark looking for temporary suspensions before sentencing.
The District Court case is against defense attorney Brian Bloomfield, who pleaded guilty in December to felony charges stemming from a fraud investigation into a sweeping courthouse counseling scheme. Bloomfield has continued to represent clients in court the past six months while waiting to be sentenced.
The federal case involves Brian Jones, who pleaded guilty in the HOA case more than two years ago and is also waiting to be sentenced. Jones has since moved to Utah and is not practicing law in Las Vegas, but his license remains active.
Last month Clark filed a petition with the state Supreme Court seeking a temporary suspension for Bloomfield while the State Bar prepares to file a complaint against him that could lead to his disbarment.
The State Bar counsel filed a similar petition last week to get Jones temporarily suspended.
Clark is hoping the Supreme Court will more clearly define the broad rule, which also allows the State Bar to seek a suspension after a guilty plea or jury conviction.
“In the past this hasn’t been so much of a problem because there hasn’t been a long disconnect between a guilty plea and a sentencing,” Clark recently said. “But lately, we’ve been seeing a greater delay.”
Yep. And you know what they say in prison about “cho mo’s” Right?
Father Beats Child Molester To Death — Good For Him
Child molesters should be killed.
Please like and share this on facebook and demand Judge Tatro is removed from the bench!
The hits on this post are going viral on facebook, keep up the good work and tell everyone!!!
Most people around Carson City know Judge John Tatro has no law degree and has to breathalyze before taking the bench.
This so called “Judge” Tatro is a train-wreck also involved in other sex sandals that caused the shooting of his front door Like his butt buddy DA Neil Rombard who screwed his deputy DA and caused his divorce both these creeps need to go ASAP.
See the latest news on the corrupt court here – More scandals at the notoriously corrupt Carson City Courthouse – This time corrupt Judge Tatro “removing files from the record”
This piece of shit “judge” Tatro is nothing more than a liar,an alcoholic and recent statements from “confidential informants” claim Tatro is a “child molester”and had homosexual sexual relations with a young man he paid for sex.
The CCSO knows who the informant is and the victim, they do nothing so we protested the FBI to investigate the mandatory complaint of “child molestation by John Tatro.
The CCSO (Carson City Sheriff) has the recording from the jail cell where the information and names were given to Ty Robben who has reported this crime but the CCSO just ignores Robben.
the local newspaper also has been failing to report the corruption: Nevada Appeal and Carson NOW censoring the news again?
One thing “Judge” Tatro does is retaliate against people who criticize him. I was thrown in jail for alleged “libel” by this corrupt mentally deranged son of a bitch.
The charges were dismissed because what I said was true including that fact Tatro needs to breathalyze before he takes the bench and he had an affair with a court clerk which led to the shooting of his front door.
The piece of shit Tatro filed a false criminal complaint as retaliation because according to his complaint, his wife is upset.
Ty Robben can assure the readers that this information is legit and he can back it up.
We stand by the claim and even have the name of the victim.
New website to expose Judge Tatro: JudgeTatroSCANDAL.wordpresscom
Also see: Carson City Sheriff WATCH website.
and the brand new williamroutsisbadlawyer.wordpress.com
Child sexual abuse
Child sexual abuse or child molestation is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation. Forms of child sexual abuse include asking or pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities (regardless of the outcome), indecent exposure (of the genitals, female nipples, etc.) to a child with intent to gratify their own sexual desires or to intimidate or groom the child, physical sexual contact with a child, or using a child to produce child pornography.
Child sexual abuse can occur in a variety of settings, including home, school, or work (in places where child labor is common). Child marriage is one of the main forms of child sexual abuse;UNICEF has stated that child marriage “represents perhaps the most prevalent form of sexual abuse and exploitation of girls”. The effects of child sexual abuse can include depression,post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, propensity to further victimization in adulthood, and physical injury to the child, among other problems. Sexual abuse by a family member is a form of incest, and can result in more serious and long-term psychological trauma, especially in the case of parental incest.
Reno police sergeant accused of DUI
A Reno police sergeant was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Saturday in Reno.
Paul Sevcsik, 46, was pulled over during a traffic stop Saturday evening on the corner of Sixth Street and Evans Avenue in Reno, police said.
Per protocol, the Reno police officer conducting the traffic stop contacted an outside agency, the Sparks Police Department, at 9:41 p.m., Sparks police said.
Sevcsik was arrested at 10:05 p.m., police said.
An arrest report has not been filed in Reno Justice Court as of early Tuesday afternoon, and Sparks police said specifics on Sevcsik’s blood alcohol content level were not releasable at this time.
Sevcsik posted a $2,000 bail from the Washoe County Jail and is no longer in custody.
The Reno Police Department released a statement saying the charge is “regrettable” and that Sevcsik will remain working on a restricted duty status until his case is resolved.
As part of being placed on restricted status, Sevcsik could be forced to enroll in a treatment facility, police said.
The statement added: “The employee involved will have the same restrictions, fines and fees that any other citizen who is charged with a DUI within Washoe County would incur.”
Sevcsik, also a member of the James D. Hoff Peace Officer Memorial Board of Directors, was paid a base salary of $128,000 in 2013 by Reno, according toTransparentNevada.com.
Sevcsik declined comment, said Reno police Officer Tim Broadway, the department’s public information officer.
Posted May 14, 2014 11:25 AM CDT By Martha Neil
Nevada federal corruption case involving bid-rigging and election fraud at homeowner associations in the Las Vegas area.
When Ricky Anderson, Maria Limon, and brothers Jose Luis Alvarez and Rudolfo Alvarez-Rodriguez enter their guilty pleas next week, that will bring the total of those who have accepted plea deals in the record-breaking HOA case to at least 35, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It is believed to be the biggest corruption case ever pursued by the feds in Southern Nevada. Alvarez, Alvarez-Rodriguez, Anderson and Limon are accused of acting as straw buyers in a scheme to take over HOAs.
Another six defendants await trial in October on fraud and conspiracy charges. Lawyers for five of the six on Monday signed an usual pact agreeing to keep secret evidence that they will view at the U.S. Attorney’s office. A general protective order was imposed earlier, the newspaper notes.
One defense attorney, Chris Rasmussen, refused to sign. He represents Edith Gillespie, a relative of Leon Benzer, the claimed mastermind of the plot to take over the homeowner associations.
“I’ve never seen a protective order like this,” Rasmussen told the newspaper. “I don’t feel comfortable signing it. I just think it puts too much on us to protect these secrets.”
A suspended attorney, Barry Levinson, pleaded guilty in February to felony mail and wire fraud conspiracy and attempted tax evasion charges. He is one of a number of lawyers accused in connection with the scheme.
In an agreement with prosecutors, Levinson admitted that he had treated Benzer as his client even though he was representing a victimized homeowner association, Park Avenue, and upheld a rigged election of HOA board members that was supported by bribes, the Review-Journal reports.
ABA Journal.com: “Two lawyers among 11 federally indicted re massive alleged HOA corruption scheme”
ABAJournal.com: “Suspended lawyer is accused of stealing $1M from client settlements”
MINDEN, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – A Reno man has pleaded guilty to stalking a female athlete during a track meet at Douglas County High School, but that’s not the only troubling part to this story. Rodney Skan was arrested Saturday after a sheriff’s deputy became suspicious of him trailing a student athlete and videotaping her, but that apparently wasn’t his first time stalking a female high school student.
See video here: http://www.mynews4.com/mostpopular/story/Reno-man-inappropriately-filmed-female-high/1DHDX2Vb1E6vtAb-pjgx6g.cspx
“Well unfortunately every jurisdiction deals with some stalking cases, but we haven’t quite seen a case like this,” said Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson.
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — A local teacher’s aide was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly offering students pot and booze, according to Washoe County School District Police.
WCSD Police Chief Mike Meiras told News 4 the investigation came about after two female students decided to leave the Hug High School campus Tuesday with the suspect, who is accused of giving the girls alcohol and marijuana at his house. Meiras said the girls did the right thing by coming forward with the information.
The suspect, 28-year-old Ryan Johnson, was arrested Tuesday night by WCSD Police on four counts: two felonies and two misdemeanors. Johnson has been employed at Hug High School by the school district for 14 months as an intervention specialist, or teacher’s aide.
News 4 learned of this information when a concerned viewer called the station; no official press release was sent out, and the arrest was not announced. WCSD School Police are continuing to investigate to ascertain whether or not this was an isolated incident.
For other Carson City Crime Blotters go here: http://www.carsonnow.org/search/node/crime
CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) —
According to Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, Osvaldo Ruiz was arrested after a vehicle and foot chase at 1:41 a.m. in the area of East Long Street. Ruiz crashed his vehicle into a natural gas line at Dotty’s Casino and caused the temporary evacuation of the casino.
Carson City Sheriff’s Office and Carson City Fire Department both responded to the incident, but no injuries were reported.
Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said Ruiz has a long criminal history in the Carson City area. Ruiz was booked into the Carson City jail and his bail is set at $68,300.
Stephanie Mariskanish a Teachers’ aide from Eagle Valley Middle School accused of sex with 14-year-old
Stephanie Mariskanish was charged in a criminal complaint filed Friday in Carson Justice Court.
Sexual conduct between a school employee aged 21 or older and any student is a Category B felony under Nevada law.
If convicted, each count carries a possible six years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The sexual contact allegedly happened Feb. 1-28. Mariskanish was described as a Para-Pro or teacher’s aide for special needs students.
She was arrested on the charges Friday after the complaint was filed.
four times the legal limit of alcohol in her system.
She was sentenced to 100 days in Douglas County Jail with 90 days suspended for two years. Settelmeyer, the wife of state Sen. James Settelmeyer, elected to serve 20 days of house arrest at her own expense of $15 a day in lieu of jail. She was fined $1,200 and will pay $40 a month supervision fees. She was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving June 28 after deputies arrested her.
Ironicly her husband Sen. James Settelmeyer passes SB101 that went into effect this year that places Sherese Settelmeyer on Department of Alternative Sentencing. See that story here https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/nevada-department-of-alternative-sentencing-did-not-have-legal-jurisdiction-over-pre-trial-defendants-prior-to-july-2013-if-you-were-under-das-supervision-you-may-have-legal-recourse-to-sue/
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — An Exeter police officer is expected in court Wednesday, after he was accused of having sex with a minor – Jeff Detwiler, 46, was arrested Tuesday afternoon. He’s been with the department for at least five years. Authorities say Detwiler is also facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and for intimidating a witness. He was booked into the Tulare County jail, with bail set at $75,000.00. The Exeter Police Department is expected to release more details about the arrest Wednesday afternoon.
John Lane Shadek, 63, was arrested on Tuesday and made his initial appearance in Reno Justice Court at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The Nevada Secretary of State’s office, which investigated his case, said Shadek was held at Washoe County jail on $60,000 bail, but a jail spokeswoman said he was released on his own recognizance.
“Mr. Shadek took advantage of an elderly investor,” Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller said in a statement. “It is difficult to watch someone’s retirement savings go down the drain and to feel sympathetic for the perpetrator. As a former criminal prosecutor, I hope for the stiffest penalties to be imposed on Mr. Shadek.”
Shadek could not be immediately reached for comment. He was no longer working at two law firms where his number was listed and the person who answered a number that was provided to the RGJ to reach him hung up after the reporter identified herself.
Devon Reese, a lawyer for Shadek in a civil case said he does not currently represent Shadek and could not comment on the criminal charges.
According to the criminal complaint, Maryanne Ingemanson of Incline Village, gave Shadek a $127,500 check payable to his company Capitol Funding Investments on Sept. 1, 2011. In exchange, Shadek gave her a promissory note guaranteed by Shadek and Ron Stover, the complaint said. Continue reading
Sherese Settelmeyer was booked on charges of driving under the influence, second, and failing to maintain a lane. She was released from Douglas County Jail on $3,000 bail and is set for an Aug. 5 East Fork Justice Court appearance.
Five misdemeanor charges have been filed against a Carson City bounty hunter in regards to his actions in South Lake Tahoe.
Douglas Lewis with Justin Brothers Bail Bonds has been charged with unlawful arrest, aggravated trespass, vandalism, battery and damaging a vehicle.
The incident occurred in October at the South Lake Tahoe home of Ty Robben. Robben wanted felony charges filed against the suspect. He said the bounty hunters broke down his door and used a Taser on him.
Robben has since filed a civil suit against the Carson City firm and has protested the Justin Brothers with the large crime scene tape. “Protesting will continue against the Justin Bros for the duration” Robben said.
It was the delay in action that led Robben in January to protest near the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
Doug Lewis starred in a TV show called Bounty Hunter watch it here: http://youtu.be/dckPsFvYrdc?t=7m48s
Doug Lewis is also doing business on a permanently revoked Nevada business license according to the Nevada Secretary of State website http://nvsos.gov/SOSEntitySearch/corpsearch.aspx?st=c&ss=nevada%20bail%20enforcement
– Lake Tahoe News staff report
The Tahoe Mountain News covered part one of the story here: https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/tahoe-mountain-news-covers-ty-robbens-south-lake-tahoe-police-protest/
and here: http://www.mountainnews.net/201302/#/1
By Heather Gould March 2013, Source: http://www.mountainnews.net/201303/#/11/zoomed
Ty Robben may be ‘radical’ – but he may also be right. Mt. News
Apparently Mr.Lewis also fails to have a current Nevada Business License! You can check on-line and see http://nvsos.gov/SOSEntitySearch/corpsearch.aspx?st=c&ss=nevada%20bail%20enforcement
|Entity Name||NV Business ID||Status||Type|
|NEVADA BAIL ENFORCEMENT, LLC||NV20041305929||Permanently Revoked||Domestic Limited-Liability Company|
Bounty Hunter Douglas Lewis will face five misdemeanor charges in connection with an October 18 incident at the Sierra Tract home of local resident Todd ”Ty ” Robben, in which he attempted to take Robben into custody on a misdemeanor contempt of court warrant out of Carson City. See https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/justin-brothers-bail-bonds-illegally-broke-into-home-illegally-used-a-taser-on-ty-robben/
Robben’s door was broken down. he was “tased” at least twice, his tires were slashed and he had to bolt into a nearby field to escape, according to a South Lake Tahoe Police report. The charges against Lewis, filed by the EI Dorado County District Attorney’s office, include allegedly failing to obtain a California warrant for the capture of Robben, aggravated trespass for allegedly forcing his way into Robben’s home, alleged vandalism of a dwelling for breaking down the door, alleged battery for tasing Robben, and alleged damage to a vehicle for slashing Robben’s tires. Doug Lewis could not be reached for comment by press time.
Robben sought more serious felony charges and wonders why other individuals accompanying and assisting Lewis were not charged as well. He said he was nevertheless “relieved” that El Dorado County authorities had acted, and that his faith in the system had been restored somewhat after months of frustration over the handling of the case.
Robben protested in front of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department in late January. claiming the police were failing to take him seriously and investigate his case in a timely manner, due to his activism against government and a negative portrait painted of him by law enforcement in Nevada.
Hans Uthe, the Tahoe-based assistant district attorney. Said felony charges were not filed against Lewis largely because he had failed to get clearance from a California judge. “As a professional bounty hunter he should have known he had to do that. It would have been very easy for him to do.” And though Lewis was apparently assisted by others in his attempt to capture Robben, only he is being charged because he was the leader or boss of the pursuit, said Uthe. ” It was hi s decisions, his determinations how to proceed.” Uthe said. “We’re holding him responsible.”
In statements on the matter, police officials said they had made every effort to accommodate Robben, given time and staffing constraints. The police report was completed and released after the Tahoe Mountain News filed a California Public Records Act request.
Robben did compliment the police department for finishing the report when it did . The 164-page report contained 14 pages devoted to investigation of the alleged crimes and 150 pages of applicable statutes and legal precedents submitted by Robben.
Robben has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the bail bond company, Justin Brothers Bail Bonds, that employed Lewis and has also protested in front of the their Carson City and Reno offices. Owner Dennis Justin said he had “no comment what so ever” about the suit or the charges filed against Lewis.
At the time of Lewis’s alleged crimes against Robben, Robben was out on bail on charges including assault after attempting to serve a subpoena for a friend on a Nevada state official named Susan Martinovich with the Department of Transportation. The friend had filed suit against the department, claiming he was fired for exposing wrongdoing. The suit is similar to one filed by Robben against the Nevada Department of Taxation, his former employer, which is currently on appeal. Robben calls himself a “supporter of whistleblowers.”
The woman being served said she felt threatened and was accosted by Robben and later received a restraining order against him. Robben said the situation was all turned around and that she assaulted him by driving over his toe. Eventually. All charges were dropped, except one – disorderly conduct – which will be dismissed if Robben complies with court conditions for a year.
Robben does have two other restraining orders against him including one by his brother from whom he has been estranged for five years with absolutely no contact and who lives in Florida. The other one was issued under false pretenses to an employee in his previous place of work who was angry with Robben reported him for sending pornography over government computers, Robben said.
The contempt of court warrant was issued – in error by Carson city Judge John Tatro, says Robben – after he supposedly failed to show up for a court check-in. The matter was cleared up when he later checked in.
Amnesty International has classified lasers as deadly weapons.
Noted bail bondsmen and bounty hunter Leonard Padilla commented on the actions of the bounty hunters. The easiest way to catch a fugitive is to talk them into surrendering, said Padilla. Something the bounty hunters allegedly did with Robben for ten minutes according to the police report, before breaking down his door which is permitted, said Padilla. If one is 100 percent sure. not 80 percent sure. Not 98 percent sure, but 100 percent sure, that the fugitive is inside. He said tasers must be deployed with care so as not to cause undue harm. “Not everyone can go and buy a taser and s tart tasing people. You have to have special training” Padilla said. Amnesty International has classified lasers as deadly weapons. Finally, the slashing of tires perplexed Padilla. After nearly 40 years in business, he has never used such a tactic, which he called “childish” and “comical.” The best time to catch someone is when they leave a dwelling to go to a car, he said. Or as they drive off.
In the police report, the bounty hunters said they didn’t ‘t want Robben to drive in what they said was a fragile mental slat. Stating he had been under psychiatric care, an assertion Robben vehemently denies. He was put on suicide watch
while initially in the Carson City jail, a tactic used to imprison him in solitary confinement. Robben wrote he has been “certified as sane … has no prior criminal record … has never been hospitalized for mental health! This is character assassination’ of me.” He earlier provided a letter to the Mountain News from the EI Dorado County Department of Mental Health stating he does not qualify for services, so is therefore of sound mind, said Robben.
Additionally. Robben contends, police officers stood by while the bounty hunters went about their allegedly illegal activities and did not intervene while he was attacked and pursued. The report does not note any action taken by South Lake Tahoe police and states an officer was in the area at the time.
Bounty hunters do have broad powers to pursue, capture and detain fugitives. The report also said police declined to assist the bounty hunters given it was a misdemeanor, non-extraditable warrant out of another state. The report said the South Lake Tahoe Police did briefly search for Robben after he ran to try and convince him to give himself up. South Lake Tahoe Police spokesman Lt. David Stevenson said he would not comment further. The report said the bounty hunters continued to search for Robben for five hours after he fled. Robben said he hiked to a friend’s house and furtively hid out in his RV so the friend would not be charged with harboring a fugitive. He then made his way to the Black Jack Inn at Stateline where he watched the Giants win the playoffs
Bounty Hunter Nevada Bail Enforcement agent Doug Lewis Charged with Assault/Battery March 2013. Doug Lewis stars in this National Geographic episode of Leonard Padilla “Bounty Hunter” filmed in Reno and Sparks Nevada.
See the full episode below or here: http://youtu.be/dckPsFvYrdc?t=7m48s
Justin Brothers Bail Bonds criminal complaint
Justin Brothers Bail Bonds criminal complaint
Published on Feb 12, 2013
Dennis Justin (and his brother Richard Justin) of the Carson City based Justin Brothers Bail Bonds company (“Jusin Bros”) is served his summons in Federal civil case 2:13-CV-00238-MCE-DAD filed 02/07/13 in the Sacramento US Federal Court – Eastern District of California.
Dennis Justin a bounty hunter along with Reno based Nevada Fugitive Recovery from Carson City, Nevada violated California penal code 847.5 and failed to obtain a California warrant and illegally crossed state lines from NV to CA into South Lake Tahoe, CA to try and take a non-fugitive into custody (kidnpping) on a minor trumped up misdemeanor by corrupt Carson City judge John Tatro. Continue reading